* Posts by A Non e-mouse

1467 posts • joined 30 Jan 2010

All the cool kids are doing it – BT hikes broadband and TV bills

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A&A

Towards the end of last year, A&A cut my price by £5 per month, then a few months later increased my data cap by 50%.

<smug mode on>

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On last day as president, Obama's CIO shrouds future .gov websites in secret code

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Joke

Sure, they'll all use HTTPS, but with NULL encryption...

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Zuck off: Facebook's big kahuna sues Hawaiians to kick 'em off their land

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I hope there are lots of shill bids to help screw the Zuck for as much money as possible.

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Boffins link ALIEN STRUCTURE ON VENUS to Solar System's biggest ever grav wave

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Wrong planet

Looks like the visitors buried their monolith on the wrong planet.

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Solaris 12 disappears from Oracle's roadmap

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Not surprising

Back in the noughties, before Oracle bought Sun, Sun were hemorrhaging customers as Sparc & Solaris were seen as overly expensive products. Even the Sun resellers said that they were seeing many of their customers switch to x86 & linux. Anyone who's still running Solaris/Sparc should have formed an exit strategy by now.

The fact that Oracle's now being very vague about future on-prem Solaris & Sparc is not exactly unexpected.

The fat lady isn't singing yet, but I think she's starting to warm up.

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Dodgy Dutch developer built backdoors into thousands of sites

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[Dutch police] also warn web masters to employ trustworthy web developers

But if you're outsourcing because you don't know how to do something (e.g. You're running a small business, want a website but know nothing about how to build or design one) how are you going to know someone is (or is not) trustworthy?

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Google reveals its servers all contain custom security silicon

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Firewalls

"We do not rely on internal network segmentation or firewalling as our primary security mechanisms"

I thought that not relying on just a firewall to protect your infrastructure was old hat. What's the phrase? Defense in depth?

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Customer: BT admitted it had 'mis-sold' me fibre broadband

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@d3vy - Re: What are customers moaning about?

Wow! I never realised that BT fleece their customers so much! I'm on A&A, and including their line rental, I pay £45 for FTTC. (I'm getting 76Mb/s) Not only am I saving £15 a month, I also avoid having to deal with BT's customer service, there's no throttling or filtering of my traffic, I get a static IPv4 address plus a block of IPv6 addresses too.

Win all round I think.

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He speculated that BT may hold inaccurate information on its systems

For those of us who regularly deal with BT, there is no need to speculate: We *know* BT hold (lots) of inaccurate information on its systems.

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Oh ALIS, don't keep us waiting: F-35 jet's software 'delayed'

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Re: old military wisdom has it ...

I wonder if ALIS is going to be the Battle Analyzer from Superiority...

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FAIL

WTF?

Buggy software means plugging in and syncing [...] sometimes takes so long that impatient crews disconnect them halfway through the process. This results in [...] having to reset the affected laptops.

Who the heck designed a system that can't cope with connection loss? These things aren't going to be working in an idealised lab, but out in the field where things break.

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Oh Britain. Worried your routers will be hacked, but won't touch the admin settings

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Re: consumers are not tech savy

@Alister - you are correct, that was my intention. Have an upvote.

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This is the second story today on El Reg about products being shipped with insecure by default security. For devices that are intended for the consumer market, good security practices must be set as the default. Time and again, we read how consumers are not tech savy and don't know what to do (or can't be bothered) to keep themselves secure.

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BBC surrenders 'linear' exclusivity to compete with binge-watch Netflix

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Re: Well done Ofcom

I don't understand that. Surely all OFCOM needed to do was to mandate that the platform was open for any broadcaster to use?

What next? Will OFCOM crack down on all the TV companies using the same RF transmission standards?

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Binary star bash-up should add new light to Northern Cross in 2022

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That's weird....

