* Posts by TonyJ

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Adult FriendFinder hack EXPOSES MEELLIONS of MEMBERS

TonyJ
Devil

How can you check if you're on there?

How can you check if your other half is on there, might be more appropriate? :)

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Badges for Commentards

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Re: Do I qualify yet?

No one at the reg monitoring this thread any more, or giving out the badges any more? I'd have thought it would be automatic for bronze and silver?

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TonyJ

Do I qualify yet?

Looking back through my posts, I've met the criteria for time (and then some!) but I think I've also got more than 100 non-anonymous posts over the last 12 months.

Do I get a badge yet, El Reg? Do I? Do I...??? :-)

Oh and if not...why/how much effort is left on my part?

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Windows 10 to MELT YOUR BRAIN and TAKE OVER YOUR LIFE

TonyJ

Re: Unethical?

"Since I read they nicked the game and then candy-crushed the guy out of it, I wouldn't look at the game. Dirty."

My thought exactly!

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World of the strange: There will be NINE KINDS of Windows 10

TonyJ

Re: How about the following?

I would say you have a fairly (but not entirely) unique use case there, though.

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TonyJ

Jesus...way to muddy the waters (again) MS

First off...anyone else remember Vista Ultimate and it's offer of free stuff that would come down later that never materialised beyond, I think, a couple of poxy games?

Anyway...this is not difficult, or shouldn't be:

Home;

Business;

Mobile;

Server

And maybe, just maybe, Server for Datacentre.

So two client OS's - one for business use and one for home use. Even that isn't really necessary at the end of the day and it could just be a single version (but they need to justify the VL costs, I guess).

Make every client OS download and install patches automatically unless joined to a domain. Give all of them the option of WSUS-like functionality to choose when/if/how to install.

If you can't or won't give this level of control at least make the damn OS patchable without [usually stupidly long] reboots.

I don't think your average user would mind updates being continually trickled down if a) they don't repeatedly bork their system - and let's face it MS, you don't have good form here recently - and b) they didn't require the reboots. I can see a situation where because of the constant trickle-down, users are faced with multiple patching and reboot cycles per week or even per day.

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Home routers co-opted into self-sustaining DDoS botnet

TonyJ

Sky

Do Sky still ship all of their routers with the default sky username and password?

To correct my own post above - I'd forgotten, like Leeroy pointed out, that BT do indeed ship what appears to be an individually printed set of details.

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TonyJ

I agree with all of your comments, except:

"...If you turned it on with external or wifi admin access enabled"

Every single home or SoHo router I've ever bought over the last xx years has shipped with WiFi enabled and a default username and password along the lines of admin and password.

Along with that, they have a DHCP server running.

I would say though, that if it's not internet connected yet, the window to do anything nefarious at that point is staggeringly narrow (until they start using the hacks to actively scan for other, unprotected, devices in the neighbourhood).

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UK safety app keeping lorries on the right side of cyclists

TonyJ

Re: "getting drivers a street-level cab"

I wonder if it's just because from a higher vantage point, a lorry driver (or a large 4*4 driver) can see further ahead over other traffic and thinks less of the vehicle immediately in front of him?

Got to say that since I swapped from high performance vehicles to a truck as my needs (hobbies) changed, I drive like much less of a knob than I used to with less speed, less overall 'aggression*' and just generally calmer and better, in less of a hurry.

*I was never aggressive in the traditional sense of the term but slipped into that expectation that cars in front shouldn't be in my way and would move etc.

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Enjoying the Spring? Microsoft has 13 ways to fix that

TonyJ

No word on an update to the with does update agent which hogs memory on win 7 x64.

Autocorrect fail? :)

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RAF radar station crew begs public for cash to buy gaming LAN kit

TonyJ

Re: *ULTRA* reliable!

Bloody hell! 76 years with no downtime - that's amazing!

Not sure about that. Can't imagine a 76 year old radar would detect modern threats at all, let alone in time.

