* Posts by Flywheel

817 posts • joined 15 Jan 2013


You weren't hacked because you lacked space-age network defenses. Nor because cyber-gurus picked on you. It's far simpler than that

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Re: Too hard, too frequent, too unreliable

Update the test system?

Hmmm.. that could involve money for an updated licence so probably no.

Wi-Fi 6 isn't signed off yet, but boffins are already teasing us with specs for venerable wireless tech's next gen

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But will it work with "real" walls ???

As someone living in a Victorian stone-built property with walls not made of breeze-blocks/plasterboard, I'd be very keen to try out any WiFi system that could penetrate these!

Uncle Sam says it's perfecting autonomous AI-powered drone, vehicle swarms to 'dominate' battlefields

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Overwhelm and dominate America's enemies

Hmmm.. they'd need to carefully define "enemies" . Given the current situation I'd say that anyone that doesn't agree with the POTUS mantra is fair game. It'll be riskier on the streets if they go ahead.

Peer-to-peer takes on a whole new meaning when used to spy on 3.7 million or more cameras, other IoT gear

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Re: Just Skynet

One man's vulnerability is another's opportunity.

Toshiba formally and finally exits laptop business

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Won't be missed

Bought a Toshiba Satellite when they first came out. It was slow, ran hot and didn't seem to be able to retain the key tops for some reason. Bah!

Whoops, our bad, we may have 'accidentally' let Google Home devices record your every word, sound – oops

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Re: Self help AI

only one person noticed that although the sentences made grammatical sense, the writing lacked any substance

Sadly, the quality of that article is waaaaay better than many publications masquerading as Local Newspapers. If the 'papers owners see this I imagine they'd sack the staff and we readers could get some quality reporting.

White elephants in the mist: Google's upcoming Pixel 4A may ship without Soli motion recognition, per FCC filing

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Re: Why use the phrase "White elephants"

Give it time ... they have obviously missed this one.

Google creates secure file locker for countries where people often share smartphones

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the risks of storing personal identity documents on a shared device

Given Google's penchant for denying access to your Google account for [insert whimsical reason here], I would have thought it was a bad idea to store documents you rely on for proof of ID in there. There's safe, and then there's safe...

US voting hardware maker's shock discovery: Security improves when you actually work with the community

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Re: What he didn't say...

How about trying to get it right instead?

This costs real money. Most companies are averse to to this. This is why we can't have nice things.

University of Cambridge to decommission its homegrown email service Hermes in favour of Microsoft Exchange Online

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Re: less than ideal

There are no T&C's on the William Gates Building

I'm sure there were, but they were probably extremely obfuscated and hard to find...

(note the icon)

Chinese ambassador to UK threatens to withdraw Huawei, £3bn investment if comms giant banned from building 5G

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I'll bet that lid looked beautifully made and shone in the sun like a veritable celestial presence (but maybe they shouldn't have made it so thin?)

It's been five years since Windows 10 hit: So... how's that working out for you all?

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Windows 7 was good. Mrs Flywheel's new PC came with Windows 8 and was a nightmare to manage and the UI was awful. I am forced to use Windows 10 by my Corporate Overlords and it's a constant disappointment.

Are you sitting comfortably? Then we'll begin. Hang on, the PDP 11/70 has dropped offline

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Datasolve computer bureau

Hmmm.. was that Hoddesdon, perchance?

Chinese tat bazaar Xiaomi to light a fire under Amazon's Kindle with new e-book reader

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Would you want the CCP to see your reading list? No thanks.

Das blinkenlights are back thanks to RPi revival of the PDP-11

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As a PFY and noob trainee operator I always found the blinkenlights fascinating - I always felt that I'd "arrived" when I walked into the computer room!

Fitness freaks flummoxed as massive global Garmin outage leaves them high and dry for hours

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I'd be more worried if our health/life insurance companies bought them!

VMware to stop describing hardware as ‘male’ and ‘female’ in new terminology guide

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The entity known as mark really should have put a trigger warning at the start of that post.

My life as a criminal cookie clearer: Register vulture writes Chrome extension, realizes it probably breaks US law

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If it's a Murdoch publication ..

.. I just block it anyway - no need for extensions. Give 'em a wide berth.

Twitter hackers busted 2FA to access accounts and then reset user passwords

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Now hoping for *actual* full disclosure

I'm sure they'll give us all a summary of what happened when this is all over, but it would be useful if we could see the Full Disclosure report when it's published.

UK government marks 'at least' £115m for new Brexit systems against backdrop of chequered IT project history in customs and border control

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Re: HMRC systems to reduce the burden on traders

That woman really deserves an L.

