* Posts by thegroucho

115 posts • joined 4 Mar 2016


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



I must be missing something.

Gandi (I haven't checked anyone else) - "€16.81 per year; Gandi offers a 1 year standard certificate, even if you don't want to be hosted by us."

Depending on requirements you can get a free tier AWS account and use serverless Lambda or t2.micro EC2 server instance.

So where are the $99 pa coming from?

Should the super-rich pay 70% tax rate above $10m? Here's Michael Dell's hot take for Davos


Re: Rich Tax Paradox

sources, and I mean real ones, not alt-right opinions, facts please


Re: Simple solution to Dell's problem


Or like the fans of certain president (who cut the taxes with intention to help the rich, not everyone) who keep blindly think he works in heir best interest.

Unless of course your name is Thiel, Koch, et al.


Re: Simple solution to Dell's problem

Sorry, did you say IRS or HMRC?

Or are you referring to US government wanting to tax you on your foreign income?

Ergo if that's the case, you meant the US government pissing on you ...


Indeed, all those private A&E departments in all the private hospitals in UK ...

How many health insurance policies in UK contain cover for cancer treatment for example?

Huawei Mate 20 Pro: If you can stomach the nagware and price, it may be Droid of the Year

Thumb Up

Re: £899 - Ouch

@imanidiot and @big_D

I have been a moron as per my usual self and you are quite right.

Although not an expert I have been to the relevant Wiki page for IP rating number of times and have no excuse for not remembering.

I have this photo of me draining rain water from one of my cycling shoes into the other ... looks like I'm pouring a drink into a glass.

It was proper deluge so I think IP65 might suffer.

Luckily Mate 20 Pro is IP68.


Re: £899 - Ouch

For me it is the 1%.

Although my priorities would be someone's 'meh, so what' list.

The camera array, the IP6X-rated phone:

1. I have young kids and lugging MILC (Sony a6000) every time we go out just sucks.

2. Cycling (not commuting) in the rain and generally perspiring while cycling precludes me from having non-IP6X-rated phone.

Of course YMMV.

Not going to upgrade in 12-18 months so this is a long-term investment in a phone which will still be relevant (for me) in 3 years time.

Bankrupt Aussie Hells Angel scoops £750k lottery jackpot


Re: Tautology?

There was a Goldwing with a folding trailer - to act as breakdown rescue to make sure motorways are flowing.

Now for the life of me I can't say if it ever got deployment or was only used as a prototype.


Israel cyber chief's 'pants' analogy for password security deemed, well, 'pants'


Clearly 'JOKE ALERT' doesn't mean anything these days.

Username checks out ...



What do you know, according to your username you live south of M25


Re: Pants, eh?

I can always get you a pair for Christmas :-D

Canadian utility makes blockchain upstarts bid for their ravenous rigs' electricity supply


Re: Won't somebody think of the planet...?

I hear you on the energy savings front.

Although I like LED lights whereas the old energy savings bulbs cause some people migraines, skin problems, etc.

One thing which irks me is the limit on vacuum cleaner power.

Like I will be standing all day long with one of those turned on.

FFS, it takes 10-20 minutes to clean the house, what are they banging on about.

Trump kept ZTE alive as ‘personal favour’ to Chinese president Xi


Re: "The US president claims he’s a negotiator"...

Seems well for the time being.

What people forget however is that on the background there is a lot of legwork done by China and South Korea.

But Trump will claim that as his 'art of negotiation' success, like 100% his effort.

US govt mulls snatching back full control of the internet's domain name and IP address admin


Re: Yay choices

7) The bloke down the pub

Facebook stockholders tell Zuck to reform voting rules as data scandal branded 'human rights violation'


Re: the dogs bark, but the caravan goes on

I loved the Avatar quote (I forgot about it and I have seen the movie a few times) but the cat references totally take the biscuit!

I think I need to appreciate my cat's behaviour a lot more and the occasional episode of cat puke or dead creature I step in early in the morning (invariably without shoes on) must be considered in the light of above.

HostingUK drops offline after losing Farmer vs Fibre competition


Re: A common problem

'Shuffled off this mortal coil', no pun or references to electricity, honest!

Uber and NASA pen flying taxi probe pact



I mean, not that their software already killed a person on the ground.

