* Posts by Marty McFly

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DEF CON is canceled... No, for real. The in-person event is canceled. We're not joking. It's canceled. We mean it

Marty McFly
Paris Hilton

But why the bother??

Every time I have ever traveled to Vegas for any sort of a conference, I have always come home with some sort of a bug. Always. Every time. Talk it over with other Vegas Conventioneers, you will find it is a common issue. It goes with the territory.

Since going to Vegas and getting a bug is the expected norm, why would this event be canceled?

Paris, because I know what you are thinking. But it is not those types of bugs and transmission methods I am referring to.

Tom Cruise to increase in stature thanks to ISS jaunt? Now that's a mission impossible

Marty McFly
Holmes

A contrary view....

For clarity, IMHO Tom Cruise was cool in Top Gun, and has gone down hill since then.

That said, some logical thinking...

He has spent his entire life working in cinema. Fair bet he has more knowledge than average about how movie making works - lighting, composing shots, etc. Astronauts are not technical slouches themselves and by their very nature are quick learners. Add in some live streaming for earth-bound directors to monitor the scenes. Pack along some green body suits and the station staff can be 'extras' in the scene, and have their body digitally edited to match the image of earth-based actors.

Russia was charging something like $80M per seat to get to ISS. I am thinking Elon Musk will be cheaper - otherwise we would have stayed with the Russians. I'll bet they could get an entire ISS sequence done for less than $100M. That's a lot, but it is not outside the realm of Hollywood possibility. Especially if the movie company says "Tom, we are flying you to the space station, but we aren't paying you for the movie", that will free up a big chunk of budget!

Would NASA allow it? Back to Top Gun, what was the Navy's enlistment in the late 1980s? Every GenX guy who signed up thought he would go Mach 2 and nail Kelly McGillis. As long as NASA gets to sign off on the plot line making them look good, I can see them buying the idea. Inspire a whole new generation of astronauts, that sort of thing.

Maybe even get the production company to produce a few companion documentaries as well - keep public interest in ISS positive. Inspire a whole new generation of tax payers, that sort of thing.

Suspicious senate stock sale spurt spurs scrutiny scheme: This website tracks which shares US senators are unloading mid-pandemic

Marty McFly
Holmes

So when are they buying back in?

When these congress clowns start buying stock in travel/vacation industries, that will be the clue that they are about to lift the restrictions.

First it was toilet paper. Then pasta. Now Broadcom suspects hoarders are behind its surprisingly good-looking Q2 sales

Marty McFly
Holmes

Meh....

>"A commonly expressed view is that mobiles have been replacing PCs because "they can do everything people need"."

That's what you get for listening to the marketing drivel regurgitated by every mobile vendor.

The actual limiting factor is the human interface. I don't care what resolution it is, ultimately my eyes can only read a certain detail on a small mobile device screen. Same thing for the user interface. My fingers are a certain size, which is conducive to a keyboard. Sure, I can 'make-do' on a mobile's keyboard for a quick text. But if I am typing a comment on El Reg's web page, you bet it is coming from a usable interface.

NASA reveals the new wavy Martian wheels it thinks can crush the red planet

Marty McFly
Alien

Robot planet

Just for clarity.... At this point in time, to the sum of humanity's knowledge about Mars, it is a planet entirely populated by robots.

Dare I add.... As older robots cease to function, newer updated robots continue to be sent from a neighboring planet to replenish the population.

Pandemic impact: Two-thirds of polled Reg readers say it's business as usual in the IT dept, one in ten panicking

Marty McFly
Facepalm

Good for InfoSec's business!

The IT industry has consistently shown us that rushed and hurried actions are often taken with an absence of security oversight. Sort of like when you take all the employees who have been office based and overnight enable them to work remote. I guarantee there are breaches going on right now that we won't know about for months/years. InfoSec will be kept busy!

True story: My wife works for a law firm, so when they sent her to work from home they made her sign off that she would have no client information on her home computer. They then proceeded to tell her the IP address and password for their publicly accessible VNC connection running on the default port. They are worried about a trusted employee when their office computer is wide open to a single factor authentication on the Internet. Totally misplaced security concern, and they won't listen to the dumb husband of their employee!

Oh, and the VNC password... They tacked a couple random characters on to a common word. A dictionary attack should go through that like butter.

