* Posts by Soruk

379 posts • joined 30 Aug 2007

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Oracle 'systematically denies' its sales reps their commissions, forces them to work to pay off 'debts', court told

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Stop

Re: So Oracle sales

Stop giving them ideas!

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Asterisk RTP bug worse than first thought: Think intercepted streams

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Re: You should not be using RTP outside your own LAN in the first place

A VPN will help if it's a private VPN with the endpoint on your network.

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Linus Torvalds may have damned systemd with faint praise

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Re: Cannonlake, kabylake, coffeelake, skylake

> And is there going to be a Tealake?

I believe that has been planned - with the launch announcement to take place somewhere in (or around) Boston.

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May the excessive force be with you: Chap cuffed after Star Trek v Star Wars row turns bloody

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A better one would be the Death Star vs Borg Cube.

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Re: This is the correct order

In "Clangers vs Predator", the Predator would HAVE to be voiced by a kazoo.

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Virgin Media to close flagship Oxford St store in August

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Re: They still have stores?

They still have a store in Basingstoke's Festival Place shopping centre (though, it appears, not for much longer).

Not that I have any reason to go in there, I don't live in a cabled area, not interested in their TV offering and quite happy with my VDSL service.

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Fresh cotton underpants fix series of mysterious mainframe crashes

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WTF?

Re: Mobile Phones

One Shell station I was at recently had a sign inviting the user to sign up for - and pay - for their fuel by scanning a QR code attached to the pump. They even provided WiFi for this. And right next to the sign, another one warning that mobile phones were not to be used.

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BOFH: Putting the commitment into committee

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Boffin

Re: Yes, I used lynx for this

> There was a treatise about the width of vehicles and the like, culminating with the width of a SRB for the space shuttle.

This could be traced back to the width of the average Roman horse's arse.

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Faking incontinence and other ways to scare off tech support scammers

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If the caller is Indian (or that neck of the woods), I sometimes do...

"May your gods smile upon you and bless you with many children. All of them girls."

....and if their accent is so thick you can barely make out what they're saying...

"I'm very sorry, I don't speak Urdu".

[Yes, I know, Urdu is spoken in Pakistan, not India]

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WannaCrypt outbreak contained as hunt for masterminds kicks in

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Re: Intel

> Notebooks? That's a different story.

USB3 gigabit NIC. For older machines, a USB2 100Mbit NIC will suffice.

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America 'will ban carry-on laptops on flights from UK, Europe to US'

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Joke

Re: "And think of what this will do for Citrix and Cisco. Local companies make good!"

> Now, that is just not cricket.

If you're using golf clubs to play cricket - you're doing it wrong.

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Microsoft promises twice-yearly Windows 10, O365 updates – with just 18 months' support

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Re: Dear gods...

I got someone on to Linux, who has less technical knowledge than a teaspoon. After their WinXP system collapsed irreparably (and the manufacturer restore DVD loaded an image that bluescreened on boot) I gave them CentOS 6 with LibreOffice (which they were already using on WinXP).

They have needed far less help with their system, indeed the only time they needed help was wgen the hardware died. One replacement box and hard drive transplant they were up and running. A very painless experience for all involved!

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TPG to create Australia-wide mobile network

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FAIL

This could very easily turn into another One.Tel ....

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Mark Shuttleworth says some free software folk are 'deeply anti-social' and 'love to hate'

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Re: Weird

I decided I hated Unity after trying it. Did I post everywhere badmouthing the developers? No. I just installed MATE and got on with my life.

That flexibility is one of the things I like about Linux. Don't like one way of something being done? There are alternatives out there (though some are easier to get going than others) to choose from.

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Alabama man gets electrocuted after sleeping with iPhone

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Re: so much wrong here...

I've made a variant of that - a 4-way connected to an IEC male attachment. (Only intended for powering things like laptops and phone chargers). From server deliveries where I work I've collected a few local plugs to IEC "kettle-lead" cables, including USA, France/Germany (plug that works with either configuration) and China. Works great.

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Barrister fined after idiot husband slings unencrypted client data onto the internet

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Re: Online backup?

