* Posts by defiler

990 posts • joined 18 Oct 2010

New side-channel leak: Boffins bash operating system page caches until they spill secrets

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I'm curious...

Are all of those people putting off their CPU purchases also going to put off VM deployments until the paying system is fixed?

You're right. These problems all need fixed, but the world has to keep turning in the meantime.

Happy new year, readers. Yes, we have threaded comments, an image-lite mode, and more...

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Re: holograraphic love dungeon layout

Holographic Love Dungeon for Workgroups?

Found yet another plastic nostalgia knock-off under the tree? You, sir, need an emulator

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Re: From the back of the room

Me too. We can sit at the back of the room and smugly point to our 32-bit machines that could do in software almost anything the Amiga could do in hardware. And then lament the way it took ages for games to be ported.

Speedball 2, anyone?

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Compatibility was equally impressive

Well, it's UAE underneath - you'd expect it to be spot-on.

I remember (vaguely - it was between 10 and 15 years ago, I think) one of the then-owners (or perhaps not since there's been so much dispute) made a formal decree that UAE was "officially" an Amiga, and software could not be described as Amiga-compatible unless it ran correctly on it.

So, it turns out that your emulated Amiga isn't an emulated Amiga - it's a real Amiga.

(Still something nice about using original hardware, though - cracking out Virtua Fighter on a 32X, for example, is much better than using NeoGenesis.)

Google-whisperers beat reCaptcha voice challenge with 90% success rate

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Re: idiots like this

Mean while, they could at least make the dam images interesting.

Select all of the boxes that show images of dams.

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Audio Captcha? Bloody hell!

Last time I tried one of these I couldn't figure it out on three separate tries. And they can get a single website to beat it 90% of the time? I must suck!

Millennium Buggery: When things that shouldn't be shut down, shut down

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Putting off the updates for every whim basically now means that you don't get the option to put off the updates. Ever.

If it's really as farcical as you say, get out. Get your CV all polished up and move on. They'll just keep expecting you to pull miracles out of your arse every time. I've been there. I've done it. You're totally overlooked and unappreciated if they overrule you each and every time you schedule work on your own time. That's just toxic, and you'll never change it. And when a problem inevitably happens, it'll all be your fault.

I've been that guy performing an in-place upgrade of Exchange Server on a Wednesday night because the boss didn't want to use a VPN to pick up his email, and neither did his mate in Dubai. I've been the guy reinstalling the Linux boxes over Christmas via the iLOs from home. I've been the guy dealing with one group of people moaning that the backups are interrupting their work at midnight and you can't possibly do work on the servers in the evening, and another group starting at 8am, 4 timezones ahead of you. Nobody cares, and the best you'll get is some arse going "I don't care what everyone says - you're alright. <arf arf>". Looking back on it, I should have been out there a lot sooner.

Fuck 'em. Go. Run. Only look back from a safe distance to watch the flames. Good luck!

Icon for ESCAPE!!

Racing at the speed of light, Sage superhero bursts through the door...

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Re: Not me...

Worked about 5 hours extra, but managed to get to work the following morning, only about 10 minutes late.

I've been that guy. I'm sure we've all been that guy at some point, but I was that guy who watched the multi-site Active Directory fall to bits one Thursday, spent from noon until about 9:30am Friday trying to fix it, got home, napped for a half-hour, went to the airport and flew to the other site, worked there until 10pm, <hotel>, back onsite at 7am Saturday, worked until 9pm and had by then found the cause of the problems and fixed it, <hotel>, back onsite at 9am Sunday, worked through until about 3 getting everything tidied up at that end, back home, back into the first site around 7pm, worked through until 9:30am Monday, made sure that everyone could get logged in and everything was nice and stable, grabbed my coat and headed to the door to get an earful from a senior member of staff asking where I thought I was going.

Would have been nice to get an apology...

Also would have been nice if Bulldog hadn't spuriously broken the MTU on the SDSL at the remote site, which was the reason that domain replication traffic, file transfers and emails had suddenly gone to rat-shit, but pings were absolutely fine across the VPN...

I never realised I could function with so little rest. Good practice for kids!

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Deeply concerned about staff downtime

Nothing generates staff downtime quite like rushing a job. One mistake is all it takes.

