* Posts by LeahroyNake

588 posts • joined 9 Mar 2017


You know SAP's doing a great job when a third of German users say they 'have no confidence in it'


Re: Over complicated

Not quite, the unicode font package is made by Stethos and as far as I know not a part of SAP.

If you fancy downloading their specification and wasting 3 days reading it be my guest. I don't think you can order it direct either but have to go through a Copier / printer manufacturer :/



Over complicated

Thankfully I don't use SAP but...

Why SAP cannot output the image of the bar code but instead sends it encoded in the bar code font seems a bit silly to me, it can't be that hard. The unicode font package is around £500 per machine and the install and licensing is a flipping nightmare.

I have installed over 50 of these font packages in the last 12 months just because SAP will not rasterise a bar code. What a waste of money.

MPs call for 'immediate' stop to facial recog in UK as report underlines bias risks in 'pre-crime' algos used by coppers



'We call on UK police and private companies to immediately stop using live facial recognition for public surveillance.'

They should have omitted 'live' from that statement. Buffering the data for say I don't know 30 seconds? Maybe half hour? It's then not live but still but still a violation to privacy.

Brit government WLTM one Chief Digi Info Officer


Maybe I should apply

Doubt I would get past the first CV check as I didn't go to the right school.

I also have a history of delivering projects on time and on budget. I doubt either of those are realistic in the advertised role so meh maybe not.

HP printer small print says kit phones home data on whatever you print – and then some


Large format

They do a similar thing on their new large format machines if you decide to follow the installation manual and update the firmware after the initial set up.

Thankfully you can decline the T&C and therefore prevent the firmware update that will block third party ink from working.

IBM looks to boost sales the same way it has for 65 years – yes, it's a new mainframe: The z15


It's a bit late

For the on the ground engineers that they have 'let go' over the last few years. Thankfully Im not one of them but the ones I know are the usual subjects for forced retirement. The sentiment that I get from them is similar to x HP INC employees. The grass is greener, you don't get to keep the laptop but at least the mortgage is paid off.

COBOL, I know some people..

Vulns out of the box: 12 in 13 small biz network devices terribly insecure by default – research


I had to Google

DNS rebinding. Seems like a bit of a long shot to be honest especially if you have your own DNS server and Web protection in place.

Still it is no excuse for these devices to be vulnerable. The article was also sparse on QNAP details, are they the worst? Doubt it could traverse the subnet but.... Asking for a friend.

UK.gov's smart meter cost-benefit analysis for 2019 goes big on cost, easy on the benefits


Umm mine doesnt work

Well it worked for 6 months then the IED, sorry what, that display thing stopped taking to the box on the wall. British Gassed out of their arse saying I had broken it and a replacement was £50. Well its still broken 2 years later. How is that doing for your smart metering coverage that doesn't like a tin foil hat on the door!

Larry Ellison tiers Amazon a new one: Oracle cloud gets 'always' free offer, plus something about Linux


All good

Until the licensing monkeys get their hands on it. Even if they said free forever, it wouldn't actually be free... Would it?

Oh that license you signed up for in 2019, we are investigating your usage and it seems that something is amiss. The invoice is in the post.

Justice served: There is no escape from the long server log of the law


Re: Surely...

See 1 and 3.


Re: Surely...

The rule is simple: Never defeat an interlock.

Umm until you need to because..

1. You know what you are doing

2. You know what will happen

3. The manufacturer designed it so that an engineer can defeat it.

4. You are said engineer

5. You really need to watch something happening rather than look at a cover and listen to some strange noises.

Users need not apply unless they have more than the required number of extremities.

Microsoft plays chicken with Extended Support for Exchange 2010 end date and swerves first


Exchange migration

From personal experience the hardest migration was from exchange 2003 to 2010. If im really honest moving the hardware to Vsphere at the same time was an act of genius as it got a lot of hardware replaced under the same budget and was a weekend or work. 2010 to 2013 was an overnight job after preparing for a week and simple in comparison. (used free 3 month licenses for Server 2008 or 2012not r2 etc)

'You'll have to go to Exchange 2013 or 2016 and then to 2019 if the cloud is not for you.' I'm not sure you have to go thorough each one in turn but why not wait out the license on your existing setup and maybe go straight to 2022.... That is If they make its available for on premise?

