* Posts by jgard

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Twitter engineer calls out Elon Musk for technical BS in unusual career move


Re: Bit klunky, but...

Exactly, it's so bloody cringe worthy. He uses them in such an embarrassingly transparent way. He's desperate to appear a tech genius but demonstrates exactly the opposite. Like me lecturing my 16 year old daughter on tiktok's top teenage fashion influencers.

Its pathetic and smacks of a desperate need for recognition and adulation. I have no expertise in rockets, but I do in computing and it's obvious he doesn't know what he's talking about. He knows enough to embarrass himself though, and long may he do so. It's hilarious.

He's a complete toss pot, an angry spoiled baby in the body of a man. I really don't know how any one could work for him, I'd rather be unemployed.

Elon Musk tells Twitter: My takeover deal is back on


Parallels with Putin?

Musk may be the world’s richest man, but he’s also a pestiferous, self-aggrandising bore. His pathological narcissism drives him to believe he’s an authority on everything, it also means he can never admit mistakes and never be seen to lose.

I detect strong parallels between the Musk and Twitter scenario, and Putin’s dally in Ukraine. Both are megalomaniacs, brimming with hubris, and both are hurting because they’re losing face. Each got themselves in a huge self-inflicted mess while the world looks on, and to a narcissist, there’s nothing worse than that.

They both know they fucked up massively, and there’s no way to escape from the mess without losing face. That’s unbearable, so they either dig their heels in and inflict more damage on themselves, or they reframe the situation to make it appear as though they’re happy with the result. It’s clear as day in both of them.

Even more interesting is the fact that Musk was sending out ridiculous tweets the other day on the Russia - Ukraine issue. Among other things, he was making the point that Crimea has always belonged to Russia. Implicit in those tweets was the argument that Russia has fair claim on much of Ukraine’s territory. This incensed Ukraine’s political leaders to the point where one high-ranker told him to fuck off, president Zelenski also chimed in with similar sentiments, but milder language.

Applying my armchair psychologists hat to this situation, I can’t help wondering if there is something deeper here. Is Musk unconsciously identifying with Putin, supporting his unreasonable behaviour in order for Musk himself to feel better about his own situation. I have a few similar ideas on his motives, but I’ve got to get back to work!

Zuckerberg: Yes, Facebook kept Hunter Biden's laptop under wraps


Re: Why do people ignore facts?

Are you THAT clueless? Trump’s whole persona, his entire identity, is predicated on his skill in telling lies, spewing bullshit, and convincing others he has integrity. Anyone with more than two brain cells can’t help but realise he is unfit to hold any position of civic authority. He has fuck all ability, and less interest, in doing anything other than furthering his own selfish agenda, making money and venerating himself above his competitors.

However, in projecting this misguided fantasy he demonstrates just what a muppet he really is. Results matter my friend, so with that in mind, can you please demonstrate where and how Trump has contributed to international cooperation, understanding, and reduced tensions among the major powers? I’d be interested to read your response.

Trump is especially good at telling others just how bad they are compared to him. So, please show me where Biden has called international partners childish and insulting names. Show me where he has shared classified images on Twitter. Show me where Biden has expressed warmth and support for dictatorial leaders of anti-democratic countries. Show me where he has made a positive impact upon international relations. Show me another idiot, trump-like president who promised that his opponent would experience fire and fury like the world had never seen. I could go on, but your point is lame, silly, and obtuse.

If you are even slightly persuaded that Trump has anything but the most base of personal motivations, you are wrong. Absolutely, and categorically wrong. He’s a twat, and from reading your comment, I’m convinced you have neither the brains nor the education to understand just how bad he really is.

Big Tech silent on data privacy in post-Roe America


Re: Democracy

Erm…. It could have prevented Trump getting in after Obama. That would have prevented him making the political landscape even more toxic and divided. Most of all it would have prevented that orange POS from loading the SCOTUS with judges best described as lying, knuckle dragging theocrats.

Trump appointed religious fundamentalists to the Supreme Court. These are people who think legal scholarship and criminal justice have been on the wane ever since the Salem Witch Trials. Just a few more votes against Trump could have stopped him before he got started. If only.

UK Home Office signs order to extradite Julian Assange to US


Re: A truly dreadful day

If you think the US govt and legal system haven’t already decided the verdict, you’re deluded. And if you think the First Amendment applies to an Australian citizen committing crimes outside the US you’re mistaken.

For the record, I’m glad he is going. He has evaded the rape charges by skipping bail, hiding in an embassy, disappearing, running away again and more. He’s acted like an entitled, whiny and ungrateful little prick toward people who have helped him, and he obviously sees the law as applying only to others.

I have no idea whether he raped anyone in Sweden. But rape is a disgusting and violent crime. Do his alleged victims not deserve justice? Should he not be tried like any normal suspect? Apparently he thinks not. Assange has gone to extraordinary lengths to evade justice, leveraging every opportunity his fame and circumstances afford him. He’s also shamelessness abused the kindness of others in that same quest.

