* Posts by TheVogon

1973 posts • joined 17 Jan 2013

FYI: You can blow Intel-powered broadband modems off the 'net with a 'trivial' packet stream

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Re: The penalty for realtime imbecilitis

""The claim was QOS and 600+Mbps in a cheap consumer router"

No, it was that Firewall + NAT was not realistic on consumer grade hardware. I have shown that you are wrong on that.

I then added some specifics - that are also correct - in fact I under specified what the hardware can achieve. And yes that's with QoS enabled.

How effective the QoS is - is an entirely different question and is unrelated to your original claim - which didn't mention QoS...

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Re: The penalty for realtime imbecilitis

To save you having to Bing it, here are some "consumer" device throughput test results:

Test Description

RT-N66U

WAN - LAN

732 Mbps

LAN - WAN

729 Mbps

Total Simultaneous

810 Mbps

Maximum Simultaneous Connections

34,925

Firmware Version

3.1.0.3.90

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Re: Can you disable IPv4 on these devices?

How are you going to insert a hardware firewall into a Docsys 3 coax stream?!

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Re: The penalty for realtime imbecilitis

"Not using Linux HTB or HFSC it can't. Perhaps with cake but 600Mbs is pushing it even with cutting edge hardware little lone an RT66"

Wrong.again, it can do that easily on the native firmware. See the benchmarks at SmallNetBuilder.

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"im on the 200 / 10 and its just fine thanks. could do with a bit more upload but its ok."

Setup a free broadband quality monitor at Think Broadband and you will see how bad the latency is. Also the Puma 6 drops 1% and 7% on DNS packets - and that will impact you even if you hadn't realised. Try the GRC DNS benchmark...

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"According to the article, you aren't getting anything within several orders of magnitude of those figures."

Please let me know where it says that In the article?!

You must definitely do get close to the claimed figures on virgin. The issue is latency spikes, not bandwidth...

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Re: The penalty for realtime imbecilitis

"Well, that is the penalty you get when you implement NAT and stateful firewall in consumer grade hardware instead of using the OS one."

What ever hardware you use, it runs an OS. Cheap"consumer grade" hardware - for instance the ASUS RT66 can have a firewall / QoS enabled throughput of well over 600Mbs / 30,000+ connections.

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"My current ISP (Zen) is one such ISP as was my previous ISP (IDNet). AAISP is also viable."

And how much do they charge for 300Mbs downstream / 30 up?

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Re: I spoke to Virgin

"We had to take ours our of modem mode because that was causing it to lose connection every fifteen minutes"

That fault on the SH3 (Ethernet port periodically shutting down) has bene fixed in recent deployed firmware.

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Modem mode doesn't mitigate these issues. I have had to buy a SH2 AC from eBay as Virgin don't have any...

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Webroot antivirus goes bananas, starts trashing Windows system files

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Re: Kaspersky No Better

"A good virus detection program has good positive detection and LOW false positives ratios. Kaspersky fails badly on the later metric, it's also regularly screwing up systems here, deleting important files, and refusing to boot the system. It's extremely invasive, unreliable trash."

Thanks for the info. I have experience of Symantec, Sophos, McAfee, and Microsoft amongst others but not that one...

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Re: Kaspersky No Better

"and it's virus "protection" is laughable."

Could you explain why? I don't use Kaspersky, but it's one of the best at detecting the many zero day nasties I upload to Virus Total.

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"meaning companies and organizations relying on the software were hit"

People use webroot in companies?!

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Don't stop me! Why Microsoft's inevitable browser irrelevance isn't

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Re: A myopic and unrealistically narrow perspective on Microsoft IE.

"One, Microsoft Internet Explorer and Edge browsers have suffered substantially more bugs and breakage than Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. At least if one goes by results of Browser reliability and security reports from credible organizations."

You have that the wrong way round. Google Chrome and Firefox have had way more vulnerabilities and holes over time than both Edge and IE.

See for instance

http://www.cvedetails.com/product/3264/Mozilla-Firefox.html?vendor_id=452

http://www.cvedetails.com/product/15031/Google-Chrome.html?vendor_id=1224

and

http://www.cvedetails.com/product/32367/Microsoft-Edge.html?vendor_id=26

http://www.cvedetails.com/product/9900/Microsoft-Internet-Explorer.html?vendor_id=26

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Re: My work Windows 7

"If they have sites that only work on older browsers go to IE11 and use Browsium."

Just use Enterprise mode on IE11. Pressing F12 will give you a dev menu where you can select and test different IE levels...

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Re: My work Windows 7

"Refuses to install IE 10, meh."

Why are you not installing IE11?

