* Posts by Jim Mitchell

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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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The web is past peak innovation: It's all negative returns from here

Jim Mitchell

Re: Wuh?

I found that this article was poorly designed.

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That's cold: This is how our boss told us our jobs are at risk, staffers claim

Jim Mitchell

Re: Many do this

Must have been even more exciting if you were red-green color blind!

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Ubuntu tees up OpenStack on IBM's iron

Jim Mitchell

Re: Linux with IBM ?

AIX's goal is forward compatibility, which it has mostly achieved in my experience.

On the zSeries front, the platform has mostly grown by accretion, so lots of old program code will still function, with minimal porting work.

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US Congress blew the whistle on tax-dodging Apple, claims Europe

Jim Mitchell

Re: If the USA...

Any foreign tax paid is deducted from US tax paid. So as long as the US rate is > the foreign rate, the actual US rate is irrelevant. Apple pays no US tax on foreign earnings until those earning are brought back to the US as profits. With this Irish tax configuration, it pays no foreign taxes, either. Best of both worlds!

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A plumber with a blowtorch is the enemy of the data centre

Jim Mitchell

Re: Cable woes...

Well, doing a Power On Reset (POR) is basically a reboot. Can take some time to come back up, though. Some models even have a nice big reset button on the front! It is just labeled "Emergency Power Off" (EPO) instead.

These days, you IPL individual partitions (LPARs).

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Jim Mitchell

Re: Building Codes

@Anonymous Coward:

What jurisdiction is this?

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Dell's new story: Goldilocks and the three virtual infrastructures

Jim Mitchell

Re: From the usual (high) standard of stock photos used

I wonder who selects the photos? That must be an interesting job...

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Snakes on the phone!

Jim Mitchell
Unhappy

Re: Snake on a phone?

Yeah, I thought this was going to be about the game, which my pre-smart-phone-era phone had. I feel misled.

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Classic Shell, Audacity downloads infected with retro MBR nuke nasty

Jim Mitchell
Flame

Re: Also, a change to the MBR is 'before' any OS is loaded

@ Pascal Monett

Even without AV, the OS should block this. Windows UAC will query for writes to system files, but I can blow away the MBR without any question? On a related note, I was surprised when the BIOS update program from the manufacturer ran fine without Windows asking for user approval of any kind.

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Jim Mitchell

Re: More reason to use Linux

@ yossarianuk

"Can Microsoft really put GPL applications in their 'windows store' without breaking the GPL ?"

Why not? They just need to make the source available with the download.

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Australia to spend a billion bucks and seven years on SAP project

Jim Mitchell
WTF?

Re: Oh dear, a system to change the *whole* business will be done as just a S/W change out.

re: 'WTF is a "204" database anyway?"

The google-fu is weak in this one...first google result:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Model_204

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Flame Canada, flame Canada ... Botched govt payroll computers spew smoke ahead of probe

Jim Mitchell
WTF?

"department managers were allowed to view information, including names"

I'm not sure that being able to see the names of employees in other departments is a security issue.

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Failing projects pray blockchain works as 'magic middleware'

Jim Mitchell

Re: how and where

"Having created a basic "private" blockchain, then marvel as - after some time - you run out of currency."

This is a feature of bitcoin, not the blockchain itself. Corporate use of blockchain is not going to be for currency, but making transactions verifiable and non-refutable. As noted, "private" blockchains do not make sense.

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Apple, Amazon and Google are screwing us, warns Elizabeth Warren

Jim Mitchell

Re: Surely she could have come up with a better example for Apple

Today's news:

http://www.recode.net/2016/6/30/12067578/spotify-apple-app-store-rejection

So Spotify is saying this exact thing, that Apple is placing restrictions on competing music streaming services.

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AWS blames 'latent bug' for prolonging Sydney EC2 outage

Jim Mitchell

Re: that spinning flywheel...

The article seems to gloss over this, but backfeeding power into the utility grid is going to make people very upset. And possibly dead. If your disconnect/transfer switch device is known to be problematic, why was it allowed to be installed in the first place?

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Dell finds liquid cooling tech on eBay, now wants you to buy it

Jim Mitchell

Re: Water cooled rack doors

@ Lee D

You can get silicon car radiator hoses, that should last longer than the commonly used rubber hoses. The environment in a vehicle engine compartment is also, hopefully, much harsher than a data center.

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Windows 10 zero day selling for $90,000

Jim Mitchell

Re: Richest company in the world

Microsoft has a bug bounty program:

https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn425036.aspx

max payout is $100,000 (US dollars). $100,000 is greater than $90,000, yes, but you can only get it once, then MS fixes the hole (probably). If you "sell" the bug on the black market, you can sell if multiple times.

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Michael Dell bought his PC biz for a bargain, must get checkbook out for stiffed shareholders

Jim Mitchell

Re: Value of shares

The problem with that view, is that without the "speculation" creating a secondary market for "used" shares, then who would do the initial investment? A car analogy: what would the new car market be like if selling your car was impossible?

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Aereo TV boss is back ... pitching gigabit internet and a $350 Wi-Fi router

Jim Mitchell
Alert

Re: OK Investors, we are looking for a payday!!!!

Just where are you and the TV transmission tower located so that airplanes are a regular issue? For most of the country, this would mean that the airplane just crashed.

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