* Posts by julian_n

112 posts • joined 16 Jun 2011

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Fairphone thinks its fair to offer a not-very-major and slightly-more-recycled new model

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Re: O/S

Android 9.0 Pie (sadly not Android one) - but with option of /e/OS.

Or you can buy them preinstalled with /e/OS - https://esolutions.shop/shop/e-os-fairphone-3/

We're no longer helping UK Post Office persecute postal workers with our shonky system, says Fujitsu

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You forgot the bit about being awarded a gong for service to the Post Office.

Listening to the excellent R4 series, she lied to Parliament - I won't hold my breath she'll get prosecuted.

Easyjet hacked: 9 million people's data accessed plus 2,200 folks' credit card details grabbed

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Re: Hash anyone?

I've seen several mentions of EJ outsourcing - but no mention of names & locations.

Anyone?

Bad news: Cognizant hit by ransomware gang. Worse: It's Maze, which leaks victims' data online after non-payment

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I mean, out sourcing and putting your data out on the cloud - who would have thought anything could ever go wrong.

That critical VMware vuln allowed anyone on your network to create new admin users, no creds needed

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Re: re: very unique

Well the room certainly moved.

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Re: re: very unique

So did I - my wife got a bit pregnant there.

Hello, support? What do I click if I want some cash?

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Barclays - my father's bank - and the only outfit I have had problems with winding up his estate. I guess their incompetance is congenital.

Four months, $1bn... and ICANN still hasn’t decided whether to approve .org sale with just 11 days left to go

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So is there any reason why a few DNS vendors - perhaps starting with Google, could not set up a parallel .org (i.e. resolve it rather than pushing it up).

It would only take a few more to follow and all of a sudden that $1bn investment is down the pan.

Review of IR35 is in: Quelle surprise, UK.gov will forge ahead with controversial tax reforms in the private sector

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More snow in Switzerland this week - should be great up the mountains this weekend.

Auf wiedersehen, pet: UK Deutsche Bank contractors plan to leave rather than take 25% pay cut for IR35 – report

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Re: I do wonder..m

OK. I said I would leave and I now work in Switzerland.

If you're keeping tabs that's 1 - 0

Orange has an elegant solution to Huawei question in France: We'll stick with Nokia and Ericsson for 5G networks

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Sex scenes are so 90s - like in the BT Boardroom when one director's wife allegedly stormed into a board meeting after finding out about his daliances.

Those were the days.

We need to make it even easier for UK terror cops to rummage about in folks' phones, says govt lawyer

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Re: Vital stuff

Local Council? Even the Food Standards Agencies have access to your communications.

Now I know the wife's cooking is not top drawer, but I would never (dare) describe it as a biological weapon.

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

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Re: Splendidly well done, IBM !

Sorry - but any customer who has remained with TSB rather than switch bank just deserves all the bad things that may happen to them.

Apple calls BS on FBI, AG: We're totally not dragging our feet in murder probe iPhone decryption. PS: No backdoors

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Re: Hypocrites

But surely the hypocrites are the people who continue to buy Chinese made products despite knowing the behaviour of the regime in power there?

Step away from that Windows 7 machine, order UK cyber-cops: It's not safe for managing your cash digitally

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If you have a valid Windows 7 product code it will still activate Windows 10 - despite the free update officially ending. Get the Media Creation Tool (but be aware you need to reimage the USB device fresh for each install)

However, I took the Linux Mint update route - and I have yet to find a piece of hardware that doesn't work out of the box - even a supposedly unsupported Focusrite Scarlett 2i2.

My Windows 7 is now virtualised.

This page is currency unavailable... Travelex scrubs UK homepage, kills services, knackers other sites amid 'software virus' infection

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Re: Nice holding page

Well sometimes they do - but then fire them to save money.

UK government review of IR35 tax reforms? Like a broken pencil, say contractors groups – it'll be utterly pointless

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Re: It's over....

