* Posts by nagyeger

206 posts • joined 2 Feb 2008


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.

Take DOS, stir in some Netware, add a bit of Windows and... it's ALIIIIVE!



And for real responsiveness, did you also make a 16kb ramdisk in upper memory and put copies of all your favourite .bat files into it? I know I did. People were shocked when I could just type one command and 'immediately' I'd be in the right working directory and the program would be starting up.

LastPass stores passwords so securely, not even its users can access them


Re: KeePass

I'm not sure if this affects everything that uses the paste-buffer, it probably does, but beware the clipboard manager.

xfce4-clipman, for one instance, holds onto paste-buffer history, so if you've got that running then you'll want to wipe history from there, too.


Re: KeePass

keepassxc (not sure about other keepassen) can merge database files if you e.g. sync them between devices with git and there's an edit conflict.

It's got a command-line version of the merge tool too, if that fits your use-case.

Caveat: It's only a 2 way merge; I think it relies on timestamps in the records to pick the latest version.

H0LiCOW: Cosmoboffins still have no idea why universe seems to be expanding more rapidly than expected



The outer-reaches of space-time and denizens thereof (quarks, leptons, photons etc) have heard a rumour that humanity, (including goolge, faecebok, etc) might be coming, and are very sensibly running away. It's too late for any near-by, they're already doomed.

Hash snag: Security shamans shame SHA-1 standard, confirm crucial collisions citing circa $45k chip cost


File length and Multiple hashes??

Back when MD5 was first getting broken, it was reported that MD5 + file-length was much more secure (for a given value of 'much more'). But most implementations of hashes are still not bothering to record file size. It seems like a no-brainer to spend a few extra bytes to include the file size in any checksum output. I mean, in terms of data integrity, if the checksum file / metadata says it ought to be 32GB and it's actually 10kB, then I don't care what the SHA1 of the thing is, it's not the original file, stop wasting my CPU cycles.

I'd also think, not being a crypto-maths geek, that unless there are some underlying mathematical similarities I'm not aware of, identical file size plus SHA1 plus MD5 is going to make deliberate collisions much much harder.

What if everyone just said 'Nah' to tracking?


Re: We see that you're using an ad blocker

Doesn't PaleMoon qualify?

Vivaldi opens up an exciting new front in the browser wars, seeks to get around blocking with cunning code


Re: A Ubiquitous Weapon for Mass Distraction and Destruction and Disruptive Creation?

Isn't debating with amanfrommars almost as much a sign of madness as trying to extract meaning from it's high-faluting algorithm?

Open-source Windows Terminal does the splits: There ain't no party like a multi-pane party


Re: Hello Microsoft!

15? Make that 25+! I had virtual workspaces with fvwm in the mid-nineties. (when RAM was about 100quid per megabyte).

Pet peeve: Why do all X11 window managers default with click to focus these days? Don't they

know the one-true system is focus follows mouse? (Focus follows eyes being a pain when you're looking out of the physical window).

Beardy biologist's withering takedown of creationism fetches $564,500 at auction


Re: Darwin, top bloke.

what are they doing with their child rearing hours every day.

Reading / sniggering at the comments on El reg, of course.


Re: Darwin is still a very naughty boy ...

I once read/heard somewhere [citation needed], that fundamentalism is a social phenomenon that only crops up when the consensus shifts and the more traditionalist part of any population finds itself under attack for still holding their cherished, 'obvious' and previously-considered-moderate views. They react with dismay, and seeing the 'obvious errors' in the reformer's views and the unfairness of the accusations against them, they publicly adopt a more extreme / shouty position to try to get their voice heard. I.e. it's a defence mechanism, and shouting at them / belittling them just convinces them that they're a threatened minority and guardians of the truth.

By failing to listen to their just grievances with the status quo, you feed conspiracy theories and convince them that the other side are distorting the truth.

Scientists (justly!) get all upset when famous people (often actors or worse, philosophers..) speak rubbish about the deep quantum physics behind crystals/homeopathy/ley-lines/torturing cats or when someone with a total misunderstanding of say, speciation talks about how it can't work.

But for some reason some famous scientists think it's perfectly acceptable to go on prime-time TV/Radio slots to pontificate out of their rectal regions on theological issues with all the understanding of an attention-deficit 4 year old. And because they're famous scientists and the presenters are true-believers in the cult of the scientist, they're not challenged, and the conspiracy theorists jump up and down and say "See, see! All scientists are out to destroy truth, you can't trust them."

