* Posts by bpfh

325 posts • joined 26 Jan 2011

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As Apple fixes macOS root password hole, here's what went wrong

bpfh

From my aulde C programming days...

I thought that in C, returning 0 = success, and anything other was an error code that depended on the function, eg: 0 -> OK; 1 -> password invalid; 2 -> user not found...?

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Possible cut to British F-35 order considered before Parliament

bpfh

Re: Still not too late

Hum. The legend was that the ships were designed by BaE to be cat & trap compatible IIRC... it was part of the spec (that by the pricing , they may have ignored)...

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As Google clamps down, 'Droid developer warns 'breaking day' is coming

bpfh

Re: So, No Other Google News Today, Then?

No, there is a new radiation cloud...

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Drone maker DJI left its private SSL, firmware keys open to world+dog on GitHub FOR YEARS

bpfh

And the hostname. So we can be sure it's you.

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Black Horse Down, we repeat... yes, Lloyds Bank, again

bpfh

TITSUP's?

Terrible Infrastructure Totally Stopped Usual Processes?

Temporary Inhibititing The Standard Use of Platform?

Trying Imaginatively To Stop Users Paying?

Testing Interactively The Support Unit's Protocols?

Twitter Indigation To Service Unavailability Problems?

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Fresh cotton underpants fix series of mysterious mainframe crashes

bpfh
Trollface

Re: I've personally measured 61,750ish volts on an empty, unused Styrofoam coffee cup

Ok, so do we say one Nylon Bloomer (Nb) = 85 kv ?

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Calling your redundancy programme Baccarat? Immense Bummer, Management

bpfh
Mushroom

Naming redundancy projects

I think that a company that has the time and money to hire consultants just to think up a project code name of their latest cost cutting firing plan deserves to be put through a meat grinder...

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BOFH: Free as in free beer or... Oh. 'Free Upgrade'

bpfh

Re: Training

Yep. BOFH needs more Bzzzzzert and LARTings....

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Fitbit throws fit, emits writ for outfit's non-hit, rather sh*t, 'Fitbit' kit

bpfh
WTF?

Hundreds of thousands...

That is a lot of defective gear that somehow went walkabout with no-one noticing...

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TCL vows to keep BlackBerry alive

bpfh

Re: Finally:

Are you talking about the Blackberry Priv ? :)

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Aussie bloaters gorging on junk food 'each and every day'

bpfh
Paris Hilton

Re: 'religious stretching'

That's what she said...

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Google nukes ad-blocker AdNauseam, sweeps remains out of Chrome Web Store

bpfh

Re: Take responsibility for content

Using the hosts file does not work for a lot of the ad neworks that use dynamic subdomains that change at almost every call...

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Switzerland says Uber's an employer, sends social security bill

bpfh
Paris Hilton

I is confused

OK, I personally believe that once you sign up to Uber as a driver you are strung up to their terms and conditions that can be very restrictive, but shirley if you affiliate yourself with them as an independant, you have, at on a personal level, to pay state charges as an independant... that is after all their model...? No?

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Why your gigabit broadband lags like hell – blame Intel's chipset

bpfh
Headmaster

Re: From the original article

I always found under DOS by rebooting, hitting F8 during boot and just loading the mouse driver and keyb.sys was enough to start any game in about 600k of free memory...

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Airbus flies new plane for the first time

bpfh
FAIL

It was due to emissions that the flying crowbar was cancelled. Ejecting bits of the aircraft's nuclear reactor engine downwind of the flightpath was seen as a good thing over enemy territory but not while it was cruising over friendly airspace on the way there...

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Five-a-day energy drink habit turned chap's eyes yellow, urine dark, caused anorexia

bpfh

"Jesus load of caffeine"?

Jesus load of sugar more likely... I've had swiss coffee with cream and 2 sugars in a goblet that contains 3 times the caffeine than monsterockbull... Same energy boost. Tastes better, does not disolve your teeth. Cheaper too...

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Apple's Breaxit scandal: Frenchman smashes up €50,000 of iThings with his big metal balls

bpfh

They can compel

> French private "security" guards don't have the right to search you or compel you to accompany them anywhere.

No, but they will restrain you until the police turn up, then sort out the legalities later, and if they did stop you from / after commiting a crime, then they were helping to uphold the law and they won't have a blemish against their name.

Also, they can compel you to leave the property or refuse you access to a property - even a shopping mall - for example if you refuse to let them glance into your bags... Refuse to comply then you get nicked for trespassing!

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The server's down. At 3AM. On Christmas. You're drunk. So you put a disk in the freezer

bpfh
Trollface

Re: >Silly us: we blew a Christmas On-Call story months before the day.

And there was me thinking that it was when Jesus made the easter bunny lay chocolate eggs... or was that one for Easter?