On premise is still cheaper than 365 for more than ~30 users especially if you have the Vsphere capacity already..... Not taking my wages into account obviously ;)

Now if I could just make Thunderbird look like Outlook 2013... Naaaa the boss would never sign it off.

Captain's coffee calamity causes transatlantic flight diversion


The idiots

On BBC Radio1 and more recently other channels have been moaning about not being allowed food or drink in their studios.

I know its stupid but in the UK you could, if it was a jobsworth cop, get charged for at least driving without undue care and attention if you decided to take a sip. If you crash that's dangerous driving.

If you damage company property say a laptop by soaking it in coffee, it's an accident... Until someone decides it isn't.

I drink coffee at my desk and while driving, doubt it will damage anything that will make the car fail the MOT.

I wouldn't take it in the server room though.

If I was flying a plane... May as well allow smoking as well, used to be fine and sure there is mostly no harm to the equipment.

Are you who you say you are, sir? You are? That's all fine then


"CaRD machiNe NoT WoRkiNg".

Card machine vendors really should know better.

Our card machines from a large bank use some seemingly random ports to communicate to their servers, I just wanted to know what ports I should open to the devices (all in and outgoing blocked unless there is a requirement as per our company policy, I don't think that's a bad idea?) . Phoning their hell desk who were completely clueless as to what I was asking... Please email us with your issue... No reply in two days. You would think that nobody had ever asked this question before.

I had to monitor the requests hitting the firewall from the thing to figure it out myself when a very short section in the admin manual would have sufficed. Fekkin useless. They also had an automatic FW update that added another port a few months ago with no notification grrrrrr.

Time for a refreshment methinks!

Right-click opens up terrifying vistas of reality and Windows 95 user's frightful position therein


Re: Similar

Unless they lived near Broad Street in 1884.

'Well' I suppose they are all dead now as WELL alcoholics or not. If you get that reference have a fermented beverage on me.

From pen-test to penitentiary: Infosec duo cuffed after physically breaking into courthouse during IT security assessment


Re: Plot Twist

There has been at least two of them starring Stallone, not that great but better than ummmm prison I suppose.



Try this stunt on a Monday morning to avoid an unforgettable weekend away?

I wonder if the company will pay them overtime? /half joking.

Not so G.fast: Hybrid fibre 'under review' as Openreach remembers it's all about FTTP now


G. Fast trial

I had a free 6 month trial of G. Fast at one of our offices. It worked well and ran in tandem with our VDSL connection from another provider (apparently we have enough copper coming into the building to support both). Speed was around 70Mbit though so hardly an upgrade.

No idea how much the G. Fast router and 'modem' cost, it is still in the comms cabinet not doing anything.

Still waiting on FTTC or preferably FTTH from Zen Internet, site to site VPN works much better with them as they seem to connect our sites without a 150 mile trip to London. The ping time across the VPN is less than 20ms, using a different provider it jumps closer to 100.

Incoming... Trump! Notebook makers ramp production to avoid next tidal wave of US trade tariffs


Re: I hope they impeach his ass.

'Clothes are cheap to buy' may be correct if you have any sense.

Unfortunately my daughter thinks spending £120 on a pair of bloody trainers is acceptable, apparently so do a lot of adults :0 I spent about that much on a pair of leather shoes, had them for 3 years and replaced the soles once. They still look new. Her white trainers made from what looks like plastic and rubber are 3 months old and she wants a new pair because they 'don't look new' unbelievable.

UK children's charity: Social media firms rubbish at stopping grooming. Time for a mandatory... AI


Age verification

"Simple and secure age verification technology already exists to ensure that websites can confirm which of their customers are adults. The implementation of robust age-checking processes should play a critical safeguarding role, as it is the only way that social media platforms can truly identify which of their users are children."

Do they mean the one that Pornhub owns or something else? Maybe they just require a copy of your driving license, NI number or maybe it's credit card details? No bloody thank you very much. Just imagine little Tommy using his parents CC to sign up for Facebook then wanting some extra gems and posting a pic of themselves at the beach.

Protect the children? make social media take the rap for abuse carried out on its networks. If they are monetising the user submitted content they need to check every post, image and video. No excuses, the business model is not my concern.

UK ISPs must block access to Nintendo Switch piracy sites, High Court rules


Re: Hmm, (and a bottle 'O Rum)

Money island has just be re-release on steam.

Don't forget to run freaky quick when you have the pweter mug melting in your hands lol

The NetCAT is out of the bag: Intel chipset exploited to sniff SSH passwords as they're typed over the network


Re: Wireshark is my shell...

