* Posts by TRT

6731 posts • joined 11 Sep 2009

Boffins don't want to burst your bubble – they create them with sound

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Re: Retrofitted justification

Ah... the curse of the government's current translational research bias.

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

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Re: Very brief but large current spikes flowing in the pi

Spiky currants? Those are gooseberries.

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So what you're saying is...

that there's too much currants in the raspberry pi?

Guess who's still in charge of your gas safety, Brits? Capita

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Oh Christ! We're all dead.

The only thing that could make it worse is if their IT was running on Vista.

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

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Re: Security purposes?

Well I can SORT of see why... I mean, installing an antivirus product could often be in response to something that made you think you needed it. Weird browser behaviour, unrequested downloads, pop-ups, that kind of thing. And of course, once they know what the most prevalent trigger is, they can make sure to deploy that more widely in order to increase the general level of paranoia and thus sell more product.

Skype can now record your 'special moments' in front of the computer

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And this cloud recording / speech recognition in the cloud feature now makes phone conversations easily indexed and searchable.

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A colleague has just shown me how his Skype for Business redirected landline now doesn't work properly, but it DOES email him a voice recognition transcript of anything left on his answerphone. That is what I call creepy.

Go Pester someone else: TSB ditches CEO over bank's IT meltdown

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Re: still expected to take away about £1.7m

He got his money for nothin' and cheques for free

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Re: still expected to take away about £1.7m

One interesting thing I'd like to see is into which bank he deposits this £1.7m payoff.

Roskosmos admits that Soyuz 'meteorite' hole had more earthly origins

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You always have it easy, Snips.

Trainer regrets giving straight answer to staffer's odd question

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Re: taking half the side of my thumb with it...

OUCH! That kind of puts one off completing a build, doesn't it?!

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Re: repurposing a PC

Indeed, they had been supplied by the broker as "factory reset". Which didn't include cleaning the fans of dubious cigarette smoke. Yes, apparently Dutch banks allowed smoking in their back rooms in that era. Smoking of herbal cigarettes as well. Either that or it was a total lie that they were ex-bank and they were extracted from a cybercafe instead, in which case I wouldn't have touched them with a bargepole. Well, I didn't have a choice really - the central IT procurement bought the damn things, 1000s of them, and distributed them around the various campuses to the local techs.

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depends on who's blood...

Well it's the IT department's techie's blood... so basically the blood of a virgin.

*shields up!*

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A blood sacrifice on hardware...

hence the lethally sharp edges of casings and heat sinks found in much IT.

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Re: NOT auto voltage

Not quite as impressive a failure, but we got a largish shipment of second hand Dells (60 of them) from an Amsterdam bank's back office to deploy in our Quark teaching labs. Set then all up, checked the voltage plates were all OK, Ghosted them an image we had built, which was a pain with NT, but doable. Half the machines wouldn't run Quark - license failure. Checked everything we could think of - swapped the dongles around to eliminate any that had been damaged in storage for the summer, none had been. Eventually, after many days of arseing around with networks and software builds and Ghost and dongles, we discovered that half the machines had the BIOS settings for the parallel port configured for dumb printers, the other half set for EC2. Much self-kicking went on, and the lesson was learnt that not everything that looks identical, or should be identical is.

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Re: Lightening strike ?

Once upon a time our family had a brand new BT phone fitted, latest model, DTMF, 10 number memory, 3 ring tones, BT431A plug (replacing the old GPO Plan 4 four-ring jack we used to have) ... looked sleek and stylish and came in maroon. I think it was a Sceptre 100. Anyway, we used to unplug it (and the TV) as soon as we heard a storm coming up the valley - a fairly frequent event, two or three times a year on average. One day, God decided that they'd had enough of the Catholic church directly opposite our house and proceeded to try to melt its massive, 1960s copper roof. The Almighty failed to totally vaporise the building, blowing up only one grounding strap connector, but they managed to erase our phone's memory as well as fritzing the microwave's microprocessor.

Microsoft takes a pruning axe to Skype's forest of features

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Re: 'overcomplicated some of our core scenarios'

Skype for Business is on the chopping block anyway. Its features are now rolled into Microsoft Teams, and the core video-call is being shifted onto some better library. Hopefully it retains cross-Skype compatibility, because we still get a lot of people outside the organisation who want to use that. If they are amenable, we now just use Zoom for that - better quality all round and it doesn't break the bank.

TSB goes TITSUP: Total Inability To Surprise Users, Probably

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Re: Heads have rolled

Tough Sacrifice, Boss.

Microsoft gives Windows 10 a name, throws folks a bone

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Windows 10...

Novichok Release.

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Re: Crashy McCrashface?

If you're going down the Schulz route, my favourite is Linus.

Lyon for speed, San Francisco for money, Amsterdam for fun: the best cities to be a techie

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Re: I've been all over this muddy rock ...

The other Shaltenak's Juppleberry shrub is always a more mauvy shade of pinky-russet.

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Re: in Amsterdam no one needs a car.

So in Amsterdam, you're saying the streets are clogged?

Black holes can briefly bring dead white dwarf stars back to life

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that the headline lacks the word "suck".

Fruit flies use the power of the sun to help them fly in straight lines

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Re: If I lived in the middle of the desert..

They're following a CO2 gradient, probably the one caused by your exhaled breath. Just stop breathing for a few minutes - they'll go away.

