* Posts by Borg.King

199 posts • joined 8 Apr 2011


Royal Yacht Britannia's successor to cost about 1 North of England NHS IT consultancy framework


Name game

Shaggy McShagPalace

(Beer icon for all the German lager and French wine that'll be consumed on the tub.)

Flatcar Linux takes the 520, drives up to Redmond: Microsoft acquires Kinvolk


Right image, wrong direction.

The picture on the home page is definitely SR 520, but it's looking out towards the floating bridge over Lake Washington, towards Seattle, and away from Redmond.

BOFH: Postman BOFH's Special Delivery Service


Re: Still laughing..

I collect vintage computers...

Anyone on here who doesn't?

Airline software super-bug: Flight loads miscalculated because women using 'Miss' were treated as children


Won't nobody think of the test cases?

I'm guessing there was either no test cases, or the calculations made on the list of passengers in the test case repeated the same error.

Mac OS X at 20: A rocky start, but it got the fundamentals right for a macOS future



Was the NeXT cube's material, aluminum does spark as well when pulled along the street behind a car.

Report: Microsoft is thinking about splashing $10bn on Discord to slot it next to Skype, Mixer...


Discord might improve sufficiently

to compete with Teams.

Better buy it and kill it, and have its brilliant, and now wealthy, creators sign a commitment to not create a competitor to any MSFT product ever again.

From Maidenhead to Morocco: In a change to the scheduled programming, we bring you The On Call of Dreams


Jollies (sp. jollys ?)

Once had a week in Malta on a C++ training course. First day there was the world cup final, which I happily watched from a beachfront pizza and beer joint.

Second one was a day trip to give some training in Germany, flight out of LGW at 6am, back at 6pm. Not much to in the way of excitement, and a buffet lunch in the conference room, but the trainees were nice people and it's a day out.

Do half a dozen Apple WWDC's in San Francisco count?

OVH says burned data centre’s UPS, batteries, fuses in the hands of insurers and police


23kVA at my house

My panel here in my house in Seattle has two 115 volt lines, 180° out of phase, and 100A per line, for a total possible 23kVA.

My water heater, tumble dryer and oven are all connected across the phases, applying 230V to their respective heating elements. This is fairly typical for a modern home in the U.S.

In my (wood) workshop, I have a single phase 230V dust collector connected via a 1:1 isolation transformer wired across the phases. This is not typical.

Why yes, I'll take that commendation for fixing the thing I broke


Re: At Joe W, re: intelligence vs wisdom.

successfully selling a tomato-based fruit salad


European Commission redacts AstraZeneca vaccine contract – but forgets to wipe the bookmarks tab


Null and void

The EU appears to have broken the confidentiality clause in the contract, I would encourage Astra-Zeneca to claim a contract violation and not honour any of it.

There's plenty of countries who'll buy all the vaccine they can make.

Boeing confirms last 747 to roll off production line in 2022


747's will be missed

Have flown many 747s from SFO, LAX and SEA to LHR, AMS & CDG and will miss the slightly shorter journey times as 747s fly about 80 knots faster than 777s and 787s.

Only flew once in first class, on a Singapore 747-400(?) from Mumbai to LHR back in 1991. Great airline, plane, and exceptional service from the cabin crew - a true memory to savor for many years.

One does not simply shove elephants on a ballet shoe point and call it an acceptable measure of pressure


5cm x 5cm != 5 cm²

5 x 5 = 25

Linux kernel maintainers tear Paragon a new one after firm submits read-write NTFS driver in 27,000 lines of code


Re: How to avoid nearly all of the harsh bits.

// Pleasethankmeformyeffortinwritingthispost. Iwillletyoucleanitupandresubmit.

// Thanks.

Finally, a wafer-thin server... Only a tiny little thin one. Oh all right. Just the one...


Waiting for a Li-ion battery overload

I'm waiting to see when someone decides their home battery backup system can be wired up to power their cooker.

A Li-ion battery fire is nothing to be triffled with.

Y2K quick-fix crick? 1920s come roaring back after mystery blip at UK's vehicle licensing agency


Re: 2038

Sunday 4th December

Yay! double the hourly rate then for a Sunday callout.

Apple tipped to go full wireless by 2021, and you're all still grumbling about a headphone jack


Re: Car Play

I’m sure Lexus isn’t updating old cars

Actually they are. My 2018 LC500 did not have Apple Carplay when I first bought it, but my Lexus dealer upgraded the ICE unit with new software last year, and yay! Carplay.

Any finger will do? Samsung Galaxy S10 with a screen protector reportedly easy to fool


Have you asked Apple if 'protected' fingerprints fail for them too?

I'm sure they're jumping up and down with glee in Cupertino. Perhaps El Reg should ask them if they would like to decline to comment.

Welcome to the World Of Tomorrow, where fridges suffer certificate errors. Just like everything else



..as Dave Lister would no doubt opine.

5 million years in stasis and not a single expired cert on Red Dwarf.

(Mine's the one with the hard light drive in the pocket.)

Holy smokes! Ex-IT admin gets two years prison for trashing Army chaplains' servers


how old does that make me?

George Best in my day.

macOS? More like mac-woe-ess: Google Chrome slip-up trips up SIP-less Apple Macs


Re: One line in your script, like I do

I do not like that the box that's displaying these commands in the article has

rm -rf

on a single line, and the bundle specifier on the next.

Someone is going to find these instructions and think they need to hit enter after each line.

D'aw! They still have hope! Interns make a song and dance of their summer at Microsoft


Re: Production values

And what the hell is an "Explorer Intern"?

Two options come to mind:

1) An intern working on the team that maintains the file explorer windows,

2) An intern sent to look for building 7.

Beware the developer with time on his hands and dreams of Disney


Re: Why yes, yes I have...

company with an all nude policy

Was that the same company that had a chap in a giant bunny suit jumping around behind a topless newsreader?

Marriott's got 99 million problems and the ICO's one: Starwood hack mega-fine looms over


Re: A bit of honesty

clearly we failed so we think the punishment is appropriate

An admission of guilt opens up a plethora of routes to losing court battles for compensation.

Philips kills dependence on its Hue hub, pointing to a Bluetooth world


But I want my mechanical cupboard!!

I've plans to build my own little cupboard full of little toys with blinken lights.

Cable Modem, MoCA ethernet, Gigabit switch, Cable TV amp and distribution hub, Networked HD, security system DVR, Philips Hue Hub (probably two), Time Machine HD, and the control unit for my irrigation system.

And a UPS.

Philips, please don't deprive me of my dream.

Scumbags can program vulnerable MedTronic insulin pumps over the air to murder diabetics – insecure kit recalled


Manual mode

They expect the patients to revert to repeatedly checking their blood sugar levels throughout the day, and injecting the appropriate amount of insulin as a result.

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


Re: Blackadder reference?


Could you just pop into the network room and check- hello? The Away Team. They're... gone


$0.10 fuse saved

Many times a 10 cent fuse is saved by the selfless suicide of a thousand dollar PSU.

Apple strips clips of WWDC devs booing that $999 monitor stand from the web using copyright claims. Fear not, you can listen again here...


10% may have bought the stand

Anyone buying these overpriced monitors is almost certainly going to have some production desk setup, with high quality arms already installed supporting the VESA mount.

I would estimate that only a few would want Apple's stand anyway, and that few has now diminished significantly. Apple may make a few thousand of them. The $199 VESA adaptor is a rip off too.

Third party opportunity if ever there was one.

Headsup for those managing Windows 10 boxen: Microsoft has tweaked patching rules


We have...

Then we were enticed to work for Microsoft with promises of changing the world. Sadly that reality never materialized and we left to go back into the real world.

Microsoft has many smart people working for it, and almost all of them are as perplexed as you as to why they cannot produce products that reflect their abilities.

(Mines the one with the deactivated blue badge in the pocket)

Big Tech leapt on the blockchain bandwagon but its applications are stuck in cryptocurrency


Coffee chain

I heard this morning that Starbucks are using Blockchain tech, in a joint venture with MSFT to track the coffee bean from the tree to your cup.

Microsoft emits free remote-desktop security patches for WinXP to Server 2008 to avoid another WannaCry


Re: Not dead yet

Lift info screens, Lift control systems, train/airport/bus shelter arrival/departure boards, scoreboards at sports ground, taxi meters, parking meters, bus info screens.

I bet there's a lot of XP out there still.

Self-taught Belgian bloke cracks crypto conundrum that was supposed to be uncrackable until 2034


I would have solved it tomorrow.

3.496 years into the same process. . . . .

Microsoft president: We said no to Cali cops' face-recog tech – and we won't craft killer robots


"All your faces are belong to us!"

attrib. Arya S. Braavos.

(Mine's the one with the Valyrian steel dagger in the pocket.)

