* Posts by ckm5

325 posts • joined 24 Aug 2013


Dear Britain's mast-fearing Nimbys: Do you want your phone to work or not?


Re: mast sharing

It also helps that CDMA was a favored technology in the US. CDMA requires 1/4 of the cell density versus GSM....

Sniff the love: Subaru's SUVs overwhelmed by scent of hair shampoo, recalls 2.2 million cars


As someone else pointed out, they probably switched from gold plated to unplated switches as they were $0.00001 cents cheaper.


That's simply not true, switches inside cars are almost never sealed. I have been working on cars for 30+ years and I don't think I've ever seen a car with fully sealed switches.

As far as 'self-cleaning', that sounds like a bunch of marketing hype. Yeah, terminals probably scrap of the gunk, but that's hardly a design feature.

Three-quarters of crucial border IT systems at risk of failure? Bah, it's not like Brexit is *looks at watch* err... next month


Re: What possible delay?

No, it's going to part it's cheeks and accept whatever painful deal the US forces on it. Look into Liam Fox's background, and you can see that's his wet dream. The UK as the 51st state, though one without any representation or power, blindly following US rules.

Well, the US has already said there would be no quick trade deal https://www.kitv.com/story/40053335/britains-hopes-of-a-trade-deal-with-america-just-suffered-a-big-blow and https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/us-uk-trade-deal-brexit-deal-theresa-may-trump-ambassador-woody-johnson-a8705056.html

I'm sure China & Russia will be happy to do a quick deal, however.


Re: What possible delay?

Also no economic bollocks from the Treasury and BoE, gov, propaganda paid by taxpayers from the gov, etc. As if they could manage that.

You mean other than two major employers (Honda and Nissan) announcing they are pulling out of the UK with loss of up to 50k jobs? And Dyson relocating HQ to Singapore? Or Jim Ratcliffe pulling the Brexit parachute over Monaco?

Let's face it, the UK is, at best, a second rate economy - it's not even as large as California - and without the EU would struggle in the face of raw global competition. And it will take decades to replace all the trade agreements the EU already has with the rest of the world. And your famous 'special relationship' partner has already said 'no deal' to a trade deal, so there goes that.

Even the head of the Carlyle Group - vulture capitalists par excellance - thinks it's a terrible idea - https://pitchbook.com/news/articles/carlyles-david-rubenstein-wants-second-brexit-vote-as-uk-pe-deals-dwindle

Thing is, delusions of empire don't really count in the real world. Leaving the worlds largest trading block because Polish people are doing the work no British person wants to do is a great way to turn your 2nd rate economy into a 3rd rate economy.

Maybe you can sell off your new aircraft carriers to fund the NHS for another six months. I'm sure Brazil, India or Thailand would offer you a good price. Maybe even the Russians, who are bound to be your new BFF. After all, they did engineer this brilliant political coup call Brexit.

Germany tells America to verpissen off over Huawei 5G cyber-Sicherheitsbedenken


Re: "with US-only standards [...] being dropped in favour of LTE, because it was cheaper to buy."

"You know that US for a long time lagged behind Europe and Japan in mobile, because telcos were much more worried about customer lock-in than improving the network? "

This is a common misunderstanding.

The reason why the US never warmed to GSM is because the cell radius is 1/4 that of CDMA. In a large, lightly populated country like the US, GSM require 4 to 6 times more infrastructure to build out.

So the largest carriers chose CDMA instead. The fact that it was incompatible with the rest of the world was not that much of an issue since most Americans don't really travel internationally.

And, in reality, CDMA was better than GSM in many ways, so much so that it became the basis for LTE.....

Techie in need of a doorstop picks up 'chunk of metal' – only to find out it's rather pricey


Re: Did a spell at Lockheed

It was in satellite assembly at Moffett field circa 2009, so, yes, space rated.

That's why I said "sat RF" - woosh -

PS - not sure what you 'other info' is other than the LSD mentioned in another post.... There is nothing particularly secret about Lockheed sat assembly facility - https://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Where-science-takes-flight-Lockheed-marks-50-2469631.php


Re: thiefses

Reminds me of a friend that had a cast iron engine head stolen from his van, probably $10 of scrap value. The thing was, there was $3000 of machining in the that head and it had the magic max power set of machining for a race car.... The iron of this is that he had put $100 in cash in the glove box specifically to discourage anyone from stealing the head!


Did a spell at Lockheed

and the sat RF guys often machined cases out of solid gold. I was told they had 2.5 tons of the stuff onsite. No wonder security looked like the SWAT team.....