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A finger-flick is the fastest movement a human can make

Apart from Jeff Bezos if you ask him a question about tax...

Space station springs a leak while astronauts are asleep (but don't panic)

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Reminds me...

Of many happy hours spent playing Traveller. Essential part of the space ship's inventory, roll of Gaffer tape.

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Re: Small leak???

Russian space ship, American space ship... all made in Taiwan.

No D'oh! DNS-over-HTTPS passes Mozilla performance test

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Re: Doesn't this...

Is there a legitimate method for redirecting the first browser call from an as-yet-unidentified client towards an authentication page?

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Doesn't this...

break the DNS intercept that millions of commercial networks rely on in order to redirect browsers to login pages, terms of use pages, pay-voucher systems etc? Or is that catered for by way of a fallback timeout system? And doesn't it also rely on SOAs being uncompromised in the the first place? I mean, it's all well and good encrypting the response so it can travel unmolested, but you can encrypt bad stuff as well as good stuff.

No need to code your webpage yourself, says Microsoft – draw it and our AI will do the rest

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Re: It's getting worse

Web design has fallen victim to fashion. The platform heels, 24" bell bottoms, ripped jeans, chains everywhere phenomenon that sacrifices practicality for looks, form over function. The next big thing will be hexagonal mug shots instead of circular, you watch. Can AI keep up with that?

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Re: The return of front page

Well provided the AI generated code is certified using blockchain, they're onto a winner.

*shakes head in disbelief*

Haven't they got anything better to do?

Boffins bork motion control gear with the power of applied sound

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Gyroscopic screwdrivers?

That are affected by sound? So you need to counteract the resonant attack with an inverted, negating pressure wave. Basically a sonic screwdriver.

OMG! Battle looms over WTF! trademarks

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Isn't that FML?

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Like millennials will really care about having distinct branding on P&G products which are like mostly cleaning and stuff. No way. YOLO - don't waste life taking two bottles into the shower (to clean it).

Southport: Come for a round of golf, stay for the flesh-eating STIs

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Re: ???

Yes. Very probably in Southport. There's bugger all else to do round there. I know. I spent 3 of my teenage years there. The most exciting things to happen in Southport were the annual flower festival, Red Rum and a shooting star once in 1979.

IBM slaps patent on coffee-delivering drones that can read your MIND

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Re: Hello

Tea leaves. Gourmet shit. Are they good for you? Who knows. I mean, who wants to live forever, right? Especially without one's favourite tasty beverage. To be immortal, without 'T', is to be immoral.

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Re: What could possibly go wrong?

If only there was some technologically advanced organisation able to create a robot that can deliver beer...

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Now you can tell someone to literally go f--k themselves over the internet: Remote-control mock-cock patent dies

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Re: Insert smutty joke here...

8" floppy for me!

Too many leftover screws? Ikea website backend goes TITSUP

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A process keep Bummeranging.

Faxploit: Retro hacking of fax machines can spread malware

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Re: Details of the mechanism...

Fair enough! It's not bullshit then. But it's not working the way the media are reporting it. Poison pictures indeed.

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Details of the mechanism...

are sketchy in reports. It's rather "ooh! look, I can fax this picture to you and pwn all your secrets!" rather than "Using a dial-up fax modem, I can cause a buffer overrun on your machine, which is a potential foothold into an exploit of variable effectiveness."

And over-run the buffer into what, exactly? Just because you can cause a particular category of fault or error condition doesn't mean that the error is exploitable. It take a huge leap of the imagination to go from over-running a buffer in image memory to executing very specific coded instructions which will compromise an entire network.

I call this out as 99.999% bullshit attention seeking. Unless it's just the media portraying this as yet another thing to panic about. I expected better from the Reg, though, in terms of technical details.

Google keeps tracking you even when you specifically tell it not to: Maps, Search won't take no for an answer

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Google Slurp

My WAP recorded an UPLOAD of 29GB to a Google+ server over the course of 5 hours in the middle of the night, about three weeks ago. I can't recall what Apps I had accidentally left running, but that's utterly ridiculous. It's half of the entire storage of my phone, and about three times as much as all the photo and music data on there combined.

The only Google apps I have on there are Ingress, Hangouts and Translate. I deleted maps and all the other Google gubbins years ago.

I wouldn't trust them as far as I could throw them. But they have you over a barrel really.

Prank 'Give me a raise!' email nearly lands sysadmin with dismissal

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Re: Incognito Mode?

Don't tell him, Pike.

Creased Lightning: Profits wobble at Virgin Media while fibre project stays sluggish

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Some channels are on Freesat. Not all. Alibi, Eden, Gold and W are all carried on subscription channels.

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Well if some other ISP was able to get me the 200Mbps that I pay Virgin for (it can go up to 350Mbps), then I would gladly ditch the unicorn botherers. F***ing price of it is stupid, and there's hardly anything good on there now. I wish I'd kept the satellite cabling in. In fact, I might run a fresh cable out to the dish... at least I'd get SOME UKTV channels back that way.

Supermicro breathes in, shimmies a PB of Intel flash into one rack unit

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Re: Title Gore...

But the phrase goes "Breathe in!" And I think that's related to fitting a corset or belt where the intercostal muscles contract and lift the rib cage up, allowing bits of viscera etc to squeeze upwards leading to a smaller waist.

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