* Posts by DCdave

82 posts • joined 29 Jan 2018


Deluge of of entries to Spamhaus blocklists includes 'various household names'


Re: "my ISP was delivering the service I paid for"

Your premise is really quite ridiculous.


Re: Different strokes

That's not quite correct - my ISP was delivering the service I paid for - my email was being sent in all cases. It was the receiving domain that was not delivering it to the intended recipient if and only if it came from a particular server (not domain) owned by my ISP.


Different strokes

Lots of admins on here defending Spamhaus and saying it's easy to get off the lists, and as a sysadmin (but not responsible for email) I understand that, however as a user I have very much been collateral damage as a result of a single one of my email provider's servers being put on their list due to relatively spurious reasons.

I will not forget the arrogant and unhelpful attitude of Spamhaus at the time. They just did not care about collateral damage and there wasn't a thing I could do about it.

Of course, the problem was made immeasurably worse by my Dad's email provider mostly not sending a bounce, or occasionally sending one after 48 hours.

Either way, absolutely nightmare of a problem to troubleshoot as an end user, the problem effectively manifested itself as "random" depending on where my provider's load balancer directed me - to the flagged server, my mail wouldn't get through, or to an unflagged server and my mail would get through.

I don't know how the problem was eventually resolved, but it was months later, well after I had started using another provider just to keep in touch with my Dad.

Microsoft Teams outage widens to take out M365 services, admin center


now we know how the spooks set up their dead-man's-handle kill switch

Hive to pull the plug on smart home gadgets by 2025


Re: Reciva Radios

I had a very similar experience with my Philips Streamium. I continued to use it for streaming on my home network for a while, before consigning it to history, and learning a lesson about devices that require a service to function, as well as the companies that provide that service.

Don't ditch PowerShell to improve security, say infosec agencies from UK, US, and NZ


Re: Powershell 7.2 improves on 5.1?

You know you can use Visual Studio Code for free, right? Personally I do prefer ISE, but you can run your scripts within Code too...although yes, ISE's tabbed approach is better than Code's window per script.


Powershell 7.2 improves on 5.1?

Hmm, not so sure about that, really. It's newer, but it has some compromises due to portability. If you're setting up a new environment from scratch, then maybe go for it. If you've got a mature environment with lots of scripts then you're likely going to need and want to keep using 5.1.

Also, just using 7.2 isn't enough anyway, you do actually need to disable 5.1 in some way, at least for remote access, otherwise all you're doing is stopping using 5.1 and leaving it open for anyone who wants to use it.

Microsoft slides ads into Windows Insiders' File Explorer

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Of course it was a mistake...

....they meant to bypass the free Insider tests and push it straight to the free public test phase.

Germany advises citizens to uninstall Kaspersky antivirus


Re: Kaspersky has been in the crosshairs for years

Going by the same logic, what we really need is an AV vendor who exposes Russian government exploits, or indeed one that exposes all governments' exploits...

Microsoft patches the patch that broke VPNs, Hyper-V, and left servers in boot loops


Re: Seems like it is time to train a new generation

This one took a little too long though. Patches issued on Tuesday, tested, no problems seen in our environment, updates pushed to next test machines over the weekend. Discover on Monday there's an out-of-band patch that compromises your testing strategy, even if no adverse affects were actually seen.

Locked up: UK's Labour Party data 'rendered inaccessible' on third-party systems after cyber attack


I trust the affected were notified in the proper fashion

All user emails in the To: field, with an Excel of the compromised data attached.

Intel teases 'software-defined silicon' with Linux kernel contribution – and won't say why


Clearly this means...

The boffins at Intel have found a way to emulate a Xeon running on a 286 chip. We have a solution for the silicon chip crisis!

Now, where did I put that old IBM PC?

BOFH: You. Wouldn't. Put. A. Test. Machine. Into. Production. Without. Telling. Us.


and we all know that it finishes with the call being cut at exactly closing time for their hotline (or before if they really don't give a rat's behind).

Docker’s cash conundrum is becoming a bet on a very different future


Re: "Progressive pricing may seem dangerously like socialism"

What are you doing owning a house. Are you some kind of rabid, selfish capitalist?

Windows 11 will roll out from October 5 as Microsoft hypes new hardware


Re: That was fast

I guess we'll really know what's what when/if MS release Windows 10 21H2. Maintaining different (even if closely related) codebases goes against everything MS has done in recent years, so it would make sense for Windows 10 and Windows 11 to be really close. Alternatively, expect Windows 10 to get little more than lip-service support in future.

Microsoft does and doesn't want you to know it won't stop you manually installing Windows 11 on older PCs


Old laptop? What old laptop?

I'm fairly ambivalent about upgrading to Windows 11, though I have it running on a VM out of idle curiousity. But I was quite surprised to find from the compatibility list that my 3 year old laptop with a Ryzen 5 2500U, where said VM is running, wasn't even supported. New laptop? Don't think so, but I might eventually install Windows 11 on it, I suppose.


Re: 99.8%, statistically significant?

Well, even basic maths says that Windows 11 is 10% better than Windows 10.

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


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'


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


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

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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


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!


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


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


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


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.


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.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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...


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.


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



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

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


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


Re: I called the cops

that's pretty corny

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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....



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