* Posts by Mr Benny

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Facebook blames 'server config change' for 14-hour outage. Someone run that through the universal liar translator

Mr Benny

Re: Facebook a critical service?

Exactly. If this site went down it would be unfortunate but the world would keep turning.

Mr Benny

Re: Facebook a critical service?

Sure, except they weren't important. Social media is an online toy, nothing more. They're websites to piss away time, not do anything usefule and unlike physical infrastructure such as cabling or roads etc , a new version can be created and brought online at any time. Anyone who thinks otherwise needs to get away from their phone screen and re-engage with the real world a bit more.

Mr Benny

Facebook a critical service?

Get a fucking grip. Its about as critical to public life and the economy as MySpace and AOL were - ie not at all. If it ever goes down permanently all the nacissists, no lifers and general iself important idiots who use it will soon go find another online toy to play with and within a few years it'll be relegated to the "Oh, do you remember...?" pub chat category.

Buffer overflow flaw in British Airways in-flight entertainment systems will affect other airlines, but why try it in the air?

Mr Benny

Re: Entertainment system pen testing

The only can in mycar contains drink and the car radio has speaker out, antenna in and thats it.

Yes, its old.

FBI warns of SIM-swap scams, IBM finds holes in visitor software, 13-year-old girl charged over JavaScript prank...

Mr Benny

Re: 13yo girls' prank pales in comparison to some oldies

"Really should be a more controlled way of dealing with this type of nasty misuse to give power back to the user."

Do people like you ever delve deeper into your browsers options than the Bookmarks menu?

Mr Benny

It is easy to stop. You're obviously a techno idiot so wtf are you doing on this site?

And yes people are gullible but people in power are supposed to take advice from experts in their fields.

Mr Benny

s/boring/technically clueless/g

When the assclowns in authority cant tell the difference between malicious hacking and kids playing with trivial code that is nothing more than slightly irritating, does no harm and can easily be stopped anyone with half a clue about how to use a browser or taskmgr.exe/kill, then its really time to start worrying.

Mr Benny

Lets hope they dont check Apples new address.

'Java 9, it did break some things,' Oracle bod admits to devs still clinging to version 8

Mr Benny

Re: Updates

"The move from decimal to whole numbering of releases was idiotic,"

Agreed, there is a reason for version numbers and it isn't just to simply denote a newer version. Major.minor.bugfix was a damn useful system and to throw it out was uttely moronic. Firefox went down the same stupid route but have since gone back to decimal numbering though we now have the ridiculous situation of the currentlyl release being 65.0.1.

Mr Benny

Re: Updates

"Python's move from 2 to 3 has lots of examples of what to avoid but at least it happened."

And the advantage was what? Clearly not much given that 10 years later people are still wrtiting new code in Python 2. 3 should have been an evolutionary change, not a revolutionary one. Backwards compatibility *matters*.

Mr Benny

Re: I'm still using Java 1.4

I can still compile C code I wrote in the 90s on the latest gcc C++ compilers albeit with some warnings.

The first ZX Spectrum prototype laid bare... (What? It was acceptable in the '80s)

Mr Benny

Re: Just use emulation

IIRC one of them was a full hardware and Z80 emulator plus original ROM hence emulating all the wierd quirks. Questionable legally, but I doubt Alan Sugar cares enough any more to issue a cease and desist.

Ah, this military GPS system looks shoddy but expensive. Shall we try to break it?

Mr Benny

Maybe so, but thats fairly basic engineering and certainly not £10K's+ worth. A few hundred quid will buy you all that plus a pretty chrome logo to boot.

Mr Benny

Re: Sorry, but...

You don't want to be standing near a large CRT when it implodes.

Mr Benny

Re: Sorry, but...

I think only certain personality types are suited for army life. You have to be prepared to kill if you're front line (obv) and for your entire life to be run by someone else 24/7, not just 9-5, plus endure god awful enviroments and situations so kudos to them for doing it, but I think it would drive most normal people nuts after a while. Navy and air force probably less so as less extreme on a day to day basis though how anyone could serve in a submarine beats me, I'd literally go insane being trapped inside a crowded metal tube with no daylight for potentially months - I can't even stand long lift rides.

Mr Benny

Its nothing compared to the audiophool world where gormless idiots with too much money will literally pay hundreds of quid per metre for speaker cable that probably cost a few quid per metre to make. Ditto turntables that are just a motor and a platter but can be priced into 6 figures because of some woo woo BS made up down the pub by the "designer" who probably had hysterics all the way to the bank.

Mr Benny

Re: Sorry, but...

Thats fare enough, but I've yet to meet any portable electronics that can't be destroyed by a sledgehammer. They weren't proving anything, they were just being dickheads and didn't even check what was inside when they were done. Why this article was even posted beats me unless "joe" is a friend of the author.

Mr Benny

Sorry, but...

"Joe" and his mates sound like twats. Breaking expensive taxpayer funded kit - no matter what their opinion of it - for laughs is just pathetic.

