* Posts by Mr Tumnus

35 publicly visible posts • joined 23 Nov 2010

Apple Private Wi-Fi hasn't worked for the past three years

Mr Tumnus

Re: This doesn't excuse Apple's incompetence, but...

It's trivial to spoof mac addresses,so your mac address whitelisting is broadly pointless

We have some sad news about Facebook. It has returned to the internet after six-hour mega outage

Mr Tumnus

Re: _My_ glass is half empty

Why would them pushing a misconfigured BGP config change prompt them to rewrite DNS protocols?

Mr Tumnus

Re: Clouldflare has a decent write-up on the BGP incident

This isn't correct. Their BGP routers stopped advertising their address space out. You can cache DNS records pointing to that address space if you like, you still can't get to it, if the internet doesn't know where it is.

The Google Home Mini: Great, right up until you want to smash it in fury

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So in 2017, you've NEVER previously used "OK Google" voice control, with any Android device, to make a phone call. And can't work out how to get it to work. Wow. Really, just wow.

Is this the BBC tech page?

FREE wildcard HTTPS certs from Let's Encrypt for every Reg reader*

Mr Tumnus

Oh! Interesting ...

"Let's Encrypt certs must be renewed every 90 days..."

Ah. No longer interesting ...

Meet Deliveroo's ‘bold and impactful’ new logo. No, really

Mr Tumnus

Re: Never heard of them

"Just checked the "blog" for Birmingham. Ideas for Christmas and Valentines in there"

Well ... yeah, halfway down the page.There are later posts. Maybe fuck all happens in Birmingham.

Reminder: iPhones commit suicide if you repair them on the cheap

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Except that doesn't happen ...

Google BLOCKS access to Goldman client-leak email

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Hey, if they get a court order, and Google delete it from that email account, then it never happened, right?

Oh, hang on, what if they downloaded the spreadsheet ... oh dear...

Imprisoned Norwegian mass murderer says PlayStation 2 is 'KILLING HIM'

Mr Tumnus

Re: He previously complained bitterly about the lack of hand lotion.

"Re: He previously complained bitterly about the lack of hand lotion.

Wow. Any sources for this information?"

Do they not have Google where you live?


Multipath TCP: Siri's new toy isn't a game-changer

Mr Tumnus

This doesn't seem to make sense

"Other examples of exchanges that might be SYN-sensitive include:

A user establishes a VPN to the corporate network over the home WiFi. In the Multipath TCP world, it's feasible that traffic could also traverse the available mobile network – but it won't be secure."

I can't see how this is feasible. When you're connecting over a VPN, 99% of the time you're connecting to a DESTINATION IP that's private (RFC1918), ie, that destination doesn't route across public internet.

How would that traverse the mobile network? Surely it woudn't, shouldn't the mobile network drop RFC1918 destinations at the edge?

It certainly wouldn't get to it's destination, not without being encapsulated down the VPN tunnel, because the mobile network wouldn't have a clue how to route it to "your" 192.168.10/24 network at head office, as opposed to the one run by IBM, or whoever, in their office.

Stephen Fry explains… Alan Turing's amazing computer

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Re: "Most influential tech-tweet of 2011" title on the tweeter's site

"A retired GP in our local calls his fellow drinkers with PhDs 'real doctors', because they have a doctorate and have carried out original research, which he, as a mere quack, hasn't."

You might find he's being facetious...

Sheffield ISP: You don't need a whole IPv4 address to yourself, right?

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Network Ranges

Hi Bill, it's not strictly true to say 192.168 addresses are "fake" or "not valid", they are valid ip addresses, it's just they're reserved as private ip ranges, for anyone who wants to use on their private networks. Therefore they're not routable on the internet.

They're private network ranges, rather than public network ranges, and are defined in RFC1918. But in every other sense, they're "valid" and "real" ip addresses. So one company in Texas might use the same private IP range behind their internet routers as another company in Liverpool, eg,

The reserved ranges are; - (10/8 prefix) - (172.16/12 prefix) - (192.168/16 prefix)

You could use routable addresses as your local network range, but it would mean the routable addresses weren't reachable, because your clients would expect that range to be local, not out on the internet (they'd arp for those ips, rather than routing traffic to their local gateway)

Eg, if you used as your local network range, you might have trouble getting to some of Google's services, because that range is used for www.google.com (among other things. Although Google also have www.google.com on other ranges too)

Bob Dylan's new album is 'Copyright Extension Collection'

Mr Tumnus

Re: I don't understand this

Actually, I'm wrong, looks like Tom's right;

"Only about 100 copies of the four-CD set were produced, with sparse packaging and an insert listing the details of the set’s 86 tracks, all previously unreleased studio outtakes and live recordings from 1962 and 1963. "

From the NYT - http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/08/arts/music/sony-issues-bob-dylan-recordings-to-keep-european-copyright.html?_r=0

Mr Tumnus

Re: I don't understand this

Hi Tom,

Don't think that is it, no ...

