* Posts by Anonymous South African Coward

1896 posts • joined 6 Jan 2010

Bing fling sting: Apple dumps Microsoft search engine for Google

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'strue - every time I find a Bing search, I default it over to Google or DuckDuckGo.

Bing is just bingbonging all over the place anyway. And it is such a silly name.

Researchers promise demo of 'God-mode' pwnage of Intel mobos

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Am I naive to think that if you stick said (vulnerable) server behind a firewall, you should be OK until the ne'er-do-well gain physical access to your LAN and start gefingerpoken your servers then?

Web devs griping about iPhone X notch: You're rendering it wrong

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Trollface

Just call it the "crotch" then?

HPE sharpening the axe for 5,000 heads – report

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HP is not the company it once were - expect deteriorating quality and poorer products.

All par for the course.

You forgot that you hired me and now you're saying it's my fault?

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Tuesday I went off to a remote site.

By aeroplane.

All went flying well, customs let me through and did not have a gefingerpoken at my carryall.

Until I arrived at the other side, and want to collect my rental (car).

Things went downhill from there. Seems the booking was made, but never paid for.

Person responsible for that gaffe got a dsiciplinary hearing, as it was not the first time this sort of thing happened.

Other colleagues of mine from the same company had to sleep in their cars after a guesthouse booking was never confirmed nor paid for.

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"pissed-off IT spannerhead"

that be me, especially if Das Orrfice expect me to do a rush job*

*being set up PC's for new employees, get the video conferencing system ready, all at a moment's notice

IT plonker stuffed 'destructive' logic bomb into US Army servers in contract revenge attack

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Seems people never learn.

The one that never get caught is the true BOFH. 'nuff zed.

Falling apart at the seamless: Inside Apple's LTE Watch fiasco

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If two witches watched watches, which witch would watch which watch?

You lost your ballpoint pen, Slack? Why's your Linux version unsigned?

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Obligatory Dr Evil meme : https://imgflip.com/i/1w93mq

Bill Gates says he'd do CTRL-ALT-DEL with one key if given the chance to go back through time

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C-A-D reboots OS/2 (up to Warp4, not sure about later versions)

Mobe reception grief turns LTE Apple Watch 3 into – er, a dull watch

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One day pre-iOS11 devices will be worth their weight in gold...

What's that, Equifax? Most people expect to be notified of a breach within hours?

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Dear Mr Bucket

Whoopsy

Ahahahahaha

(all in copperplate writing)

Bloke fesses up: I forged judge's signature to strip stuff from Google search

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mind just boggles

Google sued by Gab over Play Store booting

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What's all this gabbing about?

Surely they can set their own play store up?

Or use a website-based chat/im app?

Or use IRC?

Or smoke signals/carrier pigeon/morse code?

Another month, another malware outbreak in Google's Play Store

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Ne'er-do-wells will just code their nasty payload with a timer, so that for n days it'll be a benign app - but after n+1 days the malware portion will kick in.

Boffin wins (Ig) Nobel prize asking if cats can be liquid

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Re: hmm

Babypod?

WAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Apple's 'shoddy' Beats headphones get slammed in lawsuit

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Trollface

bwahahahaha

ahahahaha

hahahaha

Trump blocks China-backed Lattice Semiconductor buyout

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The repercussions will be fun to watch.

Or not.

AMD Ryzen beats Intel Core i7 as a heater (that's also a server)

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Will any Presshot CPU's be good for them?

Still have a couple brand new, still sealed sitting doin' nuffin in our stores...

Missed patch caused Equifax data breach

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Obligatory commitstrip : http://www.commitstrip.com/en/2016/10/14/good-old-adminpassword

Five ways Apple can fix the iPhone, but won't

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Re: Smaller - tougher? - display please

I have both a S4 mini and a Xiaomi Redmi 4A

Singlehand the Sagsmug Mini is easier to use as my thumb can reach everywhere.

The Redmi have a singlehand mode, but it is not easy to activate without a lot of practice, and does not get used that often. I have to use both hands for biggenphones like the Redmi 4A.

