* Posts by nil0

60 posts • joined 1 Aug 2014


Things that make you go .hm... Has a piece of the internet just sunk into the ocean? It appears so


Re: .UK or .GB??

And further, and the root of much confusion:

GB = Great Britain

UK = United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

GB = country code for "United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland"

Oh cool, the Bluetooth 5.1 specification is out. Nice. *control-F* master-slave... 2,000 results


Re: BT?

My wife was struggling to understand the differences between mobile data, wifi and bluetooth on her phone, and why she might want to turn them on or off depending where she is and what she's trying to do.

A process of explanation immensely complicated by the fact that she's with British Telecom, so the toggle for mobile data is labelled 'BT' and the toggle for bluetooth is also labelled 'BT'.


Post-Brexit plan for .EU tweaked: No dot-EU web domains for Europeans in UK, no appeals, etc


Re: In case anyone wonders where the EU got its reputation for thoughtless bureaucracy....

> "Fortunately, I am an American"

That's not a phrase you hear much at the moment...

Struggling with GDPR compliance? Don't waste money on legal advice: Buy a shredder


I got spammed...

...by a company trying to convince me they were the experts when it came to GDBR.

Yes, GDBR.

Get in the bin: Let's Encrypt gives admins until February 13 to switch off TLS-SNI-01


Re: Proof of ownership

It should say DNS-01 or HTTP-01; the latter is working for me without any DNS mucking about.

New Horizons snaps finish buffering: Ultima Thule actually two dust bunnies that got snuggly 4.5 billion years ago


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


Re: Do you actually need a drone to cause this sort of chaos?

And I'm also now fighting the urge to re-watch Die Hard 2.

Black Helicopters

Do you actually need a drone to cause this sort of chaos?

So far I've seen one photo of the drone - just a white dot in the sky, could be anything. You would have thought photos and mobile footage would be all over the interwebs by now.

So the thought occurs - all of this is in response to "reports of drones". Where did those reports come from? Far easier to muck around with a radio using airport frequencies than actually fly a drone, perhaps?

Consultant misreads advice, ends up on a 200km journey to the Exchange expert


Cut the red wire

but not before you've cut the blue wire.

BT, beware: Cityfibre reveals plan to shovel £2.5bn under Britain's rural streets


My experience of Openreach's FTTP rollout

November 2017, an Openreach van and cherry picker turned up, bloke went up to the top of half-a-dozen poles along the lane and nailed in little boxes each with a coil of fibre dangling loose underneath it.


...that's the end of the story.

100,000 home routers recruited to spread Brazilian hacking scam


I found a 3C509 in the loft the other week, along with a bag of BNC T-pieces and terminators...

Microsoft liberates ancient MS-DOS source from the museum and sticks it in GitHub


With all this talk of keyboard layouts...

...may I wave a flag for Microsoft Keyboard Layout Creator?

It's been around since the days of XP, but I've only just stumbled across it. Define your own keyboard layout on Windows - so I've now got lots of AltGr-combinations for things like ° µ Ω ✓ ⌘ ½ → and dead-key combinations for óôòöõ.

Wonderfully geeky fun.

‘Very fine people’ rename New York as ‘Jewtropolis’ on Snapchat, Zillow


"Working to track down the culprit"

Well, here's the idiot who vandalised the OpenStreetMap data:


...and is currently banned until 2038.

The edits were made 20 days ago, and were reverted within a few hours. But presumably Mapbox grabbed the changes in the brief window they were live (or accepted the edits but not the reverts).

I actually wonder if Mapbox's filtering of changes actually worked against them on this one, as the OpenStreetMap community undid the vandalism pretty quickly.

DeepMind AI bots tell Google to literally chill out: Software takes control of server cooling



...we need AI to implement a thermostat nowadays?

(shuffles off, muttering about the youth of today, and how discrete electronics should be enough for anyone, all started going downhill with those fancy-pants op-amps, don't get me started about when microcontrollers came along, and now everything needs plugging into the internet to work, not that anything turns on instantly any more, oh, no, in my day... cont. p.94)

HPE supercomputer is still crunching numbers in space after 340 days



They really, really, really ought to be hammering it by running SETI@Home.

