* Posts by Blane Bramble

168 posts • joined 11 May 2007

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NHS slaps private firm Health IQ for moving Brits' data offshore

Blane Bramble

Re: "This helps to ensure that ... data is kept safe and secure"

So what they're saying is: if it's stored in a cloud hosting provider in the UK, it's safe; if it's stored in a cloud hosting provider outside the UK, it isn't.

Except there is this thing called "The Internet" which connects all the clouds together.

No, what they are saying is that whilst it is stored in a cloud hosting provider in the UK it is subject to, and protected by UK law.

Whilst it is hosted outside the UK it is subject to, and protected by the laws of that country.

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DVLA misses out on £400m in tax after scrapping paper discs

Blane Bramble

Re: just get rid of it.

The problem with this is that it penalises those who have to commute long distances - we're all told to be flexible about where we work, but then required to pay for the privilege.

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Seagate in 10TB drive brand brainstorm

Blane Bramble

Re: Inflated prices...

Consumer hard disk drives have rarely been so expensive and surely not in the last 15 years or so.

I guess you're new to this IT thing aren't you? Speak to those of us who remember 10 and 20MB disks. I remember my first 32MB RLL drive. I also remember spending £500 on a second hand 500MB SCSI disk (yes, these are all MB not GB).

Disks now expensive? Get off my lawn!

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What to call a £200m 15,000-tonne polar vessel – how about Boaty McBoatface?

Blane Bramble

You'd think people would know better by now. The British public can be reliably trusted to take the piss...

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Brits shun nightclubs and CD-ROMs for lemons, coffee and woman’s leggings

Blane Bramble

>>while spending on acoustic guitars and power drills is relatively low

>The end of an era.

I'm old skool - bought an (electro) acoustic guitar a few weeks ago and looking at buying a new drill.

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ICO fined cold-call firm £350k – so directors put it into liquidation

Blane Bramble

Directors are still liable for criminal or fraudulent activity.

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Lights out! Newbie IT manager's dark basement trip

Blane Bramble

Re: Murph

That wouldn't have been a large American oil company would it?

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Fortinet tries to explain weird SSH 'backdoor' discovered in firewalls

Blane Bramble

Re: Trust?

Neither of those links are to do with x86 processors.

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BT and EE, O2 and Three: Are we in for a year of Euro telco mega-mergers?

Blane Bramble

Picky but...

Shouldn't it be O2 not 02 - should I trust analysis that doesn't even get the company name right?

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Galileo, Galileo, Galileo good two go

Blane Bramble

@DriveBy

It's because there is no guarantee that the USA will not turn on Selective Availability (yes they have stated new satellites won't support it, but who knows...) or otherwise block GPS should it suit them. Having a Euro navigation system means that both consumer and military applications are not dependant on another nations geopolicies.

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Thin-lipped chancellor tight-lipped on contractor-nudge-onto-payroll plan

Blane Bramble

Re: Thin-lipped chancellor announces death of UK contractor market.

@Seanmon

No, he knows *exactly* what an IT contractor is. It's a self-employed, usually competent and skilled individual who competes directly with the large IT consultancies who donate so much money to political parties, and therefore must be punished to ensure he does not get the same tax benefits that the large companies do.

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Yesterday: Openreach boss quits. Today: BT network goes TITSUP

Blane Bramble

Re: All Over The UK?

From BT's service status:

"Glencarse - 01738 (estimated clear date 20/11/2015)

Belford - 01668 (estimated clear date 20/11/2015)

North Weald - 01992 (estimated clear date 20/11/2015)

Husband Bosworth - 01858 (estimated clear date 20/11/2015)

Buckland Newton - 01300 (estimated clear date 20/11/2015)

Glenwherry - 02825 (estimated clear date 20/11/2015)

Brenchley- 01892 (estimated clear date 20/11/2015)

Ferndown- 01202 (estimated clear date 20/11/2015)

Treforest - 01443 (estimated clear date 20/11/2015)

Rothley - 01162 (estimated clear date 20/11/2015)

Dinas Mawddwy - 01650 (estimated clear date 20/11/2015)

