* Posts by Roger Greenwood

951 posts • joined 7 Sep 2006


UK government opens consultation on medic-style register for Brit infosec pros

Roger Greenwood

Re: Probably not a bad idea

It's unlikely you will be struck off as long as you keep paying the fees. After all, those folks who wrapped buildings in flammable plastic for decades still seem to be doing OK. Some of them must have belonged to a professional body, not heard of any being struck off yet. Even doctors and nurses have to be REALLY bad before that happens.

Running Windows 10? Microsoft is preparing to fire up the update engines

Roger Greenwood

Re: Microsoft is about to release its next product

Overflows don't normally have a valve. The clue is in the name :-)

Roger Greenwood

Re: But why would you want to keep running those old versions???

We have one machine running just one specific piece of software that has a problem with updates. These two must be kept in sync version wise otherwise it breaks. Yes that means the software is crap, but this is the real world so auto updates are disabled and just done a few times each year. Rather than coming in Monday morning to find it is my fault... again...

It's not BS, it's not emotion, just reality.

Wolfing down ebooks during lockdown? You might want to check out Calibre, the Swiss Army ebook tool

Roger Greenwood

Amazon not helpful

I just tried your dowload tip and get a message "You do not have any compatible devices registered for this content. Buy a Kindle or get the free Kindle reading app."

They really don't want you to download stuff do they? (UK)

APNIC: Big Tech's use of carrier-grade NAT is holding back internet innovation

Roger Greenwood

Re: I've said it before and I'll say it again

"Maybe we should have used BCD values/maths instead."

BCD is to maths as Vogon poetry is to English.

Software guy smashes through the Somebody Else's Problem field to save the day

Roger Greenwood

Re: I recognise the story

I had a bollocking once for changing a 13A plug:- "you're not an electrician, the unions will not be happy if they find out". Ah the 1970s....

Ceefax replica goes TITSUP* as folk pine for simpler times

Roger Greenwood


The BBC news feed is still working, I use it in preference to the home page:-


But still, recreating CEEFAX is mighty, worth a beer

£42k for a top-class software engineer? It's no wonder uni research teams can't recruit

Roger Greenwood

Re: How many people do you manage? None? In that case, it's £42k a year'

"The Mythical Man Month" - first published in 1975.....

A lightbulb moment comes too late to save a mainframe engineer's blushes

Roger Greenwood

Re: Positive signals

On an unmanned site I know of the operators were fed up of false alarms from the methane detectors. None was ever found when they visited so eventually they disconnected the remote alarm. Of course in reality when they opened the doors the added ventilation had cleared the gas and the fault.

This was discovered when one day the methane reached a critical mixture and met a spark, causing the roof and doors to depart the building.

The Ministry of Silly Printing: But I don't want my golf club correspondence to say 'UNCLASSIFIED' at the bottom

Roger Greenwood

Back in the early 90's

When DOS and UNIX ruled, we wanted to upgrade our CAD system (among other things) but that also meant an upgrade to the computers which would require the use of a new fangled "windows" operating system.

One of the managers at the time couldn't quite get his head around this. "Windows!" he shouted, "what the f***k is windows?". He pointed to the glazed hole in the wall "that's a f*****g window!".

It was a simpler time.

Here's a couple who deserve each other: Facebook links Workplace enterprise offering to Microsoft Teams

Roger Greenwood

Since being a small child...

I was always told two wrongs don't make a right, yet here we are.....

50 years have gone by since the UK's one – and only – homegrown foray into orbit

Roger Greenwood

Re: Previously on The Register:

A visit to the Leicester space centre is also recommended. You can get close to a real (old) rocket and see the thin and flimsy materials they are made from.

Also anyone not read Ignition!, now is your chance to laugh/recoil/marvel at the antics of rocket fuel designers and testers. Very readable classic book.

Product release cycles are killing the environment, techies tell British Computer Society

Roger Greenwood

Re: "annual product release cycles"

Not just software. I keep old IDE disks as spares for some of our large machines. They acquired a much higher status when I was told "yeah we can get you one shipped from Japan but it will take a week and cost £500" (this was many years ago). Now my precious stash is dwindling.....

