* Posts by K

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Funnily enough, charging ££££s for trashy bling-phones wasn't a great idea

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Trollface

Bet I can do more with my 128GB Mi Max... including go on a weeks holiday with the money I saved!

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UK spookhaus GCHQ can crack end-to-end encryption, claims Australian A-G

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@bazza..

sorry, but your wrong and reading way to much Daily Mail!

Several high profile businesses who rely upon "Brand awareness" may have pulled advertising from Google, but thats a PR stunt, these companies have a high SEO ranking and a lot of their traffic is driven by this. Their actual spend with Google is quite meager.

The bulk of Google's revenue comes from SME businesses, who don't have the brand awareness or the high SEO ranking, so Google's advertising platform is their life blood. A lot of these businesses get anywhere from 50-90% of their business from this. Their response to the government would simply be a 2 finger salute!

Even if the government did pursue them legally and win (after months and years of court cases), the PR would go full circle and bite them in the ass - those small businesses would go under, thousands would be out of a job - basically, it'd f*ck the economy and then f*ck the government!

Finally, even if it became technically and politically feasible, the people who do want to hide their communications would just shift to another platform that has little or no commercial interest with-in that jurisdiction, such as QQ (Who's primary commercial, user-base and infrastructure is in China) where the UK/AU/US/NZ government's can't touch them!

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Barracuda's so solid crew: We got three more quarters to go

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Re: I will give them some kudos

Thats because 99% of their platform is open source, and they don't re-invest!

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Behind the scenes of Slovaks' fight to liberate their .sk domain

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Re: Common practice?

Nominet is a profit-making-not-for-profit organisation, with deep pockets and jealous sense of self preservation..

Of course its going to sell them love domains to the highest bidder..

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PCs will get pricier and you're gonna like it, say Gartner market shamans

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Re: Value for money?

Yes, 100%..

I recently started a new role, got a sleek Ultrabook with i7. 16GB RAM, 512GB SDD, 4G Connectivity... yet for some reason the manufacturer felt a 1366x768 display was adequate.

The company might aswell have just brought me an Intel NOC, because as a laptop, this is f*cking useless!

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Britain's warhead-watcher to simulate Trident nukes with Atos supercomputer

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Re: Hmm

Was thinking that one myself.. even more so when he said about keeping the lid on!

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Can VMware exploit its VRealize refresh?

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I'd agree the core products are relatively good.. but items such as Log Insight and Operations Manager really don't stack up against the competition on price or features. Which is a great shame, as at one point Log Insight has the potential to take on Splunk, but like all tier 1 behemoths they lacked the foresight (I'm pointing at you HPE and IBM!)..

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O Rly? O'Reilly exits direct book sales

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Re: As long as they're still publishing dead tree books ...

@heyrick - Agreed, its not suitable for all purposes and there are some benefits to having a tangible book that you can reference too... but under those circumstances, I use a second screen to read the material on, it perhaps not quite as productive, but the upside is the books cost less, it requires less space (and much more portable) and I can copy and paste example code...

It horses for courses and personal preference ..

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Re: As long as they're still publishing dead tree books ...

@Dr Syntax... I think your living in the wrong century... beside, I was not pointing to historical material, but rather modern publications that already exist in or were created in digital formats.

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Re: As long as they're still publishing dead tree books ...

"nothing digital has surpassed dead trees.."

Not in schools or academia at least. Which is a great shame. Its crazy that people are required to print and bind their papers in this day and age.

Personally i've not brought a print book in almost 10 years.. these days I use phablet which acts as book reader, email, basic browsing, music and the oh so occasional phone call!

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Tanks for the memories: Building a post-Microsoft Office cloud suite

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Whilst I'm no fan of Microsoft..

I'm forced to use GApps at work and it sucks ass!

Even the online versions of Word and Excel leave GApps equivilant looking like an incomplete open-source throwback from 2003!

