* Posts by Sandtitz

932 posts • joined 6 Oct 2010

Page:

AC enumeration

Sandtitz
Silver badge

AC enumeration

I'd like to propose a small change to the forums.

Problem:

Some topics carry a lot of AC comments, and it's sometimes difficult to follow the comment threads - AC's answering to other AC's, perhaps the same AC even replying to himself to correct his post or to add further confusion.

My idea:

Inside a topic, could ElReg enumerate the ACs so that the second AC joining the conversation would be known as AC #2 for the remainder of the topic? Would be tremendously useful in some... more heated political topics where the back-and-forth includes multiple ACs, yet this change wouldn't break anyones anonymity as far as I can see.

0
0

Wanna exorcise Intel's secretive hidden CPU from your hardware? Meet Purism's laptops

Sandtitz
Silver badge
WTF?

Re: [Citation needed]

Hey AC, did you notice the title [Citation needed]

I couldn't find any articles about a hidden wifi inside a CPU, so give us a link or just give up.

2
0

Malware hidden in vid app is so nasty, victims should wipe their Macs

Sandtitz
Silver badge

Re: Wow

I'm not sure about Apple low level security, but could the UEFI and harddrive firmware be compromised as well, or is there some built in check the Apple UEFI bios? If it were PC/Windows, I'd toss the HDDs and reflash the bios with a "known good" copy.

Through the rabbithole with the paranoias.

Many - not all - PC makers only allow signed UEFI updates. Of course if the malware writers have pwned the mfgr's internal systems they could sign their own updates. Like they did with Eltima in this case.

If your UEFI has a virus - something the TLAs could possibly cook - it could either a) deny further flashing, or b) allow flashing BUT still remain. Computers these days don't have a socketed EPROM for DIY flashing - perhaps the mfgrs still have the tools to reflash securely through a JTAG or something similar?

5
0

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update tackles IT's true menace: Cheating gamers

Sandtitz
Silver badge
Mushroom

Re: Cheaters will cheat as Crackers will crack

"Nope - majority of Steam users are now on Windows 10..."

Now, now, we don't want accurate information here, especially Steam statistics. That's a paddling downvote, it seems...

Also, whatever you do, don't mention how the Linux/MacOS share seems to be dwindling.

2
0

Please replace the sword, says owner of now-hollow stone

Sandtitz
Silver badge
Happy

Easy

Just #dip your ordinary long sword into a fountain and it'll turn into Excalibur!

3
0

Windows Fall Creators Update is here: What do you want first – bad news or good news?

Sandtitz
Silver badge
Boffin

@gordynoth

"MS should be producing two different versions of Windows [...] No more Cortana, having all those modern apps, turning of the data feeds back to home base [...] I would be willing to pay for the ability to remove these things to be able to have a more server type OS."

You can either buy Windows Server, or (via a volume license) Windows 10 LTSB. Both omit the "modern apps", the appstore, Cortana and so forth, and get no feature updates, just boring security updates.

1
2

Blade Runner 2049 review: Scott's vision versus Villeneuve's skill

Sandtitz
Silver badge
Go

Re: Against the law of nature...

"Sorry I can't even begin to agree with this. The 2011 version was all CGI."

Yes, it was all CGI, but the F/X were made very much in the same vein as in the 1982 version, and were deliciously odd and repulsive: the merging of two people, the Thing in helicopter and so on.

"The last and technically the best of the animatronic movies without a doubt."

I can't disagree about the quality although animatronics have been used plentifully after 1982. Lifelike CGI started to gain widespread use with Jurassic Park 10 years later - which still had several animatronic dinos.

Remember: CGI and animatronics are just tools.

While 2001, Star Wars, Blade Runner and many other space films had really great model props, animations and so on, they were technically really hard and required lots of work to construct. Star Wreck showed how you can pull pretty fantastic effects on shoe string budget and rendering the CGI with home computers, and that was 12 years ago already.

2
0
Sandtitz
Silver badge
Happy

Re: Against the law of nature...

"So the Blade Runner sequel is, by all accounts, pretty good. This goes against all known natural laws."

There are always the exceptions that prove the rule. T2 anyone?

The Thing prequel in 2011 was also (mostly) really good.

