* Posts by Adrian 4

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Virgin Media mulls ditching 1 in 3 UK facilities, starts £20m spend audit

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TV has been 'meh' for 20 years. I don't know how it keeps going.

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Sysadmin jeered in staff cafeteria as he climbed ladder to fix PC

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Re: Windows for Worgroups

It might have been ARCnet - token passing ring protocols (though not IBM Token Ring) and 62 ohm thin coax cable.

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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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Wrong authority

Try getting the NAO to run it. They tend to be a bit less protective of ministers, since their career path is to find bugs, not hide them.

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'Millions of IoT gizmos' wide open to hijackers after devs drop gSOAP

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Exploits are limited to IoT devices now ?

How about criticising faulty computers, rather than a somewhat small class of computing devices.

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Segway hoverboard hijack hack could make hipsters eat pavement

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Re: "the holes have now been patched"

TFA does say

a firmware update addressing the security weaknesses was pushed to owners' phones and onto the rides. It's possible everyone is now up to date.

Of course, there are both advantages and disadvantages to having the ability to updatye firmware without the user agreeing to it.

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America throws down gauntlet: Accept extra security checks or don't carry laptops on flights

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Re: Last I read...

Unless the incendiary device contains an oxidisation agent.

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HMS Windows XP: Britain's newest warship running Swiss Cheese OS

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Re: @Ben1892

Makes one wonder how useful it is to use commodity items - whether operating systems, computers or fork handles - for a military contract. Specifying something more exactly tends to result in the $200 hammer that NASA or the US army is blamed for. But using off the shelf items means updating software, procedures and connected systems when they're changed by the supplier.

tbh, not an easy choice. Paying through the nose to support an outdated OS isn't that stupid in all circumstances. Better to use in-house maintained software, but politicians are keen on stopping that.

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Facebook hit two billion users today and SugarCRM reminded us you are Zuck's product

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Re: 2Billion users? Doubt it.

And how many are farming accounts, created just to perform mass Likes and followers ?

Given the nature of such accounts and the need for large blocks of them, I'd suspect it's a pretty fair proportion. maybe as much as 50%.

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US engineer in the clink for wrecking ex-bosses' smart meter radio masts with Pink Floyd lyrics

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He should demand that they keep him alive long enough to serve his sentance. At their cost.

Making up stupidly long sentances so the penal system can commute them down to something feasible is breaking the spirit of the law. Those reductions are there for a reason.

The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers.

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Australian govt promises to push Five Eyes nations to break encryption

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No, they only employ technical advisors who say what they want to hear.

For evidence, just look at the history of drug laws. When the scientists gave the 'wrong' answer, they just sacked them and got some more amenable ones.

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Northern Ireland bags £150m for broadband pipes in £1bn Tory bribe

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But this is being paid for by the conservative party, not our taxes. That would be illegal.

Wouldn't it ?

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BOFH: Putting the commitment into committee

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Re: A Question of style

Until the day some bit of unrestrained software resized your desktop, autoplacing them all into inconvenient new positions.

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As you head off to space with Li-ion batts, don't forget to inject that liquefied gas into them

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Re: Use a liquid instead of a liquid?

And aren't all liquids liquified gases ?

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I still haven't found what I'm malloc()ing for: U2 tops poll of music today's devs code to

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Re: No vocals

This is the problem with noise-blocking headphones. They're OK at blocking drone noises but not at speech - it's not predictable enough. And the manufacturers often consider it an advantage : remove jet noise but be able to hear your companion.

For dev work you want to block the speech and allow the drone noise through. I don't think drowning speech out is ever going to work.

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happy medium

I've wanted to use music to block office noise but never found anything suitable. Stuff I like distracts me. So does stuff I don't like. Pap is just irritating .. you can ignore it for a while then it just overwhelms you with horror.

Working at home is OK - the noises are birdsong and distant voices, easier to tune out and not so silent that the computer fan becomes a raging whirlwind.

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Paxo trashes privacy, social media and fake news at Infosec 2017

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Re: What is this?

Since Paxman only has 3 years before he's 70, he might have a more pertinent view on what that means.

