* Posts by Danny 14

2468 posts • joined 15 Jun 2009

Honor 7 – heir apparent to the mid-range Android crown

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Re: One unanswered question ..

Nah its a blackman phone

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Re: I have an Honor 6

There are plenty of bargains to be had out there too depending on what you need. I just got a note 3 on vodaphone (lake district, vodaphone has the best coverage up here) with 2gb data for 23.50 a month (I factored in a £30 from quidco cashback, I was also given one of those redemption cashbacks but I DONT factor that in as they never work or the company goes bust - I don't base my purchases on those; quidco has never failed me though so im safe on that front). So over 2 years that's 564. Assuming *you* don't want vodaphone the cheapest 2gb data I could find was virgin on £12 a month so £288 over 2 years. That leaves 276 for a note 3 which (in my mind) is a bargain.

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Krebs: I know who hacked Ashley Madison

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travel luggage locks are there to stop accidental lock openings when the cases are bashed about. They aren't strong enough to deter thieves.

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What's Russia smoking? Kremlin bans Wikipedia for dopey article

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Re: Putin wants a return to USSR, doessn't he?

homosexuality is legal but isn't it funny how many homosexuals suddenly develop criminal tendencies when the authorities want to lock them up?

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Brit hydro fuel cell maker: our tech charges iPhone 6 for a week

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Re: RTFA

so the vapour will simply make you appear to have wet your trousers over a longer period of time? say an 8 hour working day?

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'Unexpected item in baggage area' assigned to rubbish area

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It must be a regional issue, the Newcastle ikea has let you take the trolleys into the car park as long as I can remember. The "maze" has plenty of short cuts through and the central lift works. The warrington and leeds ones were "one way only" almost and had bollards up at the car park.

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Re: I must be to young

morrisons shrapnel conveyor works, the asda one doesn't. Morrisons is usually crammed at the tills asda malfunctions regularly. Both are more expensive than the lidl, aldi and home bargains so I use neither morrisons or asda.

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Re: They're all idiots...

even worse if the bags wont open. They get shitty at you for scanning too quick and shitty at you for opening a bag. they even get shitty at you if you pre-empt and start opening bags before you start.

Nah screw em. The self scan conveyor belts at asda are worse too, at least you only have a basket full of stuff at a small self service, the large ones are made for despair and suffering with a big shop.

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Re: Fucking self-scan tills!

and lidl you pack QUICK, they really shift people through the tills. I walk past a home bargains on the way home from work, they have started selling basics (milk, bread, raw meats etc) and fresh vegetables/fruit, often enough for me not to shop for a few days and cheaper than supermarkets too.

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High-heeled hacker builds pen-test kit into her skyscraper shoes

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yeah I know! What noob takes physical lockpicks to a datacentre! <snort>!

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yeah, normally you have to type 2580 (or occasionally 1379) on the doorlock

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Re: What Next?

David, similar for me but at an automated food production line. They made ready meals for airlines (near the Scottish borders). Wasn't fun but there weren't many people who worked on the lines.

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Sony Xperia M4 Aqua 4G: The Android smartie that can take its drink

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Re: SD Storage question

Sometimes there is "hidden" data; co-pilot tells me that it is using 34Mb of data on my uSD card and a few Mb on internal memory. This doesn't include the 800Mb of map data it downloaded to the uSD card (which the application manager doesn't tell me about). Same with games, they tell you about the app size but not the subsequent OBB size that it downloads to the SDcard0/android/obb directory.

For this phone 8gb is close to useless even if you can move to SD there are still chunks of apps that wont live or leave behind big bits on the internal memory. 16Gb is acceptable and at least there is an SD card.

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Sysadmin ignores 25 THOUSAND patches, among other sins

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Re: I don't think he handled this job at all correctly

I popped a response to a post earlier. For the desktops I would have created a new golden image and rolled that out. 4 years of patches on an out of date system? No point updating. The system is beyond repair in reality and needs updating; if you aren't allowed to update properly then the company is in dire straits and I sure as hell wouldn't want to have a permanent job there, cash flow that bad will mean you wont have a job for long. Better to keep it ticking whilst looking elsewhere if there is no more money in the pot.

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Re: 25,000 patches sounds pretty bad, but...

