* Posts by Fatman

2228 posts • joined 6 Apr 2008

Amazon probes alleged bribery of staffers for data on e-tail platform

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"Reviews" on e commerce sites

A simple rule to follow:

Never believe that the review posted is both fair and accurate, and always assume it is a paid placement.

You can not go wrong if you follow that example.

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New MeX-Files: The curious case of an evacuated US solar lab, the FBI – and bananas conspiracy theories

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Joke

You left out a few words...

<quote>They will be closed until the scientists support the theory that the sun shines out of the US President's ass.</quote>

There!!!

FTFY

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You'll never guess what you can do once you steal a laptop, reflash the BIOS, and reboot it

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Re: Again.. How many people turn their machine off?

At my former employer - it was mandated that desktop machines be shut down at the end of the day.

If it isn't powered up, then it can not be pwned during the overnight/weekend hours.

This policy arose from an incident where an executive left his machine on, and it was infected with malware. Those behind the attack had the whole weekend to surf out or internal network. Cleaning up the mess was one of the reasons why we ditched Windows, and went to Linux. The other being a nastygram from the BSA that was quite costly.

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Former Detroit IT boss sent down 20 months for bathroom bung bonanza

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Re: Take him to ... Detroit!

And put him to work cleaning up the city, literally.

Detroit is loaded with abandoned buildings that are falling apart, so really make him pay "his debt to society" in the form of manual labor.

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Xero needs a hero as business accounting site takes morning off

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"Cloud"

I point to incidents like this one as reasons why you should not go to the cloud.

But penny pinching manglers never learn.

One mangler I once worked for bought that hype, hook line and sinker. So that company went off to the cloud against my advice. Cue one cloud failure, and people were sitting there unable to do their jobs, and said mangler starts screaming: "Do something!!!!!" I did. I handed him my letter of immediate resignation, packed up and walked out. A few days later he calls me up sheepishly wanting to know if I would 'come back'.

The answer was a terse: "FUCK YOU!!!" and I hung up. 'Fix it your own goddam self' was my attitude.

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Look at me! Phone industry contracts nasty case of 5g-itis

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WTF?

Re: And what is 5G?

Whatever the Marketing turds make it out to be.

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

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Re: We do the same thing

<quote>I just make sure I have paper copies of the emails bringing up these issues. I will eventually need them!!</quote>

Keep that CYAWP file up to date. You never know when you will need it; to send a clueless mangler packing, hopefully without severance pay.

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A boss pinching pennies may have cost his firm many, many pounds

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RE: Control freak boss....

<quote>On one occasion he went to sail his yacht around the Caribbean leaving us unpaid for several weeks after the date we were supposed to be.</quote>

His first name would not happen to be Larry???

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$200bn? Make that $467bn: Trump threatens to balloon proposed bonus China tech tariffs

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RE: What we are looking at is America in an irreversible decline.

No, we are looking at Making America GRATE Again

</sarcasm>

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It looks like tech-savvy drivers will have to lead connected car data purge

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Re: My solution.

<quote>what's the point of having something in a motor vehicle offering so many threat vectors</quote>

To meet the demands of Marketing.

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Windows Server 2019 Essentials incoming – but cheapo product's days are numbered

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Re: anywhere the wind blows

You forgot something!

It is your <sarcasm> tag.

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Is someone chopping onions? Oracle cloud boss bids colleagues emotional farewell

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RE: Oracle exec "taking time off"

<quote>It's also possible that he's fighting a very private health battle with an uncertain foreboding prognosis.</quote>

He might be facing a situation where he has been told that you have X amount of time left; and he plans to step aside to enable his team to continue forward, and he can make the best of the time left.

In any regard, I hope I am wrong on that one.

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Go Pester someone else: TSB ditches CEO over bank's IT meltdown

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RE: Cue angry phone call to support:

<quote>DO YOU KNOW WHO I AM ?!??

Oh yesFucking right, we do.</quote>

FTFY

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Re: still expected to take away about £1.7m

<quote>Go a bit harsher... his payouts will be into a TSB account.</quote>

And, for added (pleasure) discomfort, those accounts will experience random periods of 'unavailability'.

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Trainer regrets giving straight answer to staffer's odd question

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Re: New depths

<quote>They were salespeople weasels.</quote>

FTFY

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Won’t patch systems? Never run malware scans? Welcome to the US State Department!

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Re: Patch Issues

<quote>There is actually no practical excuse for not patching personal computers and servers. Most of our machines are windows based and for the most part patches have gone without issues.</quote>

You seem to possess a selective memory. I (painfully) recall a day at the office when, after Windows had updated itself, everything broke.

Manglement was screaming about lost productivity, and placing the blame at my foot. After two frantic days, I was able to get their systems back on line. What didn't help was the constant carping of "When are we getting back to work?"

I learned two valuable lessons that day

1) FUCK Microsoft and Windows and in general, and

2) Get a new job.

As a result, I embraced the penguin (and very rarely regretted it), and I went to work for a company where the soon to be CIO actually knew about IT, and wasn't a transplanted MBA (Mainly Brainless Asshole).

