* Posts by arctic_haze

572 posts • joined 13 Nov 2012


'It's full of beer!' Miracle fridge reveals itself to pals tuckered out from cleaning flooded cabin

arctic_haze Silver badge

The most stupid question

The most stupid question under the original Tweet is "Was it still cold?".

Just a reminder: this was Nebraska in march.

Security storm brewing for Oracle Java-powered smart cards: More than a dirty dozen flaws found, fixes... er, any fixes?

arctic_haze Silver badge


Does the version number of Java Card 3.1 imply it is on the evolution level of Windows 3.1?

Och. Scottish Parliament under siege from brute-force cyber attack

arctic_haze Silver badge

"there is no evidence to suggest that the attack has breached our defences"

Those days are past now,

And in the past

they must remain,

But we can still rise now,

And be the nation again,

That stood against him,

Proud Hacker's Army,

And sent him homeward,

To think again.

PuTTY in your hands: SSH client gets patched after RSA key exchange memory vuln spotted

arctic_haze Silver badge

Re: PuTTY's days are numbered

Yes, it's days will be over when we all die.

Yes! Pack your bags! Blossoming planetary system strikingly similar to ours found by boffins

arctic_haze Silver badge

"Only" 470 light years?

OK, see you there, next week!

Facebook blames 'server config change' for 14-hour outage. Someone run that through the universal liar translator

arctic_haze Silver badge

Re: A sudden disturbance in the web

It is no moon!

Never thought we'd ever utter these words, but... can anyone recommend a spin doctor for NASA?

arctic_haze Silver badge

A second per century?

We all are doomed!

NASA's crap infosec could be 'significant threat' to space ops

arctic_haze Silver badge

Re: I [...] will gladly debate the SCIENCE in another forum.

It would be Bob B. et al. :)

Canada has lunar dreams as Germany worries about what lies beneath

arctic_haze Silver badge

It's nice to see more and more countries having their Moon programs

It may mean that I may live to see human beings visit again our natural satellite. Yes, I'm old enough to remember Armstrong walking on the Moon.

Hipster whines at tech mag for using his pic to imply hipsters look the same, discovers pic was of an entirely different hipster

arctic_haze Silver badge

"Jesus, you make me puke"

Jesus did have a beard but this is no reason to puke!

.NET Core 3 Preview 3 takes a bow, but best not hold your breath for the final release

arctic_haze Silver badge

Re: Yeah...

I'm surprised I'm still seeing news about that zombie,

Galaxy S10's under-glass fingerprint reader, quelle surprise, makes mobe a right pain to fix

arctic_haze Silver badge

Sooner or later they'll glue it all tight without leaving any empty spaces and announce it as not reparable.

Real life sci-fi: Massive exoplanet booted out of home by binary parents – then slipped back inside by passing friendly stars

arctic_haze Silver badge

I'll bet that the inhabitants of that system call it now Nibiru.

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

arctic_haze Silver badge

The name of this problem is "Power to the people"

I remember traveling to a floor restricted to the technicians in one of the EU towers in Brussels just to get enough extension cables for the meeting we had. Somehow they never thought that would be needed.

Spooky! Solar System's Planet NINE could be discovered in the next NINE years (plus one to six), say astroboffins

arctic_haze Silver badge

What if they discover it in less than nine (plus one) years?

Will it be a success or failure of the hypothesis?

Adding a divine being icon as it will be named after one.

Who needs malware? IBM says most hackers just PowerShell through boxes now, leaving little in the way of footprints

arctic_haze Silver badge

Let's quote the classics

As someone famously said having Windows computers connected to the Internet is like going naked into a gay bar.

'We don't want a camera in everyone's living room' says bloke selling cameras in living rooms. Zuckerberg, you moron

arctic_haze Silver badge

Thanks, but no thanks

The world has already an orange tinted moron in one of the top political positions thanks to this "intuitive" social medium. We should do something about it before our civilization is utterly destroyed.

WTF PDF: If at first you don't succeed, you may be Adobe re-patching its Acrobat, Reader patches

arctic_haze Silver badge

Let's kill it finally

Euthanasia is controversial in the case of humans but a necessity for this kind of software.

