* Posts by Will Godfrey

3961 posts • joined 8 Sep 2007

Children of Wales to be prepped for the vibrant world of work with free Office 365 ProPlus

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As if there was any remaining doubt

A leopard doesn't change its spots.

Microsfot doesn't change its behaviour.

P.S. Funny that. I keep making the same typo.

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

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Unfortunately predicable

Don't show up the 'experts' is in the same class as don't tell the manglement they are wrong.

Not a recipe for a long and happy employment.

Brit Police Federation cops to ransomware attack on HQ systems

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Example?

What does it say to the general public when the police representatives have sufficiently lax security to fall for such an attack?

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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Idiot

I guess the only job he'll be able to get once he's out is greeter at B&Q

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

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I'm not so sure they'll actually learn. Many don't

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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I'd like to say I was surprised

Really I would, but I'm not. The obvious failure possibilities are almost endless.

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

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Oi! Keep quiet

We definitely don't want to attract the crims' attention to Linux. Even if you're certain the cage is secure, you don't go poking the lions with sharp sticks.

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

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Thanks for the reminder

I've been meaning to visit for years but never quite got around to it.

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

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Can I join?

rsync was my nemesis with --delete set

Blighty's most trusted brand? Yeah, you wish, judge tells Post Office in Horizon IT system ruling

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'twas ever thus

They've always been arrogant shits - even before the split up with BT. It's deeply encoded in their DNA and I don't expect significant changes for a very long time - if ever.

Facebook blames 'server config change' for 14-hour outage. Someone run that through the universal liar translator

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Simples

https://xkcd.com/908/

What today links Gmail, Google Drive, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram – apart from being run by monopolistic personal data harvesters?

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Re: Funny, I didn't notice a thing

I like 'farnarkle'. Sounds really arcane Have one of these as well as an upvote

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Everyone turning against good ol' 'merca

Trump & Co. will probably blame the Germans this time cos they didn't roll over and do as they were told.

Don't be too shocked, but it looks as though these politicians have actually got their act together on IoT security

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Optimistic

I'll be impressed if it actually gets through unscathed, but I'm not holding my breath. Seen too many good ideas derailed by vested interests

Never thought we'd ever utter these words, but... can anyone recommend a spin doctor for NASA?

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Someone is 'avin a larf

I'll console myself with a few of these ->

First it was the rubber duck, then its dad, now we get an oversized OXO cube. I'm just expecting to hear they've found Ringworld.

Thought you were done patching this week? Not if you're using an Intel-powered PC or server

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Re: Who cracked their secure enclave?

Indeed. NSA are probably furious!

Boeing... Boeing... Gone: Canada, America finally ground 737 Max jets as they await anti-death-crash software patches

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If proof were needed

They are more concerned with their share prices than two planes worth of people. I've no doubt if it hadn't been for the rest of the world, they would still be prevaricating.

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

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Re: POS?

I always read it as 'piece of shit'

Microsoft changes DHCP to 'Dammit! Hacked! Compromised! Pwned!' Big bunch of security fixes land for Windows

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Ahead of the game?

Clever of them to catch bugs so soon in the new and unproven DHCP

/s

Yelp-for-MAGAs app maker is warned there are holes in its code. Does it A. Just fix the problem, or B. Threaten to call the FBI, too?

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Thank you

Nice of 63red to make it absolutely clear they are utter crap.

We can do this the easy way or the Huawei, US tells Germany with threat to snip intel over 5G fears

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Wot?

Guys, I was joking when I described this as a possibility.

It seems America's arrogance is only exceeded by its.... (run out of expletives)

Just a reminder: We're still bad at securing industrial controllers

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No Hope

The potential problems are well known by now (with actual examples) but the ones holding the purse strings simply aren't interested. Their only mantra is suck out as much money as you can. It's cheaper to say "Lessons will be learned" than to actually do anything.

Put down the cat, coffee, beer pint, martini, whatever you're holding, and make sure you've updated Chrome (unless you enjoy being hacked)

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Monoculture?

With world + dog apparently moving to the chrome engine will it be fun times ahead?

That marketing email database that exposed 809 million contact records? Maybe make that two-BILLION-plus?

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How about a change?

Can we have a list of the sites that haven't been breached?

Oh, wait. There probably aren't any. We just haven't heard about them yet.

Thought you'd seen everything there is to Ultima Thule? Check this out: IN STEREO!

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Looks Familiar

More and more like the rubber duck's dad.

P.S. Always wanted a valid excuse to use that icon :)

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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The other extreme

One of the engineers where I used to work was booked to go to India to re-commission a printing press that had been bought second-hand and shipped across. The reason it was our guy who was asked, was partly because some of the control system was our design, but mostly because the manufacturer wasn't interested. Anyway, the plan was that 'John' would fly out, then get driven to site on day 1, do the commissioning on day 2 and return on day 3 - all at the new owner's expense.

The first day went exactly to plan and John was ensconced in basic but comfortable accommodation. Next day was a nightmare as the press hadn't been reassembled. Nobody had a clue how it all went together so most of it was still in crates. After frantic international phone calls and hurried conferences it was agreed that John would remain on site to oversee the reassembly. This took over two weeks as he had to fast-track train people in engineering techniques. The upside was that they were keen intelligent guys and soon became his 'gang'. Commissioning itself was then very fast as not only did John know the machine had no obscure modifications, but his workforce also had a pretty good idea what to do.

The good news.

The new owner paid in full with no questions asked.

