* Posts by Steve Crook

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Vendors suspend tech orders as Brexit slaps Brit pound

Steve Crook

Re: Hedging

Amazed you got anyone to take on a transfer. Transferwise had put up the shutters from first thing yesterday.

The markets going to the shitters was always going to happen with a Leave. If things behave as normal, the £ will rise over the next couple of weeks to close to where it was prior to the vote as people (traders) come to realise the Four Horsemen are not abroad.

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Rejoice, fatties: Giving chocolate electric shocks makes it healthier

Steve Crook

I'm sure there's a Mick Jagger joke in there somewhere

> Scientists have reportedly managed to reduce the viscosity of a Mars bar by 43.5 per cent

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Energy companies aren't going to slurp your personal data. Honest

Steve Crook

Re: Murphy's Rule of Personal Data

Regardless of what's said now, at some point they'll ask (MI5, MI6, Police whoever) to be allowed to slurp and it'll be granted either because terrorism or because climate change. Or whatever we're supposed to be afraid of in 10 years time. Then it'll be the data from your smart thermostat and the monitoring device they've insisted you fit to the toilet bowl.

Still, as someone's bound to point out, if you've got nothing to hide, what's the harm????

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Developer waits two years for management to define project

Steve Crook

Management...

Are almost as bad as sales. Sales always change their minds, management never make theirs up.

Management wait until the last minute before making a decision and then want whatever it is delivered in less time than it took them to decide what they wanted. So, generally, if you say a project starts from the "I think we should..." moment and finished at the first release, 70% of the time passes before any development is even planned.

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Welcome to the jumbo: Axl Rose tries to take a bite out of 'Fat Axl' internet meme

Steve Crook

Slander: "the action or crime of making a false spoken statement damaging to a person's reputation".

He's indisputably fat. Therefore any statements implying it or stating it are true and not slander. What he wants is a law to prevent people from speaking a truth he doesn't want to hear...

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Steve Crook

Re: in Axl's defense

You mean apart from not eating as much and moving a bit more? Always worked for me, though it's always nice to know that black tar heroin is out there if I get really really desperate....

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Steve Crook

Streisand rides again.

Not heard anything about this until I read the article, and there wouldn't have been the article if Rose hadn't tried to get the stuff taken down. Doing this sort of thing is akin to poking a sleeping bear with a stick. There's only one outcome. Still, I'm sure England will provide a court and judge happy to ban it from viewing in England to protect his children from harm. He doesn't have children? His pets then...

Will they never learn?

Oh, of course he has another option. Lose weight.

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England just not windy enough for wind farms, admits renewables boss

Steve Crook

Re: Knuckling under

It's NOT a reg hack conclusion. The full context is that, without subsidy, onshore wind will never be cost competitive with gas. Because the turbines don't generate enough electricity, because there's not enough wind...

Which is strange when you think that, 15 years ago we were being told that wind power would solve our need for low carbon electricity and that issues surrounding intermittent operation were idiotic because 'the UK is very windy, and the wind is always blowing somewhere'.

Now, we're confronted with wind and solar operators installing DIESEL generators to cash in on the need for short term power generation to meet peak margin requirements. You couldn't make it up.

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Samsung: Don't install Windows 10. REALLY

Steve Crook

Samsung, update drivers or firmware...

Nahhh, it's old hardware, and they just can't be bothered when there's all this shiny new they want to sell.

Won't ever buy a Samsung smart TV again because I don't trust them to post the fixes for the security flaws that are undoubtedly in their software or fix the bugs for that matter.

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Steve Crook

Re: Your files are still where you left them

I asked for the upgrade on my PC nearly a month ago and finally gave up waiting to receive any notifications or a download of the update and had to go to the MS site and kick it off manually.

The upgrade went without a hitch and was done in about an hour (excluding the download).

So, as ever with this sort of thing, YMMV...

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$10bn Oracle v Google copyright jury verdict: Google wins, Java APIs in Android are Fair Use

Steve Crook

Re: @tekHedd - I haven't downvoted a post in a long time...

