* Posts by adam payne

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Microsoft ctrl-Zs 'killing' Paint, by which we mean offering naff app through Windows Store

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I don't want it in the store I want it included with the OS like it has been from the year dot.

Don't go changing things for no reason, then say you've listened and dump it on the store.

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Sweden leaked every car owners' details last year, then tried to hush it up

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"The leak seems to have happened over email after the transport agency e-mailed the entire database in clear text messages to marketers that subscribe to it – and when the error was discovered, the agency merely sent a new list and told subscribers to delete the old list themselves."

#headshake #rolleyes

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FUKE NEWS: Robot snaps inside drowned Fukushima nuke plant

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Re: Grainy images?

The radiation would be affecting the camera.

Similar things happened when people were taking pictures at Chernobyl.

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Microsoft hits new low: Threatens to axe classic Paint from Windows 10

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I can't imagine Windows not having Paint.

I seen the Paint icon soo many times over the years I have gotten used to having it around.

R.I.P Paint

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UK.gov watchdog didn't red flag any IT projects. And that alone should be a red flag to everyone

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"No IT programmes received the highest red rating this year."

So they have found a way to classify IT projects as something else so it doesn't look so bad.

Red = Never going to happen, a complete waste of money.

Amber = Billions over budget, years late and the project scope has probably changed a hundred times because no one can agree on how to do things. Eventually the whole project will probably be quietly canned after a lot more money is wasted.

Green = Millions over budget, years late but might still make an appearance at some point.

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Three Microsoft Outlook patches unpatched, users left to DIY

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Had loads of problems with the patches. Attachments blocked due to being unsafe, attachments blocked due to double dots and search not working.

However it doesn't seem to affect every PC we have, some seem to work fine including my own.

WSUS is horrible, doesn't uninstall update very well and needs a massive redesign.

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UK.gov embraces Oracle's cloud: Pragmatism or defeatism?

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"The solution Oracle has built for us is delivering the security we need, meaning we can confidently begin to move away from our existing on-premise infrastructure and realise the benefits of hosting our business-critical data in the public cloud"

I don't want my information in the public cloud thank you.

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Hey, remember that monkey selfie copyright drama a few years ago? Get this – It's just hit the US appeals courts

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"What happened was that animal rights organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) sued on Naruto's behalf."

Do PETA not have better things to do with their time?

Sounds like they want to make money.

A monkey has no idea of money, copyright, courts, legal proceedings etc etc. So how can a monkey hold a copyright?

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'My dream job at Oracle left me homeless!' – A techie's relocation horror tale

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If you are relocating for a job it is in your best interests to understand the relocation package and understand all costs involved and what is needed to register yourself with councils, setup a bank account etc etc.

It sounds like he didn't do the research required for this. He think he could have handled the move better but what is Oracle's excuse for leaving someone with homeless in a foreign country?

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OMG, dad, you're so embarrassing! Are you P2P file sharing again?

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Embarrassing your children is a fundamental right and not just a privilege.

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Judge used personal email to send out details of sensitive case

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When I read the title I thought it was going to be another AOL account.

I thought all the criminal justice system had a secure email system that they had to use.

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Largest advertising company in the world still wincing after NotPetya punch

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'IBM declined to comment.'

Nothing to see here move along.

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UK Parliament launches inquiry into NHS WannaCrypt outbreak

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"This investigation will set out the facts about the cyber-attack’s impact on the NHS and its patients; why some parts of the NHS were affected and others were not; and the roles and responsibilities of key stakeholders and how they responded to the attack."

The investigation will costs millions, be delayed for years, determine nothing and hold no one responsible for anything.

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Brit prosecutors ask IT suppliers to fight over £3 USB cable tender

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"Please can you source a USB A Male to Male cable," read the invite to suppliers to bid – known as a request for quotation (RFQ). In case suppliers were in any doubt, it helpfully added a link to Amazon to demonstrate the item, which came with a £3 unit price."

Regardless of how stupid this sounds i'm thinking someone was covering their back and purchased the cable from Amazon anyway.

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Nationwide banking suffers its own Black Wednesday

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"The Reg asked Nationwide what had caused the problems and were told: "We never release details of what has caused issues, we don't [go] into that level of detail externally."

Sounds like someone other there did something stupid.

