* Posts by chris street

21 posts • joined 10 Feb 2009

Ever used VFEmail? No? Well, chances are you never will now: Hackers wipe servers, backups in 'catastrophic' attack

chris street

Re: but... but... but...

And only one is needed to make the point that you can have records survive quite severe conditions. So again I fail to understand what your point is beyond some weird form of smearing.

chris street

Re: but... but... but...

I don't see the relevance to your question TBH...

chris street

Re: but... but... but...

You know that you can pay people to store backups - even paper backups - in nuclear bunkers these days for not very much money at all....

It's called Iron Mountain...

chris street

Re: Backups?

There are many enterprises that do this every day without fail.

Netbackup - will take a live VM image and backup to disk or tape targets. Veeam - does the same thing. I'm sure that Commvault will too...

100's of TB is small fry - the last tape based system I specfied and built was running multi petabyte backups. You backup up to disk, then stage that to tapes. It's really not rocket science.

Scumbag who phoned in a Call of Duty 'swatting' that ended in death pleads guilty to dozens of criminal charges

chris street

Re: So the police bear no responsibility ?


Menezes wasnt wearing a thick coat, he didn't run, he didnt jump the turnstiles, and he wasnt called to stop.

He was also in the country legally.

You'd know all that if you'd bothered to check the basic information instead of listening to the lies from Ian Blair, which he retracted.

Whats really worrying is that the Dick that made the poor decisions is now in charge of the Met!

Technical foul: Amazon suffers data snafu days before Black Friday, emails world+dog

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Make a subject access request....

I've spent a half hour on chat with one of the bots, sorry I mean customer assistants.

It's real.

They are not reporting to the ICO.

they have no idea what a subject access request is....

This is not going to end well for them. Start making SAR's and asking where that information went and they might take notice....

Google responds to location-stalking outcry by… tweaking words on its BS support page

chris street

Lots of noise - but action?

It's dead simple...


Fill it out and send it in. Google wont talk - hell they dont even give you contact details. If it bothers you fill it in and send it off. If the ICO get a lot of complaints that reference the DPA 2018 (DON'T shout GDPR it makes you look like amateurs, reference the correct Act here http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2018/12/contents/enacted) then the ICO may start to take proper notice and act on things...

Profit-strapped Symantec pulls employee share scheme

chris street

They've not sent you a usable comment?

Do we assume they have sent an unusable comment along the lines of the one in Arkell vs Pressdram?

Dell forgot to renew PC data recovery domain, so a squatter bought it

chris street

Re: WTF?

Because cloud..

Cloud is sexy cloud is shiny cloud is what people do now instead of that terribly old fashioned and appallingly stoneaged recovery partition.

I mean, why break something that was perfectly good like that partition?

Mind you - whatever happened to recovery DVD's..... remember them?

Equifax: About those 400,000 UK records we lost? It's now 15.2M. Yes, M for MEELLLION

chris street

Find out who does searches with Equifax

If you really feel strongly enough - specify that all future dealings are with institutions that don't use Equifax. If they do - drop them and tell them why.

You can get free reporting from Noddle.com and see who is doing searches and which agency are used - start hitting Equifax customers and they will pay attention and so will Equifax.

Equifax UK admits: 400,000 Brits caught up in mega-breach

chris street

Start complaining now....

Time to start complaining. casework@ico.org.uk - send them messages asking why this has happened. Ask them if they are going to prosecute the UK arm - because thats who leaked it. Demand answers. Talk to MP's ask why this is happening.

Be the squeaky wheel make a lot of noise and dont let them grease you.

Equifax mega-leak: Security wonks smack firm over breach notification plan

chris street

Go to the organ grinder..

Theres no way that I'm signing up and waiting to find... oh wait. The unwashed in the UK don't even get to do that.

They've a UK presence. So complain loud and hard to the ICO direct. There is no route to complain direct to Equifax so you've exhausted their complaints route. If there are enough complaints at the ICO every single time there is a breach maybe just maybe they will get off their fat backsides and do something.