Give us your biometric data to get your lunch in 5 seconds, UK schools tell children

Roger Greenwood

Re: Really odd...

"Would it really be a huge issue if a student ues another student's card?"

The problem comes when kids start lending each others card around (whether voluntarily or otherwise...). The thumb machine helped reduce (but not eliminate) that where my kids went.

There are 875 million good reasons why the paperless office won't happen soon

Roger Greenwood

On a related note, I read recently the story of how Lancaster (UK) lost the 'leccy for several hours in the 2015 storms. Folks were so glued to technology it was a shock to many how much they were reliant on it. The paper records, your grandads filofax etc were still all accessible (even though the mobile phones were mostly dead) so yes I also understand why print still matters.

Mind your Ps and queues: Bork makes a visit to the A&E

Roger Greenwood

Re: City hospital?

I note on the poster they have named the A&E upgrade "Project Red", presumably so you can't tell where the hospital stops and the blood begins....

Technology has the potential to close the education divide. Key word: Potential

Roger Greenwood

No silver bullet

No single solution is going to 'fix' education, but it could be a part of it. I have been inspired by many teachers and learnt much from the really bad ones. I wish it had been possible to record those and let other generations experience some lessons/lectures from the 1970's to 90's in my case.

But there is also no substitute for a real world interaction some of the time. I recently joined 2 very different online meetings, both just local club/members only events, both of about 30 people. One was run as a lecture i.e. sit and listen, very limited interaction, Q&A at the end. The other was a short lecture followed by a discusion where every participant was asked for their opinion, short or long. Both had a chair to keep control and both met the requirements of the organisers. But the one where we were asked individually was more enjoyable, we got to hear all sides, no one was excluded. That would be scary for some the first time, but that's what happens in class (or at least it should) and could probably not be done any way other than with a good teacher/leader.

How about we vote for our favourite teacher and they get paid accordingly? The catch is you can only vote at least 20 years after you leave school (Mr Duckworth, Physics, 1975.... :-).

G7 countries outgun UK in worldwide broadband speed test

Roger Greenwood

Re: I'm not surprised

No surprise that they go for the easy wins. The small villages, cul-de-sacs and other dead ends will be at the back of the queue, digging roads is expensive. It doesn't stop the publicity machine though, once the fibre arrives within a mile or two the local news is all over it even though that bit is the problem.

My local town is all fibred up but unless you are on a trunk/through road it's hurry up and wait.

You can 'go your own way' over GDPR, says UK's new Information Commissioner

Roger Greenwood

Re: the "United Kingdom is entitled to take Fleetwood Mac's advice and 'Go your Own Way'

I was hoping for many more comments regarding an Albatross, chains, or even tell me lies....

We're going deeper underground: New digital project to map UK's sub-surface 'assets'

Roger Greenwood

Mapping only gets you so far

Some years ago we had a new mains gas supply installed. The good news was that the gas main passed by in the road a few feet away. The bad news was that the road was also full of other services including HV/LV cables, water and telecoms, which everyone knew about.

Hole was dug with care, cables dodged, gas pipe identified i.e. cast iron, right size, right place.

Hole drilled, cue waterspout and village water supply cut for several hours, upset neighbours, innocent looks from us, new village swimming pool created.

Real gas pipe was a couple of feet away (deeper), same size, also cast iron.

It's going to need one hell of a map to follow all the existing services as they intertwine, at the accuracy needed.

Autodesk was one of the 18,000 firms breached in SolarWinds attack, firm admits

Roger Greenwood

It's not funny though, really. The CAD world has been pushing very hard to rent you stuff instead of sell it for some years now, Autodesk being very popular of course. If their network did get shut down I feel for all the folks and businesses who would be affected as soon as they try to log on in the morning. I don't rent my CAD software, but plenty do....

COVID-19 cases surge as do sales of fake vaccination cards – around $100 for something you could get free

Roger Greenwood

Re: A long way still to go

I'm sure I heard that one country was doing exactly that but not seen any reporting since. I wonder how it's going?

