* Posts by LeahroyNake

588 posts • joined 9 Mar 2017


Map app chaps Waze add shout-at-sat-nav support for Ford cars



I didn't realise google owned Waze. Thanks for pointing it out !

What's that open source alternative again ? OSM ?

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


One victim

Random issue with the DVLA, gifted bike to my brother and he forgot to tax it 2 years later. I had to pay the victim surcharge on top of the fine lol

Pentagon on military data-nomming JEDI cloud mind trick: There can be only one (vendor)


In House IT

Why the hell are they not using in house IT and FFS I hate using the term their own 'cloud' / secure network ? The amount of marketing speak used makes it seem like the sales people have already won.

Is it because they do not have the knowledge or correct people to advise them or because the string pullers want spend in the right places ?

US judge to Facebook: Nope, facial recognition lawsuit has to go to jury


Naughty list

We've asked Facebook for comment and will update the story if they respond.

I wonder how many naughty lists The Reg is on ! Well done for asking the hard questions !

Hacking train Wi-Fi may expose passenger data and control systems


Separate WIFI

'Completely isolated, physically separate hardware for passenger Wi-Fi is preferable.'

It probably is separate and the contract given to the lowest bidder. This is not news, if anything you can bet an outfit like crapita is involved and it is totally separate from the running of the train systems and implemented at great cost when a conjoined secure system that actually works could be designed and implemented for 1/4 the cost if the people on this forum had input.

Fixing a printer ended with a dozen fire engines in the car park


Re: IBM 4019

Large format LED (they don't generally use lasers any more because the beam emitter has to be too far away from the drum and lenses are expensive) printers and all toner based copiers are boring now. At least 2 thermal cutouts (wax expansion / replacement required) and several thermistors, the good ones have expensive non contact ones the crap ones contact the belt or rollers increasing wear.

At least they don't catch on fire though ;)

Also damp paper is the leading cause of our service calls (next to user failure)... excessive paper curl / jams. I have seen fuser exits convered in condensation and one rusted to destruction after 6 months use.

We all also had one call where a user was adamant that the copier had flooded their office with water ? One Courtesy call later to inspect the machine we decided that the office dog was more likely to be at fault.

Project Lightning, you say? Virgin Media's fibre rollout is pretty glacial


Re: Same here, maybe cancelling

Just got VDSL2 provided by Zen installed as another backup / load balance 40 down 7 up so not bad for our area tbh. The first thing I did was bin their FritzBox router as it does not support bridge mode and disable IPV6 from the firewall on that interface.

Draytek vigor 130 works very well as a bridge and gets better speeds than the FritzBox.

NASA boss insists US returning to the Moon after Peanuts to show for past four decades



NASA moon and Mars planning..

Pucci Lavish swept in. Or, at least, tried to sweep. But a good sweep needs planning, and probably a rehearsal. You shouldn’t just go for it and hope. All you get is a lot of shoving.

And for the retired Russian...

A certain realization dawned on him. ‘Oh,’ he said. YES, said Death. ‘Not even time to finish my cake?’ NO. THERE IS NO MORE TIME, EVEN FOR CAKE. FOR YOU, THE CAKE IS OVER. YOU HAVE REACHED THE END OF CAKE.

HP Ink to compensate punters for bricking third-party ink cartridges


Refurb copier

If you print sporadically to an inkjet you can expect the printhead to dry up within a few weeks and most of them can't be replaced from what I have seen.

Do any sort of volume and you will be buying bulk loads of ink from eBay etc.

The other option is to buy a refurb desktop copier, the best \ cheapest I can find and recommend at the moment is a Ricoh MP C305spf. Copy scan print (fax?) 12k rated black cartridge is about £40. The machine will do 200k prints before you get any real problems. You can pick one up for £250 and it should last several years of light use \ 5000 pages a month.

Blighty stuffs itself in Galileo airlock and dares Europe to pull the lever


Re: If this was....

I believe Batman gave Superman a nice arse kicking in some film that I was half watching... I always preferred the Bat :)

Whoops! Google forgot to delete Right To Be Forgotten search result


Re: Sounds like many sites will publish enough hints

If it was considered spent under the rehabilitation of offenders act then they can ask but he does not have to declare it. Much like car or home insurance.

He should get a solicitor to look into it.

UK consumer help bloke Martin Lewis is suing Facebook over fake ads


Re: "... he should report any adverts ..."

What if he didn't have a Farcebook account?

Cutting custody snaps too costly for cash-strapped cops – UK.gov



Quote from the ICO guidelines.

Implementing the GDPR could have significant resource implications,

especially for larger and more complex organisations. You may find

compliance difficult if you leave your preparations until the last minute.

I don't believe that complex is an excuse ?

France building encrypted messaging app for politicians


I would do anything for (backdoor) love ?

