* Posts by gerdesj

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Satellite cannon starts shooting Doves, this time under control

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Over tightened screws?

Over tightened screws in a satellite seems a bit naff. Last year I found the bolts on my car's front wheels were not torqued properly (or at all) after an MoT and a replace of tyres. I nearly reached for a lawyer instead of a wrench, when I eventually traced the knocking noise on deceleration. Thankfully wifey's car didn't end up on its nose first or worse.

How the hell can something as basic as torque be screwed up on something so expensive and destined to be rather remote?

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New Xen vuln triggers Amazon, Rackspace reboot panic redux

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FFS

Don't these people use live migration? Surely they can afford a SAN or two to get shared storage.

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Tim Cook chills the spines of swingers worldwide

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"Cook said that – among other things – the wrist-wearing gizmo would nag sedentary people once an hour to remind them to stand up and walk around."

... and promptly destroyed half his potential market. Who wants to be nagged or be described as lazy?

S&M will need to have words and teach him the gentle art of the acceptable euphemisms and platitudes that pass for advertising these days.

Jon

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MEGA PATENT DUMP! Ericsson, Smartflash blitz Apple: iPhone, iPad menaced by sales block

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Check out the innovation

US patent 6,122,263: "Internet Access For Cellular Networks". Seemed a bit obvious, so I thought I'd read it.

TL;DR: The patent describes how (in the late 90s) wireless mobile or cell links tend to be slower than wired links and that these links are bridged together already for voice. PSTN and ISDN are circuit switched but IP is packet switched. The "invention" describes a particular method of sending data as well as voice over the two types of layer 2 links.

By that time layer 2 bridging and layer 3 routing were already invented and so was flow control. Should a particular implementation, linking existing standards, be considered innovative?

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FORK ME! Uber hauls GitHub into court to find who hacked database of 50,000 drivers

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Re: Heh

"Uber wasting a lot of money to find out an IP address that'll be a VPN or open proxy in China or one of the IS controlled parts of Iraq or something."

You are probably right but even l33t haxxors have been known to screw up. What I don't understand is why the police haven't been involved and ruled in or out this line of investigation months ago. Why on earth is a private company taking another one to court when a seemingly criminal act has happened?

Quis custodiet hipsterae?

Jon

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Reckon YOU can write better headlines than us? Great – apply within

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Re: Proof Reading (in Berkshire)

Perhaps not my best after a bottle of red.

Still, if you can beat my current job title of Managing Director - I'm all ears 8)

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Proof Reading (in Berkshire)

"Proofread quickly but carefully to catch typos, spelling mistakes, tautologies, mixed metaphors, and similar errors.

Sharpen up sentences to The Register’s punchy style.

Write headlines, sub-headlines and picture captions to Register style."

The first will often preclude the second and third requirements. Perhaps you missed out "inadvertent" in that one.

My copy is the one in double spacing, with an insertion symbol in the left (wider) margin etc etc ...

Cheers

Jon

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Don't pay for the BBC? Then no Doctor Who for you, I'm afraid

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Re: I'd happily pay the license fee to access BBC from New Zealand

Personally speaking, as a UK resi, I'd be happy for that. Seems fair enough although an export tax err fee should probably be a fair bit cheaper than the full fat local version because OD via iPlayer is after the event I believe unless they start streaming live stuff at the same time as the TV transmission (1).

There will be some sort of naff licensing arrangement making this unworkable though. Probably, in your case, NZ TV content delivery agents (TV/Netflix/SKY or whatever exists in your part of the world) will not allow a foreign national org like the BBC to muscle in. Then the local govt will probably want to raise a levy etc etc

Mind you the more I think about it, I don't see why the BBC couldn't directly deliver our domestic content abroad and it could kill off the awful BBCWS (TV not radio - that was excellent) ...

Cheers

Jon

(1) Mind you, live seems to mean 10 mins delay to allow for cutting out naughtiness these days.

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Errant update borks Samsung 850 Pro SSDs

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Re: Think people

"These people upgraded the firmware on their drives with no RAID and no backup?"

Really?

RAID with SSD is really hard and probably doesn't work the way you think it does, it's also probably bloody stupid due to the way SSDs work. Now SSDs as cache for a RAID spinning rust array is a good idea but that is generally called a SAN and a bit big for a laptop with one or perhaps two HDD slots.

Backups - yes good idea.

I do find it rather sad that many Windows apps insist on installing their own auto updater thingie. Could they not register with MS and have them delivered via the built in Windows Updates mechanism.

Now a HDD needing an auto-updater - WTF!

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$533 MEEELLION – the cost of Apple’s iTunes patent infringement

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"Stopped reading right there."

