* Posts by Paul

643 posts • joined 23 Oct 2006


Sysadmin's three-line 'annoyance-buster' busts painstakingly crafted, crucial policy


Re: Putting dates in names

>> copy system_restart to system_restart_YYMMDD_<Your initials here>

no, use YYYYMMDD. did you learn nothing at the end of 1999?

Boffin suggests Trappist monk approach for Spectre-Meltdown-grade processor flaws, other security holes: Don't say anything public – zip it


the price of zero day vulnerabilities

The price of zero day vulnerabilities has been increasing over the years, very significantly for some platforms.

This suggests that either it's getting harder to find significant vulnerabilities, and/or that the value of a security break-in has increased a lot too.

So even if the "white hats" decided that trying to find vulnerabilities was a bad thing and stopped altogether, the "black hats" have a big financial incentive to carry on, and of course the latter will do their best to keep them secret which makes things less secure for everybody and reduces the chance of a fix.

Personally, I'd prefer to keep going with the good guys finding bugs and getting paid for responsible disclosure, I can't see a better way other than revolutionising the way software is developed so that such bugs are made unlikely or impossible to make!

Jammy dodgers: Boffin warns of auto autos congesting cities to avoid parking fees


Re: Utter nonsense

You still have to pay depreciation, tax, insurance etc on a parked vehicle.

Golly 4G whizz: Vodafone caught using a cheeky bit of Three UK's spectrum


Re: "genuine mistake"

a mistake due to carelessness, or even being knowingly careless?

Fake broadband ISP support scammers accidentally cough up IP address to Deadpool in card phish gone wrong


Re: Dirty Scammers

I've played various games. Now, once I engage them in conversation, I ask if his/her (there are female scammers) parents are proud knowing their child is a scammer? Aren't they ashamed? Why can't they get a real job?

They usually hang up, sometimes after invective. Maybe, just maybe, it will make them think.

Wow, fancy that. Web ad giant Google to block ad-blockers in Chrome. For safety, apparently


if Chrome starts blocking effective use of Ghostery, I will be looking for a new browser. f*ck 'em.

Amazon shareholders revolt on Rekognition, Nvidia opens robotics lab, and hot AI chips on Google Cloud


do they really think if they won't sell it to an overtly government agency, that the government will simply buy it and use it through some other channel?

Oracle boss's Brexit Britain trip shutdown due to US government shutdown


I was amazed how trivial it is to get a passport in the US, it's mostly easier than opening a bank account in the UK - a few forms of ID, a few photos, and a visit to a larger post office where you simply go to the man who does them.

This is the final straw, evil Microsoft. Making private GitHub repos free? You've gone too far


Re: That didn't take very long.

If this is the case, it needs to be well publicised, to tell people not to close their accounts and entirely delete their repos, but instead simply leave them empty and idle with a new README that redirects people to the new location.

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


EBay listings reveal longevity of the oculus go

There are many eBay listings for the Go, of which a large proportion say the item is in mind condition, boxed with plastic film still on.. I.e. hours of use.

This suggests that the novelty wears off very quickly, or it's cumbersome or uncomfortable etc.

Whether the oculus quest will fare and better is another story.

Bedroom design outfit slapped with £160k fine for 1.6 million spam calls


Toothless ofcom, why wasn't it a GDPR violation?

If this was declared a gdpr violation, couldn't the ICO fine the perps a lot more money?

Openreach names 81 lucky locations to be plugged into its super-zippy Gfast pipe


Re: Local regs + trees

Ah, ionica. My employer placed me there on contract.

I recall them observing considerable effort to make the use of fax machines possible, but completely ignoring the internet. I asked a senior person and was specifically told they didn't consider it off any importance.


Re: "Up to"

There's a difference between speed and throughput or usage.

Yes, you'll likely have a higher monthly throughout if your speed increase, but throughput tends to plateau.

TalkTalk's £1.5bn 3-million home fibre broadband hopes on ice for now


Don't patronize your readership

Dear The Register,

You don't have to explain, and get it wrong, by conflating FTTP with broadband, in a lame attempt to tell us that fttp is an internet connection.

Can your rival fix it as fast? turns out to be ten-million-dollar question for plucky support guy


Re: Similar thing with SGI

This could easily end with "but the directors awarded the contract to IBM because they all played golf together and the cheese, wine and sandwiches were good that day"


Re: I'm just going to say...

Is that Barclays? If you use ghostery, you have to unblock adobe advertising for the login page to work on consumer internet banking.

I tried reporting it to their security people but feck-all interest.

Upgraders rejoice! The 2018 Mac Mini heralds a return to memory slots!


Re: Mixed emotions....

Worth every penny to have a shiny paperweight on your desk with an apple logo on it!


Get what? Your money?

Americans' broadband access is so screwed up that the answer may lie in tiny space satellites


"Connecting to the Galileo system should be a no-brainer"

You don't connect to GPS or Galileo satellites, you don't "talk" to them, as the article says. You listen passively, and use the incredibly accurate time information they give to work out your location.

