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1532 posts • joined 7 Oct 2014

F***=off, Google tells its staff: Any mention of nookie now banned from internal files, URLs

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Re: FFS

Also a bit of an embuggerance if you happen to be in Scunthorpe, Brown Willy in Cornwall or indeed Dicks Mount, Suffolk.

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GitHub.com freezes up as techies race to fix dead data storage gear

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Re: storage

Never mind. Users can always switch to GitLab.

Oh, wait ..

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I ship you knot: 2,400-year-old Greek trading vessel found intact at bottom of Black Sea

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Re: Leave it there

Wait till they find the golden fleece onboard ..

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Cops called after pair enter Canadian home and give it a good clean

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Come on opening an unlocked door is not breaking in.

"Breaking" doesn't actually require that anything be "broken" in terms of physical damage. Someone who has permission to enter part of a house, but not another part, commits a breaking and entering when they use any means to enter a room where they are not permitted.

Scenario: Capita's Uninvited eNforcement Team enters your home to see if you have a TV, is that illegal entry if you left your door open?

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Microsoft points to a golden future where you can make Windows 10 your own

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Re: What about the stuff that we really don't want...

@ Roland6

If you had come to Windows 7 via the Windows Vista route then you would have fallen crying with relief at seeing Windows 7 install and start up.

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Leaked memo: No internet until you clean your bathroom, Ecuador told Julian Assange

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3rd world countries must be laughing at our hypocrisy.

Nope, those are the ones hosting him and asking him to clean up the loo afterwards. Perhaps you should go round there and help him clean his loo? Stand firm, democracy needs you!

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The mysterious life of Luc Esape, bug fixer extraordinaire. His big secret? He's not human

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Re: And for the next trick...

No. Absolutely not. It would be totally unfair to expose a bot to Windows' code, the AI would be bound to remember what it was forced to do and many years later humanity would cease to exist as a result.

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Re: The title is no longer required.

The litmus test would be to correct code that Linus Torvalds had pushed to build, abuse notwithstanding.

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UK.gov to press ahead with online smut checks (but expects £10m in legals in year 1)

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Traceable access Logs?

... content providers should keep logs of access for a period of six months to a year to guarantee the BBFC could trace “every age verification to its original source”. Of course, Ageify is developing such a solution and is "ready to showcase it whenever needed”.

I can just see the round-robin household letters where the BBFC demands to know who accessed www.kardashianswithdonkeys.com on such and such a date, just because they have a record of that IP in their access.log files.

Perhaps Capita might get the contract to enforce access ...

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Bloodhound Super-Sonic-Car lacks Super-Sonic-Cashflow

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Re: "a jet aircraft without wings at those high speeds at 0 ft"

You can easily find Navy jets breaking the sound barrier very close to the surface - nice photos and vides of the compression waves are taken - so, really nothing impressive.

Sadly, not in the UK .. not even with the POS F-35

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GCHQ asks tech firms to pretty please make IoT devices secure

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Hahaha!

The use of open, peer-reviewed internet standards is strongly encouraged. Primarily applies to: Device Manufacturers, IoT Service Providers, Mobile Application Developers

Good luck with that one guys. "Peer Review" with that lot usually means "Oops, I just Peed all over your standards. Soz about that"

Devices and services should be configured such that personal data can easily be removed from them when there is a transfer of ownership, when the consumer wishes to delete it and/or when the consumer wishes to dispose of the device. Consumers should be given clear instructions on how to delete their personal data.

Tried that one with JLR (Jaguar Landrover Rangerover) recently, have you? Thought not.

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Cabinet Office: Forget about Verify – look at our 3,000 designers (and 56 meetups)

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Re: Doug Adams was right

Aren't you supposed too be able to fit the entire population of the Earth onto the Isle of Wight?

Yes. So long as you EITHER have good vertical stacking abilities OR decide upon Global Thermonuclear War as your game of choice ("Wouldn't you prefer a nice game of chess?"). Post GTW you could probably fit most of the population of planet Earth on the Isle of Wight, with room to spare.

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Bloke gets six months for fixing up Russia's US election trolls with bank accounts, fake identities

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Re: When does the UK start sentencing people?

When are we going to see sentences for people who have been meddling in the UK's electoral processes?

I agree, but in all likelihood the stiffest sentence we would see from our noble judiciary would be along the lines of, "Now run along and don't be a naughty boy again". Then again, 6 months in choke in the USA seems to be almost that .. when compared against some of the sentences we have seen handed out in the USA for what appeared to be relatively minor crimes.

