* Posts by Jason 24

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Dell PowerEdge R730: Reg rack monkeys crack smiles over kindness of engineers

Jason 24

"Eh, I'd think if you're swapping the drives often enough for caddy wear-out to be an issue, then maybe you should have bought better drives to start with?"

My last place bought a bunch of really cheap dell servers, and went so cheap as to not to get hotswap drives and no cable arrms. Within a week we realised we had a whole batch of dodgy disks. That wasn't much fun.

As for the article, " the other drive caddies were placeholder dummy caddies."

As it is for all Dell servers, so you have to buy their drives. Until you've enough dead servers to cannibalise the caddys from.

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PDF redaction is hard, NSW Medical Council finds out - the hard way

Jason 24

Re: Sending Spreadsheets to customers...

Yup, they do, I have a filter on the email gateway to stop any excel sheets going out that don't have [ultimate] in the file name.

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Telecity shuffles off London stockmarket

Jason 24

Re: some UK customers

We moved out of IFL after the take over due to them upping the price by 50% for no additional benefits.

I think some other people did too as there's several bits of kits in Teledata still sporting IFL stickers.

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Day 2: Millions of HSBC customers still locked out of online banking

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Whilst FDs online system is nowhere near as complete as HSBCs, it does let you get the basics done. Never understood why they can't just take HSBCs code base and reskin it, but then I guess this little incident may give us a clue why!

Their phone support is 2nd to none however, and you can usually get all the answers you need off the first person you speak to.

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After Death Star II blew: Dissecting the tech of Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens

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I can't help but get the feeling...

Somewhere an ex Navy officer/El Reg author is banging his head against a desk at this article.

It's not often that every single comment disagrees with the author!

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Adobe: We locked our customers in the cloud and out poured money

Jason 24

More than likely, I've had entire departments of web developers at companies making very good money using pirated Adobe throughout.

I priced up the legit stuff and got laughed out of the owners office.

Yet when someone asked for an installable local copy of the software they created they refused on the grounds it might be pirated.

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Data breach at biz that manages Cisco, F5 certs plus many others

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Re: Congrats on your Certification! A grand waste of time and money

"more interested in your $2500US "

To be honest I think that £/$2500 is pretty much on the spot between "too much for any muppet to learn the answers and pass" and "What I'm spending won't be offset by increased salary".

Unlike MS where you can just brain dump from exam collection and pay £99 to become an "expert".

"It's like the assholes I meet in tech who run to google search every single solution they need, rather than craft it themselves using only man pages, the first party docs, and the software/hardware itself."

Have you tried the user manuals on most software released as a service? You'll get a perfect guide, screenshot by screenshot, of how to do something, but no context as to why you would need to do it, or how it will affect other areas of the product. The proxy I run at work is a perfect exactly, "here's how to set up a facebook policy, click this click that, click finish". Ok, but what does that mean exactly? What effect will that have on the traffic?

And as much as I'd love to be given the time to try every setting and see how it responds it's not very often I have that much time, usually it needs implementing yesterday. So a decent book (such as the "mastering" series) is an absolute god send, those peoples jobs is to sit there and play with all those lovely settings I can only dream about.

On the other hand a home lab alone simply isn't enough. There's no way I can dream up some of the random shit management decide they need (which they never actually do), so planning out actual projects with business requirements is impossible.

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Irish electricity company threatens to cut off graveyard

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Re: Not only in Ireland

"Typical NPower, took 4months to get a refund on an overpaid direct debit"

Take it up with your bank, not npower, if the amount is incorrect then they'll refund the money immediately and then you can take it up with npower. I've done this on numerous occasions.

From the guarantee;

If an error is made in the payment of your Direct Debit, by the organisation or your bank or building society, you are entitled to a full and immediate refund of the amount paid from your bank or building society

If you receive a refund you are not entitled to, you must pay it back when the organisation asks you to

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One-armed bandit steals four hours of engineer's busy day

Jason 24

Re: Fruit Machines

"Turn in your nerd card."

I think he nailed it with the last sentence tbh...

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Bacon as deadly as cigarettes and asbestos

Jason 24

Re: Wouldn't be worth it...

"Nobody told you to stop smoking. They suggested it. You're an adult and you make your own decisions."

Except for THC (incidentally good for fighting cancer), they sure told us we can't smoke that.

Bastards.

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Oh dear, Microsoft: UK.gov signs deal with LibreOffice

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Re: VBA - calm down dear

You can not run Visio 2003 anymore on modern Windows for example.

