* Posts by Ol' Grumpy

147 posts • joined 28 Mar 2014


Trump wants to work with Russia on infosec. Security experts: lol no

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Re: Don't get sheep herded by the fake news media

"Russia is what it is, and far away from Swiss democracy, but it is better than it was before."

No it isn't. Putin is far more dangerous than Gorbachev and Yeltsin ever were - at least they seemed to play by the rules. That Putin changed the Russian constitution to allow him to have more than two terms of presidential office should tell you everything you need to know.

'Fibre broadband' should mean glass wires poking into your router, reckons Brit survey

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I'm surprised at this. I was told that there was a minimum "estimated" speed that had to be achievable by Openreach before they would install FTTC type broadband to a property. In the case of my parents, it was something like 24Mbps and the conversation came about following a call into Sky Broadband's helpdesk when the service was being particularly flaky.

East Midlands network-sniffer wails: Openreach, fix my outage-ridden line

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I had an issue with BT a couple of years ago where my speed (Infinity 2) dropped from 80Mbps to around 55Mbps over the course of a few months. I logged this with BT support a couple of times where I was helpfully told to reboot the Homehub I wasn't using.

Long story short, I moved to PlusNet and queried the speed I was getting which they agreed didn't match the profile my line should have been capable of. Cue three visits from Openreach engineers.

The first one said everything checked out and left - no improvement.

The second one said everything checked out, replaced the master socket and left - no improvement.

The third guy had been to a wedding the previous day and I think was nursing a hangover. This one did a full end to end line test, disappeared off to the cabinet, came back, did more testing, went off to the cabinet again, sat in his van and ate sandwiches, went to the cabinet again and then advised the port on the line card in the green box was knackered. He moved me to a different card and I was back to near enough 76Mbps.

It took about three hours and I still the guy is a legend.

All the time he was commenting about how Openreach don't give their engineers the time to diagnose faults properly before they have to be on to the next job so the experiences listed here and in the article really don't surprise me unfortunately.

BGP hijacker booted off the Internet's backbone

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Re: Good news all round

It involves BGP - everything takes ages! ;)

Distie bosses tuck 7-figure settlement into Cisco's top pocket

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Probably just me but limiting imports - especially if due tax is paid - seems to be almost protectionist?

Apple is Mac-ing on enterprise: Plans strategic B2B alliance with HPE

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Re: They create the kind of wonder...

wonder why it costs so much

I wonder why I have to use it their way

I wonder why I can't upgrade it

I wonder why it can't be repaired

I wonder why it trashed my disk

I wonder why I cnt tpe ny mre"

I wonder why this post made me laugh out loud. Kudos sir or madam! :)

IBM memo to staff: Our CEO Ginni is visiting so please 'act normally!'

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Re: Desks should be clear anyway,...

"Guess who people go to when they want something done."

Him? ;-)

Google says Pixel 2's narcoleptic display is being fixed in June update

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Upvote for the great use of linguistics . "shitlords" lol.

Trump kept ZTE alive as ‘personal favour’ to Chinese president Xi

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"A special place in hell ..."

I think what scares me is the language used by Trump and his advisors about (formerly?) trusted allies and friends. That phrase quoted by Peter Navarro telling the world there is a special place in Hell for Justin Trudeau sounded like it could have come straight from the Westboro Baptist Church press office.

Microsoft sinks another data centre with Natick 2

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"Data is better, down where it's wetter, under the sea"

I watched the Little Mermaid with my daughter recently. Great sub-headline :)

Schadenfreude for UK mobile networks over the tumult at Carphone

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"I've been trying to work out what I get paying £500-600 on a top of the range phone, vs spending £100-150 on a mid range phone but I can't work it out."

For me personally, it's all about the camera.

High-end router flinger DrayTek admits to zero day in bunch of Vigor kit

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Re: DrayTek routers are considered high end in the UK

To be fair, I remember the 2800 series being pretty poor on ADSL2 type connections which were starting to become the norm when they were released. The 2820 and beyond were (are?) much better and far more stable on ADSL2 in my experience at least. We replaced far fewer of them in the field anyway.

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I've always been impressed with Draytek kit since the launch of the original USB 2200 which I and many others used to get around BT's original "1 ADSL connection, 1 PC" DSL policy :)

Glad to see they are still patching their gear rather than selling stuff and then forgetting about it like some of the other vendors.

Huawei CEO sings 'Bye, bye, mister American Pai', trims US C-suite

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Re: "you chose to enter against German........"

"Yeap, your country and France declared war in 1939, but did almost nothing for the next 2 years."

