* Posts by A Non e-mouse

1538 posts • joined 30 Jan 2010

Will the MOAB (Mother Of all AdBlockers) finally kill advertising?

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Ads Vs Subscription

Nothing in this world is free. If it appears free, you're probably paying for it somewhere. Adverts are a way of providing free content.

Personally, I'd like the choice between free, ad-sponsored content and ad-free, but paid for content.

(El Reg, are you listening...?)

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Euro Patent Office reforms hit another stumbling block: Reality

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How long can it be before Battistelli's Reality Distortion Field finally gives up on him?

The sooner the better I say....

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BT's spam blocker IDs accident claims as top nuisance call

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Re: it could divert 1.6 billion nuisance calls a year.

Lets assume BT make a profit of 1 pence per call......

For consumers with no call bundle with BT, maybe. But many consumers are on calls & broadband bundles.

Commercial rates for UK calls are a pittance (below 0.5p per minute) with some providers throwing in free calls as part of their line rental package.

I can't see it being long until calls to 01, 02 & 03 numbers are universally free.

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Official science we knew all along: Facebook makes you sad :-(

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Nationwide Building Society Advert

This reminds me of one of those recent Nationwide Building Society adverts:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RnxjgoDFa-s

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Solaris admins! Look out – working remote root exploit leaked in Shadow Brokers dump

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Re: Solaris?

Look at the files. There are people still running Solaris 2.5! According to Wikipedia, that was released in 1995 and it went end of support in 2003.

I just hope they weren't running the security hardened version of Solaris ;-)

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Shadow Brokers crack open NSA hacking tool cache for world+dog

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Files

How about, El Reg, doing a modicum of research and actually looking at the files, rather than just linking to Twatter postings?

99% of the listed infected machines were running Solaris. (There were even SCO & HPUX boxes in there!)

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Riddle of cannibal black hole pairs solved ... nearly: Astroboffins explain all to El Reg

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If the two black holes start out as stars orbiting one another, wouldn't the first star to collapse into a black hole either destroy or suck in the second star?

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Schneider Electric still shipping passwords in firmware

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Re: Do their buyers care?

In a word: No.

Having worked with our building maintenance people & their suppliers, building management suppliers' customers don't seem to care or understand about security.

We've had to stop automatic security probes of BMS equipment because the probes were often causing the equipment to crash in interesting ways.

We try to help them by segregating their devices, but there's only so much that can do. Our staff still want to access this kit from their desks, and the support companies want to get to the kit remotely.

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Dell warns PC slowdown threatens transition to infrastructure sales

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Re: Hard to feel bad when Dell quality, isn't quality any longer!!!

Two points here.

First off, manufacturers are generally in a race to the bottom when it comes to price on most consumer electronics. Something has to give to get that price as low as possible, so things like long term robustness will suffer. The only people who aren't in this race are the more niche players who are trying to differentiate on some other feature. (e.g. Alienware, Panasonic Toughbooks, etc)

Secondly, people are more willing to post a bad review than a good review. So when you look at reviews of products, you will always find bad reviews. The addendum to this, is that if manufacturers are selling millions of units, even a 0.01% failure rate (Which is quite low) is going to result in 10,000 unhappy customers.

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There will always be a need for a standard PC in most office workplaces. The problem is they are too reliable to need replacing more than every 4 years.

I think the killer argument is that performance improvements in PCs has practically stalled. The only places improvements are really seen are power consumption and the number of cores. But few users really need 10s of CPU cores.

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SpaceX wows world with a ho-hum launch of a reused rocket, landing it on a tiny boring barge

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@stucs201 Re: Bad people winning the world.

Just because his motives appear benign on the surface, it doesn't mean he isn't a complete *$%^*& underneath. All, I suspect, we currently see of Musk is what a well-oiled PR machine sees.

What he's really like underneath is just speculation.

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@John Brown (no body) Re: Bad people winning the world.

