* Posts by MrReynolds2U

275 publicly visible posts • joined 6 Mar 2018


Job 1: Get the boss on the network. Job 2: Figure out why Job 1 broke the network for everyone else


Re: I hope it was only the WiFi

Always use MAC restrictions on private WiFi (even though you can spoof your MAC address) and if you can, on any internal network. At home I run a private WiFi network with MAC allow list and a separate guest WiFi via voucher code for when visitors ask "What's your WiFi password?".

Twitter engineer calls out Elon Musk for technical BS in unusual career move


Re: The Hospital versions..

Back in my in-person support days we used to do things like clean the foo-foo valves and degauss the warp drive when fixing a PC. Even got the boss with a few of them.

Go ahead, be rude. You don't know it now, but it will cost you $350,000


Re: You get what you order

For the UK...you must stop and exchange details if there is damage to property (not necessarily insurance if you are handling it privately) and you must inform the police if there is suspicion of injury or a driving offense. Anything else is just bluster.

From the Met:

"You don't need to report a collision to the police if you've exchanged details, nobody was injured and there are no allegations of driving offences.

You must report the collision to the police if you were unable to exchange details at the scene, if anyone was injured, or if you suspect that the other person may have committed a driving offence."


Unlucky for some: Meta chops 13% of global workforce


Re: Zuck and metaverse

When I was driving to work today (I have to, there isn't a viable public transport option if I want to sleep past 5am) I noticed a another vehicle with more than 1 person in*. First time I've seen that in ages.

*Excluding trades vans which usually have 2-3 people in.

The hub and spoke public transport model means I would need to take 2 buses and a train to get to work. It would cost at least twice as much and take twice as long (if I was lucky and the train wasn't cancelled). Oh, and I probably wouldn't have a seat. When you add in that I drive my daughter to college on my way to work, that cost for public transport becomes more than triple my car-based costs.

If there was a viable public transport option, I would use it, but TPTB need to wake-up and plan a system where cars are no-longer a necessity if they want wider adoption and a lower environmental impact. Instead they are just focused on electric car ownership and banning non-EVs which will limit personal transport options for the poorer in society (there isn't a reasonably-priced 2nd hand market for EVs).

Euro clouds lodge another complaint against Microsoft over anti-competitive licenses


I'm running virtual Win10 on Hyper-V on-prem and although it's a fight to understand the correct licensing, I'm pretty sure that just having 365 Enterprise subscription allows this. Unfortunately the software we're using only works with MS Office, otherwise I would have used an alternative. Could utilise EXSi or Xen, but I'm just more familiar with Hyper-V.

I had an MSP recently try and sell us a rather convoluted cloud-based, locked-down, virtual desktop and server solution utilising VMWare. I advised TPTB that for an initial CapEx equivalent to 3 months of their quoted cost, we could run our own on-prem solution and retain control of our own data. There's still a bit of push-back from those who think "cloud" is best but I've got plenty of horror stories to drop on them when the time comes.

LG debuts thin malleable screens made from contact lens material


Re: Visors

Yep, I immediately thought of this Black Mirror episode: The Entire History of You

Hot, sweaty builders hosed a server – literally – leaving support with an all-night RAID repair job


Re: Bathroom vent fan

While I applaud your re-use of the heat throughout the premises, having the air-gap at the bottom could lead to ingress of dust and other material. Obviously the air is cooler at the bottom, but you've got to factor in the air quality too. You might be better off with a small wall vent close to the floor with a replaceable/cleanable filter.

The world was promised 'cloud magic'. So much for that fairy tale


Re: The Cloud

That reminds me of the BT to ComputaCentre fiasco. I contracted for CC at one point and was amazed at the extortionate costs and work they were able to bill BT for; who happily paid out. It was part of their restructure when they sold off buildings to rent them back and TUPE'd a bunch of engineers over to CC.

