* Posts by Paul

675 posts • joined 23 Oct 2006

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Podcast Addict banned from Google Play Store because heaven forbid app somehow references COVID-19

Paul

Re: Yet again, screwed over by Google

Pinephone from pine64.

Paul

Re: Well there's the problem

"His job is to make sure relationships between developers and Google remain well and good."

Google need a metric shit-ton more of people who actually listen to people and act.

Magecart malware merrily sipped card details, evaded security scans on UK e-tailer Páramo for almost 8 months

Paul

I guessed it would be php

Before I even started reading this I thought "bet it's php" and I was right

What do you mean your eardrums need a break? Samsung-owned JBL touts solar-powered wireless headphones you don't need to charge

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samsung audio brands

I recently discovered that Samsung own AKG and B&O (via Harmon), and now I find they own JBL.

It makes me wonder whether there's anything electronic you can buy which isn't made by, or doesn't have Samsung components inside of it?

Sure, we made your Wi-Fi routers phone home with telemetry, says Ubiquiti. What of it?

Paul

Outbound firewall?

So there are people in enterprise IT who don't put third party devices into a sandbox where they have restricted access? Who are these people and who let them loose in the network?

How bad is Catalina? It's almost Apple Maps bad: MacOS 10.15 pushes Cupertino's low bar for code quality lower still

Paul

Re: 10.15 Catastrophe

Why doesn't the Apple update tool scan for 32 bit and warn you?

See you in Hull: First UK city to be hooked up to full-fibre broadband

Paul

can we stop calling every internet circuit "broadband"?

just because marketroids call it broadband, doesn't mean we have to. please use the correct term unless quoting someone verbatim.

thanks

SPARCs fly as Oracle recharges Arm server processor designer Ampere with $40m

Paul

Ampere forever tainted?

sad, I thought Ampere would be an interesting path to Arm based servers. But now they're tainted by Oracle.

Margin mugs: A bank paid how much for a 2m Ethernet cable? WTF!

Paul

at a previous job, there was an IBM server that needed to be moved from one computer room to another. It could have been unracked, lifted onto a trolley by a few people, and re-racked in half an hour. IBM's charge? over £2k.

we couldn't move it ourselves as it would have invalidated the support contract.

Paul

Re: Not just business

LED TV? You mean an LCD TV with LED backlight?

don't fall for the marketing scam.

AWS celebrates Labor Day weekend by roasting customer data in US-East-1 BBQ

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Using the cloud doesn't absolve you of the need to design your platform

I've heard so many times that you can migrate your on-premise servers to the cloud in a more or less 1:1 mapping and let your cloud provider do all the work of maintaining uptime and data integrity.

And yet again we have proof that you still have to put in the effort to ensure you have geographically diversified replication and backups.

Virgin Media blocks Imgur, literally tens of people rage at UK ISP

Paul

use 1.1.1.1 instead, Google will monetize your dns searches.

I don't have to save my work, it's in The Cloud. But Microsoft really must fix this files issue

Paul

Re: Google Docs

a former employer of mine had been using dropbox but as the company grew switched to G drive to save money.

they couldn't work out how to set permissions, and accidentally exposed a spreadsheet of everybody's salary details. it caused quite an upset for some!

DoH! Secure DNS doesn't make us a villain, Mozilla tells UK broadband providers

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Re: Mozilla are only partly right

That's true, but a really canny website could require people to put the hostname/ip address into their local hosts file and thus not need to appear in the public DNS

It's official! The Register is fake news… according to .uk overlord Nominet. Just a few problems with that claim, though

Paul

bring back the use of .gb

bring back the use of .gb and make the registry a proper charity

Anyone else find it weird that the bloke tasked with probing tech giants for antitrust abuses used to, um, work for the same tech giants?

Paul

huh? I think you missed the sarcasm flag.

Pai has been a disaster as far as consumer rights are concerned.

Not very bright: Apple geniuses spend two weeks, $10,000 of repairs on a MacBook Pro fault caused by one dumb bug

Paul

Large copies? Always use rsync with append-verify.

Paul

Re: I've done this

Building a hackintosh on qemu/kvm is very easy these days

No backdoor, no backdoor... you're a backdoor! Huawei won't spy for China or anyone else, exec tells MPs

Paul

Re: quite sensible

In the UK it's called "technical measures" which mean backdoors, key escrow, wiretaps, anything they want basically with no discussion or appeal.

Top Autonomy exec Sushovan Hussain: Bond villain or Mob boss? Both, say prosecutors

Paul

How did the auditors miss all that?

Seems to me that HPE failed to get auditors who were competent, and should be suing them!

