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* Posts by Mark 85

10165 posts • joined 22 Nov 2012

Either my name, my password or my soul is invalid – but which?

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Re: Biometric Login...

If want your login bad enough, I take your finger with me to the computer/bank machine, etc.

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Boss helped sysadmin take down horrible client with swift kick to the nether regions

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Methinks they stole that from Benjamin Franklin. https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/benjamin_franklin_151622

There's more links on this but that's the first one that popped up. Lazy Friday and nearly beer o'clock.

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Re: So Long

Sounds like the "wonderful" button some field service guys attached to system power controller many years ago. Customer had complained endlessly about the equipment even though nothing was ever found to be amiss. They installed the "wonderful" button, told him to make things "wonderful" again, rotate it clockwise and never ever counter-clockwise. After that, no more service calls until the power supply finally died.

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Re: Catholic and Anglican Churches - @Chris 244

if you tried to argue it in public against a Jesuit I fear you'd come a very poor second.

Jesuits are one's you'll never win against. Doesn't matter the topic and they don't need in depth knowledge. On the up side, many do know the best local brews.

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Elon Musk, his arch nemesis DeepMind swear off AI weapons

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Re: Pugwash 2.0?

Therein is the problem. Just because one "side" doesn't do those weapons doesn't mean someone else won't either. Now if there were something like a treaty that actually worked....

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Will this biz be poutine up the cash? Hackers demand dosh to not leak stolen patient records

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Not just in Canada, but every country. However, to quote an old western movie line: "Hangin' is too good for 'em."

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People hate hot-desking. Google thinks they’ll love hot-Chromebooking

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Re: I don't see where it suggested anyone would love it

Bull shit is fertilizer, right? So it stands that MBA's have a point. It's just not valid in this context. Send all the MBA's back to hoeing the fields please.

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US voting systems (in Oregon) potentially could be hacked (11 years ago) by anybody (in tech support)

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Re: Solution

Go back further. LBJ's first election as a state official. The state police were breaking down the front door of the election commission while the staff were burning the ballots in the basement.

And then there's Chicago....

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Re: Details

Maybe it should be phrased "vote management system" but that has it's own implications.....

Didn't these used to just be called "voting machines and systems"?

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Code of conduct claims new Texas Instruments CEO after just six weeks

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Re: In reality

To really make it wurst one needs pork and veal.

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Re: Good to see that this applies right to the top

Silly valley? Texas Instruments' HQ is in Dallas.

That might just be the problem. Things you can say/do and get away with in Silly Valley won't go over well in Texas. And vice versa. One should always now the local customs and rules (if possible) before going there. This might just be something as innocent as drinking the wrong beer. Who knows but him and the company?

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Scumbag confesses in court: LuminosityLink creepware was my baby

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Probably if he hadn't used the "dark web" then me may not have been caught as quick. It appears that the law types assume that if you're on the dark web, then you're up to no good.

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What's in a name? For Cambridge Analytica, about a quid apparently

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Re: Data Controller?

The article says the ICO has the computers and thus that data assets. Yet, is the ICO the administrator? Or someone else?

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Sub-Prime: Amazon's big day marred by server crashes, staff strikes

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Clickbait News?

Almost all such titles forgot to mention they get a cut of everything a reader buys if they click on the links in the story.

Been a lot of that the few days... all about the special deals at Amazon and generally, the headlines link to some "news" site that is just clickbait. I'm thinking some companies got paid to do some stories first (with links to the stuff) and then touted that these stories were going "viral" (I hate that term). Other media picked it up and basically reprinted the story with links, etc. And so it goes...

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Crooks swipe plutonium, cesium from US govt nuke wranglers' car. And yes, it's still missing

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Re: Want your nukleer stuff back?

Raging Environmentalists are not particularly impressive.

Oh, I don't know about that. Watching them turn red, start stomping their feet and then shaking and sputtering is pretty good humor.

If I want to bull bait them, I have T-shirt that on the front says: "Save the whales" and on the back "Collect the whole set". It sets off the environmentalists (Green Peacers are the best fun) AND the PITA folks in one fell swoop.

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Kremlin hacking crew went on a 'Roman Holiday' – researchers

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Numbered days?

There's a very real possibility that the days of the "open and free" internet are numbered. Governments really need their own networks isolated from the internet in general and perhaps allow contracting companies a heavily monitored and controlled connection. But rather than do that, it's more likely that some countries will just take the cheap route and cut the cable at the borders.

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Tech team trapped in data centre as hypoxic gas flooded in. Again

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Re: Never do this

Don't know why you're getting down votes.

Probably from management or accountant types. Equipment is always worth more than people and with the paperwork, harder to do. A manager I once worked for said: "You people are a dime a dozen. I can get rid of you at any time and have your replacement here in a couple of hours.". To say he was a jackass would be an understatement.

