* Posts by clyde666

90 posts • joined 22 Aug 2018


Consolidation looms for UK broadband providers


Re: Fibre Fibre Fibre Fibre FIBRE!!

You're not alone. Seven instances of "fiber" in an article about fibre.

That would have warranted at least a thousand lines of 'I must spell fibre properly' in the good old days. Or even a belting in some schools.

Seriously though, it does spoil the readability of the article. It's like thumping into a brick wall at 50 mph, fairly knocks you off your concentration.

Was the article intended to read like a glorification of venture capitalists?

Of course the money men always have the final say, but at least in these islands we've always had the fig leaf of engineering and 'how it's done' stories being of a lot more interest to the public.

As a techie, my interest is definitely more in the service.

Maybe us grumpy old gits are the new snowflakes?

USA adds two more Chinese carriers to 'probably a national security threat' list


Time to ratchet it back

Since the dawn of time, mankind realised that thumping your neighbour could be sorted by kissing and making up.

What is it about politicians and leaders that they insist on turning a blind eye to that?

Diplomacy takes time, and never makes for news headlines. But when it works it can save lives.

There's a big business in pushing aggression and enhancing an "us and them" attitude. There is no good end point with that approach. At best it becomes a standoff.

As we currently see in Europe, the end game of aggressive posturing is death and destruction.

It's time for this war of words to end.

Rest in peace, Queen Elizabeth II – Britain's first high-tech monarch


Titles not necessarily constant

The appendage "II" to the queen's name is only correct for England. That is, she was only Elizabeth the Second in England.

In Scotland and the other Commonwealth countries there never was an Elizabeth the First, so she could never be the Second.

When she was crowned, there was a big stushie in Scotland over that naming convention. To the extent that a great number of replacement pillar boxes with the initials E2R were damaged. The result to this day is that there are very few E2R pillar boxes at all in Scotland, in fact there are more with the old George initials.

While we're on the subject, Elizabeth never was the "queen of the UK". That is factually not the case.

In England she was crowned queen of England. Wales as a militarily conquered nation is included in that.

In Scotland she was Queen of Scots. With a separate coronation.

Charles will need to have his separate coronation as King of Scots. Interestingly, the law around that is that the king is king with the acceptance of the people. In theory the Scots people can replace the monarch if they so wish. Being king/queen of the people, not of the country.

A bit off topic: the queen Elizabeth the First (of England) was the one who ordered the chopping off the head of her cousin, Mary Queen of Scots. On the basis that Mary was a threat to Elizabeth's holding of the monarchy.

Last laugh came when Elizabeth died, and Mary's son James who was the Scottish king at the time, got the throne of England as well.


no driving licence


My father never took a driving test, at least not in the UK.

He had a full driving licence. Until some wee toddler chewed it :-)

He never bothered getting it renewed after that. That was in the days when the licences were issued by the county council.

The trade ban that wasn't: US allows 94% of restricted tech exports to China anyway


rogue ???

"rogue foreign powers — China in particular "

I can understand North Korea or Myanmar being called that, but China ?

The last I heard China is a functioning part of the United Nations. There is at least one more powerful, richer country that only uses the UN when it's useful to them. The same major power country that began withholding huge amounts of its dues years ago and caused loads of trouble for the UN.

It's pretty obvious that some countries are intent on going to war. I wish El Reg wasn't regurgitating the propaganda.

BT wins networking contract for UK nuclear site Sellafield


Sellafield? You spelt Windscale wrong.

BT union wants pay dispute talks with telco's largest shareholders


Re: "We have tried and tested processes...

Seconded about the old school BT engineers.

Years ago I had a workshop off the beaten track. Bad guys came after dark and pulled down the outside telephone cables - thinking that'll put the burglar alarms out of action.

Then broke in to the workshops. Of course the Red Care system kicked in right away, and the cops and I were on the scene right away.

The point of this is: I phoned BT and an engineer came out within an hour or two. Now this was a Saturday night, after midnight, horribly cold and wet, the rain was pouring down as it only can in the Scottish wilderness.

The engineer who came out - this was his first call out since returning after a heart attack, over 60 years old, up a telephone phone for a couple of hours in that weather, and only me and an umbrella to protect him if the bad guys had come back.

I won't ever put down those old school engineers.

I'm sure he never had the pay he deserved.

China rolls out bots to enforce ‘temporary closed-off management’ of Shanghai


Why the complete shutdown?

I ask why China has been doing these total lockdowns of whole cities and the like.

Could it be they have info that indicates that these hassles are less damaging in the long run than the probability of long term long covid?

While us plebs in the free world get sent back to work and shopping and generally mixing with all and sundry and spreading our loving covid all around.

