* Posts by cyberelf

45 posts • joined 2 May 2014

Boeing to start work on most powerful rocket ... EVER!

Big Brother

Re: Scary stuff...

@Mark 85: "It's real pity that there's no copy of the Saturn V engine prints"

"One urban legend holds that key "plans" or "blueprints" were disposed of long ago through carelessness or bureaucratic oversight. Nothing could be further from the truth; every scrap of documentation produced during Project Apollo, including the design documents for the Saturn V and the F-1 engines, remains on file" ref

Microsoft's anti-malware crusade knackers '4 MILLION' No-IP users


Re: Misinformed, You Are

"Actually, Microsoft and IBM .. confine themselves to personal, departmental, and enterprise scale system"

What's the difference between an enterprise and a network grade box?

Distributed Linux OS wizards CoreOS release first commercial product


Re: Update all at once?

"The update strategy is defined in cloud-config ..The number of machines allowed to reboot simultaneously is configurable via a command line utility"

NASA's Curiosity rover brought Earth BUG to Mars


Developers build on 'trusted' systems

"the emergence of the bug is a reminder of how developers build on 'trusted' systems like LZO. That trust turns out to have been misplaced"

I don't follow your thought-processes, unless a company is prepared to have its own programmers go through the code, then you have no other option but to accept the code as relatively bug free.

BOFH: You can take our lives, but you'll never take OUR MACROS


Microsoft date system

Does Excel still return a different date depending on what OS you run it on? ref

Search, done. Ads, done. What next for Google? Domain registration


Re: Monopoly?

Swarthy: 'Well, it could be a monopoly issue if they use their .. site, discriminating against competitors'

How is Google forcing me to use their search engine?

Engineering fault stops SpaceX launch of machine comms satellite network


Re: Rockets use liquid fuel?

@John Gamble: "Once again, I have to point out that using the Joke Alert icon doesn't save you if your joke is no good."

Not only that but the Falcon rocket is 68.4 meters high at launch that's almost the same length as 449 toothbrushes laid end-to-end ...


Rockets use liquid fuel?

"Each rocket is test-fired before being raised for launch and its engineers can shut down the Falcon rocket even after the initial ignition because it uses liquid, rather than solid, fuel"

This is getting way too technical for me ..

20 years on: eWorld, Apple's spectacular online 'portal' failure


Collaboration between Quantum Computer Services and Apple

@DerekCurrie: "Left out of the article .. is the collaboration between Quantum Computer Services and Apple that resulted in the lineage of AppleLink to AOL to eWorld."

Wasn't aware of the collaboration, according to Wikipedia, Quantum Computer Services originally ran Apples online consumer services, only to fall out and a renamed Quantum Computer Services went on to become AOL. Sounds like an ever bigger lost opportunity for Apple, than losing the walled-garden war.

DON’T add me to your social network, I have NO IDEA who you are


The uses of LinkedIn ..

"My views on LinkedIn have been expressed in this column before: it’s a handy online CV of sorts"

It's also useful to see who is looking up their details, after ye looked up their details, and also 'people also viewed' and 'people similar to' ..

Ministry of Justice IT bods to strike over outsourcing fears

IT Angle

The more efficient private sector ..

"Nearly half of the unionised techies at the UK's Ministry of Justice have voted to strike over proposals that could shift IT service work into the private sector."

As a potential customer of HM Ministry of Justice, I feel entitled to forward an opinion here. Look, once privatised, the outsourcing companies will make three times the money and provide one-third the service. That'll be followed by a report that calls for the wholesale selling off of the inefficient Justice IT department to the private sector. What could go wrong, I mean look at the current state of the NHS.

* Notalota people know this but the UK Justice system is run under Admiralty law, hence you appearing in the "Dock" ..

Gemalto rash cache clash dashed: US courts trash Android patent bid


Storing an interpreter in memory ..

Isn't this how the IBM PC (1981) ran IBM BASIC from a ROM, and any cartridge based games machine before that eg the Atari 400 (1979)?

32,000 motherboards spit passwords in CLEARTEXT!


Intelligent Design?

"Supermicro motherboards contain a binary file that stores remote login passwords in clear text and the file is available for download simply by connecting to the specific port, 49152."

What moron designed in such a feature?

Tor is '90 per cent of the net' claims City of London Police Commish – and he's dead wrong


Re: Grantham Grocer Fallacy

@lucki bstard: "What a load of romantic twaddle of a supposed viewpoint of life in rural Lincolnshire. have you ever been to Lincolnshire?"

Did you even read the linked-to article, it's a fully accurate criticism of Granthamism, not praise for some idyllic rural past ..

British boffin tells Obama's science advisor: You're wrong on climate change


Arctic amplification and subseasonal temperature variance ..

