* Posts by Steve Aubrey

220 posts • joined 7 Jun 2012


Never mind that naked selfie scandal... Brazil lights the, er, kindling, dot-Amazon saga roars back into life

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Follow the money

Seems both sides are after a big pot o' cash - one protecting their envisioned future, one wanting to share the wealth (inbound). Unsure who is righter, but ICANN doesn't appear to be doing very well.

Reliable system was so reliable, no one noticed its licence had expired... until it was too late

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Re: Soon never seems soon enough

"One man banned", apparently.

Sad relics of UK launch capability returned to Blighty while NASA fiddles with Boeing crew

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Re: Galileo

"that drive on the correct side of the road"

That's not right!

Open sourcerers drop sick Fedora Remix to get Windows Subsystem for Linux pumping

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Re: Seriously ...

Agree. What's the benefit of this over native, or even Fedora in a VM?

Lawyers' secure email network goes down, firm says it'll take 2 weeks to restore

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Re: Genuine LOL.

"SOLEY" - pertaining to the bottom of shoes??

Shorely "SOLELY" - not involving anyone or anything else; only

Again, a grumpy Friday makes me hit the keyboard.

If I could turn back time, I'd tell you to keep that old Radarange at home

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I've been waiting all week for a story like this.

It's about time.

Happy new year, readers. Yes, we have threaded comments, an image-lite mode, and more...

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Re: Width

But why not?

Ex-Intel engineer tried to make off with 3D XPoint secret sauce on his way to Micron, says Chipzilla

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Those who cannot remember history . . .

I think we have a winner! Another Reality Winner, that is.

OK Google, why was your web traffic hijacked and routed through China, Russia today?

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I can't resist.

"I know ow easy it is to make an error"

Cue a Groucho Marx smirk, an eyebrow raised, a cigar pointing. "I just bet that 'ow' was a loud one!"

The best way to screw the competition? Do what they can't, in a fraction of the time

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Re: Non IT angle

There *is* an IT angle. Unsure how you can share Binary-Coded Decimal, but . . .

That Saudi oil and gas plant that got hacked. You'll never guess who could... OK, it's Russia

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Circular reasoning

"So far, the Russian government has shown itself more than willing to engage in state-sponsored hacking operations, and has faced little in the way of repercussions on the global stage."

But they feel really, really bad about it. Every single time it happens . . .

FYI: Faking court orders to take down Google reviews is super illegal

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Re: Sooo, they fined him less than he spent to do it legally

"lawyers are not required to be numerate"

My favorite quote from Innumeracy (check your local bookstore), from a kid who got a math assignment:

"Hair just doesn't grow in miles per hour!"

Maybe he grew up to be a lawyer.

Stealthy UK startup drops veil on next frontier of speech wizardry

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"applying that power selectively every a few milliseconds, a humble phone can perform better than a company with a vast investment in server farms"

Selectively, and for a few milliseconds duration, I can run faster than Usain Bolt. Selections being that he's asleep, and I'm at the top of a large-ish hill.

Mine's the one with the track shoes still in the pockets.

WD shoots out 96-layer embedded flash chips

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I sense a call from fruity lawyers

"to produce iNAND products"

Shorely some infringement somewhere??

Once more with feeling: Windows 10 October 2018 Update inches closer to relaunch

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Re: what to do

Erm - always one to look for a good bargain, I popped over to kenguin.net to check the prices and found out I could buy the whole domain!

Didn't check those prices. Enuff Z'Nuff.

Microsoft Windows 10 October update giving HP users BSOD

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Re: Levels of Risk


That's long for a 5-7-5 haiku, but the content works so well.

New Zealand border cops warn travelers that without handing over electronic passwords 'You shall not pass!'

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Re: In the near future

@OP - I wish you were joking.

Sysadmin misses out on paycheck after student test runs amok

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Re: Well, that stinks.

Joshua, I think I've heard that story somewhere before . . .

A flash of inspiration sees techie get dirty to fix hospital's woes

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Thumbs up for "structing". Gotta be logical, no matter where it leads.

Bug bounty alert: Musk lets pro hackers torpedo Tesla firmware risk free

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I have mixed emotions about this. At one level - yes, great, providing some level of protection is good.

At another level, I'm not sure I'd want to brick my car and still face towing charges in the *hope* that they can fix the problem. For a limited number of occurrences.

And at the humor level, what a great opportunity to have the black-hat hackers provide their information in advance!!

C'mon, if you say your device is 'unhackable', you're just asking for it: Bitfi retracts edgy claim

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*cough* LifeLock *cough*

Google sets Kubernetes free with $9m in its pocket for expenses

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Re: Freedom!

I see it as Google setting an example. Yes, they had to let Kubernetes go in order to give it independence. They gave it a nice cushion in the $9M of services. I'm betting that AWS and Azure will step up and provide similar padding to the now-solo foundation.

I knew of someone who worked in an airline ticketing office at a military post. They could write tickets for any airline that serviced the destination requested. It wasn't bribery, but a lot of different airlines offered him perks to remember them when ticket-writing time came around. Azure and AWS aren't stupid. If Kubernetes works well with their playground (which it already does, but it could probably be better), they will also give the foundation some free playground space.

Prediction, not prophesy.

AI image recognition systems can be tricked by copying and pasting random objects

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Re: Pretty obvious really

"Part of the problem is - what is a chair?"

I think you folks are taking this too seriously. I looked at the bottom of the pictures, down in the corner, and it says

"Ceci n'est pas une chair"

So the AI either has a sense of humor, or it has internalized Magritte.

