* Posts by gerdesj

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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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You must have at least 8 inches for Windows 10 to go all the way

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's funny how history repeats itself

Back in the day the KDE desktop on Linux went from version 3 to 4 and there was much wailing, handwringing and general gnashing of teeth. Wind forward a bit and the Gnome desktop did a similar thing. With KDE the problem was hardly any of the satellite stuff like applications worked with it and it was somewhat buggy. With Gnome it was a case of dumbing down the interface to the point of bloody daft.

Later MS did it as well with TIFKAM. You could also argue about the ribbonification of MSO n co but I digress.

KDE now has two versions - there is a distro that will give you the old 3.x look n feel but still developed. Everyone else has moved on and apps have finally been ported. Gnome has split into a bewildering array of things but basically you can have it how you want it. My choice is KDE with bits of Gnome.

MS are still learning what to do, but you will only get one version of it at each iteration. Your choice.

Apple just make stuff look lovely. No choice.

Cheers

Jon

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OH HAPPY DAY! Lawyers replaced by AI

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AI - Ha!

I recently went to France skiing. Beforehand I made many searches via Goog across several hours, related to where I was going. I then demoed Google voice search to the wife on my phone, knowing what the likely outcome would be - she was worried about the rise of the machines.

"OK Google, find Tignes"

"OK Google, find Tigness"

"OK Google, find Tigguns"

"OK Google, find Teenyus"

"OK Google, fuck off"

(It's a bit hard to show what an Anglophone does to French whilst trying to talk to stupid)

I should point out that Tignes is nearly pronounced like "teens". Not once did the bloody thing show any inclination to bother looking at my "manual" search history.

Cheers

Jon

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Privacy alert: Outlook for iOS does security STUPIDLY, says dev

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It's madness I tell thee

This thing hoovers your email using AWS (not Azure) from your corporate email account. "Temporarily" stores it in the cloud and then trickles it down to your phone.

What could possibly go wrong?

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Who's afraid of a virtual switch? Not big bad Brocade

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Re: Non production only

"Similar routing functionality being put in openswitch and if you're looking for switching see snabbswitch too"

Thanks a lot matey. Hadn't heard of Snabbswitch. There goes my weekend 8)

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'Linus Torvalds is UNFIT for the WORKPLACE!' And you've given the world what, exactly?

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Re: How bad is Torvalds?

I think I can understand your sentiment (and share it), your delivery isn't going to set the world on fire.

Besides, that discussion has already been done to death. Yet here I am perpetuating it ...

I've UVd your comment just for balance and it's the weekend 8)

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Buggy? Angry? LET IT ALL OUT says Linus Torvalds

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Re: @SolidSquid

Google "goatse" and tell me there is no darknet

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Increased gov spy powers are NOT the way to stay safe against terrorism

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Re: Well said

>>... I was a small child in the 1960's in East Anglia, surrounded by US Air Force bases...

I was also a small child once and I spent some time growing up in West Germany as a dependent of a soldier in BAOR in the 70s. I knew how to look for bombs under our car at a very early age. It was standard practice to always do a quick check underneath and around the wheel wells.

Quickly, from memory and direct experience: Rheindahlen's E mess ended up with bits of it destroyed and several cars adorning the trees. People were shot in drive by attacks - I can remember a SSgt at least, being shot in his car outside a NAAFI.

Can't remember our Govt getting more uptight back then than they do now. I'm not saying that things were worse then as such but it's not as though the world has changed that much. Mind you at least we don't have the threat of armageddon any more ..... 8)

FFS - terrorism has been around for ever but it is not a good excuse to fuck up our few abilities to keep other baddies out.

The internet allows people from across the world to try and hack my home and my bank account. Unless the state can guarantee that they can keep those buggers at bay then fuck off from my encryption.

Cheers

Jon

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‘Whatever happened to Vladimir Putin?’ and other crap New Year prophesies

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Re: The most useful of these will be a cloud-connected zipper fly for men’s trousers.

The wifi dongle (snort, gribble) is going to put a pretty hefty bulge (hnyak) in your trousers.

