* Posts by Vulture@C64

42 posts • joined 27 Jan 2016

Windows Server to require TPM2.0 and Secure boot by default in future release

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Because if they can remotely access your boot sector and change boot device then you're already well and truly compromised and will have had your pants pulled down.

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Microsoft have already cooked their goose in the SaaS/Data centre market by charging so much for SQL Server. Enterprise SQL Server can cost you £1000s/month when PostgreSQL costs zero for the license and zero for the OS (Centos) - so requiring Secure Boot is just a marketing statement. If bad actor is in the position to be physically present at your server in your data centre then the least of your worries will be booting Windows.

From off-prem to just off: IBM Cloud goes down planet-wide so hard even the status page didn't work

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Just goes to show that whatever the cause was, IBM do not have resilient architecture and systems, which is one of the key reasons businesses use cloud rather than on-prem.

I suspect the same is also true of Orible cloud, we're just waiting for the proof. We've had it with Azure.

Cisco hacked: Six backend servers used by customer VIRL-PE deployments compromised via SaltStack

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And people wonder why I won't use the new Cisco Smart licensing system which forces enterprise kit to connect automatically back to Cisco to verify its licensing ?

Cisco didn't even know it had been attacked until it tried to patch them.

Are you fixing that switch? Or setting it up as a Minecraft server?

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I wish Cisco would put as much effort into keeping their SMART software portal updated/bug free as they obviously do creating rubbish like this. You'd be mad to run things like this on a switch but then again, you'd be mad to buy Cisco now the SMART term based licensing is enforced and the switches need to call home to verify licensing, rather than Juniper which just keeps it simple and does the job well.

50,000 5G base stations built. 4.4 million to upgrade. 935 million customers to upsell

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Interesting to once again note the scale of engineering in China. Vast majority of UK population won't have a clue how much of a financial threat China has become. And I mean that in a sensible way - they can make anything, at any scale, cheaper and faster than any other country.

Corporate VPN huffing and puffing while everyone works from home over COVID-19? You're not alone, admins

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Re: 100% cloud

We did exactly the same thing. The office offers nothing in the way of IT other than a decent wifi system and leased line and firewall for Internet access. They do the same in the office that they do at home - no difference.

Everybody has laptops with Cisco VPN and Duo 2fa accounts. Everything is locked away in a data centre. We use a cloud based phone system too.

Oracle staffers in Europe weather cloudy job cuts: As many as 1,300 workers face chop after sales slide

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Whilst I'm sorry for the individual people who will be made redundant, I'm not in any way surprised Orible is in trouble. They have failed to create anything genuinely new or original for years and just screw their customers - that has been proven to not be a good business model.

Now that's what I call a sticky situation: Repairability fiends open up Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G, find the remains of Shergar

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Well, this won't be popular here as you're all a bunch of apple hating andoid fan boys :) but Apple battery replacement for the iPhones is very reasonable. £69 for the very latest phones and £49 for older phones.

https://support.apple.com/en-gb/iphone/repair/service/battery-power

UK contractors planning 'mass exodus' ahead of IR35 tax clampdown – survey

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Re: re: contractors are not prepared to be unfairly treated

Absolutely - the genuine contractors who offer skills and depth of knowledge worth paying for will always be OK, might have to pay slightly more tax but fundamentally that's not really a problem give they are worth paying reasonably well.

HMRC are shaking the tree and all the fake contractors who are really permies will fall out leaving the genuine to continue. What's wrong with that ?

And I know this site is full of contractors so down vote me . . . go on :)

No backdoors needed: Apple ditched plans to fully encrypt iCloud backups after heavy pressure from FBI – claim

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Re: But can you really disable icloud backups?

Very true. If it has a SIM or a radio of any description I am almost certain it can be tracked and positioned by those who feel it's their right to do so.

Huawei's first Google-free phone stripped and searched: Repair not too painful... once you're in

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A phone that doesn't use Android is very attractive. I'd never use Android, it's the most leaky and unsafe operating system going.

IT contractor has £240k bill torn up after IR35 win against UK taxman

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Re: Are we not forgetting the Agency (Pimping Org)

Many of the agencies are employment agencies in reality. If you go to an employment agency for employment then are you not an employee ?

But I agree - those agencies and accountants which concocted and then peddled the concept of payment by never to be repaid loan should see their directors in jail and assets seized. Same with contractors who paid themselves this way - it's not rocket science to see that it's obviously not going to be acceptable.