And Wrath of Khan was much better than the tedious Motion Picture...

4
1

Nothing matters any more... Now hapless Equifax bags $7.5m IT contract with US taxmen

Sandtitz
Silver badge
Thumb Up

Re: No bid?

"Think about it: would you take it?"

Would I take $7M for a job? Hell yeah! We've got antivirus on every computer and the D-Link firewall keeps hackers away. And the new intern at accounting seems to know something about computers too. We're covered.

And if there's a security fail? It's a rap on the knuckles, the intern will be fired, and I would sadly need to retire with millions in my pocket.

Next question, please.

17
0

¡Dios mío! Spain blocks DNS to hush Catalonian independence vote sites

Sandtitz
Silver badge

Re: FC Barcelona

"On a more serious note, who are FC Barcelona going to play if Catalonia secede?"

Espanyol, Girona, Barcelona B (reserves), Tarragona, Reus, Llagostera. Espanyol is a big team, the rest are more or less minnows.

FC Barcelona is probably banking on them being included in La Liga even after seceding because they are valuable to the Spanish League, but that's risky. The terms might just not be as good as they are now, and Barcelona has plenty to lose and nothing to win.

2
0

GNOME Foundation backs 'freedom-oriented' smartphone

Sandtitz
Silver badge
Happy

Re: But

"That goes along with the 'tainted kernel' thing for Linux kernel drivers"

"Ulch - that code was tainted! You feel deathly sick."

0
0

HP users moaning over 10-minute login lag during 'Win 10 update'

Sandtitz
Silver badge
Unhappy

Re: A few HP's here

I can only recommend clean installs as Windows 10 is installed in 10-15 minutes or so, and it seems to pick up all the drivers from WU very well. And afterwards you don't have to uninstall Winzip, McAfee and some useless HP stuff.

Several new HPs still have the 1607 version, so to get it up-to-date you'll first need to let WU download 1703 version (couple GBs) and the upgrading takes many times longer than a clean install.

Also consider not installing the HP EFI Diagnostics package, since it uses so much space on that 100MB (?) EFI boot partition that e.g. 1703 (Creators Update) fails to install until you remove the diagnostics. Pretty stupid from MS to use a paltry 100MB partition these days, and stupid HP because they haven't published an advisory or even recognised the need for one.

2
1

Unloved Microsoft Edge is much improved – but will anyone use it?

Sandtitz
Silver badge

Re: They won't come just cause you build it

"The bigger reason, IMO, is that it's a Microsoft browser. Microsoft basically did everything they could to destroy the internet with Internet Explorer."

I don't think that's a reason at all. I'm pulling statistics out of my ass here, but the browser user base has multiplied many times since late 90s when MS killed Netscape, and "newcomers" are not aware of the history, nor do people even care about decades old stuff. If users were looking for a browser from an ethical company Chrome certainly wouldn't lead the pack!

Chrome is a solid, working choice that renders web pages very well. That's not the reason it is the most used browser - the reason is the (already mentioned) fly-by downloads at Java and Adobe product download pages, which are opt-out, and when the browser is installed it imports the IE settings quite seamlessly, and the less adept users won't even notice except that the browser launch icon has changed.

Edge can't gain popularity unless Windows 10 gains popularity since Win7/8 will never get it.

Edge was rather unfriendly to use back in 2015 when I tried it for a few days, and it got better when it got support for adblocking last year, but the UI just isn't as nice as my Firefox.

Lack of adblocking probably didn't matter too much since I constantly see business and home users using browsers with no adblocking at all, and they're not ever aware of such things.

2
0

New Horizons probe awakens to receive software upgrade

Sandtitz
Silver badge
Happy

Re: RFU

"Thank you for the SCSI card flashback... so glad we don't have to do this anymore."

Shirley you jest.

Pretty much all RAID controllers still receive multiple FW updates in their lifetime. Also several backplanes, and even plain SAS cards get them. Not to mention the (tape) drives connected to them...

The update procedures have become more robust and easier, they can usually be done online and you can schedule the required boot for a later date. I can't remember bricking anything in the last 10 years or so.

