* Posts by Coen Dijkgraaf

86 publicly visible posts • joined 8 Jul 2011


Rice isn't nice for drying your iPhone, according to Apple

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If you think a pizza restaurant was greasy, try a bus engineering workshop. When I opened up a malfunctioning 386-era kit from there, it had a very thick greasy layer that also had metal particles through it. I was surprised that it was still at least partially functional.

Chinese Coathanger malware hung out to dry by Dutch defense department

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Re: Timezone?

They probably don't want to disclose how they do that, otherwise the attackers will alter it.

IPv4 address rentals to mint millions of dollars for AWS

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Re: Enshittification

Yes, in particular https://www.theregister.com/2024/01/30/tech_monopoly_doctorow/ where there is a video where he discusses enshittification

Academic publishers turn to AI software to catch bad scientists doctoring data

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I didn't know science was magic now

"The submages (sic) may be shifted, flipped, or rotated; parts may be cropped, copied, or repeated"

Hype versus reality: What you can't do with DeepMind's AlphaFold in drug discovery

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If you want to try and fold some proteins yourself, try this App https://fold.it/

Voyager 1 data corrupted by onboard computer that 'stopped working years ago'

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Re: Distance

> It's in there – Voyager 1 is about 20 light hours away, so it takes about 20 hours to get a signal.

So double that to get a response to a command.

How to find NPM dependencies vulnerable to account hijacking

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Enhanced login verification - wouldn't stop expired domain issue

> NPM has subjected this group to "enhanced login verification," which involves receiving an emailed one-time code on login to confirm account control. To avoid this extra step, you have to activate 2FA.

Having it email a one-time code to an domain that has expired and taken over by a bad actor would not help prevent the takeover in any way unless that code was sent before the domain expired.

Bank had no firewall license, intrusion or phishing protection – guess the rest

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Re: At Coastal Cutie...

Except those doing withdrawals from the ATM and overseas transfers my be unsuspecting money mules who would have been recruited and paid a small amount of money for the job. So even if they get arrested, the perpetrators that carried out the heist won't be caught.

Unable to write 'Amusing Weekly Column'. Abort, Retry, Fail?

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object reference set to an instance of an object

I'm sure most developers have come across this old favourite. Another wonderfully succinct error message, that fails to actually let you know useful facts such as what reference or object it is complaining about.

Not just deprecated, but deleted: Google finally strips File Transfer Protocol code from Chrome browser

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Re: "frankly, Google and pals would rather users opted for a dedicated transfer app"

"The big question is, has anyone actually seen FTPS in the wild?"

Yes, if you work in the B2B integration space, it gets used quite often.

Everyone cites that 'bugs are 100x more expensive to fix in production' research, but the study might not even exist

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Re: Go agile, go!

> It's not a bug, it's a feature!

It is only a feature once it has been documented

Turns out humans are leading AI systems astray because we can't agree on labeling

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Re: And of course people are bloody minded ...

> Yes, computers are a force multiplier.

“To err is human but to really foul things up requires a computer.” —Paul Ehrlich , American scientist (1926- ).

Google claims web search will be 10% better for English speakers – with the help of AI

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Re: 10%?

It used to be that Google would only return results with all the words, but they changed that to be a lot more lose.

It does provide links under the results of "Must include x" and if you click on it, it will put that word with quotes around it. You can also manually add quotes around either words or phrases, and then it will search for exact matches.

Think your VMware snapshots are all good? Guess again if you're on Windows Server 2019

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Re: Bad link?

Yes, the link on ElReg has a space in it that should not be there.

Correct link is https://kb.vmware.com/s/article/60395

Apple programs Siri to not bother its pretty little head with questions about feminism

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Re: touch data.txt -please

See https://twitter.com/kathyra_/status/1160812366293901314?lang=en

Then it becomes

please touch data.txt

AI solves Rubik's Cube in 1.2 seconds (that's three times slower than a non-AI algorithm)

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Re: So, instead of applying a bit of Group Theory ...

Using lots of monkeys for Protein folding? They already do it via lots of real monkeys (well apes really) via the foldit game https://fold.it/portal/

Amazon may finally get its hands on .amazon after world's DNS overseer loses patience

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Re: Can of worms or Pandora's box is about to be opened...

They already have. No lobbying or bribing needed.

