* Posts by LeahroyNake

588 posts • joined 9 Mar 2017


We've found it... the last shred of human decency in an IT director – all for a poxy Unix engineer


It goes both ways

I manage a small team of engineers that occasionally screw up monumentally. On one occasion £1500 of damage to a part while installing it and bending a minute copper spring plate slightly too much. They turned on the machine and there was a very worrying screeching noise as the plate scraped a perfectly straight line across the new unit turning it into scrap metal. Questions were asked later that day about why the machine was down.... Ummmm damaged in transit. Nothing more said and the engineer got away with nothing more than 'You plonker don't do it again,next time RTFM'! from me.

On the flip side I was once at a customer meeting with my boss and of all their senior staff discussing an issue with their document management system. Now I pride myself on keeping my cool and it always winds up ass hat managers.... MD of the customer point blank called me a liar. I produced paperwork supporting my position assigned off by their staff. I remained quiet and let my boss give it straight back with both barrels then we got up and left. He is not always that great but remembering it has stopped me from hanging in my notice a few times over the years.

Microsoft takes us to 2004 with new Windows 10 so you don't mistake it for Server 2003


I remember that, still have a few running as well.

The last time MS released a server OS for SMB before they tried pushing everything to cloud...

Googlers fired after tracking colleagues working on US border cop projects. Now, if they had monetized that stalking...


Re: I find the argument bizarre

I have told Google several times that I do not want to be tracked by them but they are still doing it. My telling them has been via their multiple tools but they obviously haven't got the message.

Perhaps a sternly worded letter to them may help as I can't afford a trip to their HQ to use the megaphone option unfortunately.

Xerox: Prepare to say cyan-ara, HP Inc. We're no paper tiger. We're really very serious about that hostile takeover


Re: New Merged Company Name

Character Xerox attacks for 15 damage, defender size AP of 30 negates 15 damage. Damage done - 15. Both parties receive +15 mana stock for 6 turns.


Re: I wonder why Xerox is so fixated on this HP merger.

I have heard that Canon have been downsizing their sales force in the UK, they may even be planning to sell off their large format devision that they bought from OCE a few years ago.

Don't know how true either statements is but from experience there is much less profit available on both small and large format print to support huge teams of sales and account managers.

Take a Big Blue cheque and go: IBM settles 281 UK age discrim cases


Re: confidential terms

'Experience is not something that should have massive sway on the amount someone earns.'

Really! So maybe you wouldn't mind a fresh youngster straight out of medical school carrying out a heart transplant on you?

It's called experience for a reason! not everything goes as planned and it is the experience that allows people to overcome obstacles that are not explained in a text book.

Why can't you be a nice little computer maker and just GET IN THE TRUNK, Xerox tells HP in hostile takeover alert


I agree with your post apart from 'in an era where people don't print much'?

For home users fair enough but most homes do not have a photocopier or large format printer.

Xerox seem to be in the right area and from what I know do not sell garbage home ink machines that cost less than a new set of ink. But! They are continually fighting with other copier manufacturers dropping their pants on pricing (both hardware and contracted maintenance) to get contacts while screwing the dealers that offer better service.

HP are not in the serious business of small format office copiers, I never come up against a quote for their machines on anything more than a few machines. It's always Canon or Ricoh Xerox for large deals. Sharp and Kyocera, maybe the trash HP Samsung that are cheap as chips and just as squishy in any sort of decent usage scenario. Their large format, I was praising them last week. Its a shame that their supply chain has gone to pot and customers are looking at 10 day plus delivery for ink unless they want to pay 20% over the odds.

Anyway back to not printing much... The controls that enable reduction in print via maybe Equitrac, Papercut etc.. Yeah we sell these and are still seeing steady revenue from the license renewals that mostly offset the reduction in print no matter what the marketing bollocks says.

We're so, so, sorry you're not able to get PC chips, says Intel to everyone who hasn't gone with AMD yet


I have used AMD for ESXI for several years as they have the necessary cpu hardware virtualisation instructions enabled for almost all their chips. If you wanted to you could run EXSI on a Ryzen 2400G or even an 8350 bulldozer, not saying you should but it does work absolutley fine.

