* Posts by Andrew 99

42 publicly visible posts • joined 30 Jun 2009

IBM to GTS staff: Not volunteering to leave with a redundo cheque? We'll give you a helping hand

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Re: So, Covid 19,..

+private cloud to anywhere that wants to cash in on privacy and data sovereignty concerns.

Don't use natwest.co.uk for online banking, Natwest bank tells baffled customer

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I entered https://www.natwest.co.uk and got a security error.

Web sites prove their identity via certificates. Firefox does not trust this site because it uses a certificate that is not valid for www.natwest.co.uk. The certificate is only valid for the following names: www.natwest.com, corporate.natwest.com, natwest.com


Twitter says a certain someone tried to discover the phone numbers used by potentially millions of twits

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Re: "don’t trust any company with more personal information than they need to have"

that's where random info can be helpful.

Conspiracy loons claim victory in Brighton and Hove as council rejects plans to build 5G masts

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Re: But...

Maybe so, but there is more power required to penetrate the buildings around the mast then.

Builds aplenty, taking calls from the pub with Teams, and Edgy leaks: It's the week at Microsoft

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Teams on linux

No teams desktop on Linux, though. :(

Taylor's gonna spy, spy, spy, spy, spy... fans can't shake cam off, shake cam off

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cryptic hats

we're all not wearing enough hats!

TSB goes TITSUP: Total Inability To Surprise Users, Probably

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Is outsourcing the RCA?

Microsoft to lock out Windows RDP clients if they are not patched against hijack bug

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Remmina fixes

I read that changing the security level to TLS fixes the issue for the Remmina client, which works for most cases. For stubborn servers on 2008R2, also changing the server RDP security level to TLS as well, helps.

Drupal sci-fi sex scandal deepens: Now devs spank Dries over Gor bloke's banishment

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saving your soul

I understand the root of the sin of sex is the idea that sex destroys your soul. The next logical step for believers is to ban sex in any way possible, also including the non believers who don't buy into it.

Kids' Hour of Code turns into a giant corporate infomercial for kids

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Re: Why Hour of Code?

I learnt woodworking and metal working in high school. Those working-with-hands lessons I under-rated, until I started to meet folks who couldn't do basic things like changing light blubs. Be it in the car or the house.

There are a lot of important lessons growing up that are not academic but are necessary for a well-rounded individual who might actually contribute to society. Not convinced that minecraft is one of them.

UK watchdog: You. Facebook. Get over here now. This WhatsApp privacy update. Explain

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Re: Decline or uninstall

Use a burner number, like so


Ireland's international tech sector bumps up against language barrier

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your call is important to us

I expect the lack of 2nd language is around call center vancancies. Any written documentation would be send off to in-country translators. Offices in other countries communicate in english when the head office is also english.

Another example of chicken-littlism.

Reg reader? Work at the Home Office? Are you SURE?

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governments everywhere

It seemed to me that in government, three people did the work of ten, and ten stood around and watched.

French say 'Non, merci' to encryption backdoors

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Re: From my POV, it consistently comes down to #MyStupidGovernment

Stupid Government? Dont think so. Successfully deceived the population to advance an alternate agenda by masquerading it as "stupid".

Engineer's bosses gave him printout of his Yahoo IMs. Euro court says it's OK

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Re: Expectation of privacy on company supplied systems in the workplace.

Pidgin and OTR not an option?

Going on a date, and it's just the two of you? How ... quaint. OkCupid's setting up threesomes

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Re: To answer your question about demisexuals

Interesting idea about the x,y,z graph. Although I anticipate a problem with the z axis, folks could be fetish and also get off on the sapiosexual concept.

Everyone wants a piece of software maker Atlassian's ass

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wounded bull

I'll say one thing for Atlassian - they know how to charge.

We started out on a Jira early version, (3.15) its like the Lotus Notes database of the day. Now our yearly charge is x2.5 from our original licence cost and since its stable and configurable enough, junior engineers configure it. Since everyone has their own idea of "configuration", its like the wild west in there.

Tech firms fight anti-encryption demands after Paris murders

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Those calling politicians stupid should re-evaluate. The longer serving more influential politicans saying stupid things really means they are attempting to pull the wool over your eyes. Thinking only that they are stupid means they succeeded.

For whatever reason, governments want full unfettered access to every citizen's personal data. I dont want them to have it. End of. Using such a tragic event to call for access is psychopathic.

HAWKING ALERT: Leave planet Earth, find a new home. Stupid humans

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mind the gap

I often wonder if we havent already been invaded. Command and control centers infected and the human race being delibrately driven off a cliff because we're a danger to someone. Evidence is scant on that, but it would explain a few things.

They've finally solved it: Schrödinger's cat is both ALIVE AND DEAD

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Re: Quis custodiet ipsos felis?

so is an ameba an observer too?

Increased gov spy powers are NOT the way to stay safe against terrorism

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Government encryption backdoors - just another method to attempt to control and suppress the population, by identifying and nullifying those who may upset the 1% .

