* Posts by Ace2

63 posts • joined 9 Mar 2021


It's time to delete that hunter2 password from your Microsoft account, says IT giant


Use an app at $work for this

The authenticator app is fine, I guess. But if you go and look at its reviews on the App Store, there are hundreds of people on there complaining that they enabled it for their Idiotgram account, but then broke or lost the phone, and found themselves locked out. FOREVER. You have to set up some sort of backup / recovery thing or your account is unrecoverable.

Fortnite banana can appear in court naked says judge in Epic vs Apple legal footnote


Re: Perspective ...

[Voice of Sam Elliot] The Banana abides. I don’t know about you but I take comfort in that. It’s good knowin’ he’s out there. The Banana. Takin’ ‘er easy for all us vegetables.

Microsoft releases new Windows 11 builds, confirms running on an Apple M1 'is not a supported scenario'


Real x86 virtualization?

I have an M1 and it’s better than I was expecting. It runs Civ 5 better than my 2018 mini + egpu. Does anyone know when or if someone might enable x86 virtualization in a VM? I would like to be able to move my XP VM over to it.

Edit to add: I guess you’d call it emulation instead of virtualization, but it’s sort of a blurry line in the M1 case.

Compromise reached as Linux kernel community protests about treating compiler warnings as errors


Re: To look at it another way

Adding null at the end made no difference. Zeroing the whole destination string first made no difference. Copying 1 fewer byte made no difference. That feature / warning is just broken in those versions of gcc.

My original point - which stands, thank you, despite your condescension - is that if the gcc people could always try to build a clean -Wall -Werror kernel before releasing a new version, they would be able to find problems like this.


Re: To look at it another way

Downvoting you for insulting me and then not backing it up.


Re: To look at it another way

Gcc 8.3.1 and 9.2.1:

‘__builtin_strncpy’ output may be truncated copying 31 bytes from a string of length 63 [-Werror=stringop-truncation]

Please enlighten me.


To look at it another way

I’ve run into some truly stupid gcc warnings where it’s unhappy that you’re copying the first X bytes of one string into another string. “Warning! Loss of information!” No sh*t Sherlock, I only wanted the first part.

There was NO WAY to hush it up. I had to switch to memcpy().

Requiring -Werror on kernel builds would go a long way towards making sure that compiler crap like that never sees the light of day.

Lenovo pops up tips on its tablets. And by tips, Lenovo means: Unacceptable ads


I’m in the market for a new TV… and have been for a few years. No way in hell I’m putting a smart TV in my home though, and now it seems I’m out of options - it’s all they make!

'Unicorn' startup CEO faked sales figures, deals to trick investors, prosecutors claim


He was the CEO of a company doing $50m revenue a year, and losing $10m/yr is trivial in a world where Uber exists. All he had to do to get rich was to not cheat!

I will never understand businesspeople.

Magna Carta mayhem: Protesters lay siege to Edinburgh Castle, citing obscure Latin text that has never applied in Scotland


Lost me right at the start

“Exactly what the problem was remains unclear”

The problem is that the average human is unbelievably stupid…

Apple is about to start scanning iPhone users' devices for banned content, professor warns


Re: If this doesn't make people stop using Iphones... then what?

I flipping HATE that those Google bastards scan every email to or from anyone who uses gmail, since that picks up tons of my mail, despite no agreement from me.

Windows 11 comes bearing THAAS, Trojan Horse as a service


Oh El Reg

Tickling the tonsils of a decomposing turbot?

Looks like I’ll save a few bucks today, not needing to eat lunch…

Open-source dev and critic of Beijing claims Audacity owner Muse threatened him with deportation to China in row over copyright



Trying to monetize freely-available content (looking at you, Gracenote) is what you stoop to when you have no legitimate way to make a living.

Nice job making the world worse.

Microsoft, Google, Citizen Lab blow lid off zero-day bug-exploiting spyware sold to governments


Re: I'm learning

I’ve never been totally clear on why Palestinians are so terrible, but Israelis are our BFFs.


Revealed: Perfect timings for creation of exemplary full English breakfast



How can you expect me to make one if you people can’t even decide on what should be included???!

Google herds FLoC back to the lab for undisclosed post-third-party-cookie ad tech modifications


Google is an infestation

Lately I’ve noticed that emails I receive from one particular mailing list have links to Zoom meetings, but somehow the embedded URL has been changed to be a Google snoop-link.

They are evil and need to be eradicated. Or dismembered so thoroughly that the search engine biz no longer cares to track which kind of TP your family uses.

