* Posts by ssharwood

147 posts • joined 5 Mar 2012


Australia asks FBI to help find attacker who stole data from millions of users


Re: Right to be forogtten

I certainly welcome anything that means the likes of Optus see no need to store masses of personal data. Gov-run IDaaS could be that thing. India has done it. Whether I trust gov.au to build and run it is another matter ...

Ex-Googler Eric Schmidt's think tank warns China could win global tech race


Re: Explanation please

China doesn't need a backdoor. It needs someone who can describe networks to it and identify a weak point, or someone who "forgets" to patch a single server. That someone could be at a customer or a partner. Or a lucky vendor staffer posted overseas who is also a CCP member. The info they provide makes and attack, or seeking intelligence, far easier. Proper spooks know this. See https://www.nytimes.com/2022/09/14/opinion/international-world/china-espionage.html for examples.

Retbleed slugs VM performance by up to 70 percent in kernel 5.19


Re: VMware

If Broadcom is directing VMware staffers in India to post stuff to the LKML I'd be rather surprised ... but I am not surprised that in the 6 weeks since kernel 5.19 came out VMware has found the time to test and oublish results.

France levels up local video game slang with list of French terms to replace foreign words


Re: E-sports professionals?

I know ... computer games are a sport?

Whatever you call them, they're big business.

This story just scrapes the surface of the bigness https://www.theregister.com/2020/10/16/lenovo_esports_services/

Accenture announces 'Accenture Song' – not a tune, but a rebrand


Re: I am disappointed.

Do tell - not one I have encountered.


Re: I am disappointed.

Tough crowd.

FWIW I took the approach of letting this one speak for itself - not sure sharper satire is needed on this occasion.

Will Chinese giants defy US sanctions on Russia? We asked a ZTE whistleblower


Re: ElReg doing politics ?

Yup: the book mentions possible personal criminal liability


Re: ElReg doing politics ?

ZTE wasn’t his client. It was his employer. Ashley felt his higher duty was to the law, not his employer. He knew the personal risks. He blew the whistle anyway.

Review: ASUS dual-screen laptop may warm your heart, will definitely warm your lap


Re: "This is a desktop replacement – not a machine for nomads"

Disagree! I find that a messenger bag distributes weight better than a backback, and doesn't make me anywhere near as sweaty. And on a bicycle, the messenger makes for better balance.

Oracle creates new form of free Solaris


Re: digression

POWER and mainframe are absolute cash cows for IBM - they'll be around for as long as that holds true.

New submarine cable to link Japan, Europe, through famed Northwest Passage


Re: Who are the customers?

FWIW I'm aware of cables that have, on day one of operations, already booked so much traffic that they project covering construction costs within 2 years. Cables are surprisingly cheap to build and opex is not enormous.

Reg scribe spends 80 hours in actual metaverse … and plans to keep visiting


Re: What? What flight sim people are doing for ages?

I think the word "Sim" undoes this argument. Zwift and its ilk measure the state of your body, and your real world body determines the outcome of the game, while the game places new demands on your body. But I certainly agree that the flight sim community has been social and networked for ages, and uses virtual recreations of the real world.

Bonkers rocket launch sees craft slip sideways, barely climb and tear up terrain


FWIW I used the embed code that >>should<< have started the vid at the relevant moment. For some reason that didn't work ... a chat with the devs is now on my to-do list.

Pi calculated to '62.8 trillion digits' with a pair of 32-core AMD Epyc chips, 1TB RAM, 510TB disk space


Re: Two questions

Yes All explained in the stuff we linked to.

Microsoft's Cloud PCs debut – priced between $20 and $158 a month


Re: Full circle

Scenarios that require a full-blown Windows desktop to run virtual desktops have always perplexed me.

FBI paid renegade developer $180k for backdoored AN0M chat app that brought down drug underworld


Pineapple on pizza

Is always an abomination, cocaine or not.

It needed saying. So I said it.

This developer created the fake programming language MOVA to catch out naughty recruiters, résumé padders


Reminds me of the Fiber Channel over Token Ring prank from back in the day ... https://blog.fosketts.net/2010/07/16/fibre-channel-token-ring-fcotr/

Chrome release cycle accelerated to four-weekly frenzy


Re: Desktop OS

I tried to be pretty precise in the story by writing "the third-most prevalent OS shipped with new PCs."

I chose that language because you're right - ChromeOS has a smaller installed base than rival OSes.

But that base is substantial. PCs are selling at about 350m/year right now. So that's 35m+ ChromeOS devices we know of. Let's guesstimate that there's another 40m in use from sales in 2019 and 2018 and another 25m sold this year. Even on those lowball numbers that's 100m+ devices whose OS currently has an unknown upgrade path.


Re: Desktop OS

Stacounter measures traffic from OSes. Not prevalence of OSes on newly-shipped devices.

Groupware is not dead! HCL drops second beta of Notes/Domino version 12 and goes all low-code and cloudy


Go nuts

Linus Torvalds labels Super Bowl 'violent version of egg-and-spoon race'


Re: If NFL...

Better to watch: agree. Am NRL tragic. Rise Yeasts!

Better to play: league is brutal. It's all front-on and non-stop and IMHO tends to favour a narrower set of body sizes and shapes. I didn't enjoy it as much as I enjoyed Union. Also have busted nose and messed-up sinuses to show for my very short League flirtation.


Re: If NFL...

It’s been a while since I saw rugby union flow for more than 15 seconds.

Synology to enforce use of validated disks in enterprise NAS boxes. And guess what? Only its own disks exceed 4TB


Re: Professional kit vs non-professional kit

Hmmm ... we noticed a change that Synology has not publicly disclosed - at a time it is pumping out a ShinyHappy press release about how great its new NAS are and the fact it has shiny new disks, too.

