* Posts by Jim Mitchell

98 posts • joined 31 Jan 2012

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Stand up who HASN'T been hit in the Equifax mega-hack – whoa, whoa, sit down everyone

Jim Mitchell

Re: Equifax credit score

I doubt it. Equifax's customers are not consumers, they are businesses that want to know something about somebody before they extend an offer of credit. That Equifax had a breach isn't their problem at all.

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Trump-hating Iranian is the new Uber CEO

Jim Mitchell

"electrical engineering from top-flight Brown University"

Eh, their graduate engineering program is ranked 52nd in https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/brown-university-217156/overall-rankings . Not that it matters, you are never going to meet another Brown EE graduate. It looks like there were only 17 in the class of 2016. Looks like a recent high, too. https://www.brown.edu/academics/engineering/about/enrollment-and-graduation-data

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Sorry, but those huge walls of terms and conditions you never read are legally binding

Jim Mitchell

Perhaps things would be better if instead of "Terms and Conditions" they were labeled as "Legally Binding Contract", which they apparently are.

Also, software that displays the EULA in a purposefully small window is evil.

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Marcus Hutchins free for now as infosec world rallies around suspected banking malware dev

Jim Mitchell

"A Sin City court granted Hutchins bail of $30,000 on Friday. However, the decision came at 3.30pm local time, and his attorney wasn't able to make it to the bail office to pay the money before it closed at 4pm."

The one place I'd actually expect to find a 24-hour bail office is .... Las Vegas.

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Space Duck 2.0 is New Horizons' next destination

Jim Mitchell

Re: Looks as though

"In space nobody can hear you quack."

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The Italian Jobs: Bloke thrown in the cooler for touting Apple knockoffs

Jim Mitchell

Re: I hope...

The "structuring financial transactions" relates to the "The sales money was funneled back to associates in Italy in batches of less than $10,000 to avoid alerting the tax authorities." The banks have to report transactions of $10,000 and over, not necessarily for "tax" reasons, but for money laundering detection. So noticing who is deliberately moving ~$9,999 around frequently is a good way to detect criminals, as the law abiding people aren't worried about the feds knowing, or even aware of the $10,000 line.

See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dennis_Hastert for an example of somebody who fell afoul of this.

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Multi-gig broadband spec passes interop test at Verizon

Jim Mitchell

Re: ATM reincarnated

@DougS

The ONT is distinct from any telco provided ethernet/wifi router. The ONT terminates the fiber connection.

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Hey, remember that monkey selfie copyright drama a few years ago? Get this – It's just hit the US appeals courts

Jim Mitchell

Re: if cost == 0 then panic

To alter your question... If *I* push the ball down the slope, do I own the copyright, or does the person/monkey who setup the camera?

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Jim Mitchell

Re: Corporations - meh

The obvious distinction is that a corporation is essentially a group of people, it is just that the membership can change over time.

Monkeys are not groups of people.

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Rackspace goes TITSUP in global outage outrage

Jim Mitchell

load balancer? The article clearly said "cloud balancers". I don't even know what that is...

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In the Epyc center: More Zen server CPU specs, prices sneak out of AMD

Jim Mitchell
FAIL

Re: That SEV mode looks really interesting

"However, if SEV mode becomes commonplace, it might give the malware writers an unexpected advantage; the whitehats might no longer be able to see inside the VMs..."

Eh? The researchers create and run the VMs they use to study malware. They just have to not check the box for encryption.

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When we said don't link to the article, Google, we meant DON'T LINK TO THE ARTICLE!

Jim Mitchell
WTF?

fraud without deception?

"but rather investment fraud. With the latter, there is no requirement for damage to have been done or any form of corporate deception."

Eh? Fraud, by definition, IS deception. Perhaps something lost in translation?

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IBM's pension fund sells most of its IBM shares

Jim Mitchell

Re: I wonder how much the lost on Apple stock?

The goal of a pension fund isn't to make zillions of money, ie maximize return, it is to guarantee enough is there to meet obligations. This favors moving to the lowest risk investment that will have enough return.

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The radio environment is noisy – so use the noise as a carrier for signals

Jim Mitchell

Re: Who paid to radiate that energy in the first place?

Might not be impressed, yes. But would the transmitter owner have any legal recourse?

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Today's bonkers bug report: Microsoft Edge can't print numbers

Jim Mitchell

Re: Xerox had it too

It sounds like the Xerox issue was that the scanning mode used a lossy compression algorithm, and that algorithm had trouble with digits. You scan in a "8" followed by a "6", the algorithm decides that, effectively, both are "8". Not the kind of space saving the user expects!

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Red alert! Intel patches remote execution hole that's been hidden in chips since 2010

Jim Mitchell

Re: It IS in consumer PCs

The IBM/Lenovo Thinkpad line has always been oriented towards business users.