Intel were disabling these features for a lot of consumer grade CPU'S and you had to pay a lot more for the ones that supported it.

Anyway Ryzen 2600 in my boxes now, I can afford 3 for the same price as the Intel offering and have spares ready to go. 32 GB Ram each and a reasonable NFS Qnap storage server that gets replaced every 2 years. Still not had one fail though.

We lose money on repairs, sobs penniless Apple, even though we charge y'all a fortune


Re: Note to clueless Apple execs

If you have nerves of steel and a steady hand you can pick up a gas powered soldering iron with a 'heat blower' attachment for around £30.

Mine works a treat for replacing screen glass etc. It's not as good as my plug in one a it does not have tip temp control but when I don't have a plug socket handy it does the job admirably.

Second time lucky: Sweden drops Julian Assange rape investigation


Umm maybe, I'm guessing the US will kill him legally once they have him. The UK cannot authorise his extradition if the death penalty is on the table. I guess that charge will wait until he is there.

This November, give thanks for only having one exploited Microsoft flaw for Patch Tues. And four Hyper-V escapes


WTF Intel?

'It seems our Patch Tuesday coverage is only going to be getting larger, thanks to the first of what looks to be many monthly security fix drops from Intel.'

How hard is it to choose a different day? It's bad enough firefighting issues with customer updates to Windows let alone trying to figure out if its MS or Intel to fault find / blame. Looking again the Intel updates are probably not automatic so less of an issue for customers. I just wish AMD would make some network cards that work with Vsphere lol

Shock! US border cops need 'reasonable suspicion' of a crime before searching your phone, laptop


Re: A CITIZEN'S rights

I'm pretty sure that if you want to come back to the UK you shouldn't be flying off to #SomeRandomCountry to molest children (as defined by UK law as under 16 for sex related issues).

It was not long ago that being a gay male couple was illegal in the UK until both parties were 18 of older. They probably wouldn't advertise the fact that they were a couple if they went on holiday to say Russia?

So should you adhere to the law of the country they are in, the one they are going back to or both?

Also I thought the US rights were only applicable to persons in the US? If you haven't gone through passport control are you not still in 'international waters' or something? Or maybe just a short trip from the Guantanamo Bay luxury resort?

Astroboffins baffled as Curiosity rover takes larger gasps of oxygen in Martian summers


Matt Damon

It's him I tell you, growing potatoes in his poo!

Brings to mind one of my favourite movie quotes ever 'I don’t want to come off as arrogant here, but I’m the best botanist on the planet.'


Re: Can anyone think of a chemical process?

Dum Dum Dum, Dum Dum Dum to te too toot ee tooo.

Without any apparent irony, Google marks Chrome's 'small' role in web ecosystem


Nice one Google

an attendee in the audience shouted out, "It doesn't work in Firefox."

Someone buy this attendee a pint or drink of their choice! :)

Boeing comes clean on parachute borkage as the ISS crew is set to shrink



I thought there would have been a written procedure for installing this pin in the correct way with pictures. At a minimum it should have been installed and checked off as complete by one person and then checked by another and signed off again.

Shouldn't they be doing this for every part anyway considering it is rocket science? The fact that they had a picture of the fault before it was launched suggests a certain amount of (half) arse(d) covering going on.

SpaceX flings another 60 Starlink satellites into orbit in firm's heaviest payload to date


More please.

Thanks for the space coverage!

I usually have to go to ARS to find this stuff but it is most welcome here :)

Hyphens of mass destruction: When a clumsy finger meant the end for hundreds of jobs


I love QNAP

I was called out to a remote site / 4 hour drive from HQ.

Super secret stuff being done on said site and no remote access etc. After faffing about because my security clearance for the building and data being processed was OK but it was inside a building site and I had not done an induction I spent the night in a (rather shitty) hotel.

4 hour induction the following morning to walk 100 meters along a road with an escort, total overkill. The escort had instructions to stay with me while on site but he didn't have clearance to enter the building so he had to wait outside in the rain.

