* Posts by Sir Sham Cad

599 posts • joined 15 Jun 2009


Ride-snare: Lyft ruse helps cops cuff suspect in tech CEO murder case

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Re: Important information missing from article

Silver Toyota Prius.

You could pretend to be just about any minicab company driver with one of those.

Jaguar Land Rover ropes in Gorillaz to help it lure 5,000 'electronic wizards'

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Intended to fire up

“budding electronic wizards and coders”

Gorillaz? Really?

I mean, even I know their music and I'm about a thousand years old! Are they still relevant to Da Yoof?

Has riddle of the 1977 'Wow!' signal finally been cracked? Maybe...

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Re: I'll wait thanks.

You'll be waiting a while. They can't just whistle up a comet in a lab, point a spectroscope at it and, bosh, Science!

Where do you publish comet research? In a periodical!

Coat. Yes.

Crapness of WannaCrypt coding offers hope for ransomware victims

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Re: Doesn't reliably infect WindowsXP

Bugger! We shouldn't have done all that XP migration work after all.

Healthcare tops UK data breach chart – but it's not what you're thinking

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Re: As long as someone admits to having an incident.

The ICO actually tend to take a lighter touch if you self report so it's very much in the interests of the org that has the breach to report it.

One example of how a data breach can occur in the health service, for example, is with automated mailing (snail and e) of patient discharge summaries to the GP that is registered on the patient record only for the GP to have changed so a GP gets information sent to them regarding a patient that is no longer theirs.

Data quality can cause data breaches.

Plastic surgery patients face extortion in wake of clinic data breach

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Lithuanian airbags. I have no idea of the comparison of quality of the fake jubbage with Bulgarian ones.

That's got to be worth a research grant! Guranteed an IgNobel

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Re: Implications

Hey, the broom cupboard is locked, what more do you want?

Acronis adds automated ransomware protection to latest Backup version

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Re: "The product uses blockchain technology . . "

All the better to pay the bitcoin ransom?

NHS U-turns on blanket IR35 tax crackdown

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Anything to do with mass contractor walkouts?

Yes. We nearly lost a *lot* of very good contract staff due to this. Very hasty new arrangements were made but some couldn't transition so we lost them.

Not quite chaos but certainly harmful.

El Reg straps on the Huawei Watch 2

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Even the Classic Mode. They just look like Casio G-Shock rejects. Ugliest smartwatch I've seen and I include the Galaxy Gear in that!

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Re: swipe left and swipe right

That caught me out last week.

Me: Owns a G1 Moto360 with Android Wear Original Flavour

Chum: Owns a Huawei Watch 1 running Wear 2

Me: Plays with Chum's watch, in doing so promptly changes and removes many watch faces forcing a resync. Wondering why the fuck it did that.

Chum: Oh yes, it's running Wear 2, it does everything totally differently.

Me: WHY?

Auntie sh!tcans BBC Store after 18 months

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Re: instead I just watched TV

You mean you dynamically surfaced content synergistically IN REAL TIME??


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Re: why do I need to login to prove I have a TV license?

Because your phone can also play TV content with the iPlayer app. Simple. Same reason you still need a TV licence if you have a device capable of receiving OTA TV broadcasts even if you never plug the thing into an aerial/STB-connected-to-aerial-or-TVOIP-feed.

Now if they released a radio-only iPlayer app that would be different.

NHS Digital stopped short of advising against paying off WannaCrypt

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Re: clinical systems which may still work OK with XP

And not just Clinical Systems. Also systems which broke once these patches had been applied, mostly because of lazy suppliers not updating their product because they don't have to because their customers aren't patching because the suppliers aren't updating their product so the customers don't patch so...

Then, when you patch and things break: You (IT) need to roll back the patch! You (IT) broke it so you fix it!

Do we need Windows patch legislation?

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The question is wrong

It should be "Should The Government be legally required to extend support for systems still in use in front line public services?" closely followed by "Should software suppliers to front line public services be required to update their software to be compatible with OSes <10 years old?"

Because some services will need to keep running software that simply doesn't run on Windows 7 or above with no upgrade path to one that does. That's how you get XP that won't die.

Also: For a lot of cash strapped public services, dosh earmarked for IT Infrastructure upgrades/improvements can quickly find itself being diverted into the budget for directly supplying those services. Ringfencing that cash with a legal responsibility to meet a minimum standard for IT might help concentrate minds in the right area.

HTC's 2017 flagship U11 woos audiophiles and bundles Alexa

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Two tone shell

I quite liked that back in '99 on the Nokia 7110.

Not so sure about it now.

