* Posts by yetanotheraoc

539 posts • joined 2 Jan 2021


Pension cold-calling financial services biz cops largest ever fine from UK data watchdog

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Since the only thing business understands is money, just let the ICO keep all the fines they levy. That would turn things around in a hurry.

You, me and debris: NASA cans ISS spacewalk because it's getting too risky outside

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Re: Priorities

Instead of charging space tourists big bucks on a mission to nowhere, charge adolescents small bucks to play Space Debris Invaders -- piloting drone cleanup "ships" via VR. High score gets to go on an actual rocket to play Space Debris Invaders -- in real life. And for a refreshing change, there are no _cheats_ in this game.

Okay, joking aside, on the one hand you knock ion-motors because they would take 10 years to get up to speed, and on the other hand you say solutions are 10 years away. So ion-motors could in fact be part of the solution? Like any environmental degradation issue, it doesn't matter how long it takes to finally (sic) fix things. What matters is how long it takes to stop making things worse and start making things better.

Leaked footage shows British F-35B falling off HMS Queen Elizabeth and pilot's death-defying ejection

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Far from ordinary

Making off with 30 Duracell AAs is a misdemeanor. Is it the same penalty for making off with 30 MOD AAs?

Smart things are so dumb because they take after their makers. Let's fix that

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Careful what you ask for

From the article: "undocumented infrastructures with no discernible diagnostics"

Would it make you happy if they documented the debugging port with the baked-in admin password? Sometimes obscurity is the only security there is.

You forced me to use this fancypants app and now you're asking for a printout?

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Re: Holidays

"on annual leave"

Best done sitting down.

Swooping in to claim the glory while the On Call engineer stands baffled

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Re: It's all about the bass

"A couple of weeks later I turned up for work to find ..."

The trick after being right is to be absent long enough for someone else to claim credit for having thought of it.

Alleged Brit SIM-swapper will kill himself if extradited to US for trial, London court told

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Re: Why does the excuse sound eerily familiar?

I was thinking of Blazing Saddles, where Bart (Cleavon Little) takes himself hostage. "Everybody back off or the *** gets it."

Rust dust-up as entire moderation team resigns. Why? They won't really say

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Re: If it's important enough to resign

`Just saying "the core team sucks" is not helping anything.`

It's helping the ex-mods preserve their sanity and dignity in a no-win situation. If they are not being allowed to do their jobs, and will later get the blame for not having done their jobs, then it's time to walk. Or would you prefer they set themselves on fire in protest?

UK Ministry of Justice secures HVAC systems 'protected' by passwordless Wi-Fi after Register tipoff

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Re: We are told the Wi-Fi access points have been disabled until further notice.

Let me guess: They opened a support ticket about the cold, but support couldn't access the system via wifi to adjust the setting. So the first ticket remains open, and now there's a second ticket to restart the wifi.

James Webb Space Telescope gets all shook up – launch delayed again

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Re: Isn't this One of Zeno's Paradoxes?

That's why we have stretch goals.

Server errors plague app used by Tesla drivers to unlock their MuskMobiles

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Re: Unusually uninformed and biased article by the Register here.....

I didn't downvote Davegoody, but it was right at the top of the article: "**Some** Tesla drivers ... (emphasis added)". So Mr. Sharwood prefers a physical key to "a fob, key card, or authenticated mobile phone app that links to the electric vehicles over Bluetooth". Him suggesting that Tesla could have physical keys doesn't make anything in his report inaccurate. Finally, it's not a non-event. The CEO does not reply to non-events! It's a story, just like any other tech-related news we get at El Reg.

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Re: Internet dependency


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Re: it can happen

"remembering to take what you need with you when you leave the house"

Yes, I have a printed checklist of things to remember when I go to work. The list is attached to my keyring. To show you where my mind is at (or isn't at) these days, the first item on the list is "keys". Hey, you never know. The list saved me again this morning as I was about to leave home without my badge.

Munich mk2? Germany's Schleswig-Holstein plans to switch 25,000 PCs to LibreOffice

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Re: Not saving money?