Yes, I may have advised 'some' investors to flog their Autonomy shares, analyst tells High Court

Paul

Why aren't HPE suing the auditors who they paid to value Autonomy? Provided Autonomy's books were completely laid bare to the auditors, then all fault must lie with them and/or HPE for making an unwise decision.

Ignore the noise about a scary hidden backdoor in Intel processors: It's a fascinating debug port

Paul

How does this affect someone with root access on their virtual machine, on a multi-tenanted physical host?

NexDock 2: Electric Boogaloo. Crowdfunded laptop shell sequel touts less plastic, more pixels

Paul

sentio superbook?

whatever happened to that? and how is this one different, other than offering a more modern USB-C port?

Paul

Re: RPi Compute Module

if you want an R-Pi laptop, consider instead the PineBook Pro.

Paul

Re: Server room tool

you still need a VGA socket for datacentre work.

and a serial port. but an R-Pi would solve that.

Paul

Re: Some crowdfunded devices work out well

did you ask Planet for a replacement keyboard mat?

Google sparks online outcry after its currency converter goes haywire for third time this year

Paul

Google apologises by buying Ghana

Google apologised and, somehow in the process of paying compensation, accidentally ended up owning Ghana.

"We're not sure what to do with it" said Sundar Pichai. "We're thinking of bulldozing the entire country flat and covering it with photovoltaic cells set at 30 feet above ground level, giving free shelter from the sun to the inhabitants. It will pay for itself in under 15 years and make us the largest energy supplier in the world".

Amazon WorkSpaces two years on: Are we ready for cloud-hosted Windows desktops?

Paul

even now, years later, workspaces are not great... for a start, amazon need to shut down them down for maintenance every week (typically a Sunday), so every Monday it's like booting up a desktop computer from cold. Not very useful if you have some long running software!

Amazon Prime Air flight crashes in Texas after 6,000ft nosedive

Paul

Re: We all thought the same!

actually, according to gapminder, the planet's population is only increasing because people are living longer.

How politics works, part 97: Telecoms industry throws a fundraiser for US senator night before he oversees, er, a telecoms privacy hearing

Paul

Re: Pretty much business as usual, but...

that's the fundamental problem. to get the funding to be elected, you have to make so many promises that any kind of ethics take second place to fulfilling those promises.

Linus Torvalds pulls pin, tosses in grenade: x86 won, forget about Arm in server CPUs, says Linux kernel supremo

Paul

One problem is that at the low end we have R-Pis and competitors, all sub $100 for the boards. At the higher end of that we have Rockchip RK3399 boards which tend to be in the $80 to $120 range depending on RAM, eMMC and wifi capabilities. All of these are built on older Arm cores - the RK3399 has A72 cores which are a good few years old now!

There's then a big jump to get boards with higher spec cores, and most of those for "professional" users as "board support packages" for businesses developing phones or tables, and cost many many hundreds of $$, far from affordable. You can look on 96boards and you'll find the Kirin 970 (Arm A73) at roughly $300. I couldn't find anything there with newer Cortex cores.

Then you have the problem that Arm don't have good linux support for their GPUs, usually a binary blob, and little or no 3D acceleration. AFAICT people end up using kernels and drivers from Android builds and then bodging a linux desktop on top of that.

Gigabyte have a cavium thunderx workstation, but for that price you can buy a pretty decent Intel laptop! The Socionext dev/workstation is over $1000.

So, really, it seems to me that Arm don't care about anything other than Android or small embedded devices, maybe they care a bit about Windows (with the new replacement of Windows-RT) but I wonder who's doing all the work on the GPU side to make Windows run on it? If Arm cared, they would be actively supporting native development on Arm-based workstations.

Apple are really doing their own thing, their processors closely resemble Arm processors when seen as a black box, but AFAICT their bionic processors (which are really good!) are completely custom design. I hope that they do release affordable devices like Mac Minis with Bionic processors, and they don't lock them down, so they can be re-purposed for other operating systems!

Paul

I do welcome the competition in the market, as I think there are many workloads where, say, an Intel Atom would have sufficient performance, and so an Arm would be too.

But if you look at the price/performance ratio of an AWS instance running Arm, it's not really different from an x86 server.

I tried to deploy some of $WORK's requirements on an Arm/Graviton instance, but other than the simplest service, I got into dependency hell, with some packages simply not ready built for arm.

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

Paul

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

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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

Paul

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

Paul

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

Paul

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

Paul

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

Paul

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

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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

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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

Paul

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

Paul

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

Paul

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.

Paul

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

Paul

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

Paul

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"

Paul

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!

Paul

Re: Mixed emotions....

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

Paul

Get what? Your money?

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