* Posts by Anonymous South African Coward

1896 posts • joined 6 Jan 2010

Nokia's 3310 revival – what's NEXT? Vote now

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Would love to have an energy efficient and light to carry psion 5 equivalent above a heavy laptop whose operating system (windoze) just churns and forces you to wait for windowsupdates to be applied before you can start to work....

Huge if true: iPhone 8 will feature 3D selfies, rodent defibrillator

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Happy

Excellent article if clickbait.

Keep it up, Apple will most probably add undocumented system calls to block any The Register websites :)

Smash up your kid's Bluetooth-connected Cayla 'surveillance' doll, Germany urges parents

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Emily wants to play...

Google it.

Paper factory fired its sysadmin. He returned via VPN and caused $1m in damage. Now jailed

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Re: Call me old fashioned if you will but...

Agreed. I have the ways and means of installing undetected backdoors etc, but will never do it. Just is not worth the effort and the pain it brings.

I won't do BOFH-style because the music that follows just is not worth it.

Rather I'll suck it up, grin and bear it, and look for another job, and put everything behind me. Only immature people delight in revenge.

Vinyl, filofaxes – why not us too, pleads Nokia

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Would not mind having a 3310 or 3210 as standby phone for phonecalls only. Just a basic, no-frills phone.

But with enough RAM to store a lot of SMSes and phone book entries, and maybe a way to synchronize your phone book with your google phone book (or something like that).

Co-op Bank up for sale while customers still feel effects of its creaking IT

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Working in banking sector IT

Not for me thanks. Must be a job with extreme pressure and high stress levels.

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And we thought banking in South Africa is for the dogs.... Ever since Capitec entered the banking market, they have been making inroads, causing the other big banks to adapt or lose customers.

Crack in black: Matte iPhones losing paint at alarming rate, gripe fans

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Meh, just buy a spraycan of matt black and respray....

Streetmap loses appeal against Google Maps dominance judgement

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Had the opportunity to do some work at remote sites.

Google Maps found all of the remote sites, no problem.

HERE maps did not find all the remote sites, only a select few.

So I had to use a combination of Gmaps and HERE to find the sites in question.

Another thing I like about HERE is that it will warn you when exceeding the speed limit. So you can cruise all along until you hear the bongs, then you'd slow down. Company car, toyota Yaris, had its speedo in the center of the dash, very very irritating as I use my peripheral vision to keep tabs on my speed (speedo in front of me).

In some places speed signs was not present and the speed varied from 60km/h to 80km/h to 100km/h and sometimes back and forth between 60 and 80. Great speed trapping opportunities there. And lots of bonging from HERE maps.

Gmaps? No bonging or warning even though you are exceeding the speed limit...

Get orf the air over moi land Irish farmer roars at drones

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Pebble (or ball bearing) launched from a catty?

IBM's Marissa Mayer moment: Staff ordered to work in one of 6 main offices – or face the axe

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Queen to King, chedkmate.

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micromanagement

It just doesn't work and p* off your staff immensely, who will then be less productive.

Been there, done that, am leaving just because of micromanaging. Can't work like that.

Also, expecting your staff to work their full 8 hours per day just is plain daft, workers aren't robots or machinery.

Of course, people will goof off now and then, but it just is to catch a breather and relax after doing some work. Myself, I most certainly will not sit for 4 hours straight at my desk, I will walk around a bit, stretch my legs and so on, before resuming my work.

A good manager will give his/her workers realistic goals and leave them alone. A good worker will ask for more work when finished.

ISIS videos, adtech, and the 'smartest guys in the room' (Google)

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Re: My flabber is agast

Money <--- root of all evil

NASA bakes Venus-proof electronics

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"Which will mean yet more Internet of Things hype about the vast amount of data collected by commercial aircraft."

Should be an great idea if you want to regulate fuel flow precisely, and also to give early warning of out-of-normal temperature and behaviours.

But it'll be nice to be able to seriously overclock your CPU without worrying about the need for coolant. Until you hit 500 degrees Celsius...

