* Posts by Donchik

54 publicly visible posts • joined 17 Jul 2009


Virgin Media email customers enter third day of inbox infuriation



My issue is that I've been locked out of other systems due to 2FA demands.

Several systems demand an email unrelated to their own system to complete access.

When VM email died so did entirely unrelated services.

Any chance VM will cough up for this disruption - yeah right!

AI is going to eat itself: Experiment shows people training bots are using bots


What about us?

Humans training humans has led to the current catastrophic results.

Are we sure AI training AI will improve on our success rate?

Is the $10 billion James Webb Space Telescope worth the price tag?


Re: Science!

Think that it was Larry Niven's quote, or similar.

"Get in the habit of learning all you can one day it will be useful"

I think it was in Protector

Tweaks to IPv4 could free up 'hundreds of millions of addresses'


What about the range gluttons?

Some government and corporate enterprises have whole blocks of ip numbers for their personal business use.

Whilst useful to them perhaps its time to get the vast amount of unused numbers freed up by requiring evidence of need.

Xerox, Amazon, Alibaba, AT&T even Ford, Mercedes Benz have entire address ranges to themselves. HP even has two! 15.x.x.x and 16.x.x.x

100s of millions of numbers could be freed up by less wasteful allocation to powerful corporations.


Russia acknowledges sanctions could hurt its tech companies


Several excellent analytical posts here. Mainstream media should consider employing some of you.

On China, I'm intrigued but the possibility that they've quietly supported Putin's insane views only to leverage a shift in the Wests stance towards the Middle Kingdom.

I could easily conceive a situation where they quietly negotiated a opening in trade with the West in exchange for Stabbing Vlad in the back.

After all, "Before you can stab someone in the back, you have to get behind them"

If your apps or gadgets break down on Sunday, this may be why: Gpsd bug to roll back clocks to 2002


Dark Star V2.1?

Bomb#20: In the beginning, there was darkness. And the darkness was without form, and void.

Boiler: What the hell is he talking about?

Bomb#20: And in addition to the darkness there was also me. And I moved upon the face of the darkness. And I saw that I was alone. Let there be light.

Samsung is planning to reverse-engineer the human brain on to a chip


Re: Let's hope

Genuine People Personalities GPP anyone?


Apple hits back at Epic, says Fortnite crew wants a 'free ride' on fees: Let the app store death match commence


If Apple charged a fee to vet the safety of an app, I'd not see an issue.

Gouging 30% ad-infiniteum is obviously extortionate and not related to the service provided.

Struggling company pleads with landlords to slash rents as COVID-19 batters UK high street. The firm's name? Apple


Tragedy is your pension is probably invested in the High Street property and so it's a double whammy!

Less tax income from Apple and its ilk, and your pension returns knobbled!

Welcome to the corporate insanity that engulfs and consumes us all...

UK govt publishes contracts granting Amazon, Microsoft, Google and AI firms access to COVID-19 health data

Big Brother

Over my Dead Body

As someone in more than one high risk category I will be isolating regardless of the Propaganda being pushed by our imperious leaders.

I know I'll catch it eventually and my best hope to avoid a terminal event is to delay that occurrence until, hopefully, better mitigations exist so that my chances of surviving improve.

A vaccine is by no means a done deal, and as flu shows not always 100% effective.

Forget herd immunity, it does not work with flu or SARS or Ebola etc, why should it work with Coronavirus?

As for the harvesting of our personal data to enrich Dom and his mates I will not be installing any App pushed by these fools. The worst nightmare possible might be that we actually survive Coronavirus only to come out on the other side into a permanent state controlled surveillance world. i.e. V for Vendetta style.

"Vi veri universum vivus vici"

Intel end-of-lifing BIOS and driver downloads for dusty hardware


Had it with HP

I agree wholeheartedly.

HP have to be one of the worst for this mercenary behaviour.

I have had to junk a perfect flatbed scanner and now I'm being told the latest Bios updates on my 250 G4 laptop require a new motherboard!

It appears to be sop by HP and it seems the only option is NEVER to buy their products.

An expensive lesson to learn but one I will adhere to.

HP have pissed on my chips for the last time, and I'd recommend to everyone to keep their chips away from them also!

The Feds are building an America-wide face surveillance system – and we're going to court to prove it, says ACLU


Re: 640 million -- more than the US population --

"Glorious Leader of the Moment"

Love it, reminds me so much of Ming the Merciless in Flash Gordon...

