* Posts by Mark Manderson

47 publicly visible posts • joined 21 Sep 2007

Here's to beer, without which we'd never have the audacity to Google an error message at 3am

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thats what separates average engineers out from the best engineers IMO, if your not fully sure about something....google it first!

hell dont we all just love lmgtfy?

When did you last check your AWS S3 security? Here's four scary words: 17k Magecart infections

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we all know the type!

public assignment, cos its just "easier" same eedjits who still believe UAC is just a hindrance and "doesnt work quite right" head up arse and stuck in NT4 times.

Internet imbeciles, aka British ISP lobbyists, backtrack on dubbing Mozilla a villain for DNS-over-HTTPS support

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god I love you, reg (and author)


Firm fat-fingered G Suite and deleted its data, so it escalated its support ticket to a lawsuit

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classic case of oh its now in the cloud, i no longer have to backup or give a flying fox about MY company data.

company of fuckwitts, good on google.

What the cell...? Telcos around the world were so severely pwned, they didn't notice the hackers setting up VPN points

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Re: "it is not something you can prepare against"

ahh but David has to give a flying toss to be effective against them and ...they dont!

Parliament IT bods' fail sees server's naked OS exposed to world+dog

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Re: As paranoid as I am...

lol you give civil servants too much credit chief.

Give my regards to Reigate: Print biz Canon to up sticks in the sticks

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Ahh what is it with Crispin Blunt????

You never hear of him like ever and in 2 weeks his name has popped up twice now!

Sitting after work minding own business one evening, flicked mancave Tv on and it was on BBC Parliament (no idea either!)

so some debate going on about Medicinal Cannabis and i spotted the MP talking, a Mr Crispin Blunt!

I mean who would expect an MP to have the name of the way stoners prefer their fare, crisp n blunt!

Once id wiped TV free of Coffee and spittal from laughing my arse off, i had to get a pic :)

Microsoft Windows 10 'Burger King' build 1903: Have it your way... and it may still leave a nasty taste in your mouth

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Re: And it brings support for the RAW image format

yep because Ms implementation of flash is worse than adobe swiss cheese release....or JRE? ok then ;)

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Re: Windows 1903 background horror

omg the horror, showstopper for prod ring!

quick stop the deploy...oh we force corp backgrounds, thank f for that!

if thats the only issue your finding, go have a beer and say thank F for that!

There's NordVPN odd about this, right? Infosec types concerned over strange app traffic

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doesnt surprise me with them

anyone else want to scream at their advert in the UK of the twat in the tube handing all his shit out, plain lies the advert, gets on ma titties!

Sure, you can keep Grandpa Windows 7 snug in the old code home – for a price

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Re: Updating to Windows 10


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Re: Updating to Windows 10

the latter, that ship sailed almost 3 years ago into the sunset.

Defaulting to legacy Internet Explorer just to keep that one, weird app working? Knock it off

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Well done Ms, youve realised what techs have been harping on about since IE5.

Seriously would like to flip them the old middle digit in corp world these days, inept clowns worse than they have ever been....jesus did i actually just state that!

Only plebs use Office 2019 over Office 365, says Microsoft's weird new ad campaign

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I want a couple of ounces of the skunk MS are clearly smoking, yep sure Office 36.5 is superior..when its available and online....36.5% is the uptime right? :D

ill stick to pushing 2k19 to the corp, i like availability above 90% to the workforce.

It's December of 2018 and, to hell with it, just patch your stuff

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Re: I wouldn’t mind, but....

waiting days? every so slightly an exaggeration. ;)

Memo to Microsoft: Windows 10 is broken, and the fixes can't wait

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Re: I stopped right here...

thats windows 10 aint it, a polished turd...oh no wait, its just a turd.

Erm... what did you say again, dear reader?

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Erm... what did you say again, dear reader?

spelling words the original way is :P

specialised (not specialized)

customise (not customize)

maths (not "math" its short for mathmatics) plural.


lets nae evan gang up to ma neck o the wids, ye widnea understand a smidgin!

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erm, Norman, where the erm.....fluck do you.....erm live?

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...


oh shoosh Satya Nadella, we know its you! ;o)

id just like to uninstall the abomination called Cortana easily, i dont need a PC to tell me shit im capable of looking/remembering in a to do list (in my head)

Microsoft yanks the document-destroying Windows 10 October 2018 Update

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@AC But that wouldn't bring three thousand million, seven hundred and sixty-eight deleted files back

no, but actually making backups of your own files regularly would have made this a nonstarter? Oh "shock horror" doing a quick sync/backup before updating?

Silly idea I know....to confirm your C drive is not a backup location ;) its safer to trust MS not deleting YOUR files?

HTC U12 Life: Notchless, reasonably priced and proper buttons? Oh joy

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Re: Notchless

who views webpages on their phone in portrait?

I certainly dont, landscape mode on my ancient (but awesome) LG G3 (3gb/64Gb) perhaps this is the replacemnent for reasonable money.

suddenly the notch becomes a pain in the arse for landscape browsing full screen no?