The attitude of our leaders in the free world is always of short term financial gain. So long term consideration of (as yet) uncertain health complications don't trouble the beancounters.

Whereas the dear leaders in the east maybe think more about long term risk?

Feds take down Kremlin-backed Cyclops Blink botnet


choose your targets

What a pity these same agencies don't put the same work into taking down the spam bot networks that have plagued most of mankind for years now.

Is it because much of that spam comes from the USA so it cannot by definition be evil ?

US, Canada to figure out rules on cops and Feds accessing people's data across borders


new world order

So it's just another instance of the US wanting to write the rules and make everyone else abide by them

Amazon cuts credit for charities to access web services


Re: Bezos must need a bigger yacht then

Have to say I have a lot of sympathy for what razzaDazza1234 says.

A family member worked with a well known charity years ago to setup a new project. Very worthwhile, helpful for many people project.

She did it as a volunteer, not only unpaid but also got lots of other people to contribute financially and practically.

She got out after only a year or more. The politics was overwhelming. Both internal politics - ladder climbing, empire building, all the sort of stuff you expect in a local authority, but also party political stuff - croneyism, and outright blanking people who were known to have other viewpoints.

She would get ignored during meetings, seldom any follow up with assistance.

Indeed, look at the top of big charities. Massive salaries. International shoulder rubbing. And lots of party political shenanigans.

ICANN responds to Ukraine demand to delete all Russian domains



The old adage about truth being the first casualty of war.

People screaming about propaganda, and shut down Russia's TLDs and domains.

For any sake, the internet is about much more than propaganda. It's also about much more than being a vehicle for nasty attacks.

The internet fuels vast communications between people everywhere. Good and bad. Mostly for the good.

Well done that Mueller guy for standing firm in the face of what was probably strong pressure.

Ukraine asks ICANN to delete all Russian domains



This invasion has been ongoing for a few days and we have people calling for total isolation of one country and all its people from the rest of the planet.

The conflict in Myanmar has been ongoing for years with thousands dead and well over a million refugees. The world turns a blind eye.

Iraq ? Libya ? Afghanistan? Bombed back to the stone ages, invaded, Probably a million dead and many millions of refugees, causing social unrest throughout Europe for years. Have we cut off their internet???

Conflicts are never solved by more conflict (unless through total extermination of one side). Solutions need discussion. Talking. Seems that diplomacy failed in Ukraine, but that is no reason to pull that plug. The only way back to "normality" is with cool heads and dialogue.

UK government told to tighten purse strings or public will have to foot the bill for nuclear decommissioning


The Name that cannot be spoken

This whole article on nuclear, with lots of mention of Sellafield.

But not one reference to ... Windscale

UK's new Brexit Freedom Bill promises already-slated GDPR reform, easier gene editing rules


Light Touch

Memories of Light Touch Regulation.

Which they brought in for the banks. A few years before the financial collapse of 2007.

Fundamentally no regulation at all, some self certification. And no penalties for causing horrendous destruction.

Head of Big Tech Expertise? Believe it or not, it's a UK.gov vacancy for a Whitehall job


It's in the bag

It's a position created specifically with someone in mind.

I'd say the blurb that has been seen was written by an MP.

Singapore monetary authority threatens action on bank over widespread phishing scam


It started with an SMS

Goodness me, whatever could go wrong?

Staff in my local bank have looked at me blankly when I've said it's much more secure using my big old heavy bulky PC for online banking, and even entering a series of passwords, than having almost instantaneous access on a small handheld device where security is next to non existent.

Russia starts playing by the rules: FSB busts 14 REvil ransomware suspects



Maybe coincidence, but I noticed a huge drop in spam traffic to one of my servers last week.

Anyone else see this?

No defence for outdated defenders as consumer AV nears RIP


Re: AV "protection"

I went looking for the free Sophos.

All I could find is a "free download" and a free trial. But the product costs £37.46.

Where should I look for the free version?


Re: Bit dubious about this arguement.

Very shocked, I immediately thought about Grenfell Towers.

Yule goat's five-year flame-free streak ends ignominiously


A proper fire

Here's how it's done in the centuries old tradition in rural Scotland.


As a sign of the times, Covid has extinguished the flames which even the war ravages of the 1940s never did.

It's built over the month of December, and lit by the oldest resident in the town just before midnight on the 31st, after a torchlight procession through the town.

Nobody has ever set it alight in advance.

Shocking: UK electricity tariffs are among world's most expensive


You got it there - nuclear power generation provides the basis for nuclear weapons material.

So much of the costs of that industry are borne by government. One way or another, and not often transparantly.

Then the future costs of storing the waste material.

What might otherwise be called "off the books".