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Scam alert: No, hackers don't have webcam vids of you enjoying p0rno. Don't give them any $$s

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Re: Webcam?

It obviously makes a great sartorial statement.

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Webcam?

Nope.. no webcams here. The laptops that had them have all had the software removed and either the camera removed or the lens taped over. On the desktops, if the monitor has built in webcam, same thing plus the cable is never attached. The times we need a webcam we plug in an external cam and then remove when done.

Am I the only one who does this?

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Heatwave shmeatwave: Brit IT departments cool their racks – explicit pics

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Re: I always like when people put flammable materials...

Couldn't we just take all the old extinguishers, empty them and use them as door stops?

I know a guy who took a rather large CO2 extinguisher and converted it to a beer tap. Rather impressive to draw a beer and quench one's fiery thirst.

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Indictment bombshell: 'Kremlin intel agents' hacked, leaked Hillary's emails same day Trump asked Russia for help

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Re: Shooting the messengers much?

How gullible do you have to be if you let random posts on the Internet affect your decision on who to vote for?

Then the same can be said for flyers, mailed political ads, tv, radio, etc. And not just politics, everything is advertised. Both good products and absolute trash ones. So perhaps gullible isn't the right word here as advertising seems to affect most people or there wouldn't be so much advertising.

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Fix this faxing hell! NHS told to stop hanging onto archaic tech

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Re: @ wolfetone

because of some war on another we have been dragged into on a lie is creating a back log of people needing replacement limbs.....

It's just not "wars".. it's old age also and accidents.

extra few million a year to cover the cost of the latest prosthetics technology

The latest prosthetic tech isn't cheap. A dumb knee or arm is a mere pittance compared to the latest bells and whistles tech prosthetics. Yes, they do more and are worth it, IMO. However, to give them to some old gaffer in a wheelchair who won't walk or use the limb is ridiculous in the least. I don't know how the NHS handles this but here in the States, a mere prescription entitles anyone to get one if they are an amputee.

My wife is a leg amputee and to get a good leg and knee is outrageously expensive. We both know too many people who consider the high tech limbs a "status symbol" only. It's just one of the problems with medicine and cost.

Then there's the cost of the "latest and greatest" medications... again, some are considered status symbols.

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It's quite obvious that it's probably the old guard types of physicians who insist on this as they have no idea about some of this new fangled equipment. I've seen it in the States, one doc uses smartphones and computers to the max, another insists on paper for everything and fax machines. The paper guy is the department boss....

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Clean up this hot sticky facial-recog mess for us, Microsoft begs politicos

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“We believe Congress should create a bipartisan expert commission to assess the best way to regulate the use of facial recognition technology in the United States,"

Just a small problem with this.... leaving it to Congress to define "a bipartisan commission" or be running it? I seriously doubt one could find a more computer illiterate group of people (there are a few exceptions in Congress however) anywhere. I suspect they will do it, and pick advisors based upon campaign contributions.

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It's 2018 so, of course, climate.news is sold to climate change deniers

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Re: FFS

He's probably got a PhD in BS and was awarded a golden shovel at graduation.

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Tech support chap given no training or briefing before jobs, which is why he was arrested

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Re: I don't know if anything has changed

This in a nutshell: Often written against the pre-launch prototype that works in entirely different ways to the shipped product.

As a former tech writer (before changing careers) I can attest to this as "normal". Also add... the prototypes seldom physically look like the shipped unit.

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Re: Back in my day

Back in my day

all you needed was screwdrivers, insulating tape and penknife and you could fix almost anything.

You forgot the hammer. It strikes fear into any computer old or new. Also can be used to fix users.

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No, seriously, why are you holding your phone like that?

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They're using it to block UVA?

It would probably work better for that than radiation from.. say an a-bomb going off. Or maybe not.

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AI threatens yet more jobs – now, lab rats: Animal testing could be on the way out, thanks to machine learning

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Let's add one more to the list... aspirin. It can be deadly to many types of test animals.

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FCC caught red-handed – again – over its $225 complaint billing plan

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$225 charge per...

Part of the plan to reduce taxes and still raise funds for government? By yachts for certain commissioners? Something is really rotten in DC if they thought they could get away with this little scheme. Can we please just nuke it and start over?

Yeah, I hear the choppers coming for me for this.

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Microsoft bids adieu to inky fingers with whiteboard app

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‘ideation’ ?

We've hit a new low in buzzwords. I think someone needs a stiff beverage.

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Ransomware is so 2017, it's all cryptomining now among the script kiddies

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Re: Core!

I don't think ransomware improved the miscreants bottom line. More and more targets just aren't paying as it's cheaper to re-image the machine, recover servers from backups etc. Part of it is the miscreants doing. They'd take the ransom and never send the "unlock" code.

