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NCC Group admits its training data was leaked online after folders full of CREST pentest certification exam notes posted to GitHub

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ET Phone Home

They put in a phone-home thingie on _files from an infosec course_? Really? Lesson 1, laddie: air gap. Or use Someone Else’s Computer (™). Or set the firewall, etc, on the home server (anyone taking infosec courses would have a home server or two, right? DHCP, DNS, RRAS, ADDS, Pi-hole, etc...). Or some combination of the three. Anyone who got caught by this should fail twice. Once for cheating, once for not taking elementary precautions.

Search for 'things of value' in a bank: Iowa cops allege this bloke broke into one and decided on ... hand sanitiser

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Re: "....perhaps hand sanitiser remains highly sought after in some parts of the US"

Around here, there was a severe shortage of both TP and hand sanitizer. The shelves in local supermarkets were completely bare, no paper products, not even napkins or kitchen paper towels (apparently Bounty really is a Quicker Picker Upper....) to be seen, all gone. Costco and Sam’s Club and BJ’s rationed you one package per household and still ran out. Places like Office Depot and Ace Hardware (I’m not making this up, _Ace Hardware_) got in TP and rationed one to three rolls to a customer, and still ran out. Certain people were seen to send in assorted members of the household, in relays, down to and including children, to get TP. If there was any. One local supermarket would get a big tractor-trailer full of new stock to resupply in every morning at around 9. They’d have the new TP out by 10:30 at the latest. By noon the shelves would be bare again... l couldn’t figure out where on Earth the customers were putting it all. Some people in Jamaica had some fun, taking pics of themselves standing in front of a huge pile of TP rolls with a caption of how they were sending relief supplies to America... the same jokers have apparently got several container loads of ‘Jamaican virus killer’, possibly better known as overproof white rum, ready for shipment north.

That's how we roll: OWC savagely undercuts Apple's $699 Mac Pro wheels with bargain $199 alternative

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Re: "Roughneck Dolly" from Wickes. Which is not a sex toy,

If you can’t, you’re not trying hard enough.

British Army does not Excel at spreadsheets: Soldiers' newly announced promotions are revoked after sorting snafu

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Re: Perhaps the person

Ahem. No. Whoever made that error should be promoted, and sent to be the British representative at the brand-new Canadian Armed Forces base on Baffin Island, a base set up just to park idiots from various armed forces of the Commonwealth and possibly allies. Britain would have one on South Georgia Island, and Australia one somewhere near New Guinea. The US would put theirs in the Mojave. Or possibly Montana. Every now and again they should exchange a few personnel.

US drugstore chain installed anti-shoplifter facial-recognition cameras in 200 locations – for eight years

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Re: "Humans are pretty good at spouting a lot of nonsense, too"

No. They’re implying that DJT might be human, something which requires a lot more evidence.

Twitter says spear-phishing attack hooked its staff and led to celebrity account hijack

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Ah, phishie phishie...

I recently got an email allegedly from Amazon. It stated that I didn’t have certain items filled in on my account, notably ‘business hours’ and an associated ‘business phone’. I was supposed to click here to update the account. They needed the info to ‘ensure delivery’. I found this to be quite interesting. In the first place, while I do have a business account, the email went to my personal account. In the second place, I’ve had that account for over two decades, and have had delivery problems exactly once in that time; Amazon sent a package to a similar address two states away. If they had had ‘business hours’ and a ‘business phone’ they still would have messed that up. In the third place, my personal account has had the delivery address changed three times, the last over a decade ago, in the time I’ve had it, and I was never asked about providing a ‘business phone’ or ‘business hours’ before. And, in the fourth place, there’s that whole ‘click here’ bit.

I contacted Amazon, using the chat because it’s amazingly difficult to find a phone number for Customer Support. The guy on chat said that the email was legitimate, and that Amazon needed the info or they wouldn’t be responsible for missed deliveries. He had no idea what ‘phishing’ was. I insisted that there was a problem. He got someone to phone me. The girl on the phone had no idea what phishing was, either, insisting that the email was legitimate, but conceded that it was ‘optional’ for personal accounts.

