* Posts by tfewster

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Iranian-backed hackers ransacked Citrix, swiped 6TB+ of emails, docs, secrets, claims cyber-biz

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Re: Remote-desktop giant hacked using remote-desktop software?

I can believe China has the technical capabilities. Iran and Noth Korea, not so much* - but feel free to enlighten me. Except they're conveniently Anti-American and not big enough to be a threat in other ways.

* It seems more likely that they're weak enough on CyberSecurity to allows them to be used frequently for false-flag operations.

Dear Britain's mast-fearing Nimbys: Do you want your phone to work or not?

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Re: Tail wagging the dog.

"Eyesaw" - nice Eggcorn

Are these the same people who have satellite dishes, large brightly coloured boxes parked outside & noisy shitting machines?

Adi Shamir visa snub: US govt slammed after the S in RSA blocked from his own RSA conf

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Re: He has history ...

I thought US government policy in that case was to grant visas and then arrest the "offenders"?

UK.gov's Verify has 'significantly' missed every target, groans spending watchdog

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Re: Today children

Tsk, tsk, "omnishambles", please, if we're talking to British children

Insane homeowners association tries to fine resident for dick-shaped outline car left in snow

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Re: Power unchecked

When asked, 100% of Romans wanted bread and circuses. When asked how they would like to pay for that, many of them changed their minds.

I would have thought a second referendum, on which deal (or no deal) to take would have been May's get-out. If it's seen as her decision, she's damned whatever happens.

Age checks for online pr0n? I've never heard of it but it sounds like a good idea – survey

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Re: 2000 surveyed!!

And approximately 53 per cent of UK consumers are female. Coincidence or correlation?

I say, that sucks! Crooks are harnessing hoovers to clean out parking meters in Chelsea

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Re: Where did they get the power?

> don't ... have overcharge protection circuitry

Yep, that's criminal too.

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Clearly the solution is for honest, upright citizens to rob the meters first, and deny funding to the paedodruggierists. Or, even worse, the local council.

Slow Ring Windows 10 fragged by anti-cheat software in the games you're playing at work, says Insiders supremo

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> Why is a general purpose desktop O/S incorporating gaming anti-cheat code?

Windows 10 - The Emacs of the 21st century

Dratted hipster UX designers stole my corporate app

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Windows 7 -> 8? El Reg redesign?

Let the flame wars begin

Crash, bang, wallop: What a power-down. But what hit the kill switch?

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Re: Beware the Chairman of the Bank

He may think he owns them. But if I'm responsible for the, they're mine.

How I got horizontal with a gimp and untangled his cables

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Re: Bent coat-hanger and curtain wire

Why, in the 25+ years in IT, have I never heard of a fish-tape (or thought to look for one) until now?

Not that I often need such a thing now, but it can go in the computer toolbox I still keep.

Trolling in the Reg's forums... we mean, er, 'working' on the train still rubbish thanks to patchy data coverage

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Why does government need to get involved? I expect the Telcos would be happy to install more cell sites and the issue is that RailTrak (?) won't give them the land.

National Enquirer's big Pecker tried to shaft me – but I wouldn't give him an inch, says Jeff Bezos after dick pic leak threat

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Re: Attempt to blackmail the richest man on the planet, WCGW?

Do AMI have the balls to take Bezos on?

Treaty of Roam: No-deal Brexit mobile bill shock

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Re: So predictable !

> Instead of spending two years bickering and fighting like a bunch of school kids perhaps they could have ... I don't know .... done some fucking work for once !

Be fair chaps, it seems at least one Ministry has been doing that.

Civil liberties groups take another swing at Brit snooping regime in Euro human rights court

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Re: Well ...

I think you missed the <sarcasm> tag

BT: Soz about that £1.3m CEO bonus vote, shareholders. Friends?

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Re: Baffled

Share price rises : Must have been the CEOs magic 8-ball touch

Share price drops: "Difficult trading conditions", would have been much worse without CEOs magic 8-ball touch

The fastest, most secure browser? Microsoft Edge apparently

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Re: I feel the good in you

Agreed, as long as Microsoft focus on something, they can do it very well. Such as integrating Office app functions, and creating a consistent layered UI to hardware model in the 90s.

When they lose focus, they become -->

25% of NHS trusts have zilch, zip, zero staff who are versed in security

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Re: Security costs

> "I would look to getting rid of the management overhead first, there are still lots of people without medical qualification in the NHS taking home wages that the qualified are unlikley to ever see."

When I worked for the NHS in the 80s as an IT specialist, my salary (low for IT but high for the NHS) put me into a management grade. As such, I was contracted to "work the hours necessary to perform my duties", i.e. long hours and no paid overtime. I regularly made the comment to medical staff that I was an "administrative overhead"; They were polite or smart enough to recognise that my IT skills were valuable.

