* Posts by Valeyard

587 posts • joined 14 Nov 2012


China requires gamers to reveal real names and map them to frag-tastic IDs



can't play a winnie the pooh game but simconcentrationcamp is fine by their official standards

Also any game installed on a phone now provides another way to map your physical GPS-connected device to your verified identity, interesting if you're a gamer in hong kong...

Nokia 5310: Retro feature phone shamelessly panders to nostalgia, but is charming enough to be forgiven


Handy as a secondary phone

Living on the irish border we used to need two phones for everything. one for the uk networks and one for the southern networks, and having the wrong phone in the wrong room of the house could cost dearly.

Then add a work phone and some people were carrying around 1 main phone and 4 cheaper phones. My mother still uses nokia's last colourful nostalgia phone as her work pieces (one for the north, one for the south, because the public sector is not smart)

As for me, this or the aforementioned 3310 would be my "going through American border" phone with just my sim and no sensitive data

IBM job ad calls for 12 years’ experience with Kubernetes – which is six years old


Re: Why wouldn't Tim Berners-Lee have 17 years experience designing websites?

>I suppose there may have been people working with WWW related stuff back then who were not aware of Tim, but it's hardly likely. His name was on all three pieces of documentation!

I did my first website in 96 or 97 and I had no idea, my "documentation" was howtos on html and FTP, to geocities then freenetname for that free domain

You don't have to go home, but you can't stay here. Fujitsu tells 80,000 of its Japan employees: From now on, you work remotely


I visited our Japan office and was still sitting there at 7PM on my first day's visit wondering if I make the English look bad by leaving at 5 on the dot as no one else had moved...

Eventually I got bored and stood up to leave. As soon as I did the entire office stood up and packed their things too, there are so many cultural gotchas, and one of those seemed to be not looking "lazy" in front of the visitor from HQ.

The working and office culture there has so many weird details and customs, I can only imagine how much of a shock working from home will be

E-scooter fanboy so hyped for Teesside to host UK's first trial


Re: Tees Valley mayor Ben Houchen

I used to use that airport before it stopped passenger flights. The main issue is that newcastle and leeds are both already there with more destinations, Teesside Airport (As it was known) was good for a few domestic flights for students to get home from uni over the holidays but that was about it

Press F2 to pay respects. New Xiaomi Poco Pro has 5G, top-drawer Snapdragon chippery, 64MP camera


Re: I'm a wierdo

>... so there is no feature yet available that is tempting me to upgrade my Galaxy S8.

I'm still on my oneplus one bought at pre-order and extended with lineageos and there's nothing to tempt me away yet.

The slowly degrading battery life (not bad for a 6 year old phone) was about to make my decision for me, but then I saw replacement batteries on ebay for a fiver so now my ethics are guilt-tripping me again about ever ditching it


Re: 120Hz refresh rates

> It generally makes animations look better.

My animations are all switched off for a nice little performance boost

Latvian drone wrests control from human overlords and shuts down entire nation's skies


Good timing

No one wants to fly anyway

Who's going to pay for Britain's Aunty Beeb to carry on? Broadband users, broadcaster suggests to government


Re: Ha

2019 report mate, I'm not their payroll team


> It's perfectly legal to have a receiver in on the premises without needing a license, provided it isn't used to receive and make use of broadcasts, and the onus is on the licensing authority to prove it is used for that if they think so.

There are supposedly a lot of rules, but try telling that to the beefy looking fellas (with the proper ID) who barged their way into my student bedroom (Where my girlfriend was in bed no less) to start harassing me about a portable CRT that was a snes-dedicated display with no aerial cable in the room anyway. Despite telling them to fuck off and threatening to call the police they said there'd be a letter going out. Joke's on them all my student mail got stolen.


