* Posts by Valeyard

699 posts • joined 14 Nov 2012


White House to tech world: Promise you'll write secure code – or Feds won't use it


also white house to vendors: "encryption is bad"

Atos investor says turnaround plan 'too ambitious and complicated'


to make profits they must do the needful

Apple co-founder Steve Jobs memorialized with online archive of emails, guff



I remember reading an article here at some point with John Carmack talking about Steve Jobs and it was enlightening about what an asshole that guy could be even outside working hours

Pakistan politicians label government cybersecurity team 'incompetent'


Re: Ummm...

in pakistan i think there's every intention to block the flow of water...

Barclays inks multi-year deal with Microsoft, starts rolling out Teams


first you work for barclays..

..then they add teams on top of that

what did these people do?

Tesla Full Self-Driving 'fails' to notice child-sized objects in testing



Tesla Autopilot fails to notice child-sized objects in testing

all we know is that it hit them. we don't know it was an accident.. musk does have quite a few sprogs who'll want money and developing "child-seeking road missiles"TM is the cheaper solution

Surprise! The metaverse is going to suck for privacy


I think this gives too much credit to metaverse

the only thing it's going to be leaking is meta's money until it's DOA

it's a nice theoretical case study but hopefully as relevant as "what happens if triffids invade"

Russia's new space chief confirms it will leave ISS after 2024


Re: How about...

"it's legitimate salvage!"

Atlassian reveals critical flaws in almost everything it makes and touches


Just put it in the backlog and consider it done

Crypto lender Celsius in Chapter 11 deep freeze


Re: "the lender was unable to return the company’s collateral on a timely basis"

to the tune of billions as well, yet if i tried that with a couple of hundred I'd be called a loanshark

Twitter claims Elon Musk bailed from sale with 'invalid and wrongful' reasons


They force me to refresh several times to get even an approximation of my latest tweets, thus inflating their pageview stats, so I can see Musk's point.

this is where it all derailed. you lambast twitter so much... and then talk about your account there

no one's actually forcing you to do anything, just free your soul from the angry shouty place.

Marriott Hotels admits to third data breach in 4 years


Re: clients

the keyword was "blackmail" though, they never entered into a contract, they're more what you'd call a "victim" in this (a situation partially of their own making perhaps given their history, but still).

No doubt this being in the news at all was what they were threatening them with when asking for the ransom



we are always willing to find a deal with our clients and told Marriott that we can provide all the discounts in the world

are they still clients if you're offering them a discount on your blackmail demands?

Google engineer suspended for violating confidentiality policies over 'sentient' AI


Re: Anyone who thinks this is AI

still more realistic than amanfrommars1


ice cream dinosaur

Don't leave me hanging Google, I now really want to see that ice cream dinosaur conversation

Record players make comeback with Ikea, others pitching tricked-out turntables


Dance music DJ's designed a turntable without pitch control that isn't a laptop?



I like vinyl; My daughter wants to listen to music at night while she nods off and gets bored if I play the same thing a few days in a row.

cheap functional turntable for a tenner, classical music vinyls at 1 or 2 for a quid in any charity shop you care to name, so easy to slap on a record and put a stylus down even a child can do it. perfect!

Workday nearly doubles losses as waves of deals pushed back


I'd avoid them just for the annoying voiceovers on their F1 adverts

Despite ban, China surges back to second place on bitcoin mining charts


the greenest energy is the energy you don't use, and bitcoin creates a high demand for no other reason than to trick some teenagers into a get-rich-quick ponzi scheme

US Cyber Command shored up nine nations' defenses last year


Letting the fox into the henhouse

SSE kicks the ‘A’ out of SASE


SASE hit the lexicon after 2019 took hold as enterprises started to see a possible route in the convergence with software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) and network security functions for threat protection, zero-trust features, firewall-as-a-service (FWaaS) and cloud access security broker (CASB), all delivered as a cloud service.

I made it halfway through this paragraph before I got accenture email PTSD flashbacks

Feds slay dark-web souk Hydra: Servers and $25m in crypto-coins seized


Re: Here's an idea

where do you think druggies get their money from?

it's usually someone else's house. god damn student stoner nonsense comment.

US is best place to be a software engineer, salary survey finds


Re: Software Engineer or Developer?

this sounds like a definition that you've made up

Review: ASUS dual-screen laptop may warm your heart, will definitely warm your lap


wow, trackpad on the right?

I can imagine my wife trying to navigate around her IDE like a game of twister.

so combined with the keyboard it's another one destined to sit to the side with an external keyboard and mouse plugged in and be a desktop in all but name

Microsoft Visual Studio: Cluttering up developer disks for 25 years


Visual studio 6 was great, I used it primarily for c and c++, tried out .net for a bit but VSCode is my editor of choice now (mainly for scripts rather than compiled languages, so I never really use the more powerful features I lived by on VS6)

Fujitsu: Dumping older workers will wipe out quarter of forecast profit


Fujitsu says 3,031 people have already applied for the scheme

Yeah that's because once the writing's on the wall you know where you stand, better to leave than stay where you're not valued before they find an excuse

Baidu plans 100-city robot taxi rollout by 2030


Hey, I'm Johnny Cab!

