* Posts by Phil Endecott

752 posts • joined 29 Nov 2006


Hipster whines at tech mag for using his pic to imply hipsters look the same, discovers pic was of an entirely different hipster

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The main problem with “fairly unique”, “almost unique” etc. is that there are perfectly good and less mangled alternatives - like RARE, for example.

It's not your imagination: Ticket scalper bots are flooding the internet according this 'ere study

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> How do they get access to private companies traffic

They sell a related prpduct; these sites whose data that have are their customers.

Three-quarters of crucial border IT systems at risk of failure? Bah, it's not like Brexit is *looks at watch* err... next month

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Re: Cheer up, what's the worst that could happen?

A “hard border” between England and Scotland would be hard to imagine.

Linus Torvalds pulls pin, tosses in grenade: x86 won, forget about Arm in server CPUs, says Linux kernel supremo

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Re: Well currently the problem with ARM is not the CPU

> They [ARM] also give out very little information on the chip's insides

> (if you can work out WTF it actually is), where as both Intel and AMD

> publish schematics

Ha ha ha ha - Intel publishing schematics of the inside of their chips??? What palnet are you on!!!!!!

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Re: Well currently the problem with ARM is not the CPU

> They have this really opaque marketing number system and that doesn't work

You prefer “Something Lake”?

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Re: I think it's worse, SoC or not.

> [standards] which ARM doesn't have

But they do! (Huh?)

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Re: Well currently the problem with ARM is not the CPU

> every SoC is completely different

This is much less true of the “server” ARM processors than the SoCs that you find on “pi”-type boards. The “server” systems generally are self-describing via PCI descriptors and ACPI, like x86, and come with UEFI, so you should be able to boot then all from the same OS installation media.

Of course there are plenty of rough edges. But if your experience is primarily with “pi”-like boards with chips repurposed from tablets etc., then be aware that the “arm server” space is better organised.

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> If you aren't developing the apps on the same kind of

> machine your users are on, test it on the same kind

> before rolling it out.

That’s obvioisly true, but in the context of the article the difference between Windows and Linux is much greater than the difference between Linux/x86 and Linux/ARM64.

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> I got into dependency hell, with some packages simply not ready built for arm.

I’d be interested to hear what distribution you were using, and what languages.

Unearthed emails could be smoking gun in epic GDPR battle: Google, adtech giants 'know they break Euro privacy law'

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Re: Death to advertisers!

> I'm willing to pay a subscription

I’m more a fan of micropayments, per page viewed, like Prestel had decades ago. But somehow no-one has worked out how to do that on the web.

Secret mic in Nest gear wasn't supposed to be a secret, says Google, we just forgot to tell anyone

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Re: i believe it was a mistake..

Surely some “artificial intelligence” could easily distinguish between the sound of a cat vomitting on a rug and a burglar breaking a window?

Uptown func: Serverless types Nuweba trouser $4.8m as investors eye faster FaaS

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If there really is something here worth having, then AWS will come out with their own version pretty soon.

(The most obvious way to make Lambda quicker is to remove the security. That doesn’t seem to be what they are doing here.)

Pandas so useless they just look at delicious kid who fell into enclosure

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Go and see the pandas

Like pandas? (Also like trams?) Then you’ll love Bobby Nicholson:


Granddaddy of the DIY repair generation John Haynes has loosened his last nut

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In our family, after my Dad spent a week in the garage trying to remove the cylinder head of a Triumph Dolomite following Haynes’ instructions, the phrase “Removing the studs should present no difficulty” became a euphamism for any seemingly-easy task that would end up taking longer than expected.

First they came for Equifax and we did nothing because America. Now they are coming for back-end systems and we're...

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Based out of North Carolina

Does “Based out of North Carolina” mean that their office is in North Carolina, or not in North Carolina?

If it’s base outside North Carolina, where is it? What has North Carolina got to do with anything?

How I got horizontal with a gimp and untangled his cables

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Re: Office moves

I once sprayed a PCB with spray glue, thinking it was freezer spray.

I blamed it on Maplin using almost identical labels on all of their aerosols. Obviously not going to suffer that problem again.

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Re: Bent coat-hanger and curtain wire

> remote controlled car

I’m waiting for nanobots.

HMRC: We 'rigorously tested' IR35 tax-check tool... but have almost nothing to show for it

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I’d love to see some examples of cases where he says the tool gets the wrong answer.

I had a play with the site a while ago, after one of the stories here, and it basically seemed to do the right thing for “obvious” cases.

I think the “testing” issue is a red herring. I doubt that something as simple as this would not be doing what it was supposed to do. It’s just a website that asks questions and does no more than about 10 lines of logic to work out the answer. It seems more likely to me that this Chris Chaplin has entered details of somewhat borderline cases where he disagrees with HMRC about what the outcome should be, and predictably the tool has told him what HMRC thinks, not what he thinks.