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Golden State passes gold-standard net neutrality bill by 58-17

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Re: no surprise

<quote>the "Nasty Idiot" tattoo would make them so much easier to avoid.</quote>

So that is why the Basterds carved swastikas on the foreheads of Nazis in the film Inglorious Basterds?

Here is the clip:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P6yquTknWWU

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Fast food, slow user – techie tears hair out over crashed drive-thru till

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Re: Ahhh, memories...

<quote>We have to deal professionally with the fools who are a nuisance and shit all over us...</quote>

Are you speaking about Manglement?????

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Detroit sh*t shifter's operating costs waste away with Oracle's cloud

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Re: But...

<quote>The real crap will come when DWSD realise they're deep in the brown stuff and they can no longer get out...</quote>

But, the real question is: "Will that CIO be in charge the day they finally realize that Oracle has them by the balls?"

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Muslim American woman sues US border cops: Gimme back my seized iPhone's data!

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Re: When Booking-Travel now the first thing I usually do is:

<quote> It can get pretty nasty if two Cabinet departments become at odds, especially if one of them is Defense. I would think a counter to the threat of rubber gloves would be a threat to have a serious talk at the Pentagon a secluded Cuban resort about how TSA handles its people.</quote>

There

FTFY

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Winner, Winner, prison dinner: Five years in the clink for NSA leaker

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Re: This is serious business

<quote>Mindless following orders is not always a good thing - look at history and the atrocities that leads to.</quote>

Don't forget some of the punishments handed out at Nuremberg for those convicted at the tribunal.

For the yoou who didn't study History:

https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?search=nurewmberg+tribunal&title=Special%3ASearch&fulltext=Search

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Security MadLibs: Your IoT electrical outlet can now pwn your smart TV

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Re: The S in IoT stands for security

$DEITY knows that I wish I could give you a lot more upvotes!!!

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Fire chief says Verizon throttled department's data in the middle of massive Cali wildfires

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FAIL

Verizon's response

<quote>In this situation, we should have lifted the speed restriction when our customer reached out to us. This was a customer support mistake. </quote>

This is nothing more than PR BULLSHIT designed to deflect the issue.

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Texas ISP slams music biz for trying to turn it into a 'copyright cop'

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Re: RightsCorp, right up there with Prenda

And they should suffer the same fate:

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/08/20/prenda_lawyer_guilty/

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Re: They might as well assume that all Internet users are infringing copyright.

<quote>... your system is going to download them without the owner's permission to store it in cache and so potentially could be considered copyright infringement.</quote>

A very good reason to clear the cache on exit.

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Apple web design violates law, claims blind person

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RE: "go away" money

<quote>... so they can refuse to settle until offered sufficiently juicy "go away" money.</quote>

Do you mean like these scumbags???

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/08/20/prenda_lawyer_guilty/

And look what has happened to them. (I hope that son of a bitch gets a lot of jail time.)

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Prenda lawyer pleads guilty to moneyshot honeypot scheme

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Re: The Prisoner of Prenda?

<quote>Contrast this with ACS:Law and the vile Andrew Crossley who leaves a mucus trail behind him wherever he goes.</quote>

Well said.

I wish I could give you more than one upvote.

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Most staffers expect bosses to snoop on them, say unions

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Re: Rule 1

<quote>Which is a pain on the one hand - always carrying 2 phones around at work. But on the other hand, it is great, I can turn off the company phone when I leave the office and still be contacted by family and friends on my private phone.</quote>

You forgot the most important part of that practice: IF you leave the company, you leave their phone behind, and they do not have access to your personal information.

My former employer was like this over a decade ago. We knew better than to jump on the BYOD1 fad.

1 Bring Your Own Device, or Bring Your Own Disaster, as you care to see fit.

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Surprise, surprise. Here comes Big Cable to slay another rule that helps small ISPs compete

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Re: Change

or his <sarcasm> tag!

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Trump 'not normal' FCC commish reveals amid Sinclair-Tribune mega-media-merger meltdown

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Re: I'm not religious, but if it pleases you god, deliver us from this evil

<quote>Just remember that Pence is next in line for the throne.</quote>

And God $DEITY can choose to smite him also.

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Sysadmin trained his offshore replacements, sat back, watched ex-employer's world burn

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Re: Not in IT...

<quote>The fun of losing institutional knowledge.</quote>

Coupled with the stupidity of Manglement.

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Mega medical tester pester: It smacked a big one, that malware scam, if indeed it was SamSam

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RE: bonuses and shareholder value

I wish I could give you a lot more than 1 up vote.

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UK spies broke law for 15 years, but what can you do? shrugs judge

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Re: So that's the big deal

How dare you quote

that

traitor.

As expressed by someone still sore that those dammed Colonies got away from the Crown so long ago.

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'Fibre broadband' should mean glass wires poking into your router, reckons Brit survey

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Re: Is it important?

