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Expired cert... Really? #O2down meltdown shows we should fear bungles and bugs more than hackers

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"The article explains why this is a bad idea"

James Burke's Connections explained a failover system of the electrical grid in America. One relay tripped because a street was overloaded and it passed the current over to other circuits in a domino effect until the whole state was offline.

If the load is too much for one then it will be too much when added to the next one that's still working.

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Hanlon's razor

How about DBN. Don't Be Naive. People can be bad so stop giving them the benefit of the doubt. If they did something wrong don't let them off just because you think they did not mean it.

Tumblr resorts to AI in attempt to scrub itself clean from filth

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Re: Child porn

Yes if the problem is child porn then ban child porn. However easier just to ban photos of children since a paedo enjoys all pictures of children.

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Re: Let the Prisoners go Free!

Feminine nipples are no threat when being cut off or sucked.

Huawei MateBook Pro X: PC makers look out, the phone guys are here

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Re: So close

Linux support? Surely Linux users support ourselves.

RAM and storage should be removable. I dunno if it is.

USB 3 would be good.

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Re: Papa can you hear me? The CPU is made in Israel

The Israeli's maybe murdering racist lying tyrannical bastards who think they are God's gift to the world but they do know how to make a good CPU so i'll give them a pass.

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Re: the wifi hardware in older vs newer laptops.

If Haewei build Android phones then they've probably considered Android and Linux on this. They would not want to be boxed in by Microsoft.

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It's a PC of course it runs Linux.

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It should not matter to a Linux user what OS it comes with since you will be putting your own flavor on it. It's a PC so will run anything. I'd want to know if it's storage is plugged in or soldered.

Germany pushes router security rules, OpenWRT and CCC push back

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Re: Giving the vendors a choice will give the users a choice

Most routers do state they are GPL so it should be possible to change the firmware on them. What the makers don't do is keep the hardware of a model consistent meaning you could buy two routers of the same model in the same week with radically different hardware. Not much help if you're trying to build something.

If you really want control of your router then buy a Mikrotik and learn how to configure it.

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Re: "Support for open firmware is, arguably, a niche consideration at the moment"

I was a big user and supporter of DD-WRT which is a user friendly take on OpenWRT. However TP-Link routers now contain most of the bits I was using in DD-WRT.

DD-WRT was a replacement for Linksys WRT54GS firmware but an arms race ensued where each hardware release from Linksys would seek to stop people installing DD-WRT.

There are loads of cheap routers that will accept DD-WRT but the last two versions on the TP-Link I use does not accept it. I don't think TP-Link have anything against DD-WRT just that they changed to a cheaper chipset. DD-WRT does support this chipset but someone has to create the version for this router.

Not such a big demand from me for this as the TP-Link does all I want like;

AP Router Mode

AP Mode

WISP Mode

Range Extender Mode

which was my initial reason for using DD-WRT in the first place.

As for VPN you really need a more powerful router since these little ones can't do VPN at current high bandwidths.

Azure, Office 365 go super-secure: Multi-factor auth borked in Europe, Asia, USA

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Office 360 strikes again

They will have to call it Office 359 next year.

Bloke fined £460 after his drone screwed up police chopper search for missing woman

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Re: Incomplete

Exactly, it should be the consequences that the punishment are based on. I suspect that if they had time to chase the drone then the more important job of finding the missing person had been successful. However if they abandoned the search in order to make £460 they have their priorities wrong.

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"I fly RC models - which cannot maintain stable flight beyond LOS"

Your RC models short comings don't apply to Drones which can be flown far beyond LOS using their built in cameras.

Whether they should be flown that way is a different question.

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Re: “Oh look, there's a drone”

The police do have a terrible record for air safety. They are supposed to have the pilot concentrate on flying and the policeman concentrate on spotting. Once the pilot joins the search they're in great danger.

If the pilot really did give chase to the drone he would need fighter pilot skills. "Tank I need a fighter pilot program for an EC145 helicopter"

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Re: Priorities

Lack of comprehension. Unless you're joking.

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Re: Rather it wasn't destroyed.

So the charity using drones has the effect of stopping the police from doing their job, outstanding.

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No they called off the search to find the drone.

A new Raspberry Pi takes a bow with all of the speed but less of the RAM

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Re: This is good.