Wells Fargo? Well fscked at the moment: Data center up in smoke, bank website, app down

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“It is baffling that a single incident has set off such a chain reaction that it knocked out the entire internet-facing infrastructure of the bank.”

To be read with a sarcastic tone of voice, right?

Good news! Only half of Internet of Crap apps fumble encryption

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Re: small memory footprint in devices

> the libraries just won't fit on the devices, and the algorithms are likely to run too slowly anyway

These devices do WiFi, and the WiFi link needs something like AES. If the hardware is capable of doing that, plus all the protocol gubbins for DHCP, DNS etc. etc. then also encrypting the payload is a small additional overhead.

Amid polar vortex... Honeywell gets frosty reception after remote smart thermostat tech freezes up for a week

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Re: Cloud = held to ransom

It’s not a ransom - that suggests that you could do something (i.e. pay the ransom) and then it would start working again.

It’s just shit.

Intel to finally scatter remaining ashes of Itanium to the wind in 2021: Final call for doomed server CPU line

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To me, in the 90s, it looked like Intel knew x86 was crap and needed replacing, but they couldn’t bring themselves to replace it with a RISC-ish architecture like everyone else was gravitating to. (That would be admitting defeat.). So they chose this VLIW design, which relied on some extrapolation of where compiler technology might go. But that didn’t happen.

I’m surprised it lasted as far as shipping products, let alone for 20 years of shipping products. There mist have been some very profitable locked-in customers somewhere. I don’t think that would happen today.

Apple yoinks enterprise certs from Facebook, Google, killing internal apps, to show its power

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> Developers of iOS apps have no way to distribute unvetted apps apart

> from releasing app code as open source so other iOS developers can

> build and install such projects on their own gear

That’s not true; if you’re going to get users to build-and-install it themselves i.e. from XCode over USB, the starting point doesn’t have to be source code; it can be compiled object files in a library.

Furious Apple revokes Facebook's enty app cert after Zuck's crew abused it to slurp private data

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Re: Why didn't they even *try* and hide this

> Why not use the developer cert for a different organisation?

Because these “enterprise” certs are not available to most organisations, e.g. small to medium sized businesses. You need to be someone like IBM to get one.

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Re: Promise to do better

Facebook roots your brain.

Forget snowmageddon, it's dropageddon in Azure SQL world: Microsoft accidentally deletes customer DBs

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> data from only five minutes ago is better than any backup system I've been responsible for..

Not heard of live database replication?

iPhone price cuts are coming, teases Apple CEO. *Bring-bring* Hello, Apple UK? It's El Reg. You free to chat?

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Re: £832.50, not £999

They do have sales taxes, at least in most states, but the quoted prices (as here) are always exclusive of tax.

How big is the UK space industry? It hauled in £14.8bn for 2016/2017 – report

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> Almost half of it is accounted for by Direct to Home broadcasting.

> Actual space manufacturing brought in £1.9bn

Are you saying that the headline number includes manufacturing satellite TV receiver dishes?

Or that it includes what people pay for their sky subscriptions?

Or just that it includes manufacturing TV broadcast satellites?

I helped catch Silk Road boss Ross Ulbricht: Undercover agent tells all

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Re: Great Read

> how do you buy server space without being identifiable.

You don’t need to be unidentifiable; you just need to be not identified as you. I.e. you can pay using a stolen identity - stolen credit card or an account at a real bank set up using stolen ID etc.

Apple: Trust us, we've patented parts of Swift, and thus chunks of other programming languages, for your own good

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Re: booby trapped

I think the idea of the Apache license wording is that that is only the case if Apple infringes a patent you hold that is for something in swift, not some arbitrary other subject.

But this is a complex subject, so it may come down to who has the better lawyers.

(Though fundamentally, if Apple sues you or me then they automatically have better lawyers and deeper pockets, so you might as well just roll over straight away.)

As for swift: I’ll be sticking with C++ thanks.

Whats(goes)App must come down... World in shock as Zuck decides to intertwine Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp

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Re: Damn

> 78% for 35 – 44 year olds [use whatsapp]

Clearly bollox. Maybe 7.8%.

Requests for info, gag orders and takedowns fired at GitHub users hit an all-time high last year

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Re: Puzzled

> If a project I was working on was taken down and I wasn't allowed to know why

No, I be.ieve it’s the requests for user information - criminal subpoenas (68) of which 60 had gag orders (ish), not the thousands of take-down requests,

Just keep slurping: HMRC adds two million taxpayers' voices to biometric database

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Handy hint: when it asks “do you want to record your voice print?”, a reply of “ABSOLUTELY FUCKING NOT” is successfully understood to mean “no thank you very much”.

