* Posts by Danny 14

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I would want free dental and healthcare. must cover chainsmoking and heavy drinking.

Does el reg have a petty cash fund for working lunches? Im more than happy to work from home.

Global Fastly outage takes down many on the wibbly web – but El Reg remains standing

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it would be interesting to see how many other CDNs had ties to fastly and thus were also affected.

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we ran our own web site, email, storage via sharepoint all onsite for many years, at least the 14 ive worked here. The management decided that we needed to shrink budgets so my dual internet, dual site, dual storage, dual stretch cluster was too expensive. Whilst dual redundant we only had power outages on both sites to consider - this happened once that I can remember - for loss of connectivity. Cloud DNS updated the records should we have an ISP failure and a lowish TTL meant this wasnt too much of an issue.

Management wanted me to move to the cloud and we decided that 365 was the best option (since migrating onsite sharepoint to 365 was supposed to be painless. Covid hit, backs were patted as we were already cloudy (which meant nothing as we could already access all the resources externally anyway), however 365 started to have a few hiccups and outages over the year. Throttling reared its head a few times, other dropouts were noticed. Basically we have had more loss of access in the last 6 months at least than we did over the entire preceeding period of onsite.

Cloud is definitely not more reliable.

How many remote controls do you really need? Answer: about a bowl-ful

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Re: You have my sympathies...

harmony owner here too. works very well.

Give me a (tax) break: UK broadband plumber Openreach to almost double the number of rural premises to receive FTTP

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Re: Fuck that!

eol is a pig, when I lived in penrith I had an EOL. luckily penrith became a test ground for new technology so I eneded up with adsl max before other people.

now im in the sticks it is fttc at least.

Apple sued in nightmare case involving teen wrongly accused of shoplifting, driver's permit used by impostor, and unreliable facial-rec tech

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Re: I would expect them NOT to

fred, apart from the fact that the accused will have the cctb evidence in court to prove it wasnt them. sort of makes the cops look stupid then.

AWS Free Tier, where's your spending limit? 'I thought I deleted everything but I have been charged $200'

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most free sponsored events i go to are just pute sales pitches for the last 10 mins or so. im guessing the event didnt say "stick around so you can learn how not to get fucked over"

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Re: Free tears

that wont stop amazon chasing you for an unpaid bill.

Ubuntu, Wikimedia jump ship to the Libera Chat IRC network after Freenode channel confiscations

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Borat school for business

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scrape freenode with an adbot that posts along he lines "i heard you were moving to libara, good luck!"

let the battle of the bots commence.

Mobile network sleuths rank UK carriers in 5G performance study, including new 'Everyday 5G' category

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who downloads whole movies on data? even uaing netflix caching on my modest 64gb+128gb phone i wouldn't get far. plus i do that on wifi.

if pushed my 62mb 4g+ is better than the majority of FttC houses near me.

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exactly. i can see a use for a portable 5g wifi brick but not a phone.

USB-C levels up and powers up to deliver 240W in upgraded power delivery spec

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Re: hope it's enough

funnily enough, a rep was at our work last week, he had a BMW i8. Those are quite interesting beasts, fully electric on the front with a small petrol engine on the rear. I had never seen one up close before and they look pretty good.

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Re: I wish they fixed the hub issue

USB-C docking stations come close. they come with other cruft though and mess with the host device (adding VGA, network and sound etc)

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Re: I predict excitement

most plug in brick PSUs are double insulated so wont be fused though. The earth pin will be plastic.

After staff revolt, Freenode management takes over hundreds of IRC channels for 'policy violations'

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Re: The policy euphemism

First rule of Libera Chat is that you dont talk about Libera Chat

Internet Explorer downgraded to 'Walking Dead' status as Microsoft sets date for demise

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Re: I’ll start digging the grave

gemalto bacs 2FA cards still needs IE, a travesty really.

iFixit slams Samsung's phone 'upcycling' scheme for falling short of what was promised

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same here. my note3 is a copilot and car wifi. it stays in the car mostly. daily phone is an s8, it had an unlocked bootloader so thats flashed with many years to go. the battery will be an issue to replace but im sure I can do so.....