Chrome ad, content blockers beg Google: Don't execute our code! Wait, no, do execute our code – just don't kill us!

arctic_haze Silver badge

Why bother?

Maybe it's time for switching to Firefox?

No yoke: 'Bored' Aussie test pilot passes time in the cockpit by drawing massive knobs in the air

arctic_haze Silver badge

They would not be doing it if no one got offended. Why aren't they drawing flowers or houses? Because no one would care.

Pour $25m in its coffers and the local NAS box gets it. That's backers' hope for public cloud type Nasuni

arctic_haze Silver badge
Black Helicopters

The NSA box is for free

Everything for our safety!

Solder and Lego required: The Register builds glorious Project Alias gizmo to deafen Alexa

arctic_haze Silver badge

Re: As an alternative

Cutting off its Internet connection could be a better solution.

One click and you're out: UK makes it an offence to view terrorist propaganda even once

arctic_haze Silver badge
Black Helicopters

So is watching the Parliament live is now a crime?

And if not, why?

Skype goes blurry, Office gets a kick in the privacy, and Microsoft takes us back to 1990

arctic_haze Silver badge

Windows File Manager

The specs say "Windows 10 version 16299.0 or higher" so no backward compatibility even for still supported Windows versions (like Win 7). Also, I would suspect, it will stop working on a version of Windows 10 which Microsoft will spoon-feed its victims in near future.

LibreOffice 6.2 is here: Running up a Tab at the NotebookBar? You can turn it all off if you want

arctic_haze Silver badge

20 years of Open and LibreOffice

Sometimes this year I should celebrate two decades of MS Office-free desktop. No looking back!

Wells Fargo? Well fscked at the moment: Data center up in smoke, bank website, app down

arctic_haze Silver badge

Re: Yep, just checked my accounts, and I am kind of borked....

I used to be a Wells-Fargo client long time ago and I can confirm that their website was rock solid and generally much more user friendly than the websites f banks I now use. Which does not change the fact that all company (banks / utilities etc.) website become more and more cluttered and unusable with time.

Brit Mars bot named while NASA 'nauts must wait a bit longer for a US rocket trip to the ISS

arctic_haze Silver badge

Re: Alternative name for the Brit Mars bot.

It is leaving the Earth. So maybe Earthxit?

Tell NASA to grab the margarita mix – a sextillion-kg salty ring found floating in space

arctic_haze Silver badge

is the Universe getting salty because of what we do with our planet?

Just asking.

Sure, you can keep Grandpa Windows 7 snug in the old code home – for a price

arctic_haze Silver badge

I'm a grandpa and I'm writing the comment on unpatched Win 7

The chaos caused by unready patches are a much more real problem than the hacker threat.

Senior slippery sex stimulator sales exec sacked for shafting .org-asmic cyber-space place, a tribunal hears

arctic_haze Silver badge

That kind of moronism is not rare

I work in a research institution which has the same Internet domain from 1992. Every few years some "genius" proposes to "improve" it, forgetting that for over 25 years of our research people all over the world have added email addresses with that domain to their address books. Also all our research papers have the corresponding author's email address in that domain. We now have two domains and I dread the dey when a pointy-hair manager decides to save on the old one. However it will not be done soon because... the old one is painted on the wall of our main building in letters larger than a grown manager.

For full transparency, I'll add that I'm partial because I chose and registered the original domain of the company (the one painted on the building) in the time my bosses had no idea what Internet is.

OK, smarty pants AI. You can beat us humans at video games. But how about real-world puzzles like Jenga? Oh, oh no

arctic_haze Silver badge

A source of hope

No AI can beat us at eating pizza.

Are you aware of the gravity of the situation on Mars? Why yes, say boffins: We rejigged Curiosity to measure it

arctic_haze Silver badge

We are so used to g = 9.8 m/s^2

It would be fun solving school physics problems on Mars with g = 3.7 m/s^2

Even Windows 10 can't save the PC market as chip shortages, Brexit uncertainties bite

arctic_haze Silver badge

Re: Chip shortage?

However EU made Marmite may be a problem...

Canadians moot methods to embiggen moose monument and make Mac great again

arctic_haze Silver badge

Make Britain geat again

The nation, stressed by the long Brexit saga, needs something to give it some new optimism. Let's put a giant "Theresa May moose" in front of the Parliament. Or even better, send it to Scotland to compensate the Scots fo dragging them out of the EU.

