* Posts by theloon

116 publicly visible posts • joined 24 Sep 2009


Apple Silicon takes a back seat at iPhone-heavy launch event


Yawnnnnnnn ..... another phone iteration another headphone update...

The internet's edge routers are all so different. What if we unified them with software?


Re: Open RAN

oh yes ORAN...... which is another example of the industry expending huge effort on redefining a technology as 'Open' and then chasing it's tail to never get to a point where it is either more effective or more efficient ...

At the 'heart of Open RAN' is actually a lot of speciallied hardware. Whilst you can buy it off the shelf you still need to find people with the same skills as any other vendor to 'make it work' and then of course you do also need your own USP to make your offering standout from all the other Open vendors..

And around we go..

Perhaps the industry would be better served actually spending it's time, money and brain power on something genuinely original?

Ohhh Mesh anyone? lol

Oops, says Manchester City Council after thousands of number plates exposed in parking ticket spreadsheet


Do you work for Manchester council Barrie? PCaaS anyone?

yes that's a brilliant idea, def one for the parking department weekly meeting !??

Let's identify cars and their owners and simply publish a register of where to find high value motors for steal-to-order crims to work down the list.

Let's call it PCaaS ! Pinch car as a Service

Idiot !

CityFibre relieves TalkTalk of its FTTP sister biz for £200m – after Boris win blows away Labour's nationalisation vow



The clue is in the name... CITYfibre ;)

Furious Apple revokes Facebook's enty app cert after Zuck's crew abused it to slurp private data


Dump FB and never look back

Each time one of these essentially criminal activities is revealed, it continues to feel good not to be part of FB.

Blood spilled from another US high school shooting has yet to dry – and video games are already being blamed


Hopes, prayers, and blah blah blah

Sadly, it's just a clock reset until the next one. After this many incidents and no change it is clear the US legislative bodies will do nothing.

Facebook exec extracts foot from mouth: We didn't really mean growth matters more than human life


Andrew Bosworth - FB VP - People dying due to FB's is just cost of business, so lets carry on

FB's business practices are truly despicable, and the more we discover the worse it gets. Therefore I decided want no more part in this company and their platform, or to any longer be their 'product'.

For those who might continue to use FB's platform, I would urge you to consider why you would do so. In real life, would you, your children or friends honestly continue association with people such the owners /execs of FB, who have such extraordinary contempt / disregard for you and yours?

Why continue to feed the extreme wealth and ego of Zuckerberg and friends, knowing now of their calculating and callous behavior against society, and as we read today and not denied, even for your physical safety.

Yep, I thought not.



IETF protects privacy and helps net neutrality with DNS over HTTPS


the devil is in the implementation

Since your average user blindly accepts their LAN dhcp from their provider, and per device / per network config is an effort unlikely to be taken by said user... deployment seems only for the 'advanced' ... at best

Likely this is the same set of folks already using services like dnscrypt.

Today's now increasingly redundant IETF once again looking for a horse which bolted 5-10 years ago.

Cisco president: One 'hiccup' and 'boom' – AWS is 'gone'


Cisco delusion over Enterprise / software revenue continues....

It's getting desperate at Cisco. The shift away from SP to a solely Enterprise-like business (just look at who mostly got LR'd recently), for DC, Cloud and all that comes along with that.

Chuck is without a doubt a terrible choice for Cisco at this moment. A disconnected individual, surrounding himself with some of the most out of touch people you can imagine. He even seems to revel in providing material to prove this, for example recently announcing internally that Cisco needs to refocus on IETF and legacy standards bodies. Clearly he seems not to have noticed that OpenSource and open hardware has moved the world on and 2-4 years for a standard from IETF is a model of the past...

The refocus on Enterprise comes just at the time when OTT cloud services, AWS, Microsoft etc, are about transform Enterprise exactly as has already happened to OTT services for residential.

What foothold does Cisco have in OTT today? Pretty much zero.

There was always an internal giggle when Cisco would announce they where 'Number 1 in Cloud' at ra--ra all-hands events. At the same time the CPSs, AWS, Google, FB, MS etc, had already stopped buying ToR switches and servers from any major vendor and where designing and outsourcing the build for whitebox replacements, ordering these units in the millions.

