* Posts by Tom 38

3653 posts • joined 21 Jul 2009

Vengeful sacked IT bod destroyed ex-employer's AWS cloud accounts. Now he'll spent rest of 2019 in the clink

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Re: Voova should take some heat here...

Though curiously and I'm sure someone could help me out here but if it's in the cloud is it not backed up anyway by the cloud provider in case of problems with them?

To take AWS as an example, instance storage doesn't even survive a reboot. S3 storage is redundantly stored, and you can even version things stored in the bucket so that you can roll them back to previous versions, however if you deliberately erase the bucket, there isn't a backup of it that they can restore for you. You can backup S3 buckets to Glacier for archival/backup, but again, you can also destroy those backups.

You can also apply different security policies to stop admin credentials being used to perform these sorts of disasters, but many firms don't bother and just have virtually no restrictions at all on their admins.

Croydon school rolling in toilet roll after Brexit gift deemed unfit for the Queen's Anus Horribilis

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Re: re: I wonder why they would pretend to think....

Its not about the chlorination, its about that chlorination in abattoirs is thought to replace the EU practices of keeping the place actually clean of bacteria in the first place. US believes that chlorine washing can compensate for poor hygiene standards, and has a 0.4% population incidence rate of both campylobacter and salmonella infections (estimated), whilst the UK currently has 0.1% incidence of campylobacter and 0.01% of salmonella (actual).

PS: Only "pre-washed" lettuce has the chlorine rinse.

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

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Re: Stupid.

Theres no 21" LACK rack, that's for damn sure.

How many Reg columnists does it take to turn off a lightbulb?

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Re: Long way around the barn!

I think "scrum" is an amazing analogy for that type of "agile working". You have two teams of people who push constantly against each other, 4 out of 5 times it collapses in upon itself, no-one has a clue why it fails, someone always has the people propping it up by the balls and there is always one or two snarky little gobshites who have nothing to do with the scrum arguing with the ref about why its not their teams fault it went down.

If at first you don't succeed, you may be trying to install that Slow Ring Windows 10 build

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Slow ring sounds like a cause of anal seepage.

'They took away our Cup-a-Soup!' Share your tales of bleak breakout areas with us

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Re: A fridge!!!

We never used to have a cup. We used to have to drink out of a rolled up newspaper.

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We had a communal fridge that broke, but no-one ever cleaned it out. After about 6 months, someone from FM slapped a "Biohazard" label on it, and then when we moved office 3 years later they had to get in a specialist disposal team to finally deal with it.

Hey mate, are you dense? Why, yes. Yes, I am, says the NAND in Micron's new client SATA SSD

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Surprised the m.2 doesn't come in a PCIe/NVMe interface - whats the point of getting m.2 if it is still going to be AHCI - surely 90+% of m.2 slots support PCIe by now.

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

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Re: Most likely political

Not to mention they won't need to pay people to service the machines. Kensington and Chelsea don't like paying people to do things.

Foldables herald the beginning of the end of the smartphone fetish

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I'm not convinced by any of these foldable

Anything mechanical will break. If it hinges, its going to break at the hinge. Screen on the outside (Huawei), yeah, that's not going to scratch or fracture within a month. Roller blind phone? Will we get special trousers to take these extra thick slabs around included in the purchase price (50% thicker than the original iphone, which was pretty thick)? Or we don't use it like a phone, in which case wtf is the fucking point..

Might as well just call them fancy rich people tablets, thats the only niche they're going to fill.

Brave claims its mobe browser batt use bests whatever you're using. Why? Hint: It begins with A then D then V...

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Re: sigh

Not as long as I'm paying for the hardware and power.

Bit small minded. You aren't paying for the server that has produced the content, or the electricity running that server, or the internet connection used to deliver it to you. The ads are the cost of getting the content; not displaying the ads is like watching cable TV without a subscription - hey its your electricity running the TV, that must be fine.

I dislike ads just as much as anyone else does, the way things are currently makes most websites tediously slow to load and use way more resources than it should be to just display an ad.

Moneybags Buffett on ditching Oracle stake: I don't think I understand where the cloud is going

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Re: Shed

Which is why almost all the cloud providers immediately try to lock you in with their added features. Sure, you can run your regular servers on AWS, but why don't you use this little feature instead of doing that bit yourself, it will be much cheaper. OK, now how about this feature, now this feature...

Before long, your "cloud" systems are something that have really become AWS-only systems, because to move all those services to GCloud, or Azure will require redoing all those specific AWS features either yourself or using GCloud features. To be truly cloud agnostic is difficult, not because its difficult to do stuff in cloud, but because it is too tempting to take the quick win and lock yourself in.