They have not the least clue. I wonder how many others have received similar emails and just clicked here. And how many of those didn’t actually get the email from Amazon.

'I'm telling you, I haven't got an iPad!' – Sent from my iPad

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Re: Which is why I always turn off email sigs...

That depends on the sig. seen, on a Microsoft mailing list, a long time ago:

“We are Microsoft of Borg. Where you want to go today is irrelevant. What you want to do today is irrelevant. We shall take your currency and add it to our own. Resistance is futile. Bend over right now.”

The howls from certain others on the list were things of beauty.

'I think the police are here...' Feds reveal Skype, text chats of Canadian trio charged with $8m crypto-coin fraud

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Coat

Woking? Apparently it ain’t quite woke yet...

I’ll get me coat, no need to push.

Chinese ambassador to UK threatens to withdraw Huawei, £3bn investment if comms giant banned from building 5G

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Re: Does the Chinese ambassador think ...

He sounds just like the Orange One.

This is not a good look.

Microsoft wants to show enterprises that Edge means business, rather than the thing you use to download Chrome

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Re: I maybe stuck in my ways but...

I rarely used Bing even before Microsoft tried to tie it to Edge. Now I never use Bing. Keep up the good work, there, Microsoft.

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Re: Leopards and their spots

Hmm... here, I got the Edge update screen, but I was able to have Firefox remain my default web browser. New Edge is installed, yes, but it doesn’t run, I checked in various process tracker apps from Task Manager up. What is annoying is that if I try to use the web version of an Office app, usually by accident as I hate the web versions, Edge launches. If I fire up certain help items, Edge launches. Basically Edge launches when I go near most things Microsoft. I have to keep killing it, and the bumf it leaves behind. This does not endear it to me.

From 'Queen of the Skies' to Queen of the Scrapheap: British Airways chops 747 fleet as folk stay at home

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BOAC

BOAC is really Better On A Camel. I once flew BOAC trans-Atlantic. We had to land at Gander, in Newfoundland, part way across.It seems that someone didn’t tighten a fuel tank cap or something similar, and we were losing fuel. And someone else who should have been paying attention didn’t notice until it was too late to turn back. We just barely made it to Gander. On getting back to the UK, there were tales in the newspapers about cracks in wings. Don’t know if the aircraft I was on was one of the cracked but still flying, but it wouldn’t have surprised me.

Better get Grandpa off Windows 7 because zero-day bug in Zoom allows remote code execution on vintage OS

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Re: I don't quite get it.

The patch should remove Zoom.

Detroit Police make second wrongful facial-recog arrest when another man is misidentified by software

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Re: It seems that

Their software puts everyone into one of two categories: Han Chinese and foreign devils. Foreign devils are automatically guilty. Han Chinese are further put into two categories: Party members and imperialist stooges. Imperialist stooges are automatically guilty. Party members are graded by rank in the party and their connections. The lower the rank or the worse the connections, the more likely to be guilty the target is.

And no, it doesn’t matter what the alleged offense might be.

So Darned Kind of you, Facebook: SDK bug sends popular iOS apps crashing earthwards

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yet another reason to not use ZuckBook

As if I needed any more than I already have.

Smile? Not bloody likely: Day 6 of wobbly services and still no hint to UK online bank's customers about what's actually wrong

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Re: I absolutely insist and demand...

El Reg, bring back the illustrious Ms. Bee so that she can deal properly with this sort of person. We want the Bee back!

.NET Core: Still a Microsoft platform thing despite more than five years open source

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Logitech and NBC both decided on Silverlight. I was under impressed. My all-singing, all-dancing, super remote control currently gathers dust. I didn’t watch very much Olympics on computers.

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Re: The problem as I see it

You should add Swift to that list. Swift talks Penguin as well as Apple, no Windows in sight yet, and is quite useful for Apple and Linux programming. And it has the advantages of being Not Java or JavaScript.