Also ask if your financial companies use Equifax. If they do start withdrawing your services from them and tell them why. Make them care by affecting their bottom line and maybe stupid stuff like this will actually get dealt with.

The AA's copped to credit data blurt, but what about car-crash incident response?

chris street

Not comprimised?

Someone's been running through my MasterCard and maxing it out. Now since that card is the one used on the AA site, and it's only happened just after the breach occurred.... and I pay good heed to making damn sure details are not kept anywhere for recurring renewals.

Well it's not absolute proof of course. but there is a bit of smoke about the gun.

As for their laughable PR disaster in handling this - I think we will be parting ways at next renewal....

Fresh cotton underpants fix series of mysterious mainframe crashes

chris street


@fihart The glow referred to on envelope gum isn't strictly static charge, it's a related phenomena called triboluminescence caused by charge separation and redistribution in crystals as they are pulled apart at molecular level. It can do interesting things - if you get tape and pull it apart (Scotch tape is good) you get a glowing line at the separation point. Do it in a vacuum and you get X-ray generation for reasons that are not fully understood...

WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg

chris street

Aleksander meerkat: "The servers are running well Sergei."

Sergei (offscreen) : "I remember back when all this was 386's...... and we had to manually install Windows from floppy disc"

Competitors vie to provide earthquake-proof radios

chris street

It's been around for 50 years

It's called amateur radio.



After the Sumatra-Andaman quake and the resultant tsunami the only way to pass messages for days, if not a week or more to many islands (which had in some cases been submereged totally, albeit breifly) was amateur radio.

Digital modes such as PSK31 are incredibly robust, use almost no bandwitdh (about 60Hz) and need almost no power. 5 watts is sufficient with a simple wire aerial to get error free copy from the UK to Ukraine for example, as I was doing last night.

But hey, it's not something you can easily chuck money at is it a solved problem so let's ignore that part.

Radio Society tries to beat back powerline networks

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Not everyone is that daft

Natrium hydroxide above would be better served learning about the spectrum. The amateur allocation - far from being bloated is quite small in the microwave regions where antenna sizes are sensible enough to be use for wireless. Yes you could plunder the shortwave allocations - but who wants a wifi antenna 20m long attached to their netbook?

Is this the world's dirtiest PC?

chris street

Proper dust bunnies

Back when the motor industry was a four letter word in Essex (work it out) I recieved a Tecra with an acrid smell and a note saying "leaky battery?"

Duly parcelled off to the PFY it made a sparky noise on startup and smelt acrid, so back to Toshiba it went. They sent it back to us saying it wasnt leaky batteries and we had spilled something on it.

While the lean green keen PFY against the advise of the rest of the office stripped it to find a find a milky substance inside, I phoned the listed owner in the ticket to find that it was a bunny issue - his daughters house rabbit was fond of sitting on it, and presumably widdling in it.

Cue the real meaning of dust bunnies, and a PFY who developed an OCD handwashing disorder for the next few weeks.

Whitehall plans 'White Noise' phone network collapse

chris street

Phones down? GLK london calling....

Remember that story about the Home Hub networks and amateur radio? Guess what sort of people can still talk over the country, and indeed internationally even when all the phones go down for whatever reason.... Take me about ten minutes to set up a worldwide capable station from scratch capabale of phone, data, and TV transmission.

Megaphone for like obvious reasons

UK kiddies cop a righteous tasering

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Menezes was not here illegally. His visa may have been expired but he did not need that visa to enter and remain.

Large Hadron Timewaster

chris street

BE thankful

It was at CERN that the WWW was created - that medium that you are using now to spread your own personal vendetta.

Faraday asked "What use is an unborn child?" This research has no immediate use. It's what it may grow into that is excitiing. Maybe a way of cold fusion? Maybe showing how to make submoleculer structures to store higher data densities? Perhaps a tigher noninvasive imaging beam or maybe advanced radiotherpy beams.

Who knows. You certainly don't and neither do the scientists doing the research but that's *why*.

Flammable symbol because there isnt an acid one for your vitriol.

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