* Posts by adam payne

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Brace yourself, Britain: Health minister shares 'vision' for NHS 'tech revolution'

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All trusts and Clinical Commissioning Groups will have the “freedom” to buy whatever they like,

They can buy whatever they like?!?! Strange decision, I would have thought standardising on the same kit would be better from a support and development point of view. Unless they want trusts to think they have at least some freedom.

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Microsoft points to a golden future where you can make Windows 10 your own

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A very small step in the right direction.

What about the rest of it?

Windows Store

Maps

Cortana

MIxed Reality

etc etc.

Not going to put telemetry on the list as that'll never happen.

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UK defence secretary ponders £50m hit to terminate Capita recruiting contract

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MPs have long been calling for Capita to be stripped of the contract. Four years ago the cost of terminating the contract was given as £50m.

Did someone not read the small print?

How much is it now? £200m?

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UK Home Office admits £200m Emergency Services Network savings 'delayed'

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Joke

In other news the Home Office released a shock announcement that all outstanding projects will be under budget and on time.

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Microsoft Surface to die in 2019? Not while Redmond keeps making it, er, blush

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Following the Dulux paint convention for giving colours silly names, the pink laptop is referred to as "Blush"

Hasn't Microsoft been doing enough blushing with the Surface line already?

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It is 2018 and the NHS is still counting the cost of WannaCry. Carry the 2, + aftermath... um... £92m

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A three-year, £150m deal was signed with Microsoft to update systems to Windows 10

I hope they are turning the slurpage off.

is that meeting the standard would cost the NHS between £800m and £1bn, and NHS Digital believes this "would not be value for money"

Surely anything that makes you think about security and forces you to put certainly measures in the place is worth the cost?

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Scanning an Exchange server for a virus that spreads via email? What could go wrong?

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Scanning an Exchange server for a virus that spreads via email? What could go wrong?

It deletes the EDB file and then lots of people shout at you.

I would say how did the emails get that far anyway but this was back in 2000 anyway so I suppose that answers that.

I've never deleted an EDB file but I have had an old boss add an extra drive to the Exchange server and then proceed to import the RAID config. Oops.

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PC makers: Intel CPU shortages are here to stay ... for six months

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Re: Pah... when I was a kid...

1UP for VAX

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Microsoft Surface Pro 4 owners: So, about that other broken update…

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Dodgy firmware on a surface?!? Haven't we been here before?

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Russian rocket goes BOOM again – this time with a crew on it

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Good that the crew survived but not so good for Roskosmos.

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US may have by far the world's biggest military budget but it's not showing in security

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In another case, testers “caused a pop-up message to appear on users’ terminals instructing them to insert two quarters to continue operating.”

Did anyone ring the hell desk asking where the slot was for the quarters?

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Re: They're not much good at communication either

Not when you want to bury it.

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Don't make us pay compensation for employee data breach, Morrisons begs UK court

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Four years ago a disgruntled Morrisons employee, Andrew Skelton, who had legitimate access to the company’s entire payroll, published its contents online using anonymising network Tor.

It sounds like the controls in place at the time were insufficient to stop a person from copying the entire database. If the controls in place were insufficient to stop the theft then you are in some ways liable.

What controls have been put in place since this happened?

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Facebook's new always-listening home appliance kit Portal doesn't do Facebook

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"Facebook doesn't listen to, view, or keep the contents of your Portal video calls,"

Are you sure now? wouldn't want that statement to come back and bite you.

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Sendgrid blurts out OWN customers' email addresses with no help from hackers

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The pages that utilized this infrastructure did not include specific instructions within their page headers to inform search engines not to index (or "crawl") links within the Unsubscribe Groups feature.

#CaptainPicardDoubleFacePalm

Why would you rely on a don't crawl header?

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Apple forgot to lock Intel Management Engine in laptops, so get patching

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We provide system manufacturers with tools and guidance to properly configure systems before shipping. This includes setting "End of Manufacturing."

Not us, it's them.

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Screwed SAP salesman scores $660,000 jury award

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SAP admitted while firing him that it owed him over $230,000 in unpaid commission and promised to pay it to him in two installments – half when he was let go and the other half a year later in November 2015.

You make an agreement you honour that agreement. Not go back on it the second the other party has left the building.

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UK.gov asks biz for ideas on how to 'overcome' data privacy concerns in NHS

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For instance, how about a technology that supports “patient-led management”

Sounds like an app to book appointments with to me but how can you book an appointment if no appointments are available due to lack of staff, beds etc.

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New Zealand border cops warn travelers that without handing over electronic passwords 'You shall not pass!'

