* Posts by Gert Leboski

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Cooky crumbles: Apple mulls yanking profits out of Europe and into US

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Re: He can huff, he can puff, but he will pay

I wish I could have upvoted you more for your post. Spot on!

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IT delays helped derail UK's historic child sexual abuse inquiry

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Either that or each chair is being told something along the lines of "You need to skip straight over the names on this list. They are not to be investigated." Then they are stepping down in disgust and some NDA / Official Secrets Act tomfoolery is stopping them from telling the world the real reasons why they're stepping down.

This organised farce is being controlled by the old-boys network, I'm convinced of that.

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Microsoft ordered to fix 'excessively intrusive, insecure' Windows 10

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Re: I've said it before

Ooooo, downvoted. Have I hit a nerve?

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WTF?

Re: I've said it before

Really? In all the years I've used Linux based distros and more recently Linux Mint, I've never experienced what you describe.

IT professional? Do you regard being an end user as being an IT professional? Because you sound to me like you are expecting somebody else to come along and fix it for you. Not a hint of any research or diagnostics you may have done, as to why the issues you describe exist on your system.

Are you trolling?

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BT customers hit by broadband outage ... again

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Trollface

GCHQ?

Hang on, let's simulate a power outage so we can slip these devices into the route.....

Tin foil is my friend.

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How's this for irony? US Navy hit with $600m software piracy claim

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Double standards.

The septics will get away with this, just by bullying their way through. As always. >:(

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You really do want to use biometrics for payments, beam banks

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Bare faced lies.

These idiots who say it is in our best interests. Screw them, they are having no biometric data of mine, if I have ANY choice in the matter. I wonder how long we will have any choice.

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Lester Haines: RIP

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Pint

Rest in peace, you funny, funny man.

A big loss. :'( Sincere thought go to the family, friends and all who knew him.

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Smartwatches: I hate to say ‘I told you so’. But I told you so.

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Re: Dissent

I'm with you on this. I have an LG Watch Urbane. I find it to be a useful piece of kit and it looks pretty good on the wrist in my opinion. Average use will see you get a couple of days battery life out of it.

Plus, I have found what I believe to be the killer app. A fart button, that turns your phone into a remote whoopie-cushion. Can I get a high five?

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Bash on Windows. Repeat, Microsoft demos Bash on Windows

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Trollface

It's just like...

... putting lipstick on a pig.

I only hope it has a decent array of userland toys to make it relevant.

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Hacking group Strontium dogs NATO and government targets

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Devil

Nation state?

Probably just a bunch of penetration testers gone rogue.

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Yesterday: Openreach boss quits. Today: BT network goes TITSUP

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Just use your own.

I'm on Virgin Media, but for years have run a DNS server at home. No DNS forwarders, just go straight to the root servers. You could run that on a Raspberry Pi with very little cost. Haven't had a DNS related snafu hit me in all that time.

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EU orders Equinix to dump colos in Amsterdam, London and Frankfurt

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Not to mention Slough's LD5.....

Where VMware host a good part of their cloud offering and I had to get an ExpressRoute link to Azure, up and running.

I think they'll be keen to keep a hold of a few of their data centres.

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UK.gov finally promises legally binding broadband service obligation – by 2020

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Whoopie-doo

10 Mbps by 2020?

In 2020, 10 Mbps will be equivalent to today's 512 Kbps. Usual load of hot air Cameron's trotting out there.

Swines!

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Ex-Apple bods suing Apple for bag searches get class-action upgrade

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PC World

I worked at a PC World in the mid nineties and this was standard practice. If you nipped out for a ciggy you were searched, but that was obviously in company time. The search at the end of the shift was always in your own time as you were expected to be working right up to the bell. Mind you, customers leaving with trolleys that had PCs or anything looking remotely expensive also had their receipts checked against what was on their trolley.

Then again, hardware crime was in fashion at the time. This was when offices were being burgled for the CPUs and RAM, with the rest of the computer being left behind.

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Ladies and trolls: Should we make cyberbullying a crime? – Ireland

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All very well, but thinking practically...

As pointed out by the AC above, I read the article and immediately thought about the "Hail Mary Cloud" approach to cyber-bullying, which then opened up the "but what if..." floodgates of my mind.

