* Posts by Grease Monkey

1649 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

Woz says 'Jobs started Apple for money' – then says it must pay 50% tax like he does

Grease Monkey

We all pay a lot more tax than just income tax, but most of us don't employ accountants to work out exactly how much of our income goes on tax. Consider that here in the UK most purchases include VAT. We've already paid income tax on our earnings, but 20% of a lot of or spending also goes to the tax man. Then there are duties on things like fuel and booze. Then we have things like council tax. Taxes paid on things like insurance. All those things add to the tax we pay overall. Add that up and see how much of your earnings actually goes to the public purse.

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Vinyl LPs to top 3 million sales in Blighty this year

Grease Monkey

That's probably an awful lot more used vinyl changing hands than new. There's so much old vynil still out there that there's decades worth of stuff for the second hands vyn shops still out there.

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Obama to admit Moon landing was faked?

Grease Monkey

Re: yep

Of course the bookies win more often than they lose. If they didn't they wouldn't be in business. You can present all the maths you like, the only evidence that matters is that bookmarking is big business.

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Censorship FTW! China bans Paris Hilton, minor Kardashians et al

Grease Monkey

Re: But bear in mind that a similar ban in the West would likely have meant

@oengus it's a ban of sores featuring celebrity kids, which most of those shows d don't do anyway.

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Uninstall QuickTime for Windows: Apple will not patch its security bugs

Grease Monkey

But if you ask any fanboi they will tell you that all iProducts are 100% secure.

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Microsoft drives an Edge between Adobe and the web: Flash ads blocked

Grease Monkey

So many phones and tablets don't support flash, our if they do you have to make the choice to install it anyway. As such are flash ads really that much of an issue any more?

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X-ray scanners, CCTV cams, hefty machinery ... let's play: VNC Roulette!

Grease Monkey

Re: Thanks Chris.

"VNC is way more popular on linux because it is the only thing available to share your desktop "

Nope. There's an RDP server for linux and its been around four some time. Which is useful because it allows you to control your linux machine from somebody else's Windows machine without installing a client.

However just don't see the need in this day and age to remote control your desktop, whatever the OS.

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Grease Monkey

Two things I particularly liked were:

Windows XP machines with no logon credentials for VNC. That's adding insecurity to something that's already insecure.

And conversely inherently secure OS's with no logon credentials for VNC. So you take a secure OS and then remove most of the security.

Why do people use VNC these days anyway? There are so many better alternatives.

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It's amazing that its possible to set up a VNC server without even the most basic of logon credentials.

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Don't – don't – install iOS 9.3 on your iPad 2: Upgrade bricks slabs

Grease Monkey

It just works.

That is all.

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Apple Macs, iPhones, iPads, Watches, TVs can be hijacked by evil Wi-Fi, PDFs – update now

Grease Monkey

Where are all the fanbois explaining that is not really a vulnerability?

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Surprise! That blood-pressure app doesn't measure blood pressure

Grease Monkey

So the vendor openly admits that they are selling a blood pressure monitoring app that will only work for people who don't have anything to worry abut in that area? Which when read in the context of the study also tells you that the app will tell people with high blood pressure that they also have nothing to worry about.

So in that case why bother with all that coding? A text file containing the message "Your blood pressure is fine" would have done the job every bit as well.

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BBC telly tax drops onto telly-free households. Cough up, iPlayer fans

Grease Monkey

Re: Jim'll fix it and you

"Having a TV does NOT mean I have to pay the BBC a fucking penny!!!"

It doesn't matter how many exclamation marks you use, I think you'll find the law disagrees with you.

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ICO fined cold-call firm £350k – so directors put it into liquidation

Grease Monkey

Voluntary liquidation is a very dodgy area. To often it is used by dodgy directors to avoid debt. The general practice is to keep the cash flowing in and straight out of the company until a big debts becomes due and then enter voluntary liquidation, when there are few actual assets. I'm not just talking about blatantly. Bent companies with a couple of directors and no employees here, but directors who see their company as a way of earning huge amounts with no liabilities as such. The law on this sport of thing needs reviewing and the circumstances where companies can enter voluntary liquidation need to be severely restricted.