British Airways data breach lawsuit settled: Airline coughs up potentially millions to make sueball bounce away


Re: Make Lawyers Rich Again

I would love to hear an alternative plan for running class-actions that doesn’t enrich the lawyers or require class members to pony up $20K each.

Age discrimination case against IBM leaks emails, docs via bad redaction



“Neglecting to at least make an effort”

American MBA management at its best

Why won't you copper-ate? Openreach offers capped fibre line rental to wholesalers in bid to shift all that FTTP


26M premises…

What proportion of the UK is that?

Good news: Google no longer requires publishers to use the AMP format. Bad news: What replaces it might be worse


Use Bing!

It works just fine. Really! I live a perfectly pleasant life, no negative long-term effects.

Huawei dev flamed for 'useless' Linux kernel code contributions


Re: My own comment commit

Can you help me find a driver for my uint64_t-port ethernet card?


That’s presumptive

Lots and lots of this sort of thing gets submitted from all over. To call it out from this one person from this one company is maybe….

It makes me think of the 27 pointless malloc() variants, where people have decided that it’s better to have a tangled mess of an api than to just do a simple (element size * element count) calculation right there in the code. That got put in (and revised) (and revised again) without any aspersions being cast on anyone’s company or culture.

Three things that have vanished: $3.6bn in Bitcoin, a crypto investment biz, and the two brothers who ran it


Ha ha

Every time a cryptofool uses “fiat currency” as a pejorative on here, it makes me giggle. Totally unregulated, instantly transferrable anywhere in the world? It sounds great for MY purposes, but you have to consider that the rest of humanity’s flotsam is also similarly attracted to it, and they’ve got very different standards than you and me.

There was a crooked man who bought a crooked M1 iMac, and we presume they lived together in a little crooked house


This is nonsense and you should stop posting it.

Realizing this is getting out of hand, Coq mulls new name for programming language


Re: Bad names

Because if you call your extremely awesome tool “screen” no one will ever be able to find any info on it on the web?

Intel adds a new device – the ‘IPU’ – to its must-have modern data centre stack


Re: I can't help but wonder

They will most definitely be actively managed by a controller agent, including telemetry.

The Eigiau Dam Disaster: Deluges and deceit at the dawn of hydroelectric power


Re: Interesting article!

Johnstown - where when someone mentions “the flood” or “the dam break,” you need to use context to figure out which incident they’re referring to.

Can a 21.5-inch iMac beat the latest-and-greatest M1 model in performance? Kinda


Developer support

“Particularly when it came to things like web browsers…”

Actually there’s some guy who’s only just now announced the end of his Firefox-for-PPC project. It takes days to build a browser, even on a G5.

Tiananmen Square Tank Man vanishes from Microsoft Bing, DuckDuckGo, other search engines – even in America


Re: Bing? Does that still exist?

I use Bing 100% since I loathe Google. It is almost always perfectly fine.

On the rare occasions I strike out and fall back to Google, it’s startling how much more SEO spam and other gunk (goo?) it throws up at me. It’s been a long time since Google found me something that Bing couldn’t.

Latest on iCloud storage 'outsourcing' lawsuit against Apple: Damages class certified


Re: It is "stored by Apple"

Aren’t they already past that point though? Getting certified means they must have some sort of chance of success.

I am generally pro-class action but this one is seriously stupid.


The common factor in all your failed job applications: Your CV


Re: Different types don't match well

“Being able to intelligently discuss” - I find that the questions I know nothing about are the easy ones. Ask me about X, I’ll say I know nothing about X, but can you explain it to me? In a few minutes it will be clear that I can rapidly learn to understand anything that you can possibly throw at me. (And I’ll get a job offer out of it.)

Refurb your enthusiasm: Apple is selling an 8-year-old desktop for over £5k



Isn’t £5K pretty close to what they charge for a 64GB upgrade even in a new system? Maybe they’re just throwing in the computer for free.

What happens when a security hole is fixed in WebKit's source but not released as a patch by Apple? Let's find out


Re: Methinks the lady doth complain too much

Or, a company with millions of customers using millions of products in the field has a responsibility to do at least basic release testing. A vendor shipping product is NOT going to just ship an update with a fix that was merged upstream as “looks good to me.”

If said fix crashes Safari or makes gmail render funny, no one is going to call the WebKit devs out on it. It would be “Apple shipped a bad update!”

The exact same principle applies to Google, MS, vmWare, and every other commercial vendor.

Unfixable Apple M1 chip bug enables cross-process chatter, breaking OS security model


iOS vs macOS

iOS has the whole sandbox thing which can be escaped, but also has app store review etc.

But aren’t macOS processes allowed to communicate as they please anyway?

Apple's iPad Pro on a stick, um, we mean M1 iMac scores 2 out of 10 for repairability


Phones yes, computers huh?

I totally get why phones need to be tiny, and removing connectors and screws helps there. All of the serial-number keying etc serves to kill the stolen phone/parts resale market, which I’m fine with.

But I honestly have NO idea why they think anyone would care about how thick an all-in-one desktop is. I hated it when they took away the optical drive, and now even the rj45 is gone? (I’m waiting on someone to test the actual throughput on it, but haven’t seen anything anywhere.)

iFixit publishes teardown of M1 iMac, shows that making a determination of repairability is still hard


Re: e-waste

You could try that but…

Here in the US, supermarkets have plastic-bag collection bins by the front door. (Not sure if they’re legally mandated or not).

Having watched them being emptied a few times, I’m pretty sure the bags go straight into the dumpster.

Apple is happy to diss the desktop – it knows who's got the most to lose


Re: The sorry state of Apple's garbled App Store Update Page: High Sierra.

That has never been my experience *except* for anything with an HDD - they have turned to frozen molasses. The last several major releases assume an SSD and structure their I/O accordingly.

Boffins improve on tech that extracts DC power from ambient Wi-Fi


“As a scientist…”

“We’re getting lots of inquiries from different people, but as a scientist I don’t want to overcommit.“

Mad respect for that. If only the battery scientists respected the same principle!

It took 'over 80 different developers' to review and fix 'mess' made by students who sneaked bad code into Linux


80 devs

This was 80 devs tasked with reverting and reimplementing all of the (correct!) changes that had been posted from umn addresses? The vast majority of those would have been from people with little-to-nothing in common with the bad actors beyond an email domain.

To me it looks like a massive waste, but with what I’ve seen from GKH he’s enough of an arse that I’m not surprised.

Apple seeks to junk claim that iOS is an 'essential facility' in legal spat with Epic Games


Re: It is

It isn’t. Buy a different device! There are dozens to choose from.

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


Re: Get over it or vote for a smaller government.

This is right up there with the people so mad about the factory bosses moving all of the jobs to China, they voted Republican! That’ll fix it.

Googler demolishes one of Apple's monopoly defenses – that web apps are just as good as native iOS software


Re: Many APIs are undesirable

So? I’m happy to be Apple’s customer, but I absolutely LOATHE being Google’s product.

Less tracking == less ad revenue == good for everyone

Streaming mad: EC charges Apple with abuse of dominance, distorting competition in Spotify case


Re: Couple points you missed (or dodged)

Since when is any non-utility restricted to charging only what covers its costs?


“Monopoly” is a stretch

Monopoly of what? iPhone users? Does Ford have a monopoly over Ford drivers?

People can try to force Apple to allow third-party apps, but you can count me out. I want nothing to do with the malware horrorshow that is the Android ecosystem.


Re: Except....

That’s right, you are, but you’re not going to get anyway with walking into any random store and demanding that they stock your merchandise immediately. Their store, their terms, right?

Billions in data protection lawsuits rides on Google's last-ditch UK Supreme Court defence for Safari Workaround sueball


Re: errmmm

So? Do you have a better plan for how to hold large companies to account?

Without class action, the telco or the carmaker or the web giant is free to cheat everyone out of ten bucks. No one will ever sue over that, right?

It doesn’t matter to me that my reward is a $9 voucher or that the lawyers take most of it. What matters is that the company at fault gets screwed for as many millions as possible.

Signal app's Moxie says it's possible to sabotage Cellebrite's phone-probing tools with booby-trapped file


Re: I don't consider a locked phone to be safe anyway...

Well, turn it off if you can. TouchID (at least) doesn’t work on first boot.

We seem to have materialized in a universe in which Barney the Purple Dinosaur is designing iPhones for Apple


Re: Intrigued by the small memory, SSD options on iMac

And 24” screens - nonstarter. Like, I’m not switching to a smaller monitor. Why would anyone?

Ever wondered what it's like working for Microsoft? Leaked survey shines a light on how those at the code coalface feel


Re: what was NOT said

IIRC the Dilbert take on the issue: “For some reason, the people who are most interested in sharing their religion with me at work don’t seem interested when I try to share my religion with them.”

Prince Philip, inadvertent father of the Computer Misuse Act, dies aged 99


Re: Bad greek

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim



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