* Posts by Robin Bradshaw

388 publicly visible posts • joined 26 Sep 2007


Dell opts out of Microsoft's Pluton security for Windows

Robin Bradshaw

Its a silicon feature not a vendor addon

How would dell opt in to using pluton security? Start fabbing their own custom intel chips with a pluton proceesor added?

National Cyber Strategy will lead to BritChip for mobile devices by 2025, claims UK.gov

Robin Bradshaw

Re: new strategy is to produce "a new microprocessor design" for smartphones by 2025

I cant wait for the blazing performance of the 100MHz dual core 6805 they will come up with, perhaps they will see great sucess running the no doubt fantastic mobiles they will use for the Emergency Services Network handsets when they finally switch off airwave some time in the mid 2050's

Microsoft makes tweaks to Windows 11 Start Menu for Insiders but stops short of mimicking Windows 10

Robin Bradshaw

Re: Combining task bar buttons?

Do you mean how you hover over the icon in the task bar and see mini versions of all the windows pop up and you can then move the mouse over the one you want to show it on the screen and then click on it to focus? Because that works fine on windows 11

Linux 5.13 hits rc5, isn’t yet calm, Linus Torvalds is only mildly perturbed

Robin Bradshaw

Re: Still brickin'...

I had a very quick look and I *think* firmware-amd-graphics and firmware-brcm80211 are going to be what you need to get things to a useable state where you can then add the non-free repo and install anything else you need

Robin Bradshaw

Re: Still brickin'...

Debian by design doesnt support non-free drivers or firmware out of the box you have to specifically enable that and that position will never ever change as its somewhat central to debians ethos.

Its quite likely that your network chip and gfx card require firmware and/or non free driver to operate.

You might want to look into installing the appropriate nonfree firmwares or at least whatever your network interface needs, then enableing the non-free repo and installing the rest.

You can also get unnofficial install media with the nonfree drivers builtin which might be easier for you.


Oracle sues Envisage claiming unauthorized database use amid licensing crackdown

Robin Bradshaw

Please give generously

Larry wants a new mega yacht so its time to turn out your pockets

China says its first Mars rover Zhurong has landed on the Red Planet

Robin Bradshaw

Re: Quality Counts

"a drone or AI craft that just likes smashing itself into the ocean at high speed, for no particular reason."

That must be the British militarys super secret new Watchkeeper 2.0, crashing at high speed for no reason is sort of their signature move.

NHS-backed org reacted to GitHub leak disclosure with legal threats and police call, complains IT pro

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Re: Sorry, Fail - Rob

Yeah how dare you *checks notes* clone a repo from github.

Dont you know everything on github is a private secret not meant to be cloned by the public.

Some of the responses are making me wonder how many people here are keeping private photos on imgur.com and are going to act all shocked pikachu when they find out everyone can see them.

Do you expect me to talk? Yes, Mr Bond, I expect you to reply: 10k Brits targeted on LinkedIn by Chinese, Russian spies

Robin Bradshaw

Dont let the Russians steal your shitposts

I presume the "figure of 10,000 compromise attempts over five years was a conservative one" as they didnt count all the UK's operations or the ones were we were merely tampering with a linkedin profile in transit as that doesnt count.


Docking £500k commission from top SAS salesman was perfectly legal, rules judge

Robin Bradshaw

Doesn't this mean that their sales team are going to stop caring once a sale gets beyond ~9 million or so as they won't get any increase in comission beyond that?

So difficult to negotiate £27 million contracts will become super easy to negotiate £10 million contracts? granted possibly not quite so extreme.

What happens when back-flipping futuristic robot technology meets capitalism? Yeah, it’s warehouse work

Robin Bradshaw

How do they cut the shrink wrap off the pallets?

How do they move and stack the empty pallets?

And who cleans up when the bottom of the box givesway and dumps the contents on the floor?

City of London Police warn against using ‘open science’ site Sci-Hub

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Re: Is Sci-Hub perhaps publishing

In fairness the CoL havent exactly covered themselves in glory running Action Fraud:


But then aslong as its individuals being defrauded and not one of their paymasters in the financial services industry they aren't going to care.

It only took four years and thousands of complaints but ICANN finally kills off rogue Indian domain registrar

Robin Bradshaw

Can we do Namecheap next?

