* Posts by JohnSheeran

60 posts • joined 24 Jul 2019


The inevitability of the Windows 11 UI: New Notepad enters the beta channel


Re: Who cares

I thought it was "Micro~7"......

Can we really tell what that is?

As CISA tells US govt agencies to squash Log4j bug by Dec 24, fingers start pointing at China, Iran, others


This certainly looks like the worst I've seen in my career. There is already so much said about it but the amount of time and money this is going to cost us is hard to imagine.

AWS wobbles in US East region causing widespread outages


Re: The value of the cloud!

You get a downvote. Your comment is analogous to "racism isn't real because I haven't personally seen it".

Cloud provider's have earned a reputation of "fire all of your infrastructure people because DevOps".

Cloud technologies offer a lot of very good things but the real resistance comes from the fact that a lot of companies have cut loose a lot of their key people because they won't need them in the cloud. We all know that's not true but that's exactly what providers like AWS sell to companies.

Remember SoftRAM 95? Compression app claimed to double memory in Windows but actually did nothing at all


I had my first exposure to BOFH in 1995 and I am reasonably sure that he existed before then.

Good call out.

Google's 'Be Evil' business transformation is complete: Time for the end game


Time for the Butlerian Jihad.

Facebook may soon reveal new name – we're sure Reg readers will be more creative than Zuck's marketroids


Re: I'm preferential to...




Electronic Trailer Park International

As Google sets burial date for legacy Chrome Extensions, fears for ad-blockers grow


Re: I don't have an ad-blocker....

I'm not sure why you got the downvote but I support this idea. I'm honestly surprised that someone hasn't done the Ubiquiti Cloud Key idea with such a thing already TBH.

Still divided on whether teachers, parents or politicians are to blame


Two key themes continue to pop up in these conversations; exceptionalism and inequality. Neither of these terms is to be taken at face value and an entire article could/should be written on each of them. Please don't think of either of them in the pop culture sense but in the literal, clinical sense.

FWIW, it was one of your UK commenters that opened my eyes to exceptionalism in regards to how my country is handling so many of the challenges it is facing today.

I've personally lived through the world of inequality and it's not just a matter of race, religion, sex or socioeconomics. I'll only say that everyone should consider that biology, geography and genetics all seem to contribute.

Workday shares slide following claims Amazon ditched company-wide HR system


Amazon HR SaaS Solution

Not to worry Workday. AWS took it's time to analyze and reproduce your product with an AWS service offering that should be publicly available soon.

It's also funny that they are still using PeopleSoft given their obvious, public disclosure of how much they hate Oracle.

What is your greatest weakness? The definitive list of the many kinds of interviewer you will meet in Hell


It's obvious that everyone is rushing to relate their experiences in regards to this articles subject matter but how are we looking past the fact this entire article is a mess? It's almost as if we are coming on the back end of an argument where the author is answering a lot of questions that we haven't actually heard or soap-boxing about their own personal experiences in the job market that may or may not have relevance to anyone else at all. The whole thing is almost incoherent.

That's not to take away from the actual experiences and I'm sure that all of us have seen these examples in some forms over the years but man, what a mess of an article.

Apple sent my data to the FBI, says boss of controversial research paper trove Sci-Hub


Technically China is considered 2nd World. It's bad form to make such a dumb mistake when trying to sound smart.

Big Tech bankrolling AI ethics research and events seems very familiar. Ah, yes, Big Tobacco all over again


Re: Ethics and Corruption

All good points.

I would say that there are company/organizations that do exist in the United States that are called "Think Tanks" that do exactly the kind of thing we're talking about. However, there have been plenty of statements in the news regarding the validity of their work because of the potential influence from their sponsors.

Government is often no better in this regard because of lobbyists, politicians, etc.

This whole thing just feels like a much bigger social problem than anything else.


Re: Ethics and Corruption

Isn't this just a case of outside funding being the source of corruption? How is government any less corruptible than corporate sponsors? Isn't the very act of material exchange the source of the corrupting influence? It seems like ethics in general are required at every single level of that particular mechanism to "ensure" no corruption and that seems not very likely.

What if funding were established through a double-blind mechanism where the funding source and the researchers were shielded from each other? Could that be a way to make it work?

Words to strike fear into admins' hearts: One in five workers consider themselves 'digital experts' these days


Re: Buried the lede

To add to that note; the car industry is filled with ACTUAL engineers that have a formal scientifically based education with a solid standards model that isn't controlled by companies selling a product. It is governed by ACTUAL governments and must follow a lot of regulations. (I know, I know, I'll get flamed for suggesting that all of us geniuses aren't ACTUAL engineers)

Why? Because cars can cause death, injury and significant loss of real property if they suffer malfunction or misuse. This is very basic and doesn't capture everything else involved but it's certainly foundational.

