* Posts by Halfmad

767 posts • joined 16 Jan 2013


AMD pushes 64-core 4.2GHz Ryzen Threadripper Pro workstation processors

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I could walk into any shop and buy bread, hell I could pick up 3 different loaves in the same shelf and get different best before dates.

Same applies to computers, it's not WHEN you buy it but WHAT you bought and in many cases longevity is more linked to the motherboard than the components which are incrementally updated which insert into it etc.

Guilty: Russian miscreant who hacked LinkedIn, Dropbox, Formspring, stole 200-million-plus account records

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A hacker is someone who uses a computer to gain unauthorised access to information etc.

He is a hacker, doesn't matter the method he used was a bit weak from an intrusion perspective.

Brit retailer John Lewis to catapult 111 tech bods over to Capgemini weeks after dumping 244 on Wipro

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Re: Howdy Partner

One of my friends use to do electrical maintenance for John Lewis, few years ago they got punted to a private company, "same contract".

Within 6 months most of his team had left due to shift changes, ever every 2 people who quit 1 would be hired. Before the turn of the year his patch was 5x larger than it was previously and he ended up off sick with stress.

This is a guy who prided himself on never being off work ill in 20+ years..

Better get Grandpa off Windows 7 because zero-day bug in Zoom allows remote code execution on vintage OS

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Re: Presumably...

Bugs are a fact of life in software and cheap hotels.

This bashing MS mentality is pretty childish, which is why I like it.

IBM job ad calls for 12 years’ experience with Kubernetes – which is six years old

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My twin and I

will be applying jointly as we have 6 years experience each. It would be a joy to work as one of the highly valued staff at IBM.. haahaaha

TomTom bill bomb: Why am I being charged for infotainment? I sold my car last year, rages Reg reader

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Not going to be a factor, he signed up with TomTom, not Mazda and only TomTom hold this data.

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Re: As I read that

If TomTom is installed by default in some fashion by Mazda I'd assume they had some liability, then again I'm sure the TOS and TomTom email he got when he signed up probably mentioned about having to cancel etc.

Not sure I'd assume selling my merc would stop apple itunes charging me afterwards - I'd go cancel itunes etc. (I don't have either btw.. just saying).

Civil-rights probe: Facebook has completely failed to… Zuck: Look over here! We’ve banned four groups! Go me!

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If you're views don't match the facebook admins personal political views you'll be ignored forever. Project Veritas recently did a series with secret recordings of Facebook admins which proved this.

CERN puts two new atom-smashers on its shopping list. One to make Higgs Bosons, then a next-gen model six times more energetic than the LHC

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Re: A new vLHC? What could possibly go wrong...

Is there cake?

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

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Re: reply later

Except perhaps they'll have a business plan which doesn't include "when we get to the stage of launching the app let's bitch and moan about apple because they won't drop fees for us because we're super special"

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Honestly not sure why I'd want to pay that much to view the selection of trash in the demo imbox..

If I'm not getting $99 of value or better from it then I'm damn sure I won't pay for it. I also don't like the idea of linking to a service that can go bust and I lose it all..

Gulp! Irish Water outsources contact centres to Capita for up to €27m over 7 years

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Re: Thanks management

Sounds more like management didn't want to take on responsibility for it if it failed, that's been my experience of why Crapita is brought in.

It's a scapegoat you pay to pin the blame on.

If you're despairing at staff sharing admin passwords, look on the bright side. That's CIA-grade security

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Re: Numpties, the lot of 'em.

Honestly these days among higher-ups using "Cyber" is the only way to get funding. If you say Infosec, they aren't interested, say Cyber and the table is raised an inch by their collective excitement..

It's time to track people's smartphones to ensure they self-isolate during this global pandemic, says WHO boffin

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Re: Makes no sense

You need to build that list first, good luck brave soldier.

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Re: But I don't have a so-called "smart" phone.

You win the hero medal, which bunker do we deliver it to?

Vimeo freezes accounts after malware hunts for logins, coronavirus map app infected with evil code, and more

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Dig deep, dig quickly

There's a lot of normally bad news being buried at the moment.. It's a good time to own up to stupid mistakes over customer data.

Brexit Britain changes its mind, says non, nein, no to Europe's unified patent court – potentially sealing its fate

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Re: Popcorn time

Taxpayers will as we'll foot the bill.

