* Posts by Anonymous Coward

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Apple bestows first hardware upgrades in years upon neglected iPad Mini and Air lines

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Holmes

Re: Quote from Saint Jobs himself

This is not a stylus. It's an Apple Pencil. Completely different thing, you see. Just keep drinking the kool-aid.

That's Huawei I like it: Chinese giant's cloudy arm dumps 19-inch rack for newer model

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Re: Stupid.

and we should still use AT keyboards and serial mice, or at a pinch PS2. We don't want any of this new-fangled USB nonsense.

What happened to my 20" disk platters though? They had their issues, but we could work around them. You could easily lose these 2.5" disks, you know.

Also, bring back 2.1mm jacks for low voltage power. They worked fine for my grandad; no need for anything more convenient.

AA batteries are fine, but why not keep powering portable equipment with PP9 lantern packs?

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Things change. At least they're making the rack bigger so that any 19" kit you've got could be fitted with a trivial adapter bracket.

College student with 'visions of writing super-cool scripts' almost wipes out faculty's entire system

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Boffin

Re: We've all been there

Write the script to check its location (`pwd` and/or `hostname` output) before doing anything dangerous.

'Naut trio successfully dock at ISS after Soyuz rocket goes all the way

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Mushroom

Best description ever

"went a bit explodey"

"One of the boosters failed to separate correctly and reconnected with the big metal bag of rocket fuel."

Best bit of journalism I've read for ages!

Don't be a WordPress RCE-hole and patch up this XSS vuln, pronto

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Facepalm

Re: Security-aware folk are unlikely to be affected by this

The link they click on doesn't have to be in a comment.

The problem is that they can post a comment by clicking a link somewhere else, and that comment that they inadvertently post can contain javascript.

The example in the article creates a malicious link in the comment that they didn't mean to post, but only as an example of something that would pass the basic sanitisation that wordpress performs.

That's Numberwang! Google Cloud staffer breaks record for most accurate Pi calculation

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Facepalm

Re: Output

RTFA. Follow link. Done.

Available as an API or a disk snapshot.

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Derived is an interesting way of saying "spelling mistake"

Windows XP point-of-sale machine gets nasty sniffle. Luckily there's a pharmacy nearby

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Joke

Re: Couldn't a Pi do the job these days ? @Roland5

"Provided you resource it well enough"

You forgot the 'joke alert' icon. They're not interested in supporting old stuff if they can sell new stuff instead.

Open-source 64-ish-bit serial number gen snafu sparks TLS security cert revoke runaround

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Holmes

Really

Were they really relying on a 64(ish)-bit RNG to never produce a collision, or where they also checking that the output was unique too.

Personally I would never sign-off on the former because Murphy's law will kick in at some point. If something has a 1 in a billion chance of going wrong, it will do so 9 times out of 10.

Crew Dragon returns to dry land as NASA promises new space station for the Moon

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Joke

Re: And with this mission, USSR/Russia is consigned to be the Portugal of the Space Race.

You're missing something... America is simply Russia's puppet (apparently). Any advances America might make are attributable to Mother Russia. Funding a presidential campaign is far cheaper than funding all that messy R&D

Yelp-for-MAGAs app maker is warned there are holes in its code. Does it A. Just fix the problem, or B. Threaten to call the FBI, too?

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Terminator

I wouldn't

"The FBI threat is a threat, I didn’t do anything illegal," he told The Register. "I didn’t break or hack anything. Everything was open."

You may well be perfectly innocent, but you probably shouldn't plan to travel to/through the USA unless you want a particularly prolonged stay. The have form for detaining researchers who embarrass them.

Amazon may finally get its hands on .amazon after world's DNS overseer loses patience

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Re: Says the dude/tte commentarding on ...

Despite all the hyperbole around brexit, the UK is still a country.

Raiding party! UK's ICO drops in unannounced on couple of dodgy-dialling dirtbag outfits

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Terminator

Timing

Is it just me, or have those calls become far less frequent recently anyway?

Seems about par for the ICO to swoop after a problem has gone away.

(but I would definitely believe that it's just my number that they're not dialling)

Buffer overflow flaw in British Airways in-flight entertainment systems will affect other airlines, but why try it in the air?

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Boffin

Re: Entertainment system pen testing

Let me guess, you drive an Audi?

The radio has a speed-dependant volume (marketed as gala effect), so it has a speed pulse input. Being German, they work natively in SI units.

The first generation of it used a dedicated pin that delivered a pulse, the frequency of which indicated the speed. Later iterations used the CAN bus which also negated the need to enter a PIN after changing battery etc as it keyed itself to the serial number of the dash ECU.

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Re: So, uhhhmm, why should I care?

Worst case scenario, the cabin crew would have to go and press the 'reboot' button on the master console.

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Boffin

Re: Entertainment system pen testing

Car radios are linked to the engine management far more than you would think. The CAN bus is everywhere!

This is more akin to sticking a USB stick in a car radio and expecting it to open your garage door.

