* Posts by Mad Chaz

306 publicly visible posts • joined 9 Dec 2009


38 percent of tech job interviews offered exclusively to men: report

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Re: is clearly an issue in some schools

Very big assomption to assume he as a brain.

Time running out for crew of missing Titanic tourist submarine

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Re: Hmm

What world do you live in where the rich pay taxes in ANY way close to what ordinary people pay? Not the real one for sure!

Bad times are just starting for India's IT outsourcers, says JP Morgan

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I think it's more intelligence in the political sence. It can spew out BS that sounds smart, but is just word salad.

Microsoft puts the freeze on employee salaries, CEO pay still as hot as ever

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"but none of them are lining up for a reduction when the company does badly"

Neither is the CEO. His pay usually rises when the company does badly.

Florida man accused of breaking Mastodon's open-source license with botched social network launch

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Re: Why 30 days?

Just so they can say they gave a chance to comply and it didn't happen. Then, it becomes obviously intentional infringement.

IBM tossed £20m to keep the Trace side of NHS Test and Trace services running

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When was the last time you saw a gov contract that had any kind of provision that it had to deliver?

No sane person would sign a contract like that with the gov, knowing full well how bad the gov will make them fuck it up.

Lost in IKEA? So, it seems, is Windows

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Infinite ikea

Oh the horror


As Brit cyber-spies drop 'whitelist' and 'blacklist', tech boss says: If you’re thinking about getting in touch saying this is political correctness gone mad, don’t bother

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BLACK Friday disagrees

Shipping is so insecure we could have driven off in an oil rig, says Pen Test Partners

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Well, not really. I suspect the rational for most of the info sec was "we're in the middle of the ocean, who's going to hack us?". Nevermind that the people on the ship are the bigger risk. That would cost money to fix!

Tutanota cries 'censorship!' after secure email biz blocked – for real this time – in Russia

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"Censorship is, as we in the West know, a feature of life under totalitarism regimes" There, FTFY

I think you will find it's not exclusive to communist regimes. More than a few democracies try to head that way too.

Call us immediately if your child uses Kali Linux, squawks West Mids Police

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Re: Well.. I'm a

you need to install smb 1 on the win10 machine. It's in windows features

What's that? Encryption's OK now? UK politicos Brexit from Whatsapp to Signal

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Re: Ha

Naaa. It's like with robocalls. They'd make an exception so the politicians can still get the full encryption. For 'national security' reasons, of course.

'Supporting Internet Explorer is hell': Web developers identify top needs – new survey

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That's what I was thinking. Keep the web in it's little sandbox please. It's already dangerous enough visiting web pages!

Bandwidth weirdness at TalkTalk has customers fuming at being denied on-demand I'm A Celeb

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they might be stuck doing support for a familly member who is however

Bet you can't guess what I'm wearing, or where I'm wearing it

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When I got my new cellphone number, I kept getting treatening calls for the previous owner of the number. Things along the line of 'pay up or we'll see you in court!'

That I told them said name didn't exist at this number wasn't working. So I basically told them to 'put up or shut up and I'd be happy to have my day in court'.

Somehow, that stopped them dead after the first try.

Two Arkansas dipsticks nicked after allegedly taking turns to shoot each other while wearing bulletproof vests

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Re: I was thinking the same...

There is no "being completely fscking stupid" on the statute books in Arkansas ?

It's only required if you're trying to get elected

America's top maker of cop body cameras says facial-recog AI isn't safe

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Axon doesn't need

to hide the tech is crap. Politicians and cops want it, so it works as far as they care

New age discrim row: Accenture, Facebook sued by sales boss for favoring 'new blood'

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Re: Urban

I think it's obvious most bosses care more about getting boot licking services rather than people who can get the job done. Especially if they are baby boomers waiting out the last few years before retirement in a boss job where they just have to look good.

FBI boss: We went to the Moon, so why can't we have crypto backdoors? – and more this week

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We did do it!

Got to love those spooks trying to get encryption backdoors. We did "do it". Except IT was making sure assholes like you aren't able to get said back door. THAT is the problem that got solved.

US prosecutors drop demand for 1.3m IP addresses of folks who visited anti-Trump site

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I love how they go "we didn't know they had it so we couldn't exclude it". To me, it sounds like it should be "you specify exactly what you want" not "let's get everything but this".


Bell Canada hacked: 2m account details swiped by mystery miscreants

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Bell Canada, where incompetence is the path to promotion

I had the misfortune to work for a Bell subsidiary in the past. The culture is basically "blame the underlings for the fact bosses can't even handle basic math like 2+2=4"

Boss didn't order enough material to do the job? Fire the poor guy doing the work for not finishing on time.

So not very surprising the security there is closer to Swiss cheese than brick wall. But I'm sure the person who made the decisions that led to this will find some poor smock under him to take the blame.

Reg now behind invisible HTML5 Bitcoin paywall

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6h20 am: get up before work and do a bit of el-reg reading. Wonder wtf my eyes aren't awake yet and the text keeps doing weird things. Click stupid link and realise what day it is. Well done El'reg, well done.

BOFH: Don't back up in anger

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Re: New technical terms.

Why not just use a flux capacitor and an old car?

AWS's S3 outage was so bad Amazon couldn't get into its own dashboard to warn the world

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The generation isn't as much the problem as the idiots who built those items to not work without internet connectivity.

Yea, my ISP went tits up so I can't bake a cake. WTF?

