* Posts by wyatt

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UK water firms, power plants with crap cyber security will pay up to £17m, peers told

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It's a 'margin' issue? Really? For a company run for profit that issues shares then if there's a dividend that can be paid there is money that can be invested is there not? In my perhaps naive opinion it's the board deciding between a fine or a dividend.

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The future of radio may well be digital, but it won't survive on DAB

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Nigel! Great to see/notice an article from you, I've not read your blog page for a while so will have to catch up with what I've missed (still a Toppy owner!).

My previous Mondeo had a good DAB radio, my current one not so good. I've noticed some spots without coverage on the M40 now have coverage (near Banbury), Wales still isn't so good. I'm not a massive fan of DAB as I was happy with FM. Life does go on though and technology changes, I'd just like something that works.

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High-end router flinger DrayTek admits to zero day in bunch of Vigor kit

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I also got the advisory on Friday, there's new firmware out to stop this from happening. Fortunately mine doesn't run anything to important and I use a separate DNS server rather than the router. Good to see communication and a fix fairly quickly, I wonder how long it's been in the wild for?

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Tech support made the news after bomb squad and police showed up to 'defuse' leaky UPS

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One of our engineers was gassed by a leaking UPS battery pack, had to be extracted from the comms room by the Fire Brigade and spent 6 weeks in hospital

Brand new UPS in an Army vehicle only provided about 30 seconds of power during a generator change. On inspection, most the batteries weren't connected.

UPS in my last job had a firmware issue which caused an outage for a few days. Was very strange when I noticed and went to check and everything was dark in the comms room.

Army vehicles again, had some very awkward battery storage locations. Many a time there have been sparks flying when trying to maintain them. Never did get use to it, hate the things.

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Community Fibre wins £18m from UK.gov infrastructure fund

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Re: London...

Likewise here in Birmingham. My exchange isn't going to have FTTC rolled out by BT any time soon. They've also said that 'rural payment schemes' may assist with this.

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UK health service boss in the guts of WannaCry outbreak warns of more nasty code infections

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Re: "and started putting in place disaster recovery measures "

Im currently installing on an IL3 network, it isnt hard to do just meeds well documenting. Why more don't work like this I dont know.

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Please no Basic Instinct flashing, HPE legal eagles warn staffers

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'Helicopter View', snuck in with a ref to another big IT company by any chance!?

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How a QR code can fool iOS 11's Camera app into opening evil.com rather than nice.co.uk

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When I've clicked on QR codes I've always had, or at least chosen the option, to see the URL before going to it first. I suppose this relies on the person who is scanning the QR code to blindly follow where it takes them.

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Fleeing Facebook app users realise what they agreed to in apps years ago – total slurpage

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Whatsapp is used extensively by the police and medical professions. I wonder what data they have managed to gain from these conversations? Pictures, confidential information, personal information, child safeguarding information?

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Birmingham UK to Uber: Want a new licence? Tell us about your operating model

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Birmingham has (they say) quite strict rules for private hire vehicles and gets a large number from surrounding licensing authorities working in it's area. Not sure what them asking for their 'working model' is going to do for things.

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It's Pi day: Care to stuff a brand new Raspberry one in your wallet?

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Re: Dates

I use to use this in the military when writing a DTG (Date Time Group). It was also very useful as part of a file naming convention, made looking for files a bit easier.

<YYYMMDD><HHMM><TIMEZONE(Z)> today being 201803141156Z. We also used JFT which was the Julian Filing Time, helped to organise the paperwork we were told..

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Air gapping PCs won't stop data sharing thanks to sneaky speakers

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You'll be fine, you've your camera counter measure in place haven't you...?

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Copper feel, fibre it ain't: Ads regulator could face court for playing hard and fast with definitions

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Give 100 houses 1Gb fibre connections running through a 10Gb router and they won't all get 1Gb throughput though will they (for example..)? Variations in what the service will comprise of are the relevant information that is missing in my opinion.

People will still moan when VoD buffers and blame their internet service when it can be a number of other issues. I've 100Mb VM 'fibre' (copper) but can only download MS 2012 iso at about 3MB, is that Virgin Media's fault? No, it's what MS supply it at.

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I was about to agree with the complaint until I read the ASA conclusion. Do consumers care how their internet services are delivered? I'd agree that they don't, that the speed they're going to be able to receive is what they'd make a decision by. However, the speed alone gives a 'rose tinted' view of the service they'll then receive as the number of people sharing that service along with a whole lot more factors will effect what they are able to actually get.

What would be good is a break down of the package they purchase, if it's full or part copper/fibre, the contention, traffic shaping, drop off at peak hours etc would all help to make a decision. You could have full fibre with crap throughput for example.

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Wi-Fi Alliance allegedly axed army reservist for being called up. Now the Empire strikes back

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Re: Lots of equivalents

Interesting, my dad use to work at a heavily unionised company (UK). They were suffering and about to go under so they sat down with the union and explained the options. The union supported them in keeping those in work who would keep the company solvent and made a large number of redundancies, majority of whom were union members (including reps).

