* Posts by wyatt

429 posts • joined 26 Oct 2010


German cybersecurity chief: Anyone have any evidence of Huawei naughtiness?


Re: Maybe banned because there are no back-doors

I made this comment as well, people thought I was bonkers but now they're starting to question the motives behind what's happening.

Time for a cracker joke: What's got one ball and buttons in the wrong place?


Only yesterday it was pointed out to me and a colleague that we were racking a server upside down.

Id personally have allowed us to rack it and get a pic.

It was one of those days where nothing went right and eventually I decided it was DOA and replacement parts have been ordered.

Dine crime: Chippy sells deep fried Xmas dinner


Re: battered?

You're doing it all wrong, the lid should be as tight as you can get it.. keeps the moisture in..


Re: festive fried food

I may have to take some bacon down and see what they say!

Why millions of Brits' mobile phones were knackered on Thursday: An expired Ericsson software certificate


Humm, the reg reader that commented about ESN needs to clarify things. ESN is going to be run on EE/BT so wouldn't have been effected by an O2 outage. ESN also has a separate system to EE's normal users so I'd 'expect' it to be isolated from an issue like this.

Not to say that this won't effect EE some day, I'm sure there have been outages of Airwave at times.

Also to add that 999 calls via a mobile device can be made via other providers networks. Has it been confirmed that 999 was unavailable to handsets with O2 Sims? I've made calls with an EE sim and no signal into the 999 network, I've no idea which provider routed it though.

BOFH: State of a job, eh? Roll the Endless Requests for Further Information protocol

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Re: WooHoo BOFH is back

AHahaha, I'd never do any of those things, would I?!

Marriott's Starwood hotels mega-hack: Half a BILLION guests' deets exposed over 4 years


Re: Card numbers

I've done the opposite before, flag that the card is going out of the UK. It'd be useful to put blocks in place as well.

Openreach names 81 lucky locations to be plugged into its super-zippy Gfast pipe


Openfail are in the process of rolling out FTTP from the exchange I'm connected to. They've done some poles, the properties aren't able to get the service yet though. Whatever they are doing, it isn't a quick process.

Consultant misreads advice, ends up on a 200km journey to the Exchange expert


Customer signed change controls, they have their benefits!

UK's national Airwave terminal procurement framework awarded to Motorola and Sepura


EE have built their infrastructure (or are building) to support the UKESN, other providers won't have this in place so won't be able to for-fill the bid requirements, guess there's a monopoly there was well.

Between you, me and that dodgy-looking USB: A little bit of paranoia never hurt anyone


I'd be happy to not use USB storage devices when I go to a customers site, unfortunately most of them block and won't allow an alternative method of obtaining logs or retrieving software updates.

It'd be more convenient to have access to Office365/One drive or similar, save me then putting the USB device back into my laptop having been on their network.

Haunted disk-drive? This story will give you the chills...


A story I was told on a course was of a Ptarmigan Switch in Bosnia. During a power change, AC was cut and the Switch ran on DC (2 or 4 batteries) until the AC was moved to a new generator. As part of the procedure, you had to manually power back on the ACU.

The story goes that the power change was done and the equipment was back on AC but with no ACU. Someone went into the box body to find it dripping with water, having had no dehumidifying for some time. Not great for electronics. They started the ACU and left it for a few days and it dried out, never stopping working once.

Emergency Services Network delays to cost public purse £1.1bn, Home Office reveals


Yes they are but you can bet that Motorola are calling the shots!

Virgin Media? More like Virgin Meltdown: Brit broadband ISP falls over amid power drama


Re: Still down this morning

That reminds me I need a new internet bundle for my sim card!

In the two years since Dyn went dark, what have we learned? Not much, it appears


Re: Workstation, Server, and Router Options

Not easy is it, I use OpenDNS but am well aware that they sell their data and are owned by Cisco. Is there a better option? I don't know, but over my dead body will I use my ISP's service.

Your pal in IT quits. Her last words: 'Converged infrastructure...' What does it all mean? We think we can explain


We've seen the training requirements to be certified on a manufacturers system increase from 2 courses to a base of 4 then 2 extra for specific integrations. At £2k a course, certification is silly money but required to raise support cases with them.

