* Posts by Doctor Syntax

16449 posts • joined 16 Jun 2014

Intel's Atom C2000 chips are bricking products – and it's not just Cisco hit

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Re: So just swap the whole processor board.

"Just askin' (apologies if it's a daft question)."

Not a daft question. I'm not familiar with the product.

If the drives are nothing but data and the whole thing is driven by firmware on the processor board then it would be a tad difficult. It would depend on being able to find an alternate device with sufficiently similar firmware which would be entirely down to the software being generic. Without going off & researching that I've no idea whether it is or whether it's proprietary.

If the drives have an OS on them then it would depend on the OS including the right drivers. There's always a problem, even with general purpose OS's, of having support for newer or even older hardware.

Short answer, "similar-enough" might not exist.

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Re: Been there done that.

"A BGA resolder properly done can go to 400$ a piece.. so it makes no sense to do it on synologys...and yet hey, there is your data."

So just swap the whole processor board.

Intel Atom chips have been dying for at least 18 months – only now is truth coming to light

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Is it just this particular Intel line that has a problem? Are their others that haven't come to light yet? This one might have stayed under the radar if it hadn't been for the Cisco announcement.

Cut off: Big government IT wallets snap shut on BT's fingers

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Re: "bankrupt"

"BT is an object lesson in everything wrong with privatisation."

And the black telephone rationing organisation was an object lesson in everything wrong with nationalisation.

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Re: "bankrupt"

"the sale of mmo2"

Touch of the alt news here. BT split. If you had n shares of BT you woke up next morning wiht n shares of BT, now worth something less, and n shares of MMO2.

Repeat after me: "BT did not sell MMO2"

After some time as an independent company MMO2 was taken over by Telefonica.

AFAICT the reason for the split was that BT thought that the licence bidding was too rich. It was a typical piece of BT management's thinking. It ended, of course, with them having to pay out a huge chunk of cash to buy themselves back into the market and still ended up being 12% owned by Deutsch Telekom.

Got an OpenBSD Web server? Better patch it

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Re: Got a computer Web server? Better patch it

"Shouldn't that be computer Web server?"

No. It's specifically OpenBSD's implementation.

Trump's cybersecurity strategy kinda makes sense, so why delay?

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Re: Bah!

It's also teaching us that the blame can eventually come bouncing back. When it does it gets amplified. Cover-ups never look good when found out.

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Re: Reason why Trump didn't sign cybersecurity executive order

"The Pro-Linux brigade hijacking a thread"

Good try. Unfortunately for your comment, it didn't happen. One post does not a hijack make.

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Probably objections from the NSA & FBI. They don't want anybody going round bolting back doors, they wouldn't be able to keep an eye on the rest of govt. & worse still, the habit might spread to the proles.

NASA's Curiosity puts cat among the climate pigeons: Lack of CO2 sinks water theory

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" Maybe it is just sediment from past wind blown dust that has been buried and under huge pressures for millions of years and then exposed and eroded by wind and extreme temperature changes to form a feature that looks like a lake bed."

I'm not sure if it's possible for a wind-blown deposit to look like a lake bed. Dunes lead to cross-bedding which is pretty distinctive, see the pictures in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cross-bedding . I'm not familiar with loess but the same source suggests it's not stratified: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loess . Possibly wind-blown deposition effects could happen on Mars but I'd expect that these two would be readily recognisable to geologists.

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Re: "which was supposedly a lot thicker"

"They assume there had been liquid water because theyinterpret surface features through a model based on the geological processes that take place on earth."

OK, there are surface features which suggest the presence of a liquid. What liquid?

Virtual monopoly on UK cell towers and TV masts up for sale

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Re: Actual broadcast has a lot of advantages.

"probably 5 or 6 that are unliklely to have any internet connection because the residents are elderly."

IME you'd have to count rather more than 5 or 6 elderly households to find a single one that doesn't have an internet connection.

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"Anyone else think merger with a BT free Openreach to Make UK Comms Grid?"

Here's an alternative thought. BT float off Retail and the various odd non-comms bits that they're crap at under some vacuous names such as P2, O3 (Ozone?) etc so that the BT is now just the old OpenReach business. Then they buy Arqiva.

UK uni KCL spunks IT budget on 'reputation management' after IT disaster headlines

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Re: Mountain out of a mole hill

"Do you tell your boss every little wrinkle that would just worry him? I don't"

1. Backups not working is more than a little wrinkle.

2. Managers need to be told significant stuff, especially if it's bad news. Managers who discourage being told bad news are very bad managers and wide open to any passing disaster looking for a place to happen.

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Point of information

"departments across the university"

Although in at least one place on its website Kings calls itself a University it is, in fact, still a college of the University of London.

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Re: Mountain out of a mole hill

"That's why you have Managers."

Managers might disagree. The reason you have managers is ... pay?...bonuses?

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Re: Mountain out of a mole hill


"Lets also make no mistake, the borking that happened at KCL was down to KCL operations technicians. You could argue there was a lack of management oversight, but fundamentally someone wasn't testing the backups."

