* Posts by DJ Smiley

433 posts • joined 14 Sep 2011


Fake broadband ISP support scammers accidentally cough up IP address to Deadpool in card phish gone wrong

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Re: Who is to blaim for being taken by scammers?

Well played good sir.

However, while I allow link forwarders, said ner-do-wells wouldn't be able to execute any scripts on my machine had it not pointed to the place it did.

Should we disable all javascripts on unknown sites? I'm tempted to say yes, we should.

Come mobile users, gather round and learn how to add up

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Re: Itchy Chin

Ah, they used Sony's magic number generator?

'return 4'.

Windows 10 Insiders sent on quest deep into Registry to fetch goblet of Reserved Storage

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You've plenty of choice, from OSX to Ubuntu and all the other flavours of Linux for a start.

You were told to clean up our systems, not delete 8,000 crucial files

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Also government systems? It could be as bad as win xp on 320Mb ;)

Happy new year, readers. Yes, we have threaded comments, an image-lite mode, and more...

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Re: holograraphic love dungeon layout

I think he got the european version: Bears 3.2 ;)

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Re: Width

Oh god I recall when we had some stupidish comment system which did this at university (10+ years ago). Web....mx? something like that anyway. It was much amusement to the computing students to keep replying to each other constantly on threads they didn't like, causing them to get narrower and narrower until you couldn't see any content anymore.

Detailed: How Russian government's Fancy Bear UEFI rootkit sneaks onto Windows PCs

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Re: Once again this proves

You realise that's EXACTLY whats happened here right?

Millennium Buggery: When things that shouldn't be shut down, shut down

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Re: Engineers who become managers

So much this.

> You know your manager is good when you feel you've let them down and yet they haven't said anything. A bollocking from an ahole has no effect.

I..... once killed DNS for one of our largest clients, for around 2 days, because of a change which I made, backed out (including stupidly removing the change notes for it, as it "hadn't happened") which occurred over a weekend, while a number of staff were on an entirely different continent.

I walked in Monday without a clue nor a care in the world, my team leader turned to me and told me I'd removed the DNS entry from the firewall, why would I have done this?. My face clearly said it all, as it was hardly brought up, until I started giving myself grief over it (and every time there's ever a DNS issue I immediately announce it wasn't me!).

Open-source devs: Wget off your bloated festive behinds and patch this user cred-blabbing bug

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Surely it's not a bug, but something that should be noted

After all, if you're doing the wget - you already know the URI and any information it holds.

As for "Hector Martin tweeted that the stored information survives being moved to a different filesystem, so someone wanting to steal stored URLs from can move it from the target's hard drive to a USB key with no trouble."

So? If the attacker has access to my local file system, I'm already compromised, and if I send them files blindly, I'm an idiot.

Canuck couple returns home after night on tiles to gaggle of randomers hanging out in their flat

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Re: Heard a similar story with cars ....

My Yale key to my parents house would unlock:

my friends house

the tuck room at school

the house head's room at school

The maths stock room at school...

God knows how many other rooms if I'd just tried it, but I didn't because :)

Support whizz 'fixes' screeching laptop with a single click... by closing 'malware-y' browser tab

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Do you like making work for yourself?

I mean..... it was a dodgy site, no evidence in anyway of infection.

Uber fined £385k by ICO for THAT hack of 57m customers' deets

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Re: Peanuts

That's the 2.7Million they admitted getting pinched. Surely they wouldn't lie about the numbers, would they?!

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Re: Peanuts

My math must be off....

I worked it out as 0.6p/person

A 5G day may come when the courage of cable and DSL fails ... but it is not this day

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Re: could replace leased line options for sure.

I can tell you for sure. You wont.

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Any success actually getting 20Gb down in a month, or even hahahaha 100Gb?

Scam or stunt? It's looking like the latter... Xiaomi so sorry for £1 smartphone 'promo'

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Re: Versus Samsung


This is in fact the first I've heard of it.... almost as if the 'outrage' was also marketed ;)

'The inmates have taken over the asylum': DNS godfather blasts DNS over HTTPS adoption

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Re: Another step

The rest of the world and I have a differing opinion on 'better'.

