* Posts by The Specialist

61 posts • joined 15 Aug 2011


Fake broadband ISP support scammers accidentally cough up IP address to Deadpool in card phish gone wrong

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Re: Well?

>"actual bank details of the scammer"

You could at least set up some dd for a few charities using the crook's bank account details.

IBM insists it's not deliberately axing older staff. Internal secret docs state otherwise...

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Re: Just to play devil's advocate here

I can relate to that. Back in eatly 00's I was made redundant "due to restructuring and based on performance I was the weakest (ie I was paid the most)" after merely 18 months of service. When they told me regardless of service one gets 3 months pay, I asked them where to sign and whne can I get the hell out of there.

Alas, before long (few days) I had a phone interview for another job to start the day after I finished my employment - thank you very much!

For the past 20+ years my motto is "career for life - jobs come and go".

Sticking with one mobile provider gets you... Oh. Price rises, big exit fees, and lovely, lovely lock-in

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Re: And another thing.....

If I were you, I would have gotten the PAC code, move to another service provider (ege. Voda) PAYG porting my number, and await for BlackFriday / Xmas sales then get my PAC code and join EE again at a tarif of my liking.

Oh, I just remembered, that's what I did :)

Poor people should get slower internet speeds, American ISPs tell FCC

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Re: Well, if they don't think it's fair...

@CrazyOldCatMan said: "because people like you refuse to do your Christian duty to help the poor"

Leave the religion out will you? Not everyone has invisible friend(s) but still help people in need nevertheless!

Total Inability To Support User Phones: O2 fries, burning data for 32 million Brits

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Not sure anyone mentioned before but dialling 999 / 112 from any mob regardless of network / with or without sim card is possible. It will latch on whatever network is available.

US told to quit sharing data with human rights-violating surveillance regime. Which one, you ask? That'd be the UK

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Re: When someone bad mouths you--what do you think?


"For those who think America believes it pushes their will upon other nations and has double standards"

They all that sir, it is just US is brazen about it.

How else would you justify US imposing embargoes to other nations without the support of UN and threatening any nations / corporations if they choose not to take your advise even if they have no business interests in US nor use USD as payment?

Old adage was speak softly carry a big stick. Nowadays, US policy is to shout from roof tops and threaten.

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Re: People in glass houses ...

To add to my earlier comment, I don't condone behaviour of British Government either. 2 wrongs and all that.

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People in glass houses ...

shouldn't be throwing stones!

Facebook to appeal against ICO fine – says it's a matter of principle not to pay 18 mins' profit

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Re: Facebook are appealing?

No, they put the "e" in the wrong word.

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

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Re: Nothing beats them

"And they're surprisingly useful for beating uncooperative equipment into submission."

Ah, re-percussive maintenance - used to be one of my favourite way of fixing faults when I used to don hw engineer hat.

Microsoft slips ads into Windows 10 Mail client – then U-turns so hard, it warps fabric of reality

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Re: Got Linux?


> The problem is, if you want to use an @hotmail.com email address (I've had mine since 1997 - it's myname@hotmail.com...

I used to have similar setup back then and I decided to own my own domain (surname.co.uk and several variation of TLD since) for just a few bobs and initially diverted my email traffic to "free" services until I learnt how to run my own / use hosting services. This way, my email address never changes irrespective of who / where I choose to host my email data.

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Re: You paid

@BobChip "I pay good money to build my own (desktops)."

What? You're not running your Postfix server? How cute!

p.s. Please return your geek badge asap.

If Shadow Home Sec Diane Abbott can be reeled in by phishers, truly no one is safe

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Re: Eh?

> You get the government you deserve.

Perhaps the reason behind it is that political parties target the population to the left of the IQ bell curve ( I dare say they are more pliable ) and telling them what to hear regardless if it is in the best interest of the country in general.

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Re: Eh?

She might be a decent person - no arguments but she is not an MP material. We "look up" to these people to protect our interests.

Mourning Apple's war against sockets? The 2018 Mac mini should be your first port of call

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@DuncanLarge- I'd love to tell the dudes at Genius bar regarding my Mac Minis are not vintage, but to date I had no reason to take any of them to Apple for "servicing".

Never know, I might get the opportunity to do that next decade or the one after.

I must be doing something wrong.

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Re: Macs typically have a longer usable life than Windows PCs ...

Oh it is running OS X.

The only things that are plugged into them are power cord and network cables.

I also have Raspberry PIs as well for dedicated tasks like hosting HASSIO & messing about for IoT stuff before I promote them to "production" level.

