* Posts by DCdave

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Sysadmins: Why not simply verify there's no backdoor in every program you install, and thus avoid any cyber-drama?

DCdave
Facepalm

I feel so foolish

It seems so obvious after reading the report, as a sysadmin I should just read the code of all the (in many cases closed-source) software running in the data centre. Why didn't I think of it before? Then we'd be safe.

Excuse me, what just happened? Resilience is tough when your failure is due to a 'sequence of events that was almost impossible to foresee'

DCdave
Flame

Re: What? Only four questions?

Documentation? I think I recognise this word from the last century when as a tester my developer boss told me "the code is the documentation".

Fastly 'fesses up to breaking the internet with an 'an undiscovered software bug' triggered by a customer

DCdave

I'd add another step - we will work on limiting the scope of any changes to cause such a widespread issue. A customer should maximum only be able to affect their own systems.

Beijing twirls ban-hammer at 84 more apps it says need to stop slurping excess data

DCdave
Black Helicopters

Remind you of anyone?

Google and CCP seem to have the same attitude to data. Has anyone seen them both in the same place at the same time?

Samsung stops providing security updates to the Galaxy S8 at grand old age of four years

DCdave

Re: "For an Android"

I suspect we have a different definition of "function", but fair enough.

So what if I pay peanuts for my home broadband? I demand you fix it NOW!

DCdave

Re: Feature suggestion.

Why only when the connection drops? It'd be quite useful when the connection is active too.

GCHQ boss warns China can rewrite 'the global operating system' in its own authoritarian image

DCdave
Joke

Global operating system

So does he consider the global operating system Windows or Linux? Discuss here without invective or religious fervour.

Would be so cool if everyone normalized these pesky data leaks, says data-leaking Facebook in leaked memo

DCdave

Re: normalise what exactly?

The point is that the data likely did not come from scraping. Look at the amount of it.

As an aside, Facebook have my number even though I did not give it to them. I assume they have it from one or more of my friends and acquaintances sharing their contacts. The only reason I know that Facebook have the number is because a couple of years ago their website asked me to confirm that it was my number, which I did not.

Google patches WebView component to end unexpected Android crash fest

DCdave

Re: This is pretty nasty

If you set Play Store not to auto-update, at least you can make it OTHER users job to test, not yours. But this is probably not advisable for non-technical users.

DCdave

Re: Yep

Same for me, but luckily I was only notified after the fix was available. Although the phone was set to auto-update apps, the staggered nature of Play Store meant it hadn't been installed yet. So for a change I was the hero for fixing it.

DCdave

Re: WebView, a system component linked to Chrome

Right, System WebView is a subset of Chrome, and is designed primarily for handsets that do not have Chrome installed.

OK, Google: Unshackled from Windows, Edge team is free to follow where Chromium leads

DCdave
Meh

Re: Starting to see sites that only work right with Chrome

No, these days you can test their website for them and find out whether it only works with Chromium.

Don't be a fool, cover your tool: How IBM's mighty XT keyboard was felled by toxic atmosphere of the '80s

DCdave
FAIL

Re: Useful trick for ballpoint pen marks.

Reminds my of when my Dad walked into Tandy (Radio Shack):

"Got any isopropyl alcohol?"

"Na, sorry, don't do that"

"Got any tape head cleaning fluid?"

"Yeah, right over here...."

UK government's cloud ERP strategy seems to be in stasis following top civil servant's move to COVID-19 task force

DCdave

Re: "it's no good saying, once you get on the cloud, it's all going to be OK"

He's not a politician, he's a civil servant, although they are not known for their grasp on reality either, particularly when it comes to IT projects.

Microsoft claims to have 200 million education users as it pushes new hardware and updated Classroom Pen

DCdave

Using Android here

After very short notice from the school about using Teams for the new school term, I had my daughter up and running on an older 7" Android tablet in no time, with her declaring it "easy". She actually seems to enjoy doing tasks on it, though the missus can't wait until the schools open up again.

As such, I don't understand the assertion that Windows 10 is Microsoft's entry for Teams. I'm sure they don't mind selling it, but they've not exactly made it hard to avoid.

Dratted 'housekeeping', eh? 150k+ records deleted off UK’s Police National Computer database

DCdave

Re: Backups - Not the answer

"The problem with having been a commercial pilot is that (for the most part) we don't tend to have those moments."

This line reassured me that I am in good hands when flying.

"Typical reaction is more like "OK, this will be interesting".

This line dashed my hopes and instructed me that pilots simply have a different vocabulary to IT.

The Novell NetWare box keeps rebooting over and over again yet no one has touched it? We're going on a stakeout

DCdave
Alert

Re: Fluorescents...

"Guess what always goes wrong first on any Austin Rover / Rover Group car..."

Absolutely everything and anything?

Another piece comes to .NET Core: Microsoft will keep the runtime patched automatically

DCdave

Re: .NET 5 doesn't run on Windows 7 ... unless ...