Hungry? Please enjoy this delicious NaN, courtesy of British Gas and Sainsbury's

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Re: re: 4 billion virtual serial ports

They’re for NSA and friends thereof use only.

Citrix tells everyone not to worry too much about its latest security patches. NSA's former top hacker disagrees

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Re: "No untrustworthy traffic"

The wire clippers will cut antennas off...

We'll pay £400k for a depth charge-proof robot submarine, says UK's Ministry of Defence

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Re: Thats our whole navy ...................

You have heard the stories of how loud Queen Liz’s engines are, haven’t you? Apparently they can be heard 30 nautical miles away. That’s not an operational aircraft carrier, that’s sub bait. Better add a few more ASW ships and/or subs and some helos. A _lot_ of helos. A few fixed wing ASW aircraft would be better, but can’t fly from a carrier with a ski-jump instead of a catapult... The PLAN has a lot of subs. They’re not very good, but they don’t have to be, not with that nice target... if I were a matelot on Queen Liz, I’d make sure that I learned to swim at least as far as the nearest escort.

Seriously, to properly screen a carrier you should have four to six ASW ships in the outer ring, with lots of helos around them, and at least two subs. And three to four AAW ships in the inner ring, plus a goalkeeper right next to the carrier. That was learned back in WWII, not least off Okinawa. Having too few escorts means that the entire force is dead meat.

I hope that the Dutch ship is an ASW frigate, the Dutch are good at ASW. I also hope that the American ship is an AAW destroyer, an Arleigh Burke destroyer would be just the thing to be the goalkeeper. Right up until it runs out of missiles while the PLAN salvos a few dozen ship-killers at the force.

Back in my days of playing Harpoon, I used to play ‘hunt the Yankee carrier’ using a few Oscar carrier-killer subs and a Backfire regiment or two. Kick the Shipwrecks from the Oscars to draw the CAP off, close with the Backfires at full afterburners, dump Kingfish, run away really fast. The PLAN has subs which aren’t as good as Oscars, but which have very nice missiles indeed, and the PLAAF doesn’t have Backfires but does have lots of missile-carrying long range aircraft. If shooting starts the RN is going to be very uncomfortable.

UK government shakes magic money tree, finds $500m to buy a stake in struggling satellite firm OneWeb

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Re: Hmm.

Think of how much time and trouble you’ll save. Now HMGov won’t have to go to the trouble of warrants or even just leaning on the ISP, they’ll have everything they need right in front of them. You’re a meanie for wanting poor innocent civil servants to actually work for a living. Bad suspect. No cookie.

Hats off to the brave 7%ers who dived into the Windows 10 May 2020 Update within a month of release

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Re: OTGH

I did not see anything like that. Ubuntu 18.04 still runs on my main desktop even after two different Win 10 installs were updated to 2004.

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Re: half and half

My main Windows desktop is a hand build and has Win 10 Pro, Win 10 Edu, Win Server 2012 R2, and Ubuntu 18.04 in different volumes. The Pro and Edu volumes both got 2004, no problems, no wait. (Note that that’s different _volumes_, as in different physical drives, currently a 1 TB HDD each for Win 10 Pro and Edu, a 2 TB HDD for 2012 R2, and a 3 TB for Ubuntu.) This machine started with Win 7 and Server 2008 R2, so it’s not exactly new. I have the Server install as an emergency system if my main server goes TITSUP, so that volume gets started mostly for updates and to make sure it still runs.

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Re: PC bricked by update

I have just one thing to say to you: ‘Catalina’.

You have been warned.

'It's really hard to find maintainers...' Linus Torvalds ponders the future of Linux

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Re: re: where to begin

For those old enough... remember, Linux kernel hackers are Klingons. Klingon programmers do not comment their code; if it was hard to write, it should be hard to understand. Klingon programmers don’t do documentation, same reason. Klingon programmers don’t do defensive programing, they do offensive programming, and always win. Klingon programs don’t take prisoners. Qapla!

Singapore awards 5G licences – and winning carriers pick anyone but Huawei for nationwide network

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Re: Seen it all before

I’m surprised that it’s still up.

