* Posts by BlackKnight(markb)

100 posts • joined 18 Oct 2011

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BOFH: That's right. Turn it off. Turn it on

BlackKnight(markb)

Re: The power of suggestion defragged

woud justify headphones and an "urgent" job for the next 3 hours.

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If you live in a network lab, you'll get gigabit NBN over HFC soon

BlackKnight(markb)

Speed teirs made sense with FTTP, because NBN could gaurentee, from client to NBN infrastructre a connection at that requested speed.

With the MTM model. anyone on this HFC crap and FTTN gets what there given. however you can still sign up for 100/40 even if your line only gets 20. theres plenty of rats out there that will take people for a ride.

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BlackKnight(markb)

In a very limited footprint area of the telstra HFC network. because they've already thrown out the optus cable.

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Faking incontinence and other ways to scare off tech support scammers

BlackKnight(markb)

Re: Quick solution

no it really wasnt at the time i was quite bored.

I just regurgetated the worst of my help desk calls from back in the day (some really did leave scars).

He did stay on the line for about 45mins, untill i got bored again and told him he had no chance. you wouldnt believe the langauge. :D

for marketers, i politely say im not interested, followed by letting them speak to one of my young kids. or just placing the phone down and going back to what ever it was i was doing.

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Boss swore by 'For Dummies' book about an OS his org didn't run

BlackKnight(markb)

Re: Blast from the past.

Clearly, Your not a 7 pinter.

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User rats out IT team for playing games at work, gets them all fired

BlackKnight(markb)

Re: You can't just fire people like that.

in this case, i'd say gross misuse of coperate resources will do as the reasoning for it.

assuming the story is true.

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BlackKnight(markb)

Re: Yes. He was.

I had my laptop and 3g dongle for some light gaming on the night shift. starting shift at 10pm, by 1230, i'd have emails emptied\jobs followed up on, but not many people respond at this time and no other assigned tasks.

So with Queues empty, SLAs met, out comes tha laptop and some nightly mining in Eve. What really annoyed me was coming in on the early shift and seeing a dozen emails left in the inbox. I know how "Hard" i was working on night shift, what was this guy doing.

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Department of Human Services says citizens, not systems, to blame

BlackKnight(markb)

IT in canberra isnt that cheap.

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Sure, we could replace FTNN, says nbn™, if you let the unwired wait even longer for broadband

BlackKnight(markb)
FAIL

“If we were to do this, to put it quite simply, we would have to tell residents in several million premises that were scheduled to get nbn services over the next 18 months via FTTN that they would not now be getting connected for another two to three years as we’d have to re-start the entire design, planning and construction process.”

This also applied to the decision to drop FTTP for FTTN when the libs took over, and guess what, everything got pushed back 12-18months. so really his talking from experience. apparently going back to the drawing board means faster cheaper deployment.

RE: copper replacement

"VDSL (about 100 Mb unbonded at 500 meters over an unimpaired line)" thats the paper standard, thats not what im getting and im 515m from the node, Sync speed down between 40-45 and 20-25 up. Im also on a small node servicing around 100 premise, many other nodes seem to be doing 300 + premise.

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I was authorized to trash my employer's network, sysadmin tells court

BlackKnight(markb)

even a basic Change managment policy effectively negates his arguement (doesnt sound like one existed here). as he would have undertaken an unapproved change and thus unauthorised access to the system.

of course. it would be possible for someone to game a basic change system depending on the culture and get "approval" for this "work" which would be amusing to then see argued in court that it was unauthorised.

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As South Australia blacked out, PM's office was told renewable power was not to blame

BlackKnight(markb)

the Grid relies on Base load power that can be turned up and down at will. currently solar and wind cant provide this. Hydro can but limited locations to build it. someone was exploring ocean\wave power generation but this isnt commerical yet.

If the current requirement for environmental protection is lowering CO2 then Nuclear reactor provide the base load requirement and cut CO2 emssions. Nuclear power technolog has come a long way and as discussed earlier in the thread. multiple reactor can be planned to feed the "waste" from one reactor to the next.

