* Posts by _SMB_

8 publicly visible posts • joined 15 Jan 2018

Who needs sailors? US Navy's latest robo-ship can run itself for 30 days



Warfare as a Service, it feels like cloudy warfare can't be far away

NSA: That ginormous effort to slurp up Americans' phone records that Snowden exposed? Ehhh, we don't need that no more


yeah na

'THIS program isn't worth the effort, we might abandon it'

Doesn't fill me with the confidence that some less skeptical members of the public seem to have.

DXC Security exec: Yes, I'd have thought we'd spend more on certs and laptop kit for staff, too


Re: DXC layoff strategy


I'm not an expert in mental health, but shit that sounds awful. You need to get out. Talk to your family and friends, talk to a professional. Print that post out and show people. You need to get someone on your side to help you make a move.

No one should have to live like that. You're worth more than that even on your worst day.

Apache OpenOffice, the Schrodinger's app: No one knows if it's dead or alive, no one really wants to look inside


Re: Who could possibly care less?

Rick did/does an incredible job with Paint.NET, it has to be one of my favorite pieces of windows software along with Notepad++. Rick's ListXP was also awesome. I wonder what he is up to in the background.

Google keeps tracking you even when you specifically tell it not to: Maps, Search won't take no for an answer


So how do we turn the location tracking off to the maximum extent practical? Is there a guide on the current version of Android someplace that Reg users would recommend?

Oz retro computer collection in dire straits, bulldozers on horizon


I am in Melbourne and have no real space, but I'd donate cash to the cause. Is there something we can do other than provide a spare room?

Now Meltdown patches are making industrial control systems lurch


Re: One thing to note.

If you use RSView, FactoryTalk, RSLinx (Which is not only design time!) or Studio5k you are in for hurt from what I'm seeing.

I can't see Rockwell re-writing the 20+ versions of Studio5000 and its earlier incarnations. Which for the uninitiated is way worse than it sounds.

Each major release of the software conicides with a hardware version, so if you have a CLX5555 processor for example its compatible with version 11 to 14 firmware, which in turn means version 11 to 14 of the programming software, if you have a v15 hardware you need a totally new version of the programming software!

Which means there are dozens of versions of this crapware out there that are 10s of years old and one can bet that despite the horrifying cost of buying a license for 10 year old software they won't be updating to fix this issue

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PLC / SCADA Software

Add TwinCAT 3.1 on 64Bit machines to that list.

The state of industrial controls software and hardware, and the vendors approach to built in security and ease of use is a fricking disgrace