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Sysadmin left finger on power button for an hour to avert SAP outage

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Re: Types 'Halt' where ... ?

I can hold my hands up to that one as well. SSH to a server then a workstation, 1 letter (c/s) difference between them and I wasn't on the client.. Fortunately it was a reboot rather than a shutdown and it also happened during another major outage so the impact was minimal.

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23,000 HTTPS certs will be axed in next 24 hours after private keys leak

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WTF?

With certificates meant to help improve trust on the internet, why are these idiots behaving like this? How are the general public who won't know too much about this meant to understand what is happening, I'm not sure I do fully.

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Batteries are so heavy, said user. If I take it out, will this thing work?

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We use to get people asking if their data had still been captured when the server was off, they could never comprehend why not for some reason. We had a few people ask why kit wasn't working when they had a power cut, not for a long time though.

My wife doesn't like plugging in her laptop 'because it has a battery', then frequently moans when it's flat.

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Rock-a-byte, baby: IoT tot-monitoring camera lets miscreants watch 10,000s of kids online

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Re: Joe public doesn't know or care

No, I can confirm they don't care. My Father in Law setup CCTV at his house. Asked if he wanted to make it 'secure' so that only he could view it he said no, he didn't care as it was only his house. Setting up a VPN would have been straight forward, I had the hardware so it wouldn't have cost him anything.

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Farewell, Android Pay. We hardly tapped you

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Amex is a pain for small businesses. My wife stopped accepting it as they were a month slower to pay than Visa. They also charged more to process payments.

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Crunch time: Maplin in talks to sell the business

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Agreed, I've needed them a few times and having to squeeze into a a packed car park and then buy a pack of 1 when they use to sell a pack of 10 for the same price left a nasty taste.

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Yorkshire cops have begun using on-the-spot fingerprint scanners

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Boring, they've been able to do this for ages. However, now they're able to do this via a smart phone rather than a dedicated device.

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2008/oct/27/project-midas-fingerprint-scanner-liberty

I worked on this with NGIT (1st/2nd line support) years ago, it worked well. Nothing was saved and results were returned fairly quickly. Only issue with the old devices is that if your battery went flat you were screwed and it was RTB for the kit.

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BOFH: We want you to know you have our full support

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They need to speak to Rita, she'll remember the sales person and find a number for the business which will bypass support and get to the MD who'll get pre-sales to call them so they don't lose the sale.

Especially as BOFH and PFY will have kept in chocolates/brews/flowers/etc * (delete as appropriate)

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UK worker who sold customers' data to nuisance callers must cough up £1k

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I had one a while ago that asked if I had been in an accident in the last two years. I said no, but had been 3 years ago where I lost my legs. They ended the call then called back having 'discussed it with their manager and could help'. Kept them going for a while before telling them I'd found them stuck behind the sofa.

Lady on the other end of the phone sounded genuinely disappointed that I didn't need help, I suspect it was an Asian call centre and they'd probably been lied to about the reasons for the calls and maybe thought they were really trying to help people. She wouldn't accept my insistence it was a scam, made me happy for a while.

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Russian-monitoring Shetlands radar station was nearly sold off

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Fixed installations of any kind are almost impossible to defend. I can't see this lasting long if things go tits up. Even mobile installations are very vulnerable, I hope who ever works there has a remote bunker to control the equipment from.

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You can find me in da club, database full of faces… but this ain't privacy watchers' jam

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Interesting, no personal data (once verified) needs to be kept if done right. As long as the face matches and the person is 'of age', what are other details needed for? Maybe if someone needs blacklisting then you might need some airgapped data but this could be matched to a hash or something?

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Virgin Media skulks in disused public toilets

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Re: @wyatt

No and from what I heard he was the one doing the following..!

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Bet they don't need to cool the kit, never been in a warm public toilet.

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Perv raided college girls' online accounts for nude snaps – by cracking their security questions

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Re: The very definition of "security by obscurity"

I've started doing this, password managers are very useful. You do get some pauses after you answer sometimes, I have to remind them that they're only looking for the correct answer not one that makes sense.

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Mobile point of sale gets a PCI security standard

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Re: Too late

That might well be the case, otherwise it'd make the devices fall foul of the 'standard' and suddenly a revenue stream would dry up for the suppliers. Can't see that going down well.

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These devices have been around for some time now and they're only just documenting a standard? I think they also forget who they're targeting their literature to, most people who use these devices won't understand what's been documented. A summary document without acronyms would go some way to assist this.

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NHS OKs offshoring patient data to cloud providers stateside

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Self certification is a load of toss isn't it, company I work for has just 'self certified' some Cyber aware thingy. Of course we had to pay for the privilege of being a member of the club.

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UK Army chief: Russia could totally pwn us with cable-cutting and hax0rs

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Russia hasn't been trying to keep the peace over the last few years, it's been testing it's equipment/troops in conflict (Syria/Ukraine/etc). As a previous comment has said, you can't do everything. That's why there is NATO.

