* Posts by dank_army

26 posts • joined 13 Feb 2017

123 Bork? Six-day DNS record-edit outage at domain name flinger 123 Reg enrages users


Paid DNS?

"The company told those still wondering just where in blue blazes the functionality they were paying for..."

I haven't used 123 reg for about 5 years, but I suspect the dashboard looks the same and no, you're not paying for DNS - it's included.

Its 2020, if you're running a business using their DNS - jeez.

'An issue of survival': Why Mozilla welcomes EU attempts to regulate the internet giants


Boo hoo

Sorry, this just sounds like sour grapes to me.

Don't take Uxbridge, but TfL's given Uber a mini-licence for London


See ya later Uber

Can just picture all those black cab driver faces today!

Allowlist, not whitelist. Blocklist, not blacklist. Goodbye, wtf. Microsoft scans Chromium code, lops off offensive words


Do as I say not as I do

Funny enough I just finished reading some Azure documentation which was written fairly recently. "Whitelist" appears quite alot! Guess the Azure team didn't get the memo...

Android PDF app with just 100m downloads caught sneaking malware into mobes



Why does it need a third party to tell Google that one of the apps hosted on its own app store is dodgy? So Play protect is basically worthless then?

"Scanning and verifying over 50 billion apps every day

All Android apps undergo rigorous security testing before appearing in the Google Play Store. We vet every app and developer in Google Play, and suspend those who violate our policies. Then, Play Protect scans billions of apps daily to make sure that everything remains spot on. That way, no matter where you download an app from, you know it’s been checked by Google Play Protect."

Web body mulls halving HTTPS cert lifetimes. That screaming in the distance is HTTPS cert sellers fearing orgs will bail for Let's Encrypt


Everyone's happy until...

When LE start charging for certificates.

City-obliterating asteroid screamed past Earth the other night – and boffins only clocked it just 26 hours beforehand


So you're telling me with all the vast resources available to monitor potential EOL scenarios that this wasn't picked up and reported? What really happened is that they just couldn't be bothered because they predicted it's path and knew it wouldn't hit - it's only news out of courtesy.

Anyway, I doubt Jo public would be informed if there was an EOL object on a crash course - we don't have the technology to prevent or mitigate.

El Reg sits down to code with .NET for Linux and MySQL, hitting some bumps along the way


How about Vscode then?

Don't panic: Dixons Carphone's share price crashes 30% after statutory losses hit £329m


PcWorld - New Stores

I think the group as a whole is making some really poor decisions which must be eating into their profits. Example - there is a fairly large retail park where I work, with at least two decent sized vacant premises. There is a mixture of clothing, food and places to eat. Couple of months and few hundred grand later - shiny new Pc World. But no, over the road is some crappy unit which was completely ripped apart, refurbished, new carpark made, many many months later they opened.

I mean who are the morons making these decisions for the brand? Away from the main shopping centre, more than three times longer to open and more expensive?

Oh and I went in there the other day - I was the only shopper there, apart from the enormous amount of sales staff trying to get me to buy something.

UK's internet registry prepares a £100m windfall for its board members – and everyone else will pay for it


Domains still a thing?

Nominet scare mongering enterprises to one side. Are domains really still a thing given that 99% of Joe public search for content, click through from social media etc. It's no coincidence that a good proportion of TV ads in the UK (at least) no longer display a web address - instead they just say "search somekeyword".

I'd say last ditch effort by nominet to generate some revenue here - not sure what they plan to do next when it runs out.

Gee, SEC, how did that get out?! 'Leaked' Tesla email claims big boost in Model 3 production


Tesla 3 any good?

Considering the jump to an EV next year - gave the 3 a quick look over at my local showroom in the UK. To be honest it looked pretty basic inside. The game console style steering wheel didn't really appeal and the dash looks god awful. Any owners on here care to share why they bought one?

Two Capita staffers to double up as non-exec directors, get keys to corporate biscuit barrel



Someone have a bad day? All I read was "rant, rant rant"

It's a great time to buy DRAM and NAND, not to sell – just ask SK Hynix


Feel sorry for them - oh well, just have to make do with just $900 meeellionn profit then.

