* Posts by Jim Mitchell

64 posts • joined 31 Jan 2012

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Why your gigabit broadband lags like hell – blame Intel's chipset

Jim Mitchell
FAIL

This implies that Intel did no testing, the hardware manufacturers did no testing, and the ISPs who provided these boxes to their customers did no testing.

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Netflix and spill: Web vid giant kills password masking in tests

Jim Mitchell

Re: As bad as Amazon video on my TV

@Pat Harkin

Some modern TVs let you plug-in and use a regular USB keyboard.

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Forget razors and blades, APIs are the new gotcha

Jim Mitchell

Re: Not just API charging

Assembling your website at view time has become the default. I run noscript, and it makes apparent how horrifying the modern web has become. Fortunately, many sites achieve good functionality even if you limit the 3rd/4th/5th/Nth parties. Those that don't, don't get my traffic.

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A cardboard desk? I won’t stand for it (actually I will)

Jim Mitchell

Re: All that and more for $0 to $25

You get a better surface with a door blank. Good size for a desk as well, you would probably have to cut down the full size OSB. Our desk is a door blank, some angle iron under it, all across two short filing cabinets.

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British firm to build world's first offshore automated ship

Jim Mitchell

Re: container stowage logistics

@ Ole Juul

"complicity" doesn't mean what they think it means.

http://www.dictionary.com/browse/complicity

1.

the state of being an accomplice; partnership or involvement in wrongdoing:

complicity in a crime.

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Build your own IMSI slurping, phone-stalking Stingray-lite box – using bog-standard Wi-Fi

Jim Mitchell

Re: Don't want to be tracked?

The problem here is that a phone that is off is not very useful.

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Ubuntu Core Snaps door shut on Linux's new Dirty COWs

Jim Mitchell

Re: Fifty shades of roan

That cow seems rather clean for an article about "Dirty COW".

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Hypersonic cruise missile scores US$175m DARPA cash

Jim Mitchell

Re: You mean, since they decomissioned the AIM-54C?

@Falanx

Wikipedia has a section on the combat usage of the Phoenix. Does not look like a success to me. It also was not very long range, only 190KM.

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Linux 4.9rc3 is upon us

Jim Mitchell

Re: Today in Linux

My understanding is that the constantly in flux kernel interface is deliberate, to "incentivize" vendors to have their driver maintained by the linux kernel team. If you don't submit, then your customers suffer.

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Getting your tongue around foreign tech-talk is easier than you think

Jim Mitchell

Re: Cul de sac

@chivo243

"cul de sac" is used "in the states" to refer to dead ends that broaden out into a circular shape (bag-like, perhaps...). I spent some formative years living on one, and it wasn't a "classy upscale gated" suburb, but was a suburb. It takes room for this kind of application, so you're not going to find it urban areas where space is at a premium.

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Como–D'oh! Infosec duo exploits OCR flaw to nab a website's HTTPS cert

Jim Mitchell
FAIL

"Instead, that data is displayed as text in an image that can be easily read by a person but not pulled by bot."

Seems the fail is partially at the WHOIS service end, in using a font that is ambiguous.

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10x faster servers? Pop a CAPI in your dome

Jim Mitchell
WTF?

Re: POWER only

You'll note that AMD is a founding member of the OpenCAP Consortium. If CAPI was staying POWER specific, then why would they be involved?

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WD gives My Passport spinning rust drives a lick of paint

Jim Mitchell

Re: These drives should be banned..

Perhaps they have sensors to detect falling over and/or down?

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Linus Torvalds admits 'buggy crap' made it into Linux 4.8

Jim Mitchell

Re: There is lots of BUG_ON() all over the place

@Apprentice of Tokenism

The issue here is that the BUG_ON was apparently used for debugging. Linus thinks the machine could have continued operation. This should have been a warning message, not a "pull the plug" scenario.

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Dirty diesel backups will make Hinkley Point C look like a bargain

Jim Mitchell
Coat

Re: IT angle

That is even scarier! Are not half the stories on El Reg about how data center backup generators temp to fail at the wrong time?

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Crusty Cat 5e/6 cables just magically sped up to 2.5 Gbps and 5 Gbps

Jim Mitchell

Personally, I find it hard to keep track of all the possible verb tenses. What are there? 12?

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The web is past peak innovation: It's all negative returns from here

Jim Mitchell

Re: Wuh?