Are you by any chance in management?

Streetmap loses appeal against Google Maps dominance judgement

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"f you want a specialised A-to-Z style road map then Streetmap is definitely the one to go for. For general purpose mapping, including satellite overlays, then Google Maps is better."

Specialised A-Z mapping doesn't have contour mapping. Streetmap has the OS maps. Maybe you were just looking at the name.

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For maps of Great Britain Streetmap is what I always recommend. Google may have satellite imagery but for anyone able to read maps Streetmap gives a much better view of the lie of the land. I usually prefer its placename search although it does have a few quirks. It's a great pity it doesn't extend into Ireland, not even N Ireland.

Why don't you all just f-f-f-fade away, Kaspersky asks generation SocMed

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So you're backing up from one on-line service to another, not to somewhere under your own control. Why? Oh, I see - cloudz.

Sage Business School founder imprisoned – but you wouldn't know it

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I'm still wondering how he managed to transfer >£100k out of the country whilst the raid was being carried out. Did nobody think it might have been a good idea to keep an eye on what he was doing?

Chrome 56 quietly added Bluetooth snitch API

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"As a middle aged, balding, pot bellied man, I don't want to see adverts for Barbie dolls or frilly dresses, I want to see adverts for powertools, beer and gadgets."

Frankly, unless I'm specifically looking for something I don't want to see adverts for any of them. If I need something I'll conduct a search. When I've done that I'll try to avoid any vendor who's managed to piss me off by slinging ads at me in the past.

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Re: Shopping

"My biggest worry is one day stores will just cease providing direct purchase options via CC, and you will have no choice but to go through Google or PayPal."

OTOH, if you pay through PayPal you have to trust just one business. With CC you have to trust every single place you shop to keep your CC details safe; good luck with that.

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Re: It gets worse every year it seems...

"However, I have never been asked by a website to access my Camera or Microphone unless it was legitimate for the task it was trying to do - voice calls, conferencing etc."

Why do you think all those sites which have accessed your camera and microphone for illegitimate reasons didn't ask you?

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A year or so ago there was a lot of talk about Thunderbird finding a new home and the Document Foundation was mentioned. My own view was that they would do well to take over not only Thunderbird but also Seamonkey. I liked the idea of a browser free from the influences of both Google and Mozilla. Sadly I haven't heard about the Thunderbird proposals for months.

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In another place (OK, /.) there was an article on an Olimex laptop and comment was passed on the 1GB memory and what couldn't be done with it. Someone said that nobody sane runs an out-of-date web-browser. In this case nobody sane runs an up-to-date Chrome.

BBC and Snap. But, why?

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Idea for a new BBC educational programme

It would be called "Let's talk Bollocks". On the basis of Six episodes, containing some unseen natural history footage, will be formatted for a “vertical mobile viewing experience”, the BBC says, in what it describes as “a first for a mobile audience”. it would seem that BBC management are fluent speakers of this language and would be able to present the programme without having to recruit externally.

BT's ball-juggling routine can only go on so long

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Re: Do what you know about!

AFAICR all this overseas non-core stuff was an attempt to have part of the business outside the regulated area. They've been trying for well over a couple of decades. They've been consistently crap at managing it.

Big Tech files anti-Trump brief: Immigration ban illegal and damaging to business

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"it makes great sense to have a temporary ban on countries that export terrorists.

He could say he opposes serial killers working in child care and the left would protest and big tech would file lawsuits."

OK, let's try to compare those two statements rationally. Let's look at the second. Being a serial killer would be something you know about the person. Can you give any credible argument why "the left" and "big tech" would object to such a person working in child care? Really? Of course you can't.

Now let's go back and look at the first statement. Most countries that "export"* terrorists (to use your hyperbolic description) are actually populated by people who are not terrorists. So you really don't know anything much about any particular person coming from there.** This is a very different case to limiting the activities of someone of whom you know a great deal on the basis of knowledge.

It's sad that we have to give basic lessons on thinking to el Reg readers.

* Let's not forget that the US "exported" terrorism to N Ireland by failing to stop individuals and organisations financing it.

** Except, for instance, that they're just a tourist trying to transit through a US airport on their way home from holiday.

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Re: ...

"There is also a lot of terrorist related activity in each of these countries. Some caution on folks arriving from there would seem reasonable."

OK, let's use the same logic on a different attribute. A lot of rapes are committed by males. Caution on males arriving would be reasonable. Does it still make sense? If not, why not? Assuming you got as far as answering the second question go back and review the original version in light of what you've just worked out.

Slammer worm slithers back online to attack ancient SQL servers

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Lessons have been learned.

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"Only a few customers were affected"

"Your security is important to us"

"Nation state attack"

We'll hear all the old familiar lines. I wonder who from...

Thought your data was safe outside America after the Microsoft ruling? Think again

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Re: Email is like a postcard

"But what happens when you have to communicate OUTSIDE your domain?"