Just for fun, imagine a world where you had to apply the same rigor that is applied to designing, building and operating a car to the IT industry. It would be very entertaining at the least.

Computer security world in mourning over death of Dan Kaminsky, aged 42


Diabetic ketoacidosis is such an avoidable tragedy. As a parent with a Type 1 Diabetic child, I've developed a pretty good understanding of the disease and getting so far gone with ketoacidosis is heart breaking. Modern medicine really does know how to handle that condition so it makes me sad to think that they didn't manage to catch it in time.

Regardless of Dan's significant place in the world, anyone succumbing to such a condition really does suck.

Dell to spin out remaining VMware stake, cements Friends With Benefits status for at least five years


Re: ‘Market does not appreciate hardware/software combo’ says Big Mike

That one is pretty easy. As much as I personally dislike Apple, they make products that work and that make their customers happy for a price they can accept.

Dell/VMware makes a combo that is no more reliable than any other hardware/software combo, offer lousy support and make it extremely expensive. Of course we can really thank EMC's influence for the last part. VMware does their level best to make it work but Dell's reputation for, at times, shoddy hardware takes the cake.

Google admits Kubernetes container tech is so complex, it's had to roll out an Autopilot feature to do it all for you


You're why we can't have nice things.


Re: Advertisement

Remediation for these things IS to replace the running container. Using SSH to troubleshoot a running container in production is really missing the point.

Making a container a simple virtual server replacement is missing the point and asking for trouble. Fix the problem in dev and roll it to production. You shouldn't need SSH in production. It's a crutch.

'It's dead, Jim': Torvalds marks Intel Itanium processors as orphaned in Linux kernel


OK, I'll admit that I had not revisited this in some time but a little research indicated that I was still on target but I can see why people would vote it down.

X86-64 can operate in Long Mode and potentially support 64-bit operands. However, it defaults to 32-bit operands.

I'll admit that I am having a hard time finding any confirming data but the general feel is that there are many apps using 64-bit virtual address space but not as many using 64-bit operands. I admit that I may be wrong about that however.


Thumbs up for the excellent technical discussion.

I'm not implying that clock cycles have anything to do with this. In fact, I'm suggesting exactly the opposite. The core processing on x86 is still 32-bit which is why everyone in the world didn't have to recode their app in order to work at all on x86-64.


It's sad that actual 64-bit processor architectures haven't taken off in the mainstream. Between Itanium, DEC Alpha, Sparc, Power (though Sparc & Power9 is still around) and I'm sure there are others, the market had a future that could have been ramped up much like the current (polish a turd) x86 architecture (which is actually IA-32 for Intel and RISC64 for AMD via NexGen). Now with x86 we are very incrementally increasing actual performance and we could have seen a bigger leap by now. Of course that requires everyone to adopt 64-bit processing and a lot of code would have to be redone no matter where you run it. It's not just 64-bit memory addressing which didn't necessarily need such a major overhaul.

Oh well, such is life.

I was targeted by North Korean 0-day hackers using a Visual Studio project, vuln hunter tells El Reg


Re: Remember kids...

Computers are so expensive these days! He can't be expected have a spare, especially when he's willing to pay someone 80K for blah, blah, blah.

Of course he could just do his research in a machine in the cloud that he destroys and recreates hourly. Nah, that would never work.

To plug gap left by CentOS, Red Hat amends RHEL dev subscription to allow up to 16 systems in production


IBM buys RedHat. One year later they are screwing their customers.


Top engineer who stole trade secrets from Google's self-driving division pardoned on Trump's last day as president


Another great point. I think we're going to see a lot of new laws in the US because of Trump. Again, I'm not sure which part of that makes me more sad.


Great point. Trump just proved that "gentlemen's agreements" aren't actual law and when a person that's not a "gentlemen" is elected then those agreements go out the window. I'm not sure which part of that makes me more sad.

Pirate Bay co-founder criticises Parler for its lack of resilience


Re: Geeks versus Politicians

I would say that you're getting down votes (I didn't down vote) because you are espousing opinion and then also saying that the examples you gave aren't opinion and you are wrong on that note. They ARE opinion and not fact. I personally don't agree with the opinions of the racists, et al. but I can be enough of an adult that I believe that they are opinions.

People may also down vote you because they believe that the espousing of those opinions on a privately held platform is a violation of their free speech. That opinion is also wrong. The facts are that our constitutional rights don't necessarily provide protections from private entities. Many people are uninformed in this case.

You also don't need to shout to get your point across. Exclamation points are just more subtle ways of using all CAPS. Calm down. ;)


Re: Geeks versus Politicians

Thank you for the concise and civil reply.

