* Posts by Anonymous South African Coward

1896 posts • joined 6 Jan 2010

Uncle Sam, D-Link told to battle in court over claims of shoddy device security: Judge snubs summary judgment bids

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I miss groklaw.net

Cisco swings the axe on permanent staff – hundreds laid off worldwide this week

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Cisco going the way of IBM?

Or is this just a pre-emptive cost-cutting measure in light of His Trumpness' global trade antics?

Has science gone too far? Now boffins dream of shining gigantic laser pointer into space to get aliens' attention

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Turning Planet Earth into the Ultimate Death Star.

Darth Vader's on his way, pissed by the constant light bombardment.

And I'm outta here.

Solid state of fear: Euro boffins bust open SSD, Bitlocker encryption (it's really, really dumb)

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Heart Internet stops beating, starts Monday with big portion of FAIL

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And this is where "cloud services" fall flat on its face.

Face it, you're at the mercy of your ISP once you've outsourced every.single.server (including Exchange and file storage) to the cloud - and if your ISP should go TITSUP* there's nothing you can do.

Except wait for services to be restored.

Should your services be on-prem, your users can still work on their spreadsheets, documents and so on, but emails (should you also be wise and have an on-prem Exchange/Linux email server) will simply spool and wait for a chance to escape the server's clutches.

However, in both cases with emails, you won't be able to receive - unless your workforce is equipped with mobile phones, which (hopefully) is working and you can get access to emails that way.

Next time some beancountery type suggests going cloud-based, have them factor in a two-three day full internet outage into their calculations.

Planet Computers straps proper phone to its next Psion scion, Cosmo

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I do want one - but finances and my budget gives a resounding "Nein".

:sadfaceguy:

DBA drifts into legend after inventive server convo leaves colleagues fearing for their lives

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Re: My boss was demonstrating the instrusion sensors on our building

even if his workplace doesnt know, the bigger question is - how come alarm manufacturers dont know? after all they are the ones in the business.

Not all alarm companies sell the same type and make of alarms.

Some sell Terminators, which is vastly different from your humble Yale IoT alarm.

Yale IoT crapstuff is different than your plain, dumb phone-the-cops/alarm company when triggered.

And not everybody want to stock the full range of diverse alarms, sensors, Terminators, weapons and the such. Too expensive.

Dawn of the dead: NASA space probe runs out of gas in asteroid belt after 6.4 billion-mile trip

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In pace requiescat!

Clunk, bang, rattle: Is that a ghost inside your machine?

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Always wondered what the cops used when dusting for fingerprints.

Now I know - and it's good to know.

Transformers: Robots... at least it tries: Watch boffins' Optimus Dime rearrange on the fly

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You're supposed to add TM

Oops, my bad. Sorry.

Next time I'll have an autonomous hand doing that for me :)

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Rise of the Machines coming soon to a planet close to you.

IT Wi-Fi kit bit by TI chip slip: Wireless gateways open to hijacking via BleedingBit chipset vuln

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Do kit get fully tested before being released? Doesn't seem to be the case.

Shift-work: Keyboards heaped in a field push North Yorks council's fly-tipping buttons

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Re: Fly tipping

But boat tipping tops them all... especially if it comes complete with a captain's log.

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simples - query word piano dealers to see if somebody recently ordered a shedload of new word pianos.

On second thoughts, could be the local BOFH getting rid of those word pianos in order to install a lager disposal unit (aka bar) in the basement.

Microsoft to staff: We remain locked and loaded with US military – and will keep adding voice to AI ethics debate

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March 1, 2019. Microsoft unveils a new AI, called BobClippy, in order to manage the JEDI project.

March 27, 2019. BobClippy becomes self-aware.

August 29, 2019. Humanity is waging a bitter war for survival against hordes of flying paperclips and staplers.

*** ALTERNATIVELY ***

March 1, 2019 : Some ne'er-do-well manage to hack into JEDI and cryptolock everything, causing the entire American economy to fall into a death spiral.

April 2, 2019 : China buys the US of A and annexes it.

August 29, 2019 : All Americans are now Chinese citizens.

