* Posts by Leeroy

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SpaceX Dragon capsule lands in Pacific carrying 12 moustronauts

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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

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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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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

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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

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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'

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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!

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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

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Wales

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

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NASCAR team red-flagged by ransomware attack

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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

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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

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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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Leeroy
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?

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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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60 per cent of Androids exposed by new attack on mediaserver

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Av

I'm hoping that Sophos AV protects my users from most of these attacks. Enforced number checking before dial is on as well as app scanning and link blocking etc.

Not had a report of anything being blocked yet so either my users are sensible or sophos is missing the mark.

Fortunately we are due upgrades to new phones from Galaxy S5's in a few months, fingers crossed for an S7 :)

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Three UK: Our MMS prices are up. Get around us with WhatsApp or Skype

Leeroy
Holmes

Re: Can I disable MMS?

On Samsung \ Android you can disable MMS in messages, settings, multimedia and set it to restricted, warn or allow.

Hope it helps :)

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Inside Electric Mountain: Britain's biggest rechargeable battery

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Re: Great article

Great Scott, how many Gigawatts ?

Also great article, we need a facility to up / down vote the article the same way as comments ! This would definitely get an up vote from me.

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Woman charged with blowing AU$4.6m overdraft on 'a lot of handbags'

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Go

Nice lottery win.

She should have bought herself a small island somewhere and disappeared a bit sooner.

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Japan's Hitomi space 'scope bricked, declared lost after software bug

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Joke

DIO

I wouldn't use DOA as it arrived in orbit as planned. If it had not you could try a warranty return / insurance from the launch provider maybe. .. to get a new one.

Dead In Orbit would probably be better.

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5G is looming, but network innovations are needed far more urgently

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Can't see this happening

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Accelerando

Bloody awesome read if you like coke can space ships though !

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Furious customers tear into 123-reg after firm's mass deletion woes

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Backup

I'm not sure if they offer an unlimited bandwidth vps package but if they do then you should be running an automated backup at least once a week !

I had the same thing happen to me and was backing up the entire Vps every other day. Downtime about 12 hours including phoning every customers and backing up their locally cached email that was outside of the backup window. All I lost was some server logs and sales that may have happened in the downtime. Needless to say the backup is now daily.....

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A Logic Named Joe: The 1946 sci-fi short that nailed modern tech

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The three body problem

^ was the most recent Sci-fi that I read. Absolutely awesome and keeps you guessing until the last chapter. It's a bit difficult at points especially the VR sequences but well worth the effort.

A bit off topic as it was written in 2006 but if you like Sci-fi give it a go.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Three-Body_Problem

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Dan Kaminsky is an expert on DNS security – and he's saying: Patch right God damn now

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CVE-2015-7547

For anyone running WHM \ cpanel the fix was posted a few days ago and takes 30 seconds to implement plus a reboot.

https://forums.cpanel.net/threads/cpanel-security-team-glibc-cve-2015-7547.527651/

I thought this was a new one but checked just in case :)

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The paperless office? Don’t talk sheet

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Fax to email

Fax to email is probably the biggest saver of paper next to the very expensive equitrac, follow me, secure print, swipe card auth etc.

Dosent matter how hard you try to get people to use the 'fax' printer they still print the thing out, fax it and shred the original....

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Like your iPhone, but not enough to touch it? This patent's for you

Leeroy

More

S5 Air view

Kinect

Etc

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Microsoft’s Get Windows 10 nagware shows signs of sentience

Leeroy

Re: GWX isn't the problem.

Tried the WSUS thing but have you seen the load it puts on a VM. Sophos patch management is a bit better but meh... I wish they would just gice nice and give a nice easy 'No thanks' button.

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Cocky SpaceX will try another sea landing with next rocket launch

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Joke

X marks the spot

Perhaps a nice regular X would be easier to hit?

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Cache-astrophic: Why Valve's Steam store spewed players' private profiles to strangers

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Good idea.

At least they had something in place to mitigate the attack that they knew would eventually happen given the past attacks on xbox live etc.

Shame it backfired but as a learning experience I'm guessing others will be using the same cache style system to keep gamers playing so they can ignore the in laws, parents, kids etc

Off topic but got a nice xbox for Christmas from the Mrs. Took an hour to install assassins creed and start playing. Something not right there when you could sick a cd in a ps1 and be playing in less than a minute :/

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