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Ubuntu 'weaponised' to cure NHS of its addiction to Microsoft Windows

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"The project organisers aim to educate clinicians and administrators alike about the benefits of open source and to provide doctors with the tools to develop their own apps if they so wish."

Develop their own apps *shudder* then expect IT to support them when it goes wrong.

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Virgin Media cuts 250 jobs amid £3bn Project Lightning cockup fallout

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"We understand that despite the cuts in head office, none will affect directors."

Business as usual then.

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UK.gov leaves data dashboard users' details on publicly accessible site

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"GDS added that it "immediately took steps to remove this data from the public domain"."

Yes you took it down when someone pointed it out but how long has it been there and why was it there?

“There is no evidence of misuse of anyone’s credentials," the email said. "Resetting your password is purely a precautionary measure.”

Lack of evidence doesn't mean someone hasn't swiped the data.

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NHS WannaCrypt postmortem: Outbreak blamed on lack of accountability

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"A lack of accountability and investment in cyber-security has been blamed for the recent WannaCrypt virus that hobbled multiple hospital NHS IT systems last month, a report by The Chartered Institute for IT concludes."

Stop giving trust board members six figure salaries and golden handshakes when they mess up and walk away. That should free up some money for some investment.

"Unfortunately, without the necessary IT professionals, proper investment and training the damage caused by the WannaCrypt ransomware virus was an inevitability, but with the roadmap we are releasing today, will make it less likely that such an attack will have the same impact in the future,"

So you need proper training to install Windows updates.

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Games rights-holders tell ZX Spectrum reboot firm: Pay or we pull titles

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Did you not play?

Pyjamarama

Everyone's a Wally

Rocky Horror Show

Cobra

Rambo

Bruce Lee

Gun Fright

Manic Miner

Turbo Esprit

Saboteur

Knight Lore

etc etc

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UK parliamentary email compromised after 'sustained and determined cyber attack'

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"sustained and determined cyber attack"

Is that the same sustained and determined cyber attack which actually turned out to be people opening things they really shouldn't have.

One password and you're in? seriously?

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Waymo: We've got a hot smoking gun in Uber 'tech theft' brouhaha

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"Meanwhile, back in San Francisco, Uber employees – with the support of management – are circulating a petition to have Kalanick brought back as CEO. The letter urges investors to shake off media pressure and bring T-Bone back for another run.

"TK, no matter his flaws (everyone has them) was one of the best leaders I have seen," the petition reads. "He worked day and night creating this company to what it is today."

Some staff have even posted to Facebook insisting RMS Tikalanic return to the hot seat with the hashtag HeWillAlwaysBeMyCEO."

Sorry but I call bull sh*t on that one, it is way too convenient for my liking. Smells like a publicity stunt to me.

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BOFH: Putting the commitment into committee

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Reminds me of several people I have worked with over the course of my career.

These people just don't seem to understand that other people don't feel as strongly as they do when it comes to certain things.

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Latest Windows 10 Insider build pulls the trigger on crappy SMB1

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You changed the burger emoji to include lettuce and sauce, good to know that they know what important stuff needs fixing.

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IBM's contractor crackdown continues: Survivors refusing pay cut have hours reduced

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"The Register has also seen a document in which team leaders are offered a new tool for analysing and projecting the number of hours worked by contractors in order to “improve forecast accuracy” and achieve a “Utilization Delta +/- 10%”. Contractors are therefore are being asked to submit their expected working hours two weeks in advance."

Submit the hours you are going to work two weeks in advance, how does anyone know that?

"Another told us that “The most recent cut of contractor labor has left me the sole supporter of one business critical system which supports part of the information security for many clients.”

This person goes on holiday and through sods law the system falls over, what are you going to do then IBM?

"“In several cases they had to obtain a quote for services from IBM as a comparison and have had to wait months just to get back a quote that was twice the price and three times the duration, and could not be started for months, due to a lack of available staff. In one instance, I was even approached by IBM to do the work my client had asked them to quote for!”

You wonder why you are losing money when you leave a client waiting for three months for a quote, seriously on what planet is this acceptable?

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Europe-wide BitTorrent indexer blockade looms after Pirate Bay blow

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So the ISPs will have to block access to the site again, more than likely a DNS block which is pointless and easy to get around.