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Grease Monkey

That's why the ICO is pointless in these cases. Data breaches are one thing, but deliberate criminal behaviour for profit is another. This should never have gone to the ICO but straight to the police. Criminal investigations against the director's are the only way forward.

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Phorm suspends its shares from trading amid funding scrabble

Grease Monkey

If you fancy a laugh just take a look at the share price before they suspended trading. Compare that to their high of a few years ago.

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Competition? No way! AT&T says it will sue to keep Google Fiber out of Louisville, Kentucky

Grease Monkey

Two questions. Off a Google contractor causes an outage for another carrier's customers, who repairs and/or party's for the repairs? Google, the contractor or the affected carrier?

And does the ruling stipulate that Amy compression should be payable to the affected customers?

Here in the UK a contractor damaging infrastructure is billed for the costs of the damage which would include any service credits the Telco had to pay.

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Cameron co-opts UK mobile industry for EU Remain campaign

Grease Monkey

Re: Every time the BBC tries to be impartial the media accuses them of X-wing bias.

The BBC's bias is quite amusing really. The BBC's editorial staff are so pro-EU it's painful, they are mostly upper middles who keep a second home in Provence or Tuscany. The early coverage on saturday showed that it clearly hadn't even occurred to them that anyone would vote to leave the EU. Then as more and more big political names joined the campaign to leave you could see them start to wobble. The breaking point for them was when Boris joined the leave campaign. They began to ask if the comedy buffoon could swing the vote. It wasn't that they really thought that Boris alone could do that, it's just that they realized that their reporting so far was somewhat wide of the mark and they needed a reason to realign their editorial stance without losing face. So now their reporting may still be heavily biased towards the remain camp it at least now acknowledges that there may be a contest. Look back at Saturday mornings reports at it was clear they thought the vote was a foregone conclusion: 99% in favour of remaining.

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Linux Mint forums hacked: All users urged to reset passwords

Grease Monkey

Re: Hmm

You're impressed that they advised forum users to change their passwords and then promptly took the forums off line so users couldn't change their passwords?

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SpaceShipTwo ready to slip the surly bonds of Earth for Virgin Galactic

Grease Monkey

It's been built purely to exploit an arguably innaccurate definition. Most people would argue that you are only an astronaut if you have been in orbit. As such, while passengers in this craft may get the right to call themselves astronauts all they will be doing is devaluing the title of astronaut.

After all Donald Trump has the right to officially call himself a human being, but we all know he isn't.

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Want blazing fast Netflix streams? Book a flight to Northern Europe

Grease Monkey

"Virgin may have the highest average speeds, but they also have the longest down-times, nastiest "fair use" policy and highest prices."

The more significant reason that Virgin have the highest speeds is that they choose not to serve anybody outside an urban area. Indeed they choose not to serve a lot of people inside urban areas. If an ISP cherry picks the areas it serves then of course it will have higher speeds. The rest will sell to people on the end of several kilometers of copper and hence their average speed will drop as a result.

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Reminder: iPhones commit suicide if you repair them on the cheap

Grease Monkey

In europe car manufacturers have tried several times to outlaw the sale of pattern and other non-oem parts. On every occasion they were defeated. Their arguments that such parts were unreliable and even dangerous were rejected. Obviously legislators realized that what the manufacturers really meant was that such parts were dangerous to their income. Not only do the manufacturers fail to make a penny from the sale of these parts, but their availability prevents the manufacturers from charging whatever they wanted for OEM parts.

Apple seem to have implemented this through technology rather than legislation, but surely the rulings against motor manufacturers mean that what Apple is doing is illegal in Europe. Will Apple be prosecuted or will european legislators simply ignore this as they have done with previous Apple transgressions? Don't think we really need to answer that question do we...

