* Posts by Captain Scarlet

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NASA charges up 18-prop electric X-plane

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Re: 100 kW?

"Since when was the average horespower around 40? Would barely get you up to motorway speed!"

*Sure you can, my old banger (Nissan Micra with a manual 4 speed gearbox and 1.0 engine) could get to 70mph (*With careful timing of going to the next gear to keep momentum going.)

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Ex-TalkTalker TalkTalks: Records portal had shared password. It was 4 years old

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Re: Defunt retailer

:O a guessing game!

My turn:

Woolworths?

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Drone-busting eagles to darken Blighty's skies?

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Re: Security Theatre

Why don't we just shoot them with one of those bean bag guns?

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Official UN panel findings on embassy-squatter released. Assange: I'm 'vindicated'

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Trollface

:O maybe we should charge the UN for perverting the course of justice (Notice the TROLL icon!)

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The monitor didn't work but the problem was between the user's ears

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Re: Old IT joke

Maybe an old IT joke but if you have worked for a company or customers and not received one of these calls then I am jealous.

Its only happened to me a few times, these are always the most annoying calls and most of the time the caller thinks the operator is telling them a pack of lies (Damn laptops for having batteries in and damn wired phones for working to allow said phone call).

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Pay up, Lincolnshire, or your data gets it. Systems still down after ransomware hits

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"Lincolnshire Council has been in touch since the publication of this story to clarify that the ransomware was not CryptoLocker"

hmm odd they seem to have commented about AC's comment but not on what was encrypted or what the actual ransomware was.

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Website admin cPanel hacked, loses a bunch of folks' contact details

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Re: Cpanel has grown to be a Virus IMHO

I assume as cPanel and WHM's primary use is for hosting websites you don't need to host any website, so why not just reinstall the OS?

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Lincolnshire council shuts down all IT after alleged 0-day breach

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Re: G drive

"It's far more likely that they've got a set of server shares mapped."

.. I was responding to

"Though a G drive sounds more like someones USB stick....."

Sorry I forgot to include a quote, didn't think it was required as it was directly below the post I was replying to.

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Re: G drive

That would mean 3 additional devices more than normal.

HD C:, CD Rom D:, 3 USB sticks (Or other forms of storage) really?

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Medical data experiment goes horribly wrong: 950,000 records lost

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Re: It sounds like they were not found during an audit

Having tried the "designated secure place" method before I know it will always fail.

I would prefer the ban of all external storage devices but ultimately everyone wants them (Even though they will likely have a laptop, they have vpn, its just laziness.) and expects computers to encrypt everything for them.

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Dixons Carphone to shut down 134 shops

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Re: So. How long is the shop banner going to be?

:O I can get a Bhuna whilst looking at which Dish Washer works best!

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How to help a user who can't find the Start button or the keyboard?

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Alert

She found you and learnt how to downvote!

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Eight budget-friendly 1TB SSD data packers for real people

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Re: 2.5"

"(and getting BIOS/UEFI to boot from 'em)"

I found yelling work you piece of crap and threatening to throw it out of the window finally made the motherboard use my m.2 card (Which is annoying because I still don't know why it suddenly just accepted it after several hours of the UEFI refusing to accept the device (No Bios updates or reset to defaults)).

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Eighteen year old server trumped by functional 486 fleet!

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Re: Power

"Win NT3.1/5 would turn off an APC UPS as it itinitialised the serial port during boot, resulting in interesting boot cycle until you pulled the cable"

Really so even with the APC cable was used NT 3.1/5 would send a signal down every pin O_O

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Re: Power

I wasn't a fan of the APC serial cables (Recent ones have some form of RJ connector), accidently grabbed a serial extension cable a few months back for an old APC2200.

Thank goodness for dual power supplies and having two of everything!

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IRS 'inadvertently' wiped hard drive Microsoft demanded in audit row

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Lucky you, every place I have worked at requires a backup of any files from said machine before being wiped in case its required.

