* Posts by Stumpy

332 posts • joined 20 May 2010


Geneticists throw hands in the air, change gene naming rules to finally stop Microsoft Excel eating crucial data


Re: How?

Thanks for the reminder that I have a thingy shaped just like a turnip

Canon not firing on all cylinders: Fledgling cloud loses people's pics'n'vids, then 'Maze ransomware' hits


Re: "...exfiltrated 10TB of databases and other files..."

My guess is that their source system is a server rented in a lights-out facility somewhere in the world with a nice fat pipe leading into it.

So limiting factor is more likley going to be the size of the pipe leading out from the victim, which circles back round to your question of how do they do it without being noticed?

Even if they're breaking it out amongst many lower speed exfiltration channels, one would have thought that anyone monitioring the network would notice any sudden uptick in outward traffic flows, and even using the fastest links, 10TB is going to take some time to exfiltrate.

Co-inventor of the computer mouse, William English, dies


They're not running around and hiding, for starters.

You've obviously never tried running a system with a cordless mouse in a household with real-live cats ...

AI assistants work perfectly in the UK – unless you're from Cardiff, Glasgow, Liverpool, Birmingham, Belfast...


Re: I want a cab

It's over in the corner, next to the recycling dear boy.

And it's off! NASA launches nuke-powered, laser-shooting, tank Perseverance to Mars to search for signs of life


Re: Roll on the test flight....

So, they're sending a mini-nuke to Mars, and you're more worried about the drone shutting down the local airspace?

I'd be more worried about it fireballing into a previously unknown city and frying all the inhabitants.

Cue mankind's first (and possibly last) interplanetary war.

This investor blew nearly $300,000 on Intel shares the day before 7nm disaster reveal. Yup, she's suing


I hope this drags and drags and drags and she loses, and is liable for all the legal bills.

Buyer's remorse is no foundation for a legal case.

Caveat emptor and all that.

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


I think this is the history you're looking for ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8JOD1AQGqEg

Cornish drinkers catch a different kind of buzz as pub installs electric fence at bar


Re: Great idea

Yes. But they're very llong syllllablles

Dutch national broadcaster saw ad revenue rise when it stopped tracking users. It's meant to work like that, right?


... effective. According to Ryan, RTBonline advertising "is a cancer eating the heart of legitimate media, and a business model for the bottom of the web." ...

There, FTFY

Remember that black hole just 1,000 light years from Earth? Scientists queue up to say it may not exist after all


Re: Who is stealing the stars?

With the stars going out ... how can we be sure that it isn't a Vogon Constructor Fleet building a new Hyperspatial Bypass?

Beware the fresh Windows XP install: Failure awaits you all with nasty, big, pointy teeth


In my early days working in IT operations for a regional brewer, I got called out to the Transport department one evening whilst on call.

The big DEC line printer they used for printing all the loading sheets for the dray wagons had stopped working, and they needed it looking at, so off I trotted, opened the hood up on the printer and there, lying across the tops of the massive PSU capacitors was a lightly fried (and very dead) rat!

Seems this one had found a nice looking, warm, dark and cosy space to try building a nest, then regretted it some few seconds later :)

CERN puts two new atom-smashers on its shopping list. One to make Higgs Bosons, then a next-gen model six times more energetic than the LHC


[i]a quark-gluon mush spreading outwards towards the rest of the universe at the speed of light![/i]

That's just the remains of last-night's curry.

Microsoft emits a colourful Windows Terminal preview


Re: I'm getting old but..

It was a native part of Windows, and was the context menu option 'Command prompt here'

Check out the night sky in all its X-ray glory: Everything from hot gases to supernovas and massive black holes


"My God! It's full of stars!"

Absolutely beautiful image.

BT and Serco among bidders competing to run Britain's unfortunately named Skynet military satellite system


Re: Skynet not Terminator

But they were only shut up after Skynet sent a T5000 back through a future wormhole to actually shut them up permanently...

Amazon's not saying its warehouse staff are dumb... but it feels they need artificial intelligence to understand what 'six feet' means


Re: What does 'six feet' mean?

... and there I was thinking that Amazon simply tossed expired employees into a shallow ditch and covered them with quicklime.

Only true boffins will be able to grasp Blighty's new legal definitions of the humble metre and kilogram


Does anyone else get a slightly uncomfortable feeling when seeing the definition of the second defined in terms of something that is measured per second

Or just me?

