* Posts by batfastad

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Tories spared fine after being told off by ICO for election telemarketing

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Unlawful direct marketing?

Throw the book at them then.

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Equifax: About those 400,000 UK records we lost? It's now 15.2M. Yes, M for MEELLLION

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Post

So they are going to broadcast to the current resident of a property that a previous resident at that property's details are on the Equifax hack list. Sounds legit.

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There's a way to dodge Fasthosts' up-to-160% domain renewal hike but you're not gonna like it

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Transfer

I was using the UKReg brand of Fasthosts for years, many years ago. And they were overpriced even then.

Moved all my domains to namecheap.com and gandi.net (for the TLDs that namecheap didn't support at the time). Highly recommend both.

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Power meltdown 'fries' SourceForge, knocks site's servers titsup

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Mirrors!

Luckily Sourceforge downloads were always mirrored. Still are I believe.

But last time I looked I had to fight through a barrage of JS/Ad farm mirror redirector pages, all refusing to give me a direct link.

Having a mirror for people to access critical projects = good.

Having ad bloat, tracking, JS, redirecting nonsense in front of your mirrors, that goes down when your site is down = poor. Really really poor.

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123-Reg customers outraged at automatic .UK domain registration

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Customer retention -> vendor lock-in

By automatically registering the .uk for customers, they increase the number of domains that customers would have to transfer to another registrar should they be inclined to leave 123-reg.

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Atlassian releases 'Stride', because HipChat isn't hip enough to whack Slack

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HipChat

We've got full Atlassian here, on-prem because that's where it's at these days. Would probably switch to Slack if they offered an on-prem version.

HipChat is ok but the UI isn't anywhere near customisable enough for my liking. I wish it was a bit better to use with any XMPP client but so much of its functionality is based around the web app core.

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UK.gov unveils six areas to pilot full-fat fibre, and London ain't on the list

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@Mike Scott 1

> patchy DAB

No mate, the UK has full coverage of patchy DAB. In my area it has the bitrate of a potato. Underwater.

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batfastad

Digital Leader

"To keep Britain as the digital world leader that it is, ......"

Whatever.

I've just come back from 2 weeks in rural-ish spain where I had a "fibra" connection. Full actual FTTP/FTTH into the house, not even ethernet from the street.

Meanwhile in the UK my exchange has been FTTC enabled but unable accept orders because "waiting list" for almost 2 years.

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DMARC anti-phishing standard adoption is lagging even in big firms

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SPF

"It's still impossible to turn SPF on properly as so many ISPs and companies don't have proper SPF records..."

The problem I found was the reverse. Big ISPs mis-configuring their relay clusters to forward instead of relay/re-envelope. At one time if you had a strict SPF, noone forwarding their mail to @btinternet.com or @yahoo.com and countless more would receive mail from you because they were (still are?) trying to spoof your source domain, which you were stopping with your strict SPF.

I still run my own e-mail but have moved on from running corporate e-mail several years ago, because f*ck th*t.

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GTFO of there! Security researchers turn against HTTP public key pinning

batfastad

Re: Trust

I wish changing CAs was that easy. Unfortunately trying to get the intermediate/bundle that matches the exact cert product you've bought normally means a trawl through far too many of the CA's KB pages.

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Red Hat acquires Permabit to put the squeeze on RHEL

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@Alan Brown I wish I could upvote 100 times!

ZFS dedupe = "DO NOT DO"

I have been running ZFS on Linux very happily for a few years now. No issues whatsoever.

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HMS Frigatey Mcfrigateface given her official name

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Meh

Nice

Very nice! So how many affordable housing units, school places, hospital beds does this add?

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Not that scary or that hard: Two decades of VLANS

batfastad

Beep beep beep

It's 2am, why is my phone buzzing? Server down alert? Let me login and check it...

10 mins later. Oh, it's because a VM has DRS migrated to another host. A host which doesn't have that specific VLAN configured on the trunk port from the switch. Cheers network team.

If I had a Euro for every time that has happened...

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Five-eyes nations want comms providers to bust crypto for them

batfastad

How to find a needle in a haystack

Q: How do you find a needle in a haystack?

A: Bigger haystacks!

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HMS Windows XP: Britain's newest warship running Swiss Cheese OS

batfastad

Very nice!

How many social housing units, hospital beds and school places does it add?

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Fasthosts' week to forget: 4-day virtual server summer bummer

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FAIL

Farcehosts

... still exist?!!

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2 kool 4 komputing: Teens' interest in GCSE course totally bombs

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School

I count computing as a hobby. I spend all day at work working with computers then most of my evening doing the same. A relative chucking out their Acorn Electron. Programming, writing+reading data from casette tapes, moving to a PC, more programming, upgrading, fixing, programming, databases, programming, networking, servers etc.

