* Posts by Evilgoat76

36 publicly visible posts • joined 20 Sep 2019

Brit borough council apologizes for telling website users to disable HTTPS


I have quite literally just had this.

As a companies IT tech, I supplied an updated SSL cert, key etc to the "tech" people that maintain their AGFA software

Them "can we have this as a .cer and key"

Me "Sure"

Them "It doesnt work *pastes error from Firefox"

Me "send me the logs"

Them *sends a few lines of the log*

Me "The WHOLE log"

Them *sends log with first line being TomCat having a hissy fit over the key not matching"

Me "Check you are using the right key"

Them "We are *pastes error of Tomcat telling me they are lying"

*rince and repeat for 4 hours

In this time I've re-issued the cert, converted it to every format known to man AND used it on an internet facing apache box to verify its fine including screenshots of they key matching, chain of authority etc

Them "It still doesnt work"

Me "It does work, see above, theres alll the evidence"

Them "It doesnt work for us! It must be your certificate"

Me *points to evidence there IS no issue*

Me "Ok, try this..*issues free included SSL cert I'm not using from IONOS"

Them "that works"

Me "Ok, there's something weird with your setup, can you look into it and let me know what you find so we can dodge this next year"

Them *Silence*

Me "Found the issue, the version of Tomcat you are using is old (and needs to be taken round the back of the barn) and has some issues with RSA keys

Them "Oh we know about that, it'll be upgraded next year"

Me *Sends customer invoice for two days of out of contract consulting on a 5 minute job with a note *Blame Supplier"

What happens when What3Words gets lost in translation?


Re: Single point of failure

Have a word with Zoll, Leardal, Philips Medical etc to name a few. All closed source, all more than capable of killing you outright

Microsoft begs you not to ditch Edge on Google's own Chrome download page


Outlook Mobile

Has started the same BS when opening a link in an email on Android.

Being one of the 1% sucks if you're a Rackspace user


Well that's changed the holiday plans..

We do a lot of our big server downtime over the hols. This year was a big one. Migrate the UK servers from the steaming mess that has become of Memset/IOMart to Rackspace.

Looks like a quiet holiday period for me now :)

It's rare that you see such utter unashamed contempt for your customers, and here we are saying the ones this affects the most don't matter to us. So that's ok then. Well you've lost our contracts now. There's a difference between mild ineptitude doing a major job, rolling it back and saying sorry, and actual arrogance to cover up the fact YOU screwed up and don't seem to be able to fix it.

In praise of MIDI, tech's hidden gift to humanity


Re: Foresight is a wonderful thing

Or older with CV interfaces. Seen a Synthi AKS working with midi...it was mine, just before some scumbag stole it


Re: Nice to have.

The MGT Sam Coupe used it for networking

BBC is still struggling with the digital switch, says watchdog


Re: Slow moving

Nope its Iplayer, and worse, BBC bloody Sounds

I can have a book on in Audible and it'll NEVER drop out on the often, thousands of miles I do a month.

BBC Sounds, doesnt appear to buffer, can't handle the network going away and coming back, assuming the app doesn't just close for no reason. There are specific areas that if I know I'm going to be going through them, I won't even start a podcast (Three Legged Cross in Dorset is one spot, hardly in the middle of no where)

IPlayer on a 500/500 FTTP is similarly hit and miss, assuming you can navigate its awful interface. But then again I don't do that often... Everything in here is cabled and monitored six ways to Sunday and as others have mentioned. I'll get complaints of no network while everything else is just fine.

The BBC Missed the boat a long time ago, this isn't news.

UK to test Starlink satellite broadband for those hard to reach areas



We know it works, this is spaffing money for the sake of it

Broadcom CEO says hiking VMware prices is not his strategy


We have the really, really weird situation where a large customer has decided due to a physical move, that none of the old kit, will move with them. Specifically we will not be bringing the ESXI boxen over if I can make ProxMox fly and starting over. Bye to close to 20 years of cruft and junk.

VMware customers fear Broadcom acquisition will stall innovation, increase cost


Already planning

To jump ship. None of my customers are big enough to take the hits this will cause. Looking at other routes as we speak. Its been fun Vmware, but don't let the door hit you on the way out.

Apple seeks patent for 'innovation' resembling the ZX Spectrum, C64 and rPi 400


Re: Output?

Or Sync on green to be bloody awkward.

Privacy is for paedophiles, UK government seems to be saying while spending £500k demonising online chat encryption


Re: What do you expect for £500,000?

You might want to look at their past. We aren't just talking little skeletons here....

Academics horrified that administration of Turing student exchange scheme outsourced to Capita


Re: Small businesses

Look at the tendering process. We *could* do some of the smaller ones that come up, but by the time we have done the checks, qualifications, paperwork and other crap there is neither willpower or point having blown tens of thousands just to be able to tender!

Why your external monitor looks awful on Arm-based Macs, the open source fix – and the guy who wrote it


Re: Amazing....

Maybe you should look at what PIs are appearing in. The days of them being a fun tinker project are long gone. Hence why the compute modules exist. We use then in fixed 4k CCTV terminals so in this case, yes they DO work much better than a Mac

Computer shuts down when foreman leaves the room: Ghost in the machine? Or an all-too-human bit of silliness?


And this is why my old place in Calgary probably kept the new owners busy for weeks working out what the weird square three pin sockets in random places were. As an expat I got bored of step up transformers.

UK VoIP telco receives 'colossal ransom demand', reveals REvil cybercrooks suspected of 'organised' DDoS attacks on UK VoIP companies


It might help is one of the mentioned organisations

A) Had actually kept people up to date, most of us found out about this when El Reg published this

B) Didnt enforce 8 digit numerical passwords only!

