* Posts by FlamingDeath

416 posts • joined 30 Oct 2015


Brit prisoners to be kept on the straight and narrow with JavaScript and CSS

FlamingDeath Bronze badge

Has the PTB been listening, and thought

Oh that might be a problem


"As employees, technologists wield enormous power. They can force the companies they work for to abandon lucrative US military contracts, or efforts to assist with censorship in China. If employees start to routinely demand the companies they work for behave more morally, the change would be both swift and dramatic." - Bruce Schneier

FBI warns of SIM-swap scams, IBM finds holes in visitor software, 13-year-old girl charged over JavaScript prank...

FlamingDeath Bronze badge

For research purposes, of course

Biker sues Google Fiber: I broke my leg, borked my ankle in trench dug to lay ad giant's pipe

FlamingDeath Bronze badge


I'll get my coat

Web hacker 'Alfabeto Virtual' thrown in the clink for 3 months by US judge who wanted to 'send a message'

FlamingDeath Bronze badge

Re: Depends

"test if patch breaks anything as they sometimes do."


Don't forget, the patch usually comes from the same people / company who created the thing that needed patching, I wouldn't have high expectations. Then expect the patch to fix the patch

The new rolling software model where everything is in a constant state of beta, we do get a helpful feedback button, but no bandage for the injured head after banging it against the desk or financial recompense for lost productivity

Microsoft partner portal 'exposes 'every' support request filed worldwide' today

FlamingDeath Bronze badge

Re: Such a thing doesn’t appear to have happened before

There is a bug in Microsoft Outlook that's over 10 years old, where the Drafts folder will just disappear, googling the symptoms clearly shows people asking the same question about why their Drafts folder disappeared from Outlook 2003 all the way upto TheCloud™ ©365

Outlook, the gift that just keeps on giving and is relentless enough to make someone lose their mind and throw their junk windows pc out of the window

Plug in your iPhone, iPad, iPod, fire up the App Store: You have new Apple patches to install

FlamingDeath Bronze badge

HP's instant ink T&C's states you have to agree to their data slurping collection bot in order to recieve firmware updates, I kid you not

Do we embrace this brave new world or run to the hills?

A few reasons why cops haven't immediately shot down London Gatwick airport drone menace

FlamingDeath Bronze badge

They should open the airports to drone racing 1 day a week, there is clearly demand for it

We could become world leaders

FlamingDeath Bronze badge

Re: How about a high power laser burst ?

"we dont have any high power laser bursts"


We're the world leader in high power lasers, didn't you know?

We British are the world leaders in just about everything...

London Gatwick Airport reopens but drone chaos perps still not found

FlamingDeath Bronze badge

Re: What happens next

"Whoever it is doing this has demonstrated a degree of planning and operational security awareness, so I doubt it's over."

My money is on the (in)security services

Hearts & Minds

FlamingDeath Bronze badge

"You cannot ban drones"

Yes but 'they' can act out scenarios such as this to give a pretext to ban drones

This Machiavellianism is as old as the hills

1. Create problem

2. Offer Solution

3. Win

Most people will read this comment and say to themselves "that's absurd", and that is correct it is absurd. Doesnt make it untrue though. I think most people rationalise that because its not something they would do, that someone else wouldnt either, and that there is the problem.

Hearts & Minds is not what you think it means, think 1984 doublespeak, and you're halfway there

FlamingDeath Bronze badge
Black Helicopters

This episode reeks of...

False flag PSYOPS

Dont ask me why, just a gut feeling

It's a great distraction though for the 24hours news cycle

"All the world’s a stage,

And all the men and women merely players;

They have their exits and their entrances,

And one man in his time plays many parts,

His acts being seven ages"...

Home users due for a battering with Microsoft 365 subscription stick

FlamingDeath Bronze badge
Big Brother

And beyond...

The mechanics of all this is really quite simple...

Old model:

Build software, market software, sell software, repeat cycle & increment version

New model:

Build software, market software, rent software (SAAS)

A similar thing is happening with gaming

Old old model:

Build arcade games, insert coin for 1UP

Old model:

Build PC/console games, market games, sell games, repeat cycle & increment version

New model:

Build PC/console games, market games, either give games away for free or at a cost, add microtransactions as standard

Before we know it, we'll be back to the old old model

slowly slowly catchy monkey

This is all connected and I would not be surprised if in the (distant?) future, everything will be in the cloud, where it can be controlled, and owning anything except a dumb terminal will be illegal. Of course this just my conjecture and I am not saying this will happen, just saying it is an extrapolation of current trends as I perceive it

Scumbag hackers lift $1m from children's charity

FlamingDeath Bronze badge


Begins at home

FlamingDeath Bronze badge

Re: Really.

