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* Posts by Peter 26

47 posts • joined 10 Nov 2010

LinkedIn settles missed overtime pay case: Will pay $6m to staffers

Peter 26

That averages $16,713 (£9,909) per employee.

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Multipath TCP speeds up the internet so much that security breaks

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Issue?

Sounds like an unintended benefit to me...

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FBI: We found US MILITARY AIRCRAFT INTEL during raid on alleged Chinese hacker

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Very interesting, a good read.

Funny they went to all the trouble of setting up proxy servers etc. but then just communicated via email using gmail and hotmail registered in his real name and even linked to his own company... But I suppose the ones doing the hacking in China are safe and don't care about their Canadian living Chinese colleague advising them on the aircraft.

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Black Hat anti-Tor talk smashed by lawyers' wrecking ball

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This a real shame. I don't use Tor myself as I have no need, but from a technologist perspective I'd love to know what methods the security services have been using to circumvent the system.

There has been so many cases in the news where criminals using Tor have been caught. Usually there is something saying "we found them as they accidentally used their email address..." I don't believe that for a minute, they obviously have cracked Tor and then look for some other reason to say how they found them. Just like how we did with U boats when we cracked their code and sent out spotter planes to make it look like we got lucky.

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BT at last coughs to 'major outage' after broadband went titsup across UK on Sat

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When looking into it on Saturday I saw that there was two major routers with issues. One was a BT router in telehouse, the other was a Demon router (I don't recall the location, probably telehouse too). That might explain the virgin media issues some were having? I'm not sure who owns Demon now, but I thought they had some links to Cable & Wireless...

Anyway after getting a banned from CS:GO due to the network issues making me abandon a game, and figured out who to blame, I decided to go out and mow the lawn.

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Virgin Media boss AND ex-Murdoch man: BSkyB broadband is 'lousy'

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FAIL

Virgin fan, but no more

I was with Virgin from when they were NTL and luckily for me testing this new BB system in my area in ~1999. I would always promote Virgin over other services even in the early years when the customer service was truly shocking, simply due to the fact they have the better system as the only cable provider.

I switched away from them about a year ago due to the throttling of certain network traffic (not the data caps, that's a different thing). What's the point of having >50Mb if you can't use it? Now I get 80Mb with BT Infinity that really is 80Mb and is totally unlimited, no throttling any network traffic and no data caps. As soon as BT open up FTTP for consumers I'll have a bit of that.

VM\NTL spent all this money laying cable to give them massive bandwidth, but did FA with it. They could have gone leaps ahead in speed of other providers, but instead they just offered comparable packages. They market more about their cheapest deal than their massive bandwidth. They throttle their customers to stop them using their massive bandwidth.

I'd totally confuses me why after all these years they never played up the one massive advantage they had over all the other providers, in fact if anything they downplayed it. It's like they are trying to fail.

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Eating a fat bacon sarnie? Have a defibrillator handy

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Processed?

Is bacon not unprocessed meat? I thought they just sliced it and put it in an impossible to open packet.

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UK's pirate-nagging VCAP scheme WON'T have penalties – report

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A foot in the door

While the ISPs have done a great job limiting this scheme to the bare minimum, I do worry it is a foot in the door giving the BPI etc. the opportunity to ask for penalties a few years down the line due to this scheme most likely being proved to be ineffective at combating piracy.

With the government telling the ISPs they have to do more to combat piracy I guess they had no choice but to let them get a foot in the door, or in this case more like a little toe.

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Google to refund buyers of 'fake' anti-virus app

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FAIL

Refunding Bots?

But it appeared that most of the reviewers of his app were fake, which you can't do without buying it. So did Google just refund all his fake reviewers with £5?

He was out of money, now he's in the money! All he needs to do is make another slightly less obviously fake app and use all his fake google accounts to purchase it with their £5 credit, thanks Google.

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Beat it, freetards! Dyn to shut down no-cost dynamic DNS next month

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ZoneEdit

I haven't used the free DNS for a while as I got bored having to activate it every month via email to say it's still alive.

The solution I have used, although not totally free is as cheap as it gets is to buy your own domain name, and use a free acount on ZoneEdit.com to control the DNS. The first domain name is free.

