* Posts by Santa from Exeter

315 posts • joined 20 Oct 2009


The unit of measure for fatbergs is not hippopotami, even if the operator of an Australian sewer says so

Santa from Exeter

Re: That's nothing! @DS999

I think that you will find that at the height of his Bears career (Think superbowl) his fitness and muscular prowess was rather undermestimated. As part of the pre-game video on Channel 4 at the time, he was shown performing a standing jump onto a table!

Das tut mir leid! Germany's ruling party sorry for calling cops on researcher after she outed canvassing app flaws

Santa from Exeter

Not exactly a standard vuln report then

She used it as a means to get a political dig in, not the actions of an ehtical hacker. IMHO she got confused and let the 'political activist' take over.

Political Leanings have bugger all to do with Infosec and should be kept separate.

Scam-baiting YouTube channel Tech Support Scams taken offline by tech support scam

Santa from Exeter

Re: YouTube tech support?! @freddblogggs

Thank you very much for your password, your account is now empty.

P.S. No, you haven't been a good boy at all, you are on the *other* list.

Autonomy founder Mike Lynch loses first stage in fight against extradition to US

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Re: dunno...@ AC

Quote - I'm pretty sure Mike Lynch would be out of jail by now if he had pleaded guilty in the US.

I'm pretty sure that they will throw the book at him and he will die in a US prison.

After all, by their lights a Furriner has embarrased their 'Great and Good' and we can't be having that.

Incidentally, can someone please explain exactly what 'Wire Fraud' is as it seems to be used to pad out any white collar case as a way to shove extra years on the sentence.

SonicWall suggests people unplug their end-of-life gateways under 'active attack' by ransomware crims

Santa from Exeter


Jesus people. All this bashing of SonicWall when these things went EOL *7 Years* ago!

If you are still using Network Edge kit that went EOL that long ago you need to take a long hard look at your Security policies!

You'll never Guess whose data has been nicked as US fashion firm confirms systems breach

Santa from Exeter


That's interesting. I got an e-mail from Spreadshirt last night and I was on the brink of treating it as spam.

I haven't heard of them, have no recollection of ever dealing with them, and there is no account for them in my password safe.

Does that mean that they are just plucking e-mails out of the air?

On the vague offchance that I did, unknowingly, buy something from them, I'm not that worried, as any card I had in 2014 is long expired by now and I certainly wouldn't have used a Bank Transfer to a T-Shirt printing firm.

Incidentally, I've just been to their UK website and you can't opt out of data collection, naughty.

EE and Three mobe mast surveyors might 'upload some virus' to London Tube control centre, TfL told judge

Santa from Exeter

So, you are encouraging TFL to lie yet again about the cause of problems then?

Apple settles with student after authorized repair workers leaked her naked pics to her Facebook page

Santa from Exeter

Re: How to tell if you're stupid. (FlamingDeath)

If you are truly unable to see the misogyny in your comment of "Personal responsibility is something a lot of women need to learn" then *you* are the very reason for that reclassification

First Forth, C and Python, now comp.lang.tcl latest Usenet programming forum nuked by Google Groups

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Re: Bob... BOB!

Well, he's fluent in Bullshit, so he might be Trilingual.

Whoop! Robot/human high-fives all round! Oh, my fingers have disintegrated

Santa from Exeter

Re: Zebra Anus!

If they run out, I have found that Horse's Arse is a suitable substitute.

Just make sure it's a genuine one and not a Preachy Vegan substitute.

Indian police visit local Twitter HQ after government spokesperson's tweet labelled as 'manipulated'

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Re: Totally Manipulated

And which bit of "No evidence indicates Delhi's finest were following an order from India's government, nor is there any sign that Congress initiated the action. " did you fail to read or comprehend in the FA?

Virgin Galactic goes where it's gone twice before, for the first time in two years

Santa from Exeter

Re: When does the final crash test dummy go up on a test flight?

He is going to be the first non-technical passenger

Space Force's data must flow: Microsoft Azure and Ball Aerospace demo satellite to battlefield linkup

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War, huh

Is it just me, or does the recent use of the word 'warfighter' by the US make you think of a bad Post Apocolyptic film?