"in other words, severe cold spells like the ones Americans and Canadians have just suffered through are not increasing in frequency and shouldn't be expected to", theRegister

"This study shows, however, that subseasonal cold-season temperature variability has significantly decreased over the mid- to high-latitude Northern Hemisphere in recent decades. This is partly because northerly winds and associated cold days are warming more rapidly than southerly winds and warm days, and so Arctic amplification acts to reduce subseasonal temperature variance", the article

TIME TRAVELLERS needed to secure Windows 7


Re: Combo Upate

"What we need is a combo updater, which allows the installation of all patches, from clean install to today."

Isn't this called SlipStream .. apart from which .. isn't there something seriously defective in software land ..

Latest casualties of Iraq fighting: Facebook and Twitter


Re: Religion

God Hates You, Hate Him Back: "God Hates You. Hate Him Back makes the ultimate case for the claim that the God of the Bible is the most wicked character in the pages of history. With a wit as dry as a martini, and the cross-examination techniques of a seasoned lawyer, CJ Werleman lays out all sixty-six chapters of the Bible to present an irrefutable argument that indeed God hates us all. ..

DOCX disaster recovery: How I rescued my wife from XM-HELL


Re: Simple solution I've always used

"as was explicitly stated several times in both the article and various posts here in the comments, we did have a versionning system in place" .. "So long as you never close the word processor you’ll just keep saving corrupted versions of the file with more and more data after the corruption point."

A versionning system that repeatidly saves a corrupt file without telling you isn't of much use now - is it ?


Recovering corrupt DOCX file ..

You could have tried opening the file in the Microsoft Word Viewer. A built-in recovery mechanism in msOffice for such corupt files would also come in handy.

"The class of XML error described above is absolutely insidious. If you are the type of writer who obsessively saves documents you are only digging your own grave."

I normally save as version001, version002 etc., so I always have a working version to go back to. Something the current crop of 'computers' can't manage. Something that's been around since at least VAX/VMS.

Got VDI questions? Fire them at our expert panel


Re: Virtual VDI deployments ..

"I can see about getting that included; is there anything specific you'd like to see in the demo?"

Not particularly, but for anyone wanting to buy such a solution, a picture is worth a thousand words ..


Virtual VDI deployments ..

Are there any real world deployments out there or demos we can see for ourselves?

Zuckerchan toss another $120 MEEELLION to schools in charity push


What happened to Zuckerberg's $100 million Newark gift?

"What happens when you combine two political celebrities, one tech billionaire, powerful unions, and a municipal school district long considered a failure? The resulting mix of often indiscernible successes and failures are cataloged in The New Yorker's new examination of Newark school reform."

New dashboard gives eagle's-eye view of Microsoft's security flaws


Re: Reboot?

"Presumably Linux doesn't ever need a reboot to install updates to the Kernel then?", Don Dumb

"Ksplice: Never Reboot Linux for Linux Security Updates"

Cyber crims smash through Windows into the great beyond


Linux will get targetted ..

"Linux will get targetted just as Android, MacOS X and Windows are being targetted now.", Stuart Longland

When, it's been around for years now, on the desktop and on the server ..

Ditching renewables will punch Aussies in the wallet – Bloomberg


Re: If renewables can compete on price ...

German Renewable Energy Output Increases, April 2014

JJ Abrams and Star Wars: I've got a bad feeling about this


On the subject of lens flares

How else are you knowing it's in the future. That and an under-lit foreground and lots of flashing lights in the background ..

"On the subject of lens flares, let's see if he can top his previous best of 826 in Star Trek Into Darkness..."


Oregon hit with federal subpoena over failed healthcare website launch


Re: Oracle,..... spending your money lavishly for no reason.

"PLEASE tell me why Oracle or someone else could not have been paid to produce ONE Healthcare Database program"

Because then they could only invoice the US Government for the one contract, instead of a wopping fifty two.

A diskless workstation solution ..


Re: A diskless workstation solution ..

Thanks for the response .. I'll take a look at those links you provided ..

> Anyway, using disks is not THAT expensive...

The manager want's to eliminate disks to prevent viruses, hacking and clients installing their own software and storing prohibited images on the machines. The machines are used by grown-ups in the daytime and children in the evening.

> I don't understand why you want to deliver a windows image to a local PC.

I don't, the manager wants Windows and there's nothing can persuade him otherwise.

> where do you want to store a windows image if you don't have a hard drive?


According to this, they store the windows image and persistent client data on two partitions on the server. I presume the image runs totally in memory, and a home folder is mapped to the client user. I've been bitten before by software that don't perform as advertised. The spec sheet is more aspirational that real. The only way to really know if it'll work is to suck-it-and-see.