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The law was passed during 2017 with its provisions coming into effect on October 1. The security conscious of you will also be pleased to know Kiwi officials still need a “reasonable” suspicion that there's something to find.

Well if they need reasonable suspicion then that's OK then, it's not like it's ever been misused.

/sarcasm

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100,000 home routers recruited to spread Brazilian hacking scam

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* Yes, we know 3Com is a name long gone from the shelves;

Gone but not forgotten

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Former Apple engineer fights iPhone giant for patent credit and denied cash, says Steve Jobs loved his 'killer ideas'

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"I’m reopening myself because my attorney had a stroke and has been in assisted living for some time," he said. "I don’t know if he’ll recover to his former ability level and I ran out of money after not working since 2014."

The biggest problem for him is just that money, Apple are going to bury him to paperwork and string this along until he runs out of money.

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A story of M, a failed retailer: We'll give you a clue – it rhymes with Charlie Chaplin

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Buy a company with money you borrowed, load said company with massive debt and hope some profits appear as if by miracle otherwise use the pension pot to bail yourself out when it goes under.

Rinse and repeat.

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Cookie clutter: Chrome saves Google cookies from cookie jar purges

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Use Google services and get tracked, who'd have thought that </sarcasm>

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Oi, you. Equifax. Cough up half a million quid for fumbling 15 million Brits' personal info to hackers

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Equifax can appeal the penalty, and if it does cough up the cash,

Not quite sure on what grounds Equifax could appeal on.

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Apple hands €14.3bn in back taxes to reluctant Ireland

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"While the government fundamentally disagrees with the Commission's analysis in the Apple State Aid decision and is seeking an annulment of that decision in the European Courts

Apple are giving you 14.3bn and you don't want it. There's got to be an angle here surely.

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TV Licensing admits: We directed 25,000 people to send their bank details in the clear

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We can now confirm that fewer than 25k customer sent over unencrypted bank details

What 24,999 people?

Bank details sent unencrypted the mind boggles!

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Vodafone cops ads rap over Martin Freeman's vanishing spaceship

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Using sync speeds is a little misleading for the average person.

BT complaining about is funny given their past history.

What I want to know is how is still talking to the guy on his headset when his broadband died.

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Guess who's still in charge of your gas safety, Brits? Capita

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HSE director of regulation Philip White claimed the winning bid was the “strongest on cost and quality” and he is “confident” Capita will “continue to raise the standards of gas safety”.

Philip has obviously isn't bothered about all the bad press they've had over almost every single government contract they've been awarded. What could go wrong?

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Trend Micro tools tossed from Apple's Mac App Store after spewing fans' browser histories

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This was a one-time data collection, done for security purposes (to analyze whether a user had recently encountered adware or other threats, and thus to improve the product & service).

Slurping data to improve a product and / or service isn't for security purposes. Slurping that data is for marketing and research and you know it. Stop trying to justify why you did it.

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Revealed: British Airways was in talks with IBM on outsourcing security just before hack

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Asked to clarify, Cruz said it was BA's own systems that alerted it to problems rather than those of an external security researcher, bank or financial service provider. Cruz sidestepped several questions on how the criminals broke in.

Contradict yourself much.

First you say it was a partner that told you then it your own systems that told you. Sorry but i'm not sure I quite believe you.

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Top antivirus tool nuked from macOS App Store – after it phoned browser histories to China

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Adware Doctor:Anti Malware &Ad

Even the name sounds dodgy

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PPI pushers now need consent to cold-call you

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The powers, which came into force on 8 September, will require payment protection insurance (PPI) pushers to check that the person has consented to being contacted.

These businesses ignore the current regulations so i'm quite sure they'll ignore the new ones as well.

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Activists rattle tin to take UK's pr0n block to court

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Re: What could possibly go wrong,..

Doubly so if the ministers then try to claim it back on expenses.

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Creaky systems 'cost lives': Health secretary Matt Hancock pledges to solve NHS IT woes

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Faltering NHS IT systems are "costing lives", health secretary Matt Hancock has said ahead of announcing a further £200m for trusts to create digital testbeds.

OK, so what's your plan? is there a plan? or just another sound bite laden speech?

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TSB goes TITSUP: Total Inability To Surprise Users, Probably

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Re: "some of our customers are experiencing intermittent issues with online and mobile banking"

I have no problem with people leaving the bank just as long as don't get another bail out situation.

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ZX Spectrum reboot scandal: Directors quit, new sack effort started

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CTO Janko Mrsic-Flogel and managing director Suzanne Martin were both recorded by Companies House as having stepped down on 17 August.

Is Levy the only person left working for the business? If so he will be walking away quite soon i'm sure.

