* Posts by Securitymoose

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Avast blocks the entire internet – again

Securitymoose

Blocks Windows Updates? Bravo Avast

So it's not all bad news then. Give them a gold star if you've sat about waiting for Microsoft to download some more bloatware, reboot and then wait some more to log in while they do more of their butchering of your device.

Perhaps we can get Avast to block all those other sites that harvest our information to share with spammers and con artists when they leave the database on a taxi seat.

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Lloyds Banking Group to hang up on call centre staffers

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This is the man...

...who outsourced, just as the smart money realised that UK call centres are at least within punching distance. I wonder if he drives a Volkswagen.

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Amazon dodges $1.5bn US tax bill: It's OK to run sales through Europe out of IRS reach – court

Securitymoose

So the US taxpayer has to foot yet another bill.

It beggars belief that the IRS didn't think this through. Of course they don't care, it's the US citizen who is funding it all anyway. (And the IRS still owe me $30 in tax they charged me, despite the fact I live in another country.)

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Big blues: IBM's remote-worker crackdown is company-wide, including its engineers

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Obviously downsizing - everything else is flannel.

Whatever they say, the real reason is to reduce their number of staff. Everything else is flannel. 'Move or leave' is the real message, and the subsequent reduction in staff won't cost them a cent... except in good staff, reputation and employee satisfaction. The people they retain will be the dregs who can't get jobs elsewhere, and also will be disgruntled about being forced to move or have long commutes. Let's hope IBM have some good people outsourced already, otherwise IBM will stand for 'I've Been Mugged' if you happen to be a customer.

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'I told him to cut it out' – Obama is convinced Putin's hackers swung the election for Trump

Securitymoose
Joke

Can we blame Putin for Brexit too?

...and one of my tyres was a bit low on pressure this morning. Damn Ruskies get everywhere.

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It's ALIVE: Juno back online after reboot

Securitymoose

Presumably another of those Microsoft security updates

"Please do not survey any remote planets while the update is in progress"

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October proves to be the cruellest month for Twitter staff as 350 more laid off

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And what is it really for???

...Absolutely nothing. There is no curation in the data. You either get every single comment from everyone you follow, or none of them. I have a couple of hundred followers. I tweet, offering free books, money or gold bars, and maybe get two replies. Waste of time. Free prediction... Twitter is finished: a last millennium thing.

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British jobs for British people: UK tech rejects PM May’s nativist hiring agenda

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No elephants, only skinflints

Why are the IT employers up in arms? People from parts of the EU are CHEAPER, that's why. You can train British workers to do the jobs, but then, they will probably want a living wage, and that means fewer liquid lunches for these moguls.

Can't train British workers? Hell, we have outsourced most of our industry to other countries anyway, and they can obviously be trained (with the odd hiccough - see various banks' experience with outsourcing). Apprenticeships for school leavers? I think you'll be surprised at what they can do.

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Adventures in (re) naming your business: Fire up the 4-syllable random name generator

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Wot no journalist?

Has everyone at the Register forgotten how to write news stories? Catch our attention with a headline and then the next paragraph is supposed to tickle our intrigue, not irritate the bejazus out of us. Get rid of the ramblers back to their musings over a pint of Old Stodgy, and wake your editor up. Hang it all, I'll do the job if you can't find a decent one. I'm sure we'd rather have no news than a load of whatever this was.

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Boffins eschew silicon to build tiniest-ever transistor, just 1nm long

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Wot, no editor?

This is not a one-off. The standard of the articles is falling I'm, afraid...

"controlled ion shorter gates" you mean in or on, but not ion?

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Police raid India call centre, detain 500 in fraud probe

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I'm glad I live in the UK

Our tax people are lovely here, and would never do that.

Also they are so good to foreign organisations - just ask Amazon, Google, Apple etc.

I can imagine if an eastern person rang up pretending to by HMRC and asked for money... by the end of the call they would be sending it to us instead (I think it's the accent).

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Marauding monkey blacks out Kenya

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Joke

Reminds me of the Not the Nine O'Clock News joke

Something to the effect that "Sabotage was suspected in the country of XXXXX last night as power failed nationally, when traces of Horlicks were found in the donkey."

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Belgian brewery lays 3.2km beer pipeline

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You wouldn't want the first pint of the day out of that now would you...

...considering how tricky it is for some pubs to get a decent pint up from the cellar. Still, it will only be lager, so how will anyone tell?

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Geek's Guide to Britain – now a book. Permission to geek out granted

Securitymoose

A Score for a book? Call yourselves savvy techies? You've been robbed.

Bung a Word document over to me and I'll get it published, print on demand, for less than half that, and you'll still make some ale money.

