* Posts by Will Godfrey

3672 posts • joined 8 Sep 2007

Use Debian? Want Intel's latest CPU patch? Small print sparks big problem

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Nasty

I'm not surprised debian balked. That's out and out censorship :(

I was surprised the others accepted it... at first, but then again not so much.

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US tech circles wagons as India reviews data protection proposals

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Interesting

Yes, there's a risk this will be abused, but on the other hand all this info already is being extensively abused - it just happens to be by one country.

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'Oh sh..' – the moment an infosec bod realized he was tracking a cop car's movements by its leaky cellular gateway

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Oops

Although plod might not have known about this I expect the spooks did, and are probably not very happy it's gone public.

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Now you can tell someone to literally go f--k themselves over the internet: Remote-control mock-cock patent dies

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WTF?

The mind boggles

See title

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Home Office seeks Brexit tech boss – but doesn't splash the cash

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Unbelievable

Are they deliberately trying to fail as massively, and destructively as possible?

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Distro inferno: Debian's still rocking at 25

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And another one

Three of my machines moved to devuan, just one left to go.

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Rimini Street slapped with ban in Oracle copyright dispute

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Irreperable damage to Oracle's Rep

Is that actually possible?

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Drama as boffins claim to reach the Holy Grail of superconductivity

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Undecided

After (admittedly briefly) looking at this, I can't decide whether this most resembles rocking horse poo or unicorn farts.

P.S. do they have unicorns in India?

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Google risks mega-fine in EU over location 'stalking'

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Interesting times

I predict a huge rise in popcorn futures

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EU wants one phone plug to rule them all. But we've got a better idea.

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I must be doing something wrong

I don't seem to have any problems with the USB cables and devices in either my home or place of work.

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Phased out: IT architect plugs hole in clean-freak admin's wiring design

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Re: Not just failed artists

Bean counters! Cheaper to bulk buy all the same.

I once came across a case where it was all a slightly mottled fudge colour. When I told my then boss he laughed and said it was the natural colour of the plastic - to this day I'm not sure whether or not he was pulling my leg.

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Re: I know Fuck but I call Bollocks.

Whatever you do, don't hold back...

However...

I don't know whether this is completely true, embellished, or a total fabrication, but I've lost count of the times I've heard people say "but that's impossible" or "nobody would do that" - expressions that Murphy up there is carefully listening out for.

Also, I can easily believe a UPS could destroy itself. Very high power DC systems (which the UPS is internally) are notorious for self destruction. One small design error, or unexpected circumstance can start an arc that simply won't extinguish until there is nothing left to destroy.

P.S.

I didn't downvote you.

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Re: Huh?

I've worked with three phase systems for a {cough} few years. I will always fit mechanically linked breakers to anything that can draw a significant current. There are some 'interesting' runaway situations that can occur otherwise - mostly based on "but nobody would do that", such as: "Well the phases are nicely balanced so there's negligible total neutral current so we can run a thinner (cheaper) line".

I've seen that, and the result when a printing press contactor lost one phase - smoke coming from a long line of ducting, and lots of (expensive) single phase kit going pop.

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NHS Digital to fling half a billion quid at new GP procurement framework

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Facepalm

Obligatory

XKCD

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Congresscritters want answers on Tillerson's rm -rf /opt/gov/infosec

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Re: We all know the US doesn't need cyber-security...

It's not that. It's just there's nothing left worth stealing.

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Devon County Council techies: WE KNOW IT WASN'T YOU!

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FAIL

O really?

Do they seriously think anyone with more than two communicating neurons will believe this?

P.S. I just corrected a typo in 'preview' before posting.

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Can we talk about the little backdoors in data center servers, please?

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Talk about unintended consquences!

And all in the name of convenience. Maybe it's time to consider using totally dumb hardware, and absolutely no closed software...

Oh look, a flying pig.

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Intel: Yeah, yeah, 10nm. It's on the todo list. Now, let's talk about AI...

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Re: I Wish Them Both Well

@ Phil

Have one of these ->

That was good :)

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Emma's Diary fined £140k for flogging data on over a million new mums to Labour Party

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Talk about crawling out of the woodwork

... in just about every possible sense of the expression.

