* Posts by Halfmad

561 posts • joined 16 Jan 2013


McAfee gaffe a quick AV kill for enterprising staff


malware that installs following malware? Sweet.

'You've been hacked, pay up' ... Ransomware forces your PC to read out a hostage note


Re: One way to scupper ransomware

Most of them can only activate if you've got macros enabled in office, don't do that and you won't even get the payload, at least on the current worse set of ransomware guff.


Re: "Eastern Europeans go free"

"I'm russian to get that czech in the post..."

^^ Surely?

Microsoft: Ditch your phone biz and do crazy hardware experiments


Give MS all the stick you want..

I still think their joysticks back in the day were awesome, sidewinder force feedback anyone?

First working Apple Mac ransomware infects Transmission BitTorrent app downloads


Nice attitude,

Relying on backups and not addressing the core problem though - that ransomware does happen and preventing it from doing so is equally idiotic. Must be lonely up on your high horse, cuddling those back ups.

Microsoft wants to lock everyone into its store via universal Windows apps, says game kingpin


Re: How to run a monopoly 101

They could arguably have gotten away with it as late as the Windows 7 release, but now those pesky kids are wise to their tricks. I remember getting my first iPad, bought apps etc, then I got a Nexus 7.. oh different app store, then my wife got a Kindle as a present.. damn it.

Now we've got the Windows 10 app store, hey I get free Minecraft Beta - great, but will I go near it for ANYTHING ELSE? Will I hell.

Apple: FBI request threatens kids, electricity grid, liberty


Re: You don't say !

To be fair to Microsoft they did try, just really badly over the years to improve security. It was never an after though, just done with an incredible degree of variance from one patch and development to the next.

Apple, despite me not being a fan did approach it and continue to do so in a much more mature way. Right off to wash my hands, can't believe I'm typing praise to them.

Windows 10 claimed another point of desktop share in February


Re: 1% rise is a jump?

More interesting tbh is the fact Windows 7 share has dropped, I use 10 at home (along with Linux) and it's fine - but at work we're still very much on Win7 and have no intention of moving for several years.

Not so much an anti-Windows 10 thing as concerns around legacy apps etc.


Re: Windows Server?

Probably as 2003 is EOL already isn't it? Doesn't really make sense when not including Server 2008 etc though.

Flinging £700m at courts' IT won't increase efficiency, says NAO


Re: Anything can be fixed with a new IT System!

Working in the NHS I can say this - most people here don't think the answer is always a phone call to IT away..

However many managers do, right now we're implementing an electronic patient record, yet we're not properly looking at existing ways of working and how those should/must CHANGE to go electronic, we're also not training staff to handle the electronic record who currently handle the paper ones. The result? will be expensive to fix and mistakes will be made which could have been avoided.

People seem to forget that an IT system is only as good as the processes and work you put in before, during and post development, not just on the system but those that impact on how it's used daily.

Great news! Only 707,509,815 records breached in 2015


I'd love to see the data for information which wasn't put online - but which was held on servers which had online connectivity or some other oversight within network configs. Absolutely, as with social media if you really don't want to share and can avoid doing so - don't stick it online.



only 1 in 10 people then, time to get out the old D&D 10 sided die and give it a roll for 2016.. fingers crossed.

Microsoft releases Windows 10 preview for Raspberry Pi 3


Re: teaching computing to kiddies.

I've a feeling it'll teach them about the microsoft licensing model before it teaches anything worth learning.

Wonder how the license is applied to the Pi..

Child tracker outfit uKnowKids admits breach, kicks off row with security researcher


Re: no financial information or unencrypted password credentials were vulnerable.

From their perspective it's worse, they put their IP on the line along with their core business.


Half hearted thanks and a bit of spin

Seems to me they're more interested in painting the hacker here, who has DONE THEM A FAVOUR as the culprit.

Typical knee-jerk defensive posture by the company, we see this all too often these days when they forget they should be busy apologising for the error, making good any fixes and shacking the hackers hand for having saved them from a world of ICO butt hurt.

Two Corsair SSDs destroyed thanks to faulty PSU from Maplin


Maplin ? Ouch

Maplin is to Tandy what Toys R us is to Argos.

RIP Tandy.

On a more serious note, I spent more time specing a PSU last time I build a PC than I did motherboard or GPU.. get that one wrong and the rest of the components suffer.

IT boss gets 30 months of porridge for trashing ex-employer's servers


Re: Dumb git cubed

I don't know anyone who would remote in after leaving to do it. Do it whilst you are there, set it to go off well after you've left etc.

Employers are typically very bad at handling staff leaving, personally now I work in IT security I'd like admin rights stripped from any staff the moment they hand their resignation in.

HMRC clamps down on gov bodies wanting to reclaim VAT on IT kit


Sizeable amount

In the NHS where I work it's less than 1% of total spend, yet we're absolutely reliant on it.