Based on your reply I'm sure that you see where I was going with my original snark. It was recently reported here that even Bill Maher who is a pretty noted extreme liberal has acknowledged that we had 74 million people vote for Trump in this last election. Even if you put aside any notion of impropriety, we have a problem. It's not just that we had that many voters that voted for this guy but it's also the fact that they felt that they couldn't vote for the other guy.

When you throw around phrases like "gun-toting idiots yelling about how they should hang Pence for being a traitor" you don't help the conversation because you just took a position of being anti-gun as if that were the problem and it's not. Until you live here you can't possibly understand the gun issue. Beyond the hyper inflated reporting any time there is a school shooting, the vast majority of our gun violence is in major urban areas that are Democratic strongholds. However, because that is where the vast majority of our population lives, that's reasonable to expect given all of the other factors going on there. It's also where the vast majority of the unjust police brutality against minorities also exists. Again, not a surprise since that's where the majority of our minority population lives. There is a trend here if you notice.

I do realize that none of these things are simple yet there is so much of the world that wants to make it simple.I also acknowledge the hypocrisy of both sides of this equation because therein lies the truth. People are inconstant and inconsistent in the majority of their beliefs in our current society. I believe you're on to something about the idea of exceptionalism and that might hit closest to the mark of what our core problem really is.

All I'll say to either side of the current American political system is that we need to pay close attention to history. It is all too easy to come up with "easy" solutions to these difficult problems and that will lead us down a path that is the opposite of what our country appears to have been founded on originally.


Re: Geeks versus Politicians

Look, *almost* a civil conversation. Also, for the record, I am completely against what "those people" believe or are espousing at their principle base.

First, I used "projection" for the very purpose of demonstrating where what you are saying can lead. I realize that you'll most likely reply to that "slippery slope" idea as a fallacy but history is against you.

Second, your words seem to indicate that "people" are being lured in by these "forces" (I guess that's how to describe it) and my point is that we're still skirting the issue. How do we address the problem with the actual people at the source of the issue?

Here's an interesting point to ponder; do you believe that Trump represents the source of making his "followers" believe and act as they do or do you believe that Trump is just a representative of what his "followers" already believed and has therefore given them a strong voice and platform?

Also for the record, I live in the middle of "Trump Country". I don't have the luxury of sitting across an ocean and casting aspersions about something I'm not directly experiencing. I even have family members that are supporters and, it's my opinion, that Trump represents what they already felt but I would be curious about how it's perceived from the outside.


Re: Geeks versus Politicians

Let's talk about what your real solution really is then. Are you saying that the bad feelings, bad behavior and flawed beliefs will just disappear if you suppress those that espouse such things? That sounds naive. Perhaps we should just put all of them in a place and restrict their movement? Maybe we should visibly mark them in some way so that we all know who they are so that we can avoid them? Should we consider "removing" them from our society?

All jokes aside and your elitist pontificating aside, how would you resolve this issue?

Imagine things are bad enough that you need a payday loan. Then imagine flaws in systems of loan lead generators leave your records in the open... for years


Re: A bad code push ? Really ?

1990s internet coding is pretty good considering the entire business model is based on 1930s loan sharking.

President Trump to slap fresh restrictions on H-1B work visas, refuses to hear public comment on changes


Re: This has been abused in the past, but guess who it leaves out...

You do realize that this conversation is related to what is happening across the pond, right? It has nothing to do with Brexit.

Burn baby burn, infosec inferno: Just 21% of security pros haven't considered quitting their current job


Re: Where to get competent staff?

Are you developing your people? It seems like the trend is to hire younger workers and develop them in house rather than look to the market for these skills.

Don't take it as a criticism but it's beginning to feel like even the younger workers aren't interested in the things we need them to be interested in and even getting someone that's promising seems to be getting more difficult.

Big Tech on the hook for billions in back taxes after US Supreme Court rejects Altera stock options case hearing


Re: IT's late and I'm kinda dumb

Standard disclaimers in play (not an attorney, accountant, etc.)

As I understand the logic, it's this: Stock based compensation is taxed to the corporate level because it's essentially wage compensation for them. The receiver of the stock is not taxed until they either sell the stock or when they receive dividends for the stock. They are then taxed for capital gains from the proceeds of the transaction.

Is this fair? Sure. We're not talking about the tax model in this measure.

Is it a loophole? Yes. The way taxes are assessed on capital gains is not the same as it is on other forms of income and those of us that don't get that advantage regularly realize that it's a way for corporations to work around the tax laws. There is a lot more to say about this and how it works in the modern world but it's probably too long to discuss in this particular context.

Remember that backdoor in Juniper gear? Congress sure does – even if networking biz wishes it would all go away


Re: Peace and Quiet

"I thought this was a democracy, where the electorate or their appointed representatives have final word on everything that occurs. Thanks to pro-authoritarian GOP support, I guess we were very, very wrong."

