* Posts by Sheepykins

39 posts • joined 18 Jul 2016

NHS systems fell offline for 1,300+ hours over 36 months, cyber-nasties fingered – FoI study

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Shocker

No? Really? An underfunded and understaffed service was found to be vulnerable to outages and attacks?

/gasp

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Hackers target payment transfer system at Chile's biggest bank, 'take $10m'

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Scorchio...

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Russia appears to be 'live testing' cyber attacks – Former UK spy boss Robert Hannigan

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"Warns that nation state hacking threatens corporate networks"

No. Really? you're PUTIN me on.

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GNOMEs beat Microsoft: Git Virtual File System to get a new name

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How about the FMVFS

The F*** you Microsoft virtual file sytem?

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Microsoft doubles Azure Stack's footprint, embiggens Azure VMs

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Their "on-premises" option always makes me laugh.

Lets purchase a cloud service. And then access it from our own data centre, paying far more for a service we could buy far more cheaply to install and run ourselves.

They are always very quick to establish that Azure is not Hyper-V during any conversation about their in-house offerings.

I did once query a MS rep about it and he made up some mumbo jumbo about better APP compatibility.

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Linus Torvalds decides world isn’t ready for Linux 5.0

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All hail Torvalds.

Blessed be the keeper of the kernel.

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Headless man found in lava’s embrace

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Thats not the way to get a-head in life.

*Austin powers smile*

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Fella gets 2.5 years in the clink for coughing up cell numbers in $50m junk text message scam

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Re: Monero...

Third world doesnt denote poorer living conditions. It was the stance taken during the cold war.

Technically, Switzerland is a third world country.

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Summoners of web tsunamis have moved to layer 7, says Cloudflare

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This is where the power of Linux and IPTables comes into play.

I built a website, can't say which, constantly under heavy DDoS attacks and when that didnt work they went for the resource starvation - couldn't get a remote shell, was so slow had to run down to the server room :(

Anyway, with attacks against HTTP servers real idiots usually use a common element with their scripted efforts and using an IPtables string match to silently drop traffic is very easy to do.

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Greenwich uni fined £120k: Hole in computing school site leaked 20k people's data

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Nice use of GDPR terminology though in this case wouldnt the uni by the controller and the processor?

At least they got away with a smaller fine than they would have paid under GDPR. 4 days to go before the fun!

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Your parents love you, Cortana. That's why we bought you an upgrade

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I'd rather have my run box back

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HMRC opens consultation to crack down on off-payroll working in private sector

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"Get a better accountant"

Agreed, they were a bag of shit.

Yes, most of these "loopholes" are not fine when stood up to scrutiny, but when does HMRC ever have a chance to come around and audit the little guy? They don't they take it on face value and people are, in my opinion, taking the piss.

As for the per diem, theres claiming an acceptable amount per day to scale and then theres taking the entire job lot.

It did not cost him anywhere NEAR 170 pounds to stay in Belgium per day.

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If i was smart enough to figure that out ;) i'd still be a contractor.

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Honestly after working with and being a contractor for a time I can see why HMRC want to crackdown especially given all of the loopholes contractors use to get extra cash,

For example, HMRC allows for a tax deductible christmas party. I knew one guy who would give himself the money, buy a few receipts for sausage rolls and booze.

Another who always seemed to win employee of the month.

And another who was working out in Belgium and paying himself per diem based on HMRCs rates, which for Belgium was 170 pounds a day.

As for myself, my business earned over 80'000 in a single tax year and so HMRC decided I Then had to pay 16.5% of total earnings in a 3 month period every quarter in addition to corp tax and other things. Thanks.

Most contractors wont agree but I think a bigger upheaval is needed to make it fair for both parties.

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Huawei Honor 10: At £399, plenty of bang for buck – it's a pity about the snaps

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"£340 buys you a lot of blow."

And a good 6 months in rehab

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John McAfee ‘goes underground’ in motorcade to flee SEC

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Genius and madness are indeed two sides of the same coin.

