* Posts by Joseph Haig

184 posts • joined 25 Apr 2007

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Facebook users pwnd by phone with account recovery vulnerability

Joseph Haig

Nothing like good security!

I'm so glad I never succumbed to adding my phone number for extra security (allegedly).

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Set your alarms for 2.40am UTC – so you can watch Unix time hit 1,500,000,000

Joseph Haig

Damn right. GMT and UTC can be up to 500ms different.

I need that extra time in bed in the morning!

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€100 'typewriter' turns out to be €45,000 Enigma machine

Joseph Haig

Reason for sale

"I'm getting rid of it because all the keys are messed up. Every time I type something it shows complete gibberish!"

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Trump's CNN tantrum could delay $85bn AT&T-Time Warner merger

Joseph Haig

Re: Wrong - it's pure blackmail accroding to US statutes

Except in the real world, no they didn't.

I presume you are referring to CNN threatening to dox the individual - correct me if I'm wrong.

I don't know about what the amendments do or do not say but how do you explain:

"CNN reserves the right to publish his identity should any of that change."

(Ref: http://edition.cnn.com/2017/07/04/politics/kfile-reddit-user-trump-tweet/index.html)

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Joseph Haig

Whose tantrum?

Trump posts an infantile video and then CNN spend the next day talking about nothing else. Who is having a tantrum?

This pretty much sums it up: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jgB8z5OOVjQ

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Ubuntu 'weaponised' to cure NHS of its addiction to Microsoft Windows

Joseph Haig

Re: It will take 1-2 more WannaCries

There's no particular reason why Linux is more secure than Windows.

That is true and anyone who claims to be inherently secure simply because of any particular OS is setting themselves up for a massive pratfall.

However, any up-to-date version of Linux is massively more secure than Windows XP, which ceased being supported years ago. Of course, a modern version of Windows is also secure but the reason XP is still so widely used is because upgrading on the scale of the NHS is so expensive and such a logistical nightmare. Yes, for the sake of security they should have upgraded to Vista, then 7, then 8 and now 10 but the cost and the breaking changes each time made it impossible.

In so far as an upgrade is necessary, and the upgrade will be painful in any event, it makes sense to find a solution that is not going to result in the same problem in another 10 years time.

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HMS Windows XP: Britain's newest warship running Swiss Cheese OS

Joseph Haig

Just a thought

Is this because there are still some MOD systems that still require Internet Explorer 6?

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Lloyds finally inks mega 10-year cloudy outsourcing deal with IBM

Joseph Haig

Re: Hmmm

Maybe they can cram enough people into a helicopter to make it less than £75 per person.

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IBM: ALL travel must be approved now, and shut up about the copter

Joseph Haig

IBM said staff will be covered by IBM Life Assurance if they are on "approved" travel.

I dread to think what counts as "approved travel" if life insurance is a requirement.

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The Big Blue Chopper video that IBM might want to keep quiet

Joseph Haig

Re: Dilussions of grandure....

Don't forget Hursley is part of the USA arm of IBM. So in IBM's eyes, she was still on American soil.

Hence the cricket pitch?

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Joseph Haig

Re: Limo

I was thinking the same. The gardener is going to go ballistic (unless he has been laid off to save money).

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Toyota's entertaining the idea of Linux in cars

Joseph Haig

Re: Eggs

Being able to put all your eggs in it was one of the design requirements for the Citroen 2CV.

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Windows is now built on Git, but Microsoft has found some bottlenecks

Joseph Haig

"built on sand"

Well that's where the silicon comes from so you could say that the whole industry is built on sand.

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IBM CEO Ginni flouts £75 travel crackdown, rides Big Blue chopper

Joseph Haig

... and maybe IBM have finally innovated again, and come up with a sustainable energy source

Perhaps that is the plan to generate new revenue. My guess is that TJ Watson is doing a few thousand RPM right now. Someone should check on his grave to see if anyone has rigged up some wires to the nearest IBM lab.

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Today's bonkers bug report: Microsoft Edge can't print numbers

Joseph Haig

Re: "It won't be noticed by 99.999999999%"

What about the other 32%?

