* Posts by NightFox

541 posts • joined 23 Oct 2009


Alibaba wants to get you off the PC upgrade treadmill and into its cloud


Re: Another attempt to kill the "Personal" in PC...

I suspect the driver this time is the potential for the new cash cow of a rolling subscription rather than the one-off purchase cost of a PC.

Did this airliner land in the North Sea? No. So what happened? El Reg probes flight tracker site oddity


"...revealed that US intelligence-gathering aircraft were switching transponder codes to pose as benign Malaysian flights off the coast of China"

US military aircraft spoofing as civilian airliners to carry out hostile actions... what a responsible thing to do.

Microsoft wants to link satellites to Azure – but it should probably fix its cloud first: Cooling outage hits UK COVID-19 portal, other sites


So whose jurisdiction does data come under whilst it's in space bouncing off a satellite? Does the nationality, position and orbit (i.e. geostationary or not) of the satellite make a difference?

Something to look forward to: Being told your child or parent was radicalized by an AI bot into believing a bonkers antisemitic conspiracy theory


How do we know that this entire article wasn't generated by GPT-4 to distract and lull us into a false sense of security over GPT-3?

Putting the d'oh! in Adobe: 'Years of photos' permanently wiped from iPhones, iPads by bad Lightroom app update


Re: Class action suit in 3... 2... 1...

Nice victim blaming there

I can see my house from here! Microsoft Flight Simulator has laid strong foundations for the nerdy scene's next generation


Still remember swapping loads of my Commodore 64 games for a second-hand version of Flight Simulator II complete with its mind-blowing wireframe graphics, which my Dad then used to spend hours playing on his SX64 with its built-in 5" screen. He then got hooked on FS right through to X which he was still 'flying' in his late-80s, though sadly isn't around any more to enjoy this release.

As hospital-based infections set to rise, best not change the vendor behind the system that tracks them, hm?


Re: I

> "I manage my own bowl movements, Do You ?"

Yes, though the missus does still sometimes insist on trying to re-arrange the dishwasher before I have to move it all back again once she's gone back to watch Emmerdale.

Self-driving car supremo Anthony Levandowski sentenced to 18 months in the clink for stealing trade secrets from Google's Waymo


Re: “Why I went to federal prison,”

Putting aside any subjective feelings about this specific case, I don't understand America's interpretation of "cruel and unusual punishment" which is accepted to include banning humiliating punishments, yet I frequently see US judges meting out 'creative' sentences like this clearly intended to humiliate the culprit. I sometimes get the impression that US judges are free to dream up any punishment they like - surely there's some form of control here?

Of course the baying mobs love this stuff, and retribution is always going to be a part of punishment, but I'm not sure that humiliating punishments belong in civilised society.

First rule of Ransomware Club is do not pay the ransom, but it looks like Carlson Wagonlit Travel didn't get the memo


"Just make paying a ransom a criminal offence, punishable by, say, ten years in prison for the CEO. Sorted."

Not really. As I mentioned in another thread, in countries that have made ransom payments for kidnap illegal, people are less likely to inform the authorities of a kidnap so the authorities can't then obstruct/prosecute them for paying the ransom to save their loved one (it's not unheard of for authorities to freeze the assets of someone who reports a kidnap to prevent any ransom payment). As a result, it's easier for kidnappers to operate knowing that there's little chance of the police getting involved. The same would probably apply with ransomware.

There's also ways around making an obvious payment to the demanders. You can't be seen to pay a $5m ransom, but you can engage a 'specialist' consultant to either negotiate with the kidnappers or disinfect your IT systems for maybe $1m, that consultant being either a front for the kidnappers/malware pushers, or a legitimate consultant laundering the ransom payment before passing it on to the baddies.

Have to say though, it seems a poorly-chosen time to target CWL when business travel is at an all time low.

Garmin staggers back to its feet: Aviation systems seem to be lagging, though. Here's why


Re: Difficult

Payment of ransom for kidnap is illegal in some countries as an attempt to deter kidnap, but it generally fails because:

a) Consultants who support victims through the negotiation process know how to make payments discretely and work around such laws

b) It makes victims less likely to report the incident to the authorities, actually making it easier for kidnappers to operate.

Same logic applies to ransomware.


I think Garmin will have been through their systems looking at absolutely *everything* over the last few days before making the decision to bring it back online.