Passive Power over Ethernet would make the PI easier to use. You don't need that 48v nightmare. Most home routers run off a 12v PSU and have a little buck circuit to bring it down to 5v. These are very sturdy little circuits allowing 7v to 27v power. The advantage against 5v power is you can run some very long wires such as PoE. Many times I have powered 12v routers over Ethernet with no problems. You simply can't do that with 5v because there is no tolerance for volt drop.

I appreciate why the PI runs off 5v and does not have one of these 12v buck circuits. If there were a way to include a sturdy buck circuit as a hat with options for passive PoE, plug connector and screw terminals then it would mean putting PI in industrial locations much easier. Frankly 5v power is too flaky. With the right capacitors the buck circuit could handle 30v.

CTS who? AMD brushes off chipset security bugs with firmware patches

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Re: Downgrade attack?

Whitepines, that is a good point. People always assume the attack will happen once the machine goes live but tinkering with it before it's delivered would be a powerful attack. We recently had questions about the security of Supermicro machines because they are Chinese. This then changed into someone adding tiny chips to the motherboard. That whole business seemed odd but it did expose the idea that the machines could have been altered on route to the customer.

I think proper physical security of the packaging would help but then the route in would be a customs inspection. Just boot the machines to a a USB stick and insert the firmware changes.

I'm not sure how reliable that would be as a compromise since most people grab the latest firmware before installing the OS. I'm not sure if microcode stays in the CPU or is loaded at boot time. It's obviously the sort of thing very security conscious people would know to check and ordinary computer builders would never think of.

Official: IBM to gobble Red Hat for $34bn – yes, the enterprise Linux biz

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Re: At least is isnt oracle or M$

Yes Oracle would be bad. M$ not so bad.

Congrats from 123-Reg! You can now pay us an extra £6 or £12 a year for basically nothing

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Re: Hoots Mon

It's not for me, it's for my friend, honest.

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Re: theft and criminal deception

You consented when you made your first payment. Too bad if you are easily parted from your money. If it really bothered you then you'd go to their office and shoot them. I don't see anyone doing that, so you agreed to the charge.

Microsoft points to a golden future where you can make Windows 10 your own

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Re: Higher Power?

High power, a good idea if you've never experienced Windows 10. However it's common knowledge, even folklaw by now that Windows 10 will simply rebuild itself they way it wants to be.

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Re: Deinstall Win 10?

Windows 10 still runs Lotus 123. What better reason could one need to stay with it?

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Re: Deinstall parts of W10? Gaming on Mint 19 Steam

DropBear,

Linux gaming took a massive leap forward when Steam included a version of WINE called Proton. I've built a RYZEN system with a decent AMD GPU and installed the latest AMDGPU-PRO which uses Vulkan, the driver which will solve all the Linux gaming problems one day.

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Re: Deinstall parts of W10? + Mint and W7

I'm doing the same thing. I'm on Mint 19 on RYZEN with Windows XP VirtualBox.

By the way Windows 7 64 works fine on RYZEN but you need to slipstream the drivers into your Windows 7 install USB stick.

Facebook: Up to 90 million addicts' accounts slurped by hackers, no thanks to crappy code

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Re: I don't...

"I'm surprised Zuckerberg is still even there. With all that money I'd just get out while you still can before it all comes crashing down like MySpace. And I just couldn't be arsed with the aggro. But then that's probably also why I'd never succeed in business.

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Exactly. You've gotta be a bit power hungry to want to keep doing that work.

I think the current big boys are arranging legislation to prevent upstarts and so they can carry on with impunity no matter how crap they become.

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Spasticus,

Deleting FB account is not as easy as you think. Just as deleting a file is really just de-listing it from the directory it's the same with FB. Then when you finally want to scrub it off their system they are suddenly unsure it's really you and need you to register your phone and other methods of ID.

That scary old system with 'do not touch' on it? Your boss very much wants you to touch it. Now what do you do?

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Yeah, trying to buy the most modern ISA slot motherboards.

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Mirroring is looking backwards

If you're going to build a new system don't expect it to produce the same results as the old one. What would be the point?

The new system should be built in stages but those stages must be significant enough to actually do something that's an improvement. If the stage is too small it will fail. It has to be big enough to stand on it's own but small enough that it can be managed.

Let's say you are migrating to Linux, you would first migrate to cross platform programs. Then the move to Linux is just a change of OS.

Watt the heck is this? A 32-core 3.3GHz Arm server CPU shipping? Yes, says Ampere

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Re: Drivers ?

