* Posts by Korev

2927 posts • joined 26 Aug 2016

'I wrote Task Manager': Ex-Microsoft programmer Dave Plummer spills the beans

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Re: Always been a bit...

Good Geek Skills Sir -->

eBay users spot the online auction house port-scanning their PCs. Um... is that OK?

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Re: I wouldn't buy insurance then

I'd also be interested

Airline-chasing lawyers leap on Easyjet for £18bn after 9m folks' data, itineraries nicked

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Virgin on insolvency any way...

Capture the horrors of war in razor-sharp quality with this ruggedised Samsung phone – or just lob it at enemy forces

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Coffee/keyboard

Since then, the only explosive device it's produced has been the disastrous Galaxy Note S7.

New keyboard please...

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Vocab

I have a new word, "chaebol".

Ta -->

Beer rating app reveals homes and identities of spies and military bods, warns Bellingcat

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Re: For any one in a sensitive job.

>Is that you Donald Korev Trump?

Yes and it's going to be YUGE!

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Boffin

Re: For any one in a sensitive job.

I'm the other way around... There are three with my name on the planet and this one hits the top of Google.

It's useful when I do sciencey stuff as if you put my surname and initial into pubmed I'm the only one.

Microsoft claims it has spun up a top-five AI supercomputer for its pals at OpenAI – but won't reveal the full specs

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Re: Mine's bigger than yours

That's a mighty big one you're linpacking there...

Easyjet hacked: 9 million people's data accessed plus 2,200 folks' credit card details grabbed

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Re: Never store CC details

My work credit card supplier has a limit of nine with only letters and numbers allowed... It's also the card with the highest credit limit that I have.

Car crash: Uber axes another 3,000 jobs, closes 45 offices as punters snub app during coronavirus lockdown

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Re: Every job loss is sad

Yes, evil practices like providing cheap, safe cabs in which rapes of drunk female passengers are no longer commonplace.

Sure? This story says that Uber execs obtained a rape victim's medical record in an effort to discredit her testimony against the driver...

A real loch mess: Navy larks sunk by a truculent torpedo

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Re: Too many return() statements in the code?

Me too

Almost the Royal Navy -->

Tencent pop group, formed on a Tencent TV show, boosted Tencent games and Q1 revenue

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“driving user engagement to a new high and demonstrating cross-IP synergy within Tencent.”

We need a vomit icon

Openreach tells El Reg it'll kill off copper sales in 118 UK locations next year

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Re: The reality of FTTP

Being forced to use BT's hardware would be a reason not to use them (if I ever move back).

Danger zone! Brit research supercomputer ARCHER's login nodes exploited in cyber-attack, admins reset passwords and SSH keys

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With a shared file system how else would you recommend to do it?

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Re: I blame

Phrasing!

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A lot of HPC places need to you have both keys so you can SSH between systems in the centre

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Well done, that was Cray-zy good -->

Facebook-for-suits puts on a fresh jacket. 'Classic' Yammer is so 2018. Behold, a public preview of 'New' Yammer

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Re: Linked-In is already bad enough

The brief dabble I had with Linked-In some years ago was enough to realise it was all a self advertising and spamming w**k fest. Never again.

I like The Best of Linkedin Twitter account

Nine in ten biz applications harbor out-of-date, unsupported, insecure open-source code, study shows

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Re: Frankestein development, thanks to Stackoveflow, Github & C.

It's an extreme example, but things happen. I remember a Centos release a few years ago that was delayed because the lead developer was getting married!

Back of the net! Norfolk County Council kicks off £18m Oracle cloud ERP deal

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Windows

Re: The big question...

No ;)

Maybe NSFW...

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The big question...

I think this article missed the burning question:

What do you think of the pedestrianisation of Norwich City Centre?

Apple owes us big time for bungled display-killing cable design in MacBook Pro kit, lawsuit claims

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Re: This was an Apple device

Some of the online bike retailers have a fairly poor reputation for service. Another one even messed up my order and threatened me with legal action!