1
0

Windows 10 Creators Update will add app-level privacy controls

Sandtitz
Silver badge
Unhappy

Re: %appdata%

"Be nice if they stopped apps from installing from %appdata% or provided someway to force the apps to the relevant %programfiles% or %programfiles(x86)%"

That's just due to crappy software developers. Suunto and Spotify are two idiot companies that flat out deny installation to %programfiles%. I'm sure there are plenty of others too. And the Onedrive installer in %appdata% is another MS brainfart.

Hashing is not enough since these programs autoupdate themselves from time to time so either the new executable or the updater fail to launch. Unless you're there to unblock each new executable, it may be just easier to allow certain folders or just flat out deny these programs and tell the users to use their mobile or home computer for those programs.

1
0

Homeland Security drops the hammer on Kaspersky Lab with preemptive ban

Sandtitz
Silver badge
Thumb Up

Re: Quite the planning process, this

"60 days to develop a plan to get rid of it"

"Is it really that difficult?"

It's called government efficiency.

14
0

Everybody without Android Oreo vulnerable to overlay attack

Sandtitz
Silver badge
Meh

Re: "will need updating" @Aodhhan

"I have an older Android phone"

That's nice. So which phone model is it?

I'd like to buy a new phone. Can you provide a list of Android phones that will receive updates for at least the next 3 years, based on past mfgr performance or a mfgr pledge?

I don't like my iPhone very much, but the service model is way better than any Android phone.

11
1

User demanded PC be moved to move to a sunny desk – because it needed Windows

Sandtitz
Silver badge
Flame

Re: As any good medical professional will tell you

"Well, they tend to be labeled as Exabyte 8mm drives"

Sony AIT drives on IDE bus fell to that category too. To think of it, most IDE tape drives were equally WORN.

5
0

Whoosh, there it is: Toshiba bods say 14TB helium-filled disk is coming soon

Sandtitz
Silver badge

Re: Helium?

"Catch is, helium is SO small you need special handling to keep it from getting away (as it's small enough to pass through gaps in otherwise-solid materials)."

Is the helium pressurised inside the HDD?

If not, and if the HDD enclosure material is porous enough to just let helium atoms pass then something must replace the helium because "nature abhors vacuum". Since a hydrogen atom is smaller than a helium atom, only hydrogen can replace the missing volume. Excluding the flammable nature of hydrogen, would it pose a problem for the drive?

I'm just a layman with only high school physics classes decades ago so bear with my likely flawed reasoning here!

0
0

Kurat võtku! Estonia identifies security risk in almost 750,000 ID cards

Sandtitz
Silver badge
Go

Re: "digital government, huh?"

"Some of the language in this article is inexplicably tendentious though¹, and I cannot understand why. Perhaps someone would care to explain?"

You're new here? ElReg articles usually are not written in neutral tone. Get used to it.

2
2

Google's Hollywood 'interventions' made on-screen coders cooler

Sandtitz
Silver badge
Thumb Up

@ratfox

"I'm not sure if learning that The Amazing World of Gumball is a thing makes it better or worse."

It's a funny and original show, unlike most other series, animated or not.

0
0

Huge Apple news CONFIRMED. Software deal with Accenture is official

Sandtitz
Silver badge
Happy

Re: Desk Drawer Fluff @Khaptain

"...desk drawer that is full of bottle openers/keychains/pens/500Mb USB keys etc....

Bottle openers, but no corkscrews? What sort of workplace is that?

I've still got a couple 16MB Fujitsu Memorybird USB drives from ca. 2001 in my desk drawer at work. They still work and with DOS boot files I still (rarely) used them for some BIOS/firmware updates.

5
0

New York Police scrap 36,000 Windows smartphones

Sandtitz
Silver badge
Joke

"Most 8.1 phone apps run just fine on Windows 10 Mobile. The ones that don't are usually the ones written by muppets."

So, they'll need to ditch Kermit then?

6
0

Bombastic boss gave insane instructions to sensible sysadmin, with client on speakerphone

Sandtitz
Silver badge
Happy

I tried to explain what he was asking while not impossible wouldn't work

Reminds me of The Expert sketch...

12
0

Logitech's security cams allegedly suck so bad, this US bloke is suing it

Sandtitz
Silver badge

Re: Security Camera Blues

"Are there any really good security cameras out there?"

Axis is Good. Mobotix also had good cameras, but I haven't dabbled with them for several years so things may have changed.

