* Posts by cb7

244 posts • joined 9 Mar 2017


Biden to Putin: Get your ransomware gangs under control and don’t you dare cyber-attack our infrastructure


Funny how we bomb the crap out of countries that attack our interests but who are not capable of hitting back in a meaningful way, but take a more softly softly approach with larger adversaries.

In any case, why aren't smaller businesses off limits? Ransomware attacks can and do result in many smaller companies going out of business.

Who needs to deal drugs for cash when you can deal ransomware and reap bitcoin? Seems like it's a crime that largely goes unpunished.

What Microsoft's Windows 11 will probably look like


FFS. 6 bleeding years they've had to improve on Windows 10 and this is all they could come up with???

The task bar now look like a flat copy of the macOS Dock. And who gives a flying monkey of the window corners are square or rounded?

Here's a short list of the sort of real issues that need urgent long overdue attention:

- A UI that doesn't suck. Eg active windows that stand out from inactive windows (like they used to in WinXP). A cursor I can actually see on multiple high res screens.

- Give me a slicker way to work with multiple recently used folders.

- Multi windowed control panel (like it used to) - not just a single Settings window that sometimes goes AWOL.

- Better integration with iOS and Android devices now that Windows mobile is a rotting corpse somewhere.

Instead, all we get is more pussying around with stupid minor tweaks to the UI that don't deliver any kind of tangible benefits for the end user. You know, like the ones that make the OS slicker and improve productivity.

Someone please line up and shoot whichever muppets are running the show at MS and replace them with real enthusiastic people who genuinely want to deliver a world class OS.

Apple settles with student after authorized repair workers leaked her naked pics to her Facebook page


Re: In before . . .

Yep. Covers all bases, except there ain't no pussy pics out there worth $5m

ASUS baffles customer by telling them thermal pad thickness is proprietary


I can see why it could become a warranty issue if someone ended up fitting poor quality pads that do more to insulate than conduct...

Toyota rear-ended by twin cyber attacks that left ransomware-shaped dents


It's about time crypto-currencies were made illegal across the whole planet. If they become worthless, the motivation to hack companies for untraceable ill gains will diminish.

There's literally no other way out of this nightmare. It feels like there have been more hacks over the last year than there have been in the preceding 10 years. And it's only getting worse.

AMD promises to spend $1.6bn on 12nm, 14nm chips from GlobalFoundries


Not sure why all the down votes. It's a poor show by Intel and AMD when even their 65W-125W desktop parts get smoked by a passively cooled Apple M1 chip in a thin and light laptop.

In a laptop that's only needed for light browsing, emails and other light Office tasks (and maybe even a bit of light gaming) a power sipping yet incredibly nippy chip is exactly what you need/want.



While Apple surges ahead in power efficiency and performance at 5nm, we can look forward to a glut of 7 year old 14nm tech flooding the market.

I forsee a marked swing to Apple in the demographics taking their first steps into the computing world.

Android 12 beta lands bringing better personalisation, speed upgrades, and some privacy tools borrowed from iOS 14


Samsung is conspicuous by its absence from the beta program. I wonder why?

I must admit, I only recently got my Samsung Galaxy S10e to update from Android 9 to 11 and apart from a few minor niggles, it's a significant improvement in looks, performance and snappiness. I wonder if it'll also end up with Android 12?

Ransomware masterminds claim to have nabbed 53GB of data from Intel's Habana Labs


Follow the damn money already!

Why the fook have the law enforcement teams across the world been asleep for so fooking long that these scumbags are getting bolder and bolder with their antics by the effing minute!

Right-to-repair warriors seek broader DMCA exemptions to bypass digital locks on the stuff we own



A few times now, I've come across some recent MacBooks that don't sleep anymore when the lid is closed after having non-Apple replacement screens fitted.

I've not been able to find any documented fixes for this behaviour either.

New lawsuit: Why do Android phones mysteriously exchange 260MB a month with Google via cellular data when they're not even in use?


I hope Google get their arse ripped wide open by this.

I doubt Joe Public will see a penny of any penalty Google get slapped with though.

Tech support scammer dialed random number and Australian Police’s cybercrime squad answered


Re: Were they able to locate the slime?

"Were the plods able to trace the call?"

If they did, there's no mention in the report.

But I agree wholeheartedly, they should pursue this with a vengeance. These people are an international threat and whilst they may be using VoIP providers and points of presence in target countries, I'm sure with diligent pursuit, it would be trivial to follow the money back to the monkey den.