Re: Electric should be cheaper, gas more expensive

It was well reported in the local press at the time.

electric vehicles bought for the Cop26 attendees. Used for shuttling them back & forth to the Gleneagles Hotel.

Which hotel only had one charging point.

So the diesel generators had to be brought in to keep the cars moving.



Thanks for the correction on the numbers of vehicles. It does seem it was 240 of them, not the 20 that were originally reported.


Side effects of nuclear

Most people won't know / won't remember / won't care about the effect on Europe of the Chernobyl disaster.

We still have here farms which are not allowed to sell into the human food chain. Due to contamination brought over by wind from Chernobyl at the time.

That is a side effect of the nuclear power industry. One which is not calculated into the costs.

Not to mention the continuing effects in Ukraine of a huge area out of bounds.

There were many people around here who took in children from that area for holidays in the years after the disaster. I'm told that the incidence of cancers and other conditions has been off the scale.


Re: Electric should be cheaper, gas more expensive

Absolutely is the case.

Google is your friend.

Diesel generation provided at Gleneagles Hotel for the 20 electric cars, there being only one charging point.


Re: where would this cheap electricity come from?

You obviously haven't been anywhere near a nuclear power station then.

One of my friends has a company which has spent almost its entire existence removing waste from the Dounreay facility. That's about 30 years now.

When it was being built, the builders saw this big hole over near the sea and just dumped all their rubbish into it.

Turned out most of the rubbish was contaminated in one form or another.

The hole went right down to the sea, and and radiation was pouring out for years.

It all had to be dug out, securely contained, transported a long way away, and is now in storage which will need to be monitored for thousands of years.

The half life effect.

All of that is expensive. Usually paid for in one way or another by the government, so it doesn't obviously show up in the costs.


where would this cheap electricity come from?

Joined up thinking would be a marvellous invention.

For instance, we could consider how to get power from where the renewables make it, to where the mass populations use it.

Like a national grid.

Like any true bottle neck, we have a national grid that does not have the capacity to carry that much from the north to the south.

Guess what - any producer in the north (renewables territory) has to pay to build the capacity to inject their clean power into the grid.

Those consumers of it do not contribute towards the cost of that.

Which is why we will see a huge number of new nuclear power stations being built especially in the south.

Given the cost of safely protecting the waste output for as long as human beings will exist, nuclear is the most expensive source of electricity.

On the safety side - we don't have to worry that much if a big windmill collapses. On the other hand, a nuclear facility going belly up could be - what's the word - catastrophic for nearby cities.


nuclear electricity

I remember newspaper headlines saying that eventually electricity would be free because the new fangled nuclear power stations would generate electricity so cheap they would pay us to use it.

That was the message from the government and the nuclear industry when they needed to get public acceptance for building more nuclear power stations.

Propaganda - we've heard of it.

Pulling down a partition or knocking through a door does not necessarily make for a properly connected workspace


Days long gone

We had premises in a city centre many years ago. Ancient tenement buildings. Most of the upstairs places were long empty, in fact some of the upstairs places were missing floorboards and the like.

Down below there were still second world war bomb shelters. It was obvious people were able to move through from street to street well below ground.

Anyway some of us got to exploring, and ended up able to go up and down and through adjoining premises. We found cables running from three or four addresses away, through these long abandoned premises, supplying ground floor shops.

It's all demolished and shiny new shops now. Sad.

DDoSers take weekend off only to resume campaign against UK's Voipfone on Monday


hard working crims

"It seems that the evil-doers took the weekend off"

I've noticed that with spam. Seems to tail off very noticeably over the weekends.

I don't know whether that's due to their managers taking the weekends off, or whether it's because large parts of their botnets are shutdown for the weekend. If so, that would be western offices then.

Computer scientists at University of Edinburgh contemplate courses without 'Alice' and 'Bob'


man's name

So is Sue

Never mind Russia: Turkey and Vietnam are Microsoft's new state-backed hacker threats du jour


hacker versus email

Email is more trouble to most people than hacking.

Either way, I monitor the Brute Force Monitor on one of my servers. Attacks / attempted attacks / attempted intruders from USA more than outnumber all other countries combined.

Sir Tim Berners-Lee and the BBC stage a very British coup to rescue our data from Facebook and friends


Re: the Scottish game

"National reporting on the BBC always seems to prioritise English (especially South-East) stories, but then again, maybe that is due to geographical population dispersion and therefore relatively proportional and un-biased. I don't think it's conclusive or obvious."

Understood what you're saying.

But the UK is a big geographical area, and the BBC is organised into regional entities.