Not that im calling his antivirus genius, but he a smart guy, who is quite clearly off his fucking trolley

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Red Hat admin? Get off Twitter and patch this DHCP client bug

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yum erase NetworkManager

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Julian Assange said to have racked up $5m security bill for Ecuador

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Re: How can it possibly cost them $66K per month?

Remember, Trump is all for Guantanamo. If Assange wanted to get away with this, he would have been better trying to do it under Obama.

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I've always maintained that Assange is an utter scumbag and guilty of everything hes accused of.

Innocent people don't run and hide, they accept what they've done and if hes jailed for "false claims" then he becomes a martyr to his cause.

Instead he ran for the nearest foreign bolthole willing to take him and I'm glad they're getting fed up. Its starting to not be worth the price of fame to keep him.

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Kaspersky Lab's move from Russia to Switzerland fails to save it from Dutch oven

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Honestly?

Its a shame, as Kaspersky and others point out their sheer proximity to Russia is harming their worldwide business.

I'd shut up shop and rebrand later once the heat dies down, but this'll still cost people their jobs either way.

Though on the brightside they could be market leaders in Russia as its likely the worldwide xenophobia will boost sales inhouse.

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Uber says it's changed and is now ever-so ShinyHappy™

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We're lucky we still have a good enough infrastructure in place that if Uber did go the way of the dinosaur, people can still get around.

I lived in Belgium for a year and let me tell you, UBER was a godsend.

Their trains were few and far between, rarely updated and the taxis were the worst.

If you called a taxi you first had to pay for them to come to you, then pay to your destination.

Half of the taxi drivers I had didn't even have a meter, or when learning I was foreign switches it off entirely and made it up.

I've paid as much as 60 euroes for a 10 minute journey.

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Zero arrests, 2 correct matches, no criminals: London cops' facial recog tech slammed

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I can see how this would lead to a lot of false positives.

We may be a nation besieged by CCTV but its terrible quality CCTV, with a conviction rate that hardly ever sticks without facial recognition.

Honestly as long as its not in my home, I'm all up for high def cameras everywhere.

My neighbours car was just stolen from beside mine last week, in our private car park, in broad daylight.

They bust in and recoded his keyless entry in about 3 minutes.

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Bombshell discovery: When it comes to passwords, the smarter students have it figured

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Humanity is just inherently lazy.

The question shouldn't be "how complex are they making their passwords?" But rather, "What steps are we taking to ensure the passwords are created to be complex?"

For example:

1. Default character limit

2. Add numbers, symbols, and uppercase

3. Rotated at minimum every 3 months

What can we do to improve upon that?

2FA is a good start, personally if I were smart enough I'd create a password creation system that doesnt allow proper words from a dictionary at all.

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Shining lasers at planes in the UK could now get you up to 5 years in jail

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Aww... Diddums...

Have you had a bad cycling experience? Do you need to talk about it? You do realise it was a joke don't you?

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I'm often subjected to blinking, distracting or otherwise offensive lights been shone into my eyes whilst driving.

But those cyclists have to get about in the dark somehow.

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Ever gone back to an old job after a really long time?

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I've heard its a bad career move to ever go back.

I applied for my old company after working out in Europe last year, they were advertising for my old position (again, noone wanted it. MUGS JOB) but they were paying 15k more than they paid me for doing the same job for 3 years.

But then something better came along.

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IBM bans all removable storage, for all staff, everywhere

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Practically every big organisation I've worked in has had a restriction on non-authorised or un-encrypted removable media.

Frankly I'm a little bit disappointed they haven't been doing this up til now lol.

As much as we'd like to think its not the case, IT workers are not immune to accidents and big business is not immune to corporate espionage.

There are certainly ways to manage this and yes it takes more time and wading through more tape, but ultimately it protects both the user and company.

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You love Systemd – you just don't know it yet, wink Red Hat bods

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And theres a nugget of truth to that AJ my lad.

