* Posts by Securitymoose

121 posts • joined 13 Jun 2011


UK smacks Huawei with banhammer: Buying firm's 5G gear illegal from year-end, mobile networks ordered to rip out all Huawei next-gen kit by 2027

Black Helicopters

You have to have 5G

Like you have to build bypasses, (and the rail link to Birmingham, just when people are shunning public transport big time.)

Who is going to benefit from the rollout? The spy culture, that's who, keeping track of everyone and everything.

5G going to cost billions? Scrap the idea and spend the money on the NHS and better broadband links instead.

Software biz Advanced set to lay off 6% of its workforce, blames that virus


I blame the pandemic

For having a useless management team, and no forward planning.

There's always a coronavirus angle these days: Honor intros new smartphone with built-in temperature sensor


Or you could buy something useful for everyone

Like an infra-red digital thermometer locally for £22. That means you don't have to change your phone and share your data with everyone else.


Coronavirus lockdown forces UK retailers to shut 382 million square feet of floor space


Clothing shops going out of business? Boo hoo.

Good riddance to those distributors who source their wares from sweatshops. We already have too many clothes, and the fashion culture is mostly hype. Who can afford, or would want to be seen in, some of the stuff they strut about to?

On the normal scale, if you've seen the pollution out east caused by our greed for cheap clothing, including the complete destruction of the Aral Sea, you might think that it's time to return to growing our own materials, weaving and dying locally, and returning to the art of seamstress (or seamster I guess). Clothes will cost more, of course, but we won't be buying so many, and we will be self-sufficient.

But what about the poor folks out of a job, I hear you cry? Could they return to farming, and growing their own food instead, and perhaps collect some of the rubbish they chucked into the sea, to slowly let this poor planet of ours recover for future generations?

All your jobs are belong to us... Amazon is hiring 75,000 people but if you want US home groceries, tough luck


And how much of that comes from China?

Try and buy anything electronic, and if you check the company name, it might look friendly, like Zoeview, but the address will be something like shenzhen

guangdong in China. Amazon don't seem to be regulating any of this. At least the groceries business will be local, unless you order live bats.

Microsoft staff giggle beneath the weight of a 52,000-person Reply-All email storm


2020 and still no automatic filter for 'reply all'?

People have been doing this since email began in nineteen hundred and something, and you still haven't sorted it? Serves you right.

Finally, a technology angle on the coronavirus outbreak: Semiconductor biz stocks slip amid China supply chain fears


Could it arrive here in the mass of goods we get from China?

The Black Death pneumonic plague was transmitted through droplet infection (in one provincial case, via damp linen). Is anyone going to fess up and tell us that the virus only has a short (or indefinite) lifespan? The Black Death killed 1/3 of the population of Europe, and how many more where records were not so extensive?

We are right to be cautious.

Totally Subcontracted Business: TSB to outsource entire IT estate to IBM for a cool $1bn after 2019 meltdown


'Outsource Errington' strikes again.

It seems like the only thing he knows.

You leak our secrets? We'll leak your book sales, speech fees – into our coffers: Uncle Sam wins royalties fight against Edward Snowden


Re: Streisand Effect

I wonder if the pdf will be 'leaked'. One would think he might arrange that out of spite for his homeland's decision.

Found on Mars: Alien insects... or whatever the hell this smudge is supposed to be, anyway


It will be a mosquito

The little blighters get everywhere. The moment we start terraforming will coincide in with the first alien mosquito bite as they revive. It wasn't loss of atmosphere that killed the martians, it was mosquitoes.

Chancers keep buying up dot-UK company name domains: Got a problem? That'll be £750 for Nominet to rule on it


Simple solution to domain squatting

If someone buys up a .uk already in existence as a .co.uk (.com or .eu) with a registered company, Nominet transfer ownership to that company at no charge - after all, its already been paid for. This would stop the squatting, and also show that Nominet is not in it just to milk the punters (unless they are, in which case, shame on them, and let's lobby the next government to being them down.)

