* Posts by TheVogon

1972 posts • joined 17 Jan 2013

Oh snap! UK Prime Minister Theresa May calls June election

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Re: Crooks caught in a RAT* trap?

"Sure, I find that calling the people you are about to negotiate with a bunch of lazy tossers is definitely the best way to begin important negotiations."

Farage is quality. We need him + BoJo in charge of negotiations to show the EU we really don't care what they think:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bypLwI5AQvY

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Re: Workers

"Workers

Never vote Tory"

Surely you mean non workers never vote Tory?

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Re: Of course they won't listen

"you're aware that virtually the only reason we're having a general election now is for strategic and political reasons related to Brexit- right?!"

Rubbish. It's everything to do with Labour being 21 points behind in the polls due to being an ongoing muppet show - and May needing a good excuse to change her mind on an early election after repeatedly saying she wouldn't go to the polls. Very little to do with Brexit...

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"4 million, or around 30%, are now classed as poor"

Poor / low income and poorly educated parents have more children. The more low paid workers we let into the country the more this figure will go up...

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Re: This goes to show one thing

"Who will be returned in [..] Scotland?"

"This is irrelevant."

No it isn't - the SNP are the best protection the rest of the country has against a socialist Labour government. It's largely thanks to them that he Conservatives are in power now.

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Re: This goes to show one thing

"and UKIP are dead."

They are at about 15% in the polls. That's not far off Labour. Not to mention that they got over 4 million votes last general election - that's more than the SNP. I would expect that UKIP will push Labour into third place in many constituencies.

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Re: This goes to show one thing

"You actually think Labour could get it's **** together by 2020?"

Nope. Best money I ever spent voting for Corbyn. His legacy should keep the socialist loonies at bay for a good few years yet...

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Cloud computing is bigger than AWS and Azure

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"some, cloud computing is synonymous with so-called ‘public cloud’ services such as AWS and Azure"

Azure can be run as a private cloud also...

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Good job, everyone. We're making AI just as tediously racist and sexist as ourselves

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Re: What would you expect

"when AI algorithms are written by young white male brogrammers"

What about now when they are written by cheap 3rd world programmers from say India, Russia or China?

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Sysadmin 'trashed old bosses' Oracle database with ticking logic bomb'

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Re: What????

"A file with all the user passwords? Why/how would anyone have that info?"

It's easy to export the hashes from an Oracle DB.

Then use something like: https://hashcat.net/hashcat/

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"That's right, but consider they should have also revoked all the access for the remote devices"

Ideally the device substitution would have been spotted, but I think that one would have got past most corporate checks I have seen. What this relies on is that the user also needs to authenticate.

The main failing here is that he was able to know another users admin credentials - and they were not changed

WiFi is not always the only way in. I have been able to plug an Ethernet cable into the back of an IP phone in a (bank's !!) reception area and meeting rooms before and get access to the corporate LAN...

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Re: Serial Numbers

"So, anyone who even had half a clue (or even a quarter of a clue) should have known that turning in a laptop with a different serial number would, eventually, ring all sorts of alarm bells"

In theory, yes, but in practice many items go missing, are broken, replaced, etc. It would be unlikely to be an unusual event that would "ring alarm bells" in most environments... In my last environment we had dozens of devices (across tens of thousands) report as missing from the asset database each month.

Also with laptops, by their nature they might not appear on the network for a long time, so how do you know they are actually missing in any brief timeframe?

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Re: Conversion?

"Not a stolen hammer. I pick your hammer up,"

When you pick it up, it becomes a stolen hammer...

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"There really shouldn't be accessible WiFi that can allow access to production kit. "

It would be pretty useless as a corporate wifi solution if it didn't. In most corporate WiFi solutions, trusted devices with a recognised certificate can connect to the network automatically... Hence why he needed to keep the laptop to get access.

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Microsoft raises pistol, pulls the trigger on Windows 7, 8 updates for new Intel, AMD chips

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Re: Optional

"Redmond will also be able to further inflate the usage numbers for its latest OS..."

Windows 10 is already at over 400 million installs. I doubt they are too worried about the numbers...

This will be partly about cost / resources - why invest money in new features for old OSs? And secondarily about encouraging corporates to think about their path to Windows 10 as they wont be able to get new PCs that run older OS in a supported manner for much longer.

Once businesses move onto Windows 10, it's a continually updating platform concept - so no more expensive planned upgrade OS update cycles should be needed.... SO provided you buy into that concept (and your Windows 10 OS version eventually becomes unsupported if you don't!) then the Windows 10 approach to updates is potentially a significant TCO and ease of maintenance improvement to using Windows devices over the longer term...

