* Posts by choleric

339 posts • joined 7 Oct 2014


Super Cali optimistic right-to-repair's negotious, even though Apple thought it was something quite atrocious


Re: "PLEASE can these headlines actually scan?"

Don't you also have to say "Apple" in one syllable?

I hear tcmonkey's comment about abandoning El Reg, but feel that leaving without fighting for something you love, or at least posting a comment, would be foolish! And in all honesty I can cope with a bit of brain-manglement for the sake of the rest of my fave IT red-top news website content.


Oh shush!

See title.

PLEASE can these headlines actually scan? It takes me a while to work out how they are meant to work, and then to realise that they don't. I feel like the self-checkout machine with an unexpected item in the bagging area. </angst>

Perhaps this is the whole point and we are meant to throw a General Protection Fault whenever Super Cali does something worthy of public humiliation?

BOFH: Bye desktop, bye desk. Hello 'slab and a beanbag on the floor



Absolutely brilliant!

NASA boffins show Moon water supply could – er, this can't be right? – come from the Sun


Finding more hydrogen

> Hydroxyl molecules, however, need one more hydrogen molecule to turn into water. The next step is to figure out how to get all that hydrogen.

IANAC but two options spring to mind.

1) It would appear that the solar wind is a good source of protons, can that not be exploited?

2) Or, simply take what hydroxyl you do have and evolve molecular oxygen and water from it.

4OH -> 2H2O + O2

Hey presto: water and oxygen! Just add food and we are good to go.

How's this for sci-fi: A cosmic river of 4,000 stars dazzles lifeforms as it flows through a galaxy. And that galaxy is the Milky Way


Re: Continents and Stars

> The "S" goes at the top.

Wouldn't that be called north then? I gather that the south pole is in fact a north (magnetic) pole, so maybe this all works out ok in the end?

Musk shows off the latest power plant for Starship, replaces Tesla CFO with a millennial


Re: Methane?

Yes it's understood to be methane and oxygen. Interesting feature of this engine that's causing some chatter is the way the curvature of the exhaust bell varies along it. Seems they may be experimenting with a method of allowing efficient deep throttling.

Trying to log into Office 365 right now? It's a coin flip, says Microsoft: Service goes TITSUP as Azure portal wobbles


Re: Just switch it off and back on again...

Yep, that was my favourite line too. I shall be filing it away for deployment in the not too distant future.

Core blimey... When is an AMD CPU core not a CPU core? It's now up to a jury of 12 to decide


Re: None of the above

"More to the point here, buying a processor module without performing a minimal evaluation of how it works, and in particular whether its performance is suitable for its intended purpose, is not due diligence."


Buying processors involves careful evaluation, I come back to the processor market every 2 to 3 years and I have to re-educate myself each time to understand the technology of the day and it's pros and cons.

The terminology varies over this time period, with terms changing their meaning. Additionally AMD and Intel call similar features by different names simultaneously. It's always like comparing apples to oranges.

The key factor is never the marketing guff, it's the real world experience of running your particular workload.

If you know enough to understand what "cores" means then you know enough to understand that implementations vary even sticking with the same manufacturer from generation to generation. And if you don't dig into the specifics and their significance to you then you're one core short of a full die, and probably sharing a FP unit too.

Lords of the DNS remind admins about Flag Day, Juniper likes Watson and more


Unbound 1.9.0?

Their website - https://nlnetlabs.nl/projects/unbound/about/ - insists that 1.8.3 is still the latest version.

China's really cotton'd on to this whole Moon exploration thing: First seed sprouts in lunar lander biosphere


Re: The Tricky Part

In fact this was the real issue. It seems the temperature control failed and the seedling froze.

Qualcomm all ye faithful: 5G's soon triumphant... like 2020 soon. Really


Hark! the El Reg headline bling, Cheery with a yule-tide ring.

Oh, and this line, "5G NSA (Non Standalone)", did they tell you to write that?!

Why millions of Brits' mobile phones were knackered on Thursday: An expired Ericsson software certificate


Re: Note to self ..

Yep, that's exactly the point isn't it? Someone sets something up, assuming that the system will work as infinitum, but it ends up being forgotten by someone else in the system.