As little changes between versions, to have to re-certify each time is becoming prohibitive.

World's largest CCTV maker leaves at least 9 million cameras open to public viewing


I've had experience of installing and supporting one of these systems at my wifes shop. Out of the box, it's insecure as hell with every service turned on with default accounts. I had a firewall running blocking all outbound connections and couldn't keep up with the logs, once all the services were turned off on the monitoring unit it shut up.

Problem was if you didn't enable a load you couldn't view it via the internet which is what the father in law had his heart set on.I setup a VPN so that the app was connecting via this to the local network so nothing was transmitted unencrypted and it worked well. Few years on and the shop is gone, he has the camera system at home and has enabled all the services so that it works with his phone/app with no VPN. I did offer to set up what he had before but he wasn't interested. In his opinion, why would anyone want to watch his cameras? I tried to explain the potential issues but again, he's not interested like many who want convenience over privacy/security.

Ooof! Cisco Webex has been down for 7 hours – and counting


Webex Teams, not the whole of Webex is having an issue. Otherwise I wouldn't be on a webex with a customer?

Brit armed forces still don't have enough techies, thunder MPs


I may well do, I've been out for a good few years and being a REMF, kept away from both!


It's an interesting situation which has also been written about in regards to the US forces. Main point is that those who are good at 'cyber' roles, are probably unlikely to be good at doing it for the military. Then you have the one that's also mentioned that once someone is good at something, they can probably get paid better elsewhere.

I don't think this is a role that will be able to be carried out by the military, more an agency attached to them like so many are now. Numerous civilians deploy with the military and I'd argue that this isn't something that would be needed at the very front line (FEBA for those who know..!) but in a softer HQ type location some distance back.

In regards to retention, the army don't keep soldiers in a role but in a trade quite often so you can be moved around quite a bit. Again, this doesn't really fit in with the 'cyber' role that I think most are expecting the military to carry out, a re-think is needed about who and how this is to be done is needed.

Ever wanted to strangle Microsoft? Now Outlook, Skype 'throttle' users amid storm cloud drama


Re: I NEVER get tired of posting this

A number of police forces are moving their command and control telephony systems to hosted providers. I can’t wait for the first issue to give them that look..

5G can help us spy on West Midlands with AI CCTV, giggles UK.gov


Re: A possibly explosive question.

Can you imagine the throughput of the gateway needed? It'd soon be saturated. The potentials for this and the new UKESN system are great, IF it can be made to work. Maybe in 5/10 years time this will be a possibility, it certainly won't be happening any time soon.

Also, what area of Birmingham are they hoping to cover? It's quite a bit place.

Fast food, slow user – techie tears hair out over crashed drive-thru till


We sometimes get people asking if their data will be available for the period of a power cut, hard to get through to them that if it isn't powered on..

I use to support finger print machines for the police. Quite a few times on nights you'd hear the panic buttons being pressed and the phone getting dropped, a few minutes later an out of breath copper would be very grateful you'd not hung up on them. More of a nuisance customer than user..

Space station springs a leak while astronauts are asleep (but don't panic)


Re: You can buy it online for $10 a roll.

Well, to the ISS who knows! Maybe they’ve prime?

Won’t patch systems? Never run malware scans? Welcome to the US State Department!


Quite common, first thing we ask if someone raises a support case is if there has been any patching recently. 50%+ of the responses are 'oh we don't patch'.

I recently carried out an installation where a customer was pushing back about allowing unsigned activex controls to run. Out of all the customers we have they're the only one that has been concerned by this, most just allow it. They did have to allow it as the software doesn't work without it but they're pressurising the manufacturer to have this changed.

Chap asks Facebook for data on his web activity, Facebook says no, now watchdog's on the case


Interesting indeed. We've a big upgrade contract being discussed at the moment which will also include record tagging so that if a customer requests their data, it can be located easily. Part of this work is also historic work going back over the last 7 years worth of data, a very expensive bit of software and work.

We're also discussing removing data under the 'right to be forgotten', not easy when the systems involved are designed to not have data removed from them.

London fuzz to get 600 more mobile fingerprint scanners


Re: Too one-sided

Problem with this is that once you're arrested there's a good chance you'll be processed at a custody unit.

