* Posts by Korev

3852 posts • joined 26 Aug 2016

Burger King just sent spam receipts to customers

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Our team has grilled Burger King about the situation to learn how the spam came to be served and, critically, if a security compromise was the cause.

A Whopper of a pun Mr Sharwood

Slack leaked hashed passwords from its servers for years

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Slack lays claim to over 169,000 paid customers and says "millions of people around the world use Slack to connect their teams."

No Teams, is Microsoft's rival...

UK wants criminal migrants to scan their faces up to five times a day using a watch

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Re: Collapse

> The perception at the time was that he had utterly failed at the first test of holding Tories to account.

Brexit wouldn't have happened with the LibDems in the government.

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Re: What has immigration status got to do with criminal punishment?

CAKE is a made up drug

Yeah, we'll just take that first network handshake. What could possibly go wrong?

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Re: The guiding principle

> Send the customer the bill!

In this case they sent Bill and the AS/400s fell over

Remember the humanoid Tesla robot? It's ready for September reveal, says Musk

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Re: Optimus can replace the Russians ....

They'll be robots in disguise, so who knows what they'll look like...

Scientist shares spicy pic of 'James Webb' discovery

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Re: Chorizo

You took all the puns, you swine

Intel close to deal for semiconductor plant in Italy

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Will they make AMD's Milan chips too?

Post-quantum crypto cracked in an hour with one core of an ancient Xeon

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Some of the stuff coming out of Microsoft Research looks pretty fun

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Re: Cheaters!

Bring back the.... ....Moderatrix....

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Re: Ancient?

> Now imagine how quick this would be on an Alder Lake, or even an A14.

Single thread performance hasn't really increased that much in recent times on x86. The Arm chip could be more interesting to see though.

Fights, floods, and fortunes when cloud giants roll into town

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Eggs in one basket

Why on all earth do we[0] allow these cross-cloud single points of failure to happen? It's not hard to imagine a disaster (see icon) or even "just" a hurricane or flood that would take out a lot of civilisation's compute and everything that relies on it.

[0] Trying to work out who's responsible here is quite an effort. Maybe the UN should compel governments to ensure large spaces between the companies' bitbarns.

Lockheed Martin wins $213m contract to update F-35 datacenter

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The UK Ministry of Defence has also confirmed plans to replace a British F-35B that fell into the Mediterranean following a failed take-off from the deck of aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth last year, according to the UK Defence Journal.

The fast that it's newsworthy for the UK to replace a single aeroplane says a lot about how under-resourced the UK forces have become....

Google asks workers for ideas on being 'more focused and efficient' in internal survey

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Re: They don't even know how to support their products

I still miss Picassa. It was fast and did just enough of what you wanted. Sadly it couldn't cope with Fuji raw files so I had to stop using it.

Boffins put supercomputer on the scent of a perfect landfill deodorizer

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Re: Waste to energy

In Switzerland they incinerate waste and claim it's recycling... A lot of the stuff I chuck away here would have been properly recycled back in the UK...

Apple ends corporate COVID mask mandate

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Re: Can't they just tweak one of the employee phone apps...

There's a gap missing in the table, maybe we can have a competition to work out what to fill it with

We'll get you that Wi-Fi 7 laptop by 2024, Intel says

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Re: Make Ethernet obsolete.

I was going to say, can the newfangled WFi get through the deadspot in Korev Towers caused by my bathroom and a radiator?

Why the end of Optane is bad news for all IT

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Not to mention every single application known to man deciding to fire up a daemon/process and then update itself and/or spam you with alerts...

Bad news, older tech workers: Job advert language works against you

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Re: We don't get to chose the language...

I had this ongoing battle with a German-educated recruiter. He was obsessed that you needed a Master's in order to get out of bed this morning. I kept pointing out that in many other countries (like the UK) most people don't bother with a Master's as an Honours degree is considered good enough.

After much tooing and froing, we managed to get the words "or equivalent experience" in which is better than before...

Google: We had to shut down a datacenter to save it during London’s heatwave

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Re: Heat island

But what happens if the friendly bombs finally fall?

Apple plays the supply-chain card to explain Mac, iPad revenue shrink

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“Bank of America is providing iPhones to all of its financial advisers so they can instantly access client information and provide timely wealth management advice from anywhere.

Although Wealth Management is a problem I‘d love to have, I can see that you‘d like the expensive person to put more thought into something that may cost you zillions than just a half arsed response on their phone…

It's on: Twitter vs Elon Musk trial to start October 17

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Re: I don’t have a dog in this fight

Yeah, it'll be a tweet to watch...

BOFH: Selling the boss on a crypto startup

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I was going to upvote and then saw you enjoyed the peanut butter one...

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We'll find out how non-fungible they are...

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"You're not proposing to murder someone just to stop spell-check defaulting to US English are you?!?!" the Boss splutters.

Seems a bit lenient...

Psst … Want to buy a used IBM Selectric? No questions asked

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Re: Sarah? Is the Moderatrix back again?

Or fear...

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Re: Sarah? Is the Moderatrix back again?

That article just reminded me how good The Register used to be

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Didn't Sarah try to paper over where the typewriters came from?

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Re: Hot stuff

> Touched a hot laptop once, never again.

Was the fan broken?

Surprise! The metaverse is going to suck for privacy

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Re: Cognitive Acuity ?

They could very easily work out how you respond to a product (pupil dilation, heart changes) and it's easy to see how they could monetise that

Why Intel killed its Optane memory business

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Thank you Mr Mann for a nice in-depth and well-researched article.

As it's Friday -->

Nearly all protein structures known to science predicted by AlphaFold AI

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Re: DeepMind (aka Google) Hard At Work!

I'm 99.9999% certain that the records from the Royal Free Trust would not have been useful to this project. There's a huge difference between "patient X visited and we diagnosed Y" records from the RFT and the protein sequences and structures that you'd use to make models like these.

I'm not defending the slurping BTW just pointing out the difference.

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Re: AI

But this is what AI does superbly. While big pharma may gripe that DeepMind and AlphaFold AI didn't spit out a list of drugs that they could exploit, the value to researchers seems immense, on the order of the full sequencing of the human genome.

If these public models "spat out molecules" in public then we* couldn't patent them and therefore sell them! This in turn means that they wouldn't get developed as why would any company spend millions on trials and getting approvals for drugs that they couldn't sell.

* I work for a big pharma

UK immigration systems delayed by extra Ukraine visa work

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Re: began in 2013 and was expected to be completed in 2017

I still find it very funny that Kent was one of the highest regions voting* for "taking back control of our borders" and now they've got it they're finding it completely sucks for them.

* Apologies to the 41% of Kent voters who saw this coming....

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Re: began in 2013 and was expected to be completed in 2017

Ukraine and Corona can cover up all kinds of Brexit related delays. In the case the project was going badly already, but suddenly throwing Brexit with no immigration decisions made until the last minute can only have made things worse.

This credit card-sized PC board can use an Intel Core i7

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Re: Conversion

We can come to a compromise; we'll El Reg's Vultures go to the pub as long as they don't stop working. The articles will probably be hilarious :-)

British intelligence recycles old argument for thwarting strong encryption: Think of the children!

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Re: Who are they trying to con ?

I mean, stealing national secrets with a usb drive smuggled out in a short (coffee cup, lip balm, pack of smokes) who would ever imagine that that could happen to secure government, tempested and air gapped devices ?!?!

Any competent organisation would have blocked USB discs by now...

Java SE 6 and 7 devs weigh their options as support ends

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A kind of coffee

Security flaws in GPS trackers can be abused to cut off fuel to vehicles, CISA warns

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I’m still wondering how they managed to guess the root password on all my servers…

Just because you failed doesn't mean you weren't right

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Re: A miss is pretty obvious, no matter the apparatus

Well, the system certainly bombed…

IBM expands Power10 line-up with four new systems

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Re: Power vs x86/64

I saw the sentence "plus the single-socket S1014, described as an entry-level option for SMBs and remote office branches." and wondered why a SMB would run Power and not x86.

In my head, Power is only for large organisations with monster databases, HPC etc.

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Re: Power vs x86/64

Yeah, but would it run Crysis?

Meta asks line managers to identify poorly performing staff for firing

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In some places it's easier than others. For example in the UK it's quite hard to fire someone for being crap, but you can eliminate their role and then make them redundant. Of course, if you employee someone else to do the same thing then the Organisation gets in lots of trouble.

NYC issues super upbeat PSA for surviving the nuclear apocalypse

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Re: "NYC issues super upbeat PSA"

Sadly ElReg has downgraded to American English as a policy making it read the same as every other generic IT news site out there...

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Re: Threads

Well, the improvements would have been massive and no British government has done half as much for the city

FYI: BMW puts heated seats, other features behind paywall

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Re: I don't really see the problem

A friend got a car though Motability too, a combination of Brexit and labour shortages in the port (the two are related) meant that the ship sailed between the Continent and the UK a few times with the car, but couldn't unload...

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Re: Money for nothing

Exactly why I don't own a car. I live with in cycling distance to work and a railway station. The rare times when I need a car I just rent one. This saves me thousands every yet.

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Re: re. value of much older vehicles with limited electronics

I have a mate who lives in France and had a van which was on its last legs. He was about to scrap it, but for some reason he thought he'd pop it on an auction site to see if someone wanted it for parts. Apparently the bidding went mental as it was the last generation of Citroen(?) vans which didn't have all the electronics.

It turns out that the vans get exported to Africa, repaired and then get used pretty much for ever.

Twitter claims Elon Musk bailed from sale with 'invalid and wrongful' reasons

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If you follow the right people then Twitter can be useful. I mostly follow scientists and HPC folks and learn a lot.

Oracle 12.1 users warned as mainstream support ends in July

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Re: Is this to force EBS customers to migrate to the cloud?

Or many could reconsider their RDMS vendor and move to something else?

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