* Posts by David Taylor 1

32 publicly visible posts • joined 16 Sep 2009

Public cloud prices to surge in US and Europe next year

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Re: On prem hosting

Surely you've already done all that, or you've just been pissing money away for years?

Don't rush to adopt QUIC – it's a slog to make it faster than TCP

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Re: Patience, my dear

If you have total control over *everything*, just size the links appropriately so there is no significant congestion.

It works for Google because they control the browser and (their) servers, but not the network in between.

For everyone else? Well, they don't get any extra control by using Google's protocol, but if it happens to work better than TCP for some use-case, why not?

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Re: Patience, my dear

The way I view QUIC is that it's just a custom TCP stack built on UDP.

With control over both endpoints (e.g. Google, Chrome and YouTube.com or whatever) you can make bolder changes to congestion control etc. without worrying about compatibility.

Without such control, it's less appealing (although if there's some open source version with useful tuning for your circumstances it could still be useful).

The "massive implementation overhead" is basically *why* QUIC exists -- to let Google play around with reimplementing TCP to their own tastes.

Microsoft loves Linux – as in, it loves Linux users running Linux desktop apps on Windows PCs

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Re: If only it didn't lock me into Hyper-V

I believe virtual box can run on hyper-v now, at least.

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Re: So when will we hit the "Extinguish" phase?

I wouldn't run it on WSL in production, but it's a viable development environment for Linux-based containers, web apps, etc.

There's gall – and then there's the security director who stole and resold 41 government-owned networking switches

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I await Trump's equivalent sentence with bated breath.

Southern Water customers could view others' personal data by tweaking URL parameters

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Re: Legal action?

Perhaps it would have been better to report the issue (anonymously?) to the ICO instead. Then Southern Water would be the ones worrying about legal action -- and rightly so.

Congrats, First American Title Insurance, you've made technology history. For all the wrong reasons

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Such tortuous prose

I know noone can afford editors, but this is painful to read.

"The exposed documents were stored in First American Title Insurance's FAST: a database responsible for holding hundreds of millions of scans of customers' official documents for things like mortgage filings. It is said that in 2014, a vulnerability was accidentally introduced to EaglePro, which is First American's web-based software that shares documents via email from FAST with customers.

That flaw that could be exploited to view any image in the system: documents sent via EaglePro were displayed from a URL that had a ImageDocumentID parameter that could be changed to any other value to pull up other people's paperwork with no authorization checks performed."

Google's ghost busters: We can scare off Spectre haunting Chrome tabs

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Re: I hate to be the one who pees in the coffee

Perhaps you could make your entirely off-topic comment on the post about the new Spectre variants?

Microsoft adds subscriptions for SQL and Windows Servers

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Re: Put it another way:

Run SAP on oracle and Microsoft PCs and deal with all three!

The curious case of a Tesla smash, Autopilot blamed, and the driver's next-day U-turn

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Re: So, the car phoned home, right?

Perhaps Tesla could do surveys using an app linked to your car.

"It looks like you had sex in your Tesla last night. Please rate your experience in the following categories..."

Internet engineers tear into United Nations' plan to move us all to IPv6

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Re: Mapping plan

Uh, no. IPv6 packets do not have routing information embedded in them.

Your roadmap to the Google vs Oracle Java wars

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Could you be a more transparent Oracle shill!?

AWS CloudFront goes IPv6

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Users urge El Reg to enable IPv6 in production

(in vain)

Git thee behind me, Git crit security bug!

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"GitHub has acknowledged there's a flaw in its client software and recommended that users upgrade, as soon as possible."

Um, no. It is not a flaw in "its" client software, it's a flaw in *the* Git client. GitHub just happens to be a popular set of 'untrusted' git repositories that makes a perfect pool of victims for those looking to exploit the flaw in the client.

When will Microsoft next run out of US IPv4 addresses for Azure?

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Perhaps they want to access The Register?

As The Register seems to be solely dependant on IPv4 and doesn't offer any IPv6 access at all, anyone without IPv4 addresses is SoL if they want to read El Reg...

