* Posts by adam payne

1494 posts • joined 15 Jun 2009

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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...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

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"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

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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

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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

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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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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

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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

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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

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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

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“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.

The Reg produces exhibit A1: A UK court IT system running Windows XP

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We have robust security in place as well as a specialist team constantly checking for threats.

Robust security in XP?!? who are you kidding?!?

Wow it must be great to have a specialist team that constantly checks for threats 24/7

Avast's AntiTrack promised to protect your privacy. Instead, it opened you to miscreant-in-the-middle snooping

adam payne

I remember using Avast back in the day and using a couple of the free skins they had available for it. I also remember recommending it as a decent alternative to the big guys.

I saw it on a couple of PCs late last year and wow was it bloated and naggy. They have added some much additional stuff to it that is of course all pay for.

The thing constantly nags you about upgrading to pro or alerts you to a new report about how many infections they stopped worldwide.

Nowadays wouldn't touch it with someone else's bargepole.

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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"Based upon our investigation, Virgin Media does believe that the database was accessed on at least one occasion

Is makes me think you really don't know how many times people have accessed it. I quick point though, it only takes one occasion to spill the info.

Turgensec also quibbled with the ISP's attempt to blame the security blunder on IT workers “incorrectly configuring” an internet-facing database. Rather, the database – which was filled with unencrypted plain-text records – was a sign of "systematic assurance process failure," Turgensec said.

Incorrectly configured public facing site = very stupid

Plain text records = FFS

Unencrypted = #Captainpicarddoublefacepalm

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Re: Internet facing database?

Or maybe they are next door to a scammers call centre.

Like a Virgin, hacked for the very first time... UK broadband ISP spills 900,000 punters' records into wrong hands from insecure database

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The now-secured marketing database – containing names, home and email addresses, and phone numbers, and some dates of birth, plus other info – had been left open since mid-April 2019

The marketing department strikes again.

MPs to grill Post Office and Fujitsu execs on Horizon IT scandal after workers jailed over accounting errors

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The Register will be reporting the main Parliamentary evidence session later this month, which is expected to include a Fujitsu exec.

The Chief Executive for Toilet Cleaning no doubt.

So far there has been no suggestion that any individual from the Post Office or Fujitsu will face criminal charges for their part in the scandal.

Why the hell not?!?

They accused innocent people of theft, threatened these people with prosecution and in same cases had people prosecuted and all because there IT system didn't work correctly.

Every prosecution in regards to this complete fiasco needs to be reviewed immediately.

All the money they wrongly took from people with the threat of prosecution should be given back with interest.

If at all possible criminal charges brought against the ex CEO, his management team and anyone involved in covering this up.

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

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Innovation Group was brought in by IBM to customise its US-specific white label insurance platform for the Co-Op's use. It rapidly emerged during Project Cobalt that the product needed significant work before it was fit for use in the UK market.

So the software was for the US insurance market and you brought in a subcontractor to customise it for the UK market. Your product, your subcontractor but not your fault....OK good look with that.

Southern Water not such a phisherman's phriend, hauls itself offline to tackle email lure

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After all the years of anti phishing education and testing that education there are still people clicking on things.

People make mistakes, people get distracted and there are those certain people who just like clicking on things.

Sophos was gearing up for a private life – then someone remembered the bike scheme

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It is being bought by Surf Buyer Limited – a vehicle owned by VC firm Thoma Bravo, which also owns McAfee, bits of Symantec

So just how bloated is Sophos going to get?

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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Terpin is suing AT&T for not following its own agreed security protocol, and he wants punitive damages. AT&T denies it is responsible for any loss

Well they would.

AT&T are going to drag this out for as long as possible until Mr Terpin finally runs out of money.

London's top cop dismisses 'highly inaccurate or ill informed' facial-recognition critics, possibly ironically

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Dick says the Met has been “completely open and transparent about it.”

If this open and transparent then i'd hate to see secretive.

She then claimed to be open to serious concerns about the system. “I am not of course arguing against criticism per se.

Of course you aren't, you just ignore it instead.

Dick claimed that “the tech we are deploying is proven not to have an ethnic bias.”

OK the machine may not have but the officer may have.

Just the place you'd want to spot a BSOD: While waiting in line for a roller coaster that lifts you up 124ft

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...his attention was abruptly drawn to the second thing you really don't want to see before boarding something that does 0 to 100km/h in 2.5 second

Hopefully it didn't control the breaking system.

AMD takes a bite out of Intel's PC market share across Europe amid microprocessor shortages, rising Ryzen

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I remember my old PC Chips motherboard...

PC Chips.....oh I remember their boards and they were crap on an epic scale.

20 years ago manufacturers making AMD boards made some shockers but nowadays this has changed and the vast majority of boards for AMD are rock solid.

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Gartner analyst Mikako Kitagawa said CIOs still generally prefer Intel's Core processor family to AMD's Ryzen line

That probably due to a lot of CIOs not knowing what they are looking at.

...and that Chipzilla dominates the B2B portfolios of Lenovo, HP and Dell

I have long suspected Intel is up to it's old tricks again by giving PC builders discounts and back handers to not stock AMD.

"Adding AMD PCs to their PC portfolio would increase PC maintenance costs,"

Most companies are not going to stock spares anyway so I doubt it would increase maintenance costs.

All that Samsung users found on UK website after weird Find my Mobile push notification was... other people's details

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Mark showed us screenshots he had taken, showing himself logged in and someone else's details being displayed as if they were associated with his account.

Is that the sound of the GDPR train stopping at the Samsung UK HQ station?!?

Among those pardoned by Trump this week: Software maker ex-CEO who admitted hacking into rivals' systems

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According to Christie: “It was a complete overreaction by the US attorney’s office. He acknowledged that he did something wrong but he didn’t deserve to be a federal felon....

Commit a crime and you have to deal with the consequences of your actions.


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