Yes he was,and then he was at the FA. The Arsenal connection is wrong, someone should mail firstname.lastname@example.org
133 posts • joined 3 Mar 2009
That would be Roger Witcomb, Finance Director of National Power plc 1996-2000 ?
Hey glib 'don't install Flash' people
I have to have it installed for my son's online maths homework. He uses the mac because I reckon it's safer than him going online with Windows.
I always treat Flash update notifications with huge suspicion and go and do the update myself. The fact that their notification has a 'click here' button is a great enabler for the bad guys - it should be a notification, not a link to anything.
Re: Sentenced to zippy.
Po was red, Tinky Winky was purple and had a handbag
Re: I haven't dabbled in Android development
It's pretty easy to use a real device.
On my way
As a TalkTalk customer, I do not think they've done the right thing at all.
They did not promptly tell me that they'd been hacked - they did that a couple of days after it'd been widely reported in the media.
They'd already leaked my personal details anyway, as I'd already been called by 'TalkTalk' about a fault on my broadband which could damage my computer. Caller knew my name, address and TalkTalk account number.
By taking their site down, and keeping it down for so long, they prevented me from logging-in to pay my bill quickly, making me lose out on the Speedy Payment Discount.
They'd also left me wondering (until the site came back up today) why my bill last month had gone up. (Turned out to be the end of my promotional discount.)
Anyway, I'll soon be an ex-customer, I was only still there because I'd been awaiting the end of my lock-in period. My leaving was delayed a couple of weeks because their call centre (in Durban) put the wrong kind of cancellation on my account but after cancelling my cancellation, my new provider can take over my line.
Re: Ongoing, definitely not new
I had a long call from 'TalkTalk' last week, sounded like India. They knew my name and number, address and TalkTalk account number, and were trying to persuade me to let them fix the errors on my broadband. I assumed it all came from the February breach.
"when you're walking, you're lucky to get 2G speeds, let alone 3G or LTE speeds"
When I'm out walking, I'd be amazed to get any signal at all for more that a quarter of the walk.
Re: Genuine question!
We hit a bug in early versions of the 80186, if an interrupt came in while my dma transfer was going on, the interrupt controller set the ack pin during the transfer of the last byte. Thus the last byte was regularly corrupt - but to a consistent value, which turned out to be the relevant interrupt number.
Re: "Just slide the tablet along the docking channel by half an inch."
Cripes, you must have very wide linguine!
Will it be like brewery web sites where you have to enter a random birthdate that makes you more than 18?
(Does anybody know the point of those annoying web site gates?)
Re: My brain hurts
That quote was clearly sarcasm from a staff member, not the HP line.
Apart from that, I totally agree.
Bare feet don't usually smell. At least not after the initial evaporation.
Not good for going near the urinals though #otherblokesdrips
If the object exceeded escape velocity, it would not enter any shape of orbit around Earth, it would just carry on until it hit something or got captured into orbiting another body (thinking about it, it probably would orbit the sun).
Re: Welcome to the 19th century
If astrophysicists are using SI properly, why were Rosetta and Comet 67P quoted by ESA as being 303 million km from Earth last week, and not 303 Gm?
Re: I just love government projects
"First day launch on the day that people absolutely needed it ?"
No, the system was already up and running when I renewed my licence a couple of months ago. I dipped-in just for a look - admittedly not to get a code - and it was fine.
The problem is the PR department got all the media to report it at the same time, resulting in the servers taking an atypical big hit for a day or so while lots of people came along for a quick look.
It's lazy to blame 'lazy' developers.
You might find that many developers hate asking for those permissions, but are forced to by the ad networks they link to to try and earn a crust.
I do agree that making permissions optional would be a good idea, though apps would of course reserve the right to fail gracefully if necessary permissions are not granted or are revoked.
Where do I vote?
In what election, and when, do we get to vote out/for Mr Junker?
Re: "facing significant cuts in its funding"
The licence fee has not gone up for 5 years. That's a significant real-terms cut.
My Squeezebox Duet hit this problem yesterday, but I was set up to listen to BBC stations using the iPlayer plugin. Using the radio search for e.g. BBC Radio 4 got me connected back up and streaming via TuneIn.
Also, it now gives me a customised-to-the-show icon and the show's name.
Please consider the environment before printing
I do wonder how many gigabytes of "Please consider the environment before printing this email" flash around the world every day; how many petabytes of it are replicated on power consuming servers all over the place; how many extra sheets of paper pop out of printers simply containing that message.
Re: @ MAPINGUARI
Re: 16TFlops for £97m???
"16,000 trillion calculations per second" according to their press release. Looks like El Reg needs another round of coffee this morning.
You mean 'Cheadle Hulme' - or is it 'Cheadle, Hulme' ?
I always loved that double meaning that was probably lost on folk unfamiliar with the 3[i] places involved.
[i] 4 if you include Cheadle, Staffs
Eccles cakes from Eccles?
The most widely available Eccles Cakes - 'Real Lancashire Eccles Cakes ® - are made in Ardwick, Manchester. Only 6 miles away, but not in Eccles.
'the damn thing doesn't access local content'
If there isn't something already installed, simply go to Google Play and install an app that accesses local content.
Re: cheap, but...
As Intel Android devices get more common - and they rapidly are - you'll find that 'most stuff' will quickly get closer to 'everything'.
I've just added Intel support to a natively coded game with no problem at all and it took very little effort. We only didn't bother before because we didn't have a device to test it on and the market was small.
(PS why do the British insist on calling towns and cities in Flanders by their (hated) French names)
The insistence referring to Ieper as Ypres - often in a silly French accent - is my bête noire.
