* Posts by Captain Scarlet

1631 posts • joined 30 Dec 2010

NHS trusts splashed £260m on PCs in last four years

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"Obviously not enough to stop Wannacry"

Because buying new computers and not patching them means they can't Wannacry.

Why even mention Wannacry, the NHS trusts like most organisations will have a standard set of images to use on machines.

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Ew! HTC jams pop-up adverts into people's smartphone keyboards

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Re: I wouldn't touch Swiftkey now, after Microsoft's acquisition of it.

"Apple iOS's keyboard"

That's a bold statement, shame people like me who can't stand on screen keyboards don't rate any of them. I still think the keyboard on the Q10 was perfect for a mobile device (I'm also one of these annoying people to have mechanical keyboards for working with a computer).

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Forgotten your Myspace password? Just a name, username, DoB will get you in – and into anyone else's, too

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Wells that me never being able to access my account ever again

I never put a correct DOB on sites which force a date of birth where I don't think its actually needed (Although it is a bit annoying when you realise "close" friends on Facebook don't know when your actual birthday is).

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Another day, another mass domain hijacking

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"despite the fact that this incident was entirely out of our control"

Erm changed using credentials for your own systems, how was it out of their control?

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Virgin Trains dodges smack from ICO: CCTV pics of Corbyn were OK

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Re: “legitimate interest”

"piss all over data protection"

If my ugly mug was caught on there personally I don't think it would be a big deal (Everyone gets caught in horrid Facebook photos all the time for people I don't know or care about to see on other peoples profiles all the time).

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BlackBerry taking action to fix 'pop-out' screen – namely more glue

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Re: Glue

Me to, if the screen shatters then its not covered by warranty, if it pops out covered.

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Twitter will no longer snaffle data allowances on Virgin Mobile

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Re: Net neutrality please

"social media platform"?

To me social media platforms include BBS, IRC as you interact with other people electronically..

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Imagination: Apple relations still rotten but, hey, losses have shrunk

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Re: It is all Apple's Fault

When I read your post, I still think your post is stating Imagination current problems are all Apple's fault.

"Every time apple release something, there are posts here and in other places stating that Apple is doomed" - I correctly used the Troll icon for those posts

In this case I see it as Apple has got their own chip designers so they have developed their own graphics technology and no longer need Imagination's technology. As long as they haven't just stolen other peoples work I can't see why its Apple's fault (Which hurts me deeply as I hate the Apple brand).

I personally think more damage has been done Imagination failing to get companies to use their processor designs and patents.

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Re: It is all Apple's Fault

How would a company based in the UK apply for Chapter 11 protection in the US?

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NHS WannaCrypt postmortem: Outbreak blamed on lack of accountability

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Re: You have have a million Cyber (euughh) security professionals...

Yes but its the perfect time for managers to try and increase budgets and empire build.

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Cisco and McAfee decide users just can't be trusted not to click on dodgy attachments

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Re: users just can't be trusted not to click on dodgy attachments

IT Sec policies aren't and should not be considered training.

The bad guys are also getting better at exploiting weaknesses in setup and harnessing the power of social engineering.

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users just can't be trusted not to click on dodgy attachments

I agree but its more of a training issue.

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123-reg resolves secure database access snafu

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Re: Obligatory anecdote

Did you check if any other sites were on the same shared hosting server as yourself?

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BOFH: Putting the commitment into committee

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Websites

This is a very good argument to use, especially when every single website put up by marketing is left to die with the "NEW WEBSITE" on the front page for several years.

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It's 2017 and someone's probably still using WINS naming. If so, stop

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Just interested to know, but why do you still use WINS?

I would be annoyed if it was actually used, but come on I wouldn't have used it with Windows 2000 let alone anything recent.

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Microsoft officially hangs up on old Skype phones, users fuming

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Re: Nadella's efforts to undermine any credibility left going on well...

Their problem is people already have abandoned or ignored Windows Phone.

We haven't been able to buy cheap Windows phones via our operator for about half a year, which is a shame as for work they do exactly what is needed.

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Re: RIP Skype ?

I currently use Discord (until they start advertising in the apps) but in theory any IRC server can act as your chat service

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Vxers exploit Intel's Active Management for malware-over-LAN

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Re: I have a feeling that ...

