* Posts by Anne-Lise Pasch

102 posts • joined 31 Jul 2008

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BT hands £129m back to UK.gov after beating rural broadband targets

Anne-Lise Pasch

Some days I wish we could just have 802.11zz - Use ALL the spectrum (yes, all of it) for a single world network. And then run everything on top of that network. No more not-spots. We could call it Skynet...

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And on that bombshell: Top Gear's Clarkson to reappear on Amazon

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Re: Oh well at least

I would pay to watch Jeremy Clarkson test Windows 10.

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Re: In other news...

Well, we do have a Clegg who needs a job.

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SPUD – The IETF protocol Snowden loves but will never be used

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Good start

As an application developer, I want the protocol to do all the heavy lifting. I don't want to have to code a lot of stuff into my app that shouldn't have to be there, and potentially get it wrong. I just want to be able to either create a connection, or receive a connection, and know that what I pass down that pipe will get there in a fast and secure fashion. Today, I find myself using API after API; MSMQ, signalR, IOCP->ImmutableStack, because the heavy lifting is bubbled up to the application layer. But its not like my requirements are fundamentally different to 99.9% of everyone else doing TCP development, who just need to get the data to get from A to B, or A to Many. If this means losing the 'value add' of rate-limiting protocol-massaging that my ISP believes is 'helping me', then so be it.

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US State of Georgia sues 'terrorist' for publishing its own laws ... on the internet

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Ignorance of the law is no excuse...

... unless you charge for copies.

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NASA briefing in HOURS: 'We are upon the CUSP of finding ANOTHER EARTH'

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Re: Trump

Am I the only one who giggles at trump because its a colloquialism for fart?

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Ant-Man: Big ideas, small payoff

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Re: The real question is...

In some ways they share a lot in common, but the Ant-Man is a better popcorn movie. I disagree with most of the reviewer's commentary; I liked Paul Rudd's direction. I had issues with the science. (When you're small, you have the same density as when you're big... so why can I carry a tank in my pocket again?) But otherwise it was amusing fluff in line with Guardians of the Galaxy.

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Brit school software biz unchains lawyers after crappy security exposed

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Can you claim copyright infringement if someone repeats a line from a public Github?

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Four Brits cuffed as global cyber-crime forum Darkode busted

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Re: Low hanging fruit

This would not actually surprise me! :>

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Low hanging fruit

I'm just embarrassed those arrested called themselves hackers; they didn't go to a hacking-orientated website via an anonymising VPN service (iPredator, etc.). This is a bit like the London Met hiking the crimes-solved numbers by fining speeding drivers on the A40.

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It's 2015 and VMware tools break VMs if you open two browser tabs

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Re: Hands up

All of us.

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7/7 memories: I was on a helpdesk that day and one of my users died

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I walked through Kings Cross 4 minutes before the bomb, and got to work on the Macmillan helpdesk on Crinan street. It was just me, and the white-haired security guard. As an hour went by, and nobody turned up, reports of 'electrical surges' on the tubes came in, I joined the security guy at the front desk and scanned BBC news on the old PC. The news slowly changed, and we got more worried. We pulled out the dusty tome of 'what to do in an emergency' and started handing out orange juice to the three others who'd stumbled in by that time. Then the directive to 'go home' came through and we made our way on foot to London Bridge through the gauntlet of police waving us towards zone 2. That was my memory of the bombing, and a chapter of my life that got dusty right up until this morning when I got stuck at Aldgate waiting for the memorial to end, so I could finish my commute. I don't believe we do compare what happened here to 9/11. If you visit new York, the whole city feels defined by the attack. For London, its just another bad episode to be momentarily acknowledged, and then moved on from.

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Crowdfunded beg-a-thon to bail out Greece raises 0.003% of target

Anne-Lise Pasch

If the Greek government had taken the 1.6bn repayment and bought stocks, then announced they would actually pay up the 1.6bn after all today, they'd have made enough to pay off the whole 240bn debt. Just saying.

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GCHQ: Security software? We'll soon see about THAT

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Re: Time to write our OWN antivirus program

The dream of Open Source endures!

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Why are there so many Windows Server 2003 stragglers?

