* Posts by Lyndon Hills 1

335 publicly visible posts • joined 7 Aug 2009


Insider steals 79,000 email addresses at work to promote own business

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Re: These guys are amateurs and need to go on a course.

Even if the person wasn't a DBA, they might be able to use an office tool like Excel, or other reporting tools. Some reporting tools provide the ability to download the data as csv, for easy onward use.

BOFH: Hearken! The Shiny Button software speaks of Strategic Realignment

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Re: "Oh, it's ah ... Neo ... um, Enterprise ... uh ... Executive ... uhm ..."

The 'cockpit' idea was suggested where I worked around 17/18 years ago.....

SparkyLinux harbors a flamboyant array of desktops

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Re: desktop zoo

support for all that stuff becomes a nightmare too.

I think this is when we get into the corporate/business area, where computers are tools used to support some end result, rather than the end result themselves.

UK government lays out plan to divert people's broken gizmos from landfill

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Re: Easy or Expensive?

The worry is not just fire, but what fumes furniture stuffing etc might generate.

Introducing the tech that keeps the lights on

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Re: No requests, no retry, that’s why it takes ...

this blog post is all about stealing cars by hacking a 'related' network. In this case the attack starts with the headlight circuit.

Want a well-paid job in tech? You just need to become a cloud-native god

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Re: Someone Else's Computer certification

You might want to read this Troy Hunt of Have I been pawned. This is an article about bursty traffic and scaiing

One problem with America's chip ambitions: Not quite enough staff

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Re: How are salaries?

but even so where's the blockbusting film?

The Social Network?

Cry-pto: Feds bury Bitcoin exchange giant Binance in 13-count fraud lawsuit

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Re: Another one bites the dust

Maybe time someone set up an equivalent of f*ckedcompany.com?

Microsoft switches Edge’s PDF reader to pay-to-play Adobe Acrobat

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Re: I don't understand why we still use PDF

Things still get printed (posters, flyers, book covers..). A Pdf is often what you supply to the printer.

Apple complains UK watchdog wants to make iOS a 'clone' of Android

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Re: Clone of Android

Write, yes. Package for deployment? Not when I last looked, which was a few years ago, admittedly.

Apple to compel workers to spend '3 days a week' in the office

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Re: Don't know what they're talking about

If they made it a requirement, see icon. I'm close enough to retirement now that I probably just would.

In the UK, I've recently read that part of the labour shortage is caused by this attitude (which I share). These articles usually go on to discuss how to persuade these retirees to come back to work. Seems we have at least one answer.

Microsoft .NET updates include C and C++ code in Blazor WebAssembly, release date for Visual Studio 2022

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Cross-Platform wpf-alike

You could look at Avalonia. Not used it but it looks like a possible cross-platform substitute. If you're a heavy user of toolkits like DevExpress, then maybe they would not be compatible, though.

UK's National Cyber Security Centre needs its posh Westminster digs, says Cabinet Office, because of WannaCry

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Re: Yes, but...

Perhaps a greater acceptance of remote working will make this argument meaningless?

Finance Bill amendments to curb umbrella company malpractice fail to get traction in UK Parliament

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Small company aspect

There can be various benefits/tax incentives available for companies with a small number of employees.

It can make sense, if you have say 2,000 employees, to divide these up into 3 smaller companies, which can then each take advantage of these benefits.

No doubt making these on-paper companies be overseas has other benefits, perhaps regarding tax and/or employment law.

Note - 'benefit' as used above should not be interpreted as benefit for the worker.

Parliament demands to know the score with Fujitsu as Post Office Horizon scandal gets inquiry with legal teeth

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Re: The one thing that no one

At the time a lot of this was happening, the Post Office was in the process of being 'privatised'. I think at one reason for the denial that there were any problems, was to avoid screwing up the sale.

Not saying that's a good reason, just that it may have been a reason.

The Microsoft Authenticator extension in the Chrome store wasn't actually made by Microsoft. Oops, Google

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Re: Certificates

Indeed. In the web world, the browser can check that the ssl certificate from a site does at least match the web site domain.

Forcing an app (or extension) to be signed really just tells you the dev got a certificate. Without some method to validate that the certificate belongs to the purported publisher, it's not really very useful.

UK's National Cyber Security Centre recommends password generation idea suggested by El Reg commenter

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Have a barney with said crims. Let them re-arrange your face for you

How to ensure your tech predictions catch on in a flash? Do the mash

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Re: The ' loopy Scot retro-wavers the Rezillos' are still using Stingray to announce themselves...

