Crime pays. Til you get caught.
192 posts • joined 9 Mar 2017
Your 2.3m Instagram fans won't stop the FBI... Web star accused of plotting to launder millions from cyber-crime
Things that happen every four years: Olympic Games, Presidential elections, and now new Mac ransomware
A large conglomerate I used to work for used Oracle for its finance systems. Oracle pushed to move everything off premises and into the cloud.
All whilst pushing its next gen all singing, all dancing "drill all the way down into invoice line items from a single figure on the P&L" wizardry.
Except even their fastest mega server couldn't really handle the volume of data. I left the company at that point.
After buying another large conglomerate that uses SAP, last I heard was, they were going to migrate the whole lot to SAP.
Either it'll all go Tits-Up, or they'll still be trying to merge the two in 5 years time, or they'll give up and will still be running the two side by side 10 years from now.
You heard it here first.
Wanted – DRAM or alive: US Feds bag arrest warrants for three Taiwanese accused of stealing Micron's mem secrets
Let's roll the 3d6 dice on today's security drama: Ah, 15, that's LG allegedly hacked, source code stolen by Maze ransomware gang
"You want redundancy? Go sign up for 2 ISPs and use one as a backup."
How many ISPs have their own core network? Heck, how many actually have their own edge network? Most of them simply rent the equipment off the incumbent and push the bill out to the customer.
And let's not forget, most of the access network is owned by only eg 2 companies here in the UK.
Health Sec Hancock says UK will use Apple-Google API for virus contact-tracing app after all (even though Apple were right rotters)
Why don't Google and Apple co-operate and develop the app and roll it out as a critical public safety update across the globe?
They could have done this months ago.
It would save countries across he whole world duplicating effort and going down rabbit holes. And think of the number of lives it could have saved / would save.
And the app would also work once international travel resumes.
They routinely push out updates that help them maintain their not so insignificant income streams.
They have the technological prowess to make it happen.
About time they did something that gives something meaningful back to the public.
If you're despairing at staff sharing admin passwords, look on the bright side. That's CIA-grade security
Re: Well now....
"It is rare for Windows Server to be deployed nowadays for any reason other than to run Microsoft's own server programs (Active Directory, Exchange, Sharepoint, etc)"
Incorrect. There's a whole swathe of shared applications, from various vendors, in the health care, logistics, CRM, SRM, finance, HR and other fields that rely on Windows Server OS. Applications with decades of man hours of development behind them.
It's easier and cheaper, though not necessarily painless, to migrate these to new hardware running a newer version of the Windows OS they were written for than it would be to switch OS completely and re-develop the apps for a completely different OS.
The whole reason Windows remains dominant in many areas is due to these legacy apps.
Japan to test self-destructing satellite to shrink space junk with string and an inanimate carbon blob
So if you reverse the polarity, you could speed up and hence raise the orbit of a satellite using electricity? Sounds cool.
Obviously I've over simplified. You might have to modulate and pulsate at the right moments and have the tether face the other way to achieve the end goal, but it seems plausible to, in effect, use the earth's magnetic field for this "motor".
Lenovo certifies all desktop and mobile workstations for Linux – and will even upstream driver updates
FYI: There are thousands of Chrome extensions with so, so many fake installations to trick you into using them
Apple promises third, no, fourth, er, fifth time's a charm when it comes to macOS Catalina: 10.15.5 now out
Catalina broke Google Drive too.
And yes I've gone into Security settings and turned on full drive access for it already.
Apple and Google support were "about as useful as a chocolate teapot".
I don't even understand Apple's desire to rush out an OS update full of bugs. It's not like it's going to bring in additional revenue or something.
Apple, Google begin to spread pro-privacy, batt-friendly coronavirus contact-tracing API for phone apps
Project Reunion: Microsoft's attempt to tear down all those barriers it's built for Windows developers over the years
The Metro/modern/manky UI sucks big time.
In an attempt to ape simpleton iOS, MS have taken for granted, the eminently usable UI of Windows past and lost 90% of what made it slick and usable.
Abandoned and lost are logical keyboard shortcuts, mouse shortcuts, vibrant and distinctive colour schemes and layouts.
Instead we have bland plain window backdrops with no borders and no colour. Open up a handful of randomly overlapping windows, and it becomes impossible to tell where one starts and the other ends.
Even the OS itself has no impressive, consistently clear style guide any more. What hope is there for "apps"?
Instead of building on the efficient and usable UI it had before, we see half baked redesigns of a bad idea again and again with apparently no usability testing whatsoever.
Whoever's in charge of this mightily clusterfluck should have their atoms strung out in a long thin line and sent towards the nearest black hole.
Russia admits, yup, the Americans are right: One of our rocket's tanks just disintegrated in Earth's orbit
Australian contact-tracing app sent no data to contact-tracers for at least ten days after hurried launch
Apparently the UK NHS app is using the same centralised approach that, apart from the privacy concerns, relies on iPhone users bringing the app to the foreground periodically to ensure it keeps Bluetooth on.
Though this article seems to suggest the Aussies are working with Apple to address this.
But this also shows we don't have a unified approach across the whole globe.
Mystery cloud added 10,000 new AMD Epyc servers in under ten days to handle demand for you know what
Tata Consultancy Services tells staff to go to their rooms and stay there, even after the pandemic passes
I'm always more productive when wfh.
