* Posts by Triumphantape

96 publicly visible posts • joined 13 Oct 2017


Ever wonder how hackers could possibly pwn power plants? Here are 54 Siemens bugs that could explain things


My question has always been why are they online and accessible to hackers? Critical infrastructure components should have their own lines dropped, a closed system.

MacOS 'Catalina' 10.15 comes packed with exclusive security fixes – gee, thanks, Apple


Catalina is what happens when millennials are in charge.


An app or 2?

The majority of the apps I installed on a new iMac (Mojave) produced a pop up warning me they wouldn't be compatible with Catalina.

'Facebook takes data from my phone – but I don't have an account!'


No, I won't do your footwork for you.


Only buy phones that have pure Android on them, or can take a pure OS image.

Security gone in 600 seconds: Make-me-admin hole found in Lenovo Windows laptop crapware. Delete it now


Always format and fresh install minus the bloatware, always.

Staff sacked after security sees 'suspect surfer' script of shame


Who does this at work?

Your mates vape. Your boss quit smoking. You promised to quit in 2019. But how will Big Tobacco give it up?


Big tobacco is moving into marijuana, at least here in the US.

Altria (Philip Morris) is checking their options, so I suspect marijuana will be removed from the schedule 1 list before to long.

Mark Zuckerberg did everything in his power to avoid Facebook becoming the next MySpace – but forgot one crucial detail…


"No one likes a lying asshole"


Dutch boyband hopes to reverse Brexit through the power of music


"Producer of Dutch Boy Band hopes to cash in on BREXIT publicity" That's how it reads to me.

Small American town rejects Comcast – while ISP reps take issue with your El Reg vultures



Windows 10 can carry on slurping even when you're sure you yelled STOP!


Not sure it makes any difference how you try to turn it off, I have noticed items I've turned off are back on again after an update.

So you would have to redo everything you've turned off.

Even if you set up a reg file to make it easier, my thoughts are that after an update they may be labelled differently or placed in a different area.

It's strange what we put up with.

Adobe Flash zero-day exploit... leveraging ActiveX… embedded in Office Doc... BINGO!



Why does Flash still exist?

Alphabet gives bipedal robots the Schaft 'cos no one wants to buy its creepy machine maker



"Few mainstream journalists are able to make that distinction" To be fair "main stream journalist" are robots as well.

Upgraders rejoice! The 2018 Mac Mini heralds a return to memory slots!


Apple doesn't "get it" any longer.

Google's secret to a healthy phone? Remote-controlling your apps


Sure, then the malware guys catch up.

Some of you really don't want Windows 10's April 2018 update on your rigs


Why do we put up with it?

Seriously, how many of you could move to OSX or Linux? Do you actually need Windows?

Your phone may be able to clean up snaps – but our AI is much better at touching up, say boffins


Re: Am I the only one...

It's just advertising and hype, however I do believe we will have true AI in my lifetime.

God help us when we do.


It feels like having talent is going to be a burden when the AI can do it all, why practice develop yourself in any aspect when (eventually) AI will do it all and do it better.

Humans devalued.

No more slurping of kids' nationalities, Brit schools told


This will make it harder to see how fast the UK is being invaded, I wonder who financed the fight to remove the policy.

Youth crime falls as kids stay inside to play Grand Theft Auto instead of going out to steal cars


It isn't the surveillance that has them staying home, besides the UK is plastered with CCTV and it doesn't even pause crime there.

Make masses carry their mobes, suggests wig in not-at-all-creepy speech


Re: Battery life

Yes because in the UK where expressing an opinion based on facts about "immigrants" can get you jailed, they won't create a law to fine you for an uncharged phone.


Re: Government-supplied phones, then?

Anyone in the USA that wants a phone can get one, they have programs for this.

Yes, if such a law passed then hiding your phone from the network would become illegal as well.

The truth is people today can't live without their phones, and with payments apps, people are buying with phones.

You won't really need a law to make carrying a phone mandatory, if you simply can't get anything done in life without one.


On the off chance some of you are concerned, use a Faraday bag.

I purchased one myself at Signal Tactics Faraday Bags, it works. There are a lot of people selling variations it's worth a peak if you ever want to have your phone with you but not have it connected (including connected without you knowing, such as when the power is supposed to be "off").

NASA will send tiny helicopter to Mars


More likely we will see complaints from the Martians about the drones invading privacy.

Drone 'swarm' buzzed off FBI surveillance bods, says tech bloke



Chased off by racing drones, I guess none of them had a shotgun....

Apple's magical quality engineering strikes again: You may want to hold off that macOS High Sierra update...


Time Machine

If they used Time Machine to back up, it's a minor affair to restore to prior state.

Tantalising Tabby's Star teases watchers with big dimming event



It dims when the pupil swings this way.

Ex-Google recruiter: I was fired for opposing hiring caps on white, Asian male nerds


Who trust McKinsey?

I don't, a little read up on them shows they have been tied to corruption consistently.

Not that I'm against diversity (though you could argue that I am in the most contemporary interpretation of the word) just that I'm certain there's much more to the success of these companies than "diversity".

Ubuntu wants to slurp PCs' vital statistics – even location – with new desktop installs


Ubuntu... the Microsoft of the Linux world.

Kentucky gov: Violent video games, not guns, to blame for Florida school massacre


Not so sure about video games, but violent TV, movies and the constant coverage by the news media definitely gives some of the weaker minds out there ideas.

Humans are an imitative species, we are very good at it, and I feel the excessive media influences copycatting.

If it bleeds it leads... indeed.

UK.gov: Psst. Belgium. Buy these Typhoon fighter jets from us, will you?


Never mind the Typhoon, get some of those Chinese J20's.

Oi! Verizon leaked my fiancée's nude pix to her ex-coworker, says bloke


It's a scam, and they are all in on it.

Mind you not that I mind if Verizon gets scammed.

Six things I learned from using the iPad Pro for Real Work™


So it is a Macbook with a touch screen basically....

Hate to ruin your day, but... Boffins cook up fresh Meltdown, Spectre CPU design flaw exploits


Re: Yes, that's what a Spectre attack is

Interesting, so this has been a known vulnerability for some time. I suspect that's all anyone needs to start a class action lawsuit, and following that when the stock drops, invest in Intel for the subsequent rise in value once they address the hardware issues.


So I can assume that anything under High Sierra is still vulnerable? How do these exploits affect Virtual Machines?

Women beat men to jobs due to guys' bad social skills. Whoa – you mad, fellas? Maybe these eggheads have a point...


"She was completely incompetent, but so nice and friendly we didn't mind it"

Apple: iPhone sales are down (but they've never been more lucrative)


Re: I have my doubts

Nothing Apple states rings true to me.


I have my doubts

Apple recently repatriated a large amount of cash, I think this has something to do with their "best quarter ever".

Dell confirms: We're either going public – or VMware's gobbling us (or nothing will happen)


Honest question

Does Dell make anything worth using?

Uber saddles up for a new cycle of controversy


Uber bikes onyl available in San Francisco

Because that's the only place with people foolish enough to use them.

Been bugging the boss for a raise? Now's the time to go into infosec


Well if you do go into INFOSEC be careful where you get your training.

A lot of the "schools" and training programs are scams and/or poorly laid out.

Lenovo's craptastic fingerprint scanner has a hardcoded password


I bought myself one to replace my 2009 Macbook pro, format, clean win10 iso onward.

Also got it cheaper than the 1999$ Macbook pro selling on Apple right now, and with better specs than the Apple.

You had one job, Outlook! Security bug fix stops mail app from forwarding attachments


Years ago, when I did tech support at a large chip manufacturer, we called it "Look Out".

PACK YOUR BAGS! Two Trappist-1 planets have watery oceans, most likely to be inhabitable


39 lightyears?

My ship can do that in 12 parsecs.

Internet giants removing 70 per cent of reported hate speech, crows European Commission


There's no way they are just removing "hate speech" (whatever that means these days).

A 2 hour window means they are tossing anything remotely offending, including the truth.

Why did I buy a gadget I know I'll never use?


When you're old and retired, I hope one of those giant stacks of magazines (or DVD's if you prefer) in your home does not collapse on you.

Butt plugs, mock cocks, late pay and paranoia: The world of Waymo star Anthony Levandowski… by his kids' nanny


Sounds more like a spy than a nanny.

Mozilla offers sysadmins a Policy Engine for roll-your-own Firefox installs



I've often wondered if it were possible to compile your own browser minus all the things that irritate.

This is as close as I've seen, but not quite there yet.

Hold on to your aaSes: Yup, Windows 10 'as a service' is incoming


Yeah no...

This is just a way of getting naive users to go along with the data rape, calling it a "feature".