The very reason I liked mucking about with computers from a young age was because it WASN'T taught formally at school. I could follow my fascination and learn on my own. Though there was a GCSE in IT which covered basic programming in BASIC IIRC.

What did I do at Uni? Archaeology and Latin. What do I do as a job? Yeah, not those.

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UK PM May's response to London terror attack: Time to 'regulate' internet companies

batfastad

A needle in a haystack

Problem: A needle in a haystack

Answer: Bigger haystacks!

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New 'Beaver' web server has exactly ONE user outside China

batfastad

Snigger.

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batfastad

Well pretty much the only thing I'd trust IIS for is domain-holding ad-spam pages, so I can believe that.

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'Major incident' at Capita data centre: Multiple services still knackered

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Well!

Well you don't think that the money their customers (NHS Trusts, Councils etc) pay actually gets spent properly and proportionally on the infrastructure backing their services do you?!

Look it's contract renewal time... lets take the money and sweat the assets of our existing platform for a few more years. After all, we've got executive pay reviews coming up soon.

The fact that a DC has gone down and that has taken out production service is unforgiveable in this day and age.

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Cloudflare doubles down on its troll-hunting crusade

batfastad

> I didn't think that was how democracy was supposed to work?

Are you new?

:)

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Backup crack-up: Fasthosts locks people out of data storage for days amid WCry panic

batfastad

Fasthosts

... still exist??!

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LastPass resolves UK connectivity blooper

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TTL

"We modified the Domain Name System (DNS) to bypass our 3rd party provider in that region."

It took 2+ days - sounds like they've been waiting for TTL expiry! Lol if that's how they make routing changes.

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Linux homes for Ubuntu Unity orphans: Minty Cinnamon, GNOME or Ubuntu, mate?

batfastad

XFCE

After being a long-term Mint user (Cinnamon -> MATE -> XFCE I've been using Xubuntu as my primary laptop OS for a few years now. XFCE is fast and customiseable and hardware support in *buntu is great with my weird devices.

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Is Britain really worse at 4G than Peru?

batfastad

4G? GPRS more like

I upgraded to a phone that had 4G about 6 months ago and in London O2 coverage is pretty disappointing. I rarely activate 4G now. At least on 3G I tend to get full HSDPA+ or whatever it is.

With 4G enabled my phone seems to spend more time without any signal at all, unable to receive calls and SMS.

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TVs are now tablet computers without a touchscreen

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Smart

My parents Samsung smart TV has been gradually downgraded over the last 2 years and my old Now TV box has been auto-updated to the point that input lag is about 10s. This is something that had always put me off having all this functionality in a single device... do one thing and do it well.

Thankfully I still have an Android TV box which handles "smart TV" functionality... for now. Though it's still only a matter of time until the apps require updates to continue working and further down the line those apps will no longer be available for my version of Android. That will either be a night following guides on xda developers unlock bootloaders, flash recovery and roms etc, or charity shop/bin and buy new.

Manufacturers need to take more responsibility for their devices to ensure a longer functional life and reduce waste, even if it comes at the expense of new shiny things.

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US military makes first drop of Mother-of-All-Bombs on Daesh-bags

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Proud

Seeing so much money spent and excitement generated over the creation devices to kill humans makes me proud to be a human. Not.

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Y'know CSS was to kill off HTML table layout? Well, second time's a charm: Meet CSS Grid

batfastad

<table>

Hopefully El Reg will keep it 90s by still using the default HTML 4.0 table style...

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/08/28/the_enterprise_hardware_market_is_growing_you_read_that_right_igrowingi/

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eBay dumps users into insecure authentication mechanism

batfastad

SMS 2FA insecure?

SMS 2FA insecure? Someone needs to tell HMRC that.

Since a couple of months back it's now impossible to login to the personal tax portal without setting up SMS-based 2FA.

As someone who changes SIM cards a few times a year depending on which provider offers enough ooodlebytes of data for the least money, this is a no-go. TOTP FTW.

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Be our Guetzli, says Google, to make beastly JPEGs beautifully small

batfastad

Re: A better solution...

El Reg should take the lead here by stopping adding vaguely-related stock photography to the top of each article.

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Scality guarantees 100% availability

batfastad

Sex Panther.

So it's 100% available... if you make it 100% available.

That's almost as good as "60% of the time, it works every time" (see title).

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Privacy concerns over gaps in eBay crypto

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FAIL

See icon ----------------------------------------------------------------->

Have been wondering this myself for 10+ years.

