* Posts by Victor Ludorum

172 posts • joined 17 Feb 2010


AWS adds another Arm CPU to its cloud: Apple's M1

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Re: Typo?

Given the context of that sentence in reference to the previous sentences in the same paragraph I think the author is allowed to omit the word 'processors'.

AWS claims 'monumental step forward' with optional IPv6-only networks

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Re: Made the switch

I haven't used them , but vultr.com's cheapest VPS product is IPv6-only, and $1 a month cheaper than the equivalent IPv4 product.

In the '80s, spaceflight sim Elite was nothing short of magic. The annotated source code shows how it was done

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Looking back

Yes it does look rather simple now, but the game was squeezed into less than 22K of the BBC's RAM. Try that nowadays...

Angling (re)Direct: Criminals net website of Brit fishing tackle retailer, send users straight to smut site

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Their MX records now point to Protonmail. They were pointing to Outlook/O365...

Sir Clive Sinclair inspired me and 'whole load of others' at Arm, says CEO Simon Segars

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Maplin wasn't the only one

I remember going into my local Tandy for electronics odds and ends until the late 80s / early 90s...

Facebook rendered spineless by buggy audit code that missed catastrophic network config error

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Re: Out of band management?

Quote from Santosh's writeup:

'Our primary and out-of-band network access was down, so we sent engineers onsite to the data centers to have them debug the issue and restart the systems.'

Email billing blunder meant MVNO iD Mobile told 24,000 customers to pay up or have their service suspended

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Re: But...

just jump to Three or an mvno of three or EE.

iD Mobile is an mvno of Three, run by CarphoneWarehouseDixonsPCWorld...

Navigating without GPS is one thing – so let's jam it and see what happens to our warship

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Outside the cocked hat

As an occasional sailor with a Day Skipper qualification, I get how the cocked hat reckoning etc works. Other reasons for errors can include not correcting for True/Magnetic North, inaccuracies in the compass itself (fixed onboard compasses should be recalibrated occasionally), and large ferrous bodies (oo-er) interfering with the compass.

Loving the series, more please!

Woman sues McDonald's for $14 after cheeseburger ad did exactly what it's designed to

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They were the religious porpoises.

Ubuntu on a phone, anyone? UBports reaches 18th stable update, but it's still based on 16.04

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Big Brother

Who said it had to be your personal data?

Go to L: A man of the cloth faces keyboard conundrum

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What an odd problem

Er, I mean even.

Reminds me of the 'fact' about 19th November 1999 - the last date for over 1000 years to contain no even digits.

Sir Tim Berners-Lee's World Wide Web NFT fetches $5.4m at auction while rest of us gaze upon source code for $0

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Have I missed something?

If you watch the animated code entry 'film' on Sotheby's, it's been HTML-ified, all of the > characters have been replaced with >

There are others in there as well.

I'm not sure it would compile very well like that...

Does the NFT contain that code or has someone cocked up?

What you need to know about Microsoft Windows 11: It will run Android apps

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So if it needs TPM 2.0

What's going to happen to all those motherboards that self builders and small shops use? There's going to be one almighty stampede for TPM2 modules.

Dell have got a 'sale' on at the moment and I can't find much mention of Win11 or TPM. Some people are going to be upset in 6 months time when they can't upgrade their 'new' computer...

Also, will we be able to run it in a VM? I'm sure some people would like to run various setups in VMs for testing etc...

Treaty of Roam finally in ashes: O2 cracks, joins rivals, adds data roaming charges for heavy users in EU

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Re: Something doesn't add up...

I thought it was a typo - 0.36p per MB. Unfortunately not.

Looking at EE Ts & Cs it's 36p per MB, so potentially £360 per GB.

It's also a bit vague on what your allowance would be if your package allowance is less than 50GB.

Amazing. Staff count up just 2% and Microsoft adds more than £1bn to its UK financials

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212.9M profit

Across 3491 employees...

That's over 60K profit per employee - are any getting a payrise?

Norton dodges UK courts after telling Brit watchdog it will be nicer to consumers

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We continually strive to put our customers first and remain confident that our practices are fair

I'm surprised they managed to say that with a straight face.

EE and Three mobe mast surveyors might 'upload some virus' to London Tube control centre, TfL told judge

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Must be secure...

