* Posts by Jay 2

722 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009


Virgin Media CEO says Brit broadband biz 'performed well' in Q2, which is a weird way to say losses almost tripled

Jay 2

Re: Who?

I think the only bits that Branson himself has any involvement in nowadays is Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Galactic. As you say anything else is just licensing the name.

Apple re-arms the iMac with 10th-gen Intel Core silicon

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Given the general long life of Macs (annoying OS-based planned obsolescence aside), could the announcement of impending ARM chippery see a bit of Osborne Effect?

Though on the flip side who knows how/when that's going to work out, and I'm sure most seasoned Reg readers will adopt a bit of a wait-and-see attitude whilst all the fanbois find all the bugs etc.

On a personal level I'm most concerned about how the move to ARM will impact my use of virtualisation for x86 stuff and my small collection of games.

Dutch Gateway store was kept udder wraps for centuries until refit dug up computing history

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Re: Cow boxes

Memories! My first PC was a Gateway running a P75, 4MB RAM, 790MB hard drive, 15" Vivatron, came with Win 3 (WFWG?) some proper MS Office stuff (the version without Access) and Encarta! Cost me about £1500 back in mid 1994. I think it was either that or the Dell equivalent, but the extra software sealed it.

A year or so later it got another 8MB RAM and Win 95. That soldiered on for a few years and then I purchased another Gateway with Win 98 on. After a few years of that I built my own.

'I'm telling you, I haven't got an iPad!' – Sent from my iPad

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Re: Denial is the first defence.

Yeah, I've lost count of the times someone claims some of my noddyesque scripts have "stopped working" and there "must be something wrong with them" when they've been running without incident for years. Admittedly there may be an external reason why they may not do what they're expected to do, but people never really consider that.

It's been five years since Windows 10 hit: So... how's that working out for you all?

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Re: How's that working? See icon.

So much this! Just moving to Win10 at work and I have no idea what they were thinking to have old skool Control Panel and Settings and then randomly sprinkle things between them.

Microsoft wants to show enterprises that Edge means business, rather than the thing you use to download Chrome

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I'd probably lay the blame on InfoSec for that one!

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In the middle of a Win10 migration at work and Edge has been disabled by group policy. IE and Chrome only (which is a bit annoying as I'm an FF guy).

Smile? Not bloody likely: Day 6 of wobbly services and still no hint to UK online bank's customers about what's actually wrong

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Re: Smile, a trading division of the Co-Operative Bank

At the time of the 2008 slump I was saving up for a deposit and had a few savings accounts including both Icesave and Kaupthing (sp?). You may recall them both as being Icelandic banks that went belly up. I got all the money back. But it shows that in this day and age banks can disappear and if possible you should try to have eggs in multiple baskets.

Netgear was told in January its routers can be hacked and hijacked. This week, first patches released – after exploits, details made public

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Re: Just Another Reason Not to buy Netgear

I dumped them a few years back after I had two different models both decide to do something strange with WiFi unless you powered on a wired device. Unlike yourself I wouldn't give them the time of day when I needed a 5 port unmanaged switch, so got a cheapy TP-Link one.

Overload: A one-way ticket to a madman's situation

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Re: Not me...

Ah the fun of xeyes! My favourite was xroach with the --squish option!

Sony reveals PlayStation 5 will offer heretical no-optical-disk option. And yes, it has an AMD CPU-GPU combo

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Re: What's with the vertical consoles?

Hmm yes, that reminds me there's a PS3 literally gathering dust round here somewhere. Though it's not as bad as it was due to me digging it out earlier this year as I was convinced I could properly platinum GT6 by finishing off the Senna challenges. It didn't take me long to figure out my meagre talents could no way achieve the times needed, so that was the end of that!

Smart fridges are cool, but after a few short years you could be stuck with a big frosty brick in the kitchen

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Just because you can do something, it doesn't mean you should

The title says it all.

Lenovo certifies all desktop and mobile workstations for Linux – and will even upstream driver updates

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Interesting that they're pre-loading Fedora in a few places. It's a bit too bleeding edge for my tastes and each version is only good for about a year until the support window shifts. Fine if you know what you're doing, but could get a bit messy otherwise if you hit any problems. Meanwhile CentOS is at the other end of the spectrum in that it'll be nice and stable but some of the packages maybe somewhat old.

80-characters-per-line limits should be terminal, says Linux kernel chief Linus Torvalds

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Oh dear, all my terminal windows are green on black 80x24! I must be a dinosaur!

I usually make sure my comments etc are within 80 chars with line breaks etc. But if some code line-wraps then it is what it is.

