* Posts by LeahroyNake

588 posts • joined 9 Mar 2017


One person's harmless japery can be another's night of LaserJet Lego


Re: I know the series well...

The 4L was a very nice machine but incredibly slow by today's standards / 4 pages per minute. That's around 1920 in a working day.

You can buy a decent 45 page per minute nono printer now for around £500 that will do that in less than an hour. As an example Ricoh 4520 (with LCD touch screen, PS, PCL5c, PCL6, duplex, USB2 and ethernet) that I have a lot of in the field that have done over 300'000 prints each in 3 years (some of them in appalling conditions / convered in metal filings, dust, random chemicals and in one case an aircon failure soaked one and they all refuse to die much to the disappointment of my sales dept lol).

Anyway, the point is I would love to see the max volume someone has got out of a HP laserjet 4L just for giggles and also to see if they really do 'make them like they used to' :)

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


Add that to the list

Mass mail spam is a pain in the arse. The TSO IP range is in my list along with the others.

Using 'legitimate interest' is just an excuse to mail crap to anyone they want to.

Well tough titties and get off my lawn!

Ohm my God: If you let anyone other than Apple replace your recent iPhone's battery, expect to be nagged by iOS


Others are at it

HP / the one that does large format printers and such has decided that on all new models e.g. Designjet 2600 that FW updates can brick your machine.... If you dare use a 3rd party ink.

As far as am aware this is against EU regulations but they are doing it anyway.

The older machines just complained with various 'error' messages but would still keep working.

It's heads you win, tails you lose as Microsoft introduces CoinFlip™ for Windows 10


The useful bit

'as well as implemented a rotation policy to distribute work more fairly over a CPU's "favoured" cores.'

While the rest of it can schedule its own appointment with the recycle bin the change to the CPU thread allocation is interesting.

I'm guessing that as Ryzen 3000 CPU'S can only boost certain cores to the max boost frequency (there is an article on this over at AnandTech) there should be a slight increase in single threaded application performance. Always nice in my book, I just hope this part is not a coin flip :)

Deja-wooo-oooh! Intel chips running Windows potentially vulnerable to scary Spectre variant


Re: Only affects windows?

It also states..

'The vulnerability affects Windows, including virtual machines running on it.'

Are MS window's server OS included in that if they are running on ESXI / Vsphere?

Or for that matter any hypervisor.? Or Azure / cloud etc

Rival rocketeers SpaceX and ULA make oblations to weather gods ahead of double-launch action


Risk analysis

I'm obviously hoping that both launches go ahead and are successful...

But... if the SpaceX launch is delayed for any reason and the ULA launch goes ahead and has an issue and somehow managed to damage the Falcon ONLY 2 miles away. I'm just thinking of the insurance implications, it am sure it has been addressed. Would really like to know how much that premium costs and just imagine the headline, Falcon 9 destroyed by ULA.

It's Black Hat and DEF CON in Vegas this week. And yup, you know what that means. Hotel room searches for guns


I'm fine with people seeing me naked, I guess that it would be worse for the obverser... Hairy bits and all that.

Just imagine if you were on the toilet, dropping a bomb lol

German privacy probe orders Google to stop listening in on voice recordings for 3 months


Oh Google

Google Google Google ohhhhhh.

Hmmmmm, that was nice honey xxx.

If your name is Alex... that's just asking for trouble.

It's Friday lunchtime on International Beer Day. Bitter hop to it, boss'll be none the weiser



Peroni... In Wales? It must be all the toffs in the Gower.

Maybe Peroni is the biggest one brand sold (no idea why, it tastes worse than Stella) but I expect if you look at volume including real ale by micro breweries and Brains Bitter (is much nicer than Greene king and London pride) it would be obvious we don't all drink that crap lager.

I'm leaving Brains Dark out of this, it tasted much nicer when the pubs were allowed to put the filtered dregs back in the barrels. Sometimes you would get a hint of cider, if you were really lucky it would taste of strawberry, pernod or some other random mixture that got tossed in.... Hence micro breweries were born when the fun police decided that's naughty and you may get ill if you are not an x miner, your lungs ain't screwed, you don't smoke 40 a day or live in Wales.

