* Posts by diodesign

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Publisher breaks news by using bots to write inaccurate stories

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El Reg were to publish a regular AI-generated article

We've been mulling that, as some kind of parody or comedy column

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"Sadly that ship has already sailed..."

What makes you say that - we're not using any AI for articles other than:

* Transcript generation (which is still hand edited)

* Some people are toying with grammar checking (but everything is still hand edited)

We've thought about using software to automatically generate outage stories as those need to be done quick, they're so easy to write, and everyone loves an outage story.

But even then, that would be non-AI (it's just template filling) and would be hand edited before it goes live.

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Unix is dead. Long live Unix!

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Re: Ever Hear of BSD?

Yes, we have. See above comments from Liam.

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Please

read beyond the first full-stop / period in the headline.

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Bringing the first native OS for Arm back from the brink

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Damned if we do, damned if we don't...

If we didn't include a transcript, some would say they need it because they can't watch the video for whatever reason. And if we include the transcript - which is handy for Google indexing too - then some say it's in the way.

We've moved the transcript to a second page for now. Hope this helps.

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Software engineer accused of stealing $300k from employer was 'inspired by Office Space'

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quote

Yeah, but it's a direct quote, and not even really worth a [sic]. Some places, esp government, use 'code' in a way that others generally wouldn't.

Makes my eye twitch when I see scientists say they've written new codes for their latest supercomputer.

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Native Americans urge Apache Software Foundation to ditch name

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Re: after seeing a documentary about Geronimo

TBH it would make more sense for ASF to stick to it being a patchy web server, with no NA connection.

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Here's something communism is good at: Making smartphones less annoying

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Communism

It's humor.

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Twitter dismantles its Trust and Safety Council moments before meeting

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It's all fun and games...

...Until we make fun of the thing you like. I bet if we wrote a gushing piece saying how Elon is a genius, and it's everyone else who is wrong, you'd be falling over yourself to thank our objective, truthful journalism.

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Microsoft reportedly mulls a does-everything 'super app' to expand mobile search

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"Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield"

All right, we've reached Peak IlGeller now.

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You get the internet you deserve

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Oh it's sarcasm you want

Sure, OK. Here's the story you were thinking of.

https://www.theregister.com/2004/08/03/segway_tenmph_shame/

ur welcom

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Boffins' beam forming kit opens the door to more realistic holograms

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No wires

Yeah, basically we wanted to make the point that it's primarily light at work here. We've tidied up that paragraph.

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Qualcomm teases custom Arm-compatible Oryon CPU cores designed by Nuvia

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Not really

"Did ‘accommodation’ include hospitality and bar bills too"

No, just the hotel room. Dinner, lunch, and drinks have been paid by myself or expensed to my publisher as necessary. Qualcomm got me here to attend the summit's breakout briefings, and that's about it.

"Were your flights Business or Cattle Class ??"

I live in San Francisco. My flights were normal seats, so cattle class? It was about a four-hour flight in which I read a (printed) Patrick Hamilton novel. Bonus points if you can guess the title.

I love that you're looking for scandal here but while Hawaii is a lovely place, and I've personally been many times as a Californian transplant, I've been working this week, either critically covering Qualcomm's announcements, or acting as Reg editor from Maui time.

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Arm shells Qualcomm's Snapdragon launch party with latest salvo in license war

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Arm

FWIW Arm is headquartered in the UK, hence the Britishness.

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Qualcomm pushes latest Arm-powered Snapdragon chip amid bitter license fight

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'they're turning into web browsers in a glass slab'

Far be it from me to do Qualcomm's PR for them but these chips are basically geared for gaming and photography, with enough oomph for modern apps and browsers.

If your mobile use-case only covers part of that - or the walled gardens of the OSes holds you back - then yeah, they will seem a bit limited. A lot of the 8 Gen 2 silicon is dedicated to things like real-time ray tracing in games (eg) so if that's not your cup of tea, it's a waste of transistor gates.

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Eggheads show how network flaw could lead to NASA crew pod loss. Key word: Could

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Re: Question?

The NASA Orion thing is, to me, an example to highlight and draw attention to the problem. You'd need to get into the craft's network, by some compromised or malicious device.

In reality, it's going to be something less exotic that potentially gets hit by this.

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Intel’s axed Optane biz spurts out mixed bag of new SSDs

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is this

trolling about trolling?

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I'm happy paying Twitter eight bucks a month because price isn't the same as value

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"the colour of the owner's car, this is after all an IT site"

What are you on about?

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Can confidential computing stop the next crypto heist?

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Smart contracts

Yeah, it's a very good point that we've now addressed in the piece.

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Clarifications

Hi -- yeah, we've clarified a few parts of it, including enclaves v VMs and the effectiveness of enclaves.

Thanks for the feedback - we take it all on board.

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Multi-factor auth fatigue is real – and it's why you may be in the headlines next

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Crumbs, why so angry

"Almost entirely nonsense"

Well, we said it's important but - as the article goes into - not the only thing to do. Education is good but systems in place to block, contain, and detect are also important. I've made that clearer for people in the piece.

Also, as we said, someone may impersonate your IT staff so rate limiting won't help here, but phishing education and other defenses might. Finally, MFA spam really does work. There's been loads of times where it's worked, so limiting attempts and what not isn't a given at orgs.

We just had a load of phishing attempts against us too by someone pretending to be our CEO. The attempts failed but we still did a round of internal messaging/education about it afterwards as well as reviewing defenses and operations to make sure everyone's on the same page.

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And don't call me shirely

"Instead of repeatedly sending out such notifications, surely the system should lock the user out completely after X number of rejections"

Yes, that's discussed in the piece lower down. It's an option. You may not want to use that option as it could lead to a DoS-like scenario against staff but you might instead consider setting a rate limit anyway.

I've made a note of that option higher up in case people don't make it to the end.

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NASA's CAPSTONE satellite is out of safe mode and on track for Moon orbit this month

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Safe mode

Yeah safe mode means: it's only and just doing what's needed to stay intact. Taking it out of safe mode makes it operational.

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Ritz cracker giant settles bust-up with insurer over $100m+ NotPetya cleanup

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Not bad reporting

No - we're reporting exactly what Mondelez claimed. It said damage was done to its equipment and software. Damage in this case is defined as "physical loss or damage to electronic data, programs, or software, including physical loss or damage."

I can add this point to the piece but it seemed obvious to us and others.

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Qualcomm: Arm threatens to end CPU licensing, charge device makers instead

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Re: Non-transferable license ?

Arm says Nuvia's architectural license was non-transferable without Arm's permission (and quite likely renegotiation). Qualcomm argued back that Nuvia's architectural license largely overlaps Qualcomm's own license with Arm, anyway. Largely but not fully, crucially.

I've heard that Qualcomm already went through this with Arm when Q bought CSR in 2015. CSR had an Arm license that Qualcomm had to ask for, and got, permission to continue using and its derived technologies. Now this time, Qualcomm thinks it's OK to use Nuvia's license as it has done so and any complaints from Arm are just about greed and bullying.

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Your next PC should be a desktop – maybe even this Chinese mini machine

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'made a mistake'

Do you mean our Simon or the person who started this thread?

I checked with Si and he says he saw the basic Maxtang box priced around 300 USD.

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Why bother? Well....

FWIW, this is Desktop Tourism, not a review or product recommendation. It's a series where we take odd, non-mainstream stuff, and see if we can work on it for a month. It appeals to those of us who like experimenting with kit from time to time, rather than always using the basic obvious solution.

We've done things like a Raspberry Pi laptop in the past and later this year, we'll write up an exotic RISC-V device that's fun and a PITA. So, yeah, think of this as a series of stranger things we've used for work just out of curiosity rather than a purchase recommendation.

I'll make that a bit clearer in the blurb box and make a note of the mainstream Intel Core i3 NUCs and what not in the piece.

Also: if you've found a Maxtang box cheaper or more expensive, then, good on ya. When Simon (who's based in Australia) looked around for pricing, 300 USD was the figure he generally found for the device.

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Basecamp decamps from cloud: 'Renting computers is (mostly) a bad deal'

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"This whole article"

By that, i'm assuming you mean DHH's blog post..?

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How I made a Chrome extension for converting Reg articles to UK spelling

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Concerns

1. You can still call it El Reg. We still do internally and publicly. Myself and TR's senior editorial staff have been at The Reg or with our publisher for ten or more years. It's not like we've forgotten the past.

2. We're constantly experimenting with headlines to find the right balance between being unique and amusing and not off-putting for new folks. Sometimes titles go too obscure, sometimes they go too dry. We've got a sub-headline right now on the front page stating "You can kiss my Californian ass, says ad giant" and a headline "Why are PC webcams crap?" and boffins and so on... there's no corporate watering down. We're just trying to make our humor and our take on the IT world a bit more accessible for everyone.

If any part of it reads like a sales seminar, shoot me. That's not the intention, and not what we want to do. We want to make stuff that's informed, accurate, and independent.

3. I'm British. I live in the US after living in the UK. I know Blighty's going through some weird shit right now, and how we're perceived globally is perhaps not quite optimal. But TR switching to US spelling isn't part of that, and your thoughts about the UK being "quaintsy" is something you need to figure out for yourself. TR changing to American spelling isn't commentary on the UK.

It's that the internet sees US spelling and thinks "international or American" and sees UK spelling and thinks "England". Which can be a bit frustrating when we're writing about non-UK things a lot.

4. One day it would be great to translate TR into other languages. An English version is obviously going to be available and prime.

Above all, we're just being honest and open. We could have just not said a thing.

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Re: Maximum confusalization

> is highly insulting

It's not an insult - it's just a reflection of what's expected globally.

> the tagline "biting the hand that feeds IT" is gone

It just got moved to the end of the page to tidy up the masthead.

> Bring back Dabbsy

We parted on good terms, and wish him all the best – he's on his Autosave is for Wimps Substack.

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Liz Truss ousted as UK prime minister, outlived by online lettuce

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E-z money

Regardless, she gets to dip into an annual 115k GBP allowance for the rest of her life. She can use the funds to expense stuff if there's a public duty angle to it – police protection, correspondence, meetings, etc.

Past PMs have all used their allowances.

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in nearly 20 years

Damn, I may have just given away my age. Thanks for the pint. Make it a gin.

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Free speech, duh

The UK PM - not a trivial role, only the leader of a G7 nuclear power - has had a total meltdown and resigned weeks into the job. That'll make a good story. Especially with the online lettuce.

Also, we're not a blog. We have offices and tea cups and a CFO. So, nerr.

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US Dept of Energy injects more particles of cash into tokamak fusion reactors

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Re: claims

1. What was the error - we jump on correction emails within minutes if someone's working. We strive really hard to fix issues ASAP.

2. We're not using speech recognition. If you see typos or brain blips like that, it's because we've got something else on our minds, such as technical accuracy -- I'd rather a story is a fair representation of reality with typos than perfectly written but total BS.

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Re: "Taurus"

Yeah, yeah, it's fixed.

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Sperling messteak

Yeah yeah yeah. It's fixed. We clearly hadn't had enough coffee by that point to spot it - the spellchecker certainly didn't.

Don't forget to email corrections@theregister.com if you spot anything wrong.

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Shrug

Sure, we can mention it. I see no working, useful fusion reactors so clearly it's also still in development like all the rest.

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Upstart Ransom Cartel linked to REvil veterans

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Re: API hashing ?

It's a way to obfuscate the Windows API calls used by malware to make reverse engineering more tricky. It's down at the executable level, where the program imports functions from libraries. See:

https://www.ired.team/offensive-security/defense-evasion/windows-api-hashing-in-malware

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Scottish space upstart's rocket crashes into the drink

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Re: So where's it SUPPOSED to land?

Good question, but it was supposed to go a little further than the 500m it made it from the launchpad.

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Infosec still (mostly) a boys club

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Bricklaying, plumbing and electrical work

Kinda irrelevant, no?

Women want to be given a fair crack at getting these particular technical jobs that use their brains and skills, and if they get the job, to be treated fairly and thoughtfully as equals. It's pretty straightforward.

Go talk to The Register of construction about those other careers.

"If you want equity, then it has to be done at every level and every job"

Uhm, why?

Edit: My "why?" meant: why does it have to be all or nothing? Why can't we start with IT seeing as we're an IT crowd.

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Lufthansa bans Apple AirTags on checked bags

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Re: Might want to update this article

That magazine article is dated Oct 8, a day before the latest statement we saw from LH (on Oct 9, our story published Oct 10) contrary to that magazine article.

So it's up to LH to clarify what's going on. Last time we saw, LH was saying ATs are too dangerous for checked baggage.

Edit: LH has U-turned mid-flight. AirTags are now allowed, and we've added an update.

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Oracle VirtualBox 7.0 is here – just watch out for the proprietary Extension Pack

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USB

It seems you may not need the extension pack for USB 2, as that's included now in the open source base package, so we've taken that reference out for now. We're double checking.

Don't forget to email corrections@theregister.com if you spot anything wrong.

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Binance robbed of $600 million in crypto-tokens

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Fiat

We're gonna keep fiating the fiat words we fiatingly well want to fiat.

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He's only gone and done it. Ex-Register vulture elected to board of .uk registry

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Re: Chew gum and kick ass?

As much as some of us like IT Crowd, gotta pay respect to the origin of the quote: They Live.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Du5YK5FnyF4

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Scientists, why not simply invent a working fusion plant using $50m from Uncle Sam

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Indeed

Yup, that's the dream.

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Wind, solar fulfill 10% of global electricity demand for first time

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Just the headline - now fixed

The article's fine - it's about electricity, as the first sentence makes clear. This got truncated down to energy for a shorter headline, and has now been corrected.

Don't forget to email corrections@ if you spot something wrong, ta.

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How one Ukrainian software maker planned for survival as invaders approached

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Er..

If you read the very next paragraph:

> There was an even more pressing priority – which Tkachenko referred to as "priority zero" – the physical security of company team members.

Blows your argument out of the water.

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Matrix chat encryption sunk by five now-patched holes

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Shrug

It's pretty clear, right off the bat, this is a code-level issue, with patches for vulnerable apps rather than changes to the protocol.

Yes, the protocol is mentioned, in that, a study of a protocol may not only uncover shortcomings in the protocol design but also may indicate where there will likely be problems in implementations [triv.]

Don't forget to use corrections@theregister.com if you think you've spotted something wrong, please.

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Cloudflare's invisible CAPTCHA works by probing browsers with JavaScript

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Re: And what if you block JS?

Same if you tried another JS CAPTCHA widget and there was no fall back. You'll get told to turn on JavaScript or you can't verify you're a human.

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Open up, it's the IRS. We're here about the crypto tax you dodged

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Good crypto use

Nah, see Register passim. I stand by it.

Of the high volumes of cryptocurrency transactions, only a small percentage is involved in crime.

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