I rather suspect they mean that there has been an operational presence for that entire time.

At first I thought it was a bit tongue-in-cheek but the article closing statements did make a good point.

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TIC-TAC-TOE

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Re: TIC-TAC-TOE

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There's a BIG problem with Microsoft's VDI rules

TonyJ

Re: Or

Software which is free to acquire is not the same thing as free to use in operation.

You still need support. In house that means suitably qualified staff. It also means suitable support contracts with the vendor for when things do inevitably go completely tits up.

Also, back in the real world, just how many enterprise customers have the time, experience and money to migrate infrastructure that mostly works?

And then there's end user training.

Open source has a place for sure. But let's not perpetuate the 'cost of nothing' myth.

And let's remember that most end users aren't typical el reg readers. They have neither the ability nor the desire to learn something radically new.

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TonyJ

A reason I forgot to mention were 16bit apps. Latest XenApp is 64bit only which limited us.

One workaround I've traditionally used here is to throw in a 2008 (non-R2) server or two to serve up legacy apps like that. The problem being you're then perpetuating the use of them, rather than the better game of trying to find replacements.

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TonyJ

I can't help but notice that the "we do it" comments include a lot of third party add-ons both in hardware and software - AppSense*, ILIOS, FusionIO, to help it along...which brings me back to my initial point of added complexity and cost.

All of these perceived benefits that are being listed - you can do exactly the same thing with PVS provisioned XenApp servers.

*I am a big fan of AppSense. The trusted ownership model in Application Manager alone is a huge boon to enterprise clients and makes application control so much easier.

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TonyJ

Re: I've never been convinced

I am aware of the caching and the ILIO products although I haven't direct experience of using the latter.

Adding RAM is preferable to adding top-tier storage, I agree but it requires care given the switch to 2M blocks as opposed to 4K.

And it still backs off to storage.

That said I'd be interested in seeing some real world load and performance figures.

Adding in ILIO just adds yet another layer of complexity and management and skills required (although from what I've heard of it elsewhere it does the job extremely well). I think these are solutions to problems that shouldn't be there in the first place.

I guess my point is that whilst these go some way to mitigating performance bottlenecks, it doesn't go any way to providing a wider use case.

Honestly I am yet to hear a compelling wider use argument for VDI. I does have uses that is for sure but not to the wider scale.

And I've heard some spurious arguments for it (honestly I've genuinely heard these):

You cannot publish a desktop from XenApp

You need VDI to get non-persistent disks. You cannot do that with XenApp

But none of my applications work on XenApp*

It's quicker than XenApp

It's cheaper than XenApp

*I don't think I've come across an app that won't work with Citrix for years, although I've come across a couple that don't work with the underlying server OS. Now that might make a use case for VDI or it just might mean another delivery mechanism is required (thick client, application virtualisation etc).

Honestly I'm not dead-set against VDI, but the compelling arguments are missing, to me, for the wider adoption.

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TonyJ

I've never been convinced

By the wider use case for VDI.

The requirements for fast-I/O backend storage (notwithstanding one or multiple SANs) is a huge factor that needs careful planning and consideration. All too often I've heard "But we already have a SAN" which would often turn out to be old, creaking and/or already heavily utilised.

With VDI you are adding in extra layers of complexity to manage and control.

Unless it's changed in the very latest version (which I'm yet to test in anger), you can only stream a single personal vDisk. We had one customer where the ability to have two would have made VDI a very usable option but because of bespoke apps hard coded to specific local drive letters (mapped drives, mount points, subst etc wouldn't cut it) and requiring persistence etc made it a non-starter.

You can already do most of what is necessary within XenApp (by the way when did Citrix try to kill it off? I agree they made it less than bloody obvious that it was still an option within XenDesktop v7.0 but it's always been there - I think you mean that they chose to try to kill off the name rather than the product).