Sure, we've got a problem but we don't really want to spend any money on the tech guy you're sending to fix it

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Boffin

Re: Driving staff away

When working locally, you bring your own lunch from home. Total cost to you, maybe £2. When travelling somewhat locally, you (probably) get fast-food somewhere, probably costing £5-10. When staying away, you will be expected to eat a proper meal in the evening, which means a restaurant and the costs inherent with that vs cooking your own meal at home.

You're not really claiming the cost of the meal, but the difference in cost compared to eating your own food. As it's not practical to assign a value to home-prepared food, that's assumed to be £0

Tim Apple. Larry Oracle. Ginni Layoffs: It works so why the heck not?

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Megaphone

Hewlett and Packard

From the article "or Dave Hewlett and Bill Packard of HP"

Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard, surely. Obviously now to be known as Bill HP (not-the-sauce) and Dave HP (not-the-sauce) anyway.

TalkTalk kept my email account active for 8 years after I left – now it's spamming my mates

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Paris Hilton

The government devised porn filter is yet to be proven effective. I wouldn't use it as an example of "see, they can do it" because within about 3 seconds of it being deployed, it'll be bypassed.

OK, it's probably the same in the social networks will manage to skirt around any equivalent law, but that's presumably not the point you were trying to make.

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Trollface

Re: It is too late

and why wouldn't they be sending through talktalk? The user cannot change their password, so no risk there. Any SPF or DKIM that talktalk might apply will automatically pass.

OK, if the account gets closed down then they'll probably start sending the same messages through a 3rd party, but as things stand there's no reason to do so.

Hipster whines at tech mag for using his pic to imply hipsters look the same, discovers pic was of an entirely different hipster

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Coat

I don't. Neither does the AC above. That must make us fairly unique?

Silent Merc, holy e-car... Mflllwhmmmp! What is that terrible sound?

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Megaphone

Re: Discrimination!

Deaf people use their other senses to compensate, so their situational awareness is usually pretty good.

Idiots, however, don't.

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Big Brother

Also as a cyclist I can vouch for the fact that functioning vision doesn't always help. The number of car drivers who have looked directly at me and then proceeded to attempt to kill me is astounding.

How to keep your flock of users secure: Let them know exactly who and where the wolves are

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Alert

Re: No Comeback

Allowing people to sue and/or fines won't achieve what you expect.

It'll simply lead to a higher rate of companies being declared bankrupt.

Big companies will undoubtedly set up a plethora of small companies that you 'actually' do business with so that they can be wound-up as needed.

Adi Shamir visa snub: US govt slammed after the S in RSA blocked from his own RSA conf

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The delay in processing is unrelated to the fact that Trump makes it embarrassing to be American

Linux 5.0 is out except it's really 4.21 because Linus 'ran out of fingers and toes' to count on

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Linux

Re: Windows version numbering

XP (SP2 onwards) was as good as 7 and also had to be sabotaged to get people to leave.

Both versions were the .1 kernel releases - coincidence?

I'll just wait here for the 10.1 kernel....

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This WAS going to be 4.21, but he decided that 21 was not practical to count on fingers and toes (of which he has 20)

In these days of gender equality, he decided to make it 5.0 rather than requiring the use of other *ahem* body parts.

We're not throttling you, says Vodafone, claiming slow vid streaming is down to the 'cards'

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Facepalm

Re: Must do better!

El Reg asked Voda what the problem was. Voda replied saying "line cards". El Reg said "Nope. That doesn't make sense. Try again". Voda haven't replied (yet).

How does that become El Reg not understanding line cards? Perhaps you need to RTFA again?

I say, that sucks! Crooks are harnessing hoovers to clean out parking meters in Chelsea

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Perhaps your problem is related to the 12 digit card number. Most credit cards have 16 digits.

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Pirate

Re: Trickle down economy?

"a hooker @ £4/hr"

If I met a hooker who charged just £4/hr, I wouldn't even touch her with my bargepole.

Amazon Prime Air flight crashes in Texas after 6,000ft nosedive

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Alien

Re: I await the accident report with interest

I rather suspect that a suicidal pilot would choose to either go down in the water, or in the middle of a city (depending on intended number of lives ruined) rather than flying over the water and then crashing into unpopulated mud flats.

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Facepalm

Re: We all thought the same!

Presumably the many voices inside the OP's head,

This image-recognition neural net can be trained from 1.2 million pictures in the time it takes to make a cup o' tea

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Boffin

Re: You can't make a cup of tea in 90 seconds

That ~23 cups per second claim is rather dubious...

According to their data, they have 140 litres of water on board and it uses 1000 litres in 25 minutes. Therefore it has a runtime of ((140/1000)x25) = 3.5 minutes = 210 seconds.

210x23 = 4830 cups of tea per tankful.

140 litres (remember, the tank capacity) / 4830 cups = 29ml per cup. That's slightly less than 2 tablespoons per cup. If someone served me that as a cup of tea, I'd be mightily disappointed.

