* Posts by Danny 14

3625 posts • joined 15 Jun 2009

Prank 'Give me a raise!' email nearly lands sysadmin with dismissal

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CEOs tend to get pissed when grunts misuse their email addresses. Thats why pissing in the water cooler works better.

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im trying to think of something that WONT let me put what i want in the from field. Dell MDSM does, synology NAS, qnap NAS all do for me. Then there are the dell iRAC cards, they do.

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'Can you just pop in to the office and hit the power button?' 'Not really... the G8 is on'

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Re: Long ago.

if remote tools are banned then ill take the overtime instead :)

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Re: Does a running gun battle to the airport count?

sound like the slough/heathrow run. Survival of the fittest.

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Re: Instinct

wasnt the windows 10 question more along the lines:

We have downloaded windows 10 and wont will not certainly install windows 10 now at reboot startup? Please cancel or close to continue, yes?

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Re: Long ago.

dell idrac has saved my arse sooooo many times when accidentally powering down instead of reboot.

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Amazon, ditch us? But they can't do without us – Oracle

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Re: Pissing on customers

its not so much leaving, its leaving then offer a cheaper solution at the same time. with migration assistance.

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Re: Data what?

just make your own in foxpro. deprecated my arse.

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it is very similar to IBM in the 80s. Too slow to adapt and too reliant on locking people into IBM compatible. Others develop faster though and the pool dries up.

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15% revenue growth is great for most – but it's piddling if you're Huawei

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Re: A taste of what is going to happen

the articles ive seen point to apple doing well by inflating the prices.

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Re: No android updates

insert usual comment about "upgrade the firmware yourself". unless the bootloader is locked of course.

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Some of you really don't want Windows 10's April 2018 update on your rigs

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Re: Not my fault you can't use it right.

the really REALLY annoying thing about MS is that they already offer decent versions of their OS. Remeber Vista and the shitness? Look at server 2008, server 2008 was awesome. It had a start menu, proper search, no telemetry. And its still supported now. 2008r2 (windows 7) just just 2008 with more goodies.

windows 8? Apart from the stupid way to reboot or search from rdp server 2012 just worked. It had a fully functional and working backup, desktop and control panel.

8.1 made 2012r2: gone was the silly rdp swipe to edges andnit booted to desktop. yey.

come windows 10, server 2016 is perfectly usable. Sure the start menu is a bit 'flat' but thats the only real gripe. It is similar to LTSB in a way.

The server iterations show what CAN be done with the OS. MS choose not to offer those "skins" though.

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Re: Stop breaking stuff

most of our default screen res are 1366x768. thats about 300 i5 inspiron laptops.

the desktops are 1280x1024 (19" 4:3 screens). ones with projectors extend desktops most of the time - people change to suit. I run a screen res script to default to extend and reset the res on reboot.

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Shock Land Rover Discovery: Sellers could meddle with connected cars if not unbound

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Re: A least mine is fine

i quite like JLR using ford engines, it means i can get updates on my ford mondeo for free and JLR technicians get the full ETIS computer. I have a mate who works in a dealership....

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Re: Hire car data

most transit van hires still have bluetooth. I hired one from enterprise just 3 weeks ago, it had a load of bluetooth history in its connection page.

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Re: New owner must be able to disconnect seller immediately from the vehicle

@AC: you phone JLR, they check DVLA data. You confirm with JLR your identity. voila! system reset.

It seems that JLR dont want to do this though.

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As Corning unveils its latest Gorilla Glass, we ask: What happened to sapphire mobe screens?

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Re: Seems obvious ...

good idea but a shit to use in town.

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Why Google won't break a sweat about EU ruling

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Re: What I want (i.e. will pay for) in my smartphone OS

you dont need to root in order to flash a rom. I have a note 3 with a custom rom but an intact knox. it isn't rooted.it has no bloat at all.

my wife has an s6 that is rooted and custom rom. that has no bloat but wouldn't pass muster on some root detecting apps (it is rooted with root hiding capability but it isnt perfect)

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Re: I'm just here

the dealie isn't what you can do with AOSP or forks. the dealie is what manufacturers can do. If they have expensive product A with all rhe bells and whistles running stock android then they cannot have cheap product B running their own android that they cooked up with AOSP. Google dont allow it.

Google like to keep all their baked in goodies and search bars etc. they dont need to phone hone as the default has the users doing that for them.

This ruling should let manufacturers do what they like with android without fear of reprisals. Obviously google will continue with reprisals but just do it within the rules.

