* Posts by Anonymous South African Coward

1896 posts • joined 6 Jan 2010

As you head off to space with Li-ion batts, don't forget to inject that liquefied gas into them

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Re: About that non-flammable bit...

Especially on an aeroplane (pilotless to add to injury) up high in the skies...

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Joke

Re: Halon

Simon? Is that you?

Insert coin: Atari retro console is coming back

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Combat.

Video Olympics.

Haunted House.

Pac Man.

Dragster.

Berzerk.

only a few of the titles I've played. Great times too.

BOFH: Halon is not a rad new vape flavour

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Brilliant. Love it.

Months late, unaudited: ZX Spectrum reboot firm files accounts

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*spock eyebrows*

FreeNAS releases version 11, so let us put the unpleasantness of failed V.10 behind us

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Will have a shufty at it. Thanks for the article.

Don't touch that mail! London uni fears '0-day' used to cram network with ransomware

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Bah. Goat, chicken and sheep farming in the boondocks are getting more and more attractiver.

Internet hygiene still stinks despite botnet and ransomware flood

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Re: WTF are all these people?

If said HP printerer is only used for printering then I don't put a gateway IP in. But if it need to send out email (scan to email) then rather have it SMTP to a small, internal mail server so as to keep it totally away from the perimeter firewall.

Newer models have the ability of accepting emails as print jobs, which means a port have to be opened for it to listen to something. This feature gives me the heebie-jeebies and I have disabled it. Great idea, but risky. No thanks.

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First thing that I do is to block all ports, and then only open outgoing for needed ports (eg www, vpn, email etc). Inbound is blocked unless there is a specific reason for having a portforward rule (eg web server, vpn server etc). And uPNP is disabled, I set the rules, not some doohicky redneck yahoo! IoT thing.

So firewalling at the perimeter still is a big must, especially if you have the responsibility of a corporate network. Trying to enforce individual firewalling will not work, as it will be too much admin.

HPE hatches HPE Next – a radical overhaul plan so it won't be HPE Last

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Terminator

Hasta la vista, baby.

Toshiba bowls out small but nippy enterprise spinner

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Expect spinning rust to be with us for a long time still..

Marissa! Mayer! out! as! Yahoo!-Verizon! closes!

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Oath? Why?

Swedish school pumps up volume to ease toilet trauma

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Spike Milligan in his book "Rommel? Gunner Who?" spoke of "Richards floating everywhere" after a particular rainy spell. The explanation given was Richards = Richard the Third = Turds, being a cockney rhyming slang.

So there you have it. Richards is just another name for turds.

Say hello to Dvmap: The first Android malware with code injection

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Would've be nice to name the game... and the company involved as well.

IBM marketeers rub out chopper after visit from CEO Ginni

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Time for a swan song?

DDoS attack brings Qatar's Al Jazeera website to its knees

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It's Pinky and the Brain gunning for world domination!

Microsoft officially hangs up on old Skype phones, users fuming

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Yo Telegram and Whatsapp! Open market segment!

Please do not scare the pigeons – they'll crash the network

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fun times with 10base2 networks... especially when some helpful soul unplugged the terminators and plugged the cable back into itself...

Axed from IBM for remote working? Don't go crying to HPE

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Re: Distraction

More often than not when I need to concentrate on something, some $person walks up to me and start whining.

Which causes me to lose concentration, and then I have to go and help/assist said $person.

When I return, I then need extra time to gather my thoughts again, find out just where I was before $coitus_interruptus and proceed from there.

Making a mistake during this process is easy.

So. The argument that home workers are easily distracted is utter bulldust.

When can real-world laws invade augmented reality fantasies? A trial in Milwaukee will decide

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What about just no. AR is nice and all that, but rather keep it at home (or in a controlled environment) but just not in public spaces.

First-day-on-the-job dev: I accidentally nuked production database, was instantly fired

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Oninit -iy on a live Informix database also.does fun stuff*

*try it at your own risk.