From personal experience, any thin-client solution I've ever seen, has been slow to boot and sluggish in operation. Rubber-band effect on the mouse and a noticeable delay when typing before anything appears on screen.


A diskless workstation solution ..

I've been asked to set up a diskless workstation solution for a Non-Profit. Is there anyone on here who could advice me on the best cost effective solution. For example, an Open Source server delivering Windows images to the client PCs.

Cloud computing is FAIL and here’s why


Cloud computing is shite

I've always thought Cloud computing was overhyped ..

Adobe blames 'maintenance failure' for 27-hour outage


If something ain't broke - don't fix it !

'The Reg has asked Adobe what that “root cause” might be, but the company hadn’t gotten back to us at the time of publication.'

Most likely a failed upgrade to the software, if something ain't broke - don't fix it !

Game of Thrones written on brutal medieval word processor and OS


Re: Bah!

"Why are the GoT books getting thicker but the contents getting suckier?"

Because the publishers can charge more money. Generally I've noticed in these kind of huge tomes, if you skip every second chapter, the story doesn't suffer much. GoT strikes me as similar to LotR as written by a lesser hand. In such books there's about one hundred pages of good story, the rest is just filler.The mark of a good author is how good he makes the filler ...


PCs were brutal clunky and unreliable?

"WordStar and DOS come from a time in which PCs were brutal and digital technology was clunky and unreliable, but Macintoshes were in limited use"

I can recall running DR DOS on a diskless workstation over Novell Netware that ran a word processer, an email client and a browser, all perfectly usable and without the dangers of "Internet" malware.

WANTED: New head of crashingly expensive, error-prone and frankly cursed one-dole-to-rule-them-all system


Error-prone Universal Credit benefits' system ..

In the tradition of most Government IT projects, this one was bound to fail. After all if they did it right the one time, they would have to do it right always ..

Linux distros fix kernel terminal root-hole bug


Re: Definition of "local"

"The CVE number was allocated last December, and that timing roughly corresponds with a public discussion about potential race conditions in the relevant code:"

How has this been around since 2009?

'Pseudo-terminal buffer bug from 2009 discovered', theregister

"I discovered that kernel 3.12 has broken terminal handling"



Re: Linux devs hides security issues

"This lack of security advisories has been standard practice for years among Linus Torvalds and other developers of the Linux kernel"

What's stopping them subscribing to the Linux kernel mailing list.


Senate slams ad servers for security failings


Protection against malvertising ..

"The Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs said that the advertising landscape as it now exists "makes it impossible" for users to be protected against malware attacks while visiting sites."

Do your browsing from a bootable liveCD ..

Activist investors try forcing Google to pay more taxes


A group of Google investors ..

"A group of Google investors has called on the firm to stop "undermining democracy and the rule of law" and start paying as much tax as possible in the countries it operates in."

What are the names of these altruistic and socially responciple investors?

Britain'll look like rural Albania without fracking – House of Lords report


Re: If I could be bothered ...@PJI

"Energy infrastructure development and financing in Germany"


Report: Climate change has already hit USA - and time is RUNNING OUT


Is Climate disruption the same as global warming?

Climate disruption aka climate change aka global warming. As in getting shot by a sharp shooter instead of sniper. You still get killed but don't suffer the same emotional distress.

Trans Pacific Partnership still stalled


Currency manipulation and quantitative easing.

What's the difference between currency manipulation and quantitative easing? I mean they both manipulate the money supply to benefit the host country.

Obama: I'm the CTRL-ALT-DEL President


Re: Increasingly "The Petulant Clown of White House"

re: "Needed: Obama-Putin Summit on Ukraine -- Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity, May 04, 2014"

The US gave an undertaking that NATO wouldn't expand eastwards, as such the Russian Federation is right to be peeved. The Neocons seem intent on provoking Russia into a new cold war. They should be careful they don't get what they wish for. The real red line will be when NATO puts missiles into Poland. That will almost certainly lead to Russia reactivating their mobile nuclear missile systems. As is evident, the US woud very much like to fight its wars in other peoples countries.

Ouch... right in the Androids! Google hit by another antitrust sueball


Whois Hagens Berman?

One wonders where Hagens Berman found the time and money to engage in such public service on behalf of the consumer.

"Steve Berman .. was lead counsel for Microsoft during part of its defense against antitrust claims .. In 2006 he sued Apple Computer, alleging that iPod music players could cause hearing loss if the volume were too high"


British Gas 'in talks' to outsource tech services desk, whispers insider


Outsourcing is a false economy ..

Outsourcing is a false economy. If the bean counters think they are saving money then they are sorely deluded. Once the outsourcing company have added on their profits, British Gas will end up paying more than keeping it in house.


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