WSUS ignores superseded patches so it is possible. Then again you could have clicked update for every package in the world so the clients wouldn't NEED all the patches if for example he'd clicked XP, 7, 8, 8.1 etc and only XP existed.

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Re: On occasion

60 users? It would have been easier to make a new up to date golden image and redeploy via FOG. Office updates alone will swamp a PC for an hour or so "in the background" never mind service packs (4 years of updates will probably include a service pack) WSUS for 60 users isn't that network intensive, same for SQL, if it has enough RAM and disk space then probably enough. Exchange really needs its own server.

I inherited a network 10 years ago running a pair of 2k3 servers, both were P4 xeons (poweredge 2800) with 2 gig of RAM each. One ran IIS, SQL and profiles (domain controller) the other had exchange 2003 and was a domain controller AND the enterprise cert server plus shared drives.

No central AV, each of the 200 desktops updated individually.

My god, you have never experienced pain until you have seen exchange trying to run on 2gig of RAM. (It was a school with 80 staff and 600 pupils). Apparently they had spent 100k upgrading the network 3 years previous. I wanted to see receipts for what he had spent. The majority went on new cabling (from cat5e to cat5e) and new network cabinets oh and a silly great overprovisioned massively tape drive for each server.

At least the 100gig RAID 5 server drives were backed up onto tape each night.

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Now Ashley Madison hackers reveal 'CEO's emails and source code'

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Re: "No, that data dump is totally fa" *SMACK*

or just join a religion that allows multiple spouses.

Just saying.

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Apple: Samsung ripped off our phone patent! USPTO: What patent?

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Re: It wasn't just a theoretical design patent...

funnier if forementioned prior art patented their prior art.

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You CAN'T jail online pirates for 10 years, legal eagles tell UK govt

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Re: I'm sorry

kid was mown down by a drunk driver about 4 years ago just at the end of our street. Kid died and the driver got 2 years inside (and a ban but who cares about the ban plus he would have been out after a year on parole). So downloading a bunch of films is worth more than a kids life.

Crazy.

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ZTE Nubia Z9 Mini: The able Android smartie the company won't sell you

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Re: I might have a look at one of these...

I had a quick look but could only find china shippers that had actual stock. Price seems to be around the £190 - £200 mark.

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175 MILLION websites still powered by Windows Server 2003

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Re: Oh come on..

not agreeing with the sentiment but you can easily license NT4 or 2k by normal MS SA licenses. That's how we license our 2012 (non R2) and 2008R2 by SA 2012R2

We also bought a job lot of unused cheap W98 stickers and books some years ago, that way we can leverage the upgrade SA licenses cheaply too.

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Perhaps middle-aged blokes SHOULDN'T try 34-hour-long road trips

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Re: A few things

@Richard or racing on a motorbike to catch the ferry Friday night (7pm sailing from Holland was JUST about doable assuming they still let you check in at 6.30 on the dot on a GPZ900 from Paderborn at the drop of 16:00 parade. You needed to be fully wound out on the A2 though....

German roads were quite efficient even back in the early 90's and the dutch ones weren't too bad (but harder to "move rapidly" on)

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Carphone Warehouse coughs to MONSTER data breach – 2.4 MEELLION Brits at risk

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Re: Always the same two passwords...

credit search.

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Re: We take our customers' security very seriously ...

depends how shit their sql server was. "luckily we had never defragged that table"

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Re: Amazing....

passwords shouldn't have been reversible never mind encrypted.

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Re: Sophisticated...

bob lost his dongle AND changed address to Nigeria at the same time. It took a week to mail a new one to him so we could change his password.

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Re: Your customer details...

I voluntarily give Microsoft my details each year. I sign many agreements with my name, address and other details, I also sign electronic agreements with my info too. I get sent one email per year from them, I have never had an unsolicited email, phone call or snail mail from them.

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Windows 10 is FORCING ITSELF onto domain happy Windows 7 PCs

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Re: wow

but on the plus side, moving to WSUS is generally a good idea.

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Re: What are you thinking?

random EXE from a random site recommended by some random internet guy. Seems legit, i'll get a GPO scripted installation up right away.

