* Posts by O RLY

324 posts • joined 15 Dec 2010


Remember those wacky cyberpunk costumes in Hackers? They're on display in London this week


Re: The Net

I used to put pi in the corner of the my personal website on geocities. I had intended to use it like webrings (remember those?), but ultimately just pointed it to the imdb site for The Net before removing the letter entirely. I think I deleted the website before the great geocities purge finally did.

Firefox to adopt Chrome's new approach to extensions – sans the part that threatens ad blockers


Re: UNclear

And then they made things worse with the abomination that is AMP.

Be careful, 007. It’s just had a new coat of paint: Today is D-day for would-be Qs to apply to MI6


Re: After yesterday announcement

Yeah, the guy whose style and business practices emulate a Bond villain now owns the Bond movie franchise...

Icon for the end of modern Bond movies.

App Tracking: Apps plead for users to press allow, but 85% of Apple iOS consumers are not opting in


Re: May not be directly related...

Pi-Hole doesn't do a good job of blocking YT ads, unfortunately. It's great for everything else, in my experience.


Can you share what you did to tweak your blocklist?


Just one in 5 Googlers plan to swerve the office permanently after COVID-19


Re: Remind me not to apply to work at Google

I know you meant "union", but I am just picturing Larry and Sergei destroying onions in the style of Regular Ordinary Swedish Meal Time:


Hacka Löken!

Beer because Friday.

Ex Netflix IT ops boss pocketed $500k+ in bribes before awarding millions in tech contracts


Re: "His actual sentence, however, will be balanced by US Sentencing Guidelines"

This is federal court, so it's a United States Attorney, not a District Attorney.

The US Sentencing Guidelines have a long document that indicates more stringent penalties when related to drugs, terrorism, sexual explotation of minors, and, in the case of money laundering, sophisitication of the money laundering scheme. I'd wager the US Attorney will push for a long sentence based on the shell company. See page 326 in this document here.

Overall federal sentencing guidelines page:


Apple's macOS Gatekeeper asleep on the job: Exploited flaw put users 'at grave risk' of malware infection


Re: Mavericks

Yes, Mojave has a new security patch as well released. It's been 14 hours since your message, so I suspect you've already seen it pop up in System Preferences, but if not, I hope this helps.

Distorted light from ancient explosion when the Universe was 3 billion years old helps point astroboffins to intermediate black hole


Re: hy-phen five, not

"Hyphen free" should, ironically, be hyphenated.



Diary of a report writer and his big break into bad business


Re: predilection for active verbs.

Or "Memento," Nolan's better work.



Having done freelance stuff, I felt this piece in the parts of my soul not yet killed by these interactions. Nicely written!

It reminds me, also, of the importance of the lessons imparted here

(same link here, just not hyperlinked)


America's Supremes give Facebook nothing but heartaches: Top court won't stop '$15bn wiretap' lawsuit


Re: The Impossible Wall

How does a FOIA request work against a private company? The Freedom of Information Act, to my knowledge, applies only to the Federal government (although most states have a similar act for their governments).

Blizzard brain: Snowflake doubles revenue. Market takes a look, goes slushy


Re: Translation needed

Except the bookmakers are required to post odds and don't get to change the rules arbitrarily.

Decade-old bug in Linux world's sudo can be abused by any logged-in user to gain root privileges


Re: How is this possible?

"Programs must be written for programmers to read, and only incidentally for machines to execute." - Abelson and Sussman, Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs

Dutch officials say Donald Trump really did protect his Twitter account with MAGA2020! password


Especially since 34 days is more than a month...

I expect his account is banned at 1201 ET Jan 20th though.

HPE to move HQ from Silicon Valley to Texas, says Lone Star State is 'attractive' for recruitment, retaining staff


Re: HPE have history in TX...

HP's Houston history included the large Compaq campus/HQ in northwest Houston, not many miles from Spring.

How Apple's M1 uses high-bandwidth memory to run like the clappers


Re: Long term, I think we will see expansion options

Don't forget Intel was ALSO paying Dell $1 billion/year not to sell AMD-based systems at that time. Dell, the company, and Dell, the man, each paid small fines. Dell, the company, restated earnings for several years, their CEO resigned and several CFOs cycled through to clean up the mess. Hopefully Intel isn't cheating this time.

Network driver issue shaves 12 more hours off Microsoft's '365' infrastructure, and yeah, it was Exchange Online again


Today's reminder that cloud = "someone else's computer." You'd think MS would be better at drivers than the average punter by now...

State of Iowa told no, you can’t use $21m coronavirus federal aid to help fund your $52m Workday roll-out


Re: This is endemic in (local) goverments...

If it's widespread, perhaps it's pandemic in governments...

Microsoft tells staff work-from-home is now ‘standard’ – with caveats galore


Bing image searches are way better than Google's, especially if you don't subtract the pinterest domain from the Google search.

Who cares what Apple's about to announce? It owes us a macOS x86 virtual appliance for non-Mac computers


Re: What is the Author actually asking for?

