* Posts by macjules

1495 posts • joined 7 Oct 2014

Deliveroo to bike food to hungry fanbois queuing to buy iPhones

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Does anyone else find the whole 'must get latest iPhone' rush more than a little bit disturbing?

These are the diehard fanbois you are talking about, so of course they must get the latest iPhone. I should think that many of them have been saving up their benefits and selling their food stamps for a whole year to get to this moment.

And the joy is that it all starts again once they have the latest glass phone in their hands.

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'Men only' job ad posts land Facebook in boiling hot water with ACLU

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Re: In the current environment, women are too much of a business risk..

"Needless to say I don't speak to my sister, cos she is a monster."

Let me try a random guess, your sister is pretty much your experience of women?

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First Boeing 777 (aged 24) makes its last flight – to a museum

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Re: Feeling old yet?

Actually around 3 hours 25 minutes for Speedbird London to JFK, although they could do it (in 1996) in under 3 hours JFK to LHR, using the jetstream.

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TV Licensing admits: We directed 25,000 people to send their bank details in the clear

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Re: Imprisonment would be fair, I think

I still use the tried and tested mantra for all Capita scumbags who come knocking at the door:

(shouting)

Wife: "There's someone from the TV Licensing at the door"

Me: "Hang on, just getting the dogs"

Wife: "That's alright, he's gone now"

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Don't put the 'd' and second 'i' in IoT: How to secure devices in your biz – belt and braces

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Bookmarking this article

Exactly what I have been looking for, many thanks!

Is there an IDIoT's guide to network hardening for IoT devices anywhere that someone could share please?

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On the edge of its seats: Cloud rains down even more cash on Adobe

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Err ...

In May, Adobe bought e-commerce services provider Magenta for $1.68bn

Unless they really did buy the colour Magenta, it should perhaps be Magento?

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How an augmented reality tourist guide tried to break my balls

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Re: Ahhhh ... flashbacks to a holiday in France,

Me too. Dealing with SNCF/TER ‘apps’ = ‘give up. Go to automatic ticket machine. Select English option. Get tickets. Forget to validate tickets. Listen to lecture from supercilious conductor explaining how stupid English must remember to validate their tickets’

The joy of Les Vacances.

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Generally Disclosing Pretty Rapidly: GDPR strapped a jet engine on hacked British Airways

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Re: re. Reporting a breach shows awareness

Read https://www.riskiq.com/blog/labs/magecart-british-airways-breach, especially the bit about how they detected it was in the modernizr.js library.

Now visit www.ba.com and follow these steps:

In your web browser right click and choose Inspect Element (IE and Safari you have to enable this)

Click Network and then JS and refresh the page.

Scroll down until you can see modernizr.js and click on it.

Notice the date for last-modified: Thu, 23 Aug 2018 12:57:01 GMT

Implies that BA were aware of this on 23rd August and are now not telling the truth.

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Re: re. Reporting a breach shows awareness

To me it is far more likely that they got hacked on 21st August and decided to cover up and say it was between 21st August and 5th September in order to avoid GDPR penalties for late disclosure.

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Like tax? Love networks? UK taxmen have a job just for you

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"Networks Delivery Group"

In 1 year's time:

"Your personal data is perfectly safe with us and be assured that the recent error where over 30m UK taxpayer records were left in an unencrypted CSV file on an insecure AWS S3 Bucket was a one-off mistake and will not be repeated"

Watch this space .. as they say.

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Do not adjust your set, er, browser: This is our new page-one design

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I don't like change. Please, no. I don't like change.

I take it you do not carry coins then?

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Milton Keynes: Come for roundabouts, stay for near-gigabit broadband

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Re: An impressive challenge undertaken

Even the Luftwaffe failed on that one.

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Law firm seeking leak victims to launch £500m suit at British Airways

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Re: Fees?

Did El Bard ever have a line such as, "First we kill Tata Control Services"?

I think we should be told.

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'World's favorite airline' favorite among hackers: British Airways site, app hacked for two weeks

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Re: We take the protection of our customers’ data very seriously.

Yes, It is OUR right to sell our customers' data on to dodgy third-party marketing agencies, not some criminal's right.

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Ever so slightly annoyed. I received a notice from John Lewis last week that someone had tried to use my card to buy "tyres", so cancelled it and had it replaced. Now I just got a notice from BA that the replacement card I used to buy a flight might be 'compromised", so that has just been cancelled as well.

I feel like going back to paying in cash for everything.

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Activists raise alarm over insidious creep of surveillance in the UK

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Self-inflicted?

We live in a day and age of "social media" (oxymoron intended) where for some reason Facebook must have your location set to 'Always' or where Über must always be tracking you, and be able to monitor your location using 'God View'. Add to that Google, Amazon and all the rest constantly recording everything you say in your home, so that their "home assistants" can respond quickly to your occasional whimsical request for what's next up on TV.

