* Posts by Denigor

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Cisco IPv6 processing bug can cause DoS attacks

Denigor

Why is this even news.

All vendors publish advisories regularly that explain new found risks and mitigations... those usually being to upgrade (and apply an ACL meanwhile, or similar)

Im not a borg fan, but to try to make news from this is a real stretch.

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Why IP telephony is about more than just saving money

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I don't think the phone companies minx you going voip either.

They still provide the uplink to fhe PSTN for youf firm. You still need that since little old customer Ethil isn't gojnv to leave the pstn anytime soon.

More importantly though... voicd makes little money for them. Tbey are all aboit access and security and other services now.

Your savings only really start when you begin to federate your voice system to other companies. Once yout IT allows Lync (for example) calls externally you're laughing.

This article didn't mention the good old 999 problem of mandatory location identification for uk emergency calls...

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Interstellar sci-fi WORMS its way into spinning black hole science FACT

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It made my son say he wants to be a scientist when he's older.

Inspirational value immesureable.

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Now Samsung's spying smart TVs insert ADS in YOUR OWN movies

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I was watching my *special private film* when this Pepsi ad showed up!

Argh . It put me right off my stroke..

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Beam me up, Scotty, And VAPORIZE me in the process

Denigor

Blimey, why take things so seriously?

There are lots of things in invented in this world that turn out to be useless. There are lots more than turn out to be useful in ways the inventors never imagined. This is how humans progress.

Not everything invented has to succeed commercially in order to have value.

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Bloke in Belgium tries to trademark Je Suis Charlie slogan

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I'm happy to see that El Reg isn't scared to show a prophet mohammad graphic. Out of interest, does El Reg hsve an office, and does it have security present?

The BBC is notably avoiding showing that same graphic.

it is time thst the religious world got over these sensibilities.

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Got a 4King big TV? Ready to stream lots of awesome video? Yeah, about that…

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Re: I don't need 4k

You will not have a choice!!! Only 4k will be available within 5 years.

it is expensive fof manufacturers to operate production lines. Therefore they will move to making ONLY 4K resolution screens quite quickly.

Look around the shops and you most don't offer less than 1080p at 32" or higher now.

Its even rafe to find sub_HD screens at smaller sizes now.

The same will happen for 4K.

although, do note, that having cracked 4K the manufacturers are already working on 8K as their next-generation revenue maker.

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What an ACE-HOLE! This super-software will whip you at poker, hands down

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The developers also want to know how it does against humans. That's why they've invited humans to try it outI suppose.

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Frontier wipes credit of Elite: Dangerous 'billionaire' badboys

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See, a positive news story about E:D and tbe way Frontiers handles something.

No longer can the fanbois complain of all one-sided news here :)

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Broadband isn't broadband unless it's 25Mbps, mulls FCC boss

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Changing the definition of broadband is painful. We need some new terminology for the higher rates instead.

Terms that common folk will still understand.

How about:

'Broaderband'

And for higher rates, logically we'd have 'Fatband'

Or pay to upgrade to the even larger 'Obeseband'

Ah clearly I've missed my true calling in Branding.

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Here's Johnny! Top Ten fantasy Blu-ray boxsets and special editions

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Breaking Bad ?

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Microsoft BEATS Apple, Google ... to accepting limited Bitcoin payments

Denigor

Welcome to Windows 10!

lets configure your environment.

Do you want to turn on Windows background bitcoin miner? Y/N

Do you want to join the Microsoft mining pool? Y/N

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Vodafone eyes up Liberty Global – report

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Re: Preparations have already begun...

Just wondering.

Is it possible to have a Virgin Media internet access and a BT (or a LLU) at the same time?

If I was working from home and relied on internet I think I would get a backup/second provider.

I guess there's always the mobile tethering option.

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

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Re: RAC too.

The thing about these telephony control systems is that they are resiliant... up to a point. Typically they have active/inactive sides. But, ya know what.... both sides are usually running the same software and share the same database and call states.. So good for physical breaks but not so good at application layer issues...

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Voyager 1 now EIGHTEEN LIGHT HOURS from home

Denigor

The reality is that we'll catch up and overtake it before it reaches anywhere.

In fact, interstellar cruise liners could slow down to let the passengers look out of the portal at Voyager 1 as they overtake it!

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Microsoft buys Minecraft for $2.5bn. Notch: I'm getting the block outta here

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Re: hehe

Ok I will explain.

The value to Microsoft is in:

- licensing deals. All those toys, t-shirts, mugs, and tv/movie potentials.

- further customer base. There's always more kids reaching the age when they want it. In fact, it's a supply of new customers that never ends.

- advertising. Forums, web front ends, gaming events. All with opportunity for Microsoft to self-advertise or sell space.