Ahh ... Slashdot commentard 8)

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'Utterly unusable' MS Word dumped by SciFi author Charles Stross

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Re: Confused

"The problem is is Charlie is using Office on a MAC which is not as good as the Windows version."

Whereas now he uses LO, he gets pretty much an identical application whether on Mac, Windows or Linux. The only real difference is one, two or three mouse buttons.

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Facebook security chap finds 10 Superfish sub-species

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Re: Certificate Pinning in DNS guys!

DANE needs DNSSEC as a prerequisite.

I'm happy setting up IPv6 reverse zones from scratch for BIND via a text editor (oh God the zeros) but DNSSEC scares me 8)

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Why IP telephony is about more than just saving money

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Whither ENUM?

Note the use of the term IP telephony - that only means your handset uses the same wiring as your PC. That is not the same as the original promise of true telephony "freedom". SIP/IAX go some way towards that but a little digging within the UK will discover that ENUM isn't happening.

For the uninitiated, ENUM provides a reverse DNS for a traditional style phone number which would mean that a PBX could make a direct connection to another PBX without a telco in between, provided both talk SIP/IAX which would become rather common if ENUM was available outside of an internal setup.

Funnily enough there are no registrars for ENUM in the UK and I have been told by Nominet that none will happen for the foreseeable. Search "ENUM Nominet" and then try contacting them and see how far you get.

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Photoshop daddy: 'I’m not happy with body image issues it creates for a lot of women'

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"That said - Mr Knoll is surely aware that "airbrushing" used to involve - well, actual airbrushes, right? Photoshop makes it less skilled and less messy, but he didn't create something new here."

Now come on: he could have compiled "Krita" first, and used that to do the touch ups. Now that would require some effort and asbestos legs whilst the compiler does its stuff on his laptop.

Maybe he simply scragged some stock fots from somewhere instead and used MS Paint- who knows.

Cheers

Jon

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Samsung in second SSD slowdown SNAFU

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Linux?

Can't see anything for Linux on that Samsung driver site. I take it that legacy OSs still persist on vendors providing binary lumps on their own websites rather than being part of the core OS and supported by the core OS developers.

How quaint.

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Microsoft to store deleted Exchange Online mails FOREVER

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RLY - thats nice

So you put your corporate email on a cloudy system - convenient and cheap with lots of bells and whistles - smashing.

Then you write a note to someone, realize that it's {sexist | defamatory | terrorist | just plain bollocks | naughty} and delete it, except you didn't really delete it.

Oh good, it can come back to haunt you via channels you don't even know exist or in the case of the lovely RIPA wished didn't exist. Your country will probably already have something just as lovely as our RIPA.

With RIPA in place, inter pares, you won't even get to complain about it either. Now *that's* the modern way.

Cheers

Jon

PS http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2000/23/section/54 : "to keep secret the giving of the notice, its contents and the things done in pursuance of it." I won't spell it out - that's been done elsewhere.

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For pity's sake, you FOOL! DON'T UPGRADE it will make it WORSE

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Re: I feel your pain

"You don't want a diesel genset - too slow to come online and have nasty spikes in the supply (or so my sparky tells me)."

Your sparky needs to go on a course - you pass the output from the genny through errrr stuff, to feed the UPS which does err stuff <vague hand waving here> smoothing, capacitors, power eleccy things. You don't want the genny hitched directly to the devices anyway.

Now I am very grateful for the idea of using truck batteries - that never occurred to me. I have a car battery hitched to a little solar panel in my summer house down at the end of the garden for lighting. I also have a 1GB connected WiFi AP as well powered by PoE - surprisingly easy to do. It's a 70+m run with a 20m drop and lots of 20mm conduit. I do like my toys despite my whingeing.

Truck batteries - ChemHaz - pah. I live on the edge of a national park - what could possibly go wrong? Great recycling idea though, I'll do some investigations.

Thanks Cpt Bear

PS Cpt is an American Army abbreviation, all other uses of Captain I know of use Capt (as did my Dad many moons ago)

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I feel your pain

I am a corporate IT consultant and I can usually deal with boring stuff like 5 nines uptime but that missing 9 is a luxury that I can ill afford at home.

I now have two internet connections at home with a pfSense cluster after the last 20 min outage was unacceptable under the Wife Acceptance Factor terms and conditions. I also have to maintain a VMWare ESXi with several VMs just to support various strange applications that the WAF Ts&Cs also require. I have UPS and live in dread of the next major power outage happening during compulsory Facebook access time needing a bloody diesel genny. Where am I going to put it? ... and it will be too loud ...