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Gang-briefed by IBM bosses in Hawaii? Nah, I'll take redundancy

Joseph Haig

Re: "there was no automatic qualification based on sales quota"

Sorry, I missed the "n't". Thanks for pointing it out. :-)

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Joseph Haig

"there was no automatic qualification based on sales quota"

Just as well as IBM is more than just sales and marketing, is it?

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IBM UK: Oh, remote workers. We want to be colocated with you again

Joseph Haig

Re: Cost Savings

What if they are good?

If they are good then they will be on higher salaries so extra savings!

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2009 IBM: Teleworking will save the WORLD! 2017 IBM: Get back to the office or else

Joseph Haig

Good for customers?

Maybe this is a bit simplistic but doesn't remote working also allow people to be physically located closer to customers? I guess that IBM are now only interested in customers within a reasonable range of their six strategic offices in the US.

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Big blues: IBM's remote-worker crackdown is company-wide, including its engineers

Joseph Haig
Trollface

Re: IBM

8 hours to invoke goodwin´s law? Pretty quick for a thread about working from home...

The Nazis wouldn't have let you work from home.

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Google mistakes the entire NHS for massive cyber-attacking botnet

Joseph Haig

... while he Googles "how to perform open heart surgery"

It could be worse. It might be that he is being talked through it by a 12-year-old on Slack.

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Lord of the Dance set to deliver high kicks at Trump’s big ball

Joseph Haig

Re: because their candidate lost

She got millions more votes though.

But he won according to the rules of the election. That's democracy for you, imperfect though it is.

Are you one of those who insists that we shouldn't leave the EU because Scotland and Nothern Ireland voted remain and/or it should have required more than 50%?

Democracy allows you to protest but not to demand that the rules change after then event when a vote goes against you.

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Happy 20th birthday to the RADIUS RFC

Joseph Haig

Re: Stock photography

Yes, we demand a new photograph for every 'project is X years old' story from now on with someone of the correct age.

I think that IBM is 106 this year.

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Microsoft goes retro with Vista, Zune-style Windows Neon makeover

Joseph Haig

Vista?

We're going to die!

https://youtu.be/FxIUs-pQBjk?t=49s

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Switzerland says Uber's an employer, sends social security bill

Joseph Haig

Re: I is confused

Their model is that they don't want to have to conform to local laws that governments set up to allow businesses to operate on a level playing field because ... THE INTERWEBZ!!!!

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Microsoft's chaps slap Slack chat brats with yackety-yak app

Joseph Haig

Clients

How long before the first cross-platform client? I'm already in 4 Slack channels (I guess others will "boast" of more) and I don't really want to have to start having multiple clients as well.

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Pair programming – you'll never guess what happens next!

Joseph Haig

Re: You mean...

Or maybe like this:

http://dilbert.com/strip/1995-05-29

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Delete Google Maps? Go ahead, says Google, we'll still track you

Joseph Haig
Devil

Re: Do no evil

I would have liked to be a fly on the wall in the meeting when they decided to drop that slogan.

"So far we have been running a strict 'no evil' policy but how much evil could we realistically allow? 10%? 40%? Are there times when we would need to ratchet it up to 'total evil'?"

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Really – 80% FTTP in UK by 2026? Woah, ambitious!

Joseph Haig
Coat

*TP?

Is it just me who saw the headline and thought this was a new network transfer protocol?

(OK, the answer is probably 'yes')

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Pains us to run an Apple article without the words 'fined', 'guilty' or 'on fire' in it, but here we are

Joseph Haig

More Black

So it comes in black and more black? How much more black could this be?

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Sophos Windows users face black screens after false positive snafu

Joseph Haig
Coat

What does it do?

I guess that winlogon.exe is related to logging a user into Windows. Yes, I can see how that would be considered malicious.

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Is it time to unplug frail OpenOffice's life support? Apache Project asked to mull it over

Joseph Haig

Re: VinceH : People still use this!?

You are a bit out of date. .docx and .xlsx are the de facto standards now. I remember a few years ago helping someone open such a file by installing OpenOffice (this was before LibreOffice existed) because the version of MS Office he had couldn't read it. Oh, the irony.

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LinkedIn sues 100 information scrapers after technical safeguard fail

Joseph Haig

Pot? Kettle?