Software I wrote trapped the exceptions and logged a meaningful error message along with the stack trace. Shoot the developer not the language. Next to security, error handling is the most neglected part of software development. Not that they ever produced a stack trace of course :)

I can remember working with versions of AIX that seemed to specialise in producing short, cryptic and undocumented messages like "Your dorkle has snarfed". At one point I began to wonder if it wasn't all part of some clever game, where if I collected the messages and re-arranged correctly them I'd win a huge prize.

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Gillian Anderson: The next James Jane Bond?

Steve Crook

Re: " will have to to beat off stiff competition"

"I mean if there's any article where you're going to insert an extra entendre, it's going to be one on Bond"

I mean if there's any place where you're going to insert an extra entendre, it's going to be one on Bond

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Steve Crook
WTF?

" will have to to beat off stiff competition"

Really? I mean REALLY?

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Chaps make working 6502 CPU by hand. Because why not?

Steve Crook

There's probably someone already porting

DOOM.

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Work begins on Russian rival to Android

Steve Crook
Coat

Re: "Trusted"

Alexander Litvinenko agrees with you that Putin's reputation for dodgy dealings is largely a concoction of the state controlled western media....

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A cracked window on the International Space Station? That's not good

Steve Crook

Now, about that launch

Of a tonne of 1mm ball bearings Mr Bond....

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36 idiots running SAP under attack after flubbing 2010 patch

Steve Crook

Re: No, not really child's play

It's a choice, isn't it.

Either the enterprise decides to 'go down' for a time to get everything patched and up-to-date and risks pissing off customers when it all goes tits up, or it takes the risk of a security breach. No brainer, you take the risk of a breach because the financial hurt from a badly applied update (and the cost of updating) far outweighs the one from a security break, if it ever happens. I say this after hearing Dido Harding on the radio this a.m. gushing about TT's last quarter and how the business is bouncing back...

I don't see this changing any time soon. Probably until companies are forced to disclose *how* they were breached and, after that, the first successful class action suit from people who's data was stolen via an exploit that should have been patched years back.

Not holding my breath mind you...

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At the BBC, Agile means 'making it up as we go along'

Steve Crook

Envy of the World.

Yup, there must be broadcasters the world over who envy the BBC their ability to piss away the odd £75m - £100m without risking anyone's job.

Look at the timeline for this project and they started it almost at the same time as the Digital Media Initiative collapsed in on itself.

So they definitely learned a lesson, though probably not the one we were hoping...

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Clucking hell! Farcical free-range egg standard pecked apart by app

Steve Crook

And the information is...

Accurate? Just wait for the lawsuit when the app tells people that Brand A is clucking unhappy, when, in fact, it's clucking cheerful.

This has all of the reliability problems of any aggregation interface combined with an additional set presented by its immediacy.

As for getting involved in politics and showing contributions from businesses to politicians, jeebus.

Nice idea. but I'd imagine this has lawyers uninvolved in Oracle vs Google or Samsung vs Apple thinking that they might not have missed out after all :-|

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Vinyl LPs to top 3 million sales in Blighty this year

Steve Crook

By the Look Of The Best Sellers

It's the boomers that are buying them.

Still got my LPs, still play them, but the only thing I really miss are the sleeves and the notes and inserts that went with them. The warped discs, dished discs, off centre holes, mold release stuck in the grooves, plicks, plits and 'bedazzled' scratches I can do without. Ahh, how I fondly remember the repeated visits to the local record shops to exchange an LP for the umpteenth time in the vain hope of getting a copy that was remotely playable. Not.

OTOH, give me a free FLAC copy with my vinyl purchase and I might be interested...

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China enacts 'real name policy' for internet addresses

Steve Crook
Coat

Still,

Imagine how much worse it would have been if China hadn't hosted the Olympics....

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Mal Men men hit LiveJournal with Angler exploit kit

Steve Crook

Ad Blockers?

Want me to stop using them? Fix this sort of thing...

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Is iOS 9.3 Apple's worst ever update? First it bricks iThings, now Safari is busted

Steve Crook

Re: apple did release a range of plastic straps

You forgot "rain". God bless English.

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Swedish publishers plan summer ‘Block Party’ to thwart ad blockers

Steve Crook

Re: Good Luck

As a general thing, if that's what they want to do, then they can say goodbye to any visits to their sites for a month and, once I can do without them for a month, I can do without them at all...

Was that the intent?

