* Posts by Hans 1

3226 posts • joined 11 Aug 2009

Fallover Friday: NatWest, RBS and Ulster Bank go TITSUP*

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We’re aware of some issues on our Anytime [...] Banking services

Well then, why do they not call it Sometimes banking services ?

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Brits pay £490m extra for mobes they already own – Citizens Advice

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Have them ask for a refund ?

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Watt the heck is this? A 32-core 3.3GHz Arm server CPU shipping? Yes, says Ampere

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So this is targetted at the Xeon Platinum 8180 (https://ark.intel.com/products/120496)

$800 vs $10 000 ?

125W vs 200W ?

32 cores vs 28 ?

1TB vs 768 GB (RAM) ?

Can it run Crysis ?

$800 ? Wow, nice and cheap ... I want one - a nice toy for Xmas!

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Microsoft reveals train of mistakes that killed Azure in the South Central US 'incident'

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Re: lmao...

Schadenfreude ? I see what you feel!

I also loved the "metadata" BS, just, what is this metadata and why is it stored in other regions ? Maybe for the NSA to decide which data, belonging to the metadata, it would like to have to help its mates over at Boeing etc ... Besides, I thought the data was encrypted by the customer, that MS could not read the data, how come MS have metadata for said data ? Hmmm ...

Who still trusts MS ?

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UK.gov isn't ready for no-deal Brexit – and 'secrecy' means businesses won't be either

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Re: Hmm

And if it was multiple choice (A) Soft (B) Hard, or (C) Remain

No

(A) WTO (B) customs union (C) single market (D) Remain

If A+B+C > 1.5 D -> then the highest of ABC wins

With the following help:

A means bankruptcy, keeps Johnny foreigner out

B means killing financial sector, keeps Johnny foreigner out

C means no say in policies, allows Johnny foreigner in

D means we have a say in policies, allows Johnny foreigner in

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I think you mean ANY UK Government of the last 2^H40 years....

TFTFY

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Top Euro court: UK's former snooping regime breached human rights

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However, the court said the sharing of information with foreign government was not in breach of the rules.

WTF ? Not ok to collect data because appropriate handling processes were lacking. Sounds fair enough!

Share data with third parties that have even worse procedures for handling the data ? That is ok?????

What are they smoking I need some for the mother-in-law!

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Chromebooks gain faff-free access to Windows file shares via Samba

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"Livin' in the 80's... you're livin' in the 80's" (with apologies to "The Killing Joke" :-).

Things have long since changed.

Seeing as Linux was cancer up until 2014, I guess one can safely say that MS have changed tactics only very recently. I would not trust them if I were you, but that is your business, not mine ... thanks for the great stuff you guyz have done! I remember with fun humiliating a bunch of MCSE's beating their multi-CPU server grade kit running Windows NT Server and later Windows 2000 Advanced Server at SMB with an outdated desktop class system running Debian headless in 2000-2001, ok, I had a good network card, but still. Sweet memories.

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Like tax? Love networks? UK taxmen have a job just for you

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CDS’ predecessor, CHIEF, is supplied by IBM, and concerns have swirled for a while that if CDS stutters, CHIEF may not be able to take up the slack, and time available to sort all this out getting shorter by the day. Something else to turn the head of networks grey.

As we reported back in June: “Full import functionality [of CDS] is now due in November and export in December, with migration of traders expected to be complete in January.”

I hope HMRC is good at bullshit dodging, this reads like The Matrix, with a humongous pile of excrement, floating through the air in sloooow motion, in direction of a humongous fan.

If we count on HMRC to have heard of PRINCE2, we're delusional. Some @IBM have, however, they have no incentive to plan ahead, they know that if CDS fails, which it obviously will, HMRC will renew the CHIEF contract plus big $$$bn to adapt it to the new functionality asap. The more HMRC will be in a hurry, the more $$$bn IBM will rake in ... patience pays off!

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World's oldest URL – fragments 73,000 years old – discovered in cave

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Re: Windows?

recording how to mount the W share

Nobody noticed that I forgot about the hostname ...

icon: self-inflicted

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Re: Hash FFS!

Dear Spazturtle,

Me thinks op was actually reading #N iso //W on that rock and #N is a hashtag with N being the tag ;-). In the actual image you can just about distinguish a hash in the first symbol followed by an N.