I was listening to a radio program a few weeks ago, and the guest said that what really gets a scientist excited isn't shouting "Eureka!" as they work something out, but hearing someone say "Hmmm, that's weird". Weird means new things to discover and learn.

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It's now 2017, and your Windows PC can still be pwned by a Word file

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@MyBackDoor Re: It never stops...

Wouldn't you consider a major rewrite at some point?

'Cause Adobe know that the writing is on the wall for Flash and not even they're stupid enough to through money at a re-write for a dying product....

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Netgear unveils world's easiest bug bounty

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Re: Doesn't address the issue

True, but it's a start. I think most companies start off their bug bounty programs with very limited scope. As the company gets the hang of the process, they slowly expand the products & services covered by the bug bounty.

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British military laser death ray cannon contract still awarded, MoD confirms

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Re: Why do taxpayers have to fund this?

As the only people who'll buy these are governments, it doesn't matter who pays for the upfront R&D costs (government or private sector), the government will eventually end up paying the full cost once they buy the darn thing.

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NASA eyes up supermassive black holes, neutron stars

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Re: Congratulations

Going is easy (Although it may take a while)

Getting back, on the other hand, may be a little bit more tricky....

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Astroboffins glimpse sighting of ultra-rare circular galaxy

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Obvious really...

..It's the start of a bloody big Dyson sphere.

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Re: Space is awesome

Up vote for excellent use of a double negative.

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Networks in 2016: A full fibre diet for UK.gov

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You only need 24mbps for 4k ultra HD TV. Most people don’t need a lot beyond that. There is currently simply no need or use for 1Gbps.

And 640K RAM should be enough for a personal computer, eh?

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Flight simulator sets fire to airport

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Holmes

The cause of the incident was likely a technical fault.

No s**t Sherlock. It's hardly likely to be pilot error, is it?

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Folders return to Windows 10's Start Thing

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Re: Unbelievable

If it's coming back, it feels like it's doing so through shear osmotic pressure rather than any kind of coherent plan. Whatever next - Aero? Carousel?

Clippy

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Meet the Internet of big, lethal Things

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RXD Vs TXD

Surely the arrow in the diagram should be pointing at RXD (Receive Data) rather than TXD (Transmit Data)?

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Sayonara North America: Insurance guy got your back when Office 365 doesn't?

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Consolidation

Consolidation means if your cloud provider’s servers crash, so crashes your business

Consolidation also means that if you place all your systems on one local SAN and that crashes...

I bet the staff at KCL are looking forward to a few of these over Christmas ---->

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So...

We were all told that cloud never goes off line, more flexible and less hassle. Now we're being told that cloud is fallible, and you should look to insurance to cover your losses if when cloud goes off-line.

Hmmm.....

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Jimbo Welshes on pledge to stop fundraising

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Re: Why?

The issue here, is that the board of Wikipedia are claiming poverty and begging for money. But the board are cash rich (They need $2 Million to run the site, ask for $25 Million, then carry on asking for money when they reach their obscene target).

As the there doesn't seem to be anyone keeping the board under control and the people who do the real work are unpaid, It's up to people like the press to highlight the financial disparity.

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Crim charges slapped on copyright trolls who filmed porn, torrented it then sued downloaders

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Fair Justice

Our courts are halls of justice where fairness and the rule of law the rich triumph.

FTFY

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'Public Wi-Fi' gang fail in cunning plan to hide £10m cigarette tax fraud

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“nothing can be traced”

Rule number one of fight club: Never talk about fight club.

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Bluetooth-enabled safe lock popped after attackers win PINs

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Re: Why??

And who in their right mind would even BUY such a thing?

A fool and their money are soon parted.

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Uh-oh! Microsoft has another chatbot – but racism is a no-go for Zo

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@Caffeine Addict

Donald Trump?

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“Conversation isn’t just about getting things done. Chitchat establishes some kind of connection.” It relies on analysing and reacting to speech, gestures, expression and tone and requires emotional intelligence.

Yeah, 'cause humans do so well at this in on-line forums.

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..using chatbots provides not only a quicker service to customers, but also allows a company to build a better profile of the customer, as data can be extracted from the conversations.

All the better to sell us more crap and force more targeted adverts down our throats...

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Microsoft announces 16 years of support for Windows, SQL Servers

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..will hearten those who worry that operating system innovation may have stalled...

From reading the comments here on El Reg., it seems that many of the heralded "innovations" in modern operating systems actually occurred many years ago and are just being re-invented.

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Standards body warned SMS 2FA is insecure and nobody listened

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Although SMS is breakable, you're looking at a targeted, likely state-level attack on an individual

No you're not. Just Google "SS7 Hack". It was even demonstrated on TV.

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Re: educate the users

educate the users

'Cause that works so well for securing passwords, not clicking on random email attachments, etc...

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Re: SMS messages ... may be ... redirected,

Can someone tell me how, please ?

It's been demonstrated that abusing the SS7 protocol (which underpins carrier level interconnects) can achieve this - and a lot more.

See www.cellusys.com/2015/10/20/8-ss7-vulnerabilities-you-need-to-know-about/ for example.

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Cassini tickles Saturn's rings ahead of final death plunge

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Interesting dilema

This outer ring isn't expected to give Cassini much of a problem, but the engine port has been covered just in case and its high-gain antenna is being used to shield as much of the instrumentation as possible

I'm glad I didn't have to make the choice between protecting the engine or the antenna!

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BAE Systems' autonomous research aircraft flies itself to Scotland

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But could this land on the Hudson?

Landing on the Hudson would probably be easy for a computer to do.

Making the decision to land on the Hudson, however, is probably the hard part, though.

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Google proudly regards dented shovel as Flash lies supine on the floor

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Vendor management tools

I wish companies such as Cisco & EMC would get the message and stop using Flash for their management tools. Heck, even VMWare knows it has to kill its dependence on Flash.

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Outlook.com is still not functioning properly for some Microsoft punters

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Re: Outlook's failure to comply with RFC 2822

Woh, there. I think you need to cut down on your caffeine intake!

Just because you don't have a need for the Lookout client, it doesn't mean other people don't have a use for it.

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Ofcom to force a legal separation of Openreach

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Transparency

The key here, is that OpenReach not only have to be independent of BT, but have show they are independent. That can only be achieved by OpenReach being transparent in their work. There can't be any "commercially confidential" deals. It all has to be out in the open.

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Passengers ride free on SF Muni subway after ransomware infects network, demands $73k

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Re: Sign of the times

An entire mass transit system's IT gets badly mauled for money and the headline here is "Woot - free travel".

A non-life threatening IT incident occurred and was reported by El Reg - an IT news website known for a heavy dose of sarcasm and humour, especially in its sub-heads.

Move along, nothing to see here.

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Twitter to crack down on spies wielding its APIs

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Twitter will begin clamping down on unauthorised police surveillance of its users.

But authorised police surveillance will be business as usual...

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No super-kinky web smut please, we're British

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Why is it that watching someone else perform a legal act is illegal?

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Between this and RIPA, I can see the use of TOR & VPNs in the UK sky-rocketing.

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Microsoft just got its Linux Foundation platinum card, becomes top level member

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Linux Desktops

...many areas where Windows and Linux are in competition, such as in the on-premises desktop...

I'm no Linux hater, but is Linux on the desktop really much of a competition to Windows?

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UK NHS 850k Reply-all email fail: State health service blames Accenture

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@RW Re: The usual suspects

Email recipients who seem incapable of editing their replies and instead quote the entire message replied

I've had people complain when I cut-down replies, saying that I'm forcing them to keep all the previous emails.

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Re: The usual suspects

At my organization, even the people who work in the IT department still haven't worked out the difference between "Reply" and "Reply To All". If the IT bods can't work out the difference, what chance do we have of our users getting it right?

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