* Posts by GruntyMcPugh

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UK.gov won't Airwave bye for another 3 years, plans to phase in ESN services

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@Simon Rockman

Interesting,... the place I now work has ties with the local Police force, so we've had some aerials for comms installed, and of course have had two different masts put up, .. I guess this is for the current system, and getting ready to transition to the new one?

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UKIP doubled price of condoms for sale at party conference

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Re: standard, small, large

@AC I doubt they meet any standards, and thus, like the electorate on Brexit, they'll split.

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The internet – not as great as we all thought it was going to be, eh?

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@Jamie

ah yes, my first email address was big endian too, and we used Vax/VMS and CBS. We didn't have our own Internet mail relay at that point though, so relayed through The University of Nottingham. Just took three levels of encapsulation to route through them and out to the internet ; -)

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

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Re: What now?

@werdsmith: "Cost of a latest model iPhone if sold on after 1 or 2 years about £200"

"BRITISH PEOPLE SPEND OVER £680 MILLION EVERY YEAR FIXING BROKEN PHONE SCREENS, SURVEY CLAIMS"

https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/broken-phone-screen-fix-iphone-cost-price-uk-a8536236.html

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First it was hashtags – now Amber Rudd gives us Brits knowledge on national ID cards

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A Large Govt IT Project....

... tell me MS Rudd,... how successful are the Govt at getting large IT projects delivered?

How accurate is the data in the current databases? If these are merged, how can I be sure I'm not getting a different Grunty McPugh's history attached to mine? Do I get to see all of, and object to any records I think are inaccurate? Who else gets to see the data,.... I mean, the agencies listed under RIPA is hardly exclusive, it's pretty much the world + dog. How much does the card cost me, and do I need to get someone trustworthy to countersign my application, like a Dr, Justice of the Peace, or Lord of the Manor, like it is for passports, and are the self-employed, sole traders or those working from home/residential address disbarred from acting as referees, as per the 'CitizenCard' ?

I'm glad to hear it might not be a physical card, because, you know, we kind of had that before, when NI numbers were sent out on spiffy little cards, but that was abandoned, as it was deemed to too expensive,..

NHS ID,... right you are, I know mine by heart,... except the one I know is the old format five alpha three numeric,...I was never sent my 10 digit, 3-3-4 new NHS number,.. but then, I didn't care, because: "You don't need to know your NHS Number to receive care, and you shouldn't be denied care on the basis you do not know, or do not have, an NHS Number.",... so I'm guessing most people don't know theirs, nor care what it is.

Driving licenses and passports,.. well, both of these cost me money to obtain. What if someone cannot afford a National Identity Card? Will they be free therefore? If so, can you add tickboxes for 'is allowed out of the country' and is 'allowed to drive a car' (and possibly a road roller?) and refund me some moolah, cheers.

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Guess who just bought Maplin? Dragons' Den celebrity biz guy Peter Jones

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SEO? SEO What?

"Online reseller BuyITDirect had voiced an interest in Maplin’s IP but questioned what value Jones will realise. ...Maplin’s website had been down for a couple of months and Google had de-indexed the domain, Glynne claimed, “so the residual SEO value has gone." "

I get that a firm I've never heard of might think SEO is important, so their wares float to the top of the search returns, but Maplin was a web site I'd go to, and use their search. If you're big enough, people come direct to your website.

If Maplin rises again as an online store I'll check it out, and if it's any good it'll possibly regain that go to status. SEO only matters if it's run of the mill and competing with other such outlets, where price and delivery costs sway the decision. Let's be honest, price was never Maplin's USP.

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Whisky business: Uni of Edinburgh servers Irn-Scru'd by cyber-attack

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Re: Students vs the man

@AC: "some poor underpaid IT interns vs some student testing his/her limits."

Got this quite a bit when I worked for a University (Vax/VMS days),... a lot of wild claims and brags were made which were total BS,... but the odd enterprising little sod would find a pukka exploit every now and again. Like one who missed being able to send Internet email (this was a privilege only granted to select students back in the day, and we had an ACL for that) but he'd returned from a work placement, and had a copy of the CBS mail program from his employer, so ran his own version to send mail. I caught him, we actually became quite good friends, and he ended up managing the Students Union IT :-)

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Revealed: British Airways was in talks with IBM on outsourcing security just before hack

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Re: "You don't outsource something that is working well."