You underestimate people's dedication to complaining. For example, the 20% with Microsoft Office will complain bitterly that 80% of the documents they receive are "non-standard".

The ideal sat-nav is one that stops the car, winds down the window, and asks directions

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Re: Bring back the rudder!

There's a pre-test: If you can successfully back the boat trailer to the launch site, then you should have no trouble steering the boat with the counter-intuitive rudder.

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Re: Wandering Aimlessly

Ah, driving in Boston. Have you read "Wild in the Streets"? I laughed 'till I cried. Have seen all those antics (my favorite is the one right, two lefts, then a right make a left; read the book to understand how it works), have done quite a few myself, and my grandmother and mother have some stories that could have been in the book. For many many years my approach to Storrow Drive was wrong-way down a one-way street. Had a girlfriend who would drive to just before Alewife, then get out and make me drive the rest of the way to downtown Boston. I hate driving, and in Boston it hated me back. I admit I was part of the problem!


A lightbulb moment comes too late to save a mainframe engineer's blushes

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Re: Positive signals

Page one of the manual says "Do not operate the machinery without reading the manual."

Technical person: Reads manuals for equipment they don't use.

Non-technical person: Never reads manuals.

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Re: It can take a remarkably long time to notice that the alert mailer has stopped working.

A "success" error (or success "error", if you will) sent at the start and end of a job helps there.

A tiny island nation has put the rights to .tv up for grabs – but what’s this? Problematic contract clauses? Again?

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Do it yourself

Why are they outsourcing? Running a domain registry isn't rocket science. Even if their operating costs were 10 times higher than Verisign's (for example because the computers are in Australia), that's still only $7.50 per domain, versus $50.00 per domain in revenue. They've had 20 years under Verisign to think about this, and all they could come up with was to listen to some shyster at renewal time.

Plus then they could control the marketing. Send a postcard at domain renewal time, "Thank you for supporting the Tuvalu economy. Your registration pays for one child to attend school for 2.7 hours." (I made that number up.)

Survey shows XP lingers on while Windows 11 makes a 0.21% ripple in the enterprise

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Re: The coming of the Borg

"Blacklist domains. Random stuff stops working - e.g. volume control."

The new Teams mute button wants to phone home.

It's fake ooze, don't fall for fake ooze: Alien fossils found on Mars might just be simple chemistry, uni pair warn

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fake ooze

Faked by whom???

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Re: Typo?

As a theory for the origin of life, isn't panspermia just kicking the can down the road?

Activision shareholders demand Kotick's head after CEO 'failed' to take claims of staff sex assault seriously

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which investors?

I'm puzzled. I'm an investor, and the only disclosures of sexual and employment misconduct claims I get are from the press, as happened here. Under what circumstances are investors are entitled to a disclosure from the corporation, timely or otherwise? Or is it that all investors are entitled, but only the muscular ones can punish the corporation for not doing it?

Magnanimous Apple will allow people to fix their iPhones using parts bought from its Self Service Repair program

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CEO of a stealth startup

Last time it was "CEO of an undisclosed startup": https://www.theregister.com/2021/11/05/nasa_software_licenses/

Good idea to change it. "CEO of a stealth startup" must look way better on a business card. Plus you get to not answer the inevitable questions, à la Jethro Bodine, double-naught-spy:

Q: "Stealth startup, what's that?"

A: "I could tell you, but I'd have to kill you."

Do not try this at home: Man spends $5,000 on a 48TB Raspberry Pi storage server

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Re: Coincidence

"I found his blog last night ..."

Not a coincidence. His SEO is working perfectly.

Amazon tells folks it will stop accepting UK Visa credit cards via weird empty email

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Re: Well of course

I guess your downvoter was unhappy with the joke alert icon.

Chap who campaigned to oust Nominet's CEO and chairman and reform the .UK registry is elected as non-exec director

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Re: Good for them

Rabble rousers -- my kind of people.

