* Posts by Ryan 7

297 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

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It's the year of Linux on the... ThinkPad as Lenovo extends out-of-the-box Ubuntu support to nearly 30 machines

Ryan 7

"18:04"

"Loenovo"

Short of proofreaders at Vulture Towers? :D

Wrap it before you tap it? No, say Linux developers: 'GPL condom' for Nvidia driver is laughed out of the kernel

Ryan 7

"It's more like selling first class tickets and then putting first class and economy into the same seats."

There is a smallish selection of Britains rail services for which that is true.

Virgin Galactic pals up with Rolls-Royce to work on Mach 3 Concorde-style private jet that can carry up to 19 people

Ryan 7

It's a shame that Reaction Engines missed out on this

Their tech and Virgin's resources might have produced some magic. I half expect RR to lumber around for a while, haemorrhage a bunch of cash, then cancel the project.

NASA delays James Webb Space Telescope launch date by at least seven months

Ryan 7

Such a Project Manager will have been in reliable employment for a great deal of time...!

Ryan 7

This is the way.

UK COVID-19 contact-tracing app data may be kept for 'research' after crisis ends, MPs told

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Re: Well that's great confidence from GCHQ

Anybody who tells you that any security is better than 'reasonable' is stupid and/or lying.

Who's going to pay for Britain's Aunty Beeb to carry on? Broadband users, broadcaster suggests to government

Ryan 7

I'd honestly be OK with it being tacked-on to Council Tax

But there's something icky about the idea of medding with my access to the Internet.

What's the difference between Windows 7 and a bin lorry? One is full of garbage, and the other… oh dear

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Re: More to the point.

Errr... no there isn't. That's just the Windows 7 desktop.

HMD Global pokes head out of quarantine to show off 3 new Nokia mobiles

Ryan 7

Shipping a new device with MicroUSB?

FFS, Nokia.

IT exec sets up fake biz, uses it to bill his bosses $6m for phantom gear, gets caught by Microsoft Word metadata

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Re: idiot

There are smart criminals, but we generally don't use the word 'criminal' for them.

Banker, Minister, President, etc tend to suffice.

Train-knackering software design blunder discovered after lightning sparked Thameslink megadelay

Ryan 7
Boffin

Class 700 and Class 717 are from the new-generation "Desiro City" family, not the late-'00s "Desiro".

Don't Xiaomi pics of other people's places! Chinese kitmaker fingers dodgy Boxing Day cache update after Google banishes it from Home

Ryan 7

So reading between the lines on their statement...

I guess they were using a short integer of some sort to store the cache ID, which was intended not to overlap when it loops... unless the request is very delayed by a shitty connection?

Just use a UUID or similar, FFS!

Oh, and probably close the security hole where I can presumably insert someone else's cache ID into an unauthorised request.

RuneScape bloke was wrongly sacked after reading veep's salary details on office printer

Ryan 7

"Jagex accused McCambridge of not showing "remorse for your actions or consideration for the injured party, instead suggesting the blame is that of the party for leaving the information on the printer"."

Is it even possible to 'suggest' something that's already bleeding obvious to everyone involved?

If I say "people should breathe in as well as out" you'd have to try pretty fucking hard to classify it as a "suggestion".

If you're going to exploit work's infrastructure to torrent, you better damn well know how to hide it

Ryan 7

Re: Bitcoin mining for fun and profit

It's all fully-automated at this point — I've heard of breaches logged within 30 seconds of the dodgy commit.

Google Cloud runs their own competing automated scans of GitHub and sent an alert when my colleague managed to do it last month.

Ryan 7

Someone's never had to provide remote support to a South African!

Just take a look at the carnage on Notepad++'s GitHub: 'Free Uyghur' release sparks spam tsunami by pro-Chinese

Ryan 7

Re: "Julian Assange is undergoing a "weird" treatment, which breaks every law in Europe and the UK"

Even the one that says a 12-year-old boy may not see a shop mannequin nude? That's some admirable effort on behalf of the lizard rulers.

Pi in the sky as ESA starts testing encrypted comms on International Space Station

Ryan 7

Re: Not sure that I get it.

It does not say two cores. It says "a series of identical cores".

Airbus A350 software bug forces airlines to turn planes off and on every 149 hours

Ryan 7

Re: Common Remote Data Concentrator (CRDC)

Not sure, let me cheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

2025: HELLO? WHAT? I CAN'T HEAR YOU, I'M ON THE TUBE. FULL 4G NOW. NAH, IT'S CRAP

Ryan 7

Re: Keep the tubes quiet

You've clearly never travelled on that section of the Jubilee line. You can't even hear someone next to you trying to talk, never mind someone's phone call.

Experts: No need to worry about Europe's navigation sats going dark for days. Also: What the hell is going on with those satellites?!

Ryan 7

Re: Definitely Russian or Chinese hacking

Donald is that you?

Train maker's coder goes loco, choo-choo-chooses to flee to China with top-secret code – allegedly

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Re: but they did that thirty years ago

Distributing them throughout a very long train (i.e. measured in km) is still a fairly specialist endeavour.

I don't have to save my work, it's in The Cloud. But Microsoft really must fix this files issue

Ryan 7

Re: Google Docs

Just start vandalising the documents with large red UNSUBSCRIBE messages.

You should really get an Android or iPhone, says Microsoft: No more app updates for Windows Phone 8.x holdouts

Ryan 7

Release the boot keys please Microsoft!