This'll make you feel old: Uni compsci favourite Pascal hits the big five-oh this year

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I'd missed Pascal at university in the mid 90s. So it was Modula-2 (aka Son of Pascal) for me as the base language for the course. I recall on the very first day the head lecturer said "...we could teach you something commercially viable like Ada, but we're not really into that...". The next year the base language was indeed Ada.

Penny smart and dollar stupid: IT jobs slashed in US, UK, Europe to cut costs – just when we need staff the most

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Re: IT is like HR (should be Personnel though) in some respects

Indeed. Sweeping cuts across the board? I bet you'll never see anyone in HR let go... unless it's really bad.

The iMac at 22: How the computer 'too odd to succeed' changed everything ... for Apple, at least

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No comments about the one obvious failing so far...

I used one of the original iMacs occasionally and my main (and pretty much only) bugbear was that fucking hockey puck mouse. It beggars belief that for all the design-led stuff of the iMac someone passed that abomination off as bit being fit for use. I found it horrible and quite painful to use for anything more then a few minutes. Quite ironically the Microsoft Mouse has pretty much tool the test of time for me. I've got a 10+ year old one attached to my iMac now (as I'm not a great fan of the Magic Mouse either).

Square peg of modem won't fit into round hole of PC? I saw to it, bloke tells horrified mate

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Re: ain't no problem in the world that can't be solved with hot-snot

The universal rules! They speak the truth.

Academics demand answers from NHS over potential data timebomb ticking inside new UK contact-tracing app

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What can possibly go wrong?

An app developed by and for (I believe) the UK government, which will quite happily slurp lots of data and send it back to a central database. Plus it's yet to be confirmed if it'll run your mobile battery into the ground, I think we'll have to wait and see on that one.

Your Agile-built IT platform was 'terrible', Co-Op Insurance chief complained to High Court

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Re: frAGILE bahhhhh hummm buggg

I've only recently got to know anything about Agile as I'm a sys admin. I've been on a cloudy project which had loads of people involved (dev, sys admin, network, infosec). I can sort of see the pros and cons for its use in making something.

A few weeks back I went on an "Agile bootcamp" and on that someone asked if Agile could be used for operational teams/projects. The answer was a resounding no. There's some other methodology which is better for ops, but I can't remember what it was.

BT's Wi-Fi Disc ads banned because there's no evidence the things work

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Re: Works for me

Had a PlusNet hub thing for a while now since getting fibre. I don't like it much as it's a pain to use and the WiFi wasn't as good as the crappy Linksys that preceded it. Meanwhile the range extender that I had stopped working. I've got some powerline stuff, but I prefer not to have it on all the time.

On one hand I could get some full-on Draytek unit to do loads of stuff, but I've got to the point in life where I just want stuff to work without me having to spend ages buggering about with it. So in the end I just got some of the BT mesh thingies. One attached to the PNHub and the other in the lounge to keep all the AV and armchair surfers happy.

Overall they work quite well. No messing with different SSIDs etc and the reception upstairs is much better too. And the most important thing, no more complaints from the main sofa surer.

We regret to inform you there are severe delays on the token ring due to IT nerds blasting each other to bloody chunks

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I recall the very first verions of network (friendly) Doom ran over IPX which pretty much swamped the network. Once a more refined IPv4 version arrived then the networks got slightly less of a battering. I recall at work deliberately still having a FAT32 boot partition on an NT box so I could boot into DOS, throw on some parallel port to ethernet network adapter I've long forgotten the name of and frag away (or be fragged in my case more often than not).

Rotherwood Healthcare AWS bucket security fail left elderly patients' DNR choices freely readable online

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Re: Second

I second this second comment! Last year at an AWS shindig they pointed out the steps they have taken to stop this sort of thing happening. They even showed us how many hoops you have to jump through to make an S3 public.

Depeending how old the config is, you have to wonder if someone fudged the S3 to make it public as they couldn't be bothered to do it properly...

OK, which Dombås stuffed Windows 10 to bursting at Swedish flatpack flinger?

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Re: Bork! Bork! Bork!

Yep, pure genius!

C'mon SPARCky, it's just an admin utility update. What could possibly go wrong?

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Been there with a dev doing something strange to glibc libs. Fortunately not a complete disaster, but a bit annoying to have to sort out. At least another time when a dev suggested they wanted an updated glibc (and helpfully pointed to a tarball available online) another dev pointed out that wouldn't be happening for several reasons.

