* Posts by Adam JC

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Guess who's still most moaned about UK ISP... Rhymes with BorkBork

Adam JC

The Zen Fibre 2 (Up to 80Mbps) is £42.99+VAT/month - It's cheaper than BT and that *includes* line rental. BT Business Line rental is £18.99+VAT at the moment so £25.00+VAT for (Truly) unlimited fibre and £17+VAT for line rental is hardly 'astronomical'. Also coupled with the fact that BT stiff you £5+VAT a month on top for a single static IP and Zen offer one for free... (And a proper router capable of handling more than 3 smartphones and a single PC, like a FritzBox or a Draytek, not a ShiteHub6!).

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Adam JC

Actually, Zen Unlimited Fibre 2 is £42.00+VAT/month if you take line rental + unlimited FTTC with a static IP. (BT charge £5.00+VAT *Extra* for a static IP on their business fibre service - Quite how in this day and age a static IP in business isn't standard is a mystery) so Zen are now cheaper than BT Business fibre and have been for a fair while... which makes selling it much easier as it's a bonus :-)

As a matter of fact, having just checked BT's site - 76Mbps/19Mbps fibre unlimited is £27.00+VAT/month & £15.90+VAT/month line rental £5+VAT/month for a single static IP = £47.90+VAT/month - In comparison Zen is a flat £42.00+VAT - I should know, I've migrated three customer sin the past 48 hours from BT and it wasn't that long ago that BT were infact cheaper...

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Amazon warns you have 30 days before Music Storage files bloodbath

Adam JC

Re: Too expensive for Amazon

Ah, I should probably mention, my business partner *is* family (He's best man at my wedding) - Therefore I consider his spouse family. I think my grandma is also fair game for family, so no ToS violation here :-)

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Adam JC

Re: Too expensive for Amazon

If we're going down that route, you can start factoring in how I dropped my TV license for Netflix.. that's £150/year better off. I also don't solely use my internet connection at home for Spotify, so a moot point. My data plan is 20GB (Of which streaming is actually not taken out of this allowance, bazinga!) and I don't solely use my mobile phone for Spotify.

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Adam JC

Re: Too expensive for Amazon

I'm afraid my opinion differs, I recently bought the £14.99 spotify 'family' pack (5x Spotify subscriptions), I gave my business partner & his other half a subscription, my better half and myself also had a subscription and also to my grandma as she doesn't get about much and enjoys music.

That equates to £3 a month (Less than the cost of a single album). I listen to the service almost all day at work and also whilst doing service calls in my van. My music habits tend to be quite varied and in all honesty, If I were to purchase all the music I listened to (Even if I only ever listened to it once then never again) I'd have spent a phenomenal amount of money. I appreciate that I don't *OWN* the music, I am simply paying for access to the catalogue but that suits me well, just because it doesn't suit one persons ideology, others (Such as myself) may have a totally different view. £3 is about the same price you'd spend on a MoccaChoccaLatteFrappaChino from <Insert overpriced 'trendy' coffee chain here>.

Like it or lump it, almost everything is going subscription-based - Adobe, Office, Music, TV - I envisage a future where you won't be able to buy tracks and albums in the current way that we've been able to previously and subscription-based is the only way to go for future releases. I have to admit I can't remember the last time I purchased a physical CD and infact my most recently purchased vehicle had the CD player as an 'optional extra', even then it was relegated to hiding in the glove box!

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Any social media accounts to declare? US wants travelers to tell

Adam JC

Re: its optional....

You do realise your comment being posted as AC carries a hefty level of irony along with it, right?

You've totally missed the point, what we're saying is that some people either can't remember or flat out don't know some of the questions. If you opt not to have a social media account, you're likely to be given the third degree upon entry as (Surely!) everyone has a Facebook account, right?!

As a self-respecting British citizen with nothing to hide; a perfectly clean criminal record and a desire to visit the USA one day (In-fact I'd like to have our honeymoon there next year), I have to say that my desire is rapidly diminishing after reading things like this....

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Mythical broadband speeds to plummet in crackdown on ISP ads

Adam JC

Misleading title

<Quote> CAP's sister body, the Advertising Standards Authority, also today ruled that it is not materially misleading to describe broadband services that use fibre-optic cables for only part of the connection as "fibre broadband"

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Uhm... 'technically' the infrastructure from the exchange to the next hop further up is fibre, if we're being finnicky are they going to be allowed to sell ADSL/ADSL2 as 'fibre' services!? Shirley not...

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Pastry in a manger: We're soz, Greggs man said

Adam JC

Greggs

All this has done is made me want to pop down to Greggs at lunchtime tomorrow and buy a sausage roll.

