* Posts by Halfmad

561 posts • joined 16 Jan 2013


Road accident nuisance callers fined £270,000 for being absolute sh*tbags


Proving who did it is usually the problem.

They should be charged with handling stolen information and a new crime of "willfully using illegally obtained data".

It's easier to prove what someone has, than what someone did.

Internet declared a citizen's right for 34 million Indians


It's a great idea, but..

With the way the internet can change (like recent W3C green light to DRM) is it really a great idea to enshrine this in law?

Watt the f... Dim smart meters caught simply making up readings


Re: pah....

You assume they have an inventory that shows who has and who hasn't had one. I've twice been told to check my smart meter, I don't have one. I've also had quotes from my own supplier "based on my smart meter readings" via the post if I were to stay with them - after deciding to change.

They don't know, it's a complete mess and frankly that means I'll probably be considered to have one for decades to come despite having the old mechanical type.

Nintendo Switch orders delayed: Dun dun dun... dundundun dundundun dadada!


I honestly don't think that massively matters for most Nintendo fans, it's almost part of their styling to lag behind other consoles and 15 years behind the PC and it never seems to do them much harm.

Most of their games are about game play though, fair play to them.

YouTube TV will be huge. Apple must respond


Re: Apple has to do precisely nothing

Honestly I think this is different, it depends on the content they offer clearly but there is a market for it, I just think they may be a little late if they are looking to compete with Netflix and Amazon Prime.

I suspect Apple are just going to buy up a large company that currently dominates in another area and expand their portfolio, potentially something like Netflix.

Security slip-ups in 1Password and other password managers 'extremely worrying'


I use one, but with exceptions. My domain, email and master password for the PW manager itself are never stored there. Heck none of them are stored - they are the only ones I remember and change myself.

This means should my passwords all be leaked, the method of recovering access to those accounts (generally via e-mail) is secure.

Prisoners' 'innovative' anti-IMSI catcher defence was ... er, tinfoil


Re: A cheaper option in the long run?

Or just do random searches one or twice a week rather than going months ?

Still amazes me how we're looking for a tech solution to basic prison functions - in other words confiscating banned items regularly.


Re: Generally agree about other spaces but

I'm the primary carer for my elderly father and he's got an alarm that alerts me if he falls or he can press if he needs urgent help such as confused, lost etc. It sends me his GPS location as well as calling me (I have to answer it) in order for it not to then call other relatives.

I just find it amazing that we're even considering this tech when the bottom line is theatre staff not chucking people out who are using mobiles and prisoners not being searched and having cells searched frequently.

Net neutrality? Bye bye, says American Pai


Re: Most Unpopular Administration

I work next to an American who apparently voted for Trump, he never stops telling me. It doesn't matter what the current administration do - my colleague approves of it. I asked why he voted for Trump - he said to protect his right to guns.

Which is odd as he's been living in the UK for 10 years.

When pressed why, he said if he wanted to move back to the US he would become a gun owner again to protect himself.

Why don't you have one whilst living here? You could join a club?

No need, UK is safe, we don't need them at home. It's great.

I just.. I just.. /facepalm.

Revealed: UK councils shrug at privacy worries, strap on body cams


Re: Who's in charge?

They have no choice, it's in their charter that they must have opposing views in most shows. It's the same on radio 4 (which I listen to far more than I watch TV), you'll usually find someone from the opposite side of the argument even if they're a numpty that even the presenter clearly dislikes.

The BBC are left leaning, it's pretty obvious to anyone taking an impartial look at them - and I'm left leaning myself, just not someone who's loyal to any political party or the BBC.

ESET antivirus cracks opens Apple Macs to remote root execution via man-in-middle diddle


Re: Less secure?

Yes and they don't even charge for this extra functionality, such kind hearts.

San Francisco uni IT bods to protest Tuesday over cuts, outsourcing


I'm not a fan of outsourcing IT..

But it sounds as if the IT department there is pretty huge, it's possible that it's simply grown too big over the years as projects were added, department sprung up etc. It happens surprisingly frequently in large organisations particularly when IT staff initially start as part of a department before being merged into the IT department later, I've seen that a couple of times over the years.

