* Posts by Tom Samplonius

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One day all this could be yours: Be Facebook, without being Facebook

Tom Samplonius

Re: Dip your toes with care -especially since

"There are allegations that Facebook "opened" stuff they shouldn't have. See El Reg last week."

Or, someone realized that Facebook has a lot of money in the bank. It wouldn't be the first time that a company adopted IP theft claims as a business model. See basically every article Reg wrote about Novell.

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The internet IS a series of tubes. Kinda: A Reg 101 guide to cabling

Tom Samplonius

Re: Why bother with all those speeds when the bottleneck

"is your internet connection ... as the guy who's in charge of our "broadband" (the term is laughable) 25mb/s ought to be enough for everyone."

10 Gbps may not be needed in the home, but surely business users can get more than 25Mbps?

I'm seeing 1 Gbps small business plans go for $250/m for 1000 GB and a static IP.

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Cisco wipes its memory from susceptible-to-Row Hammer list

Tom Samplonius

Re: Manufacturer error

"Any RAM chip that is operated within the manufacturer's guidelines should be able ..."

Yes, the memory is probably defective. But this kind of defective RAM is installed in many systems today, because the access pattern used by the rowhammer exploit is never found in real-world work loads, so they never tested for it.

http://googleprojectzero.blogspot.in/2015/03/exploiting-dram-rowhammer-bug-to-gain.html

MemTest86 v6 includes a test for rowhammer (test 13), but prior to that, MemTest86 didn't detect the rowhammer fault either.

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AWS flicks switch for cloud storage replication

Tom Samplonius

"It's only ok with the compliance requirements are the same for both?"

I think you are expected to know what the compliance requirements are, for your data.

The "look at the data and look at your business address and determine your compliance requirements" feature will be added in a successive release.

Or, you could store everything encrypted. Try to not lose your encryption key though.

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$23m to a WordPress biz? Why top-end hosting is big money

Tom Samplonius

Re: Expensive

"Can someone explain to me what a customer would get for that amount of money that they wouldn't get from a $4.99 per month (or less) shared hosting plan?"

Geographically diversity. Shared hosting is one server in one data centre. And WP Engine also uses a CDN.

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By Odin, Parallels thinks cloud service providers should buy Odin

Tom Samplonius

Re: Samsung won't be happy.

"As ODIN is the name of the tool to flash new firmware to their mobile phones."

The 1990s called and want their firmware update technology back.

"Do these marketing wallys ever bother to see if the name they want to rebrand themselves with is already in common use elsewhere?"

Well, a firmware update tool is hardly setting the world on fire with its popularity.

I think the number of non-Samsung sites offering phone Odin downloads is worse for the Odin, rather than it being a tool implementing an obsolete firmware update method.

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Hello? Police? Yes, I'm a car and my idiot driver's crashed me

Tom Samplonius

"That'll be exactly what you need when you've just had a prang bad enough to launch the airbags and your adrenaline is through the roof - a disembodied voice from nowhere questioning you!"

OnStar has been doing this in North America since 1997, and as of 2015 most GM cars include OnStar.

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Tom Samplonius

"This means that US government could potentially demand that the provider allows for this location functionality..."

And so could any European country. Search warrant law isn't that different in Europe.

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What’s new in Office 2016 for Mac (and why it doesn't totally suck)

Tom Samplonius

Re: Do I see what I think I see…?

" Do I see what I think I see…? … a menu bar? Up the top of the screen?"

Of course, Mac apps need to have a menu bar. All Mac apps have them.

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Apple: We could expose our WHOPPING 12 INCH iPad - but it's not real

Tom Samplonius

Re: Mouth, Meet Meal

"Oh. You mean "Christmas"?"

In the US, it means the entire period between Thanksgiving and New Year day. Black Friday and Boxing Day are basically consumer orgies in the US, and one of those days is after Christmas.

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Optus joins iiNet with free-to-download Netflix offer for Australians

Tom Samplonius

It is sort of meaningless. Netflix will give any ISP handling more than 5Gbps of Netflix traffic a free caching appliance (or more than one), to serve traffic locally. Supposedly, such an appliance drops the Netflix external traffic by 80% or more.

