* Posts by IceC0ld

458 posts • joined 31 Aug 2017


RAF chief: Our Reaper drones (sorry, SkyGuardians) stand ready to help British councils


Local councils keeping an eye on 'Alans Snack Bar' methinks :o)

Bonkers rocket launch sees craft slip sideways, barely climb and tear up terrain


onwards and upwards ................................... or sideways :o)

US boffins: We're close to fusion ignition in the lab – as seen in stars and thermonuclear weapons


SO - tomorrow we get FUSION ..............

then next week it's onto Dyson Spheres


as much as I would LOVE to see fusion cracked, I am doubtful it will be in my lifetime :o(

but, we can but wait

and I am certain of one thing, once it IS sorted, it will be classified, and hidden DEEP in the bowels of the Pentagon so them goddammned pesky commies don't get THEIR filthy hands on it

only part said in jest :o(

OK, so you stole $600m-plus from us, how about you be our Chief Security Advisor, Poly Network asks thief


although the old country tale of setting a poacher as game keeper DOES spring to mind

the sheer size of this 'draining of resources' does actually beggar belief

and maybe Mr White Hat IS a true old school gentleman, who has no interest in money from others


Mr White Hat just banked an additional 500K for his 'troubles' :o)

Boffins propose Pretty Good Phone Privacy to end pretty invasive location data harvesting by telcos


Re: Why not make burglary illegal?

Reductio ad Absurdum


sorry, had to be said

we NEED privacy, it is a basic right, that we have tried to maintain for millenia,

we have doors on bathrooms for example ?

but yea, NO Co is ever going to shoot that particular golden egg laying avian financial incentive until it IS made law, and by law, I mean the real thing, not something with enough loopholes to allow said incentive to take flight and start again :oP

Remember when Microsoft devs got so excited about Windows 8 features, Twitter thought it was under attack?


it was a different world back then, anyone else recall the 'excitement' with W95 launch, no, seriously, everything was agog, apparently, and MS were holding world wide openings of stores to allow people to get the CD of the OS all at the same time .....

different world indeed

mind you, we didn't really have much else to keep us interested did we LOL

in the days before THE web took over everything, and when people saying they were working on games for phones were laughed at, when a top PC gaming mag hit out at Battle of Britain as it 'required' 128MB of RAM to run, and the headline of "who is going to buy a game that needs such a ridiculous amount of memory"

bearing in mind that RAM was around £1 a MB back then too :o)

Cyberlaw experts: Take back control. No, we're not talking about Brexit. It's Automated Lane Keeping Systems


Shurely, as this IS El Reg

and here we have the venerable TITSUP to hand ? :o)

T - otally

I - nept

T - echnology

S - uperceding

U - user

P - erformance

Google has second thoughts about cutting cookies, so serves up CHIPs


SO Google think they can put an acronym into the wild, and no one will call them out on it :o)

[ Google's CHIPs proposal – Cookies Having Independent Partitioned State ]

doesn't really roll off the tongue does it :o)

C - annot

H - ave

I - t

P - erforming

S - atisfactorily

but we here at El Reg will always have your back with our very own TITSUP, used in any situation where you need to look good, but just know it's going to go TITSUP :o)

T - otally

I - mmersive

T - ech

S - uspends

U - sers

P - rivacy

A real go-GETTR: Former Trump aide tries to batter Twitter by ripping off its UI


looking forward to it TBH :oP

if the right wing can spout their shite ad nauseum, without any fear of censorship, then surely a LEFT wing rabid dog can also spout their shite, again, without fear of censorship

or is this one of those one way streets the right seem to prefer ?

doubtful it will last longer then the time it takes for the first ISP bill to arrive TBH

as I find it unlikely that major advertising will make its way over there, and judging by the total lack of any form of baited breath in the background, it doesn't appear to have captured anyone's imagination either :o)

AWS launches BugBust contest: Help fix a $100m problem for a $12 tshirt


SO, if I read it correctly

they get 1 000 000 bugs fixed for less than the cost of 1% of ONE DAYS profit

and we get the proverbial finger

may as well go the whole hog, and make the T say

I fixed all the bugs and all I got was this lousy T shirt

surely, it would be better all round to ascertain how much impact each bug has on their systems, and how much it will save, and allocate a decent % of that as the incentive to give it a go ?

but there again, Amazon were never really known as the company that gives back :o)

but they definitely know how to take ...............

