* Posts by AmenFromMars

62 posts • joined 23 Jan 2015


The Great British anti-5G fruitcake Bakeoff: Group hugs, no guns, and David Icke


Re: Haircuts

My wife cut my hair yesterday, I don't venture outdoors...

A paper clip, a spool of phone wire and a recalcitrant RS-232 line: Going MacGyver in the wonderful world of hotel IT


Re: Remember serial breakout boxes?

Yep, still got mine in the garage and my protocol analyser in a cupboard at work and a bit error rate tester with a built in breakout box. We've still got loads of RS232 and serial lines for out of band management over ISDN2, can be a real lifesaver when something goes down and you're 100s of miles away.

Minister slams 5G coronavirus conspiracy theories as 'dangerous nonsense' after phone towers torched in UK


No 5G

The irony is that the first five masts torched didn't even host 5G, not sure about the others yet.

Captain Caveman rides to the rescue, solves a prickly PowerPoint problem with a magical solution


Re: Yesterday

"except I can't work from home because I'm configuring big bits of Cisco kit in a workshop environment" that's when you need a terminal server. Admittedly you do have to go in to connect everything up but it works a treat for me doing the same.

UK.gov tells rebel MPs to go Huawei – but 5G Telecoms Security Bill was the price


I wonder how many of these MPs know that every time they use 4G the chances are their data will be going through Huawei kit?

Broadband providers can now flog Openreach's new IP voice network in bid to ditch UK's copper phone lines by 2025



Does anybody know what will happen to ISDN2?

Google lives in an Orange submarine: Transatlantic cable will get by with a little help from some friends


Re: The Repeater System

Excellent link, but to answer your question, yes the submerged repeaters/amplifiers are powered from the landing stations. In coax cables power went down the centre conductor, in optical fibre cables the repeaters are powered over the copper tube that surrounds the fibres. The power needed is pretty high and can be dangerous, especially if a trawler pulls one up and thinks it is good idea to free their gear (expensive fishing nets) by cutting the cable. They do get cut and, as mentioned in the Wiki, measurements from land can give a good idea of where to send the cable ship, the last repeater responding also gives an indication. The ship grapples the cable and makes repairs on deck.

A Notepad nightmare leaves sysadmin with something totally unprintable


Re: three decades

I never quite understood why Cisco numbered router interfaces from 0 - except when they didn't. Could get very confusing for field engineers.

London's Westminster Council wins appeal against phonebooth-cum-massive-digital-advert


Re: Is it any less 'lovely'

"or you're left stranded with a discharged battery" - it's OK, I understand there are now phone boxes with charging facilities. Oh, hang on...

UK parcel firm Yodel plugs tracking app's random yaps about where on map to snap up strangers' tat


Re: "we can confirm that it is now resolved"

and I lied, I don't have a shed, it was left in the green bin...why do they do that? Don't they realize the potential issue?


Re: "we can confirm that it is now resolved"

The town is on Mars so I think I'm safe, delivery times and costs are horrendous though.


Re: "we can confirm that it is now resolved"

I can't believe you just blurted out my name and address on here, fortunately the Orgasmatron 9000 was still in the shed :-)

BOFH: Oh, go on, let's flush all that legacy tech down the toilet


Re: Sounds like...

Wouldn't surprise me if Crapita charged their employees to use the, erm, crapper.

Ofcom snaps on fresh pair of rubber gloves for deeper rummage around in Giffgaff billing faff


Giffgaff "The network run by you."

If it's run by you and you've fucked up the billing, then it's your own stupid fault.

Boeing admits 737 Max sims didn't accurately reproduce what flying without MCAS was like


"For reasons I am, sure will become clearer." - money

Oh dear. Secret Huawei enterprise router snoop 'backdoor' was Telnet service, sighs Vodafone


Re: "We all want to see hard proof of espionage. This is absolutely not it"

I'm not paranoid but that bloke following me is.

Huawei savaged by Brit code review board over pisspoor dev practices



always trumps security - "Does it work?", "Yes", "Ship it"

Hapless engineers leave UK cable landing station gate open, couple of journos waltz right in


And how do you think the cables get to the data centres? Locked manhole covers all the way, I doubt it.

Surprise, surprise, yet another cryptocurrency creator collared, hit with $6 million fraud rap


All that glisters...

That is all

An upset tummy and a sphincter-loosening blackout: Lunar spaceflight is all glamour


Re: 0Day Rule is Licensed to Thrill .... Submitting and Surrendering to Simply Heavenly Tasks

Did amanfromMars 1 just have a lucid moment?

"Merry Xmas, El Regers. It has been a great year here and I thank one and all for their shared thoughts."

My hoard of obsolete hardware might be useful… one day


I've got a desk drawer stuffed with Cisco 16MB PCMCIA flash memory cards. I wish you could post photos on here, you have to see it to believe it.

Chinese biz baron wants to shove his artificial moon where the sun doesn't shine – literally


Don't we have enough light pollution already?

Tech support chap given no training or briefing before jobs, which is why he was arrested


Re: Back in my day

"Back in my day

all you needed was screwdrivers, insulating tape and penknife and you could fix almost anything."

When I started work I was told you could fix any telephone fault with a number 2 and a pair of 81s. A number 2 was a screwdriver and 81s long nosed pliers.

Microsoft might not support Windows XP any more, but GandCrab v4.1 ransomware does



Where can I get a copy of this? Might finally be able to get the last few XP machines off my enterprise network!

