* Posts by Ragarath

1051 posts • joined 26 Aug 2009


Samsung: We will remotely brick smart TVs looted from our warehouse


Re: Everybody can do that

Tell that to my energy hungry 42" Panasonic plasma that I still refuse to take off the wall and replace.

At the time Plasma was the bees knees and LCD was, well crap.

Still shows a darn good picture too. Must be 12 - 13 years old now.

Scientists reckon eliminating COVID-19 will be easier than polio, harder than smallpox – just buckle in for a wait


As a double jabbed

Currently sitting at home with COVID, they also actually need to work.

England's controversial extraction of personal medical histories from GP systems is delayed for a second time


I beg to differ.

A persons data belongs to them and only them unless they decide to share it. I could make all sorts of analogies about other data that you would not share like the contents of your house, your salary heck your entire schedule. All of these could save lives too you know, if you use the data correctly. They can also be used in other ways too nefarious as well as not, all without your knowledge.

Why should your data be any different than any other possession? If I want to borrow a friends car, I ask them nicely and they will either say yes or no. If it's a no I can't then just take the keys. That's called stealing and potentially carries jail time. Data should be no different.

Researchers find evidence that stress does turn your hair grey, and it can be reversed – you just need a holiday


Re: I thought grey was compulsory...

What happens in Dev-ops? Do we have a third option, an amalgamation of the two or a cancelling out?

BOFH: Despite the extremely hazardous staircase, our IT insurance agreement is at an all-time low. Can't think why


Cyber Insurance - Sigh

Part of our insurance this year had to include "Cyber", part of the stipulation was that I download and app and had to have it and run it within 30 days.

I'm not running some random App on my system I said, but our legal guys were on my case. So I downloaded the app, ran it thinking it would do some sort of scan or check of our systems.

Nope, it is a tool for reporting a breach. A literal messaging app, period. I mean I could have let them know by The WhatchamacallitApp but nope the insurance policy dictates I need theirs. Guess what else it does? Yup try to sell me more insurance in the form of keeping me notified of security concerns. As if I don't do that already in better ways than an insurance company.


Today I shall explain how dual monitors work using the medium of interpretive dance


Re: Laptop + Monitor = two computers?

I've had this many a time. More recently I think it has been down to AIO computers and iMac things that people expect the monitor to be the computer.

Just don't try explaining that it is not a T.V., there be dragons.

Xiaomi touts Hypercharge 200W charging tech, claims 4,000mAh battery goes from 0 to full in 480 seconds


Re: Stupid lab tricks

Thinking my above sounded a little weird I investigated some more.

C=Capacity[Ah]/1[ℎ] (See IEC_61434)


Re: Stupid lab tricks

Using a little Google Foo I discovered that it is the rate to charge a battery of 1Ah (1000mAh).

Which means a 4Ah battery would literally be 4 hours to charge.

Note: the little I read on it mentioned that 1Ah should be able to discharge at 1A for 1h.

Apple iOS 14.5 will hide Safari users' IP addresses from Google's Safe Browsing


So Apple are proxying instead then?

So Apple has all the data and not Google, your data is still being collected.

Google's Alphabet sticks a pin in its Loon internet broadband service


Re: Well done...

Came to say the same thing about the loonies. Have an upvote.

Back to the office with you: 'Perhaps 5 days is too much family time' – Workday CEO


It's the other way around

It's not the writing of the words that is different from the mouth-hole version. It's he interpretation.

Many a disagreement that has been going on for far to long because a took b's written version the wrong way has been resolved by having them actually talk to each other.

Brexit freezes 81,000 UK-registered .eu domains – and you've all got three months to get them back


Re: Most Remainers are too polite and won't say but "We told you so!"

Thanks for that, I was expecting it as I'm usually the first to point it out and did think it ironic that I included it in my post.

Have an up-vote.


Re: Most Remainers are too polite and won't say but "We told you so!"

