* Posts by K

1560 posts • joined 5 Apr 2007

GitLab U-turns on deleting dormant projects after backlash


Re: Neat, must remember to put bugs into code so it has to be continuously revised

Unfortunately code that doesn't get updated gets seen as abandon ware, even if it's feature complete and has no known bugs.. Its part of the throw away culture.

Calls for bans on Chinese CCTV makers Hikvision, Dahua expand


Re: I've got zero faith in anything gov.uk says anymore...

Thats exactly what is it...

Shits not going so well at home, so they shout "squirrel". Sometimes, I'm ashamed to be British, cause so many of us fall for it, even the people who be considered the brightest!


I've got zero faith in anything gov.uk says anymore...

Several days ago a report was published called for the banning of facial recognition and biometric profiling...

Yet, all these self-sanctimonious assholes sat in Westminster, who are meant to be dealing with our own problems, they spew this bullshit, and completely ignore the fact that the same shit is now happening in this country.

MP's I suspect this site above your IQ level (quite an achievement), but if you read this... stop looking abroad for amusement, I assure, we have enough issues in the UK to do that... Now ask the Civil Service to give you dumbed down version of events, and do what your paid for!

We've only gone and got our hands on an early preview of Fleet, the forthcoming JetBrains IDE


Re: Command Palette? Argh!

Got to agree here.. I use VSCode as a general text editor, Python IDE, Docker IDE and K8S IDE... and I rarely ever use the command palette, it's like look for a needle in a haystack... I'd rather have a yucky tabbed ribbon bar, than I can at least put short cuts in...

And whilst hot keys are great... They also suck when you have large volumes of them!

VMware waiting for Tanzu take-off, tops guidance as customers kick tyres


The problem is...

They're getting little interest directly from DevOps teams, they will also lean to GCP and AWS as they have control over the core environment, no pesky IT, Network or Server teams to answer, and outside of that, general IT teams are yet to discover Kubernetes (it's CNCF own fault, they market it as "For Devs").

VMWare may find a small market amongst small shops and hobbyists with their community edition, but they are competing with Rancher, who pretty much own that.

VMWare could do something drastic, like give some of that NSX and security to Open Source, along with with good management tools.

That'll increase their street cred and live-in, as L3 network security is notoriously time consuming, difficult and hard to implement in K8S.. tools for these seem to keep getting hoovered up by PA and Cisco et al - I'm just waiting for them to buy Calico and Cilium, that will effectively drain the OSS offerings.

Microsoft previews Visual Studio 2022 for Mac, but why bother when VS Code runs just fine on Apple hardware?


Missed opportunity

One of the reasons I dumped Visual Studio was lack on Python support on MacOS, looks like they missed that boat again, oh well... Maybe VS 2030 will have it

VMware to kill SD cards and USB drives as vSphere boot options


Does my head in... I've used USB to boot dozens of ESXi for 10+ years... I've never had a single problem. I even have 5 at home running ESXi 7 with zero issues!

Rather dictating they should simply ask, and suggest it has limited support. This all stems from "Two customers had problems, so we're going to screw you all over."

I may look to see if PXE is feasible... I ain't wasting any more money on storage.

Metro Bank techies placed at risk of redundancy, severance terms criticised


Re: Industry standard redundancy terms?

I know several places this has happened... One place let go most of their network team, cause they were acquired and thought the parent company would let their network team take over - they were forced them back in ad contractors.. within a couple of months those folk went from driving banged-uo VW Golfs tand Focus's to top of the range shiny Aldo's and BMW.

What goes around comes around.

First RISC-V computer chip lands at the European Processor Initiative


Re: Typical EU

Yay, tin foil hat time.

Brexiteers are like that crazy ex-girlfriend, who dumped you and then stalks you, cause if she can't move on, then you can't either.

UK.gov is launching an anti-Facebook encryption push. Don't think of the children: Think of the nuances and edge cases instead


The more they assault it...

The more people will want it!

Government is missing 1 key thing here, people are sick of all the privacy scandals, being tracked and where X has been hacked and data leaked .. it's not only private or commercial website, it government as well...