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'It's legacy stuff brute-forced in': Not everyone is happy with Citrix's cloud

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Re: Good ol'terminal services stuff

Soon companies will be wanting to take back control completely and everyone will be dusting off the cobwebs from their mega servers they always meant to get rid of but actually got shoved in a room somewhere

That might happen if the guy who put equipment there remembers that it's there. And that only if he's still working there and his job wasn't outsourced. On the other hand... perhaps they'll just ignore what's in storage so they can buy new shiny stuff.

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Tim? Larry? We need to talk about smartphones and privacy

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A real soap opera..

As the last two paragraphs point out, there are some unanswered questions but perhaps a bigger one is: who's pulling who's chain? Why suddenly is Oracle raising eyebrows about this? Is there someone looking for world tech domination or pulling strings behind the scenes?

Will Congress put on it's usual dog and pony show?

And to keep it in the context of soap opera... what about Marylou?

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FBI for the Apple guy: Bloke accused of stealing robo-car tech

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Jobs is probably spinning in his grave at this...

According to prosecutors, Zhang took two circuit boards and a server

How the heck can one walk out of a company carrying a server and not be noticed or questioned? Every company I ever worked for that did any kind of engineering/research, etc. had security guards and if you carried something off and even had a piece of paper with signatures that it was ok, calls were made to ensure it was valid.

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Like my new wheels? All I did was squash a bug, and they gave me $72k

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Re: Massively in favour of this idea

There are probably more than a few dead companies that have on their tombstone: "Our customers stopped testing our software.".

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Re: Good on them!

... it must be coming more remunerative for blackhats to report the exploits they find

Which is good thing. Better that they go gray hat or white hat than use the exploit and create headaches for everyone.

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Brit privacy watchdog reports on political data harvests: We've read the lot so you don't have to

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Re: CA will rise again.

Or maybe just tear the hearts out of Board members,

May I suggest that they use a rusty spoon?

There's a problem with companies like this.. they can't be killed or destroyed. They return from the "dead" like zombies and carry on. And the companies mentioned so far in all the news reports (including those on El Reg) are just the ones that have been called out. It's probable there's many, many more flying under the radar at this point.

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BT's Patterson keeps his £1.3m wheelbarrow of bonus cash after all

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If anybody ever wanted to improve secondary market capitalism, the most obvious thing to do would be to ban the company from being able to wield proxy

In many companies, the shares the board members hold are "special" because of the share structure. Some shares a company issues are non-voting, the public ones that have voting privileges are "one share, one vote", then there's the "exec" shares which have many votes per share. Seem that 10 votes per exec share seem common.

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A curious tale of the priest, the broker, the hacked newswires, and $100m of insider trades

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the Securities and Exchange Commission, said it has since recovered $53m of the haul.

I've never heard anyone explain this but who gets the "recovered" money? I suspect it's not any stock broker but the US Government.

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Thomas Cook website spills personal info – and it's fine with that

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Interesting defense

Based upon the evidence we have, and the limited volume and nature of the data that was accessed,

So they are saying that they have so few customers using that site that it doesn't matter?

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Insurers hurl sueball at Trustwave over 2008 Heartland megabreach

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If the insurers had a case, they would have pursued it at the time. Not a decade later. "What were you doing the second Tuesday in October, a decade ago?"

Perhaps the lawyers are just looking for a nice payday.

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Google offers to leave robocallers hanging on the telephone

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Re: I have an algorithm for this

It's going to keep getting bigger as the spam callers all seem to us spoofed numbers for the caller ID. A curse on the telcos for permitting spoofing.

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Google is up to something....

They've developed their own robo-caller and now an app to block them. Is this a sneaky way for them to corner the market on robo-calls? Market domination to get a piece of the action perhaps?

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Microsoft might not support Windows XP any more, but GandCrab v4.1 ransomware does

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I think Microsoft should just be honest... if your system has XP anywhere on it, in any configuration, even as a VM, the rest of the network's security is pointless and cannot be guaranteed.

I do believe that XP fits the "security by obscurity" model. In this case, outdated but still in use.

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Fitness app Polar even better at revealing secrets than Strava

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Not just national security

I would think that it also opens up a new world of stalking. Not just military but anyone that someone wants to harm.

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Nostalgic social network 'Timehop' loses data from 21 million users

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Maybe a scorecard is needed for security breaches such as Timehop gets 100 points for admitting this rather quickly and not waiting weeks or months. But they loose 21 Million points for the users who were compromised.

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Snooping passwords from literally hot keys, China's AK-47 laser, malware, and more

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Thanks Pascal. Eons ago in the military, I recall we had training on the Convention but at this point, I don't recall hearing "ignore #2 and #3". We pretty much covered it all. It was very late 60's and napalm was still being used.

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Does 'hold' mean grasp and compare and consider, or believe and internalize? FWIW, a genius can still 'doublethink'.

Probably those who hold contradicting viewpoints don't think much or at least consider the contradiction. Most politicians seem to do this....

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