Demand for HP printer supplies in free-fall – and Intel CPU shortages aren't helping either

Mr Benny

Lots of e-waste if you cant recycle the cartridge plus the cartridges are not cheap.

In a galaxy far, far away, aliens may have eight-letter DNA – like the kind NASA-backed boffins just crafted

Mr Benny

Re: Nitro

You're assuming an immortal creature is optimal for evolution. DNA replication is immortal, the systems that enable replication do not have to be, they just have to last long enough to create their successors.

Now you've read about the bonkers world of Elizabeth Holmes, own some Theranos history: Upstart's IT gear for sale

Mr Benny

If she hadnt been a cute chick giving the cliched woman struggling in a mans world routine...

...but some flash car salesman or hipster type I wonder how long all the feminist cheerleading liberals would have allowed themselves to have been fooled for. She took them for.the hook, line and whole bloody fishing boat

What did turbonerds do before the internet? 41 years ago, a load of BBS

Mr Benny

Re: Not dead yet

"There are wonderful protocols like RSS and NNTP that solve certain types of problems quickly, efficiently, and elegantly. And for the technically inclined (most Register readers would reach the bar), they are obvious"

Unfortunately its not obvious to a lot of the current generation of developers who seem to think any network related progamming requirement should be solved using HTTP because the only thing they understand is some high level web library and if you ask them what a socket is they'll say its something you put a plug in and as for the OpenSSL library, forget it, you might as well be talking ancient greek.

Also the concept of lean and mean to keep down network latency and improve throughput is alien to them and they just don't get the fact that HTTP(S) is hideously inefficient for transmitting small data packets. My previous job was a constant uphill battle with these clowns and their MBA cheerleaders. In the end I was overruled and now they're running half a dozen AWS EC2 instances just to match the throughput of a single rackspace server. Aside from the ignorance, fuckwittedness and general refusal to learn anything seen as "old school" (even though old school still powers the basis of the internet) inherent in dev these days you have to wonder at the enviromental cost of all that extra power required for their ineffecient designs too.

Dratted hipster UX designers stole my corporate app

Mr Benny

Re: In defence of the guacamole-eaters...

That says more about you than the ability of the average developer to produce a sensible application front end.

Mr Benny

Re: In defence of the guacamole-eaters...

Looks like your design friends have modded you up. However we're not talking about designing a new car or a bridge or even a company web page - its an application. It has standard pre coded GUI widgets and the OP was right - it really isn't rocket science to lay these things out in a neat and usable fashion. I'm also a developer and I've done front end coding in my time and tbh it was considered part of the job, not something that need to be hived off to some "designer". As developers we use this stuff every day and so we tend to know what works and what doesn't. And the current flavour of the month flat UI bullshit where it can be impossible to tell widgets from data and some widgets "hide" until you mouse over them (why??) was almost certainly designed by a self styled designer and most certainly DOES NOT work.

Wells Fargo? Well fscked at the moment: Data center up in smoke, bank website, app down

Mr Benny

Re: The BOFH Strikes Again

"The thing that anybody with an agenda can edit, and anybody can quote without understanding what they are quoting,"

I doubt some random guy off the street wrote that wiki article. But you want something more official?

Try this:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1345555

"An accidental discharge of a Halon 1301 system is reported... .... workers present during the halon discharge reported significantly more lightheadedness, headache, voice change, cough, and a fast heartbeat than did those who worked the later shift."

"I wouldn't spec it if it were dangerous."

Sure you would, you probably only care about cost.

Mr Benny

Re: The BOFH Strikes Again

It is? I'd suggest you find a better fact sheet pal, perhaps one thats not written by the manufacturers.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bromotrifluoromethane

"Human exposure to Halon 1301 can be toxic, affecting the central nervous system and other bodily functions."

"It is considered good practice to avoid all unnecessary exposure to Halon 1301"

Mr Benny

Re: The BOFH Strikes Again

You wouldn't survive, you'd suffocate. All these system displace oxygen which is the whole point of them.

Mr Benny

Re: Job opening

I doubt it. Management are masters in pointing the finger downwards. Most likely some poor grunts who were simply following moronic orders will be told to clear their desks while the actual MBA gimps responsible for the mess will get a bonus for "solving" the problem they created.

Sure, you can keep Grandpa Windows 7 snug in the old code home – for a price

Mr Benny

Re: @ Mr. Benny -- "Prevaricating" means "lying"

"And I'm sure it also knows how to properly use the apostrophe and capitalization. Perhaps you could take notes?"

It probably also knows not to start sentences with conjunctions so perhaps sort out your own grammar before commenting on others writing abilities. Oh, and it's "capitaliSation" in proper English. Now run along, mummy probably has dinner ready for you.

Mr Benny

Re: "Prevaricating" means "lying"

Thats american dialect, this site speaks proper English.

UK transport's 'ludicrous' robocar code may 'put lives at risk'

Mr Benny

Re: Missing the obvious

Perhaps you're unaware that in the UK cyclists are expected to obey the highway code when on the public roads. Part of that includes not riding through red lights A) For their own safety and B) for the safety of pedestrians who may be crossing. If you think riding through a red light is perfectly OK then you're part of the problem.

