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Amazon Reveals One Weird Trick: A Loss On Almost $20bn In Sales

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Re: Headcount growth reduces revenue?

> Revenue is revenue, regardless of headcount.

Aah - you assume that they account in the same way as you or I do (I am a partner in a small business). Perhaps in the rarefied atmosphere they inhabit it is possible to consider the wage bill as a sort of negative revenue.

Or someone needs to reread the article.

Cheers

Jon

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US Social Security 'wasted $300 million on an IT BOONDOGGLE'

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Re: Google, AWS, Facebook

You are having a laugh obviously.

Try replacing the name of the project with "Surface" for example, then substitute the other details as required, adjust the figures accordingly, replace UK with Microsoft and see how one of your poster boys fuck up a perceived strategic direction.

OK you didn't mention MS but the rest have similar screw ups in the bag. G+ anyone?

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Don't put that duffel bag full of cash in the hotel room safe

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Re: If everyone has their own number ...

1066 is the default on a certain make.

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Own a Cisco modem or wireless gateway? It might be owned by someone else, too

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Re: Local management

Probably if these things are like their switches - I often find telnet enabled and cisco as the enable password. Even more hilarious are the number of Cisco switches I find with the default web user/password.

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Jon

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Huge FOUR-winged dino SPREAD LEGS to KILL – scientists

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Archaeologist and an aerospace engineer - clever boy.

All that speculation without bothering with a wind tunnel or simulation.

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Jon

PS I'm not blowing 20 odd quid to check up, besides I'm a /. reader as well.

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Microsoft: You NEED bad passwords and should re-use them a lot

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Best practice

Whenever I see the term "best practice" I go postal.

There's good practice and there's bad practice - but "best"? You'd better be sure you know what you are on about when using that term in my presence and at the very least be an acknowledged world expert. I really lose the plot when the term "a best practice" is deployed.

Nurse .... nuuurse ....

Jon

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InMage now InMicrosoft: Redmond slurps disaster recovery hardware biz

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"Windows Server / Hyper-V already has some of the best clustering options of any OS - and this is adding to the cross site protection capabilities."

Fuck me, you clearly haven't used them have you? Or perhaps they represent your sole experience of clustering.

I'm going to refer you to Mr Potts for a dressing down, Mr Tosser AC.

Cheers

Jon

PS If I'm going to call you a tosser publicly, the least I can do is point out that I have 15 years experience of clustering systems, including Windows, NetWare, Linux, networks (VRRP, CARP), VMware and several others. Window's options represent my least favourite.

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Watch: DARPA shows off first successful test of STEERABLE bullet

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Judge Dredd's Lawgiver (?) had steerable munitions in its inventory.

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Microsoft: Give us three MORE WEEKS, folks – our StorSimple Cloud is coming

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When they manage two straight years of demonstrable uninterrupted uptime, then I'll consider them enterprise ready.

When they manage two straight years of stable pricing, then I'll eat your hat.

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In space no one can hear you scream, but Voyager 1 can hear A ROAR

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Blast: pre-pedanted!

It's also a bit weird to quote the distance travelled to 11 significant figures and yet the velocity to "about" 15kms-1.

"About 19 beeelion klicks at 15 per second" would be so much more descriptive. Perhaps el-Journo got a no-op or NaaN when fettling with the experimental Wales per sec or Jubs per hour units.

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Jon

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What's that burning tire smell? It's Microsoft screeching away from the No-IP car crash

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WtF

Since when was Microsoft a law enforcement agency?

If I recall correctly a judge allowed MS to present evidence and then carry out a sentence! This is an appalling state of affairs.

Anyone give a shit that a corporation was allowed to do this?

Cheers

Jon

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Brit celebs' homes VANISH from Google's Street View

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My house has been blurred

... by some sort of green stuff. Can't see anything.

When will Google start using IR/UV/RADAR and fix this problem?

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Rockall batters plucky Brit adventurer

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Re: Didn't he tie them down?

It's quite inhospitable on there, so yes - I agree with you, getting stuff blown off the rock is a bit daft if it wasn't secured properly.

Still, at least he was able to Twat about the situation. Interweb comms are far more important than mere human life.

