* Posts by steviebuk

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Want to hack a hole-in-the-wall cash machine for free dosh? It's as easy as Windows XP

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Or get a job repairing the ATM's. The companies that normally do this don't seem to give a shit. Like a past friend I knew had to go to a none working ATM for a fix. When he got there is was all taped off with police as it had been raided. Calling back to base to inform said knob head boss he was told "I don't care if the police are there, go and fix it.".

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Japanese cyber security minister 'doesn't know what a USB stick is'

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He actually sounds...

...like he's ill memory wise. Not because of the computer stuff but having to be prompted by an aide that "You do know this stuff, we told you earlier". But as the Japanese have always appeared a strike culture and proud, their government probably doesn't want to admit his not fit for the role.

On the "Today any company president uses a PC", isn't exactly true. Apparently, so he said on a documentary, Warren Buffet doesn't have a PC in his office. He's made his billions just reading the financials of companies in papers and other media before deciding to invest or not.

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

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Re: So what?

And purchase a DVD or BluRay and sit and watch the Anti-piracy warnings, despite you having purchased said movie/TV Show. Yet pirate it & all that is removed. When a pirate gives a better quality service than the content providers, you'll always going to have an issue.

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Palliative care for Windows 10 Mobile like a Crimean field hospital, but with even less effort

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Won't change.......

....while SatNav is making the shareholders money. That is the problem. He's ruining MS's reputation with the QA by firing loads of people when he started. And he's so hell bent on moving everything to the cloud and eventually, sadly, trying to make Windows 10 a streaming OS (which will end up forcing lots of people to Linux I suspect) he's killing quality. But while he still makes the big shareholders money, they don't care.

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UK.gov fishes for likes as it prepares to go solo on digital sales tax

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Tax isn't my strong point...

..but isn't this a shit idea.

Not that I'm defending the likes of Facebook or Google but you use their services for free. It costs them shed loads to manage the servers and bandwidth you produce so to make that service available, for free, they just show you ads and maybe use your data that (as long as you consent to it) to sell to others. Yes I'll get down votes for that as we all know Facebook and Google have been abusing the consent.

But still. If these services are available for free, you choose to use or not use it. So how can you tax someone that provides a service for free, just because they then make money of you using their service for free?

I don't get it. Does this mean they'll start to tax Steam. And will those companies then just pass the tax onto their users?

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Junior dev decides to clear space for brewing boss, doesn't know what 'LDF' is, sooo...

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Re: I was also clueless at the time

Could move it then & see what happens.

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Google vows to take claims of sexual assault, harassment seriously, just like privacy

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Everyone should keep an eye....

...on one of the few women that agreed to have their photo taken. Lets see how long before Google "reassign" her and then fire her.

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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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It should be made illegal...

...to solder storage and RAM onto any laptop board. Both should be made to be upgradable.

We have climate change, partly because of waste. It's clear Apple don't give a fuck about that and just want you to buy the next thing instead of repairing.

The c**ts.

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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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I like Android but...

...even some of them behave like iSheep. Although I also suspect some do it for views. With one tech YouTube channel with the headline "Samsung's foldable phone is here" Erm no it's not. Keeping you really far aware and not letting you near it should really set off alarm bells. Why do companies even do that as it makes it obvious you're misleading everyone, magic leap comes to mind.

I guess one arguement is Samsung can now show they had it on display first. If Apple releases one and then attempts to sue Samsung for "folding" an object.

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UK rail lines blocked by unexpected Windows dialog box

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Paddington 247

Had an odd one last week I think it was. Had an "incident" which you could clearly see from the info box was at West Ealing. Then the next few shots they blurred it. Odd.

Bit late.

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Which scientist should be on the new £50 note? El Reg weighs in – and you should vote, too

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That pole closed quick!

I was working so didn't get a chance to read.

Its between

Rosalind Franklin

Tommy Flowers

Alan Turing

Why can't we have all 3 in stripped images.

Its difficult to decide between those 3.

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Foxconn denies it will ship Chinese factory serf, er, workers into America for new plant

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Re: In other news, Amazon played a dirty game with its new HQ...

