Re: Though that one is easier to fix
Tranzatlantic, surely? :-)
62 posts • joined 7 Dec 2018
From my experience in SME's nowadays, there's not a massive amount of difference between ensuring availability of Windows/.NET, or whatever browser a "cloud" provider chose to use.
One business needs to use Internet Explorer, Chrome and Firefox. Then of course the FD has a MacBook. No IE, or dual-booting, or.... :-( Just browser-neutral nowadays would be nice.
"Brilliant, so if you forget to renew your domain you'll be blocked from purchasing it to make sure the squatters have a chance to bid for it."
Well, not quite...
Once you’ve gone over your expiry date, you’ll still have time to renew your domain before it gets cancelled, so there’s no need to panic. But if we don’t receive a renewal request within 30 days of the expiry date, we’ll suspend the domain name. This means all services that use that domain name, such as your website and email, will stop working. We’ll send you a suspension warning seven days before this happens, and will also send you a suspension notice when it takes place, unless your registrar has opted you out of receiving these. It’s still possible to renew your domain during this time. When your domain has been suspended for 60 days without being renewed, we’ll schedule it for cancellation. We’ll send you one final reminder to renew your domain 83 days after the expiry date. As this is just seven days before your domain is scheduled for cancellation, you’ll have to act quickly if you wish to renew it at this last stage.
I genuinely don't think many have thought that far ahead from what I hear from people I speak to and the shite I consume on Facebook. A majority are still happy to be at home and want more of it, mention money, it doesn't seem to have registered it'll all need clawing back.
At least in my pool of contacts, I think the reason is simply phones have reached the peak of what they can offer. People can do everything they need to, and they can do it SIM-free. My current phone from EE is unlimited minutes/text/data for £28 a month (ex-VAT). Another is about £14 for unlimited minutes/texts and about 20GB of data. A phone that does everything Joe Public wants to do is on eBay for less than a hundred quid. Gone are the days people are willing to sign up for 3yrs and pay £60 a month.
The 10-15 people in my immediate/close family wouldn't have a clue what 5G is or what came before it; two of them I've shown how to use WhatsApp to in the last month so they can send photos back and forth. My family can't be that dissimilar to everyone elses? I work in the tech field and am into year 25 of owning a mobile, and I've no idea without looking what the max speed is of 4G vs 5G. All I know is, I can hotspot my phone to my laptop when needed, I can HDMI or mirror it to hotel TV's, and I can watch Netflix/YouTube unhindered. That's on top of the usual phone calls and emails.
Point being, I think you overestimate the draw of 5G?
Look, this is the government, not some shonky ham-fisted private outfit. The quicker the database is online the better.
It could issue each user with a UID, like a number plate for a human. Then, via a search form, government approved personnel could query said database, and look for locations of where each user had been, and how close they'd been to anyone else. For security, it could be hosted on a really high IP address where no-one would ever look, it wouldn't even have to have a URL pointing at it. Sheffield council would be game to trial it I'd bet.
Honestly, you're too kind to the general public.
In the house a bit more than I am of late, so with a burner Facebook account I started flicking through what was there. Facebook is overflowing with idiots unable to think logically, and who sweep each other along in emotional bursts of "Nothing to fear, nothing to hide".. Or "What do you mean we shouldn't be locked down indefinitely, are you trying to kill your own granny/mother/sister/cousin".
The level of intelligence/ability to think sinks to the lowest common denominator - it definitely isn't the other way around!
Installing Windows the other day, after I'd set my "super memorable password" (cringe), I chuckled when the girl helping out said if I put my wireless key in I'd get my cat videos.
I promptly pressed "Yes" to get to them that bit quicker (God knows what I was agreeing to, I doubt anything important, I've got nothing to hide anyway so I've got nothing to fear).
Try RealVNC's offering.
For one person, £150 (pretty sure that's inc VAT) to be able to connect to remote machines on demand.. The usual ask remote party to download client, supply them a 9 digit number... Up to three concurrent sessions allowed... You can "elevate" the session when required to which the user must confirm the other end, but I'm just in the habit of doing it immediately after connection just in case.
Device access for unattended dial-in to to server or whatever is about £30 a year.
"And now we all know why governments around the world have devestated the economies. Welcome to perpetual severe austerity and exponential income inequality"
Certainly, if it wasn't the intention this time around, a lot of people will have noticed how we've meekly hidden ourselves away, begged for more even, and aren't in the slightest concerned about long term pain. The "financial crisis" emptied our pockets but created a wee bit of hate towards banks and governments. A pandemic every decade or so... hmmm... they don't seem to mind that. Chuck some of their wages at them for a month, do it in the nice weather... Bread and circuses.
I dare say their fancy kit is required in certain places.
