* Posts by Herby

2950 posts • joined 14 Dec 2007

Hey, uh ICANN. US govt here. You know we said we'd give you the keys to the 'net? Yeaahhh...

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Who do you trust??

ICANN or the US Government.

I'm not sure who to pick in this race, but one thing is for sure. At least the US Government listens to the people. I'm not sure that ICANN does. Of course, the outcry from the public may fall on deaf ears, but at least there are ears...

Tim Cook: EU lied about Apple taxes. Watch out Ireland, this is a coup!

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The only thing for sure...

Is that lawyers and accountants will get rich. When you have that much $$$ on the table, you can afford to spend a little bit on greasing the rails.

Money makes the world go 'round!!

SpaceX blast kills Zuck's sat

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Just another word for "oops, by bad!".

This of course begs the question: Why does Facebook need a satellite?

Want a Windows 10 update? Don't go to Microsoft ... please

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DOS attack??

Just advertise that you have "updates" and let everyone download them. Of course they will be useless.

Maybe an even better idea is to have the downloads for Linux available. Update your W1(.)0 with Linux, free of charge. Would anyone notice?

So, we have wonderful Microsoft installing software on users machine that benefits ONLY Microsoft, and takes advantage of users bandwidth, paid for by the user. Sounds like malware to me.

Me? No windows (on computers) at my house. That's for sure!!

Sysadmin sticks finger in pipe, saves data centre from flood

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First liar doesn't get a chance...

My generator story: My parents house suffered a power outage along with some parts of the neighborhood. Turned out to be a pole transformer. Called the local utility who suggested to my dad "Why don't you take your wife to dinner" when just then a bunch more guests showed up doubling the mouths to feed. My task was to get the generator running (it was a small two cycle thing) and at least get some lights up. Eventually after fiddling with all the fuel and air controls on the generator I was able to get it going. Unfortunately it was only half of the 120-0-120 service. Being ever so clever and knowing that the range worked mainly on 240 volts, I engaged all the burners and the oven to get to the other half of the service. We did a bunch of barbecuing that evening, and I stuck a BUNCH of labels on the generator so I could figure it out "next time" (which really hasn't happened yet).

Of course none of this really relates to IT, as home computers weren't common (it was the 70's).

NHS injects tender for PC and peripherals kit with £500m

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Maybe they should...

...do it all with nice UK technology. Raspberry Pi's on every desktop. It would probably save a bunch of £££!.

Use existing monitors and get a case for the Pi. If something doesn't work, replace the SD card. Easy as Pi!!

Baltimore cops: We flew high-res camera planes to film your every move

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Scott McNealy was right

For the curious link

Stop lights, sunsets, junctions are tough work for Google's robo-cars

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Yellow lights...

It might need to understand yellow lights. I am reminded of a scene in _Taxi_:

What does a yellow light mean?

Go slower.


Go slower!





My question has always been: Will the self driving car park in my garage (so I can get out of the car!)?

Tesla touts battery that turns a Model S into 'third fastest ever' car

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I'll wait until...

Jeremy Clarkson takes it around the track explaining it to us, then lets the Stig time a lap.

Then I'll be impressed.

Of course, I would also be impressed if I can take such a vehicle from here in sillycon valley down to the LA area (I have in-laws there) without re-fueling. The distance is over 300 miles. I currently do it quite easily in my wonderful SUV. Oh, and charge it up in the time it takes me to fill the tank (around 15 minutes most of the time!).

Sorry, not impressed now.

Hacked hookup site Ashley Madison's security was laughable

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Sounds like...

...ransomware to me. Get you suckered in, then ask for $$$ to "delete" your info. If you don't pay more, we will keep your naughty data and might tell others.

Not like crypto lock stuff, but ransomware none the less.

Fools, fools, fools!!

New Mars rover is GO for 2020 says NASA

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Then there are cockroaches...

Have one (only one!) to see if it can survive on Mars. Now that would be an experiment. We all know that cockroaches will survive ANYTHING, and this is the place to find out.

Hopefully the one you send isn't pregnant!!

You never know what the scientists will come up with, sounds of a cockroach??

Das ist empörend: Microsoft slams umlaut for email depth charge

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English is wonderful

Simply because all our characters fit nicely into 7 bit ASCII (or 8 bit EBDCIC if you prefer). We don't need silly umlauts or accent marks to express ourselves, we just change pronunciation as we need to (see the word 'lead') and go from there.

Sure it may be confusing, but if you look at it, translations of phrases used in dialog boxen take more characters (for the most part) in the non-english forms.

What a country that uses these things! Even when we take words from others (Uber comes to mind), we knock off the silly umlauts and call it our own!

