* Posts by Pascal

165 posts • joined 25 Dec 2009

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Developer swings DMCA sueball at foul-mouthed streamer PewDiePie

Pascal

Re: Perjury

Is it?

I don't care about pewdiepie or that specific game / developer, but I'm genuinely asking from the legal standpoint.

I'm assuming game developers have some rights / control regarding this, and streamers would need their permission and/or could be asked for some licensing fees? After all, (some) streamers are making a living out of this, in somewhat (and I'm really stretching here probably) the way that cable companies make money off the TV channels they carry, but in exchange for license fees. Of course game developers certainly must be getting lots of sales out of the deal (endless hours of free advertising).

I really don't know (or have any very clear opinion either way), but does anyone know the "legalities" of this?

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SpaceX sneaks in X-37B space plane launch ahead of Hurricane Irma

Pascal

Re: Getting bored now

It's fascinating how in such a short time they went from spectacular explosions to making those perfect landings feel like routine. Soon it'll barely be a footnote to the stories!

Seeing from the onboard camera, coming down from space at 3500+ km/h to land right in the middle of the logo is just amazing!

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US Navy develops underwater wireless battery-charging tech

Pascal

Re: How is this still a thing?

The point of this however is standardisation. They want to develop a standard that they'll impose on their vendors so that they don't end up with incompatible kits (so whatever form their charging stations take, they don't have to deploy 6 versions of them if they have 6 UUV vendors).

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New York Police scrap 36,000 Windows smartphones

Pascal

Still...

You let an underling decide on a technology / supplier / etc. on a multi-million deal because she's difficult to get along with?

Honestly her boss is as much to blame as she is... More, probably.

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Did ROPEMAKER just unravel email security? Nah, it's likely a feature

Pascal

Re: Why Do People Expose Themselves With HTML E-Mail

That's only true for what is nowadays a very small, old-school slice of email users.

Everybody else at the very least can't understand why anyone would tell them they can't have bold, italics, etc. in text they write to someone.

And we're not even talking about the crazy idea that people who get their news, etc. via daily emails should get it in black-and-white text with no headlines / etc. whatsoever.

Email *was* a text medium. Decades ago.

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Sofa-jockeys given crack at virtual Formula 1 world championship

Pascal

Re: Tight squeeze

> Eh? They've still got a brake and accelerator

F1's really high tech now, they scream engine / braking onomatopoeia into their helmet microphone for that.

Vroooom, Vroooooooooom, Vrooooooooooooom, Vroooooooooooooooooooooom!

Screeeeech!

Vroooooooooom!

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Creepy backdoor found in NetSarang server management software

Pascal

Re: IP-Land

That's more or less what your firewalls are for, it's just that most people still assume firewalls are only meant to protect from external threats.

So they still allow, for instance, all servers to connect to any IP in the world using the basic protocols (http/https for instance).

Seems that financial client of Kaspersky was actually doing thing rights, and actually investigated blocked outgoing traffic to the point of hiring Kaspersky to figure out what was causing it.

But in the end your idea is just another approach that would generally not be implemented for the same reasons -- so many people assume traffic originating from their own systems is legitimate by default.

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Hell desk to user: 'I know you're wrong. I wrote the software. And the protocol it runs on'

Pascal

Re: Did you ever hear of the Seattle seven?

The dude abides.

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Bitcoin exchange Coinbase crashes after Asian buying frenzy

Pascal

"Japanese interest rates are actually negative at the moment, meaning it costs money to save"

How is that even a thing?

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UK Home Office warns tech staff not to tweet negative Donald Trump posts

Pascal

Re: Absolutely uncalled for...

"I dunno, Justin Trudeau seems to be doing pretty well on his own."

This is a gross oversimplification but...

Trump got elected because he ran a popularity contest out of his reality TV "star" status / outsider status.

Trudeau got elected because he's cool and popular on social media.

