* Posts by LeahroyNake

588 posts • joined 9 Mar 2017


Security guard cost bank millions by hitting emergency Off button



I had a similar issue with A Tp link 48 port Gb switch. For some reason it kept changing its management IP to the gateway IP.

It got binned the minute a replacement arrived and after we had changed the gateway IP. Live and learn.

Registry to ban Cyrillic .eu addresses even if you've paid for them


Re: Here's a thought...

We could also go back to typing in IPV4 addresses, we could jusr remember them like we all used to do with phone numbers .....

Oh IPV6 that's a very long phone number :o

Drug cops stopped techie's upgrade to question him for hours. About everything


Re: Pretty sure some other bloke is having a bad day...

At least you didn't have to do dick watching when the CDT came to camp :o I can't see any UK Corp dick!ng (pardon the pun) random members of staff to observe the process of filling the cup !

HP Ink's UK profits tumble nearly 85% – of course Brexit to blame


Re: I advise people not to touch HP printers

1. Stupidly expensive ink.

Totally agree but they are no different from Canon in that regard. Look at Kip or OCE / Seiko if you want lower running costs and can stomach the £20k plus initial cost.

2. We have some expensive HP printer/scanners at work and when monitoring NTP network traffic three devices were transmitting leap second packets.

Wow I'm going to have to test that out on Monday. We keep our office ones on a separate subnet but it would be interesting to raise a call with HP if that is the case.

Trainee techie ran away and hid after screwing up a job, literally



I find that ends up with me showing how or doing the work for them.

I have a crap / seconds box that they can borrow and take the nice tools with me when they get stuck.

It really is amazing how many 13mm and 10mm sockets you can lose in a year.

I get paid in bottles of Rose now.


Re: Screws and escaped death.

I'm not a carpenter by trade so I usually ask someone who knows that they are doing to give me advice before I carry out any DIY around the house.

The best thing I have ever been told is 'make it strong enough so your kids can jump, pull and shove it as hard as they can, if it falls off it could kill them'. I use lots of overkill screws plugs and legs / supports then try to break it myself before I let the kids or anyone else anywhere close !

Sitting in the wall cabinet when the partner got home took some explaining... with 80mm screws / plugs into brick with a galvanised steel rail even the bottom shelf of an Ikea wall cabinet can support me. Good to know if I can't find the youngest when playing hide and seek !

Nintendo Labo: After a day spent fiddling with flaps, you may be ready to, er, Lego


Re: How does this differ...

Mainly because you can make the stuff from cardboard and program it... if you have meccano laying about I'm sure you can use it to make something more solid and use the software to improve on the features ?

Schneier warns of 'perfect storm': Tech is becoming autonomous, and security is garbage


Re: Click Here To Kill Everybody

I am really tempted to leave the paperback on my desk to see if I get any comments, BOFH style.

Priceless: The cost to BT for bothering you with spam? 1.5 UK pence per email



'Giving Tuesday and Stand up to Cancer' ? they sound like worthy causes to me, what makes the difference to the amount that they have to pay back.

Why did Royal mail have to pay back more per spam ?

Microsoft CEO wades into ICE outcry: Cool it, we only do legacy mail


Re: Avoidance

'The fundamental issue is whether you're entering the US at a port of entry or just walking over the border. Walking over the border is against the law.'

Tell that to the native Americans that got invaded by the the British, French and Spanish etc. At least these immigrants are not killing the natives and just want somewhere safe to raise their children. What would you do in their shoes ?

Microsoft Azure Europe embraced the other GDPR: Generally Down, Possibly Recovering


Air con failure

They found have just said that the Air con failed, the servers had a sh!t fit and turned off to stop themselves melting.

Or someone left the door open.

Or Sales guy doing a tour thought it was a bit nippy so adjusted the temperature.


We will never know. It's somebody else's server farm after all.

A pretty and helpful user interface? Nahhh. Is that really you, Samsung?


Killer feature maybe

I really like the look of the programmable actions but I doubt I will get the update / S7.

Flipping several settings / Bluetooth on, open maps, turn off Wi-Fi, turn on GPS, turn on selective call blocking every time I get in the car is a pain. Maybe if I could get it to detect the car charger socket when plugged in it could do all of this itself. Probably wishful thinking but still looks like progress.

UK footie fans furious as Sky Broadband goes TITSUP: Total inability to stream unfair penalties


Re: Foresight

You beat me to it grrr..

Could be worse though. ISDN failure at the exchange took BT a whole 2 hours to fix / change the fibre card or something. Awesome response to be fair. The divert to out backup numbers took 3 hours to cancel once the main lines were back up hahahaha

Um, excuse me. Do you have clearance to patch that MRI scanner?


Re: obvious solution ...

Just make sure those DVD's get disposed of correctly and not left in the general waste or on a train.

Dixons Carphone 'fesses to mega-breach: Probes 'attempt to compromise' 5.9m payment cards


Advice ?

'We are contacting those whose non-financial personal data was accessed to inform them, to apologise, and to give them advice on any protective steps they should take.'

I'm guessing that they will tell you to use a credit reference agency... sounds like a great idea :/

Stern Vint Cerf blasts techies for lackluster worldwide IPv6 adoption


New unit of measurement

'In terms of scale, if all IPv4 addresses were contained inside a smartphone, IPv6 would fill a container the size of the Earth.'

Iphone6 plus or something smaller with upgradable storage ? It makes a difference :p

In World Cup Russia, our Wi-Fi networks will log on to you!


I'm not going

If I was, i would buy a payg sim and throw away phone and not log on to anything without a VPN preferably over a mobile carrier rather than unsecured Wi-Fi.

It's bad enough that shopping malls track you via your Wi-Fi mac (yes I know it can be randomized to an extent). If a shopping mall can do that just imagine how much the Russian spooks, police or crims can do...

Facebook's new data centre cooling system takes the heat like Zuck in front of Congress


I thought it was the grass drinking the water then somebody smoking it ?

Send printer ink, please. More again please, and fast. Now send it faster


Re: In the early days...

'Re: In the early days...


If you have to wash toner off your hands after handling laser printed pages you have a fuser temperature problem.'

Or someone has moved the envelope lever on the fuser!

Kill the blockchain! It'll make you fitter in the long run, honest


I read it twice

On the second go I swapped out Blockchain for Cloud and it was hilarious.

Mirror mirror on sea wall, spot those airships, make Kaiser bawl


Sound is still useful

Counter Bombardment and Counter Mortar Battery Equipment. Is still in use today to pinpoint enemy mortar fire locations.

No doubt based on these concrete structures but using modern microphones and computers.

Nice link here for modern adaptations...


Very nice article, next to BOHF these keep me coming back.

Internet engineers tear into United Nations' plan to move us all to IPv6



I have a nice button on all my routers that says 'IPV6=off' I could enable but how much of an extra admin headache will that involve ?... from what I have read, a lot more than I want to deal with, IPV4 firewalls, DHCP and VPN routing etc seem very simple in comparison.

Beardy Branson: Wacky hyperloop tube maglev cheaper than railways


keeping the water out

I was a massive achievement to keep the water out in the channel tunnel and before that under the Thames. Maybe they can keep the air out of a tube ?

Fingers crossed they can make it work, progress is progress.

Leaked pics: Motorola to add 'unpatriotic' 5G to 4G phones with magnets


Re: 5G is more about vast swathes of new spectrum

You still need to provide the back end connection and power no matter how small the antenna is.

Buggy software could lock a Jeep's cruise control


Re: Oh Lord

RE.Cashcow My Honda has a crash mitigation system. They put the radar /laser range finder on the windscreen so that it gets swept clean by the wipers.

It works quite well (practiced on cardboard boxes;) but it can be slightly over cautious when I pull on to a roundabout/ slams brakes on and doesn't stall! No idea how I haven't been rearended yet.

Businesses brace themselves for a kicking as GDPR blows in


Re: "a properly designed system"

6 P's, you can do it without mentioning the process of evacuating urine.


Planning and






BCC is hard, OK? Quite a lot of orgs blurted your email addresses in GDPR mailouts


it only takes

One idiot, (normally in sales)to select the wrong field and you will have a serious issue.

It's easy enough to prevent in exchange etc by setting maximum recipients to a sensible value. At least it will limit the damage.

Sophos SEA (mail scanning appliance) can also do rule checking on outgoing mail to prevent this problem as well.

ISP popped router ports, saving customers the trouble of making themselves hackable


Re: This is why I feel....

I have a 'spare' FritzBox supplied by Xen internet. Unfortunately they have taken some features out / it can't be used in bridged modem only mode grrr.

Thankfully the Draytek 130 VDSL is not that expensive and just does as it's told !

UK Home Office's £885m crim records digi effort: A 'masterclass in incompetence'


it's not just them

'no one had a good enough understanding of what it would take to make the programme successful'

Well that's a good start.

I had to point out to a (very large and I would hope secure company) That the procedure that they required me to go through would be out of date by the time I competed it. Turns out that the changes mentioned on the desclosure government website were wrong and I still had to use the old system. England Scotland and Wales or something, I live in one and was going to work in one of the others. One phone call and I got sent the certificate, absolute crap tbh, they didn't even verify my ID properly and this is meant to be a seriously secure site!

Can't pay Information Commissioner's fine? No problem! Just liquidate your firm


Big business

As an individual you can't get away with paying 80% of a speeding ticket.

Why are the ICO fines any different.. oh it's more like a parking ticket for them.

Max Schrems is back: Facebook, Google hit with GDPR complaint


I have a Facebook account :o

For managing company pages only.

Nothing personal on there at all as far as I am aware.

