* Posts by LeahroyNake

588 posts • joined 9 Mar 2017


Sure, we've got a problem but we don't really want to spend any money on the tech guy you're sending to fix it


I have been there more times than i can count, i now keep cr2032's in my toolbox for older headless systems :/

IBM so very, very sorry after jobs page casually asks hopefuls: Are you white, black... or yellow?



ARS are now covering this with no mention of The Reg or a link back?

In a galaxy far, far away, aliens may have eight-letter DNA – like the kind NASA-backed boffins just crafted


Re: Hachimoji?

Great article, just wish I could get images hatching emoji out if my head :0

US legal eagle: Well done, you bought privacy compliance tools. Doesn't mean you comply with anything


Someone missed the point

The GDPR doesn't care how much you spend on compliance. When it comes down to the basics is is quite simple.

Some business models will not survive an investigation, ambulance chasing and Farcebook comes to mind but there are a lot of pirates that spring to mind.

If it's company policy to indiscriminately collect and process consumers data without informed consent they had better hire the liarwers to fight it out.

Cheap call? Hardly. GSM gateway judicial review to settle whether UK Home Sec can legally push comms watchdog around


SIP is not that bad

If you want something that is cheaper and wipes the floor with Skype or whatsoever it's called just pony up £30 a month to a proper SIP provider.

Zen seen quite good....


UK.gov plans £2,500 fines for kids flying toy drones within 3 MILES of airports


Re: Droning on - There WAS videos

If there were any drones I'm sure we would have got some video by now ? Unless ..... ummm


They shot them down with EMP that only took out the drones and pics... and the videos of them... from devices that stream to remote locations using normal mobile comms.... they did cut off mobile and gps signals, didn't they ?

The fact that they called in the Army that can easily take out drones suggests that they had a bunch of monkeys with Nerf guns running security or was it outsourced to Crapita?

Goddamn the Pusher man: Nominet kicks out domain name hijack bid


If the .EU can do it

'Pusher Ltd failed in its attempt to take control of the domain pusher.co.uk from Lee Owen, a resident of Romania'

Ummm why does some Romanian guy get to have a .co.uk whatever they are smoking I want some.

Dev's telnet tinkering lands him on out-of-hour conference call with CEO, CTO, MD


Re: "expect" isn't a basic utility, it's an add-on.

You can assume that someone is taking credit for your work right up until the point it stops working... then they will deny all knowledge of ever seeing it.

Poor people should get slower internet speeds, American ISPs tell FCC


Re: Well, if they don't think it's fair...

I know a local 'Provider' that took a £3000 Grant from local gov coffers to provide a decent service to my company.... (Wi-Fi dish over ~2km) To be honest it was really good 50MB synch, RDNS, the works.

2.5 years later they couldn't provide it amynore and wanted a new grant for fibre... Additional grant application ~£3k.

They are called REDACTED. I'm guessing they got a grant for several companies in the same building next to mine at £3K each per connection / 15 connections... in the same building.

Tried contacting my local council but they don't have a clue....wasting money ? ? ?

Spectrum Internet/ NSUK BTW.


Re: Someone once said...

It seems to manage to make the .co.uk news for some reason.

Anyone fancy an opt out of US news that is of no interest of me as a resident of the UK ?... apart from making me feel better.

Well it does make me feel better with my 16Mb down 2 up connection for £26 A month from Plusnet .....(Welsh valleys if you are interested / middle of bloody nowhere!) In a civilised place that has a large stock of sheep.

Super Micro says audit found no trace of Chinese spy chips on its boards


You wish.


Re: 'Fake News' by Bloomberg, then?

Fracking hell Bob, CAPS are irritating.

Microsoft suffers the Tuesday shakes as Exchange Online continues to be wobbly for UK users


You also don't have to publish that you have had 5 plus years of 100% uptime during working hours but whatever. At this rate I would have to pull the power for a few weeks to get down to Office 36? Uptime stats.


Is Daz in sales ?

