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* Posts by Terje

185 posts • joined 14 Mar 2011


Ticketmaster tells customer it's not at fault for site's Magecart malware pwnage


Re: El Reg forgot to mention ...

Of course it doesn't melt, vampires are at ambient temperature!

Having swallowed its pride and started again with 10nm chips, Intel teases features in these 2019-ish processors


For my home desktop system I care about one metric when it comes to the cpu and that is performance and price. As long as the heat dissipation is not significantly higher then my current 5930k cpu it's a non issue, exactly what the architecture looks like what lithography process is used in manufacturing, if the manufacturing requires a virgin or unicorn sacrifice is of no concern to me as long as it works and delivers performance. To me integrated graphics is just extra cores that's not on the chip as there's no conceivable way they will outpace a discreet card in the foreseeable future anyway. But I guess intel is desperately trying to convince anyone that will listen that it's not important.

ofcourse the priorities are different when we talk about high density servers etc. but the conclusion is the same It's not important how it's done just that it is. Unfortunately for Intel they have been mostly standing still treading water for some years now.

Mushroom cloud because it's about the correct temperature for a decently overclocked cpu!

Supernovae may explain mass extinctions of marine animals 2.6 million years ago


Re: Interesting, but radiation killing through water?

High energy muons are remarkably slippery and can pass a kilometer of water without to much trouble. The same thing applies to the ability to pass through a human, megalodon or whale though so I have no clue about how much energy are dumped into a nearby dna molecule when the muon zips by.

I think we can safely ignore the neutrinos though as you have to be inside the surface of the star to recieve a lethal dose of neutrino radiation from the supernova and unless the megalodons were surfing on the stars hitchhikers guide to the galaxy style they were probably not in any danger in that regard.!

Incoming! Microsoft unleashes more fixes for Windows 10 October 2018 Update


Re: Maybe its time for Microsofties to study programming?

There's also the possibility that as the codebase grows older it gets harder and harder to maintain as there are fixes changes redesigns and tweeks all over what in the beginning was nice clear and easy to understand code. I guess a large part of the windows codebase could realy do with a rewrite, sadly you tend to never get the time to do that as you need to get new shiny feature (that makes the code even worse) out to make the beancounters happy.

Total Inability To Support User Phones: O2 fries, burning data for 32 million Brits


Given that quite a few networks around the world use Ericsson equipment and not every network seems to have fallen over quite this bad, I would guess it's something to do with network size / design that aggravate the issue for some, if that's the case it's probably not that easy to catch in a test environment. :(

As I'm Swedish I'm contractually obliged to try and protect Ericsson...

Oz opposition folds, agrees to give Australians coal in their stockings this Christmas


The main issue with all the escalating surveillance nonsense is that it will have negligible effect on stopping terrorism, and when they realize that they will ask for even more powers. There have never in the history of police organisations been one that said that it didn't need more powers.

The fact that the politicians that are supposed to say NO to them seems to be losing IQ points at an even more alarming rate must just be a side effect.

Sysadmin’s plan to manage system config changes backfires spectacularly


I can thing of several reasons to use revision control for config files.

It makes it very easy to set up a new unit in a specific environment while keeping tab on what changes are made (Say all computers in lab B where you add a new computer have the same config but those in lab A are different), you check out the correct branch (Lab B) and get all the correct configs for it.

If down the line you find some issue that is not immediately apparent you can easily see what have changed in the config since it last worked no matter how long ago the change was made.

Pasta-covered cat leads to kid night operator taking apart the mainframe


Re: RE: Dried Pasta & Stubborn, Unmoving Cats...

I prefer the overcharged CATtle prod myself.

Talk in Trump's tweets tells whether tale is true: Code can mostly spot Prez lies from wording


Re: if breathing() return LYING

That is likely because only 35% of the tweets actually contain any information that can be truth or lies the remaining 5% is likely truth by accident.

