* Posts by hmv

154 posts • joined 30 Apr 2010


The Large Hadron Collider is small beer. Give us billions more for bigger kit, say boffins


Re: The FCC, eh?

"small beer" is a low alcohol beer. Which means you can drink more of it.

I'm just not sure the computer works here – the energy is all wrong


Re: Ah, the carefree days of yore

You do know there's a vacuum cleaner called a VAX don't you?

A long time ago, the two companies producing VAXen[0], met and agreed that nobody was dumb enough to mistake one for the other. Except in the case of the joke "Nothing sucks like a VAX".

0: Except I'm not sure anyone ever referred to multiple VAX vacuum cleaners as "VAXen".

Could you speak up a bit? I didn't catch your password


Re: Solution...


No, sorry. I tried to ignore it but my OCD won't let me. It's "Þe" - the "y" used in such places is an attempt to replicate the pre-printing thorn which wasn't available in German printing sets.

A few reasons why cops haven't immediately shot down London Gatwick airport drone menace


Re: How about a high power laser burst ?

You'll find that the rules of engagement are slightly different when there's a war going on.

London's Gatwick airport suspends all flights after 'multiple' reports of drones


Re: EMP gun?

It might be stretching the definition of "gun" slightly, but in fact we do. Mind you, lobbing a nuke at Gatwick might well be considered overkill.


Re: Why not kit out airports with anti-drone drones?

Until they come back with the complaint: "Well they're a piece of piss to catch, but they taste bloody awful even if they are crunchy"

Boffins don't give a sh!t, slap Trump's face on a turd in science journal


Re: Very disrespectful

He gets the respect he deserves.

The US has a left-wing? Don't make me laugh.


Re: Yeah...

Well it does depend on whether you're marked with lines every cm (or inch if you insist).

College PRIMOS prankster wreaks havoc with sysadmin manuals


Being the official wielder of the clue stick to problematic students, I'd take issue with that. _Some_ (a tiny minority) are complete dicks.

Er, we have 670 staff to feed now: UK's ICO fines 100 firms that failed to pay data protection fee


Re: Mafiosa

So you're expecting the ICO to work for free are you?

Baroness Trumpington, former Bletchley Park clerk, dies aged 96


Re: Advocatus Diaboli

Just to add that this left-wing nutter might well enjoy a good political argument with Baroness Trumpington (a certain cartoon theme tune plays whenever I hear that name) but that doesn't mean I don't respect what she's done for this country.

3ve Offline: Countless Windows PCs using 1.7m IP addresses hacked to 'view' up to 12 billion adverts a day


On organisation as large as Google can be more than one thing at a time!


Re: "3ve" (pronounced "Eve".)"

"still useful for passwords, though"

/me bangs his head against the wall.

LG: Fsck everything, we're doing 16 lenses in smartphones (probably)


I think you might be comparing the very best film stock with the very 'worst' of digital sensors.

And I'm not sure the resolution of film can be directly compared with digital sensors. It _may_ be higher in resolution (although I've seen different calculations), but it also tends to be "noisier" (film grain).

And in terms of dynamic range, the very best film stock is about 8 stops of range whereas the very best digital sensors is about 14 stops of range.



But those photographers using 35mm pocket cameras may well have produced more "best photos" with better equipment. One example could be Robert Capa's images of the landing at Omaha which were mostly destroyed by the developer; if he had a digital camera (impossible for sure) those images would have survived[0].

0: Yes it's possible for card failures which is why some of us use cameras with dual card slots.

Using a free VPN? Why not skip the middleman and just send your data to President Xi?


Re: This will continue to happen...

"rouge apps"

Red apps? Communism?


Re: Browsing history?

See also ssl.handshake.extensions_server_name (the Wireshark/Tshark variable) which shows the domain part of the URL in plain text.

Bright spark dev irons out light interference


Re: Have you ever put something apparently useless to good use?