I have it here on Windows 8.1?

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Terror, terror everywhere: Call the filter police, there's a madman (or two) in town

Jason 24

Re: Filtering and removing

3 - Laugh at them.

Always applauded Adam Hills and The Last Leg for their "Jihadi Spot" for exactly that reason, they are on the money there.

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VMware sees BILLION-DOLLAR upside in Dell buy

Jason 24

I seem to recall Dell offered some sort of cloud service not to long back either, they were peddling it to our management team when they fell for bought one of the Dell preconfigured vStart racks and Dells cloud was supposed to be available for us to burst into when we needed.

6 month later we got an email saying the cloudy goodness was no more.

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Testing CarPlay with Apple’s most expensive ever accessory

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Re: Head unit obsolesence.

"Being a Fiat, the Ferrari would probably give you the dreaded/annoying flashing odometer CANBus error and you'd have to get a "proxy alignment"."

Had this on my Alfa 159, £30 for MultiECUScan + £15 for a cable, all sorted and the damned odometer stopped flashing at me.

Not sure how far you'll get with something newer though.

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Jason 24

Re: Beat me to it

"I am sometimes forced to share a ride with people who do not follow this philosophy and I find it rather disturbing that they deem their ability to yack away to be more important than the wellbeing of themselves, their passengers, fellow motorists and possibly pedestrians"

On the flip side I find it just as annoying when my passenger thinks I'm ignoring what they're saying while I navigate a 3 lane roundabout.

No, I'm not ignoring you, I'm trying my level best not to have us both killed!

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Capita: O2 call centre staff exodus is premature evacuation

Jason 24

Screwing themselves?

With that many people leaving and looking for new jobs I'm not sure I'd want to stick around, every other job in the area will be snapped up in 6 weeks.

I hope they all tell Capita to jog on and walk out on time.

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WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg

Jason 24

Snakes... much better than passwords.

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Attention sysadmins! Here’s how to dodge bullets in a post-Ashley Madison world

Jason 24

Re: Why do people use work email for personal use?

We recently went to migrate a customers domains and emails onto our server to run hosted exchange for them.

Just as we were about to press the big red button someone noticed that ex wives and all sorts were still using their old work email address for their personal email and had their entire lives tied into that domain, and so moving them all was just a big no. The cost and security risk to us in allowing people who did not have a commercial contract with us access to the servers just didn't add up.

So the company set up a new domain minus an "S" and have switched their main email addresses to this. Lord knows what headache that is causing them.

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Ditch crappy landlines and start reading Twitter, 999 call centres told

Jason 24

"it is a concern that making a voice call to contact the emergency services is not something that would feel natural to them."

The gf won't even ring a damn take way, so it inevitably leads to me basically relaying the order and having to correct everything twice as she changes her mind.

So yeah, I can see this being an issue of not feeling "natural", particularly for people even younger than me (26) who have possibly never had to make an actual call in their lives.

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10 things you need to avoid SNAFUs in your data centre

Jason 24

Re: Arse!

It's ok, the IT lot before me here had the marvelous idea of ramming a 2 prong EU plug into a 3 prong UK socket.

Amazingly the firewall ran for 8 years before it finally burnt out (literally smoking) last week.

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Even Apple doesn’t mess with Taylor Swift

Jason 24

Re: Youtube?

Problem with Youtube is having to keep the app open and the video playing, which is a huge drain on a smart phone battery, not great when you're on the move.

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Jason 24

Re: OMG

I thought they had, with Tidal? http://tidal.com/gb

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Buy with your head, drive with your heart: Alfa Romeo 4C Coupe

Jason 24

Re: HiFi.

At least they've gotten rid of Blue&Me, I've got one of those units in my recent Alfa purchase (159 2.4 diesel, the 200bhp model) and the damn thing is bricked and won't respond to any updates on any of 20 pen drives.

So I've gone for a pioneer head unit with parrot + radioapp + mirror link in the hope that one of them will work half decently!

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NEVER MIND the B*LLOCKS Osbo peddles, deficits don't really matter

Jason 24

Re: An excellent example ...

"We, across Europe, pay 10 times the world average for healthcare. Yet lifespans are less than a year longer."

Is that possibly a case of hitting the point of diminishing returns? We weren't meant to live forever.

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EasyGroup continues bizarre, time-travelling domain crusade

Jason 24

Please set up a kickstarter when he comes at you, I'll chuck a few bob in!

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BOFH in mugnificent return to Cash'n'Carrion

Jason 24

Got one in the house too...