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Microsoft: We'll beef up security in Windows 10 Creators Edition Fall Update

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Re: Fall update...

I got it by downloading the last ISO and reinstalling from that... Your not missing much, they've added some spit and polish, that is honestly should have been in Windows 10 from the start (Like having stuff in the Settings, rather than Control Panel)..

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Working in maintenance? Stop reading, we need you in the server room

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Re: We live in disposal era

I remember in the 1990's when there was a stark warning that we're over-consuming.. That was generally about "Western" society, which has not only increased by several fold, but now chuck in the mix of Brazil, Russian, China and India... We're on an express elevator to a real life Hollywood blockbuster.

To make matter worse, global brands are the modern day equivalent of drug barons.. I swear I hear Siri whispering to me at night "ppppssstt... what a fix of the new iPhone 8!"

Which is bizarre, as I don't even own an iPhone!

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Concorde without the cacophony: NASA thinks it's cracked quiet supersonic flight

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Joke

Should be called the F.R.E.N.C.H

Friggin

Really

Elongated

Nose

Cone,

Holy-crap!

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Google, Mozilla both say they sped up the web today. One by blocking ads. One with ads

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Re: Paradox. Everyone hates ads. Everyone wants stuff for "free".

Let them suffer, at least for a while. It'll teach them a little humility that users are not cash cows. It'll also bring a reality and oversight to marketing team, who in my experience don't give a shit about impact, just short term visitor figures (I used to work for a marketing company and their attitude is enough to make any IT manager cry, when you have to deal with the fall out and blacklists etc)

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FOIA documents show the Kafkaesque state of US mass surveillance

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Re: To Constitute or not to Constitute...

At least communism you knew where you stood!

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Paxo trashes privacy, social media and fake news at Infosec 2017

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""Do you think anyone is really interested in your sex lives"

I bet the whole audience thought "Nope.... But I am interested in a lot of other peoples".

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Axed from IBM for remote working? Don't go crying to HPE

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FAIL

Agreed..

My concern is other CEO's look at this and suspect IBM must have identified a method of increase productivity, then follow suite.

Would be rather depressing, especially after I've just started a role that allows me to work from home a couple of times a week.

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Cloud eye for the sysadmin guy: Get tooled up proper, like

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Sign up for a trial of PluralSight.. they have some good courses to get your started. I've worked through all of them before starting a Security role with a company which is "completely cloud"..

Its amazing - nearly every company I know using AWS are practisiing security likes its 2005! They have no IPS/IDS or Traffic filtering, very little visibility on traffic, they are solely getting by on Security Groups and AIM, then rely upon Golden AMI images to avoid infection - Apparently this is "best practise", trying to convince them otherwise is impossible.

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AI smut-finder is now an Android app

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Trollface

This app should be banned..

Smut is a right, not a privilege..

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It's been two and a half years of decline – tablets aren't coming back

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Have to chuckle...

I recall several articles (even on El Reg) hinting tablets would become the defacto standard, whilst PC's would become a relic, almost made consider a career change!

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Amid all the fanfare and cheerleading, Amazon's AWS growth is slowing

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Trollface

customers migrated more than 23,000 databases

What he forgot to is that 22,500 were migration tests and dry runs.

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Huawei P10 Plus: The bigger brother is the real contender

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Re: Request for spec checklist

Definitely agree here, a standard table that outline the following would be useful:

Screen Size and Resolution

Handset Dimensions:

Battery Size, Is Removeable:

Onboard Storage:

RAM Size:

Android Version:

SIM (Single or Dual):

SD Card (Seperate, or secondary SIM slot):

VAB ("Value" Added Bloat):

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Forget it...

Not sure what Huawei is thinking of here.. You can get the Honor 6x for 1/3 of the price, which is a brilliant phone (got my partner one a couple of months ago, couldn't believe the quality of it).

I just see no value in spending > £500 on a phone these days, the pace of development simply does not match the cost.

