* Posts by Yes Me

917 posts • joined 11 Jan 2008


France wants in on the No Huawei Club while Canuck infosec bloke pretty insistent on ban

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Re: Huawei isn't any different than any other corporations.....

> uproar if a westerner company called it "getting rid of mediocre people".

Or in IBM's case "getting rid of older people". It would be refreshingly honest compared to today's mealy-mouthed PC PR language. Ever since "Personnel" was replaced by "Human Resources" the hypocrisy in employment-related "news" stories has been getting worse and worse.

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Re: Meanwhile

Most of the people who work for Huawei are also too young to remember Tiananmen Square. That is startlingly irrelevant as to whether a successful employee-owned company sells products that have security defects or undocumented backdoors. Until technical evidence is produced, nobody has any grounds to join the witch hunt. (Unless they're lobbying for companies that Huawei undersells, of course.)

That's technical evidence, not gossip or speculation that could be traced to any individual.

If there was technical evidence, I'm pretty sure NSA or GCHQ would have published it by now.

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Re: Again....

"snooping on PowerPlants, Govt Institutions, Telcos etc is a whole other ball game"

Yes. Please show me the evidence that Huawei has done that, ever, anywhere, or that their products have undocumented weaknesses that would allow such things to pass undetected.

Of course, it's like any witch hunt, it started without the slightest evidence of anything. Except that they were outselling Cisco.

Oxford University reportedly turns off its Huawei money tap

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Re: Very slick

I don't see any misdirection. If there are backdoors in Huawei products, it's because many governments want them, and telcos have no choice about acquiring equipment with backdoors. And do people realise that "call home" features are pretty much standard practice in everything today?

This whole business was cooked up by lobbyists for Huawei's Western competitors, who are seriously worried about their market share collapsing in the face of better, cheaper equipment. Don't like the fact that China has learned how to compete? Then use underhand techniques against them, rather than making your own products better and cheaper.

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Re: Put up or Shut up

" Nobody denies their link to Government "

You think? What is it, then? It's a privately owned company whose shareholders are its own employees. Some employees and the founder did military service. How is this different from many companies in Western countries?

We know what's going on here. Unlike most allegations of security issues in the industry, there is no published information even about what class of security issues are alleged, let alone any actual specific information that might help a user avoid or fix the alleged issues. So the only rational conclusion is that it's all fiction, invented for reasons of commercial protectionism.

It's very Trumpian in fact: a Chinese company is doing better than its Western competitors, so we'll use fake news and abuse of power to damage it. I suppose all this particular action proves is that Oxford University is still part of the British Establishment, and responds to blasts on the usual dog whistle.

Huawei’s elusive Mr Ren: We’re just a 'sesame seed' in a superpower spat

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Re: DOJ Joins #MyWakingGovernment Against Huawei IP Theft

As others have said, it's entirely possible that Huawei has borrowed technology. Well, Cisco used some pretty intensive techniques to squash their early competitors, not to mention allegedly ripping off their alma mater:

In 1985, Bosack and Stanford employee Kirk Lougheed began a project to formally network Stanford's campus.[7] They adapted Yeager's software into what became the foundation for Cisco IOS, despite Yeager's claims that he had been denied permission to sell the Blue Box commercially. On July 11, 1986, Bosack and Lougheed were forced to resign from Stanford and the university contemplated filing criminal complaints against Cisco and its founders for the theft of its software, hardware designs and other intellectual properties. [Wikipedia]
So could you kindly get off your high horse, Mr Creativity Technologist?

Huawei's horror show 2019 continues as Taiwanese research institute joins banhammer club

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Re: Accusations

You're wrong, if you're referring to insecure products when you say "wrong-doing". There is no evidence whatever in the public domain that Huawei products have intrinsic security issues of the kind that justifies banning them. And if there was any evidence, don't you think they'd publish it in a flash? This and the other bans are just the result of politics and lobbying in support of unfair competition.

Whether the sanctions-breaking allegations are true is as yet unclear, and nothing to do with product security.

Huawei's 5G security scrutiny pain could be Cisco's gain – analysts

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Re: Huawei's 5G security scrutiny pain could be Cisco's gain – analysts

wasn't that - as part of an all-out US technological war on China - the very point?

Of course, that is why the witch hunt started and why they are now rootling around looking for shell companies over the Iran allegations - not that they bother looking for shell companies when US kit turns up where it shouldn't. (Iran Contra, anybody?)

I'm just not sure the computer works here – the energy is all wrong

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There is a current one with Laptops turning themselves off or going in to standby.

And there was me thinking this was just standard Windoze 10 behaviour.