Junior dev decides to clear space for brewing boss, doesn't know what 'LDF' is, sooo...


If MS SQL server is either not backed up (shudder) or incompetently backed up, then setting recovery mode to simple at least saves you from an ever growing log file, though I recommend a competent backup as the proper solution....

UK rail lines blocked by unexpected Windows dialog box


Re: It's not that Windows failed, it's that it failed in public view

What's wrong with a good old "Guru meditation"?

Can your rival fix it as fast? turns out to be ten-million-dollar question for plucky support guy


Re: Not just assembly.

Mmm, reminds me of the good old days when I used to do 68k assembler, I promise you never once did the MOVEM instruction bite me when I pushed more or fewer registers on the stack then I pulled back...

Boffins have fabricated microscopic sci-fi tractor beams for real


Re: Em Drive

I have to admit that I never looked to carefully at the proposed em drive, but I do recall some chamber that somehow amplified things in ways that should not be possible.


The problem was not that an em drive don't work, if you shine a flashlight backwards you will accelerate forwards, it's just that the effect is so incredibly small as to be pointless, the em-drive claimed to generate way to much thrust.


Re: using beams of light to manipulate atoms.

Photons are massless, but they have momentum. If you are looking towards the sun you are actually experiencing being pushed backwards by the sunlight, be it very very very weakly.


So what am I missing here, what's the difference to an optical tweezer?

D.O.Eh: Here's the new privacy law Canada can't really enforce


I think that the point of legislation like this is not to monitor that companies follow it (they should do so) but to have a hammer to use when it turns out that someone has not followed it, hopefully the penalties are harsh enough that it will be better to report then sit quiet in the corner and pretend nothing happened.

It's big, it's blue, and it'll be raining down on you – it's 3200 Phaethon


Re: Interesting ... but

To answer the questions.

1. To say that it's blue is rather a misnomer, the surface is very very dark, it just reflect slightly more of the blue light then it "should", I assume some group has tried looking at the reflected spectra, but as a general rule it's quite hard to figure out the composition from that.

2. Asteroids and comets are generally considered to be two separate populations of objects.

3. Phaeton don't pass through the atmosphere what happens is that the earth pass through the leftover debris that has spread out over the orbit. If indeed Phaeton had passed through the atmosphere it would likely very soon have resulted in one of two scenarios, either nudged about to cause an impact, or be flung out to a different orbit.

Still using Skype? Good news! After HOURS of meetings, Microsoft reckons it knows when you're Not Active


No I'm quite sure it requires a dedicated effort to make something that much worse.

Can't get pranked by your team if nobody in the world can log on


At my workplace the "expected" punishment for forgetting to lock your computer is to have the background replaced with a picture of Justin Bieber, a fate worse then death for the seconds it takes to restore order to the desktop!

Hate to burst your Hubble: Science stops as boffins scramble to diagnose gyro problem


Re: One can only hope

The focal length has nothing to do with how far you can see, but more about the field of view and resolution you get with a given sensor.


A full frame DSLR camera with a 100mm lens gives an approximate horizontal field of view of 20 degrees

If you replace the 100mm lens with a 50mm one your field of view will double and at the same time the resolution will be halved if using the same sensor.

The theoretical resolution of a telescope is not affected by the facal length of the telescope but by its diameter. Hubble has a theoretical maximum resolution of about 0.05" while in practice the resolution achieved with most of the sensors is about twice that 0.1"

If I recall correctly the telescopes they got were rumored to be spares for KH-11 telescopes. so they should probably be 2.4 meter diameter telescopes which is identical to that of hubble and it should thus be able to achieve more or less the same resolution.

Cambridge Analytica's daddy pleads not guilty to ignoring data notice


What is the possible punishment for this if they are found guilty?

Judge: Georgia's e-vote machines are awful – but go ahead and use them


I guess the real reason is that you need an organization around the voting process. printing ballots etc should not be the issue. Getting people to count the votes and training them is likely to be a much larger problem.