If you really need IE 10 and they are not sure what to do, point someone competent at https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj822354.aspx

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systemd-free Devuan Linux hits version 1.0.0

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Re: It's not infighting

"Simply because those mountains of outdated WordPress sites left to rot out there aren't running on IIS."

Sure - whatever excuse you want to make. IIS doesn't tend to be running insecure crap like PHP or My SQL either...

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Re: It's not infighting

"If you read the full stats you linked to as opposed to cherry-picking one graph, it shows that Apache comfortably beats IIS in terms of actual use"

Uhm, no - if you read the article - you will see actual use is 44% IIS to 22% Apache.

This exact statistic is what the Apache fans always used to quote. It's only now that IIS is market leader that you are trying to cherry pick a more limited measure!

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Re: It's not infighting

"One thing they pointed out is a lot of scammers these days are using tricks to hide their true identity. One of them is not having real details in their domain registrations."

Had it occurred to you that might also be something those associated with website hackers might want to use? A very desperate sounding and failed attempt to cast aspersions...

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Re: It's not infighting

"Why is it that IIS gets most of the hacks despite being least used? "

It doesn't - Linux gets WAY more hacked when used as an internet facing server. See http://zone-h.org/news/id/4737?zh=1 - old - but still true. More recent stats are actually worse for Linux!

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Re: It's not infighting

"Site hacking must be at an all-time high. When IIS was just a teency little minnow with no defenses to speak of it was vastly more commonly hacked then Apache"

IIS has always had a far better security record than LAMP stacks, and historically was about 4 time LESS likely to be hacked (allowing for market share at the time). See for instance http://zone-h.org/news/id/4737?zh=1

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Re: Microsoft IIS now has double Apache's market share:"

"Share of all sites: Apache 22% MS 44%

Still think "MIcrosoft IIS now has double Apache's market share" is a plausible summary of Netcrafts numbers and charts or even the article text? "

Uhm, yes. I'm pretty sure 44 is exactly double 22...

This was always the exact statistic the Apache fans used to quote.

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Re: It's not infighting

"That's usage share, not market share. Markets are measured in dollars. IIS is light years ahead of Nginx in that regard."

Uhm, no. Markets can be measured in various ways. Pounds for a start. And also not just by sales. Nice pedantry, but also wrong...

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Re: It's not infighting

"And that laughter is the reason why nginx is gaining ground."

And why Microsoft IIS now has double Apache's market share:

https://news.netcraft.com/

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Man nicked trying to 'save' beer from burning building

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Re: Is it allowed ....

Q. How do you turn English beer into American beer?

A. Drink It.

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Drunk user blow-dried laptop after dog lifted its leg over the keyboard

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Re: Good on Jim

See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-wDzICw13ps

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Re: Good on Jim

We once had a neighbour's dog that pissed on everything.

I found an effective cure:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Hotline-HLC120-Gemini-120-Electric-Fence-Energiser-1-2J-OUTPUT-Battery-Mains-/152141201479

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Microsoft promises twice-yearly Windows 10, O365 updates – with just 18 months' support

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"Will that be their advice to anybody, twice yearly, who can't get an update to install?"

Run the Windows Update Troubleshooter from here:

https://aka.ms/wudiag

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

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Re: Project Scorpio?

Apparently the price is going to be more like £399 or £349.

Is that's true then it should wipe the floor with Sony...

http://www.express.co.uk/entertainment/gaming/795193/Xbox-Scorpio-Price-specs-games-Project-Scorpio-release-news

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"A wireless VR headset to go with it would be nice."

I'm sure Microsoft will either produce their own (They have plenty of tech from HoloLens) - and / or allow use of PC compatible hardware.

If Microsoft produced an augmented reality version that could also be blacked out for full VR then that would put them ahead of the competition... Something like a HoloLens Lite - with the graphics computing done in the Xbox, and just the display broadcast to it... As you say - if it was wireless that would also be a big win.

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Re: Interesting

"Same ram as PS4 (GDDR5) but more, slightly more compute cores than PS4PRO, running slightly quicker, slightly better CPU than PS4PRO. A number of small improvements which will all add up.

Appears to be similar improvement over PS4PRO as PS4 is over XBONE."

It's not the same RAM - it's got roughly 50% greater bandwidth. Plus about 50% more GPU power.

WIth the Xbox One versus the PS4 the visible differences in games were relatively minor. I think it's going to be a more noticeable gap this time when comparing 4K HDR games....

I'm sure Sony will be working on the PS5, but it takes circa 3 years to get a console and silicon to market - by which time we will probably have a Scorpio VR Pro, etc...

I think Microsoft might have done enough to take the world wide console sales lead this time.