I found that this article was poorly designed.

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That's cold: This is how our boss told us our jobs are at risk, staffers claim

Jim Mitchell

Re: Many do this

Must have been even more exciting if you were red-green color blind!

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Ubuntu tees up OpenStack on IBM's iron

Jim Mitchell

Re: Linux with IBM ?

AIX's goal is forward compatibility, which it has mostly achieved in my experience.

On the zSeries front, the platform has mostly grown by accretion, so lots of old program code will still function, with minimal porting work.

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US Congress blew the whistle on tax-dodging Apple, claims Europe

Jim Mitchell

Re: If the USA...

Any foreign tax paid is deducted from US tax paid. So as long as the US rate is > the foreign rate, the actual US rate is irrelevant. Apple pays no US tax on foreign earnings until those earning are brought back to the US as profits. With this Irish tax configuration, it pays no foreign taxes, either. Best of both worlds!

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A plumber with a blowtorch is the enemy of the data centre

Jim Mitchell

Re: Cable woes...

Well, doing a Power On Reset (POR) is basically a reboot. Can take some time to come back up, though. Some models even have a nice big reset button on the front! It is just labeled "Emergency Power Off" (EPO) instead.

These days, you IPL individual partitions (LPARs).

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Jim Mitchell

Re: Building Codes

@Anonymous Coward:

What jurisdiction is this?

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Dell's new story: Goldilocks and the three virtual infrastructures

Jim Mitchell

Re: From the usual (high) standard of stock photos used

I wonder who selects the photos? That must be an interesting job...

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Snakes on the phone!

Jim Mitchell
Unhappy

Re: Snake on a phone?

Yeah, I thought this was going to be about the game, which my pre-smart-phone-era phone had. I feel misled.

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Classic Shell, Audacity downloads infected with retro MBR nuke nasty

Jim Mitchell
Flame

Re: Also, a change to the MBR is 'before' any OS is loaded

@ Pascal Monett

Even without AV, the OS should block this. Windows UAC will query for writes to system files, but I can blow away the MBR without any question? On a related note, I was surprised when the BIOS update program from the manufacturer ran fine without Windows asking for user approval of any kind.

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Jim Mitchell

Re: More reason to use Linux

@ yossarianuk

"Can Microsoft really put GPL applications in their 'windows store' without breaking the GPL ?"

Why not? They just need to make the source available with the download.

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Australia to spend a billion bucks and seven years on SAP project

Jim Mitchell
WTF?

Re: Oh dear, a system to change the *whole* business will be done as just a S/W change out.

re: 'WTF is a "204" database anyway?"

The google-fu is weak in this one...first google result:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Model_204

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Flame Canada, flame Canada ... Botched govt payroll computers spew smoke ahead of probe

Jim Mitchell
WTF?

"department managers were allowed to view information, including names"

I'm not sure that being able to see the names of employees in other departments is a security issue.

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Failing projects pray blockchain works as 'magic middleware'

Jim Mitchell

Re: how and where

"Having created a basic "private" blockchain, then marvel as - after some time - you run out of currency."

This is a feature of bitcoin, not the blockchain itself. Corporate use of blockchain is not going to be for currency, but making transactions verifiable and non-refutable. As noted, "private" blockchains do not make sense.

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Apple, Amazon and Google are screwing us, warns Elizabeth Warren

Jim Mitchell

Re: Surely she could have come up with a better example for Apple

Today's news:

http://www.recode.net/2016/6/30/12067578/spotify-apple-app-store-rejection

So Spotify is saying this exact thing, that Apple is placing restrictions on competing music streaming services.

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AWS blames 'latent bug' for prolonging Sydney EC2 outage

Jim Mitchell

Re: that spinning flywheel...

The article seems to gloss over this, but backfeeding power into the utility grid is going to make people very upset. And possibly dead. If your disconnect/transfer switch device is known to be problematic, why was it allowed to be installed in the first place?

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Dell finds liquid cooling tech on eBay, now wants you to buy it

Jim Mitchell

Re: Water cooled rack doors

@ Lee D

You can get silicon car radiator hoses, that should last longer than the commonly used rubber hoses. The environment in a vehicle engine compartment is also, hopefully, much harsher than a data center.

