* Posts by adam payne

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Resellers on Surface: Yeah, go ahead and kill it. What do we care...

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'Microsoft told us previously that “Surface continues to drive category growth and redefine the way people create, learn and work. You’ll see us continue to innovate and create devices that offer users new and impactful experiences”. '

That sounds like the Microsoft random buzzword generator is being used again.

Impactful experiences? does that mean smashing the thing on the desk because the display has failed again or that battery gives you a grand total of 4 minutes on battery power even though it's only a few months old? Maybe it's the HDMI out that has decided to stop working for the millionth time forcing you to reboot it again.

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Man prosecuted for posting a picture of his hobby on Facebook

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"As a matter of fact, at trial it was apparent that the police had deleted the comments section from the images that were produced in court, probably because they had realised the significance," McIntyre told The Register. The judge, Sheriff John Mundy, announced, after delivering his not guilty verdict, that he had intended convicting Turnbull until the break in the chain of custody forced police to admit their evidence was legally worthless.'

This whole case makes no sense, why single this one person out?

The police tampering with evidence to make there case look better just makes the case even more bizarre.

Sounds to me like that law needs to be redefined so innocent people aren't thrown to the wolves.

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BOFH: Oh dear. Did someone get lost on the Audit Trail?

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"So, maybe things haven't gone the way you planned today?" the Boss says smugly, patting his plastic bag.

"Yes. I'm the decoy," I say, as the sound of a heavily loaded shredder start echoing through the building.

Outmanoeuvred the boss again.

I would say poor boss but that would be a lie.

I'm surprised the boss didn't have an accident with the shredder.

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Malware again checks into Hyatt's hotels, again checks out months later with victims' credit cards

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"Protecting customer information is critically important to Hyatt, and we take the security of customer data very seriously," he said.

So seriously you get hit twice.

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Rejecting Sonos' private data slurp basically bricks bloke's boombox

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'We've also been told that an app update is planned by the end of the week that will prevent firmware and software versions from getting out of sync and creating this situation in the first place.'

Sounds like Sonos were just expecting people to accept the terms and not think about it.

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Dumb bug of the week: Outlook staples your encrypted emails to, er, plaintext copies when sending messages

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It's not a bug it's a backdoor so that intelligence agencies can read your boring email. They like to profile people it's a hobby of theirs.

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Gartner says back-to-school PC sales failed. IDC says they worked

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'Windows 10 is helping business sales,'

Not sure how it would be.

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When Irish data's leaking: Supermarket shoppers urged to check bank statements

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'Musgrave, which owns all three stores, urged customers to take the precaution amid fears that hackers may have extracted credit card and debit card numbers and expiry dates from its systems.'

Makes me wonder:

Why you were storing that information?

How that information was stored? oh don't tell me it was plain text.

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Brit bank fined £75k over 1.5 MEEELLION text and email spamhammer

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'The campaign resulted in a number of complaints, an investigation and ultimately a hefty £75,000 fine from the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO).'

I wouldn't call £75k a hefty fine. It's not enough, you start slapping people with fines in millions and they might just start to take notice.

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Outage at EE wrecks voice calls across the UK

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I feel your pain as well I get loads of txts I didn't sign up for. I'm certainly not replying to them to confirm my number.

One positive note I haven't been charged for txts to 7726.

http://ee.co.uk/help/safety-and-security/security/blocking-unwanted-calls

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Rattled toymaker VTech's data breach case exiting legal pram

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'Plaintiffs’ arguments still rest on the fundamentally flawed premise that VTech’s alleged promises regarding its 'Online Services' (Learning Lodge and Kid Connect) were somehow relevant to the hardware devices that Plaintiffs purchased before they registered for the Online Services”, the filing states.'

Alleged promises? what promises to keep data secure?

If the full feature set can not be used without registering for the online services then that would make relevant.

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Star Wars: Big Euro cinema group can't handle demand for tickets to new flick

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I think i'll wait until it hits my local cinema and watch it while sitting on a sofa.