In all fairness, they're the dogs bollocks... or is that what goes into them? I never can remember!

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Hey, you know why it's called the iPhone X? When you see Apple's repair bill, your response will be X-rated

Adam JC

Re: The Need For Speed

Those are AMERICAN dollars (AUD), not USD.

$419 AUD = $320 USD

$819 AUD = $628 USD

Still expensive, but the AUD price of an iPhone X is $1579 AUD ($1211 USD) - Seems the ozzies are paying a hefty markup!

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User demanded PC be moved to move to a sunny desk – because it needed Windows

Adam JC

Re: there are a few tweets

Ah, no wonder nobody noticed the status updates... they were posted on Twitter!

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Red panic: Best Buy yanks Kaspersky antivirus from shelves

Adam JC

What was it, the latest and greatest version of Vipre....? :)

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Taken a while but finally here's the first proper smart-home gizmo

Adam JC

HomePlug?

I'm just thinking out loud here, but with the massive widespread use of HomePlug, why aren't router(s) readily available with the tech built in? The last home router I saw with HomePlug (85mbps in the early days I believe) available was the ZyXEL NBG318S. I don't think I've seen one since, but it would be silly especially as these devices are all connected directly to the electricity.

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Forget sexy zero-days. Siemens medical scanners can be pwned by two-year-old-days

Adam JC

Re: Fabulus. Some of those are Windows bugs, others are in remote admin tools that don't need ID

I had a CT scan when my bowel perforated at Christmas, my first one infact. I like to think I'm okay with most medical procedures but the noise those things make and the fact you're so close to it is actually quite un-nerving and uncomfortable. (This is coming from someone who's had most medical diagnostic procedures in various orifices that things really ought not to be inserted!)

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Uneasy rest the buttocks on the iron throne. Profits plunge 14% at Sky UK and Ireland

Adam JC

Oh wow, I'm super jammy - My 2TB HD+ box with WiFi has lasted me for nearly 4 years now! Although it does occasionally need a hard power/off/reset so is probably going to die sooner or later.

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'SambaCry' malware scum return with a Windows encore

Adam JC

'Using the same C&C Server as before'

Why on earth was the server not pulled and/or commandeered by white-hat folk, especially if it has 'self removal' as a feature?

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Beware, sheep rustlers of the South West of England! Police drone spy unit gets to work

Adam JC

Re: Battery life

That's impressive Haku, I've done MotoX near minchinhampton :)

I was more on about having zoomed in 30x at those kinds of heights, the wobble is greatly amplified. Am jealous of your drone!

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Adam JC

Re: Battery life

After having installed 30x optical zoom PTZ CCTV cameras at an airfield, I can attest that even with the strongest/sturdiest of mounts, at 30x full zoom the amount of 'wind wobble' can be significant. I can only imagine that on a drone susceptible to wind wobble at great height, this would present a fairly major issue!

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Adam JC

I bet the people coming across it were even more unhappy!

Reminds me of that scene in Max and Paddy'...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VpLu72tFn7U

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Don't panic, but your Bitcoins may just vanish into the ether next month

Adam JC

Misleading Title

Title makes it sounds like all BitCoins would disappear from everyone's wallets, a little misleading to be fair :-/

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Brit prosecutors ask IT suppliers to fight over £3 USB cable tender

Adam JC

Re: USB A, Male to Male? I don't think you really want one of them

Ahh the ole 'Windows Easy Transfer' cables! I remember them.

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Windows Insiders with SD cards turn into OneDrive outsiders

Adam JC

Re: The Need For Speed

"...outside the small bubble that is the Reg"

Think you'll find the Reg readership/commentards cover pretty much every arm of the industry and even some that don't fall under 'I.T'

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PC rebooted every time user flushed the toilet

Adam JC

Re: Sea-skimming microwave

IANAE *but* as I understand, if a microwave link travels far enough, you need to factor in curvature of the earth. Once that comes into the equation, tide (or lack of) can play a part in whether the link is disrupted or not.

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My unpopular career in writing computer reviews? It's a gift

Adam JC

Re: The obvious IT use

I'd imagine the lack of dexterity and precision required by the thickness would negate any benefit of protection.

(I've sliced my arm/hand/finger more times than I care to remember rummaging around in cheap/nasty cases might I add!)

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Boffins get routers spilling secrets through their LEDs

Adam JC

Re: I'm not sure why you're still reporting on these clowns.

"Next week they might be telling us they can transfer data by speeding up and slowing down case fans by modulating the amount of code executed to change temperatures."

Funny you should say that...

