* Posts by OliP

58 publicly visible posts • joined 2 Jun 2016


If tsoHost is lecturing us on sleep hygiene, Brit outfit really does have hosting back to front


Managed to move my last inherited customer away from tso before this started affecting things seriously.

I rate them about as high as Heart Internet, both seem completely out of their depths.

I moved two sites onto SiteGround as a test last year and had zero problems, support staff are technically capable and respond quickly.

Also free SSL with Lets Encrypt. Only a wordpress site but handles a decent amount of traffic and the dashboard is always snappy.

Compared to tso where load times for the same code were +10s

Captec saps tech from Aleutia to put its tiny PCs back to work


Not the first, sadly.

I used to buy similarly small, fanless machines from Logic Supply - with 3x Ethernet Ports in for home / smb firewalls - they keep eol'ing them.

these wouldve been great - but they never came up in a google search when looking for small form factor pcs - i wonder why? they seem to have been in business when i was looking.

More cheap fanless PCs please!

Prodigy dancer and vocalist Keith Flint found dead aged 49



this one hit me hard, so unexpected.

Their music hit me when i was around 7 or 8 (so defo no need for drugs to appreciate the genius behind it) and to this day it brings a smile whenever i hear any of it.

Just listening to Experience through and each intro raises the hairs on the back of my neck, the drums on charlie are really something else.

Set the stage for and "legitimised" rave music the world over.

Raising more than one to the firestarter tonight

Heart Internet stops beating, starts Monday with big portion of FAIL


Heart dont deserve your business, however small you are

They are the ultimate buy it in, whack 30% on it and ship it type company.

I spent 2 weeks trying to explain to them why they were installing drupal and wordpress incorrectly from their scripted platform (which they bought in and dont understand) - using the wrong database settings - even with logs, screenshots and live test sites they couldn't get their heads around what i was explaining.

Ended up with a full refund 3 weeks into a years renewed contract.

Don't go near them....

Man the harpoons: The KRACK-en reawakens in updated WPA2 attack


hmm, i wonder where my pineapple is

Brexit campaigner AggregateIQ challenges UK's first GDPR notice


Re: Has GDPR given the ICO balls or just a quick power trip

from what i can see the ICO's problem isn't a lack of balls, its a lack of staff.

either way, great to hear this is quietly rumbling on in the background

The Register's 2018 homepage redesign: What's going on now?


please, no

The latest news bit being all different widths is breaking my brain.

Please tidy it up for those of us who need visual order.

I'll be moving to that /week view that i had no idea existed.

only been here nearly a decade :)

Cryptography is the Bombe: Britain's Enigma-cracker on display in new home


i was up there a few weeks ago, the first day the bombe was on show to the public, completely by chance.

its a great day out, went for the guided tour of the full museum and was the only one on the tour so got huge value out of it.

highly reccomend it to anyone with even the passing glimpse of an interest in technology and its history - so much more than just the colossus and enigma stories, truly impressive to see most of it still working.

something pleasingly english about a museum with a Cray super-computer next to a Crazy Taxi arcade machine

You won't believe this: Nokia soars back into phone-flinger top 3


As much as i loved my old nokias, i'm not sure i recognize any of what i loved in these new stock android devices. and beyond the name, how much of the old guard is left?

I'll be starting to look for replacements for my s7 edge in a month or two, ideally want to go for something mid-market this time, but not sure i'd place much love or trust in nokia over any other android purveyor tbh.

Those days are long gone.

Flying electric taxi upstart scores $90m from investors


its like the .com bubble all over again.

except this time we'll have people falling from the sky, not just the sky scrapers.

Virgin Media customers complain of outages across UK


Touch wood i live in a fairly under-subscribed area of South East London - so get the speed i pay for, but i have friends who regularly have issues.

In my experience its usually the box falling over due to a bad firmware upgrade but i only use the superhub as a modem.

a friend who has just moved out of london has been waiting 6 months for virgin to dig up 7ft of road to install his line - the excuses are amazing. each time the council has turned up to oversea the digging up of the road - which never seems to happen. When it finally got dug up and another engineer sent days later to do the install - it failed with the comment "no cable". good works guys.

WannaCry-slayer Marcus Hutchins 'built Kronos banking trojan' – FBI


its incredible you still call it a justice system over there

we treat animals better....


Innocent or guilty, he's pretty fucked being on that side of the pond.

I wish him fair representation

Grab a fork! Unravelling the Internet of Things' standards spaghetti


this is completely on point - its ridiculous.

recently seen that MiLight aka LimitlessLED now has something like 10-15 different protocols for talking to each of their products via two hubs. 3rd party devs are just giving up supporting it all.

its only going to get worse

The Atari retro games box is real… sort of


Re: PC technology?

yep - this is the only option that makes any sense.

what build goes on the thing though, do they have sufficient tech expertise to put something together that works and doesn't completely suck.

3 months? good luck.

surely it should already be in manufacture?

