* Posts by Edwin

508 posts • joined 12 Apr 2007


I got 99 problems, and all of them are your fault


Re: Rudest, Dumbest - same thing no?

That puts of in mind of the company I ran local support for in the late 90s... We had a number of cases where users called up after a tech support visit to complain that their files were gone or their email didn't work. A reboot usually fixed the problem, but it wasn't until someone complained that their password didn't work that the penny finally dropped.

As users didn't have admin rights, anything more complicated than a printer install required the support team to log into the machine using their own credentials. Best practice was to reboot the machine after the work was done and remove your own username from the login prompt before handing over to the user, but it turned out one of my team regularly skipped that last bit and left the machine logged in with his own credentials. We had more than one savvy user obtain admin rights that way, too...

Ever wonder how a pentest turns into felony charges? Coalfire duo explain Iowa courthouse arrest debacle



Sounds like the contract was not very good and the testers blindly accepted a scope change without confirmation in writing.

Not to say the various officials weren't being deliberately disagreeable, but I think this is a case of less commercial naiveté and not more legislation...

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


Re: Why wouldn't Tim Berners-Lee have 17 years experience designing websites?

I think I did my first commercial website around 1995 or 1996. If you do the math, the candidate was pretty young when they claimed to start building websites, they probably used notepad or hotdog to code the HTML and upload it to the ISP or perhaps used something like Geocities (founded 1994).

As to ignorance of Tim's existence - I'm not surprised, really. The early days of the web were pretty fragmented, so as long as you could find your way to the TUCOWS website, you could do a *lot* on the web without knowing anything about it.

It looks like you want a storage appliance for your data centre. Maybe you'd prefer a smart card reader?


Re: Tiger Direct?

Indeed. Once and never, ever again.

Real-time tragedy: Dumb deletion leaves librarian red-faced and fails to nix teenage kicks on the school network


Re: My uni had similar rules :)

Your comment doesn't conflict with the 'true admins are the banes...' comment.

A true admin differentiates between users that know what they're doing (and are therefore allowed to game) and users that don't (and are therefore not allowed to game).

To the uninitiated, that differentiation could be viewed as somewhat arbitrary, of course ;)


My uni had similar rules :)

Of course, there the admins were more knowledgeable, so they had a boot floppy that would wipe a disk and initiate a fresh install from the network. The process took about 20 seconds after boot to start and half an hour to complete. If you were caught gaming, they would lean over your shoulder, insert the floppy, hit 'reset', wait the 20 seconds or so and then reclaim the floppy.

In later years, the machines could be booted from the network and wiped without the benefit of a floppy.

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Re: Congratulations

Whaddyamean, lack of bandwidth? A pigeon can carry tons of data over reasonable distances quite quickly. Latency, OTOH...


well done

I seem to remember you've done this before though. Somewhere in the distant past?

A Notepad nightmare leaves sysadmin with something totally unprintable


Re: That triggered a memory...

Doh! Have sentenced myself to watch a four hour queue of Weird Al's Word Crimes for my sins. The first clip is already cued.


Re: That triggered a memory...

...of a usenet post I once read that went something like:

"I'm a computer nerd and do tech support for all my friends and family, but I've never installed Windows. How do you get Windows95 onto the hard disk if there's no operating system?"

Queue vast quantities of righteous derision - everyone has to learn sometime, but this particular user chose his words rather poorly...

(nb: this was before bootable CD-ROMs, when you had to make a bootable floppy with CD ROM drivers. Or install Win95 from floppy disks)

Remember the big IBM 360 mainframe rescue job? For now, Brexit has ballsed it up – big iron restorers


Containerise it?

Could you not pack it up in a couple of standard shipping containers?

Might cost a little more, but if you can load it into containers, then the shipping is a doddle and you no longer need a lift.

Be still, our drinking hearts: Help Reg name whisky beast conjured by Swedish distillers and AI blendbot


Sven Turing

Just to make it a little more Swedish

There's fraud, and then there's backdoor routers, fenced logins, malware, and bribing AT&T staff seven figures to unlock 2m phones


One of the few cases

where I'm cheerfully saying "ha ha" at both the "victim" and the perp. 'Cause they're all criminals.

