* Posts by Jamie Jones

1540 posts • joined 14 Jun 2007

ICANN HACKED: Intruders poke around global DNS innards

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Re: One of the things that shouldn't be automated

That was probably true in the recent past.

These days, the root zone refreshes twice a day (serial number increment) because of all these bullshit new domain names.

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Re: Good, the deserve it

I'd love to be able to understand that.

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And any fully-decent administrator would rip out SPF whilst tutting unapprovingly to the semi-decent admin!

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Re: The end

"iYou might hope that, but why would it be the case? Because he works for ICANN, the receptionist also knows how to debug BIND?"

No. Because he works for ICANN, you'd expect the receptionist not to have access to this information in thd first place.

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Misfortune Cookie crumbles router security: '12 MILLION+' in hijack risk

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Re: ZoneAlarm advert?

Hmmmm, a server called "mis" from a previously unknown Irish company called fortunecook.

Bloody kids today and their domain name abuse. get off my land, you're not having your ball back etc.

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How does the US government run the internet? This is how

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Re: Not sure what the point is @W3dge

Bloody hell guys, this isn't Slashdot.

How about "The idiots are the people who suggested the idea, snd the lawyers who ran with it - all of who have exploited (either inadvertently or not) the families grief."

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Ofcom mulls selling UK govt's IPv4 cache amid IPv6 rollout flak

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Re: @ The Vociferous Time Waster

"That is NOT how IPv6 addressing works, sorry. Your address is all fresh and new"

I'm assuming you misread his post, because you are both right - nothing stopping you setting the last 32 bits within your fresh and new address to match the IP4!

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Re: IPv6

"You may find the opposite is true. IPv6 has privacy addressing.

http://www.revk.uk/2014/11/privacy-addressing-and-government.html"

Not relevant. That article is talking about the 64 bit 'host' part being unique, and therefore identifiable whatever /64 network it sits on.

The point raised here is that home users can be given static IP6 addresses (whether a single address or a subnet) which will always be identifiable to that customer, irrespective of the setting of the host part

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.... currently typing this on an IP6 connected android device (as are all my others) but, of course, falling back to IP4 for sites such as The Reg!

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Re: Does anyone trust Ofcom to handling any IP addressing?

If only we had some sort of server system that supported domain names that could be mapped to these IP addresses...

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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We've kinda been inundated to reply to every reader comment. I'm personally a bit surprised to see the number of people who've registered just to say they hate it.

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Don't go nuts, we're all human here. Some people seem to be treating the redesign as tantamount to physical assault."

I agree that some posts have been a bit extreme, and that in my opinion, your followup posts have attracted unnecessary down-votes, but generally, please see this as a good thing.

It shows the 'brand loyalty' and passion this site has built up in people - Far better than if everyone just shrugged and went elsewhere.

"Again, personally speaking and not wishing to pour fuel on the fire, but I'm wondering what the problem is with reading the headlines on the front page? The font may be a little big for your liking, but ... it's still the same 3 column design broken up a little."

OK, here are my thoughts:

Main page

The banner logo looks less professional - maybe due to removal of the shadowing? But, meh...

The category links stood out much clearer, and looked more like links with the white on grey font.

I see no point in this bar now being statically placed at the top of the screen, but meh #2

HUGE PICTURE: Also often not even specific to the article, but some general stock photo. Tolerable before with the thumbnail size, but now ridiculously large. If pictures are specific to an article, their use at this size should be on the article page only. Thumbnails on the front page can help break up the text, but don't have too many useless stock images for the sake of it.

Before, I'd load the front page, and a number of articles would grab me at once, and I'd end up reading more than I planned as I sift through the many tabs I've opened. Now, you need to scroll through 3 article links at a time, making it easier to leave the site when originally intended. I'm sure many bosses will thank you for that!

Main links.. Yes, still the 3 column design, which is good, but there's something there that makes them not appear as separate as before. I can't put my finger on it - it's as if each box previously gad a border, but now doesn't -- I know this isn't the case, but something is making the entries seem less individual than before.. Is it maybe the white-space change, or the lesser colour distinction between the headlines and the bylines? *shrug*

Time-format..... Is this being done to make it easier for people in different time-zones?

Add back the article author please!

'number of comments' under each link. This should either link to the comments (rather than the article) or not be a link at all.

Too much white-space around that 'feature box' that appears after the first 2 rows

"Is it mainly the front page you hate? The article pages look so much cleaner IMHO."