'Occult' text from Buffy The Vampire Slayer ep actually just story about new bus lane in Dublin

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Plus the fact that the internet is a wholly different entity now than it was back in the 90s

Solder and Lego required: The Register builds glorious Project Alias gizmo to deafen Alexa

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Boffin

Re: I'm curious...

Breaking the handshake would only stop the communication; it wouldn't enable you to see what they were sending. Unless you can install your own root CA / private key on the device, but if you can do that then you probably wouldn't bother with a network-based MITM

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Re: @AC ... If I was to have one @ Ian Michael Gumby

It also generally works out cheaper in the long run to buy a system like this rather than building your own, running in the necessary cables, tweaking it when it doesn't quite work properly and eventually giving up and buying the commercial version anyway.

Fun fact: GPS uses 10 bits to store the week. That means it runs out... oh heck – April 6, 2019

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Boffin

Re: ... has a total land volume of 80,823 square miles

Not cubic miles. I'd go with deciBels for volume.

Hold horror stories: Chief, we've got a f*cking idiot on line 1. Oh, you heard all that

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Re: id10t

"user interface issue" as in "I want to punch the user in ter face"

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

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Linux

Re: 646464

Or people are getting concerned that a 19+ year life for something that this software gets integrated into might not be that far-fetched.

I, for one, don't want to have to deal with any Y2038 problems.

Housing biz made to pay £1.5k for sticking fingers in its ears when served a subject access request

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Paris Hilton

Re: Fine

Personally, I'd never admit to honouring a "right to be forgotten". I'd phrase it more like "we've either never had any dealings with this person, or have erased their details as per procedure"

If you can tell that you've forgotten someone's details, you actually haven't.

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Unhappy

Fine

So for failing to abide by the law and ignoring the authority's enforcement notices on 4 occasions (3 written, 1 verbal), they got a £300 fine (+costs)

Doesn't sound proportional to me. I would've expected it to warrant a fine around 100× that amount.

Brit Mars bot named while NASA 'nauts must wait a bit longer for a US rocket trip to the ISS

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Windows

Re: Space?

They've changed the specification to match their own reality.

Like what happens with virtually all software projects.

National Enquirer's big Pecker tried to shaft me – but I wouldn't give him an inch, says Jeff Bezos after dick pic leak threat

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Holmes

Re: I have some questions

It's not blackmail, it's negotiation.

Well, that's probably their defence anyway.

RIP, RDP... nearly: Security house Check Point punches holes in remote desktop tools

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Boffin

They suffer many of the same vulnerabilities, but Microsoft have decided to declare them as "not serious"

It's easy to make your software bug-free when you declare every issue "not a bug"

Sysadmin's three-line 'annoyance-buster' busts painstakingly crafted, crucial policy

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Re: So it went...

Don't worry AC, we've all been there. Firewall rules on colo servers, VPN to customer sites, etc etc.

Sometimes you can cobble together something to get you back in, sometimes you have to phone up and eat humble pie. Sometimes you can just put it off until you're next on-site and fix it discretely.

Mobile network Three UK's customer details exposed in homepage blunder

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Facepalm

Re: Security? Really.

So, because the number is non-routable, you assume that it will be routed to a miscreant. Rather than realising that it can only connect to a service provided by the carrier?

The key here is that you dial 333 from your '3' phone. It's not an incoming call with a spoofed number. All carriers in the UK operate similar shortcodes.

You got a smart speaker but you're worried about privacy. First off, why'd you buy one? Secondly, check out Project Alias

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Paris Hilton

Re: Why not just

I was going to suggest that, but have the smart socket controlled by a digital assistant.

Alexa, turn on Google Home.

OK Google, turn Alexa on.

Techie finds himself telling caller there is no safe depth of water for operating computers

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Facepalm

Re: Design deficiencies

The builders that built my house decided that the best way to attach the shower to the wall was the grip-ring of a push-fit fitting and rely on the water pipe to hold it in place. No screws needed.

Surprisingly it lasted about 3 years before it jumped off in the middle of the night and sprayed water everywhere.

Girlfriend panicked. I calmly turned the water supply off and went back to sleep.

5 minutes work in the morning with a power drill and a couple of screws sorted it properly. And lots of cursing of the lazy bastard builders for not doing that.

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Boffin

Re: Header pic

(in Chrome) Right-click on image. Search google for image.

https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/muadzam-shah-malaysia-may-7-2017-638861227

"Muadzam Shah , Malaysia - May 7, 2017 : Socket outlets in the flooded computer room at Kolej Vokasional Muadzam Shah, Malaysia"

Chang'e 4 wakes and Yutu 2 stretches its solar panels for another day... on the friggin' MOON

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Joke

Re: did China build a movie studio to mimic the Moon surface?

Well, obviously, somebody placed a mock-up of the fake lander on the moon just so that the telescopes (once built) will have some 'evidence' to look at.

They've really thought it through.

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