* Posts by Ivan 4

1182 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Page:

Is the world ready for a bare-metal OS/2 rebirth?

Ivan 4
Silver badge

No, all our machines running OS/2 are running on bare metal. The only thing we had to be careful with was the Gigabit network chip, in some cases the onboard chip wouldn't work but that was ficed with an Intel gigabit nic.

0
0

Stung by Dynamics 365 hike? Microsoft has a deal for you... just don't expect much

Ivan 4
Silver badge

there is a very small chance that a small number of users will pay less.

That chance will be so small that it can be considered non existent.

2
0

Engineers say safety features got squished out of cramped Samsung Note 7

Ivan 4
Silver badge

Re: Obvious solution?

Or better yet, make the case slightly larger in the thickness.

What is it with all the manufactures trying to shave parts of a millimetre off the thickness? I would prefer a slightly thicker unit with a removable battery.

20
0

US election pollsters weren't (very) wrong – statistically speaking

Ivan 4
Silver badge

Re: Mandatory Voting

It would also be a big step forward if the voting rolls were purged of all the dead people and those voting had to show identification.

6
10

King's College London staggers from outage, replaces infrastructure services head

Ivan 4
Silver badge

One down...

...two more to go.

It was very good of then to give the names of those responsible - the CIO Nick Leake and the next down the line Gareth Wright. Both those named are responsible for the problem. The CIO should have seen that the infrastructure was adequate for the task and this Gavin Wright should have made sure that the mirror servers fail-over actually worked.

Now the question is when do they get their P45s?

8
1

Plastic fiver: 28 years' work, saves acres of cotton... may have killed less than ONE cow*

Ivan 4
Silver badge

But maybe the problem is that they don't roll as well as the paper ones.

0
0

It’s Brexploitation! Microsoft punishes UK for Brexit with cloud price-gouging

Ivan 4
Silver badge

Re: Brexploitation - LOL!

A rather childish attitude from an assumed remoner.

1
21
Ivan 4
Silver badge

They invested a lot of money up front to get this going, with a view to making back that investment with a profit over many years.

The 'over many years' is the main point here. At the moment it looks as if they wand to do it in one year.

5
1

Windows 10 market share growth just barely has a pulse

Ivan 4
Silver badge

Re: RE: Windows 10? What is it?

It's the operating system Microsoft couldn't get business to buy

Are you sure it's an operating system and not a keylogger that sends everything you do to Microsoft and the 5 eyes?

13
0

Hackers waste Xbox One, PS4, MacBook, Pixel, with USB zapper

Ivan 4
Silver badge

Simple 'Crowbar' circuit or (MOV) varistor on data lines!

We fit those across both data lines and also fit zena diodes to the power lines in all the easily accessible USB ports in the industrial equipment we maintain for clients. It has cut having to replace main boards by almost 100%.

5
0
Ivan 4
Silver badge

Re: Based on related experience...

That'll be why a researcher was banned from a plane after accessing flight control systems from the in-flight entertainment system.

I think you will find that 'exploit' is an urban myth since the two systems are not interconnected in any way.

6
0

Trump's FCC will soak net neutrality in gas and toss in a lit match

Ivan 4
Silver badge

Re: Where does it say otherwise?

It makes very clear where the author's bias lies.

Just reading the headline I knew who the author had to be. Far too many journalists are letting their political bias colour articles that require a neutral approach.

3
6

Online criminals iced as cops bury malware-spewing Avalanche

Ivan 4
Silver badge

I think that common sense needs to be applied when looking at over the speed limit cases. In built up areas the speed limit is the limit, no exceptions. Out on an open road with no other traffic about does a few kph over some arbitrary limit that has been set for roads with heavy traffic really matter?

1
1

PC sales outlook improves: Now terrifying instead of catastrophic

Ivan 4
Silver badge

Re: Lack of variety

t would be nice if they would actually use good motherboards for AMD parts

I couldn't agree more. Couple that with a screen that gives at least 1200 vertical and we would be getting into the 'useful for work' category.

6
0
Ivan 4
Silver badge

Re: Lack of variety

I would add to your list a descent screen with a good amount of vertical height to save scrolling up and down all the time when working.

Width without height is useless.

8
0

Jeremy Hunt: Telcos must block teens from sexting each other

Ivan 4
Silver badge

Re: What planet do these people live on?

We have to remember that these people are politicians (all those in parliament) that have never done any real work out in the world and live off our taxes.

6
0

Chernobyl cover-up: Giant shield rolled over nuclear reactor remains

Ivan 4
Silver badge

Obligitory XKCD refference

It would help if some people read and understood the chart at https://xkcd.com/radiation

13
0

UK's new Snoopers' Charter just passed an encryption backdoor law by the backdoor

Ivan 4
Silver badge

Re: How long until

The EU wakes up and shuns British based Internet services?

