* Posts by batfastad

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Red Hat tips its Fedora 33: Beta release introduces Btrfs as default file system, .NET on ARM64, plus an IoT variant

batfastad

Re: Beautiful Desktop

I tend to stick to XFCE to keep things rapid but the Fedora cadence and in-place upgrades every 6 months makes it mostly pleasant to run a Linux desktop these days. Though of course it's not for everyone - keep the family on Windows.

batfastad

Maybe you just ran out of inodes and deleted all ur shit for no reason :/

Even with a 49% uplift in sales and a 46% drop in expenses, Slack still can't turn a profit

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Clients

All of these modern messaging apps are missing the killer feature... a choice of client. Offering bloated web and mobile apps is fine for initial/occassional use but one of the strengths of something like XMPP or IRC is that there are hundreds of clients to choose from.

One of the vaguely useful features of Slack for technical teams was the IRC bridge... then they killed it off. So you're stuck with the terrible UX of a bloated web app which is no good at messaging and before long some idiot attempts to turn it into a control plane/CLI for your infrastructure.

FYI: Chromium's network probing accounts for about half DNS root server traffic, says APNIC

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Exactly. What I type in the address bar is what I want to visit... or probably my history will match after the first few letters. Sadly Firefox copied this omnibar-shambles.

In Firefox if I want to search then I simply ctrl+? (formerly ctrl+k, or whatever search provider and shortcut combo I had created before the search box customisation was borged to become like Chromium).

Aw, Snap! But you should see the other guy – they're in dire need of a good file system consistency check

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Chiltern line rider here and to be fair there are far worse train cartels operating around London.

Drupal drops first big upgrade in five years and looks forward by looking backwards

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DrupLOL

With the level of caching infrastructure required to get anywhere near acceptable performance Drupal may as well just be considered a really poor static site generator.

Does Drupal's built-in caching still pre-build the template/addon PHP into the database then eval() it back out on page load? Truly dreadful.

Analogue radio given 10-year stay of execution as the UK U-turns on DAB digital future

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Bluurrrb blaarrrp kkiciccikkk bbrrfzzzpaa

Shame to see DAB struggle. I happen to enjoy the sound quality of a potato... underwater.

In all seriousness though if someone can find me a DAB radio that can get through a full 5 match cricket test series on a pair of AAA batteries and is no larger in size or mass than a Roberts 984, then I'd consider DAB to have feature parity and technological progress to have been made.

DVB solved an actual problem. All of the advantages of DAB have been handled by internet devices for almost the entire duration of DAB's existence, so I think we all know which one should be switched off!

When you bork... through a storm: Liverpool do all they can to take advantage of summer transfer, er, Windows

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Re: Sounds like a night out in this hack's often less than fair city of Brighton

> No, nothing compares to a night out in Liverpool for the sheer quantity of alcohol, vomit and threats of violence. Except possibly Glasgow.

Disappointed Newcastle has been missed here. Efforts must be doubled.

ZFS co-creator boots 'slave' out of OpenZFS codebase, says 'casual use' of term is 'unnecessary reference to a painful experience'

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^ Says everyone who has _never_ experienced any discrimination, hardship or oppression in their personal or professional lives.

"mere words" to some are not to others. It is absolutely worth reflecting on the fact that so many words and phrases we might take as simple technical terms or have entered common parlance, have done so when the historical and oppressive origins were commonly known and widely accepted. Times have changed - we should reflect on usage of such phrases.

25 years of PHP: The personal web tools that ended up everywhere

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FAIL

Oh don't - I still shudder at the thought of Drupal. 2k+ DB queries per page load... enable Drupal caching which then just eval()s a bunch of pre-generated PHP code straight out of the database instead :(((

batfastad

Re: Too many vulns in years past

I'd wager the vulns were not in PHP itself but whatever framework was being used.

batfastad
Pint

PHP

There's alot of hate out there for PHP but for the job of bringing up a website or webservice I would still choose it. In fact I often use it in the terminal for general text-wrangling, connecting to web services and basic DB processing. Granted there was plenty of terrible copy-pasted code out there in the 00s. And people would always be quick blame PHP for the dreadful performance of their Drupal/Joomla/whatever site, ignoring the 2k DB queries they made it do on every page load with the hundreds of plugins. But with such a wide choice of very high quality frameworks being available over the last 15 years I'd say those days of shoddy code are long in the past. IMO a huge amount of credit for PHP's wide adoption must go to the sensible layout of the official documentation on php.net - accessible, clear, easy to follow.

I went from mangled combinations of Perl and SSI to PHP in about 2004ish and I'd say even now there's no reason to completely rule PHP out of the running for new webapp-style projects.

