* Posts by nagyeger

225 posts • joined 2 Feb 2008


Google calculates Pi to 100 trillion digits


Re: Measurement creep

Probably cheating:

$ bc -l



x = 355/113 - pi



Elon Musk needs more cash for Twitter buy after Tesla margin loan lapses


Re: Earth, May 2022

Don't worry, once the noose gets a bit tighter it'll stop kicking.

Oh. Maybe we should worry.

Version 251 of systemd coming soon to a Linux distro near you


Re: I have concerns

In the Linux distros I have used, when I update the kernel I still have the old one in the boot menu, and it's my choice which to boot and which to remove. So all this jive about modern OSes are too complex and need new ways of managing just sounds like drivel.

Exactly. And it's not exactly rocket science to keep a spare copy of root around and have booting from it as an option to the boot loader.

Why does systemd need to add this? It has been a (very useful when things are broken) feature since linux first got a kernel command line, back before grub existed.

How to find NPM dependencies vulnerable to account hijacking


Re: Unvalidated Updates added to packages!

Exactly. But this 'rapid deployment' seems to be the whole point of the system.

NPM? Not on *my* machine, you don't.

Microsoft sounds the alarm on – wait for it – a Linux botnet


Re: knock, knock.

Sounds like what you need is a second fail2ban rule that perma-bans them after 2-3 'blocked SSH' entries in your fail2ban log file. (and maybe an extra unblock magic port-knock sequence, just in case some cron-job on your home machine accidentally triggers it.)

Intel shareholders revolt against Pat Gelsinger's pay package


Link pay packets to...

Something other than current share price.

Anything other than current share price.

I'm revolutionary enough to think top-level management's bonuses ought to be linked to 'what did your reign do to improve the viability of the company, 10-20 years later'. Basic pay ought to be something like company median pay maybe with something to account for reinvested profits, sensible cash reserves, retention of staff (on the basis that people leaving is a bad sign, sacking people is nasty, and training up new staff is a drain on productivity) and customer satisfaction after several years ownership/use of product.

Anyway, reward the guys that made e.g. the electric drill that lasted me 20+ years, and don't give tuppence to the bean-counters that make me buy a new washing machine 10 minutes after the warrantee expires.

Apple patched critical flaws in macOS Monterey but not in Big Sur nor Catalina


Re: There is an official update available from Apple

It is only pretty recently that we would have considered a 9 year old computer to be anything other than utterly obsolete.

Maybe you have that attitude. Maybe you're a gamer who needs those extra super dooper graphics cards, or maybe you're a micro$oft victim?

Or do you buy machines that barely have enough RAM when they're new?

I'd consider a 20 year old computer obsolete and a 9 year old one ' due for replacement in the next 6 years', if I'm talking desktops.

Case in point, this machine I'm on at the moment, has a Xeon E3-1275, released 2013, still going strong.

My old Turion64-based laptop (2005) is still very usable if plugged in, but I need to class it as pretty much obsolete, but only because of software bloat and it can't take more than 1GB of RAM.

A cool $28m for datacenter immersion company GRC



I know there's a long tradition of oil-filled heatsinks, etc, but do the random collection of circuit boards, chips etc. in a PC all survive immersion in mineral oil? I thought I'd read something a while back about the oil killing some components after a while or making the boards swell/separate?

FTC sues Intuit for false advertising, says 'free' TurboTax isn't always free


Re: Bizarre system

The dumbest bit of HMRC's system is that if you're foreign-resident you can't use the online system, but need to send in paper forms.

I guess they really want those fingerprints??

Internet backbone provider Lumen quits Russia


Re: Hire a few hundred thousand biplanes.

a fleet of hot-air balloons,

Let me guess, 99 of them?

Nena sang a song about that back in '83 (German)/ '84.(English)


Re: Hire a few hundred thousand biplanes.

They might do, but they probably relegated their short-wave radio to the dustbin a decade ago, when auntie and co decided it wasn't worth continuing to broadcast AM to anywhere in eastern Europe.

Co-inventor of Ethernet David Boggs dies aged 71


50 ohm coax

For my mind, the reason ethernet won the LAN wars was that (a) it supports different hardware layers (b) 10base2 used easily available, easy to make cables (50Ohm coax + BNC). (c) price (of course).

Solder/crimp a BNC on any bit of 50 ohm coax (or pick one off the shack wall if you're a radio ham), plug in a a pair of NE2000s and suddenly you can copy files around that don't fit on a floppy, network print like the big boys and play networked DOOM with your friends and family. You could even just about get away with unterminated 75ohm coax from the TV set, a pair of resistors and some matchsticks, if you didn't mind a few packet errors and no one moved the cable.