The unelected commission will lap up this and force its use in all EU countries. The EUSSR has been looking for some country to start this and are very annoyed by Brexit removing the UK from the fold.

4
14

Internet Archive preps Canadian safe haven to swerve Donald Trump

Ivan 4
Silver badge

Re: Over reaction?

The biggest over reaction is on the part of reporters/journalists and the MSM showing their political bias in everything they report.

5
15

Adblock again beats publishers' Adblock-blocking attempts

Ivan 4
Silver badge

Re: More People Need To Block Ads!

What happens when everything goes behind ad walls?

The sites die from lack of visitors, and the sites that don't hide end up doing a roaring trade.

7
0

Super Cali goes ballistic, considers taxing Netflix

Ivan 4
Silver badge

Why?

The unasked question here is 'why are these cities short of cash in the first place?' That leads to the next question, 'where is all the tax money they collect going?'

When we get answers to those questions the purported reasons for this additional tax might become clear. Is it greed on the part of the council or does one, or more, of the council have a pork barrel to fill for the family or are they paying to prop up such things as uneconomic renewable energy?

Yes, we know that most councils are dumb, but this dumb?

5
3

How-to terror manuals still being sold by Apple, Amazon, Waterstones

Ivan 4
Silver badge

Re: Is this any sort of "solution"?

I downloaded and read the entire Jolly Roger cookbook

and before downloading was possible you could buy a Penguin paperback all about making your own explosives. From memory (can't be bothered to go digging through boxes of books) they did recommend that you use the garden shed for your experiments.

0
0

US Director of National Intelligence legs it

Ivan 4
Silver badge

It is either that or when Trump starts draining the swamp he could see his name being on a cell door.

4
4

VMware joins Brexploitation gang, double digit price hike in the offing

Ivan 4
Silver badge

Re: Price changes and currancy shifts

Isn't that known as 'doing an Apple'?

1
0

KCL staff offered emotional support, clergy chat to help get over data loss

Ivan 4
Silver badge

Hummm...

How does this Staffers were informed: “It is now safe to save new work on all drives.” work?

Does it include individuals using their own USB connected hard disks? If why not, because that should give individuals the security of their data they need.

As an aside, did the head of IT get his P45 for the monumental cockup?

3
0

Getting to the bottom of the cloud debate

Ivan 4
Silver badge

Only useful for non critical things

One of our clients came up with the idea of moving some of the machinary control programs to the cloud when we said they needed another server. That is until we pulled the plug on the running servers to show them what would happen if the cloud dissipated (we had made arrangements with the shop floor for the demonstration to management so nothing was broken or damaged).

They ended up with 4 new servers in mirror failover.

7
1

GSMA: 5G at risk if governments don't get their acts together

Ivan 4
Silver badge

Ah, faster, bigger botnets then!

0
0
Ivan 4
Silver badge

I know I am going to be shouted down but just how does all this faffing about improve a phone call?

Yes, I know all about data but who in their right mind uses a smart phone to do any serious data usage unless it is tethered to a laptop, the phone screens are just too small (especially as one gets older and your eyesight deteriorates).

Maybe they would be better employed seeing mobile coverage is extended to those areas where it is almost non existant.

0
0

'Pavement power' - The bad idea that never seems to die

Ivan 4
Silver badge

The Register is a tech publication and we can tell you the answer is "not much”.

I think the true answer should have been 'sweet bugger all'.

4
0
Ivan 4
Silver badge

Re: This modern world

The 'back of an envelope' calculation is always a good place to start.

3
0
Ivan 4
Silver badge

I would say he was absolutely fair for two reasons.

1) as you said they are incapable of supplying base load.

2) they all require government subsidies to even look as if they are economically viable.

38
24

Race for wireless VR headset heats up

Ivan 4
Silver badge

In years long gone we had a rather nice sideline manufacturing NiCad battery belts for use with professional hand held movie and TV cameras cameras. They worked very well and we sold quite a few to the TV stations.

Their use dwindled as professional cameras changed to digital and started to use internal batteries. Maybe their use will turn full circle.

8
0

Britain must send its F-35s to Italy for heavy overhauls, decrees US

Ivan 4
Silver badge

Re: I don't get it...

From the look at things, it would have been cheaper to design and build our own fighter from scratch in the UK...

Or even buy some from Russia ;) Anything has to be better than this over priced under engineered pile of crap.

7
0

Silicon Valley VCs: We're gonna make California great again – on its own

Ivan 4
Silver badge

What are they going to do when all the money from the US tax payers stops supporting all their green schemes and they have to either pay for them themselves or dump them?

