* Posts by JimPoak

24 posts • joined 21 Nov 2017

Three UK goes TITSUP*: Down and out for 10 hours and counting


The new Guy.

The service is still stop and go at this time in Leeds. Apparently it was down to routine maintenance. I have visions of some new guy polishing the ends of the fibre Chanel connectors.

Boris Brexit bluff binds .eu domains to time-bending itinerary


Re: Out of curiosity ...

The EU domain was introduced as unifying force identifying all the countries their in as a single entity. Having said that Esperanto was a universal language and hardly anyone uses that.

Oracle demands $12K from network biz that doesn't use its software



I did at one time use VirtualBox for non commercial reasons for trying out procedures before blowing up my live system. I found the extension pack some what disturbing because because it tied you into a contract with Oracle with software that was allegedly free to use. I essence with out the extension pack having a performance car with bicycle wheels. I'm sure Oracle will go after the commercial users first shortly followed by domestic users later. I'm much happier now with Qemu with every thing you need without a contact. They sowed the seed with VirtualBox and now it time to harvest the cash. Small changes to the contract will put some people in danger being litigated against.

Fairytale for 2019: GNOME to battle a patent troll in court


Patent Trolls

I'm begging to think they are testing the water, it's like going fishing with had grenades. Gnome and all the other desktops will be nobbled through the all encompassing conditions even though the patent was issued Oct 19, 2017 after the fact. Maybe they should be on the receiving end of a sueball.

Rothschild Patent Imaging LLC are ordered to Cease and desist the use of the process known as breathing.

I don't think they will be able to hold their breath for that long before the case can be heard.

Microsoft's only gone and published the exFAT spec, now supports popping it in the Linux kernel


Microsoft part 2

I wonder if MS has got a whiff that their are changes in the air for media hardware manufacturers. Fed-up with licence fees which MS dines on, Ext4 now look more attractive. Ext4 is more reliable and is licence free and would allow manufacturers to break the chains that inflate the prices of products not to mention Audio, Video and photographic equipment manufacturer would benefit. File transfers would improve with Nfs which is what Smb should have been. With more Wifi connectivity this would open a truly portable system. I'm opposed to doing deals with a company who will sue at the drop of a hat and changes it policies on a whim. In short “Beware the Jabberwock, my son! The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!"

GIMP open source image editor forked to fix 'problematic' name


On the other hand.

Changing the name of the following :-

Windows 10,Windows 8.1,Windows 8,Windows 7,Windows Vista,Windows XP Professional x64 Edition,Windows XP,Windows Me,Windows 2000,Windows 98,Windows NT 4.0,Windows 95,Windows NT 3.51,Windows NT 3.5,Windows 3.2,Windows for Workgroups 3.11,Windows NT 3.1,Windows 3.1,Windows 3.0,Windows 2.11,Windows 2.10,Windows 2.03,Windows 1.04,Windows 1.03,Windows 1.02,Windows 1.0

didn't make product any better.

Google touts managed Linux, gets cosy with Dell in Chromebook Enterprise push


Better the devil you know

Dell tried to introduce Linux to the desktop once before and failed. Only the ones that know the true value of Linux would have it. From the adverts for chrome they neglected to mention it uses the Linux kernel which is where it gets strengths from. Dell see Chromebook as a positive spin and no mention of open source, only the goodness of Google protection from those nasty viruses. To misquote a phrase from a film "Where is the Microsoft air force". I'm sure Microsoft will dish it out shortly. I'll stick with Linux. To quote a collage "Better the devil you know".

2001: Linux is cancer, says Microsoft. 2019: Hey friends, ah, can we join the official linux-distros mailing list, plz?


Be ware of greeks baring gifts

Like a leopard and it's spots I don't Microsoft loves Linux. The phrase Kernel + Microsoft stinks not to mention the tools used to find vulnerabilities in the kernel, why don't they use it on their own damned software (Office). OK join the club but look but don't touch. I've been around Microsoft to know that they have been busted for introducing back doors and hiding undocumented entry points not to trust them. If there is another agenda here other than being lovi dovi it's yet to be discovered. I hope it will not see the demise of open and free software in the future

Sad SACK: Linux PCs, servers, gadgets may be crashed by 'Ping of Death' network packets


For those who are interested

This came down today.

linux (5.0.0-17.18) disco; urgency=medium

* Remote denial of service (resource exhaustion) caused by TCP SACK scoreboard

manipulation (LP: #1831638)

- SAUCE: tcp: tcp_fragment() should apply sane memory limits

* Remote denial of service (system crash) caused by integer overflow in TCP

SACK handling (LP: #1831637)

- SAUCE: tcp: limit payload size of sacked skbs

I love Linux...

Idle Computer Science skills are the Devil's playthings


Run for it!

I have in the past whitest a finished program chewing up the inodes and so disabling disk access.

Please note I cannot take credit for this and I will take the fifth amendment.

Recursive algorithms the preferred method of killing a computer.

Google relents slightly in ad-blocker crackdown – for paid-up enterprise Chrome users, everyone else not so much


I's a disgrace.

About a year ago I experienced a pop-up forced through chrome. This was not a benevolent advert but a paid for scammers advert. Chrome was promptly dropped. I’m quite sure the impetus is driven by large financial institutions to get their adverts through and stop people using ad blockers which would make them utterly useless.