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Nikon snaps at Dutch, German rivals: You stole our chip etch lens tech!

Jim Mitchell
Unhappy

re: If you've got an hour or so to kill, and are interested in this stuff, Intel's Sam Sivakumar gave a guest lecture at Stanford introducing modern lithography.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bhEDQzNQ-c

Has anything changed since 2012 when that was published? EUV is still not ready.

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Back to the future: Honda's new electric car can go an incredible 80 miles!

Jim Mitchell

Re: 80mile range?

@chris miller

"I could spring several hundred pounds (net of government grant) for a 'fast' charger that delivers 16A (4 kW), but that still takes 3½ hrs from 'empty' and you can't do much better than that from a standard domestic supply."

From the Tesla web site, they have 3 home charging options: 40A @ 240V (9600KW), 48A @ 240V (11520KW), 72A @ 240V (17280KW). Refill of 300mile range is "5:47" with the 72A charging.

Perhaps you need to raise your standards for your domestic electrical infrastructure?

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Cowardly Microsoft buries critical Hyper-V, WordPad, Office, Outlook, etc security patches in normal fixes

Jim Mitchell

"AMD Carrizo DDR4" is very specific. Carrizo systems with DDR3 are OK? You wonder just what is so special about that hardware configuration.

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Microsoft foists fake file system for fat Git repos

Jim Mitchell

ACM paper on Google's source code system:

http://cacm.acm.org/magazines/2016/7/204032-why-google-stores-billions-of-lines-of-code-in-a-single-repository/fulltext

86TB in one repository

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Broadband internet in New York is so garbage, the state's suing Charter

Jim Mitchell

Re: Loving FIOS

Apparently Verizon FIOS actually provisions connections (below some xxx Mb/s tier) as your paid-for-bandwidth + N Mb/s to allow for video-on-demand. So you can exceed your nominal bandwidth.

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Jim Mitchell

The problem with the sub heading is that New York City is the "Big Apple". It is the state Attorney General who is complaining. New York State's nickname is the "Empire State".

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Slack flaunts enterprise handcuffs

Jim Mitchell

Re: Yay for more fragementation and bloatware in the Enterprise

@ oxrwhowk

There is also a stand alone Slack application for Windows, Mac, Linux, etc. I'm told it is really Chrome under the covers, and some actions will result in a web browser opening. So it is not perfect.

Regarding Slack itself, my opinion is that is the best IRC client I have ever seen. It is not a email replacement, for most uses of email.

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Uber pays hacker US$9,000 for partner firm's bug

Jim Mitchell

This article seems to be trying very hard to not say the name of actual "anti-ransomware" product from Code42, which as far as I can tell is just a marketing spin on their Crashplan continuous backup software.

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Chevy Bolt electric car came alive, reversed into my workbench, says stunned bloke

Jim Mitchell

Re: Odd belief

I had a seized rear brake caliper on my RWD car. Just drove it down to get serviced, the wheel was rather hot after the 2 miles or so, though. If you can't move your car in that scenario, your car, obviously, needs more torque! :)

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Jim Mitchell

Re: Fault between chair and steering wheel

The vehicle should not roll very far if it was in Park, even without the parking brake engaged. A pawl should engage when Park is selected, or worst case, after the car has rolled a little bit.

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Li-ion tamers: Boffins build battery with built-in fire extinguisher

Jim Mitchell

Re: Phopsphoro-organics

To be fair, the article does say "less toxic", not "low toxicity".

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Devs reverse-engineer 16,000 Android apps, find secrets and keys to AWS accounts

Jim Mitchell
Boffin

Re: Promo?

Promotion on The Register works! I had never heard of "Urban Airship", but now I have! Honestly, I would have guessed it was a band name, rather than a mobile push notification services vendor.

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Smart guns are a neat idea on paper. They'll never survive reality

Jim Mitchell

Re: 'Smart guns' - an inherent failure

4. Methods that rely on proximity rather than a fingerprint would work with gloves. Some proposed methods are a ring. If your opponent can get that from you, they could probably take your finger as well.

5. If having a "smart gun" leads you to have an "accident' with your firearm, you should not have a dumb one either. Not a good argument.

7. If you don't properly maintain your firearm anyways, you won't maintain the "smart gun" feature. Not a good argument.

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Ex-Autonomy CFO pleads not guilty to charges he inflated the company's value

Jim Mitchell

Re: What is fraud ?

"So it seems that HP bought something without looking at it with a microscope, then found that it was not quite what it thought and so sues claiming fraud."

This is called blaming the victim. Buyers have some responsibility to limit possible harm, but the seller has the ultimate responsibility to not lie about what he is selling.

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Google gives up YOUR private data to US govt – but won't hand over its OWN staff personal info

Jim Mitchell

I wonder what Google puts on the W-2 forms it files with the IRS? No employee name, no address?