It's actually a representative republic. If it were a democracy it would all need to go through the people. Since that's not workable at our current scale (or just about any scale) we have a republic. "We" are very, very, wrong about a lot of things.


I think it's funny that the evidence against American companies having government mandated back doors is fully accepted but other countries doing the same thing is rejected. Especially when the other countries in question are known and accepted oppressors and human rights violators.

There is no moral high ground when it comes to this sort of thing. It's most likely sour grapes from the US government that they don't have the same back doors into Huawei that China does.

Multi-part Android spyware lurked on Google Play Store for 4 years, posing as a bunch of legit-looking apps



It's about time they got clever with this stuff. The ole "stupid user" routine is beyond tired. I'm honestly surprised that we don't have more games that do this sort of thing. Carving up the components could make the entire mechanism appear to be innocuous in parts but a real problem when they all pulled together to make Voltron.

Still hoping to run VMware's ESXi on Arm any time soon? Don't hold your breath – no rush and no commitments


Re: VMware is diversifying

Nonetheless, it's still free. You're not paying for the hypervisor, you're paying for vCenter as you so astutely pointed out.


Re: Build it and they will come...

I would say that they are waiting to see what the demand really is. This conversation came up for other processor platforms years ago and they didn't support them then either because the demand for their product on those platforms was minimal at best. They know their audience.

Open source platforms have the benefit of people that don't stand to make a buck having the time to recompile the product onto other platforms just for fun. (I'm mostly joking here but....)


Re: VMware is diversifying

ESXi is a free product. It's the management (vCenter) that costs you. So, managing other hypervisors with vCenter is still a revenue generator for them.

Is technology undermining democracy? It's complicated, says heavyweight thinktank


Re: Eh?

You're not wrong about that at all. Things like political correctness and social media make for poor bed fellows when it comes to freedom of speech in my opinion.


Re: Eh?

Freedom of speech is alive and well in the good ole US of A. It's a double-edged sword and many are not fans of the persecution their unpopular/popular ideas may bring about but I've not witnessed anyone being arrested by any government official for saying what's on their mind. I've never heard of anyone disappearing for doing it either. We often confuse government control over these things with other organizations or people when it comes to apparent restrictions. Free speech doesn't come without consequences but it doesn't mean they are government-backed consequences.

For example; this post. We'll see how many down votes I get because you disagree with my words. Fortunately I won't be restricted from saying any of this by my government.


Are they suggesting that I shouldn't believe everything I read on the internets and, as it turns out, others may also not believe everything they read on the internets?

In the E in HPE stands for Eroding revenues... Intel chip shortage, hardware supplies, coronavirus punish IT titan


Re: Don't worry...

It's bad for every non-cloud company that delivers these technologies. Whether or not cloud-based computing is a good idea may become irrelevant if the market drives all of the non-cloud businesses out of business.

Google burns down more than 500 private-data-stealing, ad-defrauding Chrome extensions installed by 1.7m netizens


Re: Excellent job, Google

Wow, I guess it's a lot easier to do these things than the huge corporations make it seem. Have you considered starting your Compuglobalmeganet company and doing it right?

It’s not true no one wants .uk domains – just look at all these Bulgarians who signed up to nab expired addresses


Re: Should we just be phasing out .co.uk

As funny as it sounds, wouldn't that just mean that you could only get to things through someone's search engine? If you didn't reference a domain name, what would you use as a way to locate the site you're going to visit outside of it's physical address?

Chrome suddenly using Bing after installing Office 365 Pro Plus... Yeah, that might have been us, mumbles Microsoft


Feels like a joke we play on each other at work.....

...and this one is actually pretty funny. Next they will pull the old trick of taking a screenshot of your desktop with the icons, removing all of the icons and making the screenshot the wallpaper.

Pomp and ceremony: When the US Secretary of State meets Oracle overlord Larry


Re: Debatable

On the one hand, I see the assassination claim because he was a representative of a sovereign nation in a neighboring nation not directly conducting (obvious) military operations against said nation.

On the other hand, your point is well taken. His involvement with Iranian backed militias that could be taken as terrorist organizations does make him a target when outside his nation. His history of being involved in things that could be taken as war crimes if said war was ongoing also works against him.

President Cheeto Cottonhair is not great and his level of jackassery is high and that makes us want to instantly call this an assassination. It just doesn't feel quite right in this case though. Still debating.


Re: Debatable

I see nothing of discussion. FAIL


Everything that's terrible in one article....



Amazon Not Paying Taxes.

Assassination (debatable (and I mean debatable, not false).

Pick your favorite terrible and discuss. :D



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