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Break crypto to monitor jihadis in real time? Don't be ridiculous, say experts

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'The assertion that 'Two of the suspects were known to the authorities and ought have been the targets of control orders and travel restrictions.' is absurd. The number of people known to authorities is just too large for this to be feasible.'

Can you explain how monitoring all communications and dealing with the many false positives will reduce the workload of the spooks and the number of people to monitor ?

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'There's no sure way to even identify the 'good guys''

That's easily solved. RFC3514.

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If automation is the answer to controlling the costs of the Ministry of Truth, you're probably doing it wrong.

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Apple appears to relax ban on apps fetching, running extra code – remains aloof as always

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WTF?

Odd

In a week in which I've read about a collection of Android apps that break security by loading additional code at runtime, it seems a little bizarre for Apple to start permitting it.

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Gordon Ramsay's father-in-law gets six months for hacking sweary super-chef's computer

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Re: Something seems off

Never expect a report about a technical subject to make any sense from a technical point of view.

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

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Re: Book stores.

And white vans. Ban all white vans.

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Your emotionally absent pic-snapping partner's going to look you in the eye again

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google glass

So how are these better than google glass, which was apparently killed by tinfoil-hat-wearers who were convinced they were being constantly filmed ?

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BA IT systems failure: Uninterruptible Power Supply was interrupted

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yebbut, 'power surge' is management-speak for 'borked'. It doesn't necessarily have anything whatever to do with actual power.

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Android apps punched out by Judy malware

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Re: what can you do?

Doesn't Apple ban apps that have an execution environment ? Perhaps for this very reason ?

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Hi! I’m Foxy! It looks like you want to run Flash. Do you need help?

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Hey firefox, stop blaming the victims.

Nagging us won't do a thing to the publishers. Go after them.

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Julian Assange wins at hide-and-seek game against Sweden

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Re: he gurning twat is still a criminal

Have the supporters complained ?

How do you know what arrangements he's made with them ?

I think it's reasonable to assume they were happy for him to jump bail with the loss of their money unless you have evidence otherwise.

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So , er, if you know nothing about the case, how is it that you judge him an asshole ?

Did you think that he was wrong to publicise US military crjmes ?

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The women don't wish to make any testimony. They never did. It was the swedish police and some politician who wanted to press charges, for an offence that hadn't occurred.

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No laptop ban on Euro flights to US... yet

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Re: I keep thinking

Wasn't it to improve sales of airside water bottles ?

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Why Microsoft's Windows game plan makes us WannaCry

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Much wringing of hands about how the NHS can't afford costs or staff to pursue proper IT management.

How much could be done for $200 per PC ?

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Microsoft to spooks: WannaCrypt was inevitable, quit hoarding

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So they're using medical equipment which is no longer supported or maintained.

Is that legal ?

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Re: Security Agency?

This is the equivalent of Porton Down (or whatever the modern equivalent is .. probably big pharma) hoarding the smallpox virus while permitting inoculations to cease, so that they could use it as a biological weapon.

And then carelessly releasing it.

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Re: MS Marketing is brilliant

I have no love for MS. But they produced a fix when made aware of the problem. This is not their fault beyond a generally shoddy product. Black hats will always make use of a security hole before patches are adequately distributed, because patches are not and should not be applied without thought.

The blame lies with the NSA and goverments (UK has the same policy so is just as much to blame as US). Risk could have been reduced by adequate understanding of security. Which governments and civil servants resoundingly lack.

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Re: Liability question

And what about the procurement of those systems ?

They bought software or equipment that relied on a specific operating system from a closed-source vendor.

Those systems should have been guaranteed by the vendor to have a plan to outlive the OS they were shipped with. That plan might have been to scrap the machine, to update it's OS and apps, to quarantine it in a way that still kept it useful (eg copying files via a secure supported channel, whether FTP or sneakernet.)

If the vendor had a plan and it failed, sue them.

If the vendor had a plan and the beancounters crippled it, sack them.

If there's anyone to blame for this mess other than the policies of the various governments that allowed a state agency to kill its citizens instead of protecting them, it's the accountants.

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Just 99.5 million nuisance calls... and KeurBOOM! A £400K megafine

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I'm all for going after his customers too

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Mozilla to Thunderbird: You can stay here and we may give you cash, but as a couple, it's over

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Pointless interface changes ?