The story therefore provides information not available elsewhere. Not sure that's me being overwrought even if the practice of requiring certain disks is not uncommon.

In the old days, coups started by seizing TV and radio stations. Now they crimp the internet at 3am


Re: Sad

John Scalzi's epithet - 'Racist Sexist Homophobic Dipshit' - has the same effect with fewer words IMHO.

NASA building network cables that can survive supersonic flight - could this finally deliver unbreakable RJ45 latching tabs?


Re: Not so much a red herring as a pink sprat

Fair cop. I saw NASA's odd mention of networking, though to myself what's the most vulnerable part of a cable and tried to turn that into something amusing. Sorry if it ended up a little frustrating instead. FWIW I did look for the contract notice that would offer that detail (and maybe a $10k toilet kind of angle), but it was nowhere to be found - presumably either below the spend threshold for notification or not a new award.

Fasten your seat belts: Brave Reg hack spends a week eating airline food grounded by coronavirus crash

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Re: "This offering will fill that market need and is destined to take off."

Indeed. Michael was a very good sport to do this.


Re: Australia's most-polluted waterway: Alexandra Canal

Before... but you raise a good point

Anyone using Alibaba or other Chinese clouds?


Anyone using Alibaba or other Chinese clouds?

Hi readers,

Simon here at Vulture East.

I'm doing a piece on China's clouds: they're here, they're big, they're expanding like crazy.

But are they any good?

Can any of you help me answer the last question? If you've used the likes of Alibaba Cloud, Tencent Cloud, Huawei, China Mobile or others, I'd love to know what the experience was like.

Do they match the likes of AWS and Azure for features? For resilience? For support? For an ecosystem?

Feel free to leave a comment here or ping me on the Reg mail-o-tronic page that connects me https://www.theregister.co.uk/Author/Email/SSharwood

DBA locked in police-guarded COVID-19-quarantine hotel for the last week shares his story with The Register


Re: How far away is home?

12 hour drive, one hour flight.

Singapore's corona-crushing superhero squad grounded by football fans


Re: change.org petition found 900 Liverpool fans willing to sign up

In their defence, they may have SFA else to do

Boss regrets pointing finger at chilled out techie who finished upgrade early


Re: Porn Fest




Classic On-Call. Great to see Rebecca nailing it

Phased out: IT architect plugs hole in clean-freak admin's wiring design


Re: Plot twist? What plot twist?

I've got it. Previous occupants ran a pottery studio and kiln in the shed out the back. Gently slope was a bastard to cover with a floating floor ...

Boss helped sysadmin take down horrible client with swift kick to the nether regions


Re: Admit it

Damn. You saw straight thru me

Rackspace starts renting its rack space


I reckon Rackspace will take anything you'll pay for

Machines learned to assemble IKEA’s semi-disposable furniture


Real men?

All this talk of real men reminds me that I worked at IKEA as a student and had so much assembly practice that I could assemble a BILLY bookcase in 6 minutes.

Top that you lot. And I also defy you to come up with a better definition of true masculinity.

Are meta, self-referential or recursive science-fiction films doomed?


Seveneves bad, Anathem good

Seveneves is a weird, weird, weird choice for a movie. It just sprawls so much and - spoiler alert - has a big, big pivot.

Anathem might be filmable. I hope it is. Probably Stephenson's best work. And I say that as a drooling Stephenson fanboi.

Sysadmin wiped two servers, left the country to escape the shame


Re: Down under

I'll tell you as soon as I can ride my Kangaroo to the office, wrestle the crocs out of the way to get into the data centre and smoke the snakes out of the aircon. Once I'm done I'll drink a slab of Fosters (assuming it still exists) and tamper with a cricket ball.


Did you buy another or splice?

Sysadmin left finger on power button for an hour to avert SAP outage


Re: Going Dutch?

Yeah I did think of that but couldn't remember which dike would get me in trouble

Reg man wraps head in 49-inch curved monitor


Re: "I was able to get all my junk on the desk"

You're very naughty. Just the way we like our commentors

Intel's announced PCs packing 5G, and that's just plain wrong


Source for the 25%

Oracle open-sources DTrace under the GPL


Re: old "news"

Yup, happened a while back. But has gone unnoticed for quite some time. As other comments here show, the news seems not to have traveled too far

Microsoft reveals 'limitations of apps and experiences on Arm' – then deletes from view


Re: Seriously?

WTF? No hate from me. Just poining out what looks to be a rather odd reversal

If you don't like what IBM is pitching, blame Watson: It's generating sales 'solutions' now


Re: It can't be worse than

Queensland health wasn't mostly IBM's fault - it was given a very tough brief that kept changing. Government admitted it managed the project very poorly. IBM did, however, get its foot in the door with - ahem - interesting behaviour.

Game of Thrones showrunners to make Star Wars flicks


Re: Charles Stross

We scour the net so you only have to read footnotes in clickbait to stay on top of things

Secret weekend office bonk came within inch of killing sysadmin


Yes. Water plus electricity. And the bonking news emerged over time

Are you taking the peacock? United Airlines deny flight to 'emotional support' bird


Rather cruel to the peacock IMHO. Bad enough for a human to fly United.

Sysadmin crashed computer recording data from active space probe


Re: Hmmm ...

Well FWIW traffic and comment counts have been pretty good for the first two columns. I reckon it will take a while for the column to find a groove. And obviously there's only so many "i forgot to backup" stories worthy of being told. But I'm optimistic we'll get something rolling here.

Laggard Cisco stumbles over, puffing: 'HyperFlex now supports Hyper-V'


Re: Question the regurgitation

Latency. Metro clusters are tricky enough. Wide area clusters just gwt too hard



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