* Posts by Detective Emil

217 posts • joined 10 Feb 2010


What made a super high-tech home in Victorian England? Hydroelectric witchery, for starters

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More Armstrongery

In Newcastle, a bit further south, you'll find the Discovery Museum, which is well worth a visit. It's free (although you'll have to pay if you want to get married in the shadow of Armstrong's Turbina).

Blighty's most trusted brand? Yeah, you wish, judge tells Post Office in Horizon IT system ruling

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Credit where it's due

Computer Weekly has been worrying away at this story for a decade.

Demand for HP printer supplies in free-fall – and Intel CPU shortages aren't helping either

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Instant Ink?

I'm vaguely surprised to see no mention (good or bad) in the earnings call of HP's "Instant Ink" subscribe-for-supplies wheeze. As far as this European is concerned, it's yet another subscription I don't need. Maybe my compatriots think the same.

Trust the public cloud Big Three to make non-volatile storage volatile

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Whatever …

Maybe cloud suppliers have successfully conditioned my expectations over the years, but this sort of thing is no more or less than I'd expect. Wonder how fast I can stream in a back-up from dependable storage …

Unearthed emails could be smoking gun in epic GDPR battle: Google, adtech giants 'know they break Euro privacy law'

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Paris Hilton

Re: Ads?

Well, I let the ads on El Reg through. They often turn out to be for low-priced women's clothing. This is either because my other measures prevent the exchanges from knowing anything useful about me. Or because they know even more about me than I've yet realised myself.

LibreOffice 6.2 is here: Running up a Tab at the NotebookBar? You can turn it all off if you want

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Backward compatibility

I’m happy to say that version 6.2 retains the ability to open my 20-year-old Macintosh WordPerfect 3.5 files.

Colour us shocked: Google in €50m GDPR fine appeal bombshell

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Google takes small onion from pocket, then says it's …

… "concerned about the impact of this ruling on publishers, original content creators and tech companies in Europe and beyond".

Waymo presents ChauffeurNet, a neural net designed to copy human driving

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Re: Simple questions

Why would self-driving vehicles need traffic lights?: they'd just decide among themselves, taking into account area policies and emergency requirements, who gets to cross the junction next, and what, if anything, other vehicles need to do in order to make that happen.

Virgin Galactic test flight reaches space for the first time, lugging NASA cargo in place of tourists

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I look forward to Virgin Trains claiming that they're on time by saying that the destination is now 20% nearer than it used to be.

For fax sake: NHS to be banned from buying archaic copy-flingers

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It's difficult to buy/lease/rent an "enterprise class" copier/printer/scanner that does not have an embedded fax. Mind, the things are equally happy to send your scans by (unsecured, in my experience) email.

Brits' DNA data sent to military base after 'foreign' hack attacks – report

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Subject to viral attack?

Only to be expected for DNA.

NAND so it begins: Micron mounts head-on attack against 10K disks

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Enterprise? SATA??

Any 10k drives I might want to replace have SAS interfaces. Yes, the controllers will talk to SATA drives too, but maybe I like what SAS offers above and beyond SATA.

A story of M, a failed retailer: We'll give you a clue – it rhymes with Charlie Chaplin

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Thank you for the analysis

It almost made me want to go back to reading balance sheets again.

But, just after having done my VAT return, maybe not.

Scrapping UK visa cap on nurses, doctors opened Britain's doors to IT workers

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Where's your sense of balance?

The article lacks an insincere and pat response from the Home Office, framed in language that makes it clear that it believes it is talking to an audience with the intellect of a seven-year-old.

Microsoft: Like the Borg, we want to absorb all the world's biz computers

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Long spoons needed

So, in 2025 or so, we can expect an EU finding, accompanied by a massive fine, that Microsoft has been threatening to withhold MMD approval from OEMs who want to do naughty things like shipping Chromebooks or sytems with Linux preinstalled.

2-bit punks' weak 40-bit crypto didn't help Tesla keyless fobs one bit

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Re: Would have been nice to target the right manufacturers El Reg

Nope. Fair game. Tesla, which claims to be being "disruptive" by running an auto company like a tech company, should have known better than to use a 40-bit key in the first place.

Vodafone cops ads rap over Martin Freeman's vanishing spaceship

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Re: The only useful measure

Unless they find a way of their router measuring available bandwidth over time …

Well, you could try signing up with SamKnows. They used to give away "white box" measurement devices to anyone who asked; now there seems to be some sort of lottery.

Can a script kiddie pwn your SD-WAN? Better check the config, friend

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Please, sir!

What's an SD-WAN?