Windows Notepad fixed after 33 years: Now it finally handles Unix, Mac OS line endings



Is edlin broken?

Ugly, perfect ten-rated bug hits Cisco VPNs



"UPDATED 2/5/2018: After further investigation, Cisco has identified additional attack vectors and features that are affected by this vulnerability. In addition, it was also found that the original fix was incomplete so new fixed code versions are now available."

Best get testing and patching again...


Re: Why on earth does VPN software handle XML?

Not sure why you got down voted, seems like a reasonable question to me. I suspect the answer is that the ASA has a web server so that you can, amongst other things, download the Anyconnect client from the Internet.

FYI: That Hawaii missile alert was no UI blunder. Someone really thought the islands were toast


Re: Perfectly Understandable

Probably went to kiss his arse goodbye!

Mine's the one with a copy of Protect and Survive in the pocket.

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Re: Shame



It wasn't until much later that I learnt that the early warning system wasn't there for the general public but to alert ROC (Royal Observer Corps) officers to get to their ROC posts sharpish so they could monitor fallout...


As a kid we had an early warning siren down the road - used to go off every now and again. My mother used to panic but everyone accepted you get false alarms sometimes.

Cisco to release patches for Meltdown, Spectre CPU vulns, just in case


Re: LInk?


If you've got a contract you can sign up to their Notification Service

Coventry: Once a 'Ghost Town', soon to be UK City of Culture


Ring Road

Coventry is the home to the worst ring road design ever. They even have to publish instructions how to use it - which seem at odds with all other roads in the country http://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/coventry-news/how-drive-coventry-ring-road-13716095

A but clenching experience if you've never driven on it before!

EE drops packets but retains UK network champ's title


EE exploiting their "free" spectrum and o2 & 3 lack of the same maybe?

Sci-Hub domains inactive following court order


Re: I am leet hacker

Doesn't work for me either, not sure what I'm doing wrong...

C:\>sudo echo " sci-hub" >> /etc/hosts

'sudo' is not recognized as an internal or external command,

operable program or batch file.

Two drones, two crashes in two months: MoD still won't say why


Re: "temperatures on the day averaged about 9°C."

"then the temperature decreases by about 5.4°F for every 1,000 feet up you go in elevation."

Shouldn’t that be in approved Vulture Central units? “then the temperature decreases by about 3.5Hn for every 2178lg up you go in elevation.” You’re welcome.

Health quango: Booze 'evidence' not Puritan enough, do us another


Re: And yet

"The bars in the Palace of Westminster are still open." Are they still allowed to smoke in those bars too?

Malware hidden in vid app is so nasty, victims should wipe their Macs


Re: Sounds familiar

"Hi, King Jack,

Can you cite me a computer OS that isn't useable as a remote-control trojan? Isn't that their raison d'être and a vital goal for ... well, Future Shenanigans is no exaggeration, is it? .

Some are just a bit trickier/stickier to access for provision of privileges than others, but none are fail-safe against penetration testers, and that provides ready made establishment platforms for Renegade Rogue and Private Pirate Controls to Command.

It's an Advanced IntelAIgent Facility which Sublime Superior Programming Delivers for SMARTR Use with Zero Abuse."


Cyber arm of UK spy agency left without PGP for four months


Re: Source

If they're looking for the Huawei source code why don't they just ask Cisco for it?

BA IT systems failure: Uninterruptible Power Supply was interrupted


Re: Boadacia House

It may well have been IS-IS, a lot of networks use it to underpin their MPLS core.

WannaCrypt outbreak contained as hunt for masterminds kicks in


Re: Intel

I was thinking more large corporates with thousands of machines. Windows updates will have a tried and tested and largely automated patch process (because it happens so often). Not so much when trying to patch/update a processor/chipsets. Installing NICs isn't really an option. Even identifying vulnerable machines will be quite a challenge.



I wonder what will happen when someone manages to find an effective way of exploiting the Intel AMT vulnerability - that won't be quite so easy to patch.

US Senate votes to let broadband ISPs sell your browser histories


Hand cream? You pervert!

Streetmap loses appeal against Google Maps dominance judgement


"You're absolutely right - Google offered traffic flow information prior to buying Waze based on the relative speeds of any handsets running maps that were travelling on that road."

Are you sure? I think you'll find the mobile phone companies sell anonymised location data of all mobile phones which is why their traffic info is so good.

Anyone remember Multimap?

Intel's Atom C2000 chips are bricking products – and it's not just Cisco hit


Re: I smell an oscar

Agreed, good work.

Boffins ready to demo 1.44 petabit-per-second fibre cables


Re: Waterproof

Surprisingly fibre can be affected by heavy rain/flooding, but not for the reasons you might think. The joints in man holes can float and cause the fibre to exceed its bend radius or stress other joints.


Re: Those vulnerable cables

@Alan ""The people who own navies are pretty much the only ones who can cut undersea cables."

Experience shows that it's the people who own ship anchors and/or deep trawl rigs"

What he said. Back in the ‘80s when I worked on submarine cables (copper not fibre) trawlers dragging their anchors nearly isolated the UK. There were all sorts of tortuous re-routes and communications to the US had to go via satellite. Coincidentally BT engineers were on strike at the time...

Lester Haines: RIP


Rest in Peace Lester

I very much enjoyed your scribblings. Much love to you and yours x Too young :-(

Russian boffins want to nuke asteroids


Re: Rocket boosters for asteroid deflection

"Thinking about it, you could probably change the trajectory enough by sticking a mirror in the right place." or painting half of it white.



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