A-Level scrappage scheme – Tony Robinson dug up to condem it

October 18th, 2016

Scrapping weird A-Levels has been criticized by career academics, Labour activists and media personalities, who all seem to agree. I think the more we scrap, the better for everyone,

Has LinkedIn had its data blagged again?

October 17th, 2016

An email address that should only be known to me and LinkedIn found its way in to the hands of spammers this morning. How?

Google Drive Hacked to spew Spam

October 11th, 2016

Google Drive is still being abused to send out spam over a month after I first informed them of the problem (discretely). Presumably they’re too busy trying to secure Gmail.

The Royal Mail is Doomed

October 7th, 2016

Britain without the Royal Mail? ThRoyal Mailat’d be, well, un-British. But, like Woolworths, it’s coming to the end of its natural life after 500 years. The only thing that could save it is being done better by the competition. Much better.

Internet of Things Botnet Menace

October 2nd, 2016

Forget self-aware AI systems taking over the world. If you read the hype over DDoS attacks you’d be forgiven for thinking an army of internet connected devices was on the march, herded by a gang of amateur criminals – the IoT bites back! This isn’t about anything new, but the fact it’s being used in […]

How fraudulent sellers operate on Amazon

September 27th, 2016

Mail order fraud is nothing new. There’s the apocryphal story from the 1950’s, and probably earlier, of the newspaper advert for Ever-lasting Slug Killer, “guaranteed to kill slugs indefinitely”. Respondents received two rocks, with instructions to place the slug on the first one and hit it with the second. Consumer protection laws in the 1970’s and European […]

FreeBSD 11 is here. Sort of.

September 25th, 2016

According to freebsd.org, 11.0-RELEASE is still in the build stage and awaiting a release announcement this Wednesday. However, release builds have appeared on the FTP site: ftp://ftp.freebsd.org/pub/FreeBSD/releases/amd64/amd64/ISO-IMAGES/11.0/ This is obviously unofficial, and use them at your own risk. At time of writing, the ARM and i386 versions is also available but not yet the PPC, […]

Talkmobile and security

September 22nd, 2016

Talkmobile has a flaw in their on-line security policy. It’s not uncommon, but as they’ve just hiked my monthly payment by 500% without asking (the old plan is being discontinued; we thought you’d like this one instead), they’re in the frame as a good example.

Sophos UTM sets ambitions goals; and fails to score

September 22nd, 2016

Paranoid settings on web content filters used in education and local authorities are destroying the world wide web’s reason for existence. Vendors need to do a lot more work on ways of classifying web sites if lusers insist on using whitelists, given that there are 1M new sites a month.

Edward Snowdon is a traitor – The Washington Post(?!?)

September 19th, 2016

In spite of the Washington Post being chosen by Snowdon to publish his “revelations” (a circulation-grabbing but arguably cyclical move), and in spite of accepting a Pulitzer prize for this irresponsible journalism, the paper is now calling for him to be prosecuted. Unlike the liberal Guardian in the UK, the US paper, which profited by his betrayal are now seeing […]