* Posts by Simple Si

49 publicly visible posts • joined 17 Sep 2009

'Please download in Microsoft Excel': Meet the tech set to monitor IT performance across central UK government

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Re: You want a ransomware infection?

Hopefully they are not requiring macros to be enabled in this spreadsheet - NCSC advice is that macros are disabled, if that is not possible, consider code signing for approved files or limit execution to only those that need it. Windows ASR and AMSI also worth looking at - vba is a big attack vector.


Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W: Nippy stocking filler for the nerd in your life – if you can get one

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Re: Ordered. Been waiting for this.

MotionEyeOS is a great pi based cctv solution. I've been running it for over a couple of years - cheap pi w in a dummy cctv camera case (£7 ebay) and pi 4b (again wit motioneye is installed) as the central storage detection and email alerting server which does more CPU intensive processing - you can add more pi w's cameras to the setup it if needed too.

Not on par with ring doorbells in terms of image quality and functionality but a fun project and no cloud subscription fee. Potentially you can tinker with AI and get object detection/recognition feature.

Tax working from home, says Deutsche Bank, because the economy needs that lunch money you’re not spending

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Tax working from home... Says bank with investments in offices that now lie vacant...

No, it should be the opposite, tax breaks to reduce unnecessary travel that would lead to an increase in congestion and pollution.

Home workers have not stopped spending money, they have changed what they are buying.

Consumer campaign to keep receiving printed till receipts looks like a good move – on paper

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Re: At Doctor Syntax, re: email accounts.

GMail's 'plus addressing' feature can save you time creating multiple email accounts. Just add '+ServiceName' to the username portion of the email address e.g. Jo. Bloggs+acme@gmail.com when you sign up with an organisation and you can work out which organisation has leaked/shared your address or create a rule to filter those off. A dot also works in the same way and harder for scammers stumbling on leaked email addressees to clean up. Granted, it does not address privacy concerns if you don't trust Google but it's a useful feature.

More nodding dogs green-light terrible UK.gov pr0n age verification plans

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Re: More fuel if any is required...

"So, do your normal stuff in clear, and any porn via vpn...simples."

Make sure you use a personal VPN otherwise Karen from HR may want a to call you in for meeting regarding unusual browsing activity recorded over the weekend.

What if tech moguls brewed real ale?

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Bishop's Three Fingers

Control + Ale + Delete

A disorientating strong ale with subtle hints of BSoD.

Blood spilled from another US high school shooting has yet to dry – and video games are already being blamed

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Re: Early information

"But how can you absolutely prevent a messed-up kid from raiding the gun save [safe]?"

Perhaps by not having one - along with the gun that goes inside.

I'm truly sorry to hear this has happened again, but history will repeat itself again unless something changes, either the law on availability or further restrictions to firearm capability which might help reduce the death toll in future shootings.

The UK, in particular London, have had problems with high knife crime - banning knives would not be practical but guns are a different beast.

Time to ditch the front door key? Nest's new wireless smart lock is surprisingly convenient

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Re: re: if it was mains powered

I was thinking the same thing. Would be great to if the door handle wirede to mains could tazer any undesirables who attempt unauthorised access and then using the nest webcam post the video to Facebook. What could go wrong...

New strife for Strava: Location privacy feature can be made transparent

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Don't forget to secure your phone/GPS tracker unit too in order to reduce the risk of the single shoed perpetrator beating your personal best times during his/her escape.

Equifax: About those 400,000 UK records we lost? It's now 15.2M. Yes, M for MEELLLION

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I just checked the Equifax UK site and came across this text about the incident:-

Although Equifax’s UK business was not breached, the attack regrettably compromised the personal information of a range of UK customers. This was due to a process failure, corrected in 2016, which led to a limited amount of UK data being stored in the US between 2011 and 2016.


Nice use it for the term "process failure" - suppose it sounds better than "management fuck up". Hey I know, let's blame the process rather than those that implemented it. Some may say criiminal negligence absolved in the same way as a bank robber claiming a process failure in their method of withdrawing money.

IT bloke: Crooks stole my bikes after cycling app blabbed my address

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Catch the culprits

It would be great if this story could be turned from 'boo technology assisted crime' to 'you - technology catches theives' if these recent thefts were reported back to Strava - surely a little bit of cross referencing details of accounts that have viewed rides of similar users in the area who have had thefts could potentially pinpoint some culprits for these crimes.

