* Posts by Simon Rockman

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This is why copy'n'paste should be banned from developers' IDEs

Simon Rockman

It's all about the annual review

One company i worked for measured programmer performance by the number of lines of code written.

You'd get marked down for elegance.

That's what happens when you have people who can't code in charge of coders.

And I was one of them.

So the coders in my team made me write a little bit just to go all the way through using the dev system.

Simon

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'Blue light services will get 4G on London Tube!' Cool, how? 'Errrrm...'

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Re: Seems to be an error there.

As much as I think everything is wrong with ESN I don't think there is any element of cronyism going on here.

The project is a poison chalice and no one in government would want to hand it to their mates.

EE has other reasons for this and it's not money.

Simon

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It's not just contention which is an issue. There is a system called MTPAS which gives the blue light services priority.

Unfortunately if you switch off access to people who don't have MTPAS you might leave someone at the top of a burning building or under collapsed rubble with no means of communicating.

Simon

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Att: Windows Phone owners: Win 10 Mobile has been spotted and it wants your phone

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I must be a masochist

I bought one - full retail in a shop and everything - yesterday.

I loved my 930, moved to both an LG G4 and a Samsung S6 Edge, and thought them painful after the 930. I only changed because I killed the 930 in the rain during : http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/10/10/atom_merci_mission/

Simon

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Randall Munroe spoke to The Reg again. We're habit-forming that way

Simon Rockman

If you try the hoverboard game..

Try ignoring the "RETURN TO PLAY AREA" request. There is lots either side to explore.

http://xkcd.com/1608/

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TalkTalk incident management: A timeline

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Re: christ

This is exactly how services like Stripe and Braintree work.

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Lotus F1: 38°C? Sand in your Vblocks? Must be building a data center in Bahrain again

Simon Rockman

Re: 100% reliable

Except there isn't just one thing to go wrong per race, there are tens of thousands per lap.

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A thousand mile Atom merci mission: Driving from Monaco to London in an open-topped motor

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Re: Not So Clever

The owner had spent a lot of time on the phone to the DVLA in advance of the trip. It was agreed that by the simple application of money - and having an MOT booked for arrival - the problems would go away.

In practice the car didn't attend the MOT it was booked for but was taken off-road on arrival and then trailered to Ariel the next day.

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Simon Rockman

Re: Another go?

Yes, in fact the car is currently back at Ariel in Somerset and we are thinking of a trip back to London in it.

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Simon Rockman

Re: lack of self cancelling indicators?

What I don't get with MX-5s is why there are so few of them. I drove the new 1.5 last week and it's amazing. Sweet, beautifully handling and everything falls to place. I really, really want one.

But it's not savage like an Atom. It doesn't have the grabbing the horizon and pulling it towards you brutality.

But yes, there are lots of good heart as well as head reasons to buy an MX-5 over an Atom.

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Tiny Robot Smartphone: Invasion Earth 2016 – prepare to be facially recognised humans

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Of course it runs Android.

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Testing CarPlay with Apple’s most expensive ever accessory

Simon Rockman

Re: Walled garden strikes again

It's very unusual for a Walled Garden to be beneficial but I think in the case of automotive, where there are significant safety and security issues it can be justified.

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Spirit of the Ghost: Taking a Rolls-Royce Wraith around France

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There is a fantastic book on this: Kidnap of the Flying Lady: How Germany Captured Both Rolls-Royce & Bentley

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Kidnap-Flying-Lady-Captured-Rolls-Royce/dp/0760316864/

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Re: Satnav

The village being St Jean Cap Ferrat, home to Sir Andrew Lloyd Weber, and a place which Chris Evans described as being unaffordable even when he'd just sold Virgin Radio isn't too shabby for a Rolls Royce. Cars we've seen there include Aventadors, Spykers, a Towns Lagonda, an early Countach and a Bugatti TYpe 35. Even if it was a Pur Sang that's a million pound car.

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Mobile phones are the greatest poverty-reducing tech EVER

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It may be the "Govenments", setting the rules but in practice it's the regulators who are much, much too cosy with those they regulate - particularly in emerging markets.

The telcos use the banks services because they have to. They are made to do so by the regulators. Hmm, I wonder why that happens. And it happens in spite of the banks not because of them.

I've been in meetings where regulators have said "Anyone in our country can have an e-money licence", and an operator from that country said "we applied and didn't get one". The regulator said "That's because we decided that when you said you wanted it you didn't really". It's pathetic, and keeping the poor, poor.

