* Posts by Halfmad

561 posts • joined 16 Jan 2013


NHS 'paperless roadmap': Fewer dead trees, more data control


Re: Does paperless mean more time?

That's standard practice, the GP has to know of any change (or not) in your condition and what's been done, they also MUST see the letter or if your GP isn't available the practice must handle it appropriately, this is established practice going back decades, it's purely to keep the practice informed so that if you need new drugs during treatment you don't get the wrong ones which interfere with treatment or have a knock on effect with drugs you were given at the hospital etc.

The biggest difference is that the practice will no longer need to store rooms full of paper, ours no longer keep any paper records, it's all electronic. Any paper that comes in is scanned, filed electronically and shredded securely each few weeks.

Wayne Rooney razzles in X-Men: Apocalypse plug


Find an old droppy prostitute

and crayon them onto her bewbs.

Apple's iOS updates brick iPads


Re: Apple could spend

I use to repair macs in the 90s and early 00s, the quality has consistently gone up hardware wide (on the whole), but with each iteration of IOS in particular QC issues keep creeping in and more frequently it's due to the reliance of being able to quickly rectify the problem over the internet, rather than ensuring it's not happening to begin with.

When an OS was distributed by post/courier they HAD to get it right, now it's increasingly left to consumers to do the final phases of testing.

Bottom line at Apple though is that under Jobs people were took scared to screw up, under Cook nobody seems to give a toss.

Destroying ransomware business models is not your job, so just pay up


Re: Price of an education...

More reliable and in the case of the ICO they wouldn't have a problem with accepting some data loss in order to ensure the data you do hold is accurate.

By all means archive off the encrypted stuff to try to decrypt it later once the malware has been cracked.


Re: Price of an education...

Absolute nonsense, if my documents, desktop are redirected on desktop PCs, laptops have their documents sync'd then the server backup will capture user data too. Server backups in every place I've worked are done daily, sometimes hourly with every two weeks or monthly backup run off on tape and stored in fire safe. I was doing this in the 90s for a small company of 5 people, our CAD drawings were our business.

It's not a case of it can't be done, if you run a business which relies upon accurate data which you can restore upon equipment failure or malware then it's simply common sense and surprisingly cheap to do. Hell at home I use Crashplan, google drive etc to ensure I have multiple copies going back YEARS.

Yes it's best to prevent infection but any competent professional will plan for when they can't.


It's not three choices for most businesses, only those run by idiots.

Paying up means potentially getting items decrypted, it can also mean getting nothing back or getting partial data back - which is arguably far worse than accepting some data loss and restoring from a known good backup source.

Sloppy security in IoT putting 'life and limb' at risk, guru warns


Re: I've already opted out . .

I've also said no to one, when I was looking into smart meters the whole IOT put me off. As anyone with a background or even a vague interest in hacking (white hat or not) knows there is massive scope to screw with peoples homes with these. I'm just not bloody interested.

You just know this infrastructure will be thrown in and forgotten about, never updated etc etc. National scandal waiting to happen.

UK.gov wasted £20m telling you to 'be safe online, mmkay'


Re: Not Clear on the Concept

It's be far more effective to simply link to the get safe site using IMAGES OF SILLY CATS LO!L!L

Made you look, would work for Facebookers too..

Google AI gains access to 1.2m confidential NHS patient records


Re: Is there an opt out?

Money, that's basically it. NHS England is increasingly commercialised although the public don't seem to notice, they also have far more relaxed attitudes to data protection than the likes of NHS Wales or NHS Scotland.

Ironically it's the almost unchanged NHS in Scotland which is now handling information belonging to patients more sensibly whilst NHS England runs ahead full steam into the "future" where it can't control access to some incredibly sensitive information. I really with the public in England would wake up to the data being shared with commercial bodies, all the reassurances in the world should not allow patient information to be accessed by a commercial body like this without a opt in and notification being required.

Linux infosec outfit does a Torvalds, rageblocks innocent vuln spotter


Oh no!

Blocked on twitter AND by IP, no IT security person will ever manage to circumvent such draconian measures!

Windows 10 Anniversary Update draws nearer with Inky preview


Re: Look I like Windows 10

Thing is I'm not that sure I'd need it, as I said I've other ways of accessing programs so changing the start menu for me is utterly pointless at this stage.


Look I like Windows 10

But I still have to admit I've NEVER opened the start menu and used an item from it, I always either have that item on the quick launch, desktop or simply mash the windows key and type a few letters then press enter to load it.

The start menu is an utter irrelevance, I actually forgot you had the menu on the right until I saw the screen shot in the story.

I use Windows 7 at work and I'm in and out of the start menu frequently, BECAUSE IT DOESN'T LOOK LIKE A$$.

