* Posts by matjaggard

247 publicly visible posts • joined 22 Apr 2015


Guess the most common password. Hint: We just told you


Re: Appropriate complexity

This is exactly what I thought. Some VPN company pointlessly getting advertising. Shame on the Reg for sharing this. Everyone uses simple passwords for things they don't care about don't they? I get pretty irritated about sites with no data requiring long passwords. I know my passwords for some sites have been pwnd and I'm just fine with it. Go ahead and login, view my zero balance on a gift card, I just don't care.

Only iPhone 15 Pro models will have higher data transfer speeds on USB-C – analyst


Re: "Cynical move"

Agreed. This is not a cynical move. A good percentage of even high end android phones don't use USB 3, it's completely irrelevant to most users. I only use it to connect my display.

Hey, GitHub, can you create an array compare function without breaking the GPL?


Re: Some functions are very simple

Too late. I already did before anyone had heard of Copilot. The problems with copilot are complex and it's pointless trying to say otherwise in either direction.

Everyone has a right to learn from code of all licences that give you permission to view it. Surely that should apply to AI learning too.

Copilot can and does spit out non-trivial copyrighted code with no indication of that it might be copyright. It also learns from code in a completely different way to a human so maybe only human learning should be allowed by these licenses.

Then again the licenses don't specify only human learning. Maybe someone should write one that includes this clause just to make a point?


And stackoverflow specifically has licenses to deal with that.

OpenPrinting keeps old printers working – even on Windows


What a load of rubbish

I used CUPS to get my printer working with a Raspberry PI but nothing "just worked" at all - getting QEMU to work and run the x86 printer driver on ARM was pretty easy but getting my print to go from Windows or Android to CUPS was next to impossible. Cue messages about encryption being required or the printer being offline, or just no errors at all but no print output. Only MacOS could reliably print to my CUPS server and I had to give up.

Meta met a programming language it likes better than Java



If only. I still use and hate Groovy for Jenkins and for Gradle use. Kotlin is marginally better but still needles in eyes are preferable.


Agreed. I use Java and Kotlin extensively (neither for Android) and once you get to recent versions there's not so much benefit of migration especially if you use Lombok to cut down on pointless boilerplate (even then Java records work better)

Immutable collections are now the "default" on Java too. See List.of and similar which are equivalent to the Kotlin collections.


Re: Wow

Non-nullable types really give you very little over static analysis that IntelliJ/Android studio already do in Java. Some, yes but not that much especially if you use annotations to specify nullability.

Oracle VirtualBox 7.0 is here – just watch out for the proprietary Extension Pack


Re: Steam Deck

I use containers significantly but they run on virtual machines which I suspect they do for a vast majority - especially as Docker et al refuse to support Mac natively. Virtualbox however I use for a whole different use-case.

Microsoft to stop accepting checks from partners


Re: Spelling!!!

You mean Þe olde Register.

ServiceNow: Customers 'struggling to understand the value of ELAs', says Gartner


I've never been in a position to care about price but

It would be nice if you could click on a button and get the result without having to go to lunch while you wait.

UK's largest water company investigates datacenters' use as drought hits


Re: Condensing tumble driers (a) exist and (b) work fine.

Regarding condensing dryers not working. I think they actually work perfectly well but to meet efficiency targets/ratings the companies seem to choose "don't bother drying the clothes" as a valid cycle to get tested. All our cycles take significantly less time than advertised when I start them but I have to run 2 or 3 times if I want the clothes dry enough not to smell when they're put away.

Upgrading what might be the world's oldest running Linux install


Sounds basic

I'm so confused. It runs a web server, some mail groups and usenet? Surely that's perfect for running in a few Docker or equivalent containers on some unnamed cattle server or two?

Linux Mint 21 hits beta, and it's looking fresh


Re: Used Mint a Few Years

Because 3 almost identical desktops just isn't enough?

Even robots have the right to learn from open source


Re: GPL code is GPL code

That's true but it is more nuanced than the article implies. When I was working on a project once, we'd licenced proprietary source code doing a job and we wanted to dump that licensed code - first we needed to spec the work it did and get it implemented by someone who had never seen the licensed code because they would almost certainly have learned things from it and implement them based on what they learned. This is very similar except that previously we were asking humans to make a judgement call on when it was valid to use learnings from a differently licensed code. Now this tool is using that learning without giving the human any knowledge of the original license so the human cannot make the judgement call any more. That means that the AI is left to make a moral call on how and when it is valid to show some code to the human - maybe they have included some safety to codify this judgement, but I doubt it.

Boris Johnson set to step down with tech legacy in tatters


Re: 37 Billions

£37B at £1B per week is not 3 years, it's 9 months right?

RISC OS: 35-year-old original Arm operating system is alive and well


Re: Gone industry

Isn't that what a field-programmable gate array is?