Australia has a Boringly stable contienent in terms of geological and weather we dont get tsunami's or severe earthquakes. were also under populated for our size, so building reactors, 30kms away from urban enviroments is easy.

Building Nuclear reactors now would be a gaurentee drop in emissions, and provide new generates to replace our current apparently failing ones (NSW and Victoria ) but old predjudices just dont seem to die.

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BlackKnight(markb)

So the recent almost blackout that occured in NSW when multiple gas and coal plant failed to deliver there capacity and where they threatend to start blacking out victoria. but instead survived by risking damage to the smelting plant. Was that the fault of the coal\gas technology. or was that the fault of the policies governing power generation\supply in australia. you know the same thing SA is blaming when the base load gas plant failed to deliver the gap as it was suppose to....

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BlackKnight(markb)

it would be nice If

The government (as a whole) got off their collective butts, actually started inovating a solution and providing energy companies with some stability so they could invest money in given infrastructure.

SA's Second blackout occured with a gas power plant standing idle despite requests for power from it. as has been correctly pointed out, renewables need reliable base load generation. This failure was one of process and governance not technological.

This politcal football with Australias infrastructure is getting old, Roads, Telecommunications, Power.

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Clusters f**ked: Insecure Hadoop file systems wiped by miscreants

BlackKnight(markb)
Facepalm

Doh!

so the recommendation is to follow basic security principals and actually protect your infrastructure from unauthorised access?

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Google loses Android friends with Pixel exclusivity

BlackKnight(markb)
Pint

Re: Given most OEMs' approach to Android updates,

No Idea what your talking about, i've repressed that memory.

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Oz government on its Centrelink debacle: 'This is fine'

BlackKnight(markb)

Re: How long before scammers get wise on this??

And they can just use the centrelink number. for if the poor soul actually gets through, the staff there will help confirm the "you need to pay this or else" part of the scam.

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Sysadmin figures out dating agency worker lied in his profile

BlackKnight(markb)

where to start

Had an argument with a customer about whether or not their PC had a power button (it was under the posted note)

Had a phone call to the helpdesk during a fire alarm asking if they should leave the building (we were all outside already)

Had someone forget there password every single day.

Had someone raise P2 tickets for failed desktop printer they were in the next room. the shared printer was no more then 3m from them.

someone take out a site by plugging a home router that started dishing out addresses.

had someone complain the office VPN was down (the power was out in there house)

setup ipads and iphones in there early days for all the execs (who all had light weight working laptops) so they could take notes and get emails in meetings.

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New Zealand carrier says Cu later, copper: we're giving customers a glassing instead

BlackKnight(markb)

Re: When you consider the per-capita costs of the overland telegraph line…

And the Australian Government had the benefit of hindsight and still pressed on with FTTN

in the true aussie fashion of "she'll be right mate".

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Donald Trump running insecure email servers

BlackKnight(markb)

Re: So...

just like bush did when the republicans were running the show?

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nbn™ says nobody needs gigabit internet, trumpets XG-Fast at 8Gbps anyway

BlackKnight(markb)

Wheres baldrick

Oh FFS, if your going to run it to the bloody curb, run it the house, this is getting insane. Why would you want to mainintain 5-10m of copper to the majority of houses in the country.....

Would someone please instate baldrick as the CEO of NBN. even he could do a better job.

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When Pornhub meets the Internet of Fridges

BlackKnight(markb)

A new use for Sammies Note 7's? should keep the batteries cold at least.

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Level3 switch config blunder blamed for US-wide VoIP blackout

BlackKnight(markb)

Re: Update RFO - TL;DR:config change error

Im yet to work in an enviroment that actually has a test enviroment for the comms guys.

app developers, servers sure. but all comms equipement I've ever touched has been "live".

Makes "testing" difficult. and of course with a config change like that you need realistic load to test with.