Our Tribe has more warfighters so we will win the resource scuffle!

Icon for the Apocolyptic event.

Proposed amendments to UK Finance Bill target rogue umbrella companies ripping off contractors after IR35

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Qoute " umbrella companies will be allowed to operate providing workers have no material interest in the company"

So, this looks like an attempt to hand the business to the large Umbrella corporations, i.e. their mates.

Welcome to the wonderful world of NHS Locums everyone, interesting nobody stood up for them when all these rules about no PSC's were introduced 3 years ago after the bollocks in the press about them being overpaid.

Other things to watch out for from Umbrella companies at the time were, only rebating the Income Tax on Allowable Expenses, presumably trousering the rest.

UK pharma supplier put into special measures after new IT system causes almost 10,000 missed medicine deliveries

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Sewer Rats are cleaner

To quote - "In collaboration with the NHS, the issue was swiftly dealt with"

In other words, we took out patients money under false pretenses and then relied on the underfunded NHS to prevent them from dying.

Did your company make a nice fat donation to the NHS to cover their additional costs brough about by your fuckup?

No, thoght not.

Space is hard: Rocket Lab's 20th Electron launch fails

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Re: "Space is Hard"

Stars occupy miunte areas of Space,

Clustered a few billion here, a few billion there.

See, some of us understood. Have an upvote

Parler returns to Apple's iOS App Store with Hive mind to moderate hate

Santa from Exeter

Re: The entire Alt-Right movement

Ike was a bit late to the party.

Just ask the residents of Cable Street.


Ransomware victim Colonial Pipeline paid $5m to get oil pumping again, restored from backups anyway – report

Santa from Exeter

Re: $5 million for criminals

A fine for whom, the victims? Great idea. Next from Mr Justice Monett, breaking the fingers of burglary victims for not having good enough locks.

China sprayed space with 3,000 pieces of junk. US military officials want rules to stop that sort of thing

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Did anyone else read this -

"Russia's Kosmos 2542 has presented copy-cat behaviour to a US satellite that makes officials believe it could be a weapon."

as the US saying that the Russians must have a weaponised satellite because it's behaving just like their weaponised satellite?

Traffic lights, who needs 'em? Lucky Kentucky residents up in arms over first roundabout

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Re: Plymouth huh!

Countess Wear? Surely you mean Exe Bridges!

Here's what Russia's SVR spy agency does when it breaks into your network, says US CISA infosec agency

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Modus Operandi

Looks to me like the FBI just released their Modus Operandi by mistake.

Oh well, blame it on the Chinese, sorry, Russians.

Remind me, is it Eastasia ot Eurasia today?

China has a satellite with an arm – and America worries it could be used to snatch other spacecraft

Santa from Exeter

Re: Quick idea of the back of my head

Oh, I understood alright, and I suspect the first respondent did also.

I also understand that China's goals in space may well be down to the Murica Fuck Yea arttitude of the US Military in regards to Space capability.

Atheists appeal to higher power for intercession over alleged sins against privacy

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Re: There is no File?

Nope, it's just between here and the Moon, tucked into a teapot.

We finally get to spot a burnt-out comet and what is it covered in? Talcum powder

Santa from Exeter

330 Degrees

At 330 ˚C it's probably got a bit sweaty around the nether regions, I know I appreciate a bit of talc in those circumstances.

Icon for the burning sensation.

Amazon’s critical Alabama warehouse workers union vote has started … and may be some time

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Sealed Ballot Boxes

I would have thought that both sides would have welcomed sealed ballot boxes if the issue is likely to be challenged whichever side wins.

AI recommendations fail fans who like hard rock and hip hop – official science

Santa from Exeter


People who like Lift Muzak will also listen to Hold Musak.

Not so much fans of Body Count (Ice T's Heavy Rock band for those who don't know).

Missile systems software dev leaker has sentence almost doubled after UK.gov says 4½ years was too soft

Santa from Exeter


Apart from spelling 'creative' incorrectly when using the Pedant Alert :-)

It's not creative at all.