Helen Fospero makes yet another Brit telly presenter to win IR35 case against taxman


HMRC, you lost! Get over it and stop wasting any more of our money.

This isn't Brexit, for Phoist's sake!

YouTube thinkfluencer Siraj Raval admits he plagiarized boffins' neural qubit papers – as ESA axes his workshop


When does curating become plagiarism?

Would that be when you don’t fess up to where you got your information?

Plusnet is doing us proud again with early Christmas present for customers: Price hikes


Easy to moan...

...but I've always had excellent service from them. If they try to hike the price, get on to the UK call centre, and get them to look out a better deal. Usually, they have an offering as good (or better than) what you are losing, as long as you sign up for another year or two - at a fixed price. If not, then's the time to look around.

BTW, this applies to a lot of your suppliers - insurance being the biggest annoyance. Always get on to them and challenge them to find you a better deal (no, you don't need a robot rodent with a foreign accent).

TalkTalk says WalkWalk if you've got a mouldy Tiscali email address, or pay £50 a year to keep it



I dropped them when they went to TalkTalk, and moved to another supplier, but have kept that Tiscali address since. They recently changed the mail system, and I lost reliable mail for several weeks. Their customer service was abominable, and these factors have added together to ensure I never ever deal with them again. I put a redirect on my mail when I got it back and have been advising those I want to know, and am ignoring the spammers.

If you really can't let go of Windows 7, Microsoft will keep things secure for another three years


I'd willing pay a fee...

...to stop those interminable updates borking my Windows 7 almost every time I switch it on. Hurry up and go out of support, so I can get on with my work!

Tesco parking app hauled offline after exposing 10s of millions of Automatic Number Plate Recognition images


Puts me in mind of the Fourteenth Adjustment by Robert Wingfield

A sci-fi satire where a parking junta has taken over the entire world - a quick quote from where the parking executives are discussing how to get more cash in. Some people are refusing to pay...

“Everyone else is paying their parking charges without complaint.”

“Of course they would.” Poordraw rubbed his hands together. “Nobody ever questions parking charges, well, nobody of any consequence, that is.” He looked sideways at his co-director. “An excellent idea of yours, Pietro, identifying everyone over a certain income level, and giving free parking to those people. That way, folks with the money to challenge us will never complain, and they don’t care what happens to the commoners in any case.”

“I take all the credit for that,” said Fairway. “I bought these ‘reality’ glasses from Dearheat Enterprises. They have filters which blank out anyone below a certain income level. I believe they were developed for visitors to the theatres in the Arty District to help them ignore beggars, but they work adequately when worn by our car-park attendants.

Russian spacebot stranded outside the ISS as Soyuz fails to dock


Siberia will be getting a few more visitors after this.

Perhaps we could outsource all our software development to Russia too.

Can't bear to part with that well-worn copy of Windows 7? Microsoft might let you keep it updated an extra year


Thank goodness for that

Won't it be great not to have to wait and watch your system reboot virtually every time you log in? If there are any holes left in W7 after that, at least they will be shared so we can be aware of them, but seriously, what can possibly be left after the gazillion updates MS have issued. If things get too bad,Linux awaits.

Phisherman's blues: Bogus Dell support rep extradited from Kenya, admits he conned US colleges out of $900,000


Training and security

If only these 'victims' would install checks and training, as well as controlling the validation of funds transfer, the scammers would be rendered ineffective.

While there are gullible people in positions of authority, there will always be scams: "Remember, Terry, you only get out of life what you put in, plus a bit extra if you can find a few mugs." Arthur Daley, in 'Minder', as played by the late, great George Cole.

Lancaster Uni cordons off breached systems a week after thousands of folks' data pinched


And the university doesn't have an IT Department?

With all the clever youngsters coming through the ranks,how on earth did the uni leave the doors open? Didn't the sys admins take a course in cyber security? Wait, what's this? https://www.lancaster.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/postgraduate-courses/cyber-security-msc/

Time for the Chancellor to resign from 'Egg-on-Face' University perhaps?

US gives Chinese smuggler 37 months in the slammer for selling knock-off Apple kit


Good point about quality.

