* Posts by FlatSpot

199 posts • joined 18 Feb 2008

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Tesla reveals Powerwall battery packs for homes, Powerpacks for cities

FlatSpot
Holmes

Re: "the horrors of an electric stove"

Considerably safer than gas as well for old people with limited mobility. Once you've tried induction you will never go back.

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E-voting and the UK election: Pick a lizard, any lizard

FlatSpot

It's not broken don't fix it

We need proportional representation not e-voting and postal fraud.

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FAIL

Re: Please, no e-voting!

Not correct at all, having the physical ballot papers enabled hand writing analysis to determine that they were filled in with a high degree of certainty by the same hand.

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NINETY PER CENT of Java black hats migrate to footling Flash

FlatSpot

Re: Well that took a long time...

I'm not sure that the architecture and specifically the cost of running that architecture was really available until fairly recently. IT has matured and the total cost has come down making it feasible to have millions of PCs hitting your update service 24/7, the cost of running that 15-20yrs ago (for "free") would have sunk most companies.

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Vodafone: Can't make calls on our network? Use Wi-Fi

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Paris Hilton

Re: EE femtocell (“Signal Box”) no longer available from EE …

I thought that femtocell boxes had to be registered with the network provider for the purposes of Emergency 999 location. So you can't just buy one from ebay and plug it in?

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Love rats show sex while drunk will sober you up, say boffins

FlatSpot
Trollface

Re: Sex when drunk

Not always, sometimes goggles are required...

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Leaky battery attack reveals the paths you walk in life

FlatSpot

Re: iOS approximating battery level to nearest 5%

Or just lazy coding and can't be arsed to "expose" the data... which is more likely?

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UK.gov shuns IT support tower model. Now what the hell do we do?

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Facepalm

Re: Ah, the traditional model

Not quite, because unless you are seriously incompetent, you would use a little bit of ITIL and have a centralised service desk, the odd one or two problem managers and ensured your infrastructure supplier(s) have enterprise level monitoring and therefore would know where the issue lay.

Yes it does cost money..

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Did NSA, GCHQ steal the secret key in YOUR phone SIM? It's LIKELY

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@YARR

If only... people care more about EastEnders we are all fucked

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CAR? Check. DRIVER? Nope. OK, let's go, says British govt

FlatSpot
Facepalm

the purpose of driverless cars

It's a proving ground. How about the next step driverless freight and the end of two lanes of a motorway being blocked by duelling lorries. Instead they drive in a convoy in the "slow" lane and manage their speed to provide gaps to enable other traffic on/off at the exits.

Sounds like bliss..

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Secret Service on alert after drone CRASHES into White House

FlatSpot

Re: Pull!

Wouldn't it be safer and easier just to install some large fans on the side of the building?

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NASA greenlights SpaceX and Boeing to carry crew to ISS in 2017

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Stop

Re: Playing the party line

@ Fluffy Bunny. You might want to google Neoconservatism before you get all high and mighty.

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Google UK doubles London Kings X mega-office sprawl

FlatSpot
Megaphone

Re: Room for the Spanish people

What of Spain?

Ok so a quick look at the fountain of knowledge wikipedia

Debt % of GDP - Spain 85.3%

Debt % of GDP - Uk 90.0%

That's from 2012, so since then the UK coalition have been borrowing tremendous amounts of money, to prop up low wages and pretend the boom times are back.

Then if we google "director earnings to staff" we find great headlines such as;

8,000 NHS staff on six figure salaries

30 charity bosses paid more than £100,000

Save The Children bosses get £160,000 in bonuses

So about that 0.1% thing.... if we tax google out the country that would be a good thing. Instead of the google of things, we would have hundreds of smaller companies being able to make a living and paying taxes and innovating, whereas they can't as they are pushed out of the market by google and it's non-taxed muscle giving everything away for free.

Maybe I'm just getting old...

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DANGER: Is that 'hot babe' on Skype a sextortionist?

FlatSpot

Re: For the love of all that's precious!

