* Posts by TonyJ

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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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TonyJ
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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TonyJ

Again!

When are we going to see some serious action dealt out to these companies who are meant to guard and protect our sensitive information? I mean genuinely punitive.

And as I've said before - ANY company where a data breach has occurred should be legally obliged to provide every customer present and past with a years worth of credit monitoring.

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Nokia boss smashes net neutrality activists

TonyJ
WTF?

Why the hell...

Would a car need to connect to the internet to determine if / how it is going to avoid an accident?

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NERDGASM as Apple announces 'special event'

TonyJ

Assuming it's about the watch

This has passed me by. Whilst I can almost understand the usefulness of things like alerts you can glance at if your phone is in your pocket I absolutely don't get why anyone would buy a watch you have to recharge every xx days.

It's bad enough having to recharge my damn phone every day.

Each to their own but for me, personally, meh!

Jake...how many people who already wear a digital watch understand how they work? For that matter, how many actually understand how an analogue one does?

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Lenovo shipped lappies with man-in-the-middle ad/mal/bloatware

TonyJ

What else?

If they are sneaky enough to forge root certs at a software level, then what are they adding at a hardware level?

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Patch now: Design flaw in Windows security allows hackers to own corporate laptops, PCs

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Kudos to the researcher(s)

For not spaffing it all over the internet before it was fixed.

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EE data network goes TITSUP* after mystery firewall problem

TonyJ

EE Business

I moved from O2 to EE. Both on Business accounts.

I was genuinely nervous because their non business customer service gets a general hammering in online reviews.

However, the few bits I could find about their business side seemed to paint a different picture so I took a gamble.

It was also helped by the sharing package, the larger amount of data (1GB on 4G? Really, O2?) and their much better coverage in the areas I'd usually find myself in.

Four months on and so far I have no regrets.

None of them are perfect that is for sure but so far EE have been far from the worst and I've previously been with others such as T-Mobile (prior to being bought) and Voda

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THREE MILLION Moonpig accounts exposed by flaw

TonyJ

Re: There's a message on their contact us page:

Wasn't suggesting it wasn't too late - I've also asked to be removed - just pointing out that they've finally put something up. Albeit with no prominence - it's only when you go into their contact form page.

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TonyJ

There's a message on their contact us page:

"....We are aware of the claims made this morning regarding the security of customer data within our Apps. We can assure our customers that all password and payment information is and has always been safe. The security of your shopping experience at Moonpig is extremely important to us and we are investigating the detail behind today’s report as a priority. As a precaution, our Apps will be unavailable for a time whilst we conduct these investigations and we will work to resume a normal service as soon as possible. The desktop and mobile websites are unaffected..."

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Frustration with Elite:Dangerous boils over into 'Refund Quest'

TonyJ

I backed the game

Personally, I wanted offline play. In the KS model they listed it as a feature that would be included.

I would have been ok - not overjoyed, but ok - with them removing it earlier on. Or at least explaining there were problems with getting it to work, earlier on. Or, at the end of the day, saying absolutely anything.

But no, they removed it and then tried to sneak it out in one of their email updates. I seem to recall that one of the explanations they gave on their forum was that there's simply too much universe data to hold locally. That it has to be held on large online servers (I have 2TB of stroage in my laptop alone so I'd love to know how much data they're talking). But it took you until four weeks or so before launch to realise this??

My personal problem with it is that they must have known for considerably longer than they tried to give the impression of and they sat on that information.

And that's the crux of it - they sat on it. When the time came that they had to tell people, they did it in a whisper, hoping it'd go unnoticed.

I haven't played the release. I probably won't, now. If you're happy with online only, DRM loaded games, then I'm genuinely happy for you. Me - not so much.

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Coming clean: Ten cordless vacuum cleaners

TonyJ
Happy

Re: Wandered into an alternative universe...

Especially ones that can be used one-handed.

I'll get my coat now...

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TORpedo'd dev dumps Doxbin files after police raids

TonyJ

Re: Still wondering why

Do you mind? I am originally from Yorkshire and the people there are...feck it you're right, they are different! :-)

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Apple CEO Tim Cook: My well-known gayness is 'a gift from GOD'

TonyJ

Someone

Is on a downvote binge...I got downvoted because I don't care about a persons sexuality?!? That's hilarious, if slightly sad.

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TonyJ

2014 and

This is still a newsworthy point?

I really couldn't give a rats arse about someone's sexuality.

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'MYSTERIOUS PYRAMID STRUCTURE' found on COMET beyond Mars: Landing planned

TonyJ

Re: Can someone tell me...

Thanks Tom & Mike. Nicely explained.

Have an upvote on me.

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TonyJ

Can someone tell me...

