* Posts by itzman

1809 posts • joined 28 Jun 2011

Come mobile users, gather round and learn how to add up


Re: Itchy Chin

Javascript is dense at times, but it does know the difference between strings and integers.

Well no, it doesn't.

Back in the days of XP I was trying to get some javascript working on firefox and IE.

They behaved completely differently.

In the end it turned out that if the numerical stuff was buried in a conditional firefox took it as a number but IE took it as a string.

It took me hours to find a way to get IE to treat it as a number.

I HATE weakly typed or non typed languages almost as much as I hate Pascal.

London Gatwick Airport reopens but drone chaos perps still not found


Re: Shoot it down?

at 5 meters altitude and 25m range, yes.


Re: Guns vs Drones

If the drone attack had happened in USA everyone at the airport would have been armed to the teeth and they would have been shot down in a couple of minutes.

And how many people 5 miles away would have been collateral damage?


Re: Don't just do something! Stand there!

Or a probe to test security and response by....well your choice really.

Or an excuse to sell you high priced security kit you didn't know you needed?

Or just a spotty teenager and his mates having a laugh.

Until the type of drone is analysed we wont know what sort of person built it.


Indeed. A skilled drone pilot could probably have brought down the rogues more cheaply than an Israeli system costing millions

Drone wars. That's what we want. And film it all for you tube

Mark Zuckerberg did everything in his power to avoid Facebook becoming the next MySpace – but forgot one crucial detail…


Re: Good article. Assuming TheRegister is clean with our data.

this persistent insistence that _everyone_ who considers public service is a scum is a plague.

No, just everyone who rises, turd-like, to the top.

Poor people should get slower internet speeds, American ISPs tell FCC

Big Brother

And you find this surprising?

In short, American internet providers are determined to give its citizens the worst possible internet for the highest possible price and under industry-friendly chair Pai they are willing to state that publicly – while asking for taxpayers' money to do so.

Isn't that the goal of all commerce, to deliver the cheapest possible product at the highest possible price and get either taxpayer money to do that, or government legislation to mandate its adoption?

That is the EU model in a nutshell.

Supernovae may explain mass extinctions of marine animals 2.6 million years ago


Re: Interesting, but radiation killing through water?

I *think* the point is that teh Iron 60 , arriving later, would be a marker for an earlier supernova event.

I don't think the iron 60 would be the killer - the earlier radiation would be.

Linux.org domain hacked, plastered with trolling, filth and anti-transgender vandalism


I cant believe that...

someone would use a YAHOO mail account to admin a public domain.

I can't actually believe that anyone who is in the business of IT would ever use a gmail or yahoo account anyway.

Boffins build blazing battery bonfire


Re: Photovoltaic?

Combined cycle gas turbines operate at >60% efficiency, so that is lie for a start. No reason they couldn't take their gas input from a separate gas heat exchanger.

Where to implant my employee microchip? I have the ideal location


Re: Chips are so 20th century

Biometrics are far more easily forged

I am going for a retinal scan in the hope that something has CHANGED.

YouTube supremo says vid-streaming-slash-piracy giant can't afford EU's copyright overhaul


Re: Personally...

If the EU gives in now, then they might as well call it game over and hand over control of government to the corporates

The Corporates already run the EU. who else is actually interested in DRM and copyright - the pleb on the street?


BT: We're stocking warehouses with kit ahead of Brexit to avoid shortages


Re: Because Brexit

Great narrative.

Total fiction of course. TONS of investment in UK at the moment

Facebook names former Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg head of global affairs


Re: Boring boring boring.

Theresa May is ion a coalition precisely so as to have an excuse to not do all her stuff.


with respect..

WHICH 'lower than vermin' party?

Apart from UKIP I'd say they are all like that.

Amd UKIP would become that pretty soon after having any serious parliamentary influence.

Apple to dump Intel CPUs from Macs for Arm – yup, the rumor that just won't die is back


Re: Rosetta-a-like is absolutely necessary

Actually whilst that is true for the general stuff, apple DESKTOPS sell into niche aseas like desktop publishing where the adobe creative suite at a huge amount per desktop or old fashioned Quark express is de rigeur, and into things like video and music editing which again are de rigeur...


Re: Rosetta-a-like is absolutely necessary

"but anything you already bought will probably have to be bought again."

which is of course the point as it was when OSX came out and then when OSX on Intel first came out.

The only up to date code that runs on a power PC Mac these days is Linux...

The Apple way is to ensure you buy and buy again and again.

Shortages, price rises, recession: Tech industry preps for hard Brexit


Conversation weit the MaYbot AI: or The Truth about Binary Choices

"So Maybot, what are we doing about Brexit"?