I'm guessing lonely people, or people that experiment... there are a lot of people that suffer from depression, so it's the classic befriending sting.

Sextortion only works if you give a shit, the victims should just tell them to go for it and put it on youtube. Is there a sextortion category on youtube? No probably not, as I expect they would just take it down anyway.

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What do UK and Iran have in common? Both want to outlaw encrypted apps

FlatSpot

Re: Oh not again

Not so, I think someone needs to refer to the Highway Code;

Rules for pedestrians

Zebra crossings. Give traffic plenty of time to see you and to stop before you start to cross. Vehicles will need more time when the road is slippery.

Wait until traffic has stopped from both directions or the road is clear before crossing.

Remember that traffic does not have to stop until someone has moved onto the crossing.

Keep looking both ways, and listening, in case a driver or rider has not seen you and attempts to overtake a vehicle that has stopped.

Rules for Drivers

Zebra crossings. As you approach a zebra crossing

look out for pedestrians waiting to cross and be ready to slow down or stop to let them cross

you MUST give way when a pedestrian has moved onto a crossing

allow more time for stopping on wet or icy roads

do not wave or use your horn to invite pedestrians across; this could be dangerous if another vehicle is approaching

be aware of pedestrians approaching from the side of the crossing.

So you don't automatically lose your licence... what you can prove though is something different

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Peers warn against rushing 'enhanced' DATA SLURP powers through Parliament

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Article 8

I look forward to the highly expensive court cases where these new laws will be challenged against Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights. Specifically around what is "necessary in a democratic society in the interests of national security." ... Discuss....

Article 8 – Right to respect for private and family life

1. Everyone has the right to respect for his private and family life, his home and his correspondence.

2. There shall be no interference by a public authority with the exercise of this right except such as is in accordance with the law and is necessary in a democratic society in the interests of national security, public safety or the economic well-being of the country, for the prevention of disorder or crime, for the protection of health or morals, or for the protection of the rights and freedoms of others.

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Tesla S P85+: Smiling all the way to the next charging point

FlatSpot

Re: If only..

@Dairy Milk - Probably not since they changed the recipe to make it cheap and nasty

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HTC Desire Eye: The Android superior selfie shooter

FlatSpot
Trollface

Not a keen gardener then...

as above... :)

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Tesco preps for Big Data Engine dump: Laters, Clubcard dev

FlatSpot

Customer Service

Yep, its almost like a challenge for their staff to throw your shopping down the checkout as fast as possible so it all piles up and then sit there tutting at you, while you try to find the room to pack it.

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Frontier wipes credit of Elite: Dangerous 'billionaire' badboys

FlatSpot
Trollface

Last year Frontier cancelled a promised offline mode

Really? Thanks El Reg, I hadn't heard

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UK data cops warn Optical Express to stop spamming 1000s of customers

FlatSpot
Headmaster

admonished

Yeah its a nice word.. Off topic but "abended" is also a good one to have in your arsenal, especially when people try to change it to amended.

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By the power of Xbox, WE HAVE THE POWER! - Leakers publish One's SDK

FlatSpot

Re: Homebrew with strings

Maybe not a criminal but it sounds like "your friend" needs to get out more and do some exercise.

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TALE OF FAIL: Microsoft offers blow-by-blow Azure outage account

FlatSpot
Trollface

Re: Does sound complicated

Or just fire the arrogant IT engineer who thought they knew best?

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EU VAT law could kill THOUSANDS of online businesses

FlatSpot
Paris Hilton

Re: This is entirely UNreasonable

Sorry maybe I missed it but you only need to be VAT registered if you turnover £79,000 per annum? I'm looking at de-registering for VAT to make life simpler.

(Apologise if I missed the you must register for compliance requirement?)

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Sony sued by ex-staff over daft security, leaked privates

FlatSpot

Problem with a lot of IT people is they can't express Risk or a Business case to management.

Management are away from the coal face and don't have in-depth knowledge into every part of the business.

