* Posts by Ragarath

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Zen loses its chill: UK biz ISP falls offline for four hours and counting

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Re: Okay here

We've always called it Worcester Sauce, even though it is officially Worcestershire. We live down south too.

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She wants it. She needs it. Shall I give it to her or keep doing it by myself?

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Re: Been there, done that...

My Wife purchased me a "No I Will Not Fix Your Computer" Tee.

When I wore it everyone was really put off asking for help anymore :)

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GMB tests Uber 'self-employed drivers' claim at London tribunal

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Re: @AC

Yes I know it is, but an Uber driver doesn't have to do any fares. So are you (and the GMB) suggesting that they want Uber drivers to be paid minimum wage directly by Uber even if they don't pick up any actual fares? They just get paid for sitting in a cafe? Of course not. They would then have to start setting out performance targets and restrictions on which fares they had to choose, restrictions on doing other jobs etc - the drivers would lose their flexibility.

I think you are confusing waiting for work as working. When you are waiting for work you are not employed. When you pick a fare from Uber that is when you are employed from until the drop-off surely?

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BT customers hit by broadband outage ... again

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Re: Hello from Sweden

So BT's network got you to a VPN via Sweden. Seems like it's working for you ;)

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Really Scary Telecoms Stuff? Nah – telephony's just an app

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Hosted PBX's are great and I am looking at them the sites I support. These are only small sites and so can easily go talk to one another.

For big sites what issue would there be if you lost connection?

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MPs tell BT: Lay more fibre or face split with Openreach

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Re: BT - the caring company.

Yes, I do. It's almost enough to get satellite broadband.....

Depending on your usage I would do that as a last resort. First see if there are any WISPs in the area.

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Ragarath

Re: BT - the caring company.

FTTC is still fibre in some manner. FTTP is a rarity outside of main English cities.

So was fibre to the Exchange before this. Still, this does not detract from the fact that you still have a DSL connection for the final leg. Copper, not fibre, now you just have a closer run of fibre. It is still not a fibre service.

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Re: BT - the caring company.

"80mb fibre in Scotland"

Fibre? No, copper. They just moved the exchange closer to you. If you had fibre you could be offered far more than that 80mbps.

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Scalr hosting hit with outage

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Ah, the cloud, wonderful, until it's not.

I've just moved our webserver to "The Cloud" will be interesting.

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If managing PCs is still hard, good luck patching 100,000 internet things

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Re: Requires *

Looking forward to a future when every single atom will have its own IP-address,

They already do, we just cannot read them yet, although quantum science seems to be getting there from a few things I have read (and think I understand a little?)

A great read for the idea of this is Greg Bears 'Moving Mars' look it up.

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We ain't in 1996 anymore, Dorothy: SQL Server 2016 proves it

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How long is the life-cycle on the BI edition? Do you really need to upgrade?

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Gartner: Brexit cluster-fsck has ballsed up our spending forecast

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Re: Are these the same guys

I was going to say the same thing. The PC is not an obsolete concept, the idea of people buying new ones so often is due to the fact that there are no massive advances happening.

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'We shall overcome' net neutrality, sing Euro telcos in the key of 5Gs

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@Charles 9

He did not say it had to be the government running it but that the network basically be separate from the mobile companies.

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Lester Haines: RIP

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Re: :'(

Ahh, not been on El'Reg for a few days and come back to this sad news.

RIP Lester, we will miss you and your articles.

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Swiss effectively disappear Alps: World's largest tunnel opens

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Rottadam!

This could be Rotterdam or anywhere

Liverpool or Rome

'Cause Rotterdam is anywhere

Anywhere alone

Anywhere alone

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Hmmm, where should I dump those unencrypted password files? I know - OneDrive

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Re: The Skyhigh guys again

Please share I beg of you ;)

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Ragarath

Re: The Skyhigh guys again

(Microsoft is the third-party, and they should not be able to deduce this information either).

Microsoft have control of the hardware. What does this mean? As every sysadmin knows it means you can get what you want if you are that way inclined. This is not only Microsoft but every cloud provider, your VM may be controlled by you but do you really know where it is? When that instance moves datacentre how did it happen so fast. What happened to the copies? Who has access to them.

These are questions I ask myself, Does anyone have the answers?

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Facebook's own TLS cert used by crooks in double logon phish

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Not also that but the opportunities for cross service password checking are endless. I know many people that use the same password for many services, even against advice given.