Linus Torvalds pulls pin, tosses in grenade: x86 won, forget about Arm in server CPUs, says Linux kernel supremo

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Re: well done

I (and ONLY ME!) did the ENTIRE FRONT-END compiler

The only thing you did the entirety of is the crack pipe.

Artificial Intelligence: You know it isn't real, yeah?

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Re: the error is in call it "AI" !!!

Even ML isn't really right. The machines aren't learning, we're aren't "teaching" them to do anything. All we are doing is using datasets to produce statistical predictions on future data. Model wrong? Bad data? Start again from scratch, because the prediction outcomes will be wrong - the machine doesn't learn anything from the previous incarnation.

EPIC demand: It's time for Google to fly the Nest after 'forgetting' to mention home alarm hub has built-in mic

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Re: The problem in the US is that privacy is not a *consumer* right, it's a *citizen* right.

But... Small Government!

Also we need $25 billion for a wall and will be taking your land. Small Government!

Go, go, Gadgets Boy! 'Influencer' testing 5G for Vodafone finds it to be slower than 4G

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Re: local shops

Hackney Wick is about as peak hipster as you can get. There are art collectives operating out of disused warehouses, bookshops on canal boats, microbreweries, food trucks, street art, artisanal pizzas and more beards and piercings than you can count. Still, £4 for a large gin and ginger beer isn't bad.

The generator was running on petrol, pretty sure from the racket.

PS if you like the street art stuff, hurry up. When I moved to Stratford in 2014, I'd guess 90% of Hackney Wick was disused warehouses covered with street art, nowadays its about 20%; the rest has already been converted to obscenely expensive executive flats.

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Re: local shops

Hah! I agree in principle, but this "store" was actually a bar operating out of a canal boat selling home made ginger beer with shots of gin. Not much scope for fixed broadband when you don't have a fixed mooring.

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Re: 5G vs 4G

I'd take any tech that means that the local shops using iZettle can still take payments when the London Stadium is full of whatever football fans are in there that day, instead of 5 minutes of the bearded ones turning it on and off before finally accepting the notes I'm waving in front of them.

Secret mic in Nest gear wasn't supposed to be a secret, says Google, we just forgot to tell anyone

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Re: Don't be........

I haven't heard of the "Don't be gullible", I was just going to get the Moto G7. Is the "Don't be gullible" a new range?

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

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Re: "Once more with Feeling"

When SyFy started showing it again on their channels, they had a launch party at the Prince Charles theatre, and I bagged two tickets in the prize draw. Sing-a-long version of "Once more with feeling" and "Chosen", plus goody bags and an open bar. The missus, who is Bulgarian and has no concept of Buffy, was most amused by all us 30-40yr old geeks singing along (the open bar helped in that aspect).

Return of the audio format wars and other money-making scams

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Re: Behind the curve

Pledgemusic is/was a site for crowdfunding music production, with most of the money going directly to the actual band themselves. My Danish friend, who is 24 and for some reason a huge Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark fan, got me to purchase, collect and then send on to her their latest vinyl release because they wouldn't ship to Denmark.

The idea was that bands would set a fundraising goal, when enough people signed up for it, the band would then produce the music, Pledgemusic would create the physical media and distribute it and pay the band. Unfortunately, just after Christmas, apparently Pledgemusic ran out of money, and stopped paying the bands what they were due and fulfilling pledged music. Currently they are saying that everyone will get paid as long as someone buys the company, which isn't that promising.

Hungover this morning? Thought 'beer before wine and you'll be fine'? Boffins prove old adage just isn't true

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Re: Well someone's been on a heavy drinking session

Some people seem to leave their nice booze until the end of the evening, which is totally the wrong way around.

Its to do with drinking booze all night, until the bell rings at 11. If you start on the strong stuff immediately, you could drink too much too soon, and then you won't make 11. If you start with the beer and only switch to the strong stuff from 10:30 onwards, good chance you will see 11 (and then maybe pass out in the street instead, or drop your kebab, or many other long standing British traditions).

This also explains our national drink related problems, get as much beer in until you're very drunk, then slam as many strong drinks until the bell rings, and then wander out of the pub at the same time as everyone else and compete for taxis, buses and takeaways. The town I grew up in had 7000 people, 27 pubs, no night buses, 1 taxi firm and 2 takeaways. 11:15pm on a Friday was a jungle.

Cop films chap on body-worn cam because he 'complains about cops a lot'. Chap complains

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Re: a bit like cameras in ATMs

Its in the 3rd paragraph...

The case was brought by an individual, AB, who had reported a burglary at a non-residential property he owned. Hampshire Constabulary officers later visited his home address to tell him the force would not be investigating.

