* Posts by Fatman

2195 posts • joined 6 Apr 2008

'Fibre broadband' should mean glass wires poking into your router, reckons Brit survey

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Re: Is it important?

<quote>As longs as the final run is short enough</quote>

Maybe not for you, but with anything but a fiber connection at your premises, you are stuck with the realities of copper. And that is throughput, both to yourself, and anyone else sharing your "connection"

With phone lines there are the limitations of DSL and its variants; your connection usually ends up at a DSLAM along with anyone else served by the cabinet. And you have to deal with the telco's backhaul.

With coax, DOCSIS has limitations on the number of upload and download channels. Subscribers on a single cable run share the available upload and download frequencies. Somewhere, those data channels get pulled out, and routed in a functional equivalent to a DSLAM. Where that is done is up to the cable operator. If you are on a strictly cale plant, then it is most likely done at the cable operator's head end. If you have a HFC (hybrid fiber-coax) network, then it is out at some cabinet, and at the end of a fiber line coming from the operators head.

Even with satellite there are speed limitations.

The beauty of FTTP (fiber to the premises) is that those limitations are much higher, and in the right circumstances, your link may go all of the way back to the operator's head. How many home users have the traffic to saturate a 1Gps link?

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FCC caught red-handed – again – over its $225 complaint billing plan

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Re: Swamp

<quote>....was smoking something awfully strong.</quote>

Right, wrong hallucinogen, more likely LSD!!!

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Basho investor to pay up $20m in damages for campaign that put biz on 'greased slide to failure'

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Good Luck

.. in collecting that judgment.

I am fairly confident that Georgetown has anticipated a ruling against it, and has taken steps to insure that there are little or no assets to levy upon.

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Banks told: Look, your systems WILL fail. What is your backup plan?

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Re: Having backup plans is good.

<quote>The problem is usually cutting corners to meet ridiculous arbitrary project deadlines the demands for an increased bonus pool.</quote>

FTFY!

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Things that make you go hmmm: Do crypto key servers violate GDPR?

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Re: "An email address is unique to a person. "

<quote>Just curious what kind of company needs an email group for all the women and for all the men?

I've never heard of such a thing before.</quote>

One such possible use is to direct appropriate messages about sexual harassment in the workplace to the appropriate audience.

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Startup bank Monzo: We warned Ticketmaster months ago of site fraud

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Re: Fine!

Better suggestion - put them out of business.

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Time to dump dual-stack networks and get on the IPv6 train – with LW4o6

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Re: "Where does the 4 to 6 interchange take place?"

<quote>Yes, but an increasing number of people aren't renting them -- they're buying their own in order to stop having to pay the extra fee.</quote>

And I am one of them

Fuck Time Warner Brighthouse Spectrum, and their fees for a shitty modem.

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US Supreme Court blocks internet's escape from state sales taxes

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Get it right!!!

<quote>The current situation where billion-dollar companies don't pay state tax is actually damaging to the overall economy and states, the court's majority opinion argued.</quote>

It is the customer that pays the sales tax, the only obligation of the business is to collect it.

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Microsoft loves Linux so much its R Open install script rm'd /bin/sh

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Demonstration of Incompetence

<quote>"What came in here was such an exhibition of incompetence that I can only assume they are doing it on purpose."</quote>

As seen at a former employer when a MBA was promoted to CIO, and the MBA had absolutely NO IT experience.

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Trump's ZTE deal challenged by Senate

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RE: Look into the shadows....

<quote>Look in the shadows and you will see brown envelopes full of donations/gifts/bribes (make your choice) being passed to senaors from ZTE and Huawei competitors.</quote>

You forgot campaign contributions.

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Re: At least it shows there is a hurricane!

One that ought to blow him out of the White House.

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First A380 flown in anger to be broken up for parts

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Re: This underlines one more thing

<quote>(Engine Turns Or Passengers Swim)</quote>

I gave you an upvote, just for that!!

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US tech companies sucked into Russian sanctions row

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Re: When did the United States go totally insane?

The day Trump was elected.!

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US govt mulls snatching back full control of the internet's domain name and IP address admin

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Re: "What is wrong with these people?"

They formulate their responses by the use of the Bull Shit Bingo app.

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Ex-CEO on TalkTalk mega breach: It woz 'old shed' legacy tech wot done it

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RE: Chief execs should get down in the trenches.....

<quote>Chief execs should get down in the trenches and spend time with the "young stars" of their security teams to learn about risk, she added.</quote>

FAT CHANCE!!!!!

Anyone who believes that a C suite is going to 'get down and dirty' with the menial tasks of IT. is in serious need of a psychiatric examination.