I understand what you mean about administrative waste, but most of the administrators are desperately trying to make sure money is spent well. The Government has the same underlying goal, though frequent changes in policy inevitably mean more short-term waste. It's not a simple subject, but it's highly visible.

Lenovo tells Asia-Pacific staff: Work lappy with your unencrypted data on it has been nicked

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Re: news

> 'Unlikely chain of events...' With about 500 million laptops out there, even with odds of a million to one, that's a lot of occurrences.

And, as we know, million to one chances happen 9 times out of 10

Privacy, security fears about ID cards? UK.gov's digital bod has one simple solution: 'Get over it'

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Three Databases for the NHS under the sky,

Seven for the Civil Servants in their halls of stone,

Nine for Security services doomed to lie,

One for the Home Secretary on his dark throne

In the Land of Britain where the Shadows lie.

One Database to rule them all, One Database to find them,

One Database to bring them all, and in the darkness bind them,

In the Land of Britain where the Shadows lie

Identity stolen because of the Marriott breach? Come and claim your new passport

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Re: Burden of Proof

> make the customers whole.

Including the cost of the customers time - Probably > $110 per hour times many hours to sort out an ID theft.

Actually, y'know what? I'd just have a lawyer sort it out for me, and send their itemised bill to the Marriott group.

Bloodhound SSC reaches the end of the road for want of £25m

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Re: Bu**eration!

Green/Noble/Thrust SSC have held the official record for 21 years, but the Australians are still in the running to reach 1000 mph: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Land_speed_record

HCL picks up Notes, spanks total of $1.8bn at Honest John's IBM software sale

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Re: Sales Person of the Year

BigFix is an InfoSec and sysadmins wet dream, and should have been a huge seller. Let's hope HCL don't screw it up.

Expired cert... Really? #O2down meltdown shows we should fear bungles and bugs more than hackers

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The difference is that buses failed safe - the network connections failed, but the buses still ran.

As I heard it, the Ericsson software was just used for billing usage. But because O2 couldn't track customers usage, they denied them access completely.

I think O2 should have to credit every account with 20p, even if the customer didn't complain (or get through to complain). Costly enough to impact execs bonuses, but cheaper to implement than handling 32m complaints, so even then they get off lightly. And if I have to waste £10-worth of my time to get a 20p credit, that just adds insult to injury - I'd be asking for the £10 rather than 20p

Total Inability To Support User Phones: O2 fries, burning data for 32 million Brits

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Or alternatively...O2 have maintained essential Emergency services even though their nice-to-have services have been down?

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Don't be nasty, of course they have a Test network.

Some companies have a separate Production network as well.

Oz opposition folds, agrees to give Australians coal in their stockings this Christmas

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Of course, they're upside down, so the blood rushes to their heads rather than their dicks! Hmm, maybe they DO know more about mathematics than people in the northern hemisphere?

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Gets popcorn

- Dec 2018: Australia becomes the first nation to nail its colours to the mast.

- Jan 2019: First TCNs issued?

- Apr 2019: First prosecutions for failure to change the laws of physics?

US told to quit sharing data with human rights-violating surveillance regime. Which one, you ask? That'd be the UK

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Re: People in glass houses ...

And they say that Americans don't "get" irony.

Alexa, cough up those always-on Echo audio recordings, says double-murder trial judge

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Re: Sounds about right

> Once the recordings are presented we will know.

I predict that what Amazon releases will be consistent with their official line.

Palliative care for Windows 10 Mobile like a Crimean field hospital, but with even less effort

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s/10/7/

FTFY

Windows 8 was designed for mobile and forced on unwilling desktop users; Then MS gave up on mobile...

My hoard of obsolete hardware might be useful… one day

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Re: she'd never allow an Apple product to cross her threshold?

So she can't throw it out, as that would require it to cross the threshold.

Chuck this on expenses: £2k iPad paints Apple as the premium fondleslab specialist – as planned

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Re: Perceived quality?

Vimes Theory: Quality is expensive

Reverse-Vimes Theory: Expensive means quality

Science: Broke brats glued to the web while silk-stocking scions have better things to do

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Re: Buzzwords...

Continuing the ASCII table: [\]^_a-z{|}~ and finally DEL?

Silent running: Computer sounds are so '90s

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Re: One reason for removable batteries...

> took the noisy phone and placed it in the glass on the wanderer's desk.

As an intermediate step, place it in an empty glass, with a note: "Next time, the glass will have water in it".

It cured one 'wanderer' ;-)

Alexa heard what you did last summer – and she knows what that was, too: AI recognizes activities from sound

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Forgive my ignorance of the state of the art - But can it distinguish "live" sounds from a TV or radio?

(I read the article twice, and all the comments, and no-one seems to have addressed this elephant in the room)

On the other hand, this could be incredibly useful for relaying the wife's softly-spoken orders - usually issued when I'm in another room/beside a boiling kettle or running tap/wearing headphones.