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Re: a bit like cameras in ATMs

Absence of evidence does make us innocent. "We knows it was you, you dirty thievin scum" is not evidence, only evidence is evidence. No evidence, no guilt.

The real disgusting thing here is that this guy has experienced a crime, the cops won't investigate that crime, but are quite happy to try and entrap him somehow for something else. If they want people to stop treating them with suspicion and thinking they act like a licensed gang, this sort of thing has to stop.

US lawmakers furious (again) as mobile networks caught (again) selling your emergency location data to bounty hunters (again)

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Can anyone explain why the FCC was shut down

They shutdown in January, but why? FCC is an independent agency funded through regulatory fees. How does the partial federal government shutdown affect their ability to work?

Trolling in the Reg's forums... we mean, er, 'working' on the train still rubbish thanks to patchy data coverage

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Re: 80% on the west coast mainline

Sorry, I think you got confused - when they're talking about trains, its just the ones that go in and out of London they care about.

Website programming? Pffft, so 2011. Python's main squeeze is now data science, apparently

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Re: Re Good job Python isn't a syntax Nazi.

15 years of working on real software projects, thanks very much. Maybe someday you'll get to work somewhere where you can influence code quality standards too.

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Re: Re Good job Python isn't a syntax Nazi.

When things get too complicated that indentation is a problem for you, refactor so they are no longer so complicated.

Amid polar vortex... Honeywell gets frosty reception after remote smart thermostat tech freezes up for a week

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Re: Cloud = held to ransom

Really, for an IoT home, there should be one device that talks to all the other IoT devices in your house, from all the different manufacturers, and provides command and control services for those devices. This should be the only thing they talk to, and it should only talk to approved (by you) apps that communicate securely with it over any medium - LAN/WAN/WiFi/BT, whatever. The apps should talk a common protocol with this device, so that you can replace the apps with anything compliant that you pair with the house controller.

Of course, this will never happen. Consumers wouldn't buy it, they will opt for the version that talks directly to cloud servers because it is cheaper (you don't need an extra device), and manufacturers wouldn't make it, because a) they won't get your lovely data and b) it doesn't lock you in to buying things from them.

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Re: IOT=Crap

Solving that problem of "I can't be arsed to touch a light switch". How did you ever live before? /s

Boffin suggests Trappist monk approach for Spectre-Meltdown-grade processor flaws, other security holes: Don't say anything public – zip it

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With greatest respect to El Reg's team

If they can spot that there is something awry with some unannounced security fixes, professional blackhats would also be aware.

Oh cool, the Bluetooth 5.1 specification is out. Nice. *control-F* master-slave... 2,000 results

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Ah, the Pinocchio socket

Siri, how do you wipe that smug smile from Qualcomm's face? Apple wins patent skirmish with chip nemesis

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Re: re: In short, it's a big, expensive mess

The vast majority of adult cats are lactose intolerant, so you may also want to get some kitty litter for mopping up the diarrhoea/vomit. Also describes your post.

Terribly Sorry Bank reports 165% drop in profits to a pre-tax loss of £105.4m

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Faster to open accounts

Much less load on the servers processing applications I'd guess..

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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Re: I'd quite like one for doing cooking related tasks

I've gone for a mix of old school and new tech, eyeballs and knives for checking when stuff on the hob is done, and digital temperature probes for the meat - pulling the bird out when it hits 75°C on the thigh and letting it rest gives a much better roast than oven thermometer + timer, and steaks are trivial to get right, 55°C for medium rare, 60°C for medium and 65°C for medium well. If anyone wants more well done than that, I have an old boot they can chew.

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I'd quite like one for doing cooking related tasks

Setting multiple timers and controlling the tunes hands free sounds appealing, its just the decidedly creepy other side that means they are never coming in here.

We went round to a friend of the missus a few months ago where the guy spent half the evening extolling the virtues of his many Echos, even explaining what you can do with them. It was infuriating that I don't know him well enough to a) correct him b) pull a xkcd blackhat move without also infuriating my lady friend, so I just had to sit there and nod as he explained how, wow, we can also play the music in the living room? Who'd have thought!

Apple yoinks enterprise certs from Facebook, Google, killing internal apps, to show its power

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Re: Privacy and safety?

I agree with everything you are saying big_D, but a "breech" is either the bit of the cannon or rifle behind the bore, or someones buttocks. breach!

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Re: Is the same as the OAuth 'Screw' scenario

A better analogy would be a hire car company renting out a fleet of cars, finding out that the company leasing the cars is deliberately using 10% of the cars for couriering drugs, and cancelling the whole contract. You can't cry about being deprived of the 90% of cars that weren't being used illegally.