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Windows 10 zero day selling for $90,000

Jim Mitchell

Re: Richest company in the world

Microsoft has a bug bounty program:

https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn425036.aspx

max payout is $100,000 (US dollars). $100,000 is greater than $90,000, yes, but you can only get it once, then MS fixes the hole (probably). If you "sell" the bug on the black market, you can sell if multiple times.

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Michael Dell bought his PC biz for a bargain, must get checkbook out for stiffed shareholders

Jim Mitchell

Re: Value of shares

The problem with that view, is that without the "speculation" creating a secondary market for "used" shares, then who would do the initial investment? A car analogy: what would the new car market be like if selling your car was impossible?

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Aereo TV boss is back ... pitching gigabit internet and a $350 Wi-Fi router

Jim Mitchell
Alert

Re: OK Investors, we are looking for a payday!!!!

Just where are you and the TV transmission tower located so that airplanes are a regular issue? For most of the country, this would mean that the airplane just crashed.

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Would you like fraud with that? Burger chain giant Wendy's 'hacked'

Jim Mitchell
FAIL

In God we trust. All others pay in cash.

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FTC zaps more scammer loopholes with ban on wire transfers, cash cards

Jim Mitchell

Re: Yeah, that'll work

As we all know, no rule or law on the books, by itself, prevents anything at all. Rules and laws show what society has agreed what is OK behavior, and a consequence for such behavior.

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AMD sued: Number of Bulldozer cores in its chips is a lie, allegedly

Jim Mitchell

Re: It's hard to see how this can succeed

Regarding point 6, these AMD "cores" share a lot more than just the FP unit.

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Jim Mitchell

Re: A bit of a Dickey move

As far as I know, Intel does not sell hyperthreading as more cores.

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Got an Apple Mac, iThing? Update it right now – there's a shedload of security holes fixed

Jim Mitchell
Facepalm

@ AC

Did you click on the "ACME Splaffer" link? I think it is fully in line with the Register mindset.

http://www.gotati.com/splaffer.html

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David Jones follows Kmart into 'we've been attacked' hell

Jim Mitchell

Re: @dan1980

This isn't a "WebSphere Cloud". They are probably client owned and operated servers running WebSphere. WebSphere is "middleware', not an application in and of itself.

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Bezos battery-box bomb beef brouhaha begins as UK watchdog hauls Amazon to court

Jim Mitchell

Re: Coincidentally...

Lithium ion batteries in their device are safer than those that are loose, as the terminals are not going to get shorted accidentally.

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Microsoft will explain only 'significant' Windows 10 updates

Jim Mitchell

Re: Under UK law

@ Zippy's Sausage Factory

US contracts frequently have a clause stating that if any clause is found to be "illegal"/whatever, the rest of the contract is still valid.

https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl#q=severability+clause

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Gigabit Google? We're getting ready for 10 gigabits says Verizon

Jim Mitchell

Re: But here's the kicker

@bjr A household could have multiple computers and multiple users.

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US State of Georgia sues 'terrorist' for publishing its own laws ... on the internet

Jim Mitchell

Re: Major change needed

Ah, but building codes in the US are NOT usually created by the government directly. They are developed by third parties and are the government just says that they must be adhered to. Essentially, "incorporated by reference". It is an interesting situation.

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NIST in suspected 'meth lab' blast: US Congress is demanding answers

Jim Mitchell
Boffin

Re: lamar looks up

Hmm, "permit to own"? I see a niche for a business that *leases* out laboratory glassware. Legal ownership and the permit remain with the company, as required.

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You care about TIN? Why the Open Compute Project is irrelevant

Jim Mitchell
Go

Re: Quality does not seem to be a metric of consideration.

And even if you buy the spiffiest, most reliable equipment, at cloud scale hardware will still have fails. So you need the software HA anyways. Once you have that, why spend the $$$ on the high end gear?

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Linux Foundation serves up a tasty dish of BUGS

Jim Mitchell

Re: Is it CSV

Click the "raw" button.

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Chips can kill: Official

Jim Mitchell
Boffin

Re: What about that 'High Fructose Corn Syrup' then?

The problem with rice is that has been recently found to concentrate things like arsenic. Yum!

http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/magazine/2015/01/how-much-arsenic-is-in-your-rice/index.htm

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BRAIN STORM: Nine mislaid cerebra found near railway line in New York

Jim Mitchell
FAIL

This is Governeur, NY. Not New York City.

The article makes it easy to not see that this is upstate New York. Closer to Canada than New York City.

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