So, yes, smaller is better when you're in the field and need to respond to an IM/message without using both hands.

However, bigger is better, especially when you browse El Reg. Tiny screens only can show that much...

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For both green robot phones and iThings I would say - have two submodels of the same model.

One with a standard thin-as-a-hair battery, and the other with a big, fat battery. Just not too fat. Maybe 6000mAh or thereabouts.

David Potter rejoins 'New New Psion' as Hon.Chairman

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Trollface

Voldemort better stay away then

Your boss asks you to run the 'cloud project': Ever-changing wish lists, packs of 'ideas'... and 1 deadline

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"Bob" in this article = "Bombastic Win-10-nic Bob" on this forum?

Sysadmin burnout is not pretty.

44m UK consumers on Equifax's books. How many pwned? Blighty eagerly awaits spex on the breach

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"It also said that the “arbitration clause and class action waiver included in the Equifax and TrustedID Premier terms of use does not apply to this cybersecurity incident” in response to US consumer concerns that finding out if they had been affected by the breach might mean foregoing participation in a class action lawsuit."

Say what again? I'm sure that's not the get-out-of-jail card you're looking for...

The new, new Psion is getting near production. Here's what it looks like

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Glad to see they give the end-user the choice of either Debian or Android.

What about an updated version of Psion's EPOC? :p Just joking... Symbian is all but forgotten nowadays, and it does not make sense in trying to upgrade/update it.

Rather go with what is working, but allow the end-user to choose a stripped-down version of the OS (should the user want speed) or a candyflossed version for the guys who like their eyecandy.

Personally, I would go with Debian as Android is getting a bit long in the tooth now, and there's only so much you can do with it.

edit : Just wanted to add that nowadays megacorp+dog seems to resuscitate old brands, but tend to stick some customized version of Android on these instead of giving the end-user a choice, resulting in just more Android clones without the look and feel of the older hardware, which, in my opinion, is not what we want or need.

But the truth is that it will cost far more to develop and debug your shiny new OS, so they do what everybody else is doing, stick Android on it, and skin it, so that it'll be "different" from other phones.

I now wonder if there really is a market for a real reboot of any kind of old Psion (or whatever) hardware, but with touch-screen LCD (readable in sunlight) as well as long battery power. Should you need colour, just cast your screen to a compatible screen and continue working.

Or am I having a pipe dream?

Equifax mega-leak: Security wonks smack firm over breach notification plan

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Which company will remain schtum on a major leak for 41 days, then try to blame somebody else?

Boggles the mind, really.

F-35 firmware patches to be rolled out 'like iPhone updates'

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so now I know why we got such a six-pack of whoopass in the original independence day - the aliens haxx0red us!

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Why not just install Clippy and save everybody the trouble?

Apache Foundation rebuffs allegation it allowed Equifax attack

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Companies utilizing Open Source can do, nay, MUST do the following :

- Contribute to OSS by either assigning a programmer/team (on their side) to check for vulnerabilities, or either do a donation on a monthly basis. You won't like it when you're asked to work but won't be getting paid for it.

- Recognize the need for thorough pen testing, especially if most of your services are on publicly-accessible servers, and have sensitive data or personal information, no matter whether you use M$, Sun, Oracle, Hillbilly or whatever software. Vulnerabilities will exist (incorrect configuration, software bugs etc etc), and it is up to you to make sure you have migitated all of them.

- Oh, and last, but not least, plan for when a pwnage will occur, what you will do, who will be responsible to sort that mess out, press/social media responses etc etc.

Google to kill its Drive file locker in two confusing ways

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derp durr make it more of a hassle and people will switch over to simpler services.

Everybody without Android Oreo vulnerable to overlay attack

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...simply by being installed on the device."

A thin sliver of hope...

Which means you should be OK if you only install kosher apps from the supposedly kosher Play store... oh wait...

User demanded PC be moved to move to a sunny desk – because it needed Windows

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Would love to sneak in a "wobbler" into some users' PC's and watch the hilarious actions should they trigger it by accident ....

