* Posts by Gert Leboski

124 posts • joined 16 Feb 2013


FYI: Ticking time-bomb fault will brick Cisco gear after 18 months

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Intel perhaps?

From what I read, it could centre around the Intel Atom C2000 series. My understanding is that this includes the C2718 / Avotons which I understand from other research into a low power hypervisor host, would burn out/slow down/fail after around 12-18 months use.

If it is around Intel kit, that would explain the obvious NDA that Cisco is under. Who else has the clout to impose such a thing on NetZilla?

Wow, look out, hackers: Trump to order 60-day cybersecurity probe

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Re: Time for a Great Firewall

I've found that the majority of brute force attempts against my ssh servers originate from the USA, so a great US firewall will be of benefit to me, here in the UK, as long as they filter outbound traffic.

It won't help the USA much against internal attacks though, will it?

Thanks, Obama: NSA to stream raw intelligence into FBI, DEA and pals

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Intelligence, intelligence, intelligence.....

Who knew there was so much of it in the USA, going by recent events? ;)

FBI takes gag out of Cloudflare's mouth after three-year legal battle

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Re: Frightening

Thanks Mage. An excellent summary. Wish I could up-vote you more.

Oi, Mint 18.1! KEEP UP! Ubuntu LTS love breeds a laggard

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Why the negative title?

I'd opt for stability over cutting edge, especially for those new to Mint or Linux in general.

I've not upgraded from 18 yet, but it looks like there could be a few compelling features, such as the vertical panels to save screen space on my laptop.

Really, I'm happy with the Mint team's approach and philosophy. Nothing negative or laggard about it, IMHO.

You have the right to be informed: Write to UK.gov, save El Reg

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This country becomes more vile every day. :-(

Verizon is gonna axe its 'unlimited' data hogs

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Re: Maths!

Misleading advertising has come back and bit Verizon in the behind. Not much more to it than that.

Okay it's apples vs oranges, but on my VirginMedia 200Mbps down, cable connection I'm bringing down between 3 and 15GByte a day and sending anywhere from 12 to 25 GByte upstream. All legitimate, non-commercial traffic. Every day. VM have a pretty simple traffic management policy, which I stay well within, using my own traffic shaping.

However, if they took Verizon's stance with me, I'd be kicked off inside a week.

I pays my money, I use it considerately, ensuring I'm not swamping my tail-end and the physical connection I share with my neighbours and I stay within their published thresholds. So far they've treated me well, if they decide to play hard ball like this, I'm screwed.

Must keep an eye on T&Cs.

Bank robber reveals identity – by using his debit card during crime

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Re: Sounds like

I have a gut feeling that the "a registered sex offender", tidbit was put in to help the collective conscience and aid with the "let's all point and laugh at the bungling pervo, possibly even paedo..." element of the story.

Perhaps. I dunno, maybe...

The Life and Times of Lester Haines

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Re: Thanks for the memories

Great idea. Done.

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Thank you.

Thank you Mr Oates and The Register. I think this piece was needed.

Really appreciate the brutal honesty and I'm sure he would have too.

I think I now see why I related to Lester's words so strongly.

Thank you.

Amateur radio fans drop the ham-mer on HRD's license key 'blacklist'

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Bloody naughty to disable active, paid for, deployments in retaliation for open criticism. That crap about it being impossible to say how many were "wrongful" deactivations, as some or many may have been genuine cancellations and refunds. Surely you have records of those cancellations and refunds? Your accountant would insist on that, surely? Then you take the number of cancellations and refunds from the total number of deactivations over the same period and you have your wrongful number of deactivations. Your accountant could probably explain that to you, too.

Is your Windows 10, 8 PC falling off the 'net? Microsoft doesn't care

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Edit: [@AC "Uh, you can uninstall updates under Windows 10, and there is a workaround (netsh winsock reset)."]

That's a lot of floor walking for IT, going to each and every workstation, getting a privileged command prompt and typing that, was kind of a point I made earlier.

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Re: It's all a bit farcical, isn't it?

I'm not sure how setting anything in DNS is going to help a machine get on the network in the first place.

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Re: It's all a bit farcical, isn't it?

That would probably work well for home users, with limited devices on their LAN and the privileges to set networking on the machine.