...why there are never colour photos sent back? I mean, I know NASA et al can colour them in afterwards in many cases but I was just curious if there's a technical reason they always seem to be monochrome?

Or is that the actual colour of the thing?

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VMware releases XenApp to Horizon porting tool

TonyJ

To be fair, it's a confusing area. I assumed they meant XenDesktop - Citrix' equivalent of Horizon (previously View) until the tool name itself contained XenApp.

You can published or stream XenApp apps into XenDesktop so maybe this is the bit they're going after?

And let's not forget that Citrix dropped (mostly) the XenApp name, integrating the product into XenDesktop and then subsequently re-introduced the XenApp name.

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Google's so smart it's discovered SHARKS HAVE TEETH

TonyJ

Re: “There had not been a single case of a shark biting one of the old cables”.

How do you adjust the capacitance and inductance of a cable once it has been laid?

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iOS services intended solely for diagnostics: 'I don’t buy it for a minute'

TonyJ

Re: Oh come on

Except to outsource even that function to cameras.

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Microsoft's MCSE and MCSD will become HARDER to win

TonyJ

Revenue generator

They're a revenue generator. Full stop.

I was the 54th person to be Citrix Certified Enterprise Architect (CCEA) back in the day.

It was a bloody tough cert to get, made even more so by questions on products that were no longer in support.

At the end of it, I got a badge, a certificate that looked like it'd been printed on an original HP DeskJet printer and was on paper so thin you could see right through it.

But delight of delights I got access to a CCEA-only website. Which consisted solely of a list of exams required to become CCEA accredited.

At the same time I was working towards my MCSE in Windows 2000, having passed the Windows NT networking essentials exam.

It didn't take me long to realise that these things exist for one purpose - to generate revenue for the vendor. By making it a pre-requisite to have x numbers of y certifications they guarantee that partners will cough up to have them.

I've been in the position where, at the annual renewal people (including me) were being asked to sit down over a week and take numerous exams to qualify because we were the ones they thought had the better chance of passing. Try getting on a course any time in the year otherwise and you had zero chance.

So my last MCSE was in Windows 2003 and I seem to recall it was a single exam. I am yet to find a scenario where my experience combined with the companies I've contracted to (MS, HP, Siemens, etc etc) in addition to the kind of projects I've been involved in hasn't been enough.

I _have_ been queried on why I never bothered to become, for example, PRINCE2 or TOGAF certified and my answer is always the same: I don't need the certification to be able to converse with a PM and since I am not a PM I don't need PRINCE2 and I would prefer a common sense model that has proven to work.

And traditionally I am shy of hiring someone with multiple certs - particularly from multiple vendors - for one, it shows a general lack of specialisation and two when do they have time to fit their day job in??.

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ITC: Seagate and LSI can infringe Realtek patents because Realtek isn't in the US

TonyJ

One rule for the US of A and one for everyone else

Bullies all round. Big companies using lawyers and ridiculous laws* to force smaller and innovative companies out of business and to avoid paying taxes.

Rules and laws that seemingly get made up in real time by judges depending on god alone knows what criteria?

Love how the Americans seem to believe that they have a god given right to interfere with every last corner of the world and yet don't want a level playing field for businesses. Or governments.

Trying not to make this _too much_ of a foaming-at-the-mouth rant but that's made my blood boil.

*I don't blame the companies directly for some of the laws, however, I suspect that big business has a hand in an awful lot of them that give them an advantage of some/any kind.

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Apple OS X Yosemite 4 TIMES more popular than Mavericks

TonyJ

I am curious - and this is in no way a flame but genuine curiosity - what makes an OS feel 'unloved'?

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Multiplayer Elite to debut on May 30th

TonyJ

Re: "David Brabham, co-author of the original BBC Elite"

Thanks for that correction. I'd love to blame autocorrect etc but it was a simple case of fingers and brain not working in concert :)

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TonyJ

Worth adding...

...although I'm sure the fans will already know - Frontier Developments is headed up by David Brabham, co-author of the original BBC Elite.

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Powershell terminal sucks. Is there a better choice?

TonyJ

As others have said,

The ISE isn't all that bad.

Or take a look at Sapien Powershell Studio. http://www.sapien.com/software/powershell_studio

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Cost-cutting Barclays bank swings axe on 5,600 IT and ops bods

TonyJ

Again...?

What is it with Barclays and removing I.T. staff?

They did a similar thing many years ago early into my career. I still remember driving 2 1/2 hours to one of their remote sites, waiting around 1 1/2 hours for someone to find a code to get into the server room so I could diagnose why a server hadn't rebooted (remember this is pre-lights our remote control days).

One floppy disk ejected later and the server booted.

A server down for almost half a day because there was no one around to eject a disk.

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