730 posts • joined 21 Oct 2007
Re: Is there an economist in the house?
Fortunately I never had to climb poles.
Luckily, nor did I. I was once hoisted aloft on a pallet on a forklift truck to string a cable across a loading-bay door when I was a PFY but Elfin Safety would have a field day with such antics nowadays.
Besides, it would be a couple of grand of point-to-point wireless kit, three experts and a load of standing around drinking Marmoset-arse coffee or some other damned thing that tastes god-awful but is stylish to be seen drinking to do the same job, so no need for the ~£10 worth of cable and slim chance of yoof turned into gibbering crunchy strawberry jam.
Re: Is there an economist in the house?
Yep, d, every single time. Taking a butcher's at the shareholder list only confirms that this is nothing more than a cynical marketing exercise.
I, personally, don't need fibre. Although it seems at first glance to be more idiot-proof than twisted pair, I'm sure they'll employ a better idiot or two who will crimp, bend, stand on or otherwise mangle a perfectly good fibre bundle.
What I really want is the ability to buy the last mile copper from the cab to my house, the right to remove digits from the hands of anyone who breaks it while "working" on installing someone else's line into a line card, get rid of this bloody extortionate line rental crap and simply have a twisted pair from the concentrator to the modem and no copper back to the exchange. I'll do my own landline over battery-backed IP and Asterisk, thanks. At least I then get to flip marketers and people with withheld numbers the tri-tonal bird without having to pay for the privilege.
I would also like the right to shove those jelly crimps¹ that they keep adding to lines up the CEO's arse and force them to replace the cable instead, but that'll never happen while the pole monkeys couldn't learn 25 pair colour codes (CW1308 or even schedule zero for those of us with more years behind than in front) and identify the correct pair if their lives depended on it.
"Oh, balls, wrong binder. Crimp 'em quick and hope nobody notices." There goes another couple of dB off the SNR.
¹ Bridge taps, the bane of anyone expecting a balanced differential pair after OpenWoe have been in there with cutters, silly pliers, fists of boiled bacon and multiple left thumbs. How hard can it be to maintain the twist and at least a nod towards equal and opposite current?
Re: Hello Mr Corfield!
Oh sweet, precious child. Treasure your innocence.
In-bleedin'-deed. Not so long ago I obtained another car while still insured. Apparently, your no-claims can't transfer while you have a policy in force, I couldn't transfer that policy because Mrs Chronos was still on the old motor and policy so I had to start from scratch on the new jalopy. My premiums actually went down. 65%? Of what, the respect for our intelligence?
Re: Win 10 Stupid Edition
probably the best of the 9x series
That was 95 OSR2, in that it was less crap than anything else 95-ME inclusive as long as you didn't install IE4. Active desktop my left testicle. Other notably less-crap code spewed from Redmond are the version of BASIC CBM used, Win2k with later service packs and Win 7. Everything else, everything else was/is a complete dog's breakfast/dingo kidneys/polished turd/pavement pizza/anus explosion*. I was going to try to work the vacuum cleaner joke in here somewhere but I simply can't be arsed.
*delete as appropriate
Re: Win 10 Stupid Edition
ugh, now I need more 'pink liquid' so I don't vomit.
One Windolene coming right up.
They should have called it Windows BOHICA. Seems to me that they want to be all the bad things Apple are without any of the good.
It won't be popcorn, that I can guarantee you. With the prevalence of "fully loaded" Android boxes for streaming pirated content, one of which uses that word along with the connotations associated with the consumption of said buttery comestible, if the land sharks at Alphabet let it through with that name they're not doing their bloody jobs properly.
There has to be two: They take it in turns tailgating each other.
Re: Not cool
Superficial nonsense and nothing to do with the topic at hand. This is El Reg, not Heat.
Re: what you never hear talked about...
There is absolutely no risk to bystanders from exhaled vapour. You just don't like it. I don't like heavy perfumes on ladies who brunch, but I don't whinge about it.
What makes me laugh is all the people who moan about sidestream vapour yet will willingly stand in front of a massive fryer in a fish and chip shop, which is putting out about a lifetime's worth of a vaper's output of acrolein every five minutes or so.
