* Posts by Julz

215 posts • joined 23 Oct 2009


LibreOffice patches malicious code-execution bug, Apache OpenOffice – wait for it, wait for it – doesn't


Re: Of course

I guess that is in the UI of the beholder.

Apple in another dust-up with its fans: iMacs, MacBooks lack filters, choke on grime – lawsuit


Re: Filters?

That wasn't on the power supplies of a rather fetching solar related beast was it? Data centres, or machine rooms as I prefer to call them, are not as clean as you might expect.

WhamWham, bambam, no thank you, SamSam: Iranians accused by the Feds of orchestrating ransomware outbreak


Does Iran have a list of US citizens (and possibly Israeli citizens) that they want to prosecute regarding Stuxnet?

If I close my eyes, the end-of-life kit vanishes: UK banks in doghouse over poor resilience


Glass Houses

The NHS is a world leader in upgrading or removing EOL kit along with the rest of the government departments.

Excuses, excuses: Furious MPs probe banking TITSUPs*

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Rare Events One And All

Its as if saving money by not planning your infrastructure to cope with these foreseeable rare events has nothing whatsoever to do with these incidents. Oh, well, at least the boss's bonuses get paid on time.

In Space, Still: 20 years since Russia hurled first bit of floating astronaut hostel into orbit


The White House lawn?



Zarya looks a lot like a re-functioned service module from this beast that they had lying around after the program was canceled.


AWS shovels compute smarts into Snowball Edge. How about piling it into a Stack, eh?


"Never underestimate the bandwidth of a station wagon full of tapes hurtling down the highway" Andrew S. Tanenbaum.

Oracle sued by app sales rep: I made tens of millions for Larry, then fired for being neither young nor male – claim


Re: We only have her word for it

Well Oracle used to give you a long service gift after five years of service. There were no other gifts for longer service. Make of that what you will.

Behold, the world's most popular programming language – and it is...wait, er, YAML?!?


Re: Popular?

I like Perl.

I'll get my coat, the one with the Camel in the pocket...

Finally a platform for train puns: IBM Halt station derailed


Halt and Catch Fire...

We asked the US military for its 'do not buy' list of Russian, Chinese gear. Surprise: It doesn't exist


And the peoples liberation army.

Yikes. UK military looking into building 'fully autonomous' killer drone tech – report


Missiles, Torpedoes, Mines etc.

Exactly what is the difference between these and drones other than nomenclature? For example the USSR/Russian P-700/Granit has had a swarm mode for ages and is far from unique in that. Almost all missiles are fire and forget, requiring no intervention other than the initial button push but they are somehow not drones and so not scary. Lots can be assigned to engage targets of opportunity. Some can loiter in an area awaiting orders or for the enemy to unwisely switch on some electronics Yet others lurk scanning the area for target matches and pounce when they think they have found one. Why is any of this behavior less problematic than an autonomous UCV?

Ex-Microsoft manager sues former coworkers and Windows giant over claims of sex assault, gender discrimination


It's the USA...

Which scientist should be on the new £50 note? El Reg weighs in – and you should vote, too


Her dad? Lord Byron...

Well, it is the Empire of enterprise IT... Oracle's Ellison plans 'Star Wars cyber defense' for his second-generation cloud


Re: Oracle

I believe they are not so great to work for either..

Your pal in IT quits. Her last words: 'Converged infrastructure...' What does it all mean? We think we can explain


Re: The new mainframe?

Yep, but without all of the high priests preening and primping it into glorious life.

Just a continuation of the inexorable raising of the level of the presented interfaces in all hardware and software systems over time. Thus reducing in the skills and the number of people required to get any given system to perform anything like what might be required. In other words, reducing the cost of providing those systems by reducing the required skills and numbers of people needed to implement them. Or just Capitalism doing it's thing.

Perhaps Thomas J Watson legendary quote, "I think there is a world market for about five computers" may not be too far out.

Puppet Insights arrives to shine uncomfortably bright light on DevOps


Re: Goodhart's Law

@ 2+2=5

Have a few more up votes +1 +1 +1 +1

The basis of human behavior that Goodhart's law encapsulates is both profound and seemingly beyond the wit of anyone who gets into a position of power and influence. Thus we have a blossoming of inappropriate targets and measures in all walks of life, none of which produce the results that their originators where hoping for.

I guess you could also say that it's kind of a way of turning correlation into causation but not in the way that you might have expected.

Mines the one with all of the school league tables in the pockets...

Chinese Super Micro 'spy chip' story gets even more strange as everyone doubles down


@ eldakka


Chinese tech titans' share prices slump after THAT Super Micro story

Black Helicopters

Re: One thing is certain:

Well if you were, lets say, interested in repatriating manufacturing of high tech goods back to the homeland, then casting serious doubts over the integrity of overseas manufactured goods might not be a bad move. It might even be true but whether it is or it isn't is not really that important if your main objective is playing out in the minds of your own people.

UK pins 'reckless campaign of cyber attacks' on Russian military intelligence


Re: Every one spies

In the 80's the KGB/FSB thought the GRU were reckless and out of control. It would seem they might have been correct.

What do Zuck, Sergey, @Jack and Bezos have in common? They don't want encryption broken

Black Helicopters

Re: US-Govt .vs. Auz-Govt - 'Surveillance'

I think you might have to increase your no go countries a bit. Just a starter for ten:


A web where the user has complete control of their data? Sounds Solid, Tim Berners-Lee


Re: Would have been helpful...

Javascript running on node.js what could possibly go wrong.

Take the wheel, Arm tells its notebook-grade Cortex-A76 CPU: Now you're a robo-ride brain



Red Nose Day?

