* Posts by Rupert Fiennes

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Vatican sets up dedicated exorcism training course

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Not necessary one hopes

I thought no one still ran Windows Vista?

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Thar she blows: Strava heat map shows folk on shipwreck packed with 1,500 tonnes of bombs

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Military high jumpers...

..Should be called "Orvilles", since they can't fly, but could with the assistance of some RDX :-)

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Smut site fingered as 'source' of a million US net neutrality comments

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Oh, *now* it's party political?

When the Democrats, then in charge of the executive branch, used their majority on the FCC to implement net neutrality, it wasn't political?

Grandly declaring political decisions not political when you agree with them is a bit..political :-)

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National Audit Office report blasts UK.gov's 'muddled' STEM strategy

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Re: It's really very simple

Why? The university makes far more money from it's English courses.

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It's really very simple

A bunch of people who look down on anyone doing techie things they don't understand have been persuaded that we need more "techie" things, just like others have been persuaded we need more high speed railways.

We then get "initiatives" run by social studies graduates which are supposed to "fill" the supposedly voracious demand for said techies. Meanwhile, the government roundly ignores the actual wage and jobs data, in the same way as it disincentives the supply of relevant technical education by allowing Arts courses to charge the same for tuition as engineering courses (English 2 hours lectures per week, engineering 30 or so).

Oh well!

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Of course Uber allegedly had a tool to remotely destroy evidence

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Sounds great

Personally, I think that tool sounds great. If they could open source it, would make a lot of desktop and security ppl's jobs quite a bit easier...

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Your connection is not Brexit... we mean private: UK Tory party lets security cert expire

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Err, no

A truck that's just gone over a cliff may be strong, but it's certainly not stable. Unless your truck doubles as a plane :-)

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Net boffins brew poison for BGP hijacks

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RIS and route views take feeds from multiple providers, so blackholing them would prove difficult

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Some issues with this

@DougS: as a general rule, most providers ignore v4 advertisements smaller than /24, so advertising a /25 wouldn't help much.

Deaggregating doesn't seem much like a scaleable solution either. The whole "our crappy routers are about to run out of route memory if someone adds another 5K routes" is less of an issue these days (if you ignore the Cisco 6509 Sup720 issue from a couple of years back), but there is scope to produce an awful lot of churn as various automated mitigation systems automatically announce new prefixes willy nilly.

The issue is not that BGP is somehow out of date as a protocol, but more that there's no way of signalling trust to peers. SBGP was designed to fix this by allowing people to whether as AS was cryptographically allowed to advertise an IP block, but has never taken off: it's a bit of an all or nothing issue, and the idea of relying on the network to check whether the network is allowed is a tad circular.

Perhaps the ability to signal trust via BGP on a per AS and prefix basis might help: using communities obviously. AS's that have never existed before or prefixes that were previously advertised elsewhere could be assigned lower trust levels, allowing their advertisements to be damped.

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Brazil says it has bagged Royal Navy flagship HMS Ocean for £84m

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Few corrections Gareth

Few corrections :-)

1) The Queen Elizabeth's *are* designed to function as LPH's, with accommodation and "assault pathways" for troops. Given their size, they will be a lot better at it than Ocean, since they can carry more helicopters and launch more simultaneously than it can. The ability to carry 4 LCVP small landing craft doesn't help much, and if you're using helicopters you don't want to be close enough to land things via landing craft anyway: the idea is that you are over the horizon.

2) The Albions can carry 4 LCU large landing craft each, but the three Bay class landing ships can also carry 1 LCU each.

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Russia could chop vital undersea web cables, warns Brit military chief

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Re: Not news.

Good reading :-)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All_Red_Line

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Re: Stay calm and lay more cable...

Unless someone "arranges" a fire when a truck on the shuttle service suddenly explodes. Never happened before...oh wait, yes it has. Twice :-(

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Next-gen telco protocol Diameter has last-gen security – researchers

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Diameter

..with *twice* the number of security holes as RADIUS!