You call Verizon. A Google bot answers. You demand a human. The human is told what to say by the bot

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Natural language

I'll buy it a virtual pint if it can understand and act on "WTF" "WTAF" and "FFS". That's the kind of "natural" language I generally use if it gets bad enough to need to phone up!

Linus Torvalds banishes masters, slaves and blacklists from the Linux kernel, starting now

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All this is leading to a return to meaningful data names




'It's really hard to find maintainers...' Linus Torvalds ponders the future of Linux

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Re: I wonder why?

Or you'll re-invent Perl ...

Apparently Perl 7 is now a Thing. A young Thing, but it exists...

Here's a headline we'll run this century, mark our words: Alien invaders' AI found on Mars searching for signs of life

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Re: An Expanding Existential Crisis Option ...

Given the difficulty that we're having even getting hold of the Russia Report let alone reading it, it's quite likely that we'd never realise that Martians were in fact on our planet. Maybe Covid-19 came from farther afield than we anticipated.

Step on it, I've got the police on my hack: Anon swipes, leaks online 269GB of crime intel docs from cops, Feds

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Re: What happened to encryption at rest?

Don't worry, the victims will probably be offered a year's free subscription to some shonky credit-monitoring agency: that seems to be the going rate.

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Re: Slow News Day?

We want the Boris Johnson Russia Report!

Mind you, I'm sure there are people that would still vote for him even after reading it.

Australia's Lion brewery hit by second cyber attack as nation staggers under suspected Chinese digital assault

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Re: If China has nothing to hide...

No worries! I have my Winnie-the-Pooh cuddly toy to guard me!

Now you've done it: Cyber attack targeted Australian brewery 'n' dairy biz Lion

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Re: Also deals in milk as well as alcohol

Obligatory Doctor Feelgood clip here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a4IjrjMbmC4

Adobe about to pull the plug on Creative Cloud freebie 'at-home' access for students

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Re: Are Adobe products the only ones ...

Why, if you as a prospective client for a photographer, would need to know what editing software a photographer would use? Surely if you commission a portfolio of your property, would it matter that the photographer did last-minute retouching using MS Paint if the finished product was what you wanted?

Hey is trying a new take on email – but maker complains of 'outrageous' demands after Apple rejects iOS app

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Re: Email already passé?

Having battled with Gmail/Gsuite on a daily basis in a corporate environment I can cheerfully say that Google is busily shooting itself in the foot and hastening the demise of email via Gmail. I never thought I'd see the day when I uttered "Come back Outlook, you were great" on such a regular basis.

Only true boffins will be able to grasp Blighty's new legal definitions of the humble metre and kilogram

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You mean I'll have to stop using my '90s WH Smith plastic ruler?

Singapore already planning version 2.0 contact-tracing wearable

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Come ON Blighty!

Cor blimey! Britain can't even get a shonky phone app out nationwide and I'm blowed if I'm going to whizz over to the Isle of Wight just to try it out.

Why can't we come up with an idea like this? If the right people were in charge they could shift thousands of tracking buttons to the masses (add some bling, sell them in Primark and watch them fly off the shelves).

I despair, I really do...

(Paris, because the look of despair is almost tangible).

HTC breaks with tradition to push out 2 phones someone might actually want to buy

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What about updates

I was bitten (twice) in the earlier days of HTC when they'd sell phones they'd no intention of releasing updates for. If they can assure us that this problem no longer exists then they may be worth looking at again.

Splunk to junk masters and slaves once a committee figures out replacements

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Re: Grounds for firing?

I can see some companies having to enforce a transitioning (can I still say that?) period for meetings and video calls. Plus, there'll need to be trigger warnings at the start of each meeting.

Another question - how much if this stuff(?) is coming from real non-white people compared to SJWs?

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Re: Where will this end....

I'll tell you:

LET P1=1

LET S1=0

LET F1=6

I'm surprised no-one's condemned "Let's have Post-mortem on that software failure"

GitHub to replace master with main across its services

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Re: I look forward to M$ sensoring the classics...

Hmmm, so what are they (we) going to start calling the Slave Trade? Presumably it won't be removed from history books just yet.

An Internet of Trouble lies ahead as root certificates begin to expire en masse, warns security researcher

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hopefully a response from the industry to start fixing stuff

hopefully a response from the industry to start fixing stuff = BUY NEW STUFF.


