* Posts by auburnman

1230 publicly visible posts • joined 28 Jul 2011


We are absolutely, definitively, completely and utterly out of IPv4 addresses, warns RIPE


The internet will be privatised

Lack of new addresses means existing companies find themselves sitting on an artificially scarce resource - the hyper-capitalist dream.

Judge yanks plug out of AT&T's latest attack on Google Fiber


My guess is Google Techs will cause significant disruptions to service when handling cables, if only because the existing monopolies have done so little maintenance the existing wires practically fall to bits when handled. If I was at Google I'd have the technicians religiously documenting before and afters of every pole touched, paying particular attention to any preexisting wear and tear. Otherwise AT&T will probably tie the whole thing up in court all over again.

Drones will be able to carry 120GB footage of you in the shower if Seagate has its way


Re: Where are the Drone Jammers then?

Best bit about the fishing rod is if you down a drone you can prove it was flying within X feet of you, possibly supporting any related complaints of trespass or harassment if the operator comes looking for their gear back.


Re: Where are the Drone Jammers then?

It will happen. Maybe not at any significant scale, but at least someone will try it if only to see if it can be done (and/or they can get away with it.) Also don't forget there's money to be made by the paparrazi rats if they can catch the latest supermodels going topless or celebrities doing crack in a hedge or whatever sells the rags these days.

US cops seek Amazon Echo data for murder inquiry


Re: Interesting...

But the existing audio recording laws relate to transmitted conversations between one or more parties. I doubt there's legal precedent for an always on audio recording device - known to be present, i.e. not a bug - that stores audio at a remote location.


Re: Interesting...

"Why do the police keep doing this?"

Because it's only news when they are refused; "Okay officer, come in and grab a coffee while we pull that up for you" probably happens thousands of times a day.

As a side note if the police need a warrant for the information and get the data without one, then it would be illegally obtained and inadmissible in court.

BT will HATE us for this one weird 5G trick


Re: I agree, traffic separation is the answer

It's an incentive for citizens to not own their own car. Ideally the best way of achieving this would be cheap & reliable taxis, but with the various interest groups keeping cab fares up this is probably the next best option. Ideally someone can do 95+ percent of their travel on foot/bus/tube, and very occasionally shell out for a taxi if they have an urgent journey, heavy shit to carry etc, and they still don't have to queue with the hoi polloi.

Will you get reimbursed if you're a bank fraud victim? Brits think not


I'm just sad that El Reg felt it necessary to explain who Captain Mainwaring was. Yes Dad's Army was aired many decades ago, but is it really so obscure a reference?

Lyft, Uber throw Texas-sized tantrum over Austin driver law


I thought to work for Uber in London they needed a professional driving licence/certificate which would put them at least on par with minicab operators in terms of vetting? Any capital dwellers know more details?

Polite, helpful? Stop it at once in the name of security


Re: Easily turned around...

I would say most people already know that holding a door for someone could be a bad thing, but it is so astronomically unlikely in most workplaces that they will do it anyway because a) it's polite, and b) being the only one to shut the door on strangers or colleagues is a one way ticket to being labelled as a tinfoil hatted nutter and openly mocked.

If the company really cares about this, they will have secure entry gates like other posters have mentioned. If they haven't, they don't care and are just paying lip service to this threat vector so they can scapegoat an employee if someone does get in this way ("We train all our employees on security matters, unfortunately proper procedure was not observed")

Microsoft's done a terrible job with its Windows 10 nagware


GWX Control Panel

GWX Control panel appears to be the latest in a long line of 'fix it' tools in the burgeoning

'please-unfuck-whatever Microsoft-have-done-THIS-time' software genre. Any other organisation might take the prevalence of 'reverse this horrible shit' programs as a warning sign.

Staff 'fury' as penny pinching IBM offers legal minimum redundo payoffs


Re: Owners matter too

Presumably you have also written to the board complaining that anyone working for IBM is paid more than the legal minimum wage?

France joins India in telling Facebook to just Zuck off


To quote the Oatmeal (again): "If I want to use 'boobs' as my password that's my own shitty decision and you should just let me roll with it.".

Canonical reckons Android phone-makers will switch to Ubuntu


Too late for Ubuntu

They've knackered their reputation amongst the kind of people who know or care about the OS on their phone. I'd say it's an android game until Google inevitably pisses of a critical mass of people by e.g. shoving Google Now down everyone's throat whether they like it or not.

Supermicro's ability to enable should worry IBM and Lenovo


An end of year review for Lenovo that doesn't even mention Superfish once? Was the scandal more than a year ago?

Scandal-hit Toshiba cutting 7,000 jobs, heads for $4.5bn loss


Re: Bugger

The cheaper way of doing it in the near future could well be licence Toshiba's technology for peanuts

Boffins teach cars to listen for the sound of a wet road


If only there were some other way of measuring or predicting if the conditions are likely to be icy. I'm no scientist, but I'm told ice is usually quite cold. Maybe our top boffins could see if there's any pattern to how cold it has to be before ice forms and invent some form of... I don't know, thermal meter or something?