'In the meantime, pity poor Daz, who had just finished explaining the joy of cloud when it all came crashing down. ®'

See title. Daz can go explain himself and is getting no pity from me.

Microsoft readies the swatter as more bugs wriggle out of the Windows 10 woodwork



They are messaging around with the ship tool as well :o I can't believe that I'm saying this but the new version may be slightly better ! Now you can draw arrows and stuff on your snip..

But.... why the hell is the save icon in the top right corner ? Seriously it's always been under file / save and or an icon in the top left that looks like a floppy disk ?? . Are there any guidelines for UI design left in windows?

Consultant misreads advice, ends up on a 200km journey to the Exchange expert


Re: Spoilers in Tech Docs!

'Your average user associates "click" with the sound the mouse makes when they press the virtual button on the screen.'

You also need to tell them to 'touch' an icon / area of a touchscreen rather than 'press'... some people press way too hard !

3 is the magic number (of bits): Flip 'em at once and your ECC protection can be Rowhammer'd



If you have malware running on your system that is capable of using this attack :O You have bigger issues to worry about.

ECC stands for Error Correction Code or at least it used to. It was designed to correct hardware memory issues when 2048k was considered large. Not to deal with what seen like addressing issues exploited by malware that has much easier avenues of attack/ spoof a UAC prompt.

What the #!/%* is that rogue Raspberry Pi doing plugged into my company's server room, sysadmin despairs


Sometimes just changing the password doesn't work / Apple devices are a pain for remembering the auth token.

Disable the account and wipe any connected devices as per your companies BYOD TOS ? Or is that going overboard ?

Technical foul: Amazon suffers data snafu days before Black Friday, emails world+dog


Re: Nothing to worry about

Omg have another upvote ! Best post of the day by far ;D

128-layer flash flood to come roaring down the Yangtze in 2020 – report


Re: nothing to worry about, then

Titsup meaning 'Total Inability To Support Useable Partitions' ?

If at first or second you don't succeed, you may be Microsoft: Hold off installing re-released Windows Oct Update


Maybe other AV vendors should take note and sell it as a feature ?


I also prefer 8.1 over 10, it's a bit of a mess about to get the security updates to download as apparently the Ryzen 5 1600 is not supported even though it works just fine.

The only other downside is AMD not releasing graphics drivers for 8.1... wtf is with that attitude ?

And... a mapped network drive Qnap NAS / failed to connect happens every time I boot the thing even though when I try to open it / works just fine. Very strange.

NHS*IT: Welsh system outages put patients at risk


NHS Wales

It seems quite up to date and streamlined from my experience?

From my own experience...

Pain in face that was a sinus infection probably caused by a bad tooth. Day 1 doctor prescribed Antibiotics/ 7 day course. I was in the dentist 14 days later, x Ray done and results instant on the dentist pc. The dentist had my medical notes and removed the tooth. The sinus infection had caused wax build up ( may be a coincidence) but the Dr had already refered me to a specialist ENT hospital. A month later I can hear normally.

Everything was electronic apart from the prescription and me signing a form at the dentist that cost ~£40 for the extraction and hygienist appointment. Booking in at the doctors and ENT was via touch screen and I only had to wait 10 minutes past the appointment time.

As an end user of the Welsh NHS I think it is outstanding !

Solid state of fear: Euro boffins bust open SSD, Bitlocker encryption (it's really, really dumb)


Cr@p analogy

I'm no locksmith but I have replaced a few lock barrels....

I'm also not an encryption genius but can implement it....

I could NOT design either of them in a way that is secure.

Techie was bigged up by boss… only to cause mass Microsoft Exchange outage


Re: Note to Microsoft

All well and good until it restarts at 0930 because 'updates' Server 2012. I hadn't logged on locally to that server for several weeks and the updates should restarts should have happend outside the backup window / between 7-8 am. Thanks MS.

Microsoft promises a fix for Windows 10 zip file woes. In November


Windows copier ?

