* Posts by RM Myers

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DNS this week stands for Drowning Needed Services: Design flaw in name server system can be exploited to flood machines offline

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Level 5 - Critical. So severe, even Apple will respond to enquiries from El Reg

Are you saying that level 4 is the maximum level possible, short of water crystallizing in a certain very warm place?

Capita, Fujitsu and pals tuck into slices of £3bn London NHS framework

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"chatbots, blockchain, RPA, and AI"

This definitely has a musical ring to it - maybe a Sonato in BS major? Or at least, major BS.

Everything OK with Microsoft? Windows giant admits it was 'on the wrong side of history' with regard to open source

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spent incorrectly

A spelling error in a comment about spelling - priceless!

Brit defense contractor hacked, up to 100,000 past and present employees' details siphoned off – report

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Re: "up to 100,000 employee details were stolen"

First the pandemic, then the pedantic.

'iOS security is f**ked' says exploit broker Zerodium: Prices crash for taking a bite out of Apple's core tech

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"Zerodium said for the first time that it would pay more for flaws in Android"

Does it really matter whether there are any flaws in Android itself? The app store "security screening" is so poor surely it is easier just to put malware in a free app.

South Korea announces tech New Deal to stoke post-coronavirus economy

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"President Roosevelt's New Deal, which helped kickstart the US's recovery"

Considering that the US's unemployment rate didn't drop below 10% until after Pearl Harbor, "kickstart" might be a slight overstatement. The Great Depression didn't really end in the US, at least from an employment basis, until the entry into WWII. Also, until the war many of the jobs were low paying, and sometimes dangerous, federal government projects, like the dam building project where my father worked.

Apple owes us big time for bungled display-killing cable design in MacBook Pro kit, lawsuit claims

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"...cable connecting the two halves of the notebook to gradually wear down..."

You're holding folding it wrong.

Forever mothballed: In memoriam Apple Butterfly Keyboard (2015-2020)

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Re: "attention to detail"

"For a company which pretends to be defined by design and attention to detail". FTFY

Twitter sticks a beak in, Clippy-style: Are you sure you want to set your account alight with that flame?

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"the microblogging anger echo chamber"

That could be a description for El Reg's comments section when certain politicians or political events are the article subject. Well okay, maybe macroblogging rather than microblogging. What? Okay, Okay, I'm leaving - no need to push me.

When the chips are down, thank goodness for software engineers: AI algorithms 'outpace Moore's law'

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Re: Learning curve

Nope, not even close. Al hype has definitely outpaced Moore's law, and the rate of growth is still increasing.

The Great British anti-5G fruitcake Bakeoff: Group hugs, no guns, and David Icke

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Re: Haircuts

I did my own today. I wear a baseball cap outside.

Boffins examine interstellar comet Borisov to find out what its home was like. Pretty unpleasant, it seems

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Re: Temperature for yokels

Agreed. And while we are at it, can we also get rid of this celsius nonsense. Zero degrees based on the melting point of water at sea level - why? Kelvin is so much more logical. Absolute zero should absolutely be zero!

As Amazon's stock price soars and Bezos adds to his billions, affiliates face massive cuts in their commissions

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Re: "people participating in the Amazon Affiliate Program have complained"

Yes, this is a commission paid to websites for driving traffic to Amazon's website. For example, yesterday I read a review of an Alienware gaming monitor. In the review, there was a button which said "see it on Amazon". If I had clicked the button and gone to Amazon's website and bought the monitor, the website with the review would have received a commission. This is a major source of income for many websites that have product reviews, and not just for technology products.

Cabinet Office dangles £15m for help ditching its Single Operating Platform for cloud-based ERP system

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Re: This won't...

Come on Steve, don't sugarcoat it. Tell us how you really feel.

Soichi to join three-spaceship club, SpaceX is going to the Moon (no, really), and rocket boffins step up COVID-19 fight

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Re: demonstrated broadband speeds of 400Mbps

Depends on how you define street. Many of interstate highways would be far longer, as would other federal highways such as US 40 or U.S. 41 (Dixie Highway).

BT providing free meals to coax its healthy customer support staff back into office as calls rocket amid pandemic

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"utterly useless for protecting from Covid-19"

Uh, the two masks I bought to do spray painting from the local hardware store are 3M's N95 respirator masks, so not utterly useless, at least if they were new. Unfortunately, these are close to their "use by date" and have been used, so probably not safe with COVID-19 based on 3M's website.

