* Posts by diodesign

1849 posts • joined 21 Sep 2011

The YouTube crackdown on fake news: Promoting bonkers Florida school shooting conspiracies

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Re: Re: Robert Mueller is a neo-Mccarthyist

"For which he quickly apologised."

Well, it was a load of corporate spin.

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Re: Robert Mueller is a neo-Mccarthyist

"The majority of the Russian ad spend happened AFTER the election"

Yeah, something like 56% after, 44% before.

Fact-Checking a Facebook Executive’s Comments on Russian Interference

A Reg reader falling for a SV exec's spin? Oh my days.

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Hot NAND: Samsung wheels out 30TB SSD monster

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Re: nate1981

Yes - it's a 3.5" drive.

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James Damore's labor complaint went over about as well as his trash diversity manifesto

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Re: controversial bro-grammer ?

"Is there a way to filter out all SJW insanity that comes from San Francisco based The Register team ?"

Yeah, stop reading us.

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Re: DainB

Nah mate. As we'd say in the engineering/math world...

Damore's essay was idiotic [triv]

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Hyperoptic's overkill 10Gbps fibre trial 'more than a clever PR stunt'

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Re: GreenReaper

All right, GrumpyReaper. I think you're being overly pedantic. Half the article stresses that home hardware can't handle the high-speeds, and that 1Gbps is more than enough let alone 10Gbps.

We assume all Reg readers are smart enough to understand that YMMV when discussing theoretical maximum data transfer speeds. Since you're being so pedantic, consider this: we didn't say anything about _writing_ the data to disk, merely fetching it. So yes, you can download a 25GB game in a few seconds over a 10Gbps line - writing it to storage is another thing entirely, which Reg readers know all too well.

I've tweaked the piece to make it crystal clear.

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Who wants dynamic dancing animations and code in their emails? Everyone! says Google

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Re: Who cares

Thanks for that insightful observation, anon.

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Apple's top-secret iBoot firmware source code spills onto GitHub for some insane reason

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Re: Cupertino's highly secretive idiot-tax operations

I dunno man, I spent 80 bucks on an Apple wireless mouse for my work MacBook Pro, and I sure feel like I've been taxed like an idiot. Same goes for the RAM and other accessories I've bought for my home Mac gear over the many many many many

many many many many many

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many many many many many many many many years.

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(Yes, El Reg hacks use Macs. That's part of the joke. We also have a new rule that you have to split your time between macOS / Linux and Windows, so we get the same daily experience of crap technology our readers face.)

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What did we say about Tesla's self-driving tech? SpaceX Roadster skips Mars, steers to asteroids

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Re: It was never going anywhere NEAR Mars

"So the fact that it now happens to go a bit further is no problem, and not an error"

Who said it was a problem? We're just pointing out that it's overshot. Musk tweeted the final burn was going to send the thing "to Mars". It was heading to Mars. It's going to miss Mars by a much greater distance than expected.

Christ, it's a flying PR st- car. A flying car in space. It's funny as fuck.

Jeez, tough crowd! ;-)

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MY GOD, IT'S FULL OF CARS: SpaceX parks a Tesla in orbit (just don't mention the barge)

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Re: Don't know if posted already?

At the time of writing, it was suspected the engines ran out of "fuel." We weren't invited to the press conference. Can't think why. Anyway, SpaceX later clarified it ran out of ignitor fuel.

We've tweaked the article, and another piece is coming.

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Re: Ran out of igniter fuel

At the time of writing, it was suspected the engines ran out of "fuel." We weren't invited to the press conference. Anyway, SpaceX later clarified it ran out of ignitor fuel.

We've tweaked the article, and another piece is coming.

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Re: Core stage failed to land when it ran out of TEA/TEB ignitor, NOT fuel.

At the time of writing, it was suspected the engines ran out of fuel. We weren't invited to the press conference. Can't think why. Anyway, it ran out of ignitor, so... close enough, ish. We've tweaked the article and another piece is coming.

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Monday: Intel defector touts Arm server chip. Wednesday: Intel shows off new server chips

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Re: Meltdown and Spectre

All modern Intel x86-64 chips are affected until further notice - this is a Skylake part so it's vulnerable. I've made that clear in the piece.

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LISA Pathfinder sniffed out gravitational signals down to micro-Hertz

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Re: too many hertz

Ah yeah, pico, not peta. It's fixed. Don't forget to email corrections@theregister.com if you spot anything wrong.

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Of course a mystery website attacking city-run broadband was run by an ISP. Of course

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"bored"

Funny way to spell banned.

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Ghost in the DCL shell: OpenVMS, touted as ultra reliable, had a local root hole for 30 years

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Re: The sky is falling in

"Get a life."

