* Posts by LeahroyNake

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Samsung Galaxy Watch: A tough and classy activity tracker

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Re: Just what I need

I think the 'Breathe' button will take to to a Breathing exercise thingy that is designed to lower your stress level. That's what it does on the umm phone version of Samsung health anyway.

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US voting systems: Full of holes, loaded with pop music, and 'hacked' by an 11-year-old

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uh oh

'one enterprising 11 year-old named Emmet managed to hack a simulated Secretary of State election results page in 10 minutes.'

My smallest one is a little younger that that but his technical skills are quite impressive. Gave him an intel compute stick to play with and we were watching The Grand Tour via Amazon Prime within half hour on the family TV. I really should change that Amazon password.... no idea how he knew it, I don't even know it :o

Besides we are totally safe, you can't vote until you are 18 /sarc

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NHS Digital to fling half a billion quid at new GP procurement framework

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Half a what

Half a million will not even cover the cost of the PA of the lowest bidder.

I expect most of us here could meet a spec.... if it was set in stone. The problem it they can't set a specification and stick to it. Therefore Crapita wins while everyone else loses.

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Thinking of saying goodbye to your servers? We'll show you how

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Re: Really?

They refuse to upgrade these places to FTTC / half decent speeds as they know some Business require more than 1Mbit connection and may pay ~£350 a month for a leased line.

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Bye bye servers hello cloud

#randomtimelater what do you mean your servers have gone down? I thought all this stuff just worked by magic faries that like eating an increasing amount of cash every quarter?

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Space, the final Trump-tier: America to beam up $8bn for Space Force

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Spaceballs !

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Should I infect this PC, wonders malware. Let me ask my neural net...

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Black insulating tape

If you cut it to the right size you can't even see it covering the laptop webcam. The microphone can easily be destroyed with a pin. I'm guessing these 'hardware mods' are a lot more reliable than uninstalling the drivers or disabling them in device manager.

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For all the excitement, Pie may be Android's most minimal makeover yet – thankfully

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Clipboard

'Slices, is a kind of IPC which allows one app to inject content into another'

Ummm can't you already do that with, share button, clipboard then paste into other application ?

Clippy can bite my shiny metal arse though.

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IPv6: It's only NAT-ural that network nerds are dragging their feet...

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Take a SIP

'such as those for IP telephony, will not operate because private IP addresses are not routable over the public internet, and therefore a node outside the network cannot initiate contact.'

I wouldn't want any random spam phone call system phoning users ip phones without some kind of control.

That is why you have a PBX and SIP trunks and / or PSTN or BRI gateway. It's not difficult.

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Battle lines drawn over US mass surveillance as senators probe NSA's bonfire of phone records

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soooo

Where is this Snowden guy now ? Still hiding out in the embassy or have they kicked him out ?

He may be a total arse but at least he helped get some interesting info out in to the wild.

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ZX Spectrum reboot latest: Some Vega+s arrive, Sky pulls plug, Clive drops ball

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Re: Shitty packaging...

Wow, I have had a hammer delivered with better packaging !

Maybe it will come in handy to push the buttons lol

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Grad sends warning to manager: Be nice to our kit and it'll be nice to you

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Re: what the fuck does PC LOAD LETTER mean?

Sounds like somebody specified the tray rather than tray / auto.

Load letter though... that's really annoying. Most decent copiers have settings that say I'm not in the US so I think you meant A4. They also have more settings to say if it should print it right away or ask if that's really what you want.... probably twice.

Set sensible defaults (in control panel not the application as they are normally session specific and will be reset) and avoid using any of the settings in MS Word to specify complex settings, that's what the print driver is for.

If you are doing DTP :O Maybe get something better than the crud from PC world.

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Re: Elphin safety

My printroom has a nice big rubber mallet with Kip and OCE written on it in tippex. Seems to do the trick and as a plus point it gets handed to the engineer (along with a cup of coffee) when they turn up.

