* Posts by steviebuk

567 posts • joined 27 Feb 2017


Chap joins elite support team, solves what no one else can. Is he invited back? Is he f**k

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I like the word...

...but don't use it here much. But the A-Team sound like cunts.

I can't stand engineers like that. It's fine fobbing of a user now and then if you have other urgent work to do and if they are very difficult and won't take "We're not sure why its doing it but we're still investigating. It's ongoing" as a reason you need to move on. But flat out saying that's how its suppose to work just to shut them up, then not working out what the issue is. And then telling someone that might actually be able to work it out to "not bother as we've already looked. Just tell them that's how it work" And then dismissing that person after when they actually find the fix because it made you look stupid, is a dick move.

I suspect he was glad he actually now didn't work for that "A-Team". Was it Arsehole-Team, see what I did there.

Let's spin Facebook's Wheel of Misfortune! Clack-clack-clack... clack... You've won '100s of millions of passwords stored in plaintext'

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I guess this is why I've never made anything successful

As even when everything is going to shit, you appear to have to keep at it. With all the money he's got, if I was Zuck, I'd quit now before it all goes tits up and you lose all that money. Although I'm sure he'll have invested money in other areas that can't be touched when Facebook starts going down like MySpace.

Brekkie TV host Lorraine Kelly wins IR35 ruling against HMRC, adds fuel to freelance techies' ire over tax reforms

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Re: Yes, it gave me pause

Because she's Scottish and tiny so what's the problem? Her Scots accent is such a part of her, for those that don't know who she is, it's a good description.

Vengeful sacked IT bod destroyed ex-employer's AWS cloud accounts. Now he'll spent rest of 2019 in the clink

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True or not...

...I read an interesting story in one of Kevin Mitnick's books. Of an sysadmin who was a bit of a dick but equally so was the director or whoever managed him. So summoned him up to a meeting in front of everyone and fired him. Then stupidly allowed him back to his desk for the rest of the day.

When evening came and all was quiet and he was long gone, all the servers rebooted and wiped themselves. Although pretty obvious, there wasn't enough evidence left to be able to pin it on the fired sysadmin.*

*It was read many years ago so may not be accurate retelling of said story.

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Re: Idiot

And according to a resent issue of Big Issue, he'll make more money doing that than selling the Big Issue.

Sorry, Linux. We know you want to be popular, but cyber-crooks are all about Microsoft for now

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Because the BBC are the same people that think I'm going to put legit details for the sign in. And not using Mr Knobber at a post code miles away from where I am. The amount of fake details in their database now. Why'd they bother.

Ransomware drops the Lillehammer on Norsk Hydro: Aluminium giant forced into manual mode after systems scrambled

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What's the betting

They cut costs in IT to save money? IT departments are always seen as unimportant for some reason. When nothing is happening they are accused of "Not being required. Everything runs fine and you never seem to be doing anything" or "we keep having outages since cutting your budget so we'll outsource you".

What made a super high-tech home in Victorian England? Hydroelectric witchery, for starters

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Dwarf Fortress

Every time I see an Archimedes screw, my first thought is Dwarf Fortress.

UK libraries dumped 11% of computers since 2010-11... everybody has one anyway, right?

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The film...

...I, Daniel Blake is coming true.

We don't want to be Latch key-less kids: NYC tenants sue landlords for bunging IoT 'smart' lock on their front door

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Re: No worries!

Retro game collector would love those CRTs. Never throw them out. Sell them on.

Public disgrace: 82% of EU govt websites stalked by Google adtech cookies – report

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Local papers

Someone with some web coding should look at the local papers. The amount of shit cookies and tracking they have is insane.

College student with 'visions of writing super-cool scripts' almost wipes out faculty's entire system

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Re: Drive mirroring.

I did that but only to my home Netgear ReadyNAS. That claimed it was hotswappable. So when one drive failed I put a new drive in. It should of started to copy the data over but it didn't. For some reason it decided to copy the blank drive to the data drive.

When I realised what had gone wrong, I sat R-Studio sitting there all week checking the drive so I could restore it. Pretty much got everything back.

Welcome. You're now in a timeline in which US presidential hopeful Beto was a member of a legendary hacker crew

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Well if Trump can do and say anything

Then you need not have worried

"who feared it would hurt the Democrat's political aspirations"

Trump can be recorded during his campaign about grabbing women by the ...... yet still get elected. How did that happen!

Click here to see the New Zealand livestream mass-murder vid! This is the internet Facebook, YouTube, Twitter built!