This is not the cloud you're looking for.... Oracle's JEDI mind tricks work as Trump forces $10bn IT project to drop out of warp


here's the thing...

This review may actually be a really good thing, but Trump's narcissism, favouritism and amateurism means that I will forever suspect his motives on anything.

So if this review is a good thing, I'm chalking it up to dumb luck.

Legal bombs fall on TurboTax maker Intuit for 'hiding' free service from search engines


Re: A lot of commies in here

Says a lot about either your tax system or your populace if most people aren't competent to file their own taxes...

I've lived in a couple of countries where the guvmint published its own tax software (or filing website). Quick and painless and free for everyone.

Requiring commercial parties to help people pay their taxes is not compatible with good government (e.g. ensuring the public understands the laws that apply to them)

Premiere Pro bug ate my videos! Bloke sues Adobe after greedy 'clean cache' wipes files


Re: Biz math

Yes, to everyone who said that the RAID rebuild stresses the components yada yada. We're talking about a one-man shop here who didn't have the sense to back up his data. He doesn't need enterprise grade data protection.

The question, ultimately, is "what is good enough"? In my case, wat I have is 'good enough' and it's a damn sight better than what most people have :(


Re: Biz math

NAS is primary storage and should be at least RAID 5, so unless your disks all fail truly at once, your primary storage should remain intact. In my experience, disk failures within warranty are handled pretty well by the vendors, so you should be able to restore your redundancy within a week. If you're truly paranoid, add a hot spare. Mixing disk types in a RAID array is something I've always been advised against, though never tried.

Then - on top of the NAS - you need a backup, preferably off-site in case your home or office catches fire or is burgled. In my case, the backup is the "old" NAS disks repurposed to back up ONLY the truly critical data via a USB/SATA adapter.

Ex-Microsoft manager sues former coworkers and Windows giant over claims of sex assault, gender discrimination


Re: Interesting post-employment ban

It'd be interesting to know how that works exactly. I know other companies have a requirement that - if you want to come back - your previous manager has to approve your return. Sounds like Microsoft just formalised the process in case your previous manager leaves.

It's not a bad idea per se (I can think of more than one colleague I'd not want back) but of course - as is alleged here - it's subject to abuse.

Planet Computers straps proper phone to its next Psion scion, Cosmo


Re: I still have

Me too. I also have my 9300i (darker shade of grey, features WiFi) and my E90. My E7, sadly, was stolen.

The fax feature was super handy when receiving the daily summary of new houses on the market from estate agents in teh early 2000s.

First Boeing 777 (aged 24) makes its last flight – to a museum


Re: Feeling old yet?

Huge improvement over what? I hate the standard configuration of most triple 7s - just one long cabin front-to-back on teh -200s and a bulkhead or perhaps some lavatories breaking up teh endless tunnel on the -300s.

The 747 is infinitely preferable as a long-haul aircraft - more space, more visual variety, etc.

Phased out: IT architect plugs hole in clean-freak admin's wiring design


Ah... the bypass switch

Yes. It's a very satisfying and impressive switch to throw.

For years, I have looked for an excuse to install something equally impressive (possibly with arc extinguishers?) at home, but not having much luck...

Well, well, well. Crime does pay: Ransomware creeps let off with community service


Re: Actually, this seems proportionate

Not sure I agree. A year is disproportionate but six weeks of community service plus perhaps 30 days behind bars would seem more appropriate.


Another case...

...of legislation lagging behind reality. Sigh.

Oh - and "notoriously difficult language"? No. The guttural aspects may be a bit challenging for english speakers, but Dutch itself isn't so hard. I would agree that the idiomatic aspects can be quite challenging though. IIRC, Dutch is unique in that it has something like 5000 swearwords, the majority of which are biological (including a rich selection of disease-related phrases)

Boss helped sysadmin take down horrible client with swift kick to the nether regions


Hang on!

