* Posts by Alister

3335 posts • joined 19 May 2010

Parts for Brit proto-mainframe EDSAC show up in USA

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Even if not directly re-usable, this at least gives the restorers a real prototype to follow, which is always better than just following the engineering diagrams: it will show exactly how the original was put together in practice, where workarounds and shortcuts may have been taken to translate the plans into reality.

Accused Silk Road boss's lawyer insists he was just a fall guy

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[Ulbricht] built it, he grew it, he operated it from start to bottom until the end

Ah, maybe he should have operated it from top to finish instead, clearly he was confused...

National Lottery website goes TITSUP again

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Re: 502 Bad Gateway

Somebody's edited the nginx.conf file, and got it wrong...

nginx says NO!

Enough is enough: It's time to flush Flash back to where it came from – Hell

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Re: Required for VMWare vCentre Web client, And Cisco

and as if it wasn't bad enough that for VMWare and Cisco you need Flash, if you use Cisco ASA, you still need Java to run the ASDM - which for somethings, you need, as you can't get to the bits from the console session.

The joy of six: VMware ecstatic after finally emitting new vSphere

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...and vSphere 6 web client (which is compulsory) STILL USES FLASH!!!


Oracle is BETTER at cloud than everyone else so NER, shouts Hurd (no Katz)

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We can't do that, we're still paying Oracle's licence fees for the one we've got!

Microsoft Outlook comes to Android, iOS: MS email now a bit less painful on mobile

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I'm curious about the sub heading, and the premise of the article, we run a couple of Exchange AD domains with a mixture of IOS and Android clients, and I haven't found them to be particularly painful to administer, and users seem happy enough? It's very rare we have problems with the built in mail clients.

The worst culprit for problems is Outlook for Mac, which needs beating with a large wet haddock at every opportunity, it's a PITA.

Supersonic Bloodhound car techies in screaming 650mph comms test

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I think El Reg's SPB should have asked the Noble Sir if they could strap LOHAN to the car for some last minute speed testing, they're aiming for Mach-1 aren't they?

FCC will vote to cut off 41 million broadband users this Thursday*

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Re: horse and cart

"Nobody needs 25Mb/s connections".

What the NCTA (and others who trot out this excuse) seem to forget is that maybe each individual user doesn't need 25Mb/s, but if you have an "average family household" (a couple kids, two parents) then you've probably nowadays got at least 8 and probably more devices vying for that bandwidth.

When you figure in contention, and then think of a street full of the same sort of household, then even if the headline speed of the connection is 25Mb/s, most users will only see a tenth of that in real world speed.

If you're only starting from a headline speed of 4Mb/s, then individual users are unlikely to have anything useable in real world speeds.

EE squashes Orange UK: France Telecom's been 'destroying it for years'

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Kumquat may, fruits of BT merger won’t include Moss' baby

I wish to downvote this article for the use of the above...

Switch it off and on again: How peers failed to sneak Snoopers' Charter into terror bill

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Re: WOW!

I'm not at all shocked, but nevertheless highly concerned, that a number of "these people" have stood up and said they were experts in this field, and then go on to conclusively prove they've no idea what they are talking about.

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...all the other services, are increasingly being used across the internet via something I now know more about than I ever wanted to - a system known as VoIP, the Voice over Internet protocol. This makes all those transmissions untraceable.

Wait, What!!?

So VoIP is now the root of all eeevilll???

I'm really glad Lord Blair knows so much about it now and doesn't in any way confuse it with VPNs...

Maybe he can help me sort out a problem I've got with the office Asterisk box...

Opera Jon weaves a brand new browser

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with customisation and speed taking it in a different direction to the mainstream, where minimalism rules the day.

I'm genuinely a little confused, is the above statement meant to mean that mainstream browsers are minimalist?

If that's the case I would argue strongly that the mainstream browsers are far from minimalist, In fact I would describe all of them as pretty bloated.

I would love to see a new, minimalist browser, but I suspect that's not what is on offer.

FROSTY MISTRESS of the Outer System: Pluto yields to probe snapper

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Re: Hello, mission control?


A Bombe Called Christopher, or A Very Poor Imitation

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leaden exposition

Is that Basil's brother?

Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Chickpea stew à la Bureau des Projets Spéciaux

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Re: Garlic optional?

It's not le garlic, it's "avec"...

All Quirmian food has "avec"

Is it humanly possible to watch Gigli and Battlefield Earth back-to-back?

