* Posts by revenant

266 posts • joined 1 Apr 2018


Canon not firing on all cylinders: Fledgling cloud loses people's pics'n'vids, then 'Maze ransomware' hits

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Re: "...exfiltrated 10TB of databases and other files..."

...sudden uptick in outward traffic flows

Yes, that's where I begin wondering if maybe they're just not monitoring outflow, or if 10TB is an exaggeration. I suspect it's the former.

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"...exfiltrated 10TB of databases and other files..."

I always wonder: How exactly do you nick 10TB of data without anyone noticing? If I were to try it from my basement it would take over a week even at the best speeds available to me.

Do they somehow hook into an ultra-high speed link? Or use a botnet? Or are they just incredibly patient, and the victim so lax that they can sit on the network for weeks or months, quietly syphoning the data off?

It's been five years since Windows 10 hit: So... how's that working out for you all?

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It's all a bit underwhelming, really

When it was first released Windows 10 was a promising replacement for WIndows 7 on older hardware (performance-wise), but when Microsoft tried to force the issue with the GWX malware and didn't wind down the data-slurping for Home users, I decided on dual-booting Win7 with Mint. Now it's just Mint on another old Vista machine, as I spilled coffee on my Win7/Mint machine.

I do keep a Windows 10 tablet around, just to see how things are going, but the best thing I can say about it is that it is better than Windows 8.

VMware to stop describing hardware as ‘male’ and ‘female’ in new terminology guide

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Re: Purity Spiral

Thanks for the link. I had previously read about the knitting world's troubles and it was pleasing to see that one of its victims, who had been pushed to a near suicidal nervous breakdown had recovered enough to rebuild his lost business.

Nice to see that the gits don't always win

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So sad

VMware have gone way beyond the desire to use more inclusive language and have given free rein to idiots who think technical terms are just easily replaced words. 'Where will it end?' we all ask, knowing that the answer is 'Never', or not until constraints on expression (and therefore on thought) are so limiting that the ability of people to develop anything even remotely sophisticated has been so reduced as to end meaningful progress.

I've been around a long time and seen this industry rise from simple beginnings to really amazing (compared to 50 years ago) technology. It is so sad to see it in its terminal decline.

Twilio: Someone waltzed into our unsecured AWS S3 silo, added dodgy code to our JavaScript SDK for customers

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" ... judging from the URL involved, it appears to be an attempt to install a payment-card skimmer"

Twilio are playing it down somewhat aren't they? There seems to more than a hint of malice in that behaviour.

Finally, made it to the weekend, time to breathe, relax, and... Cloudflare's taken down a chunk of the web

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Well that explains it

Some sites were OK and some, including ElReg, were not - Wireshark showed either nothing or an odd UDP packet in response to DNS queries.

So: it was Cloudflare. Luckily I went to bed instead of sending a snotty email to TalkTalk.

Twitter says hack of key staff led to celebrity, politician, biz account hijack mega-spree

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Celebs and Politicians Silenced

... and nothing of any value was lost.

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

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"Once the Marxists get into an area, getting them out is very difficult"

A sort of Political Bindweed?

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"'master / slave' (or 'slave' independent of 'master')'"

From this I assume that they had the good sense to not preclude "Master" for all of its other uses which do not imply slavery.

Or is this just round 1?

Go on, devs, have a Flutter on Linux desktop apps: Google and Canonical launch alpha SDK

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... Trojan Horse

Nice to see Mint has sent that particular horse to the knacker's yard.

Boffins baffled as supergiant star just vanishes – either it partially blew itself apart or quietly turned into a black hole

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Job done

Someone finally finished printing the 9 billion names of God.

Here's a headline we'll run this century, mark our words: Alien invaders' AI found on Mars searching for signs of life

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Re: So

I hope they at least consider pumping the raw data to local storage (ie local to mars), so that it can be queried or processed at a later date when they realise that the AI was not so 'I' after all.

No longer a planet and left out in the cold, Pluto, it turns out, may have had hot beginnings

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Go Away!

I was really hurt when you decided to expel me from the gang, making up some arbitrary rule to justify it. Ever since then I've been living a lonely life, shunned by those that I once thought were my friends.

NOW you find me interesting and want to come over and get to know me a bit more??

Too late I'm hurt now. You can all Bugger Off - I don't need any of you.