This also sounds like one of those standard changes that gets done multiple times a day and more or less waved through change management. and the "lower being" probably verified by making sure the line looks like his doco then went to the next job, and would have been the last to find out it had gone TITSUP.

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Australian national census fails in the IBM cloud

BlackKnight(markb)

Words in at the moment that the ABS suffered four seperate attacks (non specific details) on tuesday and around 730 disabled the system them selves to protect the integrity of the data. quote from chief statistician.

expected to be back 9am today.

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Quigley: FTTP wasn't a failed project

BlackKnight(markb)

Re: Secretive Nonsense

and yet, the coalitions version which was suppose to be cheaper then 43billion is suddenly more expensive, not delivered on time, and not up to the job.

Just check out the reports from recently switched on suburbs sync rates over 50mbps and usable connections of 3 mbps in peak hour. which for an upgrade is well underperforming what they had on ADSL.

But SHHHH the copper is fine, just ask telstra.

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Labor's broadband policy decides 39% fibre is healthy NBN diet

BlackKnight(markb)

Re: Do voters care?

"The reality is that 79% of voters who have connected to FTTP have chosen to connect at 25Mbps or slower."

Source?

Come friday i can give you a first person comparison of FTTP vs FTTN one of the few pros to renting and being forced to move.

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Cash injection fuels SABRE spaceplane engine

BlackKnight(markb)

Re: pull yer finger out

It might actually.

A sabre engine on a space plane should mean useful payloads into orbit at much cheaper rates.

Suddenly that mars budget can be stretched a whole lot further.

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Wasps force two passenger jets into emergency landings

BlackKnight(markb)

Re: Nutters

Indicated air speed makes sense.

Ground speed dictates your trip time

Airspeed dicates the lift generated from the wings.

IE if your stall speed is 60kn and you have a 10 kn tail wind you would need a ground speed of 60 to not fall out of the sky. as wind direction and speed constantly changing its easier just to remember 60 on the airspeed indicator and aim for that.

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BlackKnight(markb)

Re: Nutters

just add to the "why did they take off"

Shouldnt the preflight walk around have picked this up? you know where your taught in basic flight training to alway check the pitot and static vent because the pressure instruments are kind of important.

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Chap runs Windows 95 on Apple Watch

BlackKnight(markb)
Pint

Re: Conflicted

I thought they usually followed the phrase. "here hold my beer and watch this."

in any case something was discovered.

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Here's a great idea: Let's make a gun that looks like a mobile phone

BlackKnight(markb)

Re: Excuse me, I have to take this

"Guns don't jump off the shelf and shoot people by themselves"

True, But a person is hard pressed to Fire a gun if they do not posses one,.

"Chicago has very strict control laws" - assuming for a moment thats true, how effective is that really, when you can drive accross to the next state and buy a gun off someone from craigslist. really... gun control needs to be set and enforced at the federal level.

Gun control = limiting firearms to those that A require it and B have been formerly trained in the safe use and storage. sport shooters, hunters, licensed armed security gaurds, famers, police in australia are all permitted to own a gun. as a currently unarmed civillian that has fired rifles down a range, all i need to do is join a gun club, pass the police check showing im not a complete psycho and off I go. it does however mean that people previously convicted of violent crimes cant just sign up, walk into a gun shop, then have another crack at GTA live.

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US rapper slams Earth is Round conspiracy in Twitter marathon

BlackKnight(markb)
Joke

Re: At time of writing, BoB was citing Genesis

clearly its flat and therfore a circle not a sphere. Dont believe the govt man the chem trails are messing with ya mind.

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Cabling horrors unplugged: Reg readers reveal worst nightmares

BlackKnight(markb)
Mushroom

the next day

cleaned up many a comms room thats looked like those photos. take a simple switch stack replacement add on 4 hours of repatching and cable management being carful to reconnect every connection only to come back a week later to see half a dozen 5-10m cables hanging down the front again. Then there was the time a colleague went into a comms room, day after he'd finished a replacement to see a single 10 meter cable just hanging down the front for a 1 meter patch.. the phrase that were uttered that day and immortalised in email were hilarious.

