Feeds

* Posts by John H Woods

1349 posts • joined 14 Nov 2007

Page:

Spammer uses innocent hacked blogs to punt NAKED PICS of JLaw, McKayla Maroney

John H Woods
Silver badge

Whoa!

f̶e̶l̶i̶c̶i̶t̶a̶t̶i̶n̶g̶ facilitating

0
0

While you queued for an iPhone 6, Apple's Cook sold shares worth $35m

John H Woods
Silver badge

Incentivisation

I'm not even really sure that executives should be allowed to hold so much stock in the companies they run. A high share price doesn't necessarily mean the company is in good shape - it could just mean it is ripe for a takeover. That means that a number of activities that are good for (those who hold a lot of) the stock (e.g. axe a huge number of staff and keep the order book --> short term share price rises) are not actually good for the company.

Maybe if some other body dictated the dates at which they could cash in the stocks, or it was planned very far ahead, or they had to hold them for a minimum of x years - I don't know, I just have an uncomfortable feeling that holding a large amount of stock in a company may not always encourage you to do the right thing for the company. Founders who hold a lot of stock at least seem to have some emotional investment in their erstwhile baby.

1
0

Bruges Booze tubes to pump LOVELY BEER underneath city

John H Woods
Silver badge

IAUNABPE but

Flow = 1500 gallons per hour = 1.89e-3 m3s-1

Velocity = 2 miles in 15 minutes = 12.9 km per hour = 3.58ms-1

Area = 1.89e-3 / 3.58 = 0.000528m2

Radius = sqrt (0.000528/pi) = 0.013 m

Diameter = 0.026m = 2.6 cm.

I Am Unfortunately Not A Beer Pipe Engineer but ... I reckon allowing for resistance you're still only looking at a 2" pipe or so.

4
0

Boffins' better blues beat battery blues

John H Woods
Silver badge

I predict...

... a new set of home screens run through a 'how a dog sees' color filter.

2
1

Are you a fat boy? Get to university NOW, you PENNILESS SLACKER

John H Woods
Silver badge

Re: Flaw in the argument

"4-6 times? How much do Tesco charge for oil? Your maths stinks, and you're comparing oven chips to either from-raw deep fried chips or oven-baked jacket potatoes. You can bake chipped potatoes in the oven using a lot less oil." --- CADMonkey

I re-used Voland's Right Hand's ratio, because I was supporting his point that healthy food is often more expensive than unhealthy food. The ratio is, I agree, an exaggeration in this case, but the logic stands: even without cooking the baking potatoes are nearly twice the price of the chips, yet the chips are peeled, cut, and ready oiled. BTW the bakers will take twice the energy to cook, even in a micro/convection combi, than the chips.

Now I'm a great believer in the baked spud, chips with skins, and 'a lot less oil'. You're preaching to the choir, there, mate. But VRH's point stands: the healthy option is the more expensive option. Why are baking potatoes selling at £1/kg? Because of the target consumer: people like you and me might not think anything of parting with £2 (although, as a bit of a country bumpkin, the idea of paying so much for anything less than 5Kg would offend me enormously). But which of these two potato products would you choose though, if every penny counted? And if you choose the cheaper option --- it is Tesco who gets to dictate the quantity and (possibly lack of) quality of the oil that is used.

3
0
John H Woods
Silver badge

Re: Flaw in the argument

"If your food bill is too high, you need more imagination, not a fix of junk food"

I actually agree 100%. But it doesn't change the fact that I saw him on telly showing what a healthy breakfast looked like and this particular healthy breakfast is way beyond the financial means of a lot of people.

0
0
John H Woods
Silver badge

"You can buy a full set of running gear including shoes from Aldi for less than the cost of one month's gym membership." Honestly, if you don't know that some people would struggle to get even that, you might really have a very warped idea about how poor some of our poor really are.

I'm not defending MYSELF here. I'm well paid, can cook and exercise a lot. I'm a bit on the heavy side, but that is not making me "pro-fatty" I'm just anti-villification.

What I'm saying is that I find some of the judgmental attitudes being expressed to be rather harsh, and that I find the "fat people are lazy, feckless and generally rubbish" to be quite an unacceptable condemnation of a fairly large and probably quite varied group of people.

