* Posts by thosrtanner

188 publicly visible posts • joined 7 Mar 2013


Can confidential computing stop the next crypto heist?


I like the way the word 'probably' is used in the justification for this. i.e. we have no idea if thi would have stopped them, but it's clearly something else we can sell

Rookie programmer's code goes up in flames ... kind of


Re: Vital detail missing

And where is the playmobil incident picture? Surely playmobil have guinea pig figures?

Founder of cybersecurity firm Acronis is afraid of his own vacuum cleaner


He's scared of his vacuum cleaner? my tumble dryer has wifi.. that seems less than useful given you have to be standing right by it in order to load it up with stuff to dry

Ubuntu Unity desktop back from the dead after several years' hiatus


Why do people need to continually change UIs? I like my menu bar, and it's easy to navigate with the keyboard when my mouse hand is feeling tired. I liked the pretty colours on the icons. God help me, I liked the transparent effect on the title bar in windows 7.

But everything has to be flat and minimalist now with NO VISUAL CUES AT ALL.

And as for dragging around the title-bar less menu-bar less chrome on my desktop. Arrrggghh. Its a nightmare and more often than not I'm left trying to work out why this tab has suddenly detached itself to somewhere else on the screen

Tata Consultancy Services to create touchy feely 'Internet of Actions'

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If the pr0n industry isn't supporting this, it's not gonna fly

Misguided call for a 7-Zip boycott brings attention to FOSS archiving tools


funny, I didn't think 7 zip was supported by the Russian government, and the code is there for everyone to see. Which is fortunate, because I was updating a program to make better use of it via the API so it could handle any type of file that 7-zip could. And honestly the documentation is not ideal, and queries to the mailing list seems to only have resulted in "it's in the documentation". Which 'it' wasn't and I had to look at the source code to work out how to use it.

API documentation aside, (and at least it has one) I've been using this for a long time as it is convenient, flexible and unobtrusive.

Russia has become an autocratic state again, but that doesn't mean the people of Russia all support what the government does, and such trolling is offensive and really people should know better than to behave like that

EV battery can reach full charge in 'less than 10 minutes'


I'd be quite happy if my phone and tablet could fully recharge in 10 minutes

Makers of ad blockers and browser privacy extensions fear the end is near


Re: Freedom of choice

Only 5 or 6?

I was testing out broadband connection when I moved house and used speedtest website. The speed I was getting round about doubled when I switched from microsoft edge (with loads of adverts) to palemoon with ublock to block all the ads.


Re: The mystery

Cost. As chrome, edge, and firefox are all pretty much the same thing underneath, it means the 'alternative' browsers have to do a lot less work to keep themselves on a par with chrome.

IMHO firefox shot itself in the foot in a way that'd impress even a C programmer when they dropped XUL and basically discarded the huge library the extensions developed for it. That is the point when its days as an independent browser were numbered.

It has taken years for the functionality of some of the extensions to be even half way restored.

Next six months could set a new pace for work-life balance


Well, I'm not voting because I'd certainly prefer a 5dayx8hr week to a 4dayx10hr day week. On the other hand I'd really like a 4dayx8hr day week. The survey is astonishingly unclear about what is being offered.

Engineer sues Amazon for not covering work-from-home internet, electricity bills


Re: Can of worms

I do not have the worlds best co-ordination and I have been known to fall up the stairs on occasion


Generally I agree. The guy is a thoughtless idiot. During the pandemic I saved 2 years worth of season tickets which easily made up for the extra electricity and stuff. And my broadband is flat rate, so no extra expense there. Result: Me quids in.

Not so good with part home/part work, as an annual season ticket is slightly cheaper than a years worth of 3 days a week return tickets from where I live, but there are other things than money.

Except apparently for that guy.

Spam is back with a vengeance. Luckily we can't read any of it


my current favourite spam filter is the one thunderbird uses. it has decided that all my google calendar emails are spam.

and yahoo comes a close 2nd, as it won't allow me to configure the spam filter and i have to go see what is caught in it every day.

Total number of spam emails received over past year - about 3

Total number of spam emails received according to yahoo - 3000 or so. Including ONE of the ones above.

Total number of spam emails received according to thunderbird - 1000 or so. Including ONE of the real spams.

Beware the fury of a database developer torn from tables and SQL


Re: In the spirit of the story...