The excuse was always "but we didnt have any" our answer, "come and see us, we have draws full" We would always leave behind a box of appropriately sized cables but still get these 10 meter monsters for the shortest patch possible.

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Comcast 'rolls out' 'world's first' DOCSIS 3.1 modem, pumping 1Gbps over existing cable

BlackKnight(markb)

Re: What would happen if ....

ah right after they reinvest 1billion dollars in remediation and expansion of the existing HFC they will get to 40%,

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BlackKnight(markb)

Re: What would happen if ....

They would have to share nicely, obviously.

Noting this is running on HFC and not twisted pair copper. not seeing a lot of potential in this for Australia given our rather limited HFC roll out.

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NBN cost blows out by at least AU$10bn and FTTN isn't launched yet

BlackKnight(markb)
Mushroom

they killed it

unfortunately the libs have effectively killed off the FTTP solution until there MTM\FTTN solution is built. the sad fact is they've blown so much money changing the solution after the start of implementation that no one will be able to justify the cost of swapping back again.

At best, for areas that construction has not started, a new labor government may deploy FTTP to those areas. more likley they'll play political football with it for election points as they get to use the LIberals killed the nbn slogans.

this will now be down to NBN justifying the costs of future upgrades to its primary stake holder in the future. best bet, if you want FTTP build a new home the only way to dodge this debacle.

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New nbnTM roadmap reveals HFC tests to start in Q4

BlackKnight(markb)

yeah so much for that 25mbps by 2016 promise, just another one to add to the list. But I think most of us realised there was no way you could redesign the solution and deploy it in less then 3 years anyway.

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NBN Co to trial faster fixed wireless services

BlackKnight(markb)

Re: Can't even get current wireless

ah yes imagine, random trees and other uncontrollable external factors getting in the way of the alimighty saviour "WIRELESS" which will apparently solve all woes (according to some)

some people dont seem to get that the cheaper solution that doesnt actually work where its needed, is not value for money. and people like scottk get shafted because of it.

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In assault on American values, Lockheed BLASTS PICKUP with RAYGUN

BlackKnight(markb)

Re: input vs. output

well if your laser could do as much damage as that 120mm at similar ranges. the advantage would be not having to carry large quantities of explosives next to the crew.

This could also mean less weight or more armour. assuming you dont have to replace the shells pound for pound with fuel or batteries.

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Turnbull says no need to future-proof NBN

BlackKnight(markb)

Re: No FTTN to FTTP pathway?

The only reusable part of the FTTN network will be the fibre, the active equipment and the cabinets will all have to go. which is an extrodinary total build cost.

You guys had FTTN in 2010 which means they were building it in 2005 at the latest, when FTTN and those speeds made sense. its now 2015 and we dont have either a FTTN or FTTH network.

if your had a business and managed to not upgrade your servers\desktops for 10 years. would you look at the technolgy from 5 years ago or just consider your current and upcoming requirements?

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BlackKnight(markb)

Re: Would you Future-proof a PC?

I take it you've never been responsibly for maintaining critical services over wireless (heres a hint it doesnt work that well)

Wireless is a access technology only, for high speed you need line of sight, this get messed up in storms or even just fog. Using wireless to connect thousands of houses in an area to a radio antenna will result in speeds akin to what most people get on 3G in high density locations.

to have a hope in hell of making it work you would need as many antennas as there putting in cabinets for the MTM solution. its cheaper just to run fibre at this point.

Radio equipment is active, so you would need backups if your going to run voice for say emergancy calls over it. its also reasonably expensive, exposed to weather and vandals and vulnerable to some twat in a car running around with a transmitter blocking it out for fun. lets not mention the ease at which one could collect vase somes of data to analyse. one little hiccup in security and everyones private communicatinos are up for grabs. But sure go wireless for wan links for the entire country sounds like a solid plan....

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BlackKnight(markb)

Re: Would you Future-proof a PC?