Unbelievably clever: Redbean 2 – a single-file web server that runs on six OSes


Re: Impressive

Simple, just use it to serve up your JavaScript then code whatever you want. I recommend typescript instead though.

Brave roasts DuckDuckGo over Bing privacy exception


Re: Targeted advertising needs to die

I think that's going a bit far but I do broadly agree. Most advertisers seem to believe the targeted ads are better lie* and it's the data companies (Google, Facebook) that make all the money.

* Actually targeting based on _historic_ data rather than current context is what's wrong - clearly ads on the Reg will be more technically focused and search term ads are important.

Tough news for Apple as EU makes USB-C common charging port for most electronic devices


Re: Optional Chargers

The real problem with lightning is that Apple make lots of money from licensing it to vendors of products that plug into it. Other than that it's on a par, if not slightly better than USB C. I've never had an iPhone but it's not the port that puts me off. I can definitely see both sides of the debate here - innovation will decrease if we stay with a single standard and law makers are not known for updating their legislation to the latest standard very often. On the other had, there are very few houses without USB C chargers currently so I don't see people throwing away lightning cables as very important compared to the benefits of a single standard going forward.

GitHub drops Atom bomb: Open-source text editor mothballed by end of year


Re: Why would this matter?

It's frustrating for a number of reasons. Firstly the markdown translator is very useful but has some issues which are unlikely to get fixed. Secondly it won't get security updates which is bad because it's essentially a web browser.


Re: VSCode is great but...

I'm happy with taking the formatting by default but I agree that shortcuts need to be shown.

Makers of ad blockers and browser privacy extensions fear the end is near


Re: Freedom of choice

I'm fine with adverts. I want people to be paid for the quality content they create so that they keep creating it. It's a sad fact that the companies that are hosting this stuff are making so much money in the process but I'm honestly more worried by Amazon than a few YouTube adverts.


Re: Does anyone need more justification

I'm sorry but I actually like Chrome a lot, especially the developer tools.

I've tried to get back to Firefox - not because of privacy, I know that's gone anyway (I use Gmail and Facebook products. Privacy is the cost and like most of the world I'm willing to pay it) - but because I think it's not good for there to only be one browser rendering engine and all the others use WebKit/Blink.

Google keeps legacy G Suite alive and free for personal use


Re: Office 365 Family is $100/year ?

Down voted because of the Access comment. That was awful.

I have to say on a Mac I've been very happy with Libreoffice but then the Mac version of M$ Office is painfully bad so it's an easier win for free software.

The sad state of Linux desktop diversity: 21 environments, just 2 designs


Re: Brilliant and exhaustive work of research

It is pretty frustrating for those of us who haven't written any of the code too though. Linux provides an excellent base for a laptop, desktop or mobile OS but only those UIs provided by Google ever get used by more than a fraction of a percent of the market.

Dropbox unplugged its own datacenter – and things went better than expected


Is that all?

Banks have to do essentially this every few months to satisfy the regulators.

Fancy a remix? Ubuntu Unity and Ubuntu Cinnamon have also hit 22.04


Re: Just what the world needed - two more Linux distros

@Voiceoftruth I don't understand why so many down-votes and it makes perfect sense to be frustrated with this even if you're not the one wasting time on YALD. I'm also annoyed because I'd love to use Linux for everything - I did for about 2 years and instead of spending my time waiting for filesystem operations to complete (which I did on Windows) I spent it fiddling with stuff which basically worked but just not quite smoothly enough to get out of my way.

Thankfully I'm not a designer type at all so the 3 or 4 different look and feels for different windows didn't bother me at all but for some it would grate.

The frustration comes from so much potential and yet so far away from a system that anyone could use.

ZX Spectrum, the 8-bit home computer that turned Europe onto PCs, is 40


What does 16k get you today?

Well quite I lot it seems... https://youtu.be/ZaVo-OffZD8

Atlassian comes clean on what data-deleting script behind outage actually did


Re: Maybe YOU need to read the article

I don't think legal compliance deletion would allow for "special modes" whatever that is. I suspect a full client data deletion is actually quite common to deal with GDPR requests and the like.

Microsoft arms Azure VMs with Ampere Altra chips


Energy use is still extremely important to them, if only because of the cooling required for each watt of power the CPUs are turning into heat.


Re: what

According to the CPU charts at cpubenchmark about the 4th fastest (depending on whether you count K models separately) single core available is an ARM.

TrendForce: AWS to give Arm a leg up to 22% of datacenter servers by 2025


Re: 22 percent

Yes. Serverless is run by servers so no reason to exclude it. Same for RDS / DBaaS and anything else you care to mention. Given the use of the word "server" I'm assuming this excludes other devices that might include an ARM processor like network switches and storage controllers?