And people are worried about the government monitoring them?

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No, no, you're all wrong. That's not a Kremlin agent. It's someone with 'inauthentic behavior'

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Re: Hit the 'Reset' button

Or better, "From now on Facebook and Twitter can only use Azure servers". Why worry about data purges when you can let Microsoft lightning do it for you?

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I've seen the future of consumer AI, and it doesn't have one

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Re: Personality

Let us not forget that Skynet's 21st-century manifestation is that of "an overarching, global, artificial intelligence hierarchy that seeks to destroy humanity in order to fulfill the mandates of its original coding."

Original coding: to inform humans that their chicken is now ready for cooking.

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Apple cops to iPhone 8 production oops, offers to fix borked phones

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Re: Dear Apple.

Dear kain preacher

We are worth over $1tn now.

Who.

Cares.

(not us)

Love

Apple

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Lyon for speed, San Francisco for money, Amsterdam for fun: the best cities to be a techie

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Re: Any Reg readers living in Amsterdam right now?

Rent in much of Switzerland tends to be a lot cheaper than you would think. What is expensive is that they often want the rent paid 3 months upfront.

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TSB goes TITSUP: Total Inability To Surprise Users, Probably

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TITSUP?

Can be broken down easier than that:

Totally Shite Bank

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No need to code your webpage yourself, says Microsoft – draw it and our AI will do the rest

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Re: Hilarious

Browsers aren't bloated, they are simply optimisationally challenged.

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Re: Frontpage disappeared a long time ago.

And not forgetting that "Clippy the Office Assistant " is just waiting to return from The Home for Retired Pointless Animations ...

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Re: The return of front page

I usually interpret 'Drag 'n Drop' as something you do with 'generated html' when you drag and drop it into the trash.

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Fast food, slow user – techie tears hair out over crashed drive-thru till

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Re: Ahhh, memories...

Try government IT support then:

"You need to have your issued USB dongle to hand, do you have that?"

"Yes"

"Can you plug it in please?"

"Done"

"Now switch on the computer"

"Nothing happens"

"One second, have you plugged the dongle into YOUR computer?"

"You didn't say that it had to be be my one!"

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Error Canada: Airline tells customers to reset mobile app after attack

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Re: Minimising the problem?

So would I be. Saying things like 'only 20,000 out of 1.7m' usually means that it was more likely to be '1.68m out of 1.7m'. As for,

The lost data consisted of: Aeroplan number, passport number, NEXUS number for expedited screening, known traveler number, gender, birth date, nationality, passport expiration date, passport country of issue and country of residence.

Asking someone to reset their password after that significant level of data loss is like reminding a trainer to close the stable door long after the Derby winner has bolted.

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Quit that job and earn $185k... cleaning up San Francisco's notoriously crappy sidewalks

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Re: This is really good sht.. You talking shit? Gimme a hit of that sht...

You don't know shit

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Everybody dance now: Watch this AI code fool friends into thinking you can cut a rug like a pro

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Oh boy

Just sooo looking forwards to bloody videos of cats dancing like Beyonce to "'All the Single Ladies"

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Salesforce boss Marc Benioff objects to US immigration policy so much, he makes millions from, er, US immigration

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Re: Unreasonable without reason

They never explain why they don't employ these highly talented people in their own country.

Is that why we very, very rarely see US IT contractors working overseas? Certainly never once seen one in the UK.

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Face-PALM: US Patent and Trademark Office database down for 5 days and counting

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Re: Nice to see ..

I can't see IBM as a equivalent of Capita as IBM actually (ok well, occasionally) makes things. Capita is like a leech feeding on the British taxpayer, sucking up everything it can, lying low for a while and then starting all over again. It has very rarely ever successfully produced any final product and never once on time.

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Nice to see ..

...that incompetence know no international boundaries.

What is the US equivalent of Capita by the way?

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Butcher by name, Butcher by nature? Capita finds new CFO

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"The strategy alluded to by Lewis will see the company try to do fewer things better"

It is very hard to see how they could do anything worse.

Maybe I just need to go to SpecSavers ..

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Microsoft: We busted Russian Fancy Bear disinfo websites

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Re: How things have changed

How many would that be now? We have The Evil Murdoch Empire, The MegaEvil Zuck Empire, The Empire of all Evil Chocolate Factory, The Evil Empire of Infinity Loop .. there are just so many to choose from.

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Connected car data handover headache: There's no quick fix... and it's NOT just Land Rovers

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Re: This needs some input from the DVLR

DVLA is still living in an age where the latest technology is, "hey look, you press a button and the front windows go up and down".