More than ever voters basically make decisions based on popularity contests, this does not bode well for the future of mankind :)

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81's 99 in 17: Still a lotta love for the TI‑99/4A – TI's forgotten classic

Pascal

The first computer I owned...

I had the occasional brush with an Apple IIe before (where I learned some very, well, basic BASIC), when Sears liquidated their stocks in ~83 or 84, my parents bought it for me.

Soon enough, I had scrounged the extra peripherals - the speech synthesizer, the external expansion (with slotted RAM on an external bus AND a floppy) and, the grand prize of them all, an ASSEMBLER cartridge that basically gave you access to assembly coding.

So there I was at ~12 years old, having only a few months of self-training in BASIC, learning assembly on the TI-99/4A with zero resources other than a 4-inches thick manual in english (which I needed a french-english paper dictionnary at the time to understand).

Good times!

That's what got me started anyway, so I still have great memories of this little computer.

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Microsoft's Blue Screen of Death dead in latest Windows 10 preview

Pascal

> It's the new agile, dev ops combination bringing energy and innovation to the customer.

energy? you must mean synergy!

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'Upset' Linus Torvalds gets sweary and gets results

Pascal

Re: Linus needs to start looking for his replacement.

> "Linus needs to start looking for his replacement."

On a somewhat more serious note, this is something I've wondered about from time to time. I only follow Linux Kernel development from articles here so my view is obviously completely skewed, but these articles definitely make it sound like Linux is what it is almost entirely due to Linus Torvald's vigilance and strict refusal to let any shit slip by. In a sense, if feels a lot like a personality cult, him being the glue holding everything together.

What happens when he retires years from now, having properly handed off stewardship and all is one thing.

How would Linux look like 5 years from now however if he died in an accident tomorrow? Is there a clear path of succession, or would things just devolve into 10 forks from people with different ideas?

I'm not criticizing or anything here, mainly I'm curious to hear from people that know about it more than from El Reg's headlines :)

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Trump meets Google – exclusive transcript

Pascal

It's hard to decide which side to root for!

see title ;)

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Persistent ad and dialler trojans found on 28 Android phones

Pascal

Re: So which antivirus is the best for Android

> "Go and get a not-so-cheap android phone."

And what is wrong exactly with a cheap phone?

God forbid some of us see phones as actual, you know, phones, not as a social status symbol to be derided if it's not worth more than a reasonable desktop computer.

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Double-DIMMed XPoint wastes sockets

Pascal

Re: Whats up with those numbers?

Yeah I think there's a math glitch here?

The author is counting 500 cache misses instead of 50,000.

It should be:

((950,000 x 1) = 950,000) + ((50,000 x 5) = 250,000) = 1,200,000 time units

vs

((950,000 x 1) = 950,000) + ((50,000 x 50) = 2,500,000) = 3,450,000 time units

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IFTTT isss notttt afraiddd offf Microsofttt Flowww

Pascal
Trollface

It's fine however because the marketing / business person that created the Flow "App" will also handle support and issues for it, and won't escalate it to IT.

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Boy, 12, gets €100k bill from Google after confusing Adwords with Adsense

Pascal

Are you saying that, growing up as a kid, your parents were keeping things like bank statements safely locked in the family vault because god forbid if the kids got to see those and steal the bank account #?

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Lethal 4-hour-erection-causing spiders spill out of bunch of ASDA bananas

Pascal

> "...every single piece of fruit is checked..."

... from outside the crate, through those tiny hole used for air flow and whatnot, while being loaded 10,000 at a time in a cargo container ...

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FBI overpaid $999,900 to crack San Bernardino iPhone 5c password

Pascal

Re: Fragile evidence...

... but I play one on the internet.

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Windows Update borks PowerShell – Microsoft won't fix it for a week

Pascal

Re: Smile :)

> Then again, if you have 10,000 machines, why are you on Win10AE rather than on Win7?

Or at the very least, if Win10 has to be a thing for you, on the LTSB version!

