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

154 posts • joined 17 Oct 2013


Solaris is in maintenance mode – but Oracle added a significant feature anyway


Solaris has some great features. I l fondly recall the service manager, really good one - which systemd kinda sorta tried to copy failing miserably.

Microsoft's sought-after tabbed File Explorer gets closer to release


What a stupid idea. Instead of quickly switching between the two explorer windows I need at this particular moment, using alt-tab to switch between the 2 last ones, I would be forced to ctrl-tab between *all of them*?

It is yet another stupid gimmick that reduces usability for power users.

If you're using the ctx Python package, bad news: Vandal added info-stealing code


Re: This should not have been possible

Move fast and break things! Yeah!!1

Microsoft patches the patch that broke Windows authentication


What all the journos seem to be missing is the highly alarming large number of patches like May 2022 that go like this: "this patch will add event log events and registry keys, then in one year the registry key stops working and we force the new functionality. Oh and it works like this because it'll break your Macs, your Linuxes, legacy software, ..." And on top always seem to have critical bugs that make it work not as intended, breaking even more stuff.

But that is ok, they are just clueless journos and not sys admins.

I can't believe that this is not being reported on more.

It is becoming a monthly occurrence and it is a HUGE workload for us.

Start your engines: Windows 11 ready for broad deployment


Re: Dealing with novice users...

And what about not grouping task bar program buttons or showing window name text asking with the icon? Those are critical otherwise using the task bar is slow and painful, oh so painful


This was indeed the latest recommendation by MS. But why files cannot be created this way anymore in 11? I use it and find that it is a better workflow than opening an app and choosing where to save.

We can bend the laws of physics for your super-yacht, but we can't break them


Re: I don't see the fault... until

Didn't even realize I did that until it was pointed out in a reply, and English is my second language. Interesting!

Meta materials: Facebook using AI to design green concrete



Fly ash and slag have been used in cement for ages so it is ridiculous to claim Faecesbook somehow invented these.

Autonomous Mayflower to attempt Atlantic crossing, again



Sailboats primarily use sails for propulsion, not motors.

VMware walks back ban on booting vSphere from SD cards or thumb drives


It would be unfortunate when the support is discontinued.

But it does not matter much since modern systems have replaced SD card based solutions such as the Dell IDSDM with NVMe alternatives such as the Dell BOSS and I think that it is better that way.

How legacy IPv6 addresses can spoil your network privacy


Funny that they didn't understand the documentation prefix 2001:db8:: and listed it as 2001:db80:: (is really 2001:0db8::)

New Windows 11 build boasts inbox updates and UI tweaks



The amount of whitespace in those explorer screenshots is just terrible. The waste of screen space is ridiculous.

Chip supply problems might mean Wi-Fi 6E is skipped over for Wi-Fi 7, says analyst


Cat5e supports up to 10 meters 10GE just fine, using them on a half rack worth of servers (the rest are single-mode).

VMware patches critical guest-to-host vulnerabilities


Really Reg, really?!

You couldn't say WHICH versions are vulnerable? 7.0? 6.5?

RAID expansion comes to OpenZFS at last


Not a good test - see random on it...

Toshiba reveals 30TB disk drive to arrive by 2024


The Exos drives are crap. Have dozens of them and often the Dell H700 totally fails to recognize them. Interwebs is full of complaints about their firmware.

Samsung reveals new smartphones, tablets... and yes. The S22 Ultra is undeniably good


Re: Eco credentials

Yeah those wind turbines... Really useful?

Your data centre UPS could feed power to the smart grid, suggests research


It is a totally ridiculous idea as everyone above have said.

Australian court finds Facebook 'divorced from reality' as it tried to define doing business down under


They are.

UK Home Secretary Priti Patel green-lights Mike Lynch's extradition to US to face Autonomy fraud charges


What I do not understand is if he indeed is guilty, then how did he expect HP to not find out about the fraud?

OpenShell has been working on a classic replacement for Windows 11's Start menu


Re: Why the taskbar must be on the side:

I do not agree to this at all.

It is actually the opposite. Things are supposed to be scrolled vertically. Most things don't fit vertically and scrolling so is a fact if life.

Instead it is the horizontal screen real estate that must be optimized to avoid scrolling in two directions.

And scrolling vertically is needed only to view more stuff. Horizontally scrolling must be avoided so that one doesn't have to scroll every line.

Parallels: Purveyors of decent virtualization software... and occasionally iffy checksums


The Cisco AnyConnect checksums on the Cisco download site are commonly mixed up too.

Usually there's a checksum that is incorrectly duplicated on 2 different files. Happened like 3-4 times last year. It usually gets fixed a few weeks after a new version was released.

First they came for Notepad. Now they're coming for Task Manager


What an unbelievable waste of space at the top.

I bet ctrl-tab tab navigation won't work either.

As with everything Win11: waste of space, loss of functionality, everything except 2 common actions more difficult to achieve, I could go on but why, it will not get any better.

Data centre outfit Interxion hit with outage at central London facility


Re: Too much power corrupts

But wouldn't the device PSUs have fuses to prevent that sort of scenario?

