* Posts by Pete B

301 posts • joined 7 Oct 2009


'Vast majority of people' are onside with a data grab they know next to nothing about, reckons UK health secretary

Pete B

Re: Will GP optout be effective?

"I did tell the receptionist but they weren't interested, I did mention Data Protection but she informed me that GPs were exempt."

I'd have a word with the ICO - GPs most certainly are covered by the Act, so you've got a breach, refusal to correct an error and demonstration of insufficient training all in one go here.

Global Fastly outage takes down many on the wibbly web – but El Reg remains standing

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Re: implications and questions

"That one I don't get, as they happily sell access to their own CDN, so why don't they themselves us it?"

Maybe they're actually white-labelling Fastly's services. In fact maybe AWS in its entirety is done the same way :)

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

Pete B

Re: Laptop + Monitor = two computers?

Well you can use an iMac as a second monitor to another iMac...

Deadline draws near to avoid auto-joining Amazon's mesh network Sidewalk

Pete B

Re: Long game

"Doubleplusgood" - you missed the "un"

Conflicting messaging overshadows NHS Digital's attempts to inform public about patient data slurp

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Probably under the "Legitimate Interest" excuse.

Apple's macOS is sub-par for security, Apple exec Craig Federighi tells Epic trial

Pete B

Re: You can't just open a Terminal and ls

"There's a tiny outfit called JamF(.com).."

Exactly my point - Third part software is required to approximate what Windows gives you out of the box with AD.

Pete B

Re: You can't just open a Terminal and ls

I've never thought Apple were that bothered about the Enterprise with MacOS; all the things you take for granted in a Windows Domain are either not available at all, or you have to use Third Party tools to provide them. Seems like Apple offer the absolute minimum that any company will accept and no more.

'Biggest data grab' in NHS history stuffs GP records in a central store for 'research' – and the time to opt out is now

Pete B

Re: Lots of protests about sharing data

I find it ironic that the one talking about Privacy Freaks chooses to stay an Anonymous Coward.

AWS wins yet another UK public-sector contract – this time to provide £15m health data system for NHS Scotland

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How does this square with the US CLOUD act? As far as I can see it and GDPR are pretty much directly contradictory - as a US company Amazon would have to follow any requests under the CLOUD act, which could place them (and NHS Scotland) in breach of GDPR. It appears the only way to 100% avoid this is to use an EU headquartered Cloud hosting company?

As another vendor promises 3 years of Android updates, we ask: How long should mobile devices receive support?

Pete B

Re: runs W10 on SSD

"Why would you like to run W10 on a phone? :-)"

I *liked* Windows Phone and would more than happily have stayed with it, I found it far more intuitive that either Android or IOS, as did those of my users who had them.

Tesla Autopilot is a lot dumber than CEO Musk claims, says Cali DMV after speaking to the software's boss

Pete B

Re: Tesla can only act after the fact

And indicators that are wrapped round other lights - far less visible than when they use to be a separate light in it's own discrete space.

Some stayed in Croatian castles. Some hid in cars. We speak to techies who experienced lockdown in very different ways

Pete B

"Added to that, HR have told us that we have to use up all our accumulated leave by the end of May, or lose it. Since I didn't go anywhere last year I still have most of a year's leave to take, so I'm off for the whole of May. With nowhere to go."

Not sure where you're based, but the UK have put into law that you can carry over holiday for 2 years.


Don't cross the team tasked with policing the surfing habits of California's teens

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Users never want to change.

One of my biggest headaches - it doesn't matter how much more efficient/easier/faster a new process is they will still wan tto stick with the old one they know.

BOFH: Postman BOFH's Special Delivery Service

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I've actually just been doing the opposite - sending back to the office everything that I've accumulated over the last year - it's been a great way of getting rid of all the crap *I've* accumulated over the last 30 years and get the company to pay the recycler ;-)

UK.gov wants mobile makers to declare death dates for their new devices from launch

Pete B

Re: Default Passwords

It'd probably still be more secure left at that default than changed to name of dog/child etc.

Jackie 'You have no authority here' Weaver calls on the UK to extend Coronavirus Act provisions for online meetings

Pete B

Agree, but there should also be the ability for people to view the meeting online, even if they're not actively taking part.

Vote to turf out remainder of Nominet board looks inevitable after .uk registry ignores reform demands

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Re: Mythic Beasts

Moved all our domains to Mythic Beasts last year, bar a .uk.com they can't deal with. Looks like it's time to pull the hosting we have from Fasthosts though - I've been looking at changing it for many reasons, this will be the one I give them.

Texan's alleged Amazon bombing effort fizzles: Militia man wanted to take out 'about 70 per cent of the internet'

Pete B

Re: Proof!

And entropy.

Greenland's elections just bolstered China's tech world domination plan

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Looks like it's time to resurrect an old Reg standard:


Openreach out and hike prices on legacy fixed-line products: Broadband plumber pulls trigger after Ofcom gives the nod

Pete B

OFCOM should have set this up so BT were only allowed to increase the surcharge on "Legacy" products if the line in question actually had a valid, more up to date, alternative available for it.

Pair accused of turning photos into vids to crack tax dept facial recognition system in China

Pete B

Re: And what are the UK's internal vaccine passports going to use?

Providing that's Dido the singer then it might work out OK.

Vegas, baby! A Register reader gambles his software will beat the manual system

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Re: "all the time spent sabotaging the test results to ensure it would fail"

It's really only at a smaller level what CEOs do, except they manage to leave the smoking wreckage with a golden payment.

OVH reveals it's scrubbing servers – to get smoke residue off before rebooting

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We had an argument with our insurers after a building fire where smoke permeated through the Data Centre, leaving very obvious carbon on all the kit: Our insurers wanted us to have it cleaned and reuse - we pushed back asking for a warranty from them against any future early failures (and consequent losses) - at that point they decided to buy us all new kit. Shysters the lot of them.

Now that half of Nominet's board has been ejected, what happens next? Let us walk you through the possibilities

Pete B

Re: And further down the line - #DissolveTheUnion

Shouldn't even be .uk - it should be .gb per ISO country code, but I assume it was Jon Postel who agreed with it?

Microsoft nudges Windows 10 21H1 toward commercial customers

Pete B

Re: Windows IS a virus

You might like this powershell script - it will set onedrive so it can't be launched if you want to.


Partial beer print horror as Microsoft's printer bug fix, er, doesn't

Pete B

Re: Seriously..

"Whoever wrote the security policy that said manufacturer released security fixes need to be applied within 14 days clearly never worked with Microsoft :-("

And whoever selected Windows machines for the job clearly never read the EULA either - they are simply not suitable for life-critical systems, which yours appears to be.

Desperate Nominet chairman claims member vote to fire him would spark British government intervention

Pete B

I'm not sure that having it Government Controlled would be any worse than the train wreck the current Directors are running.

Don't be a fool, cover your tool: How IBM's mighty XT keyboard was felled by toxic atmosphere of the '80s

Pete B

Re: Not Cheap

"*This is the reason I really take Umbridge at having to paying £2 for a plastic radiator valve cap from your local three letter DIY store. They must cost them about a penny each. Grrrr"

And about the same to print them when you need ;-)


Keeping up the PECR: ICO fines two marketing text pests £330k for sending 2.6 million messages

Pete B

Re: Proposal to strike off

"...only personal fines on their owners would have any effect"

In theory the ICO has the power to collect from the Director(s) in the event the company goes insolvent without paying the fine - they need to start making use of it, and possibly some additional legislation should be passed barring anybody with any outstanding fines from being a company director.

Self-supported Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server virty users see stealth inflation

Pete B

Re: After 25 years use ...

Similar here, although I'm seeing FreeBSD as a better match for almost all of our workloads after looking around for a while - no systemd is a bug bonus for me :)

Copper broadband phaseout will leave UK customers with higher bills and less choice, says comparison site

Pete B

Re: Mobile to save the day?

"If I plug my iPhone into my MacBook, I get a slightly faster connection than if I plug an ethernet cable into it."

Bet it's not faster if you're trying to upload files - that's the bit that seems to be missing most to me; unless you go full leased line route then you get an asymmetric connection which is based on the premise that all users are consumers of data and not creators; particularly with mobile working this is proving less and less true as time goes on.

Texas blacks out, freezes, and even stops sending juice to semiconductor plants. During a global silicon shortage

Pete B

Re: Probably insignificant when offset against the days they are working optimally

And that's why I have my own diesel generator with a week's worth of diesel. As you say Gas C/H won't work without mains, but the current required is laughably small, so you don't need a big genset if you just want to keep the lights and heating on.

Nominet claims effort to replace its board with 'safe hands' is invalid, refuses to put it to member vote

Pete B

Re: Leaderless

Indeed - when our CEO was off ill for 3 months things ran rather more smoothly than usual!

Supermicro spy chips, the sequel: It really, really happened, and with bad BIOS and more, insists Bloomberg

Pete B

Re: The impossible bus

Can you imagine the QA inspector not noticing that the circuit board doesn't match the scheme they're inspecting against?

I can well imagine our QA inspectors not noticing if the board was actually a turnip, based on some of the "passed QA", "Returned Faulty" products I've seen.

Terraria dev cancels Stadia port after Google disabled his email account for three weeks

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Yeah, but if he reads the small print you'll find he didn't buy it at all - he will have purchased a limited license to watch it that can be revoked whenever they feel like it.

It would make for an interesting case under Small Claims Track - generally the judge in charge of these takes a pretty reasonable view of the facts, and I'd think there's good chance he'd find for the plaintiff claiming back the money he'd spent on things that have been taken away from him; unless Google were prepared to submit in evidence exactly how he fell foul of their T&Cs. Judges don't like to be told they can't know the reason for things!

Euro privacy watchdog calls for end of targeted advertising plus a squeeze on the processing of personal info

Pete B

Re: Online transparency

"The second problem is that the large corporations can evade the issue by threatening to exhaust the resources of the regulators. Every megacorp case in the UK so far has resulted in settlement via downward negotiation of penalties."

Another argument in favour of making Directors criminally liable.

Drag Autonomy founder's 'fraudulent guns' and 'grasping claws' to the US for a criminal trial, thunders barrister

Pete B

Can't we just grant him retrospective Diplomatic Immunity?

How do we combat mass global misinformation? How about making the internet a little harder to use

Pete B

Re: Trust nothing, check your data, use various sources.

"Once the belief that reality can be different for individuals... "

Once you get into Relational Quantum Mechanics this is taken as a given!

My bad! So you're saying that redacting an on-screen PDF with Tipp-Ex won't work?

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So now we know who was behind the Gamestock rises!

NASA to have another go at firing Space Launch System engines because just over a minute of data won't cut it

Pete B


Another day another problem involving Boeing - seems like they can't get anything right these days.

Nominet faces showdown with British internet industry: Extraordinary vote called to oust CEO, board members

Pete B

Re: This is what happens when you don't believe in "red tape"

Don't think JANET ever had anything to do with this - The Naming Comittee were Nominet's predecessor.

One careful driver: Make room in the garage... Bloodhound jet-powered car is up for sale

Pete B

Re: Peanuts

It's the sort of thing Branson used to do when he was younger - remember his blue riband record attempt?

The killing of CentOS Linux: 'The CentOS board doesn't get to decide what Red Hat engineering teams do'

Pete B

Re: So...

I had just started an upgrade to CentOS8 when this was announced as well. I decided to look a bit more widely and finding FreeBSD is a really good fit for most of my servers - it's more like Linux used to be before the systemd virus crept in.

There may be not one but two new air leaks in International Space Station: Russian boss tells us not to panic

Pete B

Yes - specifically to "top up" anything lost to leakage. They have an OGS onboard like subs do and in theory are self-sufficient for air, barring leaks.

150,000 lost UK police records looking more like 400,000 as Home Office continues to blame 'human error'

Pete B

I'd be checking the bank balance of the DBA involved.

Watchdog urges Tesla to recall 158,000 Model S, X cars to fix knackered NAND flash that borks safety features

Pete B

Re: Ah - the optimism of youth

"Yeah the original Mini whose glove box would decapitate children in the front seat in an accident, that was definitely designed by young people today."

Not entirely sure what you mean by the original mini, but if you mean the 1959 introduced model I can assure you no children were ever decapitated by the glove box since it never had one!

Blackberry Cylance's consumer antivirus product won't work with macOS Big Sur until end of January

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They're not alone

When you log in to Sophos Central there's a banner across the top saying

"Endpoint Protection doesn't support macOS 11 (Big Sur) yet. Please don't upgrade until we announce that we support it. An EAP is available now."

Since pretty much all vendors seems to be slow to develop versions for new release of MacOS I assume that either the number of Macs in the workplace is too small for them to prioritise, or Apple make things so difficult that itm genuinely takes third party's that long to deal with the upgrades. (I've seen issues with the following off the top of my head recently - Adobe, Kyocera, Sophos, Brother, Konica.

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

Pete B

He can be pardoned without being convicted - eg Ford pardoned Nixon explaining that "the tranquility to which this nation has been restored by the events of recent weeks could be irreparably lost by the prospects of bringing to trial a former president of the United States," were Nixon to be brought up on charges.

UK on track to miss even its slashed full-fibre gigabit coverage goals, warn MPs

Pete B

Re: Too close to the exchange

"We have a client that is so close to the exchange they have a direct line and do not pass through a street cabinet. As such there is no FTTC service available. An ISP did suggest we arrange for a cabinet just outside the exchange and ask OpenReach to loop though it. Wishful thinking."

Oddly enough that's exactly what they did with us - although we're rural we happen to be ~200m from the exchange so on old ADSL2 the circuit went direct to the exchange. When they enabled FTTC they re-routed our line via street cabinet ~ 300m the other side of the exchange, so the total line length has now gone up significantly. Still get 70/20 though - I find the 70 down is enough most of the time but the 20 up is very limiting.

Exonerated: First subpostmasters cleared of criminal convictions in Post Office Horizon scandal

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Re: A priest...

Yes there is a way to campaign:

"You should contact the Cabinet Office at honours@cabinetoffice.gov.uk, naming the individual and explaining the reasons why you believe their honour should be forfeited."

You could also try starting a petition to the government and see if you can get it raised in Parliament:-




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