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Revealed: El Reg blew lid off Meltdown CPU bug before Intel told US govt – and how bitter tech rivals teamed up

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and?

How many time do people need to rediscover that when there's a serious issue cooperation works best for everybody.

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UK.gov to tech industry: Hands up who can help cut teachers' admin

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Tech is not the problem

Politicians are,

Management are,

Teachers are,

Parents are,

Society is,

The kids? They just the confused recipients of all the crap. Sadly, I don't foresee any of that improving in my lifetime.

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IPv6: It's only NAT-ural that network nerds are dragging their feet...

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Re: "the world is clinging stubbornly to IPv4"

@ Chronos

There are countless ideas from academics that were then found to be generally useful.

Most such academics seem quite happy to receive funding to continue to develop their ideas.

Currently (rightly, or wrongly) IPv6 is not yet seen to be particularly useful, and is virtually unheard of outside the narrow field of IT.

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Top Euro court: No, you can't steal images from other websites (too bad a school had to be sued to confirm this little fact)

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Re: Seems a bit churlish...

Exactly my first though! It says rather a lot about the photographer, who must have gone to the school's website so could easily have fired of a quick friendly email to them.

Mind you, with the insane lengths copyright is being extended to, it won't be long before you'll never be able to make creative use any kind of image at all.

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Greybeard greebos do runner from care home to attend world's largest heavy metal fest Wacken

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Well that makes a change

Something we all seem to agree on!

Good on the old geezers.

Bugger off care home prison.

WTF cops. Instead of harassing people having a good time, how about going out and catching some crims?

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New age discrim row: Accenture, Facebook sued by sales boss for favoring 'new blood'

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Difficult to stop

As a 'mature' worker, I've seen this myself - not usually as blatant, but you know it when you see it (or become a victim)

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Hmm, there's something fishy about this graph charting AMD's push into Intel's server turf

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Re: What a load of carp!

Enough of these crabby comments!

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Dear alt-right morons and other miscreants: Disrupt DEF CON, and the goons will 'ave you

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About time

Hopefully one of the low-lifes will try it on early, and get booted out so fast and 'positively' the others get the message.

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Did you know: Lawyers can certify web domain ownership? Well, not no more they ain't

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Re: A "phoencall"?

The scary thing is I understood that perfectly!

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Grad sends warning to manager: Be nice to our kit and it'll be nice to you

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Re: Need an IT equivalent of mechanical sympathy....

These machines aren't stupid. They've evolved to the point where they can recognise a tech' who actually knows what they are doing, so behave properly in fear of being molested.

It's all absolutely true I tell you.

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Amazon, ditch us? But they can't do without us – Oracle

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Re: Of course they're still spending...

I strongly suspect it will indeed be like a tap turning off. Full flow until they are confident they have all theirs ducks in a row, then not even "Don't let the door hit you bum on the way out'".

But as another commentard said... so conflicted!

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Peace pays dividend for OpenWRT as 'baseline' release lands on servers

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This was a warning

Any long-term project can easily get stale, especially when there is no turn-around of developers bringing in fresh ideas and enthusiasm.

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Get drinking! Abstinence just as bad for you as getting bladdered

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Telling us what we already knew

Well, that's those of us with half a brain.

... Oh!

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Now that's a dodgy Giza: Eggheads claim Great Pyramid can focus electromagnetic waves

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Re: A wavelength of 200 ... metres

"Na, Radio 4 Long Wave is 1500m"

Which of course has a frequency of 200kHz

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Something wrong

Either that's the wrong pyramid, or some bugger has nicked the last bit of dressed limestone from the top.

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Think tank calls for post-Brexit national ID cards: The kids have phones so what's the difference?

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Re: Just give me one single number

Exactly what I was thinking!

Also the more different forms of identity you have the more secure your actual identity is.

2FA on steroids.

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Sysadmin trained his offshore replacements, sat back, watched ex-employer's world burn

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Re: Timing is everything - hourglasses question

A 5V1 zener diode is your friend. I seem to recall the avalanche and zener coefficients tend to cancel at that point.

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Only a day late and a dollar short, Google: Now its cloud cozies up to Microsoft's GitHub

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Worse than before

So not only has microsoft got its hooks into github, this suggests google has as well. What could possibly go wrong?