I thought the recommended way to connect via SSH was to use a certificate?

eBay eBabe enigma explained: Microsoft bug blamed after topless model slings e-souk's emails at stunned Brits


The breast thing

I have seen on ebay for ages.

New lows at Bose as firmware update woes infuriate soundbar bros



My 48 incher has terrible sound but the old surround sound system from 1999 ish can wake up the street If I fancy watching Apocalypse Now. Just a shame it can't use the tv remote for volume but it is good enough not to have to change the volume constantly and it *defiantly* didn't cost £700 or need firmware updates :0

Its a real shame that older kit that was not super expensive can still out perform modern crap sold at stupid prices:(

Huawei thanks Uncle Sam for returning its seized comms kit ... two years later, ya jerks


Ethical considerations?

“However, we felt there may well be geopolitical or ethical considerations that the Government need to take into account when deciding whether they should use Huawei’s equipment.”

Why only apply ethical considerations to Huawei ? Ahhh you like your iPhone so that's sorted then.

The first search returns the below but I'm sure everyone here knows the history, it's still happening.


HP Inc waves bye to EMEA president with 'immediate effect'


Easy way to remember

HP INC = ink. Ink goes in their (large format I deal with) printers and toner I believe comes under the same company.

Firstly there is nothing that bad about their large format printers apart from the cost of genuine ink cartridges. They are comparable to the only other real supplier in their market Canon. They charge a massive premium for the badge and void print head and machine warranties if you do not use their supplies. Maybe they need to reduce this pricing?

I used to see HP small format A4 machines everywhere but recently it has declined. They couldn't compete with the copier industry Canon, Ricoh, KM etc and bought the Samsung copier arm that is not great (it's absolute crap).

It should have been obvious to them that printing was becoming a commodity product and that they couldn't keep milking (the ink) at this rate.

It may be interesting to know that the last HP course I completed was regarding spotting 'counterfeit, illegal' l supplies.

Can you download it to me – in an envelope with a stamp?


I didn't know

That I could play 2 x YouTube videos at the same time on a mobile browser. Thanks for that, didn't sound that bad towards the end lol.

When I lived in lovely farmhouse (building site would be more accurate) in the south of France the internet was as useful as the local shops. Worked seemingly on a principle of inside knowledge and secret knocks on windows. Good job the neighbours were nice, I ended up paying them with the use of my pool / pond and cigarettes to use their WiFi and they would accept my post and deliver groceries. Very nice people the French if you avoid the cities. Their infrastructure excluding roads is bloody atrocious though.

Massachusetts city tells ransomware scumbags to RYUK off, our IT staff will handle this easily


Or the boss that wants domain admin rights for their user account... Just 'because I'm the boss'.

Enjoy the holiday weekend, America? Well-rested? Good. Supermicro server boards can be remotely hijacked


Re: SM IPMI still terrible

The poster did suggest that they were running a hypervisor on the system. I would hope that it would prevent any client OS running on it from accessing the base hardware?

They also mentioned the lack of tools for Vsphere so they have looked into it.


Re: How many ?

There may be no firewall if you are on the same network segment but I highly doubt there isn't at least a rudimentary firewall on the 'Internet connection'. Then again some plonker could have just forwarded all ports to the system with the vulnerable BMC... I doubt anyone would be that stupid though :0

Today in tortured tech analogies: Mozilla lets Firefox loose in the hen house, and by hen house, we mean the tracking cookie jar, er...


It would be nice to know

What is the breakdown of browsers used to view ElReg?

Or are you not allowed to log that any more?

Cortana makes your PC's heart beat faster: Windows 10 update leaves some processors hot under the cooler


Even more broken

Had anyone else noticed that typing in the search box sometimes returns very random results? If you then delete the search and type it again the thing you were looking for the first time shows up at the top of the list.

It can't be that hard FFS, I have launched that application 5 times already today!

Devon knows how they make it so steamy: Phantom squatter of Torquay curls one out on bloke's motor



Another reason for the plod to push for fecal recognition :o

HPE lawyer claims key associates of Autonomy boss Mike Lynch 'refuse' to testify to High Court


Is that allowed

I was under the impression that refusing to testify was seen as very naughty and you could be forced to comply... Or go straight to jail, not passing go on the way.

What did the judge say?