The general assumption seems to be that because everything Garmin went down, everything had been infected by the ransomware, but I'd suggest it's more likely that once Garmin discovered the malware in one segment of their system, they pulled the plug on everything as a precaution and much of the recovery has involved ascertaining how far the infection had spread, and whether there were open routes of (re)infection between segments before turning them back on. The last thing they would want is to turn on the recovered system only for it to immediately get re-infected by their Building Management System that everyone had forgotten about.

Fitness freaks flummoxed as massive global Garmin outage leaves them high and dry for hours


Been there, done that with Tado. Good system at the time and it certainly paid for itself, but whenever they experienced server issues the system would permanently send a demand for heat to the boiler with the TRVs staying fully open and the house just got hotter and hotter (arguably better than failing 'off' I guess). Happened in the middle of winter, and summer too.


Re: Attack surfaces

I've logged out of and killed my Garmin syncing apps not so much for this reason, but because of my lack of confidence in Garmin not to try and sync everything before they've restored their data and inadvertently wiping everyone's data.


Re: Who Cares?

Yeah, always easy to be smug at times like this. So what is it that keeps you going during a run? I'm sure being an experienced runner you'll appreciate that motivation is a very personal thing, and for some it's just that prospect of getting home, uploading their run and looking at their stats and perhaps sharing them on Strava. It doesn't matter if that VO2Max, fitness age or ground contact time is of questionable accuracy or training value as long as it's a motivator.

I suspect there's large number of people today who maybe started out with a fitness tracker just to track their daily steps and then got hooked into the whole fitness thing and are now leading much more healthy and active lives as a result of the technology who would otherwise just be sat watching Netflix.

Of course it's easy to to be condescending and say "we didn't need this stuff in my day" and "the only motivation people should need is their own health" but that misses the point entirely. When I've still got another k to do, trying to convince myself that I'm actually getting fitter despite the fact I feel like my whole body is about to shut down doesn't hit the mark, but thinking ahead to seeing my efforts immortalised online with enough data to launch a lunar mission keeps me going. Yes, your motivation may be purer, but I'm still doing the miles and getting the same benefits as you.


Re: Connect architecture

"In days of old, when connectors were male/female and masters controlled slaves"

Woke pitchforks are being sharpened as we speak

Bill Gates debunks 'coronavirus vaccine is my 5G mind control microchip implant' conspiracy theory


Re: Editor!!!

> O’Donnell said Gates-related coronavirus conspiracies have been rated “the most widespread coronavirus that exist”...

There's a missing "falsehood" there for starters.

VMware to stop describing hardware as ‘male’ and ‘female’ in new terminology guide


Shirley 'them' would be the replacement for her/him: the replacement for she/he is 'they' as stated?

My life as a criminal cookie clearer: Register vulture writes Chrome extension, realizes it probably breaks US law


Re: Don't Feel Bad...

I'm betting on the heavily armed, full black Kevlar body armour and Ray-Bans ensemble, because America

51 years after humans first set foot on the Moon, a deepfaked Nixon mourns how Armstrong and Aldrin never made it home


Morbid curiosity I know, but I wonder if they were provided with a means to expedite their ends if they did find themselves stranded, short of something lingering or violent.

Pokémon Go players fined for breaking down-under COVID-19 lockdown rules


Re: Crazy

"It's like taking a stroll in a forest. Honestly, officer, apart from you, who do think I came in contact with ? You're the only other person around here, so you're the one putting me in danger."

But the trouble is you can't have discretionary rules because many people's discretion is poorly founded (as just a cursory glance of Facebook will confirm) - Pascal went walking [in the forest] and encountered a police office and that was OK, so I can also go for a walk [in a highly populated area].

But as soon as you start trying to be more granular with the rules (it's OK to go walking in forests but not in highly populated areas), people say the rules are too confusing - is a wood a forest? how many people makes an area highly populated?

So you're back to having a simple one-size-fits-all rule which has to be enforced with no scope for discretion.

IBM job ad calls for 12 years’ experience with Kubernetes – which is six years old


Well I had access to a Commodore PET 2001 way back in 1977.

Guys, you need to sit down and have a chat: Skype rolls out SMS a week after Microsoft


Re: Eh?

