* Posts by Victor Ludorum

113 posts • joined 17 Feb 2010

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Now we know what the P really stands for in PwC: X-rated ads plastered over derelict corner of accountants' website

Victor Ludorum
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Re: I don’t understand...

I think it's a bit ambiguous, but the way I read it is that PwC let their amyca-dev-node Azure subdomain lapse, but their amyca-dev PwC subdomain was still pointing to it. Someone worked this out and set up a new Azure subdomain.

Happy birthday, ARM1. It is 35 years since Britain's Acorn RISC Machine chip sipped power for the first time

Victor Ludorum
Headmaster

That brings back memories

I remember the A310 being installed in the computer room at school, and everyone being amazed how quickly this ran in BBC BASIC.

10 T%=TIME

20 FOR X%=1 TO 10000 : NEXT

30 PRINT TIME-T%

Just tried it with the BBC BASIC 'demo' edition on my i7 laptop - 1 to 30,000,000 takes one second...

This hurts a ton-80: British darts champ knocked out of home tourney by lousy internet connection

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Not just 'rural' connections

I think a lot of people have been happy enough with their ~2Mbps connections for general use, but nowadays video upload for zoom/teams etc has meant higher upload requirements, which many 'legacy' connections can't cope with..

A relative lives in a not-particularly-remote village not far from me. When they moved there they couldn't get Openreach's 'fibre', so were stuck with ~1.5Mbps down / 600kbps up. Barely suitable for iPlayer without regular buffering. Eventually the cabinet was upgraded but they were in contract and unable to upgrade at the time. By the end of the contract the cabinet was 'full' so they still had to wait another 3 months before they could finally get ~37/9Mbps.

Meanwhile I'm sat here on a 220/20Mbps Virgin connection, not quite the 350/20 at the office... ;o)

Astroboffins agog after spotting the first repeating fast radio burst that pings every 16 days from another galaxy

Victor Ludorum

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away

see title

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Thought 5G marketing was bad? Cable industry sticks with ridiculous 10G branding as another year rolls around

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Re: Stop this nonsense.....

I'm just wondering whether Joe Public will be expecting/demanding 10G wifi now...

The IoT wars are over, maybe? Amazon, Apple, Google give up on smart-home domination dreams, agree to develop common standards

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Re: In all seriousness, though...

Take a look at the Loxone kit. I installed their Miniserver-based system 4.5 years ago and it's still going strong. No cloud (or external) connections required (unless you use their subscription weather server).

Xbox Series X: Gee thanks, Microsoft! Just what we wanted for Xmas 2020 – a Gateway tower PC

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Ah yes but

If you're like my 13 year old, you leave the game disc case on top of the console (XBox One S) thereby reducing the ability of the cooling system to actually do its job. Not sure how this design mitigates that.

Oi, Queenslander who downloaded 26.8TB in June alone – we see you

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WTF?

Quick maths

A very quick calculation suggests that's a constant ~100Mbps for the whole month.

Internet Society's Vint 'father of the 'net' Cerf dodges dot-org sell-off during public Q&A

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I agree

Which TLD did he think was a better fit for non-profits?

You live where you live ... and ex-SAP boss Bill McDermott lives in a house like this

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Not quite my taste

I'll be honest, it's not quite my thing.

I was looking for an IT angle - how fast is the broadband?

As pressure builds over .org sell-off, internet governance bodies fall back into familiar pattern: Silence

Victor Ludorum

Re: Time for a new TLD

Anybody fancy crowdfunding a new not-for-profit TLD? May I suggest .npo - Non Profit Organisation...

It woz The Reg wot won it! Big Blue iron relics make it back to Blighty

Victor Ludorum
Pint

Hats off to you chaps

But will it run Crysis?

150 infosec bods now know who they're up against thanks to BT Security cc/bcc snafu

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Words fail me

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Google security crew sheds light on long-running super-stealthy iOS spyware operation

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Ah yes but

To quote https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Mozilla/Firefox_for_iOS

'Because of Apple's App Store restrictions, it also uses the built‑in iOS WKWebView, which is based on WebKit rather than Gecko.'

So it's still susceptible to any WebKit vulnerabilities.

RIP Dyn Dynamic DNS :'( Oracle to end Dyn-asty by axing freshly gobbled services, shoving customers into its cloud

Victor Ludorum

Re: Time to find another solution

^ What he said. Happy long time user (7+ years) of afraid.org.

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Veteran vulture Andrew Orlowski is offski after 19 years at The Register

Victor Ludorum
Pint

Where did the time go?

