* Posts by Paul Shirley

1840 posts • joined 19 Jun 2009

Ofcom should be the BBC's ultimate overlord, UK.gov told

Paul Shirley
Silver badge

half the job

The BBC don't need a regulator just to protect themselves from themselves, they need one to protect them from unfair external interference as well. Particularly unwarranted political pressure and the nonstop lies spouted by some media rivals. OFCOM in that role makes no sense at all unless the aim is destroying any independence the BBC still has.

Enough people hate them for usually purely selfish reasons, OFCOM aren't the solution to ensuring honest and strong but fair and balanced independence in the face of so many wanting to cripple and control the BBC.

0
0

More and more Brits are using ad-blockers, says survey

Paul Shirley
Silver badge

Re: Message to advertisers

Oh yes, I remember the first banners. And the first adblockers turned up within weeks...

0
0
Paul Shirley
Silver badge

Re: Very different from magazines

I'm pretty sure it could take 30sec finding the 1st real page in some of those 1000page monster magazines. I think it was Watford that had the genius idea of booking the pages before the real content AND having a smaller page size for their catalog and a natural bookmark, helping skip past the ads while still showing you theirs!

2
0

Windows 10 claimed another point of desktop share in February

Paul Shirley
Silver badge

Re: Whaaatt?

Can only work with the available data. If there an equivalent covering more of the world I'm sure the vulture want to know. I'd like to see a few more tends yanked out of it, like the Windows (all versions) share trend, currently only 52%.

3
4

SCO vs. IBM looks like it's over for good

Paul Shirley
Silver badge

Re: I'll believe it when ...

That's a lesser error than the initial deal, where they intended to take part payment in SCO shares. The fixed fee arrangement was what it took to cancel that and SCO were the winner despite contingency fee clauses on winnings and sale of SCO.

It was an incredibly stupid arrangement to make that makes it clear the lawyers believed SCO have a good case at the start. Problem was, SCO lied to everyone including their lawyers. It also became obvious the whole suit was as much a stock scam as about the IP.

Taking a shareholding in such an obvious scam would have exposed them to serious legal risk. Just losing vast amounts of money is the lesser evil.

3
0
Paul Shirley
Silver badge

Re: unless .....

Unfortunately they 'bought' their way out of owning any part of the winnings early in the case, leaving no cause to go after them directly. That deal committed the lawyers to continue till the case was won or lost, even after the money ran out. BS&F got up to a lot of abusive and harassing behaviour but it's probably too late to deal with that and the courts allowed it to happen without acting, though it must have badly influenced both the judges and juries.

The good news is BS&F almost certainly lost a lot of money even though the individual lawyers got paid, burnt badly and it damaged the companies reputation. Darl's brother made money but arguably might as well have been working for IBM!

I would have liked to see harassment and libel/slander charges but pj isn't likely to bother and time has probably run out anyway. Maybe now the case is ending someone will leak what they found about funding and Microsoft involvement...

11
0

Building a fanless PC is now realistic. But it still ain't cheap

Paul Shirley
Silver badge

Re: Fanless GFX

Been there, done that, burnt my fingers. I had a highish end passive 7950GT that worked perfectly until I upgraded the CPU heatsink to a giant so effective the fan rarely ever started. Unfortunately the passive GPU needed the tiny backwash from the CPU cooler to be effective :(

4
0

JavaScript daddy's Brave ad-blocker hits Android, Apple stores

Paul Shirley
Silver badge

Re: Good luck with Bitcoin stuff

Serving adds on the content site would arguably be better in the long term, it ties legal liability directly to the site serving it. Won't take many lawsuits for them to magically do what's been impossible so far and sanitise the shit.

Only then can we have a debate with the shit slingers about what's acceptable and fair. Perhaps remind them workable add filters existed before ads were farmed out to external sites.

3
0

Meet Barra's baby: Xiaomi arrives with a splash

Paul Shirley
Silver badge

Re: Smooth

The bit I hate is when they slide off your hand unless grabbed by the edges, making shiny back large screen devices firmly 2 handed use only. Putting a grippy case or back cover on usually bloats them too much as well, with the notable exception of my G4's leather back (which isn't really gripping enough).