The trend continues down to optical, bye bye Cisco proprietary, and hello grey optics at 80% cost reduction. Not only are the CSPs designing them and publishing the specs, but they can purchase them cheaper than Cisco can, since it's all about volume.

So what is Cisco's answer? Well it appears to be the same as Marconi and others ghosts have done. Focus back on previous revenue streams and try to milk them a little more. do a bunch of increasingly desperate LRs to shore up the revenue margins so as not to get hammer in the market on stock pricing.

Of course they make a lot of noise about new business and re-focus this that... but essentially it's emperors new clothes time.

Thing is, very dog has it's day, and Cisco has likely had it's time run out of 'woof'.

UK gov says new Home Sec will have powers to ban end-to-end encryption


fucking hilarious !

omg this is so totally clueless .... good to see we have the brightest and best in the new cabinet and civil service.


Bash on Windows. Repeat, Microsoft demos Bash on Windows


30 years late - but hey

What next? and RESTful API?


Ex-BT boffin Cochrane blasts telco's 'wholly inadequate' broadband vision


Gavin Patterson continues his tradition of being totally out of touch

Whilst Gig to the home is a reality in come countries, Pstterson's pronouncement is no surprise from BT.

As one BT guy shouting to a few of us not so long ago ..... "8 meg is still faster than dial" !!

Microsoft backports data slurp to Windows 7 and 8 via patches


XP still looking attractive :)

and that was the final reason I needed to never upgrade my XP machine which runs any type of finance packages... and yes, they all still run on XP, never crash zero problems. Unlikely trying to run them on anything later.... the disaster that is MS.

Microsoft's Windows 10 Torrent-U-Like updates GULP DOWN your precious bandwidth


words fail really

but seriously what else where we expecting. It's the same company which was developing the Zune when Apple was already finishing up on the iPhone designs....

ISP Level 3 goes TITSUP after giganto traffic routing blunder


If this was the issue, then Level 3 is totally at fault, since one of the core principals for BGP policy is only to accept what you are expecting, since this is the obvious outcome of not having that route policy correctly defined.

This is such a basic error that the 'fat finger' has to have been involved.

However it's another example of how policy needs to be defined elsewhere, and the limits of BGP policy configuration done via the current OSS model....

Please god don't anyone say "hey we need another extended attribute for BGP that will solve this"..

Cisco and Level 3 team up to squash brute force server hijackers


buzzzz buzzzz

swat that fly... 'yahhh'


buzz buzz......'oh crap'

Lenovo shipped lappies with man-in-the-middle ad/mal/bloatware


Priceless - a FB engineer shocked about 'ads' and wondering what world he is in

Actually more disturbing that the spyware...imo..

How is this a surprise .... It's the type of world you have helped create FB dude !


$10,000 Ethernet cable promises BONKERS MP3 audio experience


first call will be to Audio Quest, next will likely be Trading Standards, they love this stuff.

As someone that works for a major networking vendor on the engineering side, I'm first going to call Audio Quest and ask them some simple engineering questions concerning their solution, how it relates to ethernet protocols, transmission, framing. Next some about IP etc..and finally some basic questions about NASs and media players etc...so let see what they say.

The likely outcome is that I will next call trading standards ...

but lets see how Audio Quest respond first....

Will keep you posted during the week. :)

David Cameron: I'm off to the US to get my bro Barack to ban crypto – report


Another in the endless series of brilliantly unworkable policies

Another show and tell of the level of clue Cameron and friends have. The topic is irrelevant, their level of real world clue is always low. Economic, transportation, security....an endless list.

Windows 10: One for the suits, right Microsoft? Or so one THOUGHT


finally features used since the 1980's make it to Windows

Better late than never I guess. Desktop innovation is soo dull and kinda over now.

DNS cockup locks Virgin Media customers out of ntlworld.com email


DNS is not one of Virgin's strong points

Since they are no good at DNS perhaps they should stop fucking with it all the time.

Virgin Media goes titsup AGAIN. The cause? Yet MORE DNS strife


sub £35 answer and crypto

For the tech inclined its pretty simple to build a secure DNS solution using a Raspberry Pi running raspbian and dnscrypt.

Add in isc-dhcp-server and if you wanna stay in the gui world use WebAdmin for config. Had this running for years now, moved it to Pi for massive space/power saving a couple of years back.

Also makes a great openvpn server and sixxs tunnel box too, they all run perfectly well concurrently with dns/dhcp etc.

