* Posts by Gaius

165 posts • joined 7 Aug 2007


Bad news: So much of your personal data has been hacked that lesson manuals on how to use it are the latest hot property


Re: So, basically businesses should acquire fraud guides

This is a guide on how to exploit information that has already been negligently mishandled by various companies, not one that will assist in preventing such negligence in one's own company.

Thought you'd go online to buy better laptop for home working? Too bad, UK. So did everyone. Laptops, monitors and WLANs fly off shelves


the pressure and temperature circumstances would be the same for both

The cargo hold is pressurised but not heated

UK Defence Committee probe into national security threat of Huawei sure to uncover lots of new and original insights


the usual crop of bad practices and sloppy coding

Any competently written backdoor is indistinguishable from a bug.

But you’re right, it’s not as if we even have the option of making it ourselves any more. It’s Huawei or the highway.

GlaxoSmithKline ditches IR35 contractors: Go PAYE or go home


Sometimes internal people just don't have the skill-set (and the company may not need that design skill in future - much)

Cost of a contractor vs cost of a training course and having those skills on tap if they are ever needed again. Should be simple maths.

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One man's mistake, missing backups and complete reboot: The tale of Europe's Galileo satellites going dark


Re: Sounds a typical

Sounds familiar.

In a previous job, the thing I had been warning for months would happen, happened, to within a few days of when I predicted. Had all the email I’d sent about it as evidence.

The moronic manager who should have acted and didn’t blamed me anyway. Said I hadn’t made the case strongly enough!

That company no longer exists and said manager went on to have a successful career at one of the outsourcing companies that’s always appearing in El Reg. Successful for him, not any of his clients, naturally.

In a world of infosec rockstars, shutting down sexual harassment is hard work for victims


Re: A problem of the basic paranoid and secretive nature of cybersec

Sounds like the harrassers are highly skilled And talented and simply need to be offered a opportunity

No. A fundamental personality trait of anyone working in security is that you can trust them to follow the rules/do the right thing, even if they think no one is watching. You watch them anyway, obv.

Azure Arc: Redmond's tool to wrangle services wherever they are – on-premises, cloud, your basement, in the pub...


This is pretty cool, you could already extend Azure Security Centre to on-prem and other clouds, so this just rounds it out.

How bad is Catalina? It's almost Apple Maps bad: MacOS 10.15 pushes Cupertino's low bar for code quality lower still


Re: Production machine?

If your business is say video production, then the desktop macs are production machines. Or if you use them for DTP, CAD, or anything similar.

We, Wall, we, Wall, Raku: Perl creator blesses new name for version 6 of text-wrangling lingo


Perl is the stupid programmers idea of a clever programming language.

US games company Blizzard kowtows to Beijing by banning gamer who dared to bring up Hong Kong


Re: Freedom-hating assholes

“Comments are disabled”

Of course they are.

Chef roasted for tech contract with family-separating US immigration, forks up attempt to quash protest


it can't be automatically and easily installed by the Ruby toolchain

Yes it can, with a one line change to a config file.

The gig (economy) is up: New California law upgrades Lyft, Uber, other app serfs to staff


Re: No more double-dip?

You aren’t “on the clock” with these companies, you are paid on a job-by-job basis. Workers clocked in are paid hourly even if there’s nothing for them to do. No driver is getting hourly pay from Uber just for having the app open.

Apple programs Siri to not bother its pretty little head with questions about feminism


such systems should be equipped with a wide variety available voices

Siri comes with male/female voices with English, American, Irish and Australian accents. Strongly suspect that critics of Siri being female aren't actually users of it, or they would know this.

I have mine set to Australian because it sounds the most natural. Or maybe Australians just sound robotic, that's why.

In Hemel Hempstead, cycling is as bad as taking a leak in the middle of the street


Re: Banning Cyclists

There is zero enforcement on cyclists as it is - when did you ever hear of the police arresting one for failing to stop at a red light, or riding on the pavement? Cyclists act as if the law doesn't apply to them, because it doesn't in practice!

Auditors bemoan time it takes for privatised RAF pilot training to produce combat-ready aviators


Re: "Auditors bemoan time it takes"

Remember that the RAF has shrunk from 75000 people in 1990 to 35000 today (on paper, actually probably much less).

Leaked EU doc plots €100bn fund to protect European firms against international tech giants

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This sort of “picking winners” strategy gave us the mighty British Leyland

Microsoft Surface users baffled after investing in kit that throttles itself to the point of passing out


Re: Which is it?

It’ll be a firmware problem. Apple had the same thing on the latest MBP.

Let's see what the sweet, kind, new Microsoft that everyone loves is up to. Ah yes, forcing more Office home users into annual subscriptions


The Register: lol, you can pwn Windows through unpatched software

Also The Register: omg Microsoft is EEEEVIL for forcing people onto continuous updates

Can’t win, can they?

This is not the cloud you're looking for.... Oracle's JEDI mind tricks work as Trump forces $10bn IT project to drop out of warp


Amusingly Oracle pitch it as an advantage that you can buy at entire stack from them, from that hardware (inherited from Sun) all the way up to the apps, via OS and database. “One throat to choke” if anything goes wrong, their salesmen would say.

Now they are upset that someone is taking that advice and going for a single supplier... just not them!

Operation Desert Sh!tstorm: Routine test shoots down military's top-secret internets


Re: don't wait 20 mins !

In that case you also have to arrange the right number of vehicles in series as well.

They could have used a tank regiment, on a military base!