Imagine miscalculating a building full of people as a non-obstacle and ramming something flammable into it.

Cisco separates switching and routing software from hardware


I looked at my calendar

It isn't 1st of April yet ...

Slap visibility beacons on bikes so they can chat to auto autos, says trade body


Re: Yeah... Right

Higway code:

Rule 59 says SHOULD about helmet and high-vis.

Rule 60 says MUST have front and rear light at night, also rear reflector.

Those who have read a RFC should better know the difference between MUST and SHOULD.

Make what you wish out the above.

James Damore's labor complaint went over about as well as his trash diversity manifesto


Do you ...

To some of the commentards here:

Do you really have such low opinion of your mothers, wives/girlfriends, sisters, daughters?

Do you see them only good enough to make your dinner, wash your dirty underwear, give birth to you (mothers), have sex with when it suits you even if they said 'please, not tonight' (wives/girlfriends)?

What kind of human beings are you?

Vermont becomes fifth US state to boot up its own net neutrality rules


Re: And you hoped that we might have heard the end of the net neutrality debate.

Can I come to yours?

What is your preferred beverage that goes with popcorn? I will buy some on the way.

We can sit on the fence and watch.

MPs: Lack of technical skills for Brexit could create 'damaging, unmanageable muddle'


Re: So the high level Brexit "plan" remains in tact.

you sure it is not




Buy a few crossbows with plenty of arrows and spares

Secretly dig a bunker in the forest

Develop haircut like Daryl (from The walking Dead)

Learn to shoot like Carol (from The walking Dead)

etc, etc.

Maybe it won't be so bad, maybe we can have soft brexit, you never know, we can only dream.


No, but would make for a good laugh ... or cry ...

Depending on glass half full/half empty outlook.



Re: De Management sez

@Laura Kerr

Amen to that, and cheers to you!

Tech giants' payouts go to everyone but affected citizens. US Supremes now urged to sort it out


What do you call ...

What do you call a thousand lawyers chained together at the bottom of the ocean?

A good start.

Tech bad-boy Uber crafts tool to make staff follow the rules in future (er, coding rules, that is)


@Horse Sense

Surely if concatenated with the word 'breaking'?

Ugly, perfect ten-rated bug hits Cisco VPNs


Re: Vanilla code?

I did so ... still nothing other than 9.8.2(17)


Re: Vanilla code?

Erm, not as of earlier in the morning.

As of now I can only see ONLY.

Nothing for 9.6, 9.4, etc

Blockchain rebrand sends Stapleton Capital's shares soaring


Now, can I change my username on the forum ...

... from 'thegroucho' to maybe 'the blockchain groucho', etc ...

WD My Cloud NAS devices have hard-wired backdoor


Re: it's the 21st century and they're still...

Voland's right hand, respectfully - I agree, but I would expect a little bit of Quality Assurance, i.e. somebody to eyeball the code.

Net boffins brew poison for BGP hijacks


Re: Couldn't attackers use the same techniques?

Have you of lately advertised a prefix longer than /24 towards your Tier 1 ISP?

Have they accepted it and propagated it?

Name 3 Tier 1 ISPs who allow that and I would give you £5 for the effort.

Somehow I doubt you will collect.

How to hack Wi-Fi for fun and imprisonment with crypto-mining inject


How about we try another way

Just do IPv6 RA and everybody on the WiFi will think you are the gateway ...

Then you can do almost anything you want.

Wannabe W1 DOW-er faked car crash to track down reg plate's owner


irregular numberplates

The law clearly states what the plates should be like.

If you just bought a vehicle, it is your fault for not asking the seller to knock the price down for the few ££s it would cost you to rectify the matter. You would if you thought the price does not reflect the expected repairs, don't know why you would be paying only to replace the numberplates out of your own pocket.

If you just bought the car and still waiting for DVLA documents, you can expect some degree of leniency if you are stopped for something as trivial as numberplates.

Six months later however if you haven't rectified it - it is your own fault for being a lazy slob.

SuperFish cram scandal: Lenovo must now ask nicely before stuffing new PCs with crapware



Darned Chinese ...

