* Posts by DJ Smiley

319 posts • joined 14 Sep 2011

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Scottish court issues damages to couple over distress caused by neighbour's use of CCTV

DJ Smiley

Re: 5 days

I thought this too, concidering my CCTV records for about 3 months at a time, 5 days is laughable.

But mine only covers my drive (which I don't really consider private anyway) and the public road where both neighbours park their cars sometimes. Both neighbours are aware and happy for the CCTV to be there (It was installed by the person who lived here prior) and it's managed to capture two break in attempts on cars which were passed onto police.

Why you'd have CCTV recording a back garden is questionable - you could have it covering the part of the garden concidered 'shared access' but by the sound of things this was directly setup to monitor the entire garden including that which is the other tenants.

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Revealed: Malware that skulks in memory, invisibly collecting sysadmins' passwords

DJ Smiley

Re: Cybercriminals and open source exploit code

The infectee runs a exectuable.

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GitLab.com melts down after wrong directory deleted, backups fail

DJ Smiley

At my 2nd day of a job, I deleted the entire stack of the test system with a misplaced rm -rf.

I crapped myself thinking I'd be instantly fired. My boss made some 'angry' sounds, then told me it's not the biggest issue as they needed to try a fresh install of the new version anyway (as thats' how the new version would be rolled out in production rather than upgrading, which is what they normally did on the test servers.)

This also allowed them to fully test the backups, pulling the older data from the production backups, anonymising it as required and also finding some faults with various processes that were included but didn't work after the upgrade. In all the test system was down for about 4 days instead of 1, but the fixing of the systems to allow it to get the go ahead in production took a month or more. If I'd not 'slipped up' then they wouldn't of known these issues until trying to go live in production and if so, it would of been a very long night of around 6-8 hours reinstalling the older version back into production (after the 6-8 hours of installing and testing the new version).

This attitude of 'we can't afford to test it' is utter bollocks. You fire up as many vm's as required in the cloud, and you at least verify the _data_ is there, even if the functionality isn't. It's bad to find the code for the production system isnt' backed up as much as you think it is, it's unrecoverable to find out the data is gone.

These guys got lucky, if he hadn't taken that copy 6 hours before they'd be dead in the water and the company would be gone.

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Chevy Bolt electric car came alive, reversed into my workbench, says stunned bloke

DJ Smiley

Re: Odd belief

We broke a handbrake cable in Iceland, it was -20C outside. After this happened they told us just to leave the cars in gear, and not put it on.

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Home Einsteins help turn up 13 new pulsars

DJ Smiley

Re: How the hell does a star change its rotation?

I'm imagining it literally rolled over, it'd then appear to be rotating the other way from afar?

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Insane blackhats behind world's most expensive ransomware 'forget' to backup crypto keys

DJ Smiley

Re: Sounds like...

Bitcoin is auditable - it's shown in the blockchain if anyone has paid (or in this case that no one has).

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How the NYE leap second clocked Cloudflare – and how a single character fixed it

DJ Smiley

Re: "but we have external input making them unpredictable"

Trust, but verify. Applies to programs and users.

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'Upset' Linus Torvalds gets sweary and gets results

DJ Smiley

Re: I wonder about the devs

I'm laughing hard, because basically we've gone from blaming the 'kids' to blaming the adults who teach them, who are mainly... us.

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Major outage at broadband biz 186k

DJ Smiley

Re: Safety Net

That's because, despite how much the energy companies would like you to believe otherwise, they don't actually 'handle' the energy.

They simple broker how much usage they think they'll require, and make sure they put the numbers in, in good time for the production to be done.

Not quite the same with ISP's, where they are actually handling the data from point to point (and so when it falls over, it isn't actually 'still there').

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DJ Smiley

Re: Is it just me ...

Where there's no money, there's no refunds.

Also, unless you've got SLA's with contracts to match, you'll have fun getting refunds anyway.