This will create a PNC record, finger prints will be taken, photo and DNA. Whilst if you're not charged some of this will be destroyed, not all of it so you'll have created a footprint within the system.

Yes it will start the 24hr detainment rule, giving you access to legal advice but it also means you could be bailed to return or charged with obstruction (even though you're following your rights..).

Kind of dammed if you and dammed if you don't. We all know that law enforcement operate fairly now don't we..

Prank 'Give me a raise!' email nearly lands sysadmin with dismissal


I've learnt the hard way not to muck about when setting stuff up/testing. It will go wrong..

Grad sends warning to manager: Be nice to our kit and it'll be nice to you

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In a previous life we had to use Panasonic toughbooks for all our work. These generally worked ok but one day one failed, only to be flung out of the vehicle by the user in frustration. He followed it out thinking how he'd explain the dents/scratches and general accompanied damage, only to power it back on and for it to work as intended. Not sure how many times you'd be able to do this..

Intel Xeon workhorses boot evil maids out of the hotel: USB-based spying thwarted by fix


Re: so if I understand this correctly

I've been reminding people of this for years but they never think basic any more.

Declassified files reveal how pre-WW2 Brits smashed Russian crypto


Happy to say that I've actually seen a one time letter pad in training about 15 years ago when I was in the army. Can't be many thatI'd have thought?

Y'know... Publishing tech specs may be fair use, says appeals court


18th edition (BS 7671:2018 Requirements for Electrical Installations) has just been released. You have to pay for this:


Is this similar to what's happening in the US?

Heatwave shmeatwave: Brit IT departments cool their racks – explicit pics


Glad they're using fans.

Customer 1) 6 servers in a converted kitchen with 1 extractor fan (there due to the previous function) taking heat out. Warned on many occasion they wouldn't be supported due to overheating which did end up costing them for repairs to overheated kit.

Customer 2) Survey completed in a partitioned off area to add a server. No aircon, room was already warm to hot and they wanted to add more heat? Advised they'd need to provide cooling before we'd be able to provide a quote which they wouldn't.

Customer 3) our server has gone down. On site and no air con, it had failed months ago. Manglement had refused to pay until we refused to fix (at their cost..).

Seems there's a trend with cooling not being taken as seriously as it should.

Infrastructure wonks: Tear up Britain's copper phone networks by 2025


Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha does the NIC really think that it would be affordable to roll out a Fibre network in 7 years? I'm sure most would love this but is there the workforce available to facilitate this? I would agree though that copper shouldn't still be being rolled out with a move to Fibre for new builds (residential and commercial)

Cancelled in Crawley? At least your train has free Wi-Fi now, right?


Re: Time to dream up solutions

(takes the back off of a to hand S4) oh yeah so there is!

Tired sysadmin plugged cable into wrong port, unleashed a 'virus'


Re: Common trick

Bet the little darlings never own up to it though!

I had to deal with a 'network' related issue at a police force, they decided to unplug a span cable to a voice recorder so no calls recorded. They never admitted to it, however it worked before a certain key card accessed the room and stopped shortly afterwards..

Drug cops stopped techie's upgrade to question him for hours. About everything


Re: Pretty sure some other bloke is having a bad day...

Interesting you mention this, the UK armed forces have CDT (Compulsory drugs testing) where they test everyone that's in a location, or at least they say they do. One guy who did get caught was one of a large group who were taking drugs. The drug he got pulled up on was only one of the ones they were taking and the least serious.

The CDT team also had an issue testing a diluted sample, if you were unable to pee you had to drink lots of water until you were able to. Many a soldier was in front of the CO due to readings not being able to be obtained.

(it wasn't me on either occasion..)

IBM memo to staff: Our CEO Ginni is visiting so please 'act normally!'


Hope they swept the helipad.

Schneier warns of 'perfect storm': Tech is becoming autonomous, and security is garbage

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Only takes someone in a digger to chop a fibre and we're all safe again.

Test Systems Better, IBM tells UK IT meltdown bank TSB


Knowing someone that works for TSB and was getting it in the ear from angry customers, the branches were having as many issues as the customers were.