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But you are still acting like an employee. That's fact. So you should be taxed as an employee. The fact you charge a lot more than an employee costs gives you more income and you also have the ability to offset various things against tax, so you're better off. More money = reward for increased risk.

I used to employ contractors - these people had specific skills we did not have in house, they worked at various sites, often starting early and finishing late, worked hard and brought a lot of knowledge, experience and skill to the pot and we were grateful to them. They cost a lot of money - £750+ a day and this was some considerable years ago.

What's changed is the current contractors on the whole seem to think they can swan around like an employee, carrying little risk with long contracts and almost guaranteed renewals. They sit side by side with employees, doing the same job, same hours - just an outsourced employee. Employees can be terminated just as easily as contractors so there's very little difference. To a large business the redundancy payments are of little relevance.

So you can see why IR35 came in and why HMRC are going after the pretend employees. Especially with the various fraudulent methods of tax avoidance going on and the incredible number of people talking advantage of it. Just read the news to see !

Genuine contractors have nothing to fear - all depends what you have to offer - some have more to offer than they can ever charge for but the majority these days are not bringing much to the table - they are employees in all but name and should be treated as such.

TheReg readers seems to be very pro-dodgy-contractor so vote me down - go on ! :) The rest of us honest tax payers who want to contribute to the NHS, the welfare system and schools etc will carry on paying tax and supporting HMRC going after the tax dodgers.

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Approved timesheet is not a risk and neither is zero day contract, there are millions on zero day contracts and they sill pay full NIC and PAYE.

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So had he got paid for the work he actually did, as 99.9% of contractors do, he would have owed that much tax and had to pay it. Good. It's clarified the line - you carry some risk as well as the usual tests then you can be a contractor and benefit from lower tax because you have other costs to negate that risk. That's fine.

There's been a creeping feeling that any form of tax avoidance is good these days - paying yourself with a never to be paid back loan etc, this is obviously just theft and so would this have been had he been effectively an employee.

Not so easy to make a quick getaway when it takes 3 hours to juice up your motor, eh Brits?

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And where would you store this energy generated during the day ? We need electricity at night, especially in the winter when it's not windy and it's dark. You can't build batteries to supply the country, that's certainly not technically possible and not financially viable. There have been several studies recently regarding storage and they concluded that it's not viable apart from in small formats such as single houses.

We need a mix - base load from Nuclear and gas then off shore wind where it makes sense. Technology is not at the point yet where we can store massive amounts of power.

Maltese browser game biz flings €1m sueball at Google over Adsense kerfuffle

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Somebody playing Google at their own game and they don't like it, they donl' like it up um !

Apple is a filthy AWS, Azure, Google reseller, gripe punters: iPhone giant accused of hiding iCloud's real backend

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Apple do not re-sell anything from AWS or Microsoft, they utilise a back-end service to support their iCloud product.

This is a fishing exercise to see if they can screw Apple.

Transport for London Oyster system pulled offline after credential-stuffing crooks board customers' accounts

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Most people are too thick to understand the issue or even think about the issue and even if they did think about it and understand it, would be too lazy to do anything about it.

So make everybody use 2fa on every login in. Sorted.

Get ready for a literal waiting list for European IPv4 addresses. And no jumping the line

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Just get the older companies to hand back the large swathes of addressing they are sitting on. I know several companies which have /16s and use only about 500 addresses or so. You used to be able to get whatever you wanted with the RIPE justification form being a formality.

Or start charging for address space. £500k/month for a /8 on a sliding scale down to £5k/month for a /24. That would soon release space that's being sat on and those that need a /8 like ISPs, Microsoft, Google etc can easily afford a high cost because a /8 can enable generation of so huge revenue.

UK's North Midlands hospitals IT outage, day 2: All surgery and appointments cancelled

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Probably licensing related. Somebody rebooted a core switch or router and they'd not renewed the licensing so some functionality was removed . . . because Cisco wants your recurring revenue.

Stay frosty: Google to fork out another €600m on bit barns in Finland

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Re: €1.4bn in a town of 20,000

You can build in the UK, a modest data centre for £250m, that gets you the land, the building and all the M&E inside and out for a modest tier 4 site. Even after adding comms, business rates, infrastructure payments for roads etc it's still not going to be over £280m Maybe Google is paying more for the land and perhaps it has higher ongoing costs plus the water cooling will cost more than the usual air to air, so maybe £320m ?