"Do you, Ming the Merciless, Ruler of the Universe, take this Earthling Dale Arden, to be your Empress of the Hour? The Emperor Ming: Of the hour, yes."

UK PM Johnson spins revolving doors, new digital minister falls through


Without Friction?

Solution to Irish border may not be "Frictionless", but with this latest shower certain to be "Bloody Slippery"

What do we want? Decentralised, non-siloed social media with open standards! When do we want it? Soon!


Re: "whom I don't trust as far as I could kick him"

Doesn't need to actually be on fire to justify that!

Lightning speed – how fast is that again? Virgin plugs in another 102k to superfast broadband


Revenue Generating Units?


As the only way to get a marginally acceptable cable price was to accept a "Loyalty" bundle including a landline phone that has not been used in 6 months it's not surprising to see voice revenue decline. Their phone was always over priced, only the early fibre made it a viable option.

Fibre has been generally ok, but always necessary to chase them about price rises.

I'd happily shift to alternative fibre options but do not have, or want, a fixed telco line installed. I suspect that makes me an easy mark for Virgin as well...

Surprising absolutely no one at all, Samsung's folding-screen phones knackered within days


Re: Pretty well Inevitable for an Alpha Version

Red ones are ripe?

VP Mike Pence: I want Americans back on the Moon by 2024 (or before the Chinese get there)


Anyone for a new wall?

Look on the bright side, if the good old US of A and the yellow peril both arrive simultaneously Trump can get new funding for a Lunar Wall to keep them out of the US side...

Popcorn anybody?

Secret mic in Nest gear wasn't supposed to be a secret, says Google, we just forgot to tell anyone


Slartibartfast surely?


Android fans get fat November security patch bundle – if the networks or mobe makers are kind enough to let 'em have it


Optional Strategy

I've decided to thwart the hackers by continuing to use my elderly Windows 950XL

No security, or any other kind, of updates to worry about, and a user base so small it's not worth the effort of a hacker to build an exploit for the platform.

As long as I can still get replacement batteries I think I'll be fine.

Keep your hands on the f*cking wheel! New Tesla update like being taught to drive by your dad


This is the crux of the matter: https://youtu.be/7phGegNjZL8?t=13m12s

BBC Horizon (1986) - The Wrong Stuff "We've got it the wrong way round" quote relating to Aircraft computer automation in the cockpit.

They learnt this back in the 80's why will Musk et. al. not at least research the human machine interface before creating these "Death Traps"

Max Schrems is back: Facebook, Google hit with GDPR complaint

Big Brother

How can just a new privacy policy be compliant

I'm fascinated by the steady stream of GDPR emails rolling through my inbox.

A lot appear to have done the right thing, and are asking for us, the data providers, to provide a clear permission through links to preference pages on their sites. Not problem as I'm happy to tell them what I'd like them to do with their service and my data etc.

Many just like Facebook, Google, and many smaller fry have simply sent an email advising that GDPR has caused them to revise their privacy policy, and provide a link to this. Several have even said continued use of our service constitutes acceptance of these new privacy rules! I think we all know this is not legal in the eyes of GDPR.

I understand some confusion, but this is being deliberately obtuse and I hope the ICO's in all these countries crack down across the board. Consent must mean consent (I know I hate the Brexit analogy)

Former Volkswagen CEO indicted over emission cheating conspiracy


Why blame the innocent?

VW designed a system specifically to deceive the testing regime.

Other manufacturers complied with the local laws and testing regimes.

All the other manufacturers have been "Tarred" with the VW Dieselgate brush and have seen significant lowering in revenue due to Diesel sales declines, as well as being presented with new "Real World" testing regimes at very short notice causing considerable disruption and cost to their own compliant programmes.

I find it insulting to hear repeatedly claimed that all car manufacturers are cheating like VW. Put up or Shut UP! Where is your evidence for such nonsense.

What I do find surprising is that the innocent manufacturers have not started legal actions against VW for the consequential damage their deception has caused which truly runs into billions of $/£/€ take your pick.

VW have shattered the public confidence in Diesel which will lead to huge CO2 emissions (Petrol, or Electric Vehicle powered by Fossil fuel power stations etc.) in exchange for a reduction in particulate matter which the latest Euro 6 standards lowered to that of gasoline engines...