In the UK, MMS is one of the services that typically still doesn't fall within allowances - networks typically charging about 50p/MMS. This can get quite annoying if your phone OS's messaging system is set up to fail back to SMS/MMS if it can't send a message using 3G data/WiFi as you don't know until after it's sent, by which time that picture of cat you just sent for a laugh has just cost you.

Rental electric scooters to clutter UK street scenes after Department of Transport gives year-long trial the thumbs-up


Re: Rental vs privately owned

Agree, dual carriageway or not, no way should planes be using the A6.


Re: Rental vs privately owned

I guess this way it's easier to ensure that the scooters remain compliant in terms of max speed, acceleration, likelihood of bursting into flame etc. Allow privately owned scooters and you'll lose that control.

Microsoft takes tweaking tongs to Windows 10's Start Menu once again


Re: Clearly I've missed something but

"It's a bit like when a library moves the Crime and the Thriller sections of books into one called Crime and Thriller- on the same bookcase. (Or the opposite for that matter)."

Or when they put several Crime and Thriller sections in different parts of the library and randomly put the crime and thriller books into any one of those sections. Or maybe have the Hound of the Baskervilles in two different sections, but each one being a different version of the same story.

What does London's number 65 bus have to hide? OS caught on camera setting fire to '22,000 illegal file(s)!!'


Let's not overlook the crime of use of the double exclamation mark.

How do you run a military court over Zoom? With 28 bullet points and a ceremonial laptop flunkey, of course!


I'm guessing you're not a fan of Eccles Cakes then

Western Digital shingled out in lawsuit for sneaking RAID-unfriendly tech into drives for RAID arrays


Re: Storm in a teacup?

I'd guess that WD's decision making process was slightly more technical than some bloke quickly testing it with RAID1 in his lunch break

China to slice internet connection costs for locals as part of plan to rebound from recent unpleasantness


This is going to blow the minds of the 5G/Covid conspiracy theorists

Broken your new Surface Go 2 already? Looks like it's a bit more repairable this time



"While the MicroSDXC reader can be removed easily enough, along with the cameras, the USB and Surface Connect ports remain soldered in place."

So does that mean the cameras can or can't be removed easily enough?

Driveway karaoke singer who wanted to lift lockdown spirits cops council noise complaint


Re: One song is too much

It's like these people who share their music turned all the way up to 11 with everyone else on the beach/in the park/on the bus/wherever because they like it, so everyone else will, right?

NASA signs deals to put a rocket under Artemis flights until 2029


Also reminded me of Bing Gordyn: https://youtu.be/7qeIUaer7ts


Do they realize that Buzz Aldrin will be 94 in 2024? Is he really still going to be up for this?

Or have they just let slip that all but one of the moon landings were fake after all?

Florida man might just stick it to HP for injecting sneaky DRM update into his printers that rejected non-HP ink


Re: I expect I'll get a ton of downvotes BUT

@AC "I don't believe that if printers' price reflected their true cost, the price of ink would be reasonable I believe, if printers were more expensive (re. true cost), the price of ink cartridges would STILL be as high"

For a "true up-front cost" Epson EcoTank consumer printer:

Genuine Epson T6641 70ml black ink - £8.65

For a subsidized cartridge-based Epson consumer printer:

Genuine Epson T0711 7.4ml black ink - £10.49

I'm afraid the evidence somewhat contradicts your beliefs! (and yes, that is 70ml v 7.4ml)


Re: I expect I'll get a ton of downvotes BUT

I agree with you on the cause, but not who's to blame. The printer industry brought this on itself with its model of subsidizing the cost of the printer with the assumed revenue from subsequent cartridge sales - you could argue that the consumer was equally to blame for buying into it, but "back then" there wasn't really an alternative (for consumer-level inkjets). Only in the last few years have any of the main manufacturers taken the brave step of selling refillable ink tank-based printers at a "true" cost. Whilst they still seem to be offering them, that new model doesn't really seem to have taken off, presumably as the average buyer won't understand why he should spend £300 on a printer when he can get an "identical one" for £50. However, take that step and swallow the up-front cost and suddenly you you find yourself liberated. Not only do the 2 x 70ml bottles of each colour ink that came included with my Epson printer amount to the equivalent of about 10-15 full cartridge sets, but the printer conveniently seems less inclined to have to waste copious amounts of it with self-cleaning etc.

Royal Navy nuclear submarine captain rapped for letting crew throw shoreside BBQ party



From what I understand there's a bit more to this than the tabloids are reporting (shock, horror).

