417 posts • joined 7 Aug 2007
Crack Euro bankers....
shurely shome mishtake......
Nothing. US providers are stunningly expensive compared with EU providers and usually have a fairly captive market.
Having a good laugh at the "more mature market" - not sure I know ANY US peeps who'd agree with that.....
When did Eset become German?
They're Slovakian, or they have been for the last 7 years I've used them.....
Nice ninja edit, but this said Eset was the German company when first published.....
Re: "Mad Frankie Maude"
Author obviously reads Guido Fawkes (order-order.com) as he's been Mad Frankie over there for 4 years now ;)
Re: I thought my marching days were over
"I guess, at the end of the day, the British public trust their spies. At least a lot more than the Americans trust theirs."
Not really but British spies have always spied on the British populace so we assume its being done anyway. Unlike the USA we don't have a written constitution - the British equivalent has always been more facile so the "great & the good" could change whatever they liked.
tl;dr just been going on longer here is all...
Re: For some reason it never fails to amuse me...
Don't mind that, get a bit fed-up of all the Norse god naming stuff though.
Currently waiting for some stuff to be named after the Yule Lads :P
Indeed and if you're on Sky, TalkTalk or Virgin (that's about 8-10 million homes) then your phoneline has likewise been IP for several years.
The only places which still use ATM are the smaller exchanges which BT Openreach forget about until they get bribed by the taxpayer to upgrade them.
The sooner Yeo gets deselected....
....the better for everyone.
Regardless of your viewpoint on climate change, having a committee chairman who personally profits from decisions taken by that committee is bad for everyone.
Took his tory constituents a while to work out quite how bad an MP he is but they are getting there now. We should all offer them support to rid us all of the egregious Tim Yeo.
Learn something new every day
For example I wasn't aware that MJ Quinn & Kellys subcontracted for Indian telecos as well as Openreach, but the last photo is so fucked up it can only be their "workmanship" :P
Take your "connected homes"....
....and shove them where the sun doesn't shine.
There is no benefit to the consumer from any of this shit. You can witter on about using "smart meters" and "cheaper off peak electricity" all you like, there will be no benefit accrued by the consumer. The benefits are all accrued by business.
In fact in the UK there won't be any "off-peak" (Economy 7) electricity tarrifs soon as they were only ever designed to encourage usage of the night-time base load from coal-fired power stations (which take weeks to "turn off/on"). As our farcical energy "strategy" is developed by clueless fuckwits (politicians & QUANGOs) all of those coal-fired stations have to shut by 2020 (IIRC).
So what benefit do you get from a networked thermostat, or electricity meter? What benefit do you get from a washing machine that can be turned on/off remotely by your power company? Sweet fuck all is the answer - unless you're some sort of uber-nerd who obsesses about this sort of crap.
You think the reduced costs to business will be passed onto the consumer? If you do then I have a bridge for sale in a swamp which will be perfect for you.
Not a surprise..
Sky make their money on TV subs - and line rental but we're all getting ripped off there regardless of supplier.
They don't make anything of note out of their BB subs as they spend so much on upgrading the network.
Yes I'm sure some of you are now about to rattle off anecdotal accounts of Sky being crap but with the exception of Sky Connect (non-LLU stuff) they're really very good and their BB forums are pretty quiet - unlike the billing forum :P
The holy grail for Sky is to extend the reach of their TV offerings beyond satellite as fast as possible. They aren't building the network capacity up for file-sharing, you can be sure of that :)
Hence the NowTV stuff and I'd be willing to bet if they did tie up with Vodafone then streaming from the Sky CDNs wouldn't count towards any data usage on Vodafone.
It's a win-win for both of them but as always there will be areas that can't currently handle the traffic and that'll take time to sort out.
Re: First "banned" calculator...
Here's a tiny clue for you - O grades/highers are not the same as o levels/a levels. Its not even the same educational system so I repeat it WAS the first "banned" calculator in Scotland. Edit - it was specifically named as such along with a TI calc added about a month later.
First "banned" calculator...
...was the Casio FX-7000G.
You weren't permitted to take it into any Scottish O grade or higher maths exam unless it had been factory reset prior to entering the exam room. The calculator was very popular up until that time as you could program in all the "harder to remember" formulae before entering the exam.
This was kind of amusing as you could do the same to some extent with the FX-550 (which I used for 15 years or so) but the graphing functions on the FX-7000G freaked the examiners/invigilators out enough to ban it :)
Doesn't much matter now..