Just look at the vehicle access security...

GMaps link

Brit watchdog shows some teeth over McAfee antivirus auto-renewals

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Continuous Payment Authority

CPA is unfortunately an easy way for companies to keep taking payments even when cards expire.

Here's a Guardian article about a Norton customer's seven year battle...

1Password unsheathes Rusty key, hopes to unlock Linux Desktop world

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Re: Not a fan

I'm intrigued to know what your preferred method is for user authentication?

10.8 million UK homes now have access to gigabit-capable broadband, with much of the legwork done by Virgin Media

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Re: Is it just me

Yup, down for me too. Server's gone for an early Friday one of these ->

I hope they haven't been hit with ransomware...

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Re: Gigabit...

Their marketing bumf mentions 52Mbps upload, so a fairly typical 20:1 ratio...

Namecheap hosted 25%+ of fake UK govt phishing sites last year – NCSC report

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Re: Namecheap

Not sure that's true for all of the scam sites. I got a 'Royal Mail' SMS this morning asking me to go to www.arranged-fees.com (reported it to 7726).

The domain was registered at 09:31 this morning, I received the SMS at 10:06. Website is hosted on Namecheap's IP block. Fortunately Firefox and Chrome are already warning about it, although the site itself is still up if you want to spam them with a load of junk...

OVH reveals it's scrubbing servers – to get smoke residue off before rebooting

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Re: To be fair

The 'container' data center wasn't damaged by the fire, it was the regular building which was built 10 years ago. I guess the relevant regulations and best practice have changed a fair bit in the intervening years.

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Re: OVH's experience might be useful

Some people have been asking Octave on twitter about the cleaning methods. Apparently it's an outside company with a proprietary 'secret sauce'.

BP Chargemaster's Pulse rebrand let crims send IcedID banking trojan from formerly legit mailboxes

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One possibility

I guess one possibility is someone somewhere has found a bpchargemaster Exchange server that wasn't patched against Hafnium... Probably forgotten about in the rebrand?

Big problem: Nominet members won't know how many votes they're casting in decision to oust CEO, chair

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Moving the goalposts

This is not just moving the goalposts on an almost daily basis, but Haworth et al seem to have picked up the ball, punctured it and chopped it into tiny pieces. And who knows how much they're hoping to bribe the ref with. Next they'll be [REDACTED - don't want to give them any more ideas].

ISP industry blasts UK Telecoms Security Bill for vague requirements, high costs of compliance

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The ol' Warrant Canary

Maybe every company should start to put a warrant canary in their filings...

I agree with Cuddles' note above that El Reg is yet to mention the Snoopers Charter stuff going on, also mentioned in The Graun and Wired.

Maybe El Reg are doing some deep digging before they release their exposé...

OVH data centre destroyed by fire in Strasbourg – all services unavailable

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Re: Construction?

They had a power outage at that DC back in 2017. SBG4 was built from containers.

See http://travaux.ovh.net/?do=details&id=28247 for details

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Cheap land

I expect Octave got a good deal on the land as it looks like it's in the old docks area. Also really close to the German border for a resilient fibre connection or two. At least there was a plentiful supply of water to suppress the fire...

I've got a cheap VPS with them, fortunately at Erith in Kent. It gets more activity from Digitalocean than other OVH IP addresses, although the subnet it's on occasionally gets blocklisted...

The wrong guy: Backup outfit Spanning deleted my personal data, claims Cohesity field CTO

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Amazon S3 Glacier?

I'm not suggesting that AWS S3 Glacier is the cheapest online storage available, but it's certainly not expensive. Their quick calculator suggests that they charge ~$4/TB/month, so he'd be looking at ~$144/month plus retrieval charges. The guy supposedly understands storage so how did he think he was going to get away with 36TB for $4/month?

Going underground with Scaleway's Apple M1-as-a-Service: Mac Minis descend into Paris nuclear bunker

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Not so much fallout shelter

More of an underground shelter. It's 26 metres underground. I'm no geologist but if you're that far underground in a city with a decent sized river running through it, you're going to get some water ingress. It's easy to keep most of the water out, but it gets exponentially harder as you try and keep more and more water out. It gets to a point where it's cheaper to just pump out the water that does get in.

