* Posts by Solviva

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EU orders Airbus A350 operators to install anti-coffee spillage covers in airliner cockpits

Solviva

Re: SImpler solution?

All the time, I suspect in the case you're referring to they didn't close the forward curtain.

Also only well-intentioned pax are allowed to use the loo by going beyond said curtain. Not sure what magic filter is contained within said curtain but it's been keeping pax safe since 1994!

Solviva

Re: SImpler solution?

On Air France they make sue to close the forward galley curtain whilst the FAs go off and party in the cockpit with the door wide open. That cloth has been proven to keep everybody safe, since when was an AF flight last hijacked?

Linux kernel coders propose inclusive terminology coding guidelines, note: 'Arguments about why people should not be offended do not scale'

Solviva

Re: This night be just me but...

Weren't Grumio and Clemens white slaves with white masters long before white folks plundered the African continent for their people?

Linus Torvalds banishes masters, slaves and blacklists from the Linux kernel, starting now

Solviva

Re: Wishy washy

I found a document recently with the "This page is intentionally left blank". Worryingly the page opposite really was blank but seemingly not intentionally left blank. What were they trying to hide?

Solviva

Re: Proudly ignorant

But file systems have block lists, so now will all file systems deny access?

Solviva

Re: Wishy washy

BOFH and PFY?

Apple: Don't close MacBooks with a webcam cover on, you might damage the display

Solviva

The screen doesn't touch the keys, if lying perfectly flat and not moving. In the real world the infinitesimally small gap between the closed display and keys means any slight flexing of the display (say when being transported) when closed leads an imprint of the keys on the screen.

TomTom bill bomb: Why am I being charged for infotainment? I sold my car last year, rages Reg reader

Solviva

Re: NEVER put your home address in your GPS!

Once upon a time before mobile telephones were quite so smart but not entirely dumb I had a bluetooth GPS receiver connected to my laptop with Microsoft Autoroute. It worked at a pinch...

Shopped recently in a small online store? Check this list to see if it was one of 570 websites infected with card-skimming Magecart

Solviva
Linux

Single use credit cards? Won't somebody think of the fish with all that plastic? Just saw on the Beeb today all those face masks ending up as fish fodder I mean people why do you insist on travelling to your nearest ocean just to throw your mask in, surely your rubbish bin is more convenient. If your rubbish bin then ends up in the ocean then that's hardly your problem.

Oddly I had a Faceache ad today proclaiming an eID you can use at the local gambling outlet to save you needing a plastic card that lasts 5 or 10 years. Yeah I can see all that plastic wasted on ID cards is a really big problem! This is Sweden where the Green (4%) party have convinced the rest of the government that renewable energy is sufficient for the country. Which is why in the middle of the summer they needed to fire up an Oil powered power station to meet demand... Meanwhile they're shutting down the last nuke reactors because they're less green than oil hmm.

ZFS co-creator boots 'slave' out of OpenZFS codebase, says 'casual use' of term is 'unnecessary reference to a painful experience'

Solviva

Re: My first thought:

How about servant, or is that too close to server?

It could be 'five to ten years' before the world finally drags itself away from IPv4

Solviva

They seem to be tweeking it, earlier this week:

host www.theregister.com

www.theregister.com has address 104.18.4.22

www.theregister.com has address 104.18.5.22

www.theregister.com has IPv6 address 2606:4700::6812:416

www.theregister.com has IPv6 address 2606:4700::6812:516

host forums.theregister.com

forums.theregister.com has address 104.18.5.22

forums.theregister.com has address 104.18.4.22

forums.theregister.com has IPv6 address 2606:4700::6812:516

forums.theregister.com has IPv6 address 2606:4700::6812:416

Right now:

host theregister.com

theregister.com has address 104.18.5.22

theregister.com has address 104.18.4.22

theregister.com mail is handled by 1 aspmx.l.google.com.