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Scary code of the week: Valve Steam CLEANS Linux PCs (if you're not careful)

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It's shit programming

As per subject.

Running a command like that without testing to see what $STEAMCLIENT actually points at beforehand is pretty irresponsible.

I've never heard of this sort of nonsense before and certainly never done anything like it myself 8)

As for running beta on a "production" machine: I doubt many people can afford a testing gaming rig. The bloke even had a backup and this wiped that out. Shame his backups weren't owned by another user - say "backup" but even so it's not his fault really.

Cheers

Jon

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Insert 'Skeleton Key', unlock Microsoft Active Directory. Simples – hackers

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Re: domain controller is restarted

Yep - there is no need to not patch these things along with everything else. There is no reason not to because you should have at least two of them per domain. There are no functions that either one can't do on its own or you can live without for the time for a reboot.

Any tosser who pipes up hard coded LDAP server in my dodgy app should note that all DCs can be referred to collectively by their domain name and a proper app would walk DNS to find the right one for the site if necessary. As a last resort for insanely large non subdivided domains you can make use of custom DNS round robin entries or put two LDAP servers in.

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Security's revamped index of pain readies for release

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"Scores range up to 10 with severities high graded 7 to 10, medium as 4 to 6.9, and low as 0 to 3.9."

So a 10 point scale or 100 point with the decimal is reduced to a three point one. What's the point of that?

Seems a bit confused - try again.

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Last year was utter rubbish. Thanks for being part of it!

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Cheers Dabsey

Yep - 'tis a funny old world we live in.

We have some really odd dictatorships like them thar Norks with properly comedic figureheads and dreadfully abused populus.

We here meanwhile continue to whinge about how abused our freedoms are - on open forums - with no chance of being shot for making comments like this. C'est la vie

Je suis Charlie

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When the US lets go of the keys to the internet, what about our protocols?

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So ...

Who do you want to run your internet?

The current setup involves a huge number of participants.

Someone has to allocate (IP) addresses and someone has to resolve names to addresses via DNS oh and we have to agree how all this is done through protocols. It's a sodding huge and actually rather delicate pack of cards - do you have any idea what a gentleman's agreement BGP is?

Now a large part of this scheme is changing ownership or at least oversight. Do you care?

You should ...

You should probably ask your MP what is going on - it's that important. Unfortunately they will neither have any idea what you are on about nor whether it's an issue worthy of their time.

Nevermind, the internet will route around this damage, provided that it can still find its own arse and not mistake it for an elbow.

Cheers

Jon

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French Google fund to pay for 1 million print run of Charlie Hebdo next week

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Biggest and most important example of the "Barbara Streisand" effect yet.

Cheers

Jon

Je suis Charlie

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Meru Networks ready to DECIMATE its workforce

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Decimate

Good $DEITY:

First example in living memory of the correct use of "decimate" in a news article.

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UK data cops warn Optical Express to stop spamming 1000s of customers

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el Reg used to be pretty SFW but that bloody great piccy of Arnie doesn't help ...

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YES, we need TWO MEELLION ORACLE licences - DEFRA

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They get you coming and going

I have a customer who virtualized their Oracle stuff, only to find out that the licensing now quadrupled.

The licensing is per processor that the system can run on, so going from one box with say 2 sockets to a cluster with four lots of two sockets = x4 more licenses needed, even though the bloody thing can only run on up to two of them and that is shared with other VMs.

V2P isn't something you do very often these days ...

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PlayStation outage: Sony asks 'have you tried turning it off and on again?'

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ICMP

Having to fiddle with MTU implies they've turned off icmp at their end. Security '90s style.

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Why has the Russian economy plunged SO SUDDENLY into the toilet?

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Re: All this reminds me of something from Jerry Pornuelle

"That is, isn't there a limit to this, too, as in you can only run things so efficiently?"

You might like to compare the work a person could do in say 18thC with a shovel with that same bod in a JCB. There were several steps in between. Now we are seriously considering mining asteroids.