Not blaming the individual doing the work, but his management should have been prepared to swallow a little idle time to get it done safely.

Also, if you're running around the office fast enough to tear your shirt off, you're running too fast in an office. That's my Health and Safety announcement for the day.

Staff sacked after security sees 'suspect surfer' script of shame

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Re: Perhaps they should apply the same rules on PCs on the Parliamentary Estate

If you can think of it, the ancient Greeks had a word for it.

Rule 34, isn't it?

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Mid 1990s at a solicitor

They had Netware 3, so it was an IPX network. Then there was an IPX->IP gateway, which (of course) logged website access. One of the senior partners was flagged in the logs on gay porn sites (interesting because he was married with kids), during office hours, and frequenting the subscription areas (which were paid with his company card).

We passed it up the chain as an external IT provider. The Managing Partner mentioned porn browsing (at the time she didn't know it was gay subscription whatever blah blah), and half the room went very pink and quiet, apparently.

Yeah - we use WebTitan these day - MITM for HTTPS. The cert is deployed by GPO. Fun, fun, fun...

Merry Christmas!

Techie basks in praise for restoring workforce email (by stopping his scripting sh!tshow)

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Re: I learnt to test my WHERE clauses on a DELETE with a SELECT first

I tend to favour select count(id), so I just get the number of records. Usually that's enough to give me a good indication of whether I'm about to set fire to the week.

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Beware recursion

It has the ability (and knack) to make fools of us all...

Introducing 'Happy Quit', where Chinese smokers are text-spammed into nicotine abstinence

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Re: "which of the two habits is more antisocial"

I have smoked duck

I read 'dick'. Shit, I need a holiday.

Dev's telnet tinkering lands him on out-of-hour conference call with CEO, CTO, MD

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In Soviet Russia, Internet browses you!

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Re: Backing off

One of our clients used to use a Mac email application named after a bird you'd send down a mine to check the air.

Whenever his password expired, it would try to authenticate over 100 times a second. And that's across the internet - not even locally. His account would be locked in an instant...

We told him to stop using it, once the devs didn't seem to bothered about fixing it.

No not THAT kind of Office Wizard! Roll a diplomacy check to win the election: Vote tie resolved by a D20

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Re: Check the die

then throw the die a bazillion times

Sadly by that point you have a tiny, smooth sphere and no markings left.

Peak tech! Bacon vending machine signals apex of human invention

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Re: Strangely enough ...

Dark chocolate dipped streaky bacon

Not remotely surprising. I remember reading about a delicacy in Georgia (think Tbilisi, not Atlanta) which was cooked pork fat covered in really dark chocolate. First impression was "eww", and after a minute "oooh". Bacon can't be that different.

Also, The Simpsons came up with bacon and fudge, which sounds amazing.

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With a side helping of strawberries?

Which will be treated as garnish and left, given the last time I saw Americans eating bacon...

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They look, feel and taste like shoe insoles. Their sausages are substantially better, but that's because I suspect many brands of sausage have just about as much meat in them...

Why millions of Brits' mobile phones were knackered on Thursday: An expired Ericsson software certificate

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Remember that time when cellular data was faster than WiFi? And because of spectrum was always going to be better? And we were all supposed to ditch our WiFi and just use cellular data because it's awesome?

Aye. That.

He, He, more gassy whoppers: Toshiba spreads 12TB, 14TB drives across gaming and NAS disks

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Re: Evolve or die.

Mate of mine mocked me for Borderlands taking so long to load zones. 7200RPM spinner vs his SSD.

So I bought 2x 500GB SSDs and RAID0'd them. Nothing important on them, after all.

How fast is fast enough? No such thing, it seems...

He's not cracked RSA-1024 encryption, he's a very naughty Belarusian ransomware middleman

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over-enthusiastic tightening

Old British motorbikes used to use the TAF standard - Tight As Fuck. Then those bloody Japanese turned up with their reliable, fast bikes, all built to specific tolerances, and forced us all to actually think before applying a spanner.