I can envisage a time when all other browsers will be damaged or banned from google except Chrome for not complying with Googles ethics.

Google has replaced Don't be evil with evil,immorality,wickedness,nefariousness,vileness and anything else found in a thesaurus.

This is only the beginning they won't stop now.

Your FREE end-of-the-world guide: What happens when a sun like ours runs out of fuel


The World Will End

I think this a bit academic. The image it's self show's a solar system exploding outward.

Red Giant sweeping along the inner planets and so cooking the rocky bits to a crisp but intact

As fissionable material dwindles the sun will collapse sending out a shock wave (OK we're saved, whoops)

The much loved book Isaac Asimov collapsing universe before I'd even heard of Stephen Hawking as my mantra

The alternative version is:-

The world will end a week next Tuesday.

Note to Siti 3000 BCE before the written word who would have considered communication through radio waves?

Sky customers moan: Our broadband hubs are bricking it


Re: Why use a third party DNS?

Depending how the router was bricked you can give it an static, ip address, default route and two dns address which will all ways resolve the domain address. How ever if it cannot connect ur screwed.

Thank (In inset deity) for Mobile broadband.

Having AI assistants ruling our future lives? That's so sad. Alexa play Despacito


Just another Thought

If your in another room Alexia and Google cannot hear you. However most routers do not contain switches and rely on CSMA and broadcast data . To the best of my knowledge nobody addressed that the personal assistance are looking at all the data good, bad and ugly and passing on to third parties.

Another reason not to have one!

Who needs foreign servers? Researchers say the USA is doing a fine job of harboring its own crimeware flingers


Re: This is not exactly news

As confirmation I was subedited to a mail attack from edu.us mail servers and tracked them down to vpn server in London. Then I too also blamed the Russians. Looks now that the Us extending the hands of friendship but I'd rather chop it off.

Apple redesigns wireless AirPower charger to be world's smallest, thinnest, lightest, cheapest, invisible... OK, it doesn't exist anymore


Re: And still putting...

Funny you mention that. I was on a train on a day out Sheffield and spotted a commuter typing furiously full of source code. My first thought was he's behind in his work. Then I my god that's how I used to be.

Never mined he will have a psychotic break and every thing will be fine.

Campaigners cry foul over NHS Digital plans to grant policy wonks and researchers access to patient-level data


Re: Sounds to me

For those who are not in the know the dwp is all ready trawling medical records using non-clinical staff this now makes it official. Every quack, charlatan and marketing scam will end up targeting the old and vulnerable. So how do I know the dwp has been trawling medical records? They had in their possession and without my person information that only could have come from medical records.

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Latest 4G, 5G phone-location slurp attack is a doozy, but won't Torpedo Average Joe or Jane


Re: Interesting

That was brave calling a number you did not recognise. Spammers often order sim's and discard them when the dirty deed has done. This is a more determined attempt by lets say security services to find you and track you with the resources to make more profitable (Raspberry Pi and €1,100 of gizmos).

Mini computer flingers go after a slice of the high street retail Pi


Pi For breakfast, lunch and tea...

I wish them well on this venture. Now that Maplin has gone and Pi has hit the ground running I'm sure we can all look forward to a more ethically retail environment. Now please extend the range to tools, components comfortable to sip tea an chew the fat better than Maplin or Radio shack every did.

Latest Google+ flaw leads Chocolate Factory to shut down site early



And today Google+ is defaced with Sex Sex Sex messages shame the don't make it easier to report it. I have the same issue with the BBC on technical issues.

Awkward... Revealed Facebook emails show plans for data slurping, selling access to addicts' info, crafty PR spinning


Gota catch them all

This smacks of the cartoon series Pokémon or in my day the child catcher (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang)' Even if you did not have an account you could still end up on their database through your friends though loosing control of their phone contact list and even worse their dialling logs. I under stand there is little or no human intervention, the machines do all the selection. I was thinking what if you denied them every thing and see what the machines make of that. They did not give up. The advertising stared fairly mundane when I did not go click happy the images became darker until a child appeared in make up and not in the face paint usually associated with children. At which point I stopped the experiment. Machines have no moral compass as Google found out. Catcher later (On some database or another).

Alexa, cough up those always-on Echo audio recordings, says double-murder trial judge


These devices and I mean all of them are unreliable witnesses. The information they record is taken out of context and cannot identify the defendant visually. As an example I went to the coast for a day and started getting message from my Android phone saying "How was your visit to...". More and more came through about stores I did not enter. Having been hacked off the final message "How was your visit to the pier " I did not go to the pier but I did walk underneath one. Android has no concept of elevation Amazon and the rest are acutely aware not for privacy but that this technology is only good for marketing and does it badly to boot. A good lawyer will blow this evidence out of the court room

Google risks mega-fine in EU over location 'stalking'



What the did Goole do to you or did you mean Google.

Thank you wikipedia

Goole is a town, civil parish and inland port located at junction 36 off the M62 via the A614 and approximately 45 miles from the North Sea at the confluence of the rivers Don and Ouse in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England, although historically within the West Riding of Yorkshire

It was El Reg wot won it: Bing banishes bogus Brit bank banner ad


One more time! It's back in bing and stop on the list. In my country there is such as thing as Aiding and Abetting a felon. Microsoft never ceases to amaze me.


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