They reported issues where possible, however as most the error messages were in Spanish they weren't sure what they were so had to take photos on their personal phones and then email them to themselves to forward onto the support teams.

UK footie fans furious as Sky Broadband goes TITSUP: Total inability to stream unfair penalties


Apart from any compensation paid, I wonder if there is any loss in revenue due to the drop in viewing figures? It's one of those things, you can't stop a digger going through a fibre if you've done everything possible to warn them of it's location. Hope Amazon are taking note having just purchased a load of Premier League matches..

PayPal reminds users: TLS 1.2 and HTTP/1.1 are no longer optional


Re: Expect limited chaos

Agreed, there is a cost to doing business and this is one of them. You to work to the best of your abilities and part of that is keeping your customers data safe and also ensuring that you can keep working if there is an issue. Not moving with the times can be more costly than getting the most miles out of your hardware/software.

Security execs must prep for post-Brexit cyber challenges – report


There is 'naf' all to stop these things from going ahead apart from someone deciding they don't want to. If there's no law saying that I don't have to say hello to my neighbour, it doesn't stop me from saying hello?

If we want to share information or use a framework that other countries have in place then do it. If we want to make changes to said framework then do it, that's the pleasure of being out of the control of the EU.

If we share information with EU countries, I'm sure they'll be (depending who you speak to..) grown up enough to speak to us, this is just political bull poo made up by a research company to justify their existence.

Don’t talk to the ATM, young man, it’s just a machine and there’s nobody inside


Re: Staff don’t care about access to the computers

Sometimes, but not always. Company I work for works for some very large multinationals and without the right access being emailed to the reception/security teams you don't get past them, even if you have the right codes/access arranged.

First job after leaving the army we had a Fire Maintenance company turn up unannounced. Claiming they wanted to inspect our fire extinguishers. They had no appointment so their company was called and they were turned away from site.

Some sites yes you can walk on and not be challenged, I would personally say this is getting less and less though.

Did you test that? No, I thought you tested it. Now customers have it and it doesn't work


Re: Indeed on the pork ...

I'm the same, no jewellery any time it may get caught. Story was told to me in Junior school (7/8 years old) where a child had a ring on and climbed a fence, got it stuck and fell off stripping their finger to the bone. Ever since then it was a no no, really upset the wife until she got her ring caught and damaged one of the stones, fortunately nothing else. So easy to short a circuit or get something stuck.

Britain mulls 'complete shutdown' of 4G net for emergency services


Re: Single points of failure?

Thanks for pointing this out, my Brother in Law sometimes mans a St Johns Ambulance for WMAS, fairly certain they don't have any fixed tech that a WMAS built ambulance would have. It'd be interesting to see how % of ambulances in the UK aren't owned/operated directly by the trusts.

Worrying times..


Re: Single points of failure?

I asked this a few months ago, Ambulances have 'gateway' radios that rebroadcast the handsets of the staff in them when they're close by boosting the signal, probably due to it having a higher powered radio and better antenna.

I asked about the inside of buildings and large buildings do have their own internal rebroadcasting kit (Houses of Parliament/Wembley Stadium are 2 of these) however, there isn't a mobile bit of kit that can be deployed which would be ideal.

EE/BT do have vehicle mounted sets which can be deployed to areas of low coverage/mast outages. However these still need a backhaul to the network.


Re: ESN: A huge leap into mediocrity

The frequency that Airwave uses is quite low and works very well, voice (generally) gets through. More data means different handsets and infrastructure.

I'd personally keep Airwave and use commercial 4G devices (as some forces are). This wouldn't provide a MCDATA capability, but would give the technology time to mature before then offering this via a dedicated 4G network.


Not surprising, the new head of the project will have completed his overview and with nothing to lose (being new..) proposed the way forward to the Home Office. I'd rather this went in working with proven technology a (good) few years late than goes in and doesn't work.

A Reg-reading techie, a high street bank, some iffy production code – and a financial crash


I don't write code apart from a very basic batch file maybe, I struggle to read it and didn't see what was wrong. However, I know that you test by submitting known data and checking against the known result to see that the process has worked. Guess testing wasn't sufficiently carried out here.


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