* Posts by Giles C

52 posts • joined 1 Jul 2015


Fancy a .dev domain? They were $12,500 a pop from Google. Now, $1,000. Soon, $17.50. And you may want one

Giles C

The best one I heard is that nccgroup in the uk, bought .trust for themselves. As far as I am aware nobody else is allowed to use it.

Could be wrong but it is pretty audacious to have a tld for one company.

Bloke thrown in the cooler for eight years after 3D-printing gun to dodge weapon ban

Giles C

So he is banned from owning a gun for 2 years, and 1 month before the end of the ban is so desperate for a gun he makes one himself and then gets arrested again.

I would say as thick as 2 short planks but I think I am insulting the intelligence of the wood....

Crash, bang, wallop: What a power-down. But what hit the kill switch?

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At my previous employer we had the same problem. This was a few years ago though

EPO. Upton under the door exit one and someone pressed the wrong one, replaced with a bigger button that you had to hit hard to trigger it.

The same person (I think) was repsonsbile for unplugging a generator for the building (somebody stole the cables to the substation) from the main supply to run his envelope inserting machine. It took an hour before the ups ran out and the site died....

The better one was the day that the power overloaded, entire room down (nobody was in there), went in with torches and the breakers in the room were fine. Went outside and we found that the 100A board in the comms room was fed by a 40A breaker outside....

Defaulting to legacy Internet Explorer just to keep that one, weird app working? Knock it off

Giles C

Browser standards what are they.

Let’s see

My work laptop

Internet explorer

Cisco ironport (ancient code version)

Cisco ISE couple of pages that require flash - yes I am going to upgrade that next month

Some intranet sites

Share point occasionly


Mostly testing the proxy as the group policy doesn’t control it so I can play with proxy settings...


Most stuff and general browsing

Edge - on Windows 7

Once I can get those two apps upgraded Ie becomes useless to me. So yes it is legacy stuff mostly.

Mind you the front end for teams make ie 6 look good...

Oregon can't stop people from calling themselves engineers, judge rules in Traffic-Light-Math-Gate

Giles C

I would not be popular in Oregon

For a few reasons.

My job title is Network Security Engineer

I hold a lapsed Certified Novell Engineer qualification.

A few jobs ago, I used to design wiring diagrams and control panels for an engineering firm.

I also built my kit car and redesigned a lot of it to make it better, in fact the only original bits are the chassis and a couple of body panels. Don’t hold an engineering qualification but the DVLA were happy to certify it for road use.

So there are a few things for them to be annoyed about.

Microsoft sysadmin hired for fake NetWare skills keeps job despite twitchy trigger finger

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Re: not just agencies

Once saw an advert for someone to work alongside me, it was so badly worded I wouldn’t have known what the job was to apply for it.

A strongly worded email to the recruitment office followed.... they had tried to rewrite the profile sent to them... never ask a non techie to write an advert for a network engineer

Giles C

Well there are some good agencies out there

The one who got me my current job (only my fifth week) actually did a really good job, listened to questions, followed them up with the employer and got the answers before I got to the interview stage. Mortimer Spinks if anyone is interested. I gave my old employer the agency details to find a replacement...

On the other hand some of the other ones....

Strange descriptions - one job I went for was so badly worded that a year later they haven’t got anyone for it (I know a couple of people who work for them). They wanted a 3rd line network engineer but totally hands off..... didn’t say that in the advert.

Another agency who took over six weeks to get an interview date - told that lot to get lost with a very strongly worded email and then blocked their numbers.

And the one who suggested a job in Peterborough that turned out to be the other side of Leicester so instead of a 10 minute commute it would be over an hour each way. They couldn’t understand why a pay rise that wouldn’t have covered the petrol cost didn’t appeal.

You can hear a PIN drop... All quiet on the mobile broadband speed front, says network watcher OpenSignal

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Out of town coverage

Well coverage on the north Norfolk coast (Hunstanton to cromer) is patchy at best and in a few places you can’t even make a voice call let alone have data.

There are also the anomaly’s such as the Peak District and Lake District where the only place you can escape phones is in the towns, get to the top of a hill and perfect reception - ideal if you want to call mountain rescue I suppose.....

Guys, you need to sit down and have a chat: Skype rolls out SMS a week after Microsoft

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Re: The cycle continues

Agree entirely,

I have email, text messages (iMessage) or call me.

That is it....

If you can’t do one of these then I’m not interested.....

Roskosmos admits that Soyuz 'meteorite' hole had more earthly origins

Giles C

Re: Interstellar metal worms

that is an Isaac Asimov short story, I can remember the plot but not the title

Don’t think it was one of the robot series and not sure what else’s still in print.

Blinking internets, Batman! O2 trials 5G over lightbulbs

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Well a few years ago we installed a laser link between two buildings as a backup as it saved digging the car park up for a second trench.

