* Posts by Santa from Exeter

243 posts • joined 20 Oct 2009


Two out of three parachutes... is just as planned for Boeing's Starliner this time around

Santa from Exeter

Re: Have they demonstrated all parachutes yet?

So it worked when they dropped it from a balloon with an extra pre-drogue chute. When will they actually send in further up than that?

It’s happened again: AT&T sued for allegedly transferring victim's number to thieves in $1.9m cryptocoin heist

Santa from Exeter

Re: It looks like the Wild West out there

Thank you for using the correct icon.

You *do* know that you aren't actually guaranteed not to lose your money at these amounts if a bank goes bust don't you. In the UK, only the first £85k is protected by compensation schemes.

MIT apologizes, permanently pulls offline huge dataset that taught AI systems to use racist, misogynistic slurs

Santa from Exeter

Re: Just do a text search

Except that this falls down at the manual chack. Thay specifically stated that one of the reasons for not reinstating the database was that the images were too small to be realistically chacked by the Mk1 eyeball.

Civica bags £25m deal to handle web portal for UK National Driver Offender Retraining Scheme

Santa from Exeter

Re: "behavioural change education"

@AC #1. What a pile of crap! Have you ever had any experience with one of these courses? Trying to equate it to totalitarian regimes isn't just a stretch, it a break. The courses aren't run by the coppers (as you would be aware if you RTFA) you just get a chance to go on one if you get nicked for speeding instead of getting a fine and points on your licence. The points don't magically vanish as, if you are done again in the next 2 years, you get them anyway.

Had a bad weekend? Probably, if you're a Sectigo customer, after root cert expires and online chaos ensues

Santa from Exeter


"In a perfect world, all of your libraries would be up-to-date and you wouldn't be using clownish TLS implementations like GnuTLS," wrote Ayer. "

In a perfect world twats like Ayer with product to sell and an axe to grind would be ignored by El Reg rather than quoted.

China to test digital version of its currency at 2022 Winter Olympics

Santa from Exeter

Re: Why the uproar ?

sed 's/"China"/"USA"/g'

Equifax finally coughs up the money for its 2017 monster hack… to the banks for having to cancel your cards

Santa from Exeter

Re: For those that feel aggrieved

Good luck getting that Mortgage then. Or do you like being ripped off by dodgy Landlords?

US govt can talk about the end of lockdown, but Silicon Valley says 'as long as it takes' – and Twitter says 'WFH forever'

Santa from Exeter

Re: Negatives?

And from the point of view of the work shy slackers it's friggin heaven!

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

Santa from Exeter

Re: Of course, being centrally controlled

And you trust that Apple and Google are actually doing what they claim because?

Snapchat domain squatter loses comedy £1m URL sellback attempt

Santa from Exeter

Re: Trademarks

Or when Hitler's Tailors took Boss Brewing Company to court for selling Boss Brewing t-shirts

Trello! It is me... you locked the door? User warns of single sign-on risk after barring self from own account

Santa from Exeter

Old e-mail

The question in my mind is why he didn't remove the AQCME e-mail when he stopped working for them.

A simple bit of sanitisation and housekeeping on his part could have saved all this hassle

Pentagon watchdog sets phasers to none, clears $10bn JEDI contract process but leaves door open for lawsuits

Santa from Exeter

So even the report thinks they lied


'But, the report notes pointedly, that when they were asked very direct questions including “Did Secretary Mattis say that President Trump told him to ‘screw Amazon’ by locking them out of JEDI, or words to that effect?” - they were instructed not to answer by their lawyer.'

I other words they kept shtumm because they still have jobs to lose and everone knows Trump is a vindictive little shitbag

Linux kernel technical advisory board asks if any maintainers need coronavirus relief

Santa from Exeter

Re: Mämmi actually sounds delicious

Bet all you like about the sugar matey. Do you eat your porridge properly, with salt?

p.s. we also don't put Maple Syrup on bacon

AMD dials 911, emits DMCA takedowns after miscreant steals a load of GPU hardware blueprints, leaks on GitHub

Santa from Exeter

Re: "why not just leak it to everyone?"

Tissues aside are you saying that the guy *isn't* a total scumbucket?

Deliveroo UK adds 'Don't interact with the help' option for when ordering a burger

Santa from Exeter

Re: 10,000 or 596?