It could be 'five to ten years' before the world finally drags itself away from IPv4

batfastad

Re: @batfastad - 30% in the UK

Upvoted because I completely realise there are legacy networks. My point is that there is no need or rush to migrate those dreadful Citrix/Exchange/whatever to dual-stack. Leave it as v4-only if you have the IPs and infrastructure already in-place.

Adding up all those enterprise/business applications and legacy networks across the UK will not contribute to a country's IPv6 deployment percentage to any meaningful degree. IPv6 exists and is completely workable for new deployments if there is the knowledge and expertise in an organisation. The real increase in IPv6 adoption will be driven by end-user/home/mobile networks and deployment by sites in the Alexa top 500/500k etc. Little Bobby SMB SysAdmins likely do not need to worry about IPv6 - it will happen regardless.

batfastad

Re: AWS Elastic IPv6

> And in any case, Elastic IP doesn't even support IPv6

EC2 doesn't offer Elastic IPv6 addresses because there is no need to... there's plenty of IPv6 addresses to go around!

You add a /56 to a VPC then a /64 from that into each subnet. Easy. It's been like that for some years now.

batfastad

30% in the UK

So depressing that this is a tech website and the forum section on any IPv6 articles are full of comments about how different, wrong, funny-looking, new, scary etc IPv6 is.

Often people say something like "IPv6 is 25 years old and still crap" then no follow-up or technical justification of their opinion. Probably voted for Brexit.

Sometimes people reel off one of these:

- "IPv4 had better features" (then claim NAT is a feature)

- "But my IoT will be publicly addressable" (noone cares what random address your TV got out of the grains-of-sand-on-earth's worth that your ISP delegated to you. Your ISP gave you a box which does the same job with IPv6 as it did with IPv4)

- "But they can track my pr0n" (lol as if your v4 address in a residential ISP pool and browser user-agent isn't all up in pr0n trackers already)

- "But Android doesn't support DHCPv6" (ok, sure, you need to push out vendor-class options or PXE boot your Android device)

However people waffling away in forums and tech websites dissing some technology they don't want to learn are not the point.

IPv6 will keep being deployed to end-user networks regardless of whether `COBOLSL4Y3R` in some forum thinks it's crap for... reasons.

If you're a recent fixed-line subscriber to BT/PussNet or Sky in the UK in the last couple of years, you likely already have IPv6 enabled and it just works.

Mobile networks in the UK are a long way behind US, Europe, Asia, but I've been roaming, tethering, all of it, with IPv6 on mobile and it just works.

I'd be extremely surprised if there's an end-user ISP or mobile provider in the UK that isn't piloting or actively deploying IPv6, if not deployed already. In fact I'd welcome anyone naming any UK ISPs that are categorically saying they will never deploy IPv6.

If you're running servers in an enterprise, small biz, hosting provider, public cloud or your own shite-cloud and happy with v4 NAT to RFC 1918... then fine. Leave it. Noone will care about your dreadful Citrix/Exchange/whatever being v4-only anyway.

Is IPv6 perfect? No. It's different. Read about it. Learn all of it. Deploy it.

IPv6 will keep rolling out to end-user networks over time regardless of whether you like it or not.

Crying in a forum and waiting for IPv4-ng is just pointless my friends.

Watchdog slams Pentagon for failing – for a third time – to migrate US military to IPv6

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`IPv6 is missing features that IPv4 enjoys` please list. Or is NAT a feature now?

batfastad

IPv6 in the UK...

... is getting there. https://www.google.com/intl/en/ipv6/statistics.html#tab=per-country-ipv6-adoption

30% IPv6 penetration in the UK is not too bad when you consider that of the 4-5 main UK fixed-line providers only BT and Sky have mostly complete end-user deployments for new customers.

Are there any mobile providers in the UK that are offering it yet? Mobile IPv6 deployment is fairly advanced already in Europe, the US and Asia. Once mobile providers in the UK start rolling out IPv6 I'd expect UK stats to jump quite nicely to the 40-50% range.

Obviously if you're an enterprise you may as well continue using RFC1918 space - noone cares about your enterprise citrix or whatever connections being IPv4. And since you're an enterprise then enabling IPv6 for customer-facing services should just be a toggle with your edge vendor, with backhaul to origin over IPv4 if you want.

Don't be scared of IPv6, people! It's fine when you get to know it!

batfastad
Trollface

IPv6

It is always worthwhile visiting these comment pages on IPv6 articles. When I return in several hours I expect to see a deluge of predictable "IPv6 is rubbish" comments by people who give absolutely no justification for their opinion and who don't or refuse to understand it.

I suspect a high level of overlap with people who voted for Brexit :p

Web pages a little too style over substance? Behold the Windows 98 CSS file

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Better

Nice. And a fuck-load better than any UI innovations from the last 10+ years. More usable than burger menus in unexpected positions, whirly date/time pickers, huge font sizes etc.