Intel Xeon workhorses boot evil maids out of the hotel: USB-based spying thwarted by fix


Re: Should be disabled in firmsware

> Bosch do a USB-charged wireless hot melt glue gun for this sort of thing.

As long as you remember to charge *before* use. :-)

Western Digital formats hard disk drive factory as demand spins down



(for the old-timers)

At last! Apple admits its MacBook Pro butterfly keyboards utterly suck, offers free replacements


Re: Took me a minute...

ot ad.

IPv6 growth is slowing and no one knows why. Let's see if El Reg can address what's going on



Has huge parallels with GDPR.

We've all known it's been coming for two years, but when did you get your please-please-can-we-keep-spamming-you emails? In a steady trickle over those last two years, or all in a mad rush in the last week or so?

All working now? Crisis in the future? Nah, it's all working now, we'll deal with it later.

Spine-leaf makes grief, says Arista as it reveals new campus kit



Are they reticulated?

'Housemate from hell' catches 24 new charges after alleged nightmare cyberstalking spree


It's Ryan Lin in the original article, and Ryan S. Lin in the PDF. I hope there's not a Matthew Lin in Newton, Massachusetts...

Tesla crash investigation causes dip in 'leccycar firm's share price


So death by lack of white paint. That's nasty - especially as there are comments saying that section of protective barrier was missing because of repeated accidents at that junction.

Needs something like this (UK): https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@51.5481817,-2.5646672,3a,75y,264.91h,88.69t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sTKudFnVgYMSZ8EUuhfQuMQ!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

Is the sudden barrier in a bit of plain tarmac a common US thing?

MY GOD, IT'S FULL OF CARS: SpaceX parks a Tesla in orbit (just don't mention the barge)


...attempt no landing there.


Re: Hank Scorpio / Tony Stark

or Cave Johnson

Fancy coughing up for a £2,000 'nanodegree' in flying car design?



Presumably a nanodegree is 0.000000001 of a full degree?

Going to cost a bit to finish, then...

Watt? You thought the wireless charging war was over? It ain't even begun


I really hope...

...I don't need a pacemaker in the future.

From Vega with love: Pegasus interstellar asteroid's next stop


My God, it's full of stars

> Astronomers have also said the object is ten times as long as it is wide

1:4:9 ?

IBM broke its cloud by letting three domain names expire



At least when the machines rise, we'll only have to survive a year at most before some vital domain lapses and humankind can re-emerge.

CMD.EXE gets first makeover in 20 years in new Windows 10 build




This should help me stop falling in the water and bumping into unnoticed floating eyes.

O (n^2) Canada! Code bugs knacker buses, TV, broadband, phone lines


Toshiba spins out new NAS disk drive with its fastest transfer rate yet


Re: A million hours MTBF?

Hard disk manufacturers and clock manufacturers use a slightly different definition of hour. For small capacity disks the difference is only a few minutes, but on today's much larger disks, the maths multiplies up to make differences of many decades.

Miss Misery on hacking Mr Robot and the Missing Sense of Fun


Episode numbering

> season 1 episode 4 "Exploits" is called eps1.4_3xpl0its.wmv.

Ha, no, that's episode 5. They're numbered from zero. :-)

Apple, Mozilla kill API to deplete W3C battery-snitching standard



Expected website behaviour:

- User is running low on battery, better stop pushing bloated ads at them to save some power.

What would actually happen:

- User is running low on battery, better push as many ads at them as possible while we still have the chance.

EU ruling restricts rights to resell back-up copies of software where originals are damaged, destroyed or lost


Self-destructing media

So cue software companies using time-limited media; you'll be expected to make backup copies before the original media becomes unusable, and you'll never be able to sell the licence on.

US reactor breaks fusion record – then runs out of cash and shuts down


Re: @Etatdame

> Ahh, still having to go to the office, are we?

Well, yeah, superfast broadband will still be "coming to your area soon"

Ransomware scum infect Comic Relief server: Internal systems taken down


Re: Strong password

More examples of week passwords:




What the hex is up with Jupiter's North Pole?



