* Posts by Archivist

159 posts • joined 20 Dec 2010


What the #!/%* is that rogue Raspberry Pi doing plugged into my company's server room, sysadmin despairs



There's an RPI in our server room... It's our GPS Stratum-1 time server. Been running for 3 years so far, untouched. Of course it's fully documented.

Decoding the Chinese Super Micro super spy-chip super-scandal: What do we know – and who is telling the truth?


Signal conditioning chips

Aren't chips (ICs) as we normally describe them but passive surface mount filters. It is extremely unlikely that power is available on any pads they are soldiered to.

The whole thing is bollocks.

Android Phones are 10: For once, Google won fair and square


Re: Good to have an audio jack but...

Funny that,

I prefer the 1/8 inch one for phones and 6.35mm for proper kit, if I use one at all that is.


Re: Holds an iPhone XS max...

That's ~~~~~~bate...

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


Re: EU Standard plug

I think you'll find that most of those appliances you mentioned are internally fused. The fuse in the BS1363 plug is intended to protect the cabling to the appliance - that may include intermediate connectors e.g. a 2.5a rated IEC C7/8 or the in-line switching of a table lamp.

Our ring main legacy can be traced back to the aftermath of WW2 when Britain was broke and some clever chappie worked out a way of wiring houses using less copper.

When wired correctly there is nothing to choose in terms of safety between the UK and European systems (ring and radial).

The danger comes from appliances made for foreign markets that adopted the UK style 3-pin plug in radial circuits. These plugs are safe for use where intended but really dangerous when used in the UK as they fit but don't have a fuse.

Adaptors can be a hazard too. I bought a soldering iron from a European supplier that had a Chinese/Oz plug and was supplied with an unfused adaptor.

Dropbox plans to drop encrypted Linux filesystems in November


Re: Out of the frying pan...

@Zippy´s Sausage Factory

Yes I downgraded last year but I'm back. Dropbox's apps and functionality take a lot of beating, let's hope they repent...


Out of the frying pan...

I've just come back to Dropbox from Google and bought a year subscription. I'm pissed off now.

I'd be willing to bet that most of the moaners are using the free service. It's up to us who pay their wages to make a proper fuss.

Apple pulls iOS 12 beta 7 after less than 24 hrs


Re: Rollback

It's a beta - not for Joe Public. You can restore the device to the current OS anytime you want.

If you were part of the beta test programme you'd know the answer.

Creased Lightning: Profits wobble at Virgin Media while fibre project stays sluggish


Creative accounting

Moving money from pot to pot for best effect.


Re: Vermin media

Not fibre, but they give me a reliable connection with reasonable contention ratio through a reliable coaxial cable. That's a good reason not to switch to a corroded twisted pair.

To solve the problem I employ my rottweiler (wife) to phone them yearly to match their new customer deals - and they will if they think you're really going to leave.

The age of hard drives is over as Samsung cranks out consumer QLC SSDs


Re: QLC? It's not the one for me

Multi-level is not analogue. Of course the noise immunity decreases as the number of levels increase but that is catered for in the design. Indeed Pulse Amplitude Modulation is used in high speed signal systems.

Putting the ass in Atlassian: Helpdesk email server passwords blabbed to strangers


Re: The joy of the cloud

Actually you can self host it if you choose, but then there are many free alternatives that you can host with a little effort.

Apple takes an axe to its App Affiliate Program


Fairweather friends

My mum told me to avoid them.

First low-frequency fast radio burst to grace our skies detected at last


It's obvious..

580MHz is around UHF TV channel 34, so my best guess is that it's a C4 commercial break ;-)

Spooked Cisco chief phoned AWS, asked: You're not making a switch, are you?


What they didn't say?

Cisco to AWS: OK, we'll reduce the price of our switches to you, if you agree not to compete.

In the meantime others pay through the nose for Cisco kit.

Trump wants to work with Russia on infosec. Security experts: lol no


Re: Tee hee. Trump is to Putin as --

'The USA is obliged by treaty through NATO to militarily defend what are primarily EU nations,.."

Do you really think they are doing this out of the kindness of their hearts? Of course not, they're doing it for strategic and financial reasons. Europe should call their bluff.

Tech rookie put decimal point in wrong place, cost insurer zillions


One meelion dollars

I was called to the accounts office with my manager to explain the One million dollar transaction on my company credit card bill. At first I was horrified, until I remembered buying a Zimbabwean $1M bill on eBay (it cost a couple of quid), as a joke for a Zim friend's birthday. I'd intending using my personal card, but my computer had autofilled the company card number and I hadn't noticed.

After an explanation and a bit of banter at my expense, I coughed up the £2 to pay my debt.

'Autopilot' Tesla crashed into our parked patrol car, say SoCal cops


Re: Drugs

"Jaywalking" is a uniquely american concept,"

No it's a concept used in many civilised countries to protect humans from machines.

