* Posts by Dippywood

103 publicly visible posts • joined 5 Oct 2015


Virgin Media to stand up rival network operator to BT Openreach


Re: More BS from Vermin

"AFAIK BT's removed all the aluminium cable already"

Oh, but I wish that were true. There were standing orders to remove when found, but that program stopped, and my area is still lumbered with it.

Fragile, noisy and not suitable for (A)DSL or even FTTC - I'm stuck with Vermin until one of the FTTP solutions happens by, with Openreach having no published plans as yet.

Aluminium is the bane of my street.


Re: More BS from Vermin

The wonderful decision to use aluminium was, as far as I know, a GPO decision from the '60s (running into the '70s), driven by cost.

Universally recognised as a stooooooooopid idea...

Meta accused of enrolling undecided EU users in ad-sponsored platform


Like it will make any difference...

"Meta on Monday said it plans to ask EU users of Facebook and Instagram to make another choice: whether or not to share information across the two services."

What a wonderful track record Meta has for keeping its word on such things. Say 'yes', say 'no', they'll gobble your data anyway, just like they promised not to for WhatsApp.

Cutting-edge microscopy reveals bottled water has 'up to 100 times' more bits of plastic than previously feared


Peckham Springs

Don't tell Del - he'll market it as "Now with Added Plastic."

England's village green hydrogen dream in tatters


So it all turned out to be...

... just a pop in a test tube.

Share your 2024 tech forecasts (wrong answers only) to win a terrible sweater


Re: Simples!

No it doesn't!


Trump is shown to be an android manufactured in Chi-na (thus explaining his awkward pronunciation of the name) with his 'brain' being shown to have been coded in APL- it was therefore write-only making bug fixes impossible. Over time, 'upgrades' were performed by simply adding layers of buggy code to the system until behaviour became more and more erratic.



For the first time Truth Social will contain an irrefutably true fact.

NASA geeks code new tricks to model rocket plumes and avoid a lunar dust-up


Supersonic hot gas not that awesome for rocky, dusty surface?????

Just being picky, but how is 'supersonic' defined in vacuo ?

The inner pedant has escaped....

CompSci academic thought tech support was useless – until he needed it


The correct response...

... would be to proclaim loudly "You need a pee!"

Twitter now worth just a third of what Musk paid for it


Linda Yaccarino's GoFundMe Page

Would it raise $10K before that's all that Twitter is worth?

EU tells Twitter 'you can run but you can't hide' from disinformation policy


If they won't pay rent it's unlikely they'll pay any fines. A running strategy might actually work, at least in the short term...

US ban on China chip exports rebounds, causes 2,700 job losses


Re: Politics shouldn’t enter science and technology

Or, think of this, we could always license that jet engine stuff to them on the promise that they would only use such things for military purposes...

After all, they gave their word, didn't they?

Microsoft to stop accepting checks from partners


Some of our 'U's are missing...

I sure that it is only a matter of time now until some U's go missing, and certain words are Z-ised. That's Zed-ised, not Zee-ized, which would be wrong in at least two ways.

Intel finally takes the hint on software optimization


Been There, Seen That. Collect T-Shirt at Reception.

Around the early 2000's. Intel had a professional service division that offered exactly this service, as well as 'we will help you to migrate to Intel' and assorted other things.

Of course, this was not 'core business' and Intel Solution Services was wound up in 2008...

Systemd supremo Lennart Poettering leaves Red Hat for Microsoft


Re: The Opposite Of Defenestration

I'd go with fenestration.

Mars helicopter mission (which Apache says is powered byLog4j) overcomes separate network glitch to confirm new flight record


Re: I think we can consider this an air-gapped system

Indeed - the air itself is vacuum-gapped


Sorry Jeff...

...exploitation of the Log4j bug on Mars is a million to one..

With apologies to Jeff Wayne:

The chances of anything happening on Mars are a million to one, they said

The chances of anything happening on Mars are a million to one,


Have you tried turning server cores off and on again? HPE wants to do it for you from GreenLake



Too many cores for your wallet?

Ah, SOD it!

Miscreants started scanning for Exchange Hafnium vulns five minutes after Microsoft told world about zero-days


Re: Hobson's choice then!

...patch fast and then have your systems go down cos the supplier has burped out a bad patch.

Down == safe. Not the 'safe' you want, and possibly permanently 'safe.'

But safety first, recover what's left of the business later - it is the modern way.

How to ensure your tech predictions catch on in a flash? Do the mash


The ' loopy Scot retro-wavers the Rezillos' are still using Stingray to announce themselves...

...the end of which can be heard at the very start of this: https://ianbmedia.wordpress.com/2015/11/23/good-sculptures-in-brighton-as-the-rezillos-zero-in-on-concorde-2/

Cybercrooks targeting UK organisations started 2020 strong only for attacks to wither away by Christmas



"Compromising every web-connected server and service you can find gets tiring after a while – and by the end of 2021 internet criminals targeting British companies were as fatigued as the rest of us"

I know that lockdown has distorted our sense of time, but the end of 2021? I missed it - how can that be?

Under that pile of spare keys and obsolete cables is an IoT device: Samsung pushes useful retirement project for older phones


At the risk of being boring...

https://galaxyupcycling.github.io shows another introduction - from 2017, no less.

It seems that the project has taken a little time to reach fruition...