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LiveDrive drive by: Backup biz's price hikes will kill us, say resellers

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The Cloud! - Use at your own risk!

Not much more to say but be aware of what your storing and where and how it can be held against you.

I assume with such sweeping changes the contract becomes null and void, let's hope there is a clause to extract your data.

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Spinning rust fans reckon we'll have 18TB disk drives in two years

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Re: Question

But if you were having a double height drive, would it not be more reliable to have 2 drives configured appropriately in that space to offer better redundancy?

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Millions menaced as ransomware-smuggling ads pollute top websites

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Re: Beat me to it... @AC

Hang on! You did what to his 69?

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David Cameron hints at Budget law change to end mobile not-spots

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Re: cue the Anti Mast campaigns @Credas

Your right about the land owners part. We have a mast on our land but still have a lot of not spots because of the topography. We also get a lot of tourists in the summer.

The single mast we have cannot cope, the networks have been approached and we have said we will do whatever they need in terms of way leaves / planning so they can put up more masts. They still came back no because all they look at is the static population.

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Everything bad in the world can be traced to crap Wi-Fi

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Re: Icon says it all

It's implemented inadequately usually because the costs of doing it the proper way make the management baulk.

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WANdisco boss: 'We're seeing a humongous movement to the cloud'

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Re: Maybe I am off the mark here....

I've been doing calculations, admittedly with Azure, recently to weigh up our options. We do not have a great need for servers here. AD, SQL, Fileserver and Exchange. Just putting this into the cload works out At a minimum of twice as expensive over 5 years. That is also not counting the things that would have to stay on prem.

Our costs for on site IT personnel remain the same. You still need the 1 person that knows how it works.

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BBC telly tax drops onto telly-free households. Cough up, iPlayer fans

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Re: Then start showing ads

The adverts are not free to you, they use your time and resources. That is the trade off though if you do not want to pay for a product. Either the consumer pays or the advertisers pay.

For example, I will try a mobile game, if I like it enough I will pay for it to get rid of any adverts. If I only like it a little I will put up with the adverts as I am using something that someone else produced and needs to be paid for.

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Beep, beep – it's our 2016 buzzword detector. We see you, 'complexity'

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Re: OpsDev @lysenko

Wow you've just given a name to what I already do at my current job. Thank!

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Don't take a Leaf out of this book: Nissan electric car app has ZERO authentication

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Re: Don't put microcomputers into cars...

Flagella? Just the thing for beating a dead horse...

A very, very, small horse?

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IT boss gets 30 months of porridge for trashing ex-employer's servers

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I'm guessing s/he does as we do. The account is disabled until deleted. No point changing the password.

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Riddle of cash-for-malware offer in new Raspberry Pi computers

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Re: Malware?

I think he was trying to diss Windows 10 even though this is the version designed to run on this type of hardware.

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Steve Jobs mural highlights plight of Syrian refugees

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Re: Big war

If some dude from off a refugee ship takes your job and your women despite barely speaking English and not knowing anybody, you have to ask yourself exactly how shit you are that they're so much better.

I think you might find the fear is more that they are willing to do the same work for less money, in some cases so much less that they are employed because of that. This is not to say they may be any less skilled but that profit is the only driving factor in a lot of businesses and if they job is getting done for less then that is the only consideration.

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Shares tumble at flash-disk array maker Nimble: Time to crack open the all-flash?

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So losing $100 million dollars a year is all fine and dandy?

I guess it's what all these companies are doing now-a-days.

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Openreach boss quits BT in midst of split uncertainty

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Superfast? Really?

"Openreach is now poised to take the UK from a superfast to an ultrafast nation and I am confident it can achieve this as part of the BT family," he added.

Ultrafast? What's that then 2.5mbps or the 2mbps that I currently get? Perhaps they should walk before they try running.

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Lithium-air: A battery breakthrough explained

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Re: How delicate is it? etc

If we are talking cars here what's wrong with storing the fuel needed in say well a tank. You know like we do with the current car tech and petrol?

Dump the oxygen to the tank and suck it back when needed.

This would obviously be a problem for something smaller but cars not a problem.

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How to get the fun stuff back in your data centre

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Re: Because I can

I'm not a cloud fan but isn't that the point of "the cloud" in that you don't have to worry about how it's cooled, powered, or provisioned in any way as long as the processing power is there.

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Apple may face $900m bill after A7 CPU in iPhones, iPads ripped off university's patent

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Re: Apple thieves - what a surprise

But it is not just an application. They changed it to make it durable as mentioned and because of this changed the original patent in a small step as mentioned above.