UK artists seek 'luvvie levy' on new gadgets to make up for all the media that consumers access online


Re: What free stuff?

As a landlord I also pay Three organisations to make sure the executive<<<< artists are paid whenever a song is played in the building on top of all you've mentioned.

Pub landlords on notice as 'Internet of Beer' firm not only pulls pints, but can also clean the lines


Nothing to see here.

Beer Piper, a UK company, and more recently Heineken's Smart Dispense have been doing this for years without the marketing bollocks.

Windows 11: Meet the new OS, same as the old OS (or close enough)


Re: Here here

Because decent camera software that the end user can manage themselves, supports their 32 5mp cameras and cpu/gpu acceleration doesn't exist under any other platform. Pi4 has no chance.


Here here

10 is not a step forward, or a pleasure. Take my morning. A CCTV system that breaks so often due to updates screwing with stuff that it's on a reboot schedule and I'm typing this reply at cost to my customer while I babysit it doing 21Hwhatever. Pre win10 reboots on this system were measured in months and were only maintainance.

And the outlook issue this morning. Fixed by creating a new profile and then deleting it, the mere act fixing the broken one.

Or the CNC machine that randomly goes to a "public" profile and locks itself away behind its firewall away from. The CAM system.

Or the user that randomly has edge override defaults and mangle PDF files. It's a freaking Web browser.

Make 11 a version of 10 that is as stable, reliable and easy to maintain as 7 was.

‘Staggering’ cost of vintage Sun workstations sees OpenSolaris-fork Illumos drop SPARC support


There is an upper limit to how many you can keep in the same place before causing the formation of a black hole.

Indy 2 Solid Impact was my desktop of choice in 2000

Watchdog thinks Google tricked Australians into giving up data, sues. Judge semi-agrees


Re: Opt In

Some websites already do this with cookie choices.

Looking at you TrustARC...

PSA: If you're still giving users admin rights, maybe try not doing that. Would've helped dampen 100+ Microsoft vulns last year – report



Never had to deal with the results of running local versions of Sage non admin

Day 5 of Openreach strikes: No use of tech company toilets. No water. Fresh dates outlined


Starlink don't anyone on their platform that isn't them. They also categorically don't want any business customers. We were selected because of our use profile initially (Event work) received the kit a month back and we're told no business use and stay in yer cell. Not really a threat to BT YET

Microsoft issues emergency fix for Wi-Fi foul-up delivered hot and fresh on Patch Tuesday


Re: We used to be able to choose when we update

They stopped that one ages ago, it snarfs all the data on our metered 4G connections quite happily now

The killing of CentOS Linux: 'The CentOS board doesn't get to decide what Red Hat engineering teams do'


Re: So...

Used Centos Small scale for a while, we were about to bump to 8 and have a much larger setup we had planned to Initially deploy and launch in a month after much documentation and testing with a view to moving to RHEL later. So now I have wasted a good few months work and nothing is as portable as intended. I won't be giving them any money at all now. For a stable production environment stream is utter madness

Confessions at a Christmas do: 'That time I took down an entire neighbourhood'



A lot of the commands on our Huawei and Versa kit assume if you don't specify a port/board/card you mean all of that particular resource. I have a dim recollection the XOS switches do too.

HP CEO talks up HP-ink-only print hardware and higher upfront costs for machines that use other cartridges


Re: The problems:

I have a customer with three Panasonic KXP1124s, same as I got with my Amiga 500 a while back...

Adiós Arecibo Observatory: America's largest radio telescope faces explosive end after over 50 years of service


Re: Google?

You've seen Pixels? What could go wrong.

YouTube is going to splash adverts all over your videos, and won't pay creators unless there's a big enough audience


McD coffee has its place... Drain cleaner, engine degreaser...

'Unfixable' boot ROM security flaw in millions of Intel chips could spell 'utter chaos' for DRM, file encryption, etc


Fish in a barrel...

Didnt Mythbusters do that? And decided if you use an enormous chaingun its pretty easy...

You'll get your money – when this bank has upgraded Windows 7... or bought extended support


Re: Stupid IT team??

Not sure how this is delivered, our diagnostic kit is Embedded yet still threw this crap up with updates off.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to save data from a computer that should have died aeons ago


Got one on the go..

Already upgraded them from VT220s to Putty on the PC they had alongside every terminal. Now fighting the retirement of the Xavier 386 based server and collection of DM printers. The guy won't upgrade anything and has noe backed himself into a corner. Wants all the new bells and whistles however I cant find IP Cameras or VOIP phones that support 10base2. Wont pay for a rewire, wont pay for any IT soend and Im getting REALLY bored of fixing it. Not to mention media converters arent cheap. FTTP, into firewall at Gigabit, out firewall and BAM right into an MAU

Mozilla locks nosy Avast, AVG extensions out of Firefox store amid row over web privacy


Re: Gosh, I remember when Avast was free

Yes, but it installs a ton of crapware, for example, Safeprice and their browser it'll also try and ram the VPN app down your throats. We were vocal supporters of Avast once, its now on our "kill on sight" list.

Totally Sardonic Bank: Well, it must be, to have a TITSUP* the same week as THAT report


Re: Another

But stil they ...... Oh no, thats aliens..

That time Windows got blindsided by a ball of plasma, 150 million kilometres away


Re: Sticky backed plastic

At a well known UK university we would loose dozens over a term. For reasons we never found out the students liked to steal them....and the CD trays, which technically went removable.