ZoneEdit.com supports Dynamic DNS the same way DynDNS did, so you can set it up via your router, install a program, whatever you like to change your IP address.

http://www.zoneedit.com/faq.html

I did some research about a year ago and there is quite a few of the DNS hosting companies who allow Dynamic DNS now. I don't remember off the top of my head who they are. But I stuck with ZoneEdit.com as it was free and working.

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Three's money man reveals UK mobe firms' DARK PRICING dealings

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Re: Really?

Ofcom is making all the mobile networks stop charging for freephone calls and a number of other changes. They just did it early so they can boast about it being for the customers, not because they were forced to.

They still deserve some kudos for doing it early, I also don't think everything they are doing would have been forced by Ofcom.

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Google wearables: A solution looking for a rich nerd

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Re: Notifications

So because I state that women don't want something manly I'm sexist. If they come out with a girly watch I wouldn't want to wear it either? That makes me sexist? Men and women have different tastes, that's just the way it is.

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Peter 26

Notifications

It will take off, but not in the way shown in the Google demo.

I am the owner of a Pebble Smart Watch, I've installed loads of apps for it, but the one killer feature I use is Notification Alerts.

Any time my phone alerts me about something I don't have to get the phone out of my pocket, I just check my watch and I can read the tweet, email(name, subject, first few lines), sms etc... I check my watch to see if I need to get my phone out. Anything that appears in the drop down at the top of your phone appears on your watch.

And that is it, that alone that makes the watch worth it. Yeah I have all these crazy other apps that tell me the weather etc. but they are just gimmicks and get used very rarely.

I am absolutely convinced this is the future for our mobiles, it is extremely useful, my wife even wants one which says to me this is mainstream. She says they are too manly though. As soon as the first Marc Jacobs/Gucci Smart Watch comes out this will be the next fashion accessory every women wants.

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Virgin Media's flaky broadband network turns Bolton off

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WTF?

Virgin Media have lost the plot

Warning, random rant about Virgin Media follows.

I don't understand Virgin Media's business plan. Surely you make the most of the advantages you have over other competitors. Virgin Media have the only cable network in the country with massive potential bandwidth. Why then have they been dragged into offering faster speeds through the last decade just so they can compete with other ISPs speed offerings?

Even now for the fastest speed you are best going with BT. Technically Virgin Media can go faster, but with the amount they throttle it's useless.

Their advantage is their own cable network, they should be boasting faster speeds than any other ISP... I just don't get it...

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No sign of Half-Life 3 but how about FOURTEEN Steam Machine makers?

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Re: Interesting concept. For many reasons.

I think it is important to realise this isn't a rebellion against Microsoft, it's just pure survival. With PC & Windows sales declining if they stick to their current model then Valve and Steam will eventually see a correlating reduction in their sales too.

Fears of Microsoft locking them out may also play a part, but it's the declining PC sales which is their main worry.

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$1,000 BOUNTY offered for FINGERPRINTS of a GLOBAL SPY CHIEF

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The spy chiefs should send in their own DNA/fingerprints and ask for the £1000.

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Ubuntuforums.org cracker promises no password release

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MD5?

I'm no crypto expert, but surely paid forum software can do better than md5? I know it's double hashed and salted, but still it would take very little effort from vbulletin to use a better algorithm.

Also a lot of the time improvements made will only effect the one web site with their custom db, but here one bit of effort on vbulletin side would improve many forums security all over the web.

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PM Cameron calls for modern, programmable computers! (We think)

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"That Strawberry Pie thing was in the news for letting school children program computers, say something about that Prime Minister."

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Google Apps goes TITSUP for millions - users REJOICE on Twitter

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FAIL

My Google Drive went down from 1pm to 3pm GMT. I couldn't access my google apps spreadsheets which I really needed. Email was fine for me though.

I can't see what else I could have done as backup. I have google drive on my PC synced, but the spreadsheets on my disk are just shortcuts to the google drive web page.

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Baby-boulder bowling burglar breaks Boulder Apple Store's $100k glass door

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Holmes

Are the Apple doors supplied to their retail chains by Apple Ireland operating in Cayman Islands? If so that would explain the high costs.

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What a Liberty: Virgin Media in buyout talks with telecoms giant

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Holmes

I know exactly what you mean. Check your bandwidth on speedtest and it shows me getting full speed. Try to actually download anything real or stream video and you get 1Mb max...