Elon Musk shows what being Chief Twit is all about across weird weekend


Re: Quality Review

Gotta keep your WoW guild page up-to-date mate /s

(obvs not in a pro capacity except in maybe time spent)

Cisco AnyConnect Windows client under active attack


On Win10 or 11 you've got SSTP, PPTP, IKE2 (IPSec) along with good-old L2TP/IPSec (PSK\Cert) and I'm pretty sure Win7 had the same options and they were available on all editions.

For more advanced options, if you want to direct specific traffic down different tunnels, then it can be done but requires a little fiddling.

Win VPN doesn't support MFA yet which you may get with VPN clients from firewall vendors and they also may have better methods of sharing PSKs and credentials.

I personally don't really understand why people use 3rd party VPN clients on Windows so if anyone has a decent reason, please share it.

Oops, web trackers may have leaked 3 million patients' info


Re: Google is all seeing

In reference to cunts... sometimes that's the only word that really conveys how you are feeling.

With all the changes recently, thank fuck we can still swear on here.


"AAH's... robust technology vetting process"

Doesn't seem to be living up to that claim so far.

Why are PC webcams crap? Lenovo says it knows the reason


Re: Fair, physics.

Agreed on the ethernet jack front. It feels like I'm breaking something when I try to prise it open for use.

(Lenovo Thinkbook user)

To make this computer work, users had to press a button. Why didn't it work? Guess


Re: Manual is optional,

Amen to that.

I don't need your life story, just tell me or show me exactly what the title of the video says.

Cops swoop after crooks use wireless keyfob hack to steal cars


Re: Progress of car security

I remember kill switches being very common during the 90s when car security was pretty crap.

My mates often just repurposed an unused switch on the central console. I think one put his in the back of the pull out ashtray. Oh, and we all had detachable head-units on our stereos (aka ICE).

Tried to find that scene from When a Man Loves a Woman where Meg Ryan pelts the car with the alarm going off. I had that alarm and it used to go off all the bloody time at night. Meg Ryan never came by to throw eggs at mine though, shame.


Re: Progress of car security

Yep, I seem to remember we had a starting handle on mine. Fookin scary at times if it caught and kicked back at you.

Although it became a daily practice to find the battery flat (alternator problem) and jump start it by rolling it down the hill.


Re: Progress of car security

Yep. I had an old Morris Minor. A small screw-driver to unlock the quarter window, reach in and open the door. I can't remember if the screwdriver worked on the ignition but there was a solenoid button under the bonnet lid to start the engine and no built-in steering wheel lock.

For a Golf, Polo or similar, a large flat-blade with some percussive force pushed the boot lock through and then you could use a finger to release the boot door. So I never left anything of value in that car.

As a question though, it always appears in US films that car thieves simply get in, remove the steering-wheel trim and join wires before driving off (presumably requires older cars). There's never any indication of a steering lock, do you have that on US spec cars?

It's official: UK telcos legally obligated to remove Huawei kit


Re: It's official

I think maybe they need to look up what an oxymoron is and tone down their coffee intake.

Or you could use Bullshit generator and play them at their own game.


Very true. I don't recall the NCSC releasing reports on Cisco or Juniper kit and there are plenty of CVE entries filling up the database there.

It seems that most of the bigger vendors prefer security by obscurity. It's a sad state of affairs but the kit most of us rely upon to police our networks could very well be full of holes having never been given the kind of scrutiny that has been afforded to Huawei kit,


Re: It's official

I'll see your 'normalcy' and raise you 'learnings'

Laugh all you want. There will be a year of the Linux desktop


AD doesn't need Microsoft.

Samba has come a long way and I use it for some clients as a drop in replacement for AD. Sure the tooling could be more friendly but if you want centralised control of authentication, file shares, printers and policies, then Samba already does it. Even if the best way to configure it is a cross between Windows RSAT and Linux command line.

Microsoft leaves the Office, rebrands everything as 365


Re: However at Microsoft who is in charge of deciding names should be fired.

even with Michael at the helm, I think they were more productive


that left me somewhere between lmfaorotfl and "you owe me a new keyboard", so have a beer on me :)

Scanning phones to detect child abuse evidence is harmful, 'magical' thinking


Re: If people in the 1960s knew what computers and the Internet did to our freedom

Passivity isn't a defense when the welfare of a person or group of people is at stake.