@Kientha "Let's mark it as done"

Saw this a lot, we had solid, common sense boarding procedures, to deliver finished, compliant solutions. Unless there was a deadline, then stuff just went live. Often teams designated as support would refuse so my team would do the dirty work, rectifying all the security non compliances, now on a live environment subject too change control,.... and once we got it green, the account would be lost to us, often we only got BAU rates for this.

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"proposal will mean a period of uncertainty."

There's not much uncertainty,... staff will get the regulatory two years protection under TUPE, and during this time they will train their offshore replacements, then the vast majority will get made redundant at statutory minimum payments.

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Activists rattle tin to take UK's pr0n block to court

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What could possibly go wrong,..

... given stories like hundreds of thousands of credit card details being hacked from BA, or phishing scams at Butlins, are the Govt sure their very own ministers aren't going to end up with egg on their faces here?

How is this going to work without some master list of smut sites? Is it really going to be someone's job at the BBFC to cruise for smut all day?

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Google's 'other' phone platform turns up in post-apocalyptic mobe

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Re: €109?

Just checked out that MiFi SD card,.... very reasonably priced,... I think that's definitely happening to my Bridge Camera, ta for the prompt!

Meanwhile, the lovely people at John Lewis actually have a selector for 'WiFi' when searching for cameras, and they have a few decent looking models,... so all I have to do now is wade through the reviews.

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Re: €109?

@Barry Rueger

According to GizModo: "and can function as a WiFi hotspot."

Now I'm interested,.... rugged phone, plus tethered tablet. Only downside I see is that tablet cameras are a bit lacking and I use my phone camera quite a bit, ... although Bluetooth compact cameras are an option, if I don't mind carrying three things,... but I would be carrying three things better suited to each task,.... something to mull over, anyway.

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Canny Brits are nuking the phone bundle

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Re: Customers are (slightly) more savvy and the technology isn't moving as quickly

@AKS "put you on to the porting team but to the retention team. Insist that you want to leave and eventually they'll offer you a much better deal"

I've had variable mileage with this one. I recently left Vodafone, the retention team made me some offers, I wanted a 30 day rolling contract, ~5Gb of data and some mins and texts, they offered me a 12 month contract for 5/Unlimited/Unlimited for £10 a month. I said I wanted 30 day rolling,... they came back with £25.50. I was only paying £30 odd in contract while paying for the handset. So in an attempt to keep me as a customer for 12 months, they lost me as a customer to a cheaper provider.

Anyway, now SIM only for £9 a month, still rocking my old Note4, and happy with it. If I need new Android features, I'll probably buy a new 7" tablet, and tether it. I'm an old fart and don't wear skinny jeans anymore, so I'm sure I'll find a pocket to keep all this stuff in, along with reading glasses and Hemorrhoid cream : -)

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Microsoft gives Windows 10 a name, throws folks a bone

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Re: Word Perfect 5.1

@BobChip: "Reveal codes"

I remember it well, as well as the 'print preview' which rendered a preview of what the document might look like,.... although back then we saved the print to a Postscript file, and had to ftp it to our VAX, and print it from there, as we didn't have any printers available directly to the LanManager (remember that? ) network.

I used to feel quite at home editing the codes, but then other formatting tools were such offerings as LaTeX, so if you'd cut your teeth on that, WP 5.1 doing most of it for you was a boon.

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If you weren't rich enough to buy a Surface before, you may as well let that dream die

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Re: Why US only?

@James51

Ah, poor old Wonga. NOT. : -)

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Re: Surface Book 2

@largefile

Er, shouldn't that always be the case,... I mean, you aren't going to chop in a good laptop and buy an inferior one ever, are you?

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Anon man suing Google wants crim conviction to be forgotten

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Re: Let me get this straight...

@Smooth Newt "There is no "spent conviction" in an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service."

Indeed, I need such for my IT position, and previouisly I've held Full SC.

Personally, I think we shouldn't have such a thing as a 'spent conviction', as it's stigmatizing convictions, by saying they are something that need sweeping under the rug. We should have a warts and all view of our society, not some blinkered view. I recall articles about the creation of the CRB (as it was before it was called DBS) citign stats that about 30% of men will have a criminal record of some sort by age 30. We should accept this is part of our society, and get used to it. And yeah, I'd want to know before trusting an employee, or someone who has access to my house (builder, plumber etc). A conviction for smoking a bit of weed isn't going to bother me, but someone who has committed fraud would.

