* Posts by newspuppy

33 posts • joined 1 Nov 2012

Amazon declined to sell a book so Elon Musk called for it to be broken up


Re: We should break up the Register...

Are you CRAZY?

and infringe on the iCompanies trademark? and shut it all down?

as if theregister has no issues with the iThingy company......

obviously your keyboard works and the "i" key is not disabled..... I am using a legitimate hardware device from the iCompany.. thus i am entitled to use the "i" key... I paid for it... ;)

Twitter, Reddit and pals super unhappy US visa hopefuls have to declare their online handles to Uncle Sam


Criminals/Terrorists do not make it a habit of being honest with the authorities... so.. what shall happen if I forget my handle on the register... (or another site I may have used in the past that I do not use anymore....) Am I now a criminal as I effectively lied about what handles I used? According to past prosecutions by the USA omitting information is lying and a prosecutable offense. They used the inaccurate information on a visa application to revoke citizenship of ex-Nazi concentration camp officers. Of course, the ex-Nazi Rocket scientists were given citizenship and ... kept about....

And is a terrorist going to care about lies?

Sad that politicians think they can legislate goodness/peace.


Re: Question (not a Merkin)

just to clarify one minor detail. Yes. Americans are subject to the rules of the country they are in. Yet.. There are laws that apply to Americans OUTSIDE the US. Of these there are several, one of which is the PROTECT ACT.

So.. for example... even though it is legal in the UK to have sex with someone from 16 (as long as a position of trust is not involved)... it is ILLEGAL for US citizen or resident to do so. And subject to prosecution in the United States.

from: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/emergencies/arrest-detention/crimes-against-minors.html


Crimes Against Minors Abroad

U.S. citizens are subject to the laws of foreign countries. Furthermore, some laws are prosecutable in the United States regardless of local law.

Under the Prosecutorial Remedies and Other Tools to End the Exploitation of Children Today Act of 2003 (PROTECT Act), it is a crime, prosecutable in the United States, for a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident to engage in illicit sexual conduct in a foreign country with a person under the age of 18, whether or not the U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident intended to engage in such illicit sexual conduct prior to going abroad.

Under the Protection of Children from Sexual Predators Act of 1998, it is a crime to use the mail or any facility or means of interstate or foreign commerce to transmit information about a minor under the age of 16 with the intent to entice, encourage, offer, or solicit any person to engage in any criminal sexual activity, among other things, the production of child pornography.


Other laws of course are for foreign nationals (physical as well as corporate) that 'violate' USA embargo's against Cuba... Iran... etc...

The United States is a complex country....

Embrace and kill? AppGet dev claims Microsoft reeled him in with talk of help and a job – then released remarkably similar package manager


Blue Screen Bandits Strike again.....

In another brazen heist... The Blue Screen Bandits Strike again, same modus operandi as in previous encounters....

Why the surprise?


Software bug in Bombardier airliner made planes turn the wrong way


Re: Worse in principle

Design? Design? Not only design.. but also let us ensure that true Quality Control happens... with 2 teams.. one with source looking for flaws... one slinging software into situations that designers knew would NEVER happen.

We are unfortunately in an era where we have foundations/classes/ frameworks that everyone uses and few have an idea of what is behind the curtain. Worse... the idea that hardware and software are two differing disciplines is simply not true. Both must be understood to take advantage of the system.

Not thinking through the software makes bad hardware (intel CPU engineers can see this with the pelthora of security violation bugs that have 'appeared' from people doing things that they 'would' not be doing in real life...)

Not understanding the hardware makes bad software.... as Boeing and others have seen.

As part of a code review I saw a very elegant piece of recursive code. Brilliant... short... but in real world extreme cases it would kill the stack.. The young fresh out of school kid..... had no clue.. as memory was something the system worried about... The rewrite was longer, yet saved tons of stack space and time... Kid finally understood.. but... he was a 'software guy' not hardware as he told me at the start... :(

What do you call megabucks Microsoft? No really, it's not a joke. El Reg needs you


Blue Screen Bandits

kind of explains it all...

lack of quality.. and ... mafia like behavior...

Prank warning: You do know your smart speaker's paired with Spotify over the internet, don't you?


I propose we rename IoT as The IDIoT

It should be referred to as the "Incredibly Disrupting Internet of Things". IDIoT.

