* Posts by DiViDeD

1309 posts • joined 11 May 2007


Hybrid working? Buckle in, there's no turning back as survey takers insist: You can't make us go back


There's a perception of busyness

Certainly the M1 in NSW is a lot busier at 5:00 am than I remember it before the pandemic. Maybe people are just really eager to get to work these days.


Re: Hybrid is a poor idea

and here in Oz I can live on the Central Coast, with a lake on one side and about 100km of virgin bush (hehe!) on the other while holding down a job in Parramatta.

For those who don't know, Parramatta (Sydney's Second CBD) is a nightmare landscape of Industrial Brutalist office architecture, currently enhanced by the most ill conceived and disruptive road closures a car hating civil servant could dream up. Plus, it costs $58 a day to park in my building. Plus it's about 2 hours away.

And next week, I shall be working from the tropical paradise that is Hamilton Island.

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



At BP, it was always referred to by its code: ID-10-t

Space junk damages International Space Station's robot arm


Re: Zeroes

If you are China you can probably ignore the rules, if you are a smaller country than China you have to do what Washington says.

... unless you align yourself with, say, China?

Remember those wacky cyberpunk costumes in Hackers? They're on display in London this week


Pretty Close - except for those fractal computers

As a piece of art, they chose to display whizzbang screens full of laughably optimistic fractal patterns and faux cgi blocks and buildings to represent data, which is arguably more interesting to a general audience than watching Rami Malek typing accurate bash commands into a terminal.

But as someone who was at least peripherally involved with the 2600 community in the late 80s and early 90s, the fashion (such as it was), patois and general manic edge was pretty much spot on how we imagined we looked to the 'danes.

On reflection, perhaps using the likes of Bernie S, Phiber Optik and Emmanuel Goldstein to advise on the whole hacker ethos of the time was what made the movie a camp classic rather than an also ran.

Just what is the poop capacity of an unladen sparrow? We ask because one got into the office and left quite a mess


Re: Small guage chicken wire?

Pretty much every house in Australia has screens across every opening window and door as standard. It's very effective at keeping out all but the most determined Death Mosquito or Murder Gnat.

I imagine, if you're only after the sparrows, you could probably manage with a larger mesh.

China says its first Mars rover Zhurong has landed on the Red Planet


Re: Not surprisingly....

But still they come.

Except ... aren't they going the wrong way?

Your private data has been nabbed: Please update your life as soon as possible while we deflect responsibility


Re: Fake PII FTW.

Not so extreme, but I always register, where unavoidable, with the next cab off the rank on my mailserver, so that when I get a spam from dodgybarstewards.co.za coming in to DiViDeD4357@, I know they got their mailing list from wankstain.co.uk (it's a specialist site about church architecture) and can send an email to abuse@ asking if they were hacked or whether they have a tidy little side earner.

Guy who wrote women are 'soft, weak, cosseted, naive' lasted about a month at Apple until internal revolt


Re: Inclusive must mean that we only include things that we like...

My thoughts too. Except that, at the time of writing this, 22 (count em) people didn't get it.

rather says it all, really.

'Big updates' to Mac design app Sketch add real-time collaboration – but you'll need to fork out for a subscription


Re: Adobe

To be honest, I've not found anything in recent years that Adobe software does which I can't do easily in Darktable, Raw Therapee or The Gimp

US-based hard disk drive suppliers face further scrutiny over whether they've shipped proscribed HDDs to Huawei


I were Wundrin ...

Does anyone know where Seagate and WD hard drives are manufactured these days? I heard it was somewhere in the Orient.

It's just that the last Toshiba drive I bought had the words 'MADE IN CHINA' emblazoned on the back.

Mayday! Mayday! Microsoft has settled on a build and Windows 10 21H1 is inbound


Pity us poor gamers

More recent drivers (half gB monster) for graphic cards pretty much rely on you having a Windows 10 machine to run them on. And with RTX still introducing better and smoother implementations, you need the latest drivers (except they're not called 'drivers' anymore - I am currently stuck in the nightmare world of GeForce Experiences) to run the latest games in all their rendered beauty.

But at least I'm not bitter - much.

Appeals court nixes online blueprint sharing ban on 3D-printed 'ghost guns'


Re: Why bother with 3D printing

Firearm control laws are feel-good legislation. All they do is placate the voters into thinking politicians are "doing something about it".

