* Posts by Ole Juul

2648 posts • joined 27 Apr 2007

IPv6 growth is slowing and no one knows why. Let's see if El Reg can address what's going on

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Re: Not an issue if you already have an ipv4 address

There are indeed some simple issues with IPv6 such as they're difficult to deal with in the same simple manner as we've gotten used to with IPv4. But there are other problems for the end user. Because of the current state of adoption and sometimes broken implementation, IPv6 can cause troubles.

My ISP doesn't offer IPv6 so I need to use a tunnel, which in my case will mean that I'll be seen as coming from the US instead of Canada. That means that some Canadian shows will not let me watch unless I turn off IPv6. Note that Firefox defaults to IPv6 for sites where it is available - which also makes some misconfigured sites not load when they otherwise would. This sort of thing just makes me say, the *ell with it. I'll wait until this all gets sorted out. I'm probably not the only one who's starting to develop that attitude. If so, then we can indeed expect a downswing in IPv6 usage at this point.

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Re: What's the revenue angle?

People selling servers to the public will see an advantage. With costs reaching almost $20 per unit in a /24 quantity, it's a real cost which has to be passed on to the customer. At the same time they can offer IPv6 for free, making for a cheaper overall product.

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10 social networks ignored UK government consultations

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mystery

Is there something which actually prevents these people from understanding how the internet functions?

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Domain name sellers rub ICANN's face in sticky mess of Europe's GDPR

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Epic incompetence

I could go on.

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Re: Why bother

You might want to check out what ICANN actually does. Although they don't actually do what they're supposed to do, it seems.

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US Congress mulls expanding copyright yet again – by 144 years

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Perhaps this latest will be the straw that breaks the camel's back.

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DOJ convicts second bloke for helping malware go undetected

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Re: Missing detail

The link to the attorney's office document does give a little more:

Scan4you differed from legitimate antivirus scanning services in multiple ways. For example, while legitimate scanning services share data about uploaded files with the antivirus community and notify their users that they will do so, Scan4you instead informed its users that they could upload files anonymously and promised not to share information about the uploaded files with the antivirus community.

I personally don't think that is good enough, but the prosecutors obviously did. Does that show intent? There are lots of reasons for favouring anonymity, for example when working on proprietary software.

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is there more to this story?

Because the service allowed anonymous uploading and did not share any of samples

Is that the illegal part?

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Zuck to meet Euro MPs for ‘please explain’ session

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Re: Web giants must be responsible for the content

Clamping down on what people say does not sit well with me. My solution is to not pay attention to the "vapid and the vile". Anybody who feels obliged to read that crap either likes it or is plain stupid. Mass censorship is not an acceptable solution.

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Whois privacy shambles becomes last-minute mad data scramble

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Re: Typical ICANN

I'm hoping that there's a legal case for a class action suit by registries claiming that ICANN was acting irresponsibly. Perhaps there is no legal basis for that, but there certainly is a moral one. I'd love to see ICANN hammered down a notch.

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Did I say Chinese jobs? I meant American jobs says new Trump Tweet

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Re: Pot/Kettle.

"... without any court order or other review process."

National security letters, which apparently don't require the approval of a judge, obviously don't count.

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How could the Facebook data slurping scandal get worse? Glad you asked

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data use

... a thorough investigation into whether they did in fact misuse any data."

Does misuse even have any meaning in this context.? As far as I'm concerned the fact that they gather it is in the first place is the big issue here.

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Africa's internet body in full-blown meltdown: 'None of the above' wins board protest vote

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at least they're competitive

I didn't realise until now that AFRINIC was actually competing with ICANN for the title of most dysfunctional registry.

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Cisco cancels all YouTube ads, then conceals cancellation

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priorities

Personally I think it's a bit odd to associate an advertisement with its context considering they're everywhere. It seems to me that reaching people who actually might be interested in the product would be a bigger priority.

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New law would stop Feds from demanding encryption backdoor

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laws vs laws

It's good, but I'm not holding my breath. This won't keep certain nefarious government organisations from setting up their own backdoor deals with product makers as long as gag orders are also legal.

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Zookeepers charged after Kodiak bear rides shotgun to Dairy Queen

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We protect bears in Canada

I see a lot of ignorant comments here by people who just don't know about bears and how to take care of them, although I agree this case is not a common situation. People in other countries where they don't have an issue trying to protect the wildlife should see how many bears get put down in Canada because they've become dangerous from people's unthinking interactions with them. The wildlife branch in Canada is very much on the side of the bears. We get them all the time where I live and we have to be careful with leaving food out and so on. However, here's a picture I took of a bear helping himself to the apples across from my house.

