* Posts by MMR

47 posts • joined 30 Jun 2017

Row erupts over who to blame after NordVPN says: One of our servers was hacked via remote management tool



<quote>According to NordVPN's official statement on the affair, the server was rented and based in a data center in Finland.</quote>

Haha, why am I not surprised? Speaking from personal experience, not just NordVPN...

You don't put the words "secure" and "Finland" in one sentence. Their (Finn's) attutide towards data security is years behind and in some cases non-existant. In some companies you'll find private data on Sharepoint (or any other collaboration platform) with no lock down. They have no idea what an IT security audit is. When you politely raise this with your manager they'll brush you off. It is assumed that data is accessed only by people who are meant to see it. They are basically heavily relying on "trust". While this may work perfectly fine inside Finland it's not how the rest of the world (or IT) works.

If someone tells you your data is stored/managed in Finland - run as far as you can.

Conspiracy loons claim victory in Brighton and Hove as council rejects plans to build 5G masts


Not getting on either side of the fence, but...

<quote>I bet every single objector has an existing mobile at least 3G if not 4G.</quote>

5G is a different kind of technology and not exactly a straight evolution from 4G.

Sorry, Linux. We know you want to be popular, but cyber-crooks are all about Microsoft for now


Re: linux users are worthless

I don't mind being labeled that way for as long W10 users are used as cannon fodder.

Boeing big cheese repeats pledge of 737 Max software updates following fatal crashes


Re: Simply Ghastly...

It is a bad taste joke in a way. E*** M*** is not a one man company and T**** employs an army of programmers. Perhaps the same type of programmers who are able to write software for S****X which accidentally is another E*** M*** venture.

Bombs Huawei... Smartphone exploded in my daughter's pocket, seriously burning her, claims dad in lawsuit


Re: Desperate

One device. One.



Batteries in portable devices cause fire on regular basis but since it's Huawei it has to be in the news. Anything that makes them look bad nowadays is worth reporting on, right?

Amazon Prime Air flight crashes in Texas after 6,000ft nosedive


Re: Age?

It would've been a 27 year old FRAME in April. Canada, China, Chile, Argentina, storage.

If you are into those things the tail number was N1217A.

Down productivity tools: Microsoft Teams takes a Monday tumble



What do you mean no impact on productivity? I was actually able to do some work without being constantly distracted.

Boss of venerable sect with millions of devoted followers meets boss of venerable sect with... yeah, you get the idea


Re: Unethical cultists with little intelligence

I don't know if you have ever listened to any of the Pope's speeches.

Whether you are believer or not (I'm certainly not) you can find a lot of value in them. The TED talk is a good starting point.

One click and you're out: UK makes it an offence to view terrorist propaganda even once



I wonder if this article falls under this category.

Only plebs use Office 2019 over Office 365, says Microsoft's weird new ad campaign


What's lower than plebs?

Only plebs use Office 2019 over Office 365, says Microsoft's weird new ad campaign

So if I don't use MS Office at all in Microsoft's logic I barely pass as a human? I'm ok with that

Apple solemnly agrees to pay France $570m in back taxes, turns to camera, gives us a wink


iPhone prices

It kinda explains why the last iPhone crop costs that much.

El Reg talks to PornHub sister biz AgeID – and an indie pornographer – about age verification


Pssst, hey, you

Yea you...

Wanna buy a freshly imported DVD from "Europe" with some naughty pics on?

Apple: You can't sue us for slowing down your iPhones because you, er, invited us into, uh, your home... we can explain


Now is the time

Now is the time to drop the line "How do you like them Apples?"

Peak Apple: This time it's SERIOUS, Tim


The current iPhone lineup is wrong

They never should've ditched the SE.

Before dipping a toe in the new ThinkPad high-end, make sure your desk is compatible


I'll think about buying one


1. Ctrl key is in the correct place

2. Lenovo build a decent after-sale support line


Re: Bah

That question is like two decades late to the game. In 2019 Lenovo still don't see anything wrong with that.

Who cracked El Chapo's encrypted chats and brought down the Mexican drug kingpin? Er, his IT manager


Re: Collateral damage

"Whilst many may not shed any tears for people working for the cartels, it'll only make the job of law enforcement harder."

Most people in Central and South America hardly have a choice.

When they come knocking on your door and "offer" you a job what are you going to do? Turn them down or pack and leave? If you decide to leave where exactly are you going to go?

In 2018, Facebook is the villain and Microsoft the shining light, according to techies



And how exactly Microsoft's status has been changed?

I don't care about stock prices. As far as I'm concerned Microsoft had one of the worst years in history. A couple of big Azure outages, few weeks ago a widespread MFA malfunction. Windows 10 updates anyone? 1809?

2018 was actually the year I finally booted the last Microsoft product from my home.

Do not adjust your set: Hats off to Apple, you struggle to shift iPhones 'cos you're oddly ethical


Killed the golden goose

Apple got greedy and killed of the SE which was £300. Now the cheapest model is what, £750?

Good luck trying to sway the SE owners to that deal.

Using a free VPN? Why not skip the middleman and just send your data to President Xi?


Re: As usual, when it's free....

Just like what you get with Linux.

This is so wrong and not true on so many levels it's not worth getting into deeper discussion.

John McAfee is 'liable' for 2012 death of Belize neighbour, rules court



He wasn't just a founder of the McAfee AV, he was the mastermind behind it. He had some great ideas back in the days. Another genius gone mad. Too bad.

Has science gone too far? Now boffins dream of shining gigantic laser pointer into space to get aliens' attention



I always thought the Battleship movie was kinda dumb.