Another rewrite for 737 Max software as cosmic bit-flipping tests glitch out systems – report


So it turns out the FAA is to blame as well as the manufacturer. Were all the other aviation authorities also sleeping at the wheel?

None of them picked these faults up until it was way too late. While it's easy to throw blame at the FAA and Boeing and they they deserve it! Why didn't anyone else pick it up?

On another note if this happened to SpaceX with maybe 4 people on board they would be lucky to ever get clearance again. 300 people have died due to these oversights. It is not acceptable!

Openreach hands out £14m to compensate for broadband outages. Not to you, silly, to your ISP!


G. Fast

I volunteered one of my offices to be part of the free G. Fast trial around 6 months ago. I kept the other connections running in the background to fail over.

It was quite impressive until the trial came to an end. I'm back on the older VDSL2 connections with a different ISP / zen.

It seems that BT will not offer G. Fast in that area no matter how many times I keep asking them. I just don't understand the logic since the kit is already on site and in the exchange.

Just in case anyone is interested Zen seem to have their own backend systems and site to site VPN is very efficient if you use them for both sides. In contrast to the old Nildram Pipex now Talk Talk the performance is astounding.

Bored of laptops? Love 200Gb/s interconnects? Then you're going to hate today's Intel news


Re: I'm still waiting

Same here looking forward to 2.5Gb but I'm still managing to run 5x VM in my test lab over 1Gb network and a cheap NAS / NFS. As long as I stagger power on time by 60s they all load in a reasonable time.


Re: Vulnerability? What vulnerability?

Another site has reported that they are not vulnerable to zombieload. Not sure if that is related to the tlb lookaside / Intel HT issues thing but it's hard to keep track with the number of security issues with Intel and HT etc.

BOFH: Oh, go on, let's flush all that legacy tech down the toilet


Cloudy crap

I don't know how you get away with these awesome stories when every other ad on the site is pushing cloud.

Big Thumbs up for fecal recognition, now go wash your hands!

To get a sense of Samsung's Q2 profits, picture a Galaxy Fold closing to half the size



"The network business will continue to build a strong foundation for expansion in the global 5G market based on its leadership in 5G commercialization in the US and Korea."

I thought Huawei were the only serious contender that could supply in volume. This is the first I have heard from ElReg about Samsung being in the game?

What have I missed?

Official: Microsoft will take an axe to Skype for Business Online. Teams is your new normal


Re: Skype for Business

Avaya IP phones.

Just DIY and set up your own VOIP system.

Really it's not that hard to stay away from cloudy crap and buy off the shelf kit that works at least as good without having to be at the mercy of the 'solution provider'.

Hack a small airplane? Yes, we CAN (bus) – once we physically break into one, get at its wiring, plug in evil kit...


Re: Threat model

Raising the flaps on landing could be quite difficult to control and induce a stall maybe. Not that difficult to initiate from a hacker perspective, read altitude and airspeed then raise flaps close to stall speed? Maybe not a fatal crash but its not going to be pleasant or easy to control if you are not expecting it.

If they have enough access and can input fail codes or similar to distract the pilot or worst case indicate failures where there are none and shut down working systems before the pilot realised and goes eyes / hard data only? It only takes a few seconds to go from ummm what's happening to crunch.

I'm not a pilot but looking at the recent crashes due to software or sensor failure I expect small craft are even more vulnerable unless you have Chuck Yeager at the controls.

Meet ELIoT – the EU project that wants to commercialize Internet-over-lightbulb


Close the curtains

I suppose closing your curtains is much easier than getting WiFi security configured correctly, even if most home WIFI boxes are (or should be) secure by default.

Does anyone else remember having to use irda (or whatever its called, think back to when Nokia was the phone to have) to connect a mobile to their laptop.... Lots of fun that was lol

Backdoors won't weaken your encryption, wails FBI boss. And he's right. They won't – they'll fscking torpedo it


Re: Stalin would be so proud of him

'The comparison to guns is like what happens when gummint comes after them. they take away guns, and ONLY criminals will have them!'

Most of Europe seems to manage without everyone owning a gun. It is not a great example.

Other than that I agree with your post.

SpaceX Dragon flies British science into orbit, while stubby 'watertower' hops around Texas



'Starhopper has scaled things up just a tiny bit.'

