* Posts by hmv

179 posts • joined 30 Apr 2010


Brit Parliament online orifice overwhelmed by Brexit bashers


I would say no, but I assumed everyone knew that one too, so we're probably both too old.


Re: The only conspiracy

Makes a good drinking game though - watch Parliament TV and take a drink every time you see a liar.

Dead LAN's hand: IT staff 'locked out' of data center's core switch after the only bloke who could log into it dies


Re: The system is still working...

Thanks a lot.

My desk now has a new dent in it.


You'll have a hard job backing up switch configs to a RADIUS server (rancid is an entirely different beast).

College student with 'visions of writing super-cool scripts' almost wipes out faculty's entire system


Don't Shout "Fuck" in The Data Centre

A long time ago, I was moving an AlphaServer 4100 from FDDI to Ethernet; around about the time that auto-negotiating the speed, etc. was "problematic". After realising that autonegotiation hadn't negotiated anything mutually workable, I let loose a loud "fuck" (as stress relief) and started nailing it in the firmware environment (can't guarantee that but it definitely required rebooting the whole thing - which wasn't that quick). At each failure, I'd let loose another "fuck" until the network manager came across and suggested I not do that because I was making the director nervous.

That plus other events leads me to the firm conviction that senior managers should be allowed nowhere near the DC when important work is going on.

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


Wild Sweeping Beech?

Whilst beech trees can certainly be impressive, I'm not sure many wild and sweeping beeches are resplendent enough to qualify for a castle overlooking it.

All good, leave it with you...? Chap is roped into tech support role for clueless customer


Well The Big Problem with Helping With Your Windows, OSX Problem Is ...

That I usually fix such matters with a Linux CD/USB stick (I've been using the same excuse for a while). "Oh yes, it's perfectly user-friendly - look" (shows laptop screen that is entirely black except for a "$" in the top left-hand side and a blinking white square).

Works wonders; I rarely get asked to do "extra stuff" that'll only take like 5 minutes.

How many Reg columnists does it take to turn off a lightbulb?


Re: Long way around the barn!

I have a feeling that you're talking about an entirely different class of hotel from the rancid flea-pits I wind up in. Which usually have such features as hard-wired lamps, and inscrutable light-emitting things that don't resemble light-bulbs and don't look removable without a special set of tools (or a wrecking bar, which I rarely take on a trip).

Resistance is... new style: Samsung says it's now shipping resistive eMRAM for IoT chips


Re: Rather useless without a different operating system approach

"we still treat them like tape recorders"

Well perhaps you do, but I dare say the rest of us don't.

God DRAM, that's a big price drop: Memory down 30 per cent, claim industry watchers


Re: desktop becomes an anachronism?

I'm not convinced.

Very few people I know[0] have gotten rid of desktops and still use them; in the case of certain oldies they prefer to use the desktop to the laptop (even though it has a higher specification).

They're certainly not sexy, and haven't really improved dramatically in the last 5 years (unlike phones). Frankly if you're not obsessed with the latest and greatest[1] there's no reason to replace a desktop until it breaks.

0: And they're not all hairy geeks.

1: And if you are, there's more fun toys to be had.

Silent Merc, holy e-car... Mflllwhmmmp! What is that terrible sound?


Not strictly speaking silent

a) Electric vehicles are not strictly speaking silent - there's road noise from the tires rolling across the road surface. Hard to tell when the roads are still full of fuel burners though.

b) Before saying they're too quiet to alert people, consider whether the advantage of quieter traffic might outweigh the advantage of alerting those who aren't looking.

Hipster whines at tech mag for using his pic to imply hipsters look the same, discovers pic was of an entirely different hipster


Re: We have surely reached peak beard.

Er ... some of us had beards before they were "cool" and aren't going to shave just because they are now "cool" (I haven't shaved since the 1980s).

And the last thing on my mind is how you'd feel kissing me; you need to start by buying me pints. Lots and lots of pints.

IBM so very, very sorry after jobs page casually asks hopefuls: Are you white, black... or yellow?


Re: sorry or not

Not necessarily so.

Not everyone working for IBM is a native English speaker and may not be aware of some forbidden words in association with "race". Of course such translations need to be checked by a native speaker to check for such gaffs.

Password managers may leave your online crown jewels 'exposed in RAM' to malware – but hey, they're still better than the alternative


Re: This is why you need a dedicated hardware-token for things like this.

You didn't read this article closely enough did you?

A password manager secured with a token will still be vulnerable because after you use your token to unlock the password manager (or in more extreme and probably theoretical cases when you use your token to unlock an individual entry), the target data _will_ be stored within memory in plain text.

Tens of millions more web accounts for sale after more sites hacked, Mac malware spreads via Windows.exe, and more



Only if you don't know what you're doing; I've got a little collection of around 1 million leaked credentials and I've only been collecting for a couple of months.

Use an 8-char Windows NTLM password? Don't. Every single one can be cracked in under 2.5hrs


Re: Maximum Password length

It gets even better when they enforce such restrictions years (decades?) after such restrictions on legacy Unix systems went away.


Re: The Usual Response...

It's true that adding in genuinely random punctuation will make it much harder to remember but adding in a punctuation character that is randomly selected once at the beginning of time does add a bit of value. It's worth remembering that if we suggest four random words, the average critter in the street will think "well two or three will be good enough" and they won't necessarily be well chosen words at that ("letmein" is three words but it's very far from uncrackable).

I always point out that any transformation ("o" -> "0") you can think of, those who crack passwords professionally have thought of it before you, so it's pointless.

One of the downsides of password manager generated random passwords ("45K7WaUfHxFyrIu6J6CPKM3Gs1jU1oB+UhMByAkn48A" (yes I do have a shell function to generate random noise passwords - don't you?)) is that they're a lot harder to type in than random word-style passwords ("petrifies-Reunion-primitive-putsch" (ditto)). And sometimes you do have to type 'em in.

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


Re: Linux desktop

Running an office package as root?

/me rolls eyes.

Reliable system was so reliable, no one noticed its licence had expired... until it was too late


Re: Soon never seems soon enough

Or something like: http://www.codesrc.com/mediawiki/index.php?title=SCSI2SD

Who are the last people you'd expect to spill thousands of student records? A computer science dept? What a fantastic guess


Re: lame choice


But the student didn't just post the information; they summarised it as an infographic and explicitly pointed out that they won't be releasing the spreadsheet, and won't be answering questions that would lead to a leak of information regarding individuals.

Worried about Brexit food shortages? North Korean haute couture has just the thing


"no comparable scandals seem to regularly reoccur in the USA. (unless anybody can correct me on this)"

Not sure if it's comparable, but salads in the US can be laden with E. Coli :-

1. https://sodelicious.recipes/news/salad-food-poisoning/

2. https://www.cdc.gov/ecoli/2018/o157h7-04-18/index.html


Re: The Rule of Threes

I'm a bit suspicious of the '3 hours without shelter' myself, but hiking as opposed to trying to get a kip is an entirely different matter. And no, hiking non-stop (24x7) isn't usually an option for ordinary people.

Users fail to squeak through basic computer skills test. Well, it was the '90s


Re: Mice are not particularly intuitive

In the distant past, I was helping a student when I noticed that they had turned the mouse over and were using it as a trackball; I pointed out that it might work better the right way up.

So it could be argued that trackballs are more of an intuitive solution (although one example isn't statistically significant).

NHS England digital boss in hot water over 'puff piece' written about her future employer


The available evidence seems to indicate that you're spouting rancid rhino shit.

Apple hardware priced so high that no one wants to buy it? It's 1983 all over again



Not a Sun, and not a 68000, but I constructed a franken SGI PowerSeries out of spare parts that had fallen out the back of a drugs company in the mid-1990s. Two MIPS 4000 processors, 128Mbytes of memory and a VGXT framebuffer.

I worked out the rough list price - a roughly equivalent system would have cost $30,000 without the framebuffer; that would have cost around $300,000.

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.


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