- Branding. Kids start to associate Microsoft with something they see as very cool. If Microsoft do Minecraft, then perhaps those other MS products like Windows mobile and Xbox are worth a try.

- Invester confidence. Microsoft getting further into an expanding market helps confidence and share price.

- Player base. They now have a vast amount of gaming subscriber detail. Who bought the game and when. Who gets updates. Who are active. This information can be used to improve future marketing target, direct advertising and development choices across different platform and product groups.

This world is about so much more than selling game units. Thats the tip of the (/sand block/) Minecraft pyramid of opportunity.

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Former Bitcoin Foundation chair pleads guilty to money-laundering charge

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Re: Wait a minute

But the Goverment gives that money - in one form or another - to us!

Wait a minute, we are all guilty!

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Want to buy a Woz-made Apple I? If you need to ask the price, you can't afford it

Denigor

Re: Anyone who buys that

You are right. They are bonkers. It's Apple who will buy it, for display at their HQ.

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DEATH TO TCP/IP cry Cisco, Intel, US gov and boffins galore

Denigor

Re: The internet lacks security?

You think?

So tell that to the guy in the cafe getting his http requests redirected in the network/wifi leg...

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Denigor

Re: I might be being stupid here...

Eh? You don't see the value of MACsec at layer 2 then, stopping any snooping of your point to point transport links?? Encrypted and authenticated...

This article is about a protocol that is anti snooping. Anti goverment control. Anti hackable. That's good for those of us who like our data to remain out of Goverments hands. Far less snoopable than tcp/ip and the like. This is a good thing!!!

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Denigor

Re: Anyone remember the OSI protocols?

ISIS protocol is the IGP for many Service Provider networks. That's OSI based. It is used to distribute network reachability information (usually subnets for IP, but other for SDH) but it's not based on or using IP.

X500 is widely used too. Not networking but it is open standard.

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'Sony and Twitch' hacking crew Lizard Squad: 'We quit'

Denigor

Re: Just a covers band; look out for their take on "Jailhouse Rock"

...and yet they made the media, including here, and got attention. Exactly what they craved. Now others will follow.

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Time Warner Cable customers SQUEAL as US network goes offline

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Whos routers ard they using? Alu, huawei, cisco or juniper? I for one cannot believe that they have no redundancy at layer 2.5 of their core. So I expect this to be a label switching router problem

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Experimental hypersonic SUPERMISSILE destroyed 4 SECONDS after US launched it

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Re: Why?

Because its a cheaper defense than paying for masses of conventional armed forces worldwide. Ie people.

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Intelligence blunder: You wanna be Australia's spyboss? No problem, just walk right in

Denigor

Seems to me that -in this instance- common sense prevailed.

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AMD unveils 'single purpose' graphics card for PC gamers and NO ONE else

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Re: "a single purpose: to play demanding PC games"

In fact these days the pc doesnt have to be anywhere nesr the front room, or the display. Its all abouf game streaming now. Like steam streaming.

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Chinese Bitcoin farms: From scuzzy to sci-fi

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Re: Isn't this

Hi. I'm average Joe. I don't mine bitcoins. I don't hold them or speculate with them I just use them to pay for stuff.

As long as I can use them to pay for stuff my interest won't drop.

I don't care what the miners are up to. So for me I don't see how failure to mine them will bring a bitcoin downfall.

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Network hijacker steals $83,000 in Bitcoin ... and enough Dogecoin for a cup of coffee

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Re: "a former employee was able to compromise a router using an old password"

Any decent network uses Tacacs or similar. Turn access off for depating employees with one click.

Further, secure ISPs now choose to enable change access only through a change process, no change authorised without permission...

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Denigor

The error was in 3 places.

1) no client-server authentication. (As article states)

2) security in ISP hosting the attack.

3) security on peer isp, which should have had the policies in place not to accept invalid route advertisements.

3 doesnt apply if both the original and breach servers were in the same ISP. I don't think many ISPs do protective policies within their iBGP.

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World's only flyable WWII Lancaster bombers meet in Lincs

Denigor

What has thiz got to do with IT?

I like fast cars but I wouldn't expect to see an article about formula one on el reg.

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BT FON fail: Telco CHARGES customers for FREE Wi-Fi usage

Denigor

Re: Game Theory

How did that work? Fon only applies to the wireless interface. Theres no FON on the wired ports.

So are you SURE?......

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Denigor

Re: Game Theory

When you disable FON it stops you using it on others systems.

You could enable/disable it every time you left/returned. But that requires a login, and tbh it's nit worth the effort.

Remember, if you use ALL bandwidth whilst at home, it lets you so no bandwidth is available to other FON users. So you lose nothing by leaving it on.