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How French spooks can silently command Siri, Google Now on phones

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Re: Hmm?

I think that he means that they will hear Siri / Google respond to the command. Not that they would hear the command itself.

In this case though you may think that Siri/ Google picked up something from the surroundings. It would cause you to look at what is going on though and this could make the attacks more effective for certain scenarios. Evil marketing being one sending texts to a premium text number also (though the looking at the screen would not help this)?

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Intel doubles capacity and speed of PCIe flash card

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It's called a solid state drive. Why is that any different than calling it a flash card or a disk drive a, well a disk drive?

Would you prefer they called it "A device for storing files in non-volatile memory chips"?

Everyone knows what a "drive" is, the explaination above but in a short format. If you like it drives file storage for the OS.

Why is a device driver called a driver?

I could go on but feel it pointless.

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Cisco tool IDs malware in the firmware

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If you already don't trust it and you already know it's compromised and don't need the tool.

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Can't they have a tool that detects all firmware bugs quite easily?

Surely this is just a case of checking a hash code or something for that firmware version and that it should match the version in Cisco's database or tool?

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POLAR DINOSAURS prowled ARCTIC NIGHT, cast doubt on COLD BLOOD theory

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Joke

Re: Alaska?

Are you sure it was African and not European swallows? If these swallows were laden it would have affected their airspeed would it not?

This must have been an effort on par with the building of the pyramids.

Did the swallows build the pyramids and we (as in the Egyptians) were just their slaves?

Long live our swallow overlords watching from on high.

Must stop rambling...

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My parents don't know I'm in SEO. They think I play piano in a brothel

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I read that wrong and started to mount my high horse. My horse then promptly shook me off and trampled on me to shame me.

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The marketing departments love it!

Here our marketing dept is always on at me on how we improve our search engine rankings. They then say this person/business is going to get our rankings up for £XX is it worth it. They seem only to be after the quick fix.

They are never impressed when I tell them to submit their pages mentioning as much as possible in normal context the thing/phrase you want to be found and that is all this person/business is going to be doing and they can save themselves that £XX.

I'm unsure of how all these SEO companies can all offer to have you in the top X for a certain phrase. If they all do it who wins? Snake oil in my opinion.

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Arctic summer ice cover is 31st HIGHEST EVER RECORDED

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Re: This again? @AC

Sigh, you disagree great, stand up and be counted? Counter his argument with yours that is what gets debate going. You know different people have different views.

Please counter that is is a statistically insignificant amount of data that we currently have? Again show me the links I need to see to view your side of the argument so I can make an informed decision.

All you're doing here is commenting on the person, not the ideas.

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Curiosity Rover's OS has backdoor bug

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Joke

But someone could send a signal out and hijack it remotely they could then aim the rovers instruments at Earth!

War of the Worlds begins!

It has a laser you know.

P.S. please ignore any problems with sending the correct encrypted signal.

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Spaniard trousers €60,000 bank error, proceeds directly to jail

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Re: Justice for all

Gosh, lot's of people missed my joke icon above.

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Joke

Re: Justice for all

The money did belong to him, the bank gave it to him. Do you go around asking for gifts back after things like birthday parties? I bet you do, go on admit it!

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Windows 10 grabbed about five per cent market share in August

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Re: So What!

This is why Linux is not much more widely used. Sort yourselves out. The in-bickering between the distros and the users like this sets it back time and again.

I don't think the fragmentation is the biggest issue, I think it is the attitude of the users as that is what others see posted all over the Internet.

Most of the time it just sounds like the old playground taunts, "My Dad is better than your Dad!"

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The 100GB PHONE! Well, it has shades of Chrome, so not quite

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Joke

Re: "reliance on always being connected"

We know how to configure the WiFi down here. The problem is there are to many tourists all trying to use the "Free" WiFi and our huge fat pipes (not really Openreach is still no where to be seen) cannot handle everyone trying to upload GB's of holiday snaps over the ADSL connection.

Joke Icon because it is meant as a joke, but is actually mostly true.

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Apple muscles in on biz world AGAIN – this time with Cisco pact

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Re: Desk phones?

2015 where desk phones are still needed obviously not for your business but in a lot of others is still a necessary evil.

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Win10 Insider build 10532: Avoid if you run Chrome 64-bit

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May I ask what the difference is with small corporations compared to large? I have found they are most likely to slurp data given the chance.

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