* Posts by Gene Cash

3107 posts • joined 22 Mar 2007

Need a modest Arm Cortex-A CPU in your custom chip? Just apply online. Plus $125,000

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GitHub.com freezes up as techies race to fix dead data storage gear

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Re: Cloud based services

This isn't a "cloud" service... it's a "share your code" service.

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FYI: Faking court orders to take down Google reviews is super illegal

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Re: How was he found out?

Nope, Google doesn't give a shit. Look at all the Youtube takedowns where there was no actual court order. They don't verify a thing. You don't even have to forge a document... just send 'em an email.

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Haunted disk-drive? This story will give you the chills...

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Re: Similar scenario with a line printer

> he was there almost weekly

A sure sign that he needs to double his call-out rates, at least to that particular customer.

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Love Microsoft Teams? Love Linux? Then you won't love this

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Re: "Vanishingly Small"

> like so many, I have no choice about what I use at work

Not me... "you want me to get work done? then I will be using Linux..."

I do have a Windows 7 VM for the shitty Cisco Jabber garbage, but I won't be using Windows 10. Not even Bill Gates has enough money to pay me to use that abomination.

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Decoding the Google Titan, Titan, and Titan M – that last one is the Pixel 3's security chip

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> Titan M stops the code from trying to unlock the bootloader

So no unlocking the bootloader to root the phone? That'd be worse than Apple.

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Party like it's 1989... SVGA code bug haunts VMware's house, lets guests flee to host OS

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Re: A standard dating back to 1987? -- Backward

No, because if you want to do things like run your Linux guest w/o X11, but with a higher resolution console, this is what you need.

Those shitheads at nvidia think the way you do, and don't support SVGA in console, so I have to accept fonts with characters the size of my thumb when I'm doing cold backups and the like.

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Pixel 3 XL reveals innards festooned with glue and... Samsung?

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> including the iFixit tinkerers, who snapped it

So basically there's no hope for the rest of us, if these blokes broke it.

I've never had a glued-together piece of electronics go back together right, from all the way back to my Palm V/Vx/m500/Tungsten/etc ages ago, to my Nexus 6P.

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Your RSS is grass: Mozilla euthanizes feed reader, Atom code in Firefox browser, claims it's old and unloved

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They can talk to the Thunderbird guys...

RSS works just fine there.

Just create a new "feed account", then you can subscribe to all the RSS feeds you want.

I'm sure the Firefox "devs" consider the Thunderbird developers below them, and not worthy.

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The Obama-era cyber détente with China was nice, wasn't it? Yeah well it's obviously over now

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Block 'em

A rising tide of portscans has made me block all the .ru & .cn IP blocks... and I STILL get a dozen daily attacks on my little home network.

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Russian rocket goes BOOM again – this time with a crew on it

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According to http://www.russianspaceweb.com/soyuz_launch.html stage 1 is at 117.8 seconds, and the payload fairing is at 157.5 seconds.

Interestingly, the emergency escape rocket jettisons at 114 seconds. I didn't know it was that early.

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> Gotta love Hydrazine

Yeah, but if you read "Ignition!", you'll realize any chemicals with the energy to combine violently enough to propel people to orbit will be nasty stuff.

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Bloke gets six months for fixing up Russia's US election trolls with bank accounts, fake identities

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> Pindeo was able to escape harsher charges by agreeing to cooperate with the Mueller investigation

Beware of polonium-laced tea... or eau de novichok.

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Mozilla grants distrusted Symantec certs a stay of execution, claims many sites yet to make switch

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Tech folk are used to the rule that new stuff is usually shite. And they're not amused by sparkly shiny stuff with less functionality.

But sometimes it's not.

Heck, I just upgraded from Android Marshmallow to Android Oreo and I'm the first to admit it was an enormous improvement. The quick-settings tiles alone obsoleted half a dozen of my own apps. The Bluetooth is markedly better. The power management is insane. My Moto G6 did 5+ days without recharging in normal use, straight out of the box without disabling anything or doing anything special to conserve battery, and running the same apps I used on my Nexus 6P.

