* Posts by tip pc

188 posts • joined 7 Mar 2018


OK, your boss allegedly called you a lazy n*****, promoted the person you trained ahead of you and paid you less, but you can't PROVE it's racism, Facebook says

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Re: Shocked?

Maybe now Is the time to stop?

Use an 8-char Windows NTLM password? Don't. Every single one can be cracked in under 2.5hrs

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Re: The Usual Response...


my 4 words still add up to 8 characters

(how long before the reg have to put a dumb blond bloke icon on here)

Google: All your leaked passwords are belong to us – here's a Chrome extension to find them

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Re: Any Safari equivalents?

I use keychain but i was wondering about any equivalents that would check the stored passwords in safari against exploits.

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Any Safari equivalents?

Any Safari equivalents?

Obvious Paris icon

Not cool, man: Dixons spanked over discount on luxury 'smart' fridge with wildly fluctuating price

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" spotted a point at which one item I was after dropped heavily and the prices on the other items hadn't significantly risen to compensate so completed my order. After that sale ended, the next few "sales" my items were more expensive so that worked for me but could easily have gone the other way."

Sounds like gambling to me.

Using WhatsApp for your business comms? It's either that or reinstall Lotus Notes

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Is Alister paid per word?

I remembered why I don’t bother reading this now.

Edgy Cisco pushes out cloud-native, look-at-NVMe HyperFlex HCI

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Senior UK.gov ministers asked: So, are we going to ban Huawei or what?

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Too little too late! RIP Marconi :(

The UK gov had their chance to support home brew tech back when BT announced they where ditching Marconi in favour of Huawei for its 21st century net rebuild.

It basically killed Marconi in the process with the loss of thousands of jobs ~2005. This was back when the uk pstn was permitted to convey information upto restricted unencrypted ~2005. Marconi getting the BT deal was effectively a sure thing, until it wasn’t. No one really saw their loss of the 21CN coming.

GCHQ/UK gov had an easy opportunity to stop Huawei there and then but chose to get in bed with them.

It was a stupid choice then

Ooh, my machine is SO much faster than yours... Oh, wait, that might be a bit of a problem...

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Re: Silly NIC games ...

Duplicate burnt in MAC’s do happen from time to time. I’ve never seen it but read stories about it especially in the early days. Seems to still be happening as recently as 2018


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Re: Minimum specs PCs for testing

I witnessed a similar type issue except the culprit was mtu. The app worked fine on the LAN with mtu of 1500, but tanked over the frame relay WAN as the mtu was ~1400 or less. No idea why the app didn’t just use the os to split the packets instead of the fixed 1500. Too big mtu being sent meant the wan had to send 2 packets for every 1 LAN packet, effectively halving bandwidth that was only ~500kb anyway. The developers weren’t keen on changing things and it was impossible to up the mtu.

Happy Thursday! 770 MEEELLLION email addresses and passwords found in yuge data breach

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Re: Interesting, but. . .

On your works domain maybe but what about some website you’ve logged into using your work email and some other password?

The DevOps Salary Report is in, and is great news for American men

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Is pharma not healthcare?

See title

It's raining, then? Hallelujah. Big Blue super 'puter sharpens forecasts

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Re: Observations

if on IOS try rainalarm, doesnt cost much and shows rain radars etc.

Talk about beating heads against brick walls... Hard disk drive unit shipments slowly spinning down

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Re: Steep drop in prices for SSD

4Tb Samsung 860 SSD from ebuyer is already down to £575 and it’s only January.


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Steep drop in prices for SSD

Useful capacity SSD’s are now becoming reasonably priced, and hugely outperform HDD’s. Bagged a 1Tb Samsung SSD for ~£130. It’ll do for know but I expect 4Tb for that much Black Friday this year.

That’s why HDD sales are tanking.

What's 23 times the size of Earth, uncomfortably warm – and has astroboffins excited?

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Re: Names

b exploded a few years after Kirk dropped khan off. He promised to send Star fleet security but no one went.

More nodding dogs green-light terrible UK.gov pr0n age verification plans

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Re: Just like buying a magazine.

