* Posts by A Non e-mouse

1901 posts • joined 30 Jan 2010

The future of radio may well be digital, but it won't survive on DAB

A Non e-mouse
Silver badge

Re: Test Area

I recall reading that they had to keep the Freeview transmissions at a lower power to stop them interfering with the analogue signal. Once they switched off the analogue transmitter in an area, they could ramp up the Freeview power (and also switch on more transmitters)

2
0
A Non e-mouse
Silver badge

Re: Out of sync

When digital TV first came out, the BBC announced that they would no longer show a clock before, say, the news, as they could no longer guarantee how long it would take a digital signal to propagate end to end.

If I listen to a radio station via a TV and them walk into another room and listen via, say, FM, I'm surprised at the difference in time between the signals: 2-3 seconds usually.

15
0

You know me, I don't know you: Hospital reportedly raps staff for peeking at Ed Sheeran data

A Non e-mouse
Silver badge

Re: He has records? Lucky chap!

I had a job working in a doctors surgery. It was surprising how often they failed to find patients records. Some were literally found down the back of the filing cabinet.

2
0

Open justice FTW! El Reg fought the law – and El Reg won

A Non e-mouse
Silver badge
Unhappy

I tried getting details of a case about someone I knew. The court told me that as the case was over six months old, I'd need to apply to the judge to receive copies.

1
0

Brit prosecutors fined £325k after losing unencrypted vids of police interviews

A Non e-mouse
Silver badge

Fines are meaningless.

In other areas, (e.g. Health & Safety) a board member is ultimately responsible at a company. We need a change in the law to force one board member to be responsible for data protection. That way, there is one, clearly identifiable person, who can be held accountable and sent down when their organization screws up.

12
0

It's true – it really is grim up north, thanks to Virgin Media. ISP fined for Carlisle cable chaos

A Non e-mouse
Silver badge

Re: 400 Reinstatement notices...

I suspect Pickeys would feel offended being compared to VM's civil works contractors.

29
0

UKFast bit barn yarn: 'Cisco switch glitch' leads to service ditch

A Non e-mouse
Silver badge
Joke

an as-yet-unspecified technical glitch

You mean someone did a "reload" without a "write mem" before hand?

6
0

Openreach consults on shift of 16 MEEELLION phone lines to VoIP by 2025

A Non e-mouse
Silver badge

Problems

I can see two problems, which aren't the sole responsibility of BT.

1 - Lifts. Currently, lift providers throw the biggest hissy fit imaginable if you try to connect the lift's emergency line to anything other than an exchange line. Is someone going to beat them over the head and get them to finally accept an IP based connection?

2 - Redcare. Is there going to be a replacement for Redcare for alarm lines?

15
1

Wah, encryption makes policing hard, cries UK's National Crime Agency

A Non e-mouse
Silver badge

Decrypted Comms

All that decrypted comms does, is give spooks more data. This does not mean it gives them more information.

27
0
A Non e-mouse
Silver badge

The recent Paris stabbing isn't the first suspect they knew about before they committed a crime....

24
1

Virtue singing – Spotify to pull hateful songs and artists

A Non e-mouse
Silver badge

Re: Spotify to pull hateful songs and artists

And the Sex Pistols, and...

2
0
A Non e-mouse
Silver badge

He was accused, tried in court and found not guilty. Yet the public insists that he's guilty of something so we must do something.

27
1
A Non e-mouse
Silver badge
Meh

I wonder what they'll make of Tim Minchin's The Pope Song under those rules.

NB - If you're easily offended, you're better off avoiding The Pope Song.

12
0

VMware to finally deliver full-function HTML5 vSphere client

A Non e-mouse
Silver badge

Re: Not necessarily lazy or stupid

They did with an embedded HTML server in ESXi.

0
0
A Non e-mouse
Silver badge

Re: C# vSphere client was - how shall we put this? – bad. Just bad

Its major failing was that it only ran on Windows. Otherwise, it was a heck of a lot better than the Flash abomination. You know your latest product is bad when your own tech support staff refuse to use it.

