* Posts by tfewster

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User had no webcam or mic, complained vid conference didn’t work

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Re: Duplicate effort

https://www.reddit.com/r/tifu/

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Re: One for the new column

Outofluck does now, but it's a relatively recent feature (Only since Outlook 2013?)

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Ice cliffs found on Mars and NASA says they’re a tap for astronauts

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Re: Don't drink the water!!!

But...are you telling me the endings of War of the Worlds and Independence Day won't work?!

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Remember those holy tech wars we used to have? Heh, good times

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Re: Um....

systemd

Linus Torvald's swearing

IOS v Android (patching. support, walled garden v. freedom to shoot yourself in the foot)

Net Neutrality

Uber

And that's just from the El Reg list of "Your Topics" on this page

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How's this for a stocking filler next year? El Reg catches up with Gemini

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Re: No double-quote or period keys?

Zoomed in, it looks like the period is unshifted "?" (not the . on the ?)

" is shift+2, normal for UK keyboards

\ is Fn+3 - not quite as convenient for Linux users, but not a hardship. And / is shifted too, in the interest of balance :-)

| is Fn+1

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Surveillance law slip-up in sight for staff stalking citizens on socials

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Re: Checks and balances are required

You have my sympathy regarding your situation, but tell us more about your read-only wife!

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Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but the data centre temp's delightful

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Re: "Its a pity the Sun systems in the article didnt do that."

One night, I got a call from the Operators to say the HP PA-RISC servers I looked after were reporting > 30C temperatures. From the pattern of reporting and my intimate knowledge of the layout of the machine hall, I could tell exactly which AC unit had failed, overloading the others - I despatched one operator to the spot, another started phoning the other sysadmins, and I started shutting down my systems* cleanly before they hit 35C and shut down hard.

The Suns and IBM systems weren't complaining. If I recall correctly, the Suns fell over at about 40C, the IBM systems just kept running.

* Yeah, I got a bollocking for stopping Production systems. But they restarted OK, which is more than could be said for the Suns.

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Mozilla's creepy Mr Robot stunt in Firefox flops in touching tribute to TV show's 2nd season

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@just_me Re: Extended Support Release track

Interesting - Thank you for that. The Firefox Wiki indicates that "experiments" are just about Firefox telemetry, but it's a sobering reminder that a browser is a two-way window.

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Extended Support Release track

Firefox ESR 52.5.2 doesn't seem to support "about:studies"

What a shame, I won't get to see it. I knew there was a reason I stuck to the ESR.

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Funnily enough, no, IT admins who trash biz machines can't claim they had permission

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Re: Never read the BOFH ...

Everyone is a friend to the BOFH, because you don't want to be an enemy - not that that attitude would last long anyway. If he's friendly to you depends on what you've given him (Scotch, aggro or merely being in the way of his plans)

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5 reasons why America's Ctrl-Z on net neutrality rules is a GOOD thing

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@Eguro re: CAPS

Maybe Not Neutrality will allow ISPs to charge more for POSTING in CAPS? In a way, it does put more strain on the Internet. It could be a good revenue stream, and supported by many of us.

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The North remembers: York scraps Uber's licence over data breach

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Re: Grammar

It's not pedantry, it's technical accuracy ;-) We're nice people, really.

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Good news: unsecured S3 bucket discovery just got easier

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I see the problem...

...a bucket is open at one end, so the contents can slop out.

But seriously, is using a CIS ready-hardened image a simple solution to all cloud-based VM security issues, or is it more complicated than that?

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Pro tip: You can log into macOS High Sierra as root with no password

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Appropriate on another level too: She's saying "It's a UNIX system, I know this!"

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London mayor: Self-driving cars? Not without jacked-up taxes, you don't!

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Re: What about the downsides?

A move towards public transport and bicycles is likely to reduce taxation income for the government too. Better recognise that times are changing and invent a new tax. How about an Air tax? Where everyone pays and some of the money goes towards improving air quality?

</sarc>

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You're such a goober, Uber: UK regulators blast hushed breach

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Re: Too Many Breaches....

