* Posts by Leeroy

251 publicly visible posts • joined 7 May 2010


Cargo truck crammed with garbage explodes IN SPAAAAACE


Re: Eureka!

The smelloscope from futurama ?


Re: low reynolds number...

Maybe a silly question but.... What if they threw / pushed a feather or a piece of paper towards the earth from the iss ? Would it burn up or just slowly decelerate and land somewhere ?

Physics was never my strong point but I'm sure other people are thinking the same thing :)

UK.gov warned: Small biz bods 'blunted' by broadband bumbling


Government grant

Same issue as the above posts. . The company I work for was struggling with adsl for years until a local supplier / subsidiary of a large IT company that I have dealt with informed us about Supperconnect Cardiff and the grant available.

£3k install paid via the council to our supplier. Now we have about 75 Mb down / 50 up. Vpn's to our satellite offices are now usable and once we get the new phone system installed we can do call routing over ip internally, looks more professional and it's cheaper. Ongoing cost £50 pcm, no data limit or throttling even after pulling down 20+Gb every night for offsite backups, can't fault my supplier.

Virgin and BT wanted over £200 pcm for a similar setup. I'm just happy with 2 rather large wifi antennas on our roof..... and the adsl backup just in case.

Popular password protection programs p0wnable


Re: Anyone using any web based password manager is just an idiot.

Maybe a last resort backup in an encrypted pdf in an encrypted zip file in a TrueCrypt container ?

Not easy to look at on a daily basis though.

Computing student jailed after failing to hand over crypto keys


uh oh

I think I may just delete that 5Mb Truecrypt container from my dropbox account. I can remember the password now but in 10 years I doubt it very much.

Does this count for pdf's as well ? I have a few from suppliers that I don't know the password to view the 'hidden' data.

NHS delivers swift kick to Microsoft's wallet over fee demands


One less thing to worry about. ..

I currently manage the archival of paper based patient records for a major A&E department, over 100k scans per month. We do all the hard work of getting it into a searchable format and installed on the server back end at the customer site (1 x modest vm running Windows server).

The past 10 plus years of records can be searched on any text contained in the database within a few seconds eg NHS number, name, address etc using a Windows based application. The best part it that the server can provide the same service via a Web page. In this case moving the user's to a non MS OS Is not an issue.

I'm covered if they ever come asking :)

Facebook dumps AWS, moves Instagram's images to own bit barns



'The new Iowa facility is powered largely by wind, at a cost close to that of conventional energy sources.'

More or less ? The first year including construction costs will obviously be (a lot) higher but what about the next 5 years or whatever the maintenance cycle of the wind farm is ?

Did they build the wind farm themselves or are they paying a premium to the energy supplier to seem more green?

Slightly of topic I know but since everyone is making such a big deal about global warming it would be nice to know. Apologies if it's in the video but I'm not in a wi fi area.

Surprise! NSA's first ever 'transparency' 'report' is anything but

Black Helicopters

Team America

America fu@k yeah......

Unexpected Termination Error at Year of Code: Chief dumps venture for other UK.gov riches


Code academy

She really should have completed the HTLM Code Academy course before visiting Paxman, the Mrs finished in within a few hours and is loving the python one. I may make a programmer out of her yet :)

Microsoft's Online Exchange fixed after going titsup for NINE HOURS


Thank you

Can't wait to show this to the boss tomorrow morning :)

Google's Urs Hölzle: If you're not breaking your own gear, you aren't ambitious enough



For me there was a striking similarly to the AMD article about their aims for power reductions. Using autonomous systems within the cpu to manage heat and improve performance without any outside (os or bios for AMD and manual clicks by Google staff) influence required.

Praise required, we have indeed come a long way baby !

Feds hunt 30-year-old alleged to be lord of Gameover botnet


tech companies that helped ?

Sophos is now classed as 'amongst others' ?

Perhaps Sophos users were never vulnerable ?

Posted as a reseller and user / not a shill.