Yes I do, It allows me to spend far less in the years after and maintain performance with the latest application. so i spent $2500 on my PC to begin with and every 2 years i spend about another $500 upgrading part of it. instead of spending another $2000 every 2 years to buy a new one.

But comparing PC parts to the NBN is like comparing car upgrades to a highway project. your literally not taking about the same thing.

Did you miss the part about the build time for either solution? 8 years or so for the current plan. there literally putting in yesterdays technology for tomorrow under this plan. at least with a FTTH you would be laying the foundation for what we will be needing in 10 years time. The liberal solution is already well behind schedule as for some reason they thought that redesigning the solution from scratch could be done in less then a year. they are as imcompetent as labor was with there time frames.

Upgrading the Multi technology solution will involve ripping out those shiny new sidewalk cabinets and removing the copper to replace it with fibre anyway as well as upgrading the exchanges and client equipment.

Upgrading the FTTH from 100mbps to 1gbps when its needed will require changing the hardware at the datacentre and the customer site. significantly easier upgrade path.

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Telstra copper at crisis point, endangers NBN, says union

BlackKnight(markb)

ok so there networks just shy of 70 years old, not a 100...... fair point welcome to australias ultra advanced 70 year old network that flaks out with a bit of weather.

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Avoiding data retention will be as easy as eating a burger

BlackKnight(markb)

Re: sorry to be thick

your lack of comprehension is due entirely to the liberals failing to actually define metadata in there policy. This is where large amounts of opposition come in because its been so poorly defined what there saying they will capture and what they would be allowed to capture are entirely different things.

What there saying is there intention is to capture things like Source\destination addresses (like reading an envolope) what they will actually capture will be source and destination address, requested URL name. which if they want to see what you looked at they just need to plug it into there browser. they would also be able to determine how long you spent on the website, which of its subpages you opened.

where you were streaming content from where your sending emails, whos sending you emails.

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BlackKnight(markb)

VPN session to $10 a month hosted server in canada\sweden\where ever

RDP to said server and conduct your online activities from there.

give abbott and co the finger when you pass them in the street.

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NBN Co, Turnbull, issue contradictory broadband speed promises

BlackKnight(markb)

Re: Not my Bleedin' Network

You should probably ditch optus then there are better plans around then theres.

especially if they wont offer you the 25/5 mbps plan that the NBN full supports.

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BlackKnight(markb)

Re: Labor predicted 50% at 12Mbps

because apparently you are the only one who misunderstood the statement.

the stated the expected 50% of the user base to sign up for a 12/1mbps plan (the lowest and cheapest possible speed to sign up for). which also means they expect the other half to sign up for 25/5 or greater at more cost.

12mbps is double the average australian download speed.

the FTTN 25mbps promise will only work if they have cabinates very close to houses or are delivering services via HFC which today has a lower shared bandwidth then fibre.

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Hilton, Marriott and co want permission to JAM guests' personal Wi-Fi

BlackKnight(markb)

the only place this makes sense to allow is places like hospital, where medical systems are attached wirelessly you wan to be able to shut down any source of interferance quickly.

Personal hotspots dont have enough power to muscle out enterprise network access points. anyway.

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HE'S DONE IT! Malcolm Turnbull unites left and right with piracy policy

BlackKnight(markb)

Re: Counterproductive ... Security Wise

and they copped the same blasting as the liberals now deserve.

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BlackKnight(markb)

Re: Malcolm's not THAT stupid is he?

Of course not people under 60 are entilted, lazy only interested in free rides and only concerned with themselves. unlike those over 60

in case you missed it %SARCASM%^

politicians are apparently just really slow learners.

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Gigabit-over-TV-cable spec DOCSIS 3.1 passes interop test

BlackKnight(markb)

Re: Key words her.... are

60 billion dollars over 10-12 years.

6 billion or so a year or about 1.6% of the yearly revenue, invested into a government owned company that would have begin recouping the costs before it was finished.

In comparision i spend about 2% of my budget on my internet and im on average wage.

But No we really can't afford it can we.....

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