In that it looks like something from Flash Gordon, or a Jules Verne novel. fekkin awesome as far as I'm concerned.

Musk Ohoooo he will save everyone of us... Maybe, maybe not but at least he is trying, the ego is probably a requirement for these achievements in the timescale that they are happening.

AWS still a cash machine for Bezos, Intel is down a 5G modem biz, and Google is on Tulsi Gabbard's bad side


Re: 2,200 Engineers

Maybe Intel maneuvered some staff into that devision recently for umm technical growth support during a transitional phase?

The democratisation of IT: Amazon and Microsoft own half the cloud infrastructure market


Re: Who do you make richer?


I'm not sure any of the charities that he donated the majority of his personal wealth to are going to see such donations from MS or Amazon.

I hope his legacy as a person lives on well past MS and Amazon and whoever is running them now.

Summer vacations put an end to rampant desktop crimewave


Re: Don't forget

PenIsland still gets blocked by our Web filter. No idea why ;p


The story of an unwanted pencil

I have a lovely blue pencil that has been living on my desk for as long as I can remember (that's about 6 months then).

The rubber (eraser) on the top has gone but its mighty golden crown remains and is unchewed.

It is a grand 3 inches long, it doesn't know how long it is in mm cm m or any other new age measurements as it was made long before metrificatication.

It is blunt but not in a nasty way. It remembers being larger at some point in the past but it has chosen perhaps wisely to block out certain painful experiences and now never complains that it has to be pressed to the media with increasing force to leave its mark.

I call it my pencil, nobody else wants to look after it, kidnap it or accidentally loose it somewhere.

I can almost see it smiling at the other stationary when they occasionally join it on the desk. They look really happy for themselves being all new fangled and ball pointy. They don't stick around long.

Pencil is still there, he is happy to be a pencil. He has decided that it's better to be a blunt almost useless balding implement.

It could be worst he thinks. I could be a pen.


Re: Disposable income

Screwfix still have pencils but Toolstation have pens. Guess where I prefer to shop!

I hope Dabsy is saving the Princess Leia and Orion slave girl outfits for the bedroom or the respective conventions (or Facebook for that matter) I can quite easily avoid damaging my precious little mind :)

Rise of the Machines hair-raiser: The day IBM's Dot Matrix turned


Re: Let's face it, who amongst us hasn't lost a tie to the...

It is part of the reason all our staff are issued with polo shirts. Apart from just looking good (and they are supplied and replaced free) we embroider them ourselves and its a good selling technique. All hair must be tied back, no watch, rings, chains or bracelets etc

You really wouldn't want to get caught in a high speed laminator, folder or creaser but at least they have HUGE red emergency stop buttons all over them.

Training manual page 1, if you wouldn't stick your ©0©& in there don't stick your fingers in there either.

With more hints dropped online on how to exploit BlueKeep, you've patched that Windows RDP flaw, right?


Isn't that the whole reason for the mess that is the MS RDP gateway along with all the other cruft and crap certificate management that goes along with it.

They say it works but it really needs a non MS VPN and Firewall to secure it if you have any hope of avoiding these issues even in the latest versions of MS Server OS's.

BT adopts Ubuntu OpenStack as core brains for its 5G, fibre-to-the-premises rollout


Not that cloud

'You operate private infrastructure, and you want it to behave like cloud.'

No I want the cloud to behave like my own on premise systems that do not go down on the whim of the magic cloud demons with virtually no recourse. Maybe the 'everyone is down, we are working on a fix' is OK for some but ummmmm no thanks. Good for passing the buck though.

Thumbs up for SDN though, I'm surprised that they are only just doing this. Cheap x86? ARM? Hardware in cabinets should be much easier to upgrade in the future.



Umm I think you will find that residential customers outnumber business connections by quite a large margin. Not everyone needs leased lines.

It's so hot, UK needs to start naming heatwaves like we do when it's a bit windy – climate boffins


Re: Shameless plug.

I depends how old and or well built the house is.

For those that do not live in the UK we usually build houses with breeze blocks and brick rather than wood.

If you have a very substantial brick house it will take quite a while to heat up all that mass so for brief hot patches (in winter they also take much longer to cool down) it stays relatively cool. Keep sun facing curtains closed, ensure your loft insulation and ventilation is good and for heavens sake close the curtains when it gets dark. Moths are a pain in the arse when they decide your light bulb is the moon.