theregister.com mail is handled by 5 alt1.aspmx.l.google.com.

theregister.com mail is handled by 5 alt2.aspmx.l.google.com.

theregister.com mail is handled by 10 aspmx2.googlemail.com.

theregister.com mail is handled by 10 aspmx3.googlemail.com.

theregister.com mail is handled by 10 aspmx4.googlemail.com.

theregister.com mail is handled by 10 aspmx5.googlemail.com.

host forums.theregister.com

forums.theregister.com has address 104.18.5.22

forums.theregister.com has address 104.18.4.22

So they've overwritten their IPv6 records with some MX records :)

Contact-tracer spoofing is already happening – and it's dangerously simple to do

Solviva

Re: OT - Did I miss something? 301 moved permanently??

host www.theregister.com

www.theregister.com has address 104.18.4.22

www.theregister.com has address 104.18.5.22

www.theregister.com has IPv6 address 2606:4700::6812:416

www.theregister.com has IPv6 address 2606:4700::6812:516

host forums.theregister.com

forums.theregister.com has address 104.18.5.22

forums.theregister.com has address 104.18.4.22

forums.theregister.com has IPv6 address 2606:4700::6812:516

forums.theregister.com has IPv6 address 2606:4700::6812:416

They've finally gone IPv6 by moving to a .com address?

They've only gone and bloody done it! NASA, SpaceX send two fellas off to the International Space Station

Solviva
Mushroom

Re: Awesome...

But did it really land? All we saw was an empty barge then 'loss of signal' followed by tada (AKA cut to the other barge that already had a rocket stationed on it!).

/Tin foil hat off

Congrats all round!

Record-breaking Aussie boffins send 44.2 terabits a second screaming down 75km of fiber from single chip

Solviva

Re: Actually it's even more impressive

44 Tbps includes protocol overheads. 80 times 500 Gbps (not Mbps as you wrote) is a nice round 40 Tbps, so add on 10% for overheads and you get an actual rate of 44 Tbps.

Linux in 2020: 27.8 million lines of code in the kernel, 1.3 million in systemd

Solviva

Re: "It solves a problem that people have."

" If some idiot stops a service for a quick config change without disabling it and forgets to bring it back, then it will come back on it's own."

So how does systemd know when said idiot is finished making the 'quick change' and decide to restart the service all by itself (which may or may not be before the idiot has finished)?

'Tis the season to be wobbly: HSBC online and mobile banking services suffer not one but two major outages in 12 hours

Solviva

Re: Still do not understand

In the days of yore you'd likely pop down t your local branch, which today is a coffee shop or similar thus not offering the necessary banking services you are currently missing due to said outage.

Help! I bought a domain and ended up with a stranger's PayPal! And I can't give it back

Solviva

Is there no physical address associated with the account? Buy a stamp and send a letter to said address saying you have their paypal email address (obviously don't include the email address or at least show just a few characters) and ask them to reply to the email address which is associated to the paypal account. If it's a fake address then whoever gets the letter won't be able to email their reply.

Give it a few months for them to reply, and if no reply appears then change the email address associated with the paypal account to a disposable address and remove the original address.

Ever own a Galaxy S4? Congrats, you're $10 richer as Samsung agrees payout over dodgy speed tests

Solviva

Re: I've got one too

Wrong, the S5 was that... although you won't' get your $10 with it.

Mine finally 'died' after it accidentally accelerated towards a stone floor at somewhat more than 1G in August. Screen completely shattered but it limped on for the next week whereupon the screen gradually developed more and more issues till it was completely dead.

Ordered a cheap replacement display for £20 which was fine when I tested it just plugging it in to the phone but when putting it in the case to stick it down permanently it seems it was far too feeble to take any pressure and self destructed.

Upside is I'm not forking out for another screen and learning how to get remote access to the phone via adb. Authorised my laptop via adb in recovery mode. Got the display streaming to my laptop, can manually enter clicks at any location and swipes. Just need to cobble together a gui to combine the two...

Bus pass or bus ass? Hackers peeved about public transport claim to have reverse engineered ticket app for free rides

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In Gothenburg, Sweden they introduced their app a few years ago. At the time you could buy (rent with refundable deposit) a reloadable travel card. You had the option to top it up in a shop or have it auto refill. Worked great, you just pop your card against the machine when you go on for most journeys, travelling further afield you just needed to pop it on a machine to check out.

Journeys by this card were discounted compared to buying a cash ticket as you might expect. What you might not expect is journeys purchased in the app were the same as a cash ticket (not sure but I think they were actually more than a cash ticket=. Hence very low uptake on the app - plus you needed an active network connection for your whole journey as the ticket magically hides itself after a couple of minutes without connection.

Solution? Bring the price of the app down to the price of the prepaid cards! Oh no, that would be too sensible, they actually brought the prepaid card journeys up to the price of the app. And removed the auto-refill ability.

Before the app you could get SMS tickets where the format was fairly simple to deduce and the drivers had no way to verify the code was genuine, so quite easy to forge those if you were so inclined.

These days you can freely get on without showing a ticket and the random controls are so rare it's not difficult to be a freeloader. I take the bike if I need to go in to town, infinitely faster and cheaper anyway.

Enjoy the holiday weekend, America? Well-rested? Good. Supermicro server boards can be remotely hijacked

Solviva

Re: How many ?

Often by default the management port piggybacks onto the regular Ethernet port, it's up to you to restrict it to the dedicated ME porf (if it even has one)

Solviva

Re: How many ?

Our Supermicro supplier up to magbe a year ago used to ship boxes with the default login and dhcp enabled... So the minute it found power and an ethernet connection it was wide open - you didn't even need to hit the power button.

Machines destined for me got fixed pronto (so I could install an OS from my desk),but I realised for other machines, their 'owners' perhaps didn't even know they had IPMI!

It will never be safe to turn off your computer: Prankster harnesses the power of Windows 95 to torment fellow students

Solviva

Those were the days!

In the Win95 days, knocked up my own little back door for the fledgling school network (anyone remember back orifice? No that wasn't mine...). Offered amongst other things, pop up a message box (similar to "net send" which also worked well), get the cd drive to do a merry in-out jiggle, launch some program e.g. solitaire just as the teacher was walking past... Fun times :)

One person's harmless japery can be another's night of LaserJet Lego

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Translates to: "Hit the green OK button twice to resume printing"

Meet ELIoT – the EU project that wants to commercialize Internet-over-lightbulb

Solviva
Coat

Re: interference-free?

Let me get that double slit out my pocket to give you some interference

If at first you don't succeed, Fold? Nope. Samsung redesigns bendy screen for fresh launch in September

Solviva

Re: It would be great if it doubled the display area

What about those who do productive things on their mobile devices where squarish format is much better than widescreen?

Will that old Vulcan's engines run? Bluebird jet boat team turn to Cold War bomber

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Re: Not British

"However I'm struggling to imagine how expansion with temp can make everything seal up nicely."

Imagine placing a fairly loose fitting washer around say a flaccid body part, then perhaps introduce some images of scantily clad humans. Then you'll see how expansion can seal things, although 'nicely' might not be appropriate...

Stop using that MacBook Pro RIGHT NOW, says Uncle Sam: Loyalists suffer burns, smoke inhalation and worse – those crappy keyboards

Solviva

Re: A crazy idea

Two of the screens had the anti-reflective coating self destruct after about a year and a half, which they had a recall program for. The second replacement had a bright spot which got immediately sent back for the third screen... This one seems to be lasting though, touch silicon.

Solviva

Re: A crazy idea

7 years, 3 screens (all replaced under warranty), 1 battery (+ 'free' keyboard, touchpad, upper chassis), 2 speakers and an upgraded SSD later, my 2012 MBP retina is stil going strong.

