* Posts by -v(o.o)v-

113 posts • joined 17 Oct 2013


Opt-out is the right approach for sharing your medical records with researchers


Typical Australian. What else would be expected from the near-fascist country where people gladly give up any rights.

Windows 11 in detail: Incremental upgrade spoilt by onerous system requirements and usability mis-steps


Indeed. I had to configure Windows 10 on a new laptop.

Settings in Control Panel were easy to find and everything was done quickly.

The Settings app however... it took forever, mainly because to find any needed setting I needed to go through all of the setting "groups", scroll around the pages filled with empty space.

Microsoft can f o a d since I'm forced to use this waster of time.


Re: @Hubert Cumberdale -- (untitled)

Or both?

It's a dumpster fire, may it flop hard and pox on its creators (since we will be forced to use this POS in a few years)

Running a recent Apache web server version? You probably need to patch it. Now



Apache has had quite a few of these path traversal vulnerabilities over the time.

Here's to hoping they finally get it right this time, and even more importantly keep it that way.

Typical. Crap weather halts work on subsea fibre-optic cable between UK and France


96 fibers, 20 T capacity.. with DWDM that could be 2 Pbps.

Cheeky chappy rides horse around London filling station, singing: 'I don't need petrol 'cos he runs on carrots'


Oh my God, it's a mirage

I'm tellin' y'all, it's cabotage

GNOME 41: Slick with heaps of new features for users and devs – but annoyances remain

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Lessons from Microsoft

And those title bars. Why oh why do they need to be so *massive*? They waste a ton of vertical real estate. They should be a quarter. And they don't even have the usual buttons like maximize/minimize? Seriously??

Are they taking lessons from Microsoft on "shut up and take what you are given, and be happy about it"?

Fix network printing or keep Windows secure? Admins would rather disable PrintNightmare patch


Don't get it

I don't get it. Why would the restriction of installing printer drivers to only admins break printing?

Why not just push out the driver through your chosen SW deployment system? Or even a PS script run on scheduled task (via GPO)? Why is it so difficult?

3 years, 17 alphas, 2 betas, and over 7,500 commits later, OpenSSL version 3 is here


Re: 1.1.1 to 3.0?

Pah, sequential versions, so 20th century.

Bigger numbers are better and some are so good they approach 3 digits, needing extra testing.

Compromise reached as Linux kernel community protests about treating compiler warnings as errors


Re: Not so simple

Doxygene does this, probably others too, but it's probably not what you describe exactly.

Microsoft Azure deprecations: API changes will break applications and PowerShell scripts


Re: Rationale?

Move fast, break things!

Start or Please Stop? Power users mourn features lost in Windows 11 'simplification'


How about this: where is the recent documents list? I bet it's totally gone now!

Microsoft slips out Windows Server 2022 with extended support for 10 years


Admin Center

Admin Center shows perfectly the MS strategy: it does not even have a GPO editor.

But why would you need it since Intune, right?

All the non-cloudy non-subscription legacy stuff can stagnate and die. Right? Right??

Facebook and Amazon take over Philippines-to-USA sub cable after China Mobile quits


Re: Encrypt the endpoints!

Like MACsec?

Huawei stole our tech and created a 'backdoor' to spy on Pakistan, claims IT biz


Re: Can you find "Maskin House" ruwi?

Go away Chinese trolls.

Slacking off? It used to be there was pretty much one place to chat with your fellow developers: IRC


Re: ignoramus

Because it is decidedly not a peer to peer chat! Duh!!

It does have DCC extensions for p2p.

Windows 11: What we like and don't like about Microsoft's operating system so far


Re: Meh

And this cancer is permeating the whole industry. Decades of experience in making UI *useful* is thrown away in an attempt to look trendy.

It is disgusting and it has to stop. The journalists and other people with an audience should be making a stand to stop this madness.

Microsoft has a workaround for 'HiveNightmare' flaw: Nuke your shadow copies from orbit


Re: ACLs too complicated

Ahha a noob detected.

Most file systems in Linux have ACLs just like Windows. The + after the mode bits in ls signify this.

Suck on this: El Reg forces dog hair, biscuit crumbs, and disconcertingly sticky stains down two mini vacuums


Re: Is there a vacc...

Why for god's sake is it not spayed since years already?? You are making her life a misery. Either spay or get a mate, simple.


Re: Poor article, badly written.

I wouldn't say it was badly written. I thought it's a good read. But the lack of actual reviewing is glaring and the SNR should be improved.

IBM's 18-month company-wide email system migration has been a disaster, sources say


Re: Saw this coming for Years

Do tell more...

