* Posts by G2

254 posts • joined 21 Jun 2007


UN warns of global e-waste wave as amount of gadgets dumped jumps 21% in 5 years


right to repair not allowed => e-waste

this crap is caused by the copyright maximalism culture coupled with planned obsolescence by design and lack of right to repair legislation to provide mandatory schematics and other diagnostic info.



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


Re: Fix for ...

let me rewrite those lines:

Stop charging $5 for a few phone calls and $25 for each additional service. Charge what it used to cost back in the early '80s, $800+ a month minimum for that fancy land line phone. Four digits a month for anything resembling mobile phone usage.

Insist that phone users adhere to business attire... no more flipflops, shortshorts, and minimal bra top.

Phone calls will quickly drop to only what's really necessary.

Phone companies will be able to serve decent line quality and provide good services again.

/end of rewrite :p


"use by date"

*me: zooms on package label in photo*

So, probably they got them so cheap also because the "use by" date was rapidly approaching and there was no chance of ever selling them otherwise.

The company would have to throw the expired food away if that date was reached.

After huffing and puffing for years, US senators unveil law to blow the encryption house down with police backdoors


TSA locks

they want TSA "locks" all over again ... so that everyone and their grandma's poodle can unlock them.

Windows fails to reach the Finnish line as Helsinki signage pleads for help


wrong tool for the job

it has to be said: that's what happens when companies cheap out and use OSs that are designed for CONSUMERS to use. (or, generally, not intended for a particular mode of usage)

A company or a sign is not a consumer, there are dedicated editions of Windows out there that are designed for digital signage... but those people running that Finnish board obviously didn't bother with that.


Microsoft! Please, put down the rebrandogun. No one else needs to get hurt... But it's too late for Visual Studio Online


obligatory comment

Re-Brawndo ... it's got Electroly^H^Hspaces.

'Non-commercial use only'? Oopsie. You can't get much more commercial than a huge digital billboard over Piccadilly


Re: Free for non-commercial use?

P.S. direct-connections via IP address or LAN only connections (if in same VPN, they are considered as "same LAN") are not subject to their licensing checks which might be why your other laptops have not been infected yet by their "commercial use" flag.


Re: Free for non-commercial use?

@steviebuk: "[...]your clients, are free to install the free[...]"

wrong... unfortunately that's just a dream, but not how TeamViewer licensing is working. Their actual licensing mechanism is more like a virus infection / worm.

If a commercial licensed user, or a free user that's flagged in their system as an unlicensed commercial user connects to a free non-commercial user (or they connect to such a commercial user), then (after 2...3+ sessions from any such users) that free user is also "infected" and their system starts to flag their connections as "unlicensed commercial use".

What happens next is that the former free user that's now infected/flagged as "commercial user", if it uses TeamViewer to connect to other systems, it will now be spreading their "commercial use" virus/worm flag to other TeamViewer free systems.

Ans here's the shitty part: TeamViewer IDs are permanent. You can wipe, reinstall or change your storage drives all you want, your system's ID remains the same, and the "commercial use" infection too. I think they might be using the motherboard serial number or NIC hardware address to build that ID. If you want to change your ID you have to literally beg via a support ticket and pray & hope that they even decide to reply.

All of the above happened to me in February on my home PC that i mainly use to play World of Warcraft on... i dumped TeamViewer and switched to a much better system which supports 2FA with U2F hardware security keys.

TeamViewer is going to turn around and ignore what you're doing with its freebie licence to help new remote workers


too little, too late TeamViewer... i got infected by their 'commercial use detected' on my home pc that i mainly use to play world of warcraft and check up on my work computer and the connection was timing out in less than a minute... decided to try Google Remote Desktop instead... and it's much better imho... a lot less latency and also, since it's tied to a Google Account with OAuth, it can be configured to use FIDO U2F two-factor authentication hardware security keys for accessing the remote desks.

Thanks, TeamViewer, for forcing me to move over to Google Remote Desktop with FIDO U2F.


Y2K quick-fix crick? 1920s come roaring back after mystery blip at UK's vehicle licensing agency


Re: Another 20 (18) years...

hmmm... beancounters.... BOFH... sliding windows...

are those real sliding windows for expelling beancounters?


When the IT department speaks, users listen. Or face the consequences


@Pascal: nope, not at all.

