* Posts by TheSkunkyMonk

111 publicly visible posts • joined 19 Dec 2015


Guntrader breach perp: I don't think it's a crime to dump 111k people's details online in Google Earth format


Re: denying their actions amounted to a criminal offence

Not entirely true you can always bring a private prosecution, I sadly had this after Mr Branson hired a ex SAS and MI5 agent to follow me and my boss for a year :( Police couldn't care less and weren't interested in the free tv, my barister actually asked me if I'd fix his box, crazy times.

Windows 11: What we like and don't like about Microsoft's operating system so far


The last Microsoft OS I liked was Win2k, I put up with XP for a longtime, skipped windows 7 and absolutely hated every minute with the marketing research tool that is Windows10. My Operating system should not require more and more resources with each new version, thats not improvement! Anyway nearly now 100% linux apart from my gaming desktop. Stuff runs faster, I even get a much better delay on my audio workstation now without expensive licenses. Gimp is awesome and beats a monthly photoshop subscription and once you get used to the interface Blender is a joy! Still not quite Autodesk but it once again beats all the crap that comes with it and the insane subscriptions. The Rentier movements can go do one, and if my OS is going to make my Personal Computer a research tool for big corps, well then it aint a Personal Computer anymore.

8-month suspended sentence for script kiddie who DDoS'd Labour candidate in runup to 2019 UK general election


Naughty boy! But this is why we are lacking in computer security/software engineering in the UK these days. Just look at all the big coding competitions. Research should be encouraged and he should be pushed in that direction, Mind do script kiddies ever turn good? Quite possibly.

Bug at payments processor WorldPay swipes £2k+ per ride ticket from Brighton Pier revellers


Surely they would of noticed after a few people had there cards declined? Or am I the only one without a few grand in the current account or left on the card.

What Microsoft's Windows 11 will probably look like


Considering Windows 10 has done nothing but get slower and slower(like every MS OS) for me even though its still doing the same old stuff, and the fact that it reports massively back to MS I am now pretty much full Linux for my studio apart from my test machines. Lol even getting better audio performance now, used to get around 7ms delay in real-time applications, its under 1ms with Ubuntu Mate an insane improvement that my musicians love! Apart from the odd game and the fact people are comfortable using windows, does Microsoft have anything to actually offer these days? Not seeing personally, and there Data collection policies have seriously gone to far when all the OS is supposed todo is provide a platform for launching our apps.

How much would you pay me to develop a COVID tracking app that actually works? Ah, thought so: nothing


Not a chance he will get a government job, he can clearly identify problems and create practical solutions quickly and at a very low cost, he will never be allowed through the door. Think my local waste disposal team even have more management than labourers.

Microsoft says it found 1,000-plus developers' fingerprints on the SolarWinds attack



I never trust these kinds of guesses, how many times have they claimed something uncrackable only for it to be cracked that same day? *cough* Fairlight *cough*

Mind sure they would of been using code from all over the place, pointless redesigning the wheel unless it needs todo something new.

'Long-standing vulns' in 5G protocols open the door for attacks on smartphone users


Re: Hacked or Snacked?

It was through necessity in my case, I was 11-12ish and needed my warez after the first 1k+ phone bill in the early nineties I had to resort to chopping into the phone line, luckily ran right outside my bedroom window :D Got another month before daddy found out, poor bloke didn't know what todo with me, great man.

SolarWinds: Hey, only as many as 18,000 customers installed backdoored software linked to US govt hacks


Am i right in thinking they basically held onto exploits(there own tools) instead of notifying companies to have them patched? Sounds like this could be there own doing.

Oh, no one knows what goes on behind locked doors... so don't leave your UPS in there


No secret doors but once went to a job with a server hidden underneath the floor in a old house, Archimedes would of been amazed, tiny little hatch under the stairs giving access with only about 3 foot of head room and a good 5-10m of crawling to get to its home. Needless to say the customer was not very happy nor my boss when they were both told to do one until access was better. Reasons I didn't want to be a sparky or a plumber and crawling under the floors was one of em. Do wonder who they got to sort it out in the end.

Epic Games brings its Fortnite fight with Apple to Australia



Is kind funny mind considering they spend millions ensuring Steam is cut out from new titles, Little tit for tat might be a good thing. The rates these platforms charge is scandalous though, by the time the platform and the taxman has ran of with there share you can be left with less than half what you earned.

Why cloud costs get out of control: Too much lift and shift, and pricing that is 'screwy and broken'



Can we please start calling the cloud what is really is, just old mainframe mentality and yes it has its uses but unless you are forced into leasing/renting most people are much better off just getting a small server in house, But nope all the small businesses seem to think they now need to be in the cloud... Sorry, rant over I just can't take much more of this software as a service stuff.

Chromium devs want the browser to talk to devices, computers directly via TCP, UDP. Obviously, nothing can go wrong


Please no!

This will only be used to tighten the marketing w*nkers grip on humanity and drive more data collection. the Devs behind writing this stuff should be ashamed. Absolutely not need. Still don't see why we needed html5.

