* Posts by jason 7

2788 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

I was authorized to trash my employer's network, sysadmin tells court

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Gross negligence...

...if nothing else.

As the prosecution I would put that to do all of that he must have been either negligent or the most incompetent IT engineer in the universe.

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Ad men hope blocking has stalled as sites guilt users into switching off

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If they ask me to switch off my Adblocker...

...I simply go elsewhere. It's not like any site has totally original or must see content.

Plenty more out there...

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The Register's guide to protecting your data when visiting the US

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Re: Cheap Chromebook...

My gf whilst British is also a ex US Greencard holder. We last went to the US in 2002. This was a year after she came back to the UK (cos she missed me awww). So she had to go to the Greencard queue.

Lo and behold I went straight through immigration but my Gf got taken aside for interview. I was left wondering if I was to spend a week in Vegas on my own (hmmm). Anyway I see a guy go in and speak to my Gf for a few minutes. A bit of pointing and giggles and she if stamped in and we both go on through.

I ask what the Immigration guy asked her.

"Oh he asked me which immigration guy told me I had to come for an interview so I pointed him out!"

The Immigration guy then apparently said "Oh that one? The one that looks like he hasn't been laid in months?"

To which my GF giggled and said yes. The guy said "Okay you are free to carry on with your vacation!"

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Re: passports

I remember the Top Gear Xmas special from a few years back when they drove across the Middle East. When they got to one country they said "Oooh time to get the clean passport out that hasn't got the XXXXXX stamp in it!"

I had never heard of having two passports before.

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Cheap Chromebook...

...with a fresh account of ghg56445fgdfg@gmail.com on it.

Login with your real one later and powerwash before coming home.

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Two words, Mozilla: SPEED! NOW! Quit fiddling and get serious

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Mozilla announce switching to Chromium in 5....4...

It's the lazy way out.

I love Firefox. It's been the browser I have stuck with the longest in 24 years of being online.

It just needs some buffing and tweaking. No major changes just keep tweaking it up.

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Munich may dump Linux for Windows

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Re: I guess the support team got fed up hearing...

Erm in the world I live in and support, most people on their domestic PCs use Windows 7/8.1 and 10 and Office. A lot use Office 365.

Most offices I work in also use...Windows 7/10 and Office. A lot use Office365/13/16.

I have tried pushing Linux and Open Office to customers. Told them its cheaper or free. They still don't want it or like it. Users are stubborn creatures. They like what they know.

I bet this is more the reason that any politics or corporate skulduggery. But read into it what you will.

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I guess the support team got fed up hearing...

..."Why doesn't it work like my Windows PC at home and the work PC I had before?"

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Want to come to the US? Be prepared to hand over your passwords if you're on Trump's hit list

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Re: We stopped going several years ago.

Yeah we do Vancouver Island every time we go. We do the west coast from Uclulet and Tofino onwards (even up to the notorious suddenly Nootka Sound).

Sooo beautiful! And also when you speak to the folks there they never put on a smug smile and say "Hey didn't we save your ass back in WW2?"

I swear the next American that says that to me will get a swift kick to the bollocks and the return phrase of -

"Yes thank you very much, we appreciate your sacrifice but we did pay you back and if you had joined when we asked you to, it would have all been over much sooner!"

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Re: More ignorance

It is a shame when you have to keep stating basic facts over and over.

The right-wing brainwashing in the USA really is something else. Powerful stuff.

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I can just imagine...

...all those logins and password to banks etc. written on Post-It notes tucked in piles of paper files on low paid admin folks desks.

Maybe they will outsource the work to India or similar?

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You'd think the 1% just...

...want to get rid of the other 99% somehow so they could keep it as a holiday resort or gated walled community for themselves.

Oh hang on...

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We stopped going several years ago.

We go to Canada instead. Far more civilised and the beer is better. Several others I know just wont go to the USA anymore.

The more I see the more depressing and disgusting a country it appears.

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Samsung's Chromebook Pro: Overpriced vanilla PC with a stylus. 'Wow'

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Re: Optional

...rubs chin.

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On the subject of the hardware specs.

Can I just point out to those of you that have lived under a rock for the past 5 or so years or have never actually used a Chromebook.

