* Posts by Toolman83

27 posts • joined 27 Apr 2010

From MySpace to MyFreeDiskSpace: 12 years of music – 50m songs – blackholed amid mystery server move


I favor incompetence over malice as a cause

sounds like an array copy went wrong & the hapless techs initialized the source drives instead of the destination ones (there is a particularly stupidly configured default option in a vendor provided array copy software that I'm vaguely familiar with). Afterwards, the data could have still been accessed, but once the drives are written to... bing bang bong, good luck with that.

Afterwards, well it is possible to forensically recover (most of) the data, but its very expensive & time consuming - they probably just decided to cut their losses

You know the drill: SAP has asked Joe Public to name Munich arena so go forth and be very silly


will this comment be banned?

Its taken *this* long for an article about naming something in Munich before someone brought up "Hitlerville Arena" or "SSAP Final Solution" ?

'It's like they took a rug and covered it up': Flight booking web app used by scores of airlines still vuln to attack – claim


GDPR much?

Fines of 10M Euro or 2% of the company revenue might focus management's attention...

someone should bring it to the attention of the regulator ASAP!

One year on after US repealed net neutrality, policymakers reflect soberly on the future


Economists favouring repeal of net neutrality

Economists are in favour of things that are good for the economy, not necessarily good for consumers.

DXC execs to investors: It's say-on-pay time. Give us a bump, would you?


Improve the (net) profits short term

But kill the long term viability through loss of staff skills, morale and business contracts

It's not the good people that stay, overwork anyone good that does.

Execs grab a fat bonus, then gtfo...

That's the modus operandi these days isn't it?

CIMON says: Say hello to your new AI pal-bot, space station 'nauts


But can it make toast?

And direct all conversations towards toasted bread products?

New York State is trying to ban 'deepfakes' and Hollywood isn't happy


Follow the money

So this would mean that Hollywood would have to pay people to use their likeness?

They don't want that, they want too use it for free...

A certain millennial turned 30 recently: Welcome to middle age, Microsoft Excel v2


Re: "I have to say Excel is one thing Microsoft got right."

Uhh, you can turn off "auto calculate" since at least version 4

(maybe before, that was the first one I used, and turning it off was sometimes needed with a large worksheet on a 486)

There is even a button in the calculate group that does it these days!

Limp Weiner to get 21 months in the hole


He gets less than 2 years, while that kid that sent pics of himself gets 10

America, that's AFU.

17 yo Kid sends pic of himself to older girl, gets 10 years for distributing child porn (of himself!!!).

This guy sends pics of himself to a minor, gets less than 2 years.

Remind me which one has actual harm?

"Land of the free" my ass

New measurement alerts! Badgers, great white sharks and the Lindisfarne Gospel


Why are people bringing so many sharks to the hotel in the first place?

that's the real question!

Oracle effectively doubles licence fees to run its stuff in AWS


"The Register has asked Oracle why it has made this change"


Stay out of my server room!


"got the knives out and fixed the problem."

We're the knives used on the insulation or the installers?

Siri, clone yourself and dive into this Samsung Galaxy S8 smartphone


Bixby aka Mr Bix?

Mr Bix is a homicidal robot from the Red Meat comic, been going for 20 years or so;


Ominous or clueless?

(in addition to the aforementioned technical and UI issues)

Dell to reveal 'micro data centres' for outdoor use


Or perhaps it'd be suitable for those areas of the world that don't have large air-conditioned data centers on tap?

There are quite a few of them I hear.

What is this river nonsense? Give .amazon to Bezos, says US Congress


Use the market

Approve the name but assign it to the Brazilian tribes living in the amazon. Then Amazon (the company) can rent the name off them, in much the same way that Tuvalu does with .TV. Amazon gets it's name, Brazil gets it's pride, and some under developed areas of Brazil get some funding.