Why this obsession with shininess over ergonomics in phones?

1
0

NASA boffin wants FRIKKIN LASERS to propel lightsails

Paul Shirley
Silver badge

Re: Satellites

Also be a little worried about where the backscatter from the sail goes. To survive that much beam energy it has to be reflective and I'm not sure they make sunglasses dark enough ;)

2
0

'Leave' or 'Stay' in the referendum? UK has to implement GDPR either way

Paul Shirley
Silver badge

Strangely the Tories seen happy to ignore eu rules when it concerns the rights of their uk serfs, all the while whining about other eu countries ignoring other less important rules, especially the idiotic ones originating in the uk!

Europe: the last non violent line of defence against our own state. Courts they cant easily override and ignore at great risk.

28
10

LG’s modular G5 stunner shuns the Lego aesthetic

Paul Shirley
Silver badge

Re: Standard, standard, standard

I would guess the physical design here rules out a useful open standard simply because it would require every compatible phone to have the same dimensions and remove a major differentiator between brands and individual phones in their ranges. The grip looks ugly enough on a phone it's designed to fit, imagine one it doesn't physical match.

3
0

Sir Clive Sinclair in tech tin-rattle triumph

Paul Shirley
Silver badge

Re: Hard to take seriously

"Remember the Spitting Image scene"

I remember the frightened, blanched with fear face of the shop assistant forced to test his new delivery vehicle in Reading traffic ;)

1
0
Paul Shirley
Silver badge

Re: Hard to take seriously

MyffyW :"C5 has since been eclipsed by a plethora of electrically-powered scooters taking the elderly and infirm to and from the shops"

And they drive on pavements. The C5 was a road vehicle Well, supposed to be, only the suicidal would actual take one on the road and few of them did it twice. Most of us checked the flimsy plastic construction, noticed your head is below window level in surrounding cars and refused.

An absolutely idiotic, dangerous product.

9
2

Streetmap's lawyer: Google High Court win will have 'chilling effect’ on UK digital biz

Paul Shirley
Silver badge

Re: Best of Breed

I think Streetmap brought the wrong case in the wrong courts. Instead of seeking some sort of protection or equal treatment, they asked for damages. Damages for an inferior product, that wouldn't generate significant income from the purportedly lost views anyway.

As a niche player in a global market, where the internet age expects global availability they weren't even offering a similar product. We protect competition, we don't stop innovation because one side can't or won't compete.

4
0
Paul Shirley
Silver badge

Re: Best of Breed

The API side is what really killed Streetmap as a viable monetisation strategy. Their big problem was a poor quality service for end users BUT end users were primarily exposed to their product on 3rd party commercial sites. Sites that cant have been pleased to pay more for something that made their sites look worse than Google maps.

Streetmaps planned income didnt depend on incidental search portal visibility and its hard to believe that would have driven business to them given the limited consumer appeal of their product. Any business searching for a mapping service to embed would have seen them, along with their competition. Very hard to claim damage and be taken seriously if you aren't actually competing for the same thing.

4
0

Backdoors are bad, Euro security wonks ENISA tell governments

Paul Shirley
Silver badge

escrow taints all evidence

Availability of keys to investigators taints and devalues all evidence, even if no tampering or forgery happens. A horrible choice between courts having to trust law enforcement too much or let criminals escape by raising doubt over the evidence.

If escrow ever happens it could easily hamper investigations more than it helps by creating a need for strong safeguards to prevent and detect abuse. Let's just not go there.

5
0

Review sites commit to address UK regulator's concerns

Paul Shirley
Silver badge

new internet skill

Sad that an essential internet skill is knowing how to recognise paid ads everywhere an opinion is given.

Had yet another offer to supply as many fake reviews as I wanted to pay for just yesterday. Don't see how those services will be affected by disclosure requirements they'll simply ignore. At least in the old days you had to actually go to a pub in person with a journalist to buy a good review ;)

5
0

Google wins High Court fight with StreetMap over search results self-pluggery

Paul Shirley
Silver badge

Re: Since 2007?