17
0
A Non e-mouse
Silver badge
Flame

two-and-a-half years is rather a long time to wait for a much-needed new client. Especially for a company that relies on the goodwill of sysadmins

B******s. VMware were as lazy as f**k. vSphere & vCentre cost an arm and a leg. They should have been able to easily afford the engineering resources to do this properly from day one.

18
0

You have GNU sense of humor! Glibc abortion 'joke' diff tiff leaves Richard Stallman miffed

A Non e-mouse
Silver badge

The Issues

1. Should (technical) documentation contain jokes?

2. Is this joke offensive?

3. Has Stallman over stepped the mark in insisting that the joke stays in?

Have I missed anything?

4
0

Every major OS maker misread Intel's docs. Now their kernels can be hijacked or crashed

A Non e-mouse
Silver badge

@Archtech Re: I'm impressed

Good (technical) product documentation is rare, nowadays. It takes a certain type of person to write it, and they need time to write it.

However, companies nowadays see this effort as overhead and ripe for cutting. (I've even used a product where the supplier said they refused to write any documentation!)

7
0
A Non e-mouse
Silver badge

Re-Education

The Register expects plenty of OS developers are about to be sent to compulsory re-education sessions on the x86-64 architecture

The x86 architecture is so big and complex I'd be surprised if anyone knew it completely. The instruction set reference guide from Intel is over 2,000 pages long alone. And that's just one of the four volumes!

The more complex a device, the less likely you are to fully understand how it works and the easier it is to get it (horribly) wrong.

114
0

Second wave of Spectre-like CPU security flaws won't be fixed for a while

A Non e-mouse
Silver badge

Re: Untrusted Code?

All of these problems with Spectre and Meltdown go away if you're confident that the code you're running is not out to attack your system.

And how do you do that reliably? For example, code signing just proves that someone wrote the code, not that the code is safe. Nor can you use static analysis to prove code is safe.

15
0

UK age-checking smut overlord won't be able to handle the pressure – critics

A Non e-mouse
Silver badge
Flame

Sex Education

a "distraction from the real issues" of poor funding for compulsory sex education in schools.

Please explain why only schools can educate children about sex & relationships. What about these things called "parents".

Ah, I know: Take no responsibility and blame someone else.

32
13

Hacking charge dropped against Nova Scotia teen who slurped public records from the web

A Non e-mouse
Silver badge

Re: um details?

Throughout the article, there are all the details of the fabricated alleged crime. Plus, as others have pointed out, there is also a link to El Reg's previous article on the subject.

I'm not sure why you're having such a rant. Did the story author radically change the article after your post to include all the missing background details?

11
0
A Non e-mouse
Silver badge
Flame

police said that, following nearly a month of investigation

It took them a month to reach that conclusion? WTF were they doing in that time?

23
0

NASA demos little nuclear power plant to help find little green men

A Non e-mouse
Silver badge

Only 10kw?

Is this just a proof of concept as 10kw doesn't sound like much power to me.

1
11

NASA dusts off FORTRAN manual, revives 20-year-old data on Ganymede

A Non e-mouse
Silver badge

Re: tape to cloud?

Ask librarians & archivists about this. It's something they worry about all the time. Just look at the BBC Domesday project. After just a short period of time they were unable to read the discs.

1
0
A Non e-mouse
Silver badge

Keep old drives

Where I work, there's a team who keep one of every type of tape drive they've ever come across. People sometimes laugh at their collection. The people who come along with some ancient tape archive only ever leave with a smile on their face. (And their beer fund severely reduced)

45
0

Take-off crash 'n' burn didn't kill the Concorde, it was just too bloody expensive to maintain

A Non e-mouse
Silver badge

Re: Watch the Channel 5 documentary

I was going to mention that too. One of the points I remembered about that program, was one of the pilots saying that after they did some market research they found that customers didn't actually know how much their ticket cost and so they could increase it and improve their finances.

