* Posts by LordHighFixer

133 posts • joined 14 Jun 2012

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Planet Computers straps proper phone to its next Psion scion, Cosmo

LordHighFixer

Re: I'll say it one more time...

I always thought the last version of the Sharp switchblade phone (AKA, Sidekick) was cool. Still have mine, too bad no data service any longer, or I would be using it..

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US draft bill moots locking up execs who lie about privacy violations

LordHighFixer

I voted for him.

I have known the Senator since he was just a puppy (over 30 years), he is a good guy with good intentions and supports the wishes of the people he represents. He is one of the few politicians that has earned my respect.

I hope this bill gets through the process as written. If not,, it should give some people something to think about, much like the GDPR has.

And for bonus points, he is not orange.

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Slabs, huh, what are they are good for? Er, not quite absolutely nothing

LordHighFixer

You can only bloat so much

Once you reach a certain point there is really no need for an upgrade. Even developers, as irresponsible as they are can only up the requirements to a certain point. Most hardware purchased in the last few years should be good for at least 5 more, then it just becomes a hand me down, unless the battery is glued in, then it becomes e-waste. There is such a thing as market saturation, and as the tech improves the long tail just gets fatter and longer.

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Smartphone industry is in 'recession'! Could it be possible we have *gasp* reached 'peak tech'?

LordHighFixer

not unless they die.

I have one smart phone, and a matching watch. If they die, and the watch is getting close, I will not be replacing them. I still have my flip phone. Put a new battery in it and it will be good until they deprecate the frequency it runs on.

fsck smart phones.

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Seagate HAMRs out a roadmap for future hard drive recording tech

LordHighFixer

Should be interesting

I predict a number of fascinating failure types when the heating part of the rw head fails. oops, RO drive.

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Should a robo-car run over a kid or a grandad? Healthy or ill person? Let's get millions of folks to decide for AI...

LordHighFixer

It's all about me (The driver)

After targeting the 'at-fault' run over what ever has the least or farthest connection to me. A busload of school age nuns from another country or my dog, smash the bus. (I don't actually have a dog, it was hit by a car).

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Fed up with cloud giants ripping off its database, MongoDB forks new 'open-source license'

LordHighFixer

THere should be a way

To say, here is my source code for widget, have fun with it. If you use it for educational or bug fixes and make it better, please include the source. If you make a derivative work, and charge for it, I want royalties, if you incorporate it in to a product and make money, I want a cut.

I mean seriously, if you code a better mouse trap and give away the plans for individuals, that is ok, but if a company takes your plans and produces them en masse, or includes it their master trap program, you should get paid.

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Twilio tweaks twicky twalkative bot toows to dewight devewopers: It's Autopilot for chat apps

LordHighFixer

I wonder

I have been considering taking all the comments ever posted on the reg, using them to train a Markov bot, then giving it a tech support role.

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And that's now all three LTE protocol layers with annoying security flaws

LordHighFixer

Puleeeeeze

Any communications short of shielded cables between Faraday cages is subject to snooping. Even entangled photons, given enough re$ource$....

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Et tu, Gentoo? Horrible gits meddle with Linux distro's GitHub code

LordHighFixer

Everything is better in the cloud?

Score one for hosting your own critical infrastructure.

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Who wants to cram some BOFH skills into their brains? How about from, er, Google?

LordHighFixer

An actual BOFH cert.

I would happily pay the price of a pint and a couple of kabobs, for a reg certified BOFH certificate.

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Microsoft, Google: We've found a fourth data-leaking Meltdown-Spectre CPU hole

LordHighFixer

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood....

The really truly sad part of all of this, is that there was much discussion over these types of "features" in a CPU 40 years ago. It was determined that these were a "Bad Idea". The favoured idea at the time was multiprocessing could solve the problem, if we could find a few people smart enough to write the code for the hardware we designed. ((z80/8080/68000 era)). We are still waiting. CPU design went down a path that put money in pockets now. Screw the future. Its not like this stuff will still be running when anyone notices the issues.....

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Google yanks cash firehose from Lunar X Moonshot comp. The actual Moon shot one

LordHighFixer
Pirate

I could have done it.

I don't know if the 30m would have covered the cost to haul the Saturn V out of the Smithsonian and NASA, but, hey, it still there, just a systems check and load of fuel..

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Oracle to sue cloud sales 'whistleblower' for 'malicious prosecution'

LordHighFixer

They broke the sun

So their stock dropped $6bn. They blacked out the Sun, so fsck them.

