nav search
Data Center Software Security DevOps Business Personal Tech Science Emergent Tech Bootnotes
BOFH
Lectures

* Posts by defiler

740 posts • joined 18 Oct 2010

Page:

Taps running dry for Capita? Southern Water pens 5-year managed service

defiler
Silver badge

Re: Missing the obvious

It is cheaper for the water companies to lose 20% of their product through leaks than it is to fix those leaks

I know, but the thing is that the leaks won't fix themselves. And new leaks will appear over time. So at what point is it not more profitable to just piss away the drinking water? Besides which, if it costs £10k to fix a leaky pipe that's losing £1k a year, then it will eventually pay for itself and keep paying for itself.

I'm sure there's logic there. I just don't see it.

Anyway, apparently my street is being closed next week to repair water pipes. That'll be fun - there's only one way in and out...

0
0
defiler
Silver badge

Re: Missing the obvious

Well, duh, then actually build some more capacity, instead of sweating the existing reservoir stock to supply more people.

Or, you know, fix the leaks. I was reading somewhere (I'm tired - go and look for yourself...) that in England and Wales the water supply pipes leak about a bathful of water per day for each household. Get that squared up and the supply would be in rude health for the extra demand. At least for a decent interval...

6
0

Ah, British summer. The sun is shining, the birds are singing, the internet is on the fritz

defiler
Silver badge

Re: Big red ball?

It was magnificently red when it set last night. Admittedly it was off the coast of Spain, heading North at >30000ft. However, it was the nicest past of a Ryanair flight.

2
1

Es are good, Es are good. Xeon Es are good, says Intel: Entry-level workstation CPUs touted

defiler
Silver badge

Re: It's broken, yet they keep selling.

Go with Proxmox instead of VMware.

That uses KVM underneath. I looked at KVM, Xen, VMware and Hyper-V, but I need decent USB passthrough for some things. It seemed that VMware gave the best USB passthrough functionality, although you need VT-X or whatever it's called on the CPU to make it work properly.

I only need a single host, so the management tools are unnecessary. For me the biggest drawback to VMware is that you have to get expensive licensees to create RAID sets on the host. Even then, I want to spin the storage out to a separate box.

Hmmm. Looks like it'll run my Mikrotik CHR, and it's been a while since I looked. Maybe time to have another nose at it.

0
0
defiler
Silver badge

Re: Really? FFS, what do you want "them" to do?

You supporting them selling known broken kit as working is the reason that someone else is going to get screwed.

I do understand that, but stopping selling an imperfect product because there is no perfect product, for an extended period, is like being told not to breathe at all when evacuating a burning building because the air is a bit smoky.

I'm also not ignorant to the Pinto factor where a dangerous product continued to be sold with impunity because there was no punishment to the manufacturer, and people died as a result. I agree that that scenario is also no good.

Perhaps the solution would be to keep the existing processor ranges the same, and in parallel sell chips without these bugs. They'd be slower but more secure, and gradually the secure features could merge into the mainstream devices. But I bet I know which ones will sell much, much more, and there would be no guarantee of security on the slower ones, because nobody knows which other bugs will crop up.

0
1
defiler
Silver badge

Re: It's broken, yet they keep selling.

Really? FFS, what do you want "them" to do? Just stop selling any CPUs until all the bugs are fixed?

1) Good luck with fixing every permutation of every possible bug.

2) If you managed to, it'd probably be slow as hell.

3) Even if Intel held off selling chips for 18 months just to fix the Spectre bugs, they'd singlehandedly cause a global recession. Even if AMD didn't stop. Like it or not, Intel CPUs are the powerhouse of data industries.

Besides that, look like tasty chips. I'm thinking of a VMware setup for all my servers at home, and this could fit right in. :)

2
5
defiler
Silver badge

Re: Love the title

IT angle?

Ebenezer banging away on a Psion Series 5 throughout the video, of course!

