* Posts by Strahd Ivarius

62 posts • joined 9 Aug 2015


Is Google purposefully breaking Microsoft, Apple browsers on its websites? Some insiders are confident it is

Strahd Ivarius

Re: Will MS drop IE too?

You know that on Windows 10 you can uninstall IE 11, do you?

(even if you get a BIG warning that you may break something doing so...)

Activists rattle tin to take UK's pr0n block to court

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Re: Lemme guess

But to be exempted from the rule, won't the politicians have to provide their personal details to the sites, so that they can be identified and do not need to provide them when browsing for porn?

Too many leftover screws? Ikea website backend goes TITSUP

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Re: there is something wrong with the Swedish calendar

are you refering to February 30th 1712?

Mastercard goes TITSUP in US, UK: There are some things money can't buy – like uptime

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Re: Backups and redundancy, FFS

To plug a PDQ is easy, to configure it requires an IT guy and a lengthy process with the PDQ provider...

And then you may have to reconfigure the POS system in order to send the transactions to the PDQ (anyone unfortunate enough to have worked with Oracle Xstore ?)

And since the shop will be charged for each configured PDQ, you can't expect it will have any spare laying aroud "just in case"...

Apple fanbois ride to the aid of iGiant in patent spat with Qualcomm

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Re: "Apple Fanbois" or ignorant sheep?

"Non-SEP patents are exactly what's keeping Apple from a SOC."

But they got the one on chips with rounded corner...

Automated payment machines do NOT work the same all over the world – as I found out

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How did you manage to drive the car while sitting on the right seat ?

The fact that the wheel was on the left side (as well as the button for opening the filler cap) should have been a reminder that you were on the Continent, not in England...

Software engineer fired, shut out of office for three weeks by machine

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Re: non-story?

In most big companies I work for as a contractor, the contracts are 1 to 3 months long, and can be renewed for a total duration of up to 3 years.

After that you have to wait half the length of your stay before being able to come back.

Ohterwise the company could be compelled by the syndicates to hire me.

Azure North Europe downed by the curse of the Irish – sunshine

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probably an issue with the implementation of the en-IE language pack for Office 365 and/or Cortana which resulted in "air conditioner" autocorrected or understood as "hair conditioner" when the ordering was done...

New law would stop Feds from demanding encryption backdoor

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Re: Will never get passed...

"If you give me six lines written by the hand of the most honest of men, I will find something in them which will hang him."

From either Cardinal de Richelieu (XVIIth century) or Quintilian (Ist century)

Nothing new under the sun...

Wanted that Windows 10 update but have an Intel SSD? Computer says no

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Re: "Redmond is also attempting to block the devices trying the update again"

The main problem would be to identify the hardware which has the issue, and to do it without error.

Once it is done, it only needs to be added to the database which is used by the Win10 setup to check for compatibility issues when applying upgrades.

And for those who want to check their system compatibility before upgrading, once you have downloaded the full setup:

SETUP.EXE /Auto Upgrade /Quiet /NoReboot /Compat ScanOnly

Results will be available in C:\$Windows.~bt\Sources\Panther\ScanResult.xml, or in the *compat*.xml files in that same folder.

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

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Black Helicopters

Commercial data is not confidential?

So they worry only about military/national security?

They are aware that any data stored on G-Cloud will be accessed by G-Men and provided to Boeing?

Kentucky gov: Violent video games, not guns, to blame for Florida school massacre

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Re: I know what trump is thinking

Perhaps before allowing teachers to have guns in the classroom they will remember that the current crop of teachers have been playing videogames in their youth (Carmaggedon anyone?)...

Russia could chop vital undersea web cables, warns Brit military chief

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Re: Stay calm and lay more cable...

For the Boshporus, the main threat is still earthquakes...

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Black Helicopters

Re: Stay calm and lay more cable...

No, better to use a shark with head-mounted laser!

HPE coughed up source code for Pentagon's IT defenses to ... Russia

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Re: "the code was revealed at one of its offices outside Russia"

It was done for profit, so it is not treason, it is capitalism !

Oracle promises ‘highly automated’ security in self-driving database

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Re: Critical Patch Updates

And can not be automatically installed at all.

Niether the roll-up ones either, by the way.

Alleged dark web drug baron cuffed – after he flew to US for World Beard Championships

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Re: PGP crypto keys..

in the USA you are compelled to use a FP if asked for by the authorities since it is not covered by the 5th amendment...

the difference with a PIN is that a PIN is something you know, when a fingerprint is something you are.

¡Dios mío! Spain blocks DNS to hush Catalonian independence vote sites

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If the colonials had followed the law of the time, they wouldn't have become US citizens...

Apple chief on Chinese VPN app ban: We always toe the line with other nations' laws

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What other applications will disappear?

If all the applications available in a country must be used according to the country's laws, when will Apple remove the ones that allow users to commit crimes?

A little list to start:

- any map (you can use it to plan a burglary)

- SMS and phone (same thing)

- an calculator or spreadsheet (it can be used later to divide the results of the above burglary)

74 countries hit by NSA-powered WannaCrypt ransomware backdoor: Emergency fixes emitted by Microsoft for WinXP+

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Re: Risk Management

Did you read the article?

It was a decision of the UK government not to pay for XP maintenance 2 years ago!

And to provide no budget either to move to a newer system...

Strahd Ivarius

Re: Risk Management

So you have IT manager who are SO derelict in their duties that they don't ever think that a computer system needs to be upgraded from time to time, which means that they HAVE TO provide a budget for maintenance and upgrades?

What will they do when their 20 years old computers will fail and newer ones won't be able to run WinXP?

How is it MS fault?

