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* Posts by Danny 14

2231 posts • joined 15 Jun 2009

Anonymous ‪hacks the Ku Klux Klan after Ferguson‬ threats

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Re: Anytime the KKK are mentioned...

I used to work in R&D for time computers (yup, those were the days). This was our test DVD. Not the most politically correct but very funny.

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MOULDY DICK: France aims to snatch EXPLODING WHALE crown from U.S.

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Re: Sounds like a job

Its France, just put a sign on it saying "Do not eat, private property of XXX". It'll be gone in the morning.

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or tow it (surely it will float) then torpedo it.

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Got a STRAP-ON? Remember to TAKE IT OFF at WORK

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Re: I destroy watches in all situations

I too used to kill watches, wearing them inside just plain annoyed me so these days I just don't bother. I always have some kind of jacket, coat, fleece, bag, child to carry things with me (over and above usual daily "stuff") so I just take a phone with a pocketed case these days. It fits in my pocket, it has a single contactless debit card in it, it has my driving licence and work ID - that is it. I don't have any other jewellery. My keys are a car key with small RFID token (for work) and 2 door keys on a small ring - they sit in my pocket better in 2 sets than all 4 together.

The watch that lasted the longest for me was a lorus with lumibrite face (the wife HATED this thing as it did glow somewhat at night for a surprisingly long time). The strap was swapped for a fabric strap and eventually the side of the watch was smashed on something putting it out of action.

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Re: re. Rampant Rabbi, etc.

playmobil reconstruction?

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IEEE turns crank on new wired Ethernet standards

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Re: AC is not the driver

iscsi point to point will benefit from cheaper faster cabled links. I'm not sure how much server 2012 lies about network speeds but our point to point links between nodes certainly max out links when live migrating. 10gb is nice but still expensive (we are only talking 3 nodes here and when the network cards and switch cost more than a node you know it isn't right...)

Cant say I would like to use wireless for iscsi although I'm sure someone does somewhere.

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Re: Autonegotiate over 8+ different bandwidths?

it works because they end up settling on 10mb half duplex with "I always wondered why that was a yellow light" and all the rest were green approach to networking.

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Chinese coder's got 99 problems and getting hitched is one: Huge iPhone woo plot FAILS

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Re: Was the young lady a smuggler or something?

indeed, she probably turned him down due to his poor development skills. His planning to get hitched was good and his analysis of needing to spend money on her was also good. However his poor design of spending money on wrong shiny coupled with a less than stellar implementation (proposed outside burger king?), she figured that the maintenance was going to be problematic so best nip this project in the bud early.

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ONE FIFTH of Win Server 2003 users to miss support cutoff date

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Re: The major problem with W2003

to be honest, even in our 2k12 / W7 environment our hand written printer scripts and drive maps work far more reliably than GPO preferences. Whilst they SHOULDNT (technically) they just do.

there is also the mentality in business to "the system works so lets cut the IT staff". Thus leading to the sysadmin cutting corners in order to make deadlines etc. False economy but not always the best approach. It is easy for the crusaders to say "well simply leave!" when you have mortgages to pay and kids to look after. You keep going and make the best of the job as you can.

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Re: Ha!

Not sure on the downvote, you could have at least migrated from 2k to 2k8 (x86 if need be).

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Re: For some small companies it is.........

It isn't as simple as a "couple of grand" though. New hardware will be mandatory as they wont be able to migrate otherwise. New software with newer licensing model is more expensive than the 2k3 they had previously. Plus they will need a bod who can use 2k12. Backups will most likely need to change and depending on how they email they might need a shiney new exchange licence too (or SQL etc).

Not saying that it isn't hard but we are talking about businesses that are probably still oblivious to the pitfalls of the PPTP VPN they are running on 2k3 or the fact that serverbackup wont work with their tapes any more.

For schools it is somewhat easier (I did the same except I went from 2k to 2k8 at the time, then 2k8 to 2k12 was a breeze) as the EES covers them for whatever they need whereas for the local plumbers merchant whose system "just works" might find it difficult. that's why you need to keep investing in IT though...

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I know more people on 2k8 purely because it is the last x86 version for their legacy apps. And you know how legacy apps hang around for a long time....

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3D PRINTED GUNS: THIS time it's for REAL! Oh, wait – no, still crap

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Re: Here's how a rational attempt behaves

denford do some very cheap second hand machines, quite accurate providing you spend money on the bits.

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BBC clamps down on ILLICIT iPlayer watchers

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Re: Well get_iplayer has already worked around it

ironically enough the XBMC plugin also shows more information by telling you which streams are 720p per program. The interface isn't as slick as the previous one but A-Z certainly works well.

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Re: Why all the concerns about API kets?

my thoughts exactly, future plugins will simply need a user to generate their own API key. Failing that someone will host their own RSS feed with the index using their key as a scraper.