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Porn on Blogger – Google takes stiff action

Tom Samplonius

"can only be seen by the owner or admins of the blog and the people who the owner has shared the blog with"

No, as private blogs can only be accessed if the owner explicitly shared it with you. So you'll have to email the owner, and request an invite.

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Hey, network giants: Facebook swigs from an 'open' 6-PACK of tech

Tom Samplonius

Re: As bad as Cisco for the naming

"...management blades."

Strictly speaking, those are the fabric blades. The management is on the line cards.

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Tom Samplonius

Re: Unfair comparison

"Any idea what chipset is being used for the line card Wedge and what processor is powering those supervisors."

First of all, it is not a Cisco switch, so there are no supervisors. Each line card has a microserver, based on the Group Hug standard. The Group Hug standard is basically a pluggable single board PC. So normally, it would be a low-power Intel or AMD. But it could be ARM. Or something else, as Group Hug is a standard motherboard interface, so the switch is CPU agnostic. Typically, the microserver would run Linux with an OpenFlow service. The microserver's would be the closest equivalent to a supervisor.

Cisco cycles between including the fabric on the supervisor, or making the fabric a separate card (during the long life of the Catalyst 6500, Cisco tried both). The 6-pack has "dumb" fabric cards, that are under control of the microservers.

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Tom Samplonius

"...will these be available to the unwashed masses at any point to buy, or will it just be something for us to marvel at from afar?"

Well, the design has been contributed to the Open Compute Project, so probably all white box makers will be shipping these.

So try http://www.quantaqct.com and http://www.pluribusnetworks.com/

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Tom Samplonius

Re: This diagram makes very little sense

"It is probably me being thick today, but this diagram does not make a lot of sense :)"

It is only the control plane for the switch. So the "ASIC boxes" are hiding a lot of detail. This diagram just shows how the microservers and various control bits talk to each other.

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Sitting on one's ARSE is the new CANCER, says Tim Cook - and an Apple watch will save you

Tom Samplonius

"...covering 3,000 acres..."

Desert tends to not be very useful land. And California has deserts that are so hot, that dying of exposure is not uncommon. Four German tourists in 1996, decided to drive around in Death Valley, and disappeared. Only some of their remains have been found.

http://www.nbcnews.com/id/33919797/ns/us_news-life/t/death-valley-bones-linked-german-tourists/#.VNsXmnb1FP4

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Tom Samplonius

"...it is pretty clear this is a company that can ride along with the view green renewables are cost effective, whether they believe the science or not..."

And given the fact that the $848M gets them 130MW over 25 years, if the power is never delivered, they probably don't have to pay. Plus, given the Sapphire Glass contact, it will have a ton of performance guarantees. Who cares what the science says or not, if you've got a signed contract guaranteeing ti will work? You are going to have some disappointment, if it doesn't work, but like the Sapphire Glass debacle, they probably has a Plan B in the wings already.

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Big data, come to BIG DADDY: HDS gobbles upstart Pentaho

Tom Samplonius

Re: Not sure it is a smart move on Hitachi side.

"...the quantity of bugs and nonexistent support..."

Well, at $14,000 per server license costs, Pentaho is not the cheapest (but it includes all features; there is no feature licensing), and the support is there.

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Uber hits PANIC BUTTON after India threatens to BAN dial-a-car firm

Tom Samplonius

Ok, so..

So, if you are a woman and get on a bus, you could be potentially be gang raped to death by everyone on the bus. But if you into an Uber car, you could be potentially raped by only the driver? Seems like Uber still has a lower risk.

Given the prevalence of rape, and murder rape in India, it is pretty obvious that banning Uber after a single incident is really more about the status quo wanting to crush a new competitor, rather than dealing with sexual violence in India.

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Adobe and software pals haul Forever 21 to court over piracy allegations

Tom Samplonius

Re: Well...