FBI v Apple spat latest: Bill Gates is really upset that you all thought he was on the Feds' side


I like Bill Gates

He's done a tremendous amount of good with he wealth and he's not afraid to speak out on important issues, but I'm still not entirely sure why he had to on this one.

Come on Bill, with all that money you could be off having a nice relaxing time playing Wii Sports, why bother?

Bill Gates denies iPhone crack demand would set precedent


Re: And of course. . .

Competitor? Really? No not really. Linux is more of a competitor in general than Apple has been for a long time.

Intel shows budget Android phone powering big-screen Linux


Re: Nope...

Yeah but the 'nux fanboys would love it, well until Linux was mainstream then they'd all look for something else to drool over.

Much like the kids at school loving a band until it's popular.

Sir Clive Sinclair in tech tin-rattle triumph


I got something similar from a high street shop recently with about 20 Megadrive games on it, my 5 year old loves it and it's pretty much fool proof as she turns it on and there are the games, no internet connectivity, no worry about her dropping it (this thing is bomb proof) and it's got nice simple controls.

Yeah I could be skeptical about Sir Clive doing this but honestly I think he's onto something, I'd be far happier with my kid playing old speccy games than half the trash on the kindle store.

Oz town suffers hairy panic attack


Re: IT

Site needs to be renamed to "The Redditor".

Brits unveil 'revolutionary' hydrogen-powered car


Re: I guess beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but...

There's something about that dashboard that reminds me of my classic mini.

Just saying.. externally though it's hideous.

Windows 10 is FORCING ITSELF onto domain happy Windows 7 PCs


Re: blaming slack admins for this one

Then again it could be argued that if they don't have the money for a reasonable (free) infrastructure) then they're getting a more secure OS free.

I'm struggling to see why so many are up in arms about an upgrade that you have to opt in to get to begin with which is free, more secure, doesn't require retraining (despite what the linux/mac fanboys say).

It's just the usual el'reg MS flame, nothing new just a slightly different topic, last time it was Windows 8.. now it's windows 10.

Locky ransomware is spreading like the clap


Re: Enabled Macros?

Our are disabled my default, we still get hit as staff enable them when prompted without thinking.


If I'm told one more time that I don't do enough staff awareness I'll scream, there's only so much you can do for some people, after that you really need to start going down the disciplinary route.

PC sales aren't doing so great – but good God, you're buying mountains of Nvidia graphics cards


Homebrew PCs are simply becoming more common

If you can build with lego, build in minecraft then you can build a PC these days, no longer do you have to pay attention to the colour of cabled pins when connecting it's an absolute doddle.

Bottom line is people can either buy from one of the large PC retailers or spend less and get a better PC they themselves can service and upgrade for years. People are increasingly doing the latter either on their own or with friends.

Now let's hope AMD can up their game, we need TWO strong GPU manufacturers as a minimum.

Good news ... and bad news for Skype-using Apple fans and small biz


Re: Muppets

Yeah it's a bit daft but they should look at all the good things Apple have done for non-mac users like iTunes.. Appleworks..

God I can't keep a straight face.

Bottom line is this is el'reg, MS get it in the rear regardless of what they do by the baying crowd.

Official UN panel findings on embassy-squatter released. Assange: I'm 'vindicated'



I'm trapped in a brown paper bag and I can't get out!

UN - He's being detailed by everyone outside the brown paper bag, give him compo.

Universal Credit slammed by MPs: Late programme branded 'unacceptable'


Re: "Completely unacceptable"

Yes but that's not what they SAID therefor they accept no responsibility for it.

BT blames 'faulty router' for mega outage. Did they try turning it off and on again?


Yeah.. don't believe it.

Such a bad excuse, might pacify home users but come on folks we all know this is more likely someone making a cock up of a change somewhere or during routine maintenance/testing (assuming it happens).

BT broadband is down: Former state monopoly goes TITSUP UK-wide


The internet is down!

Quick - To the internet!

Uni of Manchester IT director resigns after chopping 68 people


Re: his work there is done

I once worked at a local council, my first non-private sector job. We ran one IT section and when merged with another council proposals were put forward for how we'd work together - essentially merging the two departments, with us being the smaller one.

Surveys were sent to customers, our approval rating was over 80%, theirs was under 40%. Guess which way they opted to run the department? Yes the way the 40% one worked, all implemented by a temporary "head of service merger" who left about 3 weeks after the work was completed and before the first raft of complaints came in.

None of our department managers were given managerial roles in the merged department, none of our team leaders were team leaders, they were on protected salary and every one of them left within two years, the place is now mostly outsourced.

Pay up, Lincolnshire, or your data gets it. Systems still down after ransomware hits


The NHS mail system was being bombarded with this sort of crap last year, seems to have lessened now but I doubt there's a trust/commish group in the country that hasn't had problems because of it.