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Re: Smart TVs too

The thing is, they killed the RSS index feed. The actual URLs used still work, it is the index people cannot get anymore. I cant imagine an RSS index feed needing huge amount of resources to keep going so this is just a shit trick to kill those who don't pay for "nitro keys"

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Re: illicit viewers?

there is already an alternate plugin available that works. Plus if you need your own nitro API key then I can assume future plugins will simply need people to generate their own nitro APIs. A little more of a mess about but still doable (if they allow regular joes to generate their own keys). If not, it wont take long to leverage someone elses key etc.

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Routine WHAT NOW? Bank of England’s CHAPS payment system goes TITSUP

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Re: Coincidence?

bill payments are normally BACS rather than CHAPS.

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found it

#*****************************************************************************************

# don't forget to comment out the following before the next update!

# Not fixed CHAPS import fully yet.

#*****************************************************************************************

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Vanmoof Electrified Bike: Crouching cyclist, hidden power

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Re: I live in a 3rd floor flat

first one I saw on Halfords was a £600 foldable, 21kg, 200w front hub motor, shimano rear gear bike. A bit heavier than the vanmoof but almost a 1/3 the price. wonder if the extra is simply style tax?

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Re: Front-wheel drive

good luck hitting the deck at 30 mph with a heavy bike, no leathers, no real helmet to speak of. Having had a motorcycle crash at 40 mph with leathers and full helmet I can tell you that was no fun but at least no gravel rash on top of the bruises.

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'Bill Gates swallowing bike on a beach' is ideal password say boffins

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Re: Invalid

f*cking boss is a c^ck muncher has non alpha numeric characters so might help against dictionary attacks.

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What's happened since Beijing's hacker unit was exposed? Nothing

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Re: Look, I just need to ask...

must have been windows 9 preview. Sounds about right for bloat.

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Fiat 500S: So pleasingly sporty we didn't want to give it back

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Re: I have a...

see, that's the thing. If the turbo hasn't spooled up then a big lump diesel is still pretty economical on start stops and with "hill start" you don't even bother blipping the accelerator (assuming it is a manual), something you probably have to do with the 500. Soon as you hit open road the 500 will need a bit more accelerator when again you can leave the turbo idling in a higher gear.

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Re: Fuel economy?

It was a review car, if reviewing a car isn't it customary to use the accelerator in an on/off fashion? Did you manage to set off in 4th in the end?

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Re: Uh?

The main reason I have a bike is so I cant fit the family on it.

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Re: Small petrol is back!

It was joint designed with Ford though wasn't it? I thought the 500 and KA were effectively the same thing with minor tweaks?

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Titan falls! Blizzard cancels World of Warcraft successor

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Re: Here's a hint...

They should just reskin WoW and call it world of starcraft....

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Emma Watson urges UN to back feminism – trolls threaten to leak her 'nude selfies'

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Re: But will it make a difference?

Education is the first step. Then we educate our children who educate their children etc. I remember the 70s when it was fine to smoke, booze and leave the kids at the local labour club whilst bingo was on. Most adults these days cringe when they see kids in pubs after certain hours - it isn't socially acceptable any more. My dad remembers times when women at work would be secretaries or receptionists - certainly not bosses or line managers, this has changed and again is socially unacceptable to think otherwise.

The same can be said for sexism hopefully this will also become a thing of the past. In some respects even 4chan are accepting the backlash is wrong (or at least not lulworthy)

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Re: @anon

@anon,

What about if she had no naked selfies and someone has taken the time to do a decent photoshop job with a reasonable lookie likey? Is that ok to publish then? How about if someone decided to stalk you or your missus and do the same, is that ok then?

Just because she is a celeb and has an opinion (and is willing to get off her butt and do something about it) doesn't mean you can go about threatening or extorting her. Im sure no actor/actress deserves this (even Adam Sandler).

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Supercapacitors have the power to save you from data loss

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Good old UPS with a reserve and shutdown is also a good idea. Then again, some SANS wont accept UPS shutdown signals....

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Tripadvisor site coughs to card data breach for a potential 800k users

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I use tripadvisor to find a hotel/venue then quidco to find a site to book through (usually end up being expedia). Saves a bit of money in the long run - neither store my credit card details.

Quidco does have my bank account details for BACS payments but my bank also has securecall so I need to supply a pin number for any account transfers out - so no problem there.

Using the phone is worse in some respects as there in NOTHING stopping someone overhearing and writing down the details you say into the phone. Phone calls are always treat as HTTP traffic in my mind.

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Game pirates 'donate' compute power to Bitcoin miners

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Re: An epiphany...

Agreed, as a kid I wouldn't buy many games as I had little money. Simple as that. so we would get the tape to tape out and copy whatever games our mates had bought and share them. Then when I did get something I would share that.

I would never have bought the games shared as by the time I had money something new would have been out so i'd get that instead.