You're absolutely right. Since they tightened the gun laws in Australia, every single law abiding citizen here has been shot dead by a crinimal.

Some of us several times over!

Doom: The FPS that wowed players, gummed up servers, and enraged admins


Re: Music

AWE32 for me! Amazing wavetable MIDI!


Re: Flickering fluorescent lights

that door-opening sound?

A few years later and a different game (Thief - all that hiding in the shadows and listening out for enemies in the 3D soundscape stuff!):

A colleague got his hands on the game as soon as it was released, and was in hes "den", playing away and really enjoying the SoundBlaster "real" quadrophonics. He hears a door open and close behind him, scrabbles to the nearest shadow, while mouse looking to see if he was being crept up on by a nasty. Phew! Nothing there.

Just as he recovered his nerve, his wife laid her hand on his shoulder and asked if he wanted coffee.

He reckons that moment still gives him nightmares!


Re: Stanger in a strange land..

I believe a common tool in industrial espionage is the bored electrician in the corner of the conference room, apparently trying to trace a cable fault. Or so Steven Rambam tells me.

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Thank fuck I only have another Five years or so to retirement...

Don't be too sure of that. They have a tendency to offer you a wedge of money to stay on "for a while" when the bright young things in the Dev Team get confused over what colour the button needs to be and it escalates to open warfare.

They need an older, wiser head (I still can't believe that's me!) to make sure the button actually does something.


Re: Preemptive Ticket Closing?

a well-known Outsourcing Company


(known for comprehensively screwing customers)

Yes, you already said that.

Lenovo's latest gaming monster: Eight cores, 3.2GHz, giant heat sink, two fans. Oh, and it has a phone bolted on


Would the phrase "shuttup and take my money" be appropriate at this juncture?

Sure, Dave might seem like he's avidly listening to this morning's meeting, but he's actually doing a yoga routine


Re: Just the facts, ma'am.

Since I discovered the joys of Zoom background videos that still work when the camera is covered, I don't even have to attend the meetings where I am no more than a spectator.

Of course, it means I occasionally have to shoot a new background video in case anyone asks me if that's the only shirt I own!

Apple accused of unfairly banishing Watch keyboard app for the visually impaired from its software souk


Re: I am shocked, literally shocked

Downvoted your post because I didn't want your lack of faith in humanity to go unrequited.

Happy to help

Someone defeated the anti-crypto-coin-mining protection for Nvidia's 'gamers only' RTX 3060 ... It was Nvidia


Re: shiny 1080 GTX OC edition

Missed the bus there old chap. I already have a ROG 1080 and MSI RTX 2080 (Duke) up on eBay in an attempt to recoup my 3090 spend.

And I don't expect to get 3080 money for either of the buggers

Brit college forced to shift all teaching online for a week while it picks up the pieces from ransomware attack


Re: Retirement beckons

Unfortunately, working as I do for a major state government department in NSW which has a very "flexible" attitude to retirement ages, Retirement is looking less and less likely, despite me hitting what I thought was the milestone birthday at the beginning of the year. My immediate boss is 74, ffs!

That said, if I didn't enjoy it, I wouldn't keep doing it, so mea maxima culpa (as usual).

It's just that they keep coming up with new fun stuff to play with!

Biden administration reveals probe into government security has found holes, wants more private sector collaboration as the cure


Re: to be seen doing something

In Sir Humphrey's immortal words:

The government must do something

This is something

therefore, the government is doing something

Ever felt that a few big tech companies are following you around the internet? That's because ... they are


Re: vulnerable? Who, us?

.. the only thing that would change is that there wouldn't be so many ads and the Facebook share button would go away

See? What he said - the end of civilisation as we know it. Oh, the Humanity!!


There's no 'I' in Teams so Microsoft issues 6-month warning for laggards still on Skype for Business Online


Re: Kill it now

Then there's the biweekly joy of the 45 person group video call from someone who thought she was only calling Maria to ask how her weekend went.

Bye bye, said Trump admin to Huawei: You give a cheque-ie to our techies, but there's no licence to ply


Re: A glimmer fof light?

Silicon valley learnt from the Microsoft case that they can't just ignore DC

... without paying off the right politicians.

