Feeds

* Posts by Ivan 4

321 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Page:

Now that's FIRE WIRE: HP recalls 6 MILLION burn-risk laptop cables

Ivan 4
Bronze badge

From what I have seen of power cables round the world that rather dodgy flat cable design is a US idea and the only other countries where it is used are that are heavily influenced by the US - Saudi for example.

It is not permitted to be sold in the EU as it does not conform to the double insulated standard requirements although it shouldn't overheat here because with 230 volts you half the current for the same wattage and it is the current that does the heating.

I assume that that when the cables went to manufacturing HP used a company that was used to making 230 volt cables so they used a wire that was suitable for that forgetting that 115 volts cables require heaver wire - Something that HP QC should have picked up very quickly.

0
0

LG pokes G3 Stylus at Samsung's Galaxy Note

Ivan 4
Bronze badge

More detail required

Is this a Wacom based digitiser stylus or some blobby capacitive junk. Looking at the picture it appears to be the latter and therefore almost useless.

1
0

This is how I set about making a fortune with my own startup

Ivan 4
Bronze badge

I don't understand why so many people have such a 'down' on CO2, the natural plant food without which we would all be starving.

It is not even the primary greenhouse gas - unless it is actually used in greenhouses to increase cropping - water vapour beats it hands down.

The only reason that I can see why they make such a fuss about it is because bankers are trying to make big money from carbon trading. If they do make money on it it will be the 'small' people that will be paying it in raised prices.

4
1

Brit Sci-Fi author Alastair Reynolds says MS Word 'drives me to distraction'

Ivan 4
Bronze badge

Re: So they force him to use Word hmm?

Robert, it is faster to use a double spaced paper manuscript for copy editing. Flipping pages backwards and forwards to check something is much faster than scrolling in a word processor to check something on a previous page.

Word is fine if you want to produce a two or three page letter on company letterhead, useless if you want to copy edit a 500 page novel or any length of a technical manual.

1
0
Ivan 4
Bronze badge

Re: Not WYSIWYG

I couldn't agree more.

The formatting and layout are the last thing undertaken before printing and/or producing an e-book, both of which require individual formatting and layout.

We occasionally get material from clients in a word format and the first thing we do is rip that to plain text to work on (copy editing). It stays as plain text until it gets to our layout person and only then is it prepared for the final production process where page size and margins are king. Trying to do any of that in word is counter productive and far from cost effective.

7
0

Echopraxia scores 'diamond cutter' on the sci-fi hardness scale

Ivan 4
Bronze badge

From the examples given and the mention of vampires and zombies this can no way be classed as a hard science fiction book. It sounds much more like fantasy with a little science thrown in.

0
0

Hello, police, El Reg here. Are we a bunch of terrorists now?

Ivan 4
Bronze badge

I would think that it should be compulsory viewing for all our politicians and members of the left liberal intelligentsia to show what they have lead the country towards.

4
10

Uh, Obama? Did you miss a zero or two off Samsung's Chinese supplier 'fib' settlement?

Ivan 4
Bronze badge

To all those concerned that the amount is small have you thought about how many other suppliers to the US government also source their goods from China. If the amount was larger Samsung would most likely call foul and insist all the other suppliers be examined - not a good outcome for the DoJ.

1
0

Apple analyst: fruity firm set to shift 75 million iPhones

Ivan 4
Bronze badge

Re: Sheep of the world, flock to your Apple store

@ItsNotMe, maybe the film 'Idiocracy' wasn't far wrong.

0
0

'Fangless' activist investor chomps up chunk of Rackspace

Ivan 4
Bronze badge

If they are a “friendly” activist I would hate to see an 'unfriendly' one.

All these activists are the same - gut the company and run.

0
0

Munich considers dumping Linux for ... GULP ... Windows!

Ivan 4
Bronze badge

Re: I smell a shill

Exactly. My first thought on reading the article was 'how much is this costing microsoft?' It is just too convenient considering the problems microsoft are having at the moment.

8
5

Top Gun display for your CAR: Heads-up fighter pilot tech

Ivan 4
Bronze badge

Why?

