* Posts by LeahroyNake

588 posts • joined 9 Mar 2017


Sophos was gearing up for a private life – then someone remembered the bike scheme


I have been a Sophos partner for several years and they have been very good compared to most of the other AV on offer.

Any suggestions on a replacement AV provider?

London's Metropolitan Police flip the switch: Smile, fellow citizens... you're undergoing Live Facial Recognition


The next step

Getting arrested for wearing Dame Edna glasses or on your way to a fancy dress party.

Vodafone: Yes, we slurp data on customers' network setups, but we do it for their own good


Auto channel

I though and half decent WiFi router or AP had an auto select best WiFi channel?

No reason at all for the ISP to know that channel let alone the devices connected to it.

If they wanted to improve customer support maybe add that functionality to the Vodafone app? Something similar to WiFi Analyzer maybe, it's then opt in and would allow you to walk about to find signal strength issues etc. Probably too easy though.


Re: So...

I'm guessing that Zen Cpe is a Fritzbox?

The standard Fritzbox is not that bad but Zen configure them in a way that disabled modem mode. VPN pass through and the SNMP also has issues.

At least Zen provide the login details so using your own decent kit is easy.


Re: So...

Good luck with that if you have Sky broadband. The last time I tried helping out a relative with connection issues they refused to supply the connection details (this was a few years ago). Half hour to faf around making up a cable and 2 minutes with wireshark I managed to connect a Draytek ADSL router and I think its still working fine. Their support were absolutely useless!

Glue's clues: Samsung Galaxy Z Flip dissection reveals a pholdable mired in adhesive



Did it work when they put it back together?

Based on the score I very much doubt it.

'That's here. That's home. That's us': It's 30 years since Voyager 1 looked back and squinted at a 'Pale Blue Dot'


Re: Excellent article!

I second that comment but would add the following as possible articles.

Space in general, spacex and the battle for commercial space flight. Boeing and their cluster ducks of late, starliner as the obvious one but their risk manglement in general. UK and European space antics, current launches not just the historical stuff.

It is all related to IT in one way or another / I doubt they are using WiFi6 (bit pointless IMHO) to beam down data but Starlink? Surely there are tech angles to it that come from space tech years ago that we are using now on a daily basis?

I would rather read them here than ARS, the writing over there is nowhere near as good..... Also I can't be arsed setting up an account to become a commentard.

One more thing, somebody have a moan about the lack of affordable 10Gbe for home, gees it's 2020 and I'm still on a 1Gbe LAN from 2000!

Netgear's routerlogin.com HTTPS cert snafu now has a live proof of concept


Re: All this because users can't handle a red warning sign!

I know a few so called IT admins at customer sites that you could train up for me!

Even today I had a call from one about a network connection on a printer. DHCP reservation in place on install last year but stopped working today and had a APIPA address. Turned out that they didn't know that the switch had VLANS set up per port and they had been 'tidying up the network cabinet'. Pays the bills though :)

Fed-up air safety bods ban A350 pilots from enjoying cockpit coffees


How hard is it

It is not that difficult to make office machinery spill proof. I have seen modern copiers covered in coffee, random liquids and even an air con failure that dropped all its liquid over a £10k Machine. They were all working fine, No damage and after a quick clean or a few days unplugged to dry out no further issues. Coffee stinks after a few days of festering but that's not my problem.

You would think making a center console at least splash proof would take mimimum effort. Almost as easy as providing spill proof cups as previously mentioned.

The time that Sales braved the white hot heat of the data centre to save the day


Sales person?

Sorry but getting hold of a sales guy out of hours on a company line, maybe the support desk used their own personal number.

Sales guy with technical experience, OMFG just no. There is a reason that tech guys get moved to sales and its not usually considered a promotion.

Letting freezing cold air into a hot server room? May seem like a good idea at the time but remember to turn the dehumidifier to max please.

Been clearing up for sales for 30 years, the fekkers usually get to move on with their fat commission and leave the crap imaginative solutions that they sold for techs to resolve.

Unlocking news: We decrypt those cryptic headlines about Scottish cops bypassing smartphone encryption


Re: The FEDs want remote access...

Pussy whipped just like me.

