* Posts by tcmonkey

30 posts • joined 26 Jul 2017

NASA's Opportunity rover celebrates 15 years on Mars – by staying as dead as a doornail


Re: Call it ... oh, I dunno, Rosie?

Because we couldn't possibly send anything named Red before we had sent Brooks.

Wow, fancy that. Web ad giant Google to block ad-blockers in Chrome. For safety, apparently


Re: Google are cunts

Have one on me for introducing me to Adnauseum -->

What a cheep shot: Bird sorry after legal eagles fire DMCA takedown at scooter unlock blog


Ahh, HackADay, I remember thee, from the days when your content was actually worth reading, as opposed to being inundated with articles about noob x connecting arduino x into RPi z and flashing LEDS a, b and c. Seems like a long time ago.

On topic, if you leave a bunch of valuable devices lying around without securing them properly you can hardly be surprised when they go missing, this would just make the job slightly easier. I'm not saying that stealing them is acceptable, but it's a city - what did you expect?

Peak Apple: This time it's SERIOUS, Tim


No, this was not at all obvious. The poster was talking about what Apple has already done, and then leads directly into this statement. It was never quantified as being a suggestion, even the phrase "for instance" could have been read (as I did) as an example of Apple's current behaviour.


"iPhone 6, 7 and 8, for instance, won't be supported in iOS 13.X.X (and later)."

[Citation Needed]

Wow, what a lovely early Christmas present for Australians: A crypto-busting super-snoop law passes just in time


I’ve hated my government on many occasions but I have never, NEVER felt as ashamed of them as I do right now.

Microsoft polishes up Chromium as EdgeHTML peers into the abyss


Again with this Windows on ARM thing. Been done before, failed badly then, will probably do the same this time around (at least IMHO).

Does anyone actually seriously use Edge for anything other than testing? Thus, does anyone really care what MS are doing with their browser? I'll have to hurry you, teams...

Germany pushes router security rules, OpenWRT and CCC push back


"Setting WPA2 encryption as a minimum default, with a strong password that excludes identifiers like manufacturer, model, or MAC address"

If I had a quid for every time I had personally seen a manufacturer break this rule, I could buy every commentard here a drink. Mind you, I'd be doing it with a cold, haunted look in my eyes. The lack of even the simplest of due-diligence on the part of some manufacturers is truly spectacular.

Capita, Serco, Sopra Steria to write cheat-sheets for UK.gov in case they collapse


I look forward to seeing how they're going to write these "cheat-sheets" when seemingly 99% of these companies have no idea what they're doing in the first place. Surely someone needs to actually know how something works before it can be documented?

Oi, Elon: You Musk sort out your Autopilot! Tesla loyalists tell of code crashes, near-misses


A few months ago someone shared with me a thread on Twitter containing anecdotes from someone claiming to be a Tesla engineer. If the contents of it are true then I am not in the least bit surprised that the Autopilot software is a bit pants.


All hearsay, mind you.

DXC: Everything is going to plan, too well in fact... we've chopped so many staff, our IT projects are now behind


Re: So they acknowledge that they laid off too many people

Well he's halfway there already! He's already got people running as if their lives depended on it, now all he's gotta do is make them change direction. Should be easy enough, right? ...Right?

I find your lack of faith disturbing, IBM: Big Blue fires photon torpedo at Pentagon JEDI cloud contract


Re: Jeez

And you think that Microsoft and Amazon are likely to be any better? Really?

Punkt: A minimalist Android for the paranoid


Re: Do you have a Gemini - if so what's it like?

Can't speak for anyone else, but I got the GPD as the Gemini wasn't available at the time. I now find it utterly indispensable. The ability to run practically any software I so choose is a huge deal for me, but your needs may vary.

You dirty DRAC: IT bods uncover Dell server firmware security slip


Baseband Management Controller

That ought to be "BaseBOARD Management Controller", Shirley?

Microsoft has a digital coworker it wants in your business: Cortana


The last time Cortana worked closely with someone, she blew herself up, then went insane and finally tried to lock the poor bloke and his friends up in her basement for 10000 years. This seems like a bad idea.