More seriously, WTF is *anyone* designing a protocol for only "trusted network" use these days. The only advantage over untrusted networks is that the logfiles that need to be monitored will produce smaller amounts of output.

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Net neutrality nonsense: Can we, please, just not all lose our minds?

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Exactly

I was going to write your post, but you've beaten me to it :-)

IPStream and LLU for baby Bells and cable!

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Re: Actually, Google and Facebook win either way

Sorry, that is nonsense. A new Google or Facebook today would have no problem with connectivity, because it's "light" footprint makes their data requirements practically sit in "noise": a random Google results page was around 0.65MB, Facebook frontpage was around 1.4MB...and Netflix is around 0.82MB / sec. Video is not a "human right", and Netflix's desire to avoid paying for peering with Comcast (which they had to eventually pony up for) is hardly worthy of government fiat.

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The Reg parts ways with imagineer and thought pathfinder Steve Bong

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You idiots!

Do you run anything past Human Remains? You start out saying Bong's position is under review and by the end of the article say he's fired, all the while posting under his name. I'm sure he's a freelancer, but even this is a bit much. Expect a writ from Moscow, probably with some sexual harassment allegations thrown in for good measure :-(

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Linode cloud users in Europe hit as Frankfurt DC falls to its knees

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Forwarding table, eh?

Cisco's Customer Engragement Feature rides again, eh?

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Fancy that! Craft which float over everything on a cushion of air

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Falklands hovercraft

During the late 60's, Naval Party 8902 operated a pair of SRN6 hovercraft in the Falklands as part of the garrison.

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Networking vendors are good for free lunches, hopeless for networks

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Re: That works for a simple network

I think you'll find that's how Google for one actually runs their internal network :-)

https://www.networkworld.com/article/2189197/lan-wan/google-s-software-defined-openflow-backbone-drives-wan-links-to-100--utilization.html

However, I think you'll find that for those of us for whom customer traffic is a major portion of what is running through their own networks (most of what is running in Google's is Google-Google traffic, and much of the actual customer traffic is pushed to the edge or a CDN) will want to be able to manage exit points intelligently, and that means knowledge of the edge becomes essential..which incentivizes the use of BGP. A lot of service providers (and even larger content providers) have settled on an internal MPLS mesh to allow more intelligent traffic engineering than BGP alone can do, plus the ability to make some routers in the core "dumb", speaking MPLS and RSVP/LDP only.

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Argentina eyes up laser death cannon testbed warship

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Small inaccuracy

Gareth, your comment "An Argentine ship dropped off a score of tank landing craft whose crews went on to capture the islands’ capital" was a little inaccurate: a tank landing craft like an LCU is big, so big the Ponce can only hold one. I think you mean it can hold 20+ amphibious APC's like the LVTP7, which is what the Argentines used in 1982.

Also, Ocean is not even slightly similar to Ponce: one is an LPH designed primarily to hand troops by helicopter, one designed to land troops by landing craft or amphibious APC.

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We don't have any land based antiship missiles in service, unfortunately as they are a lot cheaper for defending a coastline than a warship. Or any air launched ones either since Sea Eagle was withdrawn.

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Smart meters: 'Dog's breakfast' that'll only save you 'a tenner' – report

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Re: Smart meters and electricity storage

There's also the small matter of your cool e-car's batteries not taking too kindly to being drawn on too often whenever the wind drops. Li-ion is good for 600 cycles or so :-(

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Re: I want a smart water meter

My cat hops into the bath and turns the tap on. Clearly my moggy is more advanced than yours :-)

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It's not about saving you money, it's about enabling *green* energy

A country of households outfitted with "smart" meters can be selectively shut down whenever the wind isn't blowing or the sun isn't shining. Of course, this may incentivise the install of small and highly polluting generators, but the geniuses who decided we needed to buy more diesels will doubtless spend lots of money trying to subsidise Tesla's bottom line anyway.