...what RSA say, only a moron would believe them in future.
I daresay they'll still get USA business but any non-USA business or individual is fair game to the NSA and RSA have demonstrated that the NSA has them in their back pocket.
Bye bye RSA, you won't be missed.
Re: GCHQ has backdoors into your LAN ..
If you actually read the laughably entitled "Full Disclosure" pdf you'd see that the people concerned are rabid nutters who would fit right in on the worst of the tabloids.
The fact that this "disclosure" shite is sourced from blog posts related to third-party firmware from months if not years ago should also be a clue to it being total unmitigated bollox.
The twats concerned have been doing their best to plant links to "Full Disclosure" on various forums. They seem to be annoyed when people on those forums point out that they are fucking morons.
Hence the downvotes from "anonymous cowards" who are actually the twats involved in this crap.
You might have read the ravings of a couple of lunatics going on about how Openreach VDSL modems have a back door for the DoD.
Re: Why is he not sending the spongmonkey to the moon!!!
Punk kittens top you both
Re: Well now
It wasn't the Tories that started this lunacy - Labour were pushing for it from around 2005. Still don't let that stop you being a Guardianista moron mmm?
Get it right up them
No sympathy and I hope he takes them for every penny he can get.
Apple ripped off tens of millions of people who had no connection with Apple products or services so they can go fuck themselves. Should slap another $100mill fine on them for being whinging racketeers.
Should fit right in...
... as neither company gives a fuck about end-users.
Give Openreach their due though, they haven't been successfully prosecuted for fraud unlike Severn Trent.
Re: El-Reg reporting at its finest I see.
Mmmm indeed. Very shabby.
Re: Clarity somewhat lacking.
Not sure why people are having such a hard time understanding this.
For existing customers the filter is currently OPT-IN, which is exactly how these things should work.
Not that it makes any difference if you don't use a Sky router and/or use Sky DNS - the filter simply doesn't work at all in those instances.
Re: Rebuild times
Yes but try streaming/backing up to/from it while it is rebuilding the RAID array. Painful is an understatement for streaming and backups won't happen until it rebuilds. WHS 2008 (even on an Atom) copes with that as its a lot less cpu/disk intensive to copy files in the background to a seperate physical disk than it is to rebuild an array.
What's the rebuild time going to be on a RAID5 2TB disk array on this? I'd guess maybe a day or so? Thats been my experience on similar stuff.
RAID isn't always the right solution.
For a home user who uses this for backups/storage/video then the downside of RAID is the rebuild time when disk failure occurs.
Sadly the now defunct Windows Home Server 2008 system had this just about right for a home user - every file (bar backups of client machines) was duplicated onto two physical hard disks. You get a disk failure and there is no downtime - plug a new disk in and the OS would sort it out in the background.
RAID is no doubt technically better but the old WHS 2008 was much better from a user perspective - even if the system disk died you could read the data from individual disks for recovery just by connecting them to another machine.
MS did some things right - then binned them :P
I'm amazed they've been able to punt their overpriced shite for so long. Says a lot about the incompetence of local education authorities really, as they're the ones who sign up for the same crap year after year....
Bad news for the 300 people, good news for everyone else.
Re: the star writer for the Independent?
Owen Jones is the replacement for the plagiarist Johann Hari and isn't some "random columnist" :D
Robert Fisk's articles have been declining in frequency since the Russians took over the paper - which incidentally is the time that the phrase "We're independent, are you?" was removed from the paper.
It used to be a very good paper, but the Hari fiasco, the delusional Jones and the Russians have actually resulted in a left wing paper which is MORE unpopular than the Guardian, which is some going by any standards. Right enough if you remove the thousands of Guardians which the BBC buys every day its probably not far off being neck and neck for bottom of the barrel.....
Re: left wing broadsheet ... The Independent
Ermmm who's the star writer for the Independent? Owen Jones who makes the delusional Polly Toynbee look like a Tory.
.... but server-side encryption isn't going to persuade anyone with a clue to do business with US-based companies.
Client-side encryption with selectable keyspace size (I have my doubts about AES128 these days) and selectable encryption algorithm is required. Anything less is just PR bullshit.
...home taping is killing music.
For the younger amongst you that was the BPI scaremongering bullshit in the 1980s and they still have the same gameplan. Much like the boy who cried wolf, nobody other than politicians (lobby cash) believes anything thay say.
