* Posts by MrMerrymaker

112 posts • joined 8 Aug 2018


Whats(goes)App must come down... World in shock as Zuck decides to intertwine Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp


Can you substantiate any of that nonsense?

We did Nazi see this coming... Internet will welcome Earth's newest nation with, sigh, a brand new .SS TLD



Look out, kids. Your Tinder account is about to be swamped by old people... probably


You're blaming socialism? You don't have issues. You have a library!

Apple hardware priced so high that no one wants to buy it? It's 1983 all over again


Re: Multi-tasking

Well, he still got down votes for that harmless comment. Perhaps not being anonymous would have made that worse!

Cue down votes

Happy Thursday! 770 MEEELLLION email addresses and passwords found in yuge data breach


Re: Check the Password page


Typed in the password 'donaldtrump'

Oh no — pwned!

This password has been seen 294 times before

This password has previously appeared in a data breach and should never be used. If you've ever used it anywhere before, change it!


Check the Password page

Type in a password you suspect is out there and it tells you if it appears in the list. Without tying it to you, or anyone, of course.

Of course, for a laugh, I typed in 'password' and said over 50 million accounts used it. This kind of hack is nasty, but some of us should at least TRY to have a proper password!

Epic's Fortnite fail: Ancient UT2004 server used for login-stealing proof-of-concept


Re: That explains something...

Same. They were not phishing links either. They included the IP address of who, what was making the attempts and when.

Royal Bank of Scotland, Natwest fling new bank cards at folks after Ticketmaster hack



Boy, back when I was an Incident Manager, I'd have killed for a six month + SLA on such a major incident!

xHamster reports spike in UK users getting their five-knuckle shuffle on before pr0n age checks


Incompetence expected

I ain't giving out even more data. Is the technical implementation of this safeguard going to be decent? I mean, I doubt it can stop a VPN if Netflix can't.

Not a complaint. Mine's the dirty brown mac...

Sorry, Samsung. Seems nobody is immune to peak smartphone


Note s9

Removable card, notification light, no notch..

Make all your phones like this and watch you take over the market, Samsung

Um, I'm not that Gary, American man tells Ryanair after being sent other Gary's flight itinerary


How would me doing this stop other people half the world away entering my email address...?


'Contact the real Gary. If he is a resident or citizen of one of the EU countries, get him to report the incident to his country of residence, citing that country's GDPR'

Do you really think this is likely with someone who doesn't know their own email address?

Pewdiepie fanboi printer, Chromecast haxxx0r retreats, says they're 'afraid of being caught'


'Someone had to play the legal card...'

Crikey, if you're going to protest your innocence, maybe not include a snivelling acceptance that you broke the law.

It's 2019, the year Blade Runner takes place: I can has flying cars?


Re: 2019 is also the year for the events of...

Who down voted this and why?


2019 is also the year for the events of...

Akira (eek!)

The Running Man (surprised it took so long)

The Great British Curry: Put down the takeaway, you're cooking tonight


Re: Not for me

You have my sincerest, most heartfelt sympathy :(

Mine's the one you can smell from the next room..

50 years ago: NASA blasts off the first humans to experience a lunar close encounter


Please expound on the truth of the moon landing as you see it.

I need a good chuckle!

France next up behind Britain, Netherlands to pummel Uber with €400k fine over 2016 breach


Re: Stolen ?

I too see theft as deprivation BUT the OED lists two meanings and deprivation is one and the other is unauthorised taking.

Pork pulled: Plug jerked out of beacon of bacon delight


Re: "Everyone's love for bacon"

Ah, but maybe it works the other way around? What's the vegan equivalent of bacon?

.... Might be a while working this out.

Newsflash: Twitter still toxic place for women, particular those of color, Amnesty study finds


Re: Ah...

Then I presume you'd be OK with banning any insult that mentions her race or gender or skin colour?

I mean, 'stupid woman' is unnecessary. 'stupid thing' is OK.

The Palm Palm: The Derringer of smartphones


Re: "useless coin pocket" ?

Same. I'm in the North but I even got the orange ticket when I was last dahn sarf too..

Influential cypherpunk and crypto-anarchist Tim May dies aged 67


Glad they didn't - Tim May does not deserve his obituary sullied by reference to such figures as the other T May

Silent night, social fight: Is Instagram the new Facebook for pro-Trump Russian propagandists?



It's already riddled with bots, so I'd say it's already compromised

Dixons Carphone smarting from £440m loss as it writes down goodwill on mobile biz


Re: Carphone warehouse used to be quite good.

Odd, I worked for them pre takeover and they sold all the call centre and IT jobs to IBM's India plan purely to save costs, and put my entire department in the dole queue.

Maybe you mean as a customer... Though I spoke to enough dodgy, lying branch managers I doubt that too!

The internet is going to hell and its creators want your help fixing it


Re: Dear fragile and wonderful academics...

Anarchy is not big companies stomping the little man because "no rules" . It is decentralised and highly localised rules, especially from government, especially hewing to the freedom of the individual, and most certainly above and beyond those accorded to companies, corps, etc.

Please don't call this anarchy. It's far worse than that - it is unbridled neoliberal capitalism

Register Lecture: Right to strike when your boss sells AI to the military?


Re: A conscience is a fine thing

I don't see why under any circumstances I should involve myself. I accept they might do it anyway, but why tarnish myself?

For fax sake: NHS to be banned from buying archaic copy-flingers


Re: Data breaches

Seems like you ended up auditing human error more than anything else.

It's a shame really. Not because I have some kind of mad hard on for the fax - no, because as ex NHS IT they gave me a fax machine for the purposes of accepting signed training forms for new users of the patient records system.