<quote>As longs as the final run is short enough</quote>

Maybe not for you, but with anything but a fiber connection at your premises, you are stuck with the realities of copper. And that is throughput, both to yourself, and anyone else sharing your "connection"

With phone lines there are the limitations of DSL and its variants; your connection usually ends up at a DSLAM along with anyone else served by the cabinet. And you have to deal with the telco's backhaul.

With coax, DOCSIS has limitations on the number of upload and download channels. Subscribers on a single cable run share the available upload and download frequencies. Somewhere, those data channels get pulled out, and routed in a functional equivalent to a DSLAM. Where that is done is up to the cable operator. If you are on a strictly cale plant, then it is most likely done at the cable operator's head end. If you have a HFC (hybrid fiber-coax) network, then it is out at some cabinet, and at the end of a fiber line coming from the operators head.

Even with satellite there are speed limitations.

The beauty of FTTP (fiber to the premises) is that those limitations are much higher, and in the right circumstances, your link may go all of the way back to the operator's head. How many home users have the traffic to saturate a 1Gps link?

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FCC caught red-handed – again – over its $225 complaint billing plan

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Re: Swamp

<quote>....was smoking something awfully strong.</quote>

Right, wrong hallucinogen, more likely LSD!!!

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Basho investor to pay up $20m in damages for campaign that put biz on 'greased slide to failure'

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Good Luck

.. in collecting that judgment.

I am fairly confident that Georgetown has anticipated a ruling against it, and has taken steps to insure that there are little or no assets to levy upon.

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Banks told: Look, your systems WILL fail. What is your backup plan?

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Re: Having backup plans is good.

<quote>The problem is usually cutting corners to meet ridiculous arbitrary project deadlines the demands for an increased bonus pool.</quote>

FTFY!

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Things that make you go hmmm: Do crypto key servers violate GDPR?

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Re: "An email address is unique to a person. "

<quote>Just curious what kind of company needs an email group for all the women and for all the men?

I've never heard of such a thing before.</quote>

One such possible use is to direct appropriate messages about sexual harassment in the workplace to the appropriate audience.

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Startup bank Monzo: We warned Ticketmaster months ago of site fraud

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Re: Fine!

Better suggestion - put them out of business.

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Time to dump dual-stack networks and get on the IPv6 train – with LW4o6

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Re: "Where does the 4 to 6 interchange take place?"

<quote>Yes, but an increasing number of people aren't renting them -- they're buying their own in order to stop having to pay the extra fee.</quote>

And I am one of them

Fuck Time Warner Brighthouse Spectrum, and their fees for a shitty modem.

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US Supreme Court blocks internet's escape from state sales taxes

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FAIL

Get it right!!!

<quote>The current situation where billion-dollar companies don't pay state tax is actually damaging to the overall economy and states, the court's majority opinion argued.</quote>

It is the customer that pays the sales tax, the only obligation of the business is to collect it.

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Microsoft loves Linux so much its R Open install script rm'd /bin/sh

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Demonstration of Incompetence

<quote>"What came in here was such an exhibition of incompetence that I can only assume they are doing it on purpose."</quote>

As seen at a former employer when a MBA was promoted to CIO, and the MBA had absolutely NO IT experience.

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Trump's ZTE deal challenged by Senate

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RE: Look into the shadows....

<quote>Look in the shadows and you will see brown envelopes full of donations/gifts/bribes (make your choice) being passed to senaors from ZTE and Huawei competitors.</quote>

You forgot campaign contributions.

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Re: At least it shows there is a hurricane!

One that ought to blow him out of the White House.

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First A380 flown in anger to be broken up for parts

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Re: This underlines one more thing

<quote>(Engine Turns Or Passengers Swim)</quote>

I gave you an upvote, just for that!!

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US tech companies sucked into Russian sanctions row

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Re: When did the United States go totally insane?

The day Trump was elected.!

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US govt mulls snatching back full control of the internet's domain name and IP address admin

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Re: "What is wrong with these people?"

They formulate their responses by the use of the Bull Shit Bingo app.

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Ex-CEO on TalkTalk mega breach: It woz 'old shed' legacy tech wot done it

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RE: Chief execs should get down in the trenches.....

<quote>Chief execs should get down in the trenches and spend time with the "young stars" of their security teams to learn about risk, she added.</quote>

FAT CHANCE!!!!!

Anyone who believes that a C suite is going to 'get down and dirty' with the menial tasks of IT. is in serious need of a psychiatric examination.

Isn't going to fucking happen. Ivory Tower types do not get dirt on their hands, as it is beneath them.

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Smart bulbs turn dumb: Lights out for Philips as Hue API goes dark

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Lost Internet connectivity....

<quote> the one big factor preventing a broader update of smart home products is the concern that their connection to the larger internet opens the system up to potential hacking, or unexpected problems.</quote>

NO SHIT, Sherlock!!!!

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Double trouble at tape survivor Quantum as CEO and CFO quit firm

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RE: Quantum Fireball

I had one of those once back in the late 90's. (https://www.cnet.com/products/quantum-fireball-540-1080-hard-drive-545-mb-fast-scsi/specs/)

I used it to replace a 10 year old Micropolis that locked up.

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