Whilst I agree that if something is illegal in the physical world then it should also be illegal in the online world, I can't even begin to imagine how this could actually be imposed and policed, on a global scale, without it being useless due to open interpretation and also represent a serious risk of abuse by corporations and governments.

Something should be done, the shape of how it might look isn't a million miles away, but the practicalities of implementing, administering and effecting these laws isn't even a vapour right now, let alone something tangibly solid.

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Euro SPACEMAN snaps incredible images of our Blue Planet

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Nice

Stunning visuals and well chosen soundtrack.

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Kepler's STILL GOT IT! Space telescope spots SUPER-EARTH 180 light years away

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Re: Mister Kepler...

Worst Dad-pun ever! Have an up vote.

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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

I know, that trunking is a bit off, isn't it?

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Re: Fucking shit

Well played DrewC.

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Re: Fucking shit

I wish I could upvote your response more.

Whilst I don't necessarily agree with you, the concise, blunt response, first in the queue of real commentards, just made me crack up. Thank you Mr Hartley. :-D

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Severe but practical.

I'm not all that struck on the top nav menu and all that blurts over the page from it, but to be honest, I think I quite like the new layout. It feels quite natural to use for me. I only ever use it on desktop and iPad, which I haven't tried it on as yet, but I will do. I'm not sure how that menu will feel on a tablet. hmm

To be fair though, I have rarely forayed into the nav menu in all the years that I have been reading here. I usually just skim the main page for articles of interest, poke around the comments and I'm off again. Sadly that's a few times each day, on average. So really, for me, it's the main content area of the page that gets my attention, nothing much around the edges. Apart from being really "appealed to" by the always relevant advertising on this site. ;) In fact, it's the only site throughout the entire web that actively makes me just spunk money galore as a direct result of advertising. *

* Just doing my bit to help. Feel free to use it as a testimonial of sorts when talking with your advertising peeps. :-D

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Speaking in Tech: Sony breach proves you can NEVER defend perimeter

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Outro

Am I the only person to have ripped the outro to an mp3?

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RIP P4ssw0rd? IT giants agree to share patents to rollout two-factor auth

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Google Authenticator does fine for me.

I use GA to provide TFA on SSH connections into my home LAN from the dirty internets. I've allowed for a pad of a strong mix of characters, unlimited really but currently using 10 characters.

Fairly simple to script up and combined with enforced key authentication and some adaptive firewall rules, has kept out a hell of a lot of attempts. It's attracted a few Hail Mary Clouds the most recent of which lasted 24 hours and saw over 400 unique IPs from 50+ countries added to the block table. This is my home VM broadband connection!

TFA is a good extra authentication step, but I wouldn't entirely entrust it to any given entity ie Google, hence the custom pad.

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Vodafone eyes up Liberty Global – report

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Preparations have already begun...

After praising VM to colleagues on Monday, on grounds of stability and reliability, I have lost two and a half days of service over two incidents. 4 hours on Tuesday and then a full 2 solid days from Thursday lunchtime. I was working from home on Thursday, so yes, it really was very inconvenient.

They were able to get the SuperHubs synching after about 9 hours, but with consistent 20-30% packet loss from then until the problem was officially fixed around late Saturday morning, I wouldn't say they could call it usable or fit for purpose, during that time.

Almost feels like an exercise in managing ongoing customer expectations. Please don't do this to VirginMedia customers,VM and Vodafone! My VM broadband service is one of the few things in life that I am happy to pay for and feel that I get good value for money.

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Microsoft warns of super-sized Patch Tuesday next week

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Re: Patching is hard

Apples and oranges there....

You say that Microsoft is good at issuing patches that don't break anything.

Then to slag off Linux, you use a complete dist-upgrade as an example?

You've described two completely different and not at all comparable scenarios.

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Belkin flings out patch after Metasploit module turns guests to admins

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Re: ground hogs day on factory firmware

+1 for pfSense, although I prefer the up-to-date 'native' pf that started in and still comes as standard in OpenBSD. Now that's a cracking OS and packet filter to be protecting yours from them.

From what I can gather, the pf that gets packaged up for FreeBSD, as in pfSense, is always a version or two, maybe three, behind OpenBSD's current.

Get on OpenBSD. The simplicity it offers makes FreeBSD look like a big complicated beast, at least to me anyway.

