* Posts by steviebuk

51 posts • joined 27 Feb 2017

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Misco UK chops majority of workforce, pulls down shutters

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About the comment on the brochures. You do realise lots of people used paper from sustainable forests. Trees planted and grown specifically for paper production? Chop a tree down, plant another one.

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Gartner says back-to-school PC sales failed. IDC says they worked

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And...

...because of the way the UK government is treating everyone, epecially people in the public sector regarding pay, no one can afford to buy anything.

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Equifax: About those 400,000 UK records we lost? It's now 15.2M. Yes, M for MEELLLION

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Yet...

...they've still been given a IRS contract despite this. The IRS must be as stupid as Equifax's security.

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Blade Runner 2049 review: Scott's vision versus Villeneuve's skill

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Saw it on Saturday...

...in 3D in the iMax. Was good. First 3D film I've seen.

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Ex-Harrods IT man cleared of stealing company issued laptop

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IT worker?

People can't say "He shouldn't of had personal stuff on the laptop". Everyone does it eventually. You'll end up with some personal documents on there at some point. However, if he's an "IT worker" surely he should know that upon returning the device it would of been wiped, so claiming he was doing it because he wanted the data wiped seems a bit of an odd argument. However, it's possible he knew someone in the department would snoop. But the next question is, why did he take it to a computer shop? Was he not an IT engineer then? As if he knew what he was doing he'd have been able to get into it himself, then no one would of know and no court case would of happened.

Seems odd, unless he was just a manager for IT but wasn't really IT savvy (I know some IT managers who know fuck all about IT).

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Re: Waste of Money

What did you expect, it's Harrods. Of cause it was going to be expensive.

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2019: The year that Microsoft quits Surface hardware

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Mine...

...is OK but I regretted buying it pretty much after it arrived. Got the high end Surface 4. Was supposed to be for drawing but I haven't used it much. Wish I'd got a Wacom instead really. It's OK but the mouse pad on the keyboard is crap. I still think they should of supplied the keyboards with the device.

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Hollywood has savaged enough sci-fi classics – let's hope Dick would dig Blade Runner 2049

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Was never...

...a massive fan but liked it anyway. The new one looks good and Ryan Gosling is good so I think all will be well.

I watched the original recently and was confused about the story because it turns out the story I remembered was the one from the 90s PC game.

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Sole Equifax security worker at fault for failed patch, says former CEO

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I call bullshit...

...and did they question (I haven't watched the video) on why there was that single point of failure? That engineer, if the story is actually true. What would of happened if that person was off sick?

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Nothing matters any more... Now hapless Equifax bags $7.5m IT contract with US taxmen

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All...

...hope is lost.

Speechless.

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BBC Telly Tax petition given new Parliament debate date

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Adverts...

...is the reason I don't mind the telly tax. Crapita sending out hence men/women is the problem (although I've only ever seen men attempt to collect on the YouTube videos).

Fly to America a watch some of their channels with the adverts. Lets take a show like Friends for example:

An advert before, then the small segment before the credits, then an advert, then the credits, then another advert, then the first half, then the adverts and so on.

I like the BBC due to no fing adverts.

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steviebuk

Re: If you have issues with the Telly Tax...

Because part of the fees go to those channels as well. Well Channel 4 anyway.

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Deloitte is a sitting duck: Key systems with RDP open, VPN and proxy 'login details leaked'

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Someone...

...pointed out that the Gartner award was being mislead by the media in a way to add fuel to the fire of this Deloitte situation, as it was an award for revenue in Security Consulting, not actual Security Consulting. However, not according Deloitte themselves:

"Deloitte ranked #1 by Gartner in Security Consulting for the 5th consecutive year"

https://www2.deloitte.com/cy/en/pages/about-deloitte/articles/deloitte-ranked-1-gartner-in-security-consulting-for-5th-consecutive-year.html

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That's odd...

..no mention of a massive Deloitte data breach?

