* Posts by chris 17

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Huge, absorbent iPad rumours recycled – and this time it's REAL. True

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Re: Err.....

couldn't find the coffee icon

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Pioneer slaps 80s LASERS on cars for driverless push

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How immune to a laser pointer will this type of system be?

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128TB SSD by 2018? Toshiba promises much, delivers ... a little

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Re: Media race

@Woodnag

the funny thing is the cost of computers, disks & internet to acquire and store collections might actually be more than simple fair usage (sans media) licenses for the movies in the first place.

4 x 2tb disks @ £70 = £280 plus 1 replacement = £350 + nas enclosure + ram + electric + time = ~ £700 in year 1. Do the studios get £5 per movie (after distribution markup and tax)? if so £700 is 140 movies, thats a lot of new films to download and watch in a year, especially as most of the movies released are crap anyway

I think Most people would be happy to pay a reasonable amount of £5 for perpetual right to watch a movie, not so pleased to pay that amount to rent for a day.

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HMRC breaches job applicants' privacy in mass email spaff

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All external mass mailings should be authorised, approved and need at least 2 people to authenticate to a system in order for it to proceed. A mere pop up saying "are you sure you want to send this to more than 1 external person" is not enough.

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Wikimedia sweeps shill accounts after stunt doubles, waterparks scammed

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Re: Liar liar pants on fire.

@AC are you a candidate for Labour leader?

should i be addressing @JC and not @AC?

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Met Police to slash hundreds of IT jobs, hands £216m outsourcing gig to Steria

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Re: What did happen to May's grand vision for the bizzies 'puters?

Police ICT is more concerned with frame works, best practice and national systems like PNC.

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Take two mobes into the shower? I didn't before, but I do now

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surely in 2015 the second sim should be some sort of voip number? lyca (or any other discount provider) should come out with an APP you sync a sim to and then call via wifi or 3/4G using that account once your main sim is back in. Three have an app called 3 in touch which does that via wifi, just need it to work over 3/4G would be great for roaming.

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BT commences trials of copper-to-the-home G.fast broadband tech

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Re: I wonder...

@ Adam JC

VM require you to use their own router, i had to buy the 3com router in 1999 to connect to their 512kbs service, at least they provide one free now :(

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Re: Silly...

if your running a business and need business class symmetric internet service ADSL is not the way to go. It seems you where badly advised at the start.

Its more than likely that your VM service goes through the local BT exchange on BT's backbone and across to VM via the BT to VM interexchange, and was installed by OpenReach with NTE hand off to the VM router on your site. Its possible to be next to an exchange and only able to get 8MB broadband whilst those miles away can get 70Mb.

i totally agree with your upload point though. I'm on VM 50mb and hating the 3mb upload

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That thing we do in the UK? Should be ILLEGAL in the US, moans ex-State monopoly BT

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Re: All in favour...

sky don't own the satellites.

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ive never worked for BT

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Does your ISP blame BT for every problem you have? If your ISP is BT they will blame open reach and then crack on with resolving the issue. They all have issues, just one less layer of blame if your isp is bt.

Over the years working with Verizon, L3, pipex, cw, Vodafone, Ntl etc, it's always been easier getting a strait story from bt rather than the garbled regurgitated crap from the others hours after they've received their updates from open reach.

As you mention the cost of dialing a mobile number is something bt are wanting to address with ofcom.

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an independent openreach would be slower and cost more. its better at the moment where everyone can blame BT and let OpenReach get on with it. If its on its own, all the ISP's will be tugging it in different directions, & still BT would be accused as it is, & will be for a long time, openreaches biggest customer. If OpenReach goes, VM's net should go to, at least we could then get our favourite ISP over the fastest connection whether that be DOCSIS or XDSL.

as i've written before, BT currently has an interest in keeping OpenReaches (Line Rental) charges down, ISP's will have an interest in upping openreaches charges so they get more margin on the passed through costs, possibly by sticking in unnecessary gear and charging their peers for transiting it.

Line rental is the charge for maintaining and improving the lines across the nation and levied on all PSTN based connections.

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Shadow minister for Fun calls for Openreach separation

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Re: Question

also surely mobile broadband would be of greater benefit to all farmers rather than some fast connection stuck in a farm office when farmer is in his field or tending animals.

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We're saving tax payers' money on Oracle licensing, honest, says Gov.uk

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need an office of government licensing that all gov departments get their licensing from, that'll shave a few 10's of millions of annual procurement costs.

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Amazon UK conditions 'exhausting', claims union

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the Amazon no quibble return policy wins it for me. It means i can buy with confidence, even if its a couple of £'s cheaper elsewhere i know i'll save time & money if something goes wrong.

Amazon aren't the only US company with bad work practices, they all seem to want their ounce of flesh with air of be grateful you've got a job.

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Watch out, Tokyo! Samsung readies a 15 TERABYTE SSD

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Cloud killer?

