* Posts by jonnycando

151 publicly visible posts • joined 26 Oct 2011


Meta, YouTube face criminal spying complaints in Ireland


I’m hoping for the gent’s success!

You might have been phished by the gang that stole North Korea’s lousy rocket tech


I wonder if

Those who they butter up are really all that smart if they can fall for these lame tactics?

Asahi Linux developer warns the one true way is Wayland


Blast from the past!

I remember the kerfuffle over Lindows and feeling pretty bad because Microsoft was being its snotty self.

Cue warm fuzzy feelings that this is still around after all this time. Not that I’ve used it but I’ll test drive any Linux because that’s what I do for fun.

Spooky Pillars of Creation snap reveals a dark side


What they failed to mention

Is that we are looking at the past. This cloud may already have collapsed into one or more stars, but the light from those events have not reached us. If indeed the want to know how stars form…the need only to keep looking at tjis cloud….for 6500 more years, at minimum.

Battle of the retro Unix desktops: NsCDE versus CDE


Well foo! I cloned the GIT repo and attempted to compile....error thrown account missing header files....like how am I supposed to know what's missing?...I cloned the whole repo and everything in it!


I so must install this one!

'Nobody can control TSMC by force': Exec dismisses fears China could seize fabs


Re: "if you take it over by force, you can no longer make it operable"

That's what I get....like if the plant gets attacked...it would just shut down because the damage however slight might nevertheless destroy the plant...it's machinery being that finicky perhaps. But then of course maybe the employees will throw their shoes into the works....

Intel tried selling software before. Will it succeed this time?


In the middle ages…somewhere between today and the PDP-8 there was Motorola and Intel….at least it seemed that way for a while and there were Apple // and macintosh on one hand and the so called PC on the other. Not to mention commodore and so on. All the software you could buy was either for PC with Intel chips or Apple with Motorola chips. A little crossover that required complete rewriting to effect but not a lot. Even today WINDOWS will insist on being installed on PC that is either Intel or AMD or any Intel compatible system. Of course Intel might come up with software that only runs on PC but they will not be the first or last. Of course I am not the type to think up what sort of software they could do that could have broad enough appeal to make a version for every OS and chipset and CPU. Seems rather like reinventing the wheel.

Linux Mint 21 hits beta, and it's looking fresh


systemd hasn't given me any trouble...so far....but I still do wonder is why we needed it???

T-Mobile US probes claims of 100m stolen customer records up for sale on dark web


I wonder

I was a T-Mobile subscriber years ago….lately Sprint….which means I am sort of back in Tmobile’s grasp….what I wonder is if the data that was hoovered up was old data that might have my old and obsolete data…..or if T-Mobile has or has not imported Sprint accounts into their systems….

ASUS baffles customer by telling them thermal pad thickness is proprietary


Somebody measure and post on all manner of social fora.

We seem to have materialized in a universe in which Barney the Purple Dinosaur is designing iPhones for Apple


Differences in the two OS's....but I bet....you could install MacOS on an iPad so that it runs all the time...or maybe dual boot....dunno....hmmmmmmm.........

Bless you: Yep, it's IBM's new name for tech services spinoff and totally not a hayfever medicine


Poor old IBM

They just don't make any sense anymore....

CentOS project changes focus, no more rebuild of Red Hat Enterprise Linux – you'll have to flow with the Stream


Nothing to see here

Just IBM being IBM.....if it ain’t broke, break it...

Uncle Sam sues Facebook for allegedly discriminating against US workers in favor of foreigners on H-1B visas


Might be true

Zuckerburg is an advance agent of the beast, watch him carefully....

Worn-out NAND flash blamed for Tesla vehicle gremlins, such as rearview cam failures and silenced audio alerts


So a car with the price of a Tesla

...is put together with the same memory that goes in cheap laptops.....somehow...I don't want one...

Fancy a steaming portion of Kentucky Fried Bork? A fingerlickin' flub that's pure poultry in motion


Re: Urghh

Er, well...Popeye's IS better.....generally speaking...though I still might get a bucket of the Colonel's own once in a while....

Another Chromium browser for Linux? Microsoft Edge arrives in preview form, no love for Arm yet


I dunno if want to try it or not..... I am thinking that maybe, just maybe if Microsoft came up with a Linux distribution....(that didn't look slavishly like Windows) maybe I'd give it a spin....but maybe I'm crazy after all....

Wobbly Wednesday whacks IBM as 30 cloud services take unplanned naps


I don’t understand IBM though I like the work they’ve done in years past and things they’ve invented, but they are clearly an absurdity these days

What did it take for stubborn IBM to fix flaws in its Data Risk Manager security software? Someone dropping zero-days


Well Reg, they are notgoing to get back to you...if they anything it will be opaque and answer no questions given.

Hey Siri, are you still recording people's conversations despite promising not to do so nine months ago?


I'm not sure whether Apple does this on the sly, but I am using IOS 13.5 beta, and such behavior seems to be opt in.....if it happens regardless how you "opt" then there is a grave problem, if it's actually totally opt in only.....this is much ado about nothing.

Indeed sued by account exec who said she was raped by male coworker amid misogynistic, sexually charged culture


Re: Same shit different year

I feel the same way, and until the guilty partys are publicly drawn and quartered it will continue. To hell with a ban on cruel and unusual punishment....let the punishment fit the crime in ALL facets...and then treble it.

Podcast Addict Play Store ban: Android chief says soz for incorrect removal, developers aren't impressed


One has to consider the possibility that Google has turned into just another Microsoft......oh how history repeats!

It is unclear why something designed to pump fuel into a car needs an ad-spewing computer strapped to it, but here we are


Where I live these kinds of pumps don’t play videos anymore because the station finds out quickly what broadband costs and the attendent data slurppage of 12 of these crazy pumps!

What do you call megabucks Microsoft? No really, it's not a joke. El Reg needs you


Well, it's still the Borg Mothership.....so I dunno what else to call it.....

NUC NUC. Who's there? It's Intel, with a pint-sized 8-core Xeon workstation


Re: Have some Mint instead!

I'd put some sort of Linux on one for sure....but small form factor to me means cheap and cheerful and while this one is certainly cheerful....it ain't cheap!

Vietnam alleged to have hacked Chinese organisations in charge of COVID-19 response


I’m glad somebody is hacking China....they do enough of their own after all......

Facebook sort-of blocks anti-quarantine events – how many folks are actually behind these 'massive' protests online?


Has anyone not realized that Facebook is a wasteland of epic proportions?

Not only is Zoom's strong end-to-end encryption not actually end-to-end, its encryption isn't even that strong


I didn't even know what Zoom was until all this news started to pop up....and from what I can tell it's just a total train wreck....a very poorly conceived piece of software...and the makers are like....."who me?"

Cloudflare is over the moon because its pro-privacy DNS service got a clean bill of health from everyone's favorite auditor – KPMG


Cloudflare may be secure but its not speedy...at all...thats been my observation at least

Don't Flip out or anything, but the 'flexible glass display' on Samsung's latest pholdable doesn't behave like glass


I just think this foldable display thing is desperation for ideas on the part of the manufacturers/designers.......and it's just never going to be a durable thing.

Oh ****... Sudo has a 'make anyone root' bug that needs to be patched – if you're unlucky enough to enable pwfeedback


I gotten a plethora of updates here lately.....Linux boxes, MacOS boxes......I guess they were ALL updates to Sudo.

How much cheese does one person need to grate? Mac Pro pricing unveiled


Just a thought.....

Perhaps I might find the now obsolete trash can model at a fire sale price now that these are available.....or not....

How bad is Catalina? It's almost Apple Maps bad: MacOS 10.15 pushes Cupertino's low bar for code quality lower still


Re: Apple is deprecating Macs



Apple is deprecating Macs

It seems clear that Apple doesn't really care about Macs and they really wish they'd just switch to iPads. Their hardware "developments" barely qualify as refreshes and are getting more and more drawn out. Their software development is focussed almost entirely on iOS. They have given up on competing with Microsoft. For a company which was once innovative, it's sad."

They may be doing that, but I hope not.....fwiw my macs are somewhat obsolete so are stuck with an earlier version of MacOS and for the moment that might be a good thing.


Re: No problems here!

NO problems for me either....well none of my macs will even take Catalina, they are stuck at an earlier version...but my phone and my watch are beta devices with latest betas and they are running well....grant you, I don't explore every feature the devices offer so I may not stumble onto every bug....but I have stumbled onto few here lately. I even am privvy to a few beta apps and am lucky they work given that they may have been written by just anyone....

Linux Journal runs shutdown -h now for a second time: Mag editor fires parting shot at proprietary software


Re: Yes , there are a few in print

Magazines with really meaty information just can't last in a national full of technoilliterates.

Here's to beer, without which we'd never have the audacity to Google an error message at 3am


Not a professional.......

But I do like breaking OS's.....and I do......verbose boots let the errors scroll by, and yes.....Google is a great help sorting out the messes I might make.

What's that? Uber isn't actually worth $82bn? Reverse-gear IPO shows the gig (economy) is up


Re: Efficient Market

Ummm...yeah, cyclists are indeed a separate species. Not that there's anything wrong with that.....

Sinister secret backdoor found in networking gear perfect for government espionage: The Chinese are – oh no, wait, it's Cisco again


Keep moving...nothing to see here....

What the difference is, is intent.....CIsco makes backdoors because they are incompetent. Huawei makes backdoors because the Chinese government tells them to do it.

Ok Google, please ignore this free tax filing code so we can keep on screwing America


Well, my income is sufficiently complicated that it precludes the use of Free File altogether...but i can't say that I would ever have any problem finding the service...Google will tell you exactly what you want to know, you just have to know how and what to ask. And El Reg's article does point that out indirectly.

Breathe in hardware, and exhale cloud: IBM stretches its revenues, profits... in the downward dog position


IBM is done....stick a fork in it....their relentless effort to dump knowledgeable people and replace them with millenials who had no experience has come home to roost and there is no way forward to rebuild IBM. It's over....all but the fire sale.

Fun fact: GPS uses 10 bits to store the week. That means it runs out... oh heck – April 6, 2019


Re: Yay landfill! or not.......

Well since all several of my devices are post 2010 AND regularly updated I should be either not or only mildly inconvenienced. That said I do buy new devices now and then...the hardware seems to be designed to wear out in a couple years of constant use.

Hands up who isn't fighting Oracle in court? HPE, for now, as Solaris support sueball tossed


Oh how i wish Sun had never seen or heard from Oracle....it was rape and nothing else. Sad sad sad

Sprint, T-Mobile US sitting in a tree, M-E-R-G-I-N-G


Sprint dual mode phones WILL jump to GSM if the phone plan allows it. When I go into Canada it joins Rogers which is GSM...step across the border again, and it's back on CDMA. All they will need is a PRL that tells the phone that TMO networks on GSM and whatever roaming partners there are OK to lock onto and use. Obviously you could not switch modes while in call though.

Apple's magical quality engineering strikes again: You may want to hold off that macOS High Sierra update...


I'm on 10.13.5 beta 2 and it's running OK for me. Rendering video takes an age...but it is a several year old mini mac.....and overall I can't complain.

Pro tip: You can log into macOS High Sierra as root with no password


I configured a root password AGES ago, perhaps way back when MacOS X was a new thing! Really who would fail to do such trivial security work?.........uh........forget I asked..........

Twitter resets passwords


Hmm, Twitter say they've not been hacked...yet, the dark web offer includes current accounts? Well then if they weren't hacked, the data was handed over.

But, this is going to be the new normal. Two factor authentication for everything and that may not be effective eventually. To get into my system at work from my laptop at home, it's got a nifty two factor setup. I've an app on my phone, that the moment I try to log in sends a push notice. "are you logging in at boffowidgets.com?" I can say yes, and I get logged in...I say no and the browser window closes. Of course the IT department makes sure I change my PW monthly, and has rules about how to construct it. To my knowledge the mainframe has never been hacked, though occasional spam makes it's way into corporate email.

Patch alert! Easy-to-exploit flaw in Linux kernel rated 'high risk'


Re: Let the games begin...

I'll stick with Linux. Rest of you go to windoze!

Itching to stuff iOS 11 on your iPhone? You may want to hold off for a bit


Hmmm....I installed it on my 6S Plus...and everything went swimmingly. I got lots of memory though so it wasn't crammed trying to get it on there.

Apple bag-search class action sueball moves to Cali supreme court


I am suprised Apple can even search employee baggage at all. In my line of work, such activity has been ruled an illegal search. They can ask for us to show what we have, but we are within our rights to decline. And they can take no action if we do decline.