* Posts by Steve Foster

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If you're not sold on the benefits of 5G, Ericsson suggests you keep an eye on gaming, home broadband

Steve Foster
Headmaster

Re: The Pope is a Catholic

Oh no, he isn't.

The guy in the vatican isn't actually "The Pope" (officially); and the guy who is "The Pope" (officially) isn't catholic. cf. Sandi Toksvig on QI:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RMf4OtC7SXY

Macmillan best-biscuit list unexpectedly promotes breakfast cereal to treat status

Steve Foster

Re: I am offended

"dead fly biscuits"

You do, of course, mean fruit shortcake, rather than the reprocessed cardboard named for the bald geezer.

Pi calculated to '62.8 trillion digits' with a pair of 32-core AMD Epyc chips, 1TB RAM, 510TB disk space

Steve Foster
Facepalm

Re: Random numbers

Except that they took considerably less time (and therefore probably less electricity) than the previous record holder.

The UK is running on empty when it comes to electric vehicle charging points

Steve Foster

"The figures I've seen show that just for light vehicles, charging would require that all the UK power stations run at full capacity 24/7."

And your cite is...? (he who lives by the "citation please" dies by the "citation please" <g>)

Steve Foster

Re: Some things that would help the situation

The Twizy has such a small battery that they fit it with a standard domestic plug. There are a few public charging points that offer 13A sockets, but they're going the way of the dodo.

There is a Type 2 to 13A socket adaptor available that lets it use a wider range of charge points.

Steve Foster

Re: Overcharging for Leccy

Ionity charge 69p/kWh for open access. It's deliberately priced so that almost no-one does, but lets them claim to be open "unlike Tesla" (though I keep coming across rumours that that may change).

If your car comes from one of the manufacturers in the Ionity consortium (BMW, Ford, Hyundai, Mercedes, VAG), you'll be able to get a much better rate.

The supermarkets with rapid chargers are about the cheapest - Lidl are at 25p/kWh, Tesco at 27p/kWh - and their slow chargers are usually free (I don't see that being sustainable!).

Steve Foster

That's exactly how I charge my car on long trips using rapid chargers at Rugby services, Toddington, Baldock, and a couple of others I've used.

At work, I just plug in (13A socket).

When shopping, I plug in (7kW charging point). If I do nothing else, it'll only give me a 15 minute charge and then stop, but if I use an App (ugh) or log in online, it'll charge for as long as I'm there.

In some places I shop, there's a rapid charger option which is then back to "plug in, tap to pay, do stuff, unplug" again.

Steve Foster

It's interesting watching the EV charging environment dynamically changing. I imagine it's not that dissimilar to how petrol forecourts developed in the post-war period as car ownership took off.

The crucial difference is that almost anywhere a car can be parked can potentially have some charging capability (even if it's only 3kW).

I suspect that eventually it'll be routine to plug cars in whenever they're parked, and that rapid chargers will be mainly used on long journeys.

Steve Foster

Re: Some things that would help the situation

1. "Type 2" connectors are pretty much universal for AC charging (generally for slow charging, but can support rapid charging at 43kW [for compatible combinations of charger and vehicle]). For rapid DC charging (50kW+), there are two main connectors - CCS (VHS!) and ChaDeMo (BetaMax!). CCS has essentially won this particular war (it helped that CCS is an extension to Type 2, so a single port covers all charging options).

2. The charge networks are rapidly moving towards contactless payment as the main method. It'll be interesting to see if their membership schemes (which usually give lower unit prices) survive.

3. They do (or is that what you were saying?).

Our Friends Electric: A pair of alternative options for getting around town

Steve Foster

Re: The door

"an early electric car (whose name escapes me)"

Assuming you're talking modern era, perhaps Renault's Twizy?

Where's the boss? Ah right, thorough deep-dive audit. On the boardroom table. Gotcha

Steve Foster
Joke

Re: Happened to me at my first job

"So I leave with six months pay (which really wasn't a lot)".

Well, you know what they say - every little helps.

Toyota reveals its work on an honest-to-goodness cloak of invisibility

Steve Foster
Joke

Re: I remember a SciFi book about this.

What's wrong with good ole-fashioned transparent aluminium?

UK government bows to pressure, agrees to delay NHS Digital grabbing the data of England's GP patients

Steve Foster
Facepalm

Re: Accidental naming coincidence

It's almost certainly not accidental. (cynical, moi? whatever gave you that idea?)

Steve Foster
Holmes

Re: GPDPR?

"We are a suspicious lot, aren't we?"

Suspicion born from experience.

Waymo self-driving robotaxi goes rogue with passenger inside, escapes support staff

Steve Foster
Joke

"A Waymo self-driving car...

...got stuck several times, held up traffic intermittently, and departed unexpectedly when assistance arrived"

Ah, well, at least this demonstrates that they've reached equivalence with a human cab driver!

Their 'next job could be in cyber': UK Cyber Security Council launches itself by pointing world+dog to domain it doesn't own

Steve Foster
Facepalm

Re: Looks like they are retraining

Well, they've got the whole foot in mouth thing down pat...