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Re: "regulation on the Internet isn't going to stop nutters like this"

I meant to say "and now a wide spread ban on tobacco advertising is in place". Problem with typing on the phone.

Anyway. It may have fallen but is this due to the lack of advertising or better education, that would be the big question.

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Re: "regulation on the Internet isn't going to stop nutters like this"

But it won't. If a nutter isn't able to watch said footage it doesn't stop them being a nutter.

Obviously nowhere near as bad, not even in the same league but they banned cigarette adverts on TV in the 60s (didn't stop cigar adverts) and now wide spread tabbaco advertising is in place but it hasn't stopped people smoking.

I'm not saying the live streaming of mass murder should exist, I'm saying banning it from a medium won't stop a nutter being a nutter.

I feel the fact is Facebook is big enough now and has enough cash it can easily tackle this problem. As IT people we understand more than MPs how the Internet works. We are realistic. We know if you ban it from Facebook it will just pop up in other areas. But the point is we also know of realistic ways Facebook could combat this. But MPs chiming in saying they should remove footage 10mins (I can't remember the exact figure) from being reported is stupidly unrealistic. Letting MPs decide on an area of tech they don't understand and won't listen to expects makes issues worse. We have the 18 age ID coming in for porn. A classic example of MPs getting involved and not understanding how the Internet works and how that will fail due to VPNs. And this is the same government that was suggesting encryption should be banned.

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Re: Errr, censorship?

Its not an excuse for what the cock did but with the like of Facebook etc, its all about money. Having to actually pay decent wage to real people to watch said videos cuts into profit. Because share holders want more money they convince the powers that be to save money where you can. They see this monitoring area as a saving so do a half arsed job knowing they are so big now, they won't be shutdown and can get away with just saying sorry.

Never understood the point of live streaming anyway. And I'd rather they implement a 30 min or hour delay on the streams than allow government to start regulating the Internet.

"which has been re-shared by miscreants" which includes a few newspapers who aired a short clip of said footage. Knowing fall well people would click on their article with the video footage than an article without it. Then they gain from the ads on said page. The people clicking those article links are the same people that slow down when there is an accident. These newspapers are as bad as Facebook.

However regulation on the Internet isn't going to stop nutters like this. Its foolish to think it will.

Capita: B is for Brexit, C is for cutting costs. Stock exchange: Yay! You guys are awesome

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And there it goes

Interserve gone into admin like Carillion but it won't stop the government giving contracts to Crapita.

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Re: It needs to stop

You have a slightly correct point stuff being bought back in house maybe equally as shit however it can equally be good and cheaper. They quote low to get a contract then stiff you year on year with higher prices.

"The director just needs a laptop replaced at short notice" crapita IT "We can do that but as you want us to break SLA they'll be a charge for that". We as inside IT "That's fine. Although its against SLA we can get it done quick, obviously no extra charge" and so on.

I've seen an NHS trust moan about internal IT despite us being fucking good and they got value for money. They outsourced after I left to Crapita. That trust has regretted it ever since.

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It needs to stop

All the outsourcing. With Interserve about to go into admin, thats another big government outsourcing company to go bust. When will the government learn. Crapita will be next.

All good, leave it with you...? Chap is roped into tech support role for clueless customer

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I'd have turned round and said sorry no. I'm here to drop the drive off, you need to get your own IT to do the install. If they say they no longer have an IT as they were all let go then I'd leave even quicker.

We'll help you get your next fix... maybe, we'll think about it, says FTC: 'Right to repair' mulled

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This needs to pass

Apple have been fucking people over for to long. Just look at the recent news footage in the US. Where they took a broken Mac to the Genius bar who claimed it would cost over $1000 to repair. Took it to Louis who has a store in New York and a YouTube channel, but isn't an authorised repair shop. He said the perm fix would be over $100. Clearly showing how much Apple are ripping off their customers.

Not only that. But these stores are order screens from the same factory as Apple. But Apple are telling customs to seize them on import. Arseholes.

This is much like how Steve Jobs tried to make Jailbreaking illegal. Luckily he lost in court. What a dick.

Windows XP point-of-sale machine gets nasty sniffle. Luckily there's a pharmacy nearby

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Re: Yawn?

WILD! WILD!. Dawn keyboard!!!!

I also have one of the M&S self service machine being out of action. And one of a display board at Eurostar being logged in as a user. I assume the digital marque program had crashed.

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Re: Yawn?

