* Posts by KroSha

335 posts • joined 17 Jun 2009


Farewell then, Slack: The grown-ups have arrived


Slack is useful, but it's a bugger to search for one specific piece of info. I hate that some software houses use it as their user support.

Admin needed server fast, skipped factory config … then bricked it


Re: C'mon, Dr. S, this kind of trolling is beneath you.

Macs are tingley. If you use the "plug only" adaptor for an Apple product, there's no earth connection (even in the UK). If you have the extension lead, there is. I've had several people at work complain that their Mac feels fuzzy. I get it on my MBA if I don't use the extension cable, which I always do now.

My PC is on fire! Can you back it up really, really fast?


SWMBO did the same with a CRT iMac G3. It still works today!

X marks the Notch, where smartmobe supercycles go to die


"Perfectly happy with my pixel2 at £450, half the price of an iPhone and beats them in every area..."

Cost more than my SE, and beats your Pixel2 in every area...

Torvalds schedules Linux kernel 5.0, then maybe delays 'meaningless' release


Re: As with the browsers


eBay has locked me into undeletable Catch-22 trap, complains biz bod


Paypal problems

A Polish games company I deal with has stated very clearly that they will not be offering PayPal as an option on their latest KickStarter. This is entirely due to the difficulties that they had getting PayPal to release funds after their previous £1.7m campaign.

Uber: Ah yeah, we pay women drivers less than men. We can explain!


It's not a "gender pay gap", or a "gender wage gap"; it's a "earnings gap". The men take home more because they work longer hours and have more experience and thus earn more. Women have an equal opportunity to earn exactly the same or more than their counterparts. All they have to do is put in the effort to achieve this.

Should ISPs pay to block pirate websites? Supreme Court to decide


Re: Follow the money

The question always boils down to who bears the cost when the party at fault can't be caught?

The answer is always: "The person who has something to lose."

In every other field, it's the original IP holder who has to take the counterfeiter to court, at their own cost. Usually, the judgement awards them costs, so they don't actually lose anything. But in these cases, they aren't going to get a court order, because they have no idea who the infringer actually is. So they end up out of pocket and the infringer has to find a new route to market.

If they actually want knock-offs off the market, they are going to have to play to get them taken down, at their own cost, or suffer the brand damage that comes with it.

Going after the ISP is like suing the Royal Mail for delivering the goods at the end of the purchase.

As Apple fixes macOS root password hole, here's what went wrong


I think you'll find that it'll be rolled in to the next beta release.


Re: Everyone hyping - slow down a little

I have, partially. I tried on my work iMac (10.13.1) and managed to get the System Prefs to unlock. I couldn't login as root at the login window or via the terminal.

$10,000-a-dram whisky 'wasn't even a malt'



With gin, you'll always get a much wider range of flavours than with Scotch, as the flavours are what it's all about. Gin is easy to differentiate, which is why there are a plethora to choose from at the moment, all with their own distinctive taste.

Gin Mare is one of my favourites as well; try Bulldog or Martin's Icelandic gin. They're nice. But you're right, too nice to be drowned in tonic.

Apple hauls in $52.6bn in Q4, iPhone, iPad and Mac sales all up


"the Mac had its best-ever full year for revenue"

Possibly because the prices are at their highest ever and there has been a dearth of new models in recent years?

Even if the Touchbar is generally useless, lots are buying it, just because they need a new 15" MBP to replace the 2010 model that's died.

Don't fear the reap... er, automation: Puppet hopes to make IT boring, says that's a good thing


Re: "There's a lot of drama around deployments because they aren't fully tested."

PHB : "It needs to be deployed tonight. The COO wants it done."

Me : "Are you sure? It will probably work, but we haven't tested it yet and I'm on holiday for a week from tomorrow."

A week later....

PHB : "Where were you?!? I tried to get you for days! It didn't work!"

Me : "Show me."



Me : "Fixed."

Something similar happens every quarter or so.

IT reseller Misco UK shutters warehouse and distie centre


Re: "Release"

Is "terminating" any better?

Science fiction great Brian Aldiss, 92, dies at his Oxford home


A glass to you, sir.

For your imagination, effort and the inspiration you provided to young minds reaching for the stars.

