* Posts by cipnt

82 publicly visible posts • joined 18 May 2019


Former Reg vulture takes on Nominet – by running for board seat


Re: No comment

Why risk upsetting your loyal backers in any way?

He has their votes, he just needs to keep quiet and do what he's told

This data center will be Europe’s first with hydrogen backup power


Re: Minor Side Effect

Hydrogen is an incredibly light gas and disperses upwards into the atmosphere very quickly, in fact too quickly for combustion to occur.

There are crash tests carried out on hydrogen fuel cell car tanks where they do not explode because of the speed with which the hydrogen disperses.

In the Hindenburg accident it is not clear whether the hydrogen was the main fuel of the fire or the fuselage itself. Hydrogen fire doesn't produce a visible flame (see the Space Shuttle engines), so the intense flames in the Hindenburg footage would have been caused by the fuselage.

In other words, hydrogen is incredibly safe – we understand its properties very well and have been safely using it in the fertiliser industry for decades

Australian court finds Facebook 'divorced from reality' as it tried to define doing business down under


Or just modify all browsers to only store cookies with explicit consent, similar to how today we are prompted to share location data

A tiny island nation has put the rights to .tv up for grabs – but what’s this? Problematic contract clauses? Again?


Re: Public view

I saw quite a few people who type "google" in the address bar in Chrome, essentially performing a search for "google" on Google, then they would perform the actual search.

Nominet names new CEO as new chair promises real reform


Turn the Page

Collectively the Board cannot yet be trusted until every one of the directors that supported Russell Haworth and fought against the EGM is kicked out. Andy isn't building trust, he's further eroding it by promoting Page or Bradley

Hibernating instrument on Hubble roused as engineers ponder message problem


Use the backup

When Nasa built the Hubble telescope they actually commissioned two identical ones, because when you're dealing with taxpayer money, why build one when you can build two at double the cost?

The second one has been in a museum since then. Just dust it off and strap it to a rocket.

There's an interesting story about that: the one in the museum apparently is better than the one in space because they were built by different contractors.

The world has a plastics shortage, and PC makers may be responding with a little greenwashing


Re: The new mantra is 'plastic = bad'

Plastics are good if used sensibly.

But plastic is not a circular material – it can't be recycled indefinitely. For example recycled plastic can only take a small percentage of a new plastic bottle. Usually plastic is down-recycled into plastics that can no longer be recycled.

If we can avoid plastics we definitely should!

Cryptography whizz Phil Zimmermann looks back at 30 years of Pretty Good Privacy


Re: I think the real reason PGP succeeded...



Re: Three decades

Don't celebrate too soon and don't underestimate your opponent

Spy agency GCHQ told me Gmail's more secure than Microsoft 365, insists British MP as facepalming security bods tell him to zip it


Spoofing alerts

The email that triggered all this was a lame spoofing attempt sent from a dodgy AOL account.

"I was told by friends at GCHQ that I was better off sticking to Gmail rather than using the parliamentary system because it was more secure,"

It seems to me that whoever gave this advice might have been referring to Gmail / Google Workspace's automatic spoofing warnings which are triggered when the sender's name is the same to one of the directory contacts but the email is not from the company's domain:


These alerts are extremely intrusive and therefore are highly efficient with nontechnical users (in fact we were getting a lot of support calls about the alerts themselves), so in a sense would be more... secure.

Nominet chooses civil war over compromise by rejecting ex-BBC Trust chairman


Re: EGM v2

We simply don't know...

The turnout at the first EGM was the biggest ever, it was an incredible achievement. Not sure if we can reach the same level again, to be honest.

Nominet's FUD was clearly all lies then, but now it would be actually valid – removing the entire Board is a serious disruption to the company. Some members might think it's too radical.

We need to try. It's our right to call for an EGM.

If that fails, at the AGM later this year, we have to elect better NEDs that support the Public Benefit principles and not those who want a Nominet PLC


Press the power button for 5 seconds

Simon Blackler at the time explained that disputing Nominet's refusal of putting the second motion to the vote would have taken months in court and would have delayed the entire EGM (plus the huge legal costs). The whole thing would have lost momentum and Nominet would have had more time to spread their FUD and give registrars special deals in exchange for their vote.

It was the right thing to go ahead with just one resolution – we made some progress and there was hope the remaining Board would see the writing on the wall and cooperate.

But we are where we are now so it looks like we need to call a second EGM to get rid of all the Board and start fresh.


Re: When you're stuck in a hole...


This desperate attitude can't be all about remuneration. There's probably something a lot more sinister hiding in the accounting books that they don't want people to see.