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Jodie Who-ttaker? The Doctor is in

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Re: A bit too SJW

That's the positive side to SJW's: they are very inventive about word creation. Mostly insults of course, but...

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Re: A bit too SJW

See? There's just no pleasing some people :-)

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A bit too SJW

Lets face it, if the doctor had never married Riversong and had a kid, or indeed started coupling up at all, this would be throughly normal. But since the Doctor has already done so, now there's a bit of a mess.

There's plenty of SJW possibilities: Riversong could be pissed off she's made into a lesbian without consent, or could embrace it and have her own sex change. But then she might be homophobic!

I suspect the more this crap goes on, the fewer people will watch, and then the next Doctor will have to exit a shower asking what he missed :-)

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Ubuntu 'weaponised' to cure NHS of its addiction to Microsoft Windows

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Well, might be better than windows. But not much cheaper

Lets face it, licensing just isn't that big a cost overall. As a previous commenter says, the real plus point is control: you can get support from more than one source, and if necessary strip down the builds to the bare minimum. The real problem with NHS IT is that it's a govt organisation, and inertia rules. Not much point pulling Windows out and replacing open SMB shares with open NFS shares, is there?

BTW, regarding Moorfields: I was at their A&E last Wednesday and there was sod all sign of electronic records. All notes written down. Clearly it's having minimal impact on workflow :-(

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What a tit! Uber CEO hijacks his staff breast-pump room to meditate

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Re: colour me surprised

Frankly, never seen them used. They usually got repurposed as something else after a year of two sitting empty.

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‪WannaCry‬pt ransomware note likely written by Google Translate-using Chinese speakers

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Re: More to the point

Actually, this doesn't make much sense. Southern China could mean Guangdong and HK where they speak Cantonese, but Taiwan and Singapore speak Mandarin. Sounds like a load of bollocks to me!

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After stiffing us with Trump, Weiner 'fesses to underage cock shot rot

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I'm afraid Hilary incompetently running her own email operation so she could scrub her official email at will is what caused her to lose. Weiner is just a symptom, someone who, like the Clinton's, assumed the rules were for the little people :-(

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There be dragons? Why net neutrality groups won't go to Congress

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Not surprising

The Net Neutrality movement is hard to distinguish from the "Vote Democrat" movement these days. Making sensible compromises on the former might imperil the latter, so it won't happen, just like anti-war movements go suspiciously quiet when Democrat presidents are in power. The lesson is not to hitch your movement to one party only.

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How's your online bank security looking? The Dutch studied theirs and... yeah, not great

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DNSSEC has issues

I watched a live demo of how to rotate DNSSEC keys a few months ago. It failed for reasons unknown. Moreover, the root keys have never been rotated. Meanwhile, IPv6 works fine, and accounts for a large minority of internet traffic these days. I feel nervous :-(

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Google has a canary problem: One clocked off and crocked its cloud

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Interesting setup

Note Layer 2 load balancers: not Layer 3. So, unlike the majority of load balancers, rather than rewriting the destination IP to direct the traffic to different servers, the IP headers are presumably left untouched. Given the need to distribute the traffic, that says anycast is used to keep multiple servers clusters with the same IP addresses active worldwide. It also says TLS and the like goes all the way from the end user to the Google server, which is probably preferable to the way they used to do it :-)

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British jobs for British people: UK tech rejects PM May’s nativist hiring agenda

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Re: The elephant in the room - stagnant wages because of the free movement of labour

Interesting comment: one friend working for a US dot com in London is on an excellent wage. I asked him how he got as much and his reply was that " they can barely believe they can get a decent neteng for less than $250k pa, so I look cheap!".

I think you're being over optimistic about the EU economy. Outside of Ireland there isn't that much going on in the EU job wise.

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Re: looking at this UK passport

Have you ever seen the growth rates of other EU countries? Or ever noted how the last thirty years have been one long moan from the commenting classes that because we weren't committed to Europe / in the ERM / in the Euro it was all going to go tits up?

