* Posts by LordHighFixer

169 posts • joined 14 Jun 2012


Fed-up graphic design outfit dangles cash to anyone who can free infosec of hoodie pics


Funny thing

A few days ago I took a picture of my home office to show my co-workers (or cow orkers if you prefer). The almost universal comment was "that looks like one of those hacker dungeons you see in the movies "

To be fair, it does look like a NOC done on the cheap.

Out of Steam? Wine draining away? Ubuntu's 64-bit-only x86 decision is causing migraines


Re: Interesting

"(face it, at this point Ubuntu is 'Linux' for most people)"

Really?? I had not heard. No one I know runs Ubuntu. Slackware, CentOS, RHEL, are most prominent in my circle of losers. Ubuntu is what the kids who don't do Linux use.

Bloody vultures! Cheeky Spanish paraglider firm pinched El Reg's mascot



Maybe they could be "The Official Spanish Paraglider outfit for The Register" ??

When customers see red, sometimes the obvious solution will only fan the flames


Re: I prefer PEBMAC

I once told someone that I name all my servers after strippers. That didn't go over well in the board meeting. ((actually they were just alphabetical, Alyssa, Brandi, Candi, Debbie, Erin, but the stigma remained.))

Now Intel taken to US Supreme Court over retirement fund gripes: Ex-staffer demands right to sue over risks, losses


Don't Fsck with old people.

The saying 'age and treachery beats youth and exuberance every time' exists for a reason. Pay the retirees and move on, or they will knee cap you.

Idle Computer Science skills are the Devil's playthings


HP Business basic

10 BRK(0)

20 PRINT "^G"

30 GOTO 10

Alexa Conversations: Amazon's AI assistant is about to get a whole lot more like Clippy


Could be handy

ME: Alexa, purchase a roll of heavy duty plastic, a shovel, and some quicklime.

ALEXA: I have ordered an Uber for arrival one hour after the items arrive. I have also located 3 popular dumping sites, would you like me to select one?

Refactoring whizz: Good software shouldn't cost the earth – it's actually cheaper to build


When I learned to code

I was taught that 100% of writing code was only 10% of the work, the other 90% was in code cleanup and bug fixing, BEFORE you released the code to test. I guess someone forgot that along the way.

Bring it on, Chipzilla! Nvidia swipes back at Intel in CPU-GPU AI performance brouhaha


Target audience?

Who buys this stuff? I am happy to be able to run AI stuff on a CPU, at my price point anything over about $600 USD for a video card (the only place you will find GPU's in my house) is not happening.

The fact that the lag make it looks like it is thinking is a bonus.

Salesfarce to Failsforce: Salesforce database blunder outage enters day three as fix falters


Re: I never get tired of saying it

Embrace the new, are you high, this is re-invent the old. A place, not in my company, where computers live, that I send my work to and get the results back. Welcome the Pre 1970's computing!!!

Wanted: Big iron geeks to help restore IBM 360 mainframe rescued from defunct German factory by other big iron geeks


A very nice heater

It will be cool if they get it running, but I would not want to pay the electric bill. And like another poster commented, if I were younger, I would pack up my gear and be on a plane to help them out. IBM should send them everything they have on it, gratis.

Backup your files with CrashPlan! Except this file type. No, not that one either. Try again...


So, a backup for idiots

CEO's, Bean Counters, HR, salesdroids. They can all back up their critical PowerPoint slides, glossies, word docs and excel spreadsheets. just nothing actually critical to the business, like apps or data. Interesting business plan.

Just in time for the Wiki-end: Chelsea Manning released from prison


US Grand Juries

Are a special kind of evil beast. I support her refusal to participate in any way. And even 5th amendment protections will not save you from contempt of court.

US minister invokes Maggie Thatcher, says she would have halted Huawei 5G rollout


Keep him. Lock him under the tower. We don't want him back.

Zavvi tells customers: You've won VIP tickets to Champions League final! And you've won tickets, and you've won tickets, and you, and...


I would think that they are going to have to either pay or go under to avoid it. Not sure of the legalities where they are located, but a number of nation/states would hold them to it.

VP Mike Pence: I want Americans back on the Moon by 2024 (or before the Chinese get there)


I don't care

I don't care what it takes, he can bulldoze the entirety or Europe if necessary, get me to the moon. 5 years means there is going to be some serious amounts of fecal matter impacting the rotary impeller in the space industry.

Germany tells America to verpissen off over Huawei 5G cyber-Sicherheitsbedenken


Aggregrate Edge Case

What I am waiting for is a flaw/hole/backdoor, that relies on multiple pieces of kit coming together to make a complete puzzle. You inspect the code of each individual device and it all looks good, except for in a couple of rare edge cases where it acts a little weird, but it isn't actually a problem, and meets spec. Multiple devices installed on a network each with just a little weirdness, working perfectly until given the hidden trigger (a crafted malformed packet?) they come together to perform whatever function was originally designed in. How would you even begin to detect such a thing.

