* Posts by Anonymous South African Coward

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Pathetic patching leaves over 70,000 Memcached servers still up for grabs

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Ne'er-do-wells will be explotiing that - and only then will things be patched.

Problem is you don't know when they'll be slamming the unpatched servers.

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China crams spyware on phones in Muslim-majority province

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Gives new meaning to the term Draconian.

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Apollo center fundraiser: That's one small check from man, one giant leap for our peace of mind

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Why not virtualize it for us unlucky sods who may never be able to visit it physically?

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Alexa, why aren't you working? No – I didn't say twerking. I, oh God...

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Alexa, format C:

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Sweden leaked every car owners' details last year, then tried to hush it up

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Another data leak.

It will never stop.

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Repairable-by-design Fairphone runs out of spare parts

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First time I've heard of this type of phone. And it do make sense, that you will still be able to repair it when something goes to the Land of Bork, never to return.

Will be interesting to keep tabs on this sort of thing.

Now if they could do laptops...

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Microsoft hits new low: Threatens to axe classic Paint from Windows 10

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Re: Too many features.

Get a bigger fondleslab then!

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UK mobile number porting creaks: Arcane system shows its age

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Ah the good old days of POTS...

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Yeah, WannaCry hit Windows, but what about the WannaCry of apps?

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Re: Reaping what you (don't) sow.

Beancounters - the natural enemy of all BOFH's.

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.. ..-. / -.-- --- ..- / -.-. .- -. / .-. . .- -.. / - .... .. ... then a US Navy fondleslab just put you out of a job

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Always a good idea to have a fallback method for communications.

Assuming that they will also start to offer Heliographing 101

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

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Yay for more vulnerabilites! Viva the Emperor, Viva!!

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Beware, sheep rustlers of the South West of England! Police drone spy unit gets to work

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Build a drone with the means of powering itself with a petrol-powered engine? Then you'll be able to keep it aloft for long periods, and it'll be cheaper than a helicopter.

Drawback - engine sound need to be muffled properly otherwise the ne'er-do-wells will just aim a shotgun towards the general direction of the sound and hope for a lucky kill.

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Burglary in mind? Easy, just pwn the home alarm

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Is a Speccy secure enough to act as alarm controller? :D

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IoT giefs opportoonity to smart burglary types.

Dumb ones get caught whilst blagging other people's stuff.

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Radiohead hides ZX Spectrum proggie in OK Computer re-release

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Happy

Nice to see that the Speccy is not dead yet. :)

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User left unable to type passwords after 'tropical island stress therapy'

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Re: One week at Bigger Blue.

I also got a fresh appy, first two days he was suited up. Third day he rocked up in something more comfortable.

I don't bother about what clothes it is, as long as it's neat and practical.

At least he got some basic training and understand basic stuff, now I can train him up.

First lesson : Cattleprod 101.

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What did OVH learn from 24-hour outage? Water and servers do not mix

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"The other thing is, be nice to your tech guys as when the shit really hits the fan they are the only ones that can dig you out of that collapsed mineshaft your management decisions have led the company down."

Agreed and agreed. But most companies doesn't realize this fact until it is too late.

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Good news: Samsung's Tizen no longer worst code ever. Bad news: It's still pretty awful

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Good to know, will make sure to avoid all Sagsmug Tizen products in future.

Rather stick with Android for now, until they sort out the fun and games in the Tizen code.

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Got a Windows Phone 8 mobe? It's now officially obsolete. Here's why...

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Still got my 5230 in working nick, still use it for the odd call and SMS...

It feels so small and weird when comparing it to biggenscreen phones (like the S3 mini and so on)...

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Re: Pity

And to add insult to injury, it is expected that desktop and laptop users use the same UI (win8 and win8.1) as well. Not logical.

So glad Classic Shell came to the rescue else my users will have had it in for me!

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Every so often there's a great product in IT, whether it be a GUI from PARC, OS/2 from you-know-who, or a phone from somebody else. Or whatever.

Fumbling* the product badly will do it in, no matter how good or strong it is.

*Not recognizing an opportunity, departmental infighting, not listening to users, etc etc etc

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Sorry to hear about your loss.

Here, have a cheapy Android...

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Seagate SNAFU sees Cisco servers primed for data loss

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"Bother" siad Pooh as he lost a ton of pr0nz

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Ghost of NTLM still haunts Microsoft: Aged protocol hole patched

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Facepalm

How deep do the rabbit hole actually go?