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I think you mean "dross"

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Re: "So bad it's good"

TOFIEWOO has got to be worth an upvote, on its own.

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Well if you want the definitive Affleck dross, I suggest adding Armageddon to the list, watching him try to emote at Liv Tyler whilst that bloody awful song is playing is sufficient to give anyone nausea...

UK Scouts database 'flaws' raise concerns

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Latest menace to internet economy: Gators EATING all the PUSSIES

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Re: Send in Mick Dundee!

You call that a croc??

No mate, this is a croc...

'Our AI systems must do what we want them to do'

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Glass was in its infancy, and you took those very first steps and taught us how to walk. Well, we still have some work to do, but now we’re ready to put on our big kid shoes and learn how to run.

By that, they seem to mean they'll be lacing up their running shoes and legging it as fast as possible away from this particular dead duck.

El Reg, you still seem to be completely misrepresenting the content of this story. What Google are doing is to close down the beta program, and start the process of moving it to main-stream development. This is not in any way the same as dropping Google Glass, which your coverage seems to suggest.


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Re: Curiosity, RE: USB

Was USB even a thing when Beagle launched?

Hmm, according to Jimmy Wales, yes it was:

USB 2.0 was released in April 2000, Beagle launched 2003

US and UK declare red-team cyber war – on each other

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So, in the time honoured tradition of previous UK/USA agreements, the US intelligence community will be allowed to carry out attacks on any UK financial institution, and the UK intelligence community will be allowed to try and break into the email account of a minor US banking official...

You'll get sick of that iPad. And guess who'll be waiting? Big daddy Linux...

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I still think the "Desktop is dead" idea is premature, and possibly will never be true, although the form factor may change. Desktops/Laptops are not just for business edge-cases, they still have real benefits as a form factor for home use, in my experience.

My kids have both smartphones and tablets, but if they want to do their homework, they choose to use either a desktop or laptop - primarily for the full keyboard, and the ability to print stuff.

I use a desktop, partially because I'm from the TRS80 generation, partially because for work I need to manage servers from home, but also because to do household accounts, play games like Warcraft, edit my photos, and various other needs, a mobile device is just not the right tool for the job.

I surely can't be the only person who has a household like this?

BT bemoans 'misconceived' SUPERFAST broadband regs

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virtual unbundled local access (VULA).

What a missed opportunity, when they could have gone for Variable Unbundled Local Virtual Access.

Google UK doubles London Kings X mega-office sprawl

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Re: Playmobil

And they forgot the lens flare!!!

Hollywood vs hackers: Vulture cracks Tinseltown keyboard cornballs

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Re: Boris?

I think you'll find that Arnold J Rimmer (technician, second class) got there first; during the test to join the crew of the Enlightenment.

Well... he did have a BSC...

(Bronze Swimming Certificate)

Sony hack was good news for INSURERS and INVESTORS

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Off on a tangent, I hadn't realised the Culver City lot was now Sony's. I remember when it was Paramount's, and before that I think it belonged to DesiLu Entertainment...

Don't use Charlie Hebdo to justify Big Brother data-slurp – Data protection MEP

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In what possible way could sharing the data on aircraft passengers have helped thwart the Charlie Hebdo killings? The perpetrators were (as I understand it) Parisian residents, and already known to the Police.

In the same way, the killing of Lee Rigby was done by UK residents known to the police, and the Canadian attacks were the same, carried out in each case by Canadian nationals.

In none of the above cases could data about air travel have had any bearing on the identification or capture of the attackers.

Fujitsu: Slide your fingertip through our ring piece and show mice the finger

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So, One ring to rule them all...


Lube company merger receiving second 'in-depth' probe

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There may be no IT angle to this, but the opportunities for El Reg headline writers and commentards are just too many to ignore.

Ooh, I've managed a whole sentence without once descending the slippery pole into filth...

Oh, damn.

Hang on a second – Time Lords have added one to 2015

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International Earth Rotation Service

They've had their funding cut, so they can't cope with the demands an extra second would require.

Police radios will be KILLED soon – yet no one dares say 'Huawei'

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Push-to-talk latency

...has been around for a long time. When I worked for the Emergency Services, back in the eighties, we were always told to press the PTT and then wait 2 seconds before speaking, as the VHF radios used to broadcast a set of selcall tones before opening the microphone.

Hubble 'scope snaps ENORMO SPACE ERECTION: Pillars of Creation 20 years on

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Well I always thought they looked like a trio of interstellar Meerkats...