Then there are political people who want to change all of this. (*SIGH*).

Of course none of this addresses the stupidity of Microsoft and their breaking of something that was working for a long time. That goes into the category of "We're Microsoft, we don't care", but I digress.....

DVLA misses out on £400m in tax after scrapping paper discs

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Better ways??

I really don't know. Here in "Sunny" California, we have the dreaded DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles) that invades our life all the time. They are the ones that issue Picture Cards (Driver's licenses) and registrations for multi wheeled motor transport. We have nice shiny-shiny white license plates (thankfully standard size for all 50 of our US states) with little fancy stickers that identify the year and month that the whole thing expires. They are nice and reflective as well as multi colored (it varies from year to year).

Unfortunately nobody really looks to see if you are driving on expired "tags" (I know this from personal experience!). If you do get a personal greeting from red and blue lights in your direction wanting you to pull to the side of the road, the nice officer can request on his radio, or in car terminal to find out your current status so he can write you a nice yellow slip that requests your presence in front of a person in nice black robes.

All in all it works for the most part but there are many who don't worry about such mundane decorations on their vehicle (but pay the fees anyway). Life goes on.

There are other agencies of government that WILL take matters into their own hands to extract taxes from you. They will add fees and then ask any bank you have business with to forward then the loot they desire (and the bank will add its fee as well!). Don't ask me why I know this.

p.s. I like the opening picture!

My headset is reading my mind and talking behind my back

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Sunglasses indoors...

They are worn for a couple of reasons.

1) If you have your eyes dilated (in the case of the Blues Brothers) by some chemical enhancements, the brightness of indoor lights (or bright sunlight) can make you almost totally blind from the excessive light overpowering your eye's retina.

2) If you ARE driving at night, your eyes are dilated from the general absence of light stimuli (it IS dark outside), and you don't want your sorry excuse of eye muscle(s) to take the many minutes to re-adjust to the light levels once exposed to bright light, they can be helpful.

Yes, some of those headlights are really loud. I remember back in the 70's when I had 100W headlamps for high beam, they really lit up the place. Flashing lights really did work!

Me? No I don't have any wearables at the moment. I found out that FitBits don't like Hawaiian salt water and will charge, but not really function.

Two G4S call centre staff sacked over 999 answering scam

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So, they rigged the test to impress the inspectors...

Funny that it seems to be the norm. Others have done this as well, I believe that Volkswagen comes to mind.

If you build a criteria to test to, someone will cheat to get the desired results. You need an audit to really see how things are working!

Trust me doesn't always work. Trust but verify (I think I heard that before) seems to be the order of the day!

Microsoft has open-sourced PowerShell for Linux, Macs. Repeat, Microsoft has open-sourced PowerShell

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Might be better to...

Have bash work on windows. Might be more useful.

Good luck with the License though.

NSA blames it on the rain

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The Dog

Ate my homework.

One excuse is as good as another...

The rain, the park, and other things...

Ancient radioactive tree rings could rip up the history books

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Them is...

Pretty old trees to go back that far. Maybe they look at the 2x4's that the houses were built with.

Yes, I know there are 2000 year old trees (even one in California!), but there aren't too many THAT old!

Shark bosses sink teeth into booming ransomware market

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Multi level marketing...

...at its best.

Long live capitalism.

Now they need to sell cosmetics, or laundry detergent.

Hey crims: Stumped on where to invest? Try this global franchise. No experience needed!

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Build a better mousetrap....

...and the world (+ dog) beats a path to your door.

Capitalism at its very best.

Not much capital outlay, and great rewards. So what if it is illegal, that never stopped Al Capone (the tax man did!).

Colour us shocked: ISPs not that keen to sign up for Universal Service Obligation

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Welcome to...

Net Neutrality!

You get what you pay for!

Awaiting the assault of down votes......

Bees bring down US stealth fighter

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Interesting creatures...

Bees are interesting to say the lease. Given a chance they will take up residence in lots of places (even those you don't want!). Last year I had to clear out a bee infestation of quite some magnitude in my house. The bee guy (they belong to a group!) vacuumed up the little critters and scraped the hive down. It was HUGE and all inside the space between the floors in the house. He had nice containers to get the bees into that fit into his shop vacuum. I don't know the weight of the bees, but the hive must have weighed over 20 lbs (sorry, I use American units). It took a couple of days to complete the job, and even after that, there were bunches of bees left over pounding against the glass door to the outside. Even after the cleanup (and relocation) about a year later, some decided to come back and visit again (homesick?) and we needed to do some more relocation.

All in all these guys ARE industrious!!

