* Posts by Anonymous South African Coward

1896 posts • joined 6 Jan 2010

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.

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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Trollface

Sorry to hear about your loss.

Here, have a cheapy Android...

Seagate SNAFU sees Cisco servers primed for data loss

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

Ghost of NTLM still haunts Microsoft: Aged protocol hole patched

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Facepalm

How deep do the rabbit hole actually go?

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.

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...

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.

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.

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

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Coat

And so the Borg have finally arrived.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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Trollface

a lot of BULL?

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.

Story gone

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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.

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.

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.

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

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Qualitay, this can't get better!

Fresh cotton underpants fix series of mysterious mainframe crashes

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Re: Static Shuffle

Now that is most delightfully evil!

*cackle*

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

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A can of worms, once opened...

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)?

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...

America throws down gauntlet: Accept extra security checks or don't carry laptops on flights

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Trollface

going by ship and no bodily cavity search still an option?

then you can take all the tablets, laptops, battery banks and other paraphernalia you'll need overseas, relax for two weeks or so before disembarking. Hopefully nobody else will bring some biggenboombangstuff on the boat during your voyage as well...

Everything you need to know about the Petya, er, NotPetya nasty trashing PCs worldwide

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Meh

That's all I will say on this matter. For now.

Huge ransomware outbreak spreads in Ukraine and beyond

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So, update.

Seems once you get the bitcoin message (apparently it shows the same message for all computers, and not individual bitcoin addresses) it seems to be more than a smokescreen, and you can save your skin by switching off your computer as it will start to encrypt your preciouses files once it reboots. Not 100% guaranteed as newer iterations may encrypt on the fly.

We've got a few incidents of this malware here in Sunny South Africa, and I'm trying to find out who's been hit.

Ne'er-do-wells *sigh*

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Shutted down two backup servers as a precaution.

Bastards.

Intel's Skylake and Kaby Lake CPUs have nasty hyper-threading bug

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Trollface

Time to dump it all and revert back to the humble 80386/80387?

BOFH: Putting the commitment into committee

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Re: Yes, I used lynx for this

And will help to alleviate bandwidth constraints and be more secure.

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Excellent BOFH. Made my day :)

PC rebooted every time user flushed the toilet

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Re: The broken projector

junior BOFH need to be downgraded to junior PFY...

UCL ransomware attack traced to malvertising campaign

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Adblock time then.

Microsoft admits to disabling third-party antivirus code if Win 10 doesn't like it

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Had Symantec Endpoint installed on a Win10 box. WIn10 updates itself, Symantec ***** itself, and won't run.

So now you have to get an update from Symantec just to stay away from Ickdoze Defender...

South Korean hosting co. pays $1m ransom to end eight-day outage

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Oh and.... they should feign difficulty in recovering some data, and ask the ne'er-do-wells to come and assist them, then once the ne'er-do-wells are in the DC, cuff them good and proper.

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Ouch, that gonna impact their bottom line, and beancountery types will not be happy.

Samsung's 'Magician' for SSDs can let crims run evil code

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Baah, we don't have any magicians on our network... Wonder how many undisclosed vulns are there at Samsung and with Samsung products?

Microsoft's new Surface laptop defeats teardown – with glue

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Somebody afraid kids will start sniffing glue?

Why not just make devices that is easy to disassemble then? Of course you'll lose a bit of revenue long-term, but you'll get people who'll praise and extol the virtues of [glue-less product] to anybody who want to listen.

IBM's contractor crackdown continues: Survivors refusing pay cut have hours reduced

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Seems things will be getting worse before they get better - but gut feeling says it will be MUCH worse.

It's 2017, and UPnP is helping black-hats run banking malware

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Always have been disabling uPnP, will always do so. Don't need security issues.

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