Ah, um, let's see. Yup... Fortnite CEO is still mad at Google for revealing security hole early

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maybe i just dont get the point but....

now that we know they are happy to take the 30% hit via apple store, what the F gives with this twat having a beef with google taking a 30% cut in their play store?

The man seems an asshat and full of his own self importance to me, well done Epic youve had a best seller after all these years, Bravo, now stop being a dick.

Foreshadow and Intel SGX software attestation: 'The whole trust model collapses'

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think im going to go work filling shelves in Asda

nothing beats reading up on a stinker of an exploit first thing in the morning :P

Devon County Council techies: WE KNOW IT WASN'T YOU!

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Re: Making wild and passionate love...

lol you remind me of a skype for business message hastily typed on my work iphone to our T2 helpdeskers needing my intervention (im a T4 clown), guy called Mike, Mikey to his mates, bloody iphone n fat fingers changed Mikey to Monkey.............didnt spot it until after send....DOH

Now while im a jock and like a laugh (im abusive to workmates i like and respect), wasnt sure how my stateside brethren would, but he was cool with it....(jesus H thank F, "Hey Monkey, Do this!")

thankfully we are good mates and he saw the ironic funny side to the whole stupid Tiered engineer thing.

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Paris Hilton

ahh that old chestnut.

It never gets old.......if all else fails, blame tech.

Someone forgot to tell her, red squiggles in MS Word does not mean you are clever....... /faceplant

Prank 'Give me a raise!' email nearly lands sysadmin with dismissal

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unlocked machines

We have a rule, if IT find your machine unlocked, be warned!

my fav is always to open start menu, take screenshot with it open and make the default desktop, when the ticket comes in to say my windows start menu is screwed, they are ridiculed then informed its fine, you just crossed the path of local IT.

after 3 strikes its not so funny anymore and becomes an HR issue ;o) we are hard...but fair.

Notes/Domino is alive! Second beta of version 10 is imminent

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Ahh happy days :)

nothing quite like knocking up 21CFR and FDA compliant encrypted Dbs in domino...piece of p155!

jack of all trades!

Windows 10 bundles a briefly vulnerable password manager

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pfft who needs pwd managers

just change all passwords to be "incorrect" then each website tells you what it is when you get it wrong......


Deloitte is a sitting duck: Key systems with RDP open, VPN and proxy 'login details leaked'

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these morons used to try and audit us on IT Security....thick as 2 short planks.

hahahah who would have thought their nickname of "Dolittle" actually referred to their own IT security procedures.

This has made my day!

Downloaded CCleaner lately? Oo, awks... it was stuffed with malware

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Avasts CC Cleaner

Avast became the owners of CC Cleaner when they bought over AVG mate.

User worked with wrong app for two weeks, then complained to IT that data had gone missing

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in our test system on our ERP solution, we simply make the users as made up names, and ensure that live users accounts are denied access to the Test Dbs and subsystems, to counter end user stupidity.

My favourites have to be Test McTesty (mine) and Tony Fitzpatrik and Patrik Fitztony, we also have Errol Flynn & Kenny Adabanjo, got to keep yourself grinning somehow in a test env right? I wanted Pat McGroin but boss thought that was pushing it a bit (boo!)

ofc Ive reused this idea on our local domain, a Mr Test McTesty as my auth AD sys test user.....all good and well until trying to explain to our US owners why.......just no sense of fun those yanks :) they wanted it changed to my normal name but with test added to my surname....doh thats boring!

Missed patch caused Equifax data breach

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running with admin/admin tells you all you need about how much that joke of a company takes data security seriously.

they deserve to be hung drawn and quartered.

Everybody without Android Oreo vulnerable to overlay attack

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Re: "will need updating"

do you have links to the files from LG by any chance mate? I cant find any post August 2016 for my 32Gb European model.

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Re: "will need updating"

Apologies Robert, you are correct,

its LGs fault, not Android itself mate :)

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Re: "will need updating"

AC lol just lol, I have a LG G3 which was a flagship, it received one update in its entire life (to


1) it was an LG flagship

2) its not cheap shite

Last update post 6.0 was dated 2016-08-01 for 1 security fix patch.

Sorry to burst your bubble.

This kind of issue is the biggest flaw in android, the more popular and fragmented it becomes, the bigger the issue.

Stephen King's scary movie reboot provokes tears from 'legit clowns'

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only clown that scares me....

is Amber Rudd.

Och. Scottish Parliament under siege from brute-force cyber attack

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their passwords are easy

they are all following Mhairi Blacks timeless House of Commons quote, they all use, "yir talking shite hen"



McKinnon loses extradition fight

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bye bye Gary! bend over and take it like a man (McKinnon that is!)

I have no pity or feel anything for this bellend.

He knew what he was doing he was a system Admin, to say he was a bumbling amatuer at hacking is complete tosh....I heard a radio interview with this bellend a month or two back and he was actually complaining because of all the publicity he couldnt get another job in IT......err sorry you tool but that wasnt because of all the bad press, no-one could trust you, you twat!

the other reason he gave in the interview was that he was looking for ufo evidence as this "should" be for all worldwide......sorry when did you become Fox mulder McKinnon????? That makes it ALL allright then...........

Hypothetically if someone orchestrated a contract killing from the UK to say a US citizen located in the US at the time of the killing....where would he be trialled.....yup you guessed it US of A, this is not any different, the criminal act of circumventing protection (even if there is none) the PCs without permission is a criminal act and one that a so called "system-admin" would know exactly what he was doing!

He knew exactly what he was doing, was even handed a mickey mouse trial/sentence chance in the US and the chutney ferret turned it down.

Get read for Bubba, Gary, your his little puppy now!

To the posters saying why are we bending over and taking uncle sams beef jerky? Err you ever seen JUST how much £ we owe the US of A for their "help" in WWI and WW2? Think of them like your mean big brother, you know him, the guy who defends you against those little twits at school, then on the way home he demands your Texan bar and tomorrows dinner money cos he "helped" your sorry ass!!

UK to get 60GB Xbox 360 on Friday

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Is it me or....?

Asda online have the premium 120gb with hdmi port for £199 (1 wireless controller etc) (instore also)

and the Arcade for £148

Ill nab a 120 premium before a 60gbr for £200!

DVLA, Tiscali, Barclays rake in phoneline cash

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hows this for an 0871 number rate

We have a 24" chinese made generic tft, it went pop after 3 days. So I get warranty bumf out to call for an RMA. The number listed on the documentation has the following 8GPB/min.....yes £8 a minute!!!!!!

turns out the support contractor is in Holland...but even though £8 a minute!!!

This has to be a record!

thank god for the web page for submitting RMAs is available, downright scandalous companies can charge you for calling regarding THEIR faulty goods!!

Mines the coat with the bottomless pockets......

Freeview lobby cries foul on Ofcom HDTV plans

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Woohoo! HD polished turds

woohoo HD-TV repeats of topgear and friends, I cant wait [/sarcasm]

same VT loops but now in HD

Sparks fly over electric shock dealing Dell laptop

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zippety zapzap

rolled back and installed XP on a number of M-1330s and have had a few little zaps in the process.

end users that get them are gits anyway :P so im saying nothing......

@Sarah Millin

for the M-1530/1330 try the US dell site, after speaking to Dell UK about rolling back I got "its not supported" so I googled it myself.

the only thing to keep in mind is before installing xp do the following:

Disable the cacheram device and change the Sata drive to Base mode.

(the AHCI mode would work if you can find AHCI drivers for the system that work in XP, I gave up.)

Apart from that XP runs a dream on the systems.

Dell US have the HD audio drivers & the 8400GS drivers that work flawlessly in XP. UK dell hadnt a clue! If you cant find the 8400 drivers jot down the name of the device in bios and google it, there are working links!

UK's number one router open to VoIP hijacking

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I read the article and opened Bthome hub manager........to be greeted with entering the serial number of the box and to set a new password.

Is it me or is this awfully co-incidental...........could swear I was in the web ui yesterday or sunday with no prompts like this lol

Bt reports no such flaw and I check firmware to see it updated itself............spooky!

Dell tells customer 'Mac is good option'

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when are they gonna release the i-Rucksack?


Of course there are no viruses, malware or spyware for a MAC as you put it.....why the flip would a Migratory Account Code be liable for viruses.........

An Apple Mac on the other hand DO have worms and malware, they just arnt anywhere near prevelant due to Apples small worlwide market share buddy, mark my words if Mac ever get as big as Windoze, it would have just as many nasties. Think like a Vxz writer or malware muppet....hmm code an exploit for 3% of worldwide share of 97% hmm maximum damage minimum effort.....To think otherwise is a narrow minded and ignorant assumption sir.

The Dell guy should be commended for giving open and unbiased advice to begin with............


take your pick matey


Santa putting children's information at risk, warn experts

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Civil Santa

What do outlaw know...dont they realise Father Christmas is a civil servant thus completely oblivious and exempt from the DPA.

jeesh! :o)

Steve McClaren secures 2007 Foot in Mouth award

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When is known, known and not an uknown, unknown

"The first two make some kind of sense, its on the 3rd one that ol' Rummy goes off with the fairies.

Can anyone give an example of an 'unknown unknown'?"

I would but then it would be a "known unknown" and not an "unknown uknown" would it?

PC superstore refuses to take sack in hand

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PC World Class

An old college mate of mine who completed his HND in IT Support applied for a job with PC World at the local store (he was desperate to get into IT)

They were advertising for a position of service technician back before the "tech guys" when they were "Intel" approved.....??? (Im Dyson approved....holds as much clout)

He wasnt even interviewed due to him being "Overqualified" says it all really.....

Anytime Im passing PCW I like to go in and watch the salesmen/women talk total drivel to the gormless customers who havnt a clue...when they leave the customer to check availability (in reality I think they run off to the back store to say "HAHAHA Look what I have this old duffer sucked into buying!!!") half the time I approach the customer to say btw buddy hes/she is talking total bollocks and try to assist them.....then leg it before they return :o)

I see it as a good turn to the masses of non techies....