* Posts by foo_bar_baz

752 publicly visible posts • joined 16 Oct 2007


Barmy ban on businesses, Brits based in Blighty bearing or buying .eu domains is back: Cut-off date is Jan 1, 2021


Re: UK has always kept to its separate path

Even on the continent the .eu domain is considered a bit naff, for any other use than EU institutions.


Re: @codejunky

For full disclosure I'm not British, just a massive Anglophile being tested severely by the misguided filth being spewed in British public discourse.

Firstly, how is it self harm? Missing out on domain payments? Meaningless. To repeat, the .eu domain is quite obviously not intended to be a money making enterprise, but a service for EU member entities, as is evident from the policy of not selling it to everyone.

Secondly, you're looking for a pattern where none exists. The EU, as member countries or as an organisation, don't care about your domain payments. There is no conspiracy against Britain or thirst for retaliation. Why would a bunch of bureaucrats hold a grudge against you? Your politicians and media have built up this idea of Britain vs. EU conflict out of self interest. If it weren't foreigners or the EU, they'd pitch another imaginary bogeyman for you to hate.

I'm not a huge fan of the EU but it's the best we have as a collection of small to medium sized countries in a dog-eat-dog world. Or eagle-and-bear-and-dragon-eat-everyone else world to be more precise. Best wishes to Britain in your adventure.


Re: And will .co.uk domains be restricted to UK residents only?

I wish this was the case with all country TLDs. Alas, too much effort and too much money to be made.



As stated, the domain is restricted to EU member entities. No policy change. If they were in it for the money, this would not be the case.

It’s not the EU who has hurt itself, as is evident from where the squeals are emitted from.

FYI: There are thousands of Chrome extensions with so, so many fake installations to trick you into using them


BoJo buckles: UK govt to cut Huawei 5G kit use 'to zero by 2023' after pressure from Tory MPs, Uncle Sam


Re: How quickly we forget Snowden

All telecom equipment provides lawful interception. I don't see why they'd need back doors.


Bombardier is Canadian

As you were


Re: Is it wrong to be in favour of this?

I think the argument goes that two democracies don't usually go to war with each other.

But yeah, the USA seems to find a lot of wars to fight.

Rust marks five years since its 1.0 release: The long and winding road actually works


Re: Follow the money!

I think the poster means there aren't many paying gigs for Rust developers right now.

Author of infamous Google diversity manifesto drops lawsuit against web giant


Re: Hmmmm

Handing out charity and filling a job. One of these is a zero sum game.

Surprise surprise! Hostile states are hacking coronavirus vaccine research, warn UK and USA intelligence


Re: Bullshit article based on bullshit press releases.

Is it not news that said agencies have released said press releases?

You’re right that the linked source has no mention of state actors, so that looks like a bit of embellishment. Good catch.

Latvian drone wrests control from human overlords and shuts down entire nation's skies



IFOWON Skynet robot overlords.

Wakey-wakey! A quarter of IT pros only get 3-4 hours' kip – and you won't believe what's being touted as the 'solution'


Re: @AC ... stay on prem

The answer for the vast majority is: probably not.

What's the bus factor in your team? What happens when Star DBA and BOFH both decide to leave the company at the same time?

Let's say your service has a problem and you need to restore a database backup on Saturday night. Is the DBA on call, or do you have an automated system that lets you pick a backup and restore without waking him up?

Bose shouts down claims that it borked noise cancellation firmware to sell more headphones



I don't see where they said the cushions were incompatible with the software.

The article says they found new cushions were not snapped on properly, or were 3rd party replacements that weren't as good as the originals.

What's the difference between Windows 7 and a bin lorry? One is full of garbage, and the other… oh dear


Re: More to the point.

Time for new glasses? Also, the photo was taken some time before January 14th according to the article ("the shot was taken before support breathed its last").

After 20-year battle, Channel island Sark finally earns the right to exist on the internet with its own top-level domain


Raise some money to buy your own TLD

Easier than fighting the bureaucracy. Would have gone for .sark myself.