Apparently the submarine's commander had proposed the BBQ party to his superiors, but worried that it might be viewed as being inappropriate and could have been picked up by the ever-fickle media ("NAVY PARTIES AND IGNORES SOCIAL DISTANCING WHILE UK DEATHS SOAR" etc), they had said it shouldn't go ahead. However, it seems that the commander went against that and held it anyway, and hence now is getting hauled over the coals.

Still, what good is that version for stirring up apoplectic outrage amongst the red-top readers?

'Non-commercial use only'? Oopsie. You can't get much more commercial than a huge digital billboard over Piccadilly


That would explain why I was the only one there in top hat and tails


Went to watch Thomas Dolby at a packed La Scala in London back in 2006 - the set was very hi-tech with a big screen showing, amongst other things, a mirror of the sequencer screen (Cubase IIRC). The gig was just a few minutes in when a "Your 30 day trial has expired" pop-up appeared over the screen.

Oh Hell. Remember the glory days of Demon Internet? Well, now would be a good time to pick a new email address


Re: Sad to see it go

Happy memories, filling in and sending off a form in the back of a book to set up my demon account, waiting to get the account details through the post, excitedly typing them in to my Windows 95 PC with my USR modem connected to the phone line, then... nothing.

Then finding out that I also needed a "web browser", so going out and spending £50 to buy Internet Explorer (as part of the W95 Plus! pack)

UK Information Commissioner OKs use of phone data to track coronavirus spread


Re: The usual solution...

Which would prove what, if you were planning on making something that wouldn't be public, public?


Re: Bugger

You'd also need to replace all the "we"s with "I"s

And maybe a bit about how the experts were "amazed at my knowledge of phone data"

Microsoft cops to 775% Azure surge, quotas on resources and 'significant new capacity' coming ASAP


It's also interesting to compare the NHS with Just Eat. While the NHS wobbles under the increased load, Just Eat is as snappy as ever, despite almost certainly seeing a huge increase in demand.


'Azure appears to be full': UK punters complain of capacity issues on Microsoft's cloud


Re: Homework

Schools are damned if they do, damned if they don't. They have a remit to try to continue education to the highest standard they can, given the circumstances. If some home environments can't (or won't) accommodate that, then so be it, those families should do what they can.

People need to accept that there's no perfect solution to any of the challenges thrown up by Covid-19, everything's a balanced compromise. So pointing out and moaning about the obvious downsides in any solution doesn't really help at all (not a dig, just a general observation).

Mobile World Congress now none of those things as 2020 industry megashow axed over coronavirus fears


Re: Will someone...

Green snot? Amateur. I managed to pick up H1N1 swine flu during the 2009 pandemic and generated a constant stream of orange snot for maybe two weeks. However, I'm still unsure which of the unpleasant symptoms were down to the virus and which were down to the medication it was being treated with (Tamiflu). I'm certainly putting the crippling headaches and the appearance of ducks waddling around on my landing and Angelina Ballerina in my bathroom down to the Tamiflu.

Yahoo! hack! payout! nearly! approved! and! the! question! is! how! to! spend! 60! cents!?


You should consider a class action against them for that, maybe double your money!!

Apple: EU can't make us use your stinking common charging standard


Re: We should just all use SCART

My sister's still got her Sky HD box connected to her 42" 1080p LCD TV via SCART. One day I'll remember to take an HDMI cable with me when I go visit.

How much cheese does one person need to grate? Mac Pro pricing unveiled


Just guessing, but do you drink real ale and have an old MGB that you spend most of your weekends working on?

Remember the Dutch kid who stuck his finger in a dam to save the village? Here's the IT equivalent


Re: About the same time that ...

... schools stopped teaching kids how to spell "dike".

I guess that was before Offa's schooldays then.


Oh come on, when did the dutch kid story change from sticking his finger in a dyke to sticking it in a dam? Was it about the same time "Ur-anus" changed to "Ura-nus"?

Buy Amazon's tiny $99 keyboard so you can make terrible AI music for all your friends


Re that 6 minutes of transcript apparently "Voiced by Amazon Polly" - I presume that noise before each paragraph normally associated with the SFX hydraulic hiss of chrome and glass canisters of glowing green liquids being opened is meant to represent a human intake of breath? It's nearly as bad as Zoe Ball.



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