* Posts by m0rt

988 publicly visible posts • joined 11 Jul 2015


Parts of UK booted offline as Virgin Media suffers massive broadband outage


"We have asked VM why there was no resiliency in terms of call centers and its own website, a situation that suggests failures of what should have been built-in network redundancies. "

in this case, the call centres would have hit capacity and the website would go down due to people continuously refreshing it. On their mobiles of course. That aren't on Virgin mobile. Or on a cell being backhauled on Virgin infra.

Atlassian outage lingers, sparking data loss fears


Maybe Atlassian were backing up data on Onedrive.

Clegg on its face: Facebook turns to former UK deputy PM to fend off damaging headlines


Hard working commentard....

I like how the phrase 'hard work' gets bandied around like it confers automatic righteousness upon the hardworkee.

Real evil ingenuity requires hard work too!

Intellisense was off and developer learned you can't code in Canadian


Aha. Then I applaud your detailed understanding of the subject.

So much so that I will respond, three and a half years later.

Voyager 2 is back online after eight months of radio silence


Re: I was away for several months

Actually - The Sean Connery (meherestinpeace) Dr No hat throw length should be the standard, methinks. And we can say there are Three 00s to one Oddjob. Simple.


I was away for several months

and El Reg has dropped its standards.

18,750,000,000km? No mention of this distance in a proper standard? Gnats' penises? Stoned whale lengths?

Fitness freaks flummoxed as massive global Garmin outage leaves them high and dry for hours


Re: Those who bleat like the world has ended...

Sub-contract ODIN....

Guilty as charged: Apple confesses some Smart Battery Cases are having 'issues', offers replacements


Re: Hey Apple, there's another way!

The battery on that phone is brilliant. I bought one. Only thing is, I ended up sending it back because of the silly Wifi/Bluetooth issue which was causing crazy network lag.

But even the replacement Nokia gets 2 days.

My Keyone, that it replaced, got 2 days.

EU court rules Right To Be Forgotten doesn't apply outside member states


Re: So GDPR thing...

But this is still a point, is it not? This is a genuine question.

So PII is still PII whether that is on a specific website, or in Google's search results. That is the point I was wondering about.

It isn't about data escaping, it is about data, period. If that data sat originally on a badly secured website, or a dump of data somewhere, PII is PII regardless. GDPR won't make that distinction and whatever my personal views are, I wondered why GDPR wouldn't apply because as far as I am aware, Googles does *not* gets any special dispensation relating to that regulation.


So GDPR thing...

So if the search result includes personally identifiable information, which I kind of assume it does because why want it blocked in the first place, and GDPR states that any information held on EU citizen should be subject to the regulation even if outside of the EU - isn't this a contradiction?

Being brutally honest, I haven't read the judgement and I can't be arsed, so it may have covered that because I am pretty sure the relevant powers that be would have picked up on that. But still, enquiring minds....

Why worry about cost of banning certain Chinese comms providers? Fire Huawei, says analyst


"Companies know that the main threat they face in terms of cyber espionage and hacking comes from China."

Do they really know that? Or is just repeating the other people who also state that with the same source worthiness?

This image-recognition roulette is all fun and games... until it labels you a rape suspect, divorcee, or a racial slur


Re: Quis custodiet ipsos custodes

"Who guards the Ministry of Truth?"

Currently, it may as well be the current bastions of light and righteoussness: The Home Office.

Outlook turned eBay into DD-Bay: Topless busty babe mysteriously fronts souk's emails


"Do let us know, please, if you too spot anything weird and wonderful on the internet."


Eight-hour comms lags and shock discoveries: 30 years after Voyager 2 visited gas giant Neptune


ky jelly?

WTF is Boeing on? Not just customer databases lying around on the web. 787 jetliner code, too, security bugs and all


Re: certification

The root certifiers.


Re: "irresponsible and misleading"

And earlier in that quote...

'IOActive chose to ignore our verified results and limitations in its research'

Funny Boeing saying that. Seems they did, too, in order to self certify* their own systems.

*Which is what the FAA apparently was accused of letting them do.

Relax, satellite hacking is unlikely to lead to Earth-blinding Kessler effect – at least not yet


Re: I'm worried…

Terry P (mayherestinpiece) missed a trick there, failing to use comic sans to represent the voice of death.