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Huge ice blades on Jupiter’s Europa will make it a right pain in the ASCII to land on

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Pol

Looks like the spiky rocks you see on Jool's moon Pol in KSP when you turn terrain scatters all the way up...

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Does Google make hardware just so nobody buys it?

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Re: But muh headphone jack!

> Cords are tangly, ungainly, and always in the way

Adapters are even more so, and NOWHERE TO BE FOUND when you need it, to boot.

The little fuckers can vanish harder than a geocities site.

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Re: When you have the $$$$$$$$$$$$$$

Microsoft had deep, deep pockets alright, but I don't think they could organize a piss-up in a brewery any more. Their whole phone thing was a Keystone Kops routine all the way back to when it was running Windows CE.

The problem with Google is they're out of touch with reality, and they get bored easily.

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PC makers: Intel CPU shortages are here to stay ... for six months

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Hahaha! I remember in 1980 my mum spending $225 to upgrade my TRS-80 from 4K to 16K!

That was $225 for 12 *K* of RAM.

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World's largest CCTV maker leaves at least 9 million cameras open to public viewing

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Re: XM is an OEM company

> Resellers don't have the ability or finance to do this

Nope, and that's exactly why they'll stop reselling cheap dodgy kit.

Put a couple of them out of business and the rest will shape up.

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Hey you know what the smart-home world really needs right now? Yup, Google screaming in

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Revolv

Every time I think about buying a Nest thermostat, I just remember what happened to Revolv, and how people with $300 controllers and lifetime subscriptions were shat on.

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Pixel 3, 3XL, Slate tab launch: Google emits swanky iPad botherer while tarting up mobes

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Re: "no expansion" = more environmental damage

> standard for replaceable RAM

Because you pretty much can't service a modern cellphone at all. Just replacing a broken screen is a goddamned building-the-pyramids level of effort.

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Nope, went with Motorola instead

I looked at them when my Nexus 6P died the other weekend, but they share a fault with Motorola's top end devices.

No headphone jack equalled no sale.

I went with a Moto G6 Play, which has a 4Ah battery that lasted over 6 days on a single charge, AND has a headphone jack, AND an SD card slot.

That ought to tick all the commentard's boxes except for the removable battery.

I do have to say as a guy still on Windows 7, and seriously hating OS upgrades, Oreo is a vast improvement over Marshmallow. That was a huge surprise for me.

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Punkt: A minimalist Android for the paranoid

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Rather a sad battery

I wonder why they chose 1,280mAh when my el-cheapo Moto G6 Play has 4,000mAh and is still really thin?

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Surprising no one, Google to appeal against European Commission's €4.34bn Android fine

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Re: uninstalling (as opposed to "removing")

And if you disable the Google search app itself, then the phone will not boot!

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Google now minus Google Plus: Social mini-network faces axe in data leak bug drama

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First nail in the G+ coffin...

Was Google's absolute insistence that you had to have it, if you had an Android phone, Gmail, or YouTube. Look at when Apple put U2 on everyone's phone. Nobody likes being forced.

Heck, IIRC Gmail became popular BECAUSE you couldn't just waltz up and get one, you had to be invited.

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The secret history of Apple's Stacks

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Re: OCD

Shoot, I'm using FVWM and it doesn't even have icon support.

It's configured so it doesn't even have the usual max/min/close decorations on the windows... if'n ya don't know the magic keystrokes, yer screwed. Which sure as hell keeps co-workers from using my machine!

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WTF?

1st image: stack open/closed

Is that caption backward? or is it just THAT confusing?

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Apple forgot to lock Intel Management Engine in laptops, so get patching

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Apple's bug description

"Can we vague that up a little more?"

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Haven't updated your Adobe PDF software lately? Here's 85 new reasons to do it now

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> Fortunately, Adobe said that none of the bugs was currently being targeted in the wild - yet.

So is there any sort of backup for lofty bullshit like this? Or is it just "nobody emailed us to tell us they're using this exploit"?

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Location, location, location... technologies under the microscope

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I remember the early days of GPS, mainly because I'm the sort of bloke that still gets lost in his own house after 15 years. GPS has saved my butt many times. I think it has also saved my life a couple times by keeping me from being lost in bad parts of Chicago and Miami.

