* Posts by adam payne

1510 posts • joined 15 Jun 2009

Going round in circles with Windows in Singapore

adam payne

and the system tray is a veritable rogues gallery, from the inevitable McAfee icon

Mcafee EPO...run for the hills

Fisher Price's Bluetooth reboot of pre-school play phone has adult privacy flaw

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The post states that the Chatter uses Bluetooth classic without secure pairing, which means it agrees to any pairing request.

No secure pairing *sigh*

Sheffield Uni cooks up classic IT disaster in £30m student project: Shifting scope, leadership changes, sunk cost fallacy

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A Sheffield University spokesperson said: "The investment in the programme has already delivered new systems that previously did not exist at the university and our work to date will be important as we develop our future plans."

Yeah of course new systems were delivered, they don't work but it sounds good on a statement.

FYI: If the latest Windows 11 really wants to use Edge, it will use Edge no matter what

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Old Microsoft is back:

Whatever next? hidden patches?

Multimillionaire Activision Blizzard CEO cuts annual pay to $62,000 amid sexual harassment probes

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“Specifically, I have asked the board to reduce my pay to the lowest amount California law will allow for people earning a salary, which this year is $62,500," he said.

Sorry but with the amount of money this guy has in the bank it's hard not to see this for what is it, a PR stunt.

Zuckerberg wants to create a make-believe world in which you can hide from all the damage Facebook has done

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Lest you think this is a power grab, he insisted Facebook, or is that Meta, didn't want to be in control, and the future new reality must be built on open standards and easy interoperability, with privacy and data security built in from the star-haha-hahahaha-hahahaha

Open standards yeah right, privacy and data security OMG he really has been sniffing the glue again.

Teen bought Google ad for his scam website and made 48 Bitcoins duping UK online shoppers

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The police are using those buzz words again. #facepalm

"sophisticated cyber fraud" and "complex investigation".

NHS Digital exposes hundreds of email addresses after BCC blunder copies in entire invite list to 'Let's talk cyber' event

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"We seek to continually improve our processes and will ensure we provide delegates with an alternative means of attending our events in future."

Does that alternative mean spending tax payers money to create a new system? instead of just using BCC.

Windows 11 Paint: Oh look – rounded corners. And it is prettier... but slightly worse

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He states that future updates will include "dark theme, a centered canvas, and updated dialogs

Yes show Paint some love.

3D printing site Thingiverse suffers breach of 228,000 email addresses amid sluggish disclosure

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We have not identified any suspicious attempts to access Thingiverse accounts

Well if you leaked usernames and passwords what would you consider to be a suspicious attempt?

and we encouraged the relevant Thingiverse members to update their passwords as a precautionary measure

Who would they be then?, will these members be contacted or have their passwords automatically reset?

Brit MPs blast Baroness Dido Harding's performance as head of NHS Test and Trace

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Baroness Harding went on to become interim chief of the newly established National Institute for Health Protection, the agency being created by the government to replace Public Health England.

and she just moves on with no accountability?

During the committee hearings, it was revealed that as of November 2020, the programme had hired more than 2,300 consultants and contractors working for 73 different suppliers at a total cost of approximately £375m.

Surely this amount of people could have accidentally made something that worked.

California Governor signs bill protecting warehouse workers from unsafe quotas

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Over the summer, Retail Industry Leaders Association, a Washington, DC-based retail trade group, warned that AB 701 "would make it virtually impossible to terminate employees with any kind of awareness of these rules for poor performance."

That would depend on if your dismissal of the person was fair or whether is was a result of your insane performance targets.

Met Police prepare £300m procurement for integrators and resellers

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The solution provider framework could mean IT contracting at the Met could top £1bn over a couple of years

Crapita is already foaming at the mouth on this one

Guntrader breach perp: I don't think it's a crime to dump 111k people's details online in Google Earth format

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"Ernie" also sought to paint themselves as morally equivalent to the news media, blaming The Register for reporting the breach, which was circulating on various social media platforms after criminals first obtained the database and hosted it on the clearnet.

