* Posts by SoloSK71

47 posts • joined 26 May 2015

World recoils in horror as smartphone maker accused of helping government snoops read encrypted texts, track device whereabouts


My sarcasm meter broke off the top end half way through the article ;)

D-Link must suffer indignity of security audits to settle with the Federal Trade Commission


All good things but watch the price increase. Remember you can have 2 of the three components of IT gear. It can be cheap, secure and up-to-date. Choose two.

Bear insistent on playing tonsil tennis with you? Just bite its tongue off


Re: license, hell

Bears have tails? I must have always concentrated on the bitey bits when I ran into them in the wild as I have never noticed this.


Yes, I think you need to revise your damage estimate downwards from a 5 for the man. Two or 3 at most.

It's official! The Register is fake news… according to .uk overlord Nominet. Just a few problems with that claim, though


So let me get this straight

If *I* squat a name I am in the wrong, but if a big registrar squats a name this is all fine?

Apple kills iTunes, preps pricey Mac Pro, gives iPad its own OS – plus: That $999 monitor stand


Re: you know someone

Like the comment about the Android vs iOS uptake. Sure, iOS gets a higher uptake, as installation is just about mandatory and they deliberately obsolete older hardware, where Android you can be 3 versions back and still completely functional on a 4 year old phone

The completely rational take you need on Europe approving Article 13: An ill-defined copyright regime to tame US tech


Re: Expect the best but recent history tells us even the worst is being hopeful.

Censorship is understood to be government based. Not individual websites. Get it right.

Vodafone exec dons tartan tam-o'-shanter, clutches bottle of Irn-Bru, in snap shared with firm... just before Glasgow staff told of redundo dates


Re: Voda's senior transformation manager, John Lowe

Of course there are changes. People get fired, executives and senior management get bonuses. Transformation!


Re: Soft Racism

Like the same shops in Delhi, Islamabad, Lagos, etc. etc. etc. that sell their traditional garb, but if we wear it we are racists?

Another way to look at Amazon's counterfeit-busting Project Zero: Making merchants cough up protection money


Re: Disruptive...

ex. batteries, you never know if you are going to get legitimate ones or cheap knockoffs and when you call Amazon they don't actually change anything


Re: Buyer Beware

and ad to this that merchants can sell shite (such as fake plant seeds, ex. offering bromeliad seeds that sprout as common Chinese herbs or even weeds) or re-sell legitimate products but overprice them by 300% or more and people still buy them because they don't know how Amazon merchants can game the system

Turn off remote admin, SOHOpeless D-Link owners


Re: The only workaround is to disable remote administration.

this and other stories like it are why i am less and less sorry for paying for a commercial grade firewall and security appliance for my home network

Twitter trolls are destroying democracy, warn eggheads


just get rid of anonymity - make every account required to be verified, problem solved, none of the foaming at the brain trolls want to be publicly identified

We're going to have to start making changes or the adults will do it for us


i wonder just how much of the 'issue' is something that is almost never mentioned, and that is that i am 95% of my colleagues in the it industry are somewhere on the autism spectrum and all of the above comments as well as the authors article are a great example of that

Visiting America? US border agents want your Twitter, Facebook URLs


Logical impossibilities

How do you *prove* you *do not* have one of these (or even any) social media accounts?


Re: I'll have whatever you're smoking. (Was it something from a rare frog/mushroom/plant?)

"God Help Us All if Hillary is elected. A two-front war with China and Russia using stealthed first-strike tac nukes in a "nuclear ramp-up" scenario? Yes, she can!"

Here's your sign!

And your tin foil hat.

The downside of freedom of speech right there.

Drubbed StubHub carder grub guilty, faces 12 years in cooler club


But ... but ... but ...

We keep getting told by the nanny state that there is no problem with people buying a thousand tickets to a single event and reselling them!

And yes, I get it that this was illegally buying them, but unless they had some kind of distributed network, most or all of the purchases would be coming from the same IP or range of IP addresses. Which also should have kicked off some kind of alarm by the credit card companies and/or PayPal.

The Microsoft-LinkedIn hookup will be the END of DAYS, I tell you


As bas as

the raving apple fans are, the spitting anti-ms ones are as well

there is a middle ground

and if you don't like it that much then fill it out with fake information (like opus did in bloom county surveys) to reduce the effectiveness and accuracy

btw, not one company in canada that i have worked with has hired using linkedin, and as i have been in hiring positions i think i have a pretty good view of the various corporate policies

Microsoft's paid $60 per LinkedIn user – and it's a bargain, because we're mugs


Re: Gone now. (never there)

never facebook

never whatsapp

never linkedin

never twitter

never snapchat

never, ever, no, no, no to any social media ever

plus having protected my systems, accounts, e-mail addresses for over 20 years i get less than one spam e-mail per month

and i never have to worry about my information being sold, or 'targeted marketing' (unless i do something like opus answering a phone survey and direct it to a c(e,i,f,etc.)o of some corporation i don't like (or even better their personal e-mail address

12 years of US Air Force complaints lost in database crash


Re: Was this (not) really an accident?

just in time for some of the major inquiries into why the air force is crap at a) preventing and b) dealing with sexual harassment and abuse ... what a shock


Re: "...what difference does it make?"