4
0

Fix this faxing hell! NHS told to stop hanging onto archaic tech

defiler
Silver badge

Re: Not the only Guvmint dept to use fax

As I'd left it rather tight for time post-wise I phoned and said I could scan it and email it. I was told very firmly that they could only accept a fax.

When I was dealing with them heavily last year, it took a will fit them to receive a fax. No word of a lie. The fax was received immediately, of course, but it took a week to be passed to the correct department internally.

It's like they deliberately invented a ridiculously inefficient system.

2
0

Tech support chap given no training or briefing before jobs, which is why he was arrested

defiler
Silver badge

Re: Slighty different, but *user* training ...

Christ. The hours I've wasted trying to talk people through using Word or Outlook, let alone an industry-specific application...

12
0

Cops suspect Detroit fuel station was hacked before 10 drivers made off with 2.3k 'free' litres

defiler
Silver badge

Re: Critical National Infrastructure vulnerability

It was a national emergency and people were running our of petrol.

The petrol station attendants were surprisingly accommodating of motorcycles. Just as well too. More than once they let me past the cordon to top up.

1
0

I think I'm a clone now: Chinese AMD Epyc-like server chips appear in China. What gives?

defiler
Silver badge

Re: Backdoors

Yeah. I replied to that, but got completely the wrong end of the stick. Re-reading it, I see you're proposing the Mobile Oppression Palace, where a handful of dignitaries can subjugate an entire planet for pennies a day.

5
0

Sysadmin cracked military PC’s security by reading the manual

defiler
Silver badge

Re: I crashed Windows.

AC because if my old boss is reading this he'll come smack me

Naw, mate. AC because:

Back when I was doing QA for Packard Bell

Back in the P60 days those things were abominable, with that shitty operating environment slapped on top of Windows. And those god-awful WinModems. I shudder at the thought these days. The number of them we sent back as faulty...

Still, can't blame you. Worse things have been done in the name of paying the mortgage...

3
0

As far as the gender pay gap in Britain goes, IBM could do much worse

defiler
Silver badge

Statutory redundancy payouts

They're the same whether you're male or female...

3
0

Git365. Git for Teams. Quatermass and the Git Pit. GitHub simply won't do now Microsoft has it

defiler
Silver badge

GitOverit

How about simply MS Bob? They'll have the banners and the promo bags in a cupboard somewhere, I'm sure. Just make it v2.0. Or better, v6.0 - then everyone will know it works.

4
0

IBM memo to staff: Our CEO Ginni is visiting so please 'act normally!'

defiler
Silver badge

Re: Mobile office

goods lift rigged as his own office

We used to have a client in Bucklersbury House on Cannon Street in London. The lift from the loading bay there had a desk and chair for the security guard. It was ludicrous because there wasn't much space to start with - we had to negotiate with him to get his furniture out first before we could empty the office...

It all looked very Terry Gilliam though.

1
0

Happy birthday, you lumbering MS-DOS-based mess: Windows 98 turns 20 today

defiler
Silver badge

Re: "NT4 was mostly 3.51 with a 'slicker' front end."

No, for example it moved the graphics code in the kernel - performance improved, but it also led to many issues in the beginning because drivers had to be rewritten and bad ones would BSODs easily.

This. Pre-SP3 NT4 choked on the ATI video drivers all the time. In fact, most video drivers demanded SP3 before you could install them. Even the supremely vanilla cards in servers.

Got all the way to SP6a in the end...

0
0
defiler
Silver badge

Re: Those were the days my friend.

Yes, let's be fair to it - it was a significant improvement, especially SE. Still, as a gamer you still got used to reinstalling Windows every 4 months or so to speed everything up. NT managed to get rid of that - sure it was a bit slower, but it managed to maintain the same speed long-term.

Kids these days, and all that...

Edit - oh, and I also bought OS/2 Warp. Did a great job, and was rock solid. I was even able to play System Shock and Descent smoothly in DOS windows. Say what you will about IBM these days, but OS/2 blew Windows out of the water for a long, long time.