Everyone hates their bank. I remember I said to someone I was off to a meeting with my bank and his response was "give them hell". I was going there to open an account so that wasn't necessary, but the assumption is that banks will give you shit service and treat your money like it belongs to them.

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The banks are evil. They work with the regulators to slow down the roll-out of mobile money and in doing so keep the poorest people poor.

I worked in Mobile Money for the GSMA and went to meetings with operators, banks and regulators. They all make noises about "working together" but the truth is that the biggest success, M-Pesa in Kenya happened on the quiet without any grand plan.

I sat next to the architect for M-pesa at a conference. Someone on the stage was extolling the virtues of mobile money and m-pesa in particular so I asked the chap next to me "is he right", the answer I got was "Yes, but what he's missing is that it worked because the banks didn't see us coming".

Now they have seen mobile money coming they don't want the telcos eating their lunch. They ignore the fact that due to M-pesa the number of bank accounts in Kenya has tripled and instead take the view that they don't want to do banking for poor people and they don't want anyone else doing it either.

So they scream "know your customer", "money laundering" and "financing of terrorism" as reasons why the telcos shouldn't be allowed to do it. Many of the poorest people in the world don't even know their date of birth much less have a piece of paper proving it.

There is a reason for this. Banking is the easiest business in the world. Stock is other people's money. In any other business if you sold the same stock to lots of people you'd be done for fraud. Try to invent the idea of a "liquidity ratio" in any other business you'd go to prison for trading while insolvent.

It's so easy the telcos can afford to do it for free. They give consumers free money transfer because they know that when the money arrives at the other end the recipient will buy a top-up and that's where they make their money.

If I want to send £100 from London to Paris, Western Union will charge me £14 to do it. I sat at a fat cats dinner financed by Western Union and thought "I'm being fed by the poorest people in the world".

Gates is right in "We need banking not banks".

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Hutchison will float O2 … as soon as the Three merger is done

Simon Rockman

Surley 02 + 3 = 5

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Doctor Who storms back in fine form with Season 9 opener The Magician's Apprentice

Simon Rockman

Loved it

But then A knights tale is one of my favourite films.

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US Catholic Church launches app for Jesus-phone

Simon Rockman

I think there is..

A special version for tablets..

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Doctor Who returns to our screens next week – so, WHO is the worst Time Lord of them all?

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Bear in mind

One of the best episodes was "Blink" which pretty much didn't have the doctor in it.

I really like Eccleston because he too the really difficult task of rejuvenating the programme the BBC had neglected and making it work. It's a shame he didn't stick around.

Quite a lot of the "best" doctor comments reflect the age demographic of Reg readers.

The programme needs to reflect on getting rid of K-9 because he made it too easy to get out of tricky situations and then doing exactly the same thing with the sonic screwdriver.

Simon

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'A word processor so simple my PA could use it': Joyce turns 30

Simon Rockman

Wow! Only one upvote? And that's mine. Jon Ritman wrote PCW Batman.

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Ofcom issues stern warning over fake caller number ID scam

Simon Rockman

I've had three junk calls to my mobile today. Two from 01 and one from an 08 number.

I have a cunning plan.

Simon

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Microsoft's 'successful' Nokia slurp kills off Lumia photo apps

Simon Rockman

lemon soaked paper napkins

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Take two mobes into the shower? I didn't before, but I do now

Simon Rockman

Re: Useful for tablets?

Yes. They cite using an iPod touch as a phone

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Shadow minister for Fun calls for Openreach separation

Simon Rockman

According to Think Broadband

UK FTTP is 0.8 per cent.

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Could our fear of fracking be appeased with CO2 sequestration?

Simon Rockman

It was interesting to hear Germaine Greer on the radio at the weekend being pro-fracking.

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EE Harrier Mini grounded by errant Wi-Fi calling upgrade

Simon Rockman

Re: the same way that bricks don't.

Yellow

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Home Office seeks advice on Police Radio omnishambles

Simon Rockman

A friend once told me that they don't have a witness protection scheme for the Parks Police, because "The Parks don't have grasses".

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PALE, MALE AND STALE: Apple reveals it has just ONE black exec

Simon Rockman

When I worked at Motorola there were plenty of technical women in senior roles. Engineers, VPs, program managers, developers. For an old-fashioned Mid-west company it was surprisingly not male dominated in engineering.

