* Posts by Will Godfrey

2604 posts • joined 8 Sep 2007

Microsoft will explain only 'significant' Windows 10 updates

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If the CIO is that thick, you should have seen it long ago and made your exit plans. In fact by now you should have been long gone.

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Second Ashley Madison dump prompts more inside-job speculation

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In spite of years of warnings, and multiple high profile break-ins it seems much of the industry still makes no serious attempt to separate internal structures from Internet facing ones, so why should I believe this bunch of scammers are any better?

I won't be the least surprised if when the law suits look anywhere near arriving at the courts, it will be found that there is no money in the company and amazingly it never made a profit.

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Get whimsical and win a Western Digital Black 6TB hard drive

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No.

I'm not eating that. The last one tasted horrible!

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Want security? Next-gen startups show how old practices don't cut it

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Interesting ideas, but I would be cautious about automated isolation. I would think a particularly nasty competitor attacker could, with very little effort get you to shut your own business down if they realised what you had.

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Microsoft sues InterDigital for 'monopoly power' over mobile patents

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Pot? Kettle?

All of which just goes to underline the utter lunacy of the entire system.

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Gas giant cores actually built from shedloads of gravel

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{cough}

... and you'll go miles out of your way to prove it.

(mine's a pint)

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Wow!

The ultimate multi-core!

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New study into lack of women in Tech: It's NOT the men's fault

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Re: math is over rated

Reminds me of my father saying that the true function of school was to teach you how to learn.

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Re: "maths is hard" says Barbie

It's not so much that maths is hard, more a case that thinking is hard.

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Apple: Samsung ripped off our phone patent! USPTO: What patent?

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Pah!

The entire concept was predicted by E.M.Forster on the first page of "The Machine Stops"

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'I don't recognise Amazon as a bullying workplace' says Bezos

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To quote a famous lady

"He would say that, wouldn't he?"

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China shutters 50 websites for spreading explosion 'rumours'

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Re: Anybody know what the rumors were?

Which sadly, is far more believeable - consideing the devistation in the pictures we've seen.

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Boss hands dunce's cap to chap who turned off disk monitor

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Network is down

Well RS485, so just about describable as a very slow network. but, hey, it's been there since the dawn of PCs, and runs reliably 24/7. System directs plastic granules from silos to extrusion machines, controlled by an ancient computer. Remotes are just dumb relay drivers. No such luxury as remote login, so yours truly had to drive there in the middle of the night. By the time I got there the factory flour was covered in plastic granules - lethal! The operators had eventually managed a sort of shutdown and closed off all the silos manually.

Computer simply said "network failure". I went to unplug it from the computer to do a basic continuity check and immediately realised it was plugged into the wrong D9 socket. Put it back (into the shiny clean one) and everything sprang into life. Apparently one of their guys had decided to 'tidy' up the wiring. Everything just continued to obey the last command it had received, so it was a while before, one at a time the machines over-filled.

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You gotta be in it to win it: The Register presents its official Programming Competition

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Re: Carrot too small

Thanks for that. Good point.

It might fit very nicely in my not particularly good front room.

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@asdf

For shits and giggles do it in pygame

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Carrot too small

Would any really smart programmer actually want a 'smart' TV?

I might have been slightly interested if the competition itself was a single interesting challenge you could really get your teeth into.

P.S. and I say that as a not particularly good programmer.

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Verisign sues Google's new love-interest .XYZ for a second time

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Soon...

Some brown envelopes will change hands. A couple of Verisign execs will resign 'for family reasons'. Later they will quietly appear on the ICAAN board. ICAAN will decided that .com is so important that all alternative TLDs have to go through a more detailed (slower and expensive) examination process

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BOFH: Why, I LOVE work courses. Please tell me more, o wise one!

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Re: Leadership

Scenario: 'communications' meeting.

"Tim, {pseudo-boss} didn't you once suggest we could move Joe's {real boss} office... No, that'd never work".

Later, Tim has gone and Joe is permanently fixed where he was - nicely out of sight of the worker bees.

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Re: Well..

Be brave! We're all here for you.

Highly relieved that we are not there!

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Skills crisis? Not for long: More and more UK kids gain STEM quals

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Re: i got your skills right here

Indeed. These days a 'house basher' earns far more than a multi-skilled electronic service engineer.

For multi skilled read:

Mechanical, Hydrolics, Pnumatics, Electrical, Electronic, Programming, Panel design/fitting.

Oh, and obsolescence upgrades on all of the above.

P.S.... and we need it running in 2 hours.

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Budget UHD TVs arrive – but were the 4Kasts worth listening to?

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Look on the bright side

With the better resolution and colour depth you'll be able to tell exactly what type of turd it is.

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Intel workforce diversity report throws up a bunch of 'unknowns'

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Re: Natural selection...

I can assure you there is no shortage of thick white men in the area I live. Also, all the corner shops that thrive are run/owned by brown skinned people.

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It's not just antivirus downloads that have export control screening

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Re: Reminds me of the No-Fly list first iteration

Just for a laugh a friend looked up my name on line. There are a lot of us about, several in the same age range and with exactly the same initials.