Company policy is we can get a new laptop every 3 years so I'm well overdue a refresh, but there's nothing I would touch from Apple currently and unlikely in the near future unless they change direction and realise there's more to a laptop than thinness and aesthetics. I'm perfectly happy to go back to a non Apple with the caveat I don't wont a 'widescreen' a.k.a. short screen, which narrows done choices somewhat.

FYI: Get ready for face scans on leaving the US because 1.2% of visitors overstayed their visas

Solviva

Re: Blame Canada

I tried that in FYROM or is it Northern Macedonia now... the border dude when exiting in Skopje just looked a little confused after scanning my passport and I guess getting no info back from it then just asked if I had another passport and I handed him that.

Here's 2018 in a nutshell for you... Russian super robot turns out to be man in robot suit

Solviva

Re: good margin

You don't need to be a paid up member to agree, support, and vote for a party.

Doom at 25: The FPS that wowed players, gummed up servers, and enraged admins

Solviva

Re: iddqd

idbehold!

Macs to Linux fans: Stop right there, Penguinista scum, that's not macOS. Go on, git outta here

Solviva

Re: Why Linux on Apple Hardware?

Microsoft's' surface laptop book 2 thingy with the rather obnoxious hinge had a 15" 4:3 display.

Likewise I'd also like to know who has suddenly resumed production of 16:10 laptops after 9(?) years of 16:9 screens...

HTC U12 Life: Notchless, reasonably priced and proper buttons? Oh joy

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Re: Notchless

If you really want the notch, just get some black electrical tape and put it there et voila notched phone!

Otherwise are you pointing out there's a piece of display which is currently unused and hence not needed (except for times when it is used unlike in said photo)?

That's starting to sound like those folks that used to moan at 16:10 displays having black bars above and below when watching 1080p content, resulting in the near-disappearance of 16:10 displays in favour of 16:9. Which still have black (or whatever colour the bezel is) bars above, below, and either side of the picture.

What's all the C Plus Fuss? Bjarne Stroustrup warns of dangerous future plans for his C++

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What's with the reference to Denmark (here and in the main article)? Vasa is/was a Swedish shp.

Dual-screen laptops debut at Asus' Computex chat

Solviva

Re: FFS...

Microsoft's Surface Book 2 finally breaks the bore of 16:9 - it comes with 3:2 in a 15" laptop. Just a shame about the hinge style really, have't seen one in person so don't know about the keyboard but otherwise it seems pretty good, if a little pricey.

Visa Europe fscks up Friday night with other GDPR: 'God Dammit, Payment Refused'

Solviva

Re: Wake up call

Once upon a time you used to place your card in a mechanical machine rather than electronic, which made a reasonable clone of your card. You then proceeded to scribble on the paper containing the clone et voila!

Samsung Galaxy S9: Still the Lord of All Droids

Solviva

"I'm onto my second S5 (both second hand), why change from such a fantastic device?"

I agree, the only thing I could wish for is more RAM at times.

"The screen burn-in sounds like hardware failure that should be covered by the 2-year EU warranty. I've not heard of it from anyone I know with an S7 or S8 but it is known to happen with some OLED screens."

I suspect it's partly a case of user-error (at least for an Iphone that's what it would be), but what can you do if you need to type. As well she gets rather upset when I hint at that :P

Solviva

Does the S9 still come with free keyboard burn-in?

My partner had an S7 for less than a year, she begged and pleaded for an S8 so I reluctantly splashed £550 for it, on the premise I would replace my ageing but perfectly good S5 with the S7.

The S5 has been so good, the S7 has sat in a drawer for the best part of a year, coupled with the fact there's a permanent shadow of a keyboard on the screen. I tried leaving one of these OLED un-burn tools alternating the whole screen between red/green/blue/yellow/white running for a week. No change.

