* Posts by Mike Moyle

1543 posts • joined 8 Feb 2007

QEMU 4 arrives with toys for Arm admirers, RISC-V revolutionaries, POWER patriots... you get the idea

Mike Moyle Silver badge

Well, now that you know that their roadmap apparently involves dropping support for older tech, your solution should probably be to not upgrade that version on that hardware and keep it as a "time machine" for that yet-older tech while getting a new box and new version of the program to run more-recent --> future tech. Then, when something in THAT version is, inevitably, broken in the next update, save THAT configuration as TimeMachine-02 and keep doing so as long as you actually NEED the aged tech.

Alternatively, can the OLD version run on a VM emulated under the NEW version? ("It's VMs all the way down!")

IT sales star wins $660k lawsuit against Oracle in Qatar – but can't collect, because the Oracle he sued suddenly vanished

Mike Moyle Silver badge

Here's an alternative:

If he can't collect cash because the old company is gone, he should be awarded any assets still available under the old business... Like f'instance ownership of the name "Oracle Systems, Limited" (or "Oracle Systems -- Qatar", whichever it was doing business under) to use for his own business or to sell to the highest bidder.

Seems fair to me.

Defense against the Darknet, or how to accessorize to defeat video surveillance

Mike Moyle Silver badge

Re: Defense against the Darknet

" 'in certain countries, programmers have to make do without a readily available # key,'

"The ones where Apple sells computers, yes. Amazingly programmers seem to prefer Apple devices despite the poor keyboard for the activity."

Odd... "#" appears to be "Shift-3" on the Apple wireless keyboard in front of me AND on the HP keyboard to my right. And, while I couldn't swear to it, I'm pretty sure that my old 1960s-vintage Royal portable had the same setup.

Do Brit keyboards have a separate, single-purpose "#" key, or are you just trolling?

Oh... AC... Never mind. Puzzle solved.

Supreme Court of UK gives Morrisons the go-ahead for mega data leak liability appeal

Mike Moyle Silver badge

"If a companies (sic) warehouse was burgled, even as an inside job by disgruntled employees, that could force them out of business. They have insurance for that. Why not to cover against claims from the loss of data? Or should the employees have to cover the losses themselves?"

I'm sure that, before they issued insurance against such threats, the insurance companies would insist on examining the company's IT security precautions, maybe bringing in an IT auditor to...

Oh. Wait.

Hmmmm... Tricky...

Idiot admits destroying scores of college PCs using USB Killer gizmo, filming himself doing it

Mike Moyle Silver badge

Re: What a fucking idiot

"Well dear idiot will likely have a felony conviction when this is done. While not a total black mark, it will make getting a decent job much harder as a convicted felon."

Well, there's always "Republican Congressman"; felony convictions don't seem to be much of an impediment there.

Oh, wait... You said "a decent job"...

Never mind. Yeah; he's screwed.

So, that's cheerio the nou to Dundee Satellite Receiving Station: Over 40 years of service axed for the sake of £338,000

Mike Moyle Silver badge

Re: And yet....

"... laying the blame for the closure of the station firmly at the door of the agency and its decision to turn off the cash taps, and 'move a substantial part of its service from Scotland to Plymouth'."

TBH, this line DID have me wondering... Didn't a majority of Scottish voters go for "remain"? could the initial government funding decision have had any "We want to keep this in our hands if that lot up north decide to split" component to it?

Enough about me, why do you hate Kaspersky so much? Revealed: Insp Clouseau-esque bid to smear critics as shills

Mike Moyle Silver badge

All the critics are being paid by George Soros to protest Kaspersky...

Oh, wait... wrong conspiracy theory...

Never mind.

Six foot blunder: UK funeral firm fined for fallacious phone calls

Mike Moyle Silver badge

"So what are you supposed to do?"

Keep a police whistle by the phone.

...Or a compressed-air horn.

iOS 13 leaks suggest Apple is finally about to unleash the iPad as a computer for grownups

Mike Moyle Silver badge

Re: file system access

"Not a single one of your examples is a computer user. All are interface users."

Really...? Honestly, this sounds like a Humpty Dumpty “When I use a word, it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less,” sort of definition. In 40 years in and around the computer industry, I have never heard anyone else use that distinction.

But sure; whatever.

So, just so we're clear on definitions: Since you don't design, build, or professionally service automobiles, you are not an automobile user? Because that appears to be the definition that you are claiming is the only valid one for "computer users"; that you MUST be working on computer (programming) internals to be a "computer user".

