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Comment Re:Poor Governance (Score 4, Insightful) 63

He didn't access his own account. He set up a "fake" account for a 'fake' employee that didn't exist which could be done even using the HR link if he he had access to add records to that database. Or he could have set up additional access on some other employee (say a driver) who rarely used the wider computer systems and wouldn't notice the extra access.

But HR links like that don't really work in the real world anyway. It doesn't allow for most large corporate set-ups where mainframe needs to talk to linux box that needs to talk to an oracleDB that needs to be accessible by a java batch job that needs to write output to the windows domain server file system so a human can check it before uploading it to an SFTP gateway box for an external customer to collect.

You don't just have accounts that are pure user accounts. You need mechanisms and accounts to allow system to system communications and logins for moving data between automated systems and for a large company it would be easy for an admin with sufficient privileges to hide a back-door amongst all these inter-system communication accounts (or even just hijack one or two legitimate ones, having copied passwords and other keys).

Comment Re:Legal president isn't hard to figure out (Score 1) 70

They tend to hunt down the pirate radio broadcasters not because of copyright, rather becuase of the radio broadcast part, causing interference with legitimate broadcasters as well as (on poor setups) wider interference with TV, cellphone, wifi, emergency service comms etc. Even if a pirate radio station broadcast nothing but public domain and self produced works the are shut down. The copyright stuff is just a bonus to the prosecutors.

Comment Re:Maybe I'm missing something. . . (Score 1) 354

London taxi (black cab) drivers are different from private hire (usually "normal" cars with a meter fitted as well as slightly more exotic things like limo and minibus hire).

Black cabs have privileges that private hire don't with regards to road access, taxi ranks and other similar things and have the requirement of the Knowledge in addition to the checks required for private hire. Private hire cars (which normally need to be "pre-booked" by phone) or have a limited number of allowed pick up locations, have licences that require a less stringent check, focused more around basic suitability for driving with passengers, correct fare calculations, knowledge of a smaller area of London around where the taxi operates from, criminal checks etc.

Comment Re:They did it to themselves (Score 1) 266

What's more, most of the manufacturers (from phones to consoles to laptops) don't give a crap about your data and will likely replace your unit with a refurb rather than trying a direct repair. Your game saves? Gone. The photos of your kid? Gone. Your dissertation? Gone. Your accounts? Gone. Most independent repairers will care. Dead IPhone because you got caught in the rain? Your headphone jack broke? The charge connector broke? Apple (or any other manufacturer) don't care and will likely charge you 80%of the purchase price for a refurb with 3 months warranty and unrepaired issues that mean it will fail in 4. However there is a good chance a good independent will be able to either repair the damage directly or at least get you all your data back - even though Apple (or any other manufacturer) make this hard for them by not providing them with the parts and schematics needed. If they had the parts and information recovery would even be more likely.

The manufacturers claim safety issues - for example that if they made batteries available they might explode because someone fitted them wrong. The truth of the matter is anyone willing to do their own repair can already get hold of cheap, usually knockoff or QA failure batteries on the internet to do their repair anyway. If the manufacturers provided genuine batteries then there would be LESS chance of explosion.

Also they make out that the majority of self repairs in electronics would be attempted at home, where in reality most people would not try themselves but take the device to a local independent shop for repair where the staff (mostly - cant account for some idiots in any field, including current authorised repair shops) know what they are doing.

Comment Re:Wow (Score 1) 185

I've had whole series of meetings involving several very senior overpaid staff that ended up with the conclusion we don't need to do actually do anything and don't need any more meetings when that was obvious to anyone with half a brain before the first meeting. And the management then effectively promoted the organiser of those meetings based on the do nothing outcome of organising unneeded meetings not costing us anything to implement...

Comment Re:Options (Score 1) 503

Well said by someone who obviously has every Microsoft certification under the sun but hasn't worked in any large corporate environment or for any company older than 20 years or any company in the Financial sector that have customers and contracts and relationships that can last for several decades most of which are reliant on legacy systems including everything from Mainframes and records that exist nowhere other than microfice to 30 year old bespoke client/server systems with no hope of ever being updated due to low cost/gain ratios for the number of customers and potential processing savings involved. If you have a system that would cost $500k to update/replace but the cost of (not) maintaining that system and manual workarounds for the next 10 years will only be $100k and it still functions and is for a product that doesn't get new sales any more it won't get changed while investments in new systems for attracting new customers will get spend.

Comment Re:Options (Score 5, Insightful) 503

Privacy issues and rollout costs aside, Windows 10 doesn't have the business centric interface that works well in a work environment or sufficient compatibility with large amounts of legacy in house and third party applications that are business critical. Nor do most of the existing infrastructure and software management systems currently embedded in most medium to large companies work well with it. Most of these companies already have appropriate mitigations against malware, including desktop virus scanners, firewall controls including in-line scanning and content (executable) blocking, email scanning and filtering, backups, user access controls and active intrusion detection.

Not to mention that most businesses would need to embark on a large scale hardware upgrade program to make windows 10 usable due to the lack of support for older hardware.

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