* Posts by jezza99

11 posts • joined 6 Jan 2019

Who watches the watchers? Samsung does so it can fling ads at owners of its smart TVs


I'll stick with my older, definitely dumb, Panasonic TV thanks. Has great picture quality and acceptable sound for a flat screen TV.

Microsoft sides with Epic over Apple developer ban, supports motion for temporary restraining order


Re: Cynical

Indeed. Most of these apps are free to download and install, and only start charging you once you actually use them. Games in particular are notorious for enticing you in for free, then having to purchase things to actually progress in the game.

If Apple can't make a margin from in-app purchases then its platform would not be viable.

Utes gotta be kidding me... University of Utah handed $457K to ransomware creeps


Are they kidding? If I were a hacker I know which University I would target next.

I can’t see how paying a ransom is ever a good idea.

You weren't hacked because you lacked space-age network defenses. Nor because cyber-gurus picked on you. It's far simpler than that


In a corporate environment this is a hard to solve problem.

At home I patch now and ask questions later, as is best practice.

But in my last employer they were dependent on software by vendors who did not get computer security at all. And some of them are big names in the field. We were forced to run versions of MacOS and others that we knew were insecure as a result.

Then there’s Windows and Active Directory. Do they support dictionary checking passwords out of the box now? If not, why not?

Brit unis hit in Blackbaud hack inform students that their data was nicked, which has gone as well as you might expect


Don't do business with them

Personally I would never voluntarily do business with a business which pays ransoms.

I hope that these universities are chasing alternative suppliers right now.

The end really is nigh – for 32-bit Windows 10 on new PCs


Wow are Windows users still suffering this 32 or 64 bit rubbish?

Apple resolved that years ago.

If you never thought you'd hear a Microsoftie tell you to stop using Internet Explorer, lap it up: 'I beg you, let it retire to great bitbucket in the sky'


I wonder how many “enterprise” apps still need IE6 with old versions of Java and all the security settings switched off? I used to manage fibre channel switches which did this.

Remember that Sonos speaker you bought a few years back that works perfectly? It's about to be screwed for... reasons


Better stick with old stuff

My NAD sound system, circa 1985, seems to still play music just fine, and with excellent sound quality. I think I'll stick to it.

Let adware be treated as malware, Canuck boffins declare after breaking open Wajam ad injector


I get so many ads for scams served up by both Google ads and Facebook I wouldn’t trust anything advertised on the internet anyway.

Apple, Samsung feel the pain as smartphone market slumps to lowest shipments in 5 YEARS


Re: Just one question

Funny my iPhone 6 (4YO) seems to be running the latest iOS and apps. Which phones don't have updates after 12-18 months?

Fake 'U's! Phishing creeps use homebrew fonts as message ciphers to evade filters


Since the phish requires a custom font, that must mean that the email client will download and use a font from an unverified source.

Seems like a pretty basic security hole. Which email client(s) suffer from this?


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