* Posts by Anonymous South African Coward

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Former ZX Spectrum reboot project man departs

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Now that is quite interesting...

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Google's Project Zero reveals Apple jailbreak exploit

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Re: The question now is...

His Ookness have asked me to tell you how p*ssed off he is with your comment, as good bananananananananananas are most scarce to come by these days.

Yours,

rINCEWIND

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YouTuber cements head inside microwave oven

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Gives new meaning to "Blockhead"...

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VW's US environment boss gets seven years for Dieselgate scam

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Recently we had an issue at work where some software licences was not renewed at all - and an upcoming audit would point it out anyway.

Project Mangler in charge of that project got told by manglement to tell the auditor that the software licence expired a week ago - he refused to lie.

Not worth having that kind of blot on your career - and manglement denying they told him to lie.

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Spy-on-your-home Y-Cam cameras removes free cloud storage bit

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If some black hat would write a bot to replace code on all Y-Cam cameras so as to give you the actual option of using local storage instead of cloudy storage....

Forewarned is forearmed, should I need surveillance, I will also look at storage options. If there is no local storage, or I cannot store locally, then I will not purchase that specific product.

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OVH goes TITSUP again while trying to fix its last TITSUP

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The joys and pains of being in IT...

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Voyager 1 fires thrusters last used in 1980 – and they worked!

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Joke will be on us if a salvage scow finds Voyager, and recycles it just for the gold it carries.

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Dirty COW redux: Linux devs patch botched patch for 2016 mess

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Moocow Poorchick.

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User dialled his PC into a permanent state of 'Brown Alert'

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Re: It's all black

Such is the power and flexibility of the WorkPlace Shell - you can configure it any way you like.

Each folder can have its own color scheme and background and font as well.

Anybody still remember the "Hotdog Stand" color scheme from Windows 3.1?

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Re: Acronym alert...

In this case POS = Point Of Sales AND Piece of [brown turd]

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USB makes it possible to have two physical keyboards on one PC - one wired, one wireless.

Great fun can be had by "bumping" the wireless keyboard/mouse on a random basis. Bonus points if the "bump" goes unnoticed and some lewd swear word is induced into the document the user is working on...

Regarding monitors - had a small POS monitor once, if you turned its brightness up above a certain value, it trips the power. Just used it as a Novell Netware monitor afterwards.

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Microsoft to rebuild Redmond campus, including cricket pitch

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Hall of the Things.

Failing that, Hall of the Brumalmarc.

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Soon enough, Toshiba drives will stash vid footage of all of us

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Re: Five eyes

Reminds me of the mongo big TV screen in back to the future, with lots of channels, all of them in their own window.... and trying to watch them all at once is not possible.

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The End of Abandondroid? Treble might rescue Google from OTA Hell

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Only time will tell if this direction will be successful., but I will welcome it as it will be beneficial to get security updates no matter who your carrier may be.

Having said that, I now wonder if they will only support newer phones, or will they be providing upgrades for older phones so that you can upgrade your phone in order to take advantage of the newer system. But I don't think it will ever happen, they will only focus on newer devices, and older devices can go die in a landfill somewhere.

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Rolls-Royce, Airbus, Siemens tease electric flight engine project

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Sceptical too - and from a safety point of view, the single generator = single point of failure.

Wonder if the pilots will allow this sort of thing. Oh wait, they'll be replaced by an avionics computer flying the plane...

Somebdoy's been watching too many podracing events on Tatooine...

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Lock them up and throw away the (don)key

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"Bother" said Pooh as Eeyore made an ass of himself. (itself?)

Come to think of it, what is Eeyore's gender?

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Hee haw!

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China plots new Great Leap Forward: to IPv6

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Brain: We must prepare for tomorrow night.

Pinky: Why? What are we going to do tomorrow night?

Brain: The same thing we do every night, Pinky - try to take over the world!

Chorus: They're Pinky, They're Pinky and the Brain Brain Brain Brain Brain!

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BOFH: The trouble with, er, windows installs

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Re: How many other laptops trashed with this weeks updates?

Yay for M$.

NOT.

Perhaps you've posted this on the wrong thread? Still quite entertaining, and forewarned is forearmed since my company have a couple of users with laptops and dual-screens.

Now I am going to dread going to work on the morrow... :)

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Re: Interesting correlation...

A BOFH worth his name *will* find vays und means of givink you problems the rest of your life*

*usually way shorter than the average human lifespan**

**sometimes by the order if an hour or two, depending on the method used to piss off said BOFH

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Excellent as usual.

Pub o' clock it is then.

Cheers.

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Mythical broadband speeds to plummet in crackdown on ISP ads

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Re: Well...

The Reg special?

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To fix Intel's firmware fiasco, wait for Christmas Eve or 2018

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Can't you zap the offending chippery with a cattleprod?

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Baaa-d moooo-ve: Debian Linux depicts intimate cow-sheep action in ASCII artwork

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Mnaaaaaaaaaaarh!!!

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Uber slapped with $9m fine for letting dodgy drivers pick up punters

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Re: "major moving violations "

Hardee har har.

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Patch on way 'this week' for HP printer vulns

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The only secure printer is one that connects via an oldstyle LPT (Centronics) cable... or nothing at all (glorious typewriter). :)

Wonder what vuls exists on other printers (Kyocera, Fujitsuu, Minolta etc).

