* Posts by O RLY

251 posts • joined 15 Dec 2010


It's now 2019, and your Windows DHCP server can be pwned by a packet, IE and Edge by a webpage, and so on


Re: Job security

Old developers' joke:

"99 bugs in code that's released

99 bugs in the code that's released

take one out

patch it around

120 bugs in the code that's released"

Pants-purveyor in plea for popularity: It's not just any pork push... it's an M&S 'love sausage'


Re: M&S and MS

Not sure if I saw it here on El Reg or another forum, but I like the moniker "Office 350-something" for MS's SaaS moneygrab.


Re: missed opportunity

German as well. "Eier" also carries the same slang meaning.

Worried about Brexit food shortages? North Korean haute couture has just the thing


Re: Ahh...

The weather in Blighty in April is another compelling reason to be somewhere else, too...

Microsoft pulls Office 2010 updates because they're big in Japan. As in, big pain in the ASCII


Re: ASCeeyaaarrrrgh!

"tiny english-dominated character-set"

That would be a Latin-dominated character-set.

Someone's in hot water: Tea party super PAC group 'spilled 500,000+ voters' info' all over web


Re: That's Nice

Your last sentence reminds me of the Ashleigh Brilliant Pot Shot "I either want less corruption or more chance to participate in it."

Remember when Apple's FaceTime stopped working years ago? Yeah, that was deliberate


Probably wouldn’t be eligible to be party to the suit. FaceTime was never supported or enabled on the 3G S. The first iPhone with a front facing camera was the 4.

Apple in XS new sensation: Latest iPhone carries XS-sive price tag


iPhone Xs and Xs Max

I wonder if anyone at Apple said Xs aloud as letters rather than "10" s. Surely someone in Cupertino noticed that the flagship phones are called iPhone "Excess" and iPhone "Excess" Max. Right?

US voting systems (in Oregon) potentially could be hacked (11 years ago) by anybody (in tech support)


As always,

there's a relevant XKCD


Five actually useful real-world things that came out at Apple's WWDC


Re: 32-Way Facetime

So, not that much different than the pillocks who sit in the cafe with a Skype or Zoom or Webex meeting today?

Virtue singing – Spotify to pull hateful songs and artists


Still better to buy

than to stream. When the censors (spotify, apple, google, amazon, facebook, or government) come for the streams, they can't as readily destroy my CDs or MP3s. The flag represents another way to get prohibited/censored music.

El Reg, thanks for the Nick Cave tip. Great track. I think I'll fire up some (German) BPjM-sanctioned Die Ärzte or maybe some 2 Live Crew after that.


@frank ly

Regarding Tim Minchin, you should start with the animated "Storm" as a great intro to him.

link to Storm

Mark Duckerberg: Second Congressional grilling sees boss dodge questions like a pro


Re: Round 1

"That will cheer up Rupert Murdoch no end."

Why? He doesn't own MySpace anymore.

Dell software limb Pivotal's IPO hopes: $592 million


Pivotal investors

Did you mean to leave out Microsoft? They've ponied up a few hundred million dollars into Pivotal as well. Paul Maritz used to be #3 at MSFT before he became VMware's CEO, then Pivotal's.

Here is how Google handles Right To Be Forgotten requests

Thumb Up

Re: Billed hourly rate

Although Dante did not speak about lawyers, Shakespeare was unequivocal on the subject and his advice remains valid today.

Swipe fright: Tinder hackers may know how desperate you really are


Good advice for everyone

"The recommendation for users is simple enough: avoid public Wi-Fi networks wherever possible."

Not just Tinder users.

First shots at South Korea could herald malware campaign of Olympic proportions


Why would hackers discredit themselves by participating in events operated by an organization as corrupt as the IOC?

European court: Let's not kid ourselves, Uber. You're a transport firm, not a 'digital service'


RE: Birmingham

Fun fact: the City Council of Birmingham, UK accidentally used the skyline of Birmingham, Alabama in one of their mailings thanking local residents for their success in recycling.


Amazon Key door-entry flaw: No easy fix to stop rogue couriers burgling your place unseen



I wonder how insurance companies view claims made by people who deliberately chose to allow strangers into their homes. I haven't read my homeowner's policy in awhile, but I bet my insurer would try to find a way to deny a claim based on some clause in there they feel covers this. Negligence of some sort, I'd wager.

Not there's any fucking way I'd put such a lock on my house in the first place.