Microsoft: You don't want to use Edge? Are you sure? Really sure?


Re: Links to resolutions, will work with any browser

Granted I'm counting my apartment and not the entire house (in which case it would not be very impressive with 10), but I could not come up with more then 8 possible candidates to run any form of unix flavor including the electricity meter in the basement.

Volkswagen faces fresh Dieselgate lawsuit in Germany – report


If Volkswagen selectively told current shareholders about this, how then would acting on that information not constitute insider trading if the information is not publicly disclosed?

Jupiter suffered growing pains before becoming our system's big daddy


It would need to gobble up a fair bit more then just a little more mass to turn into a star, as the cutoff limit for a brown dwarf (still not rely a star) is about 13 Jupiter masses, it is true though that without changing other parameters (Such as a lot of heating by being excruciatingly close to the sun for example.) if Jupiter were to gobble up more gas it would stay approximately the same size.

Well, can't get hacked if your PC doesn't work... McAfee yanks BSoDing Endpoint Security patch


Mcafee almost work after you tell it to don't bother looking at anything in the vicinity of visual studio...

US voting systems: Full of holes, loaded with pop music, and 'hacked' by an 11-year-old


I'm continuously amazed at how a system that is known to be broken so far beyond repair that it should just be tossed on the scrapheap is still used.

While pieces of paper are nowhere near as fashionable they are as far as I know not prone to being hacked by anyone and his mother with a wifi bluetooth or other wireless device.

Phased out: IT architect plugs hole in clean-freak admin's wiring design


Re: Bridge rectifier?

Be glad they were not using Tellurium, compound smelliness apparently increase as you go down that group of the periodic table S -> Se -> Te. I assume that Polonium compounds would be even worse, but there you have other problems to contend with that are more worrying then smell..


Re: Plot twist? What plot twist?

No, in the civilized part of the world that is entirely normal

Sysadmin trained his offshore replacements, sat back, watched ex-employer's world burn


Re: Not in IT...

So how are they to prove that you deliberately didn't train them well? being a good teacher is usually not something that is required for most jobs... and completely, so they want to retain you as a consultant training the replacement for eternity? In my optinion most of those clauses should be easily torn apart by even a half decent lawyer.

Sysadmin sank IBM mainframe by going one VM too deep


Being Swedish people call # a whole lot of things, though the only one that I can think of that any swede would universally understand is "brädgård" that is the Swedish word for "lumber yard". As Dave126 pointed out above as being the Swedish cartographic symbol for a lumberyard which I had no idea of, now I do feel bad about learning things during my vacation so I better stop reading comments!!!

Either my name, my password or my soul is invalid – but which?


I just don't understand why so many sites try to force you to weaken your passwords by specifying you must have at least one upper case character one number and one non alphanumeric character. there are ten numbers, there are in reality something like 16 special characters that is ever likely to get used...

Just enforce a decent length password. and for the love of god don't limit the password length at say 32 characters, if the function you use to hash the password can't handle arbitrary long input (within reason) then fix your hash function don't force the user to limit the password.

GitHub given Windows 9x's awesome and so very modern look


Re: UI elements that make it obvious what they do?

Then I would recommend the logitech mice with "free spinning" scroll wheel that I'm since a number of years totally addicted to and force me to keep using logitech mice, I have even goten a couple of additional proselytes at work.


Re: UI elements that make it obvious what they do?

I do have to say that while I agree in general that keeping controls clean is a good thing I do love the markings on the scrollbar in VS.

Security guard cost bank millions by hitting emergency Off button


Re: Big Red Buttons are irresistible!

I think that sending Foul Ole Rons smell over should be enough to convince them, or we could try some headology!

You must NOT under any circumstance add a Pterry icon!

and for the small minority of you who don't get the Pterry bit I suggest reading up on Pyramids.

