* Posts by Cardinal

188 publicly visible posts • joined 30 Oct 2007


Unsecured Azure blob exposed 500,000+ highly confidential docs from UK firm's CRM customers


Re: Responsibility


"Like the OP points out, there needs to be some consequences for carelessness".

Ditto for poor spelling, especially where the error is as clear as the noose on your face :-)

Ad-scamming, login-stealing Windows malware is hitting Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Yandex browsers, says Microsoft



Stand back a minute while I give this half-brick a try!

All your jobs are belong to us... Amazon is hiring 75,000 people but if you want US home groceries, tough luck



Reminds me of an American Civil War quote from "The People's Almanac" - True Last Words Section - many years ago.

A Union General leaped onto the trench parapet and walked up and down exhorting his men to yet greater efforts.

"General Sir", called his adjutant - "please get down - the enemy are firing at you!"

"Firing at me are they - Well damn them, let them fire - They couldn't hit a barn door from th___"

"Virus be d.....??? perhaps?

Zoom's end-to-end encryption isn't actually end-to-end at all. Good thing the PM isn't using it for Cabinet calls. Oh, for f...



You mean Dominic 'Kaa' Cummings? - (a.k.a.'Snake-eyes')

BlowJo hasn't even a chance of resisting when 'Kaa' turns those hypno-swirl eyes on him before giving him the orders of the day.

That awful moment when what you thought was a number 1 turned out to be a number 2


People still use cheques in the 21st century?

Of course - viz 'cheques and balances'.

Philippines sends all workers home, outsourced call centres for Acer and telcos suffer degraded service


@Pangasinan Philippines

I saw a TV programme in the UK fairly recently (pre-corona) which followed the actions of a police anti-drug squad in the poorer areas of one or two Philippine cities, though I can't now remember which cities. Might have been just about a particular police chief. What I DID notice however was how very crowded, and with many narrow lanes and alleys, some of those poorer neighbourhoods were.

Strikes me now that if this virus gets loose in those areas, then control of it is going to be VERY difficult indeed.

It presumably will help in times like this that you currently have a President like Duterte with a strong authoritarian bias.

Clouds and silver linings? - Depending on your politics perhaps.

p.s. Must be nice to have full fibre internet - I only have access to full fibre branflakes alas.


Re: A disease for the rich

Sex tourists have probably already had a pretty good chance of rubbing shoulders(?) with (bar) girls in Manilla though and that will have been an additional local risk vector I imagine.

Freedom of Information coverup clerk stung for £2k after deleting council audio recording


Re: Oh, great

I believe FOI is shorthand for 'AFOID answering'.


Re: Million dollar question


Ok - then why shouldn't they BE FORCED TO routinely post recordings of council meetings on their website.

Sound files would keep the size down, but video would be more fun so viewers could play 'spot the brown envelope(s)'.


Re: Million dollar question

Presumably must be the latter. Doesn't take much arse-ishness to attach a sound file to an email after all.

In the interests of open and transparent government, why shouldn't they routinely post recordings of council meetings on their website anyway - then no need for an FOI request?

Or is that too much of an arsk as well?

London's top cop dismisses 'highly inaccurate or ill informed' facial-recognition critics, possibly ironically


Re: How do we combat this?

@Hairy Scary

"Mr Farmer, who is registered blind and has suffered two strokes, said he had thought he was being attacked by thugs."


Well of course LOTS of crims put on shades and tap their way along the street using a white painted samurai sword.

Easy mistake to make ...innit...

Could have been right about the thugs though....

Shipping is so insecure we could have driven off in an oil rig, says Pen Test Partners


Re: That's not unreasonable

Well, you could have an evildoers launch getting pretty close to a loaded tanker, in, for example, the Straits of Hormuz. Lots of places around the world where sea room is rather confined and traffic is heavy, including the English Channel, the Bosphorus, Suez and Panama Canals, not to mention navigable rivers like the Elbe, Weser, Rhine, Mississippi etc.

How about a drone?


Yahoo! hack! payout! nearly! approved! and! the! question! is! how! to! spend! 60! cents!?


Anyone know why Israelis, and only Israelis, are included in American class action suits?

Shouldn't Uber freeze app accounts to prevent spread of coronavirus by drivers and fares? Oh, OK, it already is


Re: Plane quarantine

I remember back in the day, that prior to landing in Oz (or before disembarking), stewardesses holding an aerosol can in each hand would march down the plane aisles from fore to aft spraying above the heads of the seated passengers. Can't remember why (probably to protect agriculture), but wonder if there may be something similar planned for possible Corona laden cabin air before the doors are opened?

You definitely felt like a pretty unwelcome plague carrier anyway as the clouds of whateveritwas fell silently upon you as you tried to hold your breath.

Exploring AWS CodeGuru: New automated code review has smart features – but Java-only


AWS's automated "code review and profiling" tool

Could be a possible banana skin acronym in there somewhere?

Put the crypt into cryptocoin: Amid grave concerns, lawyers to literally dig into exchange exec who died owing $190m


"WHAT THE ****!!!!"

Meanwhile, in a middle-priced room in a mid-level hotel in Middlesborough UK, an average looking man of middling years, with some recent minor facial scarring, coughs his breakfast cereal all over the bed as he opens up 'El Reg' for his usual morning read!

OpenBSD bugs, Microsoft's bad update, a new Nork hacking crew, and more


Re: Weinberg’s Law applies

"it seems that the end of the world is neigh."

So THAT'S why all the long faces eh?

Concerns raised over privacy and security of UK Home Office's £842m biometrics programme


@ GnuTzu

"how the hell is anyone going to keep it from being abused"


We could try remaining in the EU?

The way things are going I would much rather trust THEM with protecting their/our citizens rights than I would the government of the UK (or any other English speaking nation) these days.

As halfwit, would-be dictator buried by UK judges, Spain would like to dig up a very real one


Re: What would Chevy Chase say?


Excellent link. That bit about "shouting the news as Chase read it.", had me chuckling for quite a while.

From pen-test to penitentiary: Infosec duo cuffed after physically breaking into courthouse during IT security assessment


Re: Forced Entry? Break-In?


"a locked door that just needed a jiggle to bypass"

Is that you Raffles?

Apple's making some announcements! Quick, lay off 435 Uber workers


In related news, Uber puts on a growth spurt as it increases by 435 surly new drivers.

Apple is a filthy AWS, Azure, Google reseller, gripe punters: iPhone giant accused of hiding iCloud's real backend


T.I.T. Security

But if you store your gold-pressed latinum (data) in Credit Suisse (or similar bank vaults) rather than, e.g. 'T.I.T. Security' (Trotter's Independent Traders), then you can surely, and legally, expect that your bars of latinum are indeed being stored in their very highly secure vault system, rather than being passed to Del-Boy Trotter and stored under a carpet in his garden shed?

That is obviously why you go to Credit Suisse in the first place.

You place it with them due to their name, and under the natural (and implied) assumption that THEY will physically store it.

You don't expect, or require, that they have to list all of the myriad places where they will NOT store your latinum/data.

The Eldritch Horror of Date Formatting is visited upon Tesco


@mark l 2

"Give it a visual and smell check first to see if there is any signs of it going bad."

And they try to tell you that colds aren't fatal eh?


Re: The US military has made use of [ordinal dates]...

"Remember guys, you can date the Cardinals,"

It's a bloody lie!!!

Remember that crypto-exchange boss who mysteriously died after his customers' coins disappeared? Of course he totally stole them


Fear not!

Don't worry, Ernst & Young will dig up all the dirt on Cotten.

Oh wait! - You said he was cremated?


i dont know what a Panzi scheme is


It's a limp-wristed Ponzi scheme.

UK taxman falls foul of GDPR, agrees to wipe 5 million voice recordings used to make biometric IDs


Re: My voice is my passport

Yesh, thish shertainly ish the real Jamesh Bond shpeaking Mish Moneypenny! Are you taking the pish?

NASA 'nauts do what flagship smartphone fans can only dream of: Change the batteries


Re: Phones with replaceable batteries

"and is now loosing"

Misspelled but oddly apt. Serendipity eh?

That's Numberwang! Google Cloud staffer breaks record for most accurate Pi calculation


Re: Pi day


"The vast, vast majority of the world uses day-month-year. Only America uses month-day-year."


And neither are correct according to the ISO.



OOPS! - Hadn't read down to BlartVersenwaldIII's comment when I posted my answer.

Northern UK smart meter rollout is too slow, snarls MPs' committee


Re: Abort Abort Abort!


Lets just leave Brexit out of it eh?

Guess who's working on a health data-slurping digital tool? Bzzt! Nope, it's the UK Department for Work and Pensions


Re: NHS Data

"so how are DWP going to slurp it automagicly?"

By slurping EVERYTHING automatically of course. EVENTUALLY! - (aka, Slowly but Surely)

Pokemon No! Good news: You can now ban the virtual pests, er, pets to stop nerds wandering around your property


Re: No problem

(Has Bob changed his name or are there two shouty idiots on here?)

The style does seem familiar doesn't it?


Re: No problem

He's perhaps also some kind of right-wing pseudo-Christian as well? Or calls himself a Christian at any rate.

Probably expects the Pearly Gates to be draped with placards :





French data watchdog dishes out largest GDPR fine yet: Google ordered to hand over €50m


Re: When will this hit Apple?




Re: Switch to duckduckgo.com

Or use Startpage.com which anonymizes you before submitting the search to Google.

Its sister lxquick.com queries multiple sites.


Re: When will this hit Apple?

Well, now we've seen Blackberry Crumble, we need to replace it with Apple Turnover eh?

Ecuador says 'yes' to Assange 'freedom' deal, but Julian says 'nyet'



"Some of us, however, have a more balanced view."


About Assange? - On these pages?


You forgot the 'Joke' icon.


Re: Is there money involved, and where does it come from/go to?

@Bruce Ordway

"I'd like to live in an embassy too"

I believe the Saudi embassy is very nice at this time of the year?


Double down?

@Jamie Jones

Seems pretty basic to me that if you double something then you increase it or raise it UP, viz the English expression "doubling up"

"Double down" makes no sense IMO and only seems to have appeared recently. Presumably it's an Americanism that's trying to ooze its way in over here.

It should be placed in the 'Rejected' bin, along with 'Gotten', 'Nite Club', 'Donut', etc. - oh, and 'Herb', when pronounced (in English) without the 'H' .

'arry 'oudini sat in the 'erb garden - Yes or No?

(Cockneys kindly ignore)

In Windows 10 Update land, nobody can hear you scream


Re: The Hunt for Bug October

"Excessively thrilling. Will make you loose your files!"

And then perhaps your bowels?

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


"You know it's serious government business from the number of acronyms involved."


wdwwt? - NOW!

Big Baboon ain't gibbon up: SAP, HP accused of aping software squirt's e-commerce patent


"Big Baboon ain't gibbon up"


Ailing ZX Spectrum reboot firm kicks crisis meeting into long grass


Re: You win some and loose some


Oh no you don't!

You win some and LOSE some!

RoboCop-ter: Boffins build drone to pinpoint brutal thugs in crowds


Re: Comments from the Author

@Pascal Monett

"Any idea what the accuracy is at an altitude of 50 meters over a packed football stadium ?"

I think the authorities would probably drop the drone idea when the winning Cup Final goal was scored in the last minute of extra time - and the hovering armed drone slaughtered the whole crowd .

You blithering Ajit! Huawei burns Pai for FCC sh*tlist proposal


@Chris G

"Pai must be getting a good slice of corporate pie when he finishes his current job."


Post-Facebook fallout: Americans envy Europeans' privacy – top EU data watchdog


Camelot and Google - Arise Sir Spyalot - (Here's the keys to the Kingdom!)

Trying to get used to the new NoScript layout, I've noticed that I CANNOT now access my National Lottery account without enabling a jscript open gate for google.com and gstatic.com. (Portcullis up, Drawbridge and Pants down!)

Will this be permitted under GDPR?

Under the old NoScript I had all scripts forbidden except those I specifically allowed, but had never noticed Google asking to peer over my shoulder. My eyesight's not the best these days though..

IT plonker stuffed 'destructive' logic bomb into US Army servers in contract revenge attack


'A Grave Miscarriage of Justice'

"Have you read 'The Times' this morning Holmes? That Das fellow in America seems to be getting his comeuppance for this army payroll thing eh?"

"On the contrary Watson - the man is completely innocent, and a grave miscarriage of justice is afoot. Call a cab - we must get to the American Embassy immediately!"

"Nonsense Holmes - look at this paragraph and just see the damage he has done!"

<Prosecutors described Das's program as "progressively destructive," adding: "The damage had to be corrected through removal of the malicious code, restoration of all information and features, and a thorough review of the entire system to locate any further malicious code,>

"Damage has indeed been done Watson - but not by Das - for observe, - the crime took place on THE SECOND TUESDAY OF THE MONTH!"

Drive-thru drive-by at McDs after ice cream no-show, say cops


Then fix it......

I believe that Mr Henry's lawyer is going to plead in mitigation that not only had dear Henry been much vexed by the lack of the eagerly anticipated ice cream, but had, just prior to this incident, had an angry and prolonged exchange with his wife, Eliza, about the unexpected discovery of a hole in the bucket in which he had intended to transport the aforesaid ice cream.