* Posts by Julian 8

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

Julian 8

4G

What LGW should have done is go with an an ISP who have a brilliant tie in with a mobile provider and could offer a decent 4G service incase the redundant cables to LGW were cut.

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

Julian 8

from BBC

In a statement to the BBC, Apple said: "We vigilantly protect our networks and have dedicated teams of information security professionals that work to detect and respond to threats.

dedicate team of sloths maybe if he downloaded 90GB of data over an extended period ?

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Fork it! Google fined €4.34bn over Android, has 90 days to behave

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Can't wait to see the MS fine then.

They force you to have Edge on your machine and you cannot remove it

They force you to have Cortana on your machine and you cannot remove it

They force Cortana to use Bing

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'Facebook takes data from my phone – but I don't have an account!'

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I would root my phone and remove this and some of the other "system apps" that I do not want, however I still want to use my banking apps and as soon as I root they stop

I have a 2nd phone which is rooted and has all the various xPosed and cloakers, but while some worked for a bit (except BarclayCard), when I currently try them the all fail.

I have even asked that they add a "I accept this phone is rooted and any losses caused by this phone will not be covered by <name of bank here> and I am responsible"

I also pointed out that on an older phone running an old Android (4.4) it was probably so bad that it being unrooted and running a banking app was possibly worse than a newer root android version

No answers on any of those

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Microsoft's latest Windows 10 update downs Chrome, Cortana

Julian 8

Re: Sounds like a useful bug?

Insiders = fanboiz = no chrome - Edge only

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Who will fix our Internal Banking Mess? TSB hires IBM amid online banking woes

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Now IBM have joined in, it has gone pete tong

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Penis pothole protester: Cambridge's 'Wanksy' art shows feted

Julian 8

Spokesmen : We don't know what you are all talking about. we have just looked at the roads on [insert preferred provider]'s satellite and road images and they all look good to us.

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If they stopped putting speed bumps in, the same staff / contractors would have both the time and the resources to fill in a lot of pot holes.

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Get a couple of cans of spray and spray the biggest cock ever, preferable in a luminous spray so it is easy to see at night

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It's April 2018, and we've had to sit on this Windows 10 Spring Creators Update headline for days

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Beefed up Cortana

It's being removed or going to use a search engine that can actually search ?

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What the @#$%&!? Microsoft bans nudity, swearing in Skype, emails, Office 365 docs

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Interesting as Offensive is different for everyone

I have no problems with swearing or most of that list, but I take great offense on other words, phrases that are not covered that some people find comforting.

One person's good is another person's evil

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Does that mean that if I tell Cortana to f$ck right off my machine she will ?

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Developer mistakenly deleted data - so thoroughly nobody could pin it on him!

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Saw similar at a previous job. A contractor had come in and written a few scripts to do some temp folder tidying on a large cluster. Unbeknown to me over the last few weekends said cluster had had some serious problems and a node had been completely vaped each weekend. - Someone else was checking these issues and it was not mentioned in our handovers.

I was asked to look at the scripts (just windows cmd) and they all looked OK - looked.

That weekend, down a node went again, so I took a closer look at the scripts.

In a sandbox I copied the suspect script and ran it line by line. All ran well until it came to a delete and there was an extra space after a wildcard. So instead of deleting the intended folder, it deleted the root of the drive it was running on (and this was the system drive)

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When you play this song backwards, you can hear Satan. Play it forwards, and it hijacks Siri, Alexa

Julian 8

Re: Passive ultrasound absorption

Get one, then order all the random items and good toys you want.

When they complain, say their poor choice in music or TV programmes (if your other half is like mine) must be ordering this via the hidden messages

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Acronis: Ransomware protection! Get yer free ransomware protection!

Julian 8

Re: I've asked before, but:

My understanding is that some of these ransomware do not change date / time stamps so be interested to see what method you approach to detect changes

One way mirror can be good, but depends on how it detects changes. It may also copy over the encrypted files

Also most of the ransomware so far only works on mounted drives / volumes

I have 2 drives that are on my server. I have a routine that mounts them, unlocks, copies, locks and dismounts. One is weekly, the other monthly and for my data, they have numerous versions

I have a manual copy stored at a remote location

I have my own remote NAS running at a family friend that is constantly updated

I have a couple of online cloud providers that are backing up my key data with various version controls.

I can guarantee that someone will find holes in that too, or I may find I have been hit at some point and not been aware no matter how careful I am, or the creators of this crap get more inventive themselves

The GFS backup is good, but when I used to deal with backups' I'd prefer the Tower Of Hanoi approach often supplemented with additional daily and non overwritten monthly's

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Here we go again... UK Prime Minister urges nerds to come up with magic crypto backdoors

Julian 8

Shall we try putting into terms they may understand

you have your secure emails / accounts that only you can see - secured

you have your secure crtypto key

However, you need to give the police and whoever else a crypto bypass so they can go in and look when they feel like it

Now stop anyone else from either accidently getting the crypto bypass or working out how to create their own version and stealing all the emails / money

Of course, that is without there being initial errors in the crypto code making it easy to break (WPA)

translated for politicians

As a government you need to put all your money into a safe location... say a safe

You have your key

However, you need to give the police and whoever else a skeleton key so they can go in and look when they feel like it

Now stop anyone else from either accidently getting the key or working out how to create their own version and stealing all the money

Of course, that is without there being initial errors in the lock making it easy to break / bypass (bumping anyone)

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Beyond code PEBCAK lies KMACYOYO, PENCIL and PAFO

Julian 8

Id ten T

Best said in front of a user, "Ah yes, its it an ID ten T issue"

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Logitech: We're gonna brick your Harmony Link gizmos next year

Julian 8

Re: Idiots !