Cap’n Ericsson and his great SEABORNE CLOUD wheeze

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I thought the article was going to say that Ericsson had bought those two barges off Google, to float a datacentre in...

UKIP website TAKES A KIP, but for why?

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Curious, there doesn't seem to be an A record in place at the moment for www:

ukip.org. NS IN 600 137ms ns2.hosteurope.com.

ukip.org. NS IN 600 137ms ns.hosteurope.com.

ukip.org. SOA IN 600 137ms

Minimum/NegTTL: 600

Expire: 1209600

Retry: 3600

Refresh: 86400

Serial: 2012053001

Responsible Name: hostmaster.ukip.org.

Primary DNS server: ns.hosteurope.com.

ukip.org. MX IN 600 137ms mx0.123-reg.co.uk. [Preference = 10]

ukip.org. MX IN 600 137ms mx1.123-reg.co.uk. [Preference = 20]

ns.hosteurope.com. A IN 300 137ms

mx1.123-reg.co.uk. A IN 300 137ms

mx0.123-reg.co.uk. A IN 300 137ms

mx1.123-reg.co.uk. A IN 300 137ms

mx1.123-reg.co.uk. A IN 300 137ms

mx0.123-reg.co.uk. A IN 300 137ms

mx0.123-reg.co.uk. A IN 300 137ms

ns2.hosteurope.com. A IN 300 137ms

THREE MILLION Moonpig accounts exposed by flaw

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I'm not sure why he's making such a big thing about the API help documentation, It's fairly standard practice to make that info publicly available. Maybe he doesn't have much experience of working with APIs?

That doesn't in any way excuse the lack of OAuth, or the inclusion of the customerID in the URL though, they should be roasted for that...

Snowden leaks lack context says security studies professor

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This just seems like a very clumsy attempt to discredit Snowden's information. The leaks contain far more than just PowerPoint slides.

NASA to launch microwave SPACE LASSO to probe Earth's wet spots

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I'm intrigued to know how they test something which must unfurl with micrometric precision in a space environment, and yet be tested on earth. One would think the forces acting on the mesh would be very different.

2014: The condensed conference keynotes

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Well if they put it on Kickstarter, I'm sure people would go for it, the synergy of Lego and Ikea is irresistible...

The Shock of the New: The Register redesign update 4

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Thanks very much for listening, and thanks for the home page navigation at the bottom.

UK air traffic bods deny they 'skimped' on IT investment after server mega-fail

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As I understand it, the actual outage was very short, (in the order of sub ten minutes IIRC) what caused the disruption was the very thorough and comprehensive safety protocols which kicked in after 5 minutes, designed to gain maximum separation for all aircraft in the controlled area.

El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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Drew, please can you re-introduce some navigation at the bottom of the page to get back to the homepage. You used to be able to click on the "Register" banner in the footer but you've taken that away.

If you've read down to the bottom of a long page of comments, it's a pain to have to scroll back up to the top to get back to the home page.

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Sorry, I'm not a fan. The large picture and headline of the featured stories take up too much room, the top menu is annoying when you move your mouse anywhere near it.

Also, the pagination on the comments seems to carry over two or three stories to the next page.

Nork-ribbing flick The Interview AXED: Sony caves under hack terror 'menace'

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Re: Grow some balls!

And if the criminals are backed by a rogue state and know where you and your family live and have threatened to blow up your house while you sleep? That's the level of the threat being posed right now: it's getting personal.

This just shows the irrational level of fear to which America has sunk.

Come ON! There is no likelihood of this threat being acted upon, the resources necessary to carry out the threat make it impossible, even for "a rogue state".

Google swears no search leg up for new dot-word sites: We drill into claims

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Re: SEO: Emperor's clothes

I wish I could upvote this more times.

We provide the website and hosting for a client who are the only provider of a niche service. They have the very top organic result in Google, Bing and other search engines, for any search term which describes the service they provide, and they also have a sponsored link in Google.

And yet, each year, they spend thousands on external SEO consultants, who keep coming up with different strategies and slight tweaks to page content and layout, most of which get reverted by the next SEO consultant.

V. R. R. Stob's magnificent saga A Game Of Dog-and-Bones

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Verily, Verity, it hath been an age since you last graced these hallowed pages.

El Reg's mighty rocket spaceplane Vulture 2 arrives in US of A

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...oh, and I know you're currently in the US but recce is spelt recce in British English...

Sony to media: stop publishing our stolen stuff or we'll get nasty

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It would have to be classified as a fantasy then...

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