* Posts by Danny 14

2911 posts • joined 15 Jun 2009

'I urge everyone to fight back' – woman wins $10k from Microsoft over Windows 10 misery

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Re: GOOD FOR HER!

Indeed. Sounded like she actually deserved the payout too rather than usual ambulance chasers. Good on her.

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Re: Now the precedent has been set ...

No. It becomes a complex case and gets bounced immediate upwards thus making it expensive foe the small guy.

UK small claims also needs arbitration now and can drag on quite some time. You can also use lawyers on both sides but judges frown on too much legalese. I suppose this might tie MS up for some time though.

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NVMe SSDs tormented for months in some kind of sick review game

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Re: cratered during file copy?

After edit time. Perhaps the MPIO drivers were non certified? Shadow file copy disabled?

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Re: cratered during file copy?

Interesting. I remember when i got our database san, a dell MD3200 with a mixture of ssd and 15k spinning rust. It runs from quad HBA sas to a poweredge 720 with dual HBA (there are actually 2 of them in a 2 node cluster). It had 192gb ram too so well under your spec.

Obviously the first thing you do is bugger the redundancy and see how fast you can MPIO them. The ssds were raid 0 on single lun. MPIO across the lot and turn off any sort of redundancy on the san.

W2k12 (not r2) had no problems with windows explorer or robocopy copying big fat ISOs or 100ks (not millions i accept) of website files. I got 2.5GBs out of it copying email datastores (the largest file i could find). Nothing borked.

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BlackBerry's turnaround stalls

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Re: Mustn't grumble

One techie at work has a windows phone. One has a priv. If forced to choose id rather have the priv as the keyboard is quite slick.

Although in reality im sticking with my rooted note 3 (rooted with knox intact. Muahahaha.)

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Maplin Electronics demands cash with menaces

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Re: I Am Not Alone

You knowbitnis bad when you can pay the extra for shutl and it is still cheaper than maplin.

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Admins in outcry as Microsoft fix borks Group Policy

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Re: Didn't bother me at all ;)

That is fine for you but for us we are fairly stuck with MS. We are a college and teach certain courses. We need Sibelius music software so that's Linux out straight away, we also teach photoshop so again no Linux. We also teach autocad, again no Linux there. Sure we could change MS office to openoffice et al but that's about it. So MS we have to stay with.

GPOs are the lifeblood of any MS server environment and I assume most GPO environments are going to have some kind of drive mapping, drive hiding (and blocking) GPO so a massive change like this is bad, very bad.

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Dutch court says BREIN should get e-book uploaders' names

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now lets see what records/logs they actually hold. "The order covers the IP addresses the books were uploaded from, as well as names, e-mail addresses, and street address if known." surely you would upload articles to countries that don't care and let replication take care of the rest?

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New York outlaws ticket-hoarding buybots

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Re: For one, the sellers don't care, as long as they get thier money

It really sucks having a family of 5, the amount of sites that only let you buy 4 of something is quite high.

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Kremlin wants to shoot the Messenger, and WhatsApp to boot

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better the devil you know more like. At least Russia (and China I suppose) is being upfront and open unlike closed door sessions elsewhere.

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Re: Is this even practical....?

wait till they do the same to apple and mandate the unlocking of ipads on request. The FBI have no real teeth and can be ignored. The FSB not so much.

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Hey cloud lawyer: Can I take my client list with me?

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Re: Steganography

someone probably downvoted you as disguising something as "office humour" is no laughing matter.

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Re: It was so much simpler . . .

DPA didn't exist back then, it only came into force in the mid 80's

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Re: Hi Frank

if my boss gets me to wear the garter AND the stockings then I insist on a mandatory paid lunch. Afterall if i'm working late then my wife will only be cooking late so i'll be hungry.

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Re: Suspenders?

I thought suspenders were for my stockings?

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TalkTalk CEO Dido Harding pockets £2.8m

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Re: Support for Autism

One of my assistant techies has Asperger's. One of his traits is thoroughness, he *cannot* be re-tasked once assigned. His reports are very thorough and he usually gets the gigs testing new images, software etc. Not all people on the spectrum are "useless".

