* Posts by Waseem Alkurdi

837 posts • joined 16 Apr 2018


I used to be a dull John Doe. Thanks to Huawei, I'm now James Bond!

Waseem Alkurdi

Re: Conquest of Africa?

@Yet Another Anonymous Coward

The US has a dept of defence - I'm sure the people of Iraq appreciate the irony

Thanks for the hearty laugh!

Tens to be disappointed as Windows 10 Mobile death date set: Doomed phone OS won't see 2020

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but its still going to run android and thus be stupid

Run a custom ROM. Really recommended, especially for the privacy issues.

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Re: Will it come back again?

With fire.

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Well, even if you skip sign-in, you still have a fat proprietary blob called Google Play Services (GmsCore.apk) that you don't know what it sends to Google.

Android is fine, but screw it, a custom ROM all the way!

This must be some kind of mistake. IT managers axed, CEO and others' wallets lightened in patient hack aftermath

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Re: Seems legit

steps that impede their work

There's a fine distinction that needs to be made here.

If their work really demands Internet access, then of course they should have it.

When users en masse in your company are doing things that fly flat in the face of IT policy, it is a sign that IT policy is absolutely not fit for purpose.

This. In @sanmigueelbeer's post, it was said that the users wanted Internet access. Does it say that they needed it for work? It didn't, so I assumed that what they wanted was Facebook access, not real business Internet access.

Asking Guests to use their own phone data plan is a poor show. A potential customer that is going to be the source of IT staff salaries. And they shouldn't be watching how much data or battery they are using.

IT has a service role where the services need to work for the employees of the company. A just like other service industries, the customer is king as they say.

So basically greasing the right palms.

What you say is a wish list of things should happen, it will never fly in practice, so I can only assume you do not currently do this job in real life

Your assumption is correct ... I'm a medical student, but I consider myself well-versed in matters of IT.

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Re: Seems legit

Mine has blocked IBM and Oracle's main libraries of downloadable manuals. This pretty much encompasses all the products we use and support.

Aren't these supposed to be put on an exclusion list from any filter? Why do you have to *pay* for doing work?

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Re: New Virtual Order Orders ..... Nth Degree Stuff

Ah, you're back?

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Re: Seems legit

Also self-preservation of one's own job. Isn't that why we get them a dedicated fiber optic connection?

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Re: Seems legit

each business unit had a DSL installed.

So basically your problem seems to be a luser coup d'état.

This is called unauthorized equipment and Security should be summoned to remove it. (Dunno if that is even possible, but if it were me, this is what I would do).

When we tried to shut down the port, we were told (angrily) to turn it back on because it was "operational necessity".

Tell him to f*uck off. Would he be permitted to get his bed, place it next to his desk, and sell his house? Because it's an operational necessity? (also see BOFH operational euphemisms? Operational necessity in this case meaning that one couldn't "operate" without enough sleep or something?)

I really doubt the CEO of the company could agree to this.

Recently, we had a client who had Corporate and Guest SSID (open authentication) enabled. The client kept asking "why are staff using the Guest SSID". Same thing as above. Corporate SSID had internet restrictions while Guest SSID wasn't. So guess what the staff preferred to use?

I'd either apply the same restrictions to both (but not connect them together), or just do away with the Guest SSID. Everybody and their pet now has mobile data plans. (I stand corrected though).

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Re: Seems legit

And for somebody who isn't British, what is this N3 anyhow?

From what I read, it's a WAN/broadband. What's fancy about it, and why does it require much $$$ to run?

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Re: Seems legit

I'd give you that if we're talking about a public service. How about in a business scenario where there isn't a real need for nation-wide access?

Any business where everything is done inside the office needs no Internet access nor a private network of this kind.

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Re: Seems legit

If sh*it means Facebook/$ANTISOCIAL_NETWORK/eBay/Amazon/Reddit/... then no, shit won't ever get done.

Instead of using a heavyweight web filter to block websites (nearly every one I had seen could be bypassed using an obscure proxy "as opposed to a popular one"), Internet access could be completely cut off from lusers' desktops. Updates are network-distributable.

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Especially if you're in Singapore.

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Re: Seems legit

Cutting off Internet access is all benefits, as I see it.

1. Less employee time wasted (supposedly)

2. Saves $$$ on Internet access costs

3. More secure (as the incident here shows).

I really, really don't understand why isn't it standard practice. Can anybody give pointers?

Nissan EV app password reset prompts user panic

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Re: Juke hazard

But could this possibly infringe on the Union Jack Mini Cooper design?

