* Posts by Ashton Black

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Pisspoor EE customer service earns it a cool £1 MILLION Ofcom fine

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Re: Can we have...

The problem with fining such that profit margins are squeezed, where they would pass on those costs to their shareholders, is that they wouldn't. Firstly as the board is most likely shareholders themselves. What is more likely is that to protect the share price, they'd just cut back in some other area or even pass the cost on to their punters, well before lowering the divvie.

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Sprint: Our 'unlimited' mobe plan has one tiny limit: High-quality video

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Re: Why

The implication is, that they shouldn't offer "unlimited" if it isn't. If they don't have the capacity to actually do "unlimited" then why do they get away with lying to their customers?

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US SaaS firm bows to Snowden concerns with UK-based datacentre

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Indeed.

Isn't there a Microsoft case going on, whereby a judge in the US has ordered files from an Irish Datacenter?

Better to avoid a US company altogether. (If such a thing is practicable)

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As the US realises it's been PWNED, when will OPM heads roll?

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Re: Such amazing security measures worth $82bn...

Yes. Bonkers.

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SpaceX gets ready to crash barge-land ANOTHER rocket

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Oh ok.

He's just hit the "Revert to Launch" button on his personal Kerbal Space Program I see.

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BOOM! Stephen Elop shuffled out of Microsoft door

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Indeed.

""This change will enable us to deliver better products and services that our customers love at a more rapid pace."

The implication being the products they don't love (I would suggest most of them), will stagnate in a sea of bugs and zero days.

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Poison résumé attack gives ransomware a gig on the desktop

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Not huge amounts of sympathy.

"Cryptowall is being cloaked under the file name my_resume.zip and has been sent from Yahoo email addresses. The extracted files are screen savers that, when executed, download Cryptowall from compromised servers."

An enterprise network connected to the net need to be whitelisting all the software upon it in addition to preventing standard users from executing ANYTHING, without permission. Not to mention AV, Firewall and other Endpoint security measures.

A simple "Please send your CV in ".doc or PDF only" helps (not perfect, but there you go) too.

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The Martian: Matt Damon sciences the sh*t out of the red planet

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Re: Dances with Smurfs

Fair enough. :-)

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Re: I'd watch it.

Indeed and Avatar was Dances with Smurfs. You say it like it was a bad

thing. You know Defoe allegedly plagiarized the shipwreck story from the draft of the memoirs of Henry Pitman.

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I'd watch it.

Might even pick up the book before then. I need some light sci-fi. :-)

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MONSTER GALAXY spotted hiding behind IMMENSE BLACK HOLE

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Re: Our location...

Everywhere is "the middle" to all observers since spacetime is expanding for everyone is all directions.

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A 16 Petaflop Cray: The key to fantastic summer barbecues

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That's all very well, but can it run a Doom LAN?

(Nod to User Friendly Comic)

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Bitcoin blackmail gang start hurling DDoSes at Scandinavia

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Re: NSA/GCHQ?

[nsa-gchq] But combating cyber crims is haaaaard. Slurping peoples private stuffs is easy and we might find something fun!

[/nsa-gchq]

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What hyper-converged storage really means for you

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Tell me if I'm wrong...

Does Hyper-Convergence mean this:

Instead of buying several low storage, but high CPU/core count servers for the hypervisor to sit on and then having a separate SAN fabric to provide storage. You would buy several high storage, high CPU servers and let the hyper-convergence appliance allocate resources based on a pool of those servers?

I can see the advantage of having a SAN-less network, simplicity. But is this just good for start-ups or new builds?

If anyone has any decent guides (The Wiki entry is not much help) I'd appreciate a link.

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Sysadmins rebel over GUI-free install for Windows Server 2016

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Re: Interesting.

Really? Don't bet on that one AC. I've run networks over both MoD satlinks and microwave LoS.

That said, obviously exceptions exist and I wasn't trying to be dogmatic, just pleased that lower footprint, more automated options will be default, rather than the exception.

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Interesting.

With those default diagnostic GUI bits and bobs and powershell, I'm pretty sure I could diagnose most issues with a Windows Server.

The remote access argument is a bit fallacious too. I suspect the vast majority of modern servers would be on some sort of hypervisor of some flavor. If you've got access to that, a simple console would let you in, generally.

I would consider putting a desktop on it, if there was non-server admins (eg the DBAs playing with SQL, aww bless.) who had to use it.

Bring it on!

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One USB plug to rule them all? That's sensible, but no...

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Re: Argh!

The only problem with that, is, as someone pointed out. You'd have to have the most expensive type of cable/plugs, rather than a lower spec for simpler tasks.

No point in having a £30 cable to charge your phone.

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Dutch efforts to decapitate Pirate Bay could end up before ECJ

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Easy Peasy...