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Brit iPad sellers feel the pain of VAT-free imports

Jason 24

Re: Caveat Emptor?

Hopefully we'll get enough people stung by dodgy imports that they stop trying to buy the absolute cheapest and switch back to buying from proper companies.

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Ofcom tackles complaint over Premier League footie TV rights

Jason 24

Stadiums

I can understand only wanting to sell 41% of games, if every game was televised there would be less incentive to go to the ground to watch. If anyone watched the recent Man City game in Russia where the supporters were banned from the stadium you'll know that the atmosphere is a huge part of any game.

I am noticing a round and round pattern forming with BT, Sky and Virgin, all whinging to Ofcom cos "it's not fair that they can rip consumers off but I can't".

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Shuddit, Obama! Here in Blighty, we ISPs have net neutrality nailed

Jason 24

Re: Pick your ISP and get what you pay for

Are you my doppelganger??

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UK consumers particularly prone to piss-poor patching

Jason 24

Re: Java autoupdate

Mines been borked in so far as every time I click the icon in the tray it says "failed to download install files" and I have to go to the damn website and do it manually.

Has anyone ever tried to access ASDM after a java update (for the noddy monitoring stuff, not programming it!!)? Being told that java run time is not installed, but go direct to the path of the .jnlp file and it runs fine?

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DVLA website GOES TITSUP on day paper car tax discs retire

Jason 24

Re: A little common sense is called for...

"So why, for the love of Mike, would you leave it until the last possible day?"

I thought this was SOP for any software release testing.... It is round here anyway.

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Game pirates 'donate' compute power to Bitcoin miners

Jason 24

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

Gotta agree, Steam has definitely moved me away from pirating. It's not so hard to just keep an eye out for when titles have a 70% discount and buy them then, that's near as dammit stealing anyway. Or at least the equivalent of buying 2nd hand, with the added bonus that the studio gets a bit of cash for the sale unlike 2nd hand games.

I have also bought a number of games on Steam that I have pirated in the past. I've no intention of playing them again, but a fiver or so for something that has kept me entertained in the past is well worth spending on.

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China is now 99.8% sure you're you, thanks to world's-best facial recognition wares

Jason 24

Had this at Stansted recently...

5 of us coming back, 1 didn't have a chip in his passport so I went went and stood with him in the longer queue for pictures only, and we beat the other 3 lads out who went for the "fast" track.

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Brits STUNG for up to £625 when they try to cancel broadband

Jason 24

Re: Setup costs

"And I imagine there are companies that will rent that kit as well."

I'd hazard a guess that that is part of the problem. Once upon a time to be an ISP you had build and own a physical infrastructure and employ well trained and highly paid staff to run it.

Now anyone can become a virtual ISP with minimal effort (compared to building a network across the country) and since you don't have highly trained staff to pay and you're happy with a smaller cut you undercut everyone who has to run their own networks, thus starting the race to the bottom.

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Jason 24

Setup costs

"in fact they should often pay less, to reflect costs providers save because the contract ends early,”"

Expect that with the margins on Broadband being so slim it often means a customer has to be retained for 2 years before a provider breaks even on the setup cost, let alone making any money, so the providers are out of pocket if you leave early.

This may be different when a MAC code is used, I'm not sure what BT charge for processing them.

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BT slapped down by BSkyB over O2 broadband 'switch off' porkies

Jason 24

So...

Who do I write to to complain about the ASA? Clearly they are not performing their advertised function of regulating advertising because so many complaints are being upheld after the campaign has finished running.

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Virgin Media struck dumb by NATIONWIDE DNS outage

Jason 24

Re: yep, vm status pages are useless, as is the telephone status

"iv) planned, in what way?"

Planned as in "bollocks, I rebooted the wrong server". "Ah well, may as well do that maintenance since it's off anyway". "Oh shit, that didn't go to plan, what do we do now??"

I would suspect.

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David Cameron defends BT's taxpayer-funded broadband 'monopoly': It's a 'success story'

Jason 24

Re: Gaps?

Exactly those gaps. Why waste time researching them yourself when you know someone else will do all the leg work and you can jump in at the last second?

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Microsoft in 1-year Windows XP survival deal with UK govt

Jason 24

Re: Maths?

"£250 per computer (which is ever so slightly higher than the $200 "

$200 = £120, so it'd be considerably more expensive. I'd guess they just swapped $ for £ and then whacked an extra 50 on for Office/Exchange.

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EE...K: Why can't I uninstall carrier's sticky 'Free Games' app?