Re: Ha

especially given the outrageous salaries some of the presenters are on, there's a cutback right there. Chris Evans and Gary Lineker over a million a year for starters

More than a billion hopelessly vulnerable Android gizmos in the wild that no longer receive security updates – research



My pre-ordered oneplus one is doing great at 5 or 6 years old and with lineageOS it's getting updates every day, whereas my previous phone was a samsung I had for 3 years that received the grand total of one update in its life

Meet Clippy 9000: Microsoft brags about building Earth's largest AI language model, refuses to let it out of the lab


Re: And I give a s**t because?

you'll care when a manfrommars1 is built from something less crazy that whacked-together hodge podge of excel macros

exciting times

Ex-Autonomy CFO Sushovan Hussain was accused of sexual misconduct against Darktrace staff – report


Re: Surely Forbes miss the point?

i don't think it was so much against darktrace as Hussein himself. ie. that they reacted to the event, but he shouldn't have gave them cause in the first place

No Mo'zilla for about 100 techies today: Firefox maker lays off staff as boss talks of 'difficult choices' and funding


good moneysaving plan guys

sack all the QA leads and move the testers somewhere else

I don't see how that could possibly come back to bite you later

China tells America, with a straight face, it will absolutely crack down on hacking and copyright, tech blueprint theft


Re: crack down on counterfeiting and IP theft

i don't think that's the same thing as the factory you sent your designs to ripping off the product using the same tooling during the night shift

Whirlybird-driving infosec boss fined after ranty Blackpool Airport air traffic control antics


10 minutes?

if 10 minutes of £550p/h is causing you concern I don't think a helicopter is for you

"Good. Stay out of my ATZ. You need to check your radio. By all means complain"

Tolley sounds like she handled the situation beautifully, he needed to be brought down a peg or two

Under construction: CAT lobs bargain-basement rugged mobile that will take a kicking and keep on clicking



Ok so it can withstand a fall or submersion in water

but are there an unlimited number of screen covers for the inevitable concrete or plaster getting stuck to the screen?

Linux in 2020: 27.8 million lines of code in the kernel, 1.3 million in systemd


Re: I've had .....

for me pulseaudio fails on boot and i have to pulseaudio& in a terminal to have sound

when pulseaudio and systemd meet

Non-unicorn $700 e-scooter shop Unicorn folds with no refunds – after blowing all its cash on online ads



TLDR: "we had all these orders to fulfill but we spent all the money trying to get more orders instead, so we ended up with even more orders but no money to make them with"

Listen up you bunch of bankers. Here are some pointers for less crap IT


practical advice from the sidelines

-set impact tolerances for each important business service, which quantify the maximum tolerable level of disruption they would tolerate;

-take actions to be able to remain within their impact tolerances.

"hope that helps"

NASA told to get act together on commercial crew vendors as chance of US-free ISS rises


wank and send tweets

We're going deeper Underground: Vulture clicks claws over London's hidden tracks


Mail Rail

First time I heard of this was in the laundry files when it gets used as an escape route, had to immediately look it up

TalkTalk still struggles to shut down legacy email addresses on request


just cut out the middle man

do it yourself with an SQL injection

Match.com? More like Match dot-con, claims watchdog: Cyber-lonely-hearts 'lured into forking out to view bot spam'


Re: If it was as rare and as unintentional as they say...

the assumption made is that they aren't the ones creating these accounts themselves

Rebel Galaxy Outlaw: Well, lookie here! For once a space game that doesn't promise the universe


Board games

Board games give you your space RPG nowadays, XIA is the most elite-like game i've played in a long time on any media, whereas Galaxy Truckers is really good casual fun

Broadcom billionaire Henry Nicholas and pal on drugs rap cough up $1m to avoid the clink


Re: why do drugs = crime?

Simply because the price for drugs is massively inflated by the prohibition

you've never had to live in middlesbrough. Cheapest drugs in the land, absolute shithole with zombies everywhere asking for 20p or just being content with flogging your stolen TV for a fiver because they can get a decent hit of heroin for a quid

i love your romanticised view of drugs but try living where it actually affects people who don't choose to do drugs

Who left a database of emails, credit cards, plain-text passwords, and more open to the web this week? Tech Data, come on down!


wheres the quote?

I need to be reassured that my security and privacy is of upmost importance

What first attracted Ofcom boss Sharon White to the near-£1m salary offered by John Lewis Partnership?



"What first attracted you to the millionaire paul daniels?"

British Army cyber 'n' psyops unit 77 Brigade can't even brainwash civvies into helping it meet recruitment targets


government spooks

I wonder why anyone won't join UK cybersec-anything, where you'll sell your soul to spend more of your time spying on the innocent citizens in the UK than rival nations, all for a meagre civil service wage

get f**ked

Oracle AI's Eurovision horror show: How bad can it be? Yep. Badder


you're hired

Better than any UK entry for the past few decades

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...


waiting for 20 years

when the guy posts it as a "who, me?"

