* Posts by psychonaut

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Microsoft won't back down from Windows 10 nagware 'trick'

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Re: A big thank you to Microsoft.

yeah me too! but its still a fucking disaster

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the thing about 10 is...

its actually quite good. after you put classic shell on it and turn off the telemetry of course.

not that i run it, im 7 all the way till mid 2020. or until 10 gets fixed properly.

the stupid fucking thing about the "upgrade" process is that noone in their right mind would ever do an in place upgrade. well, i wouldnt. always, always rebuild from scratch.

i see a lot of borked 10 upgrades, but then thats part of my job.

when i have a win 7 licensed pc i always suggest going back to 7.

win 8 is rather a more difficult decision. noone wants 8 and ive never sold a system with it on, never will and i always discourage customers who need a reinstall to take 8 again. (exactly the same as vista). either pony up for a 7 license if they dont have downgrade right with 8 pro, or go to 10 (recently)

10 is better than 8 in many ways.

a fresh 10 install is often quite spritely, its a pretty quick OS, and it does make a lot of old harware run quick. but ive seen so many issues, with wifi in particular, on 10 that its just not ready yet.

"a clean 10 install is better than 8, but not as good as 7, a 10 in place upgrade is worse than both" is my mantra so far.

shame really, they really have fucked this up. i have discouraged my customers from doing the upgrade, pretty much as i would with any other new OS, wait...wait for others to find the problems, let it mature a bit, then go for it if you must. personally i like things to work and be stable, so im always behind the curve.

but the whole forced upgrade debacle is just mind numbingly stupid. i hate what they have done and continue to do.

i even blamed one of my customers the other day who said that win 10 had installed itself without their permission. i said, it cant have done, tyou have to say yes at some stage. they denied it. but it turns out that they werent lying, they "x"'s out of the upgrade window.

anyways....ive still got 7 for four years. lets see how MS do in the meantime, otherwise i might have to learn linux

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Re: I saw this yesterday

its one i wrote with another guy february time...still works...200 odd machines are innoculated against 10, and it hasnt been breached yet. i posted it lots of times previously.

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I saw this yesterday

Cheeky bastards. Also...i couldnt find the cancel button. Ended up running my script on it. Its fine now.

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Politician claims porn tabs a malware experiment, then finds God

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He probably thought he was paraphrasing kanye west

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Got $130,000 down the back of the sofa? Great. Grab an HP 3D printer

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Driver

Can you imagine how insanely huge and shit the driver for this thing is going to be?

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Hacker sells Pornhub shell

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Who'd a thought it....someone doing penetration testing on pornhub

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We're calling it: World hits peak Namey McNameface

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UC Davis chancellor suspended after headlines like this one undo $175,000 online name-scrubbing efforts

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Her name

Is it just me....all i can hear is cartman saying it. Kitteh!

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UK web host 123-Reg goes TITSUP, customer servers evaporate

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Re: What are we risking?

you can have the "a" in "Fuck All"

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Re: So who should I host with?

i resell for these guys. they host my stuff and about 40 of my business customers too

shameless affiliate link below, you can go direct if you want, im sure you can work out the url, but Gods honest truth these guys are golden.

http://billing.host100.co.uk/billing/aff.php?aff=004

medium sized outfit, superb service, uk based datacentres, uk based support engineers - they all know what they are talking about, they look after the servers. call them up and you are right through to someone who knows what they are talking about, what you are talking about and how to fix the issue.

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I am sending pouting selfies to a robot. Its AI is well buff

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you call your anus Shirley?

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Thor.....the one with the massive hammer in the pocket.....yeah baby!

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Re: You clean up nice!!

"Jesus, get a room!"

a chat room?

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Flying Spaghetti Monster is not God, rules mortal judge

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Re: Pastafarianism is under attack!

marmite laser - is that a euphemism for a bottom seeking cock?

as in ...."mmm, come taste my meatilicous anal destroyer"

"no...let me use my marmite laser"

or something

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Whatever happened to ... Nest?

