* Posts by Miss Config

120 posts • joined 28 Feb 2014


McAfee seeks $2bn return to stock market after Intel unpleasantness

Miss Config

Re: For Macs As Well

as I type this I am trying to figure exactly which 'problem' you mean.

Miss Config

For Macs As Well

Question :

Which is more surprising :

1) that McAfee sells its software for Macs as well ?


2) that this fact is not mentioned in this Reg article ?

Microsoft? AWS? Nein und nein. Deutsche Bank signs up with Google Cloud for its latest crack at digital transformation

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Own Backup

Please tell me that even for a company as big as this bank that dumps its data onto a cloud, they ALSO make at least one copy of said data that is kept on the company's own premises and so unavailable to anybody outside the company .

The good news: Vodafone switches on first full-fat, real-life 5G network in the UK. The bad news: it only got sent to Coventry

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5G In Cork

Vodafone is my ISP and according to the icon in the tray the internet connection through which I am now interacting with the Reg is : 'vodafone-B799-5G'.

Early in the 2010s they laid a new internet cable across the Atlantic Ocean. Said cable was only 20 miles south of Cork Harbour and to tap into it cost all of €20m, which was obviously a bargain.

( Apple could have paid for it out of small change. )

I presume that is why 5G is so common hereabouts.

Microsoft's own operating system should finally start working on its own hardware ... 'in the coming weeks'

Miss Config

Re: Microsoft Forms SEPARATE Companies

In legal terms perhaps. I am however referring to what is happening IN PRACTISE.

Miss Config

Microsoft Forms SEPARATE Companies

Once upon a time Microsoft was TWO companies : Windows and Office.

Windows made some kind of OS while Office made Office software for Steve Jobs and his gang.

Now Microsoft ALSO includes a cloud company ( Azure ) and a hardware company ( Surface ).

If anything Surface learned Windows quickISH.

PC owners borg into the most powerful computer the world has ever known – all in the search for coronavirus cure

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Public Service Donation

What surprises me is that no big IT company such as Google has said to vaccine researchers :

You want a ton of computing power ? Here it is. Be our guest.

It is not only a definitive case of Public Service but it would be both great Publicity AND a place in the history books to be able to say :

The company whose computers helped find the covid-19 vaccine

One for the super rich fanbois: Ultra-rare functional Apple-1 computer goes on auction

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Fully Functional ?

a fully functional Apple-1 computer is going under the hammer, with a guide price of $300,000.

In that case it won't be 'fully functional' for long

Boeing, Boeing, gone! CEO Muilenburg quits 'effective immediately'

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Very very Simple

How to save Boeing is so simple as to win the No Shit Sherlock Award 2019 .

But whether it will actually happen is another story entirely.

First, State the problem : this company is, effectively, Boeing Beancounters Inc.

The obvious thing to do is to put actual ENGINEERS in charge again.

The longer the beancounters stay, the more likely the company will be fucked up in a terminal sense.

Das Reboot: Uni forces 38,000 students, staff to queue, show their papers for password reset following 'cyber attack'

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ID IS Routine

people have to show up with identification to get their passwords changed.

People in countries where English is the main spoken language are mostly unaware of how routine ID is in Germany.

I remember particularly a photo taken about 1900 where there was a policeman ( with helmet making him look a soldier from WW1 ) looking into the ID documents of ................................. a tramp.

So ID is so important in Germany EVERYBODY has it.

Oh dear... AI models used to flag hate speech online are, er, racist against black people

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Airplane! LIVES

Run this AI software on the dudes talking jive on Airplane!

I'm ordering popcorn from the edge of my seat for the results.

( Airplane! ? What's that ? It's a metal object in which people fly from city to city but that's not important right now. )

Now Uncle Sam would like a word with Brit teen TalkTalk hacker about a huge crypto-coin heist

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Enforcing Cryptocurrency ?

I hope nobody is mixing up two separate issues here.