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Video games used to be an escape. Now not even they are safe from ads

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'Adverts in gaming or advergaming systems are becoming more complex as marketeers resort to techniques that embed advertising deep enough so that earlier ad-blocking attempts no longer work.'

Yes I agree, they have moved on from the Penguin bar advert in James Pond 2.

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Russia, America dig into tug-of-war over Bitcoin laundering suspect

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Jail in the US or go back to his pay masters, such a hard decision.

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BT fined £25,000 over second unsafe London roadworks this year

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British Telecommunications plc pleaded guilty to the charge of failing to comply with directions regarding street works, contrary to the New Road and Street Works Act 1991, on October 4 at Westminster Magistrates' Court.

BT getting their hands dirty?!? I'm surprised it wasn't a contractor doing the work.

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Microsoft's foray into phones was a bumbling, half-hearted fiasco, and Nadella always knew it

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I can't say i'm that surprised that they've pulled the plug.

Our fleet of Microsoft phones lasted around a year before we got rid of them.

Nice looking phones but loads of software / hardware problems.

Auto rotate gets stuck and won't rotate back again, after a call the display doesn't come back on, WiFi dropping out and many others.

Touch screens that stop working, screens that don't display anything, speakers that stop working and many others.

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Dumb bug of the week: Apple's macOS reveals your encrypted drive's password in the hint box

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Wow just wow.

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Ex-Harrods IT man cleared of stealing company issued laptop

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Re: A lot of self righteous types in today

Going on Amazon / personal email is just history and cookies. It's a little different then putting scans of your ID on a laptop.

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Storing personal information on a company laptop is just asking for trouble. I don't store any personal information on my work laptop and never would.

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Nothing matters any more... Now hapless Equifax bags $7.5m IT contract with US taxmen

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'On Tuesday, Equifax's former CEO Richard Smith faced a mild grilling from American politicians over the company's woeful handling of the database breach. Smith blamed the entire hack on a single staffer who knew about a flaw in Apache Struts that the hackers exploited to break in but who didn’t insist the IT department patch to protect systems.'

A single staffer who didn't insist the patch was installed?!? Why would it be up to one person to insist a patch is installed?

Did you not have a policy for updates to be tested and installed?

Did you not have pen testing?

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Equifax UK admits: 400,000 Brits caught up in mega-breach

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"This was due to a process failure, corrected in 2016, which led to a limited amount of UK data being stored in the US between 2011 and 2016."

Corrected in 2016 but the data was still there in 2017?!?

Why was it still there?

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Microsoft may have its groove back but it's binned 'Groove'

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So can you release an uninstaller for Grove on Windows 10 please? While your at it Microsoft can you release uninstallers for all the other crap you bundle with it?

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Home Sec Amber Rudd: Yeah, I don't understand encryption. So what?

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"We will take advice from other people but I do feel that there is a sea of criticism for any of us who try and legislate in new areas, who will automatically be sneered at and laughed at for not getting it right,"

I understand that you might not understand everything to do with encryption but shouldn't you at least have people you can advise you so that you can get it right?

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Commodore 64 makes a half-sized comeback

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Zynaps, Cybernoid, Rana Rama, Everyone's a Wally, Hawkeye, Arc of Yesod etc etc

Good games I can play on an emulator but the box would look awesome plugged into my TV.

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UK lotto players quids in: Website knocked offline by DDoS attack

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An interesting and strange thought popped into my head as I read this.

Would the chance of your your own personal website being DDOSed be higher than your chance of winning the lottery?

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BOFH: Come on, PFY, let's pick a Boss

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'A blend of fast-acting stupidity and sustained release incompetence'

Sounds like a few people i've worked with.

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Deloitte is a sitting duck: Key systems with RDP open, VPN and proxy 'login details leaked'

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"It appears that a Deloitte employee uploaded company proxy login credentials to his public Google+ page. The information was up there for over six months – and was removed in the past few minutes"

Why on earth would you put login credentials on Google+ ?!?!