Which makes it really hard to sit down and have a rational discussion with people about how that particular scientist can be dumb and stupid when it comes to talking pseudo-theology, but actually does have some God-given evidence to back up his ideas about how God made this universe he put us in; or about how their preacher might be excellent when it comes to applying Scripture to modern life, but he's falling into the trap of deism when he starts promoting the pseudo-science known as intelligent design, that the awesome transcendent God is bigger than that, and anyway screaming "blasphemer!" might feel good in the pride department but, it is not obeying the command to put to death pride, malice, etc. and nor is it being all things to all people to save some.

'Peregrine falcon'-style drone swarms could help defend UK against Gatwick copycat attacks


Re: Peregrine falcon drones

Have an upvote for the link. Somehow I missed that video.

Reaction Engines' precooler tech demo chills 1,000°C air in less than 1/20th of a second


Re: Here We Go...

Would you settle for a drink "almost, but not quite, entirely unlike tea"?


Not permanently, not even if you offered me a gold bar wrapped in a slice of lemon to go with it.

Sod 3G, that can go, but don't rush to turn off 2G, UK still needs it – report


3g phones still available

There are still a lot of smartphones on sale around here that are 3G only, 2year warantee. I'd missed the end of 3G was getting near, but I expect there's going to be a whole heap of angry customers if they really pull the plug on 3G next year.

And then there are the phones that advertise 4G, but when you look at the specs are only FDD or only TDD, and the networks don't say what they actually offer....

Three UK goes TITSUP*: Down and out for 10 hours and counting


Re: Gah

osmand, for instance.

Other offline apps are available, may have a better UI, may not be so annoyingly full of options.


your qualification when you can go straight to the right sub-sub-menu on osmand

Father of Unix Ken Thompson checkmated: Old eight-char password is finally cracked



and easily swapped out with a stronger algorithm.

Pardon? Easily? I remember it as a major headache back when I was doing it in the early 90s.

But maybe you're thinking of when people started trusting this modern shared library malarkey and blithely accepting the risk of taking out every method of logging into the machine just because of a transient data error on your SCSI bus, rather than doing it the traditional way of using static linking for anything that was recovery-critical.

Boris Brexit bluff binds .eu domains to time-bending itinerary


Re: Out of curiosity ...

hosting provider time4vps used to use a .eu address, (I guess in case people couldn't remember if

-- urm their base, urm, Latvia? Lituania? -- is in the EU or not). Now that redirects to .com, presumably because it means they want to be a global brand

The mod firing squad: Stack Exchange embroiled in 'he said, she said, they said' row


Re: Is this just an English thing ?

Thee/thou/thy were always the formal version of you/your.. and were dropped when such formality went out of style

I've always heard it completely the opposite. The use of the plural 'you' for singular was the formal, like in French tu/vous; thee, thou were the intimate form, for use in the home. Use of the intimate form inappropriately could cause grave offence, denying them their power-trip, so you became the normal form. The biblical usage of thee/thou for God made people who were missing the theological point - yes, God knows your innermost thoughts, don't think he's distant - think it must be formal. The quakers insisted on thee/thou much longer than most people because they were insisting on the equality of humanity and suchlike issues.

The D in Systemd is for Directories: Poettering says his creation will phone /home in future


I must be an edge case

I guess I'm an edge case:

1) I want my laptop to actually boot up with working wifi (thanks so much NotworkManager, for breaking this yet again), so I can ssh into it.

2) I want my laptop to boot up with properly mounted user directories so that that cron processes can run.

3) I want my laptop to display all those debug messages while it's booting, so I can SEE why it's taking longer than normal.

4) I don't expect init to ever cause a SEGV and kernel panic (every other time I log out of X, some days)

5) I want to be able to run stuff on another computer and have the results on my display, like, urm, X11

6) 'logfile corrupted, deleting' messages fill me with an inner state of horror, not the rosy glow of 'at least it saved me (maybe) 500ms at boot time'

David (the luddite)

P.S Poettering, have you heard of pam-mount? I know you didn't write it, but it lets you mount user partitions as people log in, using their password as a LUKS key. It's been around for at least a decade and a half.

Belgian F-16 pilot rescued from power line after emergency ejection


Re: Pilot now shorter and one chance left

Especially useful near the ground. Wasn't there some plane / design once that did sideways ejection?



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