Not using a US-based multinational is a starting point.

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Re: "Unless you go the full totalitarian, and run a private security state"

"Someone with enough cojones"

The usual rejoinder on this side of the pond is "You and whose army?". That, in effect, is the question I posed. In the event of a face-off who would be responsible for enforcing or opposing and on which side would they come down.

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Re: America's increasing isolation (@ AC)

"this was long before safe harbour was shown to be so much hot air, but our lawyers had already come to that conclusion"

I hope they didn't bill you too much for that. A couple of seconds' worth would be about right.

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Re: I don't see this as a problem

"This order concerns a US citizen and US company, with offshore data. The precedent would be limited to such cases or similar."

If I understand the article correctly a part of the argument rests on Google moving data about between jurisdictions for their own convenience. I can very easily see a lawyer arguing that the precedent applies whatever the nationality of the data subject and getting away with it. That's similar, thin end of the wedge etc.

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Re: "Unless you go the full totalitarian, and run a private security state"

"That would be the 1 clause act suspending The Senate and Congress and instituting direct rule from the Oval Office."

My understanding of the US constitution is fairly restricted but an Act would indicate Congress & Senate, rather as it would indicate Hoc & Lords in the UK. So do you think they'd suspend themselves?

An Executive Order might attempt this but AIUI there are then mechanisms in place to declare the President unfit.

In the event of the excrement entering the aircon in this fashion who'd have to implement such rival orders & who would they side with?

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Re: America's increasing isolation

"And even if Germany (in particular) don't like it, are the German government really going to say "boo" to America?"

So? It'd go up to the ECJ in that case. Actually Germany are quite sensitive about this. Stasi for one thing & Merkel's phone for another.

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Re: America's increasing isolation

"corporations: don't give two hoots about (their customers') privacy. If using infrastructure in the USA saves them 0.5% costs they will do so. They will give lip service to privacy, just another corporate lie."

A few cases brought under GDPR once it comes into force and they'll give more than two hoots. They'll give some substantial fines.

Brexploitation? Adobe gets creative with price hikes

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Re: Inevitbale

"I think we all saw that coming."

No, there always seemed to be those who thought it was a good idea. They thought it was working out cheaper.

For $deity's sake, smile! It's Friday! Sad coders write bad code – official

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Re: bullshit

"they expect us to maintain huge ancient codebases"

That's probably the code that's paying everyone's wages, including those of devs doing all the shiny stuff. The shiny stuff will either become legacy in due course or be forgotten about while the old stuff keeps running and running.

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Re: Deadlines

In database work, for example, it may be even confirmed in an email from on-high that "you can leave postal addresses as one field, we'll never need anything more detailed."

The law of inverse sensitivity:

It's not important == It's critical

I must have it this way == Nobody will care except the one knob-end who'd moved onto something else, never to return, before he even finished speaking.

It won't change == It'll be the most volatile aspect of the whole system

HPE SAN causes four-day outage at Australian Tax Office

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Look on the bright side, they forgot "lessons will be learned".


Would you like to know why I get a lot of action at night?

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Re: State of the art

"We had to make holes in punchcards by hand."

You mean you didn't have to cut the cards out by hand?

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Re: the tissue distribution

" There are times when I wonder how easy it would be to build a powerful focussed-EMP device. Just for experimentation honest."

I've often thought a piece of burning paper tossed in through the open window would be enough.

AI vuln-hunter bots have seen things you people wouldn't believe

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Re: Let's be realistic

"Its not hard to do, I even wrote a system in the 00's which rewrote software... converting ISAM to SQL data sources."

Not procedural to OOP, but I saw ISAM to SQL being done in the '80s.

New SMB bug: How to crash Windows system with a 'link of death'

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Re: Just a quick check

"SMB was (is?) a local LAN service"

Generally but it relies on IP addressing, unlike the old Netware protocol which wasn't routeable. This extract from TFA doesn't mention any such restrictions:

This can be done by tricking a victim into clicking on a malicious link to a share in an email in Outlook, or by embedding in a webpage an invisible image with a source URL to an evil file server and getting the mark to visit the site using Internet Explorer, for example."

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Re: Just a quick check

"Did I miss something?"

Malicious server inside the firewall.

The ports having to be open for reasons which apply in a potential victim's use case but not in yours.

Maybe others.

Guess who's suffering an email outage. Go on, it's as easy as 123-Reg

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Re: Why would you use email from 123/GoDaddy/HostPapa etc. anyway?

"longnamewithnumbers@hotmail says different."

In my case it says spam bin.

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Re: Why would you use email from 123/GoDaddy/HostPapa etc. anyway?

"Searching Gmail for two ancient invoices I just entered the cash total in the search box. From 1.5 GB of emails they were found almost instantly."

If I want to search old emails I search them locally. It might not be as fast as Google but the emails are right here on my own box. That includes emails from previous providers. I can't see any reason to keep them remotely: it's my mail, not Google's or anyone else's.

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