The sentence is one to curtail your freedoms, there are several ways of acheiving this, only one of which involves actually locking you up.

There is also being required to report to a Police Station daily, surrender of your passport, or electronic tagging to name but 3.

The sentence might also be a community order, and you must then perform supervised community service for a set number of hours, which also curtails your freedom.

A conditional discharge may even contain the condition that you report to a Police Station periodically.

US Office of National Intelligence says Russia, Iran tried to mess with 2020 elections, China sat it out

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Important Distinction

'The document offers five key judgements, the first being that no foreign actor “attempted to alter any technical aspect of the voting process in the 2020 US elections, including voter registration , casting ballots, vote tabulation , or reporting results.” '

Nothing in there about Local actors then?

Microsoft customers locked out of Teams, Office, Xbox, Dynamics – and Azure Active Directory breakdown blamed

Santa from Exeter

Re: re: Tell me again why putting everything in the Cloud is such a brilliant idea.

@thondwe 'The Cloud' might have 24X7 staff, but at the rate that Microsoft fixes yet another Azure issue they caused it would be quicker to drive in and fix the on-prem stuff it replaced.

Santa from Exeter

Re: re: Tell me again why putting everything in the Cloud is such a brilliant idea.

@sabroni. It might not be your problem but round here we actually give a shit about our users, so we share their problems when Azure fucks up yet again for our 24X7 staff

'No' does not mean 'yes'... unless you are a scriptwriter for software user interfaces

Santa from Exeter

Re: when to use the word "fewer" instead of the word "less"


Sorry mate, you've got that arse about face.

Dahn Lahndahn 'I should bleedin' well cocoa' Means I should Jolly well say so, and is used in the affirmative, rather than the negative.

UK draft legislation enshrines the right to repair in law – but don't expect your mobile to suddenly be any easier to fix

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You miss the point. That is so that they can sell you an "extended warantee" for the other 5 years that they expect the thing to last anyway.

OVH data centre destroyed by fire in Strasbourg – all services unavailable

Santa from Exeter

Re: Who knew data centres were tinder boxes?

We use Argonite in our IT Halls. Although there is enough oxygen in the mix that you won't actually die from lack of it, there is a 'holdoff' button next to the doors in case anyone can't get to them in the 60 seconds allowed.

Self-supported Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server virty users see stealth inflation

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Re: GPL, anybody?

Red Hat specifically do *not* sell you the GPL protected kernel etc. What they *do* sell you is support.

If you use Red Hat extensively, as we do, this is made very clear.

In fact, it's even baked into the terminology as they are selling you Subscriptions or Entitlements, not Licences.

Shelter for internet outcasts Parler slaps Amazon with fresh lawsuit after abandoning first attempt

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Re: Couldn't happen to a nice bunch of...


No fair! Space Launch System gets cool stickers even though monster rocket failed test

Santa from Exeter

Re: The project is meeting all of its goals

Exactly how many times did the DC-X get into orbit then?

It's all very well to claim, as the You Tuber does, that *anything* that has the same concept is 'Based On' what went before, but that means that an F1 car is 'Based on' the Model T

Apache foundation ousts TinkerPop project co-founder for tweeting 'offensive humor that borders on hate speech'

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Full of Shit

I started reading the comments expecting to find a least a few objecting to the lazy use of "Cancel Culture" i.e. I don't want my actions to have any consequences wah wah wah.

I stopped when I got to the fourth mention of "Woke Cullture" Which is just another example of You don't like me being a fucktard so I will call you names.

As one commentard said earlier, I was expecting some debate, not the Fucking Daily Heil! (Oh and it's telling that they have more downvotes that upvotes)

I expect the twats in here will downvote, I don't care, especially as the guy they all claim to be supporting is clearly also a twat from the Twitter shit he spouted.

Vote machine biz Smartmatic sues Fox News and Trump chums for $2.7bn over bogus claims of rigged 2020 election

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Re: I look forward to the day...

" only one side is allowed to spread their current version of the truth"

There are no versions, there is the truth and then there are lies.

I leave it a a simple exercise to the reader to decide which side currently uses which in American politics.

