* Posts by SMabille

90 publicly visible posts • joined 14 Sep 2011


DJI Aeroscope won't stop drone-diddlers flying round airports


UK gov impact studies (again)

But is a 13cm*13cm and 91gr drone a real danger to airliner? (real question)

The smaller the drones are the harder they are to catch but more limited the risk the pose too. If they are far smaller and lighter than a pigeon are they still a big risk (I know pigeon aren't carrying Lithium batteries)

Buttonless and port-free: Expect the next iPhone to be as smooth as a baby's bum


No more iTunes restore mode either

No cable, no firmware restore mode, more trip to Apple shop with bricked crap!

Heathrow Airport's local council prohibits drone flights from open spaces


Re: Common Sense

DJI drone already have a no fly zone about 2.5km radio around LHR and 1km radio around Northolt (also Colnbrook Removal center - overlapped by LHR anyway) but it's far from covering whole Hillingdon.

I'm in Oxford AIAA and while I'm well outside Benson no fly or authorisation zone and outside enhanced warning area, there are high numbers of very low (well below 400ft - more like 150ft) helicopters, making flying drone an issue (basically, drop below 100 ft as soon as you hear helicopters coming, just in case). It would be great if MOD could do some notice system (website / automated txt) in place.


From public space

Just use a private driveway or field, job done.

Also "remote controlled model vehicles and aircraft that is likely to cause nuisance from noise or cause harassment," so I suspect autonomous pre-programmed flypath with GPS coordinate should be fine, as long as it's not remotely controlled

WikiLeave? Assange tipped for Ecuadorian eviction


Don't rape

Next time, someone asks you to put a condom, just do it. don't pretend you did.

You will avoid rape charge!

UK drone collision study didn't show airliner window penetration


UK gov impact studies (again)

Obviously UK gov really got an issue publishing valid, qualitative, non redacted impact studies in excruciating details....

Research suggests UK consumers find 'fibre' advertising misleading


Service can be provided by smaller ISP on all type of connections.

Some smaller ISPs even have proper technical support provided by technical people going the extra mile to kick and bite their wholesaler if/when needed. Not doing any ad but Andrews & Arnold a typical exemple of fully qualified "script free" support.

Aviation regulator flies in face of UK.gov ban, says electronics should be stowed in cabin. Duh


Damaged lithium batteries present a serious risk. Anyone ever watched luggage throwing competition (aka plane loading/unloading) will understand that it's probably safer to carry your laptop, tablet, explosive device in your hand luggage.

Tim Cook's answer to crashing iPhone sales: More iPhones


More than one

"Just like TV, people will want more than one iPhone..."

Except the amount of effort to move TV from living room to bed room is slightly higher than moving a MOBILE phone.

Am I missing.something here???

A UK-wide fibre broadband investment plan? Don't ask awkward questions


Re: it amazes me..


So Japan, Spain and Korea just discovered phone and skipped copper completely?

They might not have waited 150 years before investing again... looks like the same apply to hospitals (lots of old "open plan" wards), trains (Diesel on main lines... HS2? Great but France got most main towns connected with HST since the 80's), ...

ADSL/VDSL enough? Try to live on 10Mbps with a pair of children that are aware of what YouTube and Netflix are...

Microsoft: We’ve taken down the botnets. Europol: Would Sir like a kill switch, too?


“We detect when your PC is infected and 'phones home' as much as four times an hour. We then redirect that back to our sink hole and identify that with our national computers, and work to get those machines cleaned up,”

Oh so that call from "support from Microsoft partner" about the virus I had on my computer was genuine after all... no I feel bad having played idiot for nearly 45 minutes with the poor engineer trying to get a remote session on my PC. I'm sure he'll be calling back, one of his colleague already called me a few months ago :-)

Sigh ... c'est la vie: France mulls mandatory encryption backdoors


Back to the future


Seems like Marty McFly is alive and kicking, I remember the French having a similar attitude in the 90s when the US was planning to impose a mandatory backdoor chip (Clipper) the French took the "no encryption in this country" attitude, PGP being banned until 1996 (considered as "war class" weapon) . Of course it last until the first bank wanted to save money by providing e-banking.

What's the saying about learning from your past mistake?

Skilled workers, not cost, lured Apple to China says Tim Cook


Skilled kids?

It's crazy how those Foxconn kids are skilled! And to prove that it has nothing to do with cost, Tim decides to reduce Apple margin on each iPhone by the $5 that it will cost to pay the employees a decent salary. Or even better pay them US living wage?