Isn't going to fucking happen. Ivory Tower types do not get dirt on their hands, as it is beneath them.

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Smart bulbs turn dumb: Lights out for Philips as Hue API goes dark

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Lost Internet connectivity....

<quote> the one big factor preventing a broader update of smart home products is the concern that their connection to the larger internet opens the system up to potential hacking, or unexpected problems.</quote>

NO SHIT, Sherlock!!!!

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Double trouble at tape survivor Quantum as CEO and CFO quit firm

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RE: Quantum Fireball

I had one of those once back in the late 90's. (https://www.cnet.com/products/quantum-fireball-540-1080-hard-drive-545-mb-fast-scsi/specs/)

I used it to replace a 10 year old Micropolis that locked up.

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A Reg-reading techie, a high street bank, some iffy production code – and a financial crash

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Re: QA's Fault?

a more plausible scenario:

Low level code monkey: "Look here, this loop doesn't add up anything, it just sets the value to the last one parsed."

Low level PHB: "Hmm! Let's see! You're right"

LLCM: "Why didn't QA catch this?"

LLPHB: "I will have to take this up with my superior."

....

LLPHB: "One of my code monkeys caught this (pointing out the mistake), and wants to know why QA didn't catch it"

Mid level PHB: "We don't have a QA department any more"

LLPHB: "Why??"

MLPHB: "The C-suites needed to make some aggressive quarterly numbers, and had to cut costs. QA was one of them."

LLPHB: "Well, then, what do i tell the LLCM??"

MLPHB: "FIRE HIM!!!!"

LLPHB: "Why?"

MLPHB: "Somebody has to be the scapegoat, do you want to be?"

LLPHB: "NO!"

MLPHB: "And nor do I. And you know the C-suites are not taking the fall, either!"

...

LLPHB and a couple of security guards approach the low level code monkey.

LLPHB: "Your services are no longer required, security is here to escort you from the premises."

LLCM: "W-T-F!!!!???????

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Buggy software could lock a Jeep's cruise control

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RE: I wish I had more upvote superpower...

I added one vote to his tally on your behalf!

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America's comms watchdog takes on the internet era's real criminals: Pirate pastors

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Re: Extremists!

<quote>87.9MHz FM is right there at the longest wavelength that a consumer FM radio can receive! </quote>

NOT always true.

I had an analog tuner that would go all of the way down to below 87.0 MHz, in fact, it was capable of picking up a (US TV) channel 6's audio.

So perhaps you are thinking of those digital ones.

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Sysadmin hailed as hero for deleting data from the wrong disk drive

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<quote>It'd be nice if fdisk / ghost / the bios / all these types of programs identified the drives a bit more clearly , admittedly i cant think how...</quote>

My PC does that, by identifying the drives by manufacturer and serial number.

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Cheap-ish. Not Intel. Nice graphics. Pick, er, 3: AMD touts Ryzen Pro processors for business

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Tampered?

<quote>"AMD also tries to guarantee that its Pro devices leave the factory untampered"</quote>

<comment>So they can't for the non-pro? That is a little scary.</comment>

Perhaps it is part of the cost trade off????

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Chap charged with fraud after mail for UPS global HQ floods Chicago flat

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"""Fake""" address changes.

That IS a problem in the USofA - false change of address requests. It is the easiest way to steal another persons identity. In fact so easy, that unless you are diligent about a sudden decrease in your mail volume, you may not notice, like UPS didn't.

I really wish the USPS did not allow such internet originated address changes. Perhaps the USPS ought to hold such changes in abeyance until it receives a written confirmation that the addressee did, in fact, make the internet request. How fucking hard is that!???

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Every major OS maker misread Intel's docs. Now their kernels can be hijacked or crashed

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Re: Most importantly...

<quote>Failed User Code Known Execution Design Up Privilege</quote>

I like the acronym.

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Hacking charge dropped against Nova Scotia teen who slurped public records from the web

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In Soviet Canada

Their flag is mainly red.

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The cops need to have some serious public accounting.

Publicly hang them by the balls!!!

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Boss sent overpaid IT know-nothings home – until an ON switch proved elusive

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Re: Way Back...

<quote>Talk about mindfuckery.</quote>

Once, back some 30 years ago when I was a sparky, I was wiring a custom built home, and the owner wanted to ability to convert any bedroom outlet into a 'switched one'.

My helper (assistant) stated that it can't be done.

I knew better, and told that yoof to pay attention.