NordVPN rapped by ad watchdog over insecure public Wi-Fi claims

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Another business which is very much behind the times. How can a country move forward with technology when you have such a lack of understanding in organisations supposed to be protecting the public.

So now we have fibre broadband which isn't fibre and Joe's cafe Wi-Fi which should be regarded as being secure. We're stuffed !

Whose cloud is it anyway? Apple sinks $30m a month into rival Amazon's AWS – report

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Says more about AWS capability I think. AWS is massive, has a genuinely global reach, is more reliable than Azure and is fast. Just what Apple needs to cope with global devices.

Supreme Court of UK gives Morrisons the go-ahead for mega data leak liability appeal

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Re: Liable

It's not - especially where the staff are managing personal information in the payroll department. Different policies for different departments, depending on risk assessment.

As long as there's fibre somewhere along the line, High Court judge reckons it's fine to flog it as 'fibre' broadband

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So can ADSL be sold now as fibre broadband as there is fibre in the exchange delivering the service in the first place, then just a length of copper to connect to the consumer's home ?

If the law assumes the consumer is too thick to know the difference between important terms like fibre and copper and the implications this has for not just bandwidth but latency and jitter, then the consumer will remain uninformed and thick for years to come. What a way for the law to treat people !

Apple bestows first hardware upgrades in years upon neglected iPad Mini and Air lines

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I don't understand why the reg is so anti Apple, it's shockingly poor journalism.

I buy Apple for the same reason as the chap above - it just works. The apps are highly regulated and checked, there's very little to adjust or play with, the eco system and auto backup is great and works perfectly and the devices are fast and stay running fast for their lifetime. What's not to like ?

Original WWII German message decrypts to go on display at National Museum of Computing

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It's great that people like Tommy Flowers are remembered by the National Computing Museum. Tommy was the engineer who designed and built Colossus so it had the performance to do what was required.

'Year-long' delay to UK 5G if we spike Huawei deals, say telcos

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Huawei is already so well entrenched in the data centre world in the UK that there's no point removing them from 5G. See who uses Huawei carrier routers . . . oh, did I hear Centurylink ? One of the largest business ISPs in the US . . . yes I did :) You'll see the white Huawei kit in many data centres, in locations the public don't usually get to see. And it's a bit hypocritical of BT to remove them from 5G when they've been running ADSL, fttc, fttp and 2G, 3G and 4G for so long.

Too little too late driven by political panic. The Chinese may be the better hackers than the US right now, hence the US worrying so much, but they're just catching up with what the west has been doing for years.

Dev's telnet tinkering lands him on out-of-hour conference call with CEO, CTO, MD

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"adaptability to shifty infrastructure and business knowledge was what kept us going as a business."

Never a truer word said - this is critical if you work in infrastructure at any level. Never forget the CEO's pet customer or the dodgy fibre switch that runs one of the database back ends which everybody keeps forgetting to get budget to change or the natting which had to be done on an old server rather than the router . . . all these little gotchas are part of the job and often make it fun :)

Accenture in doghouse after NHSmail mass outage cuts off 1m+ UK health staff

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Accenture. Not known for their quality despite the high prices. Sainsbury's booted them out sharpish a few years ago.

What now, Larry? AWS boss insists Amazon will have dumped Oracle database by end of 2019

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AWS are only doing what everybody else either is doing or wants to do . . . who would choose Orable these days ?

Microsoft reveals terrible trio of bugs that knocked out Azure, Office 362.5 multi-factor auth logins for 14 hours

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I used to be a WIndows Server advocate, it's on the whole been very stable (and easy to manage) even back to NT351, NT4, 2008R2, 2012 and now 2016 etc but MS have ruined it now - telemetry, update process, the memory is requires has increased despite MS saying it's decreased, the CPU resource it takes has also increased.

Whilst Centos 7 has matured and developed into a fantastically stable OS, rock solid, fast, needs very few resources and has also become more manageable with a range of tools - the manageability of it was what put me off years ago.

Microsoft are ignoring the very things which made them useful and leaving the door open to Linux to walk right in . . . how many new builds are now done on Windows ? None that I know of. Same with SQL Server - was a great product but cost is massive now on SPLA so PostgreSQL it is - another tick in the enterprise box.

