* Posts by adam payne

1241 posts • joined 15 Jun 2009


Accused hacker Lauri Love loses legal bid to reclaim seized IT gear

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So you've not charged him with anything but he can't have his stuff and needs to get a job.

Either charge him or give him his stuff back.

Return of the audio format wars and other money-making scams

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Against all probability, this has led to the re-emergence of a software utility I thought had gone forever: the CD audio ripper.

AudioGrabber still lives

Why does that website take forever to load? Clues: Three syllables, starts with a J, rhymes with crock of sh...

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I understand the need to generate ad revenue but when lots of sites are loading 30+ scripts they have only themselves to blame.

Judge snubs FBI's bid to snaffle Autonomy docs ahead of founder Mike Lynch's UK showdown

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HP would have done due diligence as part of the process of buying them so why wasn't it flagged up?

Hackers KO Malta's Bank of Valletta in attempt to nick €13m

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Two days ago the Bank of Valletta celebrated Safer Internet Day,

By pulling the plug on everything. Well that's one way of being safer.

Ever yearn for the Windows 95 shutdown sound? TADA! There's an Electron app for that

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As well as my MS-DOS 6.22 VM.

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Don't need it still got my old Windows 95 VM.

HMRC: We 'rigorously tested' IR35 tax-check tool... but have almost nothing to show for it

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He said that his firm had run its own test of CEST using the 24 cases listed by HMRC – which returned the wrong assessment 42 per cent of the time

You couldn't make it up.

How many millions to fix it then? Who's paying for it?

EE customer: Creepy ex used employee access to change my mobile number, spy on me

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..asked for a new SIM and had the account switched to a new handset, and registered it to a new address, which Bonafede recognised as her ex's.

You go to all that length to stalk your ex and you use your own address?!?

The network added that it had "worked quickly to protect Francesca", but apologised "for not keeping her informed"..

BT/EE don't work quickly on anything.

Pants-purveyor in plea for popularity: It's not just any pork push... it's an M&S 'love sausage'

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Of course, one could argue that this isn't just any love sausage. This is an M&S love sausage.

No, it's my love sausage.

London's Met police confess: We made just one successful collar in latest facial recog trial

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The Met's account of the event was that the man "was seen acting suspiciously"

Oh that old chestnut.

Accused hacker Lauri Love to sue National Crime Agency to retrieve confiscated computing kit

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it has become unfortunately necessary to use the instruments handed down by Parliament for redress of arbitrary dispossession of individuals by executive bodies through the Police Property Act," said Love.

What's the betting he wins and get everything back. Then once he has had time to decrypt it they raid his house.

Not cool, man: Dixons spanked over discount on luxury 'smart' fridge with wildly fluctuating price

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The watchdog told Dixons the promo was misleading because it suggested a saving could be made when that wasn't the case, and should not be run again in the same form

So they wagged their finger up and down at them and then told them to go play. The watchdog needs to get stuck in and start giving these businesses fines.

Perfect example, walked into a shop and there's massive sale signs everywhere. Trousers on sale £30 a pair, remove sale label and find the trousers had been £25.

Until the watchdog starts showing it's teeth and chomping down on these businesses they will continue to do whatever they want.

European Commission orders mass recall of creepy, leaky child-tracking smartwatch

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We think this test was excessive – not reasonable, material or fair – or, based on a misunderstanding or the wrong product (a previous version of the product, which is not in the market anymore

Interesting, so you knew about the previous versions having these problems. Didn't say anything and didn't fix the newer version?

Also if this is an old product and it's not on the market anymore, why are the backend servers still running?

Bringing the Houzz down: Home design website tells users to reset passwords after copping to breach

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It said not all had been exposed, but "out of an abundance of caution" it had notified all those who might have been.

Issue discovered late December but only notifying people now, that's not what I would call an abundance of caution.

Romford Station, smile! You're in London cops' final facial recog 'trial'

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Re: How does one decline to be scanned?

How about a laughing man mask?

"I thought what I'd do was, I'd pretend I was one of those deaf-mutes."

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Campaign group Liberty, on the scene, said that this time there is Met Police branding on the blue van – although this doesn't say anything about AFR. Both cameras are focused on the entrance to the station.

Only one van? There are two entrances to Romford station.