So yes there may be a limit but I'm not sure where it will kick in.

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When algorithms ATTACK: Facebook sez soz for tacky 'Year in Review' FAIL

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Re: Blame the messenger.

I hope you meant drawer otherwise you go to some pretty weird lotteries ...

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Roll up, come see the BOOMING HACKER BAZAAR!

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Police force

What we need is some form of police force to keep us safe. We could probably find some change down the back of the sofa to fund them. They can even give themselves daft "cyber" monikers.

Alternatively we could fund fucking huge data gathering behemoths under the guise of fighting terrorism whilst incidentally infringing virtually every citizen's right to privacy. Those citizens being anyone in the world, let alone locals.

</froth></splutter>

Cheers

Jon

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Microsoft's dodgy new Exchange 2010 update breaks Outlook clients

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How odd

Bizarrely, if we applied this thing my "full fat" email client (Evolution) would be the only one accessing our Exchange system. It uses Activesync to get there.

Weird.

Jon

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Mom and daughter SUE Comcast for 'smuggling' public Wi-Fi hotspot into their home

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Wouldn't it be awful

Many WiFi bridges nowadays support multiple SSIDs.

Imagine the chaos that might ensue if non-subscribers started advertising SSIDs that say BT and Comcast use, but which go nowhere or even worse end up in a sort of tar pit at 1KBs-1.

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A first look at Google’s Android Studio 1.0: Climbing out of the Eclipse kitchen sink

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Just noticed this

Here's one for all you programmer types: http://userguide.icu-project.org/packaging-icu4j

"However, in doing so, the results may become quite large on disk. A default build of ICU4J normally results in nearly 16 MB of data"

Take note: they care about 16MB of data being large!

Somewhat OT but it's a subject that should always be on topic whenever programming comes up ...

Jon

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Dutch lawyers seek to overturn data retention

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Opposing requirements

There is the requirement for privacy vs the requirement for properly sanctioned evidence gathering by various agencies.

Has anyone actually measured things like say the age of data of this form used in criminal court proceedings or pulling in them thar terrorists?

It's all very well bleating on about either privacy concerns on the one hand or security on the other but there seems to a paucity of data that might inform an electorate, let alone us lot.

Mind you, when has a lack of useful information held us commentards back let alone our beloved journos ....

Cheers

Jon

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Docker part 4: Microsoft CAN'T ignore it. Aux armes, citoyens!

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Sweary Mary

Great series of articles. It must be fun to be a super grade commentard err journo.

I thoroughly agree with your fundamental point - they've got the momentum, name and all the other bits that will ensure success unless they do something truly stupid.

Losing their nerve and selling out early to x will probably turn out to be stupid. If the major shareholders who are hopefully the creators of this thing keep it together, then they will become rich beyond avarice rather than just mere millionaires.

Cheers

Jon

{x: x ∈ (microsoft, vmware, redhat, ...)}

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Will security concerns scupper your BYOD policy?

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What about ...

A possible BYOD policy might include the requirement:

"if you have compiled it yourself from scratch - it's more than welcome".

"It will still only be allowed internet access" is an optional afterthought.

Cheers

Jon

PS I do - compile my own OS n apps.

PPS I get to set the policy at my workplace

PPPS Sometimes people notice the policy and give a shit - oh well I have other layers to the security onion

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Second time's a charm: Adobe has another go at killing Flash hijack flaw

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A simple patch on Linux

If you use Chrome on Linux then you can use libpepper. Since around Chrome 3x it runs everything I've ever come across Flash-wise once you turn off the safety checks - my classic test is Farmville 2 in fullish screen, works even without resorting to Bumblebee/Optimus.

Unfortunately my classic test involves ....

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Dawn raids on Orange over TROMBONING allegations were fine, rules EU court

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I've just built one of these!

Didn't know it had a name. It's bloody stupid but that's what the customer wants. Our's has lots of lovely VPNs with a large number of Phase 2s and L2 bridging of VLANs across t'internet all wrapped up snugly in a tunnel.