WTF is your problem, Netgear? Another hijack hole found in its routers

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Not for everyone

But personally, I use pfSense. In my case, inside a VM on the computer I use as my home server. But any old/small/underpowered computer with 2 NIC can run it really.

It's just not the kind of thing most people want to use.

So you want to roll your own cloud

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RDO and tripleO

Getting openstack setup is surprisingly easy now with the RDO project and the tripleO installer. If you have the hardware, using tripleO, you can have everything installed pretty much automatically, including a ceph storage cluster and everything else you need.

Bank robber reveals identity – by using his debit card during crime

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Re: Why don't I just mosey on down and rob the bank

This is in the US. Would not even be surprised if this was a good move for him, if he as health issues and no insurance. Inmates get taken care of better then the general population.

UK prison reform report wants hard-coded no-fly zones in drones to keep them out of jail

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Are you sure it's a drone and not a cat?

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Black Helicopters

Re: Well,

"are the powers that be SO stupid!?!?!?"

Do you really need to ask?

Donald Trump running insecure email servers

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Re: Thar she blows!

You mean more embarasing then his public statements? That'll be hard to dig up!

Openreach split could damage broadband investment, says BT's chief exec

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Re: Pensions ...

What? And take responsability for missmanaging the pension funds?

Open-source storage that doesn't suck? Our man tries to break TrueNAS

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Not a mistake, but an update in terminologie.

SMB isn't the term used in linux/bsd for the OLD samba protocol. It is now called CIFS as that version of it had MAJOR performance improvements over the old SMB system. SMB3 is used for the latest version (windows 10 and familly)

Honeywell's UK staff mull strike action

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Another good example of buisness avioding risk, this time shifting it to the employees. Why bother with properly managing the retirement fund when we can just have the employees get shafted if we did a poor job.

Student software finds new Minor Planet found way out beyond Pluto

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Re: Rupert?

Yes, with the Grebulons stuck on them.

Internet of Things security? Start with who owns the data

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Re: Simples

Would make sence, be relatively easy to police and would make corporation liable. It'll never become law.

London-based Yahoo! hacker gets 11 years for SQLi mischief

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''These acts cause financial and reputational damage to businesses and rob their clients of the security they expect and deserve online.­''

Damage that is deserved if they didn't take basic security measures to ensure the security they expect and deserve online.

'Second Earth' exoplanet found right under our noses – just four light years away

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Re: Solar Flares?

It depends how much curry Lister had.

Milk IN the teapot: Innovation or abomination?

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what if ...

What if I didn't wank milk in my tea? Can't exactly take it out. now can you?

Alleged Aussie plum plucker pleads guilty to motel tissue swipe

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only one thing to say


Keep up the pressure on the telcos, Canada

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If I drive about 10 minutes from my house, I could get fiber connection for a stupid high price that more or less as to include TV and phone and a data cap. At my place, I can barely get DSL from the phone network.

I could get cable, but then I would again be paying almost as much for just the internet as if I took phone and TV as well and have to pay extra for unlimited download.

Now I get DSL from a third party and get no fine when I download too much, just my connection getting downgraded in speed. Still crap, but it's honestly the best deal I could get. And it's not like it's just 1 or 2 houses on the street. It's all tightly packed all the way from the city center to my home.

FBI's iPhone paid-for hack should be barred, say ex-govt officials

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Re: Good for both, Goose and Gander.....

except we all know it'll never be properly controlled or follow due process from past experience.

You. Comcast, TWC, Charter, DirecTV, Dish. Get in here and explain yourselves – Congress

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"The industry-funded American Cable Association reckons the FCC's stipulation that Charter expand into underserved areas will bring competition that will hurt ISPs already in those markets."

You know they are a proper monopoly when the "big guy association" is scared of competition. They know they got no little guy left to compete with so it's all money out of big guy pocket. (Yes, I used singular, not plural)

I agree they should cancel that provision ... along with the entire merger. I think it's time to consider breaking them up again, not letting them re-fuse.

Swedish old timer pulls airsoft gun on broadband salesman

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isn't that a life sentence?

Cities are investigating, workers are on strike, but it's not all good news for Verizon

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Re: given this

No, that would go to the various levels of government.

Must listen: We've found the real Bastard Operator From Hell

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You, sir, have my eternal admiration.

Ten years in the clink, file-sharing monsters! (If UK govt gets its way)

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Re: Actually, no

how easy people forget history ...

123-reg still hasn't restored customers' websites after mass deletion VPS snafu

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My understanding from a previous article is the problem was with a clean up script. The script deletes "no longer used" volumes. Only this time, the script didn't delete "no longer used", just a lot of volumes.

That is what is used as "hard disks" for virtual machines in a VPS environment. So basically, the clean up script went in and deleted user data for still active clients instead of just ones that aren't active anymore.

Europe's digi-boss tells YouTube to cough up proper music royalties

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Re: Let me translate this for you...

Same reason we pay it in Canada. So when the RIAA tries to sue half the population, a judge can say "you got your tax, go back to the US, you're drunk"

Snafu! BT funnels all customers' sent email into one poor sod's inbox

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Re: Once they've got this sorted out...

"One friend of mine who is trying to resolve this runs into blanket denials of responsibility from both ISPs."

I've had similar things happen before. Got tired of it at one point and FORCED a 3 way call between me and service reps from both ISP, then sat back with pop-corn as they argued with one another.

US congresscritter's iPhone hacked (with, er, the cell networks' help)

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Re: within the grasp of powerful crime gangs and government agents

Yea, not all powerful crime gangs are government. Some do independent work.