* Posts by theblackhand

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Iraqi government finally bans debunked bomb-finding dowsing rods

theblackhand

Re: Did they not...

I thought they were almost 100% effective where the IED's contained golf balls for shrapnel?

Once the baddies stopped using golf balls as shrapnel in IED's due to the cost increases in the second hand golf ball market as well as unresolved questions about where newer ball designs really did improve distance and accuracy, the detectors were useless.

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Gartner's hype cycle turned upside down to assess Brexit

theblackhand

Re: Dampening

From my reading of the BOFH - sort of.

People tend to be quite good at absorbing the first bump, but become a little spongy after that...

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BOFH: Free as in free beer or... Oh. 'Free Upgrade'

theblackhand

Re: Training

Wasn't pulling the ladder required to retrieve the ladder sans-Printer Rep?

If you threw away your ladder everytime you disposed of a product rep, you would end up needing a ladder rep...

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Next month's Firefox 48 is looking Rusty – and that's a very good thing

theblackhand

Re: So, Rust is now "a thing"

It should be "shoe in" if detecting rust in a Fiat that you're considering purchasing

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'Digital influencers' must disclose paid-for content, says new guidance

theblackhand

Re: As a prominent digital influencer myself

Dear Sir

I really like the jacket you have in your picture - where can I get one?

Thank you

G Ullabull

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Softlayer embiggens its cloud VMs

theblackhand

Re: Cloud VM?

What? AWS and Azure have been doing cloud VMs for up to 10 years - they may not fit every business model but considering the revenue they make they fit a lot of businesses.

Softlayers problem is that they're offering less mature services than their competitors with features that are 2-3 years behind. Still, it's IBM, so you can be pay a lot for the privilege of using a second tier provider while still providing a sloth-like business model.

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Who shot JR (that great Dallas broadband)?

theblackhand

Re: "[..] ATT will be in a world of hurt"

Re: And not a single tear will be shed.

I sometimes cry when I laugh REALLY hard...

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Let's play: 'IT values or hipster folk band?'

theblackhand

Re: Sponsored article

I'm not sure there will be a rush of companies looking for Reg commentards to make jokes about their expensive rebranding exercise.

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Dell finds liquid cooling tech on eBay, now wants you to buy it

theblackhand

Re: A break-fix techs nightmare.

You didn't realise what Nintendo had been training people for?

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Disk death: Three-quarters of PCs will run SSDs by 2020

theblackhand

So...

Gartner have been reaching into the magic butt and pulling out the contents again. Think they are a little optimistic within 5 years although they will probably be correct within 10 years.

Projections for the global PC market by 2020 put it at around 290 million with a breakdown of around 170m laptops and 120m desktops. I'd expect close to 100% of laptops to have SSD's by 2020 (currently ~33% and prices for laptop SSD's/HDD's are nearing parity so no real reason for not moving to HDD's other than high end capacity).

On the desktop side, will they reach around 20% selling with SSD's? Assuming the desktop market has drifted even further to value systems (i.e. around 47% value, 47% mainstream and 6% performance in 2012), they would need around 100% of performance desktops and 25% of mainstream PC's to include and a likely bump in price. Sounds a little optimistic.

TL;DR: Gartner produces report showing next PC boom for hardware manufacturers ~10 years after PC hardware booms ended

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Surface Book nightmare: Microsoft won't fix 'Sleep of Death' bug

theblackhand

Re: Sleep and Hibernate have always been iffy

To everyone saying You just have to live with sleep and hibernation problems, go and try an Apple MacBook.

It just works - rushing somewhere? Close the lid and go. Boss asks you to show her something? Open the lid and show her. Don't have a power brick? Close the lid and resume later once you have power.

In around 3 years of using MacBooks I can only recall one time the MacBook hasn't resumed successfully.

THAT is what end users expect from a laptop because they can already get it from Apple - if Surfaces go on doing this, MS will lose Surface customers to Apple.

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MySpace 'passwords dump'

theblackhand

Re: Which is equivalent to...

Or... It's a last gasp at free publicity before MySpace finally disappears...

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Two weeks ago Salesforce had an outage. Now it's outsourced to AWS

theblackhand

Re: the endless blame-game opportunities

From the AWS website, AWS appears to have two Sydney data centres and a Cloudfront/AWS direct connect location at Equinix in Sydney.

Are the two AWS data centres actually third party facilities?

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CIA says it 'accidentally' nuked torture report hard drive

theblackhand

Re: Yeah, sure, right...

c) The CIA promotes person X to position Y. The CIA tells person X that there is a single copy of file Z. Person X witnesses file Z being deleted. Person X is then asked to testify that the only file has been deleted. No lies and everyone is happy....

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Symantec antivirus bug allows utter exploitation of memory

theblackhand

Re: main purpose of Symantec

The main purpose is extracting money from end users.

