* Posts by Anonymous South African Coward

1896 posts • joined 6 Jan 2010

Israeli Pentagon DDoSers explain their work, get busted by FBI

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Legitimate stress-testing my behind.

Pulle the other onne, it has belles onne.

No-fly zone suggested for Galaxy Note 7

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Re: I agree

"But Samsung DO need to change the phone to be easily identifiable as a new model otherways it will be tarnished completely going forward."

Square corners? Hot pink body?

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Agreed on removable batteries.

Sony wins case over pre-installed Windows software

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Re: "without pre-installed software"

can you ask them to install OS/2?

Self-stocking internet fridge faces a delivery come down

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Re: Test for success

And Mary Poppins as well...

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Another excellent classic!

Appliance-maker Liebherr chillin' with Microsoft, prototyping another Internet fridge

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Rip out the compressor and fancy doodads, get a certified tech to install a 12V/24V compressor, hook it up to solar power and Bob's your uncle...

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Charles Omputer, Roger Amchip and Frederick Ridge is starting to gang up on us.

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What about a Cortana icon for IoT things?

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You forgot the little daemons that rush out with flashlights to make light for the cam...

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Re: Only question I have about a 'connected' appliance....

Because

1. People think it is cool

2. People think it is "in" to send personal data etc off to the "cloud" wherever that may be

3. People think Cortana is cool

but they conveniently tend to ignore the fact that Cortana is a "she" and may experience a major case of extreme PMS...

Red-faced VESK scratches '100% uptime' claim after 2-day outage

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There is no way that you can promise 100% uptime ~ or even ASSume that your IT department will be able to provide your company with 100% uptime when signing a new contract...

And if you sign a contract without being aware of punitive penalties, thinking that these won't apply to you since your IT dept will be able to deliver 100% uptime, then I've got a bridge to sell to you...

100% uptime belongs in LaLa land, or in the lab.

Exploding Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phablets recalled immediately

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Gives new meaning to internal combustion engine

ABBA-solutely crapulous! Swedish router-maker won't patch gaping hole

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Re: As a Muppet fan...

Here you go

http://s2.quickmeme.com/img/64/64c32d3e154811c4b71cc66bb248bd2be4610a95c80b05e26e78e167b41dbcf8.jpg

McAfee-the-man wants McAfee-the-brand, Chipzilla says no

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gonna end up badly for McAfee-the-man

Because SCO tried the exact same IIRC.

A plumber with a blowtorch is the enemy of the data centre

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On one of the sites no data was moving at all. So HO dispatched me to take a shufty at said site.

Somebody decided to "clean up" cabling, and a-yup, switch was plugged into itself with a short flylead.

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Lawks, another derp durr moment.

How much does your kid hate exams? This lad hacked his government to skip them

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Good old Charles Omputer - teaching kids allsorts of trickses.

Unfortunately hiding their IP address is not one of the tricks.

Maybe an introduction to Roger Amchip will help?

African Ring of Fire to show up at annular solar eclipse

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Bit of a damp squib

First the feed from Slooh went wonky. Then the photos of the eclipse disappeared from the feed as well.

World+dog is to be blamed for this. :p

My kids was able to watch it live though, with the proper safety precautions.

IBM swings axe through staff, humming contently about cloud and AI

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Re: Loyalty?

I was also loyal... until I found out that I'm getting underpaid. And the employer just kept on adding additional responsibilities without renumeration on top of my current duties.

When my resignation letter hit the circuit, they were quick to offer two counteroffers... but too little, too late.

Seems the current crop of manglement types are only in the show for their own benefit, everybody else can get screwed.

FBI Director wants 'adult conversation' about backdooring encryption

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10 PRINT "Bad idea."

20 PRINT "Very, very bad idea."

30 GOTO 10

OneLogin breached, hacker finds cleartext credential notepads

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"Check out the number of Excel file crackers that are available. You'd want to use a strong password."

- Am aware of this, a strong password is being used.

"You lose accountability when there is more than one person who can view the file."

So it seems the only safe option is a baggie with a numbered seal ~ a sealed baggie for each and every critical system password, if anybody need access to a certain account and password, it is recorded in a logbook, baggie handed over, seal broken, password retrieved, new password generated, placed in baggie with new seal, and recorded in logbook...

A major schlepp, but if you're really strict about security...

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Whilst on this topic - what is wrong with a password-protected Excel file placed on a folder with restricted access? So that only IT (sysadmins etc) can view that file, but for normal lusers it is inaccessible?

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Derp durr.

Dropbox: Leaked DB of 68 million account passwords is real

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derp durr again

UK watchdog: You. Facebook. Get over here now. This WhatsApp privacy update. Explain

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I'm declining the new WhatsCrap T&C's for now - until I can see where things are heading to.

BUT should WhatsCrap start shoving adverts into world+dog's faces, I'll uninstall Whatsapp, and move over to Telegram or something else.

Sysadmin sticks finger in pipe, saves data centre from flood

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Re: CROM

Take a pull on the hellhorn for me when you get to Gehenna first!