6
3

IoT worm can hack Philips Hue lightbulbs, spread across cities

Ivan 4
Silver badge

Oh dear

Now it is IoT light bulbs, before that it was other IoT 'things'. Just how long before all those government mandated 'smart' meters are in line to become another plaything of the script kiddies?

Maybe, instead of the GSMA insisting IoT is more than vapourware they should be insisting on tight security for the devices.

5
0

Trump's torture support could mean the end of GCHQ-NSA relationship

Ivan 4
Silver badge

Re: Donald J. Trump

Why the downvote?

Name calling just shows the lack of intelligence of the one doing it and the fact they don't have a coherent argument.

10
10

Silicon Valley's oligarchs got a punch in the head – and that's actually good thing

Ivan 4
Silver badge

Re: Kind'a

If we are to prevent repetitions of Trump, Farage, etc

The only people that want to do that are the hard left who, at the moment, have just realised their elitist politics are not what is wanted in a democracy.

11
9

RIP EarthLink, 1994–2016: From AOL killer to regional ISP's attic

Ivan 4
Silver badge

Are internet speed so bad in the US that 56k modem does better? I can't see any other reason to acquire a modem maker unless EarthLink has branched out into ADSL modems.

0
10

Twitter trolls are destroying democracy, warn eggheads

Ivan 4
Silver badge

Re: from what i've seen...

Don't forget that most people assume that when a politician opens his mouth or writes something the result will be a lie and they react accordingly.

13
0

Software licencing gets easier in the cloud? Not if your name is Microsoft

Ivan 4
Silver badge

MS as a Subscription Service

The next thing we will hear is that Win10 will be £19.99 a month.

All your personal data belong MS.

5
3

British firm to build world's first offshore automated ship

Ivan 4
Silver badge

Oil rig supply

They say one of the uses of this is to oil rig supply. Now the question is, just who in their right mind is going to allow one if these to try and get close enough to an oil rig to transfer cargo? Then add to that where do the cargo handlers on the supply vessel suddenly appear from because I very much doubt that those running the rig would supply them.

3
0

England expects... you to patch your apps and not just Windows

Ivan 4
Silver badge

You get the crappy UI updates in windows PC applications as well (something to do with the crappy win8 to 10 UI I suspect).

Although I don't use windows I have friends that do and know of several that have reverted to an older version of the application to get the better UI back.

1
1

KCL out(r)age continues: Two weeks TITSUP, two weeks to go

Ivan 4
Silver badge

More to the point, if this was so critical where were the failover mirror servers? If they didn't have mirror servers in a different server room/building why not?

At this point in the game it is time for the top IT management to be given their P45s and permanently shown the door.

4
0

130 serious Firefox holes plugged this year

Ivan 4
Silver badge

Re: How does this compare to Intarweb Exploiter?

Perhaps SLOW CHANGE [not change for the sake of change], focusing on GOOD CODING PRACTICES, is what Mozilla needs to work on instead. Then they can have an extremely stable, W3C compliant, non-irritating software package that's relatively bug-free, runs on all platforms, and isn't "2D FLATSO" nor "too feely" for the rest of us that are running the classic mouse+keyboard interface.

That says it all!

It would also give those porting Firefox to what Mozilla considers non mainstream OS a chance to produce the latest, and supposedly greatest.

2
0

Intel's new chip targets industrial IoT

Ivan 4
Silver badge

Security

How is Intel going to deal with the security of the devices using this chip?

2
0

And so we enter day seven of King's College London major IT outage

Ivan 4
Silver badge

Re: Some interesting links...

So...cheaper staff; no public sector employment contracts or pensions; management jollies to the seaside. Sweet! What could possibly go wrong...

Apparently everything!

As you say, where is the mirror failover system to these essential services?

5
0

Existing security standards are fine for IoT gizmos in electrical grids

Ivan 4
Silver badge

Smart meters

Until they do something about the security of the so called 'smart meters' they will end up without any security on their smart grid.

5
0

BlackBerry DTEK60: An elegant flagship for grown-ups

Ivan 4
Silver badge

Re: Nice as it may be to have oodles of camera info

What is the phone call quality, good, bad, or indifferent?

That is the one thing that always gets forgotten in reviews of phones when it should be the first consideration otherwise the review is about a mini tablet only.

4
0

Microsoft: We're hiking UK cloud prices 22%. Stop whining – it's the Brexit

Ivan 4
Silver badge

You do realise that the devaluation of the pound was on the cards before Brexit don't you?

It was going to happen because of all the quantitative easing applied by Gordon I have gold going cheap Brown and the banksters saw the opportunity and took it, in other words Brexit would get the blame rather than the traders.

9
17

Oh joy. You can now buy a gold plated quadcopter drone

Ivan 4
Silver badge

Re: More then 20 large

It's the US rules the world mentality.

1
0

Page:

Forums