The girl with the dragnet tattoo: How a TV news clip, Insta snaps, a glimpse of a tat and a T-shirt sold on Etsy led FBI to alleged cop car arsonist

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The lesson for today

If you're going to break the law, try not to do it in front of cameras and do cover up any distinctive features. Oh and remember that your on-line activities can be linked to provide good circumstancial evidence of your identity/guilt.

People might wonder why they would go to all this trouble for just a police car, but it should be obvious that this is just one example of what they could have been doing all along - and that anyone who has committed more grievous crimes should, perhaps, be a bit concerned.

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Re: Parallel Construction

It doesn't need to be 'less-than-legal' means. It could just as well have been an anonymous tip-off which wouldn't in itself be sufficient. Hence the accumulation of a mass of circumstancial evidence.

Splunk to junk masters and slaves once a committee figures out replacements

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I'm not going to bother with a 'WTF?'-style comment - this just serves to demonstrate that the purity campaigners are losing it. No thought is required now - both Black and White are triggering terms no matter how they are used.

I do suggest, however, that they reconsider the name "Splunk" - the Urban Dictionary definition is particularly noisome.

GitHub to replace master with main across its services

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"tuf nucks"

Well that's an interesting complication. My brain saw 'fuck nuts' anyway, not the actual words.

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

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Re: Bollocks.

No, it isn't a facade. I'm not apolitical, but I try not to be enslaved by my own views or by my antipathy to others' views. None of us has the luxury of picking and choosing the things we use in accordance with the political views of the creators of those things, so that would be a dumb reason to not use openzfs.

If I had to use openzfs for some reason, then I would. If I had a choice, I would factor in what I've learned about the maintainer's attitude to quality.

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Re: Bollocks.

No, you missed the point of the last sentence. Specifically, if the maintainer is happy to change his code to be less meaningful, then I have to question the overall quality of his endeavours.

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If he thinks Dependent is a synonym for Slave, then I hope he doesn't have any children.

If the chosen word is truly a better technical choice then fair enough, but he hasn't given that as a reason, so I must assume that he has decided to obscure the meaning of the relationship.

I don't use OpenZFS and nor will I as I can't trust that the maintainer has the right technical focus.

Developers renew push to get rid of objectionable code terms to make 'the world a tiny bit more welcoming'

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"the master-slave metaphor is both technically and historically inaccurate"

That rather depends on the circumstances.

Often the relationship between two things is better described by another term, and on a project I worked on in the distant past I successfully argued in favour of changing 'Master/Slave ' to a more technically meaningful term - one which better described the relationship between two systems.

But there may be cases where the technical relationship between two things is indeed best described using the 'Master/Slave' metaphor, and I wouldn't argue to change it to something less accurate.

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Re: Alternatives

I'm disappointed that no-one has so far suggested Dom and Sub.

This is TheRegister, after all.

Embrace and kill? AppGet dev claims Microsoft reeled him in with talk of help and a job – then released remarkably similar package manager

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"...Microsoft's relatively newfound love for open source"

'Love' as in the way a fox feels about chickens, I presume.

The longest card game in the world: Microsoft Solitaire is 30

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Re: "an ill-advised redesign"

I totally agree with your observations. The difference in user experience just when running the thing is dramatically worse with Windows 10.

In addition: before its imposition on the public, I used Solitaire as a comparison between Windows 10 and Vista. On the same machine I found that Solitaire used very little CPU under Vista (and nothing when idle), and 30%-40% CPU under WIndows 10 (even when idle with no input from me).

Call me old-fashioned, but I didn't find the performance hit was a very encouraging feature of Windows 10.

If you don't LARP, you'll cry: Armed fun police swoop to disarm knight-errant spotted patrolling Welsh parkland

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Re: IT Angle?

Ha ha, well spotted.

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IT Angle?

I know Bootnotes articles don't need it, but there is one: the incident took place just 1Km south of "Pascal Close", "Fortran Road" and "Cobol Road".

ALGOL 60 at 60: The greatest computer language you've never used and grandaddy of the programming family tree

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Re: I used it.

"God (s)he's old", I thought. Then I remembered - I used it once as well, and it was also 45 years ago. What happened to the years?

Incredible how you can steal data via Thunderbolt once you've taken the PC apart, attached a flash programmer, rewritten the firmware...

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Most people wouldn't be surprised by this

If countless films and NCIS-type television dramas are to be believed, all it takes is a usb drive plugged into a port and a few minutes of time, to suck out all of a PC's information.

