* Posts by Sir Runcible Spoon

5160 posts • joined 29 May 2007

Azure, Office 365 go super-secure: Multi-factor auth borked in Europe, Asia, USA

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Re: Office..

I usually defend Microsoft quite a lot

The mind simply boggles -->

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Re: Latest update

Normally a change has a 'rollback' option.

So if they aren't 'rolling back' the change, they obviously have no idea what caused the issue in the first place. Unauthorised change/hack?

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Congrats to Debbie Crosbie: New CEO at IT meltdown bank TSB has unenviable task ahead

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There is a very good reason

for all these bank cockups.

Almost all of these banks have built up a plethora of bespoke applications/scripts over the years to perform tasks that no off-the-shelf products could do.

These applications and scripts were developed and supported by in-house technical expertise.

Then the bean-counters came along and thought that off-shoring all those technical jobs would be so much cheaper and give the bank more profits.

So, now they are in the situation where aging scripts and apps are failing to meet the changes that inevitably happen and they no longer have the expertise to make changes without screwing things up.

You might ask me how I know this, but I couldn't possibly comment.

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Where to implant my employee microchip? I have the ideal location

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Re: Poor Reliability.. better idea

https://virtualsalt.com/barcode.htm

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Thank you Dabbsy

You mad fucker..

This causes him to meow noisily, probably the feline equivalent of "fucking open the fuck up you fucking fucked fucker"

Highlight of my day so far :)

I don't actually need a new keyboard, I like mine pebble-dashed with luke-warm porridge.

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OK Google, what is African ISP Main One, and how did it manage to route your traffic into China through Russia?

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Re: A simpletons mind boggles

It isn't.

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Re: Just a reminder

Does other person?

Mine's in the one made from a conceptualized waveform -->

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Nikola Tesla's greatest challenge: He could measure electricity but not stupidity

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Re: training AI

I have detailed files ->

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McAfee says cloud security not as bad as we feared… it's much worse

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Re: So who's buying all these unsecured cloud instances?

"At that point, all you can do is pray"

You're such an optimist :P

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Re: So who's buying all these unsecured cloud instances?

Who is buying all these instances? I don't know if BU people would buy lots of IAAS instances themselves, that is a little too technical for most BU users I know

A number of large companies I've worked for have departments that are run internally like mini-businesses, so they will fund a project for a cloud service and farm that out to an internal (or third party) design team.

Those design teams are constrained by the brief, and budget. If someone (increasingly rare, but it still happens) tries to point out that to do what they want *securely* it will take 'x' more days and 'y' more money. I'm sure you can see where this is going.

Of course, most of the time the techies* ensure they get their security objections noted in writing so that when they are ignored at least it doesn't come back on them.

*Well, the ones** who have been around the block a bit do at any rate.

**Also the ones who can see that 'the light at the end of the tunnel' means 'get off the tracks'.

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Re: Well duh

Isn't fog just a cloud at low altitude?

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Pirate radio = drug dealing and municipal broadband is anti-competitive censorship

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Re: If 1984 had a Ministry of Free Speech

More like Brazil

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Don't forget, 'pirating' music & films killed the industry stone dead.

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Re: Like Boiling Frogs

From where I'm sitting it looks like the water is already at 102 C, the frogs are remarkably dense it seems.

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

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Re: when you charge more per hour

I might cost a lot, but I'm *great* value ;)

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I did a stint once as an account manager for a Global ISP who were going through some dodgy financial issues at the time.

I was given the 'most difficult customer in the world' as one of my accounts. I went along to see him and it was clear in about 5 seconds that this guy hated bullshit more than anything. So I proceeded to explain that some of the issues on his network was down to the really shit routers the company was supplying him.

I eventually worked out a deal where he would upgrade all of his leased lines (recurring revenue) in exchange for our company replacing all his shit routers with Cisco kit. When I presented this to the sales/finance team they went banana's - that is until they realised that the kit cost peanuts and the increased revenue was about £500k/year (which I didn't see a penny of, even though I sold it), and this was at a time when the company was losing accounts hand over fist.

Still didn't stop them forcing me to quit after I got a bollocking in the middle of a crowded office for 'talking' for the last 10 minutes of the day - bloody place was run like a school playground.

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Karma

I once worked a contract in the city for a very well known firm, ending up effectively doing two jobs (for two different managers) at once. One of them was always having a go at me for not spending enough time on their projects.

It all came to a head when I was planning a road trip across Italy (during my lunch break) and the manager decided I was a lazy sod and terminated my contract.

About two months later I ended up having drinks with a few former colleagues and discovered that they'd had to hire two contractors to replace me, and neither of them was getting as much done as I did in 1/2 the time :)

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Re: Nah.

Speaking of interviews, I landed my most lucrative contract ever even though I was stacked up against people who had 5* the qualifications that I did.

When the hiring manager told me I asked him why he hired me instead of the others - he said that compared to my CV, what I told him during the interview made it clear I had done 10* more than the CV contained, yet when he spoke to the others it was the other way round :)

Some people 'get it' - but not everyone unfortunately.

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Yes, Americans, you can break anti-piracy DRM if you want to repair some of your kit – US govt

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Re: What's the catch?

Contracts do not supersede the law. For example, you cannot sign away your consumer rights in the UK just by opening a software package where all the details are wrapped in the cellophane, the opening of which means 'you agree to this contract' etc.

About time these shady practices were kicked into the long grass. Now, if only we could sort out planned obsolescence - that should be outlawed too for environmental reasons alone.

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Erm... what did you say again, dear reader?

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Re: More of a "well reasoned if, erm, somewhat stuffy complaint of the week"

Now look here jAKE, hoo are you U calling a NERD!

Unless it's *nix or a password I couldn't give a monkey's about CAPS :P

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Re: Erm

That dialect is a travesty to all clean thinking persons :P

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Re: More of a "well reasoned if, erm, somewhat stuffy complaint of the week"

amanfrommars1 is actually quite intelligible when compared to his predecessor.

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"which I assume is the mouth-full-of-potato variant,"

It's spoken with a 'plum' in the mouth, sheesh, these foreeners.

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Re: So he's that incensed about the bastardization of his beloved language ?

"Well, there's always Aramaic..."

[Cam]aaaaarrrrrrrrrrggggggggggggghhhhhhhhhhh!!!

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Re:Table nailing gangster

Lovely bloke - sound as a pound.

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Re: Forsooth!

I 'goog'ing love the Register comments section :D

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Science: Broke brats glued to the web while silk-stocking scions have better things to do

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!My Generation

My main concern around the most recent generation(s) is that they don't seem to have any unifying identities around which to rally and rebel, like most previous generations did.

Maybe this is a sign of advanced spiritual maturity, perhaps not :)

On the topic of poor vs. rich from the article, it is oft noted that the poor are poor in attitude and a shift to the positive can be reflected with a positive shift in their financial circumstances.

For example, smoking is now *very* expensive, yet I bet the largest percentage of smokers would be from poor backgrounds.

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Alexa heard what you did last summer – and she knows what that was, too: AI recognizes activities from sound

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Re: Yeah

Of course amazon et all will pish all over their good priniciples and aims, but there's still a small chance to carve out out a niche for privacy respecting alternatives because of these guys/gals work.

Fair point, well made.

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Re: Not before hell freezes over ...

"Even if it belongs to your significant other and it houses something priceless to him/her, meaning percussive maintenance may well result in lawyers/solicitors?"

Especially then!

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Re: skewing their data - be very careful

"Apologies for the extreme example."

Don't apologise, there's a pretty good chance that whatever we can imagine will be trumped by reality in about 0.2microSheepFartSpeedInAVacuum

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Re: Amazon Prime-ed

You've actually provided a useful example - and one that would therefore never happen.

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Re: The title is no longer required.

Not 'Salmon Fishing in Fly's' then?

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AI's next battlefield is literally the battlefield: In 20 years, bots will fight our wars – Army boffin

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Re: "Humans are going to be a lot less visible and we will get used to it."

"Humans will probably be the least effective, and are often the weakest link in the cyber world."

Doesn't it concern anyone else when a phrase like 'humans are the weakest link' is directly correlated to AI driven military hardware?

Shit, how blind/corrupt are these people?

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

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Re: Hugh Jorgen

"I used to know someone whose real name is Richard Large..."

He has a wife you know....

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Re: Aliases are fun

My Uncle, who'd had a stroke (and consequently a bit lairy at times) was at a weeding of a Mr David Hunt. At full volume across the hushed church he said

"It's a good job his name isn't Isaac".

I laughed like a drain, most everyone else just went pale and shocked :D

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Re: A different name for every site?

"That "prefix your email" thing dosnet work for yahoo,"

In the settings you should be able to create a single alias, with multiple variations.

For example - base alias = something@yahoo.mail.com

All the variants would then be along the lines of something-<variant>@yahoo.mail.com

You can have *lots* of variants.

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Re: A different name for every site?

"You would end up with sons called "Opening Batsman" and daughters called "Big Tits""

Thank you for my second laugh of the day :D

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Re: Aliases are fun

" I have three books published on Amazon that are under this name and not my own."

What, Anonymous Coward? How do we know it's really you then?

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Re: Irish names in Irish or English.

. I have now 12 books of names for people with fresh babies

!! As opposed to...??!

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Re: A different name for every site?

"Glod Glodsonsonson."

Thank you for my first out loud laugh moment of the day :)

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Re: Competition time.

Avast isn't that far aware from Vista either.

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Re: Silly first name.

My Starbucks name is "Tex". Good job no-one there asks for a surname to go with that... I'd answer "Piss".

You could say 'Message' as your surname for Tex :)

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Re: Silly first name.

"I pronounce my own name as Allister."

Have you tried 'Dare, Alice' as your weekend pseudonym?

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Super Micro China super spy chip super scandal: US Homeland Security, UK spies back Amazon, Apple denials

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Perhaps TPTB don't want anyone looking too closely at the *actual* chip blueprints?

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AI-powered IT security seems cool – until you clock miscreants wielding it too

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Re: In Your Dreams, Sir Runcible Spoon

I am suitably terrified, even though I only studied the barest spattering of what was available at the time of my state sponsored education, although at a bit of a loss as to how learning more about it would lead me to feelings of contentment and satisfaction (I lie, but to admit the truth would be like admitting I believe in Unicorns).

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Re: William Gibson

I'm pretty sure that the article asking 'does knowledge of AI make you less afraid of it' is a case of taking something obvious and stating it in reverse.

The actual truth of the matter is simple..

The less you know of something, the more afraid of it you are.

(also: Familiarity breeds contempt)

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Uncle Sam gives itself the right to shoot down any drone, anywhere, any time, any how

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Re: @jake

"Mīn lyfthærnflota is ful ǣla."

Wonderful use of juxtaposition Jake :)

Now we just need somewhere for the eels to fit in.

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It's over 9,000! Boffin-baffling microquasar has power that makes the LHC look like a kid's toy

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Re: LHC = 27Km circle

Perhaps it's two small black holes that are squeezing out electrons like tiddlywinks?

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Contractors slam UK taxman's 'aggressive' IR35 tax reforms

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@Lost In Clouds of Data

Whilst I find your work laudable, did you have to teach them Northern?

Ah, well, better than now't.

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Obvious Prediction comes true

https://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/containing/3012243 [Thursday 27th October 2016 09:49 GMT]

"What I don't know is if I am somehow deemed to be an 'employee' and wotnot, does the company/agency I am working with have to pay their side of things too? (Such as pension contributions and holiday/sick pay etc.)."

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