Lenovo's file-sharing app uses hardwired password '12345678' ... or no password at all


I'll have to change both of mine, fortunately I wrote the codes "1234" and "5687" on the shackles so I didn't get locked out.

Universal Credit: The IT project that will outlive us all


He has asked the DWP what proportion of the new technology required to implement universal credit has been complete for each year since 2011, but was told the department does "not have a detailed point-in-time breakdown." So it is impossible to judge how much has been achieved in terms of IT build in the last four years.

Please tell me they asked for a "point-in-time breakdown" for NOW so in 20-whatever they can ask what work was done between now and then.. ?

Thought you were safe from the Fortinet SSH backdoor? Think again


Re: "Management Authentication Issue"

Username: Me?

Password: noitwashim

Sorry, password invalid. Please try again head of information assurance.

Sight for sore eyes: Dropbox lands on Win 10 with iris recognition


Re: @The Original Steve

I find it ironic that people have a dig at Microsoft when MS have taken the US government to court in order to protect data from non-US citizens from being accessed by the US government when it's held in Ireland.

I think they deserve some credit for that personally, very few companies anywhere in the world would bother with it.

Boeing just about gives up on the 747


Seat configuration is more or less down to the airline when ordering, not Boeing from what I understand.

No escape: Microsoft injects 'Get Windows 10' nagware into biz PCs


I can't stop thinking that..

Windows 10 would be a lot less unpopular if MS stopped trying to ram it down peoples throats, now before any fanboys on either side open their mouths - I use windows 10 at home and REALLY like it, but then again I decided to upgrade to it the day it was released.

I'm not sure I would have if I'd held off and been nagged about it constantly since. It's insanely stupid marketing by MS.

Cisco forgot its own passwords for seven weeks


Re: 'password' indeed!

Problem is if they auto create passwords on these and put them on with stickers (like many home routers) some idiot won't change them and CISCO will get the blame when random contractor X looks at the back of it and takes a note of the password.

At least with an obvious temporary password even the most stupid admin will change it to something they know.. like letmein.

UK NHS-backed health apps 'riddled with security flaws'


As any NHS Info sec staff member will tell you..

We manage risk, have no budget and mention pen testing and you get a dirty look.

I'm fantastic at pointing out the glaring issues with software we either develop in-house and I'm not even a coder, I'd like the applications externally tested but that costs money and you know - money = operations not carried out and the public wouldn't stand for that.

It's apparently not a great use of resources to protect our data.. yet.

Rejoice, Penguinistas, Linux 4.4 is upon us


Re: Windows 10 - Linux any day

When you can't simply talk about the new version of Linux without bringing in some MS bashing you know the latest version isn't good enough.

This article is about Linux, can we at least keep the fanboy bullshit contained for a little while?

Want to defend your network? Profile the person attacking it


Re: Work as a cleaner. I did!

This is oddly one of the strengths of most public sector organisations, cleaners are just part of the staff so they have friendships with people in the buildings, they know the staff, they are known.

Right up until outsourcing happens - then this problem rears it's head again.

Windows 10 makes big gains at home, lags at work


Bit bored of the anti-windows 10 stuff

It's an improvement over Windows 8/8.1 and in many ways better than Windows 7. Yes there are bits I dislike (vagueness and lack of control about privacy and updates) but they are arguably getting stick partly as they've been more open than many other vendors about what they are doing, even if they remain a little vague.

I moved to Windows 10 shortly after it came out having never tried the development versions, I was pleasantly suprised, turned off Cortana after trying to get it to work and then just got on with it. Having Windows 10 installed hasn't upset my Linux Mint laptop one bit, it's still talking to me.

Just a bit bored of the whole anti-MS bandwagon around here, give it a rest, actually come up with some valid experiences of having used it rather than theorycrafting your own linux/mac/W7/WXP fanboy fantasies of it not working for you.

Apple buys mood sniffer AI firm Emotient. Stop rolling your eyes at me, user


Re: Just wait...

That'd certainly change the face of Instra"gram".


Siri - Are you sad Coder? you should pop into the Apple Store to check out our new range of lightening cables and accessories.


It'll mostly pick up either disbelief or smugness

at the price of the products.

Bloke sues dad who shot down his drone – and why it may decide who owns the skies


Re: What is the sky?

However as these mature and we have better cameras on them the bottom line is that it won't matter if they're 100m up or 1000m they'll be able to zoom in on whatever they like or take high enough resolution footage that it can then be look at later on a computer.

Personally as far as I'm concerned they should be treated the same as CCTV cameras - fine to cover your property but not any other private residence without consent.

I don't own a drone but I do like them - but there's a time and place.

ANN-IE-LATION: Microsoft to axe support for older Internet Explorer next week


Re: for whatever reason are still running Windows Vista...

That's a LOT of options available. If people can't cope with this then they are in the wrong industry.


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