Why does this need to connect with the car systems? Also why does it need to connect with a phone?

In the first instance it means that it can't be used in older cars that don't have the required connection and the second instance makes it worse than holding a phone to your ear.

The basic idea of a HUD is good, just cut out all the other crap.

7
3

A-level results: Before you smile at that jump-for-joy snap...

Ivan 4
Bronze badge

Maybe most of the 'new' universities should go back to what they started out as - technical colleges. That way they would be of more use to the nation by providing the necessary backing to any apprentice scheme of any company.

1
0
Ivan 4
Bronze badge

Re: *every* IT post?

Our experience is that most of those with nice new degrees are useless at doing the job until they have 'swept the floor' for at least three years. After that time they begin to realise that they don't know it all and then start learning.

I always remember what we were told at my graduation in the very early 60s 'your degree shows you are capable of learning some engineering - now go and finish learning and when you have done that put it into practice'. It is something I have tried to do since then, even returning from retirement to help out.

1
0

Tim Cook on pale, male Apple: 'As CEO, I'm NOT satisfied'

Ivan 4
Bronze badge

Re: let me guess...

I doubt that it will shake off the white male image of the tech sector but you could start with what we do here.

Before anyone is offered a place they have to pass a test (the test varies depending on what job they are applying for). Managers have a double test - first can they do the work they are going to be managing and second how do they manage people.

Our managers can and do step in and take the place of a worker in emergencies, even down to getting hands dirty out on the clients workshop floor.

So far that has worked without problems - we have had to fire one person because they started coming to work drunk and would not accept the help offered first by their manager and later by the HR department.

0
0
Ivan 4
Bronze badge

Re: Well I am not happy with Cook.

The fact of the matter is you hire people to do the job, not skin color, not gender, not gender preference.

That is the crux of the matter that now appears to be lost in the loony left push for diversity. It does not matter if you are a big headed, green, Martian midget, if you can do the job better than all the others then you get it.

Rather than looking at the proportions of people types in the population they should look at the proportions of those with degrees in technical subjects especially when they are recruiting for the tech industry.

9
0

Password manager LastPass goes titsup: Users LOCKED OUT

Ivan 4
Bronze badge

Who in their right mind relies on external 'anything' without some fall-back provision to keep the company up and working?

7
0

Japanese boffins invent 4.4 TREEELLION frames per second camera

Ivan 4
Bronze badge

Re: What's a billion?

Paul, that is only because the UK is dumb enough to follow the US in this.

I heard someone say that the US went down this road because they wanted to appear bigger and thus better than everyone else - a billion sounds bigger than a thousand million.

5
1

Microsoft: Just what the world needs – a $25 Nokia dumbphone

Ivan 4
Bronze badge

So this is the updated version of my old and trusty Nokia 1600 with an added mp3 player. The big question is 'how good is it at making and receiving calls and sms.

3
0

London cops cuff 20-year-old man for unblocking blocked websites

Ivan 4
Bronze badge

Re: Bail

It is the this period that is the punishment - they will make it as long as possible - especially if they know they don't have a case that will stand up in court.

12
0

Sony reads the future, quits e-reader market says German report

Ivan 4
Bronze badge

James, have you looked at the onyx-boox m96 9.7" e-ink pearl display e-reader? A very nice unit that uses a wacom digitiser for input note taking.

1
0

HUMAN RACE PERIL: Not nukes, it'll be AI that kills us off, warns Musk

Ivan 4
Bronze badge

Or maybe

Maybe it's time to take a leaf out of William Gibson's 30-year-old AI masterpiece Neuromancer and create a Turing police who would drop a digital nine in the dome of any potential AI system.

Or maybe it is time to read 'Two Faces of Tomorrow' by James P Hogan.

Or maybe even read 'Turing Evolved' by David Kitson.

Or maybe it is time for mankind to get over its collective irrational fear of the unknown.

Or maybe Musk is covering up what is already in existence.

1
0

Pleased to meet you. I'm Joe Bloggs, MVP, vExpert, Cisco Champ

Ivan 4
Bronze badge

Re: T'was ever thus

@Gwaptiva, that is why anyone we employ in any technical roll must pass our in-house tests. It means that we can get the job done to the highest standard even if it isn't PC.

