* Posts by ShortLegs

259 publicly visible posts • joined 6 Apr 2012


PiStorm turbocharges vintage Amigas with the Raspberry Pi


Re: a totally non-Unix-like system

"I seem to remember Amiga being at least inspired by UNIX. It certainly wasn't POSIX or anything, but commands, libraries, and startup scripts, and configs were all just directories in the root of the filesystem."

AmigaDOS was based on TRIPOS, no relation to Unix at all. It had a command line interface, but this was not a shell. That said, within a couple of years there were numerous *nix shell-like shells for the Amiga, Bourne Shell, csh, ksh, all can be found on the early Fred Fish disks.

C= released a SVR4 Unix for the A3000 - or the A3000UX to give it it's marketing name. I never used it.


My A4000/030 cost me

a Seagate Barracuda 9.1gb UW SCSI drive, in 1997.

It also came with a MacroSystems WarpEngine 040

Ove the years it gained a P{icasso IV+ FFV, IO Extender, and some other goodies. How I wish I hadn't sold it in 2007!

BOFH: Looks like you're writing an email. Fancy telling your colleague to #$%^ off?


Re: Not sure here

"I always thought that BOFH was satirical meanderings based on post pub-lunch dreaming but this is starting to sound a little too close to higher managements 'good ideas' we are starting to hear teasers about."

Erm, after nigh-on 30years of reading BOFH (ah how I miss the printed version on a Friday afternoon at BAT).... it almost always been a satirical comment regarding the current manglement big shiny.

UK public sector could save £20B by swerving mega-projects and more, claims chief auditor


Re: Time to insource

"So true. I've worked for three decades in a range of private sector operations, and I'm now a civil servant. The levels of efficiency/incompetence I encounter in the civil service are similar to those in large corporations. The public sector does of course have an albatross round its neck, in the form of an executive branch (politicians, that is)"

As do private companies. They are called "vice presidents"

Tesla owners in deep freeze discover the cold, hard truth about EVs


And after all the comments

My takeaway from EVs?

Buy a diesel

BOFH: Nice air conditioning system. Would be a shame if anything happened to it


Re: Tea and coffee

"My secure laptop has something like this already. It doesn't allow PS/2->USB keyboard adapters, so I can't annoy my colleagues with my 1990 built IBM Model M!"

I have a solution for that.. sell it to me. Seriously; I miss my Model M

While we fire the boss, can you lock him out of the network?


Im guessing Alvin was not working for a UK company, as any long time senior worker knows employment regs would preclude a contractor having any input into the outcome of a disciplinary.74

NAT, ATM, decentralized search – and other outrageous opinions from the 1990s


Re: Living with NAT became more important

"The packet will still be processed by the rest of the router, which will be perfectly happy to route it onto your LAN if the firewall doesn't drop it."

With what IP address in the header? Broadcast address? the network address?

Bank's datacenter died after travelling back in time to 1970


Re: Yearly tasks....

It wasn't the Netware box that failed. It was the NT server.

Netware was literally bullet proof.


Re: Yearly tasks....

Thats two of us then...

... you're not migrating services from one DC to another in "LON" are you?

Child psychiatrist jailed after making pornographic AI deep-fakes of kids


Re: At what point do artificial images become "wrong"?

Its been wrong for about a decade and a half, or does no one remember this little gem from the last Labour administration, that wanted to put 'thought crime' on the statute books:


Only 14 years ago....

BOFH: Monitor mount moans end in Beancounter beatdown


Re: Been there as well

"I had a capital budget and an expense budget badk in 1984. I needed to by 200 PCs for the teams. I"

in 1984? Holy heck, how much was your budget! A PC and hard disk back then ran to (consults PCW Aug 1985, oldest mag I still have) and a n Olivetti M24 c/w 640KB and 10mb HD was £2500

The Kaypro 286 reviewed in that issue came in tt £4100: 286"8MHz, 512Kb RAM, twin 1.2Mb floppies, monitor. Sans monitor and sinlge floppy - £2675,,,,

the mind boggles


Re: compared with how much they (supposedly) save

"Stop right there. Beancounters don't save anything. They count. That's their job, and that's their limit."

Of course they dint save anything - they would be called beansavers if they saved beans

They are cousins to Army storemen, who after all store equipment marked 'stores' ans say no when you need it - because if you were meant to have it, then it would be marked 'issues', and they would be referred to as "issuemen"

Robot mistakes man for box of peppers, kills him


Re: This is how it starts

"Within several decades we'll be reliving "Terminator: Judgement Day" save for no one from the future coming to rescue us."

And our descendants will be cursing "ffs, for once it *was* a bloody training video.. and you still did nothing!!"