6
0
John H Woods
Silver badge

Re: Flaw in the argument

Moultoneer: "for example on Tesco's on-line store 1KG of McCains oven chips are £1.75 yet 2.5KG of baking potatoes are £2"

You are comparing prepared branded and non-prepared non-branded goods. A better comparison would be Tesco's EveryDay Value chips 82p for 1.5kg.

By the time you have washed your bakers, peeled them and chipped them your £2 of potatoes is 1.5-2 kg of chips. And you have spent 30 mins of your time for free. Then you have to cost your oil (and you need a lot to fry that many chips). Starting to look like 4-6 times more expensive, isn't it?

3
9
John H Woods
Silver badge

Re: Flaw in the argument

Voland's Right Hand --- as a parent I have to agree.

I saw Mr Oliver on telly feeding his young a very healthy breakfast of various bits of tasty fruit. Back of the envelope tells me that was over £4 of fruit each. That's £240 a month for two kids or £360 for three. These are not amounts that the majority of the UK could easily afford for a total food bill, let alone just the kids' breakfasts. Good quality protein is similar - compare the prices of mass produced burgers with even fairly cheap cuts of beef.

Gym membership round here runs at about £40 a month, and although jogging is free, shoes that are good enough to give you 6 months of injury-free jogging most certainly are not.

I suspect, as I think do you, that we may be seeing a correlation/causation confusion anyway: obesity here may just be a marker of coming from a relatively more disadvantaged background.

9
2

Big dinosaur wowed females with its ENORMOUS HOOTER

John H Woods
Silver badge

So,

"big nose, big penis?" was something even the dinosaurs thought?

1
0

My TIGHT PANTS made my HUGE iPHONE go all BENDY!

John H Woods
Silver badge

Re: I'm going to be downvoted but ...

Tromos: "to me, the UK definition of pants makes sense --- whilst the US shortening of pantaloons to pants does not; any more than shortening pantograph to graph would."

You've got your example the wrong way round ... you should have said "any more than shortening pantograph to panto would". Interestingly choice as well, when you think that UKers refer to pantomime as 'panto', and not 'mime'. You may also have heard 'undies' which, in context, is a clear reference to undergarments or underclothes. Referring to either of these as simply 'garments' or 'clothes' would be to lose the distinction about which one puts on first.

1
0
John H Woods
Silver badge

I'm going to be downvoted but ...

to me, the US definition of pants makes sense --- whilst the UK shortening of underpants to pants does not; any more than shortening underground to ground would.

4
10
John H Woods
Silver badge

Re: Spot on, ElReg.

"My cordless landline doesn't, and that's a phone"

Indeed. But might I suggest that sensitivity to context is a significant component of critical thinking?

22
1

Apple: Beats Music is safe with us. Just like your selfies in iCloud

John H Woods
Silver badge

urban demographic ...

... judging from my experience of Beats headphones, it is those who prefer their music to sound as if it's coming through the wall from their neighbor's 'crib'.

0
0

Range Rover to fit trendy new SUV with FRIKKIN' LASER HUDs

John H Woods
Silver badge

Re: Call me sceptical

Actually, I have seen "60" signs - they're no that uncommon. But I'm not sure sign recognition is much of a bonus. Gear selection indicators, however, can be useful - not so much for telling you what gear you are in, but for hinting a more economical choice. Not that it matters with this car, as (a) they won't care too much about economy or green driving and (b) I bet a huge majority of them will be auto transmission.

3
0

Dyslexic, dyspraxic? No probs, says GCHQ

John H Woods
Silver badge

AC: "You're lucky."

Ah, I came across wrong then (possibly the reason I got thumbed-down). When I said the salaries were too low, I meant that - for the abilities they appear to require - they are underpaying. I'm probably not even good enough to work there (what I said about neuro-normal also means I'm no genius). But I am in no way disparaging the neuro-diverse, I'm just against them being exploited.

1
0

MOST iPhone strokers SPURN iOS 8: iOS 7 'un-updatening' in 5...4...

John H Woods
Silver badge

Plug in?