Netgear's routerlogin.com HTTPS cert snafu now has a live proof of concept

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A few years back ran into some problems with a series of Netgear routers where the WiFi would just stop working properly... until you powered on a wired device and it would all spring back into life. The last straw was when I was on a call with their support who said it was a known problem and asked me to use the latest firmware. I then had to point out that was the US firmware and I was in the UK. Then all of a sudden it wasn't a known problem any more any they wanted open-ended Wireshark captures. At that point I gave up, sent the router back and have never purchased Netgear since.

BOFH: Darn Windows 7. It's totally why we need a £1k graphics card for a business computer

Jay 2

Re: Keyboards

At home both my iMac and RasPi have some fairly old school (and now somewhat yellowed) MS mice attached. Come to think of it the keyboard on the RasPi is also MS.

So another agreement that every now and again MS can make something good (and hardware too!). A special shout also goes out to their Sidewinder joysticks, also quite long lasting and not crap.

RIP FTP? File Transfer Protocol switched off by default in Chrome 80

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Re: File Transfer Potocol

The catch with scp is that unless you lock things down a bit server side it will allow people to ssh in too. Which isn't ideal. sftp on the other hand isn't going to let that happen. A little bit more work either side, but a lot more secure and tweakable.

So you locked your backups away for years, huh? Allow me to introduce my colleagues, Brute, Force and Ignorance

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Re: This used to be so common it has a name.

Yeah I recall the stiction problem with some IBM (I think) drives in some NCR storage back in '94-95. I was working for NCR at the time and knew a few of the field engineers (mainly as they kept borrowing items from my benchmarking centre stash). The (maybe?) documented procedure was for the engineer to remove the offending drive, "lightly tap" it against their knee, then replace the drive.

Xerox names the 11 directors it hopes will oust most of HP's board and put $33bn hostile takeover to shareholders

Jay 2

Well he would say that, wouldn't he?

"We believe HP shareholders will be better served by a new slate of independent directors who understand the challenges of operating a global enterprise and appreciate the value that can be created by realising the synergies of a combination with Xerox," CEO John Visentin said in a statement.

Said a Xerox bloke. I'm wondering what synergies they are then. This all still smacks of Ichan (and associated cronies) getting a shitload of money and then fuck everyone/everything else when he cashes in and as the artcile describes what's left of this abobination collapses under the weight of its own debts. Maybe someone to Xerox et al the concept of a turkey voting for Christmas/Thanksgiving.

Dixons Carphone to London Stock Exchange: Yay, we grew 2% in the festive quarter. Oh, hang on, no we didn't

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Much as I like to heap scorn on whateber they're calling themselves this week, every now and again they can be quite useful. Recently I was in need of a small external USB drive and not only were they cheaper than the usual online behemoths, but I could pick it up on the way home (and avoid any courier-type delivery hiccups).

US court rules: Just because you can extract teeth while riding a hoverboard doesn't mean you should

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Re: Sedation for tooth extraction?

Indeed. I know a consultant anesthetist who said that that sort of thing was keeping someone slightly above death.

What do Brit biz consultants and X-rated cam stars have in common? Wide open... AWS S3 buckets on public internet

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Re: Misconfigured?

I was at some one-day AWS shindig at the end of last year and given all the "bad press" they'd implemented a few things to safeguard S3. They're now private by default and you have to deliberately jump through dveral hoops to make them public.

As well as that I believe there is some alert that tells you (via email?) that you have a publiclly available S3. Also there is, I think, something you can run called Trusted Advisor which will point out config/security issues it thinks you should check.

AWS do say quite plainly that as part of the responsibility of it all, it's up to the user to secure anything they set up. But the catch with AWS is that it can be *very* easy to sign up and have something up and running quickly without entirely knowing what you're doing...

Canada's .ca supremo in hot water after cyber-smut stash allegedly found on his work Mac ‒ and three IT bods fired

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Re: Do you think

"HR are there for the company's benefit, not yours." That's a phrase I routinely use myself.

Icahn and I will force a Xerox and HP wedding: Corporate raider urges HP shareholders to tell board to act 'NOW'

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Re: @adam

And of course, he is a shareholder.

Or at least he will be long enough until the combined mess raises the price enough for him to sell and fuck off laughing into the sunset with bags of cash whilst the company destroys itself by the obvious cost cutting due to synergies/havign two lots of everything/etc.

Irish eyes aren't smiling after govt blows €1m on mega-printer too big for parliament's doors

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Re: This reminds me......

When I got my first flat (on 1st floor) one of the first things to be ordered and arrive was a 32" Sony CRT TV. when I opened the door there was one delivery bkoke with a small van who said "..you're going to gave to give me a hand with this...".

In the box it just about managed to fit the stairwell (as the bannister was in the way). I had to invite a friend round later to not only see my new flat, but also help me lift the TV onto the stand. Many years later when I replaced it with a plasma (not my best move ever) I told my borther he could have it as long as he could get it down the stairs!