£30m in contracts awarded in Post Office's £357m ATM overhaul

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You state that "Cities are becoming deserts if you need cash machines" would you care to give an example of a city where this is happening? The cities with which I am familiar all seem to be pretty well supplied with bank branches and retail branches offering free cash withdrawals on a widespread basis.

@Pascall Monet

"I'm guessing that 600 less ATMs is going to inconvenience a fair amount of people" Why guess? Do some research and you may well find that many of these ATM's are in areas already well supplied with them and that is the real reason they are under utilised. Locally the main Post Office was off the High Street, fine if you needed to go there to get a parcel weighrd for posting, bloody inconvenient to visit to withdraw cash. Additionally, why would someone "Drive another 20km to some bank teller and wait in line", where there is a bank, there will be an ATM. Oh, and in the UK they would be driving around 12 miles :-)

With depressing predictability, FCC boss leaves office with a list of his deeds... and a giant middle finger to America

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Re: Off Topic @Louis Schreurs

Sorry but I had to downvote you as the UK only finished paying for this 'generous help' in 2006

Over long US weekend, GitHub HR boss quit after firing Jewish staffer who warned Nazis were at the Capitol

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Re: Seems El Reg is still missing some facts. @AC

The Truth does not comr from Fox News or underground Alt Right "News" sites

China's Chang'e 5 probe lands Moon rocks in Inner Mongolia

Santa from Exeter

Well done indeed

Well done China.

In my opinion though, it's a real shame that El Reg couldn't have reported this success without the misplaced dig in the last paragraph.

After all, they don't end articles on US space efforts with 'Which is all very well for those US kids that can actually afford to go to a reasonable University In a land where if you don't have the money you don't get anywhere'.

45 million medical scans from hospitals all over the world left exposed online for anyone to view – some servers were laced with malware

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Re: quelle surprise? @Gene Cash

I would suggest you change your doctors then.

Most of the ones I know are at least au fait with the technology they use day to day and many actually love it as it maked their job easier.

There again, maybe I just know *competent* doctors

Patch Tuesday brings bug fixes for OpenSSL, IBM, SAP, Kubernetes, Adobe, and Red Hat. And Microsoft, of course

Santa from Exeter

Red Hat patches

The issue there is that the article then goes on to name Red Hat, who certainly don't do this as they release patches as and when needed, not once a month.

Supreme Court mulls whether a cop looking up a license plate for cash is equivalent to watching Instagram at work

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Ignorance or lack of it

On the subject of accessing Facebook to quote "Except of course, it does. Especially if someone is using two-factor authentication for additional security."

Unless things have changed radically, you don't actually have to log in to access Facebook.

You do to post, etc, but whilst you might be nagged to log in to view content it isn't actually needed.

So maybe not so ignorant after all

Social isolation creates craving in the same brain region as wanting food or addictive drugs, study finds

Santa from Exeter

I'll see you sometime later

When I'm through with my accumulator

Have an upvote for the Hawkwind lyrics :-)

UK, Canada could rethink the whole 'ban Huawei' thing post-Trump, whispers Huawei

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Re: Nice try to spin

Can we stoip touting the 'All Chinese companies are just a front for the PLA' crap now Donnie is on his way out?

UK tax dept's IT savings created 'significant risk', technical debt as it faces difficult conversation with Chancellor

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Re: Fast, Cheap, Good: peek two.

Lower Cost Cloud might refer to the fact that there are now more than just one (expensive) cloud provider ratified for Govt, workloads here in the UK now.

Initially only SkyScape (now rebranded UKCliud) was available and you'd better believe they weren't as cheap as Amazon.

Ransomware crims read our bank balance and demanded the lot, reveals Scotland's Dundee and Angus College

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Cyber Essentials

To Quote "At the end of 2019 we were proud of the fact we had got Cyber Essentials in place, but it didn't 'save' us"

Of course it sodding well didn't! CE is self-adjudicated, what did you say that you were doing but fudged the truth a bit?

CERT/CC: 'Sensational' bug names spark fear, hype – so we'll give flaws our own labels... like Suggestive Bunny

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Funky Gibbon anyone?



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