* Posts by Anonymous South African Coward

1896 posts • joined 6 Jan 2010

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

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Happened to me in my previous job. Manglement finding new excuses as to why they can't get new kit etc etc etc... AND there is an audit trial (emails etc).

Smartmobe made 'intermittent bright flashes and a hissing noise' in Biz class seat

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Re: And all because

What is this obsession with thinner phones?

Getting your tongue around foreign tech-talk is easier than you think

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Also here in South Africa.

Most older c-d-s leaves very little wriggle room at the end, but later ones have enough space for a car to turn on a dime should you enter such a street by mistake.

Just don't try to do it with an articulated vehicle, you gonna struggle...

Hacker's Icarus machine steals drones midflight

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One good thing

One good thing of this is that drones buzzing aeroplanes and the such can now be hijacked by the relevant authorities.

ARM: Hold my beer, we'll install patches for your crappy IoT gear for you

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Drone armed with percussion tool?

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Ne'er-do-wells will and can think outside the box, and they will find ways and means to worm their way into this - then push out their updates to IoT devices waiting in eager anticipation for "secure" wolf-in-sheep-clothing updates.

It is too early to say how, but they will be able to.

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Rose-tinted glasses.

Meh.

And so we enter day seven of King's College London major IT outage

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Who does hardware upgrade on a production server without backing up critical data?

Mind be boggling.

Hacktivist crew claims it launched last week's DDoS mega-attack

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Re: Update?

IoT Central = BOFH Central under another name?

Better get out of here before Simon finds out...

Chinese electronics biz recalls webcams at heart of botnet DDoS woes

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Re: What else they do then...

WTF is "smart speakers"? Can they be haxx0red to blow raspberries randomly?

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Check out what uPNP does for your home network.

So glad that I can disable uPnP on my Smoothwall. I'll jolly well manage my own devices thank you verra much.

I'll rather have the schlepp to VPN in to my network and check what my doohickeys are doing than opening the whole kaboodle to world+dog with the potential for mischief (eg fridge orders 200l of milk by itself) ...

Or, better still, not have any IoT frippery in your house at all, and know that there is no way that ne'er-do-wells can pull pranks on you (like getting your fridge to warm the contents for an hour or so while you're at work, then cool everything down nicely before you get home)...

Naaah, I think IoT is overrated at this point in time.

Thanks, IoT vendors: your slack attitude will get regulators moving

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Nothing will change, except some daft bugger proposes that ISP's be held responsible for traffic from their networks.

Mine's the one with the IoT-free internet in the pocket.

Pacemaker maker St Jude faces new security flaw claims from biz short-selling its stock

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Way to go... Just wow.

Rogue sysadmins the target of Microsoft's new 'Shielded VM' security

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Only one problem with this - it means that in the case of hardware failure (total or partial) on the host system, neccessitating a host OS reinstall, you'll be hard pressed to restore the host OS to just the right state to allow this shielded VM to run without borking itself at boot.

Nah, far too easier installing it as a vanilla VM and restoring it from a backup should the host bork totally....

Expect a bank to switch over to shielded VM's gleefully, only to sit with a big fat one after their host OS crashed and they cannot get any of their shielded VM's to run on the new, rebuilt host OS....

Oh joy. You can now buy a gold plated quadcopter drone

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No photographs of the blingy object?

What a real shame.

Meet the slimeballs who are openly sabotaging Virgin Media

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Re: Exploding rodents ...

^---- nibble nibble BANG

which begs the question - how are wabbitses/squirrels being able to nibble through armoured power cables? I mean the armour must be harder than their teeth?

Or is it just a case of the wabbit/squirrel nibbling patiently away at the same spot for weeks on end?

Banks don’t give a 2FA

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Capitec Bank (in South Africa) offers a reasonable secure system - you can link your account to your mobile device (NOT SIM card) so whenever you need to transfer money or log into your account from a computer, you will need to enter your PIN on your mobile device.