I do believe that you're not saying anything. You're anonymous. Stand up for what you believe in.

I voted to stay, mainly because I am an optimist and believe that the world should all freaking work as one. Unfortunately we are not there yet but making bigger blocks then cementing the bigger blocks together is certainly the way to go IMO.

I also respect democracy though. Our side failed to convince the others well enough. Not sure what you're spouting above but there have been several trade deals done (one with the EU I might add that they said would never be) and I do believe the world s in the middle of something else too right now.

We've not even seen the proper aftermath yet and it will take years to know if the decision was good or bad. All this .eu domain name crap is small fry. Just change the domain name. There are plenty out there and if you did not have your country specific domain name or a generic as well as the .eu then, why?

At the end of the day this is a political decision and thus could have been redacted or changed. We do after all share a continent called Europe (yes I know .eu stands for European Union).

This better not be a cruel prank: Microsoft promises 99.99% uptime for Azure Active Directory from 1 April


Re: Four 9’s on a 24x7 system is pretty poor

By my calcs, it's less than an hour a year?


Does the SLA say you only get money back for the time it's down? Then in credits?

No saving at all if so really. Good PR for MS though.

Google Cloud (over)Run: How a free trial experiment ended with a $72,000 bill overnight


There is a happy ending. "After going through our lengthy doc on this incident sharing our side of the story, various consults, talks, and internal discussions, Google let go of our bill as a one-time gesture," said Chauhan.

And how many people did he know inside to get this attention? If I did the same I'm pretty sure I'd be told where to file the check.

Apple appears to be charging Brits £309 to replace AirPods Max batteries, while Americans need only stump up $79


Re: Typo is fixed

So the press should stop reporting on things when they go wrong should they?

Yes Apple made the typo but The Reg did ask them for comment. Why not report on it. Even in the article (on the strap line no less) they mentioned / indicated that it was likely a typo.

Arriving in 2021, the UK's Digital Markets Unit 'could' start to do something about the power of online ad giants


Re: Good idea but will it have teeth?

Really! You managed to to change this into a remain leave argument?

The UK ad business is worth a lot of money. Yes if it has teeth it will have the clout needed but the teeth is the important part.

You like Jira that much? Atlassian goes full Service Management with platform, promises Service Desk is fine


End of On Prem

What a pain in the arse. I only started using Service Desk last year because it offered an on premise solution and was better than what I was using previously. I'm now going to have to go through all the shenanigans again looking for a new solution. In a few years.

Stop forcing people into the cloud. I don't need it nor want it to be in the cloud.

The car you buy in 2025 will include a terabyte of storage. Robo-taxis might need 11TB


Re: A rhetorical question?

Erm... surely no one needs to pay as it does not need to be uploaded to the cloud unless certain requirements are met.

If there is a traffic incident that breaks the law: in this case you pay for the upload of the data. If the authorities that be need to keep the data for any reason (of course as allowed with local laws) then they pay for it.

If you are uploading the data for posterity, then you pay for it all.

Car manufacturers do not need the data except to train systems more. If they need to do this they are selling you a faulty product that does not do what you purchased it for. If they find an issue, all you need to do is download data. Not upload.

If someone can tell me any other reasons that upload is required I'd love to hear it.

We did NAT see that coming: How malicious JavaScript can open holes in your firewall for miscreants to slip through


Re: "some people even have home VOIP systems"

Note also that SIP ALG can cause problems to VOIP systems too. I need to turn it off on my routers for example otherwise our cloud PBX's packets get mangled and it does some weird stuff.

For example, outgoing or incoming calls are fine but forwarding the call to any other number will result in the internal caller and the caller being forwarded to being unable to speak to one another. When the call is actually put through the external and internal users can talk again.

Brit uni's AI algorithm clocks 50 exoplanets hidden in Kepler space 'scope archives


EVE online Project Discovory

Machines are just better at finding alien worlds than us humans

EVE Online's project discovery found 37 in the first few weeks using fleshbags like you and I. I'm pretty sure many many more candidates were found over it's lifetime. I've not looked for a while though.