Musk has said in interviews how close the whole Tesla/Space-X ensemble was close to imploding due to things not going well at the start and running out of money.

It takes one heck of a driven/determined person to hold on by their fingertips and keep going in those kinds of dire straits.

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As a shock to absolutely no one, Uber is mostly pasty, male at the top

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Re: SOP

I heard a report the other day that a 28-person panel looking into pregnancy issues was comprised entirely of men.

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People may have been wrongly sent back to prison over faulty tags

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Old news

The fact that tags can fail is not news. Ross Andserson at Cambridge University has written articles, papers and appeared as expert witness showing how these things can break in unexpected ways.

As a starting point: www.lightbluetouchpaper.org/2014/12/13/curfew-tags-the-gory-details/

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LastPass scrambles to fix another major flaw – once again spotted by Google's bugfinders

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Re: best practices?

For those who do use PMs, what are your recommendations?

I use 1Password. You can use various cloud options or manual file copy to sync multiple computers. It does, unfortunately, cost.

We're also looking at their 1Password Teams offering that allows groups of people to share passwords. (A subscription cost, but does give you access to all their clients)

One thing I like about 1Password is that even though you can use cloud to sync across multiple devices, you can still access your passwords with no network connection. The cloud is just a sync mechanism.

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Re: Best Practice...

Password managers are probably the least worst option for storing the hundreds of passwords we in IT need to juggle.

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Astroboffins clock thriving stellar nursery nestled in violent supermassive black hole

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Re: Star cannon

Let's see a Death Star cope with one of these!

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BT hit with £42m fine for Ethernet compensation delays to competitors

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Re: Which reminds me...

I'm assuming that government is evidence based so that it can learn from past successes and mistakes. Isn't it?

Hahahahahahahaha.

Go and ask David Nutt. When he presented evidence to the government that their drugs policy was not based on scientific evidence, what did they do? Fire him.

Or what about the infamous Iragi WMD fiasco. Bugger all evidence that there were any, but they still sent in troops to topple Saddam to remove his non-existent WMDs.

Remember, all a government cares about is staying in power. It has little interest in doing what's best.

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Re: Which reminds me...

I'm still waiting for a review on how the privatisation experiment has worked out.

Here are some reminders about BT:

* I remember seeing stickers on phones urging you NOT to make phone calls.

* There were different call rates for morning and afternoon.

* You couldn't own a phone, just rent one.

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Toshiba's nuclear power plant business runs out of steam

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Why flog the memory business to prop-up the nuclear business? Surely they should flog the nuclear business instead?

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Ever visited a land now under Islamic State rule? And you want to see America? Hand over that Facebook, Twitter, pal

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Re: The key word is 'Ever'

I don't think anyone believes that terrorists don't exist. The problem is that the security services appear to keep us in fear of these hordes terrorists.

According to UK Parliament, between 2001 & 2016, there are have been 53 deaths due to terrorists.

In 2013, there were nearly 1,800 deaths on the road.

There's also this Huffington Post article from 2012 which says that more people were killed by bees & wasps than by terrorism.

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Disney plotting 15 more years of Star Wars

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FAIL

Money, Money, Money

This is just about making money and nothing to do with expanding the Star Wars story.

The gullible super-fan will lap it up. Those of us who like a good sci-fi movie will just say "Meh" and move along, wishing they'd stopped over 20 years ago.

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

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Pah!

The fixed line ISP is going the way of the fixed line telephone..

My family, with its appetite for Youtube, Facebook, Netflix, Snapchat, etc.. currently burns through 300-400 GB of data a month, I'd love to see a mobile operator offer us a mobile broadband contract at a sane price for our house!

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Plusnet slapped with £880k fine for billing ex customers

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Re: "I hate the fucking Eagles, man."

'Cause telcos aren't renowned for being the best at transparent billing?

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Large Hadron Collider turns up five new particles

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Ωc0 is in the same class of baryon as protons and neutrons, made of charm and strange quarks instead of the up and down quarks seen in atomic nuclei particles

But thought protons & neutrons were particles in an atomic nucleus? Or have I misunderstood something?

