* Posts by Marty McFly

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Poor people should get slower internet speeds, American ISPs tell FCC

Marty McFly
Mushroom

It stinketh

Just checked Centurylink. I am "qualified for high speed Internet up to 3mb/s". The interesting thing is I used to be qualified for 8mb/s at the location. No doubt they are playing games, and in a few months will take it back to 8mb/s.....with the announcement to the FCC of a "266%" improvement in my area!

The thing that irks me so much about ISPs is they think their customers are stupid and won't notice.

Falcon 9 gets its feet wet as SpaceX notch up two more launch successes

Marty McFly
Boffin

NASA has concerns over SpaceX culture??!?

Well, I guess they would know. Seems to be a recurring problem, and I am not sure they ever solved it.

2/21/67

4/13/70

1/28/86

2/1/03

£10k offer to leave firm ASAP is not blackmail, Capita told by judge

Marty McFly
WTF?

Get to work!

You worked a little over 6 hours a day for 12 days. That is not tough. Put on the big kid clothes and toughen up. I remember a job where I averaged 64 hours a week for the entire year. It sucked. So I got myself a different job that didn't suck. That's on me to solve, not my employer, not the government.

Millennials 'horrify' their neighbours with knob-shaped lights display

Marty McFly
Trollface

In other news....

...."College students exhibit sophomoric humor".

Never happened in my generation. We were always well behaved and never ever did any pranks.

It's 'nyet' again, yet again, for Kaspersky: Appeal against US govt ban snubbed by Washington DC court

Marty McFly
IT Angle

Re: I wonder how much this is helping their sales...

"Because the rednecks of the United States voted Cheeto Jesus "

Wow, there is someone who blindly believes everything they see on the nightly news!

Marty McFly
Mushroom

Ban the code!

We don't want code from a company based in Russia written by the lowest bid developers in India. We want code from a company based in the US written by the lowest bid developers in India!

What a meth: Woman held for 3 months after cops mistake candy floss for hard drugs

Marty McFly
Coat

Re: I thought that was perfectly clear by now!

"Our president says as much any time a person of color walks into his line of sight. Not sure why anyone would still want to come here."

His very first act upon taking office was to kick a black family out of government housing where they had lived for the past 8 years. I am surprised it wasn't that big of a deal as it was all over the news at the time. Trump personally escorted Obama off the property.....

Apple in another dust-up with its fans: iMacs, MacBooks lack filters, choke on grime – lawsuit

Marty McFly
Holmes

Errr....

....Looking carefully at a laptop.....looking carefully at a server.....looking carefully at a desktop PC..... Gosh, I must be really out-of-date on my tech! I don't see a dust filter on any one of them!

Symantec comes out in swinging in bitter legal battle over security bug audit conspiracy claims

Marty McFly
FAIL

NSS is flawed....

The business model doesn't work when "independent" along with "but you can pay us" are both go-to-market strategies.

Symantec execs cooked the books to protect their fat bonuses, investor lawsuit alleges

Marty McFly
WTF?

Re: Lawyer money grab

It's called a contingency case. Doesn't cost the clients anything. The lawyer wins, the client gets some money. The lawyer loses, the clients don't have to pay anything. And the split of the winnings is definitely in favor of the lawyers. So yeah, sue happy slime balls hoping the defendant will 'settle out of court' for easy money in their pockets. Companies know it is overall cheaper to pay 7 figures out of pocket for a quick 'go away', rather than a long and drawn out 8-figures (and up) lawsuit.

What buggers me is the lack of evidence. Sure, if Symantec bosses screwed up, carve the company up in to little chunks, light it on fire, and roast the executives over the flaming spit. It seems that audit went on for months and did not come up with a smoking gun. I don't get the point of a lawsuit at this time, unless it is the aforementioned easy money sue ball tactic.

Microsoft sysadmin hired for fake NetWare skills keeps job despite twitchy trigger finger

Marty McFly
Facepalm

Nailed it

Hiring managers are always slow to fire those they have hired. It makes the manager look bad.

