* Posts by mhenriday

1216 posts • joined 18 Dec 2009

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Hey, China. Maybe you should have held your hackers off for a bit while COVID-19 ravaged the planet. Just a suggestion

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Boffin

Credulity much ?

The always reliable FireEye says its those nefarious Chinese - as opposed to the dastardly Russians - and you believe them straight off, Gareth ? Wow !...

Henri

Brit MPs, US senators ramp up pressure on UK.gov to switch off that green-light for Huawei 5G gear

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Boffin

«The EU or US could decide to support their tech sector to develop more 5G supply capacity, but that would delay roll-out, make the services more expensive, and probably invite WTO complaints wrt subsidisation or market distortion.» Not to worry, by that time, the US government will have succeeded in its ongoing attempt to dismantle the WTO and bring us back to the kind of trade relations which obtained in the 1930s....

Henri

How the US-China trade war is felt stateside: Xilinx trims workforce after lucrative Huawei sales pipe blocked

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Boffin

So the CIA should just buy Huawei, problem solved

And if not the CIA, Motorola instead ?...

Henri

Long-term Linux Mint: 19.3 release unchains the Gimp, adds HiDPI, is kind to your older, less-beefy kit

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Happy

Re: My Minty Lenovo

Suggest you take another look, mickaroo ; as good as Mint 18.3 was, I think you will find that 19.3 is better....

Henri

Second time lucky: Sweden drops Julian Assange rape investigation

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Boffin

Help no longer needed

"The reason for this decision is that the evidence has weakened considerably due to the long period of time that has elapsed since the events in question," said the Swedish Prosecution Authority in a public statement.
The reason for this decision is rather that the Brits have him and help from Sweden in delivering him to the tender mercies of the US (in)justice system has become superfluous. No longer need for an investigation which would simply interfere with the process (and which, moreover, would have freed Mr Assange)....

Henri

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Boffin

Re: Stating the obvious

I fear, Twanky, that you are seriously misinformed: Like the good ally vassal (although not formally a NATO member) it is, Sweden has indeed had an extradition treaty with the US in effect ever since 24 October 1961. The EU as a whole also has an extradition treaty with the US....

Further, the investigation against Mr Assange was indeed dropped while he was still in the country ; it was later started again after the venue was moved from Stockholm (where the offenses were alleged to have taken place) to Göteborg, which had nothing to do with the case, but did have a prosecutor specialised in cases of this type....

Henri

We're great, boasts Huawei in founder's Little Red Book – but isn't that a video game screenshot?

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Boffin

Bonkers ?

The Russian foreign affairs ministry made a similar blunder to Huawei a couple of years ago when it tried to use a video game screenshot as "proof" that America backed Islamic State terrorists in the Middle East, something as obviously bonkers as it sounds.
Alas, to anyone at all familiar with the strategems of US agencies, it neither is nor sounds bonkers....

Henri

Trump continues on the warpath: Now US tariffs cover nearly everything arriving from China

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Re: Orange Fool

If only it were just a matter of Mr Trump and his unsavoury entourage ! Alas, at the federal level, the so-called «Democrats» are just as hot on the China-bashing trail as Mr Trump and the so-called «Republicans», cf Charles Ellis Schumer's tweet to Trump to «Hang tough on China». The fond dream of global hegemony embraced by the US elite at least since WW II is crashing about their eyes ; this is their reaction. How important this struggle is evident from the fact that despite the opposition of entities like the US Chamber of Commerce, which usually have a great deal to say on US policy to the tariffs and bans, they are not being withdrawn, but extended....

Henri

Satellites with lasers and machine guns coming! China's new plans? Trump's Space Force? Nope, the French

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Boffin

One missing

China and Russia and the US have become increasingly aggressive and have carried out tests to shoot down satellites.
Culpable negligence, Mr McCarthy ; you have, willy-nilly, ignored the shooting down of one of their own satellites by the Indians (of the South Asian, not the North American, variety) in Mission Shakti on 27 March this year. Narendrabhai Damodardas Modi, the tea-seller's son, was, I am told on good authority, thrilled....