Privacy and computer security are too important to be left to political meddling


Re: What about strategies for "ordinary citizens"??

..actual gatekeeping


Re: What about strategies for "ordinary citizens"??

your stuff makes sense if these ordinary citizens are IT security professionals, I just want to send a message to the family group chat without being snooped on with E2E built-in so people are using it without even having to know

Comparing the descendants of Mandrake and Mandriva Linux


Re: Mandrake!

Mandrake 5 was my first distro in 98, mainly use ubuntu or debian now but I'll always remember it fondly (as one does after spending so long getting the drivers to work)

Ericsson admits it may have paid off ISIS terrorists


Re: These things happen

The alternative is not putting your staff into a war zone for profit

Nobara Project brings whole bunch of extensions so you can frag noobs on Fedora 35


Re: Wine

I'm not a gamer at all really, I mainly try wine with windows-only applications in niche things like ham radio or various C64 sprite editors where the community isn't large enough for there to be a wide variety of options

It's always the same hours-long trying to update to whatever new mutation of wine has come out, get it to run, then watch it fail with the actual application you want to use it on.

Give all that I wouldn't even bother thinking about it for something as complex and resource-hungry as a game



It keeps being mentioned here as if it's a given that it ever works, and maybe it's just my bad luck but in my opinion it's so so bad.

The future of gaming on Linux cannot involve wine at all

Court papers indicate text messages from HMRC's 60886 number could snoop on Brit taxpayers' locations


my company set up 2FA for all our logins that used your mobile number. I have a friend who has no mobile phone, it was an interesting conundrum they hadn't thought of

UK government opens consultation on medic-style register for Brit infosec pros


ah I'm very careful in that regard; I only hunt from programs either with an open invitation or where I've been explicitly invited on a bounty platform.

No point doing the work if there isn't a 100% chance there'll be a process and an agreement for payment laid out at the outset.

The chancers that do otherwise and target random companies usually threaten blackmail within 3 steps of the email chain so I don't want to introduce myself to that annoyed company contact who more often that not is probably correct to assume bad intent


so how does this work if you're a regular bounty contributor but not working for peanuts for a professional organisation? will they insist on some of those ridiculously expensive box-ticking certs?

European Space Agency: Come on, hack our satellite if you think you're hard enough


Re: Incentive

What? Bug bounties already exist, this isn't a new concept

Kudos for the sexed up burned identities and kicked in doors take on a novel technical challenge though.

UK government tool to monitor its legacy application estate is… LATE


Re: 4 box model?

it's based on the conjoined triangles of success

Ceefax replica goes TITSUP* as folk pine for simpler times


old VHS

I was talking to a guy who maintains a site like this (perhaps the same guy?)

It turns out VHS cassettes with programmes taped off the TV still hold the teletext data that was broadcast with it, so I've been digging around for all my old recorded tapes in the attic

UK's antitrust watchdog is very angry and has written a letter telling Apple and Google how angry it is with them


I'm out of the loop on windows but it wouldn't surprise me, as soon as I saw windows 8 I shifted from Linux being an occasional-use OS for techy projects to my only OS


Microsoft over in the corner still nursing the whip marks from bundling IE with windows wondering why it was the only one singled out

Samsung wheels out new silicon that turns cars into 5G-fuelled entertainment hubs


Re: Don't buy it

it's like those sofas that came with apple ports built in, then apple went and changed all their connectors

nothing ages something like embedded technology. why the hell is someone's sofa out of date now


The number 1 rule is pay attention to your surroundings when driving. All of this puts that at risk. I know these things are usually "for the kids in the back" but i've had a taxi driver in a posh car wash his dashboard dvd player for 40 mins, luckily it was late at night when the roads were empty but still, there's always someone and it only takes 1 person on the road to ruin someone's life

Theranos' Holmes admits she slapped Big Pharma logos on lab reports to boost her biz


you have 11 upvotes, you are hereby approved by theregister.co.uk as a valued contributor to that respected publication

Giant Japanese corporations to launch bank-backed digital currency


Re: Oh yeah, the Chinese again!

would you mind explaining it then for us?


this just sounds like cash as it is now but with extra steps

while it's in my banking app it's "digital" but can be deposited through banks from cash, it's stably mapped to a pound coin and can pay for all sorts of compatible services from railways tickets to coffees

A tiny typo in an automated email to thousands of customers turns out to be a big problem for legal


ignored emails

We had HR in our big consultancy send out a spreadsheet to everyone.

Naturally everyone's reaction was to delete it because they sent out so much corporate buzzword rubbish everyday it was just noise to us. Until a few minutes later an email recall request came through, so everyone retrieved and opened the spreadsheet which actually contained all the salaries of the local office. Cue lots of comparing and managers flooded with meeting requests


Re: And be careful with the email address

That's amazing, enough cringe to sustain me for months!

Sheffield Uni cooks up classic IT disaster in £30m student project: Shifting scope, leadership changes, sunk cost fallacy


"capped" means they're already raised as high as they'll go


30 million bloody quid, easy to piss money away when you can hike up the student fees



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