* Posts by diodesign

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Seattle Suehawks: Smart meter hush-up launched because, er ... terrorism

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Re: Re: Optional

Update: We'll run the follow-up on Friday because everyone's distracted by this afternoon's Oracle-Google news.

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Re: Optional

Ah yeah, the case is pretty messy - we tried to keep it succinct. I'll add some of that info into the mix. We're speaking to Phil in-depth tomorrow so expect some more info on Thursday.

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Hulk Hogan's sex tape, a Silicon Valley billionaire, and a $10m revenge plot to destroy Gawker

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Re: Anonymous Coward

Uh, not quite sure where you got us defending Gawker from this. It is possible for us to dislike both sides of this story – we often dislike both sides of stories.

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Insurance article

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Re: Re: Insurance article @diodesign

"You don't think that disguising an ad as an article is more than a little deceptive?"

The idea is absolutely not to deceive. I don't wake up in the morning wanting to deceive people. I'm sorry you think it's disguised - I'm meeting our sales team in next month in London, I'll bring up your concerns there.

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Re: Re: Insurance article

As the page says, it's a promo - a promotion. Comments were turned off because it's not an article, it's an ad. We do promos from time to time; they pay the bills and they are labeled as such (and also rather stick out - they're not written by Register journalists).

Don't confuse promos with editorial articles. Our reviews are never promos. Promos are usually special offers of competitions or the like.

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Your f---- video player

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Re: Re: Your f---- video player

[ edit - Marco's right and I didn't even notice / think about it because I disable Flash. It's HTML5, not Flash. ]

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Microsoft half-bricks Asus Windows 7 PCs with UEFI boot glitch

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Re: Secure boot

"Why would you even have secure boot enabled on a Windows 7 system?"

It's supported by default on newer Asus motherboards but Windows 7 doesn't use it. The update makes the firmware think Secure Boot is supported by the operating system, but really the OS cannot/does not ultimately provide the signatures needed, so the boot fails.

I suspect - and we're waiting for more info from Microsoft - that the updated BitLocker drive encryption code that loads before the OS is run is cocking up the process: the firmware believes it's booting a Secure Boot OS but it's really not. Possibly.

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Hacker flogs '42.5m freshly stolen logins' for seventy-five cents

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Re: pw42

Yeah - it's not clear from Hold Security whether these are hashed or not. I can imagine it's a mix of hashed and unhashed.

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IBM's quantum 'puter news proves Big Blue still doesn't get 'cloud'

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Re: Grumpy Gumby

"So put yourself in IBM's shoes. How do they market this play toy and yet limit access to those who would actually do something of value with it?"

By describing it as I set out at the start of the article without the cloud bollocks. Christ, it ain't hard.

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Re: Perhaps the author wants to stop all scientific research?

FWIW I don't want scientific research to stop. If IBM had described this as I laid out at the start of the article, without the cloud bollocks, it would be all good. Nice one, Big Blue.

Instead it turned into a big kick in the balls.

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Devs claim charger uses 'photosynthesis' power battery charger

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Re: Please stop promoting scams; have some journalistic integrity!

Yeah OK, OK. Point taken. Take a look around the rest of the site - clickbait isn't our thing. Apologies if not every article is shit hot.

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The EU wants you to log into YouTube using your state-issued ID card

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Re: not that I want to spoil the party, but...

"Where are the links to any kind of evidence supporting this story?"

It's from a draft report that was leaked. I've linked to a copy of the dossier from the article.

HTH,

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Cavium snubs MIPS, picks 64-bit ARM for next-gen network SoCs

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Re: Prices

It's hinted at in the roadmap chart: $500 for a top-end 24-core Octeon-TX.

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Apple man found dead at Cupertino HQ, gun discovered nearby

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Re: Rates and news?

"One of them working for apple makes it news?"

Yes, a person suffering an apparently gun wound and dying on Apple HQ is clearly news. It's news. It's stuff people should know about. It's a public company. It's news. if you don't think it's news, don't read the news.

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Microsoft's Windows 10 nagware storms live TV weather forecast

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Re: Small misfire by M$ leads to a Butterfly Effect...?

Trust me, Microsoft reads these forums. They treat these comments seriously.

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Microsoft, Google bury hatchet – surprisingly, not in each other

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"Anyone know why elreg doesn't open the pro-copyright topics (eg the one before this) to comments? Second time it's happened in as many weeks."

