* Posts by TheVogon

3555 posts • joined 17 Jan 2013

Cayman Islands investment fund left entire filestore viewable by world+dog in unsecured Azure blob

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Azure blobs are secure by default so to make one publically accessible takes a special kind of stupid.

EU slaps extra sanctions on Russian spy chief and APT28 malware dev over 2015 Bundestag hack

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Financial sanctions from the EU would be rather pointless without the involvement of London as the world's leading financial market.

One alleged Dridex money-launderer set for US extradition, beams UK's National Crime Agency

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Re: Escape from New York

Probably because they asked first.

Who's still using Webex? Not even Cisco: Judge orders IT giant to use rival Zoom for virtual patent trial

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Teams has the way better Silk / Satin CODECs.

Burning down the house! Consumer champ Which? probes smart plugs to find a bunch of insecure fire-risk tat

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Re: Not just smart plugs!

Pick a well known brand name from a mainstream supply such as Amazon itself - not resellers.

The European equivalent "CE" mark is pretty much worthless as on items displaying that logo it frequently means "China Export". Seriously!

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Re: Not just smart plugs!

They have inbuilt thermal fuses and as such don't pose a fire hazard.

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Re: Not just smart plugs!

"Don't replace wall sockets with models that have built in USB chargers."

Just to note that any socket made to BS1363 is safe with USB ports built in. This primarily a problem for cheaper 2 pin type sockets not permitted in the UK.

On Her Majesty's Servers: UK's Coronavirus Future Fund sinks 'seven-figure sum' into Arm data-centre kit

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Sinks likely being rather appropriate. Very little demand.

Who watches the watchers? Samsung does so it can fling ads at owners of its smart TVs

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You get about one advert every 6 months. Mildly annoying but manageable vs getting proper HDR1000 pictures unlike on my OLED.

Microsoft lends Windows on Arm a hand with emulation layer to finally run 64-bit x86 apps at last

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"He added that the number of Windows 10 devices active each month continues to "grow by double digits year on year."'"

By percentage.

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Re: Welcome to Windows Phone all over again....

"If Linux is such a POS then why is MS embracing it like there is no tomorrow?"

They are just making it easier to run Linux stuff under Windows and to migrate your legacy midrange systems to Windows / Azure. If it continues this way you wont need Linux at all but can run everything under Windows. Microsoft are already adding GUI support to the Linux subsystem for Windows.

From per-processor licensing to... per-follower? Oracle said to be in talks to buy TikTok’s US operations

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Re: Please Oracle buy this [redacted]

Trump will be gone by then.

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Java? On no wait a minute. Everyone that doesnt want to be virus infected by every web page they visit already removed that.

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He can ban / block the app as a "national security risk" effectively putting them out of business in the US.

Analogue radio given 10-year stay of execution as the UK U-turns on DAB digital future

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Re: The future is behind you ....

"Satellite radio killed DAB"

Pretty much no one uses satellites for digital radio due to the vast costs involved. DAB and DAB+ are the only really widely deployed option in the digital audio radio space.

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Re: The future is behind you ....

DAB+ is pretty good though. And it exists more because of the demand for digital audio than reuse of relatively low bandwidth spectrum that there are plenty of better options for already after analogue TV was turned off.

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: Under 10%

You can see who it is from the other end of your garden / in bed without visiting the front door. And you can answer the doorbell when out which is a major security benefit as you can say you cant come to the door right now if its "lucky heather sellers". Also can leave instructions for couriers / deliveries, etc that might otherwise have to be rescheduled. And you can set it to record video from movement and act as a CCTV system.

Barclays Bank appeared to be using the Wayback Machine as a 'CDN' for some Javascript

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Re: Data not at risk?

It's already covered under the DPA and then by GDPR.

Purism's quest against Intel's Management Engine black box CPU now comes in 14 inches

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Re: manufactured in the USA and Sweden, presumably for a reason like this

"Hahaha! Sweden!? Highest bidder wins, or not, they'll take anyone's money, and from both sides without conscience."

Still safer than the US who are known to intercept and compromise hardware no bidder required.

Canary-build Microsoft browser blocks Microsoft extension from inflicting Microsoft search engine

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Duck Duck Go primarily uses Bing.

Netgear was told in January its routers can be hacked and hijacked. This week, first patches released – after exploits, details made public

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Re: As a Faithful Agnostic...

And a non fictional character bless Open-WRT!

Nothing fills you with confidence in an IT contractor more than hearing its staff personal records were stolen by ransomware hackers. Right, Cognizant?

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Re: Details?

Large GDPR fine incoming?

By emptying offices, coronavirus has hastened the paperless office

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Or just read at home without bothering to print them.

