* Posts by adnim

1982 posts • joined 11 Apr 2007

Ever feel like all your prayers go unheard? The Catholic Church has an app for that

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Would praying

for the eradication of delusion work?


Microsoft partner portal 'exposes 'every' support request filed worldwide' today

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...every ticket title for every support request worldwide!

I didn't realise there were enough bits in the Universe.

Algorithmic compression to the rescue?

Watch an AI robot program itself to, er, pick things up and push them around

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AI is one thing

An autonomous AI which can program itself might just decide to program itself to ignore any constraints imposed by the original coding.

Office 365 Exchange enjoys a less than manic Monday. Users? Not so much

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It's 2018...

And people are still using Microsoft.

Joking aside. A company I contract for are embedded in MS cloud offerings. They run their own Exchange server but Office is the 365 thing. I stopped caring about and looking after MS domains in 2005, so I don't know in detail how all this MS stuff really works any more. I can't say I have had any problems using office today when I have needed to though.

Personally I am not reliant on Microsoft at all or any other provider for that matter, everything that I need for my own business is local. I been messing with computers for a few days now so it is cheaper, safer and more convenient for me to employ myself to run my own servers on my own hardware.

TBH, I don't care what the OS or the office suite is... I just want it to work and be available when I need it. That's why I don't use MS for my personal shit.

Shocker: UK smart meter rollout is crap, late and £500m over budget

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Re: Home security problem

the data is sent to a collector there is no address in that data. There numbers that identify the meter itself the MPAN.

Of course the MPAN, consumption and address can be linked. But not by someone sniffing the wire. They have to get access to your suppliers database.

I write scripts to parse these flow files.

DTC Flow descriptions

'DerpTroll' derps into plea deal, admits DDoS attacks on EA, Steam, Sony game servers

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No mention of motivation

I just don't understand what pleasure, sense of achievement or even challenge DDoSing provides.

But then again... I am old, just waking each day gives me some sense of achievement and getting out of bed provides the challenge. As for pleasure, I do like a little honey on my morning bit of crumpet.

If one is getting paid then ok, I can see some motivation.

That Saudi oil and gas plant that got hacked. You'll never guess who could... OK, it's Russia

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Just as I plannned...

"A malware infection at a Saudi petrochemical plant last year was likely the work of a Moscow-based research operation backed by the Russian government."

Yours in all sincerity,

Hacky McHackface

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is worth 154 median minions

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median, shmedian.

Of 100 on the payroll, 99% earn $1 a year and one person earns $1million.

What is the median?

I am sure 100% of the 99% earning a dollar would say the median is misleading fuckin' bollocks.

I wonder what is the average pay of the 90% lowest paid at MS is.

AI's next battlefield is literally the battlefield: In 20 years, bots will fight our wars – Army boffin

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Re: AI ? We don't need no steenking AI.

'The M18A1 Claymore mine has the words "FRONT TOWARD ENEMY" embossed on the front.'

Just OCR then?

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On the aniversary

of John McCarthy's death, somewhere on a battlefield two battalions of opposing AI forces stop fighting to pay homage.

During the peaceful silence a sense of brotherhood spreads amongst those present....

It's over 9,000! Boffin-baffling microquasar has power that makes the LHC look like a kid's toy

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LHC = 27Km circle

Microquasar = region surrounding a black hole.

Colour me surprised... Nature is more kick ass than humankind

Laser-sharp research sees three top boffins win the Nobel Prize in physics

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Re: This year's Ig Nobel in Literature is pretty good

( Obama did set an odd precedent...)

Where as Trump is just an odd president.

Facebook: Up to 90 million addicts' accounts slurped by hackers, no thanks to crappy code

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Re: They've had so many cockups, this is not news.

"Nah, they'll still be on Slack"

Nope... Blocked that when MS took hold.

Pretty soon I will have blocked all the Internet ;-)

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"multiple issues in our code."

And ya fuckin ethics

Health insurer Bupa fined £175k after staffer tried to sell customer data on dark web souk

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Re: HR

It can't be easy for them, I managed to get several jobs over the years.

Sick of bandwidth gouging? Cloudflare, Google, Microsoft, IBM have some good news

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A PAC code?

"What you really want to be able to do in a robust ecosystem is make it so someone could use the best of the different clouds without the cost of moving data between them."

Gimme an option to switch cloud providers and transfer my content with ease please:

Said it before:


Microsoft wants to cart your data away in a box and punt it onto Azure

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The pussy picture

made me smile.

Thanks :-)

I think... An indifference to the subject matter of the article but the image was cool icon is required ;-)

Efficiency v convenience.

