* Posts by Ragarath

873 posts • joined 26 Aug 2009

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Wi-Fi firm Purple sneaks 'community service' clause into its T&Cs

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Re: Form Gov.UK

Then the courts are available.

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Form Gov.UK

“It’s written and signed so it’s legal”

A contract term and notice has to be fair to be legally binding on your customer. If it isn’t, they can challenge it – including in court if necessary. Enforcers (such as the CMA and Trading Standards) can also bring cases to stop you using it.

So unfair terms are not enforceable if you want to challenge them. AKA call trading standards.

Source: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/unfair-terms-explained-for-businesses-full-guide#common-myths-about-contract-terms

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Blighty's prosecutors slammed for failing to deliver savings on electronic tagging

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No Understannd

How can it cost 60million to put a battery, cellular chip and gps chip in a box to stick to someones leg? These are all commodity parts. Yea some tamper-proofing but to me it just sounds like money to the boys.

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Viking storms storage monastery wielding 50TB SAS SSD

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Joke

No pricing...

*Trembles*

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How to avoid getting hoodwinked by a DevOps hustler

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@Nolveys Re: If they’re a 'DevOps Expert', they probably aren’t

Have a thumbs up, fantasic bit of buzzword bingo there!

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Re: If they’re a 'DevOps Expert', they probably aren’t

Has anyone figured out what devops is yet? Can the programmers really run operations effectively in an organisation bigger than a start-up and vice-versa with ops doing dev.

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Specsavers embraces Azure and AWS, recoils at Oracle's 'wow' factor

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Re: Who's network?

Specsavers is putting all new apps on AWS and Azure, with existing apps being rewritten rather than ported. Forty per cent of the IT estate is currently non-cloud and the rest is set to float by the end of 2018. Specsavers has seven data centres globally but will retain just two for backup.

To follow up, I assume you mean this part. These are kept for "Backup" not for holding the data.

And why are the data centres BT's? You normally host your own kit in a datacentre and yes the connections between these are leased but that has nothing to do with the stored data.

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Who's network?

All data will remain within Specsavers' secure network

Erm, no it won't it will remain in Google's and Microsoft's networks. You mentioned you were getting rid of your capacity to hold this data.

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Paxo trashes privacy, social media and fake news at Infosec 2017

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What is this?

Rather than lowering the voting age to 16, he believes we should cap the voting age at 70 – as that demographic contributes least to society.

Really, the least? So the previous 52 years of contribution (and probably continuing due to the rising retirement age and lack of money) do not count toward anything, they no longer matter? We are done with them, chuck um on the scrap heap? They have contributed already they have earned the right to have a say. They have what is know as experience.

Geeze I'm a long way off this yet but do people really think that way?

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Europe to splash €120m on free WiFi for ~8,000 villages and cities

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Re: Nice.

Try doing that while everyone else is doing the same thing in the city / town centre. It's not cheap to run a big fat pipe.

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Apple fights off iTunes patent spat appeal

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Re: An abstract idea

Came to say the same thing, have an upvote.

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What happened when 300 DevOps experts took over the QE II?

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I tried

I tried to listen to some of that, I really did but, I'm afraid that I had to skip big sections to see if it got better.

*** SPOILER ***

It didn't

*** END SPOILER ***

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Why Microsoft's Windows game plan makes us WannaCry

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Re: Bovine Excrement! @ AC

First off 2001 was 16 years ago, not 10 years ago, and yes this is just a Microsoft problem. Unix/Linux (any year any version) is not susceptible to attack in the way that Windows (any version) is. Even Mandrake circa 2001/2002 is not susceptible to this.

Of course they are not susceptible to this, it was not written to attack them. They are though most likely susceptible to other things. Or are all the updates and patches for Linux just because the programs love to add bulk?

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Dyson celebrates 'shock' EU Court win over flawed energy tests

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Re: Is this the same Dyson who has no time for the EU ? @ Voland

WTF was all that about? I'm sure there is something in there that was meant to make sense but all I read was I love Europe it can do no wrong and I don't like that Dyson bloke.

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Huge flying arse makes successful test flight

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Re: 'world's largest flying craft' - I think not...

Does a rocket designed to go up count as flying? Would flying not constitude horizontal as well as vertical flight?

Can't be arsed to look it up but frokm memory the Saturn V did not have any aerofoils that would keep it aloft for long if you pointed it parallel to the Earth.