There, FTFY

You're welcome


Re: Sabotage can come from either side

we just re-colonise Africa

Sorry, too late there. China has already moved into several African nations, providing new roads, schools, hospitals at no cost to the local government except a proviso that, when their new infrastructure has been improved to the point where they can exploit their mineral resources, they remember who built that infrastructure for them.

You know, the sort of thing we could have been doing a century ago if we'd been more interested in long term opportunity than we were in short term profit.

Nothing new since the microwave: Let's get those home tech inventors cooking


Re: Smart heating system?

There certainly was such a time. We used to regularly get frost patterns on the big west facing half landing window on many mornings when I was an Icklun, and occasionally on the 2'6" thick walls - especially in the kitchen for some reason.

And this was in Pembrokeshire! Mildest microclimate in the whole of the UK (THREE potato crops a year, doncha know?)

BOFH: Are you a druid? Legally, you have to tell me if you're a druid


Re: Even I don't have Space:1999 DVD's

looks uncomfortably at the DVD shelves.

Ah, since the advent of media servers, I've been able to put my Babylon 5, Blake's 7, Dr Who and sundry other incriminating DVDs behind a locked door, so nobody will ever know!


United States Congress stormed by violent followers of defeated president, Biden win confirmation halted


Re: To use Trump's behaviour as an excuse to complain about Brexit is beneath contempt.

It's El Reg - nothing is beneath contempt around here.


Re: ...and where exactly do you live in the US?

The record is well past 200 downvotes to zero upvotes.

Yes. Whatever happened to Bombastic Bob?

Not that I miss him, you understand - just curious

EDIT: Well bugger me eyeballs, he's still around (see below)


Re: ...and where exactly do you live in the US?

I don't think her demands for a "fair election" was what got her shot so much as the climbing through a broken window to confront armed security.

Julian Assange will NOT be extradited to the US over WikiLeaks hacking and spy charges, rules British judge


Re: I'd rather we keep Assange

Assange has confessed to being a violent rapist.

Really? When did that happen? Do you have a copy of the statement?

Or are you simply making shit up?

'Following the science' rhetoric led to delay to UK COVID-19 lockdown, face mask rules


Re: When seat belts are mandatory, the number of car crashes goes up.

Seat belts aren't designed to stop cars crashing.

I don't think that's what the OP was saying. When people feel safer, they take more risks. ABS has led to drivers driving faster and braking later because they are relying on the ABS/EBDF to sort it out for them. Adaptive cruise control and autonomous braking mean that people are more at ease texting or playing with their phones.


Re: The Institute for Government, a bunch of non-scientists

... being locked down to long

Is that why we were locked down then? So we could long? Long for what?

The end of lockdowns I guess.

Right-to-repair warriors seek broader DMCA exemptions to bypass digital locks on the stuff we own


Re: Yes, but ...

Anyone remember the Intel 80486, The DX version, with the coprocessor, was eyewateringly expensive, but you could buy an SX, where an additional manufacturing process had been applied, namely an engineer snipping off the coprocessor pins, for half the price.

And the speed setting of the CPU itself - all 486s were designed to be DX2 66Mhz, and the speed was downgraded depending on the point where the samples for that batch failed.

Ah, heady times!

UK union pens letter to data watchdog on icky workplace monitoring systems like Microsoft's Productivity Score


Re: how to do a fucking sum in Excel

I kid you not, when I worked for <Major US Bank>, we had a senior sales director who kept a desk calculator on her desk for that very purpose.

She would type in her column of numbers, do the old border total thing on the bottom cell, then reach for the calculator, add up the numbers in her column, and type that into the total cell.

Her expression of cynical disbelief when I showed her "=SUM()" was faintly disturbing, coming from a woman responsible for billions of dollars of product sales!

Cayman Islands investment fund left entire filestore viewable by world+dog in unsecured Azure blob


Re: On the Internet?

there are those who would pay extra for the level of obfuscation provided by ink and quill pens

Yes. Isn't it odd that these people are simply looking to protect their privacy by using a legitimate business to keep their financial dealings confidential, while if an ordinary citizen is discovered using Tor, it's "Paedophiles, terrywrists and criminal gangs" all over the front pages


Re: Fully-encrypted laptops, one hopes?

