400 posts • joined Tuesday 7th August 2007 16:51 GMT
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.
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.
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: 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.
Gave up on freeview
Waltham Tx has been a pile of shit for months - in fact since they started work to shift muxs out of the 4G bands.
Its so bad that its impossible to receive any muxs above C49 here (NW Leicester) - antenna installers doing a roaring trade turning the antenna around to face Sutton Coldfield Tx. That however loses all the programmes local to the East Mids (no great loss) and substitutes them with West Mids programming (no great gain).
So I got a Freesat box.
DVB-T rollout in the UK has been (IMHO) a trail of incompetence and dithering. Typical of the UK these days. 15 YEARS to roll it out; pretty much all the early boxes obsolete due to later QAM changes; a DVB-T HD format which nobody else on the planet uses (or intends to use) and now the 4G nonsense.
BT are so full of shit.....
"The national telco claimed that its offering would not be hampered by bandwidth issues like the ones that recently crippled BSkyB."
Oh really? So what's the matter with most of (all?) your FTTC enabled exchanges in Leicestershire then? Its not oversubscribed backhaul that's causing peak speeds of under 5Mbps on BT Retail?
BT are totally full of shit. Sky may be tossers but unlike BT they at least admit when they've fucked it up.
Anyone believe Oracle these days?
I don't believe a singe thing Oracle says about any of its Sun acquisitions.
Nor will I ever use Java again.
I think that's probably the safest approach :)
Well guess what? Jordan was much the same in the early 1990s - it had weeks of torrential rain followed by prolonged cold/snow. A local there told me it was worse than some year in the 1950s when the same sort of thing happened.
Bloody awful place in winter, not much better any other time of the year.
Been coming for ages....
Telefonica have been selling foreign assets off for the last year or two in an attempt to reduce their debt and try to cope with the collapse of their home market. The only thing Telefonica really wants from their new UK network is 4G backhaul.
tl;dr this has been on the cards for a good long while, looks like they need the cash now
Re: Real calls indistinguishable from spam
Yep get a Truecall box - they're the dogs bollox. Just checked the stats on ours and for the last year it has rejected 79.6% of calls on the basis that they are one of the following :
1) Known spammers;
2) Invalid numbers;
3) International calls (we don't want any thanks);
4) Number withheld - if you don't want me to know who you are I'm not taking the call.
Forget Ofcom, TPS, ICO etc. They are useless.
Even when Ofcom slaps a fine on the spammers all that happens is the company closes (without paying the fine) and reopens with a brand-new name a couple of weeks later. Rinse/repeat until they eventually get struck off as directors (takes at least 5 years) when they have to use relatives to front the business.
The telecos don't want to stop this because they make shedloads of cash out of the spammers and the govt won't do anything because there's thousands (if not millions) of people working for the spammers.
The only option is to deal with it yourself (Truecall/something similar) or simply don't have a phone plugged into the landline. Nothing else will work.
Re: A floor that supports 400kg?
Long-term loads are significantly different to your example. 400kg load would need to be spread over multiple joists otherwise you'll rapidly end up with a dip in the floor which will not recover.
The VGA port isn't as useless as the reviewer thinks it is.
On NVidia mobile gfx cards you can in fact drive 2 external displays independently - one from HDMI and one from VGA.
You can't do that with any of the other digital outputs from NVidia mobile gfx cards - eg if you had HDMI and DisplayPort then only one of those outputs could be active.
The Pi makes sense if....
a) you are going to use the GPIO pins;
b) you are going to use it for an purpose which cuts existing power use (eg - mediacentre box taped to the back of a monitor; works very well in that instance, plenty more too)
Its really not logical to use it for a general purpose coding device and I don't think that it should be viewed as such.
It is basically an embedded computer capable of running moderately complex tasks - its an ideal platform for control engineering tasks but its certainly not the ideal platform to create "apps", for want of a better word.
tl;dr needs peripherals on GPIO to make sense - that implies some electronics as well as coding; alternatively makes a great mediacentre with MPEG/VC-1 licences and uses about 8W doing it.
PS - I have one.
Re: Software was it....
I think it was Colorworks rather than PMView. Not 100% on that though.
For usenet I just ran a Win-OS/2 session and KA9Q, can't even remember what the client was - probably whatever the Demon package had. Some USAF guy stationed in the UK developed a decent native OS/2 client which worked on/offline around 1997 but I can't remember whether it ever got finished or not.