:)

https://www2.deloitte.com/uk/en/footerlinks/pressreleasespage.html?icid=bottom_pressreleasespage&q=*&sp_x_18=content-type&sp_s=date-published%7Ctitle&sp_q_18=%22Press+releases%22#

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Commodore 64 makes a half-sized comeback

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Seems....

...rather pointless if you can't use the keyboard on the device. Looks like they are releasing a full size, fully working version in 2018. Maybe wait till then to see if the keyboard actually works on the full size version.

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China cools on Apple's high-priced iBling

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Re: Well yeah ....

I must be one of the very few that finds the location of the finger print on the s8 just fine. I have big hands and it allows me to unlock it one handed.

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Sensitive client emails, usernames, passwords exposed in Deloitte hack

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surely....

....that part of their business is now dead

"a range of cybersecurity services to banks"

No one is going to hire them for that now.

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EC and the Piracy document

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EC and the Piracy document

Just seen an article on The Inquirer about the EC holding onto a document that points out that piracy/copyright infringement doesn't displace sales.

Wondering when The Register will do an article on this story?

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Compsci degrees aren't returning on investment for coders – research

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Re: Don't bother

Tell that to Tom Francis. Who had no coding experience but was teaching himself Game Maker. Left his job as a Games Journalist and concentrated on Gunpoint full time. Release it and it became a big success.

So it's not all bad.

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Farewell Cassini! NASA's Saturnian spacecraft waves goodbye for its Grand Finale

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Who or what....

....is taking the pictures/videos of Cassini? Is there something else up there taking those shots?

I'll get my coat.

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Sacre bleu! Apple's high price, marginal gain iPhone strategy leaves it stuck in the mud

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What does that even mean?

What does that bollocks even mean?

"Device disappears into the experience"

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Apple: Our stores are your 'town square' and a $1,000 iPhone is your 'future'

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"Genius Groves"

Will these be where you get your smashed glass repaired at a massive markup compared to the independent repair stores? The independent repair stores that the likes of Apple have been trying to destroy and are trying to fight the "Right to Repair" legislation.

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Homeland Security drops the hammer on Kaspersky Lab with preemptive ban

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Odd...

...considering they are leaving Donald Trump in the White House.

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The new, new Psion is getting near production. Here's what it looks like

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Didn't know they were still going

My dad had a Psion Organiser II I believe it was, from BT when he was a manager there. Then they moved onto a different style organiser with a keyboard that looked something like the Casio fa-20. May have been the Casio, not sure. I've still got it in my draw at home I must check.

I remember my parents went to France one year with the Psion and the xray machine for baggage wiped the memory cards :)

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Smart cities? Tell it like it is, they're surveillance cities

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The fact that...

...Amazon's Go shop got confused when more than 20 people where in there and couldn't track items that people were too lazy to put back on their shelf means we'll be OK.

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Microsoft extends free Windows 10 S to Win 10 Pro upgrade offer

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Re: Is there a TARDIS in the room?

Was actually in the 90s that happened. I think they get away with it now because of Google Chrome laptops do the same.

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Was a shit idea...

...Windows 10 S. Why did they even think it would be good? I like Microsoft but limiting a unit to only use the Windows Store when the Windows Store itself is failing is not a good move. Look at all the adverts we see on TV today and pretty much none of the "phone apps" that are advertised have Windows Phone support, so more than likely won't be available on the Windows Store for the Surface either.

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Billion-euro Intel EU antitrust saga goes on and on and...

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And the lawyers...

...hope it goes on and on and on as they'll still get paid.

The problem here is, should another case be either taken against Intel or Microsoft for the crap that is the Kaby Lake chip. Forcing people into using Windows 10 with it as previous versions of Windows won't be supported? Does this not sniff of Microsoft allegedly saying to Intel "Please only support Windows 10 on the Kaby Lake chip so we can then force people onto Windows 10. We'll give you lots of money if you do."

Allegedly.

I wonder.

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Networking vendors are good for free lunches, hopeless for networks

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The same EA...