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You love Systemd – you just don't know it yet, wink Red Hat bods

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each to his own

It also became a crucial dependency for many software packages, locking people in.

It's going to take a while before I embrace anything with lock-in.

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Systemd-free Devuan Linux looses version 2.0 release candidate

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so far so good

I've been using Devuan on a number of boxes for a while now, including a laptop, and it's been working very well. I guess it's time to do some updating soon.

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

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Re: @Ole Juul

@Nick Kew, I'll accept your explanation, as it is indeed possible and perhaps even likely. That said, I think they should know better than to characterise something in any way that can get an innocent person in trouble. I'm sure they read all the same stories that you and I do on the net about how these things are typically misunderstood by politicians in this current paranoid atmosphere.

My take is that they didn't act responsibly, but of course I don't have all the details and wasn't there.

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Unisys

I agree about having no use for weasels who will never admit they screwed up. However, in defence of the public servants, in this case they were relying on information from a contractor by the name of Unisys. As it turns out Unisys lied about this being unauthorised access. Why they would do that, I don't know, but whatever the reason I think they're the ones who should be held responsible.

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Re: um details?

This is the link to the previous story.

There we will find this statement "A day later, an IT contractor behind the site, Unisys, dug through the logs, and let government officials know that 7,000 files has been slurped by a "non-authorized person.” Within 24 hours, police were tipped off . . ."

If that's indeed true then I think that IT contractor should be considered for swatting. There was nothing that would show them that this was a breach. They actually made that up, presumably to look clever or show that they were doing something. However, it was a lie and they should not have made such a dangerous statement for any reason.

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Social networks have already violated the spirit of GDPR

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you can't win that game

But you can mostly avoid playing it.

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Kremlin's war on Telegram sees 50 VPNs stopped at the border

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Re: Good advertisement for it

"What's the Russsian word for 'Streisand effect' ?"

Telegram effect.

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Microsoft's most popular SQL Server product of all time runs on Linux

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laugh or cry

not sure

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Google will vet political ads to ward off Phantom Menace of fake news

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It couldn't have anything to do with government putting pressure on corporations because that doesn't happen in the US.

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Pentagon in uproar: 'China's lasers' make US pilots shake in Djibouti

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Re: Laser canon and sonic death rays.

I would also note that the story does not come from a credible source. Can we get a second opinion?

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FCC shifts its $8bn pot of gold, sparks fears of corporate money grab

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Re: Its always interesting how a pro-free-markets country

Free market is obviously a misnomer.

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Oh dear... Netizens think 'private' browsing really means totally private

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duped a long time ago

I think most people just can't imagine the size and scope of the problem. They really want to believe that they will not be taken advantage of when signed into Google and Facebook, or whatever other favourite social info gathering sites they've gotten used to. The idea that being private actually excludes some of their most loved habits is simply untenable.

I think that some people would change their habits if they really understood what was going on. However, I doubt that the larger proportion of people actually want to know. They're into it now, and they feel OK. They may think it's fine if the government can do something, but they're not going to do anything themselves.

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Yahoo! fined! $35m! for! covering! up! massive! IT! security! screwup!

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Re: "Will anyone care?"

I care. Yahoo! fills an important role as laughingstock. El Reg wouldn't be the same without its "massive! security! screwup!" headlines.

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OK, this time it's for real: The last available IPv4 address block has gone

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cost

I'm on a small rural ISP which uses carrier grade NAT and it's working very well. Yes, it's a nuisance to not be able to use IPv6 without a tunnel, but I shudder to think about all the work this ISP would have to do to add IPv6 for their users. The two employees are already working to capacity so they would have to hire extra manpower to do that as well as deal with all their clients having problems stemming from a changeover, and I really don't think there is an economic incentive to do so.

Perhaps it's time for government grants for small providers. I just don't see us reaching the point where IPv6 becomes an absolute necessity for a very long time. It's going to take a lot more than the insistent begging and nagging from the IETF.

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You're a govt official. You accidentally slap personal info on the web. Quick, blame a kid!

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Unisys screwed up

Unisys, dug through the logs, and let government officials know that 7,000 files has been slurped by a "non-authorized person.”

This was not a "non-authorized" person because the files were publicly available.

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Net neutrality advocates freak out as lobbyists pull rug from California's draft net neutrality law

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Senate Committee on Energy

I take it they're an arm of the Telco monopoly, though I didn't see AT&T on any election ballot.

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Whois is dead as Europe hands DNS overlord ICANN its arse

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Re: I think its fine to not have details public

Would you be so kind as to put your email address in your sig please? Thanks.

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"It's made a mockery of with privacy services anyway and I balk at the cost of those on top of the domain."

Many registrars offer it for free.

