* Posts by Anonymous South African Coward

1896 posts • joined 6 Jan 2010

Networking wonks say lousy planning, not DDOS, caused #Censusfail

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Nah, the server went walkabouts

Patch your vBulletin forum – or get popped

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And another vBulletin get popped : http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/08/11/dota2_breach/

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How secure is phpBB?

Agreed with the daft captain - SQL Injection is an old trick - surely in this age and time they can protect against this kind of attack!

OMG: HPE gobbles SGI for HPC. WTF?

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And so the old stalwarts all die out - to be replaced by the young and foolish...

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Operated by Barny?

Thieves can wirelessly unlock up to 100 million Volkswagens, each at the press of a button

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So glad I have two vehicles sans keyfobs - you need to physically unlock the door to gain entry.

But the half-brick entry will still work here, though.

Instagram hackers add porn links and snaps to pwned accounts

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Re: Time

Make sure to use a really weak password!

NASA dumps $65m into building deep space hutches for humans

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Not for me thanks, I love it here on Terra Firma...

IBM used dud DoS shield for failed online census says Oz PM

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And this is why outsourcing is not always a good idea...

Azure wobbles

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It wibbles, it wobbles, & it is the Wibbly Wobbly Web

Your colleagues will lie to you: An enterprise architect's life

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Even without good communications between the various departments and IT it is not possible for IT to chart a route ahead.

4 years ago I installed a brand-new server with 6Tb of hard drive space at $current_company. Everybody was happy.

Then all of a sudden the one department decided that it is a good idea to start dumping allsorts of data taken from various sites onto said server for safekeeping without notifying IT.

And another department also followed suit with storing databases from site "just in case", also without notifying IT.

The end result? A clogged file server. And a struggle to get manglement to upgrade it.

Had both departments informed IT what they planned to do, a, upgrade/expansion path could have been planned for and the nastiness associated with a full file server could have been avoided.

Communications is also a crucial factor without which any IT department is doomed to fail.

Facebook to forcefeed you web ads, whether you like it or not: Ad blocker? Get the Zuck out!

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Only safe thing to do... nuke it from orbit.

Bungling Microsoft singlehandedly proves that golden backdoor keys are a terrible idea

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Aw shame, now that the c*t is out of the bag... expect people to be more inquisitive and start extracting allsorts of keys etc...

Suppose they'll need to think of "Secure Boot v2.00" so the whole race will start all over again.

Classic Shell, Audacity downloads infected with retro MBR nuke nasty

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So glad I dodged that nasty bullet. Installed Classic Shell for a client last Sunday.

Otherwise it would've been a case of Classic Hell for me....

Chinese Android smartphone firm: It packs a dedicated crypto chip

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Black box then? Should get Boeing and Airbus interested...

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Nah, am highly skeptical myself.

Maybe El Reg can get hold of a demo unit or two and see if any attempt can be made at accessing encrypted data?

It should be really simple... one of the staff members should turn on encryption, and dump a shedload of Dabbsy/Simon/whatever articles onto the phone. Once that is done and finished, another staff member should "blag" the phone, and try to access the data contained thereon...

While that is done, the same should be done to other smartphones that boasts encryption and all that kind of bells and whistles... should be good to have a handy comparison between the various contenders on the market.

US state sues Comcast for $100m in row over 'worthless' repair plans

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Is the BOFH at the head of this organization?

123-Reg goes TITSUP – again

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Outsourced techies or in-house techies?

Android's latest patches once again remind us: It's Nexus or bust if you want decent security

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Meh

Time for another OS... or a fork of Android...

Microsoft buries the bad Windows Phone news: Mobile sales collapse

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Well said.

I was doing some work for a gentleman over the weekend, and he had Win8.1 installed on his laptop. He told me he hated the UI as it is totally nonintuitive for him.

Installed Classic Shell, and he was happy to get rid of the tiles.

Will ping said gentleman tonight and see how things goes with him.

No need to panic, says SwiftKey, as email addresses, phone numbers appear on strangers' screens

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...funny it should happen after I installed the german language... :innercent:

Any good alternatives?

Mickey Mouse Club had Mickey Mouse security: Disney's Playdom forum pours out passwords

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Mickey Mouse need a new dominatrix to secure them thar purdy passwords!

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How secure is phpBB? Never heard of any haxx0r activities targeting phpBB - seems they all love to single out vBulletin...

Kaspersky so very sorry after suggesting its antivirus will get you laid

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What is not shown (or told of) is the ladies showing loads of cleavage and hints at something extra while you try to fix their craptop, then they skedaddle off once all is fixed, never to be hear of again... (until the next time something else borks...)

Don't use a VPN in United Arab Emirates – unless you wanna risk jail and a $545,000 fine

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Brainwave - send the Boss over to the UAE and have his laptop connect to beeg.com via VPN every hour for 20 minutes per session, downloading *.* during each session...

Happy Sysadmin Day!

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My day was uneventful so far... banged up some documentation, goofed off a fair while and enjoyed the day in a most relaxing manner.

