* Posts by pogul

51 posts • joined 28 Sep 2014


Windows 10 once more in print condition: Microsoft applies out-of-band fix to Patch Tuesday cock-up



Is this related to the BSOD I got several times a couple of days ago... The error was something like BAD_POOL_DATA. Googling suggests it might have been BAD_POOL_HEADER which seems to be RAM related, so I'm not sure. Perhaps I'm just grasping at straws with the word Pool being present.

At least Microsoft have added a smiley face to the BSOD. Much nicer.

Lawsuit klaxon: HP, HPE accused of coordinated plan to oust older staff in favor of cheaper, compliant youngsters


Bit extreme

> at the age of 55, after he was terminated following 35 years of service.

Hasta la vista baby!

(I’ll be back, for my coat)

It's not you, it's Slack: Chat app falls down – and at such a very convenient moment


Enter the matrix

How about the IT world adopting open, federated or distributed systems - the way this stuff should be done. Email never would have been acceptable if it were like this.

Now, the tricky bit of trying to get my mum to use matrix

Florida man might just stick it to HP for injecting sneaky DRM update into his printers that rejected non-HP ink


> If you used the thrid party engine oil, and the car stopped working, who would you sue?

If the car manufacturer issued a software update (and cars do of course have many many microcontrollers in them these days) and that stopped the third party oil from being allowed (perhaps the car refuses to start) and that had worked fine before, then I would be absolutely livid and sue the car manufacturer.

After four years, Rust-based Redox OS is nearly self-hosting


Re: Get over your Filesystem operating systems

"Everything is a file" *might possibly* be an abstraction too far, though I'm a Unix fan in general.

The filesystem though... are you serious? It's possibly the simplest abstraction I can imagine for organising data. You have leaf nodes (files) and ways of grouping files (directories). A simple graph.

I had a boss who thought he was very forward thinking and clever by suggesting the department wiki should be all about search - none of this old fashioned file/folder business. So what happens? Chaos - stuff went in, but it was basically a black hole.

When amazon came up with the genius of S3 (everything goes in a bucket), wasn't one of the first things that happened was being forced to create a fake file/folder system over the top?

If anything, we need a richer abstraction - versioning and tagging on the standard system calls perhaps.

Oracle and Google will fight in court over Java AGAIN and this time it's going to the Supremes


Oh dear,

Every time Java is mentioned on the register, we see the same old, same old comments by people showing that their knowledge of what Java is, and is used for, is stuck in the mid-90s.

Java != Flash

Java != Applets

We're talking about a high-performance VM that is almost exclusively used on the server and smart-cards. It is not used on the browser (the amount of usage is gets there is statistical noise) and HTML5 is, in all practical terms, nothing to do with a replacement for Java.

How can we end this myth!

Magic Leap rattles money tin, assigns patents to a megabank, sues another ex-staffer... But fear not, all's fine


How about OneCoin...

invest all of their "currency" in Magic Leap and then we can all sleep easy?

I got 99 problems but a switch() ain't one: Java SE 13 lands with various tweaks as per Oracle's less-is-more strategy


Re: But it should be

> The big advantage of the increased cadence means you don't have to wait for a big-bang release if you *need* a new feature

True, but it's not like you get to pick just that feature - you get all or nothing, so if people are rushing out half-baked "features" (because, errr, marketing) then you'll get them too, bugs and all.

There once was a biz called Bitbucket, that told Mercurial to suck it. Now devs are dejected, their code soon ejected


Re: I miss CVS

I'm pretty sure CVS never told me it loved me. Maybe I just wasn't it's type?!


Re: Atlassian!

Yup, it's basically a bug tracking tool that's got out of hand. People seem to think that software can be boiled down to a series of unrelated 'tickets' - but it can't.


Re: FFS!

> I had enough trouble getting some of our devs to use Mercurial. Now I have to start over and get them to use git instead.

> Thanks for nothing Atlassian!

Atlassian haven't banned or destroyed Mercurial - there's nothing to stop you or your team using it!?

Bomb-hoaxing DoSer who targeted police in revenge was caught after Twitter taunts


> Ursula Doyle, a specialist c prosecutor

Come on, I know people are sometimes a little sloppy with those pointers, but....