IBM does deserve this and so much more for their cost cutting.

Happy with your existing Windows 10 setup? Good, because Windows 11 could turn its nose up at your CPU


Re: What gen?

The office has even older machines with Win10: for example E8300 and other Core 2 Duo machines.

Windows Server 2022: Azure Edition slips into Public Preview


The white fluffy stuff

It is colossally disappointing that MS is leaving on-prem users with less and less useful features.

Not everyone can or want to use the cloud. For several reasons that should be clear to anyone reading these forums.

Most glaring exhibit being the mountains of money the cloud brings to those peddling it. All that money comes from somewhere.

As for SMB - port 445 is blocked for a reason. That reason is that it exposes user passwords in cleartext with a simple "exploit"! I hope the QUIC transport takes this into account. Not that I will be using it anyways. No clouds here, just sunshine.

Apple drops a bomb on long-life HTTPS certificates: Safari to snub new security certs valid for more than 13 months


Woosh... Went right over you right?


I for one do NOT see this as being reasonable.

I have hundreds of certificates on different embedded-like endpoints. They get certificates with very long lifetime from the internal PKI. They are (currently) secure and changing them cannot be automated.

If other browser makers follow suit I'm forced to just start living with certificate errors - there's no way these will be changed yearly.

It seems idiotic, the browser could test if the certificate is weak instead of just blindly warning on lifetime!

He’s a pain in the ASCII to everybody. Now please acquit my sysadmin client over these CIA Vault 7 leaking charges


Logs could be modified? Really?? What kind of Mickey mouse operation is it? Beggars belief...


Indeed - how come there's always, always kiddie porn "found" from leakers' machines??

Just look at past reg pieces and it's always the same story. Kiddie porn found first.

As pressure builds over .org sell-off, internet governance bodies fall back into familiar pattern: Silence


Vint Cerf

I propose that from hereafter Vint Cerf will be referred to as:

The disgraced internet figure Vint Cerf.

Cubans launching sonic attacks on US embassy? Not what we're hearing, say medical boffins


Re: Were previous medical reports wrong?

Later news articles said the "same" "symptoms" and fears of a sonic weapon were found in China also.

Look it up.

Weird Flex but OK: New Samsung laptop lines haul QLED monitor tech squinting into the sun


They do look good. I'll stick to my T-series.

You're ARIN a laugh: Critical internet org accused of undercutting security over legal fears


It is pretty ridiculous. Do DNS root servers require signing a legal document? No.

A problem with those could lead to much larger problems.

Facebook: Remember how we promised we weren’t tracking your location? Psych! Can't believe you fell for that


Re: Small correction re. Android

What do you mean "beta"? My Pixel had updated to a final release, I'm in no beta program.


Re: Interesting phrasing

On Android 10 the Google apps will ask about background location the same way as any app.

Why does the reporter think that Android 10 is not yet released?

GIMP open source image editor forked to fix 'problematic' name


Re: Next up...

Mediainfo is much better

Huawei is planning to inject $436m into Arm-based server silicon


Re: "the company presents a national security risk"

Oh please. Everyone in the industry knows that security of Huawei products leaks like a sieve and the software engineering culture is not on par to C/J.

If the US was serious in wanting to keep appearances they would focus on that instead of the ridiculous "the government backdoors".

Boeing's 737 Max woes trigger BEEELLIONS in losses – and that's just for the latest quarter


Remember now, it's very simple:

"If it has split scimitars, I'm not going."

JavaScript tracking punks given a thrashing by good old-fashioned server log analytics


The article refers to a Matomo cloud service. Matomo (used to be called Piwik) software is open-source and free. We are using it for several million daily pages, works quite well with some tweaks.

Shall we strip price caps from .org, mulls ICANN. Hm, people seem really upset... OK, let's do it


I'm not going to even bother to rant about these clowns.

ICANN sucks.

You're not Boeing to believe this, but... Another deadly 737 Max control bug found


*Maneuvering Characteristics* Augmentation System

I do not agree.

Many in the industry seem to think that the reason for MCAS is simply the FAA certification requirements for handling characteristics i.e. "as nose pitches up, increasing aft stick force must be required" (paraphrasing but the FAA original text may be found easily from a certain forum or with much more effort from the original text (FAR?)), without MCAS the stick would lighten due to the aforementioned engine nacelles generating lift.

The other opinion is that it is there for FAA longitudinal stability requirements.

In a way both of them *do* protect against stall but especially Boeing is adamant that it is not stall protection system. And specifically, this is different issue from classic pitch/power couple that many seem to mistake it for.