What's an "once" and why does the coffee own one? And why did the manager want to buy it?

Between you, me and that dodgy-looking USB: A little bit of paranoia never hurt anyone


"listen to them just because they are the "IT security" people"


British fixed broadband is cheap … and, er, fairly nasty – global survey


streams rather than downloads?

Um ... the bits are coming down the pipe whether it's a download or a stream.

US Republicans bash UK for tech tax plan


Republicans think it's bad; it must be good.

As the subject says - if the Republicans think it's bad, then it's in all likelihood a pretty good idea.

Chuck this on expenses: £2k iPad paints Apple as the premium fondleslab specialist – as planned


Re: 2000 quid?

"People spend close to £2000 for a MS Surface Pro, they run Office on it, nobody called them "idiots""

I beg to differ.

Yer a solicitor, 'arry! Indian uni takes cues from 'Potterverse' to teach students law


Re: Smh

You've missed the point. Try reading the whole article.

Erm... what did you say again, dear reader?


"I had never heard this term either by direct/indirect reference"


"I have taken note that MA and PhD holders use this term"

Minus 20 points for being unable to lie half-reasonably.

Someone's in hot water: Tea party super PAC group 'spilled 500,000+ voters' info' all over web


If you're not bothering to vote - don't bother complaining about politicians.

UK.gov to press ahead with online smut checks (but expects £10m in legals in year 1)


I don't encrypt. Just because I throw around large amounts of random numbers doesn't mean I use encryption.


Re: "Why can't we have both?"

You're doing it wrong. Hint: What do you think the kitchen table is for?

Where can I hide this mic? I know, shove it down my urethra


Wasn't USB but the first CF card I bought was 10Mbytes.

Apple macOS Mojave: There's goth mode but developers will have to wait for the juicy stuff


Re: Thanks for the review

Don't you still have to run it on Apple hardware?

That's why my long outdated Macbook sits on the floor underneath a proper machine. Just so I can legally run a VM macOS :)

A spot of Python in your Azure automation? Step right this way, sir


Perhaps it's my overly pedantic nature (I work in IT; it's a known occupation hazard), but surely the people surprised by this would be those who _haven't_ seen it in preview?

Sysadmin misses out on paycheck after student test runs amok


Re: Naming Schemes

Another one! Using underscores in server names; as a DNS admin I'm permitted to eviscerate you slowly for that.

Personally I really rather hate hostnames with numbers on the end ("server1", "server2", etc.). One of the key features of a naming scheme should be to avoid typos generating valid hostnames.

US govt concedes that you can indeed f**k Nazis online: Domain-name swear ban lifted


Re: No Penistone in the US

No Scratchy Bottom?

(Despite online maps being unable to find it, it's a real place right next to Durdle Door)

Whisky business: Uni of Edinburgh servers Irn-Scru'd by cyber-attack



A DDoS attack against a site isn't going to disclose confidential data.

No, eight characters, some capital letters and numbers is not a good password policy


Re: A brick in the wall

Yes security is more than just passwords, but passwords are pretty important.

Many places offer some form of remote access secured by ... the account password. And yes such services are regularly probed by password guessers.

As to targeting privileged accounts, I've seen a demonstration of someone escalating from a non-privileged account to domain admin in less than an hour. So no, attackers will quite happily target non-privileged accounts.


Indeed. That's why NCSC recommend against enforced frequent password changes.

Most staffers expect bosses to snoop on them, say unions


Belief or Reality

As an evil firewall admin who would be doing some of the spying, I can tell you that there can easily be a huge gap in what employees think is being monitored and what is actually being monitored. At $work there are a considerable number who believe we do a lot more monitoring than we actually do, and nosy line managers get told to go forth and procreate.

That's not to say there shouldn't controls in this area, and I'd happily sit down with unions to talk over what we do (and don't do).

Grad sends warning to manager: Be nice to our kit and it'll be nice to you


Foul Language?

