* Posts by Rabbit80

223 publicly visible posts • joined 29 Jul 2009


Why the Linux desktop is the best desktop


Re: re. Anyone who tells you Linux is hard to use wasn't paying attention

Have a look at the tvservice command - you can force any resolution and refresh rate you like. I use it on my pi400 to force a 1280x1024 50Hz display for my Amiga emulation whilst also forcing a signal to a HDMI audio splitter from the other port so I can hook up some decent speakers :)

What if we said you could turn any disk into a multi-boot OS installer for free without touching a single config file?


I tried ventoy a while back, but had some issues with certain os's not being able to see the virtual cd drive after beginning the boot sequence. In the end I settled for an IODD device (a rebadged Zalman?), Stuck a 2TB SSD in it and it's awesome. Not only does it emulate CD ROM drives, but can also mount virtual hard disk files, virtual memory sticks etc

Intel's recent Atom, Celeron, Pentium chips can be lulled into a debug mode, potentially revealing system secrets


Re: Oh please

Since the chips affected are commonly found in embedded systems, cars etc then potentially an attacker could get baked in encryption keys that could for example allow them to push hacked software or firmware updates out to many devices - creating a much bigger security issue. They could also decrypt the encrypted file systems on such devices enabling them to find other security weaknesses.

OVH writes off another data centre – SBG1 – and reveals new smoking battery incident


Re: You get what you pay for

That's nothing..

Our fire station burnt down a few years ago!


From Maidenhead to Morocco: In a change to the scheduled programming, we bring you The On Call of Dreams


Re: On call Legend

Ah.. Ibiza :) Fun times.

I once bought my friend a double whisky. It was served in one of those large cocktail glasses and was at least a third of a bottle, possibly more. For about €6. I took at least 4 or 5 shots out of it with my shot glass (as did my other mate) - which had a free regular shot with our beer!

That was an especially drunken night!

Microsoft fixes the thing it broke via another dose of out-of-band patching to deal with BSOD printing problems



We had this issue in our office - with a Kyocera MFP driver.

It's all well and good Microsoft issuing a patch, but how in the hell are you supposed to run windows update to apply it? Our machines were crashing before login!

(Pro tip - safe mode, disable print spooler service, then run optional updates in normal mode)

The Nord N10 is OnePlus's cheapest 5G handset and, boy, does it show



"We also appreciated the 128GB base storage, which can be expanded to 512GB with a MicroSD card."

I don't recall seeing any 384GB memory cards for sale.. seems a rather odd limitation of this phone.

When even a power-cycle fandango cannot save your Windows desktop


Current issue..

One of our customers recently had a truck reverse through their wall.. in exactly the spot where all utilities entered the building. This knocked out power, water, gas and phones. They have had much of it repaired now however they had to run off generators for the past month.

I get support calls a couple of days in a row. Emails not working. Upon logging in to the server I see power failure messages and the Exchange databases are in a dirty shutdown. backups have also failed. I ask if they had a power cut and they said yes.

Only on the third day this happened did hey tell me the story about the generators and the truck. They weren't shutting the servers down each night - just simply powering off the generators. A quick tutorial on shutdown procedures followed.

Samsung asks New Jersey court to sink class action suit about Galaxy S7 waterproofing woes


Re: dunking in the sea versus dropping in the bog?

I was going to say exactly the same thing. Dropping onto a hard surface could inevitably cause a leak that would not normally happen. Also, who would actually want to use a phone after it had been dropped in the toilet.. Makes more sense to break it and have an insurance claim!

Ransomware crims read our bank balance and demanded the lot, reveals Scotland's Dundee and Angus College



We were hit by a ransomware attack at the start of the year.. my heart skipped a few beats when I discovered it. They destroyed our accounts software, company documents, years worth of client files etc. All from a compromised user password via remote web workplace.

Luckily my backup strategy was sound and we were able to restore everything with no losses. It took a few days as we have terabytes worth of data.. Remote access is now only possible via OpenVPN with unique usernames, passwords and certificates for each user.

We know there are a lot of, er, distractions right now but NASA's got some sweet video of its asteroid rubble raiser


" In order to measure how much cosmic rubble it has acquired, the passenger-bus-sized spacecraft will spin with its robotic arm extended, and NASA will measure the moment of inertia to measure the mass inside the sample head on Saturday."