19 years? Are you sure? Shurely shome mishtake?

Seriously though, many thanks for all of your insightful scribblings. May you continue your perspicacious verbosity in your future ventures, whatever and wherever they may be.

OVH pulls gloves off bare metal fighters as it eyes up US cloud vendors

Victor Ludorum

Re: mmmm, OVH cheap but shit

It's not just OVH, I see attacks from Digitalocean, EC2/AWS, .RU and .CN as well. I guess that's the downside of cloud providers with cheap/free products, lots of inexperienced people spin up insecure instances which then get hacked by bots which attack other instances looking for weaknesses. I got hit when someone (with a .CN ip address) got into my machine using a dictionary attack on a non-standard SSH port. I forgot to set up fail2ban... Lessons were learnt!

Armor Games admits all its users' deets slurped in database mega-hack as site moves to repair chink

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617 million? Really?

Are you telling me that almost 1 in 10 of the world's population had an account in their database?

Privacy, security fears about ID cards? UK.gov's digital bod has one simple solution: 'Get over it'

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As long as they can find someone who understands the right hashtags, we'll be fine...

Perfect timing for a two-bank TITSUP: Totally Inexcusable They've Stuffed Up Payday

Victor Ludorum

Re: True

first direct's website still says 'first direct is a division of HSBC UK Bank plc. Member HSBC group.' at the bottom.

Victor Ludorum

Could be bit more widespread...

My Halifax and one of my Lloyds credit cards also temporarily refused to show current balances and transactions. The Halifax online banking even reported something along the lines of 'error message to show customer that transactions cannot be retrieved from system at this time'. It now seems to be working again.

Techie's test lab lands him in hot water with top tech news site

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To quote Shaggy

It wasn't me!

Outage? No, phones are playing silly buggers, insists Sainsbury's Bank

Victor Ludorum

Well that's odd

So there are no problems with their systems, but both times I have logged in this week I have had a banner at the top of their page saying

We're upgrading our system, so can only offer limited online functionality for now. For transaction information – please call 08085 40 50 60.

And that is definitively that ... for now. 5G's carrier features frozen

Victor Ludorum

The wonderful world of TLAs

'...which complements the NSA [non-standalone] specifications...'

I'm not sure that NSA means what they think it means.

Screw everything! French swingers campsite up for sale, owners 'tired'

Victor Ludorum

I need new glasses

> Climate averages for Lyon

I read that as climax averages...

Not cool, dude: Brit web host Hotchilli Internet freezes itself for good

Victor Ludorum
Headmaster

I think you may need a new dictionary.

Dictionary.com offers the verb definition for both words.

OVH data centres go TITSUP: Power supply blunders blamed

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Update

Octave has just posted an update...

status.ovh.com/?do=details&id=15162#comment18119

Basically, SBG1 was a container datacentre that outgrew itself, and they built SBG2 using the same power supply...

Google court filing names a second source for Uber's lifted robo-car plans

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Ron is redacted just about everywhere in the filing, except on the last page. There is also a partially redacted reference to 'Levandowski and Lior XXX'.

Zuck off: Facebook's big kahuna sues Hawaiians to kick 'em off their land

Victor Ludorum

Re: Ironic...

But Americans don't understand irony!

Now that's a Blue Screen of Death: Windows 10 told me to jump off a cliff

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Re: Am I the only one

I haven't looked into turning the captions off, but you can find out more about the image - the location normally pops up in the 'do you like this?' caption in the top right corner. If you click on the location it will then open a Bing search in Edge when you log in.

Big Red alert: Oracle's MICROS payment terminal biz hacked

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This might explain it

I have had the occasional attempt to log in to my VPN using various micros related usernames - microsuser, micros, microsadmin to name but a few. They have usually come from China, Hungary and (apparently) Virginia, USA.

Crash this beauty? James Bond's concept DB10 Aston debuts in Spectre

Victor Ludorum
Coat

Re: @Bc1609 - While the DB10 does look awfully impressive

I can't come up with a reason for him to have it and for her to know about it... :/

Because Bond. James Bond.

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Vodafone exceeds own upper broadband speed limit to hit 80Mbps

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As someone in Leamington Spa...

Just because someone in Chipping Sodbury gets a fast connection says nothing about the hopes and aspirations of someone in Leamington Spa.

My office is on the same street as Leamington Spa exchange but I can't get fibre (stuck on 24Mb ADSL) because my cabinet doesn't have enough residential connections so Openreach aren't planning on upgrading it...

At home, my 152Mb VM connection is to get bumped up to 200Mb 'from next month'. I'm not holding my breath, 152 is fast enough really.