Windows updates etc - she now runs Arch Linux on her laptop after I blew up Win7 yet again which I have managed to make look acceptable (God that took ages) Now I ssh in from work, after issuing a Wake on LAN, to run pacman and reboot it when she's out.

The day job is a piece of piss in comparison 8)

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Australian ISPs agree to three-strikes-plus-court-order anti-piracy plan

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Re: Dumb question from a newbie

A VPN makes a connection appear to come from somewhere else. So let's say you start a VPN on your router and make it the default gateway, then all your connections to Google, Facebook and anywhere else would seem to come from the other end of the VPN. In this case it would be impossible to separate out which computer at your end made what connection unless you keep records.

Now, if one of the computers behind your router started a VPN, again all connections made through that VPN would appear to come from the VPN gateway. It is possible that the VPN gateway might keep a record of where that connection was started from but due the joy of NAT, and provided you don't keep records, it will be impossible to tell which system behind your router started the connection.

However, you should note that through things like browser fingerprinting etc it may be possible to tie a connection to a machine behind a VPN.

A proxy will also have a similar effect but with all of these things you have to hope that the provider either does not keep records or store traffic streams.

Also note that eg a US VPN will make you appear to come from the USofA and sites like Google and Amazon will give you the .com instead of your preferred country version with hilarious results if you buy stuff not noticing this.

That's a nasty cough you have. The air must be pretty dry down south ...

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NO CLASS: Judge chucks out two class-action lawsuits against Google

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I can see where they are coming from but ...

Google have been pretty clever here (sadly). You can have Android if you like with no knobs on - there's an open source version but its "unsupported". However if you want the full fat version that Google support then you also have to sign up to getting the extras that keep the Choccy Factory embedded in your customers.

Sadly most manufacturers go for the "supported" option, rather than having the balls to do it themselves. Back in the day they would be doing all of it from scratch, now we have the usual lazy can't be arsed to manage our own operating system cobblers, even when it is detrimental to their product.

As to the effect that has on handset pricing? Well a judge has ruled on that now.

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Evil CSS injection bug warning: Don't let hackers cross paths with your website

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Eh?

From my naive reading of the article without going to the source, how on earth does "mysite" cause trouble via "somesite".

I presume that the author meant that the link called "mysite.ninja" would actually link to "mysite.ninja" in a special way. Many forums show what a link really points to and browsers will show it on mouse over as well.

SpamAssassin and ClamAV with Sane Security extras etc will almost certainly take a dim view of these links in emails BTW. I'm sure that McAfee, Norton, Sophos etc will also get upset

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Hellooo, NSA? The US State Department can't kick hackers out of its networks – report

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Re: Woah

... bugger, I forgot to carry the Olympic Sized Swimming Pools or insert a London Bus fiddle factor.

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Re: Woah

How about the "Overcompensated Contractor Rate" at say $200K a-1 (that's per annum). That would be (500,000,000,000/200,000)/(2015-2001) = 5,000,000/2/14 ~= 178,571 OCRa-1 or 1.78KOCRa-1.

Now unfortunately I think I might have accidentally devised a metric measure there, so this will need converting via LSD which for our younger readers and non Brits is actually Pounds (Libres or £), Shillings (Sestertii), Pence (Denarii) our old currency in the UofK and not a psychoactive drug. Any similarities with ancient Roman currency is funky, and my spelling will probably wake a pedant or two. Now: £1 = 20s, 1s = 12d. Oh, did I mention the Guinea at £1 1s? There were lots of other weirdness as well.

This all means that 500GUSD is roughly 20TJubs 12GWales and a slack handful of change for a taxi.

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The Revenue achieved RECORD numbers of e-tax returns ... by NOT shifting to GOV.UK

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Axe ground

I followed the link to the GOV.UK spew of links.

There's a filter box to the left - I used it. I then bookmarked the page. That''s a much better route to Self Assessment than the contorted "start with a Google" that I usually use each year.

Cheers

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Linux clockpocalypse in 2038 is looming and there's no 'serious plan'

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The story that keeps on giving ...

... until 1970 arrives (for the third time)

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Man the HARPOONS: YOU can EASILY SLAY ad-scumware Superfish

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2001

I'm sure the webcam at the top of my laptop screen has started glowing red a la HAL 9000. Ah, it's just all the crapware this thing came with vying with each other to spy on me, insert ads etc.

Well it would do if I hadn't nuked the disc with dd and extreme prejudice, and peeled off and binned the Windows sticker at receipt time.

Now I just need to replace the BIOS, hard disc firmware and audit a few 100GB of source code and I can downgrade my tin foil suit to just a hat.

