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Migrate to the cloud and watch your business take flight

Mike007

If a business can afford a leased line, perhaps they can spend that money on multiple low grade ADSL/Cable links instead, combined reliability should be better...

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US broadband providers holding last-mile traffic ransom, ISP alleges

Mike007

Re: Very short memories at L3

"All very true: Netflix and the like provide the majority of eyeball bound traffic in the US. Why shouldn't they pay carriers for the massive amount of traffic that they are dumping on them?"

should my ISP be paying me for the massive amounts of data I request/they dump on me, or would that be silly?

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Oracle spins-up public sector 'Cloud'

Mike007

Re: Yawn

It's worth noting that they expect government customers, and nobody else.

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Mastercard and Visa block payments to Swedish VPN firms

Mike007

erm

Then they can go after them for money laundering or some other serious criminal charge because they falsified their paperwork... (unless you think visa have no way to know which company asked them to charge the credit card they signed up to the VPN service with?)

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Spotify spews 'unencrypted' FREE MP3s all over creation

Mike007

Re: Am I missing something?

From the 'adobe' reference in the article i'd guess about the same time flash became part of HTML5? oh...

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IBM Australia on the stand over $1bn blowout

Mike007

I can never understand how these companies end up getting paid. Which civil servant was authorised to pay out $6mil but was able to spend over 100 times the amount? Whose signature is on the payments, and who gave them the authority to make the payments? I'm sure you can tell where i'm going with this if it turns out someone was taking money without authorisation, and if it was actually authorised then that raises even bigger questions...

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ICANN under fire as Verisign warns of rushed domain-name expansion

Mike007

Re: Can someone enlighten me

Except in this case the files directly in the my documents folder are mostly inaccessible and you can only use subdirectories, but companies still want to put their files there...

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A lightbulb that does IPv6: You know you want it

Mike007

Re: @David

If you dont want them globally addressable, use local addresses instead. This isn't IPv4 - all v6 devices get dedicated local IP addresses that can't be accessed remotely, as well as the optional globally routable one(s).

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Prepare for 'post-crypto world', warns godfather of encryption

Mike007

What would you rather have, an agent who can read some of the messages and maybe send a summary, possibly a copy of some of the messages? How about a copy of all of the messages, without worrying about your source getting caught and turned/shot?

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WTF is... IEEE 1905.1?

Mike007

Re: Channel Bonding

Lack of standards isn't the reason your ISP doesn't offer that service, it's because you are using an ISP for low bandwidth users. If you select an ISP that caters for heavy users then you'll find most of them offer line bonding options of some kind (some will even bond VDSL lines), of course they also expect you to use the extra bandwidth so it's not going to be as cheap as an ISP offering you a "check your facebooks" connection.

Funny you should mention PPP, as that's the most obvious (although not only) way to do it - PPP has built in support for multiple connections creating a single logical pipe, works with bog standard PPP equipment that is already deployed and doesn't require any new standards or new devices. Used to be quite popular for bonding dialup connections together.

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Stricken 2e2 threatens data centres: Your money or your lights

Mike007

Re: Sounds fair to me ...

Call it a "stupid tax" and it sounds fine to me. If keeping your servers up is that critical that you'll throw £40,000 for a possible extra week or so (nothing stopping them taking the cash and shutting it off anyway), why don't you have a backup you can switch to?

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UK.gov told to get a brain in wake of £1bn IT deals collapse

Mike007

Re: Sour grapes?

The reason the government doesn't do what most people would recognise as the obvious cheaper better option is actually quite simple, those options are better for private companies/individuals but the government doesn't operate like a normal company and the usual incentives are reversed.

If a project goes over budget then the project manager can now put down a £200mil project on his CV instead of a £100mil project.

If a departments staff and have a huge backlog of work, they are obviously overloaded and under funded and the department needs a bigger budget for more staff, oh and as the number of people in the team has increased obviously the manager needs a pay rise to reflect the increased responsibility, etc.

That's why government projects manage to blow through huge piles of cash without ever achieving anything, they are rewarded for blowing through cash and punished for achieving anything! That's before you even start on the companies circling the gravy train sucking it dry (with full government support).

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Orange boasts: We made Google PAY US for traffic

Mike007

Re: That's great...Orange

google can probably deliver the content for free anyway over peering links to france telecom's upstreams, however they are still paying infrastructure and delivery costs, and delivering locally to france costs requires them to purchase capacity from providers and interconnect locally, they likely have connections to all the local IXs for local traffic delivery.

