* Posts by Leeroy

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Revealed: The true horror of being a big CEO

Leeroy

No shit

Are most people unable to go a whole working day without giving a shit?

FTFY

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Sage advice: Avoid the Windows 10 Anniversary Update – it knackers our accounting app

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Not just Sage

The anniversary update has also broken. ..

Screenconnect, perpetual 10 tech legacy license

Sage 50, managed to fix this on 3x pc's but one still refuses to work.

Acrobat Pro 9, downgraded to 8 and it works on several pc's

Unfortunately I didn't have the authority to prevent the free upgrade/ downgrade to Win 10. I just have to mop up the mess.

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Pluto's emitting X-rays, and NASA doesn't quite know how

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Re: 1 word. Triboelectrification.

Triboelectric charge, someone put dodgy toner in the aliens copier again...

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Latest F-35 bang seat* mods will stop them breaking pilots' necks, beams US

Leeroy

Re: Handling the G's

Explosives on the chopper blades worked in bond :p

Also autorotation landing if you are high enough and the pilot is alive, if you are that high I would prefer a parachute!

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Re: minimum weight

Do you really want to delay the opening of the parachute if ejecting from ground level ? Take off and landing being the most dangerous phases of flight etc.

Maybe F1 style helmet brace would work.

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Hackers hijack Tesla Model S from afar, while the cars are moving

Leeroy

It's fixed now

Until the next exploit Is found...

Just imagine every Tesla slamming on the brakes at the same time, not pretty :/

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IDC: Those servers numbers just keep on tumbling

Leeroy

It's not the cloud

It's the fact that server admin guys are realising that they can have twice as many hypervisors if they shop around. I have one that has been working for 5 + years and it cost £1K. If it dies who cares ? The VM will fail over to another one and I will either fix or replace the broken unit.

I'm not going to pay DELL or HP £££££ when I can pick up a cheap box that lasts for years and doesn't have proprietary components that coat the earth and are a nightmare to configure.

Disclaimer, storage is slightly different... don't skimp on that !

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BOFH: The case of the suspicious red icon

Leeroy

Real call

2016-09-15

12:08:00

Open

IT Problem, Scanning, Network

scanning issue asking for passwords

Justin

Paste from a real call today. Small company, one user had a new computer. I get several of these a week and they are always on the ground floor or have secure windows :\

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It's OK for the FBI's fake hacks to hack suspects' PCs, says DoJ watchdog

Leeroy

Re: Old trick works

Close enough, they gave him a link to an image and he followed it.

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Paris Hilton

Old trick works

People often ask me why images in email are not automatically displayed on our system. It's because you can create a tiny unique pic for each email that you send, monitor the Web server logs and match up the email address and public IP of the reader and if \ when they read it etc.

A lot of mass mailing software uses the tactic, that's why it is blocked even if I'd somehow manages to get past the spam filter.

If this guy was clever enough to use an out of country proxy and decent browser settings I an very surprised that he fell for this \facepalm.

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Teenage noughties protocol BitTorrent reinvents itself again

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Rsync

Moving several 100G plus backup files off site sounds like a bloody good task for bit torrent with a nice UI. It doesn't seem that processor intensive either.

We currently use Rsync through VPN but it's a pain to set up and monitor, always looking for a better option.

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Google's AI finds its voice ... and it's surprisingly human

Leeroy

I agree that the spacing is the main issue. What really throws me though was the word ' film' it just didn't sound right for some reason.

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Florida Man's prized jeep cremated by exploding Samsung Galaxy Note 7

Leeroy

Half decent cars

Every car I have driven made in the last 10 years cuts power to the sockets if the car is locked or if the ignition key is removed. Quite sensible I think, I would rather have a flat phone battery than a flat car battery etc.

Besides leaving expensive electronic equipment on charge in the sun, especially a car anywhere remotely warm is asking for trouble. Do you know how hot it gets in there before the phone blows up !