Get another site to comment on.

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Cox blocked! ISP may avoid $25m legal bill for letting punters pirate music online

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Re: headline

Hmmmm, I thought it was pretty obvious - but happy to make it more clear.

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Tech biz boss slipped Detroit's IT chief bungs in restaurant bathrooms to bag software deals, prosecutors claim

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Re: Democrat Run for over 50 years!

match story.subject.politics

{

Republican => "Biased lefty commie Bernie Killary morons!!!",

Democrat => "Wow lol u guys slipped up here covering this up!!!",

_ => "El Reg sucks"

}

1 out of 10. Failed troll.

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You can't ignore Spectre. Look, it's pressing its nose against your screen

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Re: apologist

"True, I suspect security was pretty low on the list in the '70s when the original 8086 was designed"

The security hole was introduced way after the 8086. Basically, Intel and others screwed up. They're trying to spin this away as a design side effect.

Like a plane crashing mid-flight is a side effect of a substantial fuel tank leak.

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Re: Jonathan Schwatrz

"Well, to be fair to Intel, they perfected prefetch as a performance boost..."

I think you missed the point of my post. I meant Meltdown/Spectre reveals an embarrassing cockup in Intel's processor designs (and Arm, AMD, etc for Spectre). Yeah yeah, prefetching and speculative exec and branch prediction speeds stuff up. That wasn't the point of my post.

The point is that chip engineers left security in the glovebox the day they parked up in the company lot and walked in to design those parts of the pipeline.

It's like a manager told them: "Speed. Security. Price. Pick one."

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Re: croky

>"Secrets" ? Who wants those "secrets" ? Does the "other end" even know I've got any "secrets" ?

By secrets, I mean: passwords and personal information. And yes, you have them in your computer. This is why it's good to patch - when good patches arrive, natch.

>Show me proof people are being attacked, left and right, thanks to Spectre and Meltdown.

No one's said people are. Relax guy. You're overreacting.

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Re: croky

"I mean, what's the probability for me to become a target ?"

Spectre is irritating because it's hard to fix and lets software read stuff it shouldn't. This means JavaScript in the browser can sniff out secrets from the kernel and other tabs. There are PoC exploits for this out there. It's important for ppl to update their stuff, hence the attention on the flaws.

Likewise Meltdown: malware will be along to lift stuff out of the kernel.

PS: For us, the biggest thing about it is the embarrassing design cockup and the messy fixes, rather than this being the total end of the world (because it isn't).

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When you play this song backwards, you can hear Satan. Play it forwards, and it hijacks Siri, Alexa

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Re: On the topic of ultrasound...

"More likely the suppression is happening in the amplifier stage."

OK, I've slightly tweaked that.

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If you've ever wondered whether the FCC boss is a Big Cable stooge – well, wonder no more

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Re: Big John

"I'm saying this article is written specifically to attract haters"

Well, no. It was written to highlight failings by a federal regulator's chairman. Scrutiny. Press. You know.

"That's evil."

Don't be so stupid. Why do you hang around here?

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Can't login to Skype? You're not alone. Chat app's been a bit crap for five days now

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Blergh, we walked into that one.

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Elsewhere in the media

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Re: Elsewhere in the media

Yeah, we reported on it in 2016 (Just search El Reg for 'DressCode'). Seems the thing is still around.

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Google slaps mute button on stupid ads that nag you to buy stuff you just looked at

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Re: Nice PR

Show us on the doll where Google hurt you.

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It's 2018 and… wow, you're still using Firefox? All right then, patch these horrid bugs

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Re: Seriously, whoever wrote this title...

...was me and I respectfully suggest you:

# apt-get install senseofhumor

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Look on the bright side, Pebble fans. At least your gizmo will work long enough for you to get beach body ready

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Re: Mark 85

> Old story that is now surfacing or doesn't the company know what year it is?

No, it means it committed to supporting Pebble in 2017, and now into 2018.

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FYI: There's now an AI app that generates convincing fake smut vids using celebs' faces

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Re: Too much Daily Mail for my liking

Mate, you're the one obsessing about it. Chill, or maybe seek help?

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Missing Obit for Ursula?

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Re: Missing Obit for Ursula?

Ah it's in the works.

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H-1B visa hopefuls, green card holders are feeling the wrath of 'America first' Trump

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Re: RobertLongshaft

"More anti trump propaganda"

Except for the parts where we said H-1B pushes down wages and pushes out American workers?

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Samba 4.8 to squish scaling bug that Tridge himself coded in 2009

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Re: "....get Samba working on HP-UX....."?

"Samba has worked fine (well, as fine as it can) on HP-UX for years!"

