* Posts by thegroucho

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Uber and NASA pen flying taxi probe pact

thegroucho
Mushroom

WCGW

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.

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Cisco separates switching and routing software from hardware

thegroucho
Joke

I looked at my calendar

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

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

thegroucho
WTF?

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.

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

thegroucho
WTF?

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?

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

thegroucho
Joke

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.

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

thegroucho
Trollface

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

you sure it is not

<gove>

</gove>

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thegroucho
Coat

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.

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thegroucho
Meh

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

Depending on glass half full/half empty outlook.

<SOBBING>

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thegroucho
Pint

Re: De Management sez

@Laura Kerr

Amen to that, and cheers to you!

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

thegroucho
Joke

What do you call ...

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

A good start.

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

thegroucho

@Horse Sense

Surely if concatenated with the word 'breaking'?

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Ugly, perfect ten-rated bug hits Cisco VPNs

thegroucho

Re: Vanilla code?

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

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thegroucho

Re: Vanilla code?

Erm, not as of earlier in the morning.

As of now I can only see 9.8.2.17 ONLY.

Nothing for 9.6, 9.4, etc

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Blockchain rebrand sends Stapleton Capital's shares soaring

thegroucho
Go

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

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

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WD My Cloud NAS devices have hard-wired backdoor

thegroucho

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.

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Net boffins brew poison for BGP hijacks

thegroucho
Stop

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.

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

thegroucho
Go

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.

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

thegroucho
Flame

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.

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

thegroucho
Joke

Darned

Darned Chinese ...

Oops, they weren't first by nauthical mile:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sony_BMG_copy_protection_rootkit_scandal

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TalkTalk banbans TeamTeamviewerviewer againagain

thegroucho
Joke

Re: Hmmmm

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

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

thegroucho
Joke

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.

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

thegroucho

@Seajay#

the XKCD link - harsh but true!

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

thegroucho
Holmes

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.

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thegroucho
Pint

Re: Obligatory xkcd

Pint, for you Sir, obviously!

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Team Trump goes in to bat for Google and Facebook

thegroucho
Holmes

Re: Trump will want to be re-elected

One should be afraid of replacing one swamp for another.

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thegroucho
Holmes

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.

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

thegroucho
WTF?

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.

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thegroucho
Coffee/keyboard

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.

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

thegroucho
FAIL

@Def

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.

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thegroucho

Re: RE: unwanted infantilism

Blame the victims.

https://www.rospa.com/road-safety/advice/pedal-cyclists/facts-figures/

2015 figures:

cyclists killed - 100

cyclists seriously injured - 3,239

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

thegroucho
Coat

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 ...

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

thegroucho
Trollface

@Mark85

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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DXC slashes meal allowances for travelling troops: Please sir, may I have some more?

thegroucho
Joke

Re: No health based exception to per-diem, well sorry no deal.

Avoid eating the soles, there is grit sometimes despite best efforts to remove it, also I find tanned leather upsets my digestion.

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thegroucho
Trollface

Re: No health based exception to per-diem, well sorry no deal.

Thanks Doctor Syntax, I never knew the difference between vegetarian and vegan! I now know the error of my ways!

Except that not every vegan person chooses to use leather substitutes.

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thegroucho
WTF?

Re: No health based exception to per-diem, well sorry no deal.

I appreciate this is very Off Topic, but:

<Rant>

Why the downvotes for the 'diagnosed celiac' and Lysenko's posts?

While I have no sympathy for the 'self diagnosed' pseudo gluten-intolerant unfortunately it is an existing health condition for other people who actually get unwell from it. (I for one luckily don't have conditions).

And it is a fact - most food which doesn't really need certain ingredients has it. Milk. Or egg. Or breadcrumbs. Or celery. Simple stuff you don't expect has it. Just look at the stuff written typically in bold or CAPITALS on the back of a packet. Luckily most of you will never have to bother reading the packet, you will just open it and gulp the food with no second thought.

I hope none of you downvoters has to live with disability like that. What next - say that a disabled person is at fault for being disabled? Most aren't.

A lot of restaurants don't have vegan options (I am not vegan nor vegetarian) or if they have typically you will be lucky if you have more than one meal option. Living off salads when going out will quickly become boring. Although veganism is a choice, it is also the best diet for Type 2 diabetes. And unfortunately some people get type 2 despite having reasonably healthy lifestyles.

</Rant>

Enjoy your lunches and let us hope we get paid our expenses on time.

