* Posts by Andy Davies

158 posts • joined 21 Jul 2006

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Saudis go ape, detain Swedish monkeys at border

Andy Davies

When I was last there it was widely believed that the main de-sal plants were nuclear!

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Instead of public sector non-jobbery, Martha, how about creating REAL entrepreneurs?

Andy Davies

Re: Kinquering Congs their titles take

and...

" we very rarely seem to build up new entreprenurial companies that then go global....

...this again clashes with the usual diagnosis that being British is excessively rapacious ..."

The East India Company comes to mind - outrageously successful for a very very long time --- if only they'd had vaseline for those cartridges.....

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HP Stream x360: Flippable and stylish Chromebook killer

Andy Davies

Re: Hmmm

,,, it's got usb 3.0 - shove a spare laptop hdd in a £5 case ...

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Boffins: Large Hadron Collider NOW movin', we're getting down and crush groovin'

Andy Davies

Re: "we will learn if the 2 years of repairs worked ,,"

I don't remember actually being told they'd broken their toy the last time they used it!

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BOFH: Never mind that old brick, look at this ink-stained BEAUTY

Andy Davies

Re: LP05?!? Why not an IBM 1403N1?

Somewhere in the Midlands, in what by now is probably a desirable live/work conversion, there is an old Victorian iron pillar with the upper-case alphabet plus numerals stamped in a spiral around it.

One day an engineer, either hung over or on a promise, did a rush job of inserting a custom character in the print chain (not drum in this case). Now IBM issued special sets of graduated fractional-ounce torque spanners so this job could be done properly, but they weren't used. On test the chain snapped, came straight through the printer casing and wrapped round said pillar, with the results described. Fortunately the engineer was not in the way - the chain would not have slowed measurably if he had been.

I'd forgotten about bursters - jeez - I used to take home the cylinders of carbon paper and saw them up to fuel our solid fuel boiler!

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Dutch Transport Inspectorate raid Uber's Amsterdam office

Andy Davies

Re: I like their complaint

I'm amazed by the number of down-votes for uber - I had no idea so many ex-IT types were now driving cabs <g>

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Switch it off and on again: How peers failed to sneak Snoopers' Charter into terror bill

Andy Davies

Re: Experts?

"degree that required differential equations and linear algebra ...."

'O' level maths required differential equations and linear algebra .. well 'Ordinary Alternative' did.

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UK Supreme Court waves through indiscriminate police surveillance

Andy Davies

ASSumption

Please tell me it's Lord Alfred Stephen Sumption!

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Broadband routers: SOHOpeless and vendors don't care

Andy Davies

Re: Advice?

"A modestly outfitted PC with at least 2 NIC cards can work just as well." - which is exactly what of the shelf routers are!

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Andy Davies

Re: I honestly don't know what to do about this?

... well there were a few suggestions if you watched the video

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Andy Davies

Re: OpenWRT?

If you watched the video the guy said that BSD systems shared these vulnerabilities.

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BOFH: The Great HellDesk geek leave seek

Andy Davies

Re: This sounds horribly familiar

like filling in detailed timesheets - I always used to put down an hour or so as 'filling in timesheet' <g>

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Whitehall at war: Govt’s webocrats trash vital digital VAT site

Andy Davies

Re: This is the kind of nonsense comment that show HMRC has work to do

Also, if the buyer is in the EU (determined by the IP address of the browser) but the billing address is outside the EU then VAT is to be charged at the rate prevailing in the country of the IP address. This prevents someone declaring they live outside the EU to avoid VAT but then download their digital goody within the EU.

and what about people outside the EU who find download of digital content is blocked to their local IP addr? It's pretty trivial to 'use an IP addr in a different geographical location' but this now means paying VAT for something to be used outside of the EU!

Anyone know the VAT rate in the USA/ Jersey/ IoM/ Andorra/ ...?

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Andy Davies

Re: Sounds to me....

CCTA ... created PRINCE and ITIL, amongst other things...

'nuff said - probably said repeatedly and at great length, to the detriment of actually doing stuff. With the new team churning out endless manuals it looks like same old same old.

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Andy Davies

The Digital by Default Service Standard is a set of criteria for digital teams building government services to meet.

The Digital by Default Service Standard is a set of criteria to be met by digital teams building government services

fixed that for you!