June's Patch Tuesday reveals 23 ways to remotely pwn Windows – and over 100 more bugs that could ruin your day


Re: Patch Tuesday for My Asus Router also

So neither you or your protocl droid speak Bocce?


Re: Patch Tuesday for My Asus Router also

Wish it were possible with mine. My ISP has locked the OS down so much I can't do anything reasonable with the bloody thing.

Roll on next week when I get a replacement unit to try and configure and plug in.

[And if anyone knows any way of decoding the binary dump of user data from a ZTE H298A router, it'd be appreciated]

Have I Been Pwned breach report email pwned entire firm's helldesk ticket system


Do I detect a hint of cynicism there?

80-characters-per-line limits should be terminal, says Linux kernel chief Linus Torvalds


I'm definitely on-board with Linus on this one. I know we developers can be a sentimental bunch, but the 80 column de-facto limit has seemed pretty anachronistic now for a very, very long time.

After 30 years of searching, astroboffins finally detect the universe's 'missing matter' – using fast radio bursts


Re: Astroboffins. Really?

You're obviously new around these here parts....

Coronavirus masks are thwarting facial recognition systems. So, of course, people are building training sets from your lockdown-wear selfies


Presumably, when they test the trained AI, they feed in pictures of known people both wearing masks and not wearing masks and rely on the AI being able to determine who is who from all the images...

(or did I just fail to detect sarcasm in your post?)

Linus Torvalds drops Intel and adopts 32-core AMD Ryzen Threadripper on personal PC


Re: AMD Dreams

*AHEM* 640KB should be enough memory for anyone.

Beer gut-ted: As many as '70 million pints' spoiled during coronavirus pandemic must be destroyed in Britain


Re: I wonder

Just think, it might be beneficial for the populations of such seafood ... they drink the unprocessed alcohol, lose their inhibitions and just do what comes naturally after a night out at the fishbar.

The Rise of The (Coffee) Machines: I need assistance. I think I'm running Windows. Send help


Re: What annoys me intensely ...

Blasphemy! BlackAdder ][ was far and away the best.


Re: turn that coffee into an altogether different variety of frothy, brown liquid.

You mean Starbucks?

Coronavirus didn't hurt UK broadband speeds in March. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, on the other hand...


I use Hyperoptic as my ISP, and haven't noticed any slowdown at all in my connection - could be because it's a 1:1 user ratio, so no peer contention from the neighbours. Consequently, I've not noticed any drop in quality on Netflix or Amazon - downloads from Steam suffer a little during peak times, but to be honest, Valve's servers were pretty crap even before the lockdown.

IBM to GTS staff: Not volunteering to leave with a redundo cheque? We'll give you a helping hand


Isn't this the way it works anywhere? Organization decides it needs to reduce headcount, so asks for those who want to go to throw their hat in the ring. If they don't get enough volunteering themselves for the chop, they move to direct, mandatory redundancy.?

What do you call megabucks Microsoft? No really, it's not a joke. El Reg needs you


Big Beige ... they always wanted to be like IBM, but somehow lacked any of the charisma.

... or the Seattle Shitehawks.


Re: Chocolate Factory alternative?

Plus, exposing yourself to their APIs is enough to make anyone cry ...

Forever mothballed: In memoriam Apple Butterfly Keyboard (2015-2020)


Mid 2015 MacBook Pro here (so the model just before the butterfly keyboards came in) ... still going strong, never had any issues with it (other than the battery recall from last year). Still snappy enough for me to do my work on - although I wouldn't want to use it for any serious gaming [I have a very beefy Windows rig for that].

I reckon, barring catastrophic hardware failure, that I'll be using that laptop for at least another five years, and possibly longer.

The iMac at 22: How the computer 'too odd to succeed' changed everything ... for Apple, at least


Re: Nowadays Macs don't look different than PCs

I think the real argument there is that everyone else just copied the MacBook design philosophy since it looked so good compared to the competition. At the time, no-one else was producing a unibody aluminium shell.

Square peg of modem won't fit into round hole of PC? I saw to it, bloke tells horrified mate


Re: Sounds to me like ...

... and that's why they call them hacksaws

Lars Ulrich makes veiled threats of another Metallica album during web chat with Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff


Re: Harsh

Yes, Death Magnetic was a very welcome return to form for them. Still has a little cruft that could do with being trimmed.

Still prefer listening to the new up and coming bands these days though - they still have the ambition, hunger and drive to produce bloody good music.

(Currently listening to some Those Damn Crows and will follow up with some Blackballed)

Microsoft decrees that all high-school IT teachers were wrong: Double spaces now flagged as typos in Word


Re: It may be a US "standard", but...