If at first or second you don't succeed, you may be Microsoft: Hold off installing re-released Windows Oct Update

Marty McFly
Facepalm

Beta testers

In the old school, the first adopters with the last beta testers.

In the new school, the first adopters are the only testers.

Alexa, cough up those always-on Echo audio recordings, says double-murder trial judge

Marty McFly
Flame

Abuse of power, as simple as that.

Law enforcement, prosecutors, courts, etc have NO authority to "ask" Amazon to provide the information. That is a fishing expedition, pure and simple. An arrogant abuse of power by those asking.

The court, however, can "order" Amazon to provide the information. Amazon can then choose whether to obey or provide a legal challenge to the order. That is how the system is supposed to work.

Keep this in mind the next time the subject of government back doors in to encryption & communication comes up. These same people who are fishing for evidence would have broad ability to go fishing in to anyone's lives without a legal warrant.

As for me....the simple solution. No Amazon Echo, Google Home, Smart TV or any other spying device within range of my network.

Upgraders rejoice! The 2018 Mac Mini heralds a return to memory slots!

Marty McFly
Meh

Mixed emotions....

Received my long awaited new MM on launch day. So far, it's okay. Not great, not sucky, just okay. I am very frustrated with the video. Sometimes it boots, goes to set the resolution, and then a black screen. Sometimes it registers my 4K display as 4K. Once I even had it register the 4K display as a 5K. I wish! Never had that problem with my old MM, once the resolution was set, it was consistently good.

Troubleshooting so far has been swapping cables & HDMI ports on the display. Every cable and HDMI port runs 4K just fine when it is coming from 4K Blu-ray player. However, only one cable works with the MM, and even then it is spotty on boot up. Got the 'meh from Apple support... "Boot in to safe mode once, that resets everything, you should be fine now."

The upside? When it is working, it does great.

Mourning Apple's war against sockets? The 2018 Mac mini should be your first port of call

Marty McFly
Pint

Said I would, and I did

Been waiting several years with money in hand for an updated Mini. Order has been placed like I said I would. Looking forward to the delivery next Wednesday.

Apple breathes new life into MacBook Air with overhauled 2018 model

Marty McFly
Pint

True to my word....

In every Reg article about the Mac Mini for the past while I have said I am ready to purchase....if they would update it. They did, website went live, order placed, to be delivered next week.

Microsoft deletes deleterious file deletion bug from Windows 10 October 2018 Update

Marty McFly
Mushroom

Damn it Reg!

I wish you would stop referring to Windows 10 as an "upgrade".

You dirty DRAC: IT bods uncover Dell server firmware security slip

Marty McFly
Terminator

CIA? NSA? Not a bug, a 'feature'?

Somewhere in the back of my mind I recall a story years ago about CIA/NSA types intercepting hardware bound for foreign destinations and swapping out chips. Opening the boxes while in transit, back of a semi-truck, airplane cargo hold, resealing the boxes, that kind of a thing.

My tin-foil hat side suggests this could simply be an undocumented 'feature' built in to the iDRAC to facilitate easy hardware tampering between manufacturer and customer. No more chip swapping. Just flash in your CIA customized iDRAC code and the magic happens.

Big Cable tells US government: Now's not the time to talk about internet speeds – just give us the money

Marty McFly
FAIL

Here's one for the Reg!

Look up the directions on how to submit a comment. Doing forms on the Internet is old hat. Nope, with the FCC, you have to send an email to request the instructions on how to provide a comment.

Oh, but don't worry, there is an option to hand deliver your comments if you want because they 'continue to have problems with the postal service'.

Here is the official doc:

https://www.fcc.gov/document/wcb-seeks-comment-state-fixed-broadband-competition

In order to email comments in, one must request the instructions. "To get filing instructions for e-mail comments, commenters should send an e-mail to ecfs@fcc.gov, and should include the following words in the body of the message, get form."

