* Posts by elaar

278 posts • joined 12 Sep 2011


British Airways Executive Club frequent flyers have their airmiles grounded


Re: Frequent Flyers?

I've always thought the same, a sliding tax scale would make a lot of sense now. Perhaps make the first x-miles tax free (to avoid it disproportionately affecting less wealthy people) and then rapidly ramp up the tax.

It would stop my retired next door neighbour completing her attempts to travel to every single country in the world, which would provide me with much satisfaction.

GPU makers increasingly disengage from crypto miners



Income has risen 84% in just 1 year, presumably based on the massive inflation effect crypto miners have caused. So yeah, stating that gamers are their priority is a complete lie.

Reg reader returns Samsung TV after finding giant ads splattered everywhere


Re: Here's that PiHole list

Of course you need them. TVs aren't just electronics and ICs anymore, you get all sorts of software bugs with audio/video codecs, passthru, ARC seems to be a common one, GUI issues etc.. Most of the reviews you read for new TVs state things like "to be added in a later update" when it comes to a certain framerate or audio bitrate relating to some codec or another.

22-year-old Brit accused of Twitter SIM-swap heists charged with $784k cryptocurrency theft


Re: Not using online banking apps - advice please (genuine question)

Mobile App banking done correctly is far more secure than any other form of banking.

The FirstDirect banking app for example is matched to both phone AND SIM. If either change you have to speak to them direct and answer numerous security questions to get it reactivated.

Then even when that's done, you still need another password to login/authorise any payment.

So, in the case of a SIM-swap, the person would also need to know my telephone password, 3 question/answer passwords, and then my digital password to do anything useful. Good luck there....


Re: Sim-swapping

"So what would happen if someone stole one of my phones?"

It's not about stealing phones, but congratulations on your massive array of Apple branded products.

Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W: Nippy stocking filler for the nerd in your life – if you can get one


Re: Nice

Why not use a proper PI for that? It's not much more money, or energy consumption, and then you have the added reliability of booting from a USB hard drive, more memory and speed (for anything else you want to add to it).

All it would take is potentially a single power cut to corrupt the SD Card and then no DNS lookups for anyone in your household. I'd also rather have anything critical to the functioning of the network to be hardwired to the LAN rather than Wifi, but that's probably me being oldschool.


Re: A Linux PiC for the developing world.

With the random power cuts in developing countries, the SD Card would corrupt itself in a matter of days...

Tesla slams into reverse, pulls latest beta of Full Self-Driving software from participating car owners


Who on god's earth trusts a guy that insinuates miners are paedophiles (whilst looking fairly paedo like himself), spends most of his life ramping up cryptocurrency, ignoring Covid regulations and putting his business over the health of his employees, and then produces the most unreliable vehicle money can buy?

The guy is pretty annoying at best.

DDoSers take weekend off only to resume campaign against UK's Voipfone on Monday


You can't just simply throw large voip platforms onto places like cloudfare, it's not as simple as that, hence why these people go after voip companies. Voip platforms typically have multiple SBCs and whilst have some defence against DDOS, its almost impossible to stop them. (Unless you know a way?).


Re: this is what happens when you dont enforce authentication

Authentication has absolutely NOTHING to do with DDOS. Please describe your reasoning further. If my home router has a DDOS attack, is that something to do with the outside authentication of my router (which is disabled)?

UK schools slap a hold on facial scanning of children amid fierce criticism


Upon dropping children off at school, parents should require a DNA and urine sample from the teacher on the gate, just to ensure their identity and gauge their ability to work.

This should also be applied to the local MP..

Microsoft says Azure fended off what might just be the world's biggest-ever DDoS attack


70,000 sources... Do ISPs in these countries have no packet filtering/inspection on their edge routers?

Windows 11 will roll out from October 5 as Microsoft hypes new hardware



Most of us had to be dragged/forced to windows 10, and now a new OS that requires a stupid chip because 0.0001% of people stupidly click on things they shouldn't.

Every review I find of windows 11 talks about their new "like MacOS" thing..

Great, android apps, that's just what everyone needs on their desktop pc...

More xbox related crap....

I think I'm just getting too old for this....

30 years of Linux: OS was successful because of how it was licensed, says Red Hat


Re: Linux is not an OS

"To have a complete OS you need at least a kernel, an init system, and the toolchain to compile it. Therefore, Linux alone is NOT an OS"

Then nor is MacOS, Android, and others.

All Linux distributions include this. Are we really going to argue the semantics about this?


Re: Late to the party

Not linux, but I remember 25 years ago we all had FreeBSD gateways at uni, that makes me feel old.

Similar to linux they would happily run on old hardware for years without any issue.

Microsoft does and doesn't want you to know it won't stop you manually installing Windows 11 on older PCs


Re: Crashes?

"I wrote my first computer program in 1961. But in my world view, kernels aren't supposed to crash -- ever."

If that's the case, you would know that humans aren't infallible. Nuclear reactors aren't supposed to fail - ever, but they have. Aeroplanes aren't supposed to crash - ever, but they do (due to software).


