* Posts by Anonymous South African Coward

1896 posts • joined 6 Jan 2010

Comcast is the honey badger of ISPs – injects pop-ups into browsers, doesn't give a fsck

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Telkom is also doing this thing here in Sunny South Africa.

But only if you're using a capped account, and you're using an HTTP stream.

Which is both a good thing, and a bad thing... good to know when you're nearing your cap, and bad because of coitus interuptus things.

Integrator fired chap for hiding drugs conviction, told to pay compo for violating his rights

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I am in two minds about this.

1. Company was right in letting him go, because what guarantee do they have that he will not be (ab)using company resources for Bad Things(tm)?

2. He was right in asking pointed questions about criminal records, but when getting told about that it is not a prerequisite, left it at that - which was the correct thing to do. Seems like he was willing to let them know about his past - and maybe not do it again as a lesson was learnt.

So, TL;DR: we will never know, and can only speculate wildly.

SQL Server on Linux: Runs well in spite of internal quirks. Why?

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SCO Unix and Informix DB

This image reminds me a lot of Informix on SCO Unix...

https://regmedia.co.uk/2016/11/24/sql-ubuntu.png?x=648&y=348&crop=1

USS Zumwalt gets Panama tug job after yet another breakdown

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Re: Humph said it best (in 2006)

That should've been Dabbsy's opening line :)

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Superiority

A most excellent read. I've read it yonkers ago, but the lesson(s) it contained had not been forgotten.

Bigger is not always Best.

Tech giants warn IoT vendors to get real about security

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"The industry is going to resist, because even implementing one of the report's many sets of recommendations – that the industry imitate enterprise IT's systems of vulnerability reporting, updates, life cycle management, secure updates and the like – falls entirely outside the economic model of a consumer gadget."

Narf, they will continue with business as usual. Was about to say "So what? Increase your pricing to ensure a budget for testing etc" but that have the same chances of an ice cube in hell.

Just an interesting thought - what if IoThings start to bombard Chinese IP's with everything they've got for a whole month? Or will they specifically avoid Chinese IP's and target world+dog that's not Chinese?

Snail mail thieves feed international identity theft rings say Oz cops

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I don't get any physical bank statements via snail-mail anymore, nowadays it is all electronic.

Oh wait...

Reg man 0: Japanese electronic toilet 1

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Re: Blimey!

Had the unfortunate experience to deal with a pit toilet sans paperwork. Fortunately it was only a long tinkle and no No2's that was delivered.

The smell was something like an Indian sewerage works on a hot summer's night.

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When will those "smart" toilets be IoT enabled?

Should be fun blasting ice-cold water at random backsides during payload delivery...

Outlook outage outrage

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And this is why I don't trust anything cloudy... it may have borkage in it...

Sure, on paper it looks great - no physical server or hardware to worry about, no email admin to pay, no licence fees to worry about...

...until cloud services bork horribly, and you cannot send/receive any emails...

...and lose a multimilliondollar contract.

Now suddenly a dedicated server with email software and a dedicated email admin looks cheaper compared to the money you've lost...

Face it, you don't need somebody to be present 24x7x365 at the email server. The server itself can sit on your premises, but you can contract somebody to come and check its health once every week or so. Same with the hardware, there are many options out there. Purchasing a server outright may not be in your best interest, you can perhaps lease a server (and get a new server every 2 years this way).

But if your business aren't reliant on emails (small home office etc) then cloud is the best bet, although keep in mind it will be wibbly and wobbly.

Telegram API ransomware wrecked three weeks after launch

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Good news. But it's bad.

Let me explain why :

Going forward the ne'er-do-wells who write such encryption programs will learn from their mistakes, and start patching their programs so that no loophones to decrypt files will be possible.

Expect decrypting files to be much harder, if not impossible with future versions of any encryption-type malware/ransomware.

Time to get out of IT... and let somebody deal with the problem. I've had enough.

Allow us to sum this up: UK ISP Plusnet minus net for nine-plus hours

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Plusnet?

Minusnet!!

Happy days for second-hand smartphone sales

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Pity CM is no longer a viable option.

Would've been great if you could get any "pre-loved" (bollocks speak for 2nd hand) phone and drop CM onto it to make it lean and mean again...

More than half of punters reckon they can't get superfast broadband

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Nope, all you guys stop moaning. Here in SA we still have quaint ADSL (10Mb) in many areas, most suffer from rinkydink slow speeds (10Mb if you're next to the exchange, 2Mb if you're lucky), although a fiber rollout is on its way.

And sky-high mobile (3G/4G) pricing, which is not coming down quick enough.

Most of us still is reliant on copper which is blagged frequently. And, yup, so does fiber.

Irish eyes are crying: Tens of thousands of broadband modems wide open to hijacking

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Re: Why does an ISP need access to your hardware

A couple of good points made - and I also prefer a Smoothwall/pfSense between my network and the WWW.