Looking into Trumps history, despite doing the Apprentice, it turns out he's actually shit with business'. How do you make a casino go bankrupt.

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Re: "Return on that investment will . . ."

I think they can put two and two together but then see $ for themselves so go ahead with it anyway. I think, and hasn't it been said elsewhere, that Trump is probably positioning lots of stuff to make himself lots of money when he's out of the White House.

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Sounds like a mess

The American workers probably won't put up with the conditions the Chinese do so its probably another reason they'll find it hard to hire people. And the amount of money the US are pumping into it, it seems pointless. Trump will create his own "fake news" saying its great and his idea and ignore how much it will cost the tax payer. Maybe thats why he managed to make his casino go bankrupt.

And I'd put a bet on the Chinese dumping loads of waste but claiming they are following their legal allowance.

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Russian computer failure on ISS is nothing to worry about – they're just going to turn it off and on again

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Poor joke incoming

At least it wasn't Windows 10 as you'd have no choice of when it fing reboots.

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Web Foundation launches internet hippie manifesto: 'We've lost control of our data, it is being used against us'

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Bring back...

..Geocities. That will solve all worlds problems.

And Hotdog for creating the web pages.

I can't believe even my old 386sx couldn't cope with Hotdog :o(

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This revolution will not be televised – but it will be sanctioned: Googlers walk out over 'sex pest' executive scandals

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Re: Chocolate

Probably because it doesn't affect them and some possibly get more money for being on the "new project".

So yes, does seem a bit hypocritical considering all the other issues Google has.

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Shift-work: Keyboards heaped in a field push North Yorks council's fly-tipping buttons

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Re: ARRRG the Punnage!

Or RETURN another day.

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This one weird trick turns your Google Home Hub into a doorstop

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I can't get this through to my partner

No matter how many times I tell her why IoT are shit security wise. She won't listen. She's an Apple fan, so somewhat explains it but has been with me for years banging on about IT security & sometimes actually listens. Its her house too, so I've had to give in with the fucking Dyson fan being on the network. I really need to sort out setting up a VLAN (once I learn how) so the fucking IoT shit she thinks we need can all be on their on VLAN. (a camera based door bell was the recent suggestion)

Speaking of that, I really should look at disconnecting the Clever Dog cameras we have. They are bollocks. God knows what they are looking at while on the network. I haven't sat down with wireshark to watch them yet. Read their T&C and they essentially say "If our cameras have security issues or our servers ever get hacked, then it's not our fault". They are only slightly amusing to confuse the cat and my partner uses it to wake me up when I fall asleep on the sofa and finds it very funny.

I haven't tried but I suspect you can hook the cameras up to your network so they are visible on your account but then give them to someone else to put on their network. But then still see the video feed as they are still connected to your account. I might be wrong, it might not work, but as they register using the MAC address I'm thinking that exploit might work.

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Chuck this on expenses: £2k iPad paints Apple as the premium fondleslab specialist – as planned

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Re: 2000 quid?

So they could watch movies on it.

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Re: 2000 quid?

I'm one of those Surface idiots. I regretted it. Now sold it but only got 800 for it considering it was hardly used a top spec v4 one.

I was def an idiot.

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If you have inner peace, it's probably 'cos your broadband works: Zen Internet least whinged-about Brit ISP – survey

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Re: Another happy Zen customer here

Virgin do. I wanted my own router to replace the insecure Virgin one but have read you can't. You have to use the Virgin supplied router.

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I'm not a fan of Virgin...

...and their forcing their own DNS on you. No option to centrally change DNS on their router and their route has insecure login. But I do get judt over 200Mbs down but if I search my address on Zen they say I can only get 54Mbs down so I'm confused. I'd rather go with Zen (although my partner likes all the Virgin TV packages and their PVR so might be stuck with it)

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Memo to Mark Sedwill: Here's how to reboot government IT

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Gov.uk security

One of the issues I have with gov.uk is the security. The password policy is shockingly shit.

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Re: IBM?

But he might of been in IBM when they were good.

