* Posts by diodesign

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iPhones clock-blocked and crocked by setting date to Jan 1, 1970

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Wonderful way to prank someone or an Apple store, I guess. You can also troll people into doing it...

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Amazon launches Lumberyard beta, a free gaming engine, but there is a catch

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Re: Steve Davies 3

Hi Steve,

We did see the tip, thanks - we get hundreds each day, sorry we haven't replied to yours yet. It's appreciated, though.

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Microsoft researchers smash homomorphic encryption speed barrier

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Re: Re: What on earth is this article on about?

Apologies the second half wasn't clear enough - I've tidied it up. Basically, the neural network demonstrates that work can be done to encrypted data without knowing the decryption key. So you can pass encrypted scans of your handwriting to the AI, it recognizes your writing and converts it to text and sends it back encrypted, all without having to decrypt the data to analyze it.

And quickly.

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Picking apart the circuits in the ARM1 – the ancestor of your smartphone's brain

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Re: No mention that the original design files were found and are visualised on the web!

The visualization effort is linked to in the very first sentence of the article :-(

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Microsoft crams more tools into its Azure-in-a-box technical preview

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Re: LateAgain

No. Me.

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That's cute, Germany – China shows the world how fusion is done

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Re: RIBrsiq

I've tweaked the article. Please, in future, email corrections@theregister.co.uk if you spot anything wrong. If you'd done so, this article could have been fixed 14 hours ago.

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The Mad Men's monster is losing the botnet fight: Fewer humans are seeing web ads

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Re: Reputable sites

"Please put your own house in order!"

You must be mistaking us for someone else - or your AV was throwing a false positive.

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Did you know ... Stephen Fry has founded a tech startup?

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Re: Re: Ignoring the Beam in One's Own Eye

We can't fully SSL until the ad networks SSL.

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Why does herbal cough syrup work so well? It may be full of morphine

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Re: They may wish to reword and correct the notice...

Link's fixed. Can you please drop corrections@theregister.co.uk an email if you spot anything broken or wrong, so we can fix it ASAP.

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It's 2016 and idiots still use '123456' as their password

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Re: Errrr

Yeah, we linked to the wrong page - it's been fixed. Don't forget to email corrections@theregister.co.uk if you spot anything wrong.

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Att: Windows Phone owners: Win 10 Mobile has been spotted and it wants your phone

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Re: Spreading more FUD, little truth in it

"more silly Windows 10 knocking to fit the current Reg agenda"

No agenda - just saying what we see. Win10 looks all right, has some decent security stuff in it (which we've written about), etc, but we can't ignore things that Microsoft gets wrong.

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No escape: Microsoft injects 'Get Windows 10' nagware into biz PCs

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Re: New Group Policy option to disable upgrades

The link to the instructions is already in the story.

Did anyone read the article?

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Re: Geoffrey W

"The article is not entirely accurate"

This article is extremely accurate: the instructions you mention are linked to in the article, and we've reported on them before.

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Somethings Wrong at El Reg

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Re: GNU

Given this site, its servers, its tech staff, and quite a few of its journalists rely daily if not hourly on GNU software, the suggestion we're anti-GNU is way off the mark.

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Re: Somethings Wrong at El Reg

Cool story, bro.

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Amazon drafts blueprints for its own home router, IoT gateway ARM chips

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Re: ARM-compatible... missleading

You're reading into it too much. I use the term ARM-compatible deliberately because ARM did not design this chip - just the core. The SoC is ARM-compatible, but not ARM-designed.

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Confirmed: How to stop Windows 10 forcing itself onto PCs – your essential guide

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Re: Ahh! Registry hacking! Of course.

"it's for geeks only, you have to use the CLI for everything"

Not around here. We don't need a mouse to delete our files.

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Re: Score one for my pet theory...

"El Reg might think that adding registry keys is neither "impossible nor particularly scary" but it's not exactly, um, something that the average user would care to do, is it?"

We're not writing for average users. ZDNet and Gizmodo are that way ------>

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Hacking The Register

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Re: Hacking The Register

"Will I get sued if I publish this info on-line?"

This is my personal 2p. This is not a Register corporate final say. If you're making legit HTTP requests like any other browser, and rendering the HTML/CSS in your own way, you're no different to any other browser.