Also the Samsung issue has been reported by the BBC quite a lot over here. The only tech news with more air time is the lack of 35mm (seriously they said that on air) headphone socket :/

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You should install smart meters even if they're dumb, says flack

Leeroy
Mushroom

Re: It was damn cold

Same gripe here. They spent 10 minutes trying to relight my boiler and wearing out the igniter. When they finally let me do it... one push twist hold and click ta da done cue some sheepish faces hahahahahaha.

Don't even get me started on the cooker inspection ! That apparently involves trying to pull it off the wall and ruining the surround to check that it had a chain on the back :/

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Missing Milky Way mass blown away by bingeing supermassive black hole

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Re: Missing matter

That will be the 'dark money' as mentioned above :)

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SpaceX Dragon capsule lands in Pacific carrying 12 moustronauts

Leeroy
Coat

Re: What's in it for the mice?

I wish they would send a kitten to the ISS, it could live up there and keep the humans company.

As a bonus training it to use the kitty litter would be interesting and you can guarantee some awesome space lol cat vids :)

Please don't chop it up when it gets back though !

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Watch the world's biggest 'flying bum' go arse over tit in a crash

Leeroy

Re: Optional Headline:

Maybe 'Giant airbags soften blow' or 'Torpedo tits up'.

Seriously though, how much helium ? I thought it was a scarce resource.

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New science: Pathetic humans can't bring themselves to fire lovable klutz-bots

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Coat

Re: Flawed (pseudo-)science, fake emotions, whatever, humans do seem to have a tendency...

I really like my car and it has a butt ugly face that would look better if I rammed it into a brick wall. .. thing Is it has collision avoidance, it beeps lìke mad and slams on the brakes when I try to 'hurt' it. The only thing it's missing is a sad face on the dashboard, that tail pipe still doesn't look sexy though... airbags maybe ?

Addendum, do not kiss your car... birds poo on it !

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BOFH: Free as in free beer or... Oh. 'Free Upgrade'

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Re: Or Ricoh

The pc running windows 7 is normally only used for 'pro' machines and is over £5k extra for the basic version, please tell me it's for printing high quality jobs with colour matching and that someone had training on calibration with the photospectrometer ?

Silently discarding jobs usually happens when usage tracking is turned on, BW has no restrictions and colour requires a pin that has to be entered into the print driver. If you don't put the correct code in the job will vanish but you can see it in the printer log. Yeah it's a bit crap. Another reason can be that the copier will only accept print jobs from the print server, configured by ip or host name. It's to help enforce the authentication on the print server and prevent people bypassing it.

The worst thing about Ricoh is the new tablet interface with no physical buttons and a 'new and improved experience' according to BLI. Yeah we turn that crap off and thank god you can set up the old interface that Ricoh have been using for a decade.

/Rant off. I'm back in work Monday/ Ricoh tech lol

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Microsoft promises free terrible coffee every month you use Edge

Leeroy

Cut it out already

While you are at it sort out the issues when printing pdf's from within edge.

I'm getting really pissed off at customers complaining about long \ more than 5 minutes to print pdf's. It works fine from foxit and acrobat reader and for some reason its extra clicks to set the default app to anything other than edge. Most users can't figure out how to do it, now it's part of our call out procedure to check that they are NOT using edge ffs, like I haven't got enough to do.

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The calm before the storm: AMD's Zen bears down on Intel CPUs

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X2 5200

I'm still using a very old x2 AMD as my main work PC, it's been upgraded to 4GB ram, SSD, and an AMD 250 graphics card to run 2x 30 inch monitors. Works fine for me as I actually work and don't FB, LinkedIn etc all day.

Server side its several 8350 cpu's with 32 GB each ram runing VM's on a cost effective SAN. At half the price of intel kit they get upgraded more often and I have more redundancy.

Unfortunately when we need new desktops in a hurry it always ends up being intel based. AMD are either out of stock or the lead time is too long. Sort that out and they woud probably sell more machines :/

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Oracle Java copyright war latest: Why Google's luck is about to run out

Leeroy

I can drive

'It was why Android hit the ground running – developers knew the interfaces, they knew the libraries, they could build apps for it straight away.'