Their justifications for such salaries do not wash either

They say it's because they need to attract the best CEO talent in the market

Well that's fine, just don't expect other people to pay for it

This is the first thing I look at when deciding whether or not to donate my hard earned money to a cause

Gone are the days of charity, all we have now are businesses posing as charities

Some of them use the money to go into manufacturing and product design to further create revenue, it's fucking disgusting

FlamingDeath Bronze badge

Re: More to this than meets the eye

I remember listening to a podcast some years back of a couple of security researchers talking about what the new year holds, and one of them said "there would be more corporate breaches", but the other corrected him, "there will be more corporates 'finding out' they've been breached"

In other words, most organisations have no idea what is going on inside their networks.

If I were a hacker, once in, I would pivot around for persistence, carefully shimmy around between the walls, listening to conversations and get an understanding of organisational relationships.

With this knowledge, I would formulate a plan to monetise my efforts

Literally all it would take is access to a admin O365 account with no 2FA enabled, which is probably all O365 admin accounts, considering Microshits shenanigans

Phishing is so much easier this way

Why use a net when you can use a sniper rifle

'Bomb threat' scammers linked to earlier sextortion campaign

FlamingDeath Bronze badge

I suspect...

Many office workers would welcome the distraction

Spending watchdog points finger at Capita for 1,300 shortfall in British Army rookies

FlamingDeath Bronze badge

Re: TBF...


While that may be a cause and is worth consideration, I suspect the, (how do I put this?) "Reasons given, the pretext for wars, is increasingly being questioned, and also the reasons I gave earlier, awful treatment.

Those SAS soldiers that died of heat exhaustion, nobody went to prison for that, it was a HSE jurisdiction


That is wrong

The soldier that died of colon cancer, part of his job was cleaning the tanks, tanks fire depleted uranium shells. That too was a HSE jurisdiction


That is wrong

I could go on and on about this single subject for eternity. THAT is how awful the MOD are

FlamingDeath Bronze badge
Big Brother

Re: No right to the IT system at the end of the contract?

"Capita may own the IT infrastructure etc but I bet they don't have as many weapons as the Army. I suggest they hand it all over before somebody gets hurt"

I don't think you understand the military / corporation relationship structure

FlamingDeath Bronze badge


The MOD does a great job of dissuading potential recruits already

The whole social contract needs rewriting, the treatment of veterans and their families is nothing short of disgusting, to add to this, the MOD enjoys Crown Immunity, but not its e̶m̶p̶l̶o̶y̶e̶e̶s soldiers

Did you know that iOS ad clicks cost more than Android? These scammers did

FlamingDeath Bronze badge

Re: Cost to me?


But how else is this person going to pay their mortgage / house rent?

Survival trumps ethics

Just ask the Uruguayan rugby team of 1972

Pulses quicken at NASA as SpaceX gets closer to crewed launches and Russia readies the next Soyuz

FlamingDeath Bronze badge


My my, only 2 down votes

Maybe those two, and any others who wish to downvote facts, should read more of history


FlamingDeath Bronze badge

Re: Keeping your people from revolting

Ref: "There's little point in setting up a Moon base..."

Helium-3 is a very good reason

FlamingDeath Bronze badge


"The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA /ˈnæsə/) is an independent agency of the United States Federal Government"


That's hilarious

I know this is not publically admitted, but NASA are basically a military organisation.

If you're shocked by this revelation, then you've been living under a rock

Space is strategic, shocker! IKR?

Brits' DNA data sent to military base after 'foreign' hack attacks – report

FlamingDeath Bronze badge
FlamingDeath Bronze badge

Re: "100,000 Genomes Project is secure, insists chair"...

You are number 2

Ecuador says 'yes' to Assange 'freedom' deal, but Julian says 'nyet'

FlamingDeath Bronze badge
FlamingDeath Bronze badge

Re: Let him rot.