Even though there is little personal information on the non-HTTPS eBay pages there is still identifable information in the form of (many) session IDs.

Whenever you've got a session with a user the session IDs should only be transmitted over HTTPS. Basic.

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batfastad

Upvote.

Was going to question this myself. A VPN would only be any good if it was straight into eBay's networks.

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Microsoft foists fake file system for fat Git repos

batfastad

Git Submodules?

http://bfy.tw/4L93

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batfastad

MS

I like the way they reliased they've got a problem once a git checkout hits 3 hours. Presume they were happy with 1-2hr checkout times?

Maybe that's what Windows update has just been doing in the background all these years!

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David Hockney creates new Sun masthead. Now for The Reg...

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Re: OMFG!

> And obviously I hate scousers because they transported my ancestors on the slave ships out of Liverpool.

Yes, scousers still to this day are renowned throughout the world for their magnificent wealth gained off the back of the slave trade.

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NHS reply-all meltdown swamped system with half a billion emails

batfastad

All England rule

"A software configuration error meant that the system applied an 'All England' rule"

Tories/UKIP are probably gunning for just that!

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Google launches root certificate authority

batfastad

HTTPS everywhere!

HTTPS everywhere! Well, to the edge anyway. Behind the load balancers? Ahem.

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Penguins force-fed root: Cruel security flaw found in systemd v228

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Faster

But systemd makes my server boot 2 seconds faster! After I've waited 20 minutes for "configuring memory", "updating inventory", "verifying system devices", "lifecycle controller something".

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Korean boffins vow 1,000km-an-hour supertrain

batfastad

HS2 != Maglev

I'll get excited about high-speed rail in this country once there's a project targeting European speed and ticket cost - instead of 70% European speeds and 300% ticket cost.

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Two new Raspberry Pi models emerge steaming from the oven

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Re: Whats this GUI thingy?

> If you are interested in cluster building, Pimoroni do a Pi Zero "Cluster Hat". Connect up to 4 x Pi Zero to a Pi3.

OMG - fugging awesome... https://shop.pimoroni.com/products/cluster-hat

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Jeremy Hunt pockets £14m through sale of course search website

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Re: Hunt's Capital Gains?

> Hotcourses was founded in 1990 (according to Companies House). Jeremy "Spoonerism" Hunt became an MP in 2005. Not sure you could realistically argue that he spent time out from being an MP to create the company!

True, and cheers foro clarification. I will try and RTFA better next time ;)

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Hunt's Capital Gains?

Well I'm sure he'll be paying his fair share of capital gains! Anyone accountancy-minded care to calculate?

I obviously don't know the ins and outs of MPs' employment contracts but before I became a "tax-dodging scumbag" IIRC my employment contracts had clauses which meant any inventions I made in the duration of my employment were property of my employer. MPs?

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AWS, you crack us up. Rebrands Westminster 'Webminster'

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UK Datacentres?

I've shifted alot of stuff into AWS over the past several years for several customers and the fact that they're hosting in Ireland or Frankfurt and not the UK is usually seen as a positive! Usually something about wanting hosting in a "stable, transparent and sensible regime" haw haw!

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Happy 20th birthday to the RADIUS RFC

batfastad

Or how about if there is no directly relevant image (e.g.: product photo or vendor/project logo) then my preference would be no image.

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batfastad

Stock photography

Please, please, please stop using stock photography for every single article! A project is X years old, so you've got a generic picture of some generic people having a shit birthday party.

Enough.

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WD slims down SSD to squeeze into little Black drive range

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Re: Installation complexity!

This is an IT site. Any reader will be aware that a hardware upgrade will involve a bit of rummaging in the giblets of a machine. Installing this WD NVMe M2 SSD is no more complex than any other laptop hardware upgrade. I was just surprised it was even mentioned in reference to this specific product.

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batfastad

Installation complexity!

> The word "building" indicates the level of installation complexity.

> You need to get inside your PC or notebook to install it and may well need a somewhat specialised allen key-type screwdriver to fasten the locking nut that holds the end of the card once it is plugged into its socket.

I'd say it's almost identically complex as installing a 2.5" drive, perhaps even less so. Often you'll have multiple screws, buffers, caddies, proprietary-clip-on-SATA-right-angle-mungers etc.

When working in IT it's easy to forget how difficult things can be for the typical punter but I don't think the installation of an M2 drive deserves the ranking of "complex".

£189 for 512GB NVMe M2 drive... now that is tempting!

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BOOST! LEGO's computing future and its ground-breaking past

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No article about LEGO is complete without... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zX09WnGU6ZY

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