How can he have the chutzpah to berate governments for not investigating and trying alleged criminals when he reuses to face the music himself? He’s a grifter and a coward and I’ll be glad when he’s gone. I would rather my taxes be spent on a more worthy cause.

Salesforce staff back an end to its relationship with NRA


Re: How do we protect our 2nd amendment & our kids at the same time?

Unless that armed teacher happens to be James Bond, they may find their solitary pistol is somewhat lacking against an aggressor armed with several AR-15s and covered in bullet proof armour.

If twenty odd armed and trained police officers didn’t storm the school to shoot the guy and save lives - when that’s their actual job - what makes you think teachers would (or could)?


Re: "How do we protect our 2nd amendment & our kids at the same time? "

Yes, someone fucked up in the head, who also had a gun.

Elon Musk orders Tesla execs back to the office


Narcissism, hubris and arrogance

Elon Musk has turned into an attention seeking bore. I'm getting thoroughly sick of him. How could anyone work for this big headed, bad tempered man-baby? Narcissism, hubris and arrogance are a bad combination anyway, and he is overflowing with all three. But he's also surrounded by a coterie of yes men falling over themselves to kiss his arse and polish his ego. And on top of all that are millions of sycophantic fan bois, hanging on his every word, spending their life chatting shit about Chads and Stacys on incel forums. The only break they get is for the 5 minutes following a Musk tweet - it's all go as they rush to be the first to repost in on 4chan.

It's no wonder he believes his own bullshit, surrounded by all that. What he needs is someone brave and honest enough to tell him he's acting like a juvenile, entitled little prick.


Re: Victorian values - what made Britain great.

The Victorian values that made Britain great? Loosely summarised as:

Travel the world with big ships and lots of guns. Fight and kill natives armed with wooden spears, subjugate whoever is left, steal their land and natural resources.

Yep, our Victorian values were bloody amazing!

Microsoft veteran on how he forged a badge to sneak into a Ballmer presentation


Re: MSFT executive quote...

That's a weak effort dude, very weak. The quote you provide is from 2007, fifteen years ago!. Then you say they should keep playing with the disguised coffee machine and leave it to the experts? LOL. From someone who wouldn't have the chops to tie Raymond Chen's shoelaces.....

But why waste an opportunity to sneer at MS eh? I know you're still bitter after they rejected your application, but you need to accept you weren't good enough. Move on with your life, this is getting boring.

An international incident or just some finger trouble at the console?


Re: Typing is not a good idea.

'A password entry box should never accept copy/paste. It's a security thing.

Seriously. Think about it.'

I'm thinking.......

Still thinking....... ah no need - he's unleashed the wisdom, let's see what the reason is...

'in the cut buffer ... or, in *nix terms when you select something, it shows up in X Selections (items hilighted, before you copy or cut them). This is available to anyone who has access to that session.'.....

Oh.... OK. This is about the silliest security advice I have ever read. There are SO many things wrong with your sage-like cogitations that it would take me hours to do them justice. So I'll just state the most obvious.

There are only two fundamental reasons for someone else having access to your session. One is that you share sessions or your credentials with other people. The other is that your security policies and procedures or system design and admin are so inadequate that they provide other people, unbeknownst to you, with the freedom to access systems with your credentials. To allow either scenario to arise takes some pretty serious negligence or ignorance. Take my advice, if anyone is able to access your session, the very least thing you should be concerned with is that they might see what you copy pasted earlier.

Elon Musk 'violated' Twitter NDA over bot-check sample size


Random Sample? Hmmm....

Given their less than rigorous approach to statistical methods, and the obvious incentive to 'calculate' a low bot count, it wouldn't surprise me if they ran the test repeatedly with 100 random accounts until they got the result they wanted. Just sample 100 random accounts in a loop and repeat until a sample with only 5 is found. Strictly they aren't lying as that sample was of 100 random accounts - they don't have to let on that the overall process was extremely non-random.


'no rubbish'.... Really?

I don't understand the upvotes on this. I am afraid it is you who is talking rubbish if you claim sample size doesn't matter. That's categorically wrong, and as you say: '_improper use_ of statistical methods'.

Think about this: if sample size is irrelevant, why not just sample 1 account? Because it will provide absurdly unreliable data; given a true 5% incidence, 95% of the time you would find there are no fake accounts, 5% of the time you find they're all fake. Take 2 accounts, or 5 even and it doesn't get much better.

Sample size is crucial when you can't test a whole population, as sample size grows so does confidence in the result. It's one of the most basic principles in probability.