1
0
Ivan 4
Bronze badge

No matter how many letters you put after your name the only real qualification is how well you do the job.

I have had people with degrees and a string of letters after their names that were unable to complete a simple test of ability. I have also had people that were self taught that completed the test in record time correctly. Guess which I employed.

5
0

Pinterest diversity stats: Also pale and male (but not as much as Twitter)

Ivan 4
Bronze badge

I would have thought the main reason for employing anyone is their ability to do the job to the standard required. The second reason has to be, will they fit in with the other employees so there is no tension in the workplace other than work induces tensions.

If a big headed green male martian midget fits those requirements, hire him. Likewise anyone else until you have enough staff to run the company efficiently. Trying to meet some abstract diversity targets is just stupidity.

3
0

Mr Almunia, how many more times can Google rewrite Euro search 'dominance' settlement?

Ivan 4
Bronze badge

Mr Almunia, exactly how many chances does Microsoft and partners get to revise Google's search biz offer?

There I think that is the headline you wanted.

6
2

Climate: 'An excuse for tax hikes', scientists 'don't know what they're talking about'

Ivan 4
Bronze badge

Re: I think...

I think that should be the honest answer given by the climatologists as well.

31
6

Apple gets patent for WRIST-PUTER: iTime for a smartwatch

Ivan 4
Bronze badge

Re: Please...

Agreed, this 'patent' should be batted into the long grass and lost but it won't be because it is from apple.

9
0

NASDAQ IT security spend: $1bn. Finding mystery malware on its servers: Priceless

Ivan 4
Bronze badge

Security

What is it with Americans and security? skiddies can get into the pentagon with little effort and now the banks appear to have an open door policy.

2
3

British cops cuff 660 suspected paedophiles

Ivan 4
Bronze badge

Re: First things first

I expect that you are correct but I would add that it is doubtful that we will ever know how many of them are from the Indian subcontinent and of a religion that must not be named.

2
5
Ivan 4
Bronze badge

Re: for some definition of paedophile...

AC you are M W-T and I claim my £5.

0
1
Ivan 4
Bronze badge

Re: See ...

The act was sailing through parliament anyway and nothing was going to stop that.

But this will placate the Daily Fail readers who otherwise would be outraged - now they will have mind turned away from the loss of privacy angle to screaming about paedophiles in stead.

12
3

US freemium mobile network eyes up Europe

Ivan 4
Bronze badge

They should not have problems with that since Iliad has been doing that under their Free brand for quite some time here in France.

1
0

Microsoft's Lumia 930... a real HANDFUL

Ivan 4
Bronze badge

Re: Something wrong @Adam 1

That is the reason I take ALL phone reviews with a large shovel full of salt.

Without that key bit of key information it might as well be a review of a very small tablet.

2
0

I've got 99 problems, but a Facebook boycott ain't one

Ivan 4
Bronze badge

Re: Emails and Announcements

I have an account for the very same reason since in most cases that is all my younger siblings will use. I have told them that if they want to contact me use my normal e-mail because if they use facebook I very likely won't see it - I log on maybe once a month just to see what they have been doing and that generally boils down to 'not a lot'.

5
0

LG unfurls flexible SEE-THROUGH 18-inch display

Ivan 4
Bronze badge

Re: Patent This!

This was mentioned in several SF stories of the 50s and 60s so all we now have to do is wait for the USPTO to give someone the patent - Apple maybe. Me cynical Shirley not :)

3
0

Another Samsung supplier fingered in new 'child labor' probe

Ivan 4
Bronze badge

Is it really the job of the company purchasing something from a manufacturer to police the manufacturing company? I would have thought CLW would do better going to the Chinese authorities concerning labour laws rather than chasing Samsung. Or is CLW another of these organisations that would cease to exist if they didn't have several companies to shake down?

4
3

Say goodbye to the noughties: Yesterday’s hi-fi biz is BUSTED, bro

Ivan 4
Bronze badge

Re: "If you want to listen to great-sounding music"

There is a problem with that - concert halls with good acoustics are few and far between.

