* Posts by Def

628 posts • joined 8 Jul 2009

Page:

The US taxman thinks Microsoft owes billions. Prove it, says Microsoft

Def
Bronze badge

How much Does Apple Owe?

Actually, I'd be quite interested in knowing how much tax Apple, Google, Starbucks, et al have avoided paying in Greece in the last decade or so.

11
1

Windows 10 Edge: Standards kinda suck yet better than Chrome?

Def
Bronze badge

That's because all anti-trust action as far as web browsers was concerned came from Opera crying about nobody using their web browser. Since they fired most of their developers and switched to Chromium, I think it's fair to say they don't give a shit any more anyway. (Which is fine, because nobody who used to use their browser gives a shit about them either these days.)

14
3

IBM to offer BREAST MILK delivery-as-a-service for staff

Def
Bronze badge

Re: How very civilised of them

Would you care to actually answer my genuine question (if you can) instead of making condescending remarks?

Sorry, I should have taken the time to respond properly.

Having children is a personal choice, you're right. However, so is choosing to work for a particular employer. When you work for a company (any company), it's nice to feel you are appreciated. If you don't, you're more likely to be constantly on the look out for something better instead of focusing your efforts on your current job. Showing appreciation can take many forms, one of which can be providing benefits to employees beyond what is necessary by law. By offering (partially or fully) paid parental leave, a company can indicate that it not only respects its employees desire to have a family, but that it is willing to support them to do so. A happy employee who feels appreciated is likely to be more productive and more likely to say positive things about a company than one who feels their employer doesn't really give a shit about their personal well being or lives.

At the end of the day, offering such compensation is still probably going to be cheaper than the costs involved in replacing an employee if they decide that looking after their family is more important than their job.

As an aside, the company I currently work for has recently allowed several employees to take time off (usually a day here or half a day there) to take flying lessons.

In Norway, where I currently live, by law we can have up to 49 weeks at 100% pay, or 59 weeks at 80% pay. It should be noted too that it's not the company that pays the salary during this time, it's the state. Some companies do offer to pay the additional 20% of the salary for the full 59 weeks.

And for the record, I do not have children, nor do I intend to ever have children. Vodka fuelled accidents notwithstanding. ;)

5
0
Def
Bronze badge

Re: How very civilised of them

Why should a company be expected to pay its staff for time they take off for such a personal choice?

If you really don't know the answer to this (and it seems you really don't), please don't ever own your own company.

12
4
Def
Bronze badge
FAIL

Re: How very civilised of them

Maybe the women don't want more maternity leave. And maybe their contribution to the organisation is important enough to give them these options.

What horse shit. What mother (or father) wouldn't want to spend time at home with their new born baby? And nothing any IBM (or almost any other company for that matter) employee does is so important their jobs can't be delegated for a period of time. Or are some IBM employees denied vacation time too?

...more maternity leave...

The United States is only one of two countries in the world that doesn't provide any paid maternity (or paternity) leave by law. The other, by the way, is Papua New Guinea. Greatest country in the world, my arse.

6
4

Comcast: We're twice as fast as Google's 1Gbps Fiber (for x4 the price)

Def
Bronze badge

I was going to post almost exactly the same retort. :)

In the village (population ~4000) I live in in Norway, I got a fibre connection hooked up late last year. The company is continuing to lay fibre around the rest of the village as I type this.

Apparently (I just checked) a 1Gb connection would cost me $184 a month, which isn't too bad considering Norway. To be honest though, the 75Mb connection I have now is more than sufficient for my needs.

2
0

Did a SUPER RARE Sony-Nintendo PlayStation prototype just pop up online? Possibly, maybe

Def
Bronze badge

Re: I call fake

Seems it could be genuine. There's a photo of a similar looking machine halfway down this eight year old forum thread: http://nsider2.com/forums/index.php/topic/512-histroy-of-the-virtual-console/

1
0

UK TV is getting worse as younglings shun the BBC et al, says Ofcom

Def
Bronze badge
Joke

Re: Bigotry!

...there are some quite decent Gingers, or so I am told

Ginger biscuits.

Ginger cake.

Ginger Rogers.

Ginger beer (at a push).

Can't think of any others though.

0
0

Tesla says Model 3 is still on schedule, despite being delayed again

Def
Bronze badge

I wouldn't mind a Model X if they can make me one with normal doors and a rear wiper. Wing doors might be all well and good out in the California desert, but I like my seat dry when I sit down, thankyouverymuch.

