* Posts by Leeroy

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Can you really run your business on a smartphone?

Leeroy

Just works

Or only just works?

I can do the majority of work from my mobile, exchange sync for email calendar and contacts etc. Works really well with a bluetooth headset so I can talk to customers, suppliers or engineers while I'm under a desk or getting dirty fixing a copier etc.

The problem comes when you need to view some complex information related to a call you are on or need to make. Eg you can't remember a 10 digit serial number, customer name, phone number etc to log a service call with a support provider. My solution is to have printouts in my 'manbag' (that I absolutely hate btw), laptop case or toolbox. It's a right pain in the arse keeping it all up to date, searching through it etc. What takes 30 seconds in front of a proper pc and phone sometime takes 10 minutes when out of the office or gets left for several hours until I can get back in front of a pc.

Ok if you can't avoid it or palm off work to other staff but a pain in the backside compared to a proper pc*.

* I say PC but you can probably do it with a mac if you want to look swish.

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Microsoft, Dropbox execs go public with their Office hookup

Leeroy

All good

As long as you don't mind the mighty US of A Having access to all your files.

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Pitchforks at dawn! UK gov's Verify ID service FAILS to verify ID

Leeroy

No need

Why should I check my credit rating ? Never had a problem getting a credit card, loan or recently a mortgage.

My bank asked for my birth certificate some 20 years ago to open an account. Passport and chip and pin for a large transfer to the mortgage provider, fair enough.

Gov gateway for tax and self assessment etc, no problem. Why the hell do they need to use Experian to confirm your id ? Experian are like lawyers, ppi cold calls and ambulance chasers. Fuck off until I come to you, don't push your crap on us !

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Tales of infiltration from Fight Club man Chuck Palahniuk, Peter Carey and Anonymous

Leeroy

Pleasure nanobots

I could use some of those, must have a fail safe radius so they only work when im in the room though !

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Sign off my IT project or I’ll PHONE your MUM

Leeroy

Small company similar issue

I thought I had written a rather good call logging system to use for our service department. I thought I would know the most important information that should be logged so that I could assign the correct engineers to deal with the customers faults. I though the MD would be happy that I saved us over 6K plus ongoing costs by not purchasing an off the shelf system. I thought I ran the department ?

Engineers have been using it for several weeks, just for addresses to start with now they can close calls with a customer signature on their phones...... so whats wrong with it ? Turns out that I hadn't argued enough for the budget and he would have signed it off if I had kept pestering him grrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

Ever have that feeling that using initiative is sometimes not worth the effort ? He doesn't even have to use the bloody thing but apparently it's not pretty enough ffs

Awesome article, Yours are some of the best that I read on the reg.

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Carry On Cosmonaut: Willful Child is a poor taste Star Trek parody

Leeroy
Paris Hilton

Re: Picard?

The only time I can remember Picard getting a bit frisky was with the unfortunately named Vash ? If anything she took the lead role and Picard was really not interested.

Anyway I'm off the pool with my trusty Horgon, would love Vash to turn up as long as Q is busy elsewhere.

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'Kim Kardashian snaps naked selfies with a BLACKBERRY'. *Twitterati gasps*

Leeroy

Think of the mrs

I'm sure my mrs would love to see some pics of that kardash woman's other half, is she still clinging on to an f1 driver ? Please link if you find any :p

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Oh God the RUBBER on my SHAFT has gone wrong and is STICKING to things

Leeroy
Paris Hilton

Sticky shaft.

Why can't they make paper pick up rollers out of the same stuff they just go shiny and slippery grrrr.

Back to your 'shaft' problem. ... talc will help as previously posted or you could try fine glitter in your favourite colour and leave a pretty trail of fairy dust in your wake as you fiddle with your shiny tool. Heat shrink is the best option though.

Good luck with your sticky issue.

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OECD lashes out at tax avoiding globocorps' location-flipping antics

Leeroy

About bloody time. ........ if it actually happens.

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Starship Troopers beat Aliens, Robots AND Chuck Norris to WIN in a FIGHT

Leeroy

Selene vs Walker Texas Ranger, I really want to get that image out of my head now !

Otherwise good work on a most difficult question :)

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Cargo truck crammed with garbage explodes IN SPAAAAACE

Leeroy

Re: Eureka!