Apple cracks, straps on free repair service for defective Watches


Heat gun

Look like the same sort of fail time (they drop the bloody things all the time) I get between the devices in my house, though to be fair several tablets & phones and the new touch screens probably cost less than a few of your watches.

I'm happy for you that Apple decided to replace your broken glass. Just wish they would sell the replacement parts to cheap skates like me that can use a heat gun...... Then I can make some serious money doing Apple kit along side all the other stuff....... Oooo that's gonna cost, but it will not take two weeks.

Oh there it is, Facebook shrugs as Free Basics private key found to be signing unrelated apps


Other stores?

'If you have any friends or relatives using Facebook Basics, now is a good time to double check it was downloaded from the Google Play store. ®'

Other stores are available, at least it is up to the user to decide... IOS users excluded of course.

Clean for 3ish years so far and I'm doing OK. Thanks to all the support from actual physical contact (that sounds creepy) with people, I do not miss the cat videos or that woman that Kanye something about an arse Korean drama Trump diet what meh.

India's Chandrayaan-2 and Vikram lander split amicably above Moon, SpaceX hops over Texas


Exciting times

Russia gets the doors working, India is orbiting and Europe is torturing a rover.

Fingers crossed it all works out for the people involved.

I can't help but wonder though what will happen to the UK involvement after this exit farce finally concludes :(

Last one out, hit the lights: UK energy supplier SSE to axe 115 bodies from tech department


Down the crapper

I am lucky enough not to have to use SSE and try to avoid any company that outsources roles especially customer support. Do they not realise that the outsourcing looks like a last ditch attempt to balance the books before they implode and become non functional as a supplier?

I am not affiliated with the below companies and have had decent service from them at a reasonable price, any other issues with them?

Plusnet (hard to fault), Zen Internet (expensive but awesome), Xilo (small team but very good).

Divert the power to the shields. 'I'm givin' her all she's got, Captain!'


Re: The biodiesel had 'gone-off' ...

I give my large format test sheets to after school club. One is an AO sheet with small dots around 5cm apart that they use for making their own 'dot to dot' pics. The other is full of CMYK gradations that they cut up and fold to make eco friendly decorations. Or they just draw or paint on the reverse, everyone is happy apart from staples :)

Huawei new smartphone won't be Mate-y with Google apps as trade sanctions kick in


Slightly older

I'm off to Argos to pick up up an Honor 10 lite for my daughters birthday present this evening. For some unknown reason the 9 lite has gone up £40 since I bought mine and is now only £10 cheaper than the newer 10? Figure that one out...

Anyway I can assume that the updates for the 10 will be as good as the 9 that gets monthly security updates and is on the latest version of Android. Pretty good considering that my brand new Galaxy S7 (insurance replacement) is seriously lagging behind in that department.

The Huawei store works, has some apps that are on the play store but I haven't really used it. Blocking Huawei is only going to hurt Google in the long run once people realise that that the alternatives are viable.

Pokemon Go becomes Pokemon No as games biz Niantic agrees to curb trespassing addicts


They had to go and ruin it

The locations of all pokestops and gyms were taken from the predecessor game Ingress. The locations and pictures were created / uploaded by players.

This was never an issue before they released Pokemon Go and while it is more popular it also attracts a much younger player base. It seems that these younger players need educating regarding private property etc.

It is against Niantic (the game developer) guidelines to create in game locations / portals, pokestops, gyms or whatever they are also called in Harry Potter on private property.


'If you come across any of the following, please reject it as a low quality Portal by rating a 1 star for the “Should this be a Portal?” question:

Candidates on the grounds of primary/secondary schools

Candidates on private residential property (including farms)' etc

Full guidelines here


Also Ingress and Pokemon Go have had warnings not to trespass on the log in screen for as long as I can remember, they rotate them with' do not play while driving ' and some other sensible advice for idiots with no common sense.

Lastly there has been a removal mechanism available before this trial, before Pokemon you could report the locations with Ingress.


Microsoft blocked TSO Host's email IPs from Hotmail, Outlook inboxes and no one seems to care


Re: But, but, I'm too important to care!

Totally agree. The scale is unbelievable to the point that even my basic mail scanning appliance blocks over 80% of incoming connections based on live IP reputation. Then blocks a few percent more after scanning the mail, all before if gets close to the actual mail server.

How anyone can get any work done is quite astounding. Just imagine how quick your mailbox would fill up without these protections in place, never mind the load on your systems.