And it is interesting. Not being sarcastic. I find it oddly fascinating seeing these machines in the while crashing or at the login :)

Being an IT Engineer might have something to do with it. I have a pic somewhere of the local cash machine that had crashed :) some years ago.

'It's like painting with atoms'... Watch how boffins form armies of simple micron-sized bots from a silicon wafer

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Because that's how the Borg became. And we don't want an invasion of the Borg :)

Sure, we've got a problem but we don't really want to spend any money on the tech guy you're sending to fix it

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Re: Travelling to client sites

Yes but a simple search shows jet lag is just your body clock being out. Sleeping helps, no medication does, no fancy "cure" does.

Not poking fun at anyone. Just has always annoyed me people coming up with all different fancy "cures". But then I am a grumpy fuck so lots of things annoy me.

I never knew what it was when growing up. Thought it was this mystical thing only the rich got (as we couldn't afford to fly anywhere). I know it's only a movie but kinda makes my point is the Thomas Crown Affair, the 1999 one. When Rene Russo's character makes out she is super cool and has this magical cure for "jet lag" by drinking some weird shit.

Then I had very mild case of it, and realise it was just tiredness due to the body clock being out. Went to sleep for hours and was fine for rest of trip. But yeah, I guess it's worse flying to the other side of world unless you can get some sleep on the plane.

Melatonin is also a potential pseudoscience. There are no decent clinical trials that show it helps for Jet Lag or sleep disorders. Much like Remedy Rescue, was recommended to me years ago for my anxiety. I tried it, it was bollocks. It has no effect unless you "believe" it has an effect. As I don't believe in bullshit, it had no effect on me. It has a tiny amount of alcohol in it, that is the only possible reason it could help with anxiety.

Anyway. I'm ready for the down votes, but I like this forum as we seem free to speak our minds without to much of a kicking.

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Re: Travelling to client sites

Cure for jet lag.....go to sleep. Simple. Never understood the fuss. Experienced it once when went to America. Had a long sleep and thats it. Was fine for rest of trip.

Dear Britain's mast-fearing Nimbys: Do you want your phone to work or not?

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Go to Inverness and you'll find the Three signal pretty shit.

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You'll also find it ironic to know EEs signal at Royal Sussex in Brighton is super shit to non existent. Other providers have slightly better signal but despite EE being give the contract, their network doesn't even work 99% of the time at the hospital.

While this CEO may be stiff, his customers are rather stuffed: Quadriga wallets finally cracked open – nothing inside

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It's possible, if he's faked his death and from reading the report it sounds quite plausible he has, he'll have emptied them before his death so as not to flag that they were emptied after his death.

Could this almost be the perfect heist. Stealing cryptocurrency that will be harder to trace than real money and which he can then attempt to "clean" through trades with other people wanting to "clean" theirs?

This will be interesting to watch.

Uber won't face criminal charges after its robo-car killed woman crossing street

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""At 1.3 seconds before impact, the self-driving system determined that emergency braking was needed to mitigate a collision," the NTSB says in its report summary. "According to Uber, emergency braking maneuvers are not enabled while the vehicle is under computer control to reduce the potential for erratic vehicle behavior."

The safety driver is supposed to handle emergency braking, but the car's systems weren't set up to alert the driver of the need for intervention, according to the NTSB."

And they aren't being hit with a massive fine for that MASSIVE flaw!!!! How the fuck have they gotten away with that!?!?!

Did Uber say "Don't blame us, blame the safety human person. Even though if the system had alerted them to hit the breaks, 1.3 seconds before impact was never going to be enough for them to react, blame them anyway."

Were brown envelopes involved?

SPOILER alert, literally: Intel CPUs afflicted with simple data-spewing spec-exec vulnerability

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...amazes me how people find this vulnerabilities. This seems so convoluted.

Hipster whines at tech mag for using his pic to imply hipsters look the same, discovers pic was of an entirely different hipster

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...if calling a Hipster and Hipster is slander then is calling me a cock also slander (I may or may not be a cock).

Hipsters are tits. Is that slander?

Ah, this military GPS system looks shoddy but expensive. Shall we try to break it?

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What was the point?

Military equipment and medical equipment is expensive due to the extensive tests they all have to go through. The whole story ended up being pointless as they never said what was in it. Even if it was a generic mobile, the cost is due to the extensive testing they've had to shell out for. So it covers the R&D and testing.

UK banking was struck by one IT fail every day for most of 2018

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Re: it is time!