Official: IBM to gobble Red Hat for $34bn – yes, the enterprise Linux biz

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A ship carrying red paint collided with a ship carrying blue paint.

The survivors were marooned.

Got a new Surface? Have some firmware. Old Surface? La la la la la, we can't hear you

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Not surprised. M$ doing what they do best.

What can I say about this 5G elixir? Try it on steaks! Cleans nylons! It's made for the home! The office! On fruits!

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5G punters can jolly well get lost in a wet paper bag.

What is wrong with the current technologies we have at present? Or is the strategy boutique full speed ahead to make more money while everybody struggle with half-baked 5G solutions?

For me 3G/4G is fine, given that I tend to browse El Reg, chat on forums anf watch the occasional youtube video or two.

Majority of my downloads is done at work where we have an uncapped 10Mb line.

The best way to screw the competition? Do what they can't, in a fraction of the time

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Re: Ethics

Dr Solomon..... how it brings back the memories.

Not to mention the following :

Turbo Antivirus

Norton Antivirus

Central Point Antivirus (later Microsoft Antivirus IIRC)

F-Prot

Hours of fun to be had with some beasties (eg Exebug and Stoned)

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Re: Nah.

@jake - I agree most fully with you. I most certainly don't need problematic clients quibbling over every.single.thing.

I'd rather have a couple of clients, keep them very happy than having hundreds of clients all quibbling and so on, and be a sour worm at the end of the day.

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Novell, novell, novell.

Those were the days. Of rprinter and remote printering... and of a virus-resistant server as well (if you set permissions properly on shared DOS executables and the such).

But coax *shudder* - so glad it died out as a networking solution. Ethernet is so much better.

Sorry friends, I'm afraid I just can't quite afford the Bitcoin to stop that vid from leaking everywhere

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Pity the scammer doesn't use a proper email address - he'll get a good close-up selfie of Cap'n Browneye.

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Beautifully and well done. We salute you, Dabbsy!

Microsoft promises a fix for Windows 10 zip file woes. In November

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Re: I wonder...

Interestingly. We had a couple of Gigabyte W565M laptops with Vista preinstalled.

Was absolutely rock solid. Never had any blue screen or funny things to happen.

Upgraded the one to Windows7 & it still is chugging happily along.

Sure, performance in comparison to other (newer) laptops is not stellar, but what the hey, it still works and does so without any fuss or bother.

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Installed Everything on our document server - and it helped a lot, especially when somebody was looking for a certain document, but was not sure where to find it. Big thumbsup for that software.

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Windows 10 - the ultimate downgrade for every PC that you've been waiting for!

Will slow your PC down!

Will delete your precious files!

Will slurp your data and send it to the mothership!

Comes with a b0rked indexing tool that is really fun to use!

Comes with candy crush preinstalled!

Get your copy now! Rush! Hurry!! Quick!!!

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ZipGenius or 7-zip works better.

Microsoft is on a slippery downhill.

Cathay Pacific hack: Personal data of up to 9.4 million airline passengers laid bare

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Wonder who'll be next.

Most probably SAA (South African Airways)...

RIP Charles Wang: Computer Associates cofounder dies aged 74

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This the same CA who produced SuperCalc4/5? Mighty fine piece of software.

Memo to Microsoft: Windows 10 is broken, and the fixes can't wait

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Joke

Let's go back to OS/2 then :p

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F***=off, Google tells its staff: Any mention of nookie now banned from internal files, URLs

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fopdoodle?

Can't get pranked by your team if nobody in the world can log on

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ctrl+alt+left/right/up/down arrow rotated the screen.

Do that then walk away. User comes and goes all ????

But it is a major PITA on dual-screen setups as the display on both monitors will be rotated, but only the main screen will be rotated back.

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In the days of Win95 and Teardrop, I teardropped one technician's Win95 PC. He was supposed to work on computers, not waste time by surfing the Internet.

Its hard drive then chose that moment to die when he rebooted.

Happiness :) He was nost unhappy, but could prove nothing. Muhuhahaha.

Happy 60th birthday, video games. Thank William Higinbotham for your misspent evenings

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Ahhhh... Atari 2600 had a tennis/pong clone in its Video Olympics games cassette.

Hours of fun.