I guess it's just a theory though - the dirty theives could have simply just followed the cyclist home and observed the bikes storage & security measures whilst being put away.

VTech's Android tablet for kids 'hopelessly insecure'

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A victim speaking

My daughters were given one of these Innotabs to share as a Christmas present last year. To be honest, I was disappointed that I wasn't consulted in the choice of present as a basic android tablet like the Huddle would have provided more value and more functionality. Anyway, the device was registered, used a couple of times and been tucked away in the cupboard. The kids didn't seem to like it (perhaps picking up on my reaction) and much prefered playing with other toys. I downloaded the odd app for my Nexus tablet instead and let the kids play that on very rare occasions.

It doesn't surprise me that the data was leaked. Been tempted to see if the device can be rooted to run cyanogenmod and a quick google on XDA Dev appears to indicate that it can. Might install that to protect the kids data and let them get more out of it but recall the specs of the device is a bit pants...

Twitter sued for 'reading' private direct messages

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Re: Next up

I can't stand them either for the exact same reason although depending on the url shortening service, there is usually a method to preview the url - E.g bitly url's can have a plus sign suffix to reveal the url before visiting the page (full(!) link: http://support.bitly.com/customer/portal/articles/1765767-can-i-preview-a-bitlink-before-clicking-on-it-?b_id=5611)- still a pain when clicking as you have to copy the url (sometimes made harder when the hyperlink on the page points to the current website's link tracking/checking service) and make a quick url change. Perhaps an idea for a a browser plug-in would be to convert those url's and make them visible when hovering - suspect that might exist already...

Android in user-chosen lockscreen patterns are grimly predictable SHOCKER

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Tapping in pin in cinema

The default touch response on some devices doesn't seem to help either - I was in the cinema earlier this week and just before the film started most of the audience were on their mobiles. It was easy to spot the pin number in use by the guy in front unlocking his phone due to the numbers flashing when they were touched. Wondered if that happened to be the same pin for his bank card... I think the elevated, shoulder surfing position in the cinema makes it an easy place for your pin to be compromised.


Shadow of the Beast: Amiga classic returns from the darkness

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Re: Pysgnosis

Agreed. I remember Armageddon, another psygnosis game - Was never sure what I was supposed to do in that game, but had so much fun driving and flying around the place.


Scummy transients FOUND ON MARS by NASA rover

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Re: Mars9?

Perhaps Microsoft and Nasa are sharing version numbers.

Ten things you always wanted to know about IP Voice

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"If your phones can only do 100Mbps Ethernet and your users whinge that this isn't fast enough, tell them to get lost. Generally it is fine unless they are doing stuff like throwing high-res graphics and video around. If your phones can do Gigabit, you will have no problem."

Or, just add another gigabit network cable to the user's PC...

Nesting falcons interrupt £200m Vodafone 4G mast upgrades

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Re: dual purpose

Great idea although the design seems to be working so far. They could however install fixed terminals so the falcons can place some food orders on-line at FunkyPigeon.com

Tulsa woman bludgeons man mercilessly with laptop

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Sounds like she was frustrated with his pointing device.

LICKED: Behold my TOAD-PROOF ERECTION, boasts Aussie boffin

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Toad Likcing

Note to self, when visiting Oz, say "No" if someone asks me to "Lick their toad" as it is unlikely to be a euphemism...

Veeam proclaims VICTORY in Symantec patent spat

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I have to say, Veeam Backup and Replication V7 (and now v8) is some awesome software for virtual machines. Used Vertitas/Symantec Backup Exec in the past and finding Veeam a lot better.

They also have a free Beta Endpoint backup out at the moment that's worth checking out if you need to backup individual machines, sadly not centrally managed, but still worthwhile:-


O2 notifies data cops 'for courtesy' ... AFTER El Reg intervenes in email phish dustup

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Re: plus form addressing

I agree with John, plus addressing certainly helps, but sadly there are a lot of websites that sadly prevent the + character being added in your email address when signing up due to poor input validation despite it being an acceptable character under email standards.

Certainly helps determine who MAY have leaked/shared your email address.