Re: Works for me

I don't know a great deal about this so apologies if I have this wrong, but doesn't the current insider edition ignore things like TPM2\secure boot and others, whilst the proper release won't? In which case it's a lot easier to install on older machines using this version but not so in the future?

What's the top programming language? It's not JavaScript but Python, says IEEE survey


Re: What do electrical engineers

To be fair, IEEE consists of Electrical AND Electronic engineers.

Electronic engineers often know a lot about programming, Electrical engineers not so much, hence why the IEEE is a collaboration between the two.

Having trouble getting your mitts on that Raspberry Pi? You aren't alone


I can see why companies might use a pi to prototype, but surely they wouldn't use them for the end product? It would be far cheaper to churn out a few thousand custom boards based on the chipset without the rest of the fluff.


Re: Pi Zero W

Not Pi Zero reliability as such, but anything sdcard based in general.

My central heating system used to run off a raspberry pi 2 many moons ago, but the sdcard corrupted on two seperate occassions after the power went out.

My alarm system was based on a pi zero that again died when we lost power.

My home plex server/pi hole reliably runs on pi4 because it boots/runs from a usb SSD and is perfect.

I've learnt the hard way that for long term reliability you don't rely on sd-cards regardless of the brand.


Re: Pi Zero W

Yes, thanks for the tip, unfortunately for my application it's just too big.

On another note I just checked on farnell for another Pi4 and the lead time is listed as 373 days! It's crazy.


Pi Zero W

I can still source Pi Zeros, but the Pi Zero W (wifi) is out of stock everywhere in Europe, unless you want to get scalped £30 for what is essentially a £10 board.

I ended up going for the Arduino Nano 33 IoT, which is more hassle, has much lower processing power and functionality but much better reliability without the worry of relying long term on an sdcard.

Chinese web giant Tencent predicts Beijing has more internet regulations coming – and welcomes them


Re: Care

Sure you can start your own company in China, what makes you think otherwise?

See that last line in the access list? Yeah, that means you don't have an access list


Provide some examples...

It is overpriced (we can all agree on that), but they're workhorses. Leave them in a dirty comms room for 20 years and they'll carry on working.

The company I work for installs probably about 20,000 bits of kit each year and the Cisco kit stands out for reliability.

Explain how "it aint even that good".


Re: Oh, yes, contractor installs..

"I used a Psion Series 3A :)."

Why didn't you just take a laptop?


Re: was it seman's contracting dicks?

"I only did it because I was expected to. Guess what? Haven't seen a piece of Cisco crit (crap? kit?) from that day to this."

What exactly is it you do in IT if you've never seen a bit of Cisco\Meraki kit? Cisco have almost 50% market share with their enterprise WLAN "crit".

Working for an ISP, all of our core routers are Cisco, some of their product lines are great. Overpriced, yes. Crap, no.

Firefox 91 introduces cookie clearing, clutter-free printing, Microsoft single sign-on... so where are all the users?


Re: If only ...

Consider that Mozilla get most of their funding from Google...


I can't recall Firefox ever crashing on me to be honest.

Like the article hinted on, if websites are created with Chromium in mind, it's hardly Firefox's fault if W3C standards weren't properly implemented and it doesn't work properly on FF.

The expenses website our company uses strangely only works properly in FF and is buggy in anything else.

84-year-old fined €250,000 for keeping Nazi war machines – including tank – in basement


Re: Most Brits have a fair idea of Germany before, during and after WW2.

"It also appears that I'm not exactly alone with my experience:"

We can all find stats to back up our opinion...

PISA international research shows UK education better than German when it comes to reading and Maths. So whilst we must have brushed over EEC\EU history lessons, we're obviously making up for it in other areas.

I'm not sure if the personal experiences of just yourself and your son are really enough to base an opinion on the education of an entire nation.

Right to repair shouldn't exist – not because it's wrong but because it's so obviously right


I remember ringing up Cambridge Audio 25 years ago, getting through to their tech department and talking to the head engineer that designed the actual amplifier model that I was trying to repair. He swiftly told me the bias current measurement I needed to repair it and job done.

How about that for customer service?

However, more recently LG informed me that the custom door lock mechanism and sensor for my washing machine is no longer manufactured as my machine went EOL slightly over 3 years ago.

Hard drives at Autonomy offices were destroyed the same month CEO Lynch quit, extradition trial was told


Re: Data cleansing

So because there were no people "waiting at the door" then your conclusion is the that the drives were being wiped for security reasons, despire the $8billion+ fraud?

Wouldn't ex-employees have their hard drives/laptops wiped by the IT department by default when they leave, rather than the ex-CEO having to secretly ask an unknown employee to do it later?

We can't believe people use browsers to manage their passwords, says maker of password management tools


What does that have to do with internet passwords??

If you've mastered Python 101, you're probably better at programming than OpenAI's prototype Codex


Re: A small snag.....

I think cut and paste gets you a long way these days. There's a library for everything and very little has to be done, and you have almost unlimited amounts of memory to waste.