Well, from the actual trials side, far more than encrypted. Generally, a preloaded and locked down laptop supplied by the company, companies or trusts running the trials, loaded with the software required to record the trials, including any peripheral input devices and sensors. These machines are generally so locked down they can be considered black box clinical devices (boot directly into the trials software environment, no desktop, can't even play Solitaire on them, generally no access to the results or patient information). Occasionally they even have GPS tracking devices to record the movements of the laptop (test centre to office is fine - Tracey's apartment for the weekend, results invalidated).

At least that was the case in Australia a couple of years ago when I was peripherally involved (as an IT consultant - not a trial subject) with an institute doing clinical trials in Sydney.

The GIMP turns 25 and promises to carry on being the FOSS not-Photoshop


Re: I found the learning curve so steep as to be nearly vertical

To be fair, you'd find the same with Photoshop, except that you'd be paying $60 a month to be bemused. Professional editing software (for tis wot The GIMP and PS is be) is very powerful and complex.

As such, it takes some time to learn and a lot of time to master. PS has a few tools to "get you started", but it's still a fair old learning curve if you want to get the most out of it.

To be honest, if your needs are less intense, you could do worse than Paint.Net for touching up, and canon's excellent little Digital Photo Professional (free if you have a Canon product - I imagine Nikon & Sony will do something similar). Shoot in RAW, make wonderfully creative and beautiful edits in DPP, output as a jpeg and crop/rotate/oversaturate in Paint.net.

After a while, you'll get used to workflows and the sort of edits you regularly make, and you'll be in a better position to move up to the GIMP and maybe Raw Therapee.

Why did Apple hamstring camera repairs on standard iPhone 12 but leave Pro Max module swappable? asks engineering group


Re: The Gimp

No hissing required. I could probably easily afford Photoshop/Lightroom/Premiere, but I've yet to see that lot do anything I can't do better with The Gimp, Raw Therapee and Shotcut, tbh.

And I'll be buggered if I'm going to sign up to a subscription model and learn a whole new set of workflows, just to be able to impress people with my Adobe T Shirt!

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


Re: Note that after Brexit your supply of dried-frog pills may dry up

Good News! There's nothing worse than a damp dried frog pill!

Billionaire's Pagani Pa-gone-i after teen son takes hypercar out for a drive, trashes it


Car Insurance Costings

Same in Australia. My Fully Comp insurance for the Alfa Spider is still less than the Compulsory Third Party my neighbour pays on his 3 door Kia hatchback - as I frequently delight in telling him.

Tablets and Chromebooks are hot, towers and desktops are not: El Reg combs through Q3 PC numbers


Re: Who NEEDS a desktop?

if you have an old desktop them buying new ram / graphics / cpu is trivial

Tell that to RoG, who got a grand out of me for my RTX2080 last year and are about to get close to three grand out of me for the 3090. Although I'll probably get most of the 2080 cost back in resale.

There's still big money to be made in selling to PC upgraders like me, with large wallets and small brains!

Max Schrems is back... and he's challenging Apple's 'secret iPhone advertising tracking cookies' in Europe


Re: They just don't get it.

I had the misfortune to use a colleagues PC recently - it was like suddenly finding myself in the 90s! Ads on every bit of whitespace, crawlers blocking the article I was trying to read, even popunders yelling at me invisibly!

I was forcibly reminded of the horror that my blockers are protecting me from, and it wasn't pretty.


Re: Targetted advertising

I'd have welcomed ear wax cleaning back in the day after my daughter, a keen Fat Boy Slim fan at the time, entered the search term "Happy Hardcore" into a search engine or two!


Re: Targetted advertising

Going on lingerie sites and clicking around

It's heartening to see that the spirit of true inquiry is still alive in some small (and slightly moist) corner of the universe.

Baby Yoda stowed away on Crew Dragon, boards International Space Station


Re: $2700 per kilo?

side reference to a soft drinks company

Arthur C Clarke - Watch This Space, from his 'Venture to the Moon' short stories about the first team on the moon.

Happy to help

Mr President? Donald?! Any chance you can actually decide if Oracle can buy us or do we have to leave?


Re: Contemporaneous notes

That's the true engineer's way. When your arguments and protests only bring accusations of not being a team player, make sure you have every email, every memo, receipt, conversation, sets of meeting notes etc in a safe place for the time when they start blaming you for their cockups and monumental failures.

That's why we have plenty of old, bold engineers!



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