So let them keep making it high profile, cause in the end, all they're is raising awareness - and as the famous saying goes, there is no such thing as bad publicity.

Great reset? More like Fake Reset: Leaders need a reality check if they think their best staff will give up hybrid work


Re: Going on-site has certainly been made redundant in IT

I work for a large international company, and this question often comes up...

Not only would they lose all the expertise that has taken then years to build-up (at great expense), this would also massively impact their reputation.

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


Honestly - His parents or carers should be held partially accountable for this. Instead, they buy a PC or laptop for the little shit(s), and as long as they're not seen or making a nuisance, everything is good - I see this all the time!

Teaching kids right from wrong, it's part of the price for dipping the wick!

Digital delinquent deletes developer's database during disastrous Docker deployment, defaults damned


It's an interesting point..

As a deciple of the BoFH philosophy, I can't believe I'm about to admit to knowing this, it makes me physically queesy:

This only happens if you actually forward the database port... If both DB and Frontend are containerised, then there is zero need to do that..

So it's not a fault of docker, more a poorly configured container...

The M in M1 is for moans: How do you turn a new MacBook Pro into a desktop workhorse?


Thanks... but no thanks..

I'd rather stick with a CalDigit, its the same price but far more capable.... When that goes bang, I saw another dock with a built-in 10GbE, that will do nicely :P

Help wanted, work from anywhere ... except if you're located in Colorado


Be aware of those who don't share!

Years ago when I got made rendundant and ended up moving to London, I quickly learnt

1) When recruiters says salary is not set yet, it means the company has not set aside budget - there is no position, they are using you to reaserch the market, so walk away.

2) When you are told, salary is "flexible", it means they are offering below market rate, so walk away.

3) When companies do play games like this, it often originates from their "culture", i.e. if they are shitty to potential recruits, they will be shitty to those working there..

I only have 1 rule when talking with a company - An interview is a 2 way street, I'm also evaluating them.. so they best be prepared to disclose projects, salaries and benefits on the first call.

Users wail over neverending queue: Nope, not the supermarket. GitHub Actions is having a workflow wobble



I only just started playing with these on the 1st ... what a strange coincidence.

Flagship Chinese chipmaker collapses before it makes a single chip or opens a factory


Re: Wow, flame bait.

>> I'm struggling thinking real people would actually believe the CCP is amazing. These threads must be started by torolls. The US, Japan, Korea, are democracies, for a little bit longer hopefully anyway.

Not the case - I'm 40 and from the UK, I've been posting on El Reg for almost 20 years (You can check my history), thats a hell of a long time to be a troll.

The CCCP is not "amazing", neither is China. But then again, it's also not "dastardly evil", it's just different... a different political system, different ethics, different motivators.

In the past 5 years, I've seen the West turn China into the Bogeyman of the 21st century.. It drives me nuts that it doesn't concern others like yourself, I see politicians sleep-walking us back to the 1960-80's and living in a shitty world with another cold war... thanks, but no thanks..

I'd rather voice my opinion and call bullshit where I see it.


Re: More to this than meets the eye

> No idea why people repeat CCP propaganda about China being brilliant and will overcome sanctions.

First off, there are no "sanctions" on China, you may be confusing them with Iran or Russia, or the fact there are export restrictions to some Chinese "entities". Given 50%+ of the tech in your home is either built in China, or has significant components that are built-in China.. No western government would dare for fear of pissing off their voters, since they can't get the latest and great iPhone.

Second, I take it you've never been to China? Over the past 30 years, they've gone from a third-world back-water, to challenging the US for "biggest economy".. They've effectively done what the USSR could not.. So even if the CCCP are pumping smug "we're frikkin awesome", they may have a point.

Third, you are assuming Chinese citizens want a "western way of life", sure some Chinese want "freedom of expression", but most don't give a shit, what they want is a comfortable life - Which the CCCP has delivered in droves (as mentioned in point #2)... As far as they are concerned, this is a golden-age. So why would they want to over throw?