0
0

UK gov rushes through emergency law on data retention

Ivan 4
Bronze badge

Re: No problem for me then !

A 'dangerous individual' by their definition is anyone that is not a politician, a civil servant or a member of the police - in other words all the plebs. In actual fact it is those that are in fact the most dangerous.

7
0

What's that burning tire smell? It's Microsoft screeching away from the No-IP car crash

Ivan 4
Bronze badge

Re: Did it ever cross anyone's mind in Redmond...

You don't expect common sense from microsoft do you?

21
2

10Gbps over crumbling COPPER: Boffins cram bits down telco wire

Ivan 4
Bronze badge

Now when they are able to do that speed over 7 km of crappy copper cable they just might have something to shout about.

As has been said, if they are bringing fibre to just outside the building why not take it all the way in. That is what should be done in built up areas but there are a lot of us living out in the country that would like a little more speed - at some times it is faster to use a carrier pigeon and a usb stick.

1
0

iWatch watch: Apple tags sales bod from luxury Swiss watch firm

Ivan 4
Bronze badge

Re: A luxury iwatch

Keeping sheeps on the hills no joke it is. A comment overheard in a rather hilly part of the UK.

0
0

That AMAZING Windows comeback: Wow – 0.5% growth in 2015

Ivan 4
Bronze badge

Re: What's to look forward to?

jason 7,

When you moved those people did you just upgrade their existing machine from XP to 7/8 or did you supply a totally new machine?

If it was a new machine then I think there is the reason that non of them has gone back. If you used the old machine did you make it dual boot so they could change back if they wanted to?

5
3

Boeing to start work on most powerful rocket ... EVER!

Ivan 4
Bronze badge

Re: A Sensible Plan B

Hear. Hear.

1
0

Microsoft confirms Office 365 price rise

Ivan 4
Bronze badge

Is it time for an 'I told you so' moment?

A lot of us said this would happen when MS first launched it and now it happens and I assume it will continue year on year.

15
0

HDMI, thy end is near: Qualcomm's Wilocity gobble will let mobes, tabs beam 4K vid to TVs

Ivan 4
Bronze badge

Why?

The question that I don't see an answer to is: why?

Why do we need to move data between devices faster than the devices can handle it?

I can't see it being used in the data centre because of lack of sufficient individual channels and I have yet to find a home use that requires that speed of data transfer/

At the moment this is very much a solution looking for a problem to attach itself to.

1
0

NASA: Satellite which will END man-made CO2 debate in orbit at last

Ivan 4
Bronze badge

Re: debate settler?

Naughtyhorse, it appears you follow the green CAGW religion because of your comment.

I will agree with you that it will settle nothing for the simple reason the warmists will start changing the raw data to something that fits their agenda - just as they are doing with the land temperature data where they go as far as making up complete sets of figures to make the pre 1990 temperatures colder and the post 1990 temperatures higher.

10
6

Maplin Electronics sold for £85m to Rutland Partners

Ivan 4
Bronze badge

Another way to help their bottom line would be to sell things to mainland Europe.

A couple of times they have had something I wanted (available in small quantities whereas over here it was only available from wholesalers) but it was, a) only available on line, b) could only be delivered to a UK address and c) they couldn't guarantee a delivery day. Not a very helpful way to do business.

0
0

USB charger is prime suspect in death of Australian woman

Ivan 4
Bronze badge

Re: More official advice completely divorced from reality

So all your example shows is that a shitty (non conforming with the standards) charger is likely to be just that - shitty.

If the output is isolated from the mains section - as is required for compliance - then there is no way that mains voltage can appear on it.

On the other hand the cheap shitty units without isolation should be banned and it is the job of the authorities to see that they are. The equipment manufacturers that grossly over charge for such items are also to blame because people wanting extra units will tend to buy lower priced units - it is human nature to do so.

9
6

Google adds 'data protection' WARNING to Euro search results

Ivan 4
Bronze badge

The next question: what are the other search engines doing about it or is it just discrimination against Google?

2
2

Page: