* Posts by Juan Inamillion

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Two foreigners, a desert and a jeep full of bank statements

Juan Inamillion

Re: Road trip

I think Melbourne to Brissy is about 1200 miles.

Back when I were a hippy and newly arrived in God's Own Country (1969...) I hitched up and down the coast a bit. Mainly Sydney to Brisbane or the Gold Coast. Very very little traffic late at night but quite often weird and wonderful animals in the middle of the road just round the bend..

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UK.gov loses crucial battle in home-taping war with musicians

Juan Inamillion

How music got free

You might want to read this. Pretty important and revelatory.

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/jun/18/how-music-got-free-stephen-witt-review

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Engaged to be worried – Verify borks married tax allowance applications

Juan Inamillion

I'm sure I'm missing something...

Look, I understand that we all make mistakes. I also understand they're dealing with millions of people with varying degrees of web competence and requirements. But - and please don't flame me for possible ignorance - if the likes of Google, Amazon, ebay and Paypal can preserve logins, account details, editing and the like for MEELIONS of users, why can't the developers of HMRC's site do the same?

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404 Boss not found — Bye bye ICANN CEO Chehade

Juan Inamillion

Up vote

For that headline...

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Who was downloading smut in the office while eating ice cream?

Juan Inamillion

Personal pr0n

Corporate pron is all very well and I've seen a bit (well, the directories you understand...) in various offices. But one instance that springs effortlessly to mind didn't involve a corp or, really speaking, pron.

My client was a semi-celebrity food doctor who ran his business from a home office with 2 staff. One time I was booked in to upgrade his system and applications, all on his MacBook Pro. Everything went fine and as I nearly finished he came in and asked how it was going and to make sure his large iPhoto collection was ok. I assured him all was well and to demonstrate opened iPhoto. As the library update bar nudged it's way across the screen I explained that the library was being updated to the latest version. As it completed the photo that came up full screen was of his naked wife spread-eagled on a blanket...

Luckily I have very quick reflexes and with my hands hovering over the keyboard I managed to close the window super quick... I think we both knew what happened but I glossed over it by saying 'and of course your email will be updated in a similar fashion...'

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Cheer up songwriters, there's shedloads of money rolling in

Juan Inamillion

Tommy Blake

Truly an epic song as true today as it was back then! A most excellent find El Reg.

Considering how aggressive and devious the PRS has been pursuing small business' with regard to 'music in the workplace', I'm amazed that their turnover is 'only' £73.9m. And, considering they're really only a collection agency, that CEO's pay-packet is obscene.

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Evil Wi-Fi kills iPhones, iPods in range – 'No iOS Zone' SSL bug revealed

Juan Inamillion

"...a Wi-Fi hotspot that forces you to connect to their network..."

That'll be the super annoying BT-Openzone then that seems to take over your bloody phone whenever you're out and about...

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Streaming tears of laughter as Jay-Z (Tidal) waves goodbye to $56m

Juan Inamillion

A right giggle

Actually I almost spat out a mouthful of mixed nuts at "...and Kanye West plays with himself." Didn't see that coming <fnarr>.

Superb article.

As someone who for most of his life worked in the music biz I really identified with all that rhetoric. And I learned all about Blumlein and his techniques when I had my first tape recorder at 14 years old... <sigh>

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Tinder Plus charges oldies MORE to ogle young hotties' pics

Juan Inamillion

Re: NSFW

NSFW?

Have you been down your local newsagents recently?

Or travel agents?

Or are you based in Saudi Arabia?

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Hackney council leaked thousands of locals' data in FoI blunder

Juan Inamillion

Re: The real WTF...

In a previous existence, while in the middle of a relationship break-up that involved joint ownership of a house, my (now) ex's accountants sent me a spreadsheet with THEIR idea of the 'split' of the money and ownership.

Sadly (for them and her) they sent me a workbook, which had all their notes, comments and calculations on the other pages....

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ASA slaps Ebuyer AGAIN - this time for ignoring regulator

Juan Inamillion

Quite amazed...

...to see so many negative posts about ebuyer, though admittedly I've never had cause to look for any before now.

I've used them for probably 90 % of my orders (freelance IT support) over the past 10 years and I can' remember a problem with the company. I think I've had a couple of returns but no problem dealing with them either. In fact I've just had a look and find the last problem was only 1 of 2 items ordered arriving. This was sorted within a week with them apologising and sending out the missing one. That was in Feb 2009...

As for DABS... My only recent experience (haven't used them for years) was a client ordering 4 4TB WD Enterprise class drives from them. They arrived not terribly well packed with one drive packed quite differently from the others. Within a week 1 failed, within another 2 weeks another failed. Trying to get them replaced has proved a nightmare. I considered the first failure to effectively be DOA but they refused to accept this.

