* Posts by Danny 14

3692 posts • joined 15 Jun 2009

Oz to turn pirates into vampires: You won't see their images in mirrors

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Re: You already know what happens next...

the only way regular users can get rounf virgin and bt dns wankery is to use a vpn.

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With sorry Soyuz stuffed, who's going to run NASA's space station taxi service now?

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Re: Still mad about the Shuttle program...

some scripted movie was released?

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Facebook mass hack last month was so totally overblown – only 30 million people affected

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Re: The only solution -- Withdrawal Symptoms

I was more annoyed because my account wasnt "hacked". I need to know the fake date of birth I signed up with as I cannot reset the password without it. Be damned if I can remember what it was.

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Microsoft Windows 10 October update giving HP users BSOD

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Re: The above is all well and good if you're running a business

hogwash. Windows 7 ran happily with updates set to automatic. I cannot think of an updatr that caused as much damage as 1809 w10 update.

A small garage running an MOT PC, an accounts PC, a diagnostic PC and a general office PC would not have extwnsive IT staff. They would buy preset up dells, use a business internet line with managed firewall and away you go.

w10 is a nightmare. it auto updates major releases and has little rollback capability. The inbuilt w10 backup is shite, you need to use the legacy backup (or veeam). provisioned apps are amongst the most stupid things available, especially baked in shite in lower than enterprise versions.

W10 is a train wreck and hopefully a few large businesses will take on a linux rollout to wake MS up.

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Samsung Galaxy A9: Mid-range bruiser that takes the fight to Huawei

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Re: Potentially dumb question...

its only free zoom if you arent filling the pixels with shit. A crap lens means it doesnt matter how many mps it has. smartphones hardly have stunning lenses.

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g6 play was 120. 3gb ram with a headphone socket and sd card. really decent budget phone.

reviews had it down with camera issues but daughter couldnt replicate the review issues.

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Re: No Thanks

does magiskmanager work well on s9s? it can be iffy on samsungs. it was fiddly with an s8.

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for normal users then id agree but you are posting on el reg. its expected to root and install a non bloatware firmware on there. my wife has an s8 and she wanted me to flash it purely to gwt rid of the bixby button. luckily it can be remapped to camera with flashing....

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Re: GT-i9300

this is a note 3 running android 7. runs fine. I also play elite dangerous in VR with riftcat too. activity monitor says 680mb free out of 2.77gb. cpu hovers around 30pct most of the time whilst working.

my daughter bought a motorola g6 play for 120 on amazon this summer. it blows my n3 out of the water in everything but screen quality. that only has 3gb ram and came with 8.0.

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Indiegogo pulls handheld airport pervscanners off crowdfunding platform

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Re: Meh. Was never going to appear. Scam ware.

aint that the naked truth.

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Re: }{amis}{

didnt sony get into hot water a few years ago with a model of camcorder that could do a nifty job with IR filters? that was stabilised and with 90s tech. easily doable with IR. not so much with x ray backscatter or mmwr

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Where can I hide this mic? I know, shove it down my urethra

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I still have a working 128Mb usb drive. It has a small set of pxe boot drivers on it. The reason I keep it is that it has never failed to be detected in a machine, some USB sticks get finicky around USB booting.

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Oracle? On my server? I must have been hacked! *Penny drops* Oh sh-

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Re: 1200 baud down, 75 baud up

peasants :-) we were lucky to be round the corner from telewest house in Preston. At that time they used to server from telewest and the local area was a testing grounds for technology. Although the cable TV was still analogue we had 512k back in the late 90's and 1Mb in early 2000. The phone lines were ISDN still. The company wound up and I ended up moving to Penrith - ironically Penrith became BT test town for both ADSL max and fibre. The max meant I had 8Mb around 2002 ish; years before it was adopted elsewhere. The fibre trial didnt work out as well as the rest of the country as we only got 17Mb (which has only recently in the last few years moved up to the usual 40/80 fibre) - it wasnt really any better then everyone else ADSL 2 (but Penrith is all aluminium cable so 2 didnt work too well). The 17Mb was symmetical though and came online just before I moved around 2009- small mercies.

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Dutch cheesed off with Russians, expel four suspects over chemical weapons Wi-Fi spying

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Re: Theresa May and Donald Trump in a Dutch Sandwich

I heard the Trump May had was a Dutch oven.

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What could be more embarrassing for a Russian spy: Their info splashed online – or that they drive a Lada?

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bellingcat are journalists i presume so exempt from disclosing data with journalistic merit.

newspapers wouldnt be able to print, well, news otherwise.

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On the third day of Windows Microsoft gave to me: A file-munching run of DELTREE

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Re: I always admired the royal marines, the SAS and the SBS

they take the hit so we dont have to.