Linux kernel's Torvalds: 'I am truly sorry' for my 'unprofessional' rants, I need a break to get help



Is it April already? Where does the time go?

In all seriousness, I'm not surprised that it eventually came to this. I will more surprised if anything actually changes though.

Microsoft tells volume customers they can stay on Windows 7... for a bit longer... for a fee


Stop me if you've heard this one before...

A support deadline walks into a bar...

Hello 'WOS': Windows on Arm now has a price

Paris Hilton

Ok, hands up...

...who here actually cares about running Windows on ARM?

I use Windows extensively, and quite like it; but let's face it - the reason for running Windows on anything is the available software. Which only works on x86. Yes, yes, I know there's some promised-land of emulation, but in literally every case I have experienced the overhead has been obscene, driving either the power consumption up or the user experience down.

I just really don't get who their target market is. Want a device that can play video for ages and ages? Get a Linux or *shudder* Android device.

Fire chief says Verizon throttled department's data in the middle of massive Cali wildfires


This may have been said before (I don’t have time to read every comment here); but why in the blue blazes are an emergency service relying on only single method of communication? They say that it “severely interfered” with their function. Well what if Verizon was down, because, y’know, there’s a fire?

Whomever set up their communications strategy needs to be shown the door. A fire door, if you will.

AAAAAAAAAA! You'll scream when you see how easy it is to pwn unpatched HPE servers


I believe this holds true for Microservers as well.

India tells its banks to get Windows XP off ATMs – in 2019!


Secure ATMS with BIOS passwords

Oh that's a good one.

Arlo, can you go? NETGEAR spins out its security cameras biz


Doesn't help that the hardware cost is astronomical too. I saw a kit of 3 cameras at a local electronics supplier with a name that sounds a lot like "Hardly Normal" - nearly AU$900 they wanted for it. At that price, wouldn't it be cheaper just to let the ne'er-do-wells keep your goddamn car stereos?

For frame of reference, my 8 channel IP system, complete with recording PC cost me significantly less than that. It also doesn't require a cloud of farts to work.

South Australia bins emergency alert app, contract


Shock horror

So it turns out that relying on a smartphone app to protect you from potentially mortal peril is a bad idea?! Water wet, sky blue! News at 11!

Please use some brainpower my fellow statesmen. At least just this once.

How's this for a stocking filler next year? El Reg catches up with Gemini

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If this had released a little earlier, I would have been very tempted. In the end I bought a GPD Pocket, which is a little larger but is x86 based and thus will run practically any modern OS one chooses to throw at it (dual boot full Windows/Linux in a palmtop form is very nice).

All this being said, I am absolutely in support of these guys for keeping the Psion dream alive. I was rather sad when they stopped making devices.

Equifax: About those 400,000 UK records we lost? It's now 15.2M. Yes, M for MEELLLION


Yep, so use csv representations in every cell, she'll be right ;)

Fuming Qualcomm smashed with 23 BILLION DOLLAR fine in monopoly abuse probe


Oh dear...

Couldn't happen to a nicer bunch. Here's hoping that Broadcom get a similar taste.

Microsoft silently fixes security holes in Windows 10 – dumps Win 7, 8 out in the cold


Re: You think that's bad?

XP Embedded can also refer to WES2009, which will be in support until 2019.


AMD shocks the world by only losing $16m


Re: Read your links much?

Sorry, the link about Vega was the best one I could be bothered locating on mobile, but there are plenty of other places saying similar things about it.

My concern WRT Ryzen is that it's based on the same tech as the upcoming Epyc server chips, where multithreaded workloads are the norm. Telling your customers to cripple their hardware to get reliability out of it is not going to go down terribly well in the land of Enterprise.


Shocking, especially seeing that Vega is set to be a disappointment and Ryzen seems to have unresolved silicon issues!



Definitely not something this commentard would voluntarily buy!

Intel loves the maker community so much it just axed its Arduino, Curie hardware. Ouch


Re: At least Google puts a 'beta' label on stuff it is likely to kill

Yep - I still reckon that getting rid of XScale when they did was one of the bigger mistakes Intel have ever made.

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