* Posts by Riscyrich

61 publicly visible posts • joined 15 Aug 2008


Olympics is over, prepare for a COMPUTER SPORTS SMACKDOWN


Re: Amps - what about volts

It's in the USA so let's assume 120v single phase. Not knowing the power factor of the equipment hinders the calc al little but say it's 0.8 they will have around 2.5kW to play with...

Wonder how many RaspberryPi's you can power off that :-)

Huawei says US stance is 'protectionism'


Protectionism aside...

.. has anyone actually tried to use their switch software or read their manuals (if you can find the right one)? They are substandard, badly translated and often miss out steps i.e. "navigate to the config web page". Well I would if the was a web server running on there Huawei-san (you have to install and enable it).

Bought two devices to trial and I wouldn't let them run a tap, never mind a corporate network. Maybe they are too busy reporting data back to the Chinese - somehow circumventing all our network security :-)

Web scam-busting trio thwarted by mystery DDoS rocket


This 'lad'....

.... must have had to splash out a fair few $$ to buy a nice bot net like that. Hope it was worth it.

Silly really because just like his sites/scams pop back up with vigour when they get taken down so web servers for the army of Scambaiters out there. DDoS is almost getting a childish feel to it these days, perhaps akin to throwing handfuls of small pebbles at someone till they surrender. They still stand up and dust themselves off when you have run out of pebbles. I do of course appreciate that DDoS is a massive threat to big internet based business, that kinda goes without saying.

And I don't pretend to know how botnets are taken down but I imagine the more they are used the more the people combating them can learn about their C&C ? ? ?

British warming to NUKES after Fukushima meltdown


"Interestingly there is a gender gap opening up – with women much more fearful of nuclear energy, and men increasingly supporting it. What does that tell us?"

As you stated "This is hard to imagine happening without the internet as a source of information.", perhaps its the way in which men and women use the internet that sets us apart?

Quick search pulled up this:-


Seagate's flash-disk hybrid crosses the chasm

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Great drives !

Have installed two of the 250GB drives in >3 year old laptops recently (along with a little extra RAM of course). Made them run extremely well and very fast post 3/4 reboots - after files have been used a few times it moves them onto the flash memory.

IMHO a couple of extra GB of RAM and one of these is a very effective way of breathing a new lease of life into an old laptop.

Just remember to disable any auto defrag software as this trashes the 4GB read cache and you have to start all over again.


Lights go out at Telecity in London data outage


@ AC15:57

OMFG you sir, are a moron. They didn't go to GenSet or UPS power becasue there's a fault.

"Power has not been transferred to the UPS and generator systems due to a fault...."

Why would you put GenSet or UPS power on to a known faulty circuit and risk fire/damage. Do us all a favour and STFU n00b !

Twitter hacker flings poo at PayPal


The horror stoties are endless


-nuff said.

Good friend of mine lost in excess of £500 selling on eBay. Long story short - he sent parcel, UPS delivered, signed for by recipient. Recipient rings up eBay/Paypal says he didn’t get it. UPS did what they were employed to do (deliver parcel / get signature) and hence didn't want to know, PayPal suspend seller account. No way out.

He proved it was sent, signed for etc sent copies of everything. Nothing more he could have done, PayPal were having non of it. Ended up closing account, opening Sage Pay account and sending a 'Get Fcuk3d' email to PayPal.

eBay/PayPal usage rules = only ever buy and only ever buy small.

Sony’s sorry saga snowballs



We had a 32inch Sony CRT. Ended up having to up the voltage on the the electron guns to get a good picture out of it. Probably to the point where it was producing x-rays - lol

So I'll pass on the CRT but the beer sounds good... :-)


People abandoning Sony?

Don't own much Sony gear personally, mainly Panasonic in our house. So is anyone ready to flog me their PS3 / BRAVIA TV / PSP for much cheapness?


I thought so... heads down children.

Fast-fingered oldster relieves shop worker of iPhone cash

Jobs Horns


... and he didn't even have to write one line of code for an App.

2nd on the facepalm icon

Praying for meltdown: The media and the nukes

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Good point, well made....

Thanks Andrew.

Council loses £2.5m claim against Big Blue


No front line services will be effected?

Yeah, yeah....


>> He also questioned why Southwark had failed to produce any of six people involved in the early negotiations as witnesses.

Because they got sacked? Oh hang on, it's a council - they were probably promoted beyond incompetence...

Microsoft Kinect powers DIY Eye of Sauron

Big Brother

Awesome !

...that is all.

Natalie Portman slaps John Galliano


@Anonymous 18:56 GMT

LOL - I get it :-)

Big hair dryer FTW....

HTC takes a flyer on tablets


Both me....

... and the misses got HTC Desire's just before Christmas and we think they are great phones. The Sense UI is fantastic and would recommend to anyone, even scaled up for a tablet. My requirements would be on par with some of the comments on here, 10inch responsive screen, stylus and good battery life.