The smelloscope from futurama ?

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Leeroy

Re: low reynolds number...

Maybe a silly question but.... What if they threw / pushed a feather or a piece of paper towards the earth from the iss ? Would it burn up or just slowly decelerate and land somewhere ?

Physics was never my strong point but I'm sure other people are thinking the same thing :)

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UK.gov warned: Small biz bods 'blunted' by broadband bumbling

Leeroy

Government grant

Same issue as the above posts. . The company I work for was struggling with adsl for years until a local supplier / subsidiary of a large IT company that I have dealt with informed us about Supperconnect Cardiff and the grant available.

£3k install paid via the council to our supplier. Now we have about 75 Mb down / 50 up. Vpn's to our satellite offices are now usable and once we get the new phone system installed we can do call routing over ip internally, looks more professional and it's cheaper. Ongoing cost £50 pcm, no data limit or throttling even after pulling down 20+Gb every night for offsite backups, can't fault my supplier.

Virgin and BT wanted over £200 pcm for a similar setup. I'm just happy with 2 rather large wifi antennas on our roof..... and the adsl backup just in case.

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Popular password protection programs p0wnable

Leeroy

Re: Anyone using any web based password manager is just an idiot.

Maybe a last resort backup in an encrypted pdf in an encrypted zip file in a TrueCrypt container ?

Not easy to look at on a daily basis though.

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Computing student jailed after failing to hand over crypto keys

Leeroy

uh oh

I think I may just delete that 5Mb Truecrypt container from my dropbox account. I can remember the password now but in 10 years I doubt it very much.

Does this count for pdf's as well ? I have a few from suppliers that I don't know the password to view the 'hidden' data.

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NHS delivers swift kick to Microsoft's wallet over fee demands

Leeroy

One less thing to worry about. ..

I currently manage the archival of paper based patient records for a major A&E department, over 100k scans per month. We do all the hard work of getting it into a searchable format and installed on the server back end at the customer site (1 x modest vm running Windows server).

The past 10 plus years of records can be searched on any text contained in the database within a few seconds eg NHS number, name, address etc using a Windows based application. The best part it that the server can provide the same service via a Web page. In this case moving the user's to a non MS OS Is not an issue.

I'm covered if they ever come asking :)

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Facebook dumps AWS, moves Instagram's images to own bit barns

Leeroy

power

'The new Iowa facility is powered largely by wind, at a cost close to that of conventional energy sources.'

More or less ? The first year including construction costs will obviously be (a lot) higher but what about the next 5 years or whatever the maintenance cycle of the wind farm is ?

Did they build the wind farm themselves or are they paying a premium to the energy supplier to seem more green?

Slightly of topic I know but since everyone is making such a big deal about global warming it would be nice to know. Apologies if it's in the video but I'm not in a wi fi area.

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Surprise! NSA's first ever 'transparency' 'report' is anything but

Leeroy
Black Helicopters

Team America

America fu@k yeah......

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Unexpected Termination Error at Year of Code: Chief dumps venture for other UK.gov riches

Leeroy

Code academy

She really should have completed the HTLM Code Academy course before visiting Paxman, the Mrs finished in within a few hours and is loving the python one. I may make a programmer out of her yet :)

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Microsoft's Online Exchange fixed after going titsup for NINE HOURS

Leeroy

Thank you

Can't wait to show this to the boss tomorrow morning :)

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Google's Urs Hölzle: If you're not breaking your own gear, you aren't ambitious enough

Leeroy

praise

For me there was a striking similarly to the AMD article about their aims for power reductions. Using autonomous systems within the cpu to manage heat and improve performance without any outside (os or bios for AMD and manual clicks by Google staff) influence required.

Praise required, we have indeed come a long way baby !

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Feds hunt 30-year-old alleged to be lord of Gameover botnet

Leeroy

tech companies that helped ?

Sophos is now classed as 'amongst others' ?

Perhaps Sophos users were never vulnerable ?

Posted as a reseller and user / not a shill.

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Multiplayer Elite to debut on May 30th

Leeroy

docking is very difficult

Near impossible on my old Amiga 500 with 2 floppy drives and the huge 1meg ram upgrade. ..