Bad news for WannaCry slayer Marcus Hutchins: Judge rules being young, hungover, and in a strange land doesn't obviate evidence


Re: Don't care what country it is

If saying anything might cause you harm, it is reasonable to keep quiet even if the law (unreasonably) punishes you for it. The basic rule of thumb anywhere on the planet (and I've lived in 7 different countries) is not to say a thing.

If they wind up beating the crap out of you, they you should tell them whatever they want to here, even if it is false. That's what they taught us in the kidnapping training I had years ago when I was an overseas gov't official.

Google's stunning plan to avoid apps slurping Gmail inboxes: Charge devs for security audits


Re: What about IMAP?

The only real difference is credentials by proxy (Oauth) or directly via an 'application password'.

The level of information you access AFAIK is the same.


Just use IMAP

Seem pretty obvious but this in no way affects the IMAP interface AFAIK, only Oauth-authenticated APIs.

Edit: Ninja'd above by Doug S.

OK, it's early 2019. Has Leeds Hospital finally managed to 'axe the fax'? Um, yes and no


Re: paper records

Almost all prescriptions require signed paper documents. Most pharmacies expect to get these faxed to them by doctors for confirmation.

That is the *default* way things happen. Do you really want to screw around with a system that your life might depend on?

Red Hat gets heebie-jeebies over MongoDB's T&Cs squeeze: NoSQL database dropped from RHEL 8B over license


That is very true

In the last several companies I've worked with, I've actively discouraged people from using software not supported by their cloud provider.

Why? Because the whole idea of using cloud based infrastructure is about offloading large chunks of maintenance to someone else. Rolling your own just defeats the purpose.

Amazon takes aim at MongoDB with launch of Mongo-compatible DocumentDB


Re: So a US tax-dodging megacorp can patent 'rounded corners'...

Please explain how using a piece of open source software in accordance to it's license is 'ripping off free software built by others' - which, as a sentence, seems to be contradictory - how can you rip off something that is free?

Failure to find a viable business model is not the fault of the users....

And, before you lecture me about licenses, I've actually co-authored 2 OSI approved licenses, so.....


If it's open source, no one is ripping it off...

Love how El Reg's shill bought into MongoDBs PR blitz about people using their open source software were somehow 'ripping them off' by following the licensing terms....

MongoDB's failure to figure out a viable business model is not the fault of users. It is not the responsibility of users of open source to fund venture backed startups.

If they wanted to monetize their software, they should have released it under a commercial license, but then they would have had to pay for market acquisition instead of getting it for free from the open source community.....

Mainframe brains-slurper sues IBM for 'age discrim', calls Ginny and biz 'morally bankrupt'


Sound like a business opportunity...

Start a company that only hires people with 15+ years of experience and rent them back to their old companies for 100x the price. Take 20% give the rest to your staff... Rinse, repeat.


Why should they have loyalty?

Pretty much all employers have shown zero loyalty to employees. There is no reason any employee, young or old, should show any loyalty......

And firing the people who know how to do shit is a perfect example for any 'millennial' of why they shouldn't stick around...

Silicon Valley CEO thrown in the cooler for three years, ordered to pay back $1.5m for bullsh*tting investors


Don't fake documents

It's one thing to exaggerate your potential, pretty much everyone does that. But faking documents is a big no-no.


Re: Ok, now this is FAKE NEWS

Says someone who has no idea, has never worked for a startup, has never raised money and lives nowhere near any VCs.

Anyone asking you if you have $2m in revenue is not a VC, that should be your first clue.

London's Gatwick airport suspends all flights after 'multiple' reports of drones


Re: Wow, blundering around like freshly castrated cattle.

Shotgun with plastic pellets or rock salt from a helicopter. Hell, even a blast of water would do it.

American bloke hauls US govt into court after border cops 'cuffed him, demanded he unlock his phone at airport'


Re: Just say "Yes Sir"

I always travel with a clean laptop & phone, have for almost 20 years.

Why? Because I don't trust anyone, particularly hotel staff. Getting my laptop stolen would be a nightmare for work reasons. Getting my phone stolen might lead to all sorts of identity theft problems I don't want to deal with.

No need to hide anything - I just don't want to deal with the consequences of having stuff stolen.


Re: Good luck

Unless they revoke his citizenship (which is pretty much impossible as he was born in the US...), he has a right to be in the US.

Stay classy: Amazon's Jassy gets sassy with Larry


Re: Redshift was announced in 2012!

@mr_anonymous_Oracle_PR_flack Those top 10 lists are bullshit - the only people who put out any information about the size of their data warehouses are the ones that have something to gain from the PR....