Just because I indulge Mrs W. with fruity devices, and pretty much do everything I am told, there is no way she is installing iTunes on any of these boxes. So if she hasn't got the space, she ain't getting the update, lazy has zip to do with it.

0
1

Moon landing was real and WE CAN PROVE IT, says Nvidia

John H Woods
Silver badge

Re: Return journey

"Build yourself a nice whirly ship for gravity". Whirlyness not needed, just a constant acceleration of around 1g -- maybe that magical microwave propulsion system. You could get almost anywhere in the Universe within about 60 years - 30 years at 1g to get to (near enough) the speed of light, travel as required with barely any time passing then decelerate for 30 years at 1g (with the crew compartment rotated 180, of course).

0
0

Bill Gates, drugs and the internet: Top 10 Larry Ellison quotes

John H Woods
Silver badge

IMHO ...

... He was right about Cloud, Leo Appotheker, Open Source.

But does Bill Gates really think himself to be one of the cleverest men in the USA? I'm not sure that's entirely fair, and I'm not a massive fan (philanthropy aside). Then again, I've never met him ...

5
0

A spin of roulette in the sporty Ford Fiesta Black

John H Woods
Silver badge

Re: Environment too, not just economy

Autostop just takes a bit of getting used to - if you don't want to disengage it, and you don't want it to stop on this instance, just keep the clutch down. Another advantage (on my little A3, anyway) is that if you stall (so I'm told :-) ) it restarts automagically.

2
0

Apple's warrant canary riddle: Cock-up, conspiracy, or anti-Google point-scoring

John H Woods
Silver badge

What?

"To date, our Western governments have been doing a great job of keep civilians unfamiliar with that feeling."

And my tiger-repellent key-fob has also proven to be pretty effective.

2
0
John H Woods
Silver badge
Holmes

Reading "too much" into it ... ?

John Tserkezis: "I think everyone's reading too much into this"

The definition of a warrant canary is a statement whose amendment or removal IS a message. So either you are saying that the initial statement was not a warrant canary, or that it was and it has been triggered accidentally (e.g. by someone amending the wording with a different purpose than sending the message).

I think both of these are unlikely. If the statement were not a warrant canary, why would it have been so specific in its wording? If it were a warrant canary, who would have been authorized to change the wording who wouldn't also have known they shouldn't remove the original highly specific wording?

"How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth?" said someone or other...

3
0

iPhone 6: The final straw for Android makers eaten alive by the data parasite?

John H Woods
Silver badge

Re: Oh for f*ck's sake...

@Sean Timarco Baggaley - nail on head. I'm not even nearly a fruitchomp fan, but this is absolutely where Apple come out on top. I'm convinced their hardware is excellent, I'm fairly convinced their software is over-rated, but where they always score is moving the *business* rather than the product.

0
0

4K-ing excellent TV is on its way ... in its own sweet time, natch

John H Woods
Silver badge

Re: I already see too much on HD

Hasham: "Blackheads and the tiny hairs on ladies' chins and upper lips. What horrors await us with 4K I shudder to think."

Yeah, HD ruined the 9xx channels for me, too.

5
0

Italy's High Court orders HP to refund punter for putting Windows on PC

John H Woods
Silver badge

Re: EULAs on other, non-OS software

IANALBIPOOTI and I think there is UK case law that covers this: I seem to remember some contract conditions (parking Ts&Cs) were not enforceable because they were only displayed on the back of the ticket, and the contract (purchase of said ticket) had to be entered into before the terms could be read.

1
0

CryptoLocker-style ransomware booms 700 PER CENT this year

John H Woods
Silver badge

Re: We need a good backup solution

Agreed - I think the killer functionality in the consumer space would be proper versioning (the only way to defeat cryptolocker). I think Dropbox has such a system, but it would be great to see it on consumer back up boxes like (secondary) NAS and external HDD systems.

0
0

Cops apologise for leaving EXPLOSIVES in suitcase at airport

John H Woods
Silver badge
Joke

Re: Doesn't ring true indeed

Good job there aren't any conspiracy theorists around! I bet those crazy idiots would think this was some kind of false-flag black-ops terrorism attempt to justify the increased terror alert, but was just inadvertently foiled by a women taking the wrong bag!