Brit rocket boffins Reaction Engines notch up first supersonic precooler test


88 mph

Beeb news states that this test required the transfer of 1.5 MW to transfers the heat energy. Just waiting for the magical 1.21 GW to be mentioned so we can make wisecracks about this engine exceeding 88 mph.

Good stuff though, well done boffins. Help yourselves to a celebratory beer upon your return to the U.K.

Two Arkansas dipsticks nicked after allegedly taking turns to shoot each other while wearing bulletproof vests


Re: Testing in the real world

In Florida they'd try to put the vest on a passing 'gator. . . . .

Searching for Skylab: Even the most casual astro-nerd will revel in this respectful elegy to unsung space history


Wak inside Skylab

For those visiting Washington DC, I can highly recommend the Smithsonian National Air and Space museum, as it has a Skylab workshop exhibit (backup flight unit) that you can walk through.


Autonomy trial judge gets SaaSy with HPE's lawyer over vital accounts fraud claim


Whichever way this goes

this will end up going to appeal.

[I think it'll eventually go against HPE who failed in their due diligence.]

Champagne corks undocked as SpaceX brings the Crew Dragon back to Earth


Seven Step Process

would be a suitable name for a Recovery ship.

Granddaddy of the DIY repair generation John Haynes has loosened his last nut


Re: The Haynes Manual of Life

Death: follow the birth process (sections 1.1 - 1.6) in reverse order.

What should we do with the inevitable box of pieces left over?

Microsoft vows to destroy Office, er, offices: Campus to be demolished and rebuilt


RIP Building 2

I used to have a nice second floor office in building 2, looking out onto the parking lot, but with about 50 yards of trees in-between. All sorts of squirrels and birds to observe.

I guess Lake Bill will be removed too.

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



I've had this whole shebang scripted on Windows Server for several months now. I even have an nginx proxy that's properly certified too. This is hardly a difficult thing to do, and once you've learnt the underpinnings (about three days with trial and error), it's good knowledge to have.

Just make sure you create a certificate with a subject alternate name defined to please Chrome.

A few reasons why cops haven't immediately shot down London Gatwick airport drone menace


Special powers

Under the Terrorism Act or somesuch may well see a ban on public drone sales in the future.

Talk about a GAN-do attitude... AI software bots can see through your text CAPTCHAs


Re: GAN see through

GAN is an acronym for Generative Adversarial Network.

OneDrive Skype integration goes live aaand... OneDrive falls over in Europe


Skype should be simple

Easily editable list of contacts, their current online state, and a button to start a video chat with them.

Anything else is Skype Pro, which I do not need myself. My iPhone can handle making real telephone calls.


Re: Powerpointing the other half into submission

But she can't see the Visio file on her Mac. Better send her a PDF.

Boeing 737 pilots battled confused safety system that plunged aircraft to their deaths – black box


AoA sensor replaced prior to fatal flight

Wasn't the Angle of Attack sensor replaced prior to this last fatal flight of this aircraft?

So far I have heard reports that there were issues on the 3 previous flights to this one, and the sensor had been replaced. Had one faulty sensor been replaced with another one? Had the wrong sensor been replaced? Did the new sensor pass all ground tests on the system before departure? Had the ground tests been properly executed? Has the cockpit been found to determine the state of the MCAS switches?

If the MCAS / AoA system had issues on the previous flights, were those pilots aware of the new equipment operating procedures on the 737 MAX? How did those previous pilots overcome the documented system failures?

The final AAIB report on this will make extremely interesting reading. I hope they find the cockpit voice recorder, though I expect it will just have the two pilots extremely baffled at why their aircraft is repeatedly countermanding their control inputs.

Doctors join wombats in sh!tting bricks to help parents relax about kids chowing down on Lego


What a crap article

Well done.

Wombats literally sh!t bricks – and now boffins reckon they know how


Re: Kinda macabre, but alright

I think speeds of this nature need to be expressed as a factor of Viss, the velocity of the international space station.

(Mines the one with the table of sines/cosines/tangents & logarithms in the pocket)

Want to hack a hole-in-the-wall cash machine for free dosh? It's as easy as Windows XP


Re: "ATM machine"

Is that where you enter your Personal Identification Number number?

Then you can get your hands on all that cash money.

Solid state of fear: Euro boffins bust open SSD, Bitlocker encryption (it's really, really dumb)



It’s like jumping out of a plane with an umbrella instead of a parachute.

Mary Poppins is covered then. That's nice.



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