Am I angry, sure, but not just with VW, but the media witch-hunt that has followed targeting Diesel in general, and which continues to be propagated by ill-informed social media pundits.

I'm also sure you've detected that I work in the automotive sector, and have a vested interest, but that does not make the facts change.

Upvote or downvote, as you feel fit, but do it based on the facts not the "Fake" news pundits.

It's been 50 years since those damn dirty apes took the planet by storm


Travelling Wild West Show?

Anyone remember the Wild Bill western show that did the rounds back in my youth, '70's I suspect.

I saw this at the Essex county show ground and included a hefty Plant of the Apes section.

From my recollection it was not that bad, and fitted in quite well with all the horse riding stunt stuff.

My big sister was a great fan :)

Disengage, disengage! Cali DMV reports show how often human drivers override robot cars


Failed Logic

Real issue with AV proposals is that full AV is still a distant dream and one that many do not even want.

All the other partial solutions are based on the failed logic of having a human oversee a computer. Humans are incredibly poor at these kind of tasks, and such systems were long ago excluded as unsafe. Early aircraft autopilots being the clearest example of such failures with pilot coming to trust autopilots over looking out the window to see the ground approaching unexpectedly!

Until full AV systems are available that do not require Human intervention the systems should only be driving aids, for example warning or intervening as necessary to support the driver. Computer support of the driver has great potential, but it MUST be a Human in control ultimately.

Should SANs be patched to fix the Spectre and Meltdown bugs? Er ... yes and no


Silly question or not?

Reading all about this at the reg and elsewhere, should other products that are I/O intensive within the system be concerned?

Does Meltdown/Spectre effect the chip-set in the SSD and Hard drives directly?

Will we be seeing firmware updates to address this, and what might the performance impact be on such component level hardware?

Any Reg experts online to advise :)

Virgin Media's profanity warning triggered by chief exec's name


Re: Ok ok...

Isaac Hunt, and Wilfred Anker's, both real from GEC Marconi in the 1990's

Hope Wilf is well he was a great dude and very tolerant of us all :)

Dead serious: How to haunt people after you've gone... using your smartphone


Re: Like those Chryogenic companies

Favourite term from Larry Niven's chryogenic tales was "Corpsical"

Mmm Tasty...

Homeland Security: Putin’s hackers tried to crack electoral networks in 21 US states


"some bias confirmation effects on the excessively gullible", you mean the electorate?

Is that not the whole point of Putin's propaganda...

UK ministers to push anti-encryption laws after election


Good idea!

About time the state came clean about it's desire to establish the "Police" variety of state on us all.

Of course misses the blindingly obvious that if GCHQ does not have sufficient processing power to break the encryption, what chance our useless ISP's?

Perhaps Teresa Mayhem et al need a reality check on what is actually feasible before such knee jerk legislation.

Tesla's big news today:
sudo killall -9 Autopilot


Hardly surprising!

With Ford, GM etc. sinking billions into this money pit, It's not a surprise that Tesla's little operation has not been able to crack this.

The reason the big players are not already in the marketplace appears obvious, with current technology it's not safe enough for them or their legally equipped customers.

Tesla have been gambling with their customer's lives, and any other road user or pedestrian who is unlucky enough to run into them (sic)

Russian government ponders open source purchasing preference


Re: And if Putin *really* feels like annoying the West

Kind of concerned about what "Dobby the Dictator" would consider an enhancement...

Any suggestions?

Moron is late for flight, calls in bomb threat



Seems a disproportionally small fine considering the cost incurred by airlines, the airport, police and security, and of course the thousands of non-idiot passengers who will have incurred their own costs, if only in time and inconvenience!

Happy Anniversary: What’s new, what’s missing in Microsoft’s giant mobile update


More new bugs!

Roaming in the South of France currently.

Update arrived over hotel WiFi ok, but results patchy.

My wife's 8.1 phone still working fine, but my 950xl can't find ANY network connection for voice or SMS.

Settings vanished as noted, but screen brightness outside so low, can't read anything...

Pressing button to wake up phone only works about a third of the time, and pressing the camera button no longer fires up the camera.

Impressive achievement Microsoft!

Work begins on Russian rival to Android



In a post relating to Putler's Russia!


