* Posts by Captain Scarlet

1701 posts • joined 30 Dec 2010

Samba needs two patches, unless you're happy for SMB servers to dance for evildoers

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Thats weird, I have never heard of "Linux Code" before. I assumed they would have used C++, C or any other number of coding languages.

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BOFH: But soft, what light through yonder window breaks?

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Re: Draw full of random keys

"but woodworking books from pre WWII generally call them desk draws or a chest of draws, etc.."

Ah no wonder I made the error, my school was very hard up for anything (Should see the nice shiney place now)

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Re: Draw full of random keys

Blast, that was very poor of me, however it makes a change from randomly offending people.

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Draw full of random keys

So thats why I always find draws full of random keys!

The BOFH could of at least disposed of said keys before our company brought their building.

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Patch on way 'this week' for HP printer vulns

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The floppotron says different

Also the last time I went near our dot matrix it tried to eat my hand

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Automatic for the people: Telcos forced to pay for giving you crap services

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"an engineer does not turn up for a scheduled appointment"

What happens if you are waiting for an engineer who has fixed it without access to the premises, i.e the local Exchange. Its happened to me before, I was still expecting the engineer on site to investigate a fault only to find out later the issue was already resolved (The router just needed an initial power load to get it back working).

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Oh Brother: Hackers can crash your unpatched printers – researchers

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"I got rid of the last one when it had its fourth paper jam in eight hours"

Just change the paper pickup rollers in the paper tray area when they are worn, newer HP's eat through them and you can tell they need replacing when the roller is smoooooooooooooooooooooooooth.

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OK, we admit it. Under the hood, the iPhone X is a feat of engineering

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Re: Feat of engineering

"OK, I'll bite. I'm genuinely curious. Why is it worth spending £100 on a decent dashcam? Even if they were free I currently wouldn't be tempted to put one in my car."

Never driven around London or Manchester then, I've had a number of near misses where people are no paying attention, another reason for me is so I can review my own mistakes (When you buy one you will instantly see red for everything before you realise how silly you are in most cases). Another is if there is something to rubber neck at, just ignore it and view it on camera later.

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Re: Feat of engineering

People always think somethig silly if its not their idea, I bet the people who get the £1000 jesus phone can't understand why anyone would spend an equal amount on a computer (and yes I think spending more than £200 on a mobile phone is silly but then again I mostly use it for calls and text messages).

I keep telling people to get a dashcam, when I mentioned its normally about £100 for a decent dashcam and a media card they then say its to expensive for their car they probably spent over 10 grand on (Although more people just want a new car on the lease plan's, I would prefer just to get one a few years old)

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Firefox bookmark saving add-on gives users that sync-ing feeling

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IE is dead now anyway

Except it isnt especially when working in big corps where they say "Meh" to non standard applications

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Subsidy-guzzling Tesla's Model 3 volumes a huge problem – Wall St man

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Re: Electricity always flow toward ground

Well to move anything it will need energy of some form?

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IBM kills Bluemix, a year after killing SoftLayer

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First time I came across it, was called Lotus Sametime, then IBM Lotus Sametime and then IBM Sametime.

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If your websites use WordPress, put down that coffee and upgrade to 4.8.3. Thank us later

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Re: It's better than Windows

Wow you are lucky, only one of our sites are currently 4.7.x and I keep getting "BEH such and such site has outdated software" by our overlords (RTFM is my normal response).

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Thats weird, I thought most Wordpress specific hosts have a routine to update plugins as well as core at set times (To reduce load).

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Official: Perl the most hated programming language, say devs

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Re: LISP

"VB is on life support, just some residual noise from the poor sods who have to work with VBA"

Thats what they said when .net came out but VBA will not go away (PLEASE HELP ME!).

As long as products such as Office remain in businesses I can't see how they can get rid of VBA, after ignoring it MS are being forced to update many of their unloved office products such as Access which have had failed attempts to go to the web (Through Sharepoint of course).

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Robot takes the job of sitting on your arse

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Re: Would SEAT-3-P-O be already taken?

I must admit when I first saw Seat 3 P O I thought it was the VW brand as well.

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Re: Typical robots - half a job done

Looking at Just Rolled into the Shop sub-reddit I think it also needs to include a ground in Dorito, Wimpy Burger spillage tests (Other Foods and Fast Food Establishments are available).

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BOFH: Do I smell burning toes, I mean burning toast?