2
1

The NHS pays up to NINE TIMES over trade price for commodity kit

Def
Bronze badge

Re: Why?

If the alternative is leaving gaping wide holes open on the Internet (which you know is what would happen), then let them use flash drives.

1
0

Philae warms up nicely, sends home second burst of data

Def
Bronze badge
Joke

...lander is getting three hours of sunlight a day.

Are we absolutely certain it didn't land in Norway by mistake?

6
0

Japanese female fish in sperm-producing strangeness

Def
Bronze badge

Re: Confusion in paragraphs 4 and 5

Presumably this is the trigger (or possibly there is more than one) that can cause fully female populations of certain species to produce offspring.

0
0

Why is that idiot Osbo continuing with austerity when we know it doesn't work?

Def
Bronze badge
WTF?

And?

3
0

Innocent Spaniards roasted by experimental napalm mead

Def
Bronze badge

Re: Wray & Nephew White Overproof Rum

I used to drink this a lot.

It's the local favourite in a certain bar on the edge of St. Pauls in Bristol. Although down there it's usually mixed with Redbull.

I managed to persuade a friend to bring a bottle out to Spain when I was living there. It works surprisingly well in Mojitos, as well as shots. That whiled away a more than happy evening in a friend's bar.

Unfortunately, anything over 60% is illegal in Norway. :(

0
0

And then the Google lad says: Of course you can use Android Wear without a smartphone

Def
Bronze badge

This is classic Google though. Quantity over quality.

0
0

Microsoft: Cortana not exclusive to Windows – it loves Android, iOS too

Def
Bronze badge
Happy

Re: Just too many dependencies

I usually just switch my phone off at night.

If you need it for the alarm, there's always Flight Mode.

1
0

First production car powered by Android Auto rolls out – and it's a Hyundai

Def
Bronze badge
Coat

Re: How can a conversation with a passenger be any more or less distracting than one on the phone?

... the passenger (normally) knows to shut up...

Either that or they start screaming...

4
0

You can't put a price on LOVE, says Apple after court's Samsung payout slash

Def
Bronze badge
Joke

Putting a price on love...

A nice dinner out and a couple of bottles of wine usually does the job.

0
0

Swedish Supreme Court keeps AssangeTM in Little Ecuador

Def
Bronze badge

No, because he hasn't actually been charged with anything yet.

He's merely "wanted for questioning".

1
0

NSA spying is illegal? Then let's make it law, say Republicans

Def
Bronze badge
Black Helicopters

Re: My grocer can't put me in prison.

Shhhhh. Don't give the Republicans ideas.

5
1

New Windows 10 will STAGGER to its feet, says Microsoft OS veep

Def
Bronze badge

Re: Bit rot

Actually, that's not entirely true. Computers can slow down over time entirely on their own. As their fans become more and more clogged with dust, the OS will continually throttle the processor speed to prevent them from over heating. I've seen it happen more than once in the past. Apply a swift blast of air to the nether regions of a PC and you might be pleasantly surprised.

1
0

Fed-up Colorado man takes 9mm PISTOL to vexing Dell PC

Def
Bronze badge

Re: Err...

I was going to ask the exact same question. Seems a bit retarded if you ask me. :)

1
0

Japan showcases really, really fast … whoa, WTF was that?!

Def
Bronze badge
Go

Re: There was at least one shinkansen accidental fatality

...he stepped off the train to use his mobile phone at a station...

THIS should be a legal requirement everywhere on the planet.

7
0

Google guru: Android doesn't have malware, it has Potentially Harmful Applications™ instead

Def
Bronze badge
Joke

Re: So what does Google call their activities?

Google calls their spyware Search, Chrome, Android, GMail, etc.

Joke icon, but it's really no laughing matter. :(

9
0

Microsoft points at Skype, Lync: You two, in my office – right now

Def
Bronze badge

We on the other hand just ditched Office Communicator (the precursor to Lync) in favour of Jabber - presumably because Skype was on the horizon.

For some reason our IT department have a pathological fear of peer to peer software, and so instead of just using Skype for all video conferencing we, instead, spend millions on purchasing custom video conferencing systems that barely work half the time anyway. (Which also has the consequence of making it infinitely harder for employees to work from home and still attend stand ups - basically anyone spending the day at home just skips the stand up.)

2
0

Android gets biometric voice unlocking

Def
Bronze badge

Re: FFS When will people learn?