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Re: Mythbusters

Not just the FCC. Cell phone operators the world over hate the idea of a batch of 100+ mobile phones moving at 1000km/hr, with a weak signal to boot. The impact on the base stations being overflown would be horrendous.

I think that airliners have been pretty safe against RFI since at least the 777 came out.

On the other hand, I'd feel happier if airport security checked that each mobile phone really was a mobile phone, just like they used to check if your laptop really was a laptop by making you boot it up.

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Re: Similar story

My car used to conk out on very cold days when driving past the airport on the way to work. Cue paranoid thoughts about radar screwing up the electronics. (It was the first car I'd had with even an elementary on-board computer.) In the end it turned out to be a faulty temperature sensor that just happened to warm up enough to trigger the fault condition at that distance from home. It was surprisingly consistent, within a few hundred metres.

Another greybeard has left us: Packet pioneer Larry Roberts dies at 81

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the UK Experimental Packet Switched Network (EPSS)

That was a primitive first cut at X.25. You can argue that it derived from Davies' work at NPL, and in no way from the US efforts.

Heard the one where the boss calls in an Oracle consultant who couldn't fix the database?

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Re: RE: Getting one over on the boss

Yes. This is mainly why IPv6 has proved hard to deploy despite working better than IPv4...

Could you speak up a bit? I didn't catch your password

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Re: I'm pretty sure I can prove that...

I think you meant the mess of the pie.

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Re: I'm pretty sure I can prove that...

Well now you're getting deep into the metaphysics of randomness. Normally I wouldn't say this in public, but yes, IMNSHO there's a strong case for arguing that all apparent randomness including quantum randomness is just an extract from the digits of π. Why? Because when did you ever see an important equation in physics that didn't include π somewhere? Not that this will help anybody had up in an Oz court, of course.

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I'm pretty sure I can prove that...

π = 3

Because if an Australian service provider can decrypt traffic encrypted with keys that it doesn't possess, it can only mean that pseudorandom numbers don't really exist, and since the continuing digits of π appear to be pseudo-random, they therefore don't really exist, so π must be an integer.

So Australian legislators are right up there with - in fact, considerably stupider than - the Indiana legislature in 1897.

'Year-long' delay to UK 5G if we spike Huawei deals, say telcos

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Re: Paranoia?

They do check but clearly if you're paranoid and/or prejudiced, no amount of checking will satisfy you. There has never been published even the slightest concrete evidence that Huawei kit is backdoored for the benefit of the Chinese authorities. The whole business is anti-competitive manouevering by lobbyists for their Western competitors, playing on Puzzle Palace paranoia and US Republican prejudice. Sadly the other 5 Eyes countries tend to toady up to the US.

Fortunately for Huawei, not all customers fall for the nonsense.

German cybersecurity chief: Anyone have any evidence of Huawei naughtiness?

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Re: Sooner or later people will have to choose. Systems no one can hack

"lawful intercept" - it's been a feature for listening in to voice/data communications since before I can remember (the 1970's for voice and maybe early 1990's for data?)

The 1970s? You're kidding. Phone tapping goes back to when the phone was invented, and the Brits were tapping international telegraph cables in the 19th century, and of course very famously during WW I. It's always been legal (because it wasn't illegal), even before those pesky warrants were necessary in some cases.

I believe Queen Elizabeth I used to have her enemies' mail intercepted, quite lawfully.

Brexit-dodging SCISYS Brits find Galileo joy in Dublin

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Re: != Brexit dodging

You were sold down the river long ago.

No, we simply chose to be part of the world economy, and to encourage direct foreign investment, which is essential when running a permanent trade deficit.

Brexit of course would make the need for such investment even greater. Hopefully that won't happen, if the House of Commons comes to its senses and rebels against the small fraction of the Tory party that is current dictating.

UK Supreme Court considers whether spy court should be immune to legal probes

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Re: Any chance

.01 is still a quite small *number

All the same, it's still cited, especially in the US, when equal treatment under the law is at issue.

Tech support discovers users who buy the 'sh*ttest PCs known to Man' struggle with basics

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Re: The right attitude

as you probably know, Windows does not register a double-click when you move the mouse between the two clicks.

No, I didn't, and I've been clicking on Windows windows for an embarassingly large number of years. Thanks for the info.

But OTOH why the f*** would I move the mouse between the two clicks? I've never done that until you told me to (and you're right, it doesn't register).

Funnily enough, China fuming, senator cheering after Huawei CFO cuffed by Canadian cops at Uncle Sam's request

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extradition not needed

There are plenty of Huawei and Futurewei employees in the US itself. This warrant is very much targetted on a senior executive related to the company founder, who was trusting enough to fly to Canada.