Logitech may be fine for webcams and for hobbyists. Logitech security cams? GTFO!

2
0

Headless body found near topless beach: Missing private sub journalist identified

Sandtitz
Silver badge
Happy

Re: This story is still nowhere near as strange as...

I have this hunch that someone has actually come up with a time machine and stepped on a butterfly in a bygone era.

9
0

Intel stuffs extra cores into latest mobile Series U Core i5 and i7 chips

Sandtitz
Silver badge
FAIL

Re: Intel giveth and taketh @Mr Davies

"So these fancy new chips don't have LPDDR4 support and only 2 memory channels making the max RAM still languishing at 16Gb."

The maximum RAM for these mobile CPU's is 32GB, not "16Gb" (sic).

Some will want more memory than that in their laptop. They have an option to fork out for a mobile Xeon (max 64GB + ECC) or a "mobile" DTR (128GB+?) or just wait a bit and see if AMD can come up with something usable now that they are back in the business.

3
0

Samsung drops 128TB SSD and kinetic-type flash drive bombshells

Sandtitz
Silver badge

Re: Rebuild times?

Samsung 960 Pro can write roughly 2GB/s, so a 128TB drive would take roughly 18 hours to fill, so that's the theoretical minimum. Array usage during rebuilt etc. will of course be a factor.

This is in the same realm as rebuilding hard drive arrays with 10-12TB drives. (assuming a very generous constant 200MB/s write speed)

The M.2 PCIe3.0 x4 is limited to about 4GB/s, so there's still pleanty of headroom for Samsung to develop a faster controller.

3
0

Wait. What? The IBM cloud's APIs use insecure TLS1 crypto?

Sandtitz
Silver badge

Equally disabling SSL3 breaks even older clients. At some point you just have to let them go.

0
0

Nest security camera captures landlord's romp on tenants' bed

Sandtitz
Silver badge
Thumb Up

Re: Not impressed

"Only 6 minutes?"

When you're with me you only need two minutes, girl,

'Cause I'm so intense,

Two minutes in Heaven is better than one minute in Heaven, mmm

You turn to me and say something s*** like:

"Is that it?"

I know what your trying to say, girl,

Your trying to say:

"Aw, yeah, that's it!

Then you tell me you want some more, well uh,

I'm not surprised

But I am quite sleepy

3
0

Sysadmin jeered in staff cafeteria as he climbed ladder to fix PC

Sandtitz
Silver badge
Happy

Re: Clothes optional

"The joy of been on call to get that call in the middle of night that the streaming computer wasn't working, and having to go into work to fix the computer in front of the less than clothed "premium adult content"."

Did you enter with 'Meine Dispatcher says there is something wrong with deine cable?'

This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for most so you better learn to channel your inner Karl Hungus!

7
0

Microsoft: Get in, IT nerds, you're now using Insider builds and twice-annual Windows rollouts

Sandtitz
Silver badge

...

If the updates were called Service Packs, there wouldn't be so much furor from both side of the aisle, even though the situation has turned to worse with Win10.

With each earlier Windows version you needed to install the Service Packs to receive support and updates. Windows 7 RTM lost support two years after SP1 was released and while there undoubtedly have always been cases where Service Packs broke something in some specific system configuration or the applications needed updates to continue working - every operating system got better over time. This has been the case with Windows 10 as well - the updates have broken things but the OS has gotten better. (and in some cases also worse)

It's just the 18 month update policy that needs extra effort from the IT to handle these major updates. MS wants companies to pony up for the enterprise agreements and the LTSB versions with 10-year support.

9
1

Microsoft hits new low: Threatens to axe classic Paint from Windows 10

Sandtitz
Silver badge
WTF?

Re: Now just notepad, and we can write off builtin apps completely. @me

"At least Dell and HP sell some laptops with FreeDOS, and Dell also had (has?) Ubuntu preinstall option."

4 thumbs down already, but no-one has the balls to tell why...

I was just stating a fact - you can buy a Dell or HP (and others) without the MS tax, so Mr Bombastic's 'NOT selling anything without a Micro-shaft Win-10-nic license' is obviously just FUD.

3
1
Sandtitz
Silver badge
FAIL

Re: Now just notepad, and we can write off builtin apps completely.