Elevating bork to a new level (if the touchscreen worked)

Roger Greenwood

Re: No need for any fancy tech

"Mind you, on the down side we had several students who disappeared over the top of the mechanism and were never seen again..."

That's definitely a feature not a bug.

Your Computer Is On Fire, but it will take much more than this book to put it out

Roger Greenwood

Re: Not Read Yet

Mar Hicks previous book is also very readable for any youngsters out there (under 50!) and contains many fascinating (and tragic) insights for us old folks (>60). The picture of Ann Moffatt from 1966 also appears in it, with toddler.


Leeds City Council swallows the Gartner glossary and orders up 'post-modern' ERP in £44m SAP replacement

Roger Greenwood

I should add an IT angle that during the fiasco of the poll tax Kirklees was running 4 different billing systems in parallel to try and manage the various local taxing/rates systems. I assume all the other councils (many others just in West Yorkshire) were in a similar position. All duplicating work, all with their own PHBs. etc.

Roger Greenwood

It's going to be a wild ride - the various councils within West Yorkshire (some large, some small) all seem to hate each other. Local rivalry or something but there appears to be very little co-operation and co-ordination between them on the ground. That's before you add South and North to the mix, not forgetting Humberside who couldn't even keep "East" in the name.

If in doubt rename it - try and find Kirklees town centre on a map. That was an attempt to unify various smaller towns but seems to have ended up alienating a lot of old grumps. Leeds as the unifying force would work as it is the gorilla but is being hugely resisted.

Northern Powerhouse? We've heard of it. So yes prepare for change as that is the only constant.

The UK is running on empty when it comes to electric vehicle charging points

Roger Greenwood

Re: I foresee several

"12 cars off each lamp post"

If each car only takes 7kW (30A), and all plugged in at the same time, that's around 350A (as most lamp posts are only given a single phase @ 240V). Current fuse would last seconds.

Obviously that may not be enough anyway, but it highlights the effects.

I predict your road is going to need to be dug up for new cabling as well, and copper is expensive.

Clever scheduling is going to be required to mitigate the worst of this, either in the vehicles or the charge points. Obviously possible and available but not yet talked about much.

Roger Greenwood

Nail meet head:- "all of the parking spaces need to be charging points".

If you could add 500 miles range in a minute or so, then yes service stations are the answer. But they can't so every parking place needs to be a charge point, adoption is easy and service stations are top up in transit.

The last UK hotel I stayed at a couple of weeks ago had spaces for hundreds of cars but no chargers - that has to change.

Once every car park space has a charge point your car just gets charged on schedule, simples.

Every house has a 60A to 100A supply, luckily we are not all cooking at the same time so charge scheduling is the answer (and yes, the grid will still need reinforcing but not as much as the worst predictions).

UK's National Museum of Computing asks tunesmiths to recreate bleeps, bloops, and parps of retro game music

Roger Greenwood

Captain Pugwash theme was the best

and now that is going to haunt me for the rest of the day....

For a true display of wealth, dab printer ink behind your ears instead of Chanel No. 5

Roger Greenwood

Re: Mebbe

Printing the pice per litre would use too much ink....

UK celebrates 25 years of wasteful, 'underperforming' government IT projects

Roger Greenwood

Re: small proportion of permanent secretarieshave first-hand experience of digital business change

I know latin:-

"Sumus semper in excretum sed alta variat"

Exsparko-destructus! What happens when wand waving meets extremely poor wiring

Roger Greenwood

Re: Hands up

You are John McClane and I claim my £5

NASA fixes Hubble Space Telescope using backup power supply unit, payload computer

Roger Greenwood

Try this:-


I can stop anytime......

Richard Branson plans to trump Jeff Bezos by 9 days in billionaires' space race

Roger Greenwood

To quote a well known phrase...

The early bird catches the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.

I hope all the flights go well and everyone returns safely to the earth. Maybe having briefly slipped the surly bonds of earth a brush with the face of god will change them a little....

Revealed: Why Windows Task Manager took a cuddlier approach to (process) death and destruction

Roger Greenwood

So, thinking ahead...