Google rushes to curb Oreo's massive appetite for your 4G mobile data

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"oops" - ID4

Dolphins inspire ultrasonic attacks that pwn smartphones, cars and digital assistants

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Excellent.

So now I can have the Boss's phone surf pr0nz when in a boredroom meeting...

wonder if Simon will make use of this nifty feature...

What's your flava? Ooo, tell me what's your flava... of Ubuntu

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Linux Mint for me.

Although I'll try the Budgie one. Until Sylvester comes along and spoil things :p

Boffins hijack bootloaders for fun and games on Android

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cue iThing fanboys cheering...

Stealth, lightweight Android breaks cover

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Am also a Xiaomi convert. Recently got a Redmi 4A and it is miles ahead of my Sagsmug S3 mini.

Camera is way better, the phone has 2Gb RAM and a whopping 32Gb storage, but I dropped an SD card in for photo storage just in case.

Quite impressed with its battery life, I can get a day's use out of it with normal use (sagsmug was dead at the end of the day, even so by not using it at all) and if I use whatsapp/telegram web interface on my PC, battery life is extended an extra day.

A faceboob app was preinstalled, but to my delight I was able to uninstall that piece of malware without rooting. There is so little bloatware that it is a joy to use. (My other two Huawei devices also is a joy to use, very little bloatware). Compare that to Sagsmug who forces bloatware which you don't want, don't need and cannot uninstall without rooting.

Memo to Microsoft: Keeping your promises is probably a good idea

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Re: It amazes me ......

Makes me glad that we outsourced our Exchange - it is somebody else's problem now.

Honestly. Server2003 and Exchange2003 is a good, basic email server for somebody to cut their teeth on. I have to assume Exchange2007 was of the same cloth, but added x64 capability.

Exchange2010 seems to be the start of many issues, and from there it is all downhill.

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Had to use Skype on Friday last week.

Toddled off to the Google Play store, downloaded and installed it, and was "ick, WTF???"

It is no longer the Skype we used to know, and it is dreddful. Judge should take a summary execution on the design and development team. Drokk.

Wonder how many vulnerabilities got introduced with the new skype UI and assorted junk, should not be long before a couple of biz and people get pwned with a nasty cryptomalware variant.

I uninstalled it as soon as I finished what I needed to do. Never again, thanks.

Why is it that geeks' favourite enemies are... other geeks?

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Will the meeting be a virtual one?

If so, then more the pity, nothing beats pelting your opponents with rotten eggs and tomatoes....

Joking, let us keep things civilized, shall we? :)

Malware writer offers free trojan to hackers ... with one small drawback

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The dark side is strong with this one.

China: Cute Hyperloop Elon, now watch how it's really done

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Sudden deceleration at top speed will certainly be very crushing...

China claims to have turbine-powered drone carrying 200kg payload

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Terminator

Skynet hunter-killer-aerial coming. Along with vast swarms of Terminators.

The first sign will be that world+dog's IoT tat be going totally berzerk, scrwing thingsn yyp totirnnn

Soon.

Terry Pratchett's unfinished works flattened by steamroller

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Rincewind and the Luggage is lost forevermore. :(

At least Rincewind have an ample supply of clean clothes.

Kiwi prankster 'oinks' down cops' radio and sings Old MacDonald

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OINK

GRRROUINK

Ole McDonald had a farm...

/runs for dear life

Intel ME controller chip has secret kill switch

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Maybe start using ReactOS or WinNT4?

Telcos waive bills during Houston hurricane recovery

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Wonder if people will be taking advantage of this situation in order to download *.* for free?

Dell's flagship XPS13 – a 2-in-1 that may fatally frustrate your fingers

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True, you can download FloatLED (provides a pair of blinkenlights on your desktop for HDD activity) but it is not the same thing as a physical HDD LED.

Every time I get a laptop which's painfully slow, I want to see if the HDD is churning, but there's no indicator light - have to dig through stuff to find the performance applet and see if the HDD is behaving itself or not.

Just not on, especially when doing windows updates on shutdown - then you can do zippo.

Vodafone won't pay employee expenses for cups of coffee

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Re: Profits Profits Profits

Classic. Will forward it to... certain people.

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