* Posts by Ragarath

836 posts • joined 26 Aug 2009

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UK's largest hospital trust battles Friday 13th malware outbreak

Ragarath
Trollface

Re: Gosh.......

Destroy All Monsters, you forgot the joke icon and now people don't get it. Please go write on the blackboard 1000 times "I must remember the joke icon" and go to bed with no tea.

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update crushed exploits without need of patches

Ragarath

Won't let me do that. It says C: is in use.

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Ragarath

Re: Hurray - we're getting the basics in, 2 decades late

They find, in a technical analysis designed to stress test the resilience of Windows 10, that the bugs were neutered on Anniversary Update machines even before it issued the respective November patch thanks to the exploit mitigation controls.

They did not say before the update, they said the anniversary edition of windows 10 was able to stop the exploit before the exploit had been patched. Not that the anniversary edition was not a "patch."

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Microsoft cans pay-as-you-go Azure for new MPSA licensees

Ragarath

Re: More lockin...

Yikes, when did the cloud start solving everything? I find it good for a few things and somewhere a lot of my stuff will never touch.

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Digital video recorder installers master password list 'leaked' – claims

Ragarath

Re: a CCTV installer in Nigeria.

Someone did not give him their bank details so he could transfer it to the UK (other locations may have been available) so yes he had to resort to getting a job.

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You have the right to be informed: Write to UK.gov, save El Reg

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I want to sign but...

Having been a regular reader of El'Reg for a very long time now I want to help out but...

I've just had a read through (properly even though i have read about this before) and would like something clarified as IANAL.

In the legislation http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2013/22/section/40 section 2 it states that the Court must not award costs if the publisher is a member of an approved regulator. Yes there are a few provisions but as I said IANAL and they seem reasonable.

In this case would not being a member of an approved regulator exempt El'Reg?

Please can someone that understands this stuff more explain for me?

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Soz fanbois, Apple DIDN'T invent the smartphone after all

Ragarath

Thumbs up

I am no Apple fan but this is one thing Apple got right and should be emulated IMO. Let's stop the phone companies having control over things they have no idea about and have proved again and again they do not care about.

Have a thumbs up for the observation.

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Astroboffins glimpse sighting of ultra-rare circular galaxy

Ragarath

Re: "No connection between the two"

But there is a connection, you see, and the article is wrong. You and I may not be able to see it but gravity is a compelling thing.

(Yes I know a physical connection was meant but it was not specified. You need to be exact with these things)

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BT and Plusnet most moaned about broadband providers. Again

Ragarath

Re: there's BT and there's bt

I could make some rude comments suggesting that sky have so few complaints because their users are too dim to realise things aren't working, I could, but I won't.

You just did. Resorting to major generalisations is rather unbecoming and just makes you look silly.

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IT ops doesn't matter. Really?

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What's DevOps?

There is development and operations roles.

If anyone thinks they can do both to their full potential at scale then "I fart in your general direction".

DeveOps is for small teams that can't afford to have someone do both. But you know the saying "A Jack of all trades"?

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Remember that brightest supernova ever seen? It wasn't one

Ragarath

Re: Massive black hole?

But mas has very little relation to size. Depends on how squidged it gets.

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Masterful malvertisers pwn Channel 9, Sky, MSN in stealth attacks

Ragarath

JavaScript

From what I am reading, this is all enabled by JavaScript. Who's idea was it to allow code be executed on the client?

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Brit telco EE's ads banned for 'misleading' 4G speed claims

Ragarath

Re: What's 4G?

So standard it's not available to the AC above? Really seems standard...

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Don't rush into 5G until you've got a market, warns GTI chief

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Having said that, 4g is pretty damn good. You can actually use the internet when you're not in WIFI range without getting bored and giving up waiting.

If you can actually find an area that is covered.

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Fibre pushers get UK budget tax reprieve

Ragarath

Re: "Pure fibre"

It would not be hard for them to create Openreach Copper and Openreach Fibre as two seperate companies.

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UK.gov flings £400m at gold standard, ‘full-fibre' b*&%*%£$%. Yep. Broadband

Ragarath

Re: Fibre for Exchange-Only lines : no chance!

I thought they were putting in new "cabinets" at the exchange for exchange only lines? They have done here.

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AI boffins turn to StarCraft to train future neural networks

Ragarath

Re: Has been done

When did StarCraft become turn based? Not played that version before.

If it was 100% equal it does not mean the AIs would do equal things. If one got ahead of the other (assuming they are doing the exact same thing at the exact same time or very close to. What I assume you mean by turn based) then the AI that is behind would alter it's strategy would it not?

AI is not pre-programmed software that will only do A if B occurs. It is trying to look for the best scenario with the inputs it is given. If those inputs change (as they would if one got ahead) then so should the AI output.

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Microsoft puts Windows Updates on a diet with 'differential downloads'

Ragarath

Re: So how does this work for a reasonable systems administrator??

Yea I would have thought WSUS would still pull the whole update but would be updated with the mechanism to push only what is needed or at least the OS will pull only what is needed.

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Microsoft ends OEM sales of Windows 7 Pro and Windows 8.1

Ragarath

Re: Now the the future is closer than ever.