That's pretty impressive to be able to measure 60 grams or less of material.. The craft itself weighs somewhere around 1-2 tons depending upon how much fuel is left!

Outage: Faulty UPS at data centre housing London Internet Exchange causes grief for ISPs and telcos alike


Ours just come back up now.. 18 hours of downtime!


Re: Was given the day off..

We're a small business in a business centre.. all I knew was that we couldn't access anything in the office - which is a bit of an issue when 50% of our staff work from home. Until I got to the office and confirmed our servers were ok I had no idea what was wrong - could have been a crash at our end, or worse..


Was given the day off..

I got the alarm at 6am to say our network was down. Got to the office early, discovered that we have no internet and no estimated time for it to be resolved. Decided I'm not sitting and twiddling my thumb's all day so left by 9.30am :)

Wrap it before you tap it? No, say Linux developers: 'GPL condom' for Nvidia driver is laughed out of the kernel


Reminds me of the Creative debacle when Vista was launched. Creative deliberately crippled sound cards via the drivers to force punters to go out and buy a new card. Things got really messy when some guy (Daniel_K) discovered what they had done and released unbroken drivers. Creative accused people of stealing from them by using these fixed drivers!

"According to a report by DailyTech, Creative’s Vista drivers for Audigy series sound cards leave off a number of features that were present in the Windows XP drivers. Among those are DVD audio support, a software equalizer, CMSS stereo surround effects, THX options, and Dolby Digital/DTS decoding. Daniel_K’s drivers re-enabled these features, but Creative’s statement suggests the decision to not offer them in Vista was intentional: “If we choose to develop and provide host-based processing features with certain sound cards and not others, that is a business decision that only we have the right to make.”

Both Creative’s move and the phrasing of the cease-and-desist note itself angered a considerable number of users in the company’s forums—enough to fill the thread with over 230 pages of replies—and led sites like Slashdot to report on the news. In the note, Creative states bluntly, “By enabling our technology and IP to run on sound cards for which it was not originally offered or intended, you are in effect, stealing our goods.”"

Fujitsu, Japan strong-Arm their way to the top with world's fastest-known super: 415-PFLOPS Fugaku


Re: 48 cores

At over 180 watts per processor, its more a case of how long before we have a nuclear power source in our phones.Admittedly, there is plenty of other stuff sucking power as well such as storage, RAM, cooling etc so that figure is probably a tad on the high side.

Thought Macbooks were expensive? Dell UK unveils the 7 meeeellion pound laptop


It's the cost of having thunderbolt 3 - remove that and elect for the Intel® Core™ Processor i5-6300HQ, 4 Core, 6M Cache, 2.30GHz, 3.2GHz Turbo, 45W and save £6,999,691.99

Total Inability To Support User Phones: O2 fries, burning data for 32 million Brits


It strikes me that if all the mobile operators in the country cooperated and allowed customers to roam each others networks this kind of problem - as well as the sh1te signal issues that plague the country could be pretty much non existent.

UKIP doubled price of condoms for sale at party conference


Keep Farage :- "What a dick!"

Bug? Feature? Power users baffled as BitLocker update switch-off continues


This has been bugging me for months now. My laptop is forever showing bitlocker suspended and I know I haven't done it.. did wonder if I had a virus / malware causing it (aside from Windows itself)

HPE supercomputer is still crunching numbers in space after 340 days


Re: "SSDs fail at an alarming rate in space"

I'm currently restoring backups of an old archive after a HDD failure.. not had an SSD go down on me yet and have been fitting them exclusively for the past 3 years now. We used to burn through around 2 HDD's / month!

NAND the beat goes on: Samsung to fling out 96-layer 3D NAND chip


Re: If Only It Worked That Way

"Meanwhile, the biggest single title I've seen from Steam has been Final Fantasy XV (~85GB)."

Forza Motorsport 7 on PC manages 99.8GB although not on Steam. I had to download it twice as somehow my installation corrupted!

Boffins build smallest drone to fly itself with AI


Back of the fag packet maths says this would have a 5.7 hour flight time with a 150mA battery if 0.094W is the total load of the drone.. that would be the biggest breakthrough - never mind the AI!

Amazon, LG Electronics turned my vape into an exploding bomb, says burned bloke in lawsuit


Re: Modded?

According to the article, it was a 200W ecig - so would naturally support sub-ohm.

My bet is they were fake batteries and he didn't turn the thing off.. button pressed in his pocket until the magic smoke and flame escaped. Maybe Amazon might bear some responsibility for selling fake batteries?

Britain's 4G is slower than Armenia's


Read it and weep..

Just outside Leeds at the moment and getting 42.6 down and 18 up :)

Badmins: Magento shops brute-forced to scrape card deets and install cryptominers


Re: Several K

I use Prestashop - which insists on setting a username, password and changing the /admin path upon installation!

Brit retailer Currys PC World says sorry for Know How scam


Bought a laptop from them a few weeks back.. Was fun watching their sales pitch.

Would you like our antivirus sir, its only £50? No - I work for a reseller of ESET

Would you like a backup memory stick sir for just £20? No - I'm wiping W10 home off it as soon as I get it back to the office and reinstalling it

Would you like a years subscription to Office 365? No - Did I mention my company is also a reseller for Office?

We can set it up for you sir for just £x? No - like I said, I'm wiping it as soon as it gets back to the office..

As I asked for a business receipt another guy took over.. same questions again then he offered to set it up for free! 10 mins of questions for something that could have taken 10 seconds!

BlackBerry unveils bold new strategy: Suing the c**p out of Facebook


Re: Go for it BlackBerry

"It is notable how almost every OTT messaging app out there apes (in one way or other) BlackBerry Messager. Which undeniably existed before WhatsApp, Snapchat, Facebook Messager, iMessage, Skype, FaceTime, you name it."

I'm pretty sure ICQ was on the scene long before any of the messenger clients you mention! I can't remember what was before ICQ though, but everything since then including BBM was simply an evolution!

User stepped on mouse, complained pedal wasn’t making PC go faster



Modern PC's do that pretty often as well.. my favourite being an upgrade from W8.1 to W10.. the error message was simply "An error occurred" with no way of diagnosing what went wrong, why it went wrong, how to fix it and with nothing useful recorded in logs or eventviewer. I gave up in the end and formatted the machine.

Millions of moaners vindicated: Man flu is 'a thing', says researcher, and big TVs are cure



One of the reasons I insist on taking time off for a bad cold or other illness is that I don't feel safe driving (which is the only practical way for me to actually travel the 40 miles to work). If my attention isn't 100% then I shouldn't be allowed to control nearly 2 tons of metal hurtling along at 70MPH. I see near misses most days and pass on average 2 crashes/week just doing my daily commute - I don't want to be responsible for adding to the problem.

Stealth web crypto-cash miner Coinhive back to the drawing board as blockers move in


Local radio

My local radio station has coinhive in their radio player.. strayfm.com

Was listening to it and noticed my CPU usage spiked to 100% and it was causing random freezing and stuttering (on a Ryzen 1600). Chrome extension to block it solved the issue for me!

New Optane disks appear on web shops' lists


Re: Samsung 830s

I've been using a Seagate ST480HM000 for nearly 1000 days power on time.. Still at 72% life left according to SMART and its had 103TB written to it.. not really worried about it giving up just yet!

UK.gov not quite done with e-cigs, announces launch of new inquiry


"On 19 May 2017 you could buy 100ml of 7.2% nicotine in the UK for £14.95.

Next day the TPD came into effect and the maximum strength nicotine you could buy was 1.8%.

10ml of it cost £4.25."

I buy my nicotine at 72mg wholesale - 1L costs around £60 and will last me 3 years. The biggest issue is that it goes off which is why I put it into glass airtight jars and keep them in the freezer.

The Google Home Mini: Great, right up until you want to smash it in fury


Working from google assistant on my pixel - the first thing you go to do is tell it who your wife is..

Once you have done that, call my wife works just fine!

Outage at EE wrecks voice calls across the UK


Re: Voice ?

Nope, WiFi calling not working either.. Been off here since around 10.30am. I wonder if we can claim compensation?

