* Posts by Roger Greenwood

662 posts • joined 7 Sep 2006

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Virgin Media costs balloon by MEEELLIONS in wake of Brexit

Roger Greenwood

Re: Note to editors

Thanks for reaching out.

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Autonomous vehicles inquiry set up in the UK

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"nigh on impossible for a human"

But humans don't always react according to their training and are often influenced by "lubrication" to do the wrong or unsafe thing. I would expect that the machine is programmed to "fail safe", however inconvenient it may seem at the time. Fascinating to see how this develops and how much effort is put into coping with unexpected inputs compared to making the thing go.

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My Dell merger wish list

Roger Greenwood

"now why did that happen?"

And when it doesn't work, we apply the WHIP (what haven't I pressed?)

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Ireland taxman: Apple got NO favours from us, at all, at all

Roger Greenwood

They may not pay much tax . . .

. . but I bet they tip well.

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Paper mountain, hidden Brexit: How'd you say immigration control would work?

Roger Greenwood

Re: 20-23 pages for EU citizens

We like you too. How's your sense of humour?

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DVLA misses out on £400m in tax after scrapping paper discs

Roger Greenwood

Re: This should be one of the easiest taxes to collect ...

Even better launch a game - take a picture of a car registration with your phone, check against DVLA database and if it comes back "no tax" or wrong model/colour etc then automatically report location and time to local enforcement. I could have field day in the local multi-storey. Sort of real world pokemon.

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Thieves can wirelessly unlock up to 100 million Volkswagens, each at the press of a button

Roger Greenwood

Re: In the 70's

Ah the old Ford takeaway - my mate had one that I could open with a Morris Ital key.

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Web pages, Word docs, PDF files, fonts – behold your latest keys to infecting Windows PCs

Roger Greenwood

Windows Journal is crap as well

"The file format that's used by Windows Journal (Journal Note File, or JNT) has been demonstrated to be susceptible to many security exploits. Therefore, Windows Journal will be removed from all versions of Microsoft Windows soon."

More here:-

https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/kb/3161102

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Zen loses its chill: UK biz ISP falls offline for four hours and counting

Roger Greenwood

Re: Argggh

Same here - all connection issues at home are down to "that dodgy wi-fi" or me.

With regard to Zen, they get top marks from me for reliability over many years.

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What keeps former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani awake at night?

Roger Greenwood

Point to point . . .

or walky talkys as we used to call them.

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An anniversary to remember: The world's only air-to-air nuke was fired on 19 July, 1957

Roger Greenwood

July 19th - the day the ice age ended:-

https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=138515152830639&id=375976384677

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Shelfware wars should be conceded, admits Microsoft compliance boss

Roger Greenwood

The future . . .

. . . is pay for use, not per licence or per install. That's real use - a better analogy would be renting an aircraft - I pay for flight hours not hanger hours, that way we can control the costs and be more flexible with workloads. Small businesses need to know the costs, that's why they often still use forms of HP (hire purchase). I know some suppliers do this already but not enough and I know this is not so good for the supplier, but they can aggregate etc. Innovate or die.

As an aside, we dumped Microsoft for all business/office software some years ago partly due to fears of an audit - the terms were so arcane and obscure we felt it was impossible to prove compliance unless starting again - so we did!

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Student Loans Company burns £50 million in IT project superfail

Roger Greenwood

Re: How the fec....?

"Could we please have some sackings."

No.

It was a long time ago.

People move around.

etc

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UK.gov's hated Care.data project binned

Roger Greenwood

Just rebrand it data.care - sorted.

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Europe's UK-backed Unified Patent Court 'could be derailed'

Roger Greenwood

It would be more viable as "Europe" rather than "EU" - over time allowing more countries to join as they like (think Eurovision with less noise).

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Gun-jumping French pols demand rapid end to English in EU

Roger Greenwood

"GPS is often of little help finding an address much outside Dublin"

All you have to do is ask.

You might not get where you want to go straight away, but the chat will be entertaining.

GPS works fine, but google doesn't yet know everything - try finding "Thovnock" on a map.