...they release Simcity 5 that everyone hated. The same EA that managed to kill the Simcity franchise with that release. And the same EA that didn't have adequate servers setup for the release of Simcity 5 so everything was overloaded and no one could play.

If you fired your network admins and got the developers to do it, the developers I know, they'd be no security. EA are idiots. Don't listen to the bullshit they speak. The amount of games they've screwed up over the years and destroying the once loved Maxis.

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Indian call centre scammers are targeting BT customers

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Just never answer the phone...

....instead have a voicemail setup that is the sound of an old modem or fax machine. Obviously make sure all your friends are aware. Then when their automated software calls your number and waits for a human to answer, it hears the modem/fax noise and thinks its rung a fax machine so will hang up and blacklist your number from their list. So you'll never get called again.

Works with cold callers as well who tend to use the same type of software.

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Retail serfs to vanish, all thanks to automation

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I see...

...with Amazon Go, everyone is young and pretty. No old people appear to exist according to Amazon. And similarly no disabled people appear to exist so everything is at height. With no one manning the shops, how will disabled people use their automated shops? If no one will be working at them, will everything be cheaper? Will the suppliers agree to take less of a cut due to these discounts? Will it just consist of security to stop people jumping the barrier and stealing everything? Who will the old people talk to when they go to shop if there is no one there? There are still a lot of old people who either don't like new tech or can't afford a mobile phone and contract required to use their store.

Maybe, just maybe, this will create a revival of old local stores with actual people manning them because not everyone wants Amazon to be able to monitor everything you're buying.

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New York Police scrap 36,000 Windows smartphones

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We all know it's probably because of who she knows and being the daughter of a billionaire. Upset for good reason, you'll probably end up being the one that gets fired.

Bad but probably true.

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Terry Pratchett's unfinished works flattened by steamroller

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Re: I wonder

Although I've never read any of his books he seemed a nice person when watching him on documentries. I just wonder if someone secretly took a backup of that hard drive before rolling over it.

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Lottery-hacking sysadmin's unlucky number comes up: 25 years in the slammer

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Re: No code review??

And as we see in Better Call Saul he weights the bingo balls with metal liquid which I assume goes hard and is magnetic. Switches the balls out and can force the ball he wants with the magnet he consealed.

Obviously wouldn't work with a lottery machine as they are checked but still interesting :)

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Can North Korean nukes hit US mainland? Maybe. But EMP blast threat is 'highly credible'

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I'd rather....

....be under the nuke when it goes off than live after. Just play Project Zombiod when the water gets shut off to realise how annoying it is to live without the basics.

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Are Asimov's laws enough to stop AI stomping humanity?

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No one in the AI community....

....thinks about the Asimov Laws apparently:

https://youtu.be/7PKx3kS7f4A

If the link doesn't work just lookup "Why Asimov's Laws of Robotics Don't Work - Computerphile" on YouTube

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Marcus Hutchins free for now as infosec world rallies around suspected banking malware dev

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Re: Economy

And watching the film Infiltrator that was based in the 80s and based on a true story. You find out each year (either at that time or not) several trillion dollars is laundered every year. Not that it's right but, I assume without that illegal money the American economy would tank.

Or am I not understanding economics right?

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Watch this nanochip reprogram cells to fix damaged body tissue

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Star Trek

Heading towards Star Trek tech. Next someone needs to make a holodeck.

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Google drops poker face, allows gambling apps on Play Store

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Re: How will that work?

The National Lottery security, considering what it is, is seriously poor. Not 2 step verification available its shocking. All to save money on support calls. Took them ages to allow special characters in their passwords.

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DJI: Register your drones or no more cool flying vids for you

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I assume we won't be going the registration route in the UK considering it's been canned in America and lots of people should be getting refunds.

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Three-quarters of IoT projects are failing, says Cisco

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I've been saying for years IoT is pretty pointless. So many people are either clueless about security or just don't care. And because of this, hipsters make pointless IoT devices and just want it to "work" so screw the security "The end user doesn't care, they just want it to work" they say.