"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing"

- Edmund Burke

Sage denies misleading customers over perpetual licensing, users not happy


Ok but will that still allow updates to keep you in line with legislation and reporting changes?

Mozilla drags Microsoft, Google, Apple for obliterating any form of browser choice


Re: Chrome on desktop

And sometimes McAfee (still an option but it's opt-in now I believe)

Ad blockers struggle under Chrome's new rules


Re: Always has been

I've been using Sky's NowTV app to watch the F1 via my XBox or PC (which means a costly sports subscription).

Even paying this subscription, they still show you adverts (90% of which are for betting or car sales).

On top of that, they want an extra £5pm if you want to watch it in HD (1080p).

(Also means no adverts for streamed programming and multi-device use).

Yes, they actually want you to pay more for HD in 2022.

Microsoft to stop accepting checks from partners


Re: Ahh cheques.

Hilariously, nothing in the comments about the actual context of the article, it's all about cross-pond spelling differences and the editorial changes at El Reg.

As for the use of "checks" in place of "cheques", it grates on me a bit but I'd prefer that the journalists spend their time and efforts on the story rather than converting it between different flavours of English.

I notice the HTML "lang" attribute is set to "en" so content could be any English variant. Personally I can't wait for articles written in "en-jm" along with a bit of local slang.

Cloudflare stops services to 'revolting' hate site


A lot of Anonymous Coward posts today and a lot of passionate posting.

It also feels like there's a bit more trolling going on considering the content.

I can't say I'm loving the amount of AC posts going on.

Thankfully the mods are keeping on top of stuff without going all Cloudflare on them.


Re: This is how it starts

I would like to point out that theoretical Communism and by extension Marxism are not inherently evil, but have been in the most notorious instances hijacked by those who would seek to mercilessly control a population while enriching themselves. Indeed, common definitions now include the idea that a communist government is typically an authoritarian one.

We've also seen in the UK that socialist agendas fail to live up to their egalitarian aspirations.

Instead we are left with a system that rewards those who seek power and money at the expense of others.

We're constantly told that free-market capitalism (also incorrectly referred to as freedom) is the right way, but let's be honest; it's not working out that well for the average person right now, is it?

Microsoft, Activision Blizzard have days to show merger won't harm competition


Re: Who cares what the UK thinks

When you are talking about companies like Microsoft, they do business in the UK, so the UK government has a right to interject if they think competition or consumers could be adversely affected.

Yes they are a US HQ company (unless they have Irish or other tax bases) but you have to work responsibly in a country if you want to be allowed to operate there.

Theoretically, there could be some spin-off geographical or division-based companies if the CMA finds against this merger.

California asks people not to charge EVs during heatwave


Re: Har Har

I'm curious about your Prius MPG. You say 55mpg but over what distance and what breakdown of electric to petrol?

Mainly curious because my 2.0L diesel car averages 50mpg which is about 1/2 urban and 1/2 motorway speeds and I tend to travel about 80 miles per day. I'm still weighing up how viable is EV for me.

Woman forced to sell 4-bed house after crypto exchange wrongly refunded $7.2m


Re: an account number was accidentally entered into the payment amount field

Looks like? In many places, it is still a system from the 1980s.

Arm sues Qualcomm over custom Nuvia CPU cores, wants designs destroyed


Re: Nonsense licensing

The same lawyers who looked over the acquisition of Nuvia and thought they were getting full IP use?

If this goes in ARM's favour, QC may have wasted a lot of money on Nuvia. So, if there is anyone sane at QC anymore they'll re-open a dialog with ARM over the IP.

Also ARM probably don't want to go to court - it could lead to some of their IP or licenses being pushed into the public eye.



Pretty sure that the current crop of Apple chips (including the M1 SoC and M2) are ARM-based.

No dust to see here.

Tesla faces Autopilot lawsuit alleging phantom braking


Bad human drivers

When my daughter expressed an interest in driving I told her something similar.

