* Posts by Halfmad

579 posts • joined 16 Jan 2013


Jeremy Hunt: Telcos must block teens from sexting each other


This is why I could never be a politician

I see it as: 1. The parents responsibility to check what their kids are up to (and I'm a parent. 2. I know this **** isn't workable. 3. I'd be more worried if child-cock-detecting software was a thing than if it wasn't.

What's the first emotion you'd give an AI that might kill you? Yes, fear


Re: Empathy

Harm is sometimes necessary, I'm thinking of doctors having to amputate in order to save someones life. They are causing harm to the patient - but with the aim of benefiting them in the long term.

UK National Lottery data breach: Fingers crossed – it might not be you


Credit where it's due

This seems to have been dealt with quickly and openly by Camelot.

You could say they've been a knight in shining armour for many victims..

*boom tish*

UK.gov was warned of smart meter debacle by Cabinet Office in 2012


I still don't have one

I'd have to take at least half a day off work to get one fitted as it's in our front hall. I don't see the benefit and my leccy supplier has twice lied to me about it being "compulsory by the end of the year" which just got my back up.

Until I hear of evidenced benefits to customers I'm not interested. Like many I was given a power meter that connects to my existing supply so I could monitor use anyway, as far as I can see all the new one does is allow local meter readers to be laid off and I doubt that saving will be passed on.

I can see my meter readings online, I don't need to see them updated 24/7 though.

UK's new Snoopers' Charter just passed an encryption backdoor law by the backdoor


Re: In other news...

but at least they don't have to log everything you're doing - yet.

Doesn't help when it's all being intercepted by GCHQ though.

Google DeepMind inks 5-year agreement with NHS for 'Streams' app


Unfortunately what also tends to happen is more than one dataset is sent to the same supplier and they can join up the dots.

substitution/anonymisation is only as good as the people managing it afterwards.

Apple urges court to hurry up with hearing Galway data centre objection


Irish government have no interest in getting that money, if they went after Apple they'd end up having to go after dozens of other huge firms that they've been happily allow slip through the net.

Not that the UK is much better as leaving big business to do as it pleases when it comes to tax arrangements.

Poison .JPG spreading ransomware through Facebook Messenger


Re: Facebook spreading ransomware...

Garbage, nobody has to use Facebook, I don't.

Fibre pushers get UK budget tax reprieve


5 years - then another 5.. and another

BT will be all over this, then drag their heels, blame everything under the sun except themselves and Openreach (assuming it remains part of BT - otherwise it'll be blamed too) and then get additional time to roll out fibre.

Don't expect anything if you live outside a city though.

Stay out of my server room!


Re: Beware cheap combo locks

If the cleaner isn't too great you can usually tell which 4 buttons are pressed most often, just ignore "C" as nobody seems to understand that's for clear/cancel rather than part of the code..

Twitter bans own CEO Jack Dorsey from Twitter


Clearly you've forgotten that those abbreviations were around long before twitter too.

Outlook outage outrage


Re: AD authentication borked

Hope they have Microsoft Premier support at Microsoft otherwise they *******s won't help. :)

PoisonTap fools your PC into thinking the whole internet lives in an rPi


Re: Physical Access...

Unless it's an approved device chances are those ports are blocked.

Not saying it's fool proof by any means but the NHS tends to do the basics like that fairly well. Doesn't help if it's spoofing itself as an approved device though..

FYI Apple fans – iCloud slurps your call histories


caught in a landslide..


Re: Or

Simply never have anything on the phone you're THAT bothered about losing.

Gone in 70 seconds: Holding Enter key can smash through defense


Re: @Homer ... Missing item in the series?

Hold on now, isn't 2016 the year of the Linux desktop? Let's not go making perfectly sensible arguments that this isn't as bad as it appears as most of them are behind locked doors.

Dropbox upgrade adds nice bits for sysadmins


Grudgingly admit it's a good start.

I'm still more worried about where data is though, where it's backed up to and if it's deleted when it's.. deleted.

Russian banks floored by withering DDoS attacks


Re: Leaving security to the end user = no security

So why not simply remove the default password entirely, when powered on force the user to enter a password or the device won't function - if it's a camera you'll have no image, if it's a router it won't connect externally etc.

Forgotten the password - have to reset the device.

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..


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