It would not be feasible to have protection on all 20+ outlets per feed in the PDUs?

Yule goat's five-year flame-free streak ends ignominiously


Re: A proper fire

Gots nothing on Norway https://designyoutrust.com/2019/12/slinningsbalet-the-battle-for-the-biggest-bonfire-in-the-world/

AWS power failure in US-EAST-1 region killed some hardware and instances


Re: Ever heard of a UPS?

We've actually had one of 2 critical UPS now down for way too long in one DC. It took Schneider Electric *two weeks* to come on site to even look at it. It has now been a *further one week* since that and no information about results of the site visit a week ago.

All they say is that they will submit a report later at some unspecified date.

I would imagine SE is not this crap in every country. But they should seriously keep their country branches in a much tighter leash, this is ridiculous.

I wish there was a way to let the mothership know how badly their brand is being tarnished. Avoid Schneider Electric - which is hard now that they have taken over APC&MGE.


Re: Ever heard of a UPS?

Lots of different things can go wrong with UPS and often do based on my experience in some medium-sized Galaxy models. Contrary to old APC models that are troublefree workhorses.

The worst part is that the single countrywide Schneider distributor is a total sham with unbelievably inflated prices, laughable response/delivery times, and bad service in general. Some behavior is borderline fraud, jacking parts prices up by offering parts for a much larger sized UPS or claiming that products are discontinued so cannot do anything to them so why don't you buy these new ones...

I hate UPS.

US distrust of Huawei linked in part to malicious software update in 2012


Re: Main reason for the US to be against Huawei

Calling Huawei "better" is quite the stretch. The software is where it all falls over. As well documented by "the cell" right here in the UK. But it's cheaper and it just about works so is very appealing to certain type of decision-maker.

MySQL a 'pretty poor database' says departing Oracle engineer


Re: High Availability

MySQL 8 with be Galera WSREP does writeset splitting so finally large schemas can be modified!

The nub of the issue: Has your ThinkPad's TrackPoint gone TITSUP*? You aren't alone


Re: A Windows-only problem?

Is it really supposed to affect such ancient models? Anything older than T14 had been ok for me, it is only the two later generations of T14 where I had the problem.


One of the least bad ones

As laptops get more thin and integrated something has to give.

Having used about 7 different T4x0 and T14 models as the daily drivers since T410 I for one welcome the reduction in physical dimensions.

I, and probably most other users/IT depts do not care if one RAM module is soldered.

The TrackPoint is a must. I agree the build quality has reduced *somewhat* over the years and it is disappointing. But in its class the range I've used (and procured for others) is right there in the top for value for money IMO.

The change from a real keyboard to a chiclet one, a size thing, is my biggest gripe.

The split of the battery, a size thing?, to removable+internal is a dubious one, will see if I ever get to use a unit long enough to need a battery change. I suspect changing the internal may be a pain.

I loved the cylindrical batteries that are/were no longer available, so that's another minus.

The case seems to be somewhat worse. But I have experience only with the PPS/GF lid models, no metal lids which may be better.

It was an excellent decision to make FHD the base line screen, anything less is unusable. But they should've gone further and make the low-power version the base line.

And a few issues specific to models I've used:

- the plastic coating on touchpad flaking off, even though I never used it - T480, after about 1 year

- the key "T" popping out partially when hit off-center - same T480, after about 1.5 year

The drivers are mostly fine also with the exception of this TrackPoint issue that I've experienced on two brand new T14.

All in all I think the company has the least issues with these laptops. Mostly they just work and don't break the bank. Lenovo System Update is lightweight and avoids all junkware. It is still a workhorse, one of the least bad ones.


Re: Love your Trackpoint

To my experience T480 is not affected. T14 gen 1 and 2 are.

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


Re: How to make Windows 10 bearable

My start menu often doesn't accept key presses. Nothing happens when keyboard is used. So I need to hit the win button twice


They are starting to run out of features to hide so seconds needed to go.

The rocky road to better Linux software installation: Containers, containers, containers


There is only one directory for programs. The two others are abused. The reason is that users don't install software ffs! Luckily it can be enforced with AppLocker.

As for MSI, what restrictions do they have?


It was an *excellent* article!! Hoping to read the next one soon.

El reg needs more of this kind of original content instead of just regurgitating press releases and other news sites.

Bravo to the writer!

Yet again, Cream Finance skimmed by crooks: $130m in crypto assets stolen


Re: Crypto Rules Everything Around Me

It is a pun on Wu Tang clan.

Let us give thanks that this November, Microsoft has given us just 55 security fixes, two of which are for actively exploited flaws


Visual Studio - not Visual Studio Code!!!

Reg reader returns Samsung TV after finding giant ads splattered everywhere


Re: Here's that PiHole list

And what about updates?

FYI: Code compiled to WebAssembly may lack standard security defenses


Re: "Thus, common mitigations [...] are not needed by WebAssembly programs"

I wonder what's next now that ROP may be destroyed by CET.

Electronic Frontier Foundation ousts co-founder John Gilmore from its board


My guess for the reason of the departure: woke dirtbags doing what they do best, a cancel circle-jerk.

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.



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