* Posts by LateAgain

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Facebook blames 'server config change' for 14-hour outage. Someone run that through the universal liar translator

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But seriously

Could easily happen if the "servers" you push the update to are routers and you just blocked them from updates.

Software defined networking gotcha number one.

Can't do it the US way? Then we'll do it Huawei – and roll our own mobile operating system

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Just pick one of the open source phones

Offer hardware to any of the open phone projects and watch them run.

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

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How do you get close enough to scan contactless cards?

Build a scanner into the collar of a cute little beasty and let people play with it.

'They took away our Cup-a-Soup!' Share your tales of bleak breakout areas with us

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Cheep version

Open an office with a supermarket over the road.

:-)

How politics works, part 97: Telecoms industry throws a fundraiser for US senator night before he oversees, er, a telecoms privacy hearing

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Re: Privacy-trampling telecoms?

If "the likes of Comcast, AT&T and Verizon " don't want to be liable for everything on the Internet then why the *** are they so against net neutrality and being classed as common carriers?

The Lawers need to make up their f****** minds about which business the companies are in.

Linus Torvalds pulls pin, tosses in grenade: x86 won, forget about Arm in server CPUs, says Linux kernel supremo

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Will we ever go back to processors that do sensible machine code?

Just asking since the 286/386/486.... series was horrible enough to put me off machine code.

The Motorola stuff was better.

Oracle throws toys out pram again, tells US claims court: Competing for Pentagon cloud contract isn't fair!

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A single supplier for 10 years?

Stop there.

Someone is clearly missing the point.

Oh Snapd! Gimme-root-now security bug lets miscreants sock it to your Ubuntu boxes

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Re: Am I Sam Beckett?

Try setting the browser to say it's running on an apple device (iPad?) or tablet they never have flash.

It's OK, everyone – Congress's smart-cookie Republicans have the answer to America's net neutrality quandary

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Can't call it Internet Neutrality

The USA doesn't seem to actually have a definition of "Internet".

This is why the whole argument is confusing to non-amercans. All the rules seem to be about cable connections. For TV. Or even a phone line. I heard it explained once and lost the plot.

What is so hard about paying for a data connection and expecting it to NOT be messed with to the advantage of the supplier?

Oracle accuses US of underhand tactics because discrimination case 'doomed to fail'

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Facepalm

"Oracle has accused the OFCCP of having a "secret oral agreement"...."

Pot, kettle

Wells Fargo? Well fscked at the moment: Data center up in smoke, bank website, app down

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Smoke detection should just be a warning

Every engineer knows that it's when the equipment runs out of smoke that it stops working.

Sure, you can keep Grandpa Windows 7 snug in the old code home – for a price

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Just get a virtual network driver going so we can test it as a VM!

Please.

Senior slippery sex stimulator sales exec sacked for shafting .org-asmic cyber-space place, a tribunal hears

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Facepalm

SEO is a ridiculous pain

When someone says that it's important just ask them for the rules that the search engine is working on

RIP, RDP... nearly: Security house Check Point punches holes in remote desktop tools

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Forget all the exploits

I remember this from "old work" using RDP access. Management were so scared that a virus could infect the server. But the reality is the other way around.

By default the server had access to the local C drive.

I remember thinking "all this We can set a policy to verify the client is Secure is a waste of ****ing time."

(and I had to laugh when I heard that when Microsoft turned it on they locked out all the remote staff!)

Cheap call? Hardly. GSM gateway judicial review to settle whether UK Home Sec can legally push comms watchdog around

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Linux

The first real sensible use of asterisk that I know

Local phones in the UK and somewhere else. VoIP gateway and server each end, connected to each other. All calls routed the cheapest way.

Simples

Jammy dodgers: Boffin warns of auto autos congesting cities to avoid parking fees

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Charging streets?

Have them go slowly down streets with overhead power. Perhaps even with a power pole standing up at the back and and earth plate under?

Mobile network Three UK's customer details exposed in homepage blunder

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Only three!

Did they record the logins, sorry IP, sorry browser string of the rest who either assumed it was normal or downloaded as much as possible?

Or is three people really the average number of visitors per day?

Post-Brexit plan for .EU tweaked: No dot-EU web domains for Europeans in UK, no appeals, etc

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How is this supposed to work?

I register a domain with a big company. They hide my contact details as required.

So if I registered a domain with some company who's contact email is ".Co.uk" it'll get cancelled.

If I transfer it to a company who's contact email is ".eu" it will keep on working.

Pentagon admits it's now probing conflicts of interest at AWS over $10bn JEDI cloud deal

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Post interview discussion: "The forces are strong in this one"

(Someone had to say it)

I can hear the light! Boffins beam audio into ears with freakin' lasers

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Gotta ask

Does it melt the earwax ?

Is your kid looking at GCSE in computer science? It's exam-only from 2022 – Ofqual

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Pascal

Wasn't Pascal the original easy to use, easy to describe programing language?

Probably the simplest to use to outline a program in an exam.

Won't actually cover anything anyone uses though.

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You're not supposed to learn that until after getting a job :-)

Golly 4G whizz: Vodafone caught using a cheeky bit of Three UK's spectrum

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Engineer says

"It's installed and tested. Looks OK from here."