Don’t fight automation software for control, just turn it off. FAST


Re: I'll still be driving myself thanks.

Unfortunately some of us need to visit several sites a day with a boot full of spares and tools to fix 'stuff'.

I'm all for having it drive me around but doubt it could find half of the sites that I visit let alone navigate what could be a building site / underground car park / security checkpoint... I don't fancy getting shot for not stopping in time or not turning lights off etc

At least it could drive me home from the pub :D or will that not be allowed ?

European Space Agency squirts a code update at Mars Express orbiter


Quality Control

I'm guessing that the QC on this software upgrade surpasses anything that MS have ever contemplated!

It's not as if they have say ~10'000 users / satellites to test it on.

Fear the Reaper: Man hospitalised after eating red hot chilli pepper


Re: The Carolina reaper...

I have a rather small jar of hot sauce with the main ingredient Carolina Reaper. I use it to spice up bolognaise, chilli and currys. If I'm feeling especially brave I have some on chips.

My late brother gave it to me years ago, I have no idea where it came from but the memory always gives me a smile before I down a few pints of milk;)

UK 'wife'-carrying champion named


Re: Optional

Maybe just don't have beans the day before the event ?



Would it be ok if the wife* carried me** :DD

*we are not married

**I'm 3/4 of her weight (boob related ;)

Badmins: Magento shops brute-forced to scrape card deets and install cryptominers


Re: Several K

Also where has the exit option gone ?

I was going to add that the admin link is the second thing I change, really winds up the developer when I use /johnsnow lol


Several K

I have seen and end up managing e-commerce sites that cost several thousand pounds to deploy. Zencart being the most prevalent and my personal fave. One of the first things it advises is to change the default login details and more importantly the path to the admin pages. All of them used the default /administrator or /admin.

I give up.

What's silent but violent and costs $250m? Yes, it's Lockheed Martin's super-quiet, supersonic X-plane for NASA



awarded a $247.5m contract by NASA to build a potentially successor:

My reading comprehension fail again.

Potentially build a successor. Or a potential successor?

Tesla crash investigation causes dip in 'leccycar firm's share price


cross hatched

That is not a great design. If it was cross hatched white it would be a much more obvious that you shouldn't be driving on it !

Galileo, Galileo, Galileo, off you go: Snout of UK space forcibly removed from EU satellite trough



You can't reason with a pussy cat if it's head is stuck in it's arse.

The Churchill version was probably better.

Brit police forces spend peanuts on cybercrime training


Re: The Police ..... A Prime Future IntelAIgent Source with an Almighty AIForce?*

Is this the bot from CA ?

BT: We're shuttering final salary pension scheme


Everyone else

Gets state pension or whatever they have managed to put into a private or forced contribution scheme.

My company stopped offering the good version / match up to 10% when the basic became compulsory.

Uber breaks self-driving car record: First robo-ride to kill a pedestrian



It was bound to happen sooner or later. Maybe they should have had people walking in front of them waving flags. No idea if it would have helped but at least they would have been going slower.

Who to blame now is the question ?

British military spends more on computers than weapons and ammo


old info

15 years ago I was told that 5.56mm rounds were 12p each while a Milan was around 30k.

Yeah bullets are cheap !

IT peeps, be warned: You'll soon be a museum exhibit


Re: Starting on the Museum exhibits, ending on them.

Plasma screens. I fixed one a few years ago it had 3 separate power boards with large heavy heat sinks and a shed load of caps on each one. They had paid over £2000 for it and it had been on 12 hours a day for 4 ish years in a pub. £100 for the board and 6 of us to lift it back on to the mounting bracket. They don't build them like that anymore and I think it's still working !

Crunch time: Maplin in talks to sell the business


Re: A great shame, but probably inevitable.

When I need a slow blow / random fuse or other component for some random bit of kit I could always find one at Maplin or be directed to the nearest store that had them.. I would buy all they had and put them in my car kit. I'm happy, customer is happy that they don't have to wait until the next day etc

Maplin made almost nothing on the sale.

Sorry to see them go but they should have seen it coming years ago.

Facial recognition software easily IDs white men, but error rates soar for black women




What the actual fuc# stop smoking that G.R.A.S. You can't reliably assign gender using DNA so thinking you can do it with a picture is really taking the piss.

Not cool, dude: Brit web host Hotchilli Internet freezes itself for good


My 2p

Xilo.net have only let me down once in 10 + years. The unlimited BW Means I have daily backup so not a real issue.

Can anyone else post some suggestions?

Let's get to know each other first: Joe Public won't share their data with just anyone


Offline ?

Reading comprehension fail on my half maybe ?

'while 10 per cent trusted social media organisations and offline retails.'

