* Posts by MikeOxlong

20 publicly visible posts • joined 28 Aug 2012

‘I crashed a rack full of servers with my butt’


Re: L-shape

Well if you're running your racks down a wall, then I suspect getting to the back of them may prove to be a little tricky as a starter for 10! (But in principle, I agree that L shaped configurations of racks in rooms is entirely plausible, feasible and indeed, practised in some areas.

Windows 10's 'built-in keylogger'? Ha ha, says Microsoft – no, it just monitors your typing


Isn't Windows 10 meant to be a unified OS platform

I mean, The core of this is not just for your average desktop, but for tablets of all shapes and sizes, for Windows Phones, and for their server class O/S's.

Doesn't every android / Apple / Windows phone already support some level of predictive typing and auto-correct features to make your user experience with small screens and sausage fingers a little less painful.

This is already common in many platforms that are used by millions, to see it on the desktop is a surprise, but should not be unexpected for a test release.

There will be different components that will be provided around the core O/S and some will be used on tablets, whereas others will be available on server platforms.

Put down that Oracle database patch: It could cost $23,000 per CPU


Almost a genuine reason for customers wanting DRM.

When software licences are this expensive, it's almost a valid expectation that the feature should require some form of enabling licence key to switch it on when necessary.

A Simple email, or even via the online portals of Oracle should allow a sysadmin or DBA to generate a test code that lasts for 14 days, (you should supply the system details it will be used on as well)

Then Oracle can follow that up with the Software Asset management team of the client (or whoever normally settles the Oracle invoices and bills) to confirm the full code will be released and they can expect payment.

Both vendor, and client/ customer have a duty of care to ensure there are suitable, and adequate measures in place to ensure a licence breach does not take place.

Oracle, by not putting such checks and balances in place could be viewed as wilfully and deliberately allowing such breaches to take place so that post usage fees can be generated at a later date.

Last I saw, This was similar to how VMWARE managed licences and nodes within a VMWARE farm.

Even Microsofts licencing portal allows visibility of all the features that your company have licenced and how many are currently in use (approximately)

METRE-LONG DINOSAUR POO going under the hammer


Bono and Randy Marsh both jealous

We need to know how many Courics it weighs though, to be sure if it is close to being the world record.

I'm sure that Bono will contest it's validity.

NSA man: 'Tell me about your Turkish connections'



Perhaps a monocle would be more appropriate

Phone charging log helps to convict murderer


Shouldn't be to hard to disprove, or in fact rely on this type of expectation that you carry your phone everywhere and there will usable data that can help prove or disprove your case.

All he had to say was that "He got up for a piss in the night, noticed his phone was low on juice and plugged it in".

The more nefarious, could leave their phone at home go and do the deeds, and claim they were home all night as it hasn't been off charge and was connected to the wireless network all the time.

Location of phone and charging status does not equal location of phones owner.

I suspect that there may have been slightly more key evidence than this that convicted him, but it's all good to know.

It's finally happened: Bloke builds BOFH-style goofing-off cattle prod


Rule 34

Sweepstake on which porn site has first video footage of some block wearing one like a cock ring.

Brit celebs' homes VANISH from Google's Street View


Right to be forgotten. Absolutely.

This should be an on/off switch. Not a partial selection of a persons information.

If you want to be forgotten by google, then that is completely.

Google should scrub all information and indexes it has on that persons name and information until they are deceased, at which time all the indexes can be added back.

So, a google search for that persons name produces 0 results.

Their address, 0 results.

Current news events with involvement of that person 0 results.

Images of that person 0 results.

Images of that persons house, property, family, 0 results.

If you want full disclosure, use a different search engine, or from a different country location without index censorship.

F1? No, it's Formula E as electric racing cars hit the track


The well manner fuel thief

Where there's a will there's a way.

The last time I had my ear to the ground on this subject, the scumbags were jamming a screwdriver in your fueltank and catching it with a funnel to a fuelcan or four.

They don't aim it at the bottom of the tank, maybe about halfway.

The point was that they didn't care if you had to spend several hundred pounds to replace the tank, when they just got away with a few ££/$$'s worth of fuel for their own P.O.S or crappy van.

Hackers steal €500k in lightning bank raids


Money Flow

It went from Compromised banking details on computer,

nefarious rapscallions take the details and via online banking, transfer large wire payment to mule account. (This is tracked)

Lowlife criminal, with bank card for mule account, goes and takes cash from ATM's over the course of a week.

You are left with a mule account, (setup with fake details maybe?) with no money in, and some blurry non identifiable images of a person who even if you can identify him, doesn't have the money anyway as he's western union, money transferred it, "clean" to his overlords.


Re: Mule Accounts ???

Buy cheap second hand nondescript push bike.

put in back of car,

park near to town center around 11pm.

Ride bike with cycling gear including helmet and glasses.

Or wear a hoodie and a baseball cap

With your 6 bank cards for 6 accounts, go and visit each banks terminal over the course of 45 minutes.