There might be an accidental side effect of providing some security primarily by making your computer so slow that you stop using it.

The chances of Symantec being used by intelligence agencies to gather information when the software turns your machine into an unusable piece of crap which severely limits intelligence gathering.

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Big Pharma wrote EU anti-vaping diktat, claims Tory ex-MEP

theblackhand

Re: Hurrah!

I thought the issue with the house of Lords was the continued growth (i.e. 400 available seats in the house vs 807 members), the ease at abusing the expenses and introducing a term length with the possibility of re-election following that term rather than wanting to make the whole House elected.

If only they would die off faster....

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Transfer techies at SWIFT tell Bangladesh Bank: Don't shift blame for $81m cyberheist

theblackhand

Re: $10 switches are fine

And without management features, ports won't be shutdown and 802.1x won't be used to authenticate connections and it will complicate finding a WLAN AP or remotely accessible computer planted somewhere out of the way...

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Can ad biz’s LEAN avert ADPOCALYPSE?

theblackhand

Re: Internet marketeers

"The marketers lost any moral argument..."

You really found marketers with morals?

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TWC celebrates $79bn Charter merger by blacking out in New York

theblackhand

TWC in New York

Are you sure the blackout was part of the celebration? Based on past experience, I would have thought the 15 minutes of working Internet was the celebration...

The great thing about temporary offices is that you just get the cheapest, dirtiest Internet that can be delivered quickly. And then wonder why you have no Internet for ~30% of the working week along with the rest of TWC's Mahatten customer base. OK - maybe 30% is an exaggeration and it's only 27%-28%...

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Hey, YouTube: Pay your 'workers' properly and get with the times

theblackhand

What about freebooting?

I realise it is at a slight tangent to the original article, but it relates to the question of who ends up providing the content and reaping the rewards.

In particular - the "battle" between YouTube and Facebook.

I didn't know this existed until I saw a video about the issue on Reddit, but I don't know the real impact.

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Ex-HP boss Carly Fiorina sacked one week into new job

theblackhand

Re: On behalf of the human race

More like:

Trump 2016: Making Republicans unelectable again

Trump trails Clinton by around 6% in polls and trails significantly in the electoral college system by around 250 vs 170 based on expected voting patterns with projections showing 300+ for Clinton.

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Intel has driven a dagger through Microsoft's mobile strategy

theblackhand

Re: 50 billion IoT devices

Re:margin

Typical ARM pricing is around US$5-$15/SoC per 1000

Typical Atom pricing was around $25-30/SoC per 1000 (possibly even lower with rebates/subsidies to get their chips into products)

Typical x86 pricing is US50-$2000/CPU per 1000

These are rumoured prices manufacturers were paying versus RRP. Price isn't everything, but you have to have sufficient yields and sales to cover your R&D/manufacturing/sales/C-level bonuses/dividends.

ARM has the advantage of being cheaper and easier to make, but Atoms weren't where the money was for Intel. There might have been a window where Atom could have been brilliant and ARM failed to increase performance that gave Intel the opportunity to compete in mobile devices, but it didn't happen.

As ARM move forward, they will need to increase their complexity to incorporate a longer pipeline and cache which will drive an increase in SoC size and therefore cost per unit. ARM manufacturers can put pressure on Intel and Intel's margins will continue to fall, but Atom being dropped isn't the death of Intel and they still have a 2+ year lead in process technology.

At the risk of insulting them, Intel may not have the best technical CPUs on the planet, but they have been the best CPU manufacturer (sometimes at the cost of performance/technical excellence to allow higher yields) for decades.

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Yay! It's International Patch Your Scary OpenSSL Bugs Day!

theblackhand

Re: Kill it with fire!!!

Assuming you are running patches for existing vulnerabilities already, you should already be patched for one of the two high severity issues (CVE-2016-2108).

For the second high severity issue (CVE-2016-2107), you need to be running AES (you should be...) using crypto offload. On the plus side, it is likely to only effect newer installs that can be patched reasonably easily, on the bad side it was introduced by a previous patch (although it was in 2013 prior to the Heartbleed.... In addition, the vulnerability allows the decryption of data rather than a remote compromise - bad for you so patch it, but that abandoned website isn't going to become an easy target for script kiddies..

For the low severity vulnerabilities, existing mitigation steps around getting rid of older protocols should have you covered.

Patch as quickly as possible but this isn't too scary on the OpenSSL 1 to 12 scale...

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Batten down the hatches! OpenSSL preps fix for high impact vuln

theblackhand

As others have said, Heartbleed set the expectation that there would be a lot of changes to address SSL/TLS security in the coming years as some of the code found indicated very poor practices.