Have tried loads of tricks, changing the flap, treats, leaving the little shit out in the rain, pushing the bugger through. Opening the flap works but we may as well open the bloody door grrrrrr.

The $4.3bn trial of the century is over! Now we wait for judgment


Reserve judgement

For around four months. I guess there is a mountain of paperwork to review, but four months :0

My preliminary judgment is HP are full of it and their case should have been dismissed way before now. What a waste of money.

Boeing aircraft sales slump to historic lows after 737 Max annus horribilis



One of my favourite words. I believe the first time I read it was in a BOFH?

Still I propose using the window of an Airbus Neo with an actual solid gold parachute.

There's something fishy going down in the computer lab


Loved mine

I was very fortunate to receive a second hand Amiga 500 for Christmas plus quite a few copies of Amiga format and some coding manuals. I had great fun playing Zeewolf and typing out lots of code including the REM /comments (I didn't know any better at the time lol) in blitz basic.

Qbasic several years later while bored during the fire service strikes on a monochrome laptop (seriously skint) I wrote playable versions of pong and then arkanoid (that's a massive step up in complexity). Few years later spot the difference game then a really crap command and conquer rip off with a map editor (how else do you make the map).

Now I do professional services work and spend most of my time trying to make documentation and statements of work fool proof... For actual fools I. E. The REM parts :/

I miss my Amiga.

Privacy activists beg Google to ban un-removable bloatware from Android


More options please

'It also states that pre-installed apps should undergo the same scrutiny as standard Google Play store apps, with users able to control the permissions the software is allowed.'

The same scrutiny is not enough. I also want more fine grained controlled or every Google service that comes pre installed as well. Eg. WiFi scanning (such as WiFi analyzer etc) requires location access since v6? Why?

On a different note, where has the top bar above the Reg logo gone on mobile? Fully patched Android Firefox user. Very strange but is making me less likely to post / seem to have lost my gold Badger :(

Sometimes shining a light on a nuclear problem just makes things worse


There is a reason

Most Copier manufacturers state in the installation requirements that the device should not be located in direct sunlight. Some even say strong light.

The worst one I have seen was in an estate agents front window in full glare of the afternoon sun. Normally not an issue as long as the only real effect is to bleach the panels a horrible colour. Unfortunately some idiot thought drilling a few holes in the copier to mount a keyboard was a good idea. They managed to get some of the holes in the right l place but the uncovered test ones managed to let light bounce inside and onto the drum.

2cm of black nasty tape and telling off and they were mostly happy.

'Buyer's remorse' drove HP's legal crusade to go after Lynch, High Court told


Re: Slightly disappointed

I'm sure that I have heard this dubbed over as ' yipppie kyaee kemosabe' probably on the BBC.

I very much doubt that the original version was meant as an endearment to Mr Gruber before that watch slipped off lol.

No horrific butterfly keys on this keyboard, just you and your big, dumb fingers


Re: They may have sucked

Tiny sticker on the back.

Don't look directly at the laser, if you do you may also need to learn how to read Braille.

Lenovo intros choose-your-own-adventure Yoga Slim 7: Ryzen spend $360 less on shiny or take a dip in Intel's Ice Lake?


Nice premium

How much extra for the Intel version! Wow that's a massive markup especially now that the AMD version also supports LPDDR4 and with much better gpu performance it should wipe the floor with Intel Iris. Why are they not offering the better screens?

Also 'After a false start with Windows 8 RT, Windows on ARM finally looks like a viable option,'

I suppose if you have gone office 365 and just need a Web browser maybe it is viable. Just for giggles I duck ducked 'Windows arm Libre office'. Apparently you can BUY for a massive 79p an unofficial version from the MS Store?

Having trouble finding a job in your 40s? Study shows some bosses like job applicants... up until they see dates of birth


Well I'm screwed then

Having been at my present employer for around 15 years, turning 40 soon and have vast experience in 2 different but converging areas.

To be blunt if the company I work for gets sold off and merged I will be out on my arse as they wouldn't want to pay for me.

The only real prospect is getting a job with one of my current customers or suppliers, an option that I do not relish at all. OR as many at my age that were lucky enough to get on the housing masked are choosing, renting out property, buying a shitty flat to live in and scraping a living reselling Fracking Office 365 migrations and support meh.

