* Posts by rmason

525 posts • joined 3 Feb 2016


Happy Thursday! 770 MEEELLLION email addresses and passwords found in yuge data breach

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Re: Interesting, but. . .

Lots of sneering at enforced password changes.

For clarity - I 100% agree that it's terrible practice. Sadly several of the large certification bodies disagree.

We recently had to "cyber essentials certify" because some extremely large client thought it important.

This is one of the boxes you have to tick. That we enforce regular password changes and complexity blah blah blah. Left up to us, it'd be different. Not up to us in I.T though.

Epic's Fortnite fail: Ancient UT2004 server used for login-stealing proof-of-concept

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Re: upper-bracket millennials

Yeah I fall in that bracket too.

People use the word "millennial" to mean "teenager" or "young person".

I'm 37 this year. I'm a millennial.

Windows 10 Insiders sent on quest deep into Registry to fetch goblet of Reserved Storage

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Re: Kill Windows 10 version of Start Menu

Spot on.

There's a proportion of people here who clearly don't use windows 10, but love to pretend they do to moan about it.

Similarly on every office 365 article there's an outpouring of comments from people who either don't use it at all, or haven't in years. Whinging about a variety of things that either simply aren't an issue, or things that highlight a bit of a knowledge gap.

Just like this moaning about the start button/menu.

Press start button.

Ignore start menu.

type name of application, or service etc required.

Before you've finished typing it has narrowed down the choices and normally has what you're after in the top 1-3.

That tiny, truncated window of a handful of suggestions (including what you were after) is all the start menu you should ever see.

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Re: Kill Windows 10 version of Start Menu

I don't get why people care about the start menu. Do you honestly still sift and page through it?

Hit start button. Start typing the name of the thing you want, generally by the third or fourth letter what you were after is right there presented to you. Or simply start typing in the cortana jobby box next to the start button with the same result

People don't use the start button in the old XP/7 style, they just don't!

100% a non-issue.

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Re: Reserved Storage

!2 upvotes for that?

That's absolute nonsense my friend. "most people" don't buy PCs, at all. They own a laptop and/or tablet.

The amount of laptops available for sale that will even fit a secondary drive in these days is absolutely tiny. With each new "generation" they become rarer and more expensive beasts. Most people buy single drive devices and they are almost exclusively smaller SSD drives now.

IF you're still moving your page file, that makes you cheap, not a "serious windows user". IT certainly doesn't put you in any sort of majority. It plants you firmly in the percentage of a percentage who know and care about such things.

Stick a decent sized SSD in, double your ram up. Problem solved.

Attention all British .eu owners: Buy dotcom domains and prepare to sue, says UK govt

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Re: Don't worry, it's only money

Before accusing people of blindness it's often wise to actually check hjow valid your option is.

The royal family are not a cost for us, they generate us money.

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Re: Don't worry, it's only money

Junker is out of a job next year.

I know certain people like to pretend it's some sort of job for life but he's out next year and it's voting time (again people pretend this doesn't happen).

What do you think a retired ex-politician will do with an army?

Calm down, it's conducive to more rational thought.

Aussie Emergency Warning Network hacked by rank amateurs

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Your data is safe!

All your data is safe!!

As safe as the alert system? Safer than that? Almost as safe?

Nobody in China wants Apple's eye-wateringly priced iPhones, sighs CEO Tim Cook

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Re: Overpriced kit

What AC said.

China isn't slowing economically, quite the reverse.

They just won't spend $1000+ on an iPhone when they can have a xiomi or huwawei for $250-500

The ones who do, are posers. Clearly that's not quite the hoped-for number.

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

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Re: Meh

It's more than one drone.

It/they are only doing short flights to keep it closed. few minutes every few hours. It's not constantly in the air.

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They've also confirmed it has been more than one drone.

Not everything is a conspiracy.

They have some sort of time window rule they have to stick to. What has been happening is this:

Drone sighted, necessitates airport closure for X hours.

X hours - 5 mins - Drone is back.

There hasn't been a drone or drones flying continuously for all this time.

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Re: How about a high power laser burst ?

Yay! America would have dealt with the drones by now, well done.

All it costs you is multiple tens of thousands of deaths a year, every year. Great! Sign us up.

Mark Zuckerberg did everything in his power to avoid Facebook becoming the next MySpace – but forgot one crucial detail…

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Re: Good article. Assuming TheRegister is clean with our data.


five minutes on the internet will show you Trump lies practically every day, practically every time he opens his mouth.

Countless times he contradicts himself and changes fats to suit his needs.

