* Posts by staringatclouds

37 posts • joined 13 Jan 2016

C'mon SPARCky, it's just an admin utility update. What could possibly go wrong?


A very long time ago in my first job, fresh out of university, I was hired as a software engineer and I was writing code in Fortran on a PDP11/34 in an electronics lab for a bunch of engineers.

I deleted all of my new bosses program files, just his files, in the first week of starting work.

There were no backups, despite the PDP having removable hard drives no one had ever thought to make 'A' backup let alone regular backups.

There were, however printouts, fortunately these were the early days of computers and disks were only a few megabytes in size, so while the deleted files were important they weren't so massive they couldn't be typed back in.

So I spent the next week, laboriously typing them back in, making sure they compiled & produced expected results.

Then I sorted out a backup regime.

After I'd done all this, my boss informed me that not all of his programs had compiled before & he was pleasantly surprised they did now.

Fed-up air safety bods ban A350 pilots from enjoying cockpit coffees


If they fall into the ocean I humbly submit that waterproofing the electronics in the cockpit isn't a primary concern


$360 million aircraft rarely fall out of someone's pocket to land in a toilet

The BlackBerry may be dead, but others are lining up to take its place


Re: YAY, slider QWERTY is back!

I've got an order in for one, they're made in China & the Coronavirus is causing a delay

LG announces bold new plan for financial salvation: Trying to actually make phones people want to buy


Re: Here is a phone I want to buy

I believe the micro usb standard is data or power but not both

If you're lucky enough to find a device that allows charging at the same time as transferring data then cheer loudly & enjoy, but don't expect it as a feature on every device


Re: Here is a phone I want to buy

(4) "why do you care ?" - Because he does, he's buying it, this is what he wants, he doesn't need to give a reason beyond he's parting with his money for it

(5) "no, these buttons can be integrated into the main screen, doesn't hurt, and reduces size" - Some people hate typing on a screen with a passion, some people hate having main system feature buttons on the screen with a passion, again see the answer to 4

I'd quite like one that has 2 usb sockets so it can be charged at the same time as using an external device like a flash drive, not necessary but I'm quite happy to pay for it


*Cough*SlideOutFullLongestAspectKeyboard*Cough* like an F(x)tec Pro 1 but more up to date with chipsets

They're BAAACK: Windows 10 nagware team loads trebuchet with annoying reminders to GTFO Windows 7


Looks like I'll be upgrading my system to some version of Linux in 2020


Re: Oh well,

I've got zorin on an ancient laptop, that doesn't look bad

Oh, irony of ironies: Gov.UK's transparency report reveals... nothing


No doubt written by the same person who lashed together the Brexit white paper

Bring it BACK... with MODs! Psion 5 storms great tech revival poll


Yep another vote for Linux here, and please please please keep the keyboard, I hate typing on screens

Trump signs 'no privacy for non-Americans' order – what does that mean for rest of us?


Re: Trump has become more deranged

Before that, I remember my dad telling me a story his dad told him, which was something like

The boy stood on the burning deck

The bombs around did fly

He stuck his head between his legs

And kissed his arse goodbye

So that's turn of the 20th century, probably even earlier than that

I still can't get used to this being the 21st century where's my bloody flying car & job on the moon ? Why have I got to worry about the bloody cold war restarting again ? Why did America elect lord bloody Snapcase ? Bah humbug ! ... mutter.... mumble... grump....

Investigatory Powers Act signed into UK law by Queen


Bad guys getting hold of the log is one thing, but it's too easy to plant evidence in your ICR log without your knowledge, all it takes is a couple of lines of JavaScript inserted into a legitimate 3rd party script and content from any site in the world can be downloaded to your PC and be logged in your ICR without your knowledge and no antivirus or antimalware in the world can stop it.


Re: I wonder.....

All these references will be stored at your ISP & you'll pay for the storage, so the more you generate, the more you pay.

Plus it will soak up your data allowance, not everyone has an unlimited connection

Plus anyone searching your ICR log can search through a couple of gigabytes with a laptop in minutes the random entries won't help


My comments from 5 months ago http://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/containing/2897276

And before that http://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/containing/2797508

It seems no one listens

As soon as the ICR logs are up and running you can no longer trust any site you visit not to contaminate it with dodgy references, your only solutions are to use VPN's or Tor to bypass the ICR and these have their own drawbacks

The internet was designed to survive nuclear strikes, Theresa May just destroyed it with a pen

Ad-blocking ‘plateaus’, claims hopeful ad industry


Dear sites that want to serve adverts to me,

I don't mind adverts providing they satisfy the following conditions.