Although with sans-serif fonts, it's easy to misread.
Drop Dead Drop
I've always been a back pocketer - never had an issue until the Drop Dead Drop Ride at the London Dungeon. My screen shattered an hour or so later in some weird delayed-action consequence.
Re: Glostermeteor If they say yes...
"I was pondering the fact that England might be able to stick with BST all year around, perhaps with double summertime?"
But I don't want to do that. If you want 'more daylight', simply go to bed and get up earlier.
Re: What's a jlaw?
What are the Hunger Games?
Re: And who will not be happy
"Look at the debacle with the oil rigs in the North Sea where GP campaigned to not have them sunk but rather dismantled at shore. Turns out that GP lied and that it would not have been a problem to sink the oil rig. In fact it would have created a nice reef for the fishes."
I emailed Greenpeace at the time suggesting the rig(s) would make a nice reef. They never bothered to reply.
Sounds sensible to me
Freesat gives us access to on-demand services, but because Freeview preceded these services, it hasn't hitherto. Aren't they just plugging that gap in service?
Based on Wikipedia's Olympic-sized swimming pool facts....
The 57 Olympic-sized swimming pools in question will be an average of 2.02 m deep - just the minimum depth required, 3.0 m is recommended. You'd only fill 38 recommended Olympic-sized swimming pools with this water.
When my old machine died, it was with a little resignation and trepidation that I had to take on Windows 8.1. Turns out I've had no problem with it at all.
No start menu? I don't give a toss, it took seconds to create my own toolbar (which I called 'Start') containing shortcuts to all my utilities. BONUS- it only contains the ones I want!
Shitty touch-centric UI - never see it, it boots straight to desktop.
It even wakes in a couple of seconds from hibernation. Oh, and I like the charm bar.
The only problem I've encountered so far is that I had to lie to it about the model of my ancient parallel printer that's connected to my NAS via a magic parallel/usb cable.
Re: Don't need this
Believe it or not - most people don't have a roku or games console, and don't want to watch streamed TV on a phone or pc.
But the internet filters will be bypassed. Won't somebody think of the children.
I don't recall ever having a £50 note, but gimme 3 £20 notes over one £50 note any day.
In fact, I'll get some £50 notes just to swap them with you for your batches of 3 £20 notes.
BBC Local Radio
I listen to BBC Radio Lancashire, but I live outside its coverage area.
I can mostly receive on FM at home and in my car. At home - though not during live football coverage - I can listen over t'internet, getting better results. At no time can I receive the DAB signal; BBC Local radio is not transmitted on Freeview or Freesat.
However, during live football coverage, the internet feed is cut, and FM is the only way I can listen to that station. I understand the licensing reasons for cutting the feed at these times, but that doesn't help me at all. They're also rather tardy at switching it back on afterwards, so you don't get the half-time and post-match discussion either.
If FM was cut, I could only listen to the station when at home, and only while live football is not being covered.
On top of that, with their multiple FM frequencies (covering different parts of the county), they are able to cover more than one match simultaneously - this excellent service would be ended by an FM switch-off.
Oh, and listening on my phone while leaving the football ground - great now on FM, but I'm not holding my breath for DAB support on my phone.
Streaming you say? No, they haven't restarted the stream at that time, and in any case mobile data is choked when you've got many thousands of people all converged in a small area.
Re: Rare though it be...
(I rarely call from a mobile)
From my landline, calling a geographic number costs me nothing. Calling 0845 Costs me money - a lot.
I can see no legitimate reason for 0845. You're telling me that geographic numbers can't be re-routed?
Please never use this abomination of a word again. El Reg is not a Toys'R'Us receipt.
Re: I think not.
Had a Samsung phone years ago, utter cack, then a couple of months later utterly dead cack.
Samsung are, I hear, doing rather well in phones now.
Re: Red means danger
Are you into Feng Shui as well? Seriously, you will avoid this range because they're branded red?
Though, I guess I wouldn't want to drink Red Bull or Watney's Red Barrel - so maybe you're right.
No, it means "just because you consent to a website remembering your details once, it does not mean that in the future you may not wish to visit that site again anonymously"
Or... Even though on one visit you consent to a website remembering your details, at a later date you may want to visit the site anonymously.
e.g. Maybe I'm happy for a retailer to recognise who I am when I visit their site. But maybe one time I go there for a peek at dildos, or iProducts - on this occasion I might want to be anonymous for that visit.
Age of majority
And what's the point of the annoying confirm/pretend that you're of booze-purchasing age in the country you're in before a drink-related website will let you in?
Why do these filters cut out drink-related sites? You can drink in the UK when you're 5 years old. Also, you have to get past the confirm/pretend your age page anyway!
Why do they cut out the lottery (as mentioned above)? You can do the lottery at age 16.
I can understand an optional hard pron and jihadi murder filter (if it was possible to make it work, which I doubt), but you should be able to pick which vices are included.
Monday morning brain hiccup?
Is there a litres vs [Imperial] gallons mix-up in your post? I just have my doubts that your Ford SMax and/or Focus do more than 44 miles on £1.56 worth of petrol/diesel.
We had much more snow than this when I was a boy.
Re: You carry your birth date around with you?
OK, so as someone who never carries ID around with me, I'm in a minority of ElReg commentards.
However, stats from the first 10 thumbs (1 up and 9 down) plus myself imply that - based on a sample of 11 commentards - a massive 82% carry their birthdate around in their wallet. Somewhat short of the claimed 99+%.
You carry your birth date around with you?
"over 99 per cent of customers reported that their birth date is listed somewhere in the wallet or purse where they keep their cards"
That has to be one of the most bollox statistics ever.