* Posts by a_a

47 posts • joined 24 Jun 2014

Let's see what the sweet, kind, new Microsoft that everyone loves is up to. Ah yes, forcing more Office home users into annual subscriptions


Re: Or...

That would get in the way of a good story though.

The D in SystemD stands for Dammmit... Security holes found in much-adored Linux toolkit


Re: I use FreeBSD, and for good reason.

So which Linux do you use in the those cases? I use FreeBSD (on servers) and always thought I'd try a Linux at some point but never quite manage to pick a distro.

It's a cert: Hundreds of big sites still unprepared for starring role in that Chrome 70's show


Re: Did Symantec and DigiCert warned their customers?

If you had a managed SSL account they did, repeatedly, even after you'd re-issued all you certs. But for people buying retail there'll be exactly the issues you mention.


We need a Rainier Wolfcastle icon!

Lauri Love judgment: Extradition would be 'oppressive' and breach forum bar


Re: The argument makes me sick

<quote>He is supposed to have committed an offense in the UK.</quote>

He may have been in the UK but the computers he broke in to were not.

Danger! High voltage: German customs bods burn half-tonne of weed in power station


"....in December last year"

The lab boys have been testing it very thoroughly.

15 'could it be aliens?' fast radio bursts observed in one night


Re: But sadly...

That's no natural satellite of a planet, visible (mainly at night) by reflected light from their sun.

underrated post

WannaCry kill-switch hero Marcus Hutchins collared by FBI on way home from DEF CON


systemd'oh! DNS lib underscore bug bites everyone's favorite init tool, blanks Netflix


Re: Systemd is extremely useful!

That was far too subtle for most commentards.

Now here's a novel idea: Digitising Victorian-era stamp duty machines


Re: "old and clunky"

I'll stick with the cheque as well, if they had my bank details they'd have paid me £1000 I wasn't entitled to due to a PAYE reporting error on the part of my employer.

McAfee settles McAfee lawsuit over McAfee name


Re: Optional

From what I remember McAfee was always a bag of spanners, none the right size and all with rounded ends.

and his software?

Google blows $800k on bots to flood the UK with 30,000 'articles' a month


€706,000 ($800,000)

...and in real money?

Microsoft boasted it had rebuilt Skype 'from the ground up'. Instead, it should have buried it


Re: Social disease

You've got to wonder if all the old software engineers haven't retired and it's the under 35s who've taken over product design and development with the executives in thrall to the ideas of youth.


Re: I face a dilemma.

ah the Skype for Business Android app, it can't tell when you're on a mobile call and divert it's incoming call, it just sits there and beeps in your ear. And why so long to load the status of six people.

Still our PHB says it's the future......

PCs will get pricier and you're gonna like it, say Gartner market shamans



...or higher should be banned on 13" laptops until Microsoft can figure out display scaling.

GitHub flub spaffs 8Tracks database, 18 million accounts leaked


Re: Also, hope the salt was not in the same repository....

That shows a *profound* misunderstand of what "salting" means.

That shows a *complete* failure to read the article:

and on investigation it found backups of database tables in the staffer's repo.

BA's 'global IT system failure' was due to 'power surge'


You must be new here. ElReg is light and frothy take on IT news, it's not 24/7 breaking news.

Windows Server's footprint shrunk to reduce Azure bills


Re: Server 2012 Barely runs in 32Gb

Superb trolling, 9/10.....

Microsoft sparks new war with Google with, er, $999+ lappies for kids


Re: Microsoft still wanting to be Google

No they didn't. I still have Nokia shares...

how much are they worth now?

Super-secure Pi-stuffed nomx email server box given a good probing


Re: Must have been made by...


When did everything and everyone become awesome?

Another career suicide as reporter leaves The Register for broadcaster


Re: Reporter leaves The Register

Me (everytime):

Reads first paragraph, this makes no sense.

Reads second paragraph, it's just random words thrown together.

Dawns on me, scroll up, ah yes Andrew Orlowski's byline.

Windows 10: What is it good for? Microsoft pitches to devs ahead of Creators Update


Re: reality bubble

In the 21st century a "workhose" is a poor, sick, mutant animal with rabies infested with mind-control worms that everyone pretends to admire for its productivity.

Maybe so, but it's all there is.


Re: Liar liar pants on fire!

I can't imagine how bad the liability must be for any law firm using Windows 10, given the client confidentiality issues.

It's not given a second thought.

Avaya's bankruptcy protection is a 'good thing,' says Europe North veep


Complete failure...

...to innovate.

CM administration is incredibly outdated. Everything has to be an extension number even if it's not an extension because that's the only construct for any object in the system.

