* Posts by elaar

123 posts • joined 12 Sep 2011

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Crashed RadioShack flogs off its IPv4 stash

elaar

Using a /8 for everyone to use internally wasn't the problem, it was handing out /8 or /16 to Universities or large corporations.

Regardless of whether people understood how popular the web would be, doing things like handing out 1/15th of the entire network to 1 particular company (HP) was idiotic.

When configuring P2P links, we don't use /24 just for the hell of it, we use a /30, because we're not idiots.

I work for two companies in the UK that have been allocated /16s. One uses 2 public IPs, the other 5. The reason the IPv4 space is fully used isn't primarily due to increased demand, but more due to awful planning and distribution.

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Not that scary or that hard: Two decades of VLANS

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Don't forget special-case trunking, with voice vlans/dot1p/vlan 0.

Working for a telephony provider we see all sorts of weird and wonderful networks. There's still plenty of businesses running VOIP on their data network. Or because they don't have access to CDP/LLDP commands through the GUI (or they don't take the time to understand it), they would rather hardcode a vlan on 100 phones, or use VLAN discovery via DHCP (urgh).

I would say about 90% of companies still use VLAN 1 throughout the network for their main data vlan, despite the security (and other) consequences.

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Re: Maybe this article lacks an explanation...

"Plus the vendors like Cisco that makes you pay to add more VLANs to your devices."

That's not really the case though.

The Cisco devices I deal with allow enough VLANs to perform the job role that the device is designed for.

Most switches (where VLANs are designed to be) are restrained by the memory/IDB allocation, and not by how much money you pay.

Routers are restricted VLAN wise, but this isn't for monetary reasons. Even my basic 887VA at home will support 8 VLANs, and this is more than sufficient for a SOHO router.

If you mean ASAs, then yes they are restricted based on license. From memory it can be as low as 3 VLANs. But then you have to ask yourself why would anyone use a heap of VLANs on a firewall.

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TalkTalk full-year profits rise but shares slump after raid on dividends

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Re: growth, cash generation and profit

I realise I'm probably in the minority here, but I've been with them for 18months now and not a single issue.No downtime and I've had the same IP for 6 weeks now. I got an email from them last week saying that my contract was about to end, recommended I sign up for another contract (at a price that no one else could beat).

I'm well aware though that if something *does* go wrong, I'm going to curse the day I signed with them.

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Apple's zippy silicon leaves Android rivals choking on dust

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I don't understand what putting an ever-faster CPU into a phone actually achieves?

I don't go to bed hugging my phone, it's not that important to me in the scheme of things. It's a 2 year old LG company phone, that has the traditional set of apps, that all load in a reasonable amount of time.

Infact there's no instance where my phone feels slow.

Also, the comparison between Apple and Google R&D and advertising spend, is that specifically just for Mobiles? Or are they comparing the overall cost, even though Google has wider technology interests?

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Remote unauthenticated OS re-install is a feature, not a bug, says Cisco

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Re: Must be the end of world....

"Unauthenticated access or hard coded, default, credentials should be barred by default from all enterprise class kit"

What's the point in having authentication hard coded when it's new and there's no config on the device?

A router/switch with no config won't be accessible remotely, only via the console (and you can reset the config register by console anyway), but it won't be on your network because it will have no config on it!

If someone has the ability to configure routing protocols and such, then they're more than capable of putting decent authentication on them whilst they're creating the config.

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Programmer finds way to liberate ransomware'd Google Smart TVs

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I hate LG.

As someone previously mentioned, you had the spying incident, which was swiftly removed after it made the headlines. Although we'll have to take their word for it because from that point all all packets to LG were encrypted.

The digitizer on my LG phone recently packed up.

My 2 year old LG washing machine broke down, and the "Smart Diagnostic" fails to work as advertised.

I'll never buy an LG product again.

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Nintendo's new console-tab

elaar

So it's a tablet with TV out, and attachable stuff on the side?

I know Nintendo games are colourful and fun and don't rely on fast CPU/GFX, but for once can they release a console that doesn't have 5 year old core hardware out of the box?

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Adblock Plus blocks Facebook's ad-blocker buster: It's a block party!