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Computer Science grads still finding it hard to get a job

LordHighFixer

Simple Questions.

I usually get called to sit in on interviews. Generally to assess an applicants skill level. I will not be working with these people generally, so why do they call me? I have a set of "hard" questions for the CS/IT crowd. The answers are generally not as important as how you answer them. Here is a little selection.

Is the netmask 255.128.255.0 valid and why?

What is x509?

On a network, where is the default gateway?

Describe the TCP handshake, how about the UDP handshake?

What is the difference between PKCS11 and PKCS12?

I Have a couple of pages of questions like that, plus a few problematic trouble shooting scenarios I walk them through. If they survive my portion of the interview they usually get an offer. It is not so much the answers, but how you answer them that count. (But if you don't hit at least 75% you can't work with me.)

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Silly sysadmins ADDING Heartbleed to servers

LordHighFixer

Re: holy fuck, three hours?

@ NogginTheNog

I have a great deal more than one server, and luckily none of mine are public facing so patching the vulnerable ones was mainly an administrative exercise. However, any sysadmin worth hiring should be able to patch one or 100 servers in the same amount of time. For me, I loaded the patch into the repository, selected the patch, the targets, and pushed the "do it" button.

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Shocking 'new iPhone' is also - BZZZZT!! - a Taser-like stun gun

LordHighFixer

Back in the day

We used to charge up largish value caps and drop them in lab coat pockets. One day someone dropped one in the instructors pocket. Next day no more lab coat pockets. Keep in mind that this was the same instructor that had a beautiful metallic foil gift wrapped box on his desk than contained a pendulum switch a battery and an ignition coil. It was always funny to watch the class go silent when a newcomer would show interest in the pretty box.

We used to have contests to see who could shake it the longest....

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Microsoft's naughty Cortana NOT ALLOWED NEAR CHILDREN

LordHighFixer

How long before..

We get to see a vid posted of Cortana and Siri hooked up to talk to each other. Will they spiral out of control or will they run out of things to say and just be quiet...

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Reg man builds smart home rig, gains SUPREME CONTROL of DOMAIN – Pics

LordHighFixer
Trollface

interesting

and pretty with the little indicator LEDs.

I however have also been using X10 since before the dawn of time. Have the scripts run out of cron on the central server. In the morning the coffee starts before the lights gently raise to full brightness, then the alarm clock starts. If for some reason the alarm hasn't roused me from my dreams of vulture central the lights start flashing. Buts look great for the neighbors at 5 am. In the evening at dusk the lights in the house start on their pre-programmed routine, moving from room to room going on and off and finally warning me by doing a big blinkey dance that it is time for sleep. Motion detectors, day light detectors, light switches, dimmers, high and low power relays. It is all in there.

But I would fancy some nice shiny chrome plated wall plates ;)

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Opportunity selfie: Martian winds have given the spunky ol' rover a spring cleaning

LordHighFixer

Re: Are ALL THE MATHEMATICIANS DEAD?

"60% efficiency boosted by 70% = 102%. Doesn't anyone edit this bad data?"

Now I know how all the perpetual energy nutters do their math. I hate to break it to you but when you have less than 100% of x and increase its efficiency by less than 100% you can not get over 100%. Try again.

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Anatomy of OpenSSL's Heartbleed: Just four bytes trigger horror bug

LordHighFixer

Re: What is heartbeat used for?

"Is there a reason why the server should be echoing back client supplied data"

Sure, it is for a future internet distributed storage system. Or an awesome built in DDOS amplifier.

"Maybe it is for making enormous swiss cheese.

No. The beam would last for what, 15 seconds?

What good is that? -I respect you, but I graduated.

Let the engineers figure that out.

Maybe it already has a use...

...for which it's designed. "

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Beat it, freetards! Dyn to shut down no-cost dynamic DNS next month

LordHighFixer

Re: $25 per year sounds really cheap to me...

When you consider that you can have up to 20 3rd level domain names pointing at your home server, the price is very reasonable. How much would it cost you to actually register 20 domain names. Sure you can register just one generic 2nd level domain name and create as many 3rd level domains as you want, but there is still that dyanmic part. And the issue of getting anyone to listen to your DNS updates from a dynamic ip address..

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Apple to protect your gently roasting rear with 'iTanning' system

LordHighFixer

I thought...

that all the fanboi's were the same pasty white color as their iProducts and never actually saw the iSun. was iWrong?

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SQL giant Oracle plans NoSQL standards body – top Reg sources

LordHighFixer

The funniest part is..

