* Posts by F0rdPrefect

141 publicly visible posts • joined 17 Jul 2012


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


Re: Good. Another year for people to move away from Windows

"You mean your business didn't see this coming years ago and start migrating to web-based tools?"

Having helped a number of organisations move away from web based tools, they are far from being the answer for everybody, no matter what the salesmen say.

Just like outsourcing.

Psst. Hey. Hey you. We have to whisper this in case the cool kidz hear, but... it's OK to pull your data back from the cloud


Re: Yep.


And reversing outsourcing of systems and staff to companies abroad which, although it looked cheaper on paper, was actually more expensive due to lack of control.

It's Black Hat and DEF CON in Vegas this week. And yup, you know what that means. Hotel room searches for guns


A number of people I know (online) who are attending have booked Airbnb apartments to avoid the problem.


He's not allowed to

As HMRC's quarterly deadline for online VAT filing looms, biz dogged by 'technical difficulties'


Re: If it were only so easy to get a Tax refund

Yes I got a silly 40% rate on over the tax free sum taken from my pension but I just filled in the appropriate online form and got the extra tax back about 6 weeks later.

Only problem was that the remittance advice with the check suggested I should have given them my bank details to they could pay me electronically, but there was nowhere in the reclaim procedure to do that.

Also, when I did my final VAT return which generated a refund, they sent me a cheque, even though they've been taking my VAT payments by DD for over a decade.

Centrica: Server fault on Wednesday caused Hive to crash on the Tuesday. Yes, yes, that's what we said

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Re: Why, in the name of all that's holy

It still works while not connected to the internet, just has to be controlled from the wall rather than the app or computer.

Since realising that I've disconnected their thingy from my hub.


Re: Redundancy

Yeah, but if you get a new boiler, because the old one died, that is now too easy under the Boiler Plus 2018 regulations.


The Register article timed at 13:00, my copy of the email arrived at 17:15

I wondered what the article was on about.

That marketing email database that exposed 809 million contact records? Maybe make that two-BILLION-plus?


They're worthless to start with.

I've just checked the latest HaveIBeePawned update for my small domain and none of the addresses leaked from Verification.io have ever existed and are ones that I have black holed for years due to the amount of spam sent to them.

UK.gov's Verify has 'significantly' missed every target, groans spending watchdog


Re: The default way for people to prove their identity

"They really only need to know who you are if they're giving you money. - for that, these days, they require you to have a bank account"

Well HMRC sent me a cheque last month, for a VAT refund, even though they have my bank account details so that they can DD VAT when I owe them, so not always.

It's December of 2018 and, to hell with it, just patch your stuff



Having worked in support and distribution at a dealer, for a well known piece of software and received a new version and not been allowed to test it for problems before sending it to customers, I wouldn't blame the software engineers.

It is almost certainly sales and marketing insisting that it needs to be out there NOW so as not to hurt their commissions.

For fax sake: NHS to be banned from buying archaic copy-flingers


Re: Good Enough

"Let's assume they last about 4 years"

Last one I saw in a hospital was well over 10 years old.

The older they are the longer they last.

And the one that another customer kept going, because some of their customers didn't have access to email, was getting on for 20 years old.

Also, they start from about £60 inc VAT.

Et tu, Brute? Then fail, Caesars: When it's hotel staff, not the hackers, invading folks' privacy


Has anybody else read the Caesar's policy change notice?

It is not just the Palace in Vegas where they are planning on doing this, it is every hotel in the group, no matter where located. So if you are going to any of the 15, I think, resorts in the group, expect no privacy.

Slurp up patient data for algos that will detect cancer early, says UK PM


Well that will work OK

Until they lose our data.

Brit healthcare system inks Windows 10 install pact with Microsoft


Re: How Long?

"2/ the people that were responsible for patching NHS systems in a timely manner are still in charge..."

Talking to friends on the front line, the problem was that nobody was in charge. Or even available to do the patching.

And if they were available, they were told that "this machine is to busy to be patched at this time" all the time.

Another day, another self-flying car pipe dream surfaces


Re: That's all we need

K, Try driving on the M25.

I regularly am pottering along in lane 1 (the left lane) and going faster than the nose to tail traffic in lanes 3 and 4.

Should I slow down so that I don't pass the idiots? Or just continue driving with the HGVs?

Paul Allen's six-engined monster plane prepares for space deliveries


But it is the payload that counts, not the fuel on the rocket required to lift the fuel to lift the fuel.

High altitude launch allows using gravity, instead of fighting it, to gather some speed and there is less air resistance to fight against.