How about going after those who incessantly send unsolicited invites and reminders to people who have no interest in joining their social media site but happen to be in the email address book of someone who accidentally clicked the "spam everyone I know" button?

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Harrison Ford's leg, in the Star Wars film, with the Millennium Falcon door

Joseph Haig
Mushroom

I don't believe it

I've seen him in a fridge launched through the air by a nuclear blast and then walking off unscathed. Don't tell me that something as insignificant as a door is going to hurt him.

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Microsoft to rip up P2P Skype, killing native Mac, Linux apps

Joseph Haig

Re: What are the real alternatives to Skype

None of the options above are as convenient or wide spread as Skype ...

Not at the moment but now that Microsoft have signalled the end to Skype on Mac, which is now a significant market, I do not think it will take long for someone to take its place. Gone are the days when then can get away with this sort of thing because "everyone uses Windows".

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Windows Phone users beg Pokémon Go creators for attention

Joseph Haig
Trollface

What goes around ...

Well, they just comfort themselves with the memory of years when companies used the market share argument for not supporting anything other than Windows.

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Microsoft and LinkedIn: What the CEOs are planning

Joseph Haig
Coat

New advertising campaign

"Is your career slowing down for no apparent reason? Maybe it needs a reboot to get it running smoothly again."

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Mark Zuckerberg's Twitter and Pinterest password was 'dadada'

Joseph Haig

Really?

I don't doubt that Zuckerberg's accounts have been hacked but is there any independent confirmation that the password was 'dadada' and that wasn't just a joke? Everyone appears to be blindly accepting something someone posted on social media (and how well that has worked in the past) but it does seem a little unlikely.

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GCHQ (openly) joins Twitter

Joseph Haig
Holmes

Something you really don't want to see

"@GCHQ follows you"

Icon is the closes there is to a spy.

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Microsoft has made SQL Server for Linux. Repeat, Microsoft has made SQL Server 2016 for Linux

Joseph Haig

Re: Wow

Just as Apple based OS X on BSD are we going to see Microsoft build a future version of Windows on Linux?

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Twitter goes titsup

Joseph Haig

Panic!

Now how will I know if it starts snowing?

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Microsoft’s Get Windows 10 nagware shows signs of sentience

Joseph Haig

Re: How in Hell's name did we get here?

How did we get here? Well, when your business plan depends on people being forced to buy the latest version of your operating system when they buy a new computer and then this happens:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/01/13/only_apple_grew_sales_in_2015s_horror_pc_market/

you have to do something to compensate for not actually giving people a compelling reason to upgrade.

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Foetuses offered vaginal music streaming service

Joseph Haig

Snake oil

Babies in the womb are able to hear music without any extra equipment. Save yourself the £90.

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Slander-as-a-service: Peeple app wants people to rate and review you – whether you like it or not

Joseph Haig
Mushroom

What could possibly go wrnog?

Considering how rational and well meaning everyone is on Twitter I cannot see any possible problem with this.

(I think the icon is suitable for how the internet might look about a week after this is releases)

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Earth wobbles on axis as Google rebrands

Joseph Haig
Happy

All these comments ...

... because no company has ever rebranded before.

Maybe the comments section on this type of article should come ready populated with posts saying:

1) How much did that cost them?

2) I preferred the old one.

3) Most people probably didn't notice.

4) Obviously a publicity stunt.

5) Who cares?

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Does Linux need a new file system? Ex-Google engineer thinks so

Joseph Haig

Github?

Not wanting to be picky but if the "project is on GitHub" then why do the links take me to a url I have never heard of?

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SourceForge sorry for adware, promises only opt-in in future

Joseph Haig

Re: Forking to Github

read the first comment?

It's a fair cop, guv. No I didn't. :-)

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Joseph Haig

Forking to Github

How soon before GIMP is moved over to Github?

While they are at it they could change the name.

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IBM pushes the Accelerate, makes one Big Blue storage family

Joseph Haig
Happy

Re: Long-Names-With-Silly-Components-itis

"... the pathetic belief that renaming something is going to influence rational purchasing decisions."

Maybe they are going after the irrational purchasing decisions.

http://dilbert.com/strip/1995-11-17

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