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Re: Not as urgent as an issue as MS would like

This. The lack of urgency is just that; total apathy to upgrade. The PM attitude is: "Most business boxes are not externally facing. They do not need the constant security arms-race upgrading. They do their job, and they work. And unless there's a damned good reason to break something that just works, you don't do it because there's a penalty. Nobody wants overhead (testing, regression, pilot) and all the hassles unless you tack on a separate project for new functionality, and there's rarely any internal project worth doing a system upheaval over." That's why the Code Red virus years ago was such a big deal, it hit us inside the firewall. But we didn't learn from that, we just treated it as an isolated incident, and hey, at least now we have whole-machine backups in our shiny virtual environments. If the quake hits, we can roll back to yesterday, etc. I don't like it, but I find it hard to come up with the business case at the same time.

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Galapagos volcano's MILE-HIGH WALL of FIRE menaces SUPER-RARE iguanas

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Mushroom

Southwest, good

Northwest, and the only wild Penguins in the Northern Hemisphere would be endangered. (Little known fact; there are penguins on the Northern tip of Isabella island, and that's in the Northern hemisphere.)

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Google broke own security with April fool gag

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> Perhaps google employees should start spending less time pratting around

Completely disagree. This is one of the few areas I applaud Google for: Allowing developers to do fun things and research projects. You forget, doing this sort of thing is how a developer *learns*.

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BOFH: Explain? All we need is this kay-sh with DDR3 Cortexiphan ...

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Re: "Is there another internet?" @Dropbear

I remember when Warwick University's Janet hookup was using Super-PAD instead of TCP. (net.ja) and was pretty much a separate internet. Happy mudding days connecting to the Biscuit barrel (a room where all the Sparc 5s were named after biscuits and ran Solaris) over a 300 baud modem...

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NASA probe sent to faraway planet finds DWARF world instead: Pics

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Long Range Telephotos

If this was CSI Miami, we'd be able to zoom in and take photos of the newspaper articles the alien's are reading. *

* presumably through some form of alien igloo window

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Easy ... easy ... Aw CRAP! SpaceX rocket ALMOST lands on ocean hoverbase

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There's coffee in space now?

Sign me up!

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Rand Paul puts Hillary Clinton's hard drive on sale

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And here I thought the White House was big on recording everything to TAPE...

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Eyes on the prize: Ten 23-24-inch monitors for under £150

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Re: is £150 really a bargain

Its not a great bargain, not when you can shop around and get a BenQ GW2760HS (27 inch) for £150 with a 4ms response time. But £150 seems to be the current line-in-the-sand for buying a monitor these days, and its nice to know which are the top 10 for under that line.

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RIP Sir Terry Pratchett: Discworld author finally gets to meet DEATH

Anne-Lise Pasch

I met Sir Terry way back at Warwick University on his Men-at-Arms book tour. He stayed so late signing books and chatting that he missed the last train, and crashed over in our student dorms. his reason? "Every time I sign my name I get a pound," he said. "How long would you sign your name for?" (He did have a little ice bucket thing for his wrist.) We miss you, Sir Terry.

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A gold MacBook with just ONE USB port? Apple, you're DRUNK

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Re: Plugable UD-3900

http://plugable.com/2013/09/12/displaylink-apple-mac-os-x-2-1-beta-now-available

that *was* the case.

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Anne-Lise Pasch

If it matters, get a plugable ud-3900

Adds all the ports you'll need, and can swap with your Surface Pro.

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Nothing says 'Taliban' quite like net neutrality, eh, EU Digi Commish?

Anne-Lise Pasch

My understanding on Net Neutrality was that all data packets are created equal. But I swear my data packets are not.

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Anne-Lise Pasch

My understanding is that we currently do not have true net neutrality. Every ISP I've looked at has some form of traffic shaping. (Even if you find a consumer ISP without traffic shaping, it will have an edge to another upstream ISP that does.) If I want a 'road safety web service' that needs priority traffic, then its the architects job to make sure there's a VPN tunnel between endpoints that isn't traffic shaped. This is available today. Although god help me if they decide to run driverless cars on Google Maps API, or put the controller of my boiler into the cloud... (too late).

What would make more sense is a CDN that major ISPs subscribe to that lets you host localized endpoints using some form of international standard for DNS. This will at least level the playing field for international hosting. At the moment, CDNs are proprietary and hosting is generally tied to specific ISPs.

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Sick of Chrome vs Firefox? Check out these 3 NEW browsers

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I'm not a Microsoft hater. I'm actually glad about Spartan; the idea that IE as we knew it is being held in stasis for intranets and freeing the rest of the web to go forwards as standards compliant without incessant IE checks.

However, I just wish they'd release Spartan as stand-alone, so that it can be installed on XP/Win7. I know there's no support for these operating systems, but as long as they're still around we still have to code web pages to cater for them, or risk losing part of our audience. That's a tough sell, a risk with no real reward in the business plan.

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It's a Mega blast: PayPal drops Dotcom's Mega

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Re: Deduplication?

Because mega employs Convergent Encryption (Same as Bitcasa/Taho-LAFS). It means if you know the hash and locator, you can decrypt the data. Presumably Mega stores the file as a hash, so it can tell if the file already exists. Shared links, I presume, contain the locator. Due to a quirk of convergent encryption, if you have the unencrypted file and any file encrypted with the same hash, you can recreate the locator. So the file becomes verifiable at the point of encrypting another copy. (And de-duplicatable as it can dump the file you just supplied, and give you the derived locator for the original encrypted file to replace your own.) It does mean that if a company wants to take down a file from Mega, it needs to provide the original source *file*, or the file's hash, and ask for the copy to be removed. (Google: "Drew Perttula and Attacks on Convergent Encryption" for a better write-up.)

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Britain needs more tech immigrants, quango tells UK.gov

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I'm enjoying the current outsourcing tide, and welcome a new flood of junior developers. When companies get sick of employees who are, patently, terrible and/or impossible to communicate with, I'm able to be a lot more picky in my future roles! Seriously though, I honestly believe I was chosen for my current senior dev role based firmly on my ability to communicate, rather than my technical expertise. (I base this on the complete lack of technical questions at the interview.)

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How good a techie are you? Objective about yourself and your skills?

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Why do you need a visa to visit customer premises (for face-to-face)? If the engagement to business occurred outside the US, then visiting premises falls under Visa B1, and this is waived in the standard visa-waiver program?

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I wish I'd leaked sooner says Edward Snowden in post-Oscar chinwag

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I really don't think anyone cares about their privacy, except in very generalized terms. Only the tech-savvy seem to be bemoaning because we know there's more that can be done. Ask Jo Bloggs if he cares whether the government captures his communications for analysis and he will shrug, because its not as if he thinks anyone is actually reading it. (And he's probably right.) We already live in a CCTV nation and we have no idea who is actually watching those feeds, nor do we care so much. The real problem with advocating privacy is that the argument sounds lame compared with the opposite argument; people want to feel safe in their homes, and have an expectation that the reduction in privacy is implementing that and not leading to some kind of dystopia.

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BBC: SOD the scientific consensus! Look OUT! MEGA TSUNAMI is coming

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Re: The BBC science coverage is useless ...

I'm 100% sure Jesus did not ride a dinosaur.

But I'm less sure whether he had a mutant ass.

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OMG, that CLOUD has a TV in it! Sony goes Over The Top in telly wars

Anne-Lise Pasch

Re: Proof they don't get it

Sorry for the late reply... you are right in that percentage of *television* advertising revenue from product placement is small potatoes, but not global product placement advertising revenue in general. Once you look at other product placement streams (including things as disparate as HSBC advertising at airports, event advertising, etc.) product placement is a huge market segment dwarfing most other advertising revenue streams. Once you consider this in terms of advertising integration cross-platform (websites, OTT, the wall at the tube, etc.) then single digital campaigns become more cost effective and will probably head for the norm.

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Re: Proof they don't get it

Well, considering most advertising is now Product Placement, I don't think how your content is delivered matters so much. So yes, flatten the 'channel' system and reduce to 'content' already, please.

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IBM hastens END OF HUMANITY with teachable AI 'brain'

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I really need to know...

