* Posts by adam payne

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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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Google shaves half a gig off Android Poundland Edition

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2.5GB for a phone OS, that's bigger than some Windows XP installs.

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Oh my Tosh, it's only a 100TB small form-factor SSD, SK?

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Re: The price

El Reg omitted the prices because they didn't want to give anyone a heart attack.

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Devon County Council techies: WE KNOW IT WASN'T YOU!

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A Devon County Council spokesman told the Beeb: “We’ve been trialling a new IT printing system and a number of mistakes were unfortunately not picked up before this letter was dispatched.”

Now that just made my day. I have never seen an excuse quite as pathetic as that.

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Space, the final Trump-tier: America to beam up $8bn for Space Force

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Space Force Fuck yeah

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ZX Spectrum Vega+ blows a FUSE: It runs open-source emulator

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Well it looks like crap but it least it exists in some form or another. I had serious doubts so i'm shocked some of them have been shipped.

In it's current form I will be sticking to my emulator.

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Second-hand connected car data drama could be a GDPR minefield

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Customer confidentiality and the security and privacy of customer data is paramount to Jaguar Land Rover. We continually review our processes to identify further improvements to meet the security and privacy needs of our customers.

Multiple people have raised an issue and you don't seem to be doing anything about it apart from issue stock statements.

In this case I don't see how confidentiality, security or privacy are paramount to you.

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Intel: Yeah, yeah, 10nm. It's on the todo list. Now, let's talk about AI...

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Re: Intel knows that it is in deep trouble

Unless of course Intel try to give massive discounts to system builders to only use their chips. It's not like it hasn't happened before.

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They insisted Chipzilla is broadening its portfolio beyond the processor market.

...Our roadmap and the products we're putting forward gives us confidence we'll continue to win."

PR for we don't have anything to go against AMD with so we'll act like it doesn't bother us.

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Denial of denial-of-service served: There was NO DDoS on FCC net neutrality comments

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"With respect to the report’s findings, I am deeply disappointed that the FCC’s former chief information officer (CIO), who was hired by the prior administration and is no longer with the Commission, provided inaccurate information about this incident to me, my office, Congress, and the American people,"

Yeah blame someone else as it's always their fault.

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It's a phone with a peel, but you'll have to wait a bit more for retro Nokia

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Joke

Well at least the yellow 8110 should match my Bananaman costume.

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TSMC chip fab tools hit by virus, payment biz BGP hijacked, CCleaner gets weird – and more

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Piriform said it will be updating the tool soon to highlight exactly what is gobbled up when Active Monitoring is switched on and off – and has pulled version 5.45 for now.

You should have been honest and told people what was going on instead you pull the version and tell everyone you'll change it. It makes you look guilty.

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Alaskan borough dusts off the typewriters after ransomware crims pwn entire network

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The attackers gained Active Directory admin access, compromising the controller to reconfigure its security settings.

Ouch!

The borough is now reimaging its systems using backups, some of them up to a year old. However, a lot of data such as email has been lost.

I can imagine desktop / laptop images being out of date by a year but losing data on servers how did that happen? What is the backup process? surely they weren't just doing disk to disk backup.

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Apple takes an axe to its App Affiliate Program

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Obviously axing the affiliate program will help Apple hit the 1 trillion dollar mark

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Facebook deletes 17 accounts, dusts off hands, beams: We've saved the 2018 elections

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Today's announcement is intended to send the message that Facebook is on top of the problem.

The announcement was intended to send that message but to me it sounds like back slapping.

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Oooooh! Fashion! Yes, 1m-plus accounts on clothes, trinket websites exposed by lax security

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Fashion Nexus take our clients and their customer's data security extremely seriously and we apologise that we have come up short in this instance.

Is there a free template online somewhere for breach announcements?

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Dixons Carphone: Yeah, so, about that hack we said hit 1.2m records? Multiply that by 8.3

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In today's statement CEO Alex Baldock, who only started in April, said: "We're disappointed in having fallen short here, and very sorry for any distress we've caused our customers. I want to assure them that we remain fully committed to making their personal data safe with us."

Blah blah blah, same kind of statement different day.

"We continue to make improvements and investments at pace to our security environment through enhanced controls, monitoring and testing."

At pace? Makes me think of people running around patching systems that were forgotten.

I hope you are fully testing things before deploying them at pace.

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Think tank calls for post-Brexit national ID cards: The kids have phones so what's the difference?

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It is true that there is low confidence in government to manage large scale IT projects well

Well that's an understatement.

There's low confidence in any UK government to deliver on any IT projects.

