* Posts by Radelix

110 publicly visible posts • joined 31 Mar 2010


Techies take turns at shut-down top trumps


Re: but it's never a bad time to listen to radiolab

you, sir, have just put into words the uneasy feeling I get when the missus listens to NPR and the like.

As netizens, devs scream bloody murder over Chrome ad-block block, Googlers insist: It's not set in stone (yet)


Re: welp....

*pours whiskey into morning coffee.

I like the idea of security, but I like the idea of agency more.


Re: welp....

Sadly, no. There are not enough of the technically inclined that even care enough to "starve the beast". This is more a dream of the people taking back what they shouldn't really have provided in the first place. I am guilty of that as well since Chrome ran Gmail and youtube well, I said fuck it. For myself, I am going to try to unfuck it.



back to Firefox until if/when they fuck it up.

On a more seriousish note, I wonder if this will inspire more DIY setups among those of us who are technically inclined. Considering that you largely cannot trust anything that you haven't put together yourself.

I am, of course, not talking about handcrafting your own firewall from only artisinal bits on the finest of organic silicon, but more of a pfSense on a pi lovingly shoved into our own and acquaintances networks. The purpose of course being to starve the beast just enough to get it to correct its attitude.

Great, you've moved your website or app to HTTPS. How do you test it? Here's a tool to make local TLS certs painless


Re: Late to the party?

I regret that I have but one upvote to give you. As someone whom has to "do it all" so to speak, sometimes I do need a bit of handholding to accomplish a task correctly.

Sysadmin shut down server, it went ‘Clunk!’ but the app kept running


reboot of terror

I was working for an MSP in Orange County, CA. One of my responsibilities was to configure new equipment that was being shipped to a customers retail locations. The engineering team made this stupid easy in so far as open ticket in system > click config > copy config > paste to ssh terminal > write config > reboot and verify that it is communicating with the headend.

I was configuring something in the area of 10 boxes and I was starting to close in on the shipping window. I had them all stacked and I had all the boxes open in SecureCRT with the headend as the first tab. Pasted and wrote all the configs and no issues. Started issuing reboots to test and, sure as shit, I reboot the headend.

Normally, for our customers, this is not an issue because they usually have redundant headends, not this one. Open a console, start pinging public IP which is whitelisted to respond from our site

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Go talk to the engineer who is packing up to leave, fess up to what I did, the broken man puts his stuff down, opens a console and picks up the phone. I ask if I need to stay and he says no.

The next day the engineer is absent and I look up the customer, our ticketing system at somewhere around 3 AM had autogenerated and autoclosed somewhere north of 3000 tickets. Come to find out from another engineer that the headend in question had been running with bad nvram so the reboot wiped the config and there had been no IOS to load. The customers engineer had discovered the headend sitting at a ROMMON prompt. New IOS and new base config later and the customer is back up.

In the end, I was told everyone gets to do that once.

Mobile service in Ireland and France


Re: Mobile service in Ireland and France

Thanks for this.


Mobile service in Ireland and France


I'm an American traveling to France and Ireland over Christmas and new years. I have an unlocked GSM Nexus 5 that I plan on using while I am travelling. I don't need a lot of minutes and text is handled by hangouts. What I really need is data service. What networks (or single network) serve my data needs most cost competitively? I'm not well versed in the roaming deals between those 2 countries.


We tried using Windows 10 for real work and ... oh, the horror


No issues here with my steam library on my older gaming rig

Looking forward to getting Windows 10 the day it ships? Yeah, about that...


Plug N Play and a fancy new background made with FREAKIN LAZORSSSS.

but seriously I am upgrading day 1....pray/drink for me

Fanbois designing Windows 10 – where's it going to end?


Normally I would agree. I'm more concerned with persons who magically manage to create a new desktop and wonder where all their apps that they had open went. Luckily a quick explanation of ctrl + Win + L arrow or crtl + Win + D should resolve it...once I explain that yes they hold down the first 2 keys then tap the 3rd, what the win key looks like (yes, I do work in IT for an engineering company), get frustrated, remote in and do it myself, finally going to my calendar to schedule a beating for the GPO guy for not reversing this setting.

I the not normal tech person really like virtual desktops, not sure I have the fortitude yet to support it.


Re: A novel idea?