Australia on the cusp of showing the world how to break encryption

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Note to self

I'm off to Oz next year. Must make sure the VPN's in working order.

Hackers can cook you alive using 'microwave oven' sat-comms – claim

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It burns, it burns (or not)

Hmm. Let's look at the Astra 1N satellite for example. It has an EIRP of 54dbW. My goodness, that's a quarter of a megawatt. Sounds dangerous. Except that the I in EIRP stands for isotropic, meaning that, if the satellite were transmitting in all directions, that's what it would have to put out in order to achieve the signal strength it attains in Its service area, a large swathe of Europe. Of course, it does not radiate in all directions; it beams a signal only at its service area. That means it's putting out just a couple of hundred Watts — about a quarter of a microwave oven. Of course, it has multiple beams, but even so, the total power available for everything on the satellite is 13kW. And it's more than 30,000 km away. I don't think we're in danger.

Ex-VMware veep loses attempt to throw out his own $1.5m legal win

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Isn't he also due a (potentially) big bung for exposing a fraud on the US government?

IPv6: It's only NAT-ural that network nerds are dragging their feet...

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Masterly inaction

$ host -t AAAA www.theregister.co.uk

www.theregister.co.uk has no AAAA record

[Was that what you meant, Lee D?]

Imagine Python fan fiction written in C, read with a Lisp: Code lingo Nim gets cash injection

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Indentation-significant syntax

Lost me there.

Game over for Google: Fortnite snubs Play Store, keeps its 30%, sparks security fears

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Sweeney shuns Google's haircut

Mine's the one with the comb in the top pocket.

Micron-Intel 3D XPoint split: It's not you, it's m... nah, it is totally you

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More inferences

7. It's utterly proprietary: Intel won't say how it works. Without this information, there can be no rigorous independent evaluation of its endurance and of its failure modes. A guarantee is all very well, but one doesn't want it to fail in the first place.

8. It's single-sourced, meaning there's no alternative if Intel/Micron should have production problems or give up on it, and no prospect of meaningful price competition.

Oracle cuts ribbon on distributed ledger service

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Three-and-a-half nines

I suspect that's too few to interest many of Oracle's most lucrative clients.

ICANN't get no respect: Europe throws Whois privacy plan in the trash

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"… directly against the stated positions of both ICANN and its most influential members …"

Sounds good to me.

Git365. Git for Teams. Quatermass and the Git Pit. GitHub simply won't do now Microsoft has it

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Alternate Title

See Wikipedia if under 60 or not a Brit.

The cybercriminal's cash cow and the marketer's machine: Inside the mad sad bad web ad world

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Goodness me

If this much money were being siphoned out of (let's say) healthcare delivery — for which, like advertising, we all pay — governments would be falling over themselves to (be seen to) stop it. Although typically by excluding qualified recipients, making vague but loud claims about financing terrorism, and so on… Maybe we are better with the status quo.

On Kaspersky’s 'transparency tour' the truth was clear as mud

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" … it won’t be long before Kaspersky is recognised as an Uber-style disruptor …"

And this is good?

Chrome sends old Macs on permanent Safari: Browser bricks itself

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Users can probably rewind to a working version

I have not tried this, but the following should work:

1. Disable Chrome autoupdate — Google(!) that phrase to find out how.

2. Restore a working version of Chrome from a backup.

That said, those running Mavericks really should update to El Capitain, which is still (just about) receiving security updates from Apple, and supports any hardware that runs Mavericks (provided it has 2GB or more of RAM).

GDPR forgive us, it's been one month since you were enforced…

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Washington Post

The Bezos Bugle (motto “Democracy Dies in Darkness”) now tries to sell me a “Premium EU Subscription”, regular price $117, when I attempt to visit. Well, they won’t be losing anything like that just by my not reading Doonesbury every day (which I could do with a VPN anyway, if I could just be arsed). No, I’ve switched my alleigance to block-free GoComics. Hell, I might even buy a subscription.

By the way, I really hope El Reg is raking it in by showing me ads for BooHoo, Miss Selfridge and and PrettyLittleThing against this page: targetting? What targetting?

What's all the C Plus Fuss? Bjarne Stroustrup warns of dangerous future plans for his C++

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Visit the Vasa!

If you're in Stockholm, visit the Vasa. I did, thinking I'd be in and out in a couple of hours. I was there all day.

Intel chip flaw: Math unit may spill crypto secrets from apps to malware

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FreeBSD (et al?)

The article does not mention FreeBSD. The maintainers seem to on the case. Presumably this will filter through to macOS sometime soon, though Apple has said nothing AFAICT. (Strange for El Reg to miss the opportunity to snipe at this.)