All you have to do to is:

-use windows explorer (important because other file managers will not configure the appropriate registry entries in later steps)

- in the location bar type %USERPROFILE% or just manually navigate to the actual folder that holds the Desktop, Documents and other stuff

- use CTRL-CLICK to select multiple folders: Desktop, MyDocuments (or just Documents in newer OSs), Downloads, Music, Videos, Favorites, Pictures.

IMPORTANT: do not touch 'Contacts' or 'Saved Searches', leave them in the default location or you'll get slowness bugs at logon or when searching.

- with those folders selected, right-click on one of them and select CUT (yes, really, CUT. This will tell Windows Explorer that you want to MOVE them to a new location)

- go to the destination drive, make sure you are not in the root of the drive but in a (preferably empty) folder like \Data\ or something, right click inside the folder and select PASTE. Click YES on any notification that appears about files named "desktop.ini".

- after Windows Explorer finishes the move, LOGOFF and then login again. (or just reboot the sytem)

- to check things, if you now make a new text document on desktop and check its properties, you'll see that it's stored in the new desktop location.

Everyone's a winner as Microsoft turns on new Windows 10 19H2 toys for all Slow Ring testers


Microsoft's "everyone gets build 18362.10019" is bullshit for press.

proof here: https://imgur.com/LO2ujZc

(note: GMT+3 timezone)

i'm still stuck on build 18362.10005 and Windows Update keeps telling me there's nothing new, even if i smash that "check for updates" button daily.

Business PC sales up as suits flee looming end of support for Windows 7


Re: Keeping Win7, can pry it out of my cold dead hands...

@ 6+ hours update....

that was not a normal update, it was most likely an 'edition' upgrade.

Visually there's not much difference between these two, but the upgrade is actually a full Win10 reinstall that migrates all applications and user data to the newly installed OS.

That slow 6+ hours surprise upgrade time is what happens when you install Win10 (and keep it unmanaged with WSUS) on a mechanical slow-as-molasses 5400rpm HDD in a computer that's really designed only for home use, or at best as an office typewriter.

if your time is so critical then please ask your company to at least consider replacing those mechanical HDDs with SSDs.

For replacements, I usually prefer to use 5-year+ warranty SSDs even if the 2-year ones are cheaper. In the long run, it's safer to use higher quality ones.

Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen's personal MiG-29 fighter jet goes under the hammer



since we're talking about MS, let's hope it's not one of their resident BOFHs literally using a hammer, or the jet will come out flatter than a pancake :p

Yuge U-turn: Prez Trump walks back on Huawei ban... at least the tech sector seems to think so


Huawei import ban is still in force.

It's not an u-turn. The key phrase in Trump's statement is "to sell"

So, US Companies are allowed to export and sell things to Huawei but BUYING FROM and IMPORTING Huawei products is still banned. They just want Huawei's cash, not their products.

Trump said exactly that: "One of the things I will allow, however, is, a lot of people are surprised we send and we sell to Huawei a tremendous amount of product that goes into the various things that they make. And I said that that’s okay, that we will keep selling that product. These are American companies… that make product and that’s very complex, by the way, and highly scientific. And in some cases we’re the ones that do it, we’re the only ones that do it. What we’ve done in Silicon Valley is incredible, actually and nobody has been able to compete with it, and I’ve agreed and pretty easily, I’ve agreed to allow them to continue to sell that product. So American companies will continue and they were having a problem, the companies were not exactly happy that they couldn’t sell because they had nothing to do with whatever it was potentially happening with respect to Huawei, so I did do that."


Open-source 64-ish-bit serial number gen snafu sparks TLS security cert revoke runaround


Re: Confusion due to lax use of terminology in RFC?

obligatory XKCD reference here: https://xkcd.com/221/


World's largest CCTV maker leaves at least 9 million cameras open to public viewing


Re: It's not CCTV

@ Anonymous Coward - you didn't even bother to search and just made a statistical dump of zero numbers on the comment form, did you?

search #1 has some (weird) results about connected circuits and tv

search #2 ...

feniva.eu (around since 2006) and cloud-tech.eu (around since 2010) have a product name tagged exactly like #2 in the extended description - Cloud Circuit TV


video published on 11 Jun 2013



Re: It's not CCTV

CCTV = Connected Circuit TV or Cloud Circuit TV

Unless they spell it out as "closed", it can mean anything... usually, in China, CCTV means "China Central Television" - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/China_Central_Television

Not even ElReg's article bothers to fully write "closed circuit", they just use "CCTV".

