* Posts by KLane

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Facebook to surround all of Africa in optical fibre and tinfoil

KLane
Headmaster

Re: Can someone explain?

The main reason aluminum is bad for house wiring, is that copper is 'springy' and aluminum isn't, at least far less than copper. When the wire is connected to the outlet, switch, etc., it is usually under a screw. The copper will push back when compressed, maintaining a good electrical connection, whereas aluminum doesn't. This leads to a connection that will degrade over time, and cause a 'hot spot' where the wire meets the outlet or switch, increasing the risk of fire.

Florida man might just stick it to HP for injecting sneaky DRM update into his printers that rejected non-HP ink

KLane

Re: HP printers

I've been happy so far with a Xerox DocuCentre 6027 color laser. I have used third-party toner for some time now, and all it does is say 'Non-Genuine Toner' when I turn the power on, and then continues to start normally. BTW, print quality is very good.

Real-time tragedy: Dumb deletion leaves librarian red-faced and fails to nix teenage kicks on the school network

KLane

Re: ah yes there were times at work they went round and audited the machines

Yes, there is, but I won't give the source (not hard to find, but why help?) They are quite often used to get revenge on script-kiddie level hackers.

Take DOS, stir in some Netware, add a bit of Windows and... it's ALIIIIVE!

KLane

My favorite Novell feature...

was the ability to un-delete files via the server console that a user had deleted (it had it's own version of a recycle bin), as well as identifying who did it as well! I have yet to see this on any Windows server, unless you use low-level disk editing tools.

iFixit surgeons dissect Apple's pricey Mac Pro: Industry standard sockets? Repair diagrams? Who are you and what have you done to Apple?

KLane
Boffin

Techy explanation follows...

It's done by having the connectors disconnect the power, excluding ground, first, by having shorter 'fingers' on the connector for those lines. The rest is up to the motherboard having isolation between that connector and the others, so that the drop of all the data lines to basically zero won't affect the other circuitry.

The silence of the racks is deafening, production gear has gone dark – so which wire do we cut?

KLane

Re: Site services

IIRC, it was Dell PowerEdge series servers.

Blood, snot and fear: Why the travelling lone tech reporter should always knock twice

KLane

Re: Interesting problem

A number of these systems have no interface to the card writer from the reservation system. All it requires is the room number to be entered, which gets the access token from the lock computers, and then writes it to the card.

US customers kick up class-action stink over Epson's kyboshing of third-party ink

KLane

Xerox 6027

I have had very good results with this one, and it has no problem with alternate toner cartridges, other than a 'non-genuine toner' message displayed only on power-up. The advanced settings also make it easy to get the best quality on photo prints as well.

Stalker attacks Japanese pop singer – after tracking her down using reflection in her eyes

KLane
Pirate

Re: Unexpected result of digital cameras

It's actually easy to do this, as the garden-variety (non high-security) keys have a fixed number of pre-defined cut depths, 6 to 10, and number of pins, typically 4 to 6. You just need to recognize the make of key, and try a few different keyway blanks for that make. To make it even easier, some keys have the cut numbers stamped on the head face, such as those by Kwikset and Schlage.

HP to hike upfront price of printer hardware as ink biz growth runs dry

KLane

Xerox 6027

I have had very good results with this one, and it has no problem with alternate toner cartridges, other than a 'non-genuine toner' message displayed only on power-up. The advanced settings also make it easy to get the best quality on photo prints as well.

Rise of the Machines hair-raiser: The day IBM's Dot Matrix turned

KLane

Re: Surely....

Don't know the printer specs, but unplugging the data cable may not stop the printing immediately, as it may have an internal buffer.

This weekend you better read those ebooks you bought from Microsoft – because they'll be dead come early July

KLane

Re: Par for the course

I have been using Apress books for some time. Even though their library doesn't have everything I need, they allow you to buy/download PDF versions of the book. They are DRM-free, just signed in the footer of each page with the e-mail name from your account. That's it....

I'll just clear down the database before break. What's the worst that could happen? It's a trial

KLane

Re: The best I've managed...

I have always wondered when MS SQL (and some others) would require a WHERE clause on any sort of update or delete statement, instead of defaulting to ALL. I have worked with databases, some literally decades old, that require either a 'WHERE TRUE' or 'WHERE 1=1' qualifier to be syntax-correct. Made this sort of error far more unlikely.

What a meth: Elderly Melbourne couple sign for 20kg shipment of drugs, say cops

KLane
FAIL

Not them...

Andy,

That was a stock photo, and not the actual couple.