All kids should be supervised when using the internet. Also there are tools that can be installed on pc's to stop porn access. Lastly use opendns and use their filters to stop access to porn. its not difficult and far far better than to foist these age control sticking plaster which won't fix everything and will just provide oxygen for all the most dodgy sites to find ways of surviving.

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Re: Easter you say?

burying bad news

Racing at the speed of light, Sage superhero bursts through the door...

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Re: Deeply concerned about staff downtime

The story did say this was 15 years ago at a small accountancy firm. As this guy came in to do stuff it looks like they had no dedicated onsite support and therefore likely no central tools to do stuff larger organisations take for granted.

The real world must look very primitive from your lofty height up their on your pedestal.

London Gatwick Airport reopens but drone chaos perps still not found

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Re: An interesting take on this.

I was wondering the same.

Technically they where ufo sightings but why where they buzzing Gatwick, surely there must be more interesting places in the uk to buzz around.

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Re: Mass hysteria, sightings of the Virgin Mary, the Emperor's New Clothes, false positives


So it now appears to have been miss identified incidents, with some confusing the police helicopter as the drone. This could be a giant own goal on th3 behalf of authorities. I’m guessing that’s why the airport was closed only briefly the last time on Friday as they where able to confirm no drones seen on radar.

London's Gatwick airport suspends all flights after 'multiple' reports of drones

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Re: I wonder if...

Sounds like a plot from die hard 2019,

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Why are they doing this?

Is it s remainer twat trying to make a point about Brexit?

Or is it someone pi$$ed at easyJet and has decided to take their revenge. (Gatwick North terminal is nearly all easyJet flights with a smattering of alternatives. )

I’d be properly angry at the drone operators if they ruined my plans I’d worked and saved all year to have.

This is a team of determined individuals doing this (apparently 2 drones spotted simultaneously over the airport) as the drones are flying for long durations in all weathers at great distance from their controllers they won’t be cheap commercial off the shelf stuff that you can buy of amazon.

There is a good possibility that these are state sponsored, given the few details about their capabilities. Hopefully the perpetrators are just trying and succeeding in scaring us, I’m a nervous flyer mostly out of Gatwick and this won’t help in my 2019 travel plans.

Sticking with one mobile provider gets you... Oh. Price rises, big exit fees, and lovely, lovely lock-in

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Re: Hmm...

"Essentially this was always a stupidity / laziness tax, paid by those who couldn't be arsed to keep an eye on their financial dealings and take appropriate action."

this doesn't make it right though. if companies didn't race to charge the most for the least service then we'd get better competition and better services. At the moment they are fighting hard to reduce service. I can't wait to see this same actiontaken against gas, electric, water, trains, council tax, income tax etc etc

HCL picks up Notes, spanks total of $1.8bn at Honest John's IBM software sale

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Looks like Mays Brexit deal

What can I say about this 5G elixir? Try it on steaks! Cleans nylons! It's made for the home! The office! On fruits!

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Given that most domestic users connect to their wired broadband via wireless, I really don’t see the issue cutting out the middle man. Yes rural and city centres have their own challenges. But in many other places it’ll be fine. I currently get a minimum of 20mbs up 30 mbs down on 4g during school holidays etc and the transmitter is ~ 1km away. The upload is always better than my VM 100mbs.

It’s a bit silly poo pooing something that isn’t even here yet especially when we are already so reliant on wireless tech already.

Wireless completes fast wired infrastructure, both technologies must continue to evelve and get better.

It’s a bit like complaining that satellite tv is rubbish because the upload to the dish is constrained, yet the utility of high bandwidth multicast has enabled far more high quality HD content than cable or freeview, no good for those surrounded by trees or tall buildings but fine for others.

RIP Charles Wang: Computer Associates cofounder dies aged 74

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RIP Wang

When I worked there CA corporate culture was weird and odd. So glad I left.

Chinese Super Micro 'spy chip' story gets even more strange as everyone doubles down

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Re: Ha HA!

“The Ethernet idea is especially bizarre. Send out Ethernet frames in the blind hope that they are somehow routed to the Internet. What?”

Exactly that.