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Top tech company's IP was looted by China, so it plans to hack back

DJ Smiley

Re: Errr

It's not, it's just costly to do so.

Obviously weighing up security vs ease is a hard one that we'll be battling with for a long time to come.

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Sysadmin told to spend 20+ hours changing user names, for no reason

DJ Smiley

While not as abusive, my own thought was 'can't you script this?'

Obviously if said educational institute doesn't want to fund the educating of an employee to be able to do such things then, they can enjoy [wasting|spending] said time doing it instead.

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Google turns on free public NTP servers that SMEAR TIME

DJ Smiley

Re: Smearing

That can make things get really confused also, so it's a tricky one to be sure.

If you for some reason have something running at 23:59:59; and you check if it's running still 1 second later (expecting the time to be 00:00:00) - what do you expect will happen?

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SHIFT + F10, Linux gets you Windows 10's cleartext BitLocker key

DJ Smiley

Re: What's wrong with that, Microsoft...?

Anyone doing remote/unattended upgrades should be capable of reading the articles on how to do this manually, create a clear key and save it to the drive - along with the appropriate warnings about doing so (I'd be worried if anyone has un-monitored access to their physical servers anyway).

Doing it by default is just plain ignorant, stupid and possibliy malicious.

It's not impossible for me to have dns claim my server is updates.microsoft.com (or whatever the address is now) and tell windows I have a 'new upgrade' package for it to install. Suddenly this looks very dodgy indeed.

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DJ Smiley

Re: This, because we can't overwrite files that are in use.

No you don't.

You need to remotely have the system request the password of a user who has the ability to create the clear text key, you then save that key, get to the system whenever you want (and however you want); put the key back; reboot it.

It reboots back up, and unencrypts the drive for you while it does it.

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A cardboard desk? I won’t stand for it (actually I will)

DJ Smiley

Re: Portability

Actually... they did make them do that...

http://www.shippingcontainersuk.com/brands/foldable_containers.php

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Small ISPs 'probably' won't receive data retention order following IP Bill

DJ Smiley

Re: Dear Santa

Erm no it isn't.

The idea is the traffic cannot be viewed in transit, and not MitM'd unless they are placing the Man after your vpn exit point (i.e. another country.).

Of course to get around this will mean most companies will soon be hosted out of places where they can't be reached, along with moving their tax paying dollars there too.... oh, wait.

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User needed 40-minute lesson in turning it off and turning it on again

DJ Smiley

Re: Can you hold down the power button

No, That's the return key, or 'Page return key' if we're being pedantic.

The enter key is 'normally' found on a numpad. My Dell provided input device clearly has this.

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Arch Linux: In a world of polish, DIY never felt so good

DJ Smiley

Gentoo here! Far more pure!

Or something.

I have nothing useful to add :(

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Hell desk thought PC fire report was a first-day-on-the-job prank

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Can I turn it on? It's under 6 inches of water....

Working for a hell-desk for a medium sized pharmacy firm (street facing shops) and I have a call from a concerned pharmacist. Their store had flooded overnight and was still about 6 inches deep in water but they were some how operating by hand anyway.

So they asked if they could turn on the pharmacy computer, as some of the electrics had survived. I pondered this for a moment, then asked 'well is the computer wet?'. The answer, from someone who had done a number of years at university and was qualified to give me enough drugs to kill answered honestly 'well, it's on the floor so it's in the 6 inches of water, but I thought it might just work anyway?'

Needless to say I told them not ot turn it on under any circumstances, and let us know once all the pluming was sorted so we could look at getting a tech out for the computers...

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GlobalSign screw-up cancels top websites' HTTPS certificates

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Joke

Re: Wikipedia affected

I was SO expecting a 'Close Safari.... Use a real browser' type response.

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TV5Monde was saved from airtime-KO hack by unplugging infected box

DJ Smiley

Re: Technicians

I find it amusing that something like this doesn't have 24/7 on site support.