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Ad flog Plus: Adblock Plus now an advertising network, takes cash to broker web banners

bpfh

Re: Wouldn't take much for someone to Copy and Paste the AdBlock concept

uBlock did this ages ago along with a handful of others...

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US Marine Corps to fly F-35s from HMS Queen Lizzie as UK won't have enough jets

bpfh

Re: They should save time...

The French don't have Super Hornets. They have marinised (marinaded?) versions of the Rafale - they can land on the US carriers too.... and they don't cost as much as F35's either...

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McAfee-the-man wants McAfee-the-brand, Chipzilla says no

bpfh
Paris Hilton

Already tried - and failed - in the fasion industry

Ines de la Fressange started a fashion design company, in her name and trademarked it. One management buy-out later, Ines de la Fressange-Person gets ousted from the company, started another fashion company in her own name. Ines de la Fresange-company sued her, and after a series of counter sueballs, the court ruled that she had set up her name as a trademark to the company she trademarked it to, and lost her rights to that name when she left the company. The last I remember, she went back and renamed her new company "Ines"...

So given the crap that Intel has foisted on us in McAffee's name, and given that there is already a TV channel called "Dave", why not just found an IT firm called "John"?

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L0phtCrack's back! Crack hack app whacks Windows 10 trash hashes

bpfh

Re: Good password selection

Yep. One whole verse of a certain pub singer's song to open my password manager. All are randomly generated 20+ alphanumerical character passwords except for the social security web access that is limited to 10 numbers :(

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Penetration tech: BAE Systems' new ammo for Our Boys and Girls

bpfh

Wooden core on a lead or copper bullet. Would mushroom out nicely when shooting through the Indian sub-continent if you were working in the East Indian Company's private army...

Of course though, the wooden core was sterlilised - unclean wood splinters could give an enemy tetanos after being shot, and we would not want that would we now, old boy? Us British are above that sort of unsportsmanlike behaviour!

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SETI searchers: We still haven't found what we're looking for

bpfh
WTF?

"Soviet" military satellite?

If the Soviet Union fell apart back into Russia in 1991, how long has this "Soviet" piece of hardware been orbiting above our bonces unawares?

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Big Red alert: Oracle's MICROS payment terminal biz hacked

bpfh
Joke

POS Terminals

That term always made me smile, even after I learned that it actuallly meant "point of sale" :D

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Windows 10 still free, even the Anniversary Update, if you're crass

bpfh

Re: Missing option in survey

Even Windows ME ?

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Samsung spills beans on mystery username, password emails to devs

bpfh

Re: Are you sure ?

I did the same.... Then I started thinking with transactions! Or backing up critical tables! (Can't always be done I agree...)

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The Reg Coding competition – 10 times as hard as the last one!

bpfh

Some of the specs a missing...

- Is the data file supplied on the command line or will it be present in the same folder as the script?

- What is the file encoding of the input and output file? ASCII? ANSI? UTF-x? EBCDIC?

- What end of line marker can be expcted? \n \r\n ?

- Reagan & REAGAN are the same person? Can we expect a unique key of 1 name per event?

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Microsoft's cringey 'Hey bae <3' recruiter email translated by El Reg

bpfh
Trollface

Re: <3

BAE is British Aerospace, no?

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Parliament takes axe to 2nd EU referendum petition

bpfh

I'm a British Citizen, but i'm resident in France...

Does that mean i'm valid because i'm British, or invalid because i'm GeoIP'd in France?

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Lester Haines: RIP

bpfh
Holmes

damn

Rest in peace my Dear Sir. You left far too early and you will be missed.

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Would YOU start a fire? TRAPPED in a new-build server farm

bpfh
Flame

Did you piss of Simon or the PFY?

because even if the doors and cameras were off line and you were firmly locked inside, I can almost guarantee that the yet-to-be replaced Halon release would work very, very well...

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The Windows Phone story: From hope to dusty abandonware

bpfh
Unhappy

At least I can recycle my Lumia 635

Car entertainment centre maybe, here maps in offline mode & an MP3 player... at least as long as here maps allow free updates to their maps!

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Modular phone Ara to finally launch

bpfh

What happens if you drop it?

The main market for new modules won't be for upgrades... it will be for people who drop the damned thing on an underground platform and the modules all fly off in odd directions like a kid with a temper tantrum with a Lego model...

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Three UK: Our MMS prices are up. Get around us with WhatsApp or Skype

bpfh

1 MMS will cost 40p and contain up to 300 kb...

So at best, they are billing you £1.37 per meg...

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Google Chrome deletes Backspace

bpfh
Alert

Re: Long overdue

What about somthing like what Facebook does: "Are you sure you want to navigate away from this page and abandon what you started to enter in a form field"?

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CIA says it 'accidentally' nuked torture report hard drive

bpfh
Meh

What was "Geneva" that Snowden mentionned?