Information gathering on a large scale isn't just on the internet. Its the smart meters, car monitoring, health monitoring and the like. They will be able to tell when you're at home and when you flushed the toilet and at what time did your heart race. Imagine all that info in the hands of a private company without humanity.

On terrorists - extremists work with support from the moderates. Once the moderates withdraw support then the extremists become just another nutter fringe group without any power.

Has there been any thought put to why moderates support their extremists? Perceived Injustices beyond a few cartoons? Known meddling in domestic affairs?

Behind the Facebook DRAG QUEEN CRACKDOWN: 'Anonymity soon!'

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Re: Bah!

@Stevie - FB admin is as useful as a chocolate teapot against bullying and abuse.

Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 claimed lives of HIV/AIDS cure scientists

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no fly zone

so will commercial airlines re-route to avoid Ukrainan airspace now?

NSA-proof email encryption? Cobblers, sniff German hackers

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another (mostly) secure email

While a user is below the radar, www.hushmail.com offers that email is encrypted on the server, and sent with pgp. It isnt helpful to anyone who is in trouble with Canadian law, though.

Websites stagger to feet, Network Solutions wears off DDoS hangover

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word press admin

so as an admin of a small wordpress site, how would I know if my site has been compromised?

I've bought space from a hosting company, I dont have access to network traffic monitoring tools. Any suggestions?

Kinky? You're mentally healthier than 'vanilla' bonkers

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I think you'll find naked is pretty cheap.

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Its no worse than being a supporter of a football club,

BBC suspends CTO after £100m is wasted on doomed IT system

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lessons for the future

I remember studying the london ambulance software failure. There could be a full module done on large software projects that fail, this could be one of of the sudy subjects.

'Silent but deadly' Java security update breaks legacy apps - dev

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stuck with it - for now

I've tabled a motion to our dev team to consider removing Java as a client side requirement from our businesss app. Their response is that java is the only (free) tool that allows access to the client local path from the browser. So I guess we're stuck with it for the time being.

Ex-NetRatings CEO's daughter freed from collar 'bomb'

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clickthrough harvest?

@amanfrommars. That registrant also seems to run http://www.ChristinaHendricksGallery.com. And a number of other websites, if the whois is to believed. IP's trace to the states. as does the nameservers ns1.wryall.com and ns2.wryall.com

Brazilians slap health warnings on knickers

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logical deduction

Its suggested that to reduce the risk of cancer, one might stop smoking.

Does the logic follow that if one stops wearing underwear, your cancer risk is reduced? Is it reduced more if you're female?

Anonymous collective begins leaking Bank of America emails

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rotten to the core

if the irish nationwide building society is anything to go by, it seems a lot of the banking crowd are rotten to the core.


Facebook reviews smut policy after slave site uprising

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non hiding

@AC Monday 21st February 2011 17:06 GMT- while fetlife.com is good, there is a certain sense of "non-hiding" that goes with having a BDSM group on FB. Not to mention the ease of keeping up-to-date with all one's social group and gossip, even if some beat each other from time to time.

BDSM is just another special interest group, like flyweight boxing or australian abseiling. But it can overtly involve sex, which does seem to scare the pants off the powers-that-be.

Sony expands legal offensive to more PS3 hackers

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money talks

so there I was in the shop, surrounded by sony tv's. I said, no Sonys. I'll take the samsung there in the corner.

Another huge ice discovery made in Asteroid Belt

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space bombing

space bombing have been already thought of - the moon is a harsh mistress by Robert A. Heinlein.


Activists unleash Operation Titstorm on Aussie.gov

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would that site be banned then?

banned site? storm in a d-cup?


Virgin trials P2P deep packet snooping

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lies damn lies and statistics

not sure that thier methodolgy is correct. Its presuming that all songs shared over a file sharing network are illegal.

World braces for Lindsay Lohan sex tape

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she's bi-sexual, so says wikipedia. As I understand it, bi-sexuality is a spectrum, rather than an orientation.

Anyway, I've often thought the sex hormones were raging for celebs. why else would they forget knickers and other undergarments on a regular basis. And in my narrow minded view, such talented folks can be a bit - unbalanced. So I'd rather view them with compassion rather than salaciously.

I really wonder why its important enough for everyday folk to think its news?

anyway, as its been already noted, better variations of the said act can be had on late night tv.

Multiple travel firms refuse ID cards as passport alternative

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another waste of taxpayers money

what ever happened to cost efficent government? And the concept of the government serving the people?

I suspect that I'm being naive. It seems that Governments dont fear the ballot box anymore.

US to export riot-roasting raygun

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@ Christopher P. Martin

I'd expect a tinfoil on cardboard sheild would do the same job. Refraction around the edges would'nt be too much and easier to keep whole in a rioting mob than a tin foil suit.

Lawyers claim ringtones are public performance

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confused about public play

does that mean DJ's need to pay money to play songs?

Child exploitation chief to defend net snooping plans

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in the uk this is happening, right? can we build a pipe to bypass the uk and leave them stew in their own juices.