Fact is a ton of people have moved away from traditional vendors, including Oracle, because their shit just doesn't work in modern, high performance distributed systems - Netflix made this point years ago when they tried a traditional BI stack and it failed miserably.

Official: IBM to gobble Red Hat for $34bn – yes, the enterprise Linux biz


Re: Maybe ask the Bluebox guys at IBM how well things went


The D in Systemd stands for 'Dammmmit!' A nasty DHCPv6 packet can pwn a vulnerable Linux box


Not possible

Leonard's code is perfect, he said so.

Redis has a license to kill: Open-source database maker takes some code proprietary


Re: "when you contribute to an open-source project, [...] you're not going to get paid for that"

"Sure, and then go to live under a bridge alone (and be careful about trolls!), while Google, Amazon, Facebook & C. make billions out of your efforts... and it doesn't look they are making the world better, actually it looks they are making it worse."

While it's undoubtedly true that most 'cloud' companies were enabled by open source, there is a lot more to their businesses that just using some open source software.

It's kinda like saying that because you can machine parts, you are capable of building a car....

Fundamentally, it's not really about bits of code, but how they are integrated, managed, maintained and marketed. After you've figured all that out, you need to figure out how to make money.

For most large internet companies, the answer is not 'we sell code' but 'we sell eyeballs'.... Which is exactly why this whole discussion is kinda inane - Google et al are not selling code, they are selling access to people. Even AWS is not selling code, they are selling access to a blob of compute time/resources the details of which are irrelevant.


I'm pretty sure that Google employs more open source developers than pretty much any other company. It's easy to forget that that was the point of open source, to allow people to contribute to the development of software and have their work be visible by others. It was not really thought of as a way for people who voluntarily contribute to monetize their code directly.....

Fundamentally, there is no such thing as an 'open source economic model'. Open source can be a strategy within another business model, but it is not, in itself, a business model. That is the problem with this whole 'Commons Clause' thing.

Disclaimer - I spend years helping a lot of large & small tech companies develop open source strategies, including some in this article - also helped create the Linux Foundation.


Re: Suicide

All this is going to result in is fragmentation. It's not good for open source but the fundamental problem is that people expect to be paid for what is, in fact, a voluntary contribution.....

Rights groups challenge UK cops over refusal to hand over info on IMSI catchers


To quote Benjamin Franklin "Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety."

The fact is that the crooks that you should worry about are well aware of IMSI devices and either use burner phones, land lines or have bought/downloaded IMSI spoof detectors (like this https://github.com/CellularPrivacy/Android-IMSI-Catcher-Detector).

The public has a right to know about who has devices that can be mis-used for political or personal purposes so they can watch the watchers.

Shock Land Rover Discovery: Sellers could meddle with connected cars if not unbound


Re: Hire car data

Even in the US, where there are virtually no privacy laws, a phone number is considered PII and it subject to data control laws.

I would venture to guess that the GPDR considers a phone number PII.....

Google to build private trans-Atlantic cable from US to France


Re: Google braced for giant Android fine from EU

It's more likely due to Brexit and the fact that most (all?) trans-Atlantic cables terminate in the UK. Having data going through a 3rd country with different laws (esp. when added to the GPDR) is likely to be an issue.

They probably needed more capacity anyway, so bypassing the UK was just a routing decision.


Google was down longer

Outage started at 12:16 and, according to our tech support @ Google, took out all of storage and most of networking SDNs worldwide. Affected companies included SnapChat, Spotify and Pokemon Go. Even Google's enterprise support portal was offline.... Had to resort to the phone and call support....

For us, we noticed almost as soon as it happened and migrated to a backup system in ~10 minutes. Which is good as an extended outage can cost our clients upwards of $1m/hr.

I was surprised the Reg had no story about it, it was a pretty massive outage. It seems every time AWS belches there is a story about how AWS is doomed, Google must have much better PR people...

Hipster horror! Slack has gone TITSUP: Total inability to support user procrastination


You mean like email? Or the phone system?


Re: use one that you can plug into




Beside, your suggestion also costs money https://about.mattermost.com/pricing/ and deploying open source is not free, either in dollars or time.


Re: Slack is down! OMG

My inbox currently has 70k+ unread messages - to say email is close to useless would be an understatement...


Re: I never even noticed

No, email is borderline useless for realtime communications. When you have teams across 3 timezones, it's pretty much invaluable. Besides, my email is flooded with vendor spam and other useless correspondence, so chances are I'll just miss anything significant.

Yeah, you could use IRC, but Slack has all these third party integrations that make our lives a lot easier.