13
0
A Non e-mouse
Silver badge

Duxford

There's also a (pre-production) Concorde at Duxford. I've been in it and I was surprised at how cramped it was inside.

13
0

Windrush immigration papers scandal is a big fat GDPR fail for UK.gov

A Non e-mouse
Silver badge

Data protection legislation is genuinely a Good ThingTM. But many people use data protection as an excuse for not doing something. Most of the time, when someone says "I can't do that because of data protection" they're usually lying as they haven't the faintest clue about data protection and are just using it as an excuse to hide their laziness or incompetence.

96
0

ISO blocks NSA's latest IoT encryption systems amid murky tales of backdoors and bullying

A Non e-mouse
Silver badge

Re: The ciphers look as if they will remain in the Linux kernel

I'd be interested to see Daniel Bernstein's opinion.

9
1

McDonald's tells Atos to burger off: Da da da da da, we're lobbing IT ...

A Non e-mouse
Silver badge

@Eddy42 Re: Careful where you point blame

In general, you are absolutely correct. However, in my defence, when this problem first started, people in the logistics industry pointed out that DHL had never done food (At anywhere like this scale) before and they'd bid seriously low in order to win the business.

0
0
A Non e-mouse
Silver badge

Speaking of KFC. I was in a KFC the other day and they still don't have their full menu available. I bet DHL are going to be facing a huge compensation claim from KFC...

11
0

Tech bribes: What's the WORST one you've ever been offered?

A Non e-mouse
Silver badge

Re: My Account Manager

We got a new account manager at a reseller. I asked for a quote for some software licenses. The price seemed far too cheap. I went back three times and asked them to check the price. Every time they came back and said the price was correct. In the end, I sent off a PO to them for the quoted price. Thirty minutes later I got a phone call. The account manager had got the price hideously wrong and was told that if I insisted they put the order through, the company would supply at the agreed price but the account manager would get fired on the spot.

I did the honorable thing and asked them to ignore the order and issue me with a fresh quote.

19
0

Two's company, Three's unbowed: You Brits will pay more for MMS snaps

A Non e-mouse
Silver badge

Crazy Prices

How can they justify those costs? On our corporate contract, we getting less than 5ppm to UK numbers (some are even free). How can 3 charge ten times more to a consumer? Surely the monopolies people should be investigating this price gouging?

12
1

OK, this time it's for real: The last available IPv4 address block has gone

A Non e-mouse
Silver badge

Re: It's bad to say....

I don't use them enough so always look them up.

Don't be embarrassed. You have to be regularly dealing in subnet masks to easily switch between /28 and 255.255.255.240 I've seen many network engineers with little crib sheets on the side of their monitors to cross reference between the two formats.

6
0
A Non e-mouse
Silver badge

Re: Compatibility

Hurrah for everyone who found it "simple" to migrate to IPv6. Now kindly share your tutorials rather than sniffing at us old dinosaurs.

To add IPv6 to my Cisco router was a line in the VLAN interface to add the IPv6 Address, plus a few lines to my BGP config to distribute my IPv6 subnets.

On my Ubuntu boxes, it was a small text file (About two or three lines) to add an IPv6 Address.

Windows was a trivial point and click.

The Apache website just required an additional Listen directive.

My web apps (which are fronted by Apache) needed no changes.

8
3

Facebook faces foe formation in facial fingering fight

A Non e-mouse
Silver badge

Re: OH dear....

About time the fines were more than a operating expense.

I heard a story about a public body that signed a contract with a company for the supply of a system. The contract had numerous penalty clauses for delays and inability to meet performance requirements. After several delays and no real sign of the system being able to work, the public sector client looked to invoke the penalty clauses. The supplier said the client was free to invoke them, but if they did, the supplier would be filling for bankruptcy as it could't afford to pay any.

The public body was stuck between a rock and a hard place.

3
0

You're a govt official. You accidentally slap personal info on the web. Quick, blame a kid!

A Non e-mouse
Silver badge
Flame

Re: Laws and Lessons

The whole point of the site is to act as a central repository for documents that had already been given out to the public.