Google have access to everything on most people's androids without any biometric or password so most people are ignorant or don't care.

Shit stored on a phone, most people don't care about. But when your phone can be used to access your bank account, or tax information, or anything else which isn't usually stored on a phone, or when banks themselves start accepting that Apple, Google, or Microsoft can be trusted authenticators of a client, then you have a problem.

2
0
Def
Bronze badge

Re: FFS When will people learn? @Harry Kiri

No, the problem here is that you need to be able to distinguish not only one fingerprint from any other, but also one fingerprint from an exact copy of that fingerprint, or a fingerprint from a finger that isn't attached to a hand.

But even then you're just reinforcing my point. Now that you're 100% certain that that is my fingerprint, how can you be certain that it is me who is holding it? Basically by asking me to prove it by providing additional data that only you and I know.

1
0
Def
Bronze badge
FAIL

FFS When will people learn?

Google warns as much. "Trusted voice is less secure than a pattern, PIN, or password. Someone with a similar voice or a recording of your voice could unlock your device".

All biometric information is inherently insecure as a "password". It should never be used to unlock or otherwise access anything. Ever.

If you want to use it, use it as your user name, to which you then enter a password to confirm your identity.

4
0

Russian censor warns against meme 'misuse'

Def
Bronze badge
Devil

Re: Strike a blow to the bitch's face if she shows aggression

Smack My Bitch Up?

0
0

Streak life: Oz woman flashes boobs at Google Street View car

Def
Bronze badge
Joke

I think you'll find that while being topless (and bottomless for that matter) is fine, unfortunately being human is still illegal on Splong.

4
0

Comcast: Google, we'll see your 1Gbps fiber and DOUBLE IT

Def
Bronze badge

Re: sarcastic comment...

Am I doing the math wrong or is there a lot less throughput for traffic than we think?

The math is right. How many people do you know who are downloading at maximum speed 24/7? I have a 75Mb fibre connection at home. 99.9% of the time it's close to idle. My mail is checked once every few minutes. Running software will check for updates, what, once a day. When I'm at work, I have Remote Desktop open, which still doesn't stress the line.

In fact, the most traffic my line sees is probably from when some remote web server is slow and I pop on to speedtest.net to check whether the problem is at my end.

5
0

UN inflicts 10,000 flat pack IKEA shelters on Iraq - WITHOUT TOOLS

Def
Bronze badge
FAIL

Re: Not quite what I thought it meant.

...this site is the buzzfeed of IT journalism.

It certainly seems to be heading that way these days. I'm sure it's only a matter of time before TheRegister stories start popping up in Taboola frames.

1
0

Ford: Our latest car gizmo will CHOKE OFF your FUEL if you're speeding

Def
Bronze badge
Joke

Re: France Rain Speed Limit

Can't legislate for twatability.

Well, you can. You'll just never get a chance though, because first you'd have to get all the twats to vote you in in the first place. (Obviously when I say 'twat', I mean everyone who isn't me or you, the reader. ;)

2
0

AUTOPILOT: Musk promises Tesla owners a HANDS-OFF hands-on

Def
Bronze badge
Joke

Re: Navigation Needs Update

The nearest Supercharger is 130 miles away. Routing advice as to whether I need to "pop in for a charge" isn't going to be very useful.

You should have said. Just think how much money Tesla could have saved if they'd just asked you first.

9
1

Banks defend integrity of passcode-less TouchID login

Def
Bronze badge
Facepalm

Re: Wunch (you know the rest)

I think the only person who could legitimately ask this question was Bell, but he'd never have to because banks didn't have phones in those days.

Fortunately these days, other phones exist and can be used for the purpose.

10
0

Honey, I shrunk the Windows footprint

Def
Bronze badge

Like XP then? Where you had the option on initial install of the OS, of selecting or un-selecting various things like Games, Messenger, Outlook Express etc.

You could then launch the same section again after install, to add or remove components as you wished.

You do realise that functionality still exists in newer versions of Windows, right? It's in Programs and Features in the control panel.

6
0

Thanks a lot, Google, for snatching .dev for yourself. It's not like the rest of us wanted it

Def
Bronze badge
Thumb Down

Knowing Google...

...I wouldn't be surprised if they just use <product>.dev to redirect to <product>.google.com anyway.

.arseholes.

0
0

Telly chef Jamie Oliver in embarrassing infection double shocker

Def
Bronze badge
Paris Hilton

Re: Oh dear... wordpress self-hosted

Word Press is becoming synonymous with AOL

Becoming?