I am sure we all have never seen one of those "this should never happen" error messages.

Roses are red, this is sublime: We fed OpenAI's latest chat bot a classic Reg headline



But it doesn't seem to be any more lucid than my Markov bot, and I am still feeding it. Did someone let AMfM escape?

Ivan to be left alone: Russia preps to turn its internet into an intranet if West opens cyber-fire


Doesn't every country

Have some kind of similar plan in place?

From Red Planet to deep into the red: Suicidal extrovert magnet Mars One finally implodes


Re: EIther way

Swag = An ill fitting t-shirt and a couple of decals/stickers.


EIther way

succeed or fail, I suppose the swag I got for applying will be worth something someday.

I knew they would fail when they binned my application.

Patch this run(DM)c Docker flaw or you be illin'... Tricky containers can root host boxes. It's like that – and that's the way it is


A big told ya so.

Why would you want to hire separate security, network, and OS guys, with decades of combined experience? Developers fresh out of school with maybe one or two languages, and a couple of years of practice can do it all, right? No? Big surprise.

EE customer: Creepy ex used employee access to change my mobile number, spy on me


so, I am guessing

That my 'I read your e-mail' shirt is out of fashion these days.

FCC: Oh no, deary me. What a shame. Too bad, so sad we can't do net neutrality appeal during the US govt shutdown


well one thing

"pipe providers" shouldn't be allowed to be "content providers". A company can be either one or the other, but not both.

That is the only thing in your post I don't take issue with. I actually agree.

Man drives 6,000 miles to prove Uncle Sam's cellphone coverage maps are wrong – and, boy, did he manage it


Re: Why are physical checks needed?

"a computer algorithm could predict both coverage and average data speeds "

Ah, I see you have discovered the difference between the theoretical and the actual. Personally I can not connect to a network based on theoretical speeds. The actual speed seems to make a difference though.

Black Horse slowed down: Lloyds Banking Group confirms problem with 'Faster' payments


Don't they know?

You never, ever, make changes to anything on Friday.

Forget your deepest, darkest secrets, smart speakers will soon listen for sniffles and farts too


How to sell this

or any invasive monitoring tech. Make it local. We have all dreamed of the day when our homes can be an efficient butler, but we want it to keep our private stuff private, so it needs to be local, and under our complete control. No cloud based processing. It should ask me if I need it to order new trousers after it hears I have shat myself, but I should also be able to take a hammer to the basement and permanently remove all evidence should it be necessary.

A Christmas classic: Cloudera founder asks staff to stay another day


We're actively looking at ways to preserve jobs where it makes business sense to do so

And if you are in one of those positions you already know it.

Take the offer, but time it so you can also get whatever severance pittance they give you. Squeeze them and squeeze them hard. Time to start forwarding important e-mails, making copies of all your work, and all the things you would do in hindsight had you known it was coming. Because you know it is.

In a perfect world they would be giving you the whole we wish we could keep you speech, and detailing your severance the day before you are scheduled to start your new job.

UK white hats blacklisted by Cisco Talos after smart security code stumbles


Every fule nose

Black hat and White hat are direct references to "spy vs. spy" from Mad Magazine.

Oxford startup magics up metamaterials for next-gen charging


I^2 losses

I have never really understood the hype over wireless charging, or as we used to call them, air core transformers. And if you have a device so equipped, can't you just charge it anywhere there is some spare EM floating around, like a wall wart or pretty much any electrically powered device, anywhere, anytime, for free??

Apple to splash $10bn raisin' American bit barns


The new paradigm

It used to be (most recently) personal computers connecting to remote servers in data centers. With all the hype hype to go all cloudy cloudy, will the new paradigm be personal data centers connecting to remote clouds. I am just asking for a friend.

Waymo presents ChauffeurNet, a neural net designed to copy human driving


Well Duh.

They trained it on 60 days of data from a previously trained driver and it failed. Where is the revelation there? Take anyone off the street, that has never driven or been in a car, let them ride as a passenger for 60 days, then give them the car. I suspect equal failure rates. If they can train it with 10 or 20 years of driving data, they may get a little closer to success. Even after driving for around 40 years in all types of terrain and conditions I still get caught off guard now and then.

IBM is trying to throttle my age-discrimination lawsuit – axed ace cloud salesman


Why didn't he gather the information during the 3 months before he was shown the door?

Simple, while he was an employee, if he had gathered information, and taken it off premises, he would have more than likely violated a company policy, and given them cause for his termination.

MAMR Mia – it's not just WD: Toshiba's popped to the microwave too


Thats all good and all

but is 16TB of data much more than an educational exercise for HD manufacturers. Mechanical drives have their place, but at this point I believe that they should start going for diversification, or put some more money in to their R&D labs, specifically telling them they are not to try to make a better mechanical drive, just denser storage.