I wonder if the battery life and the charging ports were better than the real thing, and that's what's hacked the authorities off.

Giffgaff goody-baddy-bag billing faff: Ofcom fines operator £1.4m for overcharging folks by almost £3m


Run by you?

So we must have ripped ourselves off then? That'll teach us.

Airbus A350 software bug forces airlines to turn planes off and on every 149 hours


I wonder if the software development was outsourced...

...to Musoketeba perhaps. (see 'Into The Fourth Universe' - https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/929784)

Plusnet holds off spirited charge from Vodafone in broadband complaint charts


Interesting - I've always had good service...

Yes, they didn't remind me when the two year contract was up, but after one call, they rectified that. When I moved house, it was seamless and at no charge. When I was having problems with the wiring, they replaced the master box, again no charge. You do have to call them and negotiate, but that's the same with every other service provider (and we're talking utilities, insurance and all the other clowns, here). Since then I've had super fast connections, at a fraction of the cost of any others. Am I just lucky or is it 'Brexit Syndrome', where you only ever hear from the whingers?

FTC fines Facebook $5bn for making users believe they actually had control over their data


So who gets the money?

Certainly not the millions of people who have suffered the compromise. One bunch of crooks fining another bunch of crooks? And we worry about bank accounts and phone scams - this is big league stuff.

Email scammers extract over $300m a month from American suits' pockets


"Remember, Terry, you only get out of life what you are prepared to put in...

...plus a bit extra if you can find a few mugs."

Arthur Daley

Wondering where that upcoming meeting with 'Cheap Viagra' came from? Spammers beat Gmail filters by abusing Google Calendar, Forms, Photos, Analytics...


Does anyone still use GMail, or Hotmail?

I get a mail from someone with a Hotmail or Gmail address and think...

1. Cheapskate

2. Scam

3. Why?

4. Don't you have an ISP?

5. What are you hiding?

6. You must like all your communications filtered and stored by the big boys.

7. You poor fish

Not very bright: Apple geniuses spend two weeks, $10,000 of repairs on a MacBook Pro fault caused by one dumb bug


Their brains are too highly tuned.

As an ex service guy, the first thing I always used to ask my users was "What was the last thing you did before it failed?"

Ah, turned down the brightness, eh. That might give me a clue.

Also, the user must have been pretty dense not to realize it had something to do with his process, unless it was a deliberate windup... "Let's see how long I can waste everyone's time..."

Finally, Apple are stupid not to have a fixed minimum setting for the display, and a reset when the system is rebooted.

Another example of how the 12 year old 'whiz kids' who design this sort of thing don't have a clue (or care) how people work in the real world.

Mystery GPS glitch grounds flights, leaves passengers in the bar


And should similar occur when we rely on it with self-driving cars etc...

A perfect example of how we rely so much on the technology that we have forgotten how to look out of a window.

Pass me the Huawei Code.

IBM raising axe for 'significant workforce balancing in Europe', says staffer rep council


Workforce balancing?

A new way of saying, 'sacking half the workers'. Nobody is fooled, so why do they bother? Doesn't it make you want to punch the spin doctors in the face, or in their terms, 'engage in re-modelling of their client-facing appearance'?

The e-mpire strikes back: Google appeals that $1.7bn EU fine for choking web ad rivals


Ads? What are they?

They can all waste their money as they like. with a good blockers for third party cookies, scripts, device recognition etc., you don't need to see any of them. It's all the scammers scamming each other, convincing themselves that people are actually seeing their ads. (and paying people for clicking on them so that it looks like anyone gives a damn.) "What about my fondleslab?" I hear you cry. If you do everything on that via a browser, you too can resist the scourge of modern communication just as well.

Google may have taken this whole 'serverless' thing too far: Outage caused by bandwidth-killing config blunder


GMail was out? Situation normal.

How does this differ from normal, when anything you send to a GMail address is filtered and stripped and delayed, and recorded, before they eventually sent it on, if they can be bothered, or passed to email scammers if they can't? Does anyone still use a GMail account for anything?