When asked if they had any regrets about other criminals or terrorists possibly obtaining and using the data, "Ernie" said: "Probably about the same as you, or any other journalist or blogger commenting and drawing attention to a hack that had nothing to do with us."

These people had no authority to reformat and republish the information just because he/they do not like what these people because of what they may or may not be involved in.

Republishing the data was irresponsible and just seems like they think the ends justify the means.

Lenovo pops up tips on its tablets. And by tips, Lenovo means: Unacceptable ads

adam payne

Our design and UX teams are continuously looking for the best balance between information and experience to maximize end user enjoyment. Lenovo Tips is a system app which allows users to discover features that we believe are useful & meaningful and is designed to be unobtrusive. We take feedback very seriously and at present have no plans to add any further push notifications.

So in other words you mean:

"we are continuously looking for other ways to make yet more money out of people and testing what we can get away with.

Lenovo Tips is a system app that was designed so we can send out ads for companies that have paid us to do so. It has no useful reason for being a system app except for making us money.

We are sorry we got caught and people complained about it. We are going to say that we take feedback very seriously in the hopes it will all blow over. We will of course try again later hoping no one will notice"

British teachers' pensions set to be released from Capita's grasp after nearly 30 years

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The UK's Department for Education is to retender the outsourcing contract for teachers' pensions in a deal worth £185m to replace a relationship with Capita that has lasted 25 years.

Are the bookies issuing odds on Crapita getting the contract again?

Holy margins, Batman: Pandemic tech prices balloon as demand outweighs stocks and suppliers get greedy

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We had a company we have dealt with for years recently come to us with their software maintenance renewal quote. The quote was 50% more than last year.

To say I was shocked would be an understatement.

British bank TSB says it will fix days-long transaction troubles tonight

adam payne

With the amount of issues there have been with TSB it's a wonder they have any customers left.

Japan’s COVID-19 contact-tracing app hasn't warned users of encounters with carriers since September

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The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare will work to eliminate obstacles by mid-February and will thoroughly control quality

Shouldn't quality control have been a top priority before it was released?

The Play page also reveals the app has been downloaded over five million times, nowhere near enough adoption for it to be a useful contact-tracing tool

Have any of these apps been downloaded enough times to make a difference? Have they been a complete waste of money?

Boeing will cough up $2.5bn+ to settle US fraud charge over 737 Max safety

adam payne

Unlike many corporate settlement agreements where the defendant admits no wrongdoing, Boeing must acknowledge and accept the government's criminal fraud charge.

They have to accept the charge, well I never saw that coming. I expected deflection all the way.

Boeing in court documents admitted that two of its 737 Max Flight Technical Pilots withheld information about MCAS from the aviation watchdog’s Aircraft Evaluation Group (FAA AEG).

Now there is the deflection I was expecting, the good old blame the employees game.

Unsecured Azure blob exposed 500,000+ highly confidential docs from UK firm's CRM customers

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What's that I hear? Is that the sound of the GDPR train next stop their HQ?

Just let this sink in: Capita wins 12-year £1bn contract to provide training services to the Royal Navy and Marines

adam payne

Apparently, Capita will use its "expertise" in "transformation, learning and the delivery of complex, technology enabled defence projects".

Capita will use their expertise to deliver everything late, over budget and not fit for purpose like so many times before.

How the hell do they keep winning these contracts?

Super-antique-fragile-and-it's-XP-alidocious, even though the sight of it is something quite atrocious

adam payne

Like a villain in a shlock horror flick, Windows XP has returned from the grave time and time again. The monster to Microsoft's Frankenstein, the dreadful thing simply refuses to die.

I have a customer that still has a Windows 95 machine (HP Vectra VE7) connected to an instrument via NIC that uses NetBEUI. I'll take an XP machine any day of the week.

Palo Alto Networks threatens to sue security startup for comparison review, says it breaks software EULA

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Melinda Thompson described in her missive as “a clear breach” of terms “prohibiting an end user from disclosing, publishing or otherwise making publicly available any benchmark, performance or comparison tests… run on Palo Alto Networks products, in whole or in part.”

How can anyone make a fully informed decision about a product if you try to restrict the information publicly available? Oh wait..........