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One espresso is not theft, Oz judge rules, it's part of civilization

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Mushroom

And hopefully sack the facilities manager for the derivatives dealer

What sort of jobsworth would complain about a guy getting a cup of coffee? If our man was sitting around all day drinking it instead of working, perhaps, but this appears not to be the case. If the manager is not sacked, perhaps they will deduct the compensation payout from her (maybe) inflated salary.

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Winston Churchill glowers from Blighty's plastic fiver

Securitymoose

Isle of Man did this nearly 50 years ago - at last our Mint wakes up

The Tyvek or ‘plastic’ £1 note was first issued in November 1983. The 10 shilling note was introduced in 1961 and the 50p note in 1969.

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UK plans robo-car tests on motorways in 2017

Securitymoose

We're all doomed

These things will be doing emergency stops because of a bit of litter blowing across the road, steering their drivers into the ditch because someone has hacked into the control systems, or simply refusing to move because the satellite link is down or there is a solar flare or there is an ar(se?) in the month, or some wag has stepped out in front of it to make it stop so they can hijack your wallet. Unless all cars are driver-less, or they have their own roads, it ain't going to work.

And won't we miss the fun of being able to drive ourselves (and run down the wag if he looks dangerous?)

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A typo stopped hackers siphoning nearly $1bn out of Bangladesh

Securitymoose

Large transfer to Philippines didn't flag a suspicious transaction alert?

In every bank in the UK, even the lowliest teller is trained to spot a number of countries which are suspect for dodgy transactions. We can only assume that the systems were automated, and that the real people to blame are the techies for not putting in a trap for that sort of suspicious behaviour. And it took Deutsche Bank to spot it. They say a fool and its money are soon parted - the US and Bangladesh should be thanking the Germans for having a system that isn't full of holes.

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IBM to erase 14,000 people from the payroll – Wall St analyst

Securitymoose

So 'Last Decade'

The management still don't get the true value of intellectual capital do they? It's about time they stepped down and let some real leaders take over. So many companies are pulling out of outsourcing deals, having been bitten. It'll only get worse as those far away economies implode. If you've got shares in IBM, now would be a great time to sell!

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Nest defends web CCTV Cam amid unstoppable 24/7 surveillance fears

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Unhappy

Why not just unplug it when not in use?

or accept the fact that if it is connected, then there is a chance you could be spied on, as with everything else connected to the Internet. Most of us however are too insignificant to make any illegal activities directed at us profitable, and we have nothing worth hiding anyway.

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British Airways, IT staff job cuts, an outsourcing biz ... you get the point

Securitymoose
Mushroom

When the bank crashed, we couldn't get to our money

When the same things happen to an airline because some outsourced dude misses out a line of the step-by-step instructions he has been given, we can expect more than just computers to crash - I don't think I'll be flying BA in the four weeks after the handover (or ever again for that matter).

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It's 2016 and idiots still use '123456' as their password

Securitymoose

How do they find out this information?

Perhaps they stop people in the street and ask them. I suspect that Goaway, I'mbusy, and F* off you waste of flesh also feature high on the list. And of course, like the pre-election polls, people simply tell lies. 123456 is possibly the first thing that comes into their heads when asked (which would explain football and sex as well).

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Cache-astrophic: Why Valve's Steam store spewed players' private profiles to strangers

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Problems perhaps deeper than we have been told

For a week or so before, every time I tried to use Steam, it would say it was updating the software. I tried restarting a few times and got the same messages - appearing to succeed in the update and then wanting to update again. Steam Support are denying anything wrong, but I suspect they were trying to either get round this impending problem, or making cack-handed changes themselves in the name of 'upgrades'. It all went wrong eventually, Steam guys, so perhaps send your 12 year old developers back to kindergarten and replace them with someone who knows what they are doing?

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Our cookies save you from TERRORISTS, Facebook thunders to Belgian judge

Securitymoose

Apostrophes or apostrophe's

Plurals don't get one, dudes. Regulator's - argh Register, I thought you knew better. Punch your editor for me will you. And JP - shame on you :-)

Do have a look at this you guys: http://www.incaproject.co.uk/punctuation.html

Sadly I see a lot of it in my editing

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WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg

Securitymoose

Mammulous Rift - Virtual reality just got better.

Mammulous Rift - Virtual reality for girls

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Securitymoose

After watching 'Real Humans' on TV, we thought we'd start with the easy bit

After watching 'Real Humans' on TV, we thought we'd start with the easy bit.

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Securitymoose

I think Pete from IT may have borrowed the robot - it's the only way he can get a girlfriend

I think Pete from IT may have borrowed the robot - it's the only way he can get a girlfriend

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Another chance to win a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive

Securitymoose

OMG it's a terror-bite

(or 6)

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Capita: Listen up redundo staff, we know you're leaving but...

Securitymoose

They never learn do they?