One night the primary fibre failed I think the gbic tripped for some reason.

The next morning the building was offline, as I drove over with a colleague to try and sort this out we pulled up in the car park entrance and couldn’t see the buildings which were only 50m apart.

We had freezing fog which refracted the beam to the point it couldn’t get a signal through.

After that we ran a second fibre in...

Top Euro court: No, you can't steal images from other websites (too bad a school had to be sued to confirm this little fact)

Giles C

Re: but... That city spent all that money..

Well that is also true.

Take a picture of the Eiffel Tower and it is copyrighted (the structure not the photo), I remember a magazine using a picture of the copy in Las Vegas as the fees for printing the picture of the original were too expensive.

Also there is a similar rule on national trust propertiees


Mamma Mia! UK film fans forced to Q as Vue's website craps itself

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Might get double posted but.

If you live near wisbech go to the luxe cinema in the town centre, cheap good cinema and I prefer it to Peterborough which is where I live.

Hurrah! Boffins finally discover liquid water sloshing around on Mars

Giles C

I saw this first on the bbc news site, the comments there where astonishing, religion was key, spending money on science was a waste (wonder how they got computers to right on) brexit was a key topic.

Glad to come back to the register for some sensible (mostly) debate.

On topic, proper science at work, let’s have more of this. Finding liquid water in two locations means the prospect of more to come, and if there are microbes it will be more intelligent than the bbc commenters

HMRC told AGAIN to toughen up on VAT-dodging online traders

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Re: And ?

I have to agree, for commodity items online is fine, but when buying camera equipment I need to have a play with it to see it is right. Only problem is no camera shops round here (Peterborough) it is either Lincoln, Norwich or London to look at kit....

Dual-screen laptops debut at Asus' Computex chat

Giles C

At first glance I thought it something like a small Wacom cintiq built in, but this appears to miss the point entirely. That would be useful with a small graphics screen but still without a full touchscreen. Touchscreen laptops always seem a bit pointless as the bases don’t have enough weight to stop screen bounce.

I can’t see what real gains you get from using one of these devices.

It doesn’t appear to be any good for the creative types, and paying a premium for a fancy numeric keypad just doesn’t add up.

You know what your problem is, Apple? Complacency

Giles C


You can’t blame Apple for that, virtually every software developer seems to think they have a direct internet link, I could probably strip out half the firewall rules I maintain if developers accepted the system proxy settings on their software.

Fixing a printer ended with a dozen fire engines in the car park

Giles C

More toaster trouble

This one belonged by my grandparents way before I was born.

They had a toaster which didn’t catch fire, instead it took out the electrics for the entire road they lived on, after it happening a couple of times the electricity board forcibly removed it and destroyed it.

Admin needed server fast, skipped factory config … then bricked it

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Compaq docking station

About 15 years ago, we had some compaq docking stations the size of a full size pc. So big they took the laptop, monitor a couple of 5 1/4” drives etc.

One of them got stuck, now with these you pulled the back cover off and there was a lever for manual eject of the laptop.

A manager had his laptop get stuck and was talked though the procedure, followed by a bang as he changed the voltage switch instead of sliding the eject lever....

Google Pay heads for the desktop... and, we fear, an inevitable flop

Giles C

Re: Barriers to entry

Well I don’t use a bank card when I go to the supermarket, nor do I have any of those so called loyalty cards.

In fact for most transactions in shops I use cash for anything up to about £25. It is easy accepted and doesn’t tend to break.

I have an iPhone by have never even thought about enabling Apple Pay.

'Your computer has a virus' cold call con artists on the rise – Microsoft

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Call guardian

The latest model allows you to add you name to the message an unknown user gets, so you should be able to record something in a different language...

My parents have it installed and it usually blocks around 10 calls a day... you do need a caller ID service though

Patch LOSE-day: Microsoft secures servers of the world. By disconnecting them

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Re: Oh dear

Static up addresses are essential

Routers Bgp peering would be interesting... as would virtually any securely peered protocol

Firewalls, especially for nat statements

Access control lists - Cisco does not support dns entries in ACLs

Load balancers

Radius and tacacs servers

But not for

Client workstations

Wireless APs

To say you don’t need static addresses suggests someone who has never administered a network bigger than a single switch.

Swiss see Telly Tax as a Big Plus, vote against scrapping it

Giles C

Re: Short term vs long term

Hmm most of my viewing is BBC and when occasionally I listed to podcasts usually BBC (infinite monkey cage is a good example)

Watch channel 5 for the WRC, that is it.ITV never, channel 4 never

BBC4 for science documentaries

BBC2 for more documentaries

BBC1 for drama, (Shetland, Strike) and countryfile

Mind you just finsihed watching collateral and not sure what I just saw....

