* Posts by HildyJ

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Watch SpaceX's Starship SN4 prototype accidentally self-destruct in a rocket test burn

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Unhappy

Sad

But with the MK1, SN1, SN3, and SN4 all blowing up (SN2 was a stripped down version for pressure testing) the Mars colony dreams seem to be sinking into the ruddy sunset.

VirtuaVerse: Cyberpunk point-and-click throwback with ace chiptune soundtrack put out by... a metal record label?

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I'm old

This makes me feel even older than the last article

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2020/05/29/happy_50th_pascal/

Software bug in Bombardier airliner made planes turn the wrong way

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Devil

Re: At least..

Not to mention turning left instead of right in a plane is not nearly as bad as turning down instead of up.

It's not every day the NSA publicly warns of attacks by Kremlin hackers – so take this critical Exim flaw seriously

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Re: incredible blunder

OMG! A developer released code with a bug in it!

If we reeducated every developer who ever did this the Gulag would be full and the IT departments would be empty .

The blame lies with those who put off patching their instance of the software for a year.

I also assume the NSA knew about this bug before the developer and exploited it. They mentioned it now because the Ruskies found it.

Got $50k spare? Then you can crack SHA-1 – so OpenSSH is deprecating flawed hashing algo in a 'near-future release'

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WTF?

Re: Old devices

I have seen this argument so many times going back to "it needs to support MS-DOS."

Firmware can be updated and equipment can be swapped out. It's not necessarily easy or cheap but the alternative is leaving your company vulnerable.

Besides, do you really want a hacker into your industrial machines?

Surprise! That £339 world's first 'anti-5G' protection device is just a £5 USB drive with a nice sticker on it

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Re: Paris... because...

I'd say more Goop and Gwyneth. After all it's quantum AND nano AND bio. Probably coming to Goop Lab soon.

In Rust, we lust: Security-focused super-C++ language still most loved among Stack Overflow denizens

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Re: Basically tells you all you need to know about Stack Overflow users...

It's less Stack Overflow users and more the relevance of the beauty contest.

In Stack Overflow's most used programming language ranking, Rust comes in at 19th. The top five are JavaScript, HTML/CSS (and let's not rehash the discussion of a few weeks ago about whether this is a programming language), SQL, Python, and Java.

Boeing brings back the 737 Max but also lays off thousands

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Re: donate a Max for use as Airforce One

I'll settle for just the Republican senators.

Gone in 9 seconds: Virgin Orbit's maiden rocket flight went perfectly until it didn't

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Re: ✈︎

Ewe got it.

Branson keeps at it "Because of the enormous commercial possibilities should he succeed."

Clever sheep, him.

Not going Huawei just yet: UK ministers reportedly rethinking pledge to kick Chinese firm out of telco networks by 2023

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Stop

Gang Aft Agley

What started off as an anti Iran tactic with the arrest of their CFO morphed into a trade war tactic and has now morphed into a cold war and an election strategy thanks to the maskless wonder.

Removing Huawei from the first world accomplishes nothing outside of satisfying Trump's demands. It will not make individuals, companies, or governments better, safer, or more secure, just more expensive. It has already made Huawei develop Google alternatives and China invest in chip making technologies and fab plants.

If China develops the first COVID-19 vaccine, will Boris reject it because Trump will have his knickers in a twist?

Microsoft blocks Trend Micro code at center of driver 'cheatware' storm from Windows 10, rootkit detector product pulled from site

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Next on the list is the hacker defense.

US cable subscribers are still being 'ripped off' by creeping price increases – and this lot has had enough

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Re: Sign up for your $1.32 payout

Clearly removing regulations is not enough. Governments need to directly fund Billing Innovation Research and Development to better give customers the BIRD.

IBM's sacking spree reaches Australia – and as staff wait to exit, they're offered AU$4k to find new workers

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FAIL

Re: "... grey hair is a mark of senility..."

What's worse is that grey hairs can't even offer to take a pay cut. Nor can they find employment at a lesser rate.

Mulled Chrome API shines light on long-neglected privacy gap: Sites can snoop on your find-in-page searches

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WTF?