Brexit jitters fingered as UK consumer PC sales collapse


Simple - the average consumer in the UK, 99% of their PC activities can be done on their smartphone. If they already have an aging pc/Mac that still works when they turn it on once a month then there is no compelling reason to buy new.

From my experience as a business user my laptop is over 5 years old and has had few refreshes in memory and new SSD - still going strong and it gets punished on a daily basis. I'd be upgrading for vanity purposes and it wouldn't be anyway until the new Intel processors are out

Who's watching you from an unmarked van while you shop in London? Cops with facial recog tech


Before reaching the Twitter post in the article I was expecting to see a white van with "acme laundry co." written on the side - not a huge green van with latest camera tech stuck on top like a fucking fairy on a Christmas tree.

Bloodhound SSC reaches the end of the road for want of £25m



We are in the age of crowd-fund-my-pointless-hairdryer-on-wheels-that-also-makes-coffee era. I would have thought they'd get at least half that cash in a few days.

Total Inability To Support User Phones: O2 fries, burning data for 32 million Brits


Sorry chaps I don't buy it - a software update causing global issues? Smells like a hack to me.

Microsoft makes a dip in the Azure Cosmos DB pool just a bit more tempting with another price drop


Last time I played with Cosmos it wasn't as expensive as cited in the article. And 400 RU was the minimum. I'm not sure where they got 10,000 from

Break out the jelly and ice cream! Microsoft's Small Basic turns 10



I think the point is to teach kids the concepts of programming rather than bring hung up on what language they write in. How many new "languages" are around these days compared to 10 years ago? When these kids get to work age - what's the programming scene going to look like then?

Punkt: A minimalist Android for the paranoid



So like the environmentalist who owns and drives an electric car on the week days - but owns and drives a range rover V8 at the weekends.

Completely, utterly, pointless

Microsoft resurfaces Surface kit alongside Windows 10 update



So cutting edge surface 2 laptops costing £2.5k (512gb/16gb ram) using i7 processors and still no fing usb c???

Also slightly worrying they've omitted the surface book imagery from all their latest media ads from that event. Shelved? Or they planning to release some new shiny model costing £5k still with no usb c support.

The 2018 ThinkPad X1 Yoga: A bendy-legged workhorse walks into a meeting


SIM card?

Do people actually use these things anymore? Especially with win10 being on the device pulling God knows what in the background. I'd be paranoid as hell on how much my data bill ending up at the end of the month. Last time I tethered my laptop win10 decided to pull a 5gb update - thanks very much.

Microsoft Azure: It's getting hot in here, so shut down all your cores


The first status update was 12:35 UTC - ms updates every 4 hours

Alexa, please cause the cops to raid my home


Not happened to me, but...

Alexa will occasionally chime in on family conversations because she thinks she's heard her name. Perhaps she heard someone by mistake?

Although recently we think ours has selective deafness..

Beardy Branson chucks cash at His Muskiness' Hyperloop idea


Well done Branson

If he is investing to bring this tech to the UK then this is amazing. It's exactly what this country needs - something completely bonkers - countries around the world will be talking about this for years. Think about the PR opportunities for the UK.

Perfectly timed for post-brexit - because frankly we're fucked - and anything which keeps the world talking about us cannot be a bad thing. Forget the HS2 (yawn)

Kids these days will never understand the value of money


Don't agree

"good accounting" (as you're article opens with) - is all about itemising and tracking where you've spent (and received) money. This doesn't work if your cash is floating in the back pocket of your jeans or you lose £2 down the side of your sofa.

I *hate* cash - I/my wife take £20 out of the bank if we asked each other at the end of the month where that money was spent 9/10 I couldn't tell you. At least if it's an obscure transaction (I buy 9 toilet rolls from Ebay) it will show up on my bank statement in some kind of memory-jogging way.

What lacks are decent mobile banking apps - Nationwide banking app for instance doesn't even show you the account balance on a particular day - just what you've spent/received - I have no idea (at a glance) when I'm draining my account or go overdrawn without logging onto my laptop.

Needs an app where all the banks can feed your statement data into realtime - business banking has this been doing this for years into accounting software (albeit with a long import delay).


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