Missile systems software dev leaker has sentence almost doubled after UK.gov says 4½ years was too soft

Steve Foster
FAIL

Plausible Deniability

I guess he didn't use the hidden volume feature in VeraCrypt to protect against password disclosure.

Delayed, overbudget and broken. Of course Microsoft's finest would be found in NASA's Orion

Steve Foster
Facepalm

Re: Windows for Spaceships ?

I'd be happy to trust Lennart Poettering's life support to systemd...

Chrome release cycle accelerated to four-weekly frenzy

Steve Foster

Re: Desktop OS

The question that remains then is what's the 2nd-most prevalent OS shipped with new PCs...

Windows is assumed to be #1; you state ChromeOS is #3 and macOS #4. While I wish it was possible, I don't believe Linux can be #2, but what else is there? Or did you really mean that ChromeOS is now the 2nd-most [...] ahead of macOS?

Steve Foster

Re: Desktop OS

OSX was rebranded as macOS when they ran out of vaguely sensible 10.xx numbers for the annual updates.

UK's National Cyber Security Centre sidles in to help firm behind hacked NurseryCam product secure itself

Steve Foster
FAIL

"The same practice is also made in platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and GitHub"

Ah, the old "other people are doing it too" excuse.

I want to add "EPIC" to the icon!

UK taxman is supposed to know how IR35 reforms work but still lost appeal against TV presenter Kaye Adams

Steve Foster
Facepalm

Re: Stop going after the small fish.

Not only should they stop aggressively pursuing those least able to defend themselves, but how about actually getting rid of the loopholes by abolishing all the various unnecessary different ways of taxing work, and just make it so that all forms of direct remuneration for work are taxed the same.

Two wrongs don't make a right: They make a successful project sign-off

Steve Foster

I thought at first (before spotting the problem) that the potato picture was a topical reference to this story:

'Human foot' in Gateshead field turns out to be potato

Beware the ghost of operating systems past: In which our hero is visited by an old friend

Steve Foster

Ah, BG Info

I still have that on some of my servers...

PSA: The 2020 monolith is a dead meme. You can stop putting them up now. Please

Steve Foster

IoW "art" claimed...

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-55227034

[Checks meeting agenda...] Where does it say 'Talk cr*p and waste everyone's time'?

Steve Foster
Facepalm

Re: Nad Watch Live!

I rather think that depends on whether the Nads are also going to catch fire...

Cutting the ties: European hosting provider OVHCloud to offer Google Anthos, no Google account needed

Steve Foster
Thumb Up

Re: I see OVH and think...

Indeed, I added yet another IP block to my firewalls today after receiving spam from a previously unseen OVH server.

I did bump into a way to list all the IP blocks registered to an organisation recently, but now can't quite find it again (something ARIN/RIPE/etc whois based, I think).

UK ISP TalkTalk confirms it will MullMull go-private takeover offer valuing it at £1.1bn

Steve Foster
Facepalm

As Toscafund already own almost 1/3 of TalkTalk, they're obviously figuring that they can't really get any dirtier...

Steve Foster

Virgin/O2 Combo

"Back in May, Liberty Global and Telefónica said they would merge their respective UK telecoms businesses, Virgin Media and O2"

The UK's Competition & Markets Authority wants to investigate this, though (it's applied to take it off the EU equivalent, as it's currently under that body's purview), so it might not happen.

A decades-old lesson on not inserting Excel where it doesn't belong

Steve Foster

Pegasus Opera

is built (or used to be) on FoxPro.

Once upon a time, if Pegasus crashed while posting invoices it would leave the accounts db without both halves of the double-entry in place, so accounts would not balance.

We couldn't deliver prisoner rehab plans because Sopra Steria ballsed up our IT, Interserve tells High Court

Steve Foster
Facepalm

Re: Outsourcing

Ah, but in this case, the outsourcer (InterServe) is itself outsourcing work to another party (SS).

You'd think the MoJ contract would forbid such (or that the MoJ would directly outsource to SS). Oh wait, government...

Institute of Directors survey says most bosses expect no mass return to the office if COVID-19 crisis ever ends

Steve Foster
Facepalm

No, absolutely not!

"The IoD called on UK government to provide tax incentives so small businesses have the wherewithal to invest in digital tech"

No, stop it. "tax incentives" add complexity to the tax system, are generally badly defined, rarely achieve the stated goal, and usually introduce new loopholes that can only be exploited by big companies/multinationals. We've enough idiocy in the tax system already - it'd be much more useful to work on getting rid of such.

Corsair's K70 MK.2 does nothing a cheaper keyboard can't, but the steep price gets you top-notch components

Steve Foster

USB passthrough

I've never really understood why full-size wired USB keyboards don't routinely include a basic USB hub (2 or 4 ports) and memory card reader - the cost is negligible, but the value-add is substantial.

Spain's highway agency is monitoring speeding hotspots using bulk phone location data

Steve Foster
Facepalm

Railway Lines?

And what about places where the railway runs alongside the road? Passengers with phones on the train doing 100+ mph may be recorded as "speeding"...

