* Posts by Allonymous Coward

340 posts • joined 17 Feb 2012


Virgin Galactic reveals giant mirror feature in cabin design for Beardy Branson's space bus

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Great. Now I can't unsee that "clever and futuristic-looking" typography.

What a pile of toss.

Companies toiling away the most on LibreOffice code complain ecosystem is 'beyond utterly broken'

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Re: Payment workaround?

I too had no idea money sent to TDF wasn't actually used for development.

I do occasionally like to pay a bit towards the open source software I use, so went looking on Collabora's website for a "donate" button. Couldn't find one, which maybe isn't surprising if it'd be hard for them to square the accounting.

It feels like the LibreOffice community are missing a funding trick here.

Drupal drops first big upgrade in five years and looks forward by looking backwards

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CMS behind gov.uk

[citation needed]

Capita Consulting ditching more than a quarter of its workforce 45 days after consultations with consultants

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While I'm sorry for anyone who loses their job, I can't help but feel any business with "Capita Consulting" in the title probably deserves to go down in flames.

Linux Mint 20 isn't exactly bursting with freshness but, hey, there's kernel 5.4 and it's a long-term support release

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Re: Form or function?

This is often the thing with reviews of new desktop Linux releases, particularly in the less-technical press (not necessarily El Reg). There's a new installer, they've changed the theme a little bit, it now ships with Evolution instead of Thunderbird.

Maybe the killer features are few and far between, maybe desktops are a mature market, maybe mostly things just work, maybe reviewers focus on the wrong stuff? I don't know. But I do see a lot of reviews along those lines.

Remember when we warned in February Apple will crack down on long-life HTTPS certs? It's happening: Chrome, Firefox ready to join in, too

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Re: Is there any advantage left by using commercial certs?

I've been told Buypass supports the ACME protocol and issues free certificates. Not tried it myself, but in theory that provides a backup to Let's Encrypt.


eBay users spot the online auction house port-scanning their PCs. Um... is that OK?

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Re: Lots of issues here

It doesn't, of course. But it does mean in many cases you can stop it loading the script in the first place. I realise I may be telling people on a site like El Reg how to suck eggs, but defence in depth and all that.

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Re: Lots of issues here

Run a pihole for your local DNS server, pull down a few good big domain blacklists (mine has ~1M records), make sure whatever domains this script is coming from are in that list.

My pihole blocks ~20% of all requests from my home network, with no obvious loss of functionality for wife & kids in most cases (had to whitelist some Kindle Fire stuff).

Easyjet hacked: 9 million people's data accessed plus 2,200 folks' credit card details grabbed

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Re: Other reports are saying they became aware of this in January

72 hours has a different meaning at Easyjet.

Your flight isn't cancelled, it's just delayed by 72 hours so you don't need a refund.

The Rise of The (Coffee) Machines: I need assistance. I think I'm running Windows. Send help

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Re: Red Dwarf, perhaps?

Would you like some toast?

Butterfly defect stripped from MacBook Pros, Airs by Q2 2020, reckons Apple analyst

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The separate one with the white plastic keys in a metal frame is the only Apple keyboard I've ever liked.

I have an old one plugged into my butterfly-equipped MacBook Pro. It's about the only thing keeps me sane.

The Reg produces exhibit A1: A UK court IT system running Windows XP

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Re: Is this as ususal software related?

I made the mistake (it generally is on Twitter) of reading some of the original thread & associated comments. Which mostly seemed to be from members of the law rather than IT profession.

One person claimed "lots" of the NHS still uses Windows 95. On further questioning it turns out this may have been one particular radiology system. So:

1) Not "lots" then

2) If it's an MRI scanner costing millions of pounds then, yes, the NHS might well be justified in not buying another one just to move to Windows 10 or whatever.

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Simple updates to the system

It's easy and probably somewhat justifiable to throw stones. However if the system was actually simple to upgrade, presumably they would've already done it.

As any IT fule (but perhaps not all lawyers) no, there are plenty of reasons this might be more complicated & nuanced than just upgrading the desktops at your law firm. For example, if it's an audio recording/archiving system there might be hardware support issues.

Turnover down, losses widen and shares crash: So, business as usual at Capita

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Couldn't happen to a nicer company

I say that every year when Capita reports problems, but it's worth repeating.

Parks and recreation escalate efforts to take back control of field terrorised by thug geese

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I learned that ACME Corp had infiltrated its way into almost every aspect of industry.

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I for one welcome our avian overlords

Etc etc.

Icon, because bird.

Hear, hear: The first to invent idiot-cancelling headphones gets my cash

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Re: Recommendations

In the UK, Argos has become my go-to online retailer for the same reason.

I still get stuff off Amazon (Argos don't sell SSDs for example) but I tend to look other places first.

Come to Five Guys, where the software is as fresh as the burgers... or maybe not

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Re: Bit disappointed

Pricey Premium Patty Peddlar's Passé PoS OS

Latest battery bruiser Android from budget Moto G range appears ahead of MWC after an Amazon whoopsie

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Reckon I can get another year or so out of my G6 Play

After which this might be my next phone.