Henri

US sanctions fail to get in Huawei as embattled Chinese vendor reports 23% revenue growth

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Pint

All publicity is good publicity

«And Huawei has been in practically every news cycle for the past two months. You couldn't even begin to pay enough ¥¥¥ for that amount of free air time.» Which leads one to the inevitable conclusion that at least in that single respect, Huawei resembles Donald John Trump (the difference being that, unlike the latter, the former makes good kit)....

Henri

LightSail 2 successfully unfurls its silvery solar sails, prepares to become a truly solar-powered satellite

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Boffin

Oxymoron ?

As tons of photons strike the sail, they apply force (not much - about the same as a paperclip on your hand), but since there's no friction in space this will propel the spacecraft forward at ever-faster speeds.

...

Stargazers hoping to spot LightSail 2 will need a telescope and you'll have around a year to spot it. After that the spacecraft's atmospheric friction will lead to it falling back to Earth, destroying itself in the process.

Henri

Enjoying that 25Mbps internet speed, America? Oh, it's just 6Mbps? And you're unhappy? Can't imagine why

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Boffin

The maths are off again

American internet users are, seemingly, getting a quarter of the internet speed they are paying for.
In that case, shouldn't that sum on the blackboard,rather than reading «2 + 2 = 5», read «2 + 2 = 1», all in honour of Mr Pai, who no doubt is a wizard at maths ?...

Henri

Good old British 'fair play' is the answer to vexed Huawei question, claims security minister

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Coat

Content

Dear Anonymous Coward,

I found that content both dangerous and offensive. When posting, please keep in mind that El Reg, while perhaps not precisely a family magazine, is assumed to be safe for work.... ;-)

Henri

Large Redmond Collider: CERN reveals plan to shift from Microsoft to open-source code after tenfold license fee hike

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Boffin

Re: Let them do it MS

«Not that he cares about long term because he'll either retire to Moscow or sit in jail.» Surely you mean «Not that he cares about long term because he'll either retire to Jerusalem or sit in jail» ? On the evidence, Mar Netanyahu has far more influence on Mr Trump than Gospodin Putin. Perhaps they can get adjoining cells ?...

Henri

UK Home Sec kick-starts US request to extradite ex-WikiLeaker Assange

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FAIL

Oh, the irony !

And in the meantime, large numbers of people in Hong Kong are protesting a bill on a restrictive extradition agreement between the local authority and (the rest of) China, while neglecting the fact that it does have such an agreement with the United States (Fugitive Offenders (USA) Order : Cap. 503 Laws of Hong Kong). Talk about the mote in one's neighbour's eye !...

Henri

Finally, people who actually understand global trade to probe Trump's tariffs on Chinese goods

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Boffin

WTO blues

Given that the Trump administration in general and Mr Trump in particular seem determined to dismantle the WTO (the US has been blocking all new nominees to the organisations appelate body since August 2017), it seems unlikely that it would obey any ruling by this three-person team, were it to go against the US....

To Mr Trump et consortes, the notion that the US, the «essential nation», would have to obey the rulings of any international body is anathema....

Henri

Oh dear. Secret Huawei enterprise router snoop 'backdoor' was Telnet service, sighs Vodafone

mhenriday
Boffin

Re: "We all want to see hard proof—" No, we don't.

«You know that you can't prove a negative, right?» Wrong - at least if the ancient Greek proof that √2 is irrational (and the countable infinity of similar proofs by reductio ad absurdum) is still to be considered valid....

Henri

Huawei, Huawei. Huawei, Huawei. Feeling hot, hot, hot: US threatens to cut UK from intel sharing over Chinese tech giant

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Joke

Tongue firmly ensconced in cheek ?

On the other hand, it is an extraordinary thing to consider, bonkers even: that the US intelligence services have infiltrated the UK government at the most senior levels to the extent that cabinet ministers would put foreign interests ahead of their own government. But this is the era of Brexit Britain and anything is possible.