Fewer distractions and interruptions and
Given that I typically save 2.5-3 hours travel time everyday, I don't mind putting in an extra hour or more to knock a few more things out.
And I always eat healthier when wfh. I can eat when I'm hungry instead of forcing my body to take on food first thing in the morning when it's not really ready for it.
This allows me to eat all my days meals within an 8-10 hour window which has been demonstrated to have numerous health benefits.
Airbus and Rolls-Royce hit eject on hybrid-electric airliner testbed after E-Fan X project fails to get off the ground
Re: Electric planes?
As well as reduced noise (hopefully), if the electrics are used only during take off and landing, you also gain the benefit of lower emissions in densely populated areas.
That gets rid of two of the main objections to airport expansion in densely populated areas. And most of the world's airports are in urban neighbourhoods.
And even if its a small reduction in emissions overall, it's a good stop gap measure until we can go fully electric.
Yes I know most end point infections are the result of user error, but that's exactly why it's Microsoft's job to make a secure operating system.
Allowing random snippets of code carte blanche access to user files is not my idea of a secure operating environment.
Fewer infections leads to less money for the criminals which leads to even fewer infections till it basically becomes a worthless endeavour for the criminally minded.
Ffs Microshit, sort this out already.
1. How hard can it be allow a user to only allow apps they recognise to create/modify/delete files in standard user folders (Desktop, Documents, Downloads, Music, Pictures, Videos)?
2. Disable VB script by default, allowing users to turn it on on a case by case basis
3. Granted, any user daft enough to enable macros when opening a random file deserves what they get.
I reckon that should prevent most if not all ransomware dead in its tracks?
Taiwan to develop military exoskeleton because it's not like these things are open-sourced or one-size-fits-all
I wonder how well they hold up against machine gun fire? Or grenades? Or other artillery?
And if they're powered, which I imagine they are, otherwise it's just a suit of armour, how long does the battery or other power source last?
I suspect they'll only be good for a few niche applications until the technology improves markedly beyond what we have now.
Another day, another Google cull: Chocolate Factory axes 49 malicious Chrome extensions from web store
Surge in home working highlights Microsoft licensing issue: If you are not on subscription, working remotely is a premium feature
Bad news: Coronavirus is spreading rapidly across the world. Good news: Nitrogen dioxide levels are decreasing and the air on Earth is cleaner
Air quality has been fantastic here (UK, near an airport and two major motorways) since Monday when many flights got cancelled and many people started working from home.
It's almost like being in the countryside. I'm loving it. Even if all cars went electric, the air wouldn’t be this clean around here unless the airport shutdown too - or we had a revolution in aircraft propulsion.
I do wish a speedy recovery to anyone suffering.
Apple grudgingly opens up its check book, pays VirnetX $454m in patent royalties after a decade of wrangling
What a bunch of cnuts.
Good on VirnetX for having the resources to do battle against this hedious monstrosity.
$454m just doesn't seem like enough. Especially considering how hard Apple tried to avoid paying. The award should double for each failed appeal.
The number of iPads and iPhones people buy and use purely so they can Facetime other Apple worshippers is huge. That award should have been a few $Bn at least.
Broadband providers can now flog Openreach's new IP voice network in bid to ditch UK's copper phone lines by 2025
Google burns down more than 500 private-data-stealing, ad-defrauding Chrome extensions installed by 1.7m netizens
Re: Excellent job, Google
If the recipient telco's customer database wasn't leaked in the first place, the spammers wouldn't have any names and numbers to use as a dialling list.
Bu I agree there appears to be no incentive for the telcos to do anything. Perhaps an investigation and massive fine from the ICO would make them pay more attention... But short of bringing their call centres all back on-shore, not sure there are any other solutions. Meanwhile all existing records are loose anyway...
Ever wondered how Google-less Android might look? Step right this Huawei: Mate 30 Pro arrives on British shores
I thought the whole point of the embargo was to stop Huawei kit proliferating alleged Chinese gov controlled backdoors into the UK and US.
By allowing phones in and keeping network equipment out, the message is, they can have backdoors at the edge of the network, in users hands, but not in the core network.
Tens of millions of biz Dell PCs smacked by privilege-escalation bug in bundled troubleshooting tool
Having worked on machines from pretty much all the vendors, I don't like the way Dell's are designed.
And no, I'm not taking about aesthetics.
I'm talking about crucial things like:
Desktops: Non industry standard cases and power supplies.
Laptops: hard drive connectors that sit on mini daughter boards bolted (I kid u not) to the motherboard. One drop and the connector shears off.
Poorly designed motherboards that need 5 or more ribbon connectors for peripherals whilst most others get by with one. And don't get me started on buggy firmware that doesn't handle sleep transitions properly resulting in data loss / corruption.
You couldn't pay me to buy a Dell.
B-but it doesn't get viruses! Not so, Apple fanbois: Mac malware is growing faster than nasties going for Windows
Malware infection attempts appear to be shrinking... possibly because miscreants are less spammy and more focused on specific targets
Even Microsoft's own attempt at producing Ransomware protection is next to useless.
If you turn on Protected Folder Access (PFA), expect numerous legitimate programs to stop working. And it's not possible to allow exceptions for them without rendering the protection useless.
Why? Because, some programs call Rundll and so do various flavours of Ransomware.
The last time I looked, PFA only allows exceptions by executable.