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Two G4S call centre staff sacked over 999 answering scam

Pascal

Evil staff, scheming so their bosses can hit their goals...

And management was just as surprised as those guys at Volkswagen were when they discovered that all their engineers had been scheming behind their back in a worldwide conspiracy to cheat on those diesel tests without management's knowledge.

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'I found the intern curled up on the data centre floor moaning'

Pascal

Re: "Pete' has omitted some details...

What makes me skeptical on this one is that he has just the *one* call / voice mail? So the intern didn't call 50 times in a panic, just once, left a voice mail, and waited the rest of the day?

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IPO spews email addresses to hundreds of recipients. Twice

Pascal

Re: Why oh why...

Because the user would then simply click yes and think "of course I'm sure, what a stupid question".

After all, they're the one that pasted 100 addresses in "to:" in the first place. That's what they wanted to do.

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Space station to get shiny new ringpiece for automatic penetration

Pascal

Re: Passive?

"Only participating nations on Earth have the plans for the International Docking Standard, so passing Aliens will be completely unable to connect to it."

Unless they have MacBooks which, as we know, include universal Terran-to-Alien protocol converters.

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Google broke its own cloud again

Pascal

Re: The Cloud...

"You mean other people's computers that cost much less to run and are far more reliable than the ones you do have control over? That cloud? Where do I sign."

It's a good debate to have for sure but it's not nearly as "rainbow and unicorns" as that statement claims.

"Cost much less" ?

In some cases. In others, not. We've selectively targeted workloads that would be cheaper in the cloud as candidates, other workloads, not so much - in fact, some would cost many times more.

"far more reliable" ?

Google Compute Engine's SLA is 99.95%. That's a very good claim, but that one 211 minutes alone sets them at 99.5% for that month. A 10% credit towards the next month (as per their SLA) doesn't make up for 3.5 hours of unscheduled chaos.

In the end it depends on how critical your systems are and how good you are at maintaining them. I trust Google to know their shit, obviously, so yeah their cloud is very reliable. But I also understand that my SLA (the one I provide my customers) is the last thing on their mind when things go tits-up (and things invariably do). For these "absolutely must not fail", where you can afford to plan specialised backup / redundency / disaster recovery scenario, you can definitely be more reliable than the cloud. Or at least, when all hell breaks loose, you get direct control of the fixing process.

^^^^^

As you can probably see from that, I'm a bit cloud-shy. I do see it as "another guy's computer, that won't even take your calls when things go wrong" (well, you sure as hell are not going to talk to "the guy" unless you have a lot more clout with Google than I do)!

My general thinking is that I'll happily "cloud" anything that I would have run on a rented server at the local datacenter/colocation facility. Anything more serious than that, and I get scared.

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Celebrated eye hospital Moorfields lets Google eyeball 1 million scans

Pascal
Pint

"in pure Biblical terms, Google probably aren't the Antichrist."

That cracked me up. Have a pint!

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OpenIO pulls up ARM controller SOCs: Kinetic's Marvellous... can anybody do it?

Pascal

Looking for a problem to solve...

"For us, Kinetic storage still has elements of clever engineering technology looking for an end-user problem to solve."

That's what I was thinking immediately / wanted to comment until it turned out to be the last paragraph of the article. Seems more like a toy for proof of concepts, the management issues you'd get at scales with that would be terrible, and you'd need so much effort to manually handle redundant storage in case of failures, and so on.

Maybe as a cheap, proof of concept object storage system for dev work...

I mean, it seems clever, but it also seems to have no real large scale practical application.

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Watch as SpaceX's latest Falcon rocket burns then crashes

Pascal
Black Helicopters

... and the tinfoil hat brigade rides in!

Also, fake moon landings, illuminato or free masons or somesuch.

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RIP ROP: Intel's cunning plot to kill stack-hopping exploits at CPU level

Pascal

Re: Silver Bullet

No Silver (or Platinum) Bullet will ever stop Dave.

http://i.imgur.com/jIyyeph.jpg

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NetSuite hacker thrown in the cooler for a year, fined $124,000

Pascal

$189,000

What kind of actual damage can he have done that would truly have cost $189k to fix?