Toshiba, you can't have 14TB served on a platter. It'll take eight, at least


@ razorfishsl

The problem with your example is that the air can get into the glass to replace the helium. In the drive, air can't get in to replace the helium so any losses would create negative pressure inside - which would serve to keep the remaining helium in place.

It's the same concept as the trick you can do with a bottle of water - fill it up, put some small holes in (with the cap on) and the water will stay in the bottle.. remove the cap and the water will spurt out.


The point still remains though - if it all escaped and air couldn't get in you would end up with a vacuum.


Assuming that it is the same pressure as outside and air can't get in - then why exactly would it escape and create a lower pressure inside the drive?

BOFH: That's right. Turn it off. Turn it on


A few years back I worked for a photocopier dealer going out, installing the machines etc. We had one picky customer who kept calling and complaining the output of the copier (which was properly calibrated) never matched the colours on their screens. Every single screen in the place was neither calibrated nor the same as the screen of the person next to them but they refused to accept that it was the screens that were wrong! Somehow they thought the copier should be calibrated to each screen individually!

Fancy fixing your own mobile devices? Just take the display off carefu...CRUNCH !£$%!


Re: Warranty

As it happens, Japanese capacitors in the switch (Rubycon)



It's great that manufacturers stand behind their warranties however many items are designed to fail not long after that warranty expires. Case in point - I just repaired a switch.. was 2 months past its warranty when it failed. The cause - 10v Capacitors failed on a 12v circuit on the PSU board!

Similar thing about 10 years ago with a Toshiba surround system at home.. caps failed within 2 months of the end of warranty, fitted higher voltage ones and its still going strong to this day!

With Phones, tablets and laptops, the batteries are the most obvious point of failure and will lose quite a lot of capacity with a charge a day over 2-3 years - if they don't fail fully that is/

Intel's Optane in PCs is as good as it will get for years, says analyst


Personally I run a couple of 512GB SSDs in a RAID 0 stripe.. tops out at around 1100MB/s and gives me plenty of space for OS and most applications.. On top of that I have a RAID 0 with 2x 2TB SSHD for storage, and a 6TB Western Digital Red for backup. I also have a 60GB SLC SSD which is used for page file and temp files in order to prevent unnecessary wear to the larger SSDs.

Why do GUIs jump around like a demented terrier while starting up? Am I on my own?


Re: Microsoft time

Not sure what the longest I have seen is, but it was several decades..

We run a scanning bureau and in the past we have had to dump several hundred million tiffs from one hard disk to another.. Through Windows this turned out to be so time consuming that in the end I just wrote a batch file and did it through dos / command prompt.. the copy took about a week that way!

To Hull with the crap town naysayers: UK Culture City's got some amazing... telecoms


Re: Not actually related to telecoms

Most of the chippies around here have chip spice available and have had for a couple of years now.. (North Yorkshire between Leeds and Middlesbrough as a rough idea of location)

Santa's sleigh gets 21st century makeover


At least link to the product so we can buy it!


NHS IT bod sends test email to 850k users – and then responses are sent 'reply all'


Bedlam DL3

This has happened to Microsoft themselves before.. how come they haven't found a way to detect it and stop it in Exchange?


LG’s V20 may be the phone of the year. So why the fsck can’t you buy it?


Lost sale..

This would have been my ideal phone if it was available.. Instead I await delivery of the Pixel XL and just hope for the best.

Smell burning? Samsung’s 'Death Note 7' could still cause a contagion



LG could make a killing if they hurry up and release the V20 here! It ticks many of the boxes the Note 7 did and has removable battery and micro SD expansion.

What’s that Sooty? You want a girlfriend?


Re: on the grounds that sex would be creeping into the programme

Not sure, but they enjoyed playing with each others twangers, balls and maraccas..


AMD promises code fix for power-hungry Radeon RX 480 GPU


Re: Just a small bump in the road...

"never seen a dead Nvidia card."

I've had several. Including a GTX 280 which was overheating like crazy.. On inspection I discovered the heatspreader on the chip (not the heatsink) was badly fitted. After much careful work to cut through the silicone holding it in place I managed to remove it, apply some decent thermal grease and stick it back together. Temps went from 110C forcing thermal shutdown to about 65C under load.