What the f*** is this s*** about foul f****** language? Are we turning into a bunch of p****** p*******? There's a reason we f******* swear like fucking sailors; it's a f******* stress relief exercise necessary because of those dumb f***** in management and those even dumber f**** masquerading as users.

Sitting pretty in IPv4 land? Look, you're gonna have to talk to IPv6 at some stage


Re: Well configured edge firewall

Well with my firewall (effectively IPv4 only), I can turn on IPv6 and the rules automatically apply to that traffic too.

A firewall that allows unknown traffic is fundamentally broken.


Re: DNS is the answer

Well yes and no.

The DNS names work fine as long as the funny numbers behind the scene continue to work. Those in charge of funny numbers have decided IPv4 is broken and the fix is IPv6; argue as much as you like but if you ignore IPv6 and refuse to implement it, sooner or later your Internet breaks. Probably later, but no guarantees.

UK cyber security boffins dispense Ubuntu 18.04 wisdom


No, in fact it was not exactly as you described. They sent the keystrokes to Amazon (insecurely) FROM the search application; your statement implied that all keystrokes were sent.


Re: Good idea.

"Requiring a second password provides an extra layer of protection."

See rootpw and targetpw configuration options.

"to enter further sudo commands within a given period"

See timestamp_timeout

It's a little harsh to condemn a useful tool just because its default configuration isn't to your liking. My preferred method is to keep root's password secret (and in the DR firesafe) and require long and strong passwords for administrators (audited by actually running John the Ripper).

You can take off the shades, squinting Outlook.com users. It has gone dark. Very dark


Re: Great!


My desk is out of range of the motion detectors and when I manage to scare people out of the corridor that my desk is in, the lights will go out whether I'm banging out prose, code, pointing and drooling, or snoozing.

Sysadmin sank IBM mainframe by going one VM too deep



Not quite.

Older IBM mainframe terminals used a beamspring keyswitch. The IBM model F keyboard was a reduced cost version of that (the original IBM PC keyboard and a number of others) and the IBM model M keyboard was a reduced cost version of the model F.

Not that it's a bad keyboard - it's probably the best you can buy new today. Old beamsprings are rather rare, hideously expensive, and require "interesting" methods to adapt to modern computers (replace the controller with an Xwhatsit controller).

Samsung’s new phone-as-desktop is slick, fast and ready for splash-down ... somewhere



Regarding WIMP: I prefer gooey :)

The only experience I've had with a wireless display resulted in so much lag that I couldn't use the mouse to point to things during a presentation.

Arch Linux PDF reader package poisoned


Re: The internet

The Morris worm was in 1988, and there were certain many bad actors in the 1990s - my introduction to security was finding out why an AlphaServer 2100 was running a bit slow, and discovering it was riddled with nasty stuff.

Sysadmin shut down server, it went ‘Clunk!’ but the app kept running


Re: I crashed a server once, at client site

That there is the reason I fought for years to get the allowed list of people to enter a DC reduced to the absolute minimum.

Not because sysadmins are any less likely to do Dumb Things (although we do get more opportunity to appreciate the "measure twice, cut once" rule), but because the fewer people who can do Dumb Things in a data centre, the less frequently painful lessons are learnt.

Chrome sends old Macs on permanent Safari: Browser bricks itself


Re: Why use Chrome anyway?

They have. It's called EMACS.

The Splunk that got sunk: Log-lover ends support for mobile apps


Re: don't be too quick.

If you have to ask, you can't afford it.

(But it is very, very nice)

Cryptography is the Bombe: Britain's Enigma-cracker on display in new home


Re: State Secret.

It is likely that GCHQ built new and improved kit when they moved back to London after BP was closed.

Microsoft Azure Europe embraced the other GDPR: Generally Down, Possibly Recovering


Re: Magic Rituals

And I thought it was supposed to be goats; no wonder I never got an answer.


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