* Posts by Persona

46 posts • joined 6 Jul 2018

LG's beer-making bot singlehandedly sucks all fun, boffinry from home brewing


Re: Beer in the Sodastream?

Blue Nun is interesting stuff. Just don't drink it. The prototype for Le Piat D'Or red wine was made with Blue Nun and red food colouring as this would "appeal" to the regular British consumer in 1974 who wasn't quite ready for real red wine. They then went to a French wine producer and asked them to make red wine that looked and tasted that way. It was very popular in its day thanks mainly to an attractive bottle and a huge TV advertising campaign.

He's not cracked RSA-1024 encryption, he's a very naughty Belarusian ransomware middleman



He is simply a broker. There are good reasons to use a broker who has been around awhile and understands the business rather than dealing directly with the end party whom you have no reason to trust. A broker always gets commission for his services either by charging a fee or pressing the supplier for the discount he knows he can get, and often both! As for cracking RSA-1024, the only practical way of doing this is to "obtain" a copy of the private key.

Microsoft polishes up Chromium as EdgeHTML peers into the abyss


Re: Take your browser and fuck off

I use both Edge and Chrome. Of the two Edge performs much better on my underpowered tablet. The only downside for me is if I use any Google web site it nags me to use Chrome.

Intel eggheads put bits in a spin to try to revive Moore's law


Re: How many generations?

You have missed the Laddic which is/was a magnetic device for performing logic. Was it important? Well I've seen (actually stood inside) a computer built with Laddic that was controlling a nuclear reactor, so arguably yes.

Blockchain study finds 0.00% success rate and vendors don't call back when asked for evidence


Blockchains are a wonderful tool .....

...... for separating fools from their money.

Shocker: UK smart meter rollout is crap, late and £500m over budget


Re: OK, but why ....


"Load control? Unless the rollout is even dumber than I've heard, that's not done by cutting off power at the meter. It's done by selectively cutting off individual major loads, usually an immersion heater."

How could it possibly do that? The smart meter in on the wires coming from the company fuses and going into the consumer unit. It's all or nothing. You would need a smart consumer unit to selectively cut power to individual circuits.

All a smart meter can do (in the future) is allow power to be bought with an expensive high reliability tariff or a cheaper low reliability tarif that gets turned off when power demand exceeds supply.

Bomb squad descends on suspicious package to find something much more dangerous – a Journey cassette


Re: Harmless

"8 tracks were only common for a couple years in the late 1960s."

I visited Salt Lake City in 2001. Our taxi driver was playing music with an 8 track.


Re: Harmless

"I'd guess that most cars on the road have a tape player."

It's the USA ...... 8 tracks were the thing over there. Probably still are outside of the cities.

Microsoft: You looking at me funny? Oh, you just want to sign in


Re: I Don't Get It...

They need to access the "secure enclave" on your device to sign the nonce, and to unlock that enclave they will need your PIN or biometric etc. so be careful that when a person steals your phone they don't also take your finger.

Where to implant my employee microchip? I have the ideal location


Re: As someone who currently designs chip-enabled cat interface devices...

@Neil Barnes

"they have a rotary lock which as far as I know no cat has succeeded in defeating"

My daughters cat opens the rotary lock on her cat flap so quickly you don't see him doing it. He can pry up the door too.

With the 6T, OnePlus hopes to shed 'cheeky upstart' tag and launch assault on flagships


Re: Why the front-facing camera hullaballoo?

30% of the market takes selfies and posts them on social medial, 60% of the market wants to emulate that 30% so need a phone that is good for selfies. The remaining 10% is an interesting group for various reasons. Most Register readers are in that odd 10%

Sorry friends, I'm afraid I just can't quite afford the Bitcoin to stop that vid from leaking everywhere


Re: Confusing

"You can turn a speaker into a microphone by reversing the polarity or something. "

Sigh. You can use a moving coil speaker as a microphone, but only by putting it into a circuit that does the exact opposite of the electronics used to power the speaker. A circuit that goes DAC -> amplifier -> speaker is more than just a "polarity change" to go to speaker-mike -> amplifier -> ADC

Should a robo-car run over a kid or a grandad? Healthy or ill person? Let's get millions of folks to decide for AI...


Re: Important 'cause...

Self driving cars are really good at maneuvering and braking the car, better than almost all human drivers. They are relatively terrible at identifying things, current worst than most drivers so we have a way to go before making value judgements about what to hit. Once we get there it's time to apply Steinbach's Guideline for Systems Programmers - "Never test for an error condition you don't know how to handle."

It only took Oz govt transformation bods 6 months and $700k to report that blockchain ain't worth the effort


Re: Audit trails for copyright claims

"Do they need to be paid, wouldn't some copyright holders do it out of self interest?"

They might for a bit, but then drop out as they realize the costs of network bandwidth, maintenance, support and storage space outweigh the somewhat intangible value of having a robust way of claiming copyright. Soon you start to have concerns that over 50% of the service is provided by a single player ...... who rapidly becomes a very big copyright owner.