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Why is the Sinclair ZX Spectrum Vega+ project so delayed?

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I remember back in the heyday of 8-bit micros, (small) companies often sold their hardware in standard ABS cases you could buy from Maplin and then manually cut holes in them. If tooling up for a bespoke plastic case can cost six figures, I can understand why!

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Facebook, Google slammed for 'commercial prostitution'

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Re: WTF is wrong with hate anyway?

The bit you're missing is that hating someone or something is very different to encouraging others to do harm to the people or things you hate.

It's this encouragement to perform acts of violence against others that people want to curtail.

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Thank heavens the wrangling over BT's Openreach separation has ended

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Assets

BT Openreach not actually owning the assets is a huge problem with this compromise. Whilst the separation is some (small) progress, the ownership of the assets is a biggie. A better compromise would have been if there had been a timescale for the transfer of ownership of the assets.

As it stands, BT Openreach are basically BT Groups cash-cow to be milked as they want - which isn't much different to the current situation.

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Can you ethically suggest a woman pursue a career in tech?

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Re: "We need to promote women disproportionately, pay them equally or better..."

What do all these careers have in common? Excellent opportunities for flexible working and/or holidays during school holidays. Women are making very sensible choices regarding careers. Perhaps IT with long hours and firm deadlines isn't so good if you plan on raising your own children rather than having the state do all your childcare? Sadly the women doing the bleating are in high paying jobs and can

You do know what you've done there? Perpetuated the stereotype that women are the "home makers" and men are the "bread winners". Why can't the woman go to work and husband stay at home and look after the kids?

Or what about lesbian couples? Or maybe people just want to get home at a sane time and spend time with their significant other without coming home and falling asleep 'cause they're working 12 hour days?

Life has taught me to value diversity: Men, women, black, white, straight, gay, etc.. Everyone has something to contribute. I don't think I'd want to work in an office of straight white males.

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Cisco working on rack-shaped hyperconverged UCS, says sales chief

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Hypervisor

It's interesting that Cisco are going down the route of a modified Xen hypervisor. In the past, they've been heavily in bed with VMware.

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Scammers hired hundreds of 'staff' to defraud TalkTalk customers

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Re: There's a reason they called themselves TalkTalk and not ActAct

Just because you're a user of TalkTalk's services and pay them money, doesn't mean they consider you their customer...

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Re: There's a reason they called themselves TalkTalk and not ActAct

Could they find no way of identifying and blocking all traffic from a couple of Indian call centres??

At the minimum, the scammers can just send no phone number, so identifying them is impossible. Alternatively, the scammers can just transmit fake/false phone numbers, which is trivial to do and almost impossible to detect.

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Come in King Battistelli, your time at the Euro Patent Office is up

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Nasty Man

Battistelli sounds like a very nasty piece of work. For the staff at the EPO, I hope he gets kicked out quickly.

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Linus Torvalds lashes devs who 'screw all the rules and processes' and send him 'crap'

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Holmes

NEWSFLASH!

Man known for shouty & sweary outbursts....has a shouty & sweary outburst.

Up next: Where *DO* bears go to the toilet? Our exclusive investigation.

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Uber loses court fight over London drivers' English language tests

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And conversely, when Brits go abroad, they should learn the language of the land, rather than assume the world speaks English. Living in a British/English enclave is not the way to integrate.

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Wearables aren't dead but apps on wearables might be

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2nd Display

I always wondered why there was this great desire to run apps on a watch. Surely the processing overhead will eat the device's battery?

I always thought wearables/smart watches would be best as second displays for a smartphone for things like notifications, current fitness stats, etc. Plus, also, heart rate sensor for fitness tracking.

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$310m AWS S3-izure: Why everyone put their eggs in one region

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The takeaway, say the industry analysts, is that companies should consider building redundancy into their cloud instances just as they would for on-premises systems

And this is new how...?