40 million meeting rooms are yet to get video gadgets

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Totally off topic

"Sponsored: Driving better healthcare through human-centred technology"

I'm picturing the healthcare van running over the patients.

El Reg should offer HaaS -- Headlines as a Service.

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The CEO succeeds where others stumble

The CEO travels with their own IT person, and the admin calls ahead to find out what model equipment will be in use. It's the mid-level managers who faff around, or as noted just skip it.

'We are not people to Mark Zuckerberg, we are the product' rages Ohio's Attorney General in Facebook lawsuit

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Re: I was thrilled to read those words

"you only discovered it when you bought some shares ?"

He only discovered it when the share price went down.

Wondering what to do with those empty offices? How about a data centre?

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Winter and Summer

Put the data center on a barge and sail to the other pole with the season.

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not just energy

"The best solution would be to convert some workplace space into housing for people who work in the remaining workplaces and move other work out into the surrounding, currently residential, communities."

While I agree living close to work is more sustainable, if that's a hard requirement it means you have to change home and job at the same time. Which amounts to a transfer of power from worker to landlord, or employer, or both.

Another brick in the (kitchen) wall: Users report frozen 1st generation Google Home Hubs

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Re: A bunch of lawyers here....

"They confirmed that the recent OS update has bricked hub devices with certain firmware revisions. They've been flooded with similar calls from other customers with this exact same problem."

Even Google doesn't agree with your argument.

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Re: Why is Google not liable for damages?

"not bother with upgrades for older hardware"

Also a win for the consumer, who retains a non-bricked and therefore functioning older device. I would argue an insecure working device is better than a secure brick. Because you can choose not to use the working device, but you can't choose to use the brick.

Sheffield Uni cooks up classic IT disaster in £30m student project: Shifting scope, leadership changes, sunk cost fallacy

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Parachute not optional

"How much would it have cost to rewrite the system from the ground up?"

That's what they are going to find out as they replace the out-of-support Oracle system.

From the article. "At Sheffield University, a new director of IT services, Bella Abrams, joined in 2019. **Following** (emphasis added) her arrival, it was realised that one of the main reasons for doing the project in the first place – statutory reporting – had become unnecessary."

Likely it was realised well before her hiring. But first, the previous IT manager needed to engineer an escape. Now they need a new new system, and it will be another boondoggle. The only question is whether Ms. Abrams will receive the same favoured treatment.

"Then we got in a lot of contractors and we started to have a lot of churn of those contractors, so **they** (emphasis added) acquired a lot of knowledge and then they would leave," the insider added.

If only they had gotten a complete description of the current system for their £30m, but I bet they didn't even get that. Because that would have been one of those hard efforts they so carefully avoided.

America, when you're done hitting us with the ban hammer, see these on-prem Zoom vulns, says Positive

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Re: These bugs will be fixed!

Yes, the pyramids are still standing. I imagine even back then they had some architects advocating for an agile construction. "Pharaoh! We could finish in your lifetime if we just do it like XYZ." Probably buried under the cornerstone of the next pyramid, with hieroglyphs depicting the stoning.

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Re: I'm sure this will start a flame war

"the needless pedants of the world"

Surely you intended to write "the unneeded pedants of the world".

Boat biz breaches itself: Brittany Ferries 'fesses up to leaks caused by routine website update

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Re: Whose design failure?

If I as a dev have the ability to leave "or 1=1" in the code, *and* can see that password testing was skipped over (what a coincidence!), let's hope I'm not smart enough to tip off my buddies down at the pub.

NASA advised to study up on what open source, free software, and permissive licenses actually mean

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Re: CEO of an undisclosed startup

Mine is just a little slow out of the blocks.

The return of the turbo button: New Intel hotness causes an old friend to reappear

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Press any key to continue

What happens if a game requires use of the Scroll Lock key? Did Intel think of that? They should at least offer a choice of key, in case the user finds the Scroll Lock key more indispensable than, say, the Q key.

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Re: I use the Scroll Lock at least weekly....