Works surprisingly well but thankfully is only temporary for a DC move. It feels like maaagiic, I just don't look too closely or the stretched L2 VLAN might snap.

Mmmm trombone, with a french horn on the side.

Cheers

Jon

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Stop the IoT revolution! We need to figure out packet sizes first

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C'est la meme

Once upon a time there was this thing called the ARPANET which eventually morphed into something called the internet. This needed tweaking as it scaled.

Who can forget the excitement of implementing things like van Jacobsen compression back in the day to squeeze a few more bits down a serial line or fiddling with TCP MSS clamping and MTU nowadays to get VPNs to perform correctly when some tosser has switched off _all_ ICMP traffic somewhere in the path?

Gosh: world needs knobs and dials to turn.

Cheers

Jon

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HALF A BILLION TERRORISTS: WhatsApp encrypts ALL its worldwide jabber

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That's nothing

This lot want to enable encryption for the entire interweb:

https://lwn.net/Articles/621676/rss

or

http://it.slashdot.org/story/14/11/18/1830229/launching-2015-a-new-certificate-authority-to-encrypt-the-entire-web

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Holy cow! Fasthosts outage blamed on DDoS hack attack AND Windows 2003 vuln

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Re: What happened to cheap and cheerful?

C'mon d3vy - that DV barely scratched me. Give us your best shot.

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Re: What happened to cheap and cheerful?

"See that's who I love the comments section on here, 3 downvotes for stating a couple of facts,

1 LAMP stack won't host asp or asp.net pages (excluding maybe using mono)"

Ooh, d3vy have another one on me.

Why would you even want to try to run asp[.net] on LAMP? You'll be telling us you can't put diesel in a petrol engine next.

You make three points and only one appears to relate to the article. whilst the remainder appear a little partisan. Do you mind if I call shill?

Love you

Jon

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You know those WEIRD glass sheds in New York? They'll be replaced with Gbps WiFi

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Re: Not even sure it is legal

"they were required to have x number of pay phones per y population with out a phone."

Well, Ma Bell had best get cracking and build some more then. I suspect NY plc can do what they like with derelict structures on their land.

In the UKoGB we also have some crazy laws but ours generally involve rights regarding sheep worrying on certain days whilst wearing a certain fruit. Such rights stretching back to the 10C and unfortunately suffering from a mistranslation in the 15C and downright myopia in the 18C.

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Re: Riiiight...

"And if you connect and hack the State Dept, how do they track that? If you take care to spoof your MAC address, of course."

I hope you don't think that I can only use your MAC address to track you .... Mr Cash

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Cynic

This looks bloody marvellous but may need some careful thought.

For example I think if you start putting free wifi up all over the town then the locals may possibly abuse it unless it is the intention to replace all those paid subscriber accounts with a freely supplied civic one.

Anyway: good luck to them. It looks good on the face of it and could be fantastic.

Cheers

Jon

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You know where Apple Pay is getting used a LOT? Yes - McDonalds

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Translation please

Is "rollneck" en_US for "polo neck" (en_GB)?

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Meet Windows 10's new UI for OneDrive – also known as File Explorer

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OneDrive UI

Gah - they've done it again: copied someone else's idea!

Owncloud for example does this on all OSs - it uses the built in file manager thing. I suspect all other sync apps do the same. You configure it to watch a folder or two and then you drop files in then and they sync somewhere.

Magic.

Cheers

Jon

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'Open source just means big companies can steal your code.' O RLY?

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Awards to ACs

Why award to ACs? We need names to flame or congratulate on a hard won Twig of Fail (which generally seems to be caused by winding up the AC shills)

I'm still waiting for the comment that can invite the wrath of the whole lot for a gloriously massive downvote, although saying "I love/hate systemd" on somewhere like Slashdot can easily achieve the same result with little effort.

Come on you lot: Let's see some real downvote totals - put your backs into it.

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Rosetta probot drilling DENIED: Philae has its 'LEG in the AIR'

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Re: RE. Re. To 32,767 and beyond!