Oracle https://gtldresult.icann.org/applicationstatus/applicationdetails/361

Microsoft https://gtldresult.icann.org/applicationstatus/applicationdetails/1367

Trying to log into Office 365 right now? It's a coin flip, says Microsoft: Service goes TITSUP as Azure portal wobbles

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It is the Azure Active Directory that went TITSUP, and everything that used it. Simple logins are now working again, but still problems with MFA, subscriptions and directories in Azure still.

Apple replaces boot-loop watchOS edition with unconnected complications edition

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Re: Complications

>> Marketing should be the servant, not the master. All too often companies think it is the other way round.

So true, I've even been on a IT project where marketing had come up with an idea (stolen from overseas) and had booked the television advertising even before they scoped the size of the project. So we had a unmovable deadline before the project even got of the ground.

Google bod wants cookies to crumble and be remade into something more secure

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Stamp on Java?

A slight error in that article, the subheading says Stamp on Java, but the body refers to JavaScript.

I'd say the subheading is wrong.

If at first you, er, make things worse, you're probably Microsoft: Bug patch needed patching

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Another of their July patches broke a few things

See Advisory on July 2018 .NET Framework Updates

It broke things in SharePoint, BizTalk Server Administration Console, IIS with Classic ASP, .NET applications using COM and impersonation.

Press F to pay respects to the Windows 10 April Update casualties

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Re: "Upgrading users should be able to ignore the viewer as before."

@Tim Bergel

The article doesn't mention .chm files at all, so either the edited to remove that, or Alan jumped to an incorrect conclusion.

Scammers use Google Maps to skirt link-shortener crackdown

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Re: Why? Just why?

One of the reasons the URL shorterners came because of character limitations of some messaging systems, e.g. Text messages & Twitter.

Former Google X bloke's startup unveils 'self flying' electric air taxi

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Re: Richard Pearse

The phase they use on Wikipedia for Richard Pearse is "Wright brothers, who achieved sustained controlled flight.". The key words being sustained and controlled, although Richard Pearse might have gotten into the air earlier, his flights "achieved no more than brief hops".

I'll bee back: Boffin's bionic bug Band-Aid after real ones all die

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Would these be mechanical fly swatters?

No, the would be Would these be electric fly swatters. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fly-killing_device#Electric_flyswatter

UK worker who sold customers' data to nuisance callers must cough up £1k

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Re: Truecaller

Possibly a fake version the app?

As described in this thread.


OK, Google: Why does Chromecast clobber Wi-Fi connections?

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Aknowledgement of the issue from Google.

@Phil Kingston

UPDATE: The Register understands that Google has admitted to the flaw, said it impacts a "small number" of users, and committed to providing a fix in short order.

'Mummy, what's felching?' Tot gets smut served by Android app

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Re: santa

Typing is into Google search got me the following

- is artichoke a fruit or a vegetable

- is your portrait in museum (Apparently a Facebook thing to do with finding out if you portrait of a doppelganger hanging up in a museum).

- is santa real

- is water wet

Mad scientist zaps himself to determine the power of electric eel shocks

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Re: Once More, With Eeling

> And Darwin

No, he is only eligible for that if he manages to take himself out of the gene-pool, so he either needs to be killed or be rendered sterile by his experiments.

He could get an Honorable Mention though, like this guy though

7200 Volts And A Dim Bulb


No, really. You can see through walls using drones and Wi-Fi

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Re: Just one problem with that.

> You mean your bunker isn't already enclosed in a signal blocking mesh?

I didn't say I was or wasn't, but I'm sure we all know some people who aren't yet.

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Re: Just one problem with that.

How soon before we are all having to live in a faraday cage?

LASER RAT FENCE wins €1.7m European Commission funds

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Re: It won't work on gecko

And even birds get used to it after a while.

I visited a cow barn in the Netherlands where they had this system to deter birds. This system moved the beams around the barn. All that happened is that the birds flew from one part of the barn where the laser was pointing to the other part, and kept feeding, whereas initially it would scare them away.

Android apps punched out by Judy malware

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Re: What were the titles?

The titles are in the Checkpoint's advisory blog that is linked to in the article.


Mainly ones with "Fashion Judy", "Animal Judy", "Chef Judy" & "Judy’s Spa Salon" in the title, but it also list some that don't (by the other developer that was mentioned)

That article of course has a link promoting their own security products to protect you (of course if it was that good, why did it take so long for them to find this).

Three-quarters of IoT projects are failing, says Cisco

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Re: I don't believe that 1/4 succeed.

That's probably because most of the IoT projects that do succeed aren't for the domestic market but rather are used in a commercial setting.

