* Posts by Anonymous South African Coward

1896 posts • joined 6 Jan 2010

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

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Mnaaaaaaaaaaarh!!!

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

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Re: "major moving violations "

Hardee har har.

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?

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...

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...

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...

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...

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.

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.

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

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...

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.

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.

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?

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.

Harry Potter to get the Pokémon GO treatment

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

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

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Excellent, and made me smile :)

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.

Alexa, please cause the cops to raid my home

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

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.

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...

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.

Chrome update kills unwanted ad redir... WIN A FREE iPad!!

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wot? the free ipad is a lie?

now that is teh sux.

OK, we admit it. Under the hood, the iPhone X is a feat of engineering

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What is the turnover rate like for production on stacked SLP boards?

Must be something interesting regarding quality control as they need to control the manufacturing process tightly, as contaminants will destroy a large number of boards...

In contrast the 48k Speccy seems to be very, very simple...

Drawback with SLP and higher-density electronics is that a minuscule drop of moisture can damage more electronics...

Birds are pecking apart Australia's national broadband network

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Re: Huh?

Then I shall blame a sticky cache on my browser.... :)

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where's today's on-call?

Official Secrets Act alert went off after embassy hired local tech support

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Re: Some people.

Cattle prod. Now.

Black Horse Down: Lloyds Banking Group goes TITSUP*

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I stand corrected, thanks :)

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Now there are things you can outsource and there are things which you cannot outsource.

Aircon and facilities management (electricity/diesel/UPS etc) can be safely outsourced since those technicians don't always need to be available 24x7.

However, critical systems, such as databases, NAS units, core routers etc, all of these are critical assets and will need 24x7x365 babysitting, because you don't know what will happen.

And when the brown stuff hits the big windmill, you are entirely dependent on your outsourced IT team, who will only be able to respond in 3 to 5 hours (or worse).

Worse still, they will have to drop other clients in order to attend to your brownware period. First they will send their appy or trainees, which will take a shufty at your stuff, brown themselves, and call for more experienced persons to come out.

WHEREAS if you had your own onsite IT team, they will be able to respond promptly (save for those members who are on leave). And even then they will know who to contact for assistance. And if you have been paying them good salaries and are on good terms with your own IT team, most team members on holiday may be prepared to go the extra mile and try to assist remotely where possible. (But on the other hand, if you're stingy with salaries and bonuses etc, then the members who are on vacation will give you a big GFY ~ which you deserve ~ and leave you to handle the fallout best you can). Also, you have the final call on quality - you can select the best persons for your job, and know what they can (and cannot) do - and have more control over your own IT.

After all, most beancounters does not realize that "outsourcing" is the same as "timesharing" - the sharing of resources such as IT techs, IT sysadmins and IT gurus... and there's absolutely no control over who the contractor will call in to try and bodge your systems even more. Also, another thing to consider is if an contractor have an emergency to deal with, and all of their IT geniuses are attending to that emergency, and you come along with your own emergency, then you'll have to wait for the first emergency to be cleared first. Or am I wrong here?

KFC turns Japanese bath tubs into party buckets

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There are times that I wish I could upvote a certain post more than once... But thanks for the good laugh anyway!

'ere, 'ave one on the hosue

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Something to crow about, and have a clucking good time?

Wheels are literally falling off the MoD thanks to lack of cash

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"Superiority" - A.C. Clarke.

SCO vs. IBM case over who owns Linux comes back to life. Again

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Will Groklaw come back to life as well?

Was a very good resource back in the day.

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Anybody got a stake, silver bullet, holy water and garlick?

Zombie SCO need to die.

Now.

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

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Brain, is that you? Pinky's been looking all over for you, says he've found the original works of Shakespeare.

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

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One scammer goes down, another one (or two) springs up in its place...

What are the chances that these two nice persons will just emigrate to another country and continue their shenanigans from there?

Licensing rejig and standard price rises set for Windows Server 2016

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all your core are belong to us

Knock, knock? Oh, no one there? No problem, Amazon will let itself in via your IoT smart lock

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Watership downtime: BadRabbit encrypts Russian media, Ukraine transport hub PCs

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Alice in Wonderland... or Neo entering the Matrix.

Fines for crossing roads while TXTing enacted in Honolulu

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What about a Segway with digital display showing speed and GPS route for the user?

In addition, what about vehicle operators who have a GPS (or cellphone acting as GPS) mounted on their windscreen/dash)?

IETF mulls adding geoblock info to 'Bradbury's code'

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Fahrenheit 451 = Equilibrium (movie)

Book was better anyway.

Wowee. Look at this server. Definitely keep critical data in there. Yup

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Why not make a honeypot which will deliver a _really_ nasty payload back to the hacker?

Oh wait, NSA etc.

New phishing campaign uses 30-year-old Microsoft mess as bait

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Locky is a bastard once it encrypts your files.

Even more fun if it encrypts the financial database on-the-fly and hundreds of users lose a day's work*...

*at an ex-company who shall remain nameless.

IBM broke its cloud by letting three domain names expire

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Outsourcing hard at work :)

Your data will get hacked anyway so you might as well give up protecting it

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Classic.

Freezing your own head. Reminds me of the sanatorium in Zork Nemesis.

Boss visited the night shift and found a car in the data centre

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Re: "Have you ever stumbled upon something that just doesn't belong in the data centre?"

Water, water, lots of water and live electricity.

FWIW no electrical shocks, but the water got warmer the nearer I went to the live plug (had no wellies and we need to down the servers and UPS'es).

Suffice to say I skedaddled out of there ASAP. Sparky need to look at the earth leakage setup.

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