Asking them to come up with coherent guidelines for electronic user registration and de-registration would be like asking Capita to organise a single sign-on system for the NHS.

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UK.gov agencies told to drop fancy tech or risk 'reinventing the wheel'

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.. problems with siloed thinking, bureaucracy, budget constraints and risk aversion.

MRDA. As a GDS "independent" contractor, he would say that, wouldn't he?

GDS have been waiting to have a go at every other department's "digital estate" - at least since 2012 - and not least the Home Office. Now having been stripped of oversight capability (although who in their right mind would give it to the Department of Fun?) they must be really, really pissed off.

If someone wants to respond to that report, suggest less use of GDS and more use of outside consultancies. The more you mention Steria or Capita the more you risk GDS management suffering apoplexy.

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So phar, so FUD: PHP flaw puts WordPress sites at risk of hacks

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Re: Does anybody use phar://?

Quite so. WordPress is (almost) ok to use and pretty amazing in its more developer-friendly decoupled state. The problems start when you add any one of the thousands of plugins, many of which seem to completely bypass such simple PHP things as private or public protection.

And then you take a look at Drupal security and gently start to weep ..

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Techie's test lab lands him in hot water with top tech news site

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Re: Top Boss

I would never shout at my staff for bringing down a client's server, failing to spot a bad code merge request or similar.I just make them buy me a beer for every failed code review that gets notified to me by SonarQube

Hic

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Beam me up, PM: Digital secretary expected to give Tory conference speech as hologram

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"Wright, a criminal lawyer by training"

Gamekeeper turned poacher then?

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London's Gatwick Airport flies back to the future as screens fail

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The only redundancy they now have is the moron who failed to QA before pressing the big green 'go' button.

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What happens to your online accounts when you die?

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Re: IMHO

Thank you for the advice. Was about to try that with Apple regarding a deceased relative. They didn't event return the enquiry.

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Facebook Messenger backdoor demand, bail in Bitcoin, and lots more

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Paris Hilton

Why don't the Feds just request President Trump to ask his controller Mr Putin if the Russian "Internet Research Agency" could please hack FBM for them?

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Home Office seeks Brexit tech boss – but doesn't splash the cash

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Re: Awesome!

I already have a lifetime of On-call stories, and that was with just 15 years in government IT.

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Re: Not Enough if you ask me

Salary: £100,000.00 for possibly less than 1 year's work

Delivery of project (does not mean that it was successful, just that it was delivered): CBE or higher

Job pluses: Pension of £59,000 plus lump sum of benefits (30%) at £70,000 (provided you are around for at least 5 years or until aged 67)

Not forgetting that you will undoubtedly get recruited by Capita in order for them to try and make sense of the work you did so successfully in Croydon

Job negatives: 12 months of East Croydon hell

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Home Office opens AWS cash firehose a little wider with police IT deal

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Whatever money they're hoping to save will be lost in a blink of an eye if anything goes wrong or was overlooked, and it'll cost years trying to fix the mess.

Shh, it will be alright: they are going to use Tata CS S3 buckets. What could go wrong?

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Who was it that hacked Apple? Ozzie Ozzie Ozzie, boy boy boy!

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Re: Apple'sHack

Yeah, next time use an iPhone: You can trust that Apple won't help the Feds that way.

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Drama as boffins claim to reach the Holy Grail of superconductivity

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Re: It's dead, Jim, but not as we know it

I find that hot fusion works well for me, especially with Lavazza Rosso first thing in the morning.

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Criminals a bit less interested in nicking Brits' identities this year

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Re: Be curious to know if it's just UK nationals ?

Is there a difference in value between blue passports and red ones?

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Whistleblower org chief quits over Assange critic boot demand

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That reminds me of a joke ...

Assange, Pilger and Vivienne Westwood walk into a bar with their pets.

The barman says, “tell you what lads and lady, if your pets can do a trick I’ll stand you free drinks all night”

Westwood’s chihuahua runs around the room, collects stray threads and creates a small tartan jacket, in true punk mode.

Pilger’s dog jumps up, knocks his smartphone out of his hand and taps out a Pulitzer Prize- winning story.

“That’s bloody amazing” says the barman. “What can your cat do Mr Assange?”.

Assange’s cat persuades the dogs to put up bail money, fucks them both and pisses off to whine in the broomcupboard.

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UK's data watchdog picks privacy man from IBM arm as new tech policy exec

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Interview ..

"Morning Simon, do you know what GDPR is?"

"Yes"

"Good man, you've got the job."

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Devon County Council techies: WE KNOW IT WASN'T YOU!

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Demonstrates clear lack of initiative or creativity - Marked as E minus

A good PR spokesidiot would have stated that, "Unfortunately the head of education has been using an Apple MacBook Pro with known keyboard issues, which resulted in bad typing".

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