* Posts by Vulture@C64

19 posts • joined 27 Jan 2016

NordVPN rapped by ad watchdog over insecure public Wi-Fi claims


Another business which is very much behind the times. How can a country move forward with technology when you have such a lack of understanding in organisations supposed to be protecting the public.

So now we have fibre broadband which isn't fibre and Joe's cafe Wi-Fi which should be regarded as being secure. We're stuffed !

Whose cloud is it anyway? Apple sinks $30m a month into rival Amazon's AWS – report


Says more about AWS capability I think. AWS is massive, has a genuinely global reach, is more reliable than Azure and is fast. Just what Apple needs to cope with global devices.

Supreme Court of UK gives Morrisons the go-ahead for mega data leak liability appeal


Re: Liable

It's not - especially where the staff are managing personal information in the payroll department. Different policies for different departments, depending on risk assessment.

As long as there's fibre somewhere along the line, High Court judge reckons it's fine to flog it as 'fibre' broadband


So can ADSL be sold now as fibre broadband as there is fibre in the exchange delivering the service in the first place, then just a length of copper to connect to the consumer's home ?

If the law assumes the consumer is too thick to know the difference between important terms like fibre and copper and the implications this has for not just bandwidth but latency and jitter, then the consumer will remain uninformed and thick for years to come. What a way for the law to treat people !

Apple bestows first hardware upgrades in years upon neglected iPad Mini and Air lines


I don't understand why the reg is so anti Apple, it's shockingly poor journalism.

I buy Apple for the same reason as the chap above - it just works. The apps are highly regulated and checked, there's very little to adjust or play with, the eco system and auto backup is great and works perfectly and the devices are fast and stay running fast for their lifetime. What's not to like ?

Original WWII German message decrypts to go on display at National Museum of Computing


It's great that people like Tommy Flowers are remembered by the National Computing Museum. Tommy was the engineer who designed and built Colossus so it had the performance to do what was required.

'Year-long' delay to UK 5G if we spike Huawei deals, say telcos


Huawei is already so well entrenched in the data centre world in the UK that there's no point removing them from 5G. See who uses Huawei carrier routers . . . oh, did I hear Centurylink ? One of the largest business ISPs in the US . . . yes I did :) You'll see the white Huawei kit in many data centres, in locations the public don't usually get to see. And it's a bit hypocritical of BT to remove them from 5G when they've been running ADSL, fttc, fttp and 2G, 3G and 4G for so long.

Too little too late driven by political panic. The Chinese may be the better hackers than the US right now, hence the US worrying so much, but they're just catching up with what the west has been doing for years.

Dev's telnet tinkering lands him on out-of-hour conference call with CEO, CTO, MD


"adaptability to shifty infrastructure and business knowledge was what kept us going as a business."

Never a truer word said - this is critical if you work in infrastructure at any level. Never forget the CEO's pet customer or the dodgy fibre switch that runs one of the database back ends which everybody keeps forgetting to get budget to change or the natting which had to be done on an old server rather than the router . . . all these little gotchas are part of the job and often make it fun :)

Accenture in doghouse after NHSmail mass outage cuts off 1m+ UK health staff


Accenture. Not known for their quality despite the high prices. Sainsbury's booted them out sharpish a few years ago.

What now, Larry? AWS boss insists Amazon will have dumped Oracle database by end of 2019


AWS are only doing what everybody else either is doing or wants to do . . . who would choose Orable these days ?

Microsoft reveals terrible trio of bugs that knocked out Azure, Office 362.5 multi-factor auth logins for 14 hours


I used to be a WIndows Server advocate, it's on the whole been very stable (and easy to manage) even back to NT351, NT4, 2008R2, 2012 and now 2016 etc but MS have ruined it now - telemetry, update process, the memory is requires has increased despite MS saying it's decreased, the CPU resource it takes has also increased.

Whilst Centos 7 has matured and developed into a fantastically stable OS, rock solid, fast, needs very few resources and has also become more manageable with a range of tools - the manageability of it was what put me off years ago.

