* Posts by stungebag

33 posts • joined 28 Jan 2015

Infosec bloke claims: Pornhub owner shafted me after I exposed gaping holes in its cartoon smut platform


Re: It "takes the security of its users very seriously."

It "takes the security of its users very seriously." but it doesn't claim "security is our top priority", so they should be cut a little slack, I suppose.

Town admits 'a poor decision was made' after baseball field set on fire to 'dry' it more quickly


Re: For what it's worth

In our school chemistry lab we'd use an oven to dry glassware. That stopped after someone tried to dry a flask that was wet with ether. There was a loud bang, a damaged oven and the flask, although dry, was no longer integral.

Techies take turns at shut-down top trumps


Re: did anyone ever use these buttons the way they were intended to?

Tape reel hockey was too boistrous for us. We played Write Protect Ring Quoits.

Insane homeowners association tries to fine resident for dick-shaped outline car left in snow


Re: What's wrong with these people?

"Not going to argue about the other two though."

I assume you know nothing about a Parish Council, then?

In our village we run the recreation ground, provide a few streetlights where the County won't, provide allotments and that's about it. We have very lttle power, but we do get to comment on things like planning applications, despite routinely being ignored by the planning authority.

The article is about the actions of self-appointed guardians. You've set up a body designed to be just that, yet criticise those who just try to help their community run slightly better?

Crypto exchange in court: It owes $190m to netizens after founder 'dies without telling anyone vault passwords'


Re: I'm (not entirely) surprised..

My money's still on scam, but it's far from impossible that a CEO with an inflated sense of his importance and a disbelief in his own mortality simply wouldn't share, and no-one was able to talk sense into him.

You know when an uppity staff member is told that nobody's indispensable? Maybe that's not always true.

Users fail to squeak through basic computer skills test. Well, it was the '90s


Re: Not sure...

The Greene King one isn't.

Want to spin up Ubuntu VMs from Windows 10's command line, eh? We'll need to see a Multipass


Re: Webservers?

I've got several LAMP VMs on an external SSD that I do web development on in Hyper-V. No special distros or integration needed. I use FTP to get stuff in and out and the Linux console where necessary. A much cleaner solution than running the servers directly on your Windows box.

Hyper-V makes it very easy to open several simultaneous consoles and, with snapshots, you can work on several parallel projects on the same VM.

I find Hyper-V works well, but there's always Dropbox if you prefer.


Re: I love WSL, since it made scripting on Windows usable after 30 years :)

This is clearly some new meaning of the word 'elegant'.

It walks, it talks, it falls over a bit. Windows 10 is three years old


Re: "the Windows 7 hold-outs should finally feel able to make the upgrade"

I see Pavlov's let his Linux-using dogs out again.

Are your IoT gizmos, music boxes, smart home kit vulnerable to DNS rebinding attacks? Here's how to check


Where's my Synology?

The scane never completed when I tried it in Firefox, but my NAS went offline. A restart later and it still isn't back. Now to try a network reset. I'm not happy.

Half of all Windows 10 users thought: BSOD it, let's get the latest build


Nothing to see here...

My Surface upgraded just fine. My wife's crappy old ACER failed. It's failed to get any major updates for months due to crappy old Acer display drivers.

So I thought I'd try one more time before converting the Acer to a boat anchor. I removed AVG Business Security and told the update to go ahead. All went in just fine. Odd that removing the AV worked for her, but was never a problem in the first place for me.

The glorious uncertainty: Backup world is having a GDPR moment


Not a problem

I don't understand the problem. If a person's data is deleted then subsequent backups will not contain it. If it's ever necessary to restore from a backup taken prior to the deletion then later transactions, including the deletion, will be reapplied. Yes. it's theoretically possible to restore the backup and then do something nefarious, but if you're that sort of organisation you won't care about complying with GDPR in the first place.

This is all being overthought, even though the Information Commisioner has repeatedly made it clear that enforcement will be appropriate to the organisation and circumstances and that those making an honest effort have nothing to fear.

Maybe - just a thought - there are those trying to stir up GDPR FUD for financial gain. Oh, surely not?

Sysadmin crashed computer recording data from active space probe


It didn't always end up flapping

On earlier tape units the reels had a leader spliced onto the end that threaded through a short piece of tape attached to the takeup spool. So a resounding crack rather than a flapping noise if the BOT marker was missed.

Would you believe it? The Museum of Failure contains quite a few pieces of technology



My brother-in-law bought one. Nobody can work out why. His excuse was something to do with Manchester United.

Sometimes marketing people just can't disabuse theselves of the notion that just because you have the technology to do something, people will inevitably pay lots of money to buy it. Look at IoT.

Hertfordshire primary school girls prepare for World Robotics Champs


Re: Very worthwhile for all concerned

I wasn't involved in the picking, but we had more than one team and I think the girls self-selected.


Very worthwhile for all concerned

Until recently I worked for a North London secondary that has twice sent all-girls teams to the world championships. They got plenty of publicity, including a couple of visits to Woman's hour. Participating in this helps with so many skills other than the purely technical, and it's great to see girls getting involved.