Furious Apple revokes Facebook's enty app cert after Zuck's crew abused it to slurp private data

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Facebook doing dodgy things...never. /sarcasm

Swiss Public Prosecutor will probe WIPO's misconduct allegations against CIO, says his legal counsel

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Gurry was then given access to an unredacted 2016 report that contained the names of key witnesses in the case, including Lei.

Why would he be given access to this?!? It undermines the whole point of whistle-blowing.

SAP to spend €950m on restructure: The thing is, 'loyal workforce', we want the 'best' minds

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"In countries where we don't have the skill set that we want, we're obviously going to come to a nice agreement with our employees to treat them very fairly... and hire the best minds in the world."

So if you aren't cloudy trained you're out on your ear.

Both he and CFO Luca Mucic emphasised this was not about cost-cutting or headcount reductions - Mucic said savings would be invested in areas to help it grow.

Why not grow by re-training existing staff in cloudy stuff.

Gripe to UK, Ireland, Poland: Ad tech industry inhales, then 'leaks' sensitive info on our health, politics, religion

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"We have strict policies that prohibit advertisers on our platforms from targeting individuals on the basis of sensitive categories such as race, sexual orientation, health conditions, pregnancy status, etc. If we found ads on any of our platforms that were violating our policies and attempting to use sensitive interest categories to target ads to users, we would take immediate action."

You have strict policies that prohibit ad slingers from targeting individuals?!? OK, but why would your policies and setup make it possible for it to happen in the first place?

What action would you take Google?

Golly 4G whizz: Vodafone caught using a cheeky bit of Three UK's spectrum

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And they couldn't resist a dig, it seems, adding: "In the meantime, we will be offering them support and training on mobile mast configuration."

Nice one Three, that made me laugh.

The spokesperson added: "It was a genuine mistake and we are looking into it as a matter of urgency."

You shouldn't use the word 'genuine' in a statement, it makes you look guilty of something.

Is your kid looking at GCSE in computer science? It's exam-only from 2022 – Ofqual

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GCSE computer science will be exam-only, the UK's education watchdog has said, after concluding it isn’t possible to fairly and reliably assess the secondary school qualification any other way.

So students are going to be taught how to pass the exam.

Colour us shocked: Google in €50m GDPR fine appeal bombshell

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"concerned about the impact of this ruling on publishers, original content creators and tech companies in Europe and beyond".

Oh how noble of them. /sarcasm

The outfit where the NHS England Digital boss is headed? Turns out their code is 'not technically suitable' for the £6.4m NHS App

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According to our source, LIVI was the frontrunner out of the seven that actually engaged one-to-one and NHS Digital spent three months working out how it could integrate the company's wares (as well as those of its competitors) into its digital platform.

I'm sure Juliet Bauer had nothing to do with LIVI being the frontrunner.

Nothing 'unites teams' like a good relocation, eh Vodafone?

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“A number of roles will be moving office locations as we bring teams together to work in a more simplified, collaborative and agile way, which will further increase our speed of delivery and digital transformation,” Looks like the PR department have thrown some buzz words together again. It's complete nonsense.

The number of redundancies will obviously be determined over the next weeks

I'm sure you already have a number in mind, you would have already done your homework on this.

Fake broadband ISP support scammers accidentally cough up IP address to Deadpool in card phish gone wrong

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Re: Dirty Scammers

These scammers need to be imprisoned for decades Ten years in the cubes.

Court orders moribund ZX Spectrum reboot firm's directors to stump up £38k legal costs bill

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So after all the lawsuits, the insults, the finger pointing, the falling out, no one has any money left and the backers still don't have anything to show for their investment.

Wow, fancy that. Web ad giant Google to block ad-blockers in Chrome. For safety, apparently

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Google's stated rationale for making the proposed changes, cutting off blocking plugins, is to improve security, privacy and performance, and supposedly to enhance user control.

An ad flinger making changes to stop their ads being blocked, that's not unexpected. It is incredibly lame but certainly not unexpected.

I however can't see how this will improve privacy.

Vodafone signs $550m deal with IBM to offload cloud biz

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Vodafone is offloading its cloud and hosting unit to IBM in a $550m eight-year outsourcing deal that will include up to 750 staff packing their bags as they're sent off to new employer Big Blue, sources say. If those 750 staff had any sense they'd be looking for new employment.