Ashreigney - 01769 (estimated clear date 20/11/2015)

Watton - 01377 (estimated clear date 19/11/15)

Chichester - 01243 (estimated clear date 19/11/15)

Swansea - 01792 (estimated clear date 19/11/15)

New Cumnock - 01290 (estimated clear date 19/11/15)

Churston - 01803 (estimated clear date 19/11/15)

Colwall - 01684 (estimated clear date 19/11/15)

Painswick - 01452 (estimated clear date 19/11/15)

Lydbrook - 01594 (estimated clear date 19/11/15)

New Cross - 0203 0207 0208 (estimated clear date 19/11/15)

Broadstairs - 01843 (estimated clear date 19/11/2015)

Bayston Hill - 01743 (estimated clear date 19/11/2015)

Burton Bradstock - 01308 (estimated clear date 19/11/2015)

Magherafelt - 02879 (estimated clear date 19/11/2015)

Bunbury - 01829 (estimated clear date 19/11/2015)

Yockleton - 01743 (estimated clear date 19/11/2015)

Lisbellaw - 02866 (estimated clear date 18/11/15)

Alyth - 01828 (estimated clear date 18/11/15)

Epping - 01992 (estimated clear date 18/11/15)

St Boswells - 01835 (estimated clear date 18/11/15)

Midhurst - 01730 (estimated clear date 18/11/15)

Sedgley - 01902 (estimated clear date 18/11/15)

Carrickmore - 02880 (estimated clear date 18/11/15)

Salisbury - 01722 (estimated clear date 18/11/2015)

Walthamstow - 0203 0208 (estimated clear date 18/11/2015)"

Feel free to Google some of the locations to see how all over the UK this is.

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Blane Bramble

Considering mine had been down for more than 3 hours when I left the house this morning, that seems unlikely...

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Blane Bramble

"The Register has contacted BT for comment on the outage. We'll update this story if we hear back from them."

You might have to wait 3 days, they can't get online at the moment.

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Volvo eyes kangaroo detection tech

Blane Bramble

Re: Vision

Or they could be trying to bring the price down by 2020 so that it can be standard equipment. Your 2015 Volvo will not be a "new Volvo car" in 5 years time...

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Get that OFF dot-com, hysterical France screeches at Google

Blane Bramble

Re: If I were in France...

It's not as simple as that.

Will French internet companies agree to be censored by the US government? The Chinese? The North Koreans?

If every company on the internet has to comply by every law passed in every country, we will not have an Internet.

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Roll up, roll up: Microsoft, those Irish emails and angry Feds

Blane Bramble

Re: "Microsoft maintains that the data is secured under EU data protection laws"

USA law specifies as per current interpretation of 14th amendment of the USA constitution (confirmed by supreme court cases) that:

USA law is universal, no other law applies (or exists for that matter).

Not sure how they reach that conclusion from the 14th Amendment which clearly only refers to the USA and it's individual States.

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Blane Bramble
Pint

@dogged

Not often I find myself cheering Microsoft on, but they've got my respect and support for this battle.

Have a virtual pint Microsoft.

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Hacker mag 2600 laughs off Getty Images inkspots copyright claim

Blane Bramble

Re: Bonkers

@JustaKOS

Shows the complete idiocy of any automated process. To summarise:

Party A uses a "free for commercial/non-commercial" use image as part of their image A1

Party B uses the same image as part of their image B1

Party B uses an automated process that notices that B1 is similar to A1 and decides this is copyright infringement. It has no knowledge that the matching section of the images is free for use.

Obviously, party B is at fault for not vetting infringement claims before they are sent out, but this is going to be a growing problem.

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SPACE WHISKY: Astro malt pongs of 'rubber and smoked fish'

Blane Bramble

Scientific newbies

"as a result of the much higher surface area of woody material that the spirit was exposed to"

So they didn't keep a control sample on Earth that consisted of the same volume of Whisky (note to posters above, there is no E in Whisky) with wood shavings in it?

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BOFH: Power corrupts, uninterrupted power corrupts absolutely

Blane Bramble

Re: Of course we had it tough...

