* Posts by Steve K

1044 posts • joined 4 Apr 2008


Single-line software bug causes fledgling YAM cryptocurrency to implode just two days after launch

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It's not as if cryptocurrency investors couldn't have seen this coming

It's not investment, but pure speculation on Yet Another Digital Tulip. It is/was a day old crypto coin that has no historical information on which to invest, and a huge implied "Beta" tag on its front door...

Huawei Matebook X Pro 2020: Nothing too crazy but at least it's more fixable and cheaper than comparable Apple wares

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Screen rotation

I agree that a MX250 is stingy at this price, but you might find that the 90 degree rotation you want for tablet-like functionality can be enabled in the nVidia driver.

Super Cali COVID count is somewhat out of focus, server crash and expired cert makes numbers quite atrocious

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Re: Mary Poppins?

If you are a left-Pondian (or were born after the 1980’s) then you may not be aware that the original was a Sun newspaper headline referring to a Scottish footballing defeat (itself inspired by an earlier 1960s original one)

El Reg has since refined this headline to an art-form, emerging Brigadoon-like at infrequent intervals.

Canon not firing on all cylinders: Fledgling cloud loses people's pics'n'vids, then 'Maze ransomware' hits

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Re: "...offers 10GB of long-term storage space for people's personal photos and videos"

Careful with BD-RE...

If they are anything like Optical DVD-R/DVD+R/CD-R etc. then after a few years they are unreadable.

You might be able to read the index, but the files may be inaccesible.

The moral of the story is have multiple backup media (physical and Cloud) spread over on and off-site....

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Re: "...offers 10GB of long-term storage space for people's personal photos and videos"

Off site backup, memory cards can get lost/broken/corrupted, house can catch fire.....

Google reveals washable phone case, plus the new midrange Pixel 4a that goes inside it

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Re: Hmmm

Obviously from a use case analysis.....

What a good eye-dea: Battery-less, grain-of-sand-sized 2.4GHz transmitter to help save your eyesight

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Re: People don't like batteries

I think that the sentiment is that batteries should be avoided due to the possibility of leakage or the fact that when exhausted, the device would have to be extracted/replaced.

I don't think that the implication here is that the reluctance is due to 5G fruitloopery.

Leaky AWS S3 buckets are so common, they're being found by the thousands now – with lots of buried secrets

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AWS Default setting is Publicly Inaccessible

As others have already said:

The AWS Default setting is Publicly Inaccessible (at least in recent times), so a deliberate effort has to be made - with lots of warnings - in order to make a bucket public.....

It's possible that an incorrect Global policy might be in place of which a Developer might not be aware, but I'd still say that you have to try quite hard to make an AWS bucket public, since AWS are fully aware of the issues arising from this kind of misconfiguration and so defaults to fail-safe.

Dutch Gateway store was kept udder wraps for centuries until refit dug up computing history

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Re: Reminds me...

I remember that one!

Was still there in 2013/2014 as I was on a project in Northampton and regularly got a taxi from the station that went past it.

Never got close enough to see the date, but instantly recognised the Apricot logo.

EU orders Airbus A350 operators to install anti-coffee spillage covers in airliner cockpits

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Re: SImpler solution?

I like that idea!

You could call it "More Coffee And Sugar" or MCAS for short. You could have it switch sides on every flight so that the right and left seats get the drinks feed so that one is always hydrated!

If the pilots disagree on this then it empties the drink on the console anyway.

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Re: SImpler solution?

Fair point on hydration, definitely but coffee is not necessarily the right choice there (awaiting a study on the comparative electrical damage characteristics of tap water vs. Mineral water vs. Coffee - with/without sugar!).

However, given the degree of risk analysis and mitigation in civil aviation, (e.g. crews timing out due to flying duty hours restrictions, systems redundancy, pilots sober) i am surprised that a more robust solution has not been attempted, as it’s a fairly easy one to mitigate (although maybe introducing the hydration risk you mention).

Pilots will of course never do this on purpose, as I imagine even an incident that does not zap the controls will (ironically) lead to a meeting with the Chief Pilot with neither tea/coffee nor biccies.

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Re: Wouldn't a child's sippy cup be cheaper?

Or a drysuit?

It would keep your feet warm too for ages

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SImpler solution?

I can't help but think that there has to be a simpler solution.

With other expensive pieces of machinery, there are usually big signs warning against eating/drinking in areas where spillage would be inadvisable.

Yet here you have a $100m+ piece of equipment (potentially with hundreds of passengers also on board) that they accept that the 2 key personnel could well slosh liquid all over the critical electrical controls....