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Intel building Xeon into lapwarmers as designers, content creators call the shots

Simon Rockman

Re: I always hated self-propelled workstations

If you are editing 4K video while on location it makes sense.

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Susan Sheridan, voice of Hitchhiker's Trillian, dies aged 68

Simon Rockman

Re: Wonerful lady

Keep the change

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Too much vino? LG brings Wine Smart oldster-mobe to Europe

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Re: Choice

There are quite a few 3G senior phones - Doro 615 and 624. But anyway it's far more likely that 2G will outlive 3G. One network gave a 2020 close-down date for 3G and 2025 for 2G

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Hacklands introducing geeks to something called 'outdoors'

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UK's first 'DIY DAB' multiplex goes live in Brighton

Simon Rockman

Re: Picture

Pah, sold out

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Simon Rockman

The girls are clearly there because..

It's pride weekend in Brighton.

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Mobiles? What are they? Nokia immerses itself in virtual reality cameras

Simon Rockman

That's just what I thought when I saw it

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Sri Lanka braves monsoon with Loon broadband balloons

Simon Rockman

Re: balloon count

The way Loon works, with the balloons constantly moving and changing height to get to different parts of the jet-stream to move in different directions (there is a good YouTube video on this about the New Zealand trial) you need several balloons repositioning for each active one.

It's a fascinating project but I don't think politically workable.

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And on that bombshell: Top Gear's Clarkson to reappear on Amazon

Simon Rockman

That Jeremy Clarkson

Once changed the wheel for me on my Lancia Delta 1500.

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Ford's parallel PARCing: Motor giant tries to craft new tech just like Xerox

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Re: I love driving

It's weight in printer ink? Do you realise how much that is? I once worked out that if you filled the petrol tank of a £300,000 Lamborghini Aventador with printer ink, the ink would cost more than the car.

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Simon Rockman

It will change from insurance to product liability.

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Simon Rockman

From talking to lots of car companies - the mostly autonomous car really isn't that far way. Five to ten years.

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'Untraceable' VoIP caller ID-spoofing website accepts Bitcoin

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I know someone who had a revenue-shared 0705 number. He'd court the spammers and keep them on the line as long as possible raking in the cash. He built quite an elegant solution which even had a social good element sending the revenue to South African townships.

You can't revenue share 0705 any more.

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Reg scribe feels disturbance in the force at secret Empire Strikes Back screening

Simon Rockman

Re: Costs - worth every penny

I took my son (17), girlfriend and her son (13). We all enjoyed it but my son *loved* it. I can't remember him being so happy. I think the highlight for him was when a Jawa stole his watch.

He said that he's taught himself to lucid dream and has put himself in the scenario which Secret Cinema built.

I like the ban on phones/cameras, not for the secrecy but it meant the place wasn't full of people taking selfies.

I agree it's worth putting the effort into dressing up (something I did badly), I don't think it too expensive. My only criticism is that the toilets were outside and going to them broke the fourth wall.

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Happy birthday, Amiga: The 'other' home computer turns 30

Simon Rockman

I loved the Amiga, I still have a Robo City News t-shirt from the second devcon, '85 I think.

I came back from the event and persuaded the publishers I worked for that they should let me launch Amiga Computing magazine.

Hmm, must get the emulator to play all that old Rainbird stuff.

Simon

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Tuesday, Wednesday break my heart. Thursday doesn't even start. Friday I'm in .love

Simon Rockman

all_you_need_is

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Vodafone tests Ericsson Radio Dots on corporate big cheeses

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Re: Wrong Station

No, Voda also has a Waterloo office

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Emergency-service comms omnishambles worsens as HP dives for the door

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Re: What I want to know is

That pic came from the Met press office, it's funny that no-one there spotted it either.

Simon

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The modest father of SMS, who had much to be modest about

Simon Rockman

Re: "Pizza had nothing to do with SMS"

It's ironic. And seeing as I often get praise for the great stuff the subs do, I'll put my hand up as the person who chose the pic.

Simon

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Jolla cuts hardware biz loose to concentrate on Sailfish licensing

Simon Rockman

Having spent a lot of time talking to people who've attempted such a "simple" change it's anything but.

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Mobe encryption guru Charles Brookson picks up OBE from the Queen

Simon Rockman

Re: Secure from the security services?

Security services don't need to crack the encryption, all mobile networks have a lawful interception clause written into their licences. The security services can just wave a piece of paper to listen.

Of course they can't do this in countries where they don't have control, but then some countries are not allowed full strength encryption.

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