Another plus is no DNS intercept from Virgin anymore.

Running Cisco's VoIP manager? Four words you don't want to hear: 'Backdoor SSH root key'


and the SP also promise that running your home will be secure

On and on it goes. This is just the tip of things to come. Smartmeter hacks on mass taking down entire communities is just such an obvious thing to target.

Then it's on to the connected home...

Enjoy the darkness.

US citizens want stricter CO2 regulations by two to one – Yale poll


but they still wanna drive a 3 axle truck to work

Yeah sort out that power plant.....but I'm not giving up my dually ....

BSkyB, CityFibre, TalkTalk pull clear of bigwig BT's bundles – plan to set fibre to York


Re: Competition at work

Unfortunately very little of this is about cost, it's about revenue retention. BT has no real incentive to get people off the copper, as they are still making billions from landlines and copper based retail.wholesale services. The revenue is declining, and at a rapid rate, which has made BT execs finally take note and start deployining some fibre passed the cab.

However if BT was really serious about getting FTTH deployed they would have joined forces with the utilitiy companies water/gas etc who are passing homes all over the country replacing the infrastructure right up to the front door....

The resistance inside BT was enormous when this was proposed....and they don't seem to be embracing it anytime soon.

David Cameron defends BT's taxpayer-funded broadband 'monopoly': It's a 'success story'


21CN ...the waste

The UK could have already done most of the fiber to the home roll-out with the money which was spend on 21CN.

Add to that the continued incremental upgrades for DSL, "polishing the copper", which nicely keeps BT OpenReach going...ops I mean OpenReach a BT Group company...they get pissy about the name. ;)

Anyone from the old G-CTO Group at BT care to comment on their lack of extraordinary lack of foresight and wastefulness? Come to think of it anyone in the recent BT Design group wanna pitch in also?

Sync'n'sharers Box snaffle Cisco's Warrior CTO .... IPO time?


friends and family stock too?

Now I wonder who might buy them in 9-12 months time.... oh the pondering lol

How a Facebook post by blabbermouth daughter cost her parents $80,000



Priceless and good.. Don't sign a confidentiality agreement and tell anyone what was in it.

NatWest 'spam' email cockup got me slapped with late payment fee, says angry Reg reader



So he pays it off anyway, but it's not on direct debit.... yeah I can smell something and it ain't the flowers.

Pervy TOILET CAMERA disguised as 'flash drive' sparks BOMB SCARE on Boeing 767


Finger print it and arrest the moron

This person needs a reminder on the subject of decency...

3-6 months being "explored" in the showers should make them rethink their approach to life.

Just who is Apple's most frustrated fanboi? Surprise – it's GOOGLE


Wake up Apple

I'm just saying....

I work for a company with in the Valley with 10k plus of Macs...zero Apple tools used there too.

Perhaps we just don't need them, but then we are heading to a place where any OS is just a hypervisor for Apps....

Apple Schill-er: 'I was shocked - SHOCKED! They went and copied the iPhone'


So now donate it all to charity

As it's not about patents or profile....and you have more money than God already, do something useful Apple and the entire settlement to worthy causes....

BT Openreach boss QUITS to quench ambitious thirst


yep thats right she managed a deployment of "fibre broadband"...over COPPER. !!

I wonder if she will also be pontificating at her new job, as at BT she was rumored to have once pronounced in a meeting she would "be taking that (some issue) to Number 10"

What a wonderful sense of overblown self importance exists with these execs...

Oh she will be missed. lol



Why the thumbs down? Do you actually work in or contribute to the IETF and even understand it....? My guess is not.

But if you do either know anything, or are actually attending then lets meet in the lobby of hotel in Vancouver where it is being hosted this week @ 11.30 PST and discuss it....yes that's right I'm actually there...


Wow, you clearly know nothing about the IETF, it's members and how it operates.

Furious Google techie on NSA snooping: 'F*CK THESE GUYS'


So Google is rich enough to actually take on the US and UK government..... When does the blah blah blah stop from the CEO and some legal action begin?