What's that, Microsoft? Yep, a Lumia and Surface SALES BOOM

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Re: It's not so bad

Awesome, thanks for the update on Dropbox being available - that makes Windows Phone so much better for me now, especially when linking to KeePass for my passwords using the open source Windows Phone 8.1 app, WinKee (hahaha awesome name!) (http://www.windowsphone.com/en-us/store/app/winkee/e827d5bc-dbc1-4a4d-9b57-7beb693e3487

I had posted numerous requests on the Dropbox forum asking for support on Windows phone - assumed I would get an update when it was released but must have missed that. I knew I should have checked before saying it wasn't available. I had seen CloudSix, but was never keen on unofficial apps (using WinKee as open source and listed on KeePass website). Thanks for the update.

For me it seems like Windows Phone will finally play a little nicer with my Android tablet.

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Re: It's not so bad

I have to agree with you on that one. I have a Lumia 1020 - procured it for free and would not have even considered purchasing one as I tend to prefer Android. The camera is top quality (why I am still using it), and the recent updates to catch up with android/IOS (pull down menu, cortanna etc) makes the device much easier to use.

Works well with infrastructure in an Microsoft orientated organisation, but the range/quality of apps available is deffinetly the bigget obstacle for the platform. There is still no official Dropbox app :(

Grand Theft Auto 1997: 'Sick, deluded and beneath contempt'

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Awesome Soundtrack too!

Great game! I remember playing the demo for ages and saving up for the release and hoping I wouldn't get asked for ID when I purchased from WH Smith back in the day (Electronics Boutique/Game had turned me away earlier - bastards).


They put a lot of effort into that soundtrack with the various radio stations corresponding to tracks on the CD and it certainly paid off. You could also put your own audio CD in too if I recall.

Bought an iPhone 6 Plus? Odds are you've binned the iPad

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Paris Hilton


...you said 'fanny pack'!

Interesting to see the stats on bum bag ownership levels IPhone 6 Plus customers.

(Paris - Need I say more?)

Men who sleep with lots of women lessen risk of prostate cancer

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Good Genes?

Did the researchers also consider the theory that women are attracted to men that have good genes (less prone to cancer)? Therefore, perhaps those with good genes are likely to sleep with more women?

Interestingly, there is some conflicting research below in addition saying that masturbation increases risk of prostate cancer (in younger males), but the reverse for older gents.


(I'll get my coat because I'm off to to buy some fancy jeans)

Revealed: Malware that forces weak ATMs to spit out 'ALL THE CASH'

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Cyberdyne Systems

Still not as slick as John Connor with his Atari Portfolio in Terminator 2.

BSkyB broadband growth chopped in HALF

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Another BE customer that will also be jumping ship

Had similar problems being forced from migrating from Be there's Pro serivce with mutliple IP's and being told officially at two weeks notice that the new Sky Pro service will only have one static IP. There was a Sky email to say that bridge mode will work under a new configuration on the old Be there modem, but sadly there support staff have not provided all the necessary steps to complete this set up.

I plan to move away once I source an alternative provider that can provide multiple static IP's.

BT-owned ISP Plusnet fails to plug security hole on its customer signup page

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VPN would not make HTTP traffic secure....

"Our source added that he had used a private VPN connection to sign up to the ISP, but noted that many ordinary folk will fill in the form, safe in the knowledge that an outfit owned by BT would surely have its security credentials in order."


Hang on - did the source connect into plusnet's private VPN to eliminate a public network to the plusnet web server in order to complete the online form securely? Even if you are connected to a VPN, data will still be sent un-encrypted over HTTP (not HTTPS) from your VPN's gateway.....

Official crackdown on Apple fanboi 'shanty town' ahead of London iPhone launch

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Black Helicopters

Spend a penny?

What do these guys do when they need a pee? Seriously? Do they pop in store to use the staff toilets and when they do, do the laws of queuing result in them having to re-join the queue at the back?

Maybe they have piss-bags to keep them warm at night or worse go in bottles - but what about number 2's?

I'll stick to ordering on-line.

Black helicopter 'coz it looks like pee hitting the floor - something the local council would want to think about..

WIN a RockBLOCK Iridium satellite comms module

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Huge rock-hard marble erection shocks Japanese kiddies

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Festival of the Steel Phallus

If they find that shocking, wait until these kids accidentally stumble upon Kanamara Matsuri (Japanese Festival of the Steel Phallus):-


Giant penis costumes and penis themed floats parading down the street. A perfect festival for all the family.

Paris? - Do you really need to ask why?

Now UK must look out for crappy SPACE weather - engineers

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Best Form of Defence...