The pervasive lack of design when (not) thinking of security, and attempting to bolt on security as an afterthought results in a violation of the 7 Engineering P's*, with a resultant behavior.

IDIoT's are not bad.. They just need to be managed and not put in situations where they can cause danger.

* For those that may recall, the 7 Sacred P's are: "Proper Prior Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance."

Internet root keymasters must think they're cursed: First, a dodgy safe. Now, coronavirus upends IANA ceremony


Single Point of Failure?

Wow.. I confess I had no idea.... The internet was supposed to be designed as a system with no single point of failure... yet it appears that this is a disaster waiting to happen. I would not want a modern day luddite that would want to take the whole system down... by... targeting the root node signers.. destroying their keys... and ... what? all of our internet is no longer trusted and falls apart? I clearly do not understand something very basic here... It can not be that one fanatic can destroy the whole of our modern life....

I am certain that I shall be educated on why I am not understanding this in a moment and know more...

I await your comments.

IBM == Insecure Business Machines: No-auth remote root exec exploit in Data Risk Manager drops after Big Blue snubs bug report


Re: And thus is why hackers profit...

The idea of developers purposefully putting in exploits for their mates to discover later on is nonsense....

That is why a separate QA department (with source code access) should exist.. With rewards for QA to find bugs... and rewards for developers with no bugs....

Unfortunately... real QA is one of those areas that on paper is just a cost centre... and .. development (releases) speed up with the reduction of QA.... and the hit on profits is not immediately apparent.... as the company whores its good name and reputation selling shitty software..

Also... if your mates are from the NSA, FSB, 3PLA or other state sponsored agency,,,, then.. the code shall definitely be there.. albeit in a less discoverable state....

Stop us if you've heard this before: Boeing's working on 737 Max software fixes for autopilot, stabilization bugs


"If it's a Boeing I'm not going....."

I can hear now how Boeing's famous phrase shall be updated by the masses....

Tragic really... as Boeing had such a good reputation.....

I do hope that C-level management shall take notice that the cost of not doing development whilst following procedures... far outweighs the initial savings.

The facebook approach (run fast and break things) should never be used in any critical risk roles...... unless one can accept the loss of life.

Doogee Wowser: The S40's a terrible smartphone, but a passable projectile


learn from the masters... not dodgee... but iDodgee....

you could even have kit... iDodgee.... uDodgee... weDodgee.......

and..... iMissed

Decoding the Chinese Super Micro super spy-chip super-scandal: What do we know – and who is telling the truth?


Re: 'None of the actors can be taken at face value

The embeding of active/passive components can be traced to the 1980's... and IBM published a paper

( https://www.jstage.jst.go.jp/article/jiepeng/2/1/2_1_134/_pdf/-char/en )


Embedding components inside a PCB motherboard or a substrate provides literally a new dimension to achieve the needs of today’s high end electronics manufacturing. Component embedding inside a substrate is not a completely new idea, and several technology approaches have been in development over the years – the first real attempt to commercialize an embedding technology was done by GE in mid 80’s.[1] But only now has the market evolved to accept component-embedding solutions and at the same time the infrastructure has matured to a level where component embedding becomes a commercially viable solution.


so there are no technical obstacles...

Knock, knock. Who’s there? Another Amazon Key door-lock hack


Re: The best thing that can be said about IoT...


I prefer the acronym for the Incredibly Disruptive Internet of Things... IDIoT.

Web searching died the day they invented SEO


Looking in all the wrong places..

NASA should simply ask the Russians and Chinese for copies of the documentation......

Rogue PIs found guilty of illegally snagging personal financial info


Very interesting potential backstory... or incredible coincidence...

Linux 4.14 arrives and Linus says it should have fewer 0-days


Re: "an automated vulnerability-checker that scours kernel code for issues."

Fixed your 'minor' error:

Microsoft uses an advanced, dynamic and slow rapid-learning neural net for this: its customers.

As Hurricane Irma grows, Earth now lashed by SOLAR storms


Re: This is the way to survive....

or better yet.. in a submarine as deep as you can go, as water is a wonderful absorber of gamma rays...

it is postulated that a burst of gamma rays may have caused a mass extinction event on Earth 440 million years ago ( Ordovician extinction event) , when combined, are the second-largest of the five major extinction events in Earth's history in terms of percentage of genera that became extinct—and a similar celestial catastrophe could happen again, according to a 2004 paper ( https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/international-journal-of-astrobiology/article/did-a-gammaray-burst-initiate-the-late-ordovician-mass-extinction/F37A58C811EB82496CEF6CF989159807 ) . A ten-second burst would have stripped the Earth's atmosphere of half of its ozone almost immediately, exposing surface-dwelling organisms, including those responsible for planetary photosynthesis, to high levels of ultraviolet radiation, killing most everything not deep in the water.

WannaCry-killer Marcus Hutchins denies Feds' malware claims


Re: " accept some responsibility" (guns)


Actually... in the United States... there was a law specifically passed in 2005 to insure gun makers: Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, or PLCAA.

Lawmakers passed PLCAA in response to a spate of lawsuits that cities filed against the gun industry in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Those lawsuits often claimed gun-makers or sellers were engaging in "negligent marketing" or creating a "public nuisance."

In 2000, for example, New York City joined 30 counties and cities in suing gun manufacturers, saying manufacturers should have been making their products safer and also better tracking where their products were sold. Manufacturers, one argument at the time went, should stop supplying stores that sell a lot of guns that end up being used in crimes.

In response to these lawsuits, the NRA pushed for the law, which passed in 2005 with support from both Republicans and Democrats. Then-Sen. Clinton voted against it; her current Democratic opponent, Bernie Sanders, voted for it.

The law, however, allows for specific cases in which dealers and manufacturers can be held responsible.

Adam Winkler, professor of law at UCLA and author of Gunfight: The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms in America, in an email to NPR. "The 2005 law does not prevent gun makers from being held liable for defects in their design. Like car makers, gun makers can be sued for selling a defective product. The problem is that gun violence victims often want to hold gun makers liable for the criminal misuse of a properly functioning product."

In other words: If you aim and fire a gun at an attacker, it's doing what it was intended to do. If it explodes while you shoot and hurts you, though, then you can sue the manufacturer. Likewise, if you had told the gun-store owner you planned to commit a crime with that gun, your victim could potentially sue.

At the time that the law passed, the NRA argued that the industry needed the protection, because — unlike carmakers, for example — it did not have the "deep pockets" necessary to fight a slew of lawsuits, as the New York Times reported.

Four techies flummoxed for hours by flickering 'E' on monitor


modem? luxury

a modem you say?

we had punch cards, and one had to reserve time on the card writer. as desperate students we quickly learnt to fix a bad run with razors.

Autonomous driving in a city? We're '95% of the way there'


I already have written software that drives like a human...

And that is the problem... a drunk human stumbling out of a bar, and falling into the seat..... incapable of knowing where they are..... crashing before navigating out of the parking spot....

The saying ... "for s/he is only human" is to imply inherent imperfection.

We need level X... Driving better then the average human. NO humans.... much safer (till it gets hacked, as MOST everyone focuses on solving the problem.. and bolting security as an add on at the end... instead of building in from start, yet that is a rant for another story...).

As to the commenter that said he needs a car.. as he may realize that 10 minutes before closing he is in need of transport to the local shop.... That is what AI is for.. and Event Driven Commerce... The system should know you have no food, you are always last minute... and ... you have not eaten today.. so.. PRESTO.. the goods you just realized you want at your door 10 seconds after you realize that you need to get some grub....

Alphabay shutdown: Bad boys, bad boys, what you gonna do? Not use your Hotmail...


but.. not an immigration issue.. but drugs...

Thailand is no joke when it comes to drug offenses... Death is the penalty...

So, with assets frozen.. a high profile prisoner and death looming in his face... ?

He would not be able to 'mitigate' the punishment....

Mondays suck. So why not spend yours playing with an original Mac and games in your browser


Re: Oregon Trail

5 1/4 floppy? You may be recalling the old apple II.... mac had 3 1/2 inch floppies (actually they were in a hard shell...... and Oregon trail was on both platforms.....

Oh ALIS, don't keep us waiting: F-35 jet's software 'delayed'


Who Knew...

that so many El Reg readers were WW II buffs....

thanks @JLV, @Mark 85, @Peter2

As to the concept of having everything centralized? Yea... Brilliantly Stupid... (BS)

The danger of security being an add on, rather then designed in from the start... is that the security can be bypassed.....