Microsoft, Apple, Google accelerate push to eliminate passwords


Re: It's just you that's an idiot

Upper and lower case each with 36 characters? That's one funky alphabet you are using there :)

I set a Windows laptop up for my nephew recently, and after clicking through heinous and intrusive pages about directed advertising, I arrived at the request to create a PIN. If I remember rightly, it claimed that it increases security. I simply don't understand the logic behind PIN usage. Unless you are a complete buffoon, the PIN will almost certainly contain less entropy than a traditional password you'd create.

To be fair, I discovered that a PIN won't give you admin access, even if you are an admin; you have to elevate permissions with your full password for that. I also realise that the PIN allows access to the machine only. But in terms of mitigating the most important threats, those two measures are useless. It doesn't really matter if a PC is hacked unless your victim has sensitive docs etc. But once you are logged in, you can probably access all their internet accounts via their cached browser credentials, or the cunningly titled pa$$w0rdz.txt that you find in the 'my docs' folder.

From a security perspective that's pretty terrible, which is why I'm convinced PINs are NOT about security. Instead PIN authentication is a tactic to get you to use a Microsoft account - the PIN is a dangling carrot. If you tell Joe Public he can use a 6 digit PIN rather than a complicated bloody password that includes squiggles and numbers, and then advise it's more secure too, he'll take that carrot in a flash. The fact that he needs to set up an MS account first won't bother him at all. Hey presto, MS has access to a new user's personal information, their browsing habits, laptop login times, maybe their private conversations 'to improve Cortana' (yeah right) etc.

It's all one big con, and one that Apple has been running for years (try using a Mac without an Apple ID and see how much functionality is unavailable). Microsoft are just playing catchup. It's thoroughly depressing.

Problems for the Linux kernel NTFS driver as author goes silent


Re: Hang on a mo ...

Is that really the best you can manage mate? I addressed your claims; I explained the tradeoffs inherent in a calculating checksums, I showed you were wrong about replication. And you double down by moving the goalposts and claiming checkmate? I wouldn't have bothered.

You clearly lack a mature and experienced understanding of engineering principles, design decisions and cost benefit analysis. You struggle to understand that filesystems are designed to deal with different scenarios and use cases. They are not all designed to have exactly the same strengths and weaknesses. I would go into more detail, but most people who read the reg understand this stuff implicitly, and I would be insulting their intelligence by repeating it here.

And yes, NTFS is up there with the best file systems, it also has different use cases to ZFS. Both are excellent and for you to double down on your original claims, simplistic and ignorant as they were, shows you don't get it.

Your 'criteria' and 'examples', are silly and ill defined, your argument is incoherent, and looking at the upvotes, the experienced techies around here agree with me.


Re: Light on the issue?

That's a very poor analogy.

If someone throws manure over your wall, it's a destructive and deliberately adversarial act. There's no good will involved, they are not trying to help you. It doesn't take any real time or effort on their part (they probably just slipped a few quid to the guy that did it). Most importantly, the cleanup is time consuming, expensive, unpleasant and takes FAR MORE EFFORT than that expended by your adversaries who chucked it over your wall.

Paragon worked hard for a long time to get to the point when they first submitted their code. Twenty seven thousand lines of kernel level code of their own backs. They did it to help; to contribute to the biggest and most successful open source project on the planet. It was all about good will and collaboration, and they did it for free. Most importantly, the cleanup is trivial in the extreme, if it needs some attention that can be conveyed with a few words. There is NO requirement for the maintainers to clear loads of shit up from their garden, a simple polite email or two will suffice.

Think of it in terms of thermodynamics, Paragon created order out of disorder. That takes enormous effort, and requires next to no effort to reverse. Leave it all alone and let the 2nd law do its stuff, entropy wins. Dumping loads of crap on you clean garden achieves the opposite, it turns your lovely ordered patio and plants and turns them into one big shit-smelling lump of entropic mess. The 2nd law won't help you there, which is why you need to put in MUCH more effort to get back to where you were.

The paragon guy (or guys) was naive in terms of his knowledge of the contribution process. We all are naive when joining a community and helping out, but in most communities you can expect to be welcomed; especially when you are working (hard) for them, for free.

The point is we are all human, and it's nice to be encouraged and appreciated. IT people are no different, and that includes you, my friend. Furthermore, some people have mental health issues and struggle with self-esteem. To be publicly castigated on a forum by people you respect - and likely feel inferior to - can be hugely damaging to them. You don't have to be a 'snowflake' to understand that, it's basic humanity.

Open source is fucking brilliant, the current prominence of OSS in the industry is best thing to happen in IT for decades. Contributors should be valued and nurtured, and if they make a mistake when they start out, they should be encouraged. If there are people acting like 14 year olds - accusing newbies of throwing manure over a wall, why will people do it?

Why the attitude? What's the point? And what does it do to help OSS? People need to start acting like adults. I know LT ain't perfect but he has definitely improved over the last couple of years, maybe you should take a leaf out of his book? Just sayin.