The speedtest sites need to start using other protocols than simple http port 80 as clearly that's not being throttled. it wouldn't surprise me if they just hardcoded these speedtest sites in so that they are never throttled.

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BT to end traffic throttling - claims capacity is FAT

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BT were the worst, I tried to get round their throttling only to find on forums that they throttled anything that wasn't port 80, even 443 SSL!

It's a minefield trying to find a decent provider who doesn't throttle. I'm coming to the conclusion that paying extra for a VPN with real unlimited bandwidth may be the only way to go to get past the deep packet inspection throttling on certain protocols. That still leaves the data caps though, but at least they are some what known entities.

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Satnav-murdering Google slips its Maps into car dashboards

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Data Cost

I read this on Googles blog yesterday but it didn't occur to me the better solution maybe to just show your mobile screen, so thanks for the insight. I think you are correct.

The problem I have is that this will require another sim, another mobile contract to get data. Is it not time that the network operators changed their model and give you multiple sims you can use? I'm paying them a monthly contract to provide me with data, why do I need a separate contract for every device I own, phone, tablet and now car?

I refuse to go this route and just enable tethering on my mobile to use my tablet, but I wish they wouldn't make life that hard.

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Mozilla needs to find alternatives to the Google umbilical

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FAIL

This has been covered before, if Google stopped paying them then Bing would happily pay them for their search traffic.

Mozilla make Google money via them using google search page as default. This isn't some sort of charity handout from Google, it's business.

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Sky staffer plundered database to benefit naughty false firms

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So what happened to the people, the judge says they did do it, but I see no mention of what punishment they got? Does it mean now the judge has said it did happen that they can be sued? Is this just civil not criminal?

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Free WiFi in London Tube stations extended until end of 2012

Peter 26

The free wifi is great, it has really improved my phone skills.

When you stop at a station you need to quickly scan for the free wifi, get it to connect, then open up a browser, try to go to google, view the virgin media advert, then quickly get your email to refresh, all before you go into the tunnel again.

I've actually managed to download a few emails this way, what a pleasure.

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Valve's Half-Life

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If Half-Life had of failed, we probably wouldn't have Valve and Steam. Imagine a world without that, not pretty.

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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

Peter 26

I'm really enjoying CS:GO, its got me back into it since not playing CS for years.

The original CS was great, then they made CS:S which was more of a test to make sure they could port a mod to their new Source engine, full with annoying movable barrels etc "because the new engine can do it".

CS:GO is the port to the source engine it should have been in the first place, it's great, smooth. Improvements are made where necessary. I think this is the version that will get people off playing the old version of CS.

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Oracle knew about critical Java flaws since April

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According to this wiki article there was 6 releases last year and 4 so far this year:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Java_version_history

It is perfectly reasonable for a standard software company to need this long to resolve the issues, creating bug reports and assigning developers to fix them in the next release cycle.

But when your software runs in the worlds browsers and is constantly exposed you are no longer a standard software company, you need to take that into account and have a process in place to fix issues ASAP. If you can't then maybe you aren't responsible enough to be in everyone's browsers.

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Cops cuff journo over anonymous plod blogger unmasking

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Holmes

Seems it's not the first time he's been done for hacking.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/3966045.stm

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Copyright bot boots NASA rover vid off YouTube

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There needs to be a fine for incorrect copyright allegations, otherwise this will carry on happening.

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Google opens up pay-by-bonk Wallet to all credit cards

Peter 26
Unhappy

Rumour was we'd have it here in the UK before the Olympics. Looks like that really was only a rumour. :(

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Digg, deep in the hole, sells self for $500K

Peter 26

I disagree with your article, this wasn't a case of it became less popular because of other sites like Facebook, reddit etc. This was self inflicted, digg changed their site design and algorithm and it was an absolute disaster. Rather than admit this they decided to die a slow death. Because of that people moved to other sites like reddit.

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Google pushing Jelly Bean updates to Android devices

Peter 26
Headmaster

What have we learnt?

The problem is we (and probably Google) assumed when Android was released that being open source everyone would get updates ASAP due to the openess. Nobody really got into the details of exactly how, but hey it's open source! Well it has taken a few years, but we have now seen that's this is not the case.