IBM HR made me lie to US govt, says axed VP in age-discrim legal row: I was ordered to cover up layoffs of older workers

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Another day another lawsuit for IBM. At this stage i'm starting to believe the lawsuits.

Epic's Fortnite fail: Ancient UT2004 server used for login-stealing proof-of-concept

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Re: upper-bracket millennials

ChaosUT mod

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Older readers will remember the classic Unreal Tournament line of PC-based first-person shoot-em-ups.

I still play them now. I am however a little miffed that Epic has shelved the new version of UT to concentrate on Fortnite.

Microsoft sends a raft of Windows 10 patches out into the Windows Update ocean

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It is those enterprises that Microsoft really wants to get onboard with the firm as the release of 19H1 creeps ever closer.

19H1, isn't that a strain of the zombie virus?

EDGAR Wrong: Ukrainians hacked SEC, stole docs for inside trading, says Uncle Sam

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No mention of what is happening with the stock traders.

This must be some kind of mistake. IT managers axed, CEO and others' wallets lightened in patient hack aftermath

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Executives held to account? And three underlings thanked for their work? What is this madness?

Yes it truly is madness. Although I suspect that it's because of high ranking people having their data slurped.

German competition watchdog toys with ban on some Facebook data-slurps

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Facebook has also disputed the idea it has a monopoly in social media, with boss Mark Zuckerberg saying last year that it “feels like new competitors are coming up every day” Does he not know what a monopoly is?!?

Goddamn the Pusher man: Nominet kicks out domain name hijack bid

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Looks like a classic due diligence failure on the part of Pusher. If the domain name is that important to them shouldn't there have been policies in place to get it renewed? Even a calendar reminder would have been better than nothing.

I'm still not sure why a person from Romania would need a .co.uk domain though.

AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile US pledge, again, to not sell your location to shady geezers. Sorry, we don't believe them

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Why would anyone believe them at this point?

They've already proven that they can't be trusted to police themselves.

Medical advice app Your.MD could have been tampered with by anyone, alleges ex-veep

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"And it doesn't come up on a Google search," continued Mansfield. The internet is more than Google.


Begone, Demon Internet: Vodafone to shutter old-school pioneer ISP

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RIP Demon

IBM insists it's not deliberately axing older staff. Internal secret docs state otherwise...

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You can only get slapped with so many age-discrimination lawsuits before it starts to make you look guilty. To then refuse to hand over documents certainly won't help to change anyone's mind.

Cambridge Analytica sister firm pleads guilty, fined £21k for failing to obey UK information commish

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quoting from an email the firm sent to the ICO: "He had no right to make a subject access request any more than a member of the Taliban sitting in a cave in the remotest corner of Afghanistan."

That made me chuckle.

Double denim? Ha! Now you can go triple denim with Seagate's hipster portable drive range

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The Touch drives don't have a light-blue case option but do have cloth covers for what Seagate calls a "tactile, textile industrial design". Whatever next?

A touch drive with Tartan cloth and a Seagate hard drive that doesn't fail.

Senator Wyden goes ballistic after US telcos caught selling people's location data yet again

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After I exposed these dangerous practices last year, several carriers, including @tmobile’s CEO @JohnLegere told me point blank that his company would stop selling customer location data to shady third parties.

You left it up to them to determine who was shady. That's your problem right there, you trusted them to police themselves.

Aussie Emergency Warning Network hacked by rank amateurs

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The messages read: “EWN has been hacked. Your personal data is not safe. Trying to fix the security issues,” and included a support email address.

Translates to 'All your base are belong to us'.

NHS England claims it will be all-digital within the decade

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The government said it would redesign services over the next five years to remove the need for 30 million outpatient visits each year, which it said would avoid the associated £1.1bn bill. How? by spending twice as much on a system that's going to be delayed and ultimately canned.

Germany hacked: Angela Merkel's colleagues among mass data dump victims

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Well yes until the GDPR man comes calling.

The fastest, most secure browser? Microsoft Edge apparently

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Edge won something, never thought i'd see that.

Google CEO tells US Congress Chocolate Factory will unleash Dragonfly in China

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"One of the things that’s important to us as a company, we have a stated mission of providing users with information, and so we always think it’s our duty to explore possibilities to give users access to information. What's your stated mission for China?

Providing users with information (as long as the local government approves of it), doesn't have the same grandiose ring to it, does it?


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