Are yo sure your strap line is correct?

Pass that Brit guy with the right-hand drive: UK looking into legalising automated lane-keeping systems by 2021


Please clarify, do you mean before or after it was dead or that the emergency braking system engaged before or after the Racoon?

The incidents are not mutually exclusive. The Racoon may well have been alive and in front before the emergency braking activated.

Apple to keep Intel at Arm's length: macOS shifts from x86 to homegrown common CPU arch, will run iOS apps


Re: Plenty have tried this whole mainstream ARM thing before, and all of them have failed

I assume you got the downvotes for the "rounded corners" comment. I am no fan of Apple but what you said gave me a chuckle as it's exactly what they do.

Although I would change the 'do it better' part to 'market it better' as their solutions are not always better but are sold to the public in the way that they understand.

UK finds itself almost alone with centralized virus contact-tracing app that probably won't work well, asks for your location, may be illegal


Re: Apple and Google have too much control

But why at no point am I allowed to say an app CAN do that?

Lock it down with lots of big red warnings. Make it so an app can't have the permissions in those worthless pop ups. Make it so someone has to go in and enable it.

There are many ways to do it, they won't because they lose control. The world of personal computers shows it is possible.


Apple and Google have too much control

This only proves that we need more control over our smart phones. Google and Apples Apps are allowed to do something well, but no other app is.

The approach by the UK may be wrong but I should be able to say which app has that control, not Apple and Google.

Happy birthday, ARM1. It is 35 years since Britain's Acorn RISC Machine chip sipped power for the first time


My Beloved Electron

My beloved Acorn Electron never gets a mention. Yes we could not afford a BBC but it did spark my love of all things computers.

China strings up red tape barrier that shows businesses they're better off buying local tech



Apple did reply to The Reg a few weeks ago about something. Can't remember the article but I'm sure they did!

Please help me out someone; it may be that I have gone mad?

UK MPs fume after Huawei posts open letter stating: 'Disrupting our involvement in the 5G rollout would do Britain a disservice'


Still alive!

I remember having an Imagination graphics card back in the day. They're still going then? I had not thought about them in many a year.

Huawei P40 pricing is in step with previous P-series efforts – but flagship lacks the apps punters have come to expect


Re: Facebook Free?

Come on, pull the other one. trackingware free only moves it from Google to themselves.

Cache me if you can: HDD PC sales collapse in Europe as shoppers say yes siree to SSD


Re: "spinning rust"

They must be slow at transferring data ;)


Re: "spinning rust"


Yes, that's the one, just did not put it's full name to the post. But thank you for pointing it out!


Re: "spinning rust"

I thought is was "Drive" not device.

HDD = Hard Disk Drive

SSD = Solid State Drive


Re: "spinning rust"

You mean that phrase, used by many a techie since... well I can't remember when as I have been using it for so long.

It's not The Registers phrase, it's our phrase and yes it is going to stay and get used for as long as they (HDDs) are around.

Reg, carry on, nothing to see here.

Note: HDDs were made with iron oxide initially (Rust).

'That's here. That's home. That's us': It's 30 years since Voyager 1 looked back and squinted at a 'Pale Blue Dot'


Re: Human curiosity

You forgot the "if it din't kill you first" part!

Tens of millions of biz Dell PCs smacked by privilege-escalation bug in bundled troubleshooting tool


Biz PC's!

Wait, come on, business PCs? Is there anyone that does not immediately wipe and reinstall dell,hp,lenovo any other vendor?

I assume this is small biz where they may not have the resource to do this.

Windows 7 will not go gentle into that good night: Ageing OS refuses to shut down


Power button still works fine, or the great switch'o the wall.

