* Posts by diodesign

2001 posts • joined 21 Sep 2011

Git it girl! Academy tries to tempt women into coding with free course

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Re: codejunky

"With all the sickening 'you go girl' girls"

Prosecution rests.

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Re: "they aren't interested"

Bullshit.

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Re: Schools need to step up to the plate

"You can go around all you like encouraging girls to study computing, but you also have to lean on schools to actually offer the courses."

Exactly this. There's no point claiming women (or anyone, really) aren't any good at maths and science and computing if they were never taught the subjects in the first place - or put off from them.

Something else to think about: I pretty much learned programming myself, from BASIC to assembler to C and onwards, from books and peers. There also has to be that encouragement for all people to self-learn - not just boys - if they've got the natural knack.

Have we all forgotten that a big chunk of the earliest computer programmers were women? Women didn't suddenly just get dumb after 1969.

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Re: "force more men to become midwives."

You're missing the fact that from an early age women are discouraged, in various ways, from pursuing tech / sci / eng careers. From cultural cliches to prejudice to harassment to bias, it all has an effect.

Of course, not every woman wants to be in tech, and just like every bloke won't make a good boffin, not every woman will make one either. But some of those women who would have made excellent engineers and techies are pushed out, put off, or discriminated against before they have a chance to develop a career.

It's funny - and by that I mean, not so funny - that women are nudged into low-paid, messy professions that men don't want to do. When some women stand up and say "I want a good career with computers", this sort of thread kicks off.

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Re: Ha

"Is this a suggestion women are too thick to pick a career in IT that they inherently want?"

You are blind to the fact that women are put off IT / tech / science / eng careers by everything going on around them at a young age. Cliches, prejudice, bias... it's not that women are too thick - i know and know of plenty of excellent women engineers - it's that they are discouraged.

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Florence and the Machines: Data centers brace as hurricane smashes into US coast

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Re: Who did century link have to blow?

"Just OOI. Is that an advert for Century Link?"

No - although it would have been nice to have more operators in the story, they responded in time for the article to go up before the weekend.

"El Reg couldn't find any other DC operators in SFO?"

The hurricane is hitting the other side of the country - SF has nothing to do with it.

"What has happened in Vulture Towers !"

Sometimes we write positive things. Non-sarky articles aren't adverts. Anything that's paid for has 'Promo' on it and is very clear that it's an advert - it's usually plugging a webcast or event.

In this case, Azure was knocked over by a tropical storm, a hurricane was incoming to the east coast, so we tried to get hold of a few DC operators to see how they were dealing with it.

Sheesh. No pleasing some people.

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Euro bureaucrats tie up .eu in red tape to stop Brexit Brits snatching back their web domains

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Re: Thank you, Boris …

FYI the article author, and his editor who did the headlines, are anti-Brexit, but like all good journalists, that shouldn't stop them from pointing out where EU officials are being unhelpfully petty.

It is possible to be in favor of the four freedoms of the EU, and the importance of being within that union, while still critical of the bureaucracy.

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You'll never guess what you can do once you steal a laptop, reflash the BIOS, and reboot it

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Re: The Cold Shoulder?

There, added a couple in the caption.

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Like tax? Love networks? UK taxmen have a job just for you

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FWIW - IBM is making CDS, not CHIEF. CHIEF is ICL.

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Do you really think crims would do that? Just go on the 'net and exploit a Windows zero-day?

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Re: "Given this is a local escalation problem only"

I think you're overlooking the fact that this exploit gives you full system control - rather than running as a normal user.

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Re: How does a machine first get infected, usual suspects?

Yes. d) all the above.

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Thunderstruck: Azure Back in Black(out) after High Voltage causes Flick of the Switch

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Re: Title should be

Sensing some resistance to our AC/DC puns. Get it, AC, DC. Works on many levels.

(Also, think we've done real-fake clouds.)

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Conference alert: Think you can save money by going Serverless?

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Re: At least it's a subtle advertisement.

"Spam Posing as News"

Well, it is for an event we organize - so forgive us for spreading the word on our own things.

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We've found another problem with IPv6: It's sparked a punch-up between top networks

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"Can someone please explain the above paragraph?"

I've reworded it to make it simpler. Basically, if you shift 1PB of data a day from your network through another network, and they shift 1PB of data a day from their network through your network, you pay each other the same amount and thus pay each other zero.

If you're a small network, and you run a lot of traffic through a larger network, and the larger player doesn't route much through you, then you need to cough up for the bandwidth difference.

Both of these scenarios involves a peering agreement - the latter involving money.

Hope this helps.

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Jupiter suffered growing pains before becoming our system's big daddy

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Re: Doh!

Software has bugs, and articles have brainfarts. It's fixed. Don't forget to email corrections at theregister dot com if you spot any errors.

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Everybody dance now: Watch this AI code fool friends into thinking you can cut a rug like a pro

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Re: This "tech" has been used to create fake porn videos

Yes, as we previously reported and linked to. Fact is, oh, fuck it.