I also find a cold shower before bed is enough to lower my temperature enough that I can go straight to sleep without having the 'shits on the floor' when it's 100 degrees.


Don't press the red b-... Windows Insiders' rings hit by surprise Microsoft emission


Through the wringer.

Ring-a-ring o' roses,

A pocket full of posies,

A-tishoo! A-tishoo!

We all fall down.

Wringer : one that wrings: such as

a : a machine or device for pressing out liquid or moisture a clothes wringer

b : something that causes pain, hardship, or exertion

c : Microsoft updates

'We've done it, we've wasted further time!' Judge raps HP over Mike Lynch court scrutiny


I think you pretty much summed it up there.

While im having a good giggle at the proceedings this is getting tiresome for everyone especially the judge. I'm not saying that he has made his mind up already but its sure looking that way.

UK cops blasted over 'disproportionate' slurp of years of data from crime victims' phones


Re: Dubious

It's not that hard, I will edit for you...

'Lets assume a case of actual rape with male attacker, female victim (so I don't need to pepper text with alleged & gender agnostic pronouns everywhere)

Any evidence of communications between rapist and victim would be available via attackers digital footprint so no need for victims data.

The main beneficiary would be rapist defence team as if victim phone data showed they used tinder etc, then you could bet the defence team would do a "they are a slut, asking for it" character besmirching attack - the sort of thing that deters lots of victims from going through with prosecution as, unless they have the lifestyle of a nun and are young, there's normally some degree of sexual history that a nasty defence can use (it takes tremendous courage for many victims to endure the character assassination that often occurs in rape trials)'

I changed male to they in your third paragraph and removed women from your last one. Two corrections. That's a lot less effort than writing your first quite obnoxious paragraph.

Silly money: Before you chuck your chequebook away, triple-check that super-handy digital coin


Re: "The age of digital money has arrived"

I forgot to pay my CC off last month, that £7.99 for Netflix cost me £0.26 in charges. Set up a DD for £8 per month to cover it in the future.

Sometimes digital payments are a royal PITA! I just wish they would let me go in to credit and pay me the 28 ish % back.

Credit cards should be for either emergencies (stuck in a foreign country and need to get home) or paying companies that you may want your money back from should they possibly not deliver.

Will that old Vulcan's engines run? Bluebird jet boat team turn to Cold War bomber


Re: an F1 car with a real engine before they went all turbo

Superchargers were banned by the FIA, not sure about intercoolers. Both viable alternatives and you could still use a MGU with it for extra electrical power.

Checkmate, Qualcomm: Apple in billion-dollar bid to gobble Intel’s 5G modem blueprints, staff – new claim


I don't get it.

I feel a bit like Tom Hanks in Big saying this but I don't get it.

5G is a documented standard just like umm 4G, 802.11.a/b/g/n/ac, ethernet 10 100 1000 etc. A lot of companies can make them work so why is 5G that hard in comparison and if it is that hard then why is there not another easier to implement, cheaper, version?

Or maybe Qualcom is on the standards board and pushing thorough specifications that it knows it has IP rights with that others cannot copy to make it work 'as good' as they can.

Its an honest question, I have almost no idea how RF / electromagnetic waves work beyond making an AM receiver / radio in school electronics class over 2 decades ago and I'm quite sure I didn't violate any IP in the process.

Just add water: Efficient Energy’s HFC-free chillers arrive in the UK



That dude in The Matrix used BTU to explain why we make awesome batteries, if its good enough to last through a machine AI uprising then I will go with it lol.

Ofcom 'fair deal' action: UK mobile networks agree to slash contract charges when lock-in ends – except Three


New phone every year

'1.4 million would be better off on another deal – on average, overpaying by £11 a month.'

While I hate the thought of phones ending up in landfill you can buy a Huawei 9 lite for £120 and use the extra few quid saved a year for a screen protector (they come with a case).

I will not be doing it every year but the battery is not replaceable and screens get damaged eventually. For a new screen and battery you may be better off just buying a new one as needed.

SIM only customer £10 PCM.

