* Posts by Reality Dysfunction

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Web browsers sharpen knives for TLS 1.0, 1.1, tell protocols to dig their own graves for 2019

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Fail is somewhere?

The Blog indicates early in 2020, article early 2019?

"Microsoft noted on Monday that fewer than “one per cent of daily connections in Microsoft Edge are using TLS 1.0 or 1.1.” Edge and Internet Explorer will ditch their TLS 1.0 and 1.1 support in the first half of next year, Redmond said, which puts the software giant ahead of the pack, since the other major browsers will start the process in 2020."


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I have always used:

CTK Interface - Chair To Keyboard Interface

iPhone lawyers literally compare Apples with Pears in trademark war

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Pear for Apple already in use for 10 years on Kids TV

Nickolodeon shows that my little ones watch like iCarly and Victorious use Pear products with a pear logo in place of the Apple on macbooks, ipads, iphone replacements.

iCarly was also sued by Apple for using the Magic i http://www.esarcasm.com/23846/apple-lawsuit-icarly/

Sysadmin paid a month's salary for one day of nothing

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Re: Wow

We worked hard for months certifying everything in advance and looked forward to some on call only to be told IT were not needed as we had done our work too well but that Estates who had done nothing would be on a weeks overtime for the night just in case one of their untested systems (Alarms etc) had an issue.

North Dorset Council hit by ransomware, flips the bird at miscreants

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Quarantining executable attachments would include every doc, docm, xls, xlsm, pdf, rtf .

This probably covers at least a few thousand a day,are they going to employ an entire call centre to look at these emails and evaluate them and release them every day?

And that' just the basic office executable attachments, ignoring the more esoteric and links.

Also having run the major malicious TeslaCrypt, Locky attachments and Angler links my organisation received through testing last week no major AV vendors identified them for the first 12 hours.

Links for these things are often to a hacked subdomain of a valid site in order to defeat category based web filtering, they then go on a round robin of scripts based on the identity of the browser to evade checks.

If you are in a Large Organisation, even with filtering, application control, AV, Appsense and email content control the only thing between you and ransomeware is Luck.

Caption this: WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg

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John was sure his new Lumia x500 Camera Phone was going to be an iPhone killer

Lancashire Police warn of malware email impersonation scam

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A lot of it was from IPs on the PBL, so they flagged themselves for analysis as Spam.

Some of the IPs were in a similar Dridex run last week as well.

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I saw 4000 of these (hit our spam manager) , all from different compromised servers and workstations.

BT network-level STOCKINGs-n-suspenders KILLER arrives in time for Xmas

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Thats not very fair though...

Virgins DNS servers are notoriously sh*t and borked often, if I cant bypass to google where is my workaround. Grrrrr

BOFH: Is WHAT 'running slow'!? GOD

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That last paragraph is a classic.. roll on Friday

Google's leaky ship spills new Nexus 5 photos, $349 price tags all over web

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I have a nexus 4 on three and thats the issue, my wife has one on virgin and its fine where mine dies, no 2g signal on Three. Love the phone though.

Tech specs wreck: Details of Google's Nexus 5 smartphone leaked over internet

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I love the specs on the Note 3 but you will probably be able to buy 2 Nexus 5s for the price for 1 Note 3.

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Double the internal capacity from 16GB to 32GB, RAM is the same 2GB you already get with the Nexus 4.

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Re: The sad thing is..

The Nexus 4 has a notification light..

Nasty BOFHses. It burns us! It burns...

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Great start to Friday..

Apple returns to courtroom once again to contest ebook shafting

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fairy tale pricing (for the publishers)

"Apple merely promised publishers it would not sell at a loss. Publishers maintained their wholesale agreements with Amazon. Retail prices briefly flickered from just over $8 to just under $10, and were more widely dispersed after Apple's unsuccessful entry. "

This is a joke right? on what planet do ebook costs remotely approach what amazon charge never mind apples fantasy. Don't forget most of the costs would have to be borne by the dead tree release anyway.

Lost phone? Google's got an app for that, coming this month

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but what about Androidlost.com?

I'm confused...

Android lost has been running for years providing just this functionality through the Google play store.

Remote lock /wipe/messaging/redirect/ alarm/text to speech/mapping/screen messages and loads more, all for free.