21
0
defiler
Silver badge

Re: The ONLY things going for it were

'98 was the good one when compared to '95

Yeah, sort of. But it was a bit of a Hobson's Choice. 95 was like having somebody stamp on your jaw, while 98 was like having somebody stamp on your hand. ME was like having somebody stamp on your balls, then the jaw, then the hand...

I bailed out to NT4 around the time ME came along.

37
0

UK taxman has amassed voice profiles of 5.1 million taxpayers

defiler
Silver badge

Re: I'm one of those 5M

can't you just put the radio on or fart on the phone or something when it's taking the samples?

I couldn't say. I didn't try. I was more concerned about getting to speak to someone who could stop the bailiffs turning up at my door.

So, they basically nudged and winked at the strong arm of the law to get everyone to comply.

0
0
defiler
Silver badge

I'm one of those 5M

I can't begin to describe how infuriating it is being forced into a biometric registration because you absolutely positively must speak to someone at HMRC. Especially when the reason they're threatening immediate court action is because somebody fucked up and put a number in twice. Also, they send out letters demanding action "within 7 days of the date of this letter", and you don't actually receive them until the 7th day. Which in one case was the 31st of January, so you can imagine how much fun that was...

What I will say, though, is if it lets me in when I'm anything short of enraged to the point of spitting then it's probably too lenient.

I accept that they're just trying to do a job that nobody likes, but so many of them are so incompetent at it, or too constrained to be able to help out.

35
0

Qualcomm still serious about Windows 10 on Arm: Engineers work on '12W' Snapdragon 1000

defiler
Silver badge

Not if we start discussing Win3.1 on ARM it's not. That would fly!

0
0
defiler
Silver badge

Re: Top of the shop?

I'd expect C-level and Veeps to go for these in a big-way

And in my experience they don't care. If they walk into a meeting and don't have the flashest laptop in the room they're not happy. Long-haul flight? That's time to switch off the phone, switch off the laptop, and switch off to work.

The CEO of one of our clients told me that flying is the greatest thing because he doesn't have to work and nobody can get hold of him.

4
0
defiler
Silver badge

Re: Targeting Win-10-nic is a mistake

It's a reference to the Titanic, you know, icebergs ahead, but "all ah[...]

You know, if it takes that long to explain then it's not very good.

Also, Bob, it's this dogmatic attachment to these silly names, and totally blinkered refusal to accept that there may be any redeeming features in there at all, that make me feel slightly tainted every time I actually agree with your opinion on something.

Soften up, man. Have a nice cup of tea and a Jaffa cake to calm you down.

11
1

Atari accuses El Reg of professional trolling and making stuff up. Welp, here's the interview tape for you to decide...

defiler
Silver badge

I know it's late in the day for this comment, but it just amused me greatly that I've just had a sidebar advert on this very website inviting me to the Indiegogo page for the Atari VCS.

Did I click? Of course I did! Did I buy? Ummm - nope.

0
0
defiler
Silver badge

Re: Poor Mike

...we have every faith that you can...

Got it in one. It's surprising how many people have every faith in my ability to achieve the ludicrous. I do feel for Mike.

3
0

Have YOU had your breakfast pint? Boffins confirm cheeky daily tipple is good for you

defiler
Silver badge

alcohol consumption is declining in the UK, and fastest among Millennials

That's because they seem to reckon a pint of dry hops constitutes "craft beer" and some sort of ideal that brewers should aim for. And it's generally awful.

I'm not against a decent beer, and I've enjoyed the local brew in many a CAMRA-registered pub, but some of the crap that seems to be fashionable these days... At some point you have to sit back and think "I'd be better with a Tennents."

7
0

UK footie fans furious as Sky Broadband goes TITSUP: Total inability to stream unfair penalties

defiler
Silver badge

Re: fathers day unbearable

Always on internet should be just what it says, lack of service should result in a automatic refund for the whole region affected.