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Re: Not a good look here.

documents has its place. we redirect everones documents and desktops (and appdata) to network locations. These netowrk locations are on a stretch cluster for resiliency and backup up.

if people stored their files willy nilly then we would have chaos of course.

the gpo for redirection sorts out permission on the base network store automatically so we dont need to do that with scripts etc.

yes i know home drives can be used too.

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Re: This is affecting the enthusiasts ...

its not available on WSUS yet. that could have been far funnier. By funnier i mean a fucking nightmare.

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Ever used an airport lounge printer? You probably don't know how blabby they can be

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Re: This is, BTW, one reason to have Fax on your Laptop

good idea. A few years ago we went on a quiet villa holiday flying with ryanair (im only human! sorry!) and got my bag wet on way to villa. return boarding passes ink had run and i didnt fancy the silly charges at return check in (their software wouldn'tinstall on a rooted phone at the time)

Emailed my docs to my dad who did a priority mail to the villa, they arrived 3 days later. It was a small Spanish rental so no IT stuff for miles (and the airmail was cheaper than a taxi to town....)

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Screwed SAP salesman scores $660,000 jury award

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salesmen have no real emotions that we are aware of. Plus he already closed the sale so there was no distress.The 7200 was because he had to cancel his spray tan.

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Sun billionaire Khosla discovers life's a beach after US Supreme Court refuses to hear him out

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is advise against shooting a drunk scotsman. You'll just make him angry.

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Re: I do hope he'll put his toys back in the pram.

just the actions of a rich dickhead who thought he could just pay people off.

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Windows 10 passes 700 million, Office Mobile in a coma and Intune, er, cracks time travel

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Re: Win 10 win by attrition

up to 7th gen intel (and amd equivalent) chipset wise. That gives you decent i5 offerings in the budget regions. There are LOADS of cheap optiplexes in this bracket.

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Re: Win7 'til I die!

thats great but some of us had no choice. I might use w7 and linux at home but at work I have to support w10 and office 2016. Thats just life.

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Re: Older Devices

we run w10 on the same PCs we ran W7 on and it runs the same. Core 2 duos with 4gb ram and a 120gb ssd.

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Groupon to pay IBM $57m after getting money off e-commerce patent settlement

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Re: Do people still use Groupon?

ive had a look at groupon but they tend to only have offers that are nowhere near me.

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Facebook: Up to 90 million addicts' accounts slurped by hackers, no thanks to crappy code

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Re: oh what a tangled 'web' we weave

im on the other side of the coin. i got locked out of FB years ago because i couldnt remember what fake date of birth i used. I still get notifications on the hotmail email address i used so its still active. I could do with logging in again to get some old chums contact details (who were also fake so i cant look them up).

are there any lists of users vs dob's?

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Office 2019 lumbers to the stage once more as Microsoft promises future releases

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libreoffice is a nightmare to deploy to a large volume. even more of a nightmare to configure reliably. need admx? then you need to look at third parties such as collabora. these are not fully featured, good luck if you need fine tuning.

im all for dropping office. even prising outlook out of our environment but the alternatives are just a support nightmare for us.

as for deployment of office,i use ODT. worked for 2010, 13 and 16. A version exists for 19 too.

office moght be a shite but its cheap for education and easy yo deploy and maintain.

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I want to buy a coffee with an app – how hard can it be?

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Re: In view of the site preferences

my phone is rooted. most payment apps or banking apps wont work. oh well :)

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Re: Top notch

wetherspoons have usb chargers now. and an app to order to table. ive seen rows of teenagers with 1 cup of refillable coffee sat at table before and after i walked past with supermarket shopping.

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Re: Try travelling with First Bus and their (cr)app

then you get the likes of hong kong who have the entire islands running on integrated octopus cards for transport on bus/tube/ferries etc the same cards that can be used in shops, restaurants etc. This was back in 2004. it worked.

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Re: No sympathy

having worked in a few hospitals as a biomedical scientist (worjing with pickled bits of people) i can say that people look far more gooey than thoae express bags.

the cat 4 labs in manchester were the worst when the pathologists ate their lunch at their desks. all with live TB unfixed samples in the isolation cupboards next to them....

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Re: Another reason to keep on truckin' a WinPhone

another vite for greggs app here too. it has always scanned for me. i usually get a fair few freebies through the app too.

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Scottish brewery recovers from ransomware attack

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Re: Webmail at UK2.net

we run pfsense and snort (paid version). i get an alert when some idiot opens the .doc/.xls/.pdf that try to phone home to compromised servers, sometimes the AV gets them too. luckily we havent been hit with anything snort hasnt known about.

still, at least i can educate people when the alert goes off. education is better than AV or IPS reliance.