AI startup accuses Facebook of stealing code designed to speed up machine learning models on ordinary CPUs


Commenter has a hunch

Armchair generals on forums are just the best.

New Jersey beats New York – and then the rest of America – on broadband access. How does your state fare?


200mbps average?

I thought the speed figures were impressive, but it's actually average speeds for the top 90th percentile.

Whoa, France. Take it easy. Wow. You're out of control. Fining Apple 55 minutes of revenue for secretly slowing down iPhones? Maniaques!


Re: I never understood why ...

If my battery dies and my phone shuts down mid-operation I will start thinking about replacing the battery.

If my phone starts to slow down noticeably I will start thinking about replacing the phone.

See the difference? Now, I would find it acceptable if my phone alerted me that my battery is old and it has started to throttle the performance to preserve its life.

Foreshadow and Intel SGX software attestation: 'The whole trust model collapses'


Re: Intel only?

A reference to Ryzenfall et al. which weren’t as much disclosures as an attempt to cause AMD share price as much damage as possible via negative publicity.

'Disappearing' data under ZFS on Linux sparks small swift tweak


Re: I wish Linux would support the Apple File System (APFS)

Why do you wish so? Are you a Linux user? Which specific features are you missing from Linux (EXT4, XFS or BTRFS) that APFS offers?

Europe dumps 300,000 UK-owned .EU domains into the Brexit bin



Don’t be so self congratulatory. It’s called English but it’s really Merkin.



Yes the EU as an institition has issues. I’d wished the UK had stayed to help improve it. The federalist project is pretty much dead in any case, just a lot of pruning and weeding to do.

Gone in 60.121 seconds: Your guide to the pricey new gear Nvidia teased at its annual GPU fest


Re: I don't know for a fact or even if its happening..

I'd also love to build a new game-capable PC but it's not feasible right now due to crazy prices and expectation of new GPUs from Nvidia.

The blame for high GPU prices is on cryptocurrency miners (thanks, twats) and to a lesser extent price of DRAM, which is high due to demand for memory in phones and other devices. That's the common story. Any alternative explanations would be fun to read.

Finland government buys a slice of Nokia


It's "Networks"

It's Nokia, formerly Nokia Solutions and Networks, formerly Nokia Siemens Networks, formerly Nokia Networks.

The mention of phones in the article is a diversion.

A print button? Mmkay. Let's explore WHY you need me to add that


@steph Re: ArrZarr: Use python

CSV stands for Character Separated Values.

As for using a comma as decimal separator, I know Brexit and all but please take a peek over the parapet.

When it absolutely, positively needs to be leaked overnight: 120k FedEx customer files spill from AWS S3 silo

Big Brother

They are

Even says so in TFA.

Iran: We have defeated evil nuclear-sensing Western lizards!

Black Helicopters

Full Stalin

Pro-Palestinian campaigners were deemed to be Israeli spies and presumably sent to the gulag. A bit like idealists who travelled to the USSR only to end up in Siberia due to excessive paranoia.

'WHAT THE F*CK IS GOING ON?' Linus Torvalds explodes at Intel spinning Spectre fix as a security feature


Gots to be said

I'll keep this short. Linus didn't create an OS, he created a kernel.

Each time you use your Android phone you're using Linux. Not sure where the command line comes in to the picture.

Anglo, French space agencies sitting in a tree, K I S S I N G


Brexit subtext?

Would such cooperation happened under ESA without Brexit? Is this about UK institutions trying to replace vital partnerships now that they are leaving, or just business as usual?

Oracle rival chides UK councils for pricey database indulgence


Re: Thankfully x86 per core performance is improving

Hah, the inevitable £/clockcycle model.

User dialled his PC into a permanent state of 'Brown Alert'


Unplugged cable

As a junior techie I got an emergency phone call once about a "broken scanner" threatening to break a deadline. The error message was apparently to the tune of "scanner not found or disconnected".