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Re: Optional

"There will always be a resistance to aggressive sales tactics like this."

Erm, resistance is futile? Oh, sorry that's Google....

Seriously it will be hard to resist if you simply can't buy the hardware?

As to seeking alternatives, seeing as the most notable deployment of Linux in the workplace in Munich is likely being replaced with Windows after a decade of trying to make it work, I don't think too many CIOs are going to risk that option.

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Re: Optional

"If you roll out Windows 10 today, how will you know what the future holds if Microsoft can change the rules at anytime they feel?"

If you don't want to directly cooperate with Microsoft's plans then you can always run older versions of Windows on newer hardware as a VM using Hyper-V Server (which is completely free to use) or as a VM under the newer Windows versions ;-)

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"So I suggest the message isn't to a small minority of Windows users, but to very significant proportion of Windows users who are currently running Win7/8 and may well be planning their migration to Win10. "

It's mostly a message to corporates. The majority of home users never update the OS the device came with unless it's free / done for them as per Windows 10.

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The Register's guide to protecting your data when visiting the US

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Re: @AC

"The maid in the hotel even offered me a fresh TV"

I'm guessing a Samsung...

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Re: Let's just get the Horse in front of the Wagon again..!

"I am still able to see where the trouble is actually coming from, and that the arabs didn't start it..."

Quite. Many of the previous Israeli Prime Ministers have been well known as terrorists first...

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Re: Not right, but not that strange either

""Profiling is a huge part of border detection. USA, among others, have mastered this to an art form."

Citation required."

See http://imgur.com/akyHXha

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BlackBerry wins $814m Qualcomm patent-cap arbitration

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If the arbiter was paid by percentage of the decision, it would potentially introduce a bias.

Hence the fee will be fixed in advance possibly as a percentage of the money at stake, but more likely as an unrelated fixed sum.

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VMware VSAN has six dot six appeal

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But $2500 a CPU. lol?! Cheaper in most large cases to buy a decent array.

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Oh my Microsoft Word: Dridex hackers exploit unpatched flaw

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Re: Thank $DEITY 4

Vi? That's the most horrible non-intuitive and awkward editing program I have used anywhere ever. Surely you only use that if you are on a system from the Stoneage with nothing more recent installed?

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Received one of these today:

https://virustotal.com/en/file/380b47a8c82b06b1be1655253259d3935b20c439518e4e5ecec8b12551e969b2/analysis/1491999567/

It pretends to be some sort of document from RBS and asks you in the visible text to turn off protected mode. Not particularly convincing, but I guess it catches some numpties...

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You would have to open it AND deliberately turn off protected mode.

If a document doesn't display something I recognise when loaded, no way I would turn that off.

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Re: Oddly enough. . . @SotarrTheWizard

So - translating that to something useful - In GMT that's by 6:00pm - so by 7:00pm BST...

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Oracle reseller boss banned from directorship over VAT fiddle

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Re: Perfect!

Not sure how one guys personal tax screw-up is really news? This sort of stuff happens all the time when companies are shut down and directors don't meet all obligations or commit misfeasance. Seems rather unfair on this guy to publicise one instance of it.

Much as I'm not a fan of Oracle, it's nothing directly to do with them.

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Microsoft's new hardware: eight x86 cores, 40 GPU cores

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Re: Project Scorpio?

"Give a PS4 Pro will do pretty much the same, and by then likely 1/3rd of the price"

Well it really won't

For starters this runs a version of Windows and Direct X 12 which as we know from the PC world will outperform the Linux based PS4 software given the same hardware.

Secondly it's got circa 50% more GPU compute power and 50% more memory bandwidth than the PS4 Pro - and a more powerful CPU.

Thirdly it's media player is not Cinavia infected.

And fourthly and maybe most importantly - it supports the latest Blu-ray disk spec - and likely will be the cheapest such player on the market for quite a while...

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Re: Now all it needs is some games ...

Xbox live is way ahead of Sony's PSN though for online play and matchmaking...

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Re: Project Scorpio?

"Holiday 2017"

I am reliably informed that's a colonial phrase meaning "Christmas 2017".

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Reversible head transplants coming back to Windows Server 2016

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Re: Those who do not understand Unix...

"They should just stick the Windows 10 bash shell on there"

It already has Powershell that's way more modern, powerful, flexible and secure than Bash.

"before starting the real job of replacing the kernel."

Well again, it's already a modern hybrid micro-kernel approach - that has several advantages over say legacy monolithic approaches...

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Re: Out of sight out of mind

"how much of this no gui choice was prompted by metro junk unveiled in 2012"

None whatsoever. It's about minimal attack surface and minimum install size options...