... What movie is that picture from?

EDIT: (Ah, The Brain That Wouldn't Die 1962)

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Sony sued by ex-staff over daft security, leaked privates

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You think the NORKS did this? I'm not sure yopmail is even available in NK, even to government hackers with approved access. :> I'd look a little closer to home.

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Are you a Geek Dad/Uncle/Mum/Aunt? Ten Techy Gifts for kids this Xmas

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Re: Olloclip?

Paid by the hour?

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UK flights CRIPPLED by system outage that shut ALL London airspace

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The Dish? (With Sam Neill?)

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Dead Steve Jobs to give iPod MP3 evidence from beyond the grave

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Re: Instead of video footage of Mr Jobs...

Or get Tom Hanks!

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Boffins challenge Internet of Things' lust for power

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Re: I have the solution ...

Missed the point. Its about your stuff interacting with you as you move around. Your watch, your clothes, your biometrics... all as data moving amongst other data nodes everywhere you go. As you walk into the grocery store, your locational awareness checking in with the fridge and cupboards to let you know what you're short of. As you head home, your on-board pre-notifying when you're five minutes away to switch on the kettle, mood lighting and to get dinner started. A lot of this data is needed to shunt back and forth to enable 1950s home life in an internet age. They could save a lot of effort in modelling data flows by just doing some time/motion studies on CEO's personal assistants.

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3D PRINTED GUNS: THIS time it's for REAL! Oh, wait – no, still crap

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But against the backdrop of your British readership...

... who live in a controlled mostly gun-free society, how important is it then?

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Windows 10 feedback: 'Microsoft, please do a deal with Google to use its browser'

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Actually, I don't care as long as it reduces the number of browsers and permutations we have to support in the ecosystem. Pick a damned standard and stick to it, not 95% of a standard and 5% of undocumented fluff!

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My TIGHT PANTS made my HUGE iPHONE go all BENDY!

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Facepalm

> There aren't enough iPhone 6 articles.

Give it a few weeks and complain about Samsung.

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Heavy VPN users are probably pirates, says BBC

Anne-Lise Pasch

I'm a home user. In the last few weeks I downloaded Diablo and Destiny to my Xbox One (along with some free Xbox Gold games), watched innumerable stuff on Youtube, Netflix, etc. (In 720p/HD) And I did it over a VPN to bypass Virgin's traffic management. I'm not a pirate, but my usage for the last month is over 200GB. And I'm not even in a shared household. I refuse to believe I'm that unusual.

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Germany 'accidentally' snooped on John Kerry and Hillary Clinton

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Joke

Phone call on same frequency as a terrorism suspect ...

At least 8 calls a day...?

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How Bitcoin could become a super-sized Wayback Machine

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Of course, there's nothing stopping you using NTFS reparse points to effectively pretend to have unlimited numbers of copies of the same file, thus giving you unlimited money! (Especially if the 'machine' you connect to the bitcoin network is a virtual machine with an abstract hard drive... /sigh)

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Recommendations for NAS-based home media set-up

Anne-Lise Pasch

Multiple TVs

If you want to run multiple TVs off one media playing device, I found that:

Device/PC into Dr HDMI (Pretends to be a permanently switched on TV (copies an upstream EDID) so that the device doesn't get confused):

http://www.hdfury.com/shop/otherhdfuryhardware/dr-hdmi/

Dr HDMI (and also Sky, Xbox, etc.) into a 5 way switch:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0049SCB2Y/

Then the 5 way switch into a 4-way active splitter:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B002HIV73W/

Feed from the 4-way into each TV.

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Harvard kid, 20, emailed uni bomb threat via Tor to avoid final exam, says FBI

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Yes, a Harvard kid should know better. The use of PAYG GSM internet access and non-US VPN service, connected to a new-build Linux VM deleted after the task, would've been the way to go. Rookie mistake!

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PlayStation 4 BLUE LIGHT OF DEATH blamed on power cords, TV sets, butterflies in China

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The company said the number of systems affected by the issue represented less than 0.4% of units shipped to date. (Source, BBC.)

1 million units shipped;

40,000 units faulty?!

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