Nationwide’s online banking goes down again


Agreed. I've tried a fair few of the online banking systems, between the wife's accounts and mine, and Nationwide is by far the nicest and most reliable.

I just pity the poor buggers that have had to work all Sunday to fix this, with glares from the PHBs.

Intel pitches a Thunderbolt 3-for-all


Re: Usuually when you hear about hardware standards you expect a bunch of mfgs signed up

Additionally, there's no way to tell if a port is USB-C or Thunderbolt 3. They both look the same. The current crop of MacBooks has a single USB-C port. It isn't a Thunderbolt port. I mistakenly tried to connect one to a MBA Thunderbolt port yesterday for Target Disk Mode.

Why is the Sinclair ZX Spectrum Vega+ project so delayed?


Re: Meh

Agreed. I would have made a fantastic xmas present for the wife, but her birthday is in July, so there's hope yet. Or there's xmas this year.

RCL's stance that they will refund anyone who wants out is commendable, but naive. They should have just said "crowdfunding!" and kept working. No point wasting energy on whiners. Better late than never.

Smart guns are a neat idea on paper. They'll never survive reality


Re: 'Smart guns' - an inherent failure

" It is assumed I'm not an idiot ..."

I think I see the issue.

BT's hiring! 500 more customer service folk to answer your angry calls


Re: Customer Hatred

I left Orange for precisely this reason. They couldn't seem to understand that I didn't want to receive spam SMS about Orange services. After about 15 requests over 3 months, I ported to Three and have been happy ever since.

Say bye-bye to net neutrality next year, gloats FCC commish Pai


Re: A small side question.

That's a co-operative, which is probably dangerously close to communism/socialism for most USA-ians.

Plastic fiver: 28 years' work, saves acres of cotton... may have killed less than ONE cow*


Re: lifetimes and other matters

The guy who sold me my bacon roll this morning complained that they stick together. Maybe a bit more grease needed?

Accessories to crime: Facial recog defeated by wacky paper glasses


Re: Mr Potatohead

It's either that or Mega-City One Blob fashion: http://dreddreviews.blogspot.co.uk/2011/08/complete-case-files-06.html

Dropbox apologies for clunky administrator account access on Macs


"unfortunately some of the permissions aren’t as granular as we would like"

B******s! Under no circumstances does an app need permissions to the whole system in order to sync user files. It's running in user space and only needs user permissions, nothing higher, and certainly not root. As for granularity, I call B******s on that too. UNIX's ACLs and granularity go hand in hand.

I was dubious about the new Dropbox app ever since I heard it installed a kext. Definitely deleting it from my Mac now.

French, German ministers demand new encryption backdoor law


"... escrowed with every gov agency world wide who demands them, just how long until the well funded criminal gangs..."

You seem to be implying that these are two different groups of people.

Hello, Barclays? Why hello, John Smith. We meet again


Wrong biometeric

Nationwide have added TouchID to their iOS app. Touch isn't great and at least this is an alternative to the usual PIN. But voice just seems the most variable biometric to choose. What if you've a cold. Or it's windy, Or you're on a train. Or haven't good signal. Or are in a car...

Server vendor has special help desk for lying, incompetent sysadmins


Morning off for outsourcing

I used to work for a major UK "Service Provider". One day I get a call to a data centre down in Wapping. The contract requires response within 4 hours, so I get down there sharpish.

Seems that a new guy had started on the Security team. He beeped into the data room, with his pass and checked whatever he was supposed to be checking. On the way out, he didn't realise that he also need to beep out, and pressed the big button next to the door; the Big Red Button.

Taking the whole room down fried multiple servers and there were a good half dozen guys in the room, all trying to get clients' kit back up.

Avoiding Liverpool was the aim: All aboard the world's ONLY moving aqueduct



"Strangely narrow boat users apparently sometimes complain at the delay.."

Some boaters will moan about *anything*. (See, that's a meta-moan)

Android tablets too bitter a pill for Dell


The company will also quit updating Android

Just to, y'know, get a final kick in to those that *did* spend some cash on them. When does the support end?

The Microsoft-LinkedIn hookup will be the END of DAYS, I tell you


They don't read them. I regularly get offers for things I am not qualified for and are not in my skill-set. I think that a lot of them think IT is like reading; you can read a book, so you can read a thesis, no?