Bye Microsoft . . . it's been fun :)

Analogue radio is the tech that just won't die

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I still use a 1970s ITT Palomino radio, for FM and occasionally long wave. The sound is relaxed mellow and many radio 4 shows sound as if the presenter is in the room. There is very little compression and it's a lovely way to listen.

I also have a hi-fi system with a Denon analogue tuner from about 1997 or so which is even better feeding into a Naim amplifier and Mission speakers from the same period. Natural, warm and open - very relaxing and even encourages a little Radio 3 listening.

I've tried DAB on small and larger systems and it sounds very nasal and compressed, there are some odd interference sounds and overall it's not pleasant. I've got it in the car but it's still like listening through a cardboard tube. Didn't know about DAB+ . . . maybe that's where some of my channels have gone !

UK computer dealer Aria PC loses £750k VAT fraud appeal attempt in THAT case

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As somebody who made the mistake of buying from Aria years ago and was sold a used, broken part as a brand new item and then had to get the credit card issuer to refund the difference between the cost and what Aria refunded, it gives me great pleasure to know that their 'business practices' also hurt them as well as their ex-customers like me.

Sniffing substations will solve 'leccy car charging woes, reckons upstart

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Re: Tesla is not typical

I think if battery cars are to be viable for many people the battery packs will need to be much larger even than Tesla use, especially in the winter when they need heating along with the car interior.

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This is one reason Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles are the answer for the vast majority of people, not battery powered vehicles.

Hydrogen is 100% clean at point of use, same as electricity. Sufficient fuel for a 500 mile journey in a car can be transferred into a tank in 5 to 6 minutes and the existing distribution network can be used to deliver it with very little modification with the costs of modification on the current providers (fuel companies) which are able to afford it now.

H2 can be produced using electricity provided by the vast array of wind turbines we have now and are continuing to plant. Currently some turbines are turned off when there's no demand - this will end so turbines will become more cost effective and improve the efficiency of H2 cars beyond battery cars.

The future is hydrogen - at least some people are now waking up to the difficulties of battery vehicles, which will only ever be appropriate for somewhere less than 50% of the population anyway.

Nutanix scoops Cisco. Everyone's really happy ... but Cisco is strangely quiet about it

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Supportability and low risk are the key factors of any virtualisation / cloud platform and without Cisco being 100% behind this, you have neither.

Look who just joined Salesforce... it's former European commish Neelie Kroes

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So what does she actually do ? Apart from cash her large pay check, what can she do for a business like Salesforce ?

Cisco says CLI becoming interface of last resort

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CLI is indispensable for batch changes, in a GUI you have to poke around in all sorts of different menus and sub menus for each function, eg, creating a VPN you might need to create access lists, natting, policy and routing entries - all over the place in a GUI but in the CLI you can do it all in one batch.

For CLI to be replaced we need a global replacement which works on all Cisco products, not just Nexus.

400 jobs to go as Texas Instruments calls time on chip fab in Scotland

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Texas and Motorola - common issues

Scotland simply became uncompetitive. My father used to work at Motorola years ago and they shut that plant in 2012.

http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/news/13233355.the_end_of_a_DREAM_IT_WAS_THE_HEART_OF_SILICON_GLEN__EMPLOYING_2500_WORKERS__NOW_THE_MOTOROLA_FACTORY_IS_A_HEAP_OF_RUBBLE/

Motorola opened the plant because of significant tax incentives and a large grant - once it was there it was worth using but it became expensive plus Motorola became uncompetitive in several markets hence they shut the loss making plants. I remember him bringing home a sample of the first 68000 wafer - streets ahead of the competition at the time.

He told me of an emergency evacuation they had - they used to use hydrofluric acid to etch the silicon in those days (early 80s) and it had a very distinctive smell. One day, through the air con vents (it was an almost sealed building, no windows) came the smell which people associated with this particular acid so an emergency evacuation took place with emergency services called etc. This acid would eat through almost anything and had to be kept in glass vessels.

After they evacuated the whole building they found a spice factory on the next trading estate had a small fire and the smell of the burning spice was similar to this acid ! It took 2 weeks to resume production after a forced shut-down.

Motorola was also where he discovered the glass ceiling - if you weren't American you'd not go above a certain level, they preferred to ship in people for director level rather than promote non-US staff.

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