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WIPO punts Cambridge University over attempt to grab Cambridge.com

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Yes, but...

Oxford University have oxford.edu, but cambridge.edu is some college in California. Surely they would have tried to go for that as well?

ARM wrestles analysts' guesses to floor after slurping IP Kool-Aid

Victor Ludorum

Re: Crazy

ARM is listed and has a market cap of over £16Bn/$25Bn. That would use up a lot of Apple's cash pile (especially after they've paid 35% tax to bring the cash back onshore), and they would have to pay a premium (up to 50%?) on the share price to sway the major shareholders. Not to mention Samsung and many others would probably find some way to club together to stop a major takeover...

Bruges Booze tubes to pump LOVELY BEER underneath city

Victor Ludorum
Pint

Re: Infrastructure

Not only would this solve the inter-plant transport issue (using VPN)

Is that a Virtual Pint Network?

Ordnance Survey intern plonks houses, trees, rivers and roads on GB Minecraft map

Victor Ludorum

Downhill water-skiing?

'We screwed up' sighs Sony bigwig after gaming portals collapse in DNS cock-up riddle

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WTF?

Re: I KNOW HOW THE INTERNET WORKS.

Maybe Sony ran out of IP addresses...

No anon pr0n for you: BT's network-level 'smut' filters will catch proxy servers too

Victor Ludorum

Re: Proxies

But shirley the number of Debian-using Sky subscribers can't be very big?

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(A Mint-using Virgin subscriber...)

Evil Dexter lurks in card reader, ready to SLASH UP your credit score

Victor Ludorum
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I have an idea...

I was troubleshooting some VPN issues a while ago, and when I reviewed the logs I noticed that there had been some access that looked like attempts to log in to a certain 'enterprise point of sale' system. Could this be related? Some retail systems might be set up for remote access with quite lax security?

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REVEALED: How YOU PAY extra for iPHONES - even if you DON'T HAVE ONE

Victor Ludorum
Pint

I get the feeling Apple don't really want to sell through other outlets. If they can make the terms of the deal so restrictive that few operators will agree to them, then everyone will have to queue to buy their latest iThing from an official Apple Store, thus increasing Apple's margin and the apparent craze for them.

Beer o'clock...

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LG: You can stop hiding from your scary SPY TELLY quite soon now

Victor Ludorum

Re: It's strange how their attitude changed

It's been on the Beeb - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-25018225. Unless a lot of people make a fuss over it, I'm not sure the general (i.e. less tech-savvy) public really understand the implications...

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HURRI-KANO: Raspberry Pi kit for kids STORMS past funding target

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Oh bother

I had a quick look at this yesterday, and thought I would buy one at the end of the week. Went to Kickstarter, and just missed out on the last $99 earlybird offer!

Oh well, I'll just have to join the unwashed and wait a bit longer....

Oh, and well done to everyone involved - surely that's the sort of thing Eben was aiming for with the Pi?

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Brit ISPs ordered to add more movie-streaming websites to block list

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eztv and kat are also blocked (on Virgin at least).

It's such a shame that there are ways round the block... (ztunnel, tor and vpn to name a few)

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Tech specs wreck: Details of Google's Nexus 5 smartphone leaked over internet

Victor Ludorum

Re: Should publish these for all phones

Gb usually means gigabits. GB usually menas gigabytes (16 gigabits = 2 gigabytes)

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Ultralight party balloons in WEEK-LONG marathon flight

Victor Ludorum
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Re: Is it me

Did you read the subheading?

Tat bazaar eBay takes a rest for 'scheduled maintenance', goes offline

Victor Ludorum
Pint

When I were a lad...

Back in the steam-powered days I remember eBay would go down for 'scheduled maintenance' every Friday morning. Maybe they are bringing back the old ways... Or the NSA wanted to plug in...

Beer? Well it is Friday!

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Apple kept us waiting while it searched our packages every day, claim shop staff

Victor Ludorum
Big Brother

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

I understand why they feel the need to do it, but who checks the security staff (or management, or whoever it is) ?

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Dragons' Den Jones' etail biz Expansys back in the red

Victor Ludorum
WTF?

Re: Bunch of spammers...

Every promotional email I've had from them has an unsubscribe linky at the bottom. I know it works, because I used to get the promo on two similar email addresses, and cancelled one of them.

I realise it's difficult to read through a whole email you didn't want, just to find the little word at the end that says 'unsubscribe'.

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Upturned boat sails to Shed of the Year title

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Coat

Re: Nothing to contribute

I sea what you did there....

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