Presto chango, crypto buyo: You're travelling like El Reg's gang of nerds

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Specifically, your plan fails to account for

( ) Public reluctance to accept weird new forms of money

Doc 'Cluetrain' Searls' privacy engine project is just the ticket for IEEE

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Which do I trust more?

The IEEE or Elon Musk? …

Boy, that was easy.

Oz sports’ pee-samplers outed buying Cellebrite phone-crack kit

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Two years go it might have been reasonable to doubt …

How long was it that governments kept on buying explosives detectors based on golf-ball finders? (Not, ISTR, quite as long as the vendor got in jail, but anyway …)

Boffins detect antimatter thundering down from Hurricane Patricia

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To boldly blow …

Looking forward to Star Trek: Discovery episode where the ship has to dive into a hurricane to recharge its antimatter banks. Or maybe they're using a multi-cluster quark drive by now.

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

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What the heck is an 'ethicist'

I'm bound to inform you that I am not qualified to answer that question, but monster.com (for example) has 40 pages of open positions for them (including at the IMF).

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"[M]y friends simply let me know … by … dropping me an email"

Often using Gmail. Gthanks. That means Google gets to scrape information about me, even though I do not use its mail service. They said that they would stop dong this before the end of last year, but the current terms of service (from last October) say that they're still at it.

France wants you to put lights and beacons on your drone

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[W]hat about those bent on aerial mischief?

May I refer you to Dedrone, who would love to discuss your particular requirements. Apple is already suspected to be using something of this sort — see the uploader's comment on this YouTube flyover video.

An easy-breezy attitude to sharing personal data is the only thing keeping the app economy alive

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And the alternative?

From time to time, I've suggested that, if El Reg were to ask me for money, I'd cough up. But the option's not on offer. Instead, as I write this, I get to see an ad for the Barbie collection * from £10 *. Still, at least this gives me a warm feeling that I'm being mistargeted.

(What? No Richie Rich icon?)

Fancy owning a two-seat Second World War Messerschmitt fighter?

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"starting at $6m plus VAT"

Just a moment: this tedious document says sales of military aircraft are exempt. I don't expect the auctioneer's premium is, though.

Murdoch to Zuckerberg: Cough up cash, nerd

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Zuck to Murdoch

"Great idea! We've taken it on board: FB will pay trustworthy news providers for content. None of your platforms qualifies."

NHS OKs offshoring patient data to cloud providers stateside

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Big Brother

Re: So...

Coincidentally, I got a mailshot from Schrems this morning to tell me about his current vehicle, myob.eu, and asking for a bung.

Don't panic... but our fragile world is drifting away from the Sun

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One for the Reg Standards Bureau

Well, well, well. Something else that grows on the order of 30mm/year. Others are the moon's orbit and the width of the Atlantic. And fingernails. So may I propose a new Reg Standard for low velocity, namely fingernails per annum?

Incidentally, this concurrence of orbital growth means that the Moon's closest approach to the Sun remains unchanged, even as the Earth drifts away.

Apple iPhone X: Two weeks in the life of an anxious user

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Re: I hate iOS - but......

Give iMazing a try. Not as horrible as iTunes, but not (anything like) free either. They've got a guide.

Alternatively, copy files to iCloud drive on Mac or PC (supposing you have enough iCloud space for them), then, in iPad Files app, select files once they've downloaded and use Copy to VLC action. That done, you can delete them from iCloud drive. All in all, about as bad as using iTunes …

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Re: "Like I say, there’s no user guide to tell you what all the icons means."

Fair point. To get answers to most of the questions that you raise*, you need to download "iPhone User Guide for iOS 11.2" using the phone's iBooks app. The guide even helpfully tells you to do that on page 20. Shame that there's nothing in the box along these lines, as I'd guess that 90% of buyers never find out.

* Swipes on page 8, icons on page … 95. And that's still with 32 pages to go in Basics.

Woo-yay, Meltdown CPU fixes are here. Now, Spectre flaws will haunt tech industry for years

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Re: 'Intel is in denial'

Here's the icon your post needs, but which, understandably posting as A.C., you were unable to use.

We translated Intel's crap attempt to spin its way out of CPU security bug PR nightmare

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More deconstructions of PR flim-flam, please

I realise that El Reg has skin in the game on this one, but there's so much stuff out there just waiting to be mauled. Uber's humblebrags offer a prime target; AirBnB emitted something that made my stomach heave yesterday … Disruption? Hah! All these outfits disrupt is my digestion.


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