* Posts by Mr_Pitiful

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Testing times as NASA rattles Mississippi with mighty motor burn

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OK so how fast

does it go from 0 - 60Mph?

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Hack a garage and the car inside with a child's toy and a few chips

Mr_Pitiful

But, But, But

I need a real key to open my garage door, is that less secure?

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Hold that upgrade: Critical bug in .NET 4.6 'breaks applications'

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Re: Sensationalism

Well mine is a medical environment, but it's at a prelim stage of testing. i.e first day

I've called the application 24hr support and they said they were aware of no know issues

Where is the registry mod then?

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Unhappy

Doh

I had to install this today on a new server installation today

The latest version of the application we use required installed this by default

It never gets any easier does it!!

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

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Re: Who is paying the bill for the mobile data?

Not me in my new car

I've never been informed and unless they hide it in the lease fee, then I've no idea

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My new car does something odd

I never gave the dealership my mobile number, just home landline

Last year I went to Birmingham during the only real bit of icy weather

at 5am, I got a text, warning of icy condition on the roads locally.

The text said my reg number and was from from a number I didn't know

I can only guess my car swipped my mobile number by bluetooth when connected to the handsfree system.

What concerns me is that nowhere is there any mention of a mobile connection from my car or anything about mobile numbers. when I called the number it just said "Incoming calls not supported"

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Can I have some ideas please

Mr_Pitiful

Can I have some ideas please

Hi mostly guys

I might be offered a 12 month temporary position overseas in the next few weeks

What I want to know is should I take the position

The deal is this, I have an established company that I earn enough to pay everything & have enough left over every month for my wife to safe about £500

The overseas position is 6k miles from the UK in a very remote location, They want my network, telecoms & IT skills and are offering £40k + travel, expenses, temp relocation, family relocation expenses for the duration, paid schooling for the children and a chance to relocate on a perm basis.

I'm completely overwelmed with this as it would mean shutting down my own business, selling our house & moving to a potentially temp position on an Island.

Do I sell up and shut everything down and maybe comeback to nothing?

I've been totally messed up all day about this, and it's doing my head in

If I go..

I'll never see my friends or family except maybe a couple of times a year

No more beers down the pub with my dad every Sunday

I don't think I'll be able to sleep the rest of the wee, as my wife says 'just do it'

Cheers for any sensible advice

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Your gadget batteries endanger planes, says Boeing

Mr_Pitiful

I had this dilema last week

Fly-Be actually send you an email after booking pointing out that Li-Ion batteries cannot be carried

I had booked 15Kg of hold luggage and this was for some spares & a change of clothes.

When I rang up to enquire about laptop & phones They said this is fine in hand luggage, so I asked if I could take a cordless drill with me. (Also Li-Ion) and they said it would have to be in the hold. I asked for an email confirming this.

So I arrived at the airport and checked in my bag, it was a tool case with the name and make of the drill & also mentions in large letters Li-Ion. The girl at checkin said sorry we are not supposed to carry them in the hold, but you can't take them as hand luggage, I showed her the email advising that I could take it and she said, 'Oh ok that must be fine then'

No issues what so ever

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High Court smacks down 'emergency' UK spy bill as UNLAWFUL

Mr_Pitiful

Re: I've always wondered about RIPA/DRIPA

That should say Token Fobs not fibs

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Mr_Pitiful

I've always wondered about RIPA/DRIPA

What would happen if I signed the official secrets act and was being forced to disclose a secured password. My employer would take a dim view and I could also be charged under the official secrets act.

I have several agreements I have signed in the past year that specifically do not allow me to had over passwords to 'ANY THIRD PARTY', under threat of prosecution should I do so.

If passwords to access servers etc have to be obtained using a mobile phone number and my own personal codes, this would be fine as I don't know the actual password until it's been sent via text. and these expire on logout. So would be useless anyway.

If the police had to investigate me, they would find numerous token fibs, and some defunct ones in draws or boxes from years ago, I'd hate to have to answer what they are all for becuase I can't remember.

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The NHS pays up to NINE TIMES over trade price for commodity kit

Mr_Pitiful

Re: Bureaucratic procurement

We are approved to supply, and it's a bloody hard struggle to get approved

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Mr_Pitiful

I can believe this

I do a lot of work for the NHS, the kit we supply is reasonably priced

Having said that, If I want a network point or fused spur point, it'll add maybe £3.5k to the project PER Department.

So we supply network cables & a plug on the kit when possible, to save costs for them.

It's not us that's charging for the Network or Power it's their internal works departments.

I required a server provisioned recently in a hospital data centre & the cost was accidently emailed to me, I really could have gone online and purcheased everything we needed for about £6k less.

It absolutely stupid!

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Stranded Brussels airport passengers told to check Facebook

Mr_Pitiful

Re: Arrrrrgh! Zuck has bought the rights to Belgium?