Tell that to the squaddies who use black humour to deal with some pretty grim situations.

Shock horror – and there goes the network neighborhood


Re: The last time I heard a loud noise and things were restarting...

@TDog - £1600? are you sure? Im pretty sure that an Atari 800 came with 48Kb. and cost no where near £1600 in 1982 (it had been on the market for 3 yeasr by then)

What was the printer, even a NEC Spinwriter was sub £400 in '82

CompSci academic thought tech support was useless – until he needed it


Have I ever worked with supposed experts?

Every. Single. Day.

Mid-contract telco price hikes must end, Ofcom told


Re: 75 percent ... would be put off ... if they knew prices were going to rise mid-contract

!@Tom 38. oh yes it effiin could.

Like no mid-contract price increases.

There. Simples. end of.

BOFH: We've made a big mesh, Boss. That's what you wanted, right?


Some of them at least try... nmap output scrolling down the screen for example. Often used in "hacking" scenes.

Lets not think about DOD 128bit encryption, and the positive effects of a shot and a blonde :)

USENET, the OG social network, rises again like a text-only phoenix


Re: Is there anywhere giving free access to the alt.binary newsgroups

That depends on your definition of "good", and I rather suspect that yours and the OPs differ.. and the answer is "yes" :-)

Nzbplanet if you want nzb files.

Newshosting "browser" if you need a client for bianries

Forte Agent for a reader

Oh how I miss Ameol and CIX

Polishing off a printer with a flourish revealed not to be best practice


Re: Stories from Grandad

What is a tie?

Joking. I remember them, vaguely. Kids today dont

Getting meshy: BAE scores £89m deal with MoD to build new battlefield network


So no one picked up on the final comments

The seemingly contradictory "...but Todd did tell us that BAE would keep delivering Falcon while Trinity development continued."


"Trinity is designed... as an extension to Falcon," Todd said."

Which implies it requires Falcon if it is an extension. So maybe just a shift to a different IP routing protocol, or an IP4 to IP6 upgrade.

BOFH: Zen and the art of battery replacement



Reminds me of the claims assessors that were [very] occasionally sent out to BAOR. God only knows why, when the box of crystal glass was worth less than the cost of flying two assessors over, return taxis to/from airport, to/from claimant, hotel accommodation and restaurant dining. Ok, so it would probably have been the ninehundred and eleventieth time a box of cut crystal glasses had been dropped, a complete coincidence that everyone used the same department store and thus explaining why everyone, regardless of unit/location had the same set. And wholly immaterial that the box looked more travelled than the Falklands Task Force on its return.

Im sure the assessors knew exactly what went on and used it as an excuse for a jolly every 6 months.

Though the funniest claim was a neighbour whose bike had been stolen... and she couldnt describe it all, whilst her husband gave a wholly convincing description of his "bike"

Man arrested in Northern Ireland police data leak as more incidents come to light


Re: I understand why but it's a bit of a bullshit charge

"We don't do "plead guilty or else" or any other form of plea bargaining system on this side of the pond"

Oh yes we do. If you plead Guilty at the earliest opportunity you get an automatic deduction of sentence. If you leave it to the last minute, you receive some credit. If you plead Not Guilty, and are subsequently found guilty, you can receive a stiffer tarrif.

Ad for the "investigation" being fair... one word, Malkinson. If you dont understand, google it. Lets also say Guildford 6, Birmingham Six, Guildford Four, Maguire Seven

Inside the Black Hat network operations center, volunteers work in geek heaven


Re: “they are people who show up on time”

Because what happens when idle, shiftless "civvies" dont turn up on time? Or at all. Or fail to call ahead, thus allowing the duty manager to plan around and arrange cover.

Its a soft skill one learns every very early, very very quickly, in the military. Amongst a number of other soft skills, such as attention to detail, and working until the job is done.

Maker of Chrome extension with 300,000+ users tells of constant pressure to sell out


Re: "Our focus is on user privacy"

Bash.org has been down for years. Unfortunately.

At least the Top 100 are still available via The Wayback Machine

RIP Kevin Mitnick: Former most-wanted hacker dies at 59


Another Legend passes. Another god from youngr, more innocent times.

Stephen Northcutt did an excellent dissection of Mitnick's hack against Tsuromu Shimomura's system in his 1999 book "Network Intrusion Detection" - and at that time, syn flooding and TCP hijacking was still possible. What is also worth noting, for someone who is described as not a particularly clever coder, Mitnick used routines to hide and obfusificate his source address, check the fake IP addressed he used is routable but not active, and so on.

