* Posts by Boothy

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OnePlus 6T: Tasteful, powerful – and much cheaper than a flagship

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Re: My 5 is still good

Still got a 3 here, on 8.0 and patched level Sep 2018.

Still quick and working fine.

Only noticeable degradation is the battery, but it still lasts over a day between charges, even 2 days with light use.

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That scary old system with 'do not touch' on it? Your boss very much wants you to touch it. Now what do you do?

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Re: But what about...

Quote: "You switch it off"

Yup, done this several times, at both a full system level (i.e. litteral power down of a box), to a specific application running on a shared environment, to specific interfaces running via an integration platform.

Turn it off, see if anyone shouts.

If they do, get them to agree to 'own' the service, and to document it, otherwise no turning it back on :-)

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HP Ink should cough up $1.5m for bricking printers using unofficial cartridges – lawsuit

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Re: The 'Trust' Factor: Toxic Patches / Firmware Updates

+1 for switching from inkjet to laser.

I rarely print anything myself, but it is useful now and then, like printing e-tickets for places that don't have scanner that work with phone screens (amazing how many venues are still using old scanners that can't handle a glass screen!), boarding cards after online check in, maps etc.

As such, my old inkjet just kept clogging up, or drying up. In the end I gave in a bought a laser.

Never had a single issue with it, can be a couple of months between a print, plug in, power up, and print. It's also much much faster than any inkjet. Only downside being no colour, but I can live without that.

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First 'issue-free' build of Windows 10 October 2018 Update arrives

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I removed Windows from my laptop, and it was issue free!

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Google Chrome 69 gives worldwide web a stay of execution in URL box

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Re: BBC Autoplay ?

For Chromium based, and Opera: https://github.com/Eloston/disable-html5-autoplay

No longer maintained, but still seems to work fine for me on Windows and Linux.

Only minor issue, is sometimes on sites where you do want the video, you have to click stop, then play, as the embedded controls occasionally think the video is already playing, when it's not!

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Ah, um, let's see. Yup... Fortnite CEO is still mad at Google for revealing security hole early

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Re: Shmup

Quote: "I beg to differ, all shooters are shoot 'em ups , but not all shoot 'em ups are shooters."

Wrong way round.

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Texas ISP slams music biz for trying to turn it into a 'copyright cop'

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Re: Arrogance

Quote: "But how do they do that when it's hard to beat FREE?"

Still doesn't change the basic equation.

Just to make some figures up. Lets say something has a perceived value of £5.

If it's legally available at £10, then lots of people are likely to pirate.

if it was legally available for £5, then a lot of people who would have pirated, and going to think, "Is it worth the risk of getting caught, when the £5 is actually what I think it's worth?". Plus if you do like the artist, for music, or developer for a game, and you want them to produce more, I suspect most people like the idea of support them. (Not EA of course, never EA!).

Yes you'll always have some people who would pirate anyway if they can, that's why I used $piracy-- rather than $piracy=0.

I don't think you'll ever stop piracy 100%, even if everything was free, people would still complain it's in the wrong format or something. Like people who download movies, when they already have it on disk, as they want a version that will play on their tablet, and don't have the hardware/software, or perhaps the patience, to rip the disk themselves.

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Re: Arrogance

Piracy is simple market economics.

To use some Pseudocode:

If $price > $PerceivedValue then $piracy++

If $price <= $PerceivedValue then $piracy--

If they want to reduce piracy, make the price match, or be less than Perceived Value.

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A third of London boroughs 'fess to running unsupported server software

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I can remember in around 2002, we were looking at upgrading our then aging UNIX platforms. We were using AIX back then, with most systems running 4.1.* or 4.2.* so were all years out of date (some quite a lot of years!).

The plan was to shift everything to 5.* which also including new hardware in many places. (We did no Open Source at the time, so Linux wasn't even discussed)

One major bit of critical licensed software we were using (around £200k per year for a single server licence), turned out, that even the latest releases from that year (2002), were only certified for AIX 4.2.1 & 4.3.1 (1997 and 1998 respectively). it hadn't even been certified for the newer point releases for 4.3.x, let alone 5.n!