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HAM IN SPAAAAAACE! ISS astronaut contacted by Gloucestershire bloke in garden shed

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Re: Kelly has no HAM license

NASA are well aware of what happens too :)

http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2000/ast21aug_1/

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Microsoft delivers Exchange 2016 Preview

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Re: Share point

I suppose it depends on WHY you want sharepoint and also how large your organisation is. If you are happy running exchange on a single server, happy running SQL on another then sharepoint shouldn't bring either to a halt. We run about 70 concurrent mailboxes and a small intranet quite happily on about 6 cores and 48gb RAM between them. SharePoint gobbled up about the same amount so we binned it and stuck with old fashioned "map drives through WebDAV and stick with the intranet". Not ideal but it worked.

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Jeep breach: Scared? You should be, it could be you next

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Re: Police backdoor ?

back to using the escort cosworth then.

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Re: This is so obviously stupid...

what the fucking fuck? Why did ANYONE think it was a good idea to network CRITICAL SYSTEMS to an external app? I mean seriously? Someones head should roll, unfortunately it will be some poor tech whose idea it was originally (ignoring all the engineers who said it was bad but wanted to be paid).

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HP slaps dress code on R&D geeks: Bin that T-shirt, put on this tie

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Re: JustaCLOT " ... dressing well improves the holistic ambiance of a brain....."

all my shirts and ties are covered in toner, grease, misc "stuff" from various printers etc. Apart from the wedding suit, the wife wont let me wear that one. we do have a dress policy here (its a school) but it is a sensible one, black tshirt with logo (provided), black coat (provided) and black cargo trousers (provided). There are shorts too but only the site team wear those.

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GCHQ protesters stick it to British spooks ... by drinking urine

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Re: Fed the scum?

and feeding alsations to protestors is a bit harsh no matter how much pepper you put on them, feed them mcdonalds, they might go home through lack of a decent meal.

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German army fights underground Nazi war machine hidden in Kiel pensioner's cellar

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Re: Pity it wasn't a French tank

what do you call engagement range? I personally fired 4 swingfire missiles at an engagement range of 3km in my 102 (2 separate engagements), I'd call that engagement range personally so I can attest that brits didn't sit back for A10s. And yes, I missed all 4 times in both engagements so no beer for me (I still say at least 1 was on target but our scorpion had bugged out so no confirmation).

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Reg top tip: Don't have the same name as someone else if you use Facebook's Instagram

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Re: Good parting advice

then only act on reported imposters then, don't try to automatically ban people on a whim.

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Your poster guide: A fascinating glimpse into North Korea's 'internet'

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Re: Freaky picture

yes, but don't smile first and don't smile last. Not for too long but not too short either.

There is etiquette to dealing with dictators you know.

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What goes up, Musk comedown: Falcon rocket failed to strut its stuff

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Re: The processes failed before the strut did

no redesign necessary if the components were not fit for purpose. The design works, the manufacturer has just lost a lot of work, and I imagine word of mouth that the manufacturer cannot create components to specific tolerances and specifications will lose even more work for them.

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Re: That's what happens...

not really, you have no idea how the products were tested. Steel does do weird things but it also works. Perhaps under real load/condition testing it was found that the strength dropped by a fact of two, this is still twice the requirement so an acceptable risk. The fact that they have tested the part now and found some aren't rated to the requirements shows that it was a manufacturing error and most likely not a design error.

It was also a support strut not a containment vessel. The strut failed under load, the helium tank shifted and overpressurised the tank causing an explosion. There is no mention of the containment device failing due to design error or corroding through.

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you cannot test every part and overprovisioning by a factor of 5 from a presumed trusted supplier would have been deemed a managed risk. You also cannot say test the important parts as all parts are important in a rocket....

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Someone at Subway is a serious security nerd

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Re: dogs and b-a-t-h

cup of T-E-A ?

oh wait a min.

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Goodbye Vulcan: Blighty's nuclear bomber retires for the last time

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Re: Vulcan Delivery

XJ823 is at Carlisle airport museum and is open to the public, ive had a guided tour of the cockpit, not sure if they still do it.

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Re: Aiming Error

I too remember a finningley airshow where people were wowed by F15s doing vertical climbs. They came the Vulcan who did pretty much the same thing but told everyone for miles at the same time. The noise and vibration in the floor was epic.

although not 100% sure, I was told that the airshow Vulcan displays were at 70% power as that is when you get the most distinctive howling noise? Imagine the raw vibration at 100% then...