Dead retailer's 'customer data' turns up on seized kit, unencrypted and very much for sale

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Re: Why?

Technically the time of breach was when the Landlords took the items from NCIX.

So.... back to suing NCIX then?

Anon man suing Google wants crim conviction to be forgotten

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Well, that's now gone to archive.org

You're welcome.

And I'm not talking the standard crawling by archive.org, but the creation of a warc file by our friendly archivebot we have on IRC, who crawls sites on demand and submits them as part of archive team.


Ex-UK comms minister's constituents plagued by wonky broadband over ... wireless radio link?

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Re: Openreach treats everyone equally ........

Not easily (read cheaply).

It may be poor man's Photoshop, but GIMP casts a Long Shadow with latest update

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Re: Forget the geeky stuff, sort out the user experience.

IMP's behind the cameras, gimps in front eh?

It liiives! Sorta. Gentle azure glow of Windows XP clocked in Tesco's self-checkouts, no less

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Maybe you missed the bit where it was hopeful that the failure that is Tesco's would insist of something better than the cheapest of cheap work when building the PoS?

Techie's test lab lands him in hot water with top tech news site

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That works until you find that the two companies you brought from are both buying out the same colo space.... (i.e. the cheapest one)

Ad watchdog: Amazon 'misleading' over Prime next-day delivery ads

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> Amazon was ordered not to let the advert “appear again in its current form”, and to ensure that some Amazon Prime-labelled items were not available for next-day delivery.

Is it me, or does that second bit not make sense? Was it meant to be 'as some Amazon Prime-labelled items were not available for next-day delivery' I wonder?

Sysadmin sank IBM mainframe by going one VM too deep

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Re: "...hashland would sound silly."

I'm just trying to figure out what poundbrowns would taste like....

Swiss sausage sizzler 4.0 hits 200 bangers per hour

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I just did some really bad math, and came out with sausages weighing in at 3.5Kg each?!

200 hr, over 48 hrs, weighing 37 tons....

10 social networks ignored UK government consultations

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"Data Protection Act’s penalties of up to four per cent of global turnover for non-compliance, with lesser penalties applied first."

Actually I think that's GDPR, and DPA only has fines upto £500,000 which for someone like facebook, is just a drop in the ocean.

Massive cyber attack targets mid-Atlantic nation 'Berylia'

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Re: Proper simulation

Or if you're Costa Rica, or any country without what we like to think as 'first world services' - years later.

NASA fungus problem puts theory of 'Martian mushrooms' on toast

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Why not.....

Do the research in space, on the meterorite?

I'm sure there's reasons, mostly being $$$... but would it be possible?

IBM: About those agreed voluntary redundancies ... we were just kidding

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How many will now leave anyway.... and miss out on redundancy?

How many will now leave anyway.... and miss out on redundancy?

This is worse than the time a large water company took a dump on me, after telling me they were extending my contract, to the next day telling me actually they weren't, and that was my last day.

Google slaps mute button on stupid ads that nag you to buy stuff you just looked at

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Re: Nice PR

Adverts aren't going away, no matter how much you hate them.

But, if the adverts can at least be relevant (i.e. not the ones I'm never going to click in 1000 years) then this is surely a good thing, even if the point of it is to make more money for google.

Look on the bright side, Pebble fans. At least your gizmo will work long enough for you to get beach body ready

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In the sky - is it bright? yes - it's day.

You don't need to be any more accurate when you're 50 miles from civilisation.

GitHub shrugs off drone maker DJI's crypto key DMCA takedown effort

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Re: "github provides many workflow features"

If you're incompetent enough to post your keys to github, what says your competent enough to run a git server, and not accidentally forget to back it up?

The ToS say you get to keep the flaming wreckage in this case, much use it'll do you.

Wannabe W1 DOW-er faked car crash to track down reg plate's owner

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Says it all really...