I find the only areas where decent programming is still required is embedded stuff. Arm/Pic/STM etc, where you actually need to know what you're doing.


Re: You P45 is ready at reception, byeeee

I agree, doesn't it seem counter-intuitive to get a machine to read a higher-level language (designed for humans and to handle memory management issues created by humans) problem and solve it in a higher-level language which is then compiled to machine code?

I know this particular AI isn't designed to do that, but surely the best AI here would take a problem and create raw assembly or at least C?

OK, you're paying data charges in the EU, but you can still roam free in, er, Iceland


Re: What exactly did we get from the EU for £40bn divorce settlement?

"What exactly did we get from the EU for £40bn divorce settlement? "

Which is the equivalent of saying "what do I get from repaying my mortgage?"

Openreach to UK businesses: Switch is about to hit the fan. Prepare for withdrawal of the copper-based phone network now or risk disruption


Re: Has that requirement gone then?

What about emergency phones in lifts? Currently a PSTN phone is required as far as I'm aware.


Re: The future is coming

London always had an issue with BT connections. We found it near to impossible to deliver customers with FTTC in central London.

Virgin/Colt tended to be the answer

Brit firm fined £200k for banging on about missold PPI in 11.4 million nuisance calls


Currently, the way the mobile/voip and PSTN networks interconnect, there's no way to stop/filter voip related spoof calls. We've been told they're "working on it", but it's years away (much like the banks managing to sort the direct debit recipient check).

It's not the fault of individual Telcos.

IT manager who swindled Essex hospital trust out of £800k gets 5 years in prison


So, the NHS employment rates are now TWICE the number of managers than actual doctors, and SEVEN times the number of managers than nurses (according to 2018 figures), and yet the actual management of auditing, IT and anything even related to finance is dire. What on earth is going on?


I could be wrong here, but as far as I'm aware you can have assets removed from you (even if you weren't the actual criminal), if you benefited indirectly from the crime.

India seeks ban on e-commerce sites discounting own-brand goods


Re: Learn from the EU how to implement censorship

It depends on your definition of censorship. TERREG only acted on illegal activities that contravened EU laws. What particular things do you think shouldn't be censored that are currently against the law in the EU?

We don't know why it's there, we don't know what it does – all we know is that the button makes everything OK again


Re: Buffer box

The article states there was only a serial connection from the PC direct to the plotter.

How would the remote buffer work? There were no serial interfaces used back then for RAM, so it would require a parallel connection of some sort, and even then it would work unreliably with cable induction voltage spikes.

You would think a plotter (as expensive as they were) would have enough RAM for a few pages worth (although what do i know?).


Re: The light..

That's pretty similar to my current HP laptop!

BT sues supplier for £72m over exchange gear that allegedly caused wave of ADSL outages


Do you mean a "bleeder resistor"? Theoretically that would have no effect whatsoever on your line?


If that were the case, then why did the supplier immediately offer the shims??

Plain steel is an awful material to use in this circumstance, which is obvious from the number of BT callouts.

I'm not sure how much more evidence you actually require here?

Microsoft Irish subsidiary makes $314.73bn profit


Re: Ireland. again.

It was the Tory and UKIP MEPs (those that bother to ever show up) that voted against EU legislation to tackle corporate tax avoidance. I wonder why? British overseas territories top the list for world's biggest enablers of tax abuse.

We can't blame Ireland here...

Firefox 89: Can this redesign stem browser's decline?


"In 2019, a financial report [PDF] showed that royalties, paid for setting Firefox's default search engine and understood to be largely from Google, make up the bulk of Moz's regular revenue."

That's the issue, it's a bit like people moaning about the BBC's impartiality when the Tories constantly threaten to remove funding because it's not a propaganda clone like the Daily Mail.

How can you moan about things like Telemetry being enabled by default (and explained well with the offer to disable during install), when they've used this anonymous telemetry data to redesign the UI? Likewise, how do people expect them to completely cater for privacy and yet rely on google ad funding? We need privacy, but companies can only exist with financial income unfortunately, so they're stuck between a rock and hard place.

I'm sure we could have a browser that blocks pretty much everything and makes it near to impossible to be tracked etc.. but it will need someone wealthy and paradoxically liberal to fund it.

Boeing fined $17m after fitting uncertified sensors to 737 Max and NG airliners for 4 years


The official reports seem to strongly contest your opinion.

After staff revolt, Freenode management takes over hundreds of IRC channels for 'policy violations'


I cry BS with that statement. Almost all linux issues can be solved by searching online. Do you really think everyone that installs linux is then forced to install IRC?

Have you got any stats to back up that strange argument or is it just the usual pointless factless personal opinion?

'Biggest data grab' in NHS history stuffs GP records in a central store for 'research' – and the time to opt out is now


Re: "The UK enacted GDPR through the Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA2018)"

"Yes, just us and our vaccines...."

What, the one that was 97% public funded where the rights ended up with big pharma for future profit?

Aren't we great???



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