Jason 24

Re: Not just on the Galaxy,

I've had it to, seems to have disappeared after stopping it, clearing the cache and then "uninstalling updates" from the settings > app menu.

Still, given me the kick up the arse I need to look at rooting the damn thing.

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Morrisons supermarket hit by MASSIVE staff payroll data robbery

Jason 24

Re: worried?

Oh FFS stop it.

If an unauthorised DD comes out of your account just ring your bank and tell them, the money is instantly recalled and the DD cancelled with no damage done, used it many times when "administrative errors" result in my monthly bills getting FUBARed by various companies.

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Oh no, RBS has gone titsup again... but is it JUST BAD LUCK?

Jason 24

Re: Money problems

You appear to have commented on the wrong article, I think you should be over here - Telegraph

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You've been arrested for computer crime: Here's what happens next

Jason 24

Re: Question.

Down vote withdrawn :) Sucks to be you though, they must have been really grasping at straws if they had to find evidence from another avenue!

On the whole though I do believe that the vast majority of plod are interested in doing a good job and don't want to cause unnecessary problems for people being investigated. Only takes a few jobsworths though to make it seem like the exact opposite.

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Jason 24

Re: Question.

On the opposite end of the scale I had absolutely no issue whatsoever with them finding other stuff. I've a lot of music that's been ripped from various sources as well as more than a few films and when they got a tip off for kiddy porn and didn't find any they didn't press on anything else, they just nuked the hard drives and handed them back completely blank (yes, returned them, contrary to other comments on here).

Hell they weren't even bothered about the weed they found in the house when raiding, said they couldn't leave it with us and put it down as being found outside (was only about 30 quids worth, but still).

Therefore I do find it hard to believe however that they'd prosecute for trespass based on a grainy video they found, you must have had a real grumpy bastard looking at your case who was just out to get something. Unlucky!

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Jason 24

Re: Question.

From personal experience (check my post history), if they are looking for kiddie porn and find non but find a few pirated films you'll get your disks back, but they'll be utterly wiped to the nth degree. So no, they are not interested in doing you over for a few films/MP3s if they can't find what they really want.

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Dear Apple: Want to stay in business? Make an iPhone people can afford

Jason 24

@DougS

I see your comments and raise you a bendy phone.

There's still plenty of headway to be made in the computing industry as a whole.

To use the car analogy I'd have to say fuel injectors were a major technological advancement, we refer to any post-2000 engine as "modern" and that's well over 100 years since the first engines.

Even if we accounted for the idea that the computers themselves are allowing us to invent the next jump that much quicker we've still a long way to go before we're close to the level engines are today compared to their inception.

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UK plant bakes its millionth Raspberry Pi

Jason 24

Re: Well done

<article>Education Secretary Michael Gove, who appears to have decided it’s more important to teach little'uns how to program than to use the technology they will sit in front of when eventually they enter the workplace.</article>

"So you're saying you, me, most El Reg readers, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Charles Babbage, Alan Turing all suffered because we weren't taught Word and Excel in school?"

I deliberately chose not to not take "IT" at GCSE level because I know it was actually "office drone 101", so yes, that section is completely off the mark.

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Storage rage: Like getting a nice steak and being told to only eat 80% of it

Jason 24

Very odd article...

Someone wake up on the wrong side of the bed this morning?

As a general rule of thumb it's inadvisable to run anything at 100% all the time because you'll fuck it quicker than not. Would you red line your car constantly? Would you run an AC unit at 100% because it just about cools the room or do you install a second unit to alleviate stress on the first? Hell, do you ever sprint everywhere you go? Sure you'll get there quicker, but at the cost of being a sweaty mess?

As for capacity what happens when some muppet uploads an extra 100GB of data to that storage space and there's no room? It either fails or you get charged an extortionate "burst" rate until you bring the amount down or up your package?

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Ministry of Sound sues Spotify over user playlists

Jason 24
FAIL

Re: Do they mix?

They do mix, but recently I'm sure I've found a few that start of mixing for the first 5-10 tracks but then after that they just seem to give up and the rest are just on one after another.

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Telefonica and Arqiva set to mop up BILLIONS in smart meter cash

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Stop

Re: The utilities will own our souls!!!!!!!!!!!

"It's not about turning off power to houses but to specific appliances. If a fridge gets turned off for the ten minutes"

And who exactly is going to be buying me a new fridge that supports this? My current one works fine and I've no plans to spend a fortune upgrading it to appease this lot of muppets.

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