* Posts by foo_bar_baz

709 posts • joined 16 Oct 2007

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Make America, wait, what again? US Army may need foreign weapons to keep up

foo_bar_baz
Boffin

Re: Photo: a BFG-9000 variant?

Looks like one of those net-flinging drone-catching potato guns featured on El Reg some time back.

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College fires IT admin, loses access to Google email, successfully sues IT admin for $250,000

foo_bar_baz
Alert

Re: Triano Williams goes to court

I'm intrigued by the cloud email comment. In my experience many IT houses - even ones with thousands of employees, that ironically enough also might provide Exchange to clients - use cloud email from Microsoft and Google.

I use gmail as my personal mail but am considering going back to self hosted. More due to political-social principles than security, features or cost.

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Dovecot mailserver graded 'nearly impenetrable'

foo_bar_baz

Re: Cool!

As it turns out, Dovecot is developed by original author's company, which in turn associated with (owned by?) Open-Xchange.

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Trump's cyber-guru Giuliani runs ancient 'easily hackable website'

foo_bar_baz
Trollface

You've all been had.

It's a honeypot.

Looks like I was beat to it. Never mind, this post is staying.

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Maps and alarm clocks best thing about mobes, say normies

foo_bar_baz
Windows

I'm a normie

By conventional nerd wisdom the lack of applications for Windows phone was a huge drawback. When I had a Windows phone I found it perfectly adequate and I actually liked the user interface, despite getting shouted down for saying so on these forums.

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TV anchor says live on-air 'Alexa, order me a dollhouse' – guess what happens next

foo_bar_baz
Devil

Lots of potential synergy with

The ole airport announcement gag.

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Don't panic, friends, but the Chinese navy just nicked one of America's underwater drones

foo_bar_baz
Unhappy

@Big John

You never closed that bracket. I won't be able to sleep tonight.

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If only our British 4G were as good as, um, Albania's... UK.gov's telco tech report

foo_bar_baz
Facepalm

Landlines

Did someone mention landlines? A landline phone is ancient history for anyone under 15 anywhere else in Europe. My kids wouldn't know how to use one.

I'm about to get rid of my ADSL connection in favour of a 4G modem. Faster, unmetered, cheaper and I no longer need a static IP address so it makes no sense to keep using DSL. Unfortunately I live in a fibre black spot so that is out of the question.

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Microsoft quietly emits patch to undo its earlier patch that broke Windows 10 networking

foo_bar_baz
Windows

I got caught by this

Spent a lot of time trying to fix the LAN connection on my son's PC. Strangely the connection was fine using a USB WLAN dongle, so I was testing different cables, switch ports, restarting the DHCP server and tailing logs, checking for driver and firmware updates etc. until I happened to run the correct magic netsh command. Glad to know the root cause.

For the whingers, crap happens and there's even a name for it.

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nbn™ aces the easiest construction target it will have for two years

foo_bar_baz
Coat

HTH

To summarise the article, the YOY increase in BFB (Bloody Fast Broadband) is preserved thanks to MTM, which spurns FTF (Fiber To Farmer) in favour of RBR (Ruddy Bush Radio).

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Getting to the bottom of the cloud debate

foo_bar_baz

Re: Cloud

You've hit the nail on the head. Moving your legacy J2EE accounting service running atop Oracle from your server cabinet to a rented virtual server is not cloud. Cloud is about replacing that application entirely and buying it as a service. It's about cutting out the cost of running a server in every office and having an IT guy looking after it.

"What if we get an Internet connection issue and can't pay our bills", you cry. You have a plan, just like you should have a plan for the eventuality of a power cut. Turning the question on its head, what if you have a burglary or a fire? Why should your business be dependent on the physical integrity of your office? I'll rather trust my core business to a collection of professionally run datacenters across the continent.

Many core premises of onsite IT are being eroded.

1) Connectivity is improving. With unmetered 4G being the norm in progressive countries, you have the situation where your phone has a faster internet connection than the office LAN.

2) Geography is less important. Not everyone is working in the same office. Increasingly they may be on the road, working from home, or contracting from another country.

3) Online services are competing with in local services. Those services you are running are being replaced by cheaper alternatives like Gmail, Office 365, Azure Active Directory etc.

Obviously the IT guy will have a hard time accepting the state of things, but it's the way we're going. Deal with it, and adapt.

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foo_bar_baz
FAIL

Re: Friends don't let friends have servers

Great.

Now set me up a test environment consisting of geographically redundant databases, terabyte scale file storage, a fleet of application servers and a web tier fronted by load balancers and a global content delivery network. Deploy my application to it. You have 20 minutes.

OK, I've run my tests. Please destroy it all.

Now set it up again for a new round of tests. Then be so kind to replicate the entire infrastructure to datacenters on each continent for production.

How's it going? Still updating the BIOS on that blade server? I'm here on the North Pole with a laptop and a ropy satellite connection, yet I'm designing and deploying global infrastructure at a whim.