The plus thing of this is that your PIN can be longer than the usual 4 digits.

Mobile device got blagged by a ne'er-do-well? No fear, just give them a call on a 24-hour line and stop your card.

Also, said ne'er-do-well only have 3 chances of inputting the correct PIN, if he/she/it doesn't, the app deauthenticates itself, and only by going into a branch will you be able to re-establish authentication again.

IoT botnet swells

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Percussive maintenance

Sounds like a jolly good idea, the problem will be identifying malware or ddos/botnet traffic.

Mine is the one with the hard reset tool in the one pocket.

No, Russia is not tapping into Syria's undersea internet cables

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Keep in mind that, sometimes, truth is stranger than fiction.

Who killed Cyanogen?

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Have installed CM on my Nexus 2012, and it just works... sad to see it go into the cold, dark night.

Microsoft tries, fails to crush 'gender bias' lawsuit brought by its own women engineers

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Re: Unequal opportunities

"as the BOFH said once. You can do the job? You are in. For me this whole age/sex/orientation/whatever is not interesting in a professional context (and if people behave professionally)."

I feel the same. If you have the experience, and can do the job... no matter your sex/age/whatever, as long as the job get done and is done properly.

Drone idiots are still endangering real aircraft and breaking the rules

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A task for the Mythbusters then - see how high and fast a drone can go...

Blighty's Home Office database blunders will deprive hundreds of GB driving licences

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$DROP_DATABASE GB$

redo from start

Wi-Fi baby heart monitor may have the worst IoT security of 2016

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Re: I will have to buy a car one day

Hopefully somebody will have a HOWTO up to help you disabling that pesky open bluetooth and wifi AP built into your car, so as to prevent rogue haxx0ring of your preciouses car...

I would do that, just have a toggle switch to enable bluetooth/wifi before it goes in for a service (as the workshop may need access to that in order to run diagnostics etc) then disable it as soon as I get the car back. Should said workshop not need access to bluetooth or wifi, then it stays off forever.

Or even a piece of tinfoil strategically placed...

Will have to wait and see... I'm not looking forward to have a vulnerable car.

Aussie Aussie Aussie, oi oi oi you, you're fired: Apple sacks staff secretly snapping shoppers

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Stupid. Serves them right.

But TBH this sort of thing will not stop.

If you can put a PIN/password/fingerprint/pattern lock on any folder with sensitive data, best do it straightaway to prevent ne'er-do-wells from peeking at your pics.

Or load your phone/device full of fugly and horrible smut which'll burn said perp's eyes out... but then you have to explain to $wife why those ugly picshers are on your device...

Password-protected folder is better.

A robot kitchen? Whatever. Are you stupid enough to fall for this?

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naaah, I'll give this a pass.

Fools and their money...

Besides, what fun can be had by haxx0ring all the IoT stuff in this type of kitchen (oh everything kitchen will be an IoT jobbie) leading to all sorts of mischief and tomfoolery just when you're in a rush to get to work in order to sort the Boss's laptop out...

I'll happily use all my low-tech gadgets to make good food thankyouverramuchkthanxbai.

Buggy Excel patch panned

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derp durrrrr

Hey, you know what Samsung is also burning after the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco? $2.3bn

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Re: What are they going to do about people who want to keep them?

Agreed.

Because "it always happen to other people"

Give one or two cases of fire on planes and all the airline carriers will come down hard on mobile devices, no matter what it may be.

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Terminator

Donate the whole lot of 'em to ISIS

PC sales sinking almost as fast as Donald Trump's poll numbers

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Besides, any kind of tablet is not conductive to do lots of typing on or CAD design, for that you still need a proper Win7/Win8.1 computer. Heck, any 386 with 2Mb RAM, DOS and WordPerfect will be suited just fine for that task... :p

IMHO (and from my POV) a tablet is good enough for viewing emails on the go, do stocktaking on, other $jobs where you have to walk around and check things off, play the odd casual game and keep in touch via whatsapp/twatter...

