* Posts by NeilPost

791 posts • joined 28 Jan 2014


Video encoders using Huawei chips have backdoors and bad bugs – and Chinese giant says it's not to blame

NeilPost Bronze badge

Re: Supply chain?


NeilPost Bronze badge

Re: Supply chain?





Will that do for now.

NeilPost Bronze badge

Re: Supply chain?

... any evidence ??

Not like Apple/Microsoft etc have not been ever found guilty of using other peoples software and had to pay compensation.

NeilPost Bronze badge

Re: State Sponsored Industrial Sabotage

No but there are many Chinese vehicles in the UK.

MG GS for example. Very popular in Thailand in amongst most Japanese vehicles.

Reviews worse than a Dacia Duster. Not anything you would chose... but both are cheap.

NeilPost Bronze badge

Re: "The hardcoded password is a deliberate backdoor."

It is shit software that runs on top of them- as the article states not the chips and not the SDK.

No different from Intel, Microsoft, Oracle and everyone else running software on top of hardware with a variety of components in it.

What is missing from the article is an impact assessment - does any end user become less secure viewing these video’s ... or does that depend on the quality of the software - shall I say web browser, software ware or hardware enabled decoder - used to view it within your security realm at home or work.

Windows, OSX, Linux, Chrome, Firefox, IE, Safari, Edge, VLC Media Player, SmartTV’s, IOS, NVidia/AMD, Android, various shonky Linux based torrent streamers , !!!

All well known for their ‘robust software’ and wholesomeness.

.UK overlord Nominet tells everyone not to worry about 'distorted' vote allocations in its board elections

NeilPost Bronze badge

All we need now is some shady involvement from Ethos Capital.

Financial Reporting Council slaps Autonomy auditor Deloitte with £15m fine over audit 'misconduct'

NeilPost Bronze badge

Re: Name rings a bell

They did not ‘take over from PHE’ against expert advice Matt Hancock/BoJo ignored the existing NHS/Public Health Pillar 1 testing people and systems and setup pillar 2 with their outsourcing buddies.

Go look for BBC Newscast with Prof Andrew McNally who helped setup pillar 2/Lighthouse regardless of the advice being ignored.



Oracle hosting TikTok US data. '25,000' moderators hired. Code reviews. Trump getting his cut... It's the season finale

NeilPost Bronze badge

Unless they genuinely ‘lost’ the biggest belly-ache is that Microsoft stared down Oracle and made them over-bid for this piece of arse.

Microsoft shareholders must be praying to the Gods they did not spaff a HP/Autonomy with tens of $bn’s.

IMHO Tik-Tok will prove worthless... and a huge distraction to Oracle’s strategic aims. ... unless they have years of Oracle Cloud computing time they need to desperately shift.

Who cares what Apple's about to announce? It owes us a macOS x86 virtual appliance for non-Mac computers

NeilPost Bronze badge


Curious what will be the fallout with the proposed ARM/NVidia acquisition?!

Unless NVidia do a absolute cross-licensing deal... Apple’s financial firepower will blow them out of the water .. many-many times over.

The best post-Softbank outcome for ARM is back to a joint/cooperative ownership with all major customers (Apple/Samsung/NVidia/Qualcomm/Marvell etc) owning 10-15%, no-one allowed to own more than 20% and the rest left to small investors. It worked will in the early days before Apple had to dispose during Pepsi-gate to stave off bankruptcy.

* SoftBank should never have been allowed to acquire ARM. Shame on you and devilment on your houses ... Theresa May and Greg Clark being the decision makers when this went down.

Nvidia says regulators will be 'very supportive' of $40bn Arm buy despite concerns about chip designer's independence

NeilPost Bronze badge

Re: How can ideas be controlled?

If this was ever likely you be a threat.... Apple would just outbid them with it’s massive wad. Esp. In light of the move off Intel for Mac.

It’s has had squabbles with various suppliers over the years - Samsung, Sharp, Motorola, IBM, Qualcomm, Intel, Imagination... One with NVidia will just be another.

As said above to keep things equitable an industry consortium owning them (ARM) would be the best outcome for all.

Similar to Daimler Benz, BMW and VW Group - as a collective - owning between them the ex Nokia SatNav and Mapping tech last with a public outcome as Here Maps on Window’s Phone.

NeilPost Bronze badge

Re: Have an upvote

Being fair. BoJo never allowed the sale to Softbank in the first-place. That was Theresa May’s Government.