He's a liar, pretty much every day. The only reason you don't see it, is because you don't want to. you choose to remain ignorance because it clearly suits your world view.

It is obvious, and there are endless amounts of video proof of him lying, about almost everything he speaks about. He is, demonstrably, a liar.

That you perceive obama to also be a liar does not make that ok.

On the first day of Christmas, Microsoft gave to me... an emergency out-of-band security patch for IE

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Re: Initializing installation... done!

They should go full 95/98 on us and make it play a little "Ta-Da" .wav file when it works.

Fraudster convicted of online banking thefts using… whatever the hell this thing is

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Re: Guitar Looper Pedal


Maybe he rocked them with a bit of hold music, to make it more authentic.

Home users due for a battering with Microsoft 365 subscription stick

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Re: Yes, what MS really needs now is more marketing...

@LDS it's beyond testing, and you have the stick backwards or even perhaps the wrong stick entirely.

They're stripping out clart / minimising the ribbon in actual outlook 365. i.e the highest tier of cost paid for one, it's not just the lower end consumer tiers.

Anyone running the full version of office 365 (not the web apps, the actual copy of office you can install) with the latest updates can toggle the new/upcoming features on right now, and it includes a HEAVILY reduced ribbon.

It's much more minimal now, you have to find stuff if you want it rather than it all being there consuming 1/3rd of the application.

LG's beer-making bot singlehandedly sucks all fun, boffinry from home brewing

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It's horrible that they think there is a market for this, and worse still that they are correct.

There are tonnes of idiots with seemingly unlimited cupboard space for gadgets they use obsessively for 6 months then almost never again.

Everyone's mileage varies but see also:


Automatic soup making heated blender things,

Those connected cocktails mixers (yes, with an app),

Someone on a local facebook selling page is trying to flog an electric meat slicer (i.e deli-counter style) that "isn't getting much use, brilliant condition".

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

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Am I understanding this correctly?

He wants to leave "ecuadorian soil" but have Ecuador guarantee his safety *after he has left*.

Bed, made, lie in it etc.

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

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My mum used to work at Rampton.

Any suggestion that people plead insanity for an easy ride would be gone by lunchtime on day #1

It's not politically correct to call them "Prison Hospitals" any more, so they changed the name, but that's precisely what they are.

Funnily enough, China fuming, senator cheering after Huawei CFO cuffed by Canadian cops at Uncle Sam's request

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Re: Jaywalking

The kit was allegedly sold *from* the US. That's the key thing here.

Waymo's revolutionary driverless robo-taxi service launches in America... with drivers

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Re: The whole driverless car thing

The "problem" or various problem absolutely exists, we're just a way off solving it, safely at least. IMHO naturally.

Awkward... Revealed Facebook emails show plans for data slurping, selling access to addicts' info, crafty PR spinning

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Re: Users should pay to use Facebook


I firmly believe there is no price low enough that it won't put huge sections of the plebs who are their bread and butter off.

If they ask for payment there will be a (shitty but improving weekly) alternative thrown up (see gab popping up when "the right" were first being banned on twitter). It was bloody awful on launch, and initially marketed directly at absolute scum. It still took off though, and is growing rapidly.

That's what would happen, even at something like a dollar a month. It's only practically ubiquitous because it was and is "free".

That is why, around 6 years after Zuck mentioned it, it still hasn't happened.

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Re: I'm out of here!


Similar issues here (re the soccer team).

My daughters primary school *only* posts certain things on facebook! Despite endless requests for another form of communication they have certain categories of "thing" that generate a letter being sent out, some stuff is just posted on the FB page (the last non-uniform day for eg) Facebook only, or word of mouth when you're on the school run.

It's a funding issue, I believe it's a local mother, rather than a school employee, running the page.

NHS supplier that holds 40 million UK patient records: AWS is our new cloud-based platform

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Re: "encourage new businesses into the market"

In our experience AWS have the pricing nailed. It's hardly a surprise.

The entirety of this strategy/announcement can be summarised like this:

We need to replace the kit at the datacentre(s). It's going to cost £Incredible_Sum, or we can go to AWS who will charge us £Incredible_sum-%10

It is as simple as that, the rest is fluff and waffle.

Euro consumer groups: We think Android tracking is illegal

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Re: Also consider Bluetooth

@Snowy, on your android device perhaps, but not on any of the (probably hundreds) I've seen used or supported over the years.

the only thing i've seen that comes close to that is some of the fitbit style things want BT and location on to do their "sync" thing and then they're perfectly happy without location.