Perhaps we need someone with a bigger and perhaps longer piton supply with the muscle to drive them into rock to look after our far Northern Atlantic In the Middle Of Nowhere Territories.

Now, would it be part of Scotland or the UKoGBnNI?

Cheers

Jon

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Your Android phone is a SNITCH: Wi-Fi bug makes you easy to track

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Re: Patch

I assume that as you are posting as AC that you take your security very seriously. However you have requested information to which the answer might send you blind or cause your hands to fall off their wrists.

These forums come under the heading of The Register and you are asking for information about something called "Cyanogenmod".

I'd go and have a chat on their forums if I was you. I'm sure it isn't too far away.

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Jon

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Re: Programmers really need to start taking privacy seriously

You are not wrong there on many levels. One that immediately springs to mind is the mess that is web proxy support in many apps. A web proxy is quite handy in anonymizing a web session. Support is equally borked and complicated across all OSs. Some apps are good and some are bad. Try and get MS registration to work though a web proxy (can't remember which bits fail but some do, despite Negotiate support in the proxy).

Then there is the end user and the corporate policy. I work for and with many for whom security is paramount and yet certain bits of the puzzle remain off limits. Data leaks and the result is well ...

In my more Trevor Potts moments, I scream, then I stroke my pfSense firewalls, my mod_security web firewalls, my Squid n Dans Guardian proxies, my OpenVPN and IPSEC VPNs, my carefully controlled AV, my layer 2 controls, my n factor auth, my ... well you get the idea (and that's just at home - you should see how mental I am at work) and then quietly give up and go and have a lie down.

At least they keep most of the baddies away - I think.

Cheers

Jon

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Re: Install Pri-fi

*Yawn*, so I have to fall back on other methods of fingerprinting you.

I don't personally (obviously - or do I)? but someone who cares has ignored a MAC address as a sole source of uniquely identifying you for years. For starters, that may identify your computer but not you and if you share your computer then that's useless anyway {you != pc}.

"They" will give "you" a unique index eg a GUID and associate lots of data against it as it turns up via G+, FB, Twatter, affiliate sites etc etc ad nauseam. Each bit of data will also be assigned some form of probability or weight of being "you". It could work a bit like a spam scanner like Spamassassin in that the weights will be added up and tested against a threshold to say yep - this session is "you".

Have you any idea how much info your browser gives out in the headers, or emails? Even huge firms forget to remove internal Received: headers in their emails - have a look : it's hilarious how much of their internal network structure you can glean from that.

You'll need to think a lot more about personal security than messing your MAC addresses around. Me? I don't bother.

Cheers

Jon

PS My habit of signing forum posts as above will be in someone's database as will my habit of using post scriptums - oh well!

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Use Tor or 'extremist' Tails Linux? Congrats, you're on an NSA list

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"... a level of surveillance that makes the old East German Stasi look like a bunch of amateurs"

Unfortunately for their credibility, they don't appear to lock down their internal stuff sufficiently well. I would imagine they are conducting quite a thorough review of internal security.

If their own contractors can become whistle blowers with huge documentation drops, the Lord only knows what their real enemies can be getting up to. We can only hope the baddies will find it distinctly harder to muck about with our 5 eyes from now on.

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No sueballs needed: Microsoft and Canon buddy up on patent deal

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"... Android devices it collects on have largely been credited with driving down Surface tablet sales ..."

As ye sow, so ye shall reap!

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BOFH: You can take our lives, but you'll never take OUR MACROS

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I still have flashbacks

... when I recall one Access DB that an end user proudly showed me. A quick look at "relationships" showed 40 odd tables in a grid formation each linked to the eight surrounding it, with random links running elsewhere. I muttered something about changing the links to enable cascading updates and forgot to mention deletes also cascade.

I still have no idea what it was supposed to do and I'm sure they managed to recover from backups.

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Bored yet? Now there's ANOTHER OpenSSL fork – it's from Google

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When do things really change?

I don't really trust SSL/TLS whatever any more. I am not capable of auditing the code or algos myself and I don't know anyone who is.

So, I would hope I would be able to look to my govt to provide that assurance.

Hmmm, nope, they have no IT skills beyond the ability to stroke something I'd prefer to be made into cider.