Cue travelling across the city for the better part of an hour, to find - you guessed it - the SCSI cable was disconnected.

It was an important lesson for me, and demonstrates the reason why remote support make you walk through their annoying checklists. Not everyone can understand even the most explicit error messages.

Phone fatigue takes hold: SIM-onlys now top UK market


Re: I'm quite sure this is a global phenomenon, not unique to the UK

In countries where the tele authorities had the interest of the consumer in mind SIM and phones HAD to be sold separately and switching operators was made easy: you got to keep your number and only had to deal with the new operator. Result: cheaper and better service. So yeah, welcome to the 1990s Brexit Britain.


Fatigue schmatigue

May I suggest that buying handsets and SIMs separately was always better for the consumer, and people are finally catching on? It helps drive competition, lower prices, push innovation and get better service. There is a reason why, despite high population density UK mobile is slow and expensive: locked SIMs and long contracts.

Universal basic income is a great idea, which is also why it won't happen


Re: Homo Sapiens is obsolete

We are already augmented, without having our brains chipped. I’m communicating with a person I’ve never met, and can exchange ideas with the touch of a few buttons.

Forget about imagining the future. Stop for a moment to look at right now.


Re: UBI is not a good idea.

And this is different from people on the dole, how?


Re: UBI == death of all capitalism

Not sure which part of the world you’re from, but UBI is not extra income. It just replaces the complex benefit structures in place already. In fact in places where it’s being trialled it’s actually less than job seekers’ allowance, with the absence of disincentives to work.

Forumites == ignorant arm chair philosophers.

Compsci degrees aren't returning on investment for coders – research

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@tiggity re. all those JS coders

You should know the JS boom today is largely about the server side development (node.js) and your condescending attitude tells more about you than the level of expertise found in that field today.

Not that I'd touch JavaScript with a 10-foot pole myself.

D-Link router riddled with 0-day flaws


And if updates were published?

Do users update network gear, even when patches are available? I despair.

The new, new Psion is getting near production. Here's what it looks like


Disappointing looks

Looks a bit too generic, basically a random Huawei slab plus a keyboard stuck to it with a sheet of shiny metal. Maybe it's the Android button symbols on the side screen.

Google rushes to curb Oreo's massive appetite for your 4G mobile data


Data allowances

How quaint.

But seriously. My 4G is 100mbit/s whereas my ADSL is 24, both unmetered. Sounds like a good feature.


Hey, cloud big three! AI-wielding Huawei says it's coming for you

Big Brother

Re: The world according to Huawei

So, a Chinese version of Google.

Reality strikes Dixons Carphone's profits after laughing off Brexit threat


The phone market elephant in the room

Phones are commoditized. Apart from a few prestige phones it's a race to the bottom, with ever slimmer margins and less profit per sale. It affects the entire value chain from component manufacturers to retail.

Beer because soon it's in the same price category with your Chinese Android phone.

Qualcomm moved its Snapdragon designers to its ARM server chip. We peek at the results


Invoice for new keyboard


UK industry mouthpiece wants 'near-universal' broadband speeds of 30Mbps by 2020


Re: 30Mbps? By 2020! Sad! Nay, Pathetic!

Not to mention Romania.

Make America, wait, what again? US Army may need foreign weapons to keep up


Re: Photo: a BFG-9000 variant?

Looks like one of those net-flinging drone-catching potato guns featured on El Reg some time back.

College fires IT admin, loses access to Google email, successfully sues IT admin for $250,000


Re: Triano Williams goes to court

I'm intrigued by the cloud email comment. In my experience many IT houses - even ones with thousands of employees, that ironically enough also might provide Exchange to clients - use cloud email from Microsoft and Google.

I use gmail as my personal mail but am considering going back to self hosted. More due to political-social principles than security, features or cost.

Dovecot mailserver graded 'nearly impenetrable'


Re: Cool!

As it turns out, Dovecot is developed by original author's company, which in turn associated with (owned by?) Open-Xchange.