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Apple backs down from barring widow her dead husband's passwords

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Re: Just write it down

I assume you would have it as a copy, you could always leave a 2 bay NAS (I assume you would not trust a single hard drive)

:P

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For pity's sake, enterprises, upgrade your mobile OS - report

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Re: BlackBerry?

I seem to remember we were still reliant on the operator to do over the air updates, I can't remember BES (pre 8.x) having the ability to push them ourselves.

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Trojan-filled Chrome extensions for Steam boil off gamers' assets

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Add-ons

The unfortunate thing with PC gaming is that its possible for someone to have malicious intentions.

Steam haven't helped making virtual crap worth actual money (Why anyone wants a stupid virtual badge is beyond me, I sell anything like that to suckers but I have known TF2 some boxed items were going for hundreds of pounds).

As soon as something has value someone will try and take it from you.

Its a shame as PC gamers have access to some of the best modifications for games which are free.

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Shop online at Asda? Website vuln created account hijack risk

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Facepalm

These statements just make the operator of the website look like they are only worried about covering themselves not their customers.

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Seagate floats out 10TB HDD filled with lifting gas

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Re: 6 YEARS?? You HAVE been lucky

O_O Seagate Greens in a NAS, normally hear lots of people have issues with the drives rebuilding when they don't really need to. Do you let them go to sleep?

I haven't had issues with either Seagate or WD personally (Although I seem to be one of the very few people who had no issues with Maxtor hard drives). I have WD Red's in my own NAS (Assuming your Brother is using WD Reds), how long did he use them for before they failed and what enclosure are they in (Drobo 5n for myself with an msata card for caching)

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HSBC COO ‘profoundly apologises’ for online outage

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Re: Does HSBC rely on a private cloud of some kind?

Marketing for having more than one DC with some sort of failover for important machines.

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Got a Nexus? Google has five critical Android security fixes for you

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Re: patches

If your provider is the issue then don't buy from them.

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HSBC online customers still in the cold after hours-long lockout

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Next Twit complaint will be the battery on their bank card reader decides to die after asking to be replaced with new batteries for months

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Bah humbug. It's Andrew's Phones of the Year

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Re: Just give me a frikking keyboard!

Can I type quicker than I can Swype? No. Do I want a physical keyboard on a phone? Yes.

Bluetooth keyboards miss the point, unless I am at a table I need something to hold both devices. I don't care about screen space (I have a tablet for funny cat videos)

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Re: Flagships are sinking

Motorola G4 user here, tbh no they are not missing anything.

Its just the usual differences in hardware, the case is kind of nice (Although I had the wrap around one that likes to not only close the screen but pickup everything with metal in around it (Damn where do these paperclips keep appear from!))

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That should mean you can look at it and go, pfft I'll just spend X pounds on a phone instead of the usual £600.

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The Police Chief's photo library mixed business, pleasure and flesh

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Maybe they tried to use their corn on a cob as a diskette reader?

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Christmas comes early at US Patent office after massive IT outage

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I think the BOFH would use it to cover something major up (As obviously anything power related requires someone from IT to turn the things off and on *SIGH*)

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Australian government urges holidaymakers to kill two-factor auth

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Re: Arrh an old friend

So basically this is to reduce the cost of having to text a mobile device whilst you are out of the country.

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El Reg picked a pack of ace pic-titlers

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Coffee/keyboard

Something witty I imagine

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Chicago cops under fire for astonishingly high dashcam, mic failures

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Opposite seems to happen to me

Opposite seems to happen to me, several computers in an industrial area (High levels of dust etc...), I wanted to put in place proper industrial machines as I said the standard desktops wouldn't last 6 months. Was told to use them anyway.

6 years later still going on, vents 100% clogged and me screaming "Stop proving me wrong!"

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Hello Kitty hack exposes 3.3 million users' details, says infosec bod

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Re: Easy Fix

Or when signing up put in false date of births (I don't care if it is mandatory my birthday to any site which requires it is 01-01-1900)

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Patch now! Joomla attacked in remote code execution blitzkrieg

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Whinge Whine Moan

Or maybe because its more than 8 years old?