4
0

What the BLOCK? Microsoft to gobble Minecraft-maker 'for $2bn'

John H Woods
Silver badge

Re: It was fun while it lasted.

>>(kewpie doll to anyone who knows where "death nail" came from)

Confusion between "death knell" and "nail in the coffin", I would guess.

3
0

TV techies proudly display their MIGHTY BENDERS in Berlin

John H Woods
Silver badge

Front Projection

Some of these big screens weigh so much that the installation the require makes front projection look like not just the cheaper option, but the easiest one too.

1
0

Heavy VPN users are probably pirates, says BBC

John H Woods
Silver badge

>>my usage for the last month is over 200GB

My sons have Steam; and bought a copy of Wolfenstein each --- 88GB in a couple of days. I watch a lot of SKY on-demand - that is 1-2GB per hour of TV. I work from home and that's probably another 1-2GB per day. Our monthly usage is therefore the thick end of a TB and (for all their peak time congestion) SKY have honoured their promise of 'unlimited'.

So, if I VPN all that, I'm a pirate unless I can prove I'm not? How, by accounting for every GB of data I have downloaded? The idea is simply ridiculous.

5
0

IT jargon is absolutely REAMED with sexual double-entendres

John H Woods
Silver badge

Re: Alistair Dabbs

>> the Will Self of the IT world

>Except much shorter, poorer and less likely to get published in New Statesman or The Guardian. I >know this because I tried.

Their loss.

1
0

Scottish Independence?

John H Woods
Silver badge

Scottish Independence?

Any IT workers out there rubbing their hands with glee at the prospect of all the IT work that would seem to be entailed by a YES vote?

* unlike (apparently the vast majority of) politicians, journalists and pundits I realise that 51%:49% in a poll with a 95% confidence interval larger than 2% does not show a majority that one group is ahead.

0
0

3D scanning made easy: Reg man ponders terrifying Xmas pressie

John H Woods
Silver badge

Re: There's going to be a lot of landfill

I doubt it ... most 3D printed objects have a relatively simple composition (and maybe a few pigments) - pretty much a recycler's dream. Even better, use an edible substance such as chocolate --- although maybe not for coffee mugs :-)

2
0

Jimbo tells Wikipedians: You CAN'T vote to disable 'key software features'

John H Woods
Silver badge

Re: @lurker

"How much would Jimbo have contributed to the access of information without Tim Berners-Lee and Vint Cerf? No web, no wiki. No internet, no wiki."

Agreed, but let's not forget Ward Cunningham!

0
0

Data entry REAR-END SNAFU: Weighty ballsup leads to plane take-off flap

John H Woods
Silver badge

Why the Warsaw flight crashed...

I heard the joke as follows:

The pilot was just a simple Pole in a complex plane - so they used the method of steepest descents.

0
0
John H Woods
Silver badge

Re: the “adult weight” of 87kg

At 1.78m and 68kg I think you're slimmer than average if you're male. You're the same height as me though ... anecdote:

My Doctor: "You are 15 Stone. Do you know your BMI?"

Me: "Of course, it's exactly twice my weight in Stone, 30"

Dr: "That's not how you calculate it"

Me: "It is if you are 5 foot 10"

Dr: *fiddles with calculator, then laughs* "do you spend a lot of time sitting around thinking about maths?"

Me: "Why do you think I'm so fat?"

21
0

Scared of brute force password attacks? Just 'GIVE UP' says Microsoft

John H Woods
Silver badge

Re: Some valid points ...

"Who uses just one device?" Well, a lot of people who don't read El Reg, and that (use random strings and rely on email reset if the browser forgets) is the advice I give them. What I use myself is this:

echo -n 'PASS SITE USER' | sha256sum - | base64 | tr 'a-m' '!--' | cut -c -16 | head -1

where PASS is my own secret password; SITE is the URL of the login page; and USER is the userid for that site. That gives me a unique password with 96 bits of entropy for every site (the tr allows me to pass arbitrary rules about including punctuation), and I can calculate it on any device with a terminal (including my Android phone). *Then* I user browser caching.