White House turns to Big Tech to fix coronavirus blunders while classifying previous conversations

Marty McFly
Megaphone

Testing kits

Total fake news. My sister is a nurse. The "testing kit" is a long flexible Q-tip with a sterile tube to place it in. It is not some magic special thing in short supply.

Sort of like when California air dropped test kits to the cruise ship while it was in harbor - instead of just sailing up an handing them over like ever other cruise ship boarding.

Hello, support? What do I click if I want some cash?

Marty McFly
FAIL

Either one of two things....

Barclay's isn't checking the updates before pushing them out. Otherwise the 'you need to upgrade' update would have been squashed.

Or the machine can connect to the Internet with automatic updates turned on.

Neither is good IT security practice for an ATM.

Grab a towel and pour yourself a Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster because The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is 42

Marty McFly
Pint

Text adventure

Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy from Infocom. Good times. Back when story writers had to be creative to make up for lack of technology. A strong reliance on the player's imagination to bring the story to life.

Aaaaah... Trish McMillan, call be Trillian.

Former US Homeland Security Inspector General accused of stealing govt code and trying to resell it to... the US govt

Marty McFly
FAIL

2011

Anyone else here concerned that he crimes took place in the early 2010's and they are just now finding out about it in 2020? Talk about government at its finest....

Want to own a bit of Concorde? Got £750k burning a hole in your pocket? We have just the thing

Marty McFly
Holmes

Seattle

Methinks the Museum of Flight in Seattle would like this to go along with their bird. However, someone has an inflated sense of value and thinks they should be able to retire independently wealthy on this eBay auction.

The fundamental problem with high-value collector items is you need a deep-pocket collector - and those are very hard to find.

You'll get your money – when this bank has upgraded Windows 7... or bought extended support

Marty McFly
Facepalm

Stupid IT team??

Either one of two things....

This screen is part of a Windows update. Assuming the IT team is managing updates and doing a quality check on them first, why did this get pushed out?

Or, is this ATM connected to the open Internet and simply pulling down updates itself? Seems like a prime Internet target for a cash payout.

Either way stupid IT.

Windows 7 goes dual screen to shriek at passersby: Please, just upgrade me or let me die

Marty McFly
Facepalm

Keep us posted...

>"Microsoft has spent the last year begging Windows 7 users to move to a better place."

No doubt the great Reg will let us know when that comes along.

Fed-up air safety bods ban A350 pilots from enjoying cockpit coffees

Marty McFly
Facepalm

Re: Gobsmacked!

> ... if pilots prove themselves incapable of using a spill-proof cup,...

If that is indeed an issue, then perhaps we should review their ability to operate an aircraft.

What a terrible result from this year's Super Bowl. Can you believe it? Awful. Yes, we're talking about the tech ads

Marty McFly
Thumb Down

Squarespace

Just love how they stereotyped Midwest people in Minnesota as simple folk. Very typical of a big New York company to be so ignorant about the people in 'flyover country'.

The time that Sales braved the white hot heat of the data centre to save the day

Marty McFly
Pint

Re: Gratitude!

I feel the sting. I could fill a swimming pool with all the undelivered beers I am owed!

Spanking the pirates of corporate security? Try a Plimsoll

Marty McFly
Holmes

CIO = Career Is Over

CIOs have such a short life span that they can roll the dice. Let's say there is a 1 in 10 chance of a given company being bit by Ransomware in the next 10 years. If the CIO is on the normal corporate life span, they are only going to be around 2-3 years anyway. That means there is only a 20-30% chance of being bit on their watch.

Now that new CIO came in with the full support of the board and CEO. They were given money to spend. So they did. Good security & backups. The CIO avoids Ransomware their first year or two on that financial support. Soon the board & CEO are having good times and forgot about why IT needs that money. So they have the CIO start cutting. Pretty soon security is reduced, backups aren't happening, etc. No problem for the CIO, they are on track to jettison that job in a few more months anyway.

Budgets get cut some more. The CIO exits with whatever executive level package they negotiate. Now is when the Ransomware hits. But not a problem for the departed CIO, the new guy has to clean up that mess. At which point the CEO and board decide they really should spend money on security....and the cycle repeats.

Y2K quick-fix crick? 1920s come roaring back after mystery blip at UK's vehicle licensing agency

Marty McFly
Coat

Re: 2038 - I'm outta here!