I'm fine with that now I know. If you want software updates go for the latest Nexus. If you don't care about the updates then you get more choice over handset.

I have noticed more and more people coming round to this way of thinking. I fully expect in a years time for it to be an Internet sin to complain about not receiving an Android update. The immediate response will be, well you should have bought a Nexus then.

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Being a skinny is much more unhealthy than being fat – new study

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Re: Well, as a fatty...

Can't tell without pics.

All I can say is I used to think the same as you. After dieting for a while and losing 6 stone I realised, hmm actually maybe this BMI thing is pretty accurate after all.

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Pub landlady's footie sat-TV battle moves law's goal posts

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Devil

Spirit of the law not being followed

Since the reason for quashing this conviction was that it was against European Competition Laws, shouldn't the laws now be changed so that broadcasters cannot use logos etc. to get around these competition laws.

It seems to me the spirit of the law is not being followed, therefore the laws needs to be tweaked to provide greater competition.

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Comet 'sold 94,000 pirate Windows CDs', claims Microsoft

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This is a tricky one, the recovery CDs are only of use if you already purchased the software. I know Dell used to sell them for £5.

But I guess only MS has the right to reproduce their software even if the customer has a license for it.

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ISP outcry halts cybercops' automatic .UK takedown plan

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Reread the article replacing "switch off" websites with shut down businesses...

You better be damn sure you are in the right before doing that.

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Samsung offers Galaxy Nexus pre-orders through Phones4U

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Personally I refuse to pay over half a grand for a mobile phone. I am sure I'm not the only one.

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FSF takes Win 8 Secure Boot fight to OEMs

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Pirate

Pirating Windows

I have noticed in all these posts regaring the locked BIOS that nobody has mentioned another huge benefit to MS, and probably the reason they started looking at protecting the BIOS.

The standard way to pirate Windows 7 is to update your BIOS with a SLIC which makes it look like your computer was an OEM PC with Windows 7 preinstalled. There is very little MS can do to stop this. You can sell on PCs like this with Windows 7 installed without paying MS a thing and it passes all the genuine checks etc.

The solution for MS to this is to sign the BIOS to stop people doing this.

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Gay-bashing cult plans picket of Steve Jobs funeral

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FAIL

Please don't give these idiots press...

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More transistors, Moore’s Law, less juice

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Isn't this kind of stating the obvious? Who wouldn't expect a smaller device to require less power?

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Google kills off app maker

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Good it was terrible

I wrote an app in AppInventor and it was painful to the extreme. 20 lines of code in java for snake turned into a week of work and something looking like a crazy A1 poster size spaghetti map. It also was incredibly slow despite doing things not that complicated.

I suppose it sets you on the path of coding android and lets you actually produce something straight away which you can run on your phone, making you eager for more. But it is useless for developing any app you would be proud to go public with.

TL;DR AppInventor is a bit of fun, nobody should be using it for making real apps.

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'Up to' broadband claims out of control, says Ofcom

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WTF?

BT came out on top?

How did BT come out on top? They throttle anything that isn't port 80, even SSL!

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19,000 papers leaked to protest 'war against knowledge'

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Google to the Rescue?

Isn't this something a company like Google could easily fix. They have huge resources and could easily provide the hosting for these research papers, they have already shown the will to do this with library books.

I also feel the same way about government information, such as court case transcriptions. The law says they should be publicaly available to all, yet the only way to get access to them is to pay some law publisher a subscription to access them. That's not publicly available?

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EchoStar, Dish Network cough up $500m in TiVo settlement

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Unhappy

Sad Patent

I just read the patent. It makes me extremely sad to know that you can patent something so obvious. I mean how else would you do it.

http://www.taletyano.com/MftM/TivoTimeWarp.htm

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Commissioner plays poker with Google

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Go

What's the point...

I have no problems with the IC not fining Google, what's the point if they are limited to £500,000. To a company the size of Google that's meaningless.

There is the argument the fine could be a headline grabber, but I'd rather the IC actually did something useful about our privacy. Especially when it comes to the one company who probably holds more data about us that anyone else on the planet. Making sure they follow the rules is vital.

I'd far rather have Google change their ways voluntary via an undertaking than fining them a meaningless amount and then the matter is closed.

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