The problem here is they seem to be wanting to primarily reduce spend, but outsourcing tends not to do that from my experience and will always result in lower customer (staff) satisfaction and/or increased cost per completed incident/project.

Microsoft slaps Apple Gatekeeper-like controls on Windows 10: Install only apps from store


Re: @Streaky First it's optional...

They won't remove it for one very simple reason - it'd force many companies to use Linux.

I work in Healthcare, if they did this we'd be on Linux within 12 months and we'd never be back to Microsoft, so naturally I'm hoping MS do it.

However my biggest problem would be that only 2 of our 200 IT staff have any real 'nix knowledge, they've spent their entire life supporting Windows or Mac OS and only a handful have even used a linux live CD..

Apple's macOS is the safer choice – but not for the reason you think


Re: systems that are no longer "secure" but "immune."

We could also do with a clever-UAC model. One which learns which permissions are not routinely required and resticts the user more as time goes on, whenever one of those permissions they haven't used in 6 months suddenly needs to be used - it should prompt the user for authorisation rather than just saying "ah screw it, this is within his rights".

We need our permissions models to be more reactive, right now we set them in stone and hope that's enough but there are permissions which could be removed over time which purely by prompting could alert the user to unusual activity.

Google Chrome 56's crypto tweak 'borked thousands of computers' using Blue Coat security


Re: A Symantec product is total shit

They are when they initially buy the company which produces it, then it's merged, screwed with and forgotten about and of course the original coders behind it leave. Job done - the Symantec way.

NHS patient letters meant for GPs went undelivered for years


Re: Optional

Missing the point a little, these would have included referral letters, diagnosis notifications, letters asking people to come in for appointments etc etc.

These haven't been acted on, heck I bet they can't even find out if some of these people are still alive and if there was a negative impact on health of those who are and those who not aren't.

Bottom line is that some of these could have been letters to patients or to a patient GP updating them on something VERY important such as urgent treatments for cancer, Hep C etc.

Linux on Windows 10: Will penguin treats in Creators Update be enough to lure you?


I'm only here for the MS hate.. but

As one of my friends who teaches computing at school says - this will be handy for some of his classes as more kids at home will have some form of access to linux even if their parents are averse to them using linux live CDs etc.

Oh UK. You won't switch mobile providers. And now look at you! £5.8bn you've lost


Does it take into account

Free calls to people on the same network? Most of my family are on O2, so whilst I may swap company to get a better deal (go through one of the resellers etc.) I try to stay with it so I can make all those mobile calls for free and just as importantly my friends and family can contact me - free via mobile.

I *could* probably save £5 a month by moving but then I'd have to spend more than that in call charges.

I'd also debate whether Uswitch, who have more than a passing business interest in stoking up the idea of switching is the best source for this sort of data.

London Internet Exchange members vote no to constitution tweak


63% who bothered to vote for it. Slightly worrying that there's no minimum turn out required, just a percentage of those that do in order for this to come into force.

TeamSpy hackers get the crew back together after four-year hiatus


Re: Huh

Shouldn't even have been published as an article without more information, come on el'reg!

Google agrees to break pirates' domination over music searches


Re: Dangerous precedent

I'm not usually a tinfoil hat fan myself but when I heard about he deal with google and co I was genuinely surprised. This is NOT good and is exactly what google have been accused off repeatedly in the past by government, the EU etc - basically fiddling with the algorithm to suit themselves, well now they'll do it to suit others.

I'm honestly wondering if now is the time for the likes of Yahoo to hit the reset button and give the search engine game another, proper go - and avoid this sort of "deal".

Oh happy day! Linus Torvalds has given the world Linux 4.10


Re: your driver accepted in the kernel as a start up company?

Visionary? What? He was a salesman and a good one. Might as well have been a different coloured double glazing with LEDs and fancy glass.


Re: your driver accepted in the kernel as a start up company?

Wow, are we Linux fans so unable to debate a topic these days that we've got to drag in MS or Windows into every instance?

Addressing the OP's concerns - One of the reasons Linux is arguably as stable as it is has to do with Linus's being such a hands-on protective type who's not afraid to snarl when required. It'd be a bloody mess otherwise.

Beeps, roots and leaves: Car-controlling Android apps create theft risk



We need the public to start demanding better from companies and we need governments who are more than willing to fine, massively for any failure by companies to keep infosec standards high in products they produce.

We're not just talking about information here, this is vehicles that are a ton or more moving at high speed, I see a potential weapon - not just a info security risk.

BT and Virgin Media claim 'broadband' tax will cost £1.3bn


Re: Any chance of some detail being added to the text?

This requires journalism and not a lazy FOI fired off, you're chances are slim if it's not on the first google answers page.

Round-filed 'paperless' projects: Barriers remain to Blighty's Digital NHS


Due to the number of legacy systems still in place with no retirement plans I'd say the opposite is true, they should be doing more but focusing it better.

UnBrex-pected move: Amazon raises UK workforce to 24,000


Personally I'm glad

They're opening three new fulfilment centres, including those three new fulfilment centres that are then listed. I'd hate for those three to be excluded from the three new fulfilment centres.

IT guy checks to see if PC is virus-free, with virus-ridden USB stick


Re: a certain Scottish Council

and I bet if I submit and FOI asking about cryptolocker to them they've never had an infection..

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


CCTV is fine

But you need to be careful how you use it, that's been the case for years and likewise people have been warned for a very long time to only record their own property.

GDPR: Do not resist! Unless you want a visit from the data police


Re: Question

Legally yes, but I expect a lot of terms and conditions etc to be updated prior to that to try to wriggle out of it.


Re: Schools?

I'd argue it's not something teachers should be doing. I work in the NHS, we have a Data protection officer who handles this and will handle the GDPR requirements too, not a single nurse will need to fill in a form.

It's up to the local council / Education authority and head teachers to ensure schools are ready. They can pass the buck all they want, the ICO won't care when looking to fine.

UK uni KCL spunks IT budget on 'reputation management' after IT disaster headlines


Re: I worked for Kings Colleage once

That's a fantastic way of having nobody to blame whilst increasing the risk of something happening exponentially. Worked in environments like that, best practices is a pipe dream, you're working day to day hoping nothing needs a fast decision or funding as it'll take months to organise.

Trump's cybersecurity strategy kinda makes sense, so why delay?


Re: He didn't sign it

Wife and I genuinely thing Trump has early stage dementia, his vocabulary is increasingly limited and when challenged on anything from memory he's vague and usually annoyed by default - an automatic reaction to being frustrated.


"Each network administrator, system admin, and program manager should be held accountable for the security of their own systems. "

Hold the boat there buddy, shouldn't that be each SYSTEM OWNER - those you are holding accountable there have sweet FA authority in the grand scale of things.

Microsoft's device masterplan shows it's still fighting Apple


Re: The future for MS is grim

I know kicking MS is eternally fun on here but as a linux fan who uses Window 10 at home (mostly due to my 6 year old loving games - and me wanting to play Star Citizen (no linux client - yet!). It's actually OK, but my wife did laugh when I spent 30 minutes one morning trying to get Cortana to do a very simple task.

"Cortana -open chrome"

cortana opens notebook

"Cortana open chrome"

cortana opens edge

"Cortana open chrome"

Cortana mutters something about not understanding

"No sh!t Cortana you should go home"

Cortana opens chrome

I pull the mic on the computer and disable Cortana forever. By the end I was literally shouting at it.

Yes so anyway, there are a lot of nice touches in Windows 10, mutliple desktops at long last, it's surprisingly solid, boots quickly etc. You can easily send your data to random recipients like microsoft with little (or no) effort. But in there, behind all that p!sh is a decent OS crying for help in the corner, naked and alone.

Then I just boot back out into Linux.

'Webroot made my PCs s*** the bed' – AV update borks biz machines hard


Re: "where we don't have any IT staff."

Yeah but, who REALLY needs IT staff right? Oh right well until you REALLY need them that is and remember they no longer work for you.

Sounds like they had zero contingency plans in place for this, so those 130 staff can put their feet up - bet that's not costing them much.


Re: Some UK companies have 130 overseas installs?

Yeah I'm a little mystified why they'd assume they'd NEVER need any IT boots on the ground for something like this, management need their heads seen to.


At least EPO can be leveraged to install something useful now and then.

Tablets become feebleslabs as sales spiral down


Is anyone surprised?

We're more or less at saturation point now.

Only exception being Amazon and only because their tablets break after about 13 months most of the time.

HMS Queen Elizabeth is delayed, Ministry of Defence confesses


Re: Who cares

I care, it's cost BILLIONS on a vanity project for the MOD. We could and should have fought for a proper carrier equipped with British made aircraft or at least some that are actually bloody useful and work.

Bottom line is we have a Navy with a big shiny boat they can't get into sea trials and don't know when it'll happen - I'm shocked nobody has lost their job over this, well OK maybe I'm not as they never come in on time or budget.


Whilst MPs bluster and the MOD drags it's heels

It's billions of pounds of taxpayer money that's sitting unused because the MOD can't project manage anything.

Dido queen of carnage steps down from TalkTalk


Re: Hmm.

She'll be in another high paid job within a few months. We need the ICO to start using it's teeth more and we need executives to be held to account by our justice system when cock ups on this scale happen. There are reasons they are considered accountable - yet we never hold them to account.

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


Re: Super! Great

This sort of situation is why I constantly nag my IT department about testing backups, just because the backup product says the backup verified OK is not the same as the occasional bare metal restore just to check.

Ransomware killed 70% of Washington DC CCTV ahead of inauguration


Re: No word on how it got in?

I'm wondering if a majority of these devices taken down recorded to a single point which itself was affected. So the devices themselves were fine but they have no where to save recordings.

Is certainly screams single, or low number point of failures.

Devonians try to drive Dartmoor whisky plan onto rocks


Re: Scottish architecture?

All areas of the UK have distinctive architecture, or as you eluded to - use to have.

Thing is this looks like it's out on it's own, not in the actual village so it wouldn't look out of place - but then again they don't seem to be objecting to a distillery, just the cosmetics so easily enough fixed.

I just hope they don't end up with random grey panels under windows which seems to have become the latest architectural trend on houses in my area,it looks **** !

Apple eats itself as iPhone fatigue spreads


I got my first ever iPhone in 2016

It was the iPhone SE, I begrudgingly have to say I like it a lot after 4 years with android handsets I can feel the downsides but it was the right size and unlike many I only use it for phone calls (gasp), camera and podcasts.

I simply didn't want a bugger phone but mobile phones seem to constantly be heading in that direction making getting any sort of deal on a small phone (such as the Sony Z5 compact) harder.

I just feel like Apple has lost it's way a bit with much larger handsets and dropping the headphone port, I can't see me upgrading the SE at any point, in a couple of years I'll probably be back on Android if there isn't an SE4 with a headphone port/wireless charging (My SE has this thanks to a wireless case adaptor).


Re: (users needed to use a phone one-handed, Apple argued)

I like using it one handed, means I can drink my coffee in the morning on the loo whilst browsing Reddit.

Got to get some of that /r/crappydesign in before breakfast.

Windows code-signing tweaks sure to irritate software developers


Why bash MS? Surely your ire should be directed at the Certificate Authority Security Council ?

Former Mozilla dev joins chorus roasting antivirus, says 'It's poison!'


Bodyguard cards

I remember back in the 90s having little PCI (might have even been ISA?) cards which would effectively protect the active windows partition, reboot the PC - it resets back to how it was. We used them in public library pcs and they were excellent - got a problem? Just reboot the PC - problem solved. You could even format the c drive and still reboot to fix.

I've no doubt there are/were alternatives but it suited us great, eventually we just removed AV and scheduled the PCs to reboot nightly at closing time + 2 hours.

IBM's SoftLayer is having a meltdown – and customers aren't happy


Social media for support

What? Really people are happy to accept tweeting or posting on a FB page as a method of contacting support? Talk about keeping customers at arms length.


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