Software was it....
I gave up on OS/2 around the time that Stardock Systems (Brad Wardell) gave up on OS/2. By that time about the only people that used OS/2 were Germans - gods only know why.
Software availability was so bad that there wasn't even an offline usenet client for years - the only native ones available assumed you didn't pay for dial-up local calls. Mail clients were bloody terrible until PMMail. There was a decent graphics package but I can't for the life of me remember what it was.
The bottom line for consumer machines is software availability. If you looked hard enough and paid enough you could live with OS/2, but it was a PITA which soon became tiresome.
Very good OS, shame IBM was a crap company at the time.....
I loved OS/2
There I said it :)
I remember having WORKING voice recognition software when such a thing brought Windows machines to their knees and fucked up every sentence. I had an integrated TCP/IP stack which wasn't a non-compliant pile of shit tacked onto the OS (hello Windows 95); I had REXX which is still one of the best scripting languages I've ever seen; I had DOS virtual machines more than a decade before Windows; I had Fixpacks when the idea of Microsoft issuing a patch was ludicrous - the list goes on and on
The only criticism I had of OS/2 (apart from IBM's total inability/unwillingness to market it) was the infamous SIQ bug. OS/2 had a single input queue for passing messages and on occasion it would refuse to accept any input from the user - everything on the machine was still running except the errant application so if you ran a headless system you'd never notice.
Write your own TCP/IP stack?
So given you need to hack it to even enable the network port do you have to write your own TCP/IP stack too?
I'm only being semi-facetious here as ISTR the simplest (and most reliable) way to get the last model of Archimedes online was to buy an add-on card which was basically a 486SX25 with 4MB of RAM - and run Windows For Workgroups or Win3.1 with trumpet winsock.
There was some sort of belated TCP/IP stack on the Archimedes but it was pointless given the RiscOS internet apps were crap.
I'd load it up to see but my current Raspberry Pi issues are more demanding - getting a couple of HDHomeruns working with OpenElec. DVDs play fine now with the MPEG2 licence so the HDHomerun ought to be fine. Annoyingly I had OpenElec+HDHomeruns "working" (it'd find channels but not play them) before I got the MPEG2 licence, then I decided to start fresh and can't remember what the hell I did before. Not the first time that's happened :)
What a load of crap
You can't be "carbon-neutral" when :
"NAB’s tri-generation facility is an on-site, natural gas-driven generator that supplies one of NAB’s existing strategic data centers with over 60% of its total energy requirements."
Its bollox, as are most of the lunatic carbon trading/offsetting ponzi schemes.
My favourite lunacy is wood-fired stoves, which eco-loons seem to like. Lets burn wood and someone will grow precisely the amount we burned so we're "carbon neutral".
Lets not bother about the other pollutants which occur when you burn wood shall we - oh and we'll assume that the people selling us the (cheapest) wood are actually growing/transporting wood in some mythical "sustainable" manner.
Total bollox as is most of the "carbon-neutral" stuff - eg wind turbines that create more carbon when built (just on concrete bases/access roads/infrastructure) than they'll ever save in their operating lifespan.
Sorry for rant, I live in the UK where we pay lunatic subsidies for windfarms/RoCs/nonsense.
Re: Have they patched WPS yet?
It is in terms of a crime number, doubt insurance would pay out though.
Re: Have they patched WPS yet?
@ukgnome - try reading mmmm?
Which part of "other than me telling them" did you fail to comprehend?
Frankly the first time I did it was by mistake, was beta testing Sky's new "hub" (out 1 Sept, bugs and all) and I selected the wrong BSSID in the list of local wireless stations. Was rather dismayed with the results until I realised it was the Virgin "superhub" I'd cracked. The Sky "hub" at least locks the WPS after 3 failed attempts, unlike the Virgin "superhub".
Anyway the neighbours know now. Howver given that they got a car broken into last night which they left unlocked, and that they have a set of housekeys missing from said car I suspect WPS flaws are "above their pay grade" for security :P
Have they patched WPS yet?
I can still crack our neighbours "superhub" wireless in under 90 minutes with a Backtrack Linux LiveCD and reaver.
No indication at all that it has happened either - other than me telling them.
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