* Posts by Valeyard

573 posts • joined 14 Nov 2012


No Mo'zilla for about 100 techies today: Firefox maker lays off staff as boss talks of 'difficult choices' and funding


good moneysaving plan guys

sack all the QA leads and move the testers somewhere else

I don't see how that could possibly come back to bite you later

China tells America, with a straight face, it will absolutely crack down on hacking and copyright, tech blueprint theft


Re: crack down on counterfeiting and IP theft

i don't think that's the same thing as the factory you sent your designs to ripping off the product using the same tooling during the night shift

Whirlybird-driving infosec boss fined after ranty Blackpool Airport air traffic control antics


10 minutes?

if 10 minutes of £550p/h is causing you concern I don't think a helicopter is for you

"Good. Stay out of my ATZ. You need to check your radio. By all means complain"

Tolley sounds like she handled the situation beautifully, he needed to be brought down a peg or two

Under construction: CAT lobs bargain-basement rugged mobile that will take a kicking and keep on clicking



Ok so it can withstand a fall or submersion in water

but are there an unlimited number of screen covers for the inevitable concrete or plaster getting stuck to the screen?

Linux in 2020: 27.8 million lines of code in the kernel, 1.3 million in systemd


Re: I've had .....

for me pulseaudio fails on boot and i have to pulseaudio& in a terminal to have sound

when pulseaudio and systemd meet

Non-unicorn $700 e-scooter shop Unicorn folds with no refunds – after blowing all its cash on online ads



TLDR: "we had all these orders to fulfill but we spent all the money trying to get more orders instead, so we ended up with even more orders but no money to make them with"

Listen up you bunch of bankers. Here are some pointers for less crap IT


practical advice from the sidelines

-set impact tolerances for each important business service, which quantify the maximum tolerable level of disruption they would tolerate;

-take actions to be able to remain within their impact tolerances.

"hope that helps"

NASA told to get act together on commercial crew vendors as chance of US-free ISS rises


wank and send tweets

We're going deeper Underground: Vulture clicks claws over London's hidden tracks


Mail Rail

First time I heard of this was in the laundry files when it gets used as an escape route, had to immediately look it up

TalkTalk still struggles to shut down legacy email addresses on request


just cut out the middle man

do it yourself with an SQL injection

Match.com? More like Match dot-con, claims watchdog: Cyber-lonely-hearts 'lured into forking out to view bot spam'


Re: If it was as rare and as unintentional as they say...

the assumption made is that they aren't the ones creating these accounts themselves

Rebel Galaxy Outlaw: Well, lookie here! For once a space game that doesn't promise the universe


Board games

Board games give you your space RPG nowadays, XIA is the most elite-like game i've played in a long time on any media, whereas Galaxy Truckers is really good casual fun

Broadcom billionaire Henry Nicholas and pal on drugs rap cough up $1m to avoid the clink


Re: why do drugs = crime?

Simply because the price for drugs is massively inflated by the prohibition

you've never had to live in middlesbrough. Cheapest drugs in the land, absolute shithole with zombies everywhere asking for 20p or just being content with flogging your stolen TV for a fiver because they can get a decent hit of heroin for a quid

i love your romanticised view of drugs but try living where it actually affects people who don't choose to do drugs

Who left a database of emails, credit cards, plain-text passwords, and more open to the web this week? Tech Data, come on down!


wheres the quote?

I need to be reassured that my security and privacy is of upmost importance

What first attracted Ofcom boss Sharon White to the near-£1m salary offered by John Lewis Partnership?



"What first attracted you to the millionaire paul daniels?"

British Army cyber 'n' psyops unit 77 Brigade can't even brainwash civvies into helping it meet recruitment targets


government spooks

I wonder why anyone won't join UK cybersec-anything, where you'll sell your soul to spend more of your time spying on the innocent citizens in the UK than rival nations, all for a meagre civil service wage

get f**ked

Oracle AI's Eurovision horror show: How bad can it be? Yep. Badder


you're hired

Better than any UK entry for the past few decades

Zavvi tells customers: You've won VIP tickets to Champions League final! And you've won tickets, and you've won tickets, and you, and...


waiting for 20 years

when the guy posts it as a "who, me?"

UK.gov admits it was slow to intervene in Verify's abject failure to meet user targets


government IT

There is an entire industry just centred around burning through government money, and it whacks you right into the fortune 500

Lone staffer killed our shields, claims etailer Gearbest after infosec bods peep at user deets


VPNMentor also went into a little detail about those who had bought sex toys from the site, including a Pakistani man who'd treated himself to three dildos. Highlighting Pakistan's backwards attitude to LGBT rights, VPNMentor said "this information could mean a literal death sentence for this user". ®

Maybe it was for all the hot lady senoritas he has, playa

Transcript leak: Inside Facebook's secret crisis meeting, where Zuck and Sheryl race to save social network's rep


Zuckerberg: OK, all right! Thank you. Now that brings me to a bigger concern: our public image. As you know we take our users' privacy very seriously…

All: Very seriously.

Amazing! I can imagine them all reciting that in response to that sentence every single time it's said like in hot fuzz, "the greater good"

Oracle to lure boffins with cloud credits, see if enterprise-grade tech can speed up research


Re: windows 10 Audio/video de-sync in VM, solution!

thank you for that delightful story..?

Crowdfunded lawyer suing Uber told he can't swerve taxi app giant's £1m legal bill


More importantly the federal government will be responsible for picking up the tab if the decision went against them

that's very nice of them to do that in London

Northern UK smart meter rollout is too slow, snarls MPs' committee


"Dear MPs, where is this North Region?"

in what the MPs see as the barbaric wilds beyond the M25

Secret mic in Nest gear wasn't supposed to be a secret, says Google, we just forgot to tell anyone


Re: i believe it was a mistake..