Who know how much they've been syphoning out of the coffers through various supplier contracts and those failed acquisitions.

Nominet ignores advice, rejects serious change despite losing CEO, chair, half its board in membership vote


Indeed. Discussions are well underway

Big problem: Nominet members won't know how many votes they're casting in decision to oust CEO, chair


Re: The real story?

Once you apply for mortgage and car finance based on a £1 million annual income it can be a slight inconvenience to downgrade

As battle for future of .UK's Nominet draws closer, non-exec director hits a nerve with for-profit proposal


Re: To: support@ionos.co.uk

Yay.com/domains are very good and cheap (registrar services only, no hosting), but I am extremely disappointed that they haven't publicly supported the PublicBenefit.uk campaign


Re: GoDaddy and 1&1 – are believed to have already voted against the motion

All members can vote now only via a proxy, but you can instruct the proxy how to vote on your behalf.

PublicBenefit.uk campaign has been encouraging members to vote Yes and appoint Simon Blackler as proxy. See:


Pressure builds on Nominet as members demand to know leadership's contingency plans for when they’re fired


Re: An appeal to Sir Michael & Axel

All elected directors currently on the board have gone quiet once elected and do not answer messages from members, or at least from me.

1Password has none, KeePass has none... So why are there seven embedded trackers in the LastPass Android app?


Re: KeyPass as an alternative? Are you sure you didn't mean KeePass?

KeePass is great - I love MacPass implementation for macOS

Citibank accidentally wired $500m back to lenders in user-interface super-gaffe – and judge says it can't be undone


Maybe that's a good thing?

I made quite a few transactions since this was implemented and had no problems.

As I understand it, the system has some error tolerance so for example Mr John Smith will be the same as John Smith or Mr J Smith, but not Mr Johnny Smith.


They finally introduced account holder name validation of the recipient before the transfer is initiated.

It boggles the mind why this wasn't set up from... well... the very beginning

What's CNAME of your game? This DNS-based tracking defies your browser privacy defenses


Interesting approach

You have to admire the simplicity of the technical solution they came up with – CNAME.

I love a good hack like this

Nominet claims effort to replace its board with 'safe hands' is invalid, refuses to put it to member vote


"Stable genius" LMAO

I laughed so much at these two word in this context. Hilarious and tragic at the same time

Let's Encrypt completes huge upgrade, can now rip and replace 200 million security certs in 'worst case scenario'


Re: Crikey, someone thinking of failure cases...

Check their twitter updates. They got some bad ass hardware now:


Nominet vows to freeze wages and prices, boost donations, and be more open. For many members, it’s too little, too late


Re: Pay

This is what it would have been funny if it wasn't so tragic: in times like these CEOs and other high paid directors take a voluntary pay cut or give up their bonuses in solidarity. These guys only think a pay freeze is in order and only after threatened with a p45.

Good riddance!


Re: They only had one thing to do...


Directors' salaries and bonuses increased every year despite those failed ventures.

Imagine the performance bonuses they would have demanded if any profits came out of those side businesses.


Re: They only had one thing to do...

Any natural monopoly should be either set up as a non-profit or under extreme regulation. Ideally both.

Think Openreach, National Grid, Network Rail, the local water supply companies.

Nominet has no oversight at all and was also slowly trying to push out members from any decision making.

Faced with the sack, Nominet CEO half-apologizes for taking the 'wrong tone,' asks angry members to hear him out


You would think that such a vital infrastructure that holds a natural monopoly (similar to openreach, national grid, water companies) would be regulated by Ofcom, but no...

Google's cloud services lost $14.6bn over three years – and CEO Sundar Pichai likes that trajectory


Re: Future headline

I seriously doubt it. They can afford it. Look at how long they ran Youtube at a loss.

Cloud is the backbone of everything they do, it's only natural that they offer it as a service too.

They need to invest and keep prices down to gain market share.

Momentum builds behind campaign to fire Nominet CEO, board – though success still far from certain


Re: Fork it!

Nominet is a registry not a registrar.

A ccTLD domain registry is a natural monopoly.

As an end user you register domains through a registrar (think GoDaddy or Fasthosts) which acts as a reseller of sorts. You can pick your registrar (and there are plenty of them to choose from, which means the registrars are in a healthy free market competition), but you can't pick your registry.


Re: Panic at Haworth Towers

★ A newsletter at 10pm on Friday;

★ A blog post at 8pm on Sunday;

★ An email update on 10am on Monday;

★ CEO liking and retweeting his own tweet (the only like and retweet);

All signs of desperation

Nominet faces showdown with British internet industry: Extraordinary vote called to oust CEO, board members


Nominet has lost its way...

