* Posts by Mark 85

9610 posts • joined 22 Nov 2012

CEO insisted his email was on server that had been offline for years

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Re: That sounds like the story of a madhouse

I'm just about to leave one job and they are offering me a pay rise. My thoughts are why am I not on this salary in the first place, so I wont be accepting it.

I learned back in the '70's to never, ever accept a counter offer from your employer no matter how good it is. They will use it as a wedge to treat you unmercifully and also put you at the top of the layoff list. I wasn't the one who accepted the counter offer, it was friend and within two years, he was not his old self but rather beaten down.

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Re: Serious career advice

And "securely stored" doesn't mean in a locked file cabinet or desk drawer at work. Take the stuff home and lock it a secure lockbox. I've seen a few cases where someone stashed the stuff at work, and when the lawsuits hit, they're data storage was empty as was their email boxes, etc. If it's for CYA, keep it safe and away from manglement.

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Re: It's easy to spot the useless management.

They are the ones who think PowerPoint is a useful business tool. If they were all fired today, world-wide, come Monday morning nobody would notice but themselves.

Accounting would probably notice since the power bills would suddenly drop.

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Chinese web giant finds Windows zero-day, stays shtum on specifics

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Given that it's China, I wonder how many zero-days they have that haven't been reported? I'd also assume that Russia has a few along with the 5-I's. But it is a good gesture on their part.

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Facebook privacy audit by auditors finds everything is awesome!

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Re: Quick Google search gives...

One needs to remember that they made their name doing "accounting" err... vote tabulation for various high visibility award programs, like the Oscars, etc. Their name is out there and well known. However, all the scandals haven't seemed to touch them in the public eye.

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Ok.. so they're compliant with their 2011 Consent policy.

A lot has happened in 7 years. Maybe they need an updated policy in light of all current BS and then audit to that. Although after the dog and pony show with Congress, I guess all will be declared well by all parties and it'll be business as usual. SSDD or maybe SSDY*.

*SSDY = Same S**t Different Year

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BOFH: We know where the bodies are buried

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Re: I like the new Boss

But.... at some point, he'll become a liability due to knowing that while there are bodies buried, he doesn't know how many or where. Finding out either of those two things should earn him his own personal sized carpet roll.

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Tech bribes: What's the WORST one you've ever been offered?

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Socks? Again?

What the hell is with the socks? That's someth8ing your mother or grandmother give you for Christmas. Seems to be a very common handout by tech companies. Just weird.

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Re: My Account Manager

I knew a person who worked for a company like that. No one ever got fired but their bonuses took a hit. BTW, he quit after the first week as their ethics really sucked. The company only lasted about 2 years with certain execs taking a legal hit.

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Re: First of all, I don't accept bribes. Ever. Personal policy.

Upvote for the Blues Brothers reference. Have one for me....

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There is no perceived IT generation gap: Young people really are thick

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I make no apology and this week compound my offence by offering you a cover version of one of his finest 45rpm “pop” discs. Tacky, eh?

Well.. that's refreshing as I had a moment's pause thinking you were going to Rickroll us.

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ZTE to USA: Sure, ban us, but you cannot afford such victories

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I suspect that part of the problem stems from the guy at the top and coupled with buzz phrases and a lack of understanding is pushing us down this road. Yes, make the US great, but building a plant to produce anything from chips to phones takes time and money. The manufacturing didn't just jump to China overnight as China put money and time into building the physical plants. We here in the States, were shutting them down or making them unprofitable with piles of regulations. Some regs make sense, others not so much. And naturally, any elected official will mouth what the voters want to hear no matter how irrational it is. To restart manufacturing here in the States will take some time, a pile of money, some ingenuity, and probably a change of mindset by consumers (workers and users) and by the powers that be.

It is a conundrum with no easy answers. Starting to produce hardware is a whole different can of worms than starting a software company. Just getting approval to build a plant can take years.

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Here's another headline where NASA is dragged through the mud for cheap Mars wise cracks

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Let's face it, science is applied tech and tech is being driven by science (at least the research areas) so the articles fit right in. As for space... all of the exploration either from earth or actually in space is heavy tech. A good fit for El Reg, IMO.