Personally, I believe it is due to the former certification requirement. It may have something to do with type rating - but the aircraft would be simply uncertifiable without MCAS, type rating had little to do with it.

Vivaldi to give abusive sites the middle finger with built-in ad blocking


If it walks like a

We don't need to fork it, well just maintain a change to it - sounds like the very definition of a fork.

Also: is Vivaldi good and stable? Looking for an alternative to the current standard browser (Chrome) in the company.

Cram this in your Pai hole! New York, Cali, eight other US states sue to stop T-Mobile-Sprint merger



I wonder how big pile of $ made him sell himself and all his decency.

How does it feel to be one of the most hated American figures? Since he seems totally shameless, probably just OK and not giving a f all the way to the bank.

LTO-8 tape media patent lawsuit cripples supply as Sony and Fujifilm face off in court


Re: Every Two Years...


There just isn't any technology available that can meet all the use cases where tape is needed currently.

If there was then tape *would* already be dead!

Fact is, tape is not going anywhere until some new breakthrough is found in storage media. 3D storage was mentioned earlier. Cheap NAND flash could *maybe* be an option if adapted to some kind of cartridges.

Durability, transportability, speed, ...


Re: Bye-bye tape drives

And after a disaster, how do those hard drives in Romania get the data back to you?

Over the Internet?

Better have a 10G upstream connection, then.

I won't even bother to calculate how long it would take to download any larger than "small" amount of data. Can those cloud storage services even send the data back at 10G? Especially if the location needing DR does not directly peer with the cloud provider (which is usually the case)?

Since we are talking about LTO-8, we are obviously backing up mid-high double digits to few hundred TB minimum here.

Uh-oh .io: Question mark hangs over trendy tech startup domains as UN condemns British empire hangover


Re: Those who do not learn history...

And Moroccans should be sent back from the Western Sahara...


Even the ccTLD for the Soviet Union exists to this day. Don't think io is going anywhere.

Boeing admits 737 Max sims didn't accurately reproduce what flying without MCAS was like


Re: Simulators

I am *very* well aware of this Max issue. See my post history.

Boeing actually did test the aerodynamic forces on the STAB and apparently a fairly big woman could not move the trim wheel in a test bench at high air speeds and trim near extreme.

This, as we all know now, did not change anything at Boeing.

FAA requires the operation to be possible "without exceptional skill", Boeing failed on this with the trim wheel. Yes, there is the "rollercoaster" maneuver that might not be possible in 4000' and IIRC was not included anymore even in the NG FCOM...

Regarding your last sentence, I actually disagree. The Lion Air crash flight had the captain successfully fight MACS 20+ times before the FO lost it. The flight before on the same plane landed, thanks to a jumpseat pilot.

My point is that there is some truth to the "just fly the plane" adage. Both accidents indeed were chains of events. Boeing was the biggest culprit here but an "above average" pilot could have saved the flights, perhaps with some luck.

Just keep hanging the ANU trim switch, not a half-a**ed blip here and there.

Both airlines have serious issues (as do Boeing and the FAA), flying to destination with stick shaker on all the time?? Hello? Trying to engage AP with stick shaker on? and not following the *memory items* for unreliable IAS (power, pitch)?

I am not blaming the pilots. They were a product of their training and airline culture. Seems a bit of a case of the children of the magenta.

What *almost everyone* has missed was this mention in these comments is an *extremely important point*: AoA disagree was marked "where fitted"!!!

This totally contradicts the "oh it should be there in all the planes, we just made a mistake" line from Boeing, if true!!

Also initial reports I read said that this definitely was listed as an option, I am not clear on if it was to be included in the 50k AoA indicator or a separate option.

Regarding simulators: Southwest contract with Boeing had a clause that if any sim training is required there is a penalty of 1M per airframe.

Normalization of deviance - as so often.

Regulatory capture.

The real villains of this sad story can be found at higher levels of Boeing and at the FAA.


Re: Boeing - would you buy an aircraft from them?

The "kludge" you speak of is an actual FAA certification requirement regarding stick forces, not just to make it like the other 737 in the family.


Oh, the mythical Max simulators, of which probably 1 exists outside of Boeing??

Want a good Android smartphone without the $1,000+ price tag? Then buy Google's Pixel 3a


Re: more convenient that having it on the front.

Sends fingerprint to Google???

Are you perhaps also allergic to electricity?

Are the men in black silent helicopters also lurking you in the shadows?

You, sir, are clueless.

Backup bods Backblaze: Disk drive reliability improving


I wish a proper statistical analysis would have been done. For example the single drive out of 100 does not really say anything.



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