* Posts by Allonymous Coward

284 posts • joined 17 Feb 2012


Dev's telnet tinkering lands him on out-of-hour conference call with CEO, CTO, MD

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Re: About a billion years ago in internet time (call it 1986) ...

Obligatory xkcd: https://xkcd.com/378/

Barnet Council reckons Capita's dropped the ball on outsourced services

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What a surprise

^-- see title

In Space, Still: 20 years since Russia hurled first bit of floating astronaut hostel into orbit

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Re: "Floating"


Well that's just spliffing: UK Amazon merchants peddling Mary Jane

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Re: "El Reg yesterday made Amazon aware of the weed being sold via its website."

I miss Lester. He seemed like the sort of chap who would've bought some and done a scientific "analysis", then written the findings up in an article.

Icon, because pipe and also boffin with a predilection for substances.

Scumbag who phoned in a Call of Duty 'swatting' that ended in death pleads guilty to dozens of criminal charges

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Re: re: For that I recommend wearing your fucking seatbelt.

I thought American cars did the seatbelt thing for you?


If Shadow Home Sec Diane Abbott can be reeled in by phishers, truly no one is safe

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So you're saying you pen test the bogs?

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Re: Did I just log onto the wrong forum?

I'm no particular fan of Diane Abbott but she does at least appear to have 'fessed up to the fact she screwed up. Which is more than Amber "Hashtags" Rudd ever did when it came to technology.

We can't all be experts in everything.

Which scientist should be on the new £50 note? El Reg weighs in – and you should vote, too

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Re: What about TBL

I'm going to give you the benefit of the doubt, and say I see what you did there.

Woman who hooked up with over 15 spectres has found her forever phantom after whirlwind romance and plane sex

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IT Angle

"Amethyst Realm", really?

Reality Winner's parents have competition.

Britain's rail ticket-booking systems go TITSUP*

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IT Angle

Sounds like they had a carriage of data failure in a server.

Perhaps they need to install a replacement bus?

Official: IBM to gobble Red Hat for $34bn – yes, the enterprise Linux biz

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Big Brother

Re: IBM is to FOSS as oil is to water

Wietse Venema used to work at IBM, and apparently started writing Postfix while he was there.

Apache I don't know about.

Cathay Pacific hack: Personal data of up to 9.4 million airline passengers laid bare

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Missed image opportunity

The El Reg snark is slipping. You really should have illustrated a Cathay Pacific story with a picture from the time they spelled their name wrong on the side of a plane.

Love Microsoft Teams? Love Linux? Then you won't love this

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I'm a Linux user and I don't love Teams

So... meh.

'Incommunicado' Assange anoints new WikiLeaks editor in chief

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arbitrarily detained in the Ecuadorian embassy

That's one interpretation, sure.

Oracle pours a mug o' Java 11 for its addicts, tips pot of Binary Code License down the sink

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I recently had an unrewarding conversation with one of our managers about this. We run a lot of our existing stuff on OpenJDK via Ubuntu. It's worked well for years, but people are starting to do the usual headless chickens impression about moving to Java 11 because what if there's a security hole in February 2019 etc.

I suggested maybe using AdoptOpenJDK to give us a longer timeline on Java 8 but apparently that makes our managers "nervous" because you're reliant on an upstream volunteer effort to release patches. I pointed out that's what we do already but I don't think it reassured them. Perhaps if AdoptOpenJDK had a more "Enterprise" website or something. Anyway at that point I decided to shut up before they made us move to Solaris too.

Sometimes it depresses me how little these people have learned about open source. On the bright side I'm out of that job at the end of the year so won't be around when the smelly brown liquid (coffee, what did you think?) hits the fan.

Icon, because Oracle.

The grand-plus iPhone is the new normal – this is no place for paupers

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Giffgaff have the 32GB SE for £199 (+ £15 "goodybag" which is their monthly prepay offering & I think you avoid if you're already a subscriber).

That's as cheap as I've seen them anywhere - I was sorely tempted when in the market for a new phone a few days ago.

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Re: SE gone - so am I :-(

I nearly shelled out on a £200 SE (giffgaff) just the other day. Went with a Moto G6 Play in the finish, but in some ways wish I'd done the iPhone. I don't like phones the size of tea trays.