BOFH: Is everybody ready for the meeting? Grab a crayon – let's get technical


How come the boss is still alive? He should have had a regrettable accident halfway through this!

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


Welcome rover overlord

Obligatory XKCD refference

Actual control of Windows 10 updates (with a catch)... and more from Microsoft


Re: Visual Studio 2017 is an atrocious mess!

I would be content if they just sorted out edit and continue, and debugging parallel / multithreaded code in a sane manner.

Did you test that? No, I thought you tested it. Now customers have it and it doesn't work


Re: Soldering irons

And don't hold them like the models in the advertisements do....

Boffins quietly cheering possible discovery of new fundamental particle: Sterile neutrino


Re: This is not making physics any easier

Granted the following quote from him (Niels Bohr) I'm quite sure that batshit crazy is about correct.

"We are all agreed that your theory is crazy. The question which divides us is whether it is crazy enough to have a chance of being correct. My own feeling is that it is not crazy enough."

A Reg-reading techie, a high street bank, some iffy production code – and a financial crash


Re: Or...

It's obvious that the only suitable language for such a problem is prolog...

Police block roads to stop tech support chap 'robbing a bank'


Sounds to me like he did exactly what Vimes would have done, (Bring in Detritus / Dorfl and the riot would quietly decide that rioting was not what they wanted to do today). Carrot had of course have solved the issue by saying how sad he was at the behaviour they showed and they would all have felt bad and gone home possibly after buying a small gif to their mothers on the way.

Microsoft, Google: We've found a fourth data-leaking Meltdown-Spectre CPU hole


I have to admit I have a hard time distinguishing all the different attacks by this time and I have not read up on most of the newer ones enough to tell exactly how they work, but if you manage in some way shape or form to learn things that have been speculatively loaded into cache,how is that not snooping on cache regardless of what method you use to do it?

I believe my main point still stands, if you disallow everyone and his mother to run what is in reality arbitrary code on the cpu they will not be able to exploit the side channel attacks because they have no ability to run the code needed to do so.


I have always subscribed to the principle that if you can run code on the computer you have access to anything and everything on it. I think that rather then losing x% performance by disabling speculative execution etc. we should ask ourselves why on earth we allow javascript and similar technologiesto actually run code able to snoop on cache memory in the first place. I believe the only sensible solution is to take a step back and lock down the remote code being executed on your machine and take the slowdown from interpreting code instead of running it through a jit compiler and letting it run amok on the cpu any way it wants to.

Of Course this leaves open any amount of holes to snoop data if you are a native code program, but that is something I already assume it is able to do by virtue of healthy paranoia.

Hitler 'is dead' declares French prof who gazed at dictator's nashers


Re: Death of Conspiracy theories?....not likely.

1 Brain 1 Jar...

0 Brain 2 Jar -> 1 Jarjar...

We all know that jarjar was most definitely a sith lord in disguise

ergo George Lucas must be hitler in disguise!!!

Sueballs flying over Facebook's Android app data slurping


What I loathe to no end is the fact that on most phones (my lovely HTC10 included) the bloody spying bloatware comes preinstalled and unless you root the phone it can't be uninstalled... Sure you can disable it, but it still slurps a not insignificant amount of space.

LESTER looks up, spins its wheels: The Register’s beer-butler can see ...


I'm quite sure that a laser is instrumental to the whole concept! As far as I recall they use lasers to achieve the low temperature records so just scale the technology up to cool the beer!

SpaceX Bangabandhu-1 launch held up while Dragon splashes down on time


I think I need to cut down on my Pratchett diet as I immediately read that as Bhangbhangduc.

Mine's the one on top of four elephants on a turtle.

Zombie Cambridge Analytica told 'death' can't save it from the law


Re: Pass out the torches and pitchforks!

Do we have any actual evidence to the fact that they are NOT directly employed by the fellow downstairs?

Mines the red formfitting asbestos and lycra one


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