British Army down thousands of soldiers after outsourcing recruitment IT to Capita


What next? Outsource the nuclear deterrent?

I can imagine the situation...

"Sorry, we can't fire the missiles; it's a national holiday in Elbonia, and Microsoft are running one of their interminable updates, and we aren't allowed to reboot."

The circus is being run from the monkey cage.

It's May 2. Know what that means? Yep, it's the PR orgy that is World Password Day... again


WTF does it matter?

Every jumped up little upstart wants me to have a user name and password, even though the information they have on me is insignificant. What do I care if someone hacks my details in Fishermen's Wives' Knitting Monthly? Anyone with any sense doesn't tell Facebook or Google etc. anything true about themselves. For example, Apple requested a credit card before I could use iTunes. I had to submit it to get anywhere (must be illegal now?), but once set up, I removed my financial details and now only download free apps - actually, I use a secure browser and view all the equivalent internet sites through that, with adblock on.

So that leaves bank details, Paypal and the like. They have their own two-factor security, and using different email addressees to access each improves that further.

So, guidelines for the worried:

1. Don't worry about password security for the numpty sites. Use a sacrificial email address instead.

2. Always use a trusted third party for purchases on line.

3. Use secure passwords, and change those occasionally for the really important things like banking - I suspect you will only have a few to remember.

4. Don't store anything sensitive on your fondle-slab - use a secure browser to do your banking etc.

5. Most apps seem to be developed by 12 year olds, who have no idea of user acceptance testing, so don't ever give anything away to them, apart from a pack of lies.

6. Don't user GMail or Hotmaill addresses. They look unprofessional, and Google and Microsoft are allegedly notorious for blocking the wrong domains and snooping on your content. You have an ISP. They often supply more than one email address, so use everything they can let you have for free.

7. Trust no-one, Grasshopper.

Look what the Softcat dragged in: Revenues grow 21% as UK reseller refuses to blink at Brexit


Thank goodness one company isn't joining the mass hysteria

Nobody knows how it will go, and most should prepare for multiple scenarios. Good on Softcat, actually doing what all businesses should be doing, and being ready for whatever happens. Substitute 'Brexit' for 'any other business threat'* and there really is no difference. It's called 'contingency', I believe. If you can't handle Brexit, you are a very poor manager/company indeed.

* War, Political changes, Sunspots, China, Putin, Trump, Technology breakthrough, Plague, U-boats etc.

As angels, rich dudebros suck: 1 in 5 Y Combinator women tech founders say they were sexually harassed


How long will it be...

...before this goes the other way, and an investor turns down a harebrained scheme in good faith, and finds himself on the end of a trumped up (no pun intended) charge, or is threatened with one, should he not invest?

There are many suitable potential investors it is safe to borrow from, including banks and other reputable companies, and if these are not interested, perhaps this means that they can see that the new idea is not viable... and all this without any sexual undertones?

China will overtake America as leading AI superpower, warns ex-Google Beijing bigwig


The bubble will burst

China has pumped so much cash into their system that it will explode eventually. I had a friend visit there recently, and he pointed out all the empty and unfinished tower blocks, and the way there is a sense of poverty and desperation among the people.

Selling goods cheaper than the rest of the world involves subsidies and worker exploitation. A lot of items on Amazon come from China, and you find that many are identical, but with different branding. It seems to be the plan to flood the market, and drive conventional producers into the ground, but it isn't sustainable.

There will be a crash, and when it comes, I just hope we don't need the things we used to get from them cheaply. Will there be another revolution, or will the red fist crush its workers into submission again? 5 years, yes, but it may not be the result the 'bigwig' in his comfy padded environment envisages.

Go Pester someone else: TSB ditches CEO over bank's IT meltdown


He can always get a job as a parking attendant?


Big bruv?

Google cracks down on dodgy tech support ads



Does anyone actually read adverts on the Internet, and even less actually click on them?

I've had pages that say. 'We see you are blocking adverts. Please disable your blocker in order to view the content on this page." Arrogant b*******s.