Article page

Huge detracting photo with no specific relevance.

Same image often repeated (obviously a bug not a design decision, so I'll ignore that)

Otherwise, yeah, that page is ok.

comments page

not a new change, but the date of the comments is awfully imprecise.. At least change it so that the non-javascript fallback shows the time as well as the date!

TL; DR

To me, apart from the huuuuge image on thr article page, it is mainly the front page.

You ask for details about what we consider wrong with the new design: I'd turn it around, and by no means trolling, would ask what you think is now *better* when compared ti this: https://web.archive.org/web/20090228193120/http://www.theregister.co.uk/

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Re: Designed by the monster behind this site.....

I visited the above site using this mobile, and just got a blank site.

Lovely

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I'll resurrect the icon just in case...

Here's hoping the death of The Register has been greatly exaggerated ---------->

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A design suggestion

Maybe you could copy the design these guys use....

</sarc>

Just make the right hand bar a bit smaller though...

https://web.archive.org/web/20090228193120/http://www.theregister.co.uk/

Incidentally, I'm probably not the only one to have gone from about 15 articles a day to 2 since this change was made.

It's not some stubborn boycott or protest - I've simply not had the interest

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While I'm at it, can we have a comments date back please?

This is a techie site, not bloody Facebook. If I want to see when a comment was madem the date was perfect - not like the current "in the last few minutes" or "one month ago".

Even worse, with javascript disbled, you just get the date of the post without the time!

Oh yeah, this design is responsible for global warming, U2, and that annoying chap off the tele.

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Re: Here's a picture of how bad it looks

"also yes I cleaned my desk, again for fear of judgment."

I judge you for cleaning your desk.

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Re: Please turn it back

I use. Tablet most of the time, and to me, any site 'designed for mobile/tablet' is crap.

Remember that thing called HTML, that could flow and adjust itself to any device size?

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"thought those sheep were in my living room FFS!"

Yes, as a Welshman, I have to conceed that that part of the site design was welcome

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Re: Mobile

"Yes, for the love of $DEITY, would you please auto-redirect mobile browsers to the mobile version or ...."

NO NO NO NO NO <u>NO!</u>

My tablet has a 7 inch screen, less than a foot from my face, and a resolution of 1900x1200. I can therefore cope with more detail than many desktop usersl yet some sites insist on sending me to a crappy dumbed down version, with text you could read a mile away.

Evil. I thought the crappy practice of browser sniffing and presuming the users environment with fixed-size layouts died around the time I.E. lost it's grip..... I was wrongwrong.

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ARGGGGGGGGGGGH!

Sorry, it's horrible.

I actually thought my browser had loaded the site without the stylesheet.

How about instead putting resources into making the forum work properly -- highlights/notifications of replies / new comments etc.

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Pirate Bay towed to oldpiratebay.org

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Re: No, no, no, Hell NO!

Trevor, do you really think that if there was no DRM, the media would be pirated so much as to be non-commercially viable?

As you know, anyone more serious than the 'make a copy for my mate' crowd can break the DRM already.

Whilst the more casual users tend to spend the same amount anyway, only having a finite amount of money.

"Home-taping isn't killing Music"

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Chrome devs hatch plan to mark all HTTP traffic insecure

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"IThe team also point out that HTTPS traffic usually produces a change to the user interfa,ce notification, yet insecure HTTP traffic does not"

Um, seeing as there are only 2 states, how so?

Or in otherwords, it does: "grey/white bar" instead of green bar etc.

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Don Jefe

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Don Jefe

What's happened to the don? His last post was 4 months ago

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PlayStation Network blasted offline AGAIN. Just not Sony's decade

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Re: El Reg Tombstone icon when?

As requested! ----------------------->

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TalkTalk customers demand opt-out fix for telco's DNS ad-jacking tactics

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Three Mobile do this also. I run my own nameservers instead of using theirs, so it doesn't affect me any more.

Three use 'Barefruit' as the company to provide this 'service' - NX is remapped to 92.242.132.9

It's still evil though, and assumes internet == web and can break all sorts of other things.

Whilst they appear to firewall everything apart from TCP port 80, there are still issues that I would be interested to get clarified legally.

Firstly, I am NOT saying that Barefruit, Three, Talk-talk, or any of the others are doing any of the following. In fact it would be commercial suicide if they did, and for little or no gain. So I'm not implying any bad faith here on any of the actors.