"wonders if Pi's are actually that sensitive to radiation" - put it in a microwave and report back.

Cheers

Jon

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Judge: Terror bomb victims CAN'T seize Iran's domain name as compensation

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"Russia would seize the code for estonia, the US would have its own DNS that resolved differently.

The French would decide that all .com should really go to .fr if used inside France

The scots would decide that McDonalds.com should resolve to a small cafe in Edinburgh - except if your ISP was owned by an American corporation. Microsoft.com would go to gotse if you typed it on a Mac."

... and yet life would still go on, somehow ...

Cheers

Jon

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SUPER-JAMMY Philae comet probe got down WITHOUT harpoons

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Re: Just brilliant

It's even more incredible than your summary. The craft flew over 1 beeeellion er miles or km (probably km) and used Earth and Mars multiple times to slingshot. It was put into hibernation and woken up. And it did this over 10 years.

Now that's ambitious and frankly beats the shit out of some science fiction for being a bit conservative.

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Patch Windows boxes NOW – unless you want to be owned by a web page or network packet

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Re: Update FAIL (?)

@LDS: "yet you can't never know where help could come from"

Fair one: I was a little harsh in attacking someone I have never met in my life with some pretty unpleasant vitriol.

Sorry

Cheers

Jon

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Re: Update FAIL (?)

@LDS: are you having a laugh? Do you really think that el Reg is a Bugzilla?

Anyway, for the record: my windows are Georgian 6 pane and my IE version is IEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE .... Hope that helps you fix my bug.

Actually, you sad shill my windows version is X.

Love you

Jon

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Amazon bags control of .book and .pay domains – but NOT .cloud

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.dont.give.a.shit

Who cares? As is often opined: a fool and his(*) cash is easily parted"

You might as well buy "memorable" IP addresses, say 1.1.1.1 (I know a man who ... )

This is how a general interweb session goes when the seeker does not know where to go:

1. Fire up search engine (if you have Bing or Yahoo come up by accident, use that to find Google)

2. Type in misspelt search terms

3. Click on link

.willywaving: buy a personalized numberplate - it might have some residual value but you'll still look like a twat.

Cheers

Jon

* or her - fooldom is not sexist.

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German spies want millions of Euros to buy zero-day code holes

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Funny old world

This is not an attack on you or I personally but it feels like one because they are directly seeking to subvert something that we might hold dear: Privacy.

A dodgy analogy: Front door vs Encryption to preserve Privacy.

* My front door is pretty strong, it costed £n00 (I think - it was on the house already) and will withstand a shoulder barge or a naive attempt at picking the lock. Drive a tank through it or get a locksmith or a sledgehammer and its not going to do the job anymore.

* My encryption is free and libre. If I'm careful it's as good as the best possible in the world.

However, it is possible to get through both my front door and my encryption without me knowing. In the case of my door by being a good locksmith and my encryption by asking a govt for shit loads of loot and making sure that the world + dog knows about it because it is cool and trendy. I'm sure that the South German Times is a reputable read, packed with quality investigative journalism and nothing like the Sunday Sport in the UK.

Really?

That cash is probably destined for something far more esoteric and spooky than messing with OpenSSL. I suspect that "mucking about with crypto" is now the new nod and a wink for spies n govts to put cash where it's really needed.

Cheers

Jon

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Hot, horny bees swerve PLANET-SAVING DUTIES as climate warms, claim boffins

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Solitary bees are not honey bees

There are 150-200 (can't remember the exact number) of species of solitary bees eg mason bees etc. They are important for pollination so we should take heed of the warning.

However, warmth extends the growing season and hence the amount of time these beasties are out and about. Besides, more shagging probably equals more bees and there will be some form of normal curves over time which will probably still overlap due to being taller (by plotting the postulated larger population, that I've just invented).

The study only looked at the effect on one species of orchid, which will now get to demonstrate whether it can evolve in time to change it's flowering to re-coincide with the bees they depend on or perhaps rapidly become attractive to some other insect.

Study too specific to draw wider implications from.

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