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For me having to fill in the paper work for someone spilling tea on the floor is bad enough.

Anything like that would happen here it would be endless arm flailing and tick box forms.

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Re: decisions HAVE been made!

I feel your pain, except for us our nice big server room became a massive meeting room (New false floor over the old false floor for added laziness), the server room is now in what was our store room (Which because we lost our other store room this week has now become both a server and store room which I can't keep flammable materials in >_<).

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Credit insurance tightens for geek shack Maplin Electronics

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Re: You cant have it both ways

"small shops in cheap locations"

Didn't work for Special Reserve, also kind of sad no-one mentioned it.

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Windows 10 Fall Creators Update tackles IT's true menace: Cheating gamers

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Re: Cheaters will cheat as Crackers will crack

"They never give up on lock in."

They never have much luck with them either, from the MSN Games Zone to Live Games or whetever the stupid top bar thingie was called has failed and been ditched.

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GE goes with Apple: Not the Transformation you were looking for, Satya?

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Re: I've always considered Apple to give better value-for-money

I just have to look over my desk to find computers designed for Windows XP happily running Windows 7 Enterprise nearly 10 years old. Anyone can make any machine whether its Windows, Linux, iOS last years longer than the manufacturer would like (Probably would run notebook computers longer however replacing a battery on a machine with an asset value of £0 isnt going to happen).

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Misco UK chops majority of workforce, pulls down shutters

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Yeah search Tier1online (Other such refurbishers who include a years warranty also available).

They had a more recent company starting with green but I can't remember its name.

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If you can remember the make they tended to order direct for items like that (Actually includes a lot of items like Lindy items, HP Parts). The past few years I would say under half our orders actually came from a Systemax warehouse.

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Like any other such company?? (Looking at you inmac, Micro Warehouse, BT Business, ...)

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What the fdisk? Storage Spaces Direct just vanished from Windows Server in version 1709

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Re: Pay for? Or severe bugs?

Considering some of the horrendous databases people have designed in MS Access its no wonder they any data at all. Its still far too easy to corrupt Access files (Just kill the process off in the middle of any query and normally ends up with corrupt vba).

They are perfectly fine as front ends with a database behind it, just make sure there is a safe copy somewhere, its one user per copy, all data is in a external database, its compiled as a runtime and nothing in it makes takes to long to run (As people are impatient and will kill off anything running longer than a minute).

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BlackBerry Motion lurches into UK stores

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Only problem though is I have a Dtek and although it receives security updates it appears it won't ever receive a new version of the Android OS. Probably not that big of a deal but just seems to me the usual if it flops its immediatly slapped on life support. The Blackberry brand appears to be poison as users would prefer to have cheaper android models or idevices instead

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Way-NO, Waymo! Judge snubs demand for Uber's robo-taxi code

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Re: Guess I picked the wrong month...

Someone at Waymo picked the wrong month to give up smoking

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Future of Misco UK hangs in the balance – sources

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Blast it

Well I for one much prefer Misco to other resellers, yes they cost more but our account managers have always helped us out and dealt with any issues we have (Which includes me ordering wrong items).

There is very little they couldn't get ordered for us where as other suppliers have refused to even look to see if they could get items not on their books.

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Crypto-coin miners caught toiling away in hacked cloud boxes

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Re: The only safe way to use of the Cloud ...

The only safe thing to do is fire the stupid people who think its ok to have a password of password.

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Google isn't saying Microsoft security sucks but Chrome for Windows has its own antivirus

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Re: Why would Chrome have the privileges required?

"Do people run Chrome with root privileges?"

I have seen loads where Google installed itself in the users local settings folder, so not always.

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Patch your WordPress plugins: Scum are right now hijacking blogs

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Re: Oh Joy?

"What about ordinary Joe Soap who spent thousands for some agency to build their WordPress site and the agency don't do updates because it costs them time that they can't charge the customer?"

We require to host all our sites (Then we know what sites are there, domains are used, etc.. obviously until they can't be bothered and slap their domain on a crap web host, when we find out they wonder why we are fuming they paid stupid amounts of money on a website noone has control over and the domain isnt even officially owned by the company). We will request the agency then keeps the site up to date whilst we host this (Making Marketing aware they are paying the agency for it), if they fail to do so demand a login and do it ourselves (Ensuring time is logged and cross charged to Marketing), when the marketing agency need to do work, take a backup of the database and files and supply it to them.