Samsung aims boot at Apple's decision not to bundle a charger in with the iPhone 12, foot ends up in mouth

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Of course it will. Chargers cost money to make. Headphones cost money to make – and most people don't even use them. Apple just gave its competition permission to stop including them.

I take chargers and headphones out of all the boxes and add them to my stock. The amount of people that ask me for these because they've lost them truly boggles the mind.

She was praised by the CEO and promoted. After her brother and mom died, she returned from compassionate leave. IBM laid her off

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"IBM's employment actions have always been based on skills, not age," an IBM spokesperson said in an emailed statement...

With the amount of people taking you to court for age discrimination i'm not sure that anyone in their right mind would believe you.

Behold the Bloo Screen of Death: Bathroom borkage stops spray play

adam payne

Well obviously the Realtek driver couldn't handle everybody taking the piss out of it.

Pension scheme cold caller fined £130,000 by UK data watchdog

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“This company clearly flouted the law when they should have known better......."

Of course they flouted the law because they know they can get away with it time and time again.

How long before they start up another business doing the same thing?

Microsoft Defender casts a jaundiced eye over Citrix, slams services in quarantine on suspicion of being malware

adam payne

Microsoft Defender decided yesterday that Citrix Broker and High Availability Services bore all the hallmarks of a trojan.

With Microsoft's rep it could have been worse (or better depending on how you feel about Windows), it could have finally killed Windows.

Update: it breaks the f*** out of Citrix. BrokerService.exe gets tagged as malware and quarantined. Our prod environment with over 3000 users is hard down cc

Rule 1: Do not deploy patches to your production environment unless you've tested them first.

Bill Gates debunks 'coronavirus vaccine is my 5G mind control microchip implant' conspiracy theory

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O'Donnell said Gates-related conspiracies have been rated "the most widespread coronavirus falsehoods that exist," then asked Gates: "Do you want a vaccine so you can implant microchips into people?"

Oh for the love of <insert word here>.

Have the conspiracy theorists finally gone off the deep end?!?

FYI: Someone's scanning gateways, looking for those security holes Citrix told you not to worry too much about

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I can't say i'm shocked that people are trying to exploit this already. I thought that was par for the course.

Software biz Advanced set to lay off 6% of its workforce, blames that virus

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Vista Equity has a policy of moving the domicile of its investee companies offshore so it's not possible to track financials."

Keep the bad news hidden and the share price up.

Customers of Brit ISP Virgin Media have downloaded an extra 325GB since March, though we can't think why

adam payne

...households have downloaded an extra 325GB on average

That'll be the Modern Warfare updates then.

In Hancock's half-hour, Dido Harding offers hollow laughs: Cake distracts test-and-trace boss at UK COVID-19 briefing

adam payne

"I have repeatedly said this is the cherry on the cake, not the cake itself...."

The app is key to the strategy for unlocking so it most certainly is the bloody cake.

This is, of course, unconnected with the fact that the app has been said to be riddled with bugs and open to abuse.

How long before this app goes live and spills personal data?

Brit MP demands answers from Fujitsu about Horizon IT system after Post Office staff jailed over accounting errors

adam payne

The Criminal Cases Review Commission is slowly referring convicted sub-postmasters' cases to the Court of Appeal, 47 having been sent to senior judges for review so far.

This saga has gone on far too long and all cases need be reviewed with the upmost urgency.

Software bug in Bombardier airliner made planes turn the wrong way

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A very specific software bug made airliners turn the wrong way if their pilots adjusted a pre-set altitude limit.

Well it least it's not a single point of failure that crashes planes but turning an aircraft is still quite bad.

Surprise! That £339 world's first 'anti-5G' protection device is just a £5 USB drive with a nice sticker on it

adam payne

A £339 "anti-5G" product billed as the "first to market full-spectrum protection" appears to be nothing more than a bog-standard £5 USB stick with an LED on the end, according to Pen Test Partners.

Well I can't say i'm that surprised by this. Classic snake oil scam.