> Data Protection Act ... a twice yearly training course for everyone in the company.

Really? When I was given the additional duties of Data Protection Officer to go with my tech support role, I wasn't offered any training, just given the registration forms to fill in for the hospital*. Hmm, maybe I should have been organising training for everyone else.

* I spotted that that the Act didn't stop you doing anything evil, e.g. selling patients data, as long as your Registration stated that intention.

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Open-source defenders turn on each other in 'bizarre' trademark fight sparked by GPL fall out

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Re: A plague o' both your houses!

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

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Now Oracle stiffs its own sales reps to pocket their overtime, allegedly

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Re: Paid overtime...I wish

We're all one big team! So I'll give the company some of my free time if the company gives me something in return - Like money!

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DXC Tech asks staff to profile their skills

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Dunning-Kruger

You jest, but don't forget the Dunning-Kruger effect. The clueless will put "Plant Manager" on their CV, whereas the botanists will put something like "Biomass Operative" and only get offered sewage worker jobs.

When CrapGemini went through this many years ago, I rated myself as 4/5 for HP-UX skills, as I was comparing my sysadmin & troubleshooting skills with the mission-critical support guys at HP. One of my end-users rated himself as 5/5 because he could usually manage to log in and follow written instructions.

But my favourite part of the exercise was the email from Manglement exhorting us to fill in our profile. They forgot to delete the email trail, which started with the HR director telling managers that staff "couldn't sell water in a desert".

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BT plots to slash pension benefits for 32,000 staff

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Re: bollocks

I, too, wonder how legal this is. If $EMPLOYER and I had a contract for a Final Salary pension, surely they're obliged to honour years earned to date even if they close it to new contributions?

e.g. after 20 years I've earned 20 80ths of my final salary and investment or company contributions should have to cover that up to my actual final salary after 40 years.

It's still better than the UK government on SERPs, State Second pension etc. where you get nothing back for anything you've paid over the basic NIC level.

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Automatic for the people: Telcos forced to pay for giving you crap services

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Re: 15 Months?

No, it will take them 15 months to push through the price increases to cover the compensation they might have to pay out. Plus a bit for bonuses for Directors for implementing this new "customer care" scheme.

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UK Home Sec thinks a Minority Report-style AI will prevent people posting bad things

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Re: Count me unimpressed

The Amazon AI should be fine - It only needs to be smarter than Amber Rudd, after all. And, to be fair, it does have a kind of logic "You bought an expensive TV, so you must a) Really like TVs and b) Have money. Would you like to buy another TV?"

Or as Zaphod said: 'You'd just have to program it to say "What?" And "I don't understand" and "Where's the tea?"'

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Commuters' phone data could be tracked to save megabucks on census

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Re: What on earth...

If mobile phone movements correlate with the census findings, it could be a useful fill-in between census dates. That assumes nothing else changes, but you could sample the population each year to keep the indicators calibrated.

Vastly oversimplified example - Say 10K people say they commute from Reading to London daily, and that matches ticket sales, but you find 11k phones make that trip. For Croydon it might be 20k people/22k phones. Yay, we have a correlation - 1.1 phones per head. If the total number of phones goes up from 33k to 50k next year, you can just re-survey Reading and extrapolate.

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Lord of the Rings TV show shopped around Hollywood

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Re: Why not

"CSI: Ankh-Morpork" sounds awesome. "I'll just write a GUI for Hex to track his aura"

Though too many deus ex machinas available e.g. the Rite of AshkEnte

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Re: If there ever was a story perfect for television ...

Sex and violence is fine (though not at the same time, and I draw the line at naked hairy-toed hobbits).

I can't imagine how they're going to introduce cliffhangers when we already know Bilbo etc. live to sail to the Grey Kingdoms.

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Seldom used 'i' mangled by baffling autocorrect bug in Apple's iOS 11

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Can't you just autocorrect "i" to "i"?

But a simpler workaround would seem to be to disable autocorrect for now.