You can stream servers via PVS in the same way you can stream a client OS but generally with fewer of them being spun up simultaneously and with a bit of judicious planning and tuning, you don't need the top tier storage capabilities.

There are cases where VDI is a useful fit but far too often over the last few years, it seems to be being punted because it's there rather than because it's actually a good option.

In essence I guess my issue is down to added complexity + added support overhead + added hardware and licensing costs for, in most cases, no real tangible benefits.

I am more than happy to hear counter-arguments on these points.

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HP lifts lid on Autonomy lawsuit claims, but Lynch cries BOLLOCKS

TonyJ

Due diligence, anyone?

Surely if the alleged fraud was so prevalent and so easily spotted in hindsight, a certain level of due diligence would have thrown this up early into the process?

Caveat emptor, surely?

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Post count

TonyJ

Re: Post count

Well I'll be damned...I'd never noticed that.

Cheers Spartacus.

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TonyJ

Post count

Morning El Reg

Just curious - any way to see how many posts someone has made (particularly oneself)?

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SECRET PROTOTYPE iPAD 'stolen from RANDY Apple employee'

TonyJ

Apart from the bit where the prototype was nicked why should Apple care what their employees do in their own time if it isn't bringing their company into disrepute? Indeed, nowhere in the article does it suggest that they do care.

Seeing a very daily-mail'esque pattern on here the last few days. So far we appear to need protecting from sex and tattoos. What's next?

By the way - where does it say he was paying her? I know the linked article says they set up such adverts but the reg article just says he responded to a sex advert.

I'm actually in favour of legalising prostitution - that way the women involved can be adequalty protected, as can the customers. And the government can tax them on their 'hole earnings' <sorry>

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Apple Watch HATES tattoos: Inky pink sinks rinky-dink sensor

TonyJ

Re: Hardly a bug, is it...

Hahaha...oh Lordy...sense of humour bypass there whoever added the downvote. Self-fulfilling prohpecies, I guess...laugh at the trolling and get downvoted...so laugh some more. Bring on the downvote(s)

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TonyJ

Re: Hardly a bug, is it...

Certainly seems to be an upward trend - just look at the number of negative comments the 'risible bunch of trolls' post got when it does seem true, lately.

We need Eadon back to bring back some balance.

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Welcome, stranger: Inside Microsoft's command line shell

TonyJ

But I have a command window open on my machine nearly all day. At the moment there are 3 of them.

Similar here, but I use a PS window. Since it does everything the a command window does, plus the PS bits, I prefer it that way.

Each to their own. :)

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Lenovo: MSPs and CSPs, PLEASE come buy our servers

TonyJ

And some free root certificates thrown in for good measure?

You beat me to it. I was about to ask who on earth in an enterprise would trust them - especially as a cloud host - after that little fiasco!

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Apple swears that NO FANBOI will queue for its new gumble

TonyJ

Re: An appointment to buy a watch !

Agreed. Whilst not a 30k Cartier, some years ago my wife bought me a Tag Heuer.

She went to the jewelers without any kind of appointment (gasp!) and spoke to a lovely sales assistant. I believe it might even have been the manager.

She then spent the next couple of hours talking to said assistant whilst handling various different models as each was explained to her.

At the end of the time, my wife chose one, bought it and brought it home for me. Since then I have worn it, and as long as possible will continue to wear it, every day.

I'm pretty sure if she'd been told she couldn't look/see/handle sans appointment, they'd have lost a sale.

After 8 years, it's ready for a service because it's losing a little time now but that's all. No future compatibility problems until and unless some genius rules we need to use decimal time ;)

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Google open-sources Santa Claus

TonyJ

Re: Come on, El Reg

Definitely more than a hint of bah humbug from the author!

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EE springs Wi-Fi phone calls on not-spot sufferers, Tube riders

TonyJ

It will only work on EE branded phones, too

Reading the anouncement on http://community.ee.co.uk/t5/EE-Community-Blog/Three-new-smartphones-to-launch-with-WiFi-Calling/ba-p/274506 it would appear that unless you not only buy a compatible handset, but buy it from EE, you won't get access to the service.