Heck, I'm sticking up for the US. I'll have to watch myself or next it'll be Microsoft.

Samsung escapes obligation to keep old phones patched


Who cares?

Most consumers don't care as long as it's big and shiny.

The contract is with the retailer, but try finding one of those who cares enough about it's buyers to do anything. If anything they are beholden to the manufacturer so they get first batch of a new handset.

As a previous poster said: exploits rarely happen in the field. However once everyone's bank branch is in their mobile, the bad guys will try more and harder.

BCC is hard, OK? Quite a lot of orgs blurted your email addresses in GDPR mailouts



I was reading my work emails when a seriously politically incorrect joke appeared in my in box. It had been sent as a reply to all. It was swiftly followed by an Outlook recall but remained in my Outlook web client long enough for me to save it (it was very funny).

Needless to say the individual who sent it departed shortly afterwards.

Admin needed server fast, skipped factory config … then bricked it


Re: Lightning icon required =========>

Indeed I remember EF91's blue glow :)


Not Singapore

Although Singapore uses connectors similar to the UK's I believe they use radial mains, not ring.

This is supported by some professional equipment supplied from Singapore with locally approved 3 pin plugs that did not have an internal fuse capability.

Not sure about the others mentioned.

Microsoft's most popular SQL Server product of all time runs on Linux


Close enough for me (in Darwin speak..)

I work in a mixed OS environment with BSD, several Linux flavours, MacOS and Windows.

In my experience, the Unixes (and Unix like OSs) differ slightly less than human beings do from person to person.

By comparison Windows is further away genetically than the great apes, even though they have a common origin.

My PC is on fire! Can you back it up really, really fast?


Just my luck

It was 10pm on Xmas eve when I was called to a TV transmission suite and shown smoke blowing out of a computer rack in the bottom of a tape cart machine (a bit like a tape library but more primitive). Oh hell, my shift is meant to finish in an hour..

I decided to leave it running as long as possible as it was on air.

When the programme had finished and the tapes loaded elsewhere, I shut it down and stripped down the computer. It was a proprietary build by Sony (pre-PC) with loads of boards and a passive backplane.

There was no sign of any burning or overheating on any part. So I took the only reasonable step and reassembled it. Powered up, surprisingly it worked fine, and no more smoke.

I was off shift that Xmas but it was on my mind. By the time I returned to work I had already a good idea what had happened. I walked round the back and shone my torch into each of the rear fans. Sure enough one was not rotating but looked normal. On removing and dismantling it I discovered the internals were baked to a cinder. This is before fan control and speed monitoring of course.

HP Ink to compensate punters for bricking third-party ink cartridges


AU$50? That's not enough to purchase *one* new HP cartridge...

No, but you can buy a 3rd party refilled one!

Chinese web giant finds Windows zero-day, stays schtum on specifics


Re: IP camera that doesn't require an ActiveX plugin

I bought a recommended no-name camera that didn't need ActiveX, and was so happy I purchased 2 more from the same supplier. To my horror although the same model number, these needed ActiveX.

As a Mac and Linux user they were no good to me. I tried to return them through eBay but the supplier could not understand my problem, and stalled for long enough for the return deadline to expire. I eventually got my money back from Paypal. It was a load of hassle.

Subsequent cameras have been rather more expensive named brands, but much less hassle!

'Your computer has a virus' cold call con artists on the rise – Microsoft


Never had a call

But then I've never signed up for anything Microsoft. Coincidence?

FBI raids home of spy sat techie over leak of secret comms source code on Facebook



Guard: Good evening, what's that you're taking out?

Dubious employee: It's a Treeplespongegropper

Guard: I'll just write down 'equipment'. Has it got a serial number?

Dubious employee: Yes, look - 230V50HZ

Guard: I'll write it down

Dubious employee: I'll be returning it in the morning so you'll be able to just cross it off

Guard: I'm the 'late' man' you'll see Fred tomorrow

Dubious employe returns next day with a wall wart... Guard Fred is happy.

Ex-Google recruiter: I was fired for opposing hiring caps on white, Asian male nerds


Re: Political correctness BS

Anonymised application system are just the first step. Once you're face to face with the candidate it's impossible not to notice gender and ethnicity, and make a good guess at age and gender identity.

I like to think that I've only chosen on merit, aided by a system of pre-agreed questions and sensible scoring system, but who knows what's going on in the back of one's mind. A tricky one is: how will this person integrate with the team.

Apple: Er, yes. Your iCloud stuff is now on Google's servers, too


Storage is just a commodity

I really didn't think they'd be using a meeelion rack-mounted Mac Minis!

How many Routemaster bus seats would it take to fill Wembley Stadium?



The image at the top of the story doesn't look much like the Routemasters I remember being introduced when I was a boy...

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who's the failest mobe of all?


Meaningless tosh

How can you compare the vast range of makes and performance levels of Android, with the narrow range and single maker of iOS?