However, a *major* mistake of theirs in my opinion is they remap *all* NXDomain results, even if the domain portion is valid, so, for instance, if a three customer goes to http://forum.theregister.co.uk/ (note the missing 's') they will be sent to this third-party site, DOMAIN COOKIES INCLUDED.

A hackers dream to steal login credentials.......

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Google says NYET! to Putin, pulls techies out of Russia – report

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Re: More counter-evidence for the irrational Google hate.

"because it literally hoovers up all the data about its users "

Um, no it doesn't.

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Europe's top court mulls vandal's right to privacy after bloke catches thug on home CCTV

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"In the UK, in a public space you have no reasonable expectation of privacy & cannot stop or prevent anyone from recording you in said public space. Despite thier protestations otherwise it is fully legit for members of the public to make visual records of interactions with the police / government members etc in public spaces or even private if you are the one who owns the private property (just make sure they cant hang a 'its for terrorist purposes' tag around your neck, as then it is illegal)

however if you do use home cctv, a couple of visible warning signs on the exterior of your home & make sure your cameras arent pointing deliberatly at the pavement/road (if you just happen catch a little due to lens / camera placement well thats fair game as i understand the legal position on it) and you should comply with UK law.

These 2 paragraphs are contradictory.

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Feds dig up law from 1789 to demand Apple, Google decrypt smartphones, slabs

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Re: still have a backdoor though right?

Encrypted backups on 'the cloud' (puke) where only you have the keys: www.tarsnap.com

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It's BLOCK FRIDAY: Britain in GREED-crazed bargain bonanza mob frenzy riot MELTDOWN

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I must live under a rock....

I know of the American "black Friday" event, but honestly had no idea it had come here until reading this website this morning.

Guess I've missed out!

Sales..... A funny old game. When people realise that sales are not due to the shop feeling charitable to consumers, maybe the mad frenzy will end.

As for Black Friday, if I owned a large chain of stores, I'd advertise "Black Thursday" and clear my stock of tat a day earlier, and presumably without needing to apply as much of a discount as I would if I was competing with everyone else.

But i guess that's why i'm not in business.

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Home Office: Fancy flogging us some SECRET SPY GEAR?

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Re: Funny, but...

Um... Say what?!

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Snowden doc leak lists submarine'd cables tapped by spooks

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Re: What's with all the stupid codenames?

I said *stupid* codenames, not codenames in general.

But seeing as you mention it, so what? It's not like they discuss it down the local pub.

Thanks for playing though. Unfortunately you lose points for not being able to reply without sounding like a total dick.

Have a nice day

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What's with all the stupid codenames?

..... it's as if the place is being run by children, or James Bond wannabies.

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Re: Bullet

" Do you realise that he's probably given the worst ("worst" defined by the resultant damage to the USA) stuff to a trusted associate who is under instructions to release the whole lot if he disappears/dies under any kind of remotely suspicious circumstances?"

In that case, he's in even more danger from America's enemies

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Chromecast video on UK, Euro TVs hertz so badly it makes us judder – but Google 'won't fix'

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mk908ii android tv box - cost me approx 25 quid

This cheap Android device has it

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Musicians sue UK.gov over 'zero pay' copyright fix

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Re: @Ledswinger

Seeing as you mention apps, I've bought a number of Android apps, and the system has no issue with me installing them multiple times from the Play Store to my tablets and my android-tv.

Could this be abused by sharing my google login with friends? Perhaps, but I feel more trusted, and know that I've spent more on apps in total than I would if they had draconian systems like the music industry which treat every customer as a criminal.

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UK's non-emergency police and NHS Vodafone systems go titsup NATIONWIDE

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Re: Well known services...

Errr, I know that, that, that, and errr that.

And I said "independence", not "devolution", making a tongue-in-cheek jibe at the number being referred to as *National* in the context of "the whole country"

Anyway, why "of course" does it not apply to Wales? Scotland has it, and we get it next year, which shows that your unnecessary lesson on the devolved NHS (which everyone with half a brain knows already) is entirely irrelevant.

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Well known services...

I thought they'd shutdown 101, and never knew 111 was NHS direct.

Ho hum

EDIT: It appears that the "National" NHS number doesn't apply to us here in Wales - I must have missed the independence referendum!

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I need a password to BRAKE? What? No! STOP! Aaaargh!

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Re: Misattribution

As of 2 hours ago, too: http://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/containing/2366952

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Sky: We're no longer calling ourselves British. Yep. And Broadcasting can do one, too

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Re: In memoriam

There is still my squarial and one of the parabular equivalents up where I used to live (my parents house!)