Give it a shot. I sent two emails to them last week from completely different email addresses, neither of which were free Gmail types. No response yet. Seems the FCC doesn't really want our comments.

US govt confirms FCC's broadband speeds and feeds stats are garbage

Marty McFly
WTF?

The gub'mint

A government agency fakes its reports? Naw, say it isn't so! That has never happened before.

Trend Micro tools tossed from Apple's Mac App Store after spewing fans' browser histories

Marty McFly
Facepalm

1 - 2 - 3 - Not it!

It's in the EULA that you didn't read. You clicked 'next' when we strongly advised you to read our lawyer's document first. Not our fault. Your fault.

Fast food, slow user – techie tears hair out over crashed drive-thru till

Marty McFly
Happy

Did that, done that....

Worked in the POS industry in the mid 1990's, supporting pizza restaurants. The "TV part", "typewriter piece", and "brain box" were common vernacular. Since the installers worked in tech support on their off weeks, you can bet we all made damn sure that every cable & port had a label on it.

You haven't worked tech support until you have talked a non-technical person through how to reseat a network card plugged in to a riser card in a 486 chassis at 2am in the morning.

Android data slurping measured and monitored

Marty McFly
Thumb Up

Pi-Hole

Surprised no one has mentioned it yet. Seems to work fine for me. It is revealing how much chit-chat was happening between (what should be) benign devices and the Internet. Roku's reporting back to the mother ship beats out Google Analytics by a long shot.

Fire chief says Verizon throttled department's data in the middle of massive Cali wildfires

Marty McFly
Mushroom

Bravo Sierra

If fire departments could just figure out a way to package and deliver the Bravo Sierra that telcos & ISPs produce, they could effectively smother any fire.

Apple tipped to revive forgotten Macbook Air and Mac mini – report

Marty McFly
Holmes

Re: I don't believe anything Apple does is worth looking at anymore

Doesn't matter what the company is. Nor does it matter what is the political the hot-topic. Any company that engages in political activism runs the high risk of alienating potential customers who have an an opposing viewpoint.

Myself for example, I am quietly boycotting four different companies which have come out publicly supporting political views different from my own. My choice as a consumer. It has been tough for me because I do like a number of the products. Maybe I am just one of the few who will put principles first. But I will note that some of those companies have recently posted slower than expected growth.

As a shareholder I would be upset with any company I am invested in which is focusing on politics. Leadership should be focused on only one thing - increasing shareholder value.

Marty McFly
Go

Ready to buy

I have had the money budgeted & set aside for a Mac Mini upgrade for several years now. Just been waiting on the big fruit company to fill my needs.

Walked in to an Apple store recently and got a 'How can I help you' from a T-shirt wearing PFY. I said I was looking for an updated Mac Mini. He mumbled 'Yeah, me too' and walked away.

Hackers manage – just – to turn Amazon Echoes into snooping devices

Marty McFly
Facepalm

Uhhh, no....

>" But then, if you are the sort of person that is likely to be directly targeted by an FBI investigation then presumably you've considered that the extra utility gained from an Amazon Echo may not be worth the risk of having a potential bug in your home or office."

This presumes the government is trustworthy and would never go on a fishing expedition to support their preconceived notions about a "suspect's" guilt.

Say what you will about self-driving cars – the security is looking 'OK'

Marty McFly
Holmes

Going awry...

"This means at the first sign that things are awry, the car can be remotely ordered to pull to the side of the road, shut down, and await pickup."

Okay, so all I have to do is make the car think something is "awry", and it will automatically pull over for the impending car-jacking. It is a design feature. Got it.

Sysadmin trained his offshore replacements, sat back, watched ex-employer's world burn

Marty McFly
Facepalm

Employee to consultant...

Good friend of mine did corporate events. The following week was a major customer facing event. Tuesday before he was RIF'd. He handed in his properly wiped (but secretly backed-up) laptop. On Thursday he got the call, "How quickly can you incorporate and give us a bid to run the event next week?"