1 - They are only animated or make a noise when I click on them, so no following the mouse round the page, flashing, playing videos with a soundtrack while I'm trying to listen to the radio etc... a static picture with some text will do fine.

2 - Adverts must be declared to be adverts and not disguised as links to other articles.

3 - They don't obscure the page and are reasonably discreet, I don't really mind if an ad picture occupies half the page as long as I can still read the article.

4 - They are wholly located on the site I am visiting and that site accepts 100% of the responsibility for their content being safe & appropriate, so no 3rd party ad sites or scripting sites as these are common targets for hackers who want to download malware in compromised adverts. You will need to check your adverts & scripts regularly to ensure they haven't been compromised & if my PC is infected with a virus which can be traced back to an advert from your site, you pay for the cleanup.

5 - If clicking on an advert would take me to another site then this needs to be clearly indicated before I click on the advert.

6 - Clicking on an advert is not a pre requisite for viewing the content of the page.

7 - Adverts should not consume significantly more bandwidth than the article I'm looking at unless I click on them to initiate a video/audio stream.

I can probably think of a few more but that will do for the moment.

Do this and I'll cheerfully look at a few ads to generate revenue for your site, don't do this & I'll block every advert I can & if I can't block ads from your site I'll block your site instead.

You want my traffic, these are my terms, they are not negotiable.

You really do want to use biometrics for payments, beam banks


You really do want to use biometrics for payments, beam banks

Um no, no I really don't

Wannabe Prime Minister Andrea Leadsom thinks all websites should be rated – just like movies


Re: Hmm

The current choice is between Satan & the Antichrist, regardless of who wins they'll be using the same pitchfork on us



1 - Every small business with a website will no longer have a website because of the cost

2 - As she could only enforce this on UK based websites she'll have to prevent people accessing non UK websites

The whole idea of putting no hopers like Gove and people further to the right than Ghengiz Khan, like Crabb & Leadsom, into the Tory leadership election is so that if May gets in it'll be see as a mercy and not the absolute clusterfuck of a disaster that it really is.

We'll be grateful if May, the far right securocrat with an emergency that allows her to push any legislation she likes through, wins because the other choices are far worse.

UK.gov's hated Care.data project binned


Re: Next up



Snoopers' Charter 'goes too far' says retired Met assistant commish


The Liberal Democrats are planning to meet the Investigatory Powers Bill with strong resistance in the House of Lords

About fucking time someone did (looking at you Labour)

“The experience with legislation is that is goes through the House of Commons very quickly and is only considered in detail in the House of Lords,”

So our elected representatives, the ones we put in positions of power, basically try and pass any old toss into law and it's up to the Lords to sort it out ?

Just a quarter of Brits trust businesses with our personal data


I trust the Government a hell of a lot LESS with my data than businesses.

At least businesses have rules which they are supposed to follow even when they don't.

The Government just makes it up as it goes along

UK Home Sec makes concessions to please Snoopers' Charter opposition


Re: Concessions for special interest groups

Privacy concessions for journalists. Privacy concessions for MPs. Mooted privacy concessions for lawyers

What about privacy for, y'know, normal people?

The thing to remember about privacy for journalists, MP's & lawyers is that it only applies when they are talking to other journalists, MP's & lawyers.

When we ordinary citizens who are monitored to the hilt go to talk to them, we are still monitored, which means they are too, if you're monitoring traffic on someones connection then you monitor it all regardless of who they are connecting to.

So while your MP, journalist or lawyer may not have their end of the phone line surveilled your end will be and both ends of the conversation will be available.

There are always two ends to a conversation & if they can't listen to one end they'll listen to the other end.

So unless you meet your MP, journalist or lawyer in person, in their office, you have no expectation that the conversation is private, any other communication between you and them is fair game, including the fact you visited their office.

Indeed I would go further and say if you are being surveilled, and everyone will be, then even communicating face to face is fair game.

So these 'concessions' are meaningless


"consulting the Prime Minister before interference with communications of Members of Parliament provides an adequate safeguard"

So there's an afternoons work for the PM signing warrants for every non conservative MP ... and possibly a few conservative ones

"in addition the Speaker or Presiding Officer of the relevant legislature should be given sufficient notice of the decision to interfere with such communications to enable them, if they so wish, to be heard before the Judicial Commissioner."