The only option given by Facebook today is to agree or delete the account.

I don't think that is quite right somehow.

Top UK court to rule whether 4.5m Brit iPhone fanbois can sue Google over cookies



“The amounts,” warned White, “could be very substantial indeed. If there are 4.4m claimants, each entitled to several hundred pounds, under the current damages-based regime the maximum share is 50 per cent. If 50 per cent were taken by the funder, the amount generated in this action for the funder would be a very substantial sum of money."

So why not just let the bottom feeding scum fight it out. Refuse their offer of 50% and file your own case, if they win it's already been proven and you can have a shed load more cash ?

Probably a long shot but I'm no liarwer.

Brit Attorney General: Nation state cyber attack is an act of war


Re: And non-nation state cyber attack ?

Well I doubt the US will allow the UK to extradite Zuck so I guess it's up to the EU to sort that one out.

UK.gov's use of black box algorithms to decide stuff needs watching


They missed out profit

"Only then will we benefit (profit) from the enormous value of our health data. Deals are already being struck without the required partnership models we need."

By selling personal data to 3rd parties ? I haven't signed up for that. Also deals are already being struck ? FOI request please Reg ?

Boffins: Michael Jackson's tilt was a criminally smooth trick


Heel the world

The future of radio may well be digital, but it won't survive on DAB


DAB Is just as bad on the M4 between Bristol, Cardiff and Swansea. FM works fine all over the south west without having to retune every 25 ish miles.

Also that annoying bloke on traffic broadcast from somewhere in Sommerset keeps coming up when I'm in Wales. Wish I could block that 30 seconds of traffic news and 5 minutes of talking cr@p.

Router admin? Bored? Let's play Battleships using BGP!


Spare time

I wish I had the spare time to do stuff like that ! Must have taken quite a few hours.

Greenwich uni fined £120k: Hole in computing school site leaked 20k people's data


We take these matters extremely seriously and keep our procedures under constant review to ensure they reflect best practice.

It's the first time that I half believe it... Or not.

RAF Air Command to take on UK military space ops


Snatched back

The sites in the Falklands and Ascension Islands could well be snatched back by the UK if the EU does not share its space-based toys.

Or pay an exorbitant amount of cash for? Just throwing the idea out there :)

High-end router flinger DrayTek admits to zero day in bunch of Vigor kit


Disable remote admin

If you really need remote web admin disable http and change the https port to something else.

Also disable all the other remote admin options and preferably white list access via designated IP's, it's not hard with Draytek kit.

Sysadmin hailed as hero for deleting data from the wrong disk drive


Gas Axe

I had just been sent to a new workshop and couldn't attend certain training course that everyone else had been booked on for the day.

Instead of giving me the day off or just letting me laze about I was told to cut some old metal wheels / steelies in half so they could be hung on the wall to coil tubing/ wire etc

The boss may have pointed to an angle grinder but I decided the gas axe was the better faster option and I would be finished much sooner. What I didn't realise is that a new floor with a very nice thick coating of oil resistant paint had just been laid.

I spent most of the day buffing out all the pock marks left by the molten metal.

Want to know what an organisation is really like? Visit the restroom



Always keep some in my pocket, using last week's paper is ok at a push but you have scrunch it up a few times so it goes soft. Not mentioning any particular customer.

It's true – it really is grim up north, thanks to Virgin Media. ISP fined for Carlisle cable chaos


Re: One victim

It was my little brother that didn't have anywhere to live. Shoot me for trying to help him out.

TalkTalk ups the (dis)satisfaction ante as UK folk wake up to borked email



Guess it's so old that they forgot about that one, gits.

Huawei Honor 10: At £399, plenty of bang for buck – it's a pity about the snaps


Pre installed

How much preinstalled c£AP is on it ? Samsung are bad enough... I just want a bare android phone with zero crud or click here to use a Samsung account etc.

Did you even sweat, tho? Plaintiffs told to amend claims in Apple headphones suit


Too salty

Or not salty enough ....

You are sweating wrong !

They also look ridiculous IMHO.

Look how modern we are! UK network Three to kill off 3G-only phones


One Plus

Fortunately I buy my phones separately / not on contract. The WileyFox swift is still working great and I love unlocked phones so I can swap sim cards when I like.

Any idea if the new WileyFox owner / company is any good as they promised to honour warranty claims for phones sold by the previous owner etc? Or should I just go for a One Plus or something else ?

Great Scott! Bitcoin to consume half a per cent of the world's electricity by end of year


Great Scott

That's a lot of power that could be put to better use or maybe just not used at all.

Some people are making a lot of money, I'm guessing the canny ones will cash out before the bubble pops.

Three-hour outage renders Nest-equipped smart homes very dumb


Re: Did I read that right...

I would probably kick my own door in before reporting a break in if I couldn't figure out how they got in.


Does anyone that reads The Reg actually use these cloudy lock things....



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