UK finds itself almost alone with centralized virus contact-tracing app that probably won't work well, asks for your location, may be illegal

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It asks for your location?

I have to admit that the UK's solution does reflect the typical desire of British governments to treat the general population as peasants to be controlled, but to say that the app asks for location is overstating it a bit.

It asks for the first part of your postcode when you install it - so in my case it would know where I normally reside to within around 20 miles (even assuming I gave it the right info) and know nothing about where I actually am or what I am doing.

As Brit cyber-spies drop 'whitelist' and 'blacklist', tech boss says: If you’re thinking about getting in touch saying this is political correctness gone mad, don’t bother

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The NSCS Board of Directors are in favour of this ...

... like turkeys being in favour of Christmas : next on the list for them to deal with is the fact that all 8 of them are White (according to the site). They need to practice what they preach, don't they?

Android 11 Developer Preview 3 allows your mobe to become a router via USB Ethernet – if you can get a decent signal

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Useful, I suppose

Particularly for people who aren't technically aware enough to set up an old wireless router in bridging mode to hang off the phone's WiFi hotspot. Otherwise, the only thing that's possibly novel to me is the ability to hook up to ethernet from the phone's usb port. On that latter point, I could do that with an old shitty tablet that didn't have the power to do much, but it could connect to a usb ethernet adapter, something not all more modern devices can do.

Zoom's end-to-end encryption isn't actually end-to-end at all. Good thing the PM isn't using it for Cabinet calls. Oh, for f...

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To be clear ...

When we use the phrase ‘End to End’ in our other literature, it is in reference to the connection being encrypted from Zoom end point to Zoom end point we're lying,

Yeah, that Zoom app you're trusting with work chatter? It lives with 'vampires feeding on the blood of human data'

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I commented the other day on a Reg article, to say how impressed I was with the client on Linux. Perhaps I should have paid more attention to the 'Login with Facebook / Google' options.

It seemed a decent alternative to using Facebook Messenger for family gatherings, but from this article and from my own attempts to find out how to opt out from data selling, I conclude that it is a worse option than using Facebook.

It seems to be another example of the ad industry or their facilitators buying directly into technology (eg system1 and Startpage) in order to suck our data blood.

Tech won't save you from lockdown disaster: How to manage family and free time while working from home

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"Keeping in touch"

zoom worked quite well for my wife and son last night, so I thought I'd download and install the client, assuming they supported linux, of course.

Normally I'm used to seeing words to the effect of "Linux? Fuck off mate". It was a pleasant surprise to find that the response was more like "Linux? Certainly sir, which flavour would you like?"

Made a nice change.

Netflix starts 30-day video data diet at EU's request to ensure network availability during coronavirus crisis

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Perhaps it's because they foresee more people at home looking after children with schools closed, thus increasing streaming load and getting in the way of teleworking.

Morrisons puts non-essential tech changes on ice as panic-stricken shoppers strip stores

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Re: I'm just waiting...

My food shopping is usually on a 'just-in-time' basis, which is fine until we have a few mm of snow and the shelves clear of milk and bread.

So weeks ago I decided to increase our current stock of such essentials to give us at least 3 days cover.

My point is that, apart from the strange compulsion to panic over bog-rolls, a significant increase in food buying might just be many people realising the same as me - JIT assumes an unaffected supply chain.

Google product boss cuffed on suspicion of murder after his Microsoft manager wife goes missing, woman's body found, during Hawaii trip

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Re: Sad yes, but is this really pat of El Reg's core mission?

I think El Reg has done good job of sticking to the facts as they are presented without descending to the depths of true Red-Top journalism.

For my part, I found it informative about how Microsoft and Google have similar cloudy roles but are not so paranoid about eachother that a couple couldn't each be working for the other's 'enemy'.

Tens of millions of biz Dell PCs smacked by privilege-escalation bug in bundled troubleshooting tool

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Re: Remind me again:

Spot on.

I help out at a charity for a couple of hours of week. They have no tech support staff, and if they happen to need a new PC, I'm the one who has to set it up for them. I daren't risk fiddling too much with what has been delivered because I wouldn't be able to do a reliable enough job of tailoring the build in the short time available.

So, I settle for making sure that Windows 10 violates their privacy as little as possible and leave the Dell bloatware as is.

My ideal would be to save them money and dual-boot their old Windows boxes with Mint - so that they can keep their Word and Excel on the original OS and use Mint for anything else (including internet use) - but the culture shock would be too great.