All your data with you all the time

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RSA chief uncans insurance giant's mega IT infrastructure review

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Re: He's right, outsourcing doesn't work

my sentiments exactly

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How British spies really spy: Information that didn't come from Snowden

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Re: OK, let me get this straight..

someone better let HMRC know they face a potential sueball then

http://www.channelregister.co.uk/2015/06/05/hmrc_is_going_google/

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Contactless card fraud? Easy. All you need is an off-the-shelf scanner

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Re: Attack of the clones

To add to your post, the chip in the card generates the ARQC which is sent to the card issuer, the card issuer verifies this as being genuine with an ARPC response to the card which validates it received a response from its issuer.

https://www.visa-asia.com/ap/center/merchants/productstech/includes/uploads/CTENov02.pdf

http://www.atmmarketplace.com/videos/arqc-and-arpc-generation-and-validation/

simply reading the card data with a reader should not be enough to clone it as you actually need the chip in the card to do do the encryption handshake at the point of sale.

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Re: Where are they shopping

i have several new (this year) credit cards that don't use 3D secure.

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Universal Pictures finds pirated Jurassic World on own localhost, fires off a DMCA takedown

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@Velv

have you details of such a service

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could be anything listening on localhost port 4001 but,

http://www.speedguide.net/port.php?port=4001

ewOak, ICQ Client

OptixPro (Backdoor.OptixPro.13.C) - trojan horse that opens a backdoor on TCP port 4001.

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BT's Openreach plots G.fast end-user trials

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Re: fibre

Small company focussing on delivering services to concentrated accessible viable areas can offer astonishing prices. They can't provide that service nationally though and its not just because they are a small company.

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A quarter of public sector IT workers have never used the cloud

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Re: lol wut?

Pssst, using the Internet, web browser or email does not mean you've used "the cloud".

The cloud is a resilient service hosted typically in 2 or more geographically spaced resilient data centres that you have no control over. Simply hosting stuff in a nominated data centre does not make it in the cloud. Having a service on the net available, regardless of the state of an individual data centre that may process that service, makes it in the cloud.

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Dyre times ahead: Zeus-style trojan slurps your banking login creds

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Re: Is it not a bit pointless?

I don't use 2 factor to login to Barclays. I need to use it to transfer to new payees though.

Don't need it with nationwide either.

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Ford's 400,000-car recall could be the tip of an auto security iceberg

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Re: "Getting it right first time"

@ac

an ota patch does not mean it's not been tested. Just because it's released Tuesday doesn't mean they finished it late Monday night.

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Re: The more of this I read

@voland

They know if they ask customers if they want to update they'll get 99.9999% of customers being confused & complaining about being asked and a silent few who won't bother to update anyway.

Do you get a say when the websites you visit patch their systems? Would you care?

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Re: The more of this I read

@yugguy

You realise this is a tech site?

Do you want traction control, end, abs brakes, tyre deflation warnings, air bags, parking sensors, remote central locking, electric windows and mirrors, auto on lights, engine immobiliser (anti theft) windscreen wipers, turn indicators to name but a few.

They have been on many "dumb" cars but require an amount of IT/CPU/software to work. You may not want them but they have saved countless lives, are mandated by law and the buying public want them too.

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TfL to splash £400m on networking deal, despite GDS opposition

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Unions & pensions

the main advantage of outsourcing service provision is to reduce exposure to strike action by the unions and also stop new entrants to generous government pensions.

Once tupe'd over the crap workers are encouraged to leave and the good ones enticed to drop their generous arrangements. New workers are on worse terms than their long in the tooth co workers and the organisation generally has enough staff to cope with those that do go on strike.

One less headache for the gov agency to care about.

As a tax payer, I'd welcome the reduced cost of insourcing the work and the extra saved can go on training.

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Times that by the number if gov departments with outsourced it.

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Cisco plays Victor Kiam to MaintenanceNet's Remington

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I do hope so

Cludgy with some commands blatantly from acquisitions just bolted on in there.

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Osbo PRINTS first Tory budget in 19 years with his BARE HANDS

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Re: Yes, let's all praise IDS...

Surely that's the fault / failing of the department and not the Chancellor? No minister of any party would deliberately sanction a domestic program designed to help people knowing full well it would directly lead to people dying!!!

Deliberately lieing to the nation to go to war to further your mates and your own agenda killing 10's if not hundreds of thousands certainly does rest on the PM (Blair).

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North America down to its last ~130,000 IPv4 addresses

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Re: 2 things wrong with IPV6

@AC

(and letters beyond F, too).

the reason the letters go to F is because each digit is a Hexadecimal number (0-16) and expressed as a single character from 0-9 A-F

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hexadecimal

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@ 1980s_coder

you need to understand a lot more than simply how an IP address works!