Police drone plunged 70ft into pond after operator mashed pop-up that was actually the emergency cut-out button

Robin Bradshaw

Re: Touch screen emergency shut off?

Given that the whole world has been trained to click the piss off button on any popup (we use cookies/gdpr/use the app instead etc etc) that gets in the way like they were some kind of demented pigeon, so they can do what they were trying to do, even multiple clicks is not safe.

Robin Bradshaw

Do Thales make police drones too?

Have they added the Army's Watchkeeper lithobraking technology to police drones now?

Is this what people mean when they talk about the militarisation of the police?

UK infoseccer launches petition asking government not to backdoor encryption

Robin Bradshaw

Re: Breaking encryption not needed

The other way to look at it is that ISP 's are businesses and will look to monetise any asset they control so they are probably selling that data, theres a reason they started squealing about mozilla adding DoH support https://www.theregister.com/2019/07/10/ispa_clears_mozilla/

Spending Review: We spy a stray £60m – is that all you can spare to help 5G market recover from UK kicking out Huawei?

Robin Bradshaw

Re: But what about 2025?

Could you send the power to run this ATA over the phone lines like power over ethernet

Software engineer leaked UK missile system secrets and refused to hand cops his passwords, Old Bailey told

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Am I the only one thinking that we will eventually find out that the only secret about the missile system is that we are getting the crippled version and paying 3x what everybody else is for the full fat model?

We're not getting back with Galileo, UK govt tells The Reg, as question marks sprout above its BS*

Robin Bradshaw

Re: European Union

Yet here we are doing just that

Raytheon techie who took home radar secrets gets 18 months in the clink in surprise time fraud probe twist

Robin Bradshaw

Re: Nope

would-be adversaries should have to buy the weapons systems to find out what they might be facing, just like everybody else, won't somebody think of the shareholders.

Far-right leader walks free from court after conviction for refusing to hand his phone passcode over to police

Robin Bradshaw

Re: And the moral of this story is ...

If they vast majority of police were doing the best they can the first thing they would do is rat out all the bad apples and get rid of them,

Therefore I can only assume they arent doing the best they can.

Freedom of Information coverup clerk stung for £2k after deleting council audio recording

Robin Bradshaw

There is muck to be raked here

I just googled this case and found an article on the whitchurch heralds website* that quoted the judge as saying:

"All parties need to take a long, hard look at themselves. I suspect if the residents of Whitchurch saw those emails, they would be deeply shocked."

Which seems to be in reference to:

"[Young] found herself the subject of criticism from some councillors, which affected her health," said Mr Hanratty. "Including 250 emails from two councillors in a short period of time.

As they seem to have been evidence in court can you FOI request the emails so the residents of Whitchurch, and us in the peanut gallery, can read them and be deeply shocked?


Criminalise British drone fliers, snarl MPs amid crackdown demands

Robin Bradshaw

Re: Electronic conspicuousness

I cant think of a worse outcome than creating the conditions that would result in china making tiny ADS-B transmitters, pry one out of a crashed drone, prod the electronics a bit to make it report as being several jumbo jets vaguely near the current location, strap it to a seagull and head to your nearest airport to cause havok

DoH! Secure DNS doesn't make us a villain, Mozilla tells UK broadband providers

Robin Bradshaw

SHH dont tell anyone

While the people who are making money off the back of the insecurity of the current DNS system are pissing and moaning about their revenue stream drying up, they seem to have missed that Google slipped DNS over TLS into Android 9.

TalkTalk returns to the email hall of shame as Pipex accounts throw weekend-long wobbly

Robin Bradshaw

Re: So, to confirm:

On the strength of this article I thought id check if my pipex email was still active, so i racked my brain for the username and pass I havent used in 11? years and aparently its still active, suspiciously theres no emails waiting though.

Well that's just spliffing: UK Amazon merchants peddling Mary Jane

Robin Bradshaw

Re: When the British were honest

An earlier date to consider, Tea smuggeling in the 18th century:


And with figures like "More than 3,000 tonnes of tea was smuggled into Britain a year by the late 1700s, with just 2,000 tonnes imported legally." That is either a few dishonest people drinking a hell of alot of tea, or or alot of people drinking suspiciously cheap tea no questions asked.