I'm sorry but anyone developing software or an online service is likely to regard IT departments as mere roadblocks and amateurs compared to what AWS (yes, even Azure) can offer. I say this grudgingly as I've got a sys admin background myself, but the harsh reality is they're right. Knowing how to optimize for performance or being good at hardening a server is not what will let you keep your job. It's being able to do it on 1000 machines at once.

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foo_bar_baz
Mushroom

Friends don't let friends have servers

There is really only one question to ask: Public cloud (AWS) or private cloud (OpenStack). If your answer is "neither", you're probably a dinosaur or have a very specific set of circumstances.

There may be legitimate reasons for running your own server infrastructure, but most often it boils down to "we're afraid of change", "we're afraid for our jobs", or people simply don't understand the possibilities. Renting or running your own virtual servers does not a cloud make.

I challenge you to stand up and say you do a better and more professional job at running secure and resilient infrastructure than the people at, let's say Amazon, Google or Microsoft. That's some hubris.

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Virgin Galactic and Boom unveil Concorde 2.0 tester to restart supersonic travel

foo_bar_baz
Pint

Re: whoop!

Beat me to it, have an upvote.

Sent from my iPwn.

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Getting your tongue around foreign tech-talk is easier than you think

foo_bar_baz
Thumb Up

Re: Cul de sac

Reminds me of the time I visited Sweden as a youngster and encountered an advert for a fartfest.

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foo_bar_baz
IT Angle

Re: Courriel / "50% extra"

@I ain't Spartacus: You can hardly lay claim on the word "extra" as it's - quote - "a Latin preposition, denoting beyond, outside of".

But otherwise, point well put. It's the same elsewhere here in Euroland and elsewhere in the world - we welcome our Anglo-American cultural overlords with open arms.

While I've got the floor, may I kindly request Britain try return to your sane selves. It was your job to set the standard. Since the Brexit vote we've had to look to Germany for that, and I don't want to learn German at my age.

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Pair programming – you'll never guess what happens next!

foo_bar_baz
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Pair programming? So last decade

Mob programming Moar is betta!

And for the "geeks are introverted" crowd: Mob programming for the introverted

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Sweden axes 700MHz spectrum sale over 'national security' fears

foo_bar_baz
Angel

Total defense encompasses defense of local industry

Ericsson stock is down. Need a big government contract. Mmm. Pork.

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Boffin's anti-worm bot could silence epic Mirai DDoS attack army

foo_bar_baz
Headmaster

Anti-worm nematode

A nematode is a worm. So anti-worm worm.

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Burgundian iPhone wrecker hit with damages, suspended sentence

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EU warranty rule does work

The missus' macbook screen was having trouble after about a 18 months' use. It got fixed for free no muss no fuss at a local Apple repair shop, even though the warranty was ostensibly 12 months.

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LASER RAT FENCE wins €1.7m European Commission funds

foo_bar_baz
Megaphone

Re: One small step...

What is "humanus humanus"? Do you mean Pediculus humanus, or perhaps Homo sapiens sapiens?

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A plumber with a blowtorch is the enemy of the data centre

foo_bar_baz
Flame

Been there

Oh look, a cable with a connector.

Oh look, a box with blinkenlights and sockets.

Perhaps they fit...

Perhaps they should be connected ...

Why is the internet broken?

Lessons learned:

1) Use "proper" managed switches with loop protection, even at the edge.

1.1) No desktop switches.

1.2) Keep the switches locked up.

2) Monitoring - SNMP is your friend.

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Tim Cook: EU lied about Apple taxes. Watch out Ireland, this is a coup!

foo_bar_baz

Sovereignty Shmovereignty

We western democracies try to foster free trade, because we know it is a Good Thing (tm). That means removing obstacles such as import duties, but also removing other practices such as non-tariff barriers to trade and unfair state aid to companies. Those are agreed upon under the auspices of trade agreements and transnational bodies such the WTO. When a country is not playing fairly, eg. engages in dumping, these organizations intervene because it is their job to do so.

The job of the European Union is to create a common internal market with a level playing field. The level of integration is higher than other treaties, but the principle is the same. Ireland agreed to specific terms when it entered the union and got the benefits of participating in the market. If the findings of the commission are based on fact and Ireland has broken the rules, then corrective action has to be taken.

Crying about lost sovereignty is disingenuous and besides the point.

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Newest Royal Navy warship weighs as much as 120 London buses

foo_bar_baz
Angel

Re: So it's like the Irish Samuel Beckett class (OPV90)

These patrol boats may be "warships" but don't seem to be equipped for war at all. A brace of automatic cannons and/or machine guns and that's it. Where are the depth charges? Anti-aircraft missiles? Torpedoes? Surface to surface missiles?

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Making us pay tax will DESTROY EUROPE, roars Apple's Tim Cook

foo_bar_baz

Re: Dear TC

I thought Ireland was useful for avoiding tax on EU sales precisely because it is a member. How will this work for a non-EU UK?

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Linux turns 25, with corporate contributors now key to its future

foo_bar_baz

Re: More on

I wonder how much of the corporate contributions are drivers to support their hardware. Not a bad thing, just saying.

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Sex ban IT man loses appeal – but judge labels order 'unpoliceable'

foo_bar_baz
Holmes

Re: downvote here

Precrime doesn't exist yet.