We live so fast I can't even finish this sent...



"there's no point worrying my idiotic but pretty little head about questions such as "why?"

Why you would use pretty to describe your dashing good looks when you would obviously be better described as the next Bond, James Bond?

Don't suppose you drink martini and like a bit of parkour?

It's not the why you should be asking but who? Who needs Daniel Craig. If Idris Elba doesn't want the job I propose our very own Dabbs, Alistair Dabs.

IT exec sets up fake biz, uses it to bill his bosses $6m for phantom gear, gets caught by Microsoft Word metadata


Re: Too greedy also

All my pens are provided by other companies with their branding on them free of charge. Most are a bit poo but the few I have from KIP are outstanding, just like their products.

You can tell a lot by the standard of the free crap that they give away eg the shitty branded 2GB USB sticks that some places hand out.

There is a Santa! BT prises remnants of InLink from jaws of administration


Has it come to this

'Literally anyone could walk up and dial a number without having to prove their identity.'

I'm quite sure there used to be things called pay phones, big red boxes that you could put real money / coins in and call someone?

I'm guessing the new version comes with a camera that you can't turn off and requires a debit card or other traceable payment?

Lock down your ariel. https://youtu.be/oVme87qJXbE

Boeing, Boeing, gone! CEO Muilenburg quits 'effective immediately'


Cascade failure

I'm not sure how changing CEO is going to brush this under the carpet. It's not as if they can lay the blame on the outgoing CEO for the MCAS palava that has cost hundreds of lives!

They also failed to install a parachute correctly in a recent Starliner test. They tried saying it was a success due to redundancy, I'm sure if there was a crew on board they would prefer to lift off with everything in the right place you know just in case something else went wrong on the trip.

They also failed to dock Starliner because the clock was out more recently. Fair enough it landed OK but the mission was to Dock with the ISS and it probably failed because of lack of QA on the timing system.

Competition is good but not the catch up half arsed kind that Boeing are trying to do.

'Supporting Internet Explorer is hell': Web developers identify top needs – new survey


That 79% processor usage... If they were clever it would be farming coins, its probably just really badly written code.

'Tis the season to be wobbly: HSBC online and mobile banking services suffer not one but two major outages in 12 hours


absent without leave

I assume that was originally written as AWOL then changed in a edit, editor?

I would have gone for Total Inability To Support Usual Payments myself.

Happy Christmas!

UK cops lost nearly twice as much of their own tech kit this year, says thinktank


Re: What is even more concerning

Or maybe... I whacked the suspect really hard with my night stick / throws body cam into river just in case.

Hey, ICANN, if you need good reasons to halt the .org super-sell-off, here are two: Higher fees, more website downtime


Awesome idea...

Switched a few .Org to .Org.Uk because we all know Nominet is a totally trustworthy, not for profit organisation (my customers are based in the UK anyway) ... You used to be able to find them at Nominet.Org.Uk but the Enlightened not for profit shareholders now redirect to the vanilla Nominet.UK /s

Poor, poor mobile networks. UK's comms watchdog plans to stop 'em selling locked-down handsets


See the light

Huawei 9 lite £160 from Amazon.

7GB data, unlimited text and calls from Giff Gaff rolling monthly contract £10 per month.

Not being tied to a network... Priceless.

Behuld – zee-a internet ouff tuilet tissuoe at Meecrusufft Sveden. Bork bork bork!


Smart meter saved a few £

While I have a smart meter for Gaz and Leccy (it's a UK thing apparently) my partner does not. When the lights started flickering then went out last week we were going to phone an electrician but we noticed that the 'old fashioned' meter kept restarting so phoned the distributor as an alternative. Turns out the previous occupier was on the super duper fast service list, 6 hunky men turned up and fiddled with the pole outside within an hour and all was good.

I'm pretty sure the new smart meters have backup batteries and I therefore would have paid around £150 for an electrician that couldn't have fixed the problem.

New and smart my arse.

Ad network ransomware crook to flog £5k Rolex after court confiscates £270k in ill-gotten gains


Almost there

Well done to all involved for catching him etc

I'm just wondering how he is going to pay back £270k if it has mostly been spent on a luxury lifestyle?

If he can only get maybe £200k together in 3 months while I assume in prison why should he bother? 2 extra years in prison for £200k... I'm sure a lot of people would go for that even if they hadn't done anything wrong. That watch alone is a deposit on a flat by itself etc.

Things Microsoft will be glad to never see again: Windows 10 1809 and Windows Phone Office


Re: While they continue to work...

'If only they'd stuck to making a business phone;'

I have only had to support one windows phone. The boss got for some random reason while the rest of us were on android Galaxy s6's. Tbh it was quite nice once you figured out the UI.

He replaced it 3 months after getting it as it would refuse to sync with Exchange at least twice a week while all the Samsung phones were fine. Turned out to be certain emails in the inbox screwed up the phone, once they were deleted and the account removed and added again to the phone it would work fine.. For a bit.

I would have thought that email sync was the one thing they could perfect, obviously not in my case.

Here's a bit of Intel for you: Neri a day goes by that HPE doesn't feel CPU shortage pinch


Bemoaning with your wallett

'HP Inc, Lenovo, Dell and a raft of others have all bemoaned Intel's protracted production problems.'

Moaning to Intel via press releases is all well and good but if you are still buying as much as they can sell you maybe a change of tactics is required?

I know someone that has a great new product and will probably bend over backwards to get more market share, all you have to do is stick them in decent configuration and most of your customers would never know the difference!

Remember the Dutch kid who stuck his finger in a dam to save the village? Here's the IT equivalent


Re: From Experience (and In Hindsight)...

'shtting down the entire computer room .'

Awesome typo there! Just imaging trying to explain that on your next job interview ;)

Windows 10 Insiders: Begone, foul Store version of Notepad!


Re: Isn't this also usually followed by...

Another upvote for Notepad++ from me.

I even use it as my go to editor for php and I really don't miss a full IDE as it has code highlighting etc built in.

Another plus point is running it from a USB stick when required..... Try that with a store app lol

Just in case you were expecting 10Gbps, Wi-Fi 6 hits 700Mbps in real-world download tests


Don't think I will need it

Considering that my home connection is only ~40Mbit and I have type n WiFi that can easily cope with the kids watching YouTube all over the house. My home NAS would be lucky if it could saturate the current WiFi connection / but it is hard wired as I put it in a sensible place so it will never be an issue.

Maybe I could use this in the office but the only thing that can use all of a 1Gbps ethernet connection would be the SAN and no bloody way that it going over WiFi. This includes the printers by the way, even the £50k one is limited by the RIP processing files and not the network.

I think the question should be, who needs to stream 700Mbit for any work in a factory? Excepting the video editors etc but it you need that much bandwidth I doubt your workstation is that portable to exclude one extra cable or docking station.

Amazon drops battery-powered Echo speaker so you can play Despacito on the go


Same here, Amazon releases may have been easier for us over 20 something year olds to understand.

I'm thinking dropping it would be the first thing I would do if one appeared in my house though since unplugging the the thing would probably still let it listen to me cooking the dinner or whatever :/

Mozilla locks nosy Avast, AVG extensions out of Firefox store amid row over web privacy


You got an upvote just for comedy value.

Now on to the dildo... I'm looking for a 4ft purple one to reenact my favourite mission in Saints Row, really want a glow in the dark one as well you know.... Just to pretend I'm in Star Wars or something. If you just search for it I'm sure you will show up in an amazon bucket dump or something sooner or later. I can then get it delivered to your shed and pop over while you are in work to pick it up.

Thanks in advance, L Skywalker.

EFF warns of 'one-way mirror' of web surveillance by tech giants – led by Google



Staking is illegal in most countries for obvious reasons.

Online staking via social media comes under the same law, its still stalking.

How these huge corporate entities get away with it should be obvious. They provide the info to gov agencies upon request. Are people really surprised that there is one rule for them and another for the rest of us. If anyone expects any real legal repercussions against these corps they are deluding themselves. The government vs encryption argument is just a time wasting exercise to distract from the real issue IMHO.