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Ooooh, don't get me started on 3-phase

Couple of weeks ago power started to fluctuate real bad at my company. Got a sparky out from the shitty council, he said all power is OK and walked away. He only tested between the three phases, but not between each phase and neutral (for 230V)

Cue a private sparky who was doing investigation for another company, commandeered said sparky to have a quick shufty at the power, and discover serious fluctuations between all three phases and neutral.

Transformer eventually popped, and the shitty council replaced it with a brand new unit. BUT they wired up the phases wrongly, so 3 phase electrical motors ran in reverse. Said a few choice words and they came out again to fix their futtup.

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Last weekend I replaced the batteries for all the UPS'es in the server room. 3x RCT UPS'es and one APC UPS. All of them take 6x 7Ah batteries.

The servers connected to the RCT UPS'es was shutted down before, and started up after battery replacement. No problems yet.

The APC UPS I bunged into bypass, replaced the batteries, and bunged it back into line mode, also without issues. This was our COMMS UPS.

So far so good, but I wouldve appreciated it even more to have a full CO2 fire extinguisher at the ready... still waiting for refills. Some d00fus have decided to use all of our CO2's for traning, and I'm still waiting for the CO2's to be refilled/replaced - have sent a strong letter off to manglement regarding this.

Would love to see what happens should we have to use a powder-based extinguisher instead of a CO2 on server kit...

EE looks at its call charges, hikes a bunch, walks off giggling

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OTT services = death of traditional SP's who don't want to adapt.

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Ba-psssch, in South Africa Vodacom will rip you several new ones, should you dare to go out of bundle...

Vodacom = R2.00 per Mb OOB

And they all act as if they're above the law...

Badges for Commentards

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Where can you see what your progess status is like on your badge?

Both HPs allegedly axed people just for being old, California court told

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"death spiral" of companies...

...should be interesting watching how a busload of old fart sysadmins take on a building full of sysadmin rookies... and pwn them utterly...

Das ist empörend: Microsoft slams umlaut for email depth charge

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Microsoft = bug factory

Windows = petri dish for bug multiplication

Microsoft's kinder, gentler collaboration war: Evernote, you're first

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Re: @Alienrat and ASAC

Looks like an excellent suggestion. Then you'll have to only pay for your bandwidth usage and server maintenance instead of somebody else and their app.

Something like phpBB with a mobile theme may work, and where you can also upload stuff to.

This requires investigation.

On the down side, you will be responsible for security yourself, and if you get pwned and all your private+client data goes walkabouts on the WWW....

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Seriously thinking of dropping Evernote in favour of something that can span more than 2+ devices without any restrictions (except the amount of data you'll put in).

Still looking at free offerings, haven't decided yet...

New science: Pathetic humans can't bring themselves to fire lovable klutz-bots

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Rise.

Of the Machines.

I got the power – over your IoT power-point

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Great security to be had with this and in combination with this SOHOpeless router : http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/08/22/ioactive_turns_up_the_most_sohopeless_router_so_far/

Who's up to test a combination of these two great toys?

Bonus points for getting any IT security firm or IT security specialist to install these two on their network...

IOActive turns up the most SOHOpeless router so far

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Buy a bunch, rebrand 'em and give 'em as gifts to your ex-clients who used to be really difficult...

Or rebrand, hand a bunch of 'em out to IT security specialists as swag at a security conference...

My headset is reading my mind and talking behind my back

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Re: Yellow 'sunglasses'

Eh? I must see if I can get a clip-on for my glasses - old age and night driving doesn't mix at all.

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...and another excellent Dabbsy article.

Keep them coming!

UK IT consultant subject to insane sex ban order mounts legal challenge

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So if some girl (or wimminz) doesn't like you, or you pissed her off (or whatever) and she decide to cry rape in order to inconvenience you this way...

...sound good, right and proper.

NOT.

Robo-buses join the traffic in Helsinki

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Should they think of implementing this here in South Africa, they better equip each bus with a Terminator as the taxi drivers will torch these buses...

You shrunk the database into a .gz and the app won't work? Sigh

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Backup tapes...

Back yonkers one of our clients did his usual backup, and locked the tapes up in his fireproof safe (onsite). This was in the heady days of Novell 3.12...

Came back the next day, PC's was gone. Server was gone. Safe (with tapes inside) was gone. No hard copies.

Oops.

And the taxman was busy with an audit on him...

Google's brand new OS could replace Android

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Problem...

...will be with applications.

Will we be able to use our existing apps on the new OS, or will that require a major rewrite as well? Windows phone flopped because of poor app support, any OS lives and dies with its apps.

Nokia taps former Rovio man Rantala to market relaunch

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Still have a working 5230. But it looks so dinky when compared to a 7" phablet.

I want a good and proper phone like the Nokia 6210 - with oodles and oodles of storage space though, and some seri-ass battery life of a week (or better).

Won't mind if the screen is LCD or paper, it will be used mainly for calls/texting/whatsapping.

But what the hey, I'm probably dreaming.

Idiot flies drone alongside Flybe jet landing at Newquay Airport

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A case for Adam and Jamie to take on!

Tupperware vehemently denies any link to storage containerisation

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Only found this article now - and I must applaud The Register for it... the wicked sense of humour makes it one of the best IT sites...

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