The point I think some people are making is that the broadcasting entirely revolves around topics that interest only some groups. The fact that those groups are majority of population actually proves the point of bias. Given that the BBC broadcasts regionally, the option is right there to tweak those broadcasts to suit each region.

Whether that's BBC Scotland should be giving priority to Scottish football games, or any other identifiable event or interest really is the point.

What's the point of regional broadcasting if it does not deviate based on regional criteria.

It's not just about football games. It's about attitudes. It's about even things like the weather - saying it's going to be a scorcher when the rain's pouring down 500 miles away from London actually happens quite often.



Absolutely correct that the BBC is pro establishment.

About 6 or 7 years ago one of these survey people came to the house, and one of their questions was about bias on the BBC. I refused to tick any of their pre-selected boxes and outraged him by my freehand response of 'pro establishment bias'.

The BBC is a gigantic corporation with many facets. Some good, some - yes some bad. Their news and current affairs department is now a dirty shadow of what it was decades ago. You will never find anything in their output which promotes anything anti-establishment.

Smoking smartphone sparks emergency evacuation of Alaska Airlines jet, two taken to hospital



I would love to know what good Android phone I can buy today which features replaceable batteries.

Especially important that said replacement batteries are actually available.

OVH says burned data centre’s UPS, batteries, fuses in the hands of insurers and police


getting back online

I had assumed over the last couple of days that some of OVH's customers were getting back on line.

My brute force monitor had pretty well stopped working for a few days last week, but it's back showing lots of failed incoming connections again. Mainly from old usernames that were deleted years ago.

Command 'n' control botnet of notorious Emotet Windows ransomware shut down in multinational police raid



So the authorities have economically damaged the IT industry :

"...almost $500,000 had been spent by the group over the same period to maintain its criminal infrastructure.”

Under that pile of spare keys and obsolete cables is an IoT device: Samsung pushes useful retirement project for older phones


It's about the battery

I got a new phone before Christmas, chose the model because it has a replaceable battery.

Great, yes it does.

Except there's no batteries available for it, none in the country.

Motorola E6 plus.

Boeing will cough up $2.5bn+ to settle US fraud charge over 737 Max safety


Selling tactics

Were any of these planes sold with "consultants fees" included?

Does the court order include reclaiming bribes?

Trump silenced online: Facebook, Twitter etc balk at insurrection, shut the door after horse bolts and nearly burns down the stable


Trump's problem

Trump's problem is that he's been so incompetent.

Anyone else trying to keep hold of power like he did, would have been organised ahead of time, so that at least some military or para-military would have stood alongside him at the critical hour.

The fact that he didn't organise in advance only proves his incompetence.

It does not suggest that this problem in US politics has gone away. The opportunity is still there for anyone who can get their act together better.

BTW - not supporting him, just pointing out facts.

What can the 1944 OSS manual teach us before we all return to sabotage the office?


404 error

Getting a 404 page error this morning when following the link to Simple Sabotage PDF.

Getting a customised CIA 404 page.

Brit Conservative Party used 10 million people's names to derive their country of origin, ethnicity and religion according to ICO report



If the writer could be bothered to get the party names right, I might take this story a bit more seriously.

NATO's at risk if you go your own Huawei on 5G, US government warns Germany


World politics

Bow down to your Imperial Masters

UK housing associations offer framework worth up to £400m to eBay-for-plumbers startup (but it won't get to keep it all)



This reads that it covers work in the south east of England.

So why are all the prices in the article in US dollars?

Mexican cave relics suggest humans were populating the Americas up to 17,000 years earlier than thought



Wish I could upvote the whole article just for its proper spelling of whisky.

And a mention of Macallans as well - the day is starting out just fine.

eBay users spot the online auction house port-scanning their PCs. Um... is that OK?


Re: Fraud is a big issue for etailer -- MEAT

Too long ago :-)


Re: Fraud is a big issue for etailer -- MEAT

There used to be a cables/connectors business somewhere near Liverpool (I think it was). They had a good sideline in specialist meats. I.e., Alligator, ostrich, lots more. Even Japanese sake. All really good stuff.

And they were probably the best ever company for cataloguing and sourcing specialist cables and connectors.

It wasn't just a few credit cards: Entire travel itineraries were stolen by hackers, Easyjet now tells victims


Churchill again

I had a client who actually had a signed photograph of Churchill on his office wall. Seems the chap had visited the company when the present owner's dad owned it.

Rogue ADT tech spied on hundreds of customers in their homes via CCTV – including me, says teen girl


Re: ADT had logs going back 7 years?

Yep, plus one for the sellotape reference to power cables.

Couldn't believe it when I saw it. All replaced within days.

Remember April 2020? It brought pandemic, chaos and an unseasonable spike in new domain registrations


Quiet news day ?



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