* Posts by jason 7

1839 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

My smelly Valentine: Europe's perfumers wake to V-Day nightmare

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Re: When in doubt: Ban It!

RoHS - Never has a directive contributed so much to early landfill.

He giveth with one hand...

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Hmmm guess what I got for a Valentines gift today?

Some Chanel Aftershave which contains....oak moss extract.

Lucky I'm not the sensitive type.

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Sony's PlayStation 4 pwns Xbox in the United States

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Meh

The money is in the games?

I'd say probably not going forward.

The money is in all the media/film and TV subscriptions that 30+ somethings tend to purchase.

In that case the Xbox is better placed which I reckon was MS's plan all along.

Games are just an added bonus. And as mentioned people seem far happier to pay for films and TV than they are for games and add ons.

Plus would you stake your future on companies like EA?

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WD My Cloud EX4 four-bay NAS

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Re: Comparison with "real" servers

I've tried them and whilst very wonderful and flexible they still don't fit as a solution for reasons I've mentioned in other posts.

Sometimes less is more.

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Re: I keep looking at these NAS devices

I've looked at the HP Microserver/FREENAS route for customers on a few occasion, even for myself but once I've run the numbers and support scenarios...it's easier to just get another NAS.

Open the box, plug it in, 10 minutes setting up some shares/network settings, add the network drives to the PCs and setup the backups to the NAS. Oh and slap a password on it so no one can go fiddling. There is always one in a company that likes to 'have a go'.

Maybe 45 minutes on site including chatting and coffee time?

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Re: Comparison with "real" servers

This is it. A lot of small businesses work from home. Their office is in the spare room or in an extension if they are lucky. Often its not more than a cupboard. They do not want another PC/Server running burning up power when a simple 2 drive NAS box in RAID 1 can quietly hum along sipping 25w.

Only does simple file sharing? Erm that's all a lot of people need, a central place to store files on that are accessible to all the PCs and a place to do daily PC/laptop backups to. Works a lot better than when they had all the files on Sharon's PC and it ground to a halt every 5 minutes from sharing.

DLNA? Torrent Clients? iTunes server? Not important.

These are usually people that have just worked out what a USB stick is. Yes it is that raw out there.

It's all about simple progression as businesses grow and IT confidence grows along side it.

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Re: I keep looking at these NAS devices

Are you saying they are creating 40-50GB a day or is that just the overall tally after say 5 years?

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Re: I keep looking at these NAS devices

But what business are those using all that data?

There is a huge range of business out there with differing needs. What I'm pointing out is the usual IT guy 'let's all make an assumption that everyone works like me!" mode that so many slip into when they see gear.

Hence why I see some one man bands struggling with £4000 worth of server that some over enthusiastic IT guy said he needed for his 6 month old business building high end sheds.

A £10 USB stick would have sufficed.

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Re: I keep looking at these NAS devices

Yes I do mean that. A lot of small businesses just have payroll, accounts and a few other bits and pieces. Not all of them are design studios or video/media production. I should know I have a lot of them as customers that I've setup their IT gear for them.

How much data should a IFA or a small plumbing firm have then? Do tell.

People in the real world are often actually out there working and not sitting creating powerpoint after powerpoint or useless reports. I know that's a surprise to some maybe entombed in the corporate world.

Once again the great reality divide between IT and the end user is highlighted.

A NAS is great because once I set it up for them it might just need a reboot once a year if that.

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Re: I keep looking at these NAS devices

Well a lot of small businesses don't actually have an 'IT Guy' to look after a server or want to pay for someone to manage one. Plus they don't like the idea of having a PC switched on all the while.

So for small businesses that just want storage to share and backups, NAS works great.

I haven't however, come across one that's spent more than £300 on one though. Very few businesses have more than 8GB of data let alone 8TB.

The one feature that businesses like (especially financials) is encryption but that always gets forgotten in the reviews. I've pushed out a lot of 1TBx2 Seagate BlackArmors over the past 4 years or so to great success. Not the fastest devices with encryption on certainly but very reliable touch wood.

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Million-dollar new disk tech could be USELESS for array vendors

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Re: Wow...so intriguing...

I wasn't saying it would be good to use a vacuum in a HDD. Just that sometimes its easier to maintain vacuum than keeping helium trapped.