A bit like driving a car then. It's an API they utilised, right or wrong. It seems like oracle are trying to make them put the brake pedal on the steering wheel.

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US Patent Office sued after it declared a power outage a 'national holiday'

Leeroy

Time

To sort your s#!t out...

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Adblock Plus chalk talk takes stock: Facebook's gonna block our block of their block of our block? Let's rock

Leeroy

Idea

Ad Block overlay on the top of each Facebook post with a button to say 'this is sponsored or advertising'. The first few hundred click it, report back to ad block then overlay on top a nice white rectangle 'Ad Blocked'.

I don't use FB and my coding skills are not amazjng it but it may work if some clever people get on it :)

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Tim Cook's answer to crashing iPhone sales: More iPhones

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Water

'Over time, I’m convinced every person in the world will have a smartphone. '

I assume that he meant every person that has clean water, enough to eat and surplus income. Narrows the market a bit when you put it like that.

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Air gap breached by disk drive noise

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Joke

Mission impossible

If only Ethan Hunt had known about these type of attacks. At the very least he could have avoided removing the man sized air vent cover with a standard socket and dangling into the room getting all sweaty etc.

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League of lawsuits: Game developer sues cheat-toting website

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Joke

Lol scripts

Please don't sue the cats !

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Internet of Car...rikey what the hell just happened to my car?

Leeroy

Security

"Security is a relatively new concern for the automotive industry,”

Maybe you should have used "Computer Security" ?

I'm quite sure physically entering a vehicle and driving it away has been more difficult year on year since the 90's.... It's going backwards due to the addition of unnecessary gimmicks not because they are using crap locks.

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Blighty's Coastguard goes into battle against waterborne Pokemon

Leeroy

Re: Don't mess with evolution!

The Pokestops (seriously) were all created / discovered by Ingress players that had to be at the site and take a picture. This process stopped around a year ago so no new pokestops or portals unless you have a deal with Niantic.

Altitude does not matter as all portals are assumed to be at ground level, as is the player. You can spin pokestops and capture portals etc in a helicopter at 1000 ft if you really want to, I have seen it done.

You also get an account ban if they even suspect you are faking the gps location. They are very good at catching people doing this.

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UK 'emergency' bulk data slurp permissible in pursuit of 'serious crime'

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Newsagent police poster.

I seen a poster on the shop door of a newsagents today it read 'Any crime committed against the owners of this company will be treated as a hate crime. 'Plus some more bollocks about protecting the community etc. Boils down to some person pinching a Mars bar can now be arrested for hate crime. Where do I buy my ticket off this planet ?

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Gaming apps, mugging and bad case of bruised Pokéballs

Leeroy

Re: Journalism?

I 'discovered' a few of those portals / pokestops.

Ingress and Pokemon Go are getting people off their arse and doing stuff, got to be a good thing. Ingress players are usually in their mid twenties to thirties and educated (it's a lot more complicated than Pokemon and requires advance planning and teamwork). Also most ingress players have groups that know where they are and look out for eachother, have regular social events / piss ups etc. I have never met such a diverse selection of people, some of who I now call friends.

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Graphene is actually self-folding origami, proclaim physicists

Leeroy

Crackers

Does anyone else remember the little plastic film fish you used to get in cheap christmas crackers ?

I'm betting bendy fishes v2.0 is going to cost quite a bit more and you will only get them in M&S crackers.

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Microsoft wins landmark Irish data slurp warrant case against the US

Leeroy

Well done

Microsoft just got a gold star from me ! Talk about sticking it to the man !

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Paper wasps that lie to their mates get a right kicking, research finds

Leeroy

Perhaps

Being poked in the face by a toothpick doesn't sound very nice. Maybe they were so stressed out by the pokey stick they just lost the will to fight.

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Detroit Rock(et Fiber) City: Startup brings 10Gb service to Motown

Leeroy

Re: I'd take that.

I'm paying £50 ex Vat for 50 Mb sync service over wifi (big ass antenna and £3k to install) and they have sorted reverse dns properly.