Re: Audit trails for copyright claims

That would indeed work. You could probably do it just by storing a hash of the photo to make the data size more manageable, though that does open it up to a slight collision attack.. The real problem you face is working out how to pay the distributed entities to store and add new content to the blockchain. That's easy to do in a centralised system but very hard in a distributed one. You really need a crypto currency to underpin it. In fact what you have done is invented yet another crypto currency.


Re: Just 'Unnecessary'? What about 'Wouldn't Work'?

"You're missing the point here"

The Land Registry would need to escrow a copy of the key so the title could be transferred if the holder had died taking the key with them, or to permit compulsory purchase. This makes using a blockchain utterly pointless …….. as is often the case.

Morrisons supermarket: We're taking payroll leak liability fight to UK Supreme Court


The devil is in the detail. If a financial auditor asks for a dump of the payroll data to ascertain there are no inappropriate payments, the auditor will always be given access as it's within the remit of their job. If it's an IT auditor however they should not be given it because it's not their job. However if they say they are auditing the controls that protect the data they do get access to examine the controls. If in the process of examining the controls the IT auditor discovers an issue that allows them to take a copy of the data it's hard to assign employer liability as the employer is running a control process with the aim on ensuring that the data is adequately protected.

The real difficulty comes when the system and finance people supporting the auditors don't have the experience to know what a financial auditor must be permitted to do compared with what an IT auditor must be permitted to do. Some auditors do their best to bypass the management chain and go straight to the lower level workers that have been pulled in to assist with prior queries. To make matter worse sometimes an IT auditor gathers data for a financial auditor.

In short it's difficult to provide a control framework that is proof against the very framework they are auditing to be sufficient

So, about that Google tax on Android makers in the EU – report pegs it at up to $40 per phone


Re: "the savvy user always had to fuss with anti-malware"

That savvy user never revisited the vendors site to get security patches either, not that they would have found any had they tried. The only common recourse back then was to buy the next version which might or might not have security patches applied. App stores for all their faults do at least provide a mechanism to allow important security patches to be pushed out to the customers.

London flatmate (Julian Assange) sues landlord (government of Ecuador) in human rights spat


Re: I really hope he gets the boot

"They can reactive the charges any time until the statute of limitations"

The statute of limitations expires in August 2020 so he's still got a long time to hide, and after that he has the bail skipping bail to contend with.

Facebook names former Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg head of global affairs


Re: See, we're determined to join the main business community

This sort of thing is going to happen more and more post Brexit when all those lucrative EU commission jobs are no longer available to our ex politicians and they are forced to work for a living.

Android creator Andy Rubin's firm might think its phone is Essential, but 30% of staff are not


"snake-oil and marketing"

Yes Dyson advertising a vacuum cleaner that has filters in it and claiming "no loss of suction" springs to mind.

Leaked memo: No internet until you clean your bathroom, Ecuador told Julian Assange


Re: It's clear Ecuador is getting a little more than pissed off

I'm hoping that the embassy will boot him out and he will flee the country before the UK authorities notice. Then at some later time when he is seeking publicity in some far flung country he will be arrested and extradited. For maximum irony, ideally I'm really hoping he will be in the USA and get extradited back to the UK to serve his time for skipping bail.

That 'Surface will die in 2019' prediction is still a goer, says soothsayer


Re: So the logic is

"Where do you meet these people? I haven't met anyone who has a Windows phone for a very, very, long time."

I know of 5 plus myself all with 3+ year old 640XL windows phones. One of the phones died last week :-(

and needed to be replaced with something else. I haven't hear from the owner since. She's probably grieving.

NASA chief in Moscow: 'We will fly again on a Russian Soyuz rocket'


Yep. The Soyuz rocket has made 1700 flights over the last 50+ years so 6800 of the side boosters have managed to separate without hitting the centre core till now. The design is proven.

Russian rocket goes BOOM again – this time with a crew on it


Re: Oops.

"sadly their trajectory matched the curve of Putin's credibility rating"

..... you do know that their trajectory after separation was ballistic????

SpaceX touches down in California as Voyager 2 spies interstellar space


Re: Lack of Astonish!


at 895 million dollars for the pair even if you could build cars with that sort of MTBF there wouldn't be many takers.

Boffin: Dump hardware number generators for encryption and instead look within


Re: Round and round we go

Not really. If you roll it out widely it's going to get noticed, consequenty it would need to be triggered. So if you have it and it's not triggered, it's not an issue,


Re: Round and round we go

Whilst technically possible it's not an attack vector you need to worry about. If someone wants to target you that seriously we know from the Snowden disclosures there are easier ways to steal everything you type and everything sent to your screen.


Round and round we go

Early versions of Netscape's SSL used a "random" seed derived from the time of day, the process ID, and the parent process ID. It seemed like a good idea, but needless to say researchers were able to guess the encryption keys and everyone was recommended to use hardware random number generators. Adding more seed variables helps but I remain dubious as it is inherently repeatable. I prefer to trust a simple hardware random number generator that uses something like diode noise which is random down at the physics level.