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Hot US deal! IBM wins $83m from Groupon in e-commerce patent spat

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They include two patents developed in the 1980s for IBM's pre-internet Prodigy online communication service, which offered news, weather and sports reports.

IBM announces their plans to expand their new patent trolling department.

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Politicians fume after Amazon's face-recog AI fingers dozens of them as suspected crooks

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The results from the ACLU's latest probing showed that Rekognition mistook images of 28 innocent members of Congress for mugshots of cuffed people suspected of crimes.

Define innocent?

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Well, well, well. Crime does pay: Ransomware creeps let off with community service

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Two men who masterminded various Coinvault ransomware infections will carry out 240 hours of community service as punishment for screwing over 1,200 computers and banking around €10,000 (£9k, $12k) in profit.

Not sure I agree with the sentence. Sends out a message of soft time if you get caught.

They are criminals and their actions effected thousands of people.

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Official: AMD now stands for All the Money, Dudes!

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#GoAMD

Good to see AMD back in the black. Now I want to see them stick it to Intel.

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Brit spending watchdog brands GP Primary Support Care a 'complete mess'

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"The dismal fallout here, with NHS England and Capita squabbling over details that should have been agreed in 2015, tells its own sorry tale," said Hillier.

Sounds like important things that should have been discussed and ironed out in the initial specing up stage never happen.

Why does this keep happening time and time again?!?

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No big deal... Kremlin hackers 'jumped air-gapped networks' to pwn US power utilities

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We're told, and can well believe, that the equipment makers and suppliers have special access into the utilities' networks in order to provide remote around-the-clock support and patch deployment – access that, it seems, turned into a handy conduit for Kremlin spies.

Not the first time that vendors have been used to access the real target.

Trusted connections between customer and vendor, sorry not happening on my network.

Seems like security measures need to be improved in both camps.

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You're burning £1.2bn for what? UK spending watchdog gives digital court plans a kicking

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Ten years in the cubes

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Brits whinging less? About ISPs, networks and TV? It's gotta be a glitch in the Matrix

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That was business support.

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TalkTalk and BT are the most moaned-about home broadband operators

Well you do surprise me :P

Classic BT approach. Spend an hour on the phone, get transferred through nine people and departments to end up back with the first person you spoke to and for them to then say your package doesn't support DNS. Awesome!

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Techie sues ex-bosses, claims their AI avatar tech was faked – and he was allegedly beaten up after crying foul

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Sadeghi said he would return the laptop after he had retrieved some personal data from it, and later tried to leave Pinscreen’s offices.

Personal data on a company laptop, no just no.

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Will this biz be poutine up the cash? Hackers demand dosh to not leak stolen patient records

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Data privacy watchdogs at the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario said they were “assessing whether the breach could have been prevented

If the breach wasn't preventable then they had no business using the system in the first place.

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PayPal's pal Venmo spaffs your pals' payments – and yours

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Why is this stuff even public? Why would there even be an option to make the stuff public?

Surely GDPR should have slapped this one down by now.

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Brit watchdog fines child sex abuse inquiry £200k over mass email blunder

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According to the ICO, the inquiry: failed to use an account that could send separate emails to each person involved in the cases; didn't give guidance or training on BCC emails;

Didn't give training on BCC emails? seriously? your staff need training on BCC?

hired an external IT firm to manage the mailing list and relied on advice from the third party that it would prevent email recipients from replying to the whole list; and shared those email addresses with the IT company in breach of its own privacy notice

Why did they need to hire an external IT company to manage a mailing list?

So you then breach again by sending the email addresses to the IT company, the mind boggles.

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Official probe into HPE’s Oz 3Par crashes would create 'further negative publicity' if revealed

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It later emerged that the ATO had disabled error reporting

Stupid

The ATO also did not have a failover rig in place in case of an breakdown because it couldn’t afford one, and was also unprepared for outages.

Even more stupid

the report describes proprietary methodologies that HPE and DXC use to design and deploy 3Par SANs, and that if that information were to be available that could hurt HPE

I can see how that could hurt them if everybody else when decided to use the same kind of methodology and then try the undercut on pricing.

Unless of course the methodology is so stupid it makes them look like a bunch of amateurs. Now that would be funny.

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Western Digital formats hard disk drive factory as demand spins down

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SSD drives are in high demand that is true but if you want a large capacity drive you still have to go with a HDD, unless of course you want to remortgage your home.

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Who fancies a six-core, 32GB RAM, 4TB NVME ... convertible tablet?

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When you need it, recharge ultra-fast (50% in just 30 minutes)

Recharges the battery up to 50% within 30 minutes when the system is off or in standby mode.

When you need ultra fast charge you'll probably need it when using the laptop.