Cheers

Jon

I'm an IT consultant and I studied mathematics to Civil Engineering graduate standard (some years ago) - ie I can add 1 and 1 and in most cases get an answer or at least a bloody good philosophical discussion. I don't think I am particularly daft.

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EE in giant VoLTE-face as it tries voice calls over Wi-Fi... again

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Problems with SIP?

If you have control over both ends of a SIP n RTP session and have snags, then investigate the following:

Change the port from 5060

Change protocol from UDP to TCP

Enable symmetric RTP at both ends

Use a mobile VPN eg OpenVPN or IPSEC

Use IAX2!

The first two will get around basic firewalls. Sym RTP will get one way audio fixed. A VPN will get around deep inspection, for maximum points set up the OVPN server on port 443, the client end can even go through a web proxy. IAX2 is not well known outside Asterisk circles and may be a good last resort.

Cheers

Jon

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Microsoft hopes for FONDLESLAB FRENZY as Surface Pro 3 debuts

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It'll replace my laptop ...

... if it has a 17" screen, 16GB RAM, quad core Haswell CPU, 2 x 1TB + 8GB SSD HDs. Oh, and run Linux.

No?

Irrelevant to me.

According to the adverts: One of these Surface things will attend to my work AND personal needs. Unfortunately I'm an IT consultant and my needs do not seem to be addressed particularly well. Although I'll grant the bloke on a train who is hemmed in a bit, his S'face will fit in better than my bloody great Tosh. Then again, I'd dig out my phone if I was that fussed. Actually I generally reach for a mag/paper/book.

Cheers

Jon

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Oh THOSE products, says Dell. Sure we'll sell them if you ask

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Can't buy them?

Google "MD3400" and then click: http://www.dell.com/uk/business/p/powervault-md32x0-series/pd .

2 controllers with four ports of 6GB SAS - that's four dual connected systems without a fibre switch, enough for quite a few use cases at a pretty reasonable price ...

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Blame WWI, not Bin Laden, for NSA's post-9/11 intel suck

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intel-driven tactical strikes

Chip makers back then used potatoes and lard. Presumably the tactical strikes involved throwing them.

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Google's URL-hiding 'origin chip' is 'backburnered'

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Re: High Crimes and Misdemeanors

Put your copy of Usage and abusage away and get a grip.

"What?" - that's not a full sentence.

"Like starting"... - Where would you like me to start taking the piss?

"Mea maxima culpa" - You had better be absolutely sure that your Latin is tip top. I think it means (err) let's see mea - me/mine, (hmm) maxima - greatest/maximum, culpa - fault. Now let's run back through and look for declension etc - (oooh) now maxima is part of the adjective "maximum", it's singular, culpa looks feminine, so it's nominative, vocative or ablative (I think). Nom n voc don't make sense so abl (by with or from). "By my greatest fault". Google it - "through my most grievous fault". Oh well not too bad, anyway - that doesn't make too much sense as you have used it.

"Please have mercy" - No, bugger off!

Cheers

Jon

PS I can't give you a better Latin phrase to use but it would probably start with ecce and involve most of the words you used but with different declensions and other half remembered stuff from school days. Stick to English.

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Cheap, backwards-compatible PCIe 4.0 on track for 2015 2016

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Backwards compatible

Please send that memo to Dell. On the one hand we have PCIe is "always backwards compatible" and on the other we have machines from vendors with slots that will only accept certain card versions. I have this particular problem with a Dell T420 and I have seen many posts across the internets about other systems. Some times a BIOS release cures the problem (but not for me.)

This should not be a problem but unfortunately telephony cards and DVBS/T, video grabbers etc are generally v1 only.

What would be nice is compliance requirements to become: MUST be "always backwards compatible" not "if the vendor can be arsed."

Cheers

Jon

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Google: OK world, make our 'End-to-End' crypto tool SPOOK PROOF

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You want secure: you can't handle secure

Build two computers yourself from bits that you can verify. Neither of these machines will ever be connected to another computer let along the internet.

Install an OS from scratch yourself on them. You'll write this OS yourself along with its bootstrapping compiler and you will also add a provably secure encryption algorithm to your toolkit

Use one of the computers to generate a one time pad

Securely give OTP to the other end

Communicate by using the two offline machines to encrypt messages that are securely transferred to the "dirty" side

Now you are secure - ha!