Why would you expect a new framework to be supported on an already-deprecated OS?

WSL2 is so last year: Linux compatibility layer backported to older Windows 10 versions

DCdave

1909 holdout?

Not holding out, 1909 is still the latest available version for my laptop.

AI assistants work perfectly in the UK – unless you're from Cardiff, Glasgow, Liverpool, Birmingham, Belfast...

DCdave

The BBC are releasing their own

On twatter I saw that the BBC are releasing their own AI assistant, with a regional accent. Further delving showed that it's Cortana-based, so no doubt there will be little change to the accent recognition issue.

DCdave

Re: Standard BBC English here

Ah, but Standard BBC English is a moving target these days. Currently a woman from somewhere oop North....and moving Left.

Feeling unInspired? We can't help much with that, but there is a new .NET 5 preview and an Azure DevOps roadmap

DCdave

Lifecycle

Surely most commercial dev currently on .NET core 3.1 (LTS) will wait for .NET 6 (LTS), rather than jump to .NET 5 (not LTS) unless they really, really need new features that badly? I would imagine broadly the same for those on .NET 4.8.

Hold off that rush into the July 4 weekend – you may need this: Microsoft patches pwn-by-picture pitfalls in Win 10

DCdave
Big Brother

Office 354 services.

Freudian slip?

Remember when we warned in February Apple will crack down on long-life HTTPS certs? It's happening: Chrome, Firefox ready to join in, too

DCdave
FAIL

Some sense for the web, disaster for internal

I can see why it might be a good idea for certificates used over the web (with some caveats), but this is now a pain for internal-use certificates e.g my reporting website, because even if there's no problem having longer expiry date, people now start frothing at the mouth, because their browser tells them it's a problem. Worse, the vulnerability scanner is reporting it as a vulnerability and the security people are frothing at the mouth that we need to fix this problem. Although to be honest it's only https in the first place because they started frothing at the mouth that it wasn't encrypted.

Faxing hell: The cops say they would very much like us to stop calling them all the time

DCdave

Re: I called the cops

that's pretty corny

Galaxy S20 security is already old hat as Samsung launches new safety silicon

DCdave
Big Brother

Re: The question is...

2030? That's the provisional spec to be sent out for further consultation, I think you'll find...

Windows Server to require TPM2.0 and Secure boot by default in future release

DCdave
Stop

Re: Well now....

It's hardly "every year", just next year and as the article says, TPM 2.0 has been around for a few years in hardware.

On top of that, Server 2016 LTS will still be around for a while yet, 2019 LTS even longer.

And if that weren't enough, a hypervisor can almost certainly emulate it for you.

Smart fridges are cool, but after a few short years you could be stuck with a big frosty brick in the kitchen

DCdave
WTF?

Re: Never understood this

"*Clothes dryers are common in households in North America."

We wouldn't know what these are, as the rest of the world hasn't electrified yet.

Brit MP demands answers from Fujitsu about Horizon IT system after Post Office staff jailed over accounting errors

DCdave
Joke

Re: WTF?

900 is wrong, the Horizon software clearly shows that only 42 people were affected.

It wasn't just a few credit cards: Entire travel itineraries were stolen by hackers, Easyjet now tells victims

DCdave
FAIL

I tried to put in a GDPR data request

To find out what the barstewards actually have, as opposed to what the email says they lost.

But of course, there is a Google-inspired "to make sure it's you, we need a copy of your ID card or passport".

WTF? You've lost my data, and now you want me to trust you with more so that you can pretend it's for security? Just how, exactly, are you going to verify that that copy I provide is valid in any way, especially if you are not storing my passport details like I requested?

Easyjet hacked: 9 million people's data accessed plus 2,200 folks' credit card details grabbed

DCdave

and what the hell is a 'live investigation' of something that happened in January (and/or before)?

Dutch spies helped Britain's GCHQ break Argentine crypto during Falklands War

DCdave
Pint

Re: Great name, great beer

You have plenty of time - Starkbierzeit (~strong beer period) is traditionally in Spring and was part of fasting between Shrove Tuesday and Easter (Lent). There are normally plenty of festivals celebrating Starkbier, but quite possibly not next year. Personally I like Salvator.

Brit competition regulator will soon be able to seize rogue traders' domains – and even Amazon accounts

DCdave
Mushroom

Because the US is well known for respecting other countries' courts

I think we all know what will happen the first time a seizure of a .com address is attempted....

What do you call megabucks Microsoft? No really, it's not a joke. El Reg needs you

DCdave
Facepalm

Big Azure, surely?

Big Azure, surely?

Admins beware! Microsoft gives heads-up for 'disruptive' changes to authentication in Office 365 email service

DCdave
Big Brother

Re: Hmmmm....

Fortunately at least on Android, the choice is not limited to pretty terrible stock email or Outlook terrible. TypeApp, for example, supports OAuth and multiple email accounts, is highly customisable advert-free and free of charge. I'd pick it over the Outlook client any time.

Why so shy, Samsung? Weird Find my Phone push notification did not only affect Galaxy mobes

DCdave

Re: S10e in Austria

Same here with a German S10e. I don't have a Samsung Account set up on the device, so whilst they didn't have my details to display on someone else's profile page, they still had control of my phone. I (theoretically) use the "find my phone" service of my selected antivirus provider, not the built-in one. Prior to this I assumed the built-in one would be inactive, but now I realise it's not only active, but there seems no way to fully disable it.

Brits may still be struck by Lightning, but EU lawmakers vote for bloc-wide common charging rules

DCdave

Re: Why state “charger”?

USB-A and USB-C are physical connector types. The power specifications are separate from that.

DCdave

Re: Why state “charger”?

I have a single cable that does lightning (which I don't use), micro-usb and usb-c on the business end. It's rather annoying that satnavs still do usb-mini. I suppose a small adapter to the single cable would be the way to go, then you've got all four covered with a single cable.

Android owners – you'll want to get these latest security patches, especially for this nasty Bluetooth hijack flaw

DCdave
Boffin

Re: Re:A joke?

7. I have automation in place to switch Bluetooth off overnight, but the rest of the time it's on so as to connect with my smartwatch, headphones, car head unit, home receiver etc. without me having to mess about with settings. That's OK, though, because they're already paired and the phone is never in discovery mode.

Advertisers want exemption from web privacy rules that, you know, enforce privacy

DCdave
Coat

Re: I don't want

"When will these big data miners (and that is what the advertising companies are in reality) learn that most people don't want their data being sold to god only knows who without their permission."

Well, they already know, hence their attempts to circumvent anything that stops them continuing to do it. As cynical as a thief stealing Christmas presents from under the tree, saying "they were just there, I have to make a living. Lawmakers, protect me whilst I'm doing this."

Cringe as you read Horrible Histories: UK Banking Sector, sigh as MPs finger cloudy Big 3 as future risk

DCdave
Black Helicopters

Misuse of data

Having forced me to give them my mobile number to continue to use their Android app, my scumbag bank are now using it to spam me to start using their app (!), upgrade my phone because of a known fault (in a different model of phone). I've asked them to point out their GPDA authorisation for doing such things. But ultimately I'm stuck, mobile phones are now required for banking access and if they continue to be scumbags they continue to be scumbags.

That was some of the best flying I've seen to date, right up to the part where you got hacked

DCdave
Mushroom

"The company is reportedly developing a new warning system that tells pilots when their planes are being hacked".

HUD - we've detected a potential virus attack on your system. Access to flight controls and weaponry is currently disabled for your protection.

Samsung Note10+ torn apart to expose three 5G antennas: One has to pick up something

DCdave

Re: Ban nontreplaceable batteries

IIRC they went after electric toothbrush manufacturers for non-removable batteries, using recyclability laws as justification. At least one manufacturer responded by making the battery easy enough to remove, by breaking the holder and making the toothbrush unreceptive to new batteries. Actually on mine I didn't even manage to get the battery out according to the instructions without further attacks on the toothbrush. I assume phone manufacturers would be at least as slippery, and that's before you bring lobbyists into the picture.

I don't have to save my work, it's in The Cloud. But Microsoft really must fix this files issue

DCdave
Joke

@Cederic You should switch from a mouse to a touchpad!

UK competition bods to stick probe into worrying lack of said competition in online advertising

DCdave

Re: as I don’t have accounts with either of them,

I'm sure they wouldn't be satisfied with just that. After all, you could be someone else. Please submit all of your data, for the purposes of checking it's you.

The Eldritch Horror of Date Formatting is visited upon Tesco

DCdave
Pint

Re: While you're there ...

The Oktoberfest is partly in September because of unreliable weather, not because of the calendar type.

ALIS through the looking glass: F-35 fighter jet's slurpware nearly made buyers pull out – report

DCdave

Re: Please explain...

Re-locate to an extinct volcano? Ticks the getting re-elected box too, because how cool?

Amazon Alexa: 'Pre-wakeword' patent application suggests plans to process more of your speech

DCdave

Re: My colleague...

Clearly the child needs some combination of Alexa Siri Cortana Lastname to ensure maximum compatibility with the Borg.

Germany mulls giving end-to-end chat app encryption das boot: Law requiring decrypted plain-text is in the works

DCdave

Re: why not?

and yet they still use WhatsApp and Facebook....

German anti-cartel bods tell IBM to 'warten' as T-Systems deal probe extended by two weeks

DCdave

"IBM's mooted takeover of Deutsche Telekom's mainframe services business, T-Systems"

At best this is worded unfortunately - the deal is to do with the mainframe services business of T-Systems. T-Systems as a whole is not a mainframe business, more of what (marketing) people used to call a solution provider.

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