You are very welcome, sir!

Best Regards,

El'Reg's Voluntary Fire department

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Re: Pr0n

Human evolution is driven by porn.

Quite the opposite, sir.

Sex stimulates the reptilian brain ...

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Windows?

What were cave-dwelling people doing recording how to mount the W share of a Windows system from Linux ?

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Solid password practice on Capital One's site? Don't bank on it

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Re: Single figure entry

Also how do they store the combinations required?

British banks ? in clear text, in an MS Access database on an open-to-the-world AWS bucket in the states!

What did you expect ?

No, seriously, if they ask for n'th character, they have it in clear text!

If they have it in clear text, their techies are idiots.

And where do idiotic techies store sensitive shit ? in an open-to-the-world AWS bucket, somewhere ... I love argument from ignorance, but I think I am not too far off, here ...

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It's September 2018, and Windows VMs can pwn their host servers by launching an evil app

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Not again!

One of the more noteworthy of those bugs is CVE-2018-8475, a remote code flaw that can be triggered simply by viewing an image file in Windows.

FFS, it is 2018 and windows can be owned by viewing an image file ....

As Krebs warns:

According to security firm Ivanti, prior to today bad guys got advance notice about three vulnerabilities in Windows targeted by these patches. (emphasis mine)

And guess what ? This CVE-2018-8475 beauty is one of them ....

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Python joins movement to dump 'offensive' master, slave terms

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Re: I don't get it.

connotations of the terms.

I call BS ... to paraphrase Dawkins, the late Great Hitch, Fry, Harris, among many other ... how the fsck can you be offended by facts ? Slavery existed, involved masters and slaves.

We have masters and slaves, though arguably a slave can become master and vice-versa, blacklists and whitelists and we do not give a flying spaghetti monster about your "feelings", consider a cluebat for your Xmas wishlist.

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Raspberry Pi supremo Eben Upton talks to The Reg about Pi PoE woes

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Re: Another option (USB over PoE)

That worked for a long time until this recent hot summer did for it.

You want water^H^H^H^H^Hliquidcooling kit for the pi!

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I second that, could not upvote more!

Mines the cupboard with the Arduino somewhere at the back of one of the drawers because let's face it, the board is a bit shite.

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Re: not skookum

James, I would hope you could stop the MPEG2 ripoff, although I know it is Broadcom pulling this one off, not the foundation, pretty please!

Do you really think you have competition ? I mean, you have a great ecosystem of boffins and amateurs hacking on your stuff creating the most incredible things, as long as you copyright the design and layout, I guess you should be fine, right ?

And more RAM would be nice as well, I understand that would require quite a re-design ... but, you know, I think you will have to at some point, competition already sport 2Gb, admittedly at another price-point ...

Hove you considered adding PCI-E lanes for an M.2 port ? Killer feature, that!

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Re: Viva ElReg and The Pi Foundation

as well as the long geeky reads and of course the commentards!

Especially the quality of commentards, most notably James Hughes, THE Raspberry Pi engineer for VideoCore! Ok, I did not upvote James' post, because I think his claims are not 100% correct, however, I understand corporate-speak and cannot blame him for that, don't we all do it with our customers ;-)

I do wish to congratulate the Raspberry pi team for what they have done, I have all the B+ and the first B, big fan!

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A boss pinching pennies may have cost his firm many, many pounds

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Re: Developer PC

a.) Sometimes it allows you to be more productive. Good developers know more than System Administrators, that is why they are paid more. It is not like the silly guy from sales bringing his malware-infested, 5 years out of date Windows PC without AV, full of pr0n ....

b.) Since you fell for this, I understand why you are mumbling about a.)

Do you happen to administer a Windows network ?

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Microsoft's next Windows 10 release creeps closer with a cluster of builds

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Windows 10 October 2018 Update

ETA sometime in December!

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$200bn? Make that $467bn: Trump threatens to balloon proposed bonus China tech tariffs

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China will of course replicate, and it will go on and on ... meanwhile, Russia, India, EU happily invest in China and take over US businesses' former marketshare of China ... way to go, guyz.