If you ask for £10k for a shiny new firewall because it will increase security, it means nothing to anyone. However if you put it in measurable terms, that you need £10k and it will enable some magic new feature that reduces the number of Critical and High attack vectors from 10 to 2, reduce the amount of time for a failover from 2mins to 10secs and increase capacity to enable the business to grow, then you may be more likely to get somewhere. (Not forgetting to add in the cost of not doing it.)

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The Great Unwatched: BBC hails glorious digital future for Three

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Facepalm

Re: Under the banner of digital, the middle class marches on.®

I find it slightly ironic that you don't like BBC3, as it doesn't fit your demographic and therefore happy for it to be culled, yet expecting a child centric channel to be funded by the licence fee payer regardless of whether they have kids.

My preferred option would be to drop EastEnders completely, followed by the One show and that bloody never ending Tory on a train with a guide book.

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'I don't NEED to pay' to watch football, thunders EU digi-czar

FlatSpot
Trollface

Re: Good luck on that one.

I wasn't aware that Scotland played football, certainly never seen them in the world cup play offs

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Government locked into £330m Oracle contract until 2016

FlatSpot
Trollface

Re: The public sector spent £290m in 2013 with Oracle

Careful, you are playing with a greater spotted reg armchair commentard. They have vast knowledge of running systems with thousands of nodes and millions of database transactions a day and could easily run this database on a Raspberry Pi and have room to spare.

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PlayStation Network blasted offline AGAIN. Just not Sony's decade

FlatSpot
Meh

Re: Pissing off the wrong people.

Why is that? I got "free" stuff for the inconvenience that it didn't actually cause me.

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Sonos rattles begging bowl, hopes for $130m cash stream

FlatSpot
Big Brother

apple auto-updates apps in background

Along with a NSA record to the cloud feature

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Euro spacemen clear Ariane 6 for liftoff

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LUNAR MISSION ONE: A new lunar mission for everyone

Talking of funding...... come on almost there....

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/lunarmissionone/lunar-mission-one-a-new-lunar-mission-for-everyone

:)

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Universal Credit CRISIS: Up to £200m in IT spend WASTED – NAO

FlatSpot
Facepalm

Re: The NAO might be waiting a fair old while...

Likely because its easier to manage physical objects, than try to write a program that understands the complexity of the benefits and tax system.

I expect there are a huge amount of unknowns and therefore despite the expectation, forecasting is not 100% accurate and so you can rightly expect the cost to increase.

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Google's Chrome to pull plug on plugins next September

FlatSpot

Re: Wow, I'm way out of touch...

Ordnance Survey Getamap

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Amazon warming up 'cheapo web video' cannon to SINK Netflix

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Amazon Prime

Amazon Prime is increasingly being used as an Amazon Tax. I would prefer they cut everything and just go back to offering next day delivery for £50 a year like the old days, instead of increasing it each year and then "adding value" with junk I don't actually want.

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Fujitsu CTO: We'll be 3D-printing tech execs in 15 years

FlatSpot

Re: Cars...

Yep agree, the cars should have detected each other and if not just drop to survival mode ie. airbags, pretension seatbelts, phone for assistance etc and allow the collision as its unlikely to be serious on a mountain road unless its somehow a motorway up there

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Blackpool hotel 'fines' couple £100 for crap TripAdvisor review

FlatSpot

Re: Simples...

Correct they setup a retainer for incidentals, e.g you empty the mini bar but claim you had nothing on checkout, they can hold this against your card for weeks. I think for up to 6 weeks but can't be sure why I think that, could have been a conversation with a receptionist..

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THERE it is! Philae comet lander FOUND in EXISTING Rosetta PICS

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WTF?