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Re: Not bad

> DELL precision 5510 about 1200 quid, 32GB RAM, 256GB SSD, can drive 2 4k external displays.

Now you're comparing oranges to potatoes. Mini is not nor meant to replace a laptop. Despite having had MacBook Pro's since G4 days, my next laptop will be Thinkpad running Linux. Just don't know which ThinkPad yet.

Reason to switch - Apple's decision to glue / bond everything to chassis - I cannot even replace the liquid damaged keyboard without having to buy a new chassis.

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Re: Mac OS X Server isn't what it used to be

I am almost certain all those services you listed are there, just not easily visible by default. But I agree, Apple is doing us a disservice by making OS X server less relevant.

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Re: Macs typically have a longer usable life than Windows PCs ...

> I just upgraded a old M6400 to a quad core CPU which will keep it going running Windows 10

That reminds me Trigger's quote regarding his broom from "Only Fools and Horses"

I've had the same broom for 20 years - I only had to change the head 17 times and the handle 14 times.

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Mini or not Mini ...

> But my 8-year-old laptop has a VMWare virtual machine on it with MacOS from my "proving" the same thing to somebody else.

BFD. I can run windows on VMWare partition on a 2010 series Mini. And that Mini cost me less than £500 new! How much did you pay for your super-duper laptop?

Horses for courses my dear. Just because a <insert your hw> doesn't do what you want doesn't mean it is bad for everyone.

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Macs typically have a longer usable life than Windows PCs ...

> Macs typically have a longer usable life than Windows PCs

I can vouch for that. I have one from 2010 still going strong (headless server) and 2 from 2012 editions - again running one of them as headless server and the other as my working from home kit.

I used to build my servers and run *BSD on them for 24/7 operations but I could not get anywhere near the low power consumption + small footprint + near silent operations of Mac Mini's hence I switched.

I stack them in a cupboard and forget they are there.

5.1 update sends Apple's Watch 4 bling spinning into an Infinite Loop of reboot cycles

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There's a sucker born every minute?


> My watch only needs recharging about every three years with a new battery @ £3.

And one of my watches never needs recharging, and another needs sunshine for recharging. Does that mean your watch is cr@p and you have to buy the watch I have?

Does your watch allow you to take phone calls / listen to music / send sms etc etc?

Please stop rubbishing people's life style choices.

Believe it or not some people have disposable incomes and they like new pioneering technology and it is their choice alone how they spend their hard earned money.

I sometimes buy things because "I *want*" not "I need".

Virgin Media? More like Virgin Meltdown: Brit broadband ISP falls over amid power drama

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Re: Status page

Well, the internet was out in the area and they could not login and update the status pages. Mine is the biker Jacket ---->

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Re: Should they email you notices

>Really should have an auto service that sends an SMS to customers...

At least 1 ISP (A&A) send sms / email notifications already and much appreciated.

Shortages, price rises, recession: Tech industry preps for hard Brexit

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Re: And all we can do...

Imagine you are on the ledge of a cliff, 100m below you is the ocean with and at the bottom of it is full of rocks (you don't know how deep is the water) and may be laser shooting sharks.

The crowd gathered around you and 52% of them are baiting you to jump.

Would you?

On a second note, ironically, the people who are going to be most effected negatively are the ones who wants BREXIT. Although I have voted to remain, I say let them have it - because "I'm alright Jack" I can and will go where my job is going.

Take my advice: The only safe ID is a fake ID

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That serves you right for going to Starbucks and expect to get coffee. The stuff they try to pass it as coffee is horrible - yuk!

Farewell, Android Pay. We hardly tapped you

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>the number of transactions are far too many for the typical user to be able to identify when they get their statement.

I do not know your definition of "typical user" but I get notifications whenever there is a charge to my card - be it via web, contactless (card / phone) or via entering the pin. I use my card for almost everything.

Apple hands €14.3bn in back taxes to reluctant Ireland

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Re: This:

Good thinking but wrong. The interest accrued will also be paid to the escrow account.

If the funds eventually transfer to Irish Govm't does that mean EU will get some of the money back as the GDP for Ireland will have been different? Also, will that reduce the burdens on the other states contributing to EU coffers and if so, will they take that into account should UK finally severs the ties with them?

Yay! Gonna be difficult to unravel that clusterf**k.

Vodafone sues Ofcom to reclaim 'overpaid' mobe spectrum fees

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Re: So that means...

> I would be very happy with 50Gb (bit) for £20 but slightly less so for 40GB (Byte).

Are you sure you have your bits and bytes the right way?

UK.gov finally adds Galileo and Copernicus to the Brexit divorce bill

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>The fall in value of the pound is indeed a good thing.