In the end we just took the risk and tested the software ourselves. We told the vendor that if they refused to still provide support, we'd go elsewhere for a new product.

About 2 years later, they still hadn't certified for AIX 5, and as we were planning on a major update to the platform, we just went elsewhere (it was a data integration and transformation engine). We also told the vendor specifically why we were not renewing with them.

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It liiives! Sorta. Gentle azure glow of Windows XP clocked in Tesco's self-checkouts, no less

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Re: Bag for life.

See my post above. I get this all the time, and usually just put the bag on the floor instead (as half the time trying to get assistance is a pain, as there is either no one around, they are trying to resolve some other issue, or too busy chatting to some other member of staff to bother assiting).

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My main complaint about the weighing scale in the bagging area is the poor implementation for when you are using your own bag (which for me, is almost always).

Prompt: Are you using your own bag?

Me: Yes.

Prompt: Please place your bag in the bagging area and press OK to continue.

Me: Places bag, clicks ok.

Prompt: Unexpected item in bagging area, please remove item and try again.

Me: Gives up, drops bag on floor, then loads the bag once I've finished scanning and paying for everything! This of course takes longer, and so ties the till up for more time!

I suspect the issue is around weight, they expect you to put a carrier bag, like one of the bag-for-life ones, onto the till, when I always use a backpack if I'm on foot, which of course weights more.

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OpenAI bots smashed in their first clash against human Dota 2 pros

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Re: The humans won because strategy - no surprise there

Many years ago I worked in a large office block in the UK, (about 2,000 people), and we used to arrange LAN parties there about once a month. Playing things like UT (Unreal Tournament), and later Counter Strike. (so would have been about 1999 to 2001).

We'd set up a network in two meeting rooms, one team per room, with everyone lugging in desktops from home (we'd usually borrow monitors from elsewhere in the building, most people still using CRTs back then!).

After several months one of our guys mentioned he had some friends that did the same at their company, who were about 30 miles away, so we arranged a few us vs them parties. Some at our place, some at theirs (so much easier back then to get guests in past security!).

It turned out they had absolutely no team strategy at all, they all played as a lone wolf. Not saying some of them didn't have skills, 1-to-1 they were quite good, just no teamwork, at all!

Needles to say, we absolutely thrashed them on every map, every type of team game. I think in two LAN parties, which would last about 7 hours, they never won a single game. In fact things got heated at one point, where they started to accuse us of cheating!

So we got one of their guys to stand in our room to watch the next match. while one of ours went into their room.

Their guy got to see how we played. We were organised into sub groups, squads if you will, and all squad members sat together, and we communicate with each other, and the other squads. Some doing recon, others doing fake attacks to distract. The key thing is we went in with a game plan, and we were coordinated.

Our guy noticed their room was a complete free for all, no one giving orders, no game plan, nothing. So he started telling them things. "Right, they'll send one squad that way, but it's only a distraction, the real attack will be over there instead." and other general advice, like don't go off on your own, at least be in pairs etc.

They still didn't win, but at least they now understood why we did.

They were a much tougher team to beat a month later, turned out they'd been practicing team work in the mean time :-) It was also much more fun for us, as we then had to start upping our game.

Happy days...

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Microsoft Visual Studio C++ Runtime installers were built to fail

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Re: I would be happy if...

Or installers that try to create/use a C:/tmp dir, rather than using %TEMP%

If I remember correctly, some installers that 'crap' files in the root, actually check to see which drive has the most space free, and craps on that one. So you can end up finding runtime files etc on D:, E: etc. as well :-/

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Use Debian? Want Intel's latest CPU patch? Small print sparks big problem

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Re: Well Done...

Whenever I see 'reached out' I always imaging some beggar on a street corner with their hand out asking for spare change, or perhaps someone hankering to be prosecuted for inappropriate touching!

