* Posts by cb7

275 publicly visible posts • joined 9 Mar 2017


ASML ships another high NA EUV lithography machine to mystery client


Re: Who wants to make their own chips?




Cybercriminals are stealing iOS users' face scans to break into mobile banking accounts


My Natwest bank app keeps pestering me to add my face to the biometric approval options.

I know a 25 year old who can unlock his 50 year old dad's phone using face recognition alone.

"You are your strongest password" says Natwest as it nags me again.


Intel abandons XPU plan to cram CPU, GPU, memory into one package



"the chip will feature 24 Zen 4 cores... ...six GPU dies and eight high-bandwidth memory modules good for a total of 128GB."

But can it run Crysis?

Intel successfully ships an updated datacenter roadmap


Re: Gentlemen, we have a PowerPoint

That's deliberate. By leaving out the specifics, they can claim they delivered what they promised. Chips that look exactly like what they shipped years ago, just renamed.

Head of Intel Foundry Services resigns just as chip biz gets going


"but most notable is his leadership in standing up our IFS business."

Standing still more like.

World + dog is churning out 5nm or less while Intel is still palming off rebadged 10nm.


Intel aims for lower-power GPUs as Nvidia pushes pricey energy guzzlers


Whilst Intel's goal is laudable, I fail to see how they're going to deliver given their apparent inability to move manufacturing onto more efficient nodes.

Current nVidia GPUs are on 4nm already

AMD are on 5nm.

Intel are peddling Intel 7 which which is basically 10nm renamed. Yes, yes I know it's equivalent to TSMC's 7nm, but TSMC are shipping volume on 4nm already.

Meanwhile, as an aside, Apple will gain some desktop / laptop market share with their M1/M2 powered machines also at 5nm.

Being one of the 1% sucks if you're a Rackspace user


"you are very likely going to end up with regrets"

Ah yes but the people who architect these deals typically move on before the shit hits the fan, so they definitely don't have any regrets.

Not unless their past catches up with them and people start to realise the cost "saving" they're so proud of ended up ultimately taking the ship down.


Re: I just wonder ..

"if you have the right backup software, it can be done without too much effort"

Which software did you use?


Re: I just wonder ..

"Step 1 - Spin up parallel server instance, different dns name"

How do you know the parallel server instance also isn't vulnerable to the same intrusion that got the first instance?

All you'd be doing is creating an even bigger clusterfuck.

Microsoft have revealed time and time again, the Exchange they host themselves hasn't been vulnerable to the zero days the Exchange they give to others.

They should be sharing best practice for securing Exchange environments (whether that's on-premises Exchange or SP's using it for Hosted Exchange). If they can secure 365 Exchange then everyone running Exchange ought to be offered the same capabilities.

That's assuming of course RackSpace had implemented all the security recommendations they should have.

Rackspace customers rage as email outage continues and migrations create migraines


"On-premise Exchange's days have been numbered for several years"

What are the alternatives?

I support a small business with half a dozen mailboxes on on-premises Exchange 2019. The business owner has an aversion to anything cloud.

Requirements are emails foremost with contacts and calendar functionality across multiple devices close behind.

I took over from a different IT support provider and 2020 was the first time I built and configured a Windows server with 3x VMs: PDC, Exchange and an Application server to take over from their old setup that included Exchange 2010.


Re: Complete incompetence

"After 4hrs of hold time and 3 1/2hrs of tech time still no mail ending up in my new 365 mailbox unless I send it to myself???"

Consider yourself lucky. I just had my callback from Rackspace support after waiting since Friday (today is Tues) only to find it was a robocall and there was no one at the other end.


The stupidest thing is, it's not even an Exchange issue I need their help with!

After setting up your new mailbox, you have to wait up to 24-48 hours for the changes to propagate across the Internet. Patience you must have, my young padawan.

Rackspace rocked by ‘security incident’ that has taken out hosted Exchange services


Re: Wait how do we know this

"Kevin Beaumont has done some analysis that points to the lack of patching by RS

https://doublepulsar.com/rackspace-cloud-office-suffers-security-breach-958e6c755d7f "

Thanks for the pointer. Shit. That means on-prem is still vulnerable. Bollocks

Separately, I've requested 3x call backs from RS Support so far since Fri (5 days and counting) and have heard nothing.

Last night I tried staying in the queue and the call cutoff after 3 hours and 1 second. Likely EE as was calling the 0800 support no. from my mobile.

The 1st callback did happen, but at 04:30 GMT so I ended missing it as was asleep. Given RS operate internationally, you'd think they'd consider local time across time zones.

My problem isn't even Exchange. It's a user who let their regular RS email mailbox get too full and it now appears to be corrupted.


"Exchange had known vulns that Rackspace appears not to have patched."

Wait, how do you know that?

How do we know it's not a new Exchange vulnerability?

I'm trying to help a customer on Rackspace email and need RS support assistance. I received a callback 15 hours later. Except I missed it as was fast asleep.

No, working in IT does not mean you can fix anything with a soldering iron


Re: Customer pushback

"Well, if you're daft enough to go to Mars without an Amazon Prime subscription"...

I doubt your oxygen supply will last you the 7 months it'll take to get there. Prime or no Prime.

Calls for bans on Chinese CCTV makers Hikvision, Dahua expand


Maybe I haven't looked hard enough, but I haven't really come across any CCTV systems that weren't made in China.

Could say the same about a massive number of other things. But let's stay on topic.


And what if you need to monitor a site remotely?

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.