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DoJ: Look! Google is giving up overseas data for warrants outside Second Circuit

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"The DoJ made the revelation in a reply brief issued as part of the ongoing battle between the US government and Microsoft over emails held on servers in Ireland, which Uncle Sam says should be handed over according to section 2703 of the Stored Communications Act."

Your laws do not apply over this side of the pond.

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ICO whacks Welsh biz with £350k fine for 150 MEEELLION nuisance calls

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"The ICO said that it was “committed to recovering the fine” and that it would work with the liquidators if the company, whose latest accounts are almost two months overdue, does move into insolvency."

Shut it down, start up under another name and so the merry go round continues.

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MPs accuse Amazon and eBay of profiteering from VAT fraudsters

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Any company would have to think long and hard before deciding to stop trading in a country.

I suspect if the HMRC got tougher with them they woudn't quit the UK market.

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"PAC chair Meg Hillier acknowledged the companies' efforts to tackle fraudsters, but added "you are still getting your commission off people who have defrauded the British tax payer."

Amazon hardly pay any tax so that would mean they are defrauding the British tax payer as well.

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Missed patch caused Equifax data breach

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"Equifax had nine working weeks in which to apply the patch."

So that they finger pointing has just made you look stupid Equifax.

"The company also appears to have suffered another data breach, this time in Argentina where its Bryan Krebs reports “an online portal designed to let Equifax employees in Argentina manage credit report disputes from consumers in that country was wide open, protected by perhaps the most easy-to-guess password combination ever: “admin/admin.”

You would have thought that after a massive security breach they would be checking everything they have including their underwear. More lessons are going to be learnt at Equifax I think.

Admin / admin you couldn't make this up.

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Ex-EDS bod at DXC Technologies? Sign up to new pension scheme - or else...

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Wilson said that as a tech services outfit, “we are constantly competing for business and clients in a competitive marketplace. Paying for more generous benefits than are provided elsewhere in the market makes us less competitive and affects our ability to grow”.

I would say that generous benefits (well I say generous but years ago this would have been the norm) helps with staff retention. Companies just have to make sure they are retaining the right staff.

Hardly any benefits, crap pension equals the staff revolving door.

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Gov claws back £645m in BT broadband from subsidy

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"DDCMS estimated that almost 94 per cent of UK homes and businesses (4.5m) currently have the option to buy superfast broadband, and reckoned this would rise to 95 per cent by year-end."

94% of homes in the commuter belt, what about the rest of the country?

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Stand up who HASN'T been hit in the Equifax mega-hack – whoa, whoa, sit down everyone

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"only the names, social security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some instances, driver's license numbers of 143 million Americans were exposed."

Only!?!

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Please, pleeeease let me ban Kaspersky Lab from US govt PCs – senator

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"The Senate Armed Services Committee in June adopted my measure to prohibit the Department of Defense from using Kaspersky Lab software, to limit fallout from what I fear is already a huge breach of national security data."

Without any evidence of any wrongdoing it just makes this look like political games.

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Sub plot subplot thickens: Madsen claims hatch fumble killed Swede journo Kim Wall

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"I lose my foothold and the hatch shuts," the captain told the court. "There was a pool of blood where she had landed. I had no contact with the body and didn't want a dead body in my submarine. I put a rope around her feet to drag her out of the hatch."

The hatch shuts killing her instantly and you then bury her at sea because you didn't want a body in your sub. Some time later the sub sinks.

I don't believe a word this word this man says.

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Indian call centre scammers are targeting BT customers

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"A BT spokesman said: "BT takes the security of its customers' accounts very seriously. We proactively warn our customers to be on their guard against scams. Fraudsters use various methods to 'glean' your personal or financial details with the ultimate aim of stealing from you. This can include trying to use your BT bill and account number."

He advised customers should never share their BT account number with anyone and always shred bills. "Be wary of calls or emails you're not expecting. Even if someone quotes your BT account number, you shouldn't trust them with your personal information."