New gear needed to capture net connection records, say ISPs



And the ICRs have to be kept by CSP (Communication Service Providers), they are not restricted to ISP only. We can expect the law to apply to all sort of layer 7 providers too (VoIP, messaging, ...).

Kids' TV show Rainbow in homosexual agenda shocker


The proof is in the pudding

There was also a short version intended for internal diffusion / spoof (available here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CgbcQIT7BMc) that has large amount of camp humour.

There was a better quality copy around but can't seem to find it.

Just to made it clear, this was not targeted at children and has never been broadcast.

Is Kazakhstan about to man-in-the-middle diddle all of its internet traffic with dodgy root certs?


Manual install

Looks more like they are the first country to ask their residents to manually install the "trusted" certificate.

TÜRKTRUST is still trusted by most browsers/os (ios 9 for example), even if they have been caught red-handed producing "by mistake" (coincidently during strong protest period) *.google.com certificate via EGO.GOV.TR certificate.

When we know the unlimited love for freedom and privacy displayed by the Erdogan government, the mistake looks very opportunistic (and only detected thanks to Google certificate transparency project), I'm curious how many others erroneous certificate are lying around Turkey.

UK's internet spy law: £250m in costs could balloon to £2 BILLION


£25m / year?

Really? The definition of CSP is so wide that any TCP connection (and layer 7 interpreted information) should in theory be logged several times.

On top of that it is unclear what CSP is responsible for what record. Does an ISP only provide layer 3 CSR or does he need to reassemble, interpret and log layer 7 info too (ie http and SMTP protocol)? I that case £190m/10yr to pay for massive application firewalls (I think Palo Alto UK just upgraded their Xmas party booking :-)), storage, retrieval, support, admin cost (£60m are for gov oversight...).

Does that also include GCHQ and Police "interference" facilities and facilitation?

The ray of light are the memories I have on BBC Panorama on the state of UK border force / immigration records management (Theresa May last big data mayhem), Universal Credit project, NHS IT and in general the total inability of the government to organise a piss up in a brewery.


Check section 189 (if I remember right) defining what a communication is, what a service provider is and what is a private or public infrastructure is.

The definitions are so wide that on one hand if you give access to Netflix to your kids you are a CSP and on the other hand if you filter your kids internet you might be seen as intercepting private network which is a criminal offence, even if I doubt the government wants "in court for trying to protect their children" headline in the Daily Crap.

This is 199 pages designed to roughly give the government complete freedom to change its mind (or as I suspect it already clearly made it) and ask anyone to record virtually anything. (That is not terminating to my German or Swiss coloc IPSEC end point.... But I imagine that will make me even more suspicious and routed via GCHQ for further analysis - which might be one type of "interference" the CSP will have to facilitate).

UK's super-cyber-snoop shopping list: Internet data, bulk spying, covert equipment tapping


Re: CSP?

And imagine the pain of (hopefully) at least few hundreds people requesting a copy regularly under a SAR....


Re: itemised phone bill

Nothing prevent you (and thousands of Register's readers and friends) to send a SAR (Subject Access Request) to your ISP every month to get a copy of all data they have on you and be sure to ask them to rectify any mistake that might be present.....



I quickly looked through the bill but can't find a definition of what is a "Communication Service Provider" (CSP).

Is it companies providing physical infrastructure (Openreach copper pair), the ISP providing end-user IP connectivity (clearly regarded as CSP by the bill), any transit IP provider, companies providing any OTT "communication" service (SIP broker),...

What about "service provider" less communication?

While Theresa May insist that only metadata are recorded "https://muslim.org" or "https://gaysex.xxx" would allow to profile you far more than receiving Al-Queada latest orders on your gmail account (which will only generate https://mail.google.com ICRs).

Top cops demand access to the UK's entire web browsing history



That is is your are https://randomsearchengine.com/images/search=child_porn.

If you are nominated for Darwin award and use http:// the GET /images/search=child_porn will be logged


Re: Will be struck down ....

Why do you think the government is in such an hurry to revoke human rights?

Apple slings bug-fixed iOS 9.0.1 at fanbois, PIN bypass hole still open



It's quite laughable, since iOS 4 or 5, it seems that (virtually) any vaguely major release of the product is unable to cope with alarms (and/or daylight saving time change). We had the don't ring, ring an hour earlier, an hour late, 12 hours late, only when repeated, only on weekdays variations.

So seriously, especially now they entered the watch market (even if the wrist appendage is probably not used to read time), shouldn't Apple be on the market to buy an alarm software that works for a few £100m?

BBC Micro:bit delayed by power supply SNAFU


TV programs?