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Eye laser surgery campaigner burned by Facebook takedown

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Schneier, Diffie, ex-MI5 bod, privacy advocates team up on Code Red

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Re: Some Protips

Same here. On my vSphere HV, behind a hand built OpenBSD firewall / router. It's as "clean" as I can hope to make it.

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VMware's new enemy no. 1 isn't Hyper-V, it's Vladimir Putin

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Do I read this right?

"concerned that VMware's pride in deeper customer engagements could also mean longer sales cycles and in turn slower growth."

Does this translate to, taking longer than we'd like to scope out customer requirements and integration/installation considerations.

I hope not, as this to me suggests they're actively suggesting rushing sales and projects through to raise the tempo on the "Ker-ching" rhythm.

Focus on sales over service to meet parasitical investors needs. Is that what it means?

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'Dancing Jesus' file-sharer found guilty

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Re: What is this, punch the monkey?

I've had to enable ABP for the whole ElReg site now, after "block element" appeared not to work with the site/domain as a whole being exempted. As I don't seem to be the only one finding it ridiculously annoying, I'd imagine that there's some loss of revenue, thanks to one pointless gif being forced onto readers' screens.

Ridiculous gif that I'd expect to see on some teenage forum. Not here. Really disappointing from ElReg.

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Re: What is this, punch the monkey?

Thing is, to allow ElReg some advertising income, I exempt the site from ABP.

I've added that ridiculous gif as an individual filter, but it just shows up after a refresh. That's sticking a wildcard on the end to allow for the post "?" parameters.

ABP being switched on for the whole site now. Very disappointed with ElReg on this.

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Happiness economics is bollocks. Oh, UK.gov just adopted it? Er ...

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Re: And it only remains...

"rowing the Atlantic single-handed"

Wouldn't you just end up going around in circles? ;) /pedantry

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Epiphany

I've recently had this one, hence why I'm sceptical about accepting a 50% rise to move from the charity sector to the financial sector.

Life is too short to have artificial aspirations and what really matters to the individual, should always be happiness and contentment.

On an economic slant, surely if the populus is happier, then their wallets might prove to be looser?

Edit: These ToughBook keyboards are a bit crap.

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Radiohead(ache): BBC wants dead duck tech in sexy new mobes

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Aunty Shirley off on one again.

You have to be kidding Aunty, surely?

DAB is a sound idea, really badly implemented and supported. They focused too much on the "added value" like text streams to scroll across the display and nowhere near enough on th ebasics, like signal coverage, stability of reception etc, etc.

I won't be getting any phone that has DAB built in. For a start you can wave bye-bye to your battery life and considering the low actual usage of FM radio on phones, do you really think that DAB is going to be any more popular?

Absolute idiots! However, because the governments PR department, aka the BBC, are backing this, you just know it will be given some artificial traction.

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JPMorgan CYBER-HEIST: 9 US financial firms snared by 'Russian hackers', says report

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Re: Well now we know

Who is to say that it's not corruption dressed up as incompetence?

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Special pleading against mass surveillance won't help anyone

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Big Brother

Silence is complicity

See title.

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Be your own Big Brother: Monitoring your manor, the easy way

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WatchBots - As dodgy as they come.

I run a couple of WatchBot IP cameras on my home LAN. Despite turning everything off in the settings, that might justify a call out to the outside world, they try it over and over.

However, mine are well marshalled behind an OpenBSD pf firewall, with an nginx instance providing reverse proxy.

I've a whole bunch of rules in place to allow me access to the devices from the outside world, as well as stopping the things from calling out / home, of their own volition.

I'm certainly keen to put together some kit (motors, IR leds, camera, microphone etc) on a Raspberry Pi, or two, to allow me to recreate the full functionality of the WatchBots, but on a platform that I have proper control over.

It's a shame, as the WatchBots are decent, well featured little units, but all of the calling out to the internet gives me a natural distrust of them.

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OwnCloud: Fiddly but secure host-from-home sync 'n' share

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Like it a lot.

I've been running an ownCloud7 instance from home, for a month or so now. I have it running in a VM on my home hypervisor. It takes very little resources and I've yet to have a problem with it. It is geared up for home users, an example being that it'll create you a self-signed SSL certificate and then whilst it will warn you, when you go to synch a client to it, it offers a straight forward option to accept the self signed cert.

I'm considering implementing it for the charity that I work for, which was the main reason that I created my home instance as a test. However, I'm that impressed with it, that I'll be keeping mine going and just stop using dropbox as a matter of course. I'll likely only keep dropbox around to be able to share with others who only use dropbox.