Uncle Sam gives itself the right to shoot down any drone, anywhere, any time, any how


Re: what exactly do they define as a "drone"?

p.s. hmmmmm... i see that the actual words used in the bill are "unmanned aircraft"... that means that as long as they abduct a human and hold it onboard they are not "unmanned".


what exactly do they define as a "drone"?

ok.. but WHAT is their definition of a "drone"? would a Borg cube starship qualify? What about a Transformer autobot?

Does that mean that they effectively authorized any parking officer / traffic warden / office secretary / etc. to start acts of war against any unidentified flying object?

PayPal reminds users: TLS 1.2 and HTTP/1.1 are no longer optional


interesting typo

@ElReg: you have a typo in title:

"PayPal reminds users: TLS 1.2 and HTTP/1.1 are longer optional"

i think it was supposed to say "are no longer"

also... article published at 03:52 AM?... please get some sleep before posting things.

Samsung escapes obligation to keep old phones patched


Re: Phone contracts

if you as consumer don't buy directly from Europe then the minimum 2 years warranty does not apply.

Also, that minimum warranty period does not apply to goods purchased by companies, it only applies to purchases by consumers.

if Company X buys a batch of phones from China, with 1 month warranty - it's legal.

if person Y willingly buys a phone from China, with 1 month warranty - it's legal. The sale happens in China as far as the manufacturer is concerned, the fact that the phone is then moved to Europe - that's not their problem.

if person Y, in Europe, buys a phone from Company X, from Europe - then company X has to provide a minimum 2 year warranty.... but this warranty only covers the device "as is" at the time of the sale - it does not include any operating system updates. (unless explicitly included in the sale contract)

This is why many phone manufacturers don't give a crap about OS updates a few months after product release, because it's not their problem from the point of view of warranty laws.


Re: Phone contracts

In those contracts the phone manufacturer is often an unrelated third party (from the point of view of the contract), without any obligation to the customer.

When the phone services company purchases phones in bulk to re-sell, it often doesn't give a crap about support past the initial few months.

This is because in China there's no minimum warranty period mandated by law... and it must be specified in the contract. If the contract says that the warranty is only 5 minutes long after they buy a batch of phones, then that's the legal warranty that the phone manufacturer will provide.

If the contract doesn't mention warranty at all then tough luck... there's no warranty and your provider should pay for repairs/replacements out of their own pocket.. and they often don't.

FBI to World+Dog: Please, try turning it off and turning it back on



my router auto-reboots itself every day at 4 AM... =)

0 4 * * * sleep 120 && touch /etc/banner && /sbin/reboot

(the sleep & touch are needed to prevent reboot loops, this way it stores the 04:02 AM time as most recent known timestamp and won't reboot immediately)

BOFH: But I did log in to the portal, Dave


Re: I've been there

OH GOD, we just bought in december 2017 a crap load of HPE OfficeConnect switches and some ProLiant servers... but even if we have multiple volume licenses for Server 2016 bought directly from MS and we provided them with the license info, HPE REFUSED to even send us a single damned install disk with drivers for the servers and the stupid "HPE Intelligent Provisioning" wizard built in the bios was malfunctioning with the standard MS installers (we download the ISO for Server 2016 directly from Microsoft VLSC).

HPE's "Intelligent Provisioning" was causing this dreadful message to appear when trying to install Server 2016:

"Windows Setup could not install one or more boot-critical drivers. To install Windows, make sure that the drivers are valid, and restart the installation."

NO SHIT SHERLOCK... the drivers were built into the damn BIOS and installed by the installer wizard provided by HPE, how much more "valid" do you want to get?

Press F to pay respects to the Windows 10 April Update casualties


Re: Once, you hit F1...

just tried it now, F1 doesn't do anything in my Firefox. It's as if I didn't press anything.

according to https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Tools/Keyboard_shortcuts

it only works in the developer tools now, and you have to press F12 or CTRL+SHIFT+i to enable that first.

Windows 10 Springwatch: See the majestic Microsoft in its natural habitat, fixing stuff the last patch broke


Re: Have they turned off the slupring yet

the answer to that is: somewhat.

you still get to choose only between Basic and Full.

The below-Basic, Security-level is only available for Enterprise Editions, the Enhanced setting is also available, but only via GPO because it contains Active Directory-related stuff in addition to the Basic stuff.