Multiplayer Elite to debut on May 30th


docking is very difficult

Near impossible on my old Amiga 500 with 2 floppy drives and the huge 1meg ram upgrade. ..

I remember the auto pilot would always crash into the station unless I hit the x3 speed up :)

Quick Q: How many FLOPPIES do I need for 16 MILLION image files?


Amiga demo scene. Those guys had a lot of talent and did things with floppies that at lot of modern programmers could not do without a supercomputer or libraries written for them by the likes of ms, amd or nvidia.

Modern programing may be easier, fatter and faster but I can't help thinking that we have lost something along the way. ......... I'm writing this on a phone that could probably wipe the floor with an average computer from maybe 5 years ago. ... I'm In a field.. In West Wales and I can still access the sum of human knowledge. ..... Those sheep look tasty though ;)

HM Treasury: Look at our SME-friendly contracts ... that we just gave to a multinational


Centerprise won the 'printing' contract ?

Nice website. ... New one coming soon etc

There is pandering to sme and getting value for money, if you want a decent deal on printing then you need a specialist. Centerprise are clearly not print specialists, they are advertising Panasonic products and 'upgrade to xp' on their front page.

Either go direct to a main dealer or one of the many national core partners or groups, never ever ever buy a printer from your IT provider ! From experience they charge thorough the roof for crap off the shelf machines and bin them when they need a new (expensive non warranty) part. Best part is they will sub contract the maintenance to the manufacturer anyway and add their percentage on the top.

I manage over 300 machines / copiers throughout the country and direct service most of them. The ones we sub contact are a pain in the arse.

Grand Theft Auto V: Violent, sweary and amazingly ambitious


I'm guessing that nobody has a Wii U then based on the comments. ... Bah you can probably piss on a hooker in GTAV anyway :)

How I hacked SIM cards with a single text - and the networks DON'T CARE


Please explain, not my area of expertise.

I just thought the SIM card had a subscriber / number to identify you to the mobile base stations so they could route calls to you, oh and some space to store 150 contact numbers that nobody ever uses any more as they sync everything to either exchange, google or Apple.

Now I get the impression that the sim has a processor of sorts that can handle some authentication to the network / probably obvious and sensible. Why the heck can it access anything on the device ? Is there any need ?

Headmaster calls cops, tries to dash pupil's uni dreams - over a BLOG


Re: Truth or consequences

It is our company policy not to give references for staff that have left 'just in case'. Fortunately the ones that I like have my mobile number and i am more than willing to speak to their prospective employer for them. If they were good at their job ( and paid their way at the pub) they get a shining embellished reference, if not they don't get one simples.

Dotcom's Mega smacks back: Our crypto's not crap


I just had a very productive day in work setting up ownCloud on a Centos vm.

It is probably not anywhere near as secure as mega or Dropbox but it will only be accessible via vpn. Costs a lot less as well.

Once I'm happy with it I can't see me paying for anything else, even if it has crypto it is still off site and out of my control.

Kim Dotcom's locker may be full, but the cupboard is bare



What was all that about ?

If it is more secure than Dropbox and offers some additional features I can see a market for it. There is also the fact that it will probably avoid hosting whatever it can in the USA and that has to be good for privacy.

I think I will stick with my 50GB free Dropbox account for now though, Thanks Samsung :)

Space shuttle to slip surly bonds of Earth one last time over California


They should crash one of these shuttles into the moon....

Yes i know they are not built to go that far but if you dont mind it taking 20 years to get there i am sure some smart ass can come up with an orbital plan..... you know for the giggles :)

Oi, don't leave Cymru in broadband slow lane, MPs warn


Sort out Cardiff first.

Internet access just outside Cardiff is shockingly bad and our work connection will drop numerous times every day screwing up our VPN's. There is no realistic alternative available other than paying BT £6 K to install a fibre connection that will cost around £4 K a year or wireless access from a local IT company for around the same price.

Thank god for auto failover to a 3G USB connection, its not ideal but at least it works better than our ADSL !