As you seem to work for Google PR

yes, we just have a curl script refreshing theregister commentards on a big screen, it takes up the half the width of our floor (The other half is a live feed of your webcam you mucky boy)


i believe it was a mistake..

I'm normally the first to criticise google, but nest literally has a function where it'll activate and send me a notification if it picks up sound in the house when I'm out

So I hardly think this is some nefarious hidden feature, This is just a non-story

Tens of millions more web accounts for sale after more sites hacked, Mac malware spreads via Windows.exe, and more


Re: yay I'm in one!

what? I keep hearing more and more good things about revolut but didn't know about these disposable numbers, that's the best reason I've had to look into it


yay I'm in one!

roll 1; crit fail on web security

nat 20 on keepass and unique passwords

Facebooker swatted, Kaspersky snares an NSA thief, NASA server exposed, and more


Re: Swatting

yes that's what the emergency services need, more bureaucracy!

Alphabet board smacked with sueball for paying off Google execs accused of sexual harassment


This is why Google is so PC

They doth protest too much.

Wax lyrical about equality, whilst behind the conference room doors the people most proud of their egalitarian reputation are backing female devs into the corner of the room

This is the final straw, evil Microsoft. Making private GitHub repos free? You've gone too far


Re: As ever

yeah, my humble way of giving back is just to log every bug or crash i find after investigating solid recreation steps instead of moaning and restarting. I've found some good ones, makes me warm inside to know that my tiny contributions help something

EU politely asks if China could stop snaffling IP as precondition for doing business


Re: Have the cake and eat it

Have your cake and eat it is the perfect title for this. So it costs to lose IP, what they need to ask themselves is that cost lower or higher than a local manufacturing facility rather than outsourcing. Then pick one.

IBM: Co-Op Insurance talking direct to coding subcontractor helped collapse of £55m IT revamp project


Re: @valeyard

my mates? B ark? i have no idea what you're talking about

What I do know is I worked for the HMRC as a developer and know frig all about tax law


the business analysts, project managers and others who had little understanding of either technology or the business

So... back in your day a developer at the HMRC would know every little piece of tax law, for example? I call BS

US told to appoint a damn Privacy Shield ombudsperson already or EU will take action


Oooh just you wait

There'll be severe tutting and possibly even suggestions of a mildly-worded letter you mark my words

Sidecar drags itself out the grave, sues Uber for putting it there



The paying more and charging less I don't realllly have a problem with, but this:

Uber is accused of developing a system to book Sidecar rides and then cancel them at the last minute in order to disrupt its business and undermine trust in its service.

I have absolutely no trouble whatsoever in believing

Brits' DNA data sent to military base after 'foreign' hack attacks – report


Re: Strange

I think it's of value because it took so much time, knowledge and expense to complete. Any country getting hold of it would cut that whole part out, academic data is always being pilfered.

It was a lit CeBIT see, got teeny weeny, world's biggest tech show yearly party... closed its German fest's doors yesterday


Re: English..

hey I was all up for wackaday at the time!!! I get it now, but without being told about it I would never have made that connection, it just doesn't read like that



It was a lit CeBIT see, got teeny weeny, world's biggest tech show yearly party... closed its German fest's doors yesterday

I'm sorry but what? some of these titles are just so try-hard they move into complete nonsense

When selling security awareness training by email, probably a good shout not to hit 'reply all'


Re: They let him loose on customers BEFORE his own training?

BEFORE his own training?

ahh i see you fell for that one. There was never going to be any security training for new sales droids...

Fancy Bear hacker crew Putin dirty RATs in Word documents emailed to govt orgs – report


Re: Sigh .... those Russians

indeed... comrade ;)

TalkTalk hackhack duoduo thrownthrown in the coolercooler: 'Talented' pair sentenced for ransacking ISP


"legacy" issues

-cost of fixing "legacy" issues (called such even though they're actually "current" issues): weeks to months of dev-time with no new shiny to show the top brass

-cost of not fixing: ~£77m, more after loss of reputation, custom and future custom

lessons learned industry-wide: probably 0

HSBC now stands for Hapless Security, Became Compromised: Thousands of customer files snatched by crims


"password changes"

...you mean your customers still log in with a username and password? for online banking? no 2FA?

well fuck me

Lloyds Banking Group: We're firing 6,240 to hire 8,240


New jobs!*

*not available outside india

Apple's launch confirms one thing: It's determined to kill off the laptop for iPads


i'm sorry in advance

"It doesn't just change the way we think about iPad, it changes the way we think about computers."

"what's a computer?"

Belgium: Oi, Brits, explain why Belgacom hack IPs pointed at you and your GCHQ



I mean we spy on our own citizens, spying on our allies is nothing once you've opened that pandora's box

UK.gov to press ahead with online smut checks (but expects £10m in legals in year 1)


So what of all the sites hosted in another country?

Oh god, imagine if we were all restricted to british porn. This is the worst-case scenario, and should be the rallying cry for the opposition

Remember that lost memory stick from Heathrow Airport? The terrorist's wet dream? So does the ICO


Whilst there may be defined patrol routes, the last thing you want is to execute these patrols in a predictable manner,

I agree, and I'm not some joe public here, I've played enough commandos: behind enemy lines to be qualified to have an opinion on this.

On the seventh anniversary of Steve Jobs' death, we give you 7 times he served humanity and acted as an example to others



After seeing how much of the company was made up of educated white men, Jobs ensured that there are now just as many chinese children employed by apple as tax attorneys

what a guy

California cracks down on Internet of Crap passwords with new law to stop the botnets


Re: every device in someone's house beeping like mad

12 o'clock flasher has now been successfully installed into my vocabulary!



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