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'Oh sh..' – the moment an infosec bod realized he was tracking a cop car's movements by its leaky cellular gateway

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Re: Default passwords...

Quote: "So you're going to demand laws regulating things used in the privacy of their homes? Slippery slope here. At least cars run on government-funded roads."

How is this really any different than say gas or electric appliances in a home?

With a home's gas and electric supplies, these are (usually) connecting to public infrastructure. As this is public infrastructure (although typically owned and managed by one or more private companies), you are governed by legislation, to make sure your house is up to standard (up to code), i.e. it's safe, the gas isn't going to leak, your hopefully not going to have an electrical fire etc.

There is very little difference to me, between that, and making sure anything connecting to the public Internet is also 'up-to-code'.

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Nvidia shrugs off crypto-mining crash, touts live ray-tracing GPUs, etc

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Re: Prices finally coming down?

Can't comment on RAM, but SSD (or more specifically the memory chips in an SSD) are expected to drop in price quite a lot over the coming months. This assuming all the tech press and tech analysts are correct of course.

The switch to higher density 3D memory, from tri to quad cells, and some new FABs coming on line, all contributing to a predicted flood into the market of much cheaper flash memory into early next year.

So if you are looking at buying an SSD, especially if it's in the 1TB+. I'd give it a few more months.

This site has some nice graphs showing price trends for SSD and HDD (based on actual sale prices, rather than recommended retail etc:

https://pcpartpicker.com/trends/internal-hard-drive/

(They also have graphs for RAM and GFX cards on the same site).

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Re: 'Could - while they’re Sleeping'

Even when you are given the option to do updates on shutdown, it doesn't actually seem to do what it says!

I had one of the big updates recently, at the end of the day I went to shutdown down, and was given the options of applying patches as it shutdown, or on next start up (no option to delay, or not apply!).

I pick to apply during shutdown, then walked away, thinking it would actually apply the patches during shutdown, and so expected switching on the next day should be a normal boot up.

Nope. Next day, booted up, to be greeted by a progress bar at load time, no skip option. Usual 'Don't power off your PC' comment. This took a good 40 minutes or more before I finally got to a Desktop!

If you state 'Apply patches during Shutdown', then bloody apply them during shutdown! It's not like Windows update can't trigger restarts if it does need to apply something at boot up, then just shut down again.

The most you should see during boot up, is perhaps a notification just to let you know what was applied, not 40 more minutes of patching! Especially when you need to use the machine!

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Lo and behold, Earth's special chemical cocktail for life seems to be pretty common

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Re: Looking for life around white dwarf stars

As mentioned, they are only looking for the "building blocks for life", not life itself, in order to hopefully then extrapolate that out to the rest of the universe.

White dwarfs give you a nice steady, predictable light/radiation source to make the analysis easier.

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Re: @ Avatar of They

Quote: "Our ability to process foods is certainly not going backwards, you find just about everything you can wish for in supermarkets. "

Woosh! They are talking about *our* ability to process food, i.e. in eating, how our guts handle food, not about how we process food in a factory somewhere!

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EU wants one phone plug to rule them all. But we've got a better idea.

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Re: Fast-charging

Quote: "I still don't understand how a single charger would resolve the differences in fast-charging specs."

The issue is the different charging specs, those need to be scrapped, as they are not part of USB (they are proprietary add ons).

USB C already has a defined standard for high voltage/current charging, so other companies using their own is just making things worse. Companies like Qualcomm and OnePlus should be adopting the USB standard, not doing things their own way.

I own a OnePlus, and it does have very good rapid charging, but I can only rapid charge with their power brick, and their cable, (it needs both). They will charge other USB devices (i.e. the socket on the PSU is a standard USB A), but only at a standard charge rate.

Also, use any other USB charger, or any other cable, with the OnePlus, and it's also back to standard charging rates, even though the PSU and cable could supply high speed charging to a compatible USB C device (such as a laptop).