I agree with the part about steeling and copycatting, but to be honest, thats a problem of western making - China had no concept of "owning an idea". Every company that outsourced to China is part of that problem, they saw an opportunity to improve their margins and offload costs associated with manufacturing. it was extremely shortsighted (hindsight is a wonderful thing) and now our own capacity is minuscule and the West is reliant upon them... But likewise, they are reliant upon us to buy their products....

Welcome to Globalisation!


Re: More to this than meets the eye

@CheesyTheClown You've nailed the hell out of that ... 100% spot-on.

Trump was a shorted-sighted moron, by stripping away Chinese access to US licensed tech, they'll simply roll their own - The only loser here is the US, including current and future income from licensing, the political capital and bargaining power it offered.

Protectionism will work in the short-term, but once China has established manufacturing, selling kit for 30-40% the cost that Western companies offer it for, over time more and more $$$ will be heading east, rather than west..

Don't get me wrong, competition between companies is a good thing ... But competition between countries is dangerous, collaboration is far more productive and beneficial. Also much of this is China's very own doing, and they do have a "victim complex"..

Pressure builds on Nominet as members demand to know leadership's contingency plans for when they’re fired


Does anybody know if there is a government regular who has oversight of Nominet?

At an outsider, it seems they're operating against the principles of a non-profit NGO.. I'm the last person to call for government intervention... but f*ck me, somebody please call OFCOM.

helloSystem: Pre-alpha FreeBSD project chases simplicity and elegance by taking cues from macOS


Re: Further simplicity and ease of use...

There is some merit, but I'd 100% be against this, purely for philosophical reasons.

The "woke" brigade on Reddit and elsewhere deem the usage of "GIMP", "gimp" and "gimped" to be extremely offensive, and should never be used under any circumstances. I refuse to give any ammo that those sanctimonious-vegan-hippies can proclaim as "success" to prove their righteousness.

I will obviously now crawl back into my cesspit, until the next opportunity arises!

Former NCSC chief says US sanctions made Britain strip Huawei from mobe networks


> As opposed to the traditional: turn up, rename the place, take all the stuff, kill the locals model ?

No - As opposed to "Here is a few hundred million", spend it wisely... Then only £500k makes it way to the intended use, as there are 20 middle-men skimming a few million each to cover "handling and administration costs.

Foreign Aid into places like Africa is a huge profitable business... Why do you think after the hundreds of billions the West has ploughed into Africa (via Foreign Aid and Charity) had done so little - Yet the few countries that have managed to stamp out most of the corruption, now have semi-decent economies.



I travelled around parts of the middle-east and south-east Asia over the past few years, and the Chinese were operating huge infrastructure everywhere I went, 2 particularly stood of note, a huge land-reclamation project in Sri Lanka, and also a massive extension of the airport in the Maldives (I can't wait to head back there).

The Chinese are extremely shrewd when it comes to these types of projects, rather than giving money, they provide the plans, materials and man-power - Which feeds backs into the Chinese economy, whilst leaving those countries in-debt to the CCCP... Honestly, the UK and the West in general, should learn from this model. It might not generate as many local-jobs, but at least we can control exactly how money is spent and reduce fraud.

It will be interesting to see how the Chinese try to apply influence in these type of locations in the coming years.

Give 'em SSPL, says Elastic. No thanks, say critics: 'Doubling down on open' not open at all


RE: Sorry but, bollocks.

Frikkin Amen... lets give a "hallelujah" for brother A/C....

I mainly consider AWS the culprit, they profit the most and do the least - what an age we live in, Microsoft does more for Open Source!

Either way, all the cloud-providers are making-bank off the time, sweat and overtime of others. The companies such as Elastic who develop open-source products need support, whether this is the contribution of developers, financial donations, or purchase of commercial-support... or perhaps something else.

Between 2017-19, I worked for a huge AWS client and had access to their devs. They do occasionally feed fixes back into projects, but it's done extremely low-key, there is pressure with-in to keep distance between AWS's brand and their "SaaS" offering, and the open-source products that power them. They also have a reputation for using JIT-forking, i.e. they'd rather see the main product developer go to the wall, they then fork, and offer a modicum of support.