Randall 'xkcd' Munroe. Live. You get to ask him stuff. No biggie


Re: Ugh

The stores selling for anything under a tenner are highly likely to be scammers trying to cash in over Christmas. I ordered a few as gifts* day 1 and they were £11.89.

*Plus one for me of course.

IT pros are a bunch of wedding and funeral-dodging sickos


Re: 600 IT professionals in the UK and US

There's shades of grey in missing a funeral as well, you may have planned to go to the funeral of the missus' third cousin, but I doubt there'd be uproar if you couldn't make it.

BlackBerry to bug out of Pakistan by end of year


Re: Decryption

I remember El Reg making this allegation in the original article(s), they added nothing to support it at the time beyond a quote from the company that said something along the lines of "Blackberry is cooperating with law enforcement services" which is pretty standard boilerplate PR.

I didn't find any links confirming messages had been handed over and most other news agencies were reporting that BB's cooperation was mainly to suspend messaging services in London temporarily so they couldn't be used to organise riots.

Italians to spend €150m ... snooping on PS4 jabber


I was just about to post something like that - shadowy organisation with little to no accountability and certainly a highly limited view of if they're doing work at all wants to get in a stack of PS4's. Hmmmm....

German ex-pat jailed for smearing own pat all over Cork apartment


Re: The, ahem, marvellous variety of the human race

you have to wonder if insurance will cover "ripping up all the floorboards because they've been marinading in shit for a year."

So why exactly are IT investors so utterly clueless?


I could be wrong, but don't investors get tax deductions on other assets if their investments go the way of the dodo? If it's effectively free money that's probably why they can gamble like idiots with carefree abandon.

Capita increases share of public sector revenue to measly £1.8bn


"Over the years in question, the relationship between UK Government – notably the Cabinet Office – and the large systems integrators, in particular, became increasingly strained"

This wouldn't be at all related to the embarrassment of the Olympics where the government had to get the Army in to cover the incompetence of large systems integrators, would it?

Brit filmmaker plans 10hr+ Paint Drying epic


Re: I doubt the BBFC really care

Best case scenario from the viewpoint of annoying the BBFC is the intern is going to have a shit couple of days; 3 if they get enough to reshoot a 14 hour extended edition.

Struggling to understand Docker? Let's start with a Minecraft demo


I like this game...

Surely civil servants would be better served by Paper's Please

Generic Office Clerks have the Stanley Parable

Any more for any more?

£2.3m ZANO nano-drone crowdfunded project crashes and burns


I think if KickStarter is at fault it's because they provide a sheen of respectability to shysters and incompetents; precisely because as another commenter noted they present to the public the impression that they have tight controls in place to keep out fraudsters and people who haven't actually got a working product yet. Whereas in actual fact these controls appear to be just smoke and mirrors.

If you take a look at eBay, I would bet you still find a fair few dodgers on there still. In fact a pal of mine knows all too well it's still easy for a seller to mail out a broken piece of shit and swear blind it was mint condition when sent. Perhaps the 'dodger magnet' phase is something internet platforms just have to go through as they mature.


Re: All the risky of being a shareholder...

"- If the company fails then you get nothing, while this can be true as a shareholder I believe if a company folds then after debts are paid the shareholders are entitled to something, this does not apply to kickstarter AFAIK."

That's pretty much a technicality as a company usually only folds when it can't pay it's debts. In that case the creditors might see pennies in the pound as liquidators wind up the assets, shareholders wont see squat.

I think there are two main issues with kickstarted organisations:

- Key difference is with successful startups - traditional investors will own a percentage and see dividends whereas KS backers just get a product and then you're done. This isn't inherently terrible as long as the backers don't put in too much money and properly understand the risks. Hopefully this comes to be more the norm as this type of funding matures.

-The other thing is the level of control backers have after a project is funded and the money is gone. The thread has already touched on the issue of delivery dates sliding as the project snowballs into something that needs an industrial production line, but it also includes the project dropping promised features or dropping in unwanted extras or extra hoops to jump through that piss the backer off. Examples include hidden costs for shipping outside the US, or having to give a credit card number to sign up to their store. The backer generally can't do shit about any of these except ask for a refund, which they are unlikely to get unless it can be proven the project clearly and unambiguously stepped over a line somewhere.

Openreach boss quits BT in midst of split uncertainty


Only for a couple of years. Interesting though that he jumped ship from banking around about the time it was a tough climate, and now banking appears to have weathered the storm and Openreach appear headed for choppy waters he's slunk back to banking...

GPS, you've gone too far this time


Re: How far off? @Gomez Adams

The drunk can't take a shortcut in this metaphor, because he is bound to his sober friend. The sober friend is the true position of the walker, and the drunk is true position +/- some error. So in a working GPS drunk is always close to sober within the error margins (the high walls on the path.)

In the 10 metre box example, cutting the corner won't decrease the overall length measured as the next measurement is just as likely to be outside the box which increases the distance the error covers. For any path - square, circle or winding lane - the error has a 50/50 chance of being on one side or the other, which is what causes the zigzagging that increases perceived distance.

