* Posts by wyatt

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Brit military wants a small-drone-killer system for £20m

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Would 20mil get a shark in the air? Could attach the laser to the shark?

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Manchester plod still running 1,500 Windows XP machines

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Interesting that Police Scotland didn't respond to the FoI request that the BBC submitted, wonder why that was..

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AI slurps, learns millions of passwords to work out which ones you may use next

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Interesting point, could you reverse engineer a password generator and take its algorithm and build that into AI?

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Equifax's disastrous Struts patching blunder: THOUSANDS of other orgs did it too

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Technical debt, so much of it about. Wonder what the cost to business would be to bring everything up to date or is it cheaper for a manufacturer to just abandon it?

So many companies we have as clients have old applications that there is no way to move forward with. Problem is that the technology works well still, so there is little appetite to replace it.

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Microsoft Office 365 Exchange issues for users across Europe

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Interesting that my mum has also text me to say her email (outlook/hotmail) isn't working!

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WordPress has adverse reaction to Facebook's React.js licence

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Anyone else see the picture at the top and think it's the gear stick from an Italian tank?

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BOFH: We're only here because they said there would be biscuits

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Sounds like our meetings/internal courses: where's the lunch/biscuits? None? Oh.. why are we here again?

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ICO slaps cab app chaps for 10-day spam crap

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Ah yes.. I was rushing and not thinking!

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Que 'Cab Guru' closing and re-opening with a different name.

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UK Home Office finds £20m to throw at Oracle cloudy ERP

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Muppets, don't they read El Reg? Someone in IT must do with enough clout to have stopped this unless there's a backhander or two floating about?

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Patchy PCI compliance putting consumer credit card data at risk

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Re: Not a surprise

I tried for weeks to get information out of World Pay to assist in becoming compliant, they had no idea how to source the information I needed. They still insisted I completed SAQ B-IP when the terminal I was using put me in scope for SAQ P2PE-HW.

They also charge you £30 per year to register your compliance with them, about £10 per month if you don't bother doing a SAQ and uploading it to them.

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Did ROPEMAKER just unravel email security? Nah, it's likely a feature

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Re: Err,

I've started doing this, get some comments about them looking plain but better than hiding a dodgy link.

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Oracle has to pay top sales rep stiffed out of $250,000, US court rules

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Re: I wonder if...

I've never had anything from sales and don't expect it. thanks would be nice sometimes though.

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Open AWS S3 bucket leaked hotel booking credit card authorizations

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Re: @Wyatt

I do see your point, I suppose it's going to take a while for (some) admins to get their game up to speed in using off site providers.

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Sounds like fun for someone, however whilst the host was AWS they're not in anyway to blame are they? I work with equipment that can make a business fail their PCI-DSS compliance tests with one incorrectly set password (as I'm sure do many of us). Not the equipments fault though..

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Virgin Media customers complain of outages across UK

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Re: Not a Virgin Company

Once they were screwed they were no longer virgins..

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Nokia's comeback is on: The flagship 8 emerges

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Re: Same old, same old

I've still got mine, if it wasn't for the phone bit of it not working I'd still be using it now. Lovely little phone (64GB version).

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UK govt steams ahead with £5m facial recog system amid furore over innocents' mugshots

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I use to work as 1st line support for Ident1. Frequently requests came in to remove (weed) finger print records which we (2nd line) did. How easy it was to get them removed I'm not sure but there was a process which could be used.

This was however, a UK wide system. All police forces used it so we controlled the centralised storage where they were kept. How you'd get each individual force to remove an image I don't know, I bet few have a process in place for this to happen.

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HMS Queen Lizzie impugned by cheeky Scot's drone landing

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Not a lot they can do to defend against this unless they have some sort of method of knocking them out of the sky. Maybe there will be a whole new job created to throw galley pies at drones?

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Hell desk to user: 'I know you're wrong. I wrote the software. And the protocol it runs on'

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Ah yes, I remember telling a small police force that one of their users had rebooted a server and caused a 6 hour outage. They refused to admit this and pay the bill (due to being caused by them, not the equipment failing) until they received screen shots of the event logs showing the reboot- before they'd raised the support call with ourselves.