Right to repair? At least you still have the right to despair: Camera modules cannot be swapped on the iPhone 12


Re: D'awww

It would be unprofessional if El Reg didn't give Apple the chance to present their side of the story.

The fact that Apple refuse to engage says more about their snooty attitude than anything else.

Yes, they will and do lose some repeat business once people realise how they get ripped off, but, Apple doesn't really care about those as long as fanbois/sheeple keep buying iTings.

Windows kernel vulnerability disclosed by Google's Project Zero after bug exploited in the wild by hackers


IOCTL is an abbreviation of input/output control apparently.

Had to look that one up, so thought I'd post it here just in case I'm not the only one.

SpaceX’s Starlink finally reveals its satellite broadband pricing for rural America: At $99 a month, it’s a good deal


Meanwhile over here in Blighty, in 2020, many industrial parks in the capital city of London are lucky if they can get anything faster than 6Mbps downstream and crucially for remote workers a suffocating upstream crawl of 0.7Mbps. All courtesy of copper ADSL.

Broadband running over 4G isn't much better. 20Mbps down and 10Mbps+ upstream when you first boot up the modem/router. Except it rapidly slows down til it can barely muster 1Mbps in either direction.

Ed Snowden doesn’t need to worry about being turfed out of Russia any more


"Just think what the world would look like if Snowden had just hidden everything"

But what has really changed? How do we know whether govt agencies are still snooping or not?

Laptops are on fire! In a good way (if you're selling). PC sales race to highest growth rate since 2011


"The PC is dead" I believe was the headline repeated a few months ago?

I can't believe it took a pandemic for people to realise you need a proper computer to do any real work.

As China trials its Digital Yuan with a giveaway, seven big central banks outline response


I suspect China will rush this through, will force people to start using it and then it'll get hacked (just like many other crypto currency exchanges) and it'll fall out of favour.

Third time's still the charm: AMD touts Zen-3-based Ryzen 5000 line, says it will 'deliver absolute leadership in x86'


B550M and 3300X bundles still in stock here:


Buy, then stick the board back on eBay if you don't need it.


Some observations:

1. Usually, the chips with fewer cores clock faster. Here the opposite appears to be true. I suppose it's a way to encourage people to buy the higher end chip. Unless the lower end models can be overclocked easily. Time will tell.

2. No Ryzen 3 chips were announced. I'm hoping they'll come sooner rather than later. Not everyone can afford a $299 CPU. The trouble is, most gamers don't need more than 4-6 cores, so releasing Zen 3 Ryzen 3's early will no doubt hurt higher margin Ryzen 5 sales.

3. It would appear AMD has finally won the single core crown from Intel (at least according to the announced single core Cinebench score). Well done AMD.

The Cinebench score seems remarkable given that Zen 3 tops out at 4.9GHz vs Intel's 5.3GHz.

However, Intel's hitting those frequencies at 14nm whilst AMD's now on 7nm. I wonder what's stopping AMD clocking faster? And when (if?) Intel hits 7nm, there's a good chance they'll be on top again.

Nevertheless, it's a great time to be building some kick ass machines :-)

Apple's T2 custom secure boot chip is not only insecure, it cannot be fixed without replacing the silicon


"Apple did not respond to a request for comment"


What did you expect them to say? "Yes, our T2 Security Chip we've so prominently been marketing, isn't actually all that secure"?

Pack your bags! Astroboffins spot 24 'superhabitable' exoplanets better than Earth at supporting complex life


KOI 5554.01 sounds like paradise with its average temperature of 26.17 degrees Celsius (how the heck do they measure that so accurately from so far away anyway?)

Suffering silicon: Benchmarks for Apple's A14 chip are in, but post-Intel Macs, when they arrive, will tell the real story


If the single core score of 1583 is comparable, it beats Intel's fastest 11th Gen i7-1165G7 which has a mahoosive 12MB of L3 cache, turbos up to 4.70GHz and pumps out up to 28W and achieves only 1474.

Apple clearly had a lot of faith in their ability to execute to go down this road.

And the best single core desktop chip only manages a score of 2000 currently, so it's not difficult to imagine Apple wiping the floor with Intel in the desktop space either.

I'm no Apple fanboi. I find the whole Apple ecosystem a bit stifling, claustrophobic and grossly overpriced. I won't even mention upgradability/repairability, so this is still unlikely to make me want to switch platforms.