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Apple sees the (augmented) light, buys holo-glass tech startup

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"transparent smart glass lenses to display full-colour images with a wide field of view."

OK, so now I'm listening,.... I'll take mine is some wraparound sports glasses with dimmable lenses please.

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VMware 'pressured' hotel to shut down tech event close to VMworld, IGEL sues resort giant

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@ Mark 110 Oooh, hello Mark! We're just dipping our toe into VDI using Igel thin clients and Citrix VDI, and CDW have done some work on our PoC so far. The Citrix guy from CDW we had really knew his stuff, the Nutanix part was a bit sketchy but we got CDW to fix the issues there (bridging, corp and public lan, Nutanix with an interface on each), but it got sorted well enough for the trial.

I might come pick your brains later,... : -)

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No, eight characters, some capital letters and numbers is not a good password policy

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Re: I've always preferred ..

@Bombastic Bob: "Sword+Rabbit"

I do something like this, my current password is 19 characters, two words that would each pass complexity requirements by themselves, with a separator.

But then we recently got cracked during routine PSN compliance testing, and my previous 13 character complex password was unravelled.

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

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Re: Universities

@Sal II

My experience too,... I've worked for two different Universities (well, one was a Poly when I first worked there) and we were early adopters, at one point we had the largest deployment of Microsoft Exchange in Europe (so the guy from MS told me at the SIG meetings we used to attend), that was Exchange 4.0. (there was a DOS client back then,......)

At another Uni (a real one this time) we were quick to adopt Linux, had a web server when the web was really just academics, and made some of our data publicly available via the web (I won't bore you with the detail, but the guy that came up with the idea had a light bulb moment down the pub, while looking at their CD Jukebox)

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@AMBxx

Indeed, I work for local Govt these days, and the sheer number of applications we support is bewildering. When I worked for an ISP, we had 'CableMaster' the app that managed customer accounts, and sent signals out to (then analog) set top boxes to provision their packages, some telephony management intermediate software, file and print, email, and the usual HR / Payroll. That was it. In local govt, we do a lot of things. We have a database covering every tree along every road and pathway for instance, which we inspect. A database for road maintenance, we run leisure centres, recyling centres, we register births, deaths, and marriages, licensing for boozers, housing, benefits, planning applications, museums and galleries, social care, education, libraries, ... so some of these apps just do what is needed, and sometimes the software vendor shows very little interest in upgrading the app for a handful of clients,.... they'll charge for changes, but that's about it. Therefore moving platforms just isn't possible often.

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Wickr gets slicker with fresh network tricker: Privacy-protecting domain fronting alternative emerges

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Is that Wicker Man in the title picture,....

... the one from beside the M5?

Shame the Morrisons warehouse dominates the view now.

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Winner, Winner, prison dinner: Five years in the clink for NSA leaker

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Re: This is serious business

@ArchTech.

Spot on.

"Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it."

-Mark Twain

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Re: I find it hard to credit the 'printer dots' with her indictment/conviction

@Wanderer3 "Following her logic trail no-one should ever be prosecuted for espionage."

Maybe no US citizen should, as they are protected by 1A here. The whole 'Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press...'

I can't reconcile laws limiting free speech, such as 'official secrets' with 1A myself. It's one, or the other, but not both. 1A would appear to make later laws invalid, but I'm in the UK, and this stuff doesn't apply here.

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IBM slaps patent on coffee-delivering drones that can read your MIND

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So delivery via drone is a thing already,....

... with the likes of Amazon actively working on it,... but this patent means Amazon can delivery anything to anyone,.... _except_ hot coffee? How does that happen? Mashing existing concepts such as facial recognition and applying it to drone delivery should not be patentable, it's not innovating sticking two existing things together, you should have to invent a new thing.

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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: The best cable of any kind in 50 years

@Simon Harris: "Depends how many times you run over it with your chair."

Or when I worked in schools, how many times the iPad caddy lid was slammed down onto protruding cables.

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Vodafone's spending pays off - but EE hangs on to UK network crown

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Re: Vodafone .....

@Chewi "Suffice to say that I will be requesting an unlock code for the dongle at the first opportunity."

So I just left Vodafone and they sent me an email saying I'd need a NUC to unlock my phone after I requested the PAC. They PAC I got within minutes, the NUC, they said, could take from 2 to 10 days. Yeah, so you could be in the situation where you give your new provider the PAC and they initiate the process, only to get the email after you've started that, and have to wait 10 days to get the NUC, so your new provider has swapped your number, but you can't use it until you unlock your phone, and that could take an additional week, so you have no service.