Bullshit. It's because you're a hipster and just want to get your "hip" new gadget to market as soon as, in the hope someone like Facebook, Google or any of the other big companies buy you out.

Trouble is, the idiot UK government want to be see to be "down with the kids" so are jumping on the IoT hype.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/internet-of-things-1-million-to-support-new-hardware

What a waste of money. This comes from, no doubt, an IT director who'll be working in a "digital" department but who'll have sod all clue about IT. The people above will be just as clueless so said director can sell them bullshit until he or she leaves.

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74 countries hit by NSA-powered WannaCrypt ransomware backdoor: Emergency fixes emitted by Microsoft for WinXP+

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Waiting on crap from the Home Secretary

Waiting on bollocks to come from Amber Rudd now. She'll no doubt claim this is why they need backdoors or to ban encryption. Because she hasn't got a clue how IT works.

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Will this be used as an excuse.....

...by a certain UK government to claim "This is why we need to ban encryption or give governments backdoors".

The answer of which should be "NO! Considering the current malware attack is looking more and more likely because the NSA leaked exploits were used, it would 100% mean that at some point, the criminals would also end up with access to your backdoors".

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China launches aircraft carrier the length of 2.1 brontosaurs

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"Western analysts have long feared a rise of Chinese naval power, particularly in the disputed areas of the South China Sea where an awful lot of Western goods pass through. "

Does it matter? Considering most of those "Western goods" are probably from China. So much it bought from China these days and made, we and the Americans would be screwed either way in a war. But also China would screw itself as it would have less of the world that would buy its stuff. What would happen to Apple for a start? They rely on China so much.

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Why Firefox? Because not everybody is a web designer, silly

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Chrome is quicker (no it's not!)

That's how it was sold to people in a place I worked. The people attempting to sell that falsehood to users didn't appear to understand it was only quick because it had no plugins. Once you begin adding plugins and pinned tabs (so all your specific pages load at start up) Chrome becomes just as slow as IE or Firefox. Worse still, Chrome chews up memory like there is no tomorrow. More and more people noticed this at work.

I do, however, like it's integration with Google Keep. One of the best features of the GSuite, also available to every day users and not just the corporate world.

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ZX Spectrum Vega Plus backers complain of months-long refund delays

steviebuk

Never fund anything on Indiegogo that has the option "Flexible Funding". It means if they don't meet their target they get to keep your money anyway. I believe this was on "Flexible Funding" so I avoided it. Glad I did.

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UK Home Sec: Give us a snoop-around for WhatApp encryption. Don't worry, we won't go into the cloud

steviebuk

True and when the crooks find the back doors, and they 100% will, they'll also be using said access.

The crooks would be the ones that would want this to come to pass.

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steviebuk

Another reason all her comments are stupid, are because, if I've read correctly, they weren't even monitoring the guy. So the act would of still happened because, if Whatsapp had no encryption, they still wouldn't of seen his comms before hand because they weren't monitoring him.

If she got her way they'd all just avoid the likes of Whatsapp. Going even as far as creating their own service.

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Another clueless MP

Another clueless MP that neither understands how encryption works or even how the Internet works.

She added: "I know it sounds a bit like we're stepping away from legislation, but we're not. What I'm saying is: The best people, who understand the technology, who understand the necessary hashtags to stop this stuff even being put up, not just taking it down, but stop it getting up in the first place, are going to be them. That's why I'd like to have an industry-wide board set up where they do it themselves."

She's clearly just heard a few "technical terms" and spitted them out hoping no one would notice she doesn't have a clue what she is talking about.

I'm going to put lots of "hashtags" in the firewall settings. That will stop all nasty things from happening on the Internet.

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Tech contractors begin mass UK.gov exodus in wake of HMRC's IR35 income tax clampdown

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So the government wants to go "cloud" and "digital" yet also wants to screw up the very people that will help and support them in that goal.

Very clever.

Idiots.

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