Re: Tobacco is a carcinogen whether or not you burn it
In a sane world we'd be doing research on the addictiveness and harmfulness of those other alkaloids and, if the research warranted it, authorizing formulations including them. And it's almost guaranteed that it would be safer to get nicotine+alkaloids by vaping than by smoking (where you get nicotine+alkaloids+tar+carbon monoxide+witch's brew of other crap).
Agreed. However, you're confusing politicians with people who give a shit about anything other than their share portfolio, be that big 'baccy or pharmaceuticals. Also, most "studies" these days are using an arse-backwards variant of the scientific method, i.e. start with a premise and scrabble around madly to make the empirical data fit, with one eye always on getting more funding from whatever special interest group this round came from.
If you get the chance, try either El Toro or Hangsen's Golden Tobacco/RY6. I suspect both of these use extracted flavourings (I know El Toro is a steep) and I have yet to come across more satisfying liquids. The HoL stuff isn't cheap but it's worth it. FWIW, I'm on Golden Tobacco permanently and it has kept me off the ciggies completely. You do wade through some crap before you find something suitable, though.
Re: Tobacco is a carcinogen whether or not you burn it
Aye, but that comment was aimed at HNB products where the tobacco is heated, not vaping. I suspect big 'baccy likes HNB because there's still the opportunity to tweak the balance of nicotine, MAOIs¹ and enhancers to make them even more addictive using methods they've tweaked to perfection over many years, whereas vaping is pure, pharmaceutical grade nicotine, albeit with some trace TSNAs² due to the extraction process being much cheaper than synthesis.
Of note on that last point is the pharma products such as patches, gum, inhalators and such also use the same nicotine extracted from leaf. The sprays such as "quickmist" also contain nitric acid to simulate "throat hit." I kid you not.
Nobody is saying vaping is 100% safe. It isn't. It's a damned sight better than smoking, though, and it would appear to be safer than certain pharmaceuticals as well. Lumping HNB and vaping together would be a mistake as people are likely to confuse sound bites aimed at one with the other, as you just did there.
¹ Mono Amine Oxidase Inhibitors, a form of anti-depressant and now thought to be a contributor to tobacco's addictiveness
² Tobacco Specific Nitrosamines, a key group of carcinogens found in tobacco leaf
Re: I am a bear of very little brain.
IPv6 address can be assigned per application flow. the reason why your unix like os is only showing 3 addresses in use is because unix is relatively quiet vs windows.
Good point, well made.
Re: I am a bear of very little brain.
Link local: fe80::/64, suffix usually from MAC(octet-octet:octet-ff:fe-octet:octet-octet), used for NDP SLAAC and such.
Global: Static or local LAN prefix advertised by rtadvd and/or DHCP6. One will have the suffix based on your MAC, same schema as the link local and the other will be an "IPv6 privacy" based address. Which one gets preferred is down to your settings.
Temporary: $DEITY knows. Could be crap from Teredo, old "privacy" suffix assignments (most likely if they're all the same /64 as your globals) and so on. What MS does in their network stack can be, frankly, baffling although there is a case to be made for answering on old assignments.
There should also be a local loopback on ::1, which is just 127.0.0.1 in IPv6-speak.
Re: Legislation if necessary ?
They'll be too busy running around like blue-arsed flies trying to stop the storm of MITM hacks on all the financial services when their backdoor keys leak to do anything else.
Someone in the AussiePlod looked at the RFC and saw IPSec mandatory. It was then a leap from mandatory ability to mandatory use in interpretation and they ran with the idea.
There's a lesson here: Just because you can do something, it doesn't mean you have to. Such as, I dunno, exchanging freedom for the temporary illusion of security, maybe?
Also, regarding the article's title: Oh dear, what a shame. My heart bleeds. Or it may be ketchup from the sausage and bacon bin lid I just had...
needs an ugly USB thing stuck in the side due to BIOS whitelists
Whoever thought this was a good idea and justified it by saying "but the FCC..." outside of the US needs shooting with their own excrement. I'm yet to see a laptop running any wireless NIC that can exceed 20dBm ERP with the stock damp string in the lid, yet their "approved" Broadcom 43xxx thing can be fitted with a yagi on a pigtail quite easily and will then end up non-compliant.
