* Posts by Lord Lien

220 publicly visible posts • joined 7 Oct 2009


Bacon as deadly as cigarettes and asbestos

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Just google...

"The Daily Mail Everything Causes Cancer"

Russia vows to shame big biz that advertises on pirate sites, and save the internet

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Russia the new bread of heroes........ Seems legit!

Confession: I was a teenage computer virus writer

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I wrote a password snatcher...

... in Pascal to replace the old DOS Novell login. Very crude, just used to write the username/passwords you entered into a hidden file & then throw up the invalid username/password error. It would then run the proper Novell Login so you would think you made a type'o. Think I managed to get 4/5 logins before it got found.

'Fix these Windows 10 Horrors': Readers turn their guns on Redmond

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Re: Don't like you data? Upgrade to Windows 10!

Can you access it via the command prompt?

7/7 memories: I was on a helpdesk that day and one of my users died

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Frantic day to be working in London on 7/7

As luck would have it I was in the office when it went off & all though the mobile networks went down, the landlines in the office were working so I was able to call home.

No matter how old you get your parents still worry when something like that happens.

Silly Google's Photos app labelled black people as gorillas

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Anyone remember when....

.... HP had the same problem with one of their products.

Confused Colt dumps the IT services market while revenues shrink

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Re: Colt...

A company I worked with in the mid 00's fucked them off out of it for being shit!

Blackhats exploiting MacKeeper hole to foist dangerous trojan

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Better still....

..... as you correctly pointed out & then changed, uninstall it.

MacKeeper is not needed, JDISK report & some basic house keeping with Onyx should see you OK. They are both free (unless you want to donate ;) )

Freeparking hit by DDoS, vexed customers scream into abyss

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Used them since 2002 for my personal domains. Good company to deal with, don't let this one blip put you off.

Hardcore creationist finds 60-million-year-old fossils in backyard ... 'No, it hasn’t changed my mind about the Bible'

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Re: Luvverly

I'll take your Ricky & raise you Bill Burr's out take on religion :)


Nails it with Duck Dynasty.....

Massive police 'heavy equipment' robot drags out suspect who hid inside television

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ED 209.....

..... legend of a robot.


"Please put down your weapon you have 20 seconds to comply!"

Adobe, Level 3 drive a stake through heart of vid-stream creature before it attacks again

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Wonder if I can patent......

... trolling on the internet? I would make a small fortune! Hell, I would even sue me for this post! Wonder how much I'm worth in court? 50p & nipple rub?

BOFFINS: Oxygen-free, methane-based ALIENS may EXIST on icy SATURN moon Titan

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Re: Cheers, Graham, have an ear worm.

"We come in peace. Shot to kill!"

C’mon Lenovo. Superfish hooked, but Pokki Start Menu still roaming free

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Found its way on to a machine I was looking at a few weeks ago. It was a new machine out of the box, so I was wondering where it came from. Looks like HP have it as part of their default build/install.

Adobe and software pals haul Forever 21 to court over piracy allegations

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Re: Happens too often

I recommend Gimp (http://www.gimp.org) as its multi platform, over paint.net.

Most users never use the full functionality of MS Office/Photoshop so the free alternatives are ideal for them, but from years of being in the game it seems people turn their noses up at them, as they have a "because they are free, they must be crap" attitude.

I got story a few years back where I managed to recover a powerpoint that got corrupt some how. MS Office would not open it but I was able in OpenOffice. I was not a full restore but well over 60% of it was back & I got a six pack as a thanks. Always nice thank you in my eyes ;)

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Most IT bods have installed software on a moody licence at some point in their career, purely out of necessity. A company I worked at many moons ago were audited & it turns out two office licences were used twice, not bad for a company of about 400+ users. We were expecting worse. The company that did the audit were more concerned about the font licences than anything else.

Don't think most people know that fonts need to be licensed. Had a company merge with another one & had the magic words :-

"Can we put these fonts on the font server?"

"Yeap, if you show me the licences."

"Err, err, err"

"& don't even think about installing them locally!"

Adobe, Microsoft & Symantec don't go after a company thats missing 1 or 2 licences, so I do wonder how bad it is & who's going to get the chop at Forever 21 once its all over. They will need a sacrificial lamb.