Google: About that whole getting rid of third-party cookies thing – we're gonna need another year or so


if the option to block by default is merely a button push away, why is it taking so long for Google to actually pull out the digit, and set it so it is on by default ?

could it be that Google, as an advertiser ;SHOCK:

could actually gain more from having free access to YOUR data ......................

or are they hoping this will all die down and they can carry on screwing every last penny out of their 'loyal' consuming customers ?

Intrepid squid mission may help in kraken riddle of why zero-g makes astronauts sick


err, yea, acronyms .............

well this IS El Reg

so here we have our own set of scales and weights

we also have TITSUP as out very own acronym, and so I present MY take on Squids in SPACE

T - esting

I - f

T - he

S - quid

U - sually

P - uke

Apple scrambles to quash iOS app sideloading demands with 'think of the children' defense


SO, I think that the bottom line here is the bottom line, and a 30% cut ad infinitum is definitely going to keep Apple pushing the " but what about the children" approach, even when it is obvious what they REALLY mean is what about our cut ? :o)

my take, if it is good enough for the MAC OS it really should be good enough for their phones as well, as for the cut, they MIGHT be entitled to take something, it should NEVER be as much as 30 %, maybe a one off payment equal to 5% of cost of the app, and that is it

anything more is blatant profiteering IMHO

John McAfee dead: Antivirus tycoon killed himself in prison after court OK'd extradition, says lawyer


I never actually connected the dots re the anti virus and the crazy guy, but it finally dawned that they were one and the same fairly soon after, IIRC it was reading an article HERE on El Reg that the dots were aligned :o)

gone, will not be forgotten for quite some time

personally, I am of the belief that some people, if they didn't exist, would HAVE to be invented, I include the likes of Ollie Reed in there


New York congressman puts forward federal right-to-repair bill


fairly safe to say, that the more the big groups oppose this "common sense" option

the more you can guarantee that to them it's just one HUGE money tree :o(

Japan to dangle as many Yen as it takes to lure chipmakers to its shores, because everyone else is doing it too


I'll be honest here ....................

I thought Japan ALREADY had at least one chip builder plant in operation, as well as most of what was suggested in the piece

surprising to find that they are not on that as it IS their neck of the woods as it were, and they do have a penchant for building complex stuff

The common factor in all your failed job applications: Your CV


my CV IS the classic add the last position to the top, and if it goes over the two page limit, delete the last one in the list ................

but I am not after code / programming work, I am the basic 2nd 3rd line support guy, happy to help out, and stay late to complete a call

but even I, after reading this, will look upon my CV with fresh eyes, and attempt to add in the buzzwords I have picked up

sadly, however, I do not believe the additon of BS / arsewipe / ffs, you did WHAT ! will be of any real use, I shall, however, report back when next I am trying to secure funded emplyment :o)

Security is an architectural issue: Why the principles of zero trust and least privilege matter so much right now


from a personal perspective, it seems to me that the future of internet access WILL be a 2 tier beast, with corporate / enterprise / govt / military actually implementing a full on SDN security model, and the basic home user, being left to play catch up, and this is not necessarily a bad thing, the worst user is the one who thinks they know something, and will not listen to thoughts on 'improving' their persec.

the best user will most likely be people like our good selves, we will work in an environment where security is THE basis for all actions, and we will take that to heart, and hopefully there will be available for us, software / hardware to allow us to implement some sort of security by default at home too

it will take time, but I feel that as we have already had almost 40 years now of the old way, that maybe, just maybe, the appetite to make things safer is here, and hopefully the C level people will loosen the purse strings, as they finally come to realise that IT is no longer the necessary evil, but is in fact the cornerstone of ALL any company can ever hope to be

as I said, from a personal perspective, I have only been in IT since 2003, had 30 years as an electrician prior to that, so I AM old, and I fear I will not actually be around to witness the great change, I CAN, however, hope :o)

Nvidia nerfs RTX 3080, 3070, 3060 Ti GPUs to shoo away Ethereum miners


is there ANY ideas out there as to when we may actually expect to see some decent GPX cards in the shops available to buy ?

built daughter a new PC so she can run the 3d modelling software she needs for her Uni course, but of course, the GPX is an old one [1050] from the spare parts bin, it works, but she could really do with a xx90 to do it all justice :o(

as for crypto in general, it is getting close to being a zero sum game for producers, and so it is looking better to buy some of the damn things, and ride the storm

Billions in data protection lawsuits rides on Google's last-ditch UK Supreme Court defence for Safari Workaround sueball


Re: errmmm

same, every comment had a twist on the one prior, and each one made me think

so for causing me pain, I upvoted :o)

Michael Collins, once the world's 'loneliest man,' is dead. If that name means little or nothing to you, read this


heard a rumour

when the crew were discussing what Neil's first words should be

Collins is alleged to have said

"if you had any balls, you'd shout, WTF IS THAT THING, then scream and shut off your mic" :o)

don't know if it's true, don't care, made me laugh WAY out loud

and another decent man, leaves this mortal coil

RIP Mr Colloins

DoorDash delivery drivers try to manipulate the food biz's payment algorithm to earn a living wage in gig economy


$16 BILLION Co 'proud' to say it is allowing Dashers to make $22 an hour ................

the reality is it should be the Dashers make sufficient that they can have a life, that $22 will not include thee outgoings like fuel for the transport etc

all it takes is one Co to decide that they make enough, and profit share the rest

and it WAS done in days gone past

Sir Titus Salt moved his Co out of the polluted cities and into the fresh green country, he built a town - Saltaire - he paid his people way over what the opposition were paying, realising that if his employees were happy, they would work better, he allowed real money to be used in his town, and had outside Co's come in to help and support the workforce, built schools and hospitals too.

up until then, most Co towns were like a prison, employees were paid in Co coins, that could only be used in Co shops in the town ffs


there IS a better way, we just lost the vision, when the money blocked their sight :o(

Microsoft sets the date for the Great Return to the Redmond offices (kind of)


personally, I hope they let us WFH from now on, it suits me So much better then the daily commute

I do realise that for some, they HAVE to be in the office, that's just the way it works, some things WILL ALWAYS need to be office based, but for those of us who can WFH just as easily as in an office PLEASE let us stay :o)

What could possibly go wrong? Sublet your home broadband to strangers who totally won't commit crimes


strange concepts ..........

from article

that let customers rent out unused bandwidth ..........

what is this strange thing, UNUSED BANDWIDTH, I may have unlimited bandwidth, but I try my best to batter that each and every month :o)


Re: Sounds great...

isn't this how you do things anyway ?

BLACKLIST = everything

WHITELIST = individually added IP's that you actually want to use

BOFH: 7 jars of Marmite, a laptop and a good time


BofH makes it all seem so GOOD

I bloody love BofH :o)

there, I've said it

it has become a part of my life, not just my IT persona

and this episode did not disappoint LOL

reading it, wondering WTF is going to happen


"I wait patiently and about 15 minutes while the Boss is no doubt listening to the "instructions" that are telling him how sleepy he is and how restful the spiral is and that he's feeling totally relaxed…"


I just wish I could get this to happen, life may be short, but it could be amazing too LOL

Facebook and Apple are toying with us, and it's scarcely believable


got to admit, for once, I was wondering how the article was going to be wrapped up, neatly completed, happy endings and all that

and then

My Tamagotchi-obsessed girlfriend got what she wanted by insinuating she'd create an artificial scarcity of one particular commodity



not just the proverbial LOL

but damn nigh ROF too


UK might still be in lockdown but tech jobs rise above pre-pandemic levels and beyond, according to ONS


Would be nice to think that this begins the end of IT being seen as the necessary evil

and more of a critical part of ALL levels of any company






but not holding my breath :o(

Mobile World Congress to run this year's Barcelona event in June with 50,000 attendees. We're speechless


Re: I wish


I heard a couple of guys from OZ have a beauty of an argument, merely using the favourite Oz Verb and Noun

you Bloody Bastard, of a Bloody Bastard Bloody POS :o)


Re: Already bought a ticket

I think a DODO Handler would be better qualified personally speaking :o)

Texas blacks out, freezes, and even stops sending juice to semiconductor plants. During a global silicon shortage


Re: Power Grid

OOOOOH there HAS to be room here for a TITSUP surely :o)

T - exas

I - n

T - he

S - hitter

U - seless

P - owerplants

maybe :o)


Re: @Kubla Cant - Power Grid

the German armed forces are a crock ffs

the available numbers of Leopard tanks are in the single digits, their air force is in dire straits too, they have retention / recruitment issues that just help to make the whole mess ridiculous, they were supposed to spend 2% of GDP on defence, but since WWII they have spent their money on making more money, and the forces have seriously declined

they ARE trying to up the spend, but the basic setup of the Govt is not necessarily pro defence

and we thought UK had problems, at least we try ................


yet, Alaska, home of the the odd visit by the sun IS still functioning well, its windmills are still spinning, its power generation taking it all in its stride

Texas has cut corners to provide a few wealthy people with more profits

Texas may be cold, but the reality is that it only took a couple of INCHES of snow to SNAFU it all

I mean, even the UK can keep on running in that ..............

Texas has had to curtail its nuclear generation as the cooling water is frozen too .............

when it comes to CRITICAL infrastructure it HAS to be constructed to allow for the 100 year storm, the once in a lifetime / million to one event

ESPECIALLY with nukes, you don't play games with the big kettles ffs

Nominet claims effort to replace its board with 'safe hands' is invalid, refuses to put it to member vote


Re: Quelle surprise

back in the day, I was an electrician, and it was the time of the unions ..................

we held a meeting one day, to discuss the actions of one guy, caught talking to management, out of procedure .............

the charge against him, was one of Gross Sniddery [sp] ffs

Recovery time objective missed by four weeks, but Parler is back online


Re: Who's the audience?

if in doubt, XKCD to the rescue


We imagine this maths professor's lecture was fascinating – sadly he was muted for two hours


Re: Hold up a sign.

anyone recall Fawlty Towers, SitCom with John Cleese ?

at the start, every week, the sign had Fawlty Towers shown

then they started to mix it up, each week something different

told my mum to watch out for it

THAT week, THAT week

Flowery Twats ........................ ffs

What happens when the internet realizes the stock market is basically a casino? They go shopping at the Mall


pump n dump is EXACTLY how hedge funds do their business :o(

watching some of the people burnt, some were hilarious, a 'billionaire' crying, because he lost so much money, that he had to re finance the loan for his new yacht, is NOT my idea of losing lots of money

down to listening to SO many talking heads saying how this is market manipulation, and is illegal, yet at the same time ignoring the hedge funds doing exactly the same thing over and over again

for those looking to find somewhere to peruse a decent overview of WTF is going on :-


The curse of knowing a bit about IT: 'Could you just...?' and 'No I haven't changed anything'


Re: Printers attached to PC's

doesn't have to be tech either, brought my then 3yo daughter an 'UNBREAKABLE' toy






she broke EVERY OTHER toy with it :o)

Log right in, the water's fine, whispers Microsoft as it adds autofill to Authenticator app


not sure here, on the one hand there ARE alot of sites that still only have a paassword access, so yes, it is hitting a need, but maybe it would have been better to try and educate the masses ........................

WTF am I saying, educate the masses, they are the reason most of us have jobs ffs

so maybe MS got it right, but as to whether I will use it, again, let us wait and see what the early adopter brigade say ?

SolarWinds: Hey, only as many as 18,000 customers installed backdoored software linked to US govt hacks


There's a 'theory' going round that it wasn't much of a hack to the US Govt Dept's if tRump sold his passwords to Putin ..................