How generous of GitHub to slash prices and make all its core features free. So what gives? Oh right, GitLab

batfastad

If looking for something self-hosted then I'd recommend taking a look at Gitea (newer fork of Gogs). I have found it much easier to deploy and manage than GitLab.

You. Drop and give me 20... per cent IPv6 by 2023, 80% by 2025, Uncle Sam tells its IT admins after years of slacking

batfastad

> It's crap, it always has been and always will be.

Care to justify this opinion?

'Tens of millions' of Cisco devices vulnerable to CDPwn flaws: Network segmentation blown apart by security bugs

batfastad

But... Huawei!

see ^

Get ready for a literal waiting list for European IPv4 addresses. And no jumping the line

batfastad

Re: Meanwhile...

> dig -6 www.theregister.co.uk still hangs

Works for me...

$ dig -6 www.theregister.co.uk +short | wc -l

2

Maybe you should use a resolver that is reachable over IPv6 transport? :)

I guess the point you wanted to make was this though...

$ dig www.theregister.co.uk AAAA +short | wc -l

0

Unexpected MySQL database meltdown fingered in GitHub's 24-hour website wobble

batfastad

To be fair they have a very talented and well-respected MySQL team at Github.

I would reckon the issue possibly with their Orchestrator open source tool https://githubengineering.com/mysql-high-availability-at-github/ https://github.com/github/orchestrator

Ericsson's very good bad quarter, Mozilla encrypts SNI, new TIP projects, and more

batfastad

The public key (frequently rotated) which is used to encrypt the ESNI message in the TLS ClientHello is published in a DNS TXT record. More info in the RFC draft https://tools.ietf.org/html/draft-rescorla-tls-esni-00

Virgin Media? More like Virgin Meltdown: Brit broadband ISP falls over amid power drama

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This.

Someone quoted complaining about lost clients... Well they actually lost them the moment they made the cost decision to use residential broadband with no failover.

Even if you don't want an additional fixed circuit then tethering off a 4G connection is perfectly acceptable to get things done these days.

Your RSS is grass: Mozilla euthanizes feed reader, Atom code in Firefox browser, claims it's old and unloved

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tt-rss.org

Like everyone else, RSS brought me here!

Since Google killed off Reader I've been running my own ttrss instance and it's great. Does exactly what I need. Might be a good option if you're one of those people who likes spending their spare time running their own sh1t and work time running other peoples'.

In the two years since Dyn went dark, what have we learned? Not much, it appears

batfastad

Re: Workstation, Server, and Router Options

You probably want to look at dnsdist for DNS load balancing. It's a great solution. I use it in a few different application environments, in front of small cluster of active-passive Stubby instances which provide DNS-over-HTTPS (multiplexed HTTP/2 connections if your upstream DoH resolver supports it).

DNSdist - https://dnsdist.org

Stubby - https://getdnsapi.net/blog/dns-privacy-daemon-stubby

'Fibre broadband' should mean glass wires poking into your router, reckons Brit survey

batfastad

Re: Fibre broadband should mean FTTP

IIRC G.fast is still FTTC and only contains perhaps 2-3 miles more fibre than ADSL.

A quick turd is still a turd. Especially when given money to provide infrastructure by advertising "fibre".

batfastad

Fibre broadband should mean FTTP

... I agree.

In terms of miles from browser to, say, google, the difference in total fibre length between FTTC and ADSL is probably a couple of miles - likely less than 5% of the total.

But who wouldn't expect BT to polish a turd when there's an opportunity to grab tax payers' dosh.

The future of radio may well be digital, but it won't survive on DAB

batfastad

I like DAB

No wait, I got that wrong, I meant I like the sound quality of a potato. Underwater.

IPv6 growth is slowing and no one knows why. Let's see if El Reg can address what's going on

batfastad
Big Brother

Especially when Reg is behind Cloudflare. Cloudflare make it as simple as ticking a box to enable IPv6.

More likely is that Reg needs to get its user tracking, ad punting and data logging systems fixed to handle IPv6 addresses.

Cloudflare promises to tend not two, but 65,535 ports in a storm

batfastad

Re: Why only IPv4?

Watch the vid... https://blog.cloudflare.com/spectrum/

You get an IPv6 by default and a v4 address on request.

Mozilla's opt-out Firefox DNS privacy test sparks, er, privacy outcry

batfastad

Interesting

DoH is actually a very cool technology. Many people already ditch their ISP's DNS servers because they are unreliable. What do they replace them with? 8.8.8.8 or whatever the Cisco/OpenDNS ones are. But there is still huge scope for manipulation and interference of any unsecured DNS queries, regardless of who your resolver is. Using dnscrypt makes things slightly trickier for snooping but you're still putting trust on whoever runs the proxy.