If bigger seats and nicer nosh in British Airways' First Class still aren't enough, would sir like to wear some VR goggles?


USB charger

One of my customers makes the 'seats' for business / first class seats. Not sure I can call them seats exactly rather than amazingly engineered works of art. I doubt I could ever afford to sit in one on a flight but the showroom models I have tried are almost a comfy as my sofa. Flatscreen TV, motorised adjustment, some of them even turn into a small bed. They also weigh less than my office chair.

As stated in the article give it to cattle class, the only issue being the lack of USB chargers in the cheap seats. If it has noise cancelling headphones :o

Simons says don't push us: FTC boss warns regulator could totally break up big tech companies if it wanted


Fun times

I'm just imagining a courthouse full of lawyers with plates of Alphabet spaghetti in front of them trying to untangle it with only one chopstick between them.

Then again, if you put an infinite number of monkeys in front of a typewriter.......

Got room for another probe up there, Google? Jobs sites ask EU antitrust tsar to look at how search giant ranks them


Please don't go

'Vestager is stepping down as competition commissioner later this year. The Danish politician has taken a jaundiced view of tech giants and their use and abuse of data to consolidate their businesses. But there is no reason for Google to suppose that the commission will soften its stance under a new leader. ®'

Vestager seems to be a right royal pain for those multinational companies and is trying to bring them to account for their behaviour. Thank you for your service and please please please try to ensure that your replacement isn't scared of carrying on the crusade on behalf of the Little people.

HTTP/2, Brute! Then fall, server. Admin! Ops! The server is dead


Re: Any client doing any of these things

Good idea until...

My Netflix is not working.

You have a virus that is attacking our servers.

No I don't.

Yes you do.

Cancels subscription because everything else works OK.

The virus turns out to be a pawned router, rougue client on WiFi, random user on public / cloud AP, a dodgy app on a mates phone that you allowed to connect, the previous holder of the IP address dynamically assigned by your ISP etc.

Hands up who likes gaming! Hands up who likes gaming on Macs! Er, OK. Well, Parallels has an update for you


I'm sure you could also stream (it's a steam thing that works over your LAN) any game from your PC that will not run on the mac.

I frequently use it to stream from my main PC with the half decent gfx card to my HTPC that is quiet as a mouse but couldn't possibly run War Thunder or Fallout 4. Just about gets along on n type WiFi but it's much better over the wire.

Web body mulls halving HTTPS cert lifetimes. That screaming in the distance is HTTPS cert sellers fearing orgs will bail for Let's Encrypt


Re: Follow the money

I'm all for let's encrypt and use it for a few Linux boxes, it works great.

Has anyone here managed to get it working with IIS , Exchange or RDP gateway... Then automated it?

Psst. Hey. Hey you. We have to whisper this in case the cool kidz hear, but... it's OK to pull your data back from the cloud


Coming out party

Thank feck in not the only one based on the prior comments. I may have been slow in the uptake of Vsphere after a few nasty encounters with HyperV but this cloudy crap is on a hole different level.

I'm really glad I stuck to my guns on this. I. E. If its not mission critical stick it in the cloud. If it is look after it and keep it close.

It's about time ElReg stopped promoting this cloud shenanigans.

Crunch time: It's all fun and video games until you're being pressured into working for free


Re: How do people with children do it?

It happens when you get older and have responsibilities outside work eg. Getting the kids to school and picking them from after school club etc. Apart from the cost involved, currently around £800 PCM (the youngest is in pre school private nursery) it does put a strain on your time and you just need to say no, my partner has a better paid job and still does their share . The kids come first and are spending just as much time in 'work' as I am (IT based) .

The annoying thing to me was my boss calling me in to a pre disciplinary meeting about my attitude towards him on one occasion. Thankfully I am old enough to realise that my priorities are in the right place, my attitude was not the issue and I just needed to point out a few 'home truths' regarding behaviour at a customer site. Nobody else in the company had the balls to say it until I did as anyone that had tried in the past was managed out quite quickly. if you have an issue you should prepare what you need to say and ask independent trusted people what it sounds like when you say it, be calm, confident, explain your view and have an exit plan. On the upside we now get on better as the problem had been addressed.

Working over time for free? Yes I do when it is really required. It is not expected of me and is usually only a few hours a month but I get to decide and some customers are worth it (without them I wouldn't have a job, neither would my team).



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