* Posts by Halfmad

561 posts • joined 16 Jan 2013


Nvidia's financials have great numbers. Yuge numbers. The best numbers, believe me


AMD's Raptr software put me off, I switched back to Nvidia after a couple of years on them. Shadowplay is vastly better, not perfect but better and driver updates tend to be better.

I'd still rather be on AMD though, even if it's purely from the perspective of us needing to keep competition in the game.

What went wrong at Tesco Bank?


Re: Intersting....

My RBS account requires the person know my STUPID account name, then a handful of password characters and part of a PIN. But to transfer any money out, add a new payee etc they'd need access to my debit card and a card reader for a challenge/response.

You've been hacked. What are you liable for?


ICO work back to front

I've been saying for a while now that the ICO should default fines for large companies to the maximum, then take in mitigating factors to reduce it, not build it up based on severity.

If companies know that they have to evidence the steps they took to mitigate attacks, show purchased products, training for staff, policies and procedures, pen testing etc they'd perhaps give a ****. As it is they are likely faced with fines which cost a fraction of this annually.

Default to the £500,000, then let them knock off 10 grand per control they can evidence.

Facebook 'fesses up to WhatsApp privacy blunder in UK


Re: Prediction: The ICO will do f*ck all

Or even worse they'll do everything they can and Facebook, seeing the tiny fine won't give a toss.

When rules change to a % of turn over they might, but not yet.

World-leading heart hospital 'very, very lucky' to dodge ransomware hit


From an access perspective that would give them perhaps consultant level access to clinical systems but no greater access to file shares etc than most staff.

Rank of employee in the NHS tends not to mean much when it comes to configuration of I.T. equipment.



But as a clinician why would they give a **** ? That's the responsibility of I.T. after all, it's a constant battle as someone stuck in the middle to try to maintain some level of common sense.


We have 8 XP machines, all on a separate LAN with no connection to anything else. The rest of the desktops/laptops are Windows 7 or 10.

Ward PCs are all Windows 7. We demanded clinical system suppliers ensured compatibility before the deadline for support on XP. The remaining 8 XP machines are there due to specific lab equipment not being compatible with Windows 7.



I'll get downvoted for this but the simple answer is that clinicians wouldn't stand for it. Easy access to everything allows them to get on with treating patients and every clinician loves their e-mail.

Apart from anything else network controls should limit damage malware can do, that's assuming it can run in the first place which is something many NHS trusts/boards/CCGs are managing to block using application whitelisting, sandboxing etc.


As someone working within the NHS I can honestly say it varies massively. My own NHS don't, it's highly restricted but still reliant on the NHS Mail system which itself was letting through a ton of ransomware e-mails at the tail end of last year, thankfully better now.

The bigger problem tends to be access to personal e-mail, required by students and typically it's attachments from those which cause the problem. However with proper network controls the damage ransomware can do should be extremely limited and quickly rectified - that's assuming it doesn't just start uploading that information - which is the nightmare scenario for many of us.

Apple drops dongle prices to make USB-C upgrade affordable


Re: Ha bloody ha

A decade ago the "pro" was a computer people used in graphic design etc because it had the proprietary software they needed to do their job, that's increasingly not the case though with more and more moving to Sony Vegas and Adobe Premiere on a cheaper, faster PC they themselves can repair.

As someone who use to repair Macs in the 90s I've watched as my Mac owning friends have gradually dumped them and moved to PC, not always through choice but through necessity if they want to continue doing their jobs and not having up to a week downtime whilst a Mac is away for repair, paying through the nose for that repair (or continually paying Applecare) and then having to roll the dice on whether it's been done.

Apple have been dumbing down for a while, seems they may finally have hit the bottom of the pool.

Is password security at just $1/month too expensive for most?


Re: They have been hacked in the past

I use it but don't put on my e-mail or bank account passwords, ever. That way if the worst happens I can recover everything.

Sure people could order stuff using paypal/amazon etc but it'd be covered under fraud and those are the accounts I'm most likely to change regularly and quickly once I heard lastpass was potentially compromised.

I clear out lastpass info regularly so there's only sites I give a damn about on there, makes it easier to manage.

Computer forensics defuses FBI's Clinton email 'bombshell'


Re: I sense political meddling.

Pretty much, as a Brit I've no horse in this race but it seems the choice is between a school yard bully who's repeatedly had his businesses file for bankrupcy to avoid repaying debts, putting people out of work, who has dubious business practices elsewhere (Trump University anyone?) and who does everything for personal gain or personal status.

Against someone who is mired in corruption, who doesn't understand security as a basic concept when it applies to her and who, frankly would do anything to get into office despite never having any real-world experience of working, just another career politician like many before her.

Given the choice, and it is a shitty choice I'd pick Clinton, if only to avoid a warmongering sociopath. It's a bit like choosing between a kick in the balls and a kick in the face though.

Why Apple's adaptive Touch Bar will flop


Not saying it won't fail, but it's arguably a more complete implementation.