Oops, they weren't first by nauthical mile:


TalkTalk banbans TeamTeamviewerviewer againagain


Re: Hmmmm

Get your filthy mind out of the gutter so I can put mine in!

Millions of moaners vindicated: Man flu is 'a thing', says researcher, and big TVs are cure


You are both wrong - if you are this ill then likely your sense of taste and smell is going to be affected.

No point using the nice stuff, an average quality will do well.

Once you feel better - congratulate yourself with a wee dram of the good stuff.

UK government bans all Russian anti-virus software from Secret-rated systems



the XKCD link - harsh but true!

Russia threatens to set up its 'own internet' with China, India and pals – let's take a closer look


Re: Russia threatens to set up its 'own internet'...

Don't forget the BlackJack!

Russia is the place where the house ALWAYS wins.

And in case you happen to have the audacity to win, things happen to you.

You get arrested, sham trials and the likes.

Count yourself lucky if you don't get polonium.


Re: Obligatory xkcd

Pint, for you Sir, obviously!

Team Trump goes in to bat for Google and Facebook


Re: Trump will want to be re-elected

One should be afraid of replacing one swamp for another.


Re: Trump will want to be re-elected

@Big John

'Big John' - that handle is certainly very brave and identifying ... sligtly less anonymous than an AC.

AT&T wants to bin 100,000 routers, replace them with white boxes


Re: Speed Vs Stability

Define 'Core router' please?

For example Cisco ASR9000 is not a core router, by a (nautical) mile.

True core router doesn't need to know anything about a VRF. If it must absolutely positively speak BGP all it sees is another AF prefix in BGP, not in the forwarding table.

Speaking of code bloat - (again for example) ASR9000 can have selective packagages loaded, you can cook your own (smaller) installation from a large tarball. Also every flavour of line card out there needs to have the code to support it. Also imagine every MPLS flavour (there is more to life than VRF and EoMPLS), OTV, VXLAN, LISP, etc - that is all code which not every ISP might use, but someone out there uses. It adds.

Add the things like HQoS and the likes and see why the vendor might want to add those as different line cards (ServiceEdge vs Transport) and charge appropriately. The NP/NPU in a router line card can't simplly be replaced by a Xeon chip and hope it will do. Not likely.

Yes - agreed - the memory thing is shambles. Why do I need 8G RAM on ASR1000 in order for the RE to have only 3G allocated to the IOS-XE process is beyond me. (I know, it runs Linux underneath and that takes RAM, but still)

Cloud VM - good luck with getting the throughput of 120Gbps full duplex from a VM. There is a place for VM-based routers, but they can't replace things like Proprietary Silicon or Merchant Silicon when it comes to performance. Also Juniper vMX, Cisco XRv and Aristo vEOS are nothing new, Cisco CSR is quite a few years old.

Regards automation - Ansible, Netconf and Yang, Napalm, expect script over SSH if you are so desperate and if the kit is old, nothing new here. But that's the easy bit, the hard bit is the orchestration. And making network engineers think like DevOps (yuck, hate the word).

Disclaimer: I do not own shares in Network vendors, distributors, etc.


Two problems I see here:

1. 'well paid Cisco Certified ... Engineers' - this is an oxymoron; the good pay packet in the Cisco world was during 2000 - 2008

2. AT&T are no Facebook - they are a behemoth incumbent as opposed to a 'disruptor'. It takes a lot more than desire to shave off a few percent in order to actually achieve something good. It's a culture thing and judging by opinions I read the culture may not be there.

But you never know, I could be wrong.

80-year-old cyclist killed in prang with Tesla Model S



Of course your cycling prowess and svelte physique is only surpassed by your giant and overinflated feeling of self importance. Now go and kiss yourself in the mirror.


Re: RE: unwanted infantilism

Blame the victims.


2015 figures:

cyclists killed - 100

cyclists seriously injured - 3,239

'Lambda and serverless is one of the worst forms of proprietary lock-in we've ever seen in the history of humanity'


Dismiss things at your own peril

Famous last words:

"I think there is a world market for maybe five computers"

Interpret this however way you wish ...

Vlad the blockader: Russia's anti-VPN law comes into effect



Those Russian, Chinese and NorK hackers don't know they can fly to a western country (or any nearby country which doesn't suppress Internet) and try hacking from there ...


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