There used to be a game why you put an english phrase into google translate, asked it to translate to japanese. then translate the japanese back to english. repeat until the translation returned the same english phrase twice. You could get quite a lot of iterations with some phrases.

That was quite fun


Re: Oops



The original translation reads: "All hope abandon ye who enter here."

please try and get it right...

The sad state of Linux desktop diversity: 21 environments, just 2 designs


Re: Compatibility and elephants

I want a windows 7 lookalike.

Windows 10 has got the amazing disappearing scrollbars which end up with you having no idea of how much of the document you can actually see in the window until you move over the place where the scrollbar would be if you could see it and then you have to select the scrollbar with pinpoint accuracy.

And gtk3 has removed the indicative _ from the menu bar for shortcuts unless you press alt. and you can't switch it back on.

If I was 20 this (probably) wouldn't be a problem. I'm not. And it is a significant problem

Ad-tech firms grab email addresses from forms before they're even submitted



not sure whether I should upvote that (detailing the problem) or downvote it (because arrggh)

So have one of these to drown your sorrows ------------------>


And this is why I have noscript installed at home. Not at work, because I can't install stuff from external sites ...

On the plus side, looks like I can re-enable javascript on all those pr0n websites I visit.

Clustered Pi Picos made to run original Transputer code


Re: Transputer?

I did actually have some 78rpm records!


Re: Transputer?

They were called transistor radios to differentiate them from valve radios. As my parents had one of the later which had about 6 separate selectable bands on the "dial" (It wasn't so much a dial about about 2 foot long and 6 inches high, with helpful station markings such as 'Hilversum'), and came complete with a gramophone capable of playing 17, 33, 45 and 72 rpm records, I was well aware of the difference.

It is possible there were portable valve radios, but 'transistor radio' sounded way cooler and more modern than 'portable radio' at age 12.

And tranny is an unsurprising contraction of that - especially as transvestitism wasn't really something one even knew about at that tender age in those days.

Switch off the mic if it makes you feel better – it'll make no difference


I have had that battling between apps controlling your mike so often :-(

That, along with the 'if your microphone is not switched on when I start, I'll never recognise it ever' group of apps, means I often have to spend 5 minutes at the start of a meeting trying to get my microphone to register with the app the meeting is being held on.

Windows 11's tablet-friendly taskbar pulled from Insider builds


They're listening to user feedback? So they're going to bring back the windows 7 UI, and stop all these minimalist rubbish?

Rivals aren't convinced by Microsoft's one-click default browser change


Re: Browsers

Only a very old version of noscript though, which causes github to break :-(

Western Digital tells EdgeRover users to patch app again


the mind boggles as to why this app needs to play mpeg files

Microsoft makes tweaks to Windows 11 Start Menu for Insiders but stops short of mimicking Windows 10


Re: Change needed I think

They're the same thing. Didn't you know?

Qualcomm kinda spins out Snapdragon – as a brand, not a business


A single digit series and they're already at series 8? That's not a lot of headroom. Unless the next series going to be series 7 and they're going to count down to series 0.

Reg scribe spends 80 hours in actual metaverse … and plans to keep visiting


Re: Second Life

Apparently: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-59180273

FYI: Code compiled to WebAssembly may lack standard security defenses


Re: Stack smashing

That rather depends on what the wrong result is and how it is used. Sending a payment to the wrong bank account is definitely some sort of issue.

And if the webassembly program happened to read a password...

Behold the Megatron: Microsoft and Nvidia build massive language processor


I have a natural language processor that doesn't require bucketloads of GPUs and concomitant wattage. It does take a little longer to train, but think of the power consumption benefits.

And it wrote this comment.

British data watchdog brings cookies to G7 meeting – pop-up consent requests, not the delicious baked treats


yeah, but this is when i reload the page


I click reject all as well. What pees me off is people like ziff davis who re-ask the question REPEATEDLY on the same page. and again when you restart the browser. I'd think a cookie saying 'I do not want all this tracking' would be within the letter and spirit of the law, rather than just the letter as currently.

The unit of measure for fatbergs is not hippopotami, even if the operator of an Australian sewer says so


Re: Pural

yeah, by the time i realised that it was beyond editing :-(


Re: Pural

Clearly the writers of the OED have no respect for Fanders and Swann. Everyone of culture knows you need a regular army of hippopotami for singing 'Mud, mud, glorious mud'

Communism never looked so good: China cracks down on pop-up ads


Re: China?

capitalism does however have sweatshops, child labour, slavery, ...