Re: Hang on a mo ...

Ok, and what does that mean exactly? What does NTFS lack? What has been partly done but unfinished? What are the real world ramifications of these issues you speak of?

As someone who works on this stuff a lot and has done for a long time, I do not recognise what you are saying. It's easy to make these general points. And it's even easier to hide behind them, sage-like and thoughtful, when their vagueness is such as to render them completely unfalsifiable.

I don't mean to be rude or confrontational, but I do get bored with this sort of stuff. So, here goes: what you said offers nothing in the way of useful information. So, could you please provide us with specific, accurate and falsifiable claims to back up your vague suggestions? Otherwise this sort of stuff is little more than noise.


Re: Hang on a mo ...

Well, I would suggest that your statement is too narrow. How can you say it's not as good as ZFS? On what criteria do you decide that?

The very reason I said "up there with the best" is that it's a broad statement that is demonstrably true. Claiming one is 'better' than the other is just silly, and meaningless. NTFS and ZFS are both excellent, but they have different use cases. An environment using NTFS will usually be different to a ZFS environment - the OS will be different for a start and so will the storage platform.

NTFS is most often used on top of a hardware RAID layer (from a mirror in a server, all the way to an HP XP enterprise SAN). The standout features of ZFS are the software RAID capabilities it offers. NTFS hands off some responsibility to the RAID layer, allowing it to deal with issues like scrubbing / zeroing, striping, spindle workload distributions, file and block integrity etc. ZFS does a lot of that stuff itself. That's is exactly why it has built in checksums and NTFS doesn't. Like all engineers, those working at Microsoft have to make tradeoffs and compromises. In NTFS, they came to the conclusion that checksums would involve more CPU cycles, RAM etc, but give virtually no real world benefit. And they were correct, because the number of issues that it would fix in the real world is less than insignificant compared to the performance gain.

Regarding replication - have you not heard of DFSR on NTFS? It's available on all Windows Server OSes, and it is one hell of a replication engine. It uses remote differential compression to replicate whole volumes between hosts, scaling to huge mesh topologies with dozens of servers. And it does it using a fraction of the bandwidth it would normally require - on general file data it usually saves upwards of 90% in bandwidth.

It absolutely IS up there with the very best, just like ZFS. Both are fantastic, but have slightly different strengths and use cases.


Re: Hang on a mo ...

No, it's not still true, and people who offer these opinions either:

i) Have very little experience and just jump on the Microsoft is shit bandwagon because the know no better, or:

ii) Haven't tried to develop on Windows in donkey's years, and think NT4 SP6a is still state of the art, along with shit documentation, inconsistent development standards and an absence of conventions for coding, style, documentation or naming, i.e. the late 1990s.

Their last experience with Windows was 20 years ago when they spent 2 weeks ploughing through a 300 page white-paper attempting to set up a cluster that wouldn't work because there was an umlaut in one of the serial numbers. Things have changed a little since then.

I have no great love of Windows, I've not touched it in over a year, and I'd never use it personally on my desktop due its other purpose in delivering advertising and spyware. But the truth is that Windows server is now a very capable and secure platform, the dev docs are excellent and accurate (unlike 20 years ago), and IMO they make the best dev tool on the market in visual studio.

As for NTFS, people here are still banging on about it being crap, they're simply wrong. NTFS is an incredibly good filesystem, it is up there with the very best. It was way ahead of its time with some features, and due to its very well implemented preemptive journaling it is extremely robust and resilient.

People seem uncomfortable that Microsoft makes some excellent technology now, and I just don't get it. Yes, they are a tech giant that has done dodgy stuff in the past. But come on, compare them to Google, Facebook, Oracle, Apple, Amazon - in terms of ethics and trustworthiness I would put MS above any of that bunch.

At last, Atlassian sees an end to its outage ... in two weeks


Re: We maintain extensive... DMML

Any ransomware outfit would be delighted to come up with a script that does so much damage for so little effort - the destructive efficiency on show is unprecedented. I hope Atlassian are keeping the script under lock and key, because we would be well and truly f**ked if the Russians got hold of it!

But on a more serious note, I would like to offer heartfelt and genuine sympathy to the person or persons responsible. It could happen to the best of us at some point in our careers. I can only imagine how they have felt the last week or two, chin up guys and/or girls!

IBM highlights real-time fraud detection in z16 mainframe


Re: Just more of the same doesn’t cut it within IT and AI circles anymore.

Yes, it is. It’s most assuredly batshit crazy.

I wonder if you could please help me and my coworkers settle a bet? Did you by any chance get a quantum computer to write your comment? Or is it merely the result of setting the wrong config on your bot?

Looks to me like you have left it on number 12 - ‘Incoherent Daily Mail Commenter (5G causes Covid / Louis Theroux is a Satanist)’ by mistake. Best knock it down to about 5 on here mate.