Another CIA or NSA project?

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Microsoft joins the 1c/GB/month cloud storage caper

bpfh
Flame

Re: Sounds good!

The thing is that when your office burns down along with that ancient core2 mobo and 8 sata ports and your company's data accounts and other important records have gone to the big bit bucket in the sky for ever and ever, amen, $104 bucks a month suddenly starts to sound like a good deal...

You don't need to balance the cost of storing the data yourself, you need to balance what that data is worth to you - ergo what it would cost you if it was lost forever, if you are using this sort of service for online backup...

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How IT are you? Find out now in our HILARIOUS quiz!

bpfh
Trollface

Re: As its Friday

A user calls to report a non-working printer. Do you...

Call the user from a non-caller ID phone, explain that there is a magnetic hysterisis problem with the hot-roll, and the user needs to reset it with a hairpin or large straightened paper clip. The user needs to locate the magnetic impulse wires near the top of the rollers, one red, one blue, and user needs to discharge this by pressing the clip against the red wire to evacuate the charge, and for best results, also needs to touch some other grounded element.

Wait for the bang and the smell or burning toner, go to pub when ambulance is in earshot.

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BlackBerry boss mulls mid-range Androids

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Flame

Re: 700$ Priv...

True, as mobile phones are the new laptops, but when the latest shiny-shiny is still mid range and costing a bomb, when nexus, one plus and others are selling a decent phone at half the price, and in the end when you change your hardware once every 12-24 months, phones are bloody expensive landfill items.... I don't see the Louvre tossing out their star painting out the window every 2 years to replace it with the latest in modern art....

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bpfh
Mushroom

700$ Priv...

Markets work in a offer-demand world.... but people still think that paying as much for an iPhone as they would a complete laptop normal, companies are going to continue to gouge as long as idiots are willing to pay for the brand.

Unfortunately, people are no longer willing to pay a premium for the BB name.

If only people would start doing the same for Sammy and Apple, and we would see that phones are still profitable and not cost an absolute overinflated fortune... I believe an iPhone 6 BOM is less than $180, and adding 48 gb of flash does not double the sales price...

/rant

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Let’s re-invent small phones! Small screens! And rubber buttons!

bpfh
Pint

I think you are talking about a Blackberry...

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Error checks? Eh? What could go wrong, really? (DoSing a US govt site)

bpfh

Re: But the program is error free!

But how long did he spend until the assembler assembled?

I know the joy of finally shouting "Halleluja, It Compiled! It Compiled!"... still does not mean the damn code will run :D

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I beg you, please don't back up that secret directory full of photos!

bpfh
Joke

Re: The joys of bachelordom

Following the rules of the internet, you probably should upload it to 4chan:

Rule 34: There is porn of it. No exceptions.

Rule 35: If no porn is found, it must be made

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There's a courier here says he's got 50TB of cloud data for you

bpfh
Joke

747 full of SSD's?

I thought a 747 was an El Reg measurement of length, and olympic swimming pools a measurement of volume...

An olympic pool is 2500m3,

A 747-400F is 607.7m3 of transport space and is 70.6 metres long.

LON->NY: 5576 km and 6 hours

So rounding things off in proper terms that everyone can easily understand is that 1 Snowball per second is 1/4 an olympic swimming pool of SSD's transported in 6 hours over of a length of 79000 Boeing 747's.

No?

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Amazon launches Lumberyard beta, a free gaming engine, but there is a catch

bpfh
Thumb Up

Re: Although you apparently can use it in a case of the Zombie Apocalypse..

You have to read them.... I belive that one time a company said in the middle of the legalese that they would send you a few bucks if you had a licence and you quoted them the correct paragraph saying somthing like "if you have read through to here, upon written request, we will give you x dollars no strings attached"...

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Official UN panel findings on embassy-squatter released. Assange: I'm 'vindicated'

bpfh
Headmaster

Re: And who were the other four?

From what I just read on the interwebz, rape accusations in Sweden will run out after 10 years, so somet time in 2020...

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Winning Underhand C Contest code silently tricks nuke inspectors

bpfh
Mushroom

The first Ariane 5 shot

Mixed 16 and 32 (or was it 32 and 64) bit values, and the rocket had to be destroyed a couple of seconds off the pad after the navigation systems overflowed...

Explosion...well because bang...

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Did water rocket threaten Brum airport Airbus?

bpfh
WTF?

Re: Very impressive

That's no 2 litre coke bottle...

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bpfh

Re: Ruptured oxygen cylinders

The same US who spilt 900 kg of ClF3 in the late 40's onto a concrete floor and the foot of concrete caught fire, then it burned through another 3 feet of gravel...

The Bofh in me can think of several uses for this. The fact that it cannot be put out by CO2, Halon or FM200 is just an added bonus...

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