Leaked: The UK's secret blueprint with telcos for mass spying on internet, phones – and backdoors

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Re: She is working for it

Usually, turkeys have not the leisure to enjoy Christmas, they have been eaten by November...

Microsoft, Oracle sued: Tech duo accused of trampling DB patents

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Again a patent of the type...

... something more or less trivial done with a computer instead of humans?

Bullyboy Apple just blew a $500m hole in our wallet, cries Qualcomm

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I don't remember...

that Apple was complaining when Qualcomm was undercharging it for the same licenses (https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/01/18/qualcomm_ftc_monopoly/).

WONTFIX: No patch for Windows Server 2003 IIS critical bug – Microsoft

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Re: learning curve

The update:

shutdown /p /d p:70 /c "too insecure"

no reboot, no restart of IIS services...

Uber wasn't to blame for robo-ride crash – or was it? Witness said car tried to 'beat the lights'

Strahd Ivarius

Raise the speed limit!

Think of it as evolution in action!

Lloyds Banking Group axing hundreds of jobs again

Strahd Ivarius

Next logical step

outsource the clients?

UK.gov confirms it won't be buying V-22 Ospreys for new aircraft carriers

Strahd Ivarius

Re: US marines didn't want them

As I remember, it was the other way round:

The Marines wanted it badly (so as not to depend on another service for lifting capability) and the Congress didn't want it because of the safety record.

Brit firm lands £58m EU spy drone 'copter contract

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They will be deployed to ensure that no Brit tries to enter a civilized country and steal our cheeses and wines...

In colossal shock, Uber alleged to be wretched hive of sexism, craven managerial ass-covering

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Re: Just look at Uber's CEO

She got a proposal for sex over the company's chat.

There is no need for her to say that she is "uncomfortable" with that, since it is a definite act of sexual harassment.

New Royal Navy Wildcat helicopters can't transmit vital data

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I thought that since the Forrestal incident in the sixties it was known to be a bad idea?

GoDaddy CEO says US is 'tech illiterate' (so, yeah, don't shut off that cheap H-1B supply)

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just wondering...

H1B visas were first issued in 1990.

So in that time nobody cared in the USA to form local people?

Crack in black: Matte iPhones losing paint at alarming rate, gripe fans

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Re: I'm not a major fan of Apple stuff (more Android/Linux for me) , but ...

I see...

No Quality Control at all?

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

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So if I understand the issue

Every country has the right to ask access to any Google Mail account (especially the ones belonging to US officials) since the data may have transited in the past by this country?

Interesting notion...

NHS reply-all meltdown swamped system with half a billion emails

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Re: Not Accenture

It was Accidenture that misconfigured "my organisation" to mean "the whole world", no?

Trumping free trade: Say 'King of Bankruptcy' Ross does end up in charge of US commerce

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Re: Major Flaw

But since it will be foreign companies they will succumb to the "Buy American Act"...

AI and robots? Will someone think of the jobs, says HPE CEO Whitman

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Re: Meg in Davos - why?

He was working there before founding Apple

Oh ALIS, don't keep us waiting: F-35 jet's software 'delayed'

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How to ground a F-35

If I understand well you just have to find the laptop it can sync with and steal it...

Renault goes open source with next-gen electric buggy you might generously call 'a car'

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Re: Future of cars

As seen in the picture below, here is the proper way to use a Twizy...


You put it in the trunk of your Tesla so you can use it while in town ;-)

Barcodes stamped on breast implants and medical equipment

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But how to know if someone has an implant?

When you are in an emergency, trying to find the data in a humongous database can be too time consuming!

So you need something on the patient itself...

A NFC chip perhaps, or a tattoo (the above mentioned barcode for example).

It comes with a side benefit: you will stop wondering if these huge boobs are natural or not!

Trump's 140 characters on F-35 wipes $2bn off Lockheed Martin

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If you liked the F-35 saga...

Wait for the Stealth Bradley...

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Re: billions lost?

Israel buys the F35 with money given by the USA as military aid...

But the military there are as septical of the capabilities of the plane as ElReg's readers

HBO slaps takedown demand on 13-year-old girl's painting because it used 'Winter is coming'

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Re: Common sense required

"Hello" is similar to "Jell-O" so no you can't trademark it ;-)

HMS Queen Lizzie to carry American jets and sail in support of US foreign policy

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Re: U.S. has used Harriers...

"they can't justify their own ships"

but they'll manage anyway to get a carrier by 2020 ;-)

UK Ministry of Defence splurges £280,000 on online 'good ideas' form

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Re: Government strongly favours buying off-the-shelf equipment

20 percent spent on off-the-shelf equipment?

Including the F-35?

Britain must send its F-35s to Italy for heavy overhauls, decrees US

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And after Brexit...

You will have import taxes when sending the planes to Italy, export taxes when shipping them back to the UK, and some other taxes we will think of later...

British defence minister refuses to rule out F-35A purchase

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you forgot...

Mirage "Balzac" and Mirage III V in the sixties.

Never got into production, but as for now the Mirage III V is still the fastest VTOL aircraft at Mach 2.

AI boffins turn to StarCraft to train future neural networks

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I'd like to see them tackle...

any Europa Universalis game!

Nul points: PM May's post-Brexit EU immigration options

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Re: Recount

If people spend all their time earning enough money to barely survive, they don't have the leisure to spend time being informed about the political situation, which is the basis for a real democracy.

But I am not confident that there is any country where this kind of democracy exists currently...

More banks plundered through SWIFT attacks

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Re: So SWIFT is not the issue

If SWIFT really blocked all transfers to/from banks not following its prerequisites for systems connecting to its infrastructure, Bank of England would have been blocked last year for several months...


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