WTF

Why have a picture from days ago when ESA have released this today;

http://blogs.esa.int/rosetta/2014/11/17/osiris-spots-Philae-drifting-across-the-comet/

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

FlatSpot
Trollface

MP Coding

require_once 'little_people.php';

require_once 'us.php';

do {

$tax = $high_tax + $more_tax;

} while ($little_guy = 'Working');

if ($election_year = $current_year && $little_guy = 'unemployed') {

$little_guy = $free_money + $election_sweetner;

}

if ($service = 'NHS' || $service = 'PUBLIC' {

$VOTE_TTIP = 'YES;

array_push($outsource, $service);

$likely_position_on_the_board++;

}

while ($monthly_expenses < $little_guy_wages) {

$check_sofa_for_more_receipts++;

$expenses = $expenses + $check_sofa_for_more_receipts;

}

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Sky: We're no longer calling ourselves British. Yep. And Broadcasting can do one, too

FlatSpot
Pirate

Re: So does this mean

Seriously you think approx £240 a year is good value for entertainment? I wouldnt pay that unless it danced around a pole on my birthday.

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FlatSpot

I thought the "who is missing" is the staff ?

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Is your kid ADDICTED to web porn? Twitter? Hint: Don't blame the internet

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Re: "I also don't see any involvement of the internet"

In the case of Rotherham I think it would be more helpful if the doors were locked at night.

I was watching one of those Police programs the other day and the Police were picking up young girls who had walked out of their care home, they take them back (but cant actually force them to return) and the girls just walk back out the door again anyway, the girls were 15-16.

Its this stupidity that kids know best and its evil to actually enforce anything on them that is the main problem. They should be "locked in" until 18, end of..... rather than Service Stations for Peds.

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NHS: Go digital or you won't get paid, warns Kelsey

FlatSpot
Trollface

Re: If they can't

Sounds like a Daily Mail rant... If people can do stuff online, saves me time and provides more time for receptionists to eat cake without being disturbed, a win/win.

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BOUNCY BOUNCY: Comet probot Philae landed TWICE

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Facepalm

Newsnight seemed more obsessed with a scientists tattoo much too his disgust

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Philae heads for comet, reports back to mothercraft Rosetta

FlatSpot
Facepalm

Re: The videocast is terrible.

It's science not XFactor we don't need some mic jokey telling us the same thing over and over again, playing for time.

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My HOUSE used to be a PUB: How to save the UK high street

FlatSpot
Flame

Re: With you on this

Interesting point, however on the flip side I'm currently dealing with a council regarding a persistent and high level of traffic collisions on a single 30m stretch of road. (Using DfT numbers over £300k worth of cost so far, police, damage, ambulances etc)

You would think it would be pretty easy to resolve but nope, they turned up with a gaggle of 4x "managers", probably in the region of £100k a year in wages alone, one who looked after kerbstones, one who looked after minor rated accidents and another who looked after serious rated accidents and some other hanger-on who fancied a day out as the weather was good.

They claimed there was no money, and couldn't care less anyway as its not their concern the levels of collisions regardless of the damage to the surrounding area, plus as most road works are contracted out they couldn't do much anyway. Still waiting 12mths later for a couple of bloody signs.

There is a tremendous amount of dead wood in councils, you don't need a 1-2-1 match of managers to do-ers and having worked in councils before, about 20% of the staff do 80% of the work. If they have worked there for several years then they have normally carved out a nice little number involving doing little except eating cake and drinking tea.

Privatise the lot of them and have performance related pay, measured on reducing the number of accidents in their area.

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Amazon bags control of .book and .pay domains – but NOT .cloud

FlatSpot
Paris Hilton

Re: Top level fraud

Doesn't it depend if they are trying to pass off (passing off) as your business in which case its bad and you can sue, otherwise you cant.

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DODGY THRUSTER won't stop PHILAE hurtling toward COMET SHOWDOWN

FlatSpot
Headmaster

Well Deep Impact more like punched a comet, rather than touched one...

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Consumer group SLAMS NASA for letting Google rent $1bn 'playground'

FlatSpot
Trollface

free roam of the Kennedy centre.

Watch out for the gators...

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'Tech giants who encrypt comms are unwittingly aiding terrorists', claims ex-Home Sec Blunkett

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Re: Nothing to fear

The Power of Nightmares...

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This 125mph train is fitted with LASERS. Sadly no sharks, though

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Solar panels on the roof and a windmill each end?

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