* Posts by LeahroyNake

588 posts • joined 9 Mar 2017


Time to Ryzen shine, Intel: AMD has started shipping 7nm desktop CPUs like it's no big deal


Probably, but...

I will not be efficient if it does. AMD have made a lot of noise about their 'special' relationship with MS and the way it allocates threads across cores. YMMV but the main issue will be motherboard drivers and trying to get the USB ports to work. I had this issue with a Ryzen 5 1600 and was not possible to install XP got it working with Win 7 eventually though.

Chinese government has got it 'spot on' when it comes to face-recog tech says, er, London's Met cops' top rep


"If we stop someone incorrectly and they've done absolutely nothing wrong and we explain to them 'so sorry we've got this one wrong,'"

Then arrest them anyway because.. I don't know, public disorder for not being happy about being stopped and searched maybe or Oh crap is that a screwdriver and a stanley knife in your toolbox.

Brexit? HP Inc laughs in the face of Brexit! Hard or soft, PC maker claims it's 'no significant risk'


Printing less

On HP kit yeah they probably are.

If I remember correctly they bought the Samsung copier arm. While I generally approve of Samsung products the copiers are not in the same league as Canon Ricoh and KM. HP are toys in comparison.

Don't get me wrong HP have made some very good printers but they are not great to work with as a supplier and there is no margin on ink (pagewide devices and large format) to bother trying.

Their large format is quite good and comparable to Canon on the mid to low end. If you want high end though it's KIP (fastest LED toner based), OKI (Seiko eco solvent) and maybe a few others. HP z series looks like is dying on its arse and the latex machines are a pain compared to solvent due to the power requirements and a separate training course.

BOFH: On a sunny day like this one, the concrete dries so much more quickly


£3000 on staples

It's quite easy to spend that much...

A box of Type K staples ( 15000 of them) from a certain manufacturer is around £38 ex VAT.

Whoopsy ordered 100 boxes rather than 10 for the copier that got replaced a year later and they were all recycled, should work as an excuse ;) not as tasty as beer though.

I can't believe I went off on another tangent... Concrete cures harded if its under water or the surface kept moist :o


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


Galaxy S7 owner

I have had a Galaxy S7 since they were launched and have never had an issue regarding water ingress and no faults have emerged after...

Dropping it in the sink with greasy hot soapy water then washing it under the tap.

Playing ingress in the rain several times a month. The touchscreen also keeps mostly working even if I have to wipe it to see anything.

It droping out of back pocket into the toilet followed by a really good scrub afterwards!

It has been dunked in a pint on more than one occasion.

Generally living in Wales and occasionally a hike up a random hill.

Getting pushed into a pool with it in my pocket and not realising for 15 minutes until I got out.

The only non issue is that if it has got wet somehow it knows and will not allow you to charge it until it thinks the USB port is dry. It's bloody magic if you ask me. Also my stupid fault for trying.

How many are failing and was the screen intact and undamaged when it got wet?

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


I feel sorry

For the people that have never heard or more accurately felt in their bones the flyby of a Vulcan bomber or an F1 car with a real engine before they went all turbo.

Those were real machines and awesome power that nothing we have now can compare to!

Starting up a Challenger 1 and some manuvers around the vehicle park / neutral turn was my all time best power / mechanic experience and I used to fix the things. Those were the days...

Oh yeah and Concorde!

Shall we strip price caps from .org, mulls ICANN. Hm, people seem really upset... OK, let's do it


An alternative

It would be nice to have an alternative to the US controlled gTlD system but how that would work is way beyond anything I can come up with.

I'm guessing some sort of distributed open trust system may be possible but only if the major browsers and search engines supported it.

Ideas anyone?

I got 502 problems, and Cloudflare sure is one: Outage interrupts your El Reg-reading pleasure for almost half an hour


All eggs one basket?

Now it seems that you can put your eggs in lots of baskets and if one of them goes bye bye than so does whatever is depending on it / ElReg.

DeepNude's makers tried to deep-six their pervy AI app. Web creeps have other ideas: Cracked copies shared online as code decompiled



Ooo I need to patent this....

Google glass (anyone remember that?) for people that have difficulty with public speaking etc... I was always told to imagine the person you are talking to is naked, this makes it much more fun lol

Joke icon obviously.