If I can't use my old Lumia 930 as a phone any more, at least let me dig it out and use it as a touchscreen Raspberry Pi.

Exclusive: Windows for Workgroups terror the Tartan Bandit confesses all to The Register

Ryan 7

Re: Swap N & M

You have to swap them in the registry AND physically for best effect.

Boeing boss denies reports 737 Max safety systems weren't active

Ryan 7

Re: Somebody should tell Muilenburg to stop digging

Maybe he's trying to raise his shovel, but it keeps pushing its own nose down.

Band banned, Tarka arrives on Windows 10 and Visual Studio hits RC status

Ryan 7

Band 2

I already got my full £200 refund when they discontinued them. By then I was on my fourth replacement because the straps had a fatal flaw — right where the battery wires ran through. Anyone who needed another replacement from then was given a refund instead.

It's a shame since I absolutely loved that device. What I wouldn't do for a fully functional replacement with no strap flaw... :'(

Wow, fancy that. Web ad giant Google to block ad-blockers in Chrome. For safety, apparently

Ryan 7

Waterfox, my friend

It's the fork that still believes in why you started liking Firefox in the first place — but still gets the contemporary security updates.

Download it, and never look back!

You were told to clean up our systems, not delete 8,000 crucial files

Ryan 7

Not in 1998.

Ryan 7

Re: xfer

They're traditionally named "New Folder (2)", and nested by era.

Techie basks in praise for restoring workforce email (by stopping his scripting sh!tshow)

Ryan 7

Re: Beware recursion

You should also be careful of recursion.

Error pop-up? Don't worry, let's just get this migration done... BTW it's my day off tomorrow

Ryan 7

Re: been there - done that

It played havoc with... what, sorry? I must have mis-heard you.

Why millions of Brits' mobile phones were knackered on Thursday: An expired Ericsson software certificate

Ryan 7

Test successful

At least we know the certificate is respected downstream!

Linguists, update your resumes because Baidu thinks it has cracked fast AI translation

Ryan 7

"Technically, for German, it's V2 and SOV."

I thought it was V2s and Doodlebugs?

Your RSS is grass: Mozilla euthanizes feed reader, Atom code in Firefox browser, claims it's old and unloved

Ryan 7

This isn't the 0.01% that I wanted to be part of.

Ryan 7

Re: Goodnight, Firefox

Waterfox is a very high-quality fork, which is preserving the core features which brought so many to Firefox in the first place.

Convenient switch hides an inconvenient truth

Ryan 7

Because the comments on a toilet cubicle wall would be better than that article, too. It's strange, since the first few weeks with the new columnist were brilliant.

Microsoft resurfaces Surface kit alongside Windows 10 update

Ryan 7

Could you at least pretend to be writing for a UK website

And convert weights in lb to kg?

Bombing raids during WWII sent out shockwaves powerful enough to alter the Earth's ionosphere

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Re: Amounts so huge, that I simply can't process them.

There is a handy metric for handling such situations, called the "Megaton".

Sysadmin misses out on paycheck after student test runs amok

Ryan 7

Re: If you are using Stargate references

And 9 for mobile devices.

Automated Weather Source didn't see this cloud coming: Amazon snatches up AWS.com

Ryan 7

Re: Today a domain...

Yesterday the world, more like.

Trainer regrets giving straight answer to staffer's odd question

Ryan 7
FAIL

@LewisRage

You hadn't bothered to try calling it? I can't quite bring myself to believe you're not just telling porkies.

Boss regrets pointing finger at chilled out techie who finished upgrade early

Ryan 7

Re: "Can you turn it back on. Please?"

"the national broadband wholesale system at a large telecommunications provider"

Does that rhyme with TokenPeach by any chance?

Prank 'Give me a raise!' email nearly lands sysadmin with dismissal

Ryan 7

@Doctor Syntax

"It's high time email clients, as a default, would raise a conspicuous flag on messages that don't originate in the domain they purport to come from."

SPF is way ahead of you, matey.

Ryan 7

Re: Incognito Mode?

"For the sake of privacy, let's call her Lisa S... No that's too obvious, let's say L. Simpson."

GitHub given Windows 9x's awesome and so very modern look

Ryan 7

Slow news day?

"Someone made a third-party skin for a website" is hardly journalism...

Sysadmin cracked military PC’s security by reading the manual

Ryan 7

Re: Protected web pages

In Firefox-like browsers, there's a nice little setting in about:config — dom.event.contextmenu.enabled

Set it to False and the pesky javascript can no longer silently smother your right-click attempts.

Microsoft: Yes, we agree that Irish email dispute is moot... now what's this new warrant about?

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Re: US legal position

MS (USA): Hand over the data.

MS (Ireland): No.

MS (USA): You're fired.

EU employment law: No.

MS (USA), to Mr. FBI: Suggestions?

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

Ryan 7

Re: Legal Costs

Akash Nawbatt QC probably does cost that much, yeah.

Ryan 7
Facepalm

People like Guiney misusing the issue of gender discrimination with false claims is why genuine cases get discredited.

Brit semiconductor tech ended up in Chinese naval railgun – report

Ryan 7
Boffin

IGBTs are used to power every modern electric train, from any number of different countries.

They're not a massive British secret innovation, and they have uses all over the world.

The Times article seems like a lot of hot air.

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