And how do you monitor that? What constitutes a loss of service? BGP reconvergence takes maybe 30 seconds - are you going to refund people for 30 seconds on that one or the whole day?

And, dare I say it, we're talking about cheap consumer lines. If constant uninterrupted internet access is essential to you, you put in two lines from different providers, and you get contracts with stringent SLAs. But that's not cheap enough for you, so things like this happen. And it's fair to say that things like this only really happen occasionally.

Besides which, on the two occasions that my Plusnet line went off (once during upgrade to FTTC, and once due to a fault), I hooked my phone into my computer for my essential stuff. Streaming the football, whilst important to many, is hardly mission-critical.

8
2
defiler
Silver badge

Re: fathers day unbearable with no internet

In fairness his kids might be dicks.

I blame the parents.

30
0

Ailing ZX Spectrum reboot firm kicks crisis meeting into long grass

defiler
Silver badge

Hey! I'll beat you senseless with my Game Gear.

And when I put batteries in it, it'll *really* hurt!

16
0
defiler
Silver badge

To the barn!

Honestly, the horse is sick. It only has two legs, and one of those has a wonky knee. Whilst I love to see (what appears to be) institutional corporate lying exposed to the light of day, this one really just needs to be taken away and put to sleep.

Shame because it could have been really cool.

I wonder if the designs will appear in the liquidation sale. Or better the tooling (ha!)

5
0

Now Microsoft ports Windows 10, Linux to homegrown CPU design

defiler
Silver badge

Re: GIGO

Remember that Office has >90% market share. There are decent alternatives too.

By that reasoning, either the world is on fire, or office just isn't all that bad. (And yes, I also dislike the whole ribbon thing...)

6
4

Boffins offer to make speculative execution great again with Spectre-Meltdown CPU fix

defiler
Silver badge

Re: Hard as I try... (@ GrumpyOldBloke)

...and somehow force the OS to...

I love when people propose a "solution" and use the word "somehow" in it.

It's like "we've totally got this flying car sorted out - we just need to somehow develop an antigravity paint, and some way of stopping people crashing into each other..."

4
0

Universal Credit has never delivered bang for buck, but now there's no turning back – watchdog

defiler
Silver badge

Re: The government position:

Then again, we voted for them.

Well, you wouldn't want the wrong lizard to get in, would you?

9
0

Office 365 celebrates National Beer Day by popping out for a pint

defiler
Silver badge

Re: Speaking of "matey" error messages

I'm wondering if it's the same one person that's downvoted all of these. And if they're the person responsible...

8
0
defiler
Silver badge

Funnily enough, we're fine.

Oh yeah. That's because we run our own Exchange servers with site failover. Hmm...

2
0
defiler
Silver badge

But only on a leap year.

1
0

User spent 20 minutes trying to move mouse cursor, without success

defiler
Silver badge

Re: Sun optical mice, circa 1985

There was a special mouse pad with horizontal and vertical lines on it.

Yep, and if you rotated the pad by 90 degrees the mouse would only work intermittently in one direction. It's amazing how many Computer Science undergrads gave up on them.

5
0

Intel chip flaw: Math unit may spill crypto secrets from apps to malware

defiler
Silver badge

Presumably then you'll be digging up your old 486 from the cupboard

Not necessarily. I read it that he accepts that what he has is flawed, but has no choice in the matter. He'll just not buy a replacement until the flaws are fixed.

On the other hand, waiting for a bug-free <item> is going to be an awfully long wait.

5
0

Microsoft loves Linux so much its R Open install script rm'd /bin/sh

defiler
Silver badge

Re: Today's story...

Replace cmd with powershell

Nah - Powershell is pretty powerful (although I confess I find it awkward). Replace cmd with command.com instead! Wheee!!

8
0

Da rude sand storm seizes the Opportunity, threatens to KO rover

defiler
Silver badge

Re: A place in history

My WATCH has 50x the CPU horsepower of these rovers so to be able to make these Mars rovers actually WORK, took some SERIOUS engineering prowess!