The danger is that we have all the brilliant people wanting to work for the "G" company... Not General Dynamics... but Google... so GD gets the people that couldn't get a job elsewhere... or... worse, if they get a smart dedicated guy, he is crushed by the bureaucratic incompetence that passes for infrastructure in GD.

Another issue, is that fresh kids these days are taught using frameworks and other high level concepts... and just miss the details of what is really going on... or... in the case of real life... what FAILS to work reliably.... and ... we have a cascading set of failures....

The good news is when they move to the new version of Windows X (Sorry Windows 10), there shall be no more blue screens... Rumor has it that a bonus depended on the number of blue screens in win X.... so now they are ..... GREEN...... and... BLUE SCREENS are now GONE!

Let me go sailing while the world falls apart..... :(

This is how the EU's supreme court is stripping EU citizens of copyright protections


Re: I don't fully understand...

Does this logic imply that if I were to link to your story from my blog, (after saying the brilliant author has some interesting points in <THIS> article) I am guilty of copyright infringement?

Do I have to get permission from you to post a link to your story?

Or are some links bad, and liable for copyright infringement, but others that are good for the linkee's business (as they drive traffic) and are not good?

If in real life someone asks me what the sirens are, and I point down the street and say that I believe the Police are responding to a robbery, am I an accessory?

Idiot thieves walk free after stolen iPad uploads pics of them with loot


Loan? What a great deal... Interest free loan... no collateral no income verification.....

Where can I get one?

Internet of Things fridges? Pfft. So how does my milk carton know when it's empty?


The Incredibly Disruptive Internet of Things.... or The I.D.I.o.T... Fridge.

The fridge as envisioned is a problem. Unless we have a cooking robot that can keep track of what we are doing with our inventory we shall simply have an Incredibly Disruptive Internet of Things Fridge.

or an I.D.I.o.T........ Fridge.....

Texan parks quadcopter atop Dallas Cowboys stadium


I can recall one just last September (2013) in NY. A partial decapitation due to RC helicopter pilot error.

daily mail has picts: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2413231/Roman-Pirozek-Jr-Man-decapitates-remote-control-helicopter.html

Dropbox joins Linux patent protection hit squad


cost of fighting is B I L L I O N S of dollars?

Me thinks the finger slipped and hit B instead of M.

The quote "Financial terms of the Microsoft’s agreement with TomTom were not revealed, although the cost of fighting such cases can run into tens of billions of dollars."

I presume the fighting is what gets allocated to each sides attack dogs.....

(Not that Millions fighting such cases is well spent in my opinion.... but... better Millions then Billions.....)

Lone sysadmin fingered for $462m Wall Street crash


Re: Actually reading the findings, A to F on page 4 here the SEC report only blames management.

But as we all know from reading BOFH, while the sysadmin may be at fault, or should have understood the issue... he will always find a fall guy, and in a good anarchist style, insure that the fall guy is in management.

So the SEC sees only what the sysadmin wants them to see...

(and it always is management's fault.... anyway....)

Cold-blooded, INHUMAN visitor hitches ride on NASA moon rocket


But I want to know.. Did he croak?

it was Green, but not a Martian I saw on that rocket.....

WIN a RockBLOCK Iridium satellite comms module








Xerox copier flaw changes numbers in scanned docs



If you read the documentation from XEROX... it claims that on scanning it is a known problem that "Image quality is

acceptable but some quality degradation and character substitution errors may occur with some

originals." page 107 from http://www.cs.unc.edu/cms/help/help-articles/files/xerox-copier-user-guide.pdf

also on page 129 we have the following: "Quality / File Size

The Quality / File Size settings allow you to choose

between scan image quality and file size. These settings

allow you to deliver the highest quality or make smaller

files. A small file size delivers slightly reduced image quality

but is better when sharing the file over a network. A larger

file size delivers improved image quality but requires more

time when transmitting over the network. The options are:

Normal/Small produces small files by using advanced

compression techniques. Image quality is acceptable but some quality degradation and character

substitution errors may occur with some originals."

Of course, for NORMAL it will do substitution.. but what the hell...... It is in the manual.... you do read the manuals, no?

Felix Baumgartner sadly turns out to be blinkered FOOL

Thumb Up

Hear Hear!

+100.... His 'stunt' was more of a 'waste' then a trip to Mars....

Boycott Red Bull till they teach teach the fool....


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