* Posts by Argus Tuft

112 publicly visible posts • joined 24 Jan 2008


In a time before calculators, going the extra mile at work sometimes didn't add up

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Re: The d in £sd

that’s more than he makes in a month

This is AUKUS for China – US, UK, Australia reveal defence tech-sharing pact

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first boat name

I’d vote for HMAS Winnie the Pooh in recognition of the prime driver behind it.

just hope they don’t do another Tiger helicopter program - waste years and $ and then wind up ordering off-the-shelf Apache’s to replace them..

What could be worse than killing a golden goose? Killing someone else's golden goose

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Re: One place I workded...

very common to have routers with 4G mobile SIM’s for backup. quite regularly customer accountants will suspend and then cancel all the no-usage services ‘to see who complains’. no one does until the fixed connection finally goes down...

IT blunder permanently erases 145,000 users' personal chats in KPMG's Microsoft Teams deployment – memo

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there’s always a backup

just ask the NSA for a copy..

TomTom bill bomb: Why am I being charged for infotainment? I sold my car last year, rages Reg reader

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Re: sad

and i rest my case....

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the number of commentards on here who can’t bother to read the article or the extra details in the comments before having to spout to the world how smart they are is feked.

the drop in average IQ of the Reg comments over the last 10 years or so is so sad.

OP i feel for your frustration. It’s getting like reading 12yo’s arguing on reddit.

The Great British anti-5G fruitcake Bakeoff: Group hugs, no guns, and David Icke

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Re: The higher the frequency, the greater the energy

Unless it's different over there, microwave ovens down south run in the 2.4G unlicenced band - ie the same as the WiFi in the laptop you're probably typing on.... and not many 5G handsets emit 1000W ;)

Microsoft explains self-serve Power platform's bypassing of Office 365 admins to cries of 'are you completely insane?'

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Re: Employees buying software for their company?

don’t see the point of the downvotes either. where I work most professionals have a company card, and are trusted to not be stupid with it. I could in theory buy $20k of beer & pizza one night but I don’t- because, you know, ‘professional’....

we’re not all waiting to burst free and run up bills for software just because we can.. somewhat like the mobile AppStore where we have a curated company one with supported apps (if you can call hour long waits for an offshore IT hell-desk before being hung up on so some IT pleb can make its ticket closed quota ‘support’), and the public Apple one where you can purchase but no support beyond internal self-help forums (which is usually more efficient than IT anyway). Desktops will go the same way to an extent. this is the early stage of that.

Apple will throw forensics cops off the iPhone Lightning port every hour

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Re: Aiding and Abetting

No problem with them doing that so long as the same logic applies to the exec's of, say, Colt, Browning etc. Hell even Ford (for the getaway car), and Yale (for the locks on their safe house)

For some reason, IT seems to have a higher standard-of-responsibility for end user actions.

WannaCry kill-switch hero Marcus Hutchins collared by FBI on way home from DEF CON

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Re: Good info.

I know that's the normal expression, but I always thought it was "innocent UNLESS proven guilty"

'Until' kind of has a presumption of guilt... (you're guilty dang it and we're going to hang you just as soon as we can)

Liberal Party of Australia: why are you paying so much for ancient software?

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Dodgy is as Dodgy does..

one point that is missed above - the 'product' isn't the issue, even whether it works or not.

The software company in question 'Parakeelia' is owned/run by a political party*, who then pay (taxpayer supplied) funds into it, and receive very large 'donations' back.

Basically just a money laundering operation.

Any money spent on actually improving the product would reduce the slush fund for 'donations'.

*Parakeelia is registered to the same inner-Canberra office building as the Liberals. The company's directors include the Liberal Party's federal director and president. It is registered with authorities as being associated with the party.

We tried using Windows 10 for real work and ... oh, the horror

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but will it have Clippy?

i still the miss the little guy... kind of like the puppy that's always under your feet. Annoying but cute.

iiNet says metadata retention means a great big tax on everything

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ultimate hacker party!

small correction :- ".. creating a risk of information and identity theft in the [inevitable] event that storage of the data is [repeatedly] breached" .

And what happens when an ISP goes to the wall - who gets to hold the data they're storing?

Australian government apps access smartmobe cams but 'don't film you'

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"The department does not use or keep personal information stored on customers' phones for departmental purposes."

no - it just passes it all onto the DSD (or ASD as they want to be called now to sound fluffy-bunnier)

Staffs Police face data protection probe over 'drink drivers named' Twitter campaign

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dangerous slope...

I remember when they first introduced random drug tests to go with the random breath tests here.

Media circus arranged by police for the first use of the new booze/drug bus - cameras filming the first guy (a professional truck driver) who tested positive on the preliminary test, his identify splashed across all the TV channels. Reputation ruined. His wife and children in tears. Police and pollies bleating about how despicable this family man must be to drive with drugs in his system.

What a pity that the follow up lab tests showed 100% clear - and the preliminary test was faulty.

Bit late by then though...

Look out, fanbois! EVIL charger will inject FILTH into your iPHONE

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i miss my nokia 6310i

usb? Bah!

(was it really only 10 years ago?)

Microsoft, Adobe, wilt during Australian price gouge grilling

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good for the soul..

Everytime I read about how the corporates gleefully rob us blind 'legally' - I feel a little less conflicted about downloading an (ahem) 'Linux Distro' from Bittorrent.....

Telstra shed fried in fire

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not just pussys

they also have COW's (Cell on Wheels) - a mobile cell station for additional mobile capacity at events, or to cover for disasters/damage like this.

Video shows armed assault on Kim Dotcom family home

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what surprised me

was the number of stairs up to the 'red room'. Looking at DotCom i'd have expected an escalator...

Amount of CO2 being sucked away by Earth 'has doubled in 50 years'

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Why worry?

Some mad b*st*rd with a nuke is going to blow us all to hell before any of this matters anyway.....

so i'm using my share while it lasts :)

AAPT confirms attack, through Melbourne IT

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what's this about 'old files'?

Isn't the point to show that the data is going to be kept for years, so will all be 'old files' tucked away on dusty servers in compliance with government orders - just a big juicy target...

And of course beyond the hacking aspect, they surely won't be subject to the same sort of 'browsing' that existing govt databases suffer - no nosy official is ever going to look up the browsing habits of their daughter's new boyfriend are they.....

GM to slash vast outsourced IT empire

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loop counter ?

step 1. Save money on IT by outsourcing (& pocket management bonus)

step 2. Save money on IT by bringing back inhouse (& pocket management bonus)

step 3. Repeat steps 1 & 2 until costs approach zero. (& buy bigger yacht)

'Apple is corrupting App Store downloads', warn angry devs

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never thought i'd say this,

but don't blame Apple.

It's those nasty types at the NSA inserting their own little bit of 'monitoring' code into every download....

US military gives NASA two better-than-Hubble telescopes

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Re: Focus ?

"A military telescope is meant to look down at Earth

Says who?"

indeed - maybe they are up there to keep watch for the approaching Vogons?

Boffins develop nanoscale vacuum tube running at .46 THz

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ahhh memories...

6146B's happily warming the room- - back when there was still some magic in talking to someone on the other side of the world, and international phone calls upped your mortgage...

then came computers... sigh....

Top Italian OPERA boffin steps down after faster-than-light mistake

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This is how science works..

"perfect scientific integrity in opening their measurement to broad scrutiny, and inviting independent measurements," he said. "This is how science works."

--- unless it's about Global Warming ofcourse....

Sweden rolls out invisible infrared tank

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battlefield hacking

according to the swedish article linked by Jake Rialto 1;

"In order to be able to be controlled as pixels in a TV, they sit together in an electronic network, where each one has its own IP number."

so now you just need to hack the tanks' LAN and turn it bright fluro pink :)

Nepalese gov to nail Everest's bigness in row with China

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why don't the Chinese

simply employ a couple of their billions of peasants to build a new mountain just inside the border that's just a little bit higher? and stick a nyah-nyah flag on top... [penguin because they like snow]

English, Welsh cops get mobile fingerprint-check tech

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re: The scanner are...

"i wants one though to play with, link it to the beer fridge to deny access to the wife & kids"

that can't work - how's she going to fetch you a fresh one while you're safely ensconced in front of the telly?

New top-secret stealth choppers used on bin Laden raid

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re: not just on missions

The aussie SAS crash (1996) was due to two Blackhawks clipping during a live-fire night training exercise. Terrible tragedy with 18 fatalities, but not mechanical failure. Survivng crew actually credited the construction of the blackhawk for getting out of the crash alive.

BBC engineers see PLT knocking out DAB

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how long...

before Google cars start hoovering up the leaky data?

'Self-incriminators' may be forced to tell the court what they know

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so if i bash a granny over the head with an iron bar that's OK and I can refuse to testify, but if I photocopy a page out of a book I'm such a threat that this right must be forgone??

sick sick world we're creating I'm afraid..... corporate profits must be protected. people can just be bred to meet demand...

Council loses USB of patient records

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@ Matt Hawkins

the 'lock down all ports' comments were being made in a generic fashion relating to all users. That is simply not realistic. Even councils do need to pass data to people in unencrypted formats - tender documents to vendors etc.

Yes this person should NOT have copied the data. No question. The solution though is not a knee-jerk 'lock down all ports on all machines for everyone' - but to look at why they worked around what was in place and make the process fit in a way that they can use (and is simpler to follow than to avoid).

eg app that recognises the confidentiality level of the data and will only write it to appropriate media: unrestricted to clear usb, confidential to encrypted, secret blocked... - but that is dependant on useable rating system beyond the control of the user (or everything becomes unrestricted...).

Sooo many of us loose sight of the fact that ultimately IT systems are not an end in themselves - they are only there to support the business process. The modern version of paper shufflers who see their forms as being more important than the process that the forms are meant to assist..

If the systems are not supporting that business process (rather than being a process themselves) then they need work.

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@ It's the process, stupid, not the policy.

spot on. Make it simple and it will be part of the work flow. Make it complex (for the basic user) and it won't.

Simple for an IT worker is NOT simple for a middle aged clerk who uses PC's simply because they have to - not as a way of life... "just mount in Truecrypt" would leave 80% of users glassy eyed...

So many posts here say "just lock down the USB ports". Those posters need to get out of their ivory data centres and into the real world where people do actually need to give data to others (eg customers) on unencrypted USB's.

If the average user isn't doing what we them to -- it is OUR fault - not theirs, because OUR systems don't fit the real world work flow.

Flash drives dangerously hard to purge of sensitive data

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does this mean the russian mafia could spend thousands to extract the spreadsheet of my shopping expenses for the last month...?

my life is sooo boring I'd welcome the attention.

(pps - hydrofluoric acid - just don't get it on you...)

Texting teenager plunges to his death

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couple of facts

The building regs here are that if there is more than a 1m drop off the edge of a deck etc, you need a barrier 1m high

That's fine for a verandah, but when it's 8 stories in the air (like this was), then a 1m barrier is too low. Some carparks have wire mesh above the concrete car-barriers to prevent this sort of accident (which is what it was) - but not many.

The ridiculous part is the barriers around any sort of pool have to be 1.2m high, but a safety barrier to stop a 100m drop is only 1m...

Mexican woman gets litigious on Top Gear's ass

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@ Dagg

gotta correct that one - everyone knows it's New Zealanders who like wooly overcoats.

Aussies are the ones who suck at cricket.

Sat-spotters find secret payload launched by giant US rocket

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reminds me of..

Romanes Eunt Domus

now write it out 100 times....

Gov gone wild: Mad new pub glasses, bread freedom introduced

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Paris Hilton

the only reason you lot like warm beer

is to stop it freezing in winter...

[wot - no sunny beach icon? Have to make do with Paris as she knows all about schooners]

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the only reason you lot like warm beer

is to stop it freezing in winter...

[wot - no beach icon?]

Car immobilisers easily circumvented by crafty carjackers

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sounds like a job for....

Trunk Monkey


US Navy achieves '100 mile' hypersonic railgun test shot

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but what happens

if the ship reaches 88 mph?

Oz bank meltdown due to file corruption cock-up

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the ones to be chopped

should the "C-level" ones who control the budgets for backup systems, and offshoring. Not the staff who have to work with what they've got.

(said by someone who hates our own IT group with a passion...)

Ofcom slaps down ham botherer

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(+ some random letters to get past the bot)

Las Vegas death ray roasts hotel guests

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Call in Mr Burns

Wasn't there an episode of The Simpsons where Monty Burns blocked out the sun with a giant umbrella?

Just get one of those hanging from hovering airships during daylight hours.

Nigerian perv scanners lay Lagos ladies bare

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only problem is

most of the men I know who are anything to do with airlines would be safer monitoring the womens queue....

ASA: You can't say 'f**k'

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this f**ckin f**k counter

is completely f**cken f**cked...


Google experimenting with spy drones, says German maker

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shooting air rifles might be illegal

(at least they are in Oz), but paintball guns.......

Feds admit storing pervscanner pics

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won't someone think of the children

wonder how many tour groups of school kids have gone through that court?