At last, the fix no one asked for: Portable home directories merged into systemd

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where a user has a PC running Linux in both their home and office, and is able to carry their home directory with them on a portable storage device

Wow. That must literally be hundreds of users.

WannaCry ransomware attack on NHS could have triggered NATO reaction, says German cybergeneral

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Re: "WannaCry ransomware attack on NHS..."

This. Also, "half" the NHS?

If I wanted misleading clickbait tech news I'd be reading Ars Technica or Gartner or Rory Cellan-Jones or something.

D-minus journo effort, must try harder.

Talking a Blue Streak: The ambitious, quiet waste of the Spadeadam Rocket Establishment

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I was always under the impression that a land-based strategic deterrent made little sense in the UK because there simply wasn't enough land compared to, say, the US prairie states or the Russian steppes. There just weren't enough potential places to disperse the things, which left them vulnerable to a preemptive strike. With V bombers there were drills to get off the ground quickly with warning of an incoming attack, so they'd be in the air/away from their bases. And later of course MoD put the nuclear deterrent onto submarines and hid it out in the Atlantic where its main danger is probably plastic microparticles or something.

Looks like an interesting site. I went to Woomera once many years ago, also worth a look. The main Cold War artefact I remember was the huge European Launcher Development Organisation (ELDO) "hotel". It was in the former ELDO staff barracks/hostel; they must've had a lot of people out there.

Complete with keyboard and actual, literal, 'physical' escape key: Apple emits new 16" $2.4k+ MacBook Pro

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Re: The best notebook keyboard ever

Well, hyperbole innit.

Though now I think of it, I did stick my hand in some fresh moggy droppings the other day. Long and unpleasant story. Suffice to say, it was literally shit.

In contrast, the keyboard on my workplace-enforced MacBook Pro is only figuratively shit. At least as far as I'm aware. But this has been the case for every Apple laptop I've used since about 2008.

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The best notebook keyboard ever

Every - EVERY - Apple laptop keyboard I've ever used has offered about the same tactile reward as typing in cat excrement.

I won't hold my breath for this one. I might, however, hold my nose.

Google goes full Anti-Flash-ist, boots Adobe's insecure monstrosity out of web search index

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VMWare still does that? I thought they at least had a standards-compliant web UI by now (been a couple of years since I used it, mind).

Enterprise software that pulls this sort of stunt needs to die. I have fond (sarcasm) memories of an IBM server ILO UI that required a very specific browser/Java plugin combo. Probably because all the later versions fixed the various security holes it needed in order to run. I think we ended up keeping a VM hanging around specifically to use it, until we decommissioned the last of those boxes.

How about flipping to another virt platform that treats you like it's 2019? Not always an option of course, but sometimes it is.

After 72 hours of recurring outages, you'd be forgiven for wanting to slightly tweak the first syllable of Bitbucket

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Re: Spokesdroid?

I mostly manage to avoid our corporate Confluence install, in favour of putting docs into our team's GitLab instance. Sadly I can't completely avoid Jira, Confluence's smelly cousin.

Atlassian should be some kind of case study for what happens when a small company who "gets it", gets big and starts selling "enterprise" rubbish.

UK ads watchdog bans Burger King Twitter jibe for condoning chucking milkshakes at politicians

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Paris Hilton

Steven Joyce

You forgot one of the best throwing-things-at-politicians incidents. Which is the time Steven Joyce, NZ's Minister for Economic Development, got clobbered by a genitalia-resembling pink rubber adult toy. There's video on the interwebs and everything.

New Zealand. Showing the world how political inter^H^H^H^H^H discourse should be done since 1893.

Icon because Paris, fnar fnar etc, obviously.

Margin mugs: A bank paid how much for a 2m Ethernet cable? WTF!

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I read all my bank statements on a monitor connected via an oxygen-free HDMI cable. Makes the numbers look warmer.

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Re: Not just business

I tried this with the bloke fitting our new kitchen. You should've seen the expression on his face.

Perhaps I should get a silver badge before trying that stunt again. Clearly not enough of an IT God.

Stallman's final interview as FSF president: Last week we quizzed him over Microsoft visit. Now he quits top roles amid rape remarks outcry

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Re: To publish or not

> Don't like it, don't work on Linux.

That was more or less the point. For both RMS & Torvalds, people didn't like it ("radical feminists" or otherwise) so they elected not to participate in the community.

10/10 for trolling effort though, AC.

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Re: To publish or not

I could see how his opinions would be a serious concern regarding his job, but he isn't

As I understand it, one of the objections was that his behaviour dissuades women (and possibly other groups) from participating in open source (Free, whatever) software projects. As he's a figurehead, I can see how the FSF might consider that an actual problem.

Open source has form in this area too. Think of the objections to Linus Torvalds' behaviour not so long ago. Though one apparent difference between Torvalds and Stallman is that Torvalds seemingly eventually recognised the need to moderate his behaviour.

