* Posts by wyatt

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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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Those IT gadget freebies you picked up this year? They make AWFUL Christmas presents

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I'd love some small ones for things like bitlocker keys. Seems a waste one bigger that a few MB.

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UK.gov: Use police body cams to grill suspects at scene of crime

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Probably not, there are problems with interview room equipment that you believe has recorded you interview, only to find that it isn't available.

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Google India must pay back-taxes on $225m after cheekily funneling cash through Ireland

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If everyone started paying the right tax, I wonder how much things would go up by to sustain their profit margins?

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Holy DUHK! Boffins name bug that could crack crypto wide open

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All crypto is breakable, most not within a period where the data encrypted is of use.

When in the army the type of encryption used depended on the value of the information being passed. As computing power and research methods improve, expect more methods to be deprecated.

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Boss visited the night shift and found a car in the data centre

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Following an issue with the air con, the head of H+S found an acetylene welding welding set at my previous job. A PM from the Home Office said she had to get some contractors to remove all the miniatures they were taking from their hotel and 'storing' in a comms room.

Some comms rooms I've had trouble getting into even when expected/correct paperwork/etc, one of my colleagues had trouble getting out as you needed a pass. He turned stuff off until they came to check and let him out.

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'Open sesame'... Subaru key fobs vulnerable, says engineer

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Re: This will only open the doors

My mondeo has decided to implement its own immobiliser. Fecking thing is a witch to start at the moment.

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Crappy upload speeds a thing of the past in fresh broadband 'net spec

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Sounds great, no one would ever want to stop R+D developing new methods and increasing throughput. Line speed is great until there isn't the bandwidth somewhere to support it (bottleneck). What does this new speed support/provide access to that isn't already available? Is it internet delivered video or something else that provides an income to the network provider/maintainer?

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European Patent Office's document churning snatches Germany's attention: 'We are concerned about quality'

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A call to the Jackal is needed..

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Outlook, Office 2007 slowly taken behind the shed, shots heard

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I have Office 2007 and we use Office 365, guess someone will need to assign me a license so I can be upgraded. Strange that our IT Support haven't identified this and taken a proactive approach? Guess they've got their (our) moneys worth out of it!

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How much for that Belkin cable? Margin of 1,992%?

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To an extent I agree, however when you look at how the cable is comprised there can be a number of differences. Quality of the connectors and the gauge of the wire are all factors which a cheap cable may scrimp on meaning slower charge times and other issues.

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UK cybercops reacted to 590 'significant attacks' over past year – report

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We've been informed one of our suppliers has had an attack and will be making a statement shortly. I wonder if they've reported it?

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Russian telco backs up North Korea's sole Internet link

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Limited bandwidth means they won't patch anything then..

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Azure fell over for 7 hours in Europe because someone accidentally set off the fire extinguishers

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Interesting comments on this thread. I wouldn't say I'm against hosting, there have been some very good examples given here of the benefits. However, I think that when moving from on site to hosted the potential issues are not planned for. Multiple geographically spread instances with redundant networking (yours and theirs) should be a minimum requirement you'd think?

We've hosted services with Azure and I'm not aware of them having outages either which is good, either not in an affected location or resilient enough to keep going.

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Patch your Android, peeps, it has up to 14 nasty flaws to flog

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Re: "I'd go for user education"

Whilst I do agree, it'd be hard/impossible to do there's nothing in place to have suppliers take on liability and getting that in place would be impossible.

My central heating boiler is was under warranty, as long as it was installed correctly and on a well designed heating system. All the manufacturer has to say is that it hasn't been done properly and they're excluding any claim. There's so much wriggle room that can be used that devices would never be supported for a reasonable period.

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Which is more secure, old phone with a version from a trusted source or an old phone on the latest version you downloaded from somewhere on the internet? Neither.. people worry about the IoT being insecure, there's so much more which industry abandons as it isn't profitable.

How this can be fixed I don't know, there are so many variations with software. Only way to control it would be like Apple, where devices are locked down from user access fairly well. Always a way round though (eventually).

I'd go for user education, take some responsibility for what you're doing and do it better/put in working practices which make you more secure. Maybe then when users realise they're not secure/at risk they'll push back and manufacturers will take notice.

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Telco forgot to renew its web domain, broke deaf folks' video calls – now gets a $3m paddlin'

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Maybe my ignorance, why not use IP if it's a static address?

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UK third worst in Europe for fibre-to-the-premises – report

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Looks like I'm in a similar situation, BT exchange enabled for FTTC but not cabinets rolled out. I've VM which is something but over subscribed, but, very few sites can deliver 100Mb worth of data to saturate the circuit so I'm onto a winner. Fortunately most of my usage is in working hours when everyone is at work..

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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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