Completely getting rid of SSLv2 and historical export defaults, slowly killing off SSLv3 while combing through TLS to make sure it was fit for purpose takes time, as does cleaning out issues within the trusted Certificate Authority model, getting people to upgrade their certificates to current standards to address encryption/hash protocols that were approaching the end of their working lives.

However, if it is another DROWN-type vulnerability where disabling SSLv2/v3 is a workaround, I'll sleep easier...

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Another failed merger, Carly? Ted Cruz to bring in ex-HP boss Fiorina as running mate

theblackhand

Re: Cruz and Carly?

Assuming Trump goes on to win the presidency, at least the US will be able to look back and say "at least it won't be as bad as if Carly was involved"

Or is she planning on outsourcing the US electorate to ensure Cruz wins the nomination?

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Panama Papers graph database cracked open for world+dog

theblackhand

Re:illegal behavior

I think it is too early to judge the illegal behavior element as it will take time to sort out:

- entities that are using the service for legal and morally justifiable reasons

- entities that are using the service for legal but morally unjustifiable reasons

- entities that are using the service for illegal reasons now (i.e. Austrlain citizens (around 900) would appear to fall into this category due to their tax laws - potentially US citizens as well, but not aware of any so far as they are more likely to have used legal US tax havens)

- entities that are using the service for illegal reasons in the future... i.e. the actions of some politicians or their friends and families that are "allowed" now, but a future regime may have a different view.

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IBM says no, non, nein to Brexit

theblackhand

You have to smile....

"Putting jobs...at risk"

Isn't that the motto of IBM's offshoring business?

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'No password' database error exposes info on 93 million Mexican voters

theblackhand

Re: has to be said

"He's from Barcelona^H^H^HTijuana..."

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Logging on to United's frequent flyer site might take longer than a flight

theblackhand

Re: Post-Its

If only they asked more security questions than could easily kit under a standard size keyboard...

United, are your security people listening?

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All-Python malware nasty bites Windows victims in Poland

theblackhand

Re: Upon initial execution of PWOBot

From what I can tell, it compromises Windows when a user installs an application that they downloaded from the Internet. I assume that traditional methods of containing this type of threat will continue to be as effective as they have been in the past I.e. Restricting admin rights, up-to-date AV software, user education

As for the Python element? I can't recall a scripting language (compiled or otherwise) ever being used to install software...

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Catastrophic 123-reg VPS cockup deletes Ross County FC website

theblackhand

Re: So your saying they should have a dedicated web developer, a sys admin, a network engineer and a security expert (minimum)?

Depends - as long as they can kick a ball they can be part of the team...

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MIT boffins build AI bot that spots '85 per cent' of hacker invasions

theblackhand

From the conclusion:

"as time progresses and feedback is collected, the detection rate shows an increasing trend, improving by 3.41× with respect to a state-of-the-art unsupervised anomaly detector, and reducing

false positives by more than 5×."

I believe this is after 28 days of operation.

As for usefulness - it sounds like a useful improvement, assuming the sample data is representative of "typical" traffic hitting a variety of common web servers, for a V1 product but its not going to fundamentally alter the security landscape.

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What's wrong with the Daily Mail Group buying Yahoo?

theblackhand

So the good news is....

...the Mail Group might fail because of this?

Let me guess, this is one of those Daily Mail articles where they tell you the good news about X on Monday and but by Friday, X has morphed into a global catastrophe?

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Boaty McBoatface 'wins'

theblackhand

Re: Democracy in action

Maybe not democracy but definitely British bureaucracy...

I suspect they will go with the "democratic" option of what the 65m+ people who didn't vote would have wanted to choose.

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Panama Papers hack: Unpatched WordPress, Drupal bugs to blame?

theblackhand

Re: If you care about security

In defence of Wordpress, it is relatively easy to isolate and provides a way for non-technical people to spout their words of wisdom - if it was sitting in an environment where a compromise allowed access to key business data, then Wordpress is probably the least of the security mistakes in this story.

A CMS on the other hand, would allow you to get both the documents and the structure and given the timeframes of about 1 year to collect the information requiring less than 1Mbps to retrieve all of the data.

But surely given the nature of the information you are handling, sensible security precautions around authentication, application firewalling and IDS/IPS/monitoring systems would be in-place to avoid the destruction of the business...

Ha! Yeah right...

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Oracle v Google: Big Red wants $9.3bn in Java copyright damages

theblackhand

Re: Here's hoping both of the teams get cancer...

That's a little harsh.

I would propose executing legal teams ( all sides...) in patent disputes once a set period had expired without resolution of the issue.

I would say it was to speed up the process, but I know the lawyers won't be able to turn down the additional profits from one set of legal teams being eliminated and the process restarting...

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Cisco says CLI becoming interface of last resort

theblackhand

A bad GUI doesn't make GUI's a bad thing...

Many of Cisco's GUI's suffer from being terrible or running on underpowered hardware for some of the tasks the GUI is trying to do (looks at standalone AP's and switches in particular...).