While the BBC 80's version was an amazing initiative that generate a generation of IT serfs/engineers, the 2016 version seems far more pointless: Why bother having TV programs about coding??? Since the 80's we now have a fantastic source of alternative tailored content available on demand... Yes: The "Internet"!

Is it really the role of the BBC to finance public education when it can't float channels and programmes with shrinking funding (thanks to a Murdoch affiliated government)?

Citrix really needs to get its act together, and soon


Re: happy citrix customer here

Cisco is already re-selling Netscaler, with Elliott looking to divest from Netscaler, it seems logic that Cisco waits as long as possible for the price to go down then picks up Netscaler.

MILLIONS of broadband punters aren't getting it fast enough – Which?


Re: Whats the point?

Not ALL ISP use network traffic management.

I have 2 providers, one (A&A) clearly state they are not using traffic management and endeavour to buy enough transit traffic to not be the bottleneck and do a really good job at it and I strongly believe my second ISP (gigaclear) not to have any traffic management in place either.

Neither sale argument is ridiculously low price and you get what you pay for. In this case for slightly higher cost I get ISPs not slowing me down and with competent support if/when needed.


17% get their "up to" speed at any time, down to 15% during peak hours.

So only 2% are hit by congestion (at their ISP and/or transit level).

That means that most of the 83% not reaching their "up speed" is due to sync speed being below their expectations.

Switching provider won't help as both will use the same BT Openreach copper pair (except to alternative technology - cable/FTTP if lucky enough to have them available - in which case you would be unlikely to go for low ADSL/FTTC sync speed in the first place).

TomTom MyDrive brings satnav syncing to PCs and mobiles


Re: Yes But, No But

Appalling customer service? That's a big progress I believed they didn't had any...

Lots of bugs, travelling via not working (ignoring the via about 50% of the time). Each new release removing functionalities from the previous one...

Where TomTom is really good is the Traffic data (thanks to Vodafone data), far better than RDS and competitors but I suspect that lead will quickly disappear with the amount of data Google is picking up from their devices.

Fully agree that they had a great product but poor management.

Anonymous vows to avenge Charlie Hebdo massacre by blitzing jihadist sites


Freedom of expression

A newspaper front page with Muhammed complaining that *some* (his most extreme) followers are idiots/nutcases, along with other covers mocking Christian, Jews, politicians, Brits, ....) is freedom of expression (and not racism as they were only targeting idiots/far right independently of any color, race or religion).

A website posting pictures of the authors of the front page specifying wanted "dead or alive", providing homemade terrorist recipes etc is not freedom of speech, is call to crime.

I have no problem with the latest being shut down (or replaced by the first one).

Je suis Charlie.

(not anonymous coward, just by respect to the 12 that gave their life to fight for our freedom of speech).

Ofcom mulls selling UK govt's IPv4 cache amid IPv6 rollout flak



DWP just burned another £600m in butched universal credit IT job, so let them sell their /8 to cover the cost, then respec the project for its 3rd or 4th reboot with IPv6 (and a delivery date of 2028).

So Ian Ducan Smith could argue that he actually really saved money (from the IP sales), that the project is a stable ground for the future and will be delivered on time (2028 or anytime after Ian Duncan Smith political dead)

Virgin Media's ad fibs EXPOSED by bitter rival BT


Funny coming form a company selling "fibre" internet and delivering you copper... The fact they extend the fibre from the exchange to the cabinet doesn't remove the weakest link which is the copper bit. Realistically if I connect to an US server i'll get about 4000-5000 miles of connections on fibre, so according to BT if I dial up (or have a pigeon delivery me the IP packets on paper) for the last 0,01% it should still be called an "fibre" connection.

I'll call it fibre when I get light entering my house, not electricity

Brit smut slingers shafted by UK censors' stiff new stance



Ban peanuts. Far more deaths caused by them than by breath play (or terrorist) every year...

Amazon: Put our ALWAYS ON MICROPHONE in your house, please. WHAT?


Business model

So Amazon is a company that:

- Make no money but building profiles of everything we read or watch

- Wants to put microphones in our house

- Only chance of profitability is hosting CIA cloud

Call me paranoid...

WTF is ... Virtual Customer Premises Equipment?


Re: Latency and assymetric bandwidth


Actually from a consumer grade ADSL line it makes perfect sense to move most of those service of the carrier side.

Having the firewall on the carrier side would block DoS before it reach the ADSL low bandwidth so that's a massive plus (if you get under attack regularly - at which point you might think about stopping trolling people gaming).

DHCP having 60ms (2x30ms) latency is no big deal.

Management would be as slow as accessing any website.

IT makes perfect sense for the carrier and 99% of the users.