They did have the grace to apologise.

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Four techies flummoxed for hours by flickering 'E' on monitor

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Satellite link back to the UK from one of the Balkans countries kept dropping. Tech was convinced it was the trees/forest. Reported this and had them chopped down to improve the line of sight path. Later turns out it was a faulty tx/rx unit on the kit..

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WannaCry kill-switch hero Marcus Hutchins collared by FBI on way home from DEF CON

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DEFCON attendees won't be too happy about this I'd imagine, will this prompt the organisers to look for a new venue? I hope that there is no truth in the charges against him, not that this makes any difference in a number of countries..

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Thought your divorce was ugly? Bloke sues wife for wiretapping – 'cos she read his email

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Re: America

I got it..

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Skype for Business is not Skype – realising that is half the battle

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As a Skype for Business user, I can't add external contacts unless our server is enabled for that function. This has been refused (rightly or wrongly) as it would mean opening up our server to Skype (non-business).

I'm a remote worker with variable bandwidth available to me so video isn't great, sharing applications does work ok. We really only use it for IM, we've probably other tools which could do the same for less.

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Revised 'Broadband 2.0' report: 6.7m Brits suffer 'sub-10Mbps' speeds

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What hasn't been confirmed is, is this just Internet supplied via PSTN or does it include other methods (VM etc?). I can only get <1.5Mb from BT but 200Mb from VM. Am I one of the ones unable to get my required speed?

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Azure security boss tells sysadmins to harden up and properly harden Windows Server

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I'm sorry, leaving Telnet available? Wow.. they must be poor administrators if they're doing that. As @Adam 1 says, it isn't installed as default so that's something that has been done on purpose.

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Nationwide’s online banking goes down again

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I hadn't noticed! Either no outage here or its become their standard availability..

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.. ..-. / -.-- --- ..- / -.-. .- -. / .-. . .- -.. / - .... .. ... then a US Navy fondleslab just put you out of a job

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I joined the Royal Signals in 1997, they'd stopped teaching morse but there were a number who knew it. The distance that morse could travel when voice couldn't was impressive.

I also had a trip on HMS Illustrious. Officers there could read some morse as they didn't have to wait for the signallers to translate it for them. Orders were passed to ships during a RAS via lamp, these were course corrections so needed to be relayed quickly, I don't know if doing this via a tablet would have been achievable.

It was pointed out that smaller ships only had HF sets, they didn't have satellite communications. If the reception was poor then data/voice wouldn't get through but morse generally would. I doubt the Royal Navy will be stopping using it soon.

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Reborn Nokia phones biz loses its head

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Re: All the same..

They do don't they? Once upon a time it was the camera, they're pretty standard now. I suppose it depends on who you're marketing the phone for what you'd push. Niche markets aren't profitable. No market is even less profitable!

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Testing, testing, 1, 2, 3, 4G: Tube comms trials for emergency crews

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Bless, can't believe they're still not in a position to get this working, not like it's important.

Anyone willing to post as A/C to let us know how it's really going with the testing for the Emergency Services? Not spoke to anyone in the know for a good few months now and they said it was concerning back then that it didn't work very well and was little coverage.

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Thanks for U-turning on biz-killing ban, Ofcom – now cough up, say GSM gateway bods

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Re: 999

This is an urban myth, having worked in Police Control Rooms you get exactly the same data what ever number is dialled.

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Zero accidents, all of your data – what The Reg learnt at Bosch's autonomous car bash

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Data is sent back via 'the cloud'? Really? How about being specific, via 3/4g/WLan via SSL/VPN or whatever technology it's actually using as this is of interest to us rather than a generic term. Unless of course you don't know/they won't tell you?

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Virgin Media biz service goes TITSUP* across London

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From memory there use to be a pretty major VM hub on the outskirts of Birmingham that if it failed, took down a significant number of local councils. Don't know if that's still the case.

I have to say I've been pleasantly surprised by the VM contractors laying a new duct along my street. Not only have they not caused an outage, they've done a pretty good job of making good their work.

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Largest advertising company in the world still wincing after NotPetya punch

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Interesting quote:

"Organisations should never outsource responsibility for security".