If you fire someone, don't let them hang around a month to finish code


Re: Morals

Ah yes, they are everywhere, you can't escape them. They're officially known as 'The Insufferable IT-Twat', a Jungian archetype that Jung never got round to describing, because he was lucky enough to die before it emerged.

Insufferable IT-Twat <abbrev: IT-Twat>

(psychology, philosophy, psychoanalysis, Jungian analysis)

Definition & key features:

Jungian archetype of the insufferable, self-identified IT "genius" which first emerged in the mid 1990s.

Its prevalence grew rapidly, and by the mid 2000s it enjoyed a ubiquitous presence in IT departments across the globe. Key identifiers are: a grating personality which can range in intensity from mildly annoying to infuriating; extreme pedantry; inflated sense of own technical abilities; passive-aggressive interpersonal style; obstructive behaviour; strong unwillingness to help with anything, ever; dismissive of co-workers abilities, suggestions or opinions; dismissive of everyone else's opinions; patronising; rude; shows eagerness to sabotage colleagues; unwilling to train co-workers; highly deficient in self-awareness; lacks normal adult social skills; thinks everybody but him is an idiot; talks loudly so everybody can hear how clever he is; displays indigence at the suggestion that another individual could perform any part of his job; feels excessive and unwarranted confidence that the company could never cope without him; invariably a man.

Social and interpersonal impact:

The 'The Insufferable IT-Twat' has a significant impact on behaviour of those around him.

Responses are remarkably consistent across different cultures, companies, genders and ages. These are centred on the following themes: a desire to shout and swear at the IT-Twat; strong and often uncontrollable urge to strike him physically; an extreme aversion to being in his company or close proximity; strong feelings of dislike invariably felt toward him which may verge on mild hatred and/or disgust; strong ideation and frequent fantasising regarding IT-Twat being fired; shared experiences of extreme joy and schadenfreude if he does get sacked; joyful and sarcastic waving as he leaves the building for the last time; induces an irresistible urge for team to shout ‘don’t let the door hit you on the way out!’


Re: Extra credit

For a very long time support was the main route to a programming job. I was told this repeatedly by recruiters when I started 25 years ago, and they were right. In fact, the vast majority of software devs/engs I know that started in that era all got their foot in the door via tech support.

So much of todays code is generic / commoditised web code, or just plain boilerplate. The threshold for being a productive enough dev (to warrant employment) is therefore generally quite low. But this wasn’t true 25 years ago - code and programming techniques were a lot more specific to the use case. You were pretty much useless until you became familiar with the product & code base, irrespective of your programming skills. An initial 6-18 months in support was the way you got up to speed while not being a huge burden on everyone else.

It was also the case that code was seen as much more valuable and sacrosanct than it is today. Companies didn’t want any old fool fiddling with their code, and your time in support was a way of demonstrating your diligence, competence and trustworthiness before you were released into the wild!

Axed data scientist sues IBM claiming he was discriminated against as a man


Re: What a lovely company to work for

I beg to differ. I work with quite a few people who are ex-IBM and not one of them says nice things about the experience. Their experiences and views are pretty consistent, chief among them:

1) top down and autocratic corporate structure

1) a stuffy, old fashioned, impersonal culture

2) strict delineations between workers and management, very them and us

4) rigid and impersonal ways of dealing with staff, their needs, problems etc

5) the firm and management have the opinion that IBM is still at the very top of the corporate tree in technology and people should be glad to work there

It sounds horrid to be honest. Why would anyone work there when there are forward thinking, flexible tech employers all over the place? The biggest issue to me is that the company knows it has real problems in terms of image, re age-discrimination, redundancies, unfair employment issues etc. But it does nothing to try and improve that image, it just doesn't care. It's stuck in the past.

So yeah, from what I know from people who have worked there, IBM are definitely toward the bottom of the range in terms of employee treatment and corporate culture.


Re: What a lovely company to work for

Totally agree. I was approached by a recruiter of theirs about 9 months ago and told him I would never consider working for IBM these days. When he asked why I told him that:

I know many people who have worked at IBM, and keep up to date with the glut of employment / discrimination / dismissal stories that appear in the IT press. My pals have told me some horror stories about the things management got up to. Based on those sources of information I wouldn't work there ever. I'd never even consider it.

His off the record response was that he understands and he frequently gets such feedback. He was pissed off and frustrated as it he was finding it increasingly difficult to recruit anyone at all.

Help, my IT team has no admin access to their own systems


Cheers fella! I’m seeing him in about an hour. I can’t wait to pop a pint down and tell him:

“Well dad, it’s from a person you’ve never met, on a website you’ll never read, offered as a token of respect and appreciation for that time you served shiny faced Jonny his own arse on a plate in the company car park.”

I can guarantee that will make him chuckle!


I wish he had, and if I had known at the time, I would have grassed him up.