"It's the monpolistic "deals" that Micro-shaft makes in order to strong-arm the largest PC vendors into doing what they want, i.e. NOT selling anything without a Micro-shaft Win-10-nic license."

Your whole premise is wrong. At least Dell and HP sell some laptops with FreeDOS, and Dell also had (has?) Ubuntu preinstall option.

5
5

.. ..-. / -.-- --- ..- / -.-. .- -. / .-. . .- -.. / - .... .. ... then a US Navy fondleslab just put you out of a job

Sandtitz
Silver badge
Coat

"And when the tablet is shot out in battle, how do you call for help?"

Well, there are the maritime signal flags and the semaphore flags. Wuthering Heights and all that...

BTW, if the engine fails are the seamen equipped with oars? There's only so many reasonal backup systems. How often these ships need to rely on signal lamps?

"Sometimes there's a good reason to have someone with a bit of knowledge on the bridge, especially in the military."

Even a dummy like me with no interest in learning the Morse codes knows the SOS code.

13
19

China's censorship cyber-missiles shoot down pics flying through WhatsApp, chat apps

Sandtitz
Silver badge
Unhappy

Per article:

"It is notable, however, that the Chinese government was only able to shoot down specific images on the chat apps based in China – strongly suggesting that the government has access to the company's backend systems."

Well, duh. Was anyone really really thinking otherwise?

ElReg should've mentioned that Winnie the Pooh is also banned.

13
0

Linus Torvalds may have damned systemd with faint praise

Sandtitz
Silver badge
Holmes

Re: Cannonlake, kabylake, coffeelake, skylake

"Is there a technical reason for the 'lake' part or does someone just like lakes?"

"Intel has historically named integrated circuit (IC) development projects after geographical names of towns, rivers or mountains near the location of the Intel facility responsible for the IC."

HTH.

7
1

Man facing $17.5m HPE fraud case has contempt sentence cut by Court of Appeal

Sandtitz
Silver badge
Holmes

Re: Automatic halving of sentence

IANAL as well, but that Section 258(3) of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 states that "Where a person to whom this section applies is also serving one or more sentences of imprisonment, nothing in this section requires the Secretary of State to release him until he is also required to release him in respect of that sentence or each of those sentences."

If I understood the legalese correctly: prison sentence for just contempt of court is always halved unless you also have other sentences - then it's the full monty.

Such a pity that Sage didn't get a sentence regarding the HPE fraud... (alleged fraud I'd like to add)

1
0

Hey, remember that monkey selfie copyright drama a few years ago? Get this – It's just hit the US appeals courts

Sandtitz
Silver badge
Meh

Re: if cost == 0 then panic

"You don't need to even consider AI, What happens if a photo is set up so that a ball is released at a random time, rolls down a slope breaking a sensor beam and releasing the camera's shutter? I.e. no photographer pressing the button. Who would own the copyright of that?"

Well, that's just a randomized Rube Goldberg timer which someone set up. You could very well just release the ball manually but the time for the ball to roll down would still never have the exact time if you drill it down to milli- or microseconds.

I think a better analogy would be:

If an animal triggers a (concealed) wildlife camera to take a picture - who owns the copyright?

The animal very likely doesn't understand the concept of pictures or taking them. Probably the monkey in question saw its face in the LCD view finder and kept pressing the protruding trigger which made a funny noise. (don't know which sort of camera and set up it had)

1
0

Trump tramples US Constitution by blocking Twitter critics – lawsuit

Sandtitz
Silver badge

"The funny thing is that no other Presidential communication venue requires him to listen to critics of that communication, whereas this one would."

Like a stand up comedian, Trump has chosen a venue where his messages may be applauded or lambasted. Stand up comedians may have to endure heckling and they'd need to improvise something in return to counter the offenders.

If Trump can't stand the heat - he could very well start blogging and disable comments.

"Further, Obama was tweeting a bit too, but no one suggested this kind of thing in his case. What's different now?"

Were people banned in this manner?

30
1
Sandtitz
Silver badge
Thumb Up

Re: ID 10 T alert

"I'm glad Hillary didn't win, that would be like having to sit through 4 years of adam sandler films, now we get eddie murphey, dan ackroyd, John Balushi etc... some of the greatest comedy legends of all time."

