* Posts by Solarflare

330 publicly visible posts • joined 16 Dec 2016


Talk about making a rod for your own back: Pot dealer's seized €54m Bitcoins up in smoke after keys thrown out with fishing gear


Re: Were it a real country, could not the courts act?

Remember when some coins were stolen and the changes thr protocol to protect those coins?

I am by no means an expert, but you seem to have really misunderstood what happened way back when. As far as I understand it, bitcoin essentially forked the project and rolled everything back, putting everything back where it was ~2 days prior. All the trades and things that were legit needed to be done again, the coins that had been snaffled were recovered in that they were reset back to the place that they were previously.

To do the same here, things would need to be rolled back by years. Even then, all that would achieve is undoing the 500 bitcoin to 12 separate accounts transaction and would put them all in his original one. Assuming the key to that was also on the same piece of paper, all that would have been done is that the bitcoins are all together, though still inaccessable and useless. Oh, and also that every transaction over the last however many years would have been voided for every person who uses bitcoin...

In case you wanna launch your boss into the Sun, good news: Earth's largest solar telescope just checked and, yeah, it's still pretty fiery


Re: So if Texas is "gigantic"...

"even bigger"

Cache flow problems continue for Intel: Yet more data-leaking processor design blunders discovered, patches due soon


Re: Chicken Little

"My local Intel® representative assured me that this propaganda should be ignored!"

EA boots Linux gamers out of multiplayer Battlefield V, Penguinistas respond by demanding crippling boycott


Re: Computer Games?

Never had a hobby then, old chap?

Cheque out my mad metal frisbee skillz... oops. Lights out!


Re: Who me?

It's too early on a Friday and I have had far too little coffee for these sorts of shenanigans!

Christmas in tatters for Nottinghamshire tots after mayor tells them Santa's too busy


Actually, I believe it's spelt "chiropractor"

Googlers fired after tracking colleagues working on US border cop projects. Now, if they had monetized that stalking...


I find the argument bizarre

...Nor were they told they couldn’t set up a system that alerted them whenever someone they were targeting added anything to their internal calendar...

I've never explicitly been told that I can't push someone into a wood chipper, scopp up the remains into a high powered pressure washer and then blow said remains up the arse of the now-deceased's mother. However, I highly doubt that would be an effective defense in court. I find it bizarre that "we were never actually told that we couldn't track people and set up systems to alert us any time they so much as broke wind" is actually an excuse that's being used here.

Four go wild for wasm: Corporate quartet come together to build safe WebAssembly sandbox


Re: closed source

So nothing of any use, then?


The rest of the article aside...

"...and another called strong_password v0.0.7 that was hijacked"

People trusted a package called "strong_password" that was on version 0.0.7??

When the IT department speaks, users listen. Or face the consequences


One that would take 'long time'?

Remember that competition for non-hoodie hacker pics? Here's their best entries


They did, now the guy has taken to wearing a dogchain and using a leash as a belt.

Remember the 1980s? Oversized shoulder pads, Metal Mickey and... sticky keyboards?


Re: My scripts are not Y2.1K compliant

"I'm a nob but it won't affect me lol"

Robocop needs reboot, $200m for AI research, UK govt knowingly deployed racist passport system – plus more


Re: "instead of helping her, the thing just yelled at her to “step out of the way"

When it gets a firmware upgrade to fully emulate an American cop, it'll shoot her whilst shouting "stop resisting!".


El Reg's subheading:

UK gov launched a facial recognition system that didn’t work on darker skin: The British government knowingly rolled out a facial detection system that scans passport photos even though it was less accurate on people with darker skin.

The quote within the article: “User research was carried out with a wide range of ethnic groups and did identify that people with very light or very dark skin found it difficult to provide an acceptable passport photograph,” the New Scientist first reported.

So it isn't a big racist "screw those black people" which you've tried to imply with the subheading, it doesn't do well with very light or very dark skin. Now don;t get me wrong, it's pretty poor that the one job of the system (matching faces) doesn't work well if your face isn't the right shade, but it's also pretty poor how it was reported here too.