Play stupid games, win stupid prizes: UK man gets 3 years for torching 4G phone mast over 5G fears

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British Justice

A kinda connected issue here, but once again it seems that the British Justice System is coming down harder on crimes against property compared with crimes against the person. i would imagine that once the Authorities catch up with the current bunch of statue-topplers the perps will banged up for a considerable time, whereas whacking and robbing granny will earn you a stiff talking to and maybe a fine (if you can afford it).

And yes, he was right to be sentenced.

Huawei launches UK charm offensive: We've provided 2G, 3G and 4G for 20 years, and you're worried about 5G?

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China needs to stop threatening countries

Came here to say this

25 years of PHP: The personal web tools that ended up everywhere

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Blimey how I hate frameworks! Want to create a password scrambler? Here, download and (try and install) 230Mb of frameworks so your 200-byte php script can run. Pure php is fun, and fine if it works for you but spare me the extras!

Ooo, a mystery bit of script! Seems legit. Let's see what happens when we run it

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Re: "fan-fold paper"

Quite right ,, and Zee-fold? :)

Mind you, that time we did a print run of cheques on airline tickets by mistake... but that's a whole other story...

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Re: Are you sure ...

2 User enters yes / clicks proceed

Mainframe days .. we had a monster monthly accounts job that was so data intensive that there wasn't enough space on the volume to accommodate 2 months of data at once, so the developers had put in a message for us lowly Ops: that we had to reply to once the long-running update had completed: "Delete Previous File?". The official answer was "Yes. Delete Previous File" EOB and the job would do just that and apply all the updates, taking around 4 hours.. That answer in bold on the shift notes.

However, us noobs that didn't think like Ops at the time and would invariably reply just "Yes" and due to a lazy designed-in-the-pub logic, the job would silently delete the previous file, not apply the updates and then end in about 10 minutes. Sadly, this would only come to light when the Ops Manager checked the job timings the next morning, and all hell would be let loose when a full restore from tape had to be done and the job rescheduled for the next night...

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"fan-fold paper"

Yikes! That brings back many unhappy memories. Our company changed paper suppliers briefly, and on some jobs we had 3 or 4-ply layers interleaved with carbon paper. Of course, when the cheaper stuff arrived it was either like that loo roll where the perforations never line up, or the last copy was illegible due to money-saving crap carbon.

I have to ask if you remember the dreaded decollators which the "new guy" on the shift always got to operate? Y'know, all 15 boxes...

Smart fridges are cool, but after a few short years you could be stuck with a big frosty brick in the kitchen

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Re: Never understood this

Same here - I've been trying to establish a "cellar" for many years now, without success...

UK's Ministry of Defence: We'll harvest and anonymise private COVID-19 apps' tracing data by handing it to 'behavioural science' arm

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Re: And in other news..

So in the single brain-cell world of Boris and Chums, they achieved their target of recruiting thousands of T&Ts, but then laid 75% of them off and saved lots of money. That's a double result, eh Minister?

Hey Siri, are you still recording people's conversations despite promising not to do so nine months ago?

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Disabling Siri

I heard people talking about... with no intention to activate Siri whatsoever

I'm firmly in the tinfoil hat brigade as regards digital snoopers like Siri and the first thing I do after installing an app on the iPad is disable any learning/use settings for Siri.

So am I right in saying that even if I disable Siri, it's still sending data to Apple?

India opens its space industry to private companies

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Good job the people are no longer starving any more!

They've obviously cured poverty and social injustice and are now splashing out on the space race. Dalits everywhere are celebrating their new lifestyle!

Crooks set up stall on UK govt's IT marketplace to peddle email fraud services targeting 'gullible' punters

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I see the bizness is routed via the Cayman Islands, so I wonder how many of our elected representatives could have had a hand on this (were it not a joke).

I think the most worrying aspect of it, at the time of writing is this:

Fraud Consulting Limited stopped offering this service on Friday 15 May 2020.

Any existing contracts for this service are still valid.

DBA locked in police-guarded COVID-19-quarantine hotel for the last week shares his story with The Register

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Re: What a shit hole

We (Britain) taught them everything they know. The rest they just managed to work out for themselves...

Surprise surprise! Hostile states are hacking coronavirus vaccine research, warn UK and USA intelligence

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Coincidence maybe

It may be coincidence but I'm running a FoldingAtHome client at home(!) and have some FAH advertising on my website trying to get more people joining in. On Sunday evening I was hit by a intensive and sustained barrage of access attempts on my mail, VPN and web servers. The IP addresses purported to be from North Korea, Lithuania and Adelaide, Australia. This went on for a couple of hours and then stopped as my firewall had kicked in.

As I say, it may be coincidence but I'm prepared to give the theory the benefit of the doubt.



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