Hacking into a computer is a crime of course and should be dealt with according to law.

BUT it should NOT matter to the law whether the accounts in question had 2 bitcoin or 2 MILLION bitcoin.

Because if it did that would mean the feds were enforcing the value of cryptocurrencies, which central banks at least are NOT happy to do.

The Central Telegraph Office was serving spam 67 years before vikings sang about it on telly

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Telegrams. In 1987 ?

What the article does not mention is that as recently as 1987 BT tried to reintroduce the telegram.

I remember full page ads in newspapers explaining how cheap it was to send a page worth of text.

Not sure how successful it was at the time but it more or less coincided with the arrival of faxes.

Yahoo! customers! wake! up! to! borked! email! (Yes! people! still! actually! use! it!)

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Stopping The Yahoo Service

Today when I tried to send an email from my Yahoo account, I got a message saying it would NOT send the message because it looked like spam.

There was a hyperlink in the email and I assumed that was the cause of the problem. But converting the hyperlink to 'only' text had no effect.

Was this something to do with the fact that Yahoo now keeps asking me to whitelist it on my adblocker but I refuse ?

Anyway, whitelisting Yahoo had no effect in terms of actually sending that email.

Are Yahoo trying to remove their services entirely without actually saying so ?

Miss Config

Re: Guilty Secret

That makes two of us.

Don't trust Facebook's Libra cryptocurrency, boffins warn: Zuck & Co know that hash is king

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Ignore Facebook Completely

Is it just an unsociable bastard such as myself who has never had a Facebook account ?

Or is it a case of the more IT-savvy you are ( such as being a Registard at all ) the LESS likely you will go to Facebook in the first place ?

At least this cryptocurrency is one more reason NOT to get involved with Zuckenburg et al.

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

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Cloud ONLY as Backup

While I would be the first to say that companies should keep all processing and storage in-house, at the same time there is the need to backup your data which means having it three separate geographical locations, including, arguably, the cloud.

Capital One gets Capital Done: Hacker swipes personal info on 106 million US, Canadian credit card applicants

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From the CLOUD ???

Thompson broke into Capital One's cloud-hosted storage, believed to be Amazon Web Services' S3 buckets, and downloaded their contents.

Maybe I'm last to learn, as per, that a huge corporation such as Capital One actually uses the cloud for its storage.

Boeing's 737 Max woes trigger BEEELLIONS in losses – and that's just for the latest quarter

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Re: Manglers

beancounter manglers

actually beancounters full stop. If beancounters in any way shape or form OVERRULE engineers then Boeing is fucked. End of.

I don't have to save my work, it's in The Cloud. But Microsoft really must fix this files issue

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The 'Three Copies Rule'

IT professionals should know The Law that

unless there are three copies of a given file then it does NOT exist

From reading this On Call thread, the conclusion must be that ALL users, however otherwise 'untechy', should know this from the very start of using a PC.

Apollo at 50? How about 40 years since Skylab smacked into Australia

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Hitting The Target ( or Not )

What I remember is some people said that since governments NEVER hit their targets, any piece of ground in any danger of actually being hit by Skylab should have a sign in as large letters as possible :


Florida man pretending to be police pulls over real police, ends badly, claim cops

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Re: Is that a serious offence

................. having a CB Radio ?

Finally in the UK: Apollo 11 lands... in a cinema near you

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Re: I look forward to seeing it, then

in which case you might particularly appreciate seeing Gene Kranz, which, with the benefit of hindsight is haunting in its own way.

What happens in Vegas ... will probably go through the huge bit barn Google is building in Nevada

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Desert Solar Power ?

Since it's being built in the desert, can't they build their own solar power plant to supply the bit barn ?

Boeing admits 737 Max sims didn't accurately reproduce what flying without MCAS was like

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Profit Before Safety

When an aircraft company for a microsecond puts its own profits before the passengers flying its aircraft then it is truly fucked.