BPI = 30+ years of unmitigated venal self-serving bullshit.
Got the same clock/weather station...
....but its battery powered so the fucking thing drives me batshit every time I have to change the batteries.
Its so bad I routinely leave the thing until the batteries die, which is probably 2 weeks past when the LCD display stopped displaying anything visible.
I suppose I ought to change it but as always apathy rules supreme :)
@mark I 2 : they intercept and proxy responses. I've been seeing some examples of this on Sky recently, none of which persist more than a couple of days (Sky testing?) but I know for sure on one domain Sky were proxying a response which said the zone did not exist. It did & does, had nothing to do with IWF or any court order as BT Broadband worked fine.
tl;dr its not rocket science....
Re: Ummm do try to keep up eh?
They bought the Virgin Mobile business (which IIRC is/was just a virtual T-Mobile service?).
I think you'll find that the Virgin parent company gets paid a fee each year to allow NTL-Telewest-Virgin Mobile to use the brand. I expect that will change in the next couple of years but for now the beardie one does get paid a royalty fee for the use of the name.
Ummm do try to keep up eh?
Virgin Media (AKA NTL on the US markets) always was a US company.
NTL were in and out of chapter 11 more than once. They had a shit name so paid the beardie one for the use of the Virgin brand. Nothing changed behind the scenes, only difference apart from the branding was that the beardie one got richer for doing bugger all.
tl;dr no change, NTL always was a US company so customers have always been subject to NSA monitoring....
Re: Single sign-on
Yes. Pretty much everyone who had it set to English got a Russian login prompt. Like I said, don't need to be a rocket scientist to work out which back-end "service" got owned.
Re: Gold farmers?
If Iceland had CCP's "economist" they'd now be in a situation where their economy would be worse than Greece :P
Eyjog is a fucking idiot :)
Re: Single sign-on
And quelle surprise, there was a "vulnerability" exploited in one of the back-end "services" which "support Tranquility".
Doesn't take a rocket scientist to work out which "service" that might have been mmmm?
Obviously we've all changed passwords already, haven't we? ;)
Amusingly CCP implemented a single sign-on system last week which made them much more vulnerable to this crap. Strange company in a lot of ways, seem to insist on re-inventing the wheel a bit too much for me.
Server and website are back online anyway.
US Govt wins....
I guess the US govt will be "repatriating" some of Apple's earnings one way or another mmm?
What goes around comes around and I think a lot of govts will be looking at that cash pile Apple refuse to "repatriate". Well funny :)
You appear unaware of how the system works in 2013. They will (unless they seriously screw up) do a maximum of 50% of the sentence and unless they have previous convictions they'll be in an open prison within 3 months. If they do more than a year (any of them) I will be astounded as the prisons are overflowing now.
That's not a comment on anything other than our judicial system BTW - personally I think the sentence handed down should be the sentence your serve unless you show exceptional remorse. It shouldn't be the case that sentences are automatically cut by half, that's just a farcical situation for us all.
Re: I'm going
No, Plusnet weren't part of BT for some years.
Plusnet started out life as "Force 9 Internet" (IIRC) which was in turn an offshoot of Choice Peripherals, a PC parts company which used to be in Worksop. Insight then bought Choice Peripherals and spun off Force 9 as a company in its own right. Force 9 morphed into Plusnet, which BT bought in the middle of the last decade (2005?).
That's why I always grin when Plusnet adverts bang on about "good honest Yorkshire" and all that guff. They started out life in a (very) small industrial unit in Nottinghamshire :)
Re: I'm going
I'd recommend AAISP if its for business or you don't have a family. The good reverend takes no crap from Openreach and has a quite informative/amusing blog too. I wonder if Shaun (IIRC) can spell any better though after all these years :)
Re: Moving From BE LLU To PlusNet FTTC?
There's a "migration matrix" over at TBB :
Been with both...
... and frankly Be's routing/peering was and is crap compared to Sky.
I sync faster on Sky than I did on Be and the couple of times I've had to call up (daytime hours) everything was sorted out within minutes - which wasn't the case with the Bulgarian support Be used. Don't get me wrong, the Bulgarians were great but if anything actually required Openreach intervention they were just as rubbish as every other mainstream ISP out there.