"Well we promised we would ;leave Europe, but lots of people want to stay, so we are going to compromise."

"OK...How's that go?..

"We are going to move to Doggerland".

Microsoft liberates ancient MS-DOS source from the museum and sticks it in GitHub


Re: To some MSDOS was an major leap forward.

Back in the day UNIX was 16 bit.

WWII Bombe operator Ruth Bourne: I'd never heard of Enigma until long after the war


Re: Canaris

Less a double agent than someone trying to do his best for his country, not for the Nazi party.



Did the Germans ever got clued up that their supposedly encrypted message system have been compromised?

Apparently not...

Blueprint of modern construction can be found in a tech cluster... of 19th century England


Re: "it does less better with tension"

I was about to say 'Must try harder' as well

US govt concedes that you can indeed f**k Nazis online: Domain-name swear ban lifted


Re: Bottom hidden by fog

There's a Six Mile Bottom on the A11 I seem to remember.

No longer on the A11 as that has moved a couple of miles north.

New MeX-Files: The curious case of an evacuated US solar lab, the FBI – and bananas conspiracy theories


Ive always felt that if I was running a conspiracy...

I'd hide it in a bevy of alternative conspiracy theories.

Hello 'WOS': Windows on Arm now has a price


Re: Be careful what you wish for...

I think the answer is to replicate a windoes API under Linux, that frees you from any particular architecture, and allows either an emulation shim to be used or better, rapid recompilation of windows apps for linux.

In the end the difference between emulating x86 all the way to the operating system internals or simply emulating to the point of the OS interface is one of efficiency.

UK getting ready to go it alone on Galileo


Re: The morons "in charge"...

...hark back to the Victorian era and still think that a European Empire such as Napoleon, and Hitler dreamed of can be achieved and is in fact desirable

Meanwhile in the exiting UK in the 21st century, people are looking FORWARD...

Surprise! VAT, customs likely to get a bit trickier in a Brexit no-deal world


Re: This Train Wreck is getting interesting

tariffs are placed on imports.

Only a brainless remoaner would therefore conclude that the cost of exports will rise.

How's that encryption coming, buddy? DNS requests routinely spied on, boffins claim


Re: whatismydnsresolver.com

Oh, it sorta worked. Told me google was my DNS provider.

Resolver 1: (AS15169)

Resolver 1's ISP:


However I use two local copies of BIND to resolve internet stuff.

And then as a ternary

Drama as boffins claim to reach the Holy Grail of superconductivity


Re: It's dead, Jim, but not as we know it

And string theory is just a theory.

Not a process

Saving the internet, fake news warts and all


The internet will force a change in consciousness.

No longer will there be One True Message, controlled by the establishment media.

There are many messages, and for the first time ever, people will have to decide who to believe.

And that includes the writer of this article, who sdeems to already be involved in rejecting that with which he does not agree.

Form an orderly queue, people: 31,000 BT staff go to Openreach in October


Re: Ofcom spotted failings

Whilst I upvoted you, its not that simple.

BT is a spin off of the GPO. A government created and run organisation.

It is more or less a natural monopoly, and, as such needs regulation in the public interest.

A LOT of that legacy copper was paid for by taxpayers.

These are pretty much accepted 'facts' by BT and government.

The question has always been how to achieve regulation without taking financial responsibility.

OFCOM is the best attempt so far. It has defined, and it is largely accepted, that the openreach network of comms infrastructure should be run for profit but in the public interest.

And that mesns teh parts that ARE open to competition, - the ISPs at te far end pof that structiure, are not treated differentyly. And that inclusdes BT.

It is nonsense to say that 'BT did this' or 'BT did that' The GPO created the network, and BT extended it, took profit off it as a monopoly and invested that profit into becoming a media company. And a business services company.

It seems a reasonable position to say that if that is what BT wants to become, it should not use the profits of Openreach to do it. Openreach is the monopoly part.

Splitting it legally is a small step towards at least ensuring its decisions are taken independently of BT the media and business services company.

Full flotation as an independent entity is hopefully down the line. Although as many have pointed out, that pension fund...


Re: Dates?

Why actually have a date by which...copper - a perfectly good way to carry signals - must be 'switched off'?

Cost benefit says run that copper until it is no longer worth maintaining.

It's 2018 so, of course, climate.news is sold to climate change deniers


I dont think Trump denies climate changes. I think he denies that man has a serious impact that's all.

Sad Nav: How a cheap GPS spoofer gizmo can tell drivers to get lost



Climate change science has already proved that most people would rather believe a computer than the evidence of their senses..

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


Re: I work in the field

s there enough to say grind into granules and put in a letter and post to some politician you dont like and get them sick?