If they can peer with an ISP 10Gbit ports in a couple of datacentres directly on a major providers core network, they can probably get similar pricing as their IX capacity or peering capacity to their upstreams if it even exists locally, so if it costs around the same but performs better to those users then it makes perfect sense, it makes even more sense when you're talking a few million on budgets of billions...

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White House raises the signature threshold for petitions to 100,000

Mike007

Re: No Whammy's....STOP!

I think a few petitons to officially recognise the work of historic figures have been accepted. Not sure about any that ask the government to do anything more than reply, anyone?

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VIA bakes a fruitier Rock cake to rival the Brit Raspberry Pi

Mike007

Re: "supplied with a book-like cardboard case"

they're too busy calibrating and adjusting their printers to notice this article

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Europe's cybercrime fighters get new digs... complete with Faraday room

Mike007

that was my first thought, most of the stuff they get will have been seized somewhere else, processed, then spend several days being trasnported before it arrives there, and i bet it won't be put in a faraday cage until it gets there.

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Ever had to register to buy online - and been PELTED with SPAM?

Mike007
Happy

Re: Disposable

posted from my account registered with the email address elreg@mydomain.net, which has received no spam - unlike lastfm@mydomain.net for example which has had 139 spam messages (yes pharmacy ad type spam, not notifications for some account) in the last 30 days, i have several such addresses auto-filtered and know exactly who to blame for the spam, almost all of it is easily identified (can't do much about addresses in whois databases and public websites, then i just use per-site addresses so i can filter it if it gets too spammy)

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What are quantum computers good for?

Mike007

It is both the best porn you have ever seen, and the most disgusting thing you've ever seen, at the same time.

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New flexible lens works like the one in your eye - and could replace it

Mike007

isn't that like responding to the announcement of the first portable computer by saying these things will never be that portable - if such crazy ideas had merit then why would people have computers the size of entire rooms?

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Watchdog: Gov bods should rummage through BINS for FOI data

Mike007

Re: Automated dump and erase.

If they have 5 versions of the file stored, and you put in a request for all 5 versions then I would assume that they would have to comply as you are requesting something they hold?

The only circumstance where I would think there might be doubt is if you didn't specifically request all versions in which case I think they would probably just assume you only wanted the latest one. I wonder if there is any obligation for them to request clarification in this case? or if they merely need to use their judgement as to what they think you're asking for (which for 99.9% of requests will probably be the latest versions)

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Space shuttle to slip surly bonds of Earth one last time over California

Mike007

perhaps if they wanted people to be interested in technology it should be more reachable - i recently tried to purchase a load of ICs to play around with and it can be quite a challenge finding things in a big enough form factor that you can actually do something with them without needing robotic arms to mount the components on a PCB...

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Surrey council plans to SAVE money by switching to BT

Mike007

they never said BT was the cheapest, just that it is cheaper than what they currently have (so it's the second most expensive option)

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New Zealand softens software patent ban

Mike007

because if your small business wanted to make the world greated word processor, you're not allowed because microsoft already patented word processing software. or perhaps you want to be able to have your application contain more than will fit on a single screen? but scroll bars have been patented, as have buttons for switching between multiple windows, and any other even slightly obvious method of doing that.

Copyright is "it's illegal to steal my work and claim it as yours", patents are "it's illegal to make a product that competes with mine". Patents should not apply at all to software, we have copyright protection for that!

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Skype denies system upgrade enables in-call spying

Mike007

Re: Translation

Technically they are saying that nothing has changed regarding what law enforcement are allowed to listen in on as a result of the architecture change, it makes no comment on how much they were allowed to listen in on before only that it hasn't changed since then.

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Mike007

Re: Find out for yourself

The call technical info tab will also show if a call is going directly or being relayed through supernodes (needs to be enabled in options, then the option appears on the menu), i'd only be suspicious if all of your calls are being relayed even though you have global reachability (inbound allowed through firewalls/forwarded through 1:n NATs etc).

Theoretically that tab could lie about it and claim a call isn't relayed whilst it is, but so far i've not seen anyone claiming this can happen - and this would require sending a "you are being monitored, lie to the user" signal to the client, whereas forcing all calls to relay can be done by the supernode quite easily without the client being aware of it.

