* Posts by Captain Scarlet

1940 posts • joined 30 Dec 2010

French data watchdog dishes out largest GDPR fine yet: Google ordered to hand over €50m

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Re: Switch to duckduckgo.com

I was trying to troll, but I failed massively by not taking note of the thread is only about search engines. So its gibberish which makes no sense.

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Re: Switch to duckduckgo.com

RFC822, aren't we forgetting your Windows laptop and your ipad.

To call people use paper cups with strings attached, to replace your phone and tablet use a mini chalkboard (I would go with a Pi, but then users would just load Facebook or Twitter and click accept on their ad preferences because they are deliberatly annoying to use).

Struggling with GDPR compliance? Don't waste money on legal advice: Buy a shredder

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Re: GDPR marker pen ?

I'm in, anyone want some GDPR approved scissors for £50 each?

Tens to be disappointed as Windows 10 Mobile death date set: Doomed phone OS won't see 2020

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Re: Clickbait

"idiot IT"

Yes of course they are idiots for only paying £80 for a smartphone capable of using Microsoft Exchange and saving the company tens of thousands of pounds per year (I wanted the Blackberry Q10 in everywhere, thankfully noone agreed and I was over-ruled).

At that price who cares if someone drops it (Because they will), its not a £500 jesus phone, they were easy to repair (Normally the Digitizer would crack, 15 minute job to replace for a few quid).

Epic's Fortnite fail: Ancient UT2004 server used for login-stealing proof-of-concept

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upper-bracket millennials

I'm a what now!

I'm so annoyed I am tempted to reinstall UT2004 and redownload some classic UT2004 mods from FilePlanet!

Happy Thursday! 770 MEEELLLION email addresses and passwords found in yuge data breach

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Write it down in a book and keep it in a safe

World's first robot hotel massacres half of its robot staff

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If the BOFH and PFY had been there, they would have gone to the pub, remotely locked all the "smart" doors, initated an algorithm (Sorry AI) that made all the machines treat squishy humans as something to manufacture and leave one window open for them to drop out of.

Brit comms regulator Ofcom: Disabled left behind by tech

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Re: Vision Impared

I imagine a large enough tablet would need to be something like 20 inchs, which would probably be silly money. Then again I assume brightness is also key for it to be usable for your cousin?

I am surprised someone mentions MS doing scailing well, as I always thought that was one area Windows sucked at.

Googlers to flood social media with tales of harassment in bid to end forced arbitration

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Yeah I saw that and wondered what exactly was meant by that, does it mean for instances they don't have the forced arbitration in their contract for instants

Despite vows to spend more with smaller firms, UK.gov sure does seem to love legacy lock-in

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Re: the bad old days of legacy lock-in

Good point but by failing those projects, the existing lock in's remain?

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the bad old days of legacy lock-in

Erm correct me if I am wrong but I thought these were the bad days of legacy lock-in.

Its certainly what I feel like is currently happening based on the new from the last few years.

NHS England claims it will be all-digital within the decade

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creating joined-up systems

Oh dear, its bad enough joining up small systems but I can't even imagine the size or number of NHS's current systems that they would want to join up.

I hope when they do join everything the same issues can be factored in, i.e where it is almost impossible to replace one bit of software with something else without screwing everything up or requiring a stupid amount of money to do.

New side-channel leak: Boffins bash operating system page caches until they spill secrets

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hmm that was actually an interesting Google for a change regarding something I didn't know

Grab a bucket and spade: Sandbox open for Insiders again with fresh Windows 10 build

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silencing of Cortana

Hell yeah have a beer Microsoft for finally silencing the Clippy of recent years

Nobody in China wants Apple's eye-wateringly priced iPhones, sighs CEO Tim Cook

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Re: There's disposable income then there's

Have an upvote from someone with a Motorola G3 worth £6 apparently

Oz cops investigating screams of 'why don't you die?' find bloke in battle with spider

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and then when you returned did another spider re-appear (I always find getting rid of wasps there is always a group who decide to get trapped behind a window)?

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Upvote as there are plenty of stories with people being chased whilst walking dogs (Advise is always let go of the lead and not to carry the dog away as we humans are slower)

Racing at the speed of light, Sage superhero bursts through the door...