Not even that I fear

Far better to buy up loads of smoke alarms and start your own atomic pile


Re: That dirty yard in the neighbourhood

again ignorance is bliss.,

Lets start with plutonium - presumably 239.

The queens handled a couple of kg in 1957 on a trip to Harwell 'oh its warn; she said

She isn't dead,.

Plutonium is barely radioactive at all. Its far more a heavy metal poison than it is a radiological biohazard.

The few grams of Caesium 137 MIGHT be a tad dangerous if someone swallowed the lot.

But in a dirty bomb?

Forget it. You probably were exposed to far more as a result of nuclear test fallout back in the day

UK.gov is ready to talk data safeguards with the EU – but still wants it all


No one will agree on anything

And we will leave without a deal.

After all the mutual recriminations, intelligent people will quietly reforge sensible arrangements without recourse to the EU or the British government. Where they are mutually beneficial.

This demonstrating that in terms of European unity and co-operation, the last thing you want or need is the EU.

Sysadmin cracked military PC’s security by reading the manual


Re: About 10 minutes later I was "cracking" some of the locks and interchanging them around.

Morris minor

Leatherbound analogue password manager: For the hipster who doesn't mind losing everything


Re: User-generated obfuscation

I often use unshared secrets.

Items of trivia from my past that no one will ever discover, like the number plate of a friends car in 1967...

Writing down "Tims Ford Prefect" isn't giving a whole lot away.

iPhone 8 now outsells X, and every other phone


Re: No it just proves there are a lot of idiots......

nothing on my android phone I am not prepared to have stolen if it happens.

A thief is welcome to my email passwords - they will be changed within minutes. seldom use it to browse - and if the satnav app contains places I have visited - so what? They are mostly shops anyway.

A smartphone is not my main computing device.

Nor do i ever use it for financial transactions.

People who do are..idiots

Google Chrome update to label HTTP-only sites insecure within WEEKS


Re: Idiots...

And how, pray does on 'hit a midpoint'

The chinese cannon was only releavant to people attempting to contact Chinese websites


Re: Shared Hosting

Where is this man in the middle sitting?


Re: Shared Hosting

It is impossible to have more than one certificate on a single IP address for the simple reason that the sites host name ins not revealed until decryption has taken place, and decryption does not take place without a valid certificate

It IS possible thereafter to split the site into virtual sites with different names, via some dirty hack coding, But its ugly as sin.

Essentially forcing https on everyone will destroy the small cheap site until and unless IPV6 addresses are the standard.

In the case of the small business he has a stark choice: be seen to be 'insecure' by te browsers or spend an enormous amount more money getting a private IP address and moving to it, or go to a hosting company that will do that using IPV6.

This is an ill considered move that has not been thought through.

It is more quasi political virtue signalling.

Once we would write an RFC and discuss how to achieve the objectives desired

Today unilateral moves by large companies dictate the way things proceed.

It is not progress.


It isnt the encryption that is the problem

as much as the authentication.

Well actually it is ALSO the encryption since that absolutely trashes multiple sites hosted on the same IP address.

So unless you run a massively wild-card certificate that covers ALL virtual hosts and do some nifty coding, you are also now being forced to find a server with a hosting company that is IPV6 capable and hope to heck that your visitors also are IPV6.

Cos no way are you ginna get 150 IPV4 addresses to run a host of little personal and SME web sites

WPA3 is the magic number? Protocol refresh promises tighter Wi-Fi security


Re: There are still easier ways to hack routers than WPA

so how do you get to te web interface without wifi?

I mean you aren't in the premises and surely no one is stupid enough to leave their admin open to the whole internet...

Internet engineers tear into United Nations' plan to move us all to IPv6


Re: Mapping plan

Unless the USA is a developing country you are entirely wrong

Developing countries either go straight to fibre or to 4G cell in rural areas.

There is no point on laying expensive copper

Boffins bash out bonkers boost for batteries


Re: Two improvements

Sorry to disappoint you. Lithium batteries are box shaped


Bovine Excrement

Never underestimate the power of carefully worded nonsense.

Batteries do not use diodes.

Just one instance of a random assemblage of techno baffle that constitutes this article.

And a theoretically perfect lithium battery would only be three times better than it is now

Did you guess 2019 for Intel's 10nm chip ramp up? Congratulations


Re: So that's 90 atoms wide with a 9 atom thick oxide layer.

well the days of FET for chipping...

Unless they go hybrid analogue digital... 16 voltage levels representing 4 bits in one prcessor cell.

Whois is dead as Europe hands DNS overlord ICANN its arse


I think its fine to not have details public

..so long as domains that choose to remain private are clearly flagged by browsers, as potentially 'dodgy'

And important part of malware email handling consists in finding out who they are from, or who they are redirecting you to.

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