* Posts by eionmac

65 posts • joined 16 Sep 2016


What happens when a Royal Navy warship sees a NATO task force headed straight for it? A crash course in Morse


Re: Vomit inducing

Nightmares about seas coming on board and over an oil rig deck. Rig does not move much but its like a Singapore downpour at 40+m.

A few reasons why cops haven't immediately shot down London Gatwick airport drone menace


Re: No gumption

Regret your assumption is wrong. Two of us here use G2 phones (no camera) as that at least gets a useable signal.

Huawei MateBook Pro X: PC makers look out, the phone guys are here


Re: I rather like it, but for one detail

Dell Latitude E6530 has dedicated keypad. I have it in use for many years.

Brit boffins build 'quantum compass'... say goodbye to those old GPS gizmos, possibly


Ah demonstation just in time. Norway / Finlands GPS knocked out by A.N. Other

Just in time.Aircraft in Norway / Finland had GPS knocked out last week by an intruder, so military sexercise and all civilian aircraft had to navigate independent of GPS. probably absolutely necessary for nuclear subs, which have a very accurate known starting point

Unsure why you can't log into Office 365? So is Microsoft


iI forgot to add all MS Windows machines also run LibreOffice and Thunderbird

iI forgot to add all MS Windows also run LibreOffice and Thunderbird


Re-install MS office 2010 now ongoing

Of the two (only two MS Machines here) Windows machines, I am about to locally install MS Office 2010. Other machines run on openSUSE so do not do MS.

Official: IBM to gobble Red Hat for $34bn – yes, the enterprise Linux biz

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Apple's dark-horse macOS Mojave is out (and it's already pwned)


Buy Windows machine, wipe OS, install Linux distro of your choice!

Brexit campaigner AggregateIQ challenges UK's first GDPR notice




Access is refused in both French and English, as we do not comply or cannot comply with GDPR as at 2018-Sept -26

You want how much?! Israel opts not to renew its Office 365 vows


Re: Libreoffice is free and just fine.

Alteration of a document produced by me, by 3rd party 'others' (who should only transmit it) , was countered at meeting by my requesting very publicly the name/address of 'the others solicitors', as I would bring an action for breach of copyright. Silence ensured. I then handed out printed copies I had brought. The leader then advised said '3rd party others' that they were unreliable, asked them to apologize and myself on receiving apology not to sue.


Re: Libreoffice is free and just fine.

Concur. I use PDF and RTF

Devon County Council techies: WE KNOW IT WASN'T YOU!


Re: More than just spelling.

The Royal Mail has a very fine system for posting cash to another person. Called a Postal Order , recipient turns it into cash at any post office. Effectively a 'named bearer check/cheque'.

Also they allow cash but only insure up to a finite limit. OK for children's/kid's birthday twenty pound notes.

Top Euro court: No, you can't steal images from other websites (too bad a school had to be sued to confirm this little fact)


The 'objects' in his photo are also copyrighted

I assume the photographer has obtained the prior written permission of all the owners of the buildings and artefacts in his photo, which are images subject to their owner's copyright, before he photographed them, otherwise it can backfire with owner's claiming fees from him for 'reproducing their artefact'.

You can take off the shades, squinting Outlook.com users. It has gone dark. Very dark


Totally wrong for elderly like me!

I struggle very much to view any dark theme. It jars on the eyesight and has caused me to switch Linux distros to avoid dark backgrounds. This is not suitable for anyone whose eyesight is failing, that is those over 50 years of age.

Microsoft still longs to be a 'lifestyle' brand, but the cupboard looks bare


Some 1st world folks cannot pay subs either.

In UK we have about 8% (rough guess from reports) of folks using food banks. They cannot afford to pay subs for children's use of computers. I

Boss helped sysadmin take down horrible client with swift kick to the nether regions


Thanks for all your work. It enlivens my reading and stops ''productive'' work at my hobby of using computers.