Many brave people, military and civilian, died on both sides in the first two years of the war - especially those who were subjected to the blitz. I think it goes without saying that without American support, the outcome of WWII could have been different but to suggest nothing happened in those first years is unfair and frankly - disrespectful to their memory.

Guess who's still most moaned about UK ISP... Rhymes with BorkBork

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Re: I miss Demon Internet


I'd love to because I understand they have great service but I can't come to terms with their usage limits in this and age of streaming media. I'd be paying silly money for top-ups.

Sacked saleswoman told to pay Intel £45k after losing discrim case

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Re: I feel you are vindicated as well

"Are you suggesting that she has a chip on her shoulder?"

It was probably AMD ... :D

Boring. The phone business has lost the plot and Google is making it worse

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As mentioned by a couple of folks here already, I think among the IT savvy, security updates are key and the way they are handled by most vendors at the moment is pretty bad.

Example - the Moto G5 plus. Their EU release channel is on January 18 security updates, the UK release channel only just got November 17. Unless they are using the EU stream as a giant soak test, I don't see why they aren't released to all channels at the same time.

If Android One compliant phones sort that out - I'm all for boring! :)

South China waters are red, Brit warships are blue, HMS Sutherland's sailing there

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"If the Chinese decide to play hard, there's very little that Sutherland can do"

Agreed although the diplomatic fallout would be internationally huge.

Rogue IT admin goes off the rails, shuts down Canadian train switches

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"I find it bizarre that over here you can be fired with several weeks notice, and can be expected to continue doing your job and set your house in order for a smooth transition"

Not that I'm massively experienced but I've never seen anyone fired for misconduct and been allowed to continue working. I've seen people made redundant and work their notice period as you describe above.

EE unveils shoebox-sized router to boost Brit bumpkin broadband

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I just can't see this kind of thing taking off while prices for mobile data are as expensive and restrictive as they are. When I'm at home, I don't want to be worried about going over quota and either receiving a massive bill or being cut off. I'd rather stick to my crummy <1Mbps but unlimited connection.

Wileyfox goes TITSUP*: Smartmobe maker calls in the administrators

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Re: RE: I hope they all find new jobs very quickly

It's never nice when anyone loses their job - I've been there and I wouldn't wish it on anyone.

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Re: A pity

Wish I could say the same. My G5 plus is stuck on July's update.

Long haul flights on a one-aisle plane? Airbus thinks you’re up for it

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Re: Size matters

"Doncaster airport to NY, anyone?"

Is the Vulcan still based at Doncaster? I'd rather fly in that - safety cert or not! :P

Hawaiian fake nukes alert caused by fat-fingered fumble of garbage GUI

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Re: Unfrendly Fire

I'm pretty sure the issue isn't with Presidents - Republican or otherwise. It's more to do with the specific fact that this specific President is perceived by plenty of people in and outside of the USA as being an idiot.

OnePlus 5 x T + five short months = Some p*ssed off fanboys

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I had an internal debate with myself along similar lines but ended up with the Moto G5 Plus. The camera (in my view at least) is excellent and well worth the money saved over the S8 (which I used to fund a lens on my DSLR) :)

Logitech: We're gonna brick your Harmony Link gizmos next year

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"The wife, who doesn't cook and quite literally can burn water"

Brilliant and definitely my Quote of the day. Well done sir! :D

OK, we admit it. Under the hood, the iPhone X is a feat of engineering

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Re: Feat of engineering

Paying £1000 for a phone and then having the stones to take it apart as well! :)

Google's phone woes: The Pixel and the damage done

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Re: Bring back Nexus!

Mine blew up just after the warranty. I wish you luck with yours :)

The UK's super duper 1,000mph car is being tested in Cornwall

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"Not as silly as the person who's sat in the queue behind your exhaust."

Who is now presumably a large pile of ash! ;)

You can't find tech staff – wah, wah, wah. Start with your ridiculous job spec

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"d) HR interpret all requests for "would be nice to have" as "must have", resulting in impossible skill sets"

This and this again.

The amount of job advertisements out there that are just technical laundry lists is beyond belief. "We want a Windows guy! but they must know everything about Linux, databases, networking, firewalls, soft development oh ... and how to make a good cup of tea too!" .... sheesh.

Western Dig's MAMR is so phat, it'll store 100TB on a hard drive by 2032

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Re: Why not SSD Drives?