Boy wrecks £22k worth of MacBooks by weeing on them



You can't place all the blame on the kid, why did the school leave 20k worth of laptops lying around ?

Not locking stuff up creates theives.

They should have at least been in a secure storage / charging area. I am just shocked that they did not get stolen.

BT missing from Pirate Bay High Court slap-down



I went to watch Pirates in the cinema last light with my 2 children and am now £40 worse off.

On a positive note it was only the three of us watching it at 7pm so it almost offsets the price :)

I wonder how much it cost them to run the film lol.

Ten... Bedroom Gadget Treats


Hot wax

"Candles, though, need to be managed. They go out, they drip hot wax and, well, they’re a fire hazard, frankly."

They go out, yeah handy that when you are going to sleep.

They drip hot wax, thats the best part :p

They are a fire hazard, true but they have been used for thousands of years and we are all adults here.

Why spend £65 on some plastic crap that you dont need. With the same £65 you could get over 1000 candles that will last a lot longer than the rechargeable batteries in this tosh.

Anti-phishing DMARC adoption gathers (free) steam


Spf and Sophos Puremessage are working fine for my companies mail system. Not looking forward to implementing additional layers of complexity no matter how easy it is mean t to be :(

David Cameron gets custom prime-ministering iPad app


An app.....

Do they really need to make an app to do this ? I could probably throw together a website with the basic functionality in a few hours that will work on almost any device not just imbetterthanyoucrap.

'Why the hell are we paying elite crypto crackers £25k?'


Optional title

"Why are we paying world-class cyber security experts what we pay passport-stampers at the border-control-agency?"

The real question is, why are we paying passport stampers 25 K ?

When geeks turn Green: Performance tune your energy bills


Eddie and Richie

They had the right idea. For those that do not remember the full story. They are stealing gas from next door when the gas man arrives :)


Apple was OK to fire man for private Facebook comments


Says it all really

"image is so central to its success"

DARPA drops another HTV-2


Meanwhile, in a paralell dimension.

Another alien craft has appeared out of nowhere travelling at a speed faster than is thought to be possible.

It was witnessed by passengers in a zepplin who commented "it seemed to do a barell roll followed by a loop the loop leaving a trail of flames in its wake.

It then deployed some sort of large gravity arresting device believed to me made from a very light and strong fabric of some discription and was suspended beneath it before touching down in the ocean.

The Defence Against Research Proliferation Agency is investigating.

Sky wins TV riot battle

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BBC News @ 1953 hrs

Reporter on the phone in Manchester : "OMG the police are running at us with battons"

Reporter in the office :" if you can wait there we are going to look at some pictures of smoke" cuts audio.

Looks like they are on the ground somewhere :)

Prime Minister recalls holidaying MPs after London riots

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The armed forces would not be used against civilians, that is what the police are for.

Apple sued over Mac OS X 'quick boot'



Does this mean that the boot is now on the other foot ?

Caltech sends light on a one-way trip



At first i thought "wow thats clever" then i got all confused when i realised that one way mirrors / windows have been doing the same thing for a lot longer.

I realise that process is probably completly different but hmmmmmm physics has never been my strong point :)

Lost 1967 spacecraft found crashed on the Moon

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Scrap Yard

They really should crash land all the dying probes in the same place to support future manned moon missions, you never know when you will need a scrap yard for an extra bit of gold foil etc

Hundreds of dot-brand domains predicted



Oracle, Sun, Insight, Transcend, Crucial...........

Scotland Yard still have no idea why their network fell over


50 users ?

Why the hell are you using a shitty consumer grade laser printer for an office that size, it would cost you a fortune (if it actually worked:) for new toner / drum / itb / fuser etc.

Just bite the bullet and get a colour copier ffs.

One per cent of world's web browsing happens on iPad



I assume they are accounting for the probably quite large number of web developers using iPad emulators to test sites and check how other sites are handling certain limiting features ?

Akira Blu-ray remastered disc set

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Love the film,

but i am still not sure if it is worth the upgrade over my DVD version and my "all in one" surround sound.