Microsoft axes 2,850 more Windows Phone, sales staff – a week after Justin Timberlake sang on stage for them

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Cry me a river?

How apt - and ironic.

Poor sods, may they find other work.

Ex-Citibank IT bloke wiped bank's core routers, will now spend 21 months in the clink

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This sort of thing scare me - by realizing that I literally hold the future of the entire company in the palm of my hand.

Wiping out/corrupting backups, then wiping the server and skedaddling off is a sure way of crippling the company seriously...

...but because of ethics I won't. But it still scare me, and I have to fight the darkness within me every day.

BOFH: Free as in free beer or... Oh. 'Free Upgrade'

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"No need to be like that!" the cretin sniffs, climbing the ladder.

The PFY opens the window.

I push the ladder.

I pull the ladder.

The PFY closes the window.

XD

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Hah. We use Konika Minoltas at work. Contract with the printerer company was due for renewal, my Boss and myself looked around for something better than those Minoltas,and found it. Think it was Toshiba, where your print jobs can follow you wherever you are, and a great central console management function.

Until new Minoltas got wheeled into the building... Started to ask what was going on, seemed the CFO renewed the contract without informing IT of that.

More expenses just to get the minoltas to do what we want. Aint life great?

Star Trek Beyond: An unwatchable steaming pile of tribble dung

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Beam me up Scotty, this planet repeats itself.

Netflix scores new Trek tellie

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Why block paying users even if they're from other regions?

Heck, if my South African Rands are good enough for them, then they should allow me to watch what I want, not dictate to me that I can watch X, Y, and Z but not A, B and C whilst the rest of the world+dog can watch from A up to Z without any restrictions.

Kind of boggles the mind....

Scotty! Beam me up!

Software can be considered 'goods' for purpose of commercial agent rules – High Court

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Does this set a precedence for a case against GWX?

Drone bloke cuffed after gizmo stops firemen tackling forest inferno

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build/obtain EMP gun

Point said EMP gun at said drone and toast it

locate the ne'er-do-well and put him on some porridge for a while

publish this story for world+dog

finish en klaar

BOFH: I found a flying Dragonite on a Windows 2003 domain

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Server installation

No doubt the BOFH (and sidekick) will install Cryptolocker hidden inside an innocent application (like notepad) so that some poor sucker will activate Crypto at some later stage when things have settled down...

And it's lunch o' clock...

Drowning Dalek commands Siri in voice-rec hack attack

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control by fart

will that be an option, to be able to control your phone by the sound of released air biscuits?

You can’t sit there, my IoT desk tells me

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Free fornication chair...

...sounds like a good idea, every orrrfice should have one...

Linux letting go: 32-bit builds on the way out

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...and in 4 years 64-bits will be superseded by 128-bits...

...will have to see if my prediction will hold true.

With the way things are going, I will not be surprised if 64-bits aren't good anymore, and 128-bits systems start to come in...

...or else it's just a pipe dream.

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

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Anything happening here?

Or was it just vaporware?

Lenovo scrambling to get a fix for BIOS vuln

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The fun...

...never stops.

Microsoft's Windows 10 nagware goes FULL SCREEN in final push

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Buggrit millenium hand and shrimp

Tried to upgrade a freshly installed Win7 PC (legal licence, physical hardware) to Win10 - seems that when you REALLY do want the upgrade, it will play silly buggers and refuse to install.

Tempers fuggit, send in Mrs Ogg, Weatherwax and Greebo to sort this tomfoolery out.

Lester Haines: RIP

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Sad that the good guys pack up and leave, but the bad ones remain...

Is Windows 10 ignoring sysadmins' network QoS settings?

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Today's Sandra and Woo comic : http://www.sandraandwoo.com/comics/2016-06-09-0793-an-offer-you-cant-refuse-ww.png

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Petition

Signed it as well.

Enough is enough. Thank you Steve Gibson for Never10.

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grc.com and never10.exe for those straggling few PC's having their tootsies stomped on by WGX

I am not impressed, we also get a hammering on our network as there are three or four W10 viruses spewing forth their vitriol here.

Earlier in the year I relented and allowed my laptop to be upgraded to W10 - and regretted it two days after... now I'm very anti-win10 and want that particular nasty virus to go away and never return.

it's worse than Cryptolocker. With crypto you just nuke the offending PC, restore a good backup and you're back in business... with win10 if you throttle port 80 or any port it uses, then people will moan and complain... no way for you to save face here.

Picture this: Live 'net congestion maps for sysadmins

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Will you be able to drill down to individual ISP's or IP's?

Bloke flogs $40 B&W printer on Craigslist, gets $12,000 legal bill

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WTAF did I just read?

Would YOU start a fire? TRAPPED in a new-build server farm

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The BOFH can do a better job than this...

Destroying ransomware business models is not your job, so just pay up

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Re: Speaking from experience

'strue, it is NOT a pleasant experience. Had the same thing myself.

It is cheaper buying backup devices than paying the bastards their ransom...

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