From the wall switch, I ran a 3 wire (plus ground - earth for you on the other side of the pond) from the swicth to the first outlet, and then from there looping to each outlet in the room. In the USofA, three wire cable colors are green - ground (earth), white - neutral, black (usually the """hot""" wire) and red - which is what I used for the switched outlet. I then called in the owners and laid it out for them. All outlets get both the green and white wires, the green one going to the green terminal on the outlet, and the white one to the silver terminal. Now, if you want the entire outlet hot, connect the black wire to the brass colored terminal and cap off the red; if you want the entire outlet switched, then connect the red wire to the brass colored terminal and cap off the black.

Only if you want one half hot and the other half switched, must you break the tab that joins the two halves together, and put the black one on the half you want hot all of the time, and the red on the half that you want switched. Each outlet can be set up independently of the others, but all switched outlets are controlled by the wall switch. I even drew a diagram for them.

Yoof was impressed. He had only seen the way switch controlled outlets were done with running a two wire cable from the switched outlet to the wall switch (one of the two wires being hot and the other one being the switched return.

For his education, I made him pay for drinks on the way home.

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Time to ditch the front door key? Nest's new wireless smart lock is surprisingly convenient

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Re: Lock makers that you can trust?

<quote>...to have an outward opening door...</quote>

One of the disadvantages of an outward swinging door is that the hinge pins are exposed. Unless you have tamper resistant hinges, removing the hinge pins is very easy to do.

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BOFH: We know where the bodies are buried

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Re: Wiping out predator company's share price

<quote>So then the BOFH's company can buy out the predator and he will have a whole new group of users manglement to terrorize and a new PFY to mentor...perfect!</quote>

There!!!

FTFY!

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NASA's TESS mission in distress, Mars Express restart is a success

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Re: We live in a world...

<quote> We live in a world... where it's become ingrained to measure things only by profit.</quote>

You mean that you do not grasp the basics of business??

Customers exist only to be "milked" for revenue.

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FCC inspector general sticks corruption probe into chairman Ajit Pai amid $4bn media merger

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Re: Corruption

<quote>Unfortunately, this appears to be considered a desirable trait by the powers corporations that be in own the federal government these days.</quote>

There!

FTFY

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WTF?

Pai's career options

<quote>What more could they want?</quote>

The Best Government Money Can Buy!!!!

</snark>

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OVH data centres go TITSUP: Power supply blunders blamed

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Re: The cloud

<quote>You do know that in-house IT systems fail from time to time as well, right?</quote>

yes, we do.

But, and this is a huge but, you know exactly who to scream at, and who needs to get 'kicked in the nuts'.

If manglement does not provide the funding to achieve business continuity in the name of increasing the executive bonus pool; then some manglement asses need to be kicked to the curb when foreseeable events occur.

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Would insurance firms pay out if your driverless car got hacked?

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RE: may have a whole range of new functions

More likely, you wake up in the morning after an OTA update to find features that you paid good money for are gone.

How many of you have had experiences where a product or service that must phone home in order to work, stops working because the vendor pulled the plug.

For my ex-gf it was Microsoft's Plays For Sure, boy, did she get screwed!!!! (and she used to complain that I was a Luddite because I always insisted on a physical medium for media purchases.)

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Re: A one-way street

<quote>An over-the-air update to a Google car could change the microphone for Google Assistant to always on and sending everything back to base. That would not require the update process to be phoning home and would be feasible with an independent, third-party handling updates but would be undesirable in a car occupied by members of the MoD. install new features like targeted advertising which are bundled in a Security and Safety Update. This new feature dumps targeted advertising. to the touchscreen when you are stopped. Not to mention I wouldn't want it to happen in my car.

It's not like they don't have form for that kind of thing...</quote>

FTFY!!!

Oh, and BTW, decide to decline the Security and Safety Update, your insurance will be void as you are driving an unsafe car.

Never underestimate the depths (in the septic tank) advertisers and marketers will go to in order to shovel their (advertising) shit into your face.

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RE "a precedent [to] allow insurance companies to weasel out of claims "

Why not!!!

You have to fund the executive bonus pool somehow!!!

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Microsoft goes to bat for Dreamers: Windows giant sues Uncle Sam to block staff deportations

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Re: Amicable separation?

<quote>When folks in Texas clamor for secession, here in New Jersey a typical response is, "Works for me."</quote>

Perhaps you have not noticed the recent reporting about Russian backed 'troll accounts' spouting this bullshit.

Please step back a bit and take a look at the Bigger Picture:

WHO would benefit from polarization and want to sow discord in the USofA???

Putin.

Perhaps you have forgotten about: Divide and Conquer?????

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

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Fat-fingered Level 3 techie reduces internet to level zero: Glitch knocks out connections

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Re: The cloud

<quote>Where the failure of a supplier to a company that owns a computer you didn't know existed ruins your day puts you out of business.</quote>

There!!!