IT guy checks to see if PC is virus-free, with virus-ridden USB stick

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Ahh, cryptolocker.

Had an user once whose son managed to infect her laptop. Then tried to clean it up, and made it only worse.

Over a weekend.

Come monday, said user arrived at work, and despite the clear warning on her laptop's monitor (encrypted files, ransom etc etc) she plugged her laptop into the LAN.

Luckily I enforced some rigorous security practices (such as segregation of data between departments) so her department was the only one affected.

A quick delete and restore, and her department's data was restored. Not so her laptop. I tried to uninstall/remove crytpolocker, then decided to toss the whole hard drive, get a new one and install Windows from scratch rather.

Google gets smooth early Android releases. OEMs are struggling

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bah and humbug

will give the latest and newest android upgrades a skip... don't need a flattery that goes phut as soon as you start browsing...

BOFH: Password HELL. For you, mate, not for me

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Good to see Simon is back in the saddle.

Developed withdrawal symptoms and formatted a production server by accident.

Going forward, a regular dose of BOFH articles will prevent nasty workplace accidents or nasty data loss incidents to occur again in future.

Let's replace Ethernet with infrared light bouncing off mirrors!

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Can I put one in the Bossly Unit's office?

LG's $1,300 5K monitor foiled by Wi-Fi: Screens go blank near hotspots

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Re: Yes!

Wibbly wobbly here comes Mr Jelly! :)

Apple eats itself as iPhone fatigue spreads

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How many iPhones got tossed because people drilled their own holes? :)

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analogue headphone jack FTW

Former Mozilla dev joins chorus roasting antivirus, says 'It's poison!'

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Only way to get rid of nasty stuff is to enforce a default deny policy.

Naughty sysadmins use dark magic to fix PCs for clueless users

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Same here.

Lusr would complain, I would go and have a shufty and... all is fine.

Except for two (or more) memorable ones.

First one was a nameless user who used to complain about his printing not being aligned correctly on the paper, and he wanted me to replace his printer driver. That was not my problem, just shuffled the ticket towards the company that was responsible for the printers, and the problem went away :)

Second one (most recent one) was a user who complained bitterly about his laptop - keyboard doing all sorts. Arrived on site, laptop keyboard was fine, but USB ports was all FUBAR. Arranged for another laptop, transferred data - and while the data was being transferred, the keyboard played merry hell with me. (For example, pressing windows key +R will bring up Explorer and the Run dialog. Conversely pressing other keys also trigger its neighbour. Truly a WTF to see). As I did not had a spare USB keyboard at hand, I used the on-screen keyboard. Slow, but it worked. Transferred data, set up replacement laptop, user is happy. Played around with laptop, all is fine. USB works, keyboard works. WTF.

There's others, but these two will remain the most memorable for me.

This goldfish and its steerable robot tank will destroy humanity

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Anybody up for doing the same for a shark + swimming pool?

This reminds me strongly of the alien spaceship visiting Earth in Star Trek : The Voyage Home.

Disk-nuking malware takes out Saudi Arabian gear. Yeah, wipe that smirk off your face, Iran

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tit for tat format c: ?

President Donald Trump taken on by unlikely foe: Badass park rangers

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Trump getting trumped?

HP Inc recalls 101,000 laptop batteries before they halt and catch fire

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The fun never stops.

Irish townsfolk besieged by confused smut channel callers

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Convert your number to a prime rate number and let them talk to air (after answering) when *they* call you?

Symantec carpeted over dodgy certificates, again

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Fun times fo'sho.

AWS offers $20 bribe to derps who buy old IoT condom-o-matic dunce dobbers

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If only...

Trump inauguration DDoS protest is 'illegal', warn securobods

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tell your Bossly Unit to go visit whitehouse.gov on inauguration day for some free and cool prizes... and he will have to use F5 a lot.

'Ancient' Mac backdoor discovered that targets medical research firms

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Re: one person's malware

Quite.

Some well-known apps (Ultr@VNC etc) is ignored, whilst others (Remote Admin etc) usually get flagged.