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Uber: Please don't give our London drivers English tests. You can work out the reason why

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Re: @Prst. V.Jeltz

It's not about having English [...], it's about having enough knowledge to interact with customers (who, by the way, may also not speak English that well so you'd have TWO language barriers to cross)

I was in a fast food outlet one Friday evening in a major UK city. The person behind the counter and the customer both clearly were not native English speakers and could only just get by in English. It took about ten minutes for the (simple!) order to be placed.

(Many years later, I still feel a pang of guilt that I never stepped in to help clear up the confusion)

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Tuesday's AWS S3-izure exposes Amazon-sized internet bottleneck

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Optional DR/Resiliency

All this talk about cloud costs going up to cater for resiliency isn't new. It applies to your on-premise systems too.

If you think that DR, resiliency, etc are too expensive, that's fine. That's your value judgement. But you have to assess the impact to your organisation/business on an outage and make an informed decision.

Just don't blame Amazon, Azure, etc. if you decided not to buy resiliency and their systems go off-line.

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One IP address, multiple SSL sites? Beating the great IPv4 squeeze

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El Reg is a great place for IT news and opinion. I'm not sure it's the place to have a hand-holding tutorial on how to configure something.

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Security slip-ups in 1Password and other password managers 'extremely worrying'

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Re: Portable password manager?

Your scheme is called a password hasher.

There have been a couple of articles on LWN about password storage/management. The latest article about password hashers is available here at: lwn.net.

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What sounds better in a press release:

"All password managers are broken"

Or

"Password managers have flaws of different severity"

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Up close with the 'New Psion' Gemini: Specs, pics, and genesis of this QWERTY pocketbook

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Missing the point

I think you're totally missing the point. You say your solution would fit easily in a bag or briefcase. One of the features of the Psions was that they fitted in your coat/jacket pocket. Getting a small form factor that works, plus has a decent keyboard is hard.

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Re: Hardware keyboard is new... again?

Please don't insult the Psion keyboards by saying they're just like a Blackberry. The keyboard on this is nothing like those. (I've owned Psions & Blackberrys, so speak from experience)

I can imagine a lot of network engineers wanting one of these to logon to network devices console's when things have gone TITSUP.

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Machines taught how to 'smell' by new algorithm. How will they cope with shower-dodging nerds?

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Statistics idiots

For those of us who aren’t statistics nerds, some comparison values for the Z-Score would have been helpful. Also, is the scale linear, logarithmic, etc?

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Oh UK. You won't switch mobile providers. And now look at you! £5.8bn you've lost

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Value != Cost

uSwitch (et al) can only compare the cost of a deal. They can't compare the value of a deal to a customer. e.g. Does the cheaper provider have worse coverage/performance than your current provider? What about customer services? Technical support?

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Re: How it works in Germany

I believe there is hesitation to switch to this model for mobiles as there were a lot of problems when this model was implemented for gas & electricity suppliers. There were many accusations that sales people were making up or forging requests to move just to hit targets.

Maybe German sales people are more honest than their British counterparts?

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

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No one size fits all

The take away from this, is that there is no single solution to an IT problem. You have to consider the environment you're working in. Hopefully, this idea isn't new. I suspect, however, too many people are seduced by marketing cool aid.

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Big three clouds, Apple, Facebook are buying all the best cloud tech

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perhaps an automated sueball-flinger could be the only cloud startup really worth doing

Because there are just too few lawsuits in IT, and in some districts (E.g. East Texas) there are judges sitting idle due to not enough work.

</sarcasm>

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Paper factory fired its sysadmin. He returned via VPN and caused $1m in damage. Now jailed

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Re: Not Mom and Pop

I think the defense attorney could have spun this as a non-authorized penetration test and gotten the time reduced

*IF* (and that's a big if) he had caused no damage or loss, maybe. But he set out to damage equipment. That's not a penetration test, but wilful damage and he deserves to be banged to rights.

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