6 banks Maximum withdrawl of £300 per bank = £1,800.

Go and sit in a bar, drink a soft drink. chill out.

Wait for midnight.

Go round the cash machines again (maybe change clothes?) in 45 minutes.

Another £1,800.

So thats

£3,600 for Monday / Tuesday.

£3,600 Wednesday / Thursday

£3,600 Friday / Sat

£1,800 for Sunday.

£12,600 per week on a small scale in one town, with one person and the minimum amount of time used.

Trustworthy mules get more accounts to control. + a larger cut.

Erm, Do I know entirely too much about this?

'World’s dumbest' suspect collared in Facebook sting


More education required.

Perhaps you may want to increase your education of your family to safe online practices.

My wife and children have all got password protected profiles, separate email accounts and they utilise different passwords for their web services as well, (gaming websites, online shopping and the like)

My youngest has done this since the age of 4 with a password of cat.

If something bad, or weird happens they are educated to come and get an adult.

I know their passwords so I can help them and fix things if they go wrong.

They know I could use it to check up on them, but the trust is still there and I wouldn't do that as I have other methods that transcend their passwords.

( I spotted my youngest searching for youtube videos of how to sex girls and big boobs)

Readers' choice: What every small-business sysadmin needs


Eat a snickers..

You're not you when you're hungry.

US military's RAY-GUN truck BLASTS DRONES, mortars OUT OF THE SKY


Indeed Navigator


How my batch process nightmare was solved by a Wombat


Re: Can't be co-incidence (can it ?)

They go hand in hand with a Womble then do they? (pronounced Womball for you non English)


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So, who here LURVES Windows Phone? Put your hands up, Brits


I'm liking all my Windows Phones

I'm really pleased with the performance of my Nokia 620 windows phone. It's a great little camera for happy snapping. Its also a great free turn by turn sat nav. (all the free maps of Europe anyone) Email is functional, and I can open word, excel or powerpoint files, as well as PDF's.

It also uploads all my photo's to my skydrive account, so they are backed up straight away.

I don't use much out of the App store myself, but I know my son does on his winphone as well.

He wanted one after seeing and using mine, and loves it.

I also had an older Nokia 800 winphone that the screen broke on. That was great, and I managed to replace the screen myself for about £40.

I think it's like anything. if you are in a product stable (Google / Android, or Apple, or Microsoft/Nokia) for many services, then it makes sense to keep and use the products that integrate with the ones you already have, and use.

To me, the match with Nokia and Microsoft was a good combination.

Buying a petabyte of storage for YOURSELF? First, you'll need a fridge



That what I thought would be an interesting article with some facts and figures, ends up wishy washy with the answers supplied by the commenting community.

Upvotes to all those that could be bothered to supply the relevant information.

Orally urinating turtle boffin in nominative-determinism classic case


Some Scientists!

So we have observed behaviour in the Fitzroy turtle that can "Breathe through it's butt"...

Now we have observed behaviour in the Chinese soft shelled turtle that can wee out of it's mouth.

Can someone PLEASE teach scientists the correct way to hold a turtle the right way up!

Got a BMW? Thicko thieves can EASILY NICK IT with $30 box


put a lock on the OBD port

A simple physical key lock on the OBD port should keep their techno mitts clear.

Wire that up to the alarm sensor as well. BMW could do that for a nominal charge of say £100 fitting (£35 parts + £65 labour).

I would be more worried why it doesn't seem hard for them to gain entry into the vehicle in the first place.

Police mistake reveals plan for Assange's Embassy capture


Its all a fanastic game play by the CIA... Put your paranoid hat on and grab the popcorn.

Contrary to to popular belief, the Americans are not stupid. They can be meticulous in their planning when required (look at NASA). Perhaps they want Assange so badly they have gone for the long, slow and subversive methodology.

The CIA will have already been briefed on the required outcome the US government expects, "at all costs".

Maybe they did create these "trumped up charges" (Maybe Assange dropped himself in it and it was great timing for the US/CIA) to force him from his safe haven, whilst not denying that they will put out an extradition treaty on him if he is sent back. (They won't, but that's not what they want you to think.)

They don't put in an extradition treaty to the UK, their bestest buddies which would be a far simpler legal course of action for them, which strengthens peoples thoughts about the leverage through sweden as the expected course of action.

This is all that most people have been focused on.

He can't go back to Australia (burnt that bridge already, they've disowned him).

Once he's made his choice of next safe haven to jump to, (Equador in this case) the CIA are in a position to get their local agents in position, grease the palms of those in power, bribe and coerce those with influence.

They want a long drawn out process in England. it takes the focus off the clandestine Equadorial CIA staff movements. It gives them the time to set things up the other end.

And wait.


Once Assange legs it to Equador, there will be massive amounts of media in the UK and descending on Equador for several months.

The heat will die down, the media will grow bored and move on...

And then there will be a swift extradition notice to the Equadorian government and he will be whilsted off, all legal and above board.

So many icons to choose from! The helicopters, the big brother, the joke alert.. I think the choice was right though