I remember the auto pilot would always crash into the station unless I hit the x3 speed up :)

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Quick Q: How many FLOPPIES do I need for 16 MILLION image files?

Leeroy

Amiga demo scene. Those guys had a lot of talent and did things with floppies that at lot of modern programmers could not do without a supercomputer or libraries written for them by the likes of ms, amd or nvidia.

Modern programing may be easier, fatter and faster but I can't help thinking that we have lost something along the way. ......... I'm writing this on a phone that could probably wipe the floor with an average computer from maybe 5 years ago. ... I'm In a field.. In West Wales and I can still access the sum of human knowledge. ..... Those sheep look tasty though ;)

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HM Treasury: Look at our SME-friendly contracts ... that we just gave to a multinational

Leeroy

Centerprise won the 'printing' contract ?

Nice website. ... New one coming soon etc

There is pandering to sme and getting value for money, if you want a decent deal on printing then you need a specialist. Centerprise are clearly not print specialists, they are advertising Panasonic products and 'upgrade to xp' on their front page.

Either go direct to a main dealer or one of the many national core partners or groups, never ever ever buy a printer from your IT provider ! From experience they charge thorough the roof for crap off the shelf machines and bin them when they need a new (expensive non warranty) part. Best part is they will sub contract the maintenance to the manufacturer anyway and add their percentage on the top.

I manage over 300 machines / copiers throughout the country and direct service most of them. The ones we sub contact are a pain in the arse.

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Grand Theft Auto V: Violent, sweary and amazingly ambitious

Leeroy
Coat

I'm guessing that nobody has a Wii U then based on the comments. ... Bah you can probably piss on a hooker in GTAV anyway :)

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How I hacked SIM cards with a single text - and the networks DON'T CARE

Leeroy

Please explain, not my area of expertise.

I just thought the SIM card had a subscriber / number to identify you to the mobile base stations so they could route calls to you, oh and some space to store 150 contact numbers that nobody ever uses any more as they sync everything to either exchange, google or Apple.

Now I get the impression that the sim has a processor of sorts that can handle some authentication to the network / probably obvious and sensible. Why the heck can it access anything on the device ? Is there any need ?

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Headmaster calls cops, tries to dash pupil's uni dreams - over a BLOG

Leeroy

Re: Truth or consequences

It is our company policy not to give references for staff that have left 'just in case'. Fortunately the ones that I like have my mobile number and i am more than willing to speak to their prospective employer for them. If they were good at their job ( and paid their way at the pub) they get a shining embellished reference, if not they don't get one simples.

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Dotcom's Mega smacks back: Our crypto's not crap

Leeroy

I just had a very productive day in work setting up ownCloud on a Centos vm.

It is probably not anywhere near as secure as mega or Dropbox but it will only be accessible via vpn. Costs a lot less as well.

Once I'm happy with it I can't see me paying for anything else, even if it has crypto it is still off site and out of my control.

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Kim Dotcom's locker may be full, but the cupboard is bare

Leeroy

eh

What was all that about ?

If it is more secure than Dropbox and offers some additional features I can see a market for it. There is also the fact that it will probably avoid hosting whatever it can in the USA and that has to be good for privacy.

I think I will stick with my 50GB free Dropbox account for now though, Thanks Samsung :)

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Space shuttle to slip surly bonds of Earth one last time over California

Leeroy

They should crash one of these shuttles into the moon....

Yes i know they are not built to go that far but if you dont mind it taking 20 years to get there i am sure some smart ass can come up with an orbital plan..... you know for the giggles :)

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Oi, don't leave Cymru in broadband slow lane, MPs warn

Leeroy
Unhappy

Sort out Cardiff first.

Internet access just outside Cardiff is shockingly bad and our work connection will drop numerous times every day screwing up our VPN's. There is no realistic alternative available other than paying BT £6 K to install a fibre connection that will cost around £4 K a year or wireless access from a local IT company for around the same price.

Thank god for auto failover to a 3G USB connection, its not ideal but at least it works better than our ADSL !

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Boy wrecks £22k worth of MacBooks by weeing on them

Leeroy

Negligence

You can't place all the blame on the kid, why did the school leave 20k worth of laptops lying around ?

Not locking stuff up creates theives.