No, it's nothing to do with wanting to restrict spares to overpriced OEM crap, is it? Bastards.
US state legal supremos show lots of love for proposed CLOUD Act (a law to snoop on citizens' info stored abroad)
The legislation, introduced earlier this month, has the support of [...] the British Prime Minister Theresa May
"What a surprise," said nobody at all. I suppose Amber Rudd had "a crisis," as Clarkson would say.
Re: the emotional distress of dealing with Windows 10.
sabroni wrote: Fucking snowflakes.
If you can do so before it melts, not to mention the scale issue, you have my sympathy, sir. I would refrain from openly declaring your peccadilloes in public forum, though.
Ah yes, the age-old "my god has a bigger dick than your god" issue. For all the rhetoric about separation of church and state, the disorganised religion mob do still tend to sway the decision-making process quite a bit while, it must be pointed out, paying none of the tax to actually implement those decisions.
Aren't we forgetting something?
It was this rabble's predecessors and their mates abroad who started the whole thing in the first place. Listen to We Didn't Start The Fire by Billy Joel for some examples of what a foreign policy which has a Geordie Saturday Night attitude to someone spilling their allies' pint does to the world.
Yet, somehow, it's the ordinary people who must sacrifice any illusion of privacy and free speech while having their genitals inspected at airports by an ape with a three digit salary and an IQ that begins with a decimal point to clean up the mess they made and are probably going to continue making with impunity. Bastards.
The "how they're going to tackle this" isn't quite as important as the "why they now have to" which should, all things being equal, add a little perspective to the debate. Of course, it won't.
Your initial premise is flawed
We already give up our privacy to use phones
No we don't. You might, but then you're part of the problem in that you don't care exactly what you're giving up and how that affects your life before the bill drops on the doormat.
Yet another slowly boiling frog, oblivious to the gentle rise in temperature.
Re: Different Configuration
NONE OF THE ABOVE would be nice. If that wins, all of the candidates are barred from future elections and the parties have to go away with an "F-, try harder" for a big rethink.
Re: Different Configuration
Genuinely terrifying to see such incompetence and alarming speeches. It'd be great to have these people filtered out of society!
No. If anything, it needs to be preserved for posterity. When they look back on the early 21st Century and find that "patronising" became a euphemism for smarter people telling the clueless they're wrong, we need as much evidence as we can muster. Covering up history never did anyone any good.
Re: Maybe coming back
It probably would have been better to launch a few old Trabants. Those things are notoriously difficult¹ to get rid of and Elon would finally be doing something useful. It would also give the aliens a good laugh...
¹ The body is made from cotton and resin, the same phenolic resin that used to be used for PCBs that gave off that distinctive old electronics smell. It never rots, it's toxic and it doesn't biodegrade, hence it hangs around for longer than Keith Richards. This is what happens when you get too "clever" and mix tech with transport.
Re: Russian money
Nothing to do with their cashflow being frozen or them not selling the number of phones they expected to in the face of increased competition.
Not forgetting their shit customer service and priority on posting to social media rather than doing what they should be doing.
This does not come as a surprise.
Re: Well done Google....
@katrinab many thanks for that heads-up. Seems I have my good ideas just after everyone else :)
Edit gawd, I'm getting old. I must have come across the docs in the wee small hours one day because it seems I already have CAA records set up on my main domain. The master DNS is right in front of me, so nobody else did it. Is that a sign of imminent Alzheimer's or is it just one more example of JIT learning not sticking?
Re: Well done Google....
How exactly does promoting TLS connections for web traffic benefit Google, especially now letsencrypt is a thing? They're not a CA.
What we really need is a DNS extension which tells the browser which CA root it can expect hosts in its domain to use. A simple TXT record with the fingerprint of the root CA certificate would do, or even the OpenSSL style hash, e.g.:
_tlsca IN TXT "4042bcee,6187b673"
Symantec wasn't very happy, of course, and used a whole range of angry words in a blog post about it: words like irresponsible, exaggerated, and misleading.
And that was just a plug for one of its own products...
Mine's the one with the decrapifier USB stick in the pocket.
First they came for the meter readings...