"Up to 5 minutes power"

So 1 second would have done?

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Google reveals OnHub WiFi router, complete with GLOWING RING

Blane Bramble
FAIL

@DropBear

Oh, goody! So where do I plug it in? Assuming the one port is for the WAN cable?

You could read the actual specs and discover it has 1xWAN Ethernet and 1xLAN Ethernet.

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Take redundancy if you want, Capita IS for turning now, after all

Blane Bramble

£1.2M over 10 years!

No wonder they're closing it down.

(Perhaps you meant £1.2B)

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Reclothed BlackBerry Passport launched as Silver Edition

Blane Bramble

Re: Tried one once

The kind of Manager/Director who needs a Blackberry doesn't understand numbers. That's for Nerds.

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MoD splashes £1.5bn on 10-year IT deal to 'keep pace with threats'

Blane Bramble

Re: What baffles me is

The Armed Forces employs approximately 180,000 people funnily enough.

http://www.armedforces.co.uk/mod/listings/l0003.html

Microsoft licenses are not concurrent. You have to license everyone who needs access.

Possibly all serving soldiers need a license to access DII

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Defence_Information_Infrastructure

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Mobiles? What are they? Nokia immerses itself in virtual reality cameras

Blane Bramble

Does it come with a blast helmet and light sabre, or do you have to get them somewhere else?

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Windows 10 in head-on crash with Nvidia drivers as world watches launch

Blane Bramble

Re: Fail on MS's term?

> More like NV didn't get the driver suit compatible enough in time.

They had the driver gloves and the driver hat fine, but the driver socks were missing.

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Now car hackers can bust in through your motor's DAB RADIO

Blane Bramble

Re: TBH

Not if there is a substantial obstacle 10m West (wall, lake, large drop, etc.) of your destination.

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Norks execute underperforming terrapin farm manager

Blane Bramble

Re: Putting aside the absurdity of the punishment...

Terrapin Farm + Nuclear ambitions = He is assembling an army of shell-backed martial-art trained super troops.

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Ford's 400,000-car recall could be the tip of an auto security iceberg

Blane Bramble
Terminator

Re: The more of this I read

The question is, why doesn't the key actually cut off the engine physically(/electrically)? This is not a function that software should over-ride. It certainly isn't a function that should provide a "hint" to a computer that the fleshy part might like the engine to stop.

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VMware, Microsoft in virtualised Exchange blog battle

Blane Bramble

Re: Shark jumped @AC

Modern IMAP can do most of what Exchange achieves (at least the useful bits from a mail user perspective).

Or to look at it another way, Exchange couldn't even do basic email for that number of users with those resources.

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'Facebook without sin' attracts 0.00006 times as many users as Facebook

Blane Bramble

Re: Religion get everywhere

sixdegrees was around pre-2000 and I used it from the UK.

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Google yanks fake Android battery monitor

Blane Bramble

Re: Will no-one think of the ads?

@Tony W

It should be simpler than that. There should be an "Application is Ad Supported" permission that only allows access to retrieve and display ads. No general internet access, no additional permissions required.

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Microsoft: This Windows 10 build has 'NO significant known issues'

Blane Bramble

Re: Cortana popped up a dialogue box...

I think it translates as "your microphone does not have the required NSA invisible intercept facility/hardware lock override".

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UK.gov loses crucial battle in home-taping war with musicians

Blane Bramble

Re: What would they put a levy on?

I think you are onto something here. Tell the music industry that this will be implemented. As well as standardised, legally enforced percentages of Gross that must be paid into a government managed fund for distribution to artists, composers, etc. from the sales of all music distribution, whether physical or digital.

See how they like being made to pay a decent amount to the creators, rather than using "Hollywood accounting" whilst demanding laws are passed to give more money to themselves, which they have no intention of passing on.

Home taping doesn't kill music... the record companies do.

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Apple CORED: Boffins reveal password-killer 0-days for iOS and OS X

Blane Bramble

Re: But but...but...

I heard Stephen Fry is working with Apple to fix this at this very moment.