Microsoft are ignoring the very things which made them useful and leaving the door open to Linux to walk right in . . . how many new builds are now done on Windows ? None that I know of. Same with SQL Server - was a great product but cost is massive now on SPLA so PostgreSQL it is - another tick in the enterprise box.

Bye Microsoft . . . it's been fun :)

Analogue radio is the tech that just won't die


I still use a 1970s ITT Palomino radio, for FM and occasionally long wave. The sound is relaxed mellow and many radio 4 shows sound as if the presenter is in the room. There is very little compression and it's a lovely way to listen.

I also have a hi-fi system with a Denon analogue tuner from about 1997 or so which is even better feeding into a Naim amplifier and Mission speakers from the same period. Natural, warm and open - very relaxing and even encourages a little Radio 3 listening.

I've tried DAB on small and larger systems and it sounds very nasal and compressed, there are some odd interference sounds and overall it's not pleasant. I've got it in the car but it's still like listening through a cardboard tube. Didn't know about DAB+ . . . maybe that's where some of my channels have gone !

UK computer dealer Aria PC loses £750k VAT fraud appeal attempt in THAT case


As somebody who made the mistake of buying from Aria years ago and was sold a used, broken part as a brand new item and then had to get the credit card issuer to refund the difference between the cost and what Aria refunded, it gives me great pleasure to know that their 'business practices' also hurt them as well as their ex-customers like me.

Sniffing substations will solve 'leccy car charging woes, reckons upstart


Re: Tesla is not typical

I think if battery cars are to be viable for many people the battery packs will need to be much larger even than Tesla use, especially in the winter when they need heating along with the car interior.


This is one reason Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles are the answer for the vast majority of people, not battery powered vehicles.

Hydrogen is 100% clean at point of use, same as electricity. Sufficient fuel for a 500 mile journey in a car can be transferred into a tank in 5 to 6 minutes and the existing distribution network can be used to deliver it with very little modification with the costs of modification on the current providers (fuel companies) which are able to afford it now.

H2 can be produced using electricity provided by the vast array of wind turbines we have now and are continuing to plant. Currently some turbines are turned off when there's no demand - this will end so turbines will become more cost effective and improve the efficiency of H2 cars beyond battery cars.

The future is hydrogen - at least some people are now waking up to the difficulties of battery vehicles, which will only ever be appropriate for somewhere less than 50% of the population anyway.

Nutanix scoops Cisco. Everyone's really happy ... but Cisco is strangely quiet about it


Supportability and low risk are the key factors of any virtualisation / cloud platform and without Cisco being 100% behind this, you have neither.

Look who just joined Salesforce... it's former European commish Neelie Kroes


So what does she actually do ? Apart from cash her large pay check, what can she do for a business like Salesforce ?

Cisco says CLI becoming interface of last resort


CLI is indispensable for batch changes, in a GUI you have to poke around in all sorts of different menus and sub menus for each function, eg, creating a VPN you might need to create access lists, natting, policy and routing entries - all over the place in a GUI but in the CLI you can do it all in one batch.

For CLI to be replaced we need a global replacement which works on all Cisco products, not just Nexus.

400 jobs to go as Texas Instruments calls time on chip fab in Scotland


Texas and Motorola - common issues

Scotland simply became uncompetitive. My father used to work at Motorola years ago and they shut that plant in 2012.


Motorola opened the plant because of significant tax incentives and a large grant - once it was there it was worth using but it became expensive plus Motorola became uncompetitive in several markets hence they shut the loss making plants. I remember him bringing home a sample of the first 68000 wafer - streets ahead of the competition at the time.

He told me of an emergency evacuation they had - they used to use hydrofluric acid to etch the silicon in those days (early 80s) and it had a very distinctive smell. One day, through the air con vents (it was an almost sealed building, no windows) came the smell which people associated with this particular acid so an emergency evacuation took place with emergency services called etc. This acid would eat through almost anything and had to be kept in glass vessels.

After they evacuated the whole building they found a spice factory on the next trading estate had a small fire and the smell of the burning spice was similar to this acid ! It took 2 weeks to resume production after a forced shut-down.

Motorola was also where he discovered the glass ceiling - if you weren't American you'd not go above a certain level, they preferred to ship in people for director level rather than promote non-US staff.

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