* Posts by henryd

33 publicly visible posts • joined 18 Apr 2010

Douglas Adams was right: Telephone sanitizers are terrible human beings


Phonotas ladies

I thought from the headline that we were talking about Phonotas.

For those too young to know what I'm talking about Phonotas was a company, oh 70 years ago, that employed people to come to your office and clean phone handsets, wiping spit from the mouthpiece and earwax/brylcream from the earpiece.

Who does this essential service now?

Support chap put PC into 'drying mode' and users believed it was real


Re: Not his first rodeo

Gosh, I actually remember that one.

Shocks from a hairy jumper crashed a PC, but the boss wouldn't believe it


Been there, done that

In the late 70's I was working in Israel developing an office computer. As Israel is a hot country rooms have stone tiled floors, not carpet.

Once ready we shipped our gleaming new computer to our first customer, in Germany (You can guess where this is going).

Soon reports of failure came in which we could not reproduce at home so we had to go to Germany to investigate on site. I still remember the electric shock going through my fingers when I touch a metal radiator while standing on a nylon carpet.

Smartphone gyroscopes threaten air-gapped systems, researcher finds


Stuxnet. Israel

Why is the stuxnet virus reported as being US/Israeli as a matter of fact? Nothing has been proved and so far is just a wild guess.

While I would like to be true that doesn’t make it so.

Very shoddy writing.

If you fire someone, don't let them hang around a month to finish code


A similar thing happened to me

Back in the days (1970) when code was on punched cards and the language of choice FORTRAN.

My predecessor change all variable names to x, xx, xxx. You get the drift.

The code still worked so could not be accused of sabotage.

I privately admired his guts for avenging a perceived wrong.

Israeli authorities investigate NSO Group over Pegasus spyware abuse claims


Why target the NSO?

Amnesty have a well documented obsession with Israel.

Will they now go after other bad actors in the UK, US, China, Russia?

Methinks not, its so much easier to go after a soft target.

Not only is Hubble back online after outage, it's already taking photos of the cosmos

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Re: Made my day



Made my day

And there I was just congratulating myself on getting my laptop to reboot Win 10 after it froze a couple of times.

I no longer have a burning hatred for Jewish people, says Googler now suddenly no longer at Google


Something is missing

It's obvious that we don't know the whole story and essential information is being withheld.

As a Jew I am happy that one less person hates me and shouldn't be punished for admitting it.

On the other hand I am unhappy that, seemingly, Google want to punish him for NOT being anti-semitic.

If anyone can provide a link to a better explanation of whats going on, please post here.

Amnesty International and French media protection org claim massive misuse of NSO spyware


Why the Mossad?

Why target the Mossad? More likely highly capable civilian software engineers who have spotted a vulnerability and have simply exploited it.

NSO are in the same situation as gun makers who also disclaim any responsibility for their use. We'll just have to live with it.

BTW I'm sure that everyones at it, it's just that NSO do it better. I reckon that if NSO was not Israeli then Amnesty, a vocal enemy of Israel, wouldn't show nearly as much interest.

US offers Julian Assange time in Australian prison instead of American supermax if he loses London extradition fight


Harry Dunn

Until Harry Dunn’s killer is extradited to the UK no-one should be sent the other way. The lopsided deal with the US needs to be addressed and this is a chance to do just that.

Accused murderer wins right to check source code of DNA testing kit used by police


What about the compiler? Linker?

Whilst we're at it - had the compiler been bug checked? As one of the developers of the first gcc for Intel X86-32 bit , gosh, nearly 40 years ago I cannot say for certain that my yacc files were perfect.

Pen Test Partners: Boeing 747s receive critical software updates over 3.5" floppy disks


Re: Honestly..

No problem, columns 75 through 80 on the card are for sequence number. Now where did I put that Card sorter?

GitHub to replace master with main across its services


Surely the word Git is also offensive.

<tongue_in_cheek>Terminate! Terminate! Terminate! </tongue_in_cheek>


NSO Group: Facebook tried to license our spyware to snoop on its own addicts – the same spyware it's suing us over


Sounds like the standard defense already used by the makers of guns and light aircraft. Aren’t there already precedents that manufacturers aren’t responsible for their customers actions?

Chips that pass in the night: How risky is RISC-V to Arm, Intel and the others? Very


Been here before

I well remember the RISC anxiety at Intel when I worked there 35 years ago.

No one was under any illusion about X86 vulnerability and the perceived attraction of RISC.

Andy Grove, the founder of Intel, taught us that "Only the Paranoid Survive" and was not afraid to do whatever it took to keep the competition at bay.

Never assume that Intel doesn't recognise danger or is afraid to use its formidable powers to survive.

There's no Huawei we're taking this lying down: Chinese mobe maker denies US govt racketeering charges


Where did Cisco get the code from?

Hey, that might be my code. In a previous lifetime I was one half of a team that developed, in Intel, gcc for the new 32 bit 80386 processor.