Ghosts can be real and seen in daylight by groups of non-drunken soldiers, where only one person thinks it is somewhat a 'wrong (injured) horse', we report said horse only to find police say ' Oh the ghost horse' and record the sighting as they had done for many decades. Trust your ghost will occasionally give us a contribution.

Welcome Rebecca. Keep up the good work.

Oldest swinger in town, Slackware, notches up a quarter of a century


Re: Regarding that popularity thingie...

I use "SLAX" "9.x" (now based on Debian, as a Live Linux for my elderly grandmothers i tutor to put in computer for their Grandchildren to use without breaking Grandma's computer. I used original SLAX as a Live Distro for many years on old computers or stranger's computers.

British Airways' latest Total Inability To Support Upwardness of Planes* caused by Amadeus system outage


Usually weight checked on small planes.

On some flights I have taken, your weight (as presented to aircraft including all the things in your pockets, ) is checked on scales and this allocates seat position. Over 35 years of flying as a passenger (weekly or more flights taken) I found this occurred about 4 to 8 times per year. No big deal!

PayPal, Google ordered to make suspected pirates walk the plank into freezing waters


As my PayPall account is secret , how could anyone else know of it to close it?

Sysadmin cracked military PC’s security by reading the manual


Re: Only cracking I have done is

Using a thermal lance on safe is easier. This was part of my military training. Problem is heavy stuff in bottles and such like for thermal lance.

Welsh firm fined £60k for pummelling phones with 270k pay-day loan texts


Re: Hmm _a Good Post on MK

I drove through the five wee 'towns' often, as MK was being made, as I had business with folk/firms there. It was at one state, like all building sites unlovely, but maturity of a town to live in takes a half century of so so new generations (locals) grow up over the incomers (their parents). A Canadian city I lived in was about 200,000 folk when I went there its now over 1 million, a very different place. Good Luck to all folk in Milton Keynes.

BlackBerry KEY2: Remember buttons? Boy, does this phone sure have them


Re: Camera or more battery

I bought a DORO with no camera, big buttons, good speaker, replaceable battery. Never looked back. Gave my camera phone (a Nokia 5000) away.

Amazon, eBay and pals agree to Europe's other GDPR: Generally Dangerous Products Removed from websites


Re: Dangerous?

CE markings are 'SELF-CERTIFIED'

'Tesco probably knows more about me than GCHQ': Infosec boffins on surveillance capitalism


Re: Tesco Does Not Know More About Me

"Know" in the Biblical sense?

You've been Zucked: Facebook boss refuses to face-off with Brit MPs


Re: 'Zuck's already had to sit in front of clueless politicians'

Regrettably "Signal" requires a 'smartphone'; so users who only have a 2G phone and computers (desktop/laptop) can not access the 'desktop Signal service'.

Bombshell discovery: When it comes to passwords, the smarter students have it figured


minimum length but what maximum length

These rules seem sane, but how is user to know cut off length of password database field? Do you have a fixed or unfixed maximum length. I say 14 minimum is maximum 40 or 400 or 4000?

Clue I usually use two lines of poetry (mixed up) but each line from a different language so often have 60 to 80 character length easily remembered passwords. I find no information on many sites re maximum length, (Fault of defining maximum is it limits password searches to fixed x to y characters for any attacher's convenience.

Boss sent overpaid IT know-nothings home – until an ON switch proved elusive


mechanical-fowl fault, not electrical

A client (very specialised, made very expensive 'flying machines') used our mechanical blowers which were electrical motor driven to put air into test systems. Sometimes when they ran systems the fuses in main power supply house burst - our fault get down here!!! It was no problem to test whole system when unconnected to flying machine, it all works. Then one day the town's main electric supply burst (big fuses melted!) . Um!. On investigation I show it works. Connect flying machine and it fails. Is Pipework to flying machine OK? I ask - "Yes, of course!". I doubt and ask to proceed to pipe to check , "NO stop, you will not walk pipe or access the roof!!! %% $$." "Roof pipes are OK."