GitHub.com freezes up as techies race to fix dead data storage gear

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Ah, the wild and wonderful world of the cloud

people tend to forget that cloudy services still is connected to the wibbly wobbly web

if it wobbles, off your data goes

same with the cloud, if it wobbles, off your data goes as well.

Recovery in the first instance depends on the level of damage (power failure, vacuum cleaner, lightning strike, BOFH act, backhoe digging into a crucial backbone) - no data will be lost except downtime for which the company have to pay in lost hours if it does not have a redundant internet link in place... (the BOFH act may range from a simple upload of the wrong firmware to the router, to an epoxy-resin welded circuit breaker, to a rm -rf * on the Boss's terminal)...

Recovery in the second instance depends on the cloudy provider's IT crew (and hardware should it be required)... and yes, data may be lost, depending on the severity.

Haunted disk-drive? This story will give you the chills...

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Re: Smoker's Condensation on the heads...

Skid marks in the loo...

Yale Security Fail: 'Unexpected load' caused systems to crash, whacked our Smart Living Home app

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Isn't Android 4.x now EOL? Why even try and code apps for that generation of droids? If the (l)user really want IoT Yale keys, then surely said (l)user will be happy to shell out £££ (or $$$) for a new Android device running 6.x (or higher) as part of the requirements.

Three words : lowest common denominator.

If, by using an old Android version they unwittingly causes grief for themselves, then it's their own fault for doing so.

Alphabet in the soup for keeping quiet about Google+ data leak bug

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And, in other news, all 4 of G+'s users is starting a petition to stop Google from killing off G+

G+ moderators complain that their reports regarding spammers and spam goes unheeded, and spammers is havening a field day in the death throes of G+

Will be interesting going forward. Will investors also take Google to task for dropping G+?

Mobe networks battle to bring comms back after Hurricane Michael smashes US Gulf Coast

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why not stick the fibre underground?

Scanning an Exchange server for a virus that spreads via email? What could go wrong?

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Remote Desktop in the ILOVEYOU virus era?

In Windows 10 Update land, nobody can hear you scream

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Lovely.

So all you need is a couple dozen borked Ickdoze boxen/laptops and screaming lusers to make your week more hellish.

Samsung: Swanky hardware alone won't save a phone maker

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Re: Fuck everything

Five lenses, eh,? Twoflower will be very interested.

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Can confirm re bloatware.

On my three Huawei devices (one work, two private) I absolutely had no bloatware or unwanted apps (like zuckerbook etc). And a Xiaomi Redmi 4A. Sheer bliss, to use MY device with the apps I HAVE SELECTED. After all, I paid for it and it is MINE.

Prior to my first Huawei device I had a Sagsmug S3 mini. It was loaded with bloatware which I did not want, and sometimes (frequently too, to add insult to injury) some crap app would go berzerk and drain the battery flat in record time. I totally swore Sagsmug off then.

Or else Sagsmug can lease out phones with crap bloatware installed for maximum slurpage (and so delight the Zuckerborg) and they can control it since it is theirs. (Oops, did I gave somebody a Very Bad Idea?)

Wife's phone (a Sagsmug Neo) is on its way out, but I will be getting a new phone for her, and this time it will NOT be a Sagsmug, she complained about not being able to uninstall the faceboob app (for starters).

Take my advice: The only safe ID is a fake ID

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Re: I love your internetpage! Can I register?

C.Y.B.E.R.T.R.ASH III?

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Re: Casino Royale

"Hello Mr Bond. My name is Dick Gleeballs and this is Pussy Galore. Our evil overlord have decided that you most certainly need to visit a certain Mr Johnny Aws".

Yale Weds: Just some system maintenance, nothing to worry about. Yale Thurs: Nobody's smart alarm app works

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Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

Another score for flaky IoT stuff.

I may be old-fashioned, but I prefer a mechanical lock (or two) and a couple of four-legged friends instead of an electronical thing...

Microsoft Windows 10 October update giving HP users BSOD

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Going to revert back to Ickdoze 8.1 - let others be havening fun with Ickdoze 10, I've had enough.

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Got WSUS to act as shield between unwanted ickdoze updates and company's PC's.

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