Father of Unix Ken Thompson checkmated: Old eight-char password is finally cracked


Eh, at least buy me a coffee first?

When the satellite network has literally gone glacial, it's vital you snow your enemy


Re: --> No giraffe icons...

To be fair, the idea of a 6m tall penguin terrifies me.

The mod firing squad: Stack Exchange embroiled in 'he said, she said, they said' row


Actually, I believe that with their preferred pronoun, you should refer to them as "La Reg"

Time to check in again on the Atari retro console… dear God, it’s actually got worse


Re: Have to ask...

Bob would have worked a dig at windows 10 and 'Micro$haft' in there somewhere.

Calling all the Visual Basic snitches: Keep quiet about it and so will he...


Risk was still just a board game? Au contraire!

"Risk: The Game of World Domination" was a PC game released in '96 and enjoyed thoroughly by yours truely!

That time Windows got blindsided by a ball of plasma, 150 million kilometres away


Sometimes I miss...

...ball mice. I mean, a good laser mouse is far superior and works much better on a desktop surface than any ball mice I ever used, but there is just something quite satisfying about taking them apart and cleaning it out which you just dont get with laser/optic mice. That said, it was also gross to see just how much skin, dust and other unmentionable minerals got caught in with the ball and the rollers, so swings and roundabouts I guess.

Apple says sorry for Siri slurping voice commands of unsuspecting users


Re: No!

...What the hell did your coffee get spiked with?

GIMP open source image editor forked to fix 'problematic' name


Couldn't they just have gotten around this by saying "Oh, it's pronounced 'JIMP'"?

SELECT code_execution FROM * USING SQLite: Eggheads lift the lid on DB security hijinks


This doesn't remind me of Bobby Tables in any way, personally...

Add passwords to list of stuff CafePress made hash of storing, says infoseccer. 11m+ who used Facebook 'n' pals to sign in were lucky


Or if he has an easily guessable password and amanfrommars logged in to his account :)

Even tech giants find themselves telling folk not to use default passwords on Internet of S**t kit


Re: Strontium Dog

And this is why you're only 'Excellent'sword, rather than 'Perfect'sword.

The Pi who loved me: Licensed to SSL


Re: Phew

What kind of a barbarian objects to Dame Judi Dench?!?

Oh no, Twitter's gone down. How can we get the word out? Ah yeah, that's right. We have a website that works


Re: Oh no! No Twatter!

'An particular'??

I don't know but it's been said, Amphenol plugs are made with lead


Re: "The router went dark"

From earlier in the article...

Further, the supplies are recessed slightly so objects dropped from above cannot hit the power switches

So i think it's heavily implied that the heavy cable hit the power switch.

This Free software ain't free to make, pal, it's expensive: Mozilla to bankroll Firefox with paid-for premium extras



Nice list of all the vulnerabilities in older versions of Firefox. Perhaps it's worth taking a look and deciding whether design aesthetic is more important than security?

Exclusive: Windows for Workgroups terror the Tartan Bandit confesses all to The Register



Give it time :)


Re: Childish but satisfying...

One week colleague A (let's call him John) was on holiday, so colleague B (let's call him Peter)...

...Patrick has just returned from two weeks' holiday

Who is Patrick??

One of UK's largest pension funds goes to Hull, bids £504m for broadband firm KCOM


Re: Typo?

I have no idea what you're on about, it was obviously meant to be fjord shareholders!

Ozzy app maker cancels hump day: We've tripled profits! scream slackers


So let's see here


I get every Wednesday off, the working week is broken up and I get a day to myself


That day off is in Austrailia, so I'm likely to be eaten by some terrifying wildlife.

Hmm...deadly spiders and dropbears have to ruin everything.

Facebook is not going to Like this: Brit watchdog proposes crackdown on hoovering up kids' info


head of the ICO, Elizabeth Denham saying in a statement: "We shouldn't have to prevent our children..."