"The next stage will be to modernize Thunderbird, if it can find the cash and engineers, of course."

Oh noes. Another good thing gone bad. Why can't they leave it alone ? Will they imitate gmail, or outlook ?

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Another IoT botnet has been found feasting on vulnerable IP cameras

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Re: David Attenborough narrates....

<cut to wildebeest slaughter>

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America 'will ban carry-on laptops on flights from UK, Europe to US'

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Re: So what about the battery

They have weird rules.

They don't like devices without batteries, because powering a device up proves (to them, bless their cotton socks) that it isn't a disguised bomb.

They don't like tools like power drills, because someone might drill a hole in a staff member.

They don't like spare battery packs, because they mighty catch fire.

This results in having your checked-in luggage scanned because it contains tools. And bizarre regulations about the size of spare batteries. I can't remember if they have to be carried or checked-in, but it's terribly important that you do the right one.

There's no logic to it : it's just a collection of least-bad restrictions to try to stop lots of conflicting fears without stopping a passenger travelling somehow.

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Majority of contractors distrust HMRC's IR35 calculator, survey finds

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Re: Yes, blame the tool

The substitution clause is absurd in IT. Only in some major project with hundreds of cattle programmers would it be reasonable to substitute someone chosen by the original contractor rather than the client.

If I contract with a consultant, it's because I want to purchase their specific experience for a short period. It isn't employment in a form relevant to employee benefits, tax etc. I don't expect to pay those any more than I expect to pay a medical consultant's NI.

HMRC are engaging in the same sort of practice as the people defining what a planet is : they start with the answer they want (that Pluto is, or isn't) and then try to tweak the rules until they get that outcome. It works for individual cases but will never produce generic rules.

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Facebook is abusive. It's time to divorce it

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Re: Just say NO to Social Media sites/apps

Or read READY PLAYER ONE by Ernest Cline.

In that novel, the social media giant is largely benevolent due to the ambitions of its founder, but it's in an advanced state of being the only 'real world' and a less benevolent corporation wants control.

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IBM: Remote working is great! ... For everyone except us

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Re: One size fits nobody.

Open offices are a favourite of non-functional middle management. They don't ever attempt planning themselves : they're entirely engaged in talking to other people. So they love the buzz of a busy office where everyone's talking to their neighbour or on the phone, because it makes them feel as though work is being done. A quiet, empty office feels as though nothing is being done.

The reverse is actually true for anything except a sales office, but they're not able to grasp that.

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Net neutrality blowback: Cities say no. Court says whoa. Trumpster blames Canada for not going slow

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Re: "Do not expect much thought or effort to be given to any other perspectives"

"Do not expect much thought"

ftfy

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What is this bullsh*t, Google? Nexus phones starved of security fixes after just three years

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The other side of the argument is that when Google updated my 2012 nexus 7 it changed from being excellent to being nearly useless due to short battery life. I've barely used it since. That sort of update I can do without.

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Just wow.

That's bad. That's even worse than Windows.

I thought the USP for commercial software was that it was supported.

Why do we put up with this vendor (non)supported software when we could use open stuff and have support for as long as we want to pay for it ?

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Spotify seeks hardware boffins

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Re: Volume knobs!

Maybe like this ?

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Uber cloaked its spying and all it got from Apple was a slap on the wrist

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Scolding ?

Err .. isn't 'summary dismissal and police investigation' more appropriate for abuse of office ?

Oh sorry, I forgot. It's government. That's OK then.

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While Facebook reinvents Sadville, we still dream of flying cars

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Better cars

I can't read about Silicon Valley's car design attempts without thinking about this old joke :

http://www.hcs.harvard.edu/pnw/microsoftjoke.htm

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systemd-free Devuan Linux hits version 1.0.0

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Re: Cat among the pigions but...

You can grep the output of a translator, but what if you're unsure where the process decided to log its thing and you want to grep /var/log/* for the process name ?

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Alaska dentist 'pulled out patient's tooth while riding a hoverboard'

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Re: My takeaway from this..

Or, indeed, specifying that dental surgery performed while riding on a hoverboard comes into the 'unlawful' category. I guess it's nice that a law covers such eventuality but you've got to wonder why.

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