So I am very happy to keep the license fee.

Will say I have Netflix as well that is currently on altered carbon

EU bods up GDPR ante: Threatens legislative laggards with ‘infringement procedure’

Giles C

Re: It looks as if

Looks like your Club is a bit bigger than mine, still never know we may meet at an event one day.

If you want to know more, email me through the website look under about the club, and then contacts for details.


Giles C

Re: It looks as if

I have just gone through with this as I run a car club.

Basically we culled all the old data we held.

Sent out renewal forms stating what we used data for and why will hold it.

Defined a data retention period (membership + 3 months)

You can see more at https://www.eatoc.org.uk/privacy.shtml

There is also a guide for football clubs (same principles) except car clubs are less physically active at https://www.muckle-llp.com/enews/gdpr-mean-grassroots-clubs/

We used that to sort out the details for us.


Giles C

Used to quote a VDU (very dumb user)problem, useful when calling back to the office, to get someone to reset an issue.

Also once gave a reply when asked what was wrong “the warp core is out of alignment” which the user accepted as being genuine - oops....

Fortunately I don’t deal with users that much these days

Your palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy – you forgot about Europe's GDPR already

Giles C

It applies to clubs or groups

I run a small car club (90 ish members), we knew this was going to affect us, and so rewrote the forms that people use.

As a result it now states on the application and renewal forms how and why we will use your data, and basically if you submit this form you are accepting the above terms and conditions.

Here is the text we used.


All information provided here will be used by EATOC to process your membership. By providing contact details (any of email address, telephone number, postal address) you are granting permission for the club to contact you by these methods.

The information provided will be stored in the database for the period of your membership. If you resign from the club then the your information will be removed from the database within 10 working days of the club being notified.

If a member has not informed us of their decision to resign and 3 months have passed since a renewal offer was sent out then their information will be removed.

By submitting this form to the club you agree to these terms and conditions.


There is another section where we can share data with other club members and that requires a separate tick box to allow us to do that.

It wasn’t hard and it proves we are complying with the rules. Just takes some thought.

One more credit insurer abandons Maplin Electronics

Giles C

Re Shops don't make money by giving good advice and service...

Believe me I would rather go to a good local shop than buy some of the kit I own mail order.

For instance my nearest local camera shops are Norwich, Cambridge, Lincoln or Leicester (you can probably deduce which large town I live in from that). Now if I want a new lens (canon DSLR) I don’t want to buy it sight unseen but would prefer to go to a camera shop. As there aren’t any local to me I tend to wait for the photography show as it gives me a chance to try it out first.

Same with a local bike shop, why would you spend around £1000 without trying a bike for size and comfort first. Yes the accessories can be a bit expensive but support the local shops. Besides I would often prefer to pay someone who knows what they are doing to replace things rather than spend hours doing it myself and probably getting it wrong....

Auto auto fleets to dodge British potholes in future

Giles C

The biggest problem with potholes is the way they repair them, bunging a bit of tarmac in and levelling it off doesn’t seal the gap.

Water gets between the patch and the rest of the road. Freezes and they pushes the patch out. Result a few months later it has to be done again.

Cycling and also owning a car that sits only 60mm of the road (kit car not that exotic) those holes can really ruin your day.

Better to have a database which flags road x has been patched y times so resurface it properly....

But smart roads, just stick a microphone at the side and listen for the bang as a car goes though.

Solution looking for a problem if you ask me

Lights, camera, 802.11ax-ion!

Giles C

Hmm 10gig wireless clients will need a 10gig capable access point, how is that meant to work. I haven’t seen many 10gig switches with PoE (or any), so that will be new switches, new APs upgrade the cores to give the switches enough bandwidth.

Don’t think many people will be implementing this in the short term

Royal Bank of Scotland culls 1 in 4 branches, blames the interwebz

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Odd closures

Just looked at the branches near me that are closing, loads of the small towns but for some reason the 2 branches in Peterborough (1.5 miles apart) are both staying open. Whereas Stamford is closing... must be all the takeaways in Millfield keeping it going....

OpenSSL patches, Apple bug fixes, Hilton's $700k hack bill, Kim Dotcom raid settlement, Signal desktop app, and more

Giles C

Re: Hacking the home

It always amazes me that people will transfer huge sums of money without question.

I always follow this procedure when setting up a new payment.

1 confirm details with person who should get the money

2 set up payment online

3 pay them a pound and check they receive it. If not I have lost £1 hardly the end of the world.

4 if 3 was successful send the rest of the money

That was I have confirmed the money is going to the correct account and both parties are safe in the knowledge the details are correct and we can keep using them.

Works for all the usual people I get to do work for me, plumbers, electricians.