Still use mine, though buggered when they go pop.

Sonos scare me, but they are still going strong here and the server code has had a few upgrades

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Rejecting Sonos' private data slurp basically bricks bloke's boombox

Julian 8

Squeezebox

Glad I still have this little beauties running even though they sold out to Logitech who dumped the whole shebang.

With the new EUDPA next year you just tell Sonos they have to remove ll the data they have and you do not give consent.

Cal then a week later ask for what they have on you and then if they have anything report them and hope the ICO or whoever use their teeth with the level of fines they can impose with the new act

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Cortana, please finish my sentences in Skype texts for me

Julian 8

Cortana

More interested in how to remove Cortana from running on my machines period let alone it hijacking an app and suggesting improvements. I mean, who - besides Yahoo! replies with "I''m fine thanks!"

WTF is the ! for ?

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Windows 10 Creators Update will add app-level privacy controls

Julian 8

US Gvt and so on

After they block Kaspersky Antivirus, are they going to do the same to MS Windows with all the crap and sniffing it does ?

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Re: Take a Stand...

You can stop automatic updates via gpedit / group policy

I have done so on one of my machines at home as the last time it updated it boots, works for an indeterminate time and then dies.

Waiting for this update to see what it does

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%appdata%

Be nice if they stopped apps from installing from %appdata% or provided someway to force the apps to the relevant %programfiles% or %programfiles(x86)%

allowing apps to run form there is a major pain, and it is not always easy to just use security restrictions to block the option as a number of apps want to install there with no alternative option

HASHING is OK to a point and folders are a bit of a pain in a corporate environment

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Oracle 'systematically denies' its sales reps their commissions, forces them to work to pay off 'debts', court told

Julian 8

Double Standards

So the employees can only go via arbitration as per their contract, but when Oracle lost that case the first thing they did was go running to the courts.

The Judge should have increased the amount and pointed out to Oracle the double standards and that this extra payment is a warning for them not to do it again

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EE!? The sound customers make when the interwebz don't work

Julian 8

@matty

I do like his tweet about changing the DNS.

especially the google it bit

Customer : I have no internet

techie : can you ping 8.8.8.8

Customer: Yes

techie : your internet is fine, DNS is the problem

customer : eh

techie : google it - bye

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NHS WannaCrypt postmortem: Outbreak blamed on lack of accountability

Julian 8

That's why you have testing phases and an ability to ensure that if you are asked to stop patch KB1234 as it breaks Product A, you can still push KB1234 to all other devices except those that match the criteria

Also ensure you have an ability to do an emergency push - AKA patch KB1234 to everything NOW, even if it means a percentage of devices crash. What is the best case scenario you are prepared to accept.

Just needs a little planning and agreement

To be honest, I am also surprised with some of these companies that they are hit as certainly in the past I had to prove the patching to internal / external auditors and for SOX compliance.

They would accept small levels of devices not being patched fully or even missing from the relevant systems - especially if at a global / regional level you could prove you were doing all you could and chasing local IT to resolve the issues

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Huge ransomware outbreak spreads in Ukraine and beyond

Julian 8

Besides patching

Windows Server: PowerShell method (Remove-WindowsFeature FS-SMB1)

Windows Client: PowerShell method (Disable-WindowsOptionalFeature -Online -FeatureName smb1protocol)

Not surprised about WPP - who are being named on R5 live a lot

IBM and no idea who or what they are doing about patching these days. Used to be good

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Amazon pulls snouts from all-you-can-eat cloud storage buffet

Julian 8

Re: Luddite here.

I leave a set at work, - encrypted and off site

the ones I have at home for a weekly and monthly copies auto mount, unlock, copy, lock and then auto dismount - an ideal use for old HDD's that were replaced with SSD's and a cheap £5 caddy

Like to thnk of it as an immediate protection against ransomware

I do use some cloud backups as well

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IT contractors behind IR35 calculator to leave HMRC... because of IR35

Julian 8

easy pickings

Contractors are easy pickings which is why they are being targetted, especially when you read articles this week about 2 consultancies who have taken billions from the government who have paid £0.00 corporation tax

Why not go after these companies instead and get the far richer pickings... Oh yeah, they can and will fight back where us the single contractor cannot do that

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Calling your redundancy programme Baccarat? Immense Bummer, Management

Julian 8

Re: What about contracted terms?

If that is in your contract then you are good as they cannot get out of it, but never seen that in a contract I have had.

If they could pay you nothing they would, but they have to pay the statutory minimum

At the company I was at, you can see which countries have good work laws as some countries still have some staff left behind as it is too expensive to get rid of them.

