Re: He had a life when first doctors merely predicted an early death.
As Aladdin Sane has already noted, the man himself disagrees: "I wouldn't be here today if it were not for the NHS,"
And FFS you could at least get his name right... No S...
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"Yes, that Data General, the one that EMC acquired for US$1.1bn in 1999 so it could make hay with the CLARiiON iSCSI SANs"
The original CLARiiON disk arrays were SCSI, not iSCSI, and had migrated to Fibre Channel by the time EMC acquired them. iSCSI came much later, I think with the AX series.
[Source: I had a bunch of 1st generation EMC DAEs in a 42U cabinet in my kitchen, until a few years ago when my long-suffering partner realised how much electricity they were drinking.]
A quick look at their directory page shows that they have around 250 staff, so I'm impressed that the victim managed to send that number and bulk of tax forms (Word documents? PDF files? - many, many megabytes of email, either way) to the scammer without having to call on their IT department for help.
It should be noted that the "Use it or lose it" page linked at the bottom of the article is hosted by a firm of IP lawyers, who might well have a rather biased viewpoint given that cases like this are their bread and butter... The EFF has a very different opinion on the issue:
Not PayPal, I'm sure - they have a long history of refusing their services to anything even slightly porn-related.
But the major porn parent companies like MindGeek are already gearing up to offer age verification services to smaller sites (at least, those they don't mind competing with, the others will be left out in the cold) and they are looking at that as a major source of income going forward.
So the likely outcome is a few huge porn companies dominating the market for mainstream porn, in effective collusion with the UK government, and all the smaller companies (especially those providing less mainstream content) driven out of business.
Kaspersky says that MS is "killing off the independent security industry", but that just doesn't seem true. The early suppliers that have been around for decades are still very much in evidence - McAfee/Dr Solomons, Norton/Symantec, Avira, Avast, F-Secure, AVG, Sophos et al are still apparently going strong.
So are all the second-tier companies like Panda, BitDefender, ESET and Trend... Plus the specialists like Webroot, Clearswift and Mimecast, and all the little niche products for enthusiasts like ComboFix, Hitman and VoodooShield.
A quick look at a few "best antivirus 2016" review articles shows at least 30 different vendors, a good few of which are so new that I have never heard of them. And that is not including the various anti-spyware offerings, which arguably are exactly the same thing these days.
This is hardly a dying industry!
Agreed! I was one of the first victims, my home network was broken into via TeamViewer in January, long before the current fuss. I reported it right away, and after the automated acknowledgement it took TWO WEEKS before TeamViewer contacted me to ask for logs - which I provided, and then never heard anything more. I was not impressed.
So a spokesman from the cartel says that it's not a cartel, and there's nothing to worry about? Oh, well, that's Ok then!
But the comparison with the LTO organisation is interesting, it will remain to be seen whether the Alliance lives up to its name, or goes over to the dark side...
T-Mobile's Streetcheck service lies like a rug - I used it to check four key locations (all in major cities) before I switched to T-Mobile last year, and in spite of its firm assurance that they had excellent signal quality, three of the four are poor at best for 3G, and in one I can barely get a 2G signal at all!
I'm sure you're right, Twm - evidently it's just as well that I have a specialist on my team to understand such things better than I do. However, exact details notwithstanding, the net effect is that with self-signed apps enabled Joe Public User can indeed install any old application, utility or game (a 3D version of the classic Snake game seems a particular favourite with our engineers), whatever its provenance, which is exactly what Uncle Steve's letter says can't be done:
"Nokia, for example, is not allowing any applications to be loaded onto some of their newest phones unless they have a digital signature that can be traced back to a known developer"
Nice to see that the reality distortion field is still hard at work.
I don't mind the outage - problems happen - but I'm annoyed that they didn't post an update on their customer support status page until 8:36pm, more than four hours (by their own admission) after the problems began. That is what the status page is for, after all, and it's a PITA to sit there trying to work out if it's a local issue, a routing problem or, as it turned out to be, a host issue. Thumbs down, there, Fasthosts...
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