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Re: arms race @Charles 9

@Katie Saurcey

Some of us have Facebook accounts because it's a lot less effort to log on once a week and "like" a bunch of photos from distant relatives and friends you're not too keen on, than it is to actually have to see them in person a few times a year.

Block the Ads, spend 10mins clicking "like", job done.

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Breaking 350 million: What's next for Windows 10?

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Re: Can't even give it away

OS X isn't free. If you buy an expensive car and they throw in a "free" bumbag, do you also think the bumbag is really "free"?

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EU cybersecurity directive will reach Britain, come what May

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"Even after that period, UK companies that process EU citizens’ personal data will still be obliged to comply."

I assume then that this applies to every other country in the world that processes EU citizens' personal data. How are they going to enforce it?

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Holy Crap! Bloke finishes hand-built CPU project!

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"http://www.megaprocessor.com/index.html" -> "Problem loading page"

Is his webserver running off his new cpu?

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Energy companies aren't going to slurp your personal data. Honest

elaar

And then what happens when Peak Load times span the entire evening?

The real resolution of course is to invest in more power stations, with more research/funding into Nuclear, and upgrading the Grid.

That 16billion could be better spent elsewhere.

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Two plead guilty to stealing personal information of millions

elaar

That's a lot of effort to avoid spam.

I mainly use just 1 email address, and with a good spam filter I get maybe 2 spam emails a week.

It's a lot easier deleting those 2 emails than it is to manage 28 different email accounts.

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Chaps make working 6502 CPU by hand. Because why not?

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Wozniak designed Pong to run on just 30 TTL chips, so it's "easily" possible. Pacman uses a Z80@2mhz, but needs quite a bit of RAM.

Space Invaders would still be incredibly hard (unless it was dumbed down a lot). The game needed more juice than a 8080 could deliver, so required further bitshifter ICs on the daughterboard.

Breakout runs just on TTLs, infact I'm sure someone has already replicated that game with transistors.

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E-cigarettes help save lives, says Royal College of Physicians

elaar

I have a strong feeling that even if e-cigs were proven completely safe (inc passive inhaling), and were produced with no odour whatsoever, the prejudice towards them would still remain.

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UK's 'superfast' broadband is still complete dog toffee, even in London

elaar

Re: One thing missing....

What's the latency and speed stability like though?

You can get some decent speeds from satellite too, but you can't do VOIP, gaming etc. over it.

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TalkTalk outage: Dial M for Major cockup

elaar

Bad TalkTalk

I've never had a dialtone with TalkTalk. From the day I joined and (presumably) BT messed up connecting the PSTN side of things (internet was fine though), I've never had the use of my phone.

I tried many times to get TalkTalk to resolve this, but after months of being redirected to different departments, and automated text messages not working correctly, I gave up.

It was more grief to get it sorted than living with the problem, and that's how I'd sum up TalkTalk in general.

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UK Home Sec stumbles while trying to justify blanket cyber-snooping

elaar

But if it's well publicised that GCHQ has everyones browser histories/communications (which it is/will be), then that first line process will be useless anyway, because what terrorist would leave such glaringly obvious clues to his/her plans?

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Cisco Jabbers in the clear due to STARTTLS bug

elaar

The quality of their code seems to be pretty good compared to most, and reported bugs are fixed very quick. As much as we all dislike Cisco for their dominance and over-priced equipment, there is a very good reason why their products are so popular regardless of price.

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You base your network purchasing on whether the bug release guys have perfect spelling/grammar?

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BT could lawyer up after Sky’s sport channels obligation removed

elaar

This will only hurt consumers further. If others companies aren't able to include Sky Sports in their channel listings then surely they'll be more active next time sporting rights are bid on?

I left BT broadband recently, £47 just for phone line/infinity because of all of the footie crap they keep buying.

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Royal Mail mulls drones for rural deliveries

elaar

Royal Mail knows that the next addition to the snooper's charter will ask all citizens to remove their front doors, so the government can ensure there's no paedophiles or terrorists lurking within.

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How Microsoft will cram Windows 10 even harder down your PC's throat early next year

elaar

Re: Just do the flipping update

It may be classed as an "update" by MS, but it's really an entirely new OS.