Pork-tracking website problems add extra crackling to US-Taiwan-China tensions


On Monday, the FDA ’fessed up to an error

Pork Bork!

Ericsson warns investors: This Biden fellow coming into the White House may look to resolve China trade dispute...


...so far no evidence has come to light that proves Trump's assertions.

Now why does that sound familiar?

Hey, over here, I'm talking... Academics help computers figure out which way you're facing when you speak


"Which could be useful for AI assistants as they'll know whether you're barking orders at them or the kids or the TV"

What's the point, not one of the above will pay attention anyway!

Excel Hell: It's not just blame for pandemic pandemonium being spread between the sheets


Re: Ye Olde English Proverb

The 'tools' are normally management...

TikTok wins reprieve as judge rules it can stay in American iOS, Android app stores for now


....all while managing the most severe public health crisis in a century.

'...managing...' - really?

Brexit travel permits designed to avoid 7,000-lorry jams come January depend on software that won't be finished till April


...won't be finished until April...

Which year?

England's COVID-tracking app finally goes live after 6 months of work – including backpedal on how to handle data


Re: (thanks to Cummings)

Make sure you drive to the test - and take the family along too...

Ancient telly borked broadband for entire Welsh village


Stereotype Time

Openreach engineer, Michael Jones -> Openreach engineer, Jones the Broadband.

Working from home on Virgin Media's broadband? Too bad. Outage hits English capital


Virgin Media Business offer SLAs etc. When I switched from consumer to business it actually cost just slightly less, and there's no in-contract price increases. Of course, if you want an email service, you are out of luck, but you can have a static address with a PTR record to run your own.

Having said that, it can still take an age to get something fixed, but at least you have a proper customer service person to complain to - on the consumer side the customer service is truly appalling.

If I had a decent alternative (my phone line under the ground is aluminium and noisy as hell, so I am stuck with cable) I'd move. The first company to make me a good FFTP offer will probably win.

Fasten your seat belts: Brave Reg hack spends a week eating airline food grounded by coronavirus crash


As a child of the 1970s, I have a fear of savoury dishes involving fruit...

There is a similar fear of desserts containing pasta...

I recall, with the requisite amount of revulsion, a strange concoction of macaroni and tinned custard. Ah, the '70's

What do you call megabucks Microsoft? No really, it's not a joke. El Reg needs you


If only EE was not already taken. Embrace/Extend

QUIC, dig in: Microsoft open-sources MsQuic, its implementation of Google-spawned TCP-killer QUIC


...called MsQuic


I was hoping for NesQuic...

Never mind, no point in crying over spilt milk, and all of that.

Vodafone chief speaks out after 5G conspiracy nuts torch phone mast serving Nightingale Hospital in Brum


Viruses are tiny, microscopic, organic entities.

The minds of the arsonists are similar in all respects...

Australian digital-radio-for-railways Huawei project derailed by US trade sanctions against Chinese tech giant


Uncle Sam's crackdown sparks....

'..farce majeure event that cannot be overcome'

Samsung gives China wide berth over coronavirus woes, uses sea and air freight to ship smartphone bits to Vietnamese factories


Not as much stockpiling as you might think in anticpication of the new year

Vietnam also celebrates the Lunar New Year - Tet - so will have had a corresponding, although slightly shorter, holiday.

There, as in China, it is customary to return to the family home for the festival, and a similar migration to the cities has taken place.

So, components stocks might dwindle more quickly than some would expect.

Steve Jobs, executives shot down top Apple engineers' plea to design their own server CPU – latest twist in legal battle over chip upstart Nuvia


Re: I find this rather sad

If only it was 'slowly...'

Whoooooa, this node is on fire! Forget Ceph, try the forgotten OpenStack storage release 'Crispy'


Re: Thermal Incident

Pray tell, why is it that, no matter where a box has been, when you de-dust it the smell is often of curry?

Microsoft takes us to 2004 with new Windows 10 so you don't mistake it for Server 2003


That thing Santa left on the lounge carpet

Do you not mean "that thing Santa's reindeer left on the lounge carpet?"

I've had it with these motherflipping eggs on this motherflipping train


Re: Oh boy.. An egg...

Durian is something I enjoy when in Vietnam (sầu riêng there).

Yes, it has an odour.

Yes, you can smell it some distance off.

Yes, it reminds me of a gas leak.

Yes, it is delicious!

Can even be bought in various Chinatown areas here in the UK, and, for a while in North London, there was the Durian Centre.

What simultaneously sucks and doesn't? This new robot vacuum cleaner


Heavens knows what a pound will be worth by the time it is released.

About a pound, probably...

A spot of after-hours business email does you good, apparently


Re: My old work email account is still live

Living eventually results in your death. No need to subset.

Hey, I wrote this neat little program for you guys called the IMAC User Notification Tool


So Very Viz

Back in the day of the dinosaurs, when FAX modems were very new, and long before they had been standardised, I got hold of one that thought it was an EPSON printer. This, alongside a MicroVAX and a 3rd party IP Stack for VMS soon became an email->FAX gateway.

This needed a name, so FAXLAG (FAX Line Access Gateway) was born, with due credit to Sandra and Tracey.

Psst. Wanna brush up your supervillain creds? Get a load of this mini submarine


All those years after the other spares stopped selling

Glad to see the surplus Sinclair C5 handlebars went somewhere...

You monsters: Screen time murders your kid's imaginary friend – until they reach school age


Re: Celebrity Imaginary Friends