I was at an airshow where a B1 lancer flew, they were pretty loud too but didn't have the same howl as a Vulcan.

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Re: A beautiful aircraft though - Possibly the loudest thing I've ever seen move.

It was on its way to Carlisle Airport on Saturday. Turned up right on time at 14:43, did a couple of circles and a big load of howl and yowl. Great stuff.

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Trump carded: Wannabe prez's hotels 'ground zero' in banking breach

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Seeing as this will probably turn out to be an inside job, it wouldn't matter what your OS is.

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Layoff-happy Capita charges staff to use cutlery in canteens

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Re: And the problem is?

to the OP, I sincerely hope you don't run your own business, 'cause if you do then tell us the name so we can steer the hell away from it. Seriously, they are charging people for plastic disposable cutlery. What next? Toilet roll? Water fountain? Air con?

When I used to work at Time computers even THEY weren't this miserly.

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Samsung caught disabling Windows Update to run its own bloatware

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Re: I'd hazard a guess

The mac with bootcamp isnt a crazy idea, windows is very easy to set up (assuming windows has mac drivers without too much of an issue) but im a cheapskate and my dad is poor :)

I installed Ubuntu on a laptop first. I had never played with Linux at this point. Questions were asked that were far from English (sure, pushing next will work). The Epson printer/scanner wouldn't work afterwards and I needed to tinker in console. My dad wouldn't have a hope in hell of doing this.

His Dell worked as follows (I talked him through on the phone). Switch on, add username and password, right click on wireless icon on desktop, put the big long set of letters from his BT hub pullout, get on internet. The printer he plugged in (ignoring the do not plug in till software installed sticker), installed CD by clicking on the "install" button (it worked anyway). Job done. One afternoon I remoted in after getting him to install some remote software and I set up chrome for him and removed all the internet explorer icons just in case. He uses avast and automatic updates - so far everything is hunky dory.

There are so many drive by adverts that exploit IE holes - all of which have been patched by MS updates as things go along (sure he now uses Chrome but bear with me). People on Samsung laptops would not have had the same opportunity. I fail to see how scrubbing windows on Samsung laptops, muddling through installing Ubuntu - how do these people get Ubuntu anyway? Front of Your Spectrum (which was far better than Sinclair user)? - this is not helpful to people.

Linux has its uses but at the moment it is not meant for general mainstream installation by the masses. Don't get me wrong, it isn't hard but you seriously overestimate the ability of a general person. Sure, pre configured and set up it is great (my kids use an old Pentium 4 laptop with puppylinux) but getting it set up is certainly not easy peasy (I would also imagine a brand new laptop with USB3 drivers not working in Windows would not be a cakewalk to set up in Ubuntu!)

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Re: Windows Update is a nightmare

"… and for the Windows 7 users here that are using other peoples' networks? Sorry, only a quarter solution. I say quarter because it ignores those who are not running Windows 8 and it ignores the guest network user case."

Upgrade to Windows 8? It has been out since 2012. If you are running Ubuntu then 12.04 was released the same year (to show a comparative age). I don't think i'm running any machine older than 14.04 personally so just update if you want the new features.

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Re: I'd hazard a guess

build your own pc, Linux, openoffice (libre etc); all really really good advice - for techies. Im not as old as some on here but my first PC was a home made DX2-66 with windows 3.1 - all installed from floppy with the DOS freemem tuning learnt as I went along. Before that I tinkered with Amigas (and soldered various 3.5" to 2.5" converters and CPU WAIT switches etc. I wouldn't dream of building my dads laptop for him or putting Linux on there - he simply wouldn't cope with it. A laptop that works off the shelf will do (I got him an XPS15 from dell marketplace open box refurb) coupled with MS office and he's happy. Auto updates installed.

The people who are buying Samsung laptops and not performing a drive wipe as the first thing after unboxing are not the sort of people to go poking around services.msc They are people who are asked "do you want automatic updates enabled" when they first boot up and expect it to work. This is a 3rd party program that basically nukes automatic updates. I bet the wording (in the Samsung app) is "would you like Samsung to manage updating your drivers automatically?*"

It is a dumb move with no real reason to do so. Driver updates are optional ones and ive never had drivers automatically update. there ARE reasons to automatically update internet explorer though- yes, techies et al will use firefox (not in windows of course) but they aren't the normal demographic for these PCs.

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