In related news, Thunderbirds are Go! is on the Mission Accomplished album...

Fond memories

In the lab: Robotic AI-powered exoskeletons to help disabled people move freely without implants

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Re: “Kill switch”

There was a film called "Upgrade" on Film4 (UK TV) in the last few days. Not a great film, but the central idea was just what this article is about...

Project Ticino: Microsoft's Erich Gamma on Visual Studio Code past, present, and future

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Re: Auto-save

I think some of the use cases would also include the possibility of failures of other things than your own computer, remote editing for example? They don't see VS Code as only for desktop use.

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

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Re: No more Mr Nice Guy

This idea of not knowing what your directs reports are up to, was part of what Sarbanes-Oxley (in the US) was designed to address. The concept is that you (as a director/manager) are responsible for your direct reports and ought to know, and also have controls in place to ensure that you do. ISTR that this was one of the results of Enron's failure, mentioned above.

Israeli spyware maker NSO channels Hollywood spy thrillers in appeal for legal immunity in WhatsApp battle

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Re: Open the can and go fishing...

I've broken the law at least twice;

at home for providing a hacking tool,

Depending on where 'home ' is. Is providing a hacking tool illegal in Israel?

and two, the law of the targets home state.

Surely the person you sold the tool to has broken the law in the target state, not you?

Both parties here seem equally obnoxious, to me.

To stop web giants abusing privacy, they must be prevented from respawning. Ever

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Re: a series of food and drug laws in the United States

just as we wouldn’t prescribe addictive drugs to billions of people

Also see prescription painkillers, especially in the US....

Five Eyes nations plus Japan, India call for Big Tech to bake backdoors into everything

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Re: To use raw power is to make yourself infinitely vulnerable to greater powers -Frank Herbert

I've always assumed amanfromMars was a bot. It never ocurred to me that it might also up/down vote.

Software AG hit with ransomware: Crooks leak staffers' passports, want millions for stolen files

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Re: An Impossible Situation?

Yes, a bit of a double whammy. Unless you get a very privileged account, you can't encrypt everything, including backups, so grab a load of data as a plan B. It also feels like a more sophisticated attack. Surely it would take a bit more time on the target network, to get access to and find some juicy data? Maybe this step can also be automated?

China slams President Trump's TikTok banned-or-be-bought plan in the US

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Re: Right

One might also note, that there is quite a lot of content on TikTok taking the piss out of Trump....

After banning Chinese comms bogeyman, UK asks: Huawei in this mess? It was a failure of capitalism, MPs told

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Re: Ha

If they are so worried about the transmissions being intercepted (an assumption they should make anyway) shouldnt encryption be the standard?

Would that be ordinary encryption, or special, government breakable encryption?

Finally done with all those Patch Tuesday updates? Think again! Here's 33 Cisco bug fixes, with five criticals

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443 bugs

What a lovely number of security bug fixes. I wonder if they saved some up till they got the right number?

Health Sec Hancock says UK will use Apple-Google API for virus contact-tracing app after all (even though Apple were right rotters)

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Re: distance and signal strength

Some interesting thoughts, but let's get real. This discussion is about the problem of estimating range between two phones. In a tube train, the phone might be within 2 metres of up to 20 others. If the phone is going to be performing this 'complex analysis' measuring response times and sending audio 'pings' to figure out the distance between itself and these multiple other phones, it won't actually be much use for anything else...

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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Cake and government remind me of the 'Brass Eye' stunt, where they persuaded various people that cake was the latest drug menacing the nations youth. youtube Led to questions in the house, ISTR.

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

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Re: How is no one in JAIL?!

They were also trying to gear up for privatising the business at the time. Probably hard to do if you have to admit that all the branch accounts are in doubt due to a faulty computer system.

Certainly various people knew this, as I think I recall reports of errors at the branch being 'corrected' by transactions entered at head office.

Meet ScrAPIr, MIT's Swiss army-knife for non-coders to shake data out of APIs (It's useful for pro devs, too)

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RSS Feed

El Reg. already has one. No need for the tech team to build another one...

Outposts, Local Zone, Wavelength: It's a new era of distributed cloud, says AWS architect

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Preference for hose

Within a few years they realised they would be better of doing the processing in-hose. I can't recall why this was, maybe other readers can.

More women working in IT?