Linux folk may run updates, but don't always update to the latest release, and remain on LTS versions.

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Work from home when the next big Windows 10 installation arrives

elaar

Re: Please...

" and mostly because I didn't hear anyone bleating about it when Google and Apple started".

Please don't make me paste you links to hundreds of articles where people bleated about it.

It's very different when it comes to your normal PC desktop though, people thought they were safe there.

If I tell MS that I don't want it to search Bing when searching local files/folders on Windows 10 (by checking the appropriate option), and lo and behold when I type something into the search box it still starts a TLS session to bing.com, then this is something myself and others should be concerned about.

Your argument of "Others do it, it's expected, stop being ignorant" is infact pretty ignorant.

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Hats off to Nintendo’s platform supremo Super Mario Bros at 30

elaar

Amazing game (assuming you were of the right age and owned a NES).

Back when game design was both extremely difficult and creative, with only 64KB for direct rom/ram, bank switching, and every bit counted.

Nintendo got it right where so many other companies failed.

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Windows 10 now on 75 million devices, says Microsoft

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Re: After all, despite the hype, it's really only Windows 8.2

Agreed, I ended up blocking a few IPs (mainly the www.bing.com one) on the router after a scary-looking packet capture experiment.

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Apple: Samsung ripped off our phone patent! USPTO: What patent?

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Re: Im sure that

"Suddenly after the iPhone was released they looked very similar. "

True, but do you not think this is more down to technology advances rather than every manufacturer wanting to make an iphone clone?

The iphone was created at a time when touch screens had evolved enough to do the job well, without requiring a stylus, and eliminating the need for a physical keypad. This meant that the rounded-corner, rectangular screen was the obvious evolutional shape.

I'd like to know how Apple supporters imagine the shape/layout of other branded phones would be if they hadn't "copied" the iphone.

I used to have a P900, which came out many years before the iphone. Take off the keyboard, and it looks like an iphone apart from it being fatter and having a smaller screen (all things it had to be due to technology limitations at the time).

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Blighty tablet sales plunge 31 per cent in saturated market

elaar

I bought a 2nd hand Nexus 7 from ebay for £60, it does everything I need a tablet to do (which isn't a great deal considering it sits in the cupboard for most of the year). Useful to take on holiday.

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Today's smart home devices are too dumb to succeed

elaar

There can be multiple gateways for different systems, not ideal but it would work. As long as they all use the same controller (whether that be a webpage or mobile phone apps). It would be nice if someone created an open source controller, and all manufacturers created APIs so that the controller could have snap-ins (for want of a better word).

I can't see the problem with manufacturers doing that, they make their money on the hardware (especially the hub/gateway).

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elaar

The Philips Hue bulbs reset with power-loss for the reason that if the bridge dies, or you have lost your mobile, then they will still function as a normal light, using the normal light switch.

So there is method to the madness, but I agree, there should be a way to make them sync back up to the bridge (and all data stored on the bridge, as you don't want the added cost of flash/eeprom etc. on each bulb).

You picked a fairly bad example, as Philips are pretty good, providing APIs and good developer docs.

Ideally, there needs to be cross compatibility and standards (such as what they did with DLNA), otherwise you're going to get many different eco-systems, all with incompatible peripherals, meaning you will forever be locked into an individual companies IoT project.

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Pisspoor EE customer service earns it a cool £1 MILLION Ofcom fine

elaar

I bet they have artwork hanging in the loo at the headoffice that is worth more than the fine.

Seriously, £1 million, that must be 1 board of directors' quartely bonus.

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Apple wants to patent iBeacon stalking

elaar

Can't they just agree to meet at a certain time (drooling) in the apple store?

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GoFundMe shows users how it's done, cashes in with $600m valuation

elaar

What's stopping someone making a similar website that is not-for-profit?

$600million for a 5 year old site that would be simple to clone.

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Phone hacking blitz hammers UK.biz's poor VoIP handsets

elaar

Brute forcing passwords should be almost impossible if people used proper passwords for such important systems. You would think people would have learnt this by now.

When we provide a company with Voip, all International/premium dialing is disabled. We require a signed disclaimer if they want to allow this on certain extensions, and we also only allow a couple of Group Admins (once they have been adequately trained). A number of times customers have been hacked, and on each occassion they try to blame us.