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Denigor

Re: Free FON wifi

Nothing at all to stop this. BT are happy for you to do it. It's a perk of their service.

Only thing is that there's an app for android to log you into FON automatically. But I think not for windows OS, so you'd need to do it manually (web) each time. Oh, and not use wired connection ofc.

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Cor blimey: Virgin Media pipes 152Mb fibre to 100,000 East Londoners

Denigor

Re: Q from the US

Cable and wireless became vodafone, not VM, afaik.

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Denigor

Re: Q from the US

For anyone interested, to get 250Mb of internet bandwidth, unrestricted in both directions, via fibre from Vodsphone (other suppliers do exist) , cost is about £450/month. Business only. They suppky the fibre install and managed NT.

I dont work for them, but this is what it cost our firm, from 2 years back.

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Denigor

Re: Q from the US

Uncle Ron: You are clearly not in the "streaming 7 channels of 4K pr0n at the same time" club. Without this bandwidth, how else am I to get my daily fix?

;)

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LinkedIn settles missed overtime pay case: Will pay $6m to staffers

Denigor

I find it Ironic that it was Linked In employees. Surely if anyone could find a better job elsewhere it would be them.

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Denigor

Re: Need similar laws in the UK..

Vote with your feet:find another job. It feels great, very empowering to do this. And it's very easy in the current UK employment climate.

you'll wish you'd done it long ago.

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Surfing the web from Android? We KNEW it – sorry, iOS fanbois

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Re: Yeah but...

I don't understand this joke. Is this some American thing? What does the call/data plan have to do with the phone.... they are separate entities usually...at least to us techies...right?

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Security chap writes recipe for Raspberry Pi honeypot network

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Re: maidenhead

I wouldn't call it honey in there. More like tar. It aint Spearmint quality that's for sure.

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Facebook goes down, people dial 911

Denigor

Re: Wait... what?

Facebork spin-doctors rang it in themselves, hoping for yet more free media publicity.

How silly of them, for surely no decent media outlet would take up this 'story'...

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5G about the whole network, not just speed, says Alca-Luminary

Denigor

Re: Translation

They cab make it go extremely quickly. But, the faster the speed the more thd concentration of cells/access points required. Vendors would love to sell carriers vast amounts of network gear to put backhauled cells everywhere.

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Multipath TCP speeds up the internet so much that security breaks

Denigor

Re: Madness

I guess mptcp is one for the enterprise. Carriers I expect to be using mpls, with rsvp-te (& ecmp) to make best use of theif capacity. Thus they largely ignore layer 4 anyway.

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'Things' on the Internet-of-things have 25 vulnerabilities apiece

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Re: Security framework

Hi, yes there are lots of security test suites. The good ones are not free. Theh are run by experienced pen test engineers as a paid-for service. They are generally tailored to the system under test.

Im not a developer so can't commeng on security frameworks for embedded iot systems.

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We're BFFs AGAIN, say AT&T and Netflix after penning peering pact

Denigor

Re: Isn't peering....

The term peering doesn't imply any particular payment structure on its own, so asymmetrical traffic is fine (one party pays).

Tier1 to Tier1 interconnects are payment free though.

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Stick a 4K in them: Super high-res TVs are DONE

Denigor

I believe the next hype-level inbound is '8k'.

The hype is that at 8k your eye cannot tell the difference any more.

For me, I just think 8k has nice natural-extension-upwards ring to it.

Curved screens are a weird TV hype. 'Here's a screen where you *cannot* see all the action from all your furniture'. Really??

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Dude, you're getting a Dell – with BITCOIN: IT giant slurps cryptocash

Denigor

Re: I just wonder

I don't think Dell is holding on to the bitcoins and gambling on them going up or down. They are changing the Bitcoins to cash immediately. This is why Coinbase is involved. If they wanted to hold onto the bitcoins, they'd not need to involve a currency exchange. I'm not an expert, but this is how I read it.

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10Gbps over crumbling COPPER: Boffins cram bits down telco wire

Denigor

Re: Dumb concept - stop being lazy and just run the fiber to the home

I think the cost of putting up telephone poles around the place and stringing to houses would outweigh the cost of just digging up driveways, in the UK,

I think it's great that in some places cables can be 'strung up through the trees' though. Absolutely agree that where it can be done, do it..!

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Denigor

Re: why not take it all the way in.

I do think it would be cool for operators to offer FTTP where residences are prepared to pay their own costs for the access trench, or dig/provide it themselves to some standard.

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T-Mobile boss: 'High and mighty' Verizon and AT&T are 'raping you for every penny you have'

Denigor

IN the subtitle of this article it says 'Trail' instead of 'Trial'.

A 7 day ipphone trail sounds good though. I picture it as some sort guided tour around Cupertino hotspots.

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