* Posts by Captain Scarlet

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Jamie Oliver's ministry of malware served slops AGAIN

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Re: Hang on a moment

Impossible for me, every bleeding marketing agency used here seems to live and breathe WordPress, every new site brings new demands for "oh this file/folder should have 777 security" (They don't like the Wordpress wiki page where it states 777 should not be used) and when I ask was the last time they applied patches I get responses of mostly its not up to them or its up to the server its hosted on to ensure to prevent execution of bugs (They don't like me pointing out the fact they asked for files and folders to be set to 777).

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Business or pleasure? Crucial MX200 and BX100 1TB SSDs

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Re: How about the part that matters?

What if the sellotape fails to hold the battery in (Because the majority of home users I see drop their machines and the battery bay tends to be something where cheap plastic clips break easily)?

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Massive police 'heavy equipment' robot drags out suspect who hid inside television

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Re: Where's a frackin...

So basically the short circuit robot without a head

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Inside the guts of Nano Server, Microsoft's tiny new Cloud OS

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Re: "Just for starters, Nano Server is 64-bit only, meaning 32-bit binaries won't run"

But they can make it available as an installable feature like the GUI surely?

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High-speed powerline: Home connectivity without the cables

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Solwise

Erm considering this article starts off with showing a Solwise then displaying their chart why not review their 1.2GB units which are much cheaper?

By the way I am biased here as I use Solwise the dual Ethernet port 1.2GB units!

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Money-for-mods-gate: Valve gives masterclass in how to lose gamers and alienate people

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Paris Hilton

Except it would damage modifications made for free, who in their right mind would give their time to something when they can get paid for doing it?

Btw I am all for Mods, Sven Co-op 4ever (Other Half Life modifications also available)!

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Give me POWER: How to keep working when the lights go out

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Hangon a moment

"It's not really much more expensive to give a user a company laptop than a company desktop"

Notebook computers for Businesses are normally 1/3 more as you have to also provide docking stations, a posh bag because the old one smells, a two factor device such as an RSA keyfob, etc.... You then need to provide a bigger connection to the outside world to support them, the headache of Oh I accidently stamped on the keyboard and then threw it out of a window. So my experience is Desktops still are a much cheaper option overall.

"Productivity is usually impacted as a result of the reduced intra-company communication" Hmm except the people who refuse to talk to anyone they sit next to and have to emailed instead whilst ccing everyone in the building for everything.

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Console makers game the EU Commission to avoid energy-use law

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Re: They are computers

"a huge desktop machine shouldn't be nearly 5 times as bad (the base gaming PSU is considered to be around 450-500W"

But like your laptop Power brick the power supply won't be fully used but unlike desktop machines your laptop power supply doesn't have an 80 Plus rating. I would like laptop PSU's to have such a rating but its not going to happen and may actually be very wasteful.

GTA V seems amazingly optimised I haven't seen any machine have any issues running it at all although everyone I know who has it has at least a discreet graphics card rather than relying on the embedded stuff.

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Fukushima nuke plant owner told to upgrade from Windows XP

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Re: Hangon which version of XP?

Damn edit time has passed and just realised 48000 embedded machines is very very unlikely, I haven't been in such a Nuclear Plant before but assume there is no way it would need that many machines to run the equipment via specialist equipment. Therefore I think its an insane amount of outdated machines with internet connections.

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Hangon which version of XP?

Its lame they have that many machines internet connected if they are running the outdated XP OS but XP Embedded is still supported for the next year.

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JUNK in your TRUNK is Amazon Germany's new delivery plan

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Box to big I think will be one and Couriers in a hurry, courier chucks in a huge box (Also marked as requiring two people to handle) closes it running away and doesn't hear the big smashing noise when the boot window smashes.

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Fed-up Colorado man takes 9mm PISTOL to vexing Dell PC

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I remember those Dell cases, compared to their other cases this one was just easy to open and didn't have anything which would attempt to eat my hand if I opened it the wrong way.

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Japan showcases really, really fast … whoa, WTF was that?!

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Re: "the UK's attempt at high-speed rail"

Oi don't forget us Essex/Herts people!

Bleeding expensive around here!

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Want to go green like Apple, but don't have billions in the bank?

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Re: Low density data center

Yes but then you have to ensure the server room is locked and not easy to break into, large vents create an easy way in which the insurance companies don't like.

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RADIOACTIVE WWII aircraft carrier FOUND OFF CALIFORNIA

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Re: "This aircraft carrier-

Ninjas are badass!

