* Posts by Chairo

700 posts • joined 2 Nov 2012


Why are there never free power sockets when my Y-fronts need charging?


Clothing generated electricity

That would be the combination of my shoes together with the "antistatic" floor tiles in our electronics lab, I suppose.

IBM to kill off Watson... Workspace from end of February


"sunset the service"

Wow, that is so much better than just shutting it down.

OSIRIS-REx space probe catches a whiff of water on asteroid Bennu


Re: Awe..


Day two – and Windows 10 October 2018 Update trips over Intel audio


Re: What?

I do find the Intel driver ones particularly embarrassing for both Intel and MS however.

The amusing bit is that intel doesn't even release linux drivers for some atom chipsets. So if your windows OS suddenly fails due to driver issues, the machine is effectively bricked.

Top Euro court: No, you can't steal images from other websites (too bad a school had to be sued to confirm this little fact)


"Well in all fairness it's more like someone saw the handbag, got out their quantum duplicator, made an exact copy and made off with their copy, leaving the original exactly where it was before."

There are so many personal items in a handbag, that you'd be in big trouble, anyway.

Was there cash inside? Oops, you are looking for twenty years in the cooler.

For some items you can't get a permission to copy them.

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Is it a giant alien space cigar? Whatever it is, boffins are baffled


Re: Ahem....

What's more - they come in waves.

Remember that $5,000 you spent on Tesla's Autopilot and then sued when it didn't deliver? We have good news...


Re: Badly Worded Statement

And are they being deliberately dense in using the phrase "on the right track", when not being on the right track is what kills people whose vehicle drives them into concrete barriers?

Well, not so many deaths yet, so they are gathering mostly field data, it seems.

Buggy software could lock a Jeep's cruise control


Re: It's maybe even a little worse

Any chance we can get an Old-Fuddy-Duddy package on our vehicle that uses metal keys without computer chips and old-fashioned mechanical interlocks?

No, because a reliable mechanical keyswitch costs way more than a cheap button. And the computer chips are needed anyway to make your insurance company happy.

Get over yourselves: Life in the multiverse could be commonplace


Re: The stuff of science fiction...?

So were all likely just some kid's science project then.. generating universes to see what happens?

Ask the mice, they know.

Hey, govt hacker bod. Made some really nasty malware? Don't be upset if it returns to bite you


Re: Faster and easier

"does anyone have a keygen"

Sure, just make sure you run it on a PC with lots of confidential information, OK?

Probe: How IBM ousts older staff, replaces them with young blood


Re: 67 This Year

A few years younger, but similar story. After graduation I applied for IBM, HP and Nokia as they had development centers close to my home town and were considered prime employers at the time.

I'm so happy none of them considered me good enough. Now working happily since 20 years at another company that may not pay top dollar but has a good working climate and our HR is populated by human beings (allegedly).

Can't say I dodged the bullet. It's more like I stumbled out of the way.

Fancy owning a two-seat Second World War Messerschmitt fighter?


If i had the choice

I'd opt for a me163. It would probably kill me, but I am sure it would be worth the experience.

Lenovo's craptastic fingerprint scanner has a hardcoded password


Re: Does anyone really..

Fat fingers?

Hawaiian fake nukes alert caused by fat-fingered fumble of garbage GUI


Perhaps he just wanted a cup of coffee...

and the buttons looked the same.

Hmm, now I have the Axel F. tune in my ear...

FREE zero-day for every reader: AT&T's DirecTV kit has a root hole – and no one wants to patch it


Now you'd think this wouldn’t be an issue for long. AT&T's a big company, as is Linksys, and they have a vested interest in protecting their customers and making sure that their kit isn't subverted. Not so it seems.

Nicely put. Made me spill my coffee all over the place.

Please activate the anti-ransomware protection in your Windows 10 Fall Creators Update PC. Ta


Re: For some reason...

I always have a sinking feeling when I read about falling creators.

Will they ever land?

Google faces $10k-a-day fines if it defies court order to hand over folks' private overseas email


Re: The Law

If I copy all my failed clinical trial data to Borat-istan and then claim I can't say how many patients died because that would be against Borat-istan data privacy laws - you can bet the FDA is going to take a dim view.

The case is a bit different, however. It is not Google's data we are talking about. It is someone else's data that the Irish branch of Google stores for a third party.

The sensible move would be to force the data owner to hand over his data. If the owner cannot be forced for whatever reasons, then the US court should request the Irish authorities to support in this case.