He was such a jumped up, self important cock. My dad, a traditional self-employed working class builder, once did some work in our offices. One morning I was chatting to my old man next to his van, it was parked near the building for offloading gear etc.

All of sudden, the 21 year old salesman with impossibly white teeth (now a director himself) marches over like he owns the earth, his fake tan getting redder with each stride. Then, when he can’t hold the anger and sense of injustice in any longer, he starts barking at my dad like he’s a 4 year old, right up in his face, prodding him too. His speech included beauties like ‘this space is for directors only’, ‘what’s your name? I’m gonna talk to your manager’. I just stayed silent and watched with growing apprehension knowing that a suitable response was likely just seconds away.

My dad quietly let him finish, then grabbed him by the shirt collar and let go the most terrifying, yet articulate tirade of profanity and rage I’ve ever seen close up. It truly was like watching a wildlife show where an alpha male destroys a would be challenger. The kid’s whole presence changed immediately, shoulders rounded, head bowed, his face doe eyed and submissive. My dad made sure he understood that he would need new veneers if he ever even spoke to him again at all. He was then made to apologise in his weak and trembling voice, in front the of hushed mini crowd that had assembled. It was as one of the best things I ever witnessed, and it taught the kid a lesson, never saw him behave like that again. I was so proud of my old man!

The big boss, the lad’s father (a decent guy) heard about it shortly after and apologised profusely to my dad, he was very sincere. He also thanked my dad for giving his lad a life lesson. A much better lesson would be to stop giving his kid BMW M3s and 850is, and make him stand on his own two feet instead.


Re: Top Dog

Brilliant! I would not be able to resist mumbling ‘sausages’ in a doggy style voice, followed by light panting, as I walked past him…..


Him: “What was that?”



I once worked for a medium sized IT services company. One of the sales people was a solid gold twat who just happened to be a director’s son. Eager to wring extra money out of a poor and unsuspecting customer, he sold them a ‘mandatory’ pbx upgrade. With on-site engineer services, ‘hardware’, licenses etc the total came out at about £15k.

The ‘work’ consisted of a guy walking in with cardboard boxes, turning the phones off and eating his sandwiches in the comms room. After a few hours of snoozing and YouTube he turned the phones on, put a different plastic cover on the pbx, then went home. Disgraceful.

That sales guy was such a prick, I very much doubt this was the only time it happened.

Just two die for: Apple reveals M1 Ultra chip in Mac Studio


Re: I like the look of it but…

You answered it yourself. They only have unlimited resources because they have consistently delivered what customers want for decades. And really, why on earth would they want to create a big ugly box for you to stick a load of your own hardware in? They would have to make big changes to their OS to accommodate the stuff you connect, and completely overhaul their support model and product philosophy. What's in it for them?

If you want to stuff loads of tech into a box, there are far cheaper and much more appropriate ways of doing it.

Govt suggests Brits should hand passports to social media companies


Re: Crazy Idea

You again Boris?


Re: 'F' that for a game of 'where's my directorship'?

Thanks for the clarification, Boris.

Welsh home improvement biz fined £200,000 over campaign of 675,478 nuisance calls


Their website says it all...

It looks like it was written by one of the prison guards from Idiocracy. It's full of spelling, grammar and punctuation mistakes - the headline on one page is "Quality & Efficience". Particularly concerning is their "Spay Foam Insulation" service, ouch! It doesn't mention if they perform it on the customer or their pets, but either way, I think it's best left to a doctor or veterinarian.

Not only are they shithouses, they're complete thickos too. Scum of the earth.

Red Cross forced to shutter family reunion service following cyberattack and data leak

Big Brother

Re: I hope it wasn't a state actor

Absolutely, it was. That's the first thing that occured to me - it's the perfect tracking tool for China, Saudi Arabia and all the other autocratic states.

I may be giving too much credit here, but surely, no person or hacking group is so fucked up and morally destitute as to willingly stop displaced people finding loved ones? State actors yes, but criminals? Surely (hopefully) not?

Vulnerabilities and censorship tools among hot new features in Beijing's Olympics app

Big Brother


This turns my stomach, it’s outrageous that such a disgusting, cruel regime is hosting the games. Although it certainly shows what the IOC really is: a money-driven, power-hungry, morally vacant and unaccountable organisation. It’s contemptuous of ‘olympic ideals’ and uninterested in doing any good whatsoever, unless that good also happens to line delegates’ pockets with gold or first class flights.

It’s bad enough that China is hosting this thing, but the forced install of an app almost beggars belief! By allowing it, the IOC is providing implicit support for many of the egregious things the Chinese govt is involved in: mass surveillance, censorship, oppression, control of individuals through social-credit systems.