Just redefine any copyright infringement activity as "terrorism" and bingo, you can do whatever the hell you like! (apparently)

/sarc.

But seriously, TPB wasn't communicating illegal content, they were providing links to torrents, which in turn pointed to others with said "content".

Sure, "Copyright Infringement Enabling", but not content per se.

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Well YES, Silicon Valley VCs do think you're a CRETIN

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I could sort of see this if....

If you could discount the toaster to such a point, where the "extra" leccie bill is offset then I could see this being a thing.

For example (the numbers are ex culo, but just to make my point)

Say you make and sell a toaster costing $20 (cost), but would be $40 retail normally, that generates $1 per month, on average (For 21, not the consumer, who would get say 1c.), and uses $1.5 more electricity per month (which the consumer pays)

This means that every month, for the life of the machine, 21 make profit they would have made selling at $50. However, using these numbers the toaster would have to be running for just under 2 years to bring the profit back to where it was if they'd have sold it retail.

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It's FREE WINDOWS 10 time: 29 July is D-Day, yells Microsoft

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Hmmm....

Might be worth it on my W8.1 Surface, but on my Win7 gaming rig, I think I'll wait a bit.

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NSA dragnet domestic phone records slurp halted after key spying powers lapse

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Controversial

"US President Barak Obama had earlier lobbied the Senate to support the Freedom Act because it offered reforms for "the most controversial provision ... the gathering of phone exchanges in a single government database".

The proposed legislation would still allow law enforcement to access mobile phone metadata of American citizens but it won't be able to stockpile it. Instead, phone companies would be required to store the records and then respond to lawful access requests on a case-by-case basis."

That's not the controversial bit, IMHO. It doesn't address secret courts rubber stamping warrants and gag orders, without effective oversight. All the Freedom Act does, is move who holds the raw data.

As a Rightpondian it doesn't actually matter to me, as our overlords are in the process of passing even more draconian rules. *sigh*

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Long, sticky summer ahead: Win 10 will be with OEMs by 31 August

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Re: I really don't have the time or patience for all this...

Why? How much are they going to pay us?

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Backwaters in rural England getting non-BT gigabit broadband

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Excellent!

This is great news. I only hope they'll come to rural Somerset. Well done those chaps!

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Oculus Rift VR bucket will be seen on noggins near you in 2016

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Well.

I came *this* close to buying a Mk2 dev kit. Kind of glad I didn't, as I'd like to see what the competition has to offer before investing in a VR/AR system.

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It's beers and bacon all round for our Quid-A-Day Nosh Posse

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Congratulations guys. Braver than I.

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Strange alien-like life zones found beneath Antarctic glacier

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Mr Stross.

The Laundry Files are great, a cross between the action of Ian Flemming, the mythos of H.P. Lovecraft and with a large dollop of well informed geekyness!

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One bit to rule them all? Forget it – old storage types never die

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Pointy Haired Boss.

Horses for courses. Good article.

Now, the question is, how to present this to a PHB who's heard the word "object" somewhere and thinks its a really good idea. *shudder*

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Burger me! Microsoft's chainsaw rampage through sacred cow herd

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Interesting times.

Indeed, there is a part of me which likes this, as I own a Surface 3. I will keep an eye on this development. ('scuse the pun.)

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iPhone vs. Galaxy fight hospitalises two after beer bottle stabbing

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One last hit man,

Oh just one more, I can take it. I mean, I can give it up whenever I want. It's not really a problem. They just released Hearthstone for Android. I needs it man. Cut me some slack. (etc and so on.)

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High on bath salts, alleged Norse god attempts tree love

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Typical!

In the land of the Freyja, no one gives a Frigg.

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Snakes on a backplane: Server-room cabling horrors

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Co-inky dink.

I'm doing a small DC uplift at the moment (just 60 racks). Replacing under-floor cable non-management with lurvly new in rack structured cabling (fibre and copper). Makes a massive difference. New server goes in? Just patch to the sides of the rack, rather than running new cables under the floor.

Once it's all migrated to the new racks, we can rip out all the old crap and there is tonnes of it. I would take pics, but it's a bit of a no-no.

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EU digi-chief clashes with robo-veep over geo-blocking

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Duplicitous Deutcher Dunderhead

Geo-Blocking has got bugger all to do with "Cultural Diversity" and everything to do with "Maximizing Profits".

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Wearables market action is all in the wrist says market-scryer IDC

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Interesting..

But the table is spanning across the page, running behind the adverts, so I can't read it.

(e-mail sent to corrections)

I'm still waiting for a decent wrist slab. The current generation is still a bit, well, meh.

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Encryption is the REAL threat – Head Europlod

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So, in translation...