You're testing them wrong: Whiteboard coding interviews are 'anti-women psychological stress examinations'


100% agree its a terrible method and one of the reasons I stopped pursuing my programming career outside of my own enjoyment as it is so competitive and most programmers who do get the jobs just seem to write pure over complicated ego code to show off instead of efficiency, its the same with repair these days as well, interviews who don't have a clue asking idiotic questions, ffs I Can tell if a power cable is working just by the noise it makes when it goes into the psu, and no im not going to fuck around when I know all the beep codes off by heart.

Make sure you've patched your F5 BIG-IP gear. Exploit code for scary bug is so trivial, it fits in a tweet


US government warning us about Tor when they release it onto the world? If anything they promoted its use to get more users as it makes it harder to trace.

Rental electric scooters to clutter UK street scenes after Department of Transport gives year-long trial the thumbs-up


Planned obsolescence, Software as a service and now our toys are going into a rental program! How can it be ok for a private company to run these on the roads but a private citizen can't purchase one and maintain it themselves? Not that I think its a good idea, maybe in a different world but in the current one this will just cause havoc.

Wow, Microsoft's Windows 10 always runs Edge on startup? What could cause that? So strange, tut-tuts Microsoft


Wierdly it has now stopped all by its self and instead now Xbox app seems to want to launch randomly on startup instead


Ive been getting this for a couple month, very rarely though its normally a restart or two from the last time I use it when this happens, Really annoying but I havent played SeaofThieves since they started charging for pets and cosmetics so its probably time to reinstall Ubuntu anyway, Doesn't feel right having so a close connection to the marketeers.

Ex-barrister reckons he has a privacy-preserving solution to Britain's smut ban plans


Re: What could possibly go wrong?

We just need better parenting not more restrictions. We will probably get the sensible solution now though since most people got the new track and trace, and you now have to give details when going for a pint.

eBay users spot the online auction house port-scanning their PCs. Um... is that OK?


Re: fingerprinting

"And website owners wonder why more and more people are using ad/script blockers"

Still with all the threats listed the first reason I use a script blocker is so the marketing wankers and arsehole coders who make their software don't feed me ad's or track my activity so i can be turned into a product to sell, security only comes in second, lol my bank is pretty much empty anyway good luck to em :P

Linus Torvalds drops Intel and adopts 32-core AMD Ryzen Threadripper on personal PC


Re: Minimum spec?

Trainee developers no, they most certainly should get old kit preferably some dumb terminals and vi and teach them to use what limited resources they have. when they graduate and get that dev hat then they get the well deserved fancy new machine. Linux has certainly graduated, degree or not.


Sure they just change the socket 90% of the time just to force us into that extra upgrade and not because some new chip model actually requires it :( really should be pushed into giving us only model a year, the latest and greatest not planning out product lines 10years in advance. Remember Moore's law isa business model not an actual scientific law. Breakthroughs happen over night.

Record-breaking Aussie boffins send 44.2 terabits a second screaming down 75km of fiber from single chip


Actually it is ideal for home broadband now! as long as the cabling is good probably wont be any need to replace the system for the next 100yr or so. Mind we hate that type of thinking in government projects, why make something to last when we can have lucrative maintenance contracts to put out to tender each year or a system we can upgrade every few year.

Latest NHS IT revolution is failing to learn lessons from the last £10bn car crash


Probably all three with bonuses for all involved. The wastage really is scary though, 12bn should of bought a lot of kit and we only have a thousand or so hospitals, on site servers and one big one really big one shouldn't of cost all that much and general staff normally only use EMIS or whatever it is called these days, cheapo thin clients galore, 12bn? Can we have a break down of costing I'm really curious how much went on hardware and IT staff and how much went on management?

You can get a mechanical keyboard for £45. But should you? We pulled an Aukey KM-G6 out of the bargain bin


What is its key rollover like? Biggest problem with you asda special is you normally can't push all the keys you need to at the same time. For example with the cheap ONN keyboards you cant push w,a,shift and jump at the same time. can be a bit of a problem at times.

Resistance is futile: Some Cisco security appliances are ticking time bombs of fail thanks to faulty resistors


Meh more like planned Obsolescence than a faulty product, working as intended I bet. Bit like the Ipod batteries. We really need a better way to work our businesses, we should be making the best, and making it to last. No designing things to fail or crippling hardware so companies can sell a range... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdh7_PA8GZU

Nine million logs of Brits' road journeys spill onto the internet from password-less number-plate camera dashboard



Shame no one read the governments own guidance. https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/guidance/penetration-testing


I don't get it I always thought these institutions spent hundreds of thousands on compliance if not millions? Not one person thought to read iso27001? Mind should you even need to read it to know to put a password on an external system. Just got to love these modern "experts" not a clue most of them.

Watch now the three UFO videos uncovered by Blink-182 star – and today officially released by the Pentagon


Awww specially the last one, why couldn't they release more of the video.

