* Posts by TheVogon

2182 posts • joined 17 Jan 2013

They say we're too mean to Microsoft. Well, how about this... Redmond just had a stonking year. And only 8% tax. Whee!

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Re: A Stonking Year???

"Would you please type in a version of English the rest of the world can understand."

The English speaking world would understand that. Perhaps you are from those colonies that gave up speaking English around 1783?

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I note that Microsoft cloud products have reached a $15 billion a year run rate, which makes Microsoft now ahead of AWS in cloud revenue...

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US laptops-on-planes ban now applies to just one airport, ends soon

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"I had a TSA inspector check my wrist watch on a domestic flight last month."

Probably looking for devices like these: http://plugable.com/bands/

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Re: Riyadh

"I assume they are looking for alcohol, porn and bacon"

Drugs. So they can behead a few more prisoners...

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Linus Torvalds may have damned systemd with faint praise

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"When you refer to a god, there's no capital letter. When you refer to God, then there is, and He'll know if you get it wrong."

Which largely depends of course on which one of the roughly 3,000 different branches of sky fairy belief on this planet that you might happen to adhere to....

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Truck spills slimy load all over Oregon road – drivers slip in eel slick

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"Korean 'delicacy'"

The real dogs bollocks then...

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Pretty fly for an AI: Bioboffins use machine learning to decipher fruit flies' brains

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"They could also use the contestants of Love Island if they run out of fruit flies"

Or presumably those that bother to watch it...

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Russia, China vow to kill off VPNs, Tor browser

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Re: Simple explanation

"Was it actually operated by Russian army personel? Who knows, maybe it was Ukrainian separatists/rebels/terrorists*"

Extensive training and experienced crew members are required to operate such a BUK system. It's not something you can just pass to the locals and have them press a button...

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Re: The cause of the next world war

"A revolt in China happens only on the back of a foreign intervention, war or something else like that (Boxer uprising, Mao, etc). When China is self-governed it does not revolt regardless of how much the peasants are oppressed".

Erm, no. See the very long list here - many of which were against the government of the time: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_rebellions_in_China

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Re: Coming soon to the UK...

"Prime Minister Corbyn"

He lost. You are Diane Abbott and can't count and I claim my £5...

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Re: Coming soon to the UK...

How exactly are they going to block VPNs? SSL and IPSEC would be indistinguishable from other encrypted traffic. And if they try to bock servers, they will just loose a large game of whack-a-mole...

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Man facing $17.5m HPE fraud case has contempt sentence cut by Court of Appeal

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Re: Automatic halving of sentence - the joys of a stupid system

""He'll be in the slammer forever..."

No, after 30 rounds of that a 50 year sentence would be down to a couple of seconds."

Yes - his sentence would never be zero...

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Ubuntu Linux now on Windows Store (for Insiders)

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Re: Mensa

"That's because you only need to take a look around some of the certification forums to see that half the people gaining certs in MS, Oracle, CISCO, etc are simply performing verbatim regurgitation of test questions you can buy or simply rip off torrent sites."

The Microsoft exams at least were heavily redesigned about 5 years ago to stop that. The questions, scenarios, parameters and answers are now randomly selected and shuffled, meaning that you can no longer just learn a list of correct answers because the actual questions themselves are dynamic in content.

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Re: Faster by using Windows download?

"I found that trying to install ANYTHING from Windows Store breaks the Store App -- and all other "metro/modern" apps on Win 10. Attempting to repair Store app: This app can't be repaired please download an updated version from Windows Store."

That's not normal behaviour obviously.

Firstly, make sure your time & date are set correctly and check that all pending Windows updates are installed. Then try opening an elevated command prompt and running WSRESET

If that doesn't help you can reinstall the Store and other preinstalled apps via Powershell - Instructions here: www.intowindows.com/how-to-reinstall-store-and-other-preinstalled-apps-in-windows-10

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Re: Mensa

"All these MCSE's who freeze when confronted by a 1970s inferior *nix non object orientated command line instead of Powershell that they are used to"

TFTFY.

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"2% is the same percentage of the population that qualify for MENSA."

Correlation != Causation.

See graph here for a good example: https://www.venganza.org/about/open-letter

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FREE wildcard HTTPS certs from Let's Encrypt for every Reg reader*

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Re: There is a dark evil danger to the big uptake of HTTPS

"LOL, no, it seems you do.

Nope, read and learn.

"Hint2: Each client has a unique encryption key to the AP.

Hint3: The only way a client can see data is if the AP specifically sends it to the client."

Not the only way. FYI, ARP traffic still gets broadcast across the network using a shared key so that DHCP can maintain clients.