Things I learned from Y2K (pt 87): How to swap a mainframe for Microsoft Access



Can someone please tell my employer that VB6 is dead? I still have to support it and OCX files, yes welcome to my security nightmare, you may come in!

Brave, Google, Microsoft, Mozilla gather together to talk web privacy... and why we all shouldn't get too much of it


Wow, so much wrong with this AC post.

You ordered something from Amazon, therefore you paid for it upfront. No invoice. An invoice anyway is a legal document that you have entered into a contract to pay if you want the goods. The goods are sill not yours until you accept that contract. That is stealing.

Conversely, web adverts and tracking cookies are little ones and zeros that you can stop from entering your home as once they hit your router the cost is entirely on you. It costs you to display them in terms of bandwidth and electricity.

No legal contract has been entered into, a website can say what they like on their front page "You cannot view this site unless you accept ads" but it is still not a contract.

If they so wish they can block all access until you click the button that says yes to these ads. The same way they can change their funding model to a pay to access. A lot of these sites don't because people wouldn't.

I consider this the same as the telemetry crap that manufacturers of devices say they "need" to help with making the device/service better. It is using my data, you know those ones and zeros that cost me money. So they either get not used or blocked at the firewall.

We should not have to accept this crap "just because"


Re: "Microsoft Loves the Web"

I'm pretty sure you'd just end up with a cohort of ads following you around and not as you surmise have the first ad block the rest.

It'd be like a gaggle of kids all trying to be the one heard.

LastPass stores passwords so securely, not even its users can access them


Re: thisisnotmypasswordbutitturnsoutitisaverylongstringoftext

ROT(#) is one of the first things I'd try if I was nefarious and found a book of passwords with..


...in it.

Looks like the party's over, folks: Global PC sales set to shrink as Windows 10 upgrade cycle tails off, says Gartner


Re: Perhaps

So proud of being windows free that you put your name as AC?

'No BS' web host Gandi lives up to half of its motto... Some customer data wiped out in storage server meltdown


Nice to see a Gandi employee backing up the company line.

IMO it all depends on IF they sold this as a backed up solution. If they did, fault is on them if not then yes you are welcome to have a go at the users of the service for not having their own backup.

Log us out: Private equity snaffles Lastpass owner LogMeIn


Re: Or you could, maybe, possibly, perhaps...

I only run a smallish site and I have hundreds of passwords for the services I have set up. There is no way I can remember them all at 12 characters and properly random.

Even using passphrases for them all is not going to help in that manner and still with some services not properly allowing spaces or certain characters.

Remember too that this is after having to remember all my personal passwords (which I do just use my memory for) for all my services.

Attention! Very important science: Tapping a can of fizzy beer does... absolutely nothing


So many flaws

First, the cans are NOT tapped with a finger.

Second, though as noted, not on the side.

You use the pull ring to tap the top of the can three times (I'm a rebel/lazy and sometimes only do it twice) pulling it until there is enough tension for it to spring back with speed. This creates the resonance to dislodge the bubbles. Using your finger does not create this.

Will test again tonight under duress.

Outposts, Local Zone, Wavelength: It's a new era of distributed cloud, says AWS architect



Seems to me like everyone has suddenly remembered that latency and bandwidth are a thing and that not everything can/should be hosted.

I only have 2 cloud hosted servers for this exact reason and they could be hosted in any old datacenter. Luckily I don't have t o deal with expanding or contracting processing needs though.

Sage still waiting for cloudy investments to make it rain as operating profit tumbles 10.5%


Patrick Stewart, analyst at Megabuyte

Is he boldly going where no analyst has gone before?

Astroboffins baffled as Curiosity rover takes larger gasps of oxygen in Martian summers


The book got it wrong...

Researchers have no idea what could be pumping and dumping oxygen on Mars


Vodafone UK links arms with Openreach to build out its full-fibre network


What is an FTTCP cabinet?

It's either FTTC or FTTP. Are BT trying to pawn of that FTTC is actually FTTP in some places?



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