Insert coin: Atari retro console is coming back


Kodi isnt far away from supporting game emulators and roms - so interesting to see who makes it to market first. i'd put my money on the kodi integration being a runaway success being that everyone already has it installed and won't need to go spend the $60 or whatever atari want to charge.

seems they are going for the hollywood model of just live off the great ideas of the past.

sad times, i doubt it'll end well.

You'll soon be buying bulgur wheat salad* from Amazon, after it swallowed Whole Foods


its nice if you like that sort of thing - personally i find all supermarkets hell on earth and only visit if there is no other option (there usually is another option)

RBS is to lay off 92 UK techies and outsource jobs to India – reports


looking forward to more downtime and missing transactions then

What is this bullsh*t, Google? Nexus phones starved of security fixes after just three years


to be fair - the longest ive ever run a device was 3 years and by that point it was so out-dated it was barely usable. this is definetly a strike against android when viewed against the iphone, but in real life - this doesnt affect me and i wonder how many others it really gets.

most smart-phones are updated beyond their hardware capability by year 3 anyway - and if you dont install the update, well your in the same boat re security anyway

It's paydaygeddon! NatWest account transfers 'disappearing' (not really)


yet again...

Graphite core? There are other ways to monitor your operation's heart


InfluxDB + Grafana = Happiness

Recently embarked on a project to get our grafana dashboards displaying on kodi instances hanging all round the office. Looks great, alerts staff quickly to issues and allows us to dig into the same interface from the browser when something isnt right.

Is this a solution to Trump signing away your digital privacy? We give Invizbox Go a go


It does sort of help in this instance against the ISPs selling your data to anyone offering the cash, but any other protection is surely mitigated by the fact its routing your entire connection through it? Logins and all, so the feds can just get what they want regardless.

I can easily believe the investment of breaking vpn or ssl sessions would be tiny compared to the profits they'd make here however.

Coppers 'persistently' breach data protection laws with police tech


"Those types of actions are only likely to lead them into serious trouble."

Yeah - like a fine against the station, and the plod being put on some course or other but ultimately receiving no sanctions that matter

Rinse and repeat.

Is your child a hacker? Liverpudlian parents get warning signs checklist


Get your kids offline immeadiately! Please ensure they are drinking white lightning in the park, mugging old people and generally loitering.

And when they are 18 please ensure they become an alcoholic mess, and sign em up to some credit cards while your at it.


Zuckerberg thinks he's cyber-Jesus – and publishes a 6,000-word world-saving manifesto


i guess we are going to see more of this from him, over christmas it was him waxing lyrical over how he'd discovered home automation (50 years late mark?) and now he's obviously finished reading a book and now thinks he can fix the world.

fuck off mark.

GitLab.com melts down after wrong directory deleted, backups fail


1. - They were honest

2. - They are now live straming the recovery process via YouTube.


New Gold Standard in dealing with customers after a mamouth fuck up if you ask me.

Still - shouldn't have happened in the first place, but compare this to other companies and im not sure i could ask for more.

*No a gitlab customer

Trump inauguration DDoS protest is 'illegal', warn securobods


i might agree with you if it wasnt trump. who is not fit to be president.

The world is ignoring a wealth of evidence that if levied against any normal citizen would see them locked up for the majority of the rest of his life.

So no - its not whinging, its refusing to treat this monster as normal - which is completely valid.

Digital video recorder installers master password list 'leaked' – claims



If only our British 4G were as good as, um, Albania's... UK.gov's telco tech report


Full 4g reception in a particular spot in my garden, 1 bar of Edge with no usable net connectivity in the house and about half a mile out the front door. No internet from when i get on a train at Brixton til i get home most nights.

This is in South-East London.

Train operator doesnt offer wifi either, so usually a peaceful journey home (apart from the warfare required to actually get on a train)

Jingle bells, RM tells, some staff to go away... via Skype


Hopefully this won't hit coal-face engineers but management deserve a good kicking. Shocking company when I was with them a few years back.

Smart meter benefits even crappier than originally thought


i popped round last night and had a look at what had gone on.

as far as i can tell - he connected his mobile phone to the wifi, not the smart meter.

he may have done this as the house has little to no mobile signal - would he have had to register the box back with head office via an app / internet connection ?

Either way - i've lodged a complaint with their energy provider.

Apparently the documentation is to follow in the post rather than being left by the engineer.

All sounds very dodgy, agreed. But difficult to know how much is accurate from the mother and how much she just doesnt want to tell me.


"someone" told my mother that she HAD to have one installed as she's now of pension age.

"someone" arrived yesterday to install it - and told her it was going to save her £100 a year from this year!!

the engineer demanded the wifi password during the install, again mother has no idea why - no explanation offered and no documentation left with her for me to go over after the fact.

If i cut it off from the wifi - what happens?

Copyright crimefighters FACT change tack after Hollywood calls The Terminator


not sure why but i can access the piratebay again from my virgin media connection

presumed this is due to another new domain, and no new court order.

Hapless Network Rail contractors KO broadband in Uxbridge


except when your internet gateway, domain controllers, storage and applications all live in the cloud - as many do now.

Redundancy - its a beautiful thing

Hypernormalisation: Adam Curtis on chatbots, AI and Colonel Gaddafi


Only just watched Bitter Lake, can't wait for this!