Buzz Aldrin laid out the idea for an air launch system, back in the 70s and has been trying to raise interest in it ever since.

Farewell, Android Pay. We hardly tapped you



From the article youl ink to

"The ENS and CEA forensic researchers note that the vulnerabilities used by the French fraud they analyzed have since been fixed"

And only the one method is mentioned in the article.

As for "large technology companies" do you trust them more than the banks?

UK local gov: 37 cyber attacks a minute but little mandatory training


Re: And the solution is

ID+IOT how well do you think such a system would be implemented, given most other big government IT projects?

Or even not such big ones, such as RPA.

UK.gov's Brexiteers warned not to push for divergence on data protection laws


Re: All thats missing

But there is no EU mechanism to reverse article 50.

And even if we decided that we wanted to stay the terms to remain would probably be worse than those if we leave.

And that is ignoring the damage it would do to democracy in this country.

£185k in fines rain down on dodgy PIs and claims firm for illegal data slurp


The paper copy?

But what if you no longer get paper statements?

UK.gov leaves data dashboard users' details on publicly accessible site


Its a beta

as are many .gov sites

I did my VAT return yesterday and that now says it is a beta.

I think it is a cover, so that when things go wrong they can say "Well it is only a beta."

Internet of snitches: Anyone who can sniff 'Thing' traffic knows what you're doing


Re: Watch the windows

"Because people don't rob banks with guns any more, they just sit at computers emptying bank accounts."

Well they do still ram raid cash points.

Troll it your way: Burger King ad tries to hijack Google Home gadgets


Re: Computer Misuse Act?

"Hmm, kind of, but would you buy a door with a lock that worked with any key, or a car that just started when someone got into it?"

I used to have a car with doors like that, a MkII Ford Escort. Could be opened with any Ford key of the era. And the key would start it, same as mine would start other Fords.

"Google need to roll out a voice filter so that these things respond to recognised users and not everyone within earshot. (Or just get rid of the creepy listening crap. God knows I've tried to disable it on my new android phone but it still kept fucking chiming in last time I was using it for navigation....)"

Stop the Google App. Works for me.

UK Home Sec: Give us a snoop-around for WhatApp encryption. Don't worry, we won't go into the cloud


Re: perhaps itself encrypted with a key known only to law enforcement

Wonder how long that would remain the case?

Spammy Google Home spouts audio ads without warning – now throw yours in the trash


Re: A company


"Think about this. You bought the device, you pay for the internet connection and they want to spam you with ads?"

Funnily enough, replace"Google Assistant" with "my PC" and suddenly everything is perfectly normal.

I would not think it normal if "my PC" spammed me with ads.

I never see ads on my PC thanks to uBlock Origin

New strategy to curb officials' drone, phone and CCTV snoop jollies


Re: Wait, what?

@Tikimon Only if you are stupid enough to buy and connect them

Microsoft nicks one more Apple idea: An ad-supported OS


Re: My solution


"But what about in 2 years, when Chrome stops supporting Windows 7 and you can no longer visit certain websites? Sounds far-fetched but I've seen it happen with XP and then Vista. Some work in Firefox but others just don't."

The only websites I've ever seen that didn't work in Firefox used ActiveX or Javascript, hence I didn't want to use them anyway.

Would be happy to be proved wrong on that.

Sad fact of the day: Most people still don't know how to protect themselves online


Re: I'm much less worried about being hacked

Being in the UK and being a company director, of a very very small company, our wonderful government gave away all of my personal information, including my signature, because with no warning it made all of my filed company documents free to access online from Companies House.

First i knew about it was when HMRC queried an attempt at VAT registration under my name.

Also had 2 credit accounts be set up as me with alternate delivery addresses, but caught those in time to stop anything happening.

Personal security is no longer possible.

Official: America auto-scanned visitors' social media profiles. Also: It didn't work properly


Re: @ thesykes

Robin Hood airport saved?

From an idiot making a stupid joke on Twitter?

Tech contractors begin mass UK.gov exodus in wake of HMRC's IR35 income tax clampdown


Re: Yet again

@ g e

Me to.

Though I do feel for the people who I will be dropping in the claggy as I've known some of them for over 20 years and its not their fault.

Beeps, roots and leaves: Car-controlling Android apps create theft risk


Re: because....

"My car has a blipper - it sits gathering dust somewhere in the house.

I manually unlock mine with the key."

With many cars the blipper is the only thing that sets/disables the alarm, key in the door doesn't.


Re: Nothing new I'm afraid.

It used to be the key locks.

My Mk1 Escort key would open all of the other Fords of the same era that I tested it on.