I wish them the best, if they can beat up the big boys over speed and service like my local supplier they will win.

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Honey, why are porno apps on your Android?! Er, um, malware did it!

Leeroy

The picture

Where did you get the headline pic from ? I keep thinking of an 80s music video but can't place it grrrrrr.

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Brexit-bored Brits back to bashing the bishop after ballot box blues

Leeroy

Wales

Wales is still in !.... the football thing anyway :)

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NASCAR team red-flagged by ransomware attack

Leeroy

Millions !

What we did know was that if we didn't get the files back, we would lose years' worth of work, millions of dollars."

A nice tape drive can be had for about £1K, fireproof safe £500 and a monkey to swap them over is essentially free. Maybe next time eh.

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Energy companies aren't going to slurp your personal data. Honest

Leeroy

The monitor device

Has a battery compartment for 3 x aaa in the back. They last around 20 minutes if you dare to unplug the thing from the mains.

Nothing more to say really. ..

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SpaceX winning streak meets explosive end

Leeroy

RUD

Only Musk could come up with a nice way of saying it crashed and exploded.

Can't fault the achievements of Space X though ! Keep going, I doubt I will ever find this boring !

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Judge slams BT for blaming engineer after 7 metre ceiling plunge

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Sub contractors

I advised a customer to get BT to complete the data and phone wiring at a new office (they were stuck on contract for 4 more years) including a wall mounted comms cabinet. Around 48 ports over 3 floors with a central 'server room'.

Sub contractor takes 2 weeks to complete the work because they think the customer only needs 30 ish ports ? Wtf was going on in their mind was a mystery to me.

Anyway the BT guy turns up, installs the phone system in the cabinet and it promptly falls off the wall almost killing him and wrecking all the kit inside. BT tried blaming the customer for not having the cabinet fitted properly ? The sub contractor has used one inch plasterboard screws in a brick wall !

The cabinet is now on the floor so it can't fall on anyone else.

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In obesity fight, UK’s heavy-handed soda tax beats US' watered-down warning

Leeroy

Re: Yawn

You missed Monster and beer !

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England just not windy enough for wind farms, admits renewables boss

Leeroy

Re: Tidal?

Has the Swansea lagoon been canceled, not heard anything about it for ages ?

It looked nice at one point, shame if all that work goes to waste.

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Scots denied Saltire emoji

Leeroy

Re: our national animal, the unicorn

Dragon for Wales :) can't believe you missed the best one out !

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Joke

Re: @ Khaptain our national animal, the unicorn

I though it was the haggis ?

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Home Office staff: Over 100 of our work mobiles lost or pinched last year

Leeroy

Obviously

They are all encrypted and have been remote wiped etc.

Or maybe not :/

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

Leeroy

Would you buy the pdf for £5 ?

Take it to any printers and they will probably charge you £10 to booklet print it.

You could anyways DIY but it will probably look crap and fall apart in a week.

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Three UK cloudy firms promise CMA they'll be 'fairer' to customers

Leeroy

Re: The heck?

I believe it's called rolling the contract over. I have seen it done a few times to unsuspecting clients.

They go ballistic when they find out they are still paying for something after the initial term and are apparently stuck with the 3 year old kit for another 3 years. Especially when it would be cheaper over the 3 years to replace it with new kit. My best advice to them is to keep complaining and try to piss off the supplier so they can get out of it.

There is only so much I can do to help them but can guarantee that I will contact them before the next 'rollover' date. They throw their toys out of the pram and I have a new customer even if I am slightly more expensive.

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Insure against a cyberwhat now? How the heck do we crunch those numbers?

Leeroy

Crime number

Try getting a 'crime number' for an IT attack from the local plod.

They seem to be very careful about their solved crime rate and resist as much as they can to assigning crime numbers to things they haven't got a snowballs chance in hell of prosecuting !

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Surrey teen charged over Mumsnet hack attack

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Mumsnet

It's as bad as the Jeremy Kyle show from what the Mrs shows me.

1st world problems and all that. ..

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