Not especially. They just didn't fill them with shite. Unlike your watch.

Ah, the things we used to do with 25MHz, when I was a lad... I'm off to stew carrots or whatever old people do these days. Probably go on lots of holidays.

25
0

Men are officially the worst… top-level domain

defiler
Silver badge

Re: EastEnders

Oof - it's too early for jokes as ropey as that! Still, well done.

4
0

Computer Misuse Act charge against British judge thrown out

defiler
Silver badge

Judge Dredd

Judge Dredd could access what he wanted, when he wanted, how he wanted. And then sort out the naysayers with his Lawgiver. Pah!

1
0

Nominet throws out US corp's attempt to seize Brit domain names

defiler
Silver badge

Tucows One Goat?

Doesn't bear thinking about... :-/

7
0

PETA calls for fish friendly Swedish street signage

defiler
Silver badge

Re: I think I'll have some veil

What are you going to do with the rest of the bride?

Giggety!

12
0

ICO smites Bible Society, well fines it £100k...

defiler
Silver badge

Re: ICO hatred

Why fine an organisation which is obviously not a profit making organisation such a large amount of money.

Please tell me exactly why the personal information of the 400000+ individuals affected is worth less than 25p each.

14
2

Monday: Intel touts 28-core desktop CPU. Tuesday: AMD turns Threadripper up to 32

defiler
Silver badge

Re: Maths co-processor?

a computer built with expandability in mind, like my Amiga

Don't get me wrong, the Amiga was indeed an awesome computer in its day. My Archimedes could do most of what the Amiga did in hardware, but in software. But that's only most. The thing that (to my understanding) broke the Amiga was that Workbench had some nasty bugs on memory allocation. It wouldn't check if the memory was available before allocating it (or something like that), so you had to verify it and constantly micromanage malloc(). So people just dropped Workbench and programmed to the metal.

So far so good, but when the metal changed (AGA, anyone?) half the bloody software stopped. The software worked perfectly on only one iteration of the hardware. So when better silicon became available (and the support chips in the Amiga had some fairly tight memory limits, for example), they just couldn't deploy it without breaking the user base. So whilst it may have been expandable in some directions, it wasn't easily upgradable.

At least when the MEMC1a allocated RAM it was your bloody RAM to use. :D

Shame really. I never had an Amiga myself, but sometimes I'd quite like one. And most of the best Archimedes games were Amiga ports :)

5
0
defiler
Silver badge

Re: Maths co-processor?

Harumph. Some of us had to pry out our ARM2 CPUs and put ARM3 daughterboards in to get the FPA socket before we could even think of floating point copros... With the speed of FPEm, is it any wonder I learned to use integers with a liberal sprinkling of LSL and LSR?

Oh, and can I borrow that mobility scooter? My UPS needs new batteries.

15
0
defiler
Silver badge

Re: Perhaps AMD will be kind enough

Oh for fuck's sake. I'm getting tired of the bitching around here regarding "oh noes my CPU is not secure!!"

You know the stuff that you're talking about is (for the most part) ludicrously complex and obscure. The CPU designers have had a shake and realised that this is a valid attack vector. They will now proceed to figure out ways of plugging these holes, and we'll all be happy if they can do it without dropping speed. The milk has been spilt, and the tearful little boy has been told to be careful in future - there's no point in dragging the fucking thing on and on. I really hope you don't have kids before you learn this.

Also, I will be pounds to pennies that when you went CPU shopping you had a pretty short list of requirements:

1) Will it run my software?

2) Is it cheap enough for me?

3) Is it the fastest I can get for the money?

4) Is it going to burn my house down or make the electricity meter spin like a top?

5) Will it work with all the other bits I've got?

I bet security did not even factor into it for even one second. But now there's a public hoo-ha? Give it a rest.

33
2

Page:

The Register - Independent news and views for the tech community. Part of Situation Publishing