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@ Charles 9

The Hexadecimal numbering system is used which is why you see numbers 0-9 followed by letters A - F

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hexadecimal

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@ Preston Munchensonton

its your router dishing out IP addresses not your OS.

no there won't be an ipv7, it'll likely be called ipv10 but we need something beyond ipv6.

enterprise upgrades are not stopping ipv6, they are the ones for whom moving to IPv6 would be easiest as they control more readily ingress/egress and can easily put in ipv4 to ipv6 gateways at their borders. Many enterprises are running dual stack internally right now.

NAT is great for enterprises as they get to hide all their hosts behind a handful of public IP's, IPV6 can expose all their hosts addresses to the net.

There are many many issues with IPv6 that enterprises don't like but they are not holding up adoption.

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Re: So how many get freed?

http://tinyurl.com/nzuhuoj

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Re: The market in operation

where do you get your facts from?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-32826353

ISP Networks are layered by design with loads of expensive kit already balancing, proxying, billing, inspecting and securing traffic flows, if they needed to NAT its likely they have the kit and expertise already. I doubt so called carrier grade NAT will ever be deployed as its not needed especially with companies handing back addresses they don't need.

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Re: Multiplexing

load balancers, web seals, reverse proxies, will route based on url to back end servers so multiple sites can and do share single ip's

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@ Bronek Kozicki Privacy

yes the randomness is in place but it's optional, who's to say its not possible to decrypt the obfuscated address?

We need IPv7 with IPv6's issues resolved before we see mass adoption of IPv6.

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@AC,

it wasn't NAT that stopped IPv6.

There are fundamental issues with IPv6 which is why adoption is so slow. If it was somehow better than IPv4 everyone would have piled on it like all the other improved standards we use on the net (SSl->TLS, java, flash, xml etc).

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MAC address privacy inches towards standardisation

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Re: Randomising MAC address

filtering by MAC was convenient, but as you should know, MAC's sent on the wire/less can be changed to what ever you want. Need a better way to do the same task like NAC (802.11x)

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Re: IPv6 addresses

@ Sebby

it is relevant.

1) if the ipv6 router assigns the IP with the MAC as the host part then all on the net will see what machine you are using, where you are using it, can check where you've used it in their system & compare against commercial lists from other organisations. Pop into M&S and your phone tries to connect to their wifi then visit their website when you get home they can then link your device & then likely your home network prefix too just for visiting their site, not even logging in.

2) If they have your MAC but don't use it in the host part of IPv6 they can track your visits and sell that info on.

please feel free to work out why that might not be such a good thing.

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Smart meters set to cost Blighty as much as replacing Trident

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I have a www.smappee.com which i very very rarely now look at. The rest of the household weren't really interested in it and aside from the initial flurry of seeing what consumes when & turning off (the shredder consumed 60 watts in standby) our habits haven't really changed. Typically, new appliances use less energy in use and standby and is where we would make the savings over time, swapping a CRT TV for a Plasma / CCFL LCD saves a lot, moving to an LED LCD saves even more & Switching-mode power supplies are much better than the old transformers.

Smart meters will not have any significant impact on reducing power usage. The cost of energy will do that.

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Re: Or you could just...

that would actually cut household energy usage, rather than just giving people an opportunity to monitor their usage and perhaps cut it if they are not currently frugal enough.

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Sky bangs on Ofcom's door – demands BT competition probe

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OfCom should let Sky should merge with VM on the proviso that they build out the network to match BT's universal coverage & they permit others to use their infrastructure. Permit Tax Breaks for 80% of the works to be completed in 3 years and permit another 3 years tax breaks just for the last 20%. We will then have 2 competing national operators for TV & Broadband & non of this blaming the other lot. May see some truly innovative solutions like high speed internet via the incoming mains (with a free smart meter), or street light wimax.

UK Gov don't want OpenReach in foreign hands.

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Re: WHO is paying for fiber investment?

@ Steve Davies 3

The Virgin network is a FTTC type system, the connection from your home to their street furniture is coax, not fibre, i suspect from their street cab to the up stream distribution point is fibre.

I wish OFCOM would ensure VM make that clear on their adds instead of letting them say their service is Fibre Optic, when its not to/from the home.

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Warning flags were raised over GDS farm payments system – yet it still failed

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Re: Why do government projects fail?

@ Kubla Cant

the companies that bid for projects know the real money is made in the indecision of the customer and changing requirements. I've been on both sides of the coin and whilst its not an open discussion to deliberately confuse and cause indecision the opportunity is plainly there for those savy enough to play the game which they see rewarded in their pay, bonus and progression. Its often asked why the useless ones get promoted, its because they extract most cash from the customers.

The PM's are usually useless with no idea what they are doing and are influenced by those that speak their language and not those with the skills to actually build and or rectify the issues. Running a successful project in their eyes is not always the same as what you, I , the public or their customer would expect.

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First Microsoft, now IBM: Box deals are coming thick and fast

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what the hell do they do? do they package software into systems and send the boxed system to you or host it for you or what?

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