And after all the calls, and online chats, and emails to their dedicated 'nucresolutions' email address,.... I didn't need the NUC, my phone wasn't locked in the first place.

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Anecdote,...

... just dropped Vodafone for Plusnet (so EE is the carrier) and the data seems faster where I am.

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Re: Vidafone .....

I just left them. Contracts on our phones were up, so I phoned up to get a PAC, they tried retaining me, but failed. I wanted a 30 day rolling contract (So I can buy extra data for when I'm on holiday), about 5Gb of data, and some calls and texts. They offered 5Gb/Unlimited/Unlimited for a tenner on a 12 month contract (Plusnet had already offered me that for £9,...) and to get that same deal on a 30 day rolling contract, instead of 12 months? £25.50. Yeah, an extra £15.50 a month to keep the escape hatch open. I got a PAC.

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External Soundcard Advice wanted.

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External Soundcard Advice wanted.

I'm in the market for an external soundcard that takes an Optical / spdif input, and outputs to 3.5mm to drive a 5.1 setup. I tried one I previously ran from my laptop, and while it drove the setup fine over USB, the Optical input doesn't produce anything when hooked up to the telly. The laser from the telly is active, and it used to drive a BluRay / home theatre box, but that died, so I'm pretty sure it's the soundcard that just doesn't do optical despite having the input (it was less than tenner, so I was iffy about that anyway)

Any recommendations greatfully received. Budget ideally less than £50, if I'm looking at more than that, I might as well get a new home theatre setup.

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Why is my cheapo Android red hot and switching off Wi-Fi?

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Re: "Doogee" smartphone

... Yowzer!

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Samsung Galaxy Note 9: A steep price to pay

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Re: "Pricey? I would say so..."

IR Blaster is a great feature, I have AnyMote so I can control everything from my phone, rather than the array of remotes on the coffee table, and I have the 'TV Kill' app, which turns off tellies.

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Re: The one thing I wholeheartedly agree with Jobs on ...

I use the stylus on my Note 4 regularly, for creating shopping lists, and crossing off items as they go in my trolley.

I also have an app that allows me to 'sign' documents, I've had some paperwork that needed a signature, and the sender asked I printed it, signed it, scanned it, and sent it back. But I work in IT so of course found a far more elegant solution, and found an app I could edit the .pdf on, that supported pen input, so the signature looks like it was signed with an ink pen.

The stylus also comes in handy navigating crappy web sites, when I need the desktop version and the links are crowded.

The thing about the stylus, is it's better to have one and not need it, that need it and not have it.

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It's a phone with a peel, but you'll have to wait a bit more for retro Nokia

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@Dave 126 "The Nokia phone prop used in the Matrix film was modified with a spring opening mechanism that wasn't present in the stock model."

I had the 7110 which had the spring,... and tbh the slide felt a bit flimsy, and I thought one day I'm going to press that button and it's going shoot off and hit the floor. Never did, and I still have it in a box full of old phones and accessories in my attic.

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Apple takes an axe to its App Affiliate Program

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Re: not on my list of fine upstanding gentlemen

@Ashley_Pomeroy

Well, they aren't going to give an App two stars, because nobody would buy it, and they wouldn't get their cut. They might make the argument they only promote quality Apps,... but the responsibility of a reviewer is also to weed out the chaff.

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UK.gov ploughs cash into creaky police technology

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Re: £100m funding ....

@K "/dev/null'

Hahah, yeah,... one park I walk my dogs at has signs all over it saying the use of motor bikes etc is prohibited (the scrotes vandalise the place, tearing off gates so they can get their bikes in, but that puts the deer there at risk if they get out,... plus it's not far from a busy 'A' road, so we don't want deer on the road.), so a couple of months ago I hear them tearing it up, see them, report them to 101, and got the distinct feeling I was being told 'yes dear', and that absolutely nothing was going to happen. Maybe a PCSO would swerve by if they were passing in a couple of weeks, that level of response. Thing is, the scrotes are often on stolen bikes, so if the Police responded, they might reunite the owner with their bike, rather than a smoldering pile of molten aluminium and plastic.

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Get drinking! Abstinence just as bad for you as getting bladdered

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If we are citing Resveratrol as a possible cause,...