I imagine there will be some market for this in the coming years once we crash out of the EU end up with wto tarrifs and massive customs queues, what sane persons going to bubble up their suplier who's smuggleing in their tea and insulin

Crooks swipe plutonium, cesium from US govt nuke wranglers' car. And yes, it's still missing

Robin Bradshaw

Re: I work in the field

I think a more measured headline would have been:

"Pissing tiny speck of radioactive material goes missing, government to spend $275 on replacement"

I have no idea of the cost of the plutonium one but if your in the US and want a 10µC Cesium¹³⁷ standard United Nuclear have got you covered for $145 + $130 if you want better calibration:


Im seriously tempted by their Spinthariscopes though, but i have no idea if I can get one shipped to the UK:


Sad Nav: How a cheap GPS spoofer gizmo can tell drivers to get lost

Robin Bradshaw

Re: Luckily

AC i like your style, my method of navigation is to work out what direction the place i want to be is from where I am, and then drive down roads that look like they go in that direction until I see some signs for where I want to be and follow them.

Python creator Guido van Rossum sys.exit()s as language overlord

Robin Bradshaw

Re: Here's a PEP

>>> from __future__ import braces

File "<stdin>", line 1

SyntaxError: not a chance

Who wanted a future in which AI can copy your voice and say things you never uttered? Who?!

Robin Bradshaw

How about a robot slave with the same voice as you for your wife?

File under i'll be pottering round in the shed enjoying myself.

Next; tech; meltdown..? Mandatory; semicolons; in; JavaScript; mulled;

Robin Bradshaw

Re: Tabs v spaces

"Gets really nasty to work out why the code doesn't work as expected if a mix are used"

Dont you have a just-fixit script to replace all tabs with 4 spaces? it saves loads of aggro when copying and pasting a mish mash of stackoverflow answers, some with tabs and some with spaces. :P

Voyager 1 fires thrusters last used in 1980 – and they worked!

Robin Bradshaw

Re: how is assembler outdated and by what?

By outdated assembler language im going to assume they meant it uses AT&T syntax and confused them with everything being the wrong way round.

As Google clamps down, 'Droid developer warns 'breaking day' is coming

Robin Bradshaw

Re: So, No Other Google News Today, Then?

Paul Hovnanian that was 9 months ago and was likely a leak from a medical isotope making lab, and was in the order of a few micro grams*, and given it has a half life of 8 days after 9 months there will be basically nothing left. It got plenty of sensationalist news at the time but the news didnt get across the incredible sensitivity of the detectors and the tiny amounts involved, It's like me farting in south wales and somebody detecting a whiff of that fart in scotland levels of sensitive.


Facebook's send-us-your-nudes service is coming to UK, America

Robin Bradshaw

Re: How Prevalent is Nude Photography....

Shadmeister, do you think polaroid were such a big company and made so much money because of the quality of the pictures they produced? Theres a reason digital cameras killed them :P

Tarmac for America's self-driving car future is being laid right now

Robin Bradshaw

Re: What's a "self-driving car license"

Thats what 802.11p is going to be used for i believe, the roadworks will broadcast the restriction to cars.


In europe i believe its all in the ETSI ITS-G5 standard.

I presume america will have a different incompatible standard as is customary.

Brit military wants a small-drone-killer system for £20m

Robin Bradshaw

Re: Surely microwaves?

The raving idiots from the ukranian youtube channel Kreosan have a small scale demo of this with their staggeringly mindboggelingly dangerous magnetron on a stick:


Kind of interesting to see but it made me wince even though im 2000 miles away at the other end of an internet connection.

Robin Bradshaw

Barrage baloons?

How about old fashioned barrage baloons, but rather than those large cumbersome WWII things i was thinking more dental floss and party baloons its quite effective when wrapped round a motor.