That people are turning to these alternate data base formats to get away from anything Oracle controlled. They would still be tuning, tweaking, and optimizing MySQL for their purposes had Oracle not been involved with it. I imaging is scares the flying monkies right out of them realizing that they are no longer the only game in town.

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Technology is murdering customer service - legally

LordHighFixer

One thing I haven't tried

is entering XYZZY or "kill troll with axe" in to the phone tree system. Maybe I should have put the batteries in the torch before I started...

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Rumour: Next Apple iThing to feature 65-inch screen. Four-limb multitouch, anyone?

LordHighFixer

what use?

65" screen, 4 limb multi touch? 3d HD interactive porn of course....

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Google's Nest halts sales of its fire alarm – because waving your hand switches it off

LordHighFixer
Black Helicopters

Be careful what you say..

The NSA hears what you say, reports it to their google overlords (and you thought it was the other way around), google reprograms your thermostat and fire alarm. Terrible tragic accident ensues, no more complaints from you.....

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'Hello, is that the space station? NASA here. Can you put us through to Moscow?'

LordHighFixer
Trollface

Just put the wall back up.

Bring back the USSR. I guess parts of Europe might have an issue with that, but wasn't it a lot more fun back then? Then this whole "internal matter" would not be an issue.

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New WebCL toolkit hooks browser apps into GPUs – and that's not good news for Apple

LordHighFixer

The first thing I thought

Was very cool, now we can have exploits and virii coded directly into images and videos....

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Virtual reality? Two can play THAT GAME, says Sony: New headset revealed for the PS4

LordHighFixer

Match made in ....

Oculus Rift + RealTouch + Secondlife = death from dehydration.

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MH370 airliner MYSTERY: The El Reg Pub/Dinner-party Guide

LordHighFixer
Big Brother

Ping

Certainly these pings were picked up by more than one satellite, or other receiver. If two satellites picked up the same ping, intentional or not, then we have it all sorted. Where is my prize? There is a prize right?

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Battery vendors push ultracapacitor wrappers to give Li-ions more bite

LordHighFixer

Ultra?

"Capacitance from 150 - 3000 milliFarads" For the "Ultra" tag I was expecting something in the multiple Farad range..

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Amazon fuses LoveFilm, subs service, calls it Prime Instant Video

LordHighFixer

ROKU

Amazon Prime + instant video streams to my roku box and tele just fine. I have purchased enough stuff thru amazon to make the prime membership worth it, so the free streaming stuff is sauce for the goose.

They have accomplished their goal with me. I shop there first, and buy my movies from them....

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Facebook-for-suits biz LinkedIn shares drop on weakened 2014 outlook

LordHighFixer

Well, they are doing one thing differently

they seem to be making a profit...

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Microsoft seeks patent for blade server chassis

LordHighFixer
Holmes

I am pretty sure

That I have a whole datacenter full of HP and IBM stuff that has all of these features. But it has been a couple of months since I have been in there, maybe it has all been re-labeled Microsoft now....

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Cicada 3301: The web's toughest and most creepy crypto-puzzle is BACK

LordHighFixer

It is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma; but perhaps there is a key

But it all seems extremely boring, and in the end probably won't get you more than kabobs and a pint, if you are lucky. But it's nice that all the 3113t h4x0r5 have something to do with their time.

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Mountain bike mishap man suffers SEVEN WEEK stiffie

LordHighFixer

Actually

In this particular case, a High Flow Priapism, it was not really a health issue. I mean other than having to stand back 2 meters to pee. It was just annoying. If there was no blood flow, as in the typical situation like this, after 5 weeks either the thing would have fallen off or he would have died. He just got really tired of walking around with the one eyed wonder worm peeking out of the top of his trousers.

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Knox vuln is Android not us, says Samsung

LordHighFixer
Joke

Whats in a name

They really should not call it KNOX (acronym or otherwise) unless:

1) There are aliens buried in its basement.

2) People believe there is no gold in it (see #1).

3) A soldier comes out and shoots you in the face if you violate its security

Anything less is just a poor imitation.

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Code-busters lift RSA keys simply by listening to the noises a computer makes

LordHighFixer

Back in the day

We used to put an AM radio next to the computer, tuned the radio to an appropriate blank spot on the band, and ran a program that, due to the timing loops and other tricks, would play "stairway to heaven", and other popular tunes of the day.

So now, 40+ years later, some super crypto genius has discovered that if you send a computer known quantities of data you can analyze what it is doing by the EMI it generates.