Windows 10 VMs on VMware Fusion (note VMware is not "VMWare") or Parallels run really well. Catalina as a VM on VMware Fusion or Parallels is dogshit. It's uselessly bad. I have VMs for every macOS/OS X version that supports running in a VM and Catalina has never run correctly in a VM in any version, beta to today. Native Apple applications (e.g. Music, TV, News) take minutes to respond. I thought it was intentional, but macOS 11 Big Sur beta runs pretty well in VM. Catalina is just terrible.


Re: Even if it was a good idea, now that's been asked by The Register...

Apple sell 210M iPhones a year. They sell ~20M Macs a year. Most iPhone users are not Mac users.

Huawei set to exit server, storage, networking business in the UK


Re: Hasta la vista

You are US Rep Eric Swalwell and I collect my £5.

Here comes an AI that can predict hurricane strength. Don't worry, NASA made it so it probably actually works


Re: Predictions are useful

"this was anticipated but the interesting thing is that Laura stayed at hurricane strength much further inland than any hurricane has done for years now - a swath of Louisiana will not get power or water until the end of the month if we're lucky. That was not predicted"

Wrong. That was predicted. See Advisory 24, among others, here: https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/archive/2020/LAURA_graphics.php?product=5day_cone_with_line

It is also common for major hurricanes to stay hurricane strength well ashore when moving as quickly as Laura. Major hurricanes making US landfall is what is not common, but when they do, they stay hurricanes for awhile. Camille in 1969 made it almost to Tennessee as a hurricane after coming ashore at the Alabama coast as a Cat 5.

Epic move: Judge says Apple can't revoke Unreal Engine dev tools, asks 'Where does the 30 per cent come from?'


Unrelated to the rest of the thread, thanks for the Pythonista recommendation. At least, I'm assuming it's a recommendation because you called the app out by name.


Apple launches incredible features everyone else had more than a year ago – this time for the 'smart home'


I'm a big fan of Raspberries. There are about seven in my gaff running a variety of things, including an outdoor weather station (currently down for upgrades), a controller for my 3D printer, and a media player.

MacOS on Arm talk intensifies: Just weeks from now, Apple to serve up quarantini with Kalamata golive, reportedly


Re: x86 Software

VMware does not emulate processors. You can mask features of processors in order to run older OSes, but no VMware hypervisor emulates processors. 99% sure this is also true of VirtualBox.

Twitter ticks off Trump with new 'Get the facts' alert on pair of fact-challenged tweets


Re: Come on Twitter

Shouting FIRE in a crowded theatre IS permitted - when there's a fire.

The president's tweets sure seem libelous, or would if Elon Musk's "pedo guy" case had gone differently.

It wasn't just a few credit cards: Entire travel itineraries were stolen by hackers, Easyjet now tells victims


Maybe easyJet don't need to continue as a business. Certainly the current travel culture will crank "survival of the fittest" up to 11 and easyJet seem anything but fit. It's hard to mourn a company, one of many, that doesn't take security seriously.

Apple's MagicPairing for Bluetooth fails to enchant after mischief-making bugs found hiding in the stack


Re: So, several versions of badly written code

Is there code that is flawless? I've certainly never written it for anything but a "hello, world" script.

Dumpster diving to revive a crashing NetWare server? It was acceptable in the '90s


Re: Not a Who Me?

As the intro said, they're not sure days have meaning anymore. It could be Friday in the El Reg Event Horizon and somehow Who Me? got stuck on the article dispatched from within and the editors mislabeled it after our time dilation.

Apple: We respect your privacy so much we've revealed a little about what we can track when you use Maps


I don't necessarily bin the app that asks for location permission. I DO bin every app that doesn't work without it if location isn't core to the functionality. Google Maps gets permission to my location while I am using the application; any app that has no need for my location, but refuses to run without it gets deleted.

VMware plans to give vSphere power to automatically patch everything running in a VM


Re: Old functionallity

Old enough it wasn't even vSphere yet. Virtual Infrastructure and Virtual Center 3.5 were followed by vSphere and vCenter 4.0. Nice to see that in-guest patch option come back.

Internet samurai says he'll sell 14,700,000 IPv4 addresses worth $300m-plus, plow it all into Asia-Pacific connectivity


Re: Translation

Agreed. A problem with IPv4 was its allocation and the reluctance to take it away. MIT was famous (s/famous/notorious or other preferred adjectives) for having its /8 until 2017, despite a /8 being larger than the allocations to the sum of ~130 nations.

Techie collective to whip together official WHO-backed COVID-19 app within a week to meet 'urgent, global need'


To answer the subheading

"But will it be any better than the up-and-running WhatsApp effort?"

In one way, it will have a different audience and one that includes me. I don't use WhatsApp, wasn't aware of the WHO effort through it until I read this article, and don't plan to change the former so long as WHO has a functional website.