If you like Akira you should also watch "Cyber City Oedo 808", i did an art project based on the car in the opening episode it is that good.

Also "Ghost In The Shell" and "Dominion Tank Police" need a mention.

Do we really want 100Gig Ethernet?

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In the immortal words of Daft Punk.

Work it harder, make it better

Do it faster, makes us stronger

More than ever, Hour after

Our work is never over

Microsoft pounces as Mozilla shuns enterprise


Firefox in the office.

From what I remember IE has a lot of settings that can be controled by group policy to "provide a consistent reliable system".

I do not believe Firefox can be controlled in this way and as far as i am concerned it should not be bending over backwards to support a proprietory Microsoft technology.

As for support, the software is free. Do you really expect something for nothing ?

Sophos says sorry over Google Analytics false alarm


Affect Effect Infect ?

Quote "Sophos rapidly pushed out an update, which ought to apply itself automatically but may take time to propagate around all infected systems."

I think it is a bit harsh to say that the affected systems were infected especially when the effect was to speed up the systems in some cases :)

Google opens peephole on mystery data center practices

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All that security ?

Any tom dick or harry can now find out your location thanks to Google not securing your wifi MAC address and location details


and link to the map / tool


Why do they bother with the physical security ? They have failed at data security at least twice (Chinese hackers, and Buzz fiasco) that i know of.

If they were in the UK i would have sent them a data protection act disclosure request, anyone else tried this ?

1000s of websites vanish as TalkTalk lets domain slip


Gone Now

Pipex Business were great but they got bought out by Tiscalli then it all went down hill.

As a point of referance, Pipex Business managed to changet at least 5 TAG'S for me when other so called ISP's said that another ISP was "holding" them and i should contact them. Also MAC codes suck ass.



If you are a business you should learn from this and use a "proper" web host for your site. As far as i am concerned ISP's are not web hosts they just provide the pipe.

£30 a year will get you a basic web host, control over your domain, uk based support and prevent this sh*t from occuring.

Wireless devices to break one-billion barrier in 2011


More cat5 :)

SO.......... when a client wishes to extent their wireless netowork or just improve their current one i will be fighting even more devices and AP's.

Plugging in an of the shelf repeater is starting to have bad results and i am having to resort to dd-wrt routers with higher output to work around the issues. It will not be long until i can start charging for running cat-5 all over the place as the customers cr&p is in the cloud and they need a reliable fast connection to watch iPlayer on their TV. I love progress :)

Cat 5 is much more cost effective for my wallett / beer fund.

IP registry goes to Defcon 1 as IPv4 doomsday nears


Give me IPv6

I am all set with IPv6 internally as far as i can test.

My ISP on the other hand is still issuing IPv4 Addresses and will not provide IPv6 addresses for my router let alone my internal devices.

Does anyone know how to kick them in to gear ?

PS. Oh crap i need a load of static IP's next month for SSL sites. WTF do i do if they are not available ?

OFT probes extended warranties


Restricting access

Quote "The OFT also said today it would not be investigating the market for repairs of domestic electrical equipment, because it did not find enough evidence to support claims that manufacturers are restricting access to technical information and spare parts by independent repairers."

As a self employed copier engineer and previous experience as an electronic engineer i frequently repair washing machines and other domestic appliances including TV's, PC's consoles etc.From my experience It is almost impossible to get hold of "Service Manuals" for all but the most common devices and parts seem to be lucky dip most of the time.

It should be a requirement for manufacturers to supply a complete service manual on demand and get rid of (or properly document) the "secret" service interfaces as well, KM and Olivetti i am looking at you.

Facebook's open hardware: Does it compute?

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Nice title

It is interesting that they can get the motherboard designed and built cheaper than the can buy a standard one from Dell or HP, they must be ordering a hell of a lot of them for that to work though.

Now, you motherboard manufacturers take note ! I really really need a Micro ITX board with 6 to 8 SATA 2 interaces for my storage servers and NO I DO NOT WANT A FAN ON THE PROCESSOR :)