Planning to throw capacity at an IT problem? Read this first


Re: Errr

My manager could tell the IBM one out from a mile off too, it'd be the one that cost twice as much as the others.

Win XP, Flash, Java... healthcare makes easy pickings for hackers


Re: Technical debt

I've yet to see a contract for a system which included keeping it up to date and ensure compliance with the LATEST version of dependencies such as JAVA.

We have the skills in the NHS, we just don't seem to have the people listening during procurement to ensure the proper information security/governance and technical controls are in the contract before it's signed.

Ad-blocker blocking websites face legal peril at hands of privacy bods


Re: Hooray

I'm going to be honest, no I don't. Well maybe they are but there are SO MANY PEOPLE involved in EU legislation that it'd be incredibly difficult to buy them all, unlike national parliaments, you know the ones which are properly democratic.

Arguably an unintended benefit of EU membership.

Stop using USB sticks to move kids' data, auditor tells Education Dept


I cringe..

When I hear "Data governance". No it's just information, it's nothing special, treat it like you would paper "data" and keep it secure. The problem starts when you consider something stored electronically as somehow more secure than paper, which it rarely is.

Hands up, who prayed for AMD? Well, it worked


I usually flip-flip between Intel/AMD for my gaming machine

Sadly AMD have been somewhat lagging behind lately, hopefully that's sorted out for mid-price CPUs by the time I go to look at building a new PC later in the year.

More cores please!

Woz says 'Jobs started Apple for money' – then says it must pay 50% tax like he does


He didn't say that. Another made up story.

He stated what he paid, was then asked if APPLE SHOULD PAY MORE and he said everyone should. At no point did he say or even hint that Apple should bay 50% tax on profits.

Listen to the interview, it's clearly BS that's being reported.

Kent Police handed domestic abuse victim's data to alleged abuser – a Kent cop


but... but..

lessons will be learned..additional training for staff.. etc.

Furious customers tear into 123-reg after firm's mass deletion woes


Am I missing something here?

I wonder if the staff member who wrote the script still works there or if someone new has come along and tweaked it do to additional stuff and stuffed it in the process.

I've seen this before when I worked in IT support, normally the new guy checked it does the NEW functions properly but doesn't double check the old ones still work, then runs it on live servers.. then we get another new guy..

Want a job in security? Lock down US military's supermarkets


Re: According to the job post [Word Doc]

You just know it'll be worse than that, they'll be running Windows ME and never have approved any updates on WSUS..

Former Microsoft HoloLens man: It's NOT about gaming


Or just get a trainee to help

Back in the 90s I use to be a CAD Draughtsman earning a couple of quid an hour. I was training in civil engineering at the time, which would change to electrical engineering then IT later on.

However I was put in charge of planning entire factories for some of the larger clothing manufacturers today, many of whom charge a fortune for their shoes which are made in foreign, low paying countries.

I'd have to work out the flow of goods through the factory, how supplies were brought in, movement of staff and maintenance of equipment as well as **** hits the fan full blown equipment replacements. I did this all using a DOS version of Autocad, a calculator, a note book and lots of talking to actual factory workers and managers.

It's rarely an architect who does this sort of work, they're far more interested in how the building looks and what it's made of, they expect engineers to fit everything into their vision but no way in earth would they give two hoots about the gear going in - unless it'd spoil the view.

Microsoft rethinks the Windows application platform one more time


Re: Doesn't matter

Only reason I did was to grab my free copy of the Minecraft version on it for existing Minecraft users. Other than that it's not somewhere I even look when I'm after utilities etc, I usually end up on sourceforge.. or google.

Surprise! Magic Kinder app could let hackers send vids to your kids


Re: What a crock!

Annoyingly my daughter loves kinder eggs, but she's not a huge fan of chocolate so she takes a tiny bit, grabs the yellow egg for the toy then leaves the rest. I don't like chocolate at all, so it usually ends up in the bin..

Yay I've just paid 70p for a toy worth less than 5p, great.

We bet your firm doesn't stick to half of these 10 top IT admin tips


Re: Nowhere to hide

Actually first you have to properly secure and control access to the information appropriately so you CAN give the right people access, that's normally why people become overly paranoid about data, because thought never went into where and how to secure it initially.

For example a manager may need to see everything on the system, but a secretary only information for one part, if the way the data is store doesn't allow segregation of the data into parts, in other words it's "all or nothing" then that's not much bloody use.

A lot of systems are like this, allow anything to be entered, but allow far too much to then be seen, or even worse seen and no record of it being viewed.

Windows 7's grip on the enterprise desktop is loosening


Re: If they'd made Windows 10...

Thing is I don't know any IT bods who do hate it, most just see it as another OS to be deployed and managed. There are two types who have reservations about it:

1. Anti-MS bods, but it wouldn't matter what OS MS came out with they'd find an excuse to bash it.

2. infosec bods, who are more worried about the slurping, cloud elements than anything else.