That's still a ridiculously large multiplier

ServiceNow pulls on its platforms, talks up machine learning, analytics in biggest release since ex-SAP boss took reins

Santa from Exeter

Re: ServiceNow is great

Hah, if you think Service(withasneer)Now is the worst you've obviously never met Remedy!

AMD takes a bite out of Intel's PC market share across Europe amid microprocessor shortages, rising Ryzen

Santa from Exeter

Re: AMD Driver support...

Spot the Intel shill

Whirlybird-driving infosec boss fined after ranty Blackpool Airport air traffic control antics

Santa from Exeter

Re: What kind of climate vandal..

Blackpool Airport is actually *in* Lytham!

Hate speech row: Fine or jail anyone who calls people boffins, geeks or eggheads, psychology nerd demands

Santa from Exeter

It'll work for you

It works for me

What simultaneously sucks and doesn't? This new robot vacuum cleaner

Santa from Exeter

Re: Now THIS is the way an advert should be! @JohnFen

Quote "The cleaning is a little hassle, but fairly minor. It takes me about 5-10 minutes"

So if you had to clean it daily when you had pets that's about an hour a week.

More time than it takes me to do my 3 bedroom, 1 cat house the old-fashioned way!

2001 fiction set to be science fact? NASA boffin mulls artificial intelligence to watch over the lunar Gateway

Santa from Exeter


Just be careful using Gateway, the Heechee might turn up wanting it back.

The D in Systemd is for Directories: Poettering says his creation will phone /home in future

Santa from Exeter

The only thing that made sysvinit legacy was the likes of Poettering declaring it so. He appears to want to replace the whole of the perfectly useably text file based infrastructure with stupid binary blobs or databases. The beauty of flat files is that you can grep them, diff them, even tkdiff them if you must! Binary logfiles are a stupid idea to anyone who administers servers which sometimes have issues!

UK Supreme Court unprorogues Parliament

Santa from Exeter

"This is how you end up with a totalitarian state" Completely the opposite.

This is how the judiciary prevent BoJo and the Mog becoming totalitarian.

We've, um, changed our password policy, says CafePress amid reports of 23m pwned accounts

Santa from Exeter

Re: GDRP would have had a field day....@ocflyfish

Hadn't realised it had been quite that long that the Yanks thought their laws applied everywhere.

Oracle goes on for 50 pages about why it thinks the Pentagon's $10bn JEDI cloud contract stinks

Santa from Exeter

Re: Maturity Gap @ Moosh

Except that 'The English Civil War', otherwise the War of the Three Kingdoms, wasn't actually a revolution a la France et al.

A lot of it was actually about the burgeoning middle class acting like the kids and rebelling against the Aged Parents; part of it was about religion, mainly the Irish Catholic Confederacy revolt, but you could also include the introduction of the new Prayer Book in Scotland; and some of it in the earlier phase of the English part was specifically *not* about replacing the monarch, just his advisors.

Dissed Bash boshed: Apple makes fancy zsh default in forthcoming macOS 'Catalina' 10.15

Santa from Exeter


Any decent shell script ever written starts with a #!

If it starts #!/bin/bash as long as bash is on the system it will run fine, if bash isn't on the system it will error immediately.

Let's make laptops from radium. How's that for planned obsolescence?

Santa from Exeter

Re: Milk Snatcher


Ah, yes, that would have been the Winter months when it was kept on the steam radiator so it didn't get too cold!

EE switches on 5G: Oi, where are your Mates? Yes, we mean the Huawei phones

Santa from Exeter


Quote -

"This was "a move that makes sense for now," added the analyst who said a lot of uncertainty surrounded 5G in light of the recent security concerns engulfing Huawei."

This was "a move that makes sense for now," added the analyst who said a lot of uncertainty surrounded 5G in light of the US Trade War against Chine engulfing Huawei.


Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin unveils 'Blue Moon' lander, making it way too easy for manchild Elon Musk to take the piss

Santa from Exeter

Re: Asimov obviously didn't read Clarke...

And Larry Niven wrote Ringworld in 1970, so precedent there.

Don't be Russian to judgement but... Bloke accused of $1.5m+ tax filing biz hack, fraud

Santa from Exeter

I would have thought that the IRS would have noticed 2 tax returns from the same individual in a given year!