Re: Privacy

Another reason to use a non Chromium browser. I, personally, prefer Firefox with uBlock Origin and a passel of lists.

US lawmakers get a second shot at forcing FBI agents to obtain a warrant before they leaf through web histories

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Re: Only for terrorists

I'm shocked, SHOCKED, that you think that the All American (i.e white, prejudiced, Trump supporters) FBI leadership would ever engage in such tactics. Next you'll tell me that the one lead the surveillance resulted in did not possibly prevent the deaths of millions, MILLIONS, of Americans.

Frontier: Yes, yes, we've filed for bankruptcy protection, but that's not stopping us giving key staff $38m in bonuses

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WTF?

The Golden Rule

He who has the gold makes the rules.

Not mentioned is that all the C*Os undoubtedly have golden parachutes, probably worth more than $38m, if the company actually goes down the tubes or gets bought out. Welcome to the plutocracy.

You E-diot! Formula E driver booted off Audi team after getting video game ace to take his place in online race

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Seems like an Abt punishment

First, I don't understand the appeal of esports. But even among esports aficionados virtual racing is not popular. And to top it off neither Abt or his ringer are very good. So I can't say I'm particularly interested in this, except for the fact that Formula E was trying to do something charitable with UNICEF and these jerks messed it up.

Airline-chasing lawyers leap on Easyjet for £18bn after 9m folks' data, itineraries nicked

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WTF?

Re: this sort of lawsuit doesn't seem to benefit anyone.

Let's say they staff up with a £50 million unit dedicated to this lawsuit. They would have to work on it for over a century to justify their obscene fee.

As the Bard wrote: "The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers."

The Last J-Freighter: HTV-9 arrives at the ISS as ESA inks a deal for a third Moon-bound service module

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Space is big

Not to be pedantic. Who am I kidding, to be completely pedantic.

Not only is the Moon not deep space, neither is Mars. The two Pioneer probes are the only Earth made objects that have made it into deep space, Just barely. I appreciate the boffins working on this but not the marketers hyping it.

As St. Adams said: “Space is big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist's, but that's just peanuts to space.”

Beardy Branson’s 747-assisted sat-launcher can’t get it up

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To be fair

It managed to get it up but after launch and ignition it lost control.

Clearly premature ejaculation.

SpaceX Falcon 9 and Dragon cleared to hoist real live American astronauts into space

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Bon Voyage

Ignoring the people running this and the politics involved, I just wish the astronauts a safe trip.

Dude, where's my laser?

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Re: Not unbelievable

Completely believable. DARPA asked boffins to design a mega (at the time) laser. Boffins did. DoD brass (which refers to their brains and not their balls) said "let's test it." They picked a big empty place they used to test dangerous things - White Sands. Nobody asked the boffins if this was a good idea.

Lawsuit klaxon: HP, HPE accused of coordinated plan to oust older staff in favor of cheaper, compliant youngsters

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Mushroom

Inclusion? Sure.

"Inclusion is part of our values at HPE, and we do not tolerate discrimination in any form. We're reviewing this complaint."

They've undoubtedly assigned the review to a "graduate" level employee who thinks people over 40 are senile.

Corporate discrimination, be it age, sex, race, or anything else, is pervasive and corporations view lawsuits as a cost of doing business.

For the price tag, this iPad Pro keyboard better damn well be Magic: It isn't... but it's not completely useless either

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Re: It's a game

Too true. iFans are notoriously price insensitive, which may be justified for their professional high-end kit but doesn't make sense for consumer grade iStuff. The flock's desire for the latest and shiniest keeps Apple in clover.

Well, that's something boffins haven't seen before: A strange alien streaks around Jupiter

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Devil

Re: Looks like a job for...

To Serve Man. Obviously.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NIufLRpJYnI

Wanna force granny to take down that family photo from the internet? No problem. Europe's GDPR to the rescue

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Angel

Forget grannies

What children need is a service to prevent moms from posting baby pictures.

To test its security mid-pandemic, GitLab tried phishing its own work-from-home staff. 1 in 5 fell for it

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Not bad? Users? Policy?