However, your average home user doesn't understand what all this tech talk means, and is just satisfied with plunking his laptops/desktops/IoT things into his router, After all, it works, so why should he/she/it make things com-pli-cerated by adding a firewall and other stuff?

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Derp durr.

Backdoors are bad ideas.

Surprise! Another insecure web-connected CCTV cam needs fixing

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Repeated percussion testing with the proper tool will sort out any IoS**t frippery. Properly.

More Androids carry phone-home firmware

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Pity CM is no longer an option ever since they got bought out :(

The solution to security breaches? Kill the human middleware

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why not just implement default-deny on all things operating systems? So that the user will have to approve the installer, approve the Mirco$oft Word application etc etc... it will be a real PITA but at least you won't get any nasties trying to sneak in past you...

...but it is impractical though. Most people will just blithely do the clickety click routine in order to get their favourite Java game/app to work...

Apple admits the iPhone 6 Plus has 'Touch Disease'

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iSheeple..

Gone in 70 seconds: Holding Enter key can smash through defense

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And that's 70 seconds of my time wasted as well...

Ah well.

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Article is sorely lacking on details... :(

jacket --> pub time

Google and Facebook pledge to stop their ads reaching fake news websites

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FB = fake balls?

Microsoft, Slack et al will 'laugh their asses off' at IBM's biz messaging tool

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It'll go the same way as OS/2...

Samsung flings $8bn at buyout of connected car biz Harman

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Too early to sing "crash and burn, baby"?

Married man arrives at A&E with wedding ring stuck on todger

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Looked at my fingers.

Looked at my ring.

Looked at my todger.

Nope nope nope nope nope nope nope nope nope nope nope nope nope nope nope nope nope nope nope nope nope nope nope nope nope nope nope nope nope nope nope nope nope nope nope nope nope nope nope nope nope nope nope nope nope nope nope nope nope nope nope nope nope nope nope nope nope nope nope nope nope nope nope nope nope

Firewalls snuffed by 'BlackNurse' Ping of Death attack

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Pity Windows firewalls aren't susceptible to this fun... would've loved to kill some windows boxen...

Brings back memories of Teardrop and the such...

Russia shoves antitrust probe into Microsoft after Kaspersky gripes about Windows 10

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Tried to install Symantec Endpoint Protection on Windows 10 - it sulked majorly.

Asked the supplier to assist, never got it to work.

Not impressed, really.

Russian banks floored by withering DDoS attacks

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Re: Leaving security to the end user = no security

"Maybe someone could write a scanner which finds these open IoT devices and changes their password?"

Naaaah, I'll settle for bricking it properly.

Angry user demands three site visits to fix email address typos

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Who ever had an user with two email accounts on two different system (mailbox A and mailbox B), with forwarding enabled from mailbox A to mailbox B, and from mailbox B to mailbox A?

And one of the mailboxes got an out of office message enabled...

Moar fun. Yay.

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And who loves the autocomplete function on Outlook when it corrupts the email addresses on the sly? Had this happen more than once, with the user insisting the email address was correct (by using the autocomplete feature)...

Simply by deleting the offending email address (or the nuclear option, delete the autocomplete database) fixed things until the next corruption occur...

Also had my share of users typing in incorrect email addresses, then sending the bounce message to me asking what is ger-wrong...

And you get systems where users doesn't clean out their mailboxes (POP3 accounts), it get full and you get bounce messages to attest to that fact, which necessitates an email to somebody else to kindly ask the person concerned to empty their mailbox.

Fun times for sure...

Fire alarm sparked data centre meltdown emergency

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Now that will be real fun.

NOT.

Trump's torture support could mean the end of GCHQ-NSA relationship

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Interesting times ahead, fo'sho...

America's tragedy: Trans-Pacific Express cable repairs delayed

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No more streaming grumble flicks for the lot of you...

Windows Insiders are so passé, Microsoft now has Skype Insiders

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Keeping Skype for the IM feature... some colleagues still are using skype...

...time to get them to move over to telegram/whatsapp/allo etc...

The Reg seeks online community manager

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Can South Africans apply for the job too?

In that case, do count me in as well :)

What do you give a bear that wants to fork SSL? Whatever it wants!

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Excellent idea of throwing out old baggage and starting fresh.

Old baggage = possible vulnerabilities.

Apple, Mozilla kill API to deplete W3C battery-snitching standard

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Interesting - back in the day Ubersoft.net first used the .JPG format for bandwidth-optimized cartoons, then later switched over to the .PNG format in order to minimize bandwidth load on both sides.

And some web designers actually took the time to make sure their web site was optimized for a dial-up line. Nothing dampens enthusiasm like a web site trying to squeeze itself through a slow dial-up link...

But nowadays web designers actually ASSume that all users have a fat pipe to their house, one that can take their fat, bloated content without choking on it. And that world+dog actually want bloated web pages with snazzy content that pop. Or whatever.