If I throw I rock through the air is it flying, or falling with style?

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LastPass connectivity snafu locks out Brits from password manager

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Joke

To avoid...

Just write them down on the back of your hand.

Or use the same one over and over on all sites.

On second thoughts use that thing you we given called memory ;)

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Microsoft Azure capacity woes hit UK customers. Yes, you read that right

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Re: UK and no Cloud?

When it rains it pours.

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Microsoft's new hardware: eight x86 cores, 40 GPU cores

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Re: Multiprocessing

I think you'll find they are using the right cores for the job. General processing cores are not needed a massive amount in a gaming box that is mostly about crunching graphics. Hence you'll find the box has lots of graphics competent cores.

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OK... Red wire or black... *Clickety* You've emailed the schematic? Yes, got it! It's opening. And... WHAT? NO!

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Re: Wi-Fi

But he said he does not want PLT (Power Line Transmission AKA EoP) so that's out of the question.

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Re: Wi-Fi

200M range so you can get everyone complaining that their small device can see the network but it's slow because out at that 200M (usually even closer) through walls interference their device with it's tiny antenna and battery cannot talk back.

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NASA to fire 1Gbps laser 'Wi-Fi' ... into spaaaaace

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Give the writer their due. 'Wi-Fi' was in inverted commas.

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Hutch's Three UK users ripping through over 6GB a month

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You what?

The fixed line ISP is going the way of the fixed line telephone, which explains why legacy cable companies are so keen to merge with mobile operators

I'm sorry but wtf? Give me a dedicated line any day. There is only so much radio spectrum to go around. You put everyone and their dog on a mobile connection and there is no way it is going to be handlled by mobile

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Adobe buddies up with Microsoft for new ways to mine your data

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Coat

Re: Simple really

Ah but you DNS lookps are being profiled.

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Dormant Linux kernel vulnerability finally slayed

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Err AC...

From what I think you're saying and what you are trying to portray, it also seem like they are standard in Linux as evidenced in this very article.

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MP brands 1,600 CSC layoffs as the 'worst excesses of capitalism'

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Re: "no less than 5% of the workforce"

Yes, that would be good and I agree. The problem though is people paying for the service. They will no doubt say (even if found to be untrue) that supplying the services will cost more that way. Then comes a price hike.

Will they pay the price hike or as seems the want of everything now-a-days go for the lowest price?

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URGH – bitter taste! Sage hikes One SaaS price 50 per cent

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Re: Desktop Accounts Software

What software do you use? We are looking at alternatives to our antiquated system and looked at sage on premise but the price was astronomical.

Recommendations would be appreciated.

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Did you know? Amazon does film production – and it treats those workers like dirt, too*

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But..

There is a joke icon for a reason though.

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YouTube TV will be huge. Apple must respond

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AI Really?

It will also include its own Google AI-powered recommendation engine

Hands up who thinks this is real machine learning/AI?

Now hands up who thinks this is an algorithm? Thought so.

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Huawei P10 and P10 Plus: Incremental improvements but a few annoyances

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Shrinking the image?

Why pay for a nice big phone if your just going to shrink the image? If you have small hands buy a smaller phone?

Could this not have been better accomplished by a better UI design?

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Clone it? Sure. Beat it? Maybe. Why not build your own AWS?

Ragarath

Re: Not so Baffling @AC

Perhaps that is why you are an application developer and not a sys admin/storage/hardware guy.

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Google yanks workers from ISP outfit, it's THE FIBER COUNTDOWN

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Re: "it's not totally giving up" @AC

Ermm, Wi-Fi is microwave.

In fact it even works on the exact same frequency as your microwave 2.4Ghz. Google may be using one of the other frequencies (it's a rather large range) in the microwave spectrum but the fact still remains.

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With nearly 1m users on its books, DigitalOcean touts load balancers

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Confused

Lightsail, a simplified hosting option for customers seeking virtual private servers, storage, DNS management, and a static IP address.

Is this not what we called "hosting" before "cloud" was the buzzword? Are we now calling bog standard hosting cloud?

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Re: Never heard of them

I use them for some of their guides but not hosting. Some are really good simplified instructions for getting you started with software you may not have used before.

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Nifty website claims to make comparing cloud costs simple. Good luck with that

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I had a quick play too, it seems you can sum up their model.

If you do store a lot and don't take out super amount go AWS else go Azure.