Or does that include $180k in legal fees to track / sue him?

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Smartwatches: I hate to say ‘I told you so’. But I told you so.

Pascal

Re: There is *something* somewhere ...

> Or you could ditch the daft, geeky feature list and go with something sort of retro / steampunk. Maybe purely mechanical, with little gears and a way you could see them?......(looks at own wrist).

May as well go full-blown crazy then: http://www.hytwatches.com/collection-h3/watch/h3-titanium-and-platinium-2/

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SELECT features FROM bumf... What's new in MS SQL Server 2016

Pascal

Re: Oh wont someone think of the EULA

> Uhhhhh, why would you expose a DB server to an open internet connection?!

The topic here is not exposing the server to the internet, but rather granting the server internet access (so the server can get critical updates, anti-virus signature updates and so on).

Definitely not a great idea but any smaller organisation without WSUS tends to default to that.

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Microsoft mops up after Outlook.com drowns in tsunami of penis pills, Russian brides etc

Pascal

Re: Why carry on sending spam?

"If I was a spammer, I wouldn't want to waste my bandwidth sending out email that was automatically deleted."

The thing is, bandwidth is cheap, and if you're a spammer it's also quite often not YOUR bandwidth. 1% inbox rate, if you send 1 billion, is still 10 million people. Then 1 in 1000 of those click something, you still have 10,000 people on your (drive-by malware / blue pill / whatever) site.

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Facebook's own TLS cert used by crooks in double logon phish

Pascal

Facebook and Google IDs are both more and more used as a sign-in alternative to creating local accounts by a LOT of online services. You know, for user convenience and ease of development (offload authentication and account management to Facebook = save days of work!)

So besides the obvious "high % of Facebook users will use the same password everywhere" and "their Facebook email will be behind the password recovery scheme of other sites", the actual Facebook ID itself is quite valuable - would take seconds to test every phished credentials against hundreds of sites where valuable things might be stored.

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'No password' database error exposes info on 93 million Mexican voters

Pascal

Voters database *in the cloud*?

Shame on the whoever is responsible for this incorrect config cock-up.

How can the setup / configuration of a database of all citizens be left to a single guy (or have no review / audit policy of any sort in place, given that even the simplest "IT security for Dummies" check would have caught that)?

And then, how is it even acceptable that such an official database be hosted in the cloud, by Amazon, in the first place? I'm pretty sure item #1 on most governmental data security policies is "don't upload private citizen data on Amazon or Google"...

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Storage with the speed of memory? XPoint, XPoint, that's our plan

Pascal

Re: That table again...

> Seek time has nothing to do with rotational speed as it is a measurement of time taken to move the read/write heads from one track to another and average seek time is approximately the time taken to move over one third of the tracks on a drive.

Seek times are generally listed to include stroke time / settle time as well as "waiting for the beginning of the track to reach the head once the head is in place". Basically "how long before you can actually read the next thing 1/3 of the drive away". So rotational speed does have an effect on average seek time - although clearly not a huge one.

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Pascal

Re: That table again...

Enterprise drives will have a 2-4 ms seek time depending on size and rotational speed. You basically won't find anything that's not at least 2 to 3 times faster than 10 ms on and Enterprise-class drive (that's sold for speed - those slow "backup" drives are another story).

But where I agree that the numbers are waaaay off is DAS / SAN. You're looking at those same 2-4 ms drive, with an I/O subsystems that will add *microseconds* worth of latency.

You can easily have a DAS subsystem that's filled with spinning rust (say, 15k rpm, 2.5 inchers) that will have an average access time below 5 ms.

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AMC sobers up, apologizes for silly cinema texting plan

Pascal

More or less for the same reason you go to the restaurant.

Cinemas also have those 3D / dbox / etc. gimmicks that are fun once in a while, and they certainly have a better sound system than what I have in the living room.