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Fork it! Google fined €4.34bn over Android, has 90 days to behave

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Re: ....we are approaching a time of living in "interesting times"

it is antitrust becasue apple wont let anyone else make an apple phone. google will but lock the manufacturer out of creating forked android without penalties.

before android there was apple, treoOS, balckberry, windows mobile, nokiaos etc.

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Samsung’s new phone-as-desktop is slick, fast and ready for splash-down ... somewhere

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Re: Ridiculous

car into plane wouldn't be as neat as bicycle into jetpack.

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it wont replace because most of the apps wont work properly. I played with DEX on an s8 and it is a gimmick. most wont resize and look stupid in a tiny window on a large screen. The was an issue accessing non secure SD cards too. DEX is very niche and whilst the principle is sound you can carry an intel NUC around (the same size as the DEX dock) that will run full fat linux/windows and be far more powerful.

it will also be cheaper (and more flexible) to get a huawei plus NUC than s9 and DEX

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It walks, it talks, it falls over a bit. Windows 10 is three years old

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Re: "the Windows 7 hold-outs should finally feel able to make the upgrade"

1511 was shit. 1604 was good enough for office machines. 1703 (?) broke loads of shit for us. 1709 works nicely. 1803 was a load of steaming crap as far as breaking stuff went.

LTSB is great buuuuuuut we needed 2 store apps and minecraft education so no go. Next LTSB looks like it wont play with MS office so that will nail a few coffins.

Linux is great for our web server, file server, mariadb server etc but no use for our 400 school desktops. Linux wont run over half of software we need to run so we are stuck with windows.

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Scam alert: No, hackers don't have webcam vids of you enjoying p0rno. Don't give them any $$s

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Re: Suicide

im not sure you have read the article correctly.

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Re: Got one just a couple weeks ago ...

good to see a hijacked server giving legit dkim positive spam.....

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No, seriously, why are you holding your phone like that?

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Re: Back in the day..

i have used the button up method ONLY when im navigating call center stuff. As soon as i hold the phone vertically my phone goes into screen off and ill be damned if i can get the keypad back without terminating the call. I seem to find that the phone decides to bring the screen back wholey dependent on length of time in the queue. 5 mins? yup, screen keypad will return. 40 mins? nope, phone needs just ANY excuse to drop the call.

to be safe i use phone flat method and it seems to keep the bugger at bay.

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Imagine a patent on organizing computer files being used against online shopping sites. Oh, it's still happening

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Re: IMO

except the US system is grant patent first and sue for validity later

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Re: Oh for the love of...

prior art is the second line of defence. first is to get is tossed and invalidated. if it isnt then you basically then say 'yes we do this but your sueball is silly because of prior art'

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Re: SpeedTrack's system provides..

so basically what i did in dos mosaic and early search engines back in the 90s

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Time to dump dual-stack networks and get on the IPv6 train – with LW4o6

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Re: Big advantage

The bigger issue is if you're in IPv4-world and want to talk to an IPv6 address. That's when you need a proxy (or other solution).

Not really. Like I said earlier, any decent firewall will sort this out for you:

server 10.10.10.100 runs IIS. Your ISP has only given you IPv6 and you are too old skool to enable IPv6 on your server and give it an address. Don't worry, your stateful firewall will happily ACL route your external IPv6 to 10.10.10.100

if you mean the other way around then hurricane electric are your friend.

Sonicwalls have been doing this for years, pfsense can do this too. Never mind blackguards and palo altos. I believe that ubiquiti edge routers cannot NAT64

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Re: Big advantage

any decent stateful firewall will happily let you set up ACLs and routings for IPv4 to IPv6. Dell Sonicwalls have let you do this for years, same as Juniper, Palo Alto etc. I imaging if you want to homebrew the pfsense will do this, just set the "IPV4" side as your gateway and let the magic happen within pfsense (having a the ipv6 side connect to your modem/router)

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Re: "Where does the 4 to 6 interchange take place?"

I thought Dell Sonicwalls have been doing this for years. I know my 2650 will let me do something similar, it will let me have an internet routable IPv6 address sit on the firewall and map or encapsulate an IPv4 internal server IP to that address. so the ISP can give me a bunch of IPv6 addresses and I can route the "external" (I say external, meaning these are from the ISP) to the internal IPv4 only server.

I don't do this as I don't have an IPv6 presence at all, I have a /29 and am happy with those.