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Over a million Android users fooled by fake WhatsApp app in official Google Play Store

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Re: store fakes

I thought it was going to be this xkcd

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A draft US law to secure election computers that isn't braindead. Well, I'm stunned! I gotta lie down

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> it helps if the acronym lies about what is in the bill.

From "Yes, Minister", as true today as it was 30 years ago: always dispose of the difficult bit in the title

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Re: I propose....

It seems like malice and incompetence cancelled each other out here, to produce a sensible result

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One-third of mobile users receive patchy to no indoor coverage

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@katrinab - Sensible, but missing the point

Why should my choices be restricted by the phone companies being stingy?

I have a perfect signal from O2 at home, due to a mast ~300M away on top of an old factory building. If that gets demolished I'm stuffed, as there are no other high points nearby. At work (on a light industry estate), O2 gives the best signal but it's still rubbish indoors.

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Car insurers recoil in horror from paying auto autos' speeding fines

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Re: Look! Fun games ahead!

"If there's a fatal flaw in the software likely to make it veer off the road,..."

...Then that flaw was already there, (we) just didn't know about it.

So the vehicle should permanently immobilise itself, just in case a flaw may be discovered in the future.

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Fake tech support 'scam' husband and wife banned FOR LIFE from computer repair world

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Re: Outrageous sums of money?

Yeah, what's missing here? They scammed people, but the FTC couldn't prove it was fraud, hence a warning off rather than a prison sentence?

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Fine, OK, no backdoors, says Deputy AG. Just keep PLAINTEXT copies of everyone's messages

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Re: Ahem

Rosenstein seems ambivalent (or clueless) about encryption:

ransomware - enycyption with no government backdoor

botnets – taking advantage of poor security and encryption -

hackers - could launch devastating attacks against autonomous cars, if they're poorly secured

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BOFH: Do I smell burning toes, I mean burning toast?

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Re: !!!!!!

I lost control at "I could pretty much guarantee it"

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UK.gov joins Microsoft in fingering North Korea for WannaCry

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Re: Am I understanding this right?

> Wallace went on to say that North Korea had linked to other attacks aimed at raising foreign currency...

In which case they would have had no fears about emptying the accounts of the money raised - IIRC correctly, those accounts were abandoned as too hot to touch?

> Redmond's president went on to that Microsoft was not to blame for the infection of systems using older operating systems, such as Windows XP...

Did he just accept responsibility for the Windows 7 machines that DID get infected? Sure, they released a patch AFTER the NSA exploit got leaked, but how long had they known about it?

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NHS could have 'fended off' WannaCry by taking 'simple steps' – report

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Re: It's all so simple..

Sure, but if you're spending money on triaging, queue management systems, backlog reporting etc. you're addressing the wrong problem - put that money into healthcare instead!

Oh, and using the cases of specialised clinical systems and scheduling server patching as excuses for not patching desktops doesn't wash. ("NHS Digital told us that the majority of NHS devices infected were unpatched but on supported Microsoft Windows 7 operating systems.")

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Whois? No, Whowas: Incoming Euro privacy rules torpedo domain registration system

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Genuine question to the experts - How about (a) the data subject has given consent to the processing of his or her personal data for one or more specific* purposes: You supply valid contact info, or you don't get a domain?

I'm all for Registrars vetting the info and restricting public access to "sensitive" stuff, but let's not throw the baby out with the bathwater.

When I was registering a hospital under the original Data Protection Act, it seemed to me that the hospital was free to sell patient info IF the registration entry stated that intention.

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Didn't install a safety-critical driverless car patch? Bye, insurance!

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Re: "it would be unsafe to use the vehicle in question without the updates being installed"

"Modding": e.g. to improve fuel economy?

"Unsafe": If the car is unsafe now, it was unsafe before. Unless a change to the Highway Code made in "unsafe"

BOHICA: "The intention behind the proposed Bill is to emphasise that if there is an accident the compensation route for the individual remains within the motor insurance settlement framework, rather than through a product liability framework against a manufacturer."