Ofcom head Sharon White pocketed nearly £500k last year


Re: HireRight

Sharon must be really good at her (performance review) job if loosing 220M is seen as good!

Fracking hell, I ordered £800 of the wrong stock a few months ago and I thought my arse was going out the door.

Tbh it was my biggest TITSUP (Total Inability To Supply Useable Parts) in 15 years and I still got my massive £166 monthly bonus lol

Perhaps I should fuc& up more often.

Facebook: The future is private! So private, we designed some handy new fingercams for y'all!


Stick it

Where the sun don't shine!

Microsoft tells resellers: 'We listened to you, and we have acted' (PS: Plz keep making us money)



'We wondered if maybe, just maybe, some of those sign-ups might be only after the goodies rather than winning the company more customers.'

Ummmm I think you hit the nail square on with that comment.

If they brought back real perpetual licenses for Office and I hate saying this but SBS (with outlook licenses included) maybe retention would be easier.

As it is now I'm stuck between recommending Libre Office and thunderbird with cpanel mail accounts... Then comparing the price with Office 365 or Google solutions that seem to deny any responsibility regarding your data. At least if its on site or I control the servers / VPS I can have reliable backup and ownership of any issues that arise.

Most of my customers are SMB or charities, moving to monthly subscription per user is not economically viable.

Thanks for the licenses though ;)

Scots NHS symptom checker pings Facebook, Google and other ad peddlers


Re: "Scots NHS symptom checker pings Facebook, Google and other ad peddlers"

In Wales you can also get a private prescription from an accredited nurse of doctor (after paying them) and pay for the cost of the POM (pharmacy only medicine) at the pharmacy. It is amazing how much some of it costs!

I think it's more astonishing what people outside the UK can purchase direct from a pharmacy without going through a doctor. Some of the stuff would get you in serious trouble if you were caught with it in the UK without it being prescribed.


Re: "Scots NHS symptom checker pings Facebook, Google and other ad peddlers"

Not on my browser. Nope. Apparently they dont exist...

Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean Google isn't listening to everything you say


Re: Not Okay Google

They fined British Airways 1.5% £183 million so it is on the up :)

Oz watchdog claims Samsung's leak-proof phones ad campaign doesn't hold water


Re: Galaxy S7 owner

You would really throw out a perfectly usable phone just because it fell into a toilet.

Apparently most toilets are cleaner than kitchen worktops and all kebab shops.

Huawei website ████ ██████ security flaws ██████ customer info and biz operations at risk: ███████ patched


Re: Stop signing those NDAs

If it is a website vulnerability then fair enough, they should have just said that in the first place.

Depends on how it relates to the Huawei account that asks for various permissions to enable for example the step counter / fit app and other apps that are pre installed.

If it can push apps to a mobile in the same way Google play can then its a serious issue. I doubt and hope it's not that bad but... Plan for the worst if there is no info forthcoming etc

UK watchdog fined firms £3m for data breaches last year – before its GDPR balls dropped


Re: Hypothetical question!

Good question but I very much doubt they are holding personal information of individuals to anywhere near the scale of BA or Equifax.

They probably hold the records of everyone that has made a complaint and the contacts at the companies that they are investigating with little else.

You would think that their security budget and staff skill would be something to aspire to. Time will tell.

Take the bus... to get some new cables: Raspberry Pi 4s are a bit picky about USB-Cs



What about SCART and composit video plus audio. It could handle multiple formats and was really good picture quality for the time.

At least the spec was readable even to me with my limited electronics experience. I still remember rewiring / soldering a SCART connector to connect a console to a 12ft projector with separate output for audio for their speaker system. Looked awesome in the pub hall and tennis was really good as you had a lot of space to run around.

USB C umm I'm crap at soldering.

Who's been copying AMD's homework? Intel lifts the lid on its hip chip packaging to break up chips into chiplets


Makes me think of

SLS being the monolithic chip and Falcon being the chiplet design. There are similarities in both cost and performance metrics.

I know what version my money is on.

Years late to the SMB1-killing party, Samba finally dumps the unsafe file-sharing protocol version by default


Re: "Most people had dial-up"

Crayons and paper? Crayons and paper?! You don't know you're born!

In my day we had black boards and chalk, Excel has not progressed that much since.



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