This is true if only you sell more than you buy using USD. If you are buying your energy / medicine / industrial products and paying them in USD then how does £1 buy fewer $s than what it used to is a good thing?

Don't put the 'd' and second 'i' in IoT: How to secure devices in your biz – belt and braces

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Re: Or...

"Oh, and don't use 192.168.0.* or 192.168.1.* for your internal network.". Curious. Why these 2 address ranges but not any other RFC1918 addresses?

UK networks have 'no plans' to bring roaming fees back after Brexit

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Re: 3 did it in desperation

Or sometimes, one of the "big guys" buys the underdog and business is back to "normal".

Apple in XS new sensation: Latest iPhone carries XS-sive price tag

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Re: The important question

My guess is: R for reduced or redacted (as in features)

Raspberry Pi supremo Eben Upton talks to The Reg about Pi PoE woes

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Re: Been looking for decent/affordable PoE for years, this looks interesting

Does it support 1Gb?

Advanced VPNFilter malware menacing routers worldwide

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Re: excuse me!

Resetting to "factory default" ¬= Version downgrade.

Facebook misses Brit MPs' deadline, promises answers on Monday

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I wonder ...

if it is possible to have a European Arrest Warrant issued to his name and drag his sorry derriere to UK face the parliament?

Typical cynical Brits: Broadband speeds up, satisfaction goes down

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Andrews & Arnold

A price well worth paying. An excellent ISP all round.

TSB's middleware nightmare: Execs grilled on Total Sh*tshow at Bank

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Slaughter and May

or S&M?

US sanctions on Turkey for Russia purchases could ground Brit F-35s

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Re: Garbage in, garbage out

No, you shouldn't. After all, once US does what it does best, it is up to the locals to pick up the pieces. Name one conflict US get involved within the last 50 years and the country on the receiving end fared better after the US withdrawal.

Sysadmin shut down the wrong server, and with it all European operations

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Re: Moments like that let you know if...

Agreed. Still, I reserve the right to tease the person!

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Whose fault really?

I would have questioned the manager why a junior admin have enough access to shut down a production server or that he was in possession of user id / pwd combination powerful enough?

Cambridge Analytica seeks data protection assistant

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I'm reliably informed that they are also after a new pair of barn doors.

Most IT contractors want employment benefits if clobbered with IR35

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Re: "not to go through the motions of annual appraisals"

I had good and bad managers over the years. Still I like what I am doing and would like to keep doing it without having to "improve my management" skills nor do I want responsibility to manage wet-ware. The only appraisal I care about is at the end of my contract term, I get renewal and rate rise if the market conditions are right - that tells me I am doing a good job. No other pat on the back required.

You on the other hand sound like "sour grapes". If you think what we do is easy and we get paid bucket loads for doing shitty jobs with no responsibility, why don't you? Perhaps you don't have the skills to survive without the shields & securities a permanent job comes with?

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Paying Taxes

Of course we do pay our taxes including the ones permies do not pay as well as VAT & company returns accountancy fees etc. I choose to contract mainly not to go through the motions of annual appraisals and what not permies seem to waste their productive time for. Not interested in a career path within the company nor I am after promotion. I like what I am doing and what I am best at and just would like to be paid for it without the merry dance permies seem to enjoy.

MPs: Lack of technical skills for Brexit could create 'damaging, unmanageable muddle'

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Re: Clueless on everything

My understanding is, while one is still a member of the club, one is not allowed to enter into negotiations.

Knock, knock. Who’s there? Another Amazon Key door-lock hack

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Re: Okay, let's pretend I had an aneurysm and bought one of these IoT lock thingies

Sorry to bust your bubble, but do you know how easy to "bump" your (t)rusty mechanical lock?

Nest leaves competition in the dust with new smart camera

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Re: Ermmmm

Yes, plenty. In my house, phone lines enter the premises at the roof line and my "router" is in a secure cabinet in the attic, then the WiFi is distributed throughout the house via ceiling mounted APs with overlapping coverage. The moment you realise there is a camera (and hopefully look up at it), your face is in the cloud storage.

North Korean operating system is a surveillance state's tour de force

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Re: calm down...

You're assuming your C compiler is not rigged in the first place!


Qatar whips covers off giant footballing vagina

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Dan, I'm reliably informed that a giant ladies sanitation towel is in the works to prevent air from leaking.

Alien planet is just like EARTH - except for ONE tiny detail

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Re: Not much of a future

>It could have been knocked into a black hole in a game of Intergalactic Bar Billiards...

Neptune Crossing by Jeffrey A. Carver?

What do I win?


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