Ex-cop who 'kept private copies of data' fingers Cabinet Office minister in pr0nz at work claims


Porn's not the point

What he was watching is irrelevant. What is relevant is that he was being paid a good sum of taxpayers' money to help govern the country. It seems he squandered a lot of time and money.

Germany says NEIN to purchase incentive for Tesla Model S


Cost is relative

The attitude that anyone who can afford a Tesla doesn't need the subsidy is a misnomer.

1. Everyone has an income. All but the very few have a budget beyond which it's not wise to spend. If your budget is 60K then why not go for a Tesla rather than a diesel Merc?

2. The subsidy is to encourage cleaner vehicles. It shouldn't matter where in the price range it it applied, as long as it acts as an incentive.

I took a model S for a test drive and can say it is a truly remarkable car that I would love to own. Can I afford one? If I gave up holidays and social life, I could, but it's not worth it. I've decided to wait for the model 3, which I will be able to afford without changing my life style.

Do I deserve a subsidy, or should I buy a nice diesel instead?

Apache OpenOffice: We're OK with not being super cool... PS: Watch out for that Mac bug



What is this "math" you speak of? Me thinks the article was written by a foreigner with an imperfect grasp of the language of England.

SCO vs. IBM case over who owns Linux comes back to life. Again


Groundhog day


Fancy that! Craft which float over everything on a cushion of air


All the eels have left

It was full!

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


Re: The interface is terrible

I remember "kiosk mode" in Mosaic. Mosaic was released in 1992.

Virgin Media's profanity warning triggered by chief exec's name



I hope these pages get listed in El Reg's search exclusions, it would be sad that these poor people get further mocked by the great Google results.

I know someone who's surname is Yaniger. He was refused a custom number plate in the US. Not surprising really.

Alphabay shutdown: Bad boys, bad boys, what you gonna do? Not use your Hotmail...


Too much credit

This person was not clever (and made some stupid errors) he was stupid.

We give "successful" people too much credit; most of success is luck, situation and gaul.

I'm sure many of the posters here could have done the same as he did, with just as much success - maybe more, because even with the gaul, most would have taken proper precautions.

Intel to Qualcomm and Microsoft: Nice x86 emulation you've got there, shame if it got sued into oblivion



Yes, and the art is for Intel not to threaten Microsoft, but the end users. I can just see see a buying dept making a choice between an established product (x86) and one that they might get sued for (ARM). No contest.

Yee-hacked! Fired Texan sysadmin goes rogue, trashes boot business


AC's retribution

Amazing how many ACs have suggested better ways of bringing down the company after you're fired. This gives a appreciation of some people's mentality. Sure you've been wronged by the company (in your opinion anyway), but what will you gain by it? You'll just become more bitter.

Worse is that it will affect your ex-colleagues, they be laid off or even lose their jobs. Is it really true that Sysadmins have no friends?

Apple joins one wireless power group, the other one responds with so-happy forced grin


You can always be sure

That Apple will have chosen the solution/alliance that's best for their bottom line, not necessarily the best technological or practical solution for us.

Raspberry Pi Foundation releases operating system for PCs, Macs



Or you could just emulate a Pi:

Mac/ Linux: https://sourceforge.net/projects/raspberrypiemulator/

Windows: https://sourceforge.net/projects/rpiqemuwindows/

Lot of fun! Have used the Mac one successfully with Jessie.

'Public Wi-Fi' gang fail in cunning plan to hide £10m cigarette tax fraud


Tax the profits, not the product

Increasing tax on tobacco and alcohol just makes poor families poorer. The users will keep buying their "fix" to the detriment of their kids diet, whatever the price.

Hacker dishes advanced phishing kit to hook clever staff in 10 mins


Re: Discerning?

People are already conditioned to see truncated urls and filenames by the stupidity of OSs and browsers. It's hardly surprising that they'll accept .co in place of .com, or some dots here and there.

Why I just bought a MacBook Air instead of the new Pro


Re: Solder not Socket...

Data loss strategy..

If everything's got to be immediately in the cloud then just buy a Chromebook.

There - just saved you enough for a family holiday!

Microsoft's Surface Studio desk-slab, Dial knob, Surface Book: We get our claws on new kit


At last

A Windows desktop PC with some style. Shame about the price tag.

Did Apple leak a photo of its new Macbook Pro in an OS update? Our survey says: Yes


Re: What about VI users!

You and me might use VI but 99.9% of users won't and don't care. Most other industries don't use "home/consumer tools" to do the job - your garage doesn't use the supplied wrench from the boot of your car to change wheels.

What I'm saying is there's noting compelling manufacturers to make products nice for devs. They are only interested in the bottom line, and that comes from "normal" sales.

Microsoft: We're hiking UK cloud prices 22%. Stop whining – it's the Brexit


Market specific pricing

I thought these software companies (like drug pushers) charged according to what the market will bear. Eg the price in Somalia is not the same as in the US..

Well they'd better start thinking about the UK market, and what we can afford.


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