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if she took a 25% pay cut they could pay for another 100 staff for a few years. That would make a difference.

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How's your driving, Elon? Musk tweets that Tesla Model S 'floats'

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Re: Patent Infringement?

Only because they saw the DUKW landing on shores they had occupied....

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Re: I would like to know

"Just maintain forward momentum."

Interesting you should say that. Even with a heavy vehicle, it doesn't take much to start losing traction when you have to push your 1.5ton car and the water that the car is trying to displace (whilst having tyres underwater). If you car DOES have buoyancy then good luck....

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Re: I would like to know

My petrol series land rover 2 used to take dips all the time (was a member of the red rose off roading club back then). I even had plugs on the axle, the air filter was slightly higher (in case of splash - the electrics were also heavily greased. Highest I ever went up to was the door sill (effectively the full tyre). Don't stall, that is all.

With an electric I would be quite worried about corrosion of the motor as they are on level with the wheels - looking at photos they are hardly watertight. The series 2 on the otherhand got jetwashed inside and outside regularly.

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Tor torpedoed! Tesco Bank app won't run with privacy tool installed

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Re: Best security practice

ironically enough, the rooted phone is probably patched better than the unrooted phone.

Easy answer though, switch banks.

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Apple's 'lappable' iPad Pro concept is far from laughable

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Re: Control ...

we have about a dozen of the windows transformers. They are running just fine (trackpad, touch, Bluetooth mouse) but are rarely "undocked" from the keyboards.

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can ipads use Bluetooth keyboards? Ive been doing this for years with my galaxy tab 2, Bluetooth keyboard and polaris office -edits word documents, excel spreadsheet, has internet access and an SD card - allegedly you can plug a mouse in but ive never gotten round to getting a connector for it (the tab2 has a weird cable, not a normal uUSB one). Hell, I remember using a Bluetooth folding keyboard (full springy keys sans numeric keypad) with my old Samsung Omnia (windows 6.1). Why is this revolutionary?

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Filet-O-Phish: Insecure NFC tag relics hidden under Maccas tables

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Re: MacDonald's New Zealand and Australia restaurants?

I will admit to buying coffee (and tea) in MacDonalds. Sometimes there are no other alternatives when you feel yourself nodding and need a driving break.

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Dad of student slain in Paris terror massacre sues Google, Twitter, Facebook for their 'material support' of ISIS

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Re: "MTB"

Mountain bikers are a pain when you are out walking in the hills. Nearly got mown down by one flying down Skiddaw the other weekend.

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Re: Bah!

Storming the club without any intelligence is a bad idea. There is no good outcome when good people are killed by bad people.

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Chinese space station 'out of control', will do best firework impression

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Re: Typical problem when you don't have all the data

Ive only just got back to this. Ariane came about purely because they couldn't use blue streak. It was a totally different design, hence why it wasn't based on V2 technology. It was the storage of LOX that ariane wanted to avoid. Ariane was based on german research for the Wasserfall Ferngelenkte FlaRakete AA rocket, this rocket was NOT designed using forced slave labour or concentration camps; Dr Thiel was not a Nazi party member nor political.

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Re: No worries

they tried but as soon as other random volunteers were told to put on red uniforms they left without saying a word.

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Re: LMGTFY

I have a feeling there is a man in a grey Nehru suit with a white cat controlling it manually. That will explain how they lost control.

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Re: Typical problem when you don't have all the data

to the OP, sure! I mean they should just do the same as the US did for their space programme right? I mean it isn't as though they stole German plans, scientists and breakthroughs after WW2 is it? Von Braun was a good dyed in the wool American afterall (who happened to be a member of the Nazi party and the SS - a minor inconvenience I suppose).

Did you know that more people died building and constructing Von Bauns V-2's than were actually killed by them? Concentration camp labour was cheap enough for him to not worry about such losses though. The V2 became the cornerstone of the US HIROC ICBM which was the incubator for ATLAS (and later Saturn V). That's some heritage though.