The hardware requirements and processes for Chromebooks are quite different from running Windows or Linux. Hence why the specs look low. When you are not running a huge monolithic OS that isn't designed to locally carry your entire anime collection around with you, you don't need that much.

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A quick question for those of you mentioning Google's data slurping.

Just what is it that Google is doing with all this 'data'?

You seem to think it has some amazing scary purpose. But in over ten years of using a LOT of Googles services, I've never had one email or ad from them. Not a single letter in the post, not a phonecall offering me something. I don't get that sort of thing from pretty much anyone else either.

So you know...let us in on the big secret.

Or are you just talking shit?

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Trump's visa plan leaks: American techies first

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Re: "SV companies ... weren't willing to offer adequate compensation"

You have to remember if your IT job even remotely involves using the internet beyond social media then you should work for free or next to nothing.

On a side not I had some guy ask me to reinstall Windows on his laptop last week. He asked what the price would be and I told him. He felt that was too much as it was just a 'case of slapping Windows back on!"

I might have wavered had he not just spent the past three minutes telling me how difficult it had been for him and a mate to do it and that every way they tried had failed.

I simply handed him the laptop back and said "By all means find someone else!"

Most satisfying. Little twerp.

I don't just 'slap Windows back on'. It gets fully updated, tweaked, checked over and fully setup ready to go. If you want it 'just slapped on' go to PC World or similar and pay twice as much for the privilege.

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IT guy checks to see if PC is virus-free, with virus-ridden USB stick

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Re: Not work but...

Yeah rebuild from scratch is the best option but as you say, so many customers have that "special" edition of Adobe Creative suite or some work software that the license key is nowhere to be found and that isnt an option.

Not to mention the idiots that don't connect to an Exchange server but for some reason have a over complex and huge Outlook setup with 90GB of mail across 9 accounts of which half haven't got the password to hand anymore.

I have almost screamed in some users faces when they pull the old "well why should I know all this stuff?" -

"YOU HAVE TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR SOME OF THIS FFS!"

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IBM's Marissa Mayer moment: Staff ordered to work in one of 6 main offices – or face the axe

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Not a lot of thought goes into this stuff.

I remember two occasions -

1. About 25 years ago all of the clerical staff (average age 19 and living with parents) were called in and told we were to either relocate to Sheffield (from Norwich) or be made redundant. When we asked if there was a relocation package to help with our meagre average salaries of £5000pa we were told "No!"

We took redundancy.

2. The exec had to make 80 people redundant from a UK wide pool of around 500 staff. These staff all did different schemes and types of work. Did they agonise over who stayed and who went? Made sure the right skills were kept? etc. etc. Nope. They simply looked down the list of branches and found the first one closest to 80. Bingo, all gone.Took them 45 seconds.

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Went out boozing in SF during Dreamforce or Oracle OpenWorld? Malware may have slurped your bank card

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I remember being in a store in the US...

...just as we finished paying for our goods some young douchebag walks up to the other douchie teller and hands him a card reader out of his bag, bold as brass and walks straight out. Teller quickly sticks it under the counter.

I paid cash and walked away fast.

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Tablets become feebleslabs as sales spiral down

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Re: Was thinking about this the other day...

Good call! I forgot about that one.

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Was thinking about this the other day...

... my other half was talking about a replacement for her Nexus 7 (Mk2 version) and I was at a loss as to what to replace it with. I remember a time a few years ago there were premium tablets being launched left right and centre and now...its all £50 cheapies or silly expensive tech demo machines.

Probably just get one of Amazon's own.

From what I see the tablets are being dumped and people are going back to buying laptops. Certainly the trend I'm seeing from my customers. That or the little kids who grew up playing games on the iPad now want a proper gaming machine.

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Former Mozilla dev joins chorus roasting antivirus, says 'It's poison!'

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Re: What do I use?

No the usage of it is fine. Its the Licensing and bulk deployment that's got rather difficult.

For the single user its fine.

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Re: If MS AV is the best...

"Come on MS, help people out who service your systems, especially with safe mode being available if the machine fails to boot (maybe they fixed that, I'm no longer in that part of the industry)."