Instant NeRF turns 2D photos into 3D scenes in seconds


We use GPUs in the cloud for video editing at church. Maybe that would solve your problem for a few £ or $

Oracle releases Java JDK 18 with enhanced source code documentation


Who cares what oracle does?

I'm still a fan of Java and I like the new versions too. But even I'm struggling to care what oracle has to say or do on this. The more that oracle leaves Java to its own process the better as far as I'm concerned.

Amazon cuts credit for charities to access web services


Azure have a much better offer

The charity I'm involved with use Azure credits for IaaS (video editing works surprisingly well in the cloud) as well as Microsoft's Office 365 offer, we use Google Workspace for free too. Both of these are much but generous than the Amazon charlatans.

Alarm raised after Microsoft wins data-encoding patent


That's true but not quite the same. The non-US patent systems could be perfect and still companies could be sued in the US but at least they would be perfect.


Re: Ban software patents.

That's still the norm in sensible countries (eg Europe) where software patents are almost completely banned (if I recall correctly you have to show a real life, non-computer application of an algorithm for it to be patentable?) and the patent offices properly investigate before granting.

IR35 is the biggest threat to the contractor working model, survey finds


Contractors are often tax dodgers - registering their work for a single company in a different way to pay less tax. Until IR35 that was tax avoidance, after it it's tax evasion.

Sadly the rules have been changed so badly that the whole system is suffering from not knowing what's in and what's out and the enforcement of those rules is somewhere between unlikely, difficult or impossible.

Privacy is for paedophiles, UK government seems to be saying while spending £500k demonising online chat encryption


Re: Aren't you muddling point to point encryption?

Exactly but the arguments made in the article in favour of end to end encryption are actually fine as point to point encryption.


Aren't you muddling point to point encryption?

I don't understand the points you're trying to make. Encryption between my browser and mg bank is point to point encryption - HTTPS generally. It's not end to end - the message is sent to the bank's systems via SSL where it is then encrypted again with another SSL connection to the bank employee dealing with the message. This is the correct way to handle communication with the bank and is not End to end encryption.

End to end encryption might or might not be a bad idea but don't try to make that argument using some technology that it is not even used for!

Less than PEACH-y: UK's plant export IT system only works with Internet Explorer


Re: A Firefox user writes...

I'm genuinely glad someone does, I really think the world could do with more than one browser implementation. Equally, I've not managed to switch from Chrome myself yet - I've tried but I'm just so used to it.


Re: Sounds entirely predictable.

All the more reason to abandon oracle ASAP. If I had my way, no tax payer money would be allowed to go to certain companies. Amazon, Oracle and several big auditors and consultancy firms come to mind immediately.

How's 2022 going for you so far? Hopefully better than it is for IBM Cloud


No comments

Because nobody cares, because nobody uses it.

Wifinity hands customers bills for Wi-Fi services they didn't want but used by accident after software 'glitch' let 'fixed term' subs continue


Re: Imperial War Museum at Duxford which many of us will have been to if living in the UK

Nonsense. The A14 improvements have made it much better for anyone not attempting to come from Lincolnshire. And if you've chosen to live in Lincolnshire then you get all you deserve.

MPs charged with analysing Online Safety Bill say end-to-end encryption should be called out as 'specific risk factor'


Re: end-to-end encryption

End to end encryption is not required for the web to function - until recently nothing had it, you had encrypted connections from you to a server and encrypted again from the server to your friend. It seems Facebook decided most of the value was from who talks to who rather than what they say, or possibly they felt pressured into end-to-end encryption. Either way, the biggest problem I have with removing it is trusting the companies and organisations that have the data not to misuse it or be hacked. Whether that risk can be mitigated enough to be worth having access to criminal communications is debatable. The worst criminals would just move into another platform anyway and who knows which platforms use genuine end to end encryption. I think there's a good chance telegram's is broken

Google advises Android users to be careful of Microsoft Teams if they want to call 911


Re: And when we are all FTTP?

The phone boxes are there, they're full of books


Re: Yes, it’s an annoyance

Stop empty bragging?! Seriously? This is a tech company - almost all of their income depends on advertisers believing that they have data and know how to use it. The truth is that they have less data than they claim and they don't know how to use it - if they did then you'd get relevant adverts all the time and I rarely do. Mostly I get adverts for the things I've already bought.

Google sued for firing staff who claim they tried to follow 'Don't be evil' motto


Re: Politics, not Good

Although basically irrelevant to this article, investigations by sources I mostly trust and know which areas not to trust them into the immigration piece:



Just because you can do it doesn't mean you should: Install Linux on NTFS – on the same partition as Windows


Will it be slow

I switched to Linux from Windows primarily because of the performance of small files on NTFS - will Linux be faster than Windows for this? If not then I'm out.

I use Mac OS these days and have a whole host of other problems to deal with.