I think people are over-reacting - I have no doubt at all that Sky's Indian callcentre is crap and you'd be better off asking next-door's cat what the problem is, but the same is true for all the other major ISPs. Call between 9-5 and Sky are fine in my experience.
tl;dr Sky ADSL on this exchange is faster, more reliable, has better routing/peering and is less than half the price Be was. YMMV of course.
Oh spare us from another New Labour hypocrite...
... she's the poster child of UK politicians - venal, self-serving scum without exception.
When she pays her fair share of tax then I might listen to her pontificate about Google - until then she can fuck off back to her tax-avoiding family.
Re: RIPA abuse all over again....
"What has anyone's private life got to do with anything in their public life, whoever they are?"
Nothing at all provided they're :
a) not a politician or involved in any sort of law-making. Not going to go into specific instances but but there are plenty of examples of nepotism where without someone working out who was screwing who - obviously the taxpayers get screwed anyway - it would never have been exposed;
b) a celebrity who uses a publicist to regularly plant "news articles" (AKA complete bullshit) to boost your client's income with the full knowledge of the client. Live by the sword then die by the sword.
I'm not arguing people deserve a private life even when they are in public life but do you want us to be like France where the press are shit-scared of politicians?
Re: RIPA abuse all over again....
Publishing from another country isn't going to work either unless you have zero UK assets and aren't resident here - not with the clause about publication mainly for UK consumption.
You'll simply get sued in London and get hit with full costs whether you win or lose - something many of the commentards here fail to realise. If you don't defend the case, you'll get hit with exemplary damages but win or lose you ARE going to be paying the costs unless you sign up to be a LibLabCon lapdog.
It's coming to something when Russia Today is taking the piss out of the UK for having more restrictive laws than Russia.
Nice to see the OECD taking an interest though - that will be intensely embarrassing for all these Hon and Rt Hon people claiming we're one of the "free" countries of the world. Then again they just passed a law permitting secret trials so they have fuck all shame or conscience. Self-serving venal scum one and all.
RIPA abuse all over again....
Here we go again. Just like RIPA is abused on a daily basis by councils up and down the land, this fucked up monstrosity WILL get used against individuals, you can bet on it.
All so the "great and the good" can carry on troughing/stealing/getting dildos shoved up their arse at Nazi-themed parties/getting sucked off by whores in alleys knowing full well nobody will dare publish.
When the next political scandal hits (like expenses) who's going to publish?
Fuck you Hacked Off, well done for helping us further along the road of a police state.
Re: I want to like the BBC
Unfortunately you're living in dreamland if you think that "BBC content" is owned by the BBC. The vast majority of "BBC content" is owned by the writer/production company, even if it was 100% funded by the BBC.
You'd think that having what's very close to a monopoly position in the UK that the BBC luvvies would be able to negotiate rights which are somewhat fairer to the taxpayers who fund them but no that's apparently "not possible". This only becomes understandable when you realise there's shitloads of people/small production companies who do no work for anyone other than the BBC and thats where the funding goes without inconveniences like tax or NI being paid. Most of these "companies" are personal service companies for that reason and its a trouging merry-go-round.
Strange how IR35 doesn't apply to the luvvies mmm? One can only assume that they have a right of substitution but that's laughable when you're talking about presenters/actors/producers.
Anyway I digress but you'll find the BBC owns bugger all of "BBC content" past the early 1980s.
Re: O2's email is sidestepping all the important questions...
Your 12 month contract will be null & void unless Sky honour all conditions - which they won't, trust me on that.
As to traffic management - Sky Connect (which is a resold IPStream service) has shaping and is best avoided like the plague, its only where Sky don't have capacity on their own equipment; for the LLU service there is no traffic shaping/management at all.
I've been on both...
IME Sky broadband support between 9am and 6pm is considerably better than the Bulgarians* Outside those hours then best of luck to you as scrip-monkey land awaits.
Be within the M25 seemed to be fine. Be outside the M25 seemed to be a lottery as to how many exchanges you got daisy-chained through. Either way their peering and international connectivity sucked - and as Telefonica ran out of cash is sucked harder. I remember a memorable instance of being routed through an overloaded link in the Canary Islands/South America to get to New York. Oh and no that wasn't a fault, it was Telefonica's cheapest route as they own the cable so it lasted for weeks.
I switched from Be to Sky a year ago. The Sky connection works better than the Be connection did. Support is comparable depending on time of day. Connectivity is better.
*I always felt sorry for these guys, they tried so hard but ultimately didn't have the tools/support to do much from 2000km away.
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