But still we're on top. Funny that :-)

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Re: Saying it with Flashman...

Blimey! And she's only been PM for three months!

More seriously Jemma, you need to get out more :-)

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Re: TLDR

Indeed. And if the "skilled foreigners" turn out to be not quite so skilled, well it's all just too late and how can anyone have checked their references anyway?

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Just as a reality check: here's my experience

As a UK citizen, I was laid off by a US company mid-year. My experience re finding another job was that there were jobs in the UK (I accepted one out of three offered), and jobs in Australia and the US who were willing to pay relocation. Not much seemed to be going on with regard to continental Europe barring Ireland, which has hordes of US dot coms.

In the end, restricting immigration to companies willing to pay their requirements reasonable money (which is the case for non-EU immigration now) is hardly going to wreck anything. If someone wants to fill low level jobs, well half of this stuff has gone elsewhere already. I suspect most of this article is desperate wish fulfilment :-(

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UK nuke warhead builders shift IT gear into public cloud

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HR data very useful: if you are a spy :-(

I've been a user of Workday. Assuming you can break it, you get a complete org chart of your target, plus their annual achievements. I'd rather AWE found another way of stack ranking :-(

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Did Donald Trump really just ask Russia to hack the US govt? Yes, he did

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This explains it

https://youtu.be/Prls6Iz3B3E

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Re: Treason

Well, since Hilary's email server is long since offline and in the tender care of the FBI, they can hardly hack it now. They clearly did years ago. But since all the deleted emails were only yoga routines and admin for Chelsea's wedding, why is anyone worried?

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Please stop working and abuse your expense account at the beach

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Nearly: but it happened to someone else :-(

I worked for a particular American web hosting provider as an network implementation engineer for the EMEA region. My US West Coast based opposite number managed two months in Australia on expenses "waiting for a circuit", thereby awakening a fierce desire on my part to do some Munich based rebuild around mid-September. Sadly, the company went bust shortly afterwards :-(

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Brexit? Cutting the old-school ties would do more for Brit tech world

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Boris: remember, 28 not 31

No need for me to add to all the other arguments, but I note Boris forgot the EU has 28 members, not 31. We should thank him for his error, since he's unknowingly pointed out membership of the EU is not required for the Horizon programme on which he sets so much cachet :-)

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Pusher's purist: Five steps to reaching your DevOps zen

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Re: Lovely, lovely DevOps

More like KY jelly :-)

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Still bullshit bingo I see

True "devops" is something very few engineers could aspire to, and if they could, they'd be selling a product that other people could use. What *is* actually required is some automation, and here you're largely going to be reusing other people's scripts: you'd be silly to do otherwise.

My fellow commenters have said all the other stuff I wanted to say....

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Batteries on wheels are about to reshape our cities and lives

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Insurance costs

"When an insurer looks at the liability profile of an autonomous vehicle - versus a human who can be tired, distracted, drunk, or just plain angry - it’s looking quite likely that autonomous vehicles will cost next to nothing to insure, while the cost of insuring human drivers will skyrocket."

Have you tried buying car insurance lately? Third party insurance is basically the same cost as fully comp, which says to me until the entire world goes autonomous, the insurance for a Google car will be basically the same as any other.

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This time we really are all doomed, famous doomsayer prof says

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Retirement income required

Clearly he needs a revenue stream for his retirement, so the same disaster scenario warmed over with another cause will suit nicely :-)

More to the point, why are acedemics like this still in employment?

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The data centre design that lets you cool down – and save electrons

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The biggest restriction on expanding the power in a DC

...is the availability of diesel gensets. Usually they have to be mounted on the roof, and once the space for them is full, you either run n-x and accept the risk, or call a halt to expansion.

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I saw that :-)

I saw Google's install in a Global Crossing DC in Sunnyvale back in 2000. Only three small rows, but two mini servers per U and desk fans sitting on the floor between the rows. Oh, and empty cages all around since Google had all the power :-)

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