And yes, they clearly knew this was against the T&C, which is why they didn't submit the app to the app store.

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Re: Seems to me that FB and Google got caught with their hands in the cookie jar

I'm now waiting for regulatory action: if both Google and Facebook did not make it 100% crystal clear that every action was visible when using this app (and in a VPN that really means a LOT), I think they deserve the maximum fine possible in Europe - especially since they explicitly sought to bypass limitations that made this difficult, had prior warning and had no problem going after kids with this.

The thing which interested me in Facebook's initial statement was that it was "unclear whether any EU citizens were impacted" - really? You're tracking everything a user does on the phone, and you haven't figured out their location. Riiight.

It's Shodan embarrassing: Red-faced Rubrik blames public-facing DB on developer ballsup

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Insecure by default

ElasticSearch, SOLR, redis, MongoDB, probably many more.. - too many products ship with OOTB settings as insecure. Try that with any traditional database like postgres or mariadb, you have to do things to make them insecure.

While US fires criminal charges at Huawei, UK tells legislators not to worry, everything's fine

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Re: Unparalelled

Doesn't unparalelled mean not parallel, I.e. we aren't going in the same direction?

Part 1, Yes.

Part 2, No.

Words have multiple meanings. Parallel has meaning relating to position, in which it means the distance between two lines is equal throughout their length, and it has a meaning relating to similarity, in which it means things that are happening at the same time, or are comparable to each other.

Unparalleled solely refers to the second meaning, referring to a thing that is so superior as to not have another thing that is comparable to the first thing.

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Re: Or more likely....

Please, this is mostly John "I loves me a war" Bolton. He can't wait to antagonise anyone and everyone so that he has somewhere to invade. I wouldn't be surprised if he can only get hard when ordering brown people to be killed.

You like JavaScript! You really like it! Scripting lingo tops dev survey of programming languages

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Re: It will not last ...

Can you remember when people told you Java and Javascript are not the same thing, oh great old one?

Apple: You can't sue us for slowing down your iPhones because you, er, invited us into, uh, your home... we can explain

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This is factually incorrect

Vampires can't enter your house unless invited, but even if you invite them in you aren't powerless to stop them. Try holy water, death breath!

NASA's Opportunity rover celebrates 15 years on Mars – by staying as dead as a doornail

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source? or 'fake news'?

A book by Cliff Sims, a former Trump White House communication official:

In his new book Team of Vipers, former Trump communications official Cliff Sims said that he was with the president on April 24, 2017 when Trump called astronaut Peggy Whitson for setting a new record for spending the most amount of time in space. Everything went well until Trump started asking Whitson about Mars and how soon humans could get there, according to the book, which was earlier reported on by Intelligencer. Whitson responded by referring to Trump’s own directive in a bill outlining a trip to Mars, saying that a human flight wouldn’t happen until the 2030s.

“Well, I think we want to do it in my first term or at worst in my second term,” Trump said, according to Sims. “So I think we’ll have to speed that up a little bit.”

Next, Sims said Trump brought up the issue with NASA administrator Robert Lightfoot Jr. Trump told Lightfoot that he wanted to go to Mars by the end of his Presidential term. Lightfoot was then forced to discuss how difficult it is to go to Mars and all the challenges the U.S. would face in doing it. Trump wasn’t done, according to Sims.

“But what if I gave you all the money you could ever need to do it?” Trump asked, according to Sims. “What if we sent NASA’s budget through the roof, but focused entirely on that instead of whatever else you’re doing now. Could it work then?”

(Also as witnessed by NY Times)

Six Flags fingerprinted my son without consent, says mom. Y'know, this biometric case has teeth, say state supremes...

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Is your argument that he can always just cut off that finger?

Users fail to squeak through basic computer skills test. Well, it was the '90s

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Re: Not sure...

California has some the finest wines. Often beating the french wines

That's as bold a generalisation as saying that Californian rose is cack. There's a lot of crap wine coming from both places, and a lot of excellent too.

Straight outta Blighty: Readers, if you were a tech billionaire, what would you do?

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Re: Britain Needs Us Billionaires

I was a billionaire, then the TRL got devalued, and I had to exchange it back for 150 GBP :(

Hardworking Americans keep busy during the government shutdown driving up smut traffic

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I know, right? Sufficiently advanced satire is often undetectable, although I would have thought all the nob gags would have given it away. Oh well.

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Lets just hope it all ends with a money shot for all the workers currently on their knees.


Trump could have asked for finance before when the Republicans controlled the purse strings but he didn't, now the Democrats have control it's a national emergency?


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