Is a PITA, especially when more than one IT house has access to a site, and each loads/installs their version of remote control onto the PC's.

Then you come along, tasked with installing antivirus protection, then the AV flags half of the installs as bad whilst ignoring the rest...

What's the biggest danger to the power grid? Hackers? Terrorists? Er, squirrels

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In Kenya a monkey triggered a major blackout by falling on the transformer in a substation a while ago :)

Beat that, Mr Squirrel! :)

College fires IT admin, loses access to Google email, successfully sues IT admin for $250,000

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When I resigned, on the last day my manager sat with me and we went through all the logins.

He changed the passwords afterwards, and terminated my VPN access.

Ransomware scum infect cancer non-profit

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Ne'er-do-wells *sigh*

Revealed: How Nvidia's 'backseat driver' AI learned to read lips

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Wonder what it'll do if the driver throws a hissy fit/road rage tantrum?

Dodgy Dutch developer built backdoors into thousands of sites

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Hence the advice to think twice before outsourcing something.

RIP Eugene Cernan: Last man on the Moon dies aged 82

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Hamba Kahle.

BT installs phone 'spam filter', says it'll strain out mass cold-callers

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There is only one problem with phone numbers getting added to an blacklist - what if a legitimate company acquires a new number and it is on a blacklist, and it prevents said company from phoning other companies from placing orders and the such? (all legitimate company business, not cold-calling or trying to sell you some stuff you don't want...)

Putting the 'Port' in Portal: Old-school fan brings game to Apple II

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Busy with the port of two Sinclair BASIC programs to Pascal... and it's quite interesting.

First one is The Valley.

Second one is Eye of the Star Warrior.

It's slow going as I need to check what each GOSUB or GOTO is for... but it's quite interesting.

Windows 10 Anniversary Update crushed exploits without need of patches

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format c:

best protection there ever is

alternatively

switch the computer/laptop OFF, this way it will never, ever be breached or made vulnerable.

Just give up: 123456 is still the world's most popular password

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Obligatory Userfriendly comic strip...

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will q1w2e3r4t5y6 be any better and more secure? :)

Outage-hit Lloyds Bank in talks to outsource data centres to IBM

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Re: Outsourcing...

Don't get me wrong, some bits of IT is best outsourced, installing network circuits is best left to telco's, building physical hardware is a job for hardware vendors etc.

Agreed and agreed. Noncritical IT is best for outsourcing, like mentioned above.

Critical IT (like sysadmin etc) is best having in house, for obvious reasons.

If you farm the whole of your IT infrastucture out, expect to pay more for a poorer (if not worse) service.

Besides, what stops the outsourced IT shop from sneaking in "funny stuff" which causes issues, thereby ensuring them of a steady stream of revenue?

Brilliant phishing attack probes sent mail, sends fake attachments

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Already got 2FA enabled.

But a bugger with 2FA is if you've forgotten your password... it is a pain to get back into your own account...

Oh, for F...acebook: WhatsApp, critics spar over alleged 'backdoor'

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SWITCH OVER TO TELEGRAM STOP DITCH WHATSAPP STOP DITCH FACEBOOK STOP

Opera scolds stale browsers with shocking Neon experiment

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"Cool effects and animation", huh?

I don't need that, it just is unneccessary and get stale quickly.

Lloyds Bank customers still flogging the online dead horse

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We asked if the cost-cutting in 2016 with 640 IT and back office staff stuffed into the redundancy meat grinder had impacted the bank's ability to recover from IT screwups. We are awaiting a response.

Of course there will be an impact.

Tell us about that $1m horse, Mr Samsung: Bribery probe slips deep into South Korean giant

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More reasons not to do business with Sammy... have decided not to have any samsung mobile (or anything labeled samsung) again ever.

Microsoft sued by staff traumatized by child sex abuse vids stashed on OneDrive accounts

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Not a nice job where you have to look at allsorts of pictures.

And people will store the most weird and gross of stuff, stuff which'll give you nightmares.

Expect a rise in the storage of gross pictures, especially in cloud storage...

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