Helium is a tricky thing.

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Wow...so intriguing...

How does that notoriously difficult to trap helium stay in there?

Isn't it easier to keep a vacuum than try to keep helium in place?

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John McAfee declares war on Android

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So is there a SIMPLE app that simply lists all your apps then lists all the permissions a particular app wants and you can simply check the box to allow or not?

Basically so if something falls over you can then choose to re-enable the permission or just uninstall the app.

Thats pretty much all that's needed, nothing fancy or convoluted.

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Rotten to the core: Apple’s 10 greatest FAILS

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Re: Apple //c was not bad

I remember my Dad bringing home a Apple //c from work. They had it in for evaluation. We had it at home for a few days so I spent time playing with the intro disks that came with it. Was fun and also my first time on a Apple PC. I think Dad brought a 128k Mac home that following Xmas (or maybe next) which was more fun.

I was about 12/13 at the time.

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You’re NOT fired: The story of Amstrad’s amazing CPC 464

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I must admit myself and my friends (all Spectrum/C64 owners) viewed the 464 machines with suspicion. Even back then Amstrad was known for corner cutting (we knew Sinclair was too but they were more known for tech products than cheap hi-fi) and after all the flurry of promotion the shortcomings became all too apparent and none of us felt like switching. I can't recall anyone at high school having one.

I think the thing that frustrated all of us most were the appalling screen res modes machines were still coming out with. It was all "Oh yes you can have 16 colours but we'll only let you have Duplo brick graphics with them!" We hungered for better.

The later machines improved but by then we were older and so was the tech. The stuff coming over from the US was looking far more interesting once again.

However, looking back it was all good fun.

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Kaspersky rips The Mask from sneaky Spanish spy campaign

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Re: "The use of Spanish by the hackers […] doesn't narrow down the field very much."

Well I'd say its a good way of covering your tracks, using a different language to your own, different methods, locations and by initially racking up a load of hits against countries you aren't actually interested in. Then you make a few pointed attacks on the real target and they get ignored in the sheer numbers elsewhere.

I would assume if you were hitting certain targets someone would extrapolate that data to find the 'likely culprit' so why not muddy the data with a load of other random targets.

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Mars rover Curiosity snaps 'pale blue dot' image of Earth, Moon

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Curious to know...

...did they put a decent microphone on the rover?

Just wondering what it sounds like on another planet. I suppose not much but the sound of wind or whatever would be interesting.

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Satya Nadella is 'a sheep, a follower' says ex-Microsoft exec

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Re: Unfair criticism

"Good for you I say - I've had 20 years of being messed around by Microsoft and their shit software. I don't care who's in charge, I just want to beat them with a big stick!"

Maybe a change of career is in order?

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A song sprang to mind when I read that...

"It Should Have Been Me!!"

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Asus unveils dirt-cheap Chromebox desktops with Haswell chips

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Re: I really like my C720 Chromebook but ...

Well you dont think all those people with the Lovefilm 'all the DVDs you can rent' subs are actually watching all those DVDs before they are sent back?

No most rip them the minute they arrive in the post and slip them in the postbox 30 minutes later once ripped. 48 hours later another two arrive...

Or nip to your local lending library rent all the current releases for £2 each and rip them...

You're a bit behind the curve. Great if you have the time, I just prefer to stream from Netflix. Fed up having loads of physical media and data laying around.

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Re: I really like my C720 Chromebook but ...

Do like most of us already have.

Rip the DVDs you might actually watch more than once and give the rest to Oxfam or similar.

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Re: 16GB, really?

@Ketlan

You still haven't worked out the usage model for a Chrome PC yet have you?

ChromeOS isn't about local storage. Do keep up!

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The revival of survival – the gaming genre that refuses to die

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Re: How about a game called...1%?

Fantastic! I look forward to the re-written Mantle enabled versions!

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Re: How about a game called...1%?

However, to offer a balance game you can also choose to play as the 1%'s supporters.

You get to take on the uprising using your AR-15, getting battery upgrades for your mobility scooter, refills for your breathing tanks and a supply of 'Diabeetus' medication that keeps you alive. If you fail the meds get taken away slowly till you die.

Kickstarter here we come.....

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Re: How about a game called...1%?

Ahhh yes and you also have to fight against the 1%'s brainwashed impoverished supporters bent on satisfying their masters needs in the hope they are dragged up from the pit.

