* Posts by Alistair

2600 posts • joined 18 May 2007

TV piracy ring walks the plank after Euro cops launch 14 raids and shutter 11 data centres

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Re: the criminal empire earned at least €8m

@AC 'the criminal empire earned at least €8m '

Well, of course, don'tcha know, the crims were so successful because..... They were CHEAPER.

Our amazing industry-leading AI was too dumb to detect the New Zealand massacre live vid, Facebook shrugs

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Are we all missing something here?

Is there something horribly wrong with society as a whole?

Or are there 1.5 Million truly f0cked up humans out there who just plain don't understand how f0cked up they are?

It staggers my imagination NOT that FB was unable to stem the tide, but that we have that many people who think that posting that video on FaceBook of all places MAKES SENSE!!!

/mutters ger orf me lawn and considers quitting the human race.

O2 brings forth a Friday fail for some unlucky UK customers

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Wailing on Twitter

"judging by the quantity of wailing on Twitter"

There was a change? I thought that was all that was on twitter these days.

Our Skyborg (actual US govt program) will be just like IBM Watson, beams Air Force bod

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I could start on a rant here about handing military devices supposed AI capabilities and then letting them loose. But by the middle of the rant aMfM would show up and insist that I was trying to steal his copyrighted material.

'It's full of beer!' Miracle fridge reveals itself to pals tuckered out from cleaning flooded cabin

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@excellentsword:

I'll bet you had to edit that comment a couple of times after that cider ......

Cloudera execs grab the mic at ex-Hortonworks gig, dish details on new data platform

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Re: Yawn...

Dont blame you for the anon.

40G? from my experience this was heading (at 27PB) into 'minimum viable' territory. I can imagine the 150->400PB folks are already hooking in 100G *pairs* to the data nodes. And then you start staring IOPS in the eye seriously.

Carolina coward fesses up: I was a tech support scambag, and I made millions out of defrauding the elderly

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Some days.

My mother (now in her mid 80's) was the one that bought me minix when I was a teen. She built the TI-99/4 kit.

Has run DOS, Win3.x, Windows 98 and on. She's still working at her profession (Medical Dicta Transcription) part time, runs linux, and has 2 vms on there, one her work windows env, the other her personsal win7 instance. She recently had to call out the tech support fellow for her employer as being an idiot (the whole company is, but he's firmly convinced that her ISP is blocking a specific port *INSIDE* a vpn tunnel). She gets these calls sometimes. I've set her up with a separate gentoo instance in a vm for those guys to play with. (there's a nifty KDE theme that looks almost precisely like XP). Her record so far was 93 minutes. Its fun watching that recording. He could not for the life of himself figure out why regedit kept popping bash: regedit: command not found at the c:\ prompt.

Sorry, Linux. We know you want to be popular, but cyber-crooks are all about Microsoft for now

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"just go rent space on their cloud like they want"

Windows next iteration will be MS365. Your ipx boot will point at a URI and will require that your hardware be registered with MS, and will only cost you $320/year. MS everything, everywhere. Cloud storage, cloud browser history, cloud based phone book and email contacts list. And of course, a sync client for your phone - with it's always on GPS of course. Oh. Say, whats that noise at my front door?

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Re: BBC

@Archtech:

BBC => Big Bold and Compromised?

NASA: We need commercial rockets! SLS: Oh no you don't!

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Re: all a waste of money

@spartacus:

You're talking to an echo chamber resident at a guess. Shortly that echo chamber will start talking about the billions of dollars SpaceX has cost the US citizens, and why Boeing is cheaper and needs more funding. I've yet to comprehend just *how* both logic and reasoning have fallen so far out of reach of such a *large* proportion of the population.

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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Re: Thank you

Considering they are solely there to make a smartphone app to show red hat wearing people where to find watering-holes where red hats are welcome, this goes without saying.

Some of us red hat wearing folks are neither American nor particularly interested in overpriced chinese baseball caps attributed to the current PotUS (Pumpkin?). Far more interested in getting our opensource out and avoiding the blues. *cough*

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

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Re: Do the corporate Boards and CEOS want to...

@Charlie:

either you forgot the /sarc tag or you're huddled in the back room of the white house.