Also, with squeezeUI (it's cool for cats) and the triple-your-money voice assistant it seems a very odd hector. And I've got a G5 with the "friends" gimmi^W capability.

Cisco gobbles AI biz MindMeld for $125m

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Oh God no. "conversational interfaces for any application or device"

"It looks like you're trying to change an EIGRP routing domain, may I help you with that?"

Nothing could possibly go wrong.

LastPass resolves UK connectivity blooper

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Re: users' security was unaffected.

Yep. The best kind of security there is. Zero access.

Nearly time for a lunchtime pint. Think I'll just turn the whole network off just to make sure nothing bad happens while I'm away.

Beeb hands £560m IT deal to Atos. Again

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Re: I concur

"Opportunities" to learn new and exciting colourful language.

"Challenges" to get Atos to actually do any fucking thing in the contract.

PC repair chap lets tech support scammer log on to his PC. His Linux PC

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They tried this with my old folks

Same Old Folks who I could never go to see without some sort of computer problem to fix. In their 80s.

First time round they declined the service explaining that I already had remote access to the PC and what I did for a living. Then they called me about this strange "Microsoft" call and have I heard of this sort of thing before? Since then, every repeated attempt to scam them was met with "No thank you" and *click*

User education really does work to immunise against these threats!

A bleary-eyed Microsoft wakes up after its cloud, IoT party, clears throat: 'Oh yeah, so Windows...'

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Re: Windows 10 Fail Creators Update

No, just refreshingly honest Truth In Advertising for once.

Majority of contractors distrust HMRC's IR35 calculator, survey finds

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From what I saw of the tool pretty much all the contract staff we have would have been absolutely fine. Every last one of them decided it wasn't worth trusting it just in case and either left or changed the route of engagement.

Guardian Soulmates users spammed with smut following breach

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Re: haven't sent any smut my way

That's a shame. It's so hard to find smut on the Internet I find.

Once, years ago, I was given a floppy disk with a kind of smut mixtape on it. That was weird.

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the issue, which has since being resolved...

Er, no. The user data is out in the wild. That can't be resolved, you can't put that genie back in the bottle.

Jesus, that's bad, bad PR

Realistic Brits want at least 3 security steps on bank accounts

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Re: I read the article twice, but couldn't see any mention

Usually when you're on the bus for maximum potential exposure of your passphrase/password/date of birth + postcode + "Yes I really am going to Spain next week" Cheers HSBC!

Virgin Media scales back Project Lightning target in first quarter results

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Re: Smoke and Mirrors

I started with the 10Mb package and have since been upgraded to 30Mb and that just works nicely for me until they dig up the road yet again and have a hack at the cabinet at which point I have shit all and spend ages pissing about with the Superhub until I give up, go to work/the pub and see a virgin van next to what looks like a large impact crater. I'd be well pissed off if I paid for the top whack.

Italian F-35 facility rolls out its first STOVL stealth fighter

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Re: a train that could actually go faster than 40 km/h in winter[

Shit, that's a *lot* better than we have over here, sign 'em up! Our trains don't even run if there's a slight chill in the air!

Pure opens XtremIO, VMAX swap shop as Dell EMC party kicks off

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Even if DellEMC decide that XtremIO isn't the way to go in future there's no need to panic and ditch perfectly decent AFA kit now, surely? There's got to be a decent Support life left in that kit numbering in years!

Team Macron praised for feeding phishing spies duff info

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Game of Thrones Cast/Politicians

Politicians are generally a bunch of egotists, kinda goes with the job, so they feel they must know best. They usually don't.

Spend your paper £5 notes NOW: No longer legal tender after today

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Cost of a pint round here is about a fiver so that's convenient.

Just delete the internet – pr0n-blocking legislation receives Royal Assent

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Re: ban that filth.

Tory MPs? Fantastic idea!

Sir Sham Cad

Re: Who do they think they are?

The Ruling Class. They're Tories, don't you know? Born to rule over us plebs etc...

FTC urged to probe easily penetrated telly-enabled teledildonic toy

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Re: adult Internet of Things

*ahem* Once again and certainly more appropriately this time I offer you: Internet of Thongs.

TalkTalk HackHack DuoDuo PleadPlead GuiltyGuiltyGuiltyGuilty

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Proper punishment

No they will be punished appropriately for the seriousness of these crimes. They will be forced to be TalkTalk customers for a minimum of 6 years without parole.

What is dead may never die – how to get a post-BlackBerry BlackBerry

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Re: a unique offering

There's a good reason nothing out there looks like that.