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You know those WEIRD glass sheds in New York? They'll be replaced with Gbps WiFi

Juan Inamillion

Lovely idea, very altruistic.

As others have said here I'm sure 'ISPCorp' NY will have something to say about free wifi being available in all those subscriber areas.

Meanwhile, back in the UK... BT (for it is they) have plans to rip out the remaining phone boxes and install 'wifi stations', which will be range-limited to 1 metre and bandwidth limited to 2Mbps - inline with the 'Superfast' national broadband average that us Brits enjoy.

Oh and access will be limited to 10 minute stretches with an hour in between logins. Unless of course you sign up and pay for the BT 'Maxiwifi' ™ service, which will allow you to log on for 30 minutes at a time for just £14.99 per month (landline required).

Maybe they should convert those SuperLoos you see around the West End of London. At least then you could have a emergency five knuckle shuffle while perusing a jazz site (before the door automatically opens of course...)

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At last! Now you can STIFLE dull chums you can't really unfriend on Facebook

Juan Inamillion

FB Purity is very definitely Your Friend.

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Snapper's decisions: Whatever happened to REAL photography?

Juan Inamillion

Re: I'm a techno luddite

One of the best scanners I've come across was recommended to me by a production staffer working for one of the biggest magazine publishers in Europe. The Epson 4990 is a flatbed and negative scanner and, before anyone says anything, the results of negative scanning outperform most dedicated film scanners (other that those costing thousands of course). It has a Dmax of 4.

I bought mine on ebay - complete with the original box and all the film masks. Apparently there's quite a trade in buying them to scan in whole negative collections then selling it back on ebay for the same money!

Really really easy to use. If you can find one you should seriously consider it.

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Sin COS to tan Windows? Chinese operating system to debut in autumn – report

Juan Inamillion

Chinese Academy of Engineering academician Ni Guangnan told the People's Post...

"We are now no longer the Knights who say Ni. "

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NTT thinks it's defined the PERFECT AMPERE with a cunning trap

Juan Inamillion

Re: @Reg Number of electrons != current

Pirate Faraday, surely...

/Mines the Faraday Cage Coat...

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'People have forgotten just how late the first iPhone arrived ...'

Juan Inamillion

Re: First iPhone late

Oh I don't know... Many years ago I had a Motorola TAC flip phone, one of the early ones. It was in it's holder on my belt (oh yes really! Remember when we did that!) and it fell out while on my GSXR-750 travelling from Shepperton studios to a nearby pub for lunch. I didn't know until I'd got there. I went back along the country lane and found it, albeit in a couple of bits, but I even found the spring for the flip. My electronics engineer mate put it back together for me and it worked perfectly for the next year or two!

Happy days!

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Let XKCD's Randall Munroe satisfy your curiosity in this excerpt from his book, What If

Juan Inamillion

Huh?

I got this message initially when accessing this article in Safari:

"You have reached the bandwidth limit for viewing or downloading files that aren't in the Google Docs format. Please try again later"

Tried Firefox - all OK. Back to Safari - all ok now...

Wtf?

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The sound of silence: One excited atom is so quiet that the human ear cannot detect it

Juan Inamillion

For as long as I can remember (and I am quite old) and because I once had aspirations to forge a career in science, the term 'boffin' has always been an affectionate one aimed specifically at the truly clever-clogs what can do hard sums and stuff, like Lewis says...

I, for one, welcome our Boffin Overlords.

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I’ve never paid for it in my life... we are talking Wi-Fi, right?

Juan Inamillion

Only a couple of years ago (I see it's free now) I stayed several times at the Holiday Inn Express in Peterborough (work reasons - definitely not for anything else!). I asked about internet access and they quoted £15 PER HOUR for 'full access'. When my jaw hit the floor the manager then said well if I only wanted to check email I could have their reduced service for £12 PER HOUR. I pointed out that I didn't even pay either of those sums PER MONTH at home but it made no difference...

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Beer in SPAAAACE! London Pride soars to 28,000m

Juan Inamillion

Result

I just firkin love the idea of a bunch of people firstly coming up with the idea - probably as a result of imbibing said ale - then - when sober - actually following through.

If ever there was a 'Turing Test' for humanity surely it would be based on something as improbable as this.

More please.

/Mines the Dark Star, (the Pride's off at the moment...)

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Plucky Rockall adventurer prepares to leave islet

Juan Inamillion

Re: Brit adventurer?

Have you ever been in a serious storm at sea? You can tie things down as much as you like but if the elements want to rip it away there's very little to stop it. You really have no idea of the power until you're in the middle of it...shitting yourself....

I'd say the 60 day goal was a target rather than an objective (pedant alert), probably ambitious knowing the records were well short of that, but you can't blame someone for not trying!

All in all I think I'd say 'If you can do better mate...'