After about two years of being incorporated and having one customer who paid a lot of money for the 'outsourcing', the company came to their wits and asked if they would like to simply come back on-staff.

That lasted a dozen years, and now the current management has outsourced events staff again.

How polite: Fun-bucks coin miners graciously ease off CPU pounding

Marty McFly
Facepalm

The bad guys are just former good guys...

Think this through.... The whole software industry is moving to an 'as a service' model so that they will have a regular revenue stream. No more peaks & valleys whenever MSFT releases a new OS, for example.

The bad guys are often jaded and dissolutioned good guys who were RIF'd or in some other way affected by a company's business decisions. Now they have skills and are unemployed. Well the problem with ransomware is they have to announce the 'game is up' in order to get paid. With crypto-mining, if they are smart they will not spike the CPU and expose themselves. Thus they get a nice steady revenue stream - just like what the rest of the industry is doing.

Veritas to put biz tech support on the slow boat to India – insiders

Marty McFly
WTF?

How is this possible???

Every six months Veritas has announced a headcount cut. I thought they were completely out of employees by now and didn't have any more left to cut.

BOFH: Is everybody ready for the meeting? Grab a crayon – let's get technical

Marty McFly
Pint

Screwing with others like the BOFH with the annoying lady

Hehehehe.... Former career. We had a fountain in the entry way, right behind the receptionist's desk. Whenever we had a temp covering that position, the fountain always got turned up to high. And by 10am the little Miss had to make a wee-wee run, but as I said she was a temp. Didn't know where the can was, and didn't dare ask a regular FTE to cover the desk. Good times!

That was quick: Seattle rushes to kill tax that would mildly inconvenience Amazon

Marty McFly
Mushroom

Boeing & Seattle

Anyone remember the 1960's billboard in Seattle that said "Will the last one out turn off the lights". Seattle was on its way out. Then a little airplane company became a big company. Fast forward a couple decades and a little software company became a big company on the east side of the lake. Recently a coffee company and an A to Z company have become big. But if Boeing had failed way back then, what would Seattle be today?

And in 2001 Boeing relocated its headquarters to Chicago. That doesn't say much about either city. How soon politicians forget that companies can and WILL move and take their jobs with them. Oh, and that led to the 787 also being built in Charleston, SC.

To Amazon's credit they gave Seattle a chance to fix it. If I was Bezos I would have said 'Virtual HQ" and we will hire the best & brightest regardless of where their butts are at. Seattle can go pound sand for all their screwy taxes and laws.

RIP to two 'naut legends: A moonwalker and a spacewalker

Marty McFly
Childcatcher

I disagree

I think there are fewer real men who are willing to put their lives on the line for the purpose of exploration. We have become a safety obsessed society, and there is nothing safe about going to the moon/Mars. It is not the financial cost of success that it too high, it is the social cost of failure that is no longer palatable.

Princeton research team hunting down IoT security blunders

Marty McFly
Flame

Watch your upload traffic...

For example, I see one "Smart" TV on a network I manage with 4.25GB of download data, which is to be expected. However it has 2.75GB of UPLOAD data!!! Whiskey-Tango-Foxtrot is the TV uploading so much data for?? What exactly is it doing? Who is it talking to?

I think this spying has become prevalent without anyone noticing simply because they are non-technical users. The 'thingy just works', and they don't care what else it is doing. I think if this was exposed people would be up in arms about it.

How's your Wednesday? Things going well? OK, your iPhone, iPad can be pwned via Wi-Fi sync

Marty McFly
Big Brother

Privacy rather than security??

Seems to me this is more about data privacy rather than security of my iThingy. So if the government is coming after me they could extend their access from my PC to potentially get at secrets I thought were all locked up on my device.

Any social media accounts to declare? US wants travelers to tell

Marty McFly
Mushroom

Stay home

"This will deter foreign citizens from wanting to come to the US"

I'm good with that.

Symantec cert holdout sites told: Those Google Chrome warnings are not a good look

Marty McFly

Huh?