Ecuador says 'yes' to Assange 'freedom' deal, but Julian says 'nyet'


Here is a good question.

At this point, would anyone stop a couple of polite, non-government affiliated, visitors to the embassy, from forcibly escorting him out to the street.

US told to quit sharing data with human rights-violating surveillance regime. Which one, you ask? That'd be the UK


Re: Interesting

I noted that as well, and as far as I can tell, there would not even have to be any dirty deeds involved, just a friendly letter to any other country saying, hey, we can't really look at or for this or that, and the other country could rip through as much data as necessary, and turn it over, no fuss, no muss, no warrant. A violation of fourth amendment rights in the US tends to get a lot of people, with hidden stashes of weapons and such, cranky.

Planet Computers straps proper phone to its next Psion scion, Cosmo


Re: I'll say it one more time...

I always thought the last version of the Sharp switchblade phone (AKA, Sidekick) was cool. Still have mine, too bad no data service any longer, or I would be using it..

US draft bill moots locking up execs who lie about privacy violations


I voted for him.

I have known the Senator since he was just a puppy (over 30 years), he is a good guy with good intentions and supports the wishes of the people he represents. He is one of the few politicians that has earned my respect.

I hope this bill gets through the process as written. If not,, it should give some people something to think about, much like the GDPR has.

And for bonus points, he is not orange.

Slabs, huh, what are they are good for? Er, not quite absolutely nothing


You can only bloat so much

Once you reach a certain point there is really no need for an upgrade. Even developers, as irresponsible as they are can only up the requirements to a certain point. Most hardware purchased in the last few years should be good for at least 5 more, then it just becomes a hand me down, unless the battery is glued in, then it becomes e-waste. There is such a thing as market saturation, and as the tech improves the long tail just gets fatter and longer.

Smartphone industry is in 'recession'! Could it be possible we have *gasp* reached 'peak tech'?


not unless they die.

I have one smart phone, and a matching watch. If they die, and the watch is getting close, I will not be replacing them. I still have my flip phone. Put a new battery in it and it will be good until they deprecate the frequency it runs on.

fsck smart phones.

Seagate HAMRs out a roadmap for future hard drive recording tech


Should be interesting

I predict a number of fascinating failure types when the heating part of the rw head fails. oops, RO drive.

Should a robo-car run over a kid or a grandad? Healthy or ill person? Let's get millions of folks to decide for AI...


It's all about me (The driver)

After targeting the 'at-fault' run over what ever has the least or farthest connection to me. A busload of school age nuns from another country or my dog, smash the bus. (I don't actually have a dog, it was hit by a car).

Fed up with cloud giants ripping off its database, MongoDB forks new 'open-source license'


THere should be a way

To say, here is my source code for widget, have fun with it. If you use it for educational or bug fixes and make it better, please include the source. If you make a derivative work, and charge for it, I want royalties, if you incorporate it in to a product and make money, I want a cut.

I mean seriously, if you code a better mouse trap and give away the plans for individuals, that is ok, but if a company takes your plans and produces them en masse, or includes it their master trap program, you should get paid.

Twilio tweaks twicky twalkative bot toows to dewight devewopers: It's Autopilot for chat apps


I wonder

I have been considering taking all the comments ever posted on the reg, using them to train a Markov bot, then giving it a tech support role.

And that's now all three LTE protocol layers with annoying security flaws



Any communications short of shielded cables between Faraday cages is subject to snooping. Even entangled photons, given enough re$ource$....

Et tu, Gentoo? Horrible gits meddle with Linux distro's GitHub code


Everything is better in the cloud?

Score one for hosting your own critical infrastructure.

Who wants to cram some BOFH skills into their brains? How about from, er, Google?


An actual BOFH cert.

I would happily pay the price of a pint and a couple of kabobs, for a reg certified BOFH certificate.

Microsoft, Google: We've found a fourth data-leaking Meltdown-Spectre CPU hole


Two roads diverged in a yellow wood....

The really truly sad part of all of this, is that there was much discussion over these types of "features" in a CPU 40 years ago. It was determined that these were a "Bad Idea". The favoured idea at the time was multiprocessing could solve the problem, if we could find a few people smart enough to write the code for the hardware we designed. ((z80/8080/68000 era)). We are still waiting. CPU design went down a path that put money in pockets now. Screw the future. Its not like this stuff will still be running when anyone notices the issues.....

Google yanks cash firehose from Lunar X Moonshot comp. The actual Moon shot one


I could have done it.

I don't know if the 30m would have covered the cost to haul the Saturn V out of the Smithsonian and NASA, but, hey, it still there, just a systems check and load of fuel..

Oracle to sue cloud sales 'whistleblower' for 'malicious prosecution'


They broke the sun

So their stock dropped $6bn. They blacked out the Sun, so fsck them.



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