Manager, said no one is allowed on roof!. Ah I say, but your total insurance against a big explosion (by over pressure) is on the roof so someone must have checked pipe? "No not in 5 years, no one allowed on roof!

Eventually I walk system including roof. Ah, no air flow from over pressure pipe outlet dip to atmosphere.I look inside pipe. Nesting seagulls with a big guano glued nest to inside of pipe. Get tools, scrape out nest. Switch on and all OK. Cost about XX hundred thousand pounds of lost product time and town unworkable.

Gulls had had a happy nesting site with some warm air flow until Guano really glued the air flow pipe closed. Result a working connected e-motor going into reverse when the coupled machine went into reverse by back flow air over pressure, big electric surges melting fuses all over the place. Our bill was not queried. Our report was (somehow?) not shown to insurers, and we just found all went well in future for our guys on that site as no one ever queried their actions. Sometimes it is not the obvious that is a fault

Leave it to Beaver: Unity is long gone and you're on your GNOME


Re: Thanks but no, thanks

Using OpenSUSE Leap 42.3 with XFCE. Very stable. Menu bars where I want and even a dock or docks where I want. Used on 2012 Dell and 2015 Dell, USB Dual Boot with Windows 10. Very pleased as a day to day system. However I install Ubuntu LTS on learner's machines as they have hard copy (Magazine format book) to read offline.

Windows 10 Spring Creators Update team explains the hold-up: You little BSOD!


Re: Almost all PCs sold these days run the 64-bit Win 10

What do you run in place of Sage for accounts/bookkeeping?

Airbus CIO: We dumped Microsoft Office not over cost but because Google G Suite looks sweet


Re: Exell or not with Excel

Many accounting suites (even at major types) dump *only to excel*. [N1] They do not dump to any other installed spreadsheet program. Thus work around is a comma separated data dump and then reopened in spreadsheet of choice to sort out reports.

[N1] lazyness in coding and assuming all desks run MS Office software.

UK data watchdog raids companies suspected of 11 million nuisance texts


Re: "Greater Manchester-based premises"

In any population anywhere, there are always the poor and always the rich (terms are relative) so you can never eliminate poverty.

Pennsylvania AG sues Uber over 2016 data fail


link not working!


This link in your article has been suppressed or is "deliberately unavailable" on reaching to the PDF from the UK.


link not working!

The link in article is not working or has been removed. Umm! A press release should be publicly visible.


We all hate Word docs and PDFs, but have they ever led you to being hit with 32 indictments?


Re: Well, you see, now there's the problem...

This is not a fallacy. As I was "trusted", once when I visited to an Italian firm, I was asked to witness the owner's signature to four or five 'sets' of accounts. Each told a different story for the firm's results for that year I believe, but then I only saw the signature page, not the detail pages. My witnessing his signature was true, the contents of the previous pages was unknown to me.

Batteries are so heavy, said user. If I take it out, will this thing work?


Re: Hmmm :(

Show her the BBC iPlayer recording of Ada Lovelace! Then she can talk all the technical things with pride.


Re: Flip phones & their users are evolutionary dead ends?

"Covered keys" on flip-phone (We have 3 of these, due age, clothing, hearing, arthritis etc.) stop inadvertent calls from pocket. This was main first reason to buy. Since then I have never bought a non-flip-phone.

No Windows 10, no Office 2019, says Microsoft


age, inertia, forgetfulness, make it easier to buy 'simple , than change habits'.

Age, with decreased short term learning memory, and ingrained thought / muscle habits to do things, make change however slight difficult.

Royal Bank of Scotland website goes TITSUP*


I have No Smartphone. This 'use app' advice is useless.

This is not a good solution. I use a desktop computer.. I do not need or want a smartphone. It is a nonsense situation where only solution is to buy a smartphone.

