* Posts by steve hayes

19 posts • joined 2 Apr 2008

Do we need Windows patch legislation?

steve hayes

Re: Forced to support forever

One could argue that poor programming which allows these worms access should always be fixed. Before they bring out their next money spinning version they should fix the last!

Europe to push new laws to access encrypted apps data

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As an IT aware person, like many here, I can think of a few ways which could get around any 'interception' of encrypted communications assuming it was done in an organised manner. I am sure there are far better 'brains' than mine that could think up even subtle better ways.

Apart from risky backdoors, it is a fundamental requirement of the security of business and banking that transactions are fully secure. Perhaps the EEC and Trump should seek advice from the 'Ruskies' who seem to have some sort of an advantage on this.

Microsoft quietly emits patch to undo its earlier patch that broke Windows 10 networking

steve hayes

A Guess

In the text it says


To apply this update, you must have Servicing stack update for Windows 10 Version 1607: October 27, 2016 (KB3199986) installed.

Guessing KB3199986 is the bad boy.

Windows 10 Anniversary Update completely borks USB webcams. Yay.

steve hayes

So Glad

I stuck with Windows 7. As time progressed up to the 'Anniversary f**kdate' and beyond, I feel smugger and smugger,

Microsoft compliance police to NHS: We want your money

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Only one word for it


Google Linux servers hit with $5m patent infringement verdict

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Thumb Up


I think I will patent a process I will call 'Eating'.

A person opens their mouth and an object we will call food is inserted by the left or right hand sometimes on a fork. The food is chewed in the jaw and is subsequently swallowed and digested in the stomach.

Once this is filled and approved I guess anyone doing the above mentioned will have to pay me a fee.

Easy money!!! Yippee

Skype's mega-FAIL: exec cops to cause

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Simple Answer

Stop using your customers as Beta testers on 'Release' versions. Get some proper testers with some proper testing schedules.

Google Buzz leaves privacy concerns ringing in ears

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Confirmed - Google does not respect your privacy

If it had any inkling of respect it would not shipped out this spyware ridden release - Spyware because you were opted in without you knowing!

Obviously in Google's eyes : Google Profit > Customer Privacy

ISPA slams Mandy's copyright land grab

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What happened to parliment

I thought we had got rid of the monarchy and had an elected parliament to make lawful decisions.

President Mandleson - unelected at that.

Masked passwords must go

steve hayes

The Obvious

Mask the password but allow the user by a check box to see what they are typing via a simple click. Not so hard!!!!

Facebook sued for Beacon blunder

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They deserve to be made an example of

Anybody, (Including Phorm) that wants to go with this Opt out model concerning privacy should be hung drawn and quartered.

MS preps 12 fixes for August Patch Tuesday

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@By KenBW2

But vary rarely does anything break!

Firefox record breaker sets the date

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Paris Hilton

Firefox 3

Firefox 3 RC2 is fantastic. I will certainly download the final release. Best browser available. Call me a party pooper, but I will wait a day until the download servers are quiet.

Paris, because she is foxy fiery party trouper and knows full well what a final release is.

EU mulls intervention over BT's secret Phorm trials

steve hayes

Remember, who is looking at your data

Check out Phorm's history on the Wiki


Ask yourself. Do you want this organisation profiling your data?

Ofcom asks ISPs nicely to stop mis-selling broadband on speed

steve hayes

I Welcomed the report

But... All I want Ofcom to do now is investigate the illegalities that appear to have gone on by BT and Phorm (121Media) during the older (soon to be renamed) 'WebWise' trials. These also affected customer speeds as well as being an illegal interception.

Gordon Brown claims a Brit invented the iPod

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Paris Hilton

We did invent it!

Clearly ,Gordon Invented we Invented the Ipod, so what's the problem?

Paris because she clearly did not invent it either.

Home Office defends 'dangerously misleading' Phorm thumbs-up

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re: @Eponymous Cowherd

I must admit this point never crossed my mind. Surely this Webwise interception totally undermines also some of the legal advertising business models by Google, MSN and Yahoo to name a few.

Why are they not reacting more noisily? They have a very good UK legal case (watertight?) made out by Dr Richard Clayton and the FIPR who have done all of the hard technical and legal analysis work indirectly for them in their papers. Does Google, I wonder, already know of court action being prepared behind the scenes?

Incidentally, who has the definitive list of OIX partners so that I can ensure that I never do any sort of business with them in any manner or form?

BT and Phorm secretly tracked 18,000 customers in 2006

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Richard Clayton in the BBC headlines again

After visiting Phorm, He says it is still illegal


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I've cracked it

Pardon me if someone else has already spotted this but PHORM is an anagram for MORPH . Same person different 'form'.


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