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/06/24/israeli_researcher_fans_fears_heres_another_way_to_cross_the_airgap/

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Uber New York class action alleges passengers overcharged $7.43m per month

Adam JC

Re: The Need For Speed

The mind boggles, it really does - I'm not sure what's more terrifying, the fact Uber are using all these sneaky tactics to subvert more money into their back pockets OR the fact they haven't turned a profit (Despite all these underhanded things we've read in the news).

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Huawei missed memo that PC's dead – so here are three new notebooks

Adam JC

Curiously placed fingerprint sensor

"Borrowing a feature from Huawei smartphones, the power button on the MateBook X doubles as a fingerprint sensor, giving you one-touch power and log-on."

Would this not result in inadvertently pressing the power button? I guess a gentle touch is required!

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How good are selfies these days? Good enough to fool Samsung Galaxy S8 biometrics

Adam JC

Re: If does not matter

You do realise Seagate bought Samsung's hard-drive biz back in 2011 for $1.4b right...?

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Huawei Honor 8 Pro: Makes iPhone 7 Plus look a bit crap

Adam JC

Re: And still shovelling Android

(Quoting theverge.com here as of 16th Feb):

"Of the 432 million smartphones sold in the last quarter, 352 million ran Android (81.7 percent) and 77 million ran iOS (17.9 percent)"

Even if they don't ALL run the latest and greatest Android, I'd say that's still an absolute landslide in comparison.

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Adam JC

Re: And still shovelling Android

Android? Strangled? You do realise you can install anything you like on it, in APK format... Try doing that on an iPhone! :-/

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LastPass now supports 2FA auth, completely undermines 2FA auth

Adam JC

Re: Better alternatives...

Except of course the buffoons who insist on a ridiculously short max-char password (I'm looking at you, Microsoft...)

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Adam JC

Re: The Need For Speed

A USB stick can be lost, I prefer a cloudy app to store it (Whether it's KeePass on Dropbox, OneDrive, etc) or LastPass in the cloud. You keep your KeePass file locally and your SSD bites the dust... boom, chaos.

As I understand it, your 'vault' is encrypted in-situ on LastPass' server and even they can't access it, so even if their servers were ransacked, there's no way to get in unless they have your master password.

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Plutus Payroll clients and staff fell for plausible business model fairy tales

Adam JC

Not involved, however...

I have been following this since the start and although I'm in a permy job and have never contracted in my career, this must be absolutely terrifying for so many people. I really do hope this gets resolved and they get some of their money back :-(

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Yo, patch that because scum still wanna exploit WannaCrypt-linked vuln

Adam JC

Re: It's worth following the link in the article

I've been doing this job for 10 years and I've never, EVER opened port 445/SMB for a client. 80, 443 (RWW on SBS/OWA on 443) and 25 for mail, *perhaps* 993/995 for secure IMAP/POP with the odd CCTV system here/there but absolutely certainly no SMB! I can't fathom ever opening this port externally for any possible reason!

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US spymasters trash Kaspersky: AV tools can't be trusted, we've stuck a probe in them

Adam JC

Re: The Need For Speed

Also a +1 for ESET. Been a reseller for donkeys years, very lightweight, scores very highly in all tests and you barely know it's there - Last but not least, it barely has any drain on system resources whilst it's doing its thing... (Probably the most important factor for me to be honest).

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Plutus Payroll pledges to pay IT contractors' wages within 72 hours

Adam JC

I still find it baffling how this company actually makes any money if they don't charge for services. What's their business model? How do they bring in actual revenue!?

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It's 2017 and Windows PCs are being owned by EPS files, webpages

Adam JC

Re: The Need For Speed

Actually fella, they do - Plain OEM installs we do of Windows 10 Home/Pro come with Edge as the default but IE installed (Although relatively hidden).

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Boeing and Airbus fly new planes for first time

Adam JC

Re: Yes, they look beautiful

I fear economy of scale (number of passengers) makes this financially unviable. Nobody will pay £1500+ for a flight that would ordinarily cost then £50 and so on. Uber for planes already kind-of exists, but the costing is exorbitant. The chances of finding 7-8 people at a tiny local airport going to the same location as you is also questionable.

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Reg now behind invisible HTML5 Bitcoin paywall

Adam JC

God damnit El Reg!

I'm sat reading this on Monday morning thinking my eyesight is up shit creek! Bitcoin mining aside.... -_-

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Dishwasher has directory traversal bug

Adam JC

Re: The Need For Speed

I can see a lot of comments on here about Smart Meters going nowhere near their network. Smart Meters use ZigBee to communicate with the little in-house display gadgets and don't go anywhere near your home network to be fair. They use HAN/ZigBee to talk to other smart meter(s) nearby. The WAN side is over the mobile network for connectivity, so SmartMeter's are the exception to the IoT drama for now, although I believe they would like to tap into dishwashers/dryers/washing machines/fridges etc in the future via ZigBee and whatnot to utilise surplus energy.