It's not that everyone else is a bad driver, but that we all have bad days when we drive. Or occasionally do something that we realise was stupid afterwards.

You have to assume that anyone can have a bad day at any time and drive accordingly.

From experience, around 1 in 20 are having a bad driving day at any time. That goes up to 1 in 2 for BMW and Audi drivers ;)

(Icon - seems fitting)

That 'clean' Google Translate app is actually Windows crypto-mining malware


I'm forever seeing links to supposedly legitimate software on Softpedia but I've never trusted it.

Bring back Tucows.

Microsoft adds virtual core licensing to Windows Server


The change to Windows 10 and 11 licensing is going to make a positive difference for one of my clients who are looking to virtualise desktops for a project. It should make things a lot clearer in terms of licensing.

Honestly when I was recently reading up on the licensing requirements just to virtualise a Windows 10 desktop, it was giving me a headache.

BOFH and the case of the disappearing teaspoons


It's still in the footer... probably because corporate types are only bothered with above-the-fold content.

Amazon has repackaged surveillance capitalism as reality TV


Re: Apathy is the problem

There are significant differences in quality of 4K cameras and recording systems. Not only do you have the camera's sensor quality to take into account, but also the auto-zoom, face-tracking, codecs, compression and probably a few other factors.

I've worked with high quality, well configured systems and they are a lot better than what you see on Crimewatch but mostly I see crap consumer-grade stuff. If you have a decent quality screen grab then there are ways to find a person using their digital footprint and a few other techniques.

Tesla owner gets key fob chip implanted in his hand


Re: Damnatio Memoriae

I studied under CC aka Kevin Warwick at Reading University back in the day. There were some very interesting and knowledgeable characters there at the time. I was hoping to work on prosthesis and human applications of implanted tech but my work took me in a different direction.

Some of the mods he has had might seem strange now but implanted tech is one possible future and could be key (pun intended) to helping humans overcome physical limitations and improve quality of life where it's needed.

(icon because that's where my interest was first ignited).

Microsoft finds critical hole in operating system that for once isn't Windows


Re: "the mention of the strcpy function immediately raises red flags"

Exactly. A good compiler setup will typically warn about unsafe function use and _may_ suggest an alternative.

To still be using what are effectively deprecated functions are a pointer to either learning using out-of-date texts or just not learning and understanding how functions actually... function.


Re: From 'The 10 Commandments for C Programmers'


Probably crept in because someone did a copy and paste from Stack Overflow


But in all seriousness, I've seen a lot of poor code around bluetooth drivers and the like over the years. It feels like they are written in a rush by someone with no investment in the result.

OVH to hike prices, blames 'l'inflation'


Re: OVH based in a major nuclear country has trouble with Russian natural gas prices ?

The price of nuclear electricity generation hasn't increased significantly (although 3rd party costs like wages, food, services, logistics etc have contributed).

However wholesale energy costs have increased due in large part to "market forces".

i.e. the hint of a restriction in supply allows the energy brokers to charge more per KWh to everyone.

So although country A has adequate supply, country B doesn't and will pay a premium. So you sell to country B unless country A matches the price.

Generation costs per KWh are largely irrelevant now and we all end up paying more.

Ubuntu 22.04.1: Slightly late, but worth the upgrade


No problems here

Coincidentally I've just done a bare metal installation of Ubuntu Server 22.04.1 this afternoon and that went really smoothly too on a rather decrepit DL-380 G6? (IIRC)

After 40 years in tech, I see every innovation contains its dark opposite


Re: a planetary-scale "ignorance amplifier"

surely that's fantasy, not science fiction?

British Army Twitter and YouTube feeds hijacked by crypto-promos


Re: Building bridges?


But also is "cyber" a verb now as well?

I hate the bastardisation of our terminology.

Misguided call for a 7-Zip boycott brings attention to FOSS archiving tools


Well said mate, on here we are all equal. Nationality doesn't matter (unless you're from Mars).

I love 7-Zip and hate that people are using Igor Pavlov in a political attack.

A great day for non-robots: iOS 16 will bypass CAPTCHAs


that also works with Vegans