On the other hand, if we're using your narrow definition, then that should mean that the iOS users usingg BASH, COBOL, Pascal, Python and various flavors of C IDEs, among others -- or writing in vi, if you're old school -- on their iPads ARE "computer users", right?

Mike Moyle Silver badge

Re: file system access

And Affinity Photo, on both iOS and Mac OS -- once you get used to the interface, because it's different from Photoshop's -- is pretty damned good, too. I haven't had enough free time to play with the beta of Publish, their InDesign challenger, but if it ends up as solid as the others, I may go Adobe-free in my freelance work and recommend that the day-job stop paying the annual Adobe rental.

Mike Moyle Silver badge

Re: file system access

"Scripts are an integral part of professionals using computers. Anything that doesn't allow scripting is a toy for interface users, not a tool for computer users..."


"Professional using computers" != "Programmer". It simply doesn't.

You are saying "What *I* do is the ONLY real computer use," which is simply wrong.

A civil/traffic/hydro engineer who wants to annotate plans or data onsite in real time and upload those to the corporate/municipal mainframe is a professional computer user.

A police officer/social worker/healthcare worker who updates public contact information with headquarters in realtime is a professional computer user.

A graphic designer who goes onsite, takes photos and notes, works up roughs, sends them wirelessly with a price quote to the client's printer, then uploads those files to the office computer for the heavy lifting is a professional computer user.

Pilots, truck drivers, mechanical/electrical/HVAC/gas engineers and technicians who don't have to carry stacks of maps, schematics, manuals, and reference materials are professional computer users.

...and those are just off the top of my head.

And Every. Single. One. of them can be done on a tablet, without ever having to write a single script.

LOTS of people use computers as absolutely critical tools every day in the course of their jobs -- with many of those computers being tablets -- and the number of them who absolutely HAVE to be able to write scripts to be productive is vanishingly small.

The ability to write scripts is necessary for YOUR work...? Fine. Run with that. But understand that -- among professionals who use computers every day to do paying work -- people who absolutely NEED to write scripts are a minority of a minority.

Russian parliament waves through powers for internet iron curtain

Mike Moyle Silver badge

Re: благодарю вас, Товарищ Пу́тин

"Does this mean no more Internet Research Agency..."

No, but I have to assume that it probably will make it harder for any attempts to reverse-hack into IRA, or any new iterations of the same sort of operation.

Kent bloke incurs the anchor of local council after fly-tipping boat

Mike Moyle Silver badge

Absolutely agreed! Pour yourself a schooner as a reward (which this isn't, drat it!) ----------->

Uncle Sam charges Julian Assange with conspiracy to commit computer intrusion

Mike Moyle Silver badge

Re: On the other hand

"Mind you, if I owed people 1 million quid for skipping bail I'd be demanding to be put in a prison cell...."

Although, wouldn't that rather depend on just which sort of people you owed the million to?

Do you want salt with that? Salesforce phallus 'shopped out' of Oracle Park calendar cover

Mike Moyle Silver badge

Re: Why so coy?..

"Probably should have used the Paris icon, but perhaps that would too much innuendo."

Is that as in: "When money comes in your door, love comes innuendo"?

Menu mischief and interface deceit targeted by US lawmakers

Mike Moyle Silver badge

"The bill applies to online services that have more than 100m monthly users."

Do advertisers count as "users" of the ad networks for the purposes of this bill, or do people seeing their ads count?

I assume that it's the former since the ad aggregators would be screaming bloody murder, otherwise. A lot of this could be solved by simply holding online advertisers to best practices and the easiest way to enforce that is to hold the ad networks responsible for the compliance of the ads that they host.

Two Arkansas dipsticks nicked after allegedly taking turns to shoot each other while wearing bulletproof vests

Mike Moyle Silver badge

Re: All you need to know about Arkansas

While it's not too big a shock that this took place in Arkansas, it *IS* somewhat surprising that they got around to it before Florida Man did.

Mike Moyle Silver badge

Re: I was thinking the same...

Also, the second fellow emptying the magazine into the first shooter's back because -- Quelle surprise! -- getting shot once hurt probably veers into "aggravated assault" territory.

Hackers don't just want to pwn networks, they literally want to OWN your network – and no one knows they're there

Mike Moyle Silver badge

Re: Unlikely to change anytime soon

As I think I posted when the subject came up after another article on security; I think the secret is to bar corporations from claiming damages if they are vulnerable to a known exploit, and make it easier for their customers to do so. We've all seen the stories where some yutz is caught and charged with some eye-watering amount of "damage" to the victim's computer systems with civil penalties to recover the "lost" money. Meanwhile, the company "generously" pays out pennies-worth of account monitoring and the like.