I moved abroad. Skiing in Switzerland is nice this time of year.

And the Swiss appreciate Cyber Security skill - which obviously the UK does not need.

The Six Million Dollar Scam: London cops probe Travelex cyber-ransacking amid reports of £m ransomware demand, wide-open VPN server holes

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It looks like firing Cyber Security professionals was not the smartest move by Travelex. Not sure the salary savings will cover the cost of fixing this.

Oil be damned: Iran-based crooks flinging malware at Middle Eastern energy plants again – research

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Re: Allegedly

What? Next you'll be trying to tell me Saddam did not have WMDs that could hit London in 10 minutes.

Even though I saw it on the BBC.

Inconceivable.

EU wouldn't! Uncle Sam brandishes 'up to 100%' tariffs over France's Digital Services Tax

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Re: Asian export markets

Nice freudian slip there - I guess you meant copious. But copies actually fits the Chinese model better - and the profits on the copies stays in China

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Nope. The EU will let France take the hit - especially as the French Tax may run against EU Laws. The bottom line is that US tariffs hang over the German automobile manufacturers like a sword of Damocles.

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Re: Wrong argument

That is not how the EU single market works. A company in one EU/EEA country can sell into any other with the profits taxed in the home (normally Ireland or Luxembourg) country.

What the article fails to point out is that the UK can stop this after Brexit when no longer part of the Single Market - should that be what it chooses. Make any country trading in UK have a UK subsidiary where appropriate taxes are paid.

What France is attempting smacks of double taxation - I am surprised the EU has allowed it.

There will still, of course, be all the other fiddles they get up to - like licencing image rights at an inflated price.

Tory chancellor pledges to review IR35 rollout in UK private sector – just like all the other parties

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Sajid Javid

Is this the same Sajid Javid who said in 2009 "We should also restore our Social Chapter opt out (and produce UK rules that actually work, perhaps similar to those in Australia) and repeal the silly IR35 tax on providers of personal services."

Taken a bit of a long time, eh?

Bose customers beg for firmware ceasefire after headphones fall victim to another crap update

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Yes. I do too after a known flaw in the QC25 turned them into a paperweight and BOSE declined to fix them.

UK taxman updates its employment-checking calculator for IR35: Still crap, say contractors

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I don't understand.

Mr Javid said he wanted to "repeal the silly IR35 tax on providers of personal services"

Are you telling me he was being economical with the truth?

Interpol: Strong encryption helps online predators. Build backdoors

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If we look at the agencies allowed by the RIPA to snoop on our data already we see such paedophile fighting bodies as the Food Standards Agency listed.

Does anyone know how many paedophiles the Food Standards Agency have caught?

'Literally a paperweight': Bose users fume at firmware update that 'doesn't fix issues'

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Re: How many decent products and companies....

Not my experience with them. I have a QC25 brick at home - looking at getting an Indy to look at it as I understand the known design flaw is in the cables.

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Re: There’s a reason people say

Come now - Apple aren't that bad. Besides, with the car analogy I guess it should be the Trabant of Speakers.

Certainly my QC25s that fell to a known issue that BOSE refused to repair put me off the brand for life.

Boffins blow hot and cold over li-ion battery that can cut leccy car recharging to '10 mins'

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So really when Teslas burst into flames they are really just pre-heating their batteries.

Help! I bought a domain and ended up with a stranger's PayPal! And I can't give it back

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I guess you haven't had to deal with Barclays Bank then.

Remember the Democratic National Committee email leak? Same hackers now targeting EU countries, say malware boffins

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Except . . .

Except the DNC was done as an inside job via a USB Thumb Drive

In solidarity with its broken email hosting, 123-Reg's '24/7' support lines also fall over

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Re: Three Musketeers

And you're probably not paid by the word or set a word target either

Ye olde Blue Screen of Death is back – this time, a bad Symantec update is to blame

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Re: Paging ...

Dr Solomon - UK's answer to Peter Norton.