Europe loves to pay by bonk* - survey


im on my first few weeks of using android pay, as natwest really dragged their heals on implementation. I find its slowest on the rail network. Its failed once so far, but i got a free train ride out of it - and the ticket inspectors so far have had no idea how to check if i have a ticket or not - so im quids in.

I find it really hit and miss as to knowing if it'll work or not though - there is next to no advertising at the point of sale to say its supported, but often it works fine.

a complete clusterfuck of a roll out considering my S3 had the tech to support this, but my S7 is the first where it actually worked. Mostly down to my bank though. Luddites.

London cops charge ATM malware hacker


i find it pretty sickening that as soon as the crime is against a bank or financial authority the police jump into multi-nation cooperation mode.

who remembers the kid who was bullied into comitting suicide and the met essentially shrugged its shoulders and said "foreigners are bad"

UK will build new nuclear bomb subs, says Defence Secretary


We cannot know what new dangers we might face in the 2030s, 2040s and 2050s so we are acting now to replace them.

As history has told us repeatedly, its usually the people you arm about a decade or so before-hand.

Maybe stop exporting arms to half the world, and stop antagonising the other half and we might push this issue forward?

Apple's Breaxit scandal: Frenchman smashes up €50,000 of iThings with his big metal balls


Bonkers yet satisfying

Partnership on AI to Benefit People and Society... Doesn't sound sinister at all


The spiel reads: "It’s precisely because AI has the potential to have such a major positive impact on the world,

or kill all humans.


Raspberry Pi adds PIXEL eye candy to desktop


+1 for USB 3

but this is great news to hear.

just ordered 5th or 6th pi :)

Smelly toilets, smokers and the Kardashians. Virgin Media staff grill top brass


good to know the latest raise of my VM bill is being spent on generally torturing the support staff, no wonder the service is so bad on the phone.

is it really so hard to realise that treat your employees well = happy employees = employees do good work

its 2016 ffs

Forgive me, father, for I have used an ad-blocker on news websites...


dont believe this poll for a second.

i dont know anyone using an adblocker who whitelists anyone...

i've blocked any site that says i have to disable the blocker in order to read. None of them have taken any steps to deal with the malware via advertising issue, and none of them have remotely optimised their site for reading on mobile devices.

Sorry but put some effort in, provide a decent service, then lets talk about me paying...

Two Sundays wrecked by boss who couldn't use a calendar


Re: At least make sure your contract include TOIL

have you ever asked for these clauses to be removed?

i was put in a similar position once, they were first shocked i didnt just sign the contract...

i asked for a clause about inventions to be removed as it was just a land grab on anything i might have made outside of work - they claim they didnt know the clause was in there and removed it.

similarly around "you may be required....outside of these hours" pay me or i dont work for you, its very simple

Childcare app bods wipe users' data – then discover backups had been borked for a year


Re: How many nursery schools...

or you outsource it...

It just takes the manager to take it seriously. Sadly like many other industries the education sector is run on next to no budget and people with the skills to make decent suggestions are often over-ruled.

I used to support a handful of schools, nurseries etc from a MSP in east london, we knew their budget was limited so offered a discount but treated them like any other corporate when it came to their data. They may have gotten a slower response time but they could live with that.

There is always a way to do IT properly - you just need to plan it properly, and if you don't understand it listen to someone who does.

Londoner jailed after refusing to unlock his mobile phones


not for a second on this guys side, but seriously if this is about investigating him in this gun issue, about who he may have spoken to and arranged things with - then everything that went into or out of that phone has been captured by one of the thousands of gchq sensors.

get a warrant, read all you want.

all this - oh we can't read it without a pin, we're locked out of all this criminal data - its bollocks & theatre.

Milk IN the teapot: Innovation or abomination?


I don't even drink tea and know this is all kinds of wrong.

New intern required.

Their lucky the bofh wasn't around to witness this debarkle

Harrison Ford's leg, in the Star Wars film, with the Millennium Falcon door


Re: Be advised: Doors in Star Wars may close prematurely or not at all.


Does it work? Yep!

Does it look awesome? Hell Yeah!

<un-asked question> Could it seriously kill someone? Oh hell yeah, but does that matter?

Cyanogen Inc 'axes 20%' staff


cant help but see the parallels with silicon valleys' pied piper.

Found and CTO of breakthrough fork of OS - now writing apps n stuff

BT internet outage was our fault, says Equinix


whilst this might well be down to a badly configured data center (highly possible)

we should also bare in mind the crazy amount of construction going on in the local area.

the whole situation is a mess however - we get a few events a year that show how fragile it all is, most hidden from public view but when you're monitoring over 100,000 pc's on various networks all over the UK you get a good idea when "one bad router" ends up affecting networks in a (geographic) quarter of the country.

where i work we saw no outage, only those working from home (on crappy residential broadband) were intermittently unable to join lync meetings. redundancy IS possible, as long as you're willing to pay for it.

AWS availability zones appear to have kept the site up as well, no dip in traffic that we can see.