I QUIT: Mozilla's anti-gay-marriage Brendan Eich leaps out of door

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Free speech is exactly that: the freedom to speak your mind and express your opinion.

It does not exempt you from any repercussions of expressing or holding that opinion. It is not a right to legislate against those who do not share your opinion.

Those opposed to his appointment are equally free to express their opinion. Mozilla in turn are entirely free to weigh the implications of his opinion on their company and its perception by the community.

Ten… top tech cock-ups of 2012

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Martian conspiracy?

"El Reg was there at the landing"

We already have people on Mars!?

Apple must apologise for its surly apology on its website on Saturday

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Statement is below the fold... whatever size the window

Interestingly, the apple.co.uk homepage now resizes itself to ensure that, no matter the size* of your browser window, the statement and other small(er)-print is not visible unless you manually scroll down.

The apple.com homepage does not go to such lengths to hide its smallprint...

(*Not strictly true, around 2000px it gives up, but who has a browser window that size?)

Open source author pulls code after GPL abuse

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Re: He needs to read the GPL

No, as the author and copyright holder he is not violating the GPL. He can do as he wishes, including stopping distributing it under the GPL and/or releasing it under a different licence.

However, he can't stop anyone else who has already obtained the source from distributing it in accordance with the GPL.

I'm assuming (although he failed to make this clear) that the "unauthorised forks" are not distributing their source, although it does sound like he's released his work under the GPL without reading it...

Ubisoft assassinates Uplay flaw, denies DRM rootkit

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"The issue is not a rootkit. The Uplay application has never included a rootkit. The issue was from a browser plug-in that Uplay PC utilizes which suffered from a coding error that allowed systems usually used by Ubisoft PC game developers to make their games," it said.

What a terrible coding error -- Ubisoft PC game developers should never be allowed to make games.

Android Market morphs into 'Google Play'

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From Google's blog

"Google Play is entirely cloud-based so all your music, movies, books and apps are stored online, always available to you, and you never have to worry about losing them or moving them again."

Well, except that the T&Cs require me to agree that Google can remotely delete all my music, movies, books and apps...

Space junk at 'tipping point', now getting worse on its own

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@Bill Cumming

No, you've just defined "orbit" not "geosynchronous orbit". ALL orbits are "falling towards the ground and missing".

There are two special features of a GSO:

1. The period of the orbit is the same as the rotational period of the Earth (~24 hours).

2. The orbit is aligned with the Earth's equatorial plane.

As a result, from the point of view of an observer on earth, the satellite does not move.

From the point of view of a bit of space junk ejected from an exploding satellite, it's no different to any other orbit. But luckily, everything we try to put into the GSO belt tends to go in the same direction, which should help.

Google: The one trick pony learns a second trick

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Are you referring to the article, or your comment?

From messiah to pariah: The death of open source on mobile

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Open Source != Free

Free as in speech, not free as in beer...

Reg readers offered discount tickets to internet future

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Well, at least the URL is honest.

Labour moots using speed cameras to reward law-abiding drivers

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Careful drivers? Penalty points?

Why would careful drivers /have/ penalty points on their license in the first place??

Sky punts 'truly unlimited' 20Mb/s broadband

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Who screwed up - Sky or thereg?

"No caps, traffic shaping or fair use policy, says ISP"


"And downloads are capped at 2GB a month."

They can't both be right!

World of Google zombies mistake news story for Facebook

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I guess that's why they're so confused.

I try not to be surprised by the stupidity of my fellow man, but sometimes...

Bridgeworks sidesteps latency with pipelining and AI

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How bizarre

I can download with a 32KB window size and 100ms RTT at well over 400kB/s. And I'm on a 4Mb link.

Maybe that's because "Every packet series transmission is followed by 64ms of waiting." is utter tripe.

Gay man offered lesbian neighbours slug pellet curry

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And their sexuality is relavant because...?

If it was a black man poisoning his white neighbours would you have the same style of headline?

I think not...

Bus driver becomes Julius Andreas Gimli Arn MacGyver Chewbacka Highlander Elessar-Jankov

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Revealed at last...

The caption for the photo clearly proves that he is the Stig!