This is still a major problem. All the so called 'fix it' features that MS have introduced with Windows 8 to 10 are more of a problem than a help. They either get in the way or just don't work. The restore points often aren't there or magically disappear. The system rebuild often doesn't work either. Then there is the classic of Safe Mode which has hardly any access unless you can get the machine to boot in the first place...which isn't the reason you need Safe Mode.

9 times out of 10 its quicker to try to copy the user data off and rebuild the machines with a fresh USB install.

With Windows 7 you could usually boot it into Safe Mode via F8 and 5 minutes later you would be back up and running.

But no we have to now have the useless Fast Boot setting which is a waste of time and a liability.

I always switch Fast Boot off on all my customers machines. None of them miss it.

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Re: What do I use?

Oh yes also forgot to mention I also use FoolishIT's Cryptoprevent.

However, what was a simple product to license and rollout has suddenly become far more complicated and convoluted.

I hate it when products do that. May be looking for an alternative.

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What do I use?

For Windows -

Defender

EMET 5.5

Unchecky

Local User Account

Common Sense

For Browsing -

NoScript

Ad Blocker

Privacy Badger/Disconnect

I too always take AV as the very last line of defence against the stuff I can't see till its too late. Luckily instances have been next to nil.

In fact recently most people that have called me up with virus issues have been caught out with the support call from India. I mean really? In 2017 people are still dumb enough to be caught out by that one. The beauty of this route is that the user virtually physically bends over and says "take me big boy!" with full consent. No malware required. People just don't want to learn. I have tried so many times to impart some Internet safety tips from my 25 years on the web buy the lazy bastards just roll or glaze their eyes over within 3 seconds.

Ah well...constant income for me I guess.

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Re: If MS AV is the best...

"Microsoft only blocked 97%"

Which is far more effective than 80% of laptops out there that are relying on a 2 year out of date lapsed trial copy of McAfee and Norton.

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Re: From the 90's on....

McAfee Preintstalls are responsible for more shit than anyone mentions.

I have never seen anyone take up the subscription after the free three months is up but the tards still think they have valid AV on their machine.

All they had to do was uninstall it and Defender would take over and stay up to date.

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Imagine a ChromeOS-style Windows 10 ... oh wait, there it is and it's called Windows Cloud

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Re: Bloat for the cloud

Hmm what is that 128GB of local storage on my Chromebook...

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I bet...

...you'll still be seeing a lot of "Windows Updates are 100% Finished" for 10 minutes or more.

A Chromebook can update in a four second reboot. Try that MS!

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God save the Queen... from Donald Trump. So say 1 million Britons

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Re: Wow,

Have you actually read his 'Trade Strategy'?

His strategy is at all costs to -

1. Increase US production. Okay that happens if you get sales elsewhere and is worthwhile.

2. (this is the kicker) Reduce the US Trade Deficit. Essentially the US pushes everyone to buy from them but doesnt want to buy anything back.

The UK has a decent trade surplus with the USA currently. Do you think that will continue with any new deal agreed with 'The Great Negotiator'?

Again you Brexit types just go with the rhetoric and don't read the small print.

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Ahhh the 'Special Relationship'

...special, you know...like wife beating.

My stomach churns when I hear that phrase used, especially by US diplomats in public, as you know they burst out laughing behind the scenes at that remark.

Nothing special relationship wise between the UK and USA whatsoever.

And yes whilst Trump is a detestable curmudgeon, in terms of hands the Queen has had to shake over the years his tiny paws are pretty clean blood wise....at the moment.

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Linus Torvalds says Linux 4.10 just 'blew up' as rc6 bloats

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I'm...

..sure this will be interesting to half a dozen or so in the world.

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Trump signs 'no privacy for non-Americans' order – what does that mean for rest of us?

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Re: It has been very interesting reading this thread. There is one point I feel should be made:

Just like Boris didn't expect to win Brexit.

I was never convinced by him leaving the Leadership race because Gove stepped in. He just wanted the slimmest excuse to jump out of the way.

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I was sat in the pub this evening.

People were watching his speech today and just laughing at the man.

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Trump's FBI boss, Attorney General picks reckon your encryption's getting backdoored

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Re: Back to MD5, et. al.

As a European (even though some want to take that brand away from me) I have no issue with the restrictive EU Gun laws especially those in the UK.