Henri

Now here's a Galaxy far, far away: Samsung stalls Fold rollout after fold-able screens break in hands of reviewers

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Boffin

Huawei Mate X

It will be interesting to see if Huawei chooses to go ahead with the launch of its foldable phone on 20 June as planned....

Henri

Kaspersky updates its cybercrook look book: Smashing Office is hot, browser vulns are not

mhenriday
Boffin

Go Left, young man, go Left !

doing something left-field like dumping Office for open-source software
With apologies to Horace Greely....

Henri

Brit Watchkeeper drone fell in the sea because blocked sensor made algorithms flip out

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Pint

The joys of language

descended rapidly into the sea
Exquisite !...

Henri

Huawei thanks US for 'raising 5G awareness' by banning telecom kit giant's wares

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Pint

Poker face ?

The company is therefore putting its faith in the lumbering US judicial system, which Chen described, without a trace of irony, as "fair, just and transparent".
The next time I hear someone claim that Chinese people have no sense of humour, I shall point to the example of Ms Chen....

Henri

US firm wins Oz-backed bid to block Huawei from subsea Pacific cables

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FAIL

Nothing to do with security problems in Huawei kit,

and everything to do with what has become an all-out war on Chinese technological progress on the part of the US government. Even the hardly Sinophile Washington Post can't keep from giving the game away....

Henri

Who needs foreign servers? Researchers say the USA is doing a fine job of harboring its own crimeware flingers

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Unfair and beyond the pale !

This article seems to suggest that the responsibility for all the disasters which have struck the United States may be due to forces in that country. But all we who read the newspapers know that, e g, it was those dastardly Russians who placed Mr Trump in the Oval Office, and those nefarious Chinese who have de-industrialised the United States ; the good people running that country had nothing whatever to do with it....

Henri

No dice, comrade! Senate floats Russia-busting election law

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Pint

The more «sanctions», the better ;

perhaps the US government and such people as Marco Antonio Rubio - that tribune of the people, as his given names suggest - which continually interfere in the internal affairs of other, nominally sovereign countries, could sanction themselves out of existence ?...

Henri

MIT USA VP: ZTE? OMG, WTF! GTFO

mhenriday
Boffin

Banning cooperation with entities accused of nefarious behaviour

Under these circumstances, perhaps Professor Zuber might want to consider banning cooperation with the US government over the latter's illegal (by WTO rules) «trade sanctions» and its interminable wars of foreign aggression ?...

(The highly technical content icon, as Professor Zuber has a technical education....)

Henri

Pull! Rocket Lab fires off another potential target as India joins exclusive satellite shooting club

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Mushroom

But if things ever escalate to that point,

orbital debris will be the least of our problems.

Indeed.

Henri

You won't get Huawei with this, America! Chinese giant sues US government over 'unconstitutional' ban

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Boffin

Of course the US government will get away

with its unconstitutional practices with regard to Huawei ; it seems extremely unlikely that the company - and its US lawyers - have any illusions about the judicial outcome of their suit. The point, I suggest, is to make it even more evident for all interested - and possibly to interest more people, in the US and elsewhere in this matter - that when the US government chooses to do so, it ignores all the rules under which it is supposed to operate....

Henri

Germany tells America to verpissen off over Huawei 5G cyber-Sicherheitsbedenken

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Boffin

Heed the Bellman (or Michael Richard Pence)

Europeans can't find any evidence of Chinese spying
Alas, we European are constitutionally blind to «evidence». We should heed the Bellman :
Just the place for a Snark! I have said it twice:

That alone should encourage the crew.

Just the place for a Snark! I have said it thrice:

What I tell you three times is true.

Henri

New claim dogs Oracle: After $11m of sales, I was unfairly axed before next big deal – because I am a 64yo woman

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Boffin

Oracle redux

Fresh harassment allegations hit biz that insists diversity numbers are trade secret
Only «trade secret» ? Not «vital to national security» ? Mr Ellison et consortes are behind the curve....