"The second use is as a prank with Excel. When Scroll Lock is on, the arrow keys move the sheet and not the active cell."

I pranked myself this way just last week. This particular laptop keyboard lacks a Scroll Lock key, so in the interests of science I spent quite a few minutes trying to figure out what key combination had done the mischief. On some keyboards Fn+F14 is Scroll Lock, but the keyboard only goes up to 12. In the end I broke down and used the virtual keyboard.

Teams has a mute button all of its own in taskbar of latest Windows 11 preview build

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Dueling mute buttons

I already have a volume control icon in my taskbar, I can apply mute from there. I keep the system muted all the time, even when working from home. Are the controls independent? Additive? One overriding the other? I have a sneaking suspicion the Teams button will be the uber-mute, overriding any other settings in the system, but not vice versa, and the "other communications applications" buttons will be unter-mutes.

Labour Party supplier ransomware attack: Who holds ex-members' data and on what legal basis?

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Bright side

Maybe this attack will allow the politicians a clearer view of the downsides generally of data collection, i.e. the NHS data grab.

Expired cert breaks Windows 11 snipping tool, emoji panel, S Mode features, other stuff

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Re: "Some users are affected"

Yes, that's the code:

Some users -.> all users who match a popular configuration

Limited number of users -.> all users who match a less usual configuration

crackle, hum, radio silence -.> we are still researching how many users...

Waterfox: A Firefox fork that could teach Mozilla a lesson

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Re: KaiOS

"extremely slow, extremely laggy in use"

That's what you get with a $13 phone that still has all the _necessary_ spyware. The article mentions "WhatsApp, Google Maps, Facebook and so on". On KaiOS there is no way to uninstall those, you can add but you cannot remove. Gee, I wonder why? Take those away, and the manufacturers have no interest in selling a $13 phone, which is probably less than the sales commission on a flagship phone. I looked at KaiOS with some interest, until I found out Google is on board.

Android phone = hardware + OS + spyware + apps

KaiOS = worse hardware + worse OS + spyware + worse apps

Notice what is not worse about KaiOS?

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root is the new Administrator

"I switched to the latest version of Classic and it still complained."

Maybe you need to be root for the software to even check whether there is a newer version? Unfortunate if true. "Latest" sounds like a human assumption which still needs to be verified by the software. I agree though that software should assume a non-root user for all attempted operations, failure to design that properly leads to update issues. Is sudo so hard?

On my Mac I have two users. Software always originally installed via the admin desktop. The restricted desktop isn't even signed in to Apple. Later the notifications for software updates sometimes go to the restricted desktop. How does the not-signed-in store know what needs updating? When I switch to the admin desktop the store often doesn't know anything about the needed update. Eventually they show up on the admin desktop, could be many many days later. Not well thought out.

Twitter's algos favour tweets from conservatives over liberals because they generate more outrage online – study

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Re: Copilot

“We hear a lot from our users that their coding practices have changed using Copilot," Oege de Moor, VP of GitHub Next, said. "Overall, they're able to become much more productive in their coding."

Copilot is so much quicker than copy/paste from the internet. No more searching! Plus, computer says, so it must be correct. Right?

Real-time crowdsourced fact checking not really that effective, study says

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Wild extrapolation

"... the whole idea of the 'wisdom of the crowds' literature has tended to be that you can aggregate across people who are not particularly good at a task (like guessing the weight of a cow) and, despite lots of variation, get a very good guess on average."

So averaging independent guesses of a discrete number about a non-emotional objective fact leads to a reasonable approximation of the number, albeit with a huge variance. And how exactly does this relate to crowdsourcing of guessing about misinformation on social media?

Still, tip of the hat to the researchers. "We knew it was bollocks, but we had to do the study anyway." Because it's not ranting that defeats bollocks, but facts.

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Re: Motivations

"pick a contentious issue, frame it as a yes/no question suitable for a vote"

Well there's one flaw right there.

Sharing is caring, except when it's your internet connection

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Re: Ah well...

"unless the cows next door had laptops"

Smart cows!



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