When I cracked the seat / top tube junction on my bike I emailed the dealer at 21.30 and I got an email at about 9.30 the next morning telling me that a replacement had been ordered. He even lent me a bike to go on a trip to the Alps with so I wouldn't miss out.

O2 be a fly on the wall during BT and Vodafone's video calls: Telefónica's UK biz, Virgin Media officially merge

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Re: Been There?

I used to use Be too, they were great.

I'm on the receiving end of another Liberty Global company's shenanigans at the moment, my TV box is dead and they won't give me another without signing up to a new deal which is more expensive and with a minimum term. It is cheaper for me to keep the dead box and subscribe to a TVoIP service than take the other deal...

The iMac at 22: How the computer 'too odd to succeed' changed everything ... for Apple, at least

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Re: The full-blown Apple formula

Unceremoniously ditching the external SCSI bus and the Apple Desktop Bus meant that anyone already invested in the system had to buy new peripherals (they couldn't bring the keyboard from their old Mac with them),

Looks at a pile of now unloved "Thunderbolt" adaptors....

and with Windows's USB stack being somewhat fragile at that point (from what I remember) the market for third-party USB peripherals was quite small.

IIRC only the home Win9* had USB support to some extent at that point and Win2k was the first version of the NT family to support it.

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Boffin

SGI was happy enough to sell one to somebody playing with drugs if they wanted to buy one, but those machines were built for CGI, and the real market cared what it looked like.

But as I recall, Merck was mostly using blue & white G3s back then.

I suspect in the computational chemistry & structural biology groups it would have been all SGI back then.

NUC NUC. Who's there? It's Intel, with a pint-sized 8-core Xeon workstation

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Linux

For those of a Linux persuasion, it works as expected.

I don't actually know if that means it works or doesn't. Although things have got a lot better, there is still an annoying amount of hardware out there that isn't supported or doesn't work on Linux.

I speak an HPC guy and former Linux admin and I've failed to get Linux running on a few desktops over the years before I get downvoted to hell :)

Nervous, Adobe? It took 16 years, but open-source vector graphics editor Inkscape now works properly on macOS

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Re: AC and the LTT video

But the most important factor brought up by that video, the most relevant in regards to InkScape and what is constantly dismissed however much I try to remind them, is INTEGRATION.

When you [buy] the Adobe suite you get an integrated solution system, one that not only tries to retain a similar look and feel to one another but also dynamically links apps together, PLUS allows easy collaboration between designers in different locations.

Last time I tried to edit a file in Lightroom "Classic" in Photoshop, LR dumped the file to a TIFF on my harddisc which PS then opened...

But what you say is mostly true though.

Britain has no idea how close it came to ATMs flooding the streets with free money thanks to some crap code, 1970s style

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Facepalm

That was supposed to be hop

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I hope that was a joke...

Red Hat’s new CEO on surviving inside Big Blue: 'We don’t participate in IBM's culture. It’s that simple'

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Re: It is the IBM PC again

There's many other examples, especially of companies bought by IBM.

Lotus and Tivoli spring to mind .....

Hear about any of these recently? No. I thought not.

Having used Lotus Notes at two companies I don't regard that as a bad thing...

Resistance is futile: Some Cisco security appliances are ticking time bombs of fail thanks to faulty resistors

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Re: Resistance is not futile

Shockingly good puns guys!

Guess which cloud giant Zoom picked to handle millions more video calls? Bzzt, wrong answer: It's Oracle

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Privacy-friendly service

This Swiss service claims to respect privacy. I use some of the Company's other services and have been happy so far, I'm hoping to test the video conferencing soon.

One way of keeping your privacy -->

Capita to continue managing Brit teachers' pensions well into the 2020s

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FAIL

Re: Same old same old

This says that "Organisations should satisfy themselves: a) that suppliers’ principal relevant contracts in the last three years are being or have been satisfactorily performed in accordance with their terms". I can't see much evidence of this happening TBH!

