* Posts by Chris 15

105 publicly visible posts • joined 22 Dec 2010


Techie climbed a mountain only be told not to touch the kit on top

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Re: Questionable resolution

Oh do give it a test with the ad hominem fallacy silliness

Mozilla decides Trusted Types is a worthy security feature

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hey look!

An addons (i guess you mean browser addons) are bad strawman!

BOFH: The Christmas party was so good, an independent inquiry is required

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Re: Three point one pints please

Aussie beer isn't really better chilled so ..

US govt IT help desk techie 'leaked top secrets' to foreign nation

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my suspicion?

They have a geosynchronous satellite continuously watching them concrete cows. That's the only thing to worry about...

Watt's the worst thing you can do to a datacenter? Failing to RTFM, electrically

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Re: But surely

I'm sceptical, without a load to increase resistance surely the increase in max amperage should have had no effect? Absent some type of short the only way to overload would surely be to increase voltage?

Google Chrome Privacy Sandbox open to all: Now websites can tap into your habits directly for ads

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Odd tone here

I find it interesting that El Reg is ignoring the lack of actual privacy in this" 'Privacy' Sandbox" falsely titled Personal Data Grab update

Rather than just being able to disable third party tracking cookies like in any browser that doesn't treat you, the user, as the product for their advertiser customers, Google decide to make it so that only they are able to sell you the the highest bidder.

The alternative to not being tracked across the web via third party tracking cookies is NOT to be tracked across the web by Google instead.

Arm wrestles assembly language guru's domains away citing trademark issues

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Re: Am I the only one that read the article?

You may have read the article, but I did too, either I'm going blind or you are hallucinating when you allege that she was using 'arm' logos based on what the article said.

Also there is no allegation that 'other things to give the impression it was associated with Arm.' were present on these domains.

Perhaps you were reading a different article?

Perhaps you have further verifiable information that would add to this story?

Nobody does DR tests to survive lightning striking twice

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As I understand it only counts if you marry a cousin though...

China chokes exports of semiconductor secret sauces gallium and germanium

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Re: Middle Kingdom

So your riposte boils down to 'How dare you say they are persecuted, hey look at the fancy trains (which they would need special permission to use- but we'll gloss over that)'

Just to clue you in a few massively over-budget rail projects does not mean great infrastructure

Florida man insists he didn't violate the law by keeping Top Secret docs

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Do try harder next time though

Feds, you'll need a warrant for that cellphone border search

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Re: I think I get it...

A police roadblock for a suspect wanted in connection with a crime is not the same as a dragnet by the xenophobe squad

BOFH: We send a user to visit Kelvin – Keeper of the Batteries

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odd one

You would have thought that the BOFH and Kelvin would have a long-standing understanding, or else it would be all out war, possibly involving armed autonomous death robots equipment delivery devices.

That's assuming the PFY doesn't take matters into his own hands before Simon even considered it...

Cisco Moscow trashed offices as it quit Putin's putrid pariah state

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Re: Nice bit of neutral reporting. Not

Shove your inane blathering where the sun doesn't shine, sunshine.

Russian developers blocked from contributing to FOSS tools

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Whilst I wouldn't put it so crudely, I came here to say the same thing. There's a war going on, and one side has shown it has very little in the way of morality.

Surely it's common sense to consider security ramifications of allowing potentially compromised or actually bad actors or their accounts access to modify and possibly compromise n different software sources? Risk mitigation is a prudent course of action

Vessels claiming to be Chinese warships are messing with passenger planes

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VoiceOfWinnie, stop talking.

Here's something for you to ponder:

Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and to remove all doubt.

Go away and think about your life choices maybe?

Musk said Twitter would open source its algorithm – then fired the people who could

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ooookay then

By the way, are Elmo's boots good lickin'?

User was told three times 'Do Not Reboot This PC' – then unplugged it anyway

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well, maybe..

The message should have read "Software update in progress - PLEASE WAIT"

with "Do not attempt to shut down or restart this PC until this message dissappears" underneath it.

If your DNS queries LoOk liKE tHIs, it's not a ransom note, it's a security improvement

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Re: Do be evil

I was imagining a robot from Sirius Cybernetic Corps with a Genuine People Personality to be fair

'Have a Great Day' at the end :)

Miniature nuclear reactors could be the answer to sustainable datacenter growth

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Sorry, just killing my self laughing.

I can imagine the scene now:

Senior manglement phb: 'These maintenance costs for the new nuclear generator are far too high! Sack the maintenance crew!'

