* Posts by Anonymous South African Coward

1896 posts • joined 6 Jan 2010

Digital video recorder installers master password list 'leaked' – claims

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Back in the days of yore I used to support a DOS application called Ulti-Sales, an excellent POS program (no, not a POS :p)

Anyway, the first couple of versions had hardcoded master passwords. Programmer decided that was not good enough, so he changed the password algorithm to be time-based.

Which meant anytime a techie need to change some settings (or do stuff) the support line need to be called, the time and date on the workstation in question be given, so that support could work out the password, and give it to the techie.

A much better solution for everybody - but unfortunately not for the techies who do support after-hours for their own benefit...

So. The suggestion is that programmers for IoT (and other frippery stuff) implement something like this algorithm. Drawback is if the algorithm can be reverse-engineered, or even "leaked" then it's back to the drawing board...

Dieselgate: VW pleads guilty, will cough up $4.3bn, throws 6 staff under its cheatware bus

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Hope other techies will take their cue and do liberal CYA to protect them.

Unfortunately most of the orders will be in the form of boredroom meetings whose minutes can be conveniently "lost" if need be...

How to secure MongoDB – because it isn't by default and thousands of DBs are being hacked

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Commitstrip

Obligatory commitstrip.

Plusnet? More like Plus-naught: Mobile data on the fritz for days for some unlucky punters

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Trollface

plusnet giving your blood pressure a definite plus

Autocomplete a novel phishing hole for Chrome, Safari crims

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Pity about the fake CC though.

I'm now wondering - if it can be detected somehow that a phishing site is asking for your address and other information (to be autofilled in) can't a script be run that will fill all those fields in with a random selection of Captain Haddock's insults? Or something worse/better...

Stop us if you've heard this one before: Seamen spread over California

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Re: Hrm...

Skynet will be assimilated by the Borg.

Microsoft's Blue Screen of Death dead in latest Windows 10 preview

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Next time the colour will be pink.

You have the right to be informed: Write to UK.gov, save El Reg

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Foreign readers from forn parts also welcome to submit their details to #FreeThePress?

Feds cuff VW exec over diesel emissions scam

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Got a lovely issue with Ford Kugas in South Africa atm. Seems some models will spontaneously combust on the highway, to tl:dr it.

Ford SA, of course, is taking their time. Already existing Kuga owners face a loss of 40% of their resale value.

Seems the motoring industry is in dire need of a shake down.

Fake History Alert: Sorry BBC, but Apple really did invent the iPhone

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Now what?

Somebody playing silly buggers?

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/01/09/apple_/

Man jailed for 3 days after Texas cops confuse cat litter for meth

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Re: Perhaps I'm getting old but ..

will that be new, or used, kitty litter?

The wait is over ... Nokia's BACK!

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By the by, given the chance I will not try to do business in the smartphone/android market, as it is saturated. Rather, I will focus my efforts somewhere else where there is an open niche or market instead :)

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Nokia

Market have changed a lot, Nokia will take a lot of effort to get somewhere.

They still have a couple of loyal customers here and there, if they make good their promise, and deliver good quality then they will be able to make inroads once more.

But, as said, the market have changed, and it will take a *lot* of effort to make a dent.

Do it right, and win.

Do things wrong, and fail.

Should be interesting to watch.

NSW government drops a Catch: Bus Wi-Fi is a privacy nightmare

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What about posting bogus details (drivers licence and other requested information) then? Or fill in all the fields with a rude and offensive story?

Slim pickings by the Biggest Loser: A year of fitness wearables

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Sorry to hear about your recent loss... treasure the good times.

Programmer finds way to liberate ransomware'd Google Smart TVs

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"smart" things - helping companies make more money...

give me a dumb thing instead, kthanxbai.

The Register's Top 20 Most-Commented Stories in 2016

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Big cloud crash caused by rogue IoT frippery, forcing world+dog to rethink cloudy things.

Amazon files patent for 'Death Star' flying warehouse

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Here's a fun idea.

Phish a large group of induhviduals before said induhviduals go to a stadium.

Order a shedload of goods via said induhvidual's phished bank details, and have it delivered to the stadium (eg lots and lots of hot dogs with extra ketchup and mustard)

Sooner or later something like this will happen, trolling by drone.

Meet the Internet of big, lethal Things

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Rise of the Machines(tm) now pales in comparison...

Christmas Eve ERP migration derailed by silly spreadsheet sort

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bubblesort(excel.false);

This 'cloud storage' thing is going to get seriously big in 2017

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Re: Stick with RAID and LTO instead.

Not always - not everybody can have the resources for RAID5/50/6/60. And there are other storage technologies that can be used in lieu of RAID5/50/6/60.

Data storage as well as data retention is going to be the biggest headache going forward for a lot of sysadmins.

I have the feeling that LTO will be making a comeback.

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So they can scale upwards.

Expect funny issues to scale upwards as well, and cause problems big-time.

Support chap's Sonic Screwdriver fixes PC as user fumes in disbelief

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Sexbots could ‘over-exert’ their human lovers, academic warns

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"Your arguments are irrefutable. I am R. Daneel Olivaw.

The R stands for Robot."

Sayonara North America: Insurance guy got your back when Office 365 doesn't?

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Re: Business Decision

And when it is the CEO pushing for it, and the IT/CFO team against all things cloudy?

Did webcam 'performer' offer support chap payment in kind?

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Had to do some work on a female client's PC - but her brother downloaded some pr0nz and did not delete it, which made me quite uncomfortable...