I read that as "We shouldn't have to parent our children" at first (not had a cuppa yet). But to be honest, it doesn't change the meaning or intention of the statement a whole lot either way. Kids aren't stupid, or at least they are no more stupid than the average adult. People in general will take the path of least resistance, they don't change defaults unless it is to allow something that they are being prevented from doing. If people still get the same 'experience' from their side, thenn tightening up privacy in the background is a good thing. It really should be across the board though, not just for kids.

RIP: Microsoft finally pulls plug on last XP survivor... POSReady 2009


Re: ReactOS (as the new XP)

Too bad, because if they got SERIOUS about it, it could compete with windows. Maybe it could sell for HALF the price of Win-10-nic [including new computer installs],support indefinitely, remain open source,

But that's a bad thing...Not knowing at what point the support will end is terrible from a risk and financial point of view, you know, the two biggest gatekeepers that you have to get passed in order to get new kit.

Here's to you: UK.gov praises Reg-reading techies for keeping on top of cybersecurity


Re: Tell the boss you're not slacking off – it's vital threat intelligence research

"Ah, those articles are all about the boot process boss. I'm just making sure that there aren't any new hacks that could compromise us when we restart machines"

Simples :-)

No Widevine DRM for you! Developer left with two years of work stymied by Google snub


Why is there an asterix at the end of Chrome? There isn't another one anywhere to explain it? It's annoying me far more than it chould.

Here's a race condition we can get behind: Neural net learns to keep up with 'skilled' amateur track driver in robo-ride safety experiment


Am I missing something...

...or is the 'track' just an oval?

Don't be a WordPress RCE-hole and patch up this XSS vuln, pronto


Re: Security-aware folk are unlikely to be affected by this

Who said anything about clicking a dodgy link? It's an onmouseover event...

UK joins growing list of territories to ban Boeing 737 Max flights as firm says patch incoming


Re: God, the stress involved in writing this stuff...

Just wait for the new age of "Flight Dev Ops - Agile development for agile aircraft". It doesn't matter if there is a bug, we'll patch it in the next cycle. Each flight can be renamed as a "sprint" and if one of those fails then we know not to use that bit in a release. Wonderful stuff.


Re: We've downloaded some updates for your plane.

"These updates have been labelled as safety-critical, your plane will be automatically restarted in 10 minutes"

Amazon may finally get its hands on .amazon after world's DNS overseer loses patience


Re: Not English.

My Big Dic says Amazon is Greek

I'm not sure why your genitals are an authoritative source on the matter?

UK Ministry of Fun seeks deputy director for IT as it edges away from Cabinet Office shared services


The new job – offered at a salary of £68,000 to £80,000

Think you'd have to add a zero on the end of that for me to go near it with a ten foot bargepole*

*Admittedly, I'm not sure I'd do a good job by managing the thing using a bargepole, but to be fair it would probably be about as effective as general government management anyway, so there is that.

TalkTalk kept my email account active for 8 years after I left – now it's spamming my mates


Re: It is too late

'His' name is Joanne.

Welcome to 2019 and all that !

How to keep your flock of users secure: Let them know exactly who and where the wolves are


Re: Ought to just work

pseudoscientific anti-petrol climate change fearmongering


After last year's sexism shambles, 2019's RSA infosec bash has upped its inclusivity game


When all the men have been put in cages and women rule the world*

*mostly satirical

'They took away our Cup-a-Soup!' Share your tales of bleak breakout areas with us


Re: A fridge!!!

You get to go outside?!

Oh if only...We're have to hope that the tears of our colleagues have moistened the air enough that we can condense some on our tongue as we work...

Musk is in contempt of court, screams SEC after Tesla boss brags about car production rates


Re: "Rant"

The diver pointed out that Elon did the square root of sod all to help the situation, that his 'solution' wouldn't have worked and made it clear to the world that Mr Musk was just trying to grab the spotlight. Elon didn't like that, hence the paedo comments.

One click and you're out: UK makes it an offence to view terrorist propaganda even once


Re: Problem solved - once and for all

Careful now, you may be accused of talking complete b0llchit.

Ever yearn for the Windows 95 shutdown sound? TADA! There's an Electron app for that


Unfortunately I couldn't get mine to work on Ryzen. I always had a soft spot for Win 95 so it's a shame :(