Our 'solution is killing us in a number of areas' IBM said about doomed £175m Co-Op Insurance project

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Having dealt with both these companies from an IT perspective nothing about this failure or the cost of it is surprising. They honestly have no scooby what they are doing.

Maersk prepares to lay off the Maidenhead staffers who rescued it from NotPetya super-pwnage

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Seems insane

Staff have proven their worth, saved the company from going under and the response is to dump them and outsource.

This will come back to bite Maersk, we all know that but some execs will get bonuses for this - shareholders should be up in arms if they had any sense. Any repeat of the issues and that company is gone.

Rotherwood Healthcare AWS bucket security fail left elderly patients' DNR choices freely readable online

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Re: Basically, we will share this data with anyone we want.

Basically " you are our asset to use as we want."

The Ghost of Windows 10 Past shrinks back as Microsoft's axeman tiptoes ever closer

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Re: Windows stability fix

If you do need to use Windows. The last thing you want is to never get updates as you'll be ever more vulnerable to actual malware, rather than just the malicious OS itself.

Credit Karma's enriched: Turbo Tax daddy Intuit snaps up personal finance platform for $7bn

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Re: Don't like this outfit

Really? Duchess?

You've watched too many episodes of Archer.

Huawei unfolds latest shot at the phone-tablet hybrid with reinforced hinge and reassuringly Xs-sive price

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Target market?

Not sure there is one, I don't know anyone who's said "I wish my phone was just a bit bigger, I'd happily pay twice as much with a greater chance of faults occuring".

Not even sure the local "look at me" crowd want one of these at this point.

Don't use natwest.co.uk for online banking, Natwest bank tells baffled customer

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Better than ours, about 10 years ago we were told we had to go into a branch and meet with a mortgage specialist. When we did they opened up the same page on the back site we had, they then called the public mortgage centre number and handed me the phone..

To this day I have no idea why we were asked to go in, it was a waste of 3 hours out of work.

We know what you did last summer: MGM's hotel spinoff lost 10.7m guest records and now they're on hacker forums

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The important question remains unanswered.

Was the confidentiality of customer data of utmost important to them and did they take information security very seriously. Without those hollow words I won't be reassured.

Oi, Cisco! Who left the 'high privilege' login for Smart Software Manager just sitting out in the open?

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Re: Perspective

you are making a lot of assumptions on how these are configured in different businesses.

Low right, high risk - this shouldn't have happened.

'An issue of survival': Why Mozilla welcomes EU attempts to regulate the internet giants

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Point they are probably making is that this is for discussing the topic, not the appearance of those in it.

While I may or may not agree with you around her spectacles, it's not the right forum for that debate. Let's stick to the content of the article itself rather than go down the tabloid route?

Cache me if you can: HDD PC sales collapse in Europe as shoppers say yes siree to SSD

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Re: Define primary

I only have SSDs and M.2 drives in my PCs but have a NAS with plenty of rust in rotation on it as my pet hate with the newer drives is you generally don't get any warning before they are dead.. at least with mechanical ones you'd typically start having performance issues or bad block warnings.

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

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Censorship, de-platforming.. increasingly common in the UK and USA sadly.

Steve Jobs, executives shot down top Apple engineers' plea to design their own server CPU – latest twist in legal battle over chip upstart Nuvia

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Re: Foot meet gun, gun meet foot

To be vaguely fair, Apple if nothing else have innovated how they package and market products to the masses. When I repaired apple products in the 90s it was pretty niche, outside of a few Macs in schools and at designers there were precious few using them.

iMacs, iPods and clamshell ibooks changed that rapidly. I can't think of any equally rapid rise in market share other than perhaps Samsung and Huawei in terms of hardware.

Tens of millions of biz Dell PCs smacked by privilege-escalation bug in bundled troubleshooting tool

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Re: Remind me again:

I've never, at home or work failed to wipe and reinstall/image Dells. HPs, Lenovo etc. Hell we even did this with iMacs back in the 90s.

It's just good to know you are starting from a specific point with all software that's deployed known. I don't trust vendors not to sneak stuff on.

B-but it doesn't get viruses! Not so, Apple fanbois: Mac malware is growing faster than nasties going for Windows

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Re: It's an obvious target, no?

Look, I use to repair Macs in the 90s and early 00s. I like Macs but that's a pile of garbage you've written. Either you lack awareness with regard to equipment specification and performance or you, like many others had your heart set on a Mac from the start and were just trying to justify it to yourself.

It's incredibly rare for Mac to be better value in terms of hardware than any other PC vendor, the only one who occasionally is worse is Alienware.

Arm gets edgy: Tiny neural-network accelerator offered for future smart speakers, light-bulbs, fridges, etc

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Re: Oh No...

Legislation, trust and crossing fingers that not security researches proves they are doing it?

These truly are the end times for TLS 1.0, 1.1: Firefox hopes to 'eradicate' weak HTTPS standard by blocking it

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Re: @RM Myers - "We decided on a global fallback"

I don't think they care, browsers are increasingly aiming at home users now IMHO.

Time to patch your lightbulb? Researchers demonstrate Philips Hue exploit

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Re: It only takes one

Get your free Smart Meter today

(paid for by you through taxation and billing.)

Researchers reckon 500k PCs infested with malware after dodgy downloads install even more nasties from Bitbucket

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Re: Instant karma

or photoshop elements if you want something more like actual photoshop but without much of the stuff you never used anyway.

Affinity looks like it does more than elements though, good spot.

'Windows Vista' spotted doing a whoopsie over EE's signage

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Re: Why use Windows?

That's just poor system management, there's no reason for it to do that. Assuming anyone actually has responsibility for making sure the systems are updated etc.

Yahoo! hack! payout! nearly! approved! and! the! question! is! how! to! spend! 60! cents!?

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The irony..

of having to pony up more personal information to get compensation for a loss of it.

If only 3 in 100,000 cyber-crimes are prosecuted, why not train cops to bring these crooks to justice once and for all, suggests think-tank veep

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The problem is these days we don't have politicians thinking long term, they can't see past the next election so long term strategy is out of the window on pretty much every area of governance.

If it's not going to be a good news story during the next campaign then they see no benefit in it.

Apple: EU can't make us use your stinking common charging standard

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Re: Gold plated cables

iPhones are good value - if you keep them long enough and sell them before they become bricks, like every other so called smart phone.

WTF, EFS? Experts warn Windows encryption could spawn nasty new ransomware

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Re: This fails to surprise me...

and not having domain admins browsing the internet using IE 11.

Capita Education Services accidentally spaffs email addresses in Helpdesk snafu

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Re: Oh for fucks sake

Honestly because adults shouldn't need this sort of common sense check.

Sometimes we need staff to be clever, or work elsewhere.. like Capita.

Hospital hacker spared prison after plod find almost 9,000 cardiac images at his home

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Re: Hacker?



Learn to pronounce


1.a person who uses computers to gain unauthorized access to data.

2.a person or thing that hacks or cuts roughly

Clue is there in number 1. Just because he wasn't wearing a hoodie doesn't mean he's not a hacker.

Unlocking news: We decrypt those cryptic headlines about Scottish cops bypassing smartphone encryption

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Re: Just wait until after Indyref 2

Nah they'll be shut down as we won't have any money to pay for them.

Problems at Oracle's DynDNS: Domain registration customers transferred at short notice, nameserver records changed

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Sounds to me as if they wanted all of the accounts gone before the end of the quarter, so **** customers we need a clear quarter without you lot so we can get on with the firing of staff.

Why is a 22GB database containing 56 million US folks' personal details sitting on the open internet using a Chinese IP address? Seriously, why?

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Re: Lord Almighty.

Also the security guy could well have been pointing and shouting about this for years, from my experience..

UK data watchdog kicks £280m British Airways and Marriott GDPR fines into legal long grass

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Re: What's the point?

Why have a regulator and properly fund it?

£2M a year is a limit they should not have..

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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Linux has it's own problem, underlying issues here are a culture of not funding and/or caring about information and cyber security.

If they did at most they'd be back up and running already and saying "we lost X amount of data, sorry ICO".

Instead they are still down, still clutching at straws and in PR damage limitation mode.

Intel teases NUC-leheads with new desktop-class graphics systems and a fast i9 CPU

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Re: Displacement??

It's a good tactic when you don't want to compare actual performance though..

Autonomy did count some hardware sales as marketing costs, ex-finance bod tells High Court

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Costing HP a lot of money this.

Apparently at least 35ml of Magenta each day per lawyer.



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