Yale Weds: Just some system maintenance, nothing to worry about. Yale Thurs: Nobody's smart alarm app works

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"I’m an engineer, I work in IT..." - and PJMorgan never considered what would happen if he lost his phone/signal/cloudy app? Personally, I'd be keeping very quiet if I'd allowed that to happen to me.

Microsoft Windows 10 October update giving HP users BSOD

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From the Article: "I cannot boot to safe mode and it does not allow me to do a system restore before the updates have gone through. …"

If the users statement is true, that's the real WTF here. Sure, changes can go wrong and you can't test for every configuration out there. But it's up to Microsoft to ensure there's a robust recovery mechanism before starting an update.

Which? That smart home camera? The one with the vulns? Really?

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I seem to recall posting about this before, after looking at Which? reviews of handheld vacs

Two products had similar performance and ratings.

The Dyson was "good value" at £100, a "lightweight" 2.1 kg and ran for an "amazing" 18 minutes

The Vax was "pricey" at £60, a "hefty" 2.0 kg and "barely" lasted 20 minutes

But at least they usually try to compare like-for-like, unlike most El Reg reviews ;-)

Where can I hide this mic? I know, shove it down my urethra

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Re: The dick phone has already been invented

It's going to ruin that old joke

"Do you use a Dictaphone?"

"No, I use my finger"

Brit mobe operator O2 asks cut-off customers: Have you tried turning it on and off again?

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I'm all right, Jack. Though I've been working from home today, so not moved between cells, and I'm not rebooting just in case!

Financial Conduct Authority fines Tesco Bank £16.4m over 2016 security breach

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Re: It'll all be Clawed-back from Executive Salary

Presumably an *ANTI Financial-Crime-Operations-Team* and an *ANTI Fraud-Strategy-Team*?

Still, if you saw a robbery in progress, would you ring the police or write to your MP?

Health insurer Bupa fined £175k after staffer tried to sell customer data on dark web souk

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Re: And in Other News

"an external partner" - There are "Reputation Management" companies that will trawl the Dark Web on your behalf, for a fee.

Though it's always sounded a bit dodgy to me: "Nice dataset you've got there - Be a shame if it got leaked, wouldn't it?"

Attempt to clean up tech area has shocking effect on kit

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Re: It's not always the cleaners

"Every Health and Safety rule is the result of at 3 occurrences"

In that vein: A company had offered me a job, and I was looking over the contract + T&Cs. There were some oddly specific items in there, such as an example of Gross Misconduct: "Hitting a Director".

Perfect timing for a two-bank TITSUP: Totally Inexcusable They've Stuffed Up Payday

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Re: Welcome to...

Where's the silver lining?

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https://www.which.co.uk/money/banking/bank-accounts/best-and-worst-banks-a3q5d8c6dj7y - Last updated: Sep 2018

However, TSB are 4th in that list, so I'd take it with a pinch of salt.

I'd like to see banks & ISPs compensate customers for loss of their time rather than service; If an outage doesn't actually affect me, no problem. But if I can prove I spent 20 minutes in a call queue or running around to find a working ATM, I should be compensated for that. Even a few quid per complaint would help suppliers focus on customer service :-)

UKIP flogs latex love gloves: Because Brexit means Brexit

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@ RobertTheDick

Brexiters - YOU WON. GET ON WITH IT.

Except they haven't, have they? They've spent the 2 years meant to prepare for Brexit on talking about what Brexit means, leaving 0 time to actually prepare.

It's time to recognise that Brexit is impossible at the moment. Blame the EU, blame us remoaners - I don't care, just hit the brakes until the "Will of the People" can be implemented properly.

You're alone in a room with the Windows 10 out-of-the-box apps. What do you do?

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Re: Wordpad @COG

Long lines in Wordpad: Click View, Word Wrap, then choose from No Wrap, Wrap to Window or Wrap to Ruler

The internet – not as great as we all thought it was going to be, eh?

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The Internet is great! The WWW less so. I think some things have become worse in the last 10 years

- Contacting a service provider, e.g. a bank. Pre-internet, you had to phone them during working hours (and they didn't patronise you with "Your call is important to us, but we're experiencing unusually high call volume at the moment"). Then came email and web forms. Now, you have chat & Twitter - but only during working hours. It takes ages to find a contact email address.

- Search. Google had it down to a fine art, then blew it. I regularly find myself going to the second page of results to get past the chaff. I was disapponted when Google stopped spidering Experts-Exchange, though I understood the reasoning. Now, there's a million websites/fora with a million uncurated and incomplete Q&As.

- Don't get me started on blogs, vanity sites, "fake news", website usability or influencers/followers. Suffice to say there's an awful lot of crap out there, and finding reputable sites is tough, especially as many of them are disappearing behind paywalls. Maybe AOL were right with their "curated portal" approach :-)

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