"...West Texas kangaroo court..."? Maybe some science? Because statistically, West Texas rules in favor less often than the US average. However, West Texas was setup to process such suits more quickly. West Texas implement rules on the maximum number of pages that could submitted, etc, that reduced the length of the proceedings. So, West Texas is the preferred places to file these types of suits.

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We take bots down, but they get up again – you're never going to keep them down

Tom Samplonius

Re: When will the NSA do their damn jobs?

"The NSA was set up to protect the United State's infrastructure..."

No, it wasn't. The NSA is a signals intelligence (SIGINT) agency only. They have a secondary mission to protect communication of the US gov't only.

And besides, we already know what the real cause of this is: millions of partially patched Windows workstations. MS has been doing more to take out these botnet networks, but they haven't done enough yet.

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China 'upgrades' Great Firewall. Oh SNAP! There goes VPN access

Tom Samplonius

Re: Time for a steganographic VPN

"A VPN could be implemented as a stream of encoded normal-text, using some long standard text. It could use any part of the text - extra spaces, or substituted words. Making it still seem like normal text to censors while having some efficiency might be difficult."

Just sign up for the VPN service, and find out what IP or hostname they use for their server, and then block it. It is apparently what they did.

Because OpenVPN can simply use port 445 (htts), and since the packets are encrypted, you can't tell OpenVPN over port 445 from https.

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Symantec data centre security software has security holes

Tom Samplonius

" It's irrelevant for the most part that the management server is vulnerable to SQL injection, because the policy you create prevents any SQL injection in the first place"

Keep thinking that, and you'll find yourself in a Sony type situation, where obtaining a single password is enough to take everything. Not take down everything, because copying everything is better. And you'll also suffer the embarrassment of having your own web servers running Torrent software to distribute your own files, because you stored your web server passwords on your file server.

The SQL injection allows any logged in user to get access to the database. It is basically privilege escalation. And once you are in the database server, where can you go from there?

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Worst. Comic. Book. Ever. Marvell's Chipman defeated by France in another patent battle

Tom Samplonius

"...so we see a Yuropean company making hay off this in the US, which indicates that said company would support the protection of such reified elements of discourse in the EU in a heartbeat?"

Probably. And given that France Telecom is still partially owned by the french gov't, I assume the gov't would support a US style patent system too.

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Tom Samplonius

Re: Oh dear

"Yes and no but I wasn't surprised to hear that a US jury didn't sign off on the 10 million against a French firm!"

Marvel is a US firm, so they didn't sign off on $10 million against a a US firm. And the suit was brought by a French firm.

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Cisco tears off gloves, throws copyright and patent punches at Arista

Tom Samplonius

Re: Fair cop?

"I have no idea if a CLI is patentable but if it is, it seems a fair cop to me."

Its not. There is case law to support that. In fact, by Cisco over 10 years ago.

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Tom Samplonius

Re: Fair cop?

"If the CLI can be protected by law, then APIs can too...."

The matter of whether a CLI can be copyrighted, was already settled in the US some years ago. The bottom line, is that it can't.

As far as the API, Cisco routers and switches do not have an API. Cisco can you sell you some sort of provisioning software that runs on a separate server, that exposes an API, but the switches and routers do not have one. This is the big reason why Arista is getting business.

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UK banks prepare for Apple Pay 'invasion', look to slap on bonking protection

Tom Samplonius

Re: Where do Apple fit in?

"In which case, how do Apple justify taking any commission, even if it's 0.15%? "

I don't know what is like in the UK, but in US/Can the credit card processors take at least 10 times that, or 1.5% to handle a transaction. And if you are a small, less well known merchant, it is usually 2.5% or more. They just take it from the merchant as a "discount fee". As long as the merchant doesn't think themselves as being big enough to launch their own payment system as CVS and Rite-Aid think they can, 0.15% is very merchant friendly.

The real companies under threat here are Visa and MasterCard. And they are both completely embedded into the banking industry.

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Sneaky Russian hackers slurped $15 MILLION from banks

Tom Samplonius

Re: New Targets

"With the Rouble taking a tumble in value I think they might be avoiding Russian banks"

No, it is just stupid to hack banks in the country that you live in. Plus, banks in Russia probably have significant political connections.