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Have I been paid, Sage? Cloudy wage service locks out users

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I was warning our compliance officer that moving everything to the cloud is a bad idea, I was convincing him that having a hybrid approach of site and cloud resiliency was a reasonably good idea. We were trialling sage online as it works out cheaper than onsite (against my suggestion) and we were hit by this. It was very very funny being in the meeting the week after. It was also very funny listening to the story our Bursar told me when the sales rep tried to explain things away.

luckily we could run our local sage plus a manual BACS run so our guys and gals got paid. We are sticking with onsite only as sage wont do a hybrid.

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Banks told: Look, your systems WILL fail. What is your backup plan?

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Re: To paraphrase a common saying

TBH in the age of VMs, it is totally inexcusable to leave a backup plan untested. You can even spool up a cheapy nas iscsi box to use as testing storage if you need to (all isolated of course).

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Re: re “Free”. Dream on.

you mean that single box on a tax return that you type in from the email you get annually? It usually takes me an extra 15 seconds. It takes me longer to remember is it 9/10 or 8/10 of my ATL I can claim.

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Re: Nice

don't worry. its in the cloud. That fixes *everything*

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Re: Having backup plans is good.

backups are good, fault tolerance and resiliency is also good. Backups should be an utter last resort as it almost certainly means stuff is lost between fail and restore. At least with multiple resilience you can carry on trucking.

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Gemini goes back to the '90s with Agenda, Data and mulls next steps

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or the clock in the corner. Next to the button to activate the voice assistant.

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'Plane Hacker' Roberts: I put a network sniffer on my truck to see what it was sharing. Holy crap!

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Re: "Aren't they then driving without insurance?"

third party cover via fully comp is only via permission. It could be argued consent occurred when permission was sought and granted.

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Re: MH370 or others?

problem is with brexit, in order to negotiate you must have something the other side wants. we have trade and thats about it. A hard brexit stance from the beginning would have been better as countries would simply sort deals under the table and make them official later. as of now 18 months has been wasted on talking about irish border.

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Thanks for the happy memories, Micron – now beat it, says China: Court bans chip sales

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Re: Panic?

there are trading limits. 6pct is a monumental amount to lose in one sitting. there are normally bounce backs when speculators buy up the panic sales, this didnt really happen.

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HP Ink's UK profits tumble nearly 85% – of course Brexit to blame

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Re: Er...

because photographs look naff on them. We print to A3 photographic paper and we also have some continuous roll paper (that costs more than the cartridges), this is simply not possible on laser printers. We do have a pair of Kyocera 2550 A3 that are used for contact sheets.

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Re: I advise people not to touch HP printers

we only have one HP printer at work, a large format A3 roll feed. That uses 3rd party cartridges, we remove the cartridge, fill from an ink bottle and put back. It also has a waste ink "potty" we reset the pad full when the counter gets passed the threshold.

The rest are Epson A3 printers, these have CISS fitted (and waste ink potty). the oldest printer we have is an Epson R360 A4, that one has been waste pad reset over 10 times now (that is about 1.5Million prints) and the heads are still working well.

Not one of them have had OEM ink purchased other than the cartridges they came with (and that was whilst the CISS was waiting to be fitted). We can buy 7x 250ml bottles and a pair of empty cartridges for each colour (depending on if it uses gloss optimiser or not) cheaper than a single set of OEM cartridges.

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Google weeps as its home state of California passes its own GDPR

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Re: Easy Enough

not so with GDPR, with GDPR a right to erasure needs to be permanent both historical and going forwards (including if backups are restored). If they can prove you started a new relationship agreement with them then the erasure will be null from THAT point onwards and only within scope of that agreement.

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Microsoft has another crack at fixing Chrome problems in Windows 10

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Re: Best fix for Chrome...

nice idea but chrome had really good group policies. Far more than edge. chrome is our primary browser with IE for those aging silverlight apps we have.

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At last! Apple admits its MacBook Pro butterfly keyboards utterly suck, offers free replacements

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Re: Oops...to late? I think Apple just burned the last bridge completely

aye, that was the first time id ever tried (and now use) ubuntu server (after many years of using CentOS). 7 was a real letdown due to some silly decisions.

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my galaxy note 3 has better connectivity and repair options than apple products.

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this would work in the UK. especially if purchased with a credit card. You could get your CC to do the fighting for you too.

1 year is not a reasonable lifetime for a keyboard.

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Re: Nicely done.

clippit had a heart attack.

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Software engineer fired, shut out of office for three weeks by machine

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Re: Similar but not

OSA prosecutions can be a closed door trial. They dont have to release details to the public either unless it is in the states interest to do so.....

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