In business environments, there are a lot of devices requiring IP addresses, which DHCP makes manageable without much human intervention. Very often, usually and ideally almost always, end users in business don't have the privileges in Windows to manually set a static IP, so it comes down to IT support to go do it for them. It's a lot of grunt work for small teams and because of the nature of it, being networking, can't be done remotely.

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It's all a bit farcical, isn't it?

This new patching model isn't working out too well for the end users, is it? I wonder if the benefits outweigh anything negative, from Microsoft's perspective, whatever those benefits might be?

Busted Windows 8, 10 update blamed for breaking Brits' DHCP

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Re: Surely a common router/firmware incompatibility?

Well, a VM customer below reports the same DHCP issues with Windows 10. Possibly timings on response time?

Totally unaffected here, but I have OpenBSD providing DHCP over LAN and a Unifi AC-Pro access point plugged onto that.

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Surely a common router/firmware incompatibility?

The Windows clients are not working with their local DHCP provider, which is on the LAN interface(s) of their domestic router.

DHCP isn't hard, but there is quite a bit that can be set there that usually isn't.

Are these routers putting out a field:value that something in the Windows patch is choking on? It wouldn't be the first time that Microsoft have tried to rewrite the rules of basic networking or web protocols to suit their own means, is it?

HBO slaps takedown demand on 13-year-old girl's painting because it used 'Winter is coming'

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Re: I'll just leave this here and sit back.

It stuck in my mind and a single google search brought up the image.

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Re: @ m0rt Winter is coming.

So, would this warrant a DMCA take down, do you think?


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Re: I'll just leave this here and sit back.

Thanks Haku. I don't have a shiny badge so I don't think I can do that. That's the price I pay for being a bit of a lurker for the last 7+ years. :/

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I'll just leave this here and sit back.


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Re: Are condoms considered clothing?

Now I have the twisted and sick image of Jack Frost giving a special facial to the assortment of severed heads on display in all the GoT billboard adverts I see around. Thanks for that.

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Go on 4chan and co...

This is exactly where you want the prats from 4chan and similar seedy, ne'er-do-well-infested, dark corners of the internet to go and coat this with their own particular brand of chaos and disorder. They could get themselves some good PR here. :-D

Hack the Army: US military begs white hats to sweep it for bugs

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Hang on a minute.....

McKinnon, Love...... It's like a Honeytrap!

It does say that potential pen-testers need to register or be invited, but let's not let that get in the way of poking fun. :)

Google declares victory for its Wifi router before it's even shipped

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Re: so then the only real difference between this

Same. I have an AC-PRO on the ceiling above the stairs. Works a treat with excellent performance, even downstairs and in the garden are way more than acceptable. If I wanted to get an additional LITE version for half the price of the Pro and put it downstairs, there'd be superb coverage with zero hand-off and lots of management and monitoring features.

I'd like to run Google's equivalent to my setup and see how they compare, especially with one eye on pflog.

Turn off remote admin, SOHOpeless D-Link owners

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Who allows remote administration of a consumer router anyway?

uPnP and remote administration never gets enabled for my LAN.

Dell to reveal 'micro data centres' for outdoor use

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96 compute nodes in a home lab? Surely you jest?

I have 2x DL380g7, an i7, an Atom based firewall, a Catalyst 2960G-48TC-L, a QNAP TS653Pro, and a laptop, all in a cabinet I made in the loft with fans galore on a 100mm hose from the soffit board for decent airflow.

I was told this is "excessive".

Native OpenBSD hypervisor

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Re: It will be interesting to compare

As a long time OpenBSD user, since 3.7, I fully welcome this.

I haven't yet played with VMM, but may do so, once I can free up some physical hardware. I'm not confident of getting a properly working virtualised environment if I nest this on ESXi.

User couldn't open documents or turn on PC, still asked for reference as IT expert

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As they say.....

"Your ignorance is my job security."

Market pulls chain on Crapita share price after first ever profit warning

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Re: What a shame

Totally agree, I hope they drop through the floor. Vile company.

Cooky crumbles: Apple mulls yanking profits out of Europe and into US

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Re: He can huff, he can puff, but he will pay

I wish I could have upvoted you more for your post. Spot on!

IT delays helped derail UK's historic child sexual abuse inquiry

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Either that or each chair is being told something along the lines of "You need to skip straight over the names on this list. They are not to be investigated." Then they are stepping down in disgust and some NDA / Official Secrets Act tomfoolery is stopping them from telling the world the real reasons why they're stepping down.

