* Posts by Marc 13

59 publicly visible posts • joined 21 Nov 2012


Nice smart device – how long does it get software updates?

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Re: Nobody

And if the sun is not shining, they wont run the dishwasher? They will unload it and wash by hand or wait till tomorrow (and hope it shines then?)


Where are EU going with that Teams antitrust probe? Microsoft wants a word

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Lots of hate for Teams... how many have done any investigation before slagging it off?

I'd hazard a guess that there's a few mis-configs and 3rd parties spoiling the party...


(n.b. you'll need .Net 6 installed, but no adm rights required to run the tool)

My top frequent fliers for causing issues:

1. Not split tunnelling the traffic: MSFT traffic -> direct to MSFT is the fix

2. MitM inspection. (see above, why are you MitM your MSFT traffic back at HQ before it goes to MSFT?)

3. DNS (obvs)

bonus: My PiHole was blocking some M365 stuff too, allowed it and things improved.

India's – and Infosys's – favorite son-in-law Rishi Sunak is next UK PM

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"making her a paper billionaire."

"Sunak has also done well as an investment banker and hedge fund maven. The couple, with a net worth of £730 million ($825 million)"

So which is it? Is she a paper billionaire (USD or GBP or other) or are they worth ~ 730m GBP / 825m USD ?

Or is she worth 1b + and together they are also worth 730 GBP as well?


New measurement alert: Liz Truss inspires new Register standard

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Re: while on the other side of the earth

So the the Xi should become a new Reg Std bureau Constant?

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But which Truss?

Does 1 Truss = 1 week (as in head of lettuce)


Does 1 Truss = 44 days ?

Is the shortened form / abbreviation the "LTr"

Too bad, contractors: UK government reverses decision to axe IR35 tax reform

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— controversial measures which mean fewer contractors can claim work outside employee status —

*NO* the measures put the requirement to make the determination on the engager. It had NOTHING to do with the number of contractors or how many roles they could take.

US Army drone crashes hours ahead of breaking flight duration record

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"Moments before it crashed into the desert it had just performed an S-shape maneuver"

The mix-up occurred at the H-I-T part of the maneuver.

Oh my, Grandma, what a big meteorite you have right there on your pillow under that hole in the roof

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Standards please...

"a meteorite the size of a football field hits Earth" Is that an American football "field", or a (real) football *pitch*?

And how is area relevant to a 3 dimensional lump of rock/ice?

But most importantly, these should be in el Reg std. units... therefore (if a football pitch) 194.89nWa.


Microsoft says Azure fended off what might just be the world's biggest-ever DDoS attack

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Re: Europe you say

Ah, that's how they mitigated it... they inspect packets from 3rd countries at the boarder

Lawn care SWAT team subdues trigger-happy Texan... and other stories

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Where's the deep-fake video lot when you need them?

The NK video needs a dancing sunflower to replace the plastic one back of shot.


Linux Foundation celebrates 30 years of Torvalds' kernel with a dry T-shirt contest

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How about:

"Did you know Linux is 30?

You don't know what Linux is?

Well its hardly surprising as its been


running everything for 30 years."

Thus, the shirt deals with the two sides of Linux that seem to be important: Linux people evangelizing Linux to people who haven't heard of it and pointing out that (for the most part) it "just works" and runs pretty much anything you can think of that isn't MSFT.

Brit firm fined £200k for banging on about missold PPI in 11.4 million nuisance calls

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Simple solutions - The UK telcos get fined, PER CALL for each spoofed call they allow though their network. It might take a few goes, but they will find a way to check who's traffic they carry if the risk is a fine.

As for the ones that originate in the UK, if you line is a "marketing" line (again, pretty easy top police if you are the telco) its a 5p per call *SETUP CHARGE*. i.e. every out bound call attempt costs the originating number 5p. Spam calling is only effective as its cost effective. Make it expensive to spam, reduce spam.


Radioactive hybrid terror pigs have made themselves a home in Fukushima's exclusion zone

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Quick, "Sounders" the alarm!

(OK, ok, my coat if you please)

US declares emergency after ransomware shuts oil pipeline that pumps 100 million gallons a day

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Re: Presumably the fuckwits in charge ...


"While our [service name] has experienced a limited and temporary reduction in service ***due to a sophisticated cyber attack***, [company name] remains committed to the highest standards of security. We are working diligently to resolve the situation and we have no evidence that our core operational systems were compromised."

Auto play ad crap on the home page

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Auto play ad crap on the home page

So el Reg has sold out to Huawei. I guess I can understand why, you have bills to pay, same as the rest of us.