AEV Bill A new amendment to the UK's Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill aims to make it mandatory for electric car charging point operators to transmit power consumption data to Britain's National Grid.
Hate to say I told you so but, as the harbinger of bad news, I'm doing my job correctly. Now they have a data slurping tentacle in there. Next up, mandatory odometer readings, GPS tracks and timestamps for road pricing. From there it's a free-for-all on in car entertainment listening habits, Bluetooth connectivity, occupancy (so that you can be charged a higher rate at peak times for not sharing your car with that one smelly co-worker who never washes), places visited and shopping habits extrapolated from that. The charging point operators will become µGoogles, selling your metadata to the highest bidder. Oh, and let's not forget insurance companies examining your telemetry data with a squad of becardiganned¹ adenoidal navel-gazers critiquing your driving style.
Icon. It was utterly bloody inevitable.
¹Yes, it is a word. I just made it up, the same as marketing are wont to do.
Re: No brainer
Many of us have taken this road - or never had to because we were already on the Free-way. What we're moaning about is the "slowly boiling frog" element where they exploit the clueless to generate a critical mass of people who "aren't bothered" by the intrusiveness. We can see what they're doing to people who know no better and are concerned about it. Once it becomes established, like any virus it then infects other areas, just as it originally cross-contaminated Microsoft from Google.
If you recall, many of us were just as vociferous when Google started it. This isn't a case of looking after numero uno. As professionals, we have to deal with the fallout from this bollocks. It is a widely accepted tenet that prevention is better than cure.
Here's an idea, MS...
Stop bloody doing it! It's an operating system. It should abstract the hardware, provide APIs and a UI and then stay the hell out of the way. Many of us just want to use our computers. We don't need to have a "relationship" with you or anyone else in order to do so.
Guess who pays that. Don't you just love backdoor taxation? It's a double-win for them, too, because spreading the OpEx of punitive fines knows no borders...
his study didn't include any potential “return to grid” from vehicles' batteries.
Won't happen. Anyone who has the slightest knowledge of efficiency will turn that "feature" off. If it can't be switched off, assuming EVs ever become viable at all given all the other massive elephants in that particular room, then someone somewhere is planning on doing brown-out load-balancing with your money while saving short-to-medium term infrastructure cash.
Which is basically the definition of a politician these days.
Clickbait title indeed.
If it's a choice between various ad flingers or Mozilla it's a bloody no-brainer. Some of those vulns don't affect the clueful anyway. It's 2018 and... wow, you still have WebRTC enabled¹?
¹ about:config, media.peerconnection.enabled, false
Re: Maybe I don't understand how this works
BTW the sovereign US also imposed Tariffs on Washing Machines with the same PV act
Arsenoise probably thinks that will stop money laundering through foreign investment...
I'll get me coat.
'WHAT THE F*CK IS GOING ON?' Linus Torvalds explodes at Intel spinning Spectre fix as a security feature
Re: The right time - for a change
When Linus is swearing and waving his arms around you pretty much know everything is normal. When he goes all professional with only the occasional sweary, that is a danger sign. It means someone is in deep shit - Intel, in this case, although let's not forget almost everyone else using speculative execution is potentially vulnerable to this. Even MIPS has a couple of P series cores that may be affected.
Re: Intel "shouldn't be selling CPUs?"
Maybe it's a good opportunity to slow down and take stock of where the world is headed rather than continue the knees bent, running about advancing behaviour blindly, up up the ziggurat lickity split...
I could only give this one upvote when it deserves three: One for the philosophy, and one each for the Python and Dwarf references.
The fact that this came about in the blind pursuit of speed über alles makes the performance hit all the more ironic. Had this been any other sector but the whale-song-fuelled tech industry where "we do because we can," where all ideas are delivered in a Californian accent complete with uptalk and riddled with buzzwords we'd be seeing a massive land-shark mobilisation by now. Hell, even governments would be salivating at the punitive fines they could levy for the amount of customer-fuckery this has generated.
We do need to take a step back, not only to examine the efficacy of harder, better, faster, stronger but also what the current plethora of technical advances such as automation and convenience is doing to humanity's ability to survive. We're already only a few megawatts away from looting and anarchy. Do we push on and make that looting, anarchy and extinction?
