* Posts by matjaggard

193 posts • joined 22 Apr 2015


UK altnet CityFibre's boss on its hopes to capitalise on market churn as fibre broadband rolls out


Re: No even tjhe city

I'm in a village and have it. However the only operator available is Vodafone who are never getting my business back after a years long billing and service debacle with my phone contract which ended up with Ofcom demanding they give me all my money back and let me keep the phone - still wasn't worth all the hours I spent complaining to them though.

One-size-fits-all chargers? What a great idea! Of course Apple would hate it


Re: Whuh....

And just a throwaway comment about it. This is more newsworthy than some connectors being deprecated


Re: If they are worried about charger waste

I'm with you, but USB-C does seem to gather dust faster than the predecessor or lightning.

Apple's main reason for lightning if I understood correctly is to get licensing fees for compatible devices?

A Burger King where the only Whopper is the BSOD font


Didn't say if a purchase was made?

Of course a purchase was not made - what do you think this is, McDonalds?!

When did McDonalds become half the price and double the quality of BK, I'm sure they used to compete.

Yes, of course there's now malware for Windows Subsystem for Linux


Re: Anyone surprised?

That's really not true, WSL opens a lot of opportunities, I'd be surprised if this even affects WSL2 and privileged escalation is already an issue in other areas anyway.

And even if it was true, Linux just needs to get better on the desktop because currently it's horrible. Makes the two windows interfaces look almost consistent when you run a GTK next to a QT.

I've given up now after a decade of Linux desktop and gone to Mac (which also has irritating parts like missing keyboard shortcuts but it's faster than Windows and better than Linux)

Linux kernel minimum compiler raised to GCC 5.1, allowing potential C11 use


Re: GTK3 to GTK4 is a MUCH MORE OBJECTIONABLE change.......

Your two statements are completely opposed to each other. On one hand you're saying "why do you make me change stuff" on the other you're saying "why don't they make more people change stuff?"

People in the open source world absolutely DO get it. They might have subtly different opinions to you on the importance of backwards compatibility vs speed of movement forward but they know that they are making those choices and that's why you only had problems when upgrading full whole version numbers.

British data watchdog brings cookies to G7 meeting – pop-up consent requests, not the delicious baked treats


Re: Iain Duncan Smith claimed it led to people being bombarded with complex consent requests

It is very rare to see just two sensible buttons like that


Legally enforcing it to be recognised wouldn't be hard though and would likely work for all the orgs that are using the cookie banners now.

Et tu, Samsung? Electronics giant accused of quietly switching SSD components


Re: So, WD, Crucial and Adata, and now Samsung

Apple have invested masses into developing that chip. As far as I know it doesn't contain anything designed by ARM apart from the instruction set - so the bar for someone else so create one is incredibly high.

In 2006, Amazon debuted EC2. 15 years on, HashiCorp says firms blowing their cloud budgets is all part of the fun


Re: Amazon Cloud Services are like 'Hotel California'

What complete nonsense, it's perfectly possible to use a cloud service for hosting and not be locked in. The higher you go up the stack the harder it is but as a small company we've successfully moved databases and compute between clouds for better prices and/or performance. Much to my chagrin it was TO AWS not away.

'Worst' AWS service ever? Cloud giant introduces Redis-compatible MemoryDB – to mixed response


The new M$

Embrace, Extend, Exorb.

'$6 in every $10' spent on cloud infrastructure is with AWS, Microsoft, or Google


Re: Project Fear

Yeah, that's basically nonsense. Companies are rubbish at running their own infrastructure - moving from a big UK bank to a start up really proved the point to me. Just running a microservice in a docker container in the bank came with a 80% chance of failure per deployment - in AWS it just works fine.

Engineers' Laurel and Hardy moment caused British Airways 787 to take an accidental knee


Snipe at Apple

I love how often The Register likes to take a snipe at Apple - and rightly so.

They want to improve privacy, which if I'm honest is not a bad thing, but the motivation is not good - in-app adverts are in direct competition with their app store income.


Re: When did we stop saying "kneel"?

They're quite different. I'm not taking an anti-racist stance when I kneel to sort my washing but I am if I take the knee.

All hands on Steam Deck: Fancy a handheld Linux PC that runs Windows apps, sports a custom AMD Zen APU and a touch screen?


Re: No mention of those this is copying like the Aya Neo

Clearly JavaScript is needed, we're not living in the 20th century grandad.

I was more concerned by the language issues "Taxes does not included in the price of products"


Re: Sounds interesting...

I'd expect it to have more security issues than a phone. You can do more with it and generally that means a bigger attack surface. I guess there are fewer people trying to target this device?

The coming of Wi-Fi 6 does not mean it's time to ditch your cabled LAN. Here's why


Re: Idea for Firefox

Thankfully Firefox is used little enough that even if they did cut out CDNs it wouldn't take out the internet. It's still a terrible idea though.