I once cracked the oil cooler on my old Yamaha XJ - it was leaking very slightly, but just needed a new copper washer. I just needed to get home after rock-climbing. Blindly applying force without a torque-wrench once your arms are very warmed up, on a soft-metal component of substantial replacement cost is a damn fool idea. One clear "ping" later, and I had to ride home with waterproof overtrousers on.

No, this little nostalgia trip has absolutely nothing to do with the story. I'm just avoiding dealing with work.

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Aye - that's turnover. They said that he'd added $1000 to the price, and the 155000 Rubles comes to $2300, so just less than 50% is his cut.

Still clearing $65000 a year, though. Tax-free. I certainly wouldn't grumble about that...

Apple co-founder and former CEO has the most expensive John Hancock on the planet

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Re: Very good of you

Looks like a cheque too. Remember in the heady days of the 1990s when fractals were revered much like blockchain today, there was fractal image compression, and the spooks were investigating what you'd find if you expanded the image beyond the original which was fractally encoded (hoping to be able to create extra surroundings around the picture)? Nah? Just me? Could recreate a whole cheque then. It might even be worth me making the trek to a real branch of my bank...

Naked women cleaning biz smashes patriarchy by introducing naked bloke gardening service

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Naked labour

A friend of mine paints cars, motorbikes, guitars, whatever. He told me that when it's a hot summer he paints naked. The other option is to turn fans on (streaks the paint) or open windows (lets insects in).

I'm sure you could get a ventilation system that doesn't streak the paint, but he's a one-man-band and I imagine that would be quite bespoke (pricey).

He also used to work with a trainee who kept wearing aftershave that interfered with the paint... And no, I wouldn't want to see him working naked.

Intel eggheads put bits in a spin to try to revive Moore's law

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The problem with replacing silicon

...is that it's been so finely developed over so many years. Starting with something new is going to be a money pit for as long as it takes to develop it to compete with silicon. It may be significantly better in the long run, and it may be that the principles behind it are far superior, but it takes a lot of inertia to pass a worse idea that's been really well developed.

Three become six as new 'nauts arrive for a visit to the ISS

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Pretty brave

I wouldn't have wanted to be one of the three shoved into the first manned Soyuz after their little incident. Well done to them!

As sales slide, virtual reality fans look to a bright, untethered future

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Re: Lack of decent content.

It ran on an Amiga. It was 25 years ago.

As someone who had a shot of one of the old Virtuality headsets (and even the venerable Virtual Boy), I can testify that they've come on leaps and bounds since then.

They're not perfect, not by a long shot. They're much, much better than they were then, though. For simulators they're great. My Vive struggles a bit on some things, though. Could use something with more poke than an R9-380. And therein lies the problem. To get something convincingly detailed and smooth takes a fair bit of poke, and that takes a fair bit of money. That's what'll keep VR in a niche corner, in my opinion.

European fibre lobby calls for end to fake fibre broadband ads

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Re: Meat?

Sir, I believe you have curry for 10p. Where, perchance, may I sign up to this deal?

You think you're hot bit: Seagate tests 16TB HAMR disk drive

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Re: Meanwhile, 8TB is still above €250

This type of tech will raise the minimum cost of production

Initially, yes, but if it becomes moderately widespread the read/write heads with integrated laser diode will end up becoming a single component. And stop for a moment to think how cheap laser pickups for CD/DVD players are.

Besides, the companies that really need 20TB drives will be buying them instead of 14TB ones. I'm hopeful, at least.

Also, right now you can get 8TB drives for £200. It might just now be the manufacturer you want!

Support whizz 'fixes' screeching laptop with a single click... by closing 'malware-y' browser tab

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Ah retail - how I don't miss that at all...

Save the date: Cloudera, Hortonworks set merger vote for 28 December

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Cloudera and Hortonworks shareholders will be asked to sign off on the companies' uneven merger on 28 December.

Oh no they won't!!

(I'm off to the panto that day.)

Sysadmin’s plan to manage system config changes backfires spectacularly

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Re: Automation does have its place

Group Policy works great for user setups on Windows. You just add a user in the correct OU, and it picks up the policy. Sets up home drives, profiles, application configs and stuff like that.

If you're spinning up lots at once, Powershell does the trick, but if they come in dribs and drabs then ADUC and GPO saves a lot of guesswork.