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

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As much as I'm quite an ELP fan and of love FFtCM, I think there are huge swaths of Tocatta that would serve far better.

Insane homeowners association tries to fine resident for dick-shaped outline car left in snow

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Re: Tom Lehrer says it best

Interestingly enough a LOT of Lehrer's lyric's are *still* relevant today.

And equally eloquent today.

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: CPU... uh... pressure...?

so ... runqueue?

Spooky! Solar System's Planet NINE could be discovered in the next NINE years (plus one to six), say astroboffins

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Exotic orbital inclination

....

Planet 9, missing from survey.

I'm hoping we find this object, as it will make some theoretical atronomy concepts much more valid. I also wonder if the concept of mythology can't be used to find hints. While the first poster is likely an alias for our resident scientific dissenter with his own utterly unscientific website, IF there is a 9th planet of superearth size, in a seriously exotic orbit, could it not explain some mythological weirdness we have in our various verbal histories?

Blue Monday: Efforts to inspire teamwork with swears back-fires for n00b team manager

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Re: This sort of thing can seem amusing but can really bite you

I have a script out there in my past. It was still active when I left. There is an edge case that should never happen. I say *should*.

The error message is "The database has shit the bed royally this time."

I was young. Foolish. And somewhat pissed at the DB vendor that week.

BOFH: Bye desktop, bye desk. Hello 'slab and a beanbag on the floor

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Irony.

Considering that BOFH is such a pragmatist is the trim ads on the page for 'Becoming a pragmatic Security Leader'.

Yay BOFH Friday!

Yay EOsprint Friday!

Damn. Bills friday.

Have a beer and a great weekend everyone.

Black-hat sextortionists required: Competitive salary and dental plan

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@chrisgray

At a guess what you got was googlexlate from english to other language and reads along the lines of :

Chopped lamb mail found!

funding bunnies run back bitcoin sender target to:

Techie in need of a doorstop picks up 'chunk of metal' – only to find out it's rather pricey

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Re: Did a spell at Lockheed

Dammit guys, stop spiking the koolaide with LSD.

What did turbonerds do before the internet? 41 years ago, a load of BBS

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Bluewave messaging

For about two years in my earlier days I had a phone number that could bridge between two area codes. I ran BW transfers between 6 BBS'es on a three day cycle. (There were frequently fairly large transfers).

Oddly, rather a large portion of my associates these days are the ex sysops (and one still currently active) of those BBSes. Something about geeks sticking together.....

---> interestingly enough it was the BBS crew that pulled together my career, my wife, and my current home. All are tied together...

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Re: Food Fight

I've witnessed more than a few legendary friendship battles in LORD. And most of them still manage to this day to have civil conversations.

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Re: Not dead yet

@BillDeHaan:

Ahhhh -- I remember the UseNet racks. And no, RSS didn't manage that. Rogers had an agreement with Ryerson, allowing their platforms and connections, providing power and connectivity, allowing Rogers Cx's access. It was a roaring mess of cabling, but it worked.

Amazon triples profit to $11.2bn, pays ZERO DOLLARS in corp tax – instead we pay it $129m

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I could just shrug.

But then, my names not Galt.

Publicly traded corporations do NOT by definition serve their customers. Their customers are wallets. Such corporations must serve their stockholders. And in cases like the fortune 1000 most of those stockholders are either other corporations or they are banks or they are investment firms. These entities are interested only in cash coming into their pockets, so they can pay *their* shareholders. Which are mostly corporate entities.... Taxes, they just get in the way. Thus spending a small crapton of money to own the politicians that write the tax laws to make the corporations more money is a good ROI.

White House and FCC announce big, broken solutions to America's pitiful broadband

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Apparetly we are doing something a bit better up here.

I am in suburbia in Canuckistan.

I can sign up with any one of 9 DSL providers (I'm on DSL with an off brand provider) - I have a $4.80 surcharge on my DSL bill for LLU.

