* Posts by Halfmad

579 posts • joined 16 Jan 2013


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.

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.


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