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Ofcom mulls selling UK govt's IPv4 cache amid IPv6 rollout flak

Andy Davies

Re: Does anyone actually use IPv6

I for one would be very cautious about allowing IPv6 traffic to pass through a corporate router to/from the outside world.

... or a home router come to that!

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Independent inquiry into British air-traffic-control IT nightmare

Andy Davies

Re: Stick with the dancing job!

"Software code doesn't deteriorate with age."

.. and I'm fairly sure that S390 could be run either natively or with an emulator in VM's

- several in parallel with robust fail-over if wanted.

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BT to gobble EE for £12.5bn – BTEE phone home

Andy Davies

What goes around comes around...

My first ever phone was a nokia - http://www.shinyshiny.tv/nokia%20brick.jpg

it is still in my car as my emergency phone

it contains my first ever sim - from BT

which became O2

which became EE

which became - BT

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Yotaphone 2: The two-faced pocket-stroker with '100 hours' batt life

Andy Davies

Re: The price makes me wince a little

Yes, I thought it looked quite interesting until I got to the bit about it costing five week's income for a single state pensioner!

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Festive streamers caught in Vulture's claws: Gadget-ogle for audiophiles, video geeks

Andy Davies

Re: It's all too complicated

Bluetooth Audio streamer - 'comes with 3.5 to phono adapter'.

why not cut out the middle man and save £90 - £150?

Just buy the 3.5 to phono adapter; plug it into a spare phone at one end and Hi-Fi at the other - 32 Gb on tap (I use an old Nokia that cost as much as a useable small car back then).

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Are MPs smarter than 5-year-olds? We'll soon find out at coding school – Berners-Lee

Andy Davies

Re: Engineers in Parliament

"...GCSE maths actually now includes a section on making and testing hypotheses which, however limited, is progress."

It may be progress, but it isn't maths!

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Bendy, but hangs loose too: Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 10-inch Android tab

Andy Davies

no HDMI output ...that’s not so much a big a deal

yes it is

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Rosetta probot drilling DENIED: Philae has its 'LEG in the AIR'

Andy Davies

bounced and re-landed

Great effort, but I was a little surprised that it re-landed - I would have thought that 1m/s would be above escape velocity (the first bounce speed according to TV reports). No maths, just my wag.

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Microsoft: It's TIME at LAST. Yes - .NET is going OPEN and X-PLATFORM

Andy Davies

Nice! now how about us wrinklies?

If there are any ms lurkers out there - the source code for Visual Foxpro would make lots of happy programmers feel really old!

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EU battles over 'anti-terrorist' passenger records slurper law

Andy Davies

Curious name

Dutch MEP Sophie In’t Veld - 'in the field'.

Seems I'm not the only one who thinks so - from WikiP:

A Washington judge ruled in 2009 that the United States government does not need to explain to Dutch MEP Sophie in 't Veld why she must undergo additional security checks each time she visits the US

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The 'fun-nification' of computer education – good idea?

Andy Davies

"To be good at Computer Science you need Maths and Physics,"

Maybe, but CS is only loosely related to coding - as a couple of generations of CS graduates found out when they got their first jobs.

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Banking apps: Handy, can grab all your money... and RIDDLED with coding flaws

Andy Davies

'an analysis of 705 million lines of code as used by 1,316 enterprise applications carried out by software analysis and measurement firm CAST'

they analysed 705 million lines of code?

no, they didn't.

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Microsoft walks into a bar. China screams: 'Eww is that Windows 8? GET OUT OF HERE'

Andy Davies

The US and EU could and should have used the same tactic - after all buyer pressure is part of the free market!

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ENTIRE UNIVERSE created in supercomputer. Not THIS universe (probably)

Andy Davies

Re: We could be in a simulation

A simulation of what?

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Nokia, new CEO Rajeev Suri, and BEELLIONS of euros burning a hole in the bank

Andy Davies

"Nokia...is still viewed as a safe bet by a lot of European pension funds."

Which may go some way to explain why pension funds are no longer viewed as a safe bet by a lot of Europeans!

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Scandal-hit Co-op Bank's CIO hits eject button after one year

Andy Davies

CV to die for!

Coleman became CIO in April 2013, having served briefly as CIO for specialist businesses in the Co-operative Group. Before that, Coleman led IT development at the Nationwide Building Society for nearly three years, and was HBOS's head of IT for eight years

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Blighty goes retro with 12-sided pound coin

Andy Davies

y -

The old 12-sided thruppeny bit broke the centuries old practice of having a coherent set of currency - well three sets if you count gold: copper (bronze), silver (cupronickel) ... and gold.