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Politicians fume after Amazon's face-recog AI fingers dozens of them as suspected crooks

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Poetic Justice?

I've heard there are some as would brand all politicians as criminals.

I couldn't possibly endorse such scurrilous claim.

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Official: AMD now stands for All the Money, Dudes!

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Very pleased to see this

I got a 4 core Ryzen machine in March, and it behaves perfectly doing heavy duty audio processing. That's algorithmic multichannel music generation at less than 2mS latency.

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UK.gov commits to rip-and-replacing Blighty's wheezing internet pipes

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Standard government project

No idea how it will be realised.

No idea of actual timeline.

No idea of real cost.

In fact, just... No idea.

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What if tech moguls brewed real ale?

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Re: Old Peculiar (yes I know :-) )

WIMP game ... never did get through that one

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Spectre (Dark)

Goes straight to your core and soon has you blabbing your most intimate secrets. In spite of later treatment you find you keep having flashbacks and reveal even more embarrassing information.

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You're burning £1.2bn for what? UK spending watchdog gives digital court plans a kicking

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The 1950s called

They want their SciFi stories back.

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Boss helped sysadmin take down horrible client with swift kick to the nether regions

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So Long

and thanks for all the fish tales.

And the current tale?

Here's one I was told by my boss (I'll call him Fred) from when he was a humble service engineer in the 1970s.

He was forever going to the same place, because one of the operators kept messing about with machine settings. Eventually he caught the guy in action and sort of casually asked what he was doing. He was informed that the machine was 'unstable' and the guy was trying find the controls to correct it. Fred then wandered off and found the manager. Between them they cooked up a little ruse. Fred goes back to the machine and pokes about for a bit, then the manager turns up and asks Fred what model the machine is, and on being told swears and says they've been swindled and given the older model without a stability control. Operator is now looking pretty smug, and Fred is 'instructed' to fit one ASAP.

Later a new control is fitted while the same operator is on-shift, and wiring threaded through the machine to an obscure point, where a note is left telling others to call the office before touching it. The 'control' was apparently a broken potentiometer that would go round and round, with a click where the end stop used to be.

They never heard from that place again, but did occasionally get puzzled phone calls from other service engineers.

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Taps running dry for Capita? Southern Water pens 5-year managed service

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How do they do it?

Disaster after disaster, yet still they get huge contracts.

I've had to fight for work. What was I doing wrong?

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ME! ME! ME! – Intel's management tech gets a quartet of security fixes

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Again?

Yet more buffer overruns, one of which is related to html - something not noted for tight in-built sanitation. I was going to ask "What were they thinking?" but clearly somebody wasn't.

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Techie sues ex-bosses, claims their AI avatar tech was faked – and he was allegedly beaten up after crying foul

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Nasty

I knew startups were tough work, but never realised they were violently so.

P.S. Anyone who keeps personal data of any importance on a works machine is asking for trouble.

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You wanna be an alpha... tester of The Register's redesign? Step this way

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Hmmm.

Still no popcorn icon then

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Tech support chap given no training or briefing before jobs, which is why he was arrested

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Training?

The 'clean room' guys don't know how well off they are.

In the dirty, greasy, ink-splattered world of industrial electronics you are still sent out on urgent repairs to kit you've never seen in your life before. This has frequently been much {cough} modified {cough} over the years, and in no way resembles any schematics (in the unlikely event they still exist). If the mechanics are modern (less than 30 years old) and European, you may have the luxury of all metric fittings, otherwise all bets are off. Electronics could be anything from pure relay control, through TTL/CMOS and PLCs of questionable capability... or any mixture of those.

A few years back I was sent to fix a variable speed drive on a printing press. I was staggered to find this was built in the 1950s and used a variable reluctance system - quite ingenious, horribly inefficient, and something neither I nor any of my colleagues had ever seen before or since.

Now get of my lawn :)

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Forgot to mention you've usually got an 'excitable' production manager hovering over you asking when it'll be fixed every few minutes.

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UK.gov is ready to talk data safeguards with the EU – but still wants it all

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Conflicted

This has reached the point where I don't know whether to laugh or cry.

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