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ZUCK OFF: Facebook nixes internship after student embarrasses firm

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He learned an important lesson

Corporations only care about their image.

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Monster Scalextric Formula 1 circuit to go under the hammer

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Re: It's flat!!!

Well it can't be completely flat. It's a (highly) modified figure of eight.

P.S.

It's also proof that growing old doesn't require growing up!

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Want Edward Snowden pardoned? You're in the minority, say pollsters

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Interesting

I suspect 'Morning Consult' has a dog in this race - having had a brief look at their on-line profile.

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It's 2015, and someone can pwn Windows PCs by inserting a USB stick

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Furthermore

I might give a sigh of relief when some other OS get's attacked, but I'd never gloat. It's not the lump of hardware that suffers, or even the vendors. It's the ordinary people who have no way of defending themselves.

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Ten years after the sellout, Black Hat is solidly corporate and that’s fine

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Thanks for this report. There's no chance of me ever attending either of these, but DEF CON would be the one I'd most like to to see - even though much of it would fly over my head at about 10,000 feet!

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IoT security is RUBBISH says IoT vendor collective

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Bug Fixing

Theory: Company puts long term procedures in place.

Practice: Directors wind up company as soon as profits dip, and start a new (strangely similar) one.

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Random numbers aren't, says infosec boffin

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Talking of shuffles, I saw one that specifically blocked moving an item back into the place it had just come from. The programmer couldn't understand that that is a perfectly valid random operation.

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Google's new parent Alphabet owns abc.xyz – and, yup, there's already an abc.wtf

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Meh

Title and icon say it all.

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Pi-eyed: Microsoft ships slimmed-down Windows 10 IoT Core for gizmos

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Re: Why? Just why?

Wacky Windows World

Arrogant Apple Arena

Lovely Linux Land

Thought I'd add a little 'bloat' to your comment

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US govt: Any thoughts on ICANN running the internet? Any at all? Speak your brains NOW

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A better idea

Let the Nigerians run it. They couldn't be any more corrupt.

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Cloud computing’s refuseniks: How long can they hold out?

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Re: The truth is...

Where's the independent survey you found that revealed such 'facts'.

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Power Bar: EE was warned of safety risk BEFORE user was burned in explosion

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Safety?

They've heard of it... possibly.

How is it that a faulty lead can cause the battery to go into fire-mode? Is it not extremely well known that such batteries can supply a massive current into a short circuit? Do these people not know of the special sacrificial device called a fuse?

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BOFH: Knitting bobble hats on the steps of the guillotine

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Wadyamean?

It was time to hit the pub 3 hours ag...

Oh!

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PALE BACKSIDE of lovely Luna flits past in imagery from 1 MILLION miles out

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Re: Dark side of the moon

"There is no dark side of the moon..."

"Matter of fact, it's all dark"

Wow! seconds apart!

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Secret US-Pacific trade pact leak exposes power of the copyright lobby

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Bugrit

This whole scenario makes me really angry.

And I was just getting ready to wind down for bedtime

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Wait, what? TrueCrypt 'decrypted' by FBI to nail doc-stealing sysadmin

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Re: @Credas

I prefer things that look like words but actually aren't. Such as:

Corependiciously brogomatic munkphoriusness

No, I don't use that one - shame it's quite memorable!

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Re: An alternative option..

Exactly what I've been thinking ever since the sudden 'Do Not Use' warning.

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Windows 10 Start menu replacements shifting like hot cakes

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Re: Windows 8 isn't a good comparison

No, it's you that's wrong.

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Hacklands introducing geeks to something called 'outdoors'

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Beat me to it.

I was going to say my coding sessions are always intense.

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Global spy system ECHELON confirmed at last – by leaked Snowden files

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Fascinating and chilling article.

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NASA: 'Closest thing yet to ANOTHER EARTH' - FOUND

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Re: This is far outside Known Space!

Nah, all you need is a 'General Products' hull.

P.S.

Having Teela Brown on board might be helpful.

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Hark, the Hacking Team angels sing, it’s not us who’ve actually sinned

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Re: Not just Lucipher

The Angel of Addington (kent) is not bad either, and does some nice grub.

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Mega Winge

We need a new ElReg unit of childish winge-ness when people are caught with their fingers in the cookie jar. Only with this lot, whatever unit you chose would be right off the scale.

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Beaten blokes HATE the women who frag them in online games

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Normal behavour

but...

"Done on a computer"

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WIPO whistleblowers beg UN for protection as probe into possible corruption starts

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Going down

All these scandals tend to remind me that many past civilisations were destroyed by internal corruption. Seems we're well on the way.

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Americans find fantastic new use for drones – interfering with firefighting

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Re: bird strike

Birds have more sense than to fly over forest fires.

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Oi, Europe: join in the sharing economy fun, yells Gov.uk

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Re: I'm a little troubled by the government's attitude to the sharing economy

Dunno why you got downvoted, but just put it right :)

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