(Thinking I always get told the cost of Office 365 is cheaper, compared to 2016)*.

I get this too, until you point out that 3 years at £8.50 = £306. To buy a copy outright is < £200. (yes I know you don't get publisher but come on how many people need publisher?)

Also bear in mind that for most uses the version you buy will last a lot longer than the 3 years. I have users still using 2010 and you have saved a lot of money.

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Re: Now the the future is closer than ever.

You can buy a standalone version of 2016 too you know.

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Apple fans using Chrome on alert for Mac malware

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Where did the technically astute bit come in? Never heard that myself.

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Docker user? Haven't patched Dirty COW yet? Got bad news for you

Ragarath

Re: But...

Sorry needed a sarcasm icon. :)

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Ragarath

But...

Containers mean everything is separated right? Nothing can escape is what we were told.

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Microsoft's Surface Studio desk-slab, Dial knob, Surface Book: We get our claws on new kit

Ragarath
Coat

Re: surprisingly good – at least from a hardware perspective.

Isn't Linux Open Source? Write your own drivers? Wasn't this part of the whole point with Linux that you can write what is not supplied?

It feels like the new users of Linux want everything handed to them on a plate, you know like Windows and MacOS do.

It feels like a protest vote at times from people, rather than using the software that fits your need. Yes your need not what others tell you is bad because it is from X company.

Rant off, I'll get my coat.

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Google fibre: Subs up, Revenue up, expansion over

Ragarath

Re: Not enough money in new fibre?

Or good news for a totally separate infrastructure company(ies) from the users of said infrastructure. And by users I mean ISP's telcos and the such.

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LASER RAT FENCE wins €1.7m European Commission funds

Ragarath

Re: Those of us old enough to remember . . .

I think what is trying to be intimated is that although yes they are pests to the crop, they may also have a beneficial side like that is being overlooked.

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Asda server glitch leaves customers without online shopping

Ragarath

Re: 1st world problems

Or get in the car and go and get it*. I know it means coming out of the house but hey, we all have to sacrifice something.

*Yes I know some people do not have cars and some are disabled and may have had the route of getting said shopping in person or proxy removed.

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Two new dinosaurs walked from South America to Australia, via Antarctica

Ragarath
Joke

Re: Just in time to pop the Flat Earth bubble.

Of course it was, and it is all the fault of man made global warming that we now cannot.

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Puppet shows its hand: All your software is belong to us

Ragarath

Re: In the future code is going to be managed and deployed by other code

They call that AI I think :)

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Hard-up Brits 'should get subsidy for 10Mbps'

Ragarath

Re: hmmm

I agree. In all honesty if this is about accessing government websites then there is still not much more need than a 56k modem (can you still get a dial up service?) as the pages will still load.

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It's finally happened: Hackers are coming for home routers en masse

Ragarath

Separately, security software firm ESET warned today that in a test of more than 12,000 home routers, 15 per cent (a little under one in seven) use weak passwords, with “admin” left as the username in most cases

So this security by obscurity thing is now back in vogue then? I remember being told that it was pointless changing the administrator name on Windows it was the password that counted. Changing the name was only obscuring it.

Is this different now for routers?

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New Brit Hubble analysis finds 2,000 billion galaxies, 10x previous count

Ragarath

Short scale yes. Long scale no :)

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Desktop budget wrangles: Whose device is it anyway?

Ragarath

And so it goes around

This has been going on for so long. End users always want to run X in Y way because they have used X and Y elsewhere and it is so much better than everything else. This even when it does not work well with other stuff.

As said by Bill M above. Put as much as you can in a browser interface as it is the only true universal language that I have seen appear over my years in IT.

There will still be use cases for other more niche software and it will always be thus unless you can get the big software makers (AKA the makers of the OS's) to make a universal run time.

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Microsoft preps defence against the dark arts for enterprise customers

Ragarath

Re: Yay

Yay, an AC that complains about downvotes whilst assuming that his or hers anecdotal evidence is fact.

Indexing/Search yes they are the same where as you list them as separate, a very useful tool and on my supported machines configured as OOB never had an issue. There were issues with the older indexing service but the last time I saw issues with that was many years ago.

Notifications, really? I've never had an issue with this. Are you sure there is no 3rd party tool causing this.

Windows Defender - way better than most AV/Malware scanners at using resources.

Superfetch - yea turn this off never liked it. If you are using an SSD it is superfluous anyway.

From reading the rest of your post I assume you are just a Linux evangelist and thus don't know how to properly support different OSs. An OS is a tool. Linux has it's place so does Windows they are both good at certain things.

And if you think Linux is immune from malware, good luck with that. The fact that you talk about viruses means you do not understand the attack vectors now-a-days. I can't remember the last time I had to deal with a virus. Infections are now social engineering or trojan horses. That is a program run by the user. This can happen no matter your OS.

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Hapless VESK hit by second major two-day outage

Ragarath

Gotta love that cloud

If you rely on someone else's hardware and the cloud disperses you might need something more tangible to hold on to.

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Sysadmin gets 5 years for slurping contractor payments to employer

Ragarath

Re: And this is why...