Scare-bnb: Family finds creeper cams hidden in their weekend rental by scanning Wi-Fi

KLane

Re: How

I use WiFi Analyzer by farproc on my Android phone. Works on both 2g and 5g bands. Free, ad-supported.

Oracle spaffed $30bn on buybacks over the past 9 months, but analysts warn it can't last forever

KLane
FAIL

And totally unrelated to....

https://spectrum.ieee.org/view-from-the-valley/at-work/tech-careers/oracle-swings-the-layoff-axe-and-clearcuts-teams-of-engineers

We don't want to be Latch key-less kids: NYC tenants sue landlords for bunging IoT 'smart' lock on their front door

KLane
FAIL

What if....

the batteries die in the lock, it loses the codes, or someone 'accidentallyonpurpose' breaks the lock?

More nodding dogs green-light terrible UK.gov pr0n age verification plans

KLane

Censorship vs millions of teenagers...

https://dilbert.com/strip/1996-01-23

Merry Christmas, you filthy directors: ICO granted powers to fine bosses for spam calls

KLane

Re: Could I get charged with assult ...

That means they would have to come forward and be identified. Maybe it wouldn't help you directly, but others called from the same number, and/or about the same scam, would then know.

Yale Weds: Just some system maintenance, nothing to worry about. Yale Thurs: Nobody's smart alarm app works

KLane

Re: Not Surprised

...and how many people realize there is a physical backup/valet key hidden inside in most of the keyfobs out there?

Don't get THAT personal, says personalised cards firm Moonpig. Dick pics. They mean dick pics

KLane
Joke

Re:

I'm quite sure some women were sending pictures of their husbands (dicks) that ordered these!

Cisco sneaks hardcoded secret root backdoor into vid surveillance kit

KLane
Big Brother

Darn!

OK, they found out about that one. Are we still good on the others?

Facebook sued for exposing content moderators to Facebook

KLane

However...

She worked there for nine months, and then decided it was too much? Seems like a decision that you would make very shortly after starting. No one was making her do this job.....

Chap asks Facebook for data on his web activity, Facebook says no, now watchdog's on the case

KLane

Re: 'It's not clear whether he also has a FB account or whether he's a non-account'

If this stored data can't be queried efficiently, then what does Facebook use or archive it for? I suspect if a TLA asked for it, there would be no difficulty coming up with it.

Cops suspect Detroit fuel station was hacked before 10 drivers made off with 2.3k 'free' litres

KLane

It's federal law in the US

29 CFR 1917.156 - Fuel handling and storage

(a)Liquid fuel.

.....................

(8) Liquid fuel dispensing devices shall be provided with an easily accessible and clearly identified shut-off device, such as a switch or circuit breaker, to shut off the power in an emergency.

Oracle, for one, says we'll welcome our new robot overlords: '90%' of you will obey an AI bot

KLane

Are you sure you wanted to be 'Ruled' by AI?

It was only a matter of time before the machines started fighting back. And let's be honest, we all knew the software engineers would be the first to fall.

And so it was that Ibrahim Diallo, in California, USA, found himself fired from his job, had his network access and his entry card killed, and was unable to get himself reinstated despite his own manager, and even his manager's boss, assuring him that he was still employed.

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/06/22/software_engineer_fired_by_machine/

BOFH: Their bright orange plumage warns other species, 'Back off! I'm dangerous!'

KLane
Headmaster

Should have been punctuated properly:

Certified Woman-Owned for 17 Yrs - IOW, certified as owned by a woman for 17 years.

KLane

Or this could happen!

From a US movie, but accurate!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uTWvE7TdjuE

Ex-US pres Bill Clinton has written a cyber-attack pulp thriller. With James Patterson. Really

KLane

Amazon Deals

This book came up as my daily Amazon Truck deal today.

HP Ink to compensate punters for bricking third-party ink cartridges

KLane

I have had good experience with Xerox WorkCentre 6027. Quality and toner life are both decent, even on photos. There are several third-party toner providers, and the printer only notifies you of a non-genuine toner when you power off and back on. Also, it's a very simple toner change; open the side door, pull the cartridge out, put the new one in.

User stepped on mouse, complained pedal wasn’t making PC go faster

KLane

Re: If somebody does not understand...

The story was "Mimsy were the Borogroves" by Lewis Padgett.

From Wikipedia:

Mimsy Were the Borogoves" is a science fiction short story by Lewis Padgett originally published in the February 1943 issue of Astounding Science Fiction Magazine.

US Congress mulls first 'hack back' revenge law. And yup, you can guess what it'll let people do

KLane

Re: ACDC?

How could you forget 'Highway To Hell'???

GoDaddy gives white supremacist site its marching orders after Charlottesville slur

KLane
Stop

Google has also given them the boot!