NeilPost Bronze badge

Re: Deepen the divide?

An Independent ARM was the best outcome and SoftBank should never have been allowed to buy it in the first place.

A Cooperative consortium owning ARM seems like a best compromise with Apple, Samsung, NVidia, Qualcomm, Marvell all owning say 10-20% and the rest left for the small investor. No-one allowed to own more than 20%. Ironically very like the original structure ARM started with that Apple has to flog their share to stave off bankruptcy during the Pepsi days.

ARM has done well and nice to see Herman Hauser again.

From little Acorn’s ..... :-)

Microsoft to charge $200 for 32 GPU cores, sliver of CPU clockspeed, 6GB RAM, 512GB SSD... and a Blu-Ray player

NeilPost Bronze badge

But surely you would buy the X Box Series X and upgrade your telly when you can instead of hobbling yourself from the get go. You might as well stick with your X Box One and spend nothing.

NeilPost Bronze badge


I hope you back that 42Tb up before you have a catastrofuck !!

Would suggest You invest in a NAS for the storage with RAID’s discs for media serving and a more tightly focused SFF gaming PC.

You have all your eggs in 1 basket.

NeilPost Bronze badge

Apart from Kitchen TV’s, aisle end crap in Asda and crud your kid would turn their nose up at (just like a poverty spec X Box Seeies X which is what this is) it’s nigh on impossible to buy a. On ;K TV these days.

It’s the same paradigm shift

B & W to Colour CRT

Colour CRT to LCD


LCD to 1080p LCD

(3D TV LOL) - delete!

1080p LCD to 1080p Smart TV

1080p Smart TV to 4K Smart TV

4K Smart TV to OLED/QLED/Quantum Dot 4K Smart TV

AT&T’s CEO has a solution to US broadband woes despite billions sunk into the problem. You’ll never guess what it is

NeilPost Bronze badge

Re: Cheky bastard

Perhaps give all the money to Google Fibre??

It may incentivise Amazon Fibre to enter the marketplace??

Makes you weep in praise that the UK has Openreach (a BT Group business) with statutory and regulated ‘equivalence of access’.

Accenture dares to enter site of US Air Force mega ERP-project disaster

NeilPost Bronze badge

Re: "Accenture is happy to give it a go for a thick wodge of greenbacks"

Looking at previous history Oracle walked away with a £5.2 VM was spaffed all over them. No plans to sue ??

Accenture can smell the money.

Even with a 49% uplift in sales and a 46% drop in expenses, Slack still can't turn a profit

NeilPost Bronze badge

Re: No need for Slack

Would it get lots if use - if not any keepers - renamed to Slag ?! (Acknowledge both male and female varieties).

NeilPost Bronze badge

Worth fuck all

Like Tik-Tok .... it’s worth fuck all.

Gartner on cloud contenders: AWS fails to lower its prices, Microsoft 'cannot guarantee capacity', Google has 'devastating' network outages

NeilPost Bronze badge

Re: Leaving AWS

Cloud Jizz ??

Tech ambitions said to lie at heart of Britain’s bonkers crash-and-burn Brexit plan

NeilPost Bronze badge

Re: Well it's kind of a good idea but...

UK, Canada, EU, Oz/NZ etc - state aid good

China - state aid bad.

NeilPost Bronze badge

Re: State Aid????

Is that not more related to UK alcohol duty... and to a lesser extent minimum alcohol pricing (in Scotland).

NeilPost Bronze badge

Re: State Aid????

Shirley ‘unfettered state aid’ will lead to punitive WTO sanctions. That’s exactly what the US, EU, UK rail against China for doing.


No Huawei, America: Samsung scores $6.6bn for 5G at US giant Verizon

NeilPost Bronze badge

Re: What about UK ?

mmWave feels like the new 3D TV.

Apart from narrow area’s in inner cities, stations, airports, hotels and conference/event centres where tall building will screw with signals anyway the ROI of hundred’s of mini-masts will never allow them to be deployed so mmWave will be just marketing puff unrealised in most places.

NeilPost Bronze badge

Re: Not an also ran

I think it’s great news expanding choice and Samsung support open standards.

With Huawei being binned in many places loads of business for Samsung, Nokia and Ericsson to share.

The Wrath of Amazon: JEDI wars rage on after US Department of Defense affirms Microsoft contract

NeilPost Bronze badge

Re: Is that really your bottom dollar?

Why does it need to be 11,000 times better??