Air gap breached by disk drive noise

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180 bits a minute!!!

This isn't "light speed" people. For a minimum password (lets say 8 characters), you will need at least 21 seconds assuming no error correction. Add in a user name (another 8 characters) and you get another 21 seconds. So, you need to have your "object" computer doing its thing for a good portion of a minute (assuming no framing marks) to get a simple username/password pair. This means you need to stand around waiting for it to happen somehow, or have a recording device that can be left behind (undetected I assume) that will be able to pick up the sounds.

Seems highly unlikely to me. Of course I'm not in that kind of business. Sometimes when there is a will, there is a way. Sometimes things can take years to develop, so anything is possible.

Then again, it might already have been done. We'll never know!!

How do you securely exchange encrypted-decrypted-recrypted data? Ask Microsoft

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Another oxymoron...

"Secure Cloud".

Look, if you want something secure, you have to control it from birth to death. Once it is in the "cloud", it is out of your control no matter how hard you try, so don't.

We have a presidential candidate (in the USA) that tried but failed at this.

Bungling Microsoft singlehandedly proves that golden backdoor keys are a terrible idea

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Re: The good news

I suspect that the price on these went up on EBAY after this was published. They might even be useful now.

Windows 10 Anniversary Update crashing under Avast antivirus update

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For Microsoft to send out some ransom-ware.

Oh, wait, they already have, it is called Windows-10. Don't forget to send some $$$ for the next update that we will push onto your machine and ruin all your applications, causing you to spend even more $$$.

Somehow I wish it were a joke, but from the looks of it, it isn't anymore. (*SIGH*). Maybe that is why I can get a call from someone being a "Windows specialist" wanting to clean my machine.

Breaking 350 million: What's next for Windows 10?

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Face the music...

Look, with all that has been going on, just face it: We're screwed (with Windows).

If you really want windows, I understand that one can get them.

Power cut crashes Delta's worldwide flight update systems

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Maybe the reason was....

The power connections for the three phase power was "WYE", and this was "Delta".


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Re: Single point of failure

The running out of fuel for the backup generator might be because the manager's vehicle was a diesel, and somehow got depleted every time he went to check the generator setup.

Three times as bad as malware: Google shines light on pay-per-install

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Nothing is really "FREE".

Remember if you don't know what the product is selling, it is selling YOU.

Similar to a poker table: If you don't know who the sucker is, look in a mirror.

How the HTTPS-snooping, email addy and SSN-raiding HEIST JavaScript code works

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Easy: noscript is your friend

Yes, noscript is the answer, and it has been for quite some time. If you have any sense, you would install it and keep using it.

Of course, logging out of your banking (or other sensitive) web site is also a good idea. One must vigilant when it comes to $$$ or other similar sensitive data.

Microsoft extends bug bounty to cover Edge remote code exec

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Is there a pool on...

How long before an exploit is found? It might be more interesting.

Personally I wouldn't give it much time until something is found!

Body of evidence: Biometrics and YOU

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Good security requires THREE!

Something you ARE (similar to biometrics)

Something you KNOW (similar to passwords)

Something you HAVE (similar to a token)

You really need all three to be complete. One or two just doesn't cut it if you want to be through. Unfortunately it is quite difficult to get all three conveniently and with little hassle. Changing things if something is compromised isn't easy either.

Life goes on.

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Re: So, if you use fingerprints...

Or 21 if you drop your pants.

Big joke alert!!

New York jerks face $25K fines for hassling ex with fake caller IDs

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Begs the question...

Why is Caller ID spoofing allowed at all?

I really don't believe that there is a legitimate use for spoofing caller ID. Sure, you can turn it off, but that is the only thing that should be allowed.

It would help people track down calls from "The IRS" that say I owe money.

Windows 10 Anniversary Update: This design needs a dictator

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Windows Au??

Is it just me or does anyone else see that this is "Windows Gold" (as in make more gold for Microsoft).

Chemical symbol for Gold is "Au" (for the uninitiated)

Don't go chasing waterfalls, please stick... Hang on. They're back

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When in danger or in doubt...

Run in circles, scream and shout...


Just another scheme to let managers "manage" and justify their existence.

Harrison Ford's leg, in the Star Wars film, with the Millennium Falcon door

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I'm surprised...

That someone with a whip didn't lasso the trip lever and stop the door from doing its dirty deed.

Then again, he could be driving a black race car, taking on all challengers.

Dolly the sheep clones have aged well, say scientists

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Orphan Black

Enough said...

BOFH: Free as in free beer or... Oh. 'Free Upgrade'

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They are a bit fussy at times.