The only phone that has made me go "wow" recently in the Xiaomi Mi Mix, which has probably has the best design I've seen in a long time. But only reason I'd consider this is cause you can get it online for about £400-450,

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Webroot antivirus goes bananas, starts trashing Windows system files

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Re: They're running Norton Antivirus too...

For home use?

I recommend Sophos, they offer the full product (AV, Web Protection etc) for free to home users, including Cloud-based managed.

As the "family's PC repair man", I have the whole family on this, so I can manage everything from 1 console, including the kids and grand parents!

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Ofcom chisels away at BT Openreach's cold, dead hands

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Re: Stupid

@Doctor Syntax, have an upvote..

I'd also extend your point and say, how do you reduce latency?

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Intel loses its Lustre – Chipzilla bins own-brand HPC file system

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Re: I agree - somethings up

PC sales may not be doing as well as they were several years ago, but Intel has over sources of income - they have nearly 100% of the server market.. including all those fluffy cloud SaaS/IaaS offering from AWS, Azure, Google, Apple, Rackspace and every other server you have in your Data Center.

In addition, they supply 90% of CPU's to every laptop and desktop supplier, including Apple, Dell, HP, Lenovo, Acer, ASUS....

So in a nutshell, Intel are not going anywhere!

My take is, the PC market is not shrinking - It has just matured and/or stabalised...

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Re: Intel bailing on programs

"may still be in use in 2030"

while SSD can breathe new life into a PC, it's an inherent part of electrinics that the efficiency wanes over (usage) time - in other words, just like people they age, and get slower!

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Barracuda looks more like a flatfish in face of renewal period volatility

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Re: Bottom feeder

Couldn't have said it better..

Once they have a "product" don't expect new features to be added, the only thing your subscription pays for is the occasional fix - As a customer you are simply a cash-cow. Worst products on the market.

A couple of years ago, I ripped and replaced everything Baracuda for a Fortinet stack (Firewalls, WAF and Email).. best thing I ever did. They're a bit more expensive, but they're very well integrated and you constantly get the new features which improve security and useability.

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Drupal sci-fi sex scandal deepens: Now devs spank Dries over Gor bloke's banishment

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Re: The real surprising news:

Lots of companies used it as a framework to build internal applications on, as it provides a lot of core features pre-baked into it (Authentication, plugins etc, database).

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Cloud computing is bigger than AWS and Azure

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Re: Re:cloud computing

"The critical differentiator of cloud is its elasticity."

My Bullshit Detector (TM) just went into the red...

Every Hosted service works on this assumption. If it was not "scalable" then a company would not use it, as it would not suit growth plans!

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Re: Re:cloud computing

Cloud == (Mist && Vapour)

Whether its a single or plural, you are still simply referring to a hosted service!

Using the term "Cloud" is simply giving an excuse for people failing to understand the technology and services which they are employing, they simply see as "magic".

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Virtualization twisted devs, cloud and SaaS made them monsters

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"The internet of things (IoT) might also offer ops teams another way to win back respect from developers and line of business folks."

I don't need their respect, all I need is their compliance!

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British biz Imagination Technologies admits Apple may dump its IP

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Trollface

Next up..

They'll be buildings the phone themselves and ditching Foxconn..

Great news all round, as they will be fitting with Trumps message about "Merica furst!", whilst also getting all the children off the streets and providing their families with additional incomes.

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Is that a Veeam in HPE's eye? IT giant may gobble backup biz

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Meh

My dislike of them comes down to attitude towards customers - Which mainly includes arrogance.. But thats from my personal dealings with them.. your experience may differ.

As @AC above said, its a competent product. But I'd highly recommend taking a look at others including Nakivo and Unitrends..