Our pro-copyright stories have comment sections. Most stories allow all comments through (unless you're a new poster or on a naughty step). For some authors, we hand moderate comments to stop the forums turning off-topic. If you spot any articles with delayed moderation, that'll be the reason why.

If any articles are published without a comment section, it's 99% an error on our part (someone hit the wrong button) or because of an obvious legal risk.

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Bypass the Windows AppLocker bouncer with a tweet-size command

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"what non-admin would ever need regsvr32"

Make sure it's unavailable, then. Job done.

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Come get your free Opera VPN (and bring along something to read)

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Re: If you bothered to read the blog

"Why try and out a negative spin on everything?"

Just keeping people's expectations realistic.

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SpyEye duo behind bank-account-emptying malware banged up

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Re: Re: Why name the judge?

Judges have to OK plea deals.

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Re: Why name the judge?

What planet are you from?

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Four bugs bait hooks in Asian phishing trip

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Re: So I'm slow and dull this AM, but --

It's in Microsoft's code for parsing RTF files.

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Web backup biz Monster Cloud monstered after monster price hike

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Re: This is quite missleading

"The prices and services quoted here are wrong. Trust the press to not do their research"

Trust a cloud company caught in a fuck-up to lie its way out of a problem. Everything is correct and you are a horrible organization.

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Bug hype haters gonna hate hate hate: Badlock flaw more like Sadlock

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Re: MS Windows ?

The first listed bug – CVE-2016-2118 / CVE-2016-0128 - affects Samba and Windows. It's a protocol design bug.

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Re: Windows?

CVE-2016-2118 / CVE-2016-0128 is the protocol design flaw that affects Samba and Windows.

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Re: Not quite right

Sorry, which bit isn't quite right? I mean, the Samba team wrote: "A man in the middle can intercept any DCERPC traffic between a client and a server in order to impersonate the client."

:-)

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Zuck: You're still using non-Facebook websites ... I'll put an end to that

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Re: Memory Server Error

You may be thinking of Ello.

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You keep using that word – NVMe. Does it mean what I think it means?

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Re: Relative to What?

It depends on the workload. A 12Gbps SAS SSD can have a 1ms-3ms latency.

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ICANN shoots down incoming Cruz missiles

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Re: Misleading

"That sentence is wrong in so many ways."

It's just a summary of a fairly complex system of bureaucracy – I've spelled it out in full.

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Inside Nvidia's Pascal-powered Tesla P100: What's the big deal?

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Re: Charles 9

We'll try to find out - GTC lasts a week. Thing is, Nvidia is only talking about the P100. They refuse to speak (publicly) about future Pascal products.

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What's all this? Welcome to The Register's News Bytes

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Re: Nah....

"stick to articles with substance and information"

It is possible to publish early news quickly and follow it up with more detail later.

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Apple's fruitless rootless security broken by code that fits in a tweet

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Re: Not clear

Holy shit, some of you haven't read the article or understood it. This is about Apple trying to water down root's abilities and limit the damage a process with root privileges can do. You don't need to be root to wipe or siphon off the user's files, but you do need to be root to install a long-term rootkit that the user isn't aware of and cannot get rid of, for instance.

Apple, amid its constant PR campaign to persuade people that it makes super secure software, introduced SIP aka rootless, but it's not perfect and has design flaws. This is what we're pointing out.

The tweet-fitting code demonstrates how easy it is right now to bypass SIP. Fair play to Apple engineers for trying to secure their software. But there's a massive difference between claiming to protect consumers and actually doing it.

Apologies for scrutinizing a multibillion-dollar company with 1bn active devices :-(

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'No regrets' says chap who felled JavaScript's Jenga tower – as devs ask: Have we forgotten how to code?

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Re: Qix-

Actually, I made no comment on the authors of the individual modules. If Sindre wants to churn out and share snippets of code, then more power to him.

You make a good point that micro-dependencies can be unit tested and whathaveyou. But as someone said above, wouldn't it be nice in a standard library, not hundreds of functions masquerading as packages?

Node.js obviously works well on the whole (I didn't say it didn't) but it can't be perfect - last week demonstrated that.

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X-ray scanners, CCTV cams, hefty machinery ... let's play: VNC Roulette!

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Re: Thanks Chris.