2
0
John H Woods
Silver badge

Some valid points ...

... but I really cannot see the rationale for reuse. They seem to suggest that it reduces cognitive load, but you could just use different high-entropy strings for each website and just store the password in your browser. As long as you can remember your email password, you'll be able to reset any as required.

1
5

YES, I have ridden the UNICORN: The Ubuntu Utopic unicorn

John H Woods
Silver badge

Re: why?

That's a bit like saying people shouldn't be able to choose their own interior decor because you don't like the inside of any of your friends' houses.

7
0

Virgin Media blocks 'wankers' from permissible passwords

John H Woods
Silver badge

PSN Home was even worse when it started ...

Hello = ****o

Indian = *******

Yes, that's right, a whole continent of people were forbidden to state their nationality, because the word might offend some Native Americans. Although, weirdly, the only Native American I've ever met referred to herself as (Sioux) Indian.

It was still possible to call people vvankers though, it just needed two Vs.

4
0

Alienware injects EVEN MORE ALIEN into redesigned Area-51 gaming PC

John H Woods
Silver badge

I think I'd rather have...

3 2k monitors and double the framerate? Anyone with a 4K monitor (I've never seen one in the flesh) care to disagree, I'm genuinely interested.

0
0

Ofcom will not probe lesbian lizard snog in new Dr Who series

John H Woods
Silver badge

It would be plain rude to call him Mister Spock unless ...

... he was a surgeon?

0
0

Feds salute plucky human ROBOT-FIGHTERS

John H Woods
Silver badge

UK Robocalls

In order to get anything done at all (I work from home and have a landline telephone number ending 00xx, so it's early on in the robodial lists for this area) I have an answering machine silently answer all my calls. Messages are off but the announcement informs callers of the VIP code, which will actually cause the phone to ring; not before it tells them it is for the exclusive use of colleagues, friends and family -- and threatens other users with prosecution under the Computer Misuse Act if they proceed (one great thing about the CMA, you can give prosecute unauthorized users even if they know the password).

The machine has paid for itself many times over, fielding around 20-30 calls per working day.

1
0

Dropbox cuts cloud storage prices $10 per terabyte, matching Google and Microsoft

John H Woods
Silver badge

Re: "1 TB (1,000 GB)"

Oh I'm such an idiot; Muphry's Law again --- 1TB is exactly 1012 bytes

0
0
John H Woods
Silver badge

Re: "1 TB (1,000 GB)"

"Anyone who does the former [1TB = 1,000,000,000 bytes] should be fired..."

So, that'll be all the official standards bodies? RAM, being addressed in binary, traditionally got expressed using binary k, and disk, not being, traditionally got expressed in decimal k.

Now the official definition is 1TB = 1,000,000,000 bytes and 1TiB = 1,099,511,627,776 bytes. Of course, if someone uses MB, TB etc. to refer to RAM it's safe to assume they're talking MiB and TiB. But otherwise, I'm afraid 1TB really is exactly 109 bytes.

1
0

Cleversafe CEO: We would tell you about the 8TB drive, but...

John H Woods
Silver badge

Re: genome...

Human genome is about 3 Giga bases - four possible values for a base (A,C,G,T) so that's about 6 Gigabits without compression. Amusingly, that's about the same capacity as a CD! I'd expect an 8TB disk to hold the genome of at least 10,000 people - maybe 100,000 or a million with clever compression.

0
0

Raspberry Pi B+: PHWOAR, get a load of those pins

John H Woods
Silver badge

The only thing I missed on my B was ...

... a reset switch. Eventually I put a push-to-break in the USB power cable, ugly but functional.

2
0

IT blokes: would you say that LEWD comment to a man? Then don't say it to a woman

John H Woods
Silver badge

Re: The Vagenda ...

The Vagenda isn't man-hating - it's one of the reasons I love it. It's acerbic sometimes, funny and generally inclusive. Even this quote isn't from one of the authors - it's a quote from her (male) friend, whilst the article in which it appears "Running with Wolf Whistles" is actually very positive about the men the author has encountered whilst pounding the pavement.

1
0

Page: