* Posts by cb7

259 posts • joined 9 Mar 2017


Bing! Microsoft tests search box in the middle of Windows 11 desktop


Re: Typical MS

MS: Because that's where Spolight search puts the search box on macOS (albeit on top of open apps). But shhh. Don't tell anyone. We don't want anyone to think we've run out of ideas and can only poorly copy Apple now.

Meta to squeeze money from WhatsApp with Cloud API for businesses


Re: "automated quick replies, greeting messages"

As a small business owner who uses WhatsApp business, I find the out of hours automated response feature extremely useful.

It means anyone reaching out to me out of hours will get an automated response informing them of my operating hours. Which in turn means a) I get to switch off from work and b) they get to know I'm not ignoring them and they can expect to receive a response when I'm back at work.

I know from feedback that they do appreciate it.

Microsoft partners balk at new licensing scheme, dent growth


Prices go up, yet basic functions still have annoying bugs/limitations.

Here's a couple:

1. Standard Windows File Open dialog box after eg Ctrl-O in Excel to bring it up, start typing a filename, realise you're in the wrong folder, so navigate to the correct folder. Typing the filename in the filename box doesn't show anything from the current folder until you wipe out what you'd already typed and start again.

2. Right-click a file in File Explorer and choose Sent to Mail Recipient. This brings up the Compose email window as a modal one. This means no other interaction with Outlook until you send the email or close it (good look finding it again in the latter case if you have multiple mailboxes). This can be severely annoying if you need to refer to another email or interact with Outlook in some other way.

I could go on, but I'm sure everyone here has found long standing issues that never get a look in despite there being New Shiny turds emerging with forced regularity.

Intel: Our fabs can mass produce silicon qubit devices


"Intel: Our fabs can mass produce silicon qubit devices"

Intel, how about you pull your finger out of your arse and move on from 10nm already. We don't want 125W CPU's in our laptops. 2 hours real life battery life doing real work doesn't really cut it in 2022 any more.

And while you're at it, how about shipping some of those 12th gen laptop chips. The laptops were supposed to be available in March. We're 2/3s of the way into April and apart from a couple of Dell's, there's nowt.

Details of '120,000 Russian soldiers' leaked by Ukrainian media


In other news

Russians woke up this morning to find themselves unable to access non-Russian websites like Google, YouTube, WhatsApp and Instagram, all popular with Russian users.

Parent companies Alphabet and Meta have denied putting any blocks in place for Russian users and said they are investigating the source of the problem.

Source: Imaginary News Corp.

Do not try this at home: Man spends $5,000 on a 48TB Raspberry Pi storage server


Re: '"how far can I push this before it gets silly". A true engineer'

"Part of Today's problems is manglement don't know the difference......"

That's because manglement also have to listen to the bean counters or they'll be out of a job.

They find it's easier to say no than have the hard conversation that says we need more money so we can invest in R&D.

But that involves working out a ROI (Return on Investment) at which point most give up and carry on with business "as normal".

Why your external monitor looks awful on Arm-based Macs, the open source fix – and the guy who wrote it


"enourmously embarassing for Apple"

To feel embarrassed, one has to give a shit. If they gave a shit, they would have fixed the issue already.

Arm'd with ex-Apple engineers from Nuvia, Qualcomm hopes to make Apple M1-matching chips for Windows PCs


Ffs, if you're going to downvote, at least have the spine to put your counter argument across to explain why you think the original post is "off track".

A downvote with no explanation is just childish.

We're all adults here (I hope!). I don't mind being corrected where I'm wrong. Afterall there's only so many hours in the day to keep abreast of everything that's happening.


I still don't understand how Intel managed to mess up their transition from 14nm so badly.

Imagine where we'd be if Intel silicon was running at 5nm

Magnanimous Apple will allow people to fix their iPhones using parts bought from its Self Service Repair program


Definitely sounds like a step in the right direction.

I hope it arrives in Blighty sooner rather than later.

I just hope it's not like Dell/Lenovo/other manufacturers where the required parts are never in stock or if they are, the price puts the cost to repair the device awfully close to the cost to replace it.

There's something to be said for delayed gratification when Windows 11 is this full of bugs


The fact that something as fundamental as the Start Menu or the settings screen can so easily go AWOL on so many machines does nothing to instill any confidence as to the quality of the rest of the OS, even though the kernel itself and most other things are actually quite robust now.

I continue to detest software that doesn't put up meaningful error messages for the end user when it runs out of options to make something work.

Windows Subsystem for Android: What's the point?


"living our commitment to openness," enabling Windows users to run apps "regardless of the technology used".

In that case I'd like to run macOS and iOS apps on Windows too. I won't be holding my breath though.

Intel claims first Alder Lake chip is the fastest desktop gaming silicon in the world


Re: Point

"What is the point of the so called "efficiency" cores"

It makes the chip more energy efficient. Probably not a big deal for most desktop users but a massive deal for laptops.

If your laptop can suddenly go 21 hours on a single charge compared to 9 hours before, that's a major selling point.

Windows 11 Paint: Oh look – rounded corners. And it is prettier... but slightly worse


Everything Microsoft is doing lately just seems to be another example of 'how not to do x'.

So much good design, usability, speed and efficiency has been thrown away it's little wonder we need quad core 5GHz CPU's, SSDs and 8GB+ of RAM just to get the OS out of bed.

I had the opportunity to work on an old EPOS system recently. I was amazed at how quickly it ran on a lowly Socket 478 Celeron, 256MB RAM, a 40GB IDE HDD & Windows XP.

In Microsoft's world, cloud email still often requires on-premises Exchange. Why?



Running Exchange 2019 on a VM with 28GB RAM just fine here. Admitedly it's for a small shop with less than half a dozen employees.

The owner prefers paying up front to ongoing subs. Which if nothing goes wrong, does work out cheaper in the long run.

The more interesting question I have is, how come On-Premises Exchange was vulnerable to the zero days discovered earlier this year whilst Exchange Online wasn't?

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.



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