Dumpster diving to revive a crashing NetWare server? It was acceptable in the '90s


Not as classy as this guys solution but I have on more that one occasion used a humble cardboard wedge to fix memory not sitting correctly on warped motherboards in the 90's, saved our customers fortunes at the time boss was not happy though he wanted the extra sales.

AMD dials 911, emits DMCA takedowns after miscreant steals a load of GPU hardware blueprints, leaks on GitHub


Re: So let me get this right...

Still brighter than the guy that setup the system that spewed the data.

FYI: When Virgin Media said it leaked 'limited contact info', it meant p0rno filter requests, IP addresses, IMEIs as well as names, addresses and more


Re: Internet facing database?

Less than a decade ago your modems speed used to be controlled by a file, on the modem.


Wonder how many people bought that data?

From Virgin?

Call us immediately if your child uses Kali Linux, squawks West Mids Police


Atleast they keep up with the times good on the plods! I'm still running a build of Backtrack.

We're afraid it might be terminal: Tesco top-up box looking less than tip-top


I miss my Xp now but now I have integrated marketing crap slowing me down built right in, Yay progress!

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


If it worked that way companies would actually have to own up when they get hacked and a lot won't do it just to avoid the bad press and customer complaints that ensue.

'Trust no one' is good enough for the X Files but not for software devs: How do you use third-party libs and stay secure, experts mull on stage


Im still upset they reinstated the guys code on the NPM without his permission, so what if it broke a lot of things he made a choice and didn't want to use their platform any more, for good reasons as well. Guess thats the joys of licensing.

IT exec sets up fake biz, uses it to bill his bosses $6m for phantom gear, gets caught by Microsoft Word metadata


Re: idiot

IT might be interesting but it normally leads to more temptation, then action, I ruined my career a decade or so ago with what started as a simple curiosity and yes it turns out the cable company do send the exact same tv signal to every ones house regardless how much you pay them, so easy to make your cable modem go faster as well, or it was back then anyway! I also discovered Mr Branson will hire ex MI5 and SAS agents to hunt you down.

A sprinkling of Star Wars and a dash of Jedi equals a slightly underbaked Rise Of Skywalker


If it hadn't of been for a woman playing the lead I would of thought I was watching Return. All in all, enjoyed the movie thought it would of been nice to have seen the ghost of Obiwan for the big final goodbye though. Hope we get a movie where they rebuild everything and make an awesome new society, we never seem to get that part in movies, just the war.

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


2 consoles and 5 drives in a year or two with the 360, Ill never waste money on a xbox again. Only reason I bothered with the 360 anyway was for Forza and they went and trashed that game as well. Laughed so hard when they added a minute cooldown to start races, what idiot though that was a good idea? Then all the DLC, nope just nope, if Im paying top dolar for a game I expect to get the entire game.

Labour: Free British broadband for country if we win general election


Re: Paranoid, moi?

Yeah Until the water company come along and try and put a charge on your property for a few hundred quid and then try to add interest to that and force you to sell. I shit you not I didn't pay for 2 years due to DWP issues and I nearly lost everything! for the sake of a 900quid bill. About time our water was taken back into government hands. Along with gas and electricity, just for the price hikes alone.

Why build your own cancer-sniffing neural network when this 1.3 exaflop supercomputer can do if for you?


Is the power not for the creating the software? AI making AI and all that scifi horror stuff?

UK taxpayers funded Grand Theft Auto V maker to tune of £42m – while biz paid no corp tax and made billions


Re: Based in Scotland? What a surprise!

Makes me sick that the Scottish get free university and us English have to pay 9k+ a year. World is F'd don't think anything can fix the greed of the human species now, just got to hope we get wiped out before we do to much damage to this place.

COBOL: Five little letters that if put on a CV would ensure stable income for many a greybeard coder


Re: Almost First language

Was my first language and gave me a great framework for understanding other languages later on, Stand by all schools should start there programming courses with this language as it teaches so many good practices and is very simple to understand for learners.

Open-source companies gather to gripe: Cloud giants sell our code as a service – and we get the square root of nothing


Re: In a normal universe

Some people just do it for the challenge of solving the problem, they also tend the be the best ones. Satisfaction is a funny thing hope one day we get past paper.

WannaCry is still the smallpox of infosec. But the latest strain (sort of) immunises its victims


Was this an Ad?

for Sophos?

6 Times you plugged em!


You better get a wiggle on then: BT said to be mulling switching off UK's copper internets by 2027


Re: How many connections is that?

Nah they will probably pull most of it through the existing conduit where possible


Not my expertise

Why not let Virgin(Telewest) do it instead? They've had the better network for decades, well at least in my area for personal and small business by an absolute long shot.

As the world secures itself, so do crims: Encrypted malware on the rise, warns Sonicwall


I'd probably watch that :D

Scumbags can program vulnerable MedTronic insulin pumps over the air to murder diabetics – insecure kit recalled


Just no need for this stuff to have a wireless feature in the first place. When will we stop putting critical systems online.