* Posts by Serif

14 posts • joined 28 Oct 2009

PHWOAR! Huh! What is it good for? Absolutely nothing, Prime Minister

Serif

Re: If this is the start of net censorship 101...

Good idea. Then we'll have someone to sue when we get a virus.

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WAR ON PORN: UK flicks switch on 'I am a pervert' web filters

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Unhappy

Re: Level of ignorance

This is what worries me too. In this case we can point and laugh at how technically illiterate the government are, but what about all the decisions that require expertise in areas other than IT? I have a bad feeling that the powers that be are equally ignorant in anything that an Oxford PPE degree didn't cover.

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Three's Irish network goes titsup

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FAIL

So it's someone else's fault...

...when you've engineered a single point of failure into your systems. And then you shout about it so everyone notices?

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Brits on benefits: 'Dole office site only works on PCs over 10 YEARS OLD'

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Facepalm

IP Address Space

This is the same Department of Work and Pensions that have 51.0.0.0/8 (all 16777216 addresses in it) allocated for their use. Good to know that there are plenty of IPv4 addresses left for anyone who wants one and that organisations still living in the IT equivalent of the stone age aren't hoarding them.

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India crowned global spam-spewing zombie king AGAIN

Serif

The more interesting figure is Italy coming in second. It just confirms what I've noticed on my own servers where mail from Italian addresses is treated as "special".

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ISP CAN cut off pirates with 'three strike' rule, says Irish beak

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Database of those banned?

Is there only one ISP in the Irish Republic or what's to prevent you going to the next one down the list? Rinse, repeat. Failing that, don't pay as you go 3G dongles exist over there? But I'm sure they've carefully thought all that stuff through beforehand...

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Virgin Media flushes pipes clogged by piles of Spotify fans

Serif

As another data point, I have the Virgin top end cable service (XXL or whatever it's currently called) and I pay Spotify a tenner a month for their premium service. I'm now seeing drop outs on my Spotify streaming where the music stops, buffers and restarts. If it isn't sorted out soon I'll be cancelling Spotify and writing them a letter to tell them why.

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Barclays online banking falls over in outage riddle

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Black Helicopters

Now if only you'd set up a Continuous Payment Authority with who ever you were trying to pay. Those seem to work even if you've closed the account and cut up any cards years earlier, whether you want them to or not. Strange that.

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MYSTERY programming language found in Duqu

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Re: A layman writes

It might be quite sensible for them to develop a domain specific language to write their code in. It's a fairly standard technique. It would also hint at the people behind it being reasonably clueful. Maybe a warning about what happens when you have too many bright computer science graduates around without a job.

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Pirate Bay AND its users violate labels' copyright - judge

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Pirate

And when the Google links disappear I expect we'll see sites of links to those disappeared links.

So where does the liability stop? If I have a site that links to a torrent tracker for a copyright work then I'm in the same position as TPB. If you now link to my site, are you equally culpable or less? How about if someone links to your site? Then how about if someone has a Google search link on their site? As things stand I'm pretty sure the law at present could be used to prosecute anyone using an Internet connection.

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Starbucks extends gratis Wi-Fi to UK

Serif
FAIL

Too little, too late

Stopped using Starbucks a long time ago because of the hoops you had to jump through for WiFi. Moved elsewhere and discovered the coffee was a lot better too.

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GCHQ losing its 'internet whizzes' to Microsoft, Google

Serif

Simple solution

They could offshore the work to India. I mean, what could possibly go wrong?

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Google: botnet takedowns fail to stem spam tide

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@Shannon Jacobs

I agree with you, and maybe it's time that the Blue Frog idea (as mentioned above by Gabor Laszio) was tried again. After all, if even the spammers admit that this is the one approach so far that they're really scared of, then maybe one of the big players like Google could earn themselves several million brownie points by hosting such a service.

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Mandy declares 'three strikes' war on illegal file sharers

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WTF?

And if you're daft enough to get caught?

What's to stop you simply going to the next ISP touting for business? Are they proposing yet another national database of people who can't have an Internet connection. What about if you simply get your partner / lodger / cat to join up with next ISP in list? What if it's the family Internet connection, do you plan to punish the children by not letting them do their homework / spouse by not being able to work from home? I suspect these are all things which will be ignored until it's someone else's problem.

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