* Posts by Ragarath

1071 publicly visible posts • joined 26 Aug 2009


Europe wants easy default browser selection screens. Mozilla is already sounding the alarm on dirty tricks


Re: Deja vu, all over again...

But that's part of the problem, they don't all support the standards in the same way or by the same amount.

So you choose the one that supports the standards you need.

Sysadmins are being left out of AI implementation


Re: AI?

It's being able to filter out, read behind the lines and just plain old mash several things together from that dubious help tells the real sysadmin from the script reader.

How a dispute over IP addresses led to a challenge to internet governance


Re: Time for IPv8

Sorry, but firewalls can be stateful, or stateless. You don't need NAT for that. As I said, configure your firewall properly.

Perhaps I should change that to choose the right firewall and configure it properly.


Re: Time for IPv8

NAT is not meant to be a firewall. NAT is just a way of putting lots of addresses behind another.

Your moat is the firewall. Configure that properly and you have no issues.

Twitter rate-limits itself into a weekend of chaos



What they actually mean is that some countries also use it to announce things. Like they do on radio, T.V. newspapers etc.

I think it's just that they get theirs from only twitter.

Five billion phones are dead in drawers – carriers want to mine them


Re: So, how much...

So, first. Please make your posts make sense. Littering them with capitalised letters in your green crusade do nothing for you. Post as a person. You seem to realise this is a rant so have posted appropriately.

Why is me choosing to keep things I have paid for a problem? They are not littering, I am not sending them to landfill. Why is me expecting the companies, that sell these things for excessive profits, to offer something in return for what essentially, is just them saving money instead of having to dig it out of the ground. If they were serious about "green" they would never have made the things unrepairable. These companies are only about profit and want the rare elements from these things cheaper than they can dig them out of the ground so they can continue to rake in the excessive profits.

My "green" is my own businesses and I am proud of it since I've been doing it since I was a whipper snapper. I did not need to wait for this "woke" mentality to do what I knew was right, so take your crusade elsewhere.


So, how much...

...are they paying me for my obviously valuable stock of those resources?

Or, as I suspect. Are they going to relieve me of them out of the kindness of their hearts, and "for the planet."

How about I hold onto them until they pay back some of the extortionate,inflated price I paid for them. They are doing me no harm sat there.

AWS makes its hybrid cloud behave a bit more like normal, boring, on-prem servers



So the difference here is just capex vs opex. You're paying for the electric. You've specced up the hardware. You can give it a hug if needs be...

But you're paying Amazon (insert other provider if necessary) to for the privilege. Could you not I don't know budget for the kit and install it yourself if you need an on-prem workhorse? Pretty sure it would be cheaper in the long run.

Where are we now, Microsoft 362.5? Europe reports outages


I'd say yes there may be more downtime in on-prem (if not properly specced or not enough budget to spec right,) but the crucial question is is it more disruptive?

Most of the time with on-prem from my experience, it's a single service that is down. Not everything.

Meta wheels out Deloitte to plug the metaverse. Is anyone actually convinced?


Re: So tell us Saint Mark of Zuck, why?

But you've just described what Zuckerberg is trying to sell. In his metaverae you'll be able to experience the joys of running through the rape seed field with none of the drawbacks.

Winner right there. Though you'll need the compulsory added extra touch and feel pack for the full experience.

Microsoft mucks with PrtScr key for first time in decades


Re: As we suspected

Sounds like you want the old days back. Windows went registry. Deal with it.

If you like everything to be a text file may I suggest to you a very popular option called Linux.

It's free, does lots of things well and works in the way you want an os to.

Stop basing the tool and use the right tool for the job if you don't like the other options. You have a choice.

Getting all upset that x company does things differently is just your emotional attachment showing.


Re: As we suspected

You don't need a registry hack. You literally turn it off in the options.

I've had it on since the option appeared just because I like the option to select the portion of the screen being captured.

I used to use a 3rd party program to do it but since they added the option to wi dows there has been no need.

If you want to continue your witch hunt. Go ahead but you're just showing your ignorance about the operating system.

Australia gives made-in-China CCTV cams the boot


Re: Are there any articles/anaysis?

@The Man Who Fell To Earth

Thanks for linking the exact articles I was talking about. Nothing about the technical side of things an if these devices are intentionally sending out data. The first is the most technical and that is dealing with designing systems, for companies. Shock horror, other companies do this too.

What I want to see is where this so-called leak/threat is and how I should mitigate it. Although I already know that as I don't let anything out from these cameras.


Are there any articles/anaysis?

Is there any study or article that actually shows that these devices are an issue, leaking data or anything or is this a case of oh it's china therefore it's bad?

I'm not talking about these articles that go for headlines of X amount of $company cameras are exploitable. These articles are just revealing where people have not properly secured their devices.

I have an estate of Hivision cameras and when I get time will do my own check on any leaks. Not that the company can afford to replace them all. But having a credible article with an analysis would be a great help.

World of Warcraft Classic lead dev resigns to protest 'stack ranking'



I'm better than other people because I can shit on them.

Are you 5?

After roasting Nvidia for overheating issues AMD now has its own


Re: der8auer

Heat pipes used in graphics cards are essentially vapour chambers.

They contain liquid that evaporates then condenses back to a liquid to efficiently move the heat.

It seems there is a design flaw that is apparent on some (not all) cards. Where it is assumed that the gas is not condensing again or some such so that the heat pipes are not working properly.

Too much / not enough coolant or just design. We will know when AMD find the cause.