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Ad-blockers are a Mafia-style 'protection racket' – UK's Minister of Fun

Steve Crook

Re: Takes one to know one

The operative word in that paragraph is "USE". If you can show them that, despite having the equipment, it's not actually in a position to use the service without significant effort, there's not much they can do.

Otherwise we'd all be paying just because we own a computer.

All of which points up just how much of an imposition this poll tax is. Subscriptions :-)

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More and more Brits are using ad-blockers, says survey

Steve Crook

Re: Ad free please

Sounded just like the sort of thing I've been looking for.

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Steve Crook

Re: Ad free please

Dude, the world already knows that. Besides no-one really cares how often you visit pornhub...

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Steve Crook

Ad free please

I'd rather pay £25 a year and have an ad free service from all the sites I visit. Hell will freeze over before I click on an advert in a browser, so the best anyone's going to get is thousandth's of a penny per ad per page view.

I pay a central service, and like the performing rights society it divvies out a sum to all the sites I visit. Top up as and when necessary.

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GitHubber wants to revive the first Unix in a PDP-7 emulator

Steve Crook
Coat

I did wonder why on earh anyone would want to do it...

Because it's not there...

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Google human-like robot brushes off beating by puny human – this is how Skynet starts

Steve Crook

Loved the last bit

Where it was sneaking out the back for a quick fag...

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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Star Wars Special Editions

Steve Crook
WTF?

Confused

You stopped reading the galaxies greatest comic to read a star wars magazine? Really? I struggled to read past that devastating nugget of information. WTF obviously.

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That's cute, Germany – China shows the world how fusion is done

Steve Crook

Re: Soon...

"Come on. You can do this. Try really hard. Fight it. You can form your own opinions if you really really try."

It is actually possible to be suspicious of the motivations of the Chinese without being remote controlled by the US...

The Chinese have always taken an admirably long term view of things and are, generally, more inclined to tunnel under walls than engage in frontal assaults. Unlike the US. But they'll still do anything and everything to protect their interests, just the same way the UK did when it had clout. It's why they're making islands and putting military bases on them...

Can't help remember what the 'friends of China' said when there was opposition to China hosting the Olympics. 'It'll be a boost towards sorting out human rights issues and help make China more open'. Hows that working out guys? Thought so...

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The last time Earth was this hot hippos lived in Britain (that’s 130,000 years ago)

Steve Crook

Re: @Douglas Lowe It's true!

"It's called "science" - you know"

No it isn't. It's called engineering.

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Enraged Brits demand Donald Trump UK ban

Steve Crook

Re: Just underscores that the UK does not have freedom of speech

Yup, I bet Trump and his supporters are really worried and monitoring the growth of the petition in the UK because of all the damage it's going to do to his campaign in the US. Not.

For those that voted in the petition, have you not been paying attention? This is what Trump wants, the more he appears to have upset SJW's, the more he appeals to his core audience who already feel ignored and alienated in their own country and the more chance there is of him getting the nomination.

Before everyone cheers thinking this'll mean 4 years of Hillary, it very probably will, but there's many a slip between cup and lip...

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Microsoft rides to Dell's rescue, wrecks rogue root certificate

Steve Crook

Re: Well holy crap...

For those who want to know there's this:

http://www.dell.com/support/article/us/en/19/SLN300321

Which is a description (and an almost apology) for the problem, along with a detailed instructions on how to get rid of the offending items.

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Mozilla: Five... Four... Three... Two... One... Thunderbirds are – gone

Steve Crook

Re: Escape from Lemming Mode

"Under new, non-suicidal management, perhaps we will see a Thunderbird renaisance"

LibreMail?

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Dell computers bundled with backdoor that blurts hardware fingerprint to websites

Steve Crook
Headmaster

You can do better

"fingerprint that potentially identifies a person while she browses across the web"

Are you saying this only affects women? Alternatively, you could do this:

"fingerprint that potentially identifies people while they browse across the web"

And avoid looking like someone hamstrung by gender issues :-)

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Superfish 2.0: Dell ships laptops, PCs with huge internet security hole

Steve Crook

Bugger

There was me going to buy a new XPS 13. Perhaps not.