Apple is a filthy AWS, Azure, Google reseller, gripe punters: iPhone giant accused of hiding iCloud's real backend


Re: A contract is a contract

Except Apple isn't "reselling" - a term which implies that the service is just rebadged as-is. I don't think they're just pointing you at AWS endpoints directly are they? What about all the accounts infrastructure and software for example? Half the internet runs on AWS, so when your online shopping data hits the servers is that too deemed as "just reselling AWS"?

Would you sue a cafe for not stating in big letters that it didn't farm all of it's own ingredients? "What? you didn't extract this salt from the sea yourself!?!"

Fed-up graphic design outfit dangles cash to anyone who can free infosec of hoodie pics



A graphic design company that can't produce or commission their own images? Sound just a tiny weeny bit like an advertising campaign to me -- why is the register indulging them?

What happens in Vegas ... will probably go through the huge bit barn Google is building in Nevada


Re: Bloody Cloudflare!

When I checked the status page is claimed it all their systems were functioning perfectly. I must have been clicking it wrong.

Put a stop to these damn robocalls! Dozens of US state attorneys general fire rocket up FCC's ass


So BT provide the scammers with the ability to call you from a spoofed phone number, then sell you kit to block it!? I feel like the phone system has barely changed in decades and it's about time they addressed the root cause of things like this. Does the phone just send the number it would like to appear at the caller display?

Lightning speed – how fast is that again? Virgin plugs in another 102k to superfast broadband


Re: Revenue Generating Units?

Just be careful... I ported my phone over to a VoIP provider and asked Virgin to cancel my phone line - based on the bill breakdown they provided each month, this should have saved me a substantial amount of money each month.

My bill went up.

Virgin explained this is because it was in a bundle price - strange that the bill breakdown didn't show it that way at all - and that it was cheaper if I got phone too. I ended up pursuading them to give me internet only at a reasonably sensible price (the new customer price) but only after a fight.

All this came after an enormous argument to get them to lay the cable under our drive way in the conduit I'd got builders to install.

BT Tower broadcasts error message to the nation as Windows displays admin's shame


Why is it even connected to the console drivers?

I've never understood why these electronic signs don't have a separate channel (of some sort) for signage vs admin. Surely there aren't that many lights in the grid, so presumably you don't need an nvidia card to drive that, so much as a simple controller connected via serial port or whatever.

Fun fact: GPS uses 10 bits to store the week. That means it runs out... oh heck – April 6, 2019


Re: TomTom

My experiences in the UK with Tom Tom have been overwhelmingly positive. I prefer it to google maps - which often seems to tell me to leave a roundabout just AFTER I've done it, for example. The ETA predictions from Tom Tom always seem to be accurate and when I've been in a convoy with other cars that "know better" they always seem to arrive about 20 minutes later.

One click and you're out: UK makes it an offence to view terrorist propaganda even once


It wasn't me, it was my browser!

I wonder how this would fit in with link prefetching?


Re: RE: Topperfalkon

I wonder how this would fit in with link prefetching?

Germany has a problem with the entire point of Amazon's daft Dash buttons – and bans them


Re: RE: Topperfalkon

> The only time I can think of where it would be useful is when I'm snowed in again and cannot get to the shops.

More useful than the smartphone or PC that you've almost certainly been snowed in with?

A year after Logitech screwed over Harmony users, it, um, screws over Harmony users: Device API killed off


I wondered what the XMPP server was for!? I found it a year or two ago when I did a nmap of my home network, just out of curiousity - and there it was.

3ve Offline: Countless Windows PCs using 1.7m IP addresses hacked to 'view' up to 12 billion adverts a day


Re: "3ve" (pronounced "Eve".)"

> "3ve" (pronounced "Eve".)"

Not familiar with l33t speak then? (however stupid it is)

Is Google's Pixel getting better, or just more expensive?


Re: RE: Topperfalkon

> whilst the Pixel is a better phone, being 2 years newer, it felt significantly more buggy and required more reboots than the Nexus did

Can't help wondering what your definition of "better" is?!

Official: Google Chrome 69 kills off the World Wide Web (in URLs)


Re: I detest that

> will happily execute as a script based on permissions

Yes, exactly - it has to be GRANTED PERMISSION to execute, rather than being able to execute based on whatever name someone has decided to give it. You know, the clue is in the word "permissions" - metadata hat describes security related information. A description, title, name or whatever is the wrong place to put this.