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Hey cloud lawyer: Can I take my client list with me?

Roger Greenwood

It was so much simpler . . .

. . with a roladex and a filofax.

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BOFH: Follow the paper trail

Roger Greenwood

"black A4 photocopy paper"

Sweet.

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Sneaky brown dwarf gives us a bright flash and astroboffins are confused

Roger Greenwood

240.6667 Hiltons

http://www.theregister.co.uk/Design/page/reg-standards-converter.html

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Let's play: 'IT values or hipster folk band?'

Roger Greenwood

Still my favourite so far:-

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/05/05/siemens_healthcare_madness/

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Do you have a 'co-working mindset' and 'ephemerally involve others' in work?

Roger Greenwood
Happy

Re: Lock-in

" . . will probably be incompatible when they release a new version."

Which is why the description includes "ephemeral" ("Short lived, transitory" according to my dictionary). We've been warned.

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Meet the man who owns his own piece of the internet

Roger Greenwood

If I was him . .

I'd buy .head

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'Impossible' EmDrive flying saucer thruster may herald new theory of inertia

Roger Greenwood

It was on a recent UK TV program (Horizon?). I seem to recall the tests in Germany did measure some thrust. Unfortunately when they rotated the thing 90 degrees, the thrust stayed in the same direction! So obviously it's an anti-gravity machine :-)

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BT hauled into Old Bailey after engineer's 7-metre fall broke both his ankles

Roger Greenwood

Re: Questions to be asked/answered

"proper risk assesment"

As per UK HSE rules, the fact that the accident happened is proof that the risk assessment or associated control measures were not adequate. The court case is therefore to apportion blame and penalties.

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NASA prepares to unpack pump-up space podule

Roger Greenwood

There's only one soundtrack to this . .

Brothers and sisters!

Pump up the volume

Pump that beam

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Prof Hawking to mail postage-stamp space craft to Alpha Centauri using frickin' lasers

Roger Greenwood

Agree - I had the same thought - blink and you miss it, no way to stop.

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Reusable autonomous swimming microbots soak up 95% of spilt lead

Roger Greenwood
Pint

I can just imagine them being launched:-

"Eat lead, suckers"

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Water treatment plant hacked, chemical mix changed for tap supplies

Roger Greenwood

Many water companies who abstract ground water (like ST) use superchlorination - they add a lot of chlorine to guarantee to kill any bugs then reduce the chlorine levels before it hits supply, without needing an intermediate tank/reservoir - it goes straight down the pipe. A mechanical/electrical failure at any point in the dosing system could allow high chlorine levels to get through to supply without the system getting hacked.

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What to call a £200m 15,000-tonne polar vessel – how about Boaty McBoatface?

Roger Greenwood

Two things

1. It was Usain Boat (also brilliant)

2. My serious vote was for Eric Melrose Brown (who also explored the limits of man and machine).

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Don't fear PC-pocalypse, Chromebooks, two-in-ones 'will save us'

Roger Greenwood

Re: Lies, damned lies, & Analyst Predictions.

You remind me of Mr Barrowclough:- "I think you're being a bit harsh on a very well meaning body of men". And Eadon of course.

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Flying blind: F-35's radar software fails in the air

Roger Greenwood

I like to think that the pilots all carry a paper clip to be unfolded in an emergency.

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Photographer hassled by Port of Tyne for filming a sign on a wall

Roger Greenwood

Re: Photo competition

. . . and one of the judges is Port of Tyne Director of corporate affairs.

http://www.reflect-tyne.com/judges/susan-wear/index.php

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Windows 10 claimed another point of desktop share in February

Roger Greenwood

1% rise is a jump?

More of a crawl in my world.

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

Roger Greenwood

Good luck with that - LTD = limited liability and they probably already have the successor up and running. Prodial never filed any accounts it was that new.

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Reminder: How to get a grip on your files, data that Windows 10 phones home to Microsoft

Roger Greenwood

Re: Remote control?

I'm amazed - telemetry going one way I can understand, but remote control means something else entirely - "the key is under the mat" security again.