America: We'll send citizens cash checks amid coronavirus financial hardship. UK: We'll offer £330bn in biz loans


Re: Individuals can hold off up to $1m

Where should the IRS/Treasury have set the upper bound to delay tax returns/payments? As it is, the range covers individual tax liabilities in USD for the range (-∞, 10^6], so those on much lower incomes are included. It's also only one part of the plan to assist people, but I agree, more can and should be done.

Microsoft picks up Your Phone – unless you're an Apple fan – in a fresh Windows 10 build


Re: Unless....

"Apple knows better than to let us have a password manager and be able to paste a password"

What are you talking about? You mean this capability allowing users to use either Apple's or a 3rd-party password manager introduced in 2018?

Butterfly defect stripped from MacBook Pros, Airs by Q2 2020, reckons Apple analyst


Re: I liked the butterfly keyboard..

The mechanical keyboard from an IBM XT is as close to perfect as I've had. It probably still works today if the box it connected to still did (or I had anything else with an appropriate connector), provided proper feedback to touch typing, and would have made an excellent bludgeon if ever called upon.

Broken lab equipment led boffins to solve a 58-year-old physics problem by mistake


Curiosity is a wonderful thing

"Our original goal was to explore the boundary between the quantum world and the classical world, set by the chaotic behaviour of the nuclear spin. This was purely a curiosity-driven project, with no application in mind"

Curiosity for curiosity's sake. I enjoyed reading this story, especially because curious investigation is something we should continue to encourage.

Steve Jobs, executives shot down top Apple engineers' plea to design their own server CPU – latest twist in legal battle over chip upstart Nuvia



HP allowed the Steves to start their own company with the project, not just an idea, Wozniak tried to get HP to build, the Apple I, and didn't sue them after they got going.

Boss planning to tear you a new one? Google Glass is back: Weird workwear aimed at devs, but on sale to all


Privacy of others

"On the other side of the argument, the question is whether it will ever be possible to fulfil the promise of the original concept while respecting the privacy of others."

Privacy or Google. Pick one.

What a terrible result from this year's Super Bowl. Can you believe it? Awful. Yes, we're talking about the tech ads


Re: "Around 100 million people tuned into Super Bowl LIV"

I suspect the 100 million count is USA viewers, but I couldn't find anything specific for global viewership. Saw some estimates of 50-60 million outside the US. Not quite what, say, the World Cup final gets.


Thunderbird is go: Mozilla's email client lands in a new nest


Re: "Around 0.5% of emails opened in the 'bird today, apparently"

After I made my comment, I checked to see if anyone was still updating pine and saw the alpine project. I haven't installed it, but it's nice to hear that it is working at least with the email functions of O365.

Thanks for the data point.


Re: "Around 0.5% of emails opened in the 'bird today, apparently"

I miss pine. No need to worry about malicious attachments running on the IRIX or Solaris boxes I used to use, nor tracking pixels loading.

How do you like them Apples? Cook drops 'record' 30 times* on conf call as iPhone sales up, services up, wearables up


Re: 480 million services subscribers

People who bought Apple devices recently received a year of TV+, so they're "subscribers" in that they have a subscription, but not one for which they directly paid. Some mobile carriers also provide gratis temporary subscriptions to Apple Music. I'm sure the expectation is that the services will have insinuated into punters' lives enough that they will convert to paid users in the manner marketeers are wont to call "frictionlessly."

Cisco Webex bug allowed anyone to join a password-protected meeting


Re: 'an "unauthenticated" attendee'

The El Reg Style Guide says we are "commentards."

The Oxford comma still lives, but there are apostates everywhere threatening it. Long live the Oxford comma!

The Curse of macOS Catalina strikes again as AccountEdge stays 32-bit


Re: Mixed messages

There is an AppStore for Mac, but it isn't the only way to deliver Mac application software. Personally speaking, I only use the AppStore if it's the only delivery mechanism for a particular application. Otherwise, I get software elsewhere and it doesn't need Apple's approval.

Why is a 22GB database containing 56 million US folks' personal details sitting on the open internet using a Chinese IP address? Seriously, why?


Re: late capitalists

I have always despised the word "consumer" as it is used in the modern parlance. It seems vaguely pejorative, as though the masses of people are bleating livestock wallowing in line for feed before their inevitable trip to the abattoir.

Cynically, that's probably exactly how marketing bods view us, except instead of slaughtered, we're sheared of the contents of our wallets.

Microsoft engineer caught up in sudden spate of entirely coincidental grilling of Iranian-Americans at US borders


Re: And the consequenques fo failing to act?

And German-American. And Italian-American.

British bloke accused of extorting victims for 'Dark Overlord' hacker crew finally gets his free trip* to America


Re: The Dark Overlord Face

The US federal judiciary and prosecutors are not elected. Federal judges are appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate to life terms as laid out in the Constitution. United States Attorneys (federal prosecutors) are also appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate, typically for the length of the presidency.

The individual states typically do have elected district attorneys (prosecutors), judges, and attorneys general, but this bloke is facing federal charges.



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