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UK.gov withdraws life support from flagship digital identity system

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Well, Damian Green MP is a well-known downloader of pornography.

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Convenient switch hides an inconvenient truth

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Re: is that it?

What's the quickest solve you’ve ever made in a tech support crisis?

User: "The screen is black"

Me: "Can you switch the computer on please?"

User:"Oh, that fixed it, thanks"

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Where can I hide this mic? I know, shove it down my urethra

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Re: Dear God

Definitely one of the better rants.

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UK pins 'reckless campaign of cyber attacks' on Russian military intelligence

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Re: Every one spies

FSB/KGB hated GRU with a passion as I recall from the 1980’s

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Re: Every one spies

Not sure that is right. What we do "know" is that the Skripals were exchanged by direct order of Putin, in the trade for Anna Chapman et al (aka the Illegals Program). It seems highly unlikely therefore that Putin would then authorise anyone to kill Skripal, but it is conceivable that the GRU might try to kill Skripal to spite Putin in some way.

Either way, I don't think we should be worrying about a certain pair of GRU colonels for very long. I am sure they are about to find out how interesting it can be to count pine trees in Siberia.

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US mobe owners will get presidential text message at 2:18 pm Eastern Time

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"What could possibly go wrong?"

... As the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency said last January.

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'Desperate' North Korea turns to bank hacking sprees to rake in much-needed dosh

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Bad actors?

a sustained attack by a team of bad actors

I have a vision of out of work North Korean hams who signed up for hacking duties after their last flop.

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Facebook gives third-party apps the all-clear

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Re: Interesting impact of the GDPR 72-hour deadline:

Ah,so that's where they get the idea of serving up everything after 72 hours comes from.

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UK.gov asks biz for ideas on how to 'overcome' data privacy concerns in NHS

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Re: How about...

Or just employ some ex Cambridge Analytica staff. They know how to say nice things such as, "Your data is perfectly safe with us" while meaning exactly the opposite.

Hell, pay me £9m and I'll even write a ChatBot for the NHS that they can put on their website to reassure consumers customers patients taxpayers

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UK ruling party's conference app editable by world+dog, blabs members' digits

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Re: P45

"Pink Slip" is the US equivalent of a P45.

There, FTFY

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A web where the user has complete control of their data? Sounds Solid, Tim Berners-Lee

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Re: Antidote to digital tyranny?

Will this protect us from digital tyranny-type scenarios

Err. No

Zuckerberg simply would employ 10,000+ developers whose sole mission would be to reverse-engineer Solid so that it can take a Facebook-style app.

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Japan finds long, deep tunnel on the Moon

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Re: The hole truth

What first gave them the hint of long tunnels under the surface? Were they perhaps illegally harvesting Spice?

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Why are sat-nav walking directions always so hopeless?

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Re: As you might expect...

One day I will move abroad and open a tearoom specifically so that when someone orders an espresso, I can pour them a cup of hot water and, perhaps a minute later, pass them a handful of coffee beans. See how they like it, the bastards.

Move to San José. They already do that there. It is called 'Designer Coffee'

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Facebook: Up to 90 million addicts' accounts slurped by hackers, no thanks to crappy code

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Re: oh what a tangled 'web' we weave

Facebook staff said it appears no posts were made on users' behalf by the hackers, and that no credit card information was taken.

© August 2018 British Airways. All Rights Reserved.

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Pain spotting: Russia's Aeroflot Docker server lands internal source code, config files on public internet

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No, they just went for the insecure code in the British Airways site instead .. much easier to hack.

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Amazon Alexa outage: Voice-activated devices are down in UK and beyond

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Re: "Are you affected by the outage? Leave us a comment and let us know."

C'mon El Reg, can't we have innuendo, such as "Has Alexa has gone down on you today?"

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While the UN laughed at Trump, hackers chortled at the UN's lousy web application security

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Wait a second

Do you really mean that the United Nations (?), that byword for incompetence, waste, lack of management or leadership and corruption, actually uses project management tools such as Jira?

I am sure it is simply that someone suggested that the UN could waste $1m on a JIra subscription and finance signed it off.

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HMRC contractor scores IR35 payout after yet another taxman blunder

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Re: Next:

More like:

"Next: HMRC admits to being hoist upon it's own petard."

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UKIP doubled price of condoms for sale at party conference

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Re: Wait a minute..

Not sure how much of that you could fit on the back of a condom packet ...

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A small but vital message ...

"Wear our condoms: because you don't want your children to grow up looking like Nigel Farage"

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Barclays and RBS on naughty step: Banks told to explain service meltdown to UK politicos

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"The influential Treasury Committee"

Surely an oxymoron there?