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Crack security team finishes TrueCrypt audit – and the results are in

TonyJ

Re: Useless on GPT partition tables (i.e Windows 8) @Destroy All

Sandbitz I misread your post for a second...I was about to say "But...Bitlocker CAN work without a TPM if you're prepared to carry a USB stick around with you" and then realised that's actually what you were saying. So have an upvote for that and the rest of your post.

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BT thinks EE customers will FLEE from enlarged four-play mobe biz

TonyJ

Really? Downvoted for giving my personal opinion of services I've personally received and how, in this case, the two compare...for me.

Not sure what's going on on El Reg lately. Like the ones downvoting questions. Some people need a life.

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TonyJ

Ledswinger...that's interesting because my coverage from O2 was lamentable. Most times I got either no signal or 2G. This is across different types of handset in many locations.

So from my own perspective, the mostly 4G I get consistently with them is a revelation. And whilst I am happy to admit that so far it's covered only a handful of places compared to my O2 phones, it's true of the vast majority of them.

I'm always intrigued how they can all manage to get this so wrong so frequently and how, really, not one of them seems to be able to provide good quality coverage consistently (taking into account what I just said due to limited travels so far).

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TonyJ

Yeah I moved my business mobile to EE late last year.

Previously I'd been with O2 who started exceptional and ended a complete shower.

I was initially quite nervous because they (EE) get so many poor reviews. Except they keep winning the best business provider award.*

So I took a gamble thinking they couldn't be worse than O2 and so far, touch wood, they've been excellent. Far better coverage and far better customer services on the handful of times I've dealt with them.

Not, however, cheap. But it's business connectivity and I believe you get what you pay for.

*Don't know who awards them. I could look and find out but can't be bothered as to all intents and purposes it's Friday :)

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Sony tells hacked gamer to pay for crooks' abuse of PlayStation account

TonyJ

Re: Sony is protecting themselves from user fraud

"..Sony is protecting themselves from user fraud"

Erm Sony acknolwedge the transaction was fraudulent. They are holding him to ransom because the bank/credit card issuer stopped the money being sent to Sony.

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TonyJ

Haha...it does sound very "Should be shot in front of their families" Clarkson-esque! Have an upvote.

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HP blasts $5.1bn sueball at ex-Autonomy execs, Lynch preps return fire

TonyJ

Due diligence, anyone?

Surely, given the sums of money involved, due diligence was performed?

I may be naive but it cannot be easy to hide billions in wealth?

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Cross-dressing blokes storm NSA HQ: One shot dead, one hurt

TonyJ

Re: @Matt Bryasnt: JustWiz If only the NSA protected MY information with such zeal.

Well said.

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TonyJ

Re: If only the NSA protected MY information with such zeal.

Eadon...is that you?

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Microsoft and Oracle are 'not your trusted friends', public sector bods

TonyJ

Re: So, give them the boot - use open source.

"(calendars, free/busy management/email of course/tasks/journaling/archiving etc etc)"

From that list, I believe all but archiving is part and parcel.

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TonyJ

Re: So, give them the boot - use open source.

That is actually a considerably bigger list than I'd have bargained even taking into account Wikepedia as the source.

Still tiny by comparison to Microsoft though, I imagine.

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Joke

Re: I'm shocked, shocked I tell you

Easy - just email it to yourself and then ask the NSA for the unencrypted, upgraded version ;)

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Bye bye, booth babes. IT security catwalk RSA nixes sexy outfits

TonyJ

Haven't read all of the comments but...

Did anyone consider this from the booth babes perspectives?

Presumably they aren't being forced at gunpoint to attend these conventions and wear the outfits provided for them? Has anyone asked them if they mind being looked at given the amount of time, effort and sometimes money it takes to get/keep the figure/looks/image they have? Or if, in fact, given that this appears to be a line of work they not only choose to be but as aforementioned have to work hard to be in they might actually enjoy the attention?