FTFY!

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Paradise Papers were not an inside job, says leaky offshore law firm

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RE: Paying even less tax...

<quote>Paying even less absolutely NO tax than Ireland must be the sweetest thing.</quote>

There!!!

FTFY

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Your future data-centre: servers immersed in box full of oil, in a field

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Re: Surprised

<quote>"installs servers that look like radiators into domiciles. The residents get free heat"</quote>

Nothing new here! Many a radio or TV station located in the colder climates often used 'heat exchange' to dump the waste heat from their tube ('valve' for those of you on that side of the pond) transmitters into their studio facilities during the winter. Hey it is free heat after all!!!!

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Mozilla devs discuss ditching Dutch CA, because cryptowars

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Re: About "Lawful Intercept"

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1.) Make a law which requires users to submit all their keys to National Police HQ (NPHQ).

</quote>

With all due respect, are you out of your fucking mind???

Should that database get hacked, then what???

I strongly suggest that you rethink that suggestion.

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Hewlett-Packard history lost to Santa Rosa fires

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Re: How ironic

Perhaps that was done in order to 'give cover' to an ill-fated cost cutting decision, which has resulted in their loss. I am sure that some lazy ass mangler is collecting his bonus for cutting costs by removing all of those original documents that old junk paper.

Hell, they were from more than 50 years ago, who really cares what information they may have contained.

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NHS could have 'fended off' WannaCry by taking 'simple steps' – report

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"motivations"

<quote>One word: Lazy

or

Two words: Lazy and complacent incompetent.</quote>

There!!!

FTFY

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What's HPE Next? Now it's unemployment for 'thousands' of staff

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RE: Maybe you need a 1 place circular shift in that list.

You noticed that too!

I would have made it more comprehensible by simply stating that the 'priority list' was in reverse order.

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New phishing campaign uses 30-year-old Microsoft mess as bait

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Re: Outlook/Lookout

<quote>Notlook is what we called it when we used it... and for the other MS train wreck we called it Outbreak Express... Fun times!</quote>

You forgot the other train wreck: Internet Exploder.

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Wowee. Look at this server. Definitely keep critical data in there. Yup

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Interesting....

Clever concept, next step is to introduce the concept of land mines1 in the fictitious data stores.

1: """Juicy""" files laced with malware to take out the attacker.

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Do fear the Reaper: Huge army of webcams, routers raised from 'one million' hacked orgs

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Re: Safe home router ?

<quote>ERBAUER ERB380ROU</quote>

I Googled used a search engine to look up that name and model number; and clicked on the YouTube link.

I know of the most practicable use for it....

After installing a 25mm (or larger) diameter, long length cutting bit, one could take it, and literally ream the ass of IDIoT designers.

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IoT shit

I had a neighbor recently complain that his internet connection was sluggish, and he wanted me to 'take a look at it'.

After gaining access to the router's admin page (he still had the default password, I noticed a shit load of WiFi connected devices, and traffic flowing up and down. I noticed that he did not use encryption or any kind of access restrictions.

So, we went on a Search and Destroy mission to shutdown everything in the house, as each device was turned off, you could see that item leaving the connected devices list. After we shutdown everything that he knew about, we noticed that there were still devices connected. So, we enabled encryption and setting a very long 'security string'. We also changed the default password. The router's lags were never collected, so he had no way of knowing who was logged in. That got fixed. Then we re-booted the router.

One by one we turned on his IoT shit, and supplied the necessary 'security string', and watched as those pieces of (IoT) shit connect. The log began to fill up with failed connection attempts, presumably from neighbors who were freeloading his WiFi.

They had turned one room into a 'home office' where he, the ball and chain wife and their 3 kids used their laptops extensively; all of them fighting for bandwidth over WiFi. After picking up some patch cables and a 1Gbs switch (yes - a switch, I told him to avoid a hub),we wired them in, and even bypassed the WiFi to their shared printer. A couple of tricks (like DHCP reservation) helped to insure that network ran smoothly.

He wanted to know what he did not do right, which was his failure to RTFM, and just failing to secure the network from the very beginning. What else do you expect from the average Joe Sixpack?

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Boss visited the night shift and found a car in the data centre

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Re: Obviously

I gave him one on your behalf.

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Watch out for Microsoft Word DDE nasties: Now Freddie Mac menaced

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Re: Bye

<quote>Anyone dumb enough to click through security warnings to conduct personal affairs on a company computer should be shown the door forthwith taken up to the roof, and by the use of a trebuchet, sent on a new career trajectory.</quote>

There!

FTFY!!!

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