So, If the ARP table is poisoned with a broadcast MAC on the client entry you will force the clients system to use the broadcast shared key when sending data. If the system is fooled into using the shared key to send data it can now be seen and you will bypass the client isolation.

Thus, if you set your local static ARP entry using the clients ip with a broadcast mac your local system will think its sending broadcast traffic when talking to that client and use the shared key allowing the client to see your traffic...

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Re: There is a dark evil danger to the big uptake of HTTPS

"Wireless Client Separation/Isolation is a basic feature on pretty much every AP on the planet, even the nasty TP-Link ones so I think it's a bit unfair to say they get local network access to your device."

You need to read: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Promiscuous_mode

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Is this a hotdog? What it takes for an AI to answer that might surprise you

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Re: So where is the AI?

I bet it would still have issues.

See

https://lettersfromnairobi.files.wordpress.com/2012/03/hot-dog2.jpg

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Oracle CEO Mark Hurd scoops up $17.4m from 350,000 share sales

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Re: Well I got that wrong.

"That sort of lolly could buy you 15 million Soleros"

Or a few dozen Oracle licences....

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Fast-spreading CopyCat Android malware nicks pennies via pop-up ads

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Re: I feel retarded

"Linux and other Unixes have had extensions"

That's part of the problem - fine grained security control is an after-thought - not built into everything from the ground up like in Windows.

"From the earliest days of Unix, setuid provided a way (albeit with its own problems) to execute tasks requiring administrative privileges without using an admin/system level account."

Not the same thing at all. For instance how would you control rights to different functions within the same executable?

"Despite your false claim that Windows has an advantage in this regard"

But it is massively superior in this regard - see the above.

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Back to ASICs: Mellanox pumps up Ethernet speed to 400Gbps

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Re: SFPs + Fiber = cost more than switch?

"So, that means that the highest possible speed for a single connection is 100Gb?"

No - you missed: "at least 10 km over single-mode fibre (400GBASE-LR8) using eight parallel wavelengths (CWDM) each at 50 Gbit/s"

That's a single fibre connection.

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Re: What about the NICs?

"I don't think you'll be putting a 400GB nic in the back of a sever any time soon"

A 400Gb nic however is quite possible using PCI-E v5 - that will be available within 2 years or so.

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Largest advertising company in the world still wincing after NotPetya punch

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Re: Is it just me...

"There is the common practice in many companies that domain admins use the same prooveleged user in their day to day laptop"

That's certainly not common practice in companies large enough to have an "IT department". Most companies make it such that you cant easily work like that. No email, no profile, etc. on admin accounts. So that you must use a separate user account only for admin type operations.

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Virgin Media biz service goes TITSUP* across London

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"That level of resilience costs money"

Dual WAN connectivity really isn't very expensive these days and there are cheapskate options like a VPN over internet. - and would likely cost a lot less money in the long term than a few thousand employees sometimes not being able to work...

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Re: right! own up!

A large business without a backup connection?!

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Photobucket says photo-f**k-it, starts off-site image shakedown

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"Just look at the manner in which UK Students are drip fed debt"

It seems perfectly fair that the privileged / likely high earners directly pay for their choice of education. Many other countries also do this.

" it's all interest free to start with"

No, it's at the RPI + 3%. So relatively low.

"they hit you with the fees and interest for the next 20 years or more."

You only have to pay if you earn more than £21K a year. And because it's over a long period with low interest rates, the payments are relatively low...And if you have not paid within 30 years, it gets wiped.

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Re: "It'll be interesting to watch this space

"Who are all pretty s**t."

And who are all mostly still free to use for basic account functions...

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"There's also a huge gulf between free and $400/year."

Quite. They could easily have done something more reasonable for free accounts like just replaced the images with adverts 50% of the time so as to not totally screw up years of internet content....

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"socialist Ponzi schemes like a state national health service"

Every first world country on the planet other than the US manages to have one. And they all have better healthcare and pay less for it.

There is a film you need to watch to help cure your ignorance: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4897822/

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May the excessive force be with you: Chap cuffed after Star Trek v Star Wars row turns bloody

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Re: Ewoks.f@$!$ Ewoks

"Who are you people voting for Return of the Jedi? The film in which sentient teddy bears win the day."

Like the other episodes are any more credible?!

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Re: In a fight over...

"What Star Trek fan carries a pocket knife?"

An American that can't afford a gun?

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F-Secure's Mikko Hypponen on IoT: If it uses electricity, it will go online

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Re: "We can't avoid the IoT revolution by refusing to play part."