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human rights of the victim

Hypocrisy? Not sure. The Chinese concept of human rights is very different from the West's. In their logic, this comment may be entirely appropriate. Apart from anything else, as pointed out re the earlier story on this arrest, it's based on US claims of jurisdiction gone mad.

Let's hope the Canadian courts throw out the extradition warrant. If they show the same degree of independence that NZ courts have shown over Kim Dotcom, this could all take a while.

Huawei CFO poutine cuffs by Canadian cops after allegedly busting sanctions on Iran

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Re: Canadians as puppets

No, I don't see any similarity to the Assange case. In any case, the UK has a long history of extraditing people to the US on unreasonable charges. Canada, not so much.

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Re: Canadians as puppets

Ever heard about 'Five Eyes'?

More than somewhat. But what has that got to do with alleged Iran sanctions-breaking at a time when the US has just ditched a highly successful nuclear containment deal with Iran? Again, this is a massive political error by Canada.

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Re: Canadians as puppets

Canada is legally obliged to act on the request of the US

But there is always the option of acting very, very slowly and missing her at the airport. Wise countries do that when a warrant is obviously political.

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Canadians as puppets

I have no idea whether she's guilty of anything, but it's beyond stupid of the Canadians to play this game as American puppets. The whole anti-Huawei campaign seems to be commercially motivated - now that the Chinese have learnt to compete on both quality and price, let's find some other way to stop them!

Wow, what a lovely early Christmas present for Australians: A crypto-busting super-snoop law passes just in time

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Re: "Ship! Come back!"

Well, nothing in factual reality has changed since https://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc1984 so like all anti-crypto legislation, this will make the bad guys more cunning and the only victims will be the innocent or very incompetent bad guys.

Huawei gets the Kiwi 'yeah nah'* as NZ joins the Chinese kit-ban club

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Re: Huawei gets the Kiwi 'yeah nah'

Washington once again leans on a vassal

You obviously didn't read where the head of GCSB said that the decision wasn't the result of 5 Eyes pressure. We all believe him, of course. It was all his own staff's work, of course. He never hears from the NSA, of course. He's quite unaware of whatever goes on in Washington, London, Ottawa and Canberra, of course. (Particularly ignorant about London and Ottawa, in this case.)

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Re: 5 eyes can't see into Huawei?

Nokia Networks and Ericsson sell in the US, so they must include NSA-approved backdoors.

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Re: 5 eyes can't see into Huawei?

The "security" argument is supported by the following evidence: zilch. This is blatant toadying to the Americans plus the usual Kiwi thing of pretending to be independent but actually copying Australia. But it's not over yet and hopefully this will end up on a Ministerial desk in Wellington soon enough.

NASA's Mars probe InSight really has Mars in sight: It beams back first pic after touchdown

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Well done

This is the best news of the year. (Not that there's been much competition.)

Ethernet patent inventor given permission to question validity of his own patent

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Re: Two minds about this ?

Patenting the obvious is a career-enhancement in many big hi-tech companies; the world leader is IBM, not Cisco. The issue is that patent examiners are under pressure to shift paper off their desks as quickly as possibly, and granting a patent is much less bother than denying it, because then there'll be follow up and all kinds of botheration.

And BTW when you take a job with one of these companies, the small print in the terms and conditions that you sign specifies that anything you invent belong me. It isn't a matter of choice.

London flatmate (Julian Assange) sues landlord (government of Ecuador) in human rights spat

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Won't someone think of the cat?

I feel much more sorry for the cat than for JA. It seems he isn't willing to empty its litter tray. I'm sorry, but when a cat agrees to live with you, emptying the litter tray is part of the deal, and you can't delegate it.

On the third day of Windows Microsoft gave to me: A file-munching run of DELTREE

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Re: This is affecting the enthusiasts ...

"... if your Windows 10 is running half decently, you should never change its software."

It would be lovely if that was allowed.

IBM won't grow, says analyst firm while eyeing flatlining share price

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...developing countries

"there must be potential to sell their systems in developing countries"

Nah. Their price point is way too high. If I was packaging for a developing country, I'd start with a Pi and open source code, and work down. IBM doesn't have that in its genes.

IBM's problem for 25 years has been too low revenue per employee. You can't fix that by applying more managers to the problem. IBM's main business skill for 10 years has been "resource actions."

All bad.

The only way is up, baby: IBM UK sales down, profit down, headcount down

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Re: Is IBM still a thing?