Why make games for Linux if they don't sell? Because the nerds are just grateful to get something that works

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Re: Re Stadia

* https://www.amazon.com/luna/landing-page

Isn't that Jeff's Blue Origin page?

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Re Stadia

My son got a Stadia for Christmas and is enjoying it so far bar a few small odd niggles. Didn't realise the game 'servers' are Linux (obvious if you think about it - see stadia.dev) so some game studios must be building Linux versions of their games, but presumably don't currently see it as a significant market outside Stadia. If enough gaming Linux users petitioned the studios we might see more Linux games...

World+dog share in collective panic attack as Google slides off the face of the internet

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That explains it.

Thunderbird asked me to re-authorise access to GMail - I thought it had just expired or something, but I was then getting a 500 error. All seems normal now (well, as normal as 2020 can be).

There are two sides to every story, two ends to every cable

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Been there (sort of)

The number of times I've had to supply a USB A-B cable for a customer who's just bought a new printer that didn't come with a USB cable. Or a CAT5 cable for a 'network' printer that didn't have built in wifi...

Sod Crysis, can the 21-year-old Power Mac G4 Cube run Minecraft? The answer is yes

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Re: What's old can be made new again...

It does seem a bit like Trigger's broom, I'm surprised the original motherboard would still work!

Italian competition watchdog slaps Apple with €10m fine over allegedly misleading iPhone waterproofing claims

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What I want to know is

Does the statement have to be in an intelligible language?

I presume it won't be in a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying ‘Beware of the Leopard'.

Who knew that hosing a table with copious amounts of cubic metres would trip adult filters?

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Re: Inside joke?

Oh no it doesn't.

(It is supposed to be panto season...)

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Re: Sort of IT related

It wasn't a free ad. I asked them for the £42 back, they weren't interested as the ad had just expired...

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Sort of IT related

I was trying to sell a car on a certain website for Trading Autos, unfortunately just after listing it the car decided to bork itself. Rather than spend £300+ fixing an £800 car, I altered the advert to say the car was 'stuck in limp mode'. Advert was blocked and flagged for moderation... Turns out they didn't bother to do anything about it for 10 days.

Master boot vinyl record: It just gives DOS on my IBM PC a warmer, more authentic tone

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Re: What I'd really like to know ...

Given the recent vinyl revival, maybe he managed to get a test pressing from his audio file?

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Ah the good old days

I remember a magazine back in the 80s (C&VG?) that had a cover disk once or twice - a ~7 inch slightly floppy vinyl record. I think each track was a different program for various home computers of the time - C64, Spectrum, BBC, etc. Pretty sure it predated the Amiga and Atari ST anyway.

CodeWeavers' CrossOver ran 32-bit Windows Intel binary on macOS on Arm CPU emulating x86 – and nobody died

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Re: How long before Apple stop this

The big brother icon I originally used must have been too subtle.

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Re: How long before Apple stop this

Wow, thanks for all the downvotes! I obviously used the wrong icon. ===>

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How long before Apple stop this

Shirley it's only a matter of time before Apple put a stop to this 'unofficial' emulation malarkey. I mean, they don't want people running any old non-approved code on their devices do they...?

Facebook sues to shut down alleged Instagram clone maker over scraping and sharing personal info for cash

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I'm sorry?

The company contends it is entitled to cybersquatting damages amounting to $100,000 per domain name

$100k per domain? Because they end in -gram?

Is someone having a laugh?

BBC picks SiFive RISC-V chip for Doctor Who programming-for-kids kit – with Jodie Whittaker narrating

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Re: Isme a time lord...

I've just checked the TV guide, you're right - Brooklyn Nine-nine is on at 2030, but I'm a 'Celebrity' is on at 2100...

Google yanks Apple Silicon Chrome port after browser is found to 'crash unexpectedly'

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Just a thought

Maybe there's something in the Google code that reads the BT MAC to help generate a unique id for the installation?

Cutting the ties: European hosting provider OVHCloud to offer Google Anthos, no Google account needed

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Re: I see OVH and think...

This asn script will list IP ranges for a particular AS-number (AS16276 for OVH)

Banking software firm tiptoes off to the cloud with MariaDB after $2m Oracle licence shocker

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Re: It's nice to read about the successes...

If only more management listened to their DBAs and IT departments...



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