...is to ATTACK. Therefore, we must destroy the Sun to prevent any further acts of terror from this death star.

Is this possibly the worst broadband in the world?

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Re: But...

"Your analogue modem could not have run at 0.1Mbps "

I may be wrong but I took that as 0.1Mbps being slower than his last ISDN modem (128Kbps?) in which case I think he is right.

I, for one, would like to welcome our Android overlord

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Re: Head over to indeed.com ..

That site begins with an "i" - surely Apple have some influence over those figures ;)

Emotional baggage

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Re: Crumpler

Crumpler gets the thumbs up from me too - I bought the 'Double Charge' bag designed for large laptops. I use it nearly every day for over 4 years now when commuting in on my push bike. Lots of space and pockets!

Google Plus plus Meebo equals Google minus $100m

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Re: Oh, that thing?

You can turn of the auto-complete/instant suggestions here:-


...but, then again, you may not want Google tracking your search history and could be blocking use of cookies or do not have a Google profile to log into.

But I agree, I'm not a fan of installing browser toolbars either!

Glider pilot 'swallowed camera memory' say plunge tragedy cops

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Data Recover PR

Could be good PR for the SD card manufacturer if the card comes out in working order. Failing that, good PR for the data recovery company that manages to salvage the data. Certainly not a project I would want to go near!

Internet's first 'Hall of Fame' REVEALED

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Does the list include...

...Goatse and the stars of Two Girls, One Cup?

GPS jamming rife, could PARALYSE Blighty, say usual suspects

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Paris Hilton

Re: A British solution

Great idea, although the government would then have to regulate the bell marketplace. Perhaps offering licenses to organisations that produce bells of particular frequencies. The costs will have to cover the policing of the black-market for those unlicensed fake town crier bells produced in eastern markets. More jobs, lots of back slapping politicians, surely this plan can't fail - hazzah!

Paris? 'Coz she loves bell ringing.

Japan, Russia in plan for elephant to birth CLONE MAMMOTH

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...how long before Mammoth burgers go on sale?

Chocolate weighed in Schwarzeneggers: Official

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Yep - the existing converter needs updating:-


Blighty's Android fans get British English voice control

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Two versions

I noticed two versions on the market for me with my HTC Desire HD. To get the non-US version installed I had to uninstall the updates for voice search using the market, restart then install the new international version and restart again after a force close error message. After that, all seemed fine. I can now get my phone to send texts, get navigation instructions using voice command - hazzah!

Most smartphone users breach employers’ security, says survey

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...because a network MAC address filtering system is not secure -yes, it can help but at the end of the day is not secure as MAC addresses can be spoofed.

Also access to company networks on personal mobile devices can be carried out from outside of the company network - e.g web email such as outlook web access and usually there is only comapny policy rather than a secure system in place telling users that they can't use personal devices on company systems.

Podgy Googlers get shrunken plates

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Got your big plate, Alan?

The chubby googlers may learn something from Mr Partridge:

Alan "...I’ve got a scam going with a big plate. Do you fancy being my… co-eater… lady?"

World Cup streaming to choke corporate networks, doomsayers predict

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Quality of Service

I think a lot of corporate networks will have QOS anyway so critical services such as VoIP or VPN can be prioritised over web streaming anyway but I guess it will still affect web browsing.

If you are lucky enough like me to have access to the firewall configuration, you could look to set your connection to have highest priority for 'research purposes' during this fine sporting event.

T-Mobile's G2 denied the update Touch

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T-Mobile customer -updtd OK from HTC site...

Started reading more about this and I managed to update my T-Mobile HTC Hero phone using the update issued from the HTC website just following the instructions on their site. Accepted my serial number ok and let me download the firmware.

I purchased my handset from an online company that is well advertised on this site :D. The handset was unbranded so it had no T-Mobile logos on.

My firmware version was previously build 1.76.405.6

Ran the update forgetting to back up my photos and Footprints but luckily they were stored on the card and were still there after the update - phew!

I am now running a snappier interface - Not sure if all those valuable mili-seconds I have saved have been worth going through the update but I can now sleep better.

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HTC's Hero RSS feed not updated yet

I bought this phone on a T-mobile contract - subscribed to the HTC's Hero update support RSS feed which doesnt actually display the new update yet :(

@ Patrick - I'm probably going to wait for T-Mobile to release their varient of the patch as have been happy with the phone so far & can live with a small delay - very cool phone though!