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HP Ink splashes out on Brit print provider Apogee

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More customers for me

Apogee buying Danwood gifted us quite a few customers as they had a great excuse to leave after years of poor service.

Fingers crossed for more of the same this time around especially if they are forced or encouraged to push sub standard HP / Samsung copiers :)

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Toshiba gets NASty: Soups up hi-cap enterprise drive

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Re: Hey Mamr

@Vincent thanks for the awesome post, I think it's worthy of a full Reg article ! Very well written.

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Hey Mamr

'and microowave assisted magnetic recording (MAMR)'

As cool as microowaves sound I'm more interested in the part about NAS with more than 8 bays ? If I could afford one let alone two they would be really nice in a Qnap 2 bay!

Also load/unload cycle, is that the same as power cycles ?

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Turn around, Capita: I'm trying but my pre-tax profits slipped 59%

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It's raining

'It also pointed to efforts to update its data centre network to “simplify and consolidate the existing network environment with an objective of moving workloads to the Cloud”.'

Ummm if you are their customer then you are probably using their 'cloud' or can we just say servers and be honest about it. They propose moving their 'cloud' to the cloud (Maybe they can call it cloud 9) so then you have 2 tiers of failure to address, good luck with that, don't forget your umbrella.

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Holy ship! UK shipping biz Clarksons blames megahack on single point of pwnage

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Re: Copies

I think it's probably more likely that they were blackmailing to not release the data... unless Clarkson had never heard of backups.

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Copies

'Clarksons were then able to successfully trace and recover the copy of the data that was illegally copied from its systems.'

The only copy ? Also recover the copy ? In this instance I would agree that the data was stolen but to recover the copy is a bit of a stretch unless they copied it back to systems within their control then deleted the stolen version.If they deleted the stolen version by accessing someone else's computer system without their consent... meh I wish it was Friday.

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Linux kernel 4.18 delayed: Bug ate my rc7, says Linus Torvalds

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Fu@#ing Impressed

Torvalds managed that whole post without swearing...

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Brit comms providers told: You must tell people when their cheap contract's about to end

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easy option

Rather than the £15 for 6 months offer it should show the monthly payment averaged over the contract term ?

It's not that difficult ?.... unless you are making a fortune off people that don't have a clue.

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Dixons Carphone: Yeah, so, about that hack we said hit 1.2m records? Multiply that by 8.3

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Re: Have I shopped with them?

I am sure automatic opt in for marketing was against some regulations at one point. Yes that should count as automatically ticking the opt in box. Maybe GDPR legitimate business interest overrides that :o no fekkin idea to be honest it's all too much for me to comprehend when the cookie box pops up EVERYWHERE.

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

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I totally agree, it was nice going to the Monico in Cardiff when I was (Much) younger. It closed in 2003 and as far as I know there are no independent cinemas left near me.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/2709873.stm

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Early experiment in mass email ends with mad dash across office to unplug mail gateway

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@gnasher729

I didn't do it on purpose but sent an email to the boss and managed to type cun#somers with the t and not the #. I didn't even notice until he phoned me up laughing, could have been a lot worse...

Needless to say I now double check, have a 5 minute delay on sending and an outbound profanity filter just in case ;)

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

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Re: How can knowing which platform a train leaves from be a security problem?

While it would work in Japan I don't think the UK train timetable is accurate enough to present a danger.

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Re: Amadeus

'Interesting related detail: the load limit of passenger vehicles is calculated as "number of seats multiplied by 175 lbs (80 kg)".'

If that's the case then you wouldn't be able to put anything in the boot (trunk) if all seats were occupied by passengers... what do you do with the luggage ?

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Brit watchdog fines child sex abuse inquiry £200k over mass email blunder

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Re: Bureaucracy fines bureaucracy, nothing changes

The problem is... If you, me or anyone as an individual made this mistake we would be personally liable and at a minimum be made to pay a fine, at worst jail time and on some watch list.

As an example you could be offering support to people in a similar situation (just because you are nice or experienced a similar crime) that may involve a mailing list.

Hiding behind 'company is big enough to get away with a fine' takes the biscuit.