It's now safe to turn off your computer shop: Microsoft to shutter its bricks-and-mortar retail locations worldwide

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Re: Marketing 101

Macs are available at Costco, Walmart, and, if iPad Pros count, BJ’s. Not at Target, though.

'Is this Microsoft trying to be cool? Want to go to the Apple Store?' We checked out London's new retail extravaganza

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Re: Pavement Plodder

Nearly a year later, that remains his one and only post.

Health Sec Hancock says UK will use Apple-Google API for virus contact-tracing app after all (even though Apple were right rotters)

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Re: World beating . . .

MLB has players from Japan, South Korea, Cuba, the Dominican Republic (not, repeat NOT Dominica), Panama, Columbia, Mexico, Venezuela, and more, probably including the rest of Central America and northern South America. And the Philippines, I think. In other words, places where Yanqui Imperialism has roamed over the last century plus. There are enough Dominicans in MLB and the DR is so poor that the money that players like David ‘Big Papi’ Ortiz repatriate back to the DR is a significant fraction of the DR’s GNP.

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Re: World beating . . .

Nope. Japanese players, yes, teams from Japan, no. 29 American teams and one Canadian team; it used to be two Canadian teams, but one of them is now in Washington DC.

Not so nice, we investigated them twice: EU opens double whammy of inquiries into Apple's biz practices

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Re: I don’t quite understand this

The vast majority of the music on my home system never went anywhere near Apple. Almost all is music I personally converted from vinyl and audiotapes and CDs over a period of decades as I was NOT going to buy that music again. I have, only a few years ago, finally decommissioned my LP records as the last of them are now on my music volume.

Zero point zero of the movies on my system came from Apple; some were moved over from VHS and DVD, some were digital downloads purchased with DVD/BluRay discs. None came from Apple.

But, hey, carry on.

Living up to its 'un-carrier' slogan, T-Mobile US stops carrying incoming calls, data in nationwide outage

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There’s _something_ hitting T-Mobile, AT&T, Verizon, and Comcast’s networks, all at the same time.

Someone got so fed up with GE fridge DRM – yes, fridge DRM – they made a whole website on how to bypass it

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Re: E-waste

Son, i just had a 2012 Mac mini repaired, for free. The machine had a problem with one of the USB ports. The local Apple Store replaced the motherboard and put back the 3rd-party RAM, and the two 3rd-party SSDs, all for free. They did try to sell me a new Mac mini. And they knew that I’d been in there evaluating Mac Pros and would, on past experience, be buying at least a dozen for the company in a month or two. Being known as a good customer instead of as a cheap asshole can work wonders.

Microsoft tweaks its 'New Outlook' for Mac – but no support for Exchange on-premises yet

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Re: No support for standard protocols like POP3 and IMAP etc

There would be a reason why I have gone from having about a half dozen Gmail accounts to zero Gmail accounts.

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Re: No support for standard protocols like POP3 and IMAP etc

And for all, repeat, ALL, users around here, home and office, especially including me. Apple Mail and Thunderbird, neither of them particularly great, will run instead.

MacOS on Arm talk intensifies: Just weeks from now, Apple to serve up quarantini with Kalamata golive, reportedly

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Re: What you need....

He’s well known to be not all there. Do a Google of usenet for ‘vat girls’. He has also advocated having the US invade Brazil, for the good of the environment and for the betterment of poorer Brazilians, who would welcome the liberators from the evil government they’re inflicted with. Note that he’s Canadian. Someone, possibly a fan of wolves, replied to the effect that the lead unit in the invasion should be the Princess Pats, with him tied to the turret of the lead vehicle. For some reason he never replied. ‘Tis a puzzlement why not.

Kinda goes without saying, but shore up your admin passwords or be borged by this brute-forcing botnet

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Re: My sympathies

It’s German. Kirtchthaler, ‘Church Valley’. Or some such.