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Re: Deeply concerned about staff downtime

Running around is the sign you have been hired by someone who probably doesn't understand there are other methods to deploy software (Such as any small company where there is maybe under 25 people in the business). If a contractor is paid to update software on machines then that is what they are there to do, whatever the method available to them.

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Re: Deeply concerned about staff downtime

and paperwork, I would have to report that as a near miss here.

Although I can confirm Sage can be upgraded or installed fast (A simple registry file to pre-set the server, form server and TCR, Line 500 ERP Versions 5-7 with an FCE extension takes no more than 5 minutes when installed manually).

Dog with 'psychotic tendencies' escapes home to poop on his neighbours' pillows

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Re: Cat doors should be only for cats

Those ID flaps suck, a cat can simple ram it and break the lock.

Also as cats can also lose the collar my sister ended up with her cat outside going WTF when another cat was inside asleep on their bed.

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Re: Cat doors should be only for cats

What you give you cat keys, my cats always use Cat Flaps

Support whizz 'fixes' screeching laptop with a single click... by closing 'malware-y' browser tab

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A webpage with a sound on it is not normally something I would consider a virus or Malware, just annoying

Facebook spooked after MPs seize documents for privacy breach probe

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Yes... And you don't?

@TFM No, I would rather be in the pub (Now a Tesco Express) than compiling white/black lists

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Re: Why?

"Proudly Facebook free and always have been"

You disable all javascripts so they can't spy on you from their Facebook Like buttons plastered on other sites?

Office 365 Exchange enjoys a less than manic Monday. Users? Not so much

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Re: I thought this was supposed to be a NEWS site

I am surprised it wasn't nick named Office 361 today.

Groundhog Day comes early as Intel Display Drivers give Windows 10 the silent treatment

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Re: Office 2010

Oh are you an Office 362 user (I think El Reg is now down to that number)

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Re: Office 2010

Yup still use Office 2010 at home and no I'm not updating as only use it on the odd occassion.

Only reason I don't use Office 97 was Office 2010 was offered by MS as part of the volume licensing deal at work for I think it was a tenner.

Black Friday? Yes, tech vendors might be feeling a bit glum looking at numbers for the UK

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Re: Maybe the UK isn't the best exemplar, right now.

citation needed

Thanksgiving brings together Apple's Siri and Google Assistant

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Another Christmas of <Stupid Voice Device> <Make a stupid noise>

I dread to think what will happen once people start reposting YTMND clips, Alexa playing "Captain John Picard USS Enterprise"

Vision Direct 'fesses up to hack that exposed customer names, payment cards

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Qualys have actualy said their scores for SSL Labs will change in line with

https://blog.qualys.com/ssllabs/2018/11/19/grade-change-for-tls-1-0-and-tls-1-1-protocols

A warning will show from September 2019 (Ok wow thats next year) and will be put down to a B in March 2020.

Microsoft sysadmin hired for fake NetWare skills keeps job despite twitchy trigger finger

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Re: People who can't do a job

As long as they make a decent cup of tea and not be a "Mordac the preventor of information systems" (Because that was me until my role was outsourced)

Oz lad 'fell in love with' baby meerkat, nicked it from zoo, took it out for a romantic Big Mac

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Re: He got off lightly compared to Tufty.

Have you never seen the Badger Badger Badger song by Weebl!???

Reinstall Flash in your browser and leave the web page open for a minimum of 1 hour!

Want to hack a hole-in-the-wall cash machine for free dosh? It's as easy as Windows XP

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all of the attacks mentioned require access to the hardware

A lot of attacks reported near where I live extract the machines with stolen diggers (So being near a building site immediatly increases the actual risk greatly), none with the explsoives have been used around here yet.

'My entire company is without comms': Gamma's Horizon cloud PBX goes DOWN

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That IT Guy

I wonder if the customers of "That IT Guy" will remember him as that IT Guy for this incident?

Palliative care for Windows 10 Mobile like a Crimean field hospital, but with even less effort

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Re: Shame to see it end like this.

Correction: Got my last carrier phone completly wrong, HTC Desire HD from Orange where I got charged £3 from some traffic app, not the Samsung Slider phone which only had some basic Orange apps on.