Ironically enough, only the European (with german input) Ariane was based on new research that did not come predominantly from Nazi backgrounds (the Russians stole just as much technology and Nazi Scientists as the US); insofar as the US and USSR basically copied V2 verbatim for their early efforts and merely improved them as time went on.

Idiot OP

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It's [insert month] of 2016, and your Windows PC can still be owned by [insert document type]

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Re: Noticed Flash updates....

We have run without java for 8 months now. Flash will be next.

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Judge slams BT for blaming engineer after 7 metre ceiling plunge

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Re: Gives a whole new meaning...

He doesnt hang about for long though.

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Hardcore creationist finds 60-million-year-old fossils in backyard ... 'No, it hasn’t changed my mind about the Bible'

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Re: Evidence.

Avenger? Nah. I miss my old twin carb Hillman hunter. A frightening beast that could actually reach the 90mph speedo top speed (allegedly I heard it could be done on the M6 inbetween Preston and Wigan with a rolling start from parbold junction, allegedly)

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Re: re: creationism makes perfect sense. As long as you ignore all of creation?

Actually, creationism does seem to make sense if the planet was also artificially created.

I mean, perhaps (maybe 6000 years ago) the Galactic Ordnance Division needed to bulldoze some planets to create a new bypass. Perhaps GOD didn't have the correct paperwork (or GOD contracted it to some dodgy people working out of a caravan) so was ordered to rebuild everything EXACTLY as it was before being destroyed. That would explain why GOD needed to create the lot including all the nuances such as 60 million year old fossils.

Might be mileage in a book for it at least.

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Telegram crammed: Hackers find way to send massive messages

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Re: Have some fun?

your definition of fun and mine differ greatly.

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Fresh hell for TalkTalk customers: TeamView trap unleashed

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Re: Still, look on the bright side.

so is morrisons vodka. Still wouldn't touch either. Unless ive been glossing and need to clean the brushes - it is more effective than white spirit and not much more expensive.

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Thief dresses as Apple Store drone, walks off with $16,000 in iGear

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Re: Nice phone if you can get it repaired

Inventory stock taking is mandatory for insurance purposes. This was a repair room,they will know the imei and details of each phone in there. Scan what remains and within 20 minutes you will have a list of what was stolen, their imeis blocked and replacents sorted for customers awaiting those repairs.

As for class action, nope. Buy stolen goods and it might be *you* proving you didnt know they were stolen in order to avoid a handling stolen goods rap. Bought it from ebay with the 'says IMEI blocked so selling as spares' might not be a good defence.

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You can block them by blocking the imei. Yes you can tecnically get round it but most average fences wont be interested in doing so.

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Re: $763 worth of gear

They were stolen from the repair room. So these were either broken or refurbished then? I doubt nonrepairable phones are given new ones again (usually refurbished) and if so surely the new ones will be stored in the stock room? So if that is what the writedown on a refurb phone is, then what is the writedown on a boxed new one?

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Crysis creeps: Our ransomware locks network drives and PCs. Bargain

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"First, don't use the most vulnerable system ever created..."

Righto. So no VPN into work from home? No WEBDAV? SFTP? You can have internal lockdowns as much as you want but as soon as you have external access to any resource for staff then you need to plan for these sorts of things. Afterall, there is nothing stopping staff accidentally moving/deleting/archiving/encrypting manually ANYTHING that they can write to (in one way or another).

File versioning is a quick and dirty solution (and available since 2003) or backups that use independent privs and access to the common drives. Even if you do use 100% windows stuff, there is no excuse to having at least +x week rolling archive backup for various reasons - at least the most you would lose is 1 week (which may be a disaster for a company sure, but if so then PLAN FOR IT). Have the backup running off the network and attached to the storage independently so it cannot be compromised by something happening on the network. Sure that becomes a slight management pain but at least you have safe backups.

In short, it doesn't matter what OS you run, there is always the possibility of data loss through non-malicious reasons so plan for it. It just so happens that crypto virus automate the stupidity process for the user.

