* Posts by Fred Daggy

13 posts • joined 6 Sep 2018

If you want an example of how user concerns do not drive software development, check out this Google-backed API

Fred Daggy

Wrong, dead wrong. The software is for the users. The users are the advertisers. For them IT'S PERFECT!

Vacuum up ever last detail of demographic information, each eyeball gaze, letter typed, click and scroll. Aggregate and SELL, SELL, SELL!

The customers of Google/Alphabet are the advertisers. You are their product. Don't think a single piece of Google's ecosystem is built for your benefit.

We are absolutely, definitively, completely and utterly out of IPv4 addresses, warns RIPE

Fred Daggy

So, around the mid 90's what should have been done is IETF "We need everyone coding a TCP/IP stack to update their #DEFINE LEN_IP_ADDR from 32 to 64 bits and the same for LEN_IP_MASK. Front PAD any v4 TCP addresses with 4 x 0 when translating between V4 and V6 addresses. If you can't reach the next hop send the DESTINATION NET NOT AVAILABLE code in the usual manner".

Recompile. Test.

This will be IP protocol V6.

New IP stacks could have been rolled out in as much time as it took the BSD crowd to code it, and others to implement the code in their OS/device. Weeks or at most months. IPv4 only devices would be museum pieces by now. A wistful Reg article on the passing of IPv4, commented on by a few greybeards, while a PFY mutters OK Boomer would all that marks its passing. "Imagine that, IP protocol with only 2 to the 32 addresses!"

(Errors and omissions are the fault of Surface horrible gummy keyboard)

Next year's Windows 10 comes bounding into the Slow Ring, which means 19H2 waits in the wings

Fred Daggy

Notepad ... for the love of god

The list of things broken, sorta working or causing user or admin frustration is near endless. Yes the thing they choose to fix was .. notepad. Which wasn't broken.

Are we going to resort to edlin to edit or view a config file gone nuts? (for anything that isn't now in registry or having been SystemD-ed and now a binary log file.

Microsoft Windows team have the prioritisation skills of a rabid dog on LSD while painting the Mona Lisa.

Here's to beer, without which we'd never have the audacity to Google an error message at 3am

Fred Daggy

One particular Thursday evening, we got stuck in to the Whiskey. Aided by 3 colleagues and a bored barmen. Then the lock-in. Finished when I should have already been at work and called in sick. Cue three hours later and our biggest market local Exchange 5.5 raid bites the dust. Spend Friday arvo feeling a whiter shade of pale while talking them through a tape restore of MSX databse.

Then drove through the night to Germany for a 21st birthday party the next day. Party finished also during the daylight hours of sunday. Talked colleagues through Exchange integrity check of MSX database from midnight to 6am monday morning, while driving back to said abode. 4 hours sleep over three days.

Home, shower, shave, off to work I go.

Turned up looking worse for wear and I am sure smelling like brewery. To a nice smiling boss and an thank you from Senior Management for saving the business.

Not that young anymore and I'm sure a hangover like that one would now take me a week to recover.

Fred Daggy

If the answer can be found by (1) on the helpdesk page (now a wiki), or (2) as one of the top 3 sites in Google, the coworker owes me 5 zorkmids, or a beer, in local currency. Nearest working colleague owes me his firstborn (grandchild).

Microsoft flings the Windows Calculator source at GitHub

Fred Daggy

Modern Apps

V0.99 Used to be that software wasn't done until it had an email client.

V2.0 Now it it isn't done until it includes a dating app.

V3.0 Uploads your every keystroke to the data aggregation service of your choice to be packaged and sold off, then backed up by the 5 eyes and Russians and Chinese?

Which one comes first to Calc.exe?

Why does that website take forever to load? Clues: Three syllables, starts with a J, rhymes with crock of sh...

Fred Daggy

Re: Every web site should...

I want every web front end developer to sit in a sealed glass room (one at a time please). Just a computer and a 33 k modem to the internet in the room. Freshly booted but logged in computer with a web browser open. I control the oxygen supply.

The web jockey types in their URL. At the moment they hit enter, oxygen is completely evacuated and replaced with an inert gas. Oxygen is only released when their page finishes loading ... and does NOT jump around the screen to the slightest scroll or mouse movement. (So called "progressive" pages count as "not loaded" and don't release oxygen until loaded).

Extra time penalties before oxygen is restored:

Auto playing video +5m

Auto playing music or other sound +20m

Auto playing multimedia requiring flash +1 hour.

Marketing Managers that request that shit receive double the penalty and are required to sit in the room too.

All penalties are cumulative.

Anyone surviving may continue their craft, er cruft, er um craft.

iPhone price cuts are coming, teases Apple CEO. *Bring-bring* Hello, Apple UK? It's El Reg. You free to chat?

Fred Daggy

Re: The reasons for the iPhone sales slump were threefold

... and security updates. And not have to reinstall from scratch media just to get it working.

Microsoft lobs Windows 10, Server Oct 2018 update at world (minus file-nuking 'feature') after actually doing some testing

Fred Daggy

Re: What is this "Past" of which you speak?


Most of Oceania believes it is Spring.

And Fall is what you do. Not what you have.

Cyber-crooks think small biz is easy prey. Here's a simple checklist to avoid becoming an easy victim

Fred Daggy

Re: Good recommendations but...

Yeah. Backups are good. But it's only half the story. And that's where it gets complicated.

You need a strategy. Most SMBs don't put the resources in to a strategy, many don't even recognise the risk.

Backup is central to the strategy. Testing restores is another key part. Then there is Business Continuity Planning, Encryption, Compliance, etc. You can see why this goes over the head of most punters and even people paid to pay attention to this stuff.

Which scientist should be on the new £50 note? El Reg weighs in – and you should vote, too

Fred Daggy

Brian May

Brian May - Get two for the price of one!

Register-Orbi-damned: Netgear account order irks infosec bods

Fred Daggy

Re: If I had to register...

Yeah, nice idea that, tagging email addresses. However more often than not I see that web forms either reject the plus sign, or strip anything to right of it, until they hit the @ .

So, this one is working at less and less places.

10minutemail if I need to register for something needed once. Or a whole list of throw away accounts, one per vendor. Yes, PITA, but using something like keypass helps.

Neutron star crash in a galaxy far, far... far away spews 'faster than light' radio signal jets at Earth

Fred Daggy

Faster than light.

Pffff. Faster than light is possible. It's what Dark Matter is/does. We can't see dark matter, because we can't see (detect) anything faster than light.

Bit of a problem, but it will all sort itself out when someone creates the right experiment to detect it (or has a 'hmmm, that's odd moment').


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