That certainly happened here when Boeing threatened to CHARGE its customers for the software to correct this problem.

WWW = Woeful, er, winternet wendering? CERN browser rebuilt after 30 years barely recognizes modern web

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Re: Interestingly,

Dammit if only I could remember who invented that NexT computer.

Name must be lost to history. ( It's certainly lost to this thread. )

If only someone would invent a way of looking her up.

It's 2019, the year Blade Runner takes place: I can has flying cars?

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What It DID have that was 'lo tech'

Namely newspapers with actual paper.

Several times Harrison Ford is seen at a coffee shop reading a paper.

Nothing even vaguely resembling a smartphone or internet caff.

Microsoft deletes deleterious file deletion bug from Windows 10 October 2018 Update

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Re: *** Be careful *** Also new in 1809, changes to Disk Cleanup Tool,

There comes a point where if you try to make an idiot-proof OS, your OS ends up just doing idiotic things

There is no such thing as 'idiot proof'..

The Register Lecture: Great gravitational waves! LIGO's next cosmic act

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Computing Power

Mark will talk super black holes, neutron stars and the type of software modelling that enables you to peek deeper into the unknown universe.

And this being The Reg,, discuss the amount of computing power needed to do that. Supercomputers ?

US Democrats call in Feds: There's something phishy going on with our voter database

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Re: "This fake website was spam-vertised using bogus emails"

votebuilder.michigan.democrat.org ?

As opposed to votebullder.michigan.democrat.org ?

( Depending on the the reader's font, that 'l' could look very much like 'i'.)

Well, can't get hacked if your PC doesn't work... McAfee yanks BSoDing Endpoint Security patch

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McAfee for Linux

Actually McAfee for Linux DOES exist.

Do a simple Google.

( I tried to provide a link to it but for some reason the link kept getting itself misspelt and so 'Not Found'. )

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Who uses McAfee ?

I genuinely believed that the only people who used McAfee were non-techies who bought a PC/laptop with McAfee software included as a 'bonus' ( or described as such anyway ). In other words people who did not realise its uselessness OR how to uninstall it.

I am genuinely surprised that any company actually uses it.

Oh my Tosh, it's only a 100TB small form-factor SSD, SK?

Miss Config

Moore's Law ?

Rumours of the death of Moore's Law have been exxagerated.

Facebook deletes 17 accounts, dusts off hands, beams: We've saved the 2018 elections

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Holocaust Denial Still On Facebook

At least until recently Facebook was hosting Holocaust deniers.

Are they STILL there ?

( I ask because I do NOT have a fb account. )

Malware targeting cash machines fetches top dollar on dark web

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Your Money Back. Guaranteed,.

The dark web must have very strict rules about getting your money back in the event of a bought item not actually working.

Despite the racing certainty that it WILL work, obviously.

It walks, it talks, it falls over a bit. Windows 10 is three years old

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Metro ?!

The Interface Formerly Known As Metro

Registards remember TIFKAM but this article only mentions Metro in passing.

Does the fact that The Reg has now forgotten is own acronym for Metro mean anything in terms of improvement to W10 ?

Scam alert: No, hackers don't have webcam vids of you enjoying p0rno. Don't give them any $$s

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Videos Of You Having A Wank

Since there is mention on this thread of public masturbation, the obvious advice is not to do it.

A bloke who was previously on ITV Breakfast, Dan Lob, managed to get conned into doing that and ended up searching for the perp who made him do it.

Channel 4 in the UK made a program about it, "Celebrity Sextortion" :


Hoping for Microsoft's mythical Andromeda in your Xmas stocking? Don't hold your breath

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Drawing BOARD ? Isn't There SOFTWARE For Drawing ?

Redmond has gone back to the drawing board for its "Andromeda" handheld

If Microsoft want to do 'Drawing' surely there must be SOFTWARE that does that kind of thing ?

Somewhere. They might even be really radical and look up a supplier on the interweb.