Paris, because she'll becoming later. Probably. I'll get my coat. Two icons, please!

0
0

One does not simply ask the inventor of the WWW what he thinks about memes

Def
Bronze badge

Actually I think it works better as it is. If I start typing theregister.co.uk into my browser it immediately presents a drop-down box with the likeliest matches based on previous usage. In fact just the t is sufficient to bring up elReg as the top entry. That wouldn't work if one had to enter uk.co. etc.

Presumably though you would still be able to type "thereg" and the auto-suggest would insert the "uk.co."

3
0

Facebook-owned, Billy-no-mates FriendFeed starves to death

Def
Bronze badge

Hmm, looks like Google Wave couldn't even make friends with other social networking sites.

Is there *anyone* outside of Google and Facebook who has ever heard of FriendFeed?

1
0

Bad news: Robo-cars will make you work BILLIONS more hours. Good news: In 2040

Def
Bronze badge

If the vehicle is self-driving then will there still be a need for the human to take lessons and pass a driving test?

Of course not. You don't need to take a test to sit on a bus, or in a plane do you? (Although I wish you did at times.)

5
0

Bigfoot now visible in commercial satellite images

Def
Bronze badge
Joke

Re: 30 cm?

You married a midget?

17
0

The BBC wants to slap a TAX on EVERYONE in BLIGHTY

Def
Bronze badge

Re: Left-wing and biased?

I'm happy to pay my license fee just so I don't have to pay to watch 5 minutes of advertisements every 10 minutes, like you have to on subscription channels.

So maybe the way forward is to ban charging subscribers if you show adverts.

19
2

Money from apps? It's all about Apple iOS, says survey

Def
Bronze badge

C#

Don't know how popular Xamarin is, but Unity is built on top of Mono and supports C# on just about every platform out there.

1
0

Snapchat wants $19 BEEELLION for your selfies

Def
Bronze badge

So...

They raised $60m in 2013, a further $500m last year, and are now looking for yet another $500m.

Maybe it's time to consider a business plan that makes money from people other than investors, guys....

1
0

Hackers break the bank to the tune of $300 MEEELLION

Def
Bronze badge

Re: Sudden wealth

How does one go about hiding the fact that one is now very very rich...

That's actually the easy part. Register a company somewhere, and quietly buy property all over the world. Wait a year or so and then take a little vacation somewhere with a nice climate. It's pretty easy to buy a residency permit more or less anywhere in the world after you arrive (in most cases you just need to invest a certain amount in the local economy) and then you're an "international property investor".

0
0

Lightbulb moment for visible light networking: 200 Gbps without a fibre

Def
Bronze badge
Joke

I can see it now...

Li-Fi hackers are now targeting your area! Protect yourself before it's too late. Our patented curtain rail system with multi-dimensional curved corners ensures no Li-Fi signals can be read by hackers from outside your home.

By connecting these rails with our specially woven curtains that incorporate the latest reflective technologies, not only can you rest easy knowing that your data can not be read but you'll also benefit from faster connection speeds and better network coverage within your home.

Order now, and receive a free Li-Fi wall protector panel. Research sponsored by the tin foil association of America has shown that up to 20% of Li-Fi signals are absorbed by the walls of your home. Our unique, specially designed wall panels can reduce this loss down to a staggeringly low 1%.

Don't be a victim. Call our sales team today!

0
0

FOCUS! 7680 x 4320 notebook and fondleslab screens are coming

Def
Bronze badge

Re: I'm going against the grain here but -

Yes, it's a great thing. No more shitty anti-aliased text. No more clear type bullshit that gives your text a red/blue ghost like the 1970's 3D, George Lucas bastard love child that it is, and looks shit on almost horizontal lines.

4
0
Def
Bronze badge

Windows 8 scales just fine. It even scales legacy applications that are not high-DPI aware. (Admittedly that could be done in a nicer way, but at least it does something - which is more than can be said for Windows 7.)

1
0

Patch now: Design flaw in Windows security allows hackers to own corporate laptops, PCs

Def
Bronze badge
Coat

Re: Thanks to heaven it was not found by Google...

Design flaws in Linux? ...because it uses industry standard methodologies that have been tried and tested for the past 40 years...

fopen, strcpy, memcpy, et al. You mean those kinds of "industry standard" methodologies?

3
0

Page:

Forums