And not everybody have the privilege (or money) to have cheap broadband let alone mobile broadband...

Of course you can use the VC or Opera browser to minimize your bandwidth usage, but this causes an incompatibility with some web sites...

All the fancy doodahs and gadgets is nice to have, but if just one critical server (upon which the website you're trying to load, depends) is down, it is slower than molasses and just slows everything down, making it an excercise in frustration for you.

On the other hand, if you go back to a "simple" website (pre-2000) then it is snappy and fast, but then people moan and groan as the features they've become dependent on, is no longer available.

Baaaaaah. Things will get worse, and with lots of more bloat.

Karhoo who? Uber challenger shuts down after burning through $250m

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When I started at my new employment, my new employer told me this following story :

His one friend started up a restaurant, and it got successful. So successful that he expanded. But his friend did not made use of consultants and the such, he just went to appliance shops and bought whatever he needed (ovens, freezers, fridges etc).

His business venture was very successful due to his small overheads.

Eventually he was approached and sold his business to somebody else. That person then got consultants in to "modernize" the kitchens and so on, like walk-in fridges, etc. Expenses was not spared.

That venture folded as the resultant expenses was too big for the restaurant chain to bear.

So a lesson - big blinkenlights are not always the best. Small blinkenlights that does the job just as well as big blinkenlights is better as your overheads won't impact your bottom line. Plus, small blinkenlights are cheaper to replace than big blinkenlights.

It is the same with any business out there - start small, keep your expenses low and stay away from expensive blinkenlight kit. Get what you need, what will work for you, not just the biggest and best that you can ill afford.

Unstoppable Huawei draws level with Apple

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Going to be very interesting, given a saturated market at this stage.

Unless Wha-wee can come up with something totally radical and new, it will not be able to overtake Samsung any time soon.

I'm using a T1-701u mediapad, and it's a nice little phablet. Only place where it falls down is firmware upgrades. Would've loved to have Cyanogenmod on it, but ah well. Battery life's excellent so far.

6 months more and I'll be able to upgrade to a new device, but am not so sure what it will be at this point of time, since Samsung seems to have explosive issues with some of their kit, and I have sworn them off until such time they sort themselves out. Apple? Nein danke. So it'll be either Huawei or Wileyfox or any of the hundreds of other Android pimps out there.

Unfortunately we only get old kit on affordable prices here in South Africa as pricing on new kit is set to tear you several new ones...

Siri, clone yourself and dive into this Samsung Galaxy S8 smartphone

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I tried google now, was nice, but I'm not going to use it really

Here in Sunny South Africa mobile bandwidth still is expensive, so it really is in your best interests to keep bandwidth usage down as much as possible without getting a royal shafting from your ISP should you accidentally go into OOB territory.

Anybody managed to figure out how much bandwidth is being used by google now/siri/cortana? Also how many incidents of stress/heart attacks/accidents can be blamed on an unresponsive/idiotic cortana/siri/google now?

TBH I would prefer a phone with a big, safe battery, doesn't matter if it's a bit chunky.

Mine's the one with the chunky, safe phone in the pocketses

We're going to have to start making changes or the adults will do it for us

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For me, 4 spaces = 1 tab...

...CSV spreadsheets must use the comma as the delimiter...

...and just use common sense.

Mine's the one with the spare tabs and commas in the pocketses

Password reset warrior arrested for popping 1050 student accounts

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Trying to gun for the position of BOFH?

FAIL.

Tech support scammers use denial of service bug to hang victims

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Ne'er-do-wells *rolls eyes*

A successor to Mirai? Newly discovered malware aims to create fresh IoT botnet

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Repeated percussion testing with the correct tool will cause said IoT object to stop doing nasty things to other people's networks....

The problem is locating said misbehaving IoT junk.

Laser surgery ignites internal methane, burns patient down there

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insert a straw into the other orifice to keep back pressure low and minimize the mass escape of possible flammable gases?

Leaks password, check. Leaks Wi-Fi password, check. Can be spoofed, check. Ding! We have an Internet of S**t winner

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How long before this get pwned and used in another DDoS against Krebs?

Str-NAND-ed: Flash chip drought hits tech world

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I call bollocks to this - the mobile phone market is flattening out, so how can there be a sudden surge now?

Appointments on hold as (computer) virus wreaks havoc with NHS trust systems

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Ne'er-do-wells *rolls eyes*

The possibility of a cryptolocker (or similar) is possible, not nice to have.

KCL out(r)age continues: Two weeks TITSUP, two weeks to go

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"Fully backup before you do even the most routine maintenance to your RAID.

A good sysadmin/DBA is paranoid. Technical competence comes a close second but paranoia comes first."

As a rule I would always perform a FULL backup of the server should the RAID show a degraded status, and need a disk replacement. Never failed me.

But I heard tales of woe from more than one person that they simply slapped in a new HDD into their RAID system, and it borked itself halfway through the rebuild process.

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