Next in the news, "round things have less friction than square things", astonishing results of 10 year research project.

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We'll predict your EVERY MOVE! Facebook's new AI brain talks to El Reg

LordHighFixer

Re: Subtitle is....

I can't tell you anything about FB or twatter, but I know that SecondLife still has a large userbase. And bonus is land is really cheap now since all the people with actual lives left.....

But for those of us with a fat pipe to the house but a 50 km drive to the nearest village, it beats the price of petrol.

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MINING in SPAAAACE! Asteroid-scoopers? Nah - consumers will be the real winners

LordHighFixer

simple really

You setup mining operations on some atoll somewhere and start dropping rocks in the ocean nearby. Shallow enough that you can still get to what remains, but deep enough as to absorb some of the delta-v without causing a localized ELE. Property rights and ownership solved. Bonus is that if anyone were to challenge you you could have an accident that dropped something on their HQ.

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Dry, cold and volatile: How to survive Mars, and your fellow crew

LordHighFixer

I am one of the mars one applicants

And for how mentally stable I am, well, I frequent this place, and I think that says it all. Also, I am old enough that by the time I were to get there the increased risk of death from radiation exposure would not really be much of an issue.

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Decades ago, computing was saved by CMOS. Today, no hero is in sight

LordHighFixer
Boffin

Grow the other baby.

Now that CMOS, the baby that no one wanted, is all grown up and ready to retire maybe it is time to take one of the other babies out or the deep freeze and grow them for a while. Sure ECL is power hungry, and MOSFETs are touchy. But these types of problems are perfect for engineers to make a career out of. I would happily take a computer that was twice the size, and used twice the power but was ten times as fast. Time to dust off some of that old tech that most of us sharpened our claws on and give it the life it deserved.

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Nookie becomes, um, a virtual reality for Oculus Rift gadget gamers

LordHighFixer
Go

Re: Hmm.

If OR worked with Secondlife then they could probably sell 25000 of them right now, as for the other device, there are always the "internet enabled" remote pleasuring devices for both him and her. Add a little software and thousands of people die of starvation and dehydration in a period of weeks .....

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Tesla battery fire pushes beleaguered firm's share price even lower

LordHighFixer

Cars in flames?

I used to drive a Ford Pinto, and a Pontiac Fiero, both known for having "fire" issues, both recalled for retro fits. Still both fine cars in their day.

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WD slips bullet between teeth, gets ready to hand $706m to Seagate

LordHighFixer

I dont understand

WD hired one of the head thinkers from seagate and seagate thought that somehow WDs product wouldn't improve because of this. I have often heard this type of thing before, and wonder how you can tell someone not to think, or use what they know in their next job. Most IT shops, HW or SW, are built on the fact that you can hire someone who was thinking for someone else and make them think for you. If seagate didn't like it maybe they should have gave the guy what ever it was that he wanted.

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NSA data centre launch delayed as power surges 'melt metal, zap racks'

LordHighFixer

seriously though..

Blowing up $100000 wort of kit really isn't that much of a deal. I have single servers that cost that much. Of course I don't think they could "flame on" without some SERIOUS electrical design failure, like switching from 220 single phase to 480 3 phase without warning or other such wankage.

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Mars boffins: You fools! That's no CRATER – it's a SUPER VOLCANO

LordHighFixer

Just one more reason

To send a private expedition of expendables to mars. (myself included)

http://www.mars-one.com/

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Google's latest PRIVACY MELTDOWN: Web chats sent to WRONG people

LordHighFixer

netizens should not have any expectation of privacy. period, end of story. Always has been, always will be.

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RSA: That NSA crypto-algorithm we put in our products? Stop using that

LordHighFixer
Black Helicopters

and in some backroom at the NSA

chief: great, so that encryption thing is all sorted?

spook: Yes sir, world+ dog are all convinced that all existing encryption is somehow flawed and are ready to switch to something better.

chief: and we have the better solution deployed?

spook: yes, we have been working with the security experts and university types for years. No one will ever suspect a ROT13 encoded message in the midst of all that gooblygook, and it passes all the decryption tests. It really is impossible to decrypt all the random garbage surrounding the actual messages.

chief: excellent, and how about that Snowden fellow, has he been taken care of?

spook: Of course, just like you wanted, a large payout from our secret account, a nice villa in nowhereistan, and a terribly tragic accident when he fades from the limelight.

chief: great news, and the best part of all is that all of the other countries are onboard with this they are all expressing their outrage and righteous indignation as planned.

spook: and the sheeple don't suspect the thing.

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