All the kid did was iterate and download all the documents that had already been given out to members of the public.

17
0
A Non e-mouse
Silver badge

Someone should make an FoI request to see how many copies of those dodgy documents were downloaded.

14
0

Signal app guru Moxie: Facebook is like Exxon. Everyone needs it, everyone despises it

A Non e-mouse
Silver badge

Re: No, it's not

Calls, texts, letters, and e-mail all cost money, but Facebook is Free.

- Most mobile & landline contracts now have bundled local calls. And for non-local calls, people are using Skype, Facetime, etc.

- Most mobile tariffs have "unlimited*" texts

- Email via GMaill, etc. is free. The only cost is the data that you already use to connect to Facebook.

- I'll give you that letters cost. But how many people actually send hand written letters any more when more instant communication is now available?

*We're all friends here, so we know what this really means.

4
1
A Non e-mouse
Silver badge

In many ways Facebook is [...] this indispensable tool ...

Bollocks.

30
2

Pentagon sticks to its guns: Yep, we're going with a single cloud services provider

A Non e-mouse
Silver badge

Re: Oracle... don't make me laugh

Looking for one vender only, DOES spur competition. The best deal wins

But only for the initial purchase. Once signed, the vendor is more than able to screw the customer with either price increases, huge lags in price decreases or just s**t service.

As for a ten year contract: That's crazy. I'm reluctant to sign five year contracts, let alone a ten year contract. That's a guarantee of getting shafted by the supplier (Unless, of course, brown paper bags, etc...)

8
0

Aw, all grown up: Mozilla moves WebAssembly into sparsely furnished Studio apartment

A Non e-mouse
Silver badge
Coat

Re: Hypervisor?

It's turtles all the way down...

3
0

European Space Agency squirts a code update at Mars Express orbiter

A Non e-mouse
Silver badge

Deep space comms

We really need to start investing in generic deep space comms to get data from these remote probes back to Earth in a more organized manner.

I know sending a Tesla rover to a distant planet is far sexy and easier to sell, but it's these kinds of infrastructure items that people like governments need to push through.

19
0

Airbus plans beds in passenger plane cargo holds

A Non e-mouse
Silver badge
Facepalm

Re: "They ship livestock in..." [the cargo hold of aircraft]

What if the cattle herd wandered to one end of the fuselage? Might throw off the balance.

That reminds me of a very nerdy joke one our University lecturers used to like to tell in his Control Systems lectures. The punch line was "The plane crashed because all the poles were in the right hand side of the plane"

A virtual pint for anyone who understands that!

4
0
A Non e-mouse
Silver badge

I thought they only heated the hold if the pilots were told there was livestock in there. I'm sure I've seen reports of little kitty surviving the arctic conditions in the hold when the crew didn't know it was in there.

2
0
A Non e-mouse
Silver badge

I've been very fortunate and I've been upgraded to Economy Plus, Business & First Class. (Not being a frequent flyer, lady luck has most definitely been looking down on me)

Being a six foot chunky monkey, I appreciated the extra room in all the upgrades but all the "posh" stuff in Business & First Class was wasted on me.

3
0

Cisco shrinks Tetration for ESX and SaaS

A Non e-mouse
Silver badge

Cisco & Cloud

I'm surprised Cisco are releasing a new software product and allowing it to be installed on premise. We're constantly being pushed to bin our on-premise Cisco software and move to their cloud offerings.

0
0

Fear the Reaper: Man hospitalised after eating red hot chilli pepper

A Non e-mouse
Silver badge

Re: Don't get it - It's like a competition to see who has the most stupid.

An awful lot of "sports" are basically just that..

I've seen a couple of interviews with pro cyclists. They all say that professional cycling is all about pain endurance: Who can handle the pain the longest? I'd be surprised if many other endurance sports don't have similar characteristics.

17
0

UK 'wife'-carrying champion named

A Non e-mouse
Silver badge

You've obviously never heard of bog snorkeling...

15
0

Forums

Biting the hand that feeds IT © 1998–2018