L0pht - anther blast fro mthe past... L0pht Heavy Industries. L0phtcrack, an essential tool on every engineer's utility floppy disk. <- and I was old even then!!!

Barts NHS hack leaves folks on tenterhooks over extortion


Odd isnt it, that the very MPs who shrill "think of the children" and "but terrorism" over concerns regarding the erosion of privacy seem to forget about that when it comes to investing in IT security for anything that isn't spying on citizens. Like... IT security

Man who nearly killed physical media returns with $60,000 vinyl turntable


Re: Poor design in my opinion

Ceramic standoffs?

No, you need wooden cable elevators


No open door for India's tech workers in any UK trade deal


Re: This isn't the Brexit we voted for.

You seem astounded that politicians forget their promises the second the election ends...


Re: 21x population


I wanted to do my job in Australia... but a client requirement is company employee, SC cleared and *UK based*.

Shame, as we have to provide 24/7 support.... I would happily do the graveyard shift, out-of-hours changes, etc, during my working day

Alas it cannot be

Two new Linux desktops – one with deep roots – come to Debian



I am loving that second pic, the GSDE screenshot, Liam

It reminds me soo much of MUI, AmiDock, and MagicWB running on an Amiga, with a hint of the desktop from HP UX

I have absolutely no need for it, but am tempted to spin up a VM just to install and gaze in wonder at it.

Nobody does DR tests to survive lightning striking twice


Re: At least you fixed the problem.

Now I really do not mind MKS. We have a DC there, staffed by a handful of great people.

The Stadium Hotel is great to stay at, there is an absolutely superb Turkish restaurant - Enfes - opposite (I really cannot stress how great this place is)

And lots of green cycling and running routes.

Always look forwards to a trip down south. But...

... we are moving to Slough.

Slough! Concrete boredom, the only place worse than Basingrad, as I used to refer to Basingstoke when with Global Crossing. For some reason people were not too happy with that label. No idea why :)

UK launches SKYNET – not a doomsday plot, just shopping for improved satellite comms


About 24 years too late

Whats the fuss? I was the Project Initiator for Skynet 5 back in 1999, as an external consultant for DERA in Farnborough

No Reg stories about it back then :)

Software rollout failure led to Devon & Cornwall cops recording zero crime for 3 months


Re: Unable to Upload data/stats?

"I dread to think what a Police Constable would make of Excel; most of them seem to struggle with concepts more advanced than a clockwork watch."

Really? What a stupid comment to make.

BOFH: Get me a new data file or your manager finds out exactly what you think of him


Re: Oh the pain!

FAQs.. most of which are never "Frequently Asked" because everyone knows how to access (for example) the MyPortal webpage; how to access the My Time Off webpage, or how to use the Chat button

Oh no, questions like "how do I remove this stale objective date 2019 in My Career" goes unanswered... and when you use the Chat function the response is "we are not contracted to deal with application problems"


Re: Oh the pain!

My favorite is the "Help" link that eventually takes you to the "community" where the same problem has been posted, numerous "me, too!" posts follow, and no solution ever provided, with several months or years between the posts."

Thats not the worst.. the worst are those forum that have the EXACT same issue you are having, with the exact same software/hardware/whatever... 2 pages of comments, and the last post from the OP is "solved it now" with no bloody indication of how they resolved it!!!

People like that need their feet nailing to the floor.

Cheapest, oldest, slowest part fixed very modern Mac


Re: Bridge technologies

Absolutely nothing wrong with SCSI.

From SCSI-2 devices in my Amiga in 1990, through UW-SCSI (ah, the Adaptec 2940UW, God's Own adapter), to U320 in the servers. Never a single issue.

Even mixing narrow 8-bit devices on a wide 16bit chain, provider termination was done right, all was well. SCSI was superb - timed server builds - netware or NT - between identical systems but one with an 8x SCSI CD ROM and drive, the other with a 24x IDE drive (and allegedly faster UDMA disk)... SCSI won hands down. The old Tyan Thunder 2500 (dual PIII) with a Ultra-2 (80mbit/sec) disk subsystem happily outperformed equivalent P4 systems for video editing.

Oh for those innocent days back in 1996-7 when a 'fast' PC had a 2940UW and a Matrox Millennium graphics card.

Im old... time for slippers and cocoa

Microsoft suggests businesses buy fewer PCs. No, really


Re: Didn't Oracle come up with a similar idea

Correct,. Oracle did.

I cannot comment on the Sun posts below, but Larry Elllison was selling the concept of the net-PC back around 1997/1998 cant be too precise over the date as a) 25 years ago now b) www was still fledgling then, and 99% of news came from /printed/ media liek Computer Weekly and Network News - which ran the story.