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Re: For the last 45ish years ...

So the planet will loose only 7.9 billion trees this year instead of 8 billion?

Customers of Brit ISP Virgin Media have downloaded an extra 325GB since March, though we can't think why

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Plus Fortnite.

Barmy ban on businesses, Brits based in Blighty bearing or buying .eu domains is back: Cut-off date is Jan 1, 2021

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Re: We dont need .eu !!! :)

By hiding you mean killing presumably.

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Re: We dont need .eu !!! :)

I dont see thousands of Americans dying from their chicken?

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Re: And will .co.uk domains be restricted to UK residents only?

Since when did anyone actually check registration addresses / entities except for say .mil, .gov and .edu?

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1. The Monarchy bring in circa £2 billion a year more in UK revenue from tourism and trade than they cost us, so no.

2. Depends on what it is replaced with.

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The UK government can easily pass a law giving itself the authority if it wanted to. And Nominet would have to comply just like they did with GDPR.

If you're going to spend $3tn, what's another billion? Congress urged to inject taxpayer dollars into open anti-Huawei 5G radio tech

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Re: Only themselves to blame

No, viruses contain RNA.

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Re: Only themselves to blame

Viruses dont contain DNA.

Mind your language: Microsoft set to swing the axe on 27 languages in iOS Outlook

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Re: You vill parle Amrecianish Da!

In Northern Ireland at least, more of the population speak Polish than speak Irish. Some of these niche historical legacies already in decline should just be left to die naturally.

UK MPs to off-payroll workers: Delay IR35 reforms until 2023? You wish

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Both contractors and Ltd companies have a significantly higher level of risk and lower level of guaranteed benefits than employees hence why the relative tax and NI rates reflect this.

Intelsat orbital comms satellite is back online after first robo-recovery mounting and tug job gets it back into position

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Re: @ Caustic Soda

Or Nation Shall Peak Six Unto Nation if you are at the BBC..

German taxpayers faced with €800k Windows 7 support bill due to Deutschland dithering

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Re: Maybe worth the wait?

But if you need to support legacy apps it has full Linux integration and you can actually install user mode Linux to run under Windows 10?

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Re: So much for German efficiency

Leasing ships is the norm. That they didn't have any ferries doesn't mean that they couldn't get any ferries.

WindiLeaks: 250 million Microsoft customer support records dating back to 2005 exposed to open internet

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Re: Microsoft support calls

Just forward the call to the Lenny bot.

EU declares it'll Make USB-C Great Again™. You hear that, Apple?

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No, that's not correct. Qualcomm's Quick Charge has a number of technical advantages such as support for multipath charging, Qi wireless charging interoperability, and 20 Volt charging support amongst others.

Say GDP-aaaR: UK's Information Commissioner pours £275k fine into London pharmacy's teaspoon

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Re: Unknown number of people?

Going insolvent without paying it like all the rest?

LibreOffice 6.4 nearly done as open-source office software project prepares for 10th anniversary

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Its like using Microsoft Office from over a decade ago. You get what you pay for.

Want to live long and prosper? Avoid pirated, malware-laden Star Wars free vid streams – and pay to watch instead

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No malware in the BitTorrent releases..

Xbox Series X: Gee thanks, Microsoft! Just what we wanted for Xmas 2020 – a Gateway tower PC

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Re: So, it's a PC, right ?

Not sure what you mean by "release Windows 10 for it". The Xbox One X already runs on the Windows 10 kernel.

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Re: So, it's a PC, right ?

No You won't find any of that. Microsoft integrate GPU and CPU on the silicon so you will have a much faster bus speed than PCI for instance. This is why for instance the Xbox One X can significantly outperform a comparatively speced PC.

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Re: It looks like a PC...

No, not just a PC. Different and much faster bus architecture for instance.

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Re: So, it's a PC, right ?

Steam developers that want their games to run on the Xbox need only to submit them via the Xbox store.

Pentagon's $10bn JEDI decision 'risky for the country and democracy,' says AWS CEO Jassy

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Re: AWS vs Microsoft

Azure and almost all its infrastructure is based an an OS / Hypervisor image from a single manufacturer.

AWS is a bolt together of many many tool and systems - both in house and external.

Guess which is way way simpler to user and generally performs better? Clue - it isn't AWS.

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But less risky than choosing AWS.

PowerPoint! Word! Excel! Lens! By your powers combined, I am Captain Mobile Office

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Re: PowerPoint! Word! Excel!

You mean that you don't travel only in paid time?! Other than commuting to and from a base office anything else is on the pay clock.

BBC tells Conservative Party to remove edited Facebook ad featuring its reporters

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BBC World Service has a TV news channel too.

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