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Re: Nest

not bollox at all. ive been using them and selling them for years. theyve solved many a problem.

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Re: I bought one!

"Nest purchasers are naturally Apple purchasers because both like Shiny and spend loads on tech, "

Nest purchasers are naturally Apple purchasers because both like Shiny and spend loads on overpriced, marketing driven substandard crap. and you can add sonos to that list too...

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Re: I tried the smoke & CO2 detector as an experiment, it sucks

i mean really? how often does that actually happen?

youve got 3 alarms, and you cant tell which one is going off by, err, listening to the direction its coming from?

to silence a smoke alarm, you just press the button on it and open a window. wrap a towel around it or pull the battery if its really bad

i think our fire alarm has gone off by mistake 3 times in the last 10 years.

if it works for you then great.

haha! ive just checked the price of them - £80 each! you are fucking joking!

i'll leave them for you to enjoy.

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Re: Homeplug

yes, the bane of radio hams. like i said, no one cares except them. and i dont care about them. tell therm to get a mobile phone for fucks sake.

"but I'd bet that an outside outlet or light fixture would offer an easy point of entry for someone with evil intent." - only if they were very thin.

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Re: I tried the smoke & CO2 detector as an experiment, it sucks

just buy a smoke alarm and a carbon monixide detector for about 10 quid each. why does it have to be connected to anything? unless it phones the fire department when you burn your toast, who cares?

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Re: Homeplug

no one is saying they can compete with a dedicated cable, especially not me. but you can get many hundreds of megabits across them. (i cant be bothered to test point to point but mine give 158mb/s which is the max for my internet connection, which is all i care about)

as for rf interference, yes, you have a point, but no one gives a shit, least of all me.

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Re: Nest

if you cant cat 5e then use homeplugs. they are superb in most situations. or just run the acable down the outside of your house and drill some holes. no biggie

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Re: I bought a Nest before Google bought Nest.

use the little * setting on your thermostat. it will stop your pipes from freezing. my thermo is 20 years old i should think and even it has the "dont allow pipes to freeze option" . i dont need to set that from my phone whilst in brazil. i can do it....GASP....before i leave the fucking house.

zoning is the best way to save money on heating. most houses are 1 zone with one thermostat. so if its cold in your thermostats position, its cold all over the house. so it heats the whole house....you might have a guest bedroom that you never use except occasionally, that gets hot when ever the corridor next to the thermostat is cold. you might not want your living room heated at midnight, but you want your bedroom nice and cozy.

even trv's are an improvemt on this IoT shit. this gives you manual zoning. honeywell do some kit that does it over wifi and an app, but its not cheap. i may use these in my next house, or i might just stick with trv's.

and lets not get into the potential security issues of having your boiler potentially accessible to the whole world.

more shiny shit for idiots.

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British booter bandit walks free after pleading guilty to malware sales

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Re: Pass the Lea & Perrins

christ - do they make shit AV for bikes now?

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Aluminum-wrapped robbers fail to foil bank

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even stupider

in the linked article, we get

"He explained that he had paid 5 million rials (just under £290) to a wizard imposter, who in return gave hims spells to tie to his arm. The sorcerer told him that they would make him invisible, and that he could then rob banks to his heart’s content."

the bit that gets me here is "wizard imposter".

meaning that he still thinks "if i had just gone to a REAL wizard"....

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PC World's cloudy backup failed when exposed to ransomware

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Re: Something doesn't add up here... <PC WORLD.

yeah i think there was a rag called pc world.

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Re: Great sympathy with the User but ....

they can come to me, its what i do for a living

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Re: It's Livedrive and it's flaky

use carbonite. i posted this above but they have a team who can roll back your entire backup to before the encryption.

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Re: Backup Vs Archive

ive posted this already, but its aposite here.

the newer crypto strains will also sit on your machine for a while doing nothing.... waiting for you to plug in your usb backup drive (people still use them!) .

then it encypts the usb backup disk.

then it encrypts your primary

then it ransoms you.

oh, but ive got a back up.....ooops.

versioning backup system all the way....