For the Whetstone measurements I had to write, from scratch, all of the standard C library in ANSI C.

Some of my code contained Easter Eggs so that I could identify it later. Can’t remember if the string library did though.

(Depressing thought, I just realized that was over 35 years ago)

Beware the trainee with time on his hands and an Acorn manual on his desk


In the days when your 'terminal' was a telytype machine, hence no on-screen corrections, you had to be creative when accepting input.

I remember well when I had forgotten how to exit from a certain utility. I tried Exit, Quit, Bye etc all to no avail. Finally in desparation I typed F*** Off - bingo it worked!

The savvy author of said utility only looked at the last 3 characters in input thus ignoring typos in the middle.

Behold the perils of trying to turn the family and friends support line into a sideline


Re: Twas ever thus

Or wrapped miles of baudot paper tape around the legs of a chair...

Adi Shamir visa snub: US govt slammed after the S in RSA blocked from his own RSA conf


Re: Though it's only fair...

Really? Are you from Europe? If so no visa required. Give an example of alleged ‘faff’ (whatever that means)

The dread sound of the squeaking caster in the humming data centre


Re: Not Me But...

Back in the day the console of the IBM360 had a big red button to set off the fire extinguishers in case of fire.

All operators had instructions Never Press The Button except in case of genuine need.

It was in the 70’s when I worked in the computer Centre of a major university and, naturally, could not resist temptation..

This caused a crash stop, not an orderly shutdown. I recall it took around 3 days to get back up.

Just Android things: 150m phones, gadgets installed 'adware-ridden' mobe simulator games


Re: Huge assumption

What was that snide comment based on?

The outfit where the NHS England Digital boss is headed? Turns out their code is 'not technically suitable' for the £6.4m NHS App


Why is the UK still in the dark ages?

Here in Israel we discovered this new thing called the Internet years ago.

Booking appointments through a mobile or desktop app is a matter of routine and has been for years. I can order prescriptions and view lab results and generally save bothering my GP.

The app will even serve me up graphs of lab data over the years of results it has in store.

Instead of dropping another few billions on yet another failed IT projects just get in touch with one of our providers. They’ll be happy to help.

Do I hear two million dollars? Apple-1 fossil goes on the block, cassettes included


And my Jupiter Ace

I’d fire it up but can’t find (a) old enough tv or (b) working cassette deck to refurbish my forth skills

Mark Zuckerberg did everything in his power to avoid Facebook becoming the next MySpace – but forgot one crucial detail…


Re: Good article. Assuming TheRegister is clean with our data.

Please enlighten - what is a grifter?

UK getting ready to go it alone on Galileo


Re: Is their hardware history better or worse than their software history?

Er.. transistor?

Foreshadow and Intel SGX software attestation: 'The whole trust model collapses'


Re: Intel only?

Intel have a major presence in the US as well, there could equally have been a snide comment on Trump.

If I understand your meaning correctly the “Jeremy Corbyn treatment” implies that I shouldn’t speak out when I see anti-semitism. Sorry, but no. I know an anti-Semite when I see one.


Re: Intel only?

And why the sly reference to Israel?

User asked why CTRL-ALT-DEL restarted PC instead of opening apps


Re: Feeling Old...

I still remember pre-DOS and even pre-CPM when the input device was a teletype, so no on-screen detection.

We had a program (weren't call apps back then) where you had to type OFF to leave it. As there was no way of correcting typos the program just looked at the last 3 characters typed in.

A technician using the program forgot the OFF sequence and tried typing in EXIT, BYE, DONE etc all to no avail. Finally in a fit of rage he typed in F*** OFF. Bingo!

DeX Station: Samsung's Windows-killer is ready for prime time


Nerd! I'm still using my Olivetti Programa 101. No need for a new fangled display. Adding machine paper roll is all you need - but it is getting hard to find typewriter ribbons.

Brits need chutzpah to copy Israeli cyberspies' tech creche – ex-spooks


Re: It's a shit-hole

Speaking as a British born Israeli I can speak with more authority than most of the twerps commenting here.

I much prefer the forthright say-what-you mean attitude of Israelis (a.k.a. rudeness to some people) that the totally insincere politeness of Brits. Its only rude if you take offence and my fellow Israelis certainly don't take offence just because someone says what he means.

When a Brit politely asks after your health you can be sure he doesn't give a shit and is just going through the motions. When an Israeli asks he really wants to know and will offer plenty of free advice as how to improve it. If you get offended and call it chutzpah, well poor you.

Finally regarding the last point. You mean we aren't the chosen people? Now I'm offended.


British tax money to Israel? Please quote when and how much

Hasselblad CFV-39 digital back


Speed Camera Sign - geddit?

Most road speed camera signs around the world have a Hasslebad profile on them, totally foreign to most people under the age 50, or thereabouts.

Sadly, in spite of my valuable contribution to todays history and road safety lessons, I can't afford one.