Microsoft chases Google with ChatGPT-powered Bing


Re: Bing's paltry three percent

It's not that difficult. Everyone knows Google is where search is at and most everyone thinks Chrome is 'the' browser now-a-days. So they all download Chrome, Chrome then says make me default, user says yes please. End. I've not had bing re-ask or force itself to be my default browser in many years.

Yes, I'm a techie, but I have not done anything to prevent it that any non-techie would not do.

Forget the climate: Steep prices the biggest reason EV sales aren't higher


Not fusion

He did not say fusion, he said nuclear.

We need nuclear either way and at the moment the only viable nuclear is fission.

Don't believe the hype: HP CEO says 3D printing hasn't met early hopes


Re: Perhaps it's because HP makes crappy 3D printers

The HP 3D printers were the only ones that could make my limited run 800pcs design I needed at the strength levels I needed. I did not have an in house printer and was weighing up getting one. Also at a lot smaller cost than injection moulding.

I had my design tested on normal printers and the HP technique ones as I had some fragile bits. Normal 3D printing was very course (even on as fine as they offered) compared to the HP ones and they were brittle. I could snap bit's off easily. Using the HP process I could bend my design a LOT before it broke.

As others have said though. These are big printers and not for the home crowd.

Europe lagging behind South Korea, Japan, US in 5G rollout


5G Ohhh Ahh!

Let's be honest, do we really NEED 5G?

4G does most of what everyone needs. 5G will eventually role out and will help, but it is not needed by the majority and won't even cover, as previous generations before it, everyone.

What this is a report by an interested party(ies), the GSMA.

P.S. I've written a report that all countries are lagging behind putting £1,000,000 each into my bank account. Please step up your pace as you are all lagging behind at the moment.

UK politico proposes site for prototype nuclear fusion plant


While I wholeheartedly agree that would should collaborate internationally, that can also be seen as putting all your eggs in a single basket.

250M is not a lot to say, what about this way.

I admit, I've not looked into ITER fully but surely looking at multiple ways of doing things is better that trying one and potentially failing.

80,000 internet-connected cameras still vulnerable after critical patch offered


Likely not using the Hikvision stuff then.


But they err don't need to be connected to the Internet. Keep them behind your firewall.

I don't use their recorders though I use a server to stream the data.

We'll get you that Wi-Fi 7 laptop by 2024, Intel says


Re: More go faster stripes

As Charlie has said.

I get it you want to promote faster speeds. But you'll not achieve them. The chances of having a free 320Mhz channel are practically zero.

What can it achieve with a 20Mhz channel (or lower) and/or with many people connecting? If everyone is connecting at 5.8Gbps let alone the 40 that is theoretically mentioned. Just think of the back-haul needed let alone if those speeds are actually achievable with more than 1 person connected.

A lot of people not in IT I speak to think the Wi-Fi speed is the internet speed so that'll be interesting trying to explain why they can't get that speed.

Meta proposes doing away with leap seconds


Re: Do we need leap seconds?

The robots and algorithms as they are already trying to do were it not for the meat-bags striking.

Though this does lead us down the path of what to do/how to help people as we automate more.

Qualcomm, Ericsson, Thales are working on delivering 5G from orbit



So starlink needs a base station to perform reliably. Tracking the satellite location. But these devices will just shout out at what I assume to be hig(er) poer in all directions.

Can't imagine the amount of orbiting waste will be needed for reliable connections for all.

Rufus and ExplorerPatcher: Tools to remove Windows 11 TPM pain and more


Re: Desktop on OneDrive by default?

There are still a lot of internals in Windows that will send you to Edge regardless of the default setting.

Intel demands $625m in interest from Europe on overturned antitrust fine


Re: Ban Intel from EU systems

Is it not a free market, an institution choosing to choose one product over another is not anti-competitive.

I think you thought it meant that every person in the EU had to use AMD, what was actually said was the EU as an institution.

End of the road for biz living off free G Suite legacy edition


Re: I thought they had backed down

But, would you now trust them into the future, not that you should have before mind.

EU makes USB-C common charging port for most electronic devices


Re: Optional Chargers

If you can recycle your electronic waste, that's what cables and are included in WEEE. Your council should have this at your recycling centre.

WEEE = Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment

Experts: AI inventors' designs should be protected in law


Or you know, couldn't we stop calling things by something they are not. AI is not Artificial Intelligence, it is in it's current state an algorithm.

Unfortunately, human history is full of naming thing incorrectly and I think the damage is done.

Nvidia shares tumble as China lockdown, Russia blamed for dent in outlook


Nvidia have invented time travel - Shares Should be Up!

Nvidia exceeded market expectations and on Wednesday reported record first-quarter fiscal 2023 revenue of $8.29 billion, an increase of 46 percent from a year ago and eight percent from the previous quarter.

I expect the above to be amended, but 2023 revenues already. GO NVIDIA!

There are nearly half a billion active users of Start news feed, says Microsoft


Count me in

I've accidentally clicked on it. That's the only reason I've been "active" with the shady install crud you don't want practices.

Machine learning the hard way: IBM Watson's fatal misdiagnosis


Re: When the three year old is just very quiet and floppy

That's what makes it something that the good docs will spot. Normally, the are not quiet and floppy.


Re: Better than Watson

Thanks for that, will be useful in the future. Google always tells me I am going to die. At least that one only shows me a rare disease.

AWS US East region endures eight-hour wobble thanks to 'Stuck IO' in Elastic Block Store


Re: "Sometimes it's hard to find the silver lining"

It's called Elastic Load Balancer. Run two or more instances of your app, in different AZs, with their own local storage for OS disk.

For only 3 times the cost!

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.

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.