* Posts by NogginTheNog

923 posts • joined 16 Apr 2009

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Your specialist subject? The bleedin' obvious... Feds warn of RDP woe

NogginTheNog

Re: Useful advice that won't help

Cue “I can’t connect from Starbucks/client site/favourite brothel” *rant*

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Sopra Steria exec on warpath as its UK Government profit crashes ... by millions

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Outsourcers

‘Nuff said >:-(

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Sysadmin sank IBM mainframe by going one VM too deep

NogginTheNog

#arp

Except I always read that as “sharp-arp”. Similarly the boyband 5ive will always be “Five-ive” to me.

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Security guard cost bank millions by hitting emergency Off button

NogginTheNog

Re: most emergency buttons provide [..] no information on what, exactly, they are supposed to stop

You’ve just triggered a vague old memory of woodworking at school and the teacher demonstrating that big red button pretty much every class?!

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iPhone 8 now outsells X, and every other phone

NogginTheNog

Re: @AC It's had its day.

I think Apple phones are like IBM computers used to be years ago. You may not get the absolute cutting edge, you’ll pay through the nose for it, but you’ll get something that you know works well (enough) with pretty much anything you want to do with it, and will last.

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Re: The 8 does prove a point

What I hate about having a modern phone is (if you’re a fella/without a handbag) you’re either carrying your phone in your hand, or forever dipping in and out of your back pocket when you sit down, putting your phone on the desk/table. And then every now and then you forget and leave it there...

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ICANN't get no respect: Europe throws Whois privacy plan in the trash

NogginTheNog

Re: Slippery slope

The EU aren’t trying to dictate to the world. They’re telling companies, wherever they are based, if you trade in our region then you must abide by our laws. Doesn’t sound unreasonable to me?

Unlike the US who threaten and fine non-US companies who trade with third parties like Iran?

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Have to use SMB 1.0? Windows 10 April 2018 Update says NO

NogginTheNog

Replace it with a product that actually cares a bit about security of your data.

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Re: smb 1

Indeed! Our Win98 workgroup runs sweet-as, though I can never work out where all those pop-ups telling me the Registry is corrupt and to call Microsoft on an Indian phone number come from...

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HMRC opens consultation to crack down on off-payroll working in private sector

NogginTheNog

Re: Speaking as tax-dodging contractor scum

“Hey could just get rid of Flat-rate VAT”

They effectively have done thanks to the rate hike for ‘limited cost traders’!

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Windows Notepad fixed after 33 years: Now it finally handles Unix, Mac OS line endings

NogginTheNog

Re: relief arrived a long time ago

Yes Wordpad is a freebie document creator and NOT a text editor. Handy for RTF files though.

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MacBook Pro petition begs Apple for total recall of krap keyboards

NogginTheNog

Re: Apple fix it or people will move

At least with Windows you get to choose the hardware - of which there are many competing designs?

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Symantec ends cheap Norton offer to NRA members

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Re: Age limit?

"If acquiring a gun is too difficult then they will use whatever else they can get their hands on which might be a knife, a bomb or even a car. The fact is crazy people will do crazy things, using whatever tools are available to them, and focusing on guns just distracts from the actual problem."

By that argument we should lobby for Walmart to stock DIY suicide bomb belt kits.

Many many other devices can kill and injure, but that's not their primary purpose. Explain to me what a gun is for please?

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Re: ROTFLMAO!

Doesn't it mean they can bear arms as long as they're part of, or prepared to be, part of a "well regulated militia"?

So restrict gun ownership to those who demonstrate this.

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Team Trump snubs Big Internet oligarchs

NogginTheNog

Re: What does Facebook produce?

Money. A lot of it.

What do they do? They're a data-mining ad network.

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Das ist empörend: Microsoft slams umlaut for email depth charge

NogginTheNog
FAIL

most software companies having figured out how to deal with non-English characters many years ago

You'd think wouldn't you??

My girlfriend's name includes an accented letter (é), but if she ever tried to use it online then it almost always either get rejected as "invalid", or get mangled into odd characters whenever it's displayed. Bit by bit she's being forced to change her name because of ignoramus coders who it seems can't deal with anything more than the basic A-z character set.

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Parliament takes axe to 2nd EU referendum petition

NogginTheNog
FAIL

Re: Anti-democratic?