A web where the user has complete control of their data? Sounds Solid, Tim Berners-Lee


Re: Might be a nice idea, but it'll stay theoretical

If solid takes off Facebook could just implement their own solid server for people to use from where it could access their data or serve it to others as permitted. Many many people seem quite content to give Facebook all of their data so they would get plenty of customers.

Windows 10 passes 700 million, Office Mobile in a coma and Intune, er, cracks time travel


Re: Numbers

"For browser, read Internet Explorer"

I'm not convinced Microsoft cared that much about IE. They just wanted a browser that needed their operating system underneath it. By getting people to code for ActiveX on IE they were ensuring that they were coding to run under Windows. IE on anything other than Windows was very short lived particularly on Solaris and HPUX though it did live longer on MacOS but that was for a more contractual reason.


Re: Numbers

I always got the sense that Microsoft was not so much championing browser based solutions as saying "me too" to fend off Java that in the late 90's was being pushed by Sun as the paradigm shift that was going to kill off the desktop operating system by eliminating platform dependence....... Sun's words, not mine.

Microsoft liberates ancient MS-DOS source from the museum and sticks it in GitHub


Re: To some MSDOS was an major leap forward.

I bought an 8 inch floppy disk in 1981 for my first CPM system. It cost me £220, which was a lot if money back then and gave me 500k of storage. Almost as bad was dynamic RAM chips that cost £75 for 16 kbytes.

Now here's an idea: Break up Amazon to get more shareholder cash


"people keep betting that Amazon will just keep getting bigger"

Which is probable as they are only generating profits of $197m on revenues of $38bn. The rest is being invested back into the business. By keeping it all one company they can take money from one part to grow or even start another. This would be so much harder to do if they were seperate companies, and the result would be investment money pouring out of Amazon and into the shareholders pockets.

How an augmented reality tourist guide tried to break my balls


Re: Knot

"I grappled with that fucking thing until my fingernails tore off. It wouldn’t budge."

As an avid reader I "should" believe you there, but it does remind me suspiciously of this incident with your phone you wrote about on 26February 2016

"My trouser pocket is the scene of an on-going Western gunfight between the smooth rose-gold and prickly rose-pink: that town isn’t big enough for the both of them"

Mrs D snorting is well aware of your previous form! ;-)

Guess who just bought Maplin? Dragons' Den celebrity biz guy Peter Jones


Back when they started their catalogue was about 20 sheets of A4 stapled together with a coloured cover sheet, orangey brown the first month and green the second. The huge catalogue came much later.

UK networks have 'no plans' to bring roaming fees back after Brexit


Re: If only roaming worked at all

I was in Croatia last week and our EE phones roamed fine. If only I got a reliable signal from them inside my house in the UK

Nokia reinstates 'hide the Notch' a day after 'Google required' feature kill


Re: Hey Reg

"phones that run unmodified Android in order to help with faster updates "

And for that reason I couldn't imagine buying any Android phone that wasn't branded as Android One.

Tax the tech giants and ISPs until the bits squeak – Corbyn


Re: tax dodgers

Tax on revenue is fine. It's called VAT.

Space, the final Trump-tier: America to beam up $8bn for Space Force


Re: I don't understand why they need it

Access to space is cheaper than it has ever been and about to get cheaper. Possibly much much cheaper, so for the first time it becomes financially possible. From a military perspective high ground gives you a tactical advantage. Space gives you a strategic one.

Nah, it won't install: The return of the ad-blocker-blocker


This is exactly what I do. They are all black "fruits of the loom" T-shits from ebay. I even went as far as to cut out the inside label on one, but then kept putting it on the wrong way round, so decided the tolerate the internal labels.

BTW - I also buy 25 identical pairs of socks at a time. So much easier to pair them up after washing day, and I never have more than one odd sock hanging around.

From toothbrushes to coffee makers to computers: Europe fines Asus, Pioneer, Philips for rigging prices of kit


Re: ?WTF?

It also stops the retailer from pressuring the supplier to drop their prices as the supplier can point at the healthy margin. When retail price competition is fierce the retailers all want a better deal from the supplier to bolster their bottom line and they can use the argument that they will stop selling it if they can't make any money on it.

Here's why AI can't make a catchier tune than the worst pop song in the charts right now


That basic concept goes back to 1792 and the dice waltz attributed (perhaps wrongly) to Mozart.

If Brussels wants Android forks, phone makers aren't helping


Re: And the mess that is Android updating

"A brave effort!! I wonder what it means" ......

I've read the OP's comment twice in an attempt to see things from your perspective. It's quite clear and written in reasonably good English. As such I have concluded that your head must be so far up your ass it would be impossible for anyone else to see anything from your perspective.

iPhone 8 now outsells X, and every other phone


Re: So, the regular run fof the mill iPhone 8 ...

Careful. ElReg's forum rules can trigger all your posts to be moderated or deleted if you make disparaging remarks about their reporters..... And especially their Executive Editor.

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