Franco-German cloud framework floated to protect European's data from foreign tech firms slurpage

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Repair store faces hefty legal bill after losing David and Goliath fight with Apple over replacement iPhone screens

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Have a look at eBay. Depending on the screen, prices range from $100 to $1000 and more. The pricing then didn’t go as low as $100, but did exceed $1000. I found the cheaper units questionable and the expensive units about what I could pay locally, and have the locals do the work, and get a warranty. I said thanks but no thanks to eBay.

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In about 2008 I had a relative who managed to detach the screen from the bezel on a MacBook of some type, it’s been a while and I can’t remember the exact model. She managed to hold the screen in using electrician’s tape, but this was obviously a non-optimal method of dealing with the matter. She asked me to fix it, because “you know about computers “. I took one look, and took it to the local Apple Store, where they said that they could fix it, by replacing the entire screen, bezel, and hinges, and such things as the antenna for the wireless. After labour, that would be approximately $1200. A new MacBook of the type cost $1100 at the time. I pointed that out. They said that they knew that. It was literally cheaper to buy a new laptop than to fix the old one. A local Apple authorized repair shop quoted $1000 to make the fix; Apple would give a years warranty, the repair people said three months. My relative elected to keep using the taped down screen for a month or two and then got a new MacBook. I inherited the taped down system, with was ugly but functioning, and lasted for two more years before finally collapsing. When new generation MacBooks came out, the price for similar fixes went down, but not by much. It’s still more cost-effective to buy a new one than to fix the old one for certain types of repairs. If the battery overheats and bulges, and there’s no permanent damage to the case of a laptop, the cost of a repair is fairly low. If the case is damaged, that means replacing the case, the motherboard, internal power, and a lot more, so again it’s cheaper to just get a new MacBook.

Hey Mister Prime Minister ... Scott! Can you get off my lawn please, mate?

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Re: Might be me

About the only thing Fosters is good for is for throwing at journos and pols. That stuff is actually worse than Budwieser, though better than Miller. (Even Coors is better than Miller, though it’s close) Fosters: Australian for swill best exported really fast lest Ozians storm the brewery and put something other than shrimp on the barbie.

Lenovo certifies all desktop and mobile workstations for Linux – and will even upstream driver updates

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Re: I've had a penguin on my desktop for years!

Put a stuffed leopard seal on the keyboard next to Tux. That’ll make him behave.

Software bug in Bombardier airliner made planes turn the wrong way

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Re: It was *supposed* to turn the aeroplane

Vigie Airport (name now changed to protect the guilty) in St. Lucia is sufficiently notorious that no-one flies jets into it anymore. The first time BWIA (officially British West Indian Airways, mostly called Britain’s Worst Investment Aboard, But Will It Arrive, or Better Wait In Airport) flew a jet into Vigie the aircraft made a low approach over Castries, St. Lucia’s capital and home to about half of the island’s 120,000 or so population, and blew out multiple windows, including those in the French Embassy. If you land short you land in the sea. If you land long you end in the harbour. If you drift to one side you land on a beach, a very popular beach. If you drift to the other side you land on the terminal building. And there’s just one runway. BWIA put 727s and Lockheed Tristars into Vigie for reasons which must have made sense to them. Air Jamaica put various Airbuses into Vigie back when Butch Stewart owned Air Jamaica; Butch also owned two hotels on St. Lucia and considered Air Jamaica to be a way to deliver victims, that is, guests, to them. BWIA and Air Jamaica have merged and no longer fly jets into Vigie. Now only turboprops fly commercial into Vigie, flown by the crazy men who fly into other small islands in the Windward/Leewards and US and British Virgins. The old airport on Monserrat is actually worse than Vigie, the runway ends at the edge of a cliff, and the runway in St. Croix (I think) runs into the base of a hill, there was at least one accident were a 727 ran long and went into a gas station at the foot of the hill, with interesting results.