But to be pessimistic and outright dismissive of a new concept is just ridiculous. If its broken and you think you know best, help us make it work.

Sometimes people just like to stick with whats comfortable to them and have everyone else bend to their hissy fits. Sometimes you have to bend.

Are you a bender AJ? I am.

Was INIT always as good as they've built it up to be? OR was it as shite at the start and improvements and bug fixes came along later to make it better.

If RH stick with systemD I've no doubt some good developments will come with it.

I think we can all agree however that FirewallD is trash.

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I haven't been working with Linux for many years, 4+ and I've found that the people with the problem with it are more of the Torvalds type, old school (apparently nothing like it. No package managers, wooo) and people stuck in their ways.

I guess as a relative newbie to the OS and being a relatively young man I can embrace changes a lot more easily.

*pushes chest out* My names Chris. And I like systemD

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Twitter: No big deal, but everyone needs to change their password

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This is a good example of the new GDPR guideliness.

They didnt do this out of a misplaced sense of honour, they did it because they are obligated to report any infractions within 72 hours that could lead someone (even in house) to figuring out a persons identity.

Take the facebook employee recently sacked off for e-stalking women, he'd get access to their data then track them down through Tinder and other means.

Logging in to twitter gives location information, pictures, biographical info.

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UK Parliament roars: Oi! Zuck! Get in here for a grilling – or you'll get a Tower of London tour

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After seeing the US Congress hearing I'd love to know if Conservative MP Collins is actually technically sound enough to grill someone over the abuse of technology.

I personally would refuse to answer a summons (officially) unless the people asking me questions were qualified to.

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North Korea's antivirus software whitelisted mystery malware

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It's honestly going to be interesting once the DMZ or 'Peace' zone comes into force.

Surely the DPRK know how hard its going to be to keep spreading their propaganda and weirdo rhetoric, especially if tourism between the two states is established.

Infact the whole thing confuses me. 4 months ago it was fire and fury, now its happy friend time and throwing nukes away. I'm kind of hoping Kim had a near death experience and has finally decided its not worth it.

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if dev == woman then dont_be(asshole): Stack Overflow tries again to be more friendly to non-male non-pasty coders

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Internet

How do you measure the subtle nuances of conversation on the internet? Sarcasm, condescension are all things you really need to be talking to a person to 'get'.

Are they talking about groups on the site that are slurring women and minorities?

Or are women just "feeling" as if they are being marginalized?

There really needs to be some context to debates like this.

MUMSNET is craycray though.

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Mind the gap: Men paid 18.6% more than women in Blighty tech sector

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Useless

This was just an exercise to placate some people and show that someone is doing something.

But at its core, a useless exercise.

There is no evidence to support a pay gap based on gender and none of this exercise takes into account job history, qualifications, on-call, lifestyle choices.

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Yes, Assange, we'll still nick you for skipping bail, rules court

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Disagreed.

The connection needs to be made to the person.

If Bubbles from the Trailer Park Boys came to you with information on illegal black ops activities by the American government, would you believe him?

The people throwing out all this info into the public domain need to be above reproach, otherwise you have to question their motives for doing something like this and if the information is actually legit

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He does think hes above the law though.

Every single thing he's done is exploit a loophole, to remain free from a custodial sentence whether in Britain, Sweden or the U.S

Usually when people believe in a cause they follow it through, even if he were framed he should have gone through the proper legal proceedings and if found guilty, campaigned and done things properly. He could have become a martyr for his cause and that would have strengthened his position.

Same with Snowdon, instead they run scared after dumping all the info they squirrel away into the public domain.

That judge is right, they only ever want justice if its in their favour

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Wanna motivate staff to be more secure? Don't bother bribing 'em

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Re: Dont' name and shame persistent offenders

OK guys, you've had enough fun with the sacking. Noone's getting sacked today.

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Brit chip biz ARM legs it to Softbank for $32bn

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I dont mind SoftBank, the Akihabara store has computer accessories, camera lenses and at the top, hardcore porn.

They cater to everyone!

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