Every place I’ve worked at by design nothing gets direct access to the internet, you need to go through a proxy. Quad zero is null routed and only the proxies can resolve internet dns. Also by design some segments and systems never get access to the proxy, for example the management (loopbacks) and ILO networks are not permitted to access the proxies, some have explicit fw rules prohibiting those subsets access. So even if someone put dodgy chips on the systems or even blatantly tried to ex filtrate data off the management components the networks they connect to have no direct or indirect internet access.

Same story for the other segments, in fact only segments specifically permitted internet access get internet access, with their 1 IPS’s and appropriate next gen firewalls with tight policies.

Gpg13 is a good place to start to understand how to detect something like this.


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Tom Clancy covered this in Threat Vector


It’s a while since I read it but the book describes how careful some buyers are in procuring kit, shipping to false addresses in the hope that kit won’t be adulterated etc.

I do agree there are easier ways of infiltrating systems by doctoring firmware instead of commissioning chips to be embeddd in a place that can be xrayed.

If it’s possible to determine the presence of the doctored systems by network traffic analysis then Bloomberg should tell us what to look for so we can check our systems and see if we have any.

I suspect it’s yet another case of check/blame the network as so few people understand how networks work. Put another better next gen firewall in perhaps? That’ll stop those Chinese hackers!!! <—- Sarcasm as without knowing what to look for we don’t know what to block.

Eat my shorts, watchdog tells every city mayor in the US – FCC approves $2bn 5G telco windfall

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Re: Just an attempt...

It’s funny how the mayors see it as an opportunity to gain funds from the telcos but don’t see it’ll just cost their citizens more as the telcos pass on the extra costs.

Lowering the charges for next gen comms May just attract more employers or even employees settling in those neighbourhoods adding to overall prosperity.

I’m sure Corbyn will charge our companies more once he’s in power as he doesn’t see the link between the costs companies pay and what consumers are ultimately charged.

Internet be nimble, internet be QUIC, Cloudflare shows off new networking shtick

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No one wants a lost encrypted packet back as it could be part of a replay attack, as in constantly lose the x packet and let’s see how it gets reencrypted to see if we can decipher the key, that’s why VPN’S use UDP.

Space comms use interesting error correcting UDP like protocols simply because the round trip times of a tcp like protocol are prohibitive.

Any chance el reg can get some journalists that actually understand networking to look write or even proofread these articles? Network types are very much under served yet everything anyone does is totally reliant on us getting our shit to work.

You'll never guess what you can do once you steal a laptop, reflash the BIOS, and reboot it

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Re: Again,

How many people turn their machine off?

I’ve always put it in sleep or hibernate and now get nagged that I’ve not rebooted in a week and the machine goes ahead and reloads when I least expect it as per company policy.

I don’t shutdown so I can restart where I left off the next day. Mac OS handles reloads by putting you back where you left off. It’s weird that windows can’t match that functionality.

Guys, geez... finally 5Gs: AT&T grows super-fast mobile net city rollout

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Disturbance in the force.

All the carriers can’t wait to deploy 5G, there must be something in it for them to be chomping at the bit to get it out the door. I assume it’s much cheaper per user for them on 5g than what ever it is now (is it 3G+ or proper 4G we have now?)

Strewth! Aussie ISP gets eye-watering IPv4 bill, shifts to IPv6 addresses

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Another IPV6 article which exposes issues with IPV6

Another IPV6 article which exposes issues with IPV6

The issue is a lack of a proper backwards compatible transition mechanism with isp”s forcing customers through an inferior cgnat.

If customers care only about cost and not method of connectivity then cgnat will be the way forward, domestic customers won’t care so long as it works,business will pay to keep existing b2b stuff working on IPv4.

Spies still super upset they can't get at your encrypted comms data

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Authorities first

Before I divulge all my encrypted comma and data to the spies, I’d like the authorities (yes all of them) to give me real time access to ALL data they hold on me with details of job titles that have accessed that data, dates when accessed, reasons for access and decisions made as a result.

Once I get that then five eyes can have whatever they want from me.