Making it so that the company is on the hook for all damages from both sides might go a ways to "concentrate (their) mind(s) wonderfully," as Mr. Johnson might have said.

(Oh, and documentation showing that: "I asked for 'X' resources to mitigate 'Y' security issues, which were refused by 'Z'," should be an automatic "get out of jail free" card for any IT personnel with responsibility for security. The penalty should be on the higher-ups, not on the workers in the trenches who are given responsibility without authority.)

You spin me right round, baby, right round like an exploding asteroid, baby, right round round round

Mike Moyle Silver badge

Who is 6478 Gault?

Russian sailors maroon themselves in Bristol Channel after drunken dinghy ride goes awry

Mike Moyle Silver badge

"'Very cold'? The sheep were right there. Amateurs."

They didn't have one set of knitting needles between the three of them? Absolutely; amateurs.

Altered carbon: Boffins automate DNA storage with decent density – but lousy latency

Mike Moyle Silver badge

I'm picturing a computer virus that codes an actual virus that unzips the DNA, wiping your storage.

Mike Moyle Silver badge

"You can just imagine the marketing slogan now."

"Carry the sum of human knowledge in the a pocket of your genes."

Windows Defender ATP is dead. Long live Microsoft Defender ATP

Mike Moyle Silver badge

Re: What is the recommended AV on OSX at the moment?

I use Avast free, with occasional corroboration checks using ClamX-AV, on both home and work machines. (Work machine is on a Win network with Outlook Server for mail, so my AV is mainly a backup to the company AV policies for my own peace of mind. Avast Free and ClamX because I'm not an IT/security expert, they have good reputations, I'm not paid enough to buy software for my employer, and Mac security goes on my dime since the IT dept. doesn't support the one Mac on the network any more than they absolutely have to.)

Apple's revamped iPad beams a workhorse in from Planet Ludicrous

Mike Moyle Silver badge

Re: The Pencil needs charging?

@ David 132

Well, usually, I've seen it prefaced with "NASA spent umpteen-million dollars designing a pen that yada yada...". IIRC, the Fisher pen was even the target of one of Senator William Proxmire's "Golden Fleece Awards" -- which he gave out for what he considered government overspending and waste -- based on that very idea. (On a side-note, it's curious that I don't recall any federal money spent in his home state of Wisconsin, ever receiving a Golden Fleece... Funny, that...!)

Mike Moyle Silver badge

Re: The Pencil needs charging?


1 -- Russians use the Fisher space pen, as well, and have -- like NASA -- since the late 1960s, since they had the same worries as NASA had about bits of physically-irritating, flammable, and electrically-conductive graphite floating around in their capsules.

2 -- While not DESIGNED as a multifunction tool, the pen can do things that a pencil, arguably, can't -- like firing your take-off rockets after removing your EVA pack in a cramped capsule breaks off the necessary control-panel toggle switch (Ask Buzz Aldrin, if you don''t believe me!).

3 -- As a side-note: Paul Fisher developed the pen unrequested by NASA and on his own dime, submitted samples to NASA for testing and NASA ended up buying them from Fisher at the, at the time, market price of $2.95 each.

This has been debunked so friction' many times and people STILL use this horsehockey as the go-to example of government inefficiency and waste. (grumblegrumblemutterdamnfoolkids...! AN' GIT OFFA MY LAWN!!)

We don't want to be Latch key-less kids: NYC tenants sue landlords for bunging IoT 'smart' lock on their front door

Mike Moyle Silver badge

Re: NYC Landlords, bah!

"...she kept her rent control apartment in the East Village to rent out on AirB&B..."

Someone could always rat her out to the Mayor's Office of Special Enforcement or the City Housing Authority...

Wondering why 'Devin Nunes herp-face' was trending online? Here's the 411: House rep sues Twitter for all the rude stuff tweeted about him

Mike Moyle Silver badge

Re: But he actually has a case...

If he actually gets this suit against Twitter for definition* of character** to go to trial, I would presume that everyone that the Trumpster-fire has maligned via his morning "throne room" tweets will be right behind.

(Note to self -- Double down on Orville Reddenbacher stock!)

(* Yes, I know the difference. I meant what I said.)

(** OTOH, I realize that "character" is too strong a word for whatever animates Nunes, but I can't think of anything else that's close enough.)

Welcome. You're now in a timeline in which US presidential hopeful Beto was a member of a legendary hacker crew

Mike Moyle Silver badge

Re: Nice

"'Do not let me hear of the wisdom of old men, but rather of their folly' - T S Eliot, in his sixties.

I'm older than he was then and I tend to agree. I wouldn't put myself in charge of anything."


I'm torn: I was probably in my thirties when I decided that I had no business being anybody's role model. Now that I'm in my sixties, my opinion has only solidified.

Was I preternaturally wise back then, or has age only ossified a young man's follies...?


What was that P word? Ah. Privacy. Yes, we'll think about privacy, says FCC mulling cellphone location data overhaul

Mike Moyle Silver badge

Re: Pai's FCC

Just get someone to buy the location tracks of all of the commissioners' cell phones for the last couple of years end post the data online.

We'll help you get your next fix... maybe, we'll think about it, says FTC: 'Right to repair' mulled

Mike Moyle Silver badge

There is nothing wrong, IMO, with repairability and tinkerability, but I DO believe that doing so beyond a certain -- limited -- point SHOULD be allowed to void the warranty. To do otherwise would require a technician from company A to know everything there is to know about company X, Y, and Z's products, if their parts can be shoehorned in any manner possible into company A's device. Because company A's warranty SAYS that they will make their product WORK if you bring it in for repair under warranty! I mean, that is the basic CONCEPT behind a warranty -- that they will make it work again!

I knew of a fellow when I was in high school who discovered that he could JU-U-U-U-UST fit a small-block Buick V-6 into the engine compartment of a Volkswagen Beetle (radiator mounted in the luggage compartment up front with vents cut into the floorpan and a fan tied into the electrical system for cooling). (His hobby was blowing away Corvettes at stop lights. But I digress...) Should Volkswagen have been responsible for all repairs on that Beetle if it was still under warranty? Hell -- I don't think that they even used the same TOOL sets, so how could they have been expected to service the vehicle? And yet claiming an absolute "right to repair" while keeping the warranty intact would require that.

There has to be a point where repairing/tinkering/modding DOES void the warranty -- the trick will be in determining where that point lies.

Bombs Huawei... Smartphone exploded in my daughter's pocket, seriously burning her, claims dad in lawsuit

Mike Moyle Silver badge

Re: Original charger (or at least a good one)?

^^^^ This. ^^^^

I can't recall a single* "my phone blew up in my pocket" story where the phone was stated as having been in a shirt/jacket pocket. It always seems to be in a constantly-flexing trouser pocket. The article here doesn't specify location but, if I were a betting man, I'd bet that the damage claim for "reduced mobility" would be a clue that this was another one stuck in (tight/skinny?) jeans.

* Doesn't mean that there HASN'T been one, of course; just that I don't recall ever having seen one.

Don't be too shocked, but it looks as though these politicians have actually got their act together on IoT security

Mike Moyle Silver badge

One part of any proposed rule or legislation should make it HARDER for manufacturers of insecure kit to claim damages from hackers, and EASIER for their customers to claim damages from THEM if they get pwned. Also, include a clause that, should the company go bankrupt, any entityy acquiring their trademarks, IP, assets, good will (if any), etc., are also, knowingly and explicitly, acquiring any liabilities for the insecure products, as well. It would be nice if directors could be held personally liable since, much like "(k)nowing that one is to be hanged in ten days..." knowing that one's own, personal wealth is at risk "... tends to concentrate the mind wonderfully", but that may be a bridge too far.

Uber driver drove sleeping woman miles away from home to 'up the fare'. Now he's facing years in the clink for kidnapping, fraud

Mike Moyle Silver badge

"Does this mean NY cabs are racists for being yellow?"

No; it just means that they're more scared of their passengers than their passengers are of them, which is as it should be. I mean, there's a reason that New York cabs have steel and plexiglas barriers between the front and back seats.

NASA's crap infosec could be 'significant threat' to space ops

Mike Moyle Silver badge

Re: Back... Doors

He had to shorten it because "James James Morrison Morrison Weatherby George Dupree" wouldn't fit on the business cards.

Unless you want your wine bar to look like a brothel, purple curtains are a no-no apparently

Mike Moyle Silver badge

Re: Good on him for standing up

"It is indeed true that the Red Lantern has been used since time immemorial..."

It had been my understanding that the red lamp dated from the First World War, when a house would put out a red light if they served enlisted ranks, and a blue one if they catered to the officer class.

Official science: Massive asteroids are so difficult to destroy, Bruce Willis wouldn't stand a chance

Mike Moyle Silver badge

Re: Throwing theories gets us there

We need to spot these things 20+ years out, or there will be nothing that can be done, and I am not so sure about 20 years."