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WINNER! Crush your loved ones at Connect Four this Christmas

Jim Mitchell

Re: Family dynamic

I really hope you meant "jigsaw puzzle". Not an actual jigsaw.

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Privacy is theft! Dave Eggers' big-screen takedown of Google and Facebook emerges

Jim Mitchell

Re: This is all has its roots in 'elite' hubris and state corruption.

You know, I didn't know that mods could edit posts...

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Big Switch takes big bet it can beat off big denial of service attacks

Jim Mitchell

Re: Not exactly biting the hand

The Reg puts "ANALYSIS" labels on some articles. Ones like this should be labeled "NO ANALYSIS", perhaps.

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

Jim Mitchell
FAIL

This implies that Intel did no testing, the hardware manufacturers did no testing, and the ISPs who provided these boxes to their customers did no testing.

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Netflix and spill: Web vid giant kills password masking in tests

Jim Mitchell

Re: As bad as Amazon video on my TV

@Pat Harkin

Some modern TVs let you plug-in and use a regular USB keyboard.

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Forget razors and blades, APIs are the new gotcha

Jim Mitchell

Re: Not just API charging

Assembling your website at view time has become the default. I run noscript, and it makes apparent how horrifying the modern web has become. Fortunately, many sites achieve good functionality even if you limit the 3rd/4th/5th/Nth parties. Those that don't, don't get my traffic.

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A cardboard desk? I won’t stand for it (actually I will)

Jim Mitchell

Re: All that and more for $0 to $25

You get a better surface with a door blank. Good size for a desk as well, you would probably have to cut down the full size OSB. Our desk is a door blank, some angle iron under it, all across two short filing cabinets.

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British firm to build world's first offshore automated ship

Jim Mitchell

Re: container stowage logistics

@ Ole Juul

"complicity" doesn't mean what they think it means.

http://www.dictionary.com/browse/complicity

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the state of being an accomplice; partnership or involvement in wrongdoing:

complicity in a crime.

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Build your own IMSI slurping, phone-stalking Stingray-lite box – using bog-standard Wi-Fi

Jim Mitchell

Re: Don't want to be tracked?

The problem here is that a phone that is off is not very useful.

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Ubuntu Core Snaps door shut on Linux's new Dirty COWs

Jim Mitchell

Re: Fifty shades of roan

That cow seems rather clean for an article about "Dirty COW".

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Hypersonic cruise missile scores US$175m DARPA cash

Jim Mitchell

Re: You mean, since they decomissioned the AIM-54C?

@Falanx

Wikipedia has a section on the combat usage of the Phoenix. Does not look like a success to me. It also was not very long range, only 190KM.

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Linux 4.9rc3 is upon us

Jim Mitchell

Re: Today in Linux

My understanding is that the constantly in flux kernel interface is deliberate, to "incentivize" vendors to have their driver maintained by the linux kernel team. If you don't submit, then your customers suffer.

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Getting your tongue around foreign tech-talk is easier than you think

Jim Mitchell

Re: Cul de sac

@chivo243

"cul de sac" is used "in the states" to refer to dead ends that broaden out into a circular shape (bag-like, perhaps...). I spent some formative years living on one, and it wasn't a "classy upscale gated" suburb, but was a suburb. It takes room for this kind of application, so you're not going to find it urban areas where space is at a premium.

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Como–D'oh! Infosec duo exploits OCR flaw to nab a website's HTTPS cert

Jim Mitchell
FAIL

"Instead, that data is displayed as text in an image that can be easily read by a person but not pulled by bot."

Seems the fail is partially at the WHOIS service end, in using a font that is ambiguous.

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10x faster servers? Pop a CAPI in your dome

Jim Mitchell
WTF?

Re: POWER only

You'll note that AMD is a founding member of the OpenCAP Consortium. If CAPI was staying POWER specific, then why would they be involved?

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WD gives My Passport spinning rust drives a lick of paint

Jim Mitchell

Re: These drives should be banned..

Perhaps they have sensors to detect falling over and/or down?

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Linus Torvalds admits 'buggy crap' made it into Linux 4.8

Jim Mitchell

Re: There is lots of BUG_ON() all over the place

@Apprentice of Tokenism

The issue here is that the BUG_ON was apparently used for debugging. Linus thinks the machine could have continued operation. This should have been a warning message, not a "pull the plug" scenario.

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Dirty diesel backups will make Hinkley Point C look like a bargain

Jim Mitchell
Coat

Re: IT angle

That is even scarier! Are not half the stories on El Reg about how data center backup generators temp to fail at the wrong time?

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Crusty Cat 5e/6 cables just magically sped up to 2.5 Gbps and 5 Gbps

Jim Mitchell

Personally, I find it hard to keep track of all the possible verb tenses. What are there? 12?

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