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Re: There are two options here...

the newer crypto strains will also sit on your machine for a while doing nothing.... waiting for you to plug in your usb backup drive (people still use them!) .

then it encypts the usb backup disk.

then it encrypts your primary

then it ransoms you.

oh, but ive got a back up.....ooops.

versioning backup system all the way....

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Re: Something doesn't add up here...

ive dealt with quite a few crypto infections.

not all of them rename the files or the extention.

so your cloud backup solution happily uploads the latest (now encrypted) version of the file over the top of the unencypted one.

if you use dropbox (which some people still insist is a "backup tool" it then downloads that onto every other connected machine.

if you use carbonite, they have a dedicated team who can see when the infection hit (as many more files than normal are changed very quickly). they can then roll back the ENTIRE backup to before it hit. you rebuild your pc in the meantime. then they call you and saty, yes, you can restore, and all your unencrypted data comes back down the pipe. its bloody marvellous.

i believe that with dropbox pro they can also do this.

free dropbox you can see earlier versions of files, but theres no way to roll back the entire backup, so you would have to do it for every single file, which would be tedious...

Finally, "Amy W, who runs a small business in the Newbury, Berkshire area, was convinced that the KnowHow cloud was the only backup technology she'd ever need"

i mean for fucks sake. if you get pc world to do your IT then you are asking for it.

by the way, be very carful if you try and back up a truecrypt volume. by default, truecrypt is set to keep the date/time stamp on the file to the same regardless of if its been updated. also, the size of the file (usually) wont change as you set a fixed size for an encrypted volume. so the file is the same size, doenst ever get a new date stamp and so most backup products believe that the file has not changed. they back it up once when you first create it and never again...got caught out with that once. there is a setting in true crypt options to change the date/time stamp. i cant remember off hand where it is but its pretty easy to find in the options.

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Computers shouldn't smoke. Cigarettes aren't healthy for anyone

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white dust

i opened the side panel of a pc that was located in the floor of a customers bedroom. i was kneeling down and whipped the side panel off. my face was right next to the side panel.

whoooof...a huge cloud of white dust enveloped my head

uugh.

i got on with the job. as i was about to leave, i spotted the culprit. a bottle of athletes foot powder. so the dust was all the foot powder that had come off her feet over the years and been sucked into the machine.

suppresing my gag reflex, i made sure i got paid and got out of there

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Oh, sugar! Sysadmin accidently deletes production database while fixing a fault

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Re: I was asked once to resize a virtual machine image.

is it the bit that says "pxe boot - failed"

(alright i know thats the bios)

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Re: Found Out The Rule The Hard Way

haha! this.

the number of customers i get with dead hard disks

"but youve got a back up right?"

"yes"

"oh great. where is it?"

"well i saved them in a folder"

"where"

"on the computer"

"this one here? the one that doesnt work?"

"yes"

oh dear

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Re: In a similar vein

yup, done that too! aargh! only the once though...years ago.

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the feeling of your balls retracting into your body

and a small "phhht" escapes from your anus as you silently mouth...."err, oh shit..."

dont worry, we've got it all backed up.....

right?

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Your money or your life! Another hospital goes down to ransomware

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Re: And the moral is.......?

and by "all the sage software" i mean about 6 or 7 different products. payroll, accounts, corp tax, p11d etc etc.

most of those barely run on windows.

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Re: And the moral is.......?

yes, but does it run all the sage software? if not then no use to my accountancy practice customer.

all the cloud offerings for accounts software (xero excepted maybe) are shit. all the accountants use sage anyway ( or quickbooks maybe). this maybe changing slowly. but for now the accountancy practices use sage. no windows, no business for the accountants. if you dont use what your accountant does, then your end user business cant do accounts. no win again.

i mean sage is a piece of crap anyway (try getting it to run properly/speedily on a network...the only real way is to use terminal services for any more than users > 1)

thats the problem.