Are you extracting the urine, ESA? Why, yes it is, from Moon dwellers to build homes out of lunar regolith. Possibly

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we have seen that a waste product...could also be used

What a piss poor rich idea.

From Gmail to Gfail: Google's G-Suite topples over for unlucky netizens, rights itself

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PC not booting is not news worthy

BorkBorkBork??

Build goes digital, Brexit goes virtual (really): El Reg gets some unexpected lessons from WSLConf

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"All work and no fun... -"

just means you work in the modern day IT.

Stuck at home? Need something to keep busy with? Microsoft has 115 ideas – including an awful SMBv3 security hole to worry about

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Flash Has An Update Now

Obviously, Adobe was just late getting the update out. No one seriously thought they could go a month without at least one Flash security flaw. Did you? Did you? Shame! Shame!

Microsoft, Google, Slack, Zoom et al struggling to deal with a spike in remote tools thanks to coronavirus

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This is only going to get worse

Local University just announced that all classes would be changed to online. 60,000 students on one campus alone!

Microsoft spares TLS 1.0 in Azure DevOps Services after customer backlash, Cosmos DB makes good on blurtage

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Though it pains ... classy move by Microsoft...

I personally feel this is a classy comment by El Reg. Call them as you see them - good, bad, or indifferent. that's why I read your site.

That and the snark!

Check Point chap: Small firms don't invest in infosec then hope they won't get hacked. Spoiler alert: They get hacked

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Insurance Risk Management?

I would assume most insurance companies would require risk management assessments before they would cover business interruption and recovery expenses for ransomware and other infosec issues. At the very least, they should be requiring decent backup procedures and other basic security. Otherwise, your business probably should be looking for a new insurance company.

Like a Virgin, hacked for the very first time... UK broadband ISP spills 900,000 punters' records into wrong hands from insecure database

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"there is a risk you might be targeted for ... nuisance marketing communications"

Really, you mean Virgin customers have a chance that they won't be targeted? Is there anyone, anywhere, who has any data connection to the outside world who hasn't been targeted? If so, please share your secret.

Amazon staffer based just a stone's throw away from Seattle HQ tests positive for COVID-19 coronavirus

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Re: Doesn't check out

There you go again, quoting facts from generally reliable sources. This is the internet - we don't need no stinkin' facts; we don't need no stinkin' reliable sources! Give us a random tweet, a random Facebook post, or a random comment from a commentard - as long as it agrees with our preconceived ideas, we know it is right. And if it doesn't agree with our preconceived ideas? Well, that is the definition of bias - the thing other people have that causes them to disagree with us!

Now I need a lay down. You people with your facts are enough to make anyone sick.

UK.gov lays out COVID-19 guidance as the tech supply chain considers its own

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Re: Come on

Coronavirus is the name for a group of viruses, which includes SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19. There are a number of other coronaviruses, including others which can cause disease in humans SARS and MERS, for example, are also caused by coronaviruses.

Campaigners cry foul play as Oracle funds conservative lobby group supporting its court case against Google

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Re: Who expects honesty and decency from Oracle ?

I agree. But then again, if you had said, "Who expects honesty and decency from Google" I would also have agreed.

Famed Apple analyst chances his Arm-based Macs that Apple kit will land next year

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Re: 5nm ? Where did that come from ?

Last article I saw (or at least can remember), TSMC was targeting 2nd quarter 2020 for 5 nm manufacturing, and was starting to build a new fab for 3 nm.

It's Terpin time: Bloke who was SIM jacked twice by Bitcoin thieves gets green light to sue telco for millions

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Re: I hope he wins ...

The pages of small print may be true, but there is a good chance he will have the better lawyers. In this type of civil case, you are looking at a contingency fee of 25% to 33% of the final award, whereas AT&T lawyers are going to be getting an hourly fee. There is a reason that some plaintiff class action lawyers are billionaires - and this case is getting into the same dollar ranges. And the best lawyers are going to go where the most money is.

The Wristwatch of the Long Now: When your MTBF is two centuries

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Re: Beware survival bias

I also don't wear a watch, and haven't for well over a decade (since I got my first phone with a time display). However, I'm hardly part of the current generation - my grandparents were all born in the 1800's. Personally, I just don't like wearing anything on my wrist, and having 2 sources for the time seems redundant. YMMV

Ofcom measured UK's 5G radiation and found that, no, it won't give you cancer

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Re: Microwaves are good for you.