Re: Full URL

> People might not realise but www.domain.com and domain.com are two completely different fucking addresses. I though google hired people who had more than 1 brain cell.

Jesus, next you'll be suggesting that "Flat 1, 16 ExampleRoad" is different from "Flat 2, 16 Example Road" -- people don't want to be bothered with this sort of superfluous detail.

'Unhackable' Bitfi crypto-currency wallet maker will be shocked to find fingernails exist


Money talks, bullshit walks

Isn't that a quote from Spinal Tap?

ReactOS 0.4.9 release metes out stability and self-hosting, still looks like a '90s fever dream


I eat fondue and wear cords, and as for the Windows 98 look - I like it!

It walks, it talks, it falls over a bit. Windows 10 is three years old


Re: "the Windows 7 hold-outs should finally feel able to make the upgrade"

> The death of Windows 7 is when I go fully virtual.

What, like in The Lawnmower Man?

Farewell then, Slack: The grown-ups have arrived


It's not per day - it's total historical messages

'Bitcoin heist' shock: Cops seek 4 for aggravated burglary in Midsomer Murders town


Re: USB stick?

> I’m a bit mistified, unless someone sells a safe that hides in a mains socket?

I remember seeing exactly such a thing in the "Innovations" catalogue that used to come with the news paper or the Radio Times or whatever it was. The earth pin was the key hole if I remember correctly. I guess you wouldn't want to encourage people to stick keys into the other two pin holes?

Meltdown, Spectre bug patch slowdown gets real – and what you can do about it


Re: Don't buy a new Intel based system for a while?

> Our company has temporarily suspended all but essential new system purchases until fixed silicon is available or we switch to AMD or we figure out what the performance hit is.

Except, AMD and ARM designs are affected too -- which everyone seems to be ignoring. The initial reports that broke in the media said AMD and others were unaffected: this is not the case, as has been widely publicised.

I can't help wondering (as I haven't dug deeply into the speculative code execution thing) - is this flaw inherent in this architecture or did certain companies reverse engineer another company's implementation?

Despite high-profile hires, Apple's TV plans are doomed


Re: Apple

Oh yawn! I'm getting really bored of stuff getting judged based on the technical spec sheet. Firstly, as to the price. I get my Macbook Pro from work, as many do — the price in insignificant next to my pay and conditions :-) Builders for example will often have a much more expensive set of tools than I do. Secondly, the specs. The specs don't tell you what a joy to use the trackpad is, compared to any Wintel laptop I've used. The specs don't tell you how well Timemachine works for backups and restore. The specs don't tell you... well perhaps you get the idea. It's not like it's a 486 with 2MB of RAM, that would be rip off. No, it's a modern machine with a decent OS that works very nicely. I'm also a big fan of Linux and I believe Windows has its positives too, but judging everything by the individual parts (and quantity of them) is not a recipe for getting a good machine (oh look, this Dell has a fingerprint reader!!! and its got some extra Megahertz!)

Kill Google AMP before it kills the web


Is it just me, or does this sound a teensy bit like WAP and WML?

74 countries hit by NSA-powered WannaCrypt ransomware backdoor: Emergency fixes emitted by Microsoft for WinXP+


Re: "the SMB server bug is the result of a buffer overflow in Microsoft's code. "

>Just curious, what's the alternative?

>...and don't say linux because we all know that's not going to happen.


Are you one of those people who says shit in meetings like "well it would be nice to do stuff that way, but that's not the way we do it".

So what you are saying is, tell me the answer but I'm going to disregard the answer if it is the one I don't want you to give, yet think would actually solve the problem.

Facebook ‘Happy Birthday’ lawsuit rolls on


The article doesn't really explain who got sent what. Is it saying that Facebook sent one of Brickman's friends an SMS purporting to be a happy birthday message sent by Brickman?

I deleted my Facebook account a couple of months ago and couldn't be happier about it.

Kids, look at the Deep Learnings! (We’re just going to slurp your data)


Re: No privacy at any price

What on earth are you talking about? You don't have to use gmail - there's plenty of other webmail out there, both paid for and "free". I personally have started paying for email again, because I want to be the *customer*. I use Fastmail and love the webmail interface, the IMAP implementation is great etc. etc. I've also deleted my Facebook account this week and started using DuckDuckGo instead of Google search. Yes, I know my tinfoil hat seems odd to some, but I have to say, I'm feeling much happier for it.