UKFast mulls putting IPO on ice due to six little letters: BREXIT

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Re: Blaming BREXIT?

straightforward and easy

I believe in BREXIT!!

And Santa

And the Tooth Fairy

And the other fairies

And the Loch Ness Monster


Sacked NCC Group grad trainee emailed 300 coworkers about Kali Linux VM 'playing up'

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Done that on a live server before. Immediately followed by the words "aww shit."

Luckily it was a web server, was back up within a minute, and there were no complaints. It gave me a stern reminder to watch what the hell I'm doing, though!

Pulses quicken at NASA as SpaceX gets closer to crewed launches and Russia readies the next Soyuz

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Re: Heres hoping

They're not keen on flammable stuff inside space capsules. Might just have to go with the brownies...

Boeing 737 pilots battled confused safety system that plunged aircraft to their deaths – black box

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Re: Hey software, get the fuck out of the way!

What happens if they both press it?

I'd like to hope that the Captain has priority then. After all, it's the Captain's aircraft. Which seat the Captain sits in can vary between airlines, but once the plane is set up for an airline it shouldn't need changed until it changes hands.

That's how I would do it, anyway... All opinion. I'm the guy sitting in the back.

Mobile networks are killing Wi-Fi for speed around the world

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Re: who really cares about speed?

Plan for the worst case, not the average case.

That's not how it works in most of the civilised world. Building a road bridge? What's the higher between traffic load and maximum wind load. Add a safety margin to that one factor, and you have the design load for the bridge.

However, Sky Q tends to tear up the civilised part of wifi and wipe its arse with it, so you may have a point there.

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He needs it down where he can reach it to change the batteries...

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Re: Wire-free - Wireless and Free

we had good mobile coverage throughout Hurricane Katrina ... until the population of New Orleans moved in - our mobile coverage was complete crap for about six months.

Pretty-much the poster child of First World Problems. I expect I'd be the same, though. :)

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GPRS was added to that around 99/2000 to include data, but throughput was very variable maxing out at around 9KB/s in real world

You're close. GSM would support data (did on my old 8210), but at 9600bps. GPRS would go up to 45kbps. Given the dial-up alternatives it wasn't awful. I believe it gets about 115kbps these days, but that's still awful for modern web pages...

Well that's just spliffing: UK Amazon merchants peddling Mary Jane

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if a member of the public has concerns, they should report the matter to the cops.

I'm concerned that I don't have enough Cheesy Wotsits and Irn Bru now, dude!

Germany pushes router security rules, OpenWRT and CCC push back

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Re: "I wouldn't recommend Mikrotik kit to Joe Average"

@DJV - To be fair to Mikrotik, that vulnerability was patched months ago. I updated my router no problem, and I can't really feel that we can lay blame at Mikrotik's feet if their customers don't click the Update button.

To others, yes it's a complex router and you have to put the effort in to secure it. It's only a couple of rules, but it would be nice if there were security levels on the ports so that traffic would automatically flow "down" or "across", but not "up". So long as there's no fundamental flaw, like they'll show my browsing history to my mum or something...

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Re: Giving the vendors a choice will give the users a choice

Friends don't let friends buy Mikrotik

Any good reason? I set up a Mikrotik and I'm really pleased with it. If I shouldn't be, I'd like to know...

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Re: Both sides

Because if you're going to have a seal of approval saying "this is secure", then it had better be secure and supported. If you have revisions later then you end up with secure 1.0, 1.1, 1.2 and the consumer will just be confused. Look at how confusing it is on HDMI at the moment.

Get it as right as you reasonably can first time. Then you'll last a lot longer before having to tweak it (and cause inevitable confusion).

Finally a platform for train puns: IBM Halt station derailed

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A list of stations with fewer passengers

Am I the only one who looked through that with The KLF's It's Grim Up North running in my head?

Holy moley! The amp, kelvin and kilogram will never be the same again

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Re: SI

You think England is bad, you should come to Norway.

Was going to say Scotland, but you win!

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Re: Ship's keel.

I propose we build the Ships Keel out of Sodium.


Bright spark dev irons out light interference

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Kitchen knives

Also, sweeping chopped food from the chopping board into the pan using the sharpened edge of the blade instead of the back...

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