Re: I'm worried…

What? I haven't heard of this. What kind of Font-laden horror is this? Will *shudder* Wingdings be involved?

Lyft pulls its e-bike fleet from San Francisco Bay Area after exploding batteries make them the hottest seat in town


Re: I swear....

Why post that anonymously? Lewis - Is that you?


Re: Looks like the technology hasn't been properly studied

So business start with an idea. Marketing helps them sell that idea. Business does well.

So, everyone gets more money. Marketing falls into the demographic and demand issue, seeing other similar models working, so say 'You need to design it like this so we can take a part of this demographic who want to buy it because see: Evidence' (Just look at laptop design in the last 15 years. Thanks apple. )

So business tells talented Engineers to do it this way. Engineers grumble because they are see the limitations of what is wanted and have to make nonsensical tradeoffs to provide what the busines are saying what people want.

Meanwhile, lots of people are decrying the new products as missing X and Y and why can't we have a longer batter life and they are ignored because no one is buying those things because see: Evidence from marketing. Only the .5mm thick battery ones are selling.


So...if you are a Product Owner, get evidence from everyone EXCEPT marketing.

Thank you.

Watch as 10 cops with guns and military camo storm suspected Capital One hacker's house…


Re: A little sensationalism?


Come on....anybody? Phrasing?

UK taxpayers funded Grand Theft Auto V maker to tune of £42m – while biz paid no corp tax and made billions


Re: Woo

^ooooh that just gave me the warm fuzzies. Isn't capitalism just great? All hail Mammon.

UK digital network Openreach takes 15 electric vans for a spin


Re: Hmm..

">No point in having roads if there is nowhere to park.

If there's nowhere to park, what's the point of most car journeys?"

...looking for parking spaces, obviously.

Wonderful cycle of life.

Literally braking news: Two people hurt as not one but two self-driving space-age buses go awry


Re: Physics will still be applied

I only travel, usually, by Virgin trains. So no.


Re: Physics will still be applied

"Use rear-facing seats."


I tend to take the rear facing seats on trains for similar reasons.

I'm a happy, optimistic, soul.


Re: "a standard video camera recording everything you doughnut"

When you place dough onto a nut in order to cover it, you could be said to 'doughnut'.


Experts: No need to worry about Europe's navigation sats going dark for days. Also: What the hell is going on with those satellites?!


Re: Definitely Russian or Chinese hacking


He's just a poor boy, nobody loves him.

Red flag: Verify to be marked 'undeliverable' by gov projects watchdog


"A Cabinet Office spokesperson told The Reg: "Verify is a world-leading example of how to enable people to use services securely online. This has been a challenging project - but challenges like these are to be expected when the government is working at the forefront of new technology.

"Verify is now at a point where it can be taken forward by the private sector, so people will be able to safely and securely access both private and public online services.""



Whoever said that surely has a special place in hell reserved for them?

*Spin meter blowing its top.

300,000 edgy folk pledge themselves on Facebook to storming supposedly UFO-tastic Area 51


Au contraire. They did find alien spacecraft tech and tried their hardest to understand it and failed. Didn't stop them trying to use it.

Misunderstood techology far too complex for the average human to even begin to understand: F-35

Now that's just offal: Heap of pig guts hog road after truck spills load in Kansas City


"Though it looks like a scene from an ultra-violent video game, no live animals were injured in the ham-fisted snafu."

Apart from the original Porcine victims, of course, who gave their lives to be the subject of this Friday afternoon levity.

Frenzied bidding war for hot property KCOM as share price rockets by tuppence and a half


Soooo....£571M offer for a company that has 140K customers. So that works out at valuing each customer as £4K.

I'm obviously no businessman because I fail to see the attraction at that price.

GDS, what is it good for? According to a UK parliamentary committee: 'Increasingly unclear'


the modern Ministry of Administrative Affairs...

What we need is Jim Hacker. Aptly named, too.

Not all heroes wear capes: Contractor grills DXC globo veep on pay rises, offshoring, and cuts to healthcare help


We all know what is happening here.

