847 posts • joined 18 Oct 2010
Re: This could be a hit in the NHS ...
The problem that I see with that is that somebody needs to stay on top of the ongoing security patches and stuff. It's a big enough job for Microsoft - I can see it being overwhelming for a small team. If somebody as big as the NHS adopted it then it would no longer be an obscure target.
The fecking floppies didn't work reliably in 1995
Remember them well. DMF disks at 1.6MB. It got to the stage where we were quicker temp-fitting a CD drive and installing it from there. Still not the worst I've done - that was Wordperfect Office... Always used to break some time after disk 48. D-:<
Re: STOP THE WORLD!!
the Motorola 68000 is unaffected
So, embedded systems are fine. Shame the IoT boys and girls seem to invent new ways of running everything in the software instead! :)
Re: STOP THE WORLD!!
In comparison to what?
In comparison to flailing around wailing "Oh noes! The lock is imperfect - I can't buy a lock until all of the security flaws are fixed! The lock manufacturers are robbing everyone by continuing to make locks with these known vulnerabilities! They need to stop making any locks until they perfect them!" whilst somebody nicks the lawnmower from your unlocked shed...
That's my bugbear with the gnashing of teeth going around here - the idealism in the face of the real world, and the notion that I (as someone who just needs to get a job done) am somehow a lackey to the corrupt semiconductor industry.
Phew - glad to get that off my chest! Also, I didn't downvote you - it was actually a fair question.
STOP THE WORLD!!
Okay - so which muppet is going to suggest that Intel, AMD et al stop manufacturing CPUs until *this* hole is patched too? As I keep saying, this is going to take a long time to fix, and the world can't just stop. We'll just have to muddle along as best we can, uncertain as to who can break our security.
Still, we all use mechanical locks, and they've been proven to be vulnerable time and time again...
"Do you not marvel?!"
Too ill to RTFA. Came here to find that sentence. Had to correct an injustice.
Mine's the one with the bog roll in the pocket...
Re: " researchers at the University of Bordeaux Centre d'Études Nucléaires de Bordeaux-Gradignan"
Sorry, guys (and gauls), our wine is still world-class, and it's going to stay that way.
It did amuse me that the French were having a pop at Californian wines. Some of them are really nice, some of them are garbage. But then, it's the same in France. Give me Spanish reds any day.
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...
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...
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.
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.
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.
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. :)
Re: Love the title
Ebenezer banging away on a Psion Series 5 throughout the video, of course!
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.
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...
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.
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.
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...
Statutory redundancy payouts
They're the same whether you're male or female...
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
Not if we start discussing Win3.1 on ARM it's not. That would fly!
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.
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.
Atari accuses El Reg of professional trolling and making stuff up. Welp, here's the interview tape for you to decide...
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.
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.
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."
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.
Re: fathers day unbearable with no internet
In fairness his kids might be dicks.
I blame the parents.
Hey! I'll beat you senseless with my Game Gear.
And when I put batteries in it, it'll *really* hurt!
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!)
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...)
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..."
Re: The government position:
Then again, we voted for them.
Well, you wouldn't want the wrong lizard to get in, would you?
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...
Funnily enough, we're fine.
Oh yeah. That's because we run our own Exchange servers with site failover. Hmm...
But only on a leap year.
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.
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.
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!!
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.
Oof - it's too early for jokes as ropey as that! Still, well done.