Anyway the issue was that someone stuck a pen in the reset button on the QNAP NAS because they 'couldn't log in to the Web interface and wanted to reset the password'. I just thank the gods that it had extrernal USB HDD backup and backup to one of the several client PC's.

No data lost and the reset button was disabled. I logged it under hardware failure and recommended that all pointy objects were confiscated from our offices just in case.

Morrisons tells top court it's not liable for staffer who nicked payroll data of 100,000 employees


Re: Depends if decent efforts at data security made by Morrisons

Glueing up the USB ports makes fixing Windows issues / reinstalls a pain though lol

When the IT department speaks, users listen. Or face the consequences


Re: Beautiful

TBH I would have replaced the failing drive (we now replace the spinning rust with SSD's and have a box of spare ones ready to go) and recover the files for them to the correct network storage location. The speed increase from the upgrade makes a 5 year old system better than some of the new crappy ones that we are forced to supply.

We generally find making them sweat for a few hours works wonders and they then use the correct locations without further prompting. So I get to be a bitch at the beginning then an awesome bitch when they are back up and running.

Intel insists Xeon vs Epyc benchmark fight was fair, amends speed test claims anyway


Re: I thought AMDs response was funny

You beat me to it. Awesome response from AMD lol

Leeds IT bloke pleads guilty to hacking Jet2 CEO's email account


Re: IT project manager compromised Jet2

I was thinking the same, what was his motivation? It also didn't state if he used any of the information that he accessed for any nefarious means.

What the hell was he thinking? Or was he just bored lol

Open wide, very wide: Xerox considers buying HP. Yes, the HP that is more than three times its market cap


Bottom of the barrel

Samsung copiers are to be quite honest, crap. They are at the very low end in build quality and usability and are toys in comparison to machines from Canon, Ricoh and KM etc.

Why HP bought them is beyond my comprehension as they used to produce good quality printers. Adding a scanner on top really should have been easy for them with the amount of cash they had for R&D. The fact that they make some of the best large format CAD MFD eg. Designjet T2600dr that is really quite good and the UI is Useable with no training for most of my customers.

Xerox buying them out, maybe it would make more sense the other way round.

Three UK does it again: Random folk on network website are still seeing others' account data


Hang on

I thought security was their 'highest priority'?

Obviously it is not.

UK ads watchdog slaps Amazon for UX dark arts after folk bought Prime subs they didn't want


What are my chances

Of getting a refund?

Their selections of films and TV are to be blunt crap. The prime video UI is total shite and I have watched in total half an episode of The Grand Tour / Top Gear spin off.

At least 12 months prime subscription because I thought I was going to buy more stuff and get free delivery but have only made 3 - 4 orders.

I'm not holding my breath waiting for a reply from Amazon.

Dammit Insight! You just had two big jobs to do on Mars and you're failing at one of those


Re: "Unusual" soil conditions

You could put an auger on it with sloped interface and a ratchet so that it turned it slightly with each whack and didn't unscrew itself. Saves putting a drive motor on it and it just being a drill, best of both worlds?

Oh and some mole repellant just in case.


Or the Martian moles are pushing back!

Microsoft explains self-serve Power platform's bypassing of Office 365 admins to cries of 'are you completely insane?'


Re: Employees buying software for their company?

I wish my employer would give me one!

No idea how many hours I have wasted emailing links to the account department for random parts that our usual suppliers do not stock. Eg. Rfid cards pack of 100 for £30, sent the link to accounts / they can't figure out the amazon checkout. I then remote into their PC stick the things in the basket and they type in the CC details. FFS all I need is a company card with a £1000 limit, no bloody way I'm using my own and claiming it back as it takes over a month and I have to cover the interest grrrrr

Oh good. They're looking for an NHSX CTO. Hopefully they'll see off 'snake oil' pushers, says GP



Ohhh yeah definitely and some blockchain! We need more of that, you see cloud blockchain AI will reduce hospital wait times by 50% and we can audit everything using distributed cloud outsourced quantum computing with IOT mobile first microservice virtualising GP app to provide an imersive experience for our ongoing continual improvement ... Oh they died. Sorry about that, please check the T&C.