Now Google backs everyone's favorite trade pact: The TPP


Re: Sigh ...

US article, written by US Reg hack, ergo US spelling.

Belgian brewery lays 3.2km beer pipeline


Re: Go visit

I went there for my stag. Brilliant place for a visit, and the Zot is very nice.

Dropbox gets all up in your kernel with Project Infinite. Cue uproar


Re: I don't get the fuss

In which case, sir, you are an idiot. There is a massive difference between hardware kexts and a data copy agent. Even if they "hacked the client", that's a user process, not a kernel one.

Currently, Dropbox has access to one folder on my system. The only non-trival item in that folder is an encrypted .dmg, to which Dropbox does not and will not have the key.

Anyone who gives an online syncing service "access to everything of worth on my computer" deserves everything they get.

China leaves Apple books, movies on the cutting room floor


Re: Encryption-related?

Wow, I didn't realise that you HAD to use iTunes! I wonder how I manage to load everything into Marvin and VLC on my iPad?

When is making $20bn in three months not enough? When your name is Google


Re: The original reality distortion field.

"why aren't they running a google sized enterprise?"

Because that would involve pulling their finger out their asses and doing more than just waving it in the air?

Because they'd actually be responsible for getting things wrong? Because they wouldn't just be playing with other people's money, but would be personally committed to fulfilling their own predictions?

Netflix's $1.81 billion Q1 disappoints markets


Re: Huge Bandwidth Hog

"There is no setting in the app to specify quality - and therefore bandwidth consumption."

Sign in to the website. My Account >> Playback settings.

I have mine set to Medium; 0.7GB/h and that looks good on a tablet.

Web backup biz Monster Cloud monstered after monster price hike


Re: Another dot com manager is going to bite the bullet

For £360 you can buy a good NAS and stick a couple of TB in it. Then next year a couple more TB and you've got a decent backup.

Monster crowdfunding total raised for Sinclair ZX Spectrum Vega+


Re: Nostalgia crisis

You should try Oolite.

Only 12% of UK thinks Snoopers' Charter is 'adequately explained'


"making personal data easier for government officials to access will also make it easier for criminals to access that data as well"

Particularly when it's the same group of people.

Obama: What will solve America's gun problem? What could it be? *snaps fingers* Technology!


Re: Stats for comparison

It means that there are more guns than people.

WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg


Virtual insanity

Dad, I think I trod in something virtual....

Pirate MEP: Microsoft's walled garden is no consumer pleasure park


Re: Dodgy legal ground..

Obligatory xkcd


It's all Uber! France ends its love affair with ride-sharing app


Re: Does Uber have something that...

Thing is, as is so often the case, the current incumbents have an awful lot of cash piled in the trough. Whether they are filling or gorging, there's a lot of money involved and no one like to think that someone isn't paying their wedge.

Just WALK IN and buy an Apple Watch. Are you mad?


Re: Selfridges

There's a reseller in the tech area in the basement.

Snakes on a backplane: Server-room cabling horrors


I had to get inside a comms cabinet once. The cables were everywhere; front, top, sides and even through the middle. I had to wriggle underneath the port panels and in behind to detangle some leads. Unfortunately, there was a 4-way on the floor (hidden under more cables) and I stepped on it, killing power to all the switches in the room.

Kickstarter folk pay $8 MEELLION for joys of EXPLODING KITTENS



Regular deck; 15k backers

NSFW deck; 200k backers (including me)


Privacy? What privacy? EU's draft law on your data is useless, say digital rights orgs


Some serious lobbying money has been spent here. I still say that the EP is a serious burden to Joe Public, except that most people don't know who their MEP is or what they do. Given that they dictate so much of our legislation, we need far more coverage on their activities and should be holding them to far higher standards.


Re: It would be interesting ....

And probably "not in the public interest".

El Reg regains atomic keyring capability


Re: Originals still going strong

YMMV; I found my old one recently, it has gone dark.

Intel, Apple and Cisco crossed off Chinese Gov's kit list


Re: One possibility we're not considering....

“domestic security technology firms offered more product guarantees than overseas rivals”

They guarantee that the State will be able to snoop on anything they damn well want to.


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