America's anti-hacking laws are so loose, even Donald Trump Jr broke them. So, what do we do about it?

Santa from Exeter


"I'd wager that that far more than 52% would vote for implementing referendum results regardless of their opinion."

And that might well be part of the problem. Referenda should *never* be taken as binding and acted upon. Their whole purpose is to posit the question 'Should we write something detailed up to be voted upon',. This is the real problem with Brexit, nobody actually knew what they were voting for, as the terms of leaving were never discussed. Hence you get the hard-line "Brexit means Brexit" morons who don't even realise that "Brexit" means different things to different people.

All the Drexiteers complaining that the Government is 'betraying the will of the poeple' need to wake up and realise that the Government is perfectly portraying the 'will of the people' i.e. a small majority of those who actually turned out squabbling over what they actually meant, whilst the small minority who turned out (and quite possibly othere who didn't) are united against all of the factions.

President Trump sits down with Twitter boss for crunch talks: Why am I losing followers?

Santa from Exeter

Re: Ha

@ codejunky

Quoting the continentaltelegraph is hardly proof of much seeing as it's a splinter from the Adam Smith institute, which (although protesting its not political) is about as Capitalist as it gets.

Rising sea levels? How about the rising risk of someone using a nuke?

Santa from Exeter

@Chris G

"Anthropomorphic Global Warming"

I do not think that word means what you think it does :-)


Santa from Exeter

@bob's bullshit

And there we have yet another pile of unrealistic, untrue crap from Mr Shouty

Sophos antivirus tools. Working Windows box. Latest Patch Tuesday fixes. Pick two: 'Puters knackered by bad combo

Santa from Exeter

Re: Why assume it's Microsoft's fault?

I'll give you the benefit of the doubt that you posted this before the update bu in TFA it states -

A change Microsoft made to its operating system's Client Server Runtime Subsystem (CSRSS) causes deadlocks during start up, we're told.

So, yes, it *is* Microsoft's fault

Uncle Sam charges Julian Assange with conspiracy to commit computer intrusion

Santa from Exeter

Re: Is this the best that the USA can come up with ? @MGJ

So that's why the Ecuadorans were objecting to the cat. It kept shitting in their headphones. (Another FFC reference.)

Unionised BT workers reject plans to revamp pay, grading structures

Santa from Exeter

Time Warp?

Quote "BT's central London HQ in St Paul's, a building it has resided in since 1874."

British Telecommunications, trading as British Telecom, was formed in 1980, almost 100 years later.

Edtech will save our schools from cuts and spare our teachers from burnout, booms UK.gov

Santa from Exeter

Re: Why not? Who needs actual teachers?

What 'great vowel shift' are you on about. Or are you actually comparing English to American (which is actually closer to 17th C English in spelling)

Insane homeowners association tries to fine resident for dick-shaped outline car left in snow

Santa from Exeter

Re: Power unchecked @ scrubber

Quote "throw off the shackles of medieval thinking."

Men's Suffrage -

UK - Representation of the People Act 1918 – the consequences of World War I persuaded the government to expand the right to vote, not only for the many men who fought in the war who were disenfranchised, but also for the women who worked in factories, agriculture and elsewhere as part of the war effort, often substituting for enlisted men and including dangerous work such as in munitions factories. All men aged 21 and over were given the right to vote. Property restrictions for voting were lifted for men

USA - 24th Amendment (1964): "The right of citizens of the United States to vote in any primary or other election for President or Vice President, for electors for President or Vice President, or for Senator or Representative in Congress, shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any State by reason of failure to pay any poll tax or other tax."

Womens Suffrage -

Most independent countries enacted women's suffrage in the interwar era, including Canada in 1917; Britain, Germany, Poland in 1918; Austria and the Netherlands in 1919; and the United States in 1920.

You were saying?

Crowdfunded lawyer suing Uber told he can't swerve taxi app giant's £1m legal bill

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Watchdog asks UK.gov to reissue freedom of information guidance after councils are told to STFU about Brexit plans

Santa from Exeter

Re: "True but that doesnt account for the doom-mongers" @DialTone

Quote - 'the "Project Fear" nomenclature has arisen in large part due to similar click-bait/sound-bite statements and statistics'

I think you will find that the Project Fear rhetoric was well planned from the start by the hard-line Brexiteers as a response to anybody daring to question the wisdom of throwing the country under a bus to suit themselves.