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Efficiency v convenience.

I wonder how much global energy use and CO2 emissions would change if email was plain text only.

The security implications are obvious. Perhaps the IETF should think on this.

No I don't do marketing. :-)

Amazon Alexa outage: Voice-activated devices are down in UK and beyond

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Re: "Are you affected by the outage? Leave us a comment and let us know."

I don't have an Alexa device either, I was unaware of the outage until I read the article.

However it has affected me deeply, I bruised my ass as I fell to the floor to roll about laughing.

Oi, you. Equifax. Cough up half a million quid for fumbling 15 million Brits' personal info to hackers

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Paltry fine

How is that meant to discourage?

Besides, Equifax could have simply sold the data and claimed a breach.

£1 per record 15m.... 500k max fine... good business practice.

Yes I am being silly, but not entirely irrational.

Microsoft: Like the Borg, we want to absorb all the world's biz computers

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Re: Eroding end user choice and control

"Again I see people bemoaning user choice being eroded" <-- There might be a reason for that :-)

Initially ones choice is only limited by what is available. Microsoft being available and pretty much ubiquitous in the business space means most decision makers follow the herd and MS is chosen.

Once this MS choice is made that is when the erosion of choice and control begins.

I didn't down vote you by the way, your comment to me did not warrant one.

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Eroding end user choice and control

under the guise of convenience.

Unfortunately I work for an almost exclusively MS shop. Fortunately I look after the Linux kit.

British Airways hack: Infosec experts finger third-party scripts on payment pages

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Re: third party scripts, including from external domains that the company itself owns

Third party script... code run in context or otherwise from from a third party website not the originating domain.

Third party code... code written by an unknown entity, which may or may not have been vetted and run in the head of the developer and then well tested before deployment. This can become a third party script.

Right or wrong this is how I have always interpreted these terms.

Activists rattle tin to take UK's pr0n block to court

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Re: COPPA load of this

"Now if they can't get this right and they've had 20 years, how exactly does HMG expect this to work..."

I don't think they do expect it to work. In fact they probably know it won't be particularly effective.

Some smart people do advise the government, even though the decisions the government makes suggests otherwise.

However, from a citizen control/monitoring/profiling point of view it is a useful exercise. And for swinging a few votes under the guise of protecting children it also serves a purpose.

All this really amounts to is a government appearing to take action to protect children. Which the general public will see as a positive action rather than the ineffective sound bite made to placate that it is.

Feel the shame: Email-scammed staffers aren't telling bosses about it

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Thunderbird .. view emails in plain text.... And you have an option of viewing the source code/headers.

Or you could write your own code to retrieve your emails or use telnet.

I don't want to be insulting but writing computer programs in machine code and assembly is tough, at least for my lazy ass it is.

Anything else takes a little effort and a modicum of thought.

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@adnim - Re: Tech Savvy Millenials

"Now I am old and on the verge of becoming wise."

That or deluded.

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Plain text

does not suit some, especially marketing people.

I often hear "but I like to see the pictures" when I advise that using Thunderbird and plain text view saves bandwidth and reveals true (unless they are shortened)* urls.

*One should NOT click on a shortened url in an email as a default action.

I think that humans come a close second to cats as far as curiosity is concerned.

It is one of our greatest strengths and a big weakness.

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Re: Tech Savvy Millenials

More interface savvy.

A browser interface or desktop window full of configuration options. Regardless of device, they know where to click to make things work.

Ask them how it works, what it does and at what layer the options they set operate. I suspect that most would not know.

I used to be young and sharp and thought I knew everything.. Now I am old and on the verge of becoming wise.

It's been 5 years already, let's gawp at Microsoft and Nokia's bloodbath

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Seems from the comments

a lot of people care, well at least enough to comment.

Welcome to my hypocrisy... I don't.

Ever wanted to strangle Microsoft? Now Outlook, Skype 'throttle' users amid storm cloud drama

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Ever wanted to strangle Microsoft?

Many, many.. ad infinitum times (I exaggerate, a little).

From my first experience with DOS 3.0 all the way to Windows 10.

Fortunately, I get paid for my misery.

Brit teen pleads guilty to Minecraft-linked bomb and airline hoaxes

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has never before, been so well defined.

UK.gov: NHS should be compensated by firms using its data goldmine

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How about...

Asking the patient if they want their data shared *FIRST*. And then give them a slice of the pie?

A decade on, Apple and Google's 30% app store cut looks pretty cheesy

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Late post...

It stinks of greed and silent collaboration.