DNS over HTTPS means your ISP and anyone else in the path is not able to see your DNS lookups. and would bring some speed gains by re-using/multiplexing HTTP/2 connections.

Considering that a decent chunk of many sites are already served by Cloudflare's CDN, and in many cases people are already putting regular DNS lookups through Google/Cisco, I don't have much of an issue with this in terms of privacy. You've already opted-in to the Nightly builds (and all its telemetry) so being opted-in to further studies within the browser is sort of expected I would guess.

Tories spared fine after being told off by ICO for election telemarketing

batfastad

Unlawful direct marketing?

Throw the book at them then.

Equifax: About those 400,000 UK records we lost? It's now 15.2M. Yes, M for MEELLLION

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Post

So they are going to broadcast to the current resident of a property that a previous resident at that property's details are on the Equifax hack list. Sounds legit.

There's a way to dodge Fasthosts' up-to-160% domain renewal hike but you're not gonna like it

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Transfer

I was using the UKReg brand of Fasthosts for years, many years ago. And they were overpriced even then.

Moved all my domains to namecheap.com and gandi.net (for the TLDs that namecheap didn't support at the time). Highly recommend both.

Power meltdown 'fries' SourceForge, knocks site's servers titsup

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Mirrors!

Luckily Sourceforge downloads were always mirrored. Still are I believe.

But last time I looked I had to fight through a barrage of JS/Ad farm mirror redirector pages, all refusing to give me a direct link.

Having a mirror for people to access critical projects = good.

Having ad bloat, tracking, JS, redirecting nonsense in front of your mirrors, that goes down when your site is down = poor. Really really poor.

123-Reg customers outraged at automatic .UK domain registration

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Customer retention -> vendor lock-in

By automatically registering the .uk for customers, they increase the number of domains that customers would have to transfer to another registrar should they be inclined to leave 123-reg.

Atlassian releases 'Stride', because HipChat isn't hip enough to whack Slack

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HipChat

We've got full Atlassian here, on-prem because that's where it's at these days. Would probably switch to Slack if they offered an on-prem version.

HipChat is ok but the UI isn't anywhere near customisable enough for my liking. I wish it was a bit better to use with any XMPP client but so much of its functionality is based around the web app core.

UK.gov unveils six areas to pilot full-fat fibre, and London ain't on the list

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@Mike Scott 1

> patchy DAB

No mate, the UK has full coverage of patchy DAB. In my area it has the bitrate of a potato. Underwater.

batfastad

Digital Leader

"To keep Britain as the digital world leader that it is, ......"

Whatever.

I've just come back from 2 weeks in rural-ish spain where I had a "fibra" connection. Full actual FTTP/FTTH into the house, not even ethernet from the street.

Meanwhile in the UK my exchange has been FTTC enabled but unable accept orders because "waiting list" for almost 2 years.

DMARC anti-phishing standard adoption is lagging even in big firms

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SPF

"It's still impossible to turn SPF on properly as so many ISPs and companies don't have proper SPF records..."

The problem I found was the reverse. Big ISPs mis-configuring their relay clusters to forward instead of relay/re-envelope. At one time if you had a strict SPF, noone forwarding their mail to @btinternet.com or @yahoo.com and countless more would receive mail from you because they were (still are?) trying to spoof your source domain, which you were stopping with your strict SPF.

I still run my own e-mail but have moved on from running corporate e-mail several years ago, because f*ck th*t.

GTFO of there! Security researchers turn against HTTP public key pinning

batfastad

Re: Trust

I wish changing CAs was that easy. Unfortunately trying to get the intermediate/bundle that matches the exact cert product you've bought normally means a trawl through far too many of the CA's KB pages.

Red Hat acquires Permabit to put the squeeze on RHEL

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@Alan Brown I wish I could upvote 100 times!

ZFS dedupe = "DO NOT DO"

I have been running ZFS on Linux very happily for a few years now. No issues whatsoever.

HMS Frigatey Mcfrigateface given her official name

batfastad
Meh

Nice

Very nice! So how many affordable housing units, school places, hospital beds does this add?

Not that scary or that hard: Two decades of VLANS

batfastad

Beep beep beep

It's 2am, why is my phone buzzing? Server down alert? Let me login and check it...

10 mins later. Oh, it's because a VM has DRS migrated to another host. A host which doesn't have that specific VLAN configured on the trunk port from the switch. Cheers network team.

If I had a Euro for every time that has happened...

Five-eyes nations want comms providers to bust crypto for them

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How to find a needle in a haystack

Q: How do you find a needle in a haystack?

A: Bigger haystacks!

HMS Windows XP: Britain's newest warship running Swiss Cheese OS

batfastad

Very nice!

How many social housing units, hospital beds and school places does it add?

Fasthosts' week to forget: 4-day virtual server summer bummer

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FAIL

Farcehosts

... still exist?!!

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