What I'd like to see is a rule stating if you (the manufacturer) want to use USB for charging, and want to claim any form of rapid charging, then you must support the USB standard for doing this. (They can still do their own thing as well if they wanted to, but that needs to be alongside fast charging as per the USB spec).

From what I've read, Dash charging (what OnePlus uses), allows up to 55W (11v @ 5A), whereas USB-C charging allows up to 60W or 100W depending on cable size (standard USB cable is 20v @ 3A, thicker USB cable is 20v @ 5A), so there really is no need for other non USB standard rapid charging methods over USB.

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Ad watchdog: Amazon 'misleading' over Prime next-day delivery ads

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I noticed that as well, seemed a little harsh to order Amazon to not deliver some prime items the next day! So making the service even worse than it already was!

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Time to party like it's 2005! Palm is coming BAAAA-ACK

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Quote: "Most reviews seem to, er, focus on the camera aspect of phones nowadays."

I see what you did there! :-)

This is something I've never really understood, this obsession with the camera, perhaps a generational thing? (I'm not a teenager, that would have been the 80s!)

To me a camera on a Phone is a way to take quick snaps if you can't be bothered to take a real camera out with you, and for the occasional thing like snapping a receipt to make an expenses claim, or for unexpected situations like taking a photo after an accident/water leak etc.

Most of these photos will only ever be seen on the phone, or a computer monitor or maybe a TV, and rarely if ever printed out.

So to me, having a high quality camera is somewhat pointless when taking into account how the pictures (or video) is then likely to be viewed! Good enough, is quite alright with me.

The only newer camera feature I've found of use in recent years, is the improved low light usage. As even my now oldish Oneplus 3 (which apparently is getting Android 9!), rarely needs the flash to take pics, even in low light, and I'd assume newer models (some anyway) are better than my device.

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I suspect PDA would actually be a more fitting name for modern devices, rather than using 'Smartphone'.

Being able to make calls (i.e. the 'phone' part) seems to be almost a nice-to-have side feature now, rather than the primary purpose of the device. How many smartphone reviews have you seen lately that have a large portion of the review, dedicated to the phone app itself and covering things like a calls audio quality?

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Cracking the passwords of some WPA2 Wi-Fi networks just got easier

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Re: What has changed...

This is one of the reasons I've always used a 63 character wifi key at home, as that was (If I remember correctly) the max number of characters you could use. I based that on the assumption the longer it was, the harder it would be to crack, so I maxed it.

Pain to put in to a device for the first time, but once done, it's transparent. All my devices, other than mobile ones, are hardwired. i.e. If it has a port, I use it rather than wifi. Also no one else is given direct access to my wifi.

If I have visitors staying over (like parents), I have a guest wifi AP with a shorter password (still over 12 characters), that only gets switched on when they visit, and off as soon as they've gone.

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Click this link and you can get The Register banned in China

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Won't that depend on which China they are referring to?

i.e. 'Republic of China' or 'People's Republic of China'.

Where 'Republic of China' was the Chinese government before the communists took over, and Taiwan still considers themselves to be part of the 'Republic of China'.

Technically, Taiwan is just the island, 'Republic of China' is the country, much to the annoyance of the 'People's Republic of China' of course.

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SMS 2FA gave us sweet FA security, says Reddit: Hackers stole database backup of user account info, posts, messages

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Re: Just add a VPN…

This is basically what we do.

All our repo's, file/build archive, Jenkins, Kibana etc are all behind VPN, no direct access from anywhere, not even on our own LAN.

The VPN uses client auth TLS, (so should only work from devices with the correct cert), plus to log in, you need to use a user username + password + a generated token code (from mobile app) to login (and no option to remember me, or SMS option).

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Nah, it won't install: The return of the ad-blocker-blocker

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Re: sites who block adblockers

I use uBlock Origin myself.

I find it mildly amusing to use the adblockers picker tool, to block the sites adblocker blocker :-)

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Official: AMD now stands for All the Money, Dudes!