My keyboard needs a FOAD key (f*** off and die), because I'm not falling for that one.

Google taking adverts down? Only those that don't pay them for the clicks made by paid stooges.

Final Score

Google: Billions - Advertisers: Nil

TSB goes TITSUP: Total Inability To Surprise Users, Probably


Why does anyone still bank with them?

Why does anyone still bank with just one bank? And why am I still with TSB? Interest on my current account and 1% cashback on my credit card, that's why.

My finances are non-critical, although the Council might gripe if their Tax is paid late (am I boddered?). I can see it would be a problem for people with mortgages etc, but the bank will have to pay compensation for any charges.

Leave it with them, open an account with another bank, and therefore build in your own contingency to cover events like this, and give them time to realise they can't cut corners on IT staff and systems.

Plusnet customers peeped others' deets during system upgrade


Bills are now being delayed

Received this on 2nd September. Not had any trouble with billing yet, so I guess they are holding until they've sorted things out..

"We need to let you know that your September bill will be delayed by a few days.

We just wanted to drop you an email to reassure you that you won't be charged any more or less money, and your service won't be affected in any way. You'll get your usual email notifications when your bill's ready, and payment will be taken via your current method.

We hope this doesn't cause any problems, but please get in touch if you need to. Call us on 0800 432 0200.

Best wishes,

The Plusnet Team"

IBM slaps patent on coffee-delivering drones that can read your MIND


Or a variation on Clippy?

I see that you are about to throw yourself off a cliff. Please accept this coffee...


I sense that you are feeling glum. I am told that a hot beverage is the answer

IBM are patenting the concept of a Flying Sheldon (The Big Bang Theory, in case you are visiting from another planet and haven't seen the show).

What next? Will we have to sign a contract that indemnifies them if the cup is inverted before it lands?

What if tech moguls brewed real ale?


Over Budget

A government sponsored, over-priced ale that tastes worse as you get further down the glass. You have to keep on drinking, and pretend you like it though, because you've paid so much, and don't want to admit you made a bad investment.

It's US Tax Day, so of course the IRS's servers have taken a swan dive


This explains why I've been waiting 3 years for a rebate

I'm not a US citizen, but the IRS took some tax off me for selling a book in the Land of the Free. To be annoying, I filled in all the forms and eventually they agreed that they would refund the $35. However, they said that this might take some time, but that they would pay interest on the amount owing. I guess, in a century or so, my descendants will be getting an astonishing windfall. It's a pity the money doesn't come directly out of the pockets of the bureaucrats who run the behemoth. We might get a better service then.

More than 87m Facebook profiles farmed, says second ex-Cambridge Analytica witness

Big Brother

Does anyone actually answer these things truthfully?

I can't believe that anyone would put in the truthful answers to any of the questions in such a poll. They are there for fun and imagination. If the data on all these users is not totally useless I'd be most surprised.

On Facebook, when they asked me to enter my age, I chose the oldest one possible - according to my profile, I live in Sweetfannyadams Wisconsin and am 115 years old, support the Swedish Ladies' Football Team, and have my on wombat farm. I also think that Nigel Farage is the new Rudolph Valentino and my hairdresser's gibbon is called Steve.

Stuff that in your database, whoever you are.

Seriously though, this is also why opinion polls don't usually work, and why when they ask you for your password in the street, the most common one used is "**** off and stop bothering me, why don't you?" (actually, that's not a bad one if you just use the first letters of each word.)

Avast blocks the entire internet – again


Blocks Windows Updates? Bravo Avast

So it's not all bad news then. Give them a gold star if you've sat about waiting for Microsoft to download some more bloatware, reboot and then wait some more to log in while they do more of their butchering of your device.

Perhaps we can get Avast to block all those other sites that harvest our information to share with spammers and con artists when they leave the database on a taxi seat.

Lloyds Banking Group to hang up on call centre staffers


This is the man...

...who outsourced, just as the smart money realised that UK call centres are at least within punching distance. I wonder if he drives a Volkswagen.



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