"We’re seeing signs that the clouds have shadows, possibly indicating that the clouds are at a higher altitude than other features.”

Sponsored: How do you pick the right cloud for the right job?

Google 'Solitaire' ... Just do it


Not sure what to think about this

First thought was: cool, that's a nice bit of fun.

Second thoughts are a bit darker. If I were a website offering a solitaire game, I'd be pissed off. Google already has form in intercepting traffic before it gets to websites - quite often, you type a query and Google pops up a box ahead of the search results with the information you're after. Great for the user, but the user then doesn't visit the website.

Instead of directing traffic at relevant websites, Google is increasingly using information scraped from those websites to ensure the user doesn't go beyond Google; it's turning from being a positive source of traffic to a parasite using a website's own content to actually prevent traffic.

So Solitaire, fun, but slightly worrying...

BBC detector vans are back to spy on your home Wi-Fi – if you can believe it


I really don't understand

...why on earth we're still collecting this as a separate fee. Maybe when only a small proportion of people had TVs it made sense, but with near-universal take up, it's daft.

Just the cost of collecting the TV licence fee is around £100million.

Roll the damn thing into general taxation and be done with it.


Re: Eeny, meeny, miny, moe

Following on from www.theregister.co.uk/2015/06/30/windows_10_wi_fi_sense/,


My Microsoft Office 365 woes: Constant crashes, malware macros – and settings from Hell


After holding out for as long as I possibly could, I've just been updated from Office 2003 to 365. I've lived a ribbon-free life up until now.

My reaction upon opening Office 365 was, my god, who's sneezed icons all over the top of my screen?

Shortcut habits are also hard to change - nice to see that 365 still acts on the old shortcuts, but the message "Office access key: Alt, T, Continue typing the menu key sequence from an earlier version of Office..." seems to laugh at me - "I know what the old menu sequences are, but I'm not going to give you any clues"


Re: Thunderbird with Lightening

Very, very frightening, me.

(Galileo) Galileo.

(Galileo) Galileo,

Galileo Figaro


Bees with numberplates will soon be buzzing around London. Why?


Type mismatch

> Bees are fascinating subjects: they travel the distance of London’s congestion charging zone

Does not compile:

Line 703: Error C2440: cannot convert from 'const area' to 'distance'

========== Build: 0 succeeded, 1 failed, 0 up-to-date, 0 skipped ==========

Cygnus spacecraft on fire

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Is Windows 10 ignoring sysadmins' network QoS settings?


Nicely timed article

I made the change to Win 10 on Tuesday, and have been seeing precisely this.

I'm on a sub-2Mbps link, and I use the bandwidth controls on my router to fairly share out the bandwidth available (i.e. make sure I can work and use the VoIP phone even if the kids are watching YouTube videos). It's always worked reasonably well.

Since switching to Windows 10 I've found that although the throttling of 'normal' traffic (web browsing, downloads, YouTube, etc) still works fine, when Windows Update is downloading something it eats every available bit of bandwidth - to the extent that not only do I get time outs trying to load web pages on my own machine, other PCs in the house also struggle to connect at all.

Which is crazy, as you'd expect Windows Update traffic to be the lowest priority on the network; it's non-interactive, happening in the background, and should be happy to trickle feed at a slow rate or when there's bandwidth available. I've even tried using the local group policy editor to throttle down the maximum rate at which BITS can download, but it still seems to just blast away...

G4S call centre staff made 'test' 999 calls to hit performance targets


UK digital minister denies legal right to 10Mbps is 'damp squib'


Re: @ AC

It's a mute point.

Queen's Speech: Ministers, release the spaceplanes!*



> They appear to put the onus on broadband providers to ensure that folk have access to 10Mps - providing they can't get it through other means such as 4G or satellite.

So, seeing as everyone can get satellite ('can get' and 'want' being different things), this applies to no-one, I'm guessing. Convenient.

Three-bit quantum gate a step closer to universal quantum computer


Re: BBQ ?

Didn't get that far - was too busy wondering why they built it on a Lego board. Found myself looking around for the mini-figures to get a sense of scale.


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