Much like the Slimy Gove's rubbishing of "Experts", who apparently now know nothing about their area of expertise. *What he really meant was I'm fed up of them pointing out when I'm talking bollocks, i.e.95% of the time)

Data breach rumours abound as UK Labour Party locks down access to member databases

Santa from Exeter

Re: Nothing new

Oh, you live in my Ward in Exeter as well :-)

Labour could put up a three legged donkey (instead of the ususal 2 legged ass) and not only would it be elected, but there would be a petition for the Tories to return it's other leg!

Go big (with our bandwidth) or go home, Verizon: Texas mulls outlawing 911 throttling after Cali wildfire fiasco

Santa from Exeter

Re: What you are missing

"(Can you download the entire Internet several dozens of times before Lunch, every single day, on your plan? Why not?)" - Speed, I only have 70G download speed!

" Have you not read the contract you have with your carrier?" - Yes, and it says absolutely nothing about throttling me when I reach any seemingly arbitrarily defined limit.

Um, I'm not that Gary, American man tells Ryanair after being sent other Gary's flight itinerary

Santa from Exeter

My name is *not* Alice

I was driving along one day when I got a text message. Thinking it might be about the event I was driving to I got my other half to answer it.

The message was "Hi Alice, can you get (random assorted groceries) and some bleach"; I suggested that my S.O. should send back "Alice, who the fuck is Alice".

A second text quickly followed with "Oh and some Victory V's".

Intrigued as to what was intended with bleach and Victory V's we, nevertheless, simply sent back "I think you have the wrong number, this isn't Alice".

In reply we got "Hello Alice this is Grandma, I think that you wrote your number down wrong in my address book"!

We did manage to persuade 'Grandma' that if she had the wrong number for 'Alice' we certainly didn't know it :-)

Encryption? This time it'll be usable, Thunderbird promises

Santa from Exeter

Re: That's nice dear ...

The only reason "everyone" runs Outlook is because "everyone" uses Exchange. As ever, Microsoft have gone down the lock in route by making it practically impossible to get anything not owned by them to play nicely with Exchange due to closed source (and woeful lack of documentation).

Brexit-dodging SCISYS Brits find Galileo joy in Dublin

Santa from Exeter

Re: Re-Moaners ... You lost

Yet more BeLeaver rubbish.

If the actions of Rees-Mogg, Johnson et al can't convince you that the Leave campaighn was based on lies, damn lies and absolutely no statistics you are blind.

If by 'the majority of the population' you actually mean the *minority* of the population who voted to leave in the first place and the minority of those who still want this, you may be correct.

Oh, and if these's another referendum will the leavers find anything true to say about what would happen if we leave? The supposed 'scare stories' were mainly predictions about what would happen *when* we left, an important distiction that the leavers blatantly ignore with their 'See it hasn't happened so it all a fear campaign' mantra.

We are already seeing shortfalls in funding in a number of ares where companies, universities etc. can't bid for funding or to be part of a joint project which extends beyond March. Exactly where do you see this extra funding coming from if we do leave? Pretty sure it isn't going to be coming from any British government.

In Space, Still: 20 years since Russia hurled first bit of floating astronaut hostel into orbit

Santa from Exeter

Re: "Floating"


Big Falcon Namechange for Musk's rocket: BFR becomes Starship

Santa from Exeter

Re: Starship (Culture names)

As it's designed to carry 'nauts I just hope it doesn't decide to become the alternative name for Grey Area i.e. Meatfucker!

FYI NASA just lobbed its Parker probe around the Sun in closest flyby yet: A nerve-racking 15M miles from the surface

Santa from Exeter

Re: Units @Fizzle

In which case you should be using Kelvin old bean.

Herr(e) Farenheit wasn't English you know :-)

Memo to Mark Sedwill: Here's how to reboot government IT

Santa from Exeter

Re: Simple solution.


Tired of every tech Civil Servant being painted with the GDS/Crapita brush.

Read TFA and you'll find it specifically says that when the actual techies are involved it works.



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