This organised farce is being controlled by the old-boys network, I'm convinced of that.

Microsoft ordered to fix 'excessively intrusive, insecure' Windows 10

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Re: I've said it before

Ooooo, downvoted. Have I hit a nerve?

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Re: I've said it before

Really? In all the years I've used Linux based distros and more recently Linux Mint, I've never experienced what you describe.

IT professional? Do you regard being an end user as being an IT professional? Because you sound to me like you are expecting somebody else to come along and fix it for you. Not a hint of any research or diagnostics you may have done, as to why the issues you describe exist on your system.

Are you trolling?

BT customers hit by broadband outage ... again

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Hang on, let's simulate a power outage so we can slip these devices into the route.....

Tin foil is my friend.

How's this for irony? US Navy hit with $600m software piracy claim

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Double standards.

The septics will get away with this, just by bullying their way through. As always. >:(

You really do want to use biometrics for payments, beam banks

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Bare faced lies.

These idiots who say it is in our best interests. Screw them, they are having no biometric data of mine, if I have ANY choice in the matter. I wonder how long we will have any choice.

Lester Haines: RIP

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Rest in peace, you funny, funny man.

A big loss. :'( Sincere thought go to the family, friends and all who knew him.

Smartwatches: I hate to say ‘I told you so’. But I told you so.

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Re: Dissent

I'm with you on this. I have an LG Watch Urbane. I find it to be a useful piece of kit and it looks pretty good on the wrist in my opinion. Average use will see you get a couple of days battery life out of it.

Plus, I have found what I believe to be the killer app. A fart button, that turns your phone into a remote whoopie-cushion. Can I get a high five?

Bash on Windows. Repeat, Microsoft demos Bash on Windows

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It's just like...

... putting lipstick on a pig.

I only hope it has a decent array of userland toys to make it relevant.

Hacking group Strontium dogs NATO and government targets

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Nation state?

Probably just a bunch of penetration testers gone rogue.

Yesterday: Openreach boss quits. Today: BT network goes TITSUP

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Just use your own.

I'm on Virgin Media, but for years have run a DNS server at home. No DNS forwarders, just go straight to the root servers. You could run that on a Raspberry Pi with very little cost. Haven't had a DNS related snafu hit me in all that time.

EU orders Equinix to dump colos in Amsterdam, London and Frankfurt

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Not to mention Slough's LD5.....

Where VMware host a good part of their cloud offering and I had to get an ExpressRoute link to Azure, up and running.

I think they'll be keen to keep a hold of a few of their data centres.

UK.gov finally promises legally binding broadband service obligation – by 2020

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10 Mbps by 2020?

In 2020, 10 Mbps will be equivalent to today's 512 Kbps. Usual load of hot air Cameron's trotting out there.


Ex-Apple bods suing Apple for bag searches get class-action upgrade

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PC World

I worked at a PC World in the mid nineties and this was standard practice. If you nipped out for a ciggy you were searched, but that was obviously in company time. The search at the end of the shift was always in your own time as you were expected to be working right up to the bell. Mind you, customers leaving with trolleys that had PCs or anything looking remotely expensive also had their receipts checked against what was on their trolley.

Then again, hardware crime was in fashion at the time. This was when offices were being burgled for the CPUs and RAM, with the rest of the computer being left behind.

Ladies and trolls: Should we make cyberbullying a crime? – Ireland

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All very well, but thinking practically...

As pointed out by the AC above, I read the article and immediately thought about the "Hail Mary Cloud" approach to cyber-bullying, which then opened up the "but what if..." floodgates of my mind.

Whilst I agree that if something is illegal in the physical world then it should also be illegal in the online world, I can't even begin to imagine how this could actually be imposed and policed, on a global scale, without it being useless due to open interpretation and also represent a serious risk of abuse by corporations and governments.

Something should be done, the shape of how it might look isn't a million miles away, but the practicalities of implementing, administering and effecting these laws isn't even a vapour right now, let alone something tangibly solid.

Euro SPACEMAN snaps incredible images of our Blue Planet

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Stunning visuals and well chosen soundtrack.

Kepler's STILL GOT IT! Space telescope spots SUPER-EARTH 180 light years away

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Re: Mister Kepler...

Worst Dad-pun ever! Have an up vote.

El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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Re: Here's a picture of how bad it looks

I know, that trunking is a bit off, isn't it?

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Re: Fucking shit

Well played DrewC.



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