* Posts by Chris Hills

147 posts • joined 17 Jul 2008


University of Cambridge to decommission its homegrown email service Hermes in favour of Microsoft Exchange Online

Chris Hills

If only

If only there was some kind of institution that could teach people how to operate computer systems. Ah well.

Microsoft wants to show enterprises that Edge means business, rather than the thing you use to download Chrome

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Wrong foot

If they want that, then they really made a mistake by forgetting what happened in the 90's when they lost a big anti-trust for abusing their position to disadvantage Netscape. They should have offered it as an optional download, but instead they have forcibly installed it on every computer they can, which in my books make it malware.

GCHQ's cyber arm report on Huawei said to be burning hole through UK.gov desks

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Black Helicopters

If only

If only we had some sort of committee that could be convened to handle matters like this.. an Intelligence and Security Committee if you will.

One map to rule them all: UK's Ordnance Survey rolls out its Data Hub and the juicy API goodness that lies therein

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Re: Could this become the official UK postcode and address database?

It is unsuitable for addresses as it does not work with vertical addresses (such as in a block of flats).

Here's a headline we never thought we'd write 20 years ago: Microsoft readies antivirus for Linux, Android

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It was likely quite easy to port to Linux, and they realized there is plenty of data they could slurp up as a result.

ServiceNow slammed for 'tone deaf' letter telling customers contracts can't be tweaked as COVID-19 batters businesses

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Re: We use Service Now where I work...

I think it is like SAP, it is a brilliant product if you do things their way, but if you drift too far into customization, you would have been better creating something bespoke.

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Are you telling me

Your company legal team did not read the fine print?

UK council dodges £100k hosting bill, opts for £6.5 million ERP migration

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A new one will not help

I have seen it time and time again, companies changing back and forth between systems over time. If only they maintained the system they had properly, they would not need to keep procuring a new one. Whilst in this case they claim the cost is the reason, I expect the cost is down to all the bodges they have put in place rather than having competent people working on it who understand the data and processes properly. Switching your ERP is a massive undertaking, costly and prone to unforeseen problems. If they actually save any money over the first 10 years I will eat my hat.

The software bots are coming, the software bots are coming: Microsoft swallows UK automation minnow while dreaming of low-code apps

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RPA is a scam

Software on top of other software is a recipe for disaster. Instead of using RPA you should fix the underlying software.

Podcast Addict banned from Google Play Store because heaven forbid app somehow references COVID-19

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Re: Well there's the problem

If the target was in the UK then it is probably breaking some law. It would have been fun to prosecute Google for computer misuse.

'Non-commercial use only'? Oopsie. You can't get much more commercial than a huge digital billboard over Piccadilly

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Reminds me

I was once in a meeting where a paid consultant was presenting some rubbish Excel spreadsheet they made and was later ditched, and at the top of their screen - "Non-Commercial User".

We're number two! Microsoft's Edge browser slips past Firefox in latest set of NetMarketShare figures

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Oh really...

Would it really be number 2 if users had to consciously download and install it themselves rather than having it forced upon them? It seems like antitrust all over again.

Cisco rations VPNs for staff as strain of 100,000+ home workers hits its network

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Follow the moon

Sounds like an opportunity for a new product, anycasted vpn endpoints.

ISP Monkeybrains cries foul over coronavirus fees after requesting more bandwidth. Zayo says it was all a mistake

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The ideals of the powerful are socialism for the rich, capitalism for the poor.

Line-of-business folk will have bigger role in growing robotic process automation revolution

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RPA is a sham

Robotic process automation is not necessary if you put in place the right systems to start with. Unfortunately we are simply not training our population well enough and the clowns are running the show, so people have to resort to hacks like RPA to do their jobs.

FYI: When Virgin Media said it leaked 'limited contact info', it meant p0rno filter requests, IP addresses, IMEIs as well as names, addresses and more

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Join the class litigation

If you got an email from Virgin Media, Irgvings Law are setting up a class action. https://www.irvingslaw.com/gdpr-data-breach/

Our 'solution is killing us in a number of areas' IBM said about doomed £175m Co-Op Insurance project

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Re: Oh look, another failed megaproject

It is a shame they were allowed to buy the successful Red Hat company. I hope they do not destroy it like Microsoft did Nokia.

It's Terpin time: Bloke who was SIM jacked twice by Bitcoin thieves gets green light to sue telco for millions

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Telegram allows you to set a password for your account so it is not quite as trivial as just getting access to your phone number.

What do a Lenovo touch pad, an HP camera and Dell Wi-Fi have in common? They'll swallow any old firmware, legit or saddled with malware

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So what?

I own the device, I should be able to flash my own firmware onto it. At the very least, the manufacturer should be required to provide the signing certificate upon request, but this needs a change in the law. Prohibiting consumers to flash new software encourages planned obsolescence and waste, which is bad for the environment.

Post Office faces potential criminal probe over Fujitsu IT system's accounting failures

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Re: IT - we have heard of it

I wish my industry would standardise on using UPRN for referencing properties. It would make many things more efficient and accurate.

Former Autonomy boss Mike Lynch 'submits himself' for arrest in central London

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Fair Trade

Mike Lynch for Anne Sacoolas.

Microsoft's on Edge and you could be, too: Chromium-based browser exits beta – with teething problems

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Let us not forget

Chromium traces its roots to KHTML which is free software built by the KDE community, which Edge now shares.

Problems at Oracle's DynDNS: Domain registration customers transferred at short notice, nameserver records changed

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Re: Why is Oracle still a company?

Oracle is a law firm with a software business on the side.

The Six Million Dollar Scam: London cops probe Travelex cyber-ransacking amid reports of £m ransomware demand, wide-open VPN server holes

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Head in the sand again

They were told of the insecure Pulse VPN servers and ignored the warning. But I'm sure the execs will get off scot-free.

Cloudflare buys browser isolation biz S2 Systems in bid to realize Sun's network computing vision at long last

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I use XPRA (xpra.org) to run linux apps, including browsers, from a web browser (e.g. behing a restrictive proxy).

What's that? Encryption's OK now? UK politicos Brexit from Whatsapp to Signal

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No, silly

It's one rule for them and one rule for us!

Jet2 hacker who deleted every account on UK company's domain cops 5 months in jail

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It sounds like the company were negligent in not using two-factor authentication for privileged accounts, as well as allowing interactive sessions for service accounts.

Where's our data, Google? Chrome 79 update 'a catastrophe' for Android devs with WebView apps

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Carl Sagan seems apt here

"If you wish to make an apple pie, first you must create the universe."

If you do not build every component yourself and instead mix in unknown 3rd party elements, your system will surely have undefined behavior.

Another senior Gov.UK bod makes a dash from public sector, falls into AWS's arms

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ACOBA is a waste of space

See almost every edition of Private Eye.

123-Reg is at it again: Registrar charges chap for domains he didn’t order – and didn't want

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Re: Credit card

Is it possible to do that on an expired card?

Internet world despairs as non-profit .org sold for $$$$ to private equity firm, price caps axed

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Re: Is it just me?

I strongly agree that the internet is on the verge of being lost to corporate and state interests. It is no longer a useful tool for people.

Royal Bank of Scotland IT contractor ban sparks murmurs of legal action

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IT Angle

They are getting rid of them, then offering them a job on new terms. If they don't like it, go get a contract elsewhere.

Chrome devs tell world that DNS over HTTPS won't open the floodgates of hell

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Optional... for now

When it reaches critical mass and websites start breaking without it, Google will inevitably make DoH mandatory.

Tesco parking app hauled offline after exposing 10s of millions of Automatic Number Plate Recognition images

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Re: RFID tags instead of pictures.

What happens when every car park uses its own system, am I supposed to glue 5 different tags to my windscreen?

Microsoft to improve Azure networking with private links to multi-tenant services

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Update to IPv6 already

Then you can use good old fashioned routers and firewalls to connect hosts to each other.

Oops, wait, yeah, we did hand over photos for King's Cross facial-recog CCTV, cops admit

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The remedy

Everyone whose photo was handed over should be offered plastic surgery to have a different face.

GIMP open source image editor forked to fix 'problematic' name

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I always thought

GIMP would have been a better name for a LaTeX editor.

Fancy a career exposing cloud data leaks? Great news, companies are still largely clueless

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Blind leading the blind

Managers get shifted around and they are suddenly experts by virtue of their position. Many companies have a culture of wilful ignorance and shooting the messenger.

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

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What I do not understand is...

Why do Microsoft's customers not get a choice of what to block? Surey they could let the messages be delivered into their junk folder instead of blocking them outright. This is a denial of service attack on their customers.

Microsoft hikes cost of licensing its software on rival public clouds, introduces Azure 'Dedicated' Hosts

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Good for Linux and alternatives

All the more reason to migrate to non-Microsoft platforms like SUSE, Red Hat and Ubuntu. It is only a matter of time before Microsoft pushes its own Linux distribution.

Get ready for a literal waiting list for European IPv4 addresses. And no jumping the line

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Re: Meanwhile...

Just disappointed that they still have not when they have reported on it many times in the past.

Firefox Preview for Android: Mozilla has another go at a mobile browser

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Thank you Mozilla!

Even though it is only a preview, it is already my default browser on Android now. It is great to have an alternative that is not backed by a for-profit company and actually has the users' interests at heart.

UK's internet registry prepares a £100m windfall for its board members – and everyone else will pay for it

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Please find out

Who can we complain to about this? Is there an independent body?

Google relents slightly in ad-blocker crackdown – for paid-up enterprise Chrome users, everyone else not so much

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This is a massive f*** you

This is a massive f*** you to all the people who have contributed to all the open source projects that makes up Chrome. It began with KHTML, then WebKit, now Blink. I am not surprised because Google is all about the money. I am glad I made the switch back to Firefox.

UK's planned Espionage Act will crack down on Snowden-style Brit whistleblowers, suspected backdoored gear (cough, Huawei)

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In bed with the Saudis and Chinese

Democracy falls further down the slippery slope.

Buying a second-hand hard drive on eBay? You've got a 'one in two' chance of finding personal info still on it

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In my experience

You have a 3 in 4 chance the seller doesn't package it properly and it gets damaged in transit, or when in falls to the floor through the letterbox.

Hold horror stories: Chief, we've got a f*cking idiot on line 1. Oh, you heard all that

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Re: Careful of what you write

Back in the day we used RMS Service Desk. There were two notes fields, one for the customer to view, and one for the technicians.

Wow, fancy that. Web ad giant Google to block ad-blockers in Chrome. For safety, apparently

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Re: Google are crafty

TLS v1.3 will render these middle boxes useless.

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Re: Own DNS server?

This is why they are pushing DNS-over-HTTPS. When the application does its own dns lookups, you lose the facility to block using your own DNS server or hosts file.

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DNS blocking will not work for long...

To those suggesting using a dns server which blocks domains, this will likely also be subverted in the future as browsers implement DNS-over-HTTPS which bypass your DNS server altogether. Whilst you have control over it today, I would not be suprised if Google forces Chrome to use its own DoH servers in the future.



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