UK.gov admits it was slow to intervene in Verify's abject failure to meet user targets


government IT

There is an entire industry just centred around burning through government money, and it whacks you right into the fortune 500

Lone staffer killed our shields, claims etailer Gearbest after infosec bods peep at user deets


VPNMentor also went into a little detail about those who had bought sex toys from the site, including a Pakistani man who'd treated himself to three dildos. Highlighting Pakistan's backwards attitude to LGBT rights, VPNMentor said "this information could mean a literal death sentence for this user". ®

Maybe it was for all the hot lady senoritas he has, playa

Transcript leak: Inside Facebook's secret crisis meeting, where Zuck and Sheryl race to save social network's rep


Zuckerberg: OK, all right! Thank you. Now that brings me to a bigger concern: our public image. As you know we take our users' privacy very seriously…

All: Very seriously.

Amazing! I can imagine them all reciting that in response to that sentence every single time it's said like in hot fuzz, "the greater good"

Oracle to lure boffins with cloud credits, see if enterprise-grade tech can speed up research


Re: windows 10 Audio/video de-sync in VM, solution!

thank you for that delightful story..?

Crowdfunded lawyer suing Uber told he can't swerve taxi app giant's £1m legal bill


More importantly the federal government will be responsible for picking up the tab if the decision went against them

that's very nice of them to do that in London

Northern UK smart meter rollout is too slow, snarls MPs' committee


"Dear MPs, where is this North Region?"

in what the MPs see as the barbaric wilds beyond the M25

Secret mic in Nest gear wasn't supposed to be a secret, says Google, we just forgot to tell anyone


Re: i believe it was a mistake..

As you seem to work for Google PR

yes, we just have a curl script refreshing theregister commentards on a big screen, it takes up the half the width of our floor (The other half is a live feed of your webcam you mucky boy)


i believe it was a mistake..

I'm normally the first to criticise google, but nest literally has a function where it'll activate and send me a notification if it picks up sound in the house when I'm out

So I hardly think this is some nefarious hidden feature, This is just a non-story

Tens of millions more web accounts for sale after more sites hacked, Mac malware spreads via Windows.exe, and more


Re: yay I'm in one!

what? I keep hearing more and more good things about revolut but didn't know about these disposable numbers, that's the best reason I've had to look into it


yay I'm in one!

roll 1; crit fail on web security

nat 20 on keepass and unique passwords

Facebooker swatted, Kaspersky snares an NSA thief, NASA server exposed, and more


Re: Swatting

yes that's what the emergency services need, more bureaucracy!

Alphabet board smacked with sueball for paying off Google execs accused of sexual harassment


This is why Google is so PC

They doth protest too much.

Wax lyrical about equality, whilst behind the conference room doors the people most proud of their egalitarian reputation are backing female devs into the corner of the room

This is the final straw, evil Microsoft. Making private GitHub repos free? You've gone too far


Re: As ever

yeah, my humble way of giving back is just to log every bug or crash i find after investigating solid recreation steps instead of moaning and restarting. I've found some good ones, makes me warm inside to know that my tiny contributions help something

EU politely asks if China could stop snaffling IP as precondition for doing business


Re: Have the cake and eat it

Have your cake and eat it is the perfect title for this. So it costs to lose IP, what they need to ask themselves is that cost lower or higher than a local manufacturing facility rather than outsourcing. Then pick one.

IBM: Co-Op Insurance talking direct to coding subcontractor helped collapse of £55m IT revamp project


Re: @valeyard

my mates? B ark? i have no idea what you're talking about

What I do know is I worked for the HMRC as a developer and know frig all about tax law


the business analysts, project managers and others who had little understanding of either technology or the business

So... back in your day a developer at the HMRC would know every little piece of tax law, for example? I call BS

US told to appoint a damn Privacy Shield ombudsperson already or EU will take action


Oooh just you wait

There'll be severe tutting and possibly even suggestions of a mildly-worded letter you mark my words

Sidecar drags itself out the grave, sues Uber for putting it there



The paying more and charging less I don't realllly have a problem with, but this:

Uber is accused of developing a system to book Sidecar rides and then cancel them at the last minute in order to disrupt its business and undermine trust in its service.

I have absolutely no trouble whatsoever in believing



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