They never will though.

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How about a game called...1%?

Where your job is to reduce the numbers of 1%'ers and the money they have gets redistributed to the 99% lifting them from poverty and eventual full slavery before it's too late?

Too soon?

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Bletchley Park spat 'halts work on rare German cipher machine'

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Re: Brittas Empire?

Plus Brittas, whilst annoying did have his heart in the right place and tried his best for everyone.

This individual seems to have a very different agenda.

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So I wonder if anyone...

...is hoping that the TNMOC goes under and then the wonderful equipment in there has to go somewhere obviously. Hmmm how about next door to Bletchley Park Trust!!

Well wouldn't that be convenient! Everything under one happy roof! No more need for fences and gates eh.

Donate! Donate now!

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Elite Systems pulls ZX Spectrum games after deluge of 'unpaid royalties' complaints

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Reminds me of that Big Train sketch...

...where the boss keeps distracting the employees by juggling or opening a drawer full of puppies before making his escape.

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This THREESOME is a HANDFUL: It’s the Asus Transformer Book Trio

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Re: Linux

Indeed, I'm still yet to come across any business or domestic using Linux in the wild. Its 95% Windows and 5% OSX.

I have a lot of customers too. Maybe the Reg should start doing interviews with any businesses of reasonable size that have switched totally to Linux as I would be intrigued to hear their story.

If they exist that is.

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Re: Just wish @ jason 7

@rm rf

Sorry I didn't feel I needed to point out the irony of the last line in that post.

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Re: Just wish

And then after you'd tested it with Linux..you'd be told you used the wrong distro.

Let them stump up the £900 and find out for themselves.

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EVE Online erects mashed-up memorial to biggest space fight in history

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Re: Can be the most intense game ever.

Domi - A battleship.

POS - Player Owned Station

NYCHMS! - No You Can't Have My Stuff! An oft used used phrase to quitting Eve players is "Can I have your stuff?"

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Re: False sense of achievement maxed out...

...and if people are having fun doing it though...

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Re: Glad this doesn't happen everytime someone forgets to pay the bills

Oh yeah I remember Eve Shaky Hand (and body usually) Syndrome. Made accurate split second clicking to get your pod out all the more difficult.

Interceptors were a godsend for running the gauntlet.

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Re: False sense of achievement maxed out...

Actually if you check out Eve really closely you may well find that the warfare side is about 10% of the time spent in it. A lot of people happily run missions or get a group together to mine asteroids in the belts while drinking beer and chatting, then there is the trading, research, manufacturing....

It's not all pew pew pew.

I still have a binder pad that I used when I was a CEO of a small corp and its full of mining numbers, ore prices, blueprint buffing, costs and fees for this and that, fuel numbers for running our own space station, divvying up ISK earned, you name it.

Eve is one hell of a game that can be played from so many ways and angles. Untill you play it for more than a month you really can't imagine it. Makes WoW look like noughts and crosses.

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Can be the most intense game ever.

I played from 2006 to 2010 and now my Domi and other ships all sit collecting dust in a station somewhere.

NYCHMS!

I remember one time my little 5 man corp got wardecced over our POS (not what you think it means). We had next to zero fighting experience but we managed to get our POS down while under fire and took out two of the attacking corps battleships with zero losses on our side. All done with no smack talk and no hard feelings. I think they underestimated our "Well what the hell?!" tactics.

Took about 4 hours in all. I couldn't sleep that night, found out the next day that none of the other guys in the corp could either. Was a rush!

Hmmm am I tempted to go back in...

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HP offers $150,000 for 'exploit unicorn' in Pwn2Own hacker competition

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Re: Oracle Cheapskates; Java's Worst In Class Security

The amazing thing about Java is that 90% of the machines it's installed on and compromising don't actually need it installed in the first place.

If someone wrote a 'virus' that just simply uninstalled Java without the user noticing, it would be the biggest step forward in computer security to date.

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Re: I'm surprised that more vendors aren't involved

Or more than AMD would spend in a year!

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Re: EMET - a utility that helps prevent vulnerabilities in software blah blah

No it does work and works very well. Unfortunately a lot of companies and domestics are using old software and old code that isnt approved for use with modern memory security standards and other standard techniques that EMET employs. Most of what EMET enforces should have been standard coding practice for the past 10 years or so.