It doesn't have to just be server firewall rules. It can be something upstream, eg. a new router, that quietly locks out regular but infrequent network activity. The server admin is not necessarily the network admin. No one notices until it's too late.

The result is a popcorn moment.


Re: Note to self ..

That works great until your internet connection goes down, or the server gets firewalled by someone who doesn't understand certbot...

Huge ice blades on Jupiter’s Europa will make it a right pain in the ASCII to land on


It's not ROCKET science

So we need to invent something that sprays copious volumes of very hot gases out of its underside as it comes in to land, thereby melting any ice spears and creating a smooth surface for eventual touchdown? It'll transform space-flight when that's invented.

Convenient switch hides an inconvenient truth


Re: Barrel Bottoms

Shome shuggestions:

*Someone* once crashed a mainframe and all I got was this lousy t-shirt.

IT workers of the world. Our hands on your emergency power buttons.

I eat script kiddies for breakfast. Snap, >kzert<, ping.

I press kill-switches for a living.


El Reg "Who Me?" Outstanding Sysadmin Skills award winner.

Microsoft: OK, we have no phones, but look how much we love Android


Re: 3 Words

Following the "power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely" maxim you don't add or multiply, you raise it to a power. This gives

Microsoft to the power of a Google


(Microsoft) ^ (Google)

which is a very large amount of evil indeed. Note that "the don't be evil" safeguard doesn't apply here because we are dealing with absolute amounts.

Intel boss admits chips in short supply, lobs cash into the quagmire


The old block layers problem

"36nm metal pitches with self-aligned quadruple patterning and multiple block layers is probably the problem."

I hadn't, myself, yet identified this as being the particular problem, but I'm sure I would have got there in the end ... Maybe around the time Intel got round to implementing a 3pm plasma pitch with ai-aligned nontuple tessalating and dancing block layers system.


Re: A record $15bn in capex this year

That's just going to give other people a chance to get at stuff you'd rather keep to yourself.

Check out this link! It's not like it'll crash your iPhone or anything (Hint: Of course it will)


WebKit shmebkit

Firefox on Android 8 is ok here.

Namecheap users rage at domain transfer pain, but their supplier Enom blames... er, GDPR?


Re: not just transfers

Eventually fixed, two months later.


Re: not just transfers

A month later and still waiting...

Namecheap customer service: "To our regret, we cannot provide an ETA."


Re: not just transfers

This is still an issue 2 weeks later!


not just transfers

It's affecting domain registrations too. I've had a domain stuck in limbo since registering it in the first half of June. No word on when it will be sorted yet...

Not sure yet whether to blame Namecheap, Enom, or Nominet.

Time to party like it's 2005! Palm is coming BAAAA-ACK


I'm still waiting for a 3-D printer to print me a stylus strong enough to let me chisel stone tablets like I used to. It's the original Word processing device.

Hmm, there's something fishy about this graph charting AMD's push into Intel's server turf


Re: What a load of carp!

I, however, am getting very annoyed with all this click bait and am about to open a can of woopbass.

Brits whinging less? About ISPs, networks and TV? It's gotta be a glitch in the Matrix


Re: Vodafone suck

I see where you're coming from, but that's what people thought about TalkTalk. And then a job lot of their personal data got shared with the world, cheaply.


Flipped back

I think what he meant to say was, "If Donald Trump was doing backflips he'd have an 81 per cent approval rating."

TalkTalk, UK2 sitting in a tree, not T-A-L-K-I-N-G: Hosting biz cut off after ISP broadband upgrade


ONE hosting provider?!?! You were lucky!

When I were a lad TalkTalk wouldn't speak to any hosting providers, for weeks on end, and their customer service wouldn't speak to me either. High speed fibre could only be found behind t'tractor when it span it's wheels running over soggy cow pats.

Ubuntu reports 67% of users opt in to on-by-default PC specs slurp


Re: Encryption

So run a secure backup. Duplicity works well.

SUSE Linux Enterprise turns 15: Look, Ma! A common code base


It's understandable. I will never touch another product named ME after being burned by a certain Microsoft product released in the year 2000. Now that was a real y2k bug.

