* Posts by phillupson

9 posts • joined 26 Aug 2016

EU's YouTube filter plan was revised '37 times'


"So which is it, Andrew? Too much power to the member states, or not enough?"

To be fair, I think it's entirely possible to hold both points of view since the EU and its member states do, so how any mere mortal can reasonably define either point is beyond me. Is it a trading block, or is it a supranational Government? The EU thinks it's the latter but a good many of its member states think it's the former which is where most of the chaos and fuckups come from as far as I can tell. With regard specifically to IP law, that's a whole crazy can of worms all on its own, I mean how many of us have received a cheque from a job we quit 10 years ago? Unless you happen to be able to sing, dance or act, none of us.

Avast closes AVG buyout


So now Avast will ultimately be responsible for murdering the exchange transport service, good to know.

Google rushes in where Akamai fears to tread, shields Krebs after world's-worst DDoS


I think what puzzles me most is the cost to ISPs on managing their network, if they start dropping faked IP addresses and malformed packets then most of this could be solved at source, after all, most have enough resources to monitor and QoS traffic they don't like. I have a feeling if subscribers connections were dropped in the event that they started flooding traffic then most customers would learn how to install a free AV as well.

Sad reality: It's cheaper to get hacked than build strong IT defenses


Ultimately the decision is to be taken en-masse by the buying public, and time and time again the public proves it couldn't give a rats if a) They've not yet suffered personally and b) Insecure company A is cheaper. For example, look up phone/broadband in the UK, you'll almost certainly find TalkTalk is cheapest and they're getting new customers even as we speak yet everyone remembers their data breach, which proves TalkTalk were right to do a piss poor job as long as people can save about £20-£30 a year.

Microsoft sues Wisconsin man (again) for copyright infringement (again)


Re: Security?

Unfortunately not, VLK is an upgrade to the OEM license on the base unit, if the license sticker is missing from the physical box then the VLK isn't legal, so he isn't double buying. However, taking those keys and re-using them is also a breach of license terms, just because the number isn't typed in doesn't mean it's not used, technically. Although if you want a fun morning, call MS Licensing for advice, then hang up and call back with the exact same question, I do this for fun until I get the answer I want, then I note down the call reference and keep that as my ammo against the SAM audits :)

Ransomware scum infect Comic Relief server: Internal systems taken down


Why does nobody bother just putting in a software restriction policy against %temp%? Yeah okay, it takes you an extra second to disable it if you need to install something legit which unpacks itself in a temp directory but I'll wager it's much less stressful than running around trying to unscrew/restore/fix a network once it's been knackered by the scummers.

Brexit makes life harder for an Internet of Things startup


I find all this talk of a 500 million market vs 60 million and how we'll struggle to be quite interesting. Can anyone name a Google/Amazon/VMWare/Starbucks/Apple sized company that has been created in the EU and grown to such dominant global levels? Siemens, Rolls Royce etc.. pre-date the EU, so those don't count. Of course, listing global companies that have grown out of countries not in the EU is extremely easy, so why exactly are people worried? The only problem I can genuinely see is that now, once our politicians have pissed us off completely and couldn't get a job in a sandwich shop they can no longer guarantee an EU job where nobody can vote them out, I should just about sleep okay though.

Australia Post says use blockchain for voting. Expert: you're kidding


Reminds of a famous quote

Stalin would have been proud, after all, it's not who votes that matters, it's who counts the votes. Ultimately all of this is discussion about how to build flawed systems to replace pencil and paper, which as fair as I can tell has stood the test of time better than anything ever invented in our industry.

Notting Hill Carnival spycams: Met Police rolls out real-time live face-spotting tech


Signed up just to say

Hopefully they're running Windows 10, in which case we have nothing to worry about.

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