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Amazon 'adware' laden Ubuntu passes ICO's data smell test

Grease Monkey

Sufficient information to turn off the feature? Whatever happened to opt in?

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EE, O2, Giffgaff, BT Mobile customers cut off as mobile networks fail

Grease Monkey

It doesn't matter which network you're on, you're not fine. If you're on one of the affected networks you won't be b able to make or receive off netwotk calls, but if you're not on the affected networks then you still won't to be able to make or receive calls to or from those networks.

This sort of outrage affects everyone.

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Brazil gets a WTF WhatsApp moment

Grease Monkey

"Used by over 90 percent of Brazilians"?

So Brazil must be the only country in the world where over 90 percent of the population have smartphones. Interesting.

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How to build a real lightsabre

Grease Monkey

And how are you going to support the filament? You have the same problem with that as supporting the mirror for you laser sabre.

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Work on world's largest star-gazing 'scope stopped after religious protests

Grease Monkey

Permission was granted then withdrawn? Somebody is going to end up paying out some serious compensation here. The problem is that it will be the public purse that pays rather than the idiot who decided to grant permission without following due process.

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Google to end updates, security bug fixes for Chrome on 32-bit Linux

Grease Monkey

Re: I always kept hearing...

I have an old, old 32 bit box running Linux. The reason for using Linux is that Windows 7 had no support for the graphics card, not Microsoft's fault but the card manufacturers. I could have bought a new card, but why pay out when an old version of Mint would work? And no later Linux versions don't support that graphics card either.

This is why I suspect some users of 32 bit hardware are running the likes of precise; they couldn't upgrade without forking out for new hardware. And why should they if their hardware continues to work? If these people are Chrome users they have two choices; continue to use Chrome unpatched or change browsers. No biggy.

This is a problem a lot of people have with IT. The hardware far outlives the software. I continue to drive a 16 year old car and until it breaks expensively I will continue to do so. There is no reason to replace it while it still works. My laptop is almost ten years old and still does what want it to. The PC is older and still does what it needs to (it's mostly just media, file and print server these days) but sooner or later the lack of availability of software updates will force me to replace them.

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Roamers rejoice! Google Maps gets offline regional navigation

Grease Monkey

A long way to go

Would be useful if the maps were accurate away from roads and contained rights of way information. Google maps is missing a lot of footpaths, bridleways and byways, and doesn't have accurate right of way information on those that are included. Round here some tracks with no public right of way are indistinguishable from roads or other public rights of way, equally some rights of way are missing or innacurately mapped. It falls behind OSM in a lot of respects even though Google maps had a head start and an awful lot more funding.

Google may do some clever stuff, but maps is frankly crap when compared with other products, even when you're online. The offline capability is so far behind a lot of the competition it's pitiful.

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AMD sued: Number of Bulldozer cores in its chips is a lie, allegedly

Grease Monkey

So stumpy what you seem to be saying is that all processors should be judged by the standars of the 80286.

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Anti-adblocker firm PageFair's users hit by fake Flash update

Grease Monkey

Re: BTW, thought here

I'm with you on that (although seven years younger) however I think one of the reasons so much is spent on advertising is the way market research works. How often have you be en resented with a questionaire like this:

Where did you see our advert:

a) internet

b) television

c) magazine

d) other

There's seldom a box for - I've never seen your adverts and certainly wouldn't pay attenstion if I did. In other words so many retailers start from the assumption that we are incapable of making a purchase without advertising, so they continue to spend fortunes on advertising because their research via questionaires shows them it works.

Of course those questionaires are probably written for them by market research firms who are part of the advertising industry.

The massive uptake on ad blockers should show that people find online advertising intrusive. Instead it seems to make the industry push even more online advertising at those who don't use an ad blocker, which in turn makes even more people install one. Targeted advertising is so much worse as it seems to work on advertising stuff that you already own. Of course this means that the ideal product to advertise would be an ad blocker since it would never be advertised to somebody who already has one.