So far I am only happy with one agency used, as they actually do apply updates faster than we are able to.

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Roku tweaks Apple's nose with telly-friendly vid-streaming boxes

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Re: Have they fixed the frame rate issue?

I thought I read articles of people flashing the Sky variants with Roku firmware.

Did they lock that out as well?

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There's a way to dodge Fasthosts' up-to-160% domain renewal hike but you're not gonna like it

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Re: 123reg getting greedy

Probably because most people just leave auto-renew on (Oh wait so do I, but I use Enom because I am to lazy to go elsewhere.).

I expect they are trying to get a cash injection with people renewing for longer as I don't remember Nominet or Verisign being that high (CentralNic however were mind boggling).

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Scared of that new-fangled 'cloud'? Office 2019 to the rescue!

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Re: Skype for Business

Apologises for the one person I apparenly insulted, but IBM are probably worse renaming the web access client in IBM Notes nearly every other release

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Skype for Business

Wait what they arent going to rename it again to something else?

Will the exe be Skype related (As Lync I remember being messenger.exe and current Skype for Business is lync.exe)

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TalkTalk once told GCHQ: Cyberattack? We'd act fast – to get sport streams back up

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Is this PR

"We do not recognise these comments. Our biggest security priority has always been protecting our customers"

I wonder what their actual biggest or highest priority is, because I assume its making money. At this point I will give TalkTalk a plus star (1 out of 10) for saying biggest security priority and not lying by saying it was their biggest priority.

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Bing fling sting: Apple dumps Microsoft search engine for Google

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Re: Bing

I'm not aware of anyone who uses the start menu to search the internet, normally they will have Chrome or Google as their homepage.

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After Microsoft calls out HP Inc over stalled Windows 10 logins, HP bounces back with a fix

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Re: Ooh a success!

Just use the HP UPD - HP Universal Print Driver.

It works with majority of features on laserjets with half the bloat.

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Microsoft's AI is so good it steered Renault into bottom of the F1 league

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Re: Eh what

To be honest every time I go to see Classic Car racing, BTCC, etc... I can't hear anything over the PA speakers. I just go to watch noisy cars as I could not tell you who won unless its for instant a drag strip.

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Eh what

"You can imagine people in the grandstand each wearing a HoloLens headset and getting information, like what is the driver's mood – is he feeling aggressive or defensive?"

Why go to the track, why not just stay at home if you are going to slap a display on to your face?

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Windows 10 Creators Update will add app-level privacy controls

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W10 spying

My W10 machine has all the privacy stuff on, yet my phone knows where I have been (As I find the traffic updates to be very useful) and probably slurps 10x more information about me.

I don't think I can lay into MS in regards data slurping (Who the hell wants to know I watch Youtube and play Dota2), most times its annoying when updates start asking questions as often relatives will do what I tell them to and query it (Just fecking update damnit).

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'Open and accessible' spambot server leaks 711 million records

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Re: have i been pwned?

"Adobe have required that for using their software for quite some time now."

Yeah I know but I didn't think I had an account, but apparently I have since 2015 (According to my password tool), maybe I'm not drinking enough tea and becoming forgetful.

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Re: have i been pwned?

... I have an Adobe account wth???

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Couple fires sueball at Amazon over faulty solar eclipse-viewing goggles

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Re: Site for sore eyes.

I see the same stuff on eBay, any shop which allows other people to sell things are easily targetted (Do you think they will be bothered to test items?)

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Microsoft's fix for web graphics going AWOL? Disable your antivirus

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Re: Is IE still a thing?

Yes

(At work where I have no control over the supported browser)

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Terry Pratchett's unfinished works flattened by steamroller

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Re: the steamroller didn't do all that much damage,

Hmm I was that where the paper being crushed exploded (I have no Youtube here)?

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Lanarkshire NHS infection named as Bitpaymer variant

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Re: I'm curious

Really really old versions of Cisco Unified Messaging (Like 4.0 which ran on Windows 2000 for Call Manager, Unity, etc...)

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CrashPlan crashes out of cloudy consumer backup caper

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Unlimited Storage

Although I am going by the Business page, comments appear to shows it might be unlimited, this should have been a major red flag to anyone and I can't see why they also do this on their Business Plans.

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Re: Darn it

Hmm nice of them to compare Carbonite

https://www.crashplan.com/en-us/business/compare/

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