* Posts by RancidOrange

38 posts • joined 15 Jan 2018

The Eldritch Horror of Date Formatting is visited upon Tesco

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Re: best way so far?

From the Internet, so it must be true:

What is Julian date example?

A Julian date is sometimes used to refer to a date format that is a combination of the current year and the number of days since the beginning of the year. For example, January 1, 2007 is represented as 2007001 and December 31, 2007 is represented as 2007365.

Official: Microsoft will take an axe to Skype for Business Online. Teams is your new normal

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Re: "As decapitation approaches..."

Upvote for terrific Winodws pun.

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Re: Bow down and accept the One True UI

There are 3 things that really really bug me about Microsoft:

1. Adverts in a product I have paid for (eg Windows 10 Pro). Just don't do this.

2. Two completely different sets of credentials using the same email address depending on which part of Microsoft I need to login to (O365, anyone?).

3. Calling applications almost the same name with the addition of "for Business" when they are completely unrelated and cause endless confusion for users (eg OneDrive and OneDrive for Business).

Moving SfB into Teams at least reduces the problems associated with item 3.

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Re: Teams

We are currently flirting with Teams and may be rolling it out to our customers - I'm guessing that based on your investigations, we should take a second look. Thank you for the heads up.

BTW, I think you mean "prescribed" not "proscribed" (which is the opposite).

Yorkshire bloke's Jolly Roger flag given the heave-ho after council receives one complaint

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Re: Little Britain

So ... if the Jolly Roger was printed on a T shirt of approximately the same size as the flag and displayed outside someone's house this would be ok?

Hi! It looks like you're working on a marketing strategy for a product nowhere near release! Would you like help?

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The best pen testers will make use of all available information sources.

Now you can officially dox Scrabble players, thanks to the new dictionary definitions

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Re: OK not Okay?

I would recommend Albert Tatlock.

Bloke faces up to 20 years in the clink after gun held to dot-com owner's head in robbery

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We appear to have left the world of Rationalism.

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Re: Didn't do it the right way!

Please get that book on Kindle!

Turn me up some: Smart speaker outfit Sonos blasted in complaint to UK privacy watchdog

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NAS stores flac files linked to Sonos Connect with Naim amps and pro speakers. Much enjoyment had here.

HP deployed 'Truth Squad' in post-Autonomy PR blitz to defend Meg Whitman

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Re: With great power comes great responsibility (in theory)

Richard Dawkins: The concord fallacy

Techies take turns at shut-down top trumps

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Re: Be careful about differentiating by colour

I seem to remember reading somewhere that human societies took a very long time to come up with the colour green. Before then things we now call green were referred to as blue.

This may be complete bollocks, of course.

Brit Parliament online orifice overwhelmed by Brexit bashers

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Re: All too late

"In politics stupidity is not a handicap" - Napoleon.

Let's spin Facebook's Wheel of Misfortune! Clack-clack-clack... clack... You've won '100s of millions of passwords stored in plaintext'

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That's definitely going to be my excuse if anyone asks me about some of the dodgy sites I've been on.

Wondering why 'Devin Nunes herp-face' was trending online? Here's the 411: House rep sues Twitter for all the rude stuff tweeted about him

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Re: But in fairness

Is he related to Boris Johnson?

All good, leave it with you...? Chap is roped into tech support role for clueless customer

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Forking hell!

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Re: The Bane of Tier 2 and above

Upvote for xkcd reference.

Click here to see the New Zealand livestream mass-murder vid! This is the internet Facebook, YouTube, Twitter built!

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You figured incorrectly, matey. I clicked because I knew the Reg wasn't going to be showing anything of the kind. You may find you are in the minority if you expected to watch said video.

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Publishing platforms

The author mentioned that the video was made available on "publishing platforms." Unfortunately, in the eyes of the law they aren't publishers and there lies the problem.

If social media organisations were treated as publishers then do you think this video would have been made available on their sites? I'm sure they would suddenly be able to find a way to moderate all posts to prevent this happening rather than being fined out of existence.

Packet switching pickle prompts potential pecuniary problems

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Re: Back in my NetWare days

In a past life, we were forced to use Lotus Notes.

We managed to set it up so our local server attempted a connection to the Notes hub to check for emails (and whatever else was needing to be updated) every x minutes.

Unfortunately, whatever we thought we'd done what actually happened was as soon as it completed any data transfer and the connection terminated it would already be time to connect again.

Meeting with the accountant to explain the first month's ISDN bill was interesting.

YouTube's pedo problem is so bad, it just switched off comments on millions of vids of small kids to stem the tide of vileness

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Unpopular solution ...

... make all these social media outlets Publishers. Making the enabler of any given problem suffer the consequences of wrong doing somehow concentrates their minds and lo and behold previously impossible to fix issues are swiftly overcome.

Return of the audio format wars and other money-making scams

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Having just got back to the office having given a presentation to a customer on the dangers of spear phishing, let me reassure you that the latest spear phishing emails look extremely professional and spoof the senders name and email address very convincingly.

What's even more worrying is that in each we have seen the person receiving the request for payment is the person responsible for making the payment and the person purporting to send the email will be the person who normally makes such requests. So this is no longer amateur hour, these are professional hits.

Furious Apple revokes Facebook's enty app cert after Zuck's crew abused it to slurp private data

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How to curtail Facebook's antics?

Easy, change their legal position from being a platform to being a publisher. All this shit will stop overnight.

Oregon can't stop people from calling themselves engineers, judge rules in Traffic-Light-Math-Gate

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Re: A lot of snobs in here today.

They may be called steam train engineers in the US but over here in Blighty they are train drivers. Also, train drivers don't do the maintenance on the engines they drive (and probably never have done). Would be like expecting a Formula 1 driver to fix his own engine - they're allowed nowhere near it.

F***=off, Google tells its staff: Any mention of nookie now banned from internal files, URLs

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Re: Well I sure hope they also banned "Semprini"!

He needs a good kick in the tallywags.

GCHQ pushes for 'virtual crocodile clips' on chat apps – the ability to silently slip into private encrypted comms

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Re: And again ....

Right now, if you are party to a group chat you just get notified if a new member joins. There's no mention of the hash being updated - that happens behind the scenes. In the GCHQ scenario, their account would be silently added, any message informing everyone of a new member suppressed and, as now, no mention of the hash being updated. Or am I missing something?

Microsoft menaced with GDPR mega-fines in Europe for 'large scale and covert' gathering of people's info via Office

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Re: "get a CEO's head on a pike"

"Don't give him your name, Pike!"

Sudden Windows 10 licence downgrades to forced Xcode upgrades: The week at Microsoft

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Re: Insanity

Shutdown no longer does a shutdown by default: https://www.howtogeek.com/349114/shutting-down-doesnt-fully-shut-down-windows-10-but-restarting-it-does/

London flatmate (Julian Assange) sues landlord (government of Ecuador) in human rights spat

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Re: arrogance

I would like to report you for abuse of the English language.

FYI: Faking court orders to take down Google reviews is super illegal

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Re: Or he could have just used the money to make his business not so crap

I've noticed that some Amazon reviews are now annotated with a Verified Purchase tag, which offer me slightly more confidence in them.

Boss regrets pointing finger at chilled out techie who finished upgrade early

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Re: Usually gets worse, the bigger the company ...

Hopefully, you mean a principle rather than a principal, but who knows in the NHS.

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Re: Oh so familiar

You must be a nightmare to work with.

'Unhackable' Bitfi crypto-currency wallet maker will be shocked to find fingernails exist

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Re: First rule of security...

convenient<--------------------------->secure

Sysadmin trained his offshore replacements, sat back, watched ex-employer's world burn

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Re: Not in IT...

You should have agreed a consultancy fee before agreeing to answer any questions.

BCC is hard, OK? Quite a lot of orgs blurted your email addresses in GDPR mailouts

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Re: 'Stopped using 3rd-party email automation platform'

If the companies concerned cite Legitimate Interest as the reason for holding on to your email address they don't need to have your consent - they just need a legitimate interest, which could be almost anything.

British Crackas With Attitude chief gets two years in the cooler for CIA spymaster hack

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1 in 3 British men have a conviction? Do you have sauce to go with that?

Ever wondered why tech products fail so frequently? No, me neither

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Mark E Smith

Thank you for the Fall YouTube link. I'm just amazed MES managed to survive for so long.

Facebook settles landmark revenge porn case with UK teen for undisclosed sum

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Re: Interesting questions

It would appear that Facebook and other Internet-based media companies are currently considered to be conduits of information rather than publishers under UK law, meaning they have limited responsibility for what appears on their sites.

I wonder if making Facebook a publisher would affect the speed with which similar images were removed?

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