From a wee guy's perspective though, we put a load of their Meraki stuff into schools (despite their licensing costs being sky-high; the schools weren't keen on using names they hadn't heard of incase the LA frowned on it, or wouldn't support it). They'd happily take the sales until one day the carpet was whipped out from under us, either we'd have to buy from a bigger seller (losing a lot of margin), or we'd have to do some training to become "authorised". In other words, "This Meraki stuff is off the ground now, thanks for the help, now naff off".
So, Ubiquiti all the way now. An AP is the same cost as a year of license from Cisco. The number of old Meraki AP's on eBay continues to increase as others realise same - it's overpriced and Cisco can go screw themselves.
Fxtec Pro 1.. Unihertz Titan..
1 and 3 - far too big, folding/flipping things, too much work to pull out and just fire off a quick message on.. Necessary as well (I'd imagine) to use two hands.
2 - the Titan - have one here after supporting it on Kickstarter. Man, it's HUGE, and the thing weighs a ton. Worst thing about it is the keyboard layout; Shift above the keyboard, making it difficult to press at the same time as a key underneath it.
The BlackBerry keyboard was perfect.. The form factor the same as the majority of other phones :-(
I'm stunned they didn't take off again to be honest. Everyone who ever asked about mine got same "Well, I get sick of making mistakes on touch-screens, pressing DELETE DELETE DELETE" etc.. They'd knowingly nod acknowledging it as a problem. Then they go buy another touch screen :-\
OpenReach definitely publish prices. I remember having a flick through them before ordering my fibre product. Was surprised at the sheer amount of profit one outfit wanted from me, charging literally thousands over the OpenReach cost.. And wanted to hold me to a 3yr contract when OpenReach's was 1yr!
"...sensitive data or certain government functions is that their data has to be retained on servers hosted in a domestic DC."
Of course, but the whole lot could still be switched off from the US? It may not be a new situation, but increasing reliance on companies outside of our control surely can't be wise? I suppose there's the special relationship though so it won't ever be an issue :-\
Happy to, but can't help imagine it'll get to the point where someone with deep pockets will have a lawyer arguing something like -
"It's true X data was stolen, BUT, there's some very similar datasets out there already! Yes, the baddies got name/address info from us, but that was already public knowledge! All they got from us in addition to that was the amout of their last phone bill. That's hardly private information!"
"Companies just won’t start taking privacy, safety and security seriously unless there are _serious_ consequences when they fcuck up badly enough."
Hee hee, they're in China! :-D Different if they were in the UK of course. Here they'd be fined an astronomical amount, then close the business to avoid paying the fine... Meanwhile, the data is out there anyway.. Don't waste the time worrying about it, and give up the shredder.. They're so 1990's.. No-one's going to root around your bin for papers when all your info is online. Free up that hour every-other-Sunday for something more productive.
Accept that your personal details are out there...
...and hope that intimate details DON'T get out there!
Get used to someone knowing your name, address, DOB, etc.
...and hope that Red Tube et al are never broken into :-\
"....routine testing of cosmetics etc on animals was a legitimate part of their business operations?...."
The cosmetics MAY have stopped, the etc almost certainly hasn't - to the tune of millions of operations per year in the UK. It's likely animals are abused just as much as they ever were just <whisper>folk know to keep it quiet now!</whisper>.
"Windows 10 doesn't force it if you change the options..."
Hee hee. Have you actually used Windows 10? This will stop your restarts, anyone who's had their machine reset through the night and lost a load of stuff :-(
Task Scheduler.. Task Scheduler Library.. Microsoft.. Windows.. UpdateOchestrator.. Disable the REBOOT task..To stop Windows re-enabling it, modify the security on...
.That'll do the trick! :-)
"They earned less than 50p an attack?"
True, but Visa/Mastercard earn less on some card transactions and they seem to do okay. Earnings per attack aren't relevant, nor is someone's salary for 1 minute. It's what you walk away with at the end. And if that sort of wonga is there for the taking, it'll get a lot of folk interested.
"DDoS is practically only used by pathetic losers who, not being able to handle real life....."
We can demean all we want. But in this case, they raked in £426k in a couple of years. Divide by two, and again, that's a tax-free income of £105k-ish a year. That's getting on for what I make in 3 years, so it'd be difficult for me at least to label them "pathetic losers". To suggest only misfits would go after a £100k a year prize isn't accurate - there'll be a good few willing to give it a go, just hoping the bit they do differently is enough to escape the law.
They know how to drill holes? Maybe a few of them, but not all. Let one loose on my wall a few years back, his blow hole was around 15cm in diameter. Shiney silicon completed the saucer-sized spectacle.
I suggested he slow down a bit, and for the last part, just stop/start stop/start - gently does it. To prove the advice was sound, I pointed at a couple of holes I'd made for security lights some months before.
Looked at me like I was an imbecile. Who was I not to want enormous gouges out my walls :-(
Why did you think that?
Googling "bitcoin anonymous"..
First hit.. bitcoin.org.. "Bitcoin is not anonymous.."