They terrrk err jerrrbs! Vodafone replaces 2,600 roles with '600 bots' in bid to shrink €48bn debt

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I think this sentence was produced by a bot...

All's fair in love and war when tech treats you like an infant

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Re: Am I perhaps too old to use a payment robot?

If you were buying booze, you have to wait until an assistant comes over to ok the purchase. Quite likely quicker to go to a staffed till in the first place.

Windows Subsystem for Linux adds pop to release, SAC-T sacked, crypto-jacking apps: It's Microsoft's week

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lack of throttling meant they consumed "the majority of the computer's CPU cycles

and the symantic software consumed the rest..

Equifax how-it-was-mega-hacked damning dossier lands, in all of its infuriating glory

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Re: The thing is

They didn't take steps to ensure that they were handing over our data to someone who was taking the necessary steps to secure it.

I know this is an Amercian story, but this sounds like something covered by the GDPR?

You're alone in a room with the Windows 10 out-of-the-box apps. What do you do?

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Re: Not turn them in to apps.

Edlin had the ability to be used along with a file of commands to be executed, which was pretty useful occasionally. The next comment (when I was reading) suggests programmers are using Linux, in which case they can do all the same sort of things from the shell.

Chap asks Facebook for data on his web activity, Facebook says no, now watchdog's on the case

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Re: 'It's not clear whether he also has a FB account or whether he's a non-account'

The individual is not (necessarily) a user of Facebook so there is no way that the data is collected as an essential part of any service provided to the individual.

The 'service' is not being provided to the individual, it's being provided to advertisers.

Miss America 'scholarship program' adds Microsoft Azure developer to lineup

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97 year old contestant

just for a second, I thought there had been a breakthrough in anti-aging products.

Oi, clickbait cop bot, jam this in your neural net: Hot new AI threatens to DESTROY web journos

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Re: What is clickbait?

Or words ending in! ??

Brit spending watchdog brands GP Primary Support Care a 'complete mess'

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Re: Who else is available

The NHS would do better to just hire a few capable sandwich students.

People who study sandwiches? Where do you sign up?

Either my name, my password or my soul is invalid – but which?

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Re: Customer Delight Providers

better than deskside support, which often got auto-corrected to the strangely appropriate despised support..

Ticketmaster breach 'part of massive bank card slurping campaign'

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Re: WHY...

Additionally at least one has detection of repeated transactions per ip address. Causes problems if people in an office are on one shared external ip, and many of those people try to buy something at the same time.

IIRC this protection (and others like disallow a card issued in one country from being used from an IP apparently in a different country) can be turned of by request of the website owner.

UK taxman warned it's running out of time to deliver working customs IT system by Brexit

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Re: Don't be cretinous

I think what he meant is that for the import side, we can charge whatever tarriff we want, so if we have no tarrifs then we have no processing of imports to do. Exports are really the responsibility of the receiving country so again no need for the UK to do anything.

This would be to ignore export controls we might enforce on weapons etc, that would still need handling, although there might not need to be much or any chnage here. It would also suggest that people can bring in rabid animals, nuclear material, drugs and so....

Internet luminaries urge EU to kill off automated copyright filter proposal

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Re: Invest in hard drives

Need to check el Reg rules, but I believe this comment is copywright to me. It'll be a bit of a faff for me to now generate a hash of my comment and distribute it all websites.

--edit now I need to generate another hash and redistribute...

Aussie bloke wins right to sue Google over 'underworld' images

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Re: Autocomplete on a name

indeed. The 'I feel lucky' result from my search went to an article in The Guardian about this court case. Might well be different if I was using google in Australia tho.

Smut site offers VPN so you don't bare all online

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Re: Your bank will know

If you decide to use the "premium" paid for offering that is. Which of course also means the government will know via the Inland Revenue (and if you bank with RBS as it's still 71% government owned).

And if you bank with TSB, a lot of their other customers....

UK Home Office's £885m crim records digi effort: A 'masterclass in incompetence'

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The idea that it may not be fixed before the contract expires is almost funny.

Presumably we then sign another contract with a new suppier and start all over again, perhaps with some lessons learned.

Within Arm's reach: Chip brains that'll make your 'smart' TV a bit smarter

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Digital or so-called smart TVs that automatically pause when you stand up to pop to the kitchen, and play again when you return and sit down And If I get up to adjust my trouser region and a bit of a man-scratch?

It'll change channel and find something else to help with that...