* Posts by HildyJ

2987 posts • joined 2 Nov 2012

Xi Jinping himself weighs in on how Big Tech should deploy FinTech

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Facepalm

VP? He's definitely CEO material. It sounds exactly like something Broadcom would (and probably has) said about VMWare.

Don't ditch PowerShell to improve security, say infosec agencies from UK, US, and NZ

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Angel

Re: Good

I'm in IT, all I have are complicated, difficult, one-sided relationships. Just ask my wife.

Meta agrees to tweak ad system after US govt brands it discriminatory

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Flame

Better than nothing

But the question remains, why are the "Lookalike Audience" or "Special Ad Audience" tools allowed to exist at all?

Targeted ads, beyond maybe general location radius, shouldn't be allowed to exist at all.

Broadcom sketches out VMware ambitions that stretch from mainframe to cloud

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WTF?

Hmm

"This means that we'll be working in close coordination with VMware to learn more about their go-to-market, product portfolio, approach to innovation, engineering talent, partner network and, of course, strong customer footprint."

Is it just me or isn't this the sort of thing you'd do before you opened up your wallet?

I think swingeing cuts to headcount and sales and marketing expenses are all but guaranteed.

Amazon shows off robot warehouse workers that won't complain, quit, unionize...

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Devil

Not a binary decision

Of course they will still need workers - suits, supervisors, and robot repair techs (for now).

It's the pesky minimum wage workers they will replace.

Amazon fears it could run out of US warehouse workers by 2024

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Alert

Re: elon to the rescue?

In other news, Amazon just demonstrated its fully autonomous warehouse robot, Proteus.

https://www.theregister.com/2022/06/22/amazon_robot_warehouse/

Cisco warns of security holes in its security appliances

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Facepalm

Re: Is this in addition to ...

How many times have Cisco and holes appeared in ElReg articles?

UK govt considers invoking national security in Arm IPO saga

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Facepalm

Brexit

Boris should take all that money that Brexit saved the UK and maybe they should just buy Arm.

What? No Brexit dividend?

Nevermind.

Mars Express orbiter to get code update after 19 years

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Pint

WFH

Absolutely a pint for the engineers who designed in all the redundancies to keep spacecraft operating.

But at least double that for the software boffins who step in when failover becomes fail. Or who see a way to repurpose sensors for other science (as was the case here).

Ah, hell, just ship a case to NASA.

Meta now involved in making metalevel standards for the metaverse

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FAIL

We know the problems

This looks like a money grab - funding for researchers to produce useless white papers.

Info on 1.5m people stolen from US bank in cyberattack

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Happy

Re: Identity theft protection services

I was also a victim of the OPM breach and the Yahoo! breach and I signed up for both of the services.

I appreciate them. The user-id/password scans are no big deal. The phone number and e-mail scans are okay but replicable. But scanning for my SSN, drivers license, bank accounts, and credit cards on the dark web is not something I could easily do. I've never used the ID restoration service, so I can't speak to that but otherwise I'd give them

rating five stars out of five

Also, anyone who hasn't put a credit freeze with each of the big three credit reporting agencies (Equifax, Experian, TransUnion) should.

NASA tricks Artemis launch computer by masking data showing a leak

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Boffin

Indeed. And even more so because the leak was external to the rocket in a connector seal on an umbilical. I could even see this overridden in an actual launch.

When NASA disassembles it they will determine the problem and solution. It may be something as simple as replacing all umbilical gaskets.

I think it's unfortunate that politically Artemis will continue. But this was a win for the program.

Microsoft pulls Windows 10/11 installation websites in Russia

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Re: Good

What they've done is good but I wonder if they could do more.

How about suspending all logins to Microsoft Office apps?

As far as the 400, Microsoft paid them full salary from the time they ceased operations to the time they let them go and gave them three months of salary when they were let go. Something they had no obligation to do.

Workers win vote to form first-ever US Apple Store union

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Holmes

Re: "Standard of living" wages...

I assume you're a have. I'm curious to know what you think is a "legitimate career" for the have-nots?'

Metaverse progress update: Some VR headset prototypes nowhere near shipping

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Gimp

Moneymaker?

Let's beat around the bush. Virtual reality's moneymaker is the money shot.

All video comes back to p0rn. What's holding it back is not the headset that goes on your big head, it's the one for your small head.

Plot to defeat crypto meltdown: Solend votes to seize, liquidate whale account

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FAIL

DeFi

DeFi was created by people who thought they had a way to make money off cryptocurrencies without any risk.

DeFi makes crypto seem sane by comparison.

US lawsuit alleges tool used by hospitals shares patient data with Meta

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Facepalm

Is anyone surprised?

This is the way Suckerberg works.

How else is Farcebook going to target erectile disfunction ads?