Um, I'm not that Gary, American man tells Ryanair after being sent other Gary's flight itinerary

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Re: Not everyone likes a +

There are a LOT of websites that made up an email "validation" without actually checking what a valid email address can be. Dammed irritating when one rejects the <email>+<website>@.... since that is a wonderful way to track who sold the address list.

Azure, Office 365 go super-secure: Multi-factor auth borked in Europe, Asia, USA

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Naturally there is a refund...

A refund for time that the services paid for are unavailable is, of course, going to happen.

Using a free VPN? Why not skip the middleman and just send your data to President Xi?

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VPN advertising now on the telly

No mention of "we can see all your data"

Trump in Spaaaaaaace: Washington DC battles over who gets to decide the rules of trillion-dollar new industry

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Re: The FCC - who controls space?

Doesn't even include the space between their ears

Between you, me and that dodgy-looking USB: A little bit of paranoia never hurt anyone

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Re: Did you accept the USB?

Better yet a network device, with drivers you know are in Windows. Become the default route and do what you want.

Data flows post-Brexit: 'Leave it to government to make sure you've got a smooth run in.' Er, OK

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No Worries

Just don't ship anything outside the UK.

Split your user database between countries.

Ask your Chinese manufacturer if they can ship direct to customers.

Windows 10 Pro goes Home as Microsoft fires up downgrade server

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No "accidentally undated to Enterprise"

Strange that.

Pain in the brain! Kaspersky warns of hackable brain implants

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Forget hacking. It would be a medical device. So requires a test suite with full access to everything.

41% of Brit biz: Setting up a price-rigging cartel is all good... isn't it?

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Where as using "region encoding" to set price by country is OK

As used by the entire music / film industry rather than change their business model when the world passed them by.

Your RSS is grass: Mozilla euthanizes feed reader, Atom code in Firefox browser, claims it's old and unloved

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Plus one for the reading this via rss

Admittedly on a phone

The secret history of Apple's Stacks

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Re: OCD

Which reminds me....

I heard about an IT person who migrated (or rebuilt - long time ago) a desktop and got it in the neck for losing all the documents.

The user had them all neatly in folders. In the trashbin. When asked he said it was the one place that could always be found.

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

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The obvious comment

What do you get when you add ID to IoT?

Banks told: Look, your systems WILL fail. What is your backup plan?

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I could do with a list of banks that actually consider IT important enough to keep in house

Frankly any bank that doesn't consider the IT to be "core business" should go back to storing bags of gold in fortified vaults.

Microsoft loves Linux so much its R Open install script rm'd /bin/sh

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I'm going to make a guess. It was only ever tested on a dedicated VM

And on a machine that does nothing else it works.

Then for the next test a new, fresh, VM gets started.

Cardiff chap chucks challenge at chops*-checking cops

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Re: Huh?

Correct me I'm wrong, but, in France at least you are not allowed to sell photos of people without permission. At all.

The chances of anything really new coming from storage are a million to one, but still they come

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"Million-to-one chances...crop up nine times out of ten"

Microsoft reveals which Windows bugs it might decide not to fix

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Re: MS Logic

Surely auto updates that kill your machine are by definition Remote Denial of Service?

US websites block netizens in Europe: Why are they ghosting EU? It's not you, it's GDPR

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"There's no point in acting surprised about it. All the planning charts and demolition orders have been on display at your local planning department in Alpha Centauri for fifty of your Earth years, so you've had plenty of time to lodge any formal complaint and it's far too late to start making a fuss about it now…"

Seriously, Cisco? Another hard-coded password? Sheesh

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MITM

That's more likely Machine In The Middle. Soon to be Machine Intelligence...

Which? leads decrepit email service behind barn, single shot rings out over valley

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Why not just move to a email forward service?

Not rocket science. Rather than turn it off migrate to simply forwarding to a registered address.

Simples

Cloudflare touts privacy-friendly 1.1.1.1 public DNS service. Hmm, let's take a closer look at that

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Honest DNS should reply "not found"

This is the problem with any DNS that is "helpful" it returns the address of the website that says "this is blocked" or "were you looking for"

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If you want a "prestigious" service....put it on 0.0.0.0 :-)

5 reasons why America's Ctrl-Z on net neutrality rules is a GOOD thing

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America actually can't tell the difference between a television feed/ connection and the Internet. Go figure.

(Is it still illegal to open a neighbour's mail or has that gone as well?)

The four problems with the US government's latest rulebook on security bug disclosures

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Problem five can't be mentioned. It's classified :-)

So who exactly was to blame for Marketo losing its dotcom?

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Not been that long since Microsoft.com was bought by someone as a favour to the big company that completely forgot to have a sysadmin looking after important stuff.

US govt ceases fire in legal spat with Twitter to unmask anti-Trump 'immigration official'

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If having Trump as a user causes too much trouble they could simply remove his account :-)

Openreach appoints former TUC head to independent board

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"....so it can be judged as a stand-alone-consumer-service."

Curious comment. I didn't know that OpenReach sold anything to "consumers"

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