I think the tabloids have rotted your brain

It's very easy to accuse someone of rape, and for it to be complete lies

I'm sure the women involved were rewarded for their loyalty

But lets not lose perspective here, this is about war crimes, pure and simple

You can try to shift the focus as much as you like, you're about as convincing as "Jihadi John"

Now fuck off

FlamingDeath Bronze badge

Re: Assange is a political prisoner, in the United Kingdom, end of

"Please show me" your face, AC

Have a packet of these it looks like you need them

FlamingDeath Bronze badge

Re: Assange is a political prisoner, in the United Kingdom, end of

I feel like I've just run the bell curve gauntlet, that was exhausting, communicating with muppets

FlamingDeath Bronze badge

Re: Assange is a political prisoner, in the United Kingdom, end of

Look, I understand, you buy newspapers, you read newspapers

I suspect you probably also frequent a pub too, and talk to people in the pub

I can easily imagine you have a social media account of some kind and get all of your facts from there

Echo chambers are a wonderful thing, until someone from outside your echo chamber challenges your world view.

As to digging a hole, I literally have no idea what exactly you're referring to.


Sorry, I dont do cliques, maybe you do...

FlamingDeath Bronze badge

Re: Assange is a political prisoner, in the United Kingdom, end of

"Queue isn't a verb which can be used like that."

Crikey, dont ever visit this site, exposure to etymology might make your head implode


FlamingDeath Bronze badge

Re: Assange is a political prisoner, in the United Kingdom, end of

I feel I need to ask the question, because it is quite early here in the United Kingdom, is Alister American and giving an Englishman tips on spelling and grammar?


FlamingDeath Bronze badge

Re: Assange is a political prisoner, in the United Kingdom, end of

Shit my mistake, I of course do not know what I meant, and only you know

Can I get your contact details so I can run my thoughts through you to get clearance?

Exactly, why are you bothering about a grammatical error thats exists only in your head?

I meant queue, I typed queue, if I had intended to type cue I would have typed cue, if I had intended to type que, I also would have typed que. Which part of this do you not understand?

FlamingDeath Bronze badge


Lets get some perspective here for the benefit of all of the mindless drones with short memories that seem to be on this site (I feel bad saying that, but it's become pretty apparent)


The President during Operation Overlord, as part of his exit speech to the American people as president, warned of the military industrial complex.

FlamingDeath Bronze badge

Re: Assange is a political prisoner, in the United Kingdom, end of

I see the confusion, you assumed I meant something like "cue stage right" like as in a pantomime

I actually did mean queue, as in a line of people waiting for something

I know the current situation is very much like a pantomime, but I am very much talking about reality, and I dont mean the reality presented to you by the establishments news desks

Anyway, thank you for the correction even if it was misguided. I am quite happy to be corrected where I am wrong, if it can be backed up with something credible

FlamingDeath Bronze badge

Re: Assange is a political prisoner, in the United Kingdom, end of

REF: "Bullshit. They offered him a deal"

Wait what?

Are you saying that the USA is a country to be trusted?

I think YOU'RE looking for attention

I suspect in YOUR world, albeit it one you absorbed from the MSM without question, is that 9/11 was as it happened according to the MSM and the resulting aftermath was because of terrorists, and not corporate oil interests. The USA is a country who would happily turn a blind eye of a murdered journalist, because of money interests and carry on, business as usual. I mean why risk BILLION $ in weapons contracts

I think you're very naive to think that Julian Assange is anything other than a political prisoner in the United Kingdom

Tech support discovers users who buy the 'sh*ttest PCs known to Man' struggle with basics

FlamingDeath Bronze badge

Re: It's 2018

TBF, some people are utter morons and actually view it as a badge of honour

FlamingDeath Bronze badge

Re: It's 2018

I hope Microturd doesnt get into the car industry, fuck knows where the steering wheel and engine will be put according to which phase of the moon is current

FlamingDeath Bronze badge

I worked in a school once and this was a daily routine for me

Teacher: The computer doesnt work, can you come and take a look quickly as I am in lessons

Me: I turn up, check lights, yup PC on, monitor not on. Pushes button

Teacher: is that all it was?

Me: Yup, then walks away while the students giggling

I thought the teachers job was to enable students to learn, provide them with the skills needed to analyse and figure thinks out for themselves.

Clearly, I was mistaken. Because this teacher did not show any aptitude in this area

Windows 10 security question: How do miscreants use these for post-hack persistence?