Have you heard about ransomware? Now's the time to ask: Are you covered?

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Backup, Backup, Backup

You do not need Asian wisdom to know the importance of backups.

Just remember ( especially if you are American ) 911.

Cantor Fitzgerald is a financial services firm that had its HQ in the WTC.

When it was attacked on 911 600 of its staff were killed.

The company is still in business. ( As it happens I pass one of its local offices in a bus several times a week. )

The reason for its survival is summed up in one word : backups.

The company were meticulous in doing them and dumping them to their London offices via satellite.

The moral of the story is that it is impossible to exagerate the importance of backups.

Miss Config

Will the insurer insist of the customer using products/services from a security company they have a deal with ?

The important point is that the company DOES use proper security products and services.

Whether they get charged too much for that is a secondary question.

And by the way any company thinking of buying this insurance should INSTEAD hire an IT security firm to check they are doing everything properly in terms of IT security.

Miss Config

Re: Insure AFTER Checking Security ?

and probably the most important procedure of all : BACKUPS

Any organisation that actually does their overnight backups properly every night can tell, in particular, any ransomware black hats to go whistle.

Miss Config

Re: Insure AFTER Checking Security ?

they're auditing against known risks

yes but the question is which particular customers were not even protecting against THOSE risks in the first place ?

Miss Config

Insure AFTER Checking Security ?

Surely the obvious question here is to what extent cyber insurers actually check the vulnerabilities of their customers ?

If I sold such insurance I'd make sure the customer had, at least, all the usual suspects in terms of anti-virus software and so on. And if I had to install such software personally at least then I could feel reasonably sure that I would not end up actually paying out a ransom equivalent.

You love Systemd – you just don't know it yet, wink Red Hat bods

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Re: SystemD ? Was THAT What Buggered My Mint AND Laptop ?

So even those who are paranoid ( rightly or wrongly ) about SystemD did not pile in to blame it here. I'll take that as a 'no'.

Backup you say ? Tell me about it. I must admit that when it comes to backups I very much talk the talk, full stop.I have since bought a 1TB detachable hard drive which at least makes full backups fast via USB3.

( All I need now is software for DIFFERENTIAL backups ).

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SystemD ? Was THAT What Buggered My Mint AND Laptop ?

The technical details of SystemD are over my head but I do use Mint as the main OS on this laptop which makes me Mr. Innocent Bystander in this argument. I had heard of SystemD and even a rumour that Mint was going to use it. That Mint ALREADY is using SystemD is news to me

( provided by this article ).

My problem is that a month ago a boot of Mint failed and after reading this thread I must wonder whether SystemD is at least one of the usual suspects as the cause of the problem ?

Here's what happened :

As I do every couple of weeks, I installed the latest available updates from Mint but the next time I booted up it did not get beyond the Mint logo. All I got were terminal-level messages about sudo commands and the ability to enter them. Or rather NOT enter them. Further use of Terminal showed that one system file did not now exist. This was in etc/ and related to the granting of sudo permissions. The fact that it did not exist created a vicious circle and sudo was completely out of action. I took the laptop to a shop where they managed to save my Backups folder that had been on the desktop and install a fresh version of Mint.

So what are the chances that this was a SystemD problem ?

TSB outage, day 5: What do you mean you can't log in? Our systems are up and running. Up and running, we say!

Miss Config

"Embattled bank TSB"

As a Guardian reader I presume The Reg will write another article about TSB if and when the banks becomes Beleagured

Vatican sets up dedicated exorcism training course

Miss Config

The Pope Himself DOES Believe In Both The Devil And Demonic Posession

Which is why he wants more and more exorcists :

Guardian report from March 2017

Note how he says there how at least SOME 'demonic possessions' are in fact 'supernatural'.

Microsoft can't give away beta cert exams, so starts charging

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Psychometric ?

Never mind the beta tests. What is really offputting is the psychometric testing.

'Pseudo-scientific' would be a polite term for it.



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