I know that pilots have to eat/drink, but they also (generally) have to leave their seat to visit the toilet, leaving one pilot flying (and presumably during a quiet part of the flight).

From a flight operational perspective, what would be the downside of banning pilots from eating/drinking while seated at the controls?

What the duck? Bloke keeps getting sent bathtime toys in the post – and Amazon won't say who's responsible

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Duck Duck Go

Maybe he browsed on DuckDuckGO?

Heron knows he might cormorant to the idea.

Incredible artifact – or vital component after civilization ends? Rare Nazi Enigma M4 box sells for £350,000

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Re: Super duper encrpytion device brought down by simple mistake

Interesting as well, since without the slip-up you mention, presumably the Germans would have noticed that Allied detections went down for a period of time just as the 4-rotor machines were introduced.

They would then have deduced that the Allies HAD actually cracked the 3-rotor Enigma and the door would have been closed quite rapidly after that......

Companies toiling away the most on LibreOffice code complain ecosystem is 'beyond utterly broken'

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they don't need to continuously rake in cash

I think the point that Collabora are making is that they DO need to rake in the cash as their Developers don't work for nothing...

SoftBank: Oi, we paid $32bn for you, when are you going to strong-Arm some more money out of your customers?

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Re: SoftBank bought a goose that lays golden eggs...

Not sure if that is entirely fair for SoftBank as they have a stated 300-year mission (or is that Star Trek)

Having said that, what was Mr. Son smoking when he invested so heavily in WeWork?

Cornish drinkers catch a different kind of buzz as pub installs electric fence at bar

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Re: Puntastic

Yes - an ample amount indeed

Japanese probe to land asteroid rock sample in Australia on December 6th

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Called while you were out...

“Called while you were out, please call to rearrange delivery at the next orbit.”

IBM job ad calls for 12 years’ experience with Kubernetes – which is six years old

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Re: Switching on the "monitor stand"

The WWW was all black and white then. And they turned it off at 10:30 p.m.

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Re: Switching on the "monitor stand"

I think you meant Douglas Adams or Sir Terry Pratchett?

Smile? Not bloody likely: Day 6 of wobbly services and still no hint to UK online bank's customers about what's actually wrong

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Re: Smile, a trading division of the Co-Operative Bank

Careful though as the FSCS won’t cover electronic money accounts such as Revolut (as they aren’t a bank)

If the Solar System's 'Planet Nine' is actually a small black hole, here's how we could detect it... wait, what?

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Russell's Teapot

This is like Russell's Teapot...

Oracle tempts users to run its cloud in their own data centres – for a mere '$6 million' commitment

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We have a winner!

We have today's winner!

<doffs hat>

Heir-to-Concorde demo model to debut in October

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Is this a fax moment?

I wonder whether we are seeing the equivalent (at least in the UK) of what happened in the late 1980s when there was a postal strike and consequently the demand for and usage of fax machines went through the roof.

Obviously some use cases (e.g. parcels) could not be replaced by faxes, but a lot of volume in smaller letters was taken out of the postal market by the time this strike was over. Then around 10 years after that, it was the turn of faxes to be superseded (not entirely) by email.

Similarly I wonder whether remote working means that less business air travel will be needed post-COVID19. ( realise that this will be nowhere near a 100% reduction).

With this project, surely they will encounter the same issues that Concorde faced with sonic booms if their flight path is over land (whether real or whether concocted to protect incumbent aviation manufacturing interests)?

Shopped recently in a small online store? Check this list to see if it was one of 570 websites infected with card-skimming Magecart

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Re: Star Wars chronology reference?

At least we know how this one ends!

Analogue radio given 10-year stay of execution as the UK U-turns on DAB digital future

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Re: Pips

I heard that Apple are working on it...

Dutch national broadcaster saw ad revenue rise when it stopped tracking users. It's meant to work like that, right?

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Re: Targetted by idiots

I find your telecoms/IT cavity wall hatches sales pitch brighten up my morning every day, but I already bought the hatches I need and I'm not sure the ones you advertise are waterproof..)

They may not be waterproof, but the El Reg ones do have a sign "Beware of the leopard" on them....

Never knowingly under-digitally transformed: Retailer John Lewis outsources tech function to Wipro

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Re: So. Farewell then John Lewis

In the article it states that it is under review:

Earlier this year, White launched a "strategic review" – expected to be completed in autumn – into the business, stating in a March earnings call it planned to close three Waitrose stores and look into the suitability of the "Never knowingly undersold" price-matching pledge.

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Re: A Question for the Chief Idiot

Accounting and other back-office functions are routinely outsourced in many medium/large corporates.