'Technical error' threatens Vodafone customers with four-figure roaming fees

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Yes. They do this too - and the odd tenner is not worth taking to Small Claims Court

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Re: My vodafone bill looks small by comparison

Don't worry, you've not missed much - when you do get through to their support they will just tell lies then lose the recordings made for "training purposes"

Virtual inanity: Solution to Irish border requires data and tech not yet available, MPs told

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Re: "There are over 200 roads that cross the border."

Where did you make that statistic up from?

There are over 60 crossings just between France and the canton of Geneva.

Or is the 0 key missing on your keyboard?

IR35 blame game: Barclays to halt off-payroll contractors, goes directly to PAYE

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Re: How many hours a week?

When IR35 was first launched HMRC (or whatever they were then) posted a series of examples. One was Charlotte who had two jobs and was thus outside IR35. Surely they are not moving the goalposts!

DoH! Mozilla assures UK minister that DNS-over-HTTPS won't be default in Firefox for Britons

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But its for your own good - to protect you from terrorists, drug smugglers, tax evaders and paedophiles.

And the Scottish Food Standards Agency is at the forefront of such fights, hence why they can snoop on, oops - sorry that should be protect, you.

HP printer small print says kit phones home data on whatever you print – and then some

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Re: Trustworthy? -- Betrayed

Not sure it is the printer sending the info - just some of the bloatware installed along with the Windows drivers on a PC. So, Linux PC should be free of this - and I agree, HP printers do work well on Linux.

Two years ago, 123-Reg and NamesCo decided to register millions of .uk domains for customers without asking them. They just got the renewal reminders...

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Re: they have simply stuck those domains on auto-renew

From my e-mail:

The product(s) listed below are due for renewal. We'll attempt to take payment from your PayPal account on or around 11/10/2019 to ensure the continuation of your service.

So to answer your question - they'll direct-debit you automatically.

Dear hackers: If you try to pwn a website for phishing, make sure it's not the personal domain of a senior Akamai security researcher

julian_n

Re: Cash Dollar?

One pound note?

Lancaster Uni data breach hits at least 12,500 wannabe students

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Doesn't GDPR mandate 72 hours for disclosure now?

BT staffers fear new mums could be hit disproportionately by car allowance change

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Have you ever tried to get to BT Adastral Park, say from Sudbury. I have - it's 3 trains and a bus (the Super 66!) to replace one car trip and an extra two hours travelling. Luckily only in one direction!

The Empire Strikes Back: Trump discovers $10bn JEDI cloud deal may go to nemesis Jeff Bezos, demands probe

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Why not? After all a previous Vice President invented the Internet. So what's wrong with this one inventing the Cloud?

Banks bid legacy tech farewell as they sail to the cloud – but now all that infrastructure is in hands of the big three

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Hmmmm - with the Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data Act, or CLOUD Act for short, Uncle Sam must be rubbing his hands with glee at all that possible extra information . . . after all the "Big Three" are all American.

For pity's sake, groans Mimecast, teach your workforce not to open obviously dodgy emails

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That phishing snapshot looks to have been translated from French - card and map are the same word in French - carte - hence the mistranslation on the last line.

Now which countries use French?

Firmware update borks Bose boxes: Owners report crackles on Lex-i of the soundbar world

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Re: Soundbars , meh

Bose seem to be a totally incompetent company living off a reputation earned years ago. It is not only fixing sound bars that gives them a problem, fixing head phones does as well.

MI5 slapped on the wrist for 'serious' surveillance data breach

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Ah. That explains the smirk on Theresa May's face.

Ever used VFEmail? No? Well, chances are you never will now: Hackers wipe servers, backups in 'catastrophic' attack

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Re: It's in the cloud!

Ask Mr Bezos - although (allegedly) he failed to take the same precautions over his own photos.

Size does matter, chaps: Oversized todgers an evolutionary handicap

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But doesn't this go back to the issue of the biggest pricks?

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