John was asked to do two other similar installation/commission jobs (and now had a bunch of friends working with him)

The bad news

John won't touch so-called Indian food in England - says it's nothing like the home-cooked food he had over there.

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

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Remind me

Wasn't this bitcoin stuff supposed to be so secure that it was bomb-proof?

It's beginning to look like it wasn't, if people can get in without the passwords only one person was supposed to have known.

It also seems it's not embezzlement proof.

Oracle to lure boffins with cloud credits, see if enterprise-grade tech can speed up research

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Re: Hmm

"Why would anyone want to buy from Oracle?"

FTFY

Silent Merc, holy e-car... Mflllwhmmmp! What is that terrible sound?

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Missed Option

None of the above.

I'm looking forward to a future of (relatively) quiet towns. Just the sound of the tires at any sort of speed is more than enough. If people have their eyes glued to their phones and their hearing muffled with 'beatz' well they're just likely to get a Darwin award.

Real life sci-fi: Massive exoplanet booted out of home by binary parents – then slipped back inside by passing friendly stars

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Re: Good Samaritans

But was it kicked out, or was it the 'prodigal' planet who left with it's inheritance, then limped back when it ran out of gas?

How to keep your flock of users secure: Let them know exactly who and where the wolves are

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It will never happen to me

That is the biggest hurdle to overcome.

Smart home owner? Don't make your crib easy pickings for the smart home pwner

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Look on the bright side

With all the switched-on generation falling for this crap the burglars won't bother to go to the effort of picking locks and smashing windows, so the rest of us should be safe.

USB4: Based on Thunderbolt 3. Two times the data rate, at 40Gbps. One fewer space. Zero confusing versions

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Crazy

Just how much more complexity can they pile into this 'simple' interface before it all collapses under it's own weight? Does anyone actually understand the protocol(s) anymore?

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

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Not news now?

This is getting so common it's verging on boring.

Hmm rather like woodworm it is. It's boring into the CPU but leaving the exterior looking solid.

Sniff the love: Subaru's SUVs overwhelmed by scent of hair shampoo, recalls 2.2 million cars

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Re: This is what happens when you implement diversity and equality...

It's always the coat hangers.

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Re: Not necessarily

For very low current switches, a proper 'wiping' action is necessary to remove accumulated crap - something which almost all reed switches do. Sealed, and actuated only by the proximity of a magnet, they are also immune to contamination.

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

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Re: it is time!

What do you mean? I never stopped keeping an (undisclosed) sum of money in mixed coin and notes in several (undefined) locations, and have found it very useful on many occasions over the years.

P.S. I also keep an eye on currency changes so I don't end up with Old Stock.

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

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Hmmm

I don't think I'd be capable of {cough} opening {cough} a piece of unknown kit without thoroughly investigating what's inside.

Customer: We fancy changing a 25-year-old installation. C'mon, it's just one extra valve... Only wafer thin...

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Re: Valves!?

Mmmm KT88s. Running at least 700V for extra 'enjoyment'.

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Re: Let me guess, the controller was a Siemens product, right?

Bingo!

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Well said!

And there is a lot of that legacy kit out there.

It's not your imagination: Ticket scalper bots are flooding the internet according this 'ere study

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Glastonbury got it right

You register an interest, then later have to supply a photograph (along with other details), which is copied onto your ticket - and these are fully checked at the gate.

UK's beloved RNGesus machine ERNIE goes quantum in 5th iteration

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Re: Random or is it

They obviously think that random numbers are too important to be left to chance.

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Hang on a minute

Are you sure that's the way they get the numbers? If they just keep generating random numbers till they get a valid one, it is theoretically possible to never get one!

On a much smaller scale, when I wanted to design a bingo number caller I created a list of the numbers 1 to 90, then shuffled them, after which I just pulled them out in order.

P.S.

Moving a number out of a slot then back into it is still a valid shuffle - but you try telling people that!

Did you hear the one about Cisco routers using strcpy insecurely for login authentication? Makes you go AAAAA-AAAAAAArrg *segfault*

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Here we go again

In case anyone forgot...

Hello buffer my old friend,

I've come to break you once again,

'cos my malware soft-ly creeping.

Broke your code while you were sleep-ing.

And the spyware that it put there’s just the same,

It still remains.

And takes it all,

in silence.

Three-quarters of crucial border IT systems at risk of failure? Bah, it's not like Brexit is *looks at watch* err... next month

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Pity the small traders

Unlike the government squandering our tax payments, or multi-nationals with coffers overflowing with extortionate profits, these enterprises are simply unable to make any plans. In the first place they have no information about what systems might be put in place that they will have to work with. Even if they did, they do not have a fraction of the spare funds need to prepare for all options.

Former senior UK council officer fined for doing dodgy data dealing to help his girlfriend

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How low can they sink?

You can't even get a decent 'quality' of corruption these days - no style at all.

Jeez, what a Huawei to go: Now US senators want Chinese kit ripped out of national leccy grid

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Fear of fear itself

The disinformation and pseudo-panic is getting ever more shrill

Linus Torvalds pulls pin, tosses in grenade: x86 won, forget about Arm in server CPUs, says Linux kernel supremo

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Re: Well currently the problem with ARM is not the CPU

Absolutely right. It's a total nightmare at the moment, to the point there is no such thing as an ARM processor, just lots of diverse, hardly compatible systems with some variant of ARM core.

Bored bloke takes control of British Army 'psyops' unit's Twitter

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Curses!

We'd have gotten away with it if it weren't for them damn kids wayback pages

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