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PICS ON GROUND: Cabbies PARALYZE London in Uber rebellion

Juan Inamillion

Sadly London is unique

And historically speaking, held to ransom by black cabs. I've lived here for nearly 40 years and I've learned to avoid using black cabs whenever possible. Yes, there are a lot of nice cab drivers out there, but I cannot stand the back-breaking discomfort of those older cabs, plus getting thrown around, not being able to see through the misted up windows...

That's even before we talk about the cost. For me the killer blow was the rise in fares after 20.00, Boris's Big Idea to get more cabs out and about in the evening. Can someone explain the logic?

Quite honestly I've never had a problem with a mini cab driver, with or without satnav. Strange I note some down votes on Addison Lee, personally never once had a problem. Clean, recent model cars or MPV's, clean well-dressed and pleasant drivers. GLH is another excellent London-wide company.

As several others here have said, the cabbies have seriously shot themselves in both feet by this action, but the real problem is that it's London's problem and the law needs to be changed. There's plenty of room for all these cabs and the black cabs would still have the advantage of kerbside hailing.

I signed up to Zipcar (car club) about 2 years ago. Totally brilliant, I've rented several. On one occasion I rented a car to pick someone up from Kings Cross to bring back to Chelsea. 1.5 hours - it cost me £9.00. No contest as far as I'm concerned!! Another time delivering 3 computers round west london, took 3 hours - £18.00. No congestion charge, fuel included.

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Entirely new trojan quietly wheeled into black hat forums

Juan Inamillion
Happy

Kudos

"original password-pinching botnet badassery"

Made my Friday.... Cheers!

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Apple, Beats and fools with money who trust celeb endorsements

Juan Inamillion

If you are into giggling at the absolute drivel written by most HiFi ‘experts’, you’ll love these -

If you are into giggling at the absolute drivel written by most HiFi ‘experts’, you’ll love these -

http://tinyurl.com/3b3yrd

http://tinyurl.com/qapubg6

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OpenSSL Heartbleed: Bloody nose for open-source bleeding hearts

Juan Inamillion

This explains it

As ever xkcd....

http://tinyurl.com/odn4d

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Apple to flush '£37bn' down the bog if it doesn't flog cheapo slabtops

Juan Inamillion

Same old same old

Every so often over the years an 'analyst' has come along and said "Apple needs to produce a cheap computer/laptop/whatever to dominate the lower end of the market". Apple have always said (to my knowledge) that they're not interested in knocking out cheap products.

I think a look at Apple's product line and bottom line over the years tells the whole story really.

The 'analyst' is obviously a twunt.

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Gov cheerleader Sajid Javid gets nod from PM to park in Miller's spot

Juan Inamillion

Re: Don't recognise him at all.

A remarkably well observed summation.

Collect an up vote.

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Apple asks judge to axe ebook price-fixing watchdog

Juan Inamillion

Re: Apple are not being unreasonable.

"I choose to read my eBooks on a Kindle, yet I was being forced to pay more because of Apple and their price-fixing cartel buddies."

There fixed that for you.

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Billionaire dumps Apple stock because Steve Jobs was 'really awful' guy

Juan Inamillion

Breathtaking

"His mere distaste for Jobs is not the main reason for his divestment of his Apple shares. In fact, if Jobs were still around – he died two years ago last Saturday – Robertson would forgive his faults and stay invested in the iDevice maker.

"I think if he were still there, I'd still be in it," Robertson said of his investment in Apple. "I think he's one of the great geniuses of the world.""

Absolutely breathtaking hypocrisy.

Still, what else should we expect? Everyone seems to have forgotten that share dealing arose to provide pooled capital to finance a company in it's ventures. Needless to say this somewhat altruistic notion has been turned on it's head by the likes of Robertson and his ilk, who simply see the market as a gambling machine to make money (and lots of it).

Scumbags, the lot of them.

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Apple's new non-feline Mac operating system, OS X Mavericks, ready to go

Juan Inamillion

I'll wait...

...until they bring out OSX Scunthorpe...

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OK, so we paid a bill late, but did BT have to do this?

Juan Inamillion

Re: How to make a big company pay their debts on time

I don't think so, in my experience it's always the bean counters who hold things up. Speaking with the actual client (or rep) usually reveals that they thought the invoice has been paid.

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Juan Inamillion

Re: How to make a big company pay their debts on time

A friend of mine in the music business (he ran a studio) used this method against Sony UK. I can't remember the size of the invoice - about £1,000 I think - He delivered the statutory notice and carefully pointed out that if they still didn't pay he had lawyers ready to ensure they cease trading.... Worked a treat!

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The Solar System's second-largest volcano found hiding on Earth

Juan Inamillion

Re: Named by Sasha Barron-Cohen?

Bugger - beat me to it..

:-)

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'Unreliable, shambolic' ... a top CompSci prof slams Serco's UK crim tag tech

Juan Inamillion

No no they have systems in place..