Could I also join your cave club, I have to admit to having a facebook account, but it gets about 20 seconds of use every other day. Sometimes it's nice to see what the wife & kids are up to during the school holidays, and believe it or not I get a few messages from personal customers every few months that keeps me in beer money.

BTW I don't use twatter, I won't lower my standards that far.

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Manchester car park lock hack leads to horn-blare hoo-ha

Mr_Pitiful

We encountered this problem

There was a large carpark near one of our installations and an empty building nearby

The criminals had setup a jammer on 433.92Mhz to operate between 5pm & 10pm weekdays & all weekend

We operate monitoring equipment on that frequency and every day between 5 & 10pm and the weekend, we couldn't recieve any signals from the equipment.

I ended up sitting outside with a portable radio scanner for 2 evenings to figure it out, we contacted the police and the problem went away the next day.

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BILLION YEAR SECRETS of baking hellworld Mercury UNLOCKED by NASA probe crash

Mr_Pitiful

Re: I don't understand how, please explain

mad physicist Fiona

You said

"Personally I find it surprising that sort of unraveling of a messy dataset can be done at a range of tens of kilometres, but I certainly haven't the background to contradict them."

That was my point, geologists can determine magnetic field shifts, by looking at rocks. Did they have some expendable geologists on the craft that jumped out, drilled a core sample and measured the magnetic field reversals? I bet they were a happy bunch for about 1 second or until they vaporised.

Thats why i don't get it. I think you need actual rock samples to measure. Or am I completely wrong?

My Geologist friends are now complaining!

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Mr_Pitiful

I don't understand how, please explain

How can you tell a magnetic field is 4 Billion Years old?

If you're measuring the field it's like using a compass, so the magnetic field is now

As the craft hit the planet, how could they read age of the field?

It's not like they have a load of magnetic samples to compare

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Don't panic as Server 2003 rushes towards end of life

Mr_Pitiful

They can have my 2003 SBS.....

... When they pry it from my dead hands!

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El Reg Summer Lectures Span Dark Net, Rare Earths, and Vintage Tech

Mr_Pitiful

Give us streaming video

Hey El-Reg Stream the video, some of us like myself live in rural West Cornwall and can't take the time off to drive to London.

Why can't you stream the video?

We might have broadband by then! ;)

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GLOWING TAMPONS hold the key to ending pollution

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Alert

Ok so how can I help?

Should I dye all my wifes and let her use them or just dye them and flush them away?

Inquiring minds need to know, as she WILL ask why the boxes are emply

Hope it works for septic tanks, as we don't have mains sewers here!!! ;)

The icon looks close to tampons

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Ebay snuffs malware upload bug

Mr_Pitiful

I've noticed this

A few years ago if you were stupid enough to be looking for expensive boats or houses you could get hit, but the other day I was looking for a cheap air conditioning unit and the image files were trying to load executables.

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Wind turbine blown away by control system vulnerability

Mr_Pitiful

Hmmm

I have a friend who remotely manages a rather large number of commercial Wind Farms.

He once showed me how secure they were, by 'dialing one up' analogue modem.This was maybe 5 years ago. Recently they have all had thier phone lines disconnected and it's all managed with a web interface. The scary part was him logging in and the u/n & p/w were the defaults with admin rights, and he said he wasn't allowed to change them, even if he could.

Put it this way, at least my router had a password even if it rubbish when I got it.

Login can be done from ANY internet access point, even a 3G dongle works no problem. The controller has no URL, just an IP Address, and that was in the UK range, a different IP Address for each site, that were stored in his favorites list.

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RIP Leonard Nimoy: He lived long and prospered

Mr_Pitiful

RIP

RIP Leonard Nimoy

Mr Spock was one of my favorites

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French Google fund to pay for 1 million print run of Charlie Hebdo next week

Mr_Pitiful

Je suis Charlie

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Pond, rocks or quicksand in your 1km garden? Get a rugged DECT phone

Mr_Pitiful

I'm gonna order one now

I've been looking for half decent coverage around my house, this sounds just the thing

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Suffering satellites! Goonhilly's ARTHUR REBORN for SPAAAACE

Mr_Pitiful

Re: half and an hour? And bring back the barbeques.

Wow do Google really have office on the Lizard?

I'll checkit out tomorrow on the way to my grannys

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Cold? Cuddle these HOT GERMAN RACKS, yours for only 12,000 euro – we swear there's an IT angle

Mr_Pitiful

My warm office

I've decided to do this in my office!

20U rack, 5Kva UPS, 2 HP 1U servers & 1 4U management Console

External Temp is 11.6c, Internal temp is 24.6c

Lovely and warm in here

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Reg mobile man: National roaming plan? Oh UK.gov, you've GOT to be joking

Mr_Pitiful

Re: Grammar

Where is the 'to' in that sentence?

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Cloud skills certification can add zeros to your pay cheque

Mr_Pitiful

Re: Cloud certification - You've got to be joking

"Python ish"

You lucky sod, I failed my Cycling Proficiency

All I've got is my birth & marriage certificates!