This is not bad, it is abysmal. These are not the normal unwashed users we rightly deride.

These are us.

20% of supposedly knowledgeable developers who are responsible for creating and maintaining the code that the world depends on can't recognize a phishing attack? 74% recognize it as phishy but don't bother to inform security?

Document? Library? A new kind of component? Microsoft had a hard time explaining what its Fluid Framework is

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WTF?

Re: Will this shite never stop?

You have to understand that a Fluid Framework requires a Fluid Definition.

Which is the problem.

Making shite fluid just makes a bigger mess. And this applies to all word processors.

COVID-19 sparks new wearables to push the pandemic away

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Angel

Re: Buzzer?

But won't it get confused if I'm carrying my Osman?

Hey Siri, are you still recording people's conversations despite promising not to do so nine months ago?

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Why don't people care?

Not the first company, won't be the last.

They all promise to review their practices and then the story goes away because most people don't care

US senators call for more transparency over $12bn TSMC fab plant investment

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FAIL

Remember the last "triumph"

In 2018 Foxconn, Apple's screen supplier, was going to build a $10b, 13,000 job, plant in Wisconsin which Trump declared would be "the Eighth Wonder of the World." For this they would get up to $4.8b in tax incentives, land at below market rates, free infrastructure, waived state and federal regulations, and special legal privileges. To date little has been constructed, no manufacturing equipment has been installed, and fewer than 200 people are employed there (I suspect PR flacks, lawyers, and janitors,in the main).

TSMC may be different but the incentives, land, infrastructure, regulatory grease, and privileges will be the same. Or higher. I guess it will be the ninth wonder of the world.

UK's Ministry of Defence: We'll harvest and anonymise private COVID-19 apps' tracing data by handing it to 'behavioural science' arm

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FAIL

Re: Quelle Surprise!

If you can't trust the military, who can you trust?

Uh, anybody else.

Sounds like your MoD is run as well as our DoD.

NASA's Human Spaceflight boss hits eject a week before SpaceX crew launch

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What makes sense

Unless it's something out of the blue, like boffing another boffin, selecting Bezos' Blue Origin over Boeing seems to be the sort of thing that would draw Trump's ire and Trump's ire is the explanation for most unexpected "resignations" in Washington.

We really doing this again? Rumour has it that Apple is nearly finished developing augmented-reality glasses

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Re: If Apple is ... developing augmented-reality glasses...

And identify when you're holding your iThing wrong.

Tech's Volkswagen moment? Trend Micro accused of cheating Microsoft driver QA by detecting test suite

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Re: Petty or Pedant? a definitive explanation

Duck Tape is indeed a registered trademark for a variety of tapes. Also Ductape is a registered trademark of heat resistant tape designed for heating ducts.

Duck tape was a term for strips of cotton duck cloth dating to around 1900 when it did not have any adhesive. A variation was developed for waterproofing ammunition boxes in WWII.

After this, duct tape became common parlance (probably via 3M) allowing Duck Tape to be trademarked.

Generally duct tape has a strong adhesive with a fabric matrix allowing it to be torn. Gaffer's tape does not qualify because it doesn't have a strong adhesive since it is designed to be removed without leaving traces. Tape designed for hot air ducts (or Fablon) doesn't qualify because it lacks the fabric matrix and must be cut.

Finally and definitively, NASA boffins call it duct tape and it saved Apollo 13. As boffin Ed Smylie, who designed the CO2 scrubber mod, said "One thing a Southern boy will never say is, 'I don't think duct tape will fix it.'"

PowerShell inventor Jeffrey Snover gets new gig driving ‘modern workforce transformation’

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An explanation

Modern Workforce Transformation will enable all of your workforce to work remotely while analyzing what each member of the workforce does and determining whether they can be replaced by an AI.

Honor launches new UK store, laptop, kettle, er... toothbrush?

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FAIL

Stay in your lane

I hate lifestyle. If I own a phone that I like I have no desire to buy a branded mug or t-shirt, much less a toothbrush.

What's next? El Reg branded Bootcamp boots for programmers?