Finally a chance to use the coat icon!

I was a seasoned PFY for Y2K. Fully vested BOFH now. By the time 2038 rolls around, I intend to be sleeping late and laughing at the Millennials struggling through this pile of poo GenX is leaving them.

What was Boeing through their heads? Emails show staff wouldn't put their families on a 737 Max over safety fears

Marty McFly
FAIL

There is a lesson here....

....about watching what you write in email communication. NEVER put anything down that you wouldn't want to become public information.

I sure wouldn't want to be outed for writing 'this plane sux' and then have to face an entire plant of union employees who are currently out of work due to the 737 MAX production line shut down.

A sprinkling of Star Wars and a dash of Jedi equals a slightly underbaked Rise Of Skywalker

Marty McFly
Pint

No cheering for the Lucasfilm logo on opening night....

....but the cheering lesbians in the theater self-identified during the overt political correctness regurgitated upon us in the final scenes.

As someone who saw "Star Wars" before it was branded as Episode IV, I guess it is time for me to accept that I am no longer in the target market and let the next generation shape the franchise in their image. As Darth Vader said... "The circle is now complete."

(And, credit where it is due for working around Carrie's untimely passing. Well done, the plot did not suffer. RIP)

Das Reboot: Uni forces 38,000 students, staff to queue, show their papers for password reset following 'cyber attack'

Marty McFly
FAIL

Money & Jobs

>I'd be really surprised if nowadays there isn't a more efficient and effective way of cleaning PCs than running about with USB drives and sticking green stickers.

Sure, there are better ways. How much of the IT budget was allocated toward security, including backups? If it is like most universities, it was probably only a pittance.

Besides, having a bunch of IT bods running around and looking busy will certainly create perceived value. Lowers the chance of getting caught in the next RIF if they are busy-bodies today.

The IoT wars are over, maybe? Amazon, Apple, Google give up on smart-home domination dreams, agree to develop common standards

Marty McFly
Pint

Re: Connect directly to the Internet?

>A simple programmable one that turns the heat up (how long + 5) mins before the morning alarm is all that is needed.

I have one from Honeywell that does that already. Basically programmed with "at this time, be at this temperature". It learns how long it takes to heat the house from a given starting point. So if it only needs to come up a couple degrees, it fires up a few minutes early. If it needs to come up a lot, it will fire up 30-45 minutes early.

Wham, bam, thank you scram button: Now we have to go all MacGyver on the server room

Marty McFly
Facepalm

Helping out...

Same solution, different story....

I came across a hapless soul who had lost her car keys while swimming in the lake. After spending two hours wandering the shallows looking for keys, I managed to unlock her car with a couple sticks and duct tape. She had left a window down a bit (out swimming, so it was a hot day). Taped the sticks together, slid them through the window, and bumped the unlock button on the other side. She could now get her cell phone and phone a friend to bring the spare key.

Granted had she known their phone number, instead of relying on the iThingy to remember it, she could have simply called them in the first place.

Amazon Germany faces Christmas strikes from elf stackers, packers and dispatchers

Marty McFly
Facepalm

Re: Amazon is Evil

Yes, big evil companies and their miss-gotten profits. They shouldn't hoard money like that. Shame on them for getting a good return for their investors. We need to bust them up and take all their money.

Good thing I don't own any stock in those companies. All my retirement is in mutual funds which are invested in....oh....right. Nevermind. Forget everything I said.

Profitable big companies are good!

Americans should have strong privacy-protecting encryption ...that the Feds and cops can break, say senators

Marty McFly
Mushroom

The road to hell....

.....starts at the backdoor.

When is an electrical engineer not an engineer? When Arizona's state regulators decide to play word games

Marty McFly
Facepalm

Too much money!

Seems like the state of Arizona is spending too much money on bureaucrats and could do some fiscally responsible trimming.

Apple sues iPhone CPU design ace after he quits to run data-center chip upstart Nuvia

Marty McFly
Holmes

Startup

A startup with the hopes of being purchased by a larger company, who would have thunk it? Doesn't that describe most businesses south of Belmont & north of Saratoga?

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

Marty McFly
FAIL

I don't get the delay....

Sputnik to boots on the moon in less than 12 years. Have we lost the will to go to space, or simply lost the balls to do the job?