As far as I remember Google captured maps before it started showing up in search results and you had to go to their maps site explicitly. The competitors had a couple of years to improve their products, don't remember any of them doing anything at all, while increasing numbers of us sought out Googles primitive but silky smooth version.

4
0

Sick and tired of modern Windows? Upgrade to Windows 3.1 today – in your web browser

Paul Shirley
Silver badge

in&out fast as possible

I remember that festering POS and the daily chore of firing it up every time I needed 1 specific tool, then trying to finish and exit back to DOS before it crashed and trashed anything. Every other tool worked better in any other DOS extender ;)

6
0

Andreessen stokes the Facebook Free Basics ‘colonialism’ row

Paul Shirley
Silver badge

Re: perhaps

Andrew is right about one thing, large chunks of the Indian state aren't working for the ordinary and poor people. They aren't necessarily a better gatekeeper than Facebook. That doesn't make Facebook any less creepy or untrustworthy.

Pure (ish) net neutrality potentially offers a way around that lack of trust, creating a much reduced attack surface to abuse. That's why Facebook's scheme has to die in its current form.

1
1
Paul Shirley
Silver badge

Can we assume Andrew now thinks Google giving away search, email, storage, Android and so many other freebies was a good thing? That he was wrong to complain about market distortion, people as the product and so much else? Or maybe agree the benefits outweigh the problems for many, many people?

Or does he just believe Facebook are nice guys with nothing but good intentions we can trust as unregulated gatekeepers to the worlds poor?

When choosing between shades of gray, FbGray is rarely the correct one.

9
1

Microsoft quits giving us the silent treatment on Windows 10 updates

Paul Shirley
Silver badge

Re: Winning back trust

It's not theirs if i completely replace it with my handcrafted version. Microsoft didn't invent the host file.

24
0

SCO's last arguments in 'Who owns Linux?' case vs. IBM knocked out

Paul Shirley
Silver badge

Re: Tortious interference claims ..

It's quite amazing how often SCO lied during the case, how inconsistent the lies were and how no court did anything about it. In fairness most of the case was fought with PR lies outside the courts but at heart the entire affair was high level blackmail and the legal system failed everyone but the blackmailers.

15
0

Don't touch that PDF or webpage until your Windows PC is patched

Paul Shirley
Silver badge

STOP STEALING MY SETTINGS!

Yet again the cnuts at ms took the opportunity to hijack my file associations and punt them back at Microsoft's own useless apps. Even more annoying this time after finally getting sound to work 99% correctly with my ancient AV system over optical. STOP STEALING MY SETTINGS!

8
0

Why does the VR industry think 2016 is its year? It's the hardware, stupid

Paul Shirley
Silver badge

Re: All I want from VR

Facebook is extremely likely to do something like that with Occulus, it's a better option for exposing you to their core product than gaming.

0
0

Canonical reckons Android phone-makers will switch to Ubuntu

Paul Shirley
Silver badge

“Five years ago people said, why do you need another Linux distro?"

...and we pointed at Ubuntu and it's eagerness to dumb down in the name of convergence or pimp local search traffic to the highest bidder...

2
1

Amazon UK boss is 'most powerful' man in food and drink

Paul Shirley
Silver badge

Re: If their US Pantry

I stick to bulk ordering long life stuff through Amazon, sacks of flour, pulses, rice etc. That's almost everything we used to need supermarkets for and massively cheaper. Almost everything else is cheaper at our local farm shop or the market and ready to eat today, not in a couple of weeks or likely to rot before ever ripening supermarket style.

The surprisingly large proportion of people that think the big supermarkets are actually cheap are a tempting target for Amazon because loss leaders aside, it will be trivially easy to crush them on both pricing and choice. For the few of us that live happily with minimal exposure to anything beyond Aldi, don't see any change coming we didn't already buy into, we're reverting to buying from the best supplier for each product, not the hell of the supermarket shopping expedition.

0
0

Are Indians too stupid to be trusted with free Internet?

Paul Shirley
Silver badge

meanwhile "wealthy white reactionists"

...loudly claim Indians can't decide their own future, deal with wealthy white activists or spot which of them might be telling porkies...

