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* Posts by AskOllie.com

18 posts • joined 18 Jan 2012

Cisco sends TrustSec offspring to IETF dating site

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Devil

RFC3514

Amusing reference to RFC3514, bravo. But RFC3514 uses a packet header in the Layer 3 packet, whereas Security Group Tags are inserted into the Layer 2 frame header.

Grinning devil's head to signify the evil intent of applications in RFC3514.

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RM CEO: We didn't even try to sell PC biz before killing it

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Re: istuff

What nonsense. I agree that devices running iOS are closed, but have you ever actually used Mac OS X? Do you not realise that it's a UNIX-based operating system, and just by opening Terminal you have access to the real 'guts' of the machine, far more so than a Windows PC? Yes, a lot of Mac users are computer-illiterate, but most of the developers/admins/engineers that I know use Macs, for the very reason that it's a UNIX-like operating system.

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Highways Agency tracks Brits' every move by their mobes: THE TRUTH

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Re: Compliance and Annoyance in One Easy Step

"How can this possibly be cheaper than setting up the traditional pneumatic cross-lane traffic counters?"

Tracking mobiles enables you to get information about the whole journey that was taken. Getting the same info using pneumatic cross-lane traffic counters would mean that every road would need to have them - surelt that's got to be more expensive?

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Cisco coughs $2.7bn for Sourcefire

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Re: almost 3bln ?

Just one change to NAT syntax - around the 8.2/8.3 software releases - that's a long way from 'each ASA F/W upgrade'.

FWIW, configuring NAT on Cisco ASAs is now loads easier than it was before.

After seeing the bad joke that is Cisco's latest 'CX' update to their ASA platform

The 'CX' bit is pretty good, crappy management notwithstanding.

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BT to rent cheaper FTTP lines to ISPs - if they stump up £1k a go

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Re: I am currently pricing up for new offices

Yes - it's still an asynchronous service, so it's only 30Mbps upstream.

Your 100Mbps leased line will be the same upstream and downstream.

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Cloud upstart Nirvanix bins another round of US sales bods

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Re: Simply too expensive..

Erm... the article was about Nirvanix, not Nutanix.

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Cisco eats Cloupia to control freak clouds

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Re: Cool

What - CLI doesn't do it for you?

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Cisco offers pint-size cell relief, lets mobile data spurt freely

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"...boost Wi-Fi transmitter output..." And potentially break the law. There is a limit of 100mW EIRP transmit power for 2.4GHz radio in the UK.

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Apple's skinny new iMac line: Farewell, optical drives

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Re: Why I want my optical drive

Erm... are you talking about the same product here? This is the iMac - might be a bit tricky to balance on your knees on a plane/train/ferry.

Oh - and if a Blu-Ray drive is important for you, then buy a product that includes a Blu-Ray player. Simples.

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Apple Mac OS X Server for Mountain Lion review

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Re: ok...

Sure. Just point them in this direction:

http://www.macminicolo.net/facility.html

A successful business based on rackmounting Mac minis!

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Euro NCAP to mandate auto-braking in new-car test

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Re: Unbelievable bunch of stoneage arseholes

Well said (except for the 'dispair' bit). And how many commentors actually read the NCAP article in question? I reckon none, given the ignorance of some of the comments on here.

Personally, I would like to see more of the details and statistics and think about it, rather than coming to a knee-jerk reaction approx. 8 seconds after reading a 300 word Reg article. I reckon that the folk at Euro NCAP have given it a lot more thought than *everyone* reading this article.

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Lazy password reuse opens Brits to crooks' penetration

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1Password and DropBox works for me

1Password on the two different computers (and one smartphone) that I own, with the encrypted password repository stored on DropBox. Easy synchronisation of password info on all computers, and all of my web accounts have secure, random passwords.

Until there is low-cost, universal multi-factor authentication available, we are stuck with passwords :(

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Berkshire bigboy 2e2 in the pink - apart from crushing debt burden

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Who do 2e2 bank with?

If the interest owed is LIBOR + 16%, why don't they just ask their bank to manipulate the LIBOR rate to, say, -17%, and have the debt paid off for them?

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LINX 'downed by ethernet loop' on external network

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WTF?

Re: Bah!

Er... are you confusing Ethernet with Token Ring?

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Exercises to keep your data centre on its toes

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Being pedantic...

"... Ethernet and packets at the Layer 2 level" - the correct terminology is a Layer 2 datagram or frame. A packet is a Layer 3 concept.

Good to see OpenFlow getting some exposure.

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IPv6 networking: Bad news for small biz

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Re: Ci$co and IPv6

Sorry chap, but the RV220W is not a 'real' Cisco product. Says Cisco on the box, but this is a continuation of the product development done by Linksys previously. Designed as an easy-to-use (i.e. graphical user interface) product, and not a 'proper' network device.

For less than £100 more, you could have bought a 'proper' Cisco router/firewall, like an 861W, and had 'proper' IPv6 support.

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Data centers to cut LAN cord?

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EM interference?

Some good points raised here, particularly around bandwidth, cost, and security concerns.

Here's one more point - wireless networks can be seriously degraded by EM radiation. A datacenter is one of the most challenging RF/EM environments that one could possibly imagine. I would be very surprised if you could get consistently reliable connections, without frame drops. Think of all the EM interference!

Finally, there is constantly a drive within the datacenter for [consistent] low latency. Wireless technologies have higher latency than wired equivalents. Is this technology going to actually be useable?

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