Apple seeks damages from recycling firm that didn't damage its devices: 100,000 iThings 'resold' rather than broken up as expected


"Apple, he said, doesn't want a secondary market for its devices because it's something the tech goliath can't control."

Oh boo the hoo. There's a lot of shit in this world Apple can't control. Tough titty. Get over it Apple.

Just because they made it, it doesn't mean it's still theirs once they've sold it. Jeez. Let people do wtf they want to do with their shit and stop meddling. Control freaks.

If the Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition doesn't make you a fan, we don't know what will


Re: A 600£ or 700£ price is now considered not hard to swallow? For a phone?

Does the Xiaomi come with an English keyboard and certified Google services installed? Or are you expected to side load them from some dubious source?

Revenues from in-app purchases swelled 32% to almost $30bn for Q3 2020 – and Apple snaffled most of it


Wait, so what happens if you sign up to YouTube Premium on your PC and then sign in with the same ID on your iPad?

It's been a vintage year for bug bounty hunters, says HackerOne as it boasts of $40m+ passing through its treasure chests


It's a shame they haven't turned a profit yet.

There's a lot of shit that can unravel the more bugs go unfixed.

Safety driver at the wheel of self-driving Uber car that killed a pedestrian is charged with negligent homicide


It doesn't help when they keep calling it "self-driving". That makes the driver think they can leave the car to it.

If they called it driver-assist technology for example, it's clearer that the tech is there to assist the driver, not replace them.

China’s UK embassy calls for probe into 'hack of Ambassador’s Twitter account'


Wait, why the fook does the Chinese ambassador have a Twitter account when Twitter is banned/blocked in China anyway?

Don't be BlindSided: Watch speculative memory probing bypass kernel defenses, give malware root control


I've said it before, I'll say it again. The future is lower latency RAM. And stacked behind the CPU to minimise distance related latency.

Then there's no need for caches, prefetching, speculative execution, branch prediction etc. Just simple high speed in/out processing.

Assuming we're not all using quantum computers by then.

Q: How does hydrogen turn into a metal? A: Hang on a second, I need to train my AI supercomputer first


And another confusing point

On the one hand the required pressure and temperature is "200 GPa at 1000K". But then it's superconducting at room temperature?

What did I miss?

Angry 123-Reg customers in the UK wake up to another day where hosted mail doesn't get through to users on Microsoft email accounts


Re: Recommendations please

Not sure I can recommend Ionos. Used them temporarily a few months back and all users email addresses seem to have been leaked and the amount of spam they receive has gone through the roof.

When I tried to raise the issue with Ionos support twice, they cut me off straightaway.

I've got a good mind to report them to the ICO.

Google, Amazon pass on UK Digital Services Tax by hiking ad prices, fees at same rate the government takes


Yes, but you didn't address the point I was making, which is the operating profit is so low because staff costs seem to be artificially high. Does an average salary of £250,000 (round numbers) really sound realistic to you for 4,000 staff (again round numbers)


Only 2%?

Why only 2%?

Anyway, something's fishy. I don't get how the average pay packet for nearly 4,500 staff supporting UK operations can be £234,000.

Allowing Google to pay only 2.73% tax on £1.6Bn revenue.

Source: https://www.accountancydaily.co/google-revenue-hits-ps16bn-pays-only-ps44m-corporation-tax

'A guy in a jetpack' seen flying at 3,000ft within few hundred yards of passenger jet landing at LA airport


I'm surprised no one's made a VTOL version yet.

The amount of thrust needed to keep a person in a wingsuit in the air is a lot less than using thrust alone to keep them there.

Heck you could get away with even less power if you can sort out take-off and landing on eg roller skates.

Borking all over the world: At home or abroad, you're never more than 6ft from a BSOD


Tut tut. Perhaps it's my fault for expecting Reg journos to be more computer literate?

The bug check code is actually 0x000000F4

Which points at a hard disk error. Altogether a much more likely scenario given that hard drives are perhaps the most common point of failure in most machines.

Amazon spies on staff, fires them by text for not hitting secretive targets, workers 'feel forced to work through pain, injuries' – report


I wonder if Bezos would still be grinning after a month on the shop floor working to the same "targets" with his balls wired up to some electrodes that delivered a nasty shock everytime he fell behind.

Ditto "management".

He'd automate every role there is if he could.