25
0

SCO slapped in latest round of eternal 'Who owns UNIX?' lawsuit

Paul Shirley
Silver badge

Re: How many conclusions

" I guess he can't backtrack on the rest of the litigation's chances."

You forget SCO and their lawyers were caught telling different courts contradictory things. Sadly not caught by the courts though :(

3
0
Paul Shirley
Silver badge

Re: Wasted talent

They bought into a bigger cut of the bazillions in a sure fire case, can't remember how they were paying for it. About 6 months later they noticed the impropriety of being parties to the case was being discussed too much in public and bought their way out of the deal with a fixed fee cap - $30mil+external costs to finish the case. I doubt BS&F were aware how dodgy the case was till they were firmly stuck with it.

The case isn't finished, the money's long gone and they're still compelled to follow SCO's bidding, regardless of it's sanity. BS&F are believed to have burnt through the fixed fee before the case even went to trial.

3
0

That's cute, Germany – China shows the world how fusion is done

Paul Shirley
Silver badge

Re: I Wonder....

We don't live in a deep enough gravity well to confine the atmosphere enough to sustain fusion. The rest of the planet is waste material from stellar explosions and massively harder to ignite. The iron won't fuse at any temperature. Pretty safe from a runaway reactor...

5
0

NOTHING trumps extra pizza on IT projects. Not even more people

Paul Shirley
Silver badge

Re: Teams that "can be fed with two pizzas"

And what happened to the draw full of takeaway menus and picking one at random? If you're stuck in the office at least go curry, with a side order of Chinese. Although my local does do a firey curry pizza...

2
0
Paul Shirley
Silver badge

evangelism

DevOps is sounding more like religion with every self promotional article I see.

11
0

Windows 10 will now automatically download and install on PCs

Paul Shirley
Silver badge

According to the MS shilling scripts there are too few Linux users to notice if they complain!

When MS screw over their 'lots of users' they can't complain about the scale of the response... yet the weasels do, while ignoring the content of the complaints. When Canonical screw over that negligible (it's in the MS shilling pack so it must be true) Ubuntu user base, they get lots of complaints and eventually back down.

2
0
Paul Shirley
Silver badge

Re: Is the End Nigh?

2:1 odds they'll "accidentaly" forget to turn off the forced upgrades but remember to demand a credit card payment to get past the boot menu.

Then they'll do what we all expect and extend the free upgrade offer before the law catches up with them bricking machines with win10 ransomware ;)

8
0
Paul Shirley
Silver badge

Microsoft started actively blocking then resetting those keys months ago. Friends of Win10 never seen to notice the sleazy tricks though.

28
0
Paul Shirley
Silver badge

The Windows update servers are riddled with bad drivers, it's no surprise so many upgrades fail. They don't seem to even test 64bit support on systems with 4Gb or more ram. Only 1 driver they installed caused instant kernel panics but that hardware is still unusable in win10. Just got lucky it doesn't crash till you try using it or I'd have had an unbootable pc to diagnose.

And they've been auto selecting the win10 upgrade for months...

4
0

UK concerned over EU law plans on trade of data for digital content

Paul Shirley
Silver badge

off topic: straight fruit&veg

The fun thing about straight <insert fruit or veg here> standards is most originated in the UK, the home of unnatural and stupid restrictions and were imposed on the rest of Europe as 'class A' when food classes were harmonised. The rest of Europe promptly ignored them unless they were sending defective crops (AKA straight ones) to the UK!

As usual the UK is wrong on this one.

8
0

Rooting your Android phone? Google’s rumbled you again

Paul Shirley
Silver badge

Re: No problem here

Yes, there's less ongoing need to have root BUT you still need to yank out all the crapware shipped with devices. Luckily unrooting is easy, so root, do the 1 off fixes, unroot, carry on as normal.

Personally I value having regular scheduled backups more than payment apps I never intend to use, too many app updates break them and reverting isn't an unrooted option.

3
0

'International tax' needs reform. Google's chicken bill makes me chuckle – comms guy

Paul Shirley
Silver badge

It''s only a 'sweetheart deal' iff they're paying substantially less than a court would force them to. Start by showing the workings where multinationals are breaking the law.