Hello 'WOS': Windows on Arm now has a price

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Windows bringing the fight to Apple

Apple already have OS X running on ARM which the call IOS (no not cisco IOS).

MS have to get Windows running on ARM or they will loose the low power, always on war that the big A already has a huge head start on.

Windows on ARM will help MS get back into the tablet and ultra portable (phone and phone as compute) space which will be the next battleground.

This is MS showing the world they are still relevant and giving Intel a huge kick up the bum for good measure. MS have tried lots of alternatives and they know they need to maintain their legacy connections in order to stay relevant against both Apple and Google.

Error Canada: Airline tells customers to reset mobile app after attack

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not good eh!


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Toshiba crams 14TB into another helium drive, this time with SAS boost

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"I am not sure why a drive that has spinning disks neets dual SATA3/6 GB data transfer connectivity when it is still not able to exceed SATA 1 data rates."

i was thinking exactly the same,

Abracadabra! Tales of unexpected sysadmagic and dabbling in dark arts

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Case sensor

Oh Timmy,

probably a case sensor that needed a bit of persuasion that the case was closed before powering up.

My other halfs iPhone screen & touch sensor has been misbehaving. i gave it a few taps in the right place and it worked flawlessly for a couple of days. I'm just hoping its misbehaving when she takes it into the apple store and they don't fob her off with my fix!!!

Heads up: Fujitsu tips its hand to reveal exascale Arm supercomputer processor – the A64FX

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That’s one smart phone right there. Can it run Android?

Psst, says Qualcomm... Kid, you wanna see what a 5G antenna looks like?

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Re: Not really mmWave

1cm = 10mm

Higher frequencies = shorter wavelengths, so it’s in the realm of credibility.

No big deal... Kremlin hackers 'jumped air-gapped networks' to pwn US power utilities

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More detail please

Would love to read more detail on how they exploited the air gapped systems, I assume from Russia.

As Corning unveils its latest Gorilla Glass, we ask: What happened to sapphire mobe screens?

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British Airways' latest Total Inability To Support Upwardness of Planes* caused by Amadeus system outage

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"Does your car also measure the load on its flight surfaces while airborne?"

my car does measure the weight of passengers in the front and sets the airbags accordingly, not to little and not to much.

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this what happens when they get the sums wrong


Samsung touts bonkers-fast 8 Gbit DRAM for phones, AIs

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Re: Overwriting cells with zeroes

Encrypt the contents of RAM.

Nissan 'fesses up to fudging emissions data

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Re: 1.6 litre!

The thing with Staffy’s is that they are perfectly fine until they’re not. Most dogs are the same but when they are not fine, staffy’s are worse than others.

Staffy’s are very obedient and quite smart, just when they are in a frenzied state they are difficult to bring out of that state which is why they are dangerous.

My brother has boxers and a Staffy, our dog gets on better with the staffy than the mental boxers, I like the staffy too, but I know which dogs I’d rather take on in a fight and it wouldn’t be the staff.

Vodafone drank Facebook's network Kool-Aid … and LIVED!

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Re: Multiple routes?

“, but how much of the infrastructure that feeds us poor end users goes through a single point of failure at several points on the route?”

Depends who your ISP is, BT tend to have multiple links per exchange, others including sky tend to have single links as evidenced by recent outages afflicting sky BB recently.

It’s much cheaper not to bother with redundant links and gamble on being cheaper to pay compensation than provide a highly available solution. IIRC OFCOM require the PSTN to be highly available and I guess BT carried most of that through to BB especially with 21cn being IP first digitising analogue voice and routing it over their networks. It’s likely Sky’s PSTN customers where not impacted during their BB outages due to their partners network failures as they may use other lower bandwidth circuits to route PSTN.

If you want true redundancy you’ll need to pay for multiple redundant paths. RO2

Blame OFCOM for insisting on ever cheaper B.B. forcing isp’s To cut costs but cutting availability.

GPU fairy visits Huawei owners, leaves graphics boost under phones

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Sounds like they shipped an unfinished product but charged for the finished item.

Was the phone feature complete at sale or half finished?

AT&T offloads a bunch of data centres for a billion bucks

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Maybe they are going for Software Defined DC's?


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