It is the shareholders that are the focus of this, and pretty much any other large floated setup. This is why clients suffer, the organisations are filled with unhappy and kicked around peoeple. The language used by the politici^w board and CEO are the usual bundle of empty promises and useless BS that we all know. Like politicians in power, most of the time CEOs change after a few years to keep offering hope that 'Things are gonna change!'™ but they don't.

Because ultimatly this beast we are feeding gets hungrier and hungrier, so those that are closest to the Maw and feeding it bigger and bigger helpings in the hope they don't get swallowed.

Jeez, this is dark for a Tuesday.

TLDR; Fsck You, DXC, and those of your kind.

As HMRC's quarterly deadline for online VAT filing looms, biz dogged by 'technical difficulties'


Re: Bobby Tables

Someone deserves a lifetime of free ale....

ReactOS 'a ripoff of the Windows Research Kernel', claims Microsoft kernel engineer


I miss Groklaw....

Google's Fuchsia OS Flutters into view: We're just trying out some new concepts, claims exec


Re: It's BeOS, it's the OS

I'm not a google fan. I think they are no different to any big company in that when they get to a certain size, they only see reflected ideals, not those form outside their ecosystem. I don't trust them.

That being said, I am actually excited about this project. I have long held a belief that we need a new OS philosophy. Linux, whereas my favourite, I think is not moving in a direction I care for and I think that where will it be in 10 years, yet alone 20. BeOS I wanted to see flourish.

Regardless of any motives, I think that there are a *lot* of bright people in Google who really care for the same things in a new OS and that regardless of the business as a whole, will have the heft and resources to push a new OS out into more mainstream.

So I am looking forward to it.

Vulture gets claws on Lego's latest Apollo nostalgia-fest



That a lego Jackie Chan character?


Fsck me!

They do a Saturn V too!!

Buckminsterfullerene sounds like the next UK Prime Minister but trust us, it's in fact the largest molecule yet found in interstellar space


Re: News?



However, that was around a dying star. This article states interstellar so the stuff in between systems, so .... space*. So I guess this is what they mean and it goes to show that clickbait is rife in EVERY field. :)

*Space is weird. And big. Bigger than big.

Boffins' neural network can work out from your speech whether you'll develop psychosis


Re: What could possibly go wrong

"How many previous and current world leaders would be sectioned by these kinds of algorithms."


10 PRINT Memorial in New Hampshire marks the birthplace of BASIC


Re: In the UK...

We had a couple of 380Zs in school in the 80s that became surplus to requirements. One of them ended up being scrapped and given to me - it also had the graphics adapter so graphics were possible.

I should add that the first Computer lesson I had in 84, we were told to open our books to the middle, draw out a Qwerty keyboard and then told how to type on our pages.


Flight Simulator 2020: Exciting new ride or a doomed tailspin in a crowded market?


Re: Changed the (IT) world

My favourite 'sim' was Microprose's Gunship 2000.

Both on the 128K speccy and the C64.

Monster magnet in my pocket: Boffins' gizmo packs 45.5-tesla punch and weighs just 390g


Re: When will I be able to put it on my fridge door ?

And for the gods sake! Remove ALL body piercings before hitting the switch.

You'll always need VMs says, surprise, VMware: Run on any cloud you like and get portability


Just a thought, can you get all "Inception" using virtuals? Just wondered if anyone had tried. *

*What am I saying! This is a world full of people who will press the button that says "DO NOT PRESS" so this is bound to have happened.

Gonna be so cool when we finally get into space, float among the stars, work out every day, inject testosterone...


Done a lot of online courses though...

Behold the might of dynamic crimefighting duo Captain Met Police and the Microsoft Kid


Excellent example of investigative journalism.

Get this: Mad King Leo wanted HP to slurp two other firms alongside ill-fated Autonomy buyout


HP Killed WebOS. I can never forgive them for that.

This makes me sad, that the company behind the HP-35 has become this weird, Netflix drama of a company.

Bear insistent on playing tonsil tennis with you? Just bite its tongue off


Re: Shed antlers


What first attracted Ofcom boss Sharon White to the near-£1m salary offered by John Lewis Partnership?


"What first attracted Ofcom boss Sharon White...."

Staff discount would be my guess.