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Canny Brits are nuking the phone bundle

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Re: 3 and WiFi calling

Hm, I remember WIFI calling, that got canned in France 6 years ago, when Free mobile (an ISP)

emerged with a 40Gb data plan, iirc, reduced speed after that, unlimited voice and texts (incl international calls to many countries) for less than 20 quid/month. It is like PAYG, in that you can cancel any month, they initially did not sell phones with it, iirc, but now do ... they do not rip you off as much with the phones.

This forced the 3 French historical operators to get their act together and stop the price fixing.

Since 2010 at least, you can get any phone unlocked for free, 6 months after the contract was signed.

I now enjoy a 100Gb LTE data plan with text and voice to over 100 countries fully comp (International land lines, only) ... so yeah, it is really cool.

In the UK, the operators are ripping you off!

What is the best deal in the UK, PAYG or do you have phone-less contracts ?

From my understanding, UK PAYG data does not roam or is expensive, correct ?

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Thunderstruck: Azure Back in Black(out) after High Voltage causes Flick of the Switch

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WTF?

Texas - Europe ?

Ok, so, let's try to understand this ... MS claims your data is stored in Europe when here we have proof it is not ... and nobody picks it up ?

Given MS' long and winding track record (recent AND past), who would trust MS to be able to implement a stable and disaster-safe infrastructure ? I mean, come on, with the resources they have ... everytime there are WIndows updates due, the infrastructure becomes unresponsive .... now, lightning in the US causes Europe's service to go TITSUP ?

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Google is 20, Chrome is 10, and Microsoft would rather ignore the Nokia deal's 5th birthday

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Re: The "App Gap"

Youtube, Twitter apps ? Oh, did Windows Phone not have a web browser then ? Why use those aps ?

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Trainer regrets giving straight answer to staffer's odd question

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Re: has anyone else

I was asked: "Can you clean keyboards, if so, how ?"

I inquired: "What happened?"

Reply: "Mmmh, kids, mmmmh, Nutella, mmmmh, mmmh, you get it ?"

I got one of those key extractors ( |_| ) out of the drawer, removed all keys, then white spirit and an old toothbrush, scrub, scrub, scrub, with alcohol ... scrub, scrub, scrub. Next, rinced with demineralized water and left out to dry ... worked as new ... was a HP USB keyboard, it had more than Nutella in it .... several variants of crisps, biscuits, soda or orange gluey stuff, like dark Fanta, and hairs (rather long and blond) ....

Icon: Paris, was that yours ?

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No do-overs! Appeals court won’t hear $8.8bn Oracle v Google rehash

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Most Windows users, since they were used to use Sun Java installer.

Hmmm, ok, so, if understand correctly, you are implying that Windows users who set up commercial or production systems, basically what I refer to as Windows Cleaners and Surface Experts, are not intellectually capable of deploying an MSI or ZIP file ?

Now, do not get me wrong, I also think Windows users are by definition useless at administrating computers, but come on, they are not that thick ... or am I too kind with the bunch ?

Sorry for the delay, was away ...

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Oracle Java SE 8

OpenJDK is the Java reference platform, who still uses Oracle Java SE ?

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Oracle vs Google facts

Exactly 9 lines of code were lifted and Oracle agreed to zero damages for that - so any comment@rd pulling the "But Google copied code so should pay $8bn" BS can henceforth remain silent.

The rest, the whole rest, is "imitating an API" of GPL'd code with linking exception. If Oracle pull this one through, then not only will forking become illegal, but designing emulators or re-implementing API's that someone else designed will become illegal, think samba, wine, large chunks of Powershell, MS Exchange, MS SQL Server, Oracle database ... This is beyond silly, and I am no fan of either company ...

Bibliography:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OpenJDK

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GPL_linking_exception

https://www.xda-developers.com/update-on-the-oracle-versus-google-trial/

https://www.computerworld.com/article/2504709/technology-law-regulation/oracle-agrees-to--zero--damages-in-google-lawsuit--eyes-appeal.html

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‘Very fine people’ rename New York as ‘Jewtropolis’ on Snapchat, Zillow

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Re: "Working to track down the culprit"

Daily Fail reader/believer, your opinion does not count!

If you read the article you are linking to, you can clearly see it is a hating spree against Corbyn, launched by Daily Fail, as stated.

