* Posts by Bluto Nash

207 posts • joined 8 Jan 2015


Stage fright or Stage light? Depends how far you dare to open your MacBook Pro's lid

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Another victim of the form factor "diet"

Has been the ability to drive a signal any appreciable distance. I have old(er) machines that will drive a 35-50' HDMI cable All. Day. Long. Forever. The bevy of new Ulltrabooks now have a hard time doing 10' on a good day with a following wind without external amps, sometimes failing to even put out enough oomph to drive a wireless HDMI adapter that's connected through a measly 3" cable to a level that the receiver won't just give up on after a few seconds of trying to link.

Give me a few MORE mm/grams and give the damn chassis some more battery, a half a volt more output on the video and a wireless card that isn't anemic and I'll be quite happy to support it. Too many things run on the edge of "working" at this point, just to get the willy-wagging rights.

Ooh, my machine is SO much faster than yours... Oh, wait, that might be a bit of a problem...

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Re: Well that was an invisible problem

I did the same thing when we added another 4GB drive the the SCSI array on the primary file server - simply ran a script that generated 10MB files until I filled around 3GB of space on the drive. Excluded from backups, naturally. Then whenever the PHB noted that we were "running out of space," we would simply delete a few to make "found room" on the drive. Did that for a year or three, and nobody the wiser.

Windows 10 can carry on slurping even when you're sure you yelled STOP!

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Re: diving headlong into the Registry




Lenovo tells Asia-Pacific staff: Work lappy with your unencrypted data on it has been nicked

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Why isn't this sort of breach not only punishable, but encryption not REQUIRED for HR related data? I mean like REQUIRED sort of required, not "It'd be nice if you maybe did that encryption thing on that laptop we gave you."

Site IT needs to not deliver a laptop that hasn't already BEEN ENCRYPTED. Why does a user need an unencrypted laptop in the first goddamn place?


Official: Voyager 2 is now an interstellar spacecraft

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Re: 50 years

Thank your parents.

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Re: I was around 50 years ago, just barely

However, when you come right down to it, there are very few problems that a generous infusion of cash WON'T solve. The will (and wherewithal) to APPLY said infusion has always been the issue...

Icon for all originally involved.

Dine crime: Chippy sells deep fried Xmas dinner

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Re: festive fried food

I'll take a gross. Do they ship internationally?

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That was a finely turned phrase, there. Don't taint it.

Regardless of the fact that Brussels Sprouts TASTE like one might imagine taint to taste like...

Bloodhound SSC reaches the end of the road for want of £25m

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Toast sensitivity

or a toaster that is diversity sensitive.

Aren't ALL toasters diversity sensitive by the fact that they can create any number of shades of "not white" on your bread?

Peak tech! Bacon vending machine signals apex of human invention

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Oh, I CERTAINLY enjoy a BLT sandwich.

Once I pick the L and T off of it.

Insult to injury: Malware menace soaks water-logged utility ravaged by Hurricane Florence

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Who with enough access had the lack of forethought to actually fall for and/or trigger whatever ransomware vector was triggered? Shouldn't the sysadmins or those with that level of access be far more resistant to this sort of attack? Assuming it came through the normal vectors of email, etc., that seem to be in vogue nowadays. Users should only be able to fsck their own files, not traverse multiple databases with the ability to wipe this stuff out.

Space station springs a leak while astronauts are asleep (but don't panic)

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Re: Then they're hurt or killed

Welcome to space, where EVERYTHING will kill you.

Wait - I thought that was Australia?

Cracking the passwords of some WPA2 Wi-Fi networks just got easier

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Re: Nice Model M KB in piccie

I've got three - one at home, one at work, one as a spare that I'll never need, since they Just. Don't. Break. Ever. It is indeed the keyboard for those that type for a living, bar none.

Gotta pop the keycaps off and wash them every year or so, but the mechanism itself has never failed or gotten erratic.

'Can you just pop in to the office and hit the power button?' 'Not really... the G8 is on'

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Re: Long ago.

30000 hours? 32767 probably!

The extra 2767 covered by "about every"

Grad sends warning to manager: Be nice to our kit and it'll be nice to you

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Re: Sometimes violence is the only answer

Back when I used to work for Radio Shack (the US equivalent of what in Britain? Curry's? PCWorld?), we were shipped nifty little 10 (maybe 20) MB external HDDs to run the store POS ("Point Of Sale," not the obvious acronym) systems on. There was pretty much company-wide failure of the devices to boot or otherwise operate as designed (Total Inability to Support Usual Performance) when coming up from a powered off state. I came up with the ingenious solution of lifting the front of the units by around 2cm, then letting them falll on to the desktop that they were supported by during boot. This apparently unshipped the heads on the drives, allowing them to operate properly from there on - at least until until powered down the following night as mandated by corporate.