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Go

Do the same now for GPUs please!

Good new on the CPU front, and I'm very much thinking about replacing my aging i7 3770k with a new AMD at some point (perhaps even a Threadripper2!).

Would be nice if AMD could give their GPUs a bit of love though, nVidia have gotten really complacent with their products over the last few years, as there is just no real competition currently from AMD pushing them to release new products. Some hi end cards from AMD, would help bring back some competition again.

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'Fibre broadband' should mean glass wires poking into your router, reckons Brit survey

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Re: Eir, Vodafone & Sky

Quote: "Three claims to sell High speed broadband. They have NO broadband. That is their WiFi hotspot fed by Mobile. Mobile can sometimes offer ADSL2+ speeds, but rarely and is never broadband."

Not sure I follow you here?

As far as I can see, 3G & 4G etc fall squarely into the broadband category, as unless your local cell tower is getting turned off regularly, it's an always on service, and that's what defines a service as being broadband (i.e. if you are not dialing up, its broadband, irrespective of the underlying technology).

As for the high speed, that obviously is going to depend on local service, near my home I can get 40Mbps up and down without issue, here in the office that drops to about 7Mbps up and down.

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Fix this faxing hell! NHS told to stop hanging onto archaic tech

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Re: User story

You forgot to mention Print document first, as these should be on the PC already. If you're dealing with paper forms, you have other issues to fix as well.

4. Use a Service management type tool. i.e. a web site.

Launch browser, log in, click upload, select document done.

No need to scan in, as document should already be in electronic form, and process should be fully traceable (no paper receipt needed).

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NAND the beat goes on: Samsung to fling out 96-layer 3D NAND chip

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Re: If Only It Worked That Way

I wonder how much longer discs will even be an option for consoles?

PC games on disc died years ago once digital download became common and easy (i.e. Steam, then later platforms from Ubisoft and EA, GoG etc).

Discs simply died as PC gamers just started downloading everything, plus brick & mortar shops started to no longer stock PC disks, as fewer people were buying them, which just pushed more PC gamers to download instead. Now you don't see PC games on disc, despite being a buoyant and active market.

I can already see console games going this same route. All modern consoles now have (and have for a while now) got easy to use on line market places. The only discs I have for my XBox One S are some that I got when it was bought. All other purchases since have been digital downloads. (I only buy a few, as I'm mostly a PC gamer). Plus DLC/expansion are always downloads as far as I know.

My console only playing friends have also mostly been doing downloads, with very few disc purchases in the last year or so.

If this continues, I can imagine a future, and not that far away, where publishers stop providing discs versions, and only do digital downloads, just like the PC market did.

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Sysadmin cracked military PC’s security by reading the manual

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Reminds me of something that happened to me many many moons ago now.

We were decommissioning some equipment, and for security, they too had epoxied some large plates onto the top of the cases, which in turn had large chains welded onto them, then some large padlocks to fasten to the wall. This gear had been in there for probably 20 years (this was custom electronic control gear, full of relays etc. not servers). You could access the insides for maintenance (side panels), you just couldn't remove the gear itself, not easily anyway (in theory).

Turns out no one had any idea where the keys were, and so they were thinking of getting a disk cutter/angle grinder (too big for bolt cutters) to cut the chains. I wasn't keen on this idea, as I still needed to get the stuff off site, and really didn't want chains etc stuck to them.

I noticed that the surface looked like it was painted, on closer inspection, it was actually some sort of plastic coating. So out with the Stanley, cut a groove in the surface a short way from the plate, then used a blade on its own to lever up the plastic, it just peeled off. I placed a flat wide chisel in between the metal top and the plastic coating, to see if this could pop the plate off. A few taps with universal adjustment device (i.e. a large hammer), and the plates just came off, still glued to the plastic layer!