"Waaaaa! decryption is hard."

It's not impossible to break a single target, but that's not what he's after. He wants mass, unwarranted surveillance. This is just sour grapes, not a legitimate argument.

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Atomic clocks' ticks tamed by 3,000 entangled atoms

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Boffinry!

Yet another story, with cool science bods NOT inventing my personal jetpack!!!

It's almost like they're not interested!

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David Cameron's Passport number emailed to footy-head

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Empty Deleted Items....

'Fraid not old bean. If you select Deleted Items and (depending on your version) select "Recover Deleted Items" you'll see that even those ones "emptied" are recoverable. Depending on your Exchange config, they can be in there for 14 days. It's known as "deleted item retention time".

Oh, and yes it does get backed up.

Oops!

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Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge in Vulture's claws: we find looks AND brains

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Convergence.

As hardware converges, it seems to me, that the only differentiator will be in who's walled garden you want to be in. The design philosophy behind these Samsungs seems to lean more towards the walled garden than in the past. Lack of SD and Removable battery was this very differentiator, now, sadly not.

Shame.

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As H-dot Oettinger drafts Europe's new copyright laws – who's he been talking to?

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Re: he's talking to the bad guys instead of creators :(

If by little chance you mean the same chance as finding a straw in a haystack during haystack building week in Haystackia.

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AT&T, Verizon and telco pals file lawsuit to KILL net neutrality FOREVER

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Re: Time For An Alternative

Agreed that the US needs a political shake up. However, UKIP? Saying what the public think privately? How do you know what the pubic think and furthermore, privately? Do you work in the doughnut?

Piffle, sir.

Vote Green!

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A little amusing...

That on Wikipedia, that the US mobile market is used as an example to define what an oligopoly is.

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Re: TTIP

No. It'll be much, much worse. They company can sue the government, in a court of arbitration, which will have the power to interpret and void a sovereign nation's legislation if that legislation damaged "investors" potential profits. So the FCC would be up shit creek, as would the EPA and in the UK, all the "Off-X" entities. Investor-state dispute settlement is fucking scary.

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Treat us like the utilities we believe ourselves to be, say UK operators

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Re: The big IF

Well.. some of the money. For example, BT group have a D/E of 0.7 meaning for every £1 of investor's money they have borrowed another 70p, to fund the groups activities. But you're right, of course, I'm not sure about the UK, but in the US, if a CEO failed to get "Shareholder Value" (Read, increased share price, dividends, or performed a buy back of shares) with profits, then he can and in some cases have been sued.

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I don't understand.

So the landowners don't set the prices, the government does? What happened to the cold hand of the market?

And where do you think the savings will go to?

1) Infrastructure, albeit unprofitable rural ones.

2) Passed onto the customers with cheaper prices.

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3) "Shareholder Value" and "Executive bonuses"

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ROBOT INVASION has already STARTED in HIPSTERLAND

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What's the point?

If the manager wants to view/chat to a particular person, Skype/Facetime etc?

If the manager is just monitoring "the workers", CCTV or equivalent?

If he wants to wander round, "showing the face". Bloody well go there!

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Swedish city demands £40,000 to repair teenage hacking spree

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My 2p on this...

If the kid told them, before the hack, that "x" exploit was open, but they ignored him and did nothing, with a reasonable fix time, then they have been negligent and in my opinion, should be liable for their own security costs. (Bearing in mind, the kid does now have a criminal conviction over and above their sueball.You can't sue a burglar for the cost of a security system, after leaving your windows open.)

If however, this was a straight black hat hack, then yes, he should be liable.

It doesn't state if this was the case or not.

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Millions of voters are missing: It’s another #GovtDigiShambles

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The cynical part of me...

Thinks that the warning about, students, transients, married women and the like was willfully ignored, due to voting demographics. To me, this smacks of gerrymandering. That or they are completely incompetent. Either one is mildly depressing.

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Boffins twist light to carry 2.05 bits in one photon

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Boffins!

Very cool, but you're supposed to be working on my bloody personal jet pack!!

Chop chop!

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Are you clever enough, and brave enough, to give a Register lecture

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Nice.

Ahh there will be beer, say no more!

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Sir Terry remembered: Dickens' fire, Tolkien's imagination, and the wit of Wodehouse

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I've read and re-read most of them down the years. Being a D&D and fantasy literature fan, the Colour of Magic/ Light Fantastic really tickled my funny bone. I do remember looking forward to each book, to find out which story arc it would be for. I think he wasn't considered "literary" for the simple reason, his style was fun and accessible, without a degree in English Lit.

Very sadly missed.

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This ISN'T Net Neutrality. This is Net Google. This is Net Netflix – the FCC's new masters

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Nah... it's the bloke from the GoCompare.com site!

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