Attempts to circumvent security or other protection mechanisms in the website wouldn't be very nice; we'd take a dim view of that. But if you're fetching and submitting stuff via vanilla HTTP, and rendering it in your own way, then how are you any different to the huge range of bots and user agents that hit us every day? Even if 1,000, or 5,000, or 10,000 people used your tool a day, it wouldn't be noticeable.

Having said that: your tool sounds like it's ditching adverts. Don't forget that we are entirely independent and advertising funded. We're not backed by a magazine giant, nor a VC consortium, pulling the puppet strings on our output. Some ads piss people off; we try our best to not let that happen. Our ad ops guys are superb at responding to complaints about ads.

My rent, the food I eat, the vacations I take with my wife, are paid through advertising. Same goes for everyone contributing. Give that at least a little thought as you browse the site through a text terminal. It's not about the numbers - some people use ad-blockers and that's just the way it goes - it's the principle I'm talking about.

Thanks for reading.

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OH KNOWES! I'VE BEEN ACNE SPLATTERED!!!!1!11!one!!!1

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Re: OH KNOWES! I'VE BEEN ACNE SPLATTERED!!!!1!11!one!!!1

Jake, which comment are you talking about? 500 thumbs down would be a new record.

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Your boss yells 'build a secure IoT gadget' and you don't know where to start. Take a look at this

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Re: Designing secure Internet-of-Things

"How about running the core OS on read-only memory"

Then you're completely screwed when you need to patch a security bug in your OS. The whole point of this root-of-trust thing is to be able to install trusted updates. And there will be bugs.

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Oops. Silent Circle let apps meddle with Blackphone's modem

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Re: Re: Errrr....

One other thing to mention: ARM and Thumb are fixed width instruction sets – instructions are either 2 or 4 bytes wide. X86 is all over the place: instructions can be various widths.

This is why xor eax, eax is so attractive to tight assembly code, because it's just two bytes (0x31C0), rather than than mov eax, 0 which is five bytes (0xB800000000). You save 3 bytes with the exclusive-OR. And you avoid using NULL bytes, which is handy if you're trying to inject code into another program's buffer...

On ARM, it doesn't really matter: the instructions are the same length anyway.

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"But doesn't arm have a zero register"

Only 64-bit ARMv8 does (just like MIPS). MOV.W is an ARM Thumb-2 instruction, and Thumb-2 does not have a zero register. You can do the same as xor %eax, %eax in ARM:

EOR r8, r8

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The Register's entirely serious New Year's resolutions for 2016

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Re: we plan to be a big part of the prosperity

"It's as if you were going to sell out."

I don't wake up in the morning to write and edit boring articles. There is scandal, death, cockups, lies, and firings every step of the way in technology - that's what we want to uncover. The Reg started out as the Private Eye of IT and that's what we're gonna be.

It means more stuff like this, this and this, among loads of other original writing, and less stuff like this and this.

Of course, we're still going to have fun with headlines, and of course, we're still going to stand up to corporate goliaths and governments.

PS: no, we're not doing video reports (TTBOMK) because most of us have faces for radio, as they say.

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Password-less database 'open-sources' 191m US voter records on the web

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Re: Has anyone besides the guy himself seen the proof?

Databreaches.net has seen the database too, it seems. We'll chase up the guy.

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Re: What's the concern?

I can see why some people would be annoyed by this database configuration (it may override your state's privacy hurdles). I can see why some people wouldn't be. It's something to debate.

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Merry Christmas everyone at EL Reg

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Re: Merry Christmas everyone at EL Reg

Thanks - and merry Christmas to you, too, and everyone else reading :-)

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Have we lost Dabbsy this week

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Dabbs will return in 2016.

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Forum link

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Re: Forum link

It's definitely there, mate. Here's the discussion.

Merry Christmas.

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SpaceX starts nine-day countdown to first flight of the new Falcon

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It's been fixed. Don't forget to email corrections@thereg if you spot any errors. We don't have time to read every comment, so any problems raised here may not be seen, and thus the error will go uncorrected. Which no one wants.

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Free HTTPS certs for all – Let's Encrypt opens doors to world+dog

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Re: So...

Yes, it would be nice if {accounts|forum}.theregister.co.uk were TLS'd. Thing is, the cookie is carried over to the www site too, it appears. Our techies are working are hard as they can.

As for the ad networks – we use a mix of them. Not all of them do HTTPS.

Believe me, we do want to get encrypted.

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Re: So...