The US is trying to use the market power of their multinational companies as a lever to support their policies and circumvent proper procedure.

Hackers can track, spoof locations and listen in on kids' smartwatches


Re: "here is no financial incentive for any firm to implement IoT security : "

No there isn't because the average person is too stupid to make the connection, and You Can't Fix Stupid.

Problem is - even relatively intelligent non-techie people have no clue about the risks of connected devices. They see the convenience and shrug away the risks.

On a personal note - Last week wifey bought a creepy connected talking teddy for our toddler. I told her the thing is nothing else than an unsecured bluetooth headset connecting to a dodgy app. Anyone around can connect to it. The app can probably hacked as well and the Android tablet it runs on hasn't seen a security update for the last one and a half year.

Wifey shrugged it away and meant that there is nothing interesting any listener could hear in our house, anyway. The depressing truth is - she is probably right.

NYC cops say they can't reveal figures on cash seized from people – the database is too shoddy


It's just a programming blunder

Somewhere in the software they probably calculate the ratio of seized funds versus returned funds.

Obviously the software crashes with a division by zero error.

Argh, my loafer just fell down the rope ladder! Yes, I'm in the Microsoft treehouse


Re: "tree-based meeting spaces"

Maybe I should just reserve Meeting Room A in the central building as usual.

Or just use Lync, er, Skype for Business, erm Microsoft Teams, ... oh well, whatever it is called now, as long as it is still supported. And perhaps they will finally implement a microphone gain adjustment that actually works. (See icon)

Edit: Wow - not even 30 seconds up and already the first downvote. Looks like Microsoft is using downvote bots these days. Of course if you have a solution to turn on the automatic gain control on Lync (or however you call it) I'd be really happy. Feel free to post.

Look! Over there! Intel's cooked a 17-qubit chip quantum package


around the size of a US quarter

can we have this translated to something more universally understandable? Perhaps in guinea coin size or something?

Sole Equifax security worker at fault for failed patch, says former CEO


He laid the blame

how lame!

'Dear diversity hire...' Amazon's weapons-grade fail in recruitment email to woman techie


Re: Betokened

Wanting more women working in IT is like wanting more women imprisoned.

Not sure what you want to imply here. Women are clearly discriminated in our society. For example they receive far fewer Darwin awards.

Or perhaps there might be a connection?!?

US Homeland Security Dept to collect immigrants' social media handles and more



Sorry, but according to your media history we found out that you like to wield deadly weapons, have a history of violence and a secret "Conan" identity. For safety reasons you cannot enter the country any more Mr. Schwarzenegger.

You owe me a keyboard Mr. Trump.

Deputy AG Rosenstein calls for law to require encryption backdoors


An unbreakable backdoor would be nice

And as we are on it. Could we also outlaw general relativity? Why should we limit ourselves to the speed of light?

OMG, dad, you're so embarrassing! Are you P2P file sharing again?


Re: Old-fashioned...

I remember when 'stream ripping' was called 'home taping',

Yes, but as we all know, "Home Taping was Killing Music". That might also explain why so much popular music is produced by soulless zombie bands nowadays.

Met Police laggards still have 18,000 Windows XP machines in use


Re: Why?

Do they have a USB interface?

Some special cattle prods might have.

Don't panic, but Linux's Systemd can be pwned via an evil DNS query


Ohh, so surprised, how could this happen?!?


Anyway. Given how this octopus spreads its arm in so many modules, this is probably only the very tiny tip of a very big and cold iceberg.

US engineer in the clink for wrecking ex-bosses' smart meter radio masts with Pink Floyd lyrics


Good he didn't reprogram the radio towers

to broadcast the songs. They would have called him a pirate and hang 'im from the yardarm.

Intel's Skylake and Kaby Lake CPUs have nasty hyper-threading bug


Re: Linux to the rescue?

Hmm, a short search of the microsoft website shows that there is at least a mechanism for microsoft to update the microcode. They seem to deliver it via windows update.

Perhaps Intel can persuade them to deliver this specific update quickly and with a comprehensive description?


Linux to the rescue?

Current Linux distros (Ubuntu from at least 15.04 on) have a "3rd party driver" feature to update the CPU microcode. Both, for AMD and Intel.

Does this solve the problem? If so, enabling that driver would be a simple workaround.

I wonder, if a similar feature is available for Windows, too.