But you allow a below the fold (so I have to hunt for it to shut it off), inline ad to auto play with a rock music intro... not cool!


Researchers made an OpenAI GPT-3 medical chatbot as an experiment. It told a mock patient to kill themselves

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"GPT-3 forgot the specific times a patient said they were unavailable, and it instead suggested those times as appointment slots."

"it often failed to correctly add up sums when handling people's medical insurance queries"

"given a list of symptoms by a patient, yet it appeared to ignore some of them or just make some up before jumping to conclusions"

So pretty much, it can do *exactly* the same quality of job as a call centre drone or receptionist at a surgery does now!

Microsoft forks out $3m in back pay settlement to make Feds' hiring discrimination probe go away

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$2300 for not getting hired... for not getting MSFT on your CV, for not getting the boost that will have down the line... cheap deflection.

Engineer admits he wiped 456 Cisco WebEx VMs from AWS after leaving the biz, derailed 16,000 Teams accounts

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Paris Hilton

Er, isn't it 2.4 million?

"cost Cisco roughly $1.4m in employee time for remediation and over $1m in customer refunds."

Paris, 'cos Math is hard :-)

Couple wrongly arrested over Gatwick Airport drone debacle score £200k payout from cops

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£145,000 on legal fees...

145000 / £300* per hour = 480 hrs, ~96 working days on a 5 hour day (they are lawyers after all)

How did they clock up just shy of half a working year of legal effort from 36 hours and no charges? Even allowing for a couple of opinions at £2000 a pop, that's still a lot of effort (er, cost) to negotiate a £55k settlement!


* https://www.unbiased.co.uk/life/get-smart/how-much-does-a-solicitor-cost - London based, 8+ years litigation

Cyber attack against UK power grid middleman Elexon sparks in-house IT recovery efforts

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I've worked in large, multinational and small even micro businesses over the last 10 years.

I am always surprised just how low the IT comprehension is within the non IT types... They can use a smart phone to download an play FB or Twitter yet cannot comprehend saving a doc to OneDrive/DropBox etc instead of the desktop ffs. They cannot click "Save as" when editing an email attached doc and wonder why their edits aren't saved.

This ISN'T in depth IT knowledge, its should be the starting point of the job interview for any job in the business.

In the case of opening crappy emails... send them two interview invites, one crap and one real... if they open the crap one, decline them!


Baby, I swear it's déjà vu: TalkTalk customers unable to opt out of ISP's ad-jacking DNS – just like six years ago

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Re: Switch provider, and refuse payment

I had to Google it, but you now ow me a keyboard... Mines been damaged by an ISO 3001 beverage.



PC owners borg into the most powerful computer the world has ever known – all in the search for coronavirus cure

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Re: Very worthy

I'm in.

Resellers facing 'months' of delays for orders to be fulfilled. IT gathers dust on docks as coronavirus-stricken China goes back to work

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Distributors with stock are cleaning up

Had to flex up a client's on prem VMWare estate to support the new WFH platform... CPUs out of stock / back-order for weeks thanks to intel's CPU issues. Eventually found them at near double the list price for 3 day delivery. Client said yes because they want everyone to be able to WFH if needed.

Next on the list, a bunch of users with no suitable device at home to WFH. Call to the usual dist'y for laptop options... none, someone cleared out their entire 400 unit stock 30 mins earlier at full margin.

We ended up with top spec surfaces instead (at full margin ££££)

The channel with stock is wearing the minted jacket.


This is your last chance, HP. There's no turning back. You take blue poison pill, the story ends. You take the red Xerox pill, you stay in Wonderland

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Re: re: So Xerox is lending money from a bank

In certain parts of the north of England, the phrase "Can you borrow me a [xyz]?" or "Borrow me [xyz]" is perfectly acceptable in place of "Can I borrow [xyz]?" or "can you lend me [xyz]".


Bloke fined £460 after his drone screwed up police chopper search for missing woman

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Re: F*ck every single flying peeping tom!

The NT do not allow "drones", quads or other power aircraft.

They DO allow gliders... and if the glider has a motor/folding prop, the prop needs to be disabled (e.g. elastic band to stop it being used)

Oh Capita! Thirsty outsourcing titan finds small oasis in contract desert

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"Apparently Capita is preparing to roll out the big guns and will “deploy advanced digital and customer management capabilities to drive improvements in experience across all channels”."

But they have been doing it for the last 10 years... Why'd they wait?