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OpenSSL releases seven patches for seven vulns

Blane Bramble

First you say:

I don't like running with a known vulnerability in my SSL stack for two days, let alone two months. It doesn't take that long to write and test patches.

and then later:

The OpenSSL team owe me nothing, and for all I care can stop their work today - I have the source I need

Then why didn't you fix it yourself, genius?

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Your servers are underwater? Chill OUT, baby – liquid's cool

Blane Bramble

All the liquid cooled data centre articles I have seen have missed one very important point. Data racks stack servers vertically to achieve high density for a given floor footprint. Putting servers in a liquid bath would appear to limit you to fewer servers in the same footprint, and that's without taking the extra liquid weight into consideration.

So, you get a more efficient cooling footprint, but a less efficient density in the first place. Given that power and cooling costs are effectively passed on, what most data centres worry about is density. This increases their energy efficiency (nice tick box, but nothing for the business profitability) and reduces their maximum loading (and therefore potential income).

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Secure web? That'll cost you, thanks to Mozilla's HTTPS plan

Blane Bramble

Left hand, meet right hand

Left hand: I won't let you visit a site using SSL unless that certificate is signed by an authority that I already know, and I mostly know commercial authorities.

Right hand: I won't let you visit a site unless it uses SSL.

Real world: grow the fuck up. Not all sites need their traffic to be encrypted. If they do, accept self-signed certificates.

It's time to separate "protecting a site via encryption" and "validating a site via PKI". SSL is (incorrectly?) used for both.

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Self-STOPPING cars are A Good Thing, say motor safety bods

Blane Bramble

You don't need to fit brakes to sheep, they are more than capable of stopping suddenly in the middle of the road.

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Blane Bramble
Joke

Re: A step in the right direction

but choose to look the other way.

I think I see the cause of all those road deaths!

Why, yes, that is my coat, how did you know?

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Don’t want a footie-field-size data centre? No problem (or is there?)

Blane Bramble

Not really surprising

So a stripped-out OCP node is cheaper than an HP midrange server.

How about comparing it to an equivalent white-boxed server, that would be a better comparison.

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Oxford chaps solve problem in 1982 Sinclair Spectrum manual

Blane Bramble

Re: "They'll be first up against the wall when the revolution comes."

Ahhh, but are you executing them in series or parallel?

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Paranoid about the NSA? The case for dumping cloud's Big 3

Blane Bramble

Re: Lovely idea... maybe not

There are plenty of competent companies outside the major names. However, that competence and service costs, particularly when done at a smaller scale then the big boys.

The fact that most customers buy purely on price, choosing to ignore the "better" options, and then complain about the service is often the root of the problem.

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ICANN urges US, Canada: Help us stop the 'predatory' monster we created ... dot-sucks!

Blane Bramble

Of course not, they just wanted the money first before they refused it.

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Amazon's clouds are da bomb, say EU data protection watchdogs

Blane Bramble

Re: April fools?

Far too obvious.

Must try harder.

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Cross-dressing blokes storm NSA HQ: One shot dead, one hurt

Blane Bramble

Re: JustWiz If only the NSA protected MY information with such zeal.

Yes, and they managed to keep us safe using genuine, old school trade-craft for years without the ability or requirement to scan all our communications.

The false sense of security and data overload means that a security service that thinks the ability to scan everything means they have solved the issue and don't need to put people on the ground into dangerous places will endanger us all.

We are less safe with mass surveillance, nor more. It becomes a needle in a haystack, rather than intelligent, targeted data gathering.

It just seems easier, that is all. Your attitude is both shocking and depressing.

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Microsoft's three-way only goes one way: Backends merge into Azure App Service

Blane Bramble

Re: Cloudy Skies

How does this protect against the Feebies visiting Microsoft and taking the hardware?

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Brute force box lets researchers, Cops, pop iDevice locks

Blane Bramble

Re: 17 hours is still a significant hurdle...

1. Place phone in Faraday cage

2. Crack password (max time 17h, therefore probably less).

3. Play Candy Crush

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Swedish prosecutors finally agree to London interview for Assange™

Blane Bramble

Re: Good for him… maybe?

... and a one in a million chance is a certainty.

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