Revealing no more than if I'd posted a link to my website, and you did a whois on my domain...

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HALF A BILLION TERRORISTS: WhatsApp encrypts ALL its worldwide jabber

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If we are going to explore conspiracy theories, how about:

"Sir, we've thrown our best minds at this new whisper tech, and we can't break it. How can we make it less effective?"

"We'll just give them development funding, and let the tinfoilies do the rest"

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Meet OneRNG: a fully-open entropy generator for a paranoid age

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"An external entropy generator also provides more entropy, in terms of bytes per second, than the kernel gets simply from /dev/random. “Dev/random provides a few bytes per second,” he told Vulture South. “We provide about 64k bytes per second”."

This does sound like a great source of extra entropy, but there are non-blocking pseudogenerators considered secure as long as they are correctly seeded, so with proper operating systems, it's not simply a case of 'slow but good' / 'fast but suspect'.

Yarrow (the predecessor to Fortuna - https://www.schneier.com/fortuna.html ) gives 60MB a second on my modest server:

5:32 (3) "~" jamie@catflap% dd if=/dev/random bs=1m count=100 of=/tmp/fart

100+0 records in

100+0 records out

104857600 bytes transferred in 1.723317 secs (60846374 bytes/sec)

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Could YOU identify these 10 cool vintage mobile phones?

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Re: Your 9110 is a 9210

Being able to get a vt100 dialup or telnet-over-ppp (we were more trusting back then) to the work servers from the pub was the main reason I had a 9110!

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Mastercard and Visa to ERADICATE password authentication

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For the last few months, every transaction I've made which uses VbV has also been accepted without a password.. Maybe this is part of their phasing out?

Ahhhhh, loading your banks website in an iframe... What could possibly go wrong?!

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What kind of generation doesn't stick it to the Man, but to Taylor Swift instead?

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Re: Moan bitch ... starve?

"I would happily bet a considerable sum of money that if I survey the top 50 songs or movies from The Pirate Bay this month, that all of them were produced in the last fifteen years. Certainly for movies and if not all then very nearly all, for songs, as well"

So I take it you don't disagree with his point about copyright being too long? This, I believe *is* his point.

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Re: market value

Anon, you forgot: "And no, you're not getting your ball back. Get off my land!"

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Musicians battling corporations, or music corporations battling consumers?

I know which side I feel is worse.

Whilst there is some merit in what he says, he conviently neglects to mention that the music companies have done everything to screw over the ordinary punter for ages. Yes, they screw over musicians too when they can, but that wasn't his point.

Overall, abuse in the industry is weighted in favour of musicians, not against them.

*thumbs up* to btrower who nails it in his/her post above.

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Vodafone: For Pete's sake! Apple’s 'soft' SIM's JUST AN EE SIM

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Re: So how does a user change networks

g7rpo asks a legitimate question, and gets 2 downvotes!

I naturally assumed the "..when/if VF joins the scheme" bit was implied, ah well.

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Has Switzerland cracked the net neutrality riddle?

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To my simple brain, the issue is quite simple

ISPs are facing higher costs because with services such as Netflix, people are swallowing more data than before.

Whilst Netflix may have highlighted the issue, they aren't the problem - the problem is that the ISPs have oversold their consumer packages, and now it's coming back to bite them.

Basically, if their current model is not sustainable, they need to charge more to the consumers who consume more data, and let the market sort it out (though I admit there are other issues to address here in the case of cable monopolies/duopolies)

Bottom line, why should Netfix pay more to feed in data (costs that would be passed onto the customer) meaning that ultimately, the cable companies would be charging more to watch a 3GB Netflix movie than it would to download a 3GB ISO.

The issue - the cost - is the amount of data, not the type, and if they have problems, they should charge the customer appropriately based on volume, and not offer unsustainable 'unlimited' packages at cost.

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Obama HURLS FCC under train, GUTPUNCHES ISPs in net neut battle

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Re: Can we at least applaud him?

Didn't the EU back net neutrality? Still, it's not really an issue here in the UK. Everyone would jump ship if charged unfairly.

The porn filter stuff was a load of political bollocks, but I don't recall it linked to net neutrality.

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Got an iPhone or iPad? LOOK OUT for MASQUE-D INTRUDERS

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Re: Education

When will the kids learn to have safe-text?

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