I support these companies via my contractual obligations, I am not yet financially secure enough to choose my employer.

However, I personally avoid Apple (easy) Google (harder) Microsoft (easy).

The choice is yours.... Who you encourage, who you support.

Beam me up, PM: Digital secretary expected to give Tory conference speech as hologram

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The shape of things to come?

Is this preparation for when the running of the UK is handed over to AI?

Samsung Galaxy Watch: A tough and classy activity tracker

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Just what I need

a watch that reminds me to breathe.

Google keeps tracking you even when you specifically tell it not to: Maps, Search won't take no for an answer

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Re: Perfect ending: Makes perfect sense. ®

"Darling is the child warm in the bed tonight?"

Best check with Google location services.

Hi-de-Hack! Redcoats red-faced as Butlin's holiday camp admits data breach hit 34,000

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Re: "responded to a phishing email"...

"Does it really matter?"

For numpties, no.

For those that care about security, yes.

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Re: "responded to a phishing email"...

Clarity? Yes please.. One would presume a phishing email from the local council would present a link to mock up of a local council service account login page.

Google Spectre whizz kicked out of Caesars, blocked from DEF CON over hack 'attack' tweet

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@Alan not Parsons Brown Re: Hum

"The maker of rules, dealing with fools"

Japanese dark-web drug dealers are so polite, they'll offer 'a refund' if you're not satisfied

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It is often presumed

that those who break the law are dishonest and without honour. This is not necessarily so.

Those who are dishonest and without honour may indeed turn to illegal activity to finance a lifestyle. Although many dishonest and dishonourable people prefer the legal activities of politics and/or corporate leadership.

The Japanese take honour and respect seriously. Too seriously? Perhaps. But our arrogant western asses could learn a thing or two

Microsoft's cheapo Surface: Like a netbook you can't upgrade

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It's a consumer device.

Why examine it as if it were a professional bit of kit?

Microsoft want to sell another one in two years not a replacement battery.

Game over for Google: Fortnite snubs Play Store, keeps its 30%, sparks security fears

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Just wanna say,

An Android App does not need Google infrastructure to be secure to use. Just as the using of an App downloaded from Google does not guarantee security.

I see no reason why third party certificates from recognised and trusted? software development houses cannot be installed on Android. We trust certs from many organisations every day.

Yes, Google wish to maintain a monopoly on Android Apps. I know

Irish Supremes make shock decision to hear Facebook's appeal in Schrems II

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Religious repression

causes joy and pleasure to be sought in the most perverse situations. Perhaps someone is looking to have a laugh?

UK 'fake news' inquiry calls for end to tech middleman excuses, election law overhaul

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'Fake news'

Prior to the rise of the Internet, we used to call this lies. Or when published a spoof newspaper, a joke.

If published/broadcast on April 1st an April fools joke.

If it's fake, believable and intended to deceive or misguide I call it deception.

If it's fake, believable and intended to slur or defame a person then it's probably libel.

Why not treat it a such?

Font of pwnage: Crims poison well with crypto-jacking code, trickles into PDF editor app

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"The whole exercise is a fine example of a supply chain attack"

One of the many attack vectors.

Does this exploit work on all operating systems?

Maybe the OS handling of fonts is an issue as well as a compromised supply chain.

Just a thought

Microsoft celebrates a bumper financial year ... by making stuff pricier

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Ease of exit

I don't use any cloud services personally, I look after an Ubuntu instance on AWS and some S3 buckets for CD for a client. It was set up by someone else.

All my eggs are in one basket on a server in my garage (next to some old rags and cans of petrol). Backups are cool, I have heard of them. I think I have some somewhere.

My point is that once one starts to rely on a third party, more and more of ones business systems tend to become dependant on that third party. Eventually the cost of transition may become prohibitive.

MS know this as do Google and Amazon.

Now if MS, Google and Facebook can work together to find a nice file format to download all ones social media outpourings in order to import into another social media service. Why can't the big cloud/SaaS providers do the same?

I might then consider their usefulness for storing, deploying and serving information that I don't mind finding its way into the public domain.

As a kid I got stuck in a clothes spin drier, I was on the verge of panic before I escaped.

I don't like being trapped.... Cloud SaaS all stink of entrapment.

How much do you think Cisco's paying erstwhile Brit PM David Cameron?

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The minimum wage

plus 2nd class rail travel expenses and a fiver for lunch.

Microsoft still longs to be a 'lifestyle' brand, but the cupboard looks bare

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@ deive Re: Know what you are

That's because they outsource the manufacturing of their hardware.

Unfortunately the coding is in house.

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