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IBM fired me because I'm not a millennial, says axed cloud sales star in age discrim court row

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The ex-IBMer has asked the court to force IBM to give him his job back along with lost pay and benefits, damages, his legal fees covered, and so on.

After being treated in such a fashion I wouldn't want to go back to work for them.

Compared to younger employees, IBM found that Boomers were the least likely to understand IBM’s business strategy

I don't think IBM management understands the business strategy.

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Have I been paid, Sage? Cloudy wage service locks out users

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Are you benefitting from the latest new features and improvements

Yes i'm sure people are benefiting from your improved silent.

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ZX Spectrum reboot firm boss delays director vote date again

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“Mostly Levy said they would not answer the SRL questions ‘until after they had shipped’

Ship what? a box full of air?

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Who fancies a six-core, 128GB RAM, 8TB NVMe … laptop?

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So the default config comes with Intel graphics, why would anyone be looking at this and choose to use Intel graphics?

Prices start at non-terrifying levels: the 7530 starts at US$1,199 and the 7730 at $1,479.00.

The costs quickly rise when you include anything of use in it though.

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We just love small firms, screams UK.gov after palming AWS UK £4.1m

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The age old government trick of attempting to and failing to change facts and figures to make it seem like they are doing a good job. Keeping trying one day you might pull it off but I doubt it.

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Dear Samsung mobe owners: It may leak your private pics to randoms

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Samsung's Messages app bundled with the South Korean giant's latest smartphones and tablets may silently send people's private photos to random contacts, it is claimed.

That could be quite embarrassing for some people.

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Budget hotel chain, UK political party, Monzo Bank, Patreon caught in Typeform database hack

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We take the security of our data seriously

Isn't that in every breach statement nowadays?, don't know why because no one believes it any more.

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UK Home Office sheds 70 staff on delayed 4G upgrade to Emergency Services Network

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Throughout the session, MPs expressed concerns about the project's future, which is now over budget and behind time.

Late and over budget that never happens surely?

Rutnam declined to guarantee delivery of the review next month. "I'm reasonably confident it will be done in that time scale,"

It's a good job your confident, I not sure I am.

Of course as we are in the process of resetting the programme

So you've gone down one route and finally figured out it can't be done or would cost a lot more than you thought. How much money was spent going down that route?

Rutnam refused to be drawn on most of the points, declining to give a final date for completion

Looks like someone doesn't know when the project will be completed.

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Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Is it a giant alien space cigar? Whatever it is, boffins are baffled

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Oumuamua, the odd elongated cigar-shaped interstellar object zipping through the Solar System, continues to flummox scientists.

It's OK, there's still some humpback whales left so no need to panic.

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That'll learn ya! Data watchdog spanks two Brit phone botherers

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Our Vault Ltd in Chorley, Lancashire, was hit with a £70,000 penalty by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) for making more than 55,000 unsolicited calls to householders that had registered with the Telephone Preference Service (TPS).

Our Vault Ltd goes under without paying the fine and a new business called Our Vaults Ltd is setup.

Rinse and repeat.

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UK taxman warned it's running out of time to deliver working customs IT system by Brexit

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Government IT systems delivered on time, yeah right.

Government gets wallet out, gets some money out of it and hands it over to developer. The developer says thanks then takes the money and the wallet.

Rinse and repeat.

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Creep travels half the world to harass online teen gamer… and gets shot by her mom – cops

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And when he arrived at her house on June 22, he was carrying a knife, pepper spray, and some duct tape he had bought at a nearby Walmart, it is alleged.

Then he knew where she lived.

You never give out your address especially online, didn't the parents have this conversation with her?

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Firefox hooks up with HaveIBeenPwned for account pwnage probe

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Another new feature is called "WebExtension Tab Management" and will mean that "WebExtensions can now hide tabs as well as manage the behavior of the browser when a tab is opened or closed, so you can expect to see exciting new extensions that take advantage of these features in the near future."

I can see it now malware hiding tabs and reopening tabs you've closed.

Hope this feature is very secure or at least can be disabled.

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Galileo, here we go again. My my, the Brits are gonna miss EU

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This is, of course, due to the fact that the UK will not be permitted to take part in, and certainly not bid on, anything to do with the sensitive security and encryption components used in the Galileo satellite navigation constellation.

My shiny thing and you can't play with it.

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Veritas to put biz tech support on the slow boat to India – insiders

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Like many companies, Veritas makes operational changes and staff realignments when our customers, products or services require them

So it's customers who are driving the change then? so it has nothing to do with you cutting costs?

Any changes we make will not lessen our customers' quality of support

Indian call centre but there will be no changes to quality of support? hmmmmm.

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