I have a friend that has a large format (36 inch wide) that he uses to print posters. One day the "factory rep" showed up to do some P.M. and in the process ripped the transfer belt. This was a brand new printer and one of the only ones in the Southern California (L.A.) area. My friend decide that this droid would NEVER come within sight of the printer. It was the printer that was driving his business, and having out of commission for any amount of time meant a loss of BIG BUX! He wasn't very happy.

Unfortunately the printer was on the ground floor, so ladder trick probably wouldn't have worked.

Drone bloke cuffed after gizmo stops firemen tackling forest inferno

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But the problem really is...

That nobody has "tested" what happens when a plane and a small drone attempt to occupy the same space. So, being ever so cautious and dodging legal fights, the response is to say "they can't be here". Given the conditions, this is the only answer, and probably the least expensive.

This same mentality makes us take off our shoes when going through security and to ban water bottles through security (my test: drink some of it). There are also bans on silly things like radios and cell phones on board commercial aircraft for similar reasons. Someone feels there is a risk (no matter how small), and banning things eliminates said risk.

While I can see that even a small drone MIGHT cause some damage, I think that someone should (Mythbusters has ended) actually find out if this is true. In any task, there is some risk (even sitting at a keyboard commenting for ElReg), but understand the risks and take proper precautions. But it should be incumbent upon those stating the risk to figure out the ACTUAL risk, not some supposed one.

Life goes on.

Linus Torvalds in sweary rant about punctuation in kernel comments

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Maybe one should try...

To look at the code using an ASR33 teletype. Unfortunately it has no lower case, but just setup a terminal connection at any 3 digit speed and edit the code. Lots of "fluff" in comments is annoying, but at the slower speeds, just about anything that isn't code comes close (unfortunately).

The best test of how well you commented code is to go away for about 6 months (maybe longer) and come back to the code and resume with the project. You WILL understand the need for legible comments.

Fancy boxey comments are just annoying, but that's my opinion.

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Reflection on the author...

Comments, while not used by the compiler, are written by the same person who writes the code. In general, one reflects upon the other. If you see "bad (sloppy) comments", there is (I suspect) a similar fate for the code in general.

So, if you see bad code (and that is everywhere!), bad comments are not far behind. So, cleaning up comments to reflect the code in general is probably a "good idea".

Just remember:

Bad, or incorrect comments are worse than no comments at all. Documentation is something that needs to be done.

Microsoft's cringey 'Hey bae <3' recruiter email translated by El Reg

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Be careful...

For what you ask for, you may just get it.

Please graduating students: The object of drinking is not to get "falling over drunk" (unless you really are an alcoholic). Remember, you only rent beer for a few hours.

Bloke 'lobbed molotov cocktails' at Street View car because Google was 'watching him'

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Looks like...

...A person of interest.

Blue moon beer? Must have been drinking it way too much!!

Chap fails to quash 'shared password' 'hacking' conviction

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So when??

Will they prosecute the malware floggers that make spambots of unwilling computer users? Seems like a good place to start!!

Oops, The FBI doesn't look into computer misuse, they say it is "careless", not criminal.

Linux letting go: 32-bit builds on the way out

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This all begs the question...

Is any manufacturer making any 32 bit x86 boxen?

If the boards are still in current production, they really should be supported. I understand that my 16meg 386sx box won't run a 4.x Linux kernel, but I really don't expect it to.

Then again, there IS bloat everywhere. The program /bin/true is over 29k bytes which sounds excessive if you ask me.

FBI won't jail future US president over private email server

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She DOES remember history...

Hillary was a staffer during the Watergate hearings, when then president Nixon had his "tapes", that he could have destroyed and that would be the end. Then they were "discovered" and the downfall was inevitable given what was going on.

Fast forward to today: Hillary controlled the server. Hillary edited the contents of the server (selectively "burned the tapes") to sanitize the problem. No "smoking gun"/"Deep Throat" and an uninterested press and the "problem" disappears.

Now we need her to say "I am not a crook!".

Observation: Where is Wikileaks when you need them??

Celebrated eye hospital Moorfields lets Google eyeball 1 million scans

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All your base belong to us...

But I said that about another article.

Or, as Scott McNeal said "You have no9 privacy, get over it".

Life goes on.

Lenovo scrambling to get a fix for BIOS vuln

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All your base belong to us.

Yup! That's it.

As for BIOS's installed on machines, I feel that this should be the most open source item of the machine. Then you can "trust" it. The reality is that the BIOS really does WAY TOO much for any given machine. It should just start the first read of secondary storage, and go from there. It really shouldn't need to do much more.

Unfortunately, there are some operating systems that seem to rely upon the BIOS for much more than that. Oh, well.

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