Colonial Pipeline was looking to hire cybersecurity manager before ransomware attack shut down operations

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plus you get to blame everything on the last guy whilat pushing through 2FA, device screening, geolocking, closing VPNs and all the orher shady thinga that the business has relied on (but was a firewall swiss cheese hazard).

Copper load of this: Openreach outlines 77 new locations where it'll stop selling legacy phone and broadband products

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but do you have broadband connected to your line? good luck if you want to move house into those areas and want timely broadband. F2P only means you may be in for a long wait for installation.

Japan to start stamping out rubber stamps and tearing up faxes as new digital agency given Sept. 1 start date

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depends on your bank. Santander accept cheques at branch cash machines. you can also request an envelope and paying in slip then take to a post office and they will accept it.

When software depends on a project thanklessly maintained by a random guy in Nebraska, is open source sustainable?

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Re: "Fix it"...?

true story in a previous place of work. They had an ancient BMS system that had software designed for windows 2000 and XP with a fairly specific Java JRE. This was windows 7 era circa 2014 so XP was already EOL. They managed to get a VM spooled up with XP on it, had the BMS running on a closed network. The cost of maintaining the VM host and an XP VM was quite high - the licensing for an XP VM was quite odd as MS didnt recognise XP as a valid OSE at the time, the company simply kept an old box copy of XP, licenced the host with server and "hoped this would be fine".

The plus side was that the VM could be transported to new hardware if it failed. I beleive this BMS and software is STILL GOING. I have no idea how they are licensing JAVA now that the model has changed...

Microsoft emits more fixes for Exchange Server plus patches for remote-code exec holes in HTTP stack, Visual Studio

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55 bugs in Exchange this month, 55 bugs in Exchange. Take it down, patch it around, there's 68 bugs in Exchange next month.

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Re: Another fine mess...

We fixed exchange by migrating all our mailboxes to office 365. I would have preferred to go elsewhere but we are an outlook company. Teams is used a lot so it was a good idea.

We still have an exchange box onsite for a relay. The ingress and egress are to 365 only at the firewall. I still need to keep it patched but there are no mailboxes on it so we dont really "immediately" care if it breaks.

Can't get that printer to work? It's not you. It's that sodding cablin.... oh beautiful job with that cabling, boss

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Re: Blame the Cable

used a d9 serial cable not two weeks ago to factory reset a swtich I found in a cupboard.

Streaming mad: EC charges Apple with abuse of dominance, distorting competition in Spotify case

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Re: There is a few hundred million IOS users

you are in the minority now. My grandchildren use spotify, they rarely listen to the same song twice. So whilst I will listen to albums over and over, they do not.

Appeals court nixes online blueprint sharing ban on 3D-printed 'ghost guns'

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Re: Why bother with 3D printing

To be fair, you need to worry about wildlife in Aus. Just about all wildlife is geared to killing you. You are more likely for a spider to bite you on the arse in the toilet then being shot by a madman.

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Re: Obviously more guns needed

Anyone stupid enough to start firing home made plastic printed firearms deserve all they get.

UK government gives Automated Lane Keeping Systems the green light for use on motorways

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Re: Thought experiment

if you mounted lasers to the car (like KITT) then it could just cut the logs up and carry on.

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or the M8 speed run.

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Re: Biting the hand of reasonability

Nah, just throw them into inner city london where you need eyes on stalks. If the mad BMW SUV mums arent pulling out randomly then the deliveroo death cycles are inventing new gaps and road rules. Let alone random folk stepping out without warning. The onboard computer that reads road signs should have a right laugh at some of the decision trees it has to perform.

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Re: Naysayer

we hired a peugeot 3008 that was automatic. The thing tried to kill me on many occasions, it had some sort of inbuilt eco mode that seemed to reset (no matter how many times I switched off). Pull up to roundabout, engine goes off (not too bad), tap brake pedal to wake up the engine and give it some boot to set off and it crawls. FUCK FUCK GO YOU FUCKING IDIOT as it slowly picks up, I got a deserved honking at and away i went. Switched off Eco and it was good . Till it decided it wanted to eco again, set off from traffic lights at a crawl agaaaain. It also had sensors that picked up speed limits along with GPS. Except it didnt outside tebay when it suddenly decided I was on the A6 not the M6 and wouldnt let me go over 60.