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ZX Spectrum reboot scandal biz gets £35k legal costs delayed

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“May I ask the question, if our solicitors are unable or unwilling for any reason to provide the documents, are we entitled to seek those documents from the other side and are they?”

You haven't paid them have you Levy.

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We're all sick of Fortnite, but the flaw found in its downloader is the latest way to attack Android

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Re: 'Bypass the Play Store and this is what can happen'

I'm currently not a Google PR bot. I neither like nor dislike Google.

I'm simply saying when you have to use a custom installer there is always going to be a risk.

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To download the game, users need to install a helper app first. This, in turn, is supposed to download the game files.

But by using the Man-in-the-Disk attack, a crook can trick the helper into installing a malicious application.

Bypass the Play Store and this is what can happen.

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No, eight characters, some capital letters and numbers is not a good password policy

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what the state’s admins weren’t doing was blacklisting known terrible passwords or requiring them to meet a given level of complexity

One agency was found to have over 2,000 shared accounts with privileged access.

it was found that one agency had left an old offline AD database in a location support users and contractors were able to access

Another had, “inadvertently shared its entire AD database with a third party

#CaptainPicardDoubleFacePalm

Kudos to the auditor for releasing this.

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Windows 95 roars once more in the Microsoft round-up

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Re: 200Mhz

I built PCs using the original Pentium chips up to 233MHz but after that the Pentium II seemed to take over.

Of course AMD K6 came out around about that time so I built a hell of a lot of those as well. As well as the old faithful Cyrix 6x86 series.

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HP Inc strips off, rolls around as Windows 10 money pours down

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"We think that's a positive stimulus in the market."

Being forced on to Windows 10 might be positive for the market but not for everybody who hates it.

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Chap asks Facebook for data on his web activity, Facebook says no, now watchdog's on the case

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However, the firm declined to do so, effectively saying it was too difficult to locate the info within its humongous data warehouse.

Come on FB you knew this was going to happen and you are telling us that you have no easy way of doing this or that you didn't invest in the infrastructure to make this possible.

noting that this kind of architecture was necessary due to the sheer volume of data created

The sheer volume of data slurped.

Facebook simply does not have the infrastructure capacity to store log data in Hive in a form that is indexed by user in the way that it can for production data used for the main Facebook site

You say you can't locate the information but then say you don't have the capacity to do it. Anyone would think that you're making excuses because you want anyone to know the sheer scale of your slurping.

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

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Under this plan, users get an unlimited amount of data but speeds are reduced when they exceed their allotment until the next billing cycle

An unlimited plan with a difference. Unlimited should mean unlimited, none of this throttling crap after you hit whatever limit they decide.

This was a customer support mistake. We are reviewing the situation and will fix any issues going forward So are you going to put them back on the original plan and refund them? thought not.

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UK's info commish is having a howler: Site dies amid 'plagiarised' GDPR book scandal

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In a bid to address the concerns, the ICO said it was now "developing a corporate policy on how requests for support and collaboration from third parties will be dealt with in the future".

With the amount of bureaucracy in the ICO you would have thought someone there would have loved to add another policy to it.

Surely it can't be the first time they've been asked to collaborate on things such as this. Unless of course it's the first time they've gotten caught rubber stamping something.

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It liiives! Sorta. Gentle azure glow of Windows XP clocked in Tesco's self-checkouts, no less

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XP embedded is still everywhere. I've seen it in big high street shops and in small independent shops.

Big or small they won't spend money unless they really have no other choice.

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Beam me up, PM: Digital secretary expected to give Tory conference speech as hologram

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According to The Sunday Times, inside sources said the idea of having the secretary of state appear as a flickering light display was a part of efforts to make the conference "less boring".

Nothing is going to make it less boring.

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Who was it that hacked Apple? Ozzie Ozzie Ozzie, boy boy boy!

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downloading around 90GB worth of iStuffs and saving it into a folder hilariously labeled as "hacky hack hack.

I laughed out loud when I read that, now people in the office are looking at me funny.

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Bitcoin backer sues AT&T for $240m over stolen cryptocurrency

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AT&T for its part has promised to fight the lawsuit. "We dispute these allegations and look forward to presenting our case in court," said a representative.

Well you can't dispute that you ported the number. You can dispute that you aren't responsible for the things that happened after the porting but the porting certainly helped the criminals.

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Mozilla-endorsed security plug-in accused of tracking users

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"We’ve received concerns from the community about the Web Security extension, and are currently investigating those concerns," a Mozilla spokesperson told The Register.

"The reference to the extension has been removed from the blog post as part of the investigative process."

Shouldn't you have tested the extension before recommending it.

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