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Axe to fall on staff at IBM's Global Technology Services 'this Friday'

theblackhand

Re: 15 Consecutive Quarterly Losses

While IBM makes money, the revenue decline has been happening for quite some time (~10 years) and IBM have used every trick in the book to slow the decline and post "healthy" numbers.

At some point, losing money on outsourcing deals won't be able to be hidden behind tax efficiencies and redundancies and the mountain of cash that they have been using for share buy backs will dwindle.

It's not in HP territory yet, but it only takes one Autonomy....

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999 What's your emergency: Mega millions Met call handling IT muckup?

theblackhand

Re: You can't solve all your problems with air strikes.

Are you sure?

Without wanting to sound too much like a UK prime minister (most of them anyway...), I can't think of any of my problems that an indiscriminate airstrike wouldn't improve to some degree.

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'Powerful blast' at Glasgow City Council data centre prompts IT meltdown

theblackhand
Flame

Re: If the amount of kit in your data centre changes significantly

All this talk about faulty fire suppression equipment, but no body seems to be mentioning how there was NO fire damage to any of the equipment.

Impressive no?

Where is the suppressed fire icon when you need it?

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Your one-minute guide to IBM's financial future – or just imagine a skier tumbling down a slope

theblackhand

Re: Chickens coming home to roost

Well, IBM didn't buy Autonomy for almost double what it was worth....

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Ex-Autonomy CEO Mike Lynch sues HP for $150m+

theblackhand

RE: multi-billion PR company

Isn't a multi-billion PR company just a $100 PR company that convinces HP to buy it?

Hmm - this might be a business opportunity. I'll start by approaching Larry with my "business" and getting rejected and putting a note in my accounts saying "we don't make any money yet, but these projections show we could make billions". Now I just have to sit back and wait....

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BBC Micro:bit delayed by power supply SNAFU

theblackhand

Re: Missed deadlines....

Maybe they could meet the deadline by sending out the unassembled components with a note about not using glue for assembly?

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Wi-Gig signals are bouncing off the walls, can't settle on the sofa

theblackhand

I think you will find...

"As for humans getting in the way of the signal, the solution is simple:"

The specs allow for a brief (upto 1 second at 2kW) directed beam to allow any path to be cleared of obstructions.

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Intel's 6th gen processors rock – but won't revive PC markets

theblackhand

Re: Too many processors will confuse the market

I thought the whole idea of the names was to confuse the market and get buyers to make decisions based on i3/i5/i7 and maybe a performance sticker.

In most retail settings, there will be multiple processor generations and getting what you want without referring to Intel ARK is challenging.

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HP overtakes Cisco in cloud infrastructure revenues

theblackhand

So...

Who was the loser in cloud sales?

Would it be fair to guess HP won the additional sales at the expense of Lenovo as the IBM server business transitioned?

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Apple iPhone 6S: Same phone, another day, but TOTALLY DIFFERENT

theblackhand

Re: Money for old rope

Lets see - I average one FB status update every 4 years so the annual time saving of updating to a new iPhone would be less than one fart.

I think there could be a marketing byline in that...

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America's crackdown on open-source Wi-Fi router firmware – THE TRUTH

theblackhand

Re: So it is true...

The problem with a unified worldwide spectrum allocation is that either:

a) the allocated range is significantly smaller than what is currently allocated limiting potential uses (check the wiki page for the common frequencies that are unused by all regulatory domains)

b) move or remove existing users to free up space. As a lot of the usage is weather/military radar I suspect the time frame for doing that is measured in decades.

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theblackhand

Re: So it is true...

The problem with the acceptable bands is that they vary by country. i.e.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_WLAN_channels#5.C2.A0GHz_.28802.11a.2Fh.2Fj.2Fn.2Fac.29.5B16.5D

So the issue is that effectively the radios can be used in any country and are software selectable for the chosen country. If the firmware allows the country to be set, then setting the AP to Russia gives more available frequencies without that DFS/TPC reducing your signal strength.

They really need a solution would be providing a way for the radios to work out their location and restricting how they operate

i.e. while I can think of how to identify your country if you have Internet access using GeoIP, how do you do it on devices that have limited or no Internet access or incorrect GeoIP details? And while DFS/TPC can help with restricted bands, they rely on detecting an active channel so if a channel is used infrequently you still have the possibility of interference

And this is ignoring any issues with software quality from manufacturers.

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

theblackhand

Re: Now this is interesting...

I'm not sure there is any Net Neutrality argument where the manufacturer of network equipment is the cause of the throttling - I believe the two arguments are either it is done via ISP policy (and the network equipment configuration that results from that policy) or bandwidth limitations on interconnects (either via policy based on peering agreements or financiallimitations of not paying for more ports/lines/bandwidth).

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