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Apple nabs smartphone top spot from Samsung, but for how long?

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Re: Never is a long time @AC

What is going to make them stand head and shoulders above the next iPhone in the eyes of the normal punter?

Just pointing out that no smartphone for many years has stood head and shoulders above any other. They have all just been iterations of the same thing, whether this is an Android or iOS based phone it does not matter.

All new phones even budget ones are powerful enough to do everything your average and even power user needs.

I only upgrade mine because they old one died (non replaceable batteries grrr) some anecdotal evidence too ;)

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Microsoft is cooking virtual storage in Azure

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Replication

Replication, replication, replication.

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Boffins ready to demo 1.44 petabit-per-second fibre cables

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Re: Waterproof

What you are probably experiencing here is what is know commonly as "ugh it's wet I am going to stay in and go online" your contention ratio then hits max and the line fibre that BT installed expecting only 5 of those 50 to be online doing anything at oncecannot cope with all 50 at any reasonable speed.

Or it could be that it is FTTC instead and it's your copper getting wet as light going through a sealed cable does not tend to get affected by rain.

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UK's largest hospital trust battles Friday 13th malware outbreak

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Trollface

Re: Gosh.......

Destroy All Monsters, you forgot the joke icon and now people don't get it. Please go write on the blackboard 1000 times "I must remember the joke icon" and go to bed with no tea.

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update crushed exploits without need of patches

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Won't let me do that. It says C: is in use.

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Re: Hurray - we're getting the basics in, 2 decades late

They find, in a technical analysis designed to stress test the resilience of Windows 10, that the bugs were neutered on Anniversary Update machines even before it issued the respective November patch thanks to the exploit mitigation controls.

They did not say before the update, they said the anniversary edition of windows 10 was able to stop the exploit before the exploit had been patched. Not that the anniversary edition was not a "patch."

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Microsoft cans pay-as-you-go Azure for new MPSA licensees

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Re: More lockin...

Yikes, when did the cloud start solving everything? I find it good for a few things and somewhere a lot of my stuff will never touch.

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Digital video recorder installers master password list 'leaked' – claims

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Re: a CCTV installer in Nigeria.

Someone did not give him their bank details so he could transfer it to the UK (other locations may have been available) so yes he had to resort to getting a job.

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You have the right to be informed: Write to UK.gov, save El Reg

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I want to sign but...

Having been a regular reader of El'Reg for a very long time now I want to help out but...

I've just had a read through (properly even though i have read about this before) and would like something clarified as IANAL.

In the legislation http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2013/22/section/40 section 2 it states that the Court must not award costs if the publisher is a member of an approved regulator. Yes there are a few provisions but as I said IANAL and they seem reasonable.

In this case would not being a member of an approved regulator exempt El'Reg?

Please can someone that understands this stuff more explain for me?

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Soz fanbois, Apple DIDN'T invent the smartphone after all

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Thumbs up

I am no Apple fan but this is one thing Apple got right and should be emulated IMO. Let's stop the phone companies having control over things they have no idea about and have proved again and again they do not care about.

Have a thumbs up for the observation.

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Astroboffins glimpse sighting of ultra-rare circular galaxy

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Re: "No connection between the two"

But there is a connection, you see, and the article is wrong. You and I may not be able to see it but gravity is a compelling thing.

(Yes I know a physical connection was meant but it was not specified. You need to be exact with these things)

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BT and Plusnet most moaned about broadband providers. Again

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Re: there's BT and there's bt

I could make some rude comments suggesting that sky have so few complaints because their users are too dim to realise things aren't working, I could, but I won't.

You just did. Resorting to major generalisations is rather unbecoming and just makes you look silly.

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IT ops doesn't matter. Really?

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What's DevOps?

There is development and operations roles.

If anyone thinks they can do both to their full potential at scale then "I fart in your general direction".

DeveOps is for small teams that can't afford to have someone do both. But you know the saying "A Jack of all trades"?

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Remember that brightest supernova ever seen? It wasn't one

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Re: Massive black hole?

But mas has very little relation to size. Depends on how squidged it gets.

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Masterful malvertisers pwn Channel 9, Sky, MSN in stealth attacks

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JavaScript

From what I am reading, this is all enabled by JavaScript. Who's idea was it to allow code be executed on the client?

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Brit telco EE's ads banned for 'misleading' 4G speed claims

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Re: What's 4G?

So standard it's not available to the AC above? Really seems standard...

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