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PayPal reminds users: TLS 1.2 and HTTP/1.1 are no longer optional

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Similar issues in the past

We did something similar to this with one of our clients, they had something like 2,500 customers, who'd basically been warned several times that their client end would break once we'd updated security (e.g. removed deprecated ciphers etc.) at the server side (mix of FTPS, SFTP and HTTPS, this was about 10 years ago),

Customers were warned about 12 months in advance of the change, 6 months or so later, monitoring showed there were still about 25% or so of customers who had not updated.

Another 3 months and little had changed, with 20% still not updated.

Another letter was sent out, again pointing out the deadline, which was now about 2 months away. But this time we also included what we referred to as a 'live-testing', that would be done weekly, during office hours, starting about 5 weeks before the final cut off.

What this basically meant, is we'd implement the change in the live system for a few hours during the day (I think it was something like every Tuesday, 10:00-14:00), thus killing client connections for anyone who had not updated yet. We then backed out the change a few hours later. (SLA's were still fine, it would just be an inconvenience for the 20% of customers it impacted for a few hours, assuming they connected during that time window, which most did).

Needless to say, we had quite a few irate customers calling up saying our system was down, with us point out this was planned work, and that they had been informed in advance, and "By the way, this would only impact you if your system was out of date, and this will become a permanent issue in x weeks time, so you need to fix your system by then, or you'll be off permanently.".

Drastic, but it did have the desired result, with many more customers getting their updates done before the dead line.

PS: As a side note, we found out quite a few customers basically read our letters, but hadn't been understood, and not passed onto their IT people, or they had been passed on to IT, but they couldn't get their bosses to prioritise the work. Out 'live-testing' managed to focus this somewhat.

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Shatner's solar-powered Bitcoin gambit wouldn't power a deflector shield

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Re: Percentage?

Hellisheiði Power Station produces 303MW on it's own (the biggest geothermal station in the world).

Another 5 plants produce 401.5MW, so 704.5MW in total for Iceland as far as I can see.

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Microsoft commits: We're buying GitHub for $7.5 beeeeeeellion

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Re: And another thing....

Sysinternals is a good set of tools, usually one of my first downloads for any new PC.

Interestingly, if you look at the updated Task Manager in Win 10, it now has quite a few of the features that Sysinternals Process Explorer has had for years.

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Did you test that? No, I thought you tested it. Now customers have it and it doesn't work

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IBM Software

I can remember many years ago getting a new version of one of the components in the IBM WebSphere Message Broker products range (this was about 10 years or so ago), this version was only going out to select 'partners', and one of our devs was asked to do some evaluation. i.e. See if any of the new features would be useful, worth the effort to update to, if there was migration issues, bugs etc.

Whilst evaluating one of the new features, he noticed it didn't work the way he was expecting, and on reading the new manual (big print out, not even a PDF available yet), he noticed the process in the docs didn't actually work, and to get the feature to work, he had to set various things in the UI in a bit of a workaround process.

This was reported back to IBM as part of our feedback process. With the expectation being we'd get a patch for the software to remove the need for the workaround.

About two weeks later some new manuals arrived from IBM, now containing updated instructions on how to use this feature. Which now contained the workaround instructions, basically word for word as provided by our dev! They'd obviously decided it was easier/cheaper to just update the manual, than fix the software!

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Half of all Windows 10 users thought: BSOD it, let's get the latest build

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Re: "reflects perhaps misplaced confidence"

I've had one 'remind me later', a couple of weeks back, which I selected, and so far no new reminders, and it doesn't appear to have gone into stealth install mode either? Bonus!

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'Autopilot' Tesla crashed into our parked patrol car, say SoCal cops

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Re: Hmm

Indeed, or even add geo-location, so it can only be activated on known 'good' locations.

"You're not on a highway, computer says no!"

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Beardy Branson: Wacky hyperloop tube maglev cheaper than railways

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Re: Technological objections

With the force of the inrushing air, just how fast will the train be travelling when it ploughs back into the station?

It wouldn't, the pods aren't airtight in the tube, so this isn't like firing an air rifle. The pods are designed to travel in air, just not as fast as when in a vacuum.

