* Posts by Anonymous South African Coward

1896 posts • joined 6 Jan 2010

Military reservist bemoans frost-bitten baby-maker on Antarctic trek

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Will HBO rise to the bait? :)

Botched Microsoft update knocks Windows 8, 10 PCs offline – regardless of ISP

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Luckily not affected my company yet, but if it do, then I'll know what to do.

First, blame M$

then issue static IP's all the while blaming M$

and blame M$ all the more

Samsung SmartCam: Yes, those eyes really are following you around the room

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What is the security on it? Is it just another insecure IoT job?

Is your Windows 10, 8 PC falling off the 'net? Microsoft doesn't care

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Got two laptops here, win7 and win8.1 - both working well.

Maybe this sort of thing only happen to other people? :)

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

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Come play my Lord, the ladies are waiting...

Samsung, the Angel of Death: Exploding Note 7 phones will be bricked

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Re: Should't a court decide on this?

In this case I think the court will err on the side of caution - the manufacturer must be allowed to "brick" the existing devices so as to force their owners to return it.

Because if Samsung doesn't do it, and another device goes up in flames in a hotel (or even worse, a high-rise building) and it causes loss of life and property, who will be at fault? The owner of the handset? Samsung?

IMHO Samsung are doing the correct thing by forcing a recall of possible hazardous devices in order to prevent more loss of property and lives.

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Re: Predicted headlines starting on morning of 20th...

"Samsung accidentally bricks ALL Samsung smartphones

Samsung Note 7 kill-patch wrongly addressed to 'all'

Nearly a billion Samsung phones irreversibly bricked

Financial impact of Kill-patch bankrupts Samsung

South Korean economy topples - Norks assume control

Norks control spreads, world enters new Dark Ages

Last edition - goodbye and good luck"

Thanks for the laugh this Monday! :D

Sysadmin told to spend 20+ hours changing user names, for no reason

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Well spotted. Ms Brenda Utthead :D

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Pint

Simon? Is that you?

Excellent advice, especially the idea of disabling/downing the AD environment for an extra 5 minutes.

Here, have one :)

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Of course Harold can also break protocol and bypass 2IC...

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That is not leadership, that is ego speaking.

Why break a working system? For all you know it will induce funny things in AD and the entire environment, and may cause more grief than it's worth it.

Brit network O2 hands out free Windows virus with USB pens

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Put the pen in a safe place for a few months.

After that period of time, look for a virus removal tool for linux, download and clean the pen thusly.

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

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anybody willing to bet on top bps*?

*backpedals per second

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Hau my baas, die winter, hy is op pad...

Moscow says writing infrastructure attack code is a thought crime

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Good luck with that.

On the other hand, here's hoping the creator of Locky get caught out and sent to the Gulag for a stretch...

90 per cent of the UK's NHS is STILL relying on Windows XP

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And virtualizing XP does not always work, especially when XP need to communicate with certain hardware - and most hypervisors are not OK with that.

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Yay for govt IT...

Maybe they should consider going over to Linux?

Oh wait...

Russia's bid for mobile self-sufficiency may be the saviour of Sailfish

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Will you be able to kick Android off your existing devices and install Jolla/Sailfish instead?

Oh scratch that, somebody posted regarding that. If they can sort out android compatibility, then they'll have a winner - but it'll be like OS/2 all over again - dearth of Sailfish apps.

Meh, got excited too quickly. Buggrit millenium hand and shrimp.

Don't have a Dirty COW, man: Android gets full kernel hijack patch

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Hardy har har. Our telcos here in South Africa doesn't push security updates through to us plebs, because they are afraid it will break their lovely little network...

Bah, humbug and fol-de-rol.

Mirai variant turns TalkTalk routers into zombie botnet agents

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IoT stuff, routers, cameras...

...what's next? Cars doing wardriving and spreading the Mirai worm all over the place?

Need Xmas ideas? Try CVE-2015-7645, a Flash gift that keeps on giving

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I am now flash free, have been for a long while now.

It just is not worth it.

China and Russia aren't ready to go it alone on tech, but their threats are worryingly plausible

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Interesting times fo'sho.

This calls for a healthy dose of Rincewind and the Luggage.

Online advent calendar offers mystery VM every day until Christmas

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donkey.bas for today

hee haw!

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Cool stuff!

Crims using anti-virus exclusion lists to send malware to where it can do most damage

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Interesting attack vector.

1.4bn records from HaveIBeenPwned offered for your analytical pleasure

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There was an incident a long while ago where with the City of Johannesburg you could manipulate an URL to gain access to people's municipal accounts.

Big hoo-ha of course, and the ensuing fallout that followed.

We're still waiting for the axe of doom as they want to take those people who've viewed the accounts illegally to court to cough up.

So I've been bitten once, and am now twice shy, don't want more of that one thing, thank you.

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South African guavamint also have something in the laws that says something about accessing data that's illegally obtained.

I think I'll stay away from that site... better be safe than sorry.

Sony kills off secret backdoor in 80 internet-connected CCTV models

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...and this is not even the tip of the iceberg yet.

Who knows what fun stuff got introduced with the patches?

Is the world ready for a bare-metal OS/2 rebirth?

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Also wanting to know what is going on here...

If your smart home gear hasn't updated recently, throw it in the trash

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What about that you need to pass a basic computer course, like a drivers licence.

Once you've got your PC licence, will you be allowed internet access.

Of course you can have a PC without said licence, but you will not be able to connect to the internet without said licence....