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Fork it! Google fined €4.34bn over Android, has 90 days to behave

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Margrethe Vestager

Would buy them a nice bottle of whatever they like drinking if they keep up with these fines....

As long as it's available in a supermarket. I'm guessing they like bottles priced at more than £20 each

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It walks, it talks, it falls over a bit. Windows 10 is three years old

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Re: Not since 1998...

'My laptop at home is only rebooted if an update requires it (so perhaps three times a year)'

I'm guessing you are not getting all the updates then ! I'm lucky if only asks for updates 3 times a month.

Maybe turning on defer updates would help but grrrrrr.

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Every step you take: We track you for your own safety, you know?

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Re: Good old days

I have the pleasure of both managing and doing calls in what sounds like a similar field.

When we had car tracking it was work to rule and while jobs got done there was room for improvement.

We got rid of the car tracking as a cost cutting exercise and almost magically more calls got closed per engineer per day. I think it was because we all spoke to eachother more rather that just looking at the map and where everyone was. When I spoke to engineers I was able to give them advice so they could close calls quicker rather than just think... they are there and can sort it out etc.

The lack of tracking also allows more flexibility with regards to hours, people work harder when you give them start and finish calls close to home. That 10 minute drive to the first call and 20 minute drive home at the end of the day always beats the 1 hour plus commute to the office. Fuel expendature has gone down as well, fugue that one out ;)

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Have I been paid, Sage? Cloudy wage service locks out users

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Sage support

Sage support is not optional as far as I am concerned.

Line 50 is a total mess and the Sage Data Service is a nightmare with no proper technical documentation. I got it running over RDP but couldn't package it as an app and had to give the users a full remote desktop.

One gem from Sage support when they asked for the IP of the server when trying to fix a local client install. I gave them the host name... no that doesn't always work ? They couldn't tell me why and it didn't fix the issue. Reinstalling windows did though :/ how much are we paying for this again ?

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Security guard cost bank millions by hitting emergency Off button

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D-Stink

I had a similar issue with A Tp link 48 port Gb switch. For some reason it kept changing its management IP to the gateway IP.

It got binned the minute a replacement arrived and after we had changed the gateway IP. Live and learn.

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Registry to ban Cyrillic .eu addresses even if you've paid for them

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Re: Here's a thought...

We could also go back to typing in IPV4 addresses, we could jusr remember them like we all used to do with phone numbers .....

Oh IPV6 that's a very long phone number :o

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Drug cops stopped techie's upgrade to question him for hours. About everything

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Re: Pretty sure some other bloke is having a bad day...

At least you didn't have to do dick watching when the CDT came to camp :o I can't see any UK Corp dick!ng (pardon the pun) random members of staff to observe the process of filling the cup !

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HP Ink's UK profits tumble nearly 85% – of course Brexit to blame

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Re: I advise people not to touch HP printers

1. Stupidly expensive ink.

Totally agree but they are no different from Canon in that regard. Look at Kip or OCE / Seiko if you want lower running costs and can stomach the £20k plus initial cost.

2. We have some expensive HP printer/scanners at work and when monitoring NTP network traffic three devices were transmitting leap second packets.

Wow I'm going to have to test that out on Monday. We keep our office ones on a separate subnet but it would be interesting to raise a call with HP if that is the case.

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Trainee techie ran away and hid after screwing up a job, literally

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@J.Cook

I find that ends up with me showing how or doing the work for them.

I have a crap / seconds box that they can borrow and take the nice tools with me when they get stuck.

It really is amazing how many 13mm and 10mm sockets you can lose in a year.

I get paid in bottles of Rose now.

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Re: Screws and escaped death.

I'm not a carpenter by trade so I usually ask someone who knows that they are doing to give me advice before I carry out any DIY around the house.

The best thing I have ever been told is 'make it strong enough so your kids can jump, pull and shove it as hard as they can, if it falls off it could kill them'. I use lots of overkill screws plugs and legs / supports then try to break it myself before I let the kids or anyone else anywhere close !