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Google snubs 'dark money' questions at AGM. Shareholder power? Yeah, right

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Re: Dark money OMG

and it will be money pissed down the drain if Trump gets in.

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Geek's Guide to Britain – now a book. Permission to geek out granted

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Re: ??

mmmm pie.

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Re: "your pocket-sized guide"

there is plenty of room behind the thinkpad in your rucksack. Pockets are for reserve swiss army knives (in case the leatherman tool doesn't have what you are looking for)

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'Windows 10 nagware: You can't click X. Make a date OR ELSE'

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Re: What date is good for you?

Just set it for 5 days time. That is PLENTY of time to either A) abandon windows or B) install GWX control panel and be rid of all W10 nag screens.

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Smartwatches: I hate to say ‘I told you so’. But I told you so.

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One of my first gigs was designing and coding a bardcode scanning system using SQL 6.0 on an NT backend (good old 7 of 9 font). windows CE appeared on little barcode PDA scanning machines and the rest was history for us - VB6 could be used to code on them, good old zebra printers made the barcodes and the warehouse tracking system was born. Windows 98 desktops using a VBA front end, PDAs on windows CE, SQL on NT4, 7 of 9 fonts, zebra printers, intel dos boot disks, GHOST server and it wouldn't have been possible without the PDAs on offer at the time. I bet there are still windows CE barcode scanners about today.

The PDAs were used by all sorts of staff to check stocks, check PC builds (each component was barcoded so we knew what bit was in each PC), each HDD scanned (each scanner logged onto the system so you knew what its "job" was) loaded the correct GHOST image (dos Intel network boot too!). All this was in 1998 so a long time before ipads etc came about.

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Don't panic, says Blue Coat, we're not using CA cert to snoop on you

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Re: simple don't trust anyone else's CA

im assuming you MITM everything, doesn't that just shift the issue onto your edge proxy? Or do you have that (gulp) set to ignore cert errors?

I too have very few CA on our domain PCs and we do MITM everything through our filtering proxy (school, signed agreements with staff and students - don't like it then don't use it, be aware that this is happening sort of thing) but that just means the proxy does the cert checking.

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Re: Internal Testing my arse

which is pretty much the whole point of internal CA too, Outside of your own testing environment the cert would be as untrusted as any other. Odd isn't it.

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The Windows Phone story: From hope to dusty abandonware

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Re: Aww

my android screen has the weather at the top bar, next calendar entries on the next line and 4 folders on the next line with all my apps within each folder. Bottom line is call, email, txt, flashlight and all apps. I don't even need to scroll the main screen or any of the folders.

I press the home button, swipe unlock pattern, then 2 thumb presses for any of my apps. I suppose the next evolution might be an e ink screen on the "case" outer updated slow time.

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Re: Too little too late

Thing is, the android based devices are good as a work phone too. You have office apps, HDMI out, DNLA, outlook, VPNs and remote wipe capability. You can install certificates with security minimums too (in fact you HAVE to add pin capability if you install a custom certificate). The lock screen can show you just as much as live tiles - with the scase on note 3 you don't even need to open the phone up.

Our Note 3's function well as business phones plus they have removable batteries, at the time we purchased them the MS offerings were quite poor in comparison for both functionality and battery life. The DofE guys take one out with a metal waterproof case too, it comes complete with the same mapping routes and maps that the garmin handhelds have too (uses anquet OMN maps as the core) (changing the battery is an arse with the case on as it really is a snug fit with seals but you can pull a sealed trapdoor for a charging brick). WP couldn't do any of that at the time (and there were limited cases too) - maybe this has changed now but who cares, the ship has sailed and there is even stiffer competition now.

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Re: Where's the room for another competitor?

It depends on what competition there is. Apple is apple, walled garden and all. Android on the otherhand can be tweaked and installed by just about any manufacturer. Competition is in the hardware and device - there is plenty of variation - but the apps remain a constant. There is competition and the windows phone added nothing to the mix (hence why they are irrelevant).

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