That's why in any sensible democratic system you keep the hell away from referenda whenever possible!

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Trade union threatens work-to-rule action over HPE Lancashire job cuts

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WTF?

HPE’s infrastructure outsourcing unit in Lytham

Is that place still open?? Last time I passed that way there were all new houses and a superstore on the old site!

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Windows 10 is an antique (and you might be too) says Google man

NogginTheNog

Re: Revisionist

"all that w2k effectively gave me over NT4 was USB support really."

Erm, and a networking subsystem that stopped and started when you plugged and unplugged a network cable, WITHOUT a reboot?! A MASSIVE leap forward in usability.

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iOS 9 update set to bork 'hundreds of thousands of EU businesses'

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Not just stores

I had a tradesman come round to visit once who used a card reader connected to his phone. Much better than cash, cheques, or clunky bank transfers (though I believe they stung him for the fees?).

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US librarians defy cops, Feds – and switch on their Tor exit node

NogginTheNog

Re: 2A

"people who have not proven themselves unsuitable"... by massacring a few dozen innocent members of the public?

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WTF?

Primaries, caucuses....

I really don't understand your Presidential Election system at all... :-S

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Universal Credit white elephant needs 'urgent breakthrough' says MP

NogginTheNog
WTF?

Re: When did the Register become the mouthpiece of a failed labour party??

Actually I read the piece as (another) indictment of a monstrously crap and wasteful failed/failing government project, not as anything party political. Sadly billion pound fuckups don't really seem to change whatever the colour of the rosette on the door at No. 10.

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Smart meters set to cost Blighty as much as replacing Trident

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Re: Cost Benefit Analysis?

Our last couple of meters have all been outside, so the suppliers' can read them themselves, and the wizard can stay in his cupboard!

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Pint-sized PCIe powerhouse: Intel NUC5i5RYK

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Unhappy

Re: Noise?

There comes a point in ALL IT hardware's life when you just have to accept that it's no longer of any use to you, and you have to let it go.

We've ALL been there, we feel your pain brother...

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ISP Level 3 goes TITSUP after giganto traffic routing blunder

NogginTheNog

Aha

Is that why my usual public DNS resolvers (4.2.2.1 - 6) went all pants this morning?? I've been (reluctantly) using 8.8.8.8 since...

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Sysadmins rebel over GUI-free install for Windows Server 2016

NogginTheNog

Re: Does anyone actually run Server Core?

Core is great, until it breaks, and then you REALLY miss all those tools you're so used to using to dig in to find out what went wrong. Not everything will run remotely...

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After killing it off with a GUI all those years ago...

...MS have finally re-invented Netware!

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Mozilla piles on China's SSL cert overlord: We don't trust you either

NogginTheNog

Re: Verbosity

How sophisticated of you: mocking other people's second language skills.

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And the buggiest OS provider award goes to ... APPLE?

NogginTheNog

Re: I don't understand reporting these stats...

If the software is included in a distro then it becomes a problem for the OS it's distributed with if it offers a way to compromise the entire system? The open-source ethos relies heavily on bundling 'third-party' software as it makes more sense than reinventing the wheel (and the bugs!).

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UK Scouts database 'flaws' raise concerns

NogginTheNog
FAIL

Re: Data Protection

I expect the software will have the ability to provide full access control to whomever you wish. The failure will have been during the implementation something along the lines of this:

Implementers - "Right, we'll need to create access control groups with suitable granular levels of access and carefully audited membership"

Scouts people - "oh just set up the one group and bung everyone in that, that'll be ok won't it?"

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Ireland: Hey, you. America. Hands off Microsoft's email cloud servers

NogginTheNog

Re: God Bless Ireland

Props to Microsoft and their supporters too for standing their ground on this one!

As was mentioned at the end of the article, I don't think Microsoft et al have a choice but to fight this, as the potential effects on their worldwide businesses could be disastrous!

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Dangerous NTP hole ruins your Chrissy lunch

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Coat

about the hottie in the elf hat that you used in the story picture

She looks rather like Linda McCartney to me? No sausage jokes please...

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STAY AWAY: Popular Tor exit relays look raided

NogginTheNog

Re: Protecting my current TOR client

Decent spec hardware (Dell, HP, IBM, Fujitsu to name the ones I'm familiar with) have sensors for many hardware events, including case openings. These will be logged in some form of system management log, but if there's a remote management unit installed (eg. DRAC, ILO, IMM) then these can also be configured to fire off alerts via email, SNMP, etc.

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Pitch Black: New BlackBerry Classic is aimed at the old-school

NogginTheNog

Re: Who stole my QWERTY

It is baffling why there is no single manufacturer turning out an even half decent QWERTY equipped Android phone.

1. The modern smart phone market seems to be wedded to a screen-size arms race, obsessed with making phones with screens bigger and shinier than everyone elses. Physcial keyboards reduce the possible screen size.

2. Physical keyboards cost money in materials and build costs. Android phone makers have VERY tight margins and probably can barely afford the extra costs, for likely less sales. (see above).

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'Shadow IT' gradually sapping power and budget from CIOs

NogginTheNog
FAIL

Re: And they also buy the wrong thing

Finance: "We've bought this NAS to store all our docs on, can you configure it for us?"

Even better:

"What access control are you using for all that sensitive financial information?"

"Access control? What's that? Bill just set up the share so that everyone could use it..."

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – Thin plot, great CGI effects

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Two geek director legends

Does anyone else see parallels between Peter Jackson and everyone's other favourite love-hate legendary director George Lucas?

Both are clearly from the geek side of the sofa, both unexpectedly hit the motherload with a fantasy adventure, both then went on to milk the franchise for all it's worth, both have questionable beards..?

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VW's Scirocco diesel: A sheep in Wolfsburg’s clothing

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Coat

Re: Looks like...

...or stood on by the Jolly Green Giant!

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Facebook cosies up to ESET for malware detection

NogginTheNog
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Re: The user would then get pointed at the vendors' online scan and cleanup services.

Isn't this exactly the behaviour of each and every one of the fake scan and crap-on-the-carpet 'anti virus' scams out there?

It's easier to 'Like' and 'Share' these ones with your friends.

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Brit smut slingers shafted by UK censors' stiff new stance

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Re: Normality

"Godwin's Law strikes again"

Yup! I realised that about 15 minutes after I posted!

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FAIL

Re: Normality

Islamic State of the United Kingdom (ISUK) established

You do realise that the self-proclaimed "Islamic State" is about as Islamic as Hitler was a Christian, right?

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Sick of the 'criminal' lies about pie? Lobby the government HERE

NogginTheNog
Happy

Re: Hilarious maybe

Pies are a strategy for dealing with not having the best meat to serve.

Vegetarianism is a strategy for dealing with not having meat full stop. No gristly cortexes and inedible bits of carcass to worry about.

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Star Wars: Episode VII trailer lands. You call that a lightsaber? THIS is a lightsaber

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Hunk o' junk

The X-Wings were quite cool, the droid worryingly cute, but when the Falcon burst in at 1:01 the adrenaline rushed and I was 10 years old again!

BIIIIIIIIIGG grin!

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A WHOPPING 8 million Windows Server 2003 systems still out there

NogginTheNog
Alert

"A WHOPPING 8 million Windows Server 2003 systems still out there"

Is that all?? I'd have put money on more!

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Blade Runner sequel might actually be good. Harrison Ford is in it

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Sequel?

Ridley's stock is very low around here after the crap that was Prometheus, so I shan't be waiting for this with too high expectations.

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All ABOARD! Furious Facebook bus drivers join Teamsters union

NogginTheNog
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Re: inequality and entitlement...

Seems to me the best solution is to knock them down to part time. That way they can be home with their families more. Bring in another group to work the afternoon route.

Wouldn't you then need a bus to collect the drivers from the morning route who wanted to go home, and drop off the ones for the afternoon shift? Unless... the same driver gets into the bus to take himself home in, and then drops himself back in the afternoon, and he could then get paid for those six hours working, and bingo!

NOW problem solved! :-)

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Bang! You're dead. Who gets your email, iTunes and Facebook?

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Re: Apple's view

When I buy a dead-tree book I own it.

You own the physical book, but not the copyright on the content within it. You can read it, you can let others read it, but you can't copy it or republish it in any way. You can play a CD for personal use, but you can't copy it for your mates or broadcast it in public.

Since electronic content doesn't really have any physical form then when you think about it the rights you get are actually not that dissimilar to the ones for content on physical media.

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