Brace yourself, Britain: Health minister shares 'vision' for NHS 'tech revolution'


Bound to fail.

Combining government "vision" with NHS dinosaur project management, lack of skill and knowledge you will get, well, in best case scenario nothing. In worst case, complete chaos which will hit the whole country.

The private "consultants", with average rates of £300/day will gladly pick those projects up.

I've worked in the NHS long enough to know how this works.

Microsoft Windows 10 October update giving HP users BSOD


MS Updates

With every passing month this looks more and more entertaining.

Day two – and Windows 10 October 2018 Update trips over Intel audio


Documents vanishing

I've seen in couple of places people reporting that their \Documents disappeared after the update and they can't recover them.

Volkswagen links arms with Microsoft for data-slurping cloud on Azure



Accessing those services on the road can be problematic, since applications from third-party providers typically don't talk to each other in a seamless way

Right, because this is why I get in a car. Not to drive it but to use apps in it.

The grand-plus iPhone is the new normal – this is no place for paupers



£1500 for a phone? Sheesh. Not so long ago I sold my perfectly good Nissan for £750.

I inhereted an iPhone 6S and while I admit it's a very good phone there isn't a lot (if anything) that does better than a much cheaper Android phone.

Microsoft's next Windows 10 release creeps closer with a cluster of builds


SMS on your computer

Ah, good. Microsoft working on something Nokia did 15 years ago.

If you store your data, I tell you I'm your man: You flash some, lose some, all arrays to me


Article title of the year.

The future of radio may well be digital, but it won't survive on DAB



I started to listen to DAB about 10 years ago and I really enjoyed it but the service failed to expand in a reasonable manner. What made it worse was when BBC Radio 6 sacked Bruce Dickinson. Bruce effin Dickinson! You don't sack the lead singer of Iron Maiden. No, no.

Ditched DAB and moved permanently to internet in 2014. I can listen to anything I want and pretty much anywhere I want.

Facebook misses Brit MPs' deadline, promises answers on Monday


What's sadder is over 2.5m people follow "it"

ICANN takes Whois begging bowl to Europe, comes back empty



Every company which has anything to do with EU or EU customers had enough time to prepare.

Which makes Whois' case even worse because as a tech company they should be able to change much faster than any other business.

Machines learned to assemble IKEA’s semi-disposable furniture


Aaw.. the stereotypes

Pleeeease, robots. Take this job away from us!

People who can't assemble an IKEA chair or chest of drawers are the same people who are not able to follow a simple, two page (most of which pictures) instruction sent by the Help Desk.

New Galaxy un-smartphone can’t go online because Samsung's thought of the children


Re: I'm interested

You've got to be nuts to pay that! Your paying for the privilege of lack of features..

You said it yourself - it's a privilege. And yes, I'm willing to pay for that.


I'm interested

$180 a tad too steep but I'll have it for $150

It's March 2018, and your Windows PC can be pwned by a web article (well, none of OURS)


Will these fix the two USB ports on my laptop which stopped working after the last Patch Tuesday?

Too many bricks in the wall? Lego slashes inventory


Re: Screw em!

Legoland is property of Merlin (yea, Alton Towers and etc.) so prices are dictated by Lego.

Capita data centres hit by buttload of outages



Here is an idea. Why Capita don't outsource their IT?

Chrome adblockalypse will 'accelerate Google-Facebook duopoly'


I blame online advertisers and marketers. They've crossed the line a long time ago and what Google have introduced is just a result of this.

IT 'heroes' saved Maersk from NotPetya with ten-day reinstallation blitz


Re: 'internet was not designed to support the applications that now rely on it'

Overtime, lots of takeaways, overtime, consulting and probably lots of overtime.

Pope wants journalism like the Catholic church wants child sex abuse probes: Slow, aimless...



Lots of ignorant comments here and the article itself is not far behind.

I'm not a religious person and I never read the Bible but the current Pope is quite decent. Some (most even) his opinions, essays and talks he gives are very smart and often don't even contain any religious preaching. Interesting, enjoyable, easy to listen and the issues he speaks about are relevant with to modern times. If only people took off their a**hats for few minutes and listened and perceived him as an inteligent man instead of someone who, in theory, is stuck few hundred years back.

New HMRC IT boss to 'recuse' herself over Microsoft decisions



That's like putting a fox in charge of a chickencoop.

Or a bear overlooking a beehive.

UK.gov wants quick Brexit deal with EU over private data protections


Re: They need us more than we need them

"They need us more than we need them, don't forget we are the most attractive country in europe for tech."


Where were you last year when HSBC laid off 500+ IT personel in Sheffield and decided to move most of it to Europe and the rest to India?

Where were you when BBC announced a deal with Accenture who will outsource a lot of their IT to Europe?

Largest ever losses fail to dent Tesla's bulging order book


The sales are increasing yet people still can't wait for Tesla to collapse and Musk to fail. As if it will give them a great joy to say "I told you so".

Creating an automotive company from virtual zero in this age is incredibly difficult, nevermind challenging existing carmakers and most importantly consumers and their backward thinking.

Take that, gender pay gap! Atos to offshore hundreds of BBC roles


Oh well. Only a matter of time before the PM is outsourced to Capita/Serco/G4S.

Ubuntu 'weaponised' to cure NHS of its addiction to Microsoft Windows


Being a former domain admin at one of the NHS organizations I can tell you this is not going to fly. HSCIC is too small to have big enough influence and local NHS Trusts and hospitals don't realize how important the security is. It is taking them ages to approve something and when they approve it it's already outdated. Not to mention the non-existing budgets on IT training for IT employees.


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