Xiaomi my heart is still beating: Reg hack takes Chinese giant's new fitness band for a spin


Missed the most important feature

The main reason I started wearing a watch again was an article I read, I think in The Register, saying that people with notifications on their watch spent less time looking at phone/watch screens. I've certainly found I less frequently take out my phone and get distracted from what I was intending to use it for. It did take a bit of setting up the notifications to make them reliable though. (I have a Mi Band 4)

You can hijack Google Cloud VMs using DHCP floods, says this guy, once the stars are aligned and...


Re: It seems to me

I think you're only missing the difficulty of doing that at the scale that Google works at - it is completely nuts. Still, not impossible especially with ipv6

Developing for Windows 11: Like developing for Windows 10, but with rounded corners?


Re: New here

As usual BOMBASTIC BOB you're talking nonsense in random CAPITALS.

Just a couple of points you're very wrong on - Windows 11 is not there to make money from existing Windows users because it will be a free upgrade. Also WSL competes (if you can call it that) for a very good reason, specifically that you don't need to compile the application for Cygwin or WSL - you just run Linux applications in it. It is thousands of times better than Cygwin.

Just for the record, I used Linux for 6 years as my development desktop but still used Windows occasionally too. Linux is better for filesystems - quite a bit faster compiling Java than Windows due to NTFS overheads but Linux is worse for quite a few things in the UI due I guess to the split between Gnome, GTK, KDE, QT or whatever. As another example nobody seems to have successfully made a UI tool for changing screen resolution that works.

When free and open source actually means £6k-£8k per package: Atos's £136m contract with NHS England


Re: They should ask me

You'd likely need to write a virus to get passed the locked down state of the machines. Having said that, given past experience that might be quite easy.

Good news: Google no longer requires publishers to use the AMP format. Bad news: What replaces it might be worse


Google's possible motivation

I can imagine someone at Google complaining that crawling webpages is too slow. How can we fix this they think - let's make a rule that all webpages must be fully loaded in half a second, that will speed it up. OK, but let's start a bit higher and work our way down.

'Set it and forget it' attitude to open-source software has become a major security problem, says Veracode


Re: So here's the thing

There are some big businesses for whom that's true, but still they use tools like Veracode (cheaper and better tools may be available, it's not great) are used and issues found have to be fixed by a date or an exception signed off. It's not an unusual way of working by any means and it decreases that inertia you describe.


Re: Fix one thing, break two others

Automate your tests properly and then it's much easier to keep your dependencies up to date. It's not easy or cheap (unless you do it from the start, when it is cheaper) but it is essential.


We used Veracode at my previous job. It's fine, not good but not awful either.

It is *completely* shocking that a study by Veracode tells us that using a tool like Veracode is worthwhile though. I can't quite believe we'd be reading it if the study had found that everyone keeps their dependencies up to date without a security tool.

Wanted: Brexit grand fromage. £120k a year. Perks? Hmmmm…


Re: My choice

I was just coming on here to suggest

British Office of Opportunities Brexit Invariably Excludes, Sadly

Report commissioned by Google says Google isn't to blame for the death of print news


The echo chamber has always been a problem, unless you took several papers with differing views, which almost nobody did. The extra articles are great and I read BBC The Times and The Grauniad to avoid echo chamber. I avoid The Sunday Times though because too often I get into a good article before the hate starts.


Re: News Media Bargaining Code

Sadly that's the kind of thing that's just not going to happen in single viable party politics.


Agreed, newspapers have signed their own death warrant. So little digital innovation that it's painful, either move it all online and shove a million ads on it, or put absolutely everything behind a paywall and still shove ads on it.

That being said, there is still a problem that needs to be fixed and I think lawmakers should get involved in fixing it.


Re: Report commissioned by Google

Just because it's commissioned by Google, doesn't mean it's not true. In fact I suspect they're completely right about the demise of print news - it started long before Google were around.

However, the last part of the article explains exactly why they did this - to avoid answering difficult questions now. Yes I agree that Google didn't cause the problem but that doesn't mean that they shouldn't be the solution. We can't have a monopoly or even duopoly in such a big market, it's just not fair play.

It's not necessarily outcome of the report that you have to query - often its why is this the question to be asked and in this case the cause of the decline is irrelevant.

Tiananmen Square Tank Man vanishes from Microsoft Bing, DuckDuckGo, other search engines – even in America


Re: Call me paranoid....

Never assume malice when incompetence is a possibility. Humans are ALL incompetent at times but people over estimate how malicious humans are.

TCP alternative QUIC reaches IETF's Standards Track after eight years of evolution


Re: Quic

Moved on to what? I think it's fair to say that delivering content like webpages to browsers will be around for quite some time yet. Yes the internet is changing at a crazy pace but I think this is dealing with a problem that will be relevant for ages.

Other options: TOR? BitTorrent?