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Having ended America's broadband woes, the FCC now looks to space

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"Since when does the FCC regulate satellite launches?"

Probably since they started using radio for satellite communication. If you were to launch a satellite without any radio contact it would probably be OK, but ....

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Civil war erupts at top of FCC over Sinclair's creepy grasp on US telly

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Re: Well, Ted,

Well, if we're talking America's Got Talent here, then my vote goes to Jessica Rosenworcel.

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Facebook admits: Apps were given users' permission to go into their inboxes

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Re: RE: Are there really so many people so stupid...

"It is NOT obvious that "free"" equals "spying and privacy violation". "

I agree it's not "obvious" but it has been common knowledge for a long time because there have been very many prominent and knowledgeable people and organisations who have been warning us about it. Anyone who has any interest in how the internet affects them would have heard the warnings. It has been their choice to ignore this information.

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Nervous Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg passes Turing Test in Congress

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Re: No admission on Tracking - Zuck is a Lying Motherfucker

"Is there any way to download and store this (e.g. as an .mp4 file), or from elsewhere for future viewing at leisure and archiving for posterity ?"

Install youtube-dl and type "youtube_dl youtubelink" and you'll get it. Note that the program name has a dash and the command has an underscore. I don't know your OS but for many people it's just a matter of typing "apt-get install youtube-dl" as root and you're done. Here's Windows info.

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never mind Zuckerberg

It's Facebook users who should be asking these questions. And they should have been asking them before they signed up.

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Hey, so Europe's GDPR privacy deadline for Whois? We're going to miss it ... by a year or so

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nailed it

In short, it is an absolute mess.

Which is why there's no point in negotiating with them about anything.

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Sorry spooks: Princeton boffins reckon they can hide DNS queries

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ODNS?

This is going to cause some confusion with OpenDNS. In any case, the system looks a lot like a regular VPN with no DNS leaks, which I imagine will be an issue to look out for here as well.

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Botched upgrade at Belgian bank Argenta sparks phishing frenzy

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Re: No COBOL, what fun!!

Indeed, moving from what works to what might work.

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Facebook can’t count, says Cambridge Analytica

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Numbers

We keep hearing these numbers in the news as if they have a direct relation to some particular result. If Cambridge Analytica had 30 million records it does not automatically mean that so many millions of people had their minds changed about who to vote for. Yes, they like to brag, but they have no proof. It seems that the significance of the numbers varies according to who is quoting them and at what time.

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Hold the phone: Mystery fake cell towers spotted slurping comms around Washington DC

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Re: This has been a scandal for years

Their networks indeed. Surely the techs maintaining these networks are aware of the landscape. Perhaps we should be asking them what they're seeing. However, I wouldn't be surprised if the answer is something along the lines of "we're not allowed to talk about that".

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Any social media accounts to declare? US wants travelers to tell

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Re: What about the El Reg commentardiat?

El Reg is certainly on my list of what I call social media. I'd have to declare some Forums as well. However, I wonder what they'd think of my personal number one social media, which is IRC.

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Europe dumps 300,000 UK-owned .EU domains into the Brexit bin

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Re: Where are the Brexit fans?

"its going to take time, but the uk, with strong leadership, will recover."

I'm not in Britain and not a historian, but it seems to me that the time with strong leadership there is a thing of the past.

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India's prime minister accused of privacy breaches

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Aardhaar

With mandatory retinal and fingerprint scans there's not a lot of privacy in India anyway. Whatever the supreme court decides on that, there is still a civil service which seems bent on the disregard for privacy and they're not going to change their colours just because of some legal ruling. Nice to see in cases like this that there are people who keep fighting the good fight though.

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You'll like this: Facebook probed by US watchdog amid privacy storm

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Re: "You are always in control"

"Reports lately suggest that even if you have never had an FB account,"

This is not just lately. A little net search and you'll find this issue was being discussed as far back as 2012. I guess the original discovery of this was ahead of its time.

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FCC boss to block 'national security risk' companies (cough, Huawei, ZTE) from US's $8.5bn broadband pot

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NDA

"The two China-based hardware manufacturers have found themselves subject to intense scrutiny as of late for their close ties to the Chinese government."

What exactly does "close ties" mean? What American (or other country) company doesn't have close ties to the government. Even just by way of being incorporated there. The government in all countries, though especially in USA, has huge control over what companies do and even order non disclosure agreements sometimes.

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Uber breaks self-driving car record: First robo-ride to kill a pedestrian

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Re: Didn't see that coming

"Er, people driving cars hit cyclists and pedestrians all the time!"

You're quite right. And perhaps the overall accident rate will indeed go down. My point is that humans are superior at some things. I'm thinking that despite a lowering of accidents, the ones we will see may be of a different kind.

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