(eg a large chunk of the A2 between Madrid and Guadalajara runs parallel with a railway line)

Brexit travel permits designed to avoid 7,000-lorry jams come January depend on software that won't be finished till April

Steve Foster
Happy

Re: What's in a name...

Kermits. Very good. Have an upvote.

Bad news for 'cool dads' trying to bond with their teens: China-owned TikTok and WeChat face US download ban by Sunday

Steve Foster
Facepalm

Tok for Tik (sorry, I mean Tit for Tat)

I wonder what the US would say if China turned around and banned FaceBook, InstaGram, WhatsApp and Twitter (or are some of these already banned by China?).

'My wife tried to order some clothes tonight. When she logged in, she was in someone else's account ... Now someone's charged her card'

Steve Foster
Facepalm

Re: Fabletics?

Because they thought that creating a portmanteau from fabulous and athletics was awesome?

Microsoft sides with Epic over Apple developer ban, supports motion for temporary restraining order

Steve Foster

Self-Defeating?

Arguing that Unreal Engine is "essential" potentially makes Epic a monopoly supplier target in its own right. Which might backfire...

Someone please have mercy on this poorly Ubuntu parking machine that has been force-fed maudlin autotuned tripe

Steve Foster
Facepalm

Huh?

Since these are touchscreen devices, you'd have thought that a member of staff could have acknowledged the messages and let the relevant software complete it's updates.

Wrap it before you tap it? No, say Linux developers: 'GPL condom' for Nvidia driver is laughed out of the kernel

Steve Foster
Happy

Re: TAINT_PROPRIETARY_MODULE

Isn't that the point?

Brit unis hit in Blackbaud hack inform students that their data was nicked, which has gone as well as you might expect

Steve Foster
Facepalm

Ah, you've seen https://www.theregister.com/2020/07/23/carding_forum_scams/, I presume.

From 'Queen of the Skies' to Queen of the Scrapheap: British Airways chops 747 fleet as folk stay at home

Steve Foster
WTF?

Interesting Wing Arrangement (article image)

That left-hand wing looks a bit short!

Someone needs more practice at photoshopping...

Digicert will shovel some 50,000 EV HTTPS certificates into the furnace this Saturday after audit bungle

Steve Foster

The certificates for Nationwide do not have any intermediate CAs, so should not be affected.

I can't obviously identify whether it's EV or not (how does one tell these days?).

Email seems lost in the post? You might be a Tsohost customer

Steve Foster

Re: SFU

Same here. They've been spamming my servers for months, and I finally got fed up of playing whack-a-mole, and started firewalling their ranges outright. The spam volume has dropped like a stone.

Microsoft sues coronavirus phishing spammers to seize their domains amid web app attacks against Office 354.5

Steve Foster

Re: 07/07/2020 13:04:41 - ( 2911) 250-SIZE 20971520

That's my server announcing that email of up to 20MB will be accepted.

That seems like a reasonable limit in the modern world - not too small to interfere with normal traffic, not too big to choke the server.

IME, the UCE that does get through actually tends to be quite small (well below that 20MB limit) - it's not often that junk comes with huge attachments.

Steve Foster

Re: Something about motes and beams...

Other [genuine] email from MS servers comes through ok, so I don't think it's TLS-related (though it's a good thought).

And even if MS did want to only transmit over TLS, their servers should end the conversation cleanly with QUIT, not just drop the connection.

Mostly, it's their hypocrisy that peeves me.

Steve Foster
FAIL

Something about motes and beams...

...it'd be nice if they could stop the silly DoS crap originating from some of their *.outbound.protection.outlook.com servers.

Stuff like this, where they just connect and then drop the connection over and over:

07/07/2020 13:04:41 - ( 2911) EHLO GBR01-LO2-obe.outbound.protection.outlook.com

07/07/2020 13:04:41 - ( 2911) 250-Welcome, mail-lo2gbr01lp2055.outbound.protection.outlook.com [104.47.21.55], pleased to meet you

07/07/2020 13:04:41 - ( 2911) 250-AUTH=LOGIN

07/07/2020 13:04:41 - ( 2911) 250-AUTH LOGIN

07/07/2020 13:04:41 - ( 2911) 250-SIZE 20971520

07/07/2020 13:04:41 - ( 2911) 250-ETRN

07/07/2020 13:04:41 - ( 2911) 250 HELP

07/07/2020 13:04:41 - ( 2911) Error: [10054] Connection reset by peer

Steve Foster
Thumb Up

Re: That much downtime?

Given the frequency with which all the cloud services like to go TITSUP, I'd say 265 is probably about right.

Keep it Together, Microsoft: New mode for vid-chat app Teams reminds everyone why Zoom rules the roost

Steve Foster
Trollface

Keep my Camera on?

What camera?

Barclays Bank appeared to be using the Wayback Machine as a 'CDN' for some Javascript

Steve Foster

404 error?

A recent feature added to Brave is an option to automatically try the Wayback Machine for 404 errors - could it be that Barclays had "misplaced" their JS and the browser auto-tried to "fix" the 404?

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