* Posts by Danny 14

3340 posts • joined 15 Jun 2009

Manchester plod still running 1,500 Windows XP machines

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Re: RE: complex technical requirements

VB6 works fine in w7 and w10 you register the OCX manually.

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Re: XP? That's nothing, here, hold my motherboard ...

i worked at a school with a boiler system running on NT4. it would have needed a full boiler refit. due to needing a parallel port dongle it wasnt VMd. there were 3 cold clones of the system when i left just in case 1 failed....

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Re: There's a bank in Manchester

XP CE no doubt- a fairly different beast. it only finished distribution this year and is being supported for a while yet.

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Re: I still have two XP instances

ref the XP VM thing. XP is fine on a VM as there was nothing prohibiting you from doing so, any old sticker was transferable to VM and the 90 day transfer rule was also acceptable.

Windows 7 on the otherhand is a fucking nightmare to license on VM. it is cheaper to use server. you cant use a desktop license as it is prohibited. you need specialists to get you licensed.

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Re: I still have two XP instances

we have 20 laptops with xp on them. they have usb access but no network drivers and word 2010 with spellcheck disabled. we use them for exam 'scribe' laptops and have no need to install anything else as they work.

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Sexploitation gang thrown in clink for 171 years after 'hunting' kids online and luring them in front of webcams

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Re: interesting how they got their material

this is done in school. BBC have good videos and educational kit. the plod also have a digital unit that go to schools. my two said it was ok too.

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Re: The fiends

i thought linux had webcams and browsers? my kids laptops have linux and webcams. not sure i get your w10 comment.....

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123-Reg customers outraged at automatic .UK domain registration

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i would beacuse that invoice wont be for 0.00 in two years.

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not really. that stull doesnt clear how they trawled the data for a separate product that you have been signed up for.

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Re: Little to do with automatic renewal

tsohost has done the same as i got an email too. i could opt out though before an october deadline (which i have done)

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US government sued by 11 pissed-off travellers over computer searches

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oh i can see that sim in your sock being laughed at as ajoke by border agents. you'll be fine if they find that in sure.

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The new, new Psion is getting near production. Here's what it looks like

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Re: Put a small screen and a numeric keypad on the front...

it didnt understand my melodic scottish barritone.

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large screen phones can get various bluetooth keyboards built into covers or cases. it is annoying charging two devices but the concept does work.obviously this means android not pure Linux , but that also means it works and works now. ive seen covers for galaxy notes that have keyboards and extended batteries. notes have sd slots, lte, hdmi, usb3 and unlocked bootloaders for putting whatever you want.

the market is there but im not sure about mainstream adoption. it is very rare that i dont have a case or bag with me if i need a device with qwertt size real keyboard and OS. I just use my dell 10" venue pro with keyboard.

speaking of which you can get smaller venue pros with hard keyboard cases too.

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Pack up, go home to your family: Google Drive is flipping out

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Re: Just A Reminder

i was scoffed at by senior management for keeping our data onsite where i have 2 insependent backups and a resilient hot storage all in separate buildings. but we wouldnt need this expensive infrastructure in rhe cloud they said. one day there was an outage of internet on our primary 100mb line. the backup wireless is only 10mb and our cloud apps were slow enough to show mgmnt the error of their thoughts. never mind an outage of the actual provider.....

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Three challenges UK watchdog to a duel over mobile spectrum rules

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Re: The One Plan

they have changed t&c now so lots of people must have complained. the all-you-can-eat can tether 30gb now. other packages can tether the headline rate.

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good for you. one size doesnt fit all. i on the otherhand watch netflix on my way to work (hour on the train) and three fits perfectly for me as they dont charge extra for netflix traffic. 3G is fine most of the time as only SD is free.

choices are better for everyone so the auction cap seems like a decent idea in principle.

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Western Digital has cloudified the NAS and shoved it in a trendy box

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Re: Deja Vu

+1 for the synology. using a pair of rs815+ here as cheap backup storage. they work well enough and iscsi has been very stable.

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Mazda and Toyota join forces on Linux-based connected car platform

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PAYG MiFi, best investment ive ever made. that along with a pair of USB charging ports and we are gravy. before the roaming changes this year we used to run a three sim too which worked abroad in europe, didnt hear a peep from the kids on long journeys.

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Private sub captain changes story, now says reporter died, was 'buried at sea' – torso found

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Re: you're dead wrong

yeah seems so. thats a lot of dismembering in 3 hours. they found blood on the walls of the sub too.

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Re: Occam's Razor

Or she didn't like the look of his torpedo so he made her walk the plank instead.

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Re: You can't change your story like that

Well that much is obvious. Even for a lawyer it is quite difficult to show that your client was confused:

"Dropped her off in port?" "No sorry I meant dropped her overboard at sea after she died".

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I imagine the police said, "we found a body and it is being identified, cough now and you get a lesser sentence, cough later and we nail you for more" It is true they found a body and they didn't have to say they found a dismembered body.

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Q: How many drones are we bombing ISIS with? A: That's secret, mmkay

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Re: Most likely answers

Or variable: we lease them from the US and it depends how many they let us play with and if they agree with what we bomb.