I am no fan of Corbyn, but Daily Fail are taking words out of context, both (incl BBC) get whole countries wrong (the 1972 terrorists were not buried in Tunesia, WTF, why does nobody mention this "minor" fact ???? BBC, anybody in today ????? And, worse, why does Benjamin not know this ?)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Munich_massacre#Aftermath

Regarding Israel and anti-Semitism:

I think one should always be able to criticize any state for its actions, regardless of the religious beliefs, sexual orientations, political affiliation of the government in charge. Criticizing the actions of a state does NOT equate to criticizing the citizens of said state, even less so the religious beliefs, sexual orientations, political affiliation or whatever of the population.

Thy atheist

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Won’t patch systems? Never run malware scans? Welcome to the US State Department!

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The Bureau says it will have that policy in place by November.

Hm, not so birght, that admission ... everybody's gonna hack the sh1t out their systems, now, while the fun lasts ...

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We've found another problem with IPv6: It's sparked a punch-up between top networks

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Answer:

What has this to do with IPv6? Well, it appears that IPv6 may have given some companies an opening to the big leagues, with some trying to become tier-one providers for IPv6 and hence the future of the internet. And not everyone is excited about welcoming newcomers to the club.

You are very welcome!

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Surprise! VAT, customs likely to get a bit trickier in a Brexit no-deal world

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Re: Can anyone

I saw the first "vote for Frexit" posters in France recently!

Marine Le Pen lost the presidential debate, actually, it killed her party so she had to rename it ... she was one of two Frexit backers in the election, the French seem to be a little wiser than Brits because they listened to arguments on both sides ... result: the whole Frexit idea has been generally accepted as economic suicide.

Brexit means a lot of business is leaving the UK for France, The Netherlands, and Germany, so we're all happy campers, here! For us, Brexit means a nice influx of highly skilled, highly paid jobs!

I doubt the posters you saw were less than a year old, all worn out ...

NB: I happen to live in France ...

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£1 in every fiver that UK biz, public sector spent on software in 2017 went to *drumroll* Microsoft

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£7.353bn

So, imagine for one sec, how much you could squeeze out of, say, Linux Mint, if you donated £1bn ?

Why are they wasting tax payer money? With £7.353bn you could easily finance your very own Linux distribution, with dozens of kernel devs, hundreds of devs and support personnel... over a ten year period!

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You want how much?! Israel opts not to renew its Office 365 vows

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Re: Libreoffice is free and just fine.

The formatting can be a nightmare. We had one supplier turn up with a PowerPoint presentation, our company had standardized on LibreOffice and the meeting room computer had LO on it...

Ever heard of PowerPoint viewer ?

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Microsoft Visual Studio C++ Runtime installers were built to fail

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FWIW, RPM files can contain executable content in their %install section; see the RPM spec file reference.

Yes, debs have the equivalent as well ... and why is that relevant to the subject ?

The point is, we do not want punters to execute stuff in Downloads to avoid DLL overriding. The RPM/DEB/PKG/etc file is not executable, it is a installation package.

I agree about MSI, that format sucks, but better than plain executables, you will not be able to inspect the contents either, but at least MSI is NOT executable.

I go for ZIP when available.

PS: Quite a few people here disagree with me, have I missed something obvious ? Do you guyz not use DLL overriding ?

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Seriously, I think the program should look in the application's directory for DLL's to load, that is how DLL overriding is supposed to work.

The fact that Windows devs are using an outdated software distribution model where you have to download some executable file from the internet that nobody can trust is the MAIN problem here! PLUS desktops think it is wise to place all downloads into one folder is yet another problem in this case; on UNIX this is fine, most of the time, because pkg's, deb's, or rpm's are not executable.

The simple solution would be distribute installers in zipped folders (so even IF dumbcunt chooses to unzip into Downloads, the installer lives in a child directory).

You could think that since Windows supports MSI that all software would use that format, but no ... dumbcunts.

PS: Ever wondered why some people distribute Windows software as executable (for dumbcunts) and ZIP ?

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Security researcher Stefan Kanthak claims that the Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable for Visual Studio 2017 executable installers (x86 and x64) were built with insecure tools from several years ago, creating a vulnerability that could allow privilege escalation.

Is that not the case for each and every single line of code released by MS ?

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Microsoft: We busted Russian Fancy Bear disinfo websites

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This has little to do with election rigging/influencing.