Just don't let anyone know or you'll end up in the dock like Ken Dodd :) although there is nothing illegal about hiding your money in the wardrobe or in your mattress.

After last year's sexism shambles, 2019's RSA infosec bash has upped its inclusivity game

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Re: This is why

Or where you go to get arrested.

If at first you don't succeed, you may be trying to install that Slow Ring Windows 10 build

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Re: Does anyone bother with Windows anymore ?

And why does our Enterprise build still insist on the shitting Xbox app when we're a fucking company so don't need gaming related bollocks.

Who needs malware? IBM says most hackers just PowerShell through boxes now, leaving little in the way of footprints

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Not much protection

"It is possible to wrap protections around PowerShell to stop it being abused, such as requiring scripts to be digitally signed."

People pay for digital signatures or steal them. Been going on for years. I have the Sysinternals Video Library on my YouTube channel that Mark Russinovich and David Solomon were kind enough to allow me to upload. Those are old now, over 10 years old and it's even mentioned in there that "digital signatures" are purchased by malware authors so mean very little.

Watchdog asks UK.gov to reissue freedom of information guidance after councils are told to STFU about Brexit plans

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Re: Why worry?

Rees-Mogg is definitely evil all for leaving the EU but has his investments firms in Ireland. That happens to be in the EU.

He's a dick.

Just do IoT? We'd walk a mile in someone else's Nike smart sneakers, but they seem to be 'bricked'

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Don't wear those..

..while going through the airport

Secret mic in Nest gear wasn't supposed to be a secret, says Google, we just forgot to tell anyone

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Re: i believe it was a mistake..

Seems a bit odd that view considering Google themselves state the mic was never activated until now as they obviously want to use it.

OK, Google? Probably not! EU settles on wording for copyright reform legislation

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Re: Wow, just wow.....

Jesus, typing on the phone is crap, bring back physical keyboards. The amount of mistakes I make, it's annoying and sometimes embarrassing, as the last post.

And rushing to get a post in while you're supposed to be working probably also doesn't help.

Oh well.

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Re: Wow, just wow.....

Or they're an MEP who hasn't got a clue who the fucking Internet works.

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I don't believe they were saying they were pulling out of Europe, I believe they meant they'd pull YouTube from Europe.

But they clearly wouldn't do that as it would kill their advertising stream.

Dratted hipster UX designers stole my corporate app

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Do what Microsoft used to do...

...and that is sit someone in front of a computer and get them to talk about what they are doing and what they are thinking when they click menus and buttons. Let them br honest. Then it will help you design a better UI.

Crash, bang, wallop: What a power-down. But what hit the kill switch?

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Re: It took me years...

It would be fun on the last day at a place you hate or hate and retiring.

Use an 8-char Windows NTLM password? Don't. Every single one can be cracked in under 2.5hrs

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Re: The Usual Response...

Unless you use Microsoft 365 that appears to totally fall over if you put a space at the beginning of a password. On perm AD works fine with that, but once it gets to Microsoft 365, it freaks out won't let the user login to e-mail. All because of a pissing space at the beginning of the password.

One click and you're out: UK makes it an offence to view terrorist propaganda even once

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Knobs part 2

Jesus fucking christ. I understand where they are coming from but it just pisses me off when they make these laws but don't understand how the pissing Internet works.

This is a rant.

So people will just use VPNs. Or people will be malicious and craft sites or e-mails with links in to such material. That's it, you've viewed it once, prison for you as the site or video auto plays with no option to stop it because, again, they've crafted it like those annoying pops up that stop you closing them.

The law just isn't fucking workable, unless of course, the person is already on a watch list.

It's now 2019, and your Windows DHCP server can be pwned by a packet, IE and Edge by a webpage, and so on

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Re: Job security

There is no secure future anymore. With more and more companies wanting to replace us with AI.

I still don't know why people don't refuse to use self service tills. You do the work for Tesco, Sainsbury's etc, but get no discount for doing so and they save money in staff.

Until someone smashes them to bits because of the shitty weight system that is massively flawed

"Please put the item just scanned in your bag". "Please check the bagging area". "Are you using your own bag?"

Amazon are realising but won't stop with their Amazon automated supermarket. Learning that people are fucking lazy and will take something off the shelf, decide they don't want it so will dump it elsewhere. Which then confused the fuck out of their AI. "You took an item off the shelf. Check. You've taken it out of your basket so no longer want it. Check. But you haven't put it back where I expect it to be. What do I do now? Erm, oh, erm, ah, erm, I'm all confused!"



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