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Good thing this dev quit. I'd have fired him. Out of a cannon. Into the sun

Roger Greenwood

Re: All code should be rewritten from scratch...

Well said. As Mr Brooks says :- "plan to throw one away, you will anyway"

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UK to stop children looking at online porn. How?

Roger Greenwood

It's almost as if . . .

. . they are wanting to promote bitcoin etc. (Using the card providers as a threat that is).

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Lincolnshire council IT ransomware flingers asked for ... £350

Roger Greenwood

Newsbiscuit article

http://www.newsbiscuit.com/2016/02/01/lincolshire-council-have-pencil-sharpeners-hacked/

Enjoy.

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The monitor didn't work but the problem was between the user's ears

Roger Greenwood

Revenge

Some years ago one of my kids persuaded a fellow pupil during an IT class to flick the little red switch on the back of his computer from 230 to 110 "to make it go better". Cue flash bang and a bill to the parents of the little darling for £lots.

I think they used a lot of glue shortly after that.

Do not try this yourself.

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How El Reg predicted Google's sweetheart tax deal ... in 2013

Roger Greenwood

Re: Corporation tax

I like the idea but it is too simplistic. Even a humble SME could be owned by another company, and another etc. Using different countries with different legal/tax systems. That is the problem and why "tax havens" exist.

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Thousands fled TalkTalk after gigantic hack, confirm researchers

Roger Greenwood

Well something is going on . . .

. . as the soonest time they can get me an engineer to visit is 4 WEEKS. Connection very intermittent, exhausted all on line tests etc . . .

They claimed it was because they were so busy with new customers. I tried not to laugh.

Patience now running thin, but as has been pointed out above, all the cheap operators have a reputation as bad as each other.

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Computer sales not a matter of life and death, they're more important than that

Roger Greenwood

Re: Small business here . . .

"How do you keep the EOL systems from getting pwned while still being useful for your business?"

Airgaps for 3,

no gui for 2 (custom screen),

firewall + careful user for 1,

prayer :)

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Roger Greenwood

Small business here . . .

. . . and sticking with Win 7 because legacy programs, simplicity, training, compatibility. Of course we also still have Win 2000, NT and XP in use for specific purposes, why would I want to add another to the mix until I have to?

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Ready for DevOps? Time to brush up on The Office and practise 'culture'

Roger Greenwood

ISO9000/9001

Would be a good place to start if you don't already use it and the latest version (2015) is now much more IT friendly.

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The ball's in your court, Bezos: Falcon 9 lands after launching satellites

Roger Greenwood
Pint

Impressive

Same week he appears in "Big Bang Theory" and then lands a rocket. I wonder what else is on his bucket list that we don't know about?

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At least 10 major loyalty card schemes compromised in industry-wide scam

Roger Greenwood

Re: The Internet...

Mr Trump suggests we shut down the bad bits of the internet. Apparently he "knows a guy".

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Grim-faced cosmonaut in ISS manual docking nail-biter

Roger Greenwood
Pint

Re: Two and half hours to open the door

Mr Hadfield suggested it may have been due to getting as much data as possible from the docking system before they shut it down, to try and diagnose the fault. Raising my glass to the engineers who make it happen.

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Slack to play nice with others, like Atlassian's hip(chat) kids

Roger Greenwood

" not ready to be a case study "

But surely worth a brief article outlining some pros and cons of the various options considered and the pitfalls/benefits, without naming a favourite? This is an interesting area where small businesses could benefit and dip toes without huge cost commitment.

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Kids' TV show Rainbow in homosexual agenda shocker

Roger Greenwood

All we got in my day . . .

were Bill & Ben, the flower pot men.

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How cyber insurance actually works

Roger Greenwood

I saw one of these proposals recently

Struck me that there were so many "get out" clauses for the insurer that we were unlikely to ever be able to make a claim. This was/is not unexpected, but as the article points out, allows you to focus on what they consider important and limit your risk anyway without paying a huge premium. Currently these products also seem to be aimed at businesses with a "high street" presence rather than manufacturers no one has heard of (or cares about!)

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