Squirrel sinks teeth into SAN cabling, drives Netadmin nuts



@CrazyOldCatMan Don't worry. Crap perry normally gives the game away nowadays by claiming to be 'pear cider'.

'Pavement power' - The bad idea that never seems to die


Re: They're looking at the wrong limb

This is Vegas. Just harvest some of the muscle-power used for pulling slot-machine handles.

Oh joy. You can now buy a gold plated quadcopter drone

Thumb Down


Tight bastards.

BART barfs, racers crash, and other classic BSODs



"They are IP capable too, although this particular sign has it disabled. Once saw similar signs on the Vale of Glamorgan line in South Wales all proudly displaying their addresses. No idea how they do backhaul though (GSM?)."

Looks like it. Many displays in the NE of England were complaining about a lack of GPRS a couple of Saturdays ago.

Man killed in gruesome Tesla autopilot crash was saved by his car's software weeks earlier


Re: No bars?

Trucks in the EU have flat fronts because of EU length limits: trucks couldn't carry the full load if they had a bulbous nose. It adds to the danger for truck drivers, which is why there's talk of allowing longer trucks this side of the pond.

UK digi strategy on ice post Brexit results - sources


Re: Register's list of Brexit Impacts

The list of impacts can be phrased fairly succinctly:

1. Everything

Every agreement we have in place with the EU, and every agreement the EU has with anyone else that we're a party to as a consequence of our EU membership, will need to be rejigged.

Several years and several billions of pounds later we may manage to get back to where we started.

Hospital servers in crosshairs of new ransomware strain


Pascal Monett said "Because you think it's some obscure version of the Amiga OS ?

Come on, we all know what platform it gets in on.

And if you really have a doubt, the article specifically mentions Active Directory. I don't think they have that on Linux servers."

The article says it targets JBoss application servers using stolen credentials. The mention of Active Directory was in the context of there also being reports of attackers running csvde, which is a simple command-line tool on Windows that exports the AD. You already need to have got in to use csvde, and it won't tell you any passwords.

Here's a great idea: Let's make a gun that looks like a mobile phone


Re: Just a few facts

"The only thing worse than no security at all is a false sense of security"

You got that bit right.


Re: need to?

'They're referred to as "equalizers" for a reason'

Yes, it's called marketing.

Coding is more important than Shakespeare, says VC living in self-contained universe


Re: Shakespeare? who is he anyway?

Have an upvote to counter the person who inexplicably downvoted you.

Send tortuous stand-up ‘nine-thirty’ meetings back to the dark ages


Friday afternoon

I once worked for a manager who was misguided enough to hold the weekly progress meeting at 2.30 on a Friday. I think it was an attempt to get us back from the pub at a sensible hour. Unfortunately the route from pub to office passed Uxbridge Station. There was a Metropolitan Line train that always seemed to pull out of the station at 2.30 on the dot. With me sitting in the first car.

Migraine in the mainframe: Unisys reports more losses


Re: When I was a lad

@sceptic tank

I think I know where you went wrong. COBOL on any system is a pain. And if you were using Cande on its own without Editor then you're very old, a glutton for punishment - or you worked for a very tight-fisted shop.

Remotespo's a red herring as it provides a remote console environment.

I'd very happily go back to writing the excellent Burroughs Algol on a Clearpath using Editor right now.

Terror in the Chernobyl dead zone: Life - of a wild kind - burgeons


This isn't news

There was an article saying essentially the same thing in a popular science magazine several years ago. The tone of the article was of 'who'd have thought it'. I don't find it at all surprising that when humans pull out of area other species thrive, even in an environment that was been damaged. But the study tells us only about populations. We have no idea how many animals died, and continue to die. This stuff can't really be tested on real people so we're wise to be very wary of large doses of radiation, aren't we?

Massive global cooling process discovered as Paris climate deal looms


Re: As usual, nobody's going to change their minds after reading this

Actually, if the science in the paper is good enough then scientists will change their minds; at least about the source and volume of these chemicals in the atmosphere. That's how science works. One more paper on top of the thousands already out there is unlikely to make anyone change their opinion as to whether anthopogenic climate increase is occuring, but it's an extra input into models and into the conversation and it will lead to further studies, each of which will go even further towards creating understanding.

Ashley Madison spam starts, as leak linked to first suicide


"Yes, the data was stolen illegally. However, whether or not it's then illegal to publish it online is a case for argument.

No case fior argument at all in many jurisdictions. In the UK (and, I imagine, the rest of the EU) it's an offence to merely possess personal data without registering it. To make that data available online would cause the authorities to take a very dim view.



Re: How to be a hipster part 47

"It is a FONT for Jove's sake; it's not exactly a threat to civilization as we know it."

You'll be defending WordArt next, then I'll have to call the police.

Five years of Sun software under Oracle: Were the critics right?


Good read

+1 to El Reg for an informed and informative article.

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