The very best Simon, but before you go, I believe you still owe some of us northern hemisphere MAMILS a Vulture Velo shirt!

Wearable hybrids prove the bloated smartwatch is one of Silly Valley's biggest mistakes


Smart as a feature?

I think the Ticwatch will work for people who really want to add a smart device to their wrist, but many people already have one - think devices like Suunto, Polar, Garmin and Fitbit. These are showing increasing signs of smartness, adding smart features (and better looks) to a device that is already very capable in terms of hardware capabilities (HR and GPS sensors, touch screens, etc).

No, seriously, why are you holding your phone like that?


Re: Talk like an Egyptian

Nokia 9x10 anyone?

Did I say Chinese jobs? I meant American jobs says new Trump Tweet


Re: Art of the Deal

The only reason Trump wants to drain the swamp (preferably at taxpayer expense) is so that he can build a golf resort there.

Prez Donald Trump to save manufacturing jobs … in China, at ZTE


Re: It looks weird but then it's El Reg reporting so...

Yes, Apple must be delighted to be out of El Reg's crosshairs :)

I've got way too much cash, thinks Jeff Bezos. Hmmm, pay more tax? Pay staff more? Nah, let's just go into space


Scott Adams saw this coming 15 years ago...


'nuff said

Even Microsoft's lost interest in Windows Phone: Skype and Yammer apps killed



Bought a new phone just before MS announced the death of the platform. Wonder if MS will sponsor a replacement handset for me (and the other guy still on the platform)?

Teams is a pity as it's one of the better-functioning O365 apps on mobile, and means I can do ad-hoc chat with colleagues in a completely separate space from Whatsapp...

Huawei CEO sings 'Bye, bye, mister American Pai', trims US C-suite


Re: "Think of the children" or something

I find it very hard to understand the reasoning of the US government on these things, and with the current administration, I tend towards "playing silly buggers" conclusions. (nb: if you're reading this in the US, you may disagree, but it's probably fairly representative of how the rest of the world views the current US government)

The argument against protectionism here is that the US doesn't have a significant capability to build (mobile) networks in-house. Cisco has capabilities, but nothing like the big scandinavian players and the chinese. The remaining argument against this being genuinely about punishing ZTE and securing the US against chinese state influence on critical infrastructure is that it's just part of a trade war game, either bargaining with china or appearing tough for domestic purposes.

All told, I think this could be explained in many ways, and we may never know why...

'Uncarrier' T-Mobile US to un-carry $40m for bumpkin blower bunkum


Re: What's surprising ...

I beg to differ somewhat. Regulation is absolutely necessary, but the problem here isn't deregulation - it's in politics where (particularly in the US) corporations have so much sway that regulation has become twisted and complex to the point of being impossible to manage as politician after politician tries to right a perceived wrong while listening carefully to whoever is sponsoring their re-election campaign (or, in the case of Ajit Pai, their future employment) to ensure it's not righted "wrongly".

As soon as the electorate starts thinking with their head instead of responding blindly to whatever nonsense is being doled out by the likes of Cambridge Analytica and the Internet Research Agency, politics will start returning to government for the people rather than behaving like big business.

I'm not holding out much hope though...

Which? leads decrepit email service behind barn, single shot rings out over valley



Why not set it up as an email forwarding service for 12 months? Explain to people how to set up (insert favourite freemail provider here) accounts to automatically identify inbound email as having been sent to which.net so they can send a change of address notice. Perhaps a novel idea, but postal services have been doing this for decades...

GDPR requirements suddenly become much less onerous, the email service cost plummets and the punters get 12 months (rather than 2!) to migrate off the system.

I'll take a vulturecentral.com address also please.

User asked why CTRL-ALT-DEL restarted PC instead of opening apps


Re: Feeling Old...

I worked around that with a lot of batch file programming and a dozen or so different versions of CONFIG.SYS and AUTOEXEC.BAT that were swapped in and out depending on what it was I wanted to do. Games had their own copies, but there was also a set to back up the PC to my DittomaxPro and then reboot back into the default setup.