Post less, lurk more. Jesus fucking christ.

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Muslim American woman sues US border cops: Gimme back my seized iPhone's data!

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Re: Why such unrelated cases?

Because they're the ones Lazoja's lawyers cited.

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Use Debian? Want Intel's latest CPU patch? Small print sparks big problem

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Re: Seems a bit SNL...

Well, the original article made Intel rewrite its license - it wasn't quite "never mind" for a day or so.

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Do you NVMe? Pure Storage smirks at rivals amid 34% sales surge

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"on a non-GAAP basis"

FWIW we tend to stick to GAAP.

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Who's king of the hyperconverged castle? Dell or Nutanix? It's not as clear-cut as it seems

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Re: Didn't understand the differences in the numbers

IDC thinks $306m for Dell HCI. Aaron thinks $286m Dell HCI ($611m Dell total - $325m VMware). Now the figures are a little closer.

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Wait, did you hear that? That rumbling in the distance? Sounds like... a 16-socket IBM Power9 box shuffling this way

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Up to 4,000 or more

Yeah, yeah, we know it's odd. Check the spec sheet, it's what IBM says. I think the point is, you can go up to 4,000 on your own steam, and if you need more, Big Blue can make it happen.

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Western Digital develops a new soft spot for the hyper-converged world – a software spot, that is

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Kingfisher

Sadly, not one we can redistribute for free - we paid for the one on the article.

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Did you know: Lawyers can certify web domain ownership? Well, not no more they ain't

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Re: Drew 11

We've been writing about DNSSEC and DANE for ages.

DNSSEC is, unfortunately right now, to use another acronym, a PITA. But I'll add a link to make you happy.

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Re: A "phoencall"?

Jsut a tpyo. If you sopt aytnhnig wrnog, dorp us an eiaml - corrections@theregister.com - and we'll fix tehm sritahgt aawy.

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Dear alt-right morons and other miscreants: Disrupt DEF CON, and the goons will 'ave you

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"Please don't bring the bad stuff in here."

No, time to get your head out of the sand, and do something about it. It's not even as if political-related stuff is more than 10% of what we write about every week or month.

This British vid has always stuck with me - "I don't do politics" - check it out.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zruGBWLk9s8

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Serverless Computing: Here's an easy way to save £££s from the start

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Re: Yeah, we don't need a new buzzword

It's perhaps a little odd, but the thinking behind it – and none of us came up with the term – is that if you do it right, you're not thinking about host or virtual servers any more.

Obviously, there are servers involved. They're abstracted away, though, hence the, er, less bit.

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Facebook deletes 17 accounts, dusts off hands, beams: We've saved the 2018 elections

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Re: Storm in a Tea-Cup

These posts - like the last ones - were mainly done to stir up divisions in the US rather than just flat out say 'vote for X'.

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Hey, don't route the messenger! Telegram redirected through Iran by baffling BGP leak

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Re: Unep Eurobats

El Reg has embraced quantum journalism – we are in a superposition between British and American English.

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Trump 'not normal' FCC commish reveals amid Sinclair-Tribune mega-media-merger meltdown

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Re: tom dial

Oh – indeed, we've covered it here

Net neutrality: Email trail reveals how Prez Obama bent the FCC to his will

and

Net neutrality, Obama, FCC, Title II:Your ESSENTIAL guide to WTF is happening

...for example. Guess the point here is it's perhaps not normal for the prez to weigh into a merger based on such raw politics (right v left media) rather than policy (how to define an ISP).

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Politicians fume after Amazon's face-recog AI fingers dozens of them as suspected crooks

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Ehhhh, we were gonna leave it to the comments to make the obvious gag link.

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Editing post seems permitted if system clock is set back

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I highly suspect it is enforced on the server-side - if you find otherwise, let us know.

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Big bad Bluetooth blunder bug battered – check for security fixes

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Re: Re: Is it initial pairing, or every session ?

FWIW we wrote about this because it's an interesting crypto bug (which will need patching eventually to be on the safe side) rather than a terrifying end-of-days hack.

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Core blimey! Apple macOS update lifts boot from MacBook Pro neck

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Firmware bug

This is (BTW) explained in the story – Apple used Intel's defaults in a hardware register controlling power usage. Those defaults are unsuitable for MBP laptops.

FWIW, the MSR is supposedly unchanged by the update: it's still on its desktop default. Apple appears to be loading extra software that controls power usage at a higher level.

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♫ Reans can come true. Look at me, babe, I'm with you – Hitachi V

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Re: Oh El Reg... your kitchy headline backfired...

They're pronouncing their own name wrong.

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Sorry, Neil Armstrong. Boffins say you may not have been first life-form to set foot on the Moon

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Re: "Boffins is an anti-intellectual term"

Boffins is a term of endearment - if we don't call scientists boffins, we get complaints.

Chill out.

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A sure fire way to save cash and learn how to build AI: Early bird tix to our ML conference

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No big deal... Kremlin hackers 'jumped air-gapped networks' to pwn US power utilities

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Re: More detail please

There is no more detail right now – just a strategic exclusive briefing by Homeland Sec officials with the WSJ.