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Crypto-coin miners caught toiling away in hacked cloud boxes

thegroucho
Facepalm

Re: The blind leading the blind

Amazon clearly state - 'shared security model'.

The end users clearly haven't done their part.

Just don't mention putting creds in public github ...

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Brit prosecutors fling almost a million quid at anti-drone'n'phone ideas

thegroucho

Re: Location, Location, Location

I think gulags weren't what you might assume they were.

Locking up career criminals alongside political prisoners is likely to generate issues.

Also - if the conditions there were semi-normal then the black markets for food, clothes, etc would have been non-existent.

Plus the political prisoners weren't meant to be 'reformed' - they were meant to perish in the harsh conditions.

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White House staffers jabbed with probe over private email use

thegroucho
WTF?

Re: Am I paranoid?

@Anonymous Coward with the CAPS writing

do you need a new keyboard?

has your shift key gone stuck again?

maybe capslock is on but you didn't notice?

or maybe you are shouting?

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Why Uber isn't the poster child for capitalism you wanted

thegroucho
FAIL

Re: Erm

You clearly must have been living under a rock.

Just try 'uber greyball' in Google or your favorite search engine.

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Noise-canceling headphones with a DO NOT DISTURB light can't silence your critics

thegroucho

Re: Whilst I've toyed with the idea...

I would never dream of cycling with headphones. Don't need another factor to contribute towards my demise.

On the flip side I ride motorcycle with earplugs and one of the quietest helmets available and never needed to hear anything. If you hear it over the engine and wind noise then it is too close for you to be able to do anything. Never had the issue with not being able to see emergency vehicles coming from behind me. Also try to stand in traffic while waiting for the lights to change stuck behind some moron who has removed all the stuffing from their already anti-social exhaust (or removed the catalytic converter) - your ears feel like bleeding despite the earplugs and helmet.

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Atari shoots sueball at KitKat maker over use of 'Breakout' in ad

thegroucho
FAIL

Re: I hope Nestle loses everything somehow

You forgot SCO!

Also Martin Shkreli.

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If Anonymous 'pwnd' the Daily Stormer, they did a spectacularly awful job

thegroucho
FAIL

Re: Genetics

Try to persuade the tin-foil-hatters/NRA supporters to take a DNA test without a warrant.

And then most will likely claim the DNA sample is contaminated in a sinister government ploy.

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Hacked Chrome web dev plugin maker: How those phishers tricked me

thegroucho
Big Brother

Re: Lucky it was a security app developer..........

I am sure you can quickly read up on number of incidents when whole IP blocks have been announced by people other than their original owners.

Some like the Pakistan Telecom Youtube brouhaha have likely been fat finger/incompetence.

Other cases while portrayed as such (human error, etc.) have more likely been orchestrated by state players.

So - back to restricting access based on IP ... it works until somebody hijacks the BGP announcement.

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FTC approves Broadcom Brocade buy – if Cisco switch tech is walled off

thegroucho
Joke

In other news

Turkeys voted for Christmas, wolves and poachers have applied to become gamekeepers, etc

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French general accused of nicking fast jet for weekend trips to the Sun

thegroucho

Re: I've no problem with this if the general was fulfilling required flight hours...

I see your point here - about keeping staff current and flying.

I don't know the practice in real life.

I would expect Mid-level officers (the air equivalent ranks of Colonel, Major, etc)(can't be bothered to go to Wikipedia to check the exact ranks in the Airforce) to be still flying.

General however, doubt it.

But what do I know.

The Apache ... was just an example.

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thegroucho
Black Helicopters

Re: I've no problem with this if the general was fulfilling required flight hours...

Unless the said general is current in a flying instructor position, I fail to see the need for him to keep himself current.

He is just a pen-pusher/manager.

It isn't likely he will be spearheading the next Nato intervention from the cockpit of his Mirage.

It is not like the Duke of Edinburgh and the First Sea Lord practice A.S.W., the Chief of Air Staff goes on strafing runs with an Apache or the Chief of the General Staff goes for sniper practice.

I hope he gets Court Martial followed by an excursion to the Brig.

Chances are he will just retire on fat pension we can only dream of.

P.S. Helicopter icon ... because there isn't an aircraft one.

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thegroucho

not-so-personal use

A few years ago at the Shoreham Air show (years before the fatal crash) I was watching a Typhoon doing the aerobatics for the crowds.

When it was finished it headed westwards, presumably towards the airbase.

Out of the blue the jet did corkscrew turn a few times over the sea.

The pilot must have been thinking "f**k it, this is boring flying in a straight line, I might as well keep myself entertained".

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