Kaspersky: Clumsy NSA leak snoop's PC was packed with malware


Re: China did it! Not us! @ST

Quote "I once replaced my work computer's entire OS with Ubuntu because I didn't want to use Windows Vista" Unquote. That was wise.

HSBC biz banking crypto: The case of the vanishing green padlock and... what domain are we on again?


They also have great difficulty with UK native languages. Passport in English name, normal use name in a native language as the locals use their language. However the 8 character limit on password is a big failing for a bank.

Wannacry: Everything you still need to know because there were so many unanswered Qs


Re: Wasn't "But we had to have SMB for our internal shares on the network" the NHS problem?

HMRC. If you are a 'contractor'' and not a "worker" or "employee", your contract may state you must provide your own IT equipment EXCEPT when working on site of Client. This is an established part of proving 'independence' under HMRC probe for IR35. Thus ,yes, there is a case where a contratcxor would connect to NHS via their own computers from home, for remote working.

Short movie explaining what it's like to SysAdmin


thanks, its like someother jobs.

Video much enjoyed, but.....

There is no thanks to sysadmin, if the castle collapses, there is no boss to congratulate you. You should at least leave his chamber standing in the video.

Unpaid tech contractor: 'I have to support my family. I have no money for medicines'


value of invoice and tim einterval

To get a semi-automatic small debts court paper started, try to keep invoices below GBP £5,000. and invoice period at a maximum of 14 days. This allows an internet claim for small debts action to be made. It means your terms must include your ability to invoice when any debt due for work done is over GBP £4,500.

Yee-hacked! Fired Texan sysadmin goes rogue, trashes boot business


old POP3 email?

old POP3 email client? residual on departing admins computer.

Alert! The dastardly Dutch are sailing a 90-ship fleet at Blighty


Had England no cash to hire Scots Sailors?

1. It seems some wayward Scots fought back, but many were in the Dutch side. Maybe England can hire some part time Scots sailors /out of work fisher folk to greet the Dutch folk.

2. PS I am some what biased. a Scots exile in England these past 60 odd years with happy memories of time in The Netherlands.

Mozillans call for new moz://a logo to actually work in browsers


Stupidity of marketing over reality.

My comments are not printable in family site.

BT installs phone 'spam filter', says it'll strain out mass cold-callers


Landline is ALWAYS used for outgoing calls

1. I always use only my landline for all outgoing calls. Free cost inside ISP charges .

2. Incoming calls only from family as text messages to mobile. All other calls to mobile disregarded.

3. Incoming calls on landline have occasional Spam , All are logged and reported.

3.1 If genuine all callers know to call on my land line.

4. If I feel like it I apply a spurious talk on a spam call up, but I have to be bored by

Answer that no one uses landlines is false. (PS my work also only uses landlines for non company calls, so many thousands per year on landline)

Busted Windows 8, 10 update blamed for breaking Brits' DHCP


Virgin Media as ISP, Acer comp Win10 (7upgrade!) moved location

I see failure on friend's daughter's computer.

Virgin Media as ISP, Acer comp. Win10 (7upgrade!) normally, then moved location Leeds to Warrington..

Computer moved to family house with BT as ISP. Internet connection failed. 20161208&20161209.

Virgin 'down' in places due Win 10 upgrade, but this is Machine that does not connect to internet on local BT router. Reset, reboot does not clear.

Integrator fired chap for hiding drugs conviction, told to pay compo for violating his rights


? Delberately employ convicted folk.

1 In one 'job' I had in the past, most employees had 'convicted status'. It depends on the 'cime' and the useful skills needed by 'employer'.. 2. Disclosure: I ended up in that job due to bad activities which caused me to be recommended for selection by a superior who knew how useful my attitudes/skills could be for the job for which they were recruiting.

Reg man 0: Japanese electronic toilet 1


Re: Here I encountered the first of many problems. The labels were entirely in Japanese.

It is better to sit to urinate if male to avoid 'spray microdrops' from water entering the atmosphe, likewise close lid before flushing for same reason.


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