Microsoft blocks Trend Micro code at center of driver 'cheatware' storm from Windows 10, rootkit detector product pulled from site

adam payne

Trend Micro must be held accountable for their extremely questionable code.

Of course they need to be held accountable for this. I can't see any other reason to design it in that way.

Cyber attack against UK power grid middleman Elexon sparks in-house IT recovery efforts

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<b<Elexon later added that it had identified the "root cause" and was "taking steps to restore our IT systems".</b>

Lacking a decent patching policy?

IT run on a shoe string budget?

Tales from the crypt-oh: Nvidia accused of concealing $1bn in coin-mining GPU sales as gaming revenue

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Now, the shareholder class wants to collect damages from the company

But as shareholders you own the company so you are taking money from yourselves.

As coronavirus catches tech CEOs with their pants down, IBM's Ginni Rometty warns of IT's new role post-pandemic

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I'm going to modernise applications that my IT [department] perhaps weren't modern enough to change fast enough for me'.

Modernising IT systems is hard when you are just another cost centre and management try to run IT on a shoe string budget.

With the Covid 19 situation a lot of businesses won't have the budget to modernise and it will take time for businesses to recover if some are even able to.

Guess what's heading to trial? IBM and its tactic of yoinking promised commissions after sales reps seal the deal

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IBM will continue to fight these baseless claims in court.

If they were baseless they would have been thrown out already, wouldn't they?!?

Real-time tragedy: Dumb deletion leaves librarian red-faced and fails to nix teenage kicks on the school network

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Oh the memories of our old school network and the various models of 486 with Windows 3.11 / Netware.

I remember being able to get to the dos prompt through the help section of Word and attrib -s -h -r following soon afterward.

Soon to be followed by editing control.ini / win.ini to change screensavers from the boring marquee screensaver that endless scrolled the name of the school.

Tech services biz Allvotec furloughing staff, asking remainder – including top brass – to take pay cut

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FAIL

In the memo distributed to staff at the time, Williams said the past few years had been "challenging from a business performance perspective".

It's been a challenging year for your customers as well. Logged a call with these clowns in February for a server drive on predicted failure and i'm still yet to see the bloody thing.

Not only is Zoom's strong end-to-end encryption not actually end-to-end, its encryption isn't even that strong

adam payne

Zoom responded that it wasn't using the commonly accepted definition of the term.

A commonly accepted definition is just that, don't use it if you don't mean it.

"While we never intended to deceive any of our customers, we recognize that there is a discrepancy between the commonly accepted definition of end-to-end encryption and how we were using it," the company said in a blog post

You weren't trying to deceive anyone using a commonly accepted definition, what's that smell?

Microsoft Teams usage jumps to 32, no, 44 million as Windows-slinger platform slides onto home workers' PCs

adam payne

Microsoft plans to further tweak its platform. One upcoming feature.......

Is being able to reset your password without Teams throwing it's toys out of the pram

Look ma, no Intel Management Engine, ish: Purism lifts lid on the Librem Mini, a privacy-focused micro PC

adam payne

The mini looks sleek and sexy but why the Intel chip?

BT's Wi-Fi Disc ads banned because there's no evidence the things work

adam payne

“We told British Telecommunications plc not to claim that they guaranteed Wi-Fi in every room unless they held adequate evidence to support the claims,” concluded the ASA

You seem to be telling them this quite a lot.

Seriously though who believes these adverts anyway?!?

IBM veep partly blamed Sopra Steria for collapse of £155m Co-Op Insurance Agile project

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Further, the IBM VP also said that the Co-Op had introduced a new requirement at a late stage for data within the new platform to be encrypted in transit, something he described as "a significant change in approach that seemed excessive and would have required significant changes to be made."

Why would it not be encrypted in transit?!? it's insurance data that has personal details in it.

Not sure why this would be seen as excessive, it's data security after all.

US prez Donald Trump declares America closed to those flying in from Schengen zone over coronavirus woes

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Trump, who described COVID-19 as a "foreign virus", said the "EU failed to take the same precautions" as the US. The ban goes into effect tomorrow (Friday, March 13) and will last for 30 days.

What precautions are they then Trump?!? I thought you'd beaten it.

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