Worried about Brexit food shortages? North Korean haute couture has just the thing

arctic_haze Silver badge

I'm not sure

It would be fun to see the 52% of Brexiters eating their pants. I would however pity the other 48%.

Dear humans, We thought it was time we looked through YOUR source code. We found a mystery ancestor. Signed, the computers

arctic_haze Silver badge

How do you call someone who hates other species?

A specialist?

Ever feel like all your prayers go unheard? The Catholic Church has an app for that

arctic_haze Silver badge

Pray with me that our hard drives do not lose all data

You may pray by liking the message. If you want to lose all data, press dislike.

Huawei and Intel hype up AI hardware, TensorFlow tidbits, and more

arctic_haze Silver badge


...should be the title of the next Stormy Daniels production.

IBM insists it's not deliberately axing older staff. Internal secret docs state otherwise...

arctic_haze Silver badge

Academy > IT

At least for older persons. No one culls professors before the retirement age, and often not even then.

Just updated Windows 7? Can't access network shares? It isn't just you

arctic_haze Silver badge

Not a problem here

I stopped to upgrade both my Windows 7 computers around the time of the Meltdown and Spectre debacle. The risk of doing Microsoft upgrades is much greater than someone exploiting those problems.

Excuse me, sir. You can't store your things there. Those 7 gigabytes are reserved for Windows 10

arctic_haze Silver badge

Easy way to regain the 7 GB

Format everything and install Linux.

Oregon can't stop people from calling themselves engineers, judge rules in Traffic-Light-Math-Gate

arctic_haze Silver badge

Oregon is not a different planet

Although sometimes it thinks it is.

The problem with the law is not restricting anyone to call themselves engineers but putting this restrictions on real engineers who have diploma from other constituencies. What if they had an international engineering conference in Portland or Corvallis? Should every participant be fined?

The solid state of storage in 2018: Latencies, they are dwindling. On-premises, the kit is glistening...

arctic_haze Silver badge

I disagree with all the comments above

Your two-minute infosec roundup: Drone arrests, Alexa bot hack, Windows zero-day, and more

arctic_haze Silver badge

Alexa. lets chat

Alexa, what was that about foster parents and deeper acts?

Staff sacked after security sees 'suspect surfer' script of shame

arctic_haze Silver badge

Re: What a cunt!

I would fuse Lesson #1 and #2 into "No private surfing at work" but I would sound like a very anal person. The only reason it works with me is I actually have no time for that. I dread the day by boss realizes I practically never sit down behind my desk but rather spend time talking to people (this is how I do management tasks). He could have tried to save some space and money on my office :)

Microsoft's 2018, part 1: Open source, wobbly Windows and everyone's going to the cloud

arctic_haze Silver badge

Anus horribilis, indeed.

Or something like that. Forgive me my Latin spelling.

This was the year I decided to stop updating my Windows 7. The risk of bricking the box is much greater than the security threat if you do not use a Microsoft browser and hide the Windows behind a real firewall.

50 years ago: NASA blasts off the first humans to experience a lunar close encounter

arctic_haze Silver badge

I remember watching Armstrong walking on the Moon on the TV

Now I can watch Flat Earth YouTube videos claiming "There is no gravity".

I am deeply worried about our civilization.

Dell EMC spills beans on plans for storage-class memory in PowerMax

arctic_haze Silver badge

The beans

I do hope the English breakfast will not vanish on the continent after the Brexit.

Mark Zuckerberg did everything in his power to avoid Facebook becoming the next MySpace – but forgot one crucial detail…

arctic_haze Silver badge

Re: Is this libel?

Still, a lawsuit about this very article would be not only a possible nightmare for Facebook but also publicity boon for the Reg.

On the first day of Christmas, Microsoft gave to me... an emergency out-of-band security patch for IE

arctic_haze Silver badge

Re: Really?

On Windows 7 Netflix works fine with Firefox.

When I started with the time-slurping website, the support page stated that I needed Silverlight. Luckily the reverse was true and Netflix worked on Firefox only natively.


Biting the hand that feeds IT © 1998–2019