Judge shoots down Trump admin's efforts to allow folks to post shoddy 3D printer gun blueprints online

Marty McFly
Alert

Where does it stop?

So they want to ban electronic schematics for using a 3D printer to make a poorly functioning firearm. What about blueprints and machine shop schematics to make an actually useful firearm? Are they banned to?

What about a Ford Pinto? Everyone knows that car is a deathtrap from the 1970's! I have an assembly manual on how it is put together. Since that car is so deadly, is the assembly manual banned as well?

How far does it go? Government control of information is a slippery slope.

Ex from Hell gets six years for online stalking and revenge pics rampage at two women

Marty McFly
Holmes

There is a saying guys use....

.... "Never stick your dick in Crazy". I imagine the gals have (should have?) a similar phrase.

Sure, we made your Wi-Fi routers phone home with telemetry, says Ubiquiti. What of it?

Marty McFly
Flame

Unhappy customer

UBNT needs to fix this immediately. A product update, followed by a formal executive level communication apologizing for the fiasco. Not some marketing drivel spit out by the neo-maxi-zoom-dweebies. Trust can only be earned, and once lost is difficult to restore.

Trend Micro: Our super-duper security software will keep you safe from everyone – except our staff who go rogue

Marty McFly
Happy

Re: AV and similar software just increases your attack surface...

First of all.... Take a look at was 3rd party security is actually doing on endpoints. It is waaaay beyond anti-virus. There are some well respected security people out there (GRC) who continue to spout that mantra without actually taking a look at where the industry is today.

Second.... Until one key component is completely eliminated from the chain, there will always be a need for monitoring & securing the endpoint. It doesn't matter how well written, fundamentally secure, and locked down a computing environment is. As long as that key component defined as "user" exists, there will be a need for security.

NSA to Congress: Our spy programs don’t work, aren’t used, or have gone wrong – now can you permanently reauthorize them?

Marty McFly
Thumb Down

Deleted the data....

....yeah, right. Took it off-line maybe. Removed it from analysis probably. But I'll bet there is a backup parked somewhere just in case. After all the lies and deception, suddenly they are being truthful on this one item. I may be gullible, but I'm not stupid.

Controversies aren't Boeing away for aircraft maker amid claims of faulty oxygen systems and wobbling wings

Marty McFly
Facepalm

Union vs. non-union

Of course, the sharp stick poked specifically at the South Carolina production facility would have nothing to do with the workers there being non-union. Because, you know, only the Seattle based union workers actually know how to put a plane together.

And riiight.... In Seattle Boeing is NOT driven by schedule and cost. Take as long as the union wants to build a plane and spend as much money as you want. Sure, I believe that. Scheduling & costs are only an issue in South Carolina.

Chrome devs tell world that DNS over HTTPS won't open the floodgates of hell

Marty McFly
Childcatcher

How to take out the competition....

ISP tracking their customers is in direct competition with Google. Killing off the ISP's DNS sure seems like a good way to whack the competition.

Of course, it is all for the greater good, save the children, protect the whales, etc.

Pack your pyjamas, Zuck: US bill threatens execs with prison for data failures

Marty McFly
Pint

Great stuff!!!!

Just think of all the job opportunities for us IT types to help make companies compliant! Jobs program for techies!

The immovable object versus the unstoppable force: How the tech boys club remains exclusive

Marty McFly
Facepalm

The last time....

.....I ran an interview process, only one in twenty of the resumes received were women. We interviewed every one of them on the basis of gender alone. Unfortunately, the other 95% of the pile yielded better candidates. It is not for lack of trying by the interview team. It is for want of hiring the best person, regardless of gender or other legally protected characteristic.

Bug fixes abound in Microsoft's freshly Cascadia fonted Windows Terminal

Marty McFly
Trollface

Cascadia

For those of you who do not live in the Pacific Northwest..... "Cascadia" is a fault line which could potentially devastate the entire region. Perhaps this naming is an omen of Microsoft code to come?

Consumer campaign to keep receiving printed till receipts looks like a good move – on paper

Marty McFly
Holmes

Re: Receipts

Why? You are not a thief. The store's system malfunctioned. Not your problem. Keep walking.

I have yet to stop for a false positive, and I have yet to be confronted about it.