You aren't going to have this mad dash to linux, it's not going to happen, not now and not in 10 years. If it ever does happen it will be incredibly slow due to how embedded MS are, get the processes and tools in place to allow the shift then it might happen - but until then there's no chance.

Heck 99% of IT staff I've known over the past 15 years haven't touched Unix or linux in the past 5+ years.

Lincolnshire council shuts down all IT after alleged 0-day breach


Re: 0day

Problem is the NHS is split, NHS England is a fragmented mess, NHS Wales does it's own thing as does NHS Scotland, they work under the same banner but they're entirely separate entities.

Difference is that the NHS tends to keep it's public facing infrastructure segregated from everything else, that's changing though and it's politicians driving it as patients demand access..

Microsoft announces Azure Functions, encrypted cloud storage


Re: MSFT stock is going to the moon!

I'm hopeful things will improve but let's face it after Balmer he didn't really have to try hard. Whilst suspicious of their Linux work, I'm slowly starting to think that just maybe MS are pulling their heads out of their behinds.

BlackBerry's still losing millions – but hit its revenue target, finally


I had a Blackberry back in the early 00s

First time I've been tempted to get another is the Priv.. I miss having a physical keyboard!

Apple Fools: Times the House of Jobs went horribly awry


Linux and Windows fan here but give Apple credit..

I think you're being a little harsh, I supported Macs during most of the 90s and into the early 00s and the PowerPC, hockey puck mouse etc were all incredibly popular in local schools here. They were reliable and in the case of the mouse extremely good, colourful and different which interested the kids, the alternative was the beige Dells we had at the time. The only downside was the cost of replacement parts and failure rate of PSUs but a lot of younger kids didn't get near a PC until they were 10+, with Macs staff were happy to let the kids have a play from the age of 4 in a nursery (hence me removing lollypops form CD drives almost weekly).

Each to their own but personally I'm not a brand-loyalty person, I'll flip-flop between OS and product based on what fits my need (and is best value for money) but I do think having a dig over the hockey puck mouse is a little daft when it did the job and was at least trying to be different at a time when everything was beige and the same damn shape!

Top Firefox extensions can hide silent malware using easy pre-fab tool


Even if Adblock hadn't, Ublock is simply miles better anyway.

Tesla books over $8bn in overnight sales claims Elon Musk


Re: Great looking but...

We have several power outlets around the town, you could never park at them if you wanted to as there's always a petrol or diesel car in the spot and the local council don't employ traffic wardens any longer lol.

Unpatched stealthy iOS MDM hack spells ruin for Apple tech enterprises


Bricked - hence secure. Job done, great job guys.

Hospital servers in crosshairs of new ransomware strain


Re: Remember the three Bs...

and not only network held backups.. tape has it's uses!

Okay IT pros, change happens. But here's your Reg guide to staying in control


That's all great but..

when I worked in IT in the NHS we'd have to carry out major changes during core working hours, when it was damn near certain that something would go wrong, despite us consistently asking to do the work either in overtime at the weekend or at the weekend and claiming the time back (no cost to the NHS..) it was always refused, it always had to be done during "lunch" which seemed to be any time between midday and 3PM.

Invariable things didn't work or had to be rushed. So whilst I agree with everything that's being written, if you can do the work at a quiet period, then do so.

Your money or your life! Another hospital goes down to ransomware


Re: And the moral is.......?

Whilst I agree with the idea of not using Windows, what alternatives do we have that are both friendly for the end user and common knowledge to IT analysts/engineers/tech (whatever they're called this week) ?


Oh yeah I get it - Linux is great, hell I use it at home but 95% of my IT staff have never, ever used it outside of booting off a live linux CD to remover files from a borked HDD.

Blaming Windows is pointless, the bigger issue is management not pushing staff towards alternate operating systems, without staff to support it, we can't make the change even if we got all our users on side.

Hackers giving up on crypto ransomware. Now they just lock up device, hope you pay


To be fair it doesn't mention anything about restore points, nothing to say it won't simply remove them.

I suggest we all hit the porn sites to do some research.

Building a fanless PC is now realistic. But it still ain't cheap


Re: How about

I did this in my flat, my girlfriend was complaining about the noise of the PC in the living room when she's watching her soaps and I'm gaming. So I drilled a 1inch wide hole through the wall into the cupboard, installed some vents on the door and left the PC in there. I even had a remote power switch connected.

Worked REALLY well until I went to upgrade my GPU and after hauling all of the brushes, vacuum cleaners and random bits and bobs out of the cupboard I realised that it was now under a thick layer of dust and squeeling like a pig from the heat.