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Google's 'adblocker' is all about taking back control

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Re: I recommend running a HOSTS solution at the router level

"You have your firewall open to incoming SSL?"

Yes - as a response to outgoing SSL. Otherwise browsing would be a bit tricky...

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"TheVogon, these are not your friends:"

AdBlock Plus - from Eyeo, the guys who run a protection racket on the ad mafia themselves"

Good. Glad to see the advertisers getting a kicking. Just tick the extra box to block the "approved" adverts too if you want to bypass that.

"Ghostery - Ghostery Inc. sells data to advertisers"

Disable the data sharing feature and they don't get the data. However the data they sell is to help advertisers not target those that block adverts. It's not allowing the to track you.

"Edge - from Slurp. Needs no further introduction."

I think you are confused. Chrome is the browser from Slurp...

However that being said, U-Block Origin is now available on Edge - and seem to replace both of the above...

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Hosts files are not generally effective for blocking adverts. The same host often serves more than just adverts...

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Re: I recommend running a HOSTS solution at the router level

"I've been running a-b solution on my Asus AC68U"

How does that block adverts delivered via SSL - as many are now transitioning to?

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"Firefox, NoScript and uBlock Origin."

Edge, AdBlock Plus, Ghostery if you want it easy...

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Nuh-uh, Google, you WILL hand over emails stored on foreign servers, says US judge

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Re: Yeah, but...

"Company B orders you to break the law in the UK. What do you do?"

Tell them no, that's illegal, or go to prison...

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Chap 'fixes' Microsoft's Windows 7 and 8 update block on new CPUs

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Re: Do VMs really solve this issue?

Not necessarily. A Hypervisor can make your VM think it is on an older generation CPU than the actual one in use.

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Re: @inmypjs - Of course we wouldn't have this problem if...

"Did they really give it away ?"

They still do. See https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/accessibility/windows10upgrade

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Re: Microsoft does not care

"I saved a trainee consultant from having to fork out for Office 365 just to make a simple change to a provided document by showing him LibreOffice."

No need to have to download and install that crud, or pay for Office 365

See https://products.office.com/en-gb/office-online/documents-spreadsheets-presentations-office-online

Office online is free...

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Re: updates stopped (around december?)

"Disable automatic updates and stop the wuaserv service (the one running under svchost control and staying up at an entire core), then rescan for updates manually. Should show up with three to four important patches, ~300Mb."

An easier method to resolve most of these type of issues is to run the Windows Update Troubleshooter at https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/help/10164/fix-windows-update-errors

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Re: So? - Addendum

"Can you pop around and fix my computer, it's broke"

Your computer is out of money?! Or did you mean broken?

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AWS v Oracle: Mark Hurd schooled on how to run a public cloud that people actually use

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Re: Put another way

"Oracle spent less on cloud as it has less cloud customers than the competition"

You mean FEWER cloud customers.

Are you one of the less intelligent commentards or one of the few intelligent commentards?

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Re: Roll your own instead

"How about RAC for full redundancy? Not possible due to a lack of hardware config at AWS and Azure."

You can certainly run RAC on Azure - and it's supported by Oracle. For AWS you need Flashgrid.

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Oh snap! UK Prime Minister Theresa May calls June election

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"Now, If it had been Teresa"

She is on El Reg!

https://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/2/2016/07/11/theresa_may_teresa_may_twitter_fail/

See last posts...

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Re: Don't fall for it.

"It's the only way the conservatives can avoid losing their majority due to the prosecution of their members for the frauds which were committed during the last election"

The Labour postal vote fraud - which was far worse - didn't seem to harm them much...

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"Theresa has made a mockery of the system."

Do tell us how?

It's not her fault the opposition is not credible, and strong governments are often good ones...

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Re: Crooks caught in a RAT* trap?

"they define the rules now"

Not for us they don't. That and control of borders were the 2 major reasons for Brexit.

We are in the positon of being able to walk away, not pay their £50 billion, and switch to WTO rules - knowing it will likely hurt them more than us. The EU are in a much weaker positon that we are.

They have already made it clear that they know this and are trying to make ransom demands - as well summed up by Farage:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=54&v=vTIRTyNUoiA

"soon the unelected bureaucrats will take over"

That's already how it works in the EU.

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So few use Windows Phone, Microsoft can't be bothered: Security app is iOS, Android only

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Re: Non-comment

"this article is about Windows Phone"

For which support ended over a year ago. So what this article really says is Microsoft don't release updates for unsupported OSs. Pretty sure we already all knew that.

And it has nothing to do with the number of users.

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Re: No Windows Phone Version?

This was available on Windows Phone first. I already use it.

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