You're not getting Huawei that easily: Canadian judge rules CFO's extradition proceedings to US can continue

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China really shouldn’t have

Virtually admitted that she was guilty by grabbing those two Canadians. That basically put the Canadian government into a box: turn Ms. Terrorist Friend loose and (maybe) get their citizens back, or apply the law and kick her ass into Deepest Trumpville. She looked guilty from the start, China’s heavy-handed tit-for-tat grabbing of two Canadians made her look guiltier and made it look as though the whole thing was, at least, known to the Chinese go beforehand, probably had their blessing, and possibly was at their behest. It’s hard to make the Orange One look good, but the Chinese government is certainly trying.

Pablo Escobar's big bro and former accountant sues Apple for $2.6bn over FaceTime bug

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Anyone can file

A lawsuit. Actually avoiding getting laughed out of court is somewhat more difficult.

HP Ink sales are in the red: Total revenue down 11 per cent as CEO says coronavirus knackered supply chain

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Not surprised

Thanks to previous HP shenanigans, I have not purchased any HP kit at home for over a decade, and in the office for nearly a decade. I’m quite sure that I’m not alone in my thoughts on the matter. It’s taken a while, but it seems likely that enough others think my way that it has begun to affect their bottom line.

I do hope that those overpriced cartridges and devices which were ‘obsolete’ when Vista or 7 or 8 arrived, or, my fav, devices which failed repeatedly during the warranty period, were replaced under warranty (after a major fight) only to have the device fail again, and as the warranty was on the original device, were out of warranty even though they were less than three months old made HP a _lot_ of profit, that’s the last money they’ll see from me. That’s ‘devices’: two DVD/CD 5.25 internal drives and an inkjet. (One of the optical drives was my personal property, replaced by a Samsung device which is _still_ working, 11 years later, the other optical drive and the inkjet were company property, replaced by a LG and a Brother respectively.)

I’ll never buy a HP product again, and they have only themselves to blame for my attitude.

Lawsuit klaxon: HP, HPE accused of coordinated plan to oust older staff in favor of cheaper, compliant youngsters

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Re: I slapped a wireless card into an HP laptop...

Many, many moons ago I was called in to assist a Very Senior Person with his company-paid-for Really Powerful Workstation. This was a massive HP tower, with lots of RAM, multiple SATA 3 drives (back when large-capacity SATA 3 drives were hideously expensive) and multiple monitors. It was the monitors which were the problem. The system would handle three 24” monitors, one on the motherboard DVI port, two on the video card, but the Very Senior Person wanted _four_ monitors, all of them 30”. (Exactly what he was doing was a mystery, at least to me, but he wanted four 30” monitors. I suspect an awful lot of Call of Duty, but I have a negative attitude.) He got two high-end gaming video cards and installed them and plugged all four monitors in. And got 800x600 on monitors rated for over 1920x1080. Reinstalling the drivers got 1920x1080, until he rebooted to finish the beta install, whereupon it went back to 800x600.

I had a look, and checked the hardware. It was working elsewhere. I checked if Windows was set up properly; it was. I RTFM. And lo! Hidden away in the docs was a list of ‘supported video cards’, a list which did NOT include the supercards he had got, with a notation that non-supported cards ‘might not deliver proper performance’. We ordered cards off the list. No more problems, but the HP video cards lacked the performance of the gaming cards but cost considerably more. The Very Senior Person made a notation of his own, and the company stopped buying HP equipment. HP’s sales guy noticed after a while and came around to find out why. I told him. We had been good for tens to hundreds of thousands of dollars in sales over a year. HP lost all that because they played silly buggers with video cards.

We still have HP printers from the days before The Great Video Card Incident. For several reasons they’re being replaced by Brothers as they die. All HP desktop and laptop equipment is long gone, we bought a lot of Macs and generic hand built systems instead, the Macs in particular costing more than the HPs, but but Apple didn’t attempt the kind of nonsense HP did.

Chicago: Why I just grin like a dork... It's my kind of Bork

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Re: CTA Band/Banned

So... you’re saying that the CTA are humorless twats, like a certain Butt Head Astronomer?

Far-right leader walks free from court after conviction for refusing to hand his phone passcode over to police

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You mean that black Irishmen aren’t black? Shock. Horror.

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