You would probably have to give valid details to an online retailer to pass credit card fraud checks. They also want repeat orders so are more inclined to be honest and not share it with world + dog plus the PCI compliance should help...... unless you log in with Farcebook:o

No sh*t, Sherlock! Bloke suspected of swallowing drug stash keeps colon schtum for 22 DAYS


Someone needs

A better solicitor.. that has a supply of biscuit Brown's/ they clog you up for weeks !

CableLabs signs off MAC spec for DOCSIS full duplex


Virgin mafia

Never worked out good for me but...If they served my area I know a guy that can sort me out:)

South Wales cops crow about facial recognition arrests on social media


Re: I was there

Anonymous lol. PM me Rubarb or Portcullis ? :p


I was there

Just before the match started my friends phone was stolen out of her hand. She didn't give it easily and ended up on the floor. This was less than 100m from Cardiff Police station ! Some of our group heard her shout but the attacker was on a bike.

Fingers crossed they catch the git, they took swabs for DNA matching and checked cctv but not heard anything back. I'm more worried that they will keep her DNA on a list forever and accidentally match her for something in the future :/

Info Commish offers privacy addicts a 12-step GDPR programme


Nice link

Thank you for linking to the ICO guide.

Seems simple enough to follow and will at least show that we have done something and are trying to conform without having to hire someone in. Speaking from the point of view as a small business with less than 50 employees.

Ever wondered why tech products fail so frequently? No, me neither


Re: Software testing?

Steel toe cap leather boots that can pass as shoes if required. Screwfix £20 polish up nice as well. They lasted longer than the pair I bought for a funeral.. £15 reduced from £80 apparently, lasted the night until the heel fell off in the taxi home.

As for sockets, Snap-on for the useful stuff that I wear out / break / screwdrivers, knuckle bars etc it's worth paying 4x the price for a lifetime guarantee and have never been refused a replacement :)

TalkTalk starts offering punters choice to shift-shift to O2


I must agree, not seen any ads on The Reg mobile site since I got a new phone. The old one was requesting desktop/ full browser view.

What's GDPR? Survey suggests smaller firms living under rocks as EU privacy regs loom


Personal information

If anyone has a link that defines this with regards to B2B only transactions / customers I'm willing to give it a good read.

For now we have just written procedures to deal with information requests from individuals. We have never had a request as far as I am aware but at least we know how to deal with it in the future.

Anything else is just wait and see rather than splurge on a supposed expert that just wants to sell us some crap because #buzzword.

Is the writing on the wall for on-premises IT? This survey seems to say so


Not for me thanks

My webserver is the only thing not 'on site' mainly because it's an easy attack surface and separate from the important stuff. £50 a month and can be restored or moved to a different supplier as quick as the DNS updates.

Everything else I am responsible for. Rather than some overworked support person in a different country that tbh cares a lot less about my 'stuff' than I do.

Scumbag who tweeted vulnerable adults' details is hauled into court


Threatened the ICO ?

Probably not a good idea, I'm wondering what his terms were ? Maybe trying to get them to prosecute the idiot that had this info on a non secure USB stick ?

'after finding the information on a USB stick belonging to his former partner, a probation officer.'

Someone else also needs a meeting with the ICO!

Google kicks itself out of its own cache when serving AMP pages


Amp is poo

Just scroll down below the ads then scroll below AMP results.... then consider using a different search engine ?

If Australian animals don't poison you or eat you, they'll BURN DOWN YOUR HOUSE


I see a Prodigy

One bird picks up a burning stick and he is the Firestarter !

Security hole in AMD CPUs' hidden secure processor code revealed ahead of patches


I'm guessing ...

Someone with intel stock 'accidentally' released this ?

Either that or very fortunate timing for damage control.

Microsoft patches Windows to cool off Intel's Meltdown – wait, antivirus? Slow your roll



I have checked with Sophos and they are rolling out updates today / Jan 5th that set the registry key so that the MS patch should be downloaded and applied etc.

Fingers crossed it works.

Danger! High voltage: German customs bods burn half-tonne of weed in power station


What a waste ?

With the incinerator running at 900-1,000oC, all organic compounds, including the THC, were burned away, which meant there were no side effects for the locals.

I'm sure a few Coffee shops in Amsterdam would have taken it off their hands for more than the price of the electricity it provided?

A million UK homes still get crappy broadband speeds, groans Ofcom


I'm not rural

I live a 20 minute commute from a major city and still only get 6Mpbs or should that be 6Mbps ? If anyone in the house tries uploading anything more than a what's app message the connection craps out and takes 30 seconds to come back up. Even setting my TV to the highest QOS I can it still screws up streaming Netflix / Amazon Print and iPlayer etc. Draytek router as well, not the crap I was supplied.


Escrow you, Apple! Ireland expects Cupertino to cough up to €13bn


What a mistake to make

In October, the commission referred Ireland to court over its failure to collect the tax from Ireland.

It's complicated enough :)



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