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Put down your coffee and admire the sheer amount of data Windows 10 Creators Update will slurp from your PC

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Re: Fine fine fine

The GDPR rules don't apply yet.

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Re: Soft target?

"Others still blindly believe the dream from the early days of Google, and cannot face what they have become."

Apparently the motto is now "Don't be caught being evil". So they send all the spying data (that is far more personally intrusive than anything Microsoft ever did - and is sold to advertisers) via HTTPS...

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"I just wish I could completely turn off Google Analytics and avoid being treated like Alphabet's guinea pig."

Ghostery is available as an Edge add-in....

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Re: no edge cases for MS

"If MS want to look at what's installed or even what i browse on this work machine, it is not going embarrass me"

Most of this stuff doesn't apply to business versions of Windows...

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Re: I thought

"When did playing some childish game become a reason for making a committal decision that could destroy your privacy and eventually cost you a lot of money?"

Since games were available on computers?

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As Trump signs away Americans' digital privacy, it's time to bring out the BS detector

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Re: Devils advocate (from the right side of the pond)

"it's time to bring out the BS detector"

Yes, BS 10012 seems appropriate?

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Apple fans, Android world scramble to patch Broadcom's nasty drive-by Wi-Fi security hole

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Re: Epic fail

"Would say MS is the worse."

Then you have install proved you don't have a clue what you are talking about. Microsoft are leagues ahead of Google and Apple in Mobile OS security. The have hardly been any exploits across dozens of Microsoft mobile OS versions versus dozens for Google and Apple.

See for instance:

http://news.softpedia.com/news/white-hat-hacker-claims-windows-phone-is-the-most-secure-mobile-platform-495841.shtml

http://www.phonearena.com/news/Security-expert-Kaspersky-says-iOS-and-Android-are-the-most-vulnerable-platforms_id70318

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"So with a Pixel you are going to get the most secure smartphone."

Not while it runs Android you are not...

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Head of US military kit-testing slams F-35, says it's scarcely fit to fly

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Re: Oh wonderful

"When a currency falls shares become cheaper and more attractive to foreigners."

So greater foreign investment then. Another benefit...

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Re: Oh wonderful

"Our currency has plummeted in value, so a net loss overall."

Nope - great for exports - and most FTSE 500 company earnings...And it means the nations debt is lower value, so a net gain...

"We haven't left the EU yet, so you can't honestly comment on the true cost yet."

See above where I make clear what we can comment on.

"The likely outcome is that trade overheads will increase because we still have to renegotiate all those agreements from a position of weakness."

Nope - we have a position of strength - they need us more than we need them. For instance the EU sells more to us than we do them. And all the free trade deals we will do will increase non EU trade.

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Re: Oh wonderful

That should read "Not the best analogy..."

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Alabama man gets electrocuted after sleeping with iPhone

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Re: so much wrong here...

" and it is every bit as safe as (and under certain - usually incompetent DIY circumstances - safer than) a 30A/32A ring final circuit"

Nope. A earth break in a ring main will still leave everything earthed. And a ring main has a MUCH higher tolerance for overloads.

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Re: so much wrong here...

"US "Edison" plugs fall out of the socket if you turn your back on them, or look at them too hard."

Not to mention leaving fugly holes every where...

Also UK 32A Ring circuits are far better tested and far safer than the crappy fused spur model used in the US and elsewhere...

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Re: Re:US "Edison" plugs fall out of the socket

", just like those 5 amp sockets in old English houses should (and how many have been without the extra expense of pulling 13 amp wire? I know of at least one house which ended up with underfloor and in-wall heating thanks to a few new sockets being fitted)."

That would be houses that havn't been rewired since 1947....

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Re: so much wrong here...

"Is it a rule that folks in Britain and Europe MUST find fault in everything American?"

Well you guys do tend to choose really crappy standards - generally to support some lame US company. For instance NTSC TV (or Never Twice the Same Colour as we call it) whilst most of the world went PAL, CDMA mobile phones when most of the world went for GSM, imperial measurements that most of the world stopped teaching 50 years ago, etc. etc....

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Re: and things like chargers tend to have plastic prongs with metal tops.

"And the plug always has half-plastic half-metal live & neutral pins, so if it's less than half out the socket you can't see the metal,"

Since 1984 anyway. Before that they were all uninsulated, and by nice coincidence a UK copper 1 Pence coin fits tightly between the 3 prongs....

Much fun was had in school science labs, etc until they fixed that!

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UK to block Kodi pirates in real-time: Saturday kick-off

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Re: Defendants

Just found out Hotspot VPN free version also has limit of 250MB / day Android / 750MB Windows. Still, it's free...

Apparently an average football game stream needs about 450MB.

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