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Mostly harmless: Berlin boffins bleat post epic TrueCrypt audit feat

Steve Crook

Re: Tin foil

You think they haven't thought of that? The tin foil thing is a bluff, people think they're safe, but they aren't. In fact, the recorders have been miniaturised and distributed as dust across the whole world. Whenever the government want information they just send in people with vacuum cleaners. They got the idea from a series of short stories by Bob Shaw...

You think all this talk of drones is true? They just send a signal to the transmitters in a specific area and they detonate. It looks like a missile explosion, but it isn't. The drones are just a convenient cover.

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Storm in a teacup: Wileyfox does Android cheapie, British style

Steve Crook

Sounds good. But.

Unconvinced by the 32gb max. Shame there's no SD or a 64gb option. Dual SIM is good though.

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Self-driving vehicles might be autonomous but insurance pay-outs probably won't be

Steve Crook

Missing the point.

If accident rates are lower than accident rates with driven cars (which they'll have to be for the cars to be acceptable) then the insurance premiums will be lower.

As for attribution of fault, I'm assuming that the driverless cars will have (at the very least) front and rear cameras, a full record of what the system thought it was doing around the time the crash occurred, speed, distance from other cars, air temp and very probably road conditions.

I suspect that it's a non issue.

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Apollo 15 commander's lunar timepiece goes under the hammer

Steve Crook

It's a magic trick

After going under the hammer the bits are rolled into a hanky and magically reconstituted by The Amazing Randi.

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Google Chromecast 2015: Puck-on-a-string fun ... why not, for £30?

Steve Crook

Re: Wireless is about mobility not connectivity

Raspi2 if you're going to buy one.

I have one, working with a Harmony remote via the Flirc R/C receiver and they all co-operate together with Kodi. The Harmony config program has a built in for the Flirc. Only thing that doesn't work out of the box is page up/page down, but you can fix those with a bit of reconfig of the Harmony and Kodi.

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Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell: El Reg on the hydrogen highway

Steve Crook

Re: Why use pure hydrogen?

The problem with any form of transportation based on electricity is that it requires... electricity. Which has to be generated. There's a lot of energy in a tank of petrol, and the numbers get quite scary if you assume that 25% of domestic motoring is done by Nissan Leaf drivers. Big implications for generating infrastructure, and we're having enough trouble generating the power we need now...

The big advantage of fuel cells is that you don't have to dig up the entire country to lay cables for EV charging points and see all the front gardens in the UK paved over by car owners installing charging points (~40% of domestic cars have no off street parking).

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Roku 4 specs leak: Yes, it's got 4K streaming and a games controller

Steve Crook

Re: Codecs?

It would be interesting to know. Last time I looked at this (while I was ripping some of my Blurays) there wasn't much, if any, hardware support for h265(HEVC). Remember reading an El Reg article (I think) that there was some kerfuffle about adopting a common, open and freely licensed codec for UHD content and that world plus dog were actually looking at Google's offering or but mostly anything that wasn't h265.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/09/01/alliance_for_open_media/

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Steve Crook
Joke

Re: Seems underpowered

Yeah I was wondering about how well it would do on a Crysis 3 benchmark :-)

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Dear do-gooders, you can't get rid of child labour just by banning it

Steve Crook

The reason for making it illegal

Is that it makes it an enforcement problem. SJW's get to puff their chests out because they've done the difficult bit and also have the opportunity to criticise the authorities for not doing enough as illustrated by a lack of convictions. Win win.

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VW: Just the tip of the pollution iceberg. Who's to blame? Hippies

Steve Crook

"the hazards of neutron embrittlement."

Would that explain the pain in my right hip?

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Asus ZenBook UX305: With Windows 10, it suddenly makes perfect sense

Steve Crook

RAM?

"Running the show is an Intel Core M 5Y10 processor with 8GB of RAM"

But when I go to the ASUS site the specs say 4GB. Which is correct?

Would've liked a 256GB SSD, but in all other respects this is the laptop I've been looking for if it's got 8GB to play with.

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We tried using Windows 10 for real work and ... oh, the horror

Steve Crook

Re: Are you ready? Probably not.

Fell back over my comment and I was completely wrong about the mess Win10 would generate. Good job no-one cares one way or the other what I think. Life as a commentard is good!

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