Not seen one of those to be honest ;) most of them run very custom versions BSD or Linux from my experience.

Anyway the stapler just got an update and is attacking the spider plant across the office... I'm heading to the pub before it turns its atte.vcgh c v h v th th in

Grumbling about wobbly Windows 10? Microsoft can't hear you over the clanging cash register


Re: !!!!!

"I rather doubt that you can buy an adequate PC for £150 - unless it's a diskless one"

I have bought quite a few i5 W10 also has a W7 license 4GB ram refurb pc's not one issue with them so far and they have a 2 year warranty £140 each. Throw in a £70 24 inch monitor and a half decent keyboard and mouse and the users or clients think Christmas has come early.

Break out the jelly and ice cream! Microsoft's Small Basic turns 10



Brings back memories of the UK Fire service strike 2002 /3. I spend several days waiting for Green Goddess fire trucks to break down. During that period and on a monochrome laptop with no internet access I wrote a playable version of pong followed by arkanoid with nothing more than the built in help. Drawing the paddle and balls using individual pixels then grabbing the memory address and blitting back to the screen, learning collision detection etc. I had never programmed before and had a team of testers ready to pull it to pieces and take the piss until i got it right, then i couldn't tear the bloody thing off them to make more improvements.

The Google instruction book / copy paste is way too easy these days lol

'The inmates have taken over the asylum': DNS godfather blasts DNS over HTTPS adoption


Re: "AND the header-level clues that DNS resolution is being requested."

If you are a network admin you control the DNS that is assigned via DHCP and hopefully locked down the settings so users can't change them.

You also block every port (allow others as required) and only allow unencrypted DNS from your internal DNS server that blocks and logs requests for nasty stuff.

Moving DNS to https sounds like a good idea.... It's not... at least for SMB and home users that do not have half decent kit. Inspecting an encrypted packet for a DNS requests is a lot harder than securing your own DNS server and blocking requests that are against your policy.

This also assumes that users can't use a VPN to carry out the request....

Stealthy UK startup drops veil on next frontier of speech wizardry


don't tell

Alexa or Cortana that this can be done locally on the device.. there is £millions/ billions of revenue from abusing this tech !

Please please please give me the non cloud version of speech to text.

Need a modest Arm Cortex-A CPU in your custom chip? Just apply online. Plus $125,000


Re: Thumbs Up!

Here is a linky for the younger ones...


You have to love watching 50 bazillion rounds being fired and nobody getting shot lol

Open-source this, open-source that, and the end of the Windows 10 Creators Update


aka the Fail update

Spot on methinks. Any guesses when the the next one will occur ? My money is on a Tuesday:p

GCHQ asks tech firms to pretty please make IoT devices secure



Please try to be consistent in articles when you use acronyms.

Internet of Tat was not mentioned in this article but some bright spark pointed out that RDP meant Remote Desktop Protocol in the latest On Call episode. /sarc

Why can't I see or use the icons any more ? :(

Scanning an Exchange server for a virus that spreads via email? What could go wrong?


Puremessage Upgrade

If you like Sophos Puremessage you may like their Mail scanning VM / SEA. I think it's included with every license that includes Puremessage so no additional cost. Just make sure you give the VM 3GB Ram as it can stall if you use the recommend minimum of 2GB. Well worth an hour to test and it restarts a lot quicker than exchange / less blips in email deliverability from external sources.

The less installed extra stuff on an Exchange server the better IMHO.

Samsung’s flexible phone: Expect an expensive, half-bendy clamshell



'This design contains a “shape maintaining part” - which may or may not be flexible - attached to the “deformable part”.'

The instant clamshell was mentioned I thought that bending the screen at a sharp angle would break it. So i thought hmmm hollow space behind to increase the bend radius. Oh look that's what the patent image looks like #obvious. It is also similar to the away that laptop hinges protect the cabling etc I'm sure you can think of more examples.

Happy with your Surface Pro 3's battery? Well, here's a setting that will cut the charge by half



'Redmond initially tried to extract a fee for battery replacement before eventually fixing the problem with a firmware update.'