Royal Navy nuclear submarine captain rapped for letting crew throw shoreside BBQ party

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Mr Page

I wonder what this Fine Organ's former defence correspondent would have made of this

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Re: And another another thing

ACs can't have an icon, so I've got this one for you -->

Elevating cost-cutting to a whole new level with million-dollar bar bills

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Re: Never saw a car crash into a computer

This Brit didn't know what a Fenwick was either! Thanks for the explanation

Me -->

Getting a pizza the action, AS/400 style

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Re: He didn't resign out of shame?

These puns deliver today...

Zoom adds Choose Your Own Routing Adventure to keep chats out of China

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From the article:

Free users will be locked to their nearest data centre and never, ever, routed through China.

A chief technology officer in a time of COVID-19: Keep calm and make the most of the whole business suddenly realising how important IT is

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Re: Silver lining

But we're always told we're important (right up until the point our jobs get offshored to Elbonia...)

Ethernet standards group leaves its name in the dust as it details new 800Gbps spec

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Joke

Re: "having 25G in the name was too constraining for the scope of the consortium"

5G causes COVID-19 and the fewer viruses there are the better for IT security

What's the difference between Windows 7 and a bin lorry? One is full of garbage, and the other… oh dear

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Sorry, that was rubbish...

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...or a batch file is misbehaving.

You mean it refused to work...

Pandemic impact: Two-thirds of polled Reg readers say it's business as usual in the IT dept, one in ten panicking

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3D Pie Charts

Just say no....

Netflix starts 30-day video data diet at EU's request to ensure network availability during coronavirus crisis

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> Also, it's a sign of our hedonistic existence that during the first real pandemic in modern times, Netflix availability is a concern!

Being able to entertain ourselves whilst cooped up in our homes for a month or so will lessen the impact of this on mental health.

A few years ago I was housebound for a while due to injury and hated the isolation and boredom; I took steps to lower the effects of this.

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Childcatcher

>No advert revenue, no TV, not even repeats. Could El Reg go the say way?

I suspect a significant number of visitors here are using an adblocker anyway

Microsoft frees Windows Subsystem for Linux 2 from the shackles of, er, Windows?

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Re: The time has finally come!

One reason I'm typing this on a Mac is that it's a *NIX with a native port of MS Office.

The hardware on this MBP is (mostly*) lovely, but it's an expensive way for for my employer to get the above. They could decide to give us WSL2/Win10 and give us the Corporate Standard laptop and save a chunk on hardware costs.

* So far the keyboard is still working!

Microsoft Teams gets off to a wobbly start as the world and its cat starts working from home

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After all, the latest tweet from the Microsoft Teams social media orifice exhorts users to make the jump from Skype for Business to the platform. The words "frying pan" and "fire" spring effortlessly to mind rather than the "seamless transition" hoped for.

I had the (dis)pleasure of attending two Skype for Business meetings today which both had significant problems too. I wasn't sure if it was SfB's normal flakiness or overload.

Not exactly the kind of housekeeping you want when it means the hotel's server uptime is scrubbed clean

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Re: Who was really at fault?

I used to work on a Pharma site where in addition to research and development there was also a factory; the data centre used to get cleaned by the techies as the list of people allowed in was tiny.

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Re: Not just cleaners

Had a clown laying new vinyl in corridors including the one outside the computer room. Which contained a VAX and a couple of Novell (I'm that old) servers.

JUST stopped him unplugging the VAX to plug in some power tool - his hand was on the plug. I showed him a more appropriate power socket, but his extension cord wouldn't reach it.

I'm confused is the Vax the server or the vacuum cleaner?

Borklays soz for the ailing ATMs but won't say if fix involved a Microsoft invoice

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Everything is now back up and running and we apologise for any inconvenience caused."

Well done to the techies who worked so card to fix this...

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