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Re: Customer caught

oh and for backups get a pair of cheap synology. they will even rsync to each other. keep then in totally different buildings (different power etc) and vlan'd apart from the production network (if you cant dedicate cabling). for less than 1500 you can have terabytes of independent backups that live in different buildings.

hyperv server is free. it can even cluster and can use server storage nowadays - no need for san. a pair of r410 can be bought (refurbished ) for under 3k with enough ram and storage to have a 2 node clustered VM platform for your linux servers. no licensing needed.

shame that you need datacenter for stretch cluster as stretch cluster works brilliantly for multisite cluster resiliency (thats what we do)

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Re: Customer caught

another call for VMs. the host is isolated from the normal network and has an isolated backup. Then when the guests are infected you first power them off forcefully. recover from backup. carry of as normal.

if the guests can get to the hosts then you are doing something wrong. the whole point of having a management network is to keep your infrastructure away from production network.

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HP Ink should cough up $1.5m for bricking printers using unofficial cartridges – lawsuit

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Re: On the other hand...

or he could have bought ink from ebay with cartridges that reset themselves when you take them out.

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Re: WTF, Printer Updates = Win10-Malware now?

my epson r360 has bulk ink tanks and a waste ink potty. it has had its 'pad' reset 4 times. thats well over 250,000 sheets. not bad for an ink jet. bulk tanks cost 20 from ebay and potty was another 10.

I have an epson r1900 too with ink tanks. cheap as chips to run.

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You're alone in a room with the Windows 10 out-of-the-box apps. What do you do?

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Re: Not turn them in to apps.

my notepad++ opens as fast as notepad. be thar context menu or start menu.

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Re: Source of Little Horrors

new provisioned apps are a pain to maintain. we uninstall just about all of them via a powershell script (uninstall per user AND the provisioned store too so new profiles wont get them).

calc is a copy of windows 7 calc, notepad++, paint.net, chrome. start menu is an xml copied locally then gpo'd (containing good old fashioned .lnk files). windows doesn't manage printers, there is an old school .lnk to explorer.exe shell for the old printer management. etc etc.

w10 boots quick and with roaming profiles logs in in about 35 seconds on old 1st gen i3s (redirected desktop, documents and appdata).

store is installed but locked off via applocker (we have minecraft installed as a user app on some machines and toshiba print management software as an app on others )

all works well on 1803. Boy was it a fuck about from 1604 to get to this point.

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Dead retailer's 'customer data' turns up on seized kit, unencrypted and very much for sale

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Re: Full disk encryption?

thats the problem. For some people encryption is aimed at people having the physical drives rather than server and physical drives. Often people just use TPM which would do nothing in a case like this.

That also being said, just make sure you buy the admin desktop machine too. wonder if that had the keys in a file named "dont lose this file.txt" living on the desktop (TPM encrypted to the machine of course....)

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Microsoft pulls plug on IPv6-only Wi-Fi network over borked VPN fears

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Re: It’s not going to happen

Dual stack is important if you want to chat with ipv6 cleanly. It saves having to go to brokers and so forth. It is also stupidly easy as any reasonable firewall will support 4 and 6. Even windows will let you have a 4 and 6 IP address.

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Automated Weather Source didn't see this cloud coming: Amazon snatches up AWS.com

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hmm

nice domain you have there. Would be a shame if you were involved in years of litigation with people in our pocket.

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Russia: The hole in the ISS Soyuz lifeboat – was it the crew wot dunnit?

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not sure about you but if i needed to use a drill in space i would probably brace myself against something first. Sort of common sense and not really difficult regardless of your apparent weight.

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You'll never guess what you can do once you steal a laptop, reflash the BIOS, and reboot it

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Re: Security vs. convenience

samsung KNOX works exactly like that. And is in every samsung phone for years. Early ones could be tricked into not tripping. new ones not so much.

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or just aet the GPO to disable fast boot. That clears thingsbon the way out and cold starts.

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Revealed: British Airways was in talks with IBM on outsourcing security just before hack

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Re: It used to be...

I rather like some BA routes. We book the weekend BA flights out of Scottish airports semi regularly (as in the same 5 weekends a year). Granted they are chartered but use the london city 190 planes and are quite cheap (we usually pay about 100 return with luggage). A nice way to hop to the balearics for some sun.

since they are 190s the checkin in easy (only 90 passengers top), baggage is quicker and the seats are larger.

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Windows Server 2019 Essentials incoming – but cheapo product's days are numbered

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Re: anywhere the wind blows

4mb ram on a 286? Moneybags setup! Our 286 network had floppy disks for the clients, only the winchester server had a 20mb hard drive.....

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its a perception. if people ditch MS server then why have MS apps? Why not look at a migration of office apps at the same time? Perhaps google apps will do everything a company needs without the need for office and ms server.

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Re: Microsoft keep on trying don't they?

exchange has never faltered for us. 2003 to 2010 and im looking at migrating to 2016 this year. just shy of 1000 users so not a huge site and a single server.

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