Cowed underling: 'yessir'

Cue miniature Chernobyl's all over the place

No, just no

Tesla driver blames full-self-driving software for eight-car Thanksgiving Day pile up

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Re: Hmmmmmmm

Try having all of the facts.

The Tesla reportedly cut suddenly across 'multiple' lanes of traffic and then braked.

Kind of unreasonable to expect people to leave a safe braking distance to a car that isn't in front of you at that point ...

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Re: Hmmmmmmm myxipix2

Did the party about the Tesla crossing multiple lanes of traffic just before slamming on the anchors not cross your awareness?

Bit hard to maintain distance from the car in front of you when it has just appeared there suddenly a moment before...

With pay strikes ending, BT merges divisions to save £100m in annual costs

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Re: Gotta love management speak

Euphemisms, surely?

Like this wonderful bit:

>>Rob Shuter, who runs BT Enterprise, will “step down from executive life and spend time with family and on his personal interests,”

Sooo... paid off to sling his hook then?

US Air Force tests its first fully functional hypersonic missile

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Re: Oh boy

Those on the receiving end will be worrying about the reaction, whether it's a chemical or atomic reaction on that warhead they're receiving is probably a moot point if they're the ones expected to play catch...

No, I will not pay the bill. Why? Because we pay you to fix things, not break them

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Go back to your vegemite ;p

Papa John's sued for 'wiretap' spying on website mouse clicks, keystrokes

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Re: Supermarkets do this to people already.

The big difference in the supermarket is that it is a public place... With no reasonable expectation of privacy.

You could order your Pappa John's cardboard circle whilst stark naked (best to don some type of clothing when you accept the delivery though...)

Can't do that in a supermarket

Airbus auctions off bits from retired A380 superjumbo jet

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"A pair of crashes that killed everyone on board in 2018 and 2019 grounded the 737 MAX until last year, with flaws in its MCAS software ultimately found to have contributed to the fatal accidents."

(Emphasis mine)

Have to say that's putting it rather mildly guys.

Florida asks Supreme Court if it's OK to ban content moderation it doesn't like

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Re: Sauce for the goose...

Has'Troof' social for 50 million fools to sign up then?

Another though here is this: doesn't the minimum 50 million subscribers bit fall afoul of the equal protection amendment thing? ("We're treating you differently to these other folks because, all else being equal, this arbitrary number means we want to")

Intel's stock Raptor Lake chip will do 6GHz and overclock another 25%, if it keeps cool

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Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines Leafblowers

(to try and keep these beasts cool)

Cloudflare tries to explain why it protects far-right forums that stalk and harass victims

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LOL hell no

Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, Ceausescu... 'far'left', just stop it with the 'the left creates monsters too' bs. People who use the 'communism' schtick to justify why they should be dictators are not 'far left', they're simply opportunist thugs. Similarly Communism isn't 'far left', its just another way of hoodwinking the masses. I'm surprised you left Hitler out with his National 'Socialism' in your tripe.

Nuclear power is the climate superhero too nervous to wear its cape

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evocative subject, a few thoughts though

Firstly I think the article is remiss for not listing the Windscale/Sellafield (not letting a name change hide it is important) nuclear incident. Also lacking is coverage of some of the contamination caused by previous poorly though out adventures in nuclear power (in my opinion driven mainly by decisions taken more with an eye to production of nuclear weapons then with power production)

With that we clearly need more nukes, just a safer kind and one that can also use the by-products of earlier nuclear projects as fuel, without enabling more weapons production.

The problem as I see it is both that that we don't have the technology mastered, and the political will is lacking both from a Greenpeace contaminated pr standpoint and vested interests in the nuclear industry wanting nothing more than a rent seeking (for them) solution. See for example the quite ridiculous attempts to finish the current nuclear power projects underway in this country.

China's IT minister under investigation for violating law

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This article is rather credulous in stating both of those lines. As what tends to play out in the system of government that they use in the larger China means that Xi will have 'allies' and 'friends' to whom he is beholden.

This is without mentioning the ultimate beneficiaries of all the factories overseen by their military.

This is also overlooking the endemic corruption that their system is 'lubricated' with.

When management went nuclear on an innocent software engineer

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Re: "but I would not report the damage back to my head office"h

Ahh idiot manglers who won't back down even though their idea is proven to be useless.

The world is full of them, and sadly full of idiot manglers higher up who fall for their nonsense despite those at the sharp end telling the truth....