Boffins now one step closer to male birth control pill

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Re: And the IT angle

"Bob" will always have a weaker encryption algorithm. I've tried to so hard to crack my "Alice" encryption over the years.... I find it easer just to take the dog for a walk & hope the storm blows over by the time I get back :)

'Kickass' Somali pirates get their asses kicked by Japanese ass-kickers

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"ACCESS TO THE WEBSITES LISTED ON THIS PAGE HAS BEEN BLOCKED PURSUANT TO ORDERS OF THE HIGH COURT" The many joys of having BT as an ISP..... wonder how you get around that ;) lol

Uber hits PANIC BUTTON after India threatens to BAN dial-a-car firm

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Google's driverless cars.....

..... one step closer to Total Recall.

Nork-ribbing flick The Interview AXED: Sony caves under hack terror 'menace'

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Blame game should start now so....

.... is it safe to get my popcorn out, or just leave it where it is & move long as there is now nothing to see!

VINYL is BACK and you can thank Sonos for that

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Re: how to give your Vinyl a "deep clean" using wood glue

This does not work. Mate of mine tried it a few years back. Lighter fluid & a soft cloth seems to work better.

Still got my 1210's, going strong since 1998 :)

Pro-ISIS script kiddies deface West Yorkshire egg-chasers' site

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At what point are we....

.... supposed to be quaking in our boots, hiding under a bed & generally running around like a headless chicken over this hack?

Researchers: Trolls have dark tetrad of personality defects

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.... some can be very amusing. Like the person who got Donald Trump re-tweet the picture of the Wests & he threatened to sue.

Anyone who plays any MMO will know that trolling goes on constantly, its relentless on some games. Trade in WoW (on US servers) for example, just mention the current president & his healthcare plan, then watch the comments go!

In my old age you just shake your head & remember what on-line games were like back in the 90's. Oh the same! People trolling, just not as much of it due to the number of players online back then?

It's not you, it's Three. Mobe network goes titsup across UK

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I have had the miss fortune of dealing with there support desk once.

"My mobile data is not working"

"Have you tried rebooting the phone"

"Its not the phone because if I go into another town it works fine, I have been to the local 3 store & they are having the same issue"

"Have you tried rebooting your phone"

"Can you pass me on to some one who knows what they are talking about please as you clearly do not"

....... Think you can take an educated guess at what the next person said. Was not until I got a Level 3 (what ever one of them was) that I finally got some one who had a slight clue. It took them over a month to fix what ever the problem was. Apparently there was a faulty tower (Yes, I have a image of John Cleese in my head now) in our area. Once the contract is up in a few months I think its time to bin 3.

So long Lotus 1-2-3: IBM ceases support after over 30 years of code

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Re: Notes

Notes..... Shivers down my spine. Notes client was one of the worst bits of bloatware to ever grace a P.C.

What the BLOCK? Microsoft to gobble Minecraft-maker 'for $2bn'

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Can I pull the....

o.O face?

Use home networking kit? DDoS bot is BACK... and it has EVOLVED

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"Or that ANY home user would TOLERATE that situation." Most "home" users are not tech savvy as the people that read The Register. So long as their internet works the average Joe would be oblivious if their home router was hackable.

Virgin Media blocks 'wankers' from permissible passwords

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On the subject of wankers........



Pentagon hacker McKinnon reinvents himself as SEO guru

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Re: I suggest..........

Think the US will leave him well alone to be honest. They got egg on there face over this farce & the only winners in this case are the lawyers. A 10 year case, thank you very much ladies & gentlemen where do we cash in these cheques......

Apple fanbois SCREAM as update BRICKS their Macbook Airs

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One of the few things Apple do is let you replace hardware if its there fuck-up! Few years back I had a MAC Book Pro that was out of warranty & due to a known fault with that model they replaced it, even tho it was well over 6 months past the 1 year warranty. Only thing I will say was the issue did not manifest until I upgraded from 10.6 to 10.8 if memory serves me right.

Thinking about it HP/Compaq have also done the same thing before for me. Replaced hardware even tho it was out of warranty but it was a known fault.

Running the Gauntlet: Atari's classic ... now and then

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Re: Loved the original arcade version

Double Dragon was one of the few games I could do on one credit! That & Golden Axe, both easy games to clock. :)

Friends don't let friends use Internet Explorer – advice from US, UK, EU

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A bug in IE that could potentially...