[ Edit: There's more detail here ]

Presumably the equipment suppliers have access to the utilities' networks so they can provide remote support. That's one way in. The other way is to hack vendors, infect devices, wait for them to be shipped to power plants. Phone home, somehow.

Relevant bits from the Journal:

"The Russian hackers, who worked for a shadowy state-sponsored group previously identified as Dragonfly or Energetic Bear, broke into supposedly secure, 'air-gapped' or isolated networks owned by utilities with relative ease by first penetrating the networks of key vendors who had trusted relationships with the power companies, said officials at the Department of Homeland Security.

"The cyber-attack, which surfaced in the U.S. in the spring of 2016 and continued throughout 2017, exploited relationships that utilities have with vendors who have special access to update software, run diagnostics on equipment and perform other services that are needed to keep millions of pieces of gear in working order.

"The attackers began by using conventional tools—spear-phishing emails and watering-hole attacks, which trick victims into entering their passwords on spoofed websites—to compromise the corporate networks of suppliers, many of whom were smaller companies without big budgets for cybersecurity.

"Once inside the vendor networks, they pivoted to their real focus: the utilities. It was a relatively easy process, in many cases, for them to steal credentials from vendors and gain direct access to utility networks."

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IT biz embezzlement brouhaha leaves bloke with $456k migraine

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Re: Doctor Syntax

A_yank_lurker is right – if you enjoin someone from, you prohibit them from doing something. In this case, forbidding them from breaking the law.

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I predict a riot: Amazon UK chief foresees 'civil unrest' for no-deal Brexit

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Re: Voland's right hand

"The comment has been taken out of context"

Er, how? Your summary matches our article and the Times' and the quote – so how exactly was it taken out of context?

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Re: Vogon

"Just about everyone I know did."

Just about everyone I know didn't - or if they did, are now not sure what they voted for.

One pro-Brexit British chap I bumped into, in Texas of all places, didn't even know the referendum was non-binding and advisory.

(Speaking personally)

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Re: Vogon

"This is exactly what the majority of voters voted for."

17.5m v 16m is not exactly a majority anyone should be celebrating. I'm thinking of the other C word.

Compromising.

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Get rich with Firefox or *(int *)NULL = 0 trying: Automated bug-bounty hunter build touted

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user-after-free()

Just a typo, mate. Fixed. Email corrections@theregister.com if you spot anything wrong, ta.

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Windows Server 2019 tweaked to stop it getting clock-blocked

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Re: asymmetric networks

Yup – made this clearer in the article. Thanks.

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

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Re: Shaolin Twelve

"anti-life, anti-peace, anti-human, pro-eternal-war, and pro-destruction of our World"

Mate, we're talking about emails getting leaked from hacked servers. It's funny how some people think US prosecutors should ignore the whole computer intrusion thing in case Russia gets upset and, er, what, nukes the West?

Come on. You're the one bringing up war, almost as if you're terrified of something that will never happen – and if it does, we'll all be too dead to care anyway.

Don't live your life scared. Stand up, call out hackers, look bullies in the eye, and move on.

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Intel and Micron downgrade 3D Xpoint relationship from friends with benefits to partners

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Re: Micron

Cool – we'll check it out.

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

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Re: I work in the field

If you think this is scare mongering, then I regret being restrained, and not going balls out with

DIRTY BOMB SHELL: NUKE NASTY STOLEN, FILTHY WEAPON FEARS GROW

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Re: That dirty yard in the neighbourhood

Oh yeah, thanks for the reminder of the Goiânia accident – will add it to the story.

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Indictment bombshell: 'Kremlin intel agents' hacked, leaked Hillary's emails same day Trump asked Russia for help

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Re: Re: anonymous coward

"they have very little effect on the target country"

Doesn't matter - a hand was, allegedly, caught in the cookie jar. if you're gonna spy and do counter intelligence, then at least do it right.

Also, Clinton's campaign was flawed. Like, really flawed. It's easy to see that. Again, this isn't about candidates. It's about securing the West's systems, and snaring those who seek to cause mischief.

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Re: Voyna i Mor

Really, it doesn't matter the size of the economy - Russia has the means to cause mischief globally, and it is.

As it says in the article, whether or not the emails really made people change their minds in the voting booths is up to you. It doesn't matter if the attempt to swing it failed, and that Donald Trump won every vote fair and square.

If you think Americans should sit back and not even prosecute those responsible for infiltrating and attempting to meddle with a presidential campaign, you have my sympathies. I feel sorry for you.

I have a feeling people protesting this indictment are scared it may undermine their choice for the White House. It's cowardice. It shouldn't be about Trump v Hillary. it should be about Kremlin v West.

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@Richard C: not sure why no comments but

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Re: No comments

Embarrassingly, someone accidentally triggered a bug in our publishing system that prevents comments from opening on the Broadcom-CA story. And our chief BOFH is on vacation.

Apologies!

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