(With that said, I guess I've only seen one movie in a theatre in the last year).

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Admin fishes dirty office chat from mistyped-email bin and then ...?

Pascal

Re: ..bouncing incorrectly addressed mail

> This is a security issue, as it allows spammers to identify real email addresses in an organization. If it doesn't bounce, it's a real address.

That's such a 1990s strategy.

- So many email addresses at companies are publicly listed everywhere that this isn't a useful "secret" to protect (see "security through obscurity")

- Anti spam systems are smart enough nowadays to block dictionary attacks - have been for a looong time

- Anti spam systems are pretty good at actually stopping the spam too even if you know the adresses

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Met plod commissioner: Fraud victims should not be refunded by banks

Pascal

Re: Do you really think online criminals are looking at your card?

> Not sure whether that affects fraudulent buying from Amazon.

Amazon have their own fraud detection systems that seem to be really efficient. Twice now they've reversed the transaction within minutes on e-books I bought from "strange locations" (once while travelling, once because I was still connected to a "screw you, Netflix" VPN).

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Microsoft to add a touch of Chrome to Edge

Pascal

That's a pretty dumb argument, extensions are by definition not standard, and allowing some extensions designed for a competitive product to run on yours is just a competitive edge that you're trying to narrow. And from there you jump to "because not ALL extensions will work on Edge (or Firefox), that will make it the new IE6"? Shouldn't you be saying that it makes CHROME the new IE6, i.e. the source of lots of non-standard addons? (Not that I support this idea in any way, but that's what your logic implies).

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Apple engineers rebel, refuse to work on iOS amid FBI iPhone battle

Pascal

Re: Oh really

No kidding, you can smell the astroturf from here.

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Yahoo! kills! search! APIs!, games! and! Astrology! site!

Pascal

Re: Cost of an Astrology site

"(oddly enough, I'm writing this as a joke, but seriously wondering about the business opportunities of something like that.)"

This is exactly the way newspaper astrology sections are created daily. Some of them license the picture of a "famous" local astrologist to headline the column for extra credibility however.

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Dead Steve Jobs is still a crook – and Apple must cough up $450m for over-pricing ebooks

Pascal

Re: What surprises me most..

"I thought Apple hated TheReg?"

That was 2010. A different era. Pre "peak Apple" and all :)

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Beep, beep – it's our 2016 buzzword detector. We see you, 'complexity'

Pascal

Re: You What?

Utilizing proactive synergies, you can leverage hyperconverged, software-defined devops... no...

By leveraging hyperconverged synergies, software-defined devops can...

Nah, I give up.

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BBC telly tax drops onto telly-free households. Cough up, iPlayer fans

Pascal

"Whittingdale also opened fire on ad blocking companies, comparing them to a “modern day protection racket”. "

What a load of crap. Ad blockers are as much a "protection racket" as "cops" are.

This is about as stupid as the tinfoil hat brigade that claimed anti-virus companies were the ones that released all virii in the wild to sell their product. (Not that many modern security suite aren't just as bad as the malware they want to protect us from, but I disgress).

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Poor recruitment processes are causing the great security talent drought

Pascal

"Companies should also be doing more to hire a diverse team, panelists said. Currently, women only account for around 10 per cent of information security positions, and with minorities, that falls to just 2 per cent, meaning there is a reservoir of untapped talent out there."

Bullshot. I'd *love* to hire more women in IT jobs. Seriously, it would create a better working environment for developers and ops staff. But it's a simple fact that (less than) one applicant in 10 is a woman. How does the lack of interest for a certain group in a certain class of job equate to "untapped talent"?

Either way, point the finger at schools / etc for not getting enough women interested in the field, not for companies that are not hiring non-existent candidates.

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Pascal

"Generally, you've got a choice of a job being interesting, legal, or well paid – and you only get to choose two of those."

Yeah, screw that. I'll go for interesting, legal AND well paid, thank you very much.

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