It is not just IT

Boffins baffled as supergiant star just vanishes – either it partially blew itself apart or quietly turned into a black hole

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Open a window

Open a window

Apple: We're defending your privacy by nixing 16 browser APIs. Rivals: You mean defending your bottom line

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Re: Internet Explorer reloaded

Maybe, but only if they were the only pasta vendor in this analogy

Remember when we warned in February Apple will crack down on long-life HTTPS certs? It's happening: Chrome, Firefox ready to join in, too

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Re: Some sense for the web, disaster for internal

this policy applies to certificates issued ultimately from root CAs known to Apple's operating systems, not user or administrator-added CAs.

I don't think it will matter for internal-only CA's

Maybe there is hope for 2020: AI that 'predicts criminality' from faces with '80% accuracy, no bias' gets in the sea

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Re: Fizzog

Also sounds like Phrenology!

Segway to Heaven: Mega-hyped wonder-scooter that was going to remake city transport to cease production

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Initial Hype

I can remember the initial hype and chatter before any detail was provided - people were seriously thinking that Dean Kamen had invented an anti-gravity device.

When the actual device was revealed there was a collective "WTF?". Definitely clever technology at the time, but not the earth-shattering revelation that the drip-feed of comments of tech royalty (under NDAs no doubt) was allowed to imply.

CERN puts two new atom-smashers on its shopping list. One to make Higgs Bosons, then a next-gen model six times more energetic than the LHC

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Re: name suggestion

BFHC surely?

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Re: Ridiculous

Experiments have tentatively shown that antimatter has anti-gravity - it runs away from matter

No they haven't.....

Ex-barrister reckons he has a privacy-preserving solution to Britain's smut ban plans

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Is it just me...

Is it just me, but in this context "HeadCode" fnar, fnar..

NASA told to get act together on commercial crew vendors as chance of US-free ISS rises

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Re: Spanked?

money or monkey being spanked?

Spaghetti Junction! Brum hospitals on hunt for new ERP and finance supplier to untangle current systems

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Re: The £6M Question

based on mostly-already-existing Open Source

Which OSS solutions did you have in mid here that meet the requirement...?

Internet blackout of Myanmar States that are home to ethnic minorities enters second year

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Re: Puzzled

Because there is no oil to be found there?

IR35 tax reforms for UK freelancers glide through committee stage: D-Day set for 6 April 2021

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Re: tl;dr

Much as I have a vested interest in IR35, single-issue politics espoused by Independent candidates gets you nowhere....

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IR35 Status - Furlough Status as Evidence

I would have been unable to claim under the Furlough scheme (as I am fortunate to have enough subcontracting work anyway so no need to furlough anyway), ergo I am either self-employed with turnover >£50k or a limited company director.

What I can't be is an employee (of anybody) since even though I do pay salary under PAYE neither my end-clients nor my Limited company could or would pay out under the Furlough scheme anyway.

Surely being unable to claim under the Furlough scheme is evidence enough of not being a disguised employee?

AWS scoops Intel silicon and 8TB of storage into new Snowcone edge box

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If this is dual CPU then this would have to be dual-capable CPUs and so Xeons rather than i7s.

D1602 is single-socket only also, so unless there are 2 independent blades/motherboards in here instead it must be something else.

Of course Intel could have baked them a special unit that is 2S.

Hey is trying a new take on email – but maker complains of 'outrageous' demands after Apple rejects iOS app

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Re: Features of Hey

Great summary

This can't be aimed at corporates anyway as email signatures footers will be mandatory for disclaimers and other legal requirements.

"File attachments that you send are not included with the email, but sent as links to files stored on Basecamp's servers.":

This is also something that you can do with Office 365 for example, where it allows you to send attachments as a link to OneDrive (or SharePoint if corporate) - it's been there for ages.

O365 is also less than $99/year and implements most of the other features too.

On price grounds it doesn't stack up either, and if you are that concerned about the privacy side then you'd use ProtonMail as someone else has mentioned.

845GB of racy dating app records exposed to entire internet via leaky AWS buckets

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Herpes Dating?

Well someone I know had Hermes - they were a carrier...

(C) 1982

Windows Server to require TPM2.0 and Secure boot by default in future release

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Re: Well now....

I don't know whether that is correct.

TPM 2.0 has been around for a while now so most recent (x64) server hardware will have it built-in (or a TPM slot for an add-in card) even if it may not be enabled.

EU aviation wonks give all-electric training aeroplane the green light – but noob pilots only have 50 mins before they have to land it

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Re: Can't Wait

Quite - if GlenP leaves his landing light on then even better!

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Re: Reserve power?

It can only fly for 50 minutes before the plug comes out of the wall......



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