Time to check who left their database open and leaked 7.5m customer records: Hi there, Adobe Creative Cloud!



Thats 7'500'000.


Less that the population of Turkey


more than the population of France

I just think it looks a lot worse showing it that way.

I have another number. 0

The chance of me ever buying an Abobe cloud subscription.... And you can take that to the bank!

One of Blighty's most-loved charities hands £46m to one of Blighty's least-loved outsourcers


How much?

The outsourcer answers 800,000 calls / and gives people info that is available on the website, maybe instructions on how to reset a password.

resolves 25,000 webchat queries / by directing then to phone numbers or email support.

and handles 220,000 emails for the National Trust each year / handles? My mail server could do that in an hour if it needed to.

as well as delivering a range of back-office functions including letter and membership card printing. / most medium sized print shops could easily do this or they could buy in the printers & associated kit for less than a few million over 5 years.

£46 million? Someone is having a giraffe. The worst part is my better half is a member :/

Play Huawei... for now: Firm aims Googletastic Honor 9X at young 'uns


I think I need glasses.

No idea why I read the following sentence the way I did but......

Thanks to a miracle of timing, it is able to ship the device with the usual shite of Google apps.


Re: Nope.....

Similar here but I have the 9 Lite. Latest security updates 1st September 2019. My work Galaxy s6 is only patched to April 2018 :/

Hell hath GNOME fury: Linux desktop org swings ax at patent troll's infringement claim


I prefer

Nomes brought to us from the mind of Terry Pratchett.

They wouldn't stand for these trolls either.

Reaction Engines' precooler tech demo chills 1,000°C air in less than 1/20th of a second


That's quite hot

I had to look up melting temperatures of metals just because..


1,000°C to a Useable temp in such a small period that will not melt the engine wow just wow.

Please can I have a Firefly ASAP, preferably with Kaylee in charge of engineering.

Any finger will do? Samsung Galaxy S10 with a screen protector reportedly easy to fool


Re: Oh dear!

Yes a few bends if you get some crumbs behind the hinge or trying to remove what obviously looked like a screen protector.

I can't remember if ElReg managed to break one?

A spot of after-hours business email does you good, apparently



Blocking email notifications between 1900 hrs and 0800 works for me.

A few customers have my mobile number and can call it 24 /7 and to be honest I would rather speak to them and sort any issues out ASAP while they are in front of the problem is easier than going to site the next day. They pay quite a lot for that service though.

When the boss phones me on Sunday morning when I'm watching the rugby about their home Internet connection...FFS NO!

We're free in 3... 2... 1! Amazon unhooks its last Oracle database, nothing breaks and life goes on



They are using as much free / open source as possible and giving what back?

I'm sure there have been several articles on the Reg and Ars etc discussing their packaging up of code and selling it as a service.

Maybe / hopefully some of the new licenses that Elastic etc are using will stem the flow but it doesn't look good for the startups trying to compete.

I have made a total of 2 code pull requests (minor translation issues for a language that has less that 1M speakers), one was accepted the other was accepted after an alteration I'm crap at coding but thought I should try to help. If I though this was going to help amazon I probably wouldn't have bothered.

Good one sticking it to Oracle but are Amazon any better?

Ye olde Blue Screen of Death is back – this time, a bad Symantec update is to blame


Re: Paging ...

I could watch the defrag and be in mindless bliss for a few hours, very therapeutic :)


Any decent AV?

I was going to sing the Sophos is great tune (It is still far better than Symantec IMHO) bet they have had their issues as well. They have also just sold out to an investment company that has 'vast experience in the security market' guess that means consolidating /removing features that impact its other companies :(

Can anyone recommend a decent AV that doesn't screw up a modern pc? Or maybe the crappy pentium badged dual core with a 5000rpm drive thing that dell was still selling last year?