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Re: Sigh. Windows vs Linux again.

lexmark...jesus christ, no way.

hp - 10 years ago, yes, dont buy anything else.

since then they seem to have been on a mission to cram as much shit as possible into their drivers. some of the printer install drivers are 300mb. for a fucking printer driver. it can take over half an hour to remove and reinstall a failing hp printer driver, and they fail quite a lot, particularly the network ones.

i rarely see problems with canon.

oki produce some amazing colour led laser printers for £150 ish with a free 3 year next day onsite warranty, i have to say they are fantastic and cheap to run - ive been recommending them to my customers by the boatload

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Re: And the moral is.......?

"If she proves untrainable then maybe it's time to think of moving her somewhere where she can't damage things. "

people dont do this, especially in the small business world, doris has probably been there for 20 years, is the backbone of the company and is pretty much irreplaceable.

Doris may even be the owner of the business.

users do not care. they do not look at things like this. it gives them a headache. they just click stuff. its irrelevant what the file is called or if they can see the extension. it doesnt matter how many times you tell them to think about what they are doing. you cant train most of them because its all just a fuzz. as soon as they have to think about computers their brains just shut down. i get people who call me and iask them what make and model the computer is and they say "windows". its not like any other industry. if you asked someone what make their car is, they would either know or go and look at the badge on the back of the car and find out. with IT its different, they just go ....aaaargh i cant cope with it, id better say something.....err, is it an internet explorer?

i had the owner of a medium sized accounting firm allow someone "who called from microsoft with an indian accent" remote her pc the other week. Shes clever, runs a business with 15 emplyees,is a highly qualified accountant, built her company from scratch and she still let them onto her machine. luckily she called me whilst the call was going on, and nothing really bad happened.

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Re: Sigh. Windows vs Linux again.

your problem is not linux or windows. its HP.

never buy a HP printer.

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Re: And the moral is.......?

"Then there's the fact that Windows often seems to be run with the user as a local administrator so that anything they've been tricked into running has more privileges than it ought to have."

only if your IT staff are fucking morons. even my home users dont get admin privildges in their day to day account.

hiding file extentions....yes, fine i get it, but doris the 50 year old secretary doesnt and bnever will.

if a file was called "imgoingtofuckyourcomputer.jpg.horriblevirus.exe" she would still open it.

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Re: Old saying may be appropriate...

naproxen kicks the arse out of ibuprofen. works wonders on my back....dont need ibuprofen anymore...

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Why should you care about Google's AI winning a board game?

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Re: i for one....

we can always jam a quick negative load across its logic terminals

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Streaming speaker biz Sonos lays offs workers as it finds its voice

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Re: Say What? Eh

haha! i had a quadraphonic Leak amp back in the day. awesome

it fucked itself ages ago unfortunately.

"The only downside was that it was huge by todays standards and needed speaker wires to deliver the sound to diverse corners of the room."

yes, those pesky cables, coming over here, delivering our audio perfectly....what you need is a shitty plastic speaker operating over bluetooth...yeah, thats what you want.

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Re: Voice recognition

or just use a sandwich bag

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Microsoft will rest its jackboot on Windows 7, 8.1's throat on new Intel CPUs in 2018 – not 2017

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Re: Use the Disc?

fair point.

disk out, image the fucker then. quicker anyway. i cant remember the last time i installed from anything else

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Re: Use the Disc?

right, and theres no solution to that eh?

you could:

1) use an external dvd drive

2) use acronis or ghost to image over the network

3) pull the disk out, bung int in a cradle and image it directly using acronis or whatever

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How Microsoft copied malware techniques to make Get Windows 10 the world's PC pest

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Re: Block it ...

dan - you are welcome.

wonder why the downvotes?? never mind, the world still turns

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Re: Block it ...

im not saying gwx control panel isnt the way forward, its great, but if you have to quickly deploy to many machines and the users arent able to cope with using gwx control panel then this is a good compromise. if you can use gwx control panel, then do. if you cant, this mitigates the problem for the moment.

im guessing thats why i got a thumb down....unless its my code in which case its probably deserved. i had to throw it together quickly and it works...disnt have time for niceities

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