* Posts by K

1509 posts • joined 5 Apr 2007

NSA warns that mobile device location services constantly compromise snoops and soldiers


Easy... 2 girls and 1 cu... no wait, 2 cups and a piece of string.

On a serious note, this has been known for years, the ad-tracking is new advice, I also wonder how the tin-foil hat brigade will react now its "official"

Motorola Moto G 5G Plus: It won't blow your mind, but at £300 we're struggling to find much to grumble about


Thats a fairly epic price for this spec...

I just spent £600 on a 5G phone (I wanted the 7.2" screen), I was also getting extremely concerned that most well-spec'd budget phones were Chinese, such as Honor, Xioami etc - So fact Moto can do this, gives me some relief - This will be my wife's next phone!

Lawsuit klaxon: HP, HPE accused of coordinated plan to oust older staff in favor of cheaper, compliant youngsters


Re: I work for the wrong people

"People who get targeted are not the managers favourite"

Amen to this, metaphorically speaking this is the managerial equivalent of the "Night of the long knives".

During the 2008 crisis I saw this in action, the company owner called it "cutting loose the dead wood", and for every individual who was let go, I could give an explicit reason for it:

Person 1 wanted preferential hours as they moved and now had a longer commute, so rather than being in the office 9-5, they wanted 10-3 (As they would "work" on the train)

Person 2 kept arguing with the owner, but tolerated as they were the partner of a key-staffer...

Don't get me wrong, the owner was not an ogre, and the business did get impacted, but the people who rocked the owners boat, were targeted first and foremost.

NHS contact-tracing app is best in the world, says VMware CEO... whose company helped build it


Re: Wear the mask

Don't get me started on the Mask - Fact is, they are are extremely useful and successful at both reducing the the potential for person to transmit it, and for somebody to actually breath it in.

GOV.UK is aware of this, and has been outright lying about their usefulness. Their motivation was clear, they didn't want citizens rushing out and hoarding them, when the available supplies were needed for front-line services.

But rather than treating us as Morons, they should have educated people, been honest, and upfront about prioritisation. Instead, there is now effectively a legal black-market for them, where even chemists are charging £5 for a disposable paper mask!

Dell to unleash hybrid server/storage boxen that can run virtual machines


The power of marketing..

"Your storage can now run VMs locally"

Of what was previously known as, standalone ESXi host with local storage.

Ex-TalkTalk infosec exec's equal pay and unfair dismissal claims tossed out at tribunal


"Previously in charge of a £20m project to roll out fibre-optic"...

I shuddered when I read this. They effectively dropped in a Project Manager, to lead up their SecOps team... that was car-crash just looking a brick wall.

Brit telcos can keep £218m licence fee repayment from Ofcom after penny-pinching regulator loses Court of Appeal case


I'm surprised

I thought they'd have left this as token of appreciation for basically allowing them to reintroduce roaming fees.

Cache me if you can: HDD PC sales collapse in Europe as shoppers say yes siree to SSD


Been a long time coming

Given the crash in SSDs prices. I suspect the reason it has taken this long, was purely due them holding excess stock of rust drives! But I expect this crash will be reversed, as suddenly "Corona virus" becomes the next tech bogey man.

As for HDDs, I've been following the price of these for the past couple of years (I have a couple of NAS boxes, and always looking for the next upgrade) - 4-8TB HDDs are still around the same price they were 5 years ago, we're not seeing the usual price reduction that occurs when new generations and higher capacities become available - call me a pessimist, but I'm begging to suspect price-rigging by HDD vendors.

Cheap as chips? Not for much longer, analysts reckon, after rough year for memory makers


A saying comes to mind

"Make the most of a crisis.."

Virtualization juggernaut VMware hits the CPU turbo button for licensing costs


Re: VMware

Unfortunately staff come with much more overhead than just salary, in addition to the legal and long obligations.

Software and tin on the other hand, is just an OpEx cost, that get written down over X year period...

Guess which the Finance Directors prefer..

Attempts to define international infosec rules of the road bogged down by endless talkshops, warn diplomats


Re: Take control?

That is not enough - We should cut all fibre and satellite links coming into and out of the UK.. In addition, close all UK airports and sea ports. Then we need to nuke China from orbit, its the only way to be sure!

Meanwhile, in the real world...

US govt 'told Germany that Chinese spies bug' Huawei 5G kit. It also told the world Iraq had WMDs ready to deploy...


When it a Chinese company

It's called "Spying" and it's a threat to the western way of life, its evil.

When it's a US company, its called Telemetry and User Tracking, and that's a good thing.

You spoke, we didn't listen: Ubiquiti says UniFi routers will beam performance data back to mothership automatically


Re: "This made the decision for me – switching over to Cisco."

My sentiments exactly... Even if I'm being spied on by a Chinese system, they've little use for my data. Where given how incestuous Western governmental agencies and companies, it's far more invasive and has a direct impact on me personally.

InLinkUK collapse: Ad market, planning woes, £20m debt and drug dealers using booths to blame, say admins


Re: Boo-hoo what a shame

There was a time when marketing was an art form. These days, its all about "clicks" and "impressions".

Well, well, well. Internet-of-Things speaker biz Sonos to continue some software support for legacy kit after all


Re: Drop support, make it open source

That's not the point, they have so far failed to answer:

1) why ruin a perfectly decent working product

2) I'm the last person to shout "What about the environment"... But, what about the environment?

This is a general problem with all IOT devices that require internet connectivity.

Apple: EU can't make us use your stinking common charging standard


Re: Gold plated cables

I got sent an article on a popular audiophiles website the other day, trying to convince its readers to the benefits of spending £1500 on a specialist network cable as it "ensures there is no loss whilst streaming music"... They had dozens of similar articles for HDMI, USB etc...

Photobox ditches Amazon's Redshift, cuddles up to Snowflake


Diched an AWS Service

For another service running on.... AWS Services!

In other news, a hack has taken a press release, regurgitated it, and hey-presto its a published on el-reg.

Come on El-Reg, you are meant to have at least added sarcasm to it!

JavaScript survey: Devs love a bit of React, but Angular and Cordova declining. And you're not alone... a chunk of pros also feel JS is 'overly complex'


Re: Not sure where to go

I had a similar journey story a few years.. Backend developer, stepped out to assist with some servers, when I got home, some bar-steward decided my language of choice needed a dozen new frameworks - So I closed the door and went back to my server racks - I've never looked back.

Here's the thing, I always enjoyed development cause it allowed me to build stuff, it was my "art". But now, its a production line!

Oi, Queenslander who downloaded 26.8TB in June alone – we see you


"We cannot see any content access or information sent over the internet."

This is the biggest load of bullsh*t I've heard from an Network supplier, since ISP's branded Firefox public enemy no1 for DNS over HTTPs...

If its being routed across their network, they have a substantial amount of information, including

1) What URLs are being requested (even with HTTPS requests, you can get the domain from the packet)

2) What DNS requests are being made

3) Source address (or at least the last NAT'ing) and destination

The only time they would not have any information, is if the end-user was tunnelling their traffic via a VPN.

It's Hipp to be square: What happened when SQLite creator met GitHub


Re: product-specific compilers, product-specific SCMs...

You've hit the nail on the head...

I highly recommend an experiment to everyone, install a decent Firewall on your PC that alerts for HTTP calls made by each application. Notice how they all have half-dozen calls to SaaS "data collection" and "Error reporting" systems.

These days, I explicit block...

We strained our eyes with Lenovo's monster monitor: 43.4 inches for price of five 24" screens


Re: Vertical space rules

Agreed this is useless, my 4K porn library deems it so!

Who loves Brexit? Irish distributors ... after their sales jump by a third


Re: @DontFeedTheTrolls


I've got this blank contract here, once written it might say I owe you £1m pounds - would you mind signing it please?

American telcos get 90 days to wrap up deals with, er, dangerous Chinese supplier – that's Huawei the news goes


Re: Spooks

I'll play this game with you - lets looks at the options, their choices are:

A) Take moral stance, and refuse to co-operate

B) Drop panties when Uncle Sam flashes a few billions dollars at them

Now, Go and search for "Jedi Contract"... If you choose anything other than "B", you're incorrect.

The Feds are building an America-wide face surveillance system – and we're going to court to prove it, says ACLU


"including Amazon. Again, the details of those contracts are unknown"

Folks, its fine... Amazons facial recognitions sucks, its gets it wrong 70% of the time...

All we need to worry about, is the false positives i.e. those who are being wrongly identified, wrongly convicted and wrongly sentenced for chromes they did commit.

But look on the bright-side, the A-Team may finally come to fruition.

Computer says no: An expression-analysing AI has been picking out job candidates for Unilever


This will limit their pool of candidates...

I get a dozen calls or messages each week from recruiters, if a role is interesting, I'll engage with them... But my first questions are, what is the working environment, what are they offering, and finally what is the interview process.

Any company that tries to redefine a person as metrics, obviously has not considered the human-element, nobody likes being judged, especially by a "machine". A lot of potential-candidates, especially the best ones who have a lot of options, will just decline and move-on.

Tip for anybody looking for a new role, treat an interview as a 2-way process - They are questioning you too see if you are a good fit, you should be questioning them to see if they are a good fit for you. In addition, it makes you stand-out more.

True story:

I was interviewing for a Head of IT role, it was the 3rd round, and I was interviewing with their Development Director. I asked a question, he got snarky and said "Hold on.. I'm the one doing the interviewing here", and I pleasantly smiled and persisted in asking my questions. I got offered the job, worked their for 15 months - Whenever I worked with him, I could see he hated me as I would never cow-tow or be subordinate to him, but we did develop a mutual respect!

Margin mugs: A bank paid how much for a 2m Ethernet cable? WTF!


Re: Not just business

They're kind of people who will soon be buying Perri-Air, canned fresh air!

The D in Systemd is for Directories: Poettering says his creation will phone /home in future


Re: re: Once desktop processing power became sufficient to crack the encryption

> but never say "Cambs and Oxbridge"

I'll admit, it did make me laugh - but are you an academic by any chance?


Re: re: Once desktop processing power became sufficient to crack the encryption

As the saying goes - Those who can't, Teach!

Its 100% true, my wife works in a scientific field (medicines), she and her colleagues all have PHD's in Maths, in recent years they've had 2 "professors" start, and on-paper they were amazing candidates, but in fact, they cannot seem to think for themselves, have no common-sense, and if there is no "paper on it" then are are clueless!

Malwarebytes back to square one as appeals court rules blocking rival antivirus maker isn't on


Re: How To Be Topp

"You missed out the decades of Mozilla Foundation and Firefox Browser. MSIE was the underdog Browser long before Google entered the wars."

Wrong - Mozilla had a very week foot-hold in Enterprise environment and your average user, who purchased a Windows Laptop and stuck with IE, as its "Got to be the best browser, right?!".

Mozilla was for the Hipsters of the day...


Re: How To Be Topp

" I have yet to see a coherent explanation for why Firefox later lost market share to Chrome"

My guess is, the marketing (Google had it on their landing page) and also, Android.

Time for another cuppa then? Tea-drinkers have better brains, say boffins with even better brains


Re: Nah, that can't be right...

Needs far more - I drink at least 4-5 cups a day, with at least 2 cups of coffee in the mix...

But I can confirm it does work - I'm 70**, look like a 40 year old, work full time, in a highly technical and evolving field (Security), and I'm very active.

(** according to my wife, based upon my desire NOT to socialise..)

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


Re: Where do you draw the line?

This was a fair measure of testing, as physical access is also a core requirement for meeting any compliance and legal obligations.

As for Coalfire, they're a massive organisation you've never heard of, especially in the PCI-DSS world (They are the auditors for AWS).

Phone home: Indie Chromium browser Vivaldi goes mobile


Might not be visible in Play App

If you can't find it in the play store app, Google it, and find the link on the Vivaldi website, which will open it in the Play Store app for you.

Brits are sitting on a time bomb of 40m old electronic devices that ought to be recycled


Its the other way round for me.. My wife would live with her phone for 5 years, but there would be incessant complaints of how slow its, I force her to upgrade to avoid having to be IT Support. I on the other hand, get bored of bricking my phones (constantly rooting them etc) and replace it every 12 months (partially funded through selling on my old one via eBay).

But 40m devices? Has to be more than that, my house alone has at least 15-20 old phones and laptops sitting around..

Pentagon says ethics complaint against JEDI mega-cloud is a non-issue. Its Time Lords say: That is not logical


Re: Seen to be fair

There is your first problem - Big Biz play by different rules to the Civil Service, and its taking advantage of this that makes Public contracts so lucrative to Biz, and they will play dirty to get it.

I see this constantly where my wife works (she is also a Civil Servant), one such project in the UK is create a new medical database, and since they disclosed the monthly-budget to the vendor, the vendor now bills for the maximum amount each month - Never more, never less!

Plot twist: Google's not spying on King's Cross with facial recognition tech, but its landlord is


Re: Memo to Self

You nailed it!

My wife's take: If you've done nothing wrong, you've nothing to hide.

My Take: Exactly who are they selling the data too, and it must be very profitable in order for them to install expensive tech, and risk the wrath of privacy advocates

Science and engineering hit worst as Euroboffins do a little Brexit of their own from British universities


Re: Brexit bollocks

@bombastic bob

Its a short term gain - Pres. D Trump, has basically bullied his way, pissing off a lot of people and countries. Perfect example is blacklisting Huawei, which lets be clear, was done for economical reasons.. Rather than continue investing and licensing US technologies, they'll start investing in developing their own - So long term, it actually back fires.

Its not a model I'd like to see the UK follow, and even if we did, it would not work. As a) we don't have the same economical muscles and b) we're are highly reliant on foreign investment.


Re: Brexit bollocks

I can give you several valid reasons:

1) The areas that voted "YES", will be dis-proportionally affected economically, so they get their due

2) The sh*t spewed by the Right, will finally be disproved

3) Benefits bums will no longer be able to use "bloody foreigners" as an excuse

4) The economy will tank, benefits and gray-heads will be hit (see Point 1)

5) Thanks to 1 and 4, readership of the Daily Mail will tank

6) The conservatives will be ripped apart

7) Boris Johnson will disappear from public life

8) Nigel Farage will cry "Job-done" and migrate to US or Germany

And more of a personal reason, it turns out I have a sadistic streak, I'm actually looking forward to seeing the misery inflicted on those who voted "Yes", and then I'll say with in a condescending voice "You were warned".

Microsoft blocked TSO Host's email IPs from Hotmail, Outlook inboxes and no one seems to care


There will be some under-lying motive here, they probably for to pay for their email "Sender Certification" i.e. pay us X amount, and we'll white list you.

If you don't think its a thing, then your delusion is about to shattered (hint, Hotmail/Outlook is one of their biggest partners): https://returnpath.com/solutions/email-deliverability-optimization/ip-certification/

That's bang out of order: Threesome hookup app 3Fun leaked lovers' data, locations, pix – report


"locations of users in near real time"

Well, that is good isn't it.. How else are we meant to catch those t"hose plenty of fish"?

Cloud computing's no PICNIC*: Yep, biggest security risks down to customer, not provider


The biggest risk is not the applications...

Its the "Cloud Evangelist" morons who preach AWS Security Groups are adequate, and all the value-added security tools such as AWS Guard Duty that are state of the art! ... Ironically, I can name half a common house-hold names with this attitude (all "Tech" companies), and one is very famous FTSE100 company that does exactly this (and their whole platform is based upon it)

Rather than asking the question - Wny would AWS do this? when they earn far more by up-selling services from "Partners", from Splunk, ThreatStack, Palo Alto Networks etc, who each host their warez in AWS, and as service providers, they spend far more with AWS... So its double Peso's for the Bezo's Money Machines (Copyright 2019, K slogans)

Openreach hands out £14m to compensate for broadband outages. Not to you, silly, to your ISP!


Re: "Not to you, silly, to your ISP!"

"AFAIK there haven't been any other than the odd one or two for a few minutes."

Count yourself lucky, I used to have at least one outage a month, and I work from home!

I'm not talking about brief disconnections. This was caused by BT engineers themselves, doing work in the local cabinet and somehow screwing up my ADSL - Then they had the audacity to tell me I'd have to wait 3-4 days for them to fix it.

After the 3rd or 4th time, I got so fed up, I ended up having my phone line upgraded to "business" and then paid for enhanced care, which meant to guaranteed an engineer with in 12 hours.

More recently I've moved to Virgin, where delays are longer than BT, sometimes 7 days... so, I have no choice by to pay for their "HomeWork" package. Which is actually fairly good, it even covers TV (thank god.. the missus would be pissed if I had Internet, but she couldn't watch Holly Oaks)

Our hero returns home £500 richer thanks to senior dev's appalling security hygiene


When my previous long-term employer went TITSUP....

I got kept on by the liquidation administrators... I made more out of them in 3 weeks, than I did normally in 6 months... In addition, they willingly sold me some of the company assets - half a dozen nearly-new Dell Precision laptops (top spec) for £100 each.

Whilst I was grateful for the ludicrous low price, it also disgusted me - I'd been with the company since the start, as the IT Manager, I knew the value of all the assets, and the liquidators were selling them at 10-15% of their actual resell value, even second hand, those Dell Precision laptops were worth > £1000 each.. and this was money that was meant to settle what was due to employees and creditors!

Dear hackers: If you try to pwn a website for phishing, make sure it's not the personal domain of a senior Akamai security researcher


Well... I was expecting something more

I was expecting some Tech-Fu, like loading the requested resource with some explode-able payload..

DRAM, is it cold in here? Semiconductor market expected to shrink 12% in 2019


The fat times are over... yippee

I swear the price of RAM has been rigged for the past several years. When I brought a HP Microserver Gen10 about 18 months ago, the price of 32GB RAM was more than 2x the price I paid for the server (about £370)

Thankfully over the past couple of months, prices have massively dropped, I recently brought SFF PCs for a home project, putting 64GB DDR4 kit in each, for a much more reasonable £250.

Operation Desert Sh!tstorm: Routine test shoots down military's top-secret internets


Re: I'm so glad we kept one!

I've got a vSphere cluster at home (yeah, I that much of a geek), and whilst I've never tested this... The auto-start settings do migrate with a VM, you just need to ensure the Host had auto-start switched on!

But as I said, I've not tested if the VMs actually fire up yet...

It's happening, tech contractors: UK.gov is pushing IR35 off-payroll rules to private sector in Finance Bill


Re: "This measure is expected to impact 170,000 individuals" . . .

Agree with this - I bring in a contractor when I need a specialist, I recruit when I need a generalist..

Usenet file-swapping was acceptable in the '80s – but not so much now: Pirate pair sent down for 66 months


Upvote for being so retro, your vogue.. and a beer for you name!


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