Does everyone with android not already use this?

The IT crowd: Fiercely loyal geeks or 'inflexible, budget-padding' creeps?

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Re: No, No,Thrice No

To be fair the IT security section will just be implementing best practice, industry standards and the minimum levels neccessary to meet legislative requirements for PSN connections, PCI and the recommendations of the mandatory penetration tests.

They will not have much of a choice, only being able to advise what needs doing to meet a 3rd party requirement, the technical architects will often then be the ones coming up with the solution that everyone in IT hates to meet this.

Author Iain (M) Banks falls to cancer at 59

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Re: Sublimed? That was the theme of the Hydrogen Sonata

George R.R. Martin has already figured this out with ....

No I won't spoil it, just read the books.

Full metal jacket: Nokia launches new Lumia 925

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Full Metal Jacket?

Not really when its only the surround that's metal and rest is polycarbonate... and only 1GB of RAM what were they thinking?

TalkTalk's tiny package most certainly not 'best value', tuts watchdog

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Re: And this from the hypocrites at the ASA who don't know what "unlimited" means

Well of course that would be nice.... rather than just getting rid of the quango because you don't believe in regulation like Cameron and not replacing it with anything because this cuts red tape that affects British Business competitive edge (or some such similar bullshit)

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Re: And this from the hypocrites at the ASA who don't know what "unlimited" means

Great idea, things will be so much better without it.





harsh or bitter derision or irony.


a sharply ironical taunt; sneering or cutting remark: a review full of sarcasms.


1570–80; < Late Latin sarcasmus < Greek sarkasmós, derivative of sarkázein to rend (flesh), sneer; see sarco-

Librarians: Argos site is top priority to be preserved for future generations

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Re: Argos catalogue is a great example of something that should be archived

I order stuff from Argos pretty regularly, I do tend to read the reviews first on the website though and if its good leave feedback. What website are you talking about?

Thousands rally behind teen girl cuffed, expelled in harmless 'explosion'

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Kids these days...

When I was small child we limited ourselves to red smoke bombs ( joke shop ones) in the air intakes for the local swimming pool and inventive things to do with British Rail emergency track signals ( you will only hold onto them while trying to lever the lead strap off once)

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Re: ah, schoolday 'pranks'

ahh ccf pranks like making a small ditch full of meths around someones tent and lighting it

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Re: ah, schoolday 'pranks'

Dont forget filling the science class tap nozzles with tissue paper then putting them on full over a sink with a wooden lid and a hole, under the hole in sink would be a petri dish with a bit of reactive metal like sodium.

wooden sink lid goes a few feet at least but there was no-one there..

What work? Tablet owners prefer to slack off with their slabs

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yeah we support corporate ipads and yet wierdly there is no work app use by our coporaste users just time shifted TV and kids games. twats

Foxconn must pay Microsoft for EVERY Android thing it makes

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Re: I think that's why NEXUS have no sd card slot

You did get the ability for the P,C but the phone also uses this ability so that will be another license fee to MS

Norkoshop: How Pyongyang well and truly forked Adobe

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Most of the size there is in the monitoring equipment for which there is no need. These days the Norks or anyone else could easily enough get something down to the size of a standard shipping container. Assuming they had no need of additional shielding to prevent it being found i.e was going to be lit off before the container was processed in US dockyards

Raytheon to build low-orbit, disposable satellites for DARPA

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Black Helicopters

who came up with this idea?

The disposable battlefield low orbit constellation of satellites has been a mainstay of Dale Brown books for many years (Bargain bin at the pound shop or supermarket for details) http://www.amazon.co.uk/Dale-Brown/e/B000APTUTC

This man is obviously a spy...

Where are the "Tin Man" suits is what I want to know?

Satnav blunder sends Belgian granny 1,450km to Croatia

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Re: not just the old..

Yes they were both blonde, how did you know?

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not just the old..

I once went on a course just outside London, 2 young women (early 20's) who had driven down together from Liverpool didnt arrive until the next morning. When we asked why they admitted they had got to the M6 and turned left (North) instead of right (South)and ended up in scotland before they realised, they then had to retrace and get to the course adding an extra 300 miles to their journey.

Nvidia fixes hole that turns PCs into remote-control toys for hackers

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Blue screens of Fail.

Thats great but 310.90 also kills my PC, Poor little Geforce 8300GS.

Barclays Bank buys 8,500 Apple iPads in one go

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My guess is that they will use it in branch for those sit downs the mortgage advisor has with the customer. They won't be replacing a users primary PC as such just an addendum to make the customer more comfortable and engaged with the seller.

Cheap at the price in that case.

Councils launch eight spying ops on Brits A DAY using RIPA

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8 a day...

So that 353 councils x 8 RIPA uses = 2824 total RIPA use by councils per year

Get rid of Crazy southern nutter council and you can drop off to 352 councils and only 2509

So 99.99 of councils have averaged 7.4 RIPA uses per year, and when you consider all the uses trading standards will have to log under this... firework sales monitoring, booze, fags, pets, meat trading... its a tiny amount.

UK.gov proposes massive copyright land snatch

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Any amateur or pro photographers who feel they will be affected by this don't forget to find your local MP then follow them with an appropriate lense from a public area.

Feel free to then distribute without charge the resultant photos to the press and internet.

Sean Parker launches Chatroulette killer: For why?

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inevitable spiral into filth by building in "abuse prevention" filters.

So every user will get a current photo of Margaret Thatcher to stick up next to the computer??

Virgin Media site goes titsup in Pirate Bay payback attack

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Big Brother

to be fair to Virgin Media...

they have blocked TPB in a really half assed manner that makes it a doddle to circumvent, they have gone just as far as legally required and no more.

Of course why would you even need 100MB broadband if not for TPB and its Ilk, VM are just protecting their bottom line while trying to seem to be doing all they can to the court.

Great HR mistakes of our time - Aviva fires 1300 by email

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they make what????

..in olden days when we were a newer company someone in admin/hr sent round the excel sheet with everyones grades and wages on... to everyone.

10 minutes later they asked everyone to delete the email without reading the attachment and we all did.. honest guvnor!

'We're crying out for storage'

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REG news fail

"Searches for his name, 'Bo Xilai', and the name of his son 'Zhou Yongkang' pulled up the following error message:"

thats wierd the way I read it the guy who thought about investigating BO senior thought it might not be healthy and ran to the US embassy. BO senior being a majopr Maoist throwback (and that guys sponsor) you got the tech bit right but totally FAILED on the news.


Lego builds Lord of the Rings collection

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what you need...

spiderwick chronicles.... lemony snickets... labyrinth that type of thing (anything without Harry Fn Potter really) are perfect for 6 year olds, and who knew goblins explode when you hit them with tomato sauce.

BOFH: The Cloud Committee Calamity

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Its getting a bit old........

We need more IT crime and less killing, we all know in most cases they would just have fitted them up as terrorists or anti US hackers and watched them being rendited anyway.

There is too much death now for a UK based story

Saudi hackers plaster 14,000 credit card privates on web

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Its the Friends of the IDF that are the charity that you donate to (or have your card scalped to)





FIDF initiates and helps support educational, social, cultural, and recreational programs & facilities for the young men and women soldiers of Israel who defend the Jewish homeland.

They send them nice gift vouchers and Barbara Streisand

Slapped: Oz TV show spikes Dutch torrent site

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I also thought I would see if it was as bad as people say.... it was worse.

Avoid at all costs.

HTC to release first Ice Cream Sandwich updates 'early 2012'

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You can chuck on 2.3 on the basic desire but with the reduced space left you'll not be able to get up to much so doesnt seem much point..

Just think how great phones will be when you finally finish your contract

Inside WD's flooded Thai factory

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Bad timing....

Priced up x4 2tB samsung f4s this morning for a NAS box at £295 just rechecked and now its £384..

Thats another project on hold till next summer

Web czar: 'Drag your nan online'

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Won't your gran be annoyed when you wake her up at 2am to get her on the net?

Father-of-three attacked teen after Call of Duty jibes

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breaking the law??

Doesnt Call of Duty have a PEGI rating of 18?

I seem to remember seeing this on the COD BO box:

BBFC Rating: Suitable for 18 years and over Suitable for 18 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 18

did the kids mum get prosecuted? were social services called? was he banned from xbox live?

think of the children please......

MS denies secure boot will exclude Linux

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I'm wondering...

...how bootable recovery and diagnostic software environments will run in this case?