here's your sign

and your tinfoil hat

Man-in-the-middle biz Blue Coat bought by Symantec: Infosec bods are worried


Re: Yeah, this is crazy but....

do 99% of users even know the slightest about what this means? i doubt it.

that was supposed to be the how point of 'trusted issuers', that you did not need to worry as they were supposed to be 'trusted' to a) do the background checks to make sure the person who asked for a cert was really the person who 'owned' the site (failed that years ago) and b) would not (be able to) use that certificate on their own to compromise a users or businesses communications (now failed)

talk ab out the fox guarding the hen house, and in this case it is two foxes already proven to be perilously close to the ethical and legal line

time to start removing their certs from the trusted issuers on my personal systems

FFS, Twitter. It's not that hard


"egomaniacal bunch of white nerds" should have included straight, male and adolescent with a boob fixation

Google snubs 'dark money' questions at AGM. Shareholder power? Yeah, right


Not such a surprise after all

I am still trying to figure out where the 'do no evil' went

What's holding up Canada's internet?


Re: What?

Telus especially provides truly appalling service and spends most of their time coming up with excuses why not to or why they can't do things.

Every single FTTH install (at least in multi-unit and older residential installs) that I have seen has only a single ONT and then goes to the Telus router/modem which can not be set to pass-through.

Further, I have never heard of a multi-unit dwelling OR commercial building refusing access to a service provider that could guarantee bonding and/or licensing.

Microsoft phone support contractors told to hang up after 15 minutes


hmmm ... Convergys? I remember being told to do that on multiple contracts back in the day, hp, Microsoft, cable companies, lots of others ... seems to be a common theme in the new 'helpless desks'

SEC chair blasts Silicon Valley for its hokey valuations


but short selling is totally legal, even though it is the exact opposite of this

Don't – don't – install iOS 9.3 on your iPad 2: Upgrade bricks slabs


So Apple kept f.lux out

of the sandbox until they could program their own version, which as usual is less functional, takes up more space and runs slower ...

'Hot Tech Talent' IT job board ads caught up in sexism allegations


welcome to 'modern feminism', equality (men) need not apply

Microsoft's equality and diversity: Skimpy schoolgirls dancing for nerds at an Xbox party


welcome to modern 'feminism' which, as you have found, is not about equality at all


But as usual

make a mistake and you are never forgiven, no matter what other good work you do. "What did you do for me today?" rules, even with people who proclaim themselves as not that shallow.

Data-thirsty mobile owners burn through 5GB a month


Or maybe

it is the new breed of app developers who seem to programs apps to be demented ET's on speed, phoning home every 5 seconds or so with my 'telemetry' that burns through data ...

Lose the onion tears, Tor fanboys: CloudFlare may consider binning CAPTCHAs, says CEO


Apparently not wanting to be tracked

is now malicious, as I work with a large group of IT people, about 12 or so of us use Tor and go the web sites, so the 90% malicious number is bollocks

Randomness is a lottery, so why not use a lottery for randomness?


Lacking a job in libraryspace

I want to work in cryptography and tell people something like "I work with BlumBlum-Shub equations"

Reminder: How to get a grip on your files, data that Windows 10 phones home to Microsoft


Sad to say

but between having no time to install and configure and support, and no inclination to give up my privacy, I have pretty much given up on PC's at home. A variety of single use electronics (Kobo for reading, etc.) is what I have now.

IBM UK puts 1,352 Global Tech Services heads 'at risk'


While I get that this is specific to the UK, IBM seems to do this reliably every six months for about the past 14 years for this sector, worldwide ...

No tit for tat, or should that be tat for tit ... Women selling stuff on eBay get lower bids


You appear to have not read your own site, especially the article debunking the "paid less than men" reality-distortion that we are expected to believe in and never question.

When adjusted for taking maternity leave (and child raising time beyond that) and looking at like for like comparison (no comparing male engineers to females nurses) male-female earnings are not that far apart.

How one of the poorest districts in the US pipes Wi-Fi to families – using school buses


Re: "You should see the amount of data being used by these kids,"

and don't forget all those neat torrents

Cisco's purple princesses gush workplace joy


Try being a guy and doing that, CLM right there if not CEM

Fans demand 'Lemmium' periodic table tribute


If anything one of the new elements should be names Lehrerium

Good news! US broadband speeds are up. Bad news – they're still rubbish


Make bigger tubes!

Man faces 37 years for sarcastic post insulting royal dog


Another reason not to visit

in addition to the promotion of child sex tourism

Electrician cuts wrong wire and downs 25,000 square foot data centre


Re: Do you get paid the same money as a professional?

Except that most people don't even know what an SLA is or if they have one

Webcam spyware voyeur sentenced to community service


So I agree (actually thought he received a light sentence) with the punishment but where is the liability for the manufacturers who keep shoveling out insecure shitty products?



OMG OMG OMG fat shaming!

Trial halted as Kartoon defence attorney arrested after warrant discovery


$15,000 bail for drugs

$500,000 bail for fraud (of a big corporation at that I am guessing)

say what?

Galapagos volcano's MILE-HIGH WALL of FIRE menaces SUPER-RARE iguanas


And in related news, WWF and PETA have asked Ecuadorian courts to issue injunctions against the volcano for endangering these rare animals.


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