PC World's cloudy backup failed when exposed to ransomware


Re: "years of work and important documents"

I'm not disagreeing with you here but she's go to take on the lion's share of responsibility here. As usual they've never tested the backup and probably never even checked it once it was installed and "working". It's the usual lazy way of backing up data and most of us (myself included) only improve in this area once we've make a royal cock up of it in the past or seen someone close to us lose months of work.

You don't need to be an IT pro to check backups, no more so than you need to be a household security expect to set an alarm, but as with house alarms it's only one thing that may/may not work and it's best to remember that locking the door and checking you've got your valuables out of site is best. similarly with backup checking it's actually working and having a "oh shit I lost everything" plan is best.


Re: Something doesn't add up here...

I'm trying to figure out why renamed encrypted files would overwrite the originals on the backup, from my experience with ransomware it rarely leaves the originals and you'll have tons of .abc .locky etc files instead.

Additionally as you've said the staff themselves seem to be making this up as they go along - back up of all unchanged files would make no sense.

Personally I use Crashplan and manage how retention, versioning etc is done through the utility, that's partly because I'm utterly paranoid about losing stuff and it's the only cloud based backup I currently trust, even then I still have a local backup of *everything* anyway. Crashplan has saved me a couple of times though.. local drives do get stolen during burglaries :-/

Google gives away its internal $200 patch analysis tool for free


I know it's early but at least try to read the next line..

"The move to give it away is the "next logical step" Blichmann says."

Yes el'reg has taken a few sentences to explain "it's free now" to inflate the length of the story somewhat but we all do that now and again, that's no excuse to stop reading, sip your morning coffee and pick your nose rather than continuing for just a handful of words when el'reg finally get around to stating what is a perfectly acceptable and short statement from a guy. It just seems rather pointless to repeat the same thing "It's free" when they've said that in the title and in the first few lines of the story, at least that's my opinion. Not that it matters much.

TL;DR Yes it's free.

She's coming... the Chief Data Officer


Re: Back in the day...

Still rare to see them in public sectors, head of IT.. usually but at director level? Usually lumped in with something else and increasing the IT department is leading on all projects which is probably why projects go titsup so often as they have no executive level representation.

Smartphones help medicos, but security is a problem


Re: Sending medical images via MMS

As someone who works in this field I'd see no issues with photographs being taken, the key here is whether the images include anything that would identify the patient, arguably most don't as clinicians are only interested in the injury and unless that's on the face it's likely the patient would never be identified purely by a cut, wound, mole etc.

A larger issue is video, however I've still to see a clinician use a clip over a decent quality photograph.

Lastly healthcare is not a cost insensitive business, we're simply given so any hoops to jump through during procurement that invariable even before a project kids off we're pay double whilst getting "double the discount" from suppliers, throw in project management which is insanely stretched (or own PMs are expected to handle several multi-million pound projects whilst earning £25k/year) and you're always going to hit problems.

'Millions' of Android mobes vulnerable to new Stagefright exploit


Re: Pretty easy to get people to visit a 'hacker' website

Out of lazy interest as I use it on my desktop would I also be able to block elements larger than a specific size on the android version?

It dramatically speeds up some sites for me.

Snowden WAS the Feds' quarry in Lavabit case, redaction blunder reveals


Land of the free, land of business and opportunity, unless the FBI want to **** you over, then that business you spent years building up is gone in days.

I feel sorry for the guy, he was literally doing nothing wrong and has arguably lost more than many major criminals do.

Microsoft Surface Book: Shiny slab with a Rottweiler grip on itself


This is why I hate reading MS comments sections on the red

Fanboys of any type descend upon it, MS, linux, rarely any discussion worth reading.

Two Corsair SSDs destroyed thanks to faulty PSU from Maplin


Re: *sigh*

My local Maplin has stopped stocking even little momentary switches, I'd struggle to even find solder in there now. It's all drones, remote control cars, speakers and modular PC components alongside random garbage for mobile phones and LED lights.

Let's not even mention the price of their cables..

I realise the internet has had a huge impact on their business but I doubt that they'll ever compete when they're targeting customers with such a wide arrange or random shite.

A typo stopped hackers siphoning nearly $1bn out of Bangladesh


Spelling mistake didn't prevent it.

Vigilant staff did, ordinarily this would probably have got passed these checks.

Google-backed British startup ‘stole our code’, says US marketing firm


Hard to tell who's at it to be honest but I can't help think that this is similar to musicians claiming stolen IP over a song someone heard years earlier that's similar, at least to some peoples ears.

If they do win though I'd expect it to be a field day for litigation as other firms hop on the juicy band wagon.

Microsoft has made SQL Server for Linux. Repeat, Microsoft has made SQL Server 2016 for Linux


Re: Microsoft is afraid

Afraid? No, just diversifying. They have produced products for directly competing operating systems in the past such as Mac OS etc.


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