Otherwise it's all just some bullshit pronouncements

EasyJet wanted to fling me off flight for diss tweet, warns cyber-law buff


Re: "It's called free speech"

As I assume you are not a lawyer then you will be perfectly ok if you wake up one day no one serves you in any shop, bar, restaurant, denies you to board a train, stop and searches you, locks you up for 72 hours under section 7, stops you attending any sporting activity...the list is endless

So yeah a guy sticking up for himself with the ultimate result of letting Easy Jet know their bullshit is bullshit..... thank fuck for a typical lawyer...


reason number....oh I lost count already.

Yet another reason I never fly them...

Microsoft relents: 'Go ahead, install Windows 8.1 on clean PCs'


MS still locked in 1990's OS upgrades and installs

Everything from the price to the install methods are 25 years out of date...

Facebook strips away a bit more of your privacy – but won't say why


my time on FB is over

These changes are just a step to far. I have accepted up until now that I'm the product, but names and faces to be given out is the end of it for me.

Instead of everyone bitching about this and that, either get off FB or stay on and shut up. You don't have to be there.

US court rules IP address cloaks may break law


If you add up all the controls, interception and flagrant misuse of privacy, the internet is pretty much dead when compared to the original ideals behind it.

It's time to evolve again.

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak disses Ashton Kutcher's Steve Jobs


Even if Job's had written and appeared in it himself, it would still be full of much fiction. Anything some one point of view, or even a few points of view is still far from the actual.

It's a documovie, nothing more.

UK.gov fines itself harshly for hurling NHS records to the winds


Re: Hypothetically speaking

You don't...you destroy them.

When replaced you get a machine with some level of disk/physical encryption.

Classic - "but it's hard" public sector answer... It's not hard, and considering the massive overspend on IT across Government money is not even the problem, it just requires compedency and effort.


Why was it not encrypted to start with?

The truly staggering lack of any decent IT across the Government spectrum of departments is just no surprise anymore.

The first question to really ask is .....why was the data on the drive not encrypted to start with?

Problem is we all know the answer. Despite that we (taxpayers) pay about 40 times the cost for state run IT than a private company would, and we get zero value for it.

From my personal experience having to deal with Government IT, +their contractors, the compedence level and skill set is so astondingly low for internal staff, with the contractors often not a lot higher, plus there is little incentive to finish a project ontime or on cost on either side. Internal don't get fired, contractors want longer contracts...

Very brokennnn

Google Glass will SELF-DESTRUCT if flogged on eBay


Sale of Goods Act trumps Google bs

Nice of Google to open themselves to an instant UK legal challenge. you can't be prevented from reselling something you own, and control over that item can't be extended in the way Google is looking to do..

BT scores £146 meellion more UK.gov cash to fibre up Balamory


Re: Anything to delay the last mile fibre..

I certainly would not make the assumption that everyone here is an outsider making wild opinion, and don't know exactly what they are talking about when it comes to BT, it's internal workings, politics and architecture....

However my point was clearly aimed at the regulator /gov and it's total lack of teeth and clue when it comes to providing the country with a FTTH.


Anything to delay the last mile fibre..

Here we go again. Almost no one will benefit from this as the distance from the cab to the home so great.

BT has consistantly been obstructive when it comes to FTTH and the regulator / gov are a complete joke when it comes to a joined up strategy. So instead of this money being used to make an actual difference somewhere it's being wasted to patch up the infrastructure.

The regulator is hopeless when it comes to a plan for FTTH, there is not even a joint partnership framework with other utility companies to lay fibre. London and the South East for example are having the water supplies to all houses replaced, all the way to the front door, they have just finished my road.

So we are already in the process of visting the home, digging and replacing infrastructure, but one bit at a time. Gas was the previous year, and BT is still running fresh copper to both new builds and existing. Even if you can't dig fibre over the poles has been used in other countries for years, which is BT has also constantly opposed as a method for FTTH.

BT instead spent the money on 21CN, to migrate voice....which did not happen, and cost around 15 billion, not far from the cost of FTTH by BT's own inflated estimates.

But...... it's not about the consumer, it's about protecting the unionised jobs at BT and all the little kingdoms the sad middle management types have created.

Mr Regulator - wake the fuck up and learn something about NG Broadband and stop relying on misinformation from the incumbent.

Groupon CEO Mason sent packing as shares continue to plummet


was just a matter of time for him and GroupOn in general

the entire concept is fundamentally flawed from both the user and the seller side. It sounds great,but ask a retailer...they are not enjoying

nice try, #FAIL it seems