For me the tablet would just be a more portable, 'portable PC', problem is they are cost prohibitive at the moment as I can pickup a light weight netbook to do the job for much, much less that the tablet offerings...

Ford Focus 2011


Hang on 150PS out of 1.6....

FRO .....not without some forced induction

Stephen Fry cans Japan trip over nuke survivor quip


@ Chrome

Awesome - but you still owe me a new keyboard :-)

Cyber cops crush plod-snapper site following Millbank riot


Fail of the day - Met Police

Earlier that day in Scotland Yard:

Top Copper: "Get that blog taken down right now!"

Copper: "Errm ok, how?"

TC: "Get the e-crime unit on it"

C: "Roger that boss"

Later that day...

E-crime boff: "But that's pointless"

C: "Just do it"

E-crime boff: "Ok, but...."

C: "Just freaking do it or it's my ass"

E-crime boff: "Fine"


TC: "What do you mean they hosted it in several other places?"

C: "As it turns out boss there are a lot more places on the internet you can host things"

TC: "How many?"

E-crime boff: "January 2010 stats show about 900,000,000 listed internet domains alone"

TC; "So what you're telling me is that not only did we let these students hoof the door in on the Conservative HQ but now they are making us look like chumps on the internet - god dam it man"

C: "Yes boss, that would be the long and short of it"

TC: "Shit"

E-crime boff, "Can I go now? I need to get back scamming noobs on WOW"

TC: "Before you go I've brought my wife's laptop in, can you ensure there's no trace of any internet activity on there?"

E-crime boff: "But I'm a network specialist I don't really do desktop supp....."

TC: "Just do it nerd"

E-crime: "No problem boss, you can trust me...."


All characters appearing in this work are fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead is purely coincidental.

Anti-piracy lawyers' email database leaked after hack


Wonder if ACS wants some ICT support?

More than likely sys admin has had a visit from the Spanish Archer --> El Bow

The RAR file from the torrent has about >40 trojan's in - downloader beware and warmup the Linux distro ;-)

Naked German women evade Swedish chopper

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Good point, well made :-)

Navy SEALs to deploy armoured dogs in A'stan


@ Brutus


Broadband advertising speed gap widens

Big Brother

@ Oliver Mayers

Perhaps you should read up on the properties of coaxial cable, might help to explain why it isn't subject to the same interference problems the copper pair you get from BT is.


I have the same 20Mb cable service from VM in Leeds and get exactly that. In fact I downloaded software from Steam yesterday at 2.4Mbyte/s.

Let us not forget the impact of contention ratios and the dreaded Virgin Media Traffic management policy... :-)

Blokes spend 11 months in shed

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@ Geeks and Lies

Exactly what I'm doing this gear except it's not a shed, more a double garage with workshop. Will be installing internet connection, leccy, water, drains, extract systems, oil fired heater (using waste oil from cars, cooking etc.), solar panels on roof for water heating etc.

Of course beer fridge, dart board and coffee machine are a must :-)

Might actually get to play a few hours of Counter Strike / Killing Floor / L4D without being pestered...

San Francisco's rogue BOFH is guilty

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'Phantom Eye' hydrogen strato-spy drone starts building


Core plugs ?

Hope they re-fitted new core plugs to the engine and didn't leave in the dodgy ones that leak and fill up the spark plug chambers with coolent. Saying that when they take it to Ford the mechanic[sic] will probably just tell them that it's not coolent but water from the washer jets - like they did to two of my family members.

Oh and don't even get me started on the 1000's of faulty coil packs they have fitted to the engines - the ones AA / RAC guys carry on their breakdown trucks becasue they fail so often.

Police arrest MD of dowsing-rod 'bomb detector' firm


ROFLMAO - a fool and his money ($85m of it)

This is just all kinds of awesome...

I can't read that all again for fear of laugher induced heart attack.

Physicists assemble world's smallest snowman


Waaaa, waaaa, waaa...

.... it's not made of snow. Jog on you strokers.

Don't even try to be a little bit amazed that these boffins can actually do this. Or appreciate that they might want to try bring a little bit of Christmas spirit into their lives or that Sarah liked this story.

No instead sit in front of you PC’s typing “it’s not made of snow”, “it’s not IT related”, “where’s the IT angle” etc etc

(whilst dribbling no doubt)

Stalker video peepholed ESPN bombshell


@AC 12:23


There you go matey...