I thought Symantec got out of the certificate business and sold it all to Digicert??

Boeing ships its 10,000th 737

Marty McFly
Thumb Up

Cool video

Ford vs. Chevy. AMD vs. Intel. Mercedes vs. BMW. Airbus vs. Boeing. Pick your favorites and say what you want. However, you have to give Boeing credit for producing some pretty cool videos:

YouTube Link

Russian anti-antivirus security tester pleads guilty to certifying attack code

Marty McFly
Childcatcher

Get a better lawyer

Seems they could have beat this one with a smarter lawyer. Cover it with some sort of rhetoric about "testing" for "research purposes".

In reality this is no different from what thousands of IT security admins do every day. Something turns up so they test it against AV brand A, AV brand B, AV brand C, etc to see who picks it up.

Yeah, no doubt these clowns were grubby dirty. It just seems this sets a legal precedent that could negatively impact legitimate security researchers.

Audit finds Department of Homeland Security's security is insecure

Marty McFly
Meh

Shrug

Doesn't sound like their security is worse off than any other organization out there. A quick Google search shows DHS has 229k employees. If we assume each one has a PC, 64 insecure systems is actually a really small percentage. Yes, it only takes one to allow an attack, but it does seem the vast majority of systems are up to par.

Fresh docs detail 10-year link between Geek Squad informers and Feds

Marty McFly
Pirate

Useless article for this audience

Let me be abundantly clear.... Anyone in tech who needs Best Buy to fix their computers is not qualified to be reading The Register!

Shock poll finds £999 X too expensive for happy iPhone owners

Marty McFly
Happy

All for $29!

For the bargain price of $29 I brought new life with a new battery to my iPhone 6. I get to keep my button, fingerprint ID, and headphone jack. Plus, as a bonus, I don't have the phone's camera spying on me all the time.

MIT gives one-star review to Lyft, Uber over abysmal '$3.37/hr' pay

Marty McFly
Holmes

Head scratch....

Aren't they a "ride-sharing" service, and not a taxi? That would imply the driver is going that direction anyway. If the driver can break even, then the cost of the trip was zero. Otherwise it would have cost them money.

America's broadband speed map is back! And it doesn't totally suck!

Marty McFly
Mushroom

Bunch of bravo-sierra!!!!

The map is reporting speeds 60% faster than what we actually get in this area. What a load of crap.

Rogue IT admin goes off the rails, shuts down Canadian train switches

Marty McFly
FAIL

Not a smart admin...

He "wiped" his laptop, yet evidence was later found on it. Doesn't sound like he was smart enough to properly wipe the device. Probably did a FDISK and thought that was good enough to hide the evidence.

US broadband is scarce, slow and expensive. 'Great!' says the FCC

Marty McFly
Thumb Down

Yeah, it sucks....

6 mb/s down, 768 kb/s up. 11k wire feet from the CO, so that's what I get when I pay for 8 mb/s. No competing provider in the area, so no options.

And the best part... The Telco charges me a "Broadband Cost Recovery Fee" which is supposed to go for improvements in the system. Yeah, right.

No Windows 10, no Office 2019, says Microsoft

Marty McFly
Megaphone

Microsoft’s productivity innovations

"Microsoft’s productivity innovations".

Now there is a classic El Reg oxymoron if I ever saw one!!

Hehe, still writing code for a living? It's 2018. You could be earning x3 as a bug bounty hunter

Marty McFly
Facepalm

It's a bunch of bravo-sierra article

"A survey of 1,700 bug bounty hunters from more than 195 countries"

The US State department only identifies 195 total states in the world: https://www.state.gov/s/inr/rls/4250.htm So it is not possible to have bounty hunters in "more than" 195 states.

When I see inflated statistics like that, it makes the rest of the data presented questionable.

BOFH: Buttock And Departmental Defence ... As A Service

Marty McFly
Happy

More Rita!

Executives come and go. But good Executive Assistants know where the bodies are buried.

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