In 1803 (or 1804...or whatever they decide call it) they added a visualisation tool for the slurping - there's a Diagnostic Data Viewer added so you can look more easily at what data they are slurping. There's also a "Delete" button for the diagnostic data - pressing it will ask them nicely to delete the already-collected data from their servers, but only the data from the current device.

Torvalds schedules Linux kernel 5.0, then maybe delays 'meaningless' release


why use version numbers at all?

Version numbers are an artefact of the pre-internet era way of doing software development.

With today's continuous release and cloud platforms (github, etc) they should just dump out the version numbers completely and go for YYYYMMDD-style date stamps.

e.g. "release 20180416-S" has a lot more information included in the version than "release 4.15.whatever-rc3" - it indicates right there in the name WHEN it was the last release and whether it was a Stable or Release Candidate.

Microsoft patches patch for Meltdown bug patch: Windows 7, Server 2008 rushed an emergency fix


Re: I'll wait

you assume that they had systems to test the updates on in the first place... or that they bother to publish updates.

These days if a system is older than 12/24 months then most of them consider they no longer have any responsibility so they shovel out the door any remaining systems to sell as "manufacturer-refurbished".


Re: Microsoft should be held accountable for there defective code

or, 4) nobody is perfect and you cannot test for the millions of configuration variants out there. Even you used a BIG typo in your comment code up there: s/there/their/

If you want "perfect" code then write your own OS. And drivers. And design and bake your own silicon chips to avoid any potential CPU meltdown or architectural design variations.

Modern systems are in continuous evolution, the old tests are already obsolete by the time the finished, supervisor-reviewed, manager-approved test schedule sheet rolls out of the office printer.

If you want those back then what are you doing on the internet? The internet is a real-time, continuously-changing environment. Someone wants a change in one part of a software to work with a new gadget on the market and then suddenly something else that was depending on the old version won't work as it used to and needs to be brought up to date.


Transport for NSW scrambles to patch servers missing fixes released in 2007



given that IBM is dealing mostly with companies (or should i say "exclusively"?), i'd say that is standard behaviour in Europe.

You are lucky to have such a consumer law in Australia that allows companies to be considered as "consumers" because here in Europe you're generally fucked if you have a consumer-type issue and you are not a natural person. :(

Under EU law, the notion of consumer does not extend to legal persons (companies), even if they have a non-business character (e.g. non-profit associations). So, if it's not directly written in a contract then it doesn't exist. There are some minor differences from this in some EU countries but generally that's the rule.


quote: ‘consumer’ means any natural person who, in contracts covered by this Directive, is acting for purposes which are outside his trade, business or profession; /quote

Not even self-employed traders or family businesses can be considered as "consumers" - but there are, again, some minor differences to this rule across EU countries.

Stock trader gets two years in prison for pumping up with Fitbit


Re: The power to cloud men's minds

try reading the Helliconia trilogy by Brian Aldiss... it's set in a binary star system that causes extremely long seasons that last for centuries. The Winter book sounds similar to your description but in Aldiss' book it's the extremely long Great Winter that affects the human civilization, not a nebula.


(with double "L"s!)

Android P will hear no evil, see no evil, support evil notches





Fun fact: US Customs slaps eyeglass taxes on optical networking gear


Re: Tax on Glasses?

newsflash: DKNY is a Luxottica brand/product and their revenue ends up reported on Luxottica's balance sheet at the end of the fiscal year - so, yes it matters to shareholders and tax authorities.



expensive internet service

that's an additional explanation why US internet providers are crap at deploying fiber internet access - the import fees for optical fiber equipment and access routers for millions of customers must be horrendous.

In addition, each separate SFP module will have a separate fee applied since it's technically a distinct device, usually shipped and purchased in separate packages too.

yes for each SFP module.


This can lead to having to pay multiple times the same fee for a single equipment that has multiple optical interfaces, one fee for each optical interface. That's crazy.

The strange case of the data breach that stayed online for a month


ElReg cache flush

"We therefore asked Google if it offers service levels for requests to flush its cache. The company told us it wouldn't comment on an individual case [...] Neither really explains how it would respond to a request to remove data from its cache."

well, D'OH... you basically asked if water is wet.


go to the link where they told you to go, you have to verify ownership of the site and then you can dig in settings to flush cache and pretty much nuke everything related to that site's presence on Google.