The nuclear launch button won't be pressed by a finger but by a bot

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Coat

Mutually Assured Destruction sounds like a good option.

Mine is the one with the inflatable self-sustainable space station in the pocketses

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Re: I want Forbin

And throw in a whopper or two.

'My PC needs to lose weight' says user with FAT filesystem

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Novell Netware 2.2 and its 256Mb volumes...

Lovely stuff, especially if you need to have more than 256Mb of disk space...

Security company finds unsecured bucket of US military images on AWS

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Ai ja. Some people clearly don't understand cloud computing and think it is secure enough, and bung all their Most Sensitive Data (eg dick pics or titty pics) on any cloud storage - and think it is secure enough.

Cloud storage means you put your Most Sensitive Data on a public server somewhere in the world, and you MUST take precautions to secure said data. It is not like a privately-owned server sitting in a known, secure location in your company's building, and to which access (physical as well as networked) is controlled.

Expect more bloopers and more sensitive data leaks to occur.

Seminal game 'Colossal Cave Adventure' released onto GitLab

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I was introduced to this specific adventure in the book "Spectrum Adventures - a guide to playing and writing adventures" by Tony Bridge and Roy Carnell (yep, that Roy Carnell) with the "Eye of the Star Warrior" as a type-in listing.

Spent a couple of days typing the listing in... but it was fun.

I'm still addicted to playing adventure games, pity the programmers' a sadistic lot :p

Maybe I should introduce my wife to Zork? :)

BA's 'global IT system failure' was due to 'power surge'

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As an interesting aside, how does Lufthansa's IT stack up against BA's IT?

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Re: False savings

Ouch.

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Re: State of IT

"...and don't even get me started on RS232 communications and hardware handshaking."

Heh, been there, done that. It was the time when you still got cards with jumpers on and newer NE2000's with software configuration utilities was being released.

I preferred the jumper style of changing addresses though, makes it much easier to determine what IRQ and whatnots a card is using when the PC is switched off.

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Couple of years ago management decided that I should host email for four sites. As well as the transmittal of financial files to their respective destinations.

I then insisted that the company procure a proper genset.

Which was done.

Today can congratulate myself on my foresight and insistence as we had a couple of times with total power loss from Eskom, which would have turned out more expensive for the company had we not purchased the generator.

And a good backup structure which was tweaked over the years. One incident of cryptolocker tested the resilience of the backup system, and no data was lost (except the affected user's personal data files, boohoo).

Even today I am looking at protecting online backups from nasty stuff like wcry and the such. Not fun, but hey, a sysadmin's gotta do what a sysadmin need to do.

Next project will be cloud backup, to backup critical and core company documents without which the company will have a very hard time. Cloudy backup will be evaluated thoroughly, and will also be tested. I will not move everything to the cloud, as it is a single point of failure.

I may be old-fashioned, but I prefer physical servers onsite instead of cloudy servers, as you cannot poke them should they barf and decide to be sluggish.

This BA IT incident is just one more reason to be very, very careful when outsourcing your IT departmwnt, you never know what sort of people you will get.

With your own IT department in-house you have full control over them, and you can meet each team member on a one to one meeting. Outsourcer? Forget about meeting their team members. And, yup, you don't have full co trol over the outsourced IT team members.

And the most important rule of outsourcing is that the company offering outsourcing services will most probably also service more than two or three other companies, and they will not always be giving you 100% of their time.

Sainsbury's IT glitch spoils bank holiday food orders

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Can somebody spoof a Giles cartoon of Granny (with Vera clutching some pills in the background, and the kids pulling out the electrical plug beneath the table) doing online shopping? :)

'Major incident' at Capita data centre: Multiple services still knackered

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Re: Probably got their own staff to install the back up generators

Not taking any bets, but regular testing of diesel generators need to be done.