> Do I need to replicate in next door's shed?

You could get arrested for that...

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BT agrees to legal separation of Openreach

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Facepalm

Re: legally separated. means F**K all as ......

I'm probably going to sound like a communist here, but it would probably be the best for the country as a whole for Openreach to go into 100% public ownership, owned by the government but operated as a separate commercial entity (a bit like Channel 4 is owned by the government).

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Chinese bloke cycles 500km to get home... in the wrong direction

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WTF?

Re: Sun

With all the pollution, it's amazing they even know what the sun looks like. They don't stand a chance of trying to navigate with it.

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President Donald Trump taken on by unlikely foe: Badass park rangers

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Re: About time

How long before Kim Jong Trump tries to force the media to report only his world view? Faux News is pretty much there already.

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

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Re: A Typical Scam Call I Get

In my case, if they call my VoIP-in number or my landline (also plumbed into my VoIP), I transfer the call to a Rick Astley recording, then add their caller ID to my blacklist so when they call back they get the rickroll directly.

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Now that's a Blue Screen of Death: Windows 10 told me to jump off a cliff

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Re: If you're running Windows 10...

And you'll have to go through the installation process again, if you plug it in to a different USB port.

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BBC surrenders 'linear' exclusivity to compete with binge-watch Netflix

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Re: Content is king

The IT Crowd was Channel 4.

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Programmer finds way to liberate ransomware'd Google Smart TVs

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Boffin

Re: "SmartTV's are fine, as long as you do not give them access to a network"

Register the MAC address of your telly in your DHCP configuration, with an out-of-range static allocation, so even if it does get connected it can't communicate.

(Test it with your phone first)

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Oi! Linux users! Want some really insecure closed-source software?

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Re: There are solutions

+1 for LibreOffice. Worked a treat on my wife's spouse visa application form.

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Reg man 0: Japanese electronic toilet 1

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Mushroom

Re: you could just leave the damn buttons alone.

If you're a bloke, BEWARE the automatic tampon replacement function.

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Re: Internet connected toilets

It also needs a decent encraption protocol.

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Want to spy on the boss? Try this phone-mast-in-an-HP printer

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Re: Wrong song

Intercept all the outgoing calls and redirect to a recording of Never Gonna Give You Up.

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More movie and TV binge-streaming sites join UK banned list

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Re: success so far for reducing traffic to the blocked sites

> Using Tor for p2p file-sharing is not to be encouraged.

You don't do the actual data transfer over Tor, just use it to get the .torrent file / magnet link etc.

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Google, Facebook toss cash into LA-to-Hong Kong sub cable corp

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Coat

Re: Genuine Question

For the Pacific, the longer they delay the installation, the shorter the cable has to be.

As for the Atlantic, just ensure there is enough slack in the cable, especially at the fault line.

Mine's the one with the 10,000 mile RS-232 cable in the pocket.

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'Please label things so I can tell the difference between a mouse and a microphone'

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Re: Engineers!

Of course, you then get the smart-arse who, on being greeted by the "Press any key to continue" message, will tap the Shift key, get no response, then try tne other shift key, then do the same with the Control and Alt keys, in almost all situations will do nothing by themselves, then complain the instructions are wrong.

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EU ends anonymity and rules open Wi-Fi hotspots need passwords

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WTF?

Re: So many holes, it could be cheese.

When I was in Paris in 2014, it was very hard to find free WiFi of any description, McDonald's was about all there was.

Insanely, it was easier to find working, usable free WiFi in, of all places, the People's Republic of China.

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O2: Float or flog. What's it going to be, Telefonica?

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Coat

Re: Here come the groundhogs

How about a name that describes what it does, and is?

Cellnet.

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Inside our three-month effort to attend Apple's iPhone 7 launch party

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Coat

Re: If one compared companies to countries

In Soviet Russia, Apple reviews you!

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UK's EE scores network reliability clean sweep, rival dwarves fume

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WTF?

Re: One thing is for sure

Where I live (not exactly the middle of nowhere), O2 is the only network that is usable in the house. Orange used to work, but when EE decided to switch off the 234-33 network they're left with the much poorer T-Mobile (234-30) signal. Vodafone is hopeless (and just my luck, my work mobile was moved from Vodafone to EE - though EE is better than VF). My MiFi which uses the Three signal does work, but it's a weak signal.