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Apple's launch confirms one thing: It's determined to kill off the laptop for iPads

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How do they get away with...

...the lies then?

Another exec comes out and points out the iPad Pro is "as fast as the fastest PCs."

Really? Lets see it render a CGI movie then.

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Woman who hooked up with over 15 spectres has found her forever phantom after whirlwind romance and plane sex

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The only Ghost In the Machine I have

Is one with my power supply. Have never worked out what causes this issue.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nCwPEmu-nsU

Turn the PC off and a few seconds later it turns itself back on. Automatic restart when power lose is disabled in the bios. If you flick the switch on the back of the PSU off, you still hear it attempt at least once to turn back on, but of course can't.

Odd.

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Pain in the brain! Kaspersky warns of hackable brain implants

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Re: While I believe security is important (very much so),

Assasins will use whatever they can. Would be a dream for them.

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Unsure why you can't log into Office 365? So is Microsoft

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So that explains...

....why I had 3 e-mails still sitting in the Outbox when I shut down at 5. Didn't notice much, restarted Outlook and all was fine.

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Pirate radio = drug dealing and municipal broadband is anti-competitive censorship

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What..

...a fucking tit. That's all I can say.

"Consider if the publication promoted the locations of nearby buildings or schools where dealers could sell drugs, favored looting of a local grocery store that lost its power, or published detailed instructions on how to steal from the local bank when it upgraded its software in the middle of the night," he reasoned.

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Britain's rail ticket-booking systems go TITSUP*

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Error handling and messages have been an issue for years and still no change. You can see Mark Russinovich point this out and poke fun in all his Case of the unexplained talks.

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Apple might be 'collateral damage' in US and China trade dust-up

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Nothing will change there then....

....“We believe that only the Mac Mini, Airport routers, tech accessories like Magic Mouse and various chargers, and leader accessories are thus far impacted by the tariff,”

As the official Apple Chargers are already so overpriced its shocking. It's why people end up with bad knocks off, ironically, from China that then burn their homes down.

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Techie was bigged up by boss… only to cause mass Microsoft Exchange outage

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A spooky tail...

...but I suspect bullshit. I'm a skeptic but still like listening to the stories anyway was this.

At a certain NHS Trust, I can't remember which hospital (not one I worked at). A tech didn't like going down into the basement as he said it was creepy. To get to the IT cupboard down there you had to go through an old spare room with just chairs in it. He said they were scattered when he went in and when he'd come out of the IT room they were all arranged.

He didn't hang around long.

Again, I suspect a bullshit story to scare another engineer who REALLY didn't like going down there :) or other engineers sneaked in and arranged them silently (more plausible)

I read that back and it's quite a boring story but the only spooky one I have.

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Official: IBM to gobble Red Hat for $34bn – yes, the enterprise Linux biz

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Goodbye...

...Red Hat.

No doubt IBM will scare off all the decent employees that make it what it is.

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Congrats from 123-Reg! You can now pay us an extra £6 or £12 a year for basically nothing

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I think...

...they used to host IT Idiot videos some years ago when the big data lose happened. Unfortunately IT Idiots didn't have backups so they lost everything. Luckily I'd downloaded them all and when YouTube became big enough stuck them on there.

I used to be with 123 Reg back in early 2000s but dumped them after a few years as even back then they were turning shit. They've now been shit for years.

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British Airways: If you're feeling left out of our 380,000 passenger hack, then you may be one of another 185,000 victims

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Re: Close call?

I believe it was a code extract (I can't think of the term) that several sites used but was actually hosted elsewhere. So in the BA code, they just linked to this other library but didn't actually bother to check that code. And that external code was compromised.

Outsourcing can be blamed in a small way for this. Because the external devs will have a time frame they have to stick to. So grabbing code from wherever they can is easy and quick. An internal dev may have done the same but also may have taken the time to check what the external code was doing first.

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The best way to screw the competition? Do what they can't, in a fraction of the time

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Nice

Although no real need to take it out on the other engineer. It wasn't his fault they originally lost the contract. But having been there, I do see why end up not wanting to give them any info you don't need to. Shame they are the ones stuck in the middle.