Cheers

Jon

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China puts Windows 8 on TV, screams: 'SECURITY, GET IT OUT OF HERE!'

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China are the biggest source of attempts to get into my home network

Seconded:

Alias CIDRs Packets

pfBlockerAfrica 2734 71

pfBlockerAsia 16048 25243

pfBlockerEurope 19837 12658

pfBlockerNorthAmerica 1949 323

pfBlockerOceania 146 6

pfBlockerSouthAmerica 2398 1261

Most of "Asia" is China in the above.

Note the above should not be taken too far out of context - whole swathes of the world are still not blocked out of hand but there are a lot of CN hits. Mind you Europe n Russia are pretty popular as well.

Cheers

Jon

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You ignore China to your peril

The writing could really be on the wall for MS int al. Whatever you think of China, it's a huge, huge, err pretty damn big market.

The eye-wateringly* large rates of piracy are for now a bit of a blip or a harbinger of the way things will be in the future when piracy will be unnecessary as we all sink into the relaxing bath of Open Source software. Mmmm.

To refuse a sovereign government the right to review source (or me for that matter) is pretty rubbish, no matter what you think of them and their politics (or mine.) I suspect the story misses one or two facts somewhere.

Trust me, this is simply another small point along the path of how the world is changing rather quickly and the IT field will be unrecognisable in, say, a decade. Not sure what it will look like - that's what I (don't) pay el Reg to tell me.

Cheers

Jon

* Google, you slaaaag - you can't spell: "wateringly" is a perfectly reasonable English (en_GB) word. You simply whack on -ly to make a word an adjective. I think it's called a gerundive or something. You get extra points for doing it to a compound word.

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TrueCrypt hooked to life support in Switzerland: 'It must not die' say pair

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FWIW

Claiming a "trademark" and then failing to enforce it is one way to lose it in the UK at least. I'm not sure what protection the license affords the holder in determining what someone might call a fork of TC.

Basically, if you want to enforce rights through a license for a product then calling the product defunct is probably a good way to revoke your own "rights" to the name.

Unless the license holders create some form of legal entity around the name TrueCrypt I would suggest they have already effectively dropped the name back into the public domain, if indeed it actually left it.

Cheers

Jon

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Boffins: How to generate crypto-keys using a smartphone – and quantum physics

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Re: Just wondering

It probably is a good idea until some shady folk come along and sit on the (fictional for now) world development panel which then decides that the world should be covered in concrete with one colour and a smooth finish and the sun fixed in one position in the sky. C

In unrelated news cameras will be fixed to be unable to take pictures at night (for the sake of the children.)

Cheers

Jon

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Fat-fingered admin downs entire Joyent data center

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How fat was the finger?

We need to know, so we can lean from his mistak: How fat is his finger?

I will obviously be instituting a company wide lathe based pre-emptive fix for this for my staff. Now that's ISO9000 Preventative Action stuff. It's not Corrective - none of us have ever done something like that before.

Cheers

Jon

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PC-infecting chat demon quotes THE BIBLE to summon malware plague

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Re: "an alorithm with a mathematical processor" -- er, what?

No need to allow boring old grammatical norms nor sense to get in the way of spouting of the bollocks.

I can only (charitably) imagine that pre was missed off -processor but it's still rubbish.

To be fair: a security system can't pick its marketing department but you'd hope it would at least do us the decency of looking shifty whilst in their presence and apologise once they'd buggered off to talk twaddle elsewhere.

Cheers

Jon

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FTC calls for Congress to crack down on consumer data harvesting

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IoT

So you buy a (eg) Sammy telly or DVD player and it wants, really, really wants to give you the full experience, obviously nothing to do with hoovering up data.

It'll give you iPlayer or whatever and other hub related stuff and of course if you are unwise enough to feed it your post code (or use Maps) and your name (optional to be honest) then they have a pretty full profile, especially if you have a Sammy phone as well to fill in some gaps. Oh they've got most of that anyway via some form of info gather via Apple or MS or Google, this is just reinforcement data, perhaps given a higher probability of being valid.