Mr Benny

Re: What did you expect?

"some junior with an arts degree - high on promoting the popular idea but with no clue about any practicalities."

Sadly that sums up most UK governments since at least WW2 when it comes to science and technology.

Mr Benny

Re: Missing the obvious

Neither tthe typical car driver nor the typical cyclist are abysmal. 95% of both are perfectly good at controlling their vehicles but human nature being what it is we only notice the fuckwits and extrapolate from there.

LibreOffice patches malicious code-execution bug, Apache OpenOffice – wait for it, wait for it – doesn't

Mr Benny

Someone please explain...

... Why is the functionality to run python scripts from within a text document required in the first place? Yes, VBA etc, but I thought

most people agreed that was a fairly idiotic thing to include into a word processor so why have libre office followed suite with an

even more powerful scripting language?

Bug-hunter faces jail for vulnerability reports, DuckDuckPwn (almost), family spied on via Nest gizmo, and more

Mr Benny

SS7 hacked?

I can't help thinking that if crooks have managed to infiltrate the worlds core phone networks then we have a lot more to worry about than a few bank accounts getting drained!

Are you aware of the gravity of the situation on Mars? Why yes, say boffins: We rejigged Curiosity to measure it

Mr Benny

Re: We are so used to g = 9.8 m/s^2

Not as much fun as chucking a pencil at your mate and watching it go for another 100 metres out the window.

Even Windows 10 can't save the PC market as chip shortages, Brexit uncertainties bite

Mr Benny

Re: Windows 10 can't save the PC market

In one way thats a good thing because the App Store and Google Play have stopped Berners-Lees vision of the web taking over just about every bloody facet of the online (and sometimes offline) experience from succeeding. I don't want to use a browser for everything, its often inefficient, slow, a security risk and doesn't have the power of a native program.

Mr Benny

Seems to me that the idiots have taken over the asylum over at Redmond and anyone who knew anything about GUI and OS design have left and its the hipster "Like dude, these almost invisible buttons look so totally minimalist and cool, lets include them!" types left who have crapped over the entire user experience.

Typescript, PostgreSQL and Visual Studio Code all get slathered with a little Microsoft lovin'

Mr Benny

Re: Decepticons, move out.

Hardly surprising really. MS are a corporation and their first loyalty is to their shareholders and we all know exactly what their long term game is. I blame the people and/or not for profit orgs who sell out and cash in in the first place essentially giving the finger to all their users who in exchange for loyalty get shafted. For all the noble talk of freedom and power to the people and wistful imaginings of future potential unshackled from The Man, at the end of the day money talks in open source and freeware too

UK.gov plans £2,500 fines for kids flying toy drones within 3 MILES of airports

Mr Benny

Re: Droning on

I would suggest you read the full text of that BBC article you posted.

Mr Benny

Re: Droning on

A) That is completely different to him stating there were no drones

B) The police themselves saw them llater on.

That all youve got?

Mr Benny

Re: Droning on

Birds dont generally have navigation lights.

Mr Benny

Re: Droning on

He never said it and what do you define as credible? People in the tower and police said they saw one but I guess a tit like you wouldnt believe anyone representing The Man and would only believe it if someone posted a pic on facebook, right? Youre an idiot.

Mr Benny

Re: Droning on

Plus at gatwick you dont get a view of the runway from the departure lounges and the rooftop viewing area was closed years ago for specious security reasons (aka cost cutting). For anyone to have been a risk from it theyd have needed a shoulder launched missle or snipers rifle to threaten the aircraft. Both of which might have been a bit obvious IMHO.

Mr Benny

Re: Droning on

Good to see the conspiracy theory mouth breathers are still out there waiting to provide us with free laughs.

Or maybe Gatwick shut itself down and the police and military were called out because trained pros in the ATC tower and the military really cant tell the difference between a drone and a pigeon.

I wonder why youre posting as AC - too embarrased to use your login to post this drivel perhaps?

Apple hardware priced so high that no one wants to buy it? It's 1983 all over again

Mr Benny

Re: SGI

The difference however was that SGI delivered the goods. Nothing beat them on graphics performance back in that era.

Mr Benny

Re: Limped after Apple II

Built to a price and hit with the ugly stick a few times for good measure.

IBM to kill off Watson... Workspace from end of February

Mr Benny

Not just IBM. If Sun had sold its desktop Solaris workstations at a sane price instead of 10x the price of an x86 system with the same specs they wouldnt now be just another trophy mounted above Larrys mantlepiece. But unfortunately corporate arrogance and hubris tends to be immune from reality until its too late. See nokia and blackberry for further evidence of this.

Mr Benny

Re: AI, AI, Oh.

Apparently even linear regression is AI now according to google and others. Seems to me AI is now just a meaningless acronym used as marketing bait for gullible CEOs and technical directors.

Computing boffins strip the fun out of satirical headlines

Mr Benny

No danger of that with El Reg headlines.

Most of them are student rag level "funny" with worn out puns and other "gags" that even a Daily Star sub

would toss in the reject pile.

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