Just be glad you are not in the America's. I hear my old colleagues were really screwed

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Lloyds Banking Group to hang up on call centre staffers

Julian 8

Re: "The seven-year contract, approved by Unite and Accord unions, is said to be worth £1.9m "

Probably worth less than that as IBM undercut everyone to get the deal, but the time they have paid the fines for being so appalling. Saying that, Lloyd's may make a profit out of IBM - won't have any IT though

And yeah, LBG may have paid good redundancies (and they still do to the floor staff), those over to IBM, statutory minimum here we come

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IBM could have made almost all the voluntary redundancies it needed

Julian 8

Re: Never Volunteer

IBM you get the same statutory minimum if you volunteer or not

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Julian 8

Indeed that is the method they use

Whatever VR payments Lloyds use are down to them, all IBM have to do is provide Statutory minimum.

What irks IBM is when you come over with really nice holiday (30 days plus) and perks that are on your contract that they don't offer or some poor long term IBMer will have had to work for 20yrs + to get

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Lloyds to outsource 2,000 staff in IBM deal

Julian 8

Oops

Well, we know their security is good after the Aussie Census

Any Lloyds bods reading - leave now, you won't regret it - they will let you rot while you do a transfer of knowledge to the offshore team and then you will get made redundant with the statutory minimum.

Yes - Tuped over a little while ago. I left and am far happier than any of my colleagues who hung on and then got made redundant or left.

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Lenovo denies claims it plotted with Microsoft to block Linux installs

Julian 8

Crucial implies it is a standard M.2 SSD

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1TB SanDisk flash cam card

Julian 8

Cool, I can add one to my phone, dump all my music on it and then get rid of the ipod in the car and just BT my music instead.

bearing in mind the cost at the time of upgrading an ipod to a 1TB SSD, this can't be much more expensive

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IBM makes meek apology for Oz #CensusFail, offers no fail detail

Julian 8

Its IBM

Come one, all the good staff leave or get made redundant. If you can write a good internal blog you'll survive, anyone else - sorry.

If you are an intern, you'll do your year - they are good as they are cheap.

I know of a large UK organisation that uses / used IBM for the online presence. A Black Friday a few years ago it went down in a big way so they were suing IBM for it.

I mean, its not as if BF was out of the blue, everyone knows it is coming so why not be ready..... oh its IBM

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Brits unveil 'revolutionary' hydrogen-powered car

Julian 8

Damn it is ugly

Look like a new combination between Ford + Citreon

Take 1 Citreon DS19 and then let Ford loose on it like it did with the Scorpio's before they phased them out.

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WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg

Julian 8

A new definition for parallel computing

Windows Tiles may look better from a different perspective.

The new Lenovo Yoga tablet takes things to extremes

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Faked NatWest, Halifax bank sites score REAL security certs

Julian 8

Of course, to be safe just follow the link from the email that your bank sends you, especially the ones where you think to yourself "I didn't know I had a bank account with so and so"

:)

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WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg

Julian 8

Is this the real life ?

is this fantasy ?

for a quick answer

look for the ear growing out of a tree

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WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg

Julian 8

1000 years in the future: How archaeologist's imagine Jonathan Ive got inspiration for the early MacBook Pro's

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CHEAT! Volkswagen chief 'deeply sorry' over diesel emission test dodge

Julian 8

Re: Surely this is a form of fraud?

Buses user it as well

I know the latest Mercs use it. Call it something else and rip you off for it, but it is adBlue

EGR - damn annoyance as the valve will gum and stick. I used to service the one in my Saab once a year as a precaution (carb cleaner and Copper grease)

there is also a filter in some cars which gets a good burn and clean that helps the EGR, but only when the engine is at the right temperature and one a long run.

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Chipzilla has its knockers … and now they’re cool in this venting sports bra

Julian 8

BRAM - boob RAM

Coming to a car near you soon - Auto infating bra to protect vital assets.

no comments from the maker on there being an apps being released for Android or Appl to allow the wearer to take advantage of this device in a bar / nightclub

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WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg

Julian 8

Silica to inflate the boobs, now silica to protect the boobs.

BRAM - Boob RAM

coming soon to a car near you. "Protect your assets"

As soon as the car detects it is an accident the bra will expand and become an extra set of airbags to ensure the essential area's are well protected from impact.

We decline to comment on the rumours of an impending hack to allow women to make use of this feature in brs / nightclubs

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WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg

Julian 8

Microsoft's latest attempt to crush any final user resistance to Windows 10

Learning Python hardore

New environment friendly shrink wrapping technology

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'Walter Mitty' IT manager admits to buying gun on dark web

Julian 8

I bet MacPhee gets a longer sentance too - duty evasion

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Half the Fanbois in your office are unpatched ATTACK VECTORS

Julian 8

Re: Whoa there!

I watched the IT Crowd and I know the Internet is a box - Moss said so

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Ofcom issues stern warning over fake caller number ID scam

Julian 8

Ask them a question back

I then ask them a question which they should know from my records

If they don't know I cut them off.

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