I'm not a communist but I'm not a capitalist either. Because both, if left to their own devices, end up exploiting the masses for the benefit of the few while indulging in massive PR campaigns to make them seem acceptable.

Microsoft joins Bytecode Alliance to advance WebAssembly – aka the thing that lets you run compiled C/C++/Rust code in browsers


runs c++ code - tha'ts code with all the unsafe unchecked memory accesses, the cause of most vulnerabilities, right?

Wi-Fi devices set to become object sensors by 2024 under planned 802.11bf standard


I think 'bf' as part of the standard name is remarkably apt really. And sadly, the IEEE website has plenty of information about this idea

Did I or did I not ask you to double-check that the socket was on? Now I've driven 15 miles, what have we found?


Twisty turny narrow roads

If he was working anywhere near where I lived as a child, I doubt that was the result of too much Colossal Cave. I've definitely been in a car that couldn't move while we waited for the herd of cows to make their way round the car.

And one epic story where a lorry was sent the back route between the 2 nearest towns via our village. Both ways involved a steep hill. However the back way involved, after coming down one hill, and crossing a narrow bridge over a millpond, a right angle bend into the other hill, with a single width road with high stone walls on both sides. About half way up there was another right angle bend. And no relief from the walls.

The lorry was there for a good long while.

A tale of mainframes and students being too clever by far


Re: Colleges vs. Real world.

Hardly the instructors fault you had to attend her course

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And who *did* take Karen's milk from the fridge? We should be told.

Forget tabs – the new war is commas versus spaces: Web heads urged by browser devs to embrace modern CSS


> Why? Upcoming new features such as lab(), lch(), and color() use the same syntax (and don’t work with commas).

Well they bloody should support commas then

Getting a pizza the action, AS/400 style


Re: "Hopefully he also added a bit of text along the lines"

Some of the worst User Interfaces I've come across have been designed by software engineers, who haven't bothered to think about what the user is trying to do, they've bothered about how to reflect how you talk to the underlying system.

We had one screen where '1' meant switched off and '0' meant switched on. Check boxes? The words enabled or disabled? Hahaha. Everybody got confused by this. To the point when someone needed to add some more entries to the screen, and he made the new entries expect '1' for enabled.

It was an utter disaster.

A paper clip, a spool of phone wire and a recalcitrant RS-232 line: Going MacGyver in the wonderful world of hotel IT


Re: Thanks for reminding me...

Damn. I was just about to post that too

Asterix co-creator Albert Uderzo dies aged 92


Re: resistance

I'd suggest impedimenta or Bacteria for the 1st option

'Unfixable' boot ROM security flaw in millions of Intel chips could spell 'utter chaos' for DRM, file encryption, etc


Re: And none of this is important

As far as I can see, if said miscreant gets access to your PC, they can read the management key which doesn't apply to your PC, it applies to however many hundreds of thousands of PCs that were built with the same chipset.

I imagine it's rather less hard at that point to do interesting things remotely.

Zyxel storage, firewall, VPN, security boxes have a give-anyone-on-the-internet-root hole: Patch right now


Re: Router with no external admin access

I think the article says 'if you visit a malicious page, it can take over your router'. so the hammer of disintegration is needed

'An issue of survival': Why Mozilla welcomes EU attempts to regulate the internet giants


i've been to at least one site that says 'if you don't accept our cookies you can't use the site'. so I don't use it, but seriously? that's certainly contrary to the spirit of the GDPR

You'll never select all and mark as read again after this tale of peril... Oh, who are we kidding? Of course you will

Paris Hilton

I'd have to say I'd have thought it'd be SOP to check that, if the stairs were the only exit from a room, there was no one actually in the room before removing the stairs.

You want a Y2K crash? FINE! Here's a poorly computer


Re: Same as Audits

Storing dates in floats???

'I am done with open source': Developer of Rust Actix web framework quits, appoints new maintainer

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Re: Whats the problem with unsafe code in Rust?

Yeah. And all code is written properly of course. Even experienced kernel programmers make mistakes.

Something I learnt long ago: Given 2 code solutions to a problem, people in general pick the worse one either to use or to (shudder) clone and mangle.