This all took place in or before 2008, so over ten years ago and involved Mr Clinton.

The 20% Uranium in reserves were already owned by a Canadian firm, which in the end got sold to Russian investors.

I understand it is totally normal in neo-conservative regimes to sell off infrastructure and other strategic assets to businesses in foreign countries ... if a penny or two can be made on the back of the tax payers ... what are you complaining about, again ?

DISCLAIMER: Brit here, could not give a flying fsck about what reigns over the white hut.

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.NET Core 2.1 – huh, yeah – what is it good for? Bing, apparently

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El'Reg

May I humbly point out to your scribe that DuckDuckGo uses Bing! as a search engine.

That Bing! uses advertising as well.

BTW, are we sure that the Bing! servers still run on Windows ? I mean, .Net 2.1 is available for Linux .... if they want even better search performance/watt, Linux is the way!

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Microsoft takes another whack at killing off Windows Phone 8.x

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Coffee/keyboard

Windows Phone 8 and 8.1 devices account for a scarcely measurable 0.02 per cent of the mobile market. Quite some way from the mighty 0.12 per cent claimed by Windows 10 Mobile.

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London's Gatwick Airport flies back to the future as screens fail

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Re: "no redundancy in the internet link"

It is pure and utter design failure.

Why have 100's of systems download flight information from the cloud ? <---- that is already brain-dead, somebody in the design team has never heard of multiplications!

No resilient internet connection ? <---- that is brain-dead

Caching is not the answer to a fundamental failure of resilient network design.

It reduces internet traffic significantly and buys you time for the connection fail-over..

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Home Office seeks Brexit tech boss – but doesn't splash the cash

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Re: I'll take it

They're worse than Miami Beach, and the scenery's a whole lot better on South Beach!)

Have you read the news lately ? They have a problem with toxic algae ...

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Re: Unbelievable

There's an interesting court challenge underway at the moment that claims that Art50 should not, constitutionally, have been invoked, and the blatant expenditure fraud by Leave means that the whole referendum should be annulled.

No, no, no, no, no ... there has been a general election since the referendum, and that gave May the mandate to bankrupt the UK. If we pull out now, the leavers are never going to believe us, Brexit is, was and always will be nothing short of pure madness, we (remainers) knew this from the beginning.

Anything that thinks that the UK can negotiate a deal that is beneficial for the UK, with a club of 500m people (8 times UK's size), as the UK is about to LEAVE!!!!!! needs a brain transplant. I have said it time and time again on here ... EU does not care either way, they'll take our industry, our banking, whatever they can as we leave and we can only watch as it unfolds.

Project Fear is about to turn into reality, come on, lets keep this going for a few months ...

In less than 5 years time we'll be on all fours, waiting inline, begging to be allowed back in ... ;-)

I'd love a pint, gosh, it's Friday!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sx4AF-3Rd44

LCH, Airbus, Goldman Sachs, Bank of America, IBM, Hitachi etc ad nauseam all moving considerable numbers of staff and funds to EU land.

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Support for ageing key exchange crypto leaves VPNs open to attack

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Key reuse ? TLS 1.3 wants to re-use keys, let's hope the implementation does not suck ...

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Dropbox plans to drop encrypted Linux filesystems in November

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Re: /tmp noexec

Yes, yes, yes ... but anything that thinks it is wise to execute something in /tmp is NOT to be allowed near computers, so my take on it ? Don't use software that expects to be able to execute stuff in /tmp .... simples - brain-dead devs cannot make decent software, don't take the risk.

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Hi-de-Hack! Redcoats red-faced as Butlin's holiday camp admits data breach hit 34,000

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Re: 34000 people at risk

It's surprising how easily these car thefts are occurring these days. My suggestion to people would be to start using ethanol as fuel.

Makes just as much sense as what you wrote ... how is vpn (tunnel connection between two systems) gonna have any effect on the gullibility of the average staffer ?

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US voting systems: Full of holes, loaded with pop music, and 'hacked' by an 11-year-old

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US Elections

What elections in the US boil down to is which side has the better script kiddies.

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Re: Dry Erase Results

So why aren't these machines using write once read many (WORM) media?

There will be some, in areas where the Democrats have a chance of winning ... the election result, who voted etc will all be prepared prior to the election taking place ... ;-)

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