Cops called after pair enter Canadian home and give it a good clean


Re: Sounds like many sites will publish enough hints

pop over to shodan and get started!

Samsung ready to fling Exynos at anyone who wants a phone chip


Lenovo or ZUK phones with exynos?

There have been lots of stories and rumours that Lenovo, or their sub-brand Zuk, would produce a phone with an Exynos chip inside, but I couldn't find evidence of any going into production and mass market.

Does anyone know of one?


given that RiscV is coming along nicely, I would have thought that all the companies who paid Arm a fortune to licence their designs will be wanting to get as many design wins as possible in order to recoup their investment before RiscV renders it moot.

Virgin Media? More like Virgin Meltdown: Brit broadband ISP falls over amid power drama


If your internet connection is important to you, you should have a backup circuit.

I have a Zen primary circuit and a cheap crappy Plusnet secondary and automatic failover, its not rocket science.

Stop whining when your only provider goes down and you're too cheap to pay for a backup service.

Iron Mike Pence blasts Google for its censor-happy Dragonfly Chinese search engine


Given the republicans are rolling back much of the legislation that controls companies, they can't really complain when those companies do whatever they want.

Banking protections rolled back.

Asbestos restrictions rolled back.

Internet neutrality rolled back.

Free for every Reg reader – and everyone else, too: Arm Cortex-M CPUs for Xilinx FPGAs


risc-v fears?

I agree that risc-v must be making Arm fearful of losing sales, offering these designs isn't something they'd do normally

Microsoft pulls plug on IPv6-only Wi-Fi network over borked VPN fears


Microsoft Presentation about their journey to IPv6 on youtube


Tax the tech giants and ISPs until the bits squeak – Corbyn


Re: ISPA's comments

Why would anyone run or own a business and not wants to make a profit?

Are your suggesting nationalisation of all internet service providers in the UK?

People who want to tax corporations fail to understand that those taxes are paid for by the customers.

EU wants one phone plug to rule them all. But we've got a better idea.


Apple will doubtless pay the fine and continue...

Apple will doubtless pay the fine and continue to milk the lucrative market for proprietary lightning port: cables, chargers, docks, headphones, etc.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9: A steep price to pay


Re: The one thing I wholeheartedly agree with Jobs on ...

You know that other people aren't clones of you and have different lives and different needs? Some people want what a stylus can provide. Some people don't. Some people want big screens, some don't.

Let's be happy there's a choice.

Microsoft loves Linux so much it wants someone else to build distros for its Windows Store


Wine for Linux

I would much rather Microsoft submit code, under the GPL, to the Wine project, so that it becomes more reliable to run windows applications on Linux.

I only boot windows for the third party applications, I have no interest in booting windows to get windows.

Sysadmin trained his offshore replacements, sat back, watched ex-employer's world burn


I failed to train my replacement

I was leaving a company which was cutting nearly half its staff as it was running out of money.

I showed the putative replacement the web control panel for the firewall whilst his boss observed. I made no attempt to explain in detail, just quickly shipped showed the key configurations like the vpn tunnels to explain which was which. There was a look of panic, and they asked whether all that was voodoo magic, but I said it was just everyday stuff, anyone should be able to do it.

They went off into a huddle. For the first time, the management realised my job wasn't trivial and maybe they couldn't find a cheap graduate to do it.

Sorry, Neil Armstrong. Boffins say you may not have been first life-form to set foot on the Moon


"There is also a more water concentrations"

"There is also a more water concentrations"


Here's why AI can't make a catchier tune than the worst pop song in the charts right now


have a play with Jukedeck which allows you to make longer pieces and choose a style.

shameless referrer whoring:


Crooks swipe plutonium, cesium from US govt nuke wranglers' car. And yes, it's still missing


OK, so you need 6kg of plutonium, that sounds a lot?

The snag is that Pu is very very dense. 6kg is just under a third of a litre, actually 302cm^3

Suddenly, the prospect of a hand-portable nuke doesn't seem so unrealistic :-(

A slick phone Linux for your pocket PDA? Ooh, don't mind if I do, sir


using my Gemini right now

using my Gemini right now

I reflashed over the weekend to triple boot android, debian and sailfish.

it was fairly easy. the only downside is I had to wipe android and I was too lazy to back up everything, but then I'd not invested too much time setting it up.



provided you don't need to replace the kernel, I'm quite sure you could load devuan onto the Gemini... or any other distro that's built to aarch64.

UK.gov: Here's £8.8m to plough into hydrogen-powered car tech


Re: ' Current industrial production of hydrogen gas'

RiverSimple claim to have solved the problem of pure H2 causing its container to go brittle.