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Unhappy

So the future looks something like this:

1) Aquire Veeam

2) Rebadge it as HP Veeam Supreme Cream Backup for Virtualisation

3) Sell it for 2-3 years, but bury it amongst the other 10 back-up products

4) Let the innovation stagnate due to corporate interference and fear of product cross-over

4) Realise the mistake, find new target for acquisition

5) Rinse and repeat..

I'm not a fan of Veeam, but even I recognise the impact they had on modernising the backup market.. this is just a bad idea.

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Alabama joins anti-web-smut crusade with mandatory opt-out filters

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Re: Who wants to bet...

"we saw a gigantic church sharing the parking lot with an adult bookstore."

Reminds me of the first time I flew into Venice whilst heading to the ski slopes - I saw a church with a titty / lapdance bar beside it... real contradiction, guess the locals commit the "sin" then head next door to repent!

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DevOps hype? Sometimes a pizza really is just a pizza

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Re: So... really... you want it plain and simple.

Four friends sitting round a table, one pips up and says "I want to work in DevOps"... The other three are seasoned IT professionals reply:

  • So you want to be a UI developer?
  • So you want to be a back-end developer?
  • So you want to be a infrastructure administrator?
  • So you want to be a network engineer?
  • So you want to to be a security engineer?
  • So you want to to be a database administrator?
  • So you want to to be a support administrator?

Suddenly a consultant barges through the door and says: No, that's old-school and obsolete. Methods of continuous delivery means in-depth expertise in specific fields is no longer required, convergence is order of the day. He wants a role that synergies and leverages these, to deliver a paradigm shift. (Then proceeds to submit an invoice, followed by a quick exit stage left)!

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Web smut seekers take resurgent Ramnit malware from behind

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Pint

Agreed,,

Ad firms should be forced to reverse proxy all ads and ensure content is scanned..

This would make them much more careful, as not only would they be held accountable, the cost of bandwidth will force them to be more selective.

Another benefit is it would be easier to block the ad distribution network..

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What 2017 holds for AI: Will you fear or embrace our machine overlords?

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Facepalm

Is it me..

Or does this article read like a horoscope?

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DNS lookups can reveal every web page you visit, says German boffin

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But there is a key ingredient missing..

The "spy" would have to know the content and links from each page to pattern match your request and identify if you visited it.

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Cheap calls gateway operator has been on bail for 7 years

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Are you undermining your web security by checking on it with the wrong tools?

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Pint

Re: So, uhm...

I've no issue with roll-your-own, but the benefit of using a commercial solution is they have far more resource and capacity to implement broad IPS/DPS and vulnerability protection.. If you (or your team) have done this, I'd be really interested to know how you manage this process etc :)

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Terminator

Re: Bit disappointed

I'd be curious to know if you work in security?

Out of all the incidents I've been involved with, 90% of them are internal, so visibility is by far the most important tool in any security/awareness situation - normally people doing something stupid rather than malicious, but still! Whilst the issues raised in this report must not be ignored (and will hopefully encourage vendors to up their game) the benefits of what their systems do outweigh the risks they impose - Of course, one a exploit starts attacking these boxes, I will change my mind!

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AWS's Kubernetes dilemma: It's a burden and a pleasure

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Re: Would be interested to see the reader stats on these "DevOps" articles!

@AC - STFU? Wow thats a complex abbreviation for a 5 year old!

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Would be interested to see the reader stats on these "DevOps" articles!

Everytime I see an article about docker, this is what I imagine - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iIIuR-HjFho

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Up close with the 'New Psion' Gemini: Specs, pics, and genesis of this QWERTY pocketbook

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Pint

Re: 18:9?

Upvote for you sir.. lol I've never seen anybody else point that out

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LG, Huawei unwrap 'Samsung Galaxy-killers'

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Re: Gimmicks

100% agreed :)

I brought my partner an Huawei Honor 6x for her birthday, its does 99.99% what their new phone does at 1/3 the price (Will need to check it again, but think that Includes having dual camera's and finger print reader!)

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