I haven't seen any version of Windows (Assuming its actually patched) use auto run for years?

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Walkers' Crisps pulls backfiring Tweet campaign that paired Gary Lineker and a bunch of nasties

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Re: And Yet Again

I feel for the poor saps at every company who thinks wth when Marketing decide to do anything.

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Huawei missed memo that PC's dead – so here are three new notebooks

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Re: Bluetooth Headphones

Wireless headsets, great until the charging port breaks just after the warranty has run out.

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IT firms guilty of blasting customers with soul-numbing canned music

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generic music is enough to keep callers entertained

That's odd where I used to work is was aimed at trying to calm irate customers down

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Backup crack-up: Fasthosts locks people out of data storage for days amid WCry panic

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Re: So...

Probably a marketing lacky looking to try and prevent them looking foolish as they forgot to remove the fact that it was running Windows 2003.

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Police anti-ransomware warning is hotlinked to 'ransomware.pdf'

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That email

Its just lazy, I would view that as spam and do a StrongBad from HomeStarRunner.com and shout DELETED

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Avast blocks the entire internet – again

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Re: Its not a bug, its a feature.

Hmm, already saw a user earlier who's personal phone wasn't letting them connect to wifi with Avast for Android on. No internet over 4G either.

I am wondering if the issue is related (As its a personal phone I didn't want to go about removing their security software)

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Secure email service builds newsletter bomb defences after attack pummels their inbox

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Protection of forms

Always a joy to point those out to marketing departments, normal excuse is it means they would get less signups (I wonder why) or ruins the look of the webpage.

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Microsoft distie Entatech goes TITSUP

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Re: Any relation to

Entanet was sold off a few years ago.

Not sure if they still have the two data centres at the site (The Head Office had a Chinese type of building that they was very proud of)

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Former RCL director: It was me who cancelled their domain names

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Very odd

I would like to see the previous WHOIS as to who was down as the domain owner, I can't see why it would be an issue to correct domain ownership (As Nominet has a number of ways of correcting domain entries).

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Pen-tester gets past Microsoft VB macro barriers

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Re: Solution is controversial but saves money

I take it you have never had to deal with users who have only ever used Outlook.

Change from Outlook and very likely the directors will want to skin you alive.

Back when we ran Lotus Domino/Notes it took very little for management to go "I want Outlook" and out the door it went (Me with it for several months, also not helped I might add by IBM demanding like for like licensing costs when only email was used and they had the cheek to audit us!).

Personally I am fine with any webmail client, its just email at the end of the day.

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What is this bullsh*t, Google? Nexus phones starved of security fixes after just three years

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Re: Google's fault

"They are still better off than the owners of other Android devices that won't get updates for even the short time Nexus does - or in some cases at all!"

Not in the wallet area (I have a Nexus 9 tablet and if I am honest I had no idea it was nearing the end of its life and I hadn't planned to replace it)

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Well, hot-diggity-damn, BlackBerry's KEYone is one hell of a comeback

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Re: Rule one of tea club

I tend to put hot water in and then a quick stir before putting in the milk.

I find this temperature change draws more tea into the water, a squeeze of the bag and binger Builders Tea.

Now I will hide as a lynch mob forms to tell me I'm doing it wrong.

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If only it was the KEYone

"not the expensive and flawed Priv slider, that had launched some 18 months ago, I wonder where the company would be today on the comeback trail"

It was called the Q10, it was a brilliant phone but only three people (Including me) brought it.

In the comeback trail they would be exactly the same place as current just with less money.

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BOFH: This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back

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With the BOFH there no, so I assume some sort of Star Trek fight to the death scene needs to take place before the PFY replaces the BOFH.

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Re: Optional

I haven't seen him in the last years worth of Dilbert daily calendars :(

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Netgear says sorry four weeks after losing customer backups

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Re: Netgear routers and switches are mostly excellent but their NAS division is a mess!

Can I ask what case you used (Assuming hot swap trays and small form factor)?

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Re: Netgear routers and switches are mostly excellent but their NAS division is a mess!

The best NAS depends upon features you require.

I think Synology are top when it comes to software, however you can get an x86 equipped Qnap which enables faster transcoding for things like Plex and it doesn't cost to much more than a Synology NAS. Both have regular software updates. I have a Drobo at home though, the hot cache won't take up a HD slot and has an inbuilt battery. Software is forced through a windows client which makes it clunky and I admit its priced to expensive (I would prefer Drobo brought out a 2 bay and a 4 bay network unit instead of sticking with 5).