Astronauts brave razor sharp edges and fiddly pipes to bring joy to boffins


Re: Well deserved beer

You could always go for the improvised version along the lines of Apolo 13 KISS principle .. 1x bag for life (it's a UK thing) and a zip tie.

Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat, so the EU is investigating Google to get some more money in its hat


Re: Wonder where I heard that before?

I propose that if the website doesn't work when blocking Facebook and goggle etc then maybe people should duck duck go to another website.

Register Lecture: Can portable atomic clocks end UK dependence on GNSS?


Re: end UK dependance on GPS?

I'm quite sure I have previously read about ship navigation beacons similar to how a lighthouse works. The beacon ( lighthouse would be a good place to situate it) sends a very accurate time signal along with a location ID, some clever maths and a lookup to the location database would be able to give a very accurate distance from the known location of the beacon. If you have 2 or more beacons in range you can calculate your position, the more beacons in range more accurate you can be. Virtually the same as GPS and other space based versions but obviously needs more beacons due to the curvature of the earth etc (if its flat.. I'm not going there).

Anyway the ground based version should be massively cheaper for local navigation / busy shipping lanes where line of sight is not such an issue.

I think the main problem would be putting up these beacons in enemy territory so bombs could be dropped where you intend.... And that's why GPS etc can be turned off and has encrypted channels, just in case you know.. Oceana are allies with Eastasia today...

UK parcel firm Yodel plugs tracking app's random yaps about where on map to snap up strangers' tat


Re: he was told there was "no security problem"

Very poor practice if it was possible for the app to access the wrong accounts, maybe someone accidentally let it connect to the back end with a superuser account or something silly.

Forcing an app update should be easy enough to hide the problem but who is to know if the back end has been fixed. I'm quite sure any criminals would only be looking for the cream on top and not advertising the fact that they can still get your £1500 (overpriced) phone delivered to some random location or raid your shed while you are at work etc.


Omg that brings back memories of when we used them to deliver supplies to customers.

We have changed to UK Mail and while not perfect are a hell of a lot better than Shittylink ever were!


Re: Credit

HP's legal department?

We strained our eyes with Lenovo's monster monitor: 43.4 inches for price of five 24" screens


Calibrated curved display

I like the way that they state its colour calibrated. I'm guessing calibrating that thing with an xrite would be an absolute nightmare when you take into account the curve and the fact that you would need a bloody huge light box if accurate colour perception was a requirement, you would pay North of £1K Just for the photospectrometer if you really cared.

At half the price I think it would still be too expensive. Think I will stick with my 2x24 inch TN for work (£80 each) and the 48inch 60Hz 1920 x1080 TV (£200) for PC gaming, the max I will pay for a gfx card is £150 / RX 580. TBH even when I stream it to the 4k display in the living room I can hardly tell the difference / up sampling for the win lol.

If you want to blow your load though, have fun.

That's Microsoft price: Now you can enjoy a BSOD from the comfort of your driving seat


Re: Click and Collect

Touch and collect doesn't seem right for some reason :0


Re: bootnote

Well they were very 'pleased to confirm it was up and running again in no time'

No time! Fracking hell that's quick, the support person can obviously read really quickly or possess a time machine.

Internet Society CEO: Most people don't care about the .org sell-off – and nothing short of a court order will stop it


Feck em

I carry out IT work for several charities that have .org domains. Mostly because I am nice and try to keep their very favorable hourly rates (£10 ph vs the usual £75) to a minimum, also because I believe they genuinely provide valuable services to disadvantaged people and don't take the piss... I have stopped working for some that have grown too big and think paying their top dog £100k plus a year is acceptable for what they do, if they can afford that they can go somewhere that doesn't give a crap and come crying back to me when their funding drys up.

I just wish there was an alternative to the current corporate controlled DNS. Until then soft fekkers like me will have to just do our best and advise our customers on the least evil path forward.

Red Dead Redemption 2 on PC: Howdy buck do you get a solid 60FPS in Rockstar's masterpiece?


Oh so there are ladies of the night then?

To be honest I prefer beating a hoard of undead with a 4ft purple dildo in Saints Row to an awesome soundtrack. I also like being 'the nice one' in Fallout and other proper RPG's... Each to their own lol.



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