But that's just me dreaming.

Cassini tickles Saturn's rings ahead of final death plunge

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Our neighbours on Saturn may object most strongly about us playing silly buggers with their rings.

Expect a small delegation to come over for a visit and some IDKFA...

Guessing valid credit card numbers in six seconds? Priceless

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Ne'er-do-wells sure think outside the box.

Amazon tries again with AppStream because customers didn't like it

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Remember, cloud computing = somebody else's PC

What will happen during internet outages? Workers gonna sit around doing nothing while you have to pay their salaries/wages.

The same personnel will be still productive should you have the apps loaded on their PC's and the internet's gone to pot. I'll rather have this option than cloud "somebody else's PC" computing.

Because Mr Murphy.

Also, you don't need to have IT personnel 24x7 - you can always outsource if you really want to cut costs - but that comes with its own caveats. You will still need IT personnel even though you've gone with cloud computing.

Always.

There is no escaping that fact.

Because Mr Murphy. Yup. He's real.

King's College London staggers from outage, replaces infrastructure services head

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Seems like somebody gone the biggie best route, and got nothing but troubles for that.

Moral of the story - sometimes the most expensive backup system is not worth it, and you'll be better off with a cheaper system - which can be duplicated/replicated easily since you have more funds available to purchase backup units with.

Should one cheap unit fail, you'll be assured of data integrity on the other extra unit(s).

Not so with a top-of-the-range wallet-ripping backup unit, where you can only afford one, and when it dies, you have a battle with inn-sewer-ants to get them to actually pay out so that you can get another one...

VCs to Trump: You know what would really make America great? Tax breaks for VCs

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Rather give tax breaks to startups and small corps, big corps can pay their just dues, after all, they have bigger contracts and the such...

Cyanogen parts ways with its founder

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So, what will this mean for Cyanogen?

Sinking or swimming?

Hackers waste Xbox One, PS4, MacBook, Pixel, with USB zapper

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Need to get one of these USB killing thingys and "forget" it at clients who don't want to upgrade their junk hardware...

UCam247 tells El Reg most of its cams aren't vulnerable to GET vuln

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Re: @Mephistro Good...

Most Excellent. Maybe El Reg should make it their new description for all things IoT?

Hull surfers cut off by router attack

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Bwahaha.

Windows 10 market share growth just barely has a pulse

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Windows10? What is it?

Lenovo: If you value your server, block Microsoft's November security update

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So, who got bitten by this "feature"?

Virgin Media is so rustic and artisan you get to hand-sort your own spam

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In the past I used my ISP's email offerings.

But when Google came along with their Gmail offering, I waited for a couple of months extra, then migrated over to Gmail, told my contacts that my ISP's email address was terminated effectively and that they should use my new Gmail address rather.

Never looked back. I can change ISP's at the drop of a hat, but still have access to my emails.

There also was a couple of instances where an ISP (more than once) went TITSUP and all email was lost as a result. I don't want the trauma of that. The possibility that Google's gmail will also go TITSUP is there, but at least I have my emails downloaded on Thunderbird (laptop) as well, so it's sort of a "backup" should the worst happen.

Huawei Mate 9: The Note you've been waiting for?

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For me the Huawei Mate 9 ticks many boxes.

Plus the fact that they did not add a lot of gadgetry to it. I'm just WTF at the infrared port, who uses IR comms in this day and age when Bluetooth or WIFI is much better (and faster) at transferring pr0... errr, movi... errr Linux distros. *ahem*.

I'm using a Mediapad T1-701u at the moment, very impressed with it. Big screen (means easy-to-read emails and other stuff, especially for old farts), long and excellent battery life and it's responsive enough for me to use it on a daily basis.

Only niggle for me is the "phone home" crapware they sneak into the phones. Hopefully some kind soul will release an app to disable said crapware from doing the ET thing permanently.

A shufty at GSMArena showed me that it is also slightly thicker than my current Huawei device (and also smaller too) but who cares about thickness? I don't want an ultrathin device...

So it is possible to get more life out of a battery - you just have to be clever, and design the phone properly than try and do sneaky tricks with the battery...

Should be interesting to see (and compare the two) as my current device uses a 4100mAh Li-Ion battery and the Mate 9 uses an 4000mAh Li-Po...

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Download Marvin (an 48k ZX Spectrum emulator) and you can play Halls of the Things all day long.

Wonder if somebody will push out a remake of HotT for Android... now *that* (and Sinistar) will frustrate a lot of people :)

Chernobyl cover-up: Giant shield rolled over nuclear reactor remains

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Misleading title

Oh wait...

Good to hear, must have taken some good and serious planning there.

What's the first emotion you'd give an AI that might kill you? Yes, fear

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Asimov's 4 laws of robotics? (originally 3)

Internet Archive preps Canadian safe haven to swerve Donald Trump

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How large is the Internet Archive?

Methinks we all should just grab a SAN large enough and download *.* then keep it in a safe place away from all things Guavaminty.

GET pwned: Web CCTV cams can be hijacked by single HTTP request

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Yay for more IoTurdThings...

...NOT

Maybe we should rename IoT to IoTT then? Seems it is never going to stop.

You want SaaS? Don't bother, darling, your kind can't afford it

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Good save by Mr Teh-ah-tim-eh there then...

Make Christmas Great Again: $149 24-karat gold* Trump tree ornament

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Snowy fannies hanging from trees.

Right, what's next?

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