* Posts by adam payne

1193 posts • joined 15 Jun 2009


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?

Ticketmaster tells customer it's not at fault for site's Magecart malware pwnage

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At the time, Ticketmaster publicly blamed "a customer support product hosted by Inbenta Technologies" for the infection.

No good trying to pass the book, it's your site and your problem.

Super Micro says audit found no trace of Chinese spy chips on its boards

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"After thorough examination and a range of functional tests, the investigations firm found absolutely no evidence of malicious hardware on our motherboards,"

So they have had now jumped through hoops and proven to the best of their ability that the claims are completely false. What's bloopersberg going to do now? probably nothing.

Super Micro lawsuit?

Doom at 25: The FPS that wowed players, gummed up servers, and enraged admins

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Ultra violence mode still weeding out the men from the boys.






Latest Google+ flaw leads Chocolate Factory to shut down site early

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"We discovered this bug as part of our standard and ongoing testing procedures and fixed it within a week of it being introduced," Thacker said.

Nothing to see here, move along now.

Privacy, security fears about ID cards? UK.gov's digital bod has one simple solution: 'Get over it'

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But James has apparently pooh-poohed these concerns, brushing them aside in an interview with The Telegraph by saying people should "get over" privacy and security concerns associated with ID cards.

Yes of course we'll get over the governments inability to deliver an IT project on time, on money and not a complete mess.

I fail to see the benefit here and throwing millions from tax payers at it will not change that.

Why millions of Brits' mobile phones were knackered on Thursday: An expired Ericsson software certificate

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the supplier said, rather downplaying tens of millions of screwed-over punters as "a limited number of customers." Factually correct as O2 customers aren't their customers.

Total Inability To Support User Phones: O2 fries, burning data for 32 million Brits

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O2 acknowledged the problem on Twitter at 07:00 GMT.

Sadly all the people on O2 had no data so they couldn't get on twitter anyway.

NHS supplier that holds 40 million UK patient records: AWS is our new cloud-based platform

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EMIS Group is one of four principal suppliers to the NHS. Its health suite is used by 10,000 organisations and holds more than 40 million records. 40 million records going into the cloud, what could possibly go wrong?

Shifting patient records to the cloud requires approval from NHS Digital, so there isn't a timeline yet, It will be rubber stamped by NHS Digital without any discussions regarding security.

Marriott's Starwood hotels mega-hack: Half a BILLION guests' deets exposed over 4 years

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"Marriott learned during the investigation that there had been unauthorized access to the Starwood network since 2014."

Unauthorised access for four years. The entire booking database with 500 million guest details in it but no one noticed anything.

Equifax were bitch slapped with a fine but these guys are going to be ass kicked.

Support whizz 'fixes' screeching laptop with a single click... by closing 'malware-y' browser tab

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I remember a particular person coming to me with malware on their laptop, I asked him what he had been doing, did any dodgy sites open up in the browser etc. He said he didn't look at pron or anything like that. Hmmm..too much information there and now i'm suspicious. Nuked it and gave it him back. A few days later i'm walking past his office and the whole screen is flashing multiple colours with a a single word in the middle of the screen. The word was SEX.

What a meth: Woman held for 3 months after cops mistake candy floss for hard drugs

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Fincher was left in jail for three months while the "meth" was poked and prodded at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

It shouldn't take three months to analysis this. The only reason I can think of is a massive backlog of work.

Apple in another dust-up with its fans: iMacs, MacBooks lack filters, choke on grime – lawsuit

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Dell are a sod for that.

GCHQ pushes for 'virtual crocodile clips' on chat apps – the ability to silently slip into private encrypted comms

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While advocating for "open and honest conversations between experts that can inform the public debate about what’s right,"

I don't need you to tell me what is right, I can make up my own mind thank you.

If I close my eyes, the end-of-life kit vanishes: UK banks in doghouse over poor resilience

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Financial firms have admitted they don't upgrade or remove end-of-life kit fast enough

I remember helping out a friend that had just started his own small computer shop back in the early 2000s. A person from a local bank came asking for us a try to fix a machine what wouldn't boot correctly said it was a critical system. I said no worries and they presented me with an 8086

Australia to build a pirate-proof fence: Brace yourselves, Google

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The test for a site's illegality will be widened from sites whose "primary purpose" is infringement, to cover sites whose "primary effect" is infringement, That's YouTube royally screwed.

"copyright is better addressed by making the content available: conveniently, affordably, and in a timely way".

Well there's a turn up for the books. Never expected a politician to say something sensible.

Angry Googlers demand bosses pull the wings off 'Dragonfly' censored Chinese search engine

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The signatories argue that they felt Google was "a company willing to place its values above its profits"

Maybe in the past but certainly not now their a massive company.

Capita seeks new networking chief: Up for it?