I don't think so

Nobody expects the borkish bank-wisition: When I said I wanted some notes from the ATM, I never thought I'd see...


Line endings and crashing on large files come to mind immediately.

I always replace it with Notepad2 when I use a new windows machine. That choice is made over others like Notepad++ or Atom due to the speed of start-up.

Audacity 'scared and excited' to be bought and brought under Muse Group's roof, promises to stay free and open source


Re: Cash is a powerful motivator

I'd be happy to pay a small amount for it to support ASIO without me needing to compile it.

Googler demolishes one of Apple's monopoly defenses – that web apps are just as good as native iOS software


Re: Many APIs are undesirable

Whilst it's true that Google are keen on tracking for advertising revenue, don't go thinking that Apple are fighting it for moral reasons - they make almost all of their money from people selling apps. So the less app creators make from advertising the more they'll have to charge for the app and Apple are the biggest winners.

UK government gives Automated Lane Keeping Systems the green light for use on motorways


Why is the Holborn problem a problem?

I don't see prioritising pedestrians over vehicles in all situations as a problem. Pedestrians produce so much less CO2, let the gas guzzlers and precious metal hogging battery mobsters wait.

And before you ask, yes I do drive but as little as possible and never in London.

UK government resists pressure to hold statutory inquiry into Post Office Horizon scandal


Re: Best way to start speeding this up

1. We don't prevent people from getting meaningful employment for years in this country. Innocent until proven guilty is an incredibly important principal. We just don't know for sure who knew what when and what people did.

2. I don't think I've been a customer of the post office for several years.


Re: It's not just an IT scandal

This isn't even a failing of the normal British judicial system, the post office had their own prosecutors rather than the Crown Prosecution Service - who knows why - who broke the rules to force these convictions.

Google putting its trust in Rust to weed out memory bugs in Android development


Re: Please Sir! My Android has gone all rusty

I want to both up and down vote your post. I also have the same feeling and experience and get frustrated with those who seem to like changing nothing - but I think it's fair to say that on a system as widely used as Android, most bugs in old code have probably been found already

UBports community delivers 'second-largest release of Ubuntu Touch ever'


Re: Ohhh...real shops!

What kind of a walled garden can you find in a phone shop?! Not that I'd go into one, I'm under 50.

UK watchdog fines two firms £270k for cold-calling 531,000 people who had opted out


Re: Lots getting away with it

Requiring a valid number would be really stupid. All that's going to happen is that they'll start using valid phone numbers as the "from" and you'll get Aunty Enid phoning you to ask why you didn't leave a message when you called. Encryption on the whole network would help I guess but you'd have to implement it on a huge set of equipment for a communication method that whilst not dying out, is on the decrease.

Linus Torvalds launches Linux kernel 5.10, warns devs not to send 5.11 code too close to Christmas


It's not really - far better to have a person deciding what goes in than a corporation. If it all goes titsup the worst that happens is several Linux forks become popular. Bad for invention and unity but not really the end of the world and few people using Linux would even notice.

LibreOffice 7.1 beta boasts impressive range of features let down by a lack of polish and poor mobile efforts


Re: Whilst I agree that cloud collaboration is important these days...

Yeah, but if you're anything like me then you'll find the bit of paper in the washing machine the following week and have to go back again. My mobile is much more reliable than paper in practice.

Four or so things we found interesting about Qualcomm's Snapdragon 888, its latest 5G chip for high-end Androids


Looks a bit crap now we've seen Apple's effort

Now that we've seen what ARM cores are capable of in a proper computer, all of this looks a bit mediocre. Reviews of the Mac Mini M1 have been almost universally positive and meanwhile this is just another minor update.

Banking software firm tiptoes off to the cloud with MariaDB after $2m Oracle licence shocker


Re: not difficult to optimize cost for Oracle in VMware

Tl;Dr but it all sounded like a massive waste of time - not delivering any new value to the world but spending time on licensing issues, urgh.

The Huawei Mate 40 Pro would be the best Android flagship on the market – were it not for the US-China trade war


This is nonsense, a huge number of apps require play services and I'd expect even the most tech savvy people to use Google maps occasionally.

Suffering silicon: Benchmarks for Apple's A14 chip are in, but post-Intel Macs, when they arrive, will tell the real story


Re: Ha!

You can set a process to run on a single core. Just right click it in the details tab of task manager and select the processor affinity then tick just a single CPU core.

When you tell Chrome to wipe private data about you, it spares two websites from the purge: Google.com, YouTube



Why is this even news? Chrome explicitly tells you that you won't be logged out of Google sites - so of course they can still track you, you're still logged in. Who cares if they forget to delete a couple more cookies or local storage than the ones they've already told you that they're not going to delete??!

Selling hardware on a pay-per-use or subscription model is a 'lie' created by marketing bods


I don't disagree but from you?!

I don't disagree with anything in the article but of course a hardware reseller thinks that buying hardware is important, isn't this article just an advertorial?



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