I understand the appeal of a physical keyboard, I loved the slide-out keyboard of the HTC desire Z even if it did turn the handset into a hefty hector, and I understand people, like James 51 above, are used to the blackberry keyboard. But this is not a BES-connected device it's a consumer (prosumer?) android handset and it's fugly and short on screen space even when you're not using the keyboard. Very limited appeal IMO.

The brave British boat men hoping to poke Larry Ellison's lads in the eye

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Re: a floating server

I wonder if any of my servers will float. We should try it out. I have a list.

I wouldn't like to be the onboard sysadmin for that, though. My sea legs end where the Solent does.

Man nicked trying to 'save' beer from burning building

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Re: like mixing wine and beer

Incorrect. Put down the Skol Super and get looking into good craft beer such as Imperial Stout (usually between 8-13pc ABV) good Double IPAs (between 8 and 11pc ABV occasionally higher) or just some good craft porters or pales that can get up among the 7-8pc ABV.

Absolutely delicious and still strong enough to do the job.

At least be a discerning functional alcoholic like moi!

Nikon snaps at Dutch, German rivals: You stole our chip etch lens tech!

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Re: Sony/Fuji

I have to say, for my non-pro photography needs my (old) Fuji DSLR works a treat. Not a lot of fancy image processing but that's what being a photographer is for. It is bulky, however, and I'm considering swapping for a modern compact. Not a Sony, though.

Uber cloaked its spying and all it got from Apple was a slap on the wrist

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Re: Are fingerprints not public in the US

I don't think they mean actual fingerprints from fingers, more a "fingerprint" as in a profile of the user (Often gets cab from this pub, Rozzer/Not Rozzer, TOS Violator/Good Mark etc...) so personal data that they held in sekrit.

While Facebook reinvents Sadville, we still dream of flying cars

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Re: Tomorrow's World

To be fair, "10" years is a stock Futurologist answer to most things that are hard to do. It kinda works on a scale:

We could see this/these in our homes/on our roads/up our rectums in:

"5 years" means this is actually possible, protoypes are in the works or already built and in test. A 1 to 4 on the Bullshit-o-meter

"10 years" means we think this might be possible, we're not sure yet and if it is possible it needs something that is 5 years away to make it work. 5 to 8 on the Bullshit-o-meter

"20 years" Fucking forget it.

Doctor Who-inspired proxy transmogrifies politically sensitive web to avoid gov censorship

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If the "good ISP" lives beyond the State's borders then it may take a circuitous route but the traffic could still hit the good ISPs router and hence action the stealthy Wikipedia slurp as well as actioning the original catslol.swf request. Unless I've completely misunderstood how this works and the good ISP is specified in the traffic somehow rather than being there in case the request trips over their router.

Why the hell an ISP would ever want to do this escapes me, though.

A quiet market? Nah, Oracle's to pay $850m for ad-tracking Moat

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Appearing beside inappropriate material.

For instance, the Oracle logo. Ewwww.

UK.gov survey shines light on cybersecurity threats to businesses

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Re: problem exists in layer 8

To be fair, our comms campaigns regarding fraudulent/ransomware emails seems to have worked better than I thought. We're getting a lot more people reporting dodgy emails rather than clicking on them "just in case they're real"

Also this guy:

Brian Lord OBE – former GCHQ Deputy Director for Intelligence and Cyber Operations

needs to be given a Peerage.

New satellites could cause catastrophic space junk collisions

Sir Sham Cad

Re: "How can they be better under commercial pressure"

I thought everything was supposed to be better left to private market forces? Can I switch my Gravity Provider?

RIP Bob Taylor: Internet, desktop PC pioneer powers down at 85

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Pint to a proper Polymath

I mean: "minors in mathematics, philosophy, English and religion"

Thanks for the modern Industry, Bob.

Feel guilty for scoffing Easter chocolate? Good news: Scientists have made NEGATIVE mass

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Re: Negative mass?

More "a state that displays a characteristic that can be explained by having a negative mass property" if I read the article correctly.

HMRC beer duty bungle leaves breweries struggling to pay online

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Wort a liberty!

This article was posted with half an hour still to go untill beer-o-clock! Shocking behaviour.

Just goes to show that Government may now have a lower case "e" in front of it but it's still the same archaic bureaucratic processes underneath.

Prisoners built two PCs from parts, hid them in ceiling, connected to the state's network and did cybershenanigans

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Re: they had some network issues...

It's because of where they keep hiding the packets.

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I bet they got a lot of


Not sorry.

Nerd Klaxon: Barbican to host Science Fiction exhibition this summer

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Re: Nerd Klaxon

I should like to know more about this product and/or service. I could really use one at work!



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