(I know, getting my coat)

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Probably outsourced, possibly to a neighboring country known for its spicy food, or another one known for, well, Chinese food?

Can't somebody reverse-engineer the Connect API?

Especially the car part?

And where are the FOSS advocates when we need them? xD

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Re: ... or cover-up?

Exactly. Tell customers and risk a backlash? Hell no, especially when you have Tesla (hype grandmaster) as competition.

CES flicks the off switch on massager award… and causes a buzz

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Re: Wait, the authorities closed...

Are you sure it's a mackintosh, not a Macintosh?

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Re: Sales site categorization

or lucrative enough!

I second that.

Three years ago, I participated in Microsoft Imagine Cup. We were told to focus on how the idea would be a good business opportunity, rather than focusing on the idea itself.

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Re: Recent example I saw

Ahhhhh, the word 'ute' ... been eight years since I last heard it!

You're from Australia, right?

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Re: Sales site categorization

Also known as eBay.

I've resorted to searching by name and filtering by priciest first then going a few result pages forward.

Especially works for phones.

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But twice?

Seriously asking: what's the point?

Medical advice app Your.MD could have been tampered with by anyone, alleges ex-veep

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Do people really trust this app?

1. Creepy

2. Inaccurate

3. Can't replace your ten-years-in-college GP, can it?

Baddies linked to Iran fingered for DNS hijacking to read Middle Eastern regimes' emails

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Re: Hey, Iran

So the Ummayads, the Abbasids, the Seljuqs, the Fatimids, the Ilkhans, the Ottomans, the Mughals and a few other, less important or even mentionable islamic dynasties down to the Saudis

Who cares?

Suppose somebody decided to kill every redhead he sees.

Is it logical to say that, hey, it's because he's a Buddhist, so all Buddhists are redhead-killers!

I'm not sure whether any of the dynasties you mentioned were despotic*, but this doesn't necessarily mean that it is Islam which made them despotic.

In a similar vein, one might argue that capitalism is evil simply because America invaded Iraq/Vietnam/whatever.

You can't generalize that a principle is wrong simply because some of its adherents did wrong.

So Islam has basicly been constantly "misrepresented" ever since its inception?

Nah, not really. Some caliphates were quite amazing examples of how Islam should be applied (and how should countries be ruled in general). I'm referring to 'Umar bin Abdul Aziz's caliphate here, whose caliphate is held by tradition to have completely eliminated poverty through rigorous distribution of wealth (Islamic alms or zakat), and to the first four caliphs, known as the Rightly-Guided Caliphs.

And as for those precious few upright true believers who represent the "real" Islam this leaves us with... the Qarmatians maybe???

Already tackled above. As for the Qarmatians, you mean the looting gang which killed hundreds of innocent pilgrims and looted the Kaaba? If we were to look at it with some humor like you did, they could be regarded as militant Social Darwinists instead, advocating the elimination of the weaker "excess" of humanity so that the stronger remainder flourishes.

* A quick Google search shows this source, which says that at least the Ottomans weren't despotic.

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Re: Hey, Iran

By that logic, and since you mentioned Iraq, Saddam Hussein should never have been ousted as well. Actually, the analogy quite fits, since both are Baathists.


Egypt -> al-Sisi (not elected via due democratic process, can't give a single speech without breaking down*)

Iraq -> government and country are in shambles after the American invasion, so nothing to see here***

Iran -> Despotic regime that misrepresents Islam to stay in power (and grab more and more of it) **.

* Not an opinion, seriously, just look up one on YouTube, you don't even have to understand the language.

** Keeping in mind the rules of al-Shura (people's consultancy) in Islam, which is quite equivalent to

democracy (but isn't the same though), a regime (and especially its ruler) can't be despotic and lay a claim to being Islamic at the same time.

*** Problem is that everybody wants a government in al-Iraq that represents everybody and everything. Fine in principle, but now "everybody and everything" is complaining that the other everybody and everything are the only stumbling block preventing Iraq from becoming a First World nation, so the solution is to break off into a separate state (see Kurds, other separationists). Repeat ad nauseam.

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Re: Hey, Iran

No, no, that was al-Assad's thank-you note to Iran (cc: Russia) for keeping him in power.

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Re: If it's not encrypted *BEFORE* it's sent, then it's not encrypted at all ?

As I understand it, they are doing a man in the middle attack.

This means that they are sitting between the mail provider and the client.

This could be possibly getting the fully rendered HTML page of the webmail client, for example, and reading the content off.