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Months later, Gamigo hacker takes dozy dump, exposes 8 million

Mike007

Surely you mean they must have been using <insert readers ISP>? (judging by comments on most ISP related articles it seems most readers seem to chose to give their money to ISPs they think are a load of crap)

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Vodafone and O2 to merge mobile networks

Mike007

except if they did combine all their networks in to 1 network then if you didn't have a signal then the option of using a different network that does have a signal would be gone - along with the incentives to provide better coverage than your current provider to take your custom

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Google Drive stalls on LAUNCH DAY

Mike007

I suspect this is because OSX users are used to things not working properly for them due to their choice of operating system. If someone told me that it was normal for things to not work on their chosen OS, I would probably suggest they try a better OS.

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TV tax takers reveal Brits telly habits

Mike007

Re: heh

Although that is probably countered slightly by the larger than average number of single person households amongst the readership...

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Germany gloomy over AT&T merger

Mike007

If someone agreed to give me that much money even if i didn't end up selling to them, i'd be pretty confident in thinking they were expecting the sale to go through.

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Won't someone think of the .children, begs Russian registry

Mike007
Joke

.kids/.xxx same thing

A TLD containing content that a 17 year old is using the internet for? Didn't they already create a TLD specifically for porn?

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Oregon offers vote by fondleslab-swipe

Mike007
FAIL

"the tablet votes will be printed out on portable printers and sent in by mail." Please don't comment on articles you haven't read.

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Adventures in Tech: Dive on in, the IPv6 is lovely

Mike007

If your VPNs are that high latency that you notice a significant delay in doing a DNS lookup then you should probably use a local resolver instead of using a remote resolver on the other side of the VPN?

IPv6 addresses are easier to remember, you only have 1 prefix (rather than getting multiple assignments as you grow) then the rest of the addresses you can number in whatever structured way you want - for example your DNS servers might be PREFIX::53 and PREFIX:1::53 and your web server might be PREFIX::80 etc, rather than your DNS servers being x.x.0.219 and x.x.1.86 because those just happened to be the next addresses available. Although of course you shouldn't need to type addresses except when setting them up, and sensible DNS naming is practically impossible to forget.

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Is the electromagnetic constant a constant?

Mike007
Joke

I am offended by the fact that you think you can do something offensive then just put "no offence" at the end and think that is OK!

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EU: Check out our huge JavaScript appendage

Mike007

The language doesn't really matter, only what it has access to - anything that can be written in one language can also be written in another language - hell most languages have implementation of interpreters for other languages!

Have a look at http://bellard.org/jslinux/ which can run x86 binaries in javascript. The APIs and what can actually be done by the code are the main security issue, for example that x86 emulator doesn't have access to your local disk because the javascript interpreter in most browsers doesn't provide APIs for it.

The advantage of using javascript for it is that most platforms have a web browser so if something is written using HTML5/javascript then in theory it works everywhere by default, you can then check for what additional functionality the browser provides for enabling additional features such as saving files locally etc.

Regarding performance, normally javascript performance is perfectly acceptable on modern browsers/devices, the only slow part is doing DOM updates to update the GUI, but any devices where they expect apps to be written in javascript will provide high performance drawing interfaces (HTML5 canvas for example) for any heavy GUI work, so most of the graphics processing will be handled by hardware with the same performance as a native app.

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Official: Kindles get heavier as you add e-books

Mike007

It gets worse

If you read your kindle outside of a clean room then it will gain even more weight from dust landing on it. Actually thinking about it there are quite a lot of things that can make a kindle gain weight - I advise against taking your kindle anywhere that you don't have ready access to heavy lifting equipment just in case it gets too heavy for you to carry yourself.

This would never happen with an iProduct, anyone claiming differently is probably holding it wrong.

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Ten... mono laser printers

Mike007

Indeed, the "Email" printer compares very nicely at an upfront cost of £0 and 0p/page ongoing cost, no need to ever refill toner, and perfect quality with full colour support it beats everything in this list - not to mention it takes less time for the postman to lose, i mean deliver it :)

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Top Tory 'lost voters' personal info' days before ID fraud week

Mike007

yes, listing the names and addresses of constituents is a significant risk factor with identify theft. It's a good job that there isn't some kind of register of all the voters in a constituency with names and addresses on that is required by law to be publicly available isn't it?

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Oak Ridge changes Jaguar's spots from CPUs to GPUs

Mike007
Black Helicopters

Don't be silly, it will never be put to such uses, this is the US government we're talking about they would never do something like widescale illegal intercepting of everyones traffic.

Oh you mean for decrypting hard drives that have been lawfully seized in raids with warrants? yes of course it can do it as fast as you can provide it with data, unfortunately the system as currently implemented will need the data to be fed to it in the form of a file transfer over a network connection that it is monitoring, this was purely down to a poor design decision and was nothing to do with it having a different primary design purpose.