SUSE and Microsoft give enterprise Linux an Azure tune-up

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New emoticon?

I just can't keep up with all the new emoticons coming down the pike these days. In what I thought was a perfect place for a smiley, I found this "R-in-a-circle" thingie:

"the newest and shiniest Azure toys may not be immediately available. Purists may well prefer things that way. ®"

What is this world coming to?

Visual Studio gains some go-faster stripes for Android emulation

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Type mismatch: silicon/silicone

Nokia: Oops, financials aren't great. Never mind, 5G will solve our woes

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Way to go, Licensing!

That Licensing group has 80% profit margin. Maybe keep them and sell the rest?

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

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Re: user-after-free()

". . . if you spot anything wrong"

Errors in articles? May as well suggest that *I* would ever make a mistake. Perish the thought!

Spooked Cisco chief phoned AWS, asked: You're not making a switch, are you?

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Re: An Amazon spokeswoman told us...

Pointing to another entity's statement instead of making their own first-person statement? Why am I cynical??

US voting systems (in Oregon) potentially could be hacked (11 years ago) by anybody (in tech support)

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Your lying eyes (and ears)

ES&S is saying "Listen to what I'm telling you now, not what I told the NYT earlier!".

Fool me once . . .

Hope for Hutchins, Navy sinks contractor, there's another Russian hacking scandal, and more

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Re: Smart

And easier to reboot!

What a flap: SIM swiped from slain stork's GPS tracker used to rack up $2,700 phone bill

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Re: And the moral of this story is...

Yeah, but where's the story there?

Think of the children^W birds!

Software changed the world, then died on the first of the month

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Re: Ah yes...

No contracting - he was a direct hire.

Developer’s code worked, but not in the right century

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"no validation on input" sounds very much like "You can pay me now, or you can pay me later . . ."

User spent 20 minutes trying to move mouse cursor, without success

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There's always reasons . . .

Google plots death of inline installation for Chrome extensions

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Re: Big Brother much?

I would guess that Google could already determine which extensions are running.

I think all the commendards (and most of the readers of El Reg) understand that about Google. They can make their own choices about becoming the product (if it's free, *you* are the product).

This change doesn't alter that.

Tech rookie put decimal point in wrong place, cost insurer zillions

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Re: One meelion dollars

I have a One Hundred Trillion Zimbabwean dollar note (thanks, eBay!).

I keep it as a reminder that it could never happen here.

Pwn goal: Hackers used the username root, password root for botnet control database login

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Don't be so hard on them

It was on their to-do list. Even hackers have tech debt.

Internet engineers tear into United Nations' plan to move us all to IPv6

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"How is this ITU paper relevant"?

Court cases in the future.

High-Optane thrills for 3D XPoint wanna-haves: Intel fattens gaming SSDs

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Only 4?

". . . when the queue depth gets up to 4"

We want it to go up to 11!!!one!

Yahoo! fined! $35m! for! covering! up! massive! IT! security! screwup!

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"Will anyone care?"


That is all.

HPE swallows cloud consultancy RedPixie

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No mention of pixie dust in the story?

Or was that too obvious?

My PC makes ‘negative energy waves’, said user, then demanded fix

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Re: Reminds me of a story I read about

ma1010: "that antenna isn't hooked up to anything at all just now."

Oh, no - passive antenna interference!!

AWS Summit SF: Most definitely not a sales event, nuh uh, no way

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Re: Not a Sales Event

Oh, no, this is totally different. Somehow. Really.

Planning on forking out for the new iPad? Better take darn good care of it

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Eadon's back?

After a company tattoo change, it seems . . .

Internet of insecure Things: Software still riddled with security holes

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This isn't original, but . . .

In IoT, the "S" stands for Security

Political ad campaign biz AggregateIQ exposes tools, DB logins online

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Re: Let's all "hack" each others elections.

"It sounds like the Russians are a bit late to the game."

And that is exactly what they want you to think. Levels upon levels . . .

2 + 2 = 4, er, 4.1, no, 4.3... Nvidia's Titan V GPUs spit out 'wrong answers' in scientific simulations

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Space opera

Glitches on Titan V

Wish Asimov (or Heinlein, or Pournelle) were here to write it.

Gits club GitHub code tub with record-breaking 1.35Tbps DDoS drub

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Remediation has been in the memcached documentation for years - I used it when I installed (since replaced) memcached at $WORK.

At the time, I thought "Nobody would be so silly as to leave that open, would they??" Then I did a quick search and found many publicly open. 'tain't like the bad guys have to wait on somebody else to compile a list.

I never thought about using the amplification against somebody - shows why I'm not in the black hat realm. Securing my own? Yup. Weaponizing? Never crossed my mind.

Military techie mangled minicomputer under nose of scary sergeant

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Hard stop

Back when I was a tike, I worked on an IBM 360 - an E30, if I remember right. It had an emergency power cutoff button on the front of the console, close to all the blinkenlights.

Nobody ever tried it, but the word was that the button would trigger a guillotine blade with a heavy weight, physically severing the power connection to the machine.

And of course requiring a visit from the friendly (and expensive) IBM service tech to repair.

Icon for the only job-sustaining reason for hitting the button ==>>

From July, Chrome will name and shame insecure HTTP websites

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Re: Meh

"I don't see the value"

There is benefit to encrypting everything - the bad guys can't tell what is valuable from what is prosaic. Too much noise - not security by obscurity, but raising the cost for having to decrypt everything.


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