Surely reaching the stated procurement performance thresholds and price is enough and then ‘better’ will be objective.

A USA indigenous SUV will be about the same price as a Japanese or Korean SUV... but on warranty and reliability and general CSAT metrics ‘it being better’ you’d choose (a US built) Honda/Acura/Toyota and Kia/Hyundai all day over Ford/GMC/Dodge/Cadillac etc...

NeilPost Bronze badge

Re: Not Surprise

The only winners will be Russia, China and the people running the legacy environment for the DoD.

The Honor MagicBook Pro looks nice, runs like a dream, and isn't too expensive either. What more could you want?

NeilPost Bronze badge

Re: Fruity look

It looks like a thin laptop on as much as BMX Z4 looks a bit similar to a Mercedes SLK or a Whopper Cheese is a bit like a 1/4 Pounder with cheese or Tesco Chicken and Bacon sandwich is a bit like a Morrison’s one.

There is no patent, trademark or ‘prior art’ to breach there.

NeilPost Bronze badge

Re: Intrigued

At £849 it’s not that different ballpark.

My missus bought a HP Envy Core i7, 16Gb, 500Gb SSD, 2Gb NVidia discrete and a 1080p display for £879 from a Curry’s retail shop and that was early July once they reopened.

US ponders tech export ban on SMIC, China's biggest chipmaker

NeilPost Bronze badge

Re: SMIC might be a "law abiding citizen"....

So who next in. Hi a??


TSMC (China Factories!

Hon Hai Prescision/Foxconn

... all manner of tat producers supplying Walmart, Amazon, Home Depot, Wayfair, Walgreen ???

Anyone else noticed that the top countries for broadband speeds are well-known tax havens? No? Just us then?

NeilPost Bronze badge

Re: Regaining Network leadership ?

Waygu beef - have no idea why corrected to that!

NeilPost Bronze badge

Re: Regaining Network leadership ?

So where at South Korea, Japan, Taiwan Spain on this list then.

We have had the literal tits bored off us by people lambasting Openreach waxing lyrical about how full fibre has been provided to Asiatic Moungain bear den, a movie beer farmers summer cabin.

Messi’s mountain money respiratory.

... or have they mustn’t been talking bollocks... as according to Akamai’s registry most have speeds little better than they UK or only up to 100mbit or so.

Infosys to hire 12,000 more Americans – especially the cheapest ones it can find

NeilPost Bronze badge

Re: In short then

No they want to pay H1B equivalent wages, not Bangalore Wages.

It’s basically a return to having a Ye Olde Grad recruitment programme.... who you will grow into useful employees out of college. Some you may even sponsor and offer vacation internment to.

It’s not rocket science.

As Amazon pulls union-buster job ads, workers describe a 'Mad Max' atmosphere – unsafe, bullying, abusive

NeilPost Bronze badge

... a bicycle shop.... though when he was 4 his mother remarried and moved to Houston and his stepdad worked as an engineer for Exxon. His grandfather was also a regional director for the US Atomic Energy Commission. Family later moved to Miami and it seems he worked at McDonald’s whilst at High School. Hardly a surprise Jeff B took a STEM orientation.

... but don’t let the facts - easily findable- get in the way of a good rant.

NeilPost Bronze badge

Re: scum

A very USA oriented story.

Amazon workers rights in many other countries are far higher as they have less shit emplijment legislation.

How about a follow-up story for Amazon UK, Germany, Japan etc.

NeilPost Bronze badge

Re: corporate employee or fulfillment center associate

This is a very USA oriented article which will emphasise some of the benefits and detriments of workers rights there.

In a UK Warehouse is the workers chose to organise and unionise ... there is fuck all Amazon can do. I’d expect similar in France/Germany too.

Noting pick rates varying mentioned - self-evidently this will vary based on quantity/location/size of what needs to go on your pick cart/truck. Having worked in a UK store fulfilment warehouse for a UK top 4 supermarket - much of the above commentary about rates, management, performance management feels very familiar.

ByteDance says it will abide by China's new export laws

NeilPost Bronze badge

Shareholder relief

Shareholders in Microsoft, Walmart, Oracle must be sighing a relief at this corporate insanity.

I’m still bemused that’s Walmart want to ditch Asda - a key part of their Global retail empire. It’s a bit dull but does good numbers and generates good cash year on year... and spend the money from that sale and a huge pile more for worthless Chinese social media tat.