...to ensure complete reliability and the strongest possible oversight of the whole process by their knowledgable and efficient employees.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-14705328

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Happy 50th birthday, Compact Cassette: How it struck a chord for millions

Juan Inamillion

Being away a lot I had a machine programmed to record John Peel's show. When I got home I'd edit it down to another one.... Oh happy days indeed.

(yes I realise editing John Peel is tantamount to sacrilege but he did play some strange stuff at times...)

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Juan Inamillion

Re: Anyone else remember

I think autocorrect got in there - you meant 'preceding'.

One thing you missed was that by winding the tape back it reduced the print through after storage.

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Juan Inamillion

Re: Fascinating article

Or why you still see the spewed remains of a cassette round many a traffic light even today....

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Marissa Mayer causes controversy after KEEPING HER KIT ON

Juan Inamillion

Good grief...

What a lot of hot air being blown about here about a CEO worth around $300m posing in a rather interesting way for a STYLE magazine. Photoshopped or not - who the f**k cares! Would you rather see Donald Trump?

Here's another CEO in an arguably stylish photo, although I'll freely admit that I prefer Marissa's...

http://archive.aweber.com/woceosinsider/N7GJo/h/CEO_Insider_Your_Weekly.htm

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1953: How Quatermass switched Britons from TV royalty to TV sci-fi

Juan Inamillion

That stirred the memory gland

I started watching that clip and realised I could remember most of it....

And hiding behind the sofa watching 'Pit'... seriously scary...

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Jobs' 'incredibly stupid' prattlings prove ebook price-fix plot, claim Feds

Juan Inamillion

Publishers

The fact that they rolled over doesn't really mean anything. Given the costs of litigation it's only corps like Apple who have deep enough pockets to take the guvmint on.

No conspiracy theory but I'd imagine there were more than a few frantic phone calls between the publishers CEO's wondering who was going to blink first. The book trade (especially here in the UK) is totally at the mercy of retailers, the ultimate losers being the authors of course. The agency model at least seems to have the possible advantage of a bit more money getting back to the publishers and thereby (yes, yes I know...) the authors.

It's going to be a really interesting case. If Apple wins what are the publishers going to do?

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Now beaming live from Pyongyang: NORKSCASTS!

Juan Inamillion
Coat

*cough*

Errm... I was somewhat disappointed to find the article referred to 'North Korea'. Back when I lived in Oz the word 'norks' was attributed to what later became Bulgarian Air Bags.

Did I miss something?

/with the jazz mag

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'Catastrophic failure' of 3D-printed gun in Oz Police test

Juan Inamillion
Alien

Never mind Eadon...

...Whatever happened to manfrommars...?

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Phones for the elderly: Testers wanted for senior service

Juan Inamillion

Well...

My stepmother, at 92, is as bright as a button and most certainly neither 'thick' nor dribbling, however even she struggles with some of the menu intricacies of her mobile phone (incidentally, the third one after the first two were sold to her by over zealous salesmen...). Most of us under 60 (I'm not but then I'm special...) know about clicking on buttons relating to what's on the screen and understanding how those menu commands change according to what mode you're in. But that's because we've grown up with that technology.

I was once in a phone shop (god know's why, appalling places...) and I witnessed a very agitated chap of about 40-45 loudly saying to an assistant "I just want a phone to make phone calls!" And every time the assistant tried to show him some whizz bang model he got angrier and angrier.

I work in IT but I understand his (and the elderlies) point. It is highly offensive to suggest that they should all be able to cope. It precludes a lot of people who JUST DON'T WANT TO. It's called freedom of thought and choice.

I think it's a great idea and I wish him luck.

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Review: Western Digital Sentinel DX4000

Juan Inamillion

@Tom 38

That sounds interesting... How about knocking up an article for El Reg on the nuts and bolts of how to do it?

Lots of levels of competence on these forums....

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Opportunity rover stuck in standby mode after Martian blackout

Juan Inamillion

Re: Best xkcd ever

So sad!!!

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Flexible flywheel offers cheap energy storage

Juan Inamillion
Coat

Re: You want to know if it'll work?@Mike Richards

Trainspotters on El Reg!

Fantastic.

(Actually I'm always envious of people who can keep all that information in their heads).

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Hard luck lads, todger size DOES matter: Official

Juan Inamillion
Coat

Well as a friend said to me...

'enough for two hands and a chicken to perch on' did ok for him....

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Young model ruthlessly fingers upskirt iPad petshop pervert

Juan Inamillion
Joke

Pictures...

...or it didn't .... Oh wait....

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New Zealand court hands out second peppercorn downloading penalty

Juan Inamillion
Joke

Solidarity

"Every computer user in New Zealand should install a Bit Torrent client, whether they intend to use it or not. Call it a gesture of solidarity."

"I'm Spartacus!"

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