Main reason I didn't was wondering how much life the SE would have in it in terms of updates given it'd been out a while (yeah yeah, I know Android is terrible for this too), also the battery size. It's a great shame that Apple seem to have exited the £200-£300 small form factor space.

Hundred-million Kiwi Oracle project on hold after Deloitte review

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Re: Why Oracle?!?!?!

in exchange for a living wage and fast Internet

I love NZ, but if those are your criteria for moving there you might end up a bit disappointed.

It may be poor man's Photoshop, but GIMP casts a Long Shadow with latest update

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Re: Forget the geeky stuff, sort out the user experience.

Don't bother, Dia's pretty bad.

Have a look at yEd instead if you really must do diagramming on Linux.

UK.gov agencies told to drop fancy tech or risk 'reinventing the wheel'

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Re: I think...

you give them pay rises, not promotions

One problem is that in the public sector, pay is integrally linked to seniority. This is not a good thing for successful technology deployments.

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Re: I think...





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It's been a while, must be time for a new strategy

A short history of government digital strategies.

London's Gatwick Airport flies back to the future as screens fail

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Obligatory XKCD

Including the requirement for "caching":


Home Office seeks Brexit tech boss – but doesn't splash the cash

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From the candidate information pack

[We] have some of the most fascinating digital, data and technology leadership roles in the market.

Fascinating. Yes, that's true. Car crashes and large building fires are also fascinating in the same morbid kind of way.

Icon because that's what's going to happen when this project hits the wall.

Space, the final Trump-tier: America to beam up $8bn for Space Force

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I don't understand why they need it

The chances of anything coming from Mars are a million to one.

Drink this potion, Linux kernel, and tomorrow you'll wake up with a WireGuard VPN driver

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Re: "It is time, therefore, for WireGuard to be properly integrated into Linux."

For what it's worth, Linus seems to be in favour of getting WireGuard merged:


(Based on only one comment, so his actual opinion is probably a lot more nuanced).

Happy 10th birthday, Evernote: You have survived Google and Microsoft. For your next challenge...

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Re: "some design issues that prevents it becoming platform independent"

These days, a lot of the big GUI applications are based on Electron too. Sure, it's inefficient to start up a huge Chromium+JS+HTML environment just for a note taking app, but on a modern Linux desktop I'd take that any time if the alternative is not having the app at all.

I'm also a former Evernote user - the lack of a Linux client was a pain but I worked around it by just keeping Evernote open in a browser tab. What finally killed it for me was the incessant rolling out of glitzy new things like emoticons that I didn't need, along with the charging. I don't mind paying money for a good product where I use loads of the features, but with Evernote I was just taking text notes and having to bodge Linux access anyway. I could do all the same things on Google Keep for less money, so that's where I ended up.

Git365. Git for Teams. Quatermass and the Git Pit. GitHub simply won't do now Microsoft has it

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I just want to tell you what I'm merging,

Git will make you understand.

Microsoft releases new containerised cut of Windows Server

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☑ This comment is running in a container.

IBM memo to staff: Our CEO Ginni is visiting so please 'act normally!'

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I read a military autobiography once; the author was recounting his experience of being on an army base somewhere just prior to a royal visit.

After a couple of days of everyone sweeping, painting, polishing etc he realised the royal family probably go their entire lives thinking the world smells of polish and new paint. Sounds like Ginni Rometty might do the same.

Icon, because I wonder if they needed to polish their keyboards.

How a tax form kludge gifted the world 25 joyous years of PDF

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Re: PDF has its uses I suppose

This comment deliberately left blank.

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Re: PDF uber HTML

I vaguely remember that too. IIRC back around Acrobat 4-ish I was reading the (PDF, natch) help file and it was going on about the advantages of PDF over HTML - formatting accuracy, multiple pages per file etc probably.

Icon, because I was just a little bit sick on my keyboard remembering that.

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Re: Joke enters stage left...

You can embed video in PDF. I used to have an unrewarding job webmastering for a large public sector organisation. There was a policy of "all website video needs approval", because accessibility and generally lousy production standards of most of the stuff comms/marketing droids were buying in or shooting.