The responsibility will always remain with the organisations board, how they implement this is their responsibility is it not? I can ask who I want to do what I would like, but if I don't detail what needs doing and also check that is being done then I'm liable for their failures.

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Sysadmin bloodied by icicle that overheated airport data centre

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A story I was told was of a Army Ptarmigan Switch in Kosovo or Bosnia. During a generator change the switch ran on batteries so it didn't need powering down. They gave you a few minutes of up time. After the change you had to turn the ACU back on manually ('hit the tit' I think was the phrase used). This was forgotten and some time later, when the switch was checked water was dripping from all equipment enclosures..

ACU was turned back on and the door locked and not opened for 2 days to allow it to be dehumidified. No interruption to service, no board failures which says something for the robustness of the kit.

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Need a change? Well, the Euro Patent Office needs a new president...

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If these sort of changes are passed it shows that it isn't just the top that is rotten. What a toxic place to have to work at..

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Virgin Media admits it 'fell short' in broadband speeds ahead of lashing from BBC's Watchdog

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I've been fortunate to not have too many issues with VM, I do have a Draytek router and their offering in modem mode though. Speed is generally ok with some (few) slow periods.

I do however have a VM contractor digging a trench up the pavement so predict an outage some time in the next few minutes..

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Virgin Media cuts 250 jobs amid £3bn Project Lightning cockup fallout

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I've never seen the point of the shops. Their 'special' offers were never something that attracted me, maybe others are different?

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NHS WannaCrypt postmortem: Outbreak blamed on lack of accountability

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Re: Chartered Institute For IT?

Thanks I'll take a look, not heard of them before.

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Re: Chartered Institute For IT?

I joined thinking that it may help me out but haven't found a golden egg yet. Having said that I'm probably expecting something to be handed to me rather than me having to work for it..

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Huge ransomware outbreak spreads in Ukraine and beyond

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Re: Except...

The tear down will be interesting. Looks to be a mixture of software/exploits here.

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@OxAmit on twitter:98% sure that the name is is perfc.dll Create a file in c:\windows called perfc with no extension and #petya #Nopetya won't run! SHARE!! https://t.co/0l14uwb0p9

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Blighty's first aircraft carrier in six years is set to take to the seas

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It'll be interesting to see the foreign forces monitoring this movement. As you say there isn't much room to hide so you'd hope that assets would have already been identified or counter measures put in place to an extent.

If a Russian plane flew into our airspace, I wonder if it would be shot down or just be told it's a really naughty boy and please go home?

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Humanity is doomed: We watch 45 BILLION hours of YouTube a month

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My wife commented that I couldn't wait to get out of the house and do something on Friday night when I finished work. The alternative was sitting and watching TV. Fresh air and exercise seem to be a secondary thought to most now a days.

Caveat: I did use my phone whilst out so maybe people are doing multiple things?

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SpaceX nails two launches and barge landings in one weekend

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Why do people still want to go to Mars? Don't we need a moon defence base first patrolled by sharks?

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BOFH: Putting the commitment into committee

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Reminds me of the conversations I have with my wife sometimes..

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Canadian sniper makes kill shot at distance of 3.5 KILOMETRES

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Re: my wife was shaken

What is being appreciated is a group constantly pushing boundaries. Be it the engineers designing the weapons or the people using them. I'd hedge a bet that no one on this forum wants their forces to be deployed into a combat situation, whatever the political reasons for doing so.

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Automatic weapons aren't designed to hit a certain spot but to cover an area (beaten zone) as described here:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Field_of_fire_(weaponry)

For them to miss isn't unexpected, it'd suppress a target and potentially take it out which is what's needed of them.

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I read a book by a former US Navy Seal (The Killing School: Brandon Webb) recently. There's some very interesting information about what a sniper has to learn and consider. Anyone who takes a shot like this, whilst in a hostile environment and manages to get on target is impressive. Canadians feature in the book as being quite good at the job..

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'No decision' on Raytheon GPS landing system aboard Brit aircraft carriers

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I like the manual option.. 2 needles which everyone has used for years and trusts.

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