I am a Nominet member and I can't tell you how thrilled I am that Simon has organised PublicBenefit.uk

Nominet's management is completely out of touch with reality and, most importantly, with its members. The CEO and board seem to think they are running some FTSE500 company and should aim for profits at all costs. Even if that hurts its own members.

This is not why Nominet was set up!

We the members demand change!

Time to press the reset button


Nominet has lost its way...

Time to turn it off then on again


Re: Well, that pay

£3k for from each employee

Pop quiz: You've got a roomful of electrical equipment. How do you put out a fire?


Should read

Bodged upgrade by unqualified technician triggers cost-cutting water sprinkler installed by ignorant manager

Linus Torvalds rates his own words 'incoherent ramblings of a crazy old man'


Re: Linus is mistaken...

He's not young either

You've got to be shipping me: KatherineRyan.co.uk suggests the comedian has diversified into freight forwarding


Strange, domain has no SEO value it seems:


Bare-metal Macs-as-a-service come to AWS. Intel for now, M1 silicon in 2021


Re: What is the use case for this?

Exactly! Other data centres already had similar offerings for many years (see Mac Stadium).

This is AWS trying to score some cheap points

Heavy-duty case closed: Peli tried to steal peli.co.uk from rightful owner, says Nominet


Re: Not odd at all

Exactly! The complainant might actually have had a chance at winning this if it didn't made false statements


Re: Domain Camping

Nominet explicitly states in its DRS policy that "trading in domain names for profit, and holding a large portfolio of domain names, are of themselves lawful activities."

Google to end free unlimited online photo, vid storage, will eventually delete files if accounts go over their cap


Re: Free things

There are some rare exceptions where companies do honor those free accounts in perpetuity – Google Apps / G Suite / Workspace Legacy comes to mind which is still free after 8 years

123 Bork? Six-day DNS record-edit outage at domain name flinger 123 Reg enrages users


I recently had a glimpse at a friend's 123-reg admin panel and was shocked. It looked like, if not identical, to the one I used 8 or 9 years ago. And it was terribly dated and slow back then.

Personally I always advise clients and friends to stay away from 123-reg. I always recommend Yay.com/domain-names/ for most people - it is significantly cheaper and feature-rich.

If you have more than a few domains or you want total control than I recommend becoming a registrar

Samsung aims boot at Apple's decision not to bundle a charger in with the iPhone 12, foot ends up in mouth


Re: Reduce the e-waste?

User swappable battery needs to make a come back, at east in some models (not everyone needs it)


Good idea; Bad timing

*Good idea*

The idea is obviously good and the EU is pushing for that as well - buy only the phone, you probably already have the charger for it. Also, something that come for free is perceived as worthless by consumers; when you pay for it you'll be more careful with it (ie not lose it)

*Bad timing*

The problem is that Apple is not yet using a universal usb-c plug for its phones so even with the included usb-c to lightning cable you will not easily find a compatible charger "brick" (eg it is not compatible with usb-c chargers with non-detachable cables).

Previous iPhone chargers have a usb-a socket on them, incompatible with the now included usb-c to lightning cable.

This change would've made more sense next year after a significant number of iPhone users would've owned the new usb-c wall brick.


Re: Oh what a laugh

I agree, we don't need fast charging very often and using it every time significantly impacts battery life.

However the solution could be built inside the phones - when you plug your phone a prompt could ask you if you want to use normal or fast charging. It should default to normal charging speed unless the user choses the fast option.


Not shipping a usb charger is meant to reduce waste, but putting usb ports in the wall socket is kind of stupid unless you have a separate 12v circuit throughout the building.

Also technology moves faster than building refurbishment cycles, so you will be stuck with a outdated usb ports for some time.

I have seen some CIBSE articles on this issue and the industry seems to be mostly against it. Usb wall sockets serve an immediate need but are a bad long term decision

Nominet refuses to consider complaint about its own behaviour, claims CEO didn’t mean what he said on camera


Re: Go, El Reg!

Hear hear! This isn't the sexiest of news headlines but thanks to El Reg for keep on pursuing this


Re: Clearly out of control

That's a looooooong url

Ancient telly borked broadband for entire Welsh village


Re: We still use a CRT television

While it may be true that they don't make them like they used to, some of these appliances have had years of improvements in efficiency.

Help save the planet by getting a new one that probably uses half the energy, water, etc