And you could fit quite a few on a C90 tape so storage was better.

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Re: Pretty much every game, OS, or application torrent has some form of malware.

I have never had an issue with steam. According to steam gauge:

"Over the last 11 years, you've spent 2093.5 hours playing this selection, which includes 124 items, is valued at $1622.9, and requires 546.7 GB"

So no issue whatsoever with 124 games; caveat - no issue installing, buying, running. The games themselves might be flawed (such as sword of the stars 2 etc) but apart from that I would say steam was a catalyst to reform.

I have an offline cache on 2 laptops primarily with my turn based games. I have an online cache on 2 other PCs and have no problems playing on those PCs with my library. I suppose I could install the "family share" thing but don't need to.

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Re: @streaky

hear hear on your UBI stance. As soon as people stop buying their DRM infested stuff they will remove the DRM. It isn't like there isn't plenty of choice out there.

As for the bitcoin malware at the end of the day people were installing dodgy software, you get what you deserve really. As for "piracy" can't say I care either way; these days I buy all my stuff. This was always true, but as a kid I would have had no intention of buying it anyway (as I had no money as a kid) so I was never a lost sale piracy or not. Soon as I could afford to I bought stuff.

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or they could have a separate svchost running elsewhere. People are accustomed to seeing svchost and might not look to see where the process exe is running from.

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MOM: CHEAP Mars ship got it right first time. Nice one, India

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Re: Only $74 million?

nope, they made a big song and dance over how their scientists were working 18 hour day shifts to get it completed.

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Re: Go MOM...

In reality $74M is spent by other countries dining diplomats.

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Range Rover to fit trendy new SUV with FRIKKIN' LASER HUDs

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Re: Obvious fake!

don't worry, 67 in 5th so it is still accelerating, probably had to slow down a little swerving round someone on the slip road (are the evoques 7 speed boxes?)

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Re: Call me sceptical

Lots of 70 signs over the border up here so assume the car was driving on the M74 :)

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HP is giving away FREE* STORAGE to lucky server customers

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Re: Small

indeed, if you are enticed by 1TB and free is all you are willing to pay then install openfiler and run iscsi instead.

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US team claims PARIS paper plane launch crown

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Re: Are you really, really sure you want to meddle with the US Army?

or space cadets.

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Phones 4u demise: 1,700 employees laid off with redundo package

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correct. Effectively the company defaults on the bond by nature of it being in administration.

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EE buys 58 Phones 4u stores for £2.5m after picking over carcass

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Re: "making space for something more useful"

I wouldn't know what shops are in town any more. I go to Carlisle once every 2 weeks with the kids to the library. I park on the 1 hour parking then leave pretty quickly. Last time we looked around town it was grim; costa, starbucks, phone shops, fake fronts and charity shops. Even the tat bazaars had closed down (although the *3x* game shops were still there). Since the council are now proposing to remove all free parking then it will be pretty much the same price to *BUY* books from ebay than park in town and use the library.

Back to phone shops there was a three store, O2, (old T-Mobile EE), (old vodaphone) EE, CPW, P4U, Apple and two independents that also repaired/unlocked phones (and sold phone tat).

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Dyslexic, dyspraxic? No probs, says GCHQ

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Re: well

oh yeah a joke, 'cause dyslexics all love having the piss taken out of them. We have an apprentice who is on the autism spectrum, he is brilliant at code debugging and spotting patterns. Problem is, once you give him a task he *must* solve it, that's his downfall and he knows it. His brain works much faster than all of us in the office when it comes to problem solving though so he is perfectly suited to debugging though re-tasking him is an issue.

Stands to reason to use specialists minds for specialist tasks.

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Top Gear Tigers and Bingo Boilers: Farewell then, Phones4U

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and there aren't many phones for you with (native) Linux on them anyway.

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"a company that arrogant was destined to fail."

Not really, they only failed because their supplier cut them off at the knees so they couldn't sell any more. They were doing a GREAT job at selling which is probably why the suppliers think they can do better on their own.

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SCREW YOU, Russia! NASA lobs $6.8bn at Boeing AND SpaceX to run space station taxis

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Re: You missed a bit

then a subsidiary company buys the bits, changes them enough to avoid the sanctions and resells to parent company. That's what arms exporters were doing for years.

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Re: More like

Unlikely, it is more a warning shot. It works both ways, Russia had some dependence on USA to keep its space programme going, afterall, if spaceX can move cargo cheaply then come satellite launches then private companies will go for the cheaper option squeezing Russia even more.

They have already had to sign an exclusive gas deal with China - something they will have done under duress and for a lower than they expected sum I imagine. Once they start to lose other businesses then it wont look good for an already failing economy in Russia.

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New 'Cosmos' browser surfs the net by TXT alone

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Re: Great Scott!

nothing like using AltaVista search engine in a console window on windows 3.11. Used primarily to search for MUDs of course.

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