September 16, 1992, was not a good day to be overly enthusiastic about your job

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This still cost alot of families alot of money, and did economic damage which further negatively impacted their finances.

The revisionist lie that this did not affect real people in real ways does not wash.

An international incident or just some finger trouble at the console?

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Re: Sorry...

Well he'd 'know' how to write them i guess...

Only Microsoft can give open source the gift of NTFS. Only Microsoft needs to

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Just because it precludes free lunches by people taking and redstributing it without granting the users of the redistribution the same rights as the person redistributing it does not make it a problem for interoperability. you can have your cake and it it with the gpl, just no cherry picking. :p

RISC-V CEO seeks 'world domination' by winning over the likes of Intel

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Re: Less about world domination...

I would have to agree. Intel are unsurprisingly in the Risc-V game only for what they can get out of it. I suppose the fact that they are not a charity and want to maintain long term dominance of at least one sector of computing is all the explanation they need.

Twitter faces existential threat from world's richest techbro

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Re: Most of us don't give a toss.

It was good for twitter because they get to actually have their terms of service adhered to.

Ancillary to that it's good for everyone else because the orange buffoon is a dangerous individual that should not be able to freely (further) subvert the society from which he has benefitted (ie manipulated and damaged) over the years. Bad actors don't get a free pass to act badly on other peoples' platforms just because you think that he should.

BOFH: The evil guide to upgrading switches

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rule 1

Make sure to remove any incriminating codes of any description to cover youre tracks

(rule 2 is to put an 'old' asset tag on the device insinuating that it has been about for ages, cost peanuts, and was sent foc as an afterthought by a vendor with some other kit 'to get it out of their inventory as they had been sitting on it for ages')

This browser-in-browser attack is perfect for phishing

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Re: What are these advert things of which he speaks?

Indeed. This is the reason that ads and any third party/untrusted javascript will basically forever remain blocked here. You want to have your website visitors view ads on your page? Fine, then host the ad images yourself and take responsibility.

Third party adslingers are the scourge of the internet.

France loves open source so much, even its cinema borks have Linux behind the scenes

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This a cinema in France. I'm not sure that Germany has any relevance here...

BOFH: What if International Bad Actors designed the vaccine to make us watch more Steven Seagal movies?

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Re: Well this

Be careful of the pfy being in on it, sounds like you've given him blackmail material... Where do we find the next installment? This guy must have done some nasty deeds to earn this... :-D

Assange psychiatrist misled judge over parentage of his kids, US tells High Court

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I'm note sure how much that the 'establishment' have ever viewed themselves as subject to international law...

BOFH: So you want to have your computer switched out for something faster? It's time to learn from the master

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A true BOFH would proably only work with Hertz in discrete bundles of 50 (60 if they're Leftpondian)

Missouri governor demands prosecution of reporter for 'decoding HTML source code' and reporting a data breach

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False equivalency


I suggest you get a life

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How sad

"But her emails!" reply to a bothside BS drivelfest from bob.


Bank manager tricked into handing $35m to scammers using fake 'deep voice' tech

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My bet on the accounts?

I'd say they'll find they are mule accounts operated by possibly unwitting victims

Boeing 737 Max chief technical pilot charged with deceiving US aviation regulators over MCAS

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Agreed. Let's hope it actually does get to that level though...

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Re: Some extra info

That second sentence is telling if true. The first one is somewhat less damning imo as I'm not sure what training regime would make up for the deliberate omission of vital information about their clearly poorly thought outsoftware cludge, and the fact that the driving sensor had zero redundancy.

The second one points to someone somewhere deliberately withholding information from the guy. I'm not sure how a corporate bribe to the FAA shields individuals from criminal charges when this guy inevitably turns States evidence. I wonder whether he has any documents pointing to someone somewhere inducing him in some manner to not blow the whistle when he found out.

How Windows NTFS finally made it into Linux

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Yes, about that

Is this not a symptom of the fundamental incompatability between philosophies regarding file operations on files that are being referenced in some way or other by other processes in a *nix environment, and the philosophy regarding the same in windows?

NTFS is designed with the latter philosophy in mind, use within an environment using the former philosophy is bound to cause some wrinkles...

What if Chrome broke features of the web and Google forgot to tell anyone? Oh wait, that's exactly what happened

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To put this article in another light

This restricts what 'third party' Iframes can do.

So in other words , advert slingers can't use popups.

Eliminating these harms purveyors of advert slinging popups.

Something I can live with, personally