VCDX: The elite certification just 105 people hold

Mr Tumnus

Re: proof that the software is too complex

"Why is Enterprise-level virtualisation seen as something complex? What makes it so complex?

From my naive view, it seems like it could be very straight forward."

Right. Ever done it? Virtualized thousands of servers and made them work, resilient, scale, stress tested them, geographically separated them and had them replicate etc etc etc

You've not, have you. It is complex. Honestly, it really is. Sorry if you don't like that, not many of us do, but that doesn't mean it's any easier because we'd like it to be.

EE 4G LTE review

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Re: For 4g those speed suck....

Thanks everybody for the feedback saying you get these speeds on 3. Would anyone mind posting their postcode, as previously requested? Curious to know where 3 have rolled this out, since they haven't done in my locality, which surprises me, if it's achievable elsewhere.

Mr Tumnus

Re: For 4g those speed suck....

That sounds unlikely ... even 3's own website doesn't claim you can get 12meg download speeds currently on their network, unless you're on their new "Ultrafast" internet, which they aim to provide to 50% of people by Christmas ....


What postcode did you test this from, and did you perhaps have wifi turned on at the same time?

XBMC coders acquire TVonics brand

Mr Tumnus

XBMC on Android? Why Android rather than OpenELEC? The android version of XBMC isn't even out of beta yet, what's the advantage of that platform?

Fuming fanbois flood 'flimsy iPhone 5 Wi-Fi' forum

Mr Tumnus

Re: Woah, hold on there...

""I've personally tested on an HTC One X, and a Samsung S3 in the last few days, it worked on both."

Since it was an exploit with Touchwiz, getting it to work on a HTC is pretty good going!"

That would be because it WASN'T an exploit with Touchwiz .....

That was also kind of my point, that you entirely missed :)

GiffGaff: We've got no iPhones, but here's how to cut down your SIM

Mr Tumnus

Re: ...network run by you

Good for you. I prefer cheaper monthly mobile bills, piggybacking O2 as a carrier, but you do your own thing, and good luck to you.

McDonalds staff 'rough up' prof with home-made techno-spectacles

Mr Tumnus

"You've never been to France, have you?

Usually you are better of finding an italian or a german, or at least an alsacian, restaurant"

What the fuck are you talking about?

Sony Xperia P mid-range Android

Mr Tumnus


"Has El Reg ever given less than 80% in a phone review?"






Spotify v. Pure Music

Mr Tumnus

Re: Re: android client fail

It's called trying to have a viable business model

Which actor should play Steve in upcoming biopic?

Mr Tumnus

Moira Stewart.

Why modern music sounds rubbish

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Turn Me Up

There's a group called Turn Me Up who campaign for better dynamic range on records. First heard of them on the Elbow album Seldom Seen Kid, which had the logo, and went on to win multiple awards.

Worth a look;


Embrace chaos, beat pirates... buy my book, says Mason

Mr Tumnus

What's your point?

A cinema had a lazy camera operator? Two of them did?

Mr Tumnus


"No, a common mistake. Not illegal, a copyright infringement"

Copyright infringement IS illegal. I think you were going for "not theft", copyright infringement, but the basic fact that you're not paying to watch something that cost someone else money to produce still holds true. If you're fine with that, that's on your conscience. Nonetheless, it is illegal.

D-Link Boxee Box DSM-380 media streamer

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A better option

A better option would be an Apple TV2 (hold on, there's more to it) for around £90, then install XBMC on top of it. This now installs and runs in parallel with the Apple software, so you can boot to either.

Boxee was forked from XBMC, the tech playing back upnp streams and local content is the same. Boxee worked on plugins to stream from websites, and the user interface. You can also download both boxee and XBMC (since they're both open source) and try them on an old pc, or vmware, if you want to check out whether it works before shelling out for some hardware.

Currently i've got XBMC running on an old mac mini under the TV, and it's great for what you're describing. Only limitation is the graphics card in the older mac mini won't playback HD content smoothly, but I can live with that for the moment till I get other hardware.

XBMC is still a vibrant developing project, so well worth a look.

Iranian web developer faces death over porn site charges

Mr Tumnus


Says the Anonymous Coward ...

Facebook user locked out of account even with ID

Mr Tumnus

I feel your pain

I had a similar problem.