Remember the same thing happening at RBS. "Oh yes," said the luminaries, "let's sack all the experienced staff and get them to train a load of eager rookies in India,"

Then followed the longest and most disastrous outage in banking history. Connected?

Look forward to seeing Capita avoiding that oncoming juggernaut.

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OK, who unplugged the modem? North Korea's internet disappeared for four hours today

Securitymoose
Mushroom

Traces of Horlicks were found in the donkey

The rest of the World has been blamed, and war declared on bedtime drinks manufacturers.

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Hide the HUD, say boffins, they're bad for driver safety

Securitymoose

Simple answer

Abolish speed limits universally. No need to look at the dash at all then. Save a fortune in hardware and police too, so that they can get on with catching criminals. Yes, I hear you safety campainers - people killed and all that jazz, but do we really need the nanny state telling us not to kill ourselves? Control speed with road humps, pedestrian safety barriers and chicanes in urban areas and forget it out in the country or the motorways where pedestrians are limited and shouldn't be wandering around like dopey bozos. No need for HUD or anything then, other than a light to tell you when to top up with fuel.

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RBS sticks it to customers once again as IT woes continue

Securitymoose

Re: Regulator??

Are you serious suggesting that any of the people in charge have MBAs? Actually one has, but he's only just joined and hasn't had time yet to exert any influence. No, this is all another consequence of sacking experienced UK staff and moving the jobs offshore.

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Amazon enrages authors as it switches to 'pay-per-page' model

Securitymoose

Enraged? Bull elephants can be enraged, not authors.

Knowing a lot of the self published authors on Amazon, I can't imagine any of them stamping around smashing crockery and writing to the Guardian. Stop sensationalising a couple of whingers who obviously have written crap books and will see their income drop from £5 a month to zero, making no difference at all to their standard of living.

I expect they will be 'devastated' as well after July. Note that Warsaw and Dresden in WW2 were 'devastated'; I'm not sure you can compare writers to that.

Keep things in perspective will you, otherwise you will be likened to the 'Daily Outrage'.

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Securitymoose

Re: [redacted] Amazon - totally agree

At the moment, any drivel, any length can be uploaded and the authors get the same as if they'd written something worthwhile. I wouldn't be surprised if there was a machine out there to deliberately hype up crap just to get the income. From July, these crooks will be deactivated, as long as Amazon can tell the difference between a sweatshop paid to flick through pages without reading them, and a genuine reader. I will know if my books bring anything in from the 'Select' programme, because although I know they've been read, I've had two tenths of diddly back from the (other) big A. I'll give them a couple of months and then remove the lot and get back to the traditional methods.

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It's OK – this was an entirely NEW type of cockup, says RBS

Securitymoose

Another legacy of outsourcing IT?

I wonder if this is yet another time bomb left by the outsourcing deal put through by Mike Errington and Ron Teerlink. Isn't it about time that organisations looked at the real cost of moving the work from experienced hands to developing countries, or at least the people doing the deals being held accountable?

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Has the world reached PEAK TWIT? Supplies of new Twitter users are drying up

Securitymoose

Something is wrong

I would love to be in charge of that lot. Somebody is milking it, and needs to be removed. Same with Wikipedia - how can they not make a profit when the overheads are minimal?

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Ford recalls SUVs … to fix the UI

Securitymoose

Typical of leaving technical designs to children

Yet another example of lack of the 'old grey auntie test' when the kids were designing this. It happens all the time in websites and even the bigger companies - have you tried using Firefox recently and then going to Amazon? For some reason, they are more interested in playing about with fancy stuff than actually testing usability.

Ford should get my old grey auntie to test it out - she would have switched the engine off right away as soon as she tried to overtake a mobility scooter. Ford should also sack its console designers and send them back to kindergarten, where they presumably found them.

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Forget Hillary, HP's ex CARLY FIORINA 'wants to be next US Prez'

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Thumb Up

Anyone can be president...

…in America. That's the problem. So why not have a nice looking lady? Let's face it; she can't do any worse that some of her predecessors, now can she?

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'Scope boffins get INSIDE URANUS after snapping mystery spots

Securitymoose
Black Helicopters

Re: Uh-oh - Aliens

Not storms, but nuclear wars between rival groups of aliens, ones with green skin vs ones with blue skin. They are all doomed and there will now be no more sightings of flying saucers etc. Let that be a lesson to Planet Earth.

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RBS faces BIGGEST ever fine for THAT huge IT meltdown – leak

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Devil

Offshoring saves money!

That was the excuse the IT management used. Well, it saved a couple of rupees in the first case and cost millions of pounds in the second. Where to find the money? What about fining the outsourcing company and also reclaim the cash from the big payoffs certain top people received for the apparent mismanagement of the outsourcing process?