... let some one take control of your machine. History repeating? See you in the comments section about this time next year for the next one.

As WinXP death looms, Microsoft releases its operating system SOURCE CODE for free

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Re: Xtree.....

Please do your homework on what Windows 1 was...... it was a file manager for DOS & not a OS.

Unless your just about to rock my world.... so please go ahead, I'm all ears so to speak.

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... was so much better than Windows 1.

Microsoft was 'willing' to buy WhatsApp says Bill Gates

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..... I'm showing my age as I had to Google both of them. Kathy Lloyd & Maria Whitaker when I were a wee lad what now seems like centuries ago!

Microsoft to push out penultimate XP patch on March Patch Tuesday

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Re: Dearly departed.

"No other details are available at this time." Lies…. his last reported words were "I REGRET NOTHING!" ;)

Botnet masters using Tor to hide control tools for ZOMBIE SLAVES

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Anyone else hate that term?

I'll go back to sleep now!!!

Two in five Brits cough up for CryptoLocker ransomware's demands

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@ Amorous Cowherder

I've been doing it 20 years & people still store work in the recycle bin. I had an "incident" last week which went to HR. So if you can't educate against people STILL doing this how can you educate them into very basic security?

Apple Mac Pro: It's a death star, not a nappy bin, OK?

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Re: |'m not quite sure I get it

"An iMac looks very swish and neat on the receptionist's desk - but for the power users I'm not quite sure how they're expected to justify the cost." I have a few power users (doing design, basic video editing & all manor of technical stuff) on IMAC's. So long as you don't have to be mobile, they are quite a good alternative to Mac Pro's with a screen, saves on desk space…. well underneath the desks anyway :)

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….. can you play Doom on it?

EVE Online erects mashed-up memorial to biggest space fight in history

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... never quite got into it, being a big fan of Elite in the 80/90's you would have thought it would have been right up my street.

The new "Elite - Dangerous" (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1461411552/elite-dangerous) might be too late. Never know!

Symantec: WA-HEY... profits. But security firm's sales won't budge

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Symantec Endpoint Protection….

Like using water as sun cream! Not effective!

IT executive at JP Morgan dies in fall from bank's London HQ

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Re: did he damage the roof of the building

"1 I think I can fly - drugs etc" /facepalm…. such a cliché statement.

To quote Bill Hicks " 'Young man on acid, thought he could fly, jumped out of a building. What a tragedy.' What a dick! Fuck him, he’s an idiot. If he thought he could fly, why didn’t he take off on the ground first?"

Globe grabbin,’ sphere slammin’, orb-tossin’, pill poppin’... Speedball

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Re: Best. Game. Ever.

Track & Field came before DTD if memory serves me right. Went through a few keyboards with that game.


Both good games :)

* Edit just done my home work, DTD was released on the home computer before Track & Field. There you go, what does this old fart know lol

Facebook coughs up $33.5k... its BIGGEST bug bounty EVER

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Lend me a tenner Reginaldo Silva….

…. still got another week till I get paid! I'll use the money to test my DDOS/SQL/Flux Capacitor injection technique on the beer pumps in my local. In theory it works, but I need to test it in the wild! ;)

Feds cuff revenge smut site boss Hunter Moore on hacking charges

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Re: Get Godwin's law out of the way first

Hitler is alive & well. He can be found at http://www.catsthatlooklikehitler.com

LogMeIn: We're stopping our free offering from now

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Will be LMI..

… who soon. Even Chrome supports remote desktop sessions for free. So many alternatives (been a teamviewer use for years now) wonder if they are going to go the way of Real & end up on the scrap heap of technology/software we used to use.

'You win, Kanye': Coinye creators throw in towel after rapper sues

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Re: Humourless.

Not for his lawyers. They must be making a small fortune protecting his name/image. Think I'm in the wrong job some times.

Jokesters develop new cryptocurrency using Kanye West's face

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Re: Can you buy fish sticks with it?

@ Crisp... That amused me no end :) Keep up the good work ;)

BlackBerry sues American Idol host's company for 'blatant' patent infringement

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Think there website has been hacked....

... some evil little shite has defaced the website & put "a world leader in mobile communications" on there!