Replying this far down...
...to preserve the illusion. Thank you, El Reg. Now I have a hardlink to an article I can present whenever anyone asks me "What is a troll?" No, it's not being nasty or insulting, that's just being a complete see you next Tuesday.
Put simply, a troll is simply a post or article cunningly crafted to get someone, anyone biting and thrashing at the keyboard maniacally. This article and the sarcasm dripping therefrom is a perfect example which, given that this is three or more pages of thrashing, splashing and foaming in, worked magnificently. The keep net¹ must be overflowing.
¹ "Trolling" is actually an angling term. Nothing to do with mythical creatures, billy goats or bridges whatsoever.
¹½ I remain extremely disappointed that nobody has called out <CTRL><Z> as being the background current process key-press rather than the Windozified "undo" with which everyone now associates it.
What goes through someone's head when they do that?
Greed and the good ol' tradition of winner takes all.
@whitepines, yes, it would be better if they'd join the debate rather than just clicking the little button, wouldn't it? I agree that the down-vote was unwarranted.
It's pertinent information if anyone is looking to specifically avoid this mess, as is the fact that Core number numeral devices, more often than not, do come with ME, albeit easily disabled on at least some of the ICH9 variants. I wasn't trying to contradict you or "be clever," just inform.
Re: Macs don't have it, AFAIK
No OEM has the ability to remove the ME, period.
True. One can force the thing into a halted state, however, by removing everything but essential bringup (BUP in all the docs so far) code from the embedded firmware. For some machines, this means breaking out the SPI flasher. For others, mainly consumer motherboards, the EFI setup utility's own flasher usually suffices once you have run me_cleaner on the flash file.
However, since the flash is accessible from the client OS (they're mostly just dangling from an SPI bus these days), it's conceivable that Chipzilla will conspire with MS or EFI vendors to put the code back again, quite possibly with a routine to halt the boot process completely and drop you into a flash rescue mode if it is anything less than fully operational. As you rightly say, the ME machine is still there with its tentacles in your entire memory space and remains a security risk.
If I may be permitted the vulgarity, it's a right pain in the arse and is making x86 look even less appealing than it was before they started this nonsense.
Let me be as clear as possible. EVERY AMD CPU has the PSP. It cannot be removed, it cannot be disabled, and it has full access to the x86 cores and all of the system components. It's stored on rewriteable firmware storage and anyone with access to the AMD signing key can run their code at the highest possible privilege level on the entire system.
Correct, with the tiny qualifier of CPUs and APUs >= family 16h. Trinity and Richland APUs on socket FM1 and Phenom II and Athlon II CPUs on Socket AM3 are probably the last to be PSP-free. A general rule-of-thumb is if it's a 2013 or newer core, it has PSP/Secure Processor.
Re: Macs don't have it, AFAIK
That word does not mean what you think it means. TFA points you in the direction of several OEMs who will butcher/castrate ME or flip the HAP bit for you. Was this anti-troll rant a troll of its own, perchance?
Re: Blast from the past: remember 'Trusted Computing'?
The sad part is that 98% (number from anus) of users won't care. As long as Netflix works, fux not given.
Also, the US is not the world. Some of us aren't subject to the DMCA so aren't afraid to tinker despite all the warnings of the apocalypse, Armageddon, the heat death of the Universe and inter-dimensional rifts caused by people trying to fix or de-traitorify their own sodding property.
Seems that we have this week's designated goat, sacrificed upon the altar of Being Seen To Be Doing Something. One can't help wondering just how "seriously" this would be taken were VW a B2B or, better still, a government supply organisation.
Once more unto the trough...
"Sinecure" is not a decongestant - in any context.
Sure the manufacturer might be able to get to it but how likely is that going to happen?
Big Data loves you. This data has value to be (I hate this word) "monetised" and Cerberus will be wearing little bootees¹ and a doggie coat before anyone with an MBA and a performance review forthcoming misses this opportunity.
Please note that said MBA isn't inherently evil, just working in an environment that mandates such tactics to survive.
Who didn't install Firefox and immediately add StartPage, DDG and DeepSearch then remove everything else?
I also have github as a provider but that's just me. I'm odd.