Bing and the other major search engines have similar options, so it's a bit of a whack-a-mole to do that with various search engine caches.

The site owner can also add a robots.txt to the website with:

User-agent: *

Disallow: /

US Pentagon scrambles after Strava base leaks. Here's a summary of the new rules: 'Secure that s***, Hudson!'


Re: never let it be said

it's anonymized and don't worry - it's just metadata.

quoted from various 3-letter-agencies.


PACK YOUR BAGS! Two Trappist-1 planets have watery oceans, most likely to be inhabitable


error: spellcheck not available

"Celcius", really?


Who's using 2FA? Sweet FA. Less than 10% of Gmail users enable two-factor authentication


Re: Google security...is a joke

P.S.: or report it here:



Re: Google security...is a joke

you can do this: enable advanced protection with U2F keys.

one of the steps when enabling advanced protection is to WIPE ALL application-specific passwords and prevent the use of such application passwords.

Change your main account password after that.


if that application still works after those steps, send a message to security[_AT_]google.com


Re: Google or Hackers?

that "just Gmail" account is not just for email.. if your phone is connected to the account (and it needs to be, if you want email) then the account can be used to enable remote GPS tracking, make the phone ring for 5 minutes in case you misplaced it, or even send a remote WIPE command to the phone, just by logging in to the account on any computer. Email is just a tiny fraction of the functions it has.



Re: SMS 2FA shouldn't even count as "security"

Google supports FIDO U2F hardware tokens/keys = no more SMSs needed, and if you enable the Advanced Protection Program setting for your Google Account then U2F keys are mandatory for login.

(you will need minimum 2 keys, just in case one of them malfunctions)



when you enable the advanced protection mode Google will even prevent the use of SMS for authentication or account recovery because U2F is then mandatory for all account operations.

Hehe, still writing code for a living? It's 2018. You could be earning x3 as a bug bounty hunter


factcheck: fail result


that's Boba Fett from Star Wars:The New Republic Anthology not from Firefly


There are some rumours that a Star Wars film centred on Boba Fett will come out around 2020-ish.

@ElReg: your image was an obvious troll for Star Wars fans... let's call it an article bug :)

Industrial systems scrambling to catch up with Meltdown, Spectre


re: points for giving the advisory a 2017 timestamp


Johnson & Johnson: "January 12, 2017 - Product Security Notification for Meltdown and Spectre"

and in the page footer note:

" All contents © Johnson & Johnson Services, Inc. 2016. All Rights Reserved.

Last Updated: 05/04/2016 "

J&J's web developers/redactors are either asleep when coding or amazing time travellers... did anyone check for a Tardis nearby?

Your connection is not Brexit... we mean private: UK Tory party lets security cert expire


Re: Another autoplay video!

and they designed it to start at MAXIMUM volume... OUCH, my ears!

It gets worse: Microsoft’s Spectre-fixer wrecks some AMD PCs


Re: Redmond office hours only

some home PCs are probably selected by MS for selective deployment testing.

Check the Feedback & Diagnostic settings on those home PCs that receive early updates. My guess is that you'll find them set at either Enhanced or Full feedback.

If Australian animals don't poison you or eat you, they'll BURN DOWN YOUR HOUSE


ok.. so birds finally invented fire.

wake me up when they invent space travel, in a few [million] years.

or a black monolith with the dimensions 1 : 4 : 9

(1 : 4 : 9 : 16 : 25 : 36 ....)

Here come the lawyers! Intel slapped with three Meltdown bug lawsuits


P.S.: in the above post by CPUs i mean manufacturers that offer x86/x64 compatible CPUs not special industrial / RISC CPUs... those are another kettle of fish.


re: lightspeed lawyers

those are not lawyers, those are ambulance chasers.

a real lawyer with IT knowledge would have known that there is practically NO SUCH thing as a CPU on the market these days that is not affected by Meltdown and/or Spectre, they all are, even ARM or Qualcomm. It's an industry-wide bug.

Such a CPU has not been seen since speculative execution acceleration was introduced about ~20 years ago. If they want a CPU without speculative/pipeline execution they should go back to 80286, or better yet 8086 processors to be "safe".

Either that or they should wait for the industry to design and release new silicon that's safe, and since silicon development, testing and release cycles take about 2 years, we should have the new CPUs by 2020 or 2019 if we're lucky.



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