Geoffery W wrote: not the zombie apocalypse, or the ribbon interface.

The two are separate entities?

Star's rosette orbit around our supermassive black hole proves Einstein's Theory of General Relativity correct


Re: Spirograph

No, s/he just plays dice. (and the occasional very good hand of poker)

Virtually – no – actually borked: We'd slap ailing ATM's 'OK' button but it's probably against government guidance

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"... leaking memory like an incontinent baboon on a waltzer."

Thanks for providing that line. I'm going to make certain I use it in any analysis documentation from now onwards.

BOFH: Will the last one out switch off the printer?


Re: I'd have gone for Risk!!

Well, to be fair, it could be referring to an invasion of 1066 people called Norman.

It's time to track people's smartphones to ensure they self-isolate during this global pandemic, says WHO boffin


What we need, before we start tracking individuals by use of phones that they may, or may not, have with them is a consistent method of testing and reporting infection and mortality rates across the globe.

For example, Italy's mortality rate is so high because everyone who dies that is infected with CoV-19 is recorded as having died of the disease rather than the true cause of death.

As it stands at the moment, all this comparison of how well or how badly countries are doing in the fight against the virus is comparing apples with oranges.

Tinfoil hat brigade switches brand allegiance to bog paper


Wiping my arse with War and Peace has completely ruined my Kindle though!

Sadly, the web has brought a whole new meaning to the phrase 'nothing is true; everything is permitted'


Re: "...could I borrow $60 (US) via PayPal..."

You are Arthur Jackson, and I claim my $60 (US)

What's inside a tech freelancer's backpack? That's right, EVERYTHING


Re: unpacking order...

No, Cable Ties, Rubber Gloves and Duck Tape are all for holding your Duck together when it splits.

BOFH: Here he comes, all wide-eyed with the boundless optimism of youth. He is me, 30 years ago... what to do?


Re: Seems a bit cheap

Mines so wide, I'm providing the parking space for all of Boeing's 737-MAX fleet.

Aww, a cute mini-moon is orbiting Earth right now. But like all good things, it too will abandon us at some point


Re: Aliens!

Oh freddled gruntbuggly,

Thy micturations are to me, (with big yawning)

As plurdled gabbleblotchits, in midsummer morning

On a lurgid bee,

That mordiously hath blurted out,

Its earted jurtles, grumbling

Into a rancid festering confectious organ squealer. [drowned out by moaning and screaming]

Now the jurpling slayjid agrocrustles,

Are slurping hagrilly up the axlegrurts,

And living glupules frart and stipulate,

Like jowling meated liverslime,

Groop, I implore thee, my foonting turlingdromes,

And hooptiously drangle me,

With crinkly bindlewurdles,mashurbitries.

Or else I shall rend thee in the gobberwarts with my blurglecruncheon,

See if I don't!

... the one with the poetry book in the pocket please.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to save data from a computer that should have died aeons ago


Re: Hybrid children watch the sea

In my first job working in Ops back in the dim mists of time (OK, OK, mid 90's) we had a naming convention that all the Servers would be named after male Star Trek characters, and all the Routers, Modems, Mulitplexers, etc. would be named after female Star Trek characters.

Except for the router we had up in the North East, which for reasons of linguistic piss taking was called WAYAYMAN . :)

Flat Earther and wannabe astronaut killed in homemade rocket


Re: Seems a bit cheap

... or as folks have commented elsewhere, he didn't manage to prove whether the Earth was flat or not, but he did manage to prove that it is very, very hard.

RIP Mr Hughes. Whilst I might not agree with your Flat Earth exposition, the world needs more contrary nutjobs that are prepared to push the boundaries, if only to get the rest of us thinking.

I'm sorry, Elon. I'm afraid I can't do that... SpaceX touts robo-rides for orbital vacations, lift-off in 2021-ish


Re: "The crew will spend up to five days in space without visiting the International Space Station"

Remember the Wollowitz zero gravity waste disposal system...

C'mon SPARCky, it's just an admin utility update. What could possibly go wrong?


I guess I could RISC one or two.

MWC now means 'Mobiles? Whatever! Coronavirus!' as Ericsson becomes latest to pass on industry shindig


Re: They needed an "extensive internal risk assessment" ?

The figures from the CDC still show the mortality rate at around 2.04%


This article gives a fairly good, measured analysis of the outbreak and what it might mean leading into the future...




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