Has anyone asked them if they'll miss the income they get from these events? Or the extra bits it adds to their portfolios?

I'm all for equality and I'd have no beef against the companies utilising booth hunks too for the ladies and gents that appreciate them.

If these girls were unwilling and felt forced/objectified then surely they'd choose a different path?

Just asking.

But I do sometimes wonder why the blokes in IT are still so terrified of women.

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Force your hand: Apple 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display

TonyJ

Meh

Traditionally in the past I've changed my laptop every couple of years or so. Primarily because of the amount of travel I do for work meaning they get battered and start to break. But also because I like shiny new tech every so often.

But like I've mentioned before on here, I bought a late-2011 15" MBP and with the DVD removed and the HDD in its place + and SSD and RAM upgrade it's still going strong. Best Windows laptop I've ever owned.

However, like I've also said here it'll most likely be the first and last one I ever own because I'm not a fan of how everything is soldered/epoxied to the point of being non-upgradable. Whatever the screen resolution.

All I seem to see from Apple lately is just more of the same and it's hard to justify (to myself) paying their prices for limited benefits (as perceived by me). Hell mine will still even perform fine for the odd bit of casual gaming.

I like the spec of Alienware but I've never been a fan of them in a corporate environment. Anyone know of any alternatives out there?

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Review: McAfee Endpoint Protection for SMB

TonyJ

Re: Checks date...

Clearly I should've used a joke icon for some of the folks here...then again the voting system* is borked now and you get people hitting downvote on pretty much everything just for the sake of it.

*By which I mean some of the people using it, really.

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TonyJ

Checks date...

Nope...doesn't seem to be April 1st!

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Apple boots Windows 7 out of Boot Camp

TonyJ

I bootcamp

I've said it here before but for me, my late 2011 MBP is the best Windows laptop I've ever owned to date. For clarity though, I did max out the RAM at 16GB and put in first a 512MB and more recently a 1TB SSD + 1TB spinner in the superdrive bay.

I tend to be quite hard on computers which includes lots of travelling and the usual bangs and knocks.

I also occasionally like to play the odd game such as (for example) Left4Dead 2 which I can't imagine would work so well in a virtual machine.

Whereas my friend, who has the same model, never boots to bootcamp - he's totally OSX and uses virtualisation for anything Windows.

The things that do hack me off more about it though: it's all but impossible to install an OS from USB/USB attached DVD so my Win 7 - 8.1 upgrade had to be just that: an in place upgrade and because Apple hide the embedded Intel GPU from bootcamp it has much poorer battery life and runs MUCH hotter than when booted into OSX.

Now having mostly extolled its virtues I cannot imagine buying a newer one...soldered RAM. Custom SSD (also soldered?), battery that's epoxied in...no thanks!

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Sir Terry remembered: Dickens' fire, Tolkien's imagination, and the wit of Wodehouse

TonyJ

Re: Sad

Which soulless wretch downvoted this post?

There are some really nice people on el reg lately.

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RIP Sir Terry Pratchett: Discworld author finally gets to meet DEATH

TonyJ

Heart breaking

I, like I am sure, a lot of others here did, started reading his books from the very first time they appeared.

I loved his wit and the way he could spin a pun was quite literally second to none.

I looked forward to every one of his books and will genuinely miss his work.

RIP Sir Terry. You will be sadly missed

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UK call centre linked to ‘millions’ of nuisance robo-calls raided by ICO

TonyJ

I'm shocked

Not by the numbers or anything but that the ICO actually _did_ something.

But I'm sure it'll be paltry now and business as usual within weeks.

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TalkTalk 'fesses up to MEGA data breach

TonyJ
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Re: @ John 156 -- How did that actually work then?

Have an upvote...hate those "I am posting to say I have nothing to say, other (usually) than I know something that you don't!"

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