NASA smacks an Orion into the water with a successful Ascent Abort-2 Test


Re: that is, if SLS lasts

They could launch the senate... They would probably want the parachutes fitted though :/


Are parachutes that expensive

I really wonder why they didn't fit the parachutes to this test, do they really cost that much compared to the rest of the kit that was dumped in the ocean?

Poetic justice: Mum funnels £100 into claw machine to win single Dumbo teddy for her kid


I won, once

I have children and don't mind letting them have a go at the claw games but it's one go each and not £100 or until they win.

The last time I won a lovely blue whale thing. I walked out of the toilet at a motorway service station and was waiting for my partner when I spotted the claw game had a free go available. Both of us were amazed when it actually grabbed the thing and the youngest one know knows I'm awesome lol.

Drone fliers are either 'clueless, careless or criminal' says air traffic gros fromage


How high?

Serious question, how high do you have to go to be subject to a / any law regarding airspace in the UK ?

If I had a really big warehouse where I could let my kids fly their drones up to say 100ft I'm guessing that would be OK as it has a roof.

If I'm at the action end of an airport runway any height is most certaintyn not OK.

My back garden about 50 miles from the nearest airport and not in a flight path. How high do I have to go to before someone sees it as a threat to aircraft?

That makes me clueless about the law and therefore a criminal but I don't think I'm careless at all! I also doubt the local Bobby would know what do so with me either apart from asking to have a go flying.

I'm talking about toys that weigh less than a buzzard but more that an African swallow obviously.

Biz tells ransomware victims it can decrypt their files... by secretly paying off the crooks and banking a fat margin



I don't make that good or a profit but I wouldn't tell the customer how to fix the issue unless they paid me.

Fancy fixing an SC501 on a copier? No, almost nobody here knows what that means. Phone me up as your first Google search (I wish).

That's £75 for 30 seconds work. (if they have a service contract they don't pay for call outs or maintenance)

99% of the time it's a sheet of paper stuck behind the paper tray..... Just saying :/

Please stop regulating the dumb tubes, says Internet Society boss


His opinion

"I don't agree massacres of people should be filmed and shown on the internet or elsewhere. I don't think [child abuse images and footage] is OK. I don't think, either, that we should permanently try to use the underlying infrastructure to stamp out content we don't like."

I agree with all three points mentioned above. The first point though, when it involves <strikeout>US<\strikeout> armed forces killing civilians anywhere. It should not be possible for agencies or governments to block what they do not like / the great firewall of China.

It's a fullblown Crysis: Gamers press pause on PC purchases, shipments freeze


July 7th

Maybe everyone is just waiting until July 7th For AMD to release its Ryzen 3 processors, that will work in existing AM4 sockets..

While Intel are in damage control mode....

Having bank problems? I feel bad for you son: I've got 25 million problems, but a bulk upload ain't one


Re: Reversing the debits into credits?

I put something similar together to help a customer migrate to a new printing system. They were used to using the old print submission application where they could set rotations, scale, copies etc... let's just say it was quicker to spend half a day writing a small programme that took the output from the old system and repackaging it so that it would output on the new machine than training several users.

The manufacturer was very interested in my code and kept asking me to implement additional options....

Who needs a supercomputer when you can get a couple of petaflops on AWS?



"We were granted access to a group of nodes in the AWS US-East 1 region for approximately $5,000 charged to the company credit card."

I hope they filled out their expenses claim form correctly for that one!

Get your coat, you've pulled a Pull Panda: GitHub goes home with code collab specialists



'although existing users can continue to use the thing on-premises'

For how long?

Boffins' neural network can work out from your speech whether you'll develop psychosis


low semantic density

That's when a customer phones up with a fault to report and they haven't got a clue how the thing works... Only their idea of how it should work as explained to them by sales.

High semantic density, engineers or specialists discussing the problem.

Low semantic density, management's understanding of the issue.

Makes me want to go postal most weeks.

UK.gov whacks export ban on 'grotesque' crab made by famous Brit potter bros


Looks like

Something my 10 year old frequently brings home from school pottery class, I will have to ask him if I can put some of the worst ones on eBay lol

10 PRINT Memorial in New Hampshire marks the birthplace of BASIC


Q Basic

Not sure if Qbasic is the same, quick search says that the syntax is probably similar. It was the first programming language I used after editing auto exec.bat and config.sys files etc.