Honda CR-V: SUV-lite that’s also light on the pocket


57 mpg

Is that UK or US gallons?

makes a difference when trying to work out L/100km

(or Rods to the Hogshead)

As El Reg is UK based, I was assuming UK gallons @ 4.3L rather than US Gallons @ 3.8L. Then I got wondering, about mpg being different in US vs UK because of the different sized gallons.

Wouldn't be the first time... UK 44 Gallon Drum is US 55 Gallon Drum (aka 192L to the rest of us), or getting a pump rated in gpm (Gallons per minute), having to figure out where the thing was made or designed to determine its actual rated output.

And all because the Gallon hadn't been standardised when the immigrants on the Mayflower left & took their local 431 cu inch Gallon with them (rather than the 461 cu inch gallon that became the imperial Gallon shortly afterwards).

Forget eyeballs and radar! Brits tackle GPS jammers with WWII technology


What about if a big solar flare knocks out GPS for a significant length of time, or degrades its accuracy (by knocking significant numbers of its satellites)

Having a backup system would come in handy right about then...

Microsoft pulls Win 8.1 RT code which upgraded Surface 'slabs into BRICKS


my RT updated fine

My server 2012 on the other hand keeps crapping out at 76% configuring devices :-(

Jokes of no more than 2 lines


I like my women like I like my software design processes

Top down...

(Also works for bottom up aficionados)

I'll get my coat

SanDisk cops to malfunctioning Micro SDs in Galaxy S3s


Happened to me too...

32GB SanDisk card, Galaxy SIII, died after about a month, was very sad... got a warranty replacement, and have been fine since (3 months), I'll keep my receipt handy though...

2011's Best... E-book Readers



no mention of the Nook there?

the Simple Touch is pretty nice :-)

Facebook planking game claims its first victim


is it April 1st again already?

This has got to be a joke doesn't it? if not - well, another contender for the Darwin awards I guess.

Top-secret US lab infiltrated by spear phishers – again


so is this "advanced persistent threat" called

"Running windows" ?

seriously though, you can make the network as secure as you want & the users will find a way to F*** it up.

The only sure fire way to secure users involves a roll of carpet & an abandoned quarry...

Sex abuse fax leak costs council £100k


In other news, Hertfordshire County Council still using Faxes!

Faxing critical private information? really? in 2010?

HTC Wildfire Android smartphone


Anyone compared the HTC Wildfire to the ZTE Racer?

The ZTE Racer has a similar overall specs (~500-600MHz processor. 2.8" QVGA screen etc), Resistive touchscreen on the Racer though.

Big difference: Price, 100 quid on PAYG (or 110 inc 10 topup) vs 230 for the Wildfire.

I mean we'd all like an HTC Desire or a Nexus one or whatever, but those are like 500 of your English Pounds (not counting contract options).

I'd really like a comparison of these new entry level models. even if the Wildfire is better, its still twice the price (& the Desire is 5x the price, the Desire 2 will be the same I presume).

Splashing out 500 large on a phone when I can get something that will do most of what I want for 100-200 appeals to me. (I can use it for a year or so, then buy something better than current high end models way less than todays prices).

What I use a phone for:

- Calling

- Texting

- Alarm Clock

- Occasional pics (in good light)

- Killing time waiting in lines

- 3G modem via Bluetooth

- I like a battery to last longer than a day (of light use, eg 15 min calling, 20 texts, 30 min online)

I don't *need* a smartphone, but boy do I want one (& am price constrained)

anyone played with both a Racer and a Wildfire? Thoughts? comparisons?



Security bug bites 64-bit Windows 7


all very "Snow Crash"

Viewing a specially crafted image causing your Computer to crash?

(Except in this case its your actual PC not your Brain crashing...)

Well done Neal Stephenson for predicting this !

Acer Easystore H340 2TB Nas box


But can it withstand small children?

Tactical nukes aren't in my living room, a 10 month old who loves cables & a 3 year old who loves throwing things / opening things are...


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