The problem with that theory is that the further out in time a fatal potentiality sits, the longer humans -- as a species, it would appear -- tend to spend their time denying/arguing/dithering/kicking the problem down the road/sticking their fingers in their ears and going "Lalala! I can't hear you! Lalalala!!" From the schoolboy putting off doing his homework until Sunday night to the "Climate change might be real but we can't afford what it will cost to solve it," politician, this problem seems to be hard-wired into humanity. It makes me think that the ONLY way that we'll solve the DinoKiller2.0 problem when it happens is by discovering it when it's too late to do anything but everyone throw everything they can at it in a massively-parallel set of individual last-minute Manhattan Projects and see what happens.

USB4: Based on Thunderbolt 3. Two times the data rate, at 40Gbps. One fewer space. Zero confusing versions

Mike Moyle Silver badge

"They've done High and Full already so I reckon we must be heading for a Mega or a Hyper."


Today's good news is that whoever has to clean up Solar System will have an easy job: Lack of small debris in Kuiper belt

Mike Moyle Silver badge

Re: This Kuiper belt object is small, but that object is far far away


I was wondering if it was because all the objects in the Kuiper belt are heading in roughly the same orbit, at roughly the same velocity, hence collisions are rare. Any in divergent orbits being likely to be deflected down to the inner solar system to cause problems for the dinosaurs."

But your description also describes the asteroid belt, which appears to have more objects in close proximity to each other, and further perturbations from planets passing by (far away from them in human terms, but intimately close in cosmic terms).

My (uneducated) guess is the likelihood -- if the "quick-clumping" theory is correct -- that the orbital perturbations from moving planetary gravity fields kept the asteroid belt objects "stirred up" enough that there was less clumping from the particles' own, innate gravities, while out in the Kuiper belt, there was less stirring, allowing the particles to cluster more quickly.


Surprise, surprise, yet another cryptocurrency creator collared, hit with $6 million fraud rap

Mike Moyle Silver badge

But who among us could possibly...

...Judge Crater?

Long phone is loooong: Sony swipes at flagship fatigue with 21:9 tall boy

Mike Moyle Silver badge

Re: 21:9 ratio, you say

I'm sure that there's a "Video killed the ratio star," joke in this somewhere...

Oracle: Major ad scam 'DrainerBot' is rinsing Android users of their battery life and data

Mike Moyle Silver badge

Say what...?

"Openness and transparency is paramount in the mobile advertising industry..."

That's comedy gold, that is!

What's in a name? Quite a bit when it's the most hated abbreviation of 2018 (GDPR, of course)

Mike Moyle Silver badge

Re: What a missed opportunity

Well, presumably, they still own the URL, so...

Mike Moyle Silver badge


"It's ironic that the smallest country gets the most letters."

Around here, they'd be driving a really big pick-up truck.

Twilight of the sundials: Archaic timepiece dying out and millennials are to blame, reckons boffin

Mike Moyle Silver badge

Re: I'll Bite.... Yes, I know he was trolling

I love Pythagoras but oh, Euclid!

From Red Planet to deep into the red: Suicidal extrovert magnet Mars One finally implodes

Mike Moyle Silver badge

Maybe the funding problems could have been solved by charging a small fee for recommending/voting for "Celebrity Conscripts"™ to make up the first shipload of colonists. The pool of has-been/wanna-be/never-were celebs, politicians, "lawyers to the stars", and people famous just for being famous ought to nourish the soil... er... that is... should begin the colonization process heroically, and the "poll tax" for voting ought to cover the costs of the cardboard and old string for the rocket quite well, eh, Moriarty...?

WeWork restructuring bites El Reg hacks where it hurts as afternoon brew delayed

Mike Moyle Silver badge

I read that title as"WetWork restructuring..." and was reminded of a couple of places I worked while they were on their last legs. Management infighting could get fierce!

Mike Moyle Silver badge

Re: Critical Mass?

It's terrible if there's a break in the cocoa-tinuum --the powder spills out all over the counter.

Senior slippery sex stimulator sales exec sacked for shafting .org-asmic cyber-space place, a tribunal hears

Mike Moyle Silver badge

Re: Well, still an idiot

"They did retain yesyesyes.org. Both it and yesyesyes.com reference the same IP (in the Amazon cloud)..."

So, they swing both ways. That's nice.

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

Mike Moyle Silver badge

Re: As we get older...

"(A)pparently there is/was a widespread superstition that making a will brings forward your demise."

Based on some families that I'm aware of, it may not be pure superstition.

Biting the hand that feeds IT © 1998–2019