"You can't do that Jon errr Dave"

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After Brit spies 'snoop' on families' lawyers, UK govt admits: We flouted human rights laws

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Re: Sir

Mr Spoon: You don't need to resort to the classics to learn how things go wrong on a grand scale. The last 100 years or so provide plenty to work with.

" ... and then they came for me"

Cheers

Jon

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Your hard drives were RIDDLED with NSA SPYWARE for YEARS

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Ha!

You think hard disc firmware is scary. Have a look at that iLO or iDRAC or whatever on all your production servers and wonder to yourself:

"WTF is that doing at the moment?"

Hint: it can pause execution of its host, dump any range of memory, registers etc, all without the host knowing what's going on. Its also a Linux box with a full toolset running in plain sight. vPRO covers many desktops in a similar way and hard discs for the rest.

Trojan-tastic

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Lightbulb moment for visible light networking: 200 Gbps without a fibre

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WIFI WTF?

Why the comparison to WiFi? That is a very different part of the EM spectrum than they are dealing with.

For starters, this thing isn't going to get through a wall unaided, unlike the technology I am using right now whilst I tap away on my laptop to send this to you.

Cool hack though.

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Vint Cerf: Everything we do will be ERASED! You can't even find last 2 times I said this

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Re: Anecdotal instance

Sounds like a 3Com 3C509. Unable to do auto neg properly in many cases.

You have to hard strap BOTH ends of the connection otherwise you will have 10Mbs-1 1/2 duplex at one end and 10Mbs-1 full duplex at the other end. That will run really slowly and is probably the cause of your speed problem (apart from being 10Mbs-1 !) Now you might have been able to use a 905 or a 595 - they are PCI though but I'm pretty sure NT3.51 had drivers and they do 100Mbs-1.

The drivers for all of the hardware you mention are in this week's Linux kernel. I don't know what would read the actual data - FreeTDS will access a running MSSQL7 but probably not the backups. At least the box could present the files to a VM.

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So who just bought the rights to .blog for $30m? A chap living in Panama

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re:e-mail validation

If anyone wanted to do email validation then the best bet short of sending an email is to do a MX record look up and then fire up a SMTP session, do the EHLO, MAIL FROM, RCPT TO and see if it is accepted. This is sender verification and is a (not so popular these days) tool in the anti spam armoury for us MTA herders.

Now there are one or two potential problems, starting with greylisting but if that is done sensibly then you should get as far as RCPT TO. Another major problem is if you cock up your HELO/EHLO or have a blacklisted IP but then your verification email would fail as well.

Oh ..... topic ..... .blog? Whatever

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Microsoft loves Surface pen maker N-trig so much it bought it – report

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> When asked for confirmation of the N-trig deal, Microsoft told El Reg, "We have nothing to share."

Never a truer word ...

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Facebook bug could have ERASED the ENTIRE WORLD

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Opportunity wasted.

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Net neutrality: Growing flames of criticism lick FCC chief's secret plans

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Please ...

* Please don't ref and assume that it will be read (I did)

* Please don't assume that we understand what all the acronyms mean (I looked them up)

* Please don't assume that a UK reader of a UK site will automatically understand what an FTC and an FCC actually is (still non plussed)

This is an important topic and I got lost and I don't think I should have done. Please try harder to spell out the goodies and baddies (from your perspective) and I'll use my inbuilt bias to colour my comments.

Cheers

Jon

Working: ..." the Washington Post formally came out against the idea, arguing that such an approach would "expose broadband providers"... . This came across to me as WP being against NetNeut (your article.) Their article dispels that (my reading.)

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Hacker kicks one bit XP to 10 Windows scroll goal

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... "long term binary compatibility is IBM AIX" ... "z/OS" ...

@pierce: I nearly hit the report abuse link there 8) That's what you would be doing to those binaries from long, long ago. However, somewhere (banks?) it will still be going on. Mind you I'll bet a fair few of those binaries got a refresh just before 01/01/00.

Cheers

Jon

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NO BRAIN needed to use Samsung's next flagship mobe

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If you don't like the stock software then put something else on it. There will be a Cyanogenmod out pretty quickly.

Google will still get to suck your eyes out though, if you put their stuff on. If you don't: no Play store (boo hoo)

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Dutch government websites KO'd by 10-hour DDoS

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"Dutch MPs are not exactly known for their high inteligence..."

Look - M{r|s} Idiot: If you are going to take the piss out of an entire country, please spell "intelligence" correctly.

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Microsoft slurps Apple-happy, Google-tastic Sunrise calendar firm

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Crazy shit

This is simply a case of buying a market. It's not as though MS hasn't got one or two teams of developers who could lash something like this up over a lunch break.