Since no one actually believes there's any law being broken we're left with moral outrage (and in the case of politicians there's precious little morality involved) but corporate entities don't really feel shame and shareholders are free to sue them if they act on it.

I'm morally outraged that yet again politicians would rather froth & foam about a broken system their predecessors created rather than actually fix their own mistakes. It's always someone else's responsibility when politicians and gov screw up.

3
0

T-Mobile USA’s BingeOn is a smash hit. So what now?

Paul Shirley
Silver badge

unfair hybrid charging

Of course "the people" jump on board free stuff. They always do and rarely consider the implications.

What this firmly establishes is the networks are grossly overcharging for data. Net neutrality means all data is the same, zero rated video means average prices are massively lower for some users than others.

I can accept flat rate pricing (with some conditions to make it fairer), I can grit my teeth and accept non discriminatory fixed rates for raw pipes. This hybrid crap is worse than both, unfair and removing any competitive pressure to just charge a fair profit margin equally across users.

8
0

OnePlus ends rationing. You can now buy its phones just like that!

Paul Shirley
Silver badge

It's worse than that, when they finally offered me the chance to buy one last year, there was an 8 week delivery time! Had a shiny new LG G2 delivered 3 days later.

0
0
Paul Shirley
Silver badge

Re: Ahem.

In an early interview they stated they would spend 2 years building a reputation and fan base, then switch to a more commercial mode. So about right on the 2 years, not so right on the fan base and their reputation is going to take a lot of repairing.

A thinly disguised brand of Oppo that had little problem with making no money for a couple of years but that investment is looking pretty wasted to me.

0
0

'Unikernels will send us back to the DOS era' – DTrace guru Bryan Cantrill speaks out

Paul Shirley
Silver badge

Re: I've used non isolated OS before and mistakes bite hard

Even worse is when they just spray memory but don't crash. You might not even realise your data is corrupt for a very long time and finding those bugs a nightmare.

4
0
Paul Shirley
Silver badge

Re: Hypervisors aren't inherently safe

""defence in depth" for Important Stuff"

Provided you remember to defend against the inevitable misjudgement of what is "Important Stuff" every time a dev builds something, repurposes something else or otherwise cocks up.

1
0

'No safe level' booze guidelines? Nonsense, thunder stats profs

Paul Shirley
Silver badge

The "actual evidence on second hand smoking" that indirectly forced the pub smoking ban was staff blood tests regularly finding high enough levels of CO to threaten health. Doesnt matter if most exposure just leaves you stinking of smoke, some of it has more serious effects.

The pub trade got lucky, they were on the brink of a flood of lawsuits when the ban preempted the issue.

Most pub users I've talked to approve the ban anyway, including the smokers, who can still appreciate better air quality. Just a pity it took health scares to force action. Politicians and business don't have the balls to ban offensive practice's, they always need some health excuse to hide behind.

3
0
Paul Shirley
Silver badge

Re: "guidelines don’t accurately reflect the numbers"

"two of those three have been responsible for more deaths and suffering"

Drinking beer instead of unsterilised water has saved countless lives for at least 7000 years so far.

23
1
Paul Shirley
Silver badge

what they hoped no one noticed

I particularly enjoyed the meta-study they loudly claimed shows no statistically significant benefit to moderate drinking. The way they hoped no one would notice it also shows no statistically significant harm from moderate drinking!

They also hoped we wouldn't notice they say nothing about life expectancy, only cause of death. Long life gives cancer more chance to kill you, seems drinkers live long enough for that to replace some heart and stroke deaths.

27
0

West Virginia mulls mother of all muni networks – effectively a state-wide, state-run ISP

Paul Shirley
Silver badge

Re: Commie or common sense?

... And the nationalised railways stood out as the only one of them that cared for it's customers in any meaningful way, except it was the employees on the ground doing the caring because their jobs would be hell otherwise, not management or gov policy.

There are reasons to prefer nationalised industries (if run by competent staff instead of the idiots gov keep choosing) but caring about customers has rarely been an objective.

3
0

Forums