And many Vauxhalls and BL cars.

Joe Public likes drones and regulations, finds UK.gov 'public dialogue'


Solution to potential drone problem

Must have training and licence, before you are allowed to buy a drone.

Vendor needs to keep records and if they sell one to someone without a licence, huge fine.

If person caught flying one without licence, huge fine, confiscation and destruction of drone and associated kit.

That should help keep the skies a bit clearer of idiots

Information on smart meters? Yep. They're great. That works, right? – UK.gov

Black Helicopters

Re: estimated net "benefit" of £5.7bn by 2020

"Remember folks - they aren't compulsory!"


Investigatory Powers Act signed into UK law by Queen


Re: Here's the full list...

"The NHS will know your browsing and purchase history, then know you smoke, drink too much alcohol and eat too much junk food. ( or well have suspicions )"

Always knew I was right to do most of my shopping in cash!

Like it or not, here are ALL your October Microsoft patches


Re: The only sensible option is to install Linux Mint.

Unless you rely on software for work that is not supported under anything other than Windows.

And you have support people running that software under Windows.

In that case any other operating system is a non starter. Well, not for the next 23.5 months - roll on retirement.

BSODs from around the world, from the wrist-job to public art


Re: Gallery?

What about this one, for Brits of a certain age https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UcCHRW8G9yY

Salesforce asks Europe to stop Microsoft buying LinkedIn after itself trying to buy LinkedIn


Re: But, but ....

"Let's face it; you don't sign up to services like LinkedIn using a 'serious' email address."

You do if you want to get work from it.

Which I have.

Funny story, this. UK.gov's 'open banking app revolution'. Security experts not a fan of it


Re: Security?

Which requires you to be very, very firm with your bank, or punch the appropriate hole in your cards.

Violence, vandals and vomit: London's naughtiest tech Tube stations revealed


Re: 291 vomit-related incidents in a year?

Shouldn't that be ONLY 291 vomit-related incidents in a year?

I went up to London 3 for 3 evenings in last 12 months and each time had to leave a carriage because some drunk chundered.

Mind you the train didn't stop for this and I just waited for the next one.

So that would be 291 where someone pulled the emergency leaver.

Firefox to banish hidden Flash files – and kill off sneaky ad snoopers


Re: BBC - "Listen live just sits there loading for ever and ever"

When that happens click pause then click play and it should start.

Works for me. Mostly.

Brit Science Minister to probe Brexit bias against UK-based scientists


Re: Boo fucking hoo - Held to Ransom?

UK net contribution to EU is still going on, every day, so where's the ransom?

UK.gov flings £30m at driverless car R'n'D, wants plebs to speek their branes


Will they still work when they lose internet connection?


Or both at once?

Data protection, Brexit and campaigners: Privacy policy? Eh?


"Whether an individual voted in 2015 (General) and 2016 (Local) Elections"

Wouldn't that be against the representation of the peoples acts?

Certainly when I used to work elections, at the end of the vote the electoral registers were sealed up and transported to the count, with the boxes and then after the count secured with the voting slips to be placed in secure storage for many years. Access to any of that would require a High Court Order.

Or are they saying that they have the party's tallies from the people at the exit of the polling stations?

If it is the 2nd, many won't give that data, and postal voters just aren't in it.

And my Twitter account isn't in my name and uses an email address not associated with me in any other way.

Google AI gains access to 1.2m confidential NHS patient records

Big Brother

Re: What kind of moronic thinking is that?

@David 164

Here in the UK you are not asked to sign a data protection form before getting medical assistance.

Or after.

A 'hundred million' Truecaller users vulnerable to privacy bug, security bod says


I've instructed them to remove my phone numbers from their database via http://www.truecaller.com/unlist

I wonder if it will work?

If I am/was in there it would certainly explain the increase in scum callers asking for me by name.

If NatWest texts you about online banking fraud, don't click the link


Click a link in a text?

Surely a text message is just that.


Don't think I've ever seen a link in a text.

We’re not holding biz to ransom, says pay to play ad-blocking outfit


AdBlock+ is basically a corrupt alarm company ...

... who cons the companies paying to be let through, because they give me the option to accept their approved adds, or not.

I don't.

If that option went away, so would AdBlock Plus.

Standing desks have no effect on productivity, boffins find


What about the back pain?

I can sit all day, or I can walk all day, but standing for more than about 3 minutes gives me very bad backache, which I find just a little distracting from concentrating, on anything.

My productivity would plummet if I were forced to stand.

And I can't see that walking is a good way to type.