My employer considered it.. but realised that apps were not available of comms were not available, and HOW MUCH bandwidth would be required?!!! A 2mb Megastream was just about the bees knees then, and would not have sufficed. iitc we looked at E3 but Cisco were only connecting G703 interfaces.

We even looked at full-on ATM, but the interconnect was the weak spot. Bear in mind the employer at the time contributed 2.2% to GDP and had a £1billion cash to get rid of, they were not short of funds.

Neither the technical nor business model worked.

BOFH takes a visit to retro computing land


Please stop. Please

I lost my dual drive TRS-80 Model 1 Level 2, my Video Genie with 32K expansion box and disk drive, my beloved 3032 CBM (with v4 ROM and SYSMON ROM) in a house move, my C128

I foolishly sold my B2000 40MHz 68030, my A4000 with Warp Engine and Picasso IV, my A4000T PPC 603/060 and Cybervision 64, my A1200T/060

Not that I ever did anything on the old 8bit stuff after about 1999, nor used the Amigas in anger after 1996 (the AGA models cam later 90s) but they were all such a joy to just OWN.

The piles of PC stuff, including various "God" boards from the last 20 years (my god, are Opterons really 20 years old!), just dont have that same retro appeal.

Student requested access to research data. And waited. And waited. And then hacked to get root


Re: In Code We Trust

Hirens Boot CD.

Still have v15 ‘just in case’. VERY useful for clients who had forgotten passwords

BOFH: We send a user to visit Kelvin – Keeper of the Batteries


Keeper of Batteries? Kevins? Beancounters? I see all yours, and raise you...

- the G1098 storeman

- the SQMS (Squadron QuarterMaster)

- the RQMS (Regimental QuarterMaster)

A Royal Flush of "no".

Those from a Forces background will be all too familiar with reasons why one cannot have something

"Stores are for storing, issues are for issueing. That item [you require] is marked 'stores' "

"FOFAD" (F--- Off Fire At Donnington) heard in the 80s following a series of fires at the MODs main supply depot.

"Its the last one in stock, someone might need it" - Er yeah! Me!

But the RQMS was absolute God. He had to account for all stores items on Operational tours for example. Unlike an Exercise,which is just soldiers playing at being at war,. Ops are the real thing. Things can and do get blown up, destroyed, lost due to en action, etc. But that cuts no ice in the eyes of the RQMS. Every item lost to en action, every item lost to fire (friendly or otherwise) he has to account for. And they treat it as though its coming from their own pocket. Why? Its their OBE at risks if they have to write off too much kit.

Army - Be The Best At. At saying "no".

Cisco Moscow trashed offices as it quit Putin's putrid pariah state


Re: Fair comment

Once upon a British time tney proclaimed as such


Re: Fair comment

And once upon a British time they proclaimed such

Tech giants looking for ways to wriggle out of UK digital tax, watchdog warns


What is with the word "rightful" before 'revenue' in that article? There is nothing rightful about tax revenue.

FTX cryptovillain Sam Bankman-Fried charged with bribing Chinese officials


Talking of security.... my password manager is urging me to change my pwd for TheRegister.

(Apparently following a databreach at TheRegister two months ago.... oooh eer!)

Where? There is nowhere in settings that allows me to change my passord.

Why ChatGPT should be considered a malevolent AI – and be destroyed


Re: Colossus the Forbin Project

Author did not state that HAL was the first introduction to the rogue AI concept, but rather

' “I’m sorry Dave, I’m afraid I can’t do that.” These were the words that introduced most people in my generation to the concept of an AI gone rogue '

No where is 'first' used.


Did no one else, not even the author, see the irony in the opening paragraph of the article and the last section?

In 2001, HAL killed the astronauts to prevent them from discovering that HAL had been lying. HAL was, to all intents, doubling down.

Just like Bing.

Whether this was the authors intent I do not know, he never indicated. But the fact that Bing does double down and will even falsify "evidence" to support its own answers supports the call to erase it. No backups, no fixes or tweaks, but erase and start from scratch.

Now we're building computers from lab-grown brain cells


Re: What's going on in their minds?

"Does that mean it will be ethical to experiment on politicians?

I mean, the output is the same."

'garbage out' regardless of the input?

Bringing the IBM Thinkpad 'Butterfly' back to life


Not related to the article in any way, but an odd coincidence

The only person I have ever known with the surname Hruska was Jan Hruska from Sophos, and I havent seen him for night on 30 years.

Then thrice in two days the surname 'Hruska' pops up, once in this article, once in another, and a third time in credits on a film (or TV episode).

One of life's little coincidences.