.. of the delay of dementia, we should really qualify 'wine' as 'Red Wine' as white wine contains very little.

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Now that's a dodgy Giza: Eggheads claim Great Pyramid can focus electromagnetic waves

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Re: It was aliens wot did it

@MrReal

Oh please,... are we in any doubt that the Romans managed to pick up, transport, and re-erect _eight_ obelisks in Rome? Did the Romans have vastly superior tech? No, it was people, and ropes, and boats, and carts and horses.

I've been to the quarry at Aswan where the obelisks were carved, there are chisel marks, they weren't cut out by aliens with space lasers.

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Re: It was aliens wot did it

@Chris G

The Nephilim? Saw then at 'Rock City', in er, 1990? Well, i say I saw them,... I saw their hats, and the output from their smoke machine. I'll check out those covers bands : -)

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Re: It was aliens wot did it

@Paul Crawford

Probably, after all, when I went to Giza, I got gouged by a tour guide.

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Microsoft devises new way of making you feel old: Windows NT is 25

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Re: "OS/2 Warp"

@Charles 9 "Sounds like Access Software's Links."

That sounds familiar,... I was an operator during this era..... there were periods of the night shift where we were under utilised,.. ahem.

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Mamma Mia! UK film fans forced to Q as Vue's website craps itself

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"This is similar to other ticketing sites such as Ticketmaster,"

Nah, if it was like Ticketmaster, you'd be in a queue for forty minutes, only to be told the event had sold out, and get redirected to a secondary site where the ticket you want is available, at several times the face value.

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Ecuador's Prez talking to UK about Assange's six-year London Embassy stay – reports

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Re: So much hostility

@Fruit and Nut Case:"Given that Cressida Dick is in charge of the Met Police..."

Assange is lucky he's not taking a long nap, like Jean Charles de Menezes, given Dick's history.

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Sysadmin trained his offshore replacements, sat back, watched ex-employer's world burn

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Re: Not in IT...

@AC "(i.e. all written procedures and no chance for them to actually use their brains)."

I saw exactly that, we trained our guys in Bangalore to follow the script, procedures drummed into them,... except of course the script could never accommodate all eventualities, so when they ran out of options, they just gave up. It didn't help with the security and compliance work, the policy was created in the USA, the parts that could be automated scripted into TSCM in the UK, and then the 'Gap Check' document, that detailed parts that could not be automated (creating a list of checks we had to perform manually on each server), created in Poland. By someone who wasn't that technical, reading a technical document, not written in their first language. So we got such howlers as statements which provided context to the questions in the section, being turned into questions themselves. So howlers like 'The following section only applies to servers which do not come under <insert name of regulation, like FDA, etc> regulation' having 'is this the case?' added, and being added to the manual checklist. Our offshore counterparts would earnestly try to answer these howlers, instead of engaging with the security team, and pointing out the questions were idiotic, and weren't really questions in the first place.

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Another German state plans switch back from Linux to Windows

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Or, the remote workers could use a Windows laptop over Direct Access, get a strict security policy via GPO, use Bitlocker to secure the local HD, and use the power of their local processor.

Remote working is not some mystic art. It is not difficult to enable securely. I worked from home for nearly a decade, supporting servers that I required Full SC Security clearance to access.

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Windows 10 Insiders see double as new builds hit the deck – with promises to end Update Rage

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Re: Predictive Fuckups

@dmacleo

If your version of Win10 supports Hyper V, you can run that in a VM.

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Re: Predictive Fuckups

@Israel_hands

Start, settings, update and security, change active hours. You can specify hours when your PC cannot reboot.

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Enterprise Windows 10 users, Microsoft has some 'quality' patches coming your way

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Re: There was a time

@DuncanLarge: "I remember a time in the days of windows 3.1 and up to 98/Me where updates were simply not required"

Well, to be fair, in the Windows 3,1 days, very few people were Internet connected, and iirc, Win95 didn't install tcp/ip by default, and Win '98 had,... four Service Packs?

So the risk escalated over that period, and OSs got more complex, so we get more patches. Having said that, I wish MS wouldn't bundle new features into the update cycle, I'd rather Paint3D etc were just store apps, which we could deploy if required, rather than having to turn a bunch of stuff off with each new build.

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Sorry, Neil Armstrong. Boffins say you may not have been first life-form to set foot on the Moon

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Re: What about

@Pete4000uk "The aliens on the dark side, do they count?"

Only Money.

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