I dislike it immensely giving a printer Internet access - what does it need from the 'net anyway?

And talking of which, how secure is this HP internet printing doohicky?

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Microsoft's memory randomization security defense is a little busted in Windows 8, 10

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So, what with Intel chippery leaking secrets and Win8+10 not being genuwynely secure, shall we start the downgrade to Win7 on the desktop and OS/2 Warp LAN server (on Intel Pentium 2's) on the server side then?

At least the networks will be nippy and fast enough until somebody finds a backdoor in routerland...

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Intel finds critical holes in secret Management Engine hidden in tons of desktop, server chipsets

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how jolly (and all things ending in olly)

I suppose a downgrade to Pentium2 CPU's and OS/2 Warp LAN Server is in order then...

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It was El Reg wot won it: Bing banishes bogus Brit bank banner ad

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Bing bong bingely bong it is eleveeeeen peeeee emmmmm...

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DNS resolver 9.9.9.9 will check requests against IBM threat database

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Nope, just nope. Too much of a kludge using your HOSTS file with cnames...

One PC - well, maybe. But two, three, or more, just no.

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Great, if they now can add 9.9.8.8 to filter/block out pr0nz and other unsavoury websites (kids at home) then I'll take a shufty at it.

But it boggles the mind... 9.0.0.0/8 - and only one IP in use...

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Container ship loading plans are 'easily hackable'

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What with the uncovering of vulnerabilities all over the place in IT, I have the uneasy feeling that IT is being steered towards some sort of a climax...

...or I may be wrong.

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Chainmail tires re-invent the wheel to get future NASA rovers rolling

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Perfect, just what I need... rubber tyres are overrated anyway.

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Windows Update borks elderly printers in typical Patch Tuesday style

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Re: SatNad is really skimping on software testing, isn't he?

Augmented Reality? Just put on your VR goggles and see the dot-matrix printerer printering lots of animations at full colour... in glo-ri-ous silence

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Prosecute driverless car devs for software snafus, say Brit cyclists

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Loophole : outsource dev, then when the sueball arrives (car sideswiped cyclist etc) then lob said sueball onwards to the outsourced dev...

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How can airlines stop hackers pwning planes over the air? And don't say 'regular patches'

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As usual nothing will be done until two or three planes get pwned successfully.

Now.

The usual run-of-the-mill hacker will most probably not crash the plane as he/she will most probably value his/her life as well.

Unfortunately, on the other side of the coin, certain types of people would love to gain control of an aeroplane and make it meet Terra Firma most spectacularly. Bonus points if any military installations/bases/buildings/whatever is also included in the place where the plane is going to crash.

Just give it two or three planes going down in the second manner, then people will have a rude awakening.

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

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Bottom line - it is YOUR time, and the company should pay you for your time, especially after-hours.

If they don't want to, then they must not expect you to work for free above and beyond your normal working hours.

Unfortunately companies will always take advantage of their workers. Sad.

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It's 2017 – and your Windows PC can be forced to run malware-stuffed Excel macros

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Any chance of going into sheep/chicken farming at some remote location far removed from all things technology?

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IBM asks remaining staff to take career advice from HR-bot

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Once he/she/it is "trained", what then? World domination?

The Brain says he've got a better idea anyway, and sent Pinky off on some errand.

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Harry Potter to get the Pokémon GO treatment

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Parry Hotter and the exploding iPhones/Androids....

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The day I almost pinned my tushie as a Google Maps landmark

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Excellent, and made me smile :)

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OVH data centres go TITSUP: Power supply blunders blamed

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Re: Good news for my weekly report

Procrastination saved the day there :)

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Re: Update

Basically, SBG1 was a container datacentre that outgrew itself, and they built SBG2 using the same power supply...

d'oh

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Re: The cloud

I have said it somewhere else, and will repeat it here.

An in-house team gives you the ability to select the people you want to work with, and if you treat them well, they will be instantly available to attend to your IT snafu. It may cost you a bit more in the long run.

An outsourced team, well... you don't have a say in who you want on that team, and when you have a meltdown, the outsourced team may take a while to respond to your problem. Over the weekend will be more problematic. Even more problematic will be if the outsourced team is already responding to somebody else's brown trouser incident. Remember, outsourced = shared.

In-house IT do fail from time to time, due to unforeseen circumstances and Mr Murphy. The key is how fast you will be able to respond to downtime, and fix the problem before your customers will start cussing at you.

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Alexa, please cause the cops to raid my home

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What if Alexa had streamed some juicy pr0nz instead of music?

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Intel's super-secret Management Engine firmware now glimpsed, fingered via USB

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Trolled a bit through older articles and found these :

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/09/26/intel_management_engine_exploit/

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/08/29/intel_management_engine_can_be_disabled/

Any more articles on this lovely backdoor?

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Quick! Everybody switch over to AMD chop-chop!

...as if. Doh.

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Marissa! Mayer! pulled! out! of! retirement! to! explain! Yahoo! hack! to! Senators!

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So that golden parachute does not look golden anymore... more like gilded lead...

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Qualcomm is shipping next chip it'll perhaps get sued for: ARM server processor Centriq 2400

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Poor Chipzilla is in for a very interesting time now... what with Intel chippery getting pwned any way you like...

It will not be surprising if Intel chipset sales fall while other chipset sales start to rise.

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