Marty McFly
Flame

Re: The security guard monitoring it wanted to see

The transaction was completed over there at the cash register. I exchanged money for goods. These goods, including the receipt, are my personal property. They are carried on my person. THE STORE SECURITY GUARD HAS NO RIGHT TO SEARCH MY PERSON OR PERSONAL PROPERTY. If there was a problem with the transaction, then it should have been addressed at the point of purchase.

If I am stopped by a security guard, it will be immediate 911 call from my cell phone. "I am being detained against my will, please send an officer immediately." I will not leave where I am standing and be taken to a back room. And if they touch me, it is assault. I will be polite. I will be courteous. But I will not stand for having my person searched by anyone other than a sworn law enforcement officer.

At that point the store manager had better get the lip balm out for kissing my backside. Same thing for the officer if they decide to search me. I am not a thief, so there would be no evidence to give the officer probable cause to search me. A smart officer would ask to see a video of the alleged crime, or at least have someone attest to seeing a crime. Absent that evidence, a smart officer would send me on my way without a search and proceed to rip the store a new one. Refusing to be searched by store security does not constitute a crime.

Stores that ask to see my receipt get a 'no' and I keep walking out the door. They also go on my list of stores to avoid in the future if possible.

(Well what about Costco, Sam's club, and those places? Those are membership clubs where members agree to be searched as part of the membership agreement. They have voluntarily given up their privacy rights while shopping at that club.)

HP printer small print says kit phones home data on whatever you print – and then some

Marty McFly
Black Helicopters

Not me!

My aged HP LaserJet is attached via a USB-to-parallel connector. It prints just fine without reporting to HP. Seems HP printers have surpassed their core competency and now serve as data gathering devices to spy on users.

Lights, camera, camera, camera, action: iPhone, iPad, Watch, chip biz in new iPhone, iPad, Watch, chip shocker

Marty McFly
Meh

Same, same

Evolutionary, not Revolutionary.

F-B-Yikes! FBI bod allegedly hid spy camera under desk to snap coworker's upskirt pics

Marty McFly
Facepalm

Errr.....

Do as we say, not as we......errr....nevermind.

Bit barn raising Arizona: Thirsty Microsoft mounts blazing saddle, plants 3 solar-powered server farms

Marty McFly
Go

Elastic Cloud

My snarky comment was going to be about how well the solar power works at night. Then I realized this would probably be a good location for compute resources which are primarily needed during daytime hours and are scaled back at night.

Watch as 10 cops with guns and military camo storm suspected Capital One hacker's house…

Marty McFly
Holmes

A little sensationalism?

C’mon Reg, a little completeness in reporting. In Washington state, it is perfectly legal to have 20 or more guns, associated accessories, and ammunition. I have no knowledge whether these were legally owned or not as you have left that out of the article! Simply reporting their existence is sensationalism and paints a picture of a darker story, which may not be an accurate portrayal.

Low Barr: Don't give me that crap about security, just put the backdoors in the encryption, roars US Attorney General

Marty McFly
Mushroom

Re: Wyden for POTUS?

Wyden was doing just fine until he brought up partisan politics and saying Trump cannot be trusted. Riiiight because we could trust Obama, and we could trust Bush, and we could trust Clinton...

The bottom line is government cannot be trusted, regardless of who is in power.

Enjoying that 25Mbps internet speed, America? Oh, it's just 6Mbps? And you're unhappy? Can't imagine why

Marty McFly
FAIL

I am average-average.

I pay for 8mbps, the maximum available in my area. That average of 6.3mbps is really close to what I get in reality. But I get triple-digit speeds on uploads!!!! (Of course, that is thousands of bits per second rather than millions).

Yeah, US IPS's really suck.

50 years ago today Apollo 11 slipped the surly bonds of Earth to put peeps on the Moon

Marty McFly
Pint

Back when men were men...

...and safety was secondary to achievement.

Microsoft giveth and Microsoft taketh away: Partner boss explains yanking of free licences

Marty McFly
Thumb Down

Re: Shows the decline in their thinking

>Now they screw the pennies but ignore the long term cost.

You say that like it is unique to Micro$oft and not representative of the entire software industry.

NASA smacks an Orion into the water with a successful Ascent Abort-2 Test

Marty McFly
Pint

Hopefully a one-time video

Here's to never needing to use this system, but glad it was built & tested.

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