MS store staff in spontaneous electric boogie



...for me I had my speakers turned off and hence managed 38.5 seconds

Hospital loses vital cancer research to thieves


ICT at Leeds Hospitals

Given the state of ICT at Leeds Hospitals I'm not one bit surprised. Last time I was there at least two PC's in the A&E dept. were offline (nice to know they need to scrabble around to find your details on an available PC when you are in the 'Emergency' dept. isn't it), another dozen or so had their cooling fans running balls out due to the huge collection of dust and crap over the vent hole (can only imagine what the CPU heat sink & fan looked like). But what really shocked me was the rate at which staff logged in to PC's, looked at some data then walked out of the room without securing the PC. Don't think you'd need Tom Cruise dangling from the ceiling to get the data out of that network…

Staten Island manhole swallows texting teen

Paris Hilton

I would hope...

.... that the family just takes a small sum of money to replace sneakers/cloths, pay medical bills (which no doubt will be huge) and a little compo. I would also hope that they insist the guy(s) responsible get a good shoe-ing and keep their jobs. Ok, ok, it was a school boy H&S mistake which could have been a lot worse but no-one was badly hurt and I very much doubt they would ever make the same mistake again.

Then again, this is me also hoping that people can be ‘reasonable’ these days.


(a big eared, toothless Englishman)

Paris - because I bet she'd employ the sacked DEP guys to flush out her man hole

NASA patches Endeavour's leaky plumbing


@simon 43

Agreed, strap me in I'm good to go....

I call shotgun BTW - I acknowledge this is in direct violation of standard shotgun rules


TBH I'd be happy to just push the big red 'launch' button - I don't imagine there is one of course, but it would be cool if there was. Think I've played too much Half Life :-)

Gordon 'to sacky' Wacky Jacqui

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w00t w00t !


That is all...

Hire your very own Fred the Shred

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Will it blend - that is the question....

They should get that guy from Blendtec to have a go...


Love the iplod blending video

Start-up Bee pledges 'affordable' British e-car

Gates Horns

Insurance? ?

Just imagine how much fun it's going to be trying to get insurance for one of these e-cars.

Wonder what the OS will be...

LametopsLaptops Direct offers free funerals

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Headstone !

Just love the anti-virus advert at the bottom...

Wally found on Street View

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I wish...

.... that I knew when google maps were going to be in my area, then I could paint something on the front of the house. What exactly I'm not sure...

Answers on a postcard to El Reg

Man robs convenience store with Klingon sword

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@ Rob Crawford

You owe me a new keyboard, mine is now full of coffee and spit ...

New Jersey sysadmin gets 5 years for Cisco scam


....should have

Bought Nortel gear, then it would have been worthless by now :-)

> When the FBI nabbed Kyereme in 2007, he had a lot of Nortel components stashed in his home and car now with a market value of three bob and a bag of plums

'Miracle' plane crash was no miracle

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@ Ground Rush

ROFLMFAO - Legendary comment....

LG confirms 2009 launch for 3G wristphone

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Need it.....

..... want it !

Mine, mine, mine !

More execs quit Phorm



So the captin doesn't go down with the ship....

Virgin Media to dump neutrality and target BitTorrent users



This is one of the best comments sections I've read in ages...

Top UK cybercop dreams of PC breathalysers


overcoming challenging technical problems

>> > Experts reckon that developing a simple PC breathalyser-style device would involve overcoming challenging technical problems

Sorry officer, I wasn't aware you needed access to my encrypted file system, the keys for it are on a usb stick that you appear to have lost when you took xx PC's from my home. Or perhaps it went the same place as the goldfish...

<smug grin/mode>

BOFH: The Christmas party

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Kind of expected all the presents to be replaced with software from Ep38.

Having been paintballing recently on a stag do where the condemed and his best man had to run the gaunlet to get their weapons during the final round (i.e. use up all ur leftover paintballs) this really made me laugh...

Hope we see a few more BOFH's before xmas...


Bittorrent declares war on VoIP, gamers


VoIP ? ?



Mines the one with the BUTT phone in the pocket.

Lapdancing 'not sexually stimulating', MPs hear


...chairman of the Lap Dancing Association

What a sweet ass job that must be...

Big Dippers FTW !

Police collar kid for Wi-Fi pinching


Router meltdown ?

Of course we could not condone purchasing a nice powerful wireless router, preferably one that allows more than the 10mW EIRP limit, popping it on the same channel as his neighbours router and spamming the nuts of the wireless by creating a lot of broadcast traffic (arp?) on that network.

Not sure if it would work, but it's a start down the revenge path and perhaps a step on to the BOFH learning curve for our young Padawan.

Or just take this snips to next doors broadband feed, what ever works for you... Of course this would be illegal but 4th Nov is coming up, I'm sure the filth will be far too busy that night to be concerned about it.


Flaming bag of dog poop FTW !

Dutch court convicts teens for stealing pixels


<.... but then

...the young 13 year old gets out his "The Twin Blades of Azzinoth" (from WOW I'm told) and slays his foes like the pig dogs they are ! >

<insert more sad MMORPG like type comments>