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Raspberry Pi B+: PHWOAR, get a load of those pins

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Re: Good, but Banana Pi is the better beasty.

I have heard of WiFi and where ever possible, I avoid it like the plague. If it isn't a ball-ache to run a cable, then that's always my preferred choice.

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Meh

Good, but Banana Pi is the better beasty.

I've three Pi - Model B units. One is the original 256MB model, the other two have 512MB.

They're nice little devices to have on the LAN for playing about with, but just need that little bit extra to make it really useful. I appreciate that they are intended to be educational devices and to that end, they're excellent and offer excellent value for money.

My next buy will be a Banana Pi, for its slightly faster CPU, double the RAM, gigabit ethernet and on-board SATA. Much better bang for buck, making the Banana Pi a lot more useful, for the extra 60-70% in cost.

However, it's the Minnowboard Max, dual core / 2GB that I'm waiting for. That's a real low voltage SBC with all the versatility of a larger, more power-hungry unit.

I've got a slightly ridiculous home LAN / lab, using 30-odd internal IP addresses, including physical devices and a load of virtual hosts on a dedicated vSphere hypervisor. Don't want the 100Mbit ethernet Pi's taking up more switch ports, it's the Banana Pi and Minnowboard Max units that will be getting added to it from here on in.

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Linux turns 23 and Linus Torvalds celebrates as only he can

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Never knew that.

Although I've been a Linux user for about 12 years now, I didn't realise it was 'born' read release announcement on August 25th.

I thought sharing a birthday with Sean Connery was kind of cool, but to also share it with Tux is an honour! :-)

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Female! ex-Yahoo! coder! says! female! boss! fired! her! for! refusing! sex!

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Blimey!

All this story needed was some involvement by Marissa Mayer and I'd have closed the curtains and "worked" from home today.

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Watch: DARPA shows off first successful test of STEERABLE bullet

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Cynical much?

Deep, in this thread, the cynicism is.

You have won my heart, commentards.

Yours forever more.

Gert. X

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You are ALL Americans now: Europeans offered same rights as US folks in data slurp leaks

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Well that's alright then, all is forgiven.

Does anybody expect any of this tripe to be believed? Trust is not something that can be turned on and off easily. What they say is never what they actually do, in these cases.

I already stipulate that we do not embark on agreements with any service providers who are based in the USA or have any of their hardware, that we make use of, based there. I am also phasing out any existing providers who do not fit the bill.

However, we're really no better over here in the UK, to be fair.

I despair of the human race at times, I really do.

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What is it with cloud computing? Engage VM, disengage brain?

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Pint

Spot on!

Trevor, as always you talk a lot of sense that very few want to hear. Keep up the great work that you do in trying to open people's eyes so that they can see beyond the shiny-shiny.

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Mozilla to cram a full web-dev IDE inside Firefox browser

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Marvellous.

Just what Firefox needs, more unnecessary bloat that only a minority of end users will actually use. This is more akin to the Microsoft way, where a word processor is used to render HTML based emails.

THIS is why I use Unix and Linux wherever possible, because it is based around tool-chains and applications with a specific remit, which they do well.

This is not a veiled swipe at Microsoft, just a rant at the majority of the popular, mainstream software industry, where everything seems to have to be all singing, all dancing.

Remember KISS? Keep It Simple Stupid!

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Everyone can and should learn to code? RUBBISH, says Torvalds

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Hmmm, he does have a point.

You have to enjoy what you do. No point of trying to make coders out of those who don't enjoy it.

However, to paraphrase a clip from my son's favourite film, Ratatouille, not everybody can be a great coder to, but a great coder could be found in anybody.

On that basis, programming should be taught in schools at an early age. Thos who have a talent or interest can be nurtured, the others can go do sport, woodworking, home economics or whatever they do have a talent for or interest in.

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China puts Windows 8 on TV, screams: 'SECURITY, GET IT OUT OF HERE!'

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Re: China are the biggest source of attempts to get into my home network

I get my ranges from a few web resources and drop them in as tables.

As well as China, I also block Ukraine, Russia, Latvia, North Korea & Vietnam. Seeing any patterns here?

Apart from the occasional oddity, which I set an early rule for, I don't find myself missing out on a single thing and I'm seeing totals on par with yours.

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