FlamingDeath Bronze badge

I just wish software houses stopped pushing out shit untested code

There needs to be a law and heavy fines, perhaps a fee to be paid for every patch issued.

Maybe, just maybe, they will invest in proper testing and QA, I suggest this cost comes straight from the shareholders dividend pot

Am I the only one who sees this for the very serious problem it is, I mean FFS we're likely to have automated cars soon, this clusterfuck in software development practice cannot continue in its current form

Where is the accountability?

Brit bomb hoax teen who fantasised about being a notorious hacker cops 3 years in jail

FlamingDeath Bronze badge

The irony is, the gunmans buddy will probably buy it all back from the police auction and later break him out of prison during the transport. I'm sure the outsourced G4S guards will risk their lives to stop it.

Can you sense the sarcasm?

FlamingDeath Bronze badge

A twat psychopath?

They do exist!

Just visit any CEO office

FlamingDeath Bronze badge

Tagged and tracked

This kid has clearly shown he has an ego problem

The fact he has admitted to having sociopathic traits is worrying, but hardly surprising in the modern world where numbers are increasing. Strange isn't it? if you reward lying and cheating, they go onto procreate and spawn more liars and cheaters. So I do think the 3% estimate needs to be re-evalued

I suspect that when he is released, he won't have learnt from the mistakes, will actually want revenge and will go onto repeat. I hope I am proven wrong, but let me tell you one really important thing about a loser sociopath, they fucking hate it, being a loser and will do anything, literally, the sky is not even the limit, "anything", to rectify the damage to their fragile ego

Identity stolen because of the Marriott breach? Come and claim your new passport

FlamingDeath Bronze badge

Re: Come and claim your new passport

"hide extensions by default"

Another one of Microturds joint brainfarts by committee

Linux.org domain hacked, plastered with trolling, filth and anti-transgender vandalism

FlamingDeath Bronze badge

Re: Using Yahoo! mail for something important?

The hackers in the case of Yahoo, were balls deep for so long they were able to figure out how to forge their own cookies, so changing your password was pointless

If you're a BT customer, chances are you have a BT yahoo! mail account

I had to migrate every online account I had tied to that BT yahoo! address to Gmail

Isn't outsourcing and giving up all responsibility a wonderful thing?

I think the ICO fined Yahoo something like £0.50 per person affected in the UK

What a pathetic punishment

Why they didn't fine BT as well I do not know

FlamingDeath Bronze badge

Login box

Are they presuming that the DNS change was done around the same time it was "plastered with trolling, filth and anti-transgender vandalism"

Personally, if it were me, I would have created a clone of the website and captured login credentials

Is anybody asking this question?

He's not cracked RSA-1024 encryption, he's a very naughty Belarusian ransomware middleman

FlamingDeath Bronze badge


Yes this is unethical

I suspect the middleman just wants to pay their bills/mortgage and keep a roof over their head and perhaps that of his/her family and you cant blame them, even if it is unethical

The real unethical thing here is the disingenuous nature of money

I remember a story about a guy who outsourced his own job to some guy in china and then sat in the office watching cat videos while the chinese guy did all the work for a lesser fee

He was commended for is ingenuity.

Can you see the point I am making here?

There is a connection if you look hard enough

Ethics is a woolly subject, just like the law

Example, the Iraq war was illegal

Then it wasnt

Attorney general changed their mind



Do not adjust your set: Hats off to Apple, you struggle to shift iPhones 'cos you're oddly ethical

FlamingDeath Bronze badge

Re: Have to agree.... @Tim99

Great, so you were fortunate enough to have been served by someone who gave a shit and thought to themselves, "your face fits"

You could very well of gone there another day and been served by a completely different personality and had a completely different experience. Companies dont make the people. People make the companies. Keep that in mind

Why millions of Brits' mobile phones were knackered on Thursday: An expired Ericsson software certificate

FlamingDeath Bronze badge

Re: Compensation required

The difference in opinions is really contrast when you compare BBC & TheReg Commentardery regarding this is exact subject, using the internetz for trivial none important things and then going into meltdown when it becomes unavailable

If I remember correctly, The exact comment "I was unable to post a picture of my breakfast on instagram/twitter/facebook/etc... this morning." on the BBC got heavily voted down

Is it safe to say that the great unwashed frequent the BBC more than here?


Biting the hand that feeds IT © 1998–2019