Capital One: Convicted techie got in via 'misconfigured' AWS buckets

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Paris Hilton

Is it just me?

Or do most breaches follow the word 'misconfigured' with 'AWS'?

Apple may have to cough up $1bn to Brits in latest iPhone Batterygate claim

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FAIL

Jedi mind trick

Of course we didn't do this. Just ignore those settlements in other countries.

I was fired for blowing the whistle on cult's status in Google unit, says contractor

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Holmes

For once

I sympathize with Google. I have no doubt that Advanced Systems Group (ASG) was responsible for religious discrimination (clearly) and wrongful termination (I assume they were the ones that terminated him). But all Google can do is look into it and take action against ASG. I assume Google was added to the lawsuit on the deep pockets principal.

RSAC branded a 'super spreader event' as attendees share COVID-19 test results

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Facepalm

Risk assessment

COVID vs. free food and drink --> we vote for freebies.

If you're using older, vulnerable Cisco small biz routers, throw them out

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FAIL

Amazed

That anyone still trusts Cisco anymore.

Throw the old routers out, by all means, but replace them with those from a less holey competitor.

How did you mourn Internet Explorer's passing?

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Angel

Gates's conspiracy

The real reason Internet Explorer died per Twitter. Note this was actually The Daily Show and Bill Gates on the thread.

The Daily Show: "Wow, Bill Gates encourages everyone to get vaccinated, then a year later Internet Explorer dies. Coincidence???"

Bill Gates: "I guess we finally ran out of microchips"

Businesses brace for quantum computing disruption by end of decade

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Facepalm

501 UK-based executives

So, basically, the people that subscribe to Gartner Trends. The same ones that are anticipating the Metaverse.

When you ask a bunch of clueless, overpaid, suits you get this kind of nonsense.

South Korea's space ambitions stuck on the launchpad

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Pint

National politics

Of course South Korea is south of the entire UK which is also trying to get into the race.

Two failures is not a lot. It is, after all, rocket science.

A pint of Hite beer to the boffins in hope that the third time's the charm.

Samsung accused of cheating on hardware benchmarks ... again

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FAIL

If you ain't . . .

"Samsung Electronics does not use any algorithm for the purpose of yielding specific test results."

There's an old American sports adage: "if you ain't cheating, you ain't trying."

It appears to have become the philosophy of any number of real world companies.

Tesla Autopilot accounts for 70% of driver assist crashes, says US traffic safety body

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Alert

This is a job for the FTC

While the NHTSA data is useful, the Federal Trade Commission needs to step in and declare that the term "Autopilot" is deceptive advertising and that all references to it in advertising or consumer facing materials (e.g. brochures, owners manuals,etc.) must be changed to Semiautopilot.

512 disk drives later, Floppotron computer hardware orchestra hits v3.0

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Pint

A pint and a memory

I love this project and have been following it since the old days. The Floppotron 3.0 definitely sounds better but I wish he hadn't added a synthesizer - it seems impure.

It reminds me of the really old, six decades old, days when we used to play music on an IBM 1403 line printer (and I still have my 1403 ruler, because of course I do). To listen to one playing Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head go to:

https://web.archive.org/web/20060514113719/http://www.computerhistory.org/exhibits/highlights/1403_raindrops.mp3

Threat of cross-border data tariffs looms over WTO

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Holmes

Re: "taxing e-commerce the same way that [..] physical goods traded internationally"

All tariffs raise prices in the country that's imposing the tariff.

Yes, US consumers would pay less if the US dropped its tariffs against China but sometimes government considerations, be they security, competitiveness, or funding, take precedence.

This dropping of the US moratorium (and we all know they were the driving force) seems not only reasonable but overdue.

It's not like governments can run on GoFundMe campaigns.

Meta mostly fails in appeal against order from UK watchdog to sell Giphy

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Win-win

If it hurts Suckerberg and the private equity investors in Giphy, I'd call it a win-win.

Atos CEO resigns after board proposes splitting the company

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WTF?

SPAC

Sounds like a positioning for a future sale of Tech Foundation Co to a private buyer, either directly or through a SPAC (like CyrusOne last November).

Governments opt for XaaS, dump datacenters in droves

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FAIL

aaS is Ass

I can't think of a single "as a service" offering that I would consider valuable (other than Malware as a Service, for which I am decidedly not the target market).

Most seems cobbled together with a bit of software, a lot of promises, and shit tons (at least two or more skateboarding rhinoceroses to put it in ElReg terms) of hype.

Intel details advances to make upcoming chips faster, less costly

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Boffin

Re: Ambitious five year plan...

All the chip manufacturers have ambitious five year plans. They're called Roadmaps. ElReg has been reporting on the new ones for the last week or so.