Good days...

We sent a vulture to find the relaunched Atari box – and all he got was this lousy baseball cap


Re: Have they the rights

I was thinking that that's all they have, but now you made me question even that ;)

Sysadmin held a rack of servers off the ground for 15 mins, crashed ISP when he put them down


Trumpet Winsock on Win95?

I remember using it on Windows 3.1, but thought Win95 had its own sockets?

Finland government buys a slice of Nokia


Re: Nationalisation by the back door?

And do party lines (in the telecommunications sense) even still exist?

It's Pi day: Care to stuff a brand new Raspberry one in your wallet?


Re: I use them...

Indeed. I use one to power the pi that runs my unifi server. Doesn't need a fan though - doesn't even get noticeably warm (unlike the 8/60W Ubiquiti switch that powers it...)

Sacked saleswoman told to pay Intel £45k after losing discrim case


Re: Representing yourself

Most companies would much rather settle than go to court. Court is public, and there's always the risk of precedent being set.

For Intel to take this to court suggests they knew up front they'd win, or perhaps she *really * pissed them off.

Wearables are now a two-horse race and Google lost very badly


Re: Why is Garmin

Had a fitbit, which was nice to count steps, but it's Suunto now. Very sports-centric, but all around useful enough for daily use also.

Boring. The phone business has lost the plot and Google is making it worse


Re: Form factors

Next year's HMD nostalgic relaunch - the Nokia E7? Or maybe one of the 9xxx series? Shall we do a poll?

Death notice: Moore's Law. 19 April 1965 – 2 January 2018


end of x86 & x64?

With advances in parallel processing and piplining, branch prediction and whatnot, are we to see RISC on the desktop?

'There was no monetary incentive for this' = not what you want to hear about your tattoo


what about

The Mersenne prime?

From the graaaaaave! WileyFox's Windows 10 phone delayed again


Re: Just why ......

There's a similarity to the VHS/Betamax war here - WinPho lost not on technical merit, but on commercial maneuvering and a lack of willpower on the part of Microsoft to really put some effort into it, such as releasing it under similar licensing conditions to Android and not providing a nice, simple piece of reference hardware.

The past five years have seen the destruction of a tremendous number of hardware and software platforms, largely due to ineptitude of the companies making them. Blackberry, Nokia, Symbian, Motorola, Microsoft and - probably - Sony.

It's sad, but I maintain hope that sooner or later something else will come along that gives IOS quality without the IOS pricetag and walled garden.

PS: Have an upvote ;)


Re: Just why ......

Disagree - I'm on my third WinPho, and I'm going to miss it when it dies. The UI is great, the platform is stable, the merging of mailboxen and calendars and contacts from different sources without faffing about with dozens of third-party addons is fab. It doesn't seem to be near as leaky as Android, and you get good usability without paying the Cupertino idiot tax.

What's not to like? Well, lack of apps - even Microsoft's own (Dynamics) don't seem to be well-supported. Not a real problem for me, but perhaps I'm undemanding. Biggest worry is the fact that the platform is dying a slow death.

WPA2 KRACK attack smacks Wi-Fi security: Fundamental crypto crapto


Only partly true

If I read the kracken website correctly, both clients and APs must be patched - patching only one end of the connection is not enough, so with the updates from Ubiquiti and Microsoft, the most critical parts of the network are now patched.

I have some hopes of the various Apple and Samsung/Huawei clients, but suspect the Withings scale, Netgem set top box and Squeezebox Radio will have to be relegated to the guest network...


and this is why I run proper hardware even at home...

Just installed the patched firmware with a friendly nod to Ubiquiti

What is the probability of being drunk at work and also being tested? Let's find out! Correctly


You're all missing the point!

Who is this company and how can we ridicule them?

D-Link router riddled with 0-day flaws


Re: Are any routers any good?

Always been a big fan of AVM, but considering inserting a Ubiquiti USG between it and the LAN. Just to be safe.



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