I just have to Google Adobe Flash for lots of "longstanding holes".

If its designed by humans it will have bugs or things which can be used in a way which was not expected.

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VDI comes to the Raspberry Pi

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Re: Woot

Most thin clients work well in an industrial environment, we used to have loads of JackPC's (Until desktop support was outsourced)

Slap the thing in the wall, give it POE and connect a mouse keyboard and monitor, assign a policy to the devices MAC. Much better than going, Eww what on earth is that on the case, why does this vent look like it has a beard, etc...

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Microsoft releases Windows Live Writer as open source

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Re: And with a rational license too...

MS probably can't be bothered to migrate it away from IE to EDGE.

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Electrician cuts wrong wire and downs 25,000 square foot data centre

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Re: missed opportunity

I'll use that next time :D

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Alert after Intel Skylake chips, mobo sockets 'warp under coolers'

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Re: Holy war time!

That's odd, mine didn't smell, it just started ticking after air had got in. Replaced it with a bigger pre-assembled one and instantly regretted not checking the lengths of the pre-assembled hose (Queue several hours of GET IN THERE trying to fit the radiator where I wanted it in the case, then sod it, the radiator got screwed to wherever I could screw it in).

I think I will go back to air cooling next time

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Sysadmin's £100,000 revenge after sudden sacking

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Re: James is a dick...

Hangon! When they phoned him he responded and let them know why he thought something was costing that much, he could have just told them to do one (which I am assuming his old boss told them to do which is why they called him).

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Nominet to hike price of UK web domains by 50%

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Devil

.... Blast

Company I work for had just secured its .uk domains, so not only have our costs for .uk domains doubled its now going to raise again.

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UK gov sinks £25k into Pi-powered cyberdesk

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Co-working spaces or Hot Desks

I would rather work in my car than those spaces, I have never seen any hotdesk area not filled with rubbish with left over cups and horrid broken chairs.

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WordPress.com ditches PHP for Calypso's JavaScript admin UI

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Re: In my experience...

The challenge for me is every design agency marketing use, they seem to use WordPress for everything, make a pretty site slap it up and then never bother to update (as usual every time I ask why is this out of date I end up managing the bleeding things because of typical answers of oh its up to the hosting provider to secure it (FUME!))

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Pen tester sounds alert over 'gaping' flaws in Brit alarm platform

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Re: Just read the entire report and his blog entries

Hopefully it will make a difference, I somehow doubt it will as it feels like one of those things managers will go "Get the cheapest quote"

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Dell: How to kill that web security hole we put in your laptops, PCs

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Let me fix that for you

"We deeply regret that this has happened and are taking steps to address it," translates to "We deeply regret that this was found and are taking steps to stop people like you from being mean to us"

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Telecity fix nixed: Borked UK internet hub 'had no UPS protection'

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Re: A really poor place to have such infrastructure anyway

Just thought, that would mean the staff there would also not be able to go home :(

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Re: UPS or no UPS - which is it?

Yeah this also confused me, I assume they have a typical DC UPS area which I always assumed had multiple power feeds to areas of the data centre (So issues with one row of UPS's can be isolated).

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'Hacked by China? Hack them back!' rages US Congress report

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What if they hide their hack against another company?

Are they still allowed to hack said company?

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BlackBerry makes Android security patch promises

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FAIL

As a previous BB10 User

I can't honestly say I purchased my now replaced Q10 for its security, for me it was different and had a keyboard. Replacing BB10 with Android and pricing it over £400 meant it was easy for me to go I can't justify this so to a cheaper phone I went (My Q10 was 2 and a half years old but was broken :'().

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Virgin Media filters are still eating our email – Ntlworlders

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"We appreciate the frustration this causes our customers and thank them for their patience,”

Translation: "Please stop yelling at me".

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Cisco shipped UCS servers with rotten RAID settings

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Re: Engineers forgot to update the installation script

Would QA think that it was wrong though to take that long?

It might have been because it was tested and whilst installing not throwing up "ARGH WE ARE DOOMED press the any key"?

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