Every time I mooted some more up to date method of this, it was met with horror and ignorance and fear.

Still. I don't know if there was some more arcane NHS regulation about it. Capturing the user's signature was a very significant concept. Methinks a zero-fax overhaul would go way, way outside the mere realm of IT.

Doom at 25: The FPS that wowed players, gummed up servers, and enraged admins


Re: Music



Re: Quake 2

Pfft, that was what, four years later? Wrong era! :)

... Man, things changed so quick in those days. I was a Quake 1er myself. Liked 2 just fine. Doom I got into after, but it's been enjoyed. Thank god I can appreciate things that aren't the newest shiny

Remember Misco? Staff win protective award at employment tribunal


Re: Taxpayer?

Will they be free to do the same thing again? Course they will - I worked briefly for a corrupt company that went bankrupt, and lo, I see their new company with the same business model has been set up in the past year, Companies House don't give a damn.

Tech support discovers users who buy the 'sh*ttest PCs known to Man' struggle with basics


Re: At what point.....

Probably never.


Children of the Resolution

There was one user who requested a bigger monitor via the helldesk. We needed manager auth, and said manager presented the OK. At which point it comes to desktop support.

It was fulfilled basically, and this sorry agent here was the desktop munchkin who took it to her. Lo and behold, she takes a look at her new 19" monitor: it's too small.

I beg your what, ma'am?

It's too small!

Us gents never like hearing that from a female, especially one quite fetching, so I asked her to explain the how, why, while I prepared the usual embarrassed defence of 'I think you'll find it's bigger than average' and 'well, it's cold in the storeroom'

Turns out, groan... She couldn't see the text. It was too small and blurry. I whacked up the text size in Windows and she was happier and said she'd give it a whirl.

Ambled by a week or so later, and she had the resolution at a garish 800x600 or similar. I was having palpitations. I politely enquired wtf and, satisfied and smug, she explained:

I can see it properly now! The text isn't blurry anymore!... (she looks at me and whispers:) I didn't want to use my new glasses in the office....


Re: Alternatively...

'I couldn't decide whether to upvote this. While you're right that to understand some topics a prerequisite level of other knowledge is required...'

Hmm, I just took it as 'explaining is one thing, but understanding isn't guaranteed' rather than some slight about why, exactly, the understanding isn't taking place.

Coming to understand things is, I believe, an internal process, always down to oneself.

Yet you're... Kicking off, as if this is an elitist concept. Funny what we understand being different, isn't it :)

Expired cert... Really? #O2down meltdown shows we should fear bungles and bugs more than hackers


I'm sure in Blade Runner 2049, there's a huge IBM logo. A dystopia indeed!


Why the thumbs down? I'm with giffgaff!

But a look in their forums shows tons of people just screaming at them, who didn't even bother reading the news. Even the Grauniad mentioned it in enough depth to say it wasn't Giffgaff at fault


Appealed to a customer base of the lowest common denominator?


The wrong day

I picked the wrong day to quit heroin

Peak tech! Bacon vending machine signals apex of human invention


The best bacon is

Whatever I have when I wake up after a boozy night!

Worst is no bacon. Or gammon, I suppose.

Why millions of Brits' mobile phones were knackered on Thursday: An expired Ericsson software certificate


Upsides abound!

Had to get to a new site today and usually rely on Google maps or Moovit. (GPS works without a connection obviously but I did like the challenge)

I found it by myself!

And my phone was in my jacket all day. I've lost only a few percent.

It basically was a forced airplane mode. And best of all...



Re: Hey ...

Who cares then? You're not relevant!

Total Inability To Support User Phones: O2 fries, burning data for 32 million Brits


It's back for me but not for friends

Ah well. Hope I get a free day or something though can't complain for one day's outage when I use giffgaff for £7 every month without issue


Re: Oh, the fallability of the BBC!

Where I work there's no signal at the best of times but data, somehow, usually anyway works. So my relatives are on whatsapp.

You're doing the annoying old thing of assuming your situation is the only one that matters and all others are either the same or you simply don't care


Re: First Youtube was closing down, now the whole Internet has!

What a surprise, someone having a go at youth, using the alt right term Snowflake, doesn't have the sheer balls to post non-anon!

How the mighty have fallen: Anglian Water knocks Google off perch as UK's best workplace


Surprising placements

Microsoft #11? Maybe they could afford to get a bit more draconian judging from these Windows 10 builds..

Apple #43, chuckle.

No IBM? Colour me... Well, not blue!

Naked women cleaning biz smashes patriarchy by introducing naked bloke gardening service


"Make sure to get all the folds and creases out.

Of the shirts, Brenda."



I was wondering why you'd get a naked cleaner if you didn't have sexual ideas about em...

And remembered the classic Seinfeld ep where he starts sleeping with his cleaner, who stops doing a thorough job.

But then you have George getting the non-beautiful PA to thwart his male urges... Only to bone her, promising a raise!


Re: You're born that way, you die that way...

You sure you work in IT, what with this comfortable attitude to seeing randoms naked?

Apple co-founder and former CEO has the most expensive John Hancock on the planet


Re: I don't really agree with you...

'In the novel Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton, John Alfred Hammond was the arrogant, flamboyant and idealistic dreamer'...

'He had little interest in the technicalities of genetic engineering, but great interest in making a profit'

'His darker side is shown more often, as he is frequently upset with his employees'

All from...


Accenture in doghouse after NHSmail mass outage cuts off 1m+ UK health staff


Re: £1.50 per month

No, he's saying one person's lack of issues does not a whole picture paint.

Windows 10 or Cisco Advanced Malware Protection: Pick one


Re: Why?

The sceptic in me thinks they know about it and think more malware even in their name helps their business!


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