Well, I sold my last few shares recently and the pension fund appears to be more or less solid. So I don't really care any more, but yes, apparently they still have a few employees and even some actual customers. It's a shame, but although Gerstner did get the ship to turn 20 years ago, his successors have failed. He listened to technologists; his successors only listened to accountants, and even believed their own hype.

Day two – and Windows 10 October 2018 Update trips over Intel audio

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Re: Edge?

What's "Outlook"?

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Re: Edge?

"I sideloaded Firefox"

Waterfox rocks, if you don't like the Firefox nannies.

Australia, US and Japan want Huawei local submarine cable project

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Re: China's loans come with no strings attached.

Why "Hmm"? And don't you think that Western loans come with strings?

This is all just cheating. PNG is a sovereign nation and it may deal with whomever it wants. And they've done a deal already. That should be the end of it.

To beat China, you have to offer better value for money in the first place, not cheat by attempting to undercut them later.

What's Big and Blue – and makes its veteran staff sue? Yep, it's IBM

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Re: Not Surprised

Yep. I remember when I first worked at IBM Hursley hearing a couple of old farts discussing an urgent customer issue with CICS. One of them was saying something like "I remember this same problem coming up about 30 years ago." I daresay they then went and fixed the problem.

Customer loyalty requires loyal staff. IBM seems to have forgotten that.

Microsoft pulls plug on IPv6-only Wi-Fi network over borked VPN fears

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Re: Why do we need IPv6

Well, now we have run out of IPv4 addresses, except for a few still available for developing countries. And yes, we've worked around the shortage with NAT, otherwise the Internet would have jammed up ten years ago. But do you really think we should have left our grandchildren with a network limited to 4 billion addresses when we can reasonably expect hundreds of devices per person in the world? What kind of sense would that make?

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Re: IPv5

Do you really imagine that people didn't think of that?

There's no such thing as "backwards compatible" with IPv4. Even if you add one bit to the address, let alone 32 or 96 bits, IPv4-only hosts are unreachable without either a dual stack or an address translator.

Nit: IPv5 was defined in October 1990, also known as "Experimental Internet Stream Protocol: Version 2."

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You don't use Google or Facebook then. Perhaps that's wise.

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Re: Two questions if I may

1. The benefit is improved access for users (such as millions of smartphone users) that have native IPv6 support that is actually faster than their translated IPv4 support.

2. I don't know what their hold up is. Many sites get IPv6 by simply asking their CDN provider to switch it on. But at least where I sit, El Reg doesn't seem to use a CDN. So maybe it's their server load balancer that can't handle IPv6. Most of them can.

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Re: It’s not going to happen

Sorry to disillusion you, but IPv6 is rolling out in a pretty big way these days. On account of we've run out of IPv4 addresses.

The story is about trying to run an IPv6-only network, as opposed to a dual stack network. And what it shows is that it's still premature to run IPv6-only on a general purpose BYOD network. Dual stack is a very robust solution. NAT64 is brittle. That shouldn't be news to anyone.

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Re: Welcome to the real world, MS

Well, I suspect that the IPv6-only network where they made this great discovery was the one at IETF meeting 100 in Singapore last November, where IPv4 support was switched off experimentally during some sessions (but a NAT64/DNS64 service was available to reach IPv4-only sites). It was expected and observed that many corporate VPNs were broken by this.

UK.gov isn't ready for no-deal Brexit – and 'secrecy' means businesses won't be either

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Re: Here's my plan...

Imposing an arbitrary period of 2 years to disentangle your economy is not realistic, therefore this expectation should never have been written into EU law.
You do know, don't you, that it was a British official who drafted Article 50?

That aside, here's the plan, apparently: Replace more than 40 years development of paperwork and IT systems for handling trade with Europe in less than 6 months, including specification, design, coding, debugging and go-live.

Good luck with that.

The internet – not as great as we all thought it was going to be, eh?

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an entirely new network?

"Really, I'd be on board with someone building an entirely new network,"

Been watching Silicon Valley, have you? I think it paints a pretty accurate picture. There will never be a "new" Internet any more than there'll be a "new" road system. We patch up old roads and install new, faster and safer, ones, but the road system itself is not replaced. The Internet's the same. It's a bit different from when I first used it in the 1980s. The web's a bit different from when TimBL first showed it off or when Mosaic came out. Remember when Microsoft used to sneer at the Internet? Expect change to continue, but it will always be continuous change.

UK.gov finally adds Galileo and Copernicus to the Brexit divorce bill

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booming before Brexit

"Things like manufacturing and tourism are already booming before Brexit has even happened."

Is there something in the word "before" that you don't understand?


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