* Posts by Gert Leboski

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

Gert Leboski

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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Gert Leboski

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

Gert Leboski
Trollface

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

Gert Leboski

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

Gert Leboski

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

Gert Leboski

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

Gert Leboski

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

Gert Leboski

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

Gert Leboski
Unhappy

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 ...

Gert Leboski

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

Gert Leboski

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

Gert Leboski
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

Gert Leboski

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

Gert Leboski
Pint

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!

Gert Leboski

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

Gert Leboski

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

Gert Leboski

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?

Gert Leboski
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

Gert Leboski

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

Gert Leboski

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!'

Gert Leboski
Stop

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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Gert Leboski

Wow! That is a mighty, mighty thing for China to be saying. However, it does warrant a closer look to see if Windows 8 is forcing the storage of the private data mentioned on US based servers outside of any safe harbour agreements. This could have really serious implications obviously, if there is a grain of truth to that.

That said, there is a lot of hypocrisy in this, as China are the biggest source of attempts to get into my home network. It's got so bad I've had to block access to and from the whole country at the firewall. Statistically we'll always see that though, given the size of their population.

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UFO, cosmic ray or flasher? NASA rules on Curiosity curiosity

Gert Leboski

Re: Caesar's Commentaries on Marco Polo's Dinner with Prestor John

I can roll with that. Makes perfect sense to me and it's good to know that Mars has a quantifiable population of sluts. Billy Shatner is our only hope!

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GitHub probes worker's claims of hostile, sexist office culture

Gert Leboski
Trollface

This is terrible...

It is always sad to see somebody lose, or feel forced to resign from, their job.

I wish her well for the future.

Doesn't she look a bit like Jen from the IT Crowd.

I wonder if she can do the voice?

It would be nice to see her back in gainful employment soon.

If she can do the voice and doesn't mind a bit of role-play, maybe involving some 'dressing up', then I have a position that she might want to consider taking up..... ;-)

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Boffin dreams up smart battery gizmo for Raspberry Pi fiddlers

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"This is the worst episode of Dragon's Den ever."

Genius!

Have an upvote.

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Google invades videoconferencing market with Chromebox for Meetings

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Re: Why pay for Google?

Personally, I like Google a lot. I use their search and gmail products mostly, but also put the charity I work for onto Google's Grants, now Google for non profits, scheme to get free google adwords ads. Yeah, I'd imagine Google get a lovely tax break for this, but it also opens up advertising for us, where we otherwise couldn't afford to. This is one example of a genuinely good thing they do, that their competitors, namely Bing, categorically do not do. I know, I've enquired.

Regarding my gmail use, I own numerous domains of my own, one or two of which I use for 'serious' emails. The gmail account is used for the trivial stuff that has no financial or career ties or anything I would regard as serious. I wouldn't imagine Google can get much of a profile on me from what passes through that account and if they can, then good luck to them and it makes even bigger suckers of those willing to pay for that information for marketing purposes.

Yeah, they're frighteningly huge and minted now and have the potential to have grave effects on society, mainly in the online / digital arena, but maybe naively, I don't see that happening in mine or my children's lifetimes. Not from Google, at least.

Am I missing something big here? Why do so many have such a dark and grave view of the chocolate factory? I'm really rather keen on them and feel we have a lot to thank the company for. I genuinely feel it would be a poorer world if Google had never been conceived, if not for what they have given us themselves, but for the innovation and competition that they have created, directly and indirectly.

I would love to hear why my view on them is so wrong, if that be the case.

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CEO Marissa Mayer puts on brave face as Yahoo! shows another loss

Gert Leboski

That is a lot

... of shoes.

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WHEW! OpenBSD won't CloseBSD (for now) after $100,000 cash windfall

Gert Leboski

Re: Citrix

Can you point me in the direction of anything that shows OpenBSD being the base for Citrix NetScaler? I've built firewalls/routers/web-filters/gateways using OpenBSD for several years now, it being the very best tool for the job, in my opinion.

I'd be very interested to read about it being used in such high end kit. I believe Checkpoint's Firewall 1 was built on an OpenBSD base, also.

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Gert Leboski

Re: Other possibilities for support

OpenBSD intentionally doesn't play well on a virtual platform, mainly for security reasons. It's the same in reverse, OpenBSD makes a terrible host for VMs.

Get OpenBSD on bare metal, configure it right and you've got one hell of a secure, stable server. A lot of that security is thanks to its comparably simplified architecture. Putting it into a virtual environment where it doesn't have direct control of physical hardware is maybe seen as just the top of a long, very slippery downward slope away from the project's fundamental principles.

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Now THAT'S a sunroof: Solar-powered family car emerges from Ford labs

Gert Leboski
WTF?

Re: "concept vehicle"

So they make, what at least I see as, significant progress towards making electric vehicles really viable and you respond with a yawn?

There really is no pleasing some people.

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Vietnam tightens noose on web freedoms with new decrees

Gert Leboski

'Nam is one of many hostile net countries.

In order of the number and severity of probes and attacks that I see on my home firewall, I have blocked the following countries by IP ranges.

China

Russia

Ukraine

Vietnam

Latvia

Korea (South)

Okay it's not an exact science but it has decreased the number of IP addresses appearing in my adaptive bruteforce block tables by 90-odd percent.

So, I have little sympathy for the "citizens" of these countries.

The other frequenters of the aformentioned bruteforce block tables are generally Amazon AWS instances. AWS lets any dodgy so-and-so rent compute power with bent credit cards, it seems.

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The micro YOU used in school: The story of the Research Machines 380Z

Gert Leboski

Ahhh, the nostolgia.

I too experienced the 380Z in 1982, my first year of comprehensive secondary school.

Before that, I had cut my teeth on Sinclair ZX81 and Spectrum. It was really quite unimpressive to me at that young age, but did feel like a "real computer" and the 5 /14" disks were a bit of a novelty at the time.

I remember rewriting some BASIC that had been put to the class as an example, to perform the same function in about half the code. My Computer Studies teacher used to thoroughly detest me.

It was nothing personal Mr. Archer, you should have stuck to just being Head of Maths (or swallow your pride) and there wouldn't have been a problem. ;-)

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Bloke named 'human' demands 'COPSLIE' licence plate

Gert Leboski

Now there's a name

"New Hampshire Associate Attorney General Richard Head, representing the DMV"

New Hampshire have a Dick Head in the position of Associate Attorney General?

How's that working out for him and them, I wonder?

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Rorschach test suggested as CAPTCHA replacement

Gert Leboski

Weird

All I can see in that pattern is a clown being buggered by the horned beast thing on the cover of Donnie Darko.

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Royal Mail FAIL as web brokerage Hargreaves Lansdown struggles with investor demand

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HL

As a long suffering Bristol City supporter, this utter lack of foresight is no surprise to me.

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Apple tackles iPhone lock-up cockup with iOS 7.0.2

Gert Leboski

Re: Battery life?

Like you, I had never seen and difference in battery life with previous upgrades, when I saw others complaining about it.

However, it has hit me hard, on this occasion.

iPhone 4S owner here.

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Gert Leboski

Battery life?

What about battery life, which I have seen decrease significantly since iOS 7 landed on my phone and pad.

Well Apple? Where's my firkin' battery going?

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Google goes dark for 2 minutes, kills 40% of world's net traffic

Gert Leboski

It was Snowden what did it

He'd only gone and synch'd his mailbox for offline reading, hadn't he?

He had a LOT of email waiting for him.

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