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Google: Go ahead, XP stalwarts, keep on using Chrome safely all YEAR

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My experience is if it runs XP it will run Windows 7 just as well.

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Purple strain? Purple gain: WD doubles cam count for spy drives

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hmm so you recommend Hitachi as everyone seems to run around screaming about Seagates.

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Daddy Dyson keeps it in the family and hoovers up son’s energy biz

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Re: The emperor's new hoover

"that doesn't pick up visible dirt"

Change the filter for a few quid, problem solved

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Eyes on the prize: Ten 23-24-inch monitors for under £150

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Re: Which IIyama monitor are we talking about?

iiyama monitors starting with E don't have height adjust, B monitors do

The height adjust monitor would be a B248XHS-XX (Where X is a variation)

Have them here as for the price has the best height adjust

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Microsoft uses Windows Update to force Windows 10 ads onto older PCs

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Re: Strange

I always change them to install when shutting down, installing whilst I am doing something is outright annoying.

Also due to the amount of updates I'm more of the just install and stop pestering me type of person.

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Google: Give us cash or we'll poke YouTube ads into your eyeballs

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Re: Indeed!

Or just set your Google account not to provide personalised Ads, hasn't shown me any ads in years.

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Win Server 2003 addict? Tick, tock: Your options are running out

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Although Server 2012 and higher are 64-bit only, 32-bit applications still run

The biggest problem I find tends to be the apps with 16 bit installers (It amazing how many apps we used which were supported by vendors that still used hideously old installer packages), my own experience is 32 bit apps run fine on 64 bit but non sub system to handle 16 bit apps anymore.

Lots of fun where companies are no more or when you ask them "will it run on such and such" the response is "We don't know, why don't you test and find out".

Its easy enough to unpack but takes time to find out what registry keys are needed, find out it has something like Interbase 3.x and then cry when they need to be given stupid security permissions because it wants to have a file hardcoded on somewhere like the root of the C:\

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Snakes on a backplane: Server-room cabling horrors

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The poor geek you send to

"The poor geek you send to figure out why the server has dropped off the network risks tripping over something"

Haven't tripped over anything but in my youth I have got stuck behind a comms cabinet when I tried to get round the back in a tiny room.

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Twitch stitch-up: Gaming vid streamers in data breach hack alert

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Re: Easy Peasy

Yes buts its good for stopping me randomly buying stuff from <Insert popular tat flogger> when drunk

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Re: Easy Peasy

Yes but after changing lots of passwords for the fifth time many years ago I got fed up.

I now have two passwords, one which unlocks my password file in a popular password utility and the other a popular email service. If I lose both I am well and truly screwed.

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Lexmark splashes $1BEEEELION on Kofax

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Stop

Oh great now I have to hope they don't decide to dump one of Kofax's current bits of software we use which is deeply embedded in another product.

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Apple boots Windows 7 out of Boot Camp

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Re: Looks stupid from an enterprise perspective...

"those who just migrated to 7 won't jump to 10 soon"

I would assume home users would have gone for 8, business users I doubt would get a free upgrade to 10 anyway. I must admit I will where I can be making sure the free upgrade is taken advantage of.

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Our 4King benders are so ace we're going full OLED, says LG

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Re: HDR?

Upvoted for info but my dashcam uses h.264 DO NOT GET ONE WITH MJPEG video they suck!

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Re: HDR?

If its the same as the tech in my cars dashcam, High dynamic range. This makes recording in the dark clearer to see, although not sure how this translates on Tele?

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Winning a brand new BOFH T-Shirt is as simple as...

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Re: Clean Desk Policy!

Why aren't you hiding under paperwork or pointing to a pile of old IT junk going I'm fixing this! I did also notice that printer behind is to big and should be in a dedicated print area (Being a BOFH that's where they should belong so they aren't making a racket next to me)

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Cortana on Windows 10 is all talk, no apps shun, says Microsoft

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Except your PA can make you a cuppa!

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MOVE IT! 10 top tips for shifting your data centre

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Re: Dont forget your Dentist's mirror

Magnet on a stick, because I drop things like my mini torch down the false floor >_<

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Sit back and let someone else manage your telephony

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Utilize existing hardware? Check.

Hmm probably not any longer, if you have an existing Cisco Unified phone system (Say 8.5) it appears they no longer want you to run on their appliances but VM's running on Cisco Iron running VMware. Fingers crossed I am wrong as the costs of our next upgrade looks scary!