As long as there are specialised ISP available for the 1% (Like Andrews & Arnold) it's fine.

I don't want my provider to turn around and say "You want VLAN? Sorry that's an enterprise feature, you can switch to our £999/month tariff"

Yes. App that lets you say 'Yo' raises 1 MEEELLION DOLLARS



How much can I get for an app that just automatically answer "WTF?" to any incoming Yo?

Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi! 3D HOLO-PHONE hinted in Amazon vid


Apple lost it?

With no hardware announcement at WWDC, which is a clear indication that the iPhone 6 is not ready, this could be the first time that Apple will be relegated out of the innovator board by a major player (even if it has been ages since they really introduced anything new and "revolutionary")

Amazon is treating its employees probably even worst than Apple and its fiscal optimisation policy doesn't have much to learn from Braeburn Capital (Apple off shore money management arm) but still would be happy to see Tim Cook's company arrogance getting a good kick in the balls.

Need reminding how troubled Universal Credit is? MPA puts it in special 'reset' category


Re: So...

I would prefer the "Eject" button (or Shift-Delete), not really looking forward to the "IDS Rebooted" sequel....

Research bods told: Try to ID anonymised data subjects? No more CASH for you


Research vs commercial interest

Most research project won't give a damn about the identity of the samples they use.

The risk is de-anonymising data comes from commercial companies that will be able to buy them from the government, and those by definition are self funded....

And to be perfectly honest I really care far less if Dr. XYZ in a lab trying to find a cure for what ever genetic orphan disease is able to find my name to contact me about is research than insurance ABC knowing I have that gene and more likely to develop a particular disease exclude it from my medical cover or increase the price to reflect the risk.

On top of that to be able to ID anonymised data you need to cross reference them with other databases which are unlikely to be available to researcher but already in hand of commercial structure.

So the real problem is that, in the current form, there is no option to opt-in for research only purpose, so it will be a complete opt-out for me (if I trust the government to respect my choice and not force me down the line in a couple of year....)

Spend zero notes to take all notes with OneNote: Microsoft makes app free, builds it for OS X


Big Fan

I'm personally a big fan of OneNote, easy to cut and paste web pages, screenshots, etc...

Perfect as a sophisticated clipboard and available on iPad too.... I prefer it to Evernote.

Advantageously replace/complement the loose papers on my desk use to quickly take notes.

Euro cops on free Wi-Fi not-so-hotspots: For pity's sake, don't use them for email


SSL Man in middle attack

In the same BBC click, there was a demonstration of an SSL man in the middle attack towards Amazon (but stating they can impersonate any/other sites)

Except for unpatched iOS device not checking that the certificate actually match the URL (but it was demonstrated on Android), how would that attack works without pre-installing a new trusted root cert on the device?

Also the comment at the end, from TrendMicro representative (i believe) that hotel type Wi-Fi requesting a one-off password are far more secure is absolutely BS, nothing prevent to do a fake login page accepting any "password", can't actually believe they diffused that comment!

Apple to grieving sons: NO, you cannot have access to your dead mum's iPad


The device is yours, but your account and all its content are the property of Apple for 25 generation. Don't you remember signing a pact with the devil with your own blood when you opened that bloody iTunes account?

All your privacy and data are belongs to us.

BT's IPv6 EXPIRED security certificate left to rot on its website


Re: Implementation of IPv6 is a farce..

Time to switch ISP. People like A&A have been providing IPv6 on both leased lines and personal ADSL for as long as I can remember (probably 10 years!)

Update your iThings NOW: Apple splats scary SSL snooping bug in iOS


Re: IP address say whotttt?

Except there is a major feature missing in Chrome SSL implementation, there is no way to import certificate, which is useful if you have man-in-the-middle protection on corporate firewall/proxy.

You should be able to either import new root certs or trust root pushed by Apple config/MDM solutions.

Sony seeks mojo reboot with 147-inch 'honey-you-can't-afford-me' 4K home projector



1) To benefit from the high resolution, you will need a proper screen. Just a "basic" painted screen surface won't be flat enough to reflect the light in an even manner.

You can easily see a huge difference of quality between "on screen" and "on wall" projection at any resolution, but this would be like putting a very good old pure malt wisky in a diet coke....

2) Sony already has "normal" throw 4K projectors (the VPL-VW600, VW1000 and VW1100ES) but crucially lack of support and interest from Sony in Europe.

While the US benefits from a cheap and impressive upgrade path from the VPL-VW1000ES to VPL-VW1100ES: Mainboard upgrade, new bulb, 4K media player, Vaio tablet for $2500, Sony Europe offer the mainboard upgrade only for more than £3000.... and more importantly still has absolutely no plan for any 4K content in Europe (Video Unlimited 4K is available in the US since last summer).