You know this Land of the Free thing, yeah? Well then, why allow the FBI to trawl through America's browsing history without a warrant?

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Re: land of the free...

You are free to exercise all of the rights granted to you by the Constitution . . .

As long as you picked the right billionaire parents.

Hey, what kind of silicon may power next-gen space probes? We hope your answer includes 'AI acceleration'

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Devil

Just what science needs

I hope the boffins won't be too displeased when it artificially enhances Jupiter's red spot to show it's actually an asshole with hemorrhoids; just before deciding to change and dive into to get a better view.

SAP proves, yet again, that Excel is utterly unkillable

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Re: Excel excels

Yes, Excel has limitations (as does SAP's product). But for 98.7654321098765% of users who can live with 15 digit precision, it's good enough. Not to mention the legacy code and user familiarity.

Perfect is the enemy of good and El Reg is filled with tales of failed development projects where "nice to have" requirements became "mandatory" in pursuit of perfection.

Besides, users don't want to be told "you're holding it wrong."

Insider threat? Pffft. Hackers on the outside are the ones mostly making off with your private biz data, says Verizon

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FAIL

Clicking on Spam

Clicking on spam IS an insider threat. Companies need to hold users who do responsible.

Azure India wobbles due to ‘underlying physical datacentre issue’

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Re: <X> down

You mean another day another outage. Microsoft is neither alone or even the worst.

OnePlus to disable camera colour feature with pervy tendencies in latest flagship smartphone

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Much ado about nothing

So far I've seen nothing approaching NSFW demoz of this "flaw", just males in black t-shirts with something solid underneath. Given the internet, I assume the lack of bra or nipple photos means that this is no more effective than x-ray specs.

True pervs will still need a readily available but expensive IR camera. Note that this is the same technology that is or will be used for mass body temperature screening.

Equifax finally coughs up the money for its 2017 monster hack… to the banks for having to cancel your cards

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FAIL

Don't worry

The lawyers will get paid.

Apple's MagicPairing for Bluetooth fails to enchant after mischief-making bugs found hiding in the stack

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iLaugh

Given that "Apple's implementation of MagicPairing still has problems, though not particularly serious ones" I can't get too worked up.

OTOH, as a name MagicPairing is as ridiculous as Genius Bar.

And the misspelled code implies that nobody has time to check anything before the fixed in stone product release date. It's no wonder we're seeing more and more issues from these magic geniuses.

Attorney General: We didn't need Apple to crack terrorist's iPhones – tho we still want iGiant to do it in future

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China sends its thanks

If a back door is ever created, China, citing reasons of national security, will demand access to it for all iPhones sold in China.

Microsoft gives Office 365 admins the heads-up: Some internal queries over weekend might have returned results from completely different orgs

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Devil

Re: How?

COVID-19, the all encompassing excuse.

A real loch mess: Navy larks sunk by a truculent torpedo

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Pint

Re: Of course it was going to hit the boat!

Better than our torpedo.

When I was a peon working for what is now KPMG on a contract for the (US) Department of the Navy, I learned all sorts of weasel words to attempt to make the Mk-48 anti-submarine torpedo program look good after one prototype sank to the bottom and another floated. The fact that yours hit something should be credited.

Tales from the crypt-oh: Nvidia accused of concealing $1bn in coin-mining GPU sales as gaming revenue

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Traders deserve what they get

Investors who bought just before the crash have a profit as Nvidia stock is hitting new highs despite COVID-19.

Traders who try and jump into and out of the hottest thing lost money. Cry me a river.

If you don't LARP, you'll cry: Armed fun police swoop to disarm knight-errant spotted patrolling Welsh parkland

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Videoconferencing

"surely it wouldn't be so difficult to videoconference a tabletop campaign away from the prying eyes of normies."

When I was younger I played D&D with a group of friends, F2F, with paper and dice. My son has followed in my hobbit prints. He belongs to two groups - one of which live streams on Twitch and one of which produces a video podcast. Social distancing solved.

Note that if he ever starts a costume (for LARP or ComiCon) I'll take a maul to his electronics.

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