Sitting in the wall cabinet when the partner got home took some explaining... with 80mm screws / plugs into brick with a galvanised steel rail even the bottom shelf of an Ikea wall cabinet can support me. Good to know if I can't find the youngest when playing hide and seek !

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Nintendo Labo: After a day spent fiddling with flaps, you may be ready to, er, Lego

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Re: How does this differ...

Mainly because you can make the stuff from cardboard and program it... if you have meccano laying about I'm sure you can use it to make something more solid and use the software to improve on the features ?

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Schneier warns of 'perfect storm': Tech is becoming autonomous, and security is garbage

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Re: Click Here To Kill Everybody

I am really tempted to leave the paperback on my desk to see if I get any comments, BOFH style.

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Priceless: The cost to BT for bothering you with spam? 1.5 UK pence per email

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Unfortunate

'Giving Tuesday and Stand up to Cancer' ? they sound like worthy causes to me, what makes the difference to the amount that they have to pay back.

Why did Royal mail have to pay back more per spam ?

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Microsoft CEO wades into ICE outcry: Cool it, we only do legacy mail

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Re: Avoidance

'The fundamental issue is whether you're entering the US at a port of entry or just walking over the border. Walking over the border is against the law.'

Tell that to the native Americans that got invaded by the the British, French and Spanish etc. At least these immigrants are not killing the natives and just want somewhere safe to raise their children. What would you do in their shoes ?

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Microsoft Azure Europe embraced the other GDPR: Generally Down, Possibly Recovering

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Air con failure

They found have just said that the Air con failed, the servers had a sh!t fit and turned off to stop themselves melting.

Or someone left the door open.

Or Sales guy doing a tour thought it was a bit nippy so adjusted the temperature.

Or.......

We will never know. It's somebody else's server farm after all.

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A pretty and helpful user interface? Nahhh. Is that really you, Samsung?

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Killer feature maybe

I really like the look of the programmable actions but I doubt I will get the update / S7.

Flipping several settings / Bluetooth on, open maps, turn off Wi-Fi, turn on GPS, turn on selective call blocking every time I get in the car is a pain. Maybe if I could get it to detect the car charger socket when plugged in it could do all of this itself. Probably wishful thinking but still looks like progress.

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UK footie fans furious as Sky Broadband goes TITSUP: Total inability to stream unfair penalties

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Re: Foresight

You beat me to it grrr..

Could be worse though. ISDN failure at the exchange took BT a whole 2 hours to fix / change the fibre card or something. Awesome response to be fair. The divert to out backup numbers took 3 hours to cancel once the main lines were back up hahahaha

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Um, excuse me. Do you have clearance to patch that MRI scanner?

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Re: obvious solution ...

Just make sure those DVD's get disposed of correctly and not left in the general waste or on a train.

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Dixons Carphone 'fesses to mega-breach: Probes 'attempt to compromise' 5.9m payment cards

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Advice ?

'We are contacting those whose non-financial personal data was accessed to inform them, to apologise, and to give them advice on any protective steps they should take.'

I'm guessing that they will tell you to use a credit reference agency... sounds like a great idea :/

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Stern Vint Cerf blasts techies for lackluster worldwide IPv6 adoption

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New unit of measurement

'In terms of scale, if all IPv4 addresses were contained inside a smartphone, IPv6 would fill a container the size of the Earth.'

Iphone6 plus or something smaller with upgradable storage ? It makes a difference :p

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In World Cup Russia, our Wi-Fi networks will log on to you!

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I'm not going

If I was, i would buy a payg sim and throw away phone and not log on to anything without a VPN preferably over a mobile carrier rather than unsecured Wi-Fi.

It's bad enough that shopping malls track you via your Wi-Fi mac (yes I know it can be randomized to an extent). If a shopping mall can do that just imagine how much the Russian spooks, police or crims can do...

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Facebook's new data centre cooling system takes the heat like Zuck in front of Congress

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I thought it was the grass drinking the water then somebody smoking it ?

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