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Shocker: Computer science graduate wins a top UK political job

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SSEE-U

Got to love England, exemplary wit and punning, all the way from the top.

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foo_bar_baz
Mushroom

Re: PPE in PPE

It was amusing at first, but then it became a repugnant overload of silver spoon theoreticians in working man's clothes. The one with the drill really took the prize.

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foo_bar_baz
Trollface

Looking into my crystal ball ...

I predict he's going to resign for a suitably respectable reason within the year.

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Student Loans Company burns £50 million in IT project superfail

foo_bar_baz
Pint

@Ledswinger Re: @Dan 55

Have an upvote and a beer. This cheered me up.

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Linus Torvalds in sweary rant about punctuation in kernel comments

foo_bar_baz
Devil

Re: Poor Linus...

The Linux kernel is open source. There's nothing Linus can do about people making crappy distributions based on the kernel.

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Microsoft's cringey 'Hey bae <3' recruiter email translated by El Reg

foo_bar_baz
Windows

Poor Microsoft

A big corporation has to look prim, proper and corporate, yet has to compete with trendy startups for young talent.

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Remember those stupid hoverboards? 500,000+ recalled in the US after they started exploding

foo_bar_baz
Boffin

That was my initial reaction too

Further reading suggests it's the right way to deal with Li-ion battery fires.

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Behold the ROBOT RECTUM... medics' relief

foo_bar_baz

Re: Truly dreadful

"medics' relief" was even worse - or better.

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foo_bar_baz
Coat

A robot arsehole for only £10K?

Managers world over are fearing for their jobs now.

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Israeli tech firms make their exits, stage rich

foo_bar_baz
Coat

Re: Trust ?

This problem has already been solved.

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Get ready for mandatory porn site age checks, Brits. You read that right

foo_bar_baz
Facepalm

Re: 'Age Verification' vs privacy in the age of hackers

Because that's how identity checks work: provide the details of every individual to every dodgy site operator. If only there were a better way ...

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foo_bar_baz
Facepalm

Re: "Along with the legal right for Brits to demand fast broadband services"

The same way mail and transport services are provided to economically non-viable regions?

You can make the operating license conditional to certain terms. You can also provide subsidies. I'm pretty sure government has other tools at its disposal.

The world is an amazing place. All sorts of obvious and non-obvious things exist despite our skepticism.

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Azure Australia turns on physical data import/export service

foo_bar_baz

"rival clouds are trying to overcome the problem of cloud seeding in different ways."

Disingenuous or just ignorant?

You still can't beat the bandwidth of a truck filled with disks, which Amazon acknowledges. AWS too provides an import/export service using portable media: "Disk is often faster than Internet transfer and more cost effective than upgrading your connectivity."

A gratuitous bash at the NBN (which deserves bashing). This is just Microsoft ticking a box in its copy-AWS-features list.

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Euro researchers more loyal and cheaper than Silicon Valley folk

foo_bar_baz
Devil

Re: Not really possible.

Unless you are a virtual taxi company, in which case you can bypass all local laws.

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Leak: Euro Patent Office 'court of appeals' rails against King Battistelli

foo_bar_baz

The people who appointed him

Mr. Batistelli was re-elected by a majority of the 38 member states of the European Patent Convention for another term of three years to 2018.

Source:http://www.nlo.eu/en/news/news_viewer/562/Beno-t-Battistelli-re-elected-as-President-of-the-EPO

EPC: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Europan_Patent_Convention

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Goa grabs Google, whispers 'come here, you Loon'

foo_bar_baz
Coat

Google has transcended

They talk directly to $DEITY now.

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Lost containers tell no tales. Time to worry

foo_bar_baz
Coat

Containers. Yawn.

Go serverless.

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Victims stranded as ID thieves raid Aussie driver licences

foo_bar_baz
Trollface

Re: "Revenue camera" / Bad driving

There's a good solution they have adopted in Russia.

Dashcams.

Film bad driving. Post on YouTube. Profit.

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One ad-free day: Three UK to block adverts across network in June

foo_bar_baz

Google will be thrilled

This might get interesting, if it goes any further.

As much as I hate many ads, it's a fact that much of Internet content is paid for by adverts. This is huge challenge to the current business model of many online services. Free stuffs, no ads, cheap internet, have cake, eat cake.

All in all a stupid move by a pipe provider. The days of walled gardens are long gone, and this just smells like extortion: "Hey Google, nice advert. Shame if something were to happen to it.."

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Troll seeks toll because iPhones work

foo_bar_baz

Let me guess

Eastern District of Texas.

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Work begins on Russian rival to Android

foo_bar_baz

Re: "Trusted"

The Russian establishment's media strategy is to publish conflicting stories in different media, deliberately teaching people to mistrust what they read or hear on the news. It's a clever way to undermine reports on the Western media.

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That went well – NOT - Nokia's first post-Alcatel numbers dip

foo_bar_baz
Megaphone

Re: Know no no, Nokia

Nokian Tyres Limited hasn't been a division of Nokia Oyj since almost 30 years.

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