Google wants to add 'not encrypted' warnings to Gmail


How to make users care about encryption

Google should leverage their strengths to make people want encryption; all they'd have to do is insert ads in -BUY A RADIATION KING BRAND TV TODAY!- cleartext emails and some clever apple BUY THE NEW APPLE IMAC TODAY! would come up with a solution.

UK.gov finally promises legally binding broadband service obligation – by 2020


'legal right to request'

I have the 'legal right to request' a 10Mbps connection right now, I fail to see what this weasel worded bollocks will do for anyone:

Other things I currently have the 'legal right to request':

A million pounds

Sex with Jennifer Lawrence

A Prime Minister that hasn't had his dick in a pig

Startup founder taken hostage by laid-off workers


If companies get to spout bollocks like “a mass streamlining to unlock the organization’s operational efficiency by deploying scalable city level frameworks” then taking management hostage should be described as "aggressively securing key assets to better leverage significant concessions in an asymmetric negotiating environment."

No C&C server needed: Russia menaced by offline ransomware


Re: "No internet connection needed"

No, I understand the method, and how worrying it is that there are no servers to trace. I was moaning about the article title, which has since been mysteriously edited...


"No internet connection needed"

How do you justify saying no internet connection needed in the title? It looks like the malware would most likely be contracted online and the ransom payoff would be done online just like its predecessors in the field of malicious encryption. Was 'No C&C server needed' not good enough clickbait?

TalkTalk offers customer £30.20 'final settlement' after crims nick £3,500


Re: help..


'I posted winning race ticket in Facebook selfie ... and someone stole it!'


Re: It's staggering

From the bookies point of view the money is already not going to the right person when they are paying out, it would make sense they're not that fussed if it goes to the wrong not right person.

Star Trek to go boldly back onto telly, then beam down in streams


Re: "Enterprise I'd rather forget."

My friends and I had a running gag that once Enterprise had finally been cancelled Scott Bakula would Leap Out.

Windows 10 is an antique (and you might be too) says Google man


Cheers for the list.

European Commission prepares antitrust probe for O2/Hutchison deal


3 MNO's should be viewed as unhealthy and the absolute bare minimum for a functioning competitive market and the regulators should be doing everything in their power to stop it falling to that level.

TalkTalk downplays extent of breach damage, gives extra details


Not all cards are sixteen digits. The vast majority yes, but not all. So removing 6 digits <> only storing 6 + 4.


Economy of scale. If criminals have access to a thousand real names they are less likely to do anything with them as they'd have to look them up in public records manually or pay an underling to do it, which would take a while, cost time/money and possibly attract attention. Give them a thousand names with birthdays already associated with them, and there's more likely to be trouble for some poor souls.

Have a Plan A, and Plan B – just don't go down with the ship


Re: other drivers for a plan

Jail time? Pure Industrial espionage would largely be a civil matter or at worst "white collar" tricky-to-prove crime like fraud. Engineering a disaster that triggers a recovery plan however would involve some fairly serious criminal damage at the very least.

And anyone who was mental enough to try something like that would soon find they don't have the time or the privacy to go rifling through data as some fairly important eyes would be on them asking when the systems would be back.

Aussies' distinctive Strine down to drunk forefathers



Ma accents mair sexay th'n Frunch. Mah ma wid be prood.

Come to think of it, looking at the top 5 sexy accents there could well be a general correlation with sounding drunk.

Dad who shot 'snooping vid drone' out of the sky is cleared of charges


Re: Counter Drone

Your fishing line comment makes me wonder if a skilled angler could cast at a drone with enough accuracy to tangle a rotor? Small weight in place of a fishhook, less likely to cause trouble than a gun, and incontrovertible evidence that the drone was flying within X feet of you if you did catch it.


Re: Wonder how this fits in with the USofArms Castle and Stand-Your-Ground laws



Re: anti-drone drones

Last time these were discussed I suggested strapping some rotors and an automatic lid closer to a wheelie bin for live drone capture in a low budget homage to You Only live Twice.*

*IIRC correctly we were discussing nicking stuff around the time amazon declared they wanted to do drone delivery.

US Senate approves CISA cyber-spy-law, axes privacy safeguards


Re: Anti-competitive

I don't think this interference and consumer protection are comparable here, specifically because immunity from prosecution is mentioned in the spying scenario. That's a super dangerous precedent to set that could practically legalise straight-up lying to customers in contracts (way beyond current weasel wording.)

Black Helicopters


The way I read it government is trading commercial protection for the existing (co-operative) Oligopolies for the rights to trawl their data.

Think about it: this makes it impossible for companies to compete on a platform of privacy and non-cooperation with the spying agencies because immunity from prosecution for doing so makes any privacy clauses in contracts worthless.

I wonder if any of the big corporations has the balls to try and get this struck down for preventing them from freely contracting with their customers?

Europe fails to ban web 'fast lanes' – what now for Euro net neutrality?


Re: Would it have been too much to ask

There are certainly compelling arguments for prioritising certain types of services like video. The argument is over the worry ISP's will use these exceptions as a smokescreen to sneak in faster connections for whoever gives them cashola and make it nigh impossible for smaller companies to compete on a level playing field.