Caught a glimpse of the S8 last week and was stunned to see it also had the keyboard burned in as well as the top status bar... Sigh.

Death in paradise: 'Cyber attack' takes out national government's IT

Solviva

Re: Pictures are all wrong

"The secondary is that it requires a sleepover in either Paris or Amsterdam on the way out. The flight is too early to get there and connect. As a result the whole thing becomes astronomical in price for a family of 4."

KL789 leaves at 12.25.

Depending where you are but most of the EU can get a KL flight in the morning to AMS to connect with that. Could be you live in the sticks and can't get to your airport early enough?

Solviva

Re: Pictures are all wrong

"Air France."

You bundled in KLM though... despite the same holding company owning them they do have their very own distinct qualities and personalities, well KLM has. Air France mostly lacks both.

Solviva

Re: Pictures are all wrong

What's unreasonable about the flights?

Details of 600,000 foreign visitors to UK go up in smoke thanks to shonky border database

Solviva

Re: Why anyway ?

My partner is non EU with UK vist Visa. Im UK, living in Europe.

Drove back to the UK for Christmas a couple of years back, first time using her visa so no idea what to expect. Was surprisingly simples... French exit policeman looks at passports, gives her an exit stamp. Drive on to the the British control, he looks at the passports, no questions, no stamp, wishes us a nice trip.

Leaving the UK, nobody at all in the UK border post at Dover, the following French point was occupied, so I stopped there, they waved us on, I shouted non-EU to the dude who wasn't the least bit interested and still insisted on waving us, so we proceeded.

Entered the UK again via Stansted a couple of weeks before the Visa expired. Immigration dude asks why we've changed plans, to which we look rather confused. So he makes it a bit clearer and asks why we haven't used the visa until it's about to expire. Turns out partner was supposed to get a stamp when she entered the UK last time, but immigration officer failed to do that and who were we to tell him how to do his job :)

So in her passport she has proof she left France in December, and the next stamp was leaving again the EU in January, having magically re-entered without any proof.

Last Christmas they stopped us at both the UK & French posts in Dover so she got her French entrance stamp, still no UK exit stamp...

Solviva

Re: Problems

I spent millenium-not-bug new year in that very New York village hall!

Solviva

Re: Why anyway ?

"Switzerland and France are both in Schengen, the UK is not."

Doesn't feel like that. In Nice (FR, schengen?) airport yesterday, travelling to Amsterdam (NL, schengen), went to the Schengen airport lounge where they said I'm in the wrong place, I need to go to the non-Schengen area for my lounge and flight :)

France have introduced random annoying ID checks on arriving/departing flights of late. Anybody thinking of slipping under the radar surely knows you just need to cross the border by road... You might have to anonymise your vehicle first if you were really wanting to hide.

Solviva

Re: Problems

"Most countries where you have to get a visa or a stamp in your passport won't let you out unless you're showing them the visa or the entry stamp, so switching passports is not an option."

I tried in Macedonia, on leaving the passport checking dude looked at me a bit funny and asked if I had another passport (the one I entered on :P).

User asked why CTRL-ALT-DEL restarted PC instead of opening apps

Solviva

Re: Feeling Old...

Oh the joys of fiddling and then discovering it was actually possible to have > 640k base memory! Can't for the life of me remember what was needed, I think things loaded in config.sys needed to be somewhat compliant so they didn't start eating up memory at 640k. Fun fun fun

Oh bucket! Unpack the suitcases. TRAPPIST-1 planets too wet to support life

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Didn't Kevin Costner visit one of these already a few years ago?

He He He: Seagate's gasbag Exos spinner surges up to 14TB

Solviva

Re: 1PB of capacity in a rack

60? Try 90 in a Supermicro 4U Chassis... that's assuming they'll sell it to you.

You must be yolking: English pub to launch eggstravagent Yorkshire pudding

Solviva

I'll see your Yorkshire pud and raise you a black pud from the world famous Bury Market.

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