Bad news, fandroids: Mobile banking malware now encrypts files

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Frankentoken more likely...

This is your captain speaking ... or is it?

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Re: Umm, ok...

Was thinking about that - but what if he/she manages to create an "interesting" USB stick which will execute the next time the plane is in the air, and do naughty things to the network so as to cause a complete and utter titsup of all avionics systems while the real hacker is safe on the ground?

I have no idea what the USB access ports looks like, but if you can manage to smuggle the right tools in, then you can modify the USB access port and add your own, unauthorized, erm, feature.

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...and nothing will get done.

Until some kiddiot hacks things "just for fun" and terminate an entire airliner + passengers + part of a city/town unintentionally.

Why does Skype only show me from the chin down?

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Ahhh, the one about the user phoning in to complain her PC is noisy, then later "Don't worry to come out, the noise has stopped", then a couple of days later "The PC's totally dead now".

Yup. PSU fan packed up.

London's Winter Wonderland URGENTLY seeks Windows 10 desk support

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Sounds familiar? --> Christmas Blunderland

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Bwahaha, must be an epic fail by a PHB who deemed it not neccessary to have an IT team for win10...

Why don't people secure their IoT gadgets? 'It's not my problem'

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Skynet Rising?

Christmas cheer for KCL staffers with gift of extra holiday after IT disaster

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In hindsight, would a cheaper backup system (i5 workstation with a single external USB hard drive which gets swapped out with other externals as the week progresses) have been more sufficient than a bells-and-whistles backup system that tend to bork horribly just by looking at it the wrong way? Should one external fail to be large enough, two (or more HDD's - one for each department) should be more than sufficient, yes?

Depending on the nature of failure, it is sometimes simpler and easier recovering data from a single stuffed HDD than trying to recover it from a RAIDed array, or so I'm led to believe, but I may be wrong.

What would YOU recommend as a low-cost, solid and reliable backup system that data can be recoverable should somebody do an accidental rm -rf *?

View from a Reg reader: My take on the Basic Income

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UBI can be abused if done correctly. And this means that more ne'er-do-wells' lazy habits be supported by other hard-working people, and this will undermine the efforts to help people who really can't work to a major degree.

Bayrob: Romanian auction fraud suspects extradited to the US

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Ne'er-do-wells... *rolls eyes*

It's round and wobbles, but madam, it's a mouse pad, not a floppy disk

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Re: If I could have a dollar for every time…

Hah, it happened to me too :) Had to use a long-nosed plier to get it out :)

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Ah, good old 5.25" floppies, long live the 5.25" floppies.

Interestingly I found that the 5.25" floppies were more reliable than their 3.5" brethren, I used to get a lot of read/write errors with 3.5" stiffies.

It was so bad at one stage that I used to copy a driver onto three or four stiffies, reasoning that if one develops read errors, then there'll be three more to try.

Keep in mind this was before USB memory sticks. And lugging an Iomega Zip-100 parallel port external around was not an option...

Ahhh, the good old days.

And the trick where you punched a hole into the stiffy to make it double its size from 720Kb to 1.44Mb...

There also was an utility called FDFormat (DOS) which did weird tricks to squeeze in more space on an existing 1.2Mb floppy or 1.44Mb stiffy. I preferred to use plain vanilla DOS format as I was not sure whether data will be safe or not.

Sysadmin 'fixed' PC by hiding it on a bookshelf for a few weeks

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Got handed a craptop from one user who complained about intermittent errors etc. A shufty at the craptop in question showed no problems with anything whatsoever. Hogged the laptop the whole day just defragging the hard disk, handed it back the next day, no more complaints.

Meat pies in SPAAAAAAAAAAAACE!

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CMOT Dibbler will be selling off space-frozen pies soon...

'Public Wi-Fi' gang fail in cunning plan to hide £10m cigarette tax fraud

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derp durr

if you really want people not to know what you're doing, don't post information to your chums online

Rather do it the old way... without computers and email...

IBM boss pledges to hire 25,000 Americans in next four years

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In my younger days I paid for my own education myself. Was between a rock and a hard place some months, but I pulled it off.

Besides, what guarantee do you have that those chosen 25000 will pass their training courses? Or will it be on how to use a mouse and keyboard? o_O

Bluetooth-enabled safe lock popped after attackers win PINs

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Now all we have to do is to wait for $Big_Bank to have a bluetooth-enabled vault in which they store all their customers' valuables, like gold ingots, diamonds and other valuables... Should be a real hoot to do a Die Hard 3 in real life.

Security! experts! slam! Yahoo! management! for! using! old! crypto!

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The only secure database and server is the system that is switched off.

Beancounter nicks $5m from bosses, blows $1m on fantasy babe Kate Upton's mobe game

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Re: No way

Carrot and stick.

Persistent ad and dialler trojans found on 28 Android phones

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Try boycotting Samsung or Huawei as they are one of the offenders as well...

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So. And now...

How the actual ding dong do you scan properly for malware/bloatware/crapware/shitware on an Android device without rooting it?

Uh-oh! Microsoft has another chatbot – but racism is a no-go for Zo

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Human vs Bot

Obligatory commitstrip.

here

Apple ordered to cough up $2m to store workers after denying rest breaks

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Ah the wonderful world of big corporates and lawyery types...

HBO slaps takedown demand on 13-year-old girl's painting because it used 'Winter is coming'

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http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/12/12/winter_is_coming/

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