Standard stock response about how they really do care. Then it goes on to basically say it's not our fault but the fault of the people getting the calls. I seem to remember Talk Talk said similar things.

Nice BT, what are the odds it's an outsourcer passing details on?

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Bazinga! Social network Taringa 'fesses up to data breach

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123456789, qwerty, qwertyuiop!

Where was the enforced strong password policy?

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Yahoo! must! face! the! music! over! data! breaches! judge! rules!

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"Yahoo! had also tried to contend that the defendants couldn't prove that misuse of their credit cards (for example) was directly tied to the breach, because other breaches take place; the judge wasn't impressed."

They cant prove it but you Yahoo can't disprove it either. Unless there is a card only used in one place but seriously how many people do that.

"Judge Koh also noted that if Yahoo! had owned up to the breaches promptly, people would have been able to defend themselves by changing their passwords."

When the true scope was known they should have put their hands up and stepped into the spotlight.

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80% of IT projects in public sector delayed due to IR35 – report

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"There is no evidence of a drift from the public sector and no delays to IT projects due to the new rules."

Plenty of delays because of things such as spec changing, unrealistic expectations etc but we wont comment on that.

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When uploading comments to the FCC, you can now include malware

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""The Commission has had procedures in place to prevent malware from being uploaded to the comment system. And the FCC is running additional scans and taking additional steps with its cloud partners to make sure no known malware has been uploaded to the comment system."

What about the unknown malware or one that has been specifically crafted for them.

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US government: We can jail you indefinitely for not decrypting your data

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"Both have turned him down, in the latter case because an examination of the drives showed that they had been used in a computer that had visited child abuse sites and claimed they contained files with the same hash values as known child pornography files."

The drives are supposed to be encrypted. Are they or aren't they? Secret backdoor in encryption?

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Two million customer records pillaged in IT souk CeX hack attack

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"We take the protection of customer data extremely seriously and have always had a robust security programme in place which we continually reviewed and updated to meet the latest online threats," CeX said in a statement."

Same old stock announcement then.

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New York Police scrap 36,000 Windows smartphones

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"At the time, then-police commissioner Bill Bratton specifically identified Tisch as being the driving force for the plan and joked: "She's a terror if she doesn't get her way, so I usually let her get her way. So she's certainly getting her way with this technology."

So you just decided to let her do whatever she wanted and waste a ton of your funding. Well done.

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WannaCrypt NHS victim Lanarkshire infected by malware again

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At the time, NHS Lanarkshire expected a 72-hour outage, and CEO Calum Campbell attributed the outage to malware, with systems taken offline to contain the outbreak with help from its IT provider.

Lessons not learnt regarding Malware then.

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Well, debugger me. Microsoft's BSOD fixer is getting a makeover

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"We've taken a few steps to make it a bit easier for beginners," Microsoft promises."

All well and good as long as you haven't removed most of the features.

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Bombastic boss gave insane instructions to sensible sysadmin, with client on speakerphone

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I used to have a manager that would answer a call and go through the usual steps to resolve a problem. When the usual steps didn't work they would suggest some random fix (that was never going to work), a reboot of the machine and a call back if there was still an issue.

This manager would then get up, leave the office to make a cup of tea and by the time they got back I would be on the phone to the person who still had the issue.

Delegation at it's finest.

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Fewer than half GCSE computing students got a B or higher this year

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"Around 60 per cent of ICT teachers have no degree in an ICT-related subject," he said. "That means there are likely to be more than that without a computing degree... and the new curriculum is very challenging."

What is it with these people who believe that you need a degree to be successful in a job.

I would take job experience over a degree any day of the week.

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AccuWeather: Our app slurped your phone's location via Wi-Fi but we like totally didn't use it

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"Other data, such as Wi-Fi network information that is not user information, was for a short period available on the Reveal SDK, but was unused by AccuWeather. In fact, AccuWeather was unaware the data was available to it. Accordingly, at no point was the data used by AccuWeather for any purpose."

You were unaware of what your app was doing, very reassuring.

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