Oddly enough, when a Tesla accelerates at a barrier, someone dies: Autopilot report lands


It does have emergency stop if (eg) the car in front of you slams it's brakes on, but as explained up thread, it might not be able to 'see' stationary objects.

That's ridiculous - my 10 year old Volvo can 'see' stationary objects and will warn about them loudly, as in windshield flashing red and lots of warning noises.... No automated braking as it's too old for that feature, but cruise control will dramatically slow down the car if engaged, including downshifting for engine braking.

Happens sometimes if you are in a long left turn lane cut out of a median and there is a control box or other square-ish object on the other end of the turn lane (but on the other side of the cutout) which you may be approaching rapidly as you reach the left turn point...

GNOMEs beat Microsoft: Git Virtual File System to get a new name


Re: How about

Guess your friend is never going to use Linux? Or countless other pieces of OSS that MSFT has contributed to?

It's all fine and good to fight the good fight, but not when the fight ended centuries ago.

Let me give you a hint - Linux and OSS won.

"If Microsoft ever does applications for Linux it means I've won." - Linus Torvalds, 1998 - http://www.cnn.com/TECH/computing/9810/01/whylinux.idg/

Not moving on is just childish.

Cambridge Analytica dismantled for good? Nope: It just changed its name to Emerdata


Re: "because the liberal press sat on it"

Don't feed the troll, it only encourages them

Danish Navy expert finds no trace of exhaust gas in private submarine


Re: Bah!

Apparently they found evidence he had a fantasy about this sort of thing. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/10/03/danish-submarine-builder-accused-murdering-kim-wall-had-films/

It's 2018 and… wow, you're still using Firefox? All right then, patch these horrid bugs


Destroys all saved data

Fucking annoyingly, the FF update destroys ALL your saved data, including all your saved login data.

I've used FF for donkeys years and never had this problem, but now I've lost possibly hundreds of logins.

Oh well, just another fuck you from some engineers who couldn't give a shit less about user experience.

WikiLeave? Assange tipped for Ecuadorian eviction


Re: "A third country might offer a new couch"

Technically, as soon as you are issued a diplomatic visa for the country you are going to, you are granted diplomatic immunity. Theoretically you need to 'preset your papers' to the local foreign ministry, but in practice just the issuance of a diplomatic visa is enough. Most countries will just issue a diplomatic visa as a matter of course - you often need them when traveling from A to B....


Re: Here's a question

The Israelis have done this more than once. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mordechai_Vanunu

US Senators force vote on Ctrl-Z'ing America's net neutrality death


Re: Follow the money

There are somewhere between 4000 and 7000 tech companies in the US, all fighting for survival. Collectively, they are driving roughly 30% of the US economy.

That's what's at stake.

China will be perfectly to have said tech companies. They are already taking the lead in clean/green tech and free trade.

Just keep working at making China great again, because that will make great future for your kids.


Re: Likely won't pass, but...

Until, you know, Love Canal*. Then everyone else in the world can point and laugh at your stupidity.

* "national symbol of a failure to exercise a sense of concern for future generations"



Re: "The floor of the Senate"

Said someone on the internet who has no idea how government actually works in the real world....


Re: The More I read About the US of A....

Might want to get your facts straight. Republicans were the ones that abolished slavery: https://www.cnn.com/2012/08/25/politics/cnn-explains-gop-party/index.html

Democrats were the ones that wanted to keep it going.

(ninja'd, figures)

The current crop of Republicans are not about slavery or discrimination, what they are all about is pure, unfettered capitalism in the worst sense of the word. Free from any moral or societal concerns, with the rich getting richer and the poor getting screwed (which is their fault, 'cause they're, well, poor).

They are also cynically trying to bankrupt the federal government to justify massive cuts to anything than looks like income transfer from the rich to the poor, eg. social security, housing/food support or any sort of health care.


Re: The More I read About the US of A....

It's been a third-world country in many ways for some time. And I say that as someone who voluntarily came to live in the USA..... At least there is not much low level corruption and salaries keep you out of starvation.

Republican tax bill ready to rescue hard-up tech giants, struggling rich


Re: Thomas Claburn - Define Wealthy

It's probably easiest to define as what percent your earnings fall into. I would argue that anyone in the top 2% of earnings is 'rich' (over $400k/year in the US)+. Of course, a lot depends on geography as well, but I have yet to see a geographically weighted earnings percentage chart.

Just as a side note, in San Francisco a family of four is considered below poverty if they earn less than about $105k*, which in some parts of the US would make them rich....

+ http://money.cnn.com/calculator/pf/income-rank/index.html

* see https://www.huduser.gov/portal/datasets/il/il2017/2017summary.odn


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