We tried it. It didn't work well, but it did work enough that we decided to invest in the proper cable.

For small offices / home users it just lowered the access bar so far.

'Hundreds of computers' in Ukraine hit with wiper malware as conflict continues


Re: "Of course you realize, this means war"

More to the point, they have no delivery system that can reach past Warsaw, and even that's only if they launch from Belarus and get lucky.

Given that they still put people on the ISS, and deliver them home again, I'd be very surprised if they don't retain the capability to downgrade/overload some orbital rockets to deliver some other packages anywhere on the planet. Not efficient but entirely capable. That was the entire point of the space-race, remember?

A (getting people back safely) is much harder than B (one way delivery of warhead to 1km above target).

B is has undesirable, radioactive consequences for grandma / grandkids.

Let's all prove we can do A.

The problem is I don't think Putin cares about grandma / grandkids any more

AI-created faces now look so real, humans can't spot the difference


Re: S or R?

Simulated? But what do the percentages mean? It probably says in the text, but it's monday AM here too.

UK National Crime Agency finds 225 million previously unexposed passwords


Re: Trust

It's fairly low risk. from your favourite shell:

From the API docs: (https://haveibeenpwned.com/API/v3#SearchingPwnedPasswordsByRange)

Searching by range

In order to protect the value of the source password being searched for, Pwned Passwords also implements a k-Anonymity model that allows a password to be searched for by partial hash. This allows the first 5 characters of a SHA-1 password hash (not case-sensitive) to be passed to the API:

GET https://api.pwnedpasswords.com/range/{first 5 hash chars}

It will also add a random 800-1000 hashes if you request padding (next item in docs)

AI algorithms can help erase bright streaks of internet satellites – but they cannot save astronomy


Smart shutters?

I'm probably missing something here. As I understand it, the problems are on long-ish exposures. Orbital parameters ought to be known... Shouldn't it be possible to 'close the shutters' (or ignore the appropriate pixels if a multi-exposure integration is happening) as a satellite flies past? Yes, it's going to be a pain in the software, but surely it'll be better to not record the data in the first place rather than try to 'clean up' the contaminated plate?

FTC carpet bombs industry with letters warning that fake reviews will be punished


Re: The Register is an amazing website

I would happily pay 1000‰ of the current price for each issue! Absolute bargain!

When the stock market flotation finally goes ahead, please put me down for 4,000,000 (four MILLION) voting shares at a list price of up to 1000 microfarthings each. I can be reached at mailto://obfuscated@localhost/

Android OS vendor variants transmit data with no opt-out


Re: LineageOS misrepresented?

Yes. Hardly surprising that google apps send data back to google when you install them on something.

Troll jailed for 5 years after swatting of Twitter handle owner ends in death

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Re: You have gotta be SWATting me.


I'm Not a medic, but my understanding is that certain effects of puberty blockers are not reversible, as you can't wind back the clock and some things that are meant to grow won't grow later on.

Given the suceptability of the young to peer pressure and fashion, the common misconception that they are reversible can be harmful.

Inventor of the graphite anode – key Li-ion battery tech – says he can now charge an electric car in 10 minutes

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Re: A power station at each garage ?

I suspect they are out of my price range.

But I *want* one!

If I say please, could they park one in the back garden on a "rent the space for electricity" basis, maybe?

They can even have almost all of the electricity. I'm sure the neighbours would be interested in providing winter cooling via their radiators / green-houses.

Summer cooling for the reactor might be a bit of a problem, but I'm sure something can be worked out....

Tor users, beware: 'Scheme flooding' technique may be used to deanonymize you

Black Helicopters

Sort of worked for me...

+ Old copy of palemoon (v. rarely used) opened up 3 recognisable and correct 'what do I do with this' windows, but it detected the non-errors, and said I had those three protocols available.

+ Firefox didn't open up the windows but it did give me the same 3 protocols.

- Epiphany-browser thought I have all 24 apps

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


governing body on training and standards

A comment on RevK's blog points us to: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-uk-cyber-security-council-to-be-official-governing-body-on-training-and-standards

This is in the online safety section, apparently.

Yes, you couldn't make it up, they're the official governing body on training [FAILURES] and [IGNORING] standards.

Wi-Fi devices set to become object sensors by 2024 under planned 802.11bf standard

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date wrong?