'Literally a paperweight': Bose users fume at firmware update that 'doesn't fix issues'

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Re: At Least The Manual Is Readable

Same here, though all my BOSE kit is in the 5-20 year old range now. Wave Radio CD, Acoustimas 10 speakers for TV/amp, Companion 2 speaker for Mac, QC15 cans for the rare occasions I find myself on a long haul flight etc. They sound good enough to me, YMMV etc.

Open wide, very wide: Xerox considers buying HP. Yes, the HP that is more than three times its market cap

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Re: What's that sound?

Nom, nom, nom -> keels over after eating something bad -> extinct

Baffled by bogus charges on your Amazon account? It may be the work of a crook's phantom gadget

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Re: It is hard to find

Wow. Prime lists my FireTV, iOS devices, TV, BluRay, PS4.

But the other one only lists the FireTV.

The Outer Worlds: Ever wished Fallout 4 was more like New Vegas? Here ya go... in spaaace

Jay 2

Am slowly plodding through this at the moment. I haven't platyed a proper RPG since FO4 (and FO76 is a complete different kettle of fish), so it's took a while to get used having to speak to people (and listen to their answers) as well as keeping your companions under control. I'm really enjoing it and some parts are laugh out loud funny. I've heard it's a bit short, but I may try another slightly different playthough.

I'll echo what some reviewers/players have said in that it's refreshing to have a fairly decent single player game realeased without stupid limited edition versions and microtransactions etc. Like how things used to be.

IT protip: Never try to be too helpful lest someone puts your contact details next to unruly boxen

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I remember Auspex kit, with it's mainly but not quite SunOS. Usually the differences would come out and bite you just at the wrong time.

Franco-stein's on the move: Spanish dictator turfed out of decadent mountaintop mausoleum

Jay 2

Re: Teaching

It's not the most known of subjects, and may only turn up as a footnote to what the Luftwaffe and a few other bits of the Wermacht got up to just before WW2. I can recommend The Battle for Spain: The Spanish Civil War 1936-1939 by Antony Beevor.

Assange fails to delay extradition hearing as date set for February

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Yeah I'm sick of the entire debacle. No-one is coming out of this looking particularly good, I suppose the legal lot are happy as they're being paid. Now the bail thing is sorted then I'd be happy for him to be deported back to Oz unless Sweden still want him. I'm no fan of his, but I'm sure if he gets extradited to the US then he's on a hiding to nothing - plea bargin or found guilty.

BOFH: The company survived the disaster recovery test. Just. The Director's car, however...

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I doubt a real intra-day DR test would go that well in the real world!

The Hurt Docker: Mystery Hub repository, website outage leaves fuming devs unable to deploy containers

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Yet another bunch of devs find out what happens when you don't have your own (local) repos. Assuming that you're always going to have Internet connectivity and that what you're consuming from the Internet will always be available is not a good place to be.

A spot of after-hours business email does you good, apparently

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Years ago I used to be pretty bad for check my work Blackberry at home, on holiday etc. But it would just end up winding me up or stressing me out. So I managed to wean myself off and now don't look at work email on work mobile device unless someone calls me with some sort of serious problem. Definately less stressful!

Ye olde Blue Screen of Death is back – this time, a bad Symantec update is to blame

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Re: Windows 10, only Windows Me is worse?

My main reason for hating Vista was that Microsoft and all the hardware manufacturers got together and decided it was a great way to sell more kit... namely by not having drivers for existing kit available. So that nice scanner I had that worked fine in XP and on MacOS, not supported under Vista. It was about that time I ditched Windows for my main machine at home.

Another reason is that whilst I escaped Vista my dad had a PC and a laptop both running it, which meant I had to support them. At one point I needed to copy something from one to the other, but they wheren't interested in talking over the network for some strange reason. In the end I gave up and used a USB drive.

Sudo? More like Su-doh: There's a fun bug that gives restricted sudoers root access (if your config is non-standard)

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Re: The Real Issue

To paraphrase a song by Prodigy "The sudo, who do, what you don't dare do people". So to me sudo rhymes with voodoo (acts similar too).

Imagine finding this bad boy in your shower: Brit startup pulls the sheets off Moon spider mech

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The spiderbot form ~2076

I am somewhat reminded of the Liberator bots from Fallout 76 (yes I'm the one still playing). Look here if you don't know what that is.

Chemists bitten by Python scripts: How different OSes produced different results during test number-crunching

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Re: Flashback

I believe that was the Pentium 60 and 66 (I ran recall the uproar at the time). The 75 onwards was OK.



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