I thank that's a fair assumption. If it's aimed at the server market then having network ports is the top requirement. If they use any of the existing network chips then the drivers are already written.

I think if you're not sure what you will use this server for then there is some concern that there is something it might not do. If the only way you can do the job is by running Windows Server then you've bought the wrong hardware. Same would go for running Windows VMs. However if it can be done on Linux then this can do it.

I suspect the only thing stopping people choosing these is lack of experience with non-x86 CPUs. Anyone who has used a Raspberry PI as a server will be quite confident to use this to scale up the project.

You'll never guess what you can do once you steal a laptop, reflash the BIOS, and reboot it

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Re: Again.. How many people turn their machine off?

"The other being a nastygram from the BSA that was quite costly."

The British Shakesphere Association are real bastards.

Birmingham Small Arms.

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Re: Again,

Motherboards have been getting smarter over the years. In the past all they could really do was look for something to boot from. Now they have the capabilities to connect to the Internet with no drives connected.

Activists rattle tin to take UK's pr0n block to court

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Re: What could possibly go wrong,..

"It's almost like they tried to find the worst possible way to implement this."

As a conspiracy theorist I know that's obviously what they are doing.

Voyager 1 left the planet 41 years ago – and SpaceX hopes to land on Earth this Saturday

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Re: Calling home

Incredible? yes, not credible? yes.

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Re: My oldest application still running and in use

I wrote may accounts package in MS Access in 1990 which I still use. My brother and I wrote a production control system in MS Access in 1991 which is still in use.

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Re: ITAR

Yeah like trying to find out how the air conditioning system on the space station works. Why would they keep that secret?

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Re: Rewritten for "new incantations"

What are you, a software wizard? ;-)

That has to be a twist.

But his supple wrist seems to have problems with the keyboard.

I don't know

but he sure plays a mean Windows 2000 Pinball.

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Re: Land where?

They need to land the car on a road this time.

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Re: Telstar

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Telstar. It's great to find that name still in use, but now my head's filled with warbly electric organ music.]

Argh! Now my head is filled with warbly electric organ music!

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Mine too

Ever wanted to strangle Microsoft? Now Outlook, Skype 'throttle' users amid storm cloud drama

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Re: It's Texas, Silly!

I think it's well known that long copper phone lines pick up electricity. It's possible the line protection was not up to the job but there is not really any excuse to get this wrong, phone lines have been in use 100 years in the 1990's.

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Re: Strangling?

I was working in a corporation in the 1990's and they switched from Lotus Notes which the users were very good at creating business apps to MS Outlook and Exchange which could not seem to do much with themselves.

I was puzzled at the time why they did this and I am convinced it was just some sort of corporate conspiracy to get rid of Lotus from the computer industry.

Same sort of thing happened with Flash. Web developers loved it and users enjoyed the fancy animations but no we have to get rid of it, along with wolf whistling and proper light bulbs.

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Re: Skype?

Year = Format("YYYY", Now())

AI sucks at stopping online trolls spewing toxic comments

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However not that many people are mature and well-adjusted.

So should we construct the rules to work best for the people who are least well adjusted?

London's Gatwick Airport flies back to the future as screens fail

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Of course it doubles the cable cost. Just because some of the fibres are dark does not mean you get to use them for free.

EU wants one phone plug to rule them all. But we've got a better idea.

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Re: Be much more interested in...Power-Outlet-Sockets being universal

What's needed is a 220vac USB standard.

The age of hard drives is over as Samsung cranks out consumer QLC SSDs

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Re: switched from analogue to digital computers 70 years ago

I did some work on a huge machine that converted movie film into video. It was a complex digital and analogue computer. The machine was decades old but still in use because the job could not be handled digitally in 1998 (according to the machine's owner).

'Plane Hacker' Roberts: I put a network sniffer on my truck to see what it was sharing. Holy crap!

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Re: So... who pays for the 3G/4G data connection?

" If you don't then holding title to the vehicle is not worth the paper it is written on."

You don't hold the title to the vehicle. The 'log book' document specifically says THIS IS NOT PROOF OF OWNERSHIP. The DVLA own your vehicle, you are simply the keeper and the driver. Driving is illegal which is why the DVLA have to sell you a licence.

Relive your misspent, 8-bit youth on the BBC's reopened Micro archive

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Re: I had a BBC B, Then Master 128, then Archimedes

CEEFAX was amazing because it produced readable text on a TV screen. All home computers could have benefited from a CEEFAX chip.

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