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Royal Navy halts Highlands GPS jamming

Mike007

Although one would assume that should the coast guard receive a distress signal with no/an improbable GPS location, they, being fully aware of the activities going on, would be able to call up the RN (who they already cooperate closely with) and ask them to turn off the jamming for a bit so their GPS comes back up. This is assuming that the beacon doesn't also contain a homing signal.

Also I expect that the RN would be monitoring emergency bands in areas they are operating in, and may well already have a rough direction from one or two of the high tech communications rooms onboard the various ships (depending which ones were involved in the exercise) and probably wouldn't even need the coast guard to call them before they respond.

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Virgin Media finally offers network options on SuperHub

Mike007

no you can't just use your own modem, for reasons which are pretty obvious if you consider the difference between DSL and Cable, on DSL you are authenticated based on the fact that you are using the phone line that is paying for the service and which modem you use is irrelevant to them, cable you are authenticated based on the modem because your location is unknown to them (you're just "somewhere on that section of broadcast network").

In theory they could authorise a modem you bought yourself, but in practice nowhere sells them because nobody has a legitimate reason to buy one (until they stopped supplying plain modems for free anyway, apparently now fixed with this update), and it just adds extra security risks - for example on cable networks you always connect at the full rate of the shared channel, then your modem downloads a config file that tells it to throttle you to a specific speed, modified modems typically ignore the throttles in the config file.

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MPs blast dole-office-online plans

Mike007
FAIL

Not sure they have improved it, I signed on online in december and although they did get my application and called me back to make an appointment, it was an appointment to go in and go through the application with someone in person, who basically just asked all the questions again to "check i had filled it in correctly", before filling in the details on their system for the "real" application.

Somehow I had managed to fill in every detail correctly (imagine that), then whoever "processed my claim" apparently just went through editing random details to be incorrect, that's the only explanation I have for how they managed to get it wrong when the printout of the details that were on their system prior to that showed everything was put on there correctly!

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BT trying for fibre 'monopoly', claims TalkTalk chief

Mike007

ages ago...? the lowest package they offer has 1Mbit upload, but the higher packages go up from there - it's still only 10% of the download speed, but 10Mbit upload is way faster than anything BE can offer, hell most ADSL2 customers can't even get 10Mbit down let alone up!

Although there is no virgin fibre service, their "fibre optic broadband" is just as fibre optic as ADSL, it's a fibre backbone with copper to the customer. Their "unlimited" is also not quite unlimited on the bottom packages, however their throttling system is a lot closer to it than most ISPs "unlimited" packages.

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Judge may order Page and Ellison into mediation

Mike007

RE: unless for some reason Oracle loses its credibility

like for example if "the amount of prior art involved provided so much ammunition for the defense it would take up too much court time"? I'd say the judge is already questioning the credibility of their claims.

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Dutch CA banished for life from Chrome, Firefox

Mike007

reported?

I very much doubt they would issue a press release after "disappearing" the evil low life scum who dared to commit the ultimate sin of disagreeing with their government.

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Bury council defends iPads for binmen

Mike007

ipads?

why expensivelockeddownpads? i assume this will be just to access a web interface of some kind that a £50 tablet from china or one of the piles of tablets clogging up the distributors warehouses can do just as well (probably better in many cases)?

not that a tablet is probably the best option here, i imagine a traditional computer system with a keyboard interface would last a lot longer than a touch screen considering the nature of the user...

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BOFH: Beer, shinies, death by fire, rats IN THAT ORDER

Mike007

@Juillen 1

http://synergy-foss.org/

Copy/paste between computers that are all controlled seamlessly by the same keyboard/mouse? check! Granted no dragging windows between computers, but there are advantages to having separate systems with different configurations.

Posted by my desktop, typed on my netbook sitting on the desk in front which has the only keyboard/mouse. Can you pick up part of your desktop setup and walk around with it? It's like a cordless keyboard/mouse(/headset) with an extra screen attached!

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Man builds gadget to silence annoying TV pundits

Mike007

pot kettle black...

i wonder if he configured it to trigger on his grinning face and annoying voice, definitely as annoying as anything else he was complaining about, thankfully he's not all over my TV!

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Intel switches ARM stance from 'No' to 'Maybe'

Mike007

simples...

I think this is probably a pretty good summary of Intels position on producing ARM chips:

Are you planning on letting anyone borrow your house for a few days? short answer "no"

What if I offered you £1,000,000,000? well I, umm, well I may be able to think about that and give your offer some consideration...

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