* Posts by batfastad

832 posts • joined 1 Aug 2009

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HMS Frigatey Mcfrigateface given her official name

batfastad
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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Snigger.

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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

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> 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

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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?

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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?

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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

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<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

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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

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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

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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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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

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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

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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

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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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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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Don't believe the 5G hype! £700m could make UK's 4G better than Albania's

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Shoddy.

Just offloaded my trusty old 1st gen Moto G and now able to experience 4G for the first time. Central London and with 4G on my new phone spends more time connected through GPRS than 4G and my actual signal for calls/SMS is intermittent.

Turn 4G off then I get perfectly adequate 3G HSPDASPPAH+ (or whatever it is).

I didn't think it was actually possible for the UK to get worse at infrastructure.

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Gluster techie shows off 'MySQL of object storage' Minio projects

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Re: anyone using mysql for simple key value store

> is probably using the wrong product.

Possibly. Though the memcached interface to InnoDB with MySQL 5.6 is pretty great. And you get replication of the data for free, persistence and you don't have to operate a separate key-value infrastructure unless you need to.

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MPs suggest introducing web blocking to tackle suicide rates in UK

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Re: And so it begins...

@Hollerithevo: Yes I appreciate the Gov appears to at least be thinking about taking positive action on this issue.

Blocking of legal content is censorship.

A few years ago it was blocking illegal child pornography. Yesterday it was logging all accesses to completely legal content because terrorists. Today blocking legal suicide information off the internet because they likely think you can't be trusted. Tomorrow...

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batfastad
Black Helicopters

And so it begins...

Nanny is at the door. She wants her peons back.

They'll be attacking the judiciary soon enough. Oh...

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Major outage at broadband biz 186k

batfastad
WTF?

Re: Accounts overdue

@Dave Pickles - You might be on to something...

http://status.as8401.net

> Broadband Services Subscribe

> Investigating - If you're currently experiencing an outage with your broadband service please be advised that you will need to find an alternative broadband provider as we are unable to continue to supply your current service.

> Please direct any queries to support@186k.co.uk

> Other services, such as website hosting and e-mail are unaffected.

> We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

> Dec 13, 09:36 GMT

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WDC loads its belt-fed drive cannon, blasts out disks 'n' cards galore

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Flame

Instant Secure Erase

"Instant Secure Erase" doesn't sound very secure to me.

Better to do a few rounds of ---------------------------------------------------------->

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Uber is watching your smartphone's battery charge

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W3C API

Genuine question. Why would the Uber app, or any native app, be using the W3C battery API when it's a native app and therefore presumably it has full access to battery status... and lots more besides!

DISCLAIMER: I'm not an Android dev so don't know how the native APIs work - are they just be wrappers around the (developing) HTML5/W3C APIs then?

Thank you for installing SimpleCalculator. This app needs permission to access your camera, stored media, microphone, location, phone call and message history, internet browsing history, stored finger prints, payment details...

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LeEco Le Pro 3: Low-cost, high-spec Droid takes on the big boys with a big fat batt

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Massive

Why are all phones from the last 12 months absolutely massive? I'm not interested in anything with a 5.5" screen.

Still rocking an original Moto G here and would like something a bit bigger, actually thicker and heavier would be fine as well if that can cram in a larger battery.

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IETF plants privacy test inside DNS

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dnscrypt?

Is this not the same as dnscrypt?

https://dnscrypt.org

https://github.com/jedisct1/dnscrypt-proxy

Anyway ICRs are harmless, the government said so.

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Outlook outage outrage

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Free

So just ask for a refund.

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WDLabs goes Pi-eyed and sees triple

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Re: Correction

Thanks. That caused me a WTF as well.

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