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WIN a CHANCE to RECORD your WORLD in 3D

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Happy

Re: ITV does these competitions so much better

My best guess at the answer is....

A: Mobile Phone

Now where is my free family holiday to Florida with £1000 spending money?

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El Reg Christmas Lectures to span space, big data and GCHQ

Mr_Pitiful
FAIL

Re: GCHQ

Or anywhere south of Exeter would be easier, I'm not about to drive 5 hours to a speech and then 5 hours back again!

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Rise of the Machines: FIRST HUMAN VICTIM – 2015

Mr_Pitiful

Re: And this affects me how?

Skoda!!!!

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Mr_Pitiful

Re: And this affects me how?

No access to the OBDII in my car, the previous owner cut the cables to it,

Now I wonder why they cut the cable? did they know something you guys know?

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Mr_Pitiful

Re: And this affects me how?

If some-one wants to mess with my 2001 Skoda, good luck to them

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Mr_Pitiful

And this affects me how?

Apart from the two computers on my network, what on earth could they attack me with?

Should I buy a WiFi router just to be on the wild side?

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Sun's MASSIVE solar storm belch to light up Earth's skies

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Mushroom

OK so

8 million MPH - 93 Million Miles to travel isn't that 93/8 = 11.625 hours

how does that equate to 2-3 days?

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James Bond's metal-toothed nemesis Richard Kiel dies at 74

Mr_Pitiful

RIP Jaws

You will be missed!

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Smart meters in UK homes will only save folks a lousy £26 a year

Mr_Pitiful
Pint

My Plan

Is to install a 10Kva UPS in the next couple of weeks. (UPS is here, just need to re-cable house)

That will totally screw the stats from any smart meter they install wont it?

We suffer regular power outages, hence i'm up at 4am working due to a 6 hour power outage today.

Beer because - it doesn't need power and I don't have to work tomorrow

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City hidden beneath England's Stonehenge had HUMAN ABATTOIR. And a pub

Mr_Pitiful

Re: Traffic jams

Naaa, the A303 is still the same around there!

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Mr_Pitiful

Re: So basically...

I think that might still be my local, strange place!

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Mr_Pitiful
Pint

Have a pint on me!

Err maybe not then :(

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Salesforce cloud goes titsup: Users face another long weekend

Mr_Pitiful
FAIL

Doh

It bloody works for me, why don't cloudy things I use, crash!

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eBay, Facebook, Tumblr ALL go TITSUP in me-too MULTI-FAIL

Mr_Pitiful
Happy

I wondered why my wife started talking, I thought I'd done something wrong!

Thank god for Ebay & Facebook, they keep her out of my hair ;)

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CNN 'tech analyst' on NAKED CELEBS: WHO IS this mystery '4chan' PERSON?

Mr_Pitiful

Who told CNN

That every luser out there uses password as their password?

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Office space outfit Regus suffers 'UK-wide' network outage

Mr_Pitiful

Did somebody search google for google?

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LOHAN Kickstarter bid IS GO: Back our Vulture 2 spaceplane launch

Mr_Pitiful

Hmmm

Just trying to decide what to tell the wife I'm buying into.

She doesn't like letting off rockets with our 7yo at the best of times!

Couldn't you do a "appears on CC bill as strip club" or something?

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Whoops, my cloud's just gone titsup. Now what?

Mr_Pitiful
Unhappy

SaaS

A bit like Microsoft Azure crashing out this morning in Northern Europe then!

I just gave up in the end, I think it's back now though!

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Facebook goes down, people dial 911

Mr_Pitiful

Re: GADSLBI

Cheers

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Mr_Pitiful

GADSLBI

Go And Do Something Less Boring Instead

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

Mr_Pitiful

My opinion

I've been with my ISP since they first came into exsistance in 1995, Eclipse internet. I've moved house on numerous occasions and changed 'options' a number of times, depending on my needs.

I've recently started paying for my phone calls with them and I'm now saving on average £50 per month.

I still have to pay BT for line rental, but they do 'own' the wires after all and will fix usually within 24 hours. I would recommend eclipse to anyone who can get it in their area, customer service & support is pretty good.

Not sure if there would be a problem if I wanted to cancel, but as it's fast, reliable & cost effective, I don't see the need at the moment!

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Thirteen Astonishing True Facts You Never Knew About SCREWS

Mr_Pitiful

Re: Spanners Vs. Wrenches

Can El Reg please expose the spanners please?

Last year i purchased a full set 5mm - 30mm Open & ring ended, now in the box are 5 left, and I haven't had the need to use any. (points accusingly at son)

Son swears blind he put them back in the box after use, so now i'm left with 5mm, 9mm, 27mm, 28mm & 30mm sizes that i have no idea what they might fit!

The rest appear to have de-materialised or turned into carpet mats for an Astra!

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