At the age of 45 I have never or known anyone personally to have been threatened, injured or killed with a firearm.

I'm more than happy for that to continue.

Like the folks in the US will ever lift their fat arses and AR-15s off the sofa to 'rise up' and take back what's theirs.

Yeah they talk the talk...

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Google hardwires its Android app store into new Chromebooks

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Re: Then of course

"it doesn't anymore without you spending extra"

And you post on a IT forum?

C'mon, anyone who has been using a Windows box will be using VLC or similar. That still does it for free. So why does MS have to bother?

I would prefer it if MS reduced the extra functionality and let me decide the majority of the extra components, paid or free.

Plus optical media in 2017? You'll be after a infra-red port next.

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Re: Actually

Well I really look forward to the day they finally act on all this data and send me some lingerie clad Valkyries with pizza and high strength real ale for a party.

However, in 12 years of using their services they have been deathly silent on my needs and wants.

I think a lot of you are a bit too wrapped up in all this shit to grasp reality at times.

Sorry.

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Re: Actually

I use Google and their services a lot. I don't get any emails or spam from Google or app suppliers. I don't use any spam filtering other than what Gmail provides. Never anything from all these so called spawn of satan Data Miners. Just twats from Asia trying to sell me crappy SEO services.

So?

If you are getting it you must have asked for it in some way.

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Re: Actually

Yeah if I see someone with a email account full of spam they are using the Internet wrong.

Remove their access credentials now!

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Re: It had potential ...

Yeah I still have my little 2GB 11" Samsung that still works perfectly fast enough. I'm not one of those needs to have 80+ tabs open at the same time. Still gives great battery life and a great little travel machine.

I also have a i3 4GB 64GB* SSD Dell 13" Chromebook that's superb. One of the best devices I've ever bought. Just sails through the web. This should get the Android apps but as I said I'm not holding my breath.

* upgraded with a Plextor SSD.

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Don't hold your breath

Still waiting for the 2015 and 2016 models they promised would get it to be rolled out.

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Annoyingly precocious teen who ruined Trek is now an asteroid

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Wesley was okay...

...it was all the "Troi has a headache" episodes that used to annoy me.

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Apple sings another iTune following Brexit as prices rise by up to a third

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Seen comments from Brexit Idiots today...

...claiming that the pound has surged to its best position ever ever ever today!

WTF???

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update crushed exploits without need of patches

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All I want to know is...

and for Christ's sake I'm having a hard time with it.

Is to know how the EMET tool is replaced in Windows 10 and how do I manually adjust the dozen or so mitigation technologies it contains for every application on the machine?

Currently EMET lets me know in a simple window what is covered and how.

Windows 10 just tells me I can allow the default of DEP for EDGE/IE or manually set it to everything.

Thats not really good enough.If MS design Windows 10 so I can adjust all the settings as per EMET then they can lapse EMET just fine.

If not just leave it or add it to Windows 10 as standard.

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Customer: BT admitted it had 'mis-sold' me fibre broadband

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Re: Pull out...

Might take a look as I have the original MK1 BT ADSL socket. The one that they used to send two engineers round to fit in 2001!

However, it may be the case that the newer ones are just cheaper and nastier than what I have already.

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Pull out...

...the bellwire.

Might give an extra 0.5Mbps.

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Could just be...

...another cock up at the cabinet.

Seen a lot of those.

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Smart fingerprint padlock startup to $320k backers: Sorry for the radio silence

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Indeed, no concept of Project Management.

We all know cock ups and delays can happen, especially when you have to rely on other suppliers and third parties that may not be as committed as you.

So just going quiet is inexcusable and raises alarm and suspicion.

It only takes a minute or two to say -

"Sorry guys but one of our suppliers has caused a delay so we wont be progressing as planned. Will let you know as soon as things are back in plan!"

or

"Sorry guys but one of the shipments didn't come up to spec on the QA side so we've had to order in a fresh batch! Hopefully back up to speed in a week or two!"

Now that didn't hurt did it?!

Keep your backers and investors informed. Silence just makes it look like you ran off with the money.

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Congrats, PC slingers. That's now FIVE straight years of shrinking sales

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Yawn....

...here we go again for the 7th time or so in 18 months.

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