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Re: Shame to see it end like this.

@chivo243 - Never had Google's own Apps mess with my Emails, Calendars or Contacts, had HTC's apps on a now ancient HTC Desire HD from Orange screw around with my Calendar and Contacts (Adding pointless meta data for things trying to be helpful like linking contacts between phone contacts and email contacts). Not had the issue with Motorola or Blackberry Android handsets. I also assume you only allowed the phone to update on Wifi (As every app seems to get updated at least once a week).

Anyway if you don't like Android you can always buy a cheap second hand iPhone.

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Re: Shame to see it end like this.

@chivo243 "the OS was a cash sucker and piece of crap"

You purchased a cheap locked phone with the carriers crap apps and you blame the OS?

Crappy carrier apps have always been an issue and why I refuse to buy from a carrier any longer (Last time I purchased one was a pre Android Samsung slider phone and some stupid app started charging me £3 a month even though I hit cancel and left the app the moment I launched it), its probably the only thing apart from resale value I would recommend an Apple device for.

Between you, me and that dodgy-looking USB: A little bit of paranoia never hurt anyone

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Delete the email and when asked why you didn't fill in the "anonymous" survey forward them to the first point and arrange retraining for them.

'Frontline workers' of the world, unite! And grab yourselves a Surface Go White Van Man edition

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Replacement Budget

Well thats the replacement budget nuked, after years of waiting a replacement to the Surface 3 (Non Pro) is here. Oddly our sales guys drive those tax dodging Hybrids instead of White Vans though.

Windows XP? Pfff! Parts of the Royal Navy are running Win ME

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It probably hasn't got Norton Anti Virus installed.

Townsfolk left deeply unsatisfied by Bury St Edmunds' 'twig' of a Christmas tree

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I thought the whole point was to promote your town as the place to go for Christmas Shopping and the Christmas Experience for their retail tenants?

Vulns in online shopping toolkit WooCommerce can blast a hole in your WordPress security

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Considering us admins tend to have to host whatever marketting give them good luck trying to enforce that.

Has science gone too far? Now boffins dream of shining gigantic laser pointer into space to get aliens' attention

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Yes they do know about us

and they want you to stop blowing up their homes on Mars

Dawn of the dead: NASA space probe runs out of gas in asteroid belt after 6.4 billion-mile trip

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Re: Then what??

I wonder, if Dawn can get enough sunlight on her panels, can she then power her instruments (Obviously can't move anywhere as no fuel)?

While everyone coos at the promise of 5G, UK network Three asks if it can tempt you with 4G+

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Re: Upgrade?

Yeah have to agree in Manchester and London in various parts I found although I had a full signal they were slow.

UK banking TITSUP*: This time it's Clydesdale and Yorkshire banks

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So basically like working for any medium/large/multi national company (Thats my experience, currently the warring tribe I work with competes with people trying to outsource us further and the existing outsourced tribes).

Bean-counting outfit Sage appoints bean-counter as new CEO

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Re: Perhaps

What Sage product are you using, not had what I would class as a forced updates on Line 500 (Which is named Line 1000 in newer versions after the addition of a CRM module).

Need electric propulsion for your satellite? Want a 'made in Britain' sticker? Step right this way...

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I would prefer "Made in the UK"

Reason being I watch the IT Crowd

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Apple breathes new life into MacBook Air with overhauled 2018 model

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Re: @Ian Joyner Well it will look so stylish...

@m0rt Have to agree the IBM ThinkPad's we had were owned outlasted by an old P3 Panasonic Toughbook.

HP Business laptops from just over 4 years ago used to all be easily to get into (Most cases one panel with a push clip and you were able to replace memory, hd's heatsinks and heatpipes) came with ok manuals, parts were a rip off but everything in the maintenance guides meant anyone could perform simple repairs (I remember touchpads being a pain in the arse on ProBook 6730b's but most people tended to crush the screen with a pen)

Shift-work: Keyboards heaped in a field push North Yorks council's fly-tipping buttons

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Re: Some white ones visible on the pictures

Its only one though, lots of HP Microsoft and Dell keyboards in there. So basically it can come from any office in the UK.

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