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Agreed. If it works, and does the job, why give it the shaft and buy a new one...

Another factor to consider is that most people are comfortable with the win7 interface, and the win10 infernalface is too daunting for them (they still think it is the same as win8/8.1)

And also the fact that you cannot transfer your win7 licence over to your new shiny...

Twitter yanks data feeding tube out of police surveillance biz

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nothing is sacred anymore

trust nobody. that is all.

Cheer up Samsung! You might get back $400m for copying the iPhone

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My Nokia 5230 (as well as any other Nokia before it) had rounded corners.

Mine is the one with the portable teraport cage in the pocket, need ro find another world where there's common sense

Tencent makes first foray into open source

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Awww

Got excited too quickly, thought this was a means to upgrading and patching android itself.

Meh.

Carry on, doctor.

Nokia crawls towards comeback with new phones announcement

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Happy

If the new batch of resuscitated Nokias is as good as past products, then I may get myself one...

Yo El Reg, do us a favour and review one such Nokia properly - you know, the usual, falling to the floor etc... we will appreciate it very much if you can be brutally honest and let us know what it is like :)

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Will these support the usual bevy of chat clients (eg telegram, whatscrap, allo etc)?

Cyanogen mods self away from full Android alternative

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What with Samsung taking a triple whammy (two flaming flagships, washing machines and the Apple lawsuit) things may be not what they seem... it may be possible that other smartphone pushers may take a look at Cyanogen as alternative since Sammy won't be that active in the market for a while.

The IT market is a funny thing that is not easy to understand... especially when it comes to widdle wobots and iThings...

Yahoo! halts! email! forwarding! to! outside! email! addresses!

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Re: good reason

Hope you forwarded the ne'er-do-wells a ton of some juicy goatse (or similar) pics...

Command line coffee machine: Hacker shuns app so he can stay at the keyboard for longer

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next step : play ZORK on your coffee machine while it's brewing a cuppa...

Samsung halts production of Galaxy Note 7

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Must be real fun being at Samsung - having to pay out some payola to Apple and this flaming hot battery issue...

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Strongly agreed wrt removable batteries. It just is easier replacing a flattery when it's borked.

Waterproofing? Don't need that one as I never had a mishap with a phone and water.

BT Yahoo! customers: Why! can't! we! grrr! delete! our! webmail! accounts!?

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And that is the problem with cloud email - you are at the mercy of somebody else & their purdy compoota device.

Hosting your own email will allow you to chop and change things as you see fit, but then you are responsible for MX records, backups, storage, spam filtering, and all those fun things...

Zilog reveals very, very distant heir to the Z80 empire

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I still remember the heydays with fondness - the Z80 powering the Speccy...

Pay up or your data gets it, Fandroid

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Your fave Cryptolocker/ransomware variant on Android.

YAY.

...not.

When will the iOS version be released? I suppose the iOS version will be a damp squib as crApple is controlling their App store much better than Google/Android does.

At least we have the option to prevent silly .apk's from installing themselves - until the ne'er-do-wells find a way around that.

'My REPLACEMENT Samsung Galaxy Note 7 blew up on plane'

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Re: Introducing a whole new generation...

What about "Crash and burn, baby"?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KuQ19ohlV7M

Reseller offered $$$ for old tech gear – then stiffed thousands with suddenly lower quotes

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One of Simon's companies?

Never explain, never apologize: Microsoft silent on Outlook.com email server grief

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Trollface

format c:

install linux

Killer Hurricane Matthew threatens to wreck Kennedy Space Center

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Day After Tomorrow?

Google's Chrome cloaks Pirate Bay in red screen of malware death

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"The latter is typified by the recent wave of irritating Android infection pages that nab the agent device type to throw fake banners claiming handsets are infected, often coupled with triggers that make phones vibrate."

Eh? Been there, got irritated by the dozens of popups etc... decided to rather use a linux VM than my phone.

If it get infected, just discard said VM and create a new one. Easier than trying to get rid of malware on your phone.

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