We wanted a camera, they gave us the eye of Gemini – and an eSIM


Re: Key point. Not perfect at first availability but *improving*

it's an indiegogo project. if you want 100% certainty of the final feature set and availability, simply wait until it's finished and in retail stores like Clove.


Re: Sounds like many sites will publish enough hints

£600 is the starting price for off-contract/unlocked upper mid range smartphones.

It's about half the price of the top spec iPhoneX at £1150 (which has 256GB of storage, but a microSD card in the Gemini will close that gap).

Meet TLBleed: A crypto-key-leaking CPU attack that Intel reckons we shouldn't worry about


I've found that at best HT gives you 30% added processing power than one core.

When hosting VMs on linus, I'm careful to allocate virtual core siblings together to get some benefit from ht.

The competition from AMD's ryzen has finally forced Intel to start shipping complete cores in desktop and laptop processors again which is great.

Have to use SMB 1.0? Windows 10 April 2018 Update says NO


Turning of ipv6 doesn't earn you geek creds. However, if you're with virgin media you don't have much choice.

Australia wants tech companies to let cops 'n' snoops see messages without backdoors


secure for everybody, or secure for nobody

How often do we need to tell governments this...

repeat after me: communications are secure for everybody, or secure for nobody

Did you test that? No, I thought you tested it. Now customers have it and it doesn't work


Re: Had a close call

I had an urgent release to make and it was very close to christmas, and testing hadn't been done because people had already packed up and gone.

I was fairly confident my code was up to scratch, but then I was quite ill and really shouldn't have been working. I was talking to the head of software dev, X, over the phone and I didn't want to deploy as I hadn't had any sign off, no written record of any testing other than my own, and he told me to go ahead and announce it to the regular internal email list. Working for X had been a very unpleasant experience in general.

I made the deployment ready (java on tomcat). I sent a message to the release mailing list, which crossed many departmental boundaries - dev, sysadmin, testing, marketing - that I was deploying the release and that X had told met that it was OK despite the normal testing cycle not being done, then I hit the deploy button.

A few seconds later X rang, and said "you can't say that!". I replied "I don't understand, what can't I say?". X says "You can't announce that you deployed without the normal QA because I told you". I feigned a little innocence and said "but I was only repeating what you told me". He was exasperated and hung up. Fortunately the release was good and all was well. I think X had planned to throw me under the bus if it had been a disaster.

Smut site offers VPN so you don't bare all online


in some countries it's illegal to use a VPN service with severe criminal penalties. It can also be illegal to use VOIP services, including Skype.

Be sure to check before visiting countries in the middle east, but really, check for any country you intend to visit for any specific laws on internet use, whether you'd consider the use normal (vpn to work, cloud services, instant messaging and VOIP) as well as ahem personal (pr0n, movies, chat, social media).

UK chancellor puts finger in air, promises 15 million full fibre connections by 2025


I'd be happy with a full VDSL2/2+ 80Mb/s speed, but a long phone line means I can't even get the full 40Megabits/s lower tier, and my upload speed is just 5.5Megabits/second :-(

Needless to say, there's nothing that can be done, as Openreach won't deploy a closer cabinet, so that's as good as it's likely to get. Although the exchange has been unbundled, there's no competition for the last mile, and there's no virgin media service in the area either.

The future of radio may well be digital, but it won't survive on DAB


I recommend people have a play and build a TVHeadend server.

* listen/watch live

* set up timed recordinds

* keep your recordings indefinitely

* transcode recordings to other formats

* install minidlna and stream recordings across your LAN to various devices which support DLNA

* install Samba and make available over file shares for laptops and desktops

* set up a tool which scans directories and makes a podcast feed and then you can take your recordings with you on your phone/tablet etc.

of course, don't do any of the above if it will violate copyright. ahem.


my amazon wishlist contains "Empire of the Air: The Men Who Made Radio" by Tom Lewis, which looks good.


Xiaomi the way: Hyped Chinese giant begins its battle for Britain


El Reg missed a trick, the headline could have been

Xiaomi The Way To Google Home

from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Show_Me_the_Way_to_Go_Home

Sysadmin hailed as hero for deleting data from the wrong disk drive


I was helping a friend rip out his old kitchen and move light sockets etc.

He drilled into the wall and the drill bit suddenly jumped, and he commented "oh, I didn't intend to go deep enough to hit the cavity". I knew that his kitchen wall was an internal single-skin, and I looked through the hole and said "no, you've drilled into the lounge".

He thought I was joking. Then he looked through the hole and simply muttered "oh, bugger".

Fortunately his wife wasn't leaning against the wall at the time, which she had been only a few minutes before!

Oculus Go: Capable kit, if the warnings don't put you off


It's US$250 st Bestbuy in the USA, and £250 in the UK, which even after accounting for sales tax in the USA, means a hefty markup!

This article also failed to mention it's made by Xiaomi, so I imagine in due course when the exclusivity contacts lapse, you'll be able to buy one without the Facebook branding and spyware.


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