Someone from El Reg please tell me the article date is wrong....

Linus Torvalds issues early Linux Kernel update to fix swapfile SNAFU

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Re: Windows 10 20H2: CHKDSK /F damages file system on SSDs with KB4592438 installed (08.12.2020)

That quote ought to be in every help-desk worker's signature, any chance you could dig up the original reference?

Under that pile of spare keys and obsolete cables is an IoT device: Samsung pushes useful retirement project for older phones



If too miserly to update the OS, then they could at least provide some kind of support-in-kind to the good folks at lineageOS* and give users and an easy 'Samsung are not supporting your phone any more, click here to upgrade to community-supported lineageOS'

*yes I know, other AOSP flavours exist.

Ah, right on time: Hacker-slammed SolarWinds sued by angry shareholders


Who pays?

> I'm not sure suing them out of existence is going to do the world any good.

Exposing my ignorance that comes from being only half-way knowledgable about how shares work...

Who is actually suing whom here? It sounds like the share holders (company owners) are suing the company ... that they own a share of, which sounds like employing a lawyer to empty your own wallet. Seems like a very dumb way of feeding lawyers.

Surely if it's shareholders saying the company shouldn't have money in its accounts when they've lost money, then can't they just call and EGM and award themselves a massive dividend?

If it is past shareholders effectively wiping value off present shareholders's holdings, then that sounds like:

"While I had some influence over this company it did something dumb. You bought my shares from me so it's now your fault, and you should pay me," and I'd hope the court would throw it out.

If it's shareholders holding the directors responsible for their (in)action, and clawing back the last 10 years of bonuses, stock options and other benefits their mismanagement has earned them, then urm, yes, that sounds very reasonable to me.

Microsoft adds 'Here's what we may have broken' screen to Windows 10 Insider PCs


1995, the year of linux on the desktop!

I think that's around the last time I was regularly booting windows for real work(TM), anyway.

Or as I probably said to win95 users: "You've got preemptive multitasking, finally? When are you expecting to get real symbolic links and filesystem permissions?"

Elite name on Brit scene sponsors retro video games preservation project at the Centre for Computing History



Doesn't *look* like the original. That had wireframe graphics, not solid colour. It must be a later version.

What was really amazing about Elite was the way it switched video modes half-way down the screen, giving high-res monchrome for the view out of the window and glorious multi(4) colour below, albeit at lower resolution.

Fiendishly clever stuff. Common opinion was that someone must have been counting CPU cycles per opcode /execution path to get that right.

SpaceX to return NASA 'nauts to Earth with a splash


Re: Argh!

In that case, they:

Fut: will be seated there.

Fut Perf: will have been seated there


My life as a criminal cookie clearer: Register vulture writes Chrome extension, realizes it probably breaks US law


Privacy regulations compliant in other words.

I believe.

I am not a lawyer.

Don't base any decisions on comments here.

Please don't sue me.

Or sew me. Or sow me for that matter.

Where's my coat?

Three UK: We're sending you this SMS to warn you not to pay attention to unsolicited texts

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Re: Great way to generate a list....

I want a plugin that does that to emails too. (active ones, I don't mind ones I have to read and manually


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


Holiday season

It's just nipped off for a quick trip to the Costa-Brava, after getting a really good last-minute deal.

One does not simply repurpose an entire internet constellation for sat-nav, but UK might have a go anyway



Doesn't £93M buy you quite a bit of a sabre test-programme? Or am I hopelessly optimistic and mis-remembering my numbers.

Huawei going to predict the future? Nope, say company leaders when asked about Joe Biden winning US election


Re: Are some commenters using a Trump dictionary?

It must be Monday. Some people allegedly can't get the hang of Mondays.

Russia lifts restrictions on Telegram messenger app after it expresses ‘readiness’ to stop some nasties


Jasper Carrot?

Was it just me?

When I looked at that photo, I asked myself, what's an old picture of Jasper Carrot doing on a piece about Russia?

Quick Q: Er, why is the Moon emitting carbon? And does this mean it wasn't formed from Theia hitting Earth?


Not micro-meteoriods

Macro-meteoroids? Late-stage bombardment comets (spot the craters)? Recently demised spacecraft?

10^4/cm2 /s isn't exactly masses... 44.5e6km2 per moon, so that's 44.5e20 / moon, or 0.0089g/s.

also known as 2800kg/year. OK, so maybe not the Apollo missions.

I vaguely remember we get C14 from nitrogen + cosmic rays... anyone know what solar wind / cosmic rays does to rock-stuff?