"Or you could just get a 4TB USB3 backup drive for $100 and enjoy faster and more selective backup/restore and not have to swap fscking tapes all the time"

Mainly this although I have been the victim of backing up data to a hard drive, leaving it on the shelf and the hard drive not spinning up when I've gone back to it. So I now backup critical stuff to two hard drives :)

The Clippy of NetApp is an IBM Watson-powered cartoon robot called Elio

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I still chuckle inwardly at the "hidden Word options" screenshot that did the rounds years ago with the option "Annoy me with that sodding paperclip: constantly or when I least expect it".

It doesn't take much to amuse me.

Helium's for balloons and squeaky voices, not this 10TB Toshiba beast

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With drives reaching such heady sizes, what's the general consensus of 'el Reg commentards when it comes to choosing a NAS for SOHO usage these days? Lots of bays with smaller affordable drives or smaller NAS units with a few of these monsters thrown in?

Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 is hot, but not much more than the S8+

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In terms of "stock android" - the Moto G5 Plus is also worth considering although I believe there is a new one in the works. Decent camera, dual sim and the battery easily lasts into a second day for me and there isn't much in the way of bloatware on there.

The downside is that software updates however don't appear to be a thing. I've been stuck on 7.0 since I got it. It also has a fixed battery.

China: Cute Hyperloop Elon, now watch how it's really done

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Re: Pressure suits?

"A fast sports car (Porsche, Corvette, i.e. kind of car us normal folks could afford, not one of the hypercar exotics)... "

I'm clearly in the wrong job! :)

Sony remembers it once made a great little phone

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Re: OS Updates

Thanks for your feedback folks - appreciated! :)

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OS Updates

I'd be interested to know current Sony handset owners fair with updates. I had some of the earlier Android based Xperia handsets and getting security updates or the next release of Android never seemed to happen.

China can't find anyone smart enough to run its whizzbang $180m 1,640ft radio telescope

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"Candidates can be of any nationality, any race."

Why does race come into it?

HMS Queen Liz will arrive in Portsmouth soon, says MoD

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Re: I've been thinking about cheap ways to kill carriers.

" QE to a big, expensive, cramped and uncomfortable cruise ship."

Isn't that how the Russians described it recently when Michael Fallon was blowing his trumpet about the whole thing?

No time for nap, update your QNAP: RAIDed NAS data corruption bug squashed

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Nice work Wayne. I guess that gives me something to do this evening!

AMD shocks the world by only losing $16m

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Re: Comparisons

Have an upvote for your processor code-names which I demand are adopted by both chip manufacturers immediately.

O2 admits to throttling network bandwidth for EU data roamers

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"It's even funnier when you reallise that GiffGaff run on O2's infrastructure...."

I don't know what it is like now as I have moved away but I was rarely seeing over 0.5Mbps with a 4G signal at home, let alone abroad with Giff Gaff. My experience was similar to that described in the article, where it would start high and immediately dip to between 1.0 and 0.5Mbps as the throttling kicked in.

I moved to BT Mobile in the end. I hate myself for doing it as I liked the GiffGaff concept and ethos but I can't complain about the BT/EE 4G throughput.

Virgin Media broadband latency headaches still not fixed six months on

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Re: Bye bye Virgin

I'm not with them but I constantly hear good things about Andrews and Arnold although I think they are pricey. I guess you get what you pay for?

Want to kill your IT security team? Put the top hacker in charge

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"Nothing is going to get your staff demoralized and moving on like making them fill out timesheets,"

Most accurate thing I've read this week.

HMS Windows XP: Britain's newest warship running Swiss Cheese OS

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"we are following a programme towards delivering a carrier Strike capability – ie, operational - for the UK from 2020"

Just in time of the end of extended support for Windows 7! :)

Please do not scare the pigeons – they'll crash the network

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Re: Re-crimp?

Or shoot the pigeons! (Although one imagines the contributor doesn't have a firearms license :))

Dish Network hit with $280 MEEELLION fine for relentless robocalling

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I wish Ofcom could levy fines of this magnitude against the cold calling spam merchants clogging up Blighty's telephone tubes with PPI and non-existent accident claim calls!

DeX Station: Samsung's Windows-killer is ready for prime time

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I like the idea but I'm still not paying nearly £700 for a phone :)

Leaked: The UK's secret blueprint with telcos for mass spying on internet, phones – and backdoors

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Re: In another earlier time and austere place was its service named STASI

Upvote for the dried frog pills reference!

Gamers red hot with fury over Intel Core i7-7700 temperature spikes

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It's probably just me but I'm finding Intel's attitude of late leaning towards arrogance. The whole shroud of secrecy surrounding the C2000 SoC issues and now this.


Maybe it's time to try AMD again?



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