I made the right choice of using giffgaff (O2 signal) for my and my wife's own mobiles.

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'Power equipment failure' borks EE's data services across England

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Re: Virgin Mobile out too

Orange itself seems to be an MVNO on EE's network now, in that the 234-33 network appears to have been completely switched off - and old Orange SIMs thinking they're roaming.

Rogers did exactly the same in Canada back in 2004/2005 when they bought Fido, they shut off Fido's own network turning it into an MVNO on Rogers.

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BSODs at scale: We laugh at your puny five storeys, here's our SIX storey #fail

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Re: I don't understand why people are running ad-signs on Windows

Where I work we have a screen showing a slideshow on a screen in our reception area.

The slideshow started life as a Powerpoint, 1920x1080 screengrabs were taken and the resulting PNGs loaded on to an old 256MB Raspberry Pi 1 running Kodi (and vampiring its power off the TV's USB port). An autoexec.py script ensures the slideshow starts automatically on system startup.

To make life easier for those who have to update it, the content is supplied on a USB memory stick (VFAT), as if they tried to update the SD card they'd be met with a warning that the card isn't formatted (and would likely nuke the setup).

It works. It has never crashed. It uses far less power than a dedicated PC sitting there just scrolling through a powerpoint file.

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You shrunk the database into a .gz and the app won't work? Sigh

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Re: When life imitates art...

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2001/04/12/missing_novell_server_discovered_after/

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Re: When life imitates art...

That's almost like the story of the Netware server whose location was lost, yet it was still working. It was eventually found behind some drywall.

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Bees bring down US stealth fighter

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Joke

Re: New weaponry

Now trying to make a social media buzz.

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Nobody expects... a surprise haemorrhoid operation

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Re: Fortunately, his wife wasn't delivering at the other hospital

Not quite last year, but...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Reimer

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Hitler ‘ransomware’ offers to sell you back access to your files – but just deletes them

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FAIL

Honour System Malware

Congratulations, you have just been infected by the Honour System Malware.

Please send me a £10 O2 top-up voucher code within the next three hours, alternatively please format your hard drive.

Thank you!

:-)

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update is borking boxen everywhere

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Boffin

Re: @a_yank_lurker

"Software as a Service" works, for agricultural values of "service".

(As in, the way the bull services a cow.)

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BBC detector vans are back to spy on your home Wi-Fi – if you can believe it

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The problem with the B&W licence is that anyone getting such a licence now cannot comply with its terms. You need a colour licence if you have equipment capable of receiving a colour signal, e.g. a VCR - or a Freeview box. And there are no B&W-only TVs with built-in Freeview, I'm astonished that the B&W licence hasn't been abolished.

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Re: Catchup

A US spec router won't help. At least on the 2.4GHz band, the US permits use of channels 1-11, we also allow 12 and 13 in the UK. Being a subset of the UK allowed bands, it won't hide you at all.

And, for those suggesting networking over mains, any radio ham will tell you those things radiate like there's no tomorrow, so they'll also broadcast what you're doing.

Just wire your house with Ethernet.

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Windows 10 pain: Reg man has 75 per cent upgrade failure rate

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Re: EVGA SR-2

Note to self: Park this one with the PCchips TXPro-100.

Sounds like the TXPro-100 has found itself a successor. Now THAT was an awful board.

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By 2040, computers will need more electricity than the world can generate

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Re: 2040

For some use cases, this can already be here. A RasPi3 running Linux gives you email, web browsing and an office suite!

Yes, it's not going to be blisteringly fast, but it'll do the job, and can be powered from a phone charger - or even a USB battery pack, which can in turn be connected to a solar panel.

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Pokemon Go driver woes

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Re: I dunno...

Darwin FTW.

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UK gov says new Home Sec will have powers to ban end-to-end encryption

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Re: Domestic?

Easy. Dial-up.

Note: This suggestion makes no attempt to determine whether the above solution is economically viable.

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