What do you call megabucks Microsoft? No really, it's not a joke. El Reg needs you



Or maybe Extinguish$oft?

QUIC, dig in: Microsoft open-sources MsQuic, its implementation of Google-spawned TCP-killer QUIC


the good thing about standards

is there are so many to choose from,

- Andrew S. Tanenbaum

What does MS add to the standard other than 2 letters and maybe a (TM)?

I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Light-powered nanocardboard robots dancing in the Martian sky searching for alien life


Re: "third of a milligram"

Comparison... nRF24 radio chip loved by some Arduino users (without PCB, antenna, etc) is apparently 4mmx4mmx0.95mm... assuming the density is identical to Si and I can do the maths, then it weighs 35mg.

Google pre-pandemic: User-Agent strings are so 1990s. Time for a total makeover. Google mid-pandemic: Ah, we'll reschedule to 2021


Re: programmatic ad systems rely on browser fingerprinting to fight ad fraud

I don't know how much it actually protects anyone, but you can pretend to be a good citizen and report the address at https://www.abuseipdb.com [other blacklists exist]

If they're script kiddies from China, there may be a chance they'll actually loose some social credibility or whatever the term is for pretending to be imperialistic money grabbers.


Re: Feature detection is already possible

Alternate suggestion:

some reputable site(TM) like canIuse, or even W3C defines a (yikes, horror!) BITMAP of features for each relevant feature of the different standards.

Then the your new broswer CrystalBall sends "HTML3.14 CSS2 CSS4=#ffff7ffffffffffffff0" meaning that it can do everything in HTML3.14 all of CSS2 and most of CSS4 including the new 'rotate the user in hyperspace' functions, but that echo location and all mouse actions except squeek have been disabled (the cat is currently pinning it down).

Browser makers can then say 'supports CSS4 to all 256bits!'

It's 2020 and hackers are still hijacking Windows PCs by exploiting font parser security holes. No patch, either


Re: Aaaaaah, yes. Another security hole in Windows.

The electron, having been looked at, is no susceptible to further interrogation because someone went and observed the thing rather than locking it down and putting it in quarantine, and now there's a lot of uncertainty about were it is or how fast it's going.

NASA to launch 247 petabytes of data into AWS – but forgot about eye-watering cloudy egress costs before lift-off


Re: Public Dataset?

"we will cover the costs of storage and data transfer for a period of two years," sayeth the small print.

Hopefully someone asks: What happens after two years?

More than a billion hopelessly vulnerable Android gizmos in the wild that no longer receive security updates – research


Re: Differentiation

I chose my moto because my last moto ran lineage and unlike certain other mfrs motorola still have an unlock-code server. Hopefully they will in a few years when I need to swap... Does that count??

Android users, if you could pause your COVID-19 panic buying for one minute to install these critical security fixes, that would be great


Re: Wider than that

Very happy with my motorola 1 so far, and hopefully they'll still allow unlocking when the support

runs out so I can swap to lineage or whatever.

Microsoft uses its expertise in malware to help with fileless attack detection on Linux


Fixed it for them

# strings < /proc/kcore | fgrep -f bad_strings.txt

Get in the C: Raspberry Pi 4 can handle a wider range of USB adapters thanks to revised design's silent arrival


Re: Power to the Pi-ple

would love it if they could replace the Pi's USB power input with either a pair of screw terminals or a plain old DC barrel jack. Hell, even a separate pair of 2.54 mm header pins would be a huge improvement!

I just applied the trusty soldering iron to my to my pi0...

Yo, Imma let you finish, but for the 6,000 people still using that app on a daily basis ... we have a question: why?


Re: Wassup!


You spoke, we didn't listen: Ubiquiti says UniFi routers will beam performance data back to mothership automatically


IP addr, location, timestamp, hosts visited

provided they really don't collect personally identifiable data

They claim to record location data, IP address, and websites visited.

Article 4 (1): 'personal data’ means any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person (‘data subject’); an identifiable natural person is one who can be identified, directly or indirectly, in particular by reference to an identifier such as a name, an identification number, location data, an online identifier or to one or more factors specific to the physical, physiological, genetic, mental, economic, cultural or social identity of that natural person;

It might depend on the time-windows for their anonymisation data. If it's once / year, they're probably OK, but the data is useless. If it's once / minute, then even in a corporate settings, if I'm in the only one on the wifi network, late at night, say, they are collecting personal data about me in near real-time.



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