I *could* sign up with any one of 5 Cable internet providers. 3 of those insist you have to buy cable and would like to sell you VOIP home phone too. With these there is a one time transfer fee to change the owner of the cable loop. (This does *not* apply universally, it seems to be local to this area)

I'm getting 25MB/11MB *officially* but I'm quite often seeing far better numbers than that. I am however getting pissed with the modem, after the last firmware update it *appears* to be capping individual xfers at 4MB. This is NOT a puma6, but is a BSD based modem. Eventually I'll have the spare system to set it up in passthrough mode. (PS total bill, unlimited volume 25/11 *with* surcharge CA$69.50/mo)

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Re: Another Form of Attack?

"How does one protect network cables from snail attacks?"

Butter, garlic, parsley and some parmesan. Pop 'em in the salamander for aobut 3 minutes and ... Yum!!

Opportunity's mission is over, but InSight almost ready for a driller thriller below Martian surface

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Re: this will be interesting

@Iglethal:

And what will be said when mole breaks through the shell at 4m and lets all the helium out?

*grin*

Thanks for the lowdown insider view..... have a beer.

Roses are red, we've received about fifty. Google's next trick? Pixels for the thrifty

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Roses are red

what colour is Gru?

And googles cheap phones

Are here to track you.

Pandas so useless they just look at delicious kid who fell into enclosure

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Re: In other news

"The mere thought of a combat hippo is terrifying!"

Next up on the battlefield ... LASER equipped combat hippos!!! (with added shark)

ACLU: Here's how FBI tried to force Facebook to wiretap its chat app. Judge: Oh no you don't

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Lets approach this from an application design perspective

App does encrypted end to end voice comms.

Either end has a unique key.

App (FB Chat tool) is installed on both ends

FBI wants to listen to chat.

FB needs to clone unique keys off both ends and hand them to FBI.

FBI now has access to comms.

Soooo -- FBI warrant was "FB, steal unique keys from user A and user B and hand them to us please" OR "FB please collect the unique keys from *ALL* your encrypted chat voice comms users and hand them to us with Usernames as an index"

I'm sorry your honor, but clueless morons the tech world is NOT.

Patch this run(DM)c Docker flaw or you be illin'... Tricky containers can root host boxes. It's like that – and that's the way it is

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urrr.

Don't run privileged containers for anything that doesn't need the privilege.

Just like all those dolts that run java applications as root.

/shakes head, wanders down hall muttering under breath, slopping coffee all over the carpet.

Cops looking for mum marauding uni campus asking students if they fancy dating her son

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Re: garage shop

@jake:

My *very* first computer gig was with the (then) Canadian distributor of Shopsmith. I lived down the street from the family that owned it. There's a parts 'graveyard' of a storage shed. I still have contact with the family. I will get one of the MKVII's one day.

Holy planetesimal formation, Batman! Ultima Thule's no snowman – it's a friggin' pancake

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not having yet had brekkie

All this talk of pancakes and nuts is making me hungry.

Since I'm north of the 52nd, I'll be making myself nice hot,gooey oatmeal.

Pancakes are for sundays.

I'll leave you nuts here in the forum discussing odd shaped things floating about in the outer reaches of the solar system.

) possibility? -> Ultima and Thule were moving in substantially different ways, possibly on drastically different paths at one time, and the intersection of their paths, the resulting impact put them roughly where they are now. This might explain the difference in planar form between the two objects and why they are so 'slim'. -- I'll note I'm still working on first coffee and first breakfast. I'll think on it more after third coffee.

How I got horizontal with a gimp and untangled his cables

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Re: GIMP is hard to master

@Dabbsy:

So, you're planning an adventure in the Ad Vert Eyesing world with all the Ad Verbiage?

/ducks and runs for cover.

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Re: Bent coat-hanger and curtain wire

I've done the reverse.

Pipe. Pingpong ball with fiber pushed through and knotted on the stubby end. push ping pong ball into pipe at source end. Connect vacuum cleaner to destination end. Engage. Took 18 minutes to pull the ball & fiber combo up 6 stories to destination. Was oddly satisfying.

Leaky child-tracking smartwatch maker hits back at bad PR

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Dammit you guys!!!!

I got this thing I'm selling. Its my living you know. And it does the thing it says. So stop picking on me!!!! Its not that big a problem really!!! I've never met someone that could break into my kids watch thing!!! Stop picking on me!!!! I need to make a living here. Stop picking on me!!!!