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Ransomware-slinging support scammers hire local cash mule in Oz

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If it sounds too good to be true, then it most probably is money laundering and you should stay away from it.

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Hackers able to turbo-charge DJI drones way beyond what's legal

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The BOFH and the drone, the Bossly Unit and the Bossly Unit's wife, and some blackmail...

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Dental app startup drama: Two attack websites and a lawsuit

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Never rely on verbal contracts.

Go the extra mile, talk to a lawyery type and draw up a contract detailing who is responsible for what, roadmap, failure case and so on, which both parties have to sign etc etc.

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May the excessive force be with you: Chap cuffed after Star Trek v Star Wars row turns bloody

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And the drokkin poll is rigged, what about the drokkin last question? Eh?

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Moonbase Alpha?

Buck Rogers?

Oh.

What about Robotech? The one with the Miss Macross Contest? Minmei?

Or Thunderbirds?

Ah well.

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ST:TOS - The City on the Edge of Forever.

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Microsoft drops Office 365 for biz. Now it's just Microsoft 365. Word

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And so the Borg have finally arrived.

Mine's the one with the Open Source powered escape interstellar lifeboat in the pockets

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Largest advertising company in the world still wincing after NotPetya punch

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And they will not learn, still the outsourcing trend will continue.

Outsourcer = lowest common denominator

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Microsoft boasted it had rebuilt Skype 'from the ground up'. Instead, it should have buried it

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Can El Reg create a poll to see who hateses <gollum> the new Skype, and who loves (traitorsesss) the new Skype?

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Uninstalled it due to the kacke interface and security concerns.

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BOFH: That's right. Turn it off. Turn it on

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"You did all that with an email," the Boss sighs. "I can't imagine what happens when you mean a real change."

"Oh we make them all the time," the PFY replies. "We just don't tell anyone."

Excellent, And scary.

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Google ships WannaCrypt for Android, disguised as Samba app

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Facepalm

Thanks, but no thanks. I have no desire to be shafted sans vaseline.

Kindly pass this poxy app over to somebody more deserving, kthanxbai.

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Sysadmin bloodied by icicle that overheated airport data centre

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Never had any snow or the such, but with the onset of winter our server room temperature monitor would spam us regularly with SMSes when the temperature dropped too low.

Adjusting the aircon helped a bit (a few degrees upwards) but only for a time.

Simply by adjusting the minimum level on the sensor did we manage to stop the SMS spam.

Interesting to note that it only started to bombard us with SMSes between 18:00 and 20:00 - other times of the day it was all peachy and happy and quiet.

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Nothing could protect Durex peddler from NotPetya ransomware

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We have a VPN tunnel between main office and remote office.

We blocked all ports except remote desktop protocol. And the RDP servers sit on a different subnet.

So it should be good enough to block any nasty malware from spreading from here to there, or from there to here.

Only time will tell.

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Britain's warhead-watcher to simulate Trident nukes with Atos supercomputer

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a lot of BULL?

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Ker-ching! NotPetya hackers cash out, demand 100 BTC for master decrypt key

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Another outbreak coming soon, most probably...

Batten down the hatches, make sure you have offline backups etc etc.

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Android 'forensic' app pulled from Google Play after vulnerability report

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blah

not nice

here's hoping NotPetya doesn't make it to the app store...

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SBU claims Russia was behind NotPetya

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So whoever was behind this attack will work harder at putting the usual red herrings into the package so as to divert attention to somebody else.

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Male escort says he gave up IT to do something more meaningful

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The rest of us may look at taking up sheep/goat/chicken farming in some remote location far away from all things IT.

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NASA: Bring on the asteroid, so we can chuck a fridge at it

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Re: As a U.S. taxpayer, I can get behind this...

Indy Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Poor movie, not up to the usual Indy standards.

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Shock: NASA denies secret child sex slave cannibal colony on Mars

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Qualitay, this can't get better!

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Fresh cotton underpants fix series of mysterious mainframe crashes

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Re: Static Shuffle

Now that is most delightfully evil!

*cackle*

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Europol, FBI, UK's NCA ride out to Ukraine's cavalry call

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A can of worms, once opened...

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Dead serious: How to haunt people after you've gone... using your smartphone

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Great for delivering a most scathingly ad hominem attack on some deserving public figure (which'll get you into jail normally)?

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50th anniversary of the ATM opens debate about mobile payments

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South African banks will most probably be overjoyed at the prospect of getting rid of ATM's here, since the ne'er-do-wells do love to bomb the ATM's in order to get at the dosh inside...

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