Google has canceled the domain registration for The Daily Stormer, a company spokesperson confirmed Monday.

......

Google didn't want its services used to incite violence, a source close to Google told Business Insider. Daily Stormer registered its domain with Google at 7:51 a.m. Pacific. Google canceled the registration at 11:02 a.m. Pacific, the source said.

http://www.businessinsider.com/google-cancels-domain-registration-for-daily-stormer-2017-8

Samsung stalls Bixby launch because it am English not so good

KLane

How about: (From a mini-keyboard instruction sheet)

"After the flying squirrel and a TV remote control have been infrared transmitter aligned...."

"The cursor can move swimmingly means the pairing has succeeded."

"Loosen the finger then light go out"

Dishwasher has directory traversal bug

KLane

Re: Bewildered. (That's grown-up speak for "wtf")

I just set up a cheap WiFi router with no WAN connection, and connect anything that doesn't need outside world access to that. They can talk to each other all they want.

Science contest to get girls interested in STEM awards first prize to ... a boy

KLane

They actually meant to say....

"EDF has responded by saying that the competition was originally meant to encourage girls into science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) but that it was opened up to both sexes in the name of POLITICAL CORRECTNESS."

Fixed that for ya......

How to help a user who can't find the Start button or the keyboard?

KLane

Re: Of mice and men

Sorry, Peter. It is actually Mr. Jinks, from Pixie and Dixie. Nice pun, though.

Sneaky skimmer scam stings several Safeway supermarkets

KLane
FAIL

Likely quite easy to infect them...

At some of the grocery store checkouts I've used, the backs of the PC used for the POS terminal is quite often accessible/visible, and it would be very easy to plug a cheap USB flash in the back. If the autoplay is still enabled (assuming windows), quite likely it's game over!

Google takedown requests mushroom as copyright holders play whack-a-mole

KLane

Try: https://www.chillingeffects.org

AWS outage knocks Amazon, Netflix, Tinder and IMDb in MEGA data collapse

KLane
IT Angle

Re: Eggs

Should be: Eggs, meet basket. Basket, 'what eggs?'

Keurig to drop coffee DRM after boss admits 'we were wrong'

KLane

But!

They are NOT removing the DRM, they are making a new 'My K-Cup', and making the licensing more available. The 'unlicensed' pods you already have will still not work, as no change will be made to the machine itself.

Apple Pay a haven for 'rampant' credit card fraud, say experts

KLane
Childcatcher

Merchant liability

In the US, at some major chain retailers (Fry's Food, Ross Stores, Home Depot, to name a few) and other minor chains, it is sufficient to swipe the card thru the reader as a credit transaction, and if the amount is under 50 dollars, no further check is done, not even requiring a signature on the reader screen, or the cashier to even look at the card. This is security?

The Pirate Bay changes domain again … TWICE!

KLane

Damn the torpedoes,...

Full steam ahead! (To the next hosting country).

Hackers crack Texan bank, Experian credit records come flooding out

KLane
FAIL

At the very least...

Shouldn't they at least control their access by limiting an account to coming from a specific IP address or range? Or require the one-time pad as mentioned before?

Google 'chooses' not to censor Mosley content, MP says

KLane
FAIL

Can anyone say....

Wikipedia?

Valve pushes Portal freebie

KLane
Headmaster

Semantics check, please!

Does 'where until 20 September, it is completly free' mean the game can be downloaded for free and played this weekend only, or does it mean it can only be downloaded during this weekend and playable indefinitely?

Locking antlers with a network Nazi

KLane
Thumb Up

Removing SEP

Been there, done that!

I have successfully used AppRemover (http://www.appremover.com) to get rid of Symantec Endpoint Protection when I need to decommission a PC (remove corp software) but don't want to wipe it. Hope that helps in the future!

Apple tightens screws on hardware hackers

KLane
Big Brother

UV Paint?

I suspect that Apple is also spraying these with a UV reactive paint as well, knowing their 'paranoia' over warranties. This is one of the oldest techniques (IBM, since 1980 at least) for determining if a product was opened.

BOFH: Pepper-packing bot plot

KLane
Alert

Life imitating BOFH?

From the Register itself!

Robot goes berserk in Balkan lab: 6 boffins given dead arms

Vending-machine repair unit's violent rampage

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/10/14/robot_rampage/

Youth jailed for not handing over encryption password

KLane
Big Brother

Unfortunately.....

It probably wouldn't. How would you prove the key was on the stick, and not in your head instead, or as well? Good luck proving that particular negative. I wonder, have the previous convictions tried to use the 'I don't remember' defense?

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