We should all wish all of them success because, as Daft Punk said, "Work it harder, make it better

Do it faster, makes us stronger."

They are engineering plans and comparing them to the economic five year plans of countries is disingenuous.

Meta slammed with eight lawsuits claiming social media hurts kids

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Devil

Re: Social media is killing us

I'll upvote him but if they become an influencer they can no longer give us wisdom.

Influencer and Wisdom are antithetical.

Apple’s M2 chip isn’t a slam dunk, but it does point to the future

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Boffin

Lies, damn lies, and benchmarks

While the M2 seems like it will be appropriate for some applications, selected benchmarks don't convince me of anything. It's not to single out Apple. The same could be said for presentations press releases, roadmaps, and benchmarks from Intel, AMD, Google, and everyone else.

Ultimately it's a horses for courses question. I'm much more interested in what Apple thinks the M2 is best for and who the target audience is.

Microsoft forgot to renew the certificate for its Windows Insider subdomain

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Facepalm

Too big to fail?

It seems more like a case of too big to keep everything straight.

It reminds me of my Outlook account which would periodically flag Microsoft emails as junk.

Then again, maybe it was just being honest.

Symbiote Linux malware spotted – and infections are 'very hard to detect'

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Re: The research doesn't mention how the initial infection occurs

They also didn't mention if LD_PRELOAD could be patched in order to block this. Or, for that matter, if it's already been patched and this only affects unpatched systems.

No more fossil fuel or nukes? In the future we will generate power with magic dust

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Angel

The Doctor

Rotating fridge, time crystals, I can totally see these turning up in the Tardis next season.

Meteoroid hits main mirror on James Webb Space Telescope

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Boffin

Re: Mitigation Options?

You are right and my answer was too brief. Depending on the alignment, Webb (and other spacecraft at L2) will see an annular eclipse with at most 70% of the sun blocked. This allows the solar panels to function but also requires the sun shield to limit heating.

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Boffin

Re: Mitigation Options?

"Given where it is and the likelihood of this recurring in the lifetime of the platform the options are rather limited."

Where it is is in space. The probability of its being struck by matter and all sorts of energetic radiation is 100%. The primary problem is radiation from the sun which would overheat Webb. That is why it is at L2 (in the Earth's shadow) and why its only shield it has is the sun shield.

For matter, its a question of how fast it's traveling and how massive it is. For radiation (which is always traveling at the speed of light) it's a question of how energetic it is. For both its a question of where it hits.

This one didn't do any critical damage. Think of it as a little bit of damage in your retina (which, by the by, can be caused by cosmic rays). But, just as your brain can correct for that, the Webb can correct for this.

Chinese 'Aoqin Dragon' gang runs undetected ten-year espionage spree

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Facepalm

Re: Once again

People will never learn.

An easy way to cut down on user stupidity would be for email apps showing the URL of a link rather than the text of the link, ideally by default.

AWS says it will cloudify your mainframe workloads

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Coat

Is "AWS says it will cloudify" correct?

When you go into a cloud or its ground level equivalent a fog, it becomes harder to see things and even things you can see are obscured.

I'm not sure why a company would want to cloudify anything.

< finishes reading article >

My apologies. You were correct in your headline.

Salesforce touts Google Ads, ecommerce, social media integration for Customer 360

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WTF?

"bound to delight or horrify some Reg readers"

All those delighted by this news should be banned from ElReg for crimes against humanity.

And, BTW, we're doomed.

Apple gets lawsuit over Meltdown and Spectre dismissed

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Unhappy

"security vulnerabilities are not central"

The Oregon judge applied it to CPUs. The California judge applied it to products containing those CPUs.

Truer words were never spoken, much as we might want it not to be the case.

Mass market CPUs are designed for some combination of performance and price. Security is, at best, a tacked on feature.

Linux Mint adopts Timeshift from overworked original developer

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Windows

The world has gone to hell since we stopped writing assembly language and reading machine language.

9E (HIO)

Microsoft trumpets updated HR-friendly policies (that comply with recently changed laws)

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Facepalm

Re: "we do not endorse the use of such provisions as a retention tool“

"This is why meaningful employment rights have to come from legislation."

True, almost.

The other source is unions. Which is why major organizations put money (and lawyers) to work in union busting as well as political contributions and lobbying.

Microsoft accidentally turned off hardware requirements for Windows 11

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Devil

Bad things happen

When you turn it to 11.

VMware customers fear Broadcom acquisition will stall innovation, increase cost

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Thumb Down

Expect the expected

VMware's last quarterly profits were down over 40% year-to-year.

If anyone thinks Broadcom is going to tolerate that they haven't been watching Broadcom's history or the history of M&As.

License fees will go up and a big chunk of people will be found redundant and fired.

Same as it ever was.

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