I remember 10BaseT (I think it was) back in college in the 90s while doing my IT courses. By the time I'd left, it was obsolete but it was what we had been trained in. Despite all my courses back then, I was wondering the other day why I never really picked up networking much or domains etc. Then realised, looking into the history that AD didn't come into being until 2000, after I'd finished.

A few years ago, at my old place of work I found an old T-Connector. I'd always been oddly fascinated by those so stuck it on my key chain for nostalgia :) (yes I'm odd).

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Microsoft promises a fix for Windows 10 zip file woes. In November

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Unfortunately....

....as SatNav has made the company big profits, nothing will change any time soon because all the share holders care about is profit.

All I want back, is the pissing ability to decide when I do the updates, not for them to be rammed down my throat by SatNav.

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Memo to Microsoft: Windows 10 is broken, and the fixes can't wait

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Re: Time to post this again?

I've seen him in videos on YouTube getting angry with his staff at times. Never knew he was like that. I wonder if in that video he was truly annoyed or it was part of his seemingly socially awkward side, so he didn't know how to react.

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They really need....

...to bring back the option for people to decide when they do updates and not force it on people.

I like some aspects of Windows 10 but sticking with Windows 7 on my main home laptop at moment as I know everything works. But I do like using Windows 10 at work, but managing it is a bit annoying with all the crapware it includes. You remove with Powershell, only to discover a few days later some of the same crap has automatically downloaded and installed again.

The ironic one, and the link maybe a shameless plug, is Edge when it claims "The fastest, safer way to get things done on the web." But it doesn't turn on site blocking by default, so as you can see, even though Chrome and Firefox blocked this phishing site, both IE and Edge let it through.

https://youtu.be/kd_0O0aUBDk

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UK data watchdog fines Facebook 17 minutes of net profit for Cambridge Analytica brouhaha

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True maybe but we can also argue, as I've seen it myself, where "Companies are run by old timers" who know how to play the system, to do fuck all but get paid lots of money for it. And then abuse the juniors as they are all just "kids" and don't realise they are allowed to stand up to the old fuck.

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Sysadmin running a Mac fleet? IBM has just thrown you a lifeline

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So...

...this is where all IBMs money has gone. With Apple fighting the Right To Repair bill in the US (lets hope they lose) how does IBM go about fixing their Apple kit that is out of warranty?

As according to Apple you're not allow their schematics and you're not allowed to buy branded spare parts from anyone. And you're not allowed to send your screen to China and have it reglassed because when it gets to the border, they'll confiscate it claiming it's a knock off as it has an Apple logo on it.

https://gizmodo.com/right-to-repair-advocate-has-iphone-screens-seized-by-b-1825973376

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Zip it! 3 more reasons to be glad you didn't jump on Windows 10 1809

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Re: Regressions

Yes. That happened when SatNav took over and he fired loads of developers that had been there for years.

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Forgotten that Chinese spy chip story? We haven't – it's still wrong, Super Micro tells SEC

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I assume if it's untrue...

...couldn't all those companies sue? Aren't they all big enough that they can afford to sue? And by not does this, possibly mean its true?

Hmmm.

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SQLite creator crucified after code of conduct warns devs to love God, and not kill, commit adultery, steal, curse...

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Alcohol

"Be not addicted to wine."

So all other alcohol fine then?

:)

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An Android or iPad? or some other brand? "Yeshua" brand?

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Haunted disk-drive? This story will give you the chills...

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Re: Not me

Yeah, didn't think of that :)

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Not me

"something we can all get behind on a Friday."

I don't drink.

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Silent running: Computer sounds are so '90s

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That last video

Does anyone know if that was a House track back then without the lyrics? I'd only ever heard it without the lyrics. Wondered if he'd stolen that and put his lyrics over the top but looking on Wiki it looks like the whole thing was his. I just remember the tune, not the lyrics being in a few house mixes back then.

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Oz to turn pirates into vampires: You won't see their images in mirrors

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So Australia is....

...even more under the thumb of Hollywood. Despite for money then? How many brown envelopes has it taken to get this through?

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