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It's 2017 and Microsoft is still patching Windows XP+ – to plug holes exploited by trio of leaked NSA weapons

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After supporting Windows 95, 98, NT, 2000 and of course one single ME machine (it wasn't purchased by the IT department and I still say to this day I should have told them to bin it) supporting XP was fine by me.

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XP I loved you dearly but I just can't look at your big green start button any more.

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Fuji Xerox's chairman resigns over 'improper accounting'

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Re: Maybe they scanned their accounting documents on a Xerox copier?

Maybe the Xerox copier merged several print jobs together just for the hell of it.

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BT's Ryan Reynolds helicopter Wi-Fi ads 'misleading', thunders ad watchdog

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"It was "inaccurate" and "misleading" of the one-time state monopoly to claim that the Smart Hub provided a "stronger signal" than all its competitors, said the ASA, which received 61 complaints, including from rivals Virgin Media, Sky and TalkTalk."

We didn't need you to tell us that we already knew it was a load of crap.

"The ASA ruled that this was OK despite admitting: "The device had been connected to a testing tool that generated network speeds faster than those that BT's own broadband network was capable of."

So if fact they used a test network that is faster than their own and they are still allowed to say that. Sorry but that is still inaccurate and misleading, I think the ASA needs to rethink that.

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British Airways poised to shed 1,000 jobs to Capita

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"Capita has also seen its fair share of financial troubles. In December, the outsourcer said it would axe roughly 2,250 staff, which includes sending more jobs to the subcontinent in order to combat a post-Brexit slowdown."

Capita the only outsourcer with time travel.

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Hundreds stranded at Manchester Airport due to IT 'glitch'

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What's the betting it's a single point of failure again?

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Dish Network hit with $280 MEEELLION fine for relentless robocalling

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"The US Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission brought the case after multiple complaints that people trying to sell the pay-per-view TV provider's services were ignoring the Do Not Call registry and disturbing people who really didn't appreciate the interruption. After investigating the case, the FTC handed it to the DoJ, which filed suit in 2009."

Plenty of companies for here ignore the TPS as well.

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I fought Ohm's Law and the law won: Drone crash takes out power to Silicon Valley homes

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"Now the city is trying to track down the operator responsible for the crash. Witnesses at the scene describe a white adult male with white hair who fled the scene in a white hatchback car."

Sounds like Doc Brown is back.

Obviously a trial of his new drone time machine.

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20 Apple China staff collared for allegedly flogging customers' info

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"Apple did not respond to a request for comment on the matter."

The PR machine is will processing all the data and will get back to you later with a nonsense piece of PR. It will probably go something like we take the security of customer information very seriously blah blah blah.

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Walmart workers invited to shuttle packages

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"The global retail giant has launched a program to enlist its employees to deliver packages on the way to and from their jobs at the company's stores. Participation in the program, Walmart insists, is voluntary."

They insist it's voluntary, yes it probably is voluntary for now.

How long before it is compulsory?

Will they get compensated for extra mileage, insurance change etc etc? I can imagine the answer but with so little detail it hard to completely condemn them again.

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UK PM May's response to London terror attack: Time to 'regulate' internet companies

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"Second, we cannot allow this ideology the safe space it needs to breed. Yet that is precisely what the internet – and the big companies that provide internet-based services – provide. We need to work with allied, democratic governments to reach international agreements that regulate cyberspace to prevent the spread of extremism and terrorist planning. And we need to do everything we can at home to reduce the risks of extremism online."

So Mrs Prime Minister how do you implement it?

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Enterprise patching... is patchy, survey finds

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Many organisations are stuck using these out of date versions because of critical software or customers requirements and/or costs.

I know of software for several instruments that will only work on Windows XP, you can now upgrade the software for 4 - 5k per machine.

I know of a certain rail company that forces you to use their system, that system unfortunately requires a old version of Java as they haven't digital signed their code.

There certainly isn't an easy fix for this.

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Microsoft's cunning plan to make Bing the leading search engine: Bribery

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Over 7% I didn't think it was that high.

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Sysadmin finds insecure printer, remotely prints 'Fix Me!' notice

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While I was doing some troubleshooting on a Phaser 3610, I found a a couple of those printers in Google search results. I was able to get to the web interface and all the menus. Had I been mean I could have changed settings as the admin password was the default.

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'Major incident' at Capita data centre: Multiple services still knackered

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Single point of failure again, well done.