How good are you at scoring security vulnerabilities, really? Boffins seek infosec pros to take rating skill survey


Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) is a useful tool

Its useful ... But it is extremely subjective.

For example, consider a dangerous exploit in RDP that impacts Windows 10:

1) A corporate IT team would would rate it high.

2) A SaaS service IT team, would shrug and rate it low-medium

3) A Russian IT team, would rate it as vokda or even champagne .

Lenovo ThinkPad Carbon X1 Gen 8: No boundaries were pushed in the making of this laptop – and that's OK


Awesome machines

That is... Until the end-user team, deploy an image with so many endpoint agents that they run like an Atom!

Larry Ellison says he's not following Oracle to Texas, prefers his private Hawaii pad


Re: Austin, of course

Reads like part of the new-reporting in CyberPunk 2077, Texas is a republic at war with the rest of the US..

Overpriced, underpowered, and over here: Microsoft to bring the Surface Duo to British shores in early 2021


Re: Uncle Microsoft,

Nothing wrong with double denim... Kevin Bacon pulls it off spectacularly!

Cops raid home of ousted data scientist who created her own Florida COVID-19 dashboard


Re: This isn't about Trump

Its generally this way the world over at the moment, I sum it up in 3 words:

Preach - About about how everybody is hard-done by, and its not their personal responsibility

Point - The finger at somebody convenient, who can be target easily

Promise - To make naughty and nasty targets pay

Uncle Sam throws Huawei CFO a bone in her extradition fight, but deal will require an admission of wrongdoing


"was controlled by a consortium of rather nasty characters"

I'm all for a bit of politician bashing etc - But I find this rhetoric rather unbecoming of El Reg.

Whilst Iran might not be the nicest place on earth, and they constantly want to "burn the west", most countries in the Middle East have far more distasteful governments and draconian policies (SA for example)...

Dell's UK tentacle was in rude health just as world plunged headlong into a pandemic


"settled in full" via a distribution of capital to the mothership

AKA ... Funny Money!

NEC to sell the accelerator cards it puts into supercomputers – for about $11,000 a pop


Re: Pi??

Most stupid and funny comment of the day... take my upvote

I work therefore I ache: Logitech aims to ease WFH pains with Ergo M575 trackball mouse



Un*x admins don't use Mice ... only command line, VIM or Emacs.

KDE maintainers speak on why it is worth looking beyond GNOME


Re: The "Problem" with Linux

To be fair, I do shop their periodically and their reputation for cheap and awful in completely wrong.. Also their "random stuff" always has some excellent stuff.


Re: The "Problem" with Linux

> Help train Google's machine-learning algos

That a very interesting observation, KDE to me if a far more powerful and customisable, which often comes at the price of speed - Gnome on the other hand, feels like the Lidl equivalent of MacOS.

Adiós Arecibo Observatory: America's largest radio telescope faces explosive end after over 50 years of service


This is it... Global invasion, our lizard overlords are coming

As shown in all those recent factually accurate documentaries, such as Independence Day and Skyline, it will begin with attacks on obscure, yet critical infrastructure.

All kneel before their omnipotent power.

NCSC's London HQ was chosen because GCHQ spies panicked at the prospect of grubby Shoreditch offices


being assigned to Canary Wharf

WTF? My wife's agency got shifted from Victoria to Canary Wharf last year, as it was "Too expensive".

Talk about double frikkin standards..

UK West Midlands town finds five-year HR system deal is only offer on the table in pandemic-stricken procurement



Councils rarely understand the commercial world, and the few employees who do, are not in positions that participate in the "negotiations"... instead, they rely upon bureaucracy to get things done - Which is the exact weakness a commercial supplier will "exploit".

It would be a changed world if these morons were held to the same standards as commercial entities, and legally accountable for the taxpayer's money they waste..

BOFH: You might want to sit down for this. Oh, right, you can't. Listen carefully: THIS IS NOT AN IT PROBLEM!


Re: I'm fondly remembering the time years ago

Yep.... Best one I had was from the MD: can you order some air freshener for the toilets (Admittedly I was the last in there, and it smelled like a corpse had shat itself).