GarageBanned: Apple's music app silenced in iOS 11 iCloud blunder


"Countless 32-bit apps"

I wouldn't call myself an apple apologist, but Apple did shift architecture. Additionally, the App Store was full of a staggering amount of apps which users were warned for years wouldn't work on iOS 11 without update. And it was full of a lot of shit whose ignominious departure is welcome. I have two complaints: iTunes update preventing iOS app and ringtone management and the end of application backup on a computer.

That Apple forgot to update or test their own application with their own OS is funny.

Mobe reception grief turns LTE Apple Watch 3 into – er, a dull watch


The article is wrong about iOS Wifi and Bluetooth.

You CAN turn Wifi and Bluetooth off in iOS 11. What you CAN'T do anymore is turn them off from Control Center. Those buttons that from iOS 7 to iOS 10 turned off the antennas now only disconnect them. I raised it as an issue in every version of the public beta and was informed that it is by design, not a bug. I have not upgraded to iOS 11 on my phone as a result.

Apple: Our stores are your 'town square' and a $1,000 iPhone is your 'future'


Slight price correction: the 256GB iPhone 8 is actually the slightly-less-staggering £849, not £949, unless you meant the Plus.

As to the chicken impersonation, that was surreal. I can't imagine the target market for animated puppies and chickens overlaps much with the set of people who are going to drop four figures (£ or $) for a phone. I'm probably wrong.

Massive iPhone X leak trashes Apple's 10th anniversary circus


Re: Wireless Charging

The tea hasn't kicked in yet, so I spent a few moments wondering what the hell Apple was doing with omnipotent aliens from TNG before I realized that you didn't write "Q Continuum." Carry on.

A LANnister always pays his subnets: Cisco hires Game of Thrones' Tyrion


I am a fan of Mr Dinklage's work, but the much of the copy sounds like it belongs as examples in the Ig-Nobel-prize winning paper "On the reception and detection of pseudo-profound bullshit".

Found here




A glimpse of life under President Zuckerberg? Facebook CEO's boffins censor awkward Q&A


Re: Help make FakeBook the next MySpace....


Musk has a sense of humor about it:


"If this works, I'm treating myself to a volcano lair. It's time."

IBM CIO leaves for AWS – and Big Blue flings sueball to stop him


Did IBM verify he signed his non-compete correctly?

Because they've made that mistake before, in 2009, with an exec who went to Dell.


Uber drivers game Uber's system like Uber games the entire planet


Re: Alfie

"Dread Pirate Roberts (original, not online version)"

To be pedantic, Westley wasn't the original. But I do love the quote and use it when appropriate.

US is Number One! In sales register hacking attacks, at least


The US card issuers' insistence that Americans use Chip-and-Sign rather than Chip-and-PIN continues to frustrate me. It is very hard to find a US-issued personal chip card that is Chip-and-PIN. Typically, only a small set of credit unions issue them while none of the major banks do.

Public Cloud makes it to Africa for the first time


Re: A glance at the world maps ....

What do French Connection UK have to do with this map?

Kill Google AMP before it kills the web


Re: Turning it off

I've stopped using Google on my phones/tablets now. I use DDG and, when the results are not sufficient, the !g flag to search google. Since using DDG to do Google searches, I don't get AMP results. This data point does not a proof make, but perhaps others have similar results.

FCC's Pai: I am going to kill net neutrality in US


"in critiquing elected American officials"

FCC commissioners are appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate to serve 5-year terms. They are not elected, but they are politicians.

Good job, everyone. We're making AI just as tediously racist and sexist as ourselves


Re: Well duh

The Tay experiment said more about 4CHAN than societies in general.

UK Home Office warns tech staff not to tweet negative Donald Trump posts


Re: Ban?

Did Trump really invade Yemen? I mean, if it's continuing the policy of military intervention of GW Bush and Barack Obama in Yemen, can it really be said to be Trump's invasion?

Is that a phone in your hand – or a gun? This neural network reckons it has it all figured out


Re: I note...

"I also note how it picked up on Samuel L Jackson holding the gun, but missed the two white dudes in the background."

I think you'll find that the background gun-wielders are a man and a woman. There's some irony in this, I'm sure.

Sir Tim Berners-Lee refuses to be King Canute, approves DRM as Web standard


DRM is terrible. Whenever the scheme changes, previous purchases (or ideally for the MPAA/RIAA/cabal, licenses) of media are lost. XKCD covered this well:

obligatory XKCD

Cancel your cloud panic: At $122bn it's just 5% of all IT spend


Re: Biannual

"Oops! Apologies for the errant "an". Who's semi-literate?"