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NHS Digital stopped short of advising against paying off WannaCrypt

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"NHS Digital stopped short of advising health organisations in England not to cough up for the WannaCrypt ransom attack because it couldn't be certain that all hospitals had backed up patient records."

If you can't be certain that the hospitals have backed up patient records then alarms bells should be ringing here.

""They are all individual businesses and if I am being honest there may be some organisations that have corrupted backups... or don't have backups."

It is completely unacceptable for any organisation to not have backups.

"He said: "Actually it wasn't the worst thing that could have happened to us... the lessons learned from it will make us better in the future."

Lessons keep being taught but never learned it seems.

There certainly needs to be an investigation by an external company to find out how it happen and depending on the findings severe action needs to be taken.

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Uber found to be doing something awful? Yep, it's Tuesday

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So people in the Uber finance department don't know the difference between gross and net.

With the reputation of Uber in the toilet is this an attempt by them to look good? or is someone investigating them and they did this before being pushed? Surely a company giving money back is not normal.

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PayPal peed off about Pandora's 'P' being mistaken for its 'PP'

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"Our dynamic brand is composed of form, color and pattern, which we implemented into the new P icon and serves as your portal into the unique and diverse range of music you love."

I have no idea what they is supposed to mean either. I can only assume it's a arty-farty way of saying we took the first letter of our company name and coloured it blue.

"As a streaming music service known mostly for its free-to-consumers version, Pandora has no obvious path to profitability. It also faces overwhelming competition from Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, and other successful streaming platforms. It was against this backdrop that Pandora deserted its longstanding logo and latched itself on to the increasingly popular PayPal Logo as part of its efforts to catch up to its competition."

How can you mixed these logos up? The colour looks similar but that's it, why shouldn't Pandora have a P as the logo? Why should PayPal still be using their crap logo? Why would a blue P enable Pandora them to catch up on the competition?

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IT firms guilty of blasting customers with soul-numbing canned music

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PHMG's study involved an "audit" of 127 companies (in other words ringing them up) and found that 65 per cent of IT firms still leave customers listening to nothing but generic music, while 14 per cent subject callers to beeps, 9 per cent leave them in silence and 3 per cent just ring at them.

Not exactly a huge number of companies to base your PR on.

"Can you imagine if a generic piece of music being inexpertly applied to a company's brand image, such as, say, Michael Bolton's Can I Touch You... There? The consequences could be disastrous."

I would assume you have some kind of control over what is played. If not then why would you have signed up to that in the first place.

Personally I don't care if it's silent, beeps, music, or PR drivel just don't leave me on hold for 30 minutes or more telling me my call is important to you every few seconds or telling me I can go on line to your crap website. The reason i'm calling is probably because you can't do what I want to do on your website.

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Nokia, Apple lawyers make peace over nasty IP wrangle

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"Unable to compete with innovative companies such as Apple – which had developed a revolutionary hardware and software platform – Nokia quickly transformed itself," Cupertino said at the time. "It changed from a company focused on supplying cell phones and other consumer products to a company bent on exploiting the patents that remain from its years as a successful cell phone supplier."

Sounds like a pot and kettle situation to me.

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No nudity please, we're killing ourselves: Advice to Facebook mods leaks

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Of course Facebook follows the rule, their own rules.

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Telecoms fail in UK takes down passport scanners in Australia

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A critical system with a single point of failure, wow well done.

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Dell BIOS update borks PCs

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"Dell's initial reaction was to tell customers they needed to buy new motherboards."

Sorry but if Dell Command Update offers you a BIOS update that then bricks the chip it is your responsibility to fix it Dell.

Just did a BIOS update on a E5470 and that is still working.

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ICO fines telco £100k for 3.2m mobile phone text spamhammer

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"In a statement, the business said: "Onecom operates in a highly regulated sector and is utterly committed to upholding the highest standards in all our communications with our clients and the public."

So committed you sent spam.

"Consequently we consider this incident to have been most serious and have undertaken an internal review which has resulted in our further tightening our systems and controls to ensure that there is no repetition. We are pleased to note that no subsequent complaints have been received and that the Information Commissioner has acknowledged our remedial measures."

A review that makes the ICO think you are doing something and to hopefully reduce the fine.

Same time next month with a different company name?

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