As for the recently announced Playstation Now, also an US exclusive, it seems that Sony is undecided to do any investment in the European market.

Such a shame to see a good brand loosing so much over here by lack of management, vision and/or investment.

Coca Cola slurps millions of MAC addresses


Re: Technical/Numerical question


You don't really need "unique" MAC addresses, they need to be unique in your subnet (at least for NIC using IP, for other usage you might use the MAC as unique identifier but might not be a good idea - like inventory).

Under IP, you only use the MAC if the destination IP is the current subnet (ARP). Anything else will be forwarded according to the route table.

With 16 millions address per range the risk of conflicting IP while not null is virtually absent.

Click here to beat David Cameron's web porn ban


Not all feminist

It's only a small part of feminists that want to block porn, the same feminists that believe that *all* prostitutes are trafficked and abused, while students working at McDonald's have done a career choice, clothing industry and house staffing exploitation of migrants doesn't exist/not worth fighting for.

Those people use feminism as an excuse to push their narrow minded view of society, along the average Daily Mail reader/voter.

If you look around the web there are plenty of feminists with a different point of view, I'm thinking about people like Brooke Magnanti (Belle de Jour), Zoe Margolis (Girl with one track mind) and plenty of others.

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



The government already clearly stated that the next step will be mandatory filtering of "extremist" without any opt-out (and would you really want to be listed on that opt-out list)?

So the current "porn" / think of the children approach serves to

1) Have the infrastructure in place, paid by the ISP/user (not the government - which is great at least those of us on a proper ISP won't pay for nanny state filter - for the moment)

2) Get the mass used to see "Blocked site" web page, and not question it

The next step with the mandatory "extremist" filter will be blocking anything as extremist as people leafleting Mc Donald's (infiltrated by the Met extremist squad) and obviously send a report with your IP address (and probably subscriber details) to the relevant authorities to kick your door at 6am next day....

The most dangerous man, to any government, is the man who is able to think things out for himself...

H. L. Mencken, The Smart Set, December 1919


DNS only / No just porn!

If it's only using DNS, on the base that BT doesn't also block traffic to any non-BT DNS, just point your PC (or whatever device) DNS client to (Google) or (OpenDNS).

I expect the BT filter to be a bit more efficient than that and filter the IP traffic to address hosting a banned site.

I just had a look at the BT filter, it comes with 3 level. Light, med, strict. (http://www.ispreview.co.uk/wp-content/gallery/2013-article-illustrations/bt_filter_table.jpg)

Even the lightest option filter not only porn but also: Obscene and tasteless (that's great as tasteless is such an easy thing to decide.... The government insisting that the NHS and we are better of now, insisting that inequalities have been reduced since they arrived in power is obscene and tasteless to me), Hate and self-harm, Drugs (I suspect that include drug information/education/charities sites not just Silk Road), Dating.

You can add Nudity, Weapons and violence (which obviously is far less harmful/questionable than sex...), Gambling (which should be illegal to <18yo anyway....), Social Networking with the "Moderate" settings.

The strict top up the list with Fashion and beauty, File Sharing, Games and Media streaming.... (WTF?)

Sex education and Search engines blocking are optionals.....

So even the lowest setting is far more restrictive than porn.

On the other hand, a (free) AWS instance, a VPN to it; or just a Usenet client will give you access to all the porn you want.

So glad I'm an AA ISP customer....

Twitterers rally round #CensoredUK - to demand more porn


Also extremist....

It's only the beginning, the government also wants to block "extreme views", which is extremely worrying when you know the Met infiltrated dangerous extremist groups such as those leafleting McDonald's, UK Uncut and other tax protesters, etc...

First they blocked the porn and I did not speak out because I was not a perv.

Then they came for the Communists and I did not speak out because I was not a Communist.

Then they came for the trade unionists and I did not speak out because I was not a trade unionist.

Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak out for me.

AFAIK the filter is at least "opt-in" and not "opt-out" as originally requested by the government, so at least you don't have to fill up the "perv" form :-) Only the "I can't educate / trust / take care of my children and want the state to do it for me and block all sexual education they might want, to align it with the bad one they are offered at school"

But this is the first step, extremist block will be mandatory I'm sure.....

So next step is to block any groups attempting to reduce freedom of thinking and expression, have anti-democratic views, have totalitarian tendencies and are terrorist (as in "using terrorism as political system - governing by fear").... oops getting a 403 from some filtering device when trying to access www.conservatives.com