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Cisco posts kit to empty houses to dodge NSA chop shops

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Big Brother

Hmm

Why don't Cisco ship these out with no OS on and let the customer flash them upon arrival.

If they discover something already in flash return it.

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Rosetta probe to try contact with Philae lander on Thursday

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Re: i hope it works

Are you sure the driver wasn't having a brew?

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CloudFlare launches nameserver DDoS shield

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Re: if you are serious about DNS

Ah so not one of these when a website goes down "ZOMG I AM LOSING BILLIONS OF POUNDS" when paying 10p a month for hosting.

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An uncomplicated Buffalo in SOHO: The LinkStation 441D 4-bay NAS box

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Oh was expecting Plex to be supported but its not listed on https://plex.tv/downloads

Never seen whether it can be installed manually but with the amount of images for other NAS's you must be able to install yourself, although with the limited ram and single threaded cpu it might be a bit slow, transcoding obviously is out of the question.

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Adobe launches cashless bug bounty

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Re: You want your vulnerabilities traded in underground forums?

Why do I get the feeling you watch the Cartoon Archer (If you are unsure its about complaints in regards that's how you get ants).

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Canadian bloke refuses to hand over phone password, gets cuffed

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Re: CAN$25,000 (US$19,900)

The Daily Mail doesn't have Hagar the Horrible!

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Frontier promises it won't 'dumb down' Elite: Dangerous for Xbox

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MS killed off "Games for Windows Live" a while ago, if your games haven't got patches to remove it then there might be some issues playing them.

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Re: Where's the Wii U version?

Wild guess but voice controls?

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'Hi, I'm from Microsoft and I am GOING TO KILL YOU'

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Cold Callers

As soon as I hear a click (Or silence to call centre background whine) after I have picked up the phone is slammed down. If its important I'll get a call back.

On the odd occasion where I miss this I try and sell them car insurance (I don't actually do that but its amazing how fast they hang-up afterwards).

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Bad movie: Hackers can raid networks with burnt Blu-Rays

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Re: Simple this,

moovie is long gone and the current version has got rid of some of the boat, however if I could I would still use PowerDVD 5

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HP Services engineer dispatch tool 'broken', say engineers

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Engineers running late or not turning up

So they have put a system in that basically is the same as before and every other company that I have had to raise a call for. Delays will always happen, traffic, taking longer on a job than expected (Always happens for my calls, an engineer will be onsite 5x longer as the fix didn't work and needs more work).

HP send out BT <insert business name I can't remember> engineers at the moment so unsure how it will affect us in the UK (Certainly for Desktops and notebooks, unsure of servers etc...).

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MELTDOWN: Samsung, Sony not-so-smart TVs go titsup for TWO days

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Re: I am hoping for a stupid TV to become available.

Tried this with Blu Ray and got for a film

Please connect the Blu Ray to the internet to authenticate the disc or something like that.

It was a bad move as nearly half an hour later the Samsung Blu Ray was still updating firmware and apps for stuff I have never used before.

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BOFH in mugnificent return to Cash'n'Carrion

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Alien

*The kind that are in about 75% of offices in the UK, despite nobody remembering buying them

Can report there is one in our cup cupboard, I blame the Mysterons for putting them there

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Lenovo CTO: Hey, look around – we're not the only ones with a crapware infection

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Re: crapware free

4) Definitely get them on Business HP machines, I have never seen them on consumer versions of their machines. The restore DVD's should give you a choice of two OS's (Although been a few years since I have tried this). On these the slightly older image normally doesn't have any of the HP Utilities installed, the full fat one used to popup with a utility that would let you install what you wanted.

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Expired router cache sends Google Cloud Engine TITSUP

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Re: Remind me again

"If it was marketed that much it would have 110% uptime"

The big players wouldn't be able to get away with that, so they would put 99.9% instead

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Wake up! BlackBerry QUIETLY updates BB10

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Re: There are still Blackberry users?

"q10 but the 10 hr battery life" - hmm my Battery life is a day and a half.

I find Bluetooth goobles more power than 4G but with only 3G and Bluetooth off I easily got 2 days.

Like most users now I tend to use the phone less, more texting/emailing

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So long, Lenovo, and no thanks for all the super-creepy Superfish

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If Lenovo have included this what has any of the other makers included

Got my mum a cheap HP laptop at Christmas and actually only removed the crapware I could see (I didn't have a spare USB key at the time to burn the image to a device and reinstall the OS). May have to start checking for anything hidden such as this.

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