Yeah, try and legislate that if you can, if you even know what you are legislating about and what rights you are trying to protect and if your constituents even care. Legislation will almost certainly be out of date before it is agreed.

The world is changing rather fast due to this internet thing. I'm not sure what I want protected any more or even what that might actually mean.

Oh, the article is about a bunch of well meaning American legislators and here's me living in England.

Ho hum, more data to hoover up above - fill your boots Goog int al, if you can parse it.

Cheers

Jon

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Google clamps down on rogue Chrome plugins and extensions

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Re: Is Google following in Apple's footsteps?

"What will be next? Flash?"

Funnily enough Pepper Flash is actually your best bet in Chrome on Linux, once you've disabled the GPU blacklist thingie to get 3D support.

The missus would get a bit sarcastic if Farmville2 didn't work fullscreen and quickly on her laptop running Arch. She couldn't give a toss what it runs, provided things work and unfortunately Win8.x didn't cut it when the Nvidia drivers blew up yet again. Bizarrely: mmm nouveau!

Cheers

Jon

PS Any AC twat wanting to have a nerd off about the joys of Win8 is welcome to have a go 8)

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The Internet of Things helps insurance firms reward, punish

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As has been pointed out by others

You can do what you will but the buggers will still get you.

I keep my IoT things on a separate VLAN/subnet away from stuff I really care about. I watch the traffic in and out and open ports etc accordingly to get maximum function for minimum exposure but frankly it's a losing battle for me.

Mine is not exactly your average setup and even though I can play with the more naiive devices via a transparent web proxy (rewrite content) it's only a matter of time before SSL/TLS is used properly by these buggers and there is not a lot I can do without some serious hacking.

Oh well at least I can keep *most of the outside - out.

Cheers

Jon

*most => not the really smart buggers who can get through a pfSense box with a lot of filtering enabled.

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Are you senior enough to sit around a table with The Register?

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Me

... I'm the MD of an IT consultancy and you will have heard of one or two of my customers (and that includes you folk from across the pond (I'm in the UK))

Am I important enough? <me me me me me me>

'an I've got a pretty new tarnished bronze "ooo you've got pissed once or twice and commented on our forums" star. I bet that Don Jeff bloke got an invite - he's all posh 'n' that like, 'an 'e's well important - so 'e sez.

Well, my apostrophe key is getting horney through repeated bashing and Google doesn't approve of my spelling, given the matronly red line Chrome gives "horney" . Time to bugger off to Reddit, to be welcomed with open arms.

Cheers

Jon

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EU phone home! Cloudy transatlantic cable coughs, gags, chokes

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it was a planned update that went wrong

"it was a planned update that went wrong"

I do quite a lot of remote updates. Firewalls and SANs are particular fun but I always go through the same routine:

Recce and verify the infrastructure - bonus: the docs get updated!

Get back door in place

Cross fingers

Do job

Watch monitoring system - a rather large set of Icinga instances

Ring untightens after a while

Having a limited form of OCD seems to help as do clusters.

For my money - it was an operator screw up rather than dodgy software. Never ascribe to malice that which can be explained by incompetence (or a hangover)

Perhaps a larger team with oversight might be proscribed in future for this sort of work - it's quite important.

Cheers

Jon

PS Must learn RegHTML (TM) my post looks shite.

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SAVE NET NEUTRALITY, urges Steve Wozniak in open letter to bigwigs

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Re: The Left's "free" Is Not Free and Neither is The Right's

"Have you ever tried to run *any* kind of internet server from your own hardware in your own home?"

I take it you are in the US?

Oh well at least we are a little ahead in the UK. One ISP (at least - AAISP) actively encourages this by not billing outbound traffic. Mind you they are a bit pricey otherwise. All ISPs apart from the usual suspects will provide you with a static IP(v4) address for little or nothing.

For example Entanet charge around £15 one off fee for a block of 8. PlusNet, at least for business, will do a /29 for nowt (well they did a few years back - not sure now) once you've filled in the forms. AAISP gave me a /27 at work and a/29 at home - no questions asked. And so on.

I have an ESXi in my attic with a fair few services running on it including my own public DNS ...