Bear in mind this is HPE asking – according to the speaker, HPE (post-HP split) needed help getting Samba working (again).

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US govt shutdown lobs spanner in SpaceX's Falcon Heavy launch

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Re: Re: Long live marketing

SLS is non-commercial (NASA). BFR doesn't exist. This is pretty black and white, ppl.

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Mozilla edict: 'Web-accessible' features need 'secure contexts'

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Re: Dr Marvel's wonder liniment...

>It DOES NOT not prevent your ISP from tracking sites or pages you visit.

It does prevent ISPs from tracking pages. All the ISP sees is an encrypted connection to, say, a Wikipedia server. It has no idea which pages I'm reading.

And I'm not so sure about your other claims, either.

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NHS: Thanks for the free work, Linux nerds, now face our trademark cops

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Re: DontFeedTheTrolls

Big publications – from the NYT with its huge army of copy editors to the Grauniad with a sizable editing team - still let through errors. We have 3 region editors (North America, Europe, APAC), 1 news editor (UK) and 1 sub-editor (UK).

It's frankly fucking amazing there aren't more errors slipping through on El Reg given the resources available. The current rate is pretty low. It's hard to find good editors who can do sperlinng, snarky headlines, and are experts in tech and science.

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Re: Good sub-ed needed....

Should be all good now. Software has bugs, articles have typos. We try to avoid them, but we can't catch them all.

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Court throws out BT's plans to reduce pension rates

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Re: Re: Possible error?

Oops, thanks, fixed. Don't forget to email corrections@theregister.com if you spot anything wrong. We can't read every comment (there's too many) but we can read every email.

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Red Hat slams into reverse on CPU fix for Spectre design blunder

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Re: danito

Pretty sure the microcode adds an MSR that can control CPU behavior to mitigate the vulnerability (ICBW) and there is exploit code. It's available for Meltdown and Spectre. It's generic.

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Re: Re: Why would techies be scratching their heads ?

Thanks! Article updated.

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DigitalOcean cuts cloud server pricing to stop rivals eating its lunch

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Re: Not Apples for Apples

I recall a senior Digital Ocean person swearing blind DO doesn't oversubscribe.

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Someone is touting a mobile, PC spyware platform called Dark Caracal to governments

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Re: israel_hands

Due to a technical cockup, an old draft of the piece went live instead of the final edit. We keep a history of all article revisions, and an early revision overwrote the latest one.

I just restored the final edit. The piece was edited hours ahead of publication, and set to go live at 8am PT / 4pm UTC. We don't publish stuff straight to the web - it gets edited by at least one editor.

Basically, someone with a browser tab open with an old version of the story clicked on 'save and close', rather than 'close', in our web publishing system, and overwrote the clean version. Oops. But it's fixed.

Don't forget to email corrections@theregister.com if you spot anything wrong.

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Meltdown, Spectre bug patch slowdown gets real – and what you can do about it

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Re: Skyfall and Solace vulnerabilities?

Mythic Beasts is just the hosting company. And it's basically bollocks. It's 99% a hoax.

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Quality journalism

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Re: Re: Quality journalism

"Gareth Corfield does then deletes comments to make it look as though he doesn't."

Not taking criticism from a moron who can't string a sentence together.

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Kent woman to season festive dinner with her mother's ashes : what happened?

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Re: nick_rampart

No.

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Re: moderation

Hi Nick,

I'll keep it short and sweet: thanks for the feedback.

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Oracle says SPARCv9 has Spectre CPU bug, patches coming soon

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Re: It is a serious, fundamental design flaw

Yes, as we've repeatedly reported since January 2, and were the first to report. Read El Reg ;-)

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Re: Confused, SPARC vulnerable or not?

"Oracle believes that certain versions of Oracle Solaris on SPARCv9 are affected by the Spectre vulnerabilities"

and

"Oracle is working on producing the patches for all affected versions that are under Premier Support or Extended Support."

Pretty clear to us. SPARC v9, running Solaris, is vulnerable to Spectre.

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Google's 'QUIC' TCP alternative slow to excite anyone outside Google

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Re: rjed

"QUIC is not been deployed yet because it is still not a standard !! IETF is working on it and has recently pushed back the dates (to end of 2018)"

Yeah, so as we said, only Google seems excited by it. Everyone else seems to be taking their sweet time - of course, they're allowed to do whatever they want. But the point is, only Google seems excited by it, mostly.

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Germans make an even bigger mess of naval procurement than Brits?

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Re: Germans make an even bigger mess of naval procurement than Brits?

I think it's probably fair to say it's enough work for us to cover UK and US military goofs, let alone Germany's cock-ups, too... But thanks for the link.

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