Adverts. Our media server is HTTPS'd. When our ad networks become HTTPS-friendly, so will the rest of the site. Otherwise our pages will have mixed content and that's no good.

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BlackBerry axes BBM Meetings a year after launching it

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Re: Best subhead ever

Should be no surprise that the UK office is having its Xmas party today ;-)

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(BTW the subhead was "Subhead".)

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VW's Audi suspends two engineers in air pollution cheatware probe

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Re: anonymous coward

I've added a note to say the German watchdog doesn't have a problem with the German-designed V6 engine. Simple.

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Meet ARM1, grandfather of today's mobe, tablet CPUs – watch it crunch code live in a browser

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Re: Layout Vs Schematic

~~ My chip articles bring the pedants to the yard. And they're like, our knowledge is better than yours. We can teach you but we have to charge. ~~

It's fixed, ta. Once upon a time I used VLSI design software to layout gates and doping regions and cells and metallization layers and, arrgh, I thought I'd erased all that from my mind.

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Re: anonymous

Just post here.

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Re: PleebSmasher

Don't let me stop you -- off you go, then.

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Why Microsoft yanked its latest Windows 10 update download: It hijacked privacy settings

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Re: BITLOCKER ISSUE

Nope - chasing MSFT about that, but it's Thanksgiving this week so few people around.

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Re: people's unique advertising ID numbers

It's an ID number unique to you, the user, out of all Windows 10 users. It allows apps to track, identify and analyze you based on your behavior online and on your desktop.

Do. Not. Want.

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Ex-IT staff claim Disney fired them then gave their jobs H1-B peeps

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Re: Anonymous coward

No, perhaps you're thinking of other complaints from non-IT staff earlier this year?

The IT bods were let go in January, complaints are being filed to the commission, the deadline is almost up, and then we wait to see what happens.

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Superfish 2.0 worsens: Dell's dodgy security certificate is an unkillable zombie

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Re: re-installed from one of the other Dell services that starts up?

See the update to the story – it's reinstalled by a telemetry .dll from Dell. Delete that .DLL and the root CA cert should stay away when you next remove it.

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Superfish 2.0: Dell ships laptops, PCs with huge internet security hole

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Re: Re: anonymous

We outright deleted it from the office Inspiron 15 laptop, and it didn't come back... oh wait, it has. Fuck. Me.

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Re: anonymous

Does it come back on the next reboot – something installing it during boot a la Lenovo?

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Where's Worstall/Weekend Edition?

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Re: Very quiet

The Weekend Edition had a good fun run, it must be said. Nothing like a little downtime at the end of the week to cover non-IT stuff.

Having said that, we've rejigged our output to better focus on the weekdays, essentially pouring as much of our energy into what we do during the week when most people are looking at the site.

Dabbs, On-Call etc that used to appear on Saturdays and Sundays now appear on Friday before everyone fscks off to the pub/family/suburbia/mountain-top-HQ. Doctor Who review appears after its airing on Saturday evening BBC TV.

Of course, if anything big happens over the weekend - devastating earthquake in Silicon Valley, Facebook hacked, etc - we'll be here to cover it.

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Who's moderating Andrew Orlowski's latest

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Re: Who's moderating Andrew Orlowski's latest

We woz busy. We try to clear the queue at the very least once every half hour - sometimes there's just loads of other things to do.

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Where's Dabbsy gone this weekend?

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Re: Where's Dabbsy gone this weekend?

Dabbsy is published on Fridays now. Latest one here. It's in the top stories on the front page :-)

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Obscure Chinese web servers at the end of your connections? It's legit, and growing

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Re: anonymous coward

"What would a web server be doing in my logs?"

Think outbound firewall logs.

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Intel Xeon chip ban? Pfeh. China triples top 500 supercomputer tally

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Re: That last paragraph kind of sinks the rest of the article

Ah - ok, I see what you're saying. I'll add some more context. By 2018, the US will have all the top spots. That's what's meant by China catching a break during the upgrade cycle – there's a lull as America builds its next-gen machines, and before they come up, China's picking away at the weaklings lower down the table.

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Here are the graphics processors cloud giants will use to crunch your voices, videos and data

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Re: Re: Who the hell uses PCI anymore?

PCIe.

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CSC, NetCracker IT staff worked on US military telecoms 'without govt security clearance'

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Re: Re: So which is is?

We fucked up: It's been fixed.

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