* Posts by Old Shoes

15 posts • joined 2 Apr 2016

Facebook blames 'server config change' for 14-hour outage. Someone run that through the universal liar translator

Old Shoes

Symptoms of the WhatsApp outage smelt like they were using portions of the same infrastructure. Pure text messages would send, but image uploads would take a long time before failing. This is as though they were being uploaded to some Facebook image store that was not responding.

This was also the symptom of when the Chinese government was trying to stop certain photos of Winnie the Pooh being uploaded on WhatsApp. They just blocked any uploads of approximately the same size.


Old Shoes

Re: Not sure the comparison is valid

Facebook is getting to the point where it is critical infrastructure as an identity provider and phone company.

Because of the network effect it really depends on your friends, but there are clusters of my friends who only communicate or do business via WhatsApp and others who only know how to contact each other on Facebook. And that includes not just short text messages but also voice calls, video calls, voice messages, photographs, etc.

Packet switching pickle prompts potential pecuniary problems

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Re: And I thought my home bill was bad..

Many years ago when I got DSL it was on a promotion with "unlimited data for 6 months". At the end of 6 months the used bandwidth totals were still 0. Emboldened I would download more and more.

One day the ISP fixed the metering and I discovered a wonderfully high bandwidth bill as I had consumed many many times my allowance. I rang the phone company and was able to negotiate my way onto a higher tier with a larger allowance and they kindly back-dated the plan change - saving me thousands.

That would be the end of the story except the next month my account was still on the low tier and the charges had not been reversed and I still had a massive (and now overdue) bill. I rang back, somehow got the same customer service rep, who then informed me that as he had been updating my account his computer crashed and he lost the change. He again back-dated my plan change, applied the credit, etc, and I was saved from Debtors Prison.

Old Shoes

In the time taken to turn on my phone at the airport and find the name of the preferred network operator my BlackBerry managed to run up $40 worth of roaming charges. The company's preferred network operator would have been free, but the name was in my email and the phone just connected to the first network it saw.

I helped catch Silk Road boss Ross Ulbricht: Undercover agent tells all

Old Shoes

Re: Ulbricht was also linked to six drug overdose deaths

As Chris Rock said, the government wants you doing *their* drugs.

Old Shoes

Re: Thanks for the article

Yes, "Former Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agent Carl Force and former Secret Service agent Shaun Bridges" took some of the Silk Road bitcoins.


Can your rival fix it as fast? turns out to be ten-million-dollar question for plucky support guy

Old Shoes

Similar thing with SGI

Back when SGI still existed we gave them, IBM, HP, and Dell a benchmark of our own to test on their proposed multi-million dollar computer. HP and Dell didn't even bother to submit a figure but just pulled out of the RFP.

IBM sent back a figure with a dollar figure they'd cut off the price.

SGI returned a giant analysis of our code with multiple suggestions for optimisation. They won my vote.

CrashPlan crashes out of cloudy consumer backup caper

Old Shoes

Re: Alternative peer-to-peer backup?

You can buy a NAS such as Synology or WDMyCloud or QNAP and their software will allow you to sync NAS to NAS. So back up your files to your local Synology, and then N minutes later, your files are also available on the remote Synology.


Sorry if I sound like a shill. I'm an ex-CrashPlan user (R.I.P.) and I've recently made the shift to Synology. The WDMyCloud is a bit bare bones, Haven't used QNAP.

AI quickly cooks malware that AV software can't spot

Old Shoes

Re: Wasn't that already a thing in the 1990s?

Yes, but this has AI. It's the buzzword recycle:



Artifical Intelligence <--- you are here

Intelligent Agent



UK spookhaus GCHQ can crack end-to-end encryption, claims Australian A-G

Old Shoes

Confirmed endpoint breaks

If there is any technical accuracy to what he says, this just means they've got a way to break the end point (your Android or iPhone) and then extract the SQLite database full of unencrypted messages that you've forgotten to clear.

So clear your old chats and hope that SQLite is vacuumed* before PC Plod gets his hands on your phone.

* iMessage and WhatsApp didn't in the past: https://www.zdziarski.com/blog/?p=6143

In after-hours trade on Monday, NYSE deployed test code to production

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"Certain third parties" forgot that July 4th is a US holiday and distributed trade data from after the market close.


I'm more interested in the 123.45 vs 123.46 rounding vs truncation error that some sites and applications have.

This easy one cloud trick is in DANGER. Why?

Old Shoes

Re: Excellent - please tell us,,,

Anyone reasonably skilled in the art should be able to munge a packet capture into a directed graph.

tcpdump + bash/sed/perl/python + dot

Should do the trick!

DOOM'd! Quake god John Carmack lobs $22m sueball at ZeniMax

Old Shoes

Re: From reading elsewhere...

There are multiple dates on Options.

There's the vesting date, which is when you can cash it.

There's also the expiry date after which they become worthless.


Guilty! Four blokes conned banks in £160m fibre broadband scam

Old Shoes

In this 2008 article H2O is mentioned, heralding their project, along with a comment from the recently cleared Elfred Thomas:


In this 2011 article they are mentioned as running into problems and being investigated by SFO:


Tesla books over $8bn in overnight sales claims Elon Musk

Old Shoes

Re: Great looking but...

Order now and you'll have four years to purchase an extension cable.

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