Coins increased in size related to value and were exactly proportional in weight. Banks supplied bags and 'copper' and 'silver' could all be weighed together. With the new coin they had to introduce a 3d bag. Last time I checked there were bags for copper, 20p, 50p amd £1s.

If the mint want to show off let them introduce a complete coherent range of coinage. There could be a good argument for dropping 1p and 2p altogether?

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Europe approves common charger standard for mobe-makers

Andy Davies

Re: Suck it, Apple.

yes but!

is it only me that's confused by this 'standard'?

between phones, various sized laptops, cameras and mp3 players I've got at least half a dozen different incompatible micro-USB leads.

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NSA's TURBINE robot can pump 'malware into MILLIONS of PCs'

Andy Davies

Re: It's time for the next step in computer security

Interestingly, Google is dropping support for XMPP on April 1st.

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PM Cameron leaps aboard Internet of Thingies

Andy Davies

What is the Internet of Things, really?

ipv6

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Boeing going ... GONE: Black phone will SELF-DESTRUCT in 30 secs

Andy Davies

Sherlock

Somebody at Boeing been watching a re-run?

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Don't go away, IBM and SAP – Larry's not finished with you yet

Andy Davies

I'd probably have believed it, if it wasn't Gartner saying it!

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Our Milky Way galaxy is INSIDE OUT. Just as we suspected, mutter boffins

Andy Davies

Re: Many dimensions

I think that what you are trying to say is: what goes around comes around?

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ICO to focus only on 'serious, repeat' data-protection offenders

Andy Davies

Them as can do IT

Them as can't teach IT

Them as can't teach migrate to semi-IT quangos like the ICO

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How much did NSA pay to put a backdoor in RSA crypto? Try $10m – report

Andy Davies

Re: @VernonDozier: What the hell am I reading?

iirc Messrs. Rivest, Shamir & Adelman discovered an encryption method based on the fact that with known methods it takes an infeasible amount of computation to factorise the product of two large primes.

RSA Inc. may have had encryption patents but they weren't on the basic method - even in the USA you can't patent mathematics.

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Andy Davies

Re: unlike in the UK....

... correction: Russia and America saved the world (i.e Europe) some 70 years ago.

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When the lights went out: My 'leccy-induced, bog floor crawling HORROR

Andy Davies

Re: Stars in my Pocket

I've still got the ones I bought from el Reg - only the blue ones ever worked well but they're still going

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Codd almighty! How IBM cracked System R

Andy Davies

You had to be there..

..when you'd learnt to program with flat files and moved on to hierarchical the mental contortions needed to think in relational terms were horrendous. Relational was just not a programmers' way of thinking.

The conversion was worth the effort but I suspect that the success of relational databases wasn't just down to SQL - "Locking and concurrency issues were tackled, too.... the hard problems were: recovery, transaction commit, concurrency control... " it was also the fact these issues had been handled for you, having tried to write recovery logic for a double-chained IBM database system at the beginning of the 70's I have a vague idea just how hard those problems were.

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Three Men in a Tardis

Andy Davies

Is it really 25 years since I sat in the office reading .exe?

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Andy Davies

Re: I would complain if you didn't start at zeroth.

most people think they did.

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Every man, woman and child in the UK paid HP £21 last year

Andy Davies

GPO

So HMG now pay more to BT, which they used to own, than they got when they sold It.

Nice!

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The Schmidt hits the Man: NSA spying on Google servers? 'OUTRAGEOUS!'

Andy Davies
Big Brother

Curiously my emailled link to this article was redirected to a Cisco 'Dangerous Page' warning.

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Bucket? Check. Toilet plunger? Check. El Reg's 50 years of Doctor Who

Andy Davies

Time travel

"Time travel the easy way. (We lied, there is no easy way)" - of course there is, I do it all the time: steadily forward at 1 year pa.

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Microsoft covers Brit who penetrated Windows 8.1 with GOLD

Andy Davies

50 posts and no-one admits to not knowing what 'mitigation bypass' means - on a quick check Google doesn't know either!

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Down with Unicode! Why 16 bits per character is a right pain in the ASCII

Andy Davies

We never had these problems with EBCDIC - although variable length coding of characters goes back at least as far as Morse code.

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