Cheers

Jon

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Latest Snowden leak claims NSA bugged ALL mobile calls in the Bahamas

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Who gets to pay for that

To be able to record metadata and content implies, in simplistic terms, that twice the capacity was provisioned for telephony than was/is actually required.

Who on earth paid for the extra bit? I presume the US tax payer. Hope they get value for money on this massive investment. Perhaps the locals paid for it directly - I bet they would be a little annoyed about that.

I wonder how much extra ahem "necessary overhead" capacity we get to pay for in the UK infrastructure?

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US authorities name five Chinese military hackers wanted for espionage

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Re: Horses Gone...

If I want to secure my house physically I know or can easily find out what materials to use to do a proper job. If I fit a bloody great steel front door and reinforce the walls, floor, roof and windows I can be pretty sure I will be able to keep out most efforts to break in. OK my locks will need to be good and so on but physical security is generally possible to a reasonable level.

IT security is laughable. There are bugs (unintentional or otherwise) and back doors to contend with. On top of that it turns out that our own security services maintain silence when they discover snags so that they can use them for their own ends, which would be fine but criminal orgs are getting rather good at this game as well and they ARE interested in me as a target.

On top of that the entire fucking internet connected world can have a crack at me whenever they like.

The best I can manage is a bit like my house is now - a lock on the front door that a lock smith could get through in a few minutes and with glass windows that wont take much effort with a hammer and nail.

Hmmm, at least the whole world are unlikely to have a bash at my home though.

Cheers

Jon

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Net neutrality foes outspent backers by over three to one – and that's just so far

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In the UK NN is doomed already

The UK are already looking to veto the net neutrality requirements being put forward by the EC. Our lovely anti pr0n filters would become illegal, which would make the current mob in Govt look a bit daft.

The beauty of the veto is that I believe this would bugger up NN for the whole of Europe - yay!

I expect to see some fancy manoeuvring over the coming weeks and months, on both sides of the pond. This is going to run and run.

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Real, hovering SPEEDER BIKE can be YOURS for cheaper than a house

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"If we're having wishes, I'll have an Apache attack helicopter. With all of the options, there's noise complaints from the neighbours to deal with."

I live in Yeovil which is where the (Agusta) Westland Apache comes from, very close to the airfield. It's not that noisy to be honest even when they do (did) night flying.

If you open fire with the Hellcats or nose gun - now that will be noisy. Mind you, who's going to sit in the other seat as your CPG?

Cheers

Jon

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Video review: Our sysadmins drink in the latest SIP phones

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@Steven Raith

Try the FreePBX distro or PBX In A Flash. I run FPBX in a VMware VM and that's fine for quite a lot of calls/phones/users.

Top tips:

Do IAX to your provider. Quality is just as good and you wont end up with your phones trying to do direct audio, until you understand what the hell is going on.

When you start setting up home users, enable "Symmetric RTP" on your handsets if possible.

Disable router Application Layer Gateways for SIP - they are unneeded.

http://www.voip-info.org has some handy notes . Some is out of date.

Aastra 55i or 57i are great on site with login/out (via the Aastra scripts) and Cisco 303 or 504G are generally superb and cheap (I would heartily recommend these for an Asterisk newbie)

There is an OSS Endpoint thing in FPBX which works very well but is a little weird. Shmooze have a paid for effort. I use the OSS one.

FPBX -> Asterisk SIP Settings make sure that your **STATIC** IP address is set and that local networks is set to all internal network ranges:

10.0.0.0 255.0.0.0

192.168.0.0 255.255.0.0

172.16.0.0 err whatever the mask is

Set your extensions to default to NAT - it will work internally as well.

Don't mess with QoS until you really need to and properly understand it - end to end.

TEST, TEST, TEST - if you don't verify two way audio from a local and remote call after each change you will be caught out.

Cheers

Jon

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Re: ENUM

Bugger lost a bit of the above post through the joys of wine fuelled editing and copy n paste.

The DNS entry 6.5.4.3.2.1.5.3.9.1.4.4.e164.arpa is pointed at myphone.example.co.uk. Actually it's a little more complex than that, see http://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc2915.txt.

Anyway, the suppression of ENUM in the UK is arse.

Cheers

Jon

PS If you are having one way audio snags with SIP/RTP off site, investigate "symmetric RTP" on the handset, and disable ALGs in home routers ...