You forgot Bill Cosby. And Rupert Pupkin.

4
2

Dell goes swimming in Skylake to source 14G server line

Sandtitz
Silver badge

Re: just be prepared to wait if you want SSDs

"I would of bought HP but they do not offer the CPU I need(none of their systems in their online store have it anyway), which is an Xeon E3-1240L V5 (2.1Ghz quad core 25W - I could go with the 1235L V5 as well but not even Dell has that chip)."

HPE (ahem!) seems to offer 1240Lv5 only with DL20 and ML30 gen9 servers - according to the Quickspecs. Perhaps the margins and customer interest in these CPUs are so low that HPE can't be bothered?

HPE Partsurfer comes up with the 842928-001 SKU for E3-1235Lv5, so you could ask a Proliant service partner whether they could order one for you. Or get a CPU and cooler from Ebay.

0
1

May the excessive force be with you: Chap cuffed after Star Trek v Star Wars row turns bloody

Sandtitz
Silver badge
Happy

Re: "Get a life will you people, I mean, for crying out loud, it's it's just a TV show"

I'll raise you with roasting of SW nerds.

2
0
Sandtitz
Silver badge
Happy

Re: How wude!

Of all the JarJar (de)motivational posters I'll never forget the one with "meesa a stupid geeza" caption.

9
0

UberPOP is Finnished in Helsinki until 2018

Sandtitz
Silver badge

Exec

According to Finnish media, Mr Järvinen is suspected being "an accessory in running an unlicensed taxi operation", so he isn't punished just because he was an exec.

5
0

Well, that escalated quickly: Qualcomm demands iPhone, iPad sales ban in America

Sandtitz
Silver badge

"The Day After, the director's cut. Something ABC never dared release"

Why wouldn't they? 'Threads' was much worse than TDA. We've seen worlds collide (literally) in cinema after those films, can't be that shocking.

7
0

US Senators want Kaspersky shut out of military contracts

Sandtitz
Silver badge

There is a hypothetical risk

Technically if the US-Russia situation escalated further, Russia could very well weaponise Kaspersky software no matter what Eugene himself thinks or whether he would protest it.

Since AV always run at very high privileges they could just push out an AV or program update that changes system behaviour. The updates could be directed via geolocation or if the update requests contain eg. the Kaspersky contract ID or other identifying material. This would of course leave a smoking gun.

Similarly any American AV software could be used for attacks if need be. The US government has their FISA and other avenues to subvert companies under their will.

2
3
Sandtitz
Silver badge
Mushroom

Re: Military is presently out of control

"The incident with the F16s harassing Russian defense minister jet over Baltic international waters last week has shown that US military is doing whatever the f*** it wants"

Nice one, Anonymous Comrad. That's the RT version, right? How did RT and other state news report the 2 meter flyby of an SU-27 over a Swedish military plane?

It is customary for Baltic Sea nations to do recon missions on other nations' military aircraft to photograph and identify them. That is not harassment and the F16 incident shows the aircraft at least 50m away from the jet.

Russian military aircrafts routinely tresspasses Baltic/Swedish/Finnish airspace with their transponders turned off. No explanations or apologies are ever given because Russia does whatever it wants to. Just like the US.

10
3

Huge ransomware outbreak spreads in Ukraine and beyond

Sandtitz
Silver badge
Joke

Re: Superfluous commas

That, or the author was pedant in making sure the line lengths are matching.

It is very important when dealing with monospace fonts!

4
0

Google hit with record antitrust fine of €2.4bn by Europe

Sandtitz
Silver badge
WTF?

Re: Next up -Microsoft... @Adam 52

"Ever tried viewing a pdf document on Windows 10?"

Yes. And?

Edge has a capability to show PDF documents and is the default PDF handler in vanilla Windows installation. I'm sure there is no current popular OS available that can't handle PDF's upon installation via a (web) browser.

In Windows 10 (and others) If you have installed a software the is able to show PDF docs, e.g. Chrome/Acrobat/Firefox, then you can make it the default application for PDFs with the "set default programs" widget in Control Panel.

There is no conspiracy.

3
0

Page:

Forums

Biting the hand that feeds IT © 1998–2017