Edit: See also:

Germany puts halt on European unitary patent


Re: I've no idea but I won't let that stop me from commenting...

can't be the reason, because no self respecting German would drink Lager.

Mine's the one with the pint glass in the pocket...

Marissa! Mayer! out! as! Yahoo!-Verizon! closes!


Those $23m...

will hardly buy her a new Lear jet. She might want to stay to create more, er, value. Yes, that's it! Value!

IBM warns itself of possible outages in lab shift screw-up


"turn 'em off for two weeks" is a very dangerous but all too common approach.

If one of those services is only needed once a year but then it is absolutely essential, eg. for auditing purposes, you will surely miss it.

Cisco cuts 250 jobs in San Jose, has 850 more pink slips to hand out


Great opportunity

I foresee that some investor will buy the cubicles, add doors and give them for rent as luxury apartments.

Probably more profitable than whatever Cisco did there.

Bankrupt school ITT pleads 'don't let Microsoft wipe our cloud data!'



ITT estimates it owes $177,466.46 on an agreement that runs until May 31.

Quite a rough estimation, it seems.

It reminds me of the presentation our VP gave regarding the efficiency gains of "lean" introduction.

18.42%. I wanted to ask if it is not rather 18.41 or 18.43, but kept my mouth shut. I had the feeling I was not alone.

Robot lands a 737 by hand, on a dare from DARPA


I suppose

This is the fix for the F35 flight avionics SW issues...

French fling fun-sized fine at Facebook for freakin' following folk


Re: the french??

And now remain gone illegitimate faced buggerfolk! And, if you think you got nasty taunting this time, you ain't heard nothing yet! Daffy English kniggets! Thpppt!

While Microsoft griped about NSA exploit stockpiles, it stockpiled patches: Friday's WinXP fix was built in February


Wormable holes

one lesson that should be learned by this mess: Make fixes available for wormable holes, even if the OS is not officially supported any more. Once the shit hit the fan it is too late.

Edit: For systems that are still in widespread use, of course.

16 terabytes of RAM should be enough for anyone. Wait. What?


Just imagine

what 16TB of core memory would look like.

Hyundai app security blunder allowed crooks to 'steal victims' cars'


Past and present

In the past you were locked out of your car because the lock was frozen and the de-frosting spray was in the car.

Nowadays you are locked out because your smartphone has no battery any more and the charger is in the car.

After blitzing FlexiSpy, hackers declare war on all stalkerware makers: 'We're coming for you'



Smartphone as a service. Just to make sure your better half stays in the fold, so to say. Come on, who could be opposed to a little bit of telemetry?

Zuckerberg's absolutely mental: Brain sensors that read YOUR MIND at 100 words a minute

Big Brother

Re: No escape

You are alone in an artificial world, yet millions are watching every step you make.

IBM. Sigh. Revenues. Sigh. Down. Sigh. For the 20th quarter in a row


How the mighty have fallen

You would think that a company with the resources and the research power of IBM would be able to innovate, grow with new products and generally thrive.

Instead they cut the research, abandoned products and tried to shift to services, where they are just a "me too". In my opinion they were only successful with services in the past, because they had the products in the first place.

I wonder how long the tail can wag the dog until it breaks.

NASA agent faces heat for 'degrading' moon rock sting during which grandmother wet herself


I never thought I would ever say this...

Shame on you, NASA!

FCC kills plan to allow phone calls on planes – good idea or terrible?


Re: Easy solution...

Alternatively ask them politely to leave the plane before the flight:


Or just grab some random guy and throw him out, because...

Riddle of cannibal black hole pairs solved ... nearly: Astroboffins explain all to El Reg


So that gravity wave came from ...

stellar black holes. I wonder what would be the gravity wave resulting of the merger of two supermassive black holes. Must be spectacular.

Mac Pro update: Apple promises another pricey thing it will no doubt abandon after a year


be backed by V2.0 of a 6502

You mean the version that supports the ror instruction? What a luxury!


Re: We've let you down...

Clones pretty much almost killed Apple last time. Why would they go down that same road again?"

It's about market segmentation. While it makes no sense to allow low cost hackintosh clones, it would make a lot of sense to sell OS licenses to the professional crowd, that prefers to have their hardware build to spec and doesn't care so much about the price, if they can get what they want.

Some licensing model based on CPU cores, together with a nice service contract can be very profitable. It would open a high profit market segment that Apple cannot reach with their current strategy. Investment would be minimal. Kind of win-win for everyone.


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