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Survey: Tech workers are terrified they will be sacked for being too old

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Re: Translation

Cheap != Low wages

Cheap = Good value for money...Relevant knowledge, experience, efficiency, reliability, loyalty...

I make the same argument about outsourcing/offshoring. If you don't know what service you need, how can you assess its cost?

I'm not a Grumpy Old Man, I'm a Disruptive VFM Resource

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Supreme Court to rule on whether US has right to data stored overseas

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Re: @d3vy ... WTF?

Yep, it's an EU citizen

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/07/14/microsoft_wins_landmark_irish_warrant_case_against_usa/

And the DOJ have had 3 years to get an Irish warrant, but continued this fight - Which, of course would have put and en to MS & Google cloud services in the EU if the DOJ had won.

IIRC, in another case Google migrated a US citizens data to Ireland but gave it up to the DOJ as that move was for their convenience rather than to move the data out of US jurisdiction

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

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internal verification code

...cardholder name, card number, expiration date and internal verification code...

The "internal verification code" wouldn't be the CVV/CV2 that must never, ever, on pain of immediate revocation of card handling facilities, be stored, would it?

Payment Card Industry - Time to make an example of a serial offender, by revoking their privileges as per the contract they have with you. Or is the % they pay you worth more than the cost to you and cardholders?

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'There has never been a right to absolute privacy' – US Deputy AG slams 'warrant-proof' crypto

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1 Take control of a small country recognised by the UN

2 Demand equal rights to decryption backdoors to protect your country

3 ???

4 PROFIT!

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Equifax: About those 400,000 UK records we lost? It's now 15.2M. Yes, M for MEELLLION

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SOX

Hang on - Equifax are a publicly traded US company, so they come under the Sarbanes-Oxley act. Yes, SOX is primarily intended to prevent CxO fraud, but it has other elements to protect the integrity of financial reporting and shareholder value, such as securing critical systems and regular audits.

Failure to meet the required standards means CxOs can be personally fined or imprisoned. So are the SEC pursuing a prosecution?

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Zuck shows Virtual Empathy by visiting Puerto Rico in VR

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Fuckerbergs avatar smiles as he exploits human tragedy for his own profit. No change there then.

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Blade Runner 2049: Back to the Future – the movies that showed us what's to come

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Re: Video Conferencing

And Universal Translators. And voice recognition (so why would you need a helmsman etc?).

And logic solving feuds that have lasted generations. But that part's just make-believe.

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

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They should take the Motorway maintenance approach

Cone off 14 miles of busy motorway for 3+ years, even though you're only working* on one section. Ensure your contractors have their own fast lanes. Put up patronising posters of kids saying "Slow down - my mummy works here".

* 1 worker, 4 supervisors, if there's actually anyone there.

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Is that a bulge in your pocket or... do you have an iPhone 8+? Apple's batteries look swell

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Was "battery must not swell" in the requirements?

If you sue one arm of a company and twist the other arm over prices, don't be surprised if they kick you in the 'nads.

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How much for that Belkin cable? Margin of 1,992%?

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Actually,you're right, and I've been wrong all these years...

"Profit margin is calculated with selling price (or revenue) taken as base times 100. It is the percentage of selling price that is turned into profit, whereas "profit percentage" or "markup" is the percentage of cost price that one gets as profit on top of cost price."

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Oracle wants you to drop a log into its cloud, so it can talk security

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Larry makes some interesting points

.. but nothing particularly new to the world, and he glosses over the hard parts - e.g. is an activity spike an attack or the result of a sales promotion?

"Machine learning technologies will be used to detect normal patterns in the data, and take programmed actions when an anomaly is identified"

Yeah, the hard part is working out the rules and responses. But if Oracle Corp can pre-populate many of those from their Sun & DB teams experiences, that knowledge is a saleable product (A bit like Splunk Apps)

I wish them luck!

P.S. What _is_ the "general ledger"? The servers? The database? The front end app? Crack the problem of describing that (a CMDB?) and you're a long way towards using natural language.

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