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Sysadmin with EBOLA? Gartner's issued advice to debug your biz

Securitymoose

Re: AAAAaaaaargggggggggggh.

"As noted, getting vital fluids directly *on* you is the method. -- I'll conceded that someone sneezes directly in your face, transmission is possible."

Surely this can now be classed as 'assault with a deadly weapon'? Think on that you folks without handkerchiefs or tissues!

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Take THAT, hated food! It's OVER, tedious chewing! Soylent strikes back with version 1.1

Securitymoose

Mixed up humans?

Do I remember correctly that Soylent Green was actually discovered to be recycled humans, after they had passed their sell-by date? Wasn't that the whole premise of the film? Strikes me as being a bad choice of company name (unless you are a cannibal, serial killer, speed camera operator etc.)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soylent_Green

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Dell The Man shrieks: 'We've got a Bitcoin order, we've got a Bitcoin order'

Securitymoose
Facepalm

Money for nothing and your servers for free...

It'll all end in tears.

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Robot cars to hit Blighty in 2015

Securitymoose

Driverless vehicles for towns? Aren't they called buses?

Save all the costs - a DC is not going to be cheap - by banning cars completely from the cities and boost public transport so that people really don't need them.

That will never happen of course - the government would lose the revenue streams from road tax, speed cameras, congestion charges, fuel tax as well as all the other pointless fines levied on the easy targets of car drivers. Safety? Bullshit - only 0.5% of all deaths in the UK in 2009 were caused by road traffic accidents (http://www.racfoundation.org/assets/rac_foundation/content/downloadables/road%20accident%20casualty%20comparisons%20-%20box%20-%20110511.pdf). No, it's definitely the revenue they are protecting, not the driver.

Supposing they did follow my suggestion, hell, they might have to start concentrating on the real issues of cancer, heart disease, drugs and crime instead, but those are too much like hard work.

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Wham, bam, thank you NAND: SanDisk SSD sales soar

Securitymoose

Still faster than spinning rust

You may not have the capacity for the price, but I run both types of disk in my machine and the SSD is way faster, quieter and uses less power. Yes, you have to archive and remove some of the bloatware that blights our lives, but it is still the future. Frankly I can't see why the rust manufacturers aren't developing and pushing their own SSDs. Have they learned nothing from Kodak?

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Windows users: You get a patch! And you get a patch! And you get a patch! Everybody gets...

Securitymoose

Thank goodness for that - XP rules

I'll stick with XP then - I've used W7 and all the rest of them and get really fed up when I log in and have to wait for ages while MS downloads the latest fixes for their insecure bloatware, and then reboots while I'm in the middle of something important like Fallout NV. Security? Well, I run on a virtual machine. If I was to get compromised I can just trash it and reinstall from the latest backup.

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'Executed ex' of Norkers' bonkers Kim Jong-un rises FROM THE GRAVE

Securitymoose

A Eurovision winner if I ever heard one!

Line her up for next year's musical farce! She might be dead but that's not going to stop her being entered for the competition if some of this year's entries can be taken as a guide. NK in Europe? Like Israel I guess; the United States of Europe is extending east.

BTW did the audience in the video remind anyone of Monty Python?

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RBS Group hopes £750m IT shakeup splurge will prevent next bank mainframe meltdown

Securitymoose

Re: Whats the bet

No, the same people won't run it. The staff turnover in India means that as fast as guys get trained up, they go off to new customers, so that established customers, including RBS, always get the rookies. The only answer is to return control to the UK and start treating staff as valuable resources instead of disposable costs.

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Scandal-hit Co-op Bank's CIO hits eject button after one year

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A new job for Mike Errington?

Now that he has retired from RBS, perhaps this is his new role, custom made for one of his talents and tenacity.

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Plusnet shunts blame for dodgy DNS traffic onto customers' routers

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Plusnet continue to blame the customer

I fail to see how a router configured for dynamic DNS and IP and security protected (the passwords were not default and complex) can be responsible for the hijacking. Is it mere coincidence that Plusnet had put through a 'security' upgrade only a few days before? I would not like to think that this is another of those cover-ups so prevalent in modern services.

Either way, the reply (see below) I got from the supplier does not give me confidence and I will be certainly looking for an alternative in the near future.

From Plusnet customer support:

"Unfortunately we are unable to offer any sort of refund for this. The router is a third party router and as such we bear no responsibility for any vulnerabilities that result from using it.

If you wish to have one of our routers you can do so in one of the following ways:

Either paying for the router up front (£40) or agreeing to a new 12 month contract which would make the router free.

Either way there would be a £5.99 postage and packaging charge which would apply.

This is exactly the same as when you first took out the service.

I hope this resolves your query however you can respond to this message if you are still having issues."

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