The good ole days.. These days it feels like I'm a frickin post-office, organising delivery of shit to people working from home.

Apple cracks down on iOS terminal apps because they can download code


What's your point?

Virtually all Apple products are designed for "consumers", this is clear from the fact, they don't offer a suite of remote management tools (Which is a missed revenue oportunity), and every new release seems to focus on individual security, and tighten/reduce the ability to manage them in a corporate environment.

As an IT Manager, I initially refused to allow Mac's on the network because of this. But times are changing and we have to adapt. Companies are competing for "Talent" and one of the enticements for attracting talent is to give the new employee the choice of devices, i.e. Android or Apple phone and Windows Ultrabook or Macbook Pro computer.

I will say this, I've recently experienced this from an end-user perspective. I started a new role as a NetSec Manager, and was issued a top-end Lenovo Laptop (i7, 32GB RAM etc). But the base-image had been loaded up with 15+ different agents that made it unusable (CPU averaging 52% utilisation, fans blaring).

Then they offered me a Macbook Pro - Which I'm ashamed to say, runs like a dream, simply because the ability to "lock it down" is extremely limited even with JAMF, and the number of agents available for it, is also limited. Personally, I'd preferred a Linux based laptop, but I'll stick with this for now.

To be fair to my employer, the user-device team recognise things are out of control, and they are trying to strip it back to basics..


> Or it's all about revenue and the "reliability" thing is your anti-trust defence.

Predominantly the latter, and whilst I despise Apple's model, you can't deny this "choke-hold" has ensured the iPhone remains relatively secure, especially when compared to the thousands of malware/adware/harvester apps that have appeared Google's Play Store.

Japanese eggheads strap AI-powered backpacks to seagulls


IF <something> THEN <do> ELSE <not>

Call me a skeptic.. But checking the values of GPS, altimeter and accelerometer hardly constitute AI..

AMD claims high-end Big Navi Radeon GPUs leave Nvidia's ray-tracing cards in the dust


Just when I was thinking, lots of amazing new games coming along (CyberPunk, Mass Effect Remastered), so time for a CPU and GPU upgrade - But jeez, those power figures scare the crap out of me.

I run a small home-lab with 5 i7 based ESXi servers, and 2 NAS boxes with 12 drives between.. and total they draw less than that the requirements for just 1 of them cards!

Brit accused of spying on 772 people via webcam CCTV software tells court he'd end his life if extradited to US


Re: Team America: World Police

All victims count, but typically a law is broken in the jurisdiction where the instigator is located, obviously online crimes murky this somewhat, but he is a UK citizen, and should answer for his crimes in the UK. His victims can still give evidence and see justice done - I do wonder if the UK is such as pushover, just to get rid of the problem and associated costs!

My issue with the US's use of extradition is they try to apply their laws internationally, I recall a few years ago, they went after European (aka offshore) based gambling websites, as US citizens were placing bets on them - How is that the website operators problem?

Palo Alto Networks threatens to sue security startup for comparison review, says it breaks software EULA


Boot was on the other foot not long ago..

When Juniper were threatening PA... Shows how short term memory they have!

Ed Snowden doesn’t need to worry about being turfed out of Russia any more


Re: Life in Russia

You've just made me have a "bathroom thought", what the hell did the Gypsy traveller community do in the initial lockdown?

Technically speaking, their homes are on wheels and mobile, so as long as they stayed home, could they still travel round.

Like a good defragging? The latest Dev Channel Windows 10 might be for you


Do M$ even have in-house testers these days?

I'd be quite surprised, after all, why pay professional testers - When customers will do it for free, and even pay for the privilege.

All it took was a global pandemic confining millions to their homes to remind businesses how much they appreciate the IT crowd


To remind businesses how much they appreciate the IT crowd

I'll believe that when:

1) The mantra of "You know IT's done a good job, cause nobody hears about it" finally dies

2) They start giving annual 20-40% pay rises

Former antivirus baron John McAfee collared, faces extradition to America on tax evasion, securities allegations


John McAfee

The legend that keeps giving, the saga that never ends...

I might be a moron, but he's kind of my silicon valley anti-hero...


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