Get in the bin: Let's Encrypt gives admins until February 13 to switch off TLS-SNI-01

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Re: Got the email, fixed it

> Debian stable

Yes, I also run Debian stable and got the email, so upgraded certbot to the version in backports (0.25 to 0.28 I think). But I’m not entirely confident that it has fixed the problem, i.e. that it will now use a different method, because I don’t have any certs that will expire before the Feb cut-off. An earlier email would have helped I guess. Are you confident that simply upgrading certbot to the backports version is sufficient to fix it, without e.g. any config changes?

Apple hardware priced so high that no one wants to buy it? It's 1983 all over again

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I’d be interested to know how much a Sun 3/50 or similar cost when it came out in about 1985.

Like the Lisa it also had a 68000, though faster clock speed and more RAM.

The Lisa seemed to fall between these “scientific workstations” and cheaper “home” or “office computers”, pricewise.

DNAaaahahaha: Twins' 23andMe, Ancestry, etc genetic tests vary wildly, surprising no one

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Interesting story on the BBC anout how quite large numbers of people have been bought these tests as presents because they were interested in their family history, and then discovered their parents weren’t who they thought they were. Cue very elderly parents who thought they’d take their secret to the grave getting a nasty surprise.


World's first robot hotel massacres half of its robot staff

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Re: The room doll was removed

> the really good ones Silicon.

No, silicone. With an E on the end. Totally different stuff. You really wouln’t want to get frisky with a lump of silicon.

Great, you've moved your website or app to HTTPS. How do you test it? Here's a tool to make local TLS certs painless

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Re: Lol arcane knowledge of memory management

"As the tools get better"

I read that as “As the trolls get better”.

New side-channel leak: Boffins bash operating system page caches until they spill secrets

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Re: Hmm

> AWS has to assume there will be hostile software running on their machines

AWS has an option for “exclusive tenancy”, i.e. you are the only user on that physical multi-core CPU. Of course you have to pay for all the cores, but I don’t think it is otherwise more expensive than “shared tenancy”. If you’re dealing with sensitive information - for some definition of “sensitive” - then this is what you should be using and at least many of these problems go away.

Open-source devs: Wget off your bloated festive behinds and patch this user cred-blabbing bug

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Re: From where


You can search in man by pressing /

You can see man pages with better typography using xman.

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Re: From where

You can include username and password in the URL you give to wget, using the syntax http://user:pw@host/path

The Palm Palm: The Derringer of smartphones

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I though tiny phones were being banned because people were smuggling them into prisons in their “coin pockets”.

It's beginning to look a lot like multi-threaded CPUs, everywhere you go... Arm teases SMT Cortex-A65AE car brains

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Branch prediction

I thought the idea of “hyperthreading” was that you could swap from one thread to the other much more quickly once there were two program counters etc. in hardware, rather than having to context switch via the kernel, so you can switch to the other thread when you have a branch misprediction or cache miss.

Now that we care about one thread snooping on another’s branch predictor and cache behaviour for security reasons, things get more complicated. On one hand, a snooping thread that’s hyperthreaded on the same core is in a better position to snoop than one that is more decoupled. On the other hand, having hyperthreading means that you can get away with a worse (and hence more secure) branch predictor, since the core will be kept busy after mispredictions by the other thread - assuming that there is work for another thread to do. I’m curious to know if Arm have any security motivation for announcing this now.

Doom at 25: The FPS that wowed players, gummed up servers, and enraged admins

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> it wasn't a "shooter"

That’s why I liked it. Not a fan of killing things.

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3D Monster Maze

on the ZX81. All down hill from there.

Qualcomm axes staff, winds down data center processor efforts ... while China takes the blueprints and runs

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Meanwhile, Amazon...

Meanwhile, AWS actually launched their ARM servers and anyone can use them.

I would really love to know what the uptake is like, but since the announcement there has been almost no news anywhere (good or bad). For example, searching the AWS developer forum for “ARM” finds nothing.

BOFH: State of a job, eh? Roll the Endless Requests for Further Information protocol

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Re: Missing item

Yes, I’ve had “support” incidents where they send an email on Friday and if I’ve not replied to it by Monday they just close the case as “resolved”. Bastards.

The other end of the spectrum is a few open source projects where I get Bugzilla emails for things I filed 17 years ago.

He's not cracked RSA-1024 encryption, he's a very naughty Belarusian ransomware middleman

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£300,000 / 2 years is the bit that gets me.

I’m sure plenty of people with “honest” techie jons would be tempted.

It's nearly 2019, and your network can get pwned through an oscilloscope

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I thought it would be cool to have a ‘scope with a network port so that I could print screenshots to a networked printer.

Then I actually tried to do it. It was a nightmare to set up, not least because the thing didn’t have a qwerty keyboard.

So I unplugged the network and took pictures of the screen with my phone.

Amazon's homegrown 2.3GHz 64-bit Graviton processor was very nearly an AMD Arm CPU

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> this is more expensive than on demand T instances.

Yes, for some reason they’ve not scaled these ARM instances down to the t micro/nano sizes.

That may be temporary; I think the same is true of the AMD instances at present.


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