I remember in college trying to find a place, and sitting in the car screaming "WHERE THE FUCK AM I?!?!? AGGGGH!!! AGGGGH!!!" at the map because there were no local street signs at all.

I remember when Reagan said we (civilians) could have GPS after KAL007 got lost in the wrong place and shot down.

In about 1990 I had a Lowrance Eagle GPS that was the size of a shoe, and all it did was output lat/lon on a tiny LCD. As no civilian maps had lat/log grids, I had to hunt up aviation maps, which then didn't have much in the way of street grids. I went up with a friend in his PA-28 to use it in flight against the map, and the feeling of "oh my gawrsh, this thing is right!"

I remember when GPS chipset manufacturers boasted about their "cold start" speeds, which was the time (sometimes many minutes) it took for a GPS to figure out where it was after being turned on. It took a LONG time for people to realize "hey it's probably not too far from where it was when it was turned off... how about we remember that and use it as a starting point for the calculations?"

Back then GPS could narrow down to about a football field because of military Selective Availability, which what Clinton turned off. I remember watching a GPS map with the DOP (dilution of precision) circle, and seeing it dramatically shrink when SA was turned off.

About 1998 or so, 45th Space Wing at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station had an open house, which meant ordinary folks had the run of the place for a day. I stood 300ft from a fully-fueled Delta II with a brand new GPS-II satellite on it. (I also got to stand on what was left of the pad that John Glenn launched from. I stood where the famous Vanguard "kaputnik" explosion happened. 9/11 put a stop to that kind of shenanigans.)

I will certainly be going over to Space View park to see the first GPS-III launch.

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Fortnite 'fesses up: New female character's jiggly bits 'unintended' and 'embarrassing'

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Old one...

How do you titillate an ocelot?

You oscillate his tit a lot!

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Why are sat-nav walking directions always so hopeless?

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Re: Too many apps

> As I dont trust these machines I'm not happy with just knowing the next step - i want to know the whole plan

Especially if you need to decide which of the two turn lanes to get into... "do I need to make a left or right turn after this one?"

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Spoiler alert: Google's would-be iPhone killer Pixel 3 – so many leaks

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> Google killed off the audio port last year

I just bought a not-top-of-the-range Moto G6 because the "higher" models didn't have a jack.

And I'm also surprised to see almost all of Motorola's range have SD cards, and some even have removable batteries.

However, my G6 is SLOW AF. Holy cow, it crawls, compared to my Nexus 6P.

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'This is insane!' FCC commissioner tears into colleagues over failure to stop robocalls

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Re: The FCC isn't going to do anything that isn't easy

> I use Tasker to do this

I click the thing in my Phone app that says "Filter spam calls" and Google does that all for me.

It's in my Moto G6 running Oreo, and it was in my Nexus 6P running Marshmallow.

I haven't gotten a spam call in about 4 months.

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Canadian security boss ain't afraid of no Huawei, sees no reason for ban

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Re: I know why they're so confident...

> Before you downvote, consider this: the system actually works pretty well in my experience

That's because (at least in the US) the manufacturer gets his pants sued off, if they're UL-listed and they start a fire. So there's an incentive there to not slack off.

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America cooks up its flavor of GDPR – and Google's over the moon

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What a shitshow

Completely embarrassed to be an American. As usual.

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Some credential-stuffing botnets don't care about being noticed any more

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Re: Maybe sites need two factor authentication

I downvoted you because of the ultra-shitty way most sites do two factor authentication.

For example, I got a new credit card from Capital One. Their website needs a code to log in, since it's a new unrecognized computer. Fine.

I have an option to text my phone. However it says it's not my phone... the address/name/phase of the moon doesn't match and refuses to use the number.

I have an option to have it call a number and say the code. However, when it calls, it says "no input was received. good bye" and hangs up.

I have an option to call support, and have them give me the number.

So I call, and it's one of those fucktarded systems that insists on you saying the number, instead of hitting the phone button.

Except it doesn't understand me, and tells me it will hang up on me if I don't choose something.

So you can bet I pounded some numbers, got a human on the phone, and canceled my brand new card.