Managed to write versions of pong and arkanoid with just the built in help. I wish modern languages were as easy to pick up for the same results / effort... Then again distractions were a lot lower and time was the one thing that I had an abundance of.

Blighty's online pr0n gatekeepers are begging for a regulatory beating, says digital rights org


Re: Bloody big state Tories

You can probably add hanging homossexual males to that list as well if the latest BBC drama Gentleman Jack is anywhere close to factually correct.

Yes it's getting repetitive but it is nice to see them trying and giving a very strong female lead character that still has feelings. I can only see it ending badly though.


The Opera is for porn

The Opera is for porn, so grab your tits and VPN for porn porn porn....

This was posted via Firefox mobile, they don't seem to have broken any of my add ons / extensions.... Yet.

Flight Simulator 2020: Exciting new ride or a doomed tailspin in a crowded market?


Re: Changed the (IT) world

EF2000 by DID what a awesome game, think I was playing it on a P1 but could have been a cyrix 686 or something.

The replay feature is better than anything that I have seen since, you could view from any angle, speed up slow down and pause... Think Racedriver GRID but in planes with a shed load more options.

'Cynical and bullying' TalkTalk hackerhacker getsgets 4 yearsyears behindbehind barsbars


Re: Talk Talk Account

Plus 1 just for the 4 fingers and a dick line :p

When it comes to DNS over HTTPS, it's privacy in excess, frets UK child exploitation watchdog


Re: Does this change anything?

Sounds right to me and is probably why the pervs are putting child pron on Facebook and other massive social media sites.

Bad news. Asteroid 1999 KW4 flew by, did not hit Earth killing us all. Good news: Another one, Didymos, is on the way


Re: Mitigate?

If only it had hit while the state visit was happening.

Chinese bogeyman gets Huawei with featuring in EE's 5G network launch thanks to bumbling BBC



I just love the way Huawei seem to be taking it all in their stride and not reacting like a spoilt child when their dummy (pacifier) gets taken from them.

The long game with Huawei will be really interesting.

Tyan's early hardware for Nvidia's shiny new EGX platform is *ta-da* a bargain-basement server


How much RAM!

'24 DDR4 slots'

That's 192 GB with 8GB DIMMS :0

But can it run Quake 2, the new fangled raytraced version at more than 30 fps.. Or Crysis... Runs and hides behind the AMD hypervisor.

Uncle Sam to blow millions on mind-control weapon tech that can be fitted without surgery


Re: Firefox

No, you must think in Russian!

CIA traitor spy thrown in the clink for selling secrets to China. Stack Overflow, TeamViewer admit: We were hacked...


Re: Seriously?

Very good question and I'm certainly going to test it out!

For those that don't already know modern laser office copiers add an almost invisible yellow dot pattern to all prints and copies that can be traced back to the serial number of the machine. If you have a 25x magnification tool you can see it.

Get out of Huawei, it's an avalanche of news from everyone's favourite Chinese bogeyman


Oh Cr@p

I should probably get a new phone...

Or more realistically most of it is bolloc&s and the average consumer is no worse off than letting the incumbents keep spying on everything.

Dedicated techie risks life and limb to locate office conference phone hiding under newspaper


Re: Shouty men...

It's not just men.

In any case I find a warning before hanging up usually works... Though one customer took 4 hang ups to calm down.

If on site it's much easier. They either calm down or they get someone else to fix it.

I used to be in the military so I could take it, I don't have to anymore no matter who they think they are.

Office 365 user security practices are woeful, yet it's still 'Microsoft's fault' when an org is breached


On site woes

I'm still a firm believer in on site Exchange for control but am moving towards postfix dovecot very slowly. The reason for this is I have known on site for a very long time / Exchange 2000 migrated through 2003, 2010 and 2013.

If you have carried out those migrations I'm guessing you are still having nightmares about them :0 If you haven't then just make sure you have pst exports of every mailbox just in case, put an email scanning appliance in front of exchange and prey to whatever deity suits before you OK the dreaded Schema updates.

Regarding security disable active sync and remote access for everyone unless they need it. The perimeter firewall is still a great defence as is an email scanning appliance as it massively reduces the load on Exchange and the one I use probably has better connection logging as well. For any connection issues wireshark is great... try that with 365.