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One-way Martian ticket: Pick passengers for Musk's first Mars pioneer squad

DJ Smiley

Re: No idea why...

I'm wondering if we ignore the moon bceause the dust is so dangerous? You'd basically never be able to take anything from outside inside, due to all the cancer causing stuff.

I'm presuming Mars' dust is actually safer.

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DDoS attacks: For the hell of it or targeted – how do you see them off?

DJ Smiley

Re: Cloud-based DDoS defences introduce delays

Because the two largest ever seen DDoS's were windows boxes right.

Yeah, exactly. I'm a linux user, but stupid comments like this help no one.

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Google rushes in where Akamai fears to tread, shields Krebs after world's-worst DDoS

DJ Smiley

Does it matter if it's obvious?

These guys were making money from doing the DDoS's, from a business pretending to be a testing service.

I'd find it hard to believe anyone thought these guys were legit.

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DJ Smiley

Re: The Only Way...

I'm thinking about a car analogy for this.

The Tesla ships with autodrive, it's great, it generally works, but it might kill you (or someone else).

Your responsibility as a driver, is to remain in control of the device you are using. Tesla's is to try and make sure you do.

Obviously, with IoT devices that you can't configure then ISP's need to outright block this traffic. This is something that's actually discussed in the original article (or one of the many I've read about this attack since). I'm starting to think we need a dual layered internet where the vast majority of users only have access to websites (and maybe force them to use https?) and anything more than this is an extra you opt into. Of course as soon as we did this then ISP's would jump on the chance to charge you for all the extras you need, vpn? charge for that, you host a server? charge for that... etc

I don't know what the fix is :(

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If we can't fix this printer tonight, the bank's core app will stop working

DJ Smiley

Re: Late night pointless calls..

In my new gig our ticket system actually shows the local time *of the person who raised it* in the main ticket interface

I don't know why I've never seen this before (granted, I've never supported anything US based before, only europe and then most of the timezones are pretty close to 'local' local time.

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Wanna quote tweets without manual faff? HAVE AT IT, sez Twitter

DJ Smiley
Terminator

Is this new?

I've had this for a number of weeks, maybe even months.... I do recall a time without it, and wishing for it but it appeared long enough ago that I don't recall when i was...

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Sony tells hacked gamer to pay for crooks' abuse of PlayStation account

DJ Smiley

and yet only one person had fraudulant activity and they knew about it fast enough to block it....

so they got the email from sony to tell them they'd just brought something....

so the 'hackers' didn't change the email address prior to the 'buying spee' of one item?

Suddenly things aren't so simple anymore.

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DJ Smiley

You need more upvotes.

There was no 'hacking' here, just someone stupid with no idea how to secure their own cash.

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Behold our SPINNING DATA GRAVE: WD carts out 6.3TB cold storage drive

DJ Smiley

Re: Short warranty for Archive drive?

.... you've just agreed with the OP. Anyway 5yr used to be the standard for warranty I'd look for, for at least a desktop system that's getting harder and harder.

I'm starting to wonder if we will see warranties which depend on time drive has been running rather than clock time. Warranty for 500,000 hrs run time would be far more trusted than it can sit in a box for 3 years and be fine!.

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DJ Smiley

You've got to laugh...

Archive quality....

Long storage....

3 year warranty..... :(

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'You're BEAUTIFUL when you're angry' 'You SEXIST PIG!' Xbox One's fresh brouhaha

DJ Smiley

So how many of those games allow split screen?

Oh. :(

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Facebook unwraps SHARING IS CARING photo album function

DJ Smiley

Still playing catch up with google then...

Meanwhile on google plus, you can do this plus have automatic "Event" mode, in which anyone who is coming to the event can enable this, and all photos taken between the two times (of the start and end of the event) will automatically be added to the album....

So that'll be coming to a facebook soon then?

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Selfridges dreaming of a snot-themed Christmas

DJ Smiley
Headmaster

Re: Copyright?

Theres the idiot in a rush question.