Google's second stab at preserving both privacy and ad revenue draws fire

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It's different, I suppose

I guess it is an improvement on being watched everywhere you go by those around you, but instead you replace that public exposure by inviting your very own stalker to document your habits.

Nope, I'm not falling for that one.

Oh ****... Sudo has a 'make anyone root' bug that needs to be patched – if you're unlucky enough to enable pwfeedback

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Mint 18.3

Mine has the dodgy 'sudo' version, but "pwfeedback" isn't enabled by default. So that's alright then, I presume.

German scientists, Black Knights and the birthplace of British rocketry

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Great article.

I walked up to the High Downs site on a visit to the Isle of Wight a few years ago. It's quite impressive but I came away feeling very angry that so much potential was scrapped on an apparent government whim.

Next time I'll make sure to go off-season and do a bit of exploring.

Whirlybird-driving infosec boss fined after ranty Blackpool Airport air traffic control antics

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Re: Just a fine?

Ah. I'll just leave my comment there as a reminder to myself that I really should read articles more thoroughly.

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Just a fine?

The fine just about covers his rudeness. The dangerous way he behaved surely should have merited grounding for a couple of months at least?

Step away from that Windows 7 machine, order UK cyber-cops: It's not safe for managing your cash digitally

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"...almost-universally panned Windows Vista"

I hated it when it came out and stuck with XP until 7 appeared. I do have cause to use it now, in a place where I volunteer and, strangely, find it reasonably OK for my purposes.

Vista did provide a positive benefit in that its demands caused a jump in PC capability, particularly to dual-core processors. So now there are a lot of PCs out which will provide a cheap home for Linux Mint.

A sprinkling of Star Wars and a dash of Jedi equals a slightly underbaked Rise Of Skywalker

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I'm happy enough with it

I wasn't too happy with [1..3], though I am perhaps unusual in that I thought Jar Jar Binks was OK.

7 and 8 didn't do much for me, they seemed to be a bit disconnected from the original saga and I've pretty much forgotten what happened in them apart from the characters they introduced.

I was impressed with Rogue 1 which I belatedly watched on telly yesterday.

Today I was dragged along by my son to watch the final film in the saga and was pleasantly surprised.

For me it had a lot of what I found good in Rogue 1 and it did a good job of wrapping up the overall saga.

I'm sure I'll wake up tomorrow and think of a few plot holes that flew by me, but at the moment I'm happy with the finale.

Another free web course to gain machine-learning skills (thanks, Finland), NIST probes 'racist' face-recog – and more

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"AL still racist and sexist"

Not really, I think. What these results seem to show is that the algorithms are at a very draft stage of development in that they only work well with a subset of the population, and are therefore useless for any meaningful work.

Of course, if they are actively used in ways that directly affect the population then their use is indeed racist or sexist, as appropriate.

I wonder if they are equally bad at recognizing faces across the range of ages that exist - are they also ageist?

Hate speech row: Fine or jail anyone who calls people boffins, geeks or eggheads, psychology nerd demands

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You can pry my honorifics from my cold, dead brain cells

In my working life I've at different times been seen as a brainbox, a nerd and in some people's eyes, a guru. But I would really have liked to be a boffin.

These words can be used in a disparaging way, but they are a pretty feeble weapon for the bully - especially as their use just emphasises the bully's own sense of inadequacy.

So now we've reached a stage of enlightenment where even 'Nerd' is seen as a positive descriptor, and what happens? Some academic comes up with a paper to tell us that it is all so very very wrong and we should stop using the terms.

I beg to differ. I think we should formalise the use of these terms as proper roles. Every successful development at some time needs nerds, brainboxes, gurus and boffins, so why not celebrate the marvellous diversity of human brains and give us the designations and remuneration to go with it?

FUSE for macOS: Why a popular open source library became closed source and commercially licensed

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Seems fair

He seems to have been careful to do only what is necessary to ensure that commercial entities contribute something to fund his work.

Nice to see a statement that he will open it up again should he decide to step aside.

Bandwidth weirdness at TalkTalk has customers fuming at being denied on-demand I'm A Celeb

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Re: Talk Talk?

Hello, my name is revenant, and I'm a Nildram customer...

... traded on from one Co. to another, like a used car, until now I get my 'service' from TalkTalk.

Actually, I haven't bought into any of their streaming services, so I haven't been suffering of late.

Lucky me.



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