Oracle told to warp 9 out of court: Judge photon-torpedoes Big Red's Pentagon JEDI dream


Literal LOL at Oracle describing anything else as “legacy”

Congrats, Nvidia and Google: You're still the best (out of five) at training neural networks


I read that as ML Perl for a second *shudder*

Microsoft giveth and Microsoft taketh away: Partner boss explains yanking of free licences


Re: Small Business

Yes and no. Microsoft ‘s goal is small business == Azure. On-prem is for consumers and enterprise.

Guy is booted out of IT amid outsourcing, wipes databases, deletes emails... goes straight to jail for two-plus years


Re: Both sets of wings?

Yes, usually a left wing, a right wing, and one long wing across the top. It needs all of them tho’.

Meet the Great Duke of... DLL: Microsoft shines light on Astaroth, a devilishly sneaky strain of fileless malware


Re: And this ..

A typical Linux installation technique these days is curl|bash as root. Think that’s any better?


Re: Fileless?

You need to check again then. A DLL can be downloaded from a remote server, buffered in memory, and be injected into an existing process all without ever touching the disk.

It’s easy enough to do this in Linux too - you can try it yourself with GDB. Other tools are available.

Note: the technique of loading code from the network without ever touching the disk is nothing new. In fact it was one of the major features of Java back in the mid 90’s...


... and airlines...

2001: Linux is cancer, says Microsoft. 2019: Hey friends, ah, can we join the official linux-distros mailing list, plz?


Yep all those eyes did a great job with Heartbleed!


Inside info like... source code? Cool theory!

Hey China, while you're in all our servers, can you fix these support tickets? IBM, HPE, Tata CS, Fujitsu, NTT and their customers pwned


Re: Huawei

Cloud absolutely was a thing in 2010. AWS launched SQS to the general public in 2004!


Didn’t DXC just lay off all their security guys? https://www.theregister.co.uk/2019/06/24/dxc_technology_axe_security_division/

Dev darling Docker embraces Windows Subsystem for Linux 2


You don’t need to remote with VS2019, it understands WSL natively

Exodus: Tech top brass bail on £1bn UK courts reform amid concerns project is floundering


A raft of senior techies

How are these “techies”? When was the last time any of them wrote a line of production code, if they ever did?

These are no difficult problems of technology here, just the usual incompetence at management level. I bet they all got paid themselves with no hiccups mind...

GCSE computer science should be exam only, says Ofqual



All the actually important skills can be examined with a flowchart stencil. For everything else there’s IntelliSense, Github, SO, etc.

Payroll glitch at DXC leaves former staff in employment limbo


It might happen if your redundancy payout was taxed as if it was your monthly salary

Larry Ellison: Technology has 'negatively impacted' children


@DerekCurrie when was that then? Java came with the Yahoo toolbar as far back as the 90s!

That Google ARM love-in: They want it for their own s*** and they don't want Bing having it


Re: Google

I think you may not appreciate just how much power & cooling costs in a serious data centre. Every Watt you put in, you pay for, then you pay double to take it out again. Savings here add up VERY quickly.

Drooping smartphone sales mean hard times ahead for Brit chipmaker


Re: saturated market


Anyway, every chipmaker is gambling on the "internet of things". That's what IPv6 is for, and that is where the growth is expected to come from.

We gave SQL Server 2012 one year to prove itself: What happened?


"deep dive"

As an aside, I'll wager whoever coined the term "deep dive" wasn't actually a diver themselves. When you dive deep, you make a plan in advance, to the minute, and then you execute it. If you find the lost treasure of Blackbeard but you have hit the limit, then you execute your ascent plan, and come back tomorrow. Divers who don't do this end up becoming a permanent part of the site. It's a product evaluation; what's wrong with calling it that?

The politics of the data centre


Yep what a surprise...

... Freeform Dynamics turn out to be pound-shop Gartner.


I am an Oracle DBA...

... And I have no problems whatsoever with virtualization, since VMware 5. Before that no chance, the hypervisors just weren't stable or manageable enough. Maybe it's not politics, maybe we do know what we're doing, and maybe this guy is selling snake-oil.

Egyptian navy captures divers trying to cut undersea internet cables


Re: The mystery of the mysterious operatives

Judging from the state of the cylinders they're obviously members of BSAC.

'Mainframe blowout' knackered millions of RBS, NatWest accounts


Re: I doubt it

Not to mention that all the kit in a DC is powered by sockets *inside the racks*.


Re: I doubt it

And no-one noticed the reboots in the syslog? No-one noticed the uptime looked a bit funny when they ran top (or equivalent)? No-one came in the next morning and wondered why their remote logins had dropped?

I call shenanigans.

Oracle revs Database Appliance to X3-2 – and nearly to Exadata


... and randomly read for MVCC.

Quit the 2D internet, flee your cave, and GET LAID, barks rock star

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Re: He's quite right

I'm a diver, and diving kit is much cheaper on the Internet.

But you can't get your tank filled on the internet, and no local dive shop can survive on doing tank fills alone... For that reason I've no problem paying a little more.;

Cameron to ink cyber deal with India, protect Brit outsourced data


Re: Right we get the point but

Don't you get it yet? Yes outsourcing IS cheaper... For the first quarter, or maybe the first year. Enough for whoever inked the deal to be hailed as a business genius and get his bonus and promotion. Then the wheels come off and you're over a barrel. Penny wise, pound foolish as they say.

Python-lovers sling 'death threats' at UK ISP in trademark row


Yes, you would expect this from Ruby "rockstar ninjas" but not from Python users, who're supposed to be grown-ups.



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