Henri

France wants in on the No Huawei Club while Canuck infosec bloke pretty insistent on ban

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Boffin

I believe

Anyone who believes that certain countries with intimate relations to the liege lord in Washington are contemplating banning Huawei from participating in building 5G networks in those countries due to security considerations, most likely also believes that it is out of similar considerations that Google will be moving to block adblockers in Chrome....

Henri

I used to be a dull John Doe. Thanks to Huawei, I'm now James Bond!

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Pint

Re: Does anyone know how to say "Echelon" in Chinese?

Actually, in this case, it would be tīduìxìtǒng (梯队系统).... ;-)

Henri

Huawei's 5G security scrutiny pain could be Cisco's gain – analysts

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Holmes

Huawei's 5G security scrutiny pain could be Cisco's gain – analysts

But wasn't that - as part of an all-out US technological war on China - the very point of the exercise ?...

Henri

China's loose Chang'e: Probe lands on far side of the Moon in science first, says state media

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Pint

«Probe lands on far side of the Moon in science first, says state media»

Why thanks, Ian, for reminding us that it was those notorious Chinese state media who first reported this achievement, and thus it is to be taken cum grano salis until El Reg - or the New York Times - reach the far side of the Moon and can ascertain the facts of the matter ! Otherwise, we might have deluded ourselves into taking those Chinese reports at face value....

Henri

Uncle Sam fingers two Chinese men for hacking tech, aerospace, defense biz on behalf of Beijing

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Illusions of universal jurisdiction

Nice to see that the US government continues to «indict» persons who are not, and who never have been under their jurisdiction - and publish what purport to be their photographs (how did the «Department of Justice» manage to hack those, one wonders ?). When does dear Mr Rosenstein intend to apprehend these dastardly criminals ? Or perhaps, like most of the antics of that government, this one too is merely for show :

Just the place for a Snark! I have said it twice:

That alone should encourage the crew.

Just the place for a Snark! I have said it thrice :

What I tell you three times is true.

Henri

Huawei gets the Kiwi 'yeah nah'* as NZ joins the Chinese kit-ban club

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FAIL

Huawei gets the Kiwi 'yeah nah'

So Washington once again leans on a vassal - what else is new ?...

Henri

Google logins make JavaScript mandatory, Huawei China spy shock, Mac malware, Iran gets new Stuxnet, and more

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FAIL

The Australian/Bellman

A report from The Australian (paywalled) cites a Down Under government source in reporting that on at least one occasion Huawei was pressed by the Chinese government to provide access to a foreign network.
Just the place for a Snark! I have said it twice:

That alone should encourage the crew.

Just the place for a Snark! I have said it thrice:

What I tell you three times is true.

Henri

US government charges two Chinese spies over jet engine blueprint theft

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FAIL

«The US Justice Department has charged two Chinese spies ... »

From what I understand, the persons concerned have neither resided nor worked in the US. Does the so-called US «Justice Department» really believe it enjoys universal jurisdiction and can «charge» persons residing in foreign lands ? Or is this merely yet another of those publicity stunts in which US authorities periodically indulge in order to distract attention from their own crimes ?...

Henri

Neutron star crash in a galaxy far, far... far away spews 'faster than light' radio signal jets at Earth

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WTF?

Powerful emissions ?

Eggheads suggested these powerful emissions go hand in hand with gamma ray bursts typically seen from neutron star mergers.
«Eggheads» ?!! «Scientists» OK, «boffins» OK, but «eggheads» ? Is the urge to be cute from which Ms Quach obviously suffers the result of original sin, or merely due to writing for the Reg ?...