Just by holding the games there, they are turning a blind eye to the executions, human rights abuses, concentration camps and whatever else the Chinese are up to. That's bad enough, yet this app compounds the harmful message by helping the regime do their bad shit. It is obviously there to bolster the state control of Chinese AND foreign nationals, by surveilling, geo-tracking, listening etc. Of coure, the IOC knows this but stays quiet.

It’s pure moral cowardice from the IOC, and by turning a blind eye they help this sort of thing become the norm. So many countries are now invading our privacy by inspecting phones at border controls, if organisations and people don’t stand up, we are heading straight for dystopia.

I can't understand why there has not been more fuss made about this - it's a disgraceful intrusion of privacy for athletes and visitors. It's clear confirmation that the IOC has completely abandoned what it stood for, it’s lost all integrity. The people who run it should be ashamed.

Big shock: Guy who fled political violence and became rich in tech now struggles to care about political violence


Re: The land of the "free"

Well done sir! I applaud your actions. I never use the platform for the same reasons, but quitting for a much lower salary takes balls and personal moral standards.Well done again!


Re: "My lived experience"

Nothing of note, but his wince inducing use of that appalling term only serves to recapitulate on the initial impression that he’s a self-absorbed prick. Or should that be: a morally-vacant, self-serving hypocrite.

It’s a dire attempt to emphasise his history as a refugee, while using woke-speak to curry favour with the millennial demographic prevalent in Silicon Valley . But it’s so thoroughly transparent and insincere, that it only reiterates his lack of self-awareness and the fact he’s an uncaring, unpleasant hypocrite.

Chamath Palihapitiya: a person of such low like-ability, you’d rather walk 50 miles in 100 degree heat with an overflowing, self-refilling spittoon your head, than say hello to him.

£42k for a top-class software engineer? It's no wonder uni research teams can't recruit



I wouldn't worry about it mate. The guy is a prolific author, researcher and proponent of science and open, evidenced based medicine. He has degrees in medicine, physiology, statistics and philosophy from elite universities and is famous for exposing big pharma and the tricks that the drug giants play on data and stats. He's now director of a major resarch program at a uni rated top 5 globally.

I doubt he would be particularly interested in employing a random Internet heckler. The sort who can't help but project his own feelings of inadequacy by shouting 'moron' at those more accomplished, intelligent and successful than himself.

Rest easy my friend, he won't be calling with that offer you're so keen on turning down.

Just because you can do it doesn't mean you should: Install Linux on NTFS – on the same partition as Windows


Typical, boring, uninformed Windows bashing. Admin privs would only be required to delete something from your desktop if you were trying to delete shared area(s)/data or deleting an object deemed mandatory by the sys admin. Given this is a standard user account we’re talking about, I reckon the admin is the best person to decide what is required on the desktop. Just one useful icon can cut support calls dramatically.

Protection your data from nosy or wanna be admin users is surely a good thing, no? I can only imagine the kerfuffle and pointed fingers if a typical user were able to delete shared resources / data.

And by the way, you could do what others do and use the tech properly. Either 1) log in as a normal user, then use runas to do admin tasks as an admin (exactly as one would in Linux), 2) configure the system to let your user group do the job it needs to do, and (not recommended) 3) login as admin.

The problem here is not the OS. It’s about you not understanding how the OS works. You therefore use it wrongly and blame your frustration on Windows. Why don’t you learn how to use it properly instead?

The Ministry of Silly Printing: But I don't want my golf club correspondence to say 'UNCLASSIFIED' at the bottom


Re: Visited...

I think you meant to say there were more selfish, entitled t**ts like you around.


Re: Back in the early 90's

You should try Markdown. It satisfies all those requirements, is hugely popular, VERY easy to use, and is supported by a massive ecosystem of open source software. The best bit is that it does all the formatting for you, enabling the creation of beautiful looking docs with trivial effort.

FYI: If the latest Windows 11 really wants to use Edge, it will use Edge no matter what


Re: Somethings never change

You say it's too much to expect hat MS will act in good faith, as if that is unusual among big tech companies. If you think MS are anywhere near the worst offenders, you haven't been watching the news. This browser stuff is shity behaviour, but it's nowhere near subverting democracy or a million other things Facebook, Apple and Google get up to with our personal info.

Truckload of GPUs stolen on their way out of San Francisco


Re: GPUs or Graphics cards?

Well, slap me with a kipper! I never knew Mr Logic was an El Reg reader. The drinks are on me Lawrence!

Apple stalls CSAM auto-scan on devices after 'feedback' from everyone on Earth


Re: Howard Beale

I'm fully against any client side scanning or intrusion into a person's data or device. This sort of scope creep on our privacy and freedoms is dangerous, worrying and anathema to a civil, free society.

However, I can't help thinking you're going over the top a little bit here. Who are you? James Bond? Director of Mossad? Head of a Mexican drug cartel? As you note, those measures would only make it more difficult for the spooks, they could still get what they wanted if need be. But they're not gonna take even a cursory look anyway, unless your're strongly suspected.