Apple to automatically cram macOS Sierra into Macs – 'cos that worked well for Windows 10


Re: This is a much smaller update than going from Windows 7 to Windows 10

What I see with people using tablets and phones with flat interfaces is people swiping and poking at everything to discover what does what. On a small(ish) touch screen this makes sense as there isn't much screen real-estate to have 3D borders etc. On a laptop/desktop however, having 3D controls allows you to see exactly what is or what is not a clickable button without having to flaming well click on it.

Dell: How to kill that web security hole we put in your laptops, PCs


Maybe I just don't have the SkillZ but...

Can anyone please explain why they needed a root CA? It doesn't make any sense to me and certainly had nothing to with enabling them to phone home (surely?!)

Connected kettles boil over, spill Wi-Fi passwords over London


Re: IoT devices leaking passwords et-al.

"Because a bunch of social inept 20 somethings who don't get out enough and frankly need to get laid" -- wow, that's seems a bit unnecessary.

I don't know what the product managers (and management in general) are like at the place you work at, but where I work the people who get to make these sorts of decisions are my age (40+). I don't think this is something you can blame on the younger generation. We make software, NOT kettles by the way!

Microsoft now awfully pushy with Windows 10 on Win 7, 8 PCs – Reg readers hit back


Re: Tool

"about to turn its back on POSIX."

@asdf Can you please share a reference? Google hasn't turned up anything useful and I'd really like to find out more.

Shocker: Net anarchist builds sneaky 220v USB stick that fries laptops


Re: WTF?

"Boot sector viruses infect systems when you, you know, boot from the infected device. Examining the contents of a drive is one thing, booting from it is quite another."

Strange, I thought that MBR viruses could spread just by listing the contents of the disk on MS-DOS (I assumed DOS did something weird like executing the MBR when you mount the disk), maybe my memory is incorrect. I certainly remember getting an MBR virus or two when I was young and foolish and not being quite sure how I caught them!


Re: WTF?

"You can't catch malware simply by examining the contents of the drive"

Do boot sector viruses not work on USB sticks?

Google Chromecast 2015: Puck-on-a-string fun ... why not, for £30?


I love REAL remote controls!

Please don't stop make remotes!

- My phone is code-locked... (1) I sit down to watch a good programme, (2) 5 mins in, a child starts screaming as they've just puked everywhere, (3) Before I can run upstairs, I have to unlock my phone, find the netflix app, let it re-sync with the programme being played, press pause. It all takes a few seconds and is annoying and fiddly. With my FireTV I just reach for the remote and press pause (and I don't have to look at it as I can feel the buttons!)

- Visitors: e.g. babysitters - what do I do then? Ask them to install a set of apps on their phone to use the TV? Or, I have to give them my Netflix credentials for them to use their phone to cast programmes to the TV?

- Kids: similar problems as for visitors really. I'm not leaving them with my phone to use, no thanks.

Adobe pays US$1.2M plus settlements to end 2013 breach class action


> The company knew its security practices at the time were poor since it used the same encryption key for all passwords.

So they weren't using salted hashes? What were they using instead? Public key encryption, or symmetric encryption? Where were the keys stored?

Five lightweight Linux desktop worlds for extreme open-sourcers


Re: I have a beefy PC, but still run ye olde GNOME 2

>I could never get into KDE myself and I never understood why Linux couldn't settle on one desktop and only a few distros (250+ distros is sheer lunacy).

You might as well say "I like Fairy liquid, so why doesn't everyone use that, why so many brands?" or "I don't like Ecover, so no one should use that".

There is no Linux - at least not in the sense that you're getting at. People will create software that suits them, hence the many differing window manager, distros etc. For there to be one definitive Linux distro we'd need some sort of bizarre legislation making all other distros illegal - please, let's not.

Massive TalkTalk data breach STILL causing customer scam tsunami


I got a call from the scammers, they had my name, address, account number etc. When I talked to TalkTalk I was told that I have nothing to worry about and that nothing important had been leaked/stolen. I beg to differ. As a company they are simply failing to either understand or acknowledge how serious this is.



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