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Nominet drains mug of tea, leans back, calmly explains how to make Whois GDPR-compliant

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Nominet's answer to this is seemingly simple: law enforcement agencies (LEAs) can access that data for no cost at any point through a searchable Whois. Presumably they will be given a login to Nominet's systems.

And all LEO's are honest, would never take a bribe to get some info that someone wanted? Handing out passwords just doesn't have a good feel to it. Maybe a one time password might work. But the devil is in the details so hopefully there will be controls on the LEO's access.

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Yahoo! webmail! hacker! faces! nearly! eight! years! in! the! cooler!

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I wonder how hard the lawyers would argue in his defense if it were their accounts (or their law firms accounts) that had been hacked? Just musing....

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Facebook puts 1.5bn users on a boat from Ireland to California

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It's almost as if the company is worried that if it was completely honest about what it does with its users information they would leave the service in droves.

One might hope that is true (See icon...) but there are too many users who just don't seem to care. Hopefully, there's a wake-up call coming.

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Bloke fruit flies enjoy ejaculating, turn to booze when starved of sexy times

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Re: Either good research or bad reporting

Methiniks you need a beer or a roll in the hay... Maybe it is evolutionary.. the ones that survive and breed have this need for the mental stimulation.

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Re: I thought...

This article suggests it's yeast: https://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/10/11/flies_beer/

Much confusion in the boffin land obviously as to why.

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Millions of scraped public social net profiles left in open AWS S3 box

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Facebook again involved?

I do believe it's time to nuke them from space* and put and end to screwing over just about every one on the planet. Although, from reports, there damn few left who haven't been slurped, filed, indexed, and sold.

*Nuke several times as it's the only way to be sure.

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Musk: I want to retrieve rockets with big Falcon party balloons

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Re: Errr.. Why?

In which case the White House is the perfect landing zone (especially if there is still a few tons of propellant left)!!

The White House? Excellent choice as there's been no intelligent life there for several decades.

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How 'parasitic' Google's 'We're journalists!' court defence was stamped into oblivion

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@Codejunky -- Re: "get those taken down"

Part of the problem is that Google seems to have set up it's searches thinking it is a Ministry of Truth. That is for some value of "truth". We do a search and we get Google's preferences first. So yes, they are acting with prejudice. It's been a long time since their motto was "Do no evil".

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@LDS -- Re: "get those taken down"

"Popularity" is not the right way to index everything - especially when it can have dire consequences.

It may not be right way, but it seems to be the a somewhat easier way to do it. Your arguments would require a huge human investment and then there's the moral question of "who decides?". Who determines what is a "nasty book" or perhaps the suicide info will benefit someone looking for warning signs in a loved one. Sometimes it's the hoarding of certain medications is the clue.

I'm not defending Google nor would I try as they are only in this for the money but yes, there needs to be a better way. Censorship as you seem to be advocating would lead us down a real slippery slope. Yeah.... I know Google "censors" and "buries" links based on "hits" and "profit" but I'm not sure what the solution to that is.

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Machines learned to assemble IKEA’s semi-disposable furniture

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@JakeMS

We don't pull it apart and start over, real men force the missing part in place (I do anyway), if it goes in with force great, all that matters is that I got it in.

Also, real men unpack it, grab the instructions and toss them in the bin by saying "I don't need no stinking instructions." Later (maybe an hour or day) we dig them out of the trash. But hey, we have beer and get to play with tools and stuff.

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Super Cali health inspectors: Tesla blood awoke us

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Why California?

I'm just curious why is the plant in California? High labor and other costs associated with any manufacturing there. It's good they have a tough OSHA from an employee standpoint but then, Tesla hasn't been fined yet (or maybe there's just not been any news reports). Just very surprising to me.

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It's US Tax Day, so of course the IRS's servers have taken a swan dive

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Re: "the agency is hoping a hard reboot of its systems will resolve the issue"

Oh dear. That generally means you don't have a clue. Hope the systems come back up.

Usually, that is the last resort before the next which is take a large hammer to the server and beat it into a pulp.

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COBOL?

Good plan. Security by obscurity as it saves on having InfoSecurity.