I would suggest that every major player is busy doing this hack thing at the moment, it is just that we / the 'good' guys don't share THAT piece of information out to the word, and that everything we catch, is stored for useage when useful

I doubt if the Russians / Chinese / Norks/ add state player of choice here, would advertise their abilities either, it is just that our side has caught them, and is either trying to avert blame away themselves for allowing it to occur, or trying to place blame by saying "look what we are up against, we need more funding"

the world got to be very strange the moment IT took centre stage, I mean, before I take the bike out for a spin, I have to charge my hat up, and if that isn't weird enough, maybe I haven't been here long enough yet :o)

BOFH: Switch off the building? Great idea, Boss


Re: We

ahh, yes the good old LART


should STILL be a part of every Sys Admins tool kit, especially if you wish to rise to the heady heights of the true BofH :o)

Crooks posing as COVID-19 'cold chain' company phished EU for vaccine intel, says IBM


Crooks phishing for COVID vaccine intel

the depths to which humankind will sink to, in the chase to 'earn' a few $$$ more

will NEVER cease to disgust me :o(

One does not simply shove elephants on a ballet shoe point and call it an acceptable measure of pressure


has to be said, not done a TITSUP for a while, SO

T - rouble

I - s

T - his

S - ite

U - tilises

P - achyderms

so whilst I WOULD normally push for the more Narwhal comparison, we would require a new acronym, and I DO seem to recall that here, elephants have been used to express many different comparisons

Intel's SGX cloud-server security defeated by $30 chip, electrical shenanigans


from the article :-

Over the past few years, the security of SGX, a set of security-oriented instructions used to set up so-called secure enclaves, has been assailed repeatedly by infosec types.

always been the way, make something, say it is SECURE, or worse, UNBREAKABLE, sit back and watch it crumble

gotta say, kind of impressed by the work done to actually manage this, I suppose the upside is that we get some new research, and possibly a step closer to truly SECURE ?

IBM warns staff across the business of fresh 45-day redundancy consultations


SO, the 'NEW' IBM mantra appears to be :-

We can do more with less, just give us a chance ..................................... PLEASE

Big Blue was once THE go to when you were looking to buy shares that will give a reasonable return and no risk

haven't actually GOT any shares of anyone, so my days of looking and checking are well gone, but how does this 'new' version of IBM stack up against the old version of Big Blue ?

Election security fears doused with reality: Top officials say Nov 3 'was the most secure in American history.' The end


and quite possibly the fact that so many used the mail in option, made it so secure too

and Trump told his supporters NOT to use that route

I am still a bit baffled by how the whole thing works over there, but this election had a MASSIVE number of voters, so I would assume that any 'irregularities' would be noted if they were of a substantial nature, so again, well done you America

now you just need to convince PotUS45 his time has come :o(

Microsoft warns against SMS, voice calls for multi-factor authentication: Try something that can't be SIM swapped


all the options posited here, will, of course be looked at in depth, given due diligence, and the option selected shall then be announced ...................

Don't hold your breath for something new, the winner IS / WILL BE ................................. the cheapest to setup, and the easiest to implement :o)

Paging Doctor Blue: Attaching a Thunderbolt NVMe SSD can make Windows 10 poorly


so in a world falling apart, a pandemic running rife, and the whole of 2020 being something we need to be rid of asap, good old MS to the rescue with some standard normality :o)

let's be honest, it wouldn't be the same if they released a package and it just worked now would it

Sodinokibi/REvil ransomware gang pwns British housing biz via suspected phishing attack


"As we have not engaged with the criminals we are not aware of a ransom demand,"

is this the new - we have backups, so feck off - defence ?


"However, to the surprise of absolutely nobody, it turns out the criminals can't be trusted and do not delete the data after ransoms are paid."

SO, the bad guys cannot be trusted .....................

colour me surprised

but will this get EVERYONE on board with PROPER backups, and a system that actually TESTS the procedure too please ?

and looking at the 'victim' here, a social housing group, so they will not have bags of cash around, so I can only surmise they got hit because their network security was lacking ?

so to back track, it isn't JUST backups that are needed, you really DO need to pull your finger out, and sort out perimeter security too - who knew - feck me

just to add, if the bad guys are looking to companies of this size, then seriously, ANYONE can be a target, how long will it take to percolate down from the C level people, or should I say percolate UP to the C level people, and get them to understand that IT HAS to have a serious budget for network security in these days

Shopping online for Xmas? AI chatbots know whether you want to be naughty or nice


Re: still a ways to go

you still looking ?

I would imagine that within these fine walls, many a stick of RAM is lurking, I KNOW in my place, old RAM comes to wait out the planets demise :o)



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