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Networking Solutions falls under IT and Networks, one of six divisions at Capita. IT and Networks revenue fell 9.3 per cent to £197.6m in the first half of 2018, with profits falling further, down 35.6 per cent to £21.5m.

That could be one of the reasons Beatrice has moved onto new challenges outside of Capita.

Facebook spooked after MPs seize documents for privacy breach probe

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British MPs have made unprecedented use of Parliamentary powers to send a serjeant at arms to the hotel where the boss of a US software biz was staying to seize potentially damaging documents on Facebook.

Well maybe not all of our MPs are gutless after all.

I'm impressed and shocked at the same time.

'Cuddly' German chat app slacking on hashing given a good whacking under GDPR: €20k fine

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The watchdog also wanted to avoid bankrupting the company. "The overall financial burden on the company was taken into account in addition to other circumstances," the authority noted.

Sounds like their up to their eyeballs in debt and 20k was the best the watchdog could hope to get.

Shocker: UK smart meter rollout is crap, late and £500m over budget

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Smart meters are meter readers nothing more.

We've already seen how unsecure they are and how they get turned into a glorified brick when you change energy supplier.

What is the point in spending such a huge amount of taxpayers money for something that clearly doesn't work!?!

The thing that really gets on my nerves is that the best tariffs are already smart meter only.

I do not want a smart meter and i'm not going to be forced into having one.

Laptop search unravels scheme to fake death for insurance cash

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The first rule of death club is not to be seen alive

The second rule is not to leave a ton of evidence so that you can get caught.

What the #!/%* is that rogue Raspberry Pi doing plugged into my company's server room, sysadmin despairs

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It turns out that there was someone else was able to get into the room: a former employee that "still has a key because of some deal with management,"

What possible deal would allow an ex-employee to keep a key for a server room / network switch cupboard?!?!

TalkTalk hackhack duoduo thrownthrown in the coolercooler: 'Talented' pair sentenced for ransacking ISP

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Dhir thought Hanley was a "dedicated hacker," and added that both he and Allsopp were apparently "individuals of extraordinary talent."

Is that statement to make the general public feel better about TalkTalk and their stupidity?!? or is it to make the general public feel safer because the hardened hackers are being put behind bars?!?

Microsoft sysadmin hired for fake NetWare skills keeps job despite twitchy trigger finger

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You've gotta love those agencies. Doctoring your CV, selling you a job that is nothing like what they said it was, not paying on time etc etc.

I once had an agency remove most of my qualifications and experience to try to shoehorn me into a junior position.

Microsoft menaced with GDPR mega-fines in Europe for 'large scale and covert' gathering of people's info via Office

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In a statement, a Microsoft spokesperson told us: "We are committed to our customers’ privacy, putting them in control of their data and ensuring that Office ProPlus and other Microsoft products and services comply with GDPR and other applicable laws.

Caught for snooping and you that statement?!?!

You might as well have released "We are committed to privacy, blah, blah, blah, yeah bored now"

If at first or second you don't succeed, you may be Microsoft: Hold off installing re-released Windows Oct Update

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a bug it knew was present in Windows, but chose not to fix in the re-release of build 1809. It suggests setting up script files, scheduled tasks, or changing the group policy settings. That said, these may not last beyond a reboot, and could need to be reapplied.

No, no and no.

I am not messing around with workarounds for a problem that shouldn't be there. You knew it was there and should have resolved it before releasing the patch again.

Microsoft says it'll sort out the issues "in the 2019 timeframe."

You think fixing it next year is reasonable time frame, who are you trying to kid?

Japanese cyber security minister 'doesn't know what a USB stick is'

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"Since the age of 25, I have instructed my employees and secretaries, so I don't use computers myself."

How can you be Deputy Cyber Security Minister if you haven't used computers in 25 years?!?

Technology has moved on a hell of a lot in 25 years.

Does this man have a small army of advisors so he can actually do the job?

Oz lad 'fell in love with' baby meerkat, nicked it from zoo, took it out for a romantic Big Mac

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Hooker has been fined AU$4,000. He wrote to Perth Zoo offering to perform his community service there, which was politely declined.

Politely declined and then thought about banning him for life.

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

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Barriss will be sentenced on January 30, 2019, while Viner, 18, of Ohio, and Gaskill, 20, of Kansas, are still awaiting trial after denying any wrongdoing.

How can either denying any wrongdoing?!?

One deliberately gave out the wrong address and the other dared someone else to place the call like a coward.

I hope the courts teach these two idiots that there are consequences to your actions.

Bloke jailed for trying to blow up UK crypto-cash biz after it failed to reset his account password

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"Salonen seemingly made and sent a device that had the capability to seriously harm and even kill over something as inconsequential as a change of password.

I've know a fair number of inpatient people that would get pissy about the security policies surrounding password resets but yikes!