Tinfoil-hat search engine DuckDuckGo gifts more options, dark theme and other toys for the 0.43%


I suppose that would come under browser fingerprinting. There are ways to block or reduce it but most normal people wouldn't have a clue.

This is where browser makers could do a lot of work. The only thing that a website may need to know is your browser version but they leak way too much information at present. TBH if sites were coded properly they shouldn't even need to know that now that MS have given up trying to compete /edge.

I can't see Google leading the pack, maybe Firefox?



I am genuinely surprised that their market share is so low. Given the fact that it is quite easy to set it as default search provider on a Web browser.

I find it works for pretty much everything I need and it is very quick. It also doesn't show me ads for a No8 security torx bit 2 weeks after someone in the house bought one from amazon lol.

If Duck Duck can make a search service based on non tracking / profiling advertising revenue and are still competitive with less than 1% of the market good on them!

Spread the word people!

Well, well, well. Fancy that. UK.gov shelves planned pr0n block


Woooo woo

Love the fact that they cancelled this...

On the same day that the Conservative party announce that they want voters to provide photo ID at the polling Station :/

Yes I would like a Woo Woo please.

Sudo? More like Su-doh: There's a fun bug that gives restricted sudoers root access (if your config is non-standard)


I am


I have my coat, left 5 mins ago :p

Oh dear... AI models used to flag hate speech online are, er, racist against black people


I saw his ass yesterday

I find it offensive that I haven't seen any ass for ages, or should that be arse? I'm not bothered and can't be arsed to ask my ISP to unblock a certain hamster site.

I do wonder what kind of rating the AI would give that last paragraph.

Criminalise British drone fliers, snarl MPs amid crackdown demands


How about

Some legislation to prevent politicians from...

Spouting off about crap they don't understand.

Voting against policies that the majority of their constituents support.

Sleeping in Parliament.

Maybe match up the fines and prison sentence to those proposed for people flying a drone.

I can't believe you've done this: Cisco.com asks visitors to explain to IT why they have broken the website



Why the flippn heck is a company the size of Cisco using WordPress?

I'm going to take a few guesses so bear with me.

1. User accounts, it's really hard obviously.

2. Updating and creating WordPress pages is easy for marketing and sales people that think HTML is some kind of illness.

3. They couldn't manage to build their own CMS.

4. It was free... Ish.

5. Someone in management though it was cool.

6. It's much easier than a cli... It comes with a gui :0

7. OOO pretty plugins that are totally safe.

This is the point that someone points out that 'everyone' uses WordPress or Joomla lol

Europe publishes 5G risk assessment; America scrawls ‘Huawei’ on the side of a nuke and goes for a ride


Why bother

Being an early adopter is all well and good but paying through the nose for something that is probably going to be replaced 4 maybe 5 years later for little improvement over 4g? It's just progress for the sake of money grabbing execs that think ooooo buzzword bingo.

5g doesn't have the same range of 4g, it cannot penetrate buildings etc as good as 4g. Yes it's faster but if the backhaul is still crap and nobody has a 5g phone what's the point.

I'm sticking with my cheap 4g Huawei thanks very much. Let the gov agencies throw crap at each other and let's all have a laugh at what they can come up with next.

Creators Update meets its maker: It's 1903 or bust for those clinging to Windows 10 1703


The spport cycle

'Microsoft warned admins in August that it would stop releasing security updates from yesterday, October 9.'

OK so they warned admin peeps. What about the millions of users that now have 'incompatible hardware'¿

Just because a random motherboard chipset driver will not work with MS latest and greatest shouldn't preclude the system from having security updates that have nothing to do with a manufacturers creaky drivers.

Was hoping to not mention Creative DSP/ EAX audio cards, Anyone remember how good they were?

ESA bigwigs: Euro Moon efforts are going the way they 'should' – which is to say not by 2024


Fingers crossed

'But he didn't think it would take long for the UK to come to some sort of agreement with Europe, for space matters if nothing else.'

For some reason I instantly had an image of William Adama shouting 'so say we all!' to rally the troops and up moral a little bit.

In reality I just thank the gods that scientists are awesome and tend to last somewhat longer than most politicians.



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