It is configurable. There is a setting available to reverse the this view so all open apps are visible on all taskbars.

iPhone case uses phone's OWN SIGNAL to charge it (forever, presumably)


Don't forget about the Law Enforcement mandated easy decryption


Came for a proper el reg comment bashing

left satisfied

New Windows 10 will STAGGER to its feet, says Microsoft OS veep


Re: see nothing worthwhile on windows 10 here

Might as well dust off your XP box as well then, you know since it turns on and doesn't do that transparency magic in the UI.

Whither the PC? Mobes, slabs drive majority of traffic for top news sites


Tbf I read El Reg while on the phone since it is usually more interesting than whatever problem my user has claimed to not cause.

PICTURE-TASTIC: Microsoft woos devs to HoloLens virtuo-goggs


Re: Oh Please! This is worse than 3D TV

you must be real fun at parties. At least MS is trying something.

Dot-com intimidation forces Indiana to undo hated anti-gay law


Re: Error in the translation..

And corn, lots of corn. Do not forget the post apocalyptic city if Gary. But yes you are not missing anything.

BITE that APPLE if you want to escape the Android garden, Microsoft


i got O365 for free when I bought Office 2013 pro using my companies (massive) discount. It turns out since I am in school, and Office for android was release not long after, I have really taken advantage of the cloudy features of Office. Since I do most of my schoolwork in Excel, for reasons that are not relevant here, it makes it easy to do the work at home and then have it checked and graded on my phone at school. In short I like was MS is doing with Office and I wish them the best of luck.

Ugly, incomplete, buggy: Windows 10 faces a sprint to the finish


Re: I put it on a desktop system

They addressed that when 9929 was released. They know that devices without batteries are showing batteries with 0% charge. I would imagine that will be addressed in the next update....hopefully

Microsoft will give away Windows 10 FREE - for ONE year


Re: I'm free! No, you're an idiot

I am cautiously optimistic about their future model for windows. Adopting a wait and see etc

New York State plots broadband future


Re: Go ask New Jersey

This was more in the vain of the early 90's when NJ gave Verizon buckets of cash to wire the state and 20 years later (last year) when they tried to get out of the agreement because it was hard to wire the state.


Go ask New Jersey

how well that worked for them, you know, the cash giveaway to Verizon

LA schools math quiz: $500 Chromebooks or $700 iPads for students?


Re: Raspberry Pi

Would be nice but LAUSD is looking for a more drop in and be done with it portable solution. Also something that garners favor with the vendors I'm sure.

I was annoyed when I first heard about the ipad deployment since it was essentially no-bid, 2nd when in the trial run the students "hacked" the devices by deleting the MDM profiles so they could browse facebook and install apps.

-Annoyed Los Angeles resident.

Has the United Nations taken over the Internet yet?


I kindly request

that Russia and Saudi Arabia fuck off and build their own internet if they are so concerned. Better yet those are not the a fore mentioned countries should cut their peering links till R and SA think better about their proposals.

Happy 2nd birthday, Windows 8 and Surface: Anatomy of a disaster


Re: Windows 10

MS's recent numbers seem to contradict your comment. Are their devices achieving the success that Apple devices receive? No. Is there growth in their lines? Yes. As a frequent reader of many tech news sites (El Reg, you are still my fav), I see even techcrunch, who constantly has their olfactory organ squarely up Apples' posterior, even praising MS for what they are doing with their various hardware lines. In short MS is selling hardware and shocks of shocks someone is actually buying.

TBF I do want a Surface 3.


Echoing start menu

That trick they pulled with the surface 3 where it switches between tablet and desktop depending on the presence of a keyboard, that is all I wanted. Win 8 has been really solid for me but the touch UI goes unused even though I have a touchscreen laptop. At least I know my important keyboard shortcuts so its largely a non-issue for me.

City council thinks what we're all thinking: 'Comcast is terrible – and NOT welcome here'


Checking in from the west

In the city of El Segundo just outside of Los Angeles. Also screw Comcast...you know, for relevance.

Vanished blog posts? Enterprise gaps? Welcome to Windows 10


Re: Anyone Running it in Virtualbox?

use windows 8.1, not generic x64


So you clicked express settings during the setup rather than customize and turning it all off. And there is an option to create a local account only.


Re: Docking

You sir, yes you...I owe you one beer!