If Linus ever considers releasing a Linux ME version I, for one, would shoo^H^H^Hend him lots of emails asking him very politely (in Linus Standard Politeness mode) to reconsider.

♬ Finland, Finland, Finland, the country for new cloud DCs ♬


Re: Google engineers

But not from your snark.

As Tesla hits speed bump after speed bump, Elon Musk loses his mind in anti-media rant


unexpected honesty

I was about to click through to post some snark about how journalism doesn't "work", but I think you have it covered in that set of bullet points at the end there. No further questions, your honour.

If you're on a mission like Musk is then the empty vanity of modern media is inevitably frustrating. If you're just interested in what's new for some giggles then who cares whether it's right.

There's much more to this than the spectacular confrontation. "The meeja" have a case to answer, as well as Musk.

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


article suggestion

Hey Kieran,

El Reg has been known to do some brilliant articles exploring the historical development of old technologies. How about doing something similar into graphs like the one at https://www.google.com/intl/en/ipv6/statistics.html?

For example it would be good to know why there is a drop off in uptake at the start of each year. How far back does the trend extend? Is it just budgets, or is it new year hangovers, or is it universities prepping kit for the next academic year, or what? You could offer some real insight and interest to your readers into a major process the industry is going through right now. Instead of throwing mud. Or maybe as well as throwing mud.

Incidentally, if you had published this article a month or two ago it would have seemed more accurate, but as it is now the IPv6 graph is ticking up again which undermines much of the speculation.

Bowel down: Laxative brownies brought to colleague's leaving bash


Re: A similar tale that's full of --it

That's a really manure way to deal with things.


No, it was completely sterile.

Drama brews on high seas as Playmobil ship running out of steam



The Trans-Atlantic Yatch Live Online Reports by Satelite, With Interaction From Trawlers (and other nearby ocean going vessels), or TAYLOR SWIFT, for short (ish).

Surely someone can do better than this?

Wanna work for El Reg? Developers needed for headline-writing AI bots


Re: Clearly something wrong here

Something something something I think that's quite atrocious.

US Congress quietly slips cloud-spying powers into page 2,201 of spending mega-bill


Re: Paperweight

I was basing my initial assessment on my frequent experience of dealing with boxes of 2,500 sheets of paper. The pile in his arms looks bigger than such a box but it should only be 2,232 sheets max.

However, on a second look this afternoon, I think I could be persuaded that the way the paper droops down at the front of the stack (paper in a box does not do that), and the way the perspective functions in the photo (he's holding it out in front of him while the camera is quite close by) make the stack look larger, while not actually massaging the number of pages in the stack.

Nice point about duplex. That might slow down the already slow printing process a bit more though.



Methinks there might be a few "This page intentionally left blank" insertions into that stack of paper held by the honourable politician. Perhaps he printed out onto rolled polystyrene?

Breaking up is hard to do: Airbus, new bae Google and clinging on to Microsoft's 'solutions'


Re: Did you really just put 'bae' in an article headline?

It might not be de rigueur, but it is punny. BAE Systems (a successor to British Aerospace, aka BAe) has had its own association with Airbus. The reference in the headline implies that this software migration might be similarly messy.

Your mouse can't reach that Excel cell? Buy a 'desk extender' said help desk bluffer


He should be Arrested and sent for professional Development training.

Java EE renamed 'Jakarta EE' after Big Red brand spat


That'll be an island with more population than any other island you've ever been to. "Tourist island" is not an accurate label.

Capita data centres hit by buttload of outages


Re: Data centres...

If you publish your address like that you'll get a flood of emails.

Sorry, I can't hear you, the line's VoLTE



If at first you don't succeed, dial, dial again?

Iran: We have defeated evil nuclear-sensing Western lizards!


help please

Can they send their experts over? My Apache server logs are infested with geckos.

Military techie mangled minicomputer under nose of scary sergeant


The box

Funny how something so basic can save so much bacon. Sometimes the old hacks are the best hacks.

No sh*t, Sherlock! Bloke suspected of swallowing drug stash keeps colon schtum for 22 DAYS


If he goes will he be cleared of all chargers?


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