All that would happen is the train would slow down, have brakes applied, and stop. Might be a bit bumpy for a little while with the air rushing past, but basically the same as air turbulence on a plane.

They would also have airlock doors every mile or so, (for ease of maintenance, and emergencies etc).

So a break happens at 149 miles in, they stop the pods in transit, close the airlock doors either side of the break, to contain the air loss. Then any pods in the still vacuum parts of the pipes, before and after the airlocked section, are just sent on to, or back to. the next/previous station.

Only people with any real issue would be if they were in the bit where the break was, but that section would now be in atmosphere. Assuming the power was still active, just maglev them slowly to the airlock, where they'd be a maintenance hatch, and by that point emergency services to grab them. Worse case, no maglev power, just wait for rescue, they pop an emergency hatch, and you walk to the nearest hatch.

It's just engineering issues, so not something insurmountable.

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OnePlus 6: Perfect porridge? One has to make a smartphone that's juuuust right

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Re: Missing from review

Just to respond to Timmy B.

All my past Android devices, from a HTC Hero (my first Android device back in 2009), to a Desire S (2011), Samy S3, Nexus 5, Nexus 7 etc. Have all ended up with a custom OS at some point. (Cyanogenmod back then). Usually due to official updates stopping, or being very out of date, or too much bloat being pre-installed etc.

The OnePlus 3 is the first phone that's survived so far (almost 2 years now), and I've left it as stock, as there is no bloat, it gets an update most months, and is by far the most stable phone I've ever had (no having to re-boot to clear some issue, like slow running apps, or clear the memory out etc.).

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Re: Missing from review

The only preinstalled apps are things like their gallery app, a custom dialer/phone app, all fairly small, and are either quite good, or can be ignored. They don't put 3rd party apps like Facebook on there.

Don't think installing a custom OS onto a phone is really a valid item in a phone review, as a review is more than just the hardware, it's the software as well. No issue with it being covered in a separate article, but that's not really a 'review' thing.

That being said, OnePlus don't lock their devices down too hard. OEM unlocking of the bootloader is a menu option under Developer options (and Developer options are enabled by just multi tapping on the Build number in the About phone settings menu).

Their phones also support things like fastboot mode direct from key combos, and all the usual adb/fastboot commands from the Android SDK work fine over USB. You can unlock the device, and do things like install a custom recovery image (like TWRP) straight from command line. No having to push a custom bootloader before you can get a recovery on there. Once the recovery is on there, it's just an adb push of the new OS and then flash from recovery.

That being said, OnePlus 6 is new, so not sure how well it will be supported yet, it's not listed currently by LineageOS.

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Still got a OnePlus 3 here (not the T), had it from new.

From an OS update point of view, much better than many other devices out there. It's currently on patch level 1 May 2018, so is current,

Still lasts 2-3 days on a single charge with light-ish use, (I don't play games on my phone, I use a tablet for that).

With their Oxygen OS, as mentioned in the article, they don't do gimmicks, it's very close to stock Android, with some extra customisations (like better control as to what shortcuts are in the pull down menu, as one example).

Overall very happy, and no plans to replace it.

My one criticism of OnePlus now, is the price of their new phones.

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Microsoft gives users options for Office data slurpage – Basic or Full

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Re: Firewalls?

They are likely using hostname/s.

If you know what those are for Office tracking, it can be added to the hosts file, assuming it doesn't stop other things from working of course.

This is a good spot to look at....

http://someonewhocares.org/hosts/

although I've no idea if this Office info is blocked currently, but it does include Windows 10 reporting domains.. So if Office is using the same domain names, they too would be blocked.

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Want to know what an organisation is really like? Visit the restroom

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Re: It's not a sink

I find the dinner / tea debate an oddity, and other peoples experiences may differ of course.