Worst piece of shit I have ever driven.

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Re: Naysayer

or it might have seen this as a challenge, sped up at the same time then burst into flames.

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Re: Naysayer

is this where a near miss is measure in 1000's meters?

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Re: Folly

There will still be some Audi tailgating the autonomous car flashing like mad, before undertaking and darting back in (before turning off). Im not sure how the autonomous cars will deal with weaving vans under and overtaking or Audi drivers. I almost feel sorry for the basic AI.

Where meetings go to die: Microsoft Teams outage lets customers skip that collaboration call they've been dreading

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Re: No naked ambition for me.

We had a mandatory H&S (the irony) teams meeting on Monday afternoon. It was 3.5 hours long. I left my camera off but many had theirs on, it was very funny watching the bright eyed faces turn to complete dispair around the 2.5 hour mark. Meanwhile I could stay focussed on my other monitor without people watching my occasional trip to the kitchen (microphones on so I had to be careful).

At least with an onsite meeting this would have had pizza, biccys and more fun.

China claims it has stolen a march on 6G with colossal patent portfolio

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that would certainly be a handful.

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Re: 6G

and covid will make your farts smell like roses rather than infect your lungs.

Lock up your Peloton smart treadmills, watchdog warns families following one death, numerous injuries

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Re: Prime Example

Im sure the treadmills run up a decent profit.

And that's yet another UK education body under attack from ransomware: Servers, email, phones yanked offline

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Re: Worlds of difference...

Agree with the above. I used to work as a network admin in a secondary school. First thing I did was run an antivirus program that would operate on a whitelist principle. This was hell the first few weeks whilst a whitelist "allow" was added, but essential in a school. I also made sure that there was something other than a basic firewall, as per most schools they were short on cash so it was a pfsense, snort and pfblocker - all free and totally useable once configured correctly. 2FA was added, again fuss and shouts were heard, the senior management wanted an exception for certain staff - guess what happened next. One staff member had their password guessed and the spam flowed. After appearing briefly on a blacklist I presented the senior team with my finding that I should not have been overruled on A) their bulk mail ability and B) their 2FA. Schools have kids in them and some kids will try anything to get out of lessons, bringing malware in is certainly one of them.

locking down admin rights completely is a given, teachers are to be trusted less than children for installing software.

Scottish National Party members found among list of names signed up to rival Alba Party after website whoopsie

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anything is better than those scumbags in the peoples front of Scotland.

Ministry of Defence tells contractors not to answer certain UK census questions over security fears

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Re: Census data

My irish mate had a gaelic name. In the 70s he never used it on job applications or else he wouldnt get in the door. He was always known as John. He would tone down his irish accent to almost comedic levels in interviews.

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Re: Bootnote

but wouldn't that be breaking clearance by informing someone that said clearance existed?

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Re: UK Law

refer them to the unit press officer.

Microsoft nudges Windows 10 21H1 toward commercial customers

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Re: Microsoft nudges Windows 10 21H1 toward commercial customers

"The bugs have been fixed. Honest! We used the last bug patch of a bug patch of a bug to roll all the fixes into 21H1! Please try it, please!"

Missile systems software dev leaker has sentence almost doubled after UK.gov says 4½ years was too soft

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Re: "The sentence for refusing to hand over his password was increased to 2½ years"

obstruction of justice. 5 years in an iso cube.

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Re: "The sentence for refusing to hand over his password was increased to 2½ years"

just because you arent paranoid doesnt mean they arent out to get you.

Partial beer print horror as Microsoft's printer bug fix, er, doesn't

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Re: Update: 19.03.2021 Latest Patch, on Patch, on Patch: KB5001649 Fails to install.

my WSUS patch didnt say that it deprecated the previous ones. As a result my clients are downloading 1.5gb of patches per machine, the broken 8002, the partial fix and then this fix.

great.

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Re: Printing

funnily enough, I run an old canon printer at home, it has no windows 10 drivers either. I run it via a HP jetdirect USB to 10/100 box, the box takes HP universal drivers and then it connects to the canon just fine.

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Re: Move Fast and Break Things,

the first patch broke Microsoft print to PDF though.

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