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Grease Monkey

Re: Telegraph

You visited the Telegraph website? Wow!

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You own the software, Feds tell Apple: you can unlock it

Grease Monkey

Re: Feds, NSA seriously hurting the US tech industry

Moving their HQ out of the US would change nothing in this case. They would still be selling in the US and they would still have a presence in the US, as such they would all be in the same boat. It would however damage th eir reputation much more than staying. Abandoning the US would definitely put off a lot of US consumers. At the moment they can still pretend they are buying an American product, while conveniently ignoring the fact that it is manufactured in a Chinese sweatshop. If Apple were not headquartered in the US then their products would be no different to Samsung or HTC.

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Defeated HP will put Helion cloud out of its misery in January 2016

Grease Monkey

“We will sunset our HP Helion Public Cloud offering on January 31, 2016.”

Still not being clear then. WTF does "sunset" mean in that context?

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Microsoft now awfully pushy with Windows 10 on Win 7, 8 PCs – Reg readers hit back

Grease Monkey

Running a critical backup server and av server on a desktop os, and therefore probably desktop hardware? Upgrading to Windows 10 is probably the least of your problems.

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How long does it take an NHS doctor to turn on a computer?

Grease Monkey

The thing about this type of story is that they make a nice little anecdote for colleagues or even a forum on the interwebs, but as a story on an IT news site? No.

I've got loads of them after very nearly 30 years in IT; there was the woman who sent me a photocopy of a 5.25" floppy when I asked for a copy of her data disk; or the man who answered "yes" to the question "is there a green light on the front?" only for me to find much later the monitor was switched off - "you didn't ask if the light was lit!". You know what most of them taught me? That I was expecting to much of the user. That's not being patronising. What you need consider is what the user actually NEEDS to know to do their job day to day. Don't take anything for granted beyond that.

I'll often hear colleagues mocking an end user's lack of knowledge - "he didn't even know what an Ethernet cable looked like!" - and then have to explain to that same colleague that the router isn't issuing any more DHCP adresses because 8 out of the pool of 10 addresses are in use and there are 2 conflicts. I don't then mock that same colleague because the didn't know what show ip dhcp conflict looked like.

Don't mock an end user for their lack of IT knowledge until you have the same knowledge of every appliance you use. Are you sure mechanics and plumbers don't make jokes about you?

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VW offices, employees' homes raided by German prosecutors

Grease Monkey

There is no reason why a couple of engineers would do this without instructions from management simply because the engineers would not stand to gain anything by doing so without the knowledge of management.

The more serious issue here is not that of the credibility of governments. Many governments set much spite by their actions to reduce the harm done to the environment by motor vehicles, and yet here we have millions of vehicles which are doing much more harm to the environment than that are allowed to about which the governments involved appear to be doing nothing. What they seem to be concentrating on deciding who at VAG knew this was happening rather than doing something about it.

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Talk revealing p0wnable surveillance cams pulled after legal threat

Grease Monkey

" Any company with a few £100k to spend can hush any criticism of their products by white hat hackers without even having to risk the money, simply because an average individual can't hope match them financially (and emotionally) in the game of poker that is played in the courts."

Here's the thing though. In most countries when you file suit the whole thing becomes public. So as soon as a company sues it becomes public knowledge that not only is their kit dodgy, but that they have no intention of doing anything about it and sales go through the floor.

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Grease Monkey

There are a couple of reason not to be scared of legal action like this.

Firstly accepted practice is to inform the vendor, give them reasonable time to fix the vulnerability and then disclose, just so long as you give the vendor sufficient notice I doubt that a court would side with the vendor. Secondly the publicity of the case would alert customers to their having bought dodgy kit, triggering legal action from customers against the vendor, even possibly a class action.

In this case I think the researcher should have responded, "sure and be damned".

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Assange™ offered 'plans for escape by flying fox to Harrods'

Grease Monkey

I'd be interested to see if he really does have the power to ban smartphones in the embassy. Is he really claiming that visitors to the embassy are searched at their phones confiscated?

