* Posts by Andrew Waite

19 publicly visible posts • joined 29 Apr 2007

Snapchat: In 'theory' you could hack... Oh CRAP is that 4.6 MILLION users' details?

Andrew Waite

Only 'unknown' if you don't know your InfoSec Pros. Troy has done good work for several years, and is well known and well respected in the industry.

(I especially recommend you check out his work with cold-call scammers, rather entertaining.)

Lawyer sues Microsoft rather than slot an SD card into his Surface

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reading ability

You sir, fail.

I've no interest in buying a Surface, but with the minimum browsing I've down just to see what the fuss is about I was still able to * accidentally* come across the information that only 16GB is free for user storage on the 32GB model.

Sick of people how can't be bothered to learn what they're shelling out for complaining when a purchase arrives as advertised, but not as expected. The problem isn't the purchased item/

Automatic Facebook couple pages: Nauseating sign of desperation

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Public Forum

Repeat after me: any content you post to a public server is public, I don't care what the 'privacy' settings say.

Want it to be private? Don't post it.

Also, given the supposed purpose of these pages, why is FB still pushing singles and 'meet mature women' in the ads?

Door creaks and girl farts: computing in the real world

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Re: Anyone who works "in IT"..

OS install from USB stick?

I do it regularly, both for live boot scenarios and full-blown builds. Take a look at unetbootin, and join the spaceshop generation.

CD/DVD make good coffee cup holders, but that's about it.

LinkedIn inked out: Twitter cuts off jabberhose to suits

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You mean other than those of us that are able to remain professional on a social network and provide value content over the micro-blogging framework rather than just spamming #replacefilmwith<rudeword> hashtags like immature schoolkids? Nope, can't think of anyone.

Lenovo U300s Ultrabook

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Review vs Score

Paraphasing the the three page review to essentially: 'a nice machine, but buy something else', but it still gets 70%?

I'd expect a 70% review to be closer to 'get what you pay for, meh' type of machine. ~£400 more than a machine with better benchmarks? should be 0%, do not buy.....

Blighty's Post Office computer system goes titsup

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Re: Question...

Real question: Do they have people capable of handling the systems they've got?

Good people can build good, stable Win environments. Monkeys can build shoddy 'nix environments.

People more important than tech.

*Disclaimer* I'm a beardy 'nix bloke....

Secondhand MP3 shop can keep trading during EMI trial

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Same as physical media

Nothing stopping you from ripping the physical CD before selling it on either. Just because an illegal action is *possible* doesn't mean that a legal use of the same action should be made illegal also.

Download.com sorry for bundling Nmap with crapware

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C|NET back at it

Check the Dec 9th update from Fyodor (link already in article). C|Net already back to bundling junk with nmap (and I'd guess other OSS projects)

Tool lets low-end PC crash much more powerful webserver

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Research needed

You should probably take a look at THC's history and projects before flaming them. This isn't the work of the latest round of skiddies to crawl out of the woodwork.

UK shamed in high-speed broadband study

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I had the same question.

My connection (and that of most I know) is significantly faster than the poor speeds mentioned in the report. I haven't read the full report (registration required), does it just look at download speeds or all attributable factors for a quality connection? i.e. up/down speeds, latency, ISP peering/transit provisions etc.

STUDENTS EXPOSED in university IT blunder

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Toothless mutt?

What's the point of the ICO?

>"Information included dates of birth, mobile numbers, A level results and addresses."

>"The ICO said because the data was relatively harmless it decided not to fine the university."

Sorry ICO, that's not harmless information.

@Pete2: possibly, but that's the choice of the student NOT a third party that can't handle their responsibilities to secure personal data.

Shadows of the Damned

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Sounds familiar?

"skull sidekick [snip] (with) a propensity to spew knob gags" - so Morte? [http://shrines.rpgclassics.com/pc/planescape/characters.shtml#morte]

Microsoft warns on support scams

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Has been around for a while

I received a call similar to this last year, if they get a non-technical person on the phone I'm not surprised that they get results; the scam is well put together and there's plenty of opportunity for them to place the victim in dummy mode.

My grandfather also got the same call, he believed them but thankfully said 'thanks, I'll tell my grandson' and hung-up :)

Covered my experiences: http://blog.infosanity.co.uk/2010/11/20/cold-calling-it-support/

Zuckerberg: Give me your children

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Not sure why...

Not sure why everyone is immediately dismissing this.

Yes, there are dangers on line.

Yes, kids need to be looked after properly.

But in principal, I can't see too much wrong with teaching kids to use real world systems whilst they're young enough to quickly assimilate data and concepts.

What about providing access only to friends pages, walls etc. and have any friend requests have to be authorised by an associated parent/guardian account.

More importantly, hands up if you think the current 13+ system actually prevents the 12 and unders from actually getting an account? Anyone?

Dropbox 'insecure and misleading' – crypto researcher

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RE: boo hoo

I might be missing something, but Apples 'quote unquote computer's do have USB ports. It's their tablets and phones that don't.

Or did I miss something in the latest iMac launch?

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No Problem

Only file in my dropbox account is a TrueCrypt container.

Encrypt/protect it yourself and it doesn't matter if other (free) services don't protect your data as well as you would like.

LibDems want gov action on killer lorries of death

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"The Government must act to make Sat Nav devices safer for large vehicles."

you mean like putting signs all over the road telling lorry drivers the size/height of the bridge? hold on......

If the lorry drivers can't figure out what bridge/road/tunnel/whatever is large enough for their vehicle then perhaps they should stick to driving Fiat 500s?

Engineers write defence against aliens manual

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The The?

John Griffiths said:

"Say goodbye to gravity and say goodbye to death!"

Matt Johnson's The The???