PTW, you've fallen into the classic Muphry's Law situation. It gets us all.

Did Oracle just sign tape's death warrant? Depends what 'no comment' means



I read the headline and immediately followed Betteridge's Law of Headlines by answering "No."


No crypto backdoors, more immigration ... says Republican head of House Committee on Homeland Security


Re: It's Fluoride

"Do you realize that fluoridation is the most monstrously conceived and dangerous Communist plot we've ever had to face?"


Trump's cyber-guru Giuliani runs ancient 'easily hackable website'


Re: Big Brother Security to the rescue

"What a perfect example of government's heavy influence over the attitudes of the masses. Probably all that government-run early school training. Trust Big Daddy government, kiddies, it's for your own good!"

Hardly. I'm a believer in limited government, but I think the US government should do the things it's tasked to do by the people through the Constitution. I don't want the government to have sole responsibility for my personal cyber-security any more than I intend for the government to provide all of my physical security. Just as while I don't want or need to see tanks protecting my cities directly, I know that if $ENEMY attacks my city or family, there are people and tools equipped to respond with appropriate fury. What I DO want is the knowledge that the people tasked with those duties have the skills and experience to do them. I have no doubt that General Mattis is well-suited to be an outstanding SecDef; his record as a warrior monk speaks for itself. I have significant doubt that Rudy is suited to the task of advising the President on protecting government networks and whatever else fits under "White House Cyber Security Advisor". His company's website is part of his advertisement of capabilities. If it's less secure than my blog, he shouldn't do the job that the President-elect has asked him to do.

As to the question you asked initially, yes, I think the government has a duty to provide some modicum of cyber security. They definitely should protect their own networks. In fact, there's an agency whose putative purpose is just that already. (Or maybe there's No Such Agency.) They've been too busy spying on everyone to prevent someone from stealing all of the personnel records from the OPM, for example. Giuliani's CV is that of a good federal prosecutor, a mediocre mayor who was cast into the national spotlight because of 9/11, and then a few consulting gigs. None of that indicates he has the skills necessary to the task asked.


Re: Big Brother Security to the rescue

Quoting Big John: "But please, someone tell me when it became the government's job to enhance the nation's civilian cyber security?"

I guess it depends on how broadly one interprets "provide for the common defence", which is one of the explicit goals in creating the framework for the US federal government. If that phrase from the Preamble to the Constitution includes nation's cyber security, then 1789.

AWS, you crack us up. Rebrands Westminster 'Webminster'


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How Apple exploded Europe's crony capitalism


Re: America isn't Crony Capitalism?

*Lightning. The Apple cables don't lighten anything..

Assange confirmed alive, tells Fox: Prez Obama 'acting like a lawyer'


Re: @O RLYPardoned for what?


During the Manning proceedings, there were articles suggesting the US was preparing charges against Mr Assange related to conspiracy to disseminate classified materials or even violating the Espionage Act. The wording of the pardon of Richard Nixon that I quoted above could conceivably be used in a pardon of Assange, if Mr Obama or Mr Trump were to choose to issue one. Whether it is, in fact, a crime for a journalistic entity (which is what Wikileaks call themselves) to publish classified documents is probably unlikely. Judith Miller was held in contempt for not identifying her source for classified information, not the information itself. Nor were the journalists who published the Pentagon Papers or the Snowden disclosures prosecuted. The "may have committed or taken part in" would cover such a circumstance where the specific crime is unclear.


Re: Pardoned for what?

The Presidential pardon does not require the pardoned to be charged with a crime, much less convicted of one, before a pardon is issued. Here are two recent examples. Jimmy Carter pardoned all those who disregarded conscription into service for the Vietnam War, some of whom had been charged and convicted, many not charged. His predecessor, Gerald Ford, pardoned Richard Nixon for crimes Nixon "has committed or may have committed or taken part in" before Nixon could be charged.

A single typo may have tipped US election Trump's way


Re: legitimate/illegitimate


As an interesting aside, "Inflammable" came first (late 16th, early 17th century). "Flammable" came about and gained popularity some ~200 years after inflammable joined the English language because of the confusion about the prefix in- meaning "not" in most cases and meaning "in" or "into" in the case of inflammable.


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