Vulture Central team welcomed to our new nest by crashed Ubuntu that's 3 years out of date

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Re: Langkawi airport:

But, but... technology! It's always a good thing right? Some guy from the Bay Area said so.

For real this time, get your butt off Python 2: No updates, no nothing after 1 January 2020

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Re: Why didn't they...


I just had horrible flashbacks to working with CMSes based on Zope. Thanks for that.

Now on Amazon Prime: The Amazing Shrinking UK Tax Burden

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IT Angle

Ironically enough

HM Govt probably send a wodge of whatever tax they manage to squeeze out, straight back to Bezos via huge AWS bills.

GIMP open source image editor forked to fix 'problematic' name

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Re: Divide and rule

It's a pretty big splash screen with GIMP in quite shouty letters, at least on my machine. And how long it hangs around depends on how fast your computer is, as well as how many fonts etc it tries to load at startup...

Otherwise though, yeah. Good point well made. If you actually go and look at how it's deployed (for Ubuntu anyway) this feels a bit like a storm in a teacup. The only other place that obviously mentions "GIMP" is an entry in the Help menu. Feels like a minimal-effort sort of thing to change without the need for a fork.

I couldn't possibly tell you the computer's ID over the phone, I've been on A Course™

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Re: He should be proud that of that guy

Wait... those are scam calls?

There once was a biz called Bitbucket, that told Mercurial to suck it. Now devs are dejected, their code soon ejected

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Re: Git

I once had to submit a business case for why we should use SVN rather than VSS. Because Microsoft and all that.

It was the NHS, which tells you all you need to know about the quality technical decision making process that existed at the time. Luckily the case was accepted.

I left the job soon after. You're welcome, whoever it was that replaced me.

Canonical adds ZFS on root as experimental install option in Ubuntu

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Re: Wow

One reason might be that ZFS does it extremely efficiently, in terms of wire traffic.

BT adopts Ubuntu OpenStack as core brains for its 5G, fibre-to-the-premises rollout

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Re: Is BT just taking or is it contributing?

They do list the prices here though, if you follow links from the above page (or Google "Canonical support prices"):


TL;DR - it's not more than you or I could (probably) afford. But it depends on how much you buy. I'm sure for someone like BT the numbers will be a) bespoke and b) large.

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Re: Is BT just taking or is it contributing?

Given there are quotes from Mark Shuttleworth, and it's "Ubuntu OpenStack" rather than just "OpenStack", I assume there are probably commercial arrangements of some sort in place between BT & Canonical. Which seems like it'd be both wise and a good thing for the underpinning open source projects.

Such arrangements might well be commercially sensitive so I wouldn't be surprised if there was a lack of detail.

(I have no knowledge of this deal, but I've had commercial support from Canonical in the past. It works well.)

Boris Johnson's promise of full fibre in the UK by 2025 is pie in the sky

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regularly timetabled ambulances

Under privatisation, perhaps ambulances will be paid by results? Cue mental picture of ambulances cruising the streets.

To paraphrase Pterry, any bunch of people who are paid to transport patients would naturally see to it that there was a plentiful supply of patients to transport.

Maybe double-check that HMRC email? UK taxman remains a fave among the phisherfolk

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Re: Buzzword Bingo!

Did you read the report? Its language is actually refreshingly down to earth for a Govt document.

Hell hath no fury like a radar engineer scorned

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Re: Concrete Tornado

I believe the "lump of concrete in the front" story is correct, but the reason was development delays of the radar system rather than metric/imperial mixup. Still funny though, and entirely believable if you've ever worked with Govt/MoD on anything.

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Excellent, a Ugandan discussion thread.

OK, I'll get it.

Loose tongues and oily seamen: Lost in machine translation yet again

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Today I did some stuff with Elastic Beanstalk, CloudWatch and Glacier. Where do I pick up my MBA?

A Register reader turns the computer room into a socialist paradise

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I back my SQL databases up onto stone tables.

Firefox Preview for Android: Mozilla has another go at a mobile browser

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Re: I'm genuinely surprised usage is so low

I periodically use Firefox on my desktop, and while it's mostly fine there are enough niggles that it's not a seamless experience.

Mainly it's tracking down extensions that do the same thing as in Chromium, configuring settings etc etc. All do-able, but probably like most people on El Reg I've got years of muscle memory built up in getting $BROWSER how I like it with dev tools and so on. And I don't find playing with new software inherently interesting any more, I mostly want it to get off my lawn.

Basically it's inertia. Until Chromium gives me a really good reason to switch I've got better things to do. I find that's less of an issue on mobile, where there's no customisation going on beyond a couple of privacy-related extensions.

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I'm genuinely surprised usage is so low

Firefox has been the go-to browser on my Android phone for a number of years (unlike my Linux desktop I'm sad to say, though that may change the way Chrome/Chromium's going).

Firefox on Android mostly Just Works and has some useful privacy features. I'm surprised it sees so little adoption, even considering the usual inertia problem.



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