* Posts by Vulture@C64

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OVHcloud datacenter 'lacked' automatic fire extinguishers, electrical cutoff

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Yes. Have you been to Telehouse, Equinix, Gyron/NTT etc. These top tier data centre operators house the hyperscalers as well as other businesses. You can book a tour and be shown round the public areas by one of their engineering team where you can see the infrastructure, the building and even talk to them about maintenance procedures. They don’t sell me space on the good data floor and then AWS gets the shitty floor :)

Obviously there are other data centres owned by AWS for example which are for their own exclusive use but they will be built to the same standards.

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It sounds like they used an old school building as a data centre not a purpose designed building.

Of those customers going legal, how many of them had sent a competent person on a site visit to see where their data was being housed ?

Please pay for parking – CMOS batteries don't buy themselves

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Re: Paid parkng Tesco....

It's not quite as simple as that because Tesco/Sainsbury's etc moved into the town centres and tried to soak up as much business as possible, making it hard for smaller retailers to survive. Hence the derth of pound shops, mobile phone shops and charity shops in the areas surrounding supermarkets in town centre locations and very few if any food/clothing shops.

At least the supermarkets can help with parking for those very few shops that survive in the vicinity !

THX Onyx: A do-it-all DAC for the travelling audiophile

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Re: hmm really

I am 55 and I have some top end hearing roll off as is usual in older people but the benefits of a good DAC and headphone amplifier really do increase music enjoyment despite the ear issues.

I use a Chord Mojo DAC which has a built in headphone amplifier and Sennheiser HD650 and that pairing, playing HD (so called) streamed music or in most cases my own rips to FLAC files is still very enjoyable and I can still hear a surprising amount of detail, compared to more modest setups. The difference is well worth the additional cost, especially for us older people who's ears need all the help they can get !

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The Cyrus Soundkey is probably the reference at this price point, although it's now about US$100. Cheap but very effective and a great, small addition to a phone or tablet.

Above Cyrus is the Chord Mojo battery powered DAC which is an utterly brilliant UK designed and manufactured DAC and headphone amplifier in one. It can drive difficult headphones very well, which a USB powered DAC will always struggle with. The design is stunning, both mechanically and how it achieves what it does. I know it's more expensive but when you hear it you'll understand. https://chordelectronics.co.uk/product/mojo

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Re: MQA

MQA is a con and is lossy - it loses data in its fold and unfold process. It's an attempt at DRM via the backdoor.

Google says Pixel 6, 6 Pro coming this year with custom AI acceleration

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You can put all the hardware security you like on a device but if you then install Android which is really designed to harvest as much info from you as it can, you may as well not bother with the hardware security.

Misconfigured Azure Blob at Raven Hengelsport exposed records of 246,000 anglers – and took months to tackle, claim infosec researchers

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Sadly, this is typical of the response of most smaller businesses in the UK (I know this was in The Netherlands) - many directors here either don't understand or don't care about their customers data and see data protection as a nuisance.

Significant fines at the maximum level will get their attention but with most regulators only willing to issue large fines to businesses which can easily afford the fines, like BA for example, nothing much will change.

England's controversial extraction of personal medical histories from GP systems is delayed for a second time

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Re: Research Environment

That's one way to access the data for a genuine research purpose. Once the data is collected then it can be provided to any organisation via a backdoor, not every organisation will need to knock at the front door.

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Not all Tory governments would behave so badly, the current one is a particularly bad example of government and nothing is beyond them. Would Labour do the same ? I doubt it.

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Whatever the stated uses of the data, it's going to be misused. This is the only clear fact that will emerge from this debacle in years to come. How will a Tory government withstand the constant requests, accompanied by gifts of significant cash payments to MPs, at election time ? Boris Johnson would sell his soul to any passing devil - and has done - for a bag of gold coins and his cabinet and fellow MPs will do the same, they have no morals or scruples.

Fastly 'fesses up to breaking the internet with an 'an undiscovered software bug' triggered by a customer

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It looked and sounded like a BGP fat finger error again . . . but the cover up sounds much better than an engineer mis-typed a subnet mask.