What a time for a TITSUP*: Santander down and out on pre-Bank Holiday payday

NeilPost Bronze badge


TITSUP accusation by Murphy deemed acceptable.

TITSUP accusation by Raj or Diego obviously be racist.

'My wife tried to order some clothes tonight. When she logged in, she was in someone else's account ... Now someone's charged her card'

NeilPost Bronze badge

Re: Fabletics?

Many people have bought it, esp. with endorsements. UK (Solihull) based Gymshark is another newbie in the market place disrupting the big boys like Nike etc.

For both what’s not to like in Gym-shorts/gym-leggings!!

iPhone soon to be Hecho en Mexico? Taiwan's Foxconn, Pegatron mulling going south of the US border – report

NeilPost Bronze badge

Hecho en Sunderland/Hecho en Bridgend

There will be a 2 deprived area’s soon for consideration when Ford close and Nissan leaveZ

Indeed in Bridgend you could either poach some staff from Sony - make high end broadcast equipment, Contract electronics manufacturing (the make Raspberry Pi’s there) and repair centre. I’m sure many of the Ford engine plant (internal and contract for JLR) staff can be retrained.

One of China’s flagship 7nm foundries falls in a hole as funding flees

NeilPost Bronze badge


Obviously a desperate Intel will take this on and sink the money to further compound their woes and inability to make anything as small as TSMC or Samsung can.

Conflict of interest? We've heard of it. Amazon on selection panel to choose UK.gov's chief digi officer

NeilPost Bronze badge


That will be another Senior UK Civil Servant to be sacked then for questioning this governments competence/morality.

TalkTalk, Three, and Virgin Media, come on down! You've all won a prize for... not being that great at something!

NeilPost Bronze badge

Re: Zen

This is why you switch yo Zen.

NeilPost Bronze badge

Re: Talk Talk

Why did Dido Harding get a Gong??

Her manual Army of Track and Trace monkeys seem to be performing little better. It can’t be the people ... you just need to look that the history or Bletchley Park to see what ‘manual admin’ can get you ... with just a little automation.

50%+ of our office seats are going remote, say majority of surveyed Register readers. Hi security, bye on-prem

NeilPost Bronze badge

Re: Can't I just stay...

I was glad to be unfurloughed (away 1 Apr - 30 Jun). Many other colleagues still off with uncertain future or tossed redundant already.

That stated attitude - serious or not - stokes simplistic perceptions/views that people are off with their feet up on a jolly furloliday on 80% of wages paid for by Rishi Sunak.

In reality it’s **capped at £2,500 before deductions and any normal benefits are excluded** which becomes £1,500 to £2,000 so my ‘in the bank’ monthly was chopped by well over £1,000. No employee pension contributions either (which for some in later life will lead to shortfalls).

Thankfully going to work for Tesco as a temp key worker and payment holidays saved us burning financially until recalled from 1st July.

NeilPost Bronze badge


So a daily Zoom/Ring Central/Google Meet standup call in the morning and close-out call in the afternoon daily. Video on mandatory. We do it at my work and it’s working very well.

Sounds more like the above tales of remote productivity is maintained despite the inability to practice Defence of the Managerial Arts in person.... and someone is feeling ‘redundant’ and their arse is hanging in the wind.

NeilPost Bronze badge

Re: Major benefits

So they’ll be increasing their spend in local shops and supermarkets and maybe cafes.

No expensive panini in Costa, but some ham, cheese and panini’ s in Tesco ... and perhaps some Nespresso compatible pods or a nice lunch roll from your local cafe.

People still eat.

The disposable income people are still prepared to spend will go somewhere.

NeilPost Bronze badge

Re: Not here

They’ll be putting partitions back up next and dividing it into .... ye olde offices.

TBH I can’t see a huge reduction in COVID-19 removal - cubicles v’s open plan with some 4’ high dividers- even perhaps with added Perspex. Esp.. In light of the (in)famous Supermarket aisle Sneeze computer simulation.

Marketing: Wow, that LD8 data centre outage was crazy bad. Still, can't get worse, can it? Finance: HOLD MY BEER

NeilPost Bronze badge

Re: You get what you pay for

Is Equinix customer service still on Furlough?!

Bluetooth SIG strives to make wearables work as COVID-19 contact-trackers

NeilPost Bronze badge


Perhaps they need to wheel Nintendo/Niantic in and adapt Pokemon Go. That seems to work really well.



Biting the hand that feeds IT © 1998–2020