User replaceable battery. It's not hard. If the FW has an issue... also the manufacturer's fault / free battery for the users after they have fixed the FW.

Microsoft deletes deleterious file deletion bug from Windows 10 October 2018 Update


Re: No mystery

Can you give me a link to these increased W10 charges ?

I know it's a massive pile of crap but increased charges is something that can be taken to court. 8f only to get an extended W7 license.

Space, the final Trump-tier: America to beam up $8bn for Space Force


My $2 million logo

Space Farce!

Printers notes...

In bold

Random font

Stick some characters in italics

One letter in a random colour, ensure that a different colour and character is used for every print

I have spell checked the document

I have fact checked the document

You are not allowed to use a big X anywhere near the logo as described above

For colour matching please refer to IMDB Spaceballs

Your Schwartz is weak old man.

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave me tea... pigs-in-blankets-flavoured tea


Re: Sprouts

Celery rightfully claims that crown !

Even people that supposedly like it dip it in salt to make it semi edible.

Celery is the only thing on my food / I will gag if I smell it list.

The secret history of Apple's Stacks


Re: better than nothing?

Just like the last Windows 10 update ...

Facebook's new always-listening home appliance kit Portal doesn't do Facebook


Yeah right

"Facebook doesn't listen to, view, or keep the contents of your Portal video calls," the company said. You can turn off the camera and mic with a double tap, and delete your entire voice history with one command.

I seriously doubt that anything in that paragraph is true... apart from 'the company said' bit.

It also missed out 'process your video calls to extract data' that's different from viewing them etc.

Ever used an airport lounge printer? You probably don't know how blabby they can be


they call it DOSS

Half right but...

'In the case of things like commercial photocopier/printers, for the lifespan of the printer and beyond.'

Data Overwrite Security System is now included as standard in all new Ricoh devices (for at least 2 years). Additionally you can enable HDD encryption. At the end of machine life or when it gets repurposed to a different site it has a build in HDD wipe facility that comforms to at least UK MOD spec.

Other manufacturers meh, you may be right. All I say is make sure you specify the above on the quote before the install and don't let some idiot sell it on eBay.

Holy smokes! US watchdog sues Elon Musk after he makes hash of $420 Tesla tweet


Re: Maximum Hubris

I can get almost 700 miles out of my Honda 1.6 diesel. Takes less than 5 minutes to fill up if I use the card in the pump.

I drive a lot for work.

Cisco coughs up baker's dozen of vulns and other security nasties


How much ?

I had to ask how much so therefore I can't afford it, or the support contract required to get access to the updates that are fixing issues that should not be there in the first place.

Pain spotting: Russia's Aeroflot Docker server lands internal source code, config files on public internet



Why are all the filenames in English?

Just seems a bit strange to me that they would outsource... all the away out of Russia.

I want to buy a coffee with an app – how hard can it be?


'My contactless payment cards always work, never run out of power and can be dropped repeatedly without damage, and it's faster to pay with a card than either cash or an app.'

Not when you have cash at hand. Contactless can and did frequently for me take up to 30 seconds to approve the transaction. I'm not rude and wait until it says approved much to the disgust of some shop proprietors. The one time I flashed and dashed I was shouted back back in to the store and asked for to insert my card and pin for no apparent reason... haven't used it since.

Withdraw cash from my banks cash point in denominations that i know. How I spend my cash is my business... including using a £20 for a £2 Greg's 'breakfast roll and coffee' so I have change for the rest of the day.


Re: Memories of Not The Nine O Clock News

That's $900 *a*night*. Breakfast extra.

Wow, were you still hungry.. that's one expensive supper.

NSS Labs sues antivirus toolmakers, claims they quietly conspire to evade performance tests


Re: Testing Labs

MRG seems to have missed Sophos and a few other large AV

vendors? Admittedly the ones I was looking for were more corporate rather than the cheap crap that you get with an off the shelf PC 30 day trial.



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