Apple hits back at Epic, says Fortnite crew wants a 'free ride' on fees: Let the app store death match commence


Apple are saying that 30% cut enables them to maintain the checks etc that ensure iOS apps are free of malware etc. Whilst it also helps create additional profit, they carefully don't mention that.

Epic want an open structure akin to what has existed (and still does) in the PC/Windows world, although ironically Microsoft are trying to move to the App Store model.

Now we all know Windows isn't as secure as iOS but I can see how allowing a free for all on iOS could lead to "unsafe" apps.

Either Epic will manage to secure a lower Apple cut, or they'll have to suffer a humiliating defeat and carry on as they were (assuming they want to stay on iOS). I really can't see Apple agreeing to an open App Store. Though if they get forced into it, I'll eat my hat.

Reap it in the family: Four brothers accused of cheating Amazon out of $19m in wholesaler fraud caper


Re: Amazon screws it's business customers every day

"Amazon screws it's business customers every day"

And other businesses. Global buying power and the resources to undercut the competition til they go bust means they're getting too big and powerful to the ultimate detriment of the consumer.


Re: End to end WhatsApp encryption?

WhatsApps aitpmatic backups are stored unencrypted on eg Google Drive. So your chats can be scrutinised without going anywhere near your phone.

Backup a sec – is hard drive reliability improving? Annual failure rate from Backblaze comes in at its lowest yet


My experience while repairing computers and laptops over the last 20 odd years, arranged in most reliable to least:


2. Toshiba

3. Samsung

4. Western Digital

5. Seagate

I know there's been consolidation. I sincerely hope WD don't ruin HGST tech.

Thanks for the memories... now pay up or else: Maze ransomware crew claims to have hacked SK hynix, leaks '5% of stolen files'


Re: Tossers.

Rich tossers.

And getting richer unless someone comes up with a foolproof way of defeating ransomware.

With all the clever people in this world, I'm surprised it's taking this long.

Breaching China's Great Firewall is hard. Pushing packets faster than 1Mbps once through is the Boss Fight


Chinese no flied packet

Clue's in the name: Samsung's next Galaxy Note line captures scrawls with responsive stylus then punts them over to a PC


Re: Biometrics crap like the S20?

Face unlock on the S10e is so rubbish, my son, less than half my age, managed to unlock my phone by looking at it. And that's with slower "more accuracy" turned on.

I've had to go back to fingerprint unlock.

Oh & I hate the new on screen "virtual buttons". Especially when they don't stay on screen despite what the settings say.

Amazon gets green-light to blow $10bn on 3,000+ internet satellites. All so Americans can shop more on Amazon


Re: Use of personal data ?

"You can't own the entire thing from end to end, or else price fixing would/could be used to drive competitors out of the market."

You don't need end to end control to drive competitors out of the market. Amazon's already doing that with it's global volume buying power and own distribution network.

For an example just look at the prices of popular SSDs on independent e-tailers like ebuyer.com. They're having to price match Amazon every single day and still can't compete once delivery costs are added in.

So despite having invested to create a much better website, the only way they'll survive is through undying customer loyalty.

Who was behind that stunning Twitter hack? State spies? Probably this Florida kid, say US prosecutors


Twitter is for twits. It certainly seems that way since a certain orange person started spewing his verbal diarrhoea through it.

That said there are a few intelligent people using it still. So the lunatics haven't completely taken over yet.

Amazon's auditing of Alexa Skills is so good, these boffins got all 200+ rule-breaking apps past the reviewers


What's to stop any innocent looking app streaming objectionable content from a server that only serves acceptable content at the time of review?

My life as a criminal cookie clearer: Register vulture writes Chrome extension, realizes it probably breaks US law


"But I decided not to publish my extension"

But I decided to publish its source code in the guise of an article that explains why I couldn't publish the extension itself...

Networking boffins detect wide abuse of IPv4 addresses bought on secondary market


How many cowboys are out there continuing to set up new servers/routers etc with IPv4 only, because they don't understand IPv6, or they encounter issues that are easily "resolved" by turning IPv6 off instead of configuring things properly?

India drops the bar on e-commerce seller's listings: You want to sell it? Tell us where it came from from then


"requirement to offer “guarantees related to the authenticity or genuineness of the imported products”"

I would have thought a guarantee that the damn thing works and will continue to work for a reasonable period of time would be quite important too, alongside knowing where it came from.



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