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Surfacegate: Microsoft execs 'misled Nadella', claims report

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Re: I would guess MS is to blame

My dell xps laptop with its i5 skylake runs just fine.

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Re: Microsoft lying about surface?

Well the world health organisation probably get decent bulk MS licence deals so it isnt a surprise they run IE

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Tech billionaire Khosla loses battle over public beach again – and still grants no access

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Re: @Notas Badoff Over my dead body!

How did the previous owner screw up? By having a storefront they didnt mind people having access. In fact they made it a business and sold the land onwards. The new owner is a douchebag with money who thinks he can do what he wants. However keeping things tied up legally shows he can do what he wants.

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OpenAI bot bursts into the ring, humiliates top Dota 2 pro gamer in 'scary' one-on-one bout

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Hmmm so 1v1 a bot has better awareness and reactions. Lets try a proper team match and see how they do.

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Revealed: The naughty tricks used by web ads to bypass blockers

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Squid esq solutions are still useful. We run a squid cache at work and block ads at source. It is very effective, so much so that staff bring their laptops from home to us claimimg they have malware due to their laptops showing adverts on pages they view at work.

It also speeds up browsing enormously and makes browsing better.

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HMS Queen Lizzie impugned by cheeky Scot's drone landing

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Re: A threat?

Just drop a load of sand taken from St Bees beach near sellafield. Probably be enough to cause an NBC incident....

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Re: Assuming it was armed...

GPMG would be used I assume. They would be quite effective and use tracer to enable leading.

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Foot-long £1 sausage roll arrives

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Re: but does it taste any good

Our local butcher does cheapish sausage rolls that are suspiciously pink inside. He assures us they are cooked and weve never been ill or grown snouts. They taste good too.

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Re: "less appetising parts"

Awesome. Im sure its contains the same meat products as biltong, midnight mouth organ kebabs, haggis, black pudding and 'cheap sausages'.

All good.

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Mid-flight jumbo font smartphone text shock sparks kid abuse arrests

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No. In the uk teachers are expected to be on the lookout. All part of safeguarding training.

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Brit uni builds its own supercomputer from secondhand parts

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All aspects of education run on shoestrings. Ive been using castoff systems for years. Server 2016 is excellent in regards of server storage, this means i can use cast off SANs too with multiple building replication.

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Four techies flummoxed for hours by flickering 'E' on monitor

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Have a similar story but it was network connectivity and a microwave oven. The cables were in the wall and ran behind a cheap microwave oven in a room below.

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Microsoft won't patch SMB flaw that only an idiot would expose

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Re: Microsof SHOULD patch SMBv1

They did patch smbv1. Its called smbv2.

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Re: sorry, but is this so unreasonable?

Then dont buy products that have poor protocols baked in them. Or put said products on a vlan with locked down firewalled access if you must use leaky compromised kit.

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Wannacry for example?

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Re: the problem is Microshaft's design

The default state for ports on my server2012r2 is closed. I need a domain firewall policy to allow services. I cant say for standalone servers but i imagine uou need to enable in the firewall.

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Re: But...

However in this case smbv1 was succeeded by smbv2 which was refined into smbv3.

You dont use PPTP even though it is easy to setup and works, because it is insecure and has been superceeded. Same can be said for smbv1.

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Re: Enough said

I thought a recent MS security patch pretty much disabled smbv1 everywhere? I seem to rememeber reading about it after wannacry surfaced.

Smbv1 is quite old and outdated. Even my linux boxes arent using smbv1.

Even basic routers would block internet smbv1 access so you have to be pretty daft to start opening the ports up (or just pppoeing your server to the Internet )

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Brace yourselves, Virgin Media prices are going up AGAIN, people

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Re: Is this to fund upgrades so they can fix the horrific congestion?

Virgin DO offer a static IP, I have one. Then again i have a grandfathered product from a virgin "takeover". It is a broadband only package not a tv bundle.

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USA to screen tablets,
e-readers and handheld games before they fly

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Re: Now imagine carrying a small rocket engine on in hand luggage.

Accident implies noone is to blame.

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Re: Pre-registration?

Does america acutally recognise the IRA as a terrorist organisation though?

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Re: Actually the TSA found about 60 handguns on planes last year.

Did they find the gun then wave the person through?

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Re: Nothing to see here...

I was really surprised that I didnt have to put my tablet in a separate tray when i flew from manchester to spain earlier this month. I did last year.

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Expect the Note 8 to break the bank (and your wallet)

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And the $1000 will have various state taxes as appropriate um guessing.

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Microsoft hits new low: Threatens to axe classic Paint from Windows 10

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Re: IIS 6 Management Compatibility

That will be IIS 7 manager then.

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Re: System Image Backup (SIB)

SIB is very simple and has gotten my parents out of a pickle. External drive and SIB is so easy to setup.

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Re: What are they thinking?

Snipping tool sounds great. How do you blockout the email address the middle of the selection and put a red circle to highlight a further portion of the selection?

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