And they are staying away from the EU/US for now, because that is probably where they store their funds. As does half of Russia. You don't want to hack banks that have a variety of international and treaties in place that allow them to seize funds stolen from a member bank.

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Google sues Mississippi Attorney General 'for doing MPAA's dirty work'

Tom Samplonius

Re: Only in America

"How can you sue an Attorney General for asking you too many questions?"

Umm, except he wasn't asking too many questions. He sued Google. And now Google is suing him since the leaked Sony emails reveal that the MPAA encouraged his original lawsuit. He is disingenuous to characterize a lawsuit as "asking questions".

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CoolReaper pre-installed malware creates backdoor on Chinese Androids

Tom Samplonius

Re: Click bait much?

"Obscure Chinese phone manufacturer installs malaware on devices."

Right. That is why CoolPad why a website @ http://coolpadamericas.com/ that lists a north american toll-free number and three US physical locations. Oh, and CoolPad is in the EU too. If CoolPad is obscure, what does that make Nokia?

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HORRIFIED Amazon retailers fear GOING BUST after 1p pricing cockup

Tom Samplonius

Re: Shurely

"ResellerExpress accepts liability for when its software messes up, and has an escrow account set up to handle those cases where the sale will go through, right?"

So for a 50 pound per month service, you expect to receive the vendor to hold in escrow funds equivalent to what is being offered for sale?

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Seagate: We'll bring down the HAMR in 2017. But will we give you SHINGLES?

Tom Samplonius

Re: And that will probably be the end of the road for new HD tech

"I've been told that since Seagate closed their advanced research facility and fired all of their bleeding-edge PhDs,..."

No, they just moved R&D to Ireland:

http://www.investni.com/news/major-research-and-development-investment-announced-by-seagate.html

And the announcement says they will doing the HAMR development at this facility.

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Wheels fall off bid to sue Apple over iTunes anti-piracy shenanigans

Tom Samplonius

"How does Apple know when the two people owned iPods? The could have been given as gifts, etc. How the hell would Apple know?"

Because the manufacturing date is referenced to the serial number. So the iPod's that the plaintiffs claim to own, were manufactured after the alleged activity took place.

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Google? Microsoft? What the heck do they do in cloud?

Tom Samplonius
WTF?

Re: Looked at the cloud, then went indoors

"...Disvovered that Google Apps converts files online to googles own format which meant that the files held / syned back to the server were not readable..."

No, it doesn't. Well, unless you ask it to open the files via the web client. If you download the files, they stay as-is.

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While the web stares at cat pics, the glue of the internet is being shifted from US govt control

Tom Samplonius

Re: No.

"...some way to build a more secure system on top of the existing infrastructure using a distributed trust architecture that cannot be hijacked again..."

I don't think you know what IANA does. So pro-tip: nothing that affects privacy. They manage things like numbering, and names that must be public for them to work.

But any article involving the Internet and the US must have some frothy responses from EU citizens, even though the EU is home to "right to forgotten" censorship schemes and mandated gov't mandated IP and domain blacklists. None of which exist in the US. Most of that is due to the fact that many telcos in the EU are still owned by the gov't . For-profit corporations tend to value privacy a lot more. The UK gov't is now claiming that the US isn't doing enough to shutdown "terror" sites, so they are advocating more censorship. Austrailia has also implemented mandatory internet filtering.

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Google gives Microsoft office an awkward hug with new plugin

Tom Samplonius

Re: Confused

"Surely Google have one too? if not, adding the ability to make the browser better for making the files seem local is something but hardly as good."

Yes, the Google Drive app.

"Another feature of OneDrive, possible extremely useful to those away from their PC is that all the files on the PC are available via the OneDrive web page should the user enable the feature."

Wow... you have to enable this? Incredible. Dropbox and Google Drive have this enabled by default. So I guess +1 for them? I wonder, if you have ever used any non-Microsoft software?

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Looking for a tip-top high-end storage array (and who isn't?) Gartner names its favorite

Tom Samplonius

Re: Storinator

Storinator is not a complete storage solution though. It just a JBOD and server. Unless someone ships it with some sort of storage software, it just isn't in the same category.

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New job in 2015? The Reg guide to getting out and moving on

Tom Samplonius

"On the flipside of this coin - I'm a software engineer who is frequently asked to review CVs for applications. It's actually often quite hard to give precise feedback on the reason for rejecting a CV."

I hire software engineers, and this is one of the most appalling approaches to hiring that I've ever heard. The only thing you mention that is objective is "spelling". Everything else you mention is subjective. I hope you go by more than feelings when you are engineering software.

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Tom Samplonius

"Why?" "Too busy, can't tell you. Bye""

It is legally tricky. The general HR approach is to say as little as possible, because saying too much can result in a lawsuit or a complaint to your jurisdiction's equivalent of employment standards.

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Yahoo! blames! MONSTER! email! OUTAGE! on! CUT! CABLE! bungle!

Tom Samplonius

Re: Single point of failure?

"I thought the whole point of TCP/IP and routing traffic was to automatically re-route traffic via an alternate path in the event of a link failure."

Unfortunately, budgets often don't allow enough capacity for full redundancy at most service providers. And even when their is redundancy, often the redundant links are "folded", meaning they follow the same route. And the other repair that was in process was probably one of their other major links.

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Tom Samplonius

Re: So...

"...my UK based business, handling UK data, using a UK data centre for storage and a UK ISP for email has its mail stored and handled outside the UK? That would have been nice to know when writing our data protection statements."

Not necessarily. The UK is an island, and sometimes running a cable around an island is cheaper than trenching through the island. I imagine there are a large number of short 1km to 10km marine cables in use in the UK, because it is easier than going under roads and train tracks and through private property.

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Nokia: Buh-bye LUMIA and cash-sucking handset pals... LET'S MAKE SOME MONEY!

Tom Samplonius

Re: Nice

"...writing was in the wall for that as soon as Elop got on board and fired the "burning platforms" memo..."

The damage was done long before that. Nokia R&D was dreadfully inefficient. And they totally missed the smartphone revolution. But so did all of the old handset vendors. The CEO before Elop is the one responsbile. Because when Elop sent the "burning platforms" memo, the platforms really were burning.

It is amazing how the pattern described in the "Innovators Dilemma" repeats over and over again, and people are still blaming the wrong guy at the wrong time.

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Walmart's $99 crap-let will make people hate Windows 8.1 even more

Tom Samplonius

Re: Welcome to Walmart =D

"Third world hardware for a third world nation."

Which of the 27 nations that Walmart operates are in the third world?

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Dormant IP addresses RIPE for hijacking

Tom Samplonius

Re: Spamhaus DROP/EDROP...

The Spamhaus list is somewhat useless. Hijacks typically only last a few days or weeks, so the list is constantly changing. Once the reputation of the IPs have been tainted, the spammers switch.

Plus, Spamhaus doesn't have a lot of legitimacy as it is so hard to get blocked removed from their list(s). Maybe for email, you'd trust Spamhaus, but for core network filtering? Not so much.

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Tom Samplonius

Use bgpmon.net

If you are an ISP or hosting company with your own IPs, you should use bgpmon.net to watch for hi-jacks of your blocks. As as side-effect, it allows verifies that your own routing is actually working.

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Has Switzerland cracked the net neutrality riddle?

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Eye laser surgery campaigner burned by Facebook takedown

Tom Samplonius

Since https://www.facebook.com/OpticalExpressRuinedMyLife is reachable right now, this take down really didn't last. Or, was it ever actually taken down?

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Wanna be Facebook? It just open-sourced some of its web server code. Now to find 1bn users...

Tom Samplonius

Re: But..

"... but this recent open handed release of code is a hopeful sign."

Because Facebook hasn't be making open source releases continuously over the last 10 years. And their unique hardware designs aren't open source either. And Presto (http://prestodb.io/), the tool used for the querying data from their "monstrous privacy invasion" isn't open source either. So this is a complete turn around for Facebook.

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