Landlubber northern council shores up against boat-tipping

Giles C

Re: Giving stuff away

My brother does that, when he bought his house it came with a lot of spare doors (they had ordered more doors than doorways?) put them on the front of the house with a for sale notices next morning they had gone.... leave them out with please take and the stuff sits there for weeks.

The UK's super duper 1,000mph car is being tested in Cornwall

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Re: Love them

An American group is planning on breaking the land speed record for a wheel driven car, they are aiming for 550mph.

Have a search for target 550 www.target550.com

AI slurps, learns millions of passwords to work out which ones you may use next

Giles C

Or for a good starting point, search for a project name generator (we did a project to upgrade network switches called "spent proton")

Or try a Shakespeare's insult generator (example tongueless toad-spotted puttock) they should confuse most things.

Both examples which are certainly memorable

Giles C

Hmm my passwords are usually based on something i have done In the last month, could be home, work, hobbies just something significant. Chances of correlation virtually none, and as I am not on social media you would have to know me really well to stand a chance.....

Mind you I do have about 10 different systems to log in to at work which require password changes every 6 weeks or so....

我的天啊! China gives Weibo users a week to use their real names

Giles C

Re: No one knows

They might


Volterman 'super wallet': The worst crowdsource video pitch of all time?

Giles C

How much?

Just the funding page, right at the bottom are the prices.

Bifold wallet $248 so roughly £200 inc vat

Most I every carry is about £100 so the wallet is worth twice what cash I put in it. When mine wears out I'll get another for about £15 or less off eBay....

They also do a set, bifold, card wallet, wireless charger, travel wallet for only $760!!!!!

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

Giles C

Loads of alternatives

I don't use photobucket - my Personal preference zenfolio I am a customer and have the unlimited hosting and sales package for £100 per year other packages are available

The image file is cheaper £5 per month iirc

smugmug not sure of the prices.

Any of these will host images for a smaller fee and you can link to them directly without any problems.

Nothing is free these days.... well air currently is

M6 crowned crappiest motorway for 4G signal

Giles C

Er No. My Garmin needs GPS to find where it is, and a radio signal for traffic updates. No data connection necessary and it is only receiving not transmitting.

FTP becoming Forgotten Transfer Protocol as Debian turns it off

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Still out there

Plain ftp maybe that is declining but I still do a lot of transfers using it along with sftp or similar protocols. Most hosting companies still use it to upload websites and it is a lot faster than smb.

Mind you saying it is unnecessary is a bit like having to install the telnet client on a windows box. Try troubleshooting firewall connections without a telnet xxxx port yyy command line to hand.

Why do GUIs jump around like a demented terrier while starting up? Am I on my own?

Giles C

Twin screen

I use a twin screen rig. Some application (Excel spring to mind) open up on screen A. Then you want to do a find and the dialog box appears on screen B.

Usually just as an another app does something and pushes itself to the front of the screen.

Mind you outlooks cryptic alert which vanishes after a second is also annoying...

Hey techbros, make an airplane mode but for driving for your apps – US traffic watchdog

Giles C

Re: I've got the perfect solution...

Don't involve monkeys or this can happen


EU ministers look to tighten up privacy – JUST KIDDING – surveillance laws

Giles C

Slightly ironic, that the banksy picture you use to illustrate the article was destroyed by a workman yesterday


'Adobe Creative Cloud update ate my backup!'

Giles C

Hmm, after this I am proud to say my Mac is an adobe free zone.

No flash

No acrobat

No photoshop

Or anything else made by that company

Might be due to an argument with cancelling a CC subscription though....

Also get regularly spammed on the email address that was only ever used for creative cloud login....

Cisco security kit wide-open to IKE bug

Giles C

There is a fix out there that has been published by one company. Do not apply it. I spend 8 hours yesterday rebuilding a firewall that had the fix applied. It is so bad it broke Cisco TAC I.e. 4 hour wait for a P1 incident due to the number of firewalls that it had bricked.

Cabling horrors unplugged: Reg readers reveal worst nightmares

Giles C

I've come across a few in my time, now I always spec 800 wide cabinets after trying to cable servers in a 600 wide too many times.

Also insist on the following layout in floor cabinets when we re-wire sections

Patch panel

Cable management

Switch 48 port

Cable management

Patch panel

And repeat as required

Flood patched with 150mm cables.

PHONE me if you feel DIRTY: Yanks and 'Nadians wave bye-bye to magstripe

Giles C

Re: Choose your poison.

The cv2 number is meant for card not present situations, the idea being that if you have copied a card, picture, brass rubbing etc, you won't have got the three digits off the back.

I think it must date back to the old carbon copy rollers as mentioned earlier.

Obsolescence of food is complete: Soylent now comes in bottles

Giles C

Re: Dammit

Agreed, but only for the non soylent food mentioned in the article.


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