Itchy-fingered OnePlus presses refresh, out pops value champ 3T


Re: 'The capacitive buttons ... make it vastly easier to operate the phone in the car'

Do they train the supercilious arrogance in to you or do you get selected because it comes to you naturally?

Given your last paragraph it should be obvious that people aren't respecting you, your job, or your message and that perhaps you should consider an alternative attitude to try and connect with the public.

The last major public body in desperate need of total reform, hopefully the recently announced minimum education requirement is only the start.

Investigatory Powers Act signed into UK law by Queen


Re: Here's the full list...

Careful now, sensible talk like that has no place on Internet forums:


Also states that local authorities will never have access.

Although I'm completley opposed to this and have been wondering if my UK based VPS provider will be required to keep records; and if I can buy a DrayTek Vigor and route all my traffic over an IPSEC tunnel to the VPS.....

Dropbox: Leaked DB of 68 million account passwords is real


Re: Ummm

Exactly what I was thinking, the salts will be somewhere in the user database record and are added to the password to prevent rainbow table attacks.

Google 'Solitaire' ... Just do it



...fundamentally broken in that you can just double click any card and if there's a valid move it makes it for you.

Microsoft's maps lost Melbourne because it used bad Wikipedia data


I like...

...the way he condescends to call ElReg a blog.

Windows 10 Anniversary Update completely borks USB webcams. Yay.


Same here, if the games worked I'd move to Linux.

Going! going! pwned? 200! million! Yahoo! logins! leaked! allegedly!



...MD5 is an algorithm not a protocol.

Milk IN the teapot: Innovation or abomination?


You should probably stick to coffee.

Holy kittens! YouTube screens go blank


Re: "Funny" error messages

Aw, too young to have seen a Guru Meditation.

Third OnePlus flagship: £309




Panama Papers hack: Unpatched WordPress, Drupal bugs to blame?


Re: Simpler yet - Just Encryt

Care to name any commercially available document management systems that do that?

Automic lets big firms play with DevOps in private sandbox



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FreeBSD 10.3 lands


Re: Who uses FreeBSD in preference to Linux and why?

At the time I switched, Linux was a nightmare of competing "distros" all doing their own thing,

That's how I came to FreeBSD, I keep meaning to try a Linux but still can't pick one.

Outsourced Virgin Media techies botched this infosec bod's Poodle fix


Maybe it wasn't even VM who called but they're too incompetent to realise it was scammers and not their staff.


Re: Wait What??

Exactly, why were VM calling him, how did they know he was vulnerable? I'm assuming from the way the article reads this was client side config not server.

Heart Internet in 22-hour TITSUP after data centre power stuffup


Re: Cloud, cloud, cloud, cloud

What's you preferred strategy? Self hosted? Co-lo with multiple providers?

There seems to be the view in management where I work that inevitably we'll reduce the self hosted kit and move it to Amazon / Azure. This in a non-Internet business where best performance of the out-dated app comes from having the servers close to the users.

Curious to know what the could naysayers are doing.

Cash-happy BlackBerry slurps one-time rival Good for $425m


Re: Huh?

Same here, replacing Blackberry devices with Android + Good.

A dual-SIM smartphone in your hand beats two in the bush


Re: Great phones

I also took delivery of a Moto G 2 just last week, a great phone for £135. Hacked my Blackberry SIM down to micro size with a pair of scissors and off I go.

The UI for SIM selection is really good and it can remember which SIM to use for a given number for calls and messages.

Only minor wrinkle is that my personal SIM is Three which means I have to use the data on that, when I was hoping to use the corporate SIM for data, but I don't use much so shouldn't be a problem.


Re: A 20th century way to solve a 21st century problem

So when I make an outgoing call how do you bill it to a different account?

Managed services biz Claranet adds £107m to war chest


Yes they do: http://www.claranetsoho.co.uk

I've been using them since the late 90's

I keep thinking I'm paying a bit much and should move but never quite get round to it.

It's not you, it's Three. Mobe network goes titsup across UK


Re: Three's good

Yes same here, data on O2 was appallingly slow I thought that was just mobile data in general, then I tried a 3 PAYG SIM, the difference was night and day.

Microsoft vs the long arm of US law: Straight outta Dublin


What about...

...companies that have a subsidiary in the US, are they vulnerable to US government pressure?

I'm sure I read an article here about Vodafone and the US. How would their EU hosting customers be affected if Vodafone reentered the US market.

Lync users see outages as Microsoft wrangles with network problems


Re: Judging by the number of commentards reposnding to this here article..

I've long suspected that very few people who post here actually work in corporate IT.


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