"I'll find another way to make a couple of slices of bread crispy if it comes to the point that commercially available toasters need to phone home on my dime."

It's coming. See https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=LRq_SAuQDec

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Cloud sales shift as enormo Microsoft reorg continues – sources

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Re: An article about a bunch of rumours..

"virtually nobody knows what the change is exactly."

We do however know that this is only about 10% of the sales force! and that 75% of the cuts are outside of the US...

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Re: All the top brass from Linked In are leaving too

"All the top brass from Linked In are leaving too "

They are probably close porting everything from Play / Java / Oracle crud to .Net and IIS so have no further need for many of the senior staff members.

Likely Microsoft bought LinkedIn mostly for the product concept and the membership rather than the staff...

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Alabama man gets electrocuted after sleeping with iPhone

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Re: so much wrong here...

" the second is absolutely not. "

It is. 2 x 2.5mm cables in a ring main significantly exceeds the tolerance for overloads of a 2.5mm or 4mm radial circuit.

"2.5mm2 cable is good for up to 21A"

No, they are good for up to 27A. And if you did get a break in a ring main, then the load will effectively be split across 2 x radial circuits, so the chances of it then exceeding that rating are relatively minimal. So if the current did exceed 27A then likely it will be a short circuit - which would almost certainly trip the breaker before the cable was damaged...

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Male escort says he gave up IT to do something more meaningful

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Re: It's an option

I suspect he might find it more difficult to insert a floppy in his new job...

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Shock: NASA denies secret child sex slave cannibal colony on Mars

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Re: School boy mistake

Apparently NASA also recently issued a denial that intelligent life had been found in the WhiteHouse...

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Colliders, containers, dark matter: The CERN atom smasher's careful cloud revolution

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Re: in the control center photo

"and how big of a pipe from CERN to MS is needed so they can phone home with all the data."

Presumably they would be using the corporate versions - which don't have most of the telemetry...

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Tick-tick... boom: Germany gives social media giants 24 hours to tear down hate speech

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Re: Better not say anything bad about The Only Democracy in the ME

"International Campaign is Criminalizing Criticism of Israel as “Anti-Semitism"

Shocking. Especially that the UK has apparently adopted that twisted definition.”

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Oh my Word... Microsoft Office 365 unlatched after morning lockout

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"What if my need is to have it available 24x7x365?"

Then you need to fork out on your own 2 datacentre setup with full resilience / no single point of failure - and that won't come cheaply...

O365 is targeted at 99.9% availability type uses which equates to circa 45 minutes a month of downtime.

In practice O365 usually achieves 99.99% on a quarterly basis- see https://products.office.com/en-us/business/office-365-trust-center-operations

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Europe seeks company to monitor Google's algorithm in €10m deal

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Good to see Slurp finally getting a spanking...

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Ubuntu 'weaponised' to cure NHS of its addiction to Microsoft Windows

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Re: Makes perfect sense

"it will be damn expensive to make the move"

Very. And massively complex and would take many years. And many users would always still need Windows.

"but the long-term benefits will be worth it."

I doubt it. You would just end up with an expensive to run mess. If this were true, many CIOs would be doing this, but near zero are....

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Re: Terminal servers?

"There is no reason why NHSbuntu couldn't be used as a thin client in this case regardless of which OS is used in the backend."

Other than that many such devices already exist running both Linux / Windows CE - and would be far better tested, established and supported...

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Re: The city of Munich tried this

And more to the point, it was crappy to use and the users hate it.

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The 'DUP' joins El Reg’s illustrious online standards converter

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Re: We send the EU 0.16 DUP a week

"Let's stop these arseholes privatising it."

That was Labour via PFI. And we did - they lost...

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Re: Let's not ask who really benefits from the Union

"Then there is Bermuda. UK controlled but one of the biggest tax havens / money laundering centres in the world."

Bermuda is primarily an offshore centre for re-insurance due to low corporation tax. It has a locally elected government and Britain exercises no direct control. It also has strict anti-money laundering laws and you can't even open a bank account there unless you are a resident with local ID,

Are you thinking of Belize or maybe just don't have a clue what you are talking about?

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Re: Dane Geld

"May is clutching at straws getting into bed with the DUP."

It seems to be enough straws though...

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Spies do spying, part 97: The CIA has a tool to track targets via Wi-Fi

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Re: defense

"simply do not use WiFi on any Windows PC."

Well if you are a terrorist or have something to hide maybe!

"Setting it up is pain anyway"

There is nothing to "setup" It just works out of the box.

"the speed is not so good,"

I likely get higher real transfer speeds via my 5GHz AC WiFi than you do over Powerline!

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