*Edited to correct Engrish

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Broadband providers almost double prices after deals end

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Same here, for years prices doubled even though I now have over 10 years no claims bonus, current provider has very closely matched prices to other well known brands (Still tried to charge £100 when I replaced my car and again when I moved the other side of town, a phone call later this was dropped).

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T-Mobile US CEO offers kid a year's supply of chicken nuggets for switching from AT&T

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Well to fair they call them McNuggets rather than Chicken Nuggets.

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BOFH: Defenestration, a solution to Solutions To Problems We Don't Have

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They can only make the RAID array crash on their CCTV system crash so many times.

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There's no shame in VMware quitting the public cloud

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Re: Good thing they got out,

I bet OVH do, the hardware which is old will likely be slapped on their Kimsufi brand.

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Schneider Electric still shipping passwords in firmware

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Re: Yay, industrial control

3 years!

I've been proven wrong so many times in regards this when I say you need an industrial computer because of dust and heat, yet the bleeding machines (Normally HP SFF) run happily 24x7 for 7-10 years (Much to my annoyance).

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BezosBux: Amazon gets into scrip game with Cash scheme

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Re: No Paper Trail?

That would be considered a very tame Reddit comment at best.

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Ford slurps 400 BlackBerry devs in smart car software push

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Ford Sync 2

Ford ffs at least support Sync 2 users with the MS variant. Although most issues are related to voice control, me shouting at it expecting it to then work probably people in the car next to me thinking I'm having a breakdown after I throw a wobbly shouting "No that's not who I wanted to dial". The having to confirm everything setting does help me shout less at it.

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Android beats Windows as most popular OS for interwebz – by 0.02%

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I wonder if this includes apps packaged as a web page link

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BOFH: The Boss, the floppy and the work 'experience'

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Re: Being on a placement myself...

"We just have to lock them in a cupboard for 2 weeks with some junk from the store room to play with."

How dare you, although I did get my first go at having a micro Windows NT 4 network. I must have done well as I was allowed to fetch teas and coffee's and was let out of the cupboard to the general staff areas after a few days (Work Experience of 2 weeks in my youth).

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Ex-broadband biz 186k hit by major outage

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I would have thought some customers may be unaware as they just use their hosting services.

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FYI Docs.com users: You may have leaked passwords, personal info – thousands have

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Re: Wait, so ....

If hidden you just need a direct link, so I assume the link can simply be guessed.

Why is anyone putting anything on there?

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BlackBerry admits dying BB10 is in pain

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Spills Tea Violently

Have you used BB10 before?

I admit it is missing features which were in BB8 (Although I have no idea what they were and I cant be bothered to Google it), but had Blackberry sold their devices at a reasonable price I wouldn't have jumped ship from a Q10 to a cheap 100 quid android device.

Still by far the best smart phone I have ever had owned (But I refuse to spend stupid amounts on a phone anymore), didn't need apps to do the basics and more importantly didn't feel like another rip off of Android or iOS UI. Currently have a work Dtek and its nice some apps have been migrated, however its not accessed in the same way as BB10 and generally I can't see how anyone would want to spend 20 minutes going through allowing the Blackberry software access on android (Every Blackberry app that launched required I give it access, the email app is still much better than the Gmail app).

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Microsoft kills Windows Vista on April 11: No security patches, no hot fixes, no support, nada

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Re: ME Hated?

The bloat ware in the form of media player, explorer shell add-ins which caused huge slowdown and endless BSOD's, nuking of anything MSDos related to make it look like it was not Windows 9x

Sorry but Vista is paradise compared to Windows ME and Mac OS9

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Headphone batteries flame out mid-flight, ignite new Li-Ion fears

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Re: Water

I assume it would rupture the cell further, however being woken up in that way you can't blame her.

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We found a hidden backdoor in Chinese Internet of Things devices – researchers

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Re: Surprised?

"rejecting any IoT devices that aren't fully open source"

I thought the manufacturers of these devices were using open source, they sure as hell can't be bothered to actually waste time developing software longer than needed or contributing to the projects they use source from.

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