All was well until I received a call from the CIO "asking" that I cease recommending that particular solution in our region as a way to get the (g*ddamn) systems to come up every day. That call was shortly followed by a firmware patch that unshipped the heads properly...

Tired sysadmin plugged cable into wrong port, unleashed a 'virus'

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Re: tech support team woes

So a TDR is a bit like Han Solo?

"You've never heard of my ship The Beryllium Vulture? It's the one that made the cable run in less than 12 meters"

Skype for Business has nasty habit of closing down… for business

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Re: Why are people still on 32-bit windows

Unfortunately, there are still a number of rather pricey technical and scientific apps that take a dump when attempting to load on x64 Windows, and the cost to upgrade to 64 bit at the application level is simply prohibitive.

Wow, MIND-BLOWING: Florida Man gets an earful from 'exploding Apple AirPod' bud

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Regarding the caption on the picture...

Isn't this the chap being held in Harlow from yesterday's story?


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

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Re: You may think it's funny, but...

Rectum? Damn near killed 'im!

Hawaiian fake nukes alert caused by fat-fingered fumble of garbage GUI

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Re: Confirmation checkbox needed

We have a similar system in place at my site, whereby a notification is sent to all emergency response personnel. It prompts "Type 'EMERGENCY' to confirm" before it sends the message. Is it THAT HARD? No, it's not. Simply a case of a bad GUI rising up to get a clean chomp at a poor scapegoats arse.

Intel Management Engine pwned by buffer overflow

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Easy solution?

Hey Intel, AMD, et. al. - Go ahead and put your management engine on my mobo. Add all the functionality that you want. I simply want a damned physical DIP jumper on the power trace that goes in there so I can definitively disable it. Corp types can have it on for their LOM, everyone else (or secure corp types) can remove it to completely and absolutely disable the chip/processor/subsystem. Make it part of the spec.

Possible cut to British F-35 order considered before Parliament

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Re: Still not too late

Couple of layers of heavy duty mil-spec aluminium foil ought to suffice? Works in my oven.

Mine's the one with the Jiffy Pop in the pocket.

Security pros' advice to consumers: 'We dunno, try 152 things'

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Re: " Should someone need elevated access"...

Couldnt' get the attachment to open. Could you repost?

Ex-sperm-inate! Sam the sex-droid 'heavily soiled' in randy nerd rampage

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Re: Why is that man's head so tiny?

Perhaps they've swapped top & bottom versions.

Java security plagued by crappy docs, complex APIs, bad advice

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In other news, sky blue, water wet.

Red panic: Best Buy yanks Kaspersky antivirus from shelves

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ALL shonky executabes, PDFs, non-confidential docs or spreadsheets go straight to Virustotal before being opened on on a VM that's had a recent checkpoint made and no network access.

US government: We can jail you indefinitely for not decrypting your data

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Re: All Writs Act

That's OK, nobody does.

75 years ago, one Allied radar techie changed the course of WW2

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How did they manage any surprise?

I mean the radio waves MUST have bounced off those big brass ones he was hauling around with him and lit up the screens like Christmas..

FYI: Web ad fraud looks really bad. Like, really, really bad. Bigly bad

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...and I never could punch that goddamn monkey.

WannaCry-slayer Marcus Hutchins 'built Kronos banking trojan' – FBI

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Re: Also Wannacry?

Until we see the actual facts that underpin this case, there should be no other assumption than innocence. That's how it works.

That's how it's supposed to work. YMMV

No time for nap, update your QNAP: RAIDed NAS data corruption bug squashed

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Let's not rush into this. Unless you're impacted.

Note from the QNAP technical advisory that nobody seems to have mentioned, so that maximum panic/clicks was maintained:

The following models are NOT affected:

TS-409, TS-409U, TS-509, TS-809, TS-809 Pro, TS-809U, TS-x10, TS-x10U, HS-210, HS-210-D, HS-210-X, TS-x12, TS-x12E, TS-x12P, TS-x12U, TS-x19P, TS-x19P+, TS-x19PII, TS-x19U, TS-x20, TS-x20D, TS-x20U, TS-x21, TS-x21U, TS-x28, TAS-x28, TS-x30, TS-x31, TS-x39, TS-x39U, TS-x39 Pro, TS-x39 Pro II, TS-x39 Pro II+, TS-239H, SS-x39, TS-x59, TS-x59U, TAS-x68, TS-x69, TS-x69L, TS-x69U, TS-x69 Pro, TS-269H

...though tonight I'm likely to review what the latest firmware is for my own QNAP.

Ker-ching! NotPetya hackers cash out, demand 100 BTC for master decrypt key

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Re: initial attack vector

"Well how did it get there?"

Letting the days go by?