I'm aware of sever IoT project the company I worked for was involved with,

1) Sensor in milk vats to measure temperature and other data to be transmitted via the internet, and the results analysed in the cloud to ensure milk quality.

2) Electronic tags for cows and sensors to track stock movement, breeding/production results.

Capita's huge role in UK government should go under the spotlight

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Re: TV Licenses

They did away with TV Licenses in July 1999 in New Zealand. And yes, some things now get funded out of taxes via the Ministry for Culture and Heritage. For the most part they get money out of advertisers.

MyHealthRecord slammed in privacy uproar

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Q: "And what tiny percentage of the population have chronic conditions?"

A: http://www.aihw.gov.au/media-release-detail/?id=60129552034

:About half of all Australians have a chronic disease, and around 20% have at least two, according to new data released online today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW)."

Close to 50% is a rather large minority.

Internet Archive preps Canadian safe haven to swerve Donald Trump

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Re: Interesting idea, but Canada?

I take it you said that last with your tongue firmly in cheek.

Both New Zealand & Japan can experience rather large earth quakes and also Tsunamis (although we have been lucky so far in that regard in New Zealand), so not the best locations to store a electronic backup. Estonia well, to close to another super power.

New Zealand's West Island (aka Australia) might be an option though.

Yahoo! spymasters! patent! biometric! online! ad! tracking! IRL!

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Prior art?

This should possibly be thrown out due to prior art, this idea was used in the film Minority Report where a holographic add used a retinal scan to identify customers. In this case incorrectly as he had an eye transplant to avoid detection. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zhpCu-ZJiu4

Bees with numberplates will soon be buzzing around London. Why?

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Re: Aphid?!?

Or did they mean Apoidea-friendly? But that includes wasps in addition to bees.

E-books the same as printed ones, says top Euro court egghead

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Already borrow eBooks

I already borrow eBooks from Auckland City Libraries in New Zealand.

And yes, they have a one copy, one user policy and it has a due date or you have to press a button to return the book at which point you cannot read it anymore unless you check it out again. So I'm a bit puzzled as to why this is such a big issue.

I believe there are also rules in place that each book is only allowed to be borrowed a fixed number of times before the Library has to purchase another copy. The digital equivalent of the book wearing out/being damaged and being replaced just so that authors don't miss out on royalties.

Kaspersky cracks CryptXXX, throws lifeline to ransomware victims

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RSA4096 wasn't difficult to crack?

The article at Kaspersky actually says "Fortunately, CryptXXX turned out to be not that difficult to crack".

However it seems to depend on you being able to give it a copy of one of the encrypted files before it was encrypted and the bigger the file the better. "The bigger file you’ve feed to the utility — the more files would be decrypted." So it sounds like they must have used a small key that could be brute forced.

Google found 760,935 compromised web sites in a year

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Re: CSS breaches

@Donn Bly

In the security context CSS usually means Cross Site Scripting, not Cascading Style Sheet

Saw-inspired horror slowly deletes your PC's files as you scramble to pay the ransom

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Now they have shot themselves in the foot. The Movie industry will now send their lawyers after them due to breach of copyright.

If NatWest texts you about online banking fraud, don't click the link

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Re: This might be on the rise.

"stuff my trousers full of banknotes, and flown back"

Make sure you declare if you are carrying more than NZ$10,000 or more in cash, or foreign equivalent, otherwise they will catch you with the money sniffing dogs


Solution to tech bros' disgust of SF homeless people launched

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Re: Ah that's sweet

Another anti-homeless system that some places have implemented are "anti homeless sprinklers", basically a motion sensor with a timer linked to a sprinkler so that out of business hours it will start spraying water if someone stays too long in an alcove so to prevent homeless people from sleeping there. In some jurisdictions they were forced to take them down again.

Will IT support please come to the ward immediately. Weeeee have a tricky problem

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Oily dust bunnies

I was once sent out to inspect a XT PC at a Bus Engineering Depot (where they maintain & repair buses). Apparently the PC had problems printing and odd things happening on the screen. I opened it up and had a look and found it had a inch deep layer of oily dust covering the entire motherboard. I was surprised it was still working at all. As at that time XT's were obsolete, when asked if it was worth repairing I responded, "No, it will be cheaper just to replace it".

Hacking Team hacked: Spyware source code torrent blurts govt customers

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Re: "claiming to only deal with ethical governments"

"which ones are those then?"

The ones where the politicians remain bought.