* Posts by TKW

38 publicly visible posts • joined 12 Mar 2010

HP exec says quiet part out loud when it comes to locking in print customers


"Since then it has banked double-digit revenues."

Sorry, my area of expertise is tech not finance, but to me this reads like the revenue they paid into their bank was somewhere between $10 and $99: can someone explain the term to me?

LockBit crew cooks up half-baked Mac ransomware


Re: Attack of the nonexistent Mac ransomware

Of course, there's no reason why Time Machine backups couldn't be subverted on a compromised machine.

Microsoft offers SQL Server 2022 release candidate to Linux world


Re: Multi-platform code base?

IIRC there's always been a platform abstraction layer, dating back to when the SQL team couldn't rely on the Windows team to deliver a performant scheduler, and memory management. "How times have changed".

Know the difference between a bin and /bin unless you want a new doorstop


That's as true today as it was then...

I remember AltaVista had the cgi-bin as part of the URL in their searches. rewrite clearly wasn't "a thing" back then!

New York to get first right-to-repair law for electronics


Even if they don't sell it, we'll be ahead. At the moment they're prohibiting component suppliers from supplying replacement parts to repairers and I can't see how that practice would continue to be legal.

The Ghost of Windows Past haunts a street corner in Bermondsey


Re: Disk failures

Cat-proof? I promise you, it's cat-resistant at best

Microsoft rolls out Files On-Demand with tighter macOS integration – but it defaults to 'on' and can't be disabled


Re: All your documents are belong to us

> The 'Do it our way or else' won't fly with most Mac users.

I don't really have a favourite side in this argument, but I'd say Apple have probably conditioned their users to expect "do it our way or else" more than Microsoft.

Judge tosses NEC's claim that Oracle salespeople tricked it into using the wrong software license prior to audit


Not only in writing, but in plain English writing

Schools email marketing company told us to go away when we told them of exposed database creds, say infoseccers


Re: No need to compromise their systems

In my view the problem is much more about the response than it was about the original "misconfiguration". The way they also responded to El Reg shows that it's institutional and probably beyond repair: they need ICOing out of existence.

Want to check out Windows 11 but don't want to buy a new PC? Here's how to bypass the hardware requirements


If you're not prepared to play their game (stick to their inflated spec list) why are you prepared to play their game (pointless upgrade treadmill)?

BT Wholesale wants the channel to give SMBs a nudge before copper sunset in 2025


Can someone tell me where I can buy a competitively-priced naked [A|V]DSL service? Preferably with a static IPV4 address.

Zorin OS 16 Pro arrives complete with optional 'Windows 11' desktop


Re: Laudable ambition

Stability in terms of appcompat? Yes.

Everything else? Well......

Impromptu game of Robot Wars sparks fire in warehouse at UK e-tailer Ocado


I assume it was the same Tom Scott one I watched:


It was fascinating - didn't expect to see it in the news so soon afterward!

Linux kernel sheds legacy IDE support, but driver-dominated 5.14 rc1 still grows


Re: 37 year old interface standard?

They made it unavailable when the new series of S.I. was released, a few months back. Very sad. I hope someone has kept a copy of this classic clip for posterity!

Dido 'Queen of Carnage' Harding to lead UK's Institute for Health Protection because Test and Trace went so well


Has DH taken Arcuri's place? I can think of literally no other reason why she is in charge.

Fancy that: Hacking airliner systems doesn't make them magically fall out of the sky


Amazing what happens when you hire smart people, eh?

Latest battery bruiser Android from budget Moto G range appears ahead of MWC after an Amazon whoopsie


Re: No NFC

I don't know why you're being downvoted ... Google Pay is really useful, and the Moto G Power doesn't include it.

Why is the printer spouting nonsense... and who on earth tried to wire this plug?


Re: Not on the wall socket

MOVs shorted, maybe?

Revealed: NHS England bosses meet with tech and pharmaceutical giants to discuss price list of millions of Brits' medical data


Re: Dido Harding...

I'm so angry! Why is this absolute idiot being paid by the government to have anything to do with data? F-absolute-FS.

High-resolution display output or Wi-Fi: It seems you can only choose one on Raspberry Pi 4


Re: Interference

Welcome to the black art of RF design & debugging :/

OPPO's Reno 2, aka 'Baby Shark', joins the deepening pool of high-spec midranger mobes


Looks good. Does it support Oppo's fast charging system?

Remember, remember, it's now called November: Windows 10 19H2 update has a name


Re: "enablement package"

Used to be an "option pack."

£250m fund for NHS artificial intelligence laboratory slammed as tech for tech's sake


The NHS constitution provides for it to carry out research, and this is such.

BOFH: What's Near Field Implementation? Oh, you'll see. Turn left here


Affect. Argh!

Linus Torvalds pulls pin, tosses in grenade: x86 won, forget about Arm in server CPUs, says Linux kernel supremo


I up-voted you, but he'd never use anything other than each platform's native assembler

Ex-TalkTalk chief grilled by MPs on suitability to chair NHS Improvement



For fuxache. I mean, really, what are they all thinking?

Apple's 'shoddy' Beats headphones get slammed in lawsuit


Re: Nothing new here


'Irongate' attack looks like Stuxnet, quacks like Stuxnet ...


Hadn't thought of that!

'Windows 9' LEAK: Microsoft's playing catchup with Linux


Re: Windows has had multiple desktops for bloody years

Anonymous Bullard, some may be implemented as a ShowWindow hack, but the functionality has been around since at least NT4 to create proper desktops and this is the method that the SysInternals tool used. Documented at http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/ms682573(v=vs.85).aspx

Boffins make noise about D-Wave chip: it seems quantum


Now I know what the rest of the articles on El Reg seem like to "normal" people.

Thought your Android phone was locked? THINK AGAIN


The anonymous replies seem to miss the point. Other platforms have had a spate of bugs which allow anyone to pick up a handset and bypass the lock screen, giving them somewhere between "full" and "pretty substantial" access to the device with no prior access or action required.

This flaw requires an attacker to persuade a user to install software and then, later, physically access the device and take advantage of the lock-screen bypass software they've installed. Doesn't seem in quite the same class to me?? As others have said, if you're in a position to be able to persuade the target to install software you could just persuade them to install software to access the data / feature you're interested in and forget about having to physically retrieve the handset later.

I'm not sure it counts as Raymond's airtight hatchway because it sounds like a local privilege escalation.

Microsoft's murder most foul: TechNet is dead

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Re: Allow me to reciprocate

All done here, with the exception of Exchange, which is still the only software I can find with decent calendaring and push support. Looking forward to your views.

A10 ships new iron, OS


Layer 4 connections per-second-per-Watt = Layer 4 connections per Joule.

Intel: Xeon breaks Calxeda's ARM in Apache benchmark


"1,046 requests per second per watt"

"1,046 requests per Joule"?

Microsoft BPOS cloud outage burns Exchange converts


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"Thompson is right to prostate himself in front of his customers"

Care to proof-read that??

Intel shakes off $1bn chipset flaw



"... Opteron was delayed for six months because of an error in a table lookaside buffer (TLB) on the chips..."

Thanks for trying to explain the TLA, but it's actually a transaction lookaside buffer.

SSD tools crack passwords 100 times faster


But you don't need to read all of it.


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That would be a million in any language.