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'Clearance sale' shows Apple's iPad is over. It's done

Adam JC

Re: Education PC seller says Apple is no good in that market

Holy shit, this is not cool!! Aaron Kaufman leaving Gas Monkey Garage and now this..... At least he stuck to his morals!

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Amazing new WikiLeaks CIA bombshell: Agents can install software on Apple Macs, iPhones right in front of them

Adam JC

Re: The Need For Speed

"Or better still, come up with some sort of bogus excuse to force everyone to put their laptops in checked baggage"

What, you mean like this?

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/03/21/tsa_laptop_ban_latest/

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DNS lookups can reveal every web page you visit, says German boffin

Adam JC

Whilst there's no 'logic', I'm afraid they do.. All the big players do... (Bar Zen/aaisp) - In fact, BT/Sky won't even give you a static IP on a residential line if you PAY them. You'll need to switch to a business package for that (Of which Sky don't even offer, might I add).

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Nest cameras can be easily blacked out by Bluetooth burglars

Adam JC

Re: In other news

I'm pretty sure by cutting the cable going to the unit and thus the power, it's irrelevant where your internet connection is based.

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McDonald's India's delivery app was a golden honeypot

Adam JC

What a monumental McFuckup!

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Ubiquiti network gear can be 'hijacked by an evil URL' – thanks to its 20-year-old PHP build

Adam JC

Re: Pay peanuts

What exactly do you mean by the 'security and functionality' aspect? I'm able to use my own Thawte/Verisign SSL certificate to encrypt all traffic between the AP's we deploy and the controller. Don't see an issue with the security there.

As for functionality, can you list anything specifically that the kit is lacking? I've not come across a scenario where the Ubiquiti kit can't do the same as it's much more expensive Cisco/Meraki/Aruba equivalent couldn't. (That's not to say I haven't used alternative brand kit out of personal preference sometimes regardless - I personally quite like the LigoWave/Deliberant Mach5 kit for some long range PTP link installs)

Lastly, I think you'll find all the vendors have some form of their own take on 'standardisation' - Cisco, Meraki, Aruba all insist on you using their OWN cloudy hosting systems and charge a fee as such. And proprietary hardware? They use the same chips as everyone else.. Atheros AR-series chips for WiFi in the UniFi AP's for instance.. nothing proprietary there.

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Adam JC

Re: The Need For Speed

Whilst MikroTik do WiFi via routerboard, etc - It's not in the same league of the UniFi kit in terms of mass-management. (Obviously the MiktoTik kit is much more feature-packed with RouterOS).

The attraction with the Ubiquiti managed AP's is that you can manage hundreds, or even thousands from a central point and there's no fees as with Cisco, Meraki et al. It knocks the socks off other vendors for cost-per-AP when it comes to function vs price.

We've deployed just under 800 AP's to-date along with using their other PTP hardware and it's a refreshingly pleasant experience deploying the kit whether you're dropping one in a small office or deploying 20 in a hotel - It's literally childs play if you're even remotely competent in I.T which is why a lot of people like it. Despite this, some deployments still demand Ruckus or Cisco but for the bulk of it, Ubiquiti kit tends to be more than capable of most things.

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nbn™ puts the acid on Australia's ISPs to speed up its NBN

Adam JC

Re: The Need For Speed

Fortunately with the advent of FTTC that became a thing of the past. FTTC orders have a 'minimum' speed and a 'maximum' speed denoted when your order is finalised, I think it's perfectly fair for a TV advert to say 'up to' 40Mbps DEPENDING ON LOCATION - Then receiving a tailored speed to expect after you place the order.

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The Register's guide to protecting your data when visiting the US

Adam JC

Re: @TheVogon

Depends - If you have full disk encryption enabled beforehand, even if they managed to restore anything the best they'd get is 1TB of scrambled data and a bootloader... IF they're lucky.

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University DDoS'd by its own seafood-curious malware-infected vending machines

Adam JC

Re: Also

Crikey, won't you run into IP allocation exhaustion issues with regards to IPv4 pretty quick?

And aren't your core-routers able to do inter-VLAN routing with ACL's? Surely that's a better way of going about it.

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Guess who's suffering an email outage. Go on, it's as easy as 123-Reg

Adam JC

Re: Why would you use email from 123/GoDaddy/HostPapa etc. anyway?

You.. you do realise, you can point your MX records at Gmail/Google Apps for your own domain, right...?

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