Heck, just kick out the mains CB and let the genny take over (for 30 minutes each week), this way you can weed out any old and dodgy UPS'es as well.

Dodge this: Fiat-Chrysler gets diesel-fuelled sueball from DoJ

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Who's next in line with qualitay "cheatware" fitted to cars?

May be the slow death of diesels in light cars (except for big trucks and buses).

Chinese e-tailer beats Amazon to the skies with one-ton delivery drones

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Ne'er-do-wells

They will snaffle a shedload of purloined credit card details, order a couple of tonnes worth of stuff and have it delivered at a victim's place.

Imagine twenty or so tonnes all coming down in your front yard...

Bankrupt school ITT pleads 'don't let Microsoft wipe our cloud data!'

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School owns the data, therefore the onus is on them to retrieve their data and store it somewhere else

Microsoft can reclaim the storage space as it is their property and not the school's property.

So who will pay M$ for the storage space in use by the school's data?

Russian raids sweep up 20 malware scum

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Now if only they can find the wcry perps...

Public Cloud makes it to Africa for the first time

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The more, the merrier. And about time too.

What is dead may never die: a new version of OS/2 just arrived

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Re: Clunky?

Xerox designed the first GUI in their PARC, but they fumbled it. History would've been totally different had they patented it, yes?

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@bombastic bob - why do you refer to it as Win-10-nic?

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As an aside, would love to hear from those who are lucky enough to be able to afford it, what their experience with the new shiny are like wrt bare-metal installation as well as virtualization (pity vmware doesnt offer OS/2 compatibility).

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Anyvody willing to donat US$99? For a good cause! :p

Heh, it's a bit above my budget for now. Pity they did not make a demo version for you to play around with.

I still have my MOTE CD somewhere, dunno where my GALCIV CD went to....

Dell BIOS update borks PCs

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Re: 1st rule of IT support is

Drivers - no biggie, update them and if something b0rks, just uninstall and reinstall the previous version. Usually happens when a driver gives issues, but if it works, why fix it?

BIOS - I leave it well alone. Why fix it if it ain't broke?

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Re: Dell BIOS update may be a security fix

It will also prevent infection from wcry and other nasty cryptolockers...

Do we need Windows patch legislation?

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Some CNC machines still run with their antiquated OS (DOS, Windows 95/98 and WindowsXP) on a dedicated PC, along with the drivers for that specific CNC machine.

Not so easy to upgrade those CNC machines to the latest and newer Windows as the CNC drivers cannot be copied over or will not run on the newly-installed system.

In this case it will make more sense to have the CNC suppliers dump the source code for their drivers into an escrow pool, so that in future the drivers can be recompiled for a newer operating system.

Why Microsoft's Windows game plan makes us WannaCry

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And will smartphones, phablets, tablets and iThings be targeted next?

Not going to worry, there's still dumb phones around.

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Headmaster

A long, long while ago somebody wrote an article on an OS with default-deny as policy, where you (as admin) have to approve each and every bit of software that wanted to run/install itself on your purdy compootah.

Maybe it is time to rethink default-deny as a policy that can be enabled once all the programs etc has been installed by a sysadmin, and before the PC/laptop/whatever is handed over to the end-user.

Much less stress, no more antivirus, no more worries about worms trying to sneak in and so on.

Pipe dream?

China staggering under WannaCrypt outbreak

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I think this runaway infection exceeded all expectations - and then some.

We will still be feeling the aftereffects months later.

Ransomware scum have already unleashed kill-switch-free WannaCry‬pt‪ variant

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Our one branch office got hit by the older strain. Guess their IT wasn't up to scratch, or somebody fell for a phish. Shame.

QNAP users: It's your turn to patch in a hurry

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Re: Malware discovered on QTS devices

Aye, would like to know as well.

Maybe they opened it to the WWW and ne'er-do-wells discovered an exploit with which they can install rogue programs.

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