Garbage collection – in SPAAACE: Net snaffles junk in first step to clean up Earth's orbiting litter


Re: It's a very small step toward better recovery and preventing the Kessler effect.

I guess the problem of having a powerful laser satellite with a targeting system that can spot very small chucks of space debris and that can point said laser and hit them long enough to either directly or indirectly de-orbit them is that, well, they might be used for something else entirely...

NPM not tied in knots over Yarn rival project



So, the solution to the problem concerning node.js of managing the vast amounts of package dependencies, resulting code is being loaded from all over the internet, therefore meaning you don't know what code is running on your production system at any given time, is to make the process of loading this code invisible to the developers of said production system. Either I'm not properly understanding the problem or this solution sucks.

Equifax IT staff had to rerun hackers' database queries to work out what was nicked – audit

Big Brother

Re: Impressive consequences

Maybe I'm being over conspiratorial but, it seems that the data breach couldn't have happened (well it would have been much more likely to have been spotted) if the monitoring system had been operational and that is just too much of a coincidence to be ignored.

Top Euro court: UK's former snooping regime breached human rights


Re: So how long until this?

In my experience specific clearances are linked to your role and most certainly get revoked once you leave that role. Generic clearance levels (currently SC, DV etc in the UK) don't and can be transferred between roles but these don't function as an 'all areas access', just a sort of indication that this chap is ok and you don't have to be too careful around them. They are also time limited.

First it was hashtags – now Amber Rudd gives us Brits knowledge on national ID cards


NINos are not unique (at one time there were three authorities issuing them) and one person can have more that one of them, not a good candidate for a national id number.

Card-stealing code that pwned British Airways, Ticketmaster pops up on more sites via hacked JS


Re: XKCD rip-off

1978: Don't include any code that you or your colleagues haven't written. Practice software engineering.

GDPR v2 – Gradually Diminishing Psychotic Robots: Brussels kills Terminator apocalypse


Re: its not the fully autonomous hunter killer death machines I worry about

Is that like setting launch codes to 00000000.

UK.gov went ahead with under-planned, under-funded IT upgrade? Sounds about right


Re: fundamental bad idea

"At one point following its introduction, nearly 8,500 files containing personal data were unreadable and 93 per cent of automated checks against the police national computer failed,"

Sounds like it was quite secure...

NASA's Kepler probe rouses from its slumber, up and running again


Re: Reaction wheel failures

Why don't they use magnetic bearings?

Boffins are building an open-source secure enclave on RISC-V


Re: What we would actually need...Multi Ghz 8 bit

@ Tom 7

What an retired colleague of mine is doing to keep active:


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


Re: Then they're hurt or killed

or Pyrrus.

Tax the tech giants and ISPs until the bits squeak – Corbyn


Re: Hmm

According to an expert on the radio last night, it's opportunity and aspiration based, so pick the bones out of that...

Super-mugs: Hackers claim to have snatched 20k customer records from Brit biz Superdrug


Which one?

@ DaveTheForensicAnalyst

Would you be meaning A.S. Watson Group or their major shareholder CK Hutchinson Holding Ltd? Given Hutchinson is a Kong working out who owns what beyond that is problematic.

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


Re: Where To??

Where else, Russia...



Whom at the hotel was monitoring all their guests twitter accounts? Is this normal practice in the land of the free?

Rights group launches legal challenge over London cops' use of facial recognition tech

Black Helicopters

Re: A fine distinction


ANPR cameras are widely used and have been so for a long time. Ask any IRA member about changing the number plates on their vans as they drove around doing their dark business both in Ireland and on the mainland.

Declassified files reveal how pre-WW2 Brits smashed Russian crypto


Re: US FOIA request declassifying UK documents?

# Hey Lobotoman! CALL -151!

Our cousins over the pond routinely declassify stuff that is still classified here in Blighty. Causes considerable discomfort and shuffling around in seats among the select few.

Developer’s code worked, but not in the right century


Re: "What did you break by getting little details like dates wrong?"

Hum, I hope I would be vigilant enough to look at the actual data before making those sort of assumptions...

RAF Air Command to take on UK military space ops


Re: If, as the title says, the RAF are to take on UK Military Space Ops...

Was JARIC but it's name has now changed...

No Falcon Way: NASA to stick with SLS, SpaceX more like space ex


Re: Some assembly required

Hum, the market for heavier payloads to LEO or anywhere else dosn't really exist because the viable means to achieve it doesn't exist. It's a build it and they will come moment.

Yes, Emergency Service Network will be late and cost more - UK perm sec


Re: Dog bites man; details at 6

The 2012 back end IT infrastructure systems. They were horrendously over engineered though.

Facebook supremo Mark Zuckerberg has flunky tell UK MPs: Nope, he's sending someone else



From the letter, "I would like to take this opportunity to also share with the Committee the outcome of out further analysis of the Countries affected by Professor Kogan's app." Any affect was only possible because Farcebook already has this data and that they shared it with all and sundry via their API. To single out Prof Kogan in this way is classic scapegoating and misdirection. Farcebook still have that data (and more) and can do with it what they wish. Are you sure it's just for slinging ads?

Oh and also, isn't it the individuals in these countries that have really been affected. What communication and apology will Farcebook make to these people.

Meet the open sorcerers who have vowed to make Facebook history


I already pay for my email service.

SpaceX blasted massive plasma hole in Earth's ionosphere


Re: Yawn

Not if your dyslexic

ESA builds air-breathing engine that works in space


Re: Ionospheric ramjet...

Imagery sats.


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