Would an idiot in a rush confuse the two? I'd argue no, because it's bright green...... however it is clearly a bright green batman with a yellow cloak wielding a blue sword.

:/

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PHWOAR! Huh! What is it good for? Absolutely nothing, Prime Minister

DJ Smiley
Paris Hilton

O2 might turn this on by default for contracts, but all operators don't.

The number of parents who buy their kid's contract phones, and never inform the operator that a under 18 is operating the phone means we have many "WHY DID YOU LET LITTLE JOHNNY CALL THOSE LINES!" customer complaints, after little johnny has made it very clear he is pretending to be 18.

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DJ Smiley

Well the comment about O2 on 3G is incorrect.

All mobile operators supply a way to block adult content simply by letting them know, you can also block other services such as premium rate phone lines etc.

How do I know? Well I have a work phone on O2, and in some cases I need to check access to things and this may end up being of an adult nature. :D There is nothing blocked other than the default list which blocks cp.

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How do you drive a supercomputer round a Formula 1 track?

DJ Smiley

Pffft, can anything on google maps these days :D

http://goo.gl/maps/LSTF2

see? :)

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Battery-boosting breakthrough grows on trees – literally

DJ Smiley
Facepalm

Re: we are still stuck with the same old battery tech

So you expect to change how energy transfer works within physics? Yup, that would be quite some breakthrough!

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Patriot hacker 'The Jester' attacks nations offering Snowden help

DJ Smiley
Holmes

Re: Meh.

Who says they aren't?

They had the anon guy for 9 months before revealing their hand.

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Fitbit Flex wristband: What to wear out when wearing yourself out

DJ Smiley
Facepalm

Re: Why?

So buy a pedometer.

This is a product for someone who wants to understand what they are intaking and outputting all in one simple package.

You want to check your heart rate? It's quite simple, here is your wrist, here are some fingers. Now count.

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Business is slow. Here's a good idea, let's compete with customers

DJ Smiley
Devil

Or maybe a Computer Producer taking over the entire worlds music retailing....

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Drone to deliver beer-as-a-service

DJ Smiley
Facepalm

1.Send text message to get beer

2. Get charged via return text message...

3. return text message contains code to open "fridge" on the 'copter....

4. Beer ends up in right hands \o/

(Disclaimer, I work for a company who sell text messaging solutions so many my views are blurred by this, but haven't I just solved the problem?)

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'Charge memory' boffins: Hungover Li-Ion batts tell fat whoppers

DJ Smiley
Holmes

Re: The widespread belief that lithium-ion batteries don't suffer from “charge memory”

That's bad battery design.

The batteries physically expand as they charge. If they expand so much they become compressed they can be damaged. If their casing is so small they can't charge to full size? BAD DESIGN.

Then again it's Sony.... so I'm not too surprised.

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Watch the skies: SPACE HEDGEHOG plunges to Earth in Oxfordshire

DJ Smiley

They are ping pong balls. I guess they are following that "fit an experiement in a ping pong ball and you can send it into space" thing that seems to be popular currently.

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We shall CRUSH you, puny ROBOT... with CHESS

DJ Smiley
Facepalm

Limited number of tries might help

I just tried it out. It let me retry as many times as I needed to hit the right combination.

For people who think themselves intelligent, they've utterly failed in understanding how spam bots work.

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DJ Smiley
Facepalm

The real use...

The technology is often used to frustrate humans signing up to web mail accounts and similar services.

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Google sends Street View car into Fukushima dead zone

DJ Smiley
Thumb Up

Re: Unsecured WiFi

You know, while this is a joke, it'd be a really REALLY good idea.

They could map out how much radiation they are seeing at various points to give some kind of "spread" map.

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Brit comic-book-guy-vs-gangsters film goes straight to Xbox Live

DJ Smiley
Facepalm

Re: Missing the obvious:

And gotten lots of nice free publicity.

Strange how that worked out so well eh?

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