And that's just the latest in a series of encounters with 2FA.

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Re: Fail2Ban works well for this

Fail2Ban has been getting a lot better on Debian. I don't know if that's changes to the core, or patches Debian has added.

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A spot of Python in your Azure automation? Step right this way, sir

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Re: Python 2 support

I grudgingly moved to Python 3 at the beginning of the year, and it really is a major improvement. print as a function still kicks my ass though.

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Biz! Formerly! Known! As! Yahoo! Settles! Data! Breach! Cases! To! The! Tune! Of! $47m!

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Re: Didja think we'd get rid of the exclaims just 'cos you're Altaba now?

Not just exclaims, but slightly tilted exclaims

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Revealed: The billionaire baron who’ll ride Elon’s thrusting erection to the Moon and back

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Re: I watched the broadcast

> It was utterly bizarre

I figured it would be, which is why I avoided it. Musk is awkward at *best* and he's almost as bad of a public speaker as I am (I failed 7th grade because I absolutely totally categorically emphatically refused to do the required speeches to the class)

I may have a couple pints and watch it this weekend.

> Please click on this story

Actually I specifically came to El Reg because I knew you'd have a concise no-hype cut-the-bullshit article with the facts of the situation.

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Probably for the best: Apple makes sure eSIMs won't nuke the operators

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Re: I can see some of the US networks

> That US network is called Sprint

They're assholes. Which is why they're still the smallest network... out-dicking Verizon is quite the accomplishment.

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New MeX-Files: The curious case of an evacuated US solar lab, the FBI – and bananas conspiracy theories

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Black Helicopters

Simple explanation

> The National Solar Observatory's site enjoys a wide and largely unobstructed view of both the U.S. Air Force's Holloman Air Force Base and the U.S. Army's White Sands Missile Range, both of which regularly host a very wide array of U.S. military research and development programs.

http://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/23582/mysterious-evacuation-of-solar-observatory-overlooking-white-sands-smells-like-espionage

Holloman & WSMR do a LOT of extremely sensitive stuff.

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You'll never guess what you can do once you steal a laptop, reflash the BIOS, and reboot it

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Linux is far more secure

Linux has built-in defenses against this.

When I put my laptop in sleep or hibernate, it just crashes.

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Russia: The hole in the ISS Soyuz lifeboat – was it the crew wot dunnit?

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Russian tech workers are NOT paid very much

This sort of thing is par for the course.

There was a Proton that crashed because an accelerometer was installed upside down. You say "why don't they make the bracket so you can't install it upside down?"

Well, they did, and the worker just used a bigger hammer. Literally.

Also, there was a recent grounding of Russian rockets because the engine supplier had used a cheaper metal that wouldn't withstand launch, so they had to go through and inspect and replace all the engines.

I could post 10 or 15 more, and those are the ones I know of, way over here in America, so I'm sure there's dozens more I don't know about.

I'm 100% certain some tech did an oops and said "just JB weld that fucker" because actually admitting the error and getting it done proper would probably mean he'd lose his job.

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Re: Zero G

> no loose chips would indicate the ground as a location for the drilling.

Actually, if you watch the vid I linked above, you'll see the standard procedure is to set up a vacuum hose first, to collect the removed debris.

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> What's the chance that there is actually a powerdrill on the ISS

Here's a cosmonaut repairing stripped screw on a spacesuit with a drill. It's not even a special PGT, it's an Earth-style battery powered drill.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZtxph4Ntqs

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Microsoft accidentally let encrypted Windows 10 out into the world

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Re: What is the point of the login screen image at all then?

> I hate looking at blurred stuff like that. It makes my eyes hurt, trying to re-focus.

Oh hell yeah, even on the image in the article. I can't imagine it full-screen.

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Python joins movement to dump 'offensive' master, slave terms

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Daemons

Some of the Southern Baptists at my university were offended by the UNIX "daemon" terminology.

Seriously.

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Raspberry Pi supremo Eben Upton talks to The Reg about Pi PoE woes

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Re: Oh dear, a fan

> the prompt criticality fiasco when I deployed my home-made set-top box

I just don't get my demon cores from Intel...

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