This is only needed if you let the fitbit battery die for example. It will ask for location and bluetooth to sync but that's the fitbit app, not android, doing the asking.

What a meth: Woman held for 3 months after cops mistake candy floss for hard drugs

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Re: Lawsuite

You think a media frenzy over this will change anything?

None of the frenzies following any of the recent police murders/executions have, why would this? Several made worldwide media, yet another "good guy with a gun" still bit it in the last week or so, again international news.

Similarly the policeman who shot a kid wanting directions (because he wasn't white and seemingly millions of Americans are racist) in his front garden made the news worldwide. Nothing will change, if it does, it will get worse first.

Oh my chord! Sennheiser hits bum note with major HTTPS certificate cock-up

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Re: Sennheiser does other stuff too

I agree that this is unlikely to affect their other kit, but it does highlight the fact they don't "get" security and the focus was 100% on just making their kit work regardless.

Which isn't brilliant.

WhamWham, bambam, no thank you, SamSam: Iranians accused by the Feds of orchestrating ransomware outbreak

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Re: They are looking at a lifetime in Leavenworth

It's not merely a minor inconvenience to the US gov at all.

These two, (well, the one they are sure is real, anyway) will never see the inside of a US court room. Ever.

This just makes a few people feel better. I'm sure the fellas in question weren't planning any US holidays any time soon. They've got their money (The BTC was immediately cashed out into real money) job done..

Australia to build a pirate-proof fence: Brace yourselves, Google

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Re: "primary effect" is infringement


In the past Youtube themselves have stated that around 80% of the content/traffic on their network is what would be called "pirated".

Poster #1 is correct. Youtube will either disappear in Australia or they will be presented with a very different service to what they now see.

Huawei MateBook Pro X: PC makers look out, the phone guys are here

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Re: I rather like it, but for one detail

Most of the full sized lenovos have numpads still.

For eg all the E570 units we have here.

Facebook spooked after MPs seize documents for privacy breach probe

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Re: Sergeant at Arms

He's about 60. He's a big fella, but he's about at retirement age!

He will have been armed, with the threat of a fine and/or being shut up somewhere horrible for a bit.

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Re: Why?

The one the Beeb recently got in trouble for was the Cliff Richard thing.

The arrest was leaked so we could all see peado-geddon live on TV.

(he turned out to be innocent/no charges etc)

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Re: Why?

They also have every text message he's ever sent to anyone who has FB messenger with "let us help you find people" enabled, and all their replies.

The truth is it barely makes any difference.

Reverse Ferret! Forget what we told you – the iPad isn't really for work

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Re: Oh FFS

Everyone here has to take their laptops home with them.

There is no expectation of work (unless you feel it is needed) but it is insisted upon as part of our DR strategy.

People can at least be doing *something* while we restore servers etc, in the event of a disaster of some sort.

Analogue radio is the tech that just won't die

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I don't think many people don't know about sim free phones being better value.

I think what you're doing is underestimating the amount of people who can manage £50 a month IF it comes out on payday but know they don't have and "cannot" save 4-800 quid (or whatever) for a new phone.

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There's something quite specific keeping FM going too.

Additional to the other users of FM local football has a big part to play here,

For many people it's the only way of getting coverage for their team, and the money grasping nature of the way it is licenced mean that said stations can only broadcast it in their local area. i.e via FM. Stations that offer output over multiple / types (DAB, FM, MW and online) are made to replay random pre-recorded shows on the others and just broadcast football via FM (or else pay through the nose).

Or in areas like mine with multiple teams FM will carry one, and MW the other. Or one frequency of FM carries one and another frequency carries the other etc.

It's a dead specific "use case" but it is a thing, and in quite large numbers in many areas.

If you support a team not in the top tier, it's often the only way available to those who don't trust/won't or can't pay for the online streaming all teams now put out, and even then they aren't allowed to stream the 3PM Saturday games to UK punters etc.

Well that's just spliffing: UK Amazon merchants peddling Mary Jane

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Re: re. if a member of the public has concerns, they should report the matter to the cops


Yep. We are taught crime doesn't pay. Well, that's only true for about 10% of all crimes reported.


There was an article kicking about just this morning about a town with 90k inhabitants and TEN police officers maximum on duty on a fri/saturday night.

The local station has also been closed so anyone they do actually catch necessitates a 30 mile trip (taking two officers and a car away) to the nearest station to be processed.

Sorry it's the mail;


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Re: What a waste of time

You mean the grooming gangs we see in court on an almost a weekly basis? The ones reported by all the media as soon as it becomes legal to do so?