I fully expect Windows 11 to invite an errant process to move towards, and indeed cross over, the rainbow bridge. Awww....

Roger Waters tells Facebook CEO to Zuck off after 'huge' song rights request

Roger Greenwood

Re: Not Now John

I'm sure he weighed up the pros and cons....

Stob treks back across the decades to review the greatest TV sci-fi in the light of recent experience

Roger Greenwood

You know all will be right with the world...

...as long as we have VS and Tim Hunkin

Brit IT firms wound up by court order after fooling folk into paying for 'support' over fake computer errors

Roger Greenwood

Re: Whack-a-mole.

Vogon poetry is a bit harsh




no, you're right, full vogon, it's the only way to be sure.

Mark it in your diaries: 14 October 2025 is the end of Windows 10

Roger Greenwood

Re: Two possibilities

Both, along with the monthly subscription?

There was me, almost ready to move to Win10.....

Do you come from a land Down Under? Where diesel's low and techies blunder

Roger Greenwood

Re: Happened to me as well!

Generators that run all the time are easy, standby ones need care. I love how it is called "polishing" the diesel.

Congestion or a Christmas cock-up? A Register reader throws himself under the bus

Roger Greenwood

Re: Network Speeds

Asking the same question without changing anything is also a good way to smoke out troublemakers and hypochondriacs....

Japan to send ‘transforming robot’ to the Moon in 2022

Roger Greenwood

I read the headline as terraforming...

those folks lack ambition :-)

Google employee helped UK government switch from disastrous COVID-19 strategy, according to Dominic Cummings

Roger Greenwood

Hang on

It took over a week to realise that a doubling of cases every few days was going to be big trouble, given what was going on in Italy at the time? You didn't have to be a genius (or even a data scientist) to spot that one. Changing national policy/direction was always going to be difficult though, fair play to those who did the persuading.

All that Lego has a purpose: Researchers find that spatial memory improves kids' mathematical powers

Roger Greenwood


also deserves a mention (other model kits are available).

Parliament demands to know the score with Fujitsu as Post Office Horizon scandal gets inquiry with legal teeth

Roger Greenwood

I wonder how far this will go?

Those who were prosecuted are the obvious ones to feel aggrieved. Then there are many others (thousands?) who were audited, came up short and had to pay it back out of their own money (or face sacking/prosecution).

No doubt there are crooks everywhere, but surely very few amongst those many who ran post offices for decades. I hope they get it returned, even though it can't fix the wrong it would be the right thing to do.

Copper load of this: Openreach outlines 77 new locations where it'll stop selling legacy phone and broadband products

Roger Greenwood

Re: They're sitting on a gold, umm, copper mine

Have you seen the price of steel recently? Also going up rapidly and easy to find just lying about.....

(Also copper wires are hard to strip, speaking as that apprentice so tasked many years ago).

43 years and 14 billion miles later, Voyager 1 still crunching data to reveal secrets of the interstellar medium

Roger Greenwood

"Born nearly two decades after the spacecrafts launched"

Respect to those engineers and scientists who built it, and those who continue to push the boundaries (from someone born nearly 2 decades before they launched!)

‘Staggering’ cost of vintage Sun workstations sees OpenSolaris-fork Illumos drop SPARC support

Roger Greenwood

I have a couple of old Sun monitors here, the only reason they are not in a skip is because they are the size of a skip :-)

Vivaldi update unleashes the 'Cookie Crumbler' to simply block any services asking for consent (sites may break)

Roger Greenwood

Choose your paranoia level:-

1 - 1 device, 1 browser for everything (don't care/no money/clueless/life is too short)

2 - many devices, 1 browser for everything (still don't care but has money)

3 - many devices, different browsers for different tasks (care a bit)

4 - different device per task (overpaid/overthinking/properly cautious)

I think I am generally level 3 with a bit of level 4 for some tasks....

University of Hertfordshire pulls the plug on, well, everything after cyber attack

Roger Greenwood

Re: Learning without a computer

What's a book?

(I fear this will cease to be a joke in another generation...)



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