Softbank gobbles T-Mobile ... 1 year after AT&T tried it on – report



I left the yellow bastards for T-mo and their actually functioning network. Looks like it is time for me to write several more opposition letters to the FCC, DoJ, elected representatives, etc

EVE Online erects mashed-up memorial to biggest space fight in history


this is why i love this game

even though the doctrine used was designed to crash the server. Where else can you have fights like this.

Don't crack that Mac: Almost NOTHING in new Retina MacBook Pros can be replaced


Just like some cars...

Are not designed to be repaired but there are design considerations taken for assembling. Repairs are a dealership/ mechanic problem

PEAK APPLE: 'iPhone sales STALL' at first sniff of fresh droid competition


Re: Contradictory reports

Remember that Big Red is just one carrier in one country where Apple offerings are relatively more robust in the marketplace. There is a larger market that must be taken into consideration

Disney shutters Star Wars game unit with 200 layoffs



You can take my TIE fighter disc from my cold dead hands

Ubuntu? Fedora? Mint? Debian? We'll find you the right Linux to swallow



Debian cause I don't have issues with it. Even got the Nvidia drivers to install correctly once I got the dependencies installed. Same with VMware. Got it running in dual boot on my desktop, running as a daily driver on my 5 yo laptop and netbook. Very happy with it so far.

Google Maps becomes Apple's most popular app


Map apps.

They all have issues. How about we use an updated paper map and common sense when navigating to places.

Obligatory XKCD:


The best tablets for Christmas


Re: more than apps

Chrome syncs my pages from the desktop to desktop to laptop to phone and to tablet. Pictures are auto sync'd to G+ ( yes I do use it). You should know the kindle app. And news is done with pulse, currents, and flipboard which of course sync respectively between devices and come with handy tablet friendly UI's. And of course this is all syncing between a Xoom, gnex, and N4.

And my favorite part.

"well I sign into my mac and all my stuff downloads and syncs" as a recent convert to Apple told me recently. My response being "If I sign into gmail then all my stuff is there too, no synching required." Their response: "...".

I know I'm tied to El Goog but at least I know what they are doing with my data.

Google Play revenues leap 311% in 2012


Being an Android user I am finding that there are a larger quantity of higher quality apps available that I am willing to part with a few dollars over. Also to be fair discover-ability is bad on the play store but the "People who looked at this also viewed...." list becoming more relevant...at least to my untrained eye.

Japanese firm offers 4-tonne GIANT MECHs for just $1.3m


Re: Step 1. Acquire mech.

step 4: charge entry into said lot under penalty of 6000 BB's wrecking the paint on your new car. You know from the comfort of office with that 3g connection.

Pocket Wi-Fi hotspots paralyse Chinese metro lines


Re: Up the power

I believe there are a number of railroads here in the USA that send or have sent signaling data for block and moving block signaling through the tracks.

PCs punch HP in the gut, servers knee it in the jewels


Re: Online store

Indeed that would be great but they spun that business off years ago. I have to wonder why though considering I have my fathers HP financial calc from the 70's and it is fabulous to this day even though it takes batteries

IBM drops Lotus brand from next version of Notes


As a person who supports the abortion that is Lotus Notes. I want to know why it has to fight with Adobe Acrobat with calling the user32.dll and then crashing....and deleting mail files.....causing calls to come my general direction.

Brits swallow Google Nexus 4 supply 'in 30 minutes'


Re: US version

Slight correction, it went on sale a little after 8:30 AM PST and the ordering system has been up and more times than a prostitute at a frat party.

Angry Birds Star Wars game review


Re: I really really really...

its a silly time killer of a game. It just happens to be one of the really good ones. It went viral a few years ago ( I sentence myself to 30 lashings for using viral ) when it gained critical mass and also had a movie tie in created for it.

GPU-powered Chrome lets you watch YouTube longer


@anon 8:58 and JimmyPage

whew, I'm glad Im not the only one with those issues. I thought it was caused by me running chrome off a thumbdrive and the USB access times were poo. Yes Google please fix the 2 errors they said

Mexico to Apple: You WILL NOT use the name 'iPhone' here



See title

Google stiffs Samsung on price, now wireless charging too


Re: Never mind Samsung...

The OEM's could release timely updates if they would stop screwing with the UI and underlying components that they have to upgrade for each release.

Quarter of Eastern cell towers BLOWN down BY SANDY - FCC


Burying the power lines.

well I guess the answer comes down to money and the will to do it. Dunno about the UK but the LADWP is (what they tell us) broke.