If so the next logical question would seem to be, how much is he paying top have such control over the embassy? To which a sensible follow up would be, it's it even legal for the embassy to accept such payments, should they exist?

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Doctor Who's Under the Lake splits Reg scribes: This Alien homage thing – good or bad?

Grease Monkey

You can't accuse somebody of copying something from a HIGH IMPACT MOVIE when the movie came later. Next you'll be arguing allof Apple's parents are valid even though they failed to acknowledge prior art and smaller companies did it first because Apple are a HIGH IMPACT COMPANY.

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Grease Monkey

"It’s difficult to escape the powerful gravitational force of science-fiction totems like Alien, Aliens, Predator, The Thing and Event Horizon."

Except of course that Who was doing this type of plots long before those films were made.

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Grease Monkey

"This is a first for a regular, non-series opener or final or special since Doctor Who rebooted in 2005 with the ninth Time Lord."

No. There have been previous two parters that weren't season openers or finales. The three that spring immediately to mind were from the RTD era, but written by Moffat. There's a thing.

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Mildly successful flying car crashes - in mildly successful test flight

Grease Monkey

"Slovakian media managed to photograph the seemingly limited damage."

I'm sure that the company can rebuild the vehicle given that it is a prototype, but if that was a customer's production vehicle in ordinary use it would be a write off. Since when did a total write off classify as "seemingly limited damage"?

One of the biggest problems with the whole idea of flying cars is what will happen to them after impacts on the road, even at parking speed. Anybody who flies light aircraft will tell you that you're not going to take off in a craft with any visible external damage. How do you fancy your flying car being grounded for very expensive investigative and repair work every time some idiot bumps it? You can't just pop the panel out and hope for the best after somebody biffs it at the pertrol pump.

But the attraction of flying cars is limited in reality anyway. You're still going to need an airstrip to take off and land. The authorities aren't going to let you do that on the road you know. As a friend of mine says. The nearest airstrip to his house is about half an hour's drive away. OTOH he can land his R44 behind his house and right across the road from his office. When he can't land near his destination he gets a taxi. That, he reckons, is much faster and more convenient than driving to somewhere he's allowed to take off and then converting the car into a plane.

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So long, Cyanogen! OnePlus says its future belongs to OxygenOS

Grease Monkey

How long after the first phone is released will their be a cyanogenmod build available for it?

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Grease Monkey

"Only carry the features important to our users"

PR weasel words if ever I heard them. What this means is "we are unable to develop some of the apps that ship with most phones today so we're just going to leave them off and call them bloatware whether our customers think they're important or not".

Or to put it another way. If customers think those features are important they'll have to buy their phones elsewhere.

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Windows is TAKING the TABLET market... what's left of it, anyway

Grease Monkey

Re: I'd consider Surface more of a super ultrabook than a tablet

Remember the original tablet PCs way back before iPads and Android. They were a fad that was predicted to be the next big thing. After the shine wore off, the market for those pen enabled, touch screen laptops with removable or fold away keyboards died on it's arse.

So is this an idea whose time has finally come or just a resurgence of a fad that will fade away again?

Wake me up when this constitutes a significant market share of either the tablet or laptop market.

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Grease Monkey

2.3% is not a significant market share no matter what size the market. 2.3% share of a market that has shrunk by 12% is even less significant. Slow news week is it?

An increase in share would only be significant if it brought Microsoft within reach of the big players. The reason the tablet market is shrinking is probably the rise of the big screen phone, and where are MS in that market?

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Let's be clear, everyone: DON'T BLOCK Wi-Fi, DUH – FCC official ruling

Grease Monkey

But why would you use a personal wifi hotspot anyway? To run that you would need 3G or 4G in the first place so why carry two devices. Why not use a device with 3G/4G in the first place?

Whenever I see those things for sale I just don't get it. Why would you buy a tablet or laptop without 3G/4G then buy that as an extra device? That's got to be more expensive than buying it built in.

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