Samsung starts cranking out 512GB eUFS storage

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I'd like to go back to a simpler car

Yup... I'm with you on that! We have a (LandRover) Disco 3 - its been in the shop about a year now in the last 3 chasing a LIMP mode issue... they just can't nail down what it is. (and its clearly electronics related, not physical)

Meanwhile my daily is a '99 323 'vert:

Electronic fuel injection - check

Heated seats - Check

AC - Check

DAB radio/Bluetooth H/Free (retrofit/portable) - Check

Too clever by half other electronic stuff - NONE, nada, nope :-)

I get mid 30's mpg on most distance runs. service parts are <£30 every 10K, time based service parts/longer life parts might be £100 every 60K...

I put 35K a year on it and it hasn't skipped a beat.

and if it gets nicked/written off, its disposable. I'm £450 out of pocket buying a replacement (which is less than the voluntary XS!)

Budget 2017: How to make a downbeat forecast sound better. Say 'tech' a lot?

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Re: Big up Tech and then screw Tech contractors - illogical dear Chancellor

Which budget did you see/read? He as much said "We're going to do the same thing to Private sector as we did to public sector IR35 rules". the (below) is just lip service, it *will* be implemented and the "approved" test outcome *will* be Inside by default (TM), just like the Public sector test. Any protests by IPSE et al will be ignored, business will just roll over and hide, not wanting to attract HMRC's attention. Rates will go up some, incomes will go down some and the drag on the economy will increase yet again.

(via contractor calculator email) Verbatim the Budget document:

3.7 Off-payroll working in the private sector – The government reformed the off-payroll working rules (known as IR35) for engagements in the public sector in April 2017. Early indications are that public sector compliance is increasing as a result, and therefore a possible next step would be to extend the reforms to the private sector, to ensure individuals who effectively work as employees are taxed as employees even if they choose to structure their work through a company. It is right that the government take account of the needs of businesses and individuals who would implement any change. Therefore the government will carefully consult on how to tackle non-compliance in the private sector, drawing on the experience of the public sector reforms, including through external research already commissioned by the government and due to be published in 2018.

You can yacht be serious: Larry might be planning his own version of America’s Cup

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Might have to be careful with a name... there's already a World Cup Series of sailing


Still, I guess there will be a license involved to take part... you must have a license for each Tiller (steering wheel) used by your team... BUT Just having one Tiller does not mean 1 license, if you have 3 test boats that you *could* use that Tiller on, you must also license those boats too...

Splunk hits Oracle's Larry where it hurts: His failure to win America's Cup boat race

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Re: Learning to sail


...most cats use Gennakers rather than Spinnakers but either way, lots of fun :-)

(I'll let you off though as you sail cats!)

Check in my all-flash server-storage system? You must be mad! I'm taking it on-board

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Hand luggage its not...

The "small" container weighs 60lbs (27Kg)

A Quick look at Skyscanner* suggests most airline cabin baggage weight limits are 7 - 10kg... So you'd be limited to just Delta and Easyjet (who have no weight restrictions)

(and dims are not give, but I'd bet they're bigger than most airlines let you carry on!)



Currys PC World rapped after Knowhow Cloud ad ruled to be 'misleading'

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Know How Cloud back up is a white label version of Live Drive*

Restoration of folders from the client app (WinTel) is straight forward: Reinstall Win (assuming its a DR situation), download/install LD client app (2 mins) and sign in. Click restore, choose the folder to restore and where to put it and let it cook...

Did this last week for a mate.

The real issue is that the LD client is a bit hit and miss at putting the data IN the cloud...

...and not very vocal about the miss parts. We discovered this when my mate's data showed up with bits from Dec last year included, rather than the week before last. (It was a migration, not a DR so easy to sort). But the logs showed the LD client had been diligently running delta uploads every hour for weeks, yet there were clear sections missing!

*This I discovered when a mate had tried LD and then bought (been fobbed off with) KHC at the till... tried to register and couldn't ... the reason? His email address (used as username) was already in use o the LD client app, so the KHC branded version thought he was already registered (which I guess he was)


Volterman 'super wallet': The worst crowdsource video pitch of all time?

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OK, hands up... who wants to (repeatedly) sit on a 2600 mAh battery in a flexible case?

UCL ransomware attack traced to malvertising campaign

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Re: Outlook Obscur-o-matic link checker...

Not just Outlook but also ProofPoint's (mentioned a number of time in the article) own "URL defense" does exactly that too!

America 'will ban carry-on laptops on flights from UK, Europe to US'

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This is a business move...