Your Facebook comments will be somewhat low on their priorities list (approx line 423,896,186), unless of course the spooks view you as a VIP / target. And as they won't, your countermeasures are crackers and totally disproportionate. Internet cafes and cars that don't phone home? That's real tin foil hat stuff dude. The biggest issue is in maintaining your digital charade, your life must be utterly exhausting.

'Father of the Xbox' Seamus Blackley issues Twitter apology to AMD over last-minute switch to Intel CPUs


Re: Final and best price

The millions of people whose lives he has saved from Malaria, HIV and other horrible diseases may beg to differ. How many millions of people you've never met are alive today as a direct result of your actions?

Yes, Bill Gates is a dick, but show me anyone who has built an era-defining company who is not ruthless? Of course, he still uses his money to wield power and influence (and you wouldn't?), and he may even cause harm. But these negatives are vastly outweighed by his philanthropy and the millions of lives he has saved.

Russian gang behind SolarWinds hack returns with phishing attack disguised as mail from US aid agency


Re: This is what happened, when The Register pushed propaganda the last time

Hey you're always free to post somewhere else dude. That's what freedom of speech and journalism are all about. Why do you still read and interact with a propagandist website, when there are so many free and journalistically independent outlets for you to use?

How Windows NTFS finally made it into Linux


Re: I can only warn

Right..... erm... OK? And that's your best rebuttal? Wahhh! Microsoft bad, NTFS crap... wahhh! Sarcasm. Wahhh. Just doesn't cut it fella.

I never even said you were the only one, or that you are not aware of world events (even though that's totally irrelevant). I said you don't know what you are talking about regarding NTFS, and that your understanding of the scientific method is, well, unscientific.

Your original comment was ill informed, unsubstantiated and poorly reasoned, i.e. pointless. Your reply was even worse, and your argument remains baseless. Either give us some substance or go home.


Re: I can only warn

I agree with everything you say, but do you really think that 16 exabyte volume sizes are going to present a practical problem in the foreseeable future? That's one big-ass volume!


Re: I can only warn

You once lost 500 MB of files after a filesystem check. Therefore NTFS is a shit show. Quod erat demonstrandum! Except, the only thing you've demonstrated is sloppy thinking and confirmation bias. Either that, or you're just making it up.

NTFS is a rock solid and reliable file system, proven in the real world for over 30 years. I've been working with it for 20 odd of those and have never seen a problem similar to the one you describe. I have seen such problems with other file systems, though unlike you, I don't take that as an indication that they are shit shows. It would be presumptive and down right silly to decide so on such isolated and limited evidence.

I get that people like to bash Microsoft, I do it regularly myself, but at least base your claims on facts and sensible thinking. You don't offer any relevant facts here and it's clear you have no idea about NTFS. The issue you described was almost certainly down to something else, the two likeliest candidates being a hardware / driver / firmware issue or user error. Of course, you know you will get likes on here by slagging off anything to to with MS, and that must be tempting. But for most of us readers the baseless, repetitive MS bashing, is boring, childish and often betrays a profound ignorance on the subject in question. Sadly, that is the case here: you are simply wrong about NTFS.

I'm not claiming NTFS it's better than X, Y or Z file systems. I'm not saying MS and Windows are great, or ext4 is crap or anything else. I am just saying it is extremely reliable and robust and is proven to be so. To claim anything else is just not true.

Facebook rendered spineless by buggy audit code that missed catastrophic network config error


Re: Out of band management?

That's simply untrue, it's actually far easier to secure out-of-band than normal in-band access. In band access has to be provided on a wider basis for many use cases and many users. The attack-surface and number of potential vulnerabilities are many times greater than OOB done properly.

For a company the size of Facebook, implementing a secure OOB network is trivial. Point to point ethernet over fibre, mutually authenticated point to point VPN (authenticated by cert and another factor), physically secured and dedicated terminal in remote Facebook office. Designated engineers using multifactor auth and protected, physically secured creds, plus a code only the engineer knows. Monitored 24/7.

I suppose you could dig up the fibre, splice to your identical hacking hardware, use the cert you previously nicked from the physically secured and network isolated machine in the FB office. Then get your coconspirator (who has managed to break into the live datacentre) to go through the mutual auth process with you. Then log in with the physically protected credentials and MFA tokens you have stolen from the Facebook offices, along with the access code that only the designated engineer(s) knows. You would of course have to do this before the 24/7 sec ops team saw the link go down.

Your other option would be to go to Facebook HQ, bash all the guards on the head with a truncheon and make your way through their labyrinthine super-secure building, get to the physically secured terminal, read the mind of the engineer(s) with access codes, get the MFA tokens from the other safe. Again, this would have to be done before sec ops found out that HQ is under attack by hackers armed with truncheons, bashing guards on the noggin and running round the offices like barbarians in Rome.