I'm writing a few pieces about parallel programming, Intel CPUs, and OpenCompute servers. Maybe they'll be more up your street.

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Calm down, dear: Woman claims sexism in tech journalism

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Re: One thing leads to another...or not

See the first comment.

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Coho CTO on Pure's FlashBlade: Oh-ho, that's a no-go no-no

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Re: Is this a joke?

"I know the Register is the NY Post of the tech world"

God, I'm putting that on my resume.

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Don't – don't – install iOS 9.3 on your iPad 2: Upgrade bricks slabs

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Apple has probably fixed its activation servers. We're working on a followup.

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What was all that about a scary iMessage flaw? Your three-minute guide

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Re: David Knapman

"In the usual cast of characters, Eve is usually a passive eavesdropper. For someone who takes active steps to modify the message, you'd usually be looking for Mallory."

Yeah, well, Eve's stepped up her game.

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Microsoft files patent for 'PhonePad', hints at future Windows plans

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Re: Linky

Thanks - I've added it to the article.

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Hands on with the BBC's Micro:Bit computer. You know, for kids

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Re: Who wrote this rubbish?

Apologies for the mistakes. We strive for accuracy and in this case, failed. All the problems (15 years v 35 years, 6502 v ARM, kb v KB, 265 v 256, the Atom photo, AA v AAA batteries, etc) should be fixed by now.

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Apple mulled gobbling its Brit GPU designers – but didn't like the taste

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Re: allthecoolshortnamesweretaken

"why would Apple want to buy Imagination Technologies?"

Same reason it bought PA Semi: bring boffins in-house.

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PC World's cloudy backup failed when exposed to ransomware

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Re: Starved of information: 3 things never learned from Randomware tech articles...

1. It really depends on the malware. Some appear as normal processes and can be killed, some block the Task Manager from opening.

2. You can probably detect the activity using tools or just noticing some slowdown, but most users don't sit at their desks watching Sysinternals utilities all the time.

3. You may be able to trick malware by saving files without an extension but that's going to be a really annoying workaround: users may think they're saving without an .ext but really, the file has an extension and Windows is just hiding and thus you've not really achieved anything; or all your files will be truly extension-less and unrecognized by applications.

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Don't take this the wrong way, Pure Storage – are you the next NetApp?

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Re: What % of El Reg readers actually read this 'StorageBod' type stuff?

"What’s with the onslaught of Storage articles on the reg...???"

We've been covering storage for years and years. It's a big deal in IT. Reading them is not mandatory.

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Pure swats away EMC patent punch, mulls $14m verdict appeal

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Re: would be nice

"to have an english translation"

I think part of the problem is that these are deliberately written to obfuscate or overcomplicate designs. A good number of patents boil down to nothing. But we'll take a look.

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Hand in hand, TSMC, ARM head to 7nm server chip land

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Re: Key Stage 2

I either write too technical or too simple, judging from comments. With millions of readers, it is impossible to please everyone. If you know how transistors work, you don't need my article :-)

If you're skimming El Reg for news and can't remember or don't know how semiconductors work, I hope this has helped.

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Nutanix: Yo, we heard you liked convergence, so we converged files in your hyper-converge kit

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Re: SMB without AD - Any Ideas of the use case?

So it turns out AFS has AD integration.

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Re: Re: SMB without AD - Any Ideas of the use case?

From the Nutanix blog post:

"Integrated with Active Directory, AFS will add several more features focused on users and applications in the next release."

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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Ironic: CCTV systems slide open a backdoor into your biz network

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Re: Open Internet

There's an awful lot of fuckwits on this planet, then.

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Linux fans may be in for disappointment with SQL Server 2016 port

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Re: linicks

How about "caused a bit of a stir" instead?

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Microsoft has crafted a switch OS on Debian Linux. Repeat, a switch OS on Debian Linux

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Re: Lazy and inaccurate journalism again

I think calling this just a bunch of tools is not telling the full story: it's a collection of components – userspace and kernelspace – that when combined forms a switch OS.

It's more than just a toolkit: when it's all built, you'll have an operating system that manages a switch. It doesn't matter what Microsoft calls it.

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Hardware – yes, hardware – is driving Hewlett Packard Enterprise's top line

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Re: Company splits in half at the end of last year....

"oh wait what am I saying...."

A load of crap - see the other comment.

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