I've worked all around the UK, and I find it interesting that even in the North, when in the office, the meal in the middle of the day tends to get referred to as lunch. But start talking about meals outside of office hours, and it's back to dinner and tea, no such thing as lunch.

People seem to have office speak mode, and then their off-duty, back home, with friends mode.

Just an observation. (and for ref, I'm a born and bred notherner).

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Re: It's not a sink

Oxford English Dictionary:

Sink, NOUN :

A fixed basin with a water supply and outflow pipe.

‘I stood at the kitchen sink’

as modifier ‘a sink unit with cupboard and drawers under’

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Intel’s first 10nm CPU is a twin-core i3 destined for a mid-range Lenovo

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Seems completely logical to me. They've been having lots of yield issues with 10nm.

Going with a low clock, low core chip seems the sensible idea, keeping the transistor count down gives you more chance of producing working silicon, and keeping the speeds down, means less likelihood of a failure.

Build these i3's in bulk gives Intel a chance to tweak the 10nm process, whilst actually managing to sell some of the silicon. Over time they should then get the process improved, get yields up, and then start producing better i3's, then onto i5's and so on.

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And THIS is how you do it, Apple: Huawei shames Cupertino with under-glass sensor

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Most devices I've seen using fingerprint readers, ask you to set a pin or password first, and will periodically ask for the pin/password anyway to unlock. They also won't let you disable/change the security settings without the pin/password.

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Wanted that Windows 10 update but have an Intel SSD? Computer says no

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@AC ...XP era programs that demanded to be ran Admin .

One of the issues with a lot of XP era programs was that they were not following MS guidelines for NT platforms. Often being apps, or games, from Win 9* that had been ported across/tweaked to run in XP (or newer), or simply written by people who hadn't taken into account the differences between the old 9* platform, and NT OSs like XP.

A common issue I've seen with a *lot* of older (or just badly written) programs (utils and legacy games), is when the program has config data (often in .ini files), and they put these in the programs installation dir, rather than where they should be, i.e. under user space (e.g. in AppData, or even Docs).

The programs usually want to open these with write access, but as they are under the protected Program Files area, they need admin rights to do this under XP/Win7 etc..

A simple work around is to install these programs to somewhere that isn't protected, like D:\Apps or D:\Games instead.

Doesn't work with everything, but I've found quite a few old apps or games will stop asking for admin rights after doing this.

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UK.gov expects auto auto software updates won't involve users

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Re: you mean just like windows 10

@Dave15

For large Win 10 updates, you typically need a lot of free space on the boot drive (10GiB+), as it's basically doing a fresh install of Windows with the larger updates, and it keeps a copy of your old Windows dir (now called 'Windows.old' ) on your boot drive afterwards. This old Windows dir is quite often 10GiB+ in size.

This was to get round the old issue of the Windows dir just getting bigger and bigger over time, full of old cruft you no longer needed. This 'should' also get rid of the old need to reinstall Windows every couple of years or so (in theory anyway!). Still doesn't stop places like AppData getting bigger and bigger though!

Unfortunately this basically means your boot disk needs to have at least enough space for two full copies of Win 10, your old and new version, as it retains the old version for 10 days so that it can roll back if needed (it should be deleted automatically after the 10 days is up).

In my experience so far, you basically seem to need around 15GiB free on the Windows boot disk, otherwise the larger yearly updates are likely to fail. But the size is very dependant on your current Windows dir size.

(Would have been nicer if MS gave the option to use a separate drive for the Windows.old backup).

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Drone 'swarm' buzzed off FBI surveillance bods, says tech bloke

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Re: "direct surveillance of potential targets of interest"

Not all drones are battery powered, gas/petrol versions are around and they can fly and hour+ without issue.

Also who's to say even if they were the battery powered versions, that they didn't have multiple drones to hand, replacing an almost flat one, with a fully changed one.

Or could use spare battery packs, land, swap for a fresh pack, takeoff. With say 3 or 4 battery packs on rotation per drone, all on charge when not in use, you could keep a drone up in the air almost continuously.

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