Anyway, I am never using Office 36? I get to retire before they completley kill on site servers. I will (hopefully) go cloud when I expire.

Want a good Android smartphone without the $1,000+ price tag? Then buy Google's Pixel 3a


Nice spec sheet

It pretty much matches the Honor 9 lite!

32GB storage check, Honor also has an SD port or you can use it for an additional SIM.

Fingerprint reader on the rear, check.

FHD+ display, check.

Just about all day battery, check.

Headphone socket, check.

$400 umm nope try £120.

Runs android and has Google crap on, unfortunately check that as well.

Meh canny have everything.

Assange rape claims: Complainant welcomes Swedish investigation's reopening



He skipped ball to try and avoid extradition to the US and everyone was taking the piss about him not being worth the time or money, I agree.

He gets out and what happens, the US requests extradition. Blame it on Trump or whatever but the main cause of this issue is that Assange may be disappearing into an American detention / torture prison. Few people have been allowed to leave said location.

I don't believe in torture or the death penalty.

NPM today stands for Now Paging Microsoft: GitHub just launched its own software registry


Re: there's something wrong with the entire premise

Geez, Take a chill pill Bob.

Yes it is that bad and I believe on site solutions and user control over Windows 10 are preferable to the current situation.

But... Please get a new keyboard, your caps key is malfunctioning.

Double-sided printing data ballsup leaves insurance giant Chubb with egg on its face


Or you could

Just turn off the catch all and let them deal with the NDR's ?

You would think someone would realise sooner or later.

The Year Of Linux On The Desktop – at last! Windows Subsystem for Linux 2 brings the Linux kernel into Windows


Re: I looked at the MS link provided

Mine has a lovely red LED on the front panel that used to flash when the HDD was being used. Upgraded to a 256GB NVME stick and the LED stays dark or is flashing so quickly that I can't see it.

OMG it's soooooo fast though even windows 10 update restarts take seconds rather than several minutes.

We dunno what's worse: Hackers ransacked Citrix for FIVE months, or that Equifax was picked to help mop up the mess


Password spraying

Is that also known as a rainbow table attack or more simply guessing crap passwords?

'I do not wish to surrender' Julian Assange tells court over US extradition bid


Chelsea pardoned by Obama

Maybe they are waiting on Chelsea to speak up so they can accuse Assange of something else but she is rightfully staying quiet while locked up... Again. The whole thing in a massive farce!

Where is my ticket of this planet :/

Sky customers moan: Our broadband hubs are bricking it


Re: It's been years since . . . .

Similar here, the Drayrek V130 supports VDSL and is a great 'modem' ? Access device... stick a decent router behind it and tell sky, BT, whoever to f3ck off. Disclaimer, you may not be able to get the correct details from Sky to user a 3rd party device.... (they are twats).

Owner of Smuggler's Inn B&B ordered to put up a sign warning guests not to cross into Canada


Blame Canada

In the (not quite immortal) words of Terrance and Philip.

Also why am I now thinking of a donkey molesting feces eater.

Gather round, friends. Listen close. It's time to list the five biggest lies about 5G


Re: Chinese law

Im guessing that Microsoft can tailor the Win 10 uploaded 'diagnostic' data as desired by such 3 letter agencies.

Huawei P30: New No-Pro's cameras are flash ... but there are some curious bits


seems very

Expensive :0

Considering you can get an Honor 9 Lite non contract for £126 including a case and screen protector. The camera is crap but I don't take selfies or pics of my food or have a post box fetish ???

Memory slump and smartphone boredom deliver one-two punch to Samsung's bottom line


They could always

Install more junk on the phones that you cannot remove, two birds one stone.

I only went Huawei 9 lite because I can uninstall most of the bloat, it works fine, has a decent screen, is better that the £450 Samsung s7 that it is replacing and... Ummmm it cost me £126 without a contract :0

Max Schrems schreds another 'blockade' to challenging Facebook data transfers in Austria


We've asked Facebook for comment. ®

Did you have to create a Facebook account to do that ?

Or is there a secret email address that you can share with us ?

College student with 'visions of writing super-cool scripts' almost wipes out faculty's entire system


Re: I too have had that

Yeah.... that works great with Exchange :0

Hapless engineers leave UK cable landing station gate open, couple of journos waltz right in


Re: Bah!

Maybe but what if an agile thief turns up ?



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