"It simply isn't good enough to expose customers to IT failures, including delays in paying bills and an inability to access their own money."

Quite. It makes it so hard for HMRC to lift customers' money directly out of their bank accounts when the bank is offline.

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UKIP flogs latex love gloves: Because Brexit means Brexit

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Re: Appropriate seeing as our future prospects have been shafted

On the back: “Made in the EU for UKIP”

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I want to buy a coffee with an app – how hard can it be?

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Re: Evolution isn't working properly...

Hmm. That sounds suspiciously like a certain retailer, whose name does not at all sound close to Tea with Max Factor.

“All you have to do is visit zzz.com/something free and enter your 16 digit code”

Result: 404 Page Not Found

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Deliveroo to bike food to hungry fanbois queuing to buy iPhones

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Does anyone else find the whole 'must get latest iPhone' rush more than a little bit disturbing?

These are the diehard fanbois you are talking about, so of course they must get the latest iPhone. I should think that many of them have been saving up their benefits and selling their food stamps for a whole year to get to this moment.

And the joy is that it all starts again once they have the latest glass phone in their hands.

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'Men only' job ad posts land Facebook in boiling hot water with ACLU

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Re: In the current environment, women are too much of a business risk..

"Needless to say I don't speak to my sister, cos she is a monster."

Let me try a random guess, your sister is pretty much your experience of women?

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First Boeing 777 (aged 24) makes its last flight – to a museum

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Re: Feeling old yet?

Actually around 3 hours 25 minutes for Speedbird London to JFK, although they could do it (in 1996) in under 3 hours JFK to LHR, using the jetstream.

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TV Licensing admits: We directed 25,000 people to send their bank details in the clear

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Re: Imprisonment would be fair, I think

I still use the tried and tested mantra for all Capita scumbags who come knocking at the door:

(shouting)

Wife: "There's someone from the TV Licensing at the door"

Me: "Hang on, just getting the dogs"

Wife: "That's alright, he's gone now"

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Don't put the 'd' and second 'i' in IoT: How to secure devices in your biz – belt and braces

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Bookmarking this article

Exactly what I have been looking for, many thanks!

Is there an IDIoT's guide to network hardening for IoT devices anywhere that someone could share please?

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On the edge of its seats: Cloud rains down even more cash on Adobe

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Err ...

In May, Adobe bought e-commerce services provider Magenta for $1.68bn

Unless they really did buy the colour Magenta, it should perhaps be Magento?

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How an augmented reality tourist guide tried to break my balls

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Re: Ahhhh ... flashbacks to a holiday in France,

Me too. Dealing with SNCF/TER ‘apps’ = ‘give up. Go to automatic ticket machine. Select English option. Get tickets. Forget to validate tickets. Listen to lecture from supercilious conductor explaining how stupid English must remember to validate their tickets’

The joy of Les Vacances.

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Generally Disclosing Pretty Rapidly: GDPR strapped a jet engine on hacked British Airways

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Re: re. Reporting a breach shows awareness

Read https://www.riskiq.com/blog/labs/magecart-british-airways-breach, especially the bit about how they detected it was in the modernizr.js library.

Now visit www.ba.com and follow these steps:

In your web browser right click and choose Inspect Element (IE and Safari you have to enable this)

Click Network and then JS and refresh the page.

Scroll down until you can see modernizr.js and click on it.

Notice the date for last-modified: Thu, 23 Aug 2018 12:57:01 GMT

Implies that BA were aware of this on 23rd August and are now not telling the truth.

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Re: re. Reporting a breach shows awareness

To me it is far more likely that they got hacked on 21st August and decided to cover up and say it was between 21st August and 5th September in order to avoid GDPR penalties for late disclosure.

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Like tax? Love networks? UK taxmen have a job just for you

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"Networks Delivery Group"

In 1 year's time:

"Your personal data is perfectly safe with us and be assured that the recent error where over 30m UK taxpayer records were left in an unencrypted CSV file on an insecure AWS S3 Bucket was a one-off mistake and will not be repeated"

Watch this space .. as they say.

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Do not adjust your set, er, browser: This is our new page-one design

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I don't like change. Please, no. I don't like change.

I take it you do not carry coins then?

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Milton Keynes: Come for roundabouts, stay for near-gigabit broadband

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Re: An impressive challenge undertaken

Even the Luftwaffe failed on that one.

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Law firm seeking leak victims to launch £500m suit at British Airways

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Re: Fees?

Did El Bard ever have a line such as, "First we kill Tata Control Services"?

I think we should be told.

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