Creators Update gives Windows 10 a bit of an Edge, but some old annoyances remain

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Re: bipolar

Pfft. I'm on the Windows Insider Edition (now with extra snoopiness!), running as a VM on my Mint box. Used only as a machine to see how this is evolving and to run the occasional "ONLY on Windows" application (like Paint.Net, which I love). Otherwise it's fired up about once a month to pick up the latest updates. After a VM snapshot, of course. MS must be very disappointed in me if they look at my profile - I just don't DO much in Win 10.

How to leak data from an air-gapped PC – using, er, a humble scanner

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Re: Is this some James Bond-esque fantasy ?

You forgot the most obvious issue - why is the scanner lid opening TOWARD the frickin' window??

Bloke is paid to scour hashtags for threats, spots civil rights boss's tweets, gets fired, sues

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Re: only in America..

Nope. Unfortunately, fools are indigenous to most populated areas.

Li-ion king Goodenough creates battery he says really is... good enough

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Re: I can hear the conversation already....

Wouldn't that be "we can make the battery for our device one third the size?" One would think that making it ONE time smaller would make it disappear...

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Checking the picture of the Prof

Damned if it doesn't look like he both enjoys his work and is clearly in possession of his senses, but is also having fun doing it.

Wouldn't put playing a prank past him, either. Icon for him.

The last time El Reg covered IBM Domino we used a chisel

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Wait, wut?

"The company assumes that modern workers dislike using enterprise software and/or can't be bothered to CTRL-TAB between different SaaS applications"

Do we no longer ALT-TAB between apps, or has everything now gone wibbly-webby and stuff?

New Royal Navy Wildcat helicopters can't transmit vital data

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"The vital data link capability was deleted in 2008 as part of a cost-cutting exercise by the Ministry of Defence."

What a bunch of f*cking boneheads.

Virgin America mid-flight panic after moron sets phone Wi-Fi hotspot to 'Samsung Galaxy Note 7'

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Re: No fly list

Agreed, IF proven to have been done with malicious intent. If part of the backup.restore process earlier alluded to, no.

User needed 40-minute lesson in turning it off and turning it on again

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Re: Can you hold down the power button

3 pedal cars - They're getting scarcer nowadays over here. Best theft protection you can get...

I had to borrow my in-law's truck to teach my kids how to drive, as it was the only readily available vehicle with a manual transmission. All of my kids learned how to drive on that old thing. My eldest won't have anything BUT a manual, the other two are kind of 'meh' about it but they're not car people.

And yes, I got what "topping up the jets" was after a bit of thought. "Topping up" I knew as a Britishism for "filling some sort of fluid to normal levels" and the only user maintainable fluid I was aware of on a car that had any sort of "jets" would have been the windshield/windscreen washers. Not aware of any brake jets, transmission jets, oil jets or any others that would apply.

'There may be no hackers' says Trump in Presidential Debate II

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Re: Donald Trump is a plonker

Wouldn't be bombastic without LOTS of CAPS, would it?

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Re: USAians

May the farce be with you!

Unfortunately, it already is.

ROBO-PLOD! 'Droid snatches scumbag's shotgun in standoff

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Re: Perhaps it's a north american term

In certain type of manufacturing, berms are also used to direct any blast upward from something gone awry in certain processes, rather than let the shock wave travel horizontally and do additional damage to the expensive parts of the plant. There's a reason the term is "dirt cheap."

And yes, we run those processes remotely, thank you very much. Icon for something a berm doesn't contain very well.

Want a Windows 10 update? Don't go to Microsoft ... please

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It strikes me as more of a "hey, this Torrent thing is pretty neat!"

Delivery Optimization works by breaking a download into small pieces and then determines the best route for delivery.

Unless you can force a client to take the WHOLE THING (hurr hurr), you might have a bit of trouble getting your payload fully delivered.

Free Windows 10 upgrade: Time is running out – should you do it?

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Re: "keep it current for the supported lifetime of the device"

So, um, what's the exact warranty or supported lifetime on this VM that I have it running on? IIRC, I can move it to the next LTS version of Mint and VMWare and it won't even know...

BOFH: Free as in free beer or... Oh. 'Free Upgrade'

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Re: noooooo

Backlit with LED lights

NASA curious about Curiosity's fourth 'safe mode' event

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Oh, really?

“an unexpected mismatch between camera software and data-processing software in the main computer"

Obviously a Win 10 driver incompatibility. Please contact your vendor for an updated driver.

Utah sheriffs blow $10,000 on smut-sniffing Labrador

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Re: sniffing out porn - or the devices that carry it

I wonder what the Internet smells like

Litterboxes and bacon.

All this Brexit talk derailed UK tech spending, right? That's a big fat NOPE

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Re: I'm in America, and you can't escape Brexit stories here!

Misery loves company, eh?


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