Correlation does not imply causation - so no, this does not imply that non-ionized radiation is beneficial. It may be, it may not be.

Cache me if you can: HDD PC sales collapse in Europe as shoppers say yes siree to SSD

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Re: Excellent

Ugh - been there, done that. Even with 4TB drives it takes forever.

Ever dream of being an astronaut? Now’s your chance. NASA wants new people for the Moon and Mars

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Too Old For ISS and Moon

But I'm good to go for Mars (assuming my calculations are correct, i.e., 687 earth days per Mars year)!!

These truly are the end times for TLS 1.0, 1.1: Firefox hopes to 'eradicate' weak HTTPS standard by blocking it

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Re: "We decided on a global fallback"

Some are, some aren't, and some allow you to change from HTTP to HTTPS.

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"We decided on a global fallback"

Great - I wonder how many older embedded webservers on local networks (routers, smart TV's, cable modems, etc) will be updated from TLS 1.0 or 1.1? I'm guessing ZERO - which means you either lose access to device settings, have to fiddle with a global firefox setting every time, or you allow TLS 1.0 on any webserver on the internet. Thanks Mozilla.

Guess I will need to use Chrome to access these devices. Oh wait, ..

Ex-Autonomy CFO Sushovan Hussain was accused of sexual misconduct against Darktrace staff – report

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he was "looking forward to seeing you bend over in that dress". "

What a cheeky comment to make.

Day 4 of outage: UK's Manchester police deploy exciting new carbon-based method to record crime

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Quick Question

Is this considered a Capita(l) offense?

Android owners – you'll want to get these latest security patches, especially for this nasty Bluetooth hijack flaw

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Re: Compulsory maintenance periods

I completely agree with you. I have an HP laptop that came originally with Windows Vista, and has been updated to Windows 10, and it still gets security updates. Why can't my Samsung phone get more than 15 month of updates (2 years if I had bought it when it first came out)? This is ridiculous.

Take DOS, stir in some Netware, add a bit of Windows and... it's ALIIIIVE!

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Re: Progress

KIM 1 for me, with 1K of ram.

EU declares it'll Make USB-C Great Again™. You hear that, Apple?

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Re: Good start

And with my current car (older Outback), there are auto mechanics who can replace one bulb in under an hour - with the right equipment. You basically have to take the car apart!

Microsoft movie tried to Azure Ignite attendees about CPU side-channel flaws, but biz wouldn't be drawn on details

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but to date there have been few reports of successful and damaging attacks

Few, or none? I don't remember reading about any successful or damaging attacks.

DeepMind founder behind NHS data slurp to be beamed up to Google mothership

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More likely, you would get an ad for another vasectomy. No matter what I buy from Amazon, they then proceed to bombard me with "you might be interested in buying" the exact same thing.

Nokia 2.3: HMD flings out €109 budget 'droid with a 2-day battery

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Re: Should please some around here

You might want to tell the manufacturer that this has a removable battery. The website says "Battery type Non-removable 4000 mAh".

Five new players – including Blue Origin and SpaceX – are now in NASA's race to send landers to the Moon

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Re: Pittsburg, Colorado, Houston, Texas, California

I does to!

Median speeds for UK 5G four times faster than 4G, but still way behind US and South Korea

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Yes, but with 5G they will not get the messages so much faster!

This won't end well. Microsoft's AI boffins unleash a bot that can generate fake comments for news articles

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Re: If you could try *not* breaking the Internet

DeepCom, is that you?

NASA Administrator upends the scorn bucket on Elon Musk's Starship spurtings

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Re: No

Musk has certainly had a number of promises not realized, but a "world record" number - not even close. Most politicians would easily blow away his numbers in just one election cycle.

Five NHS trusts do DeepMind data deal with Google. One says no

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Foreign Corporations

"If NHS bodies are signing contracts to share large amounts of patient medical history and data with foreign corporations,..."

Google wouldn't be a "foreign" corporation for me, but I'll be damned if I want my medical data handed to them.

Wake me up before you Gogo ... so I can jump out: Kenyan MP takes on aeroplane flatulence

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Better out with shame, than in with pain.

Geo-boffins drill into dino-killing asteroid crater, discover extinction involves bad smells, chilly weather, no broadband internet...

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Re: Shetland's not smelly

Agreed. The Kelvin is the only true measure of temperature for science.

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