I found a security hole in Steam that gave me every game's license keys and all I got was this... oh nice: $20,000

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Sometime I wonder about Steam and it's security.

I can remember the Steam Guard bug where you could enter anything and it would let you login.

Windows XP? Pfff! Parts of the Royal Navy are running Win ME

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“Because it works"

ME work?!?!? surely you jest?

I've only ever encountered one ME machine on my many travels and that was quite enough for me.

Google vows to take claims of sexual assault, harassment seriously, just like privacy

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"We recognize that we have not always gotten everything right in the past and we are sincerely sorry for that," said Pichai in an email send to employees that the company made public. "It’s clear we need to make some changes."

More like you are sincerely sorry this has gotten into the media.

Ex-Microsoft manager sues former coworkers and Windows giant over claims of sex assault, gender discrimination

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"She reported this assault to Eunice Lunde (Human Resources). Her report was investigated, her complaint was substantiated, and she was told that the employee was disciplined for 'unwanted physical contact.'"

If this is true then Microsoft need to get a grip. I don't care who you are or what your job is, you do something like this and you should be out the door not disciplined.

If Shadow Home Sec Diane Abbott can be reeled in by phishers, truly no one is safe

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As Home Secretary – note that Ladbrokes offers 4-1 on Labour being the next government – Ms Abbott would be responsible for cybersecurity, as well as crime and policing.

Someone might want to rethink that.

Premiere Pro bug ate my videos! Bloke sues Adobe after greedy 'clean cache' wipes files

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When he later hit a button to clean the suite's cache, rather than delete the "Media Cache" folder in his "Videos" directory, it instead wiped everything that hadn't been accessed for 90 or more days from the whole "Videos" directory, it is claimed.

I would have videos and cache two separate directories.

Over the next three days he would try in vain to get the wiped documents back with a recovery tool.

A standard delete should have been easy to recover from with basic tools unless overwritten of course.

Adobe would later acknowledge the bug in the release notes for a Premiere Pro 2017 11.1.1 update, saying the patch

Come on Adobe, how did this get past beta testing?

US Republicans bash UK for tech tax plan

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Representative Kevin Brady (R-TX), chairman of the influential House Ways and Means Committee, said the tax was an unfair measure to extract cash from US-based companies.

As opposed to making a truck load of money and paying next to no tax.

This one weird trick turns your Google Home Hub into a doorstop

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My Mrs looked into these and really wanted one, she still can't figure out why I said not a chance.

If you have inner peace, it's probably 'cos your broadband works: Zen Internet least whinged-about Brit ISP – survey

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"We designed our network with a level of resilience and capacity," Zen founder and chairman Richard Tang told us recently. The company isn't the cheapest, but hires tech-savvy support staff.

Moved to Zen years ago and never had a problem, rock solid.

D.O.Eh: Here's the new privacy law Canada can't really enforce

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The "real risk of significant harm" portion will be where the law becomes open to interpretation,

Give companies a loop hole and they will use it.

Concerns over cops' crap computer kit: UK MPs call for cash, capacity, command

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The House of Commons Home Affairs Committee pulled no punches in its latest report, warning of "dire consequences" if Whitehall doesn't boost funding and address the "complete failure" in Home Office leadership.

"complete lack of coordination and leadership on upgrading technology over many years"

Lack of leadership and coordination from the Home Office, well i've never heard that before...oh wait..

Pirate radio = drug dealing and municipal broadband is anti-competitive censorship

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he revealed that pirate radio stations are equivalent to drug dealing, at least in his eyes.

This guy has some serious issues!

Official: IBM to gobble Red Hat for $34bn – yes, the enterprise Linux biz

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So RedHat comes BlueHat.

How long before BlueHat circles the toilet bowl like IBM?

We asked 100 people to name a backdoored router. You said 'EE's 4GEE HH70'. Our survey says... Top answer!

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Hardcoded usernames / passwords in 2018, no just no.

Congrats from 123-Reg! You can now pay us an extra £6 or £12 a year for basically nothing

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Maybe they'll use the extra money to sort out their customer service. :D

AMD's shares get in a plane, take off and soar to 12,000 ft – then throw open the door, and fall into the cool rushing air

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AMD stock plunged following the release of the chip designer's third-quarter financial figures – which showed sales at Intel's antitrust shield suffered due to sluggish interest in its GPU hardware.

AMD can't have everything their own way but it least they are sticking it to Intel.

Worrying Windows 10 wrecking-ball weapon weirdly wanders wildly on worldwide web

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“Microsoft has a strong commitment to security"

Just not privacy.

BT, beware: Cityfibre reveals plan to shovel £2.5bn under Britain's rural streets

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Privately-owned broadband biz CityFibre declared this morning that it would spend £2.5bn on building out full-fibre connections to British homes.

BT's response to this will be to take cap off and run to the government. If they even respond at all thinking about it.


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