Weasel word of the day "should", there will be very few circumstances that will actually trigger this event and it will still be Judicial Review of a warrant that was issued rather than Judicial Approval of the necessity for a warrant before it's issued. So more "did the minister follow the correct procedure before reaching for the rubber stamp" rather than "after due consideration of the evidence a Judge decided that the suspects right to privacy was outweighed by the risk to society and a surveillance warrant for them is hereby issued".

Although the Labour party won a review of the bill's bulk hacking and snooping powers, it then demanded even more concessions. At the time the shadow Home Secretary, Andy Burnham, stated that: “The Bill in its current form does not adequately address the concerns raised about privacy. I continue to believe that an overarching privacy clause must be included at the start.”

No Andy Burnham did bugger all for bulk hacking and snooping for the majority of the innocent people of the country, what he did was gain a concession for legitimate party business to appease his mates/voting bloc, the rest of us are still fair game and completely unprotected.

"Theresa May has made some concessions to its contested provisions, particularly those affecting privacy, sensitive professions, and access to medical records."

No she hasn't, she lacks the technical qualifications & ability, the Home Secretary isn't driving this bill or do any readers honestly think a degree in Geography qualifies someone to create a highly technical, highly intrusive, snoopers wet dream of a bill. This bill is the product of the fevered imagination of one Charles Farr, who is and always will be a spy, a spy who doesn't trust anyone and will do literally anything he feels necessary to protect this country, and that includes destroying everything that makes this country worth living in.

This bill will be a pyrrhic victory for the security services, they will finally be able to protect us from ourselves by preventing us from being ourselves.

Labour scores review of Snoopers' Charter's bulk powers from UK.gov


An independent review of the necessity of mass or bulk surveillance should not be carried out by someone who has already decided that these powers are necessary

New Firefox versions will make you activate all new add-ons – except one hacker favourite


Is there a Firefox fork that doesn't have built in DRM ?

Subjects! Speek your branes to Parliament on the Snoopers' Charter


See 'Charles Farr'

Microsoft quits giving us the silent treatment on Windows 10 updates


I used to be a Microsoft fangirl, I'm not any more.

I paid for my machine, I'm the one who says what it does, not some random in Redmond.

Privacy advocates left out of NHS care.data 'oversight' board


The Advisory Group was closed last year and replaced by a new Strategic Oversight Board, although the news of this is only contained in the minutes of the final meeting (PDF) chaired by Tim Kelsey, who has since fled the NHS to take up a director's role at the Australian medi-telco Telesta Health.

Interesting note, Telestra Health are now making lots of money out of NHS data, and as Mr Kelsey is a director he can expect a fat bonus.

I wonder if there's a connection between that and all the work he put in while working for the NHS to commercialise NHS data ?

See also https://www.opendemocracy.net/ournhs/tamasin-cave/tim-telstra-and-tech-takeover-of-nhs

UK Home Sec wants Minority Report-style policing – using your slurped data


So confident that the IP Bill will pass without any alteration the government is now indulging in masturbatory fantasies over how they can control & manipulate us with the data

Blighty's Parliament prescribed tablets to cope with future votes


So, not only do MP's not have to attend the debate in order to vote on an issue.

They no longer need to leave the commons bar in order to vote on an issue.

In the Commons Bar

"Another round?" - "Don't mind if I doaaaaa bugger, just voted by accident"

"What on" - "No idea, doubt it's important"

In the house the speaker rises

"The Ayes have it, we will now sell off the electorate for pet food"

For fsck's SAKKE: GCHQ-built phone voice encryption has massive backdoor – researcher


OK, this means that mobile phone makers will end up making 2 models, a UK model with the gaping back door in security and one for rest of the world with proper security.

So the UK mobile phone market will die on it's feet as people who actually care about security, businesses and so on, import phones from abroad.

Microsoft: We’ve taken down the botnets. Europol: Would Sir like a kill switch, too?


Re: One uses the software

I have to say I'm pleasantly surprised with Zorin, I put 32 bit Zorinos 9 on an old Compaq Presario C500 and it's at least as fast as 64bit Win7 Asus A53u laptop which is years younger & has vastly superior specs, plus the office suite is included.

I'm looking very hard at Zorin as an upgrade path to avoid Win10.

Microsoft’s Revolution Analytics buy pays off, Linux-based R Server launched


"...available for Red Hat Linux, SUSE Linux, Hadoop on Red Hat, and Teradata Database on SUSE Linux."

...All of which will start displaying GWX nagware.


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