This way, the message itself is decrypted at the provider and only relies on HTTPS (which was evaded by the MITM).

Just updated Windows 7? Can't access network shares? It isn't just you

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"The company whose court imposed penalty which was pretty much equivalent to a slap on the bum with a rolled up newspaper?"


"And by Newspaper I mean PART of a newspaper - something like the 'Culture' section of "The Sun", the non-boring bits of "The Financial Times" or the non-fiction portion of a vendor's Benchmarking specs handbook?".

- The BOFH replying to the Boss,

BOFH 2002 Episode 3, 02/18/2002.

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Re: Pure Raging.

System Restore has always intrigued me as a gimmick. Since 2004.

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Re: A sterling job of OS migration...

Let's revive some memories:


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Re: I haven't updated my win 7 box in _MONTHS_

Hey! I stopped at NT 4.0 SP4! :-P

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Re: (KB4480970) Also hoses Windows 7 32 bit on Tosh Lappy

But Microsoft managed to slow it down to unworkably slower than any previous OS with the first two semiannual updates...


$LATEST_WIN10_RELEASE is nearly always slower, on every laptop my tentacles touched (desktops unaffected for some odd reason).

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Re: (KB4480970) Also hoses Windows 7 32 bit on Tosh Lappy

Am I the only one who noticed that Windows 7 and 8.1 both outperform 10 by a heeeeuuuuge margin in terms of UI smoothness, especially on laptops?

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Re: Who cares?

I have one too (my first machine, with a Celeron D). It recently died on me though.

Was poking fun at what a M$ fan would think like!

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Who cares?

Just update to Windows 01*. The latest, greatest, and hopefully the last.

32-bit machine? Join the future, bud!

Testing? Since everything is outsourced, why not that outsource that too?

* intended.

Reddit locks out users with poor password hygiene after spotting 'unusual activity'

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Re: Hygiene

Vintage stuff usually has a high resale value.

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Re: Hygiene

Or to use a version appropriate for a less civil setting, like reusing old tissue paper.

Who cracked El Chapo's encrypted chats and brought down the Mexican drug kingpin? Er, his IT manager

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Re: "If you decide to leave where exactly are you going to go?"

And how are they going to reach the supposed safety of the US border?

(There lies the real question)

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Re: What's the point...

Human nature.

When one finds a $LC_MONETARY 10 note on the ground, one tends to look around for another.

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Re: What if they had hired the BOFH?

@Simon Travaglia

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Re: The FBI paid him back in return for his services

They are. When they get him he's forgiven, and his squealing would be forgotten.

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Re: Collateral damage

waste their techies before they can squeal.

Hasn't the BOFH taught you something?

Make yourself irreplaceable at your job.

At least it would be impractical (the learning downtime of new recruits).

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Re: The FBI paid him back in return for his services

He'll go into witness protection and be given a new ID, etc.

I know, but even that won't suffice.

A person who has been with me in primary school recently saw me (and remembered me too). You may have run into people whom you haven't seen in ten, twenty, even thirty years.

And that's when I am an Average Joe.

What would it be like for somebody on a drug cartel's hit list, a drug cartel with many, many tentacles?

Even if it were impossible for them to find him, he would still freak out. At least he would freak out about his children's safety.

I would, if I were him.

Don't forget that he has a history of nervous breakdown as a result of this very thing.

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The FBI paid him back in return for his services

The terror of living as a fugitive. Nice gift.

Can't they bother to keep his identity private? As a form of appreciation?

The D in SystemD stands for Dammmit... Security holes found in much-adored Linux toolkit

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P R E C I S E L Y.

To add to what you said:

Try and read the man page for systemd. It literally puts you off from the beginning with all the buzzwords.

Try and put systemd on a flowchart. No, no, I didn't ask you to draw a map of the land trade routes of Asia.

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The problem isn't that it isn't usable at all ... the real problem is that, upon taking a look at it from the outside, bird's eye view, if you will, systemd is like that enormous, ugly, smelly monster out of the swamp. It runs fast though.

Just try getting rid of it, in a VM. Try to do it cleanly, with no traces.

Other inits have their love bites, but at least they "do one thing and do it well".

systemd tries to absorb the universe into it.

Hell, it even has a UEFI bootloader. WHY?!

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Re: El Reg

At least it's nerd-trolling, not luser-trolling (aka mainstream rags, whether computing or not). And we like it that way.

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That's why El Reg ran this piece.

And yeah, we needed to vent off the steam.

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Whoever doesn't, raise your hands please.


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