Cyber warfare is an interesting one, should this be a military task or a government one (GCHQ, etc). I'd argue the latter with input from the first. It benefits everyone, the military like to think everything is a big secret and don't share what they know.

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HMRC dev support team cc blurtfest: Over 1,400 email addresses blabbed

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Re: The CC error

I was working on a clients PC via a remote session and they were sending me an email, they had a pop up when they clicked send of all the email addresses that the email was going to and did they want to send it.

Functionality is out there, there is however no pressure to implement it. Wonder if the HMRC will wrap up their business before the fine from the ICO is chased?

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Nervy nuke-armed nation fires missile with 5,000km range

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Interestingly the Pakistani entrants to the British Army Cambrian Patrol competition have won for the last two years, doing very well in others. Not sure about India. Soldiers from that region are well trained and motivated.

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Worcestershire's airborne electronics warfare wonderland

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I think this is where my mum worked in the 70's, I'll have to ask her as she did research for the MoD. I also use to work at RAF (now or use to be PSSGS) Oakhanger where one of the Satellite Ground Stations was, the other being just outside Bath. Defford was always known as the 3rd SGS but it's condition/availability was never known so probably not somewhere that could be brought into service at short notice.

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BOFH: Buttock And Departmental Defence ... As A Service

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I like Rita, she sounds like she gets it..!

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'Twas the night before Y2K and a grinch stole the IT department's overtime payout

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Re: Merry Christmas

That'd be me. Xmas day, boxing day and NYE.

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Beyond code PEBCAK lies KMACYOYO, PENCIL and PAFO

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Re: Classics

DNT, I like that one. We've a few customers who's IT managers/PMs will now have this label.

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'Please store the internet on this floppy disk'

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Re: Palo Alto to Halfmoon Bay. 1AM.

Company I work for got screwed by a large client, did some work for free on the believe that a large support contract was coming our way. Unfortunately the account manager didn't think to put a clause into the work so that if we didn't get said contract it'd be invoiced to them.

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'I knew the company was doomed after managers brawled in a biker bar'

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Re: Makes for a good cleaning fluid.

Yep! Did this at a Science event at Warwickshire Uni many years ago. No one could quite believe you could put your fingers in and not get injured.. took a few attempts for me to do it but was to do with the heat from your hand evaporating it I think.

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Cost-hurling IBM seeks more volunteers for employment bonfire

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Re: Whatever happened to the critical IT skills shortage holding back the economy?

Interesting question, I've been out of the jobs market for a good few years but know of colleagues who haven't had a problem picking up a new role. Are there jobs our there that are better than IBM/HPE?

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Disk drive fired 'Frisbees of death' across data centre after storage admin crossed his wires

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I can remember quite clearly the warnings given to us when being trained in vehicle recovery in the army. SWR is dangerous and needs to be worked with correctly. 'Live wire'/any thing under tension should be kept away from.

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Nokia 8: As pure as the driven Android - it's a classy return

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I am tempted. Currently working off a Galaxy S4 mini having lost my Jolla Sailfish 1. It is slow as anything, I can't see it lasting another year.

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UK emergency crews get 4G smartmobes as monkeys attempt to emerge from Reg's butt

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I think the term 'phone' is incorrectly being used and it should be 'device'. Lets be clear this is a terminal which has to be suitable in all weathers and hardened to be able to be treated roughly. It will (probably) be similar to what they currently have from Motorola rather than a Galaxy S8 type device.

This is only for the first wave of handsets, for the first 3 (with a possible extension to 4) years. After that when the MCPTT and other standards are complete by 3GPP more devices will probably be available.

I doubt this will be capable of video, currently MCVoice is top of the list to get working well. As the UKESN matures then more devices with different capabilities will be available.

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Boss made dirt list of minions' mistakes, kept his own rampage off it

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Re: the big red button

Reminds me of when Cormorant first started its trials in the Army. Red Button was right by the door where you put your hand to get in and out. Soon a pringles tin became an unofficial mod..

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Amazon launches Secret Region – so secret it's endorsed by the CIA

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I use to have this problem with Cable and Wireless at my last job. You'd call in a fault on a circuit and because there was no one cleared to the required level, they couldn't resolve it.

It's expensive and unnecessary to vet everyone, but at least some on the shift should be vetted.

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Ads watchdog tells Plusnet: There's no way unlimited business broadband costs £4.50

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My misses was a business customer of theirs and I'd say that when it comes to technology, she's thick as mince.

Fortunately I'm less so (debatable..) and told her how much it'd really cost her, including a router that was suitable for her needs.

N.b. she's much cleverer than me at the majority of things in life.

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Openreach boss says he'd take a burning effigy on the chin

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WarwickNet have recently popped up near me, they say they specialise in providing internet access to business parks: http://www.warwicknet.com/products

Unfortunately they still can't supply me, but you never know, might change one day.

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Logitech: We're gonna brick your Harmony Link gizmos next year

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Re: SOP for Logitech, I am afraid

Same here, mine are on their last legs and whilst I like them, I will see what else is about.

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