Oracle sues Envisage claiming unauthorized database use amid licensing crackdown

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I have used Oracle and SQL Server for years, but these days anybody who needs anything more than PostgreSQL is probably not doing it right. If PostgreSQL is good enough for the likes of CERN then it's good enough for pretty much anything. It's lightening fast, uber reliable and stable and just does what it says on the tin. Run it on Centos 7x64 and you have probably the most reliable and stable SQL database system ever produced.

Apple sent my data to the FBI, says boss of controversial research paper trove Sci-Hub

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The sooner publicly funded research is available to the public the better. So much research is locked away and stays locked away even after successful peer review, for commercial reasons. If it's funded by the public, then with very few obvious exceptions, it should be available to the public.

Googler demolishes one of Apple's monopoly defenses – that web apps are just as good as native iOS software

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Re: Web apps are not as good as native apps and never will be

Third party app developer could have a web app for payment and native for the game. This works well enough for Amazon. The only reason that wouldn't be suitable would be if you're creating games, like, oh, I don't know, like fortnite, for example, which is trying to create an addiction in kids which can only be met by playing more and buying things....

We have never given census data to anyone – not even the spy agencies, says the UK's Office for National Statistics

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Re: Not volunteered the data to MI5 LOL

It is what they are supposed to be good at :)

HPE urges judge to pick through Deloitte-bashing report it claims demolishes Autonomy founder's defence

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Very amusing review by vintagesynth.com in the contect of his current battle:

This is definitely not a synth for beginners or those who are easily frustrated, but if you are patient, determined and love experimenting, then you might appreciate the Cheetah MS800. It has a certain grittiness to its sounds that sets it apart from other digital synths.

Titanium carbide nanotech approach hints at hydrogen storage breakthrough

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Re: 700 bars ! Yikes !

700 bar is nothing. Modern diesel injector systems are running at 2000-2500 bar right now. It all works very well and doesn't leak because there's sufficient development in the product, as it has a very large market and hence strong profitability.

The same will be true of Hydrogen vehicles. Once the politicians realise we can't make enough large batteries for cars, vans, lorries, trains etc we will need to make smaller ones and use hydrogen, then much more developed, to fill the gap. Imagine in 10-20 years, an electric car with a 1000 mile range that emits, locally, nothing more than water and can be refuelled in 10 mins. That is the future.

Apple aptly calls its wireless over-the-ear headphones the AirPods Max – as in, maximum damage to your wallet

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Well don't look at any headphones from Sony, Sennheiser, Beyerdynamic, Grado or HiFiMan - all have much more expensive devices than this and when you consider the technology in the Apple devices, they look reasonable. If you want to really hear something lovely, try the Focal Utopia . . . but you won't obviously because you want everything on the cheap and these are £3k . . . which makes the Apple headphones look cheap.

Apple's M1: the fastest and bestest ever silicon = revolution? Nah, there's far more interesting stuff happening in tech that matters to everyone

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Re: Saturated market

More like 16% and growing. People are sick and tired of Windows and all the issues that go with it. Dell make some nice laptops but then spoil it with Windows.

As for software on Mac, even Microsoft have had MacOS versions for years and are building M1 versions of Office 365, as are Adobe et al . . . it's popular and getting more popular or Apple wouldn't have bothered investing in the M1.

Then there's iOS . . . again increasing in use given the stats from my sites.

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What ? Another blatantly anti-Apple article from the Reg, shocker !

What Apple said they did, if you listened to the presentation, was take a number of selected workflows and designed a SoC which would handle those specific tasks very well. They have not designed a data centre CPU, they have not designed a system which Disney will use to create the next blockbuster. They took workflows which the likes of me and you use - working on documents, editing photos and simple video from action cameras or blogging cameras and creating a system which was very low power, very fast and specifically designed for these types of work.

And Apple has been spectacularly successful in doing just that !

What will come next are chips for heavier workloads, where more memory is needed, or faster GPU . . . the M1 is the first chip, the first of its kind. There is bound to be an M1x and maybe an M2 . . .

Steve Wozniak at 70: Here's to the bloke behind Apple who wasn't a complete... turtleneck

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Steve Jobs may have been unpleasant but he did know how to market the Woz invention. Without Jobs, Woz wouldn't have had the success he did - he'd have been a successful engineer but could he have done the many things he has without the recognition and money that came via Jobs ?

If I have a hero it would be the Woz. Happy Birthday !

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 ?

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