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LG G4: Be careful while fingering this leather-clad smartie pants

elaar

I was given the LG for a company phone, and like you I don't get too excited about phones these days.

I have to agree, the phone is very fast, has a superb camera, and the charging/battery life is the best I've ever had with a smartphone, it lasts 2 days with me (with a LOT of phone call usage).

The phone is too big for my liking though (my fault of course), and the rear buttons do take a while to get used to.

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Apple recalls Beats speakers: Rap chap's crap batt rapped in zap mishap flap

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Re: $325? Blimey!

£270 here. It has all the functionality of devices less than half its price, seriously who buys Beats stuff?

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Theresa May: Right, THIS time we're getting the Snoopers' Charter in

elaar

At least the US pretend not to spy on its own people.

Vile woman.

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Windows 10 hands on: Build 10074 is for the brave - but it's pretty snazzy

elaar

At what point did I belittle others?

I understand they have function, and from what you have said many people find them useful, and that's great. I also didn't state I wanted them to be static, but infact have that sort of colour scheme/style.

So why do they have to look so ugly? To have that functionality, why do they have to be blocks of solid bright, high contrast colour?

I don't see why you had to get so touchy about it.

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elaar

Is it just me that hates the big coloured boxes for each "app" (Tiles or whatever they call them now)?

What's wrong with light coloured backgrounds and icons?

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Range Rover Sport: Like a cathedral on wheels, only with comfier pews

elaar

"The RRP of the car as tested is £97,600."

Don't forget the extra cost of the obligatory vanity plate, which is required to be worn after 6months.

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Does your broadband feel faster? Akamai says it went up 20 per cent*

elaar

Data skewed?

Isn't the "average connection speed to the ISP" partly chosen by the customer though?

For example, a lot of people might go for the BT Infinity package instead of the Infinity 2 due to costs and bandwidth requirements, or 20Mb Virgin because who really needs the 100Mb?

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Greedy web borg Facebook to SLURP news websites' golden nuggets

elaar

"news sites".... "buzzfeed" wtf? "22 ways to eat a pineapple", "58 ways to steal photos/gifs from other websites" gah.

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Sit back and let someone else manage your telephony

elaar

If the call quality is crappy, get them to change the codec.

If you can't handle the service ticket times, then most providers offer an "admin day course".

You can't tarnish all voip solutions just because your set-up is crappy.

It all works out a hell of a lot cheaper than your PABX and countless ISDNs.

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Shove off, ugly folk, says site for people who love themselves

elaar

If they're all so beautfiul and perfect, then why do they need to resort to using a dating website?

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WATCH IT: It's watching you as you WATCH IT (Your Samsung telly is)

elaar

Re: "block the TVs access to the Internet on the router"

I agree, it's not a great solution, but the main point is that we shouldn't have to do it in the first place.

With your examples of South America, I suppose you could still manually enter incorrect DNS details in the TV settings?

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elaar

I think you're missing the point. The average Joe may think he wants a TV with voice recognition, so buys one, but maybe completely unaware of the impact on his privacy in doing so.

Buying a TV with a camera for Skype is one thing, the manufacturer then perhaps deciding to use that camera covertly for some form of data mining for its own benefit is worthy of attention.

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After LG were caught with their pants down siphoning user data from their TVs, I decided to block the TVs access to the Internet on the router.

You can still stream your own media, watch iPlayer, Netflix etc.. through Plex. Who really wants/needs to watch YouTube, Facebook etc through a TV app? People seem to be way too willing to give up personal information in order to use stupid gimmicks like voice recognition.

I'll probably find out at some point that Plex harvests all of your viewing data as well, you just can't win!

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Oh noes, fanbois! iPhone 6 Plus shipments 'DELAYED' in the UK

elaar

Re: £699

I stopped reading when you stated it took you 5 minutes to log in to a website, what were you doing??

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Android is a BURNING 'hellstew' of malware, cackles Apple's Cook

elaar

Re: Twaddle....

The problem is, he probably asked people for recommendations (knowing very little about the technology himself) and the Apple brigade (like Cook) told him how much better his life would be with an iphone, hence his purchase :)

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