But who has the access to give the access? Always with computer systems there has to be someone responsible for being able to sort out problems. That person needs full access. If they did not then when things go wrong there would be no one to fix them as no one would have access.

This is why the people with this access must be trusted. In small IT operations it is usually a single person with the keys to all and they need to have the integrity needed for that role.

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Pains us to run an Apple article without the words 'fined', 'guilty' or 'on fire' in it, but here we are

Ragarath

Re: Stupid headphone adapter...

And when you want to plug your snazzy (non-apple) headphones into another non-apple device, you are saying you can do that with the lightning adaptor still attached are you?

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Network Management Systems are a 'treasure map' for hackers

Ragarath

Re: FINALLY!!!!

I take it you don't have one of these then ;)

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Microsoft releases firmware fix for faulty Surface Pro 3 batteries

Ragarath

Re: "Microsoft shifted 275,000 Surface Pro devices ... In contrast, the iPad Pro sold 107,000 units"

Does the MacBook work as a tablet? No I thought not. On your bike sir Apple Fan.

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Ford announces plans for mass production of self-driving cars by 2021

Ragarath

Re: Take control when necessary

But surely the truck is Automated also and will stop dead too (that 40+ Ton won't affect it at all)

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White hat pops Windows User Account Control with log viewer data

Ragarath

Re: It's an elevation attack.

Think of this more in this scenario.

Your employees have certain access to the system. One of them has had something happen they did not like and decide they want revenge. They use this process escalation attack to give them access they should not have.

(I've not had time to read the actual process yet but I assume this is what is meant. By compromised they mean access is available.)

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Adobe stops software licence audits in Americas, Europe

Ragarath

Re: SAP!

SAP are idiots then. You can easily make a piece of software run on a single core of a multi core CPU. Also if they were doing their job right it would be an option in their software. It should even do it automatically based on the license.

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UK local govt body blasts misleading broadband speed ads

Ragarath

Re: Well I never...

I've just had Wessex installed too, down here in Dorset. Even though BT were supposed to have upgraded us 4 years ago to fibre.

Given up waiting. Pay a little more but service so far has been excellent.

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London's Met Police has missed the Windows XP escape deadline

Ragarath
Coat

Re: Government investment in the Police

Haven't we got an extra £350million a week sloshing around somewhere now...? Ahem.

No yet, we have to leave first, see icon.

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Hybrid cloud: Deciding the right mix for your workloads

Ragarath

Email not so no-brainer

Email's an obvious one (let someone like Microsoft look after it rather than giving me a pile of loud kit and temperamental software, thanks very much)

Email is interesting, especially if your in the camp with the below statement of yours.

The other category of system I'd put in the private cloud is systems whose security you really care about. If you're doing highly confidential legal work for a client, the chances are that you feel a lot safer with it in your secure data centre than in a cloud installation.

Internal email that is confidential should never touch outside servers in my opinion. And this can go for every size business that has email that should remain confidential.

Apart from that I agree with your view and it is similar to how I implement things here.

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Quip away, but Microsoft Excel 365's REST APIs win the day

Ragarath

Re: Yup you're old

Wow just wow.

There is nothing wrong with outsourcing and cloud use. There is also still a huge advantage of having in house kit and edge devices. Darn, I wish you good luck protecting all you small devices that do not have the capacity or grunt to defend themselves when connected to the internet and not behind an edge device.

Legislation also comes into this but is not mentioned in your post. You using PostCodeAnywhere is you using a service from a third party not you using a third party to host all your information. If their service is bad (giving you the wrong info) you change to someone else. Not a problem. If a cloud service is bad, they have all your data. Even if you take it out, they have all your data. Where is this stored? Have they archived it?

Your post comes across as too rosy and that cloud can't be wrong. I have several systems here that will never go cloud based because of the information contained in them. There is no chance in hell they would go outside my edge devices. On the other hand there are systems that can and have gone. It is a balance.

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Google and GlaxoSmithKline fling £540m at bioelectronic meds firm

Ragarath

Re: No...

You've seen the Walking Dead right?

This is how it all began ;)

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Zen loses its chill: UK biz ISP falls offline for four hours and counting

Ragarath

Re: Okay here

We've always called it Worcester Sauce, even though it is officially Worcestershire. We live down south too.

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She wants it. She needs it. Shall I give it to her or keep doing it by myself?

Ragarath

Re: Been there, done that...

My Wife purchased me a "No I Will Not Fix Your Computer" Tee.

When I wore it everyone was really put off asking for help anymore :)

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GMB tests Uber 'self-employed drivers' claim at London tribunal

Ragarath

Re: @AC

Yes I know it is, but an Uber driver doesn't have to do any fares. So are you (and the GMB) suggesting that they want Uber drivers to be paid minimum wage directly by Uber even if they don't pick up any actual fares? They just get paid for sitting in a cafe? Of course not. They would then have to start setting out performance targets and restrictions on which fares they had to choose, restrictions on doing other jobs etc - the drivers would lose their flexibility.

I think you are confusing waiting for work as working. When you are waiting for work you are not employed. When you pick a fare from Uber that is when you are employed from until the drop-off surely?

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