Those "pedo gangs" they are leaving alone?

Back under your xenophobic rock, pleb.

John McAfee is 'liable' for 2012 death of Belize neighbour, rules court

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Re: My take on the whole Belize thing

That's a lovely story, but it's far more likely that the cocaine addled lunatic shot the guy. IMHO naturally.

Microsoft menaced with GDPR mega-fines in Europe for 'large scale and covert' gathering of people's info via Office

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Re: Not at all surprising

@LocalzUK it can make geoblocking on firewalls etc a pain too.

We had a very security conscious customer with a sophos X type FW. It offers geoblocking based on a country by country basis.

"everything off apart from countries we do business with" was the cry. The reality was DOZENS of countries needing to be unblocked or you'd get periodical, random failures of MS office Products and an email from the sophos unit saying it was a blocked country.

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Re: "The Dutch authorities are working with the company to fix the situation"

Munich were not doing fine, not even close. It over ran by years and by millions of pounds. At the "end" of the project they had people unable to perform their job roles because software still wasn't working.

It took them a decade to migrate circa 15k end user machines, and related back end, at this point things still had major issues.

From that point it took them 4 years to bite the bullet and move back, mainly citing the MS office alternatives as the issue.

Yes, they had an MS fanboy come in, but that was not the primary driving factor. They recruited them *because* of the issues, and because that after a decade long project they were being told they had to switch to *another* open source office suite and try that for a bit.

Scumbag who phoned in a Call of Duty 'swatting' that ended in death pleads guilty to dozens of criminal charges

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Re: The word they're looking for is 'scapegoat'

Last year it was circa 50 UK gun related deaths vs circa 30 thousand deaths in the states.

Yet Americans really think all our "bad guys" still have guns.

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Re: So the police bear no responsibility ?

It's also one sad incident, not one per day or more.

Slightly different. the fact it hasn't happened *since* speak volumes, no?

OK Google, why was your web traffic hijacked and routed through China, Russia today?

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Re: where are the logs?

@Ole Juul

The access control for these routers is as follows:

Do you work for (relevant ISP)?

Do you have the credentials?

That's it. Of course things are logged, but by the hooky ISP(s) in question.

The logs will be where they always are, somewhere google/law enforcement can't look, within a Chinese/Russian/African ISP.

YouTube supremo says vid-streaming-slash-piracy giant can't afford EU's copyright overhaul

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Re: @ msknight

@Pascal Monett

YouTube all but admitted they wouldn't be able to keep the lights on without the pirated stuff. It is *the* primary use for youtube for massive sections of society.

IF 80%+ of all YouTube content disappeared, it follows that so would a large percentage of users, because they are there to consume that content. Teenagers use it for music with no payment required, entire seasons of TV shows are available as well as movies etc.

The advertisers are playing for those eyeballs, those eyeballs are, mostly, only there to view the stuff that would be removed.

Irony meters explode as WordPress GDPR tool hacked, cell network hack shenanigans, crypto-backdoors, etc...

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Re: The downside to unregulated currency

Not only true of cash. The same is true of the magical electronic GBP in our accounts.

When someone gets scammed or stolen from *that* money isn't recovered, the banks pays you back and has insurance for this sort of thing.

They haven't recovered the fund stolen, they've replaced them. That's different.

This just in: What? No, I can't believe it. The 2018 MacBook Air still a huge pain to have repaired

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@Dan 55

I suspect it was the suggestion that almost a grand is hardly any difference in price :)

When the reality is that is another reasonable spec'd laptop cost on top. OR a very good mobile phone. i.e not an insignificant number.

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You're an actual grown up human being and you think the reason we aren't all robbed at gunpoint for our devices is because the "scamps" can't remove components for sale?

Setting aside the fact I don't think there's been a gunpoint robbery in my town ever, that I remember (something mirrored by many of us in the UK) you honestly believe we are safer because devices aren't repairable?

You're a clown.

Xiaomi anarchy in the UK: Chinese tat-flinger wants to slip its cheapo flagships in Brit pockets

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Actually considering the scooter jobby

I've looked at similar before, but they've been a but pricey just to "try" one.

My office is 2 miles away from my house, it's a lovely walk there, but uphill all the way back. Might be a laugh on one of the scooters, looking a clown aside.

Samsung 'reveals' what looks like a tablet that folds into a phone, but otherwise we're quite literally left in the dark

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Re: a solution looking for a problem?

They'd sell by the boatload, IMHO of course.


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