Cops hate encryption but the NSA loves it when you use PGP


An old but solved problem

I seem to recall that this issue with using encryption identifies you as a potential suspect was solved a long time ago.

Is there not a program which conceals the encrypted message within a jpg or other image file?

Imagine every cat image or video on the web being the possible source of a terrorist message.

PGP is so yesterday...

Boozing is unsafe at ‘any level’, thunders chief UK.gov quack



Ish sho unfair!

I'm heintarly shobor and will remain sho, eshpeshely ash I driv home shoon...

I notice they've even misspelt Shubmit!

Microsoft in 2016: Is there any point asking SatNad what's coming?


Re: "he has a higher degree of tolerance for unfinished software than his customers"

Same problem with outsourced CAD to India.

Turn round of the job good... Content of the job abysmal!

Usually takes our local CAD team another 150% in effort to rectify the mess!

Strangely enough our management never notices this task as their bonuses are entirely linked to the amount of outsourcing, not the departmental efficiency.

OK, rant over, back to Microsoft.

Kill Flash Now: 78 bugs patched in latest update


Re: Rid?

So... What would a "Good" dose of the clap be like?

Windows 10 pilot rollouts will surge in early 2016, says Gartner


Re: Hardware Upgrade

Hate it or hate it, at least M$oft got that right.

Retail remains retail after update, and oem remains oem.

Of course this is a little moot as they got EVERYTHING else completely fucked up beyond all recognition!

TalkTalk attack: 'No legal obligation to encrypt customer bank details', says chief


TalkTalk appear to be more "Victims of Stupidity"

Hackers hit NATO, White House – then aimed at MH17 air disaster probe


ISIS? Like F**k!

Putin has spent 90% of his time blowing 7 kinds of excrement out of the moderate rebel forces.

His only interest is propping up his puppet dictator and mass murderer Asad.

Try using independent sources of news and don't troll Putin's fantasy here.

Microsoft now awfully pushy with Windows 10 on Win 7, 8 PCs – Reg readers hit back


Re: 10% in Error? BullShit!!! Every one of my PC's has attemped to install Win 10 Crapware!!!

Regular updates are offered, then when you check, the "Install win 10" is pre-ticked in the list.

I untick it... AGAIN, and continue with the updates.

Then after the obligatory reboot, windows update appears again offering me the exact same image from the article!

If I click the "Show all available updates" I get shown a new set of updates, none of which are ticked, yet 90% are important to my WIndows 7 installation! WTF M$oft!


10% in Error? BullShit!!! Every one of my PC's has attemped to install Win 10 Crapware!!!

Anyone know how to complain about this malware?

All my PC's were set to ignore Windows 10, and all have just attempted to update to Windows 10.

If this is not illegal what would be?

Watch out VW – French prosecutors are pulling on the rubber gloves


Re: Let he that is without sin...

Perhaps this explains why PSA diesels fitted in Fords never have the same performance or emissions.

Identical hardware but significant performance difference now looks very suspicious for PSA!

Perhaps we now know how they did it?

11 MILLION VW cars used Dieselgate cheatware – what the clutch, Volkswagen?


Re: Well, let's summarise this.

Kind of bothered by how all car manufacturers are being lined up against the wall on this.

No evidence exists for those assumptions and whilst it makes sense to check trying to implicate other groups is not appropriate.

I suspect all manufacturers design to meet the requirements, but that is nothing like specifically designing in a cheat mode.

Danish telcos hang up on merger plans after EU pressure


Yeah! First to comment, shame I couldn't give a toss either way.

They'll still charge the earth for no connection, have contracts that are legally binding on the consumer, but revisable upward weekly by the operators, and charge both arms, and three legs to roam to the isle of man.

Get whimsical and win a Western Digital Black 6TB hard drive


guyPhone 8.1 you say?

Pub O'clock probe finds thousands of repeated 512-bit RSA keys



Is it too much to ask that the router models be named and shamed?

At least we mortal home users could take some defensive action.

Why has the Russian economy plunged SO SUDDENLY into the toilet?


Re: So if I have this straight

As for your last comment, I do care and if you had relatives being slaughtered by Putin's criminal thugs you might care as well.

Putin has created a hell in the East of Ukraine, and I for one will never forget or forgive.

Align yourself with him because its convenient and because you hate the US or the EU is contemptible.

Hate any of them, but do it for the harm they do. Do not forgive them and next year pretend it never happened!