If MS installed it as standard set to maximum there would be mass carnage and complaints as corporations found that Office 2003 and other such vintage software or even their own badly written in-house application would no longer work. Sure you can tweak EMET to allow them to work but it would be too much for Joe Average.

I wish they would install it as standard but the IT press would slaughter them. Damned if you do....

I've been using it on a lot of my machines for about a year now.

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Yes, HP will still sue you if you make cartridges for its inkjet printers

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I remember once before the turn of the century...

... we were a small 5 man IT team that used to look after the (then) small mobile workforce and other oddities within a huge global financial company. We got in some new HP inkjets for the sales guys to use at home so we installed a couple on some Windows 3.1 desktops (Pre NT4/Y2K remember) to check they printed okay and the setup was easy enough.

Okay all done back in the boxes they go. 24 hours later the guys from the big IT dept go crazy as they find something is bringing the network to its knees.

Turns out tucked away in the HP drivers install was a 'really useful' printer network app that thought it really clever to hunt out all the other HP printers on the network for sharing purposes.

Unfortunately it was rather 'noisy' in its approach on a 16Mb Token Ring network. So we had to hack the drivers around to get rid of that.

Luckily about a year or so alter we got all new kit with locked down PCs/Laptops and a proper product testing team. Fun times though!

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Re: Yep amazing.... erm, you need to rethink that.

Never mentioned using colour lasers for home. But nevermind. Also I'd say we've mostly moved on from actually needing to print in the first place. I see it as a sign of faliure if I have to print something nowadays.

Bottom line is for most people, if honest, a decent mono laser gives them less hassle, lower costs and better overall printing than the usual crappy £50 or less (or higher) inkjet.

In 20 years of computing I've yet to have a need for a printout that HAS to be in colour at home. Those flight bookings, invoices and Pizza Express coupons just dont need it.

"Oh oh its that one day of the year I want to do a colour print on my inkjet! Oh the cartridges have dried up/expired/run out (delete as applicable)!"

Medium runs of colour printing at home? What are you doing counterfeiting?

Plus you can get ethernet capable mono lasers with Duplex if you really need it for just over £100.

Makes inkjets look like toys.

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Re: Yep amazing.... erm, you need to rethink that.

Well all I can say is I've moved many of my domestics over to lasers and the feedback has been great. I tell them the costs before they go that route but they all agree.

None of them would go back to crappy inkjets now.

For a lot of domestics they don't need colour printing so a £80 laser with a 1500-2000 print toner lasts them 4+ years and then they can either buy anther toner for £50 or just buy another laser this time for £70. Much better than inkjets that 'expire' as and when the like with 60% of the ink still in it.

Crappy inkjet is crappy. Plus why do people still need to print so much at home? I often ask those that say they need colour printing how many photos etc. they have printed in the past year.

"Ermmm hmmmmm none I suppose!" is the usual answer.

Perception and reality.

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Yep amazing....

...that people still buy inkjets.

I've pretty much managed to move all my folks over to laser. If they want to print a photo once a year they email it to Snappysnaps(?) for £2 or whatever. Results are usually better.

I've just told all my customers I will not support wi-fi inkjet issues either. Driving out 15 miles there and back again to type the WPA key back into a £40 printer isn't really worth it for anyone.

Mostly junk.

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Microsoft builds admin tool to spare Office 365 sellers' blushes

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What I love...

...is that Office 365 appears to be two different products.

Oh the confusion.

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Sinclair's ZX Spectrum to LIVE AGAIN!

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I do get the feeling that...

Kickstarter is the new scammers paradise.

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Like so many Kickstarters.....

....will it be excited update after excited update while the funding goes on and then once its reached the target........silence.

Followed by loads of people asking "So when am I going to get...."

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It's big, it's expensive and it's an audiophile's dream: The Sonos Sub

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Not bad for...

...£50 worth of parts.

I meant getting people to pay that much for it. Genius.

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Volunteers slam plans to turn Bletchley Park into 'geeky Disneyland'

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Why dumb something wonderful and intriguing down for the thick people?

After all someone like Joey Essex isn't ever going to go there?

Some of us like to have our intellects tested, stretched and enriched.

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Have these people...

...no honour?

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