They should have at least been in a secure storage / charging area. I am just shocked that they did not get stolen.

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BT missing from Pirate Bay High Court slap-down

Leeroy

Overpriced...

I went to watch Pirates in the cinema last light with my 2 children and am now £40 worse off.

On a positive note it was only the three of us watching it at 7pm so it almost offsets the price :)

I wonder how much it cost them to run the film lol.

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Ten... Bedroom Gadget Treats

Leeroy
Flame

Hot wax

"Candles, though, need to be managed. They go out, they drip hot wax and, well, they’re a fire hazard, frankly."

They go out, yeah handy that when you are going to sleep.

They drip hot wax, thats the best part :p

They are a fire hazard, true but they have been used for thousands of years and we are all adults here.

Why spend £65 on some plastic crap that you dont need. With the same £65 you could get over 1000 candles that will last a lot longer than the rechargeable batteries in this tosh.

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Anti-phishing DMARC adoption gathers (free) steam

Leeroy
Meh

Spf and Sophos Puremessage are working fine for my companies mail system. Not looking forward to implementing additional layers of complexity no matter how easy it is mean t to be :(

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David Cameron gets custom prime-ministering iPad app

Leeroy
WTF?

An app.....

Do they really need to make an app to do this ? I could probably throw together a website with the basic functionality in a few hours that will work on almost any device not just imbetterthanyoucrap.

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'Why the hell are we paying elite crypto crackers £25k?'

Leeroy

Optional title

"Why are we paying world-class cyber security experts what we pay passport-stampers at the border-control-agency?"

The real question is, why are we paying passport stampers 25 K ?

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When geeks turn Green: Performance tune your energy bills

Leeroy
Mushroom

Eddie and Richie

They had the right idea. For those that do not remember the full story. They are stealing gas from next door when the gas man arrives :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Cbj2jOozyo

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Apple was OK to fire man for private Facebook comments

Leeroy

Says it all really

"image is so central to its success"

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DARPA drops another HTV-2

Leeroy
Joke

Meanwhile, in a paralell dimension.

Another alien craft has appeared out of nowhere travelling at a speed faster than is thought to be possible.

It was witnessed by passengers in a zepplin who commented "it seemed to do a barell roll followed by a loop the loop leaving a trail of flames in its wake.

It then deployed some sort of large gravity arresting device believed to me made from a very light and strong fabric of some discription and was suspended beneath it before touching down in the ocean.

The Defence Against Research Proliferation Agency is investigating.

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Sky wins TV riot battle

Leeroy
Thumb Up

BBC News @ 1953 hrs

Reporter on the phone in Manchester : "OMG the police are running at us with battons"

Reporter in the office :" if you can wait there we are going to look at some pictures of smoke" cuts audio.

Looks like they are on the ground somewhere :)

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Prime Minister recalls holidaying MPs after London riots

Leeroy
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Title

The armed forces would not be used against civilians, that is what the police are for.

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Apple sued over Mac OS X 'quick boot'

Leeroy
Joke

Title

Does this mean that the boot is now on the other foot ?

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Caltech sends light on a one-way trip

Leeroy
Coat

hmmmmm

At first i thought "wow thats clever" then i got all confused when i realised that one way mirrors / windows have been doing the same thing for a lot longer.

I realise that process is probably completly different but hmmmmmm physics has never been my strong point :)

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Lost 1967 spacecraft FOUND CRASHED ON MOON

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Thumb Up

Scrap Yard

They really should crash land all the dying probes in the same place to support future manned moon missions, you never know when you will need a scrap yard for an extra bit of gold foil etc

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Hundreds of dot-brand domains predicted

Leeroy

and

Oracle, Sun, Insight, Transcend, Crucial...........

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Scotland Yard still have no idea why their network fell over

Leeroy
WTF?

50 users ?

Why the hell are you using a shitty consumer grade laser printer for an office that size, it would cost you a fortune (if it actually worked:) for new toner / drum / itb / fuser etc.

Just bite the bullet and get a colour copier ffs.

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One per cent of world's web browsing happens on iPad

Leeroy
Meh

Devs

I assume they are accounting for the probably quite large number of web developers using iPad emulators to test sites and check how other sites are handling certain limiting features ?

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