Second hit.. buybitcoinworldwide.com.. "Bitcoin is pseudonymous. Achieving reasonable anonymity with Bitcoin can be quite complicated and perfect anonymity may be impossible."
Seems all the info was there, you'd just missed it.
..we live in re: sentences, but suppose that's well known.
One example from another open tab: "Dog suffered a slow and painful death after she was beaten, poisoned and stabbed by owners during three days of abuse" - Sentence 10 weeks
This guy 16 months, for erm, making a couple of police websites unavailable.
I'd flip the sentences around quite happily, and still increase the dog abuse one.
Ursula Doyle reckons thousands of people affected, but I'd bet it was barely outside double digits.
Cheshire's site appears to be on Cloudflare now, which common sense step presumably came after this crime of the century?
As a young pup in the late '90's, I remember OnDigital, buying a card writer, avoiding the subscription fee and helping others to. Naughty - but when you're young you haven't the disposable income :-(
Fast forward 20 years - I'll hand over my money willingly if you make it easy for me to quickly watch something I want to. No interest in clarting about Kodi/Android Boxes/Card Sharing or whatever the workarounds are.. I want quick and easy...
BUT... I also want the content to be half decent.
Gave ANOTHER "Exclusive to Netflix" thing a go the other day.. Shaft remake.. The previous SLJ one I enjoyed.. This same-name remake was utter dog shit. Perhaps I've been unlucky, but I've not yet seen a single movie with the "Netflix" logo on that I've enjoyed, or watched one to completion.
But they want more money off me to keep the great content coming?
Then people twist about paying for a TV license?! :-\
..had they nominated themselves afterwards.
"We did mean it light-hearted, lack of real thought, the voting didn't get passed via folk who would've pointed out privacy issues, etc"
We'd have known they were full of shit, but they'd have come off looking a little better.
"The contracts, identified in court documents only as CTS and ROADRALLY were overseen by an unnamed government contractor – possibly Lockheed Martin – that hired a different subcontractor for each job."
https://www.smegoconsulting.com says he worked for "Chiron Technology Services, Inc" and "Lufburrow and Company"
No mention on there yet about him having the governments pants down with his big bills.
A bit of FUD I always liked was re: the Amstrad PC1512.
Ran perfectly well without a fan (and without noise) but rumours started that the lack of fan would lead to overheating. Later models had a fan fitted which didn't do a thing except hum! Those in the know would disconnect them and have a silent computer.
If they accepted payment only in Bitcoin, and made $8.8m in sales, post their address(es) up so we can all go look on the blockchain.
Be interesting to see if that figure is inflated at all!
Then to consider.. my single bitcoin or so is worth about £1,000 less than what it was a day or two ago, and several £000's more than it was a few weeks ago.
Factoring in the massive fluctuations of BTC, I wonder what the actual value in cash would be, considering the exchange rates over the times they took payments.
Pleasing, as to work remotely, their hub insists on having port 80 open to the world.. No end of larking about found me a way around that.. It's on the to-do list to at least separate it from the main home LAN, and/or find out which IP's their traffic comes from and restrict it. What an arse on.
Not pleasing, as all my lights that would take one of their bulbs have the now old tech in.. So I guess the hub remains for now!
I don't get how switching to bluetooth leaves me any better off mind. I don't have anything capable of sending/receiving bluetooth in my house other than my phone. So presumably that'll be fine for when I'm at home, but not when I'm not?
Hmm, all this IoT shit was supposed to make my life easier :-\
They are definitely out there, in business and in politics. They only need to confess to the mess, even if they weren't directly/solely responsible. Then, rather than run a mile, other outfits re-employ them as it's known they're happy to fall on their sword. A willing chump can be very useful - make the pay good enough and anyone is happy looking incompetent.
Don't mind a bit of CTRL/SHIFT-INS - and there are certain places a CTRL-V won't work for paste, but a SHIFT-INS does (Can't think of an example off the top of my head, the odd password box I come across though) CTRL-C/V now strongly ingrained, just easier as my left hand is over that way anyway while the right one is on the mouse :-)
Many will remember another "computer birth" indicator - how you'd reply to an email or a Usenet post. For years I'd dutifully bottom-post, ignoring those newer to the medium who'd ask why and that it made no sense. I can't remember the last time I exchanged an email with a bottom-poster now.. Top-posting won, largely due to the default reply setting on Outlook! :-)
TP-Link TD-W9970's are worth a look, change out of £30 ex VAT. Years ago I'd considered TP-Link budget, I suppose the prices still are, but the software on those is half-decent. Do IT support for small business; they suit them fine, and can be popped into bridge mode and used as a modem easily for places with a beefier router in place.
Used to carry separate ADSL routers and those white BT things a few years ago, now a couple of those in the car pretty much covers all the smaller sites.
No doubt someone will pipe up that they're a load of dung, but reliability-wise haven't ever had an issue with one - for the money they're great.
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