Henri

Kremlin hacking crew went on a 'Roman Holiday' – researchers

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Boffin

Re: Alleged Kremlin-linked hacking waffle

«What is this neocon propaganda doing on a technology website?» Because the neocons and the neolibs - there seems to be little difference nowadays - actively recruit technology websites to participate in their attempts to convince everyone, including not least techies, of their Weltanschauung, in which all the evil in the world is due to those dastardly Russians (i e, when it is not due to those equally dastardly - but far more profitable - Chinese). Whinging about alleged «Russian hacking», presented as iron-clad facts, will continue to be a prominent feature of sites like the present....

Henri

Irish fella accused of being Silk Road admin 'Libertas' hauled to US

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FAIL

US prosecutors have extradited an Irish man to America, where he will face charges of allegedly overseeing the infamous Silk Road drugs e-souk.
What I like about the Reg is that on occasion it cuts to the quick , while the Irish authorities may claim not to see it that way, the description above is accurate. As we all know, the US enjoys universal jurisdiction....
Davis has been held in Ireland since his 2014 arrest by authorities there. Having now been extradited, his next stop will be in the Manhattan Federal Court to face trial.
In the event
helping to run [...] a secret online marketplace for illegal drugs, hacking services, and an assortment of other criminal activities
constitutes a crime under Irish law - and I find it difficult to believe that it does not, but piously hope that some more knowledgeable reader here will disabuse me if I am in error - why wasn't Mr Davis tried and if found guilty, sentenced in Ireland ? Under the Atlanticist disposition, must all European countries (and the UK, which seems to be unsure of its status) constantly be demonstrating their fealty to the liege lord in Washington ?...

Henri

Did you know? The word 'Taiwan' would crash iOS thanks to a buggy filter for the Chinese govt

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Boffin

Re: 蒂姆,我们告诉你谨慎!

it doesn't come out any better as Chinese, either J G ; Shaun should either get help from someone who knows the language, or better still, stop messing about with it....

Henri

Huawei won a contract in Oz. Of course there's a whispering campaign

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Boffin

If one can't compete on price and performance,

one can always appeal to «national security»....

Henri

Huawei enterprise comms kit has a TLS crypto bug

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FAIL

Thanks, Richard,

for warning us about how baaaad that Chinese kit is - after all, aside from being condemned by certain authorities in the US and Australia, whose reputations for impartiality and lack of bias are beyond reproach - it is the only kit ever to suffer from a security breach (which, in this case, have been patched). I suspect you typed this post on a computer with a Microsoft OS....

Henri

White House calls its own China tech cash-inject ban 'fake news'

mhenriday
Boffin

The Chinese have a saying :

因噎废食 - which freely translated is equivalent to cutting off one's nose to spite one's face. Any application of this aphorism to the current situation with respect to the US trade war on China and others is purely the responsibility of the reader....

Henri

That was quick: Seattle rushes to kill tax that would mildly inconvenience Amazon

mhenriday
Boffin

Who pays the piper calls the tune - even if it's said to be «democracy»

Sounds like a case study from Gilens and Page's Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens. Is anyone surprised ?...

Henri

Australia, Solomon Islands to ink Huawei-free cable contract today

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FAIL

Spook-driven paranoia ?

Got it on the first try, Mr Chirgwin - kudos !...

Henri

Russia appears to be 'live testing' cyber attacks – Former UK spy boss Robert Hannigan

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FAIL

Re: More FUD

«Kim is just insane» And, Mr Hagan, you know that how ? From your personal experience as treating psychiatrist ?...

Henri

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FAIL

Mr Hannigan's credibility and lack of bias

Just the place for a Snark! I have said it twice:

That alone should encourage the crew.

Just the place for a Snark! I have said it thrice:

What I tell you three times is true.

...

Henri

Stern Vint Cerf blasts techies for lackluster worldwide IPv6 adoption

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Meh

Re: Belgium

Thanks for the link, Len ; the results are not what one (I) would first have guessed. Here in Sweden, we seem to be doing a rather poor job of transitioning compared to neighbours like Norway and Finalnd (not to speak of Germany), but at least we're ahead of Denmark....

Henri

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