By a Drumphf associate:

Here's the fag packet business plan:

Step 1 or 2: Ban laptops,

Step 2 or 1: setup/buy a VDI provider

Step 3: setup "Ingress studios" to clone your Corp/Personal laptop into VDI environment (Charge £/$/E big time for this)

Step 4: Rent "approved devices" airside (Charge £/$/E big time again) to passengers to access "their" VDI version of their device in flight.

Step 4a: Do a deal (Charge £/$/E big time some more) with a number of three letter acronym agencies for backdoor access.

Step 5: Pay finders fee to Don Cheeto

Greater Manchester cops fined after victim interview vids lost in post

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Until this kind of phuck-up costs someone their pension, the public sector and Pseudo-public sector will not care... its not their money being fined.


Will the MOAB (Mother Of all AdBlockers) finally kill advertising?

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I've just run the proof of concept plugin... works pretty well, nice big words "AdChoices Identified" etc on the ads... They should write a version to highlight Fake news...


FreeNAS sheds storage skin, tries on sexier hyperconverged garb

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Re: What's in a name?

Or because they want a "brand" for their Hyperconverged play - Imagine the CV:

.... VMware 5.5/6.x, Hyper-V, FreeNas Conv / Hyper / etc etc


.... VMware 5.5/6.x, Hyper-V, Corral.

and it helps to steer the brand away from having "Free" in the title too (which put a lot of people off, even though paid support and retail hardware is available)

VMware bumps certification exam prices, one by $2700

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vCDX resits are $900 for the re-defense, no need to pay the full £3K again. (here: https://blogs.vmware.com/education/)

And then there's the cost of the "normal" exams - who pay full price themselves? You can't get the exam validated unless you have sat one of their approved courses.... All the courses I have come across in "corporate world" include the exams anyway (in the eye watering, corporate aimed, course fee).

If you go the VMWare Academy route (which is very specifically aimed at self-funding/non corporate funded trainees), they include a discount voucher for 70% off the exams anyway...


DraaS-tic times call for DraaS-tic measures in VMware's cloud

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No, no, you miss the point - All sys-admins are now code warriors too... All we need to SSH, Powershell, Cli and an encyclopedic knowledge of multiple system's text based commands and operators to wrangle stuff...

On a related note, even the "official" cert training guides state on the one hand: "All VMware features since 5.5 need to be managed via the web client" (as opposed to the fat client). Then a few pages on its talks about how the Fat client is often useful when the web client doesn't work correctly. So at least they are (sort of) acknowledging its short comings.

Installing disks is basically LEGO, right? This admin failed LEGO

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Yeah, I had to google that one...

Apparently its "Harden the ...FU"

Urban dictionary to the rescue ;-)

Trump's cybersecurity strategy kinda makes sense, so why delay?

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Wont someone think of the children...

He's just waiting 'till his youngest child is old enough to interact with the media... He's seen Putin retain control for 17 years and counting, so he's only got to wait 9 years for Barron to take charge.

"I have a son. He's 10 years old. He has computers. He is so good with these computers, it's unbelievable."

Guess who's suffering an email outage. Go on, it's as easy as 123-Reg

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For once, it may not be their issue... (well, their issue may be a single carrier of failure)

We had issues with Virgin yesterday - apparently an issue with a router in Poplar that ment we couldnt get to a lot of Amazon based sites.

Then today, Virtual1 /V1 had issues with a fiber break connecting them to a TalkTalk backbone - it took out our MPLS.

Its entirely possible 123 use one of both of these carriers/services.


Wanna protect your data center? Take tips from the US Secret Service

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That is all...

GitLab.com melts down after wrong directory deleted, backups fail

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Yup, love ZFS snapshots (but only as an add-on to other backup methods - its nice to have choices!) - simple to mount and restore from.

Stop replying! pleads NetApp customer stuck in reply-allpocalypse

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This NetApp one presumable contains IT types, who should know better than reply all, especially once the tsunami started!

We had a variation in our office the other week, a couple of hundred tenants got spammed by a gritting contractor who'd left a distribution list able to be replied to from outside the organisation so when a few recipients started replying with unsubscribe/remove etc...

Add it to the tab: ICO fines another spammer as unpaid bills mount

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How is this still a thing?

Liquidating the company shouldn't matter... there's already a process to take the proceeds of crime from criminals.


Possible reprieve for the venerable A-10 Warthog

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They will test its comparative-ness... but it depends who designs the tests :-(


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One of my fav aircraft...

But back to reality, its seems its a very cost effective one too:


$17K per hour vs £70K for the combat ready F22... I suspect the F35 will be in this ball park too once its deployed. Even if it reaches the deployment size of the F-16 ($22K per hour), it will still be more per hour...

Keeping it on staff is money well saved!