/sarc /whine

In other words, basically, "I think its okay, what the hell is all this shit about standards? Why should I have to follow some sort of standard. I'm just trying to make a buck here."

I'll bet he's read atlas shrugged. Twice. And made notes.

Only plebs use Office 2019 over Office 365, says Microsoft's weird new ad campaign

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Re: Get Off My Lawn

Ummm. 6.0 doesn't even need a VM. Although it does prefer XP or 7 over 10.

<And there are certain hospitals still using 6.... to this day>

/shifty eyes

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

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I'm not sure we've really that many trolls here. And I'm rather guessing neither BJ or BB are to be found on the UK rail system, although they may well be found in an Amtrak rail station bathroom on occasion. AMfM however, may well be a permanent resident of one of the carriages of the UK rail system. Or perhaps a switch. Somewhere in the Midlands. Downwind of a chemical factory perhaps.

WeWork restructuring bites El Reg hacks where it hurts as afternoon brew delayed

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Perhaps a corporate rebranding is in order

Accompanied by whalesong and joss stick flaunting vegetarian baristas dressed in non-offensive gucci sweaters

We Work will now be called Wee Work(house)

Fujitsu pitched stalker-y AI that can read your social media posts as solution to Irish border, apparently

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Y'know, the UK does have an option here. Collapse the United Kingdom, and secceed to Canada. We already have a pretty decent trade agreement wirh the EU. Y'all could be the 11th province.

Hi, Jack'd: A little PSA for anyone using this dating-hook-up app... Anyone can slurp your private, public snaps

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Phone app development nutshell.

Dudes, yer cramping the ad income style here......

*cough*

NASA pops titanium tea cosy over Martian InSight probe instrument

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A little dome away from home?

Considering the external appearance is so similar to a sports stadium I'm wondering if this was a shot at the stuperbowl.

Clever girl: SpaceX's Mars-bound Raptor engine looks like it works just fine

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Trojans

I can't recall if it was the leading trojans or the trailing trojans that were causing all the problems in Mote.

I'm sure we'll figure that all out when Lucy gets there.....

Speaking of which, I need to make more coffee.

Ca-caw-caw: Pigeon poops on tot's face as tempers fray at siege of Lincoln flats

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About two years ago we had a barn owl move into the local stream/park valley. The park is about a klick away, but he/she/it seems to have a patrol range of about 4 or 5k. There's been a dearth of pidgeons, seagulls and starlings since. Although it seems the crows like to give the owl a hard time.

Huge bird, and quite handsome.

Team America tries to crash Little Rocket Man's Joanap botnet from within, warns owners of infected boxes

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I'm wondering if the military types found it active on their hardware, and brought in the FBI to help with the legal bits, and turned it into a 'lets do the right thing .....'

Okay maybe 'lets see if we can steal someone else's military secrets while we're at it.....'

Canadians moot methods to embiggen moose monument and make Mac great again

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Moose

... in most times of the year, are *not* your friend. Unless of course they're looking for a 'friend'. Then, well, your car might be in trouble.

Swiss Public Prosecutor will probe WIPO's misconduct allegations against CIO, says his legal counsel

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International non governmental organization with influence on financial tools

Seems to suffer from corruption issues at the top.

Hmmm. Understatement of the decade perhaps?

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Hmmm:

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Patents themselves have become unfit for purpose. They no longer provide temporary protection for the patent holder in exchange for disclosure to society as a whole but are instead abused as trading cards to protect large institutions from innovation.

It's hardly surprising that the officers overseeing this failure are themselves the target of corruption, and that it sometimes succeeds in spades.

Yup, that reads more accurately.

iPhone price cuts are coming, teases Apple CEO. *Bring-bring* Hello, Apple UK? It's El Reg. You free to chat?

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Re: "Our users are hanging on to their iPhones a little longer"...

@batfink :

I seem to be in a rather strange perception mode. I was about to ask you *when* you'd been able to buy landmines at commodity prices. Either that or my glasses need cleaning....

(I'm pretty sure that they trade at somewhat higher than commodity prices even on the black market)

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....

Mine yells "Thhheeeeeeerrree are stars in the southern sky........"

But that's just dating me.

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