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France building encrypted messaging app for politicians

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There's two types of encryption then.. one for them that's very secure and one for everyone else that's less than secure. Which seems to be pretty much of the way government works since much of the legislate has an out for those in power. Still looks like the calendar is set for 1984.

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NASA's TESS mission in distress, Mars Express restart is a success

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Re: consumer electronics manufacturers have no incentive to support their old devices.

Maybe we should fire them into space?

The manufacturers or the devices?

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"Microsoft belatedly realised this with Windows and Office [...] Now they're switching to (expensive) subscriptions"

So far they've skipped the subscription and gone straight for the loss leader. Just continual updates, presumably in the hope that we'll give them money for something else?

I would argue that presumably at some point they will produce a stable and usable OS that doesn't cause grief from an update. Stability is good. Updates the improve the system are good. Updates that break things or BSOD the computer are bad. MS hasn't figured out with Win10 at this point.

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Pentagon sticks to its guns: Yep, we're going with a single cloud services provider

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Sounds like the "fix is in" to me...

" – made it impossible for firms other than AWS, which already holds government contracts, to apply."

Pretty much sums up who's getting the contract.

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Windows 10 Spring Creators Update team explains the hold-up: You little BSOD!

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Oxymoron?

"Microsoft" and "quality control".

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We 'could' send troubled Watchkeeper drones to war, insists UK minister

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I never understand why military projects always seem go massively over budget and still produce a product which doesn't work.

It's the nature of the procurement process. The military says "we need X". Procurement says "we need X" and "let's add Y". Then after the contract is signed, there's the prototype. Then the big cost/profit jumps into play. In some circles it's called "gold plating" where over a year or two, procurement says "add Z, Z1, ad nauseam ad infinitum ad mortem". And it's the last that keeps changing.. add more cost, more research, more testing. Meantime, the troops are going "Where the hell is our X?". When they finally take delivery, it's "What the hell is this?". And so it goes.]

I worked in defense for about decade and a half, I saw this happen repeatedly. Some of the ideas procurement tossed out were beyond absurd for the system being bought but we had to investigate it and bill for it.

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Facebook admits it does track non-users, for their own good

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Re: RE: As a never-signed up non member....

You can "tag".. it just becomes a non-linked tag showing your name or whatever the "owner" of the account used. I found that out from my brother (I don't have an account) but he sent a link to a photo where I was "tagged". No link, just the name. There' must be a zillion people with the same name as me so... obscurity wins.

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I route all Facebook domains (about 1500 of them) to 0.0.0.0 in hosts.

Which works well until one goes to Win10. Then... not so much since HOSTS is ignored.

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Australian Feds cuff woman who used BTC to buy drugs on dark web

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Re: They can´t sniff out crime on the dark web

Are we absolutely 100% sure? TOR was originally a US Navy project as I recall. Can we really be sure there's no back doors? Funny that for all the posturing by the 5 I's and US agencies about evil encryption, there's been no mention of TOR.

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Re: Either that or

It might be a bluff or not. There's so many variables here including the seller or even "friends" of the buyer that either copped a plea or were undercover. They might have been watching a couple of doggy sites an sorting out where the buyer was.

I don't know about Australia but here in the States, the cops have to be prepared to disclose exactly where and how they gathered evidence so the Bitcoin transaction might have to be explained if it was tracked. Same for the dark web.

The end result at this point is that a lot of drug dealers and buyers will looking over their shoulder ans sweating blood if they try using the web for their drugs.

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'Uncarrier' T-Mobile US to un-carry $40m for bumpkin blower bunkum

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Same deal with CenteryLink in Oregon. They all play that game after manipulating the FCC to change the rules. They use phone lines and since the FCC redefined "broadband" they can get away with it.

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Net neutrality advocates freak out as lobbyists pull rug from California's draft net neutrality law

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Re: CA government is so corrupt

Nah... not fraud but the type of folks who live there. In CA there's only two areas where a Republican has a chance (one area north of San Francisco and the other is Orange County). So this isn't about Repubs or Dems, because there is no opposition. Funny thing about all this... Dems are supposed to be against big business and the evil monopolies, not for giving them more power.

So for you and Big John, it's not fraud and seeing how there's no Republicans to speak of in office, no reason to mention which party rules the state. It's obvious. I'm in southern Oregon and watching the Californians move up here to get away from things like higher taxes. And what do they do? Start voting for those same laws, taxes, services, and the same type of legislators they moved to get away from. Go figure.

Seems this country is getting too damned polarized with the right vs. left. No statesman, no moderates who can see and temper the extremes at both ends. This is a pretty sad state of affairs, IMO, as there's no balance but only party lines. And both extremes are corrupt as hell as what's going on with their "net neutrality" makes clear. The big corps own them.

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Car-crash television: 'Excuse me ma'am, do you speak English?' 'Yes I do,' replies AMD's CEO

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Re: F1 is a Car Crash

To me, F1 has been "dead" for too many decades. I go back to Sterling Moss, Phil Hill, Jim Clarrk and others of their ilk during my childhood (not to mention many of the US NASCAR, Indy Car types (though it wasn't Indy Car back then)). No computers watching every foot of travel. No radio comms. Just man and machine vs. man and machine with someone with a sheet of paper in the pits running figures for fuel and speed. Oh.. and noise. Loud those engines were.

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ZTE now stands for 'zero tech exports' – US govt slaps 7-year ban on biz

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Re: Real risk ?

<shrugs> Does it matter who has the backdoor? Seems like every "I" agency already owns us users.

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US, UK cyber cops warn Russians are rooting around in your routers

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Re: Crying Wolf

Let's not forget Goebbels quote: "If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it."*

*Just one of several variants credited to him

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When you get the "blond hair" block, let us know. The others were easy, this one keeps screaming at my router.

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The law of run Nintendo consequences: Sega brings out mini Mega Drive / Genesis

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Simplify it more.... "Fun Size". There might be a trademark battle for that though.

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'I crashed AOL for 19 hours and messed up global email for a week'

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I still have my AOL email account as having friends and family scattered about the world it would just be a PITA to change. Still "free" although the spam filters suck. I'll add that a few tech friends from back in the day still have theirs' for similar reasons.

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Re: Dig

Ah, fond memories of those CD's. They made cheap coasters for coffee cups and the like. When had a few boring moments at work, they became Frisbees. One of my friends was an avid target shooter and would use them as targets. Yeah.. I shudder to think of the AOL CD strata layer.

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Xerox CEO accused of seeking Fujifilm tie-up against board's instructions

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So, they're claiming a "secret" agreement is in place? How will they prove that? That's like asking someone "do you still beat your wife/husband/kits/parents (pick one)?"

On the other hand, Icahn is involved and not part of the filing of the lawsuit. So nothing surprises me here. He's all about the money and nothing else and he'll have someone else take the hit for filing a lawsuit.

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Congressional group asks FBI boss Wray to explain Apple lawsuit

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10 CongressCritters is a good start. Now if a few of the "big gun" Congress types or a major committee would pose these questions, there might be some answers. However, given the way things are right now, those answers might be classified and no one other than the committee will ever know exactly.

While were waiting for an answer.... popcorn?

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Whois is dead as Europe hands DNS overlord ICANN its arse

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Re: What's the problem here again?

Exactly. Let's face it, other than some of us techies who do check, most people don't because they don't know about WhoIs or don't care. I find this whole thing is a tempest in a teapot.

The bigger problem is how corrupt is ICAAN? They rake in the money and have "meetings" in exotic places. Since the US government allowed them to be "private", there's no accountability.

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Boeing CEO takes aim at Musk’s Starman-in-a-Tesla stunt

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Thunderbirds? Super-Marionnation? I guess I'm too old and missed these shows although I think my kids may have watched them. I need to do some Googling and see what I missed.

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What a time to be alive: LG and Italian furniture-maker build smart sofa

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@Militon -- Re: How to know which ones are jokes?

So how are we to know the difference between some earnest fool actually, genuinely believing that the world needs a "smart" sofa (which sounds, from the description, like a really stupid one) and some other guy, who is completely hip to the wilful absurdity of these fatheads'

Exhibit A: Facebook... " build it, they will come."

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