Unfortunately they also have several layers of managers who would ensure that the process will take several years.

This is an example of either nimble footedness from the beast or going back to their roots of buying a product before it completely takes over the world and making something of it.

My money? It's not another Excel.

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EU parliament bans Outlook app over cloudy security: report

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Re: The application is not the problem

tl;dr? An AWS based server will suck your email out of your corporate account, slice it and dice it and then send the result to your phone.

Read the article before commenting (this isn't /.) The concern is that the app servers act as a middle man between Exchange and the phone, not that people are storing credentials in email folders (which is not mentioned.)

Just think - they could insert ads directly into your email - hooray 8) Also, anyone needing a copy of all your email could simply request it. I doubt very much that the AWS systems are based in Europe for EU citizens nor in the US likewise.

There are more grey areas with this app than usual.

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IBM drops patent bomb on Priceline.com

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How to make friends

Given the titles of the patents, it would seem this is a test case for IBM before they get cracking on the really big boys.

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MongoDB's feline brains trust sink their claws into NoSQL

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Play safely kids

If you are going to play with toys, make sure you play safely with them:

"MongoDB databases at risk - Several thousand MongoDBs without access control on the Internet"

http://cispa.saarland/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/MongoDB_documentation.pdf

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Back off – it is ILLEGAL to make us accountable, claim ICANN lawyers

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If this goes bad

Just imagine what fun we'd have if ICANN collapses and the world + dog steps in to perform their function along national lines.

For starters, a new DNS entry would need registering in multiple places. If you are "undesirable" then you will vanish for large swathes of the world.

Think the GFWoC is bad? Wait until this becomes a possibility.

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$10,000 Ethernet cable promises BONKERS MP3 audio experience

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Re: Not just Audio made better, either!

My Gentoo installs are coming down pre-compiled now I have this plugged into the intertubes.

.. and calling themselves Arch ...

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Japan's death threat hacker collared ... BY A CAT

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Re: FTFY

>わかりますか?

Yes

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vSphere 6.0 is BADASS. Not that I've played with it or anything. Ahem

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Don't cha

VMware has generally been rather good since 4.x days (yes, I've done earlier). Some showstoppers along the way but not many, and nothing that a iDRAC/iLO can't be used to cure and certainly nothing that caused a full cluster fsck (apart from one unfortunate customer and a VM of death combined with HA).

TBH VMware 5.x is pretty damn useful at the SME and beyond scale to the point that I can't get too excited about 6 (and that's a good thing)

NFS 4.1? Come on! I've been using it for quite a while now elsewhere and its quite easy to port a Linux implementation of something to a system that has many suspiciously Linux like attributes.

I'll get around to upgrading eventually but I'm not too enthused (apart from security related stuff)

Jon

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Turbocharged quad-core Raspberry Pi 2 unleashed, global geekgasm likely

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Re: Competitors dead in the water?

It's the same arch, just unplug, plug n go

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Nerdgasm?

Well I nearly lost bladder control. Does that count?

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#VultureTRENDING: YESS! It's Pantsr, the Sharing Economy super app that delivers on the BOTTOM line

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Jubblr

Jubblr was there, right on cue. I still nearly needed Pantsr's services, despite knowing it would turn up.

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'Boutique' ISPs: Snub the Big 4 AND get great service

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Entanet

I switched from AAISP to Entanet purely because I needed unlimited usage. I stream backups from the office ...

AA were excellent - great support and fully transparent about what was going on. Very knowledgeable staff. A fully routed connection with /29 IPv4 and a /48 IPv6, no questions asked. They gave my office connection a /27!

Entanet: support not quite so good as AA but still responsive. /29 or /28 IPv4 is a one off payment of a few quid, /64 IPv6 as standard. 80/20 FTTC fully unlimited ie over a TB on occasions - £28 pm. Admittedly I am the reseller (so I don't actually pay quite that much) but even so it will be of that order for an end consumer. I note that the best Wizards will do is £150 pm at 40/10.

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Sorry, admins: Microsoft says NO new Windows Server until 2016

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Re: more FOSS adoption by Microsoft

Aye, the laughable year of Linux on the desktop will strangely be surpassed by Linux in the DataCentre. Oh that was a few years ago. Ok, how about Linux on the Windows hypervisor - naa why bother? We've already got several native ones and VMware. And we have the *BSDs for those jobs where the rest fall apart, and the drivers work 8)

I note that Win server's Core mode is not very well represented but it is the way you really should be doing it if you want to stay with Windows between your hardware and your apps. Real DC servers don't have GUIs and unfortunately PowerShell skills just are not that ingrained yet.

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