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ENUM

Dear all

I had a bash at getting ENUM up and running in the UK.

The idea behind ENUM is that you dial a number in the classic way and through what are effectively reverse DNS entries, you get to a handset but via SIP/RTP directly - no telco. This is basically how you would expect IP telephony to work in the modern age.

For example a Yeovil number might be 01935 123456. You register 6.5.4.3.2.1.5.3.9.1.4.4.e164.arpa in DNS and point it at myphone.example.co.uk. Note how the number is reversed and 44 for the UK is put in and the leading 0 is dropped. Nominet is designated as authoritative for 4.4.e164.arpa - they are the UK's top level internetty registrar wossname.

So I do my research and find this: http://www.nominet.org.uk/whoweare/whatwedo/our-products-services/enum

I then sent an email asking how I sign up or whatever. It turns out that there is no register and there are no plans for one - this was around 3 months ago. A chap from Nominet also verbally (by blower) said the same - no reasons given.

So the UK have a designated registrar for ENUM IP telephony but you can't use it - end of. Conspiracy? YOU decide. OK so it would put a bit of a dent in the profits of one or two companies.

Cheers

Jon

PS In case anyone is missing the point - ENUM is how IP Telephony can finally work properly in the way your Grandma would understand. At the moment you have to sign up with someone to trunk your calls - this bins that. RTP for a telephone call needs around 64Kbits-1 for reasonable quality - we all have that. SIP is a bit of a bugger to get working thanks to NAT but not insurmountable.

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Microsoft blinks, extends Windows 8.1 Update deadline for consumers

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Finally got around to fixing my wife's laptop

I finally got around to fixing my wife's laptop a couple of weeks ago. I'd updated it diligently for her to 8.1 etc and finally flipped when I couldn't find any way to get rid of the Sky Drive icon in the taskbar. It's home edition - no gpedit or any other way I could see to ditch it.

Now I update it with pacman. Runs a lot faster too.

She couldn't give a monkeys what it runs provided Facebook/Farmville/BBC etc work online and the basics like email and Office stuff. Touch works well especially after I adjusted the widgets so you have to try pretty hard to touch close instead of maximize.

Nowadays I patch it over ssh whilst she uses it. Learning Arch Linux had a bit of a steep curve, but then I'm a Gentoo aficionado. I couldn't see her putting up with a compilerthon every few weeks 8)

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Mae Microsoft yn addysgu Swyddfa, Bing, siarad Cymraeg*

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Re: Mae'n ddrwg gen i ...

Dwi ddim yn siarad Cymraeg:

Google: I do not speak Welsh

Bing: I don't speak Welsh

I prefer Bing here, it manages the contraction in "don't".

Cheers

Jon

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Australia to build 35,000-core supercomputer on Xeon-E5-2600 v3

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"have clock speeds 100Mhz-200Mhz faster than current generation Xeons"

Wow, that's less than 10% - not exactly exciting. I suspect the other little extras in the silicon will be far more interesting. If you need more cycles, add more processors/cores and let's face it you will have problems that can be broken into separate work units already if you are buying this thing.

Getting excited about clock speeds is sooooo 1990s. Get with it daddyo. Mind you so is willy waving about your core count.

Come on - what about telling us about the sort of work loads this beast will deal with.

Cheers

Jon

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Copyright minister: Those missing TWO copyright exceptions? We're still on track

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Murky?

"The status of the SI making a parody exception is murkier. The SI doesn't actually define what "parody" is - leaving the matter for the courts to decide - which will take years of lawsuits to clarify."

I believe that is how our (UKoGB&NI with a bit of give and take) legal system works at a fundamental level. Parliament make laws with a bit of leeway for interpretation and case law is developed around it.

It's simply churlish to suggest that Parliament is incapable of drafting a Law that "just works" with clear definitions and constraints.

It will only cost something like £100M in legal fees to generate a legal definition of the word "parody". Lots of starving barristers and lawyers will have been kept in gainful employment (provided they avoid pro bono and Legal Aid cases).

For the rest of us a copy of the Oxford English Dictionary (or Collins or whatever passes for your canonical speller 'n' definition weapon of choice) will do for a few quid.

Bargain!

Jon

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