You can see it towards the end of this video here:


Also the drone mounted chainsaw might work in a defensive capability too

Behold, says robo-mall-cop maker: Our crime-busting dune buggy packed with spy gear

Robin Bradshaw

Re: Maybe

The US already has, see their civil asset forfeiture system


Giant frikkin' British laser turret to start zapping stuff next year

Robin Bradshaw

I have a plan to uparmour my drone to defeat this using easily and cheaply produced ablative carbon foam tiles¹ to whom sould I apply for an opportunity to test this armour against the laser? Perhaps the special projects bureau could get this tested for us, expensive laser Vs £1 worth of diy carbon foam? :P

¹ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wex_yKfrTo4

NASA lights humongous rocket that goes nowhere ... until 2019

Robin Bradshaw

Re: 8 million pounds thrust

Whilst I dont have a good way of describing the thrust in el reg units I do know a good video showing the mass of fuel burned per second in elephants for the saturn 5 which is in the same ballpark as the SLS


House fire, walk with me: Kodipocalypse now includes conflagration

Robin Bradshaw

Re: Scare stories

Given the lack of information its impossible to be certain but the few android powered connect to the tv boxes I have seen use something like a 5v 2A wallwart adapter, the cheap ones of these are all shit and will fail on creepage and clearance and probably also on having undersized copper clad aluminium cables.

Bigclive on youtube has plenty of teardowns of such grotty adapters if you want to see more.

eg https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wqJnFhhPAis

If your really worried have a rummage through that big old box of branded psu's to old equipment you have long since lost and find a suitable one with the same voltage and current rating, just check thay havent done something staggeringly stupid like make it center negative :P

US vending machine firm plans employee chip implant scheme

Robin Bradshaw

About that Hard wired ID

I had a mooch at the Biohax Sweeden site (aparently they are assisting with the implants) and they seem to use the NTAG216 chip.

Another quick mooch on t'internet and it seems chinese magic writable UID Ntag cards are a thing now.


.. ..-. / -.-- --- ..- / -.-. .- -. / .-. . .- -.. / - .... .. ... then a US Navy fondleslab just put you out of a job

Robin Bradshaw


How much carbide do the ships carry for the acetylene lamps? Id imagine if the ship has been subjected to a sufficient blast for an EMP to take out the electronics the lightbulb will be quite dickered and electricity may not be available.

Im not even going to look as is sounds like the sort of stupid thing someone would have made but id be stunned if you cant find a mobile app on google play that does the same thing with the camera on the phone and the led flash to let you send pointless messages at night over distances you could just shout, just add some local bluetooth/wifi sync so one phone acts as master and the rest slaves and have all the sailors line up on deck pointing their phones at the other ship and marvel at them all flickering in sync.

If this doesnt exist im relying on you good reg readers to make it a thing, the world needs a mobile phone based clacks terminal.

FREE wildcard HTTPS certs from Let's Encrypt for every Reg reader*

Robin Bradshaw

Re: An admirable effort.

Browsers do flag it differently thats what EV certs are for, you get a big green splodge with your companys name in it.

Google hit with record antitrust fine of €2.4bn by Europe

Robin Bradshaw

Re: Erm

Before the linkfarmers were banished to the wilderness beyond results page 10 I can rember having to search using a variation of:


Just so find the actual product i wanted for sale instead of some spammy comparison site that didnt even link to somewhere selling it, so as well as giving us the bloody annoying cookie popup perhaps we'll be getting seo stuffed chaff in our search results too, fantastic.

Robin Bradshaw

Re: Erm

They cant use the word monoply because despite the world not using it Bing exists and does the same thing, if your really desperate you could also use Yandex

Report estimates cost of disruption to GPS in UK would be £1bn per day

Robin Bradshaw

Currently we have GPS, GLONASS and Galileo to choose from and by 2020 ish China will have expanded BeiDou to be global, then as has been mentioned there is the wi-fi/celltower geolocation stuff if close is good enough or are they proposing some apocalypse proof system? in which case id suggest the stop and ask someone method, you will be furnished with a list of turnings and pubs you will go past to get to where you want to be.

When we said don't link to the article, Google, we meant DON'T LINK TO THE ARTICLE!

Robin Bradshaw

What about Bing?

Why is it always about google?

Cant Bing get some love too?

Drones over London caused aviation chaos, pilots' reports reveal

Robin Bradshaw

A 2m Drone! seems legit.

Whilst not being impossible https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VIi_vuzmOSY

Its somewhat improbable unless its some ridiculously expensive commercial thing, i just measured my cheerson cx-20 and its about 40cm across.

Given the description of "orb shaped objects" its likely either weather balloons or my childhood favourite of bin bags cut up and taped together to make a balloon envelope and burning hexamine tablets wired into the bottom to make a diy hot air balloon https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-OjB6ia5v0c , although these days you can just buy environmentally unfriendly sky lanterns off ebay but not that big i think.