Kernel-memory-leaking Intel processor design flaw forces Linux, Windows redesign

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So I think I found a video of the bug in action....

I took a little time in my lunch break to try and figure out what was so big that it had intel and co running scared....

I found a Video from 2017 (wow that long ago!) showing reading a EC2 instance from an EC2 instance without any kind of permissions...

Is this what the fuss is about? It looks pretty scary to me!


UK security chief: How 'bout a tax for tech firms that are 'uncooperative' on terror content?

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So if I pay, it's OK?

The idea of a tax on something which shouldn't be there under any circumstance is kind of sending the wrong message, no?

Hot chips crashed servers, but were still delicious

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Re: The first question you ALWAYS ask...

Had a pharamcist one ring me, 'We can't dispense, the computer isn't working!' - after collecting the store details, asking is the computer on at all (no), they then decide to tell me the store is 6 inches deep in water due to a main that burst, and all the electrics are turned off, but they thought they should be able to power on this machine and dispense anyway!

DNS resolver will check requests against IBM threat database

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Except you can just specify a different resolver?

Your future data-centre: servers immersed in box full of oil, in a field

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Re: Surprised

There was something on Slashdot I think, just a few weeks ago.

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Re: Been there, done that...

The original big Iron servers also did this, in the 1970's.

Landlubber northern council shores up against boat-tipping

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Re: "In boat heaven"

Someones moral compass was clearly acting up.

I'm sure the fuss will tide over eventually

These jokes are all a bit ropey

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I see the funny side....

But how many are going to be now looking at the council wondering why they are paying someone for this?

Kubernetes bug ate my banking app! How code flaw crashed Brit upstart

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And there's a lesson on why your testing platform runs the _same versions_ as live

And there's a lesson on why your testing platform runs the _same versions_ as live

If it had, they'd have noticed that during this upgrade it breaks, but as so many places, they seem to have decided to upgrade the test version at some point without actually testing the whole setup.

Seagate's 'AI' disk drive: Just put slightly higher numbers on the specs

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Re: Can I have the fast one please ?

For some reason I was feeling kind and I've let el reg know. However, I wonder if we can use this as a product description and then demand that Seagate fulfil it?

Then again it's Seagate, I'd rather not.

Boss put chocolate cake on aircon controller, to stop people using it

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The cake was a lie!

How to make your HTML apps suck less, actually make some money

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Higher res graphics for those times when your holding your phone 0.2 cm away from your eyeball ?

The case of the disappearing insect. Boffin tells Reg: We don't know why... but we must act

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Once one of my cats came in with a Bat in his mouth. I have _no_ clue how he managed to catch it, I presumed it was hurt in some way, but I took it outside (in a bucket as I had no clothes to hand) lifted it up and it did fly off....

So, while we're down one bat, we're not out yet ;)

Hipster disruptor? Never trust a well-groomed caveman with your clams

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Re: Douglas Adams already pondered thusly...

He'd have seen the inverse relationship between thickness of banana slice, and value associated with and launched the 'bananot' - a banana cut into strips so thin, you wouldn't believe they exist other than the fact they come in a gold plated (warning, not real gold, just some yellow paint) presentation box. Only $1000!

Also available is the 'bananot' which comes in the larger box, and so has more room with it, only $2500!

Support team discovers 'official' vendor paper doesn't rob you blind

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I find this story very odd.

So the tapes either weren't reading at all, or were reading as different tapes to the ones in the drive - fine.

Now if they weren't reading at all, and to robot thought there was no tape, then surely it would of become very obvious once the robot went to retrieve the tape from the drive, and failed because 'I can't find the tape!'

Terrible debugging and reporting is what caused this problem, exasperated by a customer using unsupported hardware.

What is the probability of being drunk at work and also being tested? Let's find out! Correctly

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Re: Let's be real here.

Ok but what if they show up exhausted, because they have kids and they were up all night screaming?

My point is, that the effect on their work from exhaustion is the same as that of being drunk.


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