However there was no such policy for PDFs. And all of a sudden some people were uploading suspiciously large PDFs with very few pages. Upon closer inspection these were found to contain embedded video.

"Can" != "should". Unless you're a JavaScript interpreter perhaps.

Cryptography is the Bombe: Britain's Enigma-cracker on display in new home

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Somebody set up us the Bombe

What? Oh ok. I'll get it.

Microsoft loves Linux so much its R Open install script rm'd /bin/sh

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Re: Obvious

I sievers what you did there.

10 social networks ignored UK government consultations

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Re: Take it down

I haven't read the tweet. But some of my friends on social media apparently did, and are demanding for it to be taken down. So I'm going to demand the same thing.

Trump’s new ZTE tweets trump old ZTE tweets

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Re: I can't believe y'all are still falling for this

Go looking for a guy living in a shack in South Dakota with only a cat for company...

Apple MacBook butterfly keyboards 'defective', 'prone to fail' – lawsuit

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Re: The only Mac I ever owned had the worst keyboard I've ever used

Was it a MacBook Air?

It was a late model (~2011) polycarbonate MacBook. Admittedly not the highest-end of Apple machines, but everyone I knew that had one loved them, reasonable spec for the price and - shock - even some user-upgradable parts. I think its original hard drive is still kicking around as the OS disk in my NAS.

And it was OK too. Just not great. The quality for the price I paid was enough to turn me off buying another Mac so I don't really know if an Air or Pro would've been any better.

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Re: A cunning plan?

their 2010-ish-era keyboards that are fab: slim, responsive, reliable

In my brief, disappointing, foray into Apple-based computing I found this too. The laptop keyboard was so bad I needed to buy an external 2010-era keyboard. It was really quite good and I'd probably still be using it if I could get my head around the slightly non-standard layout for a non-Apple system.

So they can do good hardware. It just seemed a lot more hit-or-miss than it should have been.

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The only Mac I ever owned had the worst keyboard I've ever used

It was a few years ago now. I went into Mac ownership with an open mind and the expectation of frolicking in the sunny uplands with sexy hardware and lickable iconography.

The software was nice enough, but I really wanted the hardware to be good and it was quite a disappointment. The "L" key and spacebar sometimes failed to register. Screen viewing angles were poor.

The next machine was a T-series ThinkPad running Linux and the difference in hardware quality was very noticeable, even if it didn't look as nice. No idyll in the sunny uplands for me I guess.

UK 'meltdown' bank TSB's owner: Our IT migration was a 'success'

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Re: Where did it go?

This isn’t the level of service that we pride ourselves on providing, and isn’t what our customers have come to expect from TSB, and for that I’m truly sorry.

We’re still seeing issues with access to our press releases. One of the steps we need to take to resolve this is to take our press releases down for a few hours.

We’ll be taking this offline and we hope to be back up later this afternoon. We’ll let you know as soon as it’s available again.

VMware to finally deliver full-function HTML5 vSphere client

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Re: Steve - *applause*

Upvote for namechecking Proxmox. We use large helpings of it where we can't use The Cloud and it's great.

Reg man straps on Facebook's new VR goggles, feels sullied by the experience

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Re: Wait, are we sure we aren't already here?

Obligatory non-xkcd ref:


Can't log into your TSB account? Well, it's your own fault for trying

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Hold on a minute!

When did Situation Publishing get a nice icon in the footer? Have I not been reading far enough down the page in the past?

Pretty. I like the look of that.

Well done.

TSB outage, day 5: What do you mean you can't log in? Our systems are up and running. Up and running, we say!

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It's getting to the point where I hope this kills the company

Or at least severely maims them. Every so often the beancounters need a sharp lesson in what happens when you treat IT as an overhead and farm it out to low-cost body shops, rather than treating it as a core part of delivering your business.

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UK.gov demands urgent answers as TSB IT meltdown continues

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Re: Excellent idea

True. As a TSB customer and an IT professional it's easy to mock. But we've all been there, know someone who has, or had to clean up the mess someone else has made. So the techies scrambling to fix this have my sympathies. The architects, BAs, PMs and C-level execs who ultimately should've made sure this didn't happen, not so much.

Icon, for what I hope someone buys the developers, DBAs and ops people when it's all over.


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