Look I'll never buy one, I'm not rich enough or frankly stupid enough to do so, but Apple using this makes far more sense than Lenovo especially as Apple already use fingerprint authentication on iPhones. A user moving from one to the other would be more use to having biometrics used.

Windows 10 market share stalls after free upgrade offer ends


Hey look I'm a bit of a Microsoft fan in general but what you've said is patently untrue - there are TONS of linux software out there, most sites I go to for windows programs (sourceforge etc) have linux version too and Linux is becoming more and more simply to use - MINT is extremely good and arguably easier to even install than Windows.

Compatibility is still the problem, but that'll sort itself out longer term. Microsoft have started down a very dodgy path with Windows 10 and it'll likely be a turning point in their OS fortune if the next iteration doesn't sort a lot of those problems out - privacy being one of the key concerns people have.

C'mon, it's the current year! Report finds UK gov could save £2bn by modernising IT


Re: Why "The independent charity's..."?

Most charities,especially larger ones get paid by the government for specific tasks. You don't really think charities these days are funded by tin rattling? Most are basically service providing businesses.

Lenovo downward dogs with Yoga BIOS update supporting Linux installs


Re: How about testing it ?

Yep first step in getting a PC from a manufacturer like Dell, HP and Lenovo - Wipe it.

Yes you may lose the recovery options, but usually if you're happy enough to wipe it, you'd be able to recover it better yourself anyway, without all the Mcafee, Norton and other bloatware installed to hinder performance.

New MacBook Pro beckons fanbois to become strip pokers


Re: Interesting idea..


Just you remember that mister

*shakes fist*



Dell users are usually too busy researching how to build their first PC so they don't have to buy Dell again :)

Datto launches backup and disaster recovery technology to combat ransomware


So it's essentially Crashplan with malware protection?

Such innovation... *ahem*

Groupon buys Living Social


Worth $6 billion

Where do they pull these valuations from these days?

Let's praise Surface, not bury it


Re: Your looking at the market wrong

Invariably I've found the best upgrades for old work PCs are simply SSDs, breaths new life into them as most these days have a reasonably dual core (or better) CPU and 4GB of RAM.

£60 upgrade, no need to replace the PC until it's beyond economic repair. 4 year replacement cycles in work will gradually disappear I think as more things are done on web portals etc and SSDs boost performance on local applications.

BT will HATE us for this one weird 5G trick


Another benefit is LEDs tend to be more directional, less complaints from people who have streetlights outside their houses as few have any adaptions on them to block the light leaking towards houses.

IBM Australia didn't stress-test #censusfail router and blocked password resets


Re: Privacy and security

If they used IBM, probably.

Honestly "Big Blue" wonders why people increasingly avoid it, simple - when they are trusted they royally balls it up.

This census was a big deal, they cut corners to save a few quid. Aussie government should ban IBM from procurement for a 10 year period.

Graduate recruitment site exposed 50,000 CVs sent to Virgin Media UK


Re: This is embarassing

Correct, until we start seeing directors held accountable it'll always be an acceptable risk.

Government Digital Service under review after rural payments cockup


None of those systems were perfect either

but they were *better* than this incredibly expensive system which is costly to run now that it's installed. I'd be keep to know more about what savings, if any we'll get during it's expected lifespan..

Y'know that ridiculously expensive Oculus Rift? Yeah, it just got worse


Still not sure..

Used a DK1 and DK2, owned the consumer version for all of two weeks and have even had a loan of a Vive.

Just not sure any of these is quite ready for me yet, motion sickness was less of an issue on the newer versions but still present, my main issue was cables and long term comfort. The cables break immersion if it's a game where you have to look around a lot (better on ones like Elite Dangerous) but the biggest draw back was comfort, I found them uncomfortable if used for more than an hour, warm face, dry eyes.

I'll look again in 5 years thing is as a spectacle wearer I loved using them, It could be bloody amazing given a little more time to mature, downsize and reduce reliance on cables.

Edinburgh University to flog its supercomputer for £0.0369 per core hour



But can it run Crysis?

NHS trusts ‘complacent’ on cloud app security risks


Re: sounds about right

Smoothwall can be put in as a transparent proxy if you want, that way it doesn't matter what proxy settings the browser has it goes through Smoothwall regardless.

Users shouldn't be able to disable the proxy though if group policy is doing it's job.

M.2 SSD drive format is under-rated. So why no enterprise arrays?


Re: Gbit/sec?

Nope it's correct, I've got a small M.2 drive at home and it's insanely fast.

Sysadmin gets 5 years for slurping contractor payments to employer


Re: And this is why...

I don't even have PHBs doing that, it'd be too complicated. They have utter trust in IT to do everything honestly but zero faith in anyone else.

It's as if IT is just a short way of saying "magic".

Oh it's the magic department.. they can do no wrong, but at the same time they don't need extra money or staff because "magic".

Forgive me, father, for I have used an ad-blocker on news websites...


Less likely?

If a site requires me to whitelist it I simply don't visit again, there's no second chance either.

I've yet to find a site with such incredible content that I can't get elsewhere that I'd consider making an exception.

British unis mull offshore EU campuses in post-Brexit vote panic


works both ways but certainly works.

My wife (from Manchester) studied in Scotland then also did a year in Paris and New York thanks to scholarships. If you're bright enough the world is your oyster, as long as you get noticed early on. Her way wasn't entirely paid but with some part time work she didn't have to take on any additional debt. That's all without any help financially from her family.

Being fluent in even one additional language can absolutely open doors for you, I wish I'd paid more attention at school now..

Jeremy Clarkson and Co. rise to top for Great British Bake Off replacements


I loved Top Gear

But I'm no fanboy of workplace bullying. Clarkson shot himself in the foot, the hero worshiping needs to end.

That being said I'll still watch his new show if it's on a channel I can get, which is increasingly unlikely seeing as I only ever watch on demand these days and invariably those shows on Amazon (Bosch is incredible). I can't remember the last time I watched a BBC show, the only BBC content I look at it online or the radio.. can't beat R4 or 6M.

Not enough personality: Google Now becomes Google Not Anymore


Re: Google Now user

I like it but whenever my mobile loses mobile data Google Now reminds me of the last time my team lost to our bitter rivals with a mid-game score showing us winning. I keep getting excited.. only to then realise it's an old game.

God damn it Google, I thought you did no evil?!

Woo hoo, UK.gov has unveiled yet another tech creche – for infosec


Re: coalition government?

whilst we're on it..

Bloody Romans eh? What did they ever do for us?

Judge makes minor tweaks to sex ban IT man's order


I don't agree with the restrictions but I do think we only get a tiny fraction of the reasons why they're in-place.

Still, so much for innocent until proven guilty..

Cops blasted for relying on IP addresses to hunt down suspects


Re: Dear Fuzz- here's how it goes.

IP addresses are only equivalent to home addresses if you assume the network connected to that IP is entirely secure which is rarely the case especially if you have an ISP which gives customers a router which also allows for a guest wifi network on the same line.

Oi, Apple fanbois. Your beloved Jesus Phones are pisspoor for disabled users


Re: Fork lift drivers

Any forklift truck driver answering his phone whilst moving is liable to be sacked on the spot from my experience in warehouses. Gross misconduct.

Heck I even know a few places where personal phones aren't allowed anywhere and staff are contacted via PA system or walkie talkie only.

Half! a! billion! Yahoo! email! accounts! raided! by! 'state! hackers!'


So state sponsored eh?

Or more likely the FBI told Yahoo it had been hacked, I very much doubt Yahoo spotted it themselves.

I want to remotely disable Londoners' cars, says Met's top cop


200ft up in varying light conditions, you also forget tunnels, bridges etc which will obstruct view as well as similar vehicles of type/make/model. Keeping the correct vehicle targeted may prove more difficult than you expect as it's unable to even read the registration plate of the car.

Most of these problems could be worked out in time though and obviously reduced with the help of a dedicated drone pilot assisting.

Brits: Can banks do biometric security? We'd trust them before the government


Re: “Unlike passwords, physical biometrics can’t be changed"

That's fine, except banks are highly inter connected, trust one, trust all in some cases especially when it comes to your personal data. Yeah they'll keep the numbers safe but expect your data to be handled by intermediate companies for transactions etc.

The banking system is a muddle, it's no better than government.

Ransomware scum infect Comic Relief server: Internal systems taken down


Re: Internet access?

It'll be locked down to prevent any additional data leakage until they can clean stuff up. Chances are they aren't entirely sure how bad it is, so rather than potentially leave some endpoints exposed they pulled the plug.

T-Mobile USA: DON'T install Apple's iOS 10, for the love of God


Re: iPhone 5s

He's *so* brave, such courage.

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Hololens for biz shocker: Surprisingly, it doesn't totally suck


Used Oculus Rift DK1/2 and have previously owned a consumer version, got to say that I'm more interested in augmented reality than I am virtual which I think still needs a good 5-10 years to develop properly.

Augmented has far more use in business too but also for gaming. Whilst VR is great if you're gaming in a cockpit environment I find it a little hit and miss if you're character is moving in game but your not - feels odd.

That's where I think augmented reality could be a big win, if MS don't drop the ball like they usually do.

NHS hospitals told to swallow stronger anti-ransomware medication


Re: I posted this on another thread

Not necessarily, depending on the notification on the site the applicant may be accepting responsibility if he/she is notified that it's an insecure transfer, in which case the ICO won't give two hoots